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Weighted blankets found to ease anxiety, stress and insomnia

Stress, anxiety, and insomnia affect millions of people worldwide, and to alleviate the symptoms, there are a variety of routes one can take, including the ever-popular pharmaceutical pills. But as our world continues to break through the madness of synthetic options and expose each other to holistic options derived from both ancient teachings as well as present-day healers, it's important we keep our eyes and ears open for our own good.

Anyone who suffers from the above disorders knows the word "simple" doesn't quite fit with how they feel. In fact, it seems to be very much the opposite: a complex feeling that can barely be put into words. So, how can something as simple as sleeping with weighted blankets be a plausible solution to stress, anxiety, insomnia, and more?


The mainstream media can't understand why consumers want Non-GMO despite corrupt industry science

The mainstream media seems oddly perplexed.

A few days after a report released by the National Research Council claiming to "prove" that GMOs are safe to eat and are harmless, data still shows that customers want non-GMO food and they are doing whatever they can to get it.

Many outlets are now asking the question "why don't consumers seem to care about the NRC report? Why don't they seem to care about the 'science!?!?!?'"

After all, as USA Today reports,
Concern over GMO ingredients has grown in recent years, swept along by local ballot measures that proposed requirements for labeling foods with GMOs. Increasingly, the phrase GMO became part of the question about what's considered safe, healthy and natural food. Sales of foods labeled as non-GMO have gone from $12.9 billion in 2012 to $21.2 billion in the year ended April 30, according to Nielsen.
And all this in the middle of an economic depression.

Comment: Inside the church of pro-GMO activism: Genetic engineering, twisted science & altered truth
The problem is that rich corporations and individuals have manipulated the idea of science and have been able to distort scientific research. They have translated their vast financial influence into political clout and the control of science and scientific institutions. The result is that science institutes, research programmes and practitioners now too often willingly serve the interests of powerful corporations. Far from liberating humankind the control of science and scientific research and media-led rational debate in the public sphere have become a tool of deception.

The reason why so many people doubt science is because they can see how science is corrupted and manipulated by powerful corporations. It is because they regard these large corporations as unaccountable and their activities and products not properly regulated by governments.


Canada approves sale of Frankenfish that company describes as "safe and nutritious"

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Health authorities in Canada have approved the sale of genetically modified salmon, making it the first genetically altered animal to be allowed for consumption in the country.

The AquAdvantage salmon cultivated by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies is described as being as healthy as traditional Atlantic salmon for food and livestock feed use, according to a statement.

"GM foods that have been approved by Health Canada have been consumed in Canada for many years, and are safe and nutritious," the agency said, adding that GM foods were part of the regular diet of Canadians.

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Research finds malfunctioning immune system could be underlying cause of Alzheimer's

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Scientist around the world are reaching a new conclusion about what causes dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases.

An out of control immune system could be the underlying cause of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, research finds. There is now strong evidence that the body's own immune system is causing cells in the brain to die.

Professor Robert Richards, who led the study, said:
"Dementia, including the most common form Alzheimer's Disease, and related neurodegenerative conditions are dramatically rising in frequency as people live longer and our population ages.

[In the United States it] is predicting that by 2050 there will be almost double the number of people with dementia.

Currently we have no effective treatments to assist the millions of affected people, and these diseases are an enormous burden on families and the public health care system."

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The Health & Wellness Show: Connecting the Happy Dots

Today on the Health and Wellness Show we connected some happy dots, for a change!

Silliness is all around us - some truly entertaining stories came out in the news these past few weeks. In addition, we discussed the meaning behind different types of dreams, various emotional healing practices, everyday life improvement remedies, the benefits of positive social networks and the importance of silence. Looking forward to some good news, laughs and a bit of happiness in this crazy chaotic world? Tune in - as always Zoya's Pet health segment and a delicious recipe to conclude.

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92 children in Peru poisoned by Monsanto's Roundup after plane fumigates nearby field

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Children and teachers suffer a range of symptoms including extreme vomiting after exposure to glyphosate, a known carcinogen.

On Tuesday, nearly 100 people at an elementary school in Northern Peru were made violently ill when a plane fumigating nearby fields released weed-killer.

Reports stated that 92 school children and 3 teachers were exposed to the dangerous herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in US biotech giant Monsanto's best-selling product, Roundup.

A health official in the municipality of Nepena said at a news conference that children in the school suffered a range of symptoms, including extreme vomiting, fainting, stomach pains, and headaches as a result of the exposure.

Researchers at the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer have established that glyphosate is carcinogenic; a charge denied by UN officials.


Study finds that people over 50 who stay mentally engaged have better cognitive function

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Your overcrowded schedule might finally put your mind at ease: a new study suggests that busy people have better cognitive function as they get older than their less-busy people peers.

Published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience on Tuesday, the study found that people age 50 and older who keep themselves mentally engaged tended to have overall better brain function.

"We show that people who report greater levels of daily busyness tend to have better cognition, especially with regard to memory for recently learned information," said Sara Festini, a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Vital Longevity of the University of Texas at Dallas and lead author of the study.

Given that being too busy seems to be a "fact of modern life" for so many people, Denise Park, the director of the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, said that she is surprised by how little research has been carried out on the subject. Excessive busyness is known to have negative effects, such as anxiety and mood disorders, however.

Life Preserver

Prolonged antibiotic use impairs brain function, but exercise and probiotics can reverse the effects

Prolonged antibiotic treatment might impact brain function.
Antibiotics strong enough to kill off gut bacteria can also stop the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus, a section of the brain associated with memory, reports a study in mice published May 19 in Cell Reports. Researchers also uncovered a clue to why-- a type of white blood cell seems to act as a communicator between the brain, the immune system, and the gut.

"We found prolonged antibiotic treatment might impact brain function," says senior author Susanne Asu Wolf of the Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany. "But probiotics and exercise can balance brain plasticity and should be considered as a real treatment option."

Wolf first saw clues that the immune system could influence the health and growth of brain cells through research into T cells nearly 10 years ago. But there were few studies that found a link from the brain to the immune system and back to the gut.

In the new study, the researchers gave a group of mice enough antibiotics for them to become nearly free of intestinal microbes. Compared to untreated mice, the mice who lost their healthy gut bacteria performed worse in memory tests and showed a loss of neurogenesis (new brain cells) in a section of their hippocampus that typically produces new brain cells throughout an individual's lifetime. At the same time that the mice experienced memory and neurogenesis loss, the research team detected a lower level of white blood cells (specifically monocytes) marked with Ly6Chi in the brain, blood, and bone marrow. So researchers tested whether it was indeed the Ly6Chi monocytes behind the changes in neurogenesis and memory.

Comment: Both your physical and mental health are deeply influenced by the health of your gut and its microbes. Your gut microbes affect your overall brain function, from basic mood swings to the development of serious illnesses like autism, Alzheimer's disease, and schizophrenia. Keep moving: Exercise not only helps avoid brain shrinkage but increases cognitive abilities

Physical activity produces biochemical changes that strengthen and renew the brain areas associated with memory and learning. Exercise helps protect and improve brain function by improving and increasing blood flow to the brain, increasing production of nerve-protecting compounds, improving development and survival of neurons and reducing damaging plaques in your brain. It's never too late to start as your brain is capable of rejuvenating and regenerating itself throughout your life.


Cellular memory: Why pain may persist after your injury has healed

A new study from King's College London offers clues as to why chronic pain can persist, even when the injury that caused it has gone. Although still in its infancy, this research could explain how small and seemingly innocuous injuries leave molecular 'footprints' which add up to more lasting damage, and ultimately chronic pain.

All of us are likely to know someone who suffers from persistent pain -- it is a very common condition, which can be caused by sports injuries, various diseases and the process of ageing. Treatment options are limited and doctors are often unable to offer anything more than partial relief with painkillers, leaving their patients resigned to suffering.

While chronic pain can have many different causes, the outcome is often the same: an overly sensitive nervous system which responds much more than it normally would. However, a question still remains as to why the nervous system should remain in this sensitive state over long periods of time, especially in instances where the underlying injury or disease has gone.

Researchers from King's sought to answer this question by examining immune cells in the nervous system of mice, which are known to be important for the generation of persistent pain.

In the study, published today in Cell Reports, they found that nerve damage changes epigenetic marks on some of the genes in these immune cells. Epigenetics is the process that determines which gene is expressed and where. Some epigenetic signals have direct functional consequences, while others are just primers: flags that indicate a potential to act or be modified.

Comment: The human genome is astonishingly complex and dynamic, with genes constantly turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from the body. When genes are turned on, they express proteins that prompt physiological responses elsewhere in the body. Epigenetic modifiers have the ability to alter gene activity simply by blocking or not blocking the genetic code as it's being copied, meaning that our genes are not set in stone. The expression of specific genes is not just determined by our DNA, but also by our lifestyle and thus exercise, improving diet and decreasing stress can help regulate our genetic expression.

Book 2

Can the power of our minds help us heal ourselves?

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BANG! You're startled by a loud noise. Instantly you're fully alert and looking round for danger, heart racing. Or you see something erotic, and your body optimistically readies itself for intercourse. These simple observations are incontrovertible proof that our state of mind has a powerful effect on our bodies - a basic truth that we have ignored for too long, says science writer Jo Marchant.

Her book on this began as an article that appeared in New Scientist in August 2011. Marchant, a former colleague, had emailed me a few months earlier. Would I be interested in running a story about how our minds influence our health, and how we can harness these effects to help ourselves. "These areas have always been seen as a bit too close to pseudoscience," she wrote, "but studies are now starting to show clear physical effects and pin down mechanisms." It was one of those rare proposals that pretty much had me at hello.

Comment: Why hospitals need to recognize the science of healing thoughts
The interaction of our thoughts with the physical material world is of huge interest today, garnering increasing attention by academics around the world. Despite a wealth of scientific data showing that one can influence the other, and even more evidence proving that certain emotional states can lead to chronic illness, many who work in mainstream medicine remain entirely ignorant of these concepts.

Perhaps this is why more and more people are gravitating towards alternative forms of medicine. As Garth Cook from Scientific American points out:
A growing body of scientific research suggests that our mind can play an important role in healing our body — or in staying healthy in the first place. . .There are now several lines of research suggesting that our mental perception of the world constantly informs and guides our immune system in a way that makes us better able to respond to future threats. That was a sort of 'aha' moment for me — where the idea of an entwined mind and body suddenly made more scientific sense than an ephemeral consciousness that's somehow separated from our physical selves.