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'I eat healthy fats all day long' - Halle Berry explains why she adopted ketogenic diet

Halle Berry credits her ketogenic diet with keeping her fit.

The Monster's Ball star, 50, is known for her enviable physique and she explains not eating any sugars or carbohydrates - because she is diabetic - has helped her maintain her figure.

"The idea of it is you train your body to burn healthy fats and so I eat healthy fats all day long," she told U.S. talk show Live! with Kelly and Ryan of her low-carb, high-fat diet rules. "Avocado, oil, coconut oil, butter, but don't have sugar. So when your body gets trained to burn fats and you're constantly on fat-burning mode, that's the secret."

She also insisted love and happiness plays a part in leading a successful fit and healthy lifestyle.

"It's all of that (too)," the mother-of-two smiled.

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Gut bacteria influences emotions, says neuroscience

It is becoming widely known that gut bacteria influence much more than our digestive process. The bacteria living in the digestive system impact our general health. Furthermore, scientists are now discovering that this influence goes beyond physical health. A study out of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) discovered evidence that gut microbes affect our emotions. Specifically, they impact how we respond to fear.

Study Proves Brain and Gut Microbe Interactions

In their study, UCLA researchers examined fecal samples of 40 women to identify their gut microbiome. In addition, these women were hooked up to an MRI scanner and then shown images designed to provoke an emotional response. The study identified two types of gut bacteria that potentially impact the brain areas associated with mood and general behavior.

First, the scientists found Prevotella to be common in seven of the women. "The Prevotella group showed less hippocampal activity viewing negative valences images." The hippocampus regulates emotions, consciousness and memories. Women in this first group had profoundly negative emotions associated with distress and anxiety when viewing negative images.


Research reveals the previously unknown mechanism behind acupuncture's pain relieving properties

When it comes to treating ailments such as chronic pain, I definitely prefer nontoxic options to drugs and surgery. Americans use 80 percent of all the opioids sold worldwide1 - a testament to the pervasiveness of pain in this country - and with drug overdoses now being the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S., we clearly need safer alternatives.

Acupuncture is one such alternative. Research shows it can be an effective option for a number of health problems, but pain in particular. Contrary to allopathic, symptom-based medicine, acupuncture aims to eliminate the root cause of your problem, which is said to originate in a dysfunction in your body's energetic meridian system.

Basic Principles of Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) views the body as a cohesive system where everything within it is interconnected. In other words, it recognizes that each part of your body has the ability to affect all other parts.

There are 14 major energy channels called meridians that flow through your body. An energy called qi (or chi) circulates along the meridians to all parts of your body, including the internal organs and every cell. This qi is the vital force that literally keeps us alive. Vibrant health is a result of balanced, unimpeded flow of energy through your body.


Omeprazole: The acid reflux drug that can shorten your life

While omemprazole can be helpful for a short time, or for some people, unfortunately it's hardly the fix it's often sold as. This is partially because of how it changes the bacteria in your gut, but also because of other larger health hazards presented by omeprazole.

Comment: Omeprazole and other proton pump inhibitors used to treat acid reflux were never intended to be taken over the long term. Doing so can lead to systemic damage.
Proton pumps aren't limited to the stomach; they are present in just about every cell in your body. All of your cells, with the exception of red blood cells, have mitochondria that allow your body to metabolize carbohydrates and fat to produce energy. They do this by pumping protons across the membrane to generate a source of electric potential that can be harnessed to form ATP, the body's main storage form of energy. Without an efficient proton-pumping system, the body must rely on anaerobic systems for energy production, leading to rapid fatigue.

In particular, omeprazole can hamper your body's ability to intake and absorb vitamin B12.

And vitamin B12 deficiency can have major consequences, including:
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety
  • Damage to our central nervous system
  • Depletion in our red blood cell count
  • Depression
  • Neurological damage leading to degenerative ailments like dementia
Additionally, omeprazole can cause calcium loss in our bodies - also known as osteoporosis, or brittle bone syndrome - making us prone to fractures and breaks.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Lightening up: The Benefits of Photobiomodulation

The use of light therapy has a long history and was considered cutting edge treatment for a variety of infectious diseases, skin disorders and wounds in the late 1800's and early to mid-1900's but was shunted aside with the invention of antibiotics and the rise of Big Pharma. Now, light therapy is making a comeback and there are hundreds of research articles on the therapeutic benefits of red, near-infrared, green and, sometimes even blue, light. Photobiomodulation has shown promising results in the treatment of a wide array of disorders from chronic pain to Alzheimer's disease to acne and more.

Join us on this episode of The Health and Wellness Show where we'll discuss the science behind why light is so effective, what happens to your body when exposed to certain wavelengths and how to incorporate light therapy into your life in the comfort of your own home.

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Snakes in Suits

Leaked Monsanto docs reveal it tried to kill research on Roundup and influence EPA to conceal information about cancer risks

© Yves Herman / Reuters
Controversial agricultural giant Monsanto attempted to 'kill' research on Roundup weed killer, which is suspected of causing cancer, leaked documents show. The company also reportedly influenced EPA officials to conceal information about the cancer risks.

A trove of documents was released by LA-based plaintiff firm Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman earlier in August. The company is representing people who claimed that they or their relatives got cancer due to Monsanto products.

In particular, the case concerns the notorious Roundup, a non-selective herbicide which kills weeds that compete with agricultural crops. Its active ingredient is called glyphosate.

The documents, mostly emails between Monsanto executives and researchers working for or connected with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are dated between 1999 and 2016.

Black Cat

Whatever you know about how bad Big Pharma is, what they're wanting to do with revolutionary gene therapy is worse

A literal cure for cancer has been funded by charity, stolen by big-pharma, to be dangled over the head of the dying for profit.

Impropriety among big-pharmaceutical corporations has ranged from multi-billion dollar bribery rackets, to marketing drugs to patients for uses they were never approved for by regulators, to covering up known dangerous side-effects of medications they produce and sell.

More recently, big-pharma has been embroiled in a series of price-gouging controversies over equipment and treatments. This includes the hijacking of and profiteering from a revolutionary new treatment called gene therapy.

Gene therapy, the process of re-engineering human cells to either include missing DNA to cure genetic conditions or to arm the immune system to seek and destroy disease, has been the latest hopeful technology scooped up and plundered by big-pharma.


A just cause: Metabolic therapy for cancer

Cancer has become Americans' No. 1 health concern. It is easy to understand why. Fifty percent of men and 41 percent of women will develop cancer during their lifetimes. But what if you didn't need to fear cancer because you knew it was a metabolic disease that you could treat and recover from like other conditions?

Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society over 1,600 people die every day from cancer in the U.S.? That's over 600,000 people each year. And when you include the entire world population that number climbs tenfold to over 7.6 million. Think about it. What if that many people died each day from Zika, or Ebola or polio?

It would be headline news every single night. Yet you hear little or nothing about the over 1,600 cancer victims (and that number grows daily) who suffer immeasurably from decades-old treatments and lose their lives because of them every day. Why is this happening, you may be wondering? Can it be true that cancer is so complicated that there's nothing we can do except wait for the big breakthrough that never comes? The next "cutting edge" treatment that at best extends life for another few months?

The conventional medical community is so attached to the flawed genetic theory of cancer that they fail to use new science exposing the mitochondria dysfunction that is evident in almost all cancers. They simply accept the tragic loss of over a half million people with cancer each year.

It is beyond catastrophic that over 1,600 people suffer and die prematurely EVERY DAY because conventional cancer care fails to incorporate advanced dietary interventions to stop this madness. Even stage 4 cancer does not have to be a death sentence. With this powerful nutritional strategy, the unnecessary deaths from cancer could be radically reduced. But first, let's take a look at what's standing in the way.


Nearly sixty percent decline in Western mens' sperm counts

An analysis of research into male fertility suggests that there has been a steep decline in sperm counts for men living in richer nations.

The review pooled data from 185 different studies, and found a 59.3 per cent drop between 1973 and 2011 in the average amount of sperm produced by men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. No similar pattern was seen in South America, Asia and Africa, although fewer studies had been conducted in these countries.

Dietary and environmental exposures as well as pharmaceuticals are all linked to the quality of male sperm, revealing that toxins in many substances we interact with affect sperm maturation and membrane function in men. This means that men who are at increased risk of sperm DNA damage because of advancing age can do something about it.

"Given the importance of sperm counts for male fertility and human health, this study is an urgent wake-up call for researchers and health authorities around the world to investigate the causes of the sharp, ongoing drop in sperm count," says Hagai Levine, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who worked on the analysis.

Comment: Dead sperm? Here's why


Zika returns: First sexually transmitted infection of 2017 confirmed in Florida

© Ivan Alvarado / Reuters
Florida's first sexually transmitted Zika infection of 2017 has been discovered, bringing the statewide number of cases to 90. The mosquito-borne fever has no vaccine, and infected babies may suffer lifelong disabilities, among other symptoms.

The Florida Department of Health confirmed the finding Tuesday. An individual in Pinellas County was exposed to the Zika virus through sex after their partner returned from a trip to Cuba. The partner fell ill with the common symptoms of the virus, according to health officials.

Cuba is currently listed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of the countries with a Zika travel risk. This is the second confirmed sexually transmitted Zika case in the US.