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The Handmaid's Tale becomes a reality - Infertility is on the rise

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In the Emmy Award-winning new series The Handmaid's Tale, a chilling new picture of a dystopian society emerges. Environmental contaminants are causing decreased sperm production among men, couples having difficulty conceiving and children being born with numerous health concerns. When I first read Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's Tale in the 80's, I thought it was a science fiction novel. Never did I imagine that it was a plausible vision of the future.

The troubling reality is that we are seeing a huge increase in both chronic disease (over 50% of adults have at least one) and reproductive health issues. The primary force behind the increase in chronic diseases has been unmasked. The sheer amount of toxins overwhelming our body's own detoxification systems, while simultaneously dysregulating the immune and endocrine system, is making us all sick. The CDC reports that over 100 toxic chemicals and metals out of the 212 that were measured (which is but a small fraction of the thousands of chemicals humans are exposed to daily) are present in the average U.S. resident.[i] This load is a prime causative factor for the majority of the epidemic of chronic diseases in the U.S. and must be addressed. Studies have shown that even our babies are being born pre-polluted. Heavy metals like lead and mercury, flame retardants, pesticides, herbicides, Bisphenol A and phthalates have been found in their cord blood, amniotic fluid, and breastmilk.[ii],[iii],[iv]


Adderall alternatives: Natural ADHD subsititutes

Adderall. It's a word that will either make you cringe or make you smile, depending on who you ask. The drug's intended to be used as a prescription medication to treat ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and narcolepsy. Now, it's become increasingly popular for its off-label use as a study aid and a quick fix for motivation problems.

Students and Wall Street executives in search of a real-world limitless pill frequently turn to Adderall as a possible solution. The drug's widespread misuse brought about a slew of media coverage and college campus horror stories. Adderall-induced addiction, depression, and derailed lives are just the beginning. With a prescription "smart drug" epidemic looming, renewed awareness, and a healthy fear of Adderall have come to light.

Comment: Read more about The Adderall generation
By 2013, 3.5 million children were on stimulants, and in many cases, the Ritalin had been replaced by Adderall, officially brought to market in 1996 as the new, upgraded choice for A.D.H.D. - more effective, longer lasting.

Adderall's very name reflects its makers' hopes for an expanding customer base: "A.D.D. for all" is the phrase that inspired it, Alan Schwarz writes in his new book, A.D.H.D. Nation. And in fact, by the time I arrived at college in 2000, four years after Adderall hit the market, nearly five million prescriptions were written; in 2005, the year after I graduated, that number was just under nine million. By then, sales of A.D.H.D. medication in the United States totaled more than $2 billion.


Testosterone found to have protective effects against asthma

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CLEARING THE AIR Adult women are about twice as likely to have asthma as men. New work in mice finds that testosterone impacts immune cells involved in the disease.
Testosterone may tamp down asthma caused by inhaling pollen, dust or other airborne allergens. That's partly why more women suffer from the lung disease than men, new research suggests.

The male sex hormone acts on a group of immune cells that are part of the first line of the body's defense against invaders. These cells are thought to kick-start inflammation in the lungs, which causes airways to narrow during an asthma attack. In mice exposed to an allergen, testosterone reduced the inflammatory response, researchers report in the Nov. 28 Cell Reports.

"How male and female sex hormones can affect the immune system is important for understanding the molecular and cellular basis of sex differences in diseases like asthma," says Nicola Heller, an immunologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine not involved in the study. Such findings may lead to new treatments and ways to manage symptoms, she says.

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The Health & Wellness Show: The Highs and Lows of Cannabis as Medicine

Marijuana used to be a popular herbal medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries and was common in U.S. pharmacies of the time. Yet, during the Nixon administration it was declared a Schedule 1 controlled substance and labeled as a drug with "no accepted medical use." Despite it being the most reviled plant on Earth, marijuana -- or cannabis -- has many medical uses that have long been known by science. There are over 100 active cannabinoids in cannabis with the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) accounting for 40% of the plant's extract.

CBD in the form of oils, tinctures, creams and sprays, ingested or applied topically, has been proven very efficacious in treating a wide range of disorders and maladies. Seizures, chronic pain, cancers of all types, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, GI disturbances and psoriasis are just a few of the illnesses that this weed is known to treat and it's high time cannabis medicine regained its rightful place in pharmacology.

Join us for this episode of The Health and Wellness Show where we explore the abundant medical applications and actions of CBD.

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Irish govt permits special license for medicinal cannabis oil (CBD) to girl suffering from severe form of epilepsy

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Vera Twomey with her seven-year-old daughter Ava
An Irish mother admitted her Christmas wish has come true with a special license being issued to allow her little girl access to medicinal cannabis treatment.

Vera Twomey confirmed that she plans to return to Ireland with her daughter Ava (7) after the way was cleared for the child to receive cannabis oil treatments in her native Cork.

The family had brought Ava to Holland so she could access the medical treatments she so desperately needed.

The delighted mother confirmed the news as she posted a special Facebook message to thank the thousands of Irish people who had backed the family's campaign.

Comment: Authorities need to get over the idea that cannabis is an 'evil recreational drug' when so many health benefits have been observed:


NHS 'blacklists' homeopathy on prescription because of mistaken belief that it doesn't work

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The Health Secretary previously supported a motion on homeopathy.
Homeopathy and herbal remedies are among seven treatments which NHS bosses have told Jeremy Hunt to officially "blacklist" from prescriptions because of a lack of evidence about their effectiveness.

GPs will be asked not to prescribe them any more and to take patients off these treatments if they're currently being prescribed on the NHS.

The Health Secretary has previously been forced to defend his position on homeopathy after he signed an early day motion in support of the treatments on the NHS in 2007.

Comment: Let's cut through the BS here and say what this is actually about. The NHS is firmly in the pockets of Big Pharma whose interest runs directly counter to remedies that will do the job better, with fewer side-effects at significantly lower cost than their blockbuster pharmaceuticals. Multinational pharma giants even threatened to sue the NHS for prescribing cheaper medicine which could save the public millions.

Dr. Helen Beaumont's comment at the end of the piece is exactly right - "Patients currently receiving homeopathic medicine will now be prescribed more costly drugs, which is counter to NHS England's objective of reducing prescribing costs." But while the NHS say they're attempting to lower patient costs, what they're really doing is trying to increase Pharmaceutical profits. From this diabolical perspective, it makes perfect "clinical or economic sense."

One slightly less dark side to this move by the NHS is that homeopathic remedies are quite cheap (although, this can't be said for some of the other natural remedies being blacklisted). From the above, it seems there's nothing stopping doctors from recommending remedies, even if the patient has to shell out a couple of bucks from their own pockets to get them. But for how long? One can be sure that, if Big Pharma decides moves like this are costing them one single cent, some legislation will come through to put a stop it.

For more on the mainstream medical cartel's war on homeopathy and natural medicine, see:

Alarm Clock

Applied chronobiology in rheumatoid arthritis could lead to more effective treatments

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Although rheumatoid arthritis causes pain and stiffness for millions of people, modern medicine has few answers. Doctors have little idea of who will get this disease and also few options for treatment. There are currently several medications, such as methotrexate and NSAIDS, that can treat this autoimmune disease by suppressing the immune system. However, these depress the immune system, have serious side effects and are not always effective. New research on chronobiology in rheumatoid arthritis may offer new treatments and even an eventual cure for this painful illness.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a common autoimmune disorder that affects around one out of one hundred Americans. With RA, people suffer from inflammation of the joints and other tissues in the body. Although the wrists, hands and fingers are most commonly affected, any tissues can become the victim of an autoimmune attack. Joints, skin and even organs such as the eyes or lungs can be affected. In addition to pain and swelling in joints, people with rheumatoid arthritis also can suffer fatigue and stiffness.

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Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain

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Researchers have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of young people addicted to smartphones and the internet, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 46 percent of Americans say they could not live without their smartphones. While this sentiment is clearly hyperbole, more and more people are becoming increasingly dependent on smartphones and other portable electronic devices for news, information, games, and even the occasional phone call.

Along with a growing concern that young people, in particular, may be spending too much time staring into their phones instead of interacting with others, come questions as to the immediate effects on the brain and the possible long-term consequences of such habits.

Hyung Suk Seo, M.D., professor of neuroradiology at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues used magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to gain unique insight into the brains of smartphone- and internet-addicted teenagers. MRS is a type of MRI that measures the brain's chemical composition.

The study involved 19 young people (mean age 15.5, 9 males) diagnosed with internet or smartphone addiction and 19 gender- and age-matched healthy controls. Twelve of the addicted youth received nine weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy, modified from a cognitive therapy program for gaming addiction, as part of the study.


Fast food diet linked to 51% higher depression risk

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Depression is linked to eating fast food, like hamburgers and pizzas as well as commercially produced cakes, research finds.

People who eat fast food - when compared to those that eat none - have a 51% higher depression risk, the scientists found.

There is also a so-called 'dose-response effect' for fast food.

Comment: Is it any wonder some Russians have called for American fast food corporations to be registered as foreign agents and mandatory warnings and threatening pictures for fast food packaging? And is it any wonder the US has a seriously worsening epidemic of depression when over a third of children and teens eat fast food daily.

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Women twice as likely as men to have asthma

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Women are twice as likely as men to have asthma, and this gender difference may be caused by the effects of sex hormones on lung cells, a study has found.

Researchers found that testosterone hindered an immune cell linked to asthma symptoms, such as inflammation and mucus production in the lungs.

"When we started this study, we really thought that ovarian hormones would increase inflammation, more so than testosterone making it better," said Dawn Newcomb, from the Vanderbilt University in the US.

"I was surprised to see that testosterone was more important in reducing inflammation," said Newcomb, senior author of the study published in the journal Cell Reports.

Prior studies have found that, before puberty, boys have about 1.5 times higher rate of asthma than girls. That trend reverses after puberty, when women are twice likely to have asthma as men, researchers said.

This pattern continues until women hit menopause, and then the asthma rates in women start to decline.