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What modern day healthcare continues to ignore about illness & addiction

Life is an ongoing process of evolution, of growth. As we are transforming both technologically and individually, there are still many materialistic worldview-systems — accompanied by rigid dogmas — that are refusing to evolve. There are some excellent examples of this in the current healthcare paradigm as described below.

Healthcare is often treating the symptoms, not the causes.

In Dr. Epstein's book The 12 Stages of Healing, he discusses the disparity between healing and curing. He says that curing involves the attempt to eliminate the symptoms, while healing is focused on the root problem.

Healing takes part in understanding what feedback the symptoms are giving us, and on integrating, not separating, the symptoms back into the whole. It is a process of awareness and transformation, not avoidance and rejection.


Blood glucose health is getting worse in American adults

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Persistently high blood glucose can lead to serious complications.
Blood pressure and cholesterol levels are improving among Americans with obesity, but overall blood glucose health is deteriorating, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

This could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and of complications relating to the cardiovascular system, say the researchers.

When a person has obesity, their body is no longer able to process blood sugar in the normal way, but this can be reversed if the person loses weight.

Studies suggest that, following a steady rise over 30 years, rates of obesity in the United States are leveling off. At the moment, obesity affects more than 1 in 3 Americans, or around 35 percent of the population.

Type 2 diabetes often occurs alongside obesity. It is sometimes called a lifestyle disease, because it is frequently linked to a poor diet and lack of exercise, and because a change in lifestyle can reduce the chance of developing it.

Comment: The standard American diet is high in sugar. When blood sugar is consistently high, cells stop responding to signals from insulin to take up the excess sugar from the bloodstream. The excess sugar in the bloodstream then causes the problems associated with diabetes.

The book Life Without Bread maps out the dangers of a high sugar/carbohydrate diet and shows how this type of diet is the root cause of all modern illness. We at SOTT recommend a low carbohydrate Paleolithic or ketogenic diet for optimal health.

Life Preserver

Cancer patient Pablo Kelly: 'Quitting carbs has saved my life'

Mr Kelly restricts his calories and fasts regularly. His only source of carbohydrates are green vegetables. His supplements and therapies cost an estimated £11,000 a year, which are paid for with his disability benefits
A cancer patient told he had just months to live claims giving up carbohydrates has given him nearly two extra years of life.

Pablo Kelly, 27, was told the tumour in his brain was inoperable and chemotherapy was his only chance at survival. But he decided to reject traditional treatments in favour of a specialist fat-heavy, carb-free diet.

Mr Kelly says he restricts his calories and fasts regularly - while his only source of carbohydrates comes from green vegetables. He does not eat processed foods, refined sugars, root vegetables, starch, breads, or grains.

Two years later, he claims this is the reason he has outlived expectations.

He now believes he is the only person alive diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme - a terminal brain tumour - who is not having therapy or surgery.

Comment: Read more about the healing benefits of a ketogenic diet:


Study finds our immune system affects and controls social behavior

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A new study could have enormous implications for conditions such as autism and schizophrenia. It claims that the immune system affects and even controls social behavior.

Blocking a single type of immune molecule in the brain of a mouse caused abnormal behavior that would go away once the molecule was restored.

It may not sound like a monumental discovery at first glance, but researchers from the University of Virginia School of Medicine believe that this means that our immune system controls such fundamentals as our desire to interact with others.

The implications go so far as to suggest that immune system problems contribute to an inability to have normal social interactions.

"The brain and the adaptive immune system were thought to be isolated from each other, and any immune activity in the brain was perceived as sign of a pathology. And now, not only are we showing that they are closely interacting, but some of our behavior traits might have evolved because of our immune response to pathogens," explained Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, chairman of UVA's Department of Neuroscience. "It's crazy, but maybe we are just multicellular battlefields for two ancient forces: pathogens and the immune system. Part of our personality may actually be dictated by the immune system."


Obama set to sign GMO Labeling Bill the House just passed

A controversial bill that will prevent states from creating their own labeling standards for genetically engineered foods has passed the House of Representatives and now heads to President Obama's desk.

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure aimed at creating a federal standard for labeling genetically engineered or modified foods. Genetically modified or engineered seeds are engineered to have certain traits, such as resistance to herbicides. The majority of the United States' corn and soybean crops are now GE, including a large portion that is used for animal feed.

Only days after the U.S. Senate passed their version of the bill, the U.S. House passed the bill with a 306 to 117. The bills would put the U.S. Department of Agriculture in charge of establishing "a uniform national disclosure standard for human food that is or may be bioengineered." Critics of a federal standard worry about the USDA being pressured by biotechnology companies that have a close relationship to U.S. regulatory agencies. The proposal would also require companies producing foods with GE ingredients to post a label, including text on package, a symbol, or a link to a website via a QR code or similar technology. The bill will also prevent states and localities from passing their own labeling measures.


Research finds medical marijuana would cut over a billion dollars from prescription medication costs

A well-known fact still denied by conventional medicine is that marijuana saves lives by curbing highly addictive prescription painkillers known to kill tens of thousands every year.

In fact, drug overdoses by prescription opioids kills more people than suicide, guns or motor vehicle accidents. University of Georgia researchers have now found that implementing medical marijuana could also reduce Medicare costs by billions.

There is an abundance of evidence that the suppression of medical marijuana is one of the greatest failures of a free society, journalistic and scientific integrity as well as our fundamental values. There is no plant on Earth more condemned than marijuana.

There is solid evidence that marijuana is effective at treating one big condition: chronic pain. There is at least a 30% greater improvement in pain with cannabinoid compared with placebo across hundreds of studies.

Some studies have examined the effect of adding a cannabinoid to the regimen of patients with chronic pain who report significant pain despite taking stable doses of potent opioids.


Is artificial light slowly killing us? Study shows negative health consequences of unnatural blue light exposure

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New findings suggest that more care should be taken in considering the amount of light exposure people get.
Along with eating right and exercising, people should consider adding another healthy habit to their list: turning out the lights. That's according to a new study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biologyon July 14 showing many negative health consequences for mice kept under conditions of constant light for a period of months.

"Our study shows that the environmental light-dark cycle is important for health," says Johanna Meijer of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. "We showed that the absence of environmental rhythms leads to severe disruption of a wide variety of health parameters."

Comment: The majority of physiologic processes in the human body are regulated by light cycles and circadian rhythms. Neural tracts in the central nervous system are wired to respond predominantly to light signals received by receptors in the eye and surfaces including the skin, the lungs, and the GIT tract. Exposure to artificial light after sunset causes the body to function like it would in daytime, thereby creating a 'mismatch' in physiological signalling. See the following:


Renowned acupuncturist found stabbed to death in her Palo Alto home

It is with heavy hearts that we announce yet another death in our tragic unintended series of holistic doctor deaths. In one short year, there have been over 50 deaths.

A well known holistic doctor/acupuncturist's body was recently found inside her upscale Creekside Drive home, Palo Alto Police confirmed on Tuesday. Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office found the cause of death to be multiple stab wounds on the autopsy, officials said.

Comment: See also: The eradication of natural alternatives - Big Pharma wants to eliminate the competition


Nighttime exposure to artificial lighting weakens your muscles and bones

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New findings suggest that more care should be taken in considering the amount of light exposure people get.
Too much light is bad for your health. So suggests research in mice, which found that six months of continuous lighting led to a loss of strength and bone mass, and signs of increased inflammation. The findings are worrying for people who experience prolonged light exposure - such as shift-workers and hospital patients - but some of the effects seem to be reversible.

The experiment involved 134 mice, which experienced no dark for half a year. By the end, the mice had lost about half their strength compared with controls, as measured by grip endurance tests and their ability to cling to bars, while the signals of their internal body clocks were weakened.

Their bones were affected too. The bulbous, spongy parts of their bones that are responsible for bearing most weight lost a third of their volume, and became 10 per cent thinner - just as in the early stages of osteoporosis.

There were also signs of increased inflammation, such as a rise in the number of neutrophil white blood cells - usually associated with stress or infection.

Comment: Any exposure to nighttime light suppresses our body's production of melatonin which regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin lowers blood pressure, glucose levels, and body temperature - key physiological responses responsible for restful sleep. At the same time, artificial lighting unnaturally elevates cortisol levels at night, which disrupts sleep and can cause insulin resistance and systemic inflammation. Chronic exposure to even dim light at night has been linked to depression, premature aging and heart problems.


Angry parents in Colombia shut down schools, lock gates in protest, over 1,000 cases of HPV vaccine injuries in Bolivarense municipality

Today when hundreds of children of Carmen de Bolivar were to resume classes after day holiday midyear, they found their schools closed by several groups of parents of girls who are being affected after being vaccinated by the vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV) in this Bolivarense municipality.

Comment: See also: Children in 7th grade will be forcibly injected with HPV vaccine if they wish to remain in public school