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This odd bacterium appears to protect its host from the damaging effects of stress

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Mycobacterium vaccae.
Scientists have isolated a unique molecular pattern that might one day enable a 'stress vaccine' to exist for real - and they found it hidden inside a bacterium that thrives in dirt.

Mycobacterium vaccae is a non-pathogenic bacterium that lives in soil, and has shown considerable promise in health research; now, a new study may have finally figured out why.

The findings suggest that a specific kind of fat inside M. vaccae could be why exposure to this seemingly beneficial bacterium in ground soil may be good for us.

This work ties in with the idea of "old friends", a hypothesis that claims humans co-evolved with a bunch of useful microorganisms, and losing those ties in the modern environment has led to an increase in allergic and autoimmune diseases.

Comment: As the connection between the gut microbiome and mood and brain function continues to be studied, the findings become more and more surprising. Who would think a bacterium in the dirt would help us deal with stress?

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Cosmetics related products injure thousands of children every year

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In the US, almost 65,000 children under five years old were admitted to hospital over a 15-year period as a result of injuries caused by cosmetic-related products.

The startling figures are revealed in a study conducted by researchers from the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio, and published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics.

Rebecca McAdams and colleagues found that there was no significant reduction over the years in the number of children rushed to emergency departments following harmful encounters with cosmetics and personal care products, with the rate remaining steady at 1.1 per 10,000.

The most common injury was poisoning, with nail-care items responsible for 28.3% of cases, followed by hair-care chemicals at 27%, and skincare at 25%. Fragrances accounted for most of the remainder.


Nanoparticle additives in your food

Processed food is the antithesis of a healthy diet for a number of different reasons, the addition of unregulated and often undisclosed chemicals being a significant one. Besides preservatives, emulsifiers, colors and flavors, which are generally listed, there are any number of others that do not have to be disclosed, as they're considered "processing aids."

Additives are used in food processing to slow spoilage, prevent fats and oils from going rancid, prevent browning, and fortify or enrich the food with synthetic vitamins and minerals to replace the natural ones that were lost during processing.

They're also added to improve taste, texture and appearance, as many processed foods would be as dull and bland as cardboard without some artificial help. But despite widespread use, many food additives have questionable safety profiles, or none at all, since only a small percentage have ever been properly tested.

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The corruption of evidence based medicine : Killing for profit

The idea of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is great. The reality, though, not so much. Human perception is often flawed, so the premise of EBM is to formally study medical treatments and there have certainly been some successes.

Consider the procedure of angioplasty. Doctors insert a catheter into the blood vessels of the heart and use a balloon like device to open up the artery and restore blood flow. In acute heart attacks studies confirm that this is an effective procedure. In chronic heart disease the COURAGE study and more recently the ORBITA study showed that angioplasty is largely useless. EBM helped distinguish the best use of an invasive procedure.

So, why do prominent physicians call EBM mostly useless? The 2 most prestigious journals of medicine in the world are The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine. Richard Horton, editor in chief of The Lancet said this in 2015
"The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue"

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Evil Rays

Why isn't mainstream media looking into health concerns of 5G?

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If you don't live under a rock, you've probably heard Verizon or AT&T commercials where they talk about the future with 5G with amazing download speed and all the other "benefits." Yet we don't hear them mention anything about health issues concerning 5G since it's frequency is much higher than previous generation cell services. I had heard things before about the dangers of 5G, but I recently delve down the rabbit hole and it irks me that very large corporations will simply push harmful tech on to people in the name of profit.

I read a phenomenal article that was backed up by peer reviewed sources the other day that really opened my eyes to the dangers of 5G. 5G or Fifth Generation like previous generations emit Radio Frequency (RF) Radiation, which is what makes them dangerous. One of the most concerning things about 5G is that since it has shorter wave length it has less capability to penetrate objects, thus mini cell towers will have to be placed much closer, estimating a tower every 2-8 houses. Where 1G, 2G, 3G, & 4G operate between 1-5 gigahertz (GHz), 5G operates between 24-90 GHz. Here is the difference between 4G & 5G shown below in the diagram.

Comment: The dangers of 5G wireless technology are massively downplayed in the mainstream media, yet the science is very concerning. By the time people wake up to the health concerns, every corner of the earth will already be bathed in this damaging radiation and there will be nowhere to hide.

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Jessica Biel joins anti-vaccine activist RFK Jr. to lobby against California pro-vaccination bill

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On Wednesday, actress Jessica Biel came out as an "anti-vaxx activist," as The Daily Beast put it, joining anti-vaccination crusader Robert Kennedy Jr. at the California legislature to lobby against a bill that would make it harder to opt out of vaccinating children for medical reasons. This wasn't an activity Biel's publicist highlighted.

Comment: Funny that in the next paragraph RFK describes Biel as "for safe vaccines and for medical freedom," yet the first line of the piece calls her "an anti-vaxx activist". Talk about hyperbole.

Comment: Yep, just another Hollywood crazy like Jenny McCarthy. There couldn't possibly be a legitimate reason to want safer vaccinations and to prevent the erosion of medical exemptions from vaccination.

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Hollywood dystopia? Sir Peter Jackson and James Cameron team up to promote meatless future

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Sir Peter Jackson and James Cameron have collaborated on several initiatives over the years.
The bromance between two Hollywood heavyweights has led to a project that could change the future of Kiwi farming.

Avatar director James Cameron and Hobbit director Sir Peter Jackson have joined forces to create a "plant-based" food business.

Rumours about the secret venture have swirled for two years, but the pair has remained tight-lipped until now.

Comment: What a load of rubbish. It reads like a dystopian future envisioned in a Hollywood script. Either the two directors have drunk the kool aid of the environmentalist nut-jobs (likely), they're capitalizing on current trends to try to make a buck (also likely) or they're actually 'part of the team' and playing an active role in social engineering for the future. None of these are mutually exclusive, of course.

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Cheap vitamin C brings hospital patients back from the brink of death by sepsis

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Hospital patients dying of organ failure from serious infections are walking out of the jaws of death time after time thanks to courageous individuals who refused to accept the status quo failing treatments. Instead, thinking outside the box to what will become a revolution in disease care management. More about that after a few statistics to show what a big deal this really is.

Severe sepsis, resulting from infection, has become a national epidemic. It's the most expensive condition treated in US hospitals. It is among the leading causes of hospital deaths, striking more than a million Americans every year from which 15-30% die.

Sepsis carried an annual cost of $24 billion in 2013 and is on the rise at $3.4 billion over the last two years, partially a result of antibiotic resistance.

At highest risk for sepsis deaths are infants, children and the elderly; and those who recover are at higher risk of future infections.

Thankfully, we are shifting into a new standard of care for infectious disease management, albeit not without resistance. The present system focuses on destroying the invading bacteria (antibiotics) and viruses (antivirals), while the new approach focuses on strengthening resistance to such infections. This is done by supporting the immune system through supplying increased amounts of nutrient substances normally present in the body and needed to facilitate the biochemical processes that destroy invading organisms.

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Objective:Health #19 - ADHD - Childhood Epidemic or Pharmaceutical Scam?

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ADHD is a controversial subject. While the psychiatric industry would have you believe that ADHD is a legitimate diagnosis, the truth is much more surprising.

In order to determine whether a child, or adult, has ADHD, only a vague set of parameters need to be met before medication is prescribed (and many of these parameters also describe normal childhood behavior). There are no brain scans, blood tests or hard scientific analyses associated with ADHD, only a checklist, subject to the biases of the psychiatrist or medical doctor. Possible causes of behavior issues are not considered and once a diagnosis is made, medication is the next step.

Even more problematic are that the drugs prescribed for ADHD are dangerous, and not only due to its side effects. Even when working properly, ADHD medications crush the creative spirit of children, turning them into obsessively obedient automatons. Being prescribed powerful, mind-altering psychotropic medications in childhood, when the brain is still developing, sets them up for a lifetime of problems. The fact that the medications are addictive is also problematic, to say the least.

Join us on this episode of Objective: Health as we look into the terrifying world of ADHD. What are we doing to our kids?

And stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment, as she looks at the many possible reasons a cat may be vomiting.

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The real gender gap is in heart disease

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Because I'm that guy, I took a poll at the recent family barbecue.

"Heart disease - who has it worse? Men or women?" I asked. The answers came quickly. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law said, "Women." My father-in-law, arms crossed, said confidently, "Men."

My mother-in-law remembered hearing about how heart disease affected women more than men during the February American Heart Association (AHA) "Go Red for Women" campaign. Apparently, the message wasn't heard by the men at this family gathering. They were moved by stories of men - fathers, brothers, friends - they knew who died from heart disease. We are taught that facts should trump feelings, evidence should trump anecdotes, and at first glance it would appear the men are too in touch with their feelings.

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