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When it comes to health & longevity: A high-fat diet is best

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Demonization of saturated fat based on flawed data
I remember as a teenager in the 80s how low-fat diets were all the rage in the United States. Suddenly, a slew of 'healthy' convenience foods were lining the supermarket aisles — from cookies to snacks and everything in-between. Low-fat cooking was championed and labels suggested reduced-fat products were the holy grail of health — guaranteeing a life free of disease and excess weight. And so it went. People jumped on the low-fat bandwagon and never looked back — that is, until waistlines expanded and general health took a nose dive. After years of low-fat living, people were fatter and more disease ridden than ever before. So what happened?

Besides substituting refined sugar for fat in processed foods — and people consuming more of these foods in general — researchers were stumped as to why low-fat diets were such a dismal failure on the health and obesity front. Observing the traditional French diet — a way of eating notoriously high in fat — and the exceptional health enjoyed by French people in general, the mystery slowly began to unravel. Eventually, acceptance of the notion that low-fat diets promote health was abandoned and the opposite was embraced: high-fat diets are not only healthy, but encourage longevity to boot.

Comment: Why Humans Crave Fat:


Sun

Knowledge protects: Learn to recognize the symptoms of heat stress and exhaustion

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, extreme heat causes 658 deaths in the U.S. each year. This is more than those in tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined.1 Sadly, many, if not all, of these deaths are preventable.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported 2,630 heat illnesses in 2014. These included all conditions related to overheating, such as rhabdomyolysis, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.2

In a study released by the CDC in 2013, researchers found 7,233 heat-related deaths in the U.S. between 1999 and 2009. This data also indicates the numbers are rising.3

In a two-week period in 2012, excessive heat resulted in 32 deaths over four states in the U.S. This is four times the typical average for those same states for the same two-week period between 1999 and 2009.

Just under 70 percent of deaths happen at home and 91 percent of those homes did not have air conditioning. Most of the people who died were either unmarried or living alone.

Factors Affecting Your Potential Risk for Heat Stress

Factors that affect your risk for suffering heat stress include your environment, your work and rest schedules, and your nutrition and training schedules.4 You are most prone to suffering heat stress if you are elderly, have high blood pressure or work or exercise in a hot environment.5

You might think you can only suffer heat stress when temperatures outside are very warm, but it need only be 57 degrees Fahrenheit (13.8 degrees Celsius) to suffer the effects of heat stress.

Humidity is another environmental factor affecting your body's ability to evaporate sweat, and cool your core temperature. Days of high humidity reduce sweat evaporation, and therefore affect your body's cooling system. Wind speed will help evaporate sweat and cool your body.

Acclimating to extreme heat is important if you plan to spend time outside working. In this process, you physically adjust to the temperature in your outdoor environment. In a healthy person, this can take up to two weeks; a little faster in the heat and slower in the cold.6

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Gear

Celiac psychosis: Can wheat make you crazy?

Maybe you've heard of the books Wheat Belly or Grain Brain. Maybe you've chatted with friends about a NY Times editorial claiming that gluten free is a fad. Maybe you've been raised, as I have, in a cultural consciousness that says, yeah food matters, but not that much.

I'd love to tell you a story I read about in the primary published literature that seems to suggest that yes, gluten is an issue. No it's not a wellness fad. And its elimination may very well be the key to resolving what would otherwise be a chronic and disabling psychiatric condition.


Comment: Back in 2011 The New York Post ran an editorial about the gluten free fad: Propaganda Alert: New York Post - The City's New Psychosis: Gluten!
It shouldn't be surprising that the Post is putting out the pro-gluten propaganda. Considering the new release of Dr. Davis book Wheat Belly. In an Interview with 'Wheat Belly' Author Dr. William Davis he clearly states WHY this sort of propaganda is being spread:
Dr. Davis: The response has been incredible. Within the first 9 days after its release, Wheat Belly made The New York times bestseller list.

Comment: Read more about the Neurological Effects of Gluten:


Cheesecake

Gut microbes: Do they control your food cravings?

Do you experience cravings for particular foods? Recent research on the gut-brain axis suggests that the microbes in your gut could strongly influence your food choices. Read on to learn how your gut microbes can manipulate your behavior and, in turn, how you might manipulate your gut microbes to curb food cravings.

A whopping 97 percent of women and 68 percent of men report experiencing cravings for certain foods (1). Cravings are thought to be a combination of social, cultural, psychological, and physiological factors and are a major barrier to weight loss and optimal health for many individuals (2).

Comment: To learn more about the importance of gut flora and food cravings read the following articles:


Flashlight

The numerous benefits of Himalayan salt lamps

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If you've never heard of Himalayan salt lamps - and most people haven't - you don't know what you're missing in terms of how they can dramatically improve your overall health.

First of all, it's probably best to tell you what Himalayan salt actually is. As noted by Mountain Rose Herbs:

Himalayan Pink salt is one of the purest salts available for culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic uses. This luxurious and delectable salt has beautifully formed crystals which range in color from off-white to a lustrous pink. Himalayan Pink salt is a pure, hand-mined salt that is derived from ancient sea salt deposits, and it is believed to be the purest form of salt available.

Comment: How Himalayan salt lamps are benefcial for better sleep and mental clarity


Info

The brain-gut axis: Mind control, antibiotics & beneficial bacteria

Most of your body is, well, not human. Single-cell bacteria living in and on your body - mouth, nose, skin, but especially gut - outnumber your human cells by at least three to one, totaling a whooping 100 trillion (1). These bacteria are called microbiomes and together they form your personal microbiota, which has a huge impact on your physical as well as mental health. There's a growing body of research that proves just how beneficial these gut bacteria are.

They may inhabit different ends of your body, but your brain and your gut are engaged in a subtle yet crucial interplay, so much so that the gut is being called by some scientists "the second brain" (2). In other words, an imbalance microbiota doesn't mean just constipation, diarrhea, or irritable bowel syndrome, but can lead to a host of serious mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, autism. More than that, it plays a part in the development of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Now that we know that the brain and gut are linked in an essential way, let's get to the bottom of things.

Comment: Additional reasons to pay attention to your body's 'second brain'


Health

800 reasons turmeric threatens big pharma


No single herb threatens the pharmaceutical industry's global monopoly as much as turmeric. Here's why...


Turmeric has received a lot of attention in the past few years. The reason has everything to do with the power of social media to undercut traditional pharmaceutical industry controlled media channels, along with the reality that the available published literature that has accumulated on turmeric's health benefits is astoundingly vast. The open access database MEDLINE, for instance, now contains over 10,000 study abstracts on turmeric and/or its components, such as the polyphenol known as curcumin. Our intention at GreenMedInfo.com is to save you time looking through these thousands of studies by putting all the relevant ones to natural and integrative medicine in one spot. In the case of the burgeoning volume of turmeric and curcumin literature, that spot is our Turmeric Research dashboard.

Comment: Health Benefits of Turmeric


Chess

The trivialization of the GMO debate

When people don't possess sufficient expertise on matters, they require simplicity. They desire easily manageable packages of knowledge, and these packages become taken for granted stocks of 'common sense' that enable them to cope with or to understand the world around them, no matter how faulty or misrepresented that 'knowledge' may be.

Powerful corporations and the media recognise people's need for simplicity. And here lies the problem. To rally the masses around certain ideas and to make things 'simple' for them, corporations have taken their cue from Edward Bernays, the modern father of advertising, propaganda and public relations. Bernays knew how to manipulate groups of people and get the masses to acquiesce and hooked on the products and messages of capitalism. We are now all subjected to this type of manipulation each and every day by the incessant bombardment of commercials and official pronouncements.

Comment: Also read Colin Todhunter's article: 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.



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Gut microbes: An overview

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Your body is infested with bacteria that you need to stay healthy.
Microorganisms live and thrive throughout your body, and as strange as it may sound, scientists have found that these microbes are vital to your health.

These microbes live on the surface of your skin, in between your toes and on your scalp. They make their homes in your nasal passages, in between your teeth and in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This is the human microbiome, and it is a collection of billions of microorganisms that live together in harmony on and inside people's bodies. The naked eye cannot see these microorganisms, but they are there.

At this point, you're probably asking yourself, "What exactly is it these microbes do, and how can I get rid of them?" But these bugs may actually be some of your greatest allies for staying healthy, and rather than trying to get rid of them, you should try to maintain their balance in order to remain in good health.

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Life Preserver

Vagus nerve stimulation significantly reduces the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Clinical trial data published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) demonstrates stimulating the vagus nerve with an implantable bioelectronic device significantly improved measures of disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects 1.3 million people in the United States and costs tens of billions of dollars annually to treat. The findings, announced by the Academic Medical Center/University of Amsterdam, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and SetPoint Medical, appear online in PNAS Early Edition and will appear in an upcoming print issue.

The publication, titled "Vagus nerve stimulation inhibits cytokine production and attenuates disease severity in rheumatoid arthritis," highlights a human study designed to reduce symptoms of RA, cytokine levels and inflammation by stimulating the vagus nerve with a small implanted device.

"This is the first study to evaluate whether stimulating the inflammatory reflex directly with an implanted electronic device can treat RA in humans," said Professor Paul-Peter Tak, MD, PhD, FMedSci, the international principal investigator and lead author of the paper at the Division of Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology of the Academic Medical Center/University of Amsterdam. "We have previously shown that targeting the inflammatory reflex may reduce inflammation in animal models and in vitro models of RA. The direct correlation between vagus nerve stimulation and the suppression of several key cytokines like TNF as well as reduced RA signs and symptoms demonstrates proof of mechanism, which might be relevant for other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases as well."

Comment: Rather than relying on an implantable medical device, the vagus nerve can be safely and effectively stimulated by gentle breathing exercises. The Éiriú Eolas stress relief breathing and meditation program is one method that can be quickly learned and can be practiced almost anywhere.

For more information on the amazing benefits of vagus nerve stimulation, see: