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Elderberry's powerful protection against influenza and viruses

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With flu season encroaching, many are looking for ways to boost their immune function without drugs. One of the natural alternatives making headlines for its ability to fight influenza and other viruses is the elderberry (Sambucus nigra).

According to a 2019 Herb Market report,1 sales of elderberry grew by 138.4% between 2017 and 2018 alone. The report theorizes that "Rising sales of elderberry, which is commonly found in products marketed for immune health, may have been related to the unusually severe flu activity reported for the 2017-2018 season in the United States."

With sales on the rise, elderberry is also becoming more popular as a cash crop among farmers. As reported by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute in an October 1, 2019, article:2
"Native California elderberries can be found at the intersection of sustainable farming, super nutrition and economic viability. Naturally drought tolerant, flavorful and packed with nutrients, they are capturing the interest of farmers, health-conscious consumers and scientists ...
Elderberries occur naturally around the world. In California, Native Americans used the tree's stems for making flutes, berries for food and purple dye, and bark, leaves and flowers for their purported anti-inflammatory, diuretic and laxative properties ..."

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Objective:Health #33 - The Healing Potential of Psychedelics

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In the 1960s in the US, the psychedelic drug subculture exploded out into the mainstream, bringing with it promises of peace and love, ushering in the 'Age of Aquarius' (whatever that means).

Unfortunately, all they really accomplished was scaring the crap out of 'the authorities', who subsequently made all psychedelics illegal. Thus all the therapeutic potential of the drugs, which had already been studied for over a decade previously, ground to a screeching halt. Scientists could no longer get access to these promising substances.

Today we seem to be witnessing a cautious renaissance of study on psychedelics. Government regulators have been loosening restrictions on researchers who have taken up where their forefathers in the 50s left off. Scientists at well-respected institutions such as Johns Hopkins University have been investigating the benefits of psilocybin on those dying from cancer, for example.

Preliminary results of psychedelic research are showing benefits in cases of crippling depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and addictions. There is the potential that the substances could benefit many other conditions as well.

Join us for a discussion on the healing potential of psychedelics - so much more than party drugs! And be sure to stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment, where she gives us some examples of extreme animal births.


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7 Ways to prevent or even reverse heart disease with nutrition

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Considering that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the developed world, anything that can prevent or reduce cardiac mortality, or slow or even reverse the cardiovascular disease process, should be of great interest to health professionals and the general public alike.

Sadly, millions are still unaware of the extensive body of biomedical literature that exists supporting the use of natural compounds for preventing and even reversing heart disease, which we have indexed on GreenMedInfo.com.

Instead, they spend billions of healthcare dollars annually on highly toxic cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals such as statin drugs which have known cardiotoxicity, among 300 other proven side effects, simply because their doctors told them to do so. Bad advice is the rule and not the exception here. For instance, after decades of recommending a so-called 'low dose' aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke, the weight of evidence now points to it being a cause of significantly more harm than good: Doctors Reverse Decades Old Aspirin Recommendation: Deadly Risks Outweigh Benefits for Heart Disease & Stroke.

So, with this in mind, let's look at a small but significant sample of natural, food-based alternatives to these drugs through the lens of the clinical and biomedical literature itself.

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Our skin keeps time independent of the brain

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Researchers found that neuropsins synchronize the skin’s circadian clock to the light-dark cycle, independent of the eyes or brain.
Squids, octopuses, cuttlefish, amphibians, and chameleon lizards are among the animals that can change the color of their skin in a blink of an eye. They have photoreceptors in their skin that operate independently of their brains. The photoreceptors are part of a family of proteins known as opsins.

Mammals have opsins, too. They are the most abundant proteins in the retina. These light-sensing photopigments are responsible for color vision (cone opsins) and vision in dim light (rhodopsin). While previous studies have suggested that mammals might express opsin proteins outside the eye, there was little information on what functions they might influence.

A study published Oct. 10 in Current Biology has now found that a type of opsin known as neuropsin is expressed in the hair follicles of mice and synchronize the skin's circadian clock to the light-dark cycle, independent of the eyes or brain.

Comment: Circadian rhythms aka the "rhythms of life" which are controlled by light from our environments, regulate everything from nerve firing to hormone secretion. It is vital to our health that we receive the correct signals at the correct time from our environments.

Artificial blue light is very different from blue light from the sun, and in our modern lives we are exposed to excessive amounts of artificial blue light at the wrong time of day, completely throwing off our circadian rhythms and leading to a whole host of health problems.

This article demonstrates that our skin is a sensor, just as important as our eyes and therefore if you are attempting to block blue light in the evening by wearing blue-blocking glasses it's simply not enough. A more effective approach would be to use red or amber lights at home and to limit screen/ blue light exposure to the skin and eyes after dark.


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Three reasons you have neck pain - and why 'bad posture' isn't one

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If you suffer from neck pain, you're not alone. Spinal pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and its occurrence has increased dramatically over the past 25 years. While most episodes of neck pain are likely to get better within a few months, half to three-quarters of people who have neck pain will experience repeated episodes of pain.

It's often said there are "good and bad postures" and that specific postures can contribute to spinal pain but this belief is not supported by scientific evidence. Indeed, research shows that poor sleep, reduced physical activity and increased stress appear to be more important factors.

So despite attempts by health professionals to correct your posture and the use of "ergonomic" chairs, desks, keyboards and other gadgets chances are so-called "lifestyle factors" - such as getting enough sleep, making sure you exercise and keeping stress to a minimum - seem to be more salient in relieving and preventing the pain in your neck.

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Should you stretch before or after exercise, or both?

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Most would probably agree that stretching is an important part of a well-balanced fitness routine, but exactly when should you stretch? Before or after your workout? Both? Neither? To tease out the pros and cons, let's take a look at what the fitness literature has to say about these options.

Stretching Before Exercise

If you're like most, you're probably convinced that stretching before exercise is important for the prevention of injury. Would it surprise you to learn that the scientific evidence does not support this theory?

The confusion appears to have arisen as a result of the type of studies and evidence used as a basis for this recommendation. As explained in the editorial,1 "Stretching Before Exercise: An Evidence Based Approach," published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2000:2

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NHS app will allow pregnant women to monitor baby's movements from home

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The NHS has launched a new maternity app that allows women to manage their pregnancy from home.

Last year, health officials announced that more than 100,000 women were offered the digital maternity app under a pilot scheme.

Following a successful trial, the NHS has revealed that the app will be rolled out across the country, with all pregnant women - around 650,000 women a year - able to access it by 2024.

The app will allow pregnant women to take photographs of their scans to store, record their birth preferences and refer themselves to local maternity units.

Comment: Keep in mind that humans have been giving birth without the "aid" of electromagnetic wave producing, data-hoovering apps for millennia. Expectant mothers should really think about whether what's being offered here is an advantage or a hinderance in the birth of their child.

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A massive backlash is building against fake meat products like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods

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When it comes to foods that people miss most when giving up red meat for health reasons, burgers are firmly at the top of the list. That's why some food companies have been putting so much effort into finding meatless alternatives. While products from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods might look and taste like the real thing, they're hardly the healthier alternative their manufacturers would like you to believe.

In fact, in the wake of the popularity of these fake meats, a massive backlash has been building as those who know better have finally had enough of the misinformation surrounding the so-called food. As Natural News has been saying all along, these products give people a false sense of doing something good for their bodies and are precisely the type of processed foods people who care about their health should be avoiding.

One of the voices of dissent is the CEO of Chipotle, Brian Niccol, who has said that the products are simply too processed for the menu of his restaurant chain as they focus on using real foods and short ingredient lists. Chipotle is joined by Arby's and Taco Bell in pledging not to add these biotech meats to their menus.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is also not a fan, telling CNBC that many of the burgers getting a lot of hype right now are "super, highly processed foods." He said he's not willing to endorse them from a health standpoint.

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Get to sleep: How to spend the last 10 minutes of the day

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How much sleep did you get last night? If the answer is "not enough" you're hardly alone. According to Gallup's estimates, almost half the people you'll run into today are suffering from some level of sleep deprivation.

We often dismiss a little morning fatigue as an inconvenience, but here's the reality. Missing sleep worsens your mood, weakens your memory, and harms your decision-making all day long. It scatters your focus, prevents you from thinking flexibly, and makes you more susceptible to anxiety. (Ever wonder why problems seem so much more overwhelming at 1:00am than in the first light of day? It's because our brains amplify fear when we're tired.)When we arrive at work sleepy, everything feels harder and takes longer. According to one study, we are no more effective working sleep-deprived than we are when we're legally drunk.

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What's causing record rates of STDs?

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What's causing record rates of STDs?
The combined number of cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia in the U.S. reached an all-time high in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 2.4 million cases of the three sexually transmitted diseases were reported last year, an increase of more than 100,000 from the previous year.

Those figures include an alarming increase in congenital syphilis, which occurs when an infected mother passes the disease to her baby during pregnancy. Congenital syphilis led to 94 newborn deaths in 2018, the CDC said.

Half the STDs were reported in people between the ages of 15 and 24. Men who have sex with men were also disproportionately affected by the increase in STD rates. The CDC noted that its figures underestimate the total number of STDs nationwide because many people with these conditions don't show symptoms.

Comment: Notably absent in the above list of possible reasons for the rise in STD/STIs is the overall degenerating morality of society. The rise in hookup culture, dating apps and the general rise in sexual deviancy on display in the media (not to mention the easy access to porn) is undoubtedly part of the problem.

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