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At the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, Western medicine meets traditional Chinese remedies

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Pharmacy workers wearing protective clothes and masks serve customers in Wuhan on Jan. 25, 2020.
At the Liutianbao Pharmacy, one of the biggest dispensaries of traditional Chinese medicines in virus-stricken Wuhan, the shelves are practically bare of honeysuckle, the dried fruit of the weeping forsythia, eupatorium and patchouli.

At Changsheng Pharmacy, the shelves have been picked clean of Mongolian milkvetch and Chinese bellflower, after a run on traditional herbal remedies prompted in part by promises from local health leaders that Chinese medicine can arm people with an herbal immunity to a deadly virus that has stoked fear around the world.

"People have bought whatever can possibly be helpful for their health and safety," said Meng Juan, a worker at Changsheng Pharmacy.

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Veteran Affairs tests keto diet for diabetic patients, raising ire of nay-sayers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with a California health company to help veteran diabetics follow the keto diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with Virta Health, a Silicon Valley startup that claims its treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes.

A partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Silicon Valley startup Virta Health Corp. is focusing attention on the company's claim that it provides treatment "clinically-proven to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes" without medication or surgery.

The assertion is at the heart of an ongoing debate about the keto diet's effect on diabetes. Some diabetes experts are skeptical of Virta's promise and are expressing concerns that the company's partnership with the federal government is giving the diet too much credence.

Comment: One would hope the department of Veteran Affairs will ignore the uninformed nay-sayers and proceed with the keto diet intervention. There is reams of evidence in favor of low-carbohydrate diets in the treatment of diabetes and even more attesting to the safety of the diet.

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When is a pesticide not a pesticide? Apparently when it coats a seed

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Lance Russell, left, and his father, Harold Kraus, check DuPont Co.'s Pioneer coated corn seed, in preparation for planting on their farm near Hays, Kansas.
If you apply a chemical to a field of crops, either from a sprayer towed behind a tractor or from above, by an aerial crop duster, that is considered a pesticide.

However, if you take that same chemical and coat it on a seed, then plant that seed in the ground, it ceases to be pesticide — at least according to government regulators.

This issue of how to define a pesticide is at the center of a growing battle over a regulatory loophole that allows seeds coated with chemicals to be considered "treated articles," rather than pesticides.

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How a vegan diet could affect your intelligence

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The vegan diet is low in - or, in some cases, entirely devoid of - several important brain nutrients. Could these shortcomings be affecting vegan's ability to think?

It was the late 1880s in the city of Rajkot, India. The meeting was to take place on the banks of the local river - and discretion was essential. Mahatma Gandhi, who was just a teenager at the time, hadn't told his parents where he was going; if they had found out, they would have been shocked to death.

As it happens, Gandhi was having a picnic. And on this occasion, India's future national hero - and one of the most famous vegetarians in history - wasn't planning to dine on cucumber sandwiches. No, for the first time in his life, he was going to eat meat.

As he later wrote in his biography, Gandhi was raised as a strict Vaishnava Hindu, so he had never even seen meat before this fateful day. But his picnic companion was a shady character with an unusual obsession - the idea that meat held the key to being physically and mentally strong.

Comment: It's unfortunate that so many of these research feel the need to qualify their findings with 'I'm not saying people can't be healthy on a vegan diet blah, blah, blah,' despite the mounting evidence to the contrary. There is no evidence that even a supplemented vegan diet is sufficient for proper human health, so all these qualifiers really make no sense. If veganism can be healthy, find one who isn't deficient.

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Vitamin C protects against coronavirus

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The coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses of vitamin C. Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for decades. There has been a lack of media coverage of this effective and successful approach against viruses in general, and coronavirus in particular.

It is very important to maximize the body's anti-oxidative capacity and natural immunity to prevent and minimize symptoms when a virus attacks the human body. The host environment is crucial. Preventing is obviously easier than treating severe illness. But treat serious illness seriously. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention. It is not an either-or choice. Vitamin C can be used right along with medicines when they are indicated.
"I have not seen any flu yet that was not cured or markedly ameliorated by massive doses of vitamin C."

(Robert F. Cathcart, MD)

Comment: It's still unknown whether the coronavirus is yet another dud, but it certainly doesn't hurt to be prepared. Using the vitamin supplements mentioned preventively has no side effects to speak of, so following the above protocol should be something everyone is doing.

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Cannabis compound found to wipe out superbugs

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MRSA bacteria, one of the most common hospital superbugs.
A compound made by cannabis plants has been found to wipe out drug-resistant bacteria, raising hopes of a new weapon in the fight against superbugs.

Scientists screened five cannabis compounds for their antibiotic properties and found that one, cannabigerol (CBG), was particularly potent at killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), one of the most common hospital superbugs.

Tests in the lab showed that CBG, which is not psychoactive, killed common MRSA microbes and "persister" cells that are especially resistant to antibiotics and that often drive repeat infections. The compound also cleared up hard-to-shift "biofilms" of MRSA that can form on the skin and on medical implants.

Comment: See also: "One of the most valuable medicines we possess": The Victorian doctor who promoted medical cannabis

And check out SOTT radio's: The Health & Wellness Show: The Highs and Lows of Cannabis as Medicine


Anti-inflammatory drugs slow healing, if taken at wrong time of day

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Our biological clock plays crucial role in healing from surgery.
If you have just had knee, shoulder or hip surgery, you may want to take anti-inflammatories in the morning or at noon, but not at night. A McGill-led study shows, for the first time, that circadian clock genes are involved in healing from surgery. Indeed, the researchers demonstrated that anti-inflammatory medications are most effective in promoting post-operative healing and recovery when taken during the active periods of our biological clocks.

The study, recently published in Scientific Reports, also suggests that if anti-inflammatories are taken either in the afternoon or at night, during the resting phases of the circadian rhythm, they can severely deter healing and bone repair following surgery. That's because these are the periods when cells known as osteoblasts are rebuilding bone.


Inclisiran: The new 'cholesterol-busting jab' we should all be leary of

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This is the third note in a row about cholesterol, but that's because it has been featured so much recently in the mainstream media and academic publications.

The headline in the UK Times newspaper on January 14th, 2020 was "New cholesterol 'vaccine' could save thousands of lives a year" (Ref 1). The BBC headline was "NHS to pioneer cholesterol-busting jab" (Ref 2). The BMJ reported: "Inclisiran: UK to roll out new cholesterol lowering drug from next year" (Ref 3).

The media story may have been a UK one, but the drug that it featured is very much a global phenomenon. The coverage was also interesting because it wasn't the result of a press release about findings from a research trial, which is normally the case. It was a PR/marketing story about a "novel partnership" between the pharmaceutical company, Novartis, and the UK National Health Service "which will see patients receive accelerated access to its groundbreaking cholesterol-lowering drug inclisiran" (Ref 4).

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"Unhealthy" gut microbiome linked to PCOS and obesity in teens

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Teens with obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have more "unhealthy" gut bacteria, suggesting the microbiome may play a role in the disorder, according to new research published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

PCOS is complicated endocrine disorder affecting 6 percent to 18 percent of women of reproductive age and work in adult women indicates that changes in bacteria be involved. The hormone disorder is characterized by elevated testosterone levels in the blood that cause acne, excess hair growth and irregular periods. Teens with PCOS often also struggle with obesity and have a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, infertility, and depression.

"We found that in adolescents with PCOS and obesity, the bacterial profile (microbiome) from stool has more 'unhealthy' bacteria compared to teens without PCOS," said the study's corresponding author, Melanie Cree Green, M.D., Ph.D., of Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo. "The unhealthy bacteria related to higher testosterone concentrations and markers of metabolic complications."

Comment: Many of the symptoms of PCOS have been found to be related to dysregulated blood sugar (which can correlate with the type of bacteria in the gut), and many report going on a low carbohydrate regimen has a remarkable effect.

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Objective:Health #42 - Medications That Change Our Personality

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Would you like a side of gambling addiction with your Parkinson's medication? How about bouts of road rage and violence with your cholesterol meds? Or a pill that reduces your sense of empathy along with your headache?

A recent article on the BBC called "The Medications That Change Who We Are" exposes the little-mentioned serious personality-shifting side effects of many of the most popular medications in the world. While the negative side-effects of psychotropic meds are relatively well known (although downplayed in the mainstream press), few are aware that pill regimes seemingly unrelated to mood and personality could have such wide-ranging negative effects on how we relate to the world.

Join us on this episode of Objective:Health as we take a closer look at the medications that change who we are.

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