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Niacin treatment of schizophrenia - Recent research supports Abram Hoffer's original work

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Schizophrenia is a devastating and complex disease that can include a variety of specific clinical conditions. Drugs to treat schizophrenia have not advanced much beyond the 1960s; in many cases they are not very effective, and they have severe side-effects. The problem is that the cause of schizophrenia is unknown, and precisely how the drugs affect brain circuitry is also unknown. Schizophrenia is thought to have a substantial environmental component (toxins, culture, upbringing, lifestyle, diet, etc.), but its onset is likely to be predisposed by genetic factors.[1] Genetic analysis has recently made great progress in identifying genes that cause diseases. Many diseases that strike young adults, as schizophrenia often does, have been shown to be caused by one or just a few specific mutations. For example, some diseases that cause blindness are now known to be caused by a mutation in one or more of the genes that code for molecules in the brain essential for sight. In one recent case, gene therapy approved by the FDA to correct the mutation has restored sight in blind people. [2]

Pessimism about schizophrenia

However, research into the possible genetic cause of schizophrenia has not found any obvious candidate gene mutations. Part of the problem is that schizophrenia is not just one disease; it comprises a family of interrelated conditions and is diagnosed by several criteria, which implies that a variety of causes may contribute. Apparently, many gene mutations may contribute to schizophrenia, but none yet found have an influence strong enough to be the exclusive cause.

Comment: See also: Niacin and schizophrenia


Family

Mothers must breastfeed for at least 2 months to decrease risk of SIDS

Mother holding baby
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Just two months of breastfeeding may be enough to cut the risk of your child dying from SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), according to AAP News. A study looked retrospectively at eight other studies involving SIDS cases and compared them to a control group, and found that breastfeeding must continue at least two months to be protective. Researchers said they weren't sure what it is about breast-feeding that has the positive effect, but that it may have something to do with breast milk's impact on immune systems and early brain development.

There's no question breast milk is a perfect food for the human infant as it contains all the nutrients vital for healthy growth and development, plus beneficial microbes that promote a healthy gut microbiome. Breastfeeding also has some amazing benefits for moms, and it's these dual benefits for both mom and baby that lead me to encourage you to do all you can to breastfeed your baby successfully, and exclusively, for at least the first six months; and longer if possible.

You should begin nursing as soon after birth as possible, as your baby's sucking instinct will be very strong at that time, giving you the best chance of success. Newborns need to nurse at least once every two hours, for about 15 minutes or so on each side, but most do not adhere to any kind of strict schedule and feedings can vary in length. It is this frequent nursing that stimulates your breasts to produce increasing amounts of milk to keep up with demand. It's natural, and it's what's best for you and baby.

Comment: They also argue with the absurd claim that it is "unethical".


Heart

12 Reasons Saturated Fats Are Good For You

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For more than half a century, saturated fat has been regarded as a deadly nutrient that clogs your arteries and causes heart disease. However, when you consider the fact that we've been eating saturated fat for millions of years, it just doesn't make sense that it could be so unhealthy.

Modern science often neglects the importance of nature and this is one of the more prominent examples. Many reputable sources of information are now revealing that we've been misled and saturated fat does not cause heart disease. In fact, the "heart healthy" vegetable oils that we've been told to use instead of saturated fat pose a much more significant risk.

Comment: Cholesterol levels derived from eating saturated fats are less inflammatory. Not only does the historical record support these conclusions, experience and organic chemistry 101 tells us that it cannot be otherwise. Grandma was right, you should eat your fatty bone broth. Saturated fat is good for you, and vegetable oils, in particular heated oils, are likely a significant contributor to the depositing of fatty substances of plaque on the inner lining of arterial walls, i.e. atherosclerosis.

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Hearts

Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system

Valter Longo
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Corresponding author Valter Longo
In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study in the June 5 issue of the Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage - a major side effect of chemotherapy - but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.

In both mice and a Phase 1 human clinical trial involving patients receiving chemotherapy, long periods of not eating significantly lowered white blood cell counts. In mice, fasting cycles then "flipped a regenerative switch," changing the signaling pathways for hematopoietic stem cells, which are responsible for the generation of blood and immune systems, the research showed.

Comment: See also The Health & Wellness Show: Fast-inating Information About Fasting


Book 2

The Handmaid's Tale becomes a reality - Infertility is on the rise

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In the Emmy Award-winning new series The Handmaid's Tale, a chilling new picture of a dystopian society emerges. Environmental contaminants are causing decreased sperm production among men, couples having difficulty conceiving and children being born with numerous health concerns. When I first read Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's Tale in the 80's, I thought it was a science fiction novel. Never did I imagine that it was a plausible vision of the future.

The troubling reality is that we are seeing a huge increase in both chronic disease (over 50% of adults have at least one) and reproductive health issues. The primary force behind the increase in chronic diseases has been unmasked. The sheer amount of toxins overwhelming our body's own detoxification systems, while simultaneously dysregulating the immune and endocrine system, is making us all sick. The CDC reports that over 100 toxic chemicals and metals out of the 212 that were measured (which is but a small fraction of the thousands of chemicals humans are exposed to daily) are present in the average U.S. resident.[i] This load is a prime causative factor for the majority of the epidemic of chronic diseases in the U.S. and must be addressed. Studies have shown that even our babies are being born pre-polluted. Heavy metals like lead and mercury, flame retardants, pesticides, herbicides, Bisphenol A and phthalates have been found in their cord blood, amniotic fluid, and breastmilk.[ii],[iii],[iv]

Health

Adderall alternatives: Natural ADHD subsititutes

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Adderall. It's a word that will either make you cringe or make you smile, depending on who you ask. The drug's intended to be used as a prescription medication to treat ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and narcolepsy. Now, it's become increasingly popular for its off-label use as a study aid and a quick fix for motivation problems.

Students and Wall Street executives in search of a real-world limitless pill frequently turn to Adderall as a possible solution. The drug's widespread misuse brought about a slew of media coverage and college campus horror stories. Adderall-induced addiction, depression, and derailed lives are just the beginning. With a prescription "smart drug" epidemic looming, renewed awareness, and a healthy fear of Adderall have come to light.

Comment: Read more about The Adderall generation
By 2013, 3.5 million children were on stimulants, and in many cases, the Ritalin had been replaced by Adderall, officially brought to market in 1996 as the new, upgraded choice for A.D.H.D. - more effective, longer lasting.

Adderall's very name reflects its makers' hopes for an expanding customer base: "A.D.D. for all" is the phrase that inspired it, Alan Schwarz writes in his new book, A.D.H.D. Nation. And in fact, by the time I arrived at college in 2000, four years after Adderall hit the market, nearly five million prescriptions were written; in 2005, the year after I graduated, that number was just under nine million. By then, sales of A.D.H.D. medication in the United States totaled more than $2 billion.



Health

Testosterone found to have protective effects against asthma

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CLEARING THE AIR Adult women are about twice as likely to have asthma as men. New work in mice finds that testosterone impacts immune cells involved in the disease.
Testosterone may tamp down asthma caused by inhaling pollen, dust or other airborne allergens. That's partly why more women suffer from the lung disease than men, new research suggests.

The male sex hormone acts on a group of immune cells that are part of the first line of the body's defense against invaders. These cells are thought to kick-start inflammation in the lungs, which causes airways to narrow during an asthma attack. In mice exposed to an allergen, testosterone reduced the inflammatory response, researchers report in the Nov. 28 Cell Reports.

"How male and female sex hormones can affect the immune system is important for understanding the molecular and cellular basis of sex differences in diseases like asthma," says Nicola Heller, an immunologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine not involved in the study. Such findings may lead to new treatments and ways to manage symptoms, she says.

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The Health & Wellness Show: The Highs and Lows of Cannabis as Medicine

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Marijuana used to be a popular herbal medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries and was common in U.S. pharmacies of the time. Yet, during the Nixon administration it was declared a Schedule 1 controlled substance and labeled as a drug with "no accepted medical use." Despite it being the most reviled plant on Earth, marijuana -- or cannabis -- has many medical uses that have long been known by science. There are over 100 active cannabinoids in cannabis with the non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) accounting for 40% of the plant's extract.

CBD in the form of oils, tinctures, creams and sprays, ingested or applied topically, has been proven very efficacious in treating a wide range of disorders and maladies. Seizures, chronic pain, cancers of all types, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, GI disturbances and psoriasis are just a few of the illnesses that this weed is known to treat and it's high time cannabis medicine regained its rightful place in pharmacology.

Join us for this episode of The Health and Wellness Show where we explore the abundant medical applications and actions of CBD.

And stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic is animal news and facts, including "can animals see invisible things", or "can they see themselves in the mirror"?

Running Time: 01:20:37

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Holly

Irish govt permits special license for medicinal cannabis oil (CBD) to girl suffering from severe form of epilepsy

Vera Ava Twomey Ireland cannabis medical
© Michael Mac Sweeney
Vera Twomey with her seven-year-old daughter Ava
An Irish mother admitted her Christmas wish has come true with a special license being issued to allow her little girl access to medicinal cannabis treatment.

Vera Twomey confirmed that she plans to return to Ireland with her daughter Ava (7) after the way was cleared for the child to receive cannabis oil treatments in her native Cork.

The family had brought Ava to Holland so she could access the medical treatments she so desperately needed.

The delighted mother confirmed the news as she posted a special Facebook message to thank the thousands of Irish people who had backed the family's campaign.

Comment: Authorities need to get over the idea that cannabis is an 'evil recreational drug' when so many health benefits have been observed:


Pills

NHS 'blacklists' homeopathy on prescription because of mistaken belief that it doesn't work

Homeopathy NHS
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The Health Secretary previously supported a motion on homeopathy.
Homeopathy and herbal remedies are among seven treatments which NHS bosses have told Jeremy Hunt to officially "blacklist" from prescriptions because of a lack of evidence about their effectiveness.

GPs will be asked not to prescribe them any more and to take patients off these treatments if they're currently being prescribed on the NHS.

The Health Secretary has previously been forced to defend his position on homeopathy after he signed an early day motion in support of the treatments on the NHS in 2007.

Comment: Let's cut through the BS here and say what this is actually about. The NHS is firmly in the pockets of Big Pharma whose interest runs directly counter to remedies that will do the job better, with fewer side-effects at significantly lower cost than their blockbuster pharmaceuticals. Multinational pharma giants even threatened to sue the NHS for prescribing cheaper medicine which could save the public millions.

Dr. Helen Beaumont's comment at the end of the piece is exactly right - "Patients currently receiving homeopathic medicine will now be prescribed more costly drugs, which is counter to NHS England's objective of reducing prescribing costs." But while the NHS say they're attempting to lower patient costs, what they're really doing is trying to increase Pharmaceutical profits. From this diabolical perspective, it makes perfect "clinical or economic sense."

One slightly less dark side to this move by the NHS is that homeopathic remedies are quite cheap (although, this can't be said for some of the other natural remedies being blacklisted). From the above, it seems there's nothing stopping doctors from recommending remedies, even if the patient has to shell out a couple of bucks from their own pockets to get them. But for how long? One can be sure that, if Big Pharma decides moves like this are costing them one single cent, some legislation will come through to put a stop it.

For more on the mainstream medical cartel's war on homeopathy and natural medicine, see: