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Personal debt takes its toll on mental health

Is our relationship with money bad for us? Recent figures suggest that the average household now owes about £13,000 - not including mortgages. Low interest rates mean that credit is relatively cheap and freely available and, as a result, borrowing has become the way many of us are able to afford the expensive things in life.

That's where greater knowledge of finances is required - both in terms of people knowing what they're letting themselves in for in the first place and also with an understanding what help they have available to get themselves out of trouble, with options such as debt management plans also known as DMP.

Impact of debt

Much has been said about the potential economic impact of debt. Indeed, the Bank of England recently expressed its alarm over an apparent consumer spending binge. There's a fear that if we overstretch ourselves then we'll be in a bad position to withstand an economic storm if one were to arrive.

But the impact of debt is felt far beyond the figures on a spreadsheet. Carrying more and more debt brings as much of an emotional burden as it does a financial one, and that is taking its toll on a large number of people across the UK.

Comment: High personal debt also negatively impacts physical health:
Among the people reporting high debt stress in the new (2008) poll:

27 percent had ulcers or digestive tract problems, compared with 8 percent of those with low levels of debt stress.

44 percent had migraines or other headaches, compared with 15 percent.

29 percent suffered severe anxiety, compared with 4 percent.

23 percent had severe depression, compared with 4 percent.

6 percent reported heart attacks, double the rate for those with low debt stress.

More than half, 51 percent, had muscle tension, including pain in the lower back. That compared with 31 percent of those with low levels of debt stress.


Hold your horses! Virologist resurrects horsepox virus in hopes of developing a new smallpox vaccine

Beware the horsepox virus, resurrected from the dead. Symptoms may include a desire to neigh, snort, and gallop with the herd. But seriously...

This latest lab-created horsepox virus is said to be the cousin of the smallpox virus, which health authorities claim was formally eradicated from the planet in 1980. Why eradicate one "deadly" virus only to revive its cousin? What is the purpose in that?

Molecular virologist, David Evans, at the University of Alberta, Canada, told the Washington Post that his efforts to create a new virus are aimed at developing cancer treatments and vaccines, especially since the current smallpox vaccine has some serious adverse side effects, including death.

A Short History of Smallpox

The introduction of smallpox vaccine shaped human history by killing countless thousands of people when it was introduced by Dr. Edward Jenner in the late 18th century (1796). Jenner's idea was born after he noticed milkmaids exposed to cowpox appeared to be immune to smallpox. He tested his hypothesis by inoculating a boy with cowpox pus and subsequently challenging him with smallpox. Jenner wrote a paper describing his theory and identified 13 other individuals who had contracted either horsepox or cowpox before being exposed to smallpox.

Comment: Ominous milestone: Scientists form synthetic version of extinct horsepox virus in lab


Seeing the light: Could it be we have been wrong about what causes melanoma?

For decades, public-health officials have been warning that exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun increases your risk of developing melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.

But something doesn't quite add up with this generalized warning, because an epidemic of melanoma has broken out among indoor workers. In fact, indoor workers get three to nine times LESS solar UV exposure than outdoor workers get, yet only indoor workers have increasing rates of melanoma - and the rates have been increasing since before 1940.

So what's really going on here with melanoma causes?

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Why are Americans so sick?

In the early 1900s, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death in the United States. Tuberculosis, pneumonia and diarrheal disease caused 30 percent of the deaths. However, by the end of the twentieth century, death from chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke replaced deaths from infectious diseases.1

The U.S. has also been experiencing an epidemic of autoimmune diseases.2 The prevalence of various autoimmune diseases that involve brain and immune system dysfunction, such as celiac disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), and type 1 diabetes, is so common that it has been normalized.

Comment: Sick care in America - a snap shot
A hundred years from now, we will look back at our medical system and recognize how barbaric and primitive it is. Modern medical schools and research have all been funded by pharmaceutical companies, which have engineered a standard medical philosophy and eviscerated any opposing views. Medical science is narrow and limited, with a dim understanding of the complexities of the human body/mind.

They have chosen to ignore the effects of consciousness, or even just psychology, on a person's health, with the result being that most causes of illness are completely inexplicable to them. Because natural food and medicine cannot be patented, they do not play a role in medicine, regardless of how valuable they might be to healing. The only tools available are dangerous synthetic chemicals which have massive deleterious effects on the body that are poorly understood. Modern medicine is based on treating disease, not on supporting health.


Degeneration nation: Connecting the dots between factory farms, Roundup, GMOs, and fake 'natural' foods

You can help to prompt significant change in the agricultural industry by boycotting CAFO and GE products and instead purchasing food grown only by local farmers who are using natural methods and soil-regenerative techniques, such as no-till, cover crops, composting and livestock integration. Look for farmers markets, food co-ops and direct-from-the-farm sales in your area — these sustainable alternatives are growing rapidly across the U.S. and will offer you fresher, healthier food and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to drive permanent positive changes in food production. - Factory Farms Consuming the U.S., Mercola.com, June 20, 2017
After years of single-issue campaigning against America's degenerate food and farming system, with real but limited success, it's time for a change of strategy and tactics. By connecting the dots between a range of heretofore separate issues and campaigns, by focusing on some of the major weaknesses or vulnerabilities of the system, we can speed up our transition to an organic and regenerative food and farming system before our health, environmental and climate crises turn into full-blown catastrophe.


Why you should avoid synthetic dyes & food coloring

Food dye in some form or another has been in use since the ancient Egyptians to make food look more appetizing. The first synthetic food color was obtained from bituminous coal and introduced in 1856. Today's food coloring may be more sophisticated, but big food companies like Kraft, General Mills, Campbell's Soup Taco Bell, and Chipotle are among the businesses announcing that they will be removing synthetic food dyes from many if not all of their offerings. It's a move in keeping with the increasing demand for less processed, healthier food options while eating out or at the grocery store.

We've been eating them forever, and we're fine...right? Not so much.

Comment: Food Dyes: The color of controversy


Kelly Brogan: Red meat for your depression

"It's been a little over 3 weeks since we last met, and I wanted to send you an update.

I started eating red meat daily to address the reactive hypoglycemia. I am feeling so much better! I am a lot less hungry, can fall asleep more easily and stay asleep! (I can't believe this works.)"
This was an message from one of my patients who reluctantly incorporated more red meat into her diet with near immediate results in symptoms that we would never imagine could be helped by such an intervention.

For years, I have observed that conscious inclusion of red meat into the therapeutic diets of my patients - women coming to me for labels of depression, chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, ADHD, autoimmunity, and chemical sensitivity - is an essential part of the alchemy of healing. This observation has been extended now to the hundreds who have participated in our online healing program Vital Mind Reset. It simply works.

Comment: Red meat halves risk of depression


Working overtime could be bad for your heart

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Working more than 55 hours a week significantly increases the risk of developing serious heart problems, researchers have found.

People who work such long hours are 40 per cent more likely to suffer an irregular heartbeat than those who work a normal working week of 35 to 40 hours, according to a study.

Long shifts were already known to increase the risk of stroke, but the link with heart rhythm problems - known by the medical term atrial fibrillation - was not previously known.

A study of more than 85,500 British and Scandinavian people found those who worked long hours were far more likely to develop atrial fibrillation over the next decade.

The findings, published in the European Heart Journal, revealed that for every 1,000 people in the study, an extra 5.2 cases of atrial fibrillation occurred among those working long hours.

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4 Reasons Apple Cider Vinegar is Beneficial For Your Feet

There's no doubt Apple cider vinegar has lots of uses and benefits. It is popularly used for its health benefits like regulating blood sugar, helps in digestive functions and prevents weight gain. On top of these benefits, apple cider vinegar is also used as a home remedy for issues with feet. Below are reasons why you should start using apple cider vinegar on your feet.

1. Eliminates foot odor

Do you feel conscious taking your socks and shoes off? Have you received complaints from your loved one of your feet's unpleasant smell? Foot odor is not something that you should dismiss off. To eliminate foot odor, make your own foot deodorizer wipes using this steps:
  • Use baby wipes and pour one cup of apple cider vinegar over it (you can also use a thick size paper towel)
  • Put the wipes in the fridge and let it soak overnight
  • Store it inside a zip-lock to use when needed
Apple cider vinegar contains acid which alters your skin's PH level. This eliminates the bacteria which is the cause of your foot odor. Some people don't like the smell of vinegar; don't worry though as the smell will just dissipate once it dries.


Cholera cases in Yemen pass the 300,000 mark

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A Yemeni infant suspected of being infected with cholera receives treatment in Sanaa, in June.
A 10-week cholera epidemic has now infected more than 300,000 people in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday, a health disaster on top of war, economic collapse and near-famine in the impoverished country.

"Disturbing. We're at 300k+ suspected cases with ~7k new cases/day," ICRC regional director Robert Mardini said in a tweet.

The World Health Organization has said there were 297,438 suspected cases and 1,706 deaths by July 7, but it did not publish a daily update on Sunday, when the 300,000 mark looked set to be reached. A WHO spokesman said the figures were still being analyzed by Yemen's health ministry.

Although the daily growth rate in the overall number of cases has halved to just over 2 per cent in recent weeks and the spread of the disease has slowed in the worst-hit regions, outbreaks in other areas have grown rapidly.