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The importance of informed consent: You might be in a medical experiment and not even know it

In the long view, modern history is the story of increasing rights of control over your body - for instance, in matters of reproduction, sex, where you live and whom you marry. Medical experimentation is supposed to be following the same historical trend - increasing rights of autonomy for those whose bodies are used for research.

Indeed, the Nuremberg Code, the founding document of modern medical research ethics developed after the Second World War in response to Nazi medical experiments, stated unequivocally that the voluntary, informed consent of the human subject is essential. Every research ethics code since then has incorporated this most fundamental principle. Exceptions to this rule are supposed to be truly exceptional.

Yet today, more and more medical experimenters in the United States appear to circumvent getting the voluntary, informed consent of those whose bodies are being used for research. What's more, rather than fighting this retrograde trend, some of the most powerful actors in medical research are defending it as necessary to medical progress.


Health freedom and the government's real war on natural health

© National Vaccine Information Center
In 1994, after a lifelong aversion to politics, I ran for a seat in the US Congress out of the 29th District in Los Angeles. My platform was Health Freedom.

At the time, the FDA was raiding offices of natural practitioners, and threatening to cut off citizens' access to a full range of nutritional supplements.

I watched a trial, if you can call it that, in downtown Los Angeles, in which the federal government was prosecuting a young man for selling, and making health claims about, a substance that occurs naturally in the body.

The defendant told the Judge he was prepared to present extensive evidence that the substance was safe and effective. The Judge refused, saying the only issue was: did the defendant violate an FDA rule? If so, he was guilty. At that point, the trial was over, and indeed, the Judge soon pronounced a verdict and the young man was led away to serve a prison sentence in a federal lockup.

At that moment, I began to construct my case against the State, and consider what Health Freedom was all about.


Why we have to work harder today to avoid weight gain compared to 30 years ago

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If you are 40 years old now, you’d have to eat even less and exercise more than if you were a 40-year-old in 1971 to prevent gaining weight.
The 1980s really were the good old days when it comes to eating, exercise, and weight loss. Why? The authors of a new study suggest it's more difficult for today's adults to maintain the same weight as their counterparts two to three decades ago, even when the amount of food and exercise are equal.

In other words, a 30-something today who eats 2,000 calories per day and exercises two hours per week is likely to be about 10 percent heavier than a 30-something living in the 1980s who followed the same lifestyle habits. How can that be?
This is definitely not great news for people today, especially those who are struggling to maintain a healthy weight.
It was a surprise to the team at York University in Toronto, who set out to identify whether the relationship between obesity and the number of calories consumed, amount of physical exercise, and intake of macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates) has changed over time. To accomplish this goal, they evaluated the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008 and the exercise data of 14,419 individuals between 1988 and 2006.

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More evidence that exercise is not the key to weight control

More than a month has passed in a year representing new beginnings. However, moving forward, gym memberships are fading, fitness participation is declining and overall enthusiasm for reshaping our bodies has dwindled. But hope for those extra ten pounds or more has just been revived by an international study led by Loyola University Chicago, providing compelling new evidence that exercise may not be the key to controlling weight.

Minimal changes in lifestyle such as modifications in diet exercise are within the possibility of many different individuals of different ethnicity and culture, and they will always work better than any medication when addressing weight control. But is one more important than the other?

Finnish researchers previously found that diet and exercise counseling resulted in a 58% reduction in diabetes risk among people who are prime candidates for developing the condition, which is associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Many diseases can be be reversed naturally without drugs through modifications in diet and lifestyle.

Comment: There are benefits to exercise -- stress relief, strengthening bones, boosting brain function -- but weight loss doesn't seem to be one of them.


How therapeutic use of full-spectrum light can improve your health

Photobiology is the therapeutic use of light to improve health. In this interview, Dr. Alexander Wunsch, one of the leading experts in photobiology, explains the historical significance of photobiology.

I recently interviewed him about the dangers of light emitting diode (LED) lighting. That interview has nearly three-quarter of a million views at this point. If you haven't seen it already, please take a look, as that interview went into some very practical, real world aspects of photobiology.

Here, we focus on the historical component to help you get a better appreciation of its potential.

Comment: For more information, check out our Health & Wellness Show: Seeing the Light with Dr. Alexander Wunsch

Life Preserver

Inhale Himalayan pink salt to help remove mucus, bacteria and toxins from your lungs

Himalayan salt is the purest salt on earth which is protected from the modern-day pollution. Its hues of pink and white indicate that it has rich mineral and iron content. As a matter of fact, this naturally-formed salt is made up of 85.62 percent sodium chloride and 14.38 percent trace minerals like potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, fluoride, magnesium, calcium, strontium, and sulphate.

Thanks to these minerals, this salt has the ability to:
  • Prevent goiters
  • Prevent muscle cramping
  • Improve circulation
  • Create an electrolyte balance
  • Increases hydration
  • Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
  • Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
  • Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins
  • Strengthen bones
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help the intestines absorb nutrients
  • Detoxify the body from heavy metals
  • Support libido
  • Reduce the signs of aging


Endocrine disruptors: Weapons of mass feminization

If you've ever wondered where all the alpha males have gone, the interaction between chemistry and biology may offer a clue.

Gender bending chemicals are everywhere, literally impossible to avoid. They act as endocrine disruptors (EDs) that block, decrease, or overstimulate hormones. Most commonly, EDs mimic estrogen, lower testosterone and prevent the male hormone from doing its job, causing males to exhibit more female traits. The resulting hormonal imbalances may be at the root of disturbing worldwide trends for males that include delayed puberty, falling sperm counts, shrinking size of genitals, far fewer boys with far more genital deformities being born than ever before, and a rise in gender fluidity as boys are increasingly feminized. A similar effect is seen across the planet in wildlife, with reports of a rise in hermaphrodite amphibians, male fish developing eggs in their testicles and complete sex change in species with ED exposure. Governmental-industrial alliances have unleashed weapons of mass feminization throughout Planet Earth, involving all inhabitants in a dangerous and uncontrolled experiment whose results point to a dystopian future, the likes of which make Soylent Green look tame.

Comment: Read more about gender bending chemicals that are causing endocrine disruption:


Common pesticides are found in majority of human umbilical cords and harm endangered species

The insecticides are widely used on popular crops such as corn, watermelon and wheat.

The Environmental Protection Agency last week released its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, finding that 97 percent of the more than 1,800 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides. Another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by the pesticide diazinon. The results released today are the final biological evaluations the EPA completed as part of its examination of the impacts of these pesticides on endangered species.

"We're now getting a much more complete picture of the risks that pesticides pose to wildlife at the brink of extinction, including birds, frogs, fish and plants," said Nathan Donley, senior scientist at the Center. "The next step will hopefully be some commonsense measures to help protect them along with our water supplies and public health."

Comment: Interesting statement considering the following: Judge says EPA does not have to address call to label hazardous pesticide ingredients. Also, it is important to remember that the EPA favors industry when assessing chemical dangers!
According to The Guardian, "Almost all of the 1,700 most endangered plants and animals in the U.S. are likely to be harmed by [ these two pesticides]... Malathion, an insecticide registered for use in the U.S. since 1956, is likely to cause harm to 97 percent of the 1,772 mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act."

The pesticide is often used on fruit, vegetables, plants, and on pets to remove ticks. The second pesticide of chlorpyrifos, commonly used to exterminate termites, roundworms, and mosquitoes, was found to have an equally detrimental effect on America's flora and fauna. Of the hundreds of species listed, the few that were deemed not at risk are primarily the ones that have already been classified as extinct.

EPA officials also mentioned a third pesticide, diazinon, that has a slightly lesser impact, clocking in at harmful to about 79 percent of the endangered species. In addition, the World Health Organization announced in March of last year that malathion and diazinon are "probably carcinogenic to humans."

Perhaps most frightening about this announcement is that the EPA is the first agency of its kind to examine in depth the effects these chemicals have on wildlife. Even then, their results are lacking: they fail to mention other high-profile pesticides like glyphosate that could potentially have an equally harmful effect on the environment.


Suffering from Metabolic Syndrome? Daily dark chocolate therapy is recommended

People diagnosed with "metabolic syndrome" will likely be advised to lose weight. To many that means no more sweets, especially chocolate. But Australian researchers think a daily dose of dark chocolate may be just what the doctor should order. It might well reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in these high risk patients.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that increase the probability that someone will develop heart disease or diabetes. It is sometimes referred to as Syndrome X. Generally it includes high blood pressure, excess weight around the middle or central obesity (usually described as an apple-shaped body), and insulin resistance or the inability of the body to use insulin effectively.

In a study published in the British Medical Journal, Australian researchers concluded that daily consumption of dark chocolate can reduce cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, in people with metabolic syndrome.

Comment: Dark chocolate really is the 'food of the gods'

Bacon n Eggs

First study of its kind shows that major depression can be reversed with dietary changes

More than 15 million Americans suffer from serious depression, and it is estimated that globally some 350 million people are struggling with the challenging mental disorder. While the causes of depression are varied and largely unidentifiable, since the 1950's the pharmaceutical industry has been developing a broad range of antidepressants, and it now estimated that 8-10% of the American population is taking some type of antidepressants.

The problems with antidepressants are wide-ranging including addiction, costs, and a host of unfavorable side-effects including emotional numbness and even an increased risk of suicide. While antidepressants may very well help some people cope with the overwhelming effects of depression in the short-term, pharmaceutical treatments do not cure depression.

Pondering the reasons for such a major increase in depression in our society over the last couple of decades, many have speculated that a combination of lifestyle, social disconnectedness in a technologically advanced society, lack of exercise, environmental pollutants, and increased consumption of nutritionless and heavily processed foods are to blame. Yet, medical science has been slow to fully acknowledge and recommend lifestyle changes to patients, often preferring the recommendation of pharmaceuticals.

Comment: For more on dietary interventions for depression see: