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Investigative Report: Are you eating genetically modified salmon?

For the first time ever, a genetically modified animal is available for consumption, but most people are blissfully unaware of the serious health and environmental consequences of this. Last month, AquaBounty Technologies in Maynard, Massachusetts sold five tons of genetically modified salmon fillets to a client in Canada.

The Alternative Daily talked to Jaydee Hanson, the Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Food Safety, which is suing the FDA over its approval of the GM salmon for consumption in the US. Pending the resolution of this case, the salmon could also be available in the states soon.

Comment: This debate has gone on for years and yet now, with FDA approval, the 'frankenfish' will not be labeled as such! Talk about setting a precedent for other genetically engineered fish and animals.

Unsure about the safety of this new 'frankenfish' coming to market?


Vaccine companies use infant foreskin cells to research, grow & develop vaccines

Some people may find the information in this article disturbing and the images graphic.

Every year, some infants are circumcised. During this surgical procedure, part of the child's protective penile tissue is removed. This tissue removed from his penis may be sold to companies and institutions seeking the rich human fibroblast cells and other cells it contains. Most people are unaware that for decades, vaccine companies have been using these foreskin cells to research, grow and develop vaccines.

Certain microorganisms used by vaccine companies need living human cells to replicate. The cells within foreskin are being used for this purpose. Foreskin cells can be used to turn a wild-type microorganism found in nature into a genetically modified microorganism for use in vaccines.


Your mouth acts as the gateway to your body: What does your tongue say about your health?

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell how healthy we are. We may have a clean bill of health from our doctors, yet we still get upset stomaches, headaches, back pain, and other issues that suggest our bodies are not in complete harmony.

Plus, health can be relative to your perception of what a healthy diet and a healthy body should look like. Sometimes we allow our belief systems and perceptions to trump science and we ignore the way our bodies feel because we're so engrained in our current paradigms. It's time that we connect back with our bodies and listen to them so we can truly optimize our health, and surprisingly enough, our mouths provide us with the perfect opportunities to do so.


Childhood upbringing can have dramatic effects on human health

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An extensive longitudinal study looks at the connection between childhood environment and diseases in adulthood.
An investigation into more than 500 children shows that upbringing can have dramatic effects on human health

DNA is the genetic material that makes us who we are, determining our physical characteristics and even helping to shape our personality. There are many ailments that have a strong hereditary component-Alzheimer's, Huntington's Disease, cancers and diabetes among others-and the risk of suffering them is passed down from our parents through our DNA.

But we're finding out that our DNA isn't always set in stone. Now, a team of researchers from Northwestern University led by anthropology professor Thom McDade have shown that DNA can also be modified by your environment during childhood. What's more, the authors conclude in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, those modifications can affect how or when you develop certain illnesses during adulthood.

Comment: DNA signature found in ice storm babies: Objective stress exposure of pregnant women causes long lasting changes in the epigenome of their babies


Chemicals in commerce: How to keep plastics out of your food

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Take action to protect your food-and your family-from BPA.

Our exploding use of plastics may be causing population decline in the industrial world. The possible cause? "Chemicals in commerce." Namely plastics.

Our bodies have receptor sites for hormones such as testosterone and estrogen. These sites fulfill various important bodily functions. Imagine if instead of real hormones the receptors receive chemicals that mimic hormones, such as are found in plasticizers. This fools the body into thinking it has the real thing until, oops, the plasticizer or other hormone disrupting chemical derails the system. Called endocrine disruption, this phenomenon was brought to worldwide attention in 1996 with the seminal book Our Stolen Future.

Comment: Read more about 'chemicals in commerce' and endocrine disruption:

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Male infertility in the modern world: The answer is in your pocket

Modern living can be a real drag, particularly if you're a sperm cell it seems. In July came news of the publication of a scientific review that appeared to confirm the suspicions of many a soothsayer down the ages. Verily, the seed of human existence looks to be drying up.

According to study authors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, sperm counts and concentration figures in the West have halved since the early 1970s, and continue to fall at an alarming rate. Might the baron dystopia of intergenerational fruitlessness, foretold by many a cackling witch down the ages, indeed be just around the corner?

As the news broke, Edinburgh University's Professor Richard Sharpe was on hand to reassure us that "the end of humanity is not approaching".

Alas, those of the Sir David Attenborough ("we are a plague on earth") school, quick to cheer the report, may have been a little premature in rejoicing. A substantially depopulated planet may not, in fact, be right around the corner and mankind's fate is far from sealed.

Comment: More on the damaging effects of cell phones on male fertility:


The not-so-genius effects of hacking your brain with smart drugs

When you talk to brain-hackers from Silicon Valley, they talk of creating the perfect stack - a combination of natural and pharmaceutical nootropics that can help make them into a super-powered genius that can go hours without sleep while maintaining massive focus. It sounds like a cool way to hack the brain, but this practice can come at a price.

The problem is that many of the pharmaceutical versions (and sometimes even the natural ones) can be damaging.

In the early days, people trying to crank out loads of computer code, write the next best-selling novel, cram for a university exam, or simply party like it was 1999, used micro-doses of LSD or Adderall, a prescription drug normally used to treat ADHD, and some of these practices are still used today.

The thinking behind this phenomenon is that if supplements like glutamate, an excitatory substance to the brain and nervous system can successfully be utilized for people who have cognitive dysfunction like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, ADHD, etc., certainly these supplements could help enhance memory creativity, and cognitive performance in "normal" people.

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Heart failure could be treated using umbilical cord stem cells

Scientists offer new hope for heart failure patients.
Using stem cells derived from the umbilical cord, researchers have improved the heart muscle and function of heart failure patients, paving the way for noninvasive therapies.

The lead author of the study is Dr. Jorge Bartolucci, a professor at the Universidad de los Andes (UANDES) in Santiago, Chile, and Dr. Fernando Figueroa, a professor of medicine at UANDES, is the corresponding author.

Dr. Bartolucci and colleagues conducted a trial in which they compared patients who were given an intravenous injection with stem cells from umbilical cords with patients who received a placebo.

The results - which have been published in the journal Circulation Research - were deemed "encouraging" by Dr. Figueroa. He says that the findings could improve survival rates for heart failure patients, which are currently quite disappointing.

Comment: See also: Stem cell therapy: The innovations and potential to help repair and regenerate your body

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The Health & Wellness Show: Connecting the Dots...Iron, Brown Fat, Depression and tattoos

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As summer comes to an end and we enter the fall season we connect the dots in health news. We will discuss Iron - what is iron overload? Can high levels of iron contribute to disease? Also we will look at brown and white fat, what's the difference? Is one better than the other when it comes to wellness and disease prevention? New research has come to light about chronic inflammation fanning the flames of depression, can our diet really effect our mental state? And finally 'think before you ink', are there hidden health risks when it comes to tattoos?

Zoya joins us with another interesting pet health segment: 'Happiness and suffering. How to deal with daily struggles. And why we should choose our suffering and be happy about it.'

Running Time: 01:50:02

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Amino acids in sirloin steak, chicken, mackerel and avocados trigger reaction in brain that makes people feel fuller

Sirloin steak, chicken, mackerel and avocados could help dieters lose weight because they trigger a reaction in the brain which makes people feel fuller, scientists have discovered.

The University of Warwick has for the first time identified the cells in the brain - called tanycytes - which detect nutrients in food and help trigger feelings of satiety.

Crucially some foods contain types of amino acids which stimulate the tanycytes more than others.

Pork shoulder, beef sirloin steak, chicken, mackerel, plums, apricots, avocados, lentils and almonds were all found to contain amino acids that activate tanycytes and therefore make people feel fuller quicker.