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01-04-2017, 08:02 AM

Why You Should Always Have a Copy of Your Personal Health Record

by Diana Manos



Consider what would happen if you were taken to an emergency room and you have an allergy to penicillin and a doctor prescribed it. Or, you have other complications that physicians need to know about, and unaware, they proceed with treatment that is life-threatening to you.

This happens. It happens a lot, in fact. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S, according to the Washington Post. In addition, researchers have found that medical errors in the U.S. are estimated to harm at least 1.5 million patients per year, with about 400,000 of them being preventable.

So, if information is power, why not take matters into your own hands? Why not be the guardian of your own medical information? That’s what a personal health record (PHR) is. Personal, and yours.

You can share it, of course, and you can add information that your doctors give to you.

The federal government advises all patients to keep a PHR, or electronic application, “to manage their health information in a private, secure, and confidential environment.”

A PHR can include information from a variety of sources, including healthcare providers and patients themselves, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

You are the best curator of your own medical information

Nowadays, it would be rare in America to find a doctor who uses paper records anymore. Most use electronic health records (EHRs), in addition to a patient portal to allow patients to access some of their record.

But have you noticed that if you go to a different doctor, that doctor can’t access the records of the other? The two EHRs can’t talk to each other–or as techies say–the records aren’t interoperable.

This makes exchanging your information very difficult—and it also leaves you at risk because one doctor doesn’t know what the other doctor did. Federal agencies and all the best technological minds have been trying to tackle the problem of interoperability for the past ten years, but still most EHRs can’t talk to each other.

There is a bit of good news, however. Researchers are making headway on a way for apps to talk to EHRs. This is ideal because you can store your medical information on your phone and exchange it with your doctor, or doctors. Or, in the case of an emergency, an ER clinician could access your information on your phone.

Many people say, we need to have a way to have one medical record for each person. This would help prevent errors. But who is the best custodian of that information? As of now, the only person who is interested enough in gathering the information, keeping it up to date and sharing it, is you.

It’s time to take action and get started on your PHR. Need help finding a good PHR? For a list of PHR reviews, check this out. Keeping a PHR will help to get you more involved in your own healthcare, and isn’t it about time?
  
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01-04-2017, 08:23 AM

I always envisioned a PHR on a card, like a credit card type card.

The patient would keep the info and the doctors could upload new info into it and access any the info in emergencies.

Why keep one's records all over the place, vulnerable to theft, loss, etc, when it could be all stored on a portable device, secured by the patient?

Just put the card in a universal reader and see everything about the patient.

It had better have security features and backup, too.


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Monsanto GM Corn MON810 Damaged the Intestines of Rats

January 4th, 2017

Via: GM Watch:

Rats fed GM Bt corn MON810 for only 90 days suffered serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum (part of the small intestine), according to a new study.[1]

The type of corn fed to the rats was MON810:
Ajeeb YG, a GM version of Ajeeb, a locally adapted variety of corn grown in Egypt. MON810: Ajeeb YG was developed by Monsanto for the Egyptian market. The GM-fed rats ate a diet containing 30% of MON810: Ajeeb YG corn. Control rats were fed the same amount of non-GM corn.

In the GM-fed rats, some areas of the villi – finger-like structures in the intestine that absorb nutrients from food – were damaged. They were distorted and flattened, with some cells joined together. The damage can clearly be seen in the images included in the study. The crypts (mucosal glands) were disrupted and blood vessels were congested. Signs of inflammation – white blood cell infiltration – were seen around areas of damage. In addition, the cells of the intestinal lining were abnormal in structure.

Other signs of damage included increased shedding of mucosal cells, increased numbers of mucous-secreting goblet cells, and higher rates of division of cells lining the crypts.

The study, conducted by Marwa Ibrahim, MD and Ebtsam Okasha of the Faculty of Medicine at Tanta University, Egypt, was published in the journal Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology (abstract below).

The researchers concluded that “consumption of GM-corn profoundly alters the jejunal histological [microscopic] structure”. They added, “Results from the current study could show that in spite of the assuring reports on GM products, GM corn has profoundly altered the histological structure of the jejunal mucosa at many levels and revealed several alarming signs, as the proliferative and eroded hemorrhagic lesions in addition to several ultrastructural alterations described here for the first time for jejunum under GM corn influence.”
  
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01-06-2017, 06:40 AM

2017-01-05 09:26 by Karl Denninger

The Deception of So-Called 'Health Petitioner' Weissman


There's been zero major media coverage of this, but it has shown up on the web:

Steven I. Weissman, sent President-elect Donald Trump a petition to end predatory pricing in the healthcare industry. The petition, signed by more than 104,000 Americans, was delivered Wednesday evening to Trump Tower in New York City. It is the first petition of its kind, and the first one the president-elect has received regarding healthcare.

Weissman became the president of a Miami hospital when a friend, who founded the hospital, passed away. During his tenure as president, Weissman was able to get an inside look at how healthcare operates in the U.S., and, in his own words, it was “sickening.”

“The biggest problem in healthcare is that there is no pricing at all,” Weissman tells The Daily Caller News Foundation. “It is not a coincidence that the only product or service permitted to be sold in the U.S. without legitimate pricing, is the one which has imposed tremendous financial hardship.


All of this is already illegal.

It is illegal in the State of Florida under 501.001 - 501.213 to engage in any sort of deceptive practice when it comes to any good or service offered to consumers. There are additional particular provisions related to seniors, but the general framework is valid for everyone. There is no exception in that law, nor in similar laws in other states, for any part of health care.

Not actually having a price or varying same based on method of payment without prior disclosure is a per-se and blatantly deceptive act.
Try it when offering oil changes to the public for their cars and see how long you stay out of jail.

Further, these practices are illegal under the entire body of 15 USC Chapter 1. It is not possible for such an industry to maintain these practices without collusion and yet collision in fixing prices is per-se illegal under 15 United States Code.

It is further illegal to discriminate in pricing of commodities (that is, physical goods) sold, manufactured or used in interstate commerce between buyers of like kind and quantity. This means drugs, medical supplies and hardware of various sorts, all of which are manufactured and shipped in interstate (and international) commerce cannot lawfully be priced differently between consumers of like kind and quantity of same. That, once again, is long-standing law (Robinson-Patman) and part of 15 United States Code! For what it's worth I shoved a several hundred thousand dollar purchase order up a major vendors ******* on exactly that basis when I discovered they were engaged in discriminatory pricing during my years in running MCSNet. They folded and gave me the same price they had charged others for like kind and quantity. I had to cut a purchase order with a committed delivery schedule that was rather larger in quantity than I would have preferred, but it was very worth it.

In point of fact this "petition" is amusing but in a non-funny sort of way on several levels. First, it's hardly new; you can read my Ticker on this point, which in fact was the first that was put in the "Health Reform" category on the Ticker immediately after it was created in 2009. Or, if you prefer, click here and start reading backwards on the timeline among those articles that remain available.

Second, you can read the voluminous set of articles I've written on this point both before and since in which I have clearly delineated that these practices certainly appear to be in rank violation of both state and federal law and yet nobody goes to jail nor does the government at any level give a damn about you being raped blind by these firms. In fact they not only cheer it on they allow their court systems to be used in your pursuit if you don't knuckle under! This is not small-ball either -- it constitutes almost one dollar in five spent in the economy today, or somewhere north of $3 trillion a year that is extracted with roughly 80% of it happening due to these practices. If it's not worth prosecuting at a state or federal level when at least $2 trillion is stolen from you every year exactly how much has to be taken before it will be?

Third, you can contemplate whether passing another law will do a damn thing when nobody will insist on the enforcement of existing law that speaks to the same issue, the same point, and contains not only monstrous civil but felony criminal penalties as well. This is a body of law that has been on the books in many cases (15 USC) for over 100 years and yet exactly zero hospital administrators have been charged nor have any of the so-called "networks", despite it being clear to anyone who has read said law that these practices are already illegal.

Finally, if you think Trump is going to do one damned thing about any of this you need to get your mouth off his schnozz because he not only won't he will actively make it worse. We know this to be fact because his HHS appointee is one of the architects in Congress of the existing system and has attempted, in the past, to shove balance-billing, which is an artifact of said system, down the throats of those on Medicare -- that is, Seniors.
  
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And that is ONLY because there is no longer freedom in America regarding the buying and selling of health care. Without individuals trading with each other freely, how can price be discovered? it can't. So, the Coercive Control Freaks (CCF) pretend they know what they cannot ever know, and the worst part is they then impose by violent threats, their impossible-to-know "prices" onto all, affordable or not.

Freedom allows discovery of prices; fascism disallows this. The first leads to order; the seconds leads to chaos.

Folks, it really works. Don't be so quick to trash liberty for convenience or party or laziness.




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Why chickens are twice as big today as they were 60 years ago

Guest Post by Evie Liu

American families are getting smaller and yet chickens are getting larger


As we begin 2017, Americans can look back at 2016 as yet another year with record-high chicken consumption—an average of 89.6 pounds per person. That’s more than three times as much as our grandparents ate.

Chickens we eat today are twice as big as they were 60 years ago. In 1955, the average weight of chickens sold on market was 3.07 pounds, while the number for the first half of 2016 was 6.18 pounds, according to National Chicken Council, a nonprofit trade organization based in Washington, D.C.

Firstly, chicken breeds today are more cost-efficient than 60 years ago. In order to shorten production cycle and cut cost, the selective breeding for broilers — chickens raised for meat rather than eggs — prefers faster growth rate and higher feed-to-meat ratio — meaning the pounds of feed it takes to gain one pound of meat.

The time it took to grow a newly-hatched chicken for market has been cut half since the 1990s to only less than 7 weeks from 16 weeks in 1925
, data from the National Chicken Council showed. And it only takes less than half feed to get the same amount of meat.


Animated GIF by Stefie Gan.

The trend started with the 1948 contest that invited farmers nationwide to develop the “Chicken of Tomorrow” with specific goals — bigger, meatier, faster growth
. As a result, Arbor Acre breed, the crossbreed of the two winners, has become the grandparents of most commercial meat chicken we eat today worldwide.

There were massive genetic differences as a result of selective breeding by raising chicken breeds from different eras under exact same conditions, a 2014 study by researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada, observed. The result was stunning: At the same age, the 2005 breed had grown to about four times as heavy as the 1957 breed, despite being fed the same food.

Secondly, chicken companies have also achieved higher efficiency in their raising process — both in terms of quantity and size — through economy of scale and evolved poultry science.

“Chicken was incredibly expensive and largely considered a luxury good,” said Emelyn Rude, author of the 2016 book “Tastes Like Chicken: A History of America’s Favorite Bird,” “In the 1950s and before, chickens were only sold in whole form, which entailed an incredibly labor intensive process of butchering and processing before they could be cooked and eaten at home.”

Nowadays, most chickens spend their whole lives in a small confinement together with thousands of others from birth to death, with no possibility to roam or even move. They are raised to reach the “slaughter weight” as fast as possible through excessive feeding and lack of exercise. Although hormones and steroids in the poultry industry are prohibited by the Food and Drug Administration, antibiotics are regularly used by farms as growth agents.

“Scientists know more about chicken nutrition requirements than any other creature on the planet, and so advanced chicken feed helps contribute to their tremendous growth rate,” said Rude.

Thirdly, the American diet has experienced a dramatic shift toward processed food. As more pre-cooked and convenience products became available, bland, cheap and healthy chicken became the perfect item to feature in these type of meals, and it made financial sense for manufacturers to raise bigger chickens for TV dinners and other prepared foods. “Most cookbooks starting in the 1970s only call for boneless, skinless chicken breast, a product that was virtually non-existent before the advent of chicken processing,” Rude told MarketWatch.
  
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They sit in a box.

The ones we buy don't sit in a box but roam like the chickens of old, yet they're bigger, way bigger, than any store bought chickens.

Did you guys know Iowa is the egg capital of the uS? Yet, I could drive around the countryside and not see even one chicken out and about.


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01-09-2017, 10:43 AM

Popular Heartburn Meds Increase Risk of Stroke as Much as 79%

by Mary West



The list of frightening side effects associated with popular heartburn medications like Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium keeps growing.
A new study found they raise the likelihood of stroke. While the degree of risk increase varies with the dose and the drug, it ranges as high as 79 percent.

Approximately 20 million Americans take the prescription or over-the-counter form of this class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Because the medications have a history of causing vascular problems, researchers in Denmark explored their effect on ischemic stroke, which is the most common type and is caused by a blood clot in the brain. The results presented at the American Heart Associations’ Scientific Sessions 2016 led to the most serious warning yet about hazards of the drugs.

High Doses Linked to Considerable Risk

In the study, scientists examined the records of 250 million indigestion patients who took one of four PPIs: Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium or Protonix. Approximately 10,000 patients suffered a first-time stroke during the follow-up period of six years. The authors determined the overall stroke risk increased by 21 percent. At the lowest dose, they found no or little stroke risk elevation. However, at the highest dose, they found the risk rose 33 percent with Prevacid and Prilosec, 50 percent with Nexium and 79 percent with Protonix. No stroke risk was noted with another class of heartburn medications called H2 blockers, which includes Zantac and Pepcid.

“We know that from prior studies that a lot of individuals are using PPIs for a much longer time than indicated, which is especially true for elderly patients,” the researchers said. “At one time, PPIs were thought to be safe, without major side effects. This study further questions the cardiovascular safety of these drugs.”

Other Risks of PPIs

Because of earlier studies revealing other threats to health posed by the medications, the FDA has issued several warnings about them in recent years. Problems associated with them include low magnesium levels and an increased risk of fractures to the spine, wrist and hip. In addition, they are linked to Clostridium difficile, a microbe that causes diarrhea.

Research shows PPIs may also raise the risk of heart attacks, kidney disease and dementia. A 2015 study in PLOS ONE suggests they may increase the risk of heart attack by 20 percent, and a 2016 study in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates they may elevate the risk of kidney disease by 20 to 50 percent. Research published in JAMA Neurology in 2016 shows PPIs may heighten the likelihood of dementia by 16 percent.

The Drug-Free Approach for Heartburn

Noted natural health practitioner Dr. Joseph Mercola warns against using PPIs because of their multiple dangers. He advocates addressing heartburn through healthy lifestyle practices that include maintaining an optimal weight and eating a diet plentiful in vegetables along with fermented and unprocessed foods. Mercola recommends preventive natural remedies such as apple cider vinegar, ginger root tea and organic coconut oil. He also advises against wearing tight clothing and eating foods that trigger the condition.

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01-12-2017, 08:25 AM

Ginger Found to Be 10,000 Times More Effective Than Chemotherapy




Study finds ginger compound 6-shogaol far superior at killing breast cancer stem cells

September 21, 2016 | By Mary West

This article originally appeared on Live in the Now.

In research published in PLOS ONE, a ginger compound called 6-shogaol proved far superior to chemotherapy at killing breast cancer stem cells, which are the root of the malignancy. This powerful component of ginger is produced when the spice is dried or cooked. The concentrations required for the effect were non-toxic to noncancerous cells — a profoundly important benefit. Conventional cancer drugs are toxic to noncancerous cells, as well as cancerous cells, a mode of action that perpetrates much harm to the health of cancer patients.

The Critical Problem of Cancer Stem Cells

Cancer stem cells are sometimes called mother cells because they produce the daughter cells that comprise malignant tumors. Although they only constitute between 0.2 and 1 percent of tumors, they are resistant to chemotherapy. Herein lies the danger because stem cells can split off and travel all over the body, forming new tumors. Consequently, when cancer drugs reduce the size of an original tumor and even make it seemingly disappear completely, they have won a battle but have lost the war. As long as any cancer stem cells remain alive, malignancies can recur. Thus, until the stems are eliminated, the disease cannot be cured.

“Cancer stem cells pose a serious obstacle to cancer therapy as they can be responsible for poor prognosis and tumor relapse. To add into the misery, very few chemotherapeutic compounds show promise to kill these cells. Several researchers have shown that cancer stem cells are resistant to paclitaxel, doxorubicin, 5-fluorouracil, and platinum drugs. CSCs are thus an almost unreachable population in tumors for chemotherapy. Therefore any compound that shows promise towards cancer stem cells is a highly desirable step towards cancer treatment and should be followed up for further development,” the authors wrote.

Comparison Between Ginger and Chemotherapy Drug Taxol

While the study showed 6-shogaol attacked breast cancer cells through several biological pathways, the most amazing discovery came when the compound was compared to the chemotherapy agent taxol. The drug killed cancer cells in a one-dimensional single layer model; however, it had no effect on a real-world three-dimensional spherical model, which represents a typical tumor comprised of cancer cells and a tiny proportion of stem cells. Conversely, 6-shogaol was effective against both the single layer and spherical models. Moreover, even when the dose of taxol was increased, 6-shogaol proved 10,000 times better at destroying the cancer cells and cancer stem cells.

Superiority of Dietary Agents to Conventional Cancer Treatment

The side effects of chemotherapy are well known, but many people are unaware that radiation therapy, another conventional cancer treatment, actually dramatically reduces the likelihood of a cancer cure. A 2012 study found that when breast cancer stem cells are exposed to the treatment, they are up to 30 times more likely to form tumors. While radiation reduces the size of a tumor, it gives a false impression the treatment is working. In reality, it raises the proportion of highly malignant cells to benign cells in a tumor.

Scientists are finding promising cancer-fighting properties not only in ginger but also in compounds in turmeric, green tea and watercress. When you factor in the adverse health effects of chemotherapy and radiation, along with the positive health side effects of dietary agents, the superiority of the natural means of fighting cancer is overwhelmingly evident.

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01-13-2017, 09:55 AM

75% of Cancer Stem Cells Died When Attacked By Compound in These Veggies

by Mary West



Potent cancer-fighters are hidden within the leaves, stalks, husks and stems of cruciferous vegetables like watercress and broccoli.


A study shows a compound and enzyme found in these foods can kill cancer stem cells, which is a discovery that could help prevent the re-occurrence and spread of some malignancies.

The Danger of Cancer Stem Cells

According to lead author Moul Dey, cancer stem cells present quite a danger. They are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation, so they continue to live in the body after such traditional treatments. While the stem cells only comprise about 5 percent of a cancerous tumor, they act like a ticking time bomb. “These tiny cells are very difficult to detect in a tumor,” she says. “It’s like finding a needle in a haystack.” Consequently, they can migrate through the blood vessels, thus causing the cancer to metastasize.

Seventy-Five Percent of Cancer Stem Cells Died Within 24 Hours

When cruciferous vegetables are eaten, a compound and enzyme combine during the chewing process to form phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC). Scientists at South Dakota State University tested the effects of this substance, known as PEITC, on human cancer stem cells in a Petri dish. The results were impressive, as 75 percent of the cells died within 24 hours. Even low concentrations of it proved effective. This finding builds upon previous research that reveals the anti-cancer properties of similar foods.

When a tumor outgrows its blood supply, it sends a sign to surrounding tissues to deliver more nutrients and oxygen. Prior studies show PEITC switches off this sign.

Cruciferous vegetables include watercress, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, radishes, arugula, bok choy, kale, turnips and rutabaga.
The researchers found concentrations of PEITC were particularly present in land and watercress. If you want to ingest the amount of PEITC used in the research, eat a diet rich in these vegetables, especially watercress.
Earlier Research Suggests Watercress is a Cancer-Fighting Powerhouse

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a daily serving of watercress can significantly curtail DNA damage to blood cells, a problem thought to be a major trigger of cancer. In addition, the vegetable boosted the ability of the cells to resist further harm perpetrated by free radicals. This study is one within a body of accumulating research that indicates watercress may reduce the risk of colon, breast and prostate cancer.

Try This Watercress Recipe:

Live in the Now consulted Sylvia Meléndez-Klinger, registered dietitian and leading expert in cross-cultural Hispanic cuisine as it relates to health. She shared the recipe below that combines two extraordinarily healthful foods: watercress and fatty fish. “Everyone should aim to eat 2 to 3 servings of fish, especially those high in omega-3 fatty acids, each week to reap the benefits that include cognitive function, heart health and more,” she says.

Tarragon Tuna Watercress Salad

• 1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup low fat sour cream
• 1/4 cup fresh tarragon, chopped or 2 teaspoons dried
• 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 2 5-ounce cans solid white albacore tuna fish in water, drained
• 2 green onions, sliced
• 2 celery stalks, sliced
• ground pepper to taste
• 1 pound watercress, thick stems removed

In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, tarragon, lemon zest and juice. Gently fold in tuna fish, green onions, and celery. Season with pepper and serve over the watercress.
Makes: 4 servings

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01-16-2017, 06:23 AM

5 Stretches Everyone Should Do Every Morning

by Rebecca Simonds

Have you ever awakened to a painful neck, aches and pains in your back, or any other musculoskeletal woes? Does your body ever feel sluggish in the morning? If you answered yes — or if you’re looking for a great way to start each day — then this article is for you. In my practice as a physical therapist, I can’t tell you how many people I speak with every day who think they have to simply accept daily aches and pains. Nothing could be further from the truth! Especially if you know a few stretches that, when performed daily, can have a dramatic impact in the way you feel throughout the day.

Below I have outlined five stretches to start your day with in order to ensure improved flexibility, mobility, and flexibility. In addition to performing the exercises outlined below, I recommend drinking an eight to ten ounce glass of water before putting anything else into your system. This will help jump start your digestive tract and make it easier to digest breakfast.

1. Lower Trunk Rotation



Lay on your back with your knee bent and your feet flat on your bed. Keep your knees together and slowly lower them to one side as depicted in the image below. Hold this stretch for 5 seconds, and perform ten times on each side. This stretch is excellent because it not only stretches the lumbar musculature but it also assists in mobilizing the spine. You may hear a crack or two in your low back as you perform this activity, which is completely normal. However, as you perform this stretch, and with all stretches, ensure that you are staying in a pain free range of motion.

2. Hamstring Stretch



Begin by lying on your back with one knee bent. Slowly bring straight leg towards chest, placing hands behind thigh muscle and gently draw leg towards you, ensuring that your knee is straight; as seen in the image below. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds and perform 3 sets on both legs. This is an excellent stretch for the hamstrings. Hamstrings have a tendency to get tight while we sleep, particularly in those who prefer sleeping on their side and/or in the fetal position as this shortens the hamstrings.

3. Bridging



Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on your bed. Slowly lift your glutes, one vertebrae at a time, from the bed and hold at the top for five seconds. Complete ten of repetitions. This exercise is good because it not only strengthens your glute muscles but it also helps to mobilize the spine.

4. Upper Trapezius Stretch



This neck stretch is excellent to keep you neck from stiffening up and developing pesky trigger points. Begin sitting at the edge of your bed. Place one hand behind your back and gently drop your opposite ear to your opposite shoulder. For example, if you place your right arm behind you back, you will drop your left ear to your left shoulder (see image below). If a stretch is felt, no need to apply overpressure with opposite hand as shown in the image below. If you do not feel a stretch, however, gently place opposite hand on the head and deepen the stretch by gradually applying pressure. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and perform three times on each side.

5. Upward Reach



Begin by sitting on the edge of the bed, or in standing. Interlace fingers as shown in the image below. Inhale and slowly raise arms overhead. Then, gently lean to on side. Slowly inhale and exhale, then slowly move to opposite side. Perform this activity ten times to each direction. This activity helps to stretch the spine and focusing on your breathing helps warm up your diaphragm.

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01-18-2017, 07:55 AM

Mainstream Science Finally Admits Vitamin C’s Ability to Cure Cancer is Not a Conspiracy Theory

Jack Burns January 15, 2017

Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered the chemical, ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, in the 1930s. One of Vitamin C’s chief advocates, who won twice the Nobel (Chemistry and Peace), was Linus Pauling. Pauling advocated for high doses of Vitamin C to treat various illnesses, including cancer, but was ridiculed by doctors and scientists alike when he claimed it could help prevent cancer. In fact, an essay entitled “The Dark Side of Linus Pauling’s Legacy”, written by psychiatrist and anti-quackery advocate Stephen Barrett, M.D., claimed, “Pauling is largely responsible for the widespread misbelief that high doses of vitamin C are effective against colds and other illnesses.”

Barrett scoffed at the notion, even going so far as to conclude, “Pauling’s megavitamin claims lacked the evidence needed for acceptance by the scientific community, they have been accepted by large numbers of people who lack the scientific expertise to evaluate them.” Going even further, Barrett suggested, “Pauling’s irrational advice about supplements continues to lead people astray.”

Barrett’s conclusions about Pauling’s claims on Vitamin C now paint an entirely different picture. According to researchers from the University of Iowa, ascorbate, derived from Vitamin C, was successfully observed increasing hydrogen peroxide levels in cancer cells, which in turn had a toxic result with cancer cells, killing the cancer cells in lab rats yet not damaging normal cells in the process. The researchers concluded that Vitamin C might, indeed, be lethal to some cancers.

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, “These results indicate that an in vivo measurement of catalase activity in tumors may predict which cancers will respond to pharmacological ascorbate therapy.” Once the exact cancers are identified, which are killed by vitamin C, the researchers concluded, “this information can also be used in finding combination therapies that may increase the efficacy of treatment for those tumors with higher catalase activities.” In other words, extremely high doses of the Vitamin C derivative may potentially be added to conventional cancer therapies to help kill more cancer cells.

Of course, the medical establishment, major oncology organizations, the federal government, as well as organizations of physicians, often oppose any discussion of alternative treatments for cancer. That’s because cancer treatment, not cancer cures, are big business for drug companies, hospitals, and physicians. The word “cure” is hardly ever used, and treatment is only blessed by physicians if it goes along with the long-accepted notion that cancer can only be treated by chemotherapy and radiation.

But, as The Free Thought Project has faithfully reported, the eyes of the people are being opened by anecdotal stories from people finding relief and healing from cancer and other illnesses by using alternative means. Stories of survivors treating their cancer with cannabis, vitamin K, turmeric, and other supplements are popping up all over the Internet. Now, it seems, those who are going with alternative treatments may want to explore Pauling’s original conclusions that mega-doses of Vitamin C has the power to help aid in killing cancer cells.

Pauling himself, suffered from prostate cancer, an illness he says was delayed for 20 years because of his consumption of Vitamin C. He took a reported 12,000 grams of Vitamin C daily. Pauling’s critic, Dr. Barrett, scoffed at Pauling’s cancer claims and even made a point to mention in his essay that Pauling died from prostate cancer. He wrote, “He died of the disease in August 1994.”

But what Barrett didn’t tell his readers is that Pauling lived to be 93 years old.


All too often, differing research is ridiculed, suppressed, and even outlawed in the medical field. Instead of being open to the idea of a new treatment for cancer, Barrett, and the medical community at large, scoffed at the notion — setting back progress for decades.

For now, however, it seems that the internet, and its ability to disseminate information instantly, has turned the tables on those who wish to remain in the stone age. Please share this article so that others may benefit from the brave research of Dr. Linus Pauling.

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01-20-2017, 06:30 AM

Mechanisms of Fluoride Neurotoxicity A quick guide to the literature


We wanted to share with you this guide to the science behind Fluoride Neurotoxicity. It was created by Australian Scientist Geoff Pain, Phd (Bsc Hons). It is easy to follow and astonishing to see a century of science linking fluoride to human brain damage. Yet we still add it to our water supply.

Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publica...the_literature

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Fluoride is a developmental neurotoxin that has been linked to human brain damage since the 1920s when Fluoride induced cretinism was investigated and confirmed with animal studies. With advances in imaging, chemical analytical techniques including proteomics, detailed molecular mechanisms of Fluoride damage to the brain, spinal cord and nerve networks have been investigated with ever increasing levels of detail. The current peer-reviewed scientific publication rate regarding Fluoride neurotoxicity is about one paper per week. This literature guide provides a snapshot of the science as easily obtained in early 2017, to help inform those interested in the depth of knowledge and where the ongoing studies are directed.

  
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01-21-2017, 08:56 AM

Sugar Binge Recovery: 6 Ways to Reset Your System

by Casie Terry



There’s certainly no shortage of news about the dangers of excess sugar consumption, or the risks associated with an occasional sugar binge.

Just this year, sugar has been linked to everything from increased cancer risk to increased heart failure risk to compromised brain function. And yet another study found sugar doubled the risk of early death — even when consumed in so-called safe doses.

But, if you’re like most Americans, these headlines didn’t stop you from indulging in the sweet treats that were within arms reach this past weekend — it’s just once a year, right?

Us too. Sugar’s addictive nature makes it pretty hard to resist — literally. In light of this reality, we compiled a list of ways you can help your body recover from the 3-5 day sugar binge you just entertained.

1) After a Sugar Binge — Keep Eating

This may be surprising advice, but it’s true — the worst thing you can do after a sugar binge is skip meals. Studies have found that skipping meals over a long period of time activates BMI-increasing genes — not good.

After a few irresponsible days, your sugar stores are high. Dramatically cutting calories by skipping meals will only send your body into survival mode, causing it to hold on to these stores, rather than letting them go. In the days following a sugar binge, your best approach is to eat 4-5 small, low-fat meals a day, so that your metabolism stays revved up.

2) Increase Your Intake of 3 Key Sugar-Regulating Nutrients

There are three supplements that are especially effective when it comes to helping your body process sugar. In the days following a sugar binge, be sure to increase your intake of one (or all) of these:

Cinnamon Extract: Cinnamon can dramatically influence how the body processes sugar. The spice has been clinically proven to support healthy glucose metabolism and blood sugar levels. Shoot for 250-500 mg a day for best results.

Chromium: Chromium helps the body regulate and reduce blood sugar levels. You can find this in supplement form, but another option is to add a chromium-rich Brewer’s Yeast to your diet.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA): While you can find ALA in foods like spinach and broccoli, its “damage control” effects require doses that are not likely to be found in foods. To boost insulin sensitivity and help the body better cope with a sugar rush, shoot for 200 mg a day.

3) Choose Foods High in Fiber

Try eating high-fiber foods such as kale, leafy green salads or broccoli. These low-calorie foods will help move things along in your digestive tract while keeping you full and satisfied. The American Heart Association recommends adding 14 or more grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed.

4) Drink More Water

With every sugar binge comes excess water retention, bloating and general soreness, thanks suagr’s tendency to trigger body-wide inflammation. After a sugar binge, shoot for at least 76-80 ounces of water the next day.

5) Take a 45 Minute Walk sugar

You can choose to take a long 45 minute walk, or three 15-minute power walks, but this post-sugar binge effort is a must. Walking will not only get your blood flowing — which is very cleansing — it will boost your metabolism, burn more calories and support the health of your pancreas (which produces insulin).

6) QUIT THE SUGAR!



Perhaps the most critical rule when attempting to recover from a sugar binge is to stop eating sugar. While this sounds simple enough, many will find it unthinkably difficult to adhere to this post-sugar binge rule. Why? Because sugar is incredibly addictive. In fact, one recent study found the sweet white stuff to be even more addicting than cigarettes and heroine. The best approach is to just quit cold turkey.
  
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01-24-2017, 06:49 AM

The Best Veggies for Superior Bone Health




Increasing the dietary intake of vegetables rich in vitamin K could strengthen bones
January 9, 2017 | By Mary West

This article originally appeared on Live in the Now.

Research finds that foods high in vitamin K may help prevent brittle bones, reducing the risk of fractures. Currently, the allopathic medical approach in treating osteoporosis is through medications and calcium, but the discovery suggesting the value of green vegetables in bone health could potentially lead to a dietary approach in treating the disease.

How Does a Bone Fracture Occur?

The study sheds light on how fractures occur at the nanostructure level, revealing how the protein osteocalcin plays an important role in bone strength. Researchers found that the force of impact on a bone from a slip or fall causes a pair of joined proteins, osteocalcin and osteopontin, to form very tiny holes in the mineral structure. This effect is a natural defense mechanism because it helps prevent further damage to the surrounding bone. A fracture occurs when the force of impact is too great or when the bones are deficient in one or both of the proteins.

Lead author, Deepak Vashishth, says that the research is significant because for the first time it uncovers the role of osteocalcin in imparting strength to bones, enabling them to resist fracture. “Since osteocalcin is always the point of fracture, we believe that strengthening it could lead to a strengthening of the overall bone,” he explains.

The Implication of This Finding

Now that the relationship between osteocalcin and bone fractures is known, scientists can search for strategies to strengthen the bond between osteopontin and osteocalcin, Vashishth states. Increasing the body’s supply of osteocalcin is one possible strategy for an osteoporosis treatment, he postulates. As vitamin K is needed for bones to absorb osteocalcin, increasing the dietary intake of foods rich in this nutrient could strengthen the bones.

The Best Food Sources of Vitamin K

Green vegetables are the highest food sources of this nutrient, and topping the list is kale, followed by collard, turnip and mustard greens. Other excellent sources include Brussels sprouts, broccoli and beet greens, as well as spinach, asparagus and sauerkraut. Parsley and all varieties of lettuce, especially the darker varieties of the vegetable, are outstanding sources, too.


Some natural health practitioners advocate eating vegetable to increase bone density and strength, since a high intake of these foods has been linked to beneficial effects on bone health for years. The study has just made the link stronger, increasing understanding of the probable underlying cause of the benefit of vegetables for bones.

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