Dec 9, 2013
Nelson Mandela is portrayed in the mainstream media as a peace-loving anti-apartheid revolutionary and philanthropist. But what is the truth about Nelson Mandela?
[UPDATE via Stefan Molyneux's facebook post: "My apologies, I made a mistake in my recent video about Nelson Mandela, he talked about his desire to nationalize industries and banking for decades, but did not implement these goals when he got into power, most probably because the Soviet Union had collapsed and was no longer available as a source of subsidies."]
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60 percent of South Africans felt the country was better run under apartheid, with both blacks and whites rating the current government less trustworthy, more corrupt, less able to enforce the law and less able to deliver government services than its white predecessor.
Transparency International released its 2013 Global Corruption Barometer report. It found South Africa to be among the most corrupt countries in the world. According to its findings, an astounding 83 percent of South Africans believe that the police force is corrupt. And 36 percent of respondents admitted to paying at least one bribe to the police.
A 2010 Medical Research Foundation survey found that more than 37 percent of men admitted to raping at least one woman. Seven percent said they had participated in a gang rape.
59 murders, 145 rapes and 752 serious assaults out of its 42 million population. The new crime is the rape of babies; some AIDS-infected African men believe that having sex with a virgin is a cure. Twelve percent of South Africa’s population is HIV-positive, but President Mbeki says that HIV cannot cause AIDS.
In response to growing violence, South Africa’s minister of safety and security, Steve Tshwete, says: “We can’t police this; there’s nothing more we can do. South Africa’s currency, the rand, has fallen about 70 percent since the African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994. Emigration from South Africa (mainly of skilled people) is now at its highest level ever.”
The tragic fact of business is that ordinary Africans were better off under colonialism. Colonial masters never committed anything near the murder and genocide seen under black rule in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique, and other countries, where millions of blacks have been slaughtered in unspeakable ways, which include: hacking to death, boiling in oil, setting on fire and dismemberment.
The National Bureau of Economic Research found that the average income of all races in South Africa dropped 40% between 1995 and 2000. The UN 2006 Human Development Report found that over the last 3 decades Africa has had a “virtual reversal” of human development; South Africa dropped 38 places on the Human Development Index since 1994. (UN Development Programme, 2007). The country of the world’s first heart transplant (Christian Barnard, Dec., 1967), the Union of South Africa, is now the rape and murder capital of the world. 
At the start of the year 1900, the number of African South Africans was found to be 3,5-million according to the British colonial government census. By 1954, our African population had soared to 8,5-million — and by 1990, there were a full 35-million of us
in the decades prior to the official policy of apartheid, (which was started in 1948), the average life expectancy of African South Africans was only 38 years.
However, during the last decade of the apartheid era from 1948 to 1994, our average life expectancy had risen to 64 years — on a par with Europe’s average life expectancy.
While China had lifted some 400,000 people out of poverty in the past 20 years, Nigeria had pushed 71 million people below the poverty line.
A United Nations report said that Africa was the only continent where poverty had increased in the past 20 years. South Africa’s HDI figure was far higher in 1995, after nearly 50 years of apartheid, than it was in 2010 after 16 years of ANC rule. Moreover, the trend continues to be downward.
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by Melissa Melton
Nov 20, 2013
Drivers were randomly stopped yesterday at a police roadblock in Fort Worth, Texas, herded into a parking lot and asked to take DNA tests — to give blood samples, have their cheeks swabbed, and take Breathalyzer tests.
According to the local Dallas Forth Worth NBC affiliate, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration set the whole thing up with government contractors who used off-duty Forth Worth Police Officers to help facilitate an $8 million government research study “aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers”.
Although the set up was supposedly voluntary and anonymous, people who were driving on that Fort Worth road told NBC it didn’t feel voluntary at all.
“It just doesn’t seem right that you can be forced off the road when you’re not doing anything wrong,” said Kim Cope, who said she was on her lunch break when she was forced to pull over at the roadblock on Beach Street in North Fort Worth.
“I gestured to the guy in front that I just wanted to go straight, but he wouldn’t let me and forced me into a parking spot,” she said.
Once parked, she couldn’t believe what she was asked next. “They were asking for cheek swabs,” she said. “They would give $10 for that. Also, if you let them take your blood, they would pay you $50 for that.” At the very least, she said, they wanted to test her breath for alcohol.
She said she felt trapped. “I finally did the Breathalyzer test just because I thought that would be the easiest way to leave,” she said, adding she received no money.
This government “study” will take place over the next three years in 30 U.S. cities across the nation.
Conscious Life News
Dec 2, 2013
A new study published in Clinical Neurophysiology suggests it doesn’t take years or even months of exposure for cell phone radiation to (negatively) alter our brains—it only takes minutes. The phones used in this double-blind, crossover, randomized study emitted LTE radiation, or the LTE technology so popular in “fourth generation” (4G) phones, the phones everyone clamors for.
The researchers exposed the right ears of 18 study participants to LTE radio frequency radiation. In just 30 minutes, they observed changes in brain activity. The radiation levels were within legal limits and the phone was always kept 1 cm from the ear.
Brain activity was measured using MRIs twice during a resting state, once after LTE exposure, and once after being exposed to “sham” exposure or a control. Both the right and left hemispheres of the brain were affected by the radiation.
Though this certainly isn’t the first study to examine how cells phones and electromagnetic frequencies alter regions of the brain, this is the first study to be carried out on LTE technology, the “fastest developing mobile system technology ever,” according to Global Mobile Suppliers Association. And the U.S. is the largest market for LTE in the world. More than half of the 91 million LTE subscribers around the world in March 2013 were in the U.S.
What do these changes in brain activity mean? We don’t know that yet, but previous studies have linked such cell phone radiation to sperm damage, weakened bones, increased “genetic stress”, cellular damage, and certainly brain cancer. Some have suggested it can lead to autism and Alzheimer’s disease in the long term.
Whether you have the latest LTE technology or an old flip-phone, you can minimize your exposure to cell phone radiation by:
- Never holding the phone up to your head
- Using the speaker instead
- Not sleeping with your phone next to you
- Shutting it off while not in use
- Investing in radiation protection
Cell phones have changed the way many of us live. We are more connected now than ever before, but these little devices have distanced us in unimaginable ways. Add to that the potential health effects of cell phone radiation and it makes you wonder if we were better off before.
With emerging technology such as LTE, we are introducing things into our lives before we fully understand how they work and all of their potential effects. By the time we really understand their long-term effects, it could be too late.
by Elizabeth Renter
Nov 23, 2013
Used medicinally for centuries, spirulina is said to be one of the oldest life forms on earth, eaten since at least the 9th century in the Kanem Empire of Chad, Africa. We know it’s loaded with protein and other nutritional benefits, but a recent study indicates it could even help children with academic performance.
Eyed as a potential malnutrition-ending supplement for its wealth of nutrients, there are more than 40,000 varieties of spirulina, mostly cultivated in fresh water. Because it has less than 4 calories per gram, it can offer premium nutrition without the risk of obesity.
It was this use of spirulina, as a malnutrition-staving supplement, that interested researchers in Senegal. They were evaluating a government program designed to improve the nutritional intake of school children in that country using spirulina supplements.
Nov. 27, 2013
by Elizabeth Renter
November 14, 2013
If you enjoy a morning cup of joe, you may be at a lesser risk of liver cancer than your non-coffee drinking counterparts. And if you like a few cups of coffee in the morning, you could be cutting your risk of liver cancer even more. Daily coffee consumption could cut liver cancer risk by 40%, according to new research.
According to new research published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology:
“Our research confirms past claims that coffee is good for your health, and particularly the liver,” said Carlo La Vecchia, MD, study author. “The favorable effect of coffee on liver cancer might be mediated by coffee’s proven prevention of diabetes, a known risk factor for the disease, or for its beneficial effects on cirrhosis and liver enzymes.”
The researchers performed a meta-analysis of studies published between 1996 and 2012. A total of 16 “high quality” studies were used involving 3,153 cases.
What they found was that daily coffee consumption cuts liver cancer risk by a whopping 40%. Drinking three cups of coffee each day has an even more dramatic effect, reducing the risk of liver cancer by more than 50%.
While the research doesn’t establish a definite cause and effect relationship between coffee consumption and liver cancer risk, the link cannot be ignored.
Further, coffee is known to reduce the risk of diabetes. And because diabetes is a known risk factor for liver cancer, the hot steaming morning beverage could be having multiple beneficial and related health effects.
Of course this is far from the first story to praise coffee health benefits. Earlier this year, a study from Japan found that drinking coffee or tea on a daily basis can reduce stroke risk by about 20%. The data came from about 83,000 individuals ages 45 to 74.
The benefits of drinking coffee are many; studies exist linking coffee with:
- Protection against hardening of the arteries
- Decreased risk of depression
- Reduced risk and slowed progression of dementia
- Reduced risk of liver cancer
- Reduced risk of diabetes
If you are a coffee drinker and hope to reap all the benefits that these little beans offer, consider organically grown and processed coffee. Also, take a look at green coffee. Because green coffee beans have not been roasted, they maintain a higher concentration of antioxidants and may be able to deliver even better benefits than their brown counterparts.
by Christina Sarich
November 22, 2013
The people handing out mammogram and radiation prescriptions to ‘cure’ breast cancer probably don’t want you to know this about breast cancer: in numerous cases, it goes away all by itself. Radiation, the primary means, if not invasive surgery, to eradicate breast cancer works by killing off cells by exposing the DNA to ionizing radioactive waves. The problem is that this treatment also kills off healthy cells, and has even been shown to cause breast cancer. In a study published at Dartmouth Medical School Magazine, the ‘taboo’ subject of spontaneous remission is openly discussed.
One of the doctors who helped write up the findings, H. Gilbert Welch, M.D., M.P.H, made sure they were published in Archives of Internal Medicine. The study compared 100,000 Norwegian women ages 50 through 64 who were divided into two groups, with women in both groups having invasive cancers. Women in the first group were followed from 1992 to 1997, while women in the second group were followed from 1996 to 2001.
The women in the first group had only one screening, and the women in the second group had one every two years. Women in group 2 were exposed to an average of six more breast screenings via mammography. Interestingly, the incidence of invasive breast cancer was 22% higher for women in the second group (the ones more often screened with mammograms)! What this means is that when we just let the body heal itself without radiation-causing screenings, often, the cancer goes into remission all on its own.
Not surprisingly, the study has been criticized by the American Cancer Society: “Their simplification of a complicated issue is both overreaching and alarming.” Unfortunately, the words from the American Cancer Society can’t be trusted, as the organization is in bed with major cancer-drug making companies. For example, Big Pharma giant AstraZeneca has made multimillion dollar contributions to ACS, influencing just about everything that the ACS does. The ‘awareness’ raised focuses almost exclusively on mammography and doesn’t mention a word about carcinogenic foods, aluminum in deodorants, etc. There is no spoken word of breast cancer prevention via natural, inexpensive means, while touting the ‘cure’ of mammography and cancer drugs.
Simply allowing cancer to go into remission can be risky and definitely scary, though mainstream solutions may not be the answer. If you don’t want to expose yourself to radiation or invasive surgeries, take some time to look into natural alternatives. Just as individuals have reversed prostate cancer with something as simple as baking soda, reversing and preventing breast cancer could be as easy as turmeric supplementation or flax seed consumption.
by Elizabeth Renter
November 20, 2013
If you listen to Tepco and Japanese officials, you are bound to be confused about how bad Fukushima’s lasting effects really are. One moment they say everything is under control at the Fukushima nuclear plant, and the next they’re admitting radiation levels are 95% higher than originally stated. One would have to be awfully trusting or awfully ignorant to think the radioactive water spilling into the ground and eventually the sea wouldn’t spread throughout the world. The West Coast of Canada and the US is already seeing some effects.
Each day, 300 tons of radioactive water is spilling into the Pacific Ocean. The amount in the ocean and the global water supply is growing every single day, and ultimately impacting wildlife and our food supply. Whether you live on the West Coast or in the middle of the country, this should concern you as it will eventually affect us all.
Here are just a few signs that Fukushima radiation is here:
1. Tuna caught off the coast of California are contaminated with radiation. One test that studied 15 tuna found that all 15 had radiation contamination above and beyond what is normal for that area. Cesium-134 and cesium-137, which the fish were contaminated with, does not sink to the ocean floor, but rather contaminates the sea at all levels where fish swim through it, ingest it, or eat organisms that have already ingested it. Interestingly, the scientists who tested the fish didn’t expect to find contamination, and were sadly proven wrong.
2. Something is causing herring to bleed from their gills, bellies, and eyeballs, according to Canada.com. It’s believed these symptoms could be a sign of viral hemorrhagic septicemia that could be spread into salmon and other fish varieties. While not proven to be linked to Fukushima radiation, there is little doubt the radiation could be impacting immune function of the fish, leading to higher rates of disease.
3. Sockeye salmon populations at historic lows. Recreational and non-aboriginal fisheries in an area of British Columbia have been shut down due to record low numbers of sockeye salmon. Fukushima radiation may be to blame.
4. Radiation off West coast is expected to double in coming years. Projections from German oceanographers estimate radiation levels from Fukushima will cause continued increases in West coast contamination over the next 5 to 6 years.
5. Fish imported from Japan is already contaminated. The Vancouver Sun tested fish imports from Japan and found cesium-137 at alarming rates, contaminating 73% of mackerel, 91% of halibut, 92% of sardines, 93% of tuna, 94% of cod and anchovies, and 100% of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish.
6. Radioactive plume expected to reach U.S. coastal waters soon. A large plume of radiation is expected to begin flowing into the coastal waters in the beginning of 2014 and continue throughout 2016. If we’re only thus far seeing the tip of the iceberg, what’s to come could be truly frightening.
7. There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths along the California coastline.
At island rookeries off the Southern California coast, 45 percent of the pups born in June have died, said Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service based in Seattle. Normally, less than one-third of the pups would die. It’s gotten so bad in the past two weeks that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an “unusual mortality event.”
By Greg Guma
November 11, 2013
Brain-altering drugs and digital “indoctrination” pose a potential threat not only to the stability of many individuals but of society itself.
At least 10 percent of all Americans over six-years-old are on antidepressants. That’s more than 35 million people, double the number from less than two decades ago. Anti-psychotics have meanwhile eclipsed cholesterol treatments as the country’s fastest selling and most profitable drugs, even though half the prescriptions treat disorders for which they haven’t been proven effective. At least 5 million children and adolescents use them, in part because more kids are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
This raises some troubling issues: Are a growing number of people experiencing psychological troubles? Have we just become better at recognizing them? Or is some other dynamic at work?
Speaking of long-term impacts on the brain, we’re also heading toward a world where humans are directly linked with computers that profoundly influence their perceptions and ideas. Despite many potential benefits, there is danger here as well. Rather than simply augmenting our memories by providing neutral information, the brain-computer connection may lead people into separate realities based on their assumptions and politics.
Brain-altering drugs and digital “indoctrination” – a potent combination. Together, they pose a potential threat not only to the stability of many individuals but of society itself. Seduced by the promise that our brains can be managed and enhanced without serious side-effects, we may be creating a future where psychological dysfunction becomes a post-modern plague and powerful forces use cyberspace to reshape “reality” in their private interest.
Do prescription drugs create new mental problems? And if so, how could it be happening? For Whitaker the answer lies in the effects of drugs on neurotransmitters, a process he calls negative feedback. When a drug blocks neurotransmitters or increases the level of serotonin, for instance, neurons initially attempt to counteract the effects. When the drug is used over a long period, however, it can produce “substantial and long-lasting alterations in neural function,” claims Steven Hyman, former director of the National Institutes of Mental Health. The brain begins to function differently. Its ability to compensate starts to fail and side effects created by the drug emerge.
What comes next? More drugs and, along with them, new side effects, an evolving chemical mixture often accompanied by a revised diagnosis. According to Marcia Angell, former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, it can go this way: use of an antidepressant leads to mania, which leads to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which leads to the prescription of mood stabilizers. Through such a process people can end up taking several drugs daily for many years.
What may happen after that is deeply troubling. Researcher Nancy Andreasen claims the brain begins to shrink, an effect she links directly to dosage and duration. “The prefrontal cortex doesn’t get the input it needs and is being shut down by drugs,” she explained in The New York Times. “That reduces the psychotic symptoms.” But the pre-frontal cortex gradually atrophies.
Anyone who has been on the psychiatric drug roller coaster understands some of the ride’s risks and how hard it can be to get off. But the new implication is that we may be experiencing a medically-induced outbreak of brain dysfunction caused by the exploding use of drugs. One big unanswered question at the moment: What does Big Pharma really know, and when did they learn it?
Drug companies are not the only ones experimenting with our brains. Bold research is also being pursued to create brain-computer interfaces that can help people overcome problems like memory loss. According to writer Michael Chorost, author of World Wide Mind and interface enthusiast who benefited from ear implants after going deaf, we may soon be directly connected to the Internet through neural implants. It sounds convenient and liberating. Ask yourself a question and, presto, there’s the answer. Google co-founder Larry Page can imagine a not-too-distant future in which you simply think about something and “your cell phone whispers the answer in your ear.”
Beyond the fact that this could become irritating, there’s an unspoken assumption that the information received is basically unbiased, like consulting an excellent encyclopedia or a great library catalog. This is where the trouble starts. As Sue Halperin noted in a New York Review of Books essay, “Mind Control and the Internet,” Search engines like Google use an algorithm to show us what’s important. But even without the manipulation of marketing companies and consultants who influence some listings, each search is increasingly shaped to fit the profile of the person asking. If you think that we both get the same results from the same inquiry, guess again.
What really happens is that you get results assembled just for you. Information is prioritized in a way that reinforces one’s previous choices, influenced by suggested assumptions and preferences. As Eli Pariser argues in The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, environmental activists and energy executives get very different listings when they inquire about climate science. It looks and feels “objective” but they’re being fed data that fits with their existing view – and probably not seeing much that conflicts.
A study discussed in Sociological Quarterly looked at this development by following attitudes about climate science over a decade. Here’s a strange but significant finding: Although a consensus emerged among most scientists over the years, the number of Republicans who accepted their conclusion dropped. Why? Because the Republicans were getting different information than the Democrats and others who embraced the basic premise. In other words, their viewpoint was being reflected back at them.
Does this sound dangerous? Pariser thinks so, and suggests that the type of reinforcement made common by search engines is leading to inadvertent self-indoctrination. For democracy to function effectively, people need exposure to various viewpoints, “but instead we’re more and more enclosed in our own bubbles,” he writes. Rather than agreeing on a set of shared facts we’re being led deeper into our different worlds.
Whether this is a problem depends somewhat on your expectations. For some people it is merely a bump in the road, a faltering step in the inevitable evolution of human consciousness. Techno-shamen and other cosmic optimists see the potential of drug-induced enlightenment and an Internet-assisted “hive mind,” and believe that the long-term outcome will be less violence, more trust, and a better world. But others have doubts, questioning whether we’ll really end up with technological liberation and a psychic leap forward. It could go quite differently, they worry. We could instead see millions of brain-addled casualties and even deeper social polarization.
How will current trends influence democracy and basic human relations? Increased trust and participation don’t immediately come to mind. Rather, the result could be more suspicion, denial and paranoia, as if we don’t have enough. In fact, even the recent upsurge in anger and resentment may be drug and Internet-assisted, creating fertile ground for opportunists and demagogues.
In False Alarm: The truth about the epidemic of fear, New York internist Marc Siegel noted that when the amygdala — the Brain’s central station for processing emotions – detects a threatening situation, it pours out stress hormones. If the stress persists too long, however, it can malfunction, overwhelm the hippocampus (center of the “thinking” brain), and be difficult to turn off. In the long term, this “fear biology” can wear people down, inducing paralysis or making them susceptible to diseases and delusions that they might otherwise resist. Addressing this problem with drugs that change the brain’s neural functioning isn’t apt to help. Either will the Internet’s tendency to provide information that reinforces whatever one already thinks.
More than half a century ago, Aldous Huxley – who knew a bit about drugs – issued a dire prediction. He didn’t see the Internet coming, but other than that his vision remains relevant. “There will be within the next generation or so a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude,” he wrote in Brave New World, “and producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda, brainwashing or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods.”
Pretty grim, but there’s no going back. Despite any dangers posed by computer algorithms and anti-psychotic drugs, they are with us for the foreseeable future. Still, what we have learned about them in recent years could help us to reduce the negatives. Not every illness listed in the DMS – that constantly growing, Big Pharma-influenced psychiatric bible – requires drug treatment. And the results of your online searches will very likely tell you what you want to know, but that does not mean you’re getting a “balanced” or comprehensive picture.
by Christina Sarich
November 11, 2013
The overuse of antibiotics has become a modern-day epidemic. These drugs have depleted our natural immunity by killing the good bacteria in our guts and also creating super-bugs that have become resistant to almost any form of prescribed drug around. Instead of making yourself weaker, and depleting your body’s natural ability to cure itself from any number of ailments, try utilizing natural foods and herbs to ditch the Big Pharma meds for good.
Here are 8+ foods which harness natural antibiotic properties.
1. Astragalus – An adaptogen, meaning it is an overall tonic for the body, astragalus has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicinal practices to boost the immune system and counteract physical, mental, and emotional stress. Research has shown that it can be very effective at treating colds, protecting the liver, and keeping viruses at bay.
2. Onions – This great tasting food is both antibacterial and antiseptic. If a person were to suck on a raw onion, it is thought that the healing components of the food could suck the disease right out of them. You can even place some cut up onions in your kitchen to protect against unwanted bacteria to keep your whole house healthy. When mixed with lime juice and a few other natural constituents, onions were even shown to eradicate antibiotic resistant Escherichia coli. Check out some other health benefits of onions here.
3. Cabbage – One of the cruciferous vegetables, cabbage has anti-microbial properties which can kill all kinds of diseases naturally. The antibiotic properties of cabbage are increased once it has been fermented as well. So eat your sauerkraut, or better yet, make your own.
4. Honey – Although honey has always been used to fight off infection, scientists have just recently identified one secret ingredient in honey that makes it a natural antibiotic because it kills unwanted bacteria. It’s a protein called defensin-1 which bees add to honey when they make it. It does what it sounds like too – makes your immune system a full defense against disease.
5. Fermented Vegetables – Reseeding your gut with good microbes, which can be found in just about all fermented vegetables, can keep your immune system on full-tilt. If you haven’t already heard, your gut health accounts for about 80% of your overall immunity to disease, so putting the good bacteria back in is essential.
6. Cinnamon – Sometimes called a ‘lethal’ natural antibiotic, cinnamon has been used medicinally for ages. Pure, real Ceylon cinnamon can even stop E.Coli in its tracks, a stubborn bacteria that causes many diseases. Experts at Kansas City State University found that not only does cinnamon act as a natural antibiotic, it is so full of antioxidants that it helps to boost the immune system in numerous ways.
7. Sage – This herb is a wonderful natural solution for upper respiratory system issues. It can also help with stomach ailments, reduce fever naturally, and help with the common cold and flu.
8. Thyme – Both thyme leaf and thyme oil are very effective natural antibiotics. A compound in thyme oil called thymol is also anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-protozoal properties.
There are other natural antibiotics out there too. They include:
- Dill, mustard seed
- Lemon balm
- Wild Indigo
- Olive leaf
- Pau D’ Arco
- Cayenne pepper
- Colloidal silver
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Oregano oil
With such a large offering from mother nature to treat ailments naturally, with all of their vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to boot, why would we ever choose pharmaceuticals? These natural remedies also cost pennies per day to either grow or purchase and take as preventative medicine.
by Christina Sarich
November 9, 2013
With the recent very real scare surrounding the Fukushima disaster, the BP oil spill that created a dead-zone in the Gulf of Mexico the size of a small town, and an ongoing disregard for our oceans, one of the most important natural medicines we have on this planet is being depleted – spirulina.
We say stuff like this a lot, but deep sea spirulina is one of the most nutrient dense, disease-fighting foods we have access to. It is an incredible immune booster, it reduce the chance of dementia and other memory-loss diseases, and it reduces oxidative stress in the body which can cause cancer, heart disease and even diabetes. Spirulina also prevents the damage of human epithelial cells in the intestines, and reduces the environmentally-triggered carcinogenic effects on our bodies. It has effectively reduced or stopped cancers in the head, neck and intestines of human beings, and reduces our overall toxicity tremendously.
Sadly, the radiation toxicity and petroleum by-products – both of corrupt energy corporations – being dumped into our oceans means finding clean spirulina is getting more difficult. Much of spirulina is also full of pesticides due to their prolific use in agriculture, and not at all organic.
by Paul Fassa
August 16, 2013
Once upon a time, quitting coffee was a prerequisite for establishing a healthy diet and adopting a healthier lifestyle. Lately, though, several recent research studies into coffee drinking have discovered that coffee health benefits are actually some you won’t want to miss. Everything in moderation.
At first, I suspected the pro-coffee studies were simply from funded front groups within various sectors of the coffee industry. But eventually I started seeing some names I trust carrying the same news.
However, the negative health effects of excess coffee consumption, which varies from individual to individual, remain. Thus posing the dilemma of balancing both positive and negative health effects if we prefer drinking coffee to abstaining completely.
MUST READ — Nanoparticles Are in Our Food, Clothing and Medicine — And No One Knows for Sure How Dangerous They Might Be
by Heather Millar
February 23, 2013
Inside nanotechnology’s little universe of big unknowns.
A pair of scientists, sporting white clean-suits complete with helmets and face masks, approach a prefab agricultural greenhouse in a clearing at Duke University’s Research Forest. Inside are two long rows of wooden boxes the size of large horse troughs, which hold samples of the natural world that surrounds them—the pine groves and rhododendron thickets of North Carolina’s piedmont, which at this moment are alive with bird song.
Looking a lot like the government bad guys in E.T., the two men cautiously hover over a row of boxes containing native sedges, water grasses, and Zebra fish to spray a fine mist of silver nanoparticles over them. Their goal: to investigate how the world inside the boxes is altered by these essentially invisible and notoriously unpredictable particles.
The researchers are part of a multidisciplinary coalition of scientists from Duke, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, Howard, Virginia Tech, and the University of Kentucky, headquartered at Duke’s Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), that represents one of the most comprehensive efforts yet to measure how nanoparticles affect ecosystems and biological systems.
So far the questions about whether nanoparticles are an environmental risk outnumber the answers, which is why the Duke scientists take the precaution of wearing clean-suits while dosing the boxes—no one’s sure what exposure to a high concentration of nanoparticles might do. Among the few things we do know about them are that they sail past the blood-brain barrier and can harm the nervous systems of some animals.
The regulation of nanoparticles has been recommended for more than a decade, but there’s no agreement on exactly how to do it. Meanwhile, the lid has already been lifted on nanotechnology. The use of man-made nanoparticles has spread into almost every area of our lives: food, clothing, medicine, shampoo, toothpaste, sunscreen, and thousands of other products.
Regulatory structures, both here and abroad, are completely unprepared for this onslaught of nanoproducts, because nanoparticles don’t fit into traditional regulatory categories. Additionally, companies often shield details about them by labeling them “proprietary”; they’re difficult to detect; we don’t have protocols for judging their effects; and we haven’t even developed the right tools for tracking them. If nanotechnology and its uses represent a frontier of sorts, it’s not simply the Wild West—it’s the Chaotic, Undiscovered, Uncontrollable West.
by Elizabeth Renter
October 11, 2013
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” We’ve heard it many times, that breakfast shouldn’t be skipped for fear of weight gain, metabolic syndrome, or brain fog. While we pay a lot of attention to whether or not we eat breakfast and which foods are included, not much has been said about the optimal size of breakfast. Until now. Recently, researchers with the British Heart Foundation found that a big breakfast could be better for at least one morning-meal benefit: weight loss.
The researchers used a pool of 93 obese women, splitting the women into two groups. Looking solely at meal size based on calories, one group received the majority of their calories in the morning, while the other group received the biggest meal at supper time. The study found those who ate more in the morning hours were able to lose more weight in a 12 week period.
Toke Signals with Steve Elliott
September 20, 2013
Editor’s note: Welcome to Room 420, where your instructor is Mr. Ron Marczyk and your subjects are wellness, disease prevention, self actualization, and chillin’.
“We conclude that the legalization of medical marijuana leads to an improvement in the psychological well being of young adult males, an improvement that is reflected in fewer suicides.”
Wall Street Journal – Does Medical Marijuana Reduces Suicides?
Then, 17 days later:
American Independent – Study: Suicide Rates Fall When States Legalize Medical Marijuana
Why would a “good news” marijuana story, like where suicides markedly declined, be ignored by the media?
Now some truth and daylight as reported by three American researchers who had their findings published by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany.
Why wouldn’t it be published in the U.S.? Is it safe for a researcher and his or her future academic funding to challenge government dogma and publish contrary evidence domestically?
Apparently it may not be, because it contradicts the misinformation and the socially engineered negative propaganda campaign against marijuana by self-serving interests since 1937.
If the results of this study reported the opposite results, it would be the lead headline nationwide, I assure you. The emperor truly has no clothes!
Implications of the research:
• Marijuana improves the “psychological well being” of young adult males and saves lives!
• Marijuana’s major actions are that of an anti-depressant, anti-anxiety and anti-anger medication.
• Marijuana reduces alcohol consumption in this at risk population.
[hat tip: JenniferDestined ToSurvive]
by Anthony Gucciardi
September 20, 2013
A powerful report spanning 10 years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that painkillers are actually responsible for a whopping four times as many deaths as both heroin and cocaine combined.
The admission coincides with the initial report I told you about back in 2011, in which it was exposed that painkillers were killing around 15,000 per year back in 2008 (still more than cocaine and heroin combined). But now, we’re not just looking at a single year of data. Instead, we’re looking through an entire decade of statistics that paint a picture of just how deadly our ‘legal’ drug industry is — and it turns out it’s even more deadly than the illegal drug trade.
Even more deadly than two of the most hardcore drugs that money can buy… or at least two of the most hardcore illegal drugs that money can buy.
by Elizabeth Renter
September 17, 2013
A new study out of China has remarkable findings in regards to lung cancer prevention. Lung cancer was responsible for the deaths of 158,081 people in the U.S. in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevention, above treatment, is crucial as more people die from this type of cancer in the U.S. than any other type. The latest research indicates something as simple and readily available as garlic could play a big role in reducing our risk for developing the deadly disease.
According to the study published in Cancer Prevention Research, people who consume raw garlic as a regular part of their diet were 44% less likely to suffer from lung cancer.
The research relied on data from 1,424 lung cancer patients and 4,500 healthy adults. Researchers with the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control surveyed the participants on their diet and lifestyle habits, including garlic consumption and whether or not they were smokers—a known-contributor to lung cancer risk.
May 13, 2011
[hat tip: collective evolution]
September 10, 2013
Morgellons: A Working Hypothesis -
Research Paper by Clifford Carnicom
“The materials of examination are biological filament samples produced from a human body. Fundamentally, if one studies what is occurring here we have something that is living. We have something that is alive. This particular growth form is something that lives, this is something that reproduces, this is something that grows. It is alive, and I want to know what this is.” – Clifford Carnicom
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Morgellons : A Working Hypothesis – Neural, Thyroid, Liver, Oxygen, Protein and Iron Disruption
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by Sandeep Godiyal
September 11, 2013
(NaturalNews) A pilot study on the effect that apple cider vinegar (ACV) has on gastric emptying rate revealed glycemic control problems with type 1 diabetics, but it is otherwise effective in reducing levels of postprandial glucose and insulin among healthy people. However, Swedish researchers Joanna Hiebowicz, Gassan Darwiche, and Ola Biorgell, who were involved in the pilot study, did not regard the findings as a setback in either diabetes research or the quest for more therapeutic benefits from apple cider vinegar.
Media even reported heightened public interest in the numerous health benefits of ACV owing to promising results from other similar studies. This came about as a team of five scientists offered experimental evidence that ACV provided satisfactory lipid profile among both normal and diabetes-induced rat subjects. Lead researcher Anahita Mansouri is optimistic that their findings will contribute to the global efforts to manage complications arising from diabetes in the near future.
A Flashback to 400 BC Medicine
ACV practically vanished into oblivion when vinegar was mass-produced, refined and subjected to pasteurization and distillation processes. However, now that interest in this vinegar is renewed, the scientific and medical communities have their hopes high that ACV has not lost its vaunted healing abilities after being frozen in grandma’s cellar for centuries. After all, it was the father of medicine himself, Hippocrates, who endorsed ACV as a healing elixir and cleansing agent in 400 BC.
The good old ACV was used by Hippocrates both as an antibiotic and antiseptic to treat his patients. This was long before Alexander Fleming and Joseph Lister entered the scene and patented their rediscovered products from mold and tar, respectively. Through the years, however, the use of ACV was propagated through folk medicine and doctors who believe in its therapeutic efficacy.
Nutritional Composition and Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
The following nutrients are found in ACV in trace amounts: calcium, copper, fluorine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon and sulfur. There are also claims that ACV contains some vitamins. Here is a partial list of the numerous health benefits of apple cider vinegar:
- Aids in both weight loss and weight gain
- Combats calluses, corns and warts
- Destroys bacteria, germs, mold and viruses
- Detoxifies cells and organs from deleterious bodily waste products
- Enhances insulin sensitivity and metabolism
- Fights infection and osteoporosis
- Helps block carbohydrates
- Prevents food poisoning
- Promotes digestion
- Reduces cholesterol levels
- Regulates blood pressure
- Relieves arthritis pain, chronic fatigue, headache, laryngitis, sore throat, etc.
- Restores vitality to dry and damaged skin from sunburn and other skin problems
An Apple a Day
Wrapping it up, a natural remedy like apple cider vinegar should be better than medications made from synthetic chemicals. Indeed, with the health benefits of ACV, an apple each day can keep the doctor away. Additionally, it pays to remember not to sway away from the cider to keep your health and wellness in check.
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About the author:
Sandeep is an mountain climber, runner, and fitness coach. He shares his tips for staying in shape and eating healthy on betterhealthblog.
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by Elizabeth Renter
September 5, 2013
When you think of chamomile, you likely think of the tea that can help you fall asleep. Relaxation is certainly the most commonly known benefit of this plant. But, there are many other benefits, and scientists have found this power to relax could extend to even fight anxiety and depression.
A study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, initially undertaken in 2009, indicated chamomile to have remarkable benefits in the treatment of anxiety. For that randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers gathered a group of individuals including 19 who were diagnosed with anxiety and depression, 16 who were diagnosed as having a history of anxiety and depression, and 22 people who had no anxiety or depression either in the past or the present.
Half of the group was treated with chamomile capsules and the other half was given a placebo. Over a period of eight weeks, their anxiety was scored using the Hamilton Anxiety Rating (HAR) to determine any changes. Three other tests were also used to confirm their findings.
by Christina Sarich
September 3, 2013
Perhaps you already know about the numerous health benefits of coconut oil, but were you aware that in as little as one daily serving, the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) or ‘healthy’ fats in coconut oil can start to repair slow neural pathways and improve cognitive functioning and memory? This is true for people of all ages, but especially in senior adults.
The connection between coconut oil and Alzheimer’s prevention and even reversal has been made stronger than ever, as evidenced in recent studies like the one published by the journal, Neurobiology of Aging.
Why Eat (Healthful) Fat?
While many people believe they should avoid fat altogether, medium chain fatty acids are vitally important for our health. They help to:
- Prevent vitamin deficiency since many vitamins like vitamin D are only found in fatty parts of foods (good, not man-made fats, like hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils which have been tampered with by man) and are therefore called fat-soluble. This means your body can only absorb these vitamins by eating healthful fats.
- Good fats can increase the bio-availability of fat-soluble nutrients needed for multiple tasks in a healthfully functioning body.
- Good fats support both physical and physiological health in developing children, starting as early as during fetal development.
- As we age, medium chain fatty acids can help prevent cognitive laziness and loss of memory.
- MCFA or medium chain fatty acids (which are slightly different than medium chain triglycerides, but also found in coconut oil) are also extremely helpful at reducing belly fat.
The primary healthy triglyceride found in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is found abundantly in a mother’s breast milk. To build a strong body, especially a well-functioning brain, you need fatty acids. Along with balanced glucose levels, full chain amino acids and important micronutrients can keep your brain functioning at high levels from cradle to grave. Consuming coconut oil is a great way to boost not only brain health, but overall health as well.
by Christina Sarich
August 29, 2013
For centuries, people around the world have used used ginger for medicinal purposes. So did Confucius. He said he never ate a meal without it. Henry VIII recommended ginger to keep the plague away. English taverns in the nineteenth century used ginger in their beer. The Romans and Greeks used the herb in place of dramamine for long voyages at sea. Indians used it in Ayuverdic concotions. This incredible ‘hand’, or root of the Zingiber officinale, is an incredible food with numerous and wonderful healing qualities that have been experienced for at least the last 4400 years, if not longer.
Ginger originates from Southeast Asia, but grows well in multiple climates. It now grows all over Europe, the US, China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and elsewhere.
Full of antioxidants, iron, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, and more, ginger can kill salmonella as well as other undesirable viruses (including the common cold), and clots blood better than onion or garlic while reducing blood coagulation by inhibiting the cell synthesis of thromboxane. The spice can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, can be used as a drug-free pain killer, helps with stomach ailments, and reduces nausea. It improves digestion by increasing salivary and stomach secretions.
Japanese biochemists have also proven that ginger is one of many cancer-fighting foods, reducing cell mutation which can lead to cancer. Another study coming to similar conclusions showed that ginger extract triggered apoptosis of G cells HCT 116 and HT 29 – cancer causing cellular lines.
Check out this article for a more in-depth and complete list of the health benefits of ginger.
Ginger can be used in cooking, taken as a supplement, or even consumed in teas or ginger candies. In India, children are given ginger to guard against whopping cough. Just a ¼ teaspoon of ginger per serving of cooked foods can deliver a great zing to vegetables or broths for soup and deliver all the powerful medicine that ginger offers to cure multiple ailments. You can grate the root into a pulp and use it fresh or find an organic extract to use in a pinch. Ginger never fails to deliver great taste and overall immune support and physical well-being.
by Paul Fassa
August 29, 2013
Several international studies to date have demonstrated that fluoride added to water is causing numerous health complications, including reduced IQ ratings among children. The notion that drinking fluoridated water contributes to healthier teeth has not been proven, and is slowing disintegrating into thin air. As a matter of fact, there is more evidence that fluoride is harmful rather than helpful
There has been controversy over the activity of adding fluoride to municipal water supplies and elsewhere, but not enough. The seriousness of this issue is more than what most realize, which is why most developed nations refuse to fluoridate their water. Actually, Israel is the latest nation to completely halt water fluoridation, mandatory and voluntary.
Fluoridation ranks with GMO’s, chemically tainted toxic foods, and vaccinations as crimes against humanity. You’ll soon see why implementing some sort of fluoride detox protocol is so important.