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Wednesday, 20 June

08:06

Low molecular weight fucoidan could be used to ameliorate the occurrence and development of atherosclerosis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Biol Macromol. 2018 Jun 12. Epub 2018 Jun 12. PMID: 29906534 Abstract Title:  Anti-inflammatory effect of low molecular weight fucoidan from Saccharina japonica on atherosclerosis in apoE-knockout mice. Abstract:  Atherosclerosis (AS) is the key cause of many cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. The inflammatory response and lipid metabolism disorders contribute to the development and progression of AS. This work aims to study the anti-inflammatory effect and mechanism of low molecular weight fucoidan (LMWF) obtained from Saccharina japonica on atherosclerosis in apoE-knockout mice. The experimental results showed that LMWF statistically decreased the levels of triglyceride (TRIG) and oxidative low-density lipoproteins (ox-LDL) and stabilized established atherosclerotic lesions. LMWF ameliorated the inflammatory response by down regulating IL-6 and by up regulating IL-10 transcriptional levels, and LMWF returned p-JNK and cyclin D1 to normal levels. Moreover, LMWF increased the mRNA level of CD11b in the aorta and suppressed the expression of CD11b in the intimal layer of the aorta. Therefore, LMWF prevented macrophages from developing into foam cells and prevented SMCs from migrating into the intimal layer of the aorta, which inhibited the formation of atherosclerotic plaques; and ameliorated the occurrence and development of AS.

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07:00

Removing Your Tonsils Is a Bad Idea "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of your tonsils, two oval shaped pads of tissue located on each side of the back of your throat.1 Although the number of tonsillectomies has declined drastically in the last 30 years, the surgery continues to be one of the most commonly performed on children,2 with more than 530,000 done each year on children under 15 in the U.S.3

Administration of the guidelines for the surgery differ between countries. For instance, England's National Health Service (NHS) has classified the surgery as "of limited benefit,"4 with some commissioners unwilling to pay for surgery unless a child has had eight cases of tonsillitis documented by a physician visit in one year, strongly adhering to the letter of the Paradise Criteria for Tonsillectomy.5

This has resulted in a significant drop of routine tonsillectomies, with an increase in emergency admissions to the hospital for tonsillitis. While it may appear as if children are suffering more bad sore throats and infections in their tonsils, recent research finds the tonsillectomy childhood rite of passage may come with an associated long-term risk.6,7

Risks Associated With Tonsillectomy Years After Surgery

Not all scientists agree with the guidelines for tonsillectomies, believing reducing the criteria could result in a reduction in hospital admissions and overall associated health costs.8,9 Now, a recent first-of-a-kind published study demonstrates early removal of tonsillar and adenoid tissue, which often shrinks in adulthood, may have long-term respiratory system effects....

Even Small Mixtures of Chemicals Damage Your Liver "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Consuming what has been called "safe" levels of chemicals in combination at low doses has concerned scientists for decades. While many chemicals are thought to be safe at very low doses tested in isolation, what happens when you ingest a little bit of a lot of different chemicals over time?

When regulators consider consumer risk, they evaluate a compound's safety using laboratory animals and exposing them to an individual chemical in progressively smaller amounts until the chemical no longer demonstrates the ability to trigger negative health effects, including cancers. They use this amount to determine some small fraction they "believe" is potentially safe for people.

However, the assumption that toxicity is dose-dependent is not always true, especially for chemicals that mimic hormones.1 And, regulators are not required to test mixtures of these chemicals to determine what the outcome would be under real-world conditions.

Over your lifetime, you may be exposed to nearly 80,000 man-made chemicals present in your food, water, air and personal care products.2 It only makes health sense to evaluate the effect this chemical soup, ingested or absorbed nearly every day, has on your health. A recent study has found that when even small amounts of chemicals from food, pharmaceuticals and personal care products are combined in your body, you may experience liver damage.3

So-Called 'Safe' Levels of Chemical Mixtures Demonstrate Liver Damage

Outside of a laboratory you are never subjected to just a single stressor or single chemical.4 Recent research has demonstrated low levels of chemicals, considered safe by regulators, are actually toxic when present in the body in mixture. The experiment was designed to evaluate real life situations in a general population exposed to combinations at low doses from environmental sources, food, pharmaceuticals and personal care products.5

Using four groups of Sprague-Dawley rats, the researchers administered a mix of chemicals in their drinking water for a period of six months. The...

Chemotherapy Is Losing Its Luster "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Surgery, drugs and radiation aka the cut, poison, burn strategy are typically the only solutions offered by most conventional oncologists to treat cancer, and upon receiving a cancer diagnosis most people are willing to do just about anything to get better. Unfortunately, the standard of care for cancer is not necessarily the most effective.

Research dating back over a decade suggests many women with breast cancer can opt for gentler versions of chemotherapy, or skip it altogether, without harming their chances of recovery. One 2007 study found some breast cancer patients had better outcomes when given Taxotere, a milder chemotherapy drug than Adriamycin, which had been the standard for decades.1

Another suggested the Oncotype DX test2,3 may be able to help determine whether a breast cancer patient might benefit from chemo by measuring the activity of 21 genes involved in cancer recurrence. At the time, Dr. Eric Winer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston said,4 We are backing off on chemotherapy and using chemotherapy more selectively." Now, a number of additional studies have come to the same conclusion: Many breast cancer patients do not need chemotherapy, and have better outcomes without it.

Many Cancer Patients Fare Better Without Chemo

According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), many cancer patients are being overtreated to their detriment; an estimated 70 percent of women with early stage breast cancer probably do not need chemotherapy, and fare just as well without it.5 As reported by NPR:6

One dramatic example revealed at the [2018 ASCO] meeting relates to the most common form of breast cancer, known as hormone-positive, HER-2 negative disease. For many women who have this diagnosis, but for whom the disease has not spread to lymph nodes, a new study7,...

03:50

Coughing Up Green or Yellow Mucus: What It Means (Including Thick Mucus) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Coughing up green or yellow mucus usually means that you have some kind of a respiratory infection caused by a virus or bacteria. A yellow or greenish sputum is typical of the flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, or chest infection. Coughing up thick phlegm that is dark yellow or thick green can mean that the irritation is deep in your airways. 

Coughing is usually the best way to expel thick yellow or green mucus from your airways. Some natural remedies can help to loosen phlegm and make coughing up the colorful sticky goop easier. For example, ginger tea has amazing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities that help to reduce the severity of respiratory infections.

You dont always need an antibiotic to treat thick yellow mucus because antibiotics dont work for viral infections. However, if a bronchial infection is due to bacterial bronchitis or bacterial pneumonia, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to get rid of yellow mucus.

In this article, you will find out what bringing up yellow or green mucus means. You will also learn when green or yellow phlegm is a sign of an infection.

What Causes Coughing Up Mucus and Phlegm?

A layer of mucus naturally forms in the airways to help protect the lungs and bronchi from infection and inflammation. The publication Clinical Methods says that in normal circumstances, mucus is a clear and thin fluid. Certain conditions can increase the amount of mucus, turning it into phlegm or sputum. This causes a pus-like thick fluid to form in the lungs that needs to be coughed up.1

Depending on the cause of coughing up thick yellow-green mucus, the cough could be acute or chronic. Usually, an acute cough as a sign of an infection lasts for one or 2 weeks. A persistent cough that is not connected with an infection lasts for longer than 3 weeks and could be due to allergies, breathing irritants, or chronic bronchitis.1

Where do mucus and phlegm come from?

According to Dr. Melissa Conrad Stppler on MedicineNet, mucus lines many of the tissues and organs in the body. The purpose of mucus is to trap bacteria, irritants, or other foreign objects to prevent infection or inflammation. This thick gunk from your bronchi can be any color from bright yellow to dark green. If you have chronic coughing, you may notice very dark phlegm or blood-tinged mucus.2

This can also clog up the nasal passages and be a reason why you have yellow or green boogers.

Symptom...

03:43

France Proposes Mandatory Labeling for Meat and Dairy From Animals Raised on GMO Feed "IndyWatch Feed Health"

France Proposes Mandatory Labeling for Meat and Dairy From Animals Raised on GMO Feed

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

Surprisingly, many French politicians have supported a new proposal for the mandatory labeling of both meat and dairy products produced from animals raised on genetically modified feed.

The proposal for mandatory labeling is listed in the first draft of French President Emmanuel Macrons Food and Agriculture Bill, which is currently being debated in the French parliament.

The bill, as it currently stands, will also require labels to include details of the pesticides used on fruit and vegetables.

France Nature Environment, a umbrella organization comprising a number of environmental groups, has championed a change in the labeling laws and are hailing the new law as a victory.

The bill is going to be put to the French Senate on June 26 for debate.

If the Senate accepts the bill, the labeling laws will start in January, 2023.

Labels on the pack of f...

00:56

1/2-Acre Property Turned Organic Urban Farm "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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  In the small town of Oxford, Kane and Fiona Hogan have transformed their urban 1/2-acre property into abundant veggie gardens. The aim of Urban Gardener is to build resilience and food security in their local community both by growing food for people to purchase and by helping people to grow food in their []

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Tuesday, 19 June

23:57

IQ Rates in Children Plummeting Environmental Toxins to Blame? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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In the U.S., plummeting SAT scores are one proxy indicator of cognitive fallout; the scores have been falling for over a decade and are at historically low levels, reflecting an across-the-board worsening in critical reading, math and writing performance. A report in 2013 suggested that almost three-fifths (57%) of graduating high school seniors were not ready for college. And a new study that reports large changes in average cohort intelligence in recent years has the answerthe turnaround in IQ is due to environmental factors.

Declining IQ: A Race to the Bottom?

by the World Mercury Project Team

Over the past several decades, American childrens physical and mental well-being has steadily deteriorated.

Over half (54%) of all U.S. children (as of 2007) had a chronic health conditionwith developmental and behavioral problems, obesity, allergies, asthma and mental health conditions leading the packand the prevalence of many of these conditions doubled from 1988 to the mid-2000s.

Federal reporting on pediatric health indicators in 2017 showed that one in five children (kindergarteners through adolescents) were obese, one in ten had activity limitations resulting from chronic health problems, and one in seventeen (more males than females) had, according to a parent, serious difficulties with emotions, concentration, behavior or getting along with other people.

In addition, 12% of adolescents suffered a major depressive episode in the previous year, with the prevalence of teenage depressi...

23:47

IQ Rates in Children Plummeting Environmental Toxins to Blame? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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In the U.S., plummeting SAT scores are one proxy indicator of cognitive fallout; the scores have been falling for over a decade and are at historically low levels, reflecting an across-the-board worsening in critical reading, math and writing performance. A report in 2013 suggested that almost three-fifths (57%) of graduating high school seniors were not ready for college. And a new study that reports large changes in average cohort intelligence in recent years has the answerthe turnaround in IQ is due to environmental factors.

Declining IQ: A Race to the Bottom?

by the World Mercury Project Team

Over the past several decades, American childrens physical and mental well-being has steadily deteriorated.

Over half (54%) of all U.S. children (as of 2007) had a chronic health conditionwith developmental and behavioral problems, obesity, allergies, asthma and mental health conditions leading the packand the prevalence of many of these conditions doubled from 1988 to the mid-2000s.

Federal reporting on pediatric health indicators in 2017 showed that one in five children (kindergarteners through adolescents) were obese, one in ten had activity limitations resulting from chronic health problems, and one in seventeen (more males than females) had, according to a parent, serious difficulties with emotions, concentration, behavior or getting along with other people.

In addition, 12% of adolescents suffered a major depressive episode in the previous year, with the prevalence of teenage depression...

23:25

Loss of Privacy: Government Collecting and Storing DNA Samples of Newborn Babies Available to Law Enforcement and for Medical Research "IndyWatch Feed Health"

doctor takes a blood test in newborns. Extract from the hospital

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Did you know that it is now common practice in all 50 U.S. states to collect DNA samples from all newborn babies and store them in data banks, which can later be made available to law enforcement or doctors wanting to do medical research?

These DNA samples are contained in blotted blood spots from babies pin-pricked heels taken within hours of birth. The storage length legally allowed for newborn DNA blood spots varies from state to state, from as little as three months to indefinitely.

Federal law, through the agencies of The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), a branch of the National Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), requires the blood spots be taken for research purposes in all 50 states.

Recent media reports about law enforcement using these stored DNA samples to hunt down suspected criminals have brought this issue of privacy and consent over stored DNA samples from infants to the forefront of the public.

If you choose to have your baby born in a hospital setting, it would be wise to know what your states policy is on DNA samples collected and what your options are.

Practice Started In 1960s for Medical Research 

During the 1960s, Dr. Robert Guthrie developed a screening test for phenylketonuria (PKU), a genetic disorder that lacks the enzyme needed for metabolizing phenylalanine into tyrosine. 

This disorder can cause brain damage and progressive mental retardation as a result of the accumulation of phenylalanine leading to brain disorders and mental retardation. 

Dr. Guthrie created the system for collecting, transporting, and storing blood samples on filter paper to create a cost-effective, wide-scale, genetic screening process capable of long-term storing and filing. The Guthrie system of obtaining and storing DNA from newborns evolved further to incorporate other...

23:00

Declining IQ: A race to the bottom? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In the U.S., plummeting SAT scores are one proxy indicator of cognitive fallout; the scores have been falling for over a decade and are at historically low levels, reflecting an across-the-board worsening in critical reading, math and writing performance. A report in 2013 suggested that almost three-fifths (57%) of graduating high school seniors were not ready []

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22:00

Dr. Ron Unfiltered Uncensored Episode 262 Endocrine Summit Estrogen "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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20:26

The Corruption of Evidence Based MedicineKilling for Profit "IndyWatch Feed Health"


Originally published on www.medium.com

The idea of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is great. The reality, though, not so much. Human perception is often flawed, so the premise of EBM is to formally study medical treatments and there have certainly been some successes

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20:26

The Corruption of Evidence Based MedicineKilling for Profit "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The idea of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is great. The reality, though, not so much

19:09

C60: Currently the Best Known Life Extender on the Planet "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Makia Freeman

C60 (Carbon 60) is the newest health sensation in the natural health and longevity worlds. So what is C60? It is simply a special geometrical arrangement of 60 carbon atoms into a single molecule that looks like a soccer ball, made up of inter-locking pentagonal and hexagonal structures. C60 molecules are also called fullerenes or buckyballs after Buckminster Fuller, the man who discovered them. By the way, Fuller was the very same guy who said that the best way to overcome a (failing, tyrannical or destructive) system is to create a new one that makes the old one obsolete. Understanding this is the key to defeating the New World Order (NWO) worldwide conspiracy.

A Special Form of Carbon Charcoal

Carbon is a very versatile element, which can manifest itself in many allotropes such as graphite (for pencils), coal and diamond, just to name a few. We humans are carbon-based creatures. C60 is a naturally occurring form of carbon derived from charcoal. If you think its strange or unhealthy to ingest charcoal, consider this for a moment: activated charcoal is commonly sold as a supplement and given to people who are suffering acute poisoning. It absorbs the poison by drawing it into its (the charcoals) pores. Likewise, zeolite (derived from volcanic mineral ash) is a potent detoxifier which operates on the same principle of drawing in toxic heavy metals and other contaminants to remove them safely from the body.

The C60 Rat Study in France 2o12

What put C60 on the map was this...

17:11

Animal welfare charity urges ethical retailers to stop stocking Ecover and Method "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Animal welfare charity, Naturewatch Foundation, has asked ethical supermarkets and online stores to remove Ecover and Method from their stock because of their acquisition by SC Johnson earlier this year. Previously both brands were approved as cruelty-free in the foundations Compassionate Shopping Guide but have since had their endorsement revoked. Ecover and Method, collectively known as People []

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17:00

Functional Medicine: 21st Century Healthcare "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Neenah Payne

Unconventional Medicine: Join the Revolution to Reinvent Healthcare, Reverse Chronic Disease, and Create a Practice You Love by Chris Kresser was published in November 2017. Amazon warns:

The world is facing the greatest healthcare crisis it has ever seen. Chronic disease is shortening our lifespan, destroying our quality of life, bankrupting governments, and threatening the health of future generations. Sadly, conventional medicine, with its focus on managing symptoms, has failed to address this challenge. The result is burned-out physicians, a sicker population, and a broken healthcare system.

In Unconventional Medicine, Chris Kresser presents a plan to reverse this dangerous trend. He shows how the combination of a genetically aligned diet and lifestyle, functional medicine, and a lean, collaborative practice model can create a system that better serves the needs of both patients and practitioners. The epidemic of chronic illness can be stopped, if patients and practitioners can adapt.

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16:45

333 Whales Hunted, A Third of Them Pregnant, Killed in Japans Gruesome Program "IndyWatch Feed Health"

333 Whales, A Third of Them Pregnant, Hunted and Killed in Japan's Gruesome Program

 

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

Whales Hunted in the Name of Science

Japan has long taken a toll on the whale population in 2018, despite a ruling by the International Whaling Commission, will be no different.

A new report by Japan to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Committee has now confirmed that 333 whales were murdered during the most recent hunt in the Southern Ocean. Of the 333 whales, 122 were pregnant. 53 were immature specimens.

The report was submitted to the SCIWC ahead of the IWC meeting in late May of 2018 in an effort to demonstrate that its scientists were gathering useful and valuable data on whale populations as a result of their hunt and that there are enough whales in the ocean so that commercial whaling can be resumed.

The Japanese government has...

16:43

How Big Food Spins Bad News "IndyWatch Feed Health"

How Big Food Spins Bad News

Documents obtained by U.S. Right to Know and other sources shine light on the inner workings of the International Food Information Council (IFIC), a trade group funded by large food and agrichemical companies, and its nonprofit public education arm the IFIC Foundation. The IFIC groups conduct research and training programs, produce marketing materials and coordinate other industry groups to communicate industry spin about food safety and nutrition. Messaging includes promoting and defending sugar, artificial sweeteners, food additives, pesticides and genetically engineered foods.

Industry partner in Monsantos attack on IARC cancer panel

As one example of how IFIC partners with corporations to promote agrichemical products and deflect cancer concerns, this internal Monsanto document identifies IFIC as an industry partner in Monsantos public relations plan to discredit the World Health Organizations cancer research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), to protect the reputation of Roundup weedkiller. In March 2015, IARC judged glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, to be probably carcinogenic to humans.

SEE: Monsanto Relied On These Partners To Attack Top Cancer Scientists

The Monsanto PR document lists four tiers of industry partners to engage in its public relations effor...

16:43

How understanding pain could curb opioid addiction "IndyWatch Feed Health"

How understanding pain could curb opioid addiction

Susan Sered, Suffolk University

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee unanimously approved a bill in April 2018 designed to address the opioid crisis. The bill called the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 covers much of the same territory as the 138-page report released in November 2017 by a commission appointed by President Donald Trump.

Both the Senate bill and the commission document, unlike the presidents own March 2018 call for executing drug dealers, recognize addiction as a health problem and focus on treatment rather than punishment.

All of this is important, but as a medical sociologist, I am particularly interested in developing better understandings of the root causes of the current crisis. Why are so many Americans willing to ingest substances that, they most likely know, can lead to grievous harm? In other words, I am interested in the demand side of opioid overuse.

A little prevention, but how much cure?

For prevention, the Senate bill calls for expanding prescription monitoring programs, amping up the ability to seize illegal drugs at U.S. borders, training health care providers in proper prescribing practices, and improving drug disposal systems. All of these measures are wha...

16:37

How sourdough bread is helping people eat gluten again "IndyWatch Feed Health"

If youre gluten sensitive or have given up bread because of what it does to your waistline, you might want to read on. Theres good news for those of us who love bread but dont love how it makes us feel or what it does to us: sourdough! While many people are indeed gluten intolerant []

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16:22

Modified Citrus Pectin Proven Beneficial for Recurrent Prostate Cancer Patients "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Modified Citrus Pectin is an important adjunct for patients with cancer and other inflammatory diseases, with close to 40 published peer reviewed papers demonstrating remarkable success.

Galectin-3: a problematic molecule

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15:41

The effects of avocados on inflammation "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In case youd been wondering, high-fat plant foods like avocados, peanuts, and walnuts have a high and positive impact on inflammation in the body. If you are a regular meat eater, youll want the info contained in this video. RELATED STORY: Make Moist Chocolate Cake from Avocado Instead of Eggs and Dairy

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15:34

13 Chemical Threats to Remove from Your Home "IndyWatch Feed Health"

 

13 Chemical Threats to Remove from Your Home

While people are aware of the health risk caused by outdoor air pollution, few may consider that indoor air quality can also have a negative impact on their health. While many of these products are commonly used in the home there are healthier options available.

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15:02

Busting 7 Myths About the Practice of Psychotherapy "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Confessing to a friend or family member that you were entering therapy used to mean something. It was akin to divulging that you were embarking on a quasi-spiritual endeavor to take an honest inventory of your past, to forge a truer self, to develop a greater capacity to love, to learn to live more intentionally. It also meant to better understand and productively express your emotions, and so alleviate anxiety and depression stemming from the suppression of self.

But we live not in the age of therapy, but of mental health interventions. The prevailing wisdom is that people are better off managing their mental health symptoms by turning to medications and availing themselves of short-term therapy aimed at speedily correcting thinking errors and changing unwanted behaviors. This is due to several pernicious myths about what treatment is effective and what kind of psychotherapy coverage is actually available under most health plans.

Myth 1: Psychotherapy is Mainly an Over-Utilized Service by the Worried Well

From a public policy standpoint, the major concern should not be that too many Americans are indulging in psychotherapy with doubtful progress. It should be that too many of our citizens receive an inadequate amount of psychotherapy despite its proven beneficiality.

High psychotherapy drop-out rates are one of the best kept secrets in the mental health field. Data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys reveal that only about 9% of Americans who enter therapy continue for twenty or more sessions. This is alarming given that the most conservative estimate of the number of therapy sessions required for 50% of clients to show short-term improvement is 21, according to Brigham Young University professor Michael Lambert.

Myth 2: Short-Term Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is Sufficient for Most People

While short-term CBT  changing exaggerated thought patterns and harmful habits  may have its appeal to the average overscheduled and efficiency-conscious American, its benefits dont always last. A recent study out of the University of York, spearheaded by Shehzad Ali, found that 53% of depressed clients who underwent short-term CBT relapsed within a year.

And that figure may actually inflate the number who are adequately served by this form of care. A 2013 American Journal of Psychiatry study of 341 clients who were given sixteen sessions of CBT discovered that a mere 23% exhibited sustained recovery from depression.

Myth 3: Long-Term, In-Depth Psychotherapy is an Outdated Indulg...

14:43

The Health Care Disconnect "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Problem With Bureaucracies Opinion by Deplorable Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen I HATE Big Government. It is, in essence, the enemy of America, for the bigger it gets, the further it gets away from what it was intended to accomplish. A bureaucracy grows into its own entity, and becomes the problem not the solution. Lawrence Continue reading The Health Care Disconnect

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14:35

This is devastating, watch out for higher food prices "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola May 29, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved (with conditions) the merger of Monsanto and Bayer. The decision came on the heels of the European Unions (EU) approval in March. Bayers takeover of Monsanto the largest all-cash buyout on record  means just three companies now dominate the global seed and []

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14:15

Sami Timimi and John Read: Royal College of Psychiatrists, Latest Update "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This week on MIA Radio we provide an update on a complaint made to the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists by a group of thirty academics, psychiatrists and people with lived experience. We hear from both Professor Sami Timimi and Professor John Read who discuss recent events including the latest response from the Chief Executive Officer of the College.

Chief Executive Officer
Royal College of Psychiatrists
19 June 2018

Thank you for your letter of 8.6.18. I write on behalf of the signatories of the complaint against the President of the College (Wendy Burns) and the Chair of the Colleges Psychopharmacology Committee (David Baldwin), lodged because their statement to the Times (24.2.18) that We know that in the vast majority of patients, any unpleasant symptoms experienced on discontinuing antidepressants have resolved within two weeks of stopping treatment is not evidence-based, is incorrect and has misled the public on an important matter of public safety, with potentially hazardous consequences for members of the public.

We remind you that the thirty signatories include ten people whose withdrawal effects have lasted from 11 months to 10 years, eight Professors and ten Psychiatrists. We cannot accept the reasoning set out in your communication of 8.6.18. Our detailed reasons are provided later in this letter as an Appendix.

In brief, your eight-page letter repeats all the irrelevant points and disingenuous explanations already deployed by the Registrar (Adrian James) in his original dismissal of the complaint (24.4.18) and adds some irrelevant commentary, obfuscation, and a new reason for alarm. Your emphatic statement that it is no part of the Colleges function to police such debate implies that even your most senior officials can say anything they like, however false or damaging, and the College will stand by them as, indeed, it has in this case. We are disappointed that an organisation representing medical professionals, with a code of ethics to uphold, would adopt such a curious stance.

As a result of your letter, we are now certain in our conclusion that, currently, the Roy...

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14:00

Fecal transplant paper pulled for personal issue "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Last month, the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition pulled an article on fecal transplantation for a reason that, well, doesnt pass the sniff test. The paper, by Sonia Michail of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, appeared online in October 2017 and described a randomized controlled trial of fecal transplants to treat kids with ulcerative colitis. Continue reading Fecal transplant paper pulled for personal issue

13:53

ANS ANALYSIS WHY YOU MUST HAVE IT "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is the part of the mammalian nervous system responsible for the control and regulation of the involuntary bodily functions, including heartbeat, blood vessels constriction, breathing, movements of visceral smooth muscles necessary for digestion, endocrine activity and mobility. The ANS consists of two subsystems: The Sympathetic system, which acts stimulating to prepare for physical action or emergency fight and

12:26

Protective effects of Asparagus officinalis extract against Bisphenol A- induced toxicity in Wistar rats. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Toxicol Rep. 2018 ;5:427-433. Epub 2018 Mar 9. PMID: 29854613 Abstract Title:  Protective effects ofextract against Bisphenol A- induced toxicity in Wistar rats. Abstract:  is an herbal medicine with remarkable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antihepatotoxic properties. The present study aimed to investigate whether Bisphenol A (BPA) could induce histopathological changes and oxidative stress in the liver and kidney tissues of male rats. In addition, we evaluated whether the co-administration of theextract (AOE) could prevent the possible damages. In total, 40 adult male Wistar rats with the mean weight of 20020 grams were divided into five groups. Control subjects were placed in the first group, while group two was the vehicle (5ml/kg bwt/day). Subjects in group three were administered with 400mg/kg of AOE (bwt/day), group four received 10mg/kg of BPA (bwt/day) dissolved in 5ml/kg ofolive oil, and group five received oral BPA and AOE daily for eight weeks. After the experiments, the blood, liver, and kidneys of the animals were collected and examined. Biochemical results showed a significant elevation in the levels of liver and kidney biomarkers in the BPA group (P0.05). Moreover, malondialdehyde was observed to increase, while thiol protein and total antioxidant capacity decreased. Histopathological results of the BPA group indicated dilated and congested central and portal veins and inflammatory areas in the liver. In addition, renal test results showed castsin the urinary tubules and acute tubular necrosis. According to the results, the co-administration of AOE and BPA could increase the total antioxidative capability, thereby improving the function and structure of the liver and kidney tissues. Therefore, AOE is a potential protective agent against oxidative stress, liver, and kidney damage.

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12:09

Exposure to BPA exclusively through milk affects adiposity, metabolism, and hormones of offspring. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Horm Metab Res. 2018 Jun ;50(6):491-503. Epub 2018 Jun 8. PMID: 29883975 Abstract Title:  Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Bisphenol A (BPA) Exposure During Breastfeeding on the Biochemical and Endocrine Profiles in Rats. Abstract:  Neonates can be exposed to bisphenol A (BPA) through placenta and milk, and BPA is associated with disorders such as precocious puberty and obesity. We evaluated the effects of BPA exposure during breastfeeding on the biochemical and endocrine profiles in young and adult rat progeny. From postnatal day (PND) 3 to 15 dams were divided into low-dose BPA treatment [50g/kg/day s.c. (BPA-LD)], high-dose BPA treatment [5mg/kg/day s.c. (BPA-HD)], and Control (vehicle) groups. Milk was collected at PND15 and 21, which represents the end of exposure and 6 days after withdrawal, respectively. Dams were euthanized at weaning. Offspring of both genders were euthanized at PND15, 21, and 180. Milk estradiol levels were lower in the BPA-HD group than in the control group at PND 15; however, they were higher at PND21. Female rats whose mothers were BPA-exposed showed more significant differences from those in the control group, including better glycemic controland lipid profiles and higher food intake without higher adiposity, in adulthood than in the weaning period, when they presented with higher adiposity and hyperestrogenism. Conversely, male rats showed more abnormalities after BPA exposure compared to control rats, including insulin, leptin, testosterone, and thyroid hormone changes, when young but exhibited fewer alterations in adulthood, with increase only in LDLc in the BPA-HD rats. Taken together, the present findings suggest that exposure to BPA exclusively through milk affects adiposity, metabolism, and/or hormones of offspring in the short and long term, possibly compromising normal development in both sexes.

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12:02

Whats Behind the Need to Numb and Seek a Final Escape? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

It is not clear what exactly drives the demand for the psychoactive substances and what has driven the increase in suicides. But I think its worth speculating whether a perceived low quality of life for many Americans, marked by high stress and low levels of happiness, is contributing.

Americans stand out from people in other countries with respect to their focus on individualism. Americans believe that success is determined by our own control and that it is very important to work hard to get ahead in life. Perhaps it is this focus on our own achievements, successes and work culture that have created an environment that is no longer sustainable it has become too stressful.

What other options do we have in a culture where we are also expected to solve our own problems? I believe that for many, the use of substances and suicides may tragically be the only available coping mechanism.

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12:01

Neonatal BPA exposure has a long-term effect on mouse testicular development. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Wei Sheng Yan Jiu. 2017 Nov ;46(6):975-980. PMID: 29903210 Abstract Title:  [Long-term effects of neonatal exposure to bisphenol A on testes structure and the expression of Boule in testes of male mice]. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To investigate the long-term effects and the mechanism of neonatal bisphenol A( BPA) exposure on mouse testicular structure and Boule expression.METHODS: A total of 12 pregnant ICR mice were randomly divided into three groups:blank control group, negative control group( corn oil) and BPA 100g/kg group. After delivery, BPA was given daily by neck subcutaneous injection to the offspring male mice from postnatal day( PND 1) to PND 21. The offspring male mice were sacrificed on PND35 and PND 70. Morphological changes of testes were detected with hematoxylin-eosin staining, the level of Boule mRNA expression was determined by RT-PCR, the expression of Boule protein was detected by immunofluorescence and Western blotting.RESULTS: Compared with blank control group and negative control group, the diameter and the epithelium thickness of seminiferous epithelium in the same period( PND 35, PND 70)were significantly decreased and the lumen was significantly increased( P

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12:01

Hyping Biological Nature of Mental Illness Worsens Stigma "IndyWatch Feed Health"

There are essentially two ways of looking at those conditions called mental illnesses. We could regard them as more extreme versions of the despondency, fear, wrath or confusion that we all experience, and as perfectly understandable reactions to overwhelming abuse and trauma. Or we could regard them as brain diseases, probably genetic in origin, requiring the sufferer to take powerful mind-altering drugs, quite likely for the rest of her life.

One approach emphasizes our common humanity, and the other seems to regard the sufferer as a mere biological specimen. One approach invites us to consider the societal and economic factors that lead individuals to feel despondent, fearful, wrathful or confused, and to think about ways of changing them, while the other seems to regard society as basically sound, but unfortunately plagued by those individuals with faulty genes or faulty brains who cant fit in.

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12:00

Mommy and Daddy Are to Blame For Today's Pediatric Developmental Problems! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Anne Dachel The phony science never ends. I just finished a piece about a new study blaming social media for kids with falling IQ scores all over the world. CNN covered it. It seems that when anyone in the...

11:55

Bisphenol A exposure during early pregnancy impairs uterine spiral artery remodeling and provokes intrauterine growth restriction in mice. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Sci Rep. 2018 Jun 15 ;8(1):9196. Epub 2018 Jun 15. PMID: 29907759 Abstract Title:  Bisphenol A exposure during early pregnancy impairs uterine spiral artery remodeling and provokes intrauterine growth restriction in mice. Abstract:  Endocrine disrupting chemicals are long suspected to impair reproductive health. Bisphenol A (BPA) has estrogenic activity and therefore the capacity of interfering with endocrine pathways. No studies dissected its short-term effects on pregnancy and possible underlying mechanisms. Here, we studied how BPA exposure around implantation affects pregnancy, particularly concentrating on placentation and uterine remodeling. We exposed pregnant female mice to 50g/kg BPA/day or 0.1% ethanol by oral gavage from day 1 to 7 of gestation. High frequency ultrasound was employed to document the presence and size of implantations, placentas and fetuses throughout pregnancy. Blood velocity in the arteria uterina was analyzed by Doppler measurements. The progeny of mothers exposed to BPA was growth-restricted compared to the controls; this was evident in vivo as early as at day 12 as analyzed by ultrasound and confirmed by diminished fetal and placenta weights observed after sacrificing the animals at day 14 of gestation. The remodeling of uterine spiralarteries (SAs) was considerably impaired. We show that short-term exposure to a so-called"safe"BPA dose around implantation has severe consequences. The intrauterine growth restriction observed in more than half of the fetuses from BPA-treated mothers may owe to the direct negative effect of BPA on the remodeling of uterine SAs that limits the blood supply to the fetus. Our work reveals unsuspected short-term effects of BPA on pregnancy and urges to more studies dissecting the mechanisms behind the negative actions of BPA during early pregnancy.

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11:36

Multigenerational effects of bisphenol A or ethinyl estradiol exposure on F2 California mice pup vocalizations. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  PLoS One. 2018 ;13(6):e0199107. Epub 2018 Jun 18. PMID: 29912934 Abstract Title:  Multigenerational effects of bisphenol A or ethinyl estradiol exposure on F2 California mice (Peromyscus californicus) pup vocalizations. Abstract:  Rodent pups use vocalizations to communicate with one or both parents in biparental species, such as California mice (Peromyscus californicus). Previous studies have shown California mice developmentally exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals, bisphenol A (BPA) or ethinyl estradiol (EE), demonstrate later compromised parental behaviors. Reductions in F1 parental behaviors might also be due to decreased emissions of F2 pup vocalizations. Thus, vocalizations of F2 male and female California mice pups born to F1 parents developmentally exposed to BPA, EE, or controls were examined. Postnatal days (PND) 2-4 were considered early postnatal period, PND 7 and 14 were defined as mid-postnatal period, and PND 21 and 28 were classified as late postnatal period. EE pups showed increased latency to emit the first syllable compared to controls. BPA female pups had decreased syllable duration compared to control and EE female pups during the early postnatal period but enhanced responses compared to controls at late postnatal period; whereas, male BPA and EE pups showed greater syllable duration compared to controls during early postnatal period. In mid-postnatal period, F2 BPA and EE pups emitted greater number of phrases than F2 control pups. Results indicate aspects of vocalizations were disrupted in F2 pups born to F1 parents developmentally exposed to BPA or EE, but their responses were not always identical, suggesting BPA might not activate estrogen receptors to the same extent as EE. Changes in vocalization patterns by F2 pups may be due to multigenerational exposure to BPA or EE and/or reduced parental care received.

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10:20

Melatonin deficiency could be a key mechanism explaining the co-morbidity effect in the association between obesity and periodontitis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Periodontal Res. 2018 Jun 14. Epub 2018 Jun 14. PMID: 29900537 Abstract Title:  Melatonin expression in periodontitis and obesity: An experimental in-vivo investigation. Abstract:  BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Melatonin deficiency has been associated with obesity and systemic inflammation. This study aims to evaluate whether melatonin could interfere with the mechanisms of co-morbidity linking obesity and periodontitis.MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-eight male Wistar rats were randomly divided in 4 groups: control group (Con) (fed with standard diet); high-fat diet group (HFD) (fed with a diet containing 35.2% fat); Con group with induced periodontitis (Con-Perio) and HFD group with induced periodontitis (HFD-Perio). To induce periodontitis, the method of oral gavages with Porphyromonas gingivalis ATCC W83K1 and Fusobacterium nucleatum DMSZ 20482 was used. Circulating melatonin levels were analyzed by multiplex immunoassays. Periodontitis was assessed by alveolar bone loss (micro-computed tomography and histology) and by surrogate inflammatory outcomes (periodontal pocket depth, modified gingival index and plaque dental index).RESULTS: Plasma melatonin levels were significantly decreased (P 

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10:11

There is evidence that melatonin treatment after traumatic brain injury significantly improves both behavioural outcomes and pathological outcomes. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Neurotrauma. 2018 Jun 14. Epub 2018 Jun 14. PMID: 29901413 Abstract Title:  Melatonin as a treatment after Traumatic Brain Injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis of the pre-clinical and clinical literature. Abstract:  Traumatic brain injury is common and yet effective treatments of the secondary brain injury are scarce. Melatonin is a potent, non-selective neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory agent that is showing promising results in neonatal brain injury. The aim of this study was to systematically evaluate the pre-clinical and clinical literature for the effectiveness of Melatonin to improve outcome after TBI. Using the systematic review protocol for animal intervention studies (SYRCLE) and Cochrane methodology for clinical studies, a search of English articles was performed. Eligible studies were identified and data was extracted. Quality assessment was performed using the SYRCLE risk of bias tool. Meta-analyses were performed using standardized mean differences (SMD). Seventeen studies (15 pre-clinical, 2 clinical) met inclusion criteria. There was heterogeneity in the studies, and all had moderate-to-low risk of bias. Meta-analysis of pre-clinical data revealed an overall positive effect on neurobehavioural outcome with SMD of 1.51 (95% CIs: 1.06-1.96). Melatonin treatment had a favorable effect on the neurological status, by a SMD of 1.35 (95% CI: 0.83-1.88) and cognition by a SMD of 1.16 (95% CIs: 0.4-1.92). Melatonin decreased the size of the contusion by a SMD of 2.22 (95% CI: 0.84-3.59) and cerebral oedema by SMD of 1.91 (95% CI: 1.08-2.74). Only two clinical studies were identified. They were of low quality, used for symptom management, and were of uncertain significance. In conclusion, there is evidence that Melatonin treatment after TBI significantly improves both behavioural outcomes and pathological outcomes, but significant research gaps exist especially in clinical populations. Key Words: Traumatic Brain Injury, Melatonin, Systematic Review.

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09:47

Melatonin exerts anti-inflammatory activity in a number of chronic diseases which affect different organs in different circumstances. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2018 Jun 14:1-62. Epub 2018 Jun 14. PMID: 29902071 Abstract Title:  Anti-inflammatory effects of Melatonin: a mechanistic review. Abstract:  N-acetyl-5-methoxy-tryptamine (melatonin) is a natural substance produced both by plants, as a secondary metabolite, and animals, by the pineal gland and other tissues. In humans, melatonin participates in numerous functions including the regulation of mood, sleep, reproduction, promotion of immunomodulation, antioxidant defense and as an anti-inflammatory agent. The anti-inflammatory activity of melatonin could yield beneficial effects on intake, particularly against the chronic inflammation which underlies many chronic diseases. This review aims to provide an assessment of the literature data on the anti-inflammatory activity of melatonin, with a particular focus on the mechanisms responsible for this behavior. We can conclude that many in vitro studies and in vivo studies in experimental animal model systems show that melatonin exerts anti-inflammatory activity in a number of chronic diseases which affect different organs in different circumstances. Clinical trials, however, often fail to reach positive results and are thus far inconclusive. Thus, in the future, long-term well-designed investigations on melatonin-rich foods or melatonin food supplements could provide valuable information towards public health recommendations on melatonin, taking into account both the nature of the compound and the optimal dose, for protection from long-term inflammation linked to chronic diseases.

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09:37

This meta-analysis showed the promising effect of melatonin administration on reducing CRP and IL-6 among patients with MetS and related disorders. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Inflammopharmacology. 2018 Jun 15. Epub 2018 Jun 15. PMID: 29907916 Abstract Title:  The effects of melatonin supplementation on inflammatory markers among patients with metabolic syndrome or related disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: This systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) was carried out to determine the effect of melatonin supplementation on the inflammatory markers among individuals with metabolic syndrome (MetS) and related disorders.METHODS: We searched the following databases up to March 2018: PubMed, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials. Three reviewers independently assessed study eligibility, extracted data, and evaluated risk of bias of included primary studies. Statistical heterogeneity was assessed using Cochran's Q test and I-square (I) statistic. Data were pooled using the random effect model and standardized mean difference (SMD) was considered as the summary effect size.RESULTS: Six trials of 317 potential reports were identified to be suitable for our meta-analysis. The pooled results using random effects model indicated that melatonin supplementation significantly reduced C-reactive protein (CRP) (SMD=-1.80; 95% CI -3.27, -0.32; P=0.01; I: 95.2) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) concentrations (SMD=-2.02; 95% CI -3.57, -0.47; P=0.01; I: 91.2) among patients with MetS and related disorders; however, it did not affect tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-) concentrations (SMD=-1.87; 95% CI -3.81, 0.07; P=0.05; I: 94.4).CONCLUSIONS: In summary, the current meta-analysis showed the promising effect of melatonin administration on reducing CRP and IL-6, but not TNF- levels among patients with MetS and related disorders. Additional prospective studies are recommended using higher supplementation doses and longer intervention period.

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09:15

This meta-analysis clearly supports the use of melatonin as a management for patients with secondary sleep disorders. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Front Neuroendocrinol. 2018 Jun 14. Epub 2018 Jun 14. PMID: 29908879 Abstract Title:  Exogenous melatonin as a treatment for secondary sleep disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Abstract:  Melatonin is a physiological indoleamine involved in circadian rhythm regulation and it is currently used for secondary sleep disorders supported by empirical evidence. A small amount of evidence and some controversial results have been obtained in some randomized controlled trials (RCT). The objective of this meta-analysis is to determine the efficacy of exogenous melatonin versus placebo in managing secondary sleep disorders. Literature retrieval of eligible RCT was performed in 5 databases (PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, ClinicalTrials.gov, and Web of Science). In total, 7 studies of 205 patients were included. Pooled data demonstrate that exogenous melatonin lowers sleep onset latency and increases total sleep time, whereas it has little if any effect on sleep efficiency. Although, the efficacy of melatonin still requires further confirmation, this meta-analysis clearly supports the use of melatonin as a management for patients with secondary sleep disorders.

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08:59

Hyperbaric treatment for carbon monoxide intoxication with compromised cardiac function could be beneficial. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2018 May 9. Epub 2018 May 9. PMID: 29753599 Abstract Title:  Carbon monoxide poisoning in a young, healthy patient: A case study of heart failure recovery after Hyperbaric Oxygenation Treatment. Abstract:  The effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen treatment for acute cardiac diseases is unknown. Similarly, the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen treatment for carbon monoxide intoxication is also unknown, particularly for cases in which carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) levels return to normal. Our case study revolved around a healthy twenty-year-old male patient, who suffered from carbon monoxide intoxication. The patient presented to the Emergency Department unconscious. Blood workup revealed significant carbon monoxide intoxication and cardiac injury (COHb=41%, troponin T=0.38ng/dl, ST depression). He was intubated and transferred to a specialist Centre for hyperbaric oxygenation treatment, whilst mechanically ventilated. COHb on arrival (5hours later) was 4.3%. First echocardiography revealed estimated ejection fraction of 30%, moderate-severe left ventricular dysfunction and global hypokinesis. Patient received 3 rounds of HBOT; each round was 2.4 ATA, 100% Oand 120minutes long within the following 24hours. Afterwards, the patient was successfully extubated. Three days later, a second echocardiography showed remarkable improvement with normal left ventricular size and function. The patient discharged the following day without complaints or the need for long-term medication. Hyperbaric treatment for carbon monoxide intoxication with compromised cardiac function should be considered even when carboxyhaemoglobin levels have returned to normal. This is due to mitochondrial impairment caused by carbon monoxide intoxication that eventually can lead to significant cardiac deterioration.

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08:54

Melatonin induces cognitive enhancement and brain resilience against neurodegenerative processes. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Pineal Res. 2018 Jun 15:e12515. Epub 2018 Jun 15. PMID: 29907977 Abstract Title:  Melatonin induces mechanisms of brain resilience against neurodegeneration. Abstract:  Melatonin is an endogenous pleiotropic molecule which orchestrates regulatory functions and protective capacity against age-related ailments. The increase in circulating levels of melatonin through dietary supplements intensifies its health benefits. Investigations in animal models have shown that melatonin protects against Alzheimer's disease (AD)-like pathology, although clinical studies have not been conclusive. We hypothesized that melatonin induces changes in the brain that prevent or attenuate AD by increasing resilience. Therefore, we treated healthy non-transgenic (NoTg) and AD transgenic (3xTg-AD) 6-month old mice with a daily dose of 10 mg/kg of melatonin until 12 months of age. As expected, melatonin reversed cognitive impairment and dementia-associated behaviors of anxiety and apathy, and reduced amyloid and tau burden in 3xTg-AD mice. Remarkably, melatonin induced cognitive enhancement and higher wellness level-related behavior in NoTg mice. At the mechanism level, NF-B and pro-inflammatory cytokine expression was decreased in both NoTg and 3xTg-AD mice. The SIRT1 pathway of longevity and neuroprotection was also activated in both mouse strains after melatonin dosing. Furthermore, we explored new mechanisms and pathways not previously associated with melatonintreatment such as the ubiquitin-proteasome proteolytic system and the recently proposed neuroprotective Gas6/TAM pathway. The upregulation of proteasome activity and the modulation of Gas6 and its receptors by melatonin was similarly displayed by both NoTg and 3xTg-AD mice. Therefore, these resultsconfirm the potential of melatonin treatment against AD pathology, by way of opening new pathways in its mechanisms of action, and demonstrating that melatonin induces cognitive enhancement and brain resilience against neurodegenerative processes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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08:35

Natural speech algorithm applied to baseline interview data can predict which patients will respond to psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Affect Disord. 2018 04 1 ;230:84-86. PMID: 29407543 Abstract Title:  Natural speech algorithm applied to baseline interview data can predict which patients will respond to psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Natural speech analytics has seen some improvements over recent years, and this has opened a window for objective and quantitative diagnosis in psychiatry. Here, we used a machine learning algorithm applied to natural speech to ask whether language properties measured before psilocybin for treatment-resistant can predict for which patients it will be effective and for which it will not.METHODS: A baseline autobiographical memory interview was conducted and transcribed. Patients with treatment-resistant depression received 2 doses of psilocybin, 10mg and 25mg, 7 days apart. Psychological support was provided before, during and after all dosing sessions. Quantitative speech measures were applied to the interview data from 17 patients and 18 untreated age-matched healthy control subjects. A machine learning algorithm was used to classifybetween controls and patients and predict treatment response.RESULTS: Speech analytics and machine learning successfully differentiated depressed patients from healthy controls and identified treatment responders from non-responders with a significant level of 85% of accuracy (75% precision).CONCLUSIONS: Automatic natural language analysis was used to predict effective response to treatment with psilocybin, suggesting that these tools offer a highly cost-effective facility for screening individuals for treatment suitability and sensitivity.LIMITATIONS: The sample size was small and replication is required to strengthen inferences on these results.

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08:27

Relief from intractable phantom pain by combining psilocybin and mirror visual-feedback "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Neurocase. 2018 Apr ;24(2):105-110. Epub 2018 May 15. PMID: 29764303 Abstract Title:  Relief from intractable phantom pain by combining psilocybin and mirror visual-feedback (MVF). Abstract:  AL's leg was amputated resulting in phantom-limb pain (PLP). (1) When a volunteer placed her foot on or near the phantom - touching it evoked organized sensations in corresponding locations on AL's phantom. (2) Mirror-visual-feedback (MVF) relieved PLP, as did,"phantom massage". (3) Psilocybin-MVF pairing produced synergistic effects, complete elimination of PLP, and reduction in paroxysmal episodes. (4) Touching the volunteer's leg where AL previously had external fixators, evoked sensation of nails boring through the leg. Using a"telescoping"nail, we created the illusion of a nail being removed with corresponding pain relief. (5) Artificial flames produced warmth in the phantom.

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08:11

Psychedelics could be effective in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  ACS Chem Neurosci. 2018 Jun 4. Epub 2018 Jun 4. PMID: 29863323 Abstract Title:  Psychedelics and Personality. Abstract:  In the past decade, an increasing number of clinical trials are reporting evidence that psychedelics or serotonergic hallucinogens (such as lysergic acid diethylamide, psilocybin, and ayahuasca/dimethyltryptamine) could be effective in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders. The mechanisms responsible for these effects are not fully understood but seem to involve changes in bran dynamics in areas rich in serotonergic 5-HTreceptors and in personality. In the present text, we present a brief and critical overview of the current research in this field, pointing out both promises and limitations of these studies.

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08:06

Cortisol modulation by ayahuasca in patients with treatment resistant depression and healthy controls. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Front Psychiatry. 2018 ;9:185. Epub 2018 May 8. PMID: 29867608 Abstract Title:  Cortisol Modulation by Ayahuasca in Patients With Treatment Resistant Depression and Healthy Controls. Abstract:  Major depression is a highly prevalent mood disorder, affecting about 350 million people, and around 30% of the patients are resistant to currently available antidepressant medications. Recent evidence from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) supports the rapid antidepressant effects of the psychedelic ayahuasca in treatment-resistant depression. The aim of this study was to explore the effect of ayahuasca on plasma cortisol and awakening salivary cortisol response, in the same group of treatment-resistant patients (MD) and in healthy volunteers (C). Subjects received a single dose of ayahuasca or placebo (dosing session), and both plasma and awakening salivary cortisol response were measured at baseline (before dosing session) and 48 h after the dosing session. Baseline assessment (D0) showed blunted awakening salivary cortisol response and hypocortisolemia in patients, with respect to healthy controls. Salivary cortisol was also measured during dosing session, and we observed higher increases for both C and MD that ingested ayahuasca than placebo. After 48 h from the dosing session with ayahuasca, patients' awakening salivary cortisol response is similar to the ones detected in controls. No significant changes in plasma cortisol levels were observed 48 h after the sessions. Therefore, these findings point to new evidence on the modulation of salivary cortisol levels as a result of an ayahuasca session, both in healthy and depressive volunteers. Considering that cortisol acts in regulation of distinct physiological pathways, emotional and cognitive processes, it is assumed to be critically involved to the etiology of depression and its regulation seems to be important for the treatment and remission of major depression, ayahuasca use as antidepressant should be further investigated. Moreover, this study highlights the importance of psychedelics in the treatment of human mental disorders.

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07:56

The present study sheds light into the components underlying the therapeutic effects of ayahuasca on ethanol abuse. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Front Pharmacol. 2018 ;9:561. Epub 2018 May 29. PMID: 29896106 Abstract Title:  Ayahuasca and Its DMT- and-carbolines - Containing Ingredients Block the Expression of Ethanol-Induced Conditioned Place Preference in Mice: Role of the Treatment Environment. Abstract:  Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic beverage produced from the decoction of(Bc) and(Pv),-carboline- and-dimethyltryptamine(DMT)-containing plants, respectively. Accumulating evidence suggests that ayahuasca may have therapeutic effects on ethanol abuse. It is not known, however, whether its effects are dependent on the presence of DMT or if non-DMT-containing components would have therapeutic effects. The aim of the present study was to investigate the rewarding properties of ayahuasca (30, 100, and 300 mg/kg, orally), Bc (132, 440, and 1320 mg/kg, orally) and Pv (3.75, 12.5 and 37.5 mg/kg, i.p.) extracts and their effects on ethanol (1.8 g/kg, i.p.) reward using the conditioned place preference (CPP) paradigm in male mice. Animals were conditioned with ayahuasca, Bc or Pv extracts during 8 sessions. An intermediate, but not a high, dose of ayahuasca induced CPP in mice. Bc and Pv did not induce CPP. Subsequently, the effects of those extracts were tested on the development of ethanol-induced CPP. Ayahuasca, Bc or Pv were administered before ethanol injections during conditioning sessions. While Bc and Pv exerted no effects on ethanol-induced CPP, pretreatment with ayahuasca blocked the development of CPP to ethanol. Finally, the effects of a post-ethanol-conditioning treatment with ayahuasca, Bc or Pv on the expression of ethanol-induced CPP were tested. Animals were conditioned with ethanol, and subsequently treated with either ayahuasca, Bc or Pv in the CPP environment previously associated with saline or ethanol for 6 days. Animals were then reexposed to ethanol and ethanol-induced CPP was quantified on the following day. Treatment with all compounds in the ethanol-paired environment blocked the expression of ethanol-induced CPP. Administration of an intermediate, but not a high, dose of ayahuasca and Bc, as well as Pv administration, in the saline-paired compartment blocked the expression of ethanol-induced CPP. The present study sheds light into the components underlying the therapeutic effects of ayahuasca on ethanol abuse, indicating that ayahuasca and its plant components can decrease ethanol reward at doses that do not exert abuse liability. Importantly, the treatment environment seems to influence the therapeutic effects of ayahuasca and Bc, providing important insights into clinical practice.

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07:49

Rapid antidepressant effects of the psychedelic ayahuasca in treatment-resistant depression. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Psychol Med. 2018 Jun 15:1-9. Epub 2018 Jun 15. PMID: 29903051 Abstract Title:  Rapid antidepressant effects of the psychedelic ayahuasca in treatment-resistant depression: a randomized placebo-controlled trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Recent open-label trials show that psychedelics, such as ayahuasca, hold promise as fast-onset antidepressants in treatment-resistant depression.METHODS: To test the antidepressant effects of ayahuasca, we conducted a parallel-arm, double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial in 29 patients with treatment-resistant depression. Patients received a single dose of either ayahuasca or placebo. We assessed changes in depression severity with the Montgomery-sberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) and the Hamilton Depression Rating scale at baseline, and at 1 (D1), 2 (D2), and 7 (D7) days after dosing.RESULTS: We observed significant antidepressant effects of ayahuasca when compared with placebo at all-time points. MADRS scores were significantly lower in the ayahuasca group compared with placebo at D1 and D2 (p = 0.04), and at D7 (p

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07:39

Curcumin is effective in treating acute inflammation pain in the post-surgical removal of impacted third molars patients. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Oral Rehabil. 2018 Jun 16. Epub 2018 Jun 16. PMID: 29908031 Abstract Title:  The efficacy of curcumin in managing acute inflammation pain on the post-surgical removal of impacted third molars patients: A randomized controlled trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Curcumin is a turmeric contained active ingredient that has been proven to be effective in treating pain and inflammation due to its analgesic as well as anti-inflammation potential. Odontectomy, on the other hand, has been well known for its post-procedure acute inflammation pain.OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to evaluate the efficacy of curcuminoid in treating acute inflammation post-operative pain in the post-surgical removal of impacted third molars patients.METHODS: Ninety (44 male; 46 female) participants were recruited in this randomized controlled trial and randomly assigned into the control group (those who consumed mefenamic acid) or the experimental group (those who consumed curcumin). Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) was used as an evaluation tool to evaluate the intensity of the pain experienced by the participants. Pain evaluation was performed immediately after anesthesia effect disappeared (T), and an hour after participant took their first (T), second (T), and third (T) course of drugs. All data were collected and analyzed by using Wilcoxon Mann-Whitney test.RESULTS: The current study showed that participants in both groups experienced significantly (p

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07:00

Monsanto, You Can Run But You Cant Hide "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

May 29, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved (with conditions) the merger of Monsanto and Bayer.1,2 The decision came on the heels of the European Union's (EU) approval in March. Bayer's takeover of Monsanto the largest all-cash buyout on record3,4,5 means just three companies now dominate the global seed and pesticide market.6

In addition to the Bayer-Monsanto merger, the DOJ has also approved the merger of Dow and DuPont, and the Federal Trade Commission recently approved ChemChina's acquisition of Syngenta. Together, these three merged behemoths Bayer, ChemChina and DowDuPont will control 61 percent of the global seed market.

The same trio, plus BASF, will also control 70 percent of the pesticide market.7 Of these, Bayer will hold the largest share about a quarter of the seed and pesticide markets combined. In 2011, Monsanto had 26 percent of the global seed market and Bayer had 3 percent. Bayer sold 17 percent of the total agrochemicals; Monsanto had 7 percent of the chemical market.8

As a condition of the DOJ's approval, Bayer will sell some of its assets to BASF, including its soybean, cottonseed and glufosinate weed killer businesses, which overlap with Monsanto's and were antitrust sticking points. So, the first week of June marked the end of the Monsanto name,9 but that doesn't mean the company, its products and everything associated with either, are going away. As noted by Forbes,10 "its history, products and culture will linger. Bayer can't change...

Polluting Pigs Part III "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

North Carolina is the second largest pork producer in the U.S. and home to more than 2,500 pig CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations).1 The estimated 9 million pigs living in the state produce copious amounts of waste up to 10 times the amount of an average human2 for which there is no easy, nor environmentally friendly, disposal solution. Whereas a small farm can use the waste produced by its animals as fertilizer, the massive amounts of waste produced on CAFOs becomes a toxic liability.

Nonetheless, it's typically stored in "lagoons," where the waste can leach into groundwater and wells, run off into waterways and cause all sort of environmental problems. The liquefied waste from the lagoons is then sprayed onto nearby fields. North Carolina alone has an estimated 4,500 active lagoons and 1,700 inactive lagoons,3 and tests have revealed they contain far higher levels of pollutants than the industrial farms are reporting.

North Carolina CAFOs Not Reporting True Levels of Toxic Pollutants in Waste Lagoons

Inspectors with North Carolina's department of environmental quality (DEQ) tested 55 waste lagoons at 35 CAFOs, which revealed vastly different levels of pollutants than were reported by the CAFOs' own tests just one month prior.

In a letter to one CAFO, the DEQ stated, "The results show a significant difference in the PAN [peroxyacetyl nitrate] concentrations as well as other macro and micro nutrients that put into question the validity of the March 17th sampling results. It is unlikely that a lagoon make-up will change significantly in a month without a significant operations event occurring like a lagoon sludge clean out."4

Among the disparities were levels of nitrogen, phosphorus and heavy metals, including zinc and copper. In one case, zinc levels were more than 100,000 percent higher in the DEQ's tests compared to what the CAFOs reported.

Speaking to The Guardian, Devon Hall, co-founder of Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH), an anti-hog-CAFO group, said, "This manipulation of data is an insult to the community members suffering from the industry's continued use of the lagoon and spray field system We demand real enforcement. The response to this slap in the face should be more than a slap on the wrist."...

GMO Rice Approved "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra genes that produce a precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene.

The rice, which has been making headlines for nearly two decades, was widely touted as a solution to vitamin A deficiency, which affects 250 million preschool-aged children worldwide.1 As the leading cause of preventable blindness in children, it's estimated that up to 500,000 children become blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency, and half of them die within a year of losing their sight.2

A form of rice that could potentially alleviate this devastating micronutrient deficiency, especially in low-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia does, indeed, sound like a panacea. However, despite its recent FDA approval, there remain many doubts surrounding Golden Rice, including its usefulness, practicality and effectiveness for its intended purpose: relieving vitamin A deficiency.

FDA Says Golden Rice Is Safe, but Can't Make a Nutrient Claim

The FDA based their decision to approve Golden Rice on data supplied by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the current makers of Golden Rice, who they have also tasked with ensuring the products safety in the future: It is IRRIs continuing responsibility to ensure that foods marketed by the firm are safe, wholesome, and in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements."3

While IRRI does not intend to grow or market Golden Rice in the U.S. at this time, it sought approval because it's expected that the product may be imported into the U.S., perhaps in other food products intended for animals or people.

While accepting IRRI's conclusion that Golden Rice is safe, they noted that its beta-carotene content is "too low to warrant a nutrient content claim." Health Canada similarly wrote that even if all rice and rice products in the country were replaced with Golden Rice, it would result in only a very small (0.8 percent to 8 percent) increase in beta-carotene intake daily.4

The FDAs approval could influence other countries consider...

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23:42

Using Manuka Honey as a Medicinal Superfood (when 80% is fake) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

manuka honeyRaw local honey is a seasonal food crafted by nature as bees get back to work on springtime blooms. And while its use as food is quite popular, honey is also very beneficial as medicine. Of all the 300 or so types on planet Earth, manuka honey is the best of the best for this purpose.

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21:17

A Grand Solar Minimum Would Barely Make A Dent In Human-Caused Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed Health"

grand-solar-minimumSource Skeptical Science What The Science Says: Peer-reviewed research, physics, and math all tell us that a grand solar minimum would have no more than a 0.3C cooling effect, barely enough to put a dent in human-caused global warming. Climate Myth: A grand solar minimum could trigger another ice age "The sun is acting bizarrely

20:54

25 Awesome Tips For A Beautiful Life "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Emilyn Gil Life can be hard. Work can get stressful, your health can go downhill, and relationships can become frustrating. But despite all of these challenges, you can still find a way to live the positive life you deserve. 25 lifestyle tips that can bring beauty in your life. 1. Relax Its so easy... View Article

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20:54

Medicare to Become Insolvent Sooner Than Expected, Time for An Overhaul "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Brandon Turbeville, Natural Blaze

A recent report circulating throughout the mainstream media regarding the coming insolvency of Medicare and Social Security has sent shockwaves through the United States with many of the Baby Boomer generation concerned that, after working and paying into the program their entire lives, they will be left with nothing when it finally comes time to stop working.

As the Associated Press reported,

Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Securitys financial problems cant be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class.

The report from program trustees says Medicare will become insolvent in 2026 three years earlier than previously forecast. Its giant trust fund for inpatient care wont be able to fully cover projected medical bills starting at that point.

The report says Social Security will become insolvent in 2034 no change from the projection last year.

The warning serves as a reminder of major issues left to languish while Washington plunges deeper into partisan...

20:51

Cops Called By Alexa After It Hears A Man Allegedly Beating His Girlfriend "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Sara Wylie 28-year-old Eduardo Barros was at home with his girlfriend in and her daughter in Tijeras, New Mexico one evening when he became severely jealous about a text message she had received from another man.   Enraged, Barros acted on his strong emotions by confronting his girlfriend and the situation escalated to the point... View Article

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20:44

Turmeric Fat Burning Coffee Recipe "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Emilyn Gil Coffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks. In the United States alone, there are 154 million adults who drink coffee, and almost 50% of the entire United States population drinks at least one cup of coffee every day. Thats a whole lot of coffee! (1) While recent studies have shown... View Article

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20:18

Warning: This Antibiotic Will RUIN You! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Warning: This Antibiotic Will RUIN You! For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

by PAUL FASSA A study published by Mayo Clinic found almost 70 percent of Americans are on at least one pharmaceutical. Antibiotics top the list, followed by antidepressants and pain killers. Fluoroquinolones (also called quinolone or just quin) are one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics in the USA. In 2011 a staggering 26.9 million []

Source: Warning: This Antibiotic Will RUIN You! Learn more at REALfarmacy.com - Healthy News and Information.

20:03

Mom Cleans Grill, Cooks Burgers, Then Son Nearly Dies "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Mom Cleans Grill, Cooks Burgers, Then Son Nearly Dies For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

by Abbey Ryan Its summertime, and practically everyone is pulling out their grills and BBQs for some summer fun. Most of usif were sanitarytake the time to intricately clean off our grills from last years recipes, scrubbing off the dust and grime that collected during the idle winter months. But did you ever stop to think []

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19:41

200 Ordinary Medications Cause Depression and Suicidal Thoughts: Are YOU Taking One of Them? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Daisy Luther

It would be difficult to overlook the epidemic of depression that has struck the United States over the past decades. The CDC recently found that death by suicide was up more than 30% and the use of antidepressants has vaulted 65% in the past 15 years.

There are many different theories about this increase. Everything from Internet addiction to the Trump presidency to environmental causes has been blamed. Some believe its always been like this but that the stigma has lessened and more people are getting help.

But now theres one more possible cause that needs to be considered. New research has shown that more than 200 medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can increase the likelihood of depression and depressive symptoms. And when two or more of these drugs are combined, the potential for depression increases even more.

...

19:34

Studies Based on Three Continents Show Higher Than Recommended Doses of Vitamin D Prevents Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Joe Battaglia

Research utilizing combined data from 17 studies that included more than 12,000 people from the U.S., Europe, and Asia found that optimal levels of vitamin D for colon cancer prevention are higher than the current U.S. recommendation of 600 international units (IU) per day.

In the absence of Vitamin D from sunlight, disease increases more than 1000 percent. Experts suggest that the chances of getting vitamin D from your diet are very low.

...

19:07

FREE Online Detoxification Seminar Helps You Prevent and Overcome Serious Disease "IndyWatch Feed Health"

detox summit

Learn how to overcome chronic disease and illness by detoxing the body, when everything else has failed.

Health Impact News

The Detox Dialogues FREE Online Event will be held June 21 through June 28, 2018, featuring more than 20 detoxification experts teaching you how to detoxify your body and reverse disease.

Registration is FREE here.

Why You Should Attend This Event!

  •  Learn How To Effectively Remove Toxins From The Body: Long-term exposure to toxins (environmental pollutants, cancer-causing chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial waste) affects our metabolism, behavior, immune system, and leads to disease.
  •  Prevent Chronic Disease and Illness: Our bodies do have a built-in detox function to deal with these dangers, but those systems are constantly overloaded! Detoxing assists and improves what our bodies are trying to do naturally.
  •  Restore Your Body Back To Balance: When we overload our bodies with toxins and unhealthy foods, systems like the hormonal, endocrine, digestive and nervous system, dont work as well as they should and we get sick.
  •  Improve Quality Of Life: When the bodys systems are aligned, a shift also occurs with our mental and emotional states. We can deal with more when were clear and grounded. Depression may be eased and memory may be improved as a result of detoxification!
  • ...

19:06

CBS: Opioid crisis fueled by drug industry and Congress "IndyWatch Feed Health"

According to former DEA agent turned whistleblower, Joe Rannazzisi, the DEAs ability to keep opioids off U.S. streets was derailed by Congress, lobbyists, and a drug distribution industry that shipped, almost unchecked, hundreds of millions of pills to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics providing the rocket fuel for a crisis that, over the last two []

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18:43

American Children Terrorized by CPS While Lawmakers Cry About Border Children "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Michael Chambers Belle

Belle crying to go home with her father during a supervised visit. (Image courtesy of Michael Chambers) Source.

BY MEGAN FOX
PJMedia

Americans are in an uproar about illegal immigrant parents and children separated at the border. The level of hysteria surrounding this topic has reached a fever pitch with senators like Chuck Schumer mugging distraught for the cameras at every opportunity.

While the shrill voices shriek loudly about the rights of Mexicans and other assorted border jumpers, American parental rights are being stripped from them, unconstitutionally, every single day. (Chuck Schumer has yet to freak out about it on national television.)

American parents have lost their due process and Fourth Amendment rights, and most of them dont even know it. Most anyone who has been visited by Child Protective Services can testify to the absolute terror that the state can inflict on a family for very little or no reason at all.

Right now in the state of Mississippi, Michael Chambers is missing his little girl, Belle. When Belle was around two years old her mother abandoned her in the care of her grandmother. Chambers took custody of her after that.

Lacking resources and the ability to track down his ex to serve her with custody papers, Chambers just took care of his daughter like a father should. Like many single parents, personal disputes often result in one parent harassing the other through any means possible.

Belles mother would occasionally call Chambers and shortly after the calls CPS would show up knocking on his door. The social workers where he lived understood the nature of the calls but when he moved to Warren county, things changed....

18:19

American Children Terrorized by CPS While Lawmakers Cry About Border Children "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Michael Chambers Belle

Belle crying to go home with her father during a supervised visit. (Image courtesy of Michael Chambers) Source.

BY MEGAN FOX
PJMedia

Americans are in an uproar about illegal immigrant parents and children separated at the border. The level of hysteria surrounding this topic has reached a fever pitch with senators like Chuck Schumer mugging distraught for the cameras at every opportunity.

While the shrill voices shriek loudly about the rights of Mexicans and other assorted border jumpers, American parental rights are being stripped from them, unconstitutionally, every single day. (Chuck Schumer has yet to freak out about it on national television.)

American parents have lost their due process and Fourth Amendment rights, and most of them dont even know it. Most anyone who has been visited by Child Protective Services can testify to the absolute terror that the state can inflict on a family for very little or no reason at all.

Right now in the state of Mississippi, Michael Chambers is missing his little girl, Belle. When Belle was around two years old her mother abandoned her in the care of her grandmother. Chambers took custody of her after that.

Lacking resources and the ability to track down his ex to serve her with custody papers, Chambers just took care of his daughter like a father should. Like many single parents, personal disputes often result in one parent harassing the other through any means possible.

Belles mother would occasionally call Chambers and shortly after the calls CPS would show up knocking on his door. The social workers where he lived understood the nature of the calls but when he moved to Warren county, things changed....

17:57

Dissolves plaque in your arteries, drink it daily "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola High-quality teas green tea in particular contain polyphenol antioxidants recognized for their disease prevention and anti-aging properties. Polyphenols can account for up to 30 percent of the dry leaf weight of green tea. Within the group of polyphenols are flavonoids, which contain catechins. One of the most powerful catechins is []

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17:30

Century Old Grocery Store Just Surpassed Whole Foods For Vegetarian Fare "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Century Old Grocery Store Just Surpassed Whole Foods For Vegetarian Fare

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

A regional grocery chain named Vons has beat out Whole Foods as the grocery chain topped the list of stores where vegetarians and customers seeking meat alternatives shop. More surprising, Vons is a 115-year-old grocery chain that has a kind of cult following in Southern California and Nevada.

So what do we make of this and what does it mean for Whole Foods and other large health food store chains like Trader Joes who also lost...

17:29

Irish Bumblebee Populations Hit Record 6-Year Low, Threatened With Extinction "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

As bee populations continue to decline the world over, even more bad news is headed our way. According to numbers recorded in 2017, Irish bumblebee populations were at the lowest level since monitoring began six years earlier.

The results indicated a relative marked loss in critical native bee species.

The decline in the bee populations were confirmed by All Ireland Bumblebee Monitoring Scheme which is coordinated by Dr. Tomas Murray, National Biodiversity Data Centre Senior ecologist in Waterford County.

Ireland has 21 different species of bumblebee, all of which are vital in the pollination process for both crops and wild plants. The findings mentioned above were based upon the past six years of monitoring at over 100 sites and focusing on eight of the most common Irish bumblebee species.

...

17:29

Are you really you when youre hungry? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Jennifer MacCormack, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

When does hungry become hangry?

Have you ever been grumpy, only to realize that youre hungry?

Feeling hangry has become a meme, even used in ads. But how does it work, psychologically? Snickers meme

Many people feel more irritable, annoyed, or negative when hungry an experience colloquially called being hangry. The idea that hunger affects our feelings and behaviors is widespread from advertisements to memes and merchandise. But surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry.

Psychologists have traditionally thought of hunger and emotions as separate, with hunger and other physical states as basic drives with different physiological and neural underpinnings from emotions. But growing scientific evidence suggests that your physical states can shape your emotions and cognition in surprising ways.

Prior studies show that hunger itself can influence mood, likely because it activates many of the same bodily systems, like the autonomic nervous system and hormones, that are involved in emotion. For example, when youre hungry, your body releases a host of hormones including cortisol and adrenaline, often associated with stress. The result is th...

17:29

11 Tips to Get Rid of Dust Mites Naturally "IndyWatch Feed Health"

11 Tips to Get Rid of Dust Mites Naturally

By 

Dust mites are small mites that feed on dead skin and mold. They are all over your home and lurking everywhere. Since these mites are responsible for many allergic reactions due to their bites and feces, you should try to clean your home often to get rid of dust mites.

So, if you have allergies to dust mites, read on to know how to get rid of dust mites naturally.

How to Know If You Have Them

You need to know that everyone has dust mites in their homes. And, you wont get rid of all the dust mites as its pretty much impossible.

That said, there are ways to reduce their numbers. This will help to reduce the coughing, sneezing, itching, and other allergic reactions associated with dust mites.

How to Get Rid of Dust Mites Naturally

Here are some suggestions for natural ways to get rid of dust mites.

1. Wash and Vacuum Your Bedding

Your bed is a breeding ground for dust mites for two reasons. First off, your bed tends to be a dark, warm, and humid place that provides a good home for dust mites. Secondly, people shed their skins cells at night usually in their beds, which give the dust mites a ready source of food.

So, cleaning your bed area is a great idea to reduce dust mites.

Washing and drying your sheets at 140F (60C) can help reduce dust mites...

17:26

Mom cleans grill, cooks burgers, and son nearly dies "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Abbey Ryan Its summertime, and practically everyone is pulling out their grills and BBQs for some summer fun. Most of usif were sanitarytake the time to intricately clean off our grills from last years recipes, scrubbing off the dust and grime that collected during the idle winter months. But did you ever stop to []

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17:10

Botoxs ugly side effects run deeper than skin, alter mind & numb emotion "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Posted on:  Thursday, June 7th 2018 at 1:45 pm Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder (Note from Erin: Ive never had botox but would never judge anyone who does. However, since I started using my amazing, organic CBD Skin Serum Ive not felt better about my skin.) Millions around the world have, and no doubt will continue to []

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16:27

Famous anti-vaccine site just announces their founder may have been murdered. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(Note from Erin: Im in disbelief right now. I was friends with Erwin and miss talking to him already. We had such a great relationship with Vaccine Information Network, they have endlessly supported me and shared my work from the very beginning. In fact, below is one of the stories of mine that they shared.) []

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15:43

Rajasthan: Release additional budget for safe drinking water: CM Vasundhara Raje "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has demanded NITI Aayog to release additional budget for Rajasthan to tide through scarcity of safe drinking water. She also repeated her demand of declaring Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP), a national project which envisaged to meet the water needs of 13 districts.

Raje was addressing the 4th NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Sunday.

Speaking during the meeting, she said that the Central Water Commission has already given in-principle approval to the feasibility report of ERPC project.

With a national project status, implementation of the ERCP would speed up, she said.

She further added that along with scarcity, the quality of water which is available is a big issue in Rajasthan. Of all fluoride-affected habitations in the country, 53% are in Rajasthan. Thus, in view of the financial constraints of the state, the centre should share the cost of surface drinking water projects in fluoride-affected areas on 50-50% basis, she said.

Raje said that land-holding limit of 2 hectares for agriculture input subsidy under SDRF norms should be relaxed for Rajasthan because in several districts of the state, crop production was low, even if the land holdings were big. Also, the large tracks of agriculture lands are infertile.

Therefore, considering these special geographical conditions, the SDRF norms should be suitably amended to raise the limit of land-holding to 5 hectares for agriculture input subsidy,said Raje.

Some Suggestions

Raje further suggested for launch of a nationwide campaign for environment conservation to celebrate 150th Birth Anniversary of the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi. She said that a Pan India Environmental Programme may be initiated akin to the Mukhyamantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan.

*Original article online at http://www.dnaindia.com/jaipur/report-release-additional-budget-for-safe-drinking-water-cm-vasundhara-raje-2626493

15:41

Charleston, SC In Fear Over Rising Vaccine Exemptions "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Vaccine safety is back in the news (as if it ever really left). Tattoo artist, Kat Von D, announced on Instagram that she favored a natural birth process for her upcoming delivery, which included skipping...

The post Charleston, SC In Fear Over Rising Vaccine Exemptions appeared first on Vaxxter.

15:32

CNN: Hes dying of cancer. Now, hes the first patient to go to trial to argue Roundup made him sick "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dewayne Johnson, 46, is the first of hundreds of cancer patients to see his case against one of the most corrupt and dangerous chemical giants on the planet, Monsanto, go to trial. And for Johnson, time is critical. Doctors didnt expect to see him live this long; currently, lesions cover as much as 80% of his []

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14:00

Journal holds firm on decision not to retract Macchiarini paper, despite outside pressure "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Earlier this year, the president of the Karolinska Institute, Ole Petter Ottersen, contacted the journal Respiration, saying KI had conducted an investigation and determined that a 2015 paper co-authored by once-lauded surgeon Paolo Macchiarini had been tainted by misconduct. Please retract the paper, Ottersen said. When the journal said no opting to publish correspondence Continue reading Journal holds firm on decision not to retract Macchiarini paper, despite outside pressure

12:02

APA Letter on the Separation of Families "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The American Psychological Association has issued a letter to President Trump to express its strong opposition to the Administrations new policy of separating immigrant parents and children who are detained while crossing the border.

The current policy calls for children to be removed from their parents and placed for an often indeterminate period of time in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Decades of psychological research have determined that it is in the best interest of the child and the family to keep families together. Families fleeing their homes to seek sanctuary in the United States are already under a tremendous amount of stress. Sudden and unexpected family separation, such as separating families at the border, can add to that stress, leading to emotional trauma in children. Research also suggests that the longer that parents and children are separated, the greater the reported symptoms of anxiety and depression are for children. Adverse childhood experiences, such as parent-child separation, are important social determinants of mental disorders. For children, traumatic events can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health disorders that can cause long lasting effects. Furthermore, immigration policies, such as separating families at the border, can also adversely impact those immigrants who are already in the United States. They can suffer from feelings of stigmatization, social exclusion, anger, and hopelessness, as well as fear for the future.

Letter

12:01

The Psychological Effects of Being Separated From Your Child "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The Cut: Since this past October, as the New York Times recently reported, the number of migrant children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S. border (a policy that chief of staff John Kelly has called a tough deterrent) has swelled into the hundreds more than 700, to be more specific, including more than 100 children younger than 4 years old.

The figure cited by the Times was from this past April; by now, that number has likely climbed even higher. Some of the parents of those children have already been deported, leaving behind kids who remain in U.S. detention centers; others remain in custody, starved for information on their childrens whereabouts. Most of those parents dont know when, if ever, theyll see their children again a situation that sets these parents up for myriad forms of psychological and emotional suffering, both immediate and long-term.

Article 

11:22

The protection effect and mechanism of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in rat brain with traumatic injury. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Acta Cir Bras. 2018 Apr ;33(4):341-353. PMID: 29768537 Abstract Title:  The protection effect and mechanism of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in rat brain with traumatic injury. Abstract:  PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) on traumatic brain injury (TBI) outcome.METHODS: The modified Marmarou's weight drop device was used to generate non-lethal moderate TBI rat model, and further developed in vitro astrocytes culturing system. Then, we analyzed the expression changes of interested genes and protein by quantitative PCR and western blot.RESULTS: Multiple HBO treatments significantly reduced the expression of apoptosis promoting genes, such as c-fos, c-jun, Bax and weakened the activation of Caspase-3 in model rats. On the contrary, HBOT alleviated the decrease of anti-apoptosis gene Bcl-2 and promoted the expression of neurotrophic factors (NTFs), such as NGF, BDNF, GDNF and NT-3 in vivo. As a consequent, the neuropathogenesis was remarkably relied with HBOT. Astrocytes from TBI brain or those cultured with 21% O2 density expressed higher NTFs than that of corresponding controls, from sham brain and cultured with 7% O2, respectively. The NTFs expression was the highest in astrocytes form TBI brain and cultured with 21% O2, suggesting a synergistic effect existed between TBI and the following HBO treatment in astrocytes.CONCLUSION: Our findings provided evidence for the clinical usage of HBO treating brain damages.

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11:05

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy as adjunctive strategy in treatment of glioblastoma multiforme. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Med Gas Res. 2018 Jan-Mar;8(1):24-28. Epub 2018 Apr 18. PMID: 29770193 Abstract Title:  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy as adjunctive strategy in treatment of glioblastoma multiforme. Abstract:  Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common type of malignant intracranial tumor in adults. Tumor tissue hypoxia, high mitotic rate, and rapid tumor spread account for its poor prognosis. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may improve the sensitivity of radio-chemotherapy by increasing oxygen tension within the hypoxic regions of the neoplastic tissue. This review summarizes the research of HBOT applications within the context of experimental and clinical GBM. Limited clinical trials and preclinical studies suggest that radiotherapy immediately after HBOT enhances the effects of radiotherapy in some aspects. HBOT also is able to strengthen the anti-tumor effect of chemotherapy when applied together. Overall, HBOT is well tolerated in the GBM patients and does not significantly increase toxicity. However, HBOT applied by itself as curative strategy against GBM is controversial in preclinical studies and has not been evaluated rigorously in GBM patients. In addition to HBOT favorably managing the therapeutic resistance of GBM, future research needs to focus on the multimodal or cocktail approaches to treatment, as well as molecular strategies targeting GBM stem cells.

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10:59

Studies Based on Three Continents Show Higher Than Recommended Doses of Vitamin D Prevents Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Research utilizing combined data from 17 studies that included more than 12,000 people from the U.S., Europe, and Asia found that optimal levels of vitamin D for colon cancer prevention are higher than the current U.S. recommendation of 600 international units (IU) per day.

10:42

Hyperbaric oxygen can induce angiogenesis and recover erectile function. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Impot Res. 2018 May 18. Epub 2018 May 18. PMID: 29773856 Abstract Title:  Hyperbaric oxygen can induce angiogenesis and recover erectile function. Abstract:  Erectile dysfunction (ED) is caused by microvascular or macrovascular insufficiency in the majority of patients. Recent studies have shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can induce angiogenesis in different body organs. The effect of HBOT on the non-surgery-related ED has not been investigated yet. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effects of HBOT on sexual function and penile vascular bed in non-surgical ED patients. A prospective analysis of patients suffering from chronic ED treated with 40 daily HBOT sessions. Clinical efficacy was assessed using the International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire (IIEF) and a global efficacy question (GEQ). The effect on the penile vascular bed was evaluated by perfusion MRI. Thirty men (mean age of 59.21.4) suffering from ED for 4.20.6 years completed the protocol. HBOT significantly improved all IIEF domains by 15-88% (p

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10:36

A graviola extract showed significant antiulcer activity against lesions induced by absolute ethanol, acidified ethanol or indomethacin. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Saudi J Biol Sci. 2018 May ;25(4):609-621. Epub 2016 Jan 21. PMID: 29736140 Abstract Title:  Antiulcerogenic activity of the hydroalcoholic extract of leaves ofLinnaeus in mice. Abstract:  Linnaeus, popularly known as"graviola"and also called soursop, is a species typical of countries with a tropical climate, and it is used in folk medicine as an anticancer, analgesic and antispasmodic agent. The aim of the present study was to validate the gastroprotective activity of the hydroalcoholic extract of the leaves of(HEAM) and to investigate the underlying mechanisms of action for this effect. Gastric lesions were induced in mice by absolute ethanol, acidified ethanol or indomethacin. Before, the animals were pretreated with saline, omeprazole or HEAM orally at doses of 50-400 mg/kg. To determine the mechanism of action of the extract, we investigated, using specific inhibitors, the involvement of nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandins (PGEs), ATP-dependent Kchannels and2-noradrenergic receptors. HEAM showed significant antiulcer activity against lesions induced by absolute ethanol, acidified ethanol or indomethacin, which was mediated by endogenous gastric prostaglandins.

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A review of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for spinal cord ischaemia after complex aortic repair. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther. 2018 Jun 8. Epub 2018 Jun 8. PMID: 29882580 Abstract Title:  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for spinal cord ischaemia after complex aortic repair - a retrospective review. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Complex aortic repair (CAR) carries high rates of debilitating postoperative complications, including spinal cord injury. The rate of spinal cord deficits post-CAR is approximately 10%, with permanent paraplegia in 2.9% and paraparesis in 2.4% of patients. Treatment options are limited. Rescue therapies include optimization of spinal cord perfusion and oxygen delivery by mean arterial pressure augmentation (>90 mm Hg), cerebrospinal fluid drainage, and preservation of adequate haemoglobin concentration (>100 g L). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been described in several case reports as part of the multimodal treatment for spinal cord ischemia. HBOT has been used in our centre as adjunct rescue treatment for patients with spinal cord injury post-CAR that were refractory to traditional medical management, and we aimed to retrospectively review these cases.METHODS: After Research Ethics Board approval, we performed a retrospective review of all post-CAR patients who developed spinal cord injury with severe motor deficit and were treated with HBOT at our institution since 2013.RESULTS: Seven patients with spinal cord injury after CAR were treated with HBOT in addition to traditional rescue therapies. Five patients showed varying degrees of recovery, with two displaying full recovery. One developed oxygen-induced seizure, medically treated. No other HBOT-related complications were noted.CONCLUSIONS: Our retrospective study shows a potential benefit of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on neurological outcome in patients who developed spinal cord injury after CAR. Prospective research is needed to understand the role, efficacy, benefits and risks of HBOT in this setting.

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a relatively safe and potentially efficacious treatment option for inflammatory bowel disease patients. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2014 Jun ;39(11):1266-75. Epub 2014 Apr 16. PMID: 24738651 Abstract Title:  Systematic review: The safety and efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for inflammatory bowel disease. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) provides 100% oxygen under pressure, which increases tissue oxygen levels, relieves hypoxia and alters inflammatory pathways. Although there is experience using HBOT in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the safety and overall efficacy of HBOT in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is unknown.AIM: To quantify the safety and efficacy of HBOT for Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). The rate of adverse events with HBOT for IBD was compared to the expected rate of adverse events with HBOT.METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Collaboration and Web of Knowledge were systematically searched using the PRISMA standards for systematic reviews. Seventeen studies involving 613 patients (286 CD, 327 UC) were included.RESULTS: The overall response rate was 86% (85% CD, 88% UC). The overall response rate for perineal CD was 88% (18/40 complete healing, 17/40 partial healing). Of the 40 UC patients with endoscopic follow-up reported, the overall response rate to HBOT was 100%. During the 8924 treatments, there were a total of nine adverse events, six of which were serious. The rate of adverse events with HBOT in IBD is lower than that seen when utilising HBOT for other indications (P 

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09:07

Dose-response relation between exercise duration and cognition. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Jan ;47(1):159-65. PMID: 24870572 Abstract Title:  Dose-response relation between exercise duration and cognition. Abstract:  PURPOSE: The study aimed to provide evidence-based recommendations for the prescription of a single session of exercise to improve cognitive performance. In particular, the purpose was to determine the dose-response relation between exercise duration and cognitive performance for a moderate-intensity session of aerobic exercise.METHODS: Twenty-six healthy young men participated in a reading control treatment and three exercise treatments presented in a random order. The exercise treatments were designed on the basis of the American College of Sports Medicine guidelines and consisted of a 5-min warm-up, a 5-min cooldown, and cycling at moderate intensity (approximately 65% HR reserve) for 10, 20, or 45 min. The Stroop test was administrated after completion of each assigned treatment.RESULTS: Exercise at moderate intensity for 20 min resulted in significantly better cognitive performance, as assessed by shorter response time and higher accuracy. This result was found regardless of the type of cognitive function assessed. In addition, a curvilinear dose-response relation between exercise duration and cognitive performance was observed.CONCLUSIONS: An exercise session consisting of a 5-min warm-up, 20 min of moderate-intensity exercise, and a 5-min cooldown improves cognition, whereas shorter or longer durations of moderate exercise have negligible benefits. This study provides the foundation for the prescription of a single session of moderate exercise to facilitate cognitive function in healthy younger adults.

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This suggests that it may no longer be necessary to administer tetanus booster vaccinations every 10 years. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Clin Infect Dis. 2016 May 1 ;62(9):1111-1118. Epub 2016 Mar 21. PMID: 27060790 Abstract Title:  Durability of Vaccine-Induced Immunity Against Tetanus and Diphtheria Toxins: A Cross-sectional Analysis. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Many adult immunization schedules recommend that tetanus and diphtheria vaccination be performed every 10 years. In light of current epidemiological trends of disease incidence and rates of vaccine-associated adverse events, the 10-year revaccination schedule has come into question.METHODS: We performed cross-sectional analysis of serum antibody titers in 546 adult subjects stratified by age or sex. All serological results were converted to international units after calibration with international serum standards.RESULTS: Approximately 97% of the population was seropositive to tetanus and diphtheria as defined by a protective serum antibody titer of0.01 IU/mL. Mean antibody titers were 3.6 and 0.35 IU/mL against tetanus and diphtheria, respectively. Antibody responses to tetanus declined with an estimated half-life of 14 years (95% confidence interval, 11-17 years), whereas antibody responses to diphtheria were more long-lived and declinedwith an estimated half-life of 27 years (18-51 years). Mathematical models combining antibody magnitude and duration predict that 95% of the population will remain protected against tetanus and diphtheria for 30 years without requiring further booster vaccination.CONCLUSIONS: These studies demonstrate that durable levels of protective antitoxin immunity exist in the majority of vaccinated individuals. Together, this suggests that it may no longer be necessary to administer booster vaccinations every 10 years and that the current adult vaccination schedule for tetanus and diphtheria should be revisited.

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Watch the documentary Pink Ribbons. Learn the Truth! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

I was fortunate enough to star in the documentary The Truth About Cancer and discuss the Pink Ribbons scam. But long before TTAC was the documentary, Pink Ribbons. (I used to be a model for Estee Lauder, and you can learn all about that in the documentary!)  

The post Watch the documentary Pink Ribbons. Learn the Truth! appeared first on Health Nut News.

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Swollen Cheek: Causes and Treatments for Swelling on One Side of Face "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A swollen cheek could be a result of a tooth abscess, allergic reaction, or infection. Swelling on one side of your face can make your cheeks look puffy, cause your neck to swell, and even close your eye. Usually, a swollen cheek is nothing to worry about and the swelling should go down when you get plenty of rest. However, cheek swelling on one side or both sides could be a serious medical condition.

Treating facial swelling on one side of the face usually involves using ice to bring down the swelling. If a tooth infection has caused a swollen cheek and cheekbone pain, your dentist may need to treat the problem or even have to extract the tooth. Swelling on one side of the face along with redness, a sore cheek, and a fever may need medical attention to treat a bacterial infection.

Of course, a swollen cheek on one side of your face will make you very self-conscious.

In this article, I will examine what medical literature says about the reasons for facial swelling and inflammation. You will also find out what to do if one of your cheeks is swollen and you have other symptoms.

Symptoms of Swollen Face on One Side

It would be unusual if you have a swollen, puffy cheek without any other accompanying symptoms. Even if you cant remember eating something that has caused an allergic reaction, the swollen cheek may be sore, itchy or tingling.

Some of the symptoms that can accompany swelling on one side of your face can include:

  • Cheekbone pain if your sinuses are inflamed or you have toothache
  • Swollen gums
  • Red patchy skin in cases of a bacterial infection
  • Nasal congestion or wheezing in cases of an allergic reaction
  • Neck swelling along with a swollen cheek due to a viral infection
  • Facial itching or hives
  • Lumps on your neck due to enlarged lymph nodes

Causes of Swollen Cheek or Swollen Face on One Side

What does it mean if you have a swollen cheek or you notice puffiness on just one side of your face? Here are the most likely causes.

Insect bite

An insect bite on the left side of your face or right side can cause your cheek to swell. Some people have worse reactions to bug bites and can experience severe facial swelling.

Dr. Charles Patrick Davis on eMedicineHealth says that swelling in the injured area is common after a...

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Weekly Health Quiz: Firefighters, Energy and Exercise "IndyWatch Feed Health"

1 Which of the following has recently been found to play an important role in cancer treatment by influencing the patient's response to anticancer drugs?

  • The patient's overall nutritional status
  • The patient's intake of specific fats
  • The patient's intake of specific antioxidants
  • The makeup of the patient's gut microbiome

    Targeting the gut microbiome could be a real game-changer in the fight against cancer, as the presence of certain gut bacteria appears to boost the patient's response to anticancer drugs. Learn more.

2 Which of the following strategies is the LEAST likely to prevent cervical cancer caused by HPV infection?

  • Getting vaccinated against HPV

    According to a 2012 systematic review of Gardasil pre- and post-licensure trials, there's no convincing evidence to suggest the HPV vaccines have prevented a single case of cervical cancer. Using condoms, getting regular PAP smears and promptly treating HPV infection can more effectively prevent cervical cancer. Learn more.

  • Getting regular PAP smears
  • Using condoms during sex
  • Promptly treating HPV infection

3 Which of the following is believed to be the greatest occupational health risk firefighters face?

  • Burn fatality
  • Lung disease
  • Stroke
  • ...

Latest Research on Best Cooking Oils "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

You may have wondered about many of the recommendations you see regarding cooking oils, such as what types are healthiest and how they should and should not be used. There's peanut oil, safflower oil, coconut, avocado, grapeseed and olive oils, and plenty more. So which one's best?

It's probably fair to say that most recipes today calling for some type of oil for cooking usually suggest "vegetable" oil or canola oil. But a recent study1 in Australia found that vegetable oils, which are extracted from seeds, are at the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, because of how they behave in two areas:

  • Instability when heated
  • The production of harmful compounds when heated

Here's how the study was carried out: 10 of Australia's most popular cooking oils were heated in different ways, then returned to room temperature before being stored for later chemical analyzation. The oils tested were:

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

Virgin olive oil

Olive oil

Sunflower oil

Peanut oil

Coconut oil

Avocado oil

Grapeseed oil

Rice bran oil

Canola oil

The researchers made interesting observations of the oils, especially in light of other studies that have taken place in recent years. In fact, some of the results were surprising and contradictory to other studies. One finding was that E...

Green Tea Boosts Heart and Brain Health "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

High quality teas green tea in particular contain polyphenol antioxidants recognized for their disease prevention and antiaging properties. Polyphenols can account for up to 30 percent of the dry leaf weight of green tea. Within the group of polyphenols are flavonoids, which contain catechins.

One of the most powerful catechins is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), found in green tea. EGCG has been shown to positively impact a number of illnesses and conditions, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Tea Helps Lower Blood Pressure and Protects Your Heart

Previous research1,2 has shown long-term tea intake can improve your blood pressure readings. One systematic review of 25 randomized controlled trials found those who regularly drank either green or black tea for 12 weeks had an average of 2.6 mm Hg lower systolic blood pressure and 2.2 mm Hg lower diastolic pressure compared to those who did not drink tea.

Green tea provided the best results, followed by black tea. According to the authors, this reduction would be expected to reduce stroke risk by 8 percent, coronary artery disease mortality by 5 percent and all-cause mortality by 4 percent at a population level These are profound effects and must be considered seriously in terms of the potential for dietary modification to modulate the risk of CVD [cardiovascular disease].

While unable to determine exactly how much tea you need to drink to receive these benefits, a number of previous studies have suggested the ideal amount lies around three to four cups of tea per day.3 For example, one 2007 study4 found clear evidence showing that three or more cups of tea in this case black tea reduced the risk of heart disease.

Similarly, drinking three to four cups of green tea daily has been shown to promote heart and cardiovascular health,5 and to aid in the prevention of arteriosclerosis, cerebral thrombus, heart attack and...

What Can Apple Cider Vinegar Do for You? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

If you have a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your pantry, you very likely know how valuable this particular staple is to your health. If you are not yet familiar with the many beneficial uses of this versatile and economical home remedy, you may be interested to know it has been used successfully to treat conditions ranging from blood sugar and weight loss to acid reflux and upset stomach. Check out these nine reasons why you should keep a bottle of apple cider vinegar on hand.

How Is Apple Cider Vinegar Made?

Apple cider vinegar is an enzyme- and probiotic-rich fermented food. As the name suggests, it is made from apples, which are allowed to ferment. Making unpasteurized apple cider vinegar follows a process similar to the one used for making other homemade fermented brews, such as kombucha. Below is a high-level overview of a more detailed "how to" process for making homemade apple cider vinegar.1

In the first step of the process, sugar is dissolved in filtered water that is then poured over a variety of coarsely chopped apples. This mixture is allowed to set at room temperature for one to two weeks until bubbles begin to appear as the sugar ferments into alcohol. (Because the sugars are digested through the fermentation process, apple cider vinegar contains very little sugar and carbohydrates, making it a very attractive food from a dietary standpoint.) 

During the second step of the process, the apples are strained out and the liquid is maintained, again at room temperature, for an additional three to four weeks. At this time, the alcohol is transforming into vinegar through the action of the acetic acid bacteria this particular acid gives vinegar its distinctive sour tang. As the bacteria do their job, a small amount of sediment will appear on the bottom of the container and the "mother" culture will form on top, which is a colony of beneficial bacteria.

In fact, you can quickly recognize organic, raw, unfiltered, unprocessed apple cider vinegar by the distinctive presence of the mother. It appears as dark, strand-like chains of cloudy bacterial foam that are actually protein enzyme molecules and probiotic bacteria. Mother can only exist in vinegar that is not pasteurized or filtered, which means you will not find it in most types of vinegar sold at the grocery store.

Nutritional Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

While at least one source...

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The Scores are Falling! The IQ Scores are Falling! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

We're called Henny Penny when we discuss vaccine injury. It's not possibly true that the skies fell on our kids. But there's no denying that IQ scores have been dropping. The reasons are as chicken and little as ever. Anything...

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Sunday, 17 June

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Delhi: Thirsty forever, Sangam Vihar angry that water woes still persist "IndyWatch Feed Health"

NEW DELHI: Sangam Vihar, one of the biggest unauthorised colonies in the capital, is facing a major water crisis this summer. The scarcity of water is forcing many residents to use illegal borewells or a makeshift motor, often leading to disputes and even scuffles. On Thursday night, such a dispute killed a resident.

When TOI visited the colony, it found widespread use of private tankers, with the houses and the narrow lanes filled with small tanks to store water. Many houses actually have more water tanks than furniture.

The residents are miffed with the government. They claimed they had been victims of false promises made during the election campaigns. People here keep fighting each other over water. It is normal, but people killing each other for drawing water is not acceptable. The government should do something about the crisis before another such incident takes place, said Deepak Kumar, a resident.

Residents said they thought that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would be able to resolve the issues that no other government could; but their hope had been dashed now. The supply comes here once or twice in a month and, in dire times, residents have to use makeshift motors to draw water.

Gangaram, a resident of Sangam Vihar G-block, said Now we feel hopeless even with AAP. The supply water comes once or twice in a month and we rely mostly on private tankers. They charge Rs 500-Rs 2,000 depending on the demand. Residents even pay as much as Rs 1,500 for a small one, he added. Gyan Singh, another resident, said he had booked a tanker from Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on June 12 but had not received any response yet.

Residents claimed that in February, DJB vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya had assured them that the government would start work to lay pipelines. Four months have passed but nothing has happened, said Ishrat Khan, a resident.

Locals also pointed out that even the quality of the water that they get is really bad and excessive fluoride adds to their woes. The bottom of every tank in the colony has a layer of fluoride. It is not fit for any purpose but we have no other option. For drinking, we buy water cans but for other purposes, we use supply water. People often get sick or complain about skin infection, said resident Vijay Singh.

The DJB vice-chairman, however, claimed that the board had sanctioned a plan of Rs 95 crore for laying pipelines in Sangam Vihar but no work could be carried out as the Supreme Court had objected to the plan as the area came under the ridge area. We are trying to find a solution. Right now, we are trying our best to supply water through borewells and tankers, said Mohaniya.

Mohaniya said the issue could be regularised if SC allowed the work or the co...

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How Activating Your Body's Cell Repair Processes Can Improve Your Health and Well-Being "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Naomi Whittel is the former CEO of Twinlab and has written an interesting book about how to achieve radiant health by activating your body's natural autophagy processes. In "Glow 15: A Science-Based Plan to Lose Weight, Revitalize Your Skin, and Invigorate Your Life," she shares a number of valuable strategies for doing this naturally. Her deep-rooted interest in healthy living was an outgrowth of her lifelong struggle with eczema, an autoimmune deficiency.

"The inflammatory process just ravaged my body," she says. "My skin would bleed, it would pus. My parents were so conscious, they would even be aware of the kinds of material I would wear because our skin needs to breathe it's our largest organ and the foods that I ate. I was born on a biodynamic farm, and yet this autoimmune disorder and so many [other health problems] that I developed over time controlled my life.

So, I have always been trained to eat specific foods and drink certain types of water. My parents never let me have fluoridated water. I was never vaccinated. So much thought went into what I was putting on and into my body, and yet I couldn't squelch the inflammation. When I was in my midteens, I would constantly cover myself with long sleeves, kind of like what I'm doing today. But it wasn't for the same reasons.

I would cover myself because I was so ashamed of what I really looked like. It was the spring dance, and there was a boy that I really wanted to go to the spring dance with. My mother said to me at that time, 'You know, you shouldn't always cover yourself.

You have a lot of friends. You can have some more self-confidence.' I listened to her, and I wore short sleeves and shorts. My skin was exposed, and he got a glimpse of me, and he didn't invite me. That was a defining moment, because I had been so rejected by the way I looked."

From Natural to Conventional and Back

Following that spring dance rejection, Whittel decided to try the conventional route for a change. For a time, she used steroids to control her eczema, but the side effects prompted her to return to her all-natural roots. In her early 20s, she was able to eliminate about 95 percent of her eczema using a combination of Chinese herbs,...

Diarrhea An Introduction to This Common Illness "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Your digestive system is sensitive to dietary and lifestyle changes. When unfamiliar substances like bacteria and viruses make their way into your body, digestive problems can occur the most common of which is diarrhea.

Diarrhea is characterized by loose or watery stools that occur urgently and frequently (more than three times a day).1 Diarrhea is usually a symptom of an infection in the intestinal tract, and it is often accompanied by associated symptoms, such as stomach pain, cramps, gas, nausea, bloating and fatigue. The condition typically lasts a few days (acute), but when it persists for a few weeks (chronic), it needs to be addressed to avoid serious complications.2,3

Why Does Diarrhea Occur?

Diarrhea strikes when food and fluids you consume pass too quickly through the colon, before they have time to form into semi-solid stools, resulting in watery stools that may be accompanied by other unpleasant effects, such as cramps and gas.4 There are various causes for diarrhea.

One common reason for this condition in both children and adults is an infection of the bowel called gastroenteritis, which may be caused by a parasite, a virus (such as rotavirus or norovirus) or bacteria that are often found in contaminated food or water.5

Medications, for example, antibiotics, are another common cause of diarrhea. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria in your colon, disturbing their natural balance. This disturbance can even lead to infection with Clostridium difficile bacteria, a potentially life-threatening infection. Artificial sweeteners like sorbitol and mannitol, which are often used in sugar-free products, can also cause diarrhea in healthy people.6

Important Facts About Diarrhea

Every year, it is estimated that there are 2 billion cases of diarrheal disease worldwide....

Mouthwatering Moringa Cauliflower Fried Rice "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Recipe by Rachel Saenz, Mercola Employee

Rice is commonly enjoyed around the world, but one glaring issue with it is its high carbohydrate content. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a single cup of cooked rice contains a whopping 44.51 grams of carbohydrates, which is well above the limit if youre following a ketogenic diet. With this in mind, what options do you have? One healthy alternative is cauliflower rice.

Cauliflower is a nutritious vegetable, and can be a great substitute for regular rice. I encourage you to try this moringa rice recipe from Mercolas very own Rachel Saenz. In addition to cauliflower it also contains garlic, mushrooms, spinach and other ingredients. Not only is it nutritious, but delicious and fulfilling as well. I suggest that rice lovers give this a try.

Ingredients:

Procedure:

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms, then saut until tender, about two to three minutes.
  • Add the garlic and the cauliflower rice, then saut until the cauliflower rice is tender, approximately two minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, moringa powder and salt and pepper. Stir thoroughly to ensure all ingredients are combined. Cook for three to four minutes.
  • Make a well in the center and crack the two eggs in the skillet. Scramble the eggs into the dish.
  • Mix in the spinach and cook for an additional three to four minutes.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 to 13 minutes

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Chamomile Tea: Why This Ancient Therapeutic Drink Still Stands Out Today "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The story of chamomile goes back to ancient European and Western Asian civilizations. Greeks, Egyptians and Romans valued the flower for its varied uses, such as for treating erythema and xerosis (severely dry skin). Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was one of the first luminaries to advocate the use of this plant.1

It was only during the Medieval Age that chamomile came into widespread use. During the 16th and 17th centuries, doctors and healers prescribed chamomile for all kinds of uses, and it was even used as an ingredient to make other medicines. Chamomile was also taken as a tea, and is still a practice that survives today.2

The Potential Benefits of Drinking Chamomile Tea

Chamomile contains a mixture of essential oils, vitamins and minerals that are known to provide an array of benefits. One of the easiest ways of gaining these positive effects is to make tea from the flowers, which is one of the most common ways of consuming chamomile.3 Here are several documented benefits of chamomile tea that may help with your health:

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Improves cardiovascular function: Flavonoids in plants like chamomile have been long associated with a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease, as well as myocardial infarction.

In a study published in The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, chamomile tea helped improve brachial artery pressure among the participants 30 minutes after drinking.4

Improves digestive function for babies with colic: Chamomile tea may be helpful in reducing colic in babies, especially when combined with other herbs.

In a correlated study published in Pediatrics in Review, infants who took chamomile tea had a success rate of 57 percent in the elimination of colic compared to those who only took a placebo, which only had a success rate of 27 percent.5

Can Reducing Your Exposure to Toxic Chemicals Prevent Obesity? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Research presented at the 20th European Congress of Endocrinology in Barcelona once again draws attention to hormone-disrupting chemicals and their suspected link to obesity. Researchers from two Portuguese universities evaluated current studies on obesity-causing chemicals, also known as "obesogens," to determine where people are most likely to come in contact with them.

Based on the findings, the team made seven recommendations to minimize the buildup of obesogens in your body and home. Habits such as dusting regularly, eating pesticide-free food and removing your shoes when entering the house were called out as positive steps to fight obesity. Let's take a closer look at obesity rates, obesogens and all seven of the proposed tips for staying slim.

How Big of an Issue Is Obesity Worldwide?

Obesity is defined as a medical condition marked by the accumulation of excess fat in your body. The word comes from the Latin word "obesus," which roughly translates to "that which has eaten itself fat."1 Obese people are generally at an increased risk of developing life-threatening complications and diseases. About obesity, the World Health Organization (WHO) says:2

In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults worldwide were overweight, which is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more; 650 million more were classified as obese, which is defined as a BMI of 30 or more

At least 2.8 million people die annually due to factors related to being overweight or obese

Global obesity rates tripled between 1975 and 2016

Once attributed to lifestyles in high-income countries, obesity is becoming more prevalent in low- and middle-income countries as well

41 million preschool-aged children were overweight in 2016, making them more susceptible to becoming obese adults

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Google - One of the Largest Monopolies in the World "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Google is undoubtedly one of the largest and clearest monopolies in the world. In fact, the company monopolizes several different markets, including search and advertising. Bing, its closest search competitor, has just 2 percent of the market hardly a significant threat to Googles 90 percent.1 Google also controls about 60 percent of the global advertising revenue on the internet.

One of the primary reasons smaller advertisers cannot compete is because they dont have the user data Google has. As noted by digital media expert Jonathan Taplin, They know who you are, where you are, what you just bought, what you might want to buy. And so, if Im an advertiser and I say, I want 24-year-old women in Nashville, Tennessee, who drive trucks and drink bourbon, I can do that on Google.

Indeed, what many fail to realize is that Googles primary business is the harvesting of user data, and this data gathering goes far beyond what most people realize was even possible. Google catches every single thing you do online if youre using a Google-based feature, and this data is then used to build powerful personality profiles that are sold for profit and used in a variety of different ways.

Google Has You Pegged

As previously reported by Gawker:2

Every word of every email sent through Gmail and every click made on a Chrome browser is watched by the company. We dont need you to type at all, [Google co-founder Eric] Schmidt once said. We know where you are. We know where youve been. We can more or less know what youre thinking about.

If that level of mind reading sounds far-fetched, its worth considering that Google also owns Deep Mind, the worlds greatest artificial intelligence (AI) company, which has more than 700 AI researchers in its employ. With all this AI power on the job, it is not hard for them to sort through all your data with their deep learning algorithms to detect patterns that can be exploited for profit.

As noted by Gary Reback, a prominent antitrust lawyer who has taken up the battle against Googles monopoly, People tell their search engine things they wouldnt even tell their wives. Its a very powerful and yet very intimate technology. And that gives the company that controls it a mind-boggling degree of control over our entire society.

The Power of Google

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Friday, 15 June

15:47

Toxic Secrets: The town that 3M built where kids are dying of cancer "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Katie Jurek was 19 years old when she was told the osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, had returned. She could amputate her leg or die within three months.

For the teenager with a contagious smile, love of fashion and a determined streak from the state of Minnesota in Americas upper mid-west, it was an agonising choice.

They told us immediately that it was terminal. When her type of cancer recurs you simply cant survive it, Lynn Poferl recalled of her daughter, who was first diagnosed at 16. She amputated and most people would think thats an easy decision, but it really wasnt.

It was the best thing she could have done. Katie, who had been bed-ridden, regained her mobility. The surgery bought her two years to return to college and travel the world.

We decided as a family were going to do whatever we can to create as many memories as possible, Ms Poferl said.She loved to travel so thats what we did. She was going to live to live, not live to die.

Her death, aged 20 in 2007, was devastating for former classmates from Tartan Senior High School in Oakdale. It was not the first time and would not be the last the grieving students had to bury one of their own.

Within seven years, another four teenagers died from cancer, all battling the disease while attending Tartan.

The fear that cancer is stalking their children has left some of Oakdales parents saddened and bewildered. Were bombarded with it, said one mother, Kristi Schaut, who lost her daughter to leukaemia in 2007.

A Fairfax Media investigation in Minnesota has uncovered a further 16 cancer survivors who have attended Tartan Senior High School since 2002, all diagnosed during their primary, middle or high school years, or within 10 years of graduating.

It brings the tally to at least 21 cases in 15 years, and its a revelation with huge significance half a world away in Australia, starting with Williamtown, near Newcastle.

Residents of Williamtowns Cabbage Tree Road also feel they have had more than their fair share of cancer. Last year, a Fairfax Media investigation exposed 50 cases in 15 years on a five-kilometre stretch of hobby farms and acreages.

And the situations bear another striking similarity: the two communities, on either side of the world, have both been heavily polluted with toxic per- and poly-fluoroalkyl [PFAS] chemicals, historically manufactured by chemical giant 3M.

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