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22:15

Top 5 Tips to Lose Weight on Low Carb for Women 40+ "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This amazing article was written by Nicole, a holistic nutritionist with a strong belief that it is possible for everyone to discover how good their body is designed to feel. Nicole works in partnership with her clients to achieve a lifestyle that is both balanced, fulfilling and nourishing. Go check...

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21:50

The Global Epidemic of Mercury Toxicity and Autism "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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The Interwoven Global Epidemics of Mercury Toxicity and Autism

by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
World Mercury Project

In nature, toxic metals generally are bound with other elements rather than being present in their pure form. However, with the advent of large-scale industrial processes to extract metals from naturally occurring compounds, humans let the genie out of the bottle, contributing significantly to the distribution of mercury, aluminum and other heavy metals in the environment. When released from natures semi-protective hold, these invariably toxic metals wreak havoc on living systems, including humans, animals and plants alike.

Modern-day scientists have been amassing evidence of mercurys toxicity for decades, with a growing focus in recent years on the metals association with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A new review article in the multidisciplinary journal Environmental Research pulls together a wide body of literature with the aim of summing up current research and emerging trends in mercury toxicology. Geir Bjrklund, the studys lead author, is the founder of Norways non-profit Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and has published prolifically on topics related to heavy metals, autoimmune disorders and ASD.

Multiple avenues of exposure

Exposure to mercurial compounds remains widespread, despite feeble attempts to ban...

21:34

The Global Epidemic of Mercury Toxicity and Autism "IndyWatch Feed Health"

poisoning-hi-res-800x417

The Interwoven Global Epidemics of Mercury Toxicity and Autism

by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
World Mercury Project

In nature, toxic metals generally are bound with other elements rather than being present in their pure form. However, with the advent of large-scale industrial processes to extract metals from naturally occurring compounds, humans let the genie out of the bottle, contributing significantly to the distribution of mercury, aluminum and other heavy metals in the environment. When released from natures semi-protective hold, these invariably toxic metals wreak havoc on living systems, including humans, animals and plants alike.

Modern-day scientists have been amassing evidence of mercurys toxicity for decades, with a growing focus in recent years on the metals association with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A new review article in the multidisciplinary journal Environmental Research pulls together a wide body of literature with the aim of summing up current research and emerging trends in mercury toxicology. Geir Bjrklund, the studys lead author, is the founder of Norways non-profit Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and has published prolifically on topics related to heavy metals, autoimmune disorders and ASD.

Multiple avenues of exposure

Exposure to mercurial compounds remains widespread, despite feeble attempts to ban...

21:22

Tennessee Mom of Premature Twins Who Refused Vaccines is Arrested and Jailed "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tamika and twins

Tamika with her youngest twins. Photo provided by Seagraves family.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Almost a year after her youngest set of twins was taken by Child Protective Services, a Tennessee mother was arrested this week and charged with 2 counts of felony child neglect. Tamika Seagraves was blindsided by the arrest when she appeared for a child support hearing on Tuesday, October 24.

Friends are trying to raise money to get her out of jail. According to the Nashville and Davidson County court website, her bond is set at $20,000. Her arraignment is set for 9 am on November 8 at the Justice A.A. Birch Building Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee.

Now, her biggest fear, according to her close friend who contacted Health Impact News, is that her babies will be vaccinated and her son circumcised without her consent.

Tamika has been fighting to get the twins back home since they were medically kidnapped in January 2017 by the Department of Childrens Services. They were taken based on allegations that the breastfeeding mother neglected the nutrition of her youngest set of twins.

However, Tamika asserts that she was working with medical professionals and following their advice.

She has always believed that their seizure by DCS had less to do with their weight and more to do with the unusual circumstances of their birth.

See the Seagraves familys original story here:

Tennessee Mom Gives Birth to Premature Twins 3 Times Surviving Babies Medically Kidnapped for Research?

Zaylen and Zaliyah were born on December 5, 2016. They were premature born at 34 weeks. They were the third set of fraternal twins born to their mother, and all 3 sets of twin were a boy and girl pair. Their oldest brother Zayden died in the hospital at 13 days old. He and his twi...

21:22

Tennessee Mom of Premature Twins Who Refused Vaccines is Arrested and Jailed "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tamika and twins

Tamika with her youngest twins. Photo provided by Seagraves family.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Almost a year after her youngest set of twins was taken by Child Protective Services, a Tennessee mother was arrested this week and charged with 2 counts of felony child neglect. Tamika Seagraves was blindsided by the arrest when she appeared for a child support hearing on Tuesday, October 24.

Friends are trying to raise money to get her out of jail. According to the Nashville and Davidson County court website, her bond is set at $20,000. Her arraignment is set for 9 am on November 8 at the Justice A.A. Birch Building Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee.

Now, her biggest fear, according to her close friend who contacted Health Impact News, is that her babies will be vaccinated and her son circumcised without her consent.

Tamika has been fighting to get the twins back home since they were medically kidnapped in January 2017 by the Department of Childrens Services. They were taken based on allegations that the breastfeeding mother neglected the nutrition of her youngest set of twins.

However, Tamika asserts that she was working with medical professionals and following their advice.

She has always believed that their seizure by DCS had less to do with their weight and more to do with the unusual circumstances of their birth.

See the Seagraves familys original story here:

Tennessee Mom Gives Birth to Premature Twins 3 Times Surviving Babies Medically Kidnapped for Research?

Zaylen and Zaliyah were born on December 5, 2016. They were premature born at 34 weeks. They were the third set of fraternal twins born to their mother, and all 3 sets of twin were a boy and girl pair. Their oldest brother Zayden died in the hospital at 13 days old. He and his...

20:49

Jennifer Anistons Morning Routine: Apple Cider Vinegar and Vitamins "IndyWatch Feed Health"

 If youre on the lookout for superfoods that can improve the look and health of your skin, youve probably heard of apple cider vinegar (ACV). In recent years, this tart, pungent vinegar has surfaced as a versatile solution to younger, healthier looking skin. But could it be that ACVs stellar popularity rests...

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20:21

Tennessee Mom of Premature Twins Who Refused Vaccines is Arrested and Jailed "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tamika and twins

Tamika with her youngest twins. Photo provided by Seagraves family.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Almost a year after her youngest set of twins was taken by Child Protective Services, a Tennessee mother was arrested this week and charged with 2 counts of felony child neglect. Tamika Seagraves was blindsided by the arrest when she appeared for a child support hearing on Tuesday, October 24.

Friends are trying to raise money to get her out of jail. According to the Nashville and Davidson County court website, her bond is set at $20,000. Her arraignment is set for 9 am on November 8 at the Justice A.A. Birch Building Courthouse in Nashville, Tennessee.

Now, her biggest fear, according to her close friend who contacted Health Impact News, is that her babies will be vaccinated and her son circumcised without her consent.

Tamika has been fighting to get the twins back home since they were medically kidnapped in January 2017 by the Department of Childrens Services. They were taken based on allegations that the breastfeeding mother neglected the nutrition of her youngest set of twins.

However, Tamika asserts that she was working with medical professionals and following their advice.

She has always believed that their seizure by DCS had less to do with their weight and more to do with the unusual circumstances of their birth.

See the Seagraves familys original story here:

Tennessee Mom Gives Birth to Premature Twins 3 Times Surviving Babies Medically Kidnapped for Research?

Zaylen and Zaliyah were born on December 5, 2016. They were premature born at 34 weeks. They were the third set of fraternal twins born to their mother, and all 3 sets of twin were a boy and girl pair. Their oldest brother Zayden died in the hospital at 13 days old. He and his twin Ziria...

20:08

Administering ubiquinol 30 min before traumatic brain injury significantly affected cerebral gene expression profiles. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Nurs Outlook. 2017 Jul 1. Epub 2017 Jul 1. PMID: 28755974 Abstract Title:  A pilot study exploring the effects of ubiquinol on brain genomics after traumatic brain injury. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of morbidity and mortality that affects military service members and veterans.PURPOSE: Explore the effects of ubiquinol before traumatic brain injury on cerebral gene expression to elucidate molecular mechanisms of ubiquinol neuroprotection.METHOD: In this experimental study, Fisher rats in the untreated (n = 2) and ubiquinol-treated (n = 2) groups received respectively either normal saline or ubiquinol 30 min before traumatic brain injury induced by controlled cortical impact. Ribonucleic acid sequencing and ingenuity pathway analysis were conducted to detect cerebral gene and signaling expression profiles.DISCUSSION: In the ubiquinol-treated group, 67 ingenuity pathway analysis transcripts in the ubiquinol-treated group were statistically different from those in the untreated group (p

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18:17

Persistent Cough Bringing You Down? Try This Orange and Salt Remedy to Boost Your Immune System "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Having a cough that doesnt seem to go away can be annoying and painful, leaving the throat feeling raw and scratchy. Nobody wants to be that person in the back row coughing in the middle of a lecture, church sermon, or sports game. Do yourself a favor this season by...

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18:08

Overworked Japanese Woman Dies After 159 Overtime Hours in 1 Month "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The American Dream has long been a goal to strive towards for those living in North America and many people around the world. A stable, high paying job, a beautiful family, and double vanity sinks represent the ideal life for many people. But, with the cost of living on the...

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18:00

Black Lives Do Matter Take Action "IndyWatch Feed Health"

by Elissa Meininger Health Policy Analyst To me the single most important health issue in America today is that vaccines are causing such collateral damage to our children.  We are facing a health calamity that will not go away until ALL AMERICANS stand up and demand a full investigation. According to Barbara Loe Fisher, Continue reading Black Lives Do Matter Take Action

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17:22

This Anxiety-Fighting Oil Primes Your Brain to Better Deal with Stress "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Dr. Axe. Vetiver oil has been used in traditional medicine in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa for thousands of years. Its native to India, and both its leaves and roots have wonderful uses. Vetiver is known as a...

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17:20

What Eating a Banana and an Avocado Every Day Can Do to Your Body "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Dr. Mercola. If youre fairly familiar with the vitamins and minerals in the most common fruits and vegetables, you may be aware that in bananas and avocados, potassium and magnesium are notable ingredients in both of them. Like all foods,...

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17:00

Editors resign before launch of new journal. What went wrong? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The editors of a new journal resigned earlier this month, claiming that one of the publishers had cold feet about launching the journal. The publishers, however, tell a different story. To be honest, were a bit confused about what happened.   The editorsApoorvanand Jha and Dhruva Narayanclaim that Indias Council for Social Development (CSD), which []

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16:16

Children Who Grow Up In Green Spaces Have Less Attention Problems "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

No matter what happens in life, we are guaranteed some consistent beauty in this world. A blue sky unless its cloudy or artificially shrouded. And lush greenery, for the most part. The world is bursting with vibrant color and the greens in particular can whisk us into tranquility especially if we take the time to pull the plug on virtual reality and connect to the most stable reality available to us Nature. (The blind can plug into this beauty even if they cannot visually witness it).

Sadly, children in the Western world may go insane periods of time without playing in or even seeing green, natural surroundings. They may be trapped in schools that are high up and offer only bleakness outside the windows they stare out of. They can be carted on big buses that take highways to get to their sub-developments or apartments. They have hours of homework inside stuffy homes and later they may escape with television, Internet and screen time before they finally slip off into sleep. The only nature they may interact with is the fantasy of their dreamscapes.

Additionally,  there are an alarmingly high number of parents being arrested for letting their children play outside.

For the first time everR...

16:14

7 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Cold Sores "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Paleo Hacks. Heres how to naturally get rid of cold sores and how to prevent pesky outbreaks. If you suffer from cold sores, youre not alone. Globally, 67% of the population is affected by the herpes simplex virus (HSV 1), which...

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16:13

This Is What Can Happen to Your Dementia and Alzheimers Risk When You Use a Sauna 4-7 Times per Week "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Dr.Mercola. In the U.S., many Americans use a sauna only occasionally, perhaps while at the gym or on vacation if at all. In Finland, in contrast, 99 percent of Finns take at least one sauna a week,1 and some far...

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16:10

Being a Vegan Can Be Unhealthy If You Make These Big Mistakes "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This fantastic article was written by Trisha Miller, a freelance writer from Boise, ID. She is a dedicated vegan who promotes an all-around healthy lifestyle. We encourage you to check out her blog and follow her on Twitter! About six percent of the American population now identifies as vegan. That...

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16:09

8 Fat-Burning Exercises You Can Do Instead of Jogging If You Have Joint Pain "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article was written by Scott Murphy, a writer who loves to write an article on various topics such as health, fitness, exercise etc. He has the passion for the sport over 20 years. He is a regular contributor to AllRowers.com, a site offering reviews, workouts, industry news and education about the benefits...

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15:58

8 Easy Ways to Lower Your EMF Exposure "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Dr. Mercola. I was recently interviewed by Dave Asprey when I visited his Bulletproof lab on Vancouver Island.1 In it, I review the real dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by electronic devices. I will also do a more comprehensive lecture...

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14:05

Caught Our Notice: Concerns about image in 2008 paper prompt editorial notice "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Title: Characterization of a novel epigenetically-silenced, growth-suppressive gene, ADAMTS9, and its association with lymph node metastases in nasopharyngeal carcinoma What caught our attention: One year ago, a PubPeer user suggested an image from a 2008 paper looked similar to one from another paper. After the authors stated their belief in the soundness of the image, without []

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14:03

The State of Animal Psychiatric Research "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Since I was fifteen years old and heard about antidepressants for the first time, I have disbelieved the concept of antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs. Therefore I felt very honored when the opportunity of doing a PhD on harm from use of psychiatric drugs at the Nordic Cochrane Centre with Peter C. Gtzsche became a reality.

Up until now I have primarily worked with animal studies, investigating what animal research could teach us about harm from exposure to psychiatric drugs.

I have learned three things from working with animal studies:

  1. The studies are methodologically poor or poorly reported, or both.
  2. There is little behavioural research on long-term harms from previous exposure to drugs.
  3. Despite the poor quality of animal studies we still use them as the gateway to doing human trials.

Despite these challenges to animal research, we found that mammals exposed to psychiatric drugs do suffer from long-term harms. The mammals showed impaired sexual behavior (antidepressants, primarily SSRIs), impaired locomotion (neuroleptics), impaired cognition, learning and memory (neuroleptics), depression (SSRIs), and impaired fertility (ADHD drugs). The findings from the three systematic reviews that we undertook are discussed in more detail below.

We wanted to investigate harms from exposure to different categories of psychiatric drugs in mammals. The methods we used were inspired by the Cochrane Handbook and a risk of bias tool for animal studies. We based our systematic reviews on controlled studies, as described in the predefined protocols.

Our main criteria were that all mammals must be treatment-nave and no behaviour or trait must be primed by operation, genetic modifications or other drug treatments.

A short summary of each systematic review is presented here.

Long-term changes in observed behaviour after exposure to psychiatric drugs

We wanted to investigate long-term harms from exposure to any approved psychiatric drugs with a subsequent drug-free follow-up period of at least 90 days (link) to find out if differences between the intervention and control groups persisted after end of exposure.

 

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13:00

Why Smart Doctors Dont Get Flu Shots "IndyWatch Feed Health"

October 27, 2017 A friend tagged me on a Vaxxed video recently, and I was so glad he did. This time Polly was talking to Cammy Benton, a smart, down-to-earth doctor, who also happens to be a mother. She had Continue reading

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12:04

University research project blossoms into dental care breakthrough "IndyWatch Feed Health"

What began as a research project at Creighton University in 2010 to investigate a new material to repair cracks in dental products has blossomed into a promising technology that can repair teeth and bolster them against decay.

The technology called microencapsulation and the years of research behind it serve as the basis of a dental-care innovation known as SmartCap. Its been incorporated into a newly released dental sealant marketed as Biocoat.

The sealant releases ions that help fight tooth decay.

Stephen Gross, PhD, professor of chemistry in Creightons College of Arts and Sciences, and Mark Latta, DMD, MS, dean of Creightons School of Dentistry, teamed up seven years ago to embark on their research mission that resulted in the breakthrough.

The microcapsules at the heart of the technology emerged from their laboratory collaboration. Gross likens them to water balloons of calcium, phosphate and fluoride ions. When applied to a tooth, the sealant can re-mineralize teeth, creating enamel and preventing tooth decay.

Latta and Gross say Creighton students were key to the breakthrough. Their work builds off the contributions of more than 25 student researchers undergraduates and graduate students alike that fostered a team-oriented approach to the work.

Grant MacKinnon, who received his undergraduate degree from Creighton in the spring, was part of a nine-person team working in both Gross undergraduate lab and labs in the School of Dentistry to put final touches on this seven-year endeavor.

Of the diverse team, McKinnon says: We have a very widespread knowledge base and were able to go to each other for different things.

Latta calls it a truly collaborative effort.

It takes a team committed to working together and a vision to help advance patient care, he says.

Keyrolos Bottros, a second-year Creighton dental student, has worked extensively with Gross and Latta on the project. He characterizes them as student-focused, selecting students who are passionate about dental research and have a good grasp on the science behind it.

Gross says his approach is to first teach his students how to research. If we can improve oral health care at the same time, that is great.

With numerous patents, both received and pending, SmartCap looks to expand beyond the Biocoat product, which now is being manufactured by the Premier Dental Products Company through BJM Laboratories in Israel. SmartCap can be applied to a number of products that can help fight decay using re-min...

12:04

When Inclusion Means So Little: NC Teen Shamed with Inappropriate Photo "IndyWatch Feed Health"

There is no pain like the pain we feel when our children with autism, or any disability, are treated badly and abused. "He doesn't have a voice. Help him. That's your peer." The boy's Mom from the story below. What...

12:03

Playing Up the Benefits of Play at Work "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From the Association for Psychological Science: New research has found evidence that play at work is associated with less fatigue, boredom, stress, and burnout in individual workers, as well as increased trust, bonding, social interaction, and solidarity among teams of co-workers.

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12:02

How Norms Change "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The New Yorker: The extent to which we act on our biases is largely dependent upon the social norms within our surrounding environments, which can be heavily influenced by the actions and speech of authority figures. President Trumps bias and bigotry has the power to change the countrys social norms, making hateful speech the new normal.

Our tendency to extrapolate the opinions of others from the opinions of authority figures helps explain phenomena like the incorrectly drawn swastikas on the playground in Brooklyn. The psychology of norms suggests that you dont need a nation of raging anti-Semites to license the use of anti-Semitism as a social weapon, Paluck said. Instead, an authority figure could make the expression of anti-Semitisman old bias that had previously been subtle, implicit, and almost imperceptiblesuddenly appear to be one of the broadly acceptable ways of showing pent-up anger. A leader could whip up everyones frustration and channel it to these scapegoats and make it normative to use this language, Paluck said, encouraging people to say, Ah, this is how to express my frustration, to lash out against liberalism and so-called lites. Such an authority figure can create the impression of a social consensus where none exists.

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12:01

Drug Dealers in Lab Coats "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The New York Times: For decades, America has waged an ineffective war on illicit drug dealers and drug lords. However, we have failed to recognize that some of the biggest drug pushers of all may be American pharmaceutical companies.

Big Pharma should be writhing in embarrassment this week after The Washington Post and 60 Minutes reported that pharmaceutical lobbyists had manipulated Congress to hamstring the Drug Enforcement Administration. But the abuse goes far beyond that: The industry systematically manipulated the entire country for 25 years, and its executives are responsible for many of the 64,000 deaths of Americans last year from drugs more than the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined.

The opioid crisis unfolded because greedy people Latin drug lords and American pharma executives alike lost their humanity when they saw the astounding profits that could be made.

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12:00

When the Autistic Student is both Too Smart and Too Disruptive "IndyWatch Feed Health"

NOTE: How many of you know children like this boy in Australia? Maybe even your own child? My daughter has been in a class that had mandatory evacuations due to massive outbursts. As an autism parent, I empathize. As a...

11:58

Fluoride in Gunnedah: poll shows residents split on fluoridation in Gunnedah Shires water supply "IndyWatch Feed Health"

GUNNEDAH locals are still divided about adding fluoride to the local water supply, according to a new poll.

The Fairfax Media poll was conducted in the wake of councils decision on October 18 to allow the NSW Department of Health to conduct public consultation on the issue in Gunnedah.

08:09

Feverfew extracts could protect against carbon tetrachloride induced liver damage. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Toxicol Rep. 2017 ;4:455-462. Epub 2017 Aug 30. PMID: 28959674 Abstract Title:  Hepatoprotective effect of methanolic Tanacetum parthenium extract on CCl4-induced liver damage in rats. Abstract:  The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Tanacetum Parthenium Extract (TPE) on Lipid peroxidation, antioxidant enzymes, biochemical factors, and liver enzymes in the rats damaged by Carbon Tetrachloride (CCl4). 54 male Wistar rats were divided into 9 groups each consisting of 6 rats. Two of the groups were control groups (normal and damage control groups), 4 of them were exposure groups which were respectively administered with 40, 80, and 120 mg/kg of TPE and silymarin for 14 days before being damaged by CCl4, and the other 3 groups were post-treatment groups which received 80 and 120 mg/kg of TPE and silymarin 2, 6, 24, and 48 h after being injected with CCl4. At the end of the study, biochemical factors, serum liver enzymes, malondialdehyde level, antioxidant enzymes, and liver morphology were assayed. Pre- and post-treatment with TPE could significantly decrease ALT, AST, ALP, TG, LDL, TC, and glucose levels and increase HDL, and albumin levels and catalase, SOD, and GPx activities compared to the CCl4-damaged control group. The results of this study are indicative of the antioxidant activity of TPE, its potential hepatoprotective effects, and its probable therapeutic properties for laboratory animals damaged by CCl4.

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07:57

Proprietary supplement containing feverfew, coenzyme Q10 and magnesium assessed could be beneficial and safe for the prevention of migraine. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017 Aug 30 ;17(1):433. Epub 2017 Aug 30. PMID: 28854909 Abstract Title:  A combination of coenzyme Q10, feverfew and magnesium for migraine prophylaxis: a prospective observational study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium L.), magnesium and coenzyme Q10 are frequently used for migraine prophylaxis. Supplementation with a fixed combination of these three agents (Antemig, PiLeJe) was investigated in an observational study.METHODS: Adult patients suffering from migraine according to the criteria of the International Headache Society were enrolled by general practitioners (2 migraine attacks during previous month; exclusion of chronic migraine and medication overuse) and after a one-month baseline phase, supplemented with one tablet of 100 mg feverfew, 100 mg coenzyme Q10 and 112.5 mg magnesium per day for 3 months.RESULTS: Supplementation significantly reduced the number of days with migraine headache during third month of supplementation compared to baseline phase (1.3 days 1.5 versus 4.9 days 2.6, p 

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07:46

Magnesium supplementation during pregnancy likely decrease probability occurrence of many complications of pregnancy. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Adv Biomed Res. 2017 ;6:109. Epub 2017 Aug 31. PMID: 28904937 Abstract Title:  Effect of Magnesium Supplement on Pregnancy Outcomes: A Randomized Control Trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Magnesium (Mg) is an essential mineral required to regulate body temperature, nucleic acid, and protein synthesis with an important role in maintaining nerve and muscle cell electrical potentials. It may reduce fetal growth restriction and preeclampsia as well as increase birth weight. This study aimed to assess the effects of consuming Mg supplementation during pregnancy on pregnancy outcomes.MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a randomized controlled trial with three sixty populated groups of pregnant women. Participants were randomized to treatment or control groups through random table numbers. Participants with Mg serum levels more than 1.9 mg/dl considered as control group A randomly. They just received one multimineral tablet once a day until the end of pregnancy participants with hypomagnesemia consider as Group B and C. Participants in Group B received one multimineral tablet daily until the end of pregnancy. Participants in Group C received 200 mg effervescent Mg tablet from Vitafit Company once daily for 1 month, and also they consumed one multimineral tablet from Alhavi Company, which contains 100 mg Mg, once a day until the end of pregnancy. Intrauterine growth retardation, preterm labor, maternal body mass index, neonatal weight, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, cramps of the leg Apgar score were compared between three groups.RESULTS: In all pregnancy outcomes, Group C that received effervescent Mg tablet plus multimineral showed a better result than other groups, and frequency of complications of pregnancy was fewer than the other two groups and showed a significant difference.CONCLUSION: Mg supplement during pregnancy likely decrease probability occurrence of many complications of pregnancy.

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07:23

Bisphenol A promotes hyperuricemia via activating xanthine oxidase. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  FASEB J. 2017 Oct 17. Epub 2017 Oct 17. PMID: 29042453 Abstract Title:  Bisphenol A promotes hyperuricemia via activating xanthine oxidase. Abstract:  The prevalence of hyperuricemia has increased rapidly over the past decades. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an environmental endocrine disruptor. We investigated the effects of BPA on uric acid metabolism and its potential mechanisms. Experiments were performed in different animal models, cell cultures, and humans. In 3 different animal models, BPA exposure increased serum and hepatic uric acid with enhanced activity of xanthine oxidase (XO) in liver, whereas the excretion of uric acid was unchanged. Both in vivo and in vitro, BPA-induced uric acid production was decreased after treatment with allopurinol, which is a XO inhibitor. XO led to the accumulation of uric acid after xanthine was added, with the enzyme-catalyzed reaction, which was enhanced by BPA. Altered secondary structures of XO were found by circular dichroism analysis in the conditions of different BPA concentrations. Molecular docking portrayed Asp360 and Lys422 of XO to be the preferred binding sites for BPA. Mutation of both sites significantly blocked the effect of BPA on XO activity. In humans, patients with hyperuricemia exhibited higher levels of serum BPA than subjects without hyperuricemia. These findings demonstrate BPA promotes hyperuricemia by increasing hepatic uric acid synthesis via the activation of XO, probably through direct binding.-Ma, L., Hu, J., Li, J., Yang, Y., Zhang, L., Zou, L., Gao, R., Peng, C., Wang, Y., Luo, T., Xiang, X., Qing, H., Xiao, X., Wu, C., Wang, Z., He, J. C., Li, Q., Yang, S. Bisphenol A promotes hyperuricemia via activating xanthine oxidase.

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07:00

Tips on Growing Collard Greens "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

If you are getting bored eating the same old dark, leafy greens, you may be interested in trying collard greens. Better yet, you can easily grow them in your vegetable garden. Growing and eating collard greens is a southern tradition in the U.S. These greens, which are a great source of fiber and vitamins K, A and C, as well as calcium, are often featured in traditional, southern New Years meals.

The good news is you can grow collard greens in northern climates too, as they are a cool season crop. Collards are one of several tasty winter-season vegetables, and some suggest a touch of frost actually improves their flavor.  If you are planting a garden and would enjoy a versatile vegetable packed with life-giving nutrients, consider growing collard greens.

The History and Use of Collard Greens

Collard greens (Brassica oleracea acephala) are considered to be a descendent of loose-leafed wild cabbage found in in many parts of Europe more than 2,000 years ago. Nicknamed collards, these dark leafy greens are part of the cruciferous vegetable family. Some of the close relatives of collards are:

Collards are a hardy biennial plant, usually grown as an annual. Collards are enjoyed worldwide. They are considered to be a dietary staple in places such as the southern U.S., countries such as Brazil, Kenya, Portugal and Tanzania, as well as the Kashmir Valley region of Asia.1

When to Plant Collard Greens

Because collard greens are a cool-season vegetable, if you live in the South, you can plant seeds directly in late summer to early fall for a winter harvest. If you reside in a northern climate, youll want to plant collards a few weeks earlier for a fall or winter harvest. Due to their frost tolerance, if you live in the U.S., you can harvest collards as a late-season crop in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 and below.2 Collard greens can tolerate temperatures as low as 20 degrees F.

If you prefer a summer harve...

Growing Turmeric Is Easier Than You Think "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

A bright orange spice that's been a favorite in Thai and East Indian cooking for thousands of years, turmeric (Curcuma longa) is aptly named for the Persian word "saffron," a hue much like a pumpkin or the flesh of a sweet potato, but the similarity ends there. The vibrant, yellow-orange color is synonymous with the robes worn by many Buddhist priests.

Turmeric is part of the ginger family, which is why both exude a pleasant little zing on your tongue, but the flavor is different; the former is described as both pungent (read: bitter) and peppery. It's not meant to be a flavor on its own but as a seasoning to complement other foods. It's famous in curry dishes, mustard (hence the color), soups, the current obsessions known as turmeric latte or golden milk, and more.

But here's where the benefits keep going. Besides creating a unique and signature flavor, turmeric's aforementioned health benefits make turmeric a natural, healing substance that more people than ever want to have at the ready. That's because it's not just powerful, it's also safe, which can't be said for most prescriptions.

Because natural turmeric can't be patented, making a mega-profit off its benefits isn't possible, and since it's not a "drug," it can't bear the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) seal of approval. The root is used to make prescription drugs, however.1 Nonetheless, the healing aspects are readily available in the root itself. Daily Health Post notes that turmeric "may be the world's most important herb" because it contains more than 600 potential preventative and therapeutic functions, and further, that it's:

"A medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head. Instead of causing far more side effects than therapeutic ones, as is the case for most patented pharmaceutical medications, turmeric possesses hundreds of potential side benefits, having been empirically demonstrated to positively modulate over 160 different physiological pathways in the mammalian body."2

That said, while this spice is commonly thought of as growing best in a hot, tropical climate, you can actually grow...

06:47

Rutin protected against the combined effects of cadmium andethanol on liver and kidney functions by improving the antioxidant defences. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Pharm Biol. 2017 Dec ;55(1):2161-2169. PMID: 29025321 Abstract Title:  Rutin ameliorates oxidative stress and preserves hepatic and renal functions following exposure to cadmium and ethanol. Abstract:  CONTEXT: Rutin (RUT) is an antioxidant flavonoid with well-known metal chelating potentials.OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate the protective effects of RUT against cadmium (Cd)+ethanol (EtOH)-induced hepatic and renal toxicity in rats.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wistar rats were treated with Cd (50mg/kg) alone or in combination with EtOH (5mg/kg) and RUT (25, 50 and 100mg/kg) for 15days. After treatment, the liver, kidney and serum were removed for biochemical assays by spectrophotometric methods.RESULTS: Serum, hepatic and renal malondialdehyde (MDA) levels were highest in the Cd+EtOH group and lowest in Cd+EtOH animals co-treated with the highest dose of RUT (2.980.34, 10.082.32, 4.991.21 vs. 1.690.33, 6.130.28, 3.661.12mol MDA/mg protein, respectively). The serum level of Cd was increased in the Cd+EtOH treated animals compared to Cd+EtOH animals co-treated with 100mg/kg RUT (2.540.08 vs. 1.280.04ppm). Furthermore, RUT at the highest dose protected against Cd+EtOH-induced elevation of bilirubin and uric acid levels as well as activities of lactate dehydrogenase and -glutamyl transferase (62.862.74 vs. 122.526.35mol/L; 1.770.35 vs. 3.230.55mmol/L; 9.561.22 vs. 16.211.64U/L; 288.9240.12 vs. 159.818.01U/L). The histo-pathological changes in the liver and kidney were also reduced inthe Cd+EtOH animals co-treated with RUT in a dose-dependent manner.DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: RUT protected against the combined effects of Cd+EtOH on hepatic and renal functions and improved the antioxidant defence system in the blood.

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06:38

Low dose of bisphenol A enhance the susceptibility of thyroid carcinoma. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Oncotarget. 2017 Sep 19 ;8(41):69874-69887. Epub 2017 Jul 22. PMID: 29050248 Abstract Title:  Low dose of Bisphenol A enhance the susceptibility of thyroid carcinoma stimulated by DHPN and iodine excess in F344 rats. Abstract:  Thyroid carcinoma (TC) is the most common endocrine neoplasm. The risk of TC as a second primary malignancy (SPM) of breast cancer is significantly increased. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely contacted xenoestrogen and increases susceptibility to breast cancer through binding to estrogen receptor alpha (ER). However, the effect of BPA on thyroid carcinogenesis has not been fully demonstrated. This present study aimed to characterize the effects of BPA on the development of TC using a Fischer 344 (F344) rat model. In this study, we established a TC model using female F344 rats pretreated with N-Bis(2-hydroxypropyl) nitrosamine (DHPN) at a single dose of 2800 mg/kg (the DA group) or without DHPN (the DN group), followed by stimulation with BPA at the level of 250 g/kg (BPA250) or 1000 g/kg (BPA1000) and a basic diet containing potassium iodine (KI, 1000 g/L) for 64 weeks. We demonstratedthat the incidence of TC in the BPA250 + KI of DA groups reached the highest at 50%, the incidence of thyroid hyperplasia lesions (including both tumors and focal hyperplasia lesions) in the BPA1000 + KI of DA groups reached 100% (P

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06:26

Low dose administration of bisphenol A induces liver toxicity in adult rats. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2017 Oct 17. Epub 2017 Oct 17. PMID: 29050942 Abstract Title:  Low dose administration of Bisphenol A induces liver toxicity in adult rats. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Bisphenol A (BPA) is one of the most widely used chemicals, often used in epoxy resins, health products and colors. This study aims to investigate the effect of various doses of BPA on hepatotoxicity in rats.METHOD: This experimental study was conducted using 20 male adult Wistar rats older than 2 months weighing 150-200 g. (5, 25 and 125 g/kg) BPA was administered by gavage for 35 consecutive days. The animals were weighed at the beginning and the end of the experiment. The level of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase and alkaline phosphatase were determined using colorimetric method. The liver tissue was kept in the freezer at -80 C for histological studies.FINDING: The body weight of rats receiving BPA decreased significantly compared to control group and this weight loss was more evident at doses of 25 and 125 g/kg (p 

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06:06

Multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes mellitus may also be exacerbated by BPA. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Toxics. 2016 Sep 26 ;4(4). Epub 2016 Sep 26. PMID: 29051427 Abstract Title:  Developmental Bisphenol A Exposure Modulates Immune-Related Diseases. Abstract:  Bisphenol A (BPA), used in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, has a widespread exposure to humans. BPA is of concern for developmental exposure resulting in immunomodulation and disease development due to its ability to cross the placental barrier and presence in breast milk. BPA can use various mechanisms to modulate the immune system and affect diseases, including agonistic and antagonistic effects on many receptors (e.g., estrogen receptors), epigenetic modifications, acting on cell signaling pathways and, likely, the gut microbiome. Immune cell populations and function from the innate and adaptive immune system are altered by developmental BPA exposure, including decreased T regulatory (Treg) cells and upregulated pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. Developmental BPA exposure can also contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus, allergy, asthma and mammary cancer disease by altering immune function. Multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes mellitus may also be exacerbated by BPA, although more research is needed. Additionally, BPA analogs, such as bisphenol S (BPS), have been increasing in use, and currently, little is known about their immune effects. Therefore, more studies should be conducted to determine if developmental exposure BPA and its analogs modulate immune responses and lead to immune-related diseases.

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05:56

These results indicated that BPA has estrogenic effects on female reproduction. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Aquat Toxicol. 2017 Oct 14 ;193:111-121. Epub 2017 Oct 14. PMID: 29055862 Abstract Title:  Juvenile exposure to bisphenol A promotes ovarian differentiation but suppresses its growth - Potential involvement of pituitary follicle-stimulating hormone. Abstract:  Bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic monomer and plasticizer, is commonly used in plastics industry, and it has been well documented to be an estrogenic endocrine disrupter. In the present study, we investigated the effect of early (juvenile) exposure to BPA on the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis in the zebrafish. Estradiol (E2) and testosterone (T) were also included as positive and negative controls respectively. Juvenile zebrafish were exposed to BPA (1 and 10M), E2 (10nM) and T (10nM) from 20 to 40 dpf (days post-fertilization), the period of sex/gonadal differentiation, followed by histological and expression analyses at 40 dpf. The ovary and hepatic proteomes were also analyzed by mass spectrometry. Our results showed that 20day exposure to BPA andE2 increased the ratio of females; however, they both significantly suppressed ovarian growth. Meanwhile, BPA and E2 significantly suppressed fshb but stimulated lhb expression in the pituitary. These effects did not seem to involve the hypothalamus because neither BPA nor E2 altered the expressionof kiss1, kiss2, gnrh2 and gnrh3 in the hypothalamus. At the ovary level, BPA and E2 both decreased lhcgr expression. Interestingly, E2 and BPA displayed different effects in the liver. E2 induced a significant hepatic hypertrophy; however, BPA had no such effect. Analysis of hepatic proteomes revealed distinct protein profiles in the E2 group as compared with the others, especially fructose-bisphospahte aldolase B. These results indicated that BPA has estrogenic effects on female reproduction, but it does not mimic all E2 actions. Our data in the zebrafish suggest that sex differentiation involves estrogens and it is a sensitive window for evaluating estrogenic activities of compounds and their impacts on wildlife reproduction.

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05:49

Berberine induces apoptotic cell death in HL-60 human leukemia cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Am J Chin Med. 2017 ;45(7):1497-1511. PMID: 29025293 Abstract Title:  Berberine Induces Apoptotic Cell Death via Activation of Caspase-3 and -8 in HL-60 Human Leukemia Cells: Nuclear Localization and Structure-Activity Relationships. Abstract:  Berberine (BBR), an isoquinoline alkaloid, is a well-known bioactive compound contained in medicinal plants used in traditional and folk medicines. In this study, we investigated the subcellular localization and the apoptotic mechanisms of BBR were elucidated. First, we confirmed the incorporation of BBR into the cell visually. BBR showed antiproliferative activity and promptly localized to the nucleus from 5[Formula: see text]min to 15[Formula: see text]min after BBR treatment in HL-60 human promyelocytic leukemia cells. Next, we examined the antiproliferative activity of BBR (1) and its biosynthetically related compounds (2-7) in HL-60 cells. BBR exerted strongest antiproliferative activity among 1-7 and the results of structures and activity relation suggested that a methylenedioxyl group in ring A, an [Formula: see text]-alkyl group at C-9 position, and the frame of isoquinoline may be necessary for antiproliferative activity. Moreover, BBR showed the most potent antiproliferative activity in HL-60 cells among human cancer and normal cell lines tested. Next, we examined the effect of BBR on molecular events known as apoptosis induction. In HL-60 cells, BBR induced chromatin condensation and DNA fragmentation, and triggered the activation of PARP, caspase-3 and caspase-8 without the activation of caspase-9. BBR-induced DNA fragmentation was abolished by pretreatment with inhibitors against caspase-3 and caspase-8, but not against caspase-9. ERK and p38 were promptly phosphorylated after 15 min of BBR treatment, and this was correlated with time of localization to the nucleus of BBR. These results demonstrated that BBR translocated into nucleus immediately after treatments and induced apoptotic cell death by activation of caspase-3 and caspase-8.

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05:22

Berberine alleviates oxidative stress in rats with osteoporosis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Bosn J Basic Med Sci. 2017 Oct 22. Epub 2017 Oct 22. PMID: 29055350 Abstract Title:  Berberine alleviates oxidative stress in rats with osteoporosis through receptor activator of nuclear factor B/receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand/osteoprotegerin (RANK/RANKL/OPG) pathway. Abstract:  Previous studies suggested that oxidative stress is related to the onset and development of osteoporosis. Moreover, it was demonstrated that berberine has a protective effect against oxidative stress-induced injuries. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effect and mechanism of action of berberine on rats with induced osteoporosis. Sixty 8-week-old female Wistar rats were randomly divided into the following 6 groups: control saline-treated, osteoporosis saline-treated, 3 osteoporosis berberine-treated groups (Ber 5, 10, and 20 mg/kg/body weight, respectively), and osteoporosis alendronate-treated (ALD) group. Osteoporosis was induced by bilateral ovariectomy. All treatments were performed for 8 weeks. The bone mineral density (BMD), serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP), osteocalcin, calcium, phosphorus, superoxide dismutase (SOD), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) level was determined in the rat femur tissue. The gene and protein expression of osteoprotegerin (OPG) and receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) was analyzed by quantitative reverse transcription PCR and Western blot, respectively. The BMD, SOD and GSHPx levels, and the expression of OPG were significantly lower in osteoporosis compared to control group (all p

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03:57

Naringenin inhibited alcohol-induced liver steatosis and injury in zebrafish larvae. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Oncol Rep. 2017 Sep 19. Epub 2017 Sep 19. PMID: 29048675 Abstract Title:  Naringenin inhibits alcoholic injury by improving lipid metabolism and reducing apoptosis in zebrafish larvae. Abstract:  Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) includes a spectrum of hepatic abnormalities that range from isolated alcoholic steatosis to steatohepatitis and cirrhosis. Naringenin, a predominant flavanone in grapefruit, increases resistance to oxidative stress and inflammation and protects against multiple organ injury in various animal models. However, the specific mechanisms responsible for protection against alcoholic injury are poorly understood. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effect of naringenin on alcoholic events and the molecular regulatory mechanisms of naringenin in the liver and whole body of zebrafish larvae following exposure to 350 mmol/l ethanol for 32 h. Zebrafish larvae {4 days postfertilization (dpf); wild-type (WT) and a transgenic line with liver-specific eGFP expression [Tg(lfabp10-eGFP)]} were used to establish an alcoholic fatty liver model in order to evaluate the effects of naringenin treatment on anti-alcoholic injury. Naringenin significantly reduced alcoholic liver morphological phenotypes and the expression of alcohol and lipid metabolism-related genes, including cyp2y3, cyp3a65, hmgcra, hmgcrb, fasn, fabp10, fads2 and echs1, in zebrafish larvae. Naringenin also attenuated hepatic apoptosis inlarvae as detected by TUNEL staining, consistent with the expression of critical biomarkers of endoplasmic reticulum stress and of DNA damage genes (chop, gadd45a and edem1). The present study showed that naringenin inhibited alcohol-induced liver steatosis and injury in zebrafish larvae by reducing apoptosis and DNA damage and by harmonizing alcohol and lipid metabolism.

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03:50

Celebrity DJ Calls Flu Vaccine Neurotoxin Shot Angering Government Health Agencies "IndyWatch Feed Health"

It all started last week when Harris claimed vaccines contain Mercury. The social media posts caused an uproar of doctors attacking him publically for his statements. The head of respiratory disease at Public Health England, Richard...

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03:24

Allicin protects against H2O2-induced apoptosis of PC12 cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Exp Ther Med. 2017 Sep ;14(3):2053-2059. Epub 2017 Jul 9. PMID: 28962124 Abstract Title:  Allicin protects against H2O2-induced apoptosis of PC12 cells via the mitochondrial pathway. Abstract:  Allicin is a major bioactive ingredient of garlic and has a broad range of biological activities. Allicin has been reported to protect against cell apoptosis induced by H2O2 in human umbilical vein endothelial cells. The present study evaluated the neuroprotective effect of allicin on the H2O2-induced apoptosis of rat pheochromocytoma PC12 cells in vitro and explored the underlying mechanism involved. PC12 cells were incubated with increasing concentrations of allicin and the toxic effect of allicin was measured by MTT assay. The cells were pretreated for 24 h with low dose (L-), medium dose (M-) and high dose (H-) of allicin, followed by exposure to 200M H2O2 for 2 h, and the cell viability was examined by MTT assay. In addition, cell apoptosis rate was analyzed by Annexin V-FITC/PI assay, while intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and mitochondrial transmembrane potential (m) were measured by flow cytometry. Bcl-2, Bax, cleaved-caspase-3 and cytochrome c (Cyt C) in the mitochondria were also examined by western blotting. The results demonstrated that 0.01 g/ml (L-allicin), 0.1 g/ml (M-allicin) and 1 g/ml (H-allicin) were non-toxic doses of allicin. Furthermore, H2O2 reduced cell viability, promoted cell apoptosis, induced ROS production and decreased m. However, allicin treatment reversed the effect of H2O2 in a dose-dependent manner. It was also observed that H2O2 exposure significantly decreased Bcl-2 and mitochondrial Cyt C, while it increased Bax and cleaved-caspase-3, which were attenuated by allicin pretreatment. The results revealed that allicin protected PC12 cells from H2O2-induced cell apoptosis via the mitochondrial pathway, suggesting the potential neuroprotective effect of allicin against neurological diseases.

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02:59

2017 Banned Documentary The Truth About Water "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Have you ever given a large amount of thought to why we fluoridate our public water? A documentary that youve most likely not seen, called, The Great Culling, exposes the truth about our water supply....

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02:57

Allicin inhibited bacterial growth as a vapor, and could be used to combat bacterial lung infections via direct inhalation. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Molecules. 2017 Oct 12 ;22(10). Epub 2017 Oct 12. PMID: 29023413 Abstract Title:  Diallylthiosulfinate (Allicin), a Volatile Antimicrobial from Garlic (Allium sativum), Kills Human Lung Pathogenic Bacteria, Including MDR Strains, as a Vapor. Abstract:  Garlic (Allium sativum) has potent antimicrobial activity due to allicin (diallylthiosulfinate) synthesized by enzyme catalysis in damaged garlic tissues. Allicin gives crushed garlic its characteristic odor and its volatility makes it potentially useful for combating lung infections. Allicin was synthesized (>98% pure) by oxidation of diallyl disulfide by HO using formic acid as a catalyst and the growth inhibitory effect of allicin vapor and allicin in solution to clinical isolates of lung pathogenic bacteria from the genera Pseudomonas, Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus, including multi-drug resistant (MDR) strains, was demonstrated. Minimal inhibitory (MIC) and minimal bactericidal concentrations (MBC) were determined and compared to clinical antibiotics using standard European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) procedures. The cytotoxicity of allicin to human lung and colon epithelial and murine fibroblast cellswas tested in vitro and shown to be ameliorated by glutathione (GSH). Similarly, the sensitivity of rat precision-cut lung slices (PCLS) to allicin was decreased by raising the [GSH] to the approximate blood plasma level of 1 mM. Because allicin inhibited bacterial growth as a vapor, it could be used to combat bacterial lung infections via direct inhalation. Since there are no volatile antibiotics available to treat pulmonary infections, allicin, particularly at sublethal doses in combination with oral antibiotics, could make a valuable addition to currently available treatments.

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02:34

Former ER Physician Sounds The Alarm On Vaccination Dangers "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The extreme and irreparable vaccination dangers are finally coming to light. Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is a veteran in the battle to raise awareness of the threats posed to human health by the ongoing vaccination assault...

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02:02

Naringenin provides neurotrophic support to prevent retinal damage in diabetic retinopathy. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Nutrients. 2017 Oct 24 ;9(10). Epub 2017 Oct 24. PMID: 29064407 Abstract Title:  Flavonoid Naringenin Attenuates Oxidative Stress, Apoptosis and Improves Neurotrophic Effects in the Diabetic Rat Retina. Abstract:  Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is one of the leading causes of decreased vision and blindness worldwide. Diabetes-induced oxidative stress is believed to be the key factor that initiates neuronal damage in the diabetic retina leading to DR. Experimental approaches to utilize dietary flavonoids, which possess both antidiabetic and antioxidant activities, might protect the retinal damage in diabetes. The aim of this study was to investigate the potential protective effects of naringenin in the retina of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Diabetic rats were orally treated and untreated with naringenin (50 mg/kg/day) for five weeks and retinas were analyzed for markers of oxidative stress, apoptosis and neurotrophic factors. Systemic effects of naringenin treatments were also analyzed and compared with untreated groups. The results showed that elevated levels of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARs) and decreased level of glutathione (GSH) in diabetic rats were ameliorated with naringenin treatments. Moreover, decreased levels of neuroprotective factors (Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)), tropomyosin related kinase B (TrkB) and synaptophysin in diabetic retina were augmented with naringenin treatments. In addition, naringenin treatment ameliorated the levels of apoptosis regulatory proteins; B cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2 associated X protein (Bax) and caspase-3 in the diabetic retina. Thus, the study demonstrates the beneficial effects of naringenin that possesses anti-diabetic, antioxidant and antiapoptotic properties, which may limit neurodegeneration by providing neurotrophic support to prevent retinal damage in diabetic retinopathy.

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01:51

Exposure to certain phthalates may cause the placenta to become thicker and more circular. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Environ Res. 2017 Oct 10 ;160:239-246. Epub 2017 Oct 10. PMID: 29028488 Abstract Title:  Prenatal phthalate exposure and placental size and shape at birth: A birth cohort study. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: There is concern over the potential placental effects of prenatal phthalate exposure, and the potential adverse effects of prenatal phthalate exposure require further study; however, few data are available in humans. We investigated the associations between phthalate exposure in each trimester and both placental size and shape at birth.METHODS: We measured the urinary concentrations of phthalate metabolites among 2725 pregnant women in the Ma'anshan Birth Cohort. Before collecting urine samples from each of the three trimesters, the pregnant women were interviewed via questionnaires. Placental information was obtained from hospital records. We estimated the sex-specific associations between urinary phthalate concentrations in each trimester and both placental size and shape at birth using adjusted multiple regression. A linear mixed model was used for the repeated measures analysis with subject-specific random intercepts and slopes for gestational age at sample collection to test the effect of phthalate levels on placental size and shape and to estimate the effect sizes.RESULTS: Overall, placental breadth increased by 0.148cm (95% CI: 0.078, 0.218) with each 1 ln-concentration increase in MBP in the first trimester. The difference between placental length and breadth (length-breadth) decreased by 0.086cm (95% CI: -0.159, -0.012) and 0.149cm (95% CI: -0.221, -0.076) with each 1 ln-concentration increase in MMP and MBP, respectively, in the first trimester. In the second trimester, placental thickness increased by 0.017cm (95% CI: 0.006, 0.027), 0.020cm (95% CI: 0.004, 0.036), 0.028cm (95% CI: 0.007, 0.048), and 0.035cm (95% CI: 0.018, 0.053) with each 1 ln-concentration increase in MMP, MBP, MEOHP, and MEHHP, respectively. In the third trimester, placental thickness increased by 0.037cm (95% CI: 0.019, 0.056) and 0.019cm (95% CI: 0, 0.037) with each 1 ln-concentration increase in MBP and MEHP, respectively. Multiple linear regression for each offspring sex indicated that prenatal phthalate exposure increased placental thickness in both the first and second trimesters in males, whereas the corresponding relationship was close to null in females. Linear mixed models (LMMs) yielded similar results.CONCLUSION: Our results suggest the presence of associations between prenatal phthalate exposure and placental size and shape. Exposure to certain phthalates may cause the placenta to become thicker and more circular. Associations appeared stronger for the subsample representing male offspring than those for the subsample representing female offspring. Given the few studies on this topic,...

01:42

The present study demonstrates preliminary information regarding the low dose proliferative effects of phthalates in prostate cancer in vitro. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Bratisl Lek Listy. 2017 ;118(8):460-466. PMID: 29050483 Abstract Title:  Phthalate induced toxicity in prostate cancer cell lines and effects of alpha lipoic acid. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: The effects of dimethyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, diisobutyl phthalate, di-n-butyl phthalate, benzylbutyl phthalate, di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate were investigated on human prostate cancer cell lines DU145 and PC3 in vitro.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standards of dimethyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, di-isobutyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, benzyl butyl phthalate, and di-ethyl hexyl phthalate were used. Alpha lipoic acid was used as antioxidant compound. DU145 and PC3 human prostate carcinoma cells were used. MTT assay were used for cytotoxicity assay.RESULTS: A low dose proliferative effect of phthalates in vitro was observed. With the hypothesis of the inhibition of aerobic glycolysis activity in cancer treatment,-lipoic acid was applied to cells; where as a contrary to previous studies, no change in the cell proliferation was observed. In combination with ALA, at IC50 and lower doses, an increase of the cytotoxic effect was found for DIBP, DBP and BBP; while for DMP, DEP and DEHP, a decrease was observedfor DU145 cells. In PC3 cells, a decrease was observed for DMP, DEP and DBPs; while no significant difference were observed for DEHP, DIBP and BBP.CONCLUSSION: The present study demonstrates preliminary information regarding the low dose proliferative effects of phthalates in prostate cancer in vitro (Tab. 2, Fig. 2, Ref. 65).

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01:31

Alpha-lipoic acid could prove useful as adjunctive therapy for schizophrenia. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2017 Oct 19. Epub 2017 Oct 19. PMID: 29053478 Abstract Title:  -Lipoic Acid as Adjunctive Treatment for Schizophrenia: An Open-Label Trial. Abstract:  PURPOSE/BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests an involvement of oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. This offers a hypothesis-derived therapeutic approach to hinder oxidative damage and its clinical sequelae.-Lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful natural antioxidant indicated to treat diabetic neuropathy.METHODS/PROCEDURES: In this pilot investigation, we administered ALA (100 mg/d) for 4 months, as an adjunct to antipsychotic medication, to 10 patients with schizophrenia.FINDINGS/RESULTS: We found robust improvement in measures of psychopathology (63.9% reduction in Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale scores), neurocognitive parameters, extrapyramidal symptoms, and decreased lipid peroxidation.IMPLICATIONS/CONCLUSIONS: If larger, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies confirm these preliminary findings, ALA could prove useful as adjunctive therapy for schizophrenia.

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00:53

Rheumatoid patients subjectively benefited from the vegan diet rich in antioxidants, lactobacilli and fibre. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Toxicology. 2000 Nov 30 ;155(1-3):45-53. PMID: 11156742 Abstract Title:  Antioxidants in vegan diet and rheumatic disorders. Abstract:  Plants are rich natural sources of antioxidants in addition to other nutrients. Interventions and cross sectional studies on subjects consuming uncooked vegan diet called living food (LF) have been carried out. We have clarified the efficacy of LF in rheumatoid diseases as an example of a health problem where inflammation is one of the main concerns. LF is an uncooked vegan diet and consists of berries, fruits, vegetables and roots, nuts, germinated seeds and sprouts, i.e. rich sources of carotenoids, vitamins C and E. The subjects eating LF showed highly increased levels of beta and alfa carotenes, lycopen and lutein in their sera. Also the increases of vitamin C and vitamin E (adjusted to cholesterol) were statistically significant. As the berry intake was 3-fold compared to controls the intake of polyphenolic compounds like quercetin, myricetin and kaempherol was much higher than in the omnivorous controls. The LF diet is rich in fibre, substrate of lignan production, and the urinary excretion of polyphenols like enterodiol and enterolactone as well as secoisolaricirecinol were much increased in subjects eating LF. The shift of fibromyalgic subjects to LF resulted in a decrease of their joint stiffness and pain as well as an improvement of their self-experienced health. The rheumatoid arthritis patients eating the LF diet also reported similar positive responses and the objective measures supported this finding. The improvement of rheumatoid arthritis was significantly correlated with the day-to-day fluctuation of subjective symptoms. In conclusion the rheumatoid patients subjectively benefited from the vegan diet rich in antioxidants, lactobacilli and fibre, and this was also seen in objective measures.

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00:33

The feathery dinosaur wants you to please contribute "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

In case you you dont know the humor, a few years ago Orac, one of the snarkiest skeptics on the internet, called me a scaly dinosaur. Though I was scared to do so, but I had to correct him I am a feathery dinosaur. Of course, I dont think Orac is a paleontologist, but

Skeptical Raptor

00:30

Dr Ron Unfiltered Uncensored All you want to know about CBD. Hemp for Health "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dr Ron along with Dr Gerry and Dan will have a complete discussion of CBD with Todd Davis and Marty Burman.Todd Davis was invited to educate on the properties and health benefits of hemp extracts and to CBD oils to our audience.CBD stimulates the release of natural endocannabinoids and inhibits other enzymes in the EndoCannabinoid System. By doing so, CBD enhances the bodys innate protective endocannabinoid response which provides potential analgesic, antiepileptic, anti-nausea, anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, anti-psychotic, and anti-ischemic properties. Its anti-inflammatory effect is several hundred times more potent than aspirin in animal studies.

00:15

Effective Treatments for Pulled, Strained or Torn Back Muscle "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Most people will suffer from back pain caused by a pulled, strained, or torn muscle in their back. Your back contains muscles, ligaments, and tendons that support your upper body, give you strength for performing tasks and help move your neck, shoulders, and arms. Pulling, straining, or tearing a muscle can cause shooting severe pain if you suffer an acute injury. Or, back muscle strain caused by overuse can cause deep aches and chronic pain that can affect your daily activities.

Treating muscle pain in your back usually requires getting plenty of rest to prevent irritating the inflamed tissue even more. Also, hot and cold treatment can be effective in speeding up the recovery time by helping to reduce swelling and inflammation. Pulled back muscle treatments also include essential oils that are effective to treat pulled, torn, or strained back muscles as well as Epsom salt bath.

In this article, you will learn about the best and most effective treatments for strained lower back muscles, pulled or torn upper and middle back muscles, and how to treat back pain in general.

First, its important to know something about the muscles in your back.

Muscles in Your Upper, Middle, and Lower Back

Your back from the nape of your neck to the top of your buttocks contains many important large muscles. In the center of your back is your spine which is connected by tendons to many of your back muscles. You also have muscles that connect to your scapulae (shoulder blades) and your pelvic bones in your hips.

Back muscles

Your back contains 5 important muscles that are necessary for body movement and strength.

Trapezius. Your trapezius muscles start at the back of your neck and end about the middle of your back and are found on either side of your spine. The trapezius muscles are a triangle shape and connect your spinal column to your shoulder blades.

The main function of the trapezius muscles is to move your shoulder blades and assist with arm movements. Pulled, strained or torn trapezius can cause varying degrees of pain in your neck and back of your head, shoulders, and muscles between your shoulders.

trapezius muscle

Rhomboid. Rhomboid muscles are diamond-shaped muscles that are located on either side o...

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Study: Americans Exposure to Weed Killer Glyphosate Increases 500 Percent "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tractor spray fertilize with insecticide herbicide chemicals in agriculture field and evening sunlight

by the Environmental Working Group

A new study out this week suggests that Americans exposure to the herbicide glyphosate, a possible human carcinogen, has increased by roughly 500 percent since it was first used in U.S. agriculture more than 20 years ago.

Glyphosate, manufactured by Monsanto and marketed under the name Roundup, is the most widely used herbicide in the world. It is applied to genetically modified corn and soybean fields to kill weeds, and is also sprayed on conventionally grown wheat, oats, barley and edible soybeans just before harvest.

The participants in this study werent farmers or folks who live adjacent to farm fields, but residents of the Rancho Bernardo, a retirement community east of San Diego, Calif. Scientists from the University of California, San Diego, and the Iowa-based Health Research Institute Laboratories measured glyphosate and its breakdown product in 100 residents of Rancho Bernardo who are enrolled in a long-term healthy aging study. They collected five sets of samples between 1993 and 2016. Glyphosate was sporadically detected in the 1990s, but found in 70 percent of recent samples, and at amounts twice as high.

This study is some of the strongest evidence to date that Monsantos glyphosate has infiltrated the U.S. food supply and has found its way into the bodies of most Americans, said Olga Naidenko, senior science advisor for childrens environmental health at EWG. We are talking about a chemical that can increase the risk of cancer and affect a fetus development. This latest research further underscores how the health of the American people is at risk from chemical agribusiness.

The study was published on October 24 in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association.

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23:56

Photobiomodulation therapy alleviates tissue fibroses associated with chronic graft-versus-host disease. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Photomed Laser Surg. 2017 Oct 19. Epub 2017 Oct 19. PMID: 29053051 Abstract Title:  Photobiomodulation Therapy Alleviates Tissue Fibroses Associated with Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease: Two Case Reports and Putative Anti-Fibrotic Roles of TGF-. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Patients who receive allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation may experience oral complications due to chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD). The manifestations may include progressive sclerosis-like changes that may involve various body sites, including the oropharynx.METHODS AND RESULTS: We present two cGVHD cases of oropharyngeal fibrotic changes that affected functions that were treated with photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy. These case reports suggest that PBM therapy represents an additional, innovative approach affecting discrete phases in cGVHD-associated fibrotic changes.CONCLUSIONS: We discuss these observations in the context of currently understood molecular mechanisms, especially induction of transforming growth factor beta and NFB that appear to be counter-intuitive to their known roles in matrix synthesis and inflammation that contribute to tissue fibroses. The clinical benefit noted in the two cases presented clearly indicates that there are distinct mechanistic and biological insights in the regulation of these molecular pathways in determining therapeutic efficacy with PBM therapy.

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23:30

These findings provide strong support for the promising therapeutic effect of photobiomodulation on neuronal repair following ischemic stroke. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Exp Neurol. 2017 Oct 19. Epub 2017 Oct 19. PMID: 29056360 Abstract Title:  Photobiomodulation therapy promotes neurogenesis by improving post-stroke local microenvironment and stimulating neuroprogenitor cells. Abstract:  Recent work has indicated that photobiomodulation (PBM) may beneficially alter the pathological status of several neurological disorders, although the mechanism currently remains unclear. The current study was designed to investigate the beneficial effect of PBM on behavioral deficits and neurogenesis in a photothrombotic (PT) model of ischemic stroke in rats. From day 1 to day 7 after the establishment of PT model, 2-minute daily PBM (CW, 808nm, 350mW/cm(2), total 294J at scalp level) was applied on the infarct injury area (1.8mm anterior to the bregma and 2.5mm lateral from the midline). Rats received intraperitoneal injections of 5-bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) twice daily (50mg/kg) from day 2 to 8 post-stoke, and samples were collected at day 14. We demonstrated that PBM significantly attenuated behavioral deficits and infarct volume induced by PT stroke. Further investigation displayed that PBM remarkably enhanced neurogenesis and synaptogenesis, as evidenced by immunostaining of BrdU, Ki67, DCX, MAP2, spinophilin, and synaptophysin. Mechanistic studies suggested beneficial effects of PBM were accompanied by robust suppression of reactive gliosis and the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. On the contrary, the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines, cytochrome c oxidase activity and ATP production in peri-infarct regions were elevated following PBM treatment. Intriguingly, PBM could effectively switch an M1 microglial phenotype to an anti-inflammatory M2 phenotype. Our novel findings indicated that PBM is capable of promoting neurogenesis after ischemic stroke. The underlying mechanisms may rely on: 1) promotion of proliferation and differentiation of internal neuroprogenitor cells in the peri-infarct zone; 2) improvement of the neuronal microenvironment by altering inflammatory status and promoting mitochondrial function. These findings provide strong support for the promising therapeutic effect of PBM on neuronal repair following ischemic stroke.

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23:18

Social Worker Helping Troubled Teens Loses Job for Questioning Gardasil Vaccine During Planned Parenthood Required Training "IndyWatch Feed Health"

12 Year Old Girl Develops Guillain-Barr Syndrome After Gardasil Vaccine Suffers Paralysis

Michelle Snyder and her 12-year-old daughter Ashley talk about the devastating effects of the Gardasil vaccine. Interview here.

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

A Portland-based social worker working for a non-profit organization has contacted Health Impact News about how he allegedly was terminated from his job after attending a required sex education class by Planned Parenthood in Seattle.

Paul Haeder alleges that during the training, where class members were encouraged to write down questions and concerns anonymously, he was told not to come back to day two of the training and also told not to come back to work, because he wrote and submitted (anonymously) concerns about the Gardasil vaccine. He writes:

The creators and distributors of Gardasil are directly tied to my sacking from, get this, pennyante wage slaving job as a social worker. Imagine, Merck and Planned Parenthood, both having their hands on my future.

The charge? I dared to voice some concerns (anonymously) that already have been voiced about this vaccine for 10 years on so many platforms, including by medical authorities, international science panels, and the individuals who are suffering disabilities directly associated with the vaccine.

How Planned Parenthood Demands a Vow of Silence as it Pushes Universal/Forced Inoculations

by Paul Haeder
LA Progressive

Excerpts:

Im writing about this forced paid leave (suspension, administrative leave) leading up to my termination within the last hours of Monday, because speaking up about injustice is a core belief.

...

23:10

Its simple math vaccines saved 700,000 childrens lives "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

In 1994, the Vaccines for Children program (VFC) was created by a Federal budget authorization in direct response to a measles resurgence in the United States that caused tens of thousands of cases and over a hundred deaths, despite the availability of a measles vaccine since 1963. The net effect of the VFC program was that it provided (and

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23:01

Exercise-based motivational interviewing was associated with sustained clinical benefits in fibromyalgia patients who were not taking opioids. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Rheumatol. 2017 Apr ;44(4):505-511. Epub 2016 Dec 1. PMID: 27909084 Abstract Title:  Sustained Benefits of Exercise-based Motivational Interviewing, but Only among Nonusers of Opioids in Patients with Fibromyalgia. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Given the known side effects of opioids and their potential effects on cognition, we sought to evaluate the benefits of motivational interviewing (MI) to promote physical activity on 2 subsets of participants with fibromyalgia (FM): nonusers and users of opioids.METHODS: This was a secondary data analysis of a 36-week randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of MI to promote physical activity among participants with FM. Participants were randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms: 6 phone-based MI sessions (n = 107) or 6 sessions of FM self-management instructions [attention control (AC), n = 109]. The primary outcomes were changes in physical function (Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36), pain severity (Brief Pain Inventory), global FM symptom severity (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire), and the amount of light to moderate physical activity (LMPA) from baseline to each followup visit. At study entry, subjects were categorized as opioid nonusers versus users. Repeated measures ANOVA was used to assess treatment effects adjusting for potential confounders.RESULTS: Of the 216 participants, 145 (67%) were nonusers and 71 (33%) were opioid users. Among nonusers, MI was associated with improved physical function, reduced pain severity, and global FM severity, and increased LMPA at 6-month followup. Among opioid users, there were no significant differences in any outcome measures between the MI and AC groups.CONCLUSION: Exercise-based MI was associated with sustained clinical benefits 6 months after completion of therapy, but only for those who were not taking opioids.

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Social Worker Helping Troubled Teens Loses Job for Questioning Gardasil Vaccine During Planned Parenthood Required Training "IndyWatch Feed Health"

12 Year Old Girl Develops Guillain-Barr Syndrome After Gardasil Vaccine Suffers Paralysis

Michelle Snyder and her 12-year-old daughter Ashley talk about the devastating effects of the Gardasil vaccine. Interview here.

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

A Portland-based social worker working for a non-profit organization has contacted Health Impact News about how he allegedly was terminated from his job after attending a required sex education class by Planned Parenthood in Seattle.

Paul Haeder alleges that during the training, where class members were encouraged to write down questions and concerns anonymously, he was told not to come back to day two of the training and also told not to come back to work, because he wrote and submitted (anonymously) concerns about the Gardasil vaccine. He writes:

The creators and distributors of Gardasil are directly tied to my sacking from, get this, pennyante wage slaving job as a social worker. Imagine, Merck and Planned Parenthood, both having their hands on my future.

The charge? I dared to voice some concerns (anonymously) that already have been voiced about this vaccine for 10 years on so many platforms, including by medical authorities, international science panels, and the individuals who are suffering disabilities directly associated with the vaccine.

How Planned Parenthood Demands a Vow of Silence as it Pushes Universal/Forced Inoculations

by Paul Haeder
LA Progressive

Excerpts:

Im writing about this forced paid leave (suspension, administrative leave) leading up to my termination within the last hours of Monday, because speaking up about injustice is a core belief.

Plus, t...

22:13

Laser therapy is effective on pain, muscle spasm, morning stiffness, and total tender point number in fibromyalgia. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Lasers Med Sci. 2002 ;17(1):57-61. PMID: 11845369 Abstract Title:  Efficacy of low power laser therapy in fibromyalgia: a single-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Abstract:  Low energy lasers are widely used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including fibromyalgia, despite the lack of scientific evidence to support its efficacy. A randomised, single-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of low-energy laser therapy in 40 female patients with fibromyalgia. Patients with fibromyalgia were randomly allocated to active (Ga-As) laser or placebo laser treatment daily for two weeks except weekends. Both the laser and placebo laser groups were evaluated for the improvement in pain, number of tender points, skinfold tenderness, stiffness, sleep disturbance, fatigue, and muscular spasm. In both groups, significant improvements were achieved in all parameters (p0.05). It was found that there was no significant difference between the two groups with respect to all parameters before therapy whereas a significant difference was observed in parameters as pain, muscle spasm, morning stiffness and tender point numbers in favour of laser group after therapy (p

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22:03

Low-level laser therapy provided relief from fibromyalgia symptoms in patients. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Lasers Med Sci. 2014 Nov ;29(6):1815-9. Epub 2014 May 7. PMID: 24801056 Abstract Title:  Low-level laser therapy to treat fibromyalgia. Abstract:  Several clinical treatments have been proposed to manage symptoms of fibromyalgia. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) may be a useful tool to treat this dysfunction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of LLLT in patients with fibromyalgia. A placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial was carried out with 20 patients divided randomly into either an LLLT group (n=10) or a placebo group (n=10). The LLLT group was treated with a GaAlAs laser (670 nm, 4 J/cm(2) on 18 tender points) three times a week over 4 weeks. Before and after treatment, patients were evaluated with the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), McGill Pain Questionnaire, andvisual analog scale (VAS). Data from the FIQ and McGill questionnaire for the treated and control groups were analyzed by paired t tests, and Wilcoxon tests were used to analyze data from the VAS. After LLLT or sham treatment, the number of tender points was significantly reduced in both groups (LLLT, p

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21:55

The Herb That Kills Parasites and Fights Cancer Cells "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Dr. Axe. What do Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso all have in common aside from their incredible painting abilities? These three artists all shared a love of absinthe, a botanical spirit made from wormwood, anise and fennel. Absinthe is currently illegal...

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21:51

Cancer preventing vaccine safe for women no excuses for HPV vaccine "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

Many of us on the science side of the vaccine debate (its not a debate) think that of all vaccines, the one thats most hated by the anti-vaccine radicals is the HPV cancer preventing vaccine. In fact, since this cancer preventing vaccine was launched after the anti-vaccine movement was really pushing their pseudoscientific narrative, it

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21:49

Popular Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to Liver Disease "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Dr. Axe. Proton-pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the world. In fact, one study estimates Americans spend $11 billion on PPIs each year. (1) These popular pills are prescribed for the prevention and...

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The post Popular Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to Liver Disease appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

21:46

More Good News for Coffee Drinkers: It Benefits Your Liver "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Dr. Mercola. Some say the most-consumed beverage in the world is tea, and others maintain its coffee. Whichever is true from year to year, its a fact that an estimated 3.5 billion cups of coffee are downed by bean aficionados...

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The post More Good News for Coffee Drinkers: It Benefits Your Liver appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

21:40

Nurses Continue to be Justified in Refusing Mandatory Flu Shots "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Similar to the general public, nurses are increasingly refusing dangerous and often ineffective flu shots 

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21:37

Teen Becomes First to Move into Micro Home Built to Tackle Homelessness "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By the year 2041, the amount of homeless people living in the UK is expected to double to half a million people. The analysis was conducted by the Heriot-Watt University for Crisis, and they state that the government needs to take immediate action in order to prevent this. Luckily, the government...

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The post Teen Becomes First to Move into Micro Home Built to Tackle Homelessness appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

21:28

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Bathroom Space "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Do you ever wish you could get a little more bathroom space? Maybe your counter is just too small to keep anything on it, or that medicine cabinet above your sink only has room for a toothbrush and some floss. While you can always renovate, this is usually costly and...

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The post How To Get The Most Out Of Your Bathroom Space appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

21:18

Social Worker Helping Troubled Teens Loses Job for Questioning Gardasil Vaccine During Planned Parenthood Required Training "IndyWatch Feed Health"

12 Year Old Girl Develops Guillain-Barr Syndrome After Gardasil Vaccine Suffers Paralysis

Michelle Snyder and her 12-year-old daughter Ashley talk about the devastating effects of the Gardasil vaccine. Interview here.

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

A Portland-based social worker working for a non-profit organization has contacted Health Impact News about how he allegedly was terminated from his job after attending a required sex education class by Planned Parenthood in Seattle.

Paul Haeder alleges that during the training, where class members were encouraged to write down questions and concerns anonymously, he was told not to come back to day two of the training and also told not to come back to work, because he wrote and submitted (anonymously) concerns about the Gardasil vaccine. He writes:

The creators and distributors of Gardasil are directly tied to my sacking from, get this, pennyante wage slaving job as a social worker. Imagine, Merck and Planned Parenthood, both having their hands on my future.

The charge? I dared to voice some concerns (anonymously) that already have been voiced about this vaccine for 10 years on so many platforms, including by medical authorities, international science panels, and the individuals who are suffering disabilities directly associated with the vaccine.

How Planned Parenthood Demands a Vow of Silence as it Pushes Universal/Forced Inoculations

by Paul Haeder
LA Progressive

Excerpts:

Im writing about this forced paid leave (suspension, administrative leave) leading up to my termination within the last hours of Monday, because speaking up about injustice is a core belief.

Plu...

21:11

Low-level laser therapy is a viable phototherapeutic modality for the treatment of peripheral nerve injury. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Lasers Med Sci. 2017 Oct 23. Epub 2017 Oct 23. PMID: 29063472 Abstract Title:  Effects of photobiomodulation on experimental models of peripheral nerve injury. Abstract:  Phototherapy has demonstrated positive effects in the treatment of peripheral nerve injury, but there is a need to investigate the dosimetric parameters. Thus, the aim of the present study was to conduct a literature review on the effects of photobiomodulation with the use of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on the treatment of peripheral nerve injury in experimental models. The databases of PubMed/MEDLINE, SCOPUS, and SPIE Digital Library were searched for articles on the use of LLLT in experimental models of peripheral nerve injury published in English between January 2007 and March 2016. The laser parameter variability was wavelength (632.8 to 980 nm), power (10 to 190 mW), and total energy (0.15 to 90 J) in pulsed or continuous wave and single or multiple points. Eighteen original articles demonstrating the effects of LLLT on the acceleration of functional recovery, morphological aspects as well as the modulation of the expression inflammatory cytokines, and growth factors were selected. LLLT is a viable phototherapeutic modality for the treatment of peripheral nerve injury, demonstrating positive effects on the neuromuscular repair process using either red or infrared light. The majority of studies used a power of up to 50 mW andtotal energy of up to 15 J administered to multiple points. The determination of these parameters is important to the standardization of a LLLT protocol to enhance the regeneration process following a peripheral nerve injury.

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20:59

Einstein Left Tips on Happiness In These 95 Year Old Letters "IndyWatch Feed Health"

albert einstein on happiness joy

By Heather CallaghanEditor

When you think of Einstein you automatically know that E=MC2. But what was his equation for happiness?

Back in 1922, the German-born physicist was touring in Tokyo during the time he had just been informed that he won the Nobel Prize for Physics. He was staying at Imperial Hotel when a Japanese courier arrived to deliver him a message.

Apparently, Einstein couldnt leave a tip, so he left a tip of sorts. He either didnt have change or the courier refused a tip according to local tradition.

GNN reports (emphasis added):

Maybe if youre lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip, Einstein told the messenger, according to the seller, a resident of the German city of Hamburg who wished to remain anonymous.

One note, on the stationary of the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, says that a quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.

The other, on a blank piece of paper, simply reads: where theres a will, theres a way.

While the second one...

20:35

new research findings two "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Health Ranger: Why independent science TERRIFIES the food and supplement industries (but shouldnt)










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20:00

Science retracts paper after Nobel laureates lab cant replicate results "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Science is retracting a 2014 paper from the lab of a Nobel winner after replication attempts failed to conclusively support the original results. In January, Bruce Beutler, an immunologist at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, emailed Science editor-in-chief Jeremy Berg to report that []

The post Science retracts paper after Nobel laureates lab cant replicate results appeared first on Retraction Watch.

19:16

Can Mushrooms Make You Feel Truly Satiated? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Try an experiment eat your typical breakfast one day. Whether it has meat or is plant-based doesnt matter. Note how you feel. On the next day, displace some of your regular ingredients with mushrooms. Now see if you feel fuller for longer.

I did the experiment and I believe it works. On days where I add sauteed shiitake mushrooms and onions to my breakfast potato-spinach plate I feel as though I can work for a longer period without snacking. Mushrooms have become my go-to replacement for meat ever since I did another personal experiment at one of my favorite restaurants. They made an amazing burger either with meat or a portobello steak. While both options are amazing, I never think twice about ordering the mushroom burger since I feel just as satiated but with no indigestion or heaviness.

Turns out that mushrooms contain much nutrients and protein which may explain their ability to make people feel fuller longer.

A new study on satiety published in the October issue of the journal Appetite indicates th...

19:14

Federal OSHA And Microwave Industry Employees Safety Regulations "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) webpage Non-Ionizing Radiation Overview, we read:

Non-ionizing radiation is described as a series of energy waves composed of oscillating electric and magnetic fields traveling at the speed of light. Non-ionizing radiation includes the spectrum of ultraviolet (UV), visible light, infrared (IR), microwave (MW), radio frequency (RF), and extremely low frequency (ELF). Lasers commonly operate in the UV, visible, and IR frequencies. Non-ionizing radiation is found in a wide range of occupational settings and can pose a considerable health risk to potentially exposed workers if not properly controlled. [CJF emphasis]

OSHA goes on to explain Extremely Low Frequency Radiation (ELF) and other radiation waves, including Radiofrequency and Microwave Radiation, which says:

Microwave radiation (MW) is absorbed near the skin, while Radiofrequency (RF) radiation may be absorbed throughout the body. At high enough intensities both will damage tissue through heating. Sources of RF and MW radiation include radio emitters and cell phones. [CJF emphasis]

It must be noted OSHA needs to update its website to include AMI Smart Meters that operate using microwaves and radio (RF) transmitters, called ZigBee radio modules (wireless electronics), which operate/function using radiofrequencies. Therefore, there are double radiation whammies emitted by AMI Smart Meters!

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18:44

Healthy 90 Year-Olds Have The Same Gut Bacteria As 30 Year-Olds "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Karen Foster

In one of the largest microbiota studies conducted in humans, scientists have shown a potential link between healthy aging and a healthy gut finding that the overall microbiome composition of healthy elderly people was similar to that of people decades younger, and that the gut microbiota differed little between individuals from the ages of 30 to over 100.

There are over 400 species of bacteria in your belly right now that can be the key to health or disease.

Health care of the future may include personalized diagnosis of an individuals microbiome to determine what probiotics are needed to provide balance and prevent disease. Theyre thought to encode more than 3 million genes in the body, and this complexity of bugs may also be responsible for immune dysfunction that begins with a failure to communicate in the human gut, scientists say.

Led by researchers from the Lawson Health Research Institute at Western University, Canada, and Tianyi Health Science Institute in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China the study analysed gut bacteria in a cohort of more than 1,000 Chinese individuals in a variety of age-rang...

17:56

Vitamin C deficient stem cells more likely to turn into leukemia "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Vitamin C deficient stem cells more likely to turn into leukemia




(NaturalHealth365) According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 23,564 people lost their lives to leukemia in 2014 alone. The most common form of cancer among children and teens, leukemia also strikes adults especially as they age. Unfortunately, to make matters worse, none of these patients probably heard about how vitamin C could help in the healing process.
For example, new research shows that insufficient levels of vitamin C can make you more susceptible to leukemia. The good news: boosting your dietary intake of the nutrient can help prevent it. Plus, this type of strategy offers no (negative) side effects and the cost is minimal.
How vitamin C puts the brakes on leukemia
In a study conducted at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature, researchers found that vitamin C helped to slow the development of leukemia by re-activating an enzyme that stops leukemia cell from growing and spreading.
The new research helps to reveal the nuts and bolts of the way vitamin C or ascorbic acid assists the function of stem cells which need large amounts of this nutrient to function properly.
The researchers reported that when stem cells are depleted of vitamin C, their epigenome the cellular system that controls which genes are turned off or on is damaged, thereby impairing stem cell function and raising the risk of leukemia.
In addition, deficiencies in vitamin C can limit levels of TET2, a beneficial enzym...

17:50

The Life Saving Properties of Garlic Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Life-Saving Properties of Garlic Revealed

Posted on: Thursday, October 26th 2017 at 5:45 am
Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017

Research on garlic indicates that it may provide an ideal low-cost and safe alternative to drugs and vaccines in reducing the three most common causes of death in the world.
In a world mesmerized by the false promises of pharmaceutical industry marketing copy, as well as inundated with aggressively marketed dietary supplements, many of which are manufactured by the same companies making a killing off patented chemicals (Bayer owns One A Day, Pfizer owns Centrum), it is reassuring to know that the kitchen pantry will never fail us...
Inexpensive, time-tested, safe and delicious, many spices are attaining recognition for being, quite literally, 'life saving,' which is likely one reason why, in ancient times, many were worth their weight in gold.
This time around, the health benefits of ancient 'folk remedies' like garlic are being confirmed by straight-laced men and women in lab coats. Which, when it comes to the conventional medical establishment, blighted as it is by the epistemological disease known as myopia, is considered the only valid way to ascertain the truth. Never mind the countless millions of people who, since the beginning of time, have used a different standard of proof: if it works and it is safe, then its true.
We all know that garlic is not shy to make its presence known. The smallest culinary dose is enough to suffuse the entire body with its aroma. Garlic also permeates the research literature: the biomedical database known as MEDLINE, provided by the National Library of Medicine, contains over 5500 study abstracts on garlic, a number of which we have indexed and organized for your use on our site:...

16:27

NYU College of Dentistry awarded $3.6 Million by NIH for Cavity Prevention Research in Rural NH "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a research team at New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) funding to study cavity prevention and cost effectiveness in school-based dental programs in New Hampshire.

The $3.6 million, five-year grant (R01MD011526) will fund a statewide program in six rural New Hampshire counties providing dental care to approximately 12,000 children, from preschool to sixth grade, in over 40 schools.

NYU Dentistrys Richard Niederman, DMD, and Ryan Richard Ruff, MPH, PhD, will lead the study comparing the effectiveness of two cavity-prevention techniques a simple treatment of topical silver and fluoride, and a complex treatment of traditional sealants and fluoride.

Nearly 30 percent of school-age children in the U.S. have untreated cavities. For children in rural areas, this number is even higher: more than 35 percent have untreated cavities. For rural populations, the primary barrier to care is the distance required to travel to dentists.

Children with cavities and associated toothaches face multiple disadvantages, including reduced quality of life, school absences, difficulty paying attention in school, and lower standardized test scores. Traditional office-based dental care presents barriers to treatment, including cost, fear of dentists, and geographic isolation.

Bringing care to children instead of children to care eliminates these barriers, said Dr. Niederman, professor and chair of the Department Epidemiology & Health Promotion at NYU Dentistry.

Through prior work in New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and Colorado, NYU Dentistry researchers determined that complex school-based cavity prevention programs are effective in reducing cavities by two-thirds. Preliminary results suggest that simple prevention can be equally effective and is preferred by patients.

In the NIH-funded study, the New Hampshire schools will be selected at random to receive either the simple treatment of silver diamine fluoride and fluoride varnish, or the complex treatment of sealants and fluoride varnish. The simpler method takes six minutes to deliver, compared to the more complex method that takes 20 minutes. All children will receive the same preventive dental care twice each year. The researchers will assess oral health to compare the outcomes of both treatments....

16:19

How to Clean a Yoga Mat (or remove the slippery film from a new one) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

clean a yoga matIf youve ever participated in a group yoga class, youve no doubt noticed the bin of (usually) nasty mats in dire need of cleaning along the wall at the back of the room. To avoid this germfest, most people who regularly practice buy their own. The question is, though, how do you clean a yoga mat without damaging it?

While Ive had people tell me they wash their yoga mat in a washing machine, I havent had good luck with this approach. I recently restarted my yoga practice after a bit of a hiatus and found that my trusty mat needed a deep clean. I tried putting it in the wash with mild soap and proceeded to basically ruin it. (...)
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15:30

Environmentalists Cite TSCA Rule Changes In Bid To Maintain Fluoride Suit "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Environmentalists are urging a federal court to allow their suit against EPA over its denial of their petition to ban drinking water fluoridation to continue, arguing among other things that the agencys changes to the final framework rules implementing the 2016 statutory reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) bolster their case.

In an Oct. 25 reply motion, the groups argued, among other things, that the agencys requirement that the petitioners identify all conditions of use before it would accept a petition is at odds with the statute as well as EPAs recent interpretation in the framework rules that the agency has discretion to narrow the conditions of use it will consider when assessing chemicals risks.

And, they added, since EPAs stance has not been subject to administrative proceedings, the agency should not be granted deference.

EPAs contention that citizen petitioners must identify all conditions of use is not only at odds with the plain meaning and legislative intent of TSCA, but EPAs own recent interpretation of the Act. At bottom, EPAs untenable statutory interpretation, which has never been subject to notice and comment rulemaking, is little more than a litigating position which warrants no deference from this Court, the reply motion says.

The environmentalists brief responds to EPAs motion to dismiss the suit, Food & Water Watch Inc., et al, v. EPA, where the agency defended its views on the key issue of which chemical uses must be considered in TSCA assessments and possible future regulation.

The issue is complicated because the agencys final TSCA framework rules gave EPA greater discretion to narrow risk assessments by specific uses, but also to act on individual uses of chemicals.

By contrast, EPA last summer denied the groups 2016 TSCA section 21 petition seeking a ban on fluoridation a single use of a class of chemicals saying the petitioners needed to evaluate all of the chemicals uses.

And in its motion to dismiss, EPA reiterated its view that the petition filed by Food and Water Watch (FWW), the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), and others was at odds with TSCAs mandate to review chemicals and address risks from all their uses.

EPAs critics and plaintiffs in the case have argued that EPAs rejection of the petition on the grounds that it did not address all uses was at odds with the position the agency took last summer when it issued the final risk evaluation, prioritization and other framework rules for implementing the new law to address existing chemicals....

15:27

My dog ate the data: Eight excuses journal editors hear "IndyWatch Feed Health"

As a journal editor, are you tired of hearing the same excuses from authors who are facing allegations of problematic data? If so, youre not alone. Recently, an editor of the journal Oncogene co-authored an editorial in the journal listing the types of excuses he often hears and why none of them is valid. []

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15:15

Baby Allegedly Removed From Home After Parents Refuse Vaccinations "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Luke Maguire and Louise McKever allege that their son, Bobby, was injured after receiving a Bexsoro Meningitis B vaccination. They now claim in a recent interview that they were harassed by authorities and that their...

The post Baby Allegedly Removed From Home After Parents Refuse Vaccinations appeared first on Vaxxter.

14:59

ABC Reporter Post Her Vaccine Injury On Facebook And Everyone Loses It "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Ashley Glass, a reporter for ABC Action News, took to Facebook following what she claims is a bad reaction, or injury, to a flu shot. Her symptoms appear to be a bruised arm, which is...

The post ABC Reporter Post Her Vaccine Injury On Facebook And Everyone Loses It appeared first on Vaxxter.

14:50

The Ingredient That Was Banned From Rubber Making in the U.S. After Causing Leukemia in Workers is Still in Your Food "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: The Ingredient That Was Banned From Rubber Making in the U.S. After Causing Leukemia in Workers is Still in Your Food For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

by Sarah C. Corriher One of the dirty secrets of the soft drink and processed food industries is sodium benzoate. It is a benzene compound that is produced by mixing benzoic acid with sodium hydroxide. It is a common preservative in processed foods and soft drinks. It has been associated with a vast array of health []

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14:46

Jamun seed-based activated carbon: For fluoride-free water "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) have developed a jamun (black plum) seed-based activated carbon to remove fluoride from drinking water to the levels considered acceptable by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

A team led by Chandra Shekhar Sharma, assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering at IIT-Hyderabad, was involved in the study and the findings were recently published in the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.

Jamun seed powder was first converted into a highly porous carbon material by a chemical treatment followed by processing at higher temperatures to improve its efficiency. Then, trials were carried out with the obtained material for synthetic fluoride solutions prepared in the laboratory.

Later, this was tested on the groundwater samples collected from Nalgonda district, one of the worst fluoride-affected areas in the country. After the treatment, the fluoride concentration was reduced to the acceptable limit of WHO (less than 1.5 mg/l).

We found that the jamun seed-derived carbon was much better when compared to other biomass-derived carbons which were reported in earlier experiments. Jamun, as a seasonal fruit, is abundantly available in India and its seed powder is known to be used effectively in various Ayurvedic formulations, explained Prof. Sharma.

The carbon material prepared with jamun seeds has been studied in detail and found to have exceptional properties, chipped in Ramya Araga, the lead author of the study.

Prof. Sharma also pointed out that groundwater was a major source of drinking water throughout the country and in about 17 States, fluoride concentration was found to be higher than the recommended limit. This has been a major problem in safe drinking water supply and the search was on to find a cost-effective solution. Although commercialisation of the experiment has a long way to go, more research into the bio-seed-based waste material for removing fluoride from drinking water could help the country to provide clean and safe drinking water to the citizens, added the IIT-H professor, recently chosen for the prestigious Young Scientist Award by the National Science Academy of India for his contribution to physical sciences.

*Original article online at http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/for-fluoride-free-water/article19920031.ece

14:22

Drinking Tea Helps To Increase Bone Density "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has found that drinking tea regularly, over a long period of time increases bone density in women by an average of 5%.

This study is the evidence we have all be waiting for, now we can indulge, guilt free, in infinite cups of tea each day or can we? Drinking too much tea without paying attention to the below precautions would be inadvisable especially when keeping bone density in mind.

Tea Drinkers & Non-Tea Drinkers

The study was conducted in Britain with a focus on older women. 1 256 women between the ages of 65-76 participated in this study.

The women were categorized as Tea Drinkers or Non Tea Drinkers based on the results of a self filled out questionnaire. The researchers then measured bone mass density (BMD) at; the lumbar spine, femoral neck, greater trochanter and Wards triangle.

Compared to Non-Tea Drinkers, Tea Drinkers had on average 5% higher bone density adjusted for age and BMI. The researchers attributed this to the nutrients found in tea, in particular flavanoids. They also suggested that these flavanoids may protect against osteoporosis.

4 Tips to Optimise Tea Resultant BMD Support:

1.Use Distilled Water

Save Our Bones reports that when it comes to drinking tea you need to be careful of its fluoride content. Fluoride is toxic and accumulates in your bones and joints affecting bone density.

Many studies particularly in the 80s and 90s were conducted to observe if fluoride added to municipal tap water increases the risk of fractures. Indeed, the vast majority showed a relationship between fluoridation and an increase in bone fractures, especially the dreaded hip fractures.

If you use tap water or bottled water that has been filtered using another method, youre getting a double dose of fluoride first from the water, and then from the tea. And boiling actually increases fluoride concentration.

2. Go Organic

Choosing organic tea will reduce the harmful effects of the beverage. Tea leaves are not rinsed, as the rinsing process causes the tea leaves to turn moldy when theyre packaged.

So your serving of non-organic tea could include a helping of acidifying and toxic pesticides.
Avoid this by choosing organic when possible.

3. Avoid Sugar

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14:15

Australia: Study to help fight tooth decay in children "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has announced its Australian-first study investigating the use of silver diamine fluoride to fight tooth decay and reduce dental hospitalisations in Victorian children.

Silver diamine fluoride is a topical medicament used to control cavities. The liquid can be applied to a cavity to stop tooth decay and, in some cases, replace the need for a filling or crown.

DHSV will conduct a study with over 400 children aged between two and 10 who have dental cavities and are unable to cope with treatment in the dental clinic. Many of these children are from vulnerable communities and referred to The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne for surgery under dental general anaesthetic.

Led by paediatric dentist, Dr Rana Yawary, the trial will involve a groundbreaking protocol involving the application of silver diamine fluoride, a liquid cavity cleanser and desensitiser, twice yearly to fight decay. It will be accompanied with oral health education, encouraging children to brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and to eat a healthy diet.

This is a non-invasive and preventive approach that can be provided to communities most in need, and is a great alternative to general anaesthetic. Even the youngest children will be more cooperative because they learn that dental visits dont have to be painful, Dr Yawary said.

Tooth decay is the highest cause of preventable hospitalisations for children.

About 4,500 Victorians aged 0 to 14 years old are hospitalised every year due to dental conditions. More than half of Victorian children aged three to five have signs of tooth decay, and this figure is much worse for children of healthcare card holders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Dr Yawary said researchers will treat and monitor children over a year to study how the approach impacts on dental cavities.

They will also measure oral health-related quality of life and treatment satisfaction and acceptance.

These results will be compared to those of children who are referred for general anaesthesia.

If the trial is successful, it will change the way we manage tooth decay in young children and reduce oral health inequity for those that are in most need, Dr Yawary said.

*Original article online at https://bitemagazine.com.au/study-help-fight-tooth-decay-children/

 

14:03

Beware of tooth fairy science in dental research "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Excerpts: 

Does periodontal disease in pregnant women lead to miscarriages? If mothers-to-be are exposed to fluoride, will their children have low IQs? Such findings are often the result of tooth fairy science, and dental professionals should be skeptical when reading this type of research, according to a talk at the recent ADA 2017 annual meeting in Atlanta.

In a sometimes humorous lecture, Angelo Mariotti, DDS, PhD, a professor and the chair of periodontology at Ohio State University, spoke about the authenticity of perio-systemic relationships reported in the medical literature.

Most periodontal-systemic associations are the result of tooth fairy science,? he said.

Tooth fairy science refers to conducting research on a phenomenon before establishing that the phenomenon exists, such as performing studies on the amount of money left per tooth by the tooth fairy without having first verified that the tooth fairy actually exists.

  A long list of diseases are associated with periodontal disease, but Dr. Mariotti explained that many of these relationships have been found only in observational studies, and no one research paper can ever be considered the final word.

In general, the vast majority of observational studies cant reproduce their data, he said.

Dr. Mariotti also pointed out that the recently published study reporting a relationship between higher fluoride levels in the urine of pregnant women and later lower IQ scores in the children with whom they were pregnant was an observational study

*Original article online at http://www.drbicuspid.com/index.aspx?sec=sup=hyg&pag=dis&ItemID=322249

13:57

BIG SALE! $9.7 Billion for a Year of Pharma Advertising! $1.8 Billion for Four Years of a President! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD Advertising Age, a magazine which bills itself as the leading global source of news, intelligence and conversation for marketing and media communities estimates the pharmaceutical industry spent $9.7 billion dollars in 2016 marketing their products, with the lions share, 55.7%, going to television advertising. (October 17, 2016)  Thats $5.4 billion dollars Continue reading BIG SALE! $9.7 Billion for a Year of Pharma Advertising! $1.8 Billion for Four Years of a President!

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13:39

Ending ECT: From a Lawsuit to a Novel The Moment is Now! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Eyes peer at me, then quickly look away.
Because they are afraid.
Because they sense the humiliation.
Because they know not what else to do.
Stretchers in front of me. Stretchers behind me.
Some poor soul being dragged where none of us want to go.

Who would have thought that a single shriek could fill the universe?
(from Burstow, 2017 The Other Mrs. Smith)

In the midst of flagrant professional misrepresentation of ECT, this article will provide hard-hitting and accurate information about the psychiatric treatment known as electroshock (ECT). This is a call to arms. Quite simply, the time has come for a frontal assault on the ECT industry and on the professionals associated with it. The time has come to rid society of this barbaric treatment altogether.

Naturally, it would make no sense to call for the end to a treatment unless it was, first and foremost, clearly profoundly injurious. So

What are the Salient Facts about Electroshock?

There are so many horrific facts about ECT that it would take several articles to list them all. In a nutshell, however, some of the most pressing of these are:

  • ECT is a putative treatment involving the application of sufficient electricity to the brain to produce a grand mal (Whitaker, 20021). A relevant point here is that every other branch of medicine moves mountains to prevent grand mal seizures because of the damage that results. By contrast, psychiatry is purposely perpetrating grand male seizures, at the same time denying the damage in question.
  • ECT is inherently brain-damaging, with damage arising from both the seizure and the electricity.2
  • ECT always causes memory loss, much of it extensive and permanentboth loss of memories from before the shock (retrograde amnesia) and inability to remember new facts (anterograde amnesia) (see Burstow, 20153).
  • Contrary to what the shock proponents claim, not a single form of ECT gets around the problems of brain damage and memory loss. What does the largest study in electroshock history showand this to a degree of statistic significance? Despite the standard reference to new and improved, every single mode of ECT damages and creates memory loss (see Sa...

12:09

Walden votes to remove fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Walden Village Board passed a resolution to remove fluoride from the public water supply during its meeting on Oct. 17, and the preliminary decision marks a major development in the months-long debate over whether or not to remove the compound from residents drinking water. The council approved the resolution by a 4-2 vote, with Walden Mayor Susan Rumbold and Village Trustees John Ramos, Faith Moore and Lynn Thompson voting for the measure, with Deputy Mayor Sean Hoffman and Village Trustee Brenda Adams opposing the resolution.

The village has been making its way through the states involved process of eliminating fluoride from a municipalitys water system, and Walden is now required to provide the state and the Orange County Health Department with 90 days notice of the villages intent to discontinue water fluoridation. The village will also have to offer up an alternative health plan that will provide residents with additional ways to procure fluoride, and a local law will have to be passed before the fluoridation can be ended. Well have a public hearing on it, so the public can make their comments about going forward with it, Rumbold said.

As required under state law, the village reached out to numerous health professionals to hear their expertise on the issue. The resolution notes that Walden consulted a group of nine doctors and medical experts during the course of their research, in addition to the Orange County Department of Health and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).

In reaching said preliminary determination the Board has further considered the existence of alternatives to fluoridation that are widely known and commonly accepted and that include such normal and routine actions such as the maintenance of good oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing, maintenance of a balanced nutritional diet as well as topical applications of fluoride toothpaste, fluoride dental treatments and fluoride mouth washes, the resolution explains.

During the course of the public debate over fluoridation, the board heard passionate testimony on both sides of the matter, and Rumbold made her decision to vote for the resolution based on what she thought was best for the public. I dont think it should be the business of the municipality to put something in the water that forces everyone who pays for it to ingest the same thing, the mayor said. I think its a personal choice, and I dont think the municipality should be doing it. The official also weighed the public input that came in during the discussions.

Most of the people in the public who voiced their opinion did not want it in the water system, and the people that did speak to me about it live here, Rumbold said. My constituents, peop...

12:03

How UCLA is Fighting a Proxy Patent Battle in India "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The Wire: Xtandi, a life-prolonging cancer drug, currently does not have a patent in India, meaning that Indian cancer patients are able to access generic versions of the drug for a much lower price. However, UCLA, which developed the drug and holds the patent, appears to be representing the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Medivation, and Astellas in a patent battle in the Delhi high court.

It is these contradictory statements which have made health advocates suspicious of this case. University of California, at the time of licensing this product, did not look at serious access issues in the developing world. The drug is virtually in the hands of Pfizer. This case is basically Pfizer, using the name of University of California, asking the court to review this patent, says Leena Menghaney, head of the access campaign for South Asia at Medecins Sans Frontieres. We expect Pfizer or Astellas to pursue the patent in India, but the University of California should have done things differently, says James Love, director of KEI.

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12:02

When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The New York Times Magazine: The work of Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist best known for her research and viral TED talk on power poses, came under harsh scrutiny during the rise of the replication movement, which seeks to highlight the many research findings accepted as fact that have shown to be difficult or impossible to replicate upon further investigation. The subsequent hostility and attacks directed toward Cuddy reflect an overall contentiousness within the field of social psychology that has been created by the replication movement and exacerbated by misogyny and sexism.

The public nature of the attacks against Cuddy have reverberated among social psychologists, raising questions about the effects of harsh discourse on the field and particularly on women. Earlier this year at the conference of the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, there was a presentation of a 2016 survey of 700 social psychologists, assessing their perceptions of the influence of social media on their careers. The subsequent conversation on popular Facebook groups was so combative that Alison Ledgerwood, a social psychologist at the University of California, Davis, felt the need to respond in a blog post. In it, she argued that if scientists keep having hostile conversations on social media, women are more likely to be driven away from the field. (Women in the profession, the survey presented at the conference reported, participated less than their male colleagues in social-media discussions.)

Even people who believe that the methodological reforms are essential say its costs to science are real. Its become like politics weve created two camps of people who shouldnt be in two camps in the first place, says Jay Van Bavel, the social psychologist at N.Y.U. Its perceived slights and defensiveness, and everybody has some history or grievance and it will never end because there is that history of perceived grievances, of one of your colleagues who has been put through it, or criticized your friend in a public forum. Its terrible for science. Its not good.'

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12:01

The Drug Industrys Triumph Over the DEA "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In this piece for The Washington Post, Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein investigate how a handful of members of Congress, allied with some of the nations major pharmaceutical companies, passed a bill weakening the Drug Enforcement Administrations ability to take action against drug distributors suspected of supplying narcotics to the black market. The new law makes it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from drug companies.

Political action committees representing the industry contributed at least $1.5 million to the 23 lawmakers who sponsored or co-sponsored four versions of the bill, including nearly $100,000 to Marino and $177,000 to Hatch. Overall, the drug industry spent $102 million lobbying Congress on the bill and other legislation between 2014 and 2016, according to lobbying reports.

The drug industry, the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and chain drugstores, have an influence over Congress that has never been seen before, said Joseph T. Rannazzisi, who ran the DEAs division responsible for regulating the drug industry and led a decade-long campaign of aggressive enforcement until he was forced out of the agency in 2015. I mean, to get Congress to pass a bill to protect their interests in the height of an opioid epidemic just shows me how much influence they have.'

09:02

Healthy 90 Year-Olds Have The Same Gut Bacteria As 30 Year-Olds "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In one of the largest microbiota studies conducted in humans, scientists have shown a potential link between healthy aging and a healthy gut -- finding that the overall microbiome composition of healthy elderly people was similar to that of people decades younger, and that the gut microbiota differed little between individuals from the ages of 30 to over 100.

07:00

AAFP: Functional Medicine lacks supporting evidence; includes harmful and dangerous treatments "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) found Functional Medicine lacking in evidence and said some treatments are harmful and dangerous. The AAFP is right and should stick to its conclusions.

07:00

Go Ahead and Cry "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

When youre feeling stressed, angry or anxious, having a good cry can leave you feeling inexplicably better. Its as though shedding tears acts as a physical release for your negative emotions. On average, U.S. women cry 3.5 times a month compared to mens 1.9 times.1 This refers only to emotional tears, a phenomenon thats said to occur only in humans (but may also occur in elephants and gorillas).2

Emotional or psychic tears, as theyre sometimes called, are produced in response to strong emotions stress, happiness, sadness, physical pain and more. These emotions trigger tearing via an intricate connection with your autonomic nervous system. Scientifically speaking, the phenomenon we refer to as crying occurs due to the lacrimal gland located between your eyeball and eyelid, which produces tears.

When you blink, the fluid gets dispersed over your eye, then drains via your lacrimal punctum and nose, which is why crying makes your nose run. If your tears are voluminous, however, they will overflow this drainage system and cascade down your cheeks.3 There are many purposes for shedding tears. For instance, reflex tears are produced as a form of protection when irritants, such as wind or dust, get into your eyes.

Basal tears, which are secreted at a rate of about 1 gram over a 24-hour period, also serve a protective purpose, helping to lubricate your eyes.4 Shedding emotional tears, or crying, also serves an important purpose, however, with research building that crying may offer numerous physical and mental advantages.

Crying Is Soothing, May Promote Empathy

Crying is being considered as a form of self-soothing behavior, i.e., something that can help to calm you down when you feel upset. As researchers explained in the journal Frontiers in Psychology:5

This universal and uniquely human emotional expression can be elicited by a plethora of events, from those seemingly mundane and unimportant to the most crucial events in ones life, and ranging from extremely negative to extremely positive experiences.

For example, watching a mov...

Discover Why Ashwagandha Can Be Used for Stress and Anxiety "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, is a popular herb in Ayurvedic medicine. It literally translates to "odor of horse" because of the distinct smell it emits, which is similar to horse sweat. Some accounts also say that it was named as such because it gives you the endurance and strength of a horse. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha herb is classified as "Rasayana," a type of essence that helps in the healing of the body and the lengthening of life.1

The ashwagandha plant comes from the Solanaceae family, the same as tomatoes and eggplants. It's a small shrub with distinct red berries and five-petal flowers. However, the most important part of the plant is the root because it's where the powder used for tonics and tinctures is extracted from. But what is ashwagandha good or used for? Besides helping your body function better, it can impact your immune system, your ability to deal with stress and your cognitive responses as well.

Ashwagandha's Many Uses

As an Ayurvedic herb, ashwagandha offers numerous benefits when ingested or used as a medicine. Ashwagandha for children is usually in the form of a tonic, whereas ashwagandha for adults is in supplement or capsule form. The different parts of the ashwagandha plant have various medicinal purposes. The ashwagandha leaves are used to help treat fever, swelling and opthalmia, or inflammation of the eye. You can also use ashwagandha root to help treat ulcers.

 Other ashwagandha root benefits include acting as a diuretic and as a remedy for constipation and insomnia. Ashwagandha seeds, on the other hand, are used in India to coagulate milk.

Ashwagandha root extract, together with the berries of the plant, is used for the production of tonics and capsules. It can be used to make tea, a refreshing drink and at the same time provide you with countless health uses.2 Ashwagandha can also help treat the following disorders and imbalances:3

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ADHD

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How Meditation Benefits Your Body and Mind "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

There is growing evidence to show that your mind and body are intricately connected, and that your mind has a direct impact on your physical health. Brain imaging technology suggests meditation alters your brain in a number of beneficial ways, and studies show meditative practices even alter your genetic expression.1,2,3

Indeed, thousands of genes have been identified that appear to be directly influenced by your subjective mental state. Examples of genetic effects resulting from meditative practices include the down-regulation of genes associated with the pathway responsible for protein breakdown and cellular stress response genes. Expression of certain heat shock proteins is increased, and immune function is amped up through a variety of genetic changes.

One study4 investigating genetic changes triggered by the relaxation response determined that meditative or mindfulness practices affect no less than 2,209 different genes, and it didnt really matter which relaxation response technique was used. Findings such as these prove you cannot separate your health from your emotional well-being, and if you want to prevent chronic illness, youd be wise to incorporate this knowledge.

Meditation Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

For example, a number of studies have demonstrated that a persistent negative state of mind is a risk factor for heart disease. Conversely, happiness, optimism, life satisfaction and other positive psychological states are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.5 While some people seem born with a sunnier disposition than others, meditation has been shown to improve mood regulation and boost optimism. Meditative practices have also been shown to lower your:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level
  • Cortisol level

Such...

06:31

Social Ramifications of Vaccine Injury "IndyWatch Feed Health"

When my son David was born in 2001, I was 23 years old and blissfully optimistic about the journey into motherhood. I had read every book about pregnancy and parenting I could find. I researched the safest vehicles and car seats for our precious angel. I bought him stacks of the best books money could buy as I knew instinctively he was to be a genius. I was ready and well prepared for the road ahead.

When David was an infant, I took him to his well-child visits armed with the confidence of the Roman Empire. When asked if I wanted to vaccinate my son, I boldly declared, Of course I do. It would be irresponsible of me not to. I dont understand why a parent would subject their child to preventable diseases.

And just like that, I signed the form releasing the pediatrician from all liability if my son were to be injured or die as the result of an adverse reaction to vaccines. After signing the paper, I felt a deep sense of discord and fear well up inside of me. I paid my instincts no mind and allowed my beautiful son to receive all recommended vaccines. Vaccinating was the right thing to do and I, being of superior intellect, knew that I was doing the right thing, despite having never researched possible side effects.

In infancy, David cried incessantly, sometimes for hours at a time. In an effort to curb the crying and bloated tummy, we tried everything we could think of. We switched formulas several times, gave him Mylicon drops, rocked him, wrapped him up tightly in his blanket and manually bounced his chair (the only thing that soothed him). We did everything we could think of and yet the crying ensued.

My son, who could count to five at thirteen months, was learning the alphabet and said, ma, da, brover, bye and hi, was, in fact, a genius. The multiple stacks of books I bought him went to good use. Our days were spent looking at numbers, letters, shapes and beautiful pictures of far-away lands. His genius flourished despite his chronic GI issues, which surely caused him incredible discomfort.

At thirteen months, he received multiple vaccines at his well-child exam. Within a few days, his language, eye contact and connection to his family dissipated. He clearly had suffered an adverse reaction to his vaccines, but his pediatrician assured me that he needed to be further vaccinated to protect his health and I agreed.

At his 24 month checkup, he was vaccinated again and it was the beginning of the end of life as we knew it. Within a week or so, David became violent toward me and his dad. He, for the first time, was hitting himself in the head and banging his head on the ground. He slept very little and did not want to be bathed, have his hands washed or his clothes changed.

When I took him into the pediatricians office, the (now retired) doctor to...

05:45

Evodiamine exerts anti-tumor effects against hepatocellular carcinoma. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Tumour Biol. 2016 Sep ;37(9):12791-12803. Epub 2016 Jul 23. PMID: 27449032 Abstract Title:  Evodiamine exerts anti-tumor effects against hepatocellular carcinoma through inhibiting-catenin-mediated angiogenesis. Abstract:  Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a highly vascular tumor with high microvessel density and high levels of circulating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Thus, the angiogenesis pathway is an attractive therapeutic target for HCC. The anti-tumor effects of evodiamine, a quinolone alkaloid isolated from Euodia rutaecarpa (Juss.) Benth. (Rutaceae), were investigated in a mouse xenograft model using BALB/c nude mice, various HCC cell lines (HepG2, SMMC-7721, H22), and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). The effects of evodiamine on tumor volumes and weights, levels of tumor markers, angiogenesis in vivo and in vitro, cell viability, and cell migration and invasion were measured, and the mechanism through which its effects are achieved was investigated. Transcriptional regulation of VEGFa via interaction with-catenin was established by luciferase activity assays and electrophoretic mobility shift assays. In a subcutaneous H22 xenograft model, evodiamine inhibited tumor growth and reduced serum tumor markers and the levels of -catenin and VEGFa. It also blocked VEGF-induced angiogenesis in a Matrigelplug assay. Evodiamine suppressed cellular proliferation, invasion, and migration and inhibited tube formation of HUVECs. Moreover, in a concentration-dependent manner, evodiamine reduced the number of capillary sprouts from Matrigel-embedded rat thoracic aortic rings. Also, evodiamine suppressed various biomarkers of angiogenesis and the expression of -catenin. Evodiamine decreased -catenin levels activated by LiCl, which led to reduced expression of VEGFa. In addition, -catenin interacted with VEGFa and transcriptionally regulated VEGFa, an effect inhibited by evodiamine in HCCs. Moreover, in an SMMC-7721 xenograft model, evodiamine suppressed tumor growth, various biomarkers of angiogenesis, and the levels of -catenin and VEGFa. Evodiamine has anti-tumor effects on HCCs through inhibiting -catenin, which interacts with and reduces VEGFa expression, thus inhibiting angiogenesis. These results indicate that evodiamine, which inhibits cellular invasion and migration and blocks angiogenesis, is a potential therapeutic agent for HCCs.

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05:38

Evodiamine prevents isoproterenol-induced cardiac fibrosis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Planta Med. 2017 Jun ;83(9):761-769. Epub 2016 Dec 23. PMID: 28010025 Abstract Title:  Evodiamine Prevents Isoproterenol-Induced Cardiac Fibrosis by Regulating Endothelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition. Abstract:  Evodiamine, a major component of Evodia rutaecarpa, can protect the myocardium against injury induced by atherosclerosis and ischemia-reperfusion. However, the effect of evodiamine against cardiac fibrosis remains unclear. This study aims to investigate the possible effect and mechanism involved in the function of evodiamine on isoproterenol-induced cardiac fibrosis and endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Isoproterenol was used to induce cardiac fibrosis in mice, and evodiamine was gavaged simultaneously. After 14 days, cardiac function was accessed by echocardiography. The extent of cardiac fibrosis and hypertrophy was evaluated by pathological and molecular analyses. The extent of endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition was evaluated by the expression levels of CD31, CD34,-smooth muscle actin, and vimentin by immunofluorescence staining and Western blot analysis. After 14 days, the heart weight/body weight ratio and heart weight/tibia length ratio revealed no significant difference between the isoproterenol group and the isoproterenol/evodiamine-treated groups, whereas the increased heart weight was reduced in the isoproterenol/evodiamine-treated groups. Echocardiography revealed that interventricular septal thickness and left ventricular posterior wall thickness at the end diastole decreased in the evodiamine-treated groups. Evodiamine reduced isoproterenol-induced cardiac fibrosis as accessed by normalization in collagen deposition and gene expression of hypertrophic and fibrotic markers. Evodiamine also prevented endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition as evidenced by the increased expression levels of CD31 and CD34, decreased expression levels of -smooth muscle actin and vimentin, and increased microvascular density in the isoproterenol/evodiamine-treated mice hearts. Furthermore, isoproterenol-induced activation of transforming growth factor-1/Smad signal was also blunted by evodiamine. Therefore, evodiamine may prevent isoproterenol-induced cardiac fibrosis by regulating endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition, which is probably mediated by the blockage of the transforming growth factor-1/Smad pathway.

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05:17

Former ER Physician Sounds The Alarm On Vaccination Dangers "IndyWatch Feed Health"

ffhr4Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org The extreme and irreparable vaccination dangers are finally coming to light. Dr. Sherri Tenpenny is a veteran in the battle to raise awareness of the threats posed to human health by the ongoing vaccination assault being forced on populations. At a recent major public awareness event in Northern California (organized and sponsored by GeoengineeringWatch.org),

04:56

Berberine and evodiamine regulate the expression of important genes that could be beneficial in colon cancer treatments. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Oncol Rep. 2017 Mar ;37(3):1637-1645. Epub 2017 Jan 17. PMID: 28098901 Abstract Title:  Effect of evodiamine and berberine on the interaction between DNMTs and target microRNAs during malignant transformation of the colon by TGF-1. Abstract:  The tissue microenvironment functions as a crucial player in carcinogenesis, and transforming growth factor-1 (TGF-1) within the microenvironment stimulates the formation of neoplasms. Using an in vitro model of malignancy induced by TGF-1, we assessed the effect of evodiamine and berberine on the interaction between DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) and target microRNAs (miRNAs) in the model. Colon tissues from neonatal rats 7 days of age were cultured and malignancy was induced by TGF-1 in vitro for 48 h, and then the tissues were respectively treated with evodiamine and berberine for 24 h. Morphological alteration of tissues was observed by an inverted microscope, histological structures were observed using hematoxylin and eosin staining, and the expression levels of DNMTs and targeted miRNAs screened by bioinformatics software combined with Gene chip analysis in our previous study were detected by immunohistochemistry and quantified by real-time PCR. Twenty-four hours after treatment with TGF-1, expression levels of DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B and miR-152 (target DNMT1), miR-429 (target DNMT3A) and miR-29a (target DNMT3A/3B) were markedly decreased; however, after 48 h, the expression levels of DNMT1 and DNMT3A were significantly increased, but their target miRNAs were still decreased. After treatment with a DNMT inhibitor (5-Aza-dC), expression levels of the miRNAs were increased to a larger extent, but did not reach normal levels. After treatment with berberine and evodiamine for 24 h, respectively, increased expression of DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B and miR-152, miR-429, miR-29a was noted. In conclusion, the results of the present study suggest that miRNAs can also be post-transcriptionally regulated by their corresponding DNMTs and that berberine and evodiamine regulate the expression of these genes, which provides early epigenetic evidence for the prevention and therapy of colorectal cancer.

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04:50

Evodiamine has the potential to be a therapeutic medicine for hepatocellular carcinoma. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2017 Mar 25 ;485(1):54-61. Epub 2017 Feb 9. PMID: 28189683 Abstract Title:  Anti-tumor effect of evodiamine by inducing Akt-mediated apoptosis in hepatocellular carcinoma. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Evodiamine is an alkaloid extracted from Euodia rutaecarpa (Juss.) Benth. There is little information about the mechanisms of evodiamine on the apoptosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).MATERIALS AND METHODS: A xenograft model and CCK8 assay were used to investigate the anti-HCC effect of evodiamine. The effect of evodiamine on apoptosis was evaluated by DAPI staining and flow cytometry. Western blot analyses and immunohistochemistry were processed to assess the protein expressions of Akt and apoptotic proteins.RESULTS: Evodiamine suppressed tumor growth, improved the expression of cleaved-caspase3 and decreased tumor specific growth factor (TSGF) and alpha fetoprotein (AFP) activities. Furthermore, evodiamine inhibited cell viability and induced cell cycle arrest. DAPI staining revealed nuclear condensation in evodiamine-treated groups. Meanwhile, evodiamine increased the number of apoptotic cells. Furthermore, evodiamine suppressed Akt and regulated apoptotic proteins in HepG2 cells. Evodiamine decreased p-Akt levels activated by SC79, which led to the increase of bax/bcl-2 and cleaved-caspase3.CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggested that evodiamine could exert anti-HCC effect through inducing Akt-mediated apoptosis. Evodiamine has the potential to be a therapeutic medicine for HCCs.

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04:17

Evodiamine exhibits better cytotoxic effects than 5-fluorouracil against human urothelial carcinoma cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Anticancer Res. 2017 03 ;37(3):1149-1159. PMID: 28314276 Abstract Title:  Evodiamine Induces Cell Growth Arrest, Apoptosis and Suppresses Tumorigenesis in Human Urothelial Cell Carcinoma Cells. Abstract:  BACKGROUND/AIM: Evodiamine, an indole alkaloid derived from Evodia rutaecarpa, exhibits pharmacological activities including vasodilatation, analgesia, anti-cardiovascular disease, anti-Alzheimer's disease, anti-inflammation, and anti-tumor activity.MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study analyzes the anti-tumor effects of evodiamine on cellular growth, tumorigenesis, cell cycle and apoptosis induction of human urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) cells.RESULTS: The present study showed that evodiamine significantly inhibited the proliferation of UCC cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Also, evodiamine suppressed the tumorigenesis of UCC cells in vitro. Moreover, evodiamine caused G2/M cell-cycle arrest and induced caspase-dependent apoptosis in UCC cells. Finally, we demonstrated that evodiamine exhibits better cytotoxic than 5-fluorouracil, a clinical chemotherapeutic drug, for UCC cells.CONCLUSION: Evodiamine induces growth inhibition, tumorigenesis suppression, cell-cycle arrest, and apoptosis induction in human UCC cells. Therefore, this agent displays a therapeutic potential for treating human UCC cells and is worthy for further investigation.

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04:04

Evodiamine is therefore predicted to be a promising compound for the chemotherapy of glioblastomas. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Am J Chin Med. 2017 ;45(4):879-899. Epub 2017 May 18. PMID: 28514905 Abstract Title:  Evodiamine Prevents Glioma Growth, Induces Glioblastoma Cell Apoptosis and Cell Cycle Arrest through JNK Activation. Abstract:  Evodiamine (EVO) is an active medicinal compound derived from the traditional herbal medicine Evodia rutaecarpa. It has been reported that evodiamine has several beneficial biological properties, including anticancer and anti-inflammatory activities. However, the in vitro and in vivo anticancer activities of EVO against the growth of glioblastoma cells remain undefined. EVO induced significant decreases in the viability of U87 and C6 glioma cells, but not of primary astrocytes, according with the occurrence of apoptotic characteristics including DNA ladders, caspase-3 and poly(ADP ribose) polymerase (PARP) protein cleavage, and hypodiploid cells. The disruption of the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) was detected, and it was found that the peptidyl caspase-9 inhibitor, Z-LEHD-FMK, significantly prevented glioma cells from EVO-induced apoptosis. Increased c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) protein phosphorylation by EVO was observed, and the addition of JNK inhibitors, SP600125 and JNKI inhibited the EVO-induced apoptosis was inhibited. Additionally, EVO treatment induced G2/M arrest with increased polymerized tubulin protein expression in U87 and C6 cells. Elevated expressions of the cyclin B1, p53, and phosphorylated (p)-p53 proteins were detected in EVO-treated glioma cells, and these were inhibited by JNK inhibitors. An in vivo study showed that EVO significantly reduced the growth of gliomas elicited by the subcutaneous injection of U87 cells with increases in cyclin B1, p53, and p-p53 protein expressions in tumors. An analysis of eight EVO-related chemicals showed that alkyl groups at position 14 in EVO are important for its anti-glioma effects which involve both apoptosis and G2/M arrest. Evidence is provided that supports EVO induction of apoptosis and G2/M arrest via the activation of JNK-mediated gene expression and disruption of MMP in glioblastoma cells. EVO was shown to penetrate the blood-brain barrier; EVO is therefore predicted to be a promising compound for the chemotherapy of glioblastomas and deserves further investigations.

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03:58

Evodiamine activated WWOX to exert an anti-liver cancer activity. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Molecules. 2017 Jul 14 ;22(7). Epub 2017 Jul 14. PMID: 28708106 Abstract Title:  Evodiamine Exerts an Anti-Hepatocellular Carcinoma Activity through a WWOX-Dependent Pathway. Abstract:  Evodiamine is one of the main components isolated from Evodia rutaecarpa, and it has been reported to exert inhibitory effects on cancers by anti-proliferative and apoptosis-inducing activities. Although the anti-cancer activity of evodiamine has been identified, the precise mechanisms of this action remain obscure. While previous studies indicated that evodiamine exerts anti-tumor effects through inhibiting-catenin activity, and WW domain-containing oxidoreductase (WWOX) regulates -catenin accumulation in cytoplasm, the effects of evodiamine on the expression of WWOX are still unknown. In this study, we provide evidence that evodiamine dose- and time-dependently inhibits both Mus musculus and Homosapiens hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, as well as Hepa1-6 and HepG2 cell proliferation. We further tested the therapeutic effects of evodiamine in Hepa1-6 hepatoma-bearing mice, and we found that treatment of evodiamine by oral gavage significantly decreased the tumor size of the mice. Moreover, the expressions of WWOX were dose-dependently increased in HCC cell lines as well as in Hepa1-6 hepatoma-bearing mice after the treatment with evodiamine. Knockdown of WWOX in HepG2 and Hepa1-6 cells diminished the effects of evodiamine on the inhibitory effect of cancer cell growth, indicatingthat evodiamine induced anti-cancer activity through a WWOX-dependent pathway. As such, evodiamine activated WWOX to exert an anti-HCC activity, and might be a potential therapeutic or preventive candidate for HCC treatment.

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03:46

Evodiamine inhibits growth and induces apoptosis in a renal carcinoma cell line. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 3 ;7(1):12572. Epub 2017 Oct 3. PMID: 28974748 Abstract Title:  Cytological Assessments and Transcriptome Profiling Demonstrate that Evodiamine Inhibits Growth and Induces Apoptosis in a Renal Carcinoma Cell Line. Abstract:  Chinese medicines are an important source of secondary metabolites with excellent antitumour activity. Evodia rutaecarpa, from the family Rutaceae, exhibits antitumour activity. Evodiamine (EVO), which was isolated from the fruit of E. rutaecarpa, exhibits robust antitumour activity. However, the antitumour mechanism of EVO remains unclear. In this study, we assessed the growth-inhibiting effect of EVO on two renal carcinoma cell lines. We found that EVO could change the morphology and decrease the viability and proliferation of cells in a time- and concentration-dependent manner in vitro. In addition, transcriptome analysis indicated that EVO can modulate the transcriptome of Caki-1 cells. In total, 7,243 differentially expressed genes were found, among which 3,347 downregulated genes and 3,896 upregulated genes were mainly involved in cell migration, apoptosis, cell cycle, and DNA replication. Furthermore, we demonstrated that EVO can cause apoptosis, arrest cells in the G2/M phase, and regulate the expression of apoptosis- and cell cycle-related genes in Caki-1 cells. Our study reveals the anticancer effects of EVO using cellular and molecular data, and indicates the potential uses of this compound as a resource to characterize the antitumour mechanisms of E. rutaecarpa.

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03:10

Evodiamine could ameliorate liver fibrosis in animals. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Nat Med. 2017 Sep 21. Epub 2017 Sep 21. PMID: 28936800 Abstract Title:  Evodiamine ameliorates liver fibrosis in rats via TGF-1/Smad signaling pathway. Abstract:  Liver fibrosis is considered to be a result of chronic liver pathological changes, and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) play an important role during this process. Evodiamine, an indole alkaloid derived from Evodia rutaecarpa, exhibits pharmacological activities. This study focused on the effects of evodiamine on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver fibrosis in rats and HSCs in vitro via the TGF-1/Smad signaling pathway. A liver fibrosis rat model was established by the intraperitoneal injection of CCl4 (3 ml/kg, 30% in olive oil). Evodiamine (15 and 25 mg/kg) was administered orally for 8 weeks. HSCs were treated with different evodiamine concentrations. The results indicated that evodiamine could improve the histopathological abnormalities in liver tissues and decrease the level of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), hydroxyproline, and total bilirubin (TBIL). Concentrations of IL-6, tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-), collagen-I (COL-I), and collagen-III (COL-III) were reduced by evodiamine. Western blotting and real-time PCR showed that protein expression of transforming growth factor- (TGF-1), p-Smad 2/3 (phosphorylation of Smad 2/3), and smooth muscle alpha-actin (-SMA) as well as mRNA expression of TGF-1 and -SMA in liver tissues were downregulated by evodiamine. The cell proliferation, production of hydroxyproline, and the protein expression of TGF-1, p-Smad 2/3, and -SMA in HSCs were dose-dependently reduced by evodiamine. Collectively, evodiamine had an antifibrosis effect in CCl4-induced liver fibrosis, and reducedHSCs proliferation and collagen metabolism in vitro. The major mechanism was downregulation of relative expression of TGF-1, p-Smad 2/3, and -SMA.

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03:00

Berberine and evodiamine acts synergistically to suppress the proliferation of MCF-7 cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Anticancer Res. 2017 11 ;37(11):6141-6151. PMID: 29061795 Abstract Title:  Berberine and Evodiamine Act Synergistically Against Human Breast Cancer MCF-7 Cells by Inducing Cell Cycle Arrest and Apoptosis. Abstract:  BACKGROUND/AIM: The synergistic combinations of natural products have long been the basis of Traditional Chinese herbal Medicine formulas. In this study, we investigated the synergistic effects of a combination of berberine and evodiamine against human breast cancer MCF-7 cells in vitro and in vivo, and explored its mechanism.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cell survival was measured using the MTT assay. Apoptosis-related proteins were observed using western blot analysis. Apoptosis was detected with flow cytometric analysis and by Hoechst 33258 staining. Tumor xenografts were used in vivo.RESULTS: Compared to berberine or evodiamine treatments alone, the combination treatment of berberine (25M) and evodiamine (15 M) synergistically inhibited the proliferation of MCF-7 cells in a time-dependent manner and resulted in the G0/G1 phase accumulation of cells that exhibited increased expression levels of the CDK inhibitors p21 and p27 with a concomitant reduction in the expression levelsof cell-cycle checkpoint proteins cyclin D1, cyclin E, CDK4, and CDK6. Furthermore, the combination treatment induced apoptosis that was accompanied by increased expression levels of p53 and Bax, reduced expression levels of Bcl-2, activation of caspase-7, and caspase-9, and the cleavage of PARP. The combination of berberine and evodiamine synergistically inhibited tumor growth in vivo in MCF-7 human breast cancer xenografts.CONCLUSION: Combination of berberine and evodiamine acts synergistically to suppress the proliferation of MCF-7 cells by inducing cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, illustrating the potential synergistic and combinatorial application of bioactive natural products.

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02:30

Berberine attenuates hepatic steatosis and enhances energy expenditure. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Br J Pharmacol. 2017 Oct 24. Epub 2017 Oct 24. PMID: 29065221 Abstract Title:  Berberine Attenuates Hepatic Steatosis and Enhances Energy Expenditure in Mice by Inducing Autophagy and Fibroblast Growth Factor 21. Abstract:  BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Berberine, a compound from rhizome coptidis, is traditionally used to treat gastrointestinal infections, such as bacteria diarrhea. Recently, hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic efficacies of berberine were identified. We investigate mechanisms by which berberine regulates hepatic lipid metabolism and energy expenditure in mice.EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Liver-specific SIRT1 knockout (SIRT1 LKO) mice and their wild-type littermates were fed on a HFHS diet, and then treated with berberine by intraperitoneal injection for five weeks. Mouse primary hepatocytes and human HepG2 cells were treated with berberine, and then subject to immunoblotting analysis and Oil Red O staining.KEY RESULTS: Berberine attenuates hepatic steatosis and controls energy balance in mice by inducing autophagy and fibroblast growth factor 21. The beneficial effects of berberine to induce autophagy and ameliorate hepatic steatosis are abrogated by the nutrient sensor SIRT1 deficiency in the liver of high-fat, high-sucrose (HFHS) diet-fed obese mice and in mouse primary hepatocytes. SIRT1 is essential for berberine to potentiate autophagy and inhibit lipid storage in mouse livers in response to fasting. Mechanically, berberine stimulates SIRT1 deacetylation activity and induces autophagy in an Atg5-dependent manner. Moreover, administration of berberine is sufficient to promote hepatic gene expression and circulating levels of FGF21 and ketone bodies in mice in a SIRT1 dependent manner.CONCLUSIONS & IMPLICATIONS: Berberine acts in the liver to regulate lipid utilization and maintain whole-body energy metabolism, and berberine-mediated autophagy and FGF21 activation have the therapeutic potential for treating metabolic defects under nutrition overload, such as fatty liver diseases, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

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02:21

In this review cannabis is consistently effective in reducing chronic non-cancer pain. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2017 Oct 5 ;19(11):67. Epub 2017 Oct 5. PMID: 28983880 Abstract Title:  Cannabis and Cannabinoids for Chronic Pain. Abstract:  PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to provide the most up-to-date scientific evidence of the potential analgesic effects, or lack thereof, of the marijuana plant (cannabis) or cannabinoids, and of safety or tolerability of their long-term use.RECENT FINDINGS: We found that inhaled (smoked or vaporized) cannabis is consistently effective in reducing chronic non-cancer pain. Oral cannabinoids seem to improve some aspects of chronic pain (sleep and general quality of life), or cancer chronic pain, but they do not seem effective in acute postoperative pain, abdominal chronic pain, or rheumatoid pain. The available literature shows that inhaled cannabis seems to be more tolerable and predictable than oral cannabinoids. Cannabis or cannabinoids are not universally effective for pain. Continued research on cannabis constituents and improving bioavailability for oral cannabinoids is needed. Other aspects of pain management in patients using cannabis require further open discussion: concomitant opioid use, medical vs. recreational cannabis, abuse potential, etc.

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02:15

THC/CBD oromucosal spray has shown to be effective in improving overactive bladder symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Neurol Sci. 2017 Oct 19. Epub 2017 Oct 19. PMID: 29052091 Abstract Title:  THC/CBD oromucosal spray in patients with multiple sclerosis overactive bladder: a pilot prospective study. Abstract:  Lower urinary tract dysfunctions (LUTDs) are commonly reported in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and are mainly related to neurogenic overactive bladder (OAB). The aim of this observational study was to assess the effect of a tetrahydrocannabinol-cannabidiol (THC/CBD) oromucosal spray on resistant OAB by means of clinical and instrumental tools. Twenty-one MS patients were screened, and 15 cases have been evaluated. They underwent a specific clinical assessment (overactive bladder symptom score, OABSS) and a urodynamic assessment evaluating the maximal cystometric capacity (CCmax), bladder compliance (Qmax), maximum detrusor pressure (Pdet max), detrusor pressure at the first desire (Pdet first), bladder volume at the first desire (BVFD), leakage volume (LV), and post-void residual volume (PVR), before and after 4 weeks of THC/CBD administration. A complete neurological evaluation, including the assessment of their spasticity using the Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) and the spasticity 0-10 numerical rating scale (NRS), was performed at the same times. Mobility was evaluated through the 25-ft walking-time test (T25-WT). The THC/CBD treatment successfully reduced the OAB symptoms (p = 0.001). Regarding the urodynamic findings after the end of treatment, PVR was significantly reduced (p = 0.016). Regarding the urodynamic findings after the end of treatment, PVR was significantly reduced (p = 0.016),while BVFD and CCmax were increased although the difference was not statistically significant. THC/CBD oromucosal spray has shown to be effective in improving overactive bladder symptoms in MS patients demonstrating a favorable impact on detrusor overactivity.

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01:40

Hepatitis in Survival Settings "IndyWatch Feed Health"

BASICS OF HEPATITIS There are various infectious diseases that may confront the caregiver in off-grid settings. These can affect various organs of the body, one of which is the liver. Although your skin is the largest organ you have, the liver is the largest organ that resides inside the body. It is located on the right side of your abdomen just under the lowest rib. The liver is susceptible to damage from drugs and alcohol, as well as inflammation from

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01:33

SheThinx Period Panties and Autism "IndyWatch Feed Health"

NOTE: This post is brought to you by the letter R for reality. By Kim Rossi As most of you know, I have three daughters with autism. They are 22, 21 and 17 years old. One of the first questions...

01:11

Current data confirms that garlic supplement plays positive rolls in the management of T2DM. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Food Nutr Res. 2017 ;61(1):1377571. Epub 2017 Sep 27. PMID: 29056888 Abstract Title:  Effect of garlic supplement in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM): a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Abstract:  The present study was designed to systematically evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of garlic supplement in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, and China National Knowledge Internet (CNKI) were searched for relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) by using the terms garlic and T2DM up to April 2017. The quality of included RCTs was assessed by the Cochrane tool of risk of bias, and data of outcomes were pooled by REVMAN 5.3. Clinical factors were handled by meta-regression and subgroup analysis, and risk of publication bias was explored by inverted funnel plots. Nine RCTs involving 768 T2DM patients were included in the meta-analysis, and the dose of daily garlic (allicin) supplement rangedfrom 0.05g to 1.5g. A significant reduction in the level of fasting blood glucose in 1-2 weeks [SMD = -1.61, 95%CI (-2.89, -0.32)], 3-4 weeks [SMD = -2.87, 95%CI (-4.74, -1.00)], 12 weeks [SMD = -9.57, 95%CI (-12.39, -6.75)], and 24 weeks [SMD = -21.02, 95%CI (-32.47, -9.57)] was achieved in favour of the garlic group rather than the control group. Significantly decreased fructosamine and glycated hemoglobin (both in 12 and 24 weeks) were also found in garlic group. Meanwhile, significantly improved blood liquids of total cholesterol [SMD = -1.93, 95%CI (-2.98, -0.87), 3-4 weeks], high density lipoprotein [SMD = -0.41, 95%CI (-0.83, -0.00), 3-4 weeks] and low density lipoprotein [SMD = -3.47, 95%CI (-5.76, -1.18), 12 weeks] were confirmed after garlic administration. There was no significant difference in complications. Current data confirms that garlic supplementplays positive and sustained roles in blood glucose, total cholesterol, and high/low density lipoprotein regulation in the management of T2DM. Abbreviations: T2DM = type 2 diabetes mellitus; RCT = randomized controlled trial; SMD = standard mean difference; CI = confidence interval; FBG = fasting blood glucose; HbA1c = glycated hemoglobin; HDL = high density lipoprotein; LDL = low density lipoprotein.

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00:46

Trapezius Strain: Causes, and Treatments for Trapezius Muscle Pain "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Trapezius strain happens when muscles in your upper back or neck get stretched, pulled, or torn. Your trapezius muscles are located on either side of your spine and start from the middle of your back and reach up to the top of your neck. Your trapezius (sometimes called traps) connect to your shoulder blade and support the weight of your arm.

Strained trapezius muscle can happen by sudden jerking movements, lifting heavy items, not warming up before exercising, or playing certain sports. When trapezius muscles tear, get strained, or are injured, the symptoms will be sharp pain in your upper middle back and possibly your neck (trapezius pain). This can result in pain when moving your arms, throwing objects, or trying to work with your arms above your head. You may also suffer from swollen trapezius if the strain or muscle tear has been severe.

Treating pulled, torn, and painful trapezius muscle usually involves resting the strained muscle and applying ice or heat. After the initial trapezius strain and when the muscle begins to heal, massaging pain-relieving essential oils and exercising to strengthen your back muscles can help to speed up recovery time.

What is Trapezius Strain?

Trapezius strains are muscle injuries to the large muscles on either side of your upper spine. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that muscle strains occur when muscles or tendons stretch too much or tear completely.1

Because your trapezius muscle controls and supports your arm and shoulder movements, strains to the trapezius are very common. The sore trapezius muscles can make it difficult to turn your head or move your neck without pain. You could also find that if you are under stress, your traps tighten and it could feel like you have strained your trapezius muscles.

Symptoms of Trapezius Strain and Trapezius Muscle Pain

Usually, a tight and sore upper back is the most common symptom of inflamed or strained trapezius muscles. The tension in your upper back can cause a lot of pain and discomfort and can negatively impact on your daily activities.

Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that muscle strains cause swelling and muscle spasms and may affect the range of motion in your left arm or right arm, depending on which trapezius muscle was strained.2 Depending which part of the trapezius muscles was strained, you might have an aching burning feeling in the back of your neck from your skull to your shoulder blades.

The area around the shoulder could become very tender to touch and feel like you have knots in your shoulders due to tension in the muscl...

00:31

Anthocyanins inhibit tumor necrosis alpha-induced loss of Caco-2 cell barrier integrity. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Food Funct. 2017 Aug 1 ;8(8):2915-2923. Epub 2017 Jul 25. PMID: 28740990 Abstract Title:  Anthocyanins inhibit tumor necrosis alpha-induced loss of Caco-2 cell barrier integrity. Abstract:  An increased permeability of the intestinal barrier is proposed as a major event in the pathophysiology of conditions characterized by chronic gut inflammation. This study investigated the capacity of pure anthocyanins (AC), and berry and rice extracts containing different types and amounts of AC, to inhibit tumor necrosis alpha (TNF)-induced permeabilization of Caco-2 cell monolayers. Caco-2 cells differentiated into intestinal epithelial cell monolayers were incubated in the absence/presence of TNF, with or without the addition of AC or AC-rich plant extracts (ACRE). AC and ACRE inhibited TNF-induced loss of monolayer permeability as assessed by changes in transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) and paracellular transport of FITC-dextran. In the range of concentrations tested (0.25-1 M), O-glucosides of cyanidin, and delphinidin, but not those of malvidin, peonidin and petunidin protected the monolayer fromTNF-induced decrease of TEER and increase of FITC-dextran permeability. Cyanidin and delphinidin acted by mitigating TNF-triggered activation of transcription factor NF-B, and downstream phosphorylation of myosin light chain (MLC). The protective actions of the ACRE on TNF-induced TEER increase was positively correlated with the sum of cyanidins and delphinidins (r(2) = 0.83) content in the ACRE. However, no correlation was observed between TEER and ACRE total AC, malvidin, or peonidin content. Results support a particular capacity of cyanidins and delphinidins in the protection of the intestinal barrier against inflammation-induced permeabilization, in part through the inhibition of the NF-B pathway.

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23:57

Blueberries might complement existing therapies to improve vascular complications. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Mol Nutr Food Res. 2017 Oct 12. Epub 2017 Oct 12. PMID: 29024402 Abstract Title:  Blueberry Metabolites Attenuate Lipotoxicity-Induced Endothelial Dysfunction. Abstract:  SCOPE: Lipotoxicity-induced endothelial dysfunction is an important vascular complication associated with diabetes. Clinical studies support the vascular benefits of blueberry anthocyanins, but the underlying mechanism is unclear. We tested the hypothesis that metabolites of blueberry anthocyanins attenuate lipotoxicity-induced endothelial dysfunction.METHODS AND RESULTS: Human aortic endothelial cells (HAECs) were treated for 6 h with either: (i) the parent anthocyanins (malvidin-3-glucoside and cyanidin-3-glucoside); or (ii) the blueberry metabolites (hydroxyhippuric acid, hippuric acid, benzoic acid-4-sulfate, isovanillic acid-3-sulfate, and vanillic acid-4-sulfate), at concentrations known to circulate in humans following blueberry consumption. For the last 5 h HAECs were treated with palmitate or vehicle. HAECs treated with palmitate displayed elevated reactive oxygen species generation, increased mRNA expression of Nox4, chemokines, adhesion molecules, and IB, exaggerated monocyte binding, and suppressed nitric oxide production. Of note, the damaging effects of palmitate were ameliorated in HAECs treated with blueberry metabolites but not parent anthocyanins. Further, important translational relevance of these results was provided by our observation that palmitate-induced endothelial dysfunction was lessened in arterial segments that incubated concurrently with blueberry metabolites.CONCLUSION: Our findings indicate that the vascular benefits of blueberry anthocyanins are mediated by their metabolites. Blueberries might complement existing therapies to improve vascular complications. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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23:28

A review of dietary anthocyanins against obesity and inflammation. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Nutrients. 2017 Oct 1 ;9(10). Epub 2017 Oct 1. PMID: 28974032 Abstract Title:  Dietary Anthocyanins against Obesity and Inflammation. Abstract:  Chronic low-grade inflammation plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of obesity, due to its associated chronic diseases such as type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases and cancer. Thus, targeting inflammation is an attractive strategy to counter the burden of obesity-induced health problems. Recently, food-derived bioactive compounds have been spotlighted as a regulator against various chronic diseases due to their low toxicity, as opposed to drugs that induce severe side effects. Here we describe the beneficial effects of dietary anthocyanins on obesity-induced metabolic disorders and inflammation. Red cabbage microgreen, blueberry, blackcurrant, mulberry, cherry, black elderberry, black soybean, chokeberry and jaboticaba peel contain a variety of anthocyanins including cyanidins, delphinidins, malvidins, pelargonidins, peonidins and petunidins, and have been reported to alter both metabolic markers and inflammatory markers in cells, animals, and humans. This review discusses the interplay between inflammation and obesity, and their subsequent regulation via the use of dietary anthocyanins, suggesting an alternative dietary strategy to ameliorate obesity and obesity associated chronic diseases.

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22:35

Your Child NEEDS the HPV Vaccine: 13 Reasons Why the CDC is Right "IndyWatch Feed Health"

CDC Gardasil page

CDC Website Page for HPV Vaccine. Source.

by Jennifer Margulis
JenniferMargulis.net

Excerpts:

Does your child need the HPV vaccine to protect her against the human papillomavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a resounding Yes!

Your child NEEDS the HPV/Gardasil vaccine.

Gardasil is recommended by the CDC for all children between the ages of 11 and 12 years old.

Your child will need two shots, given six to twelve months apart.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of over 150 viruses. Some types can cause genital warts. Others can lead to cervical and other kinds of cancer.

You dont want your precious baby to get genital warts, do you?

You dont want your kid to die from cancer, do you?

Youre not a heartless baby killer, after all. Or are you?

Cmon, this vaccine is a no-brainer. In fact, anyone who even considers telling a parent that there are pros and cons to the HPV vaccine is committing a hanging offense, to borrow a turn of phrase from the Boston Heralds Rachelle Cohen. (We loved your editorial, by the way. Thumbs up, Rachelle!)

And, since we seem to be going into the business of hanging medical freedom and childrens health advocates, perhaps we ought also to hang any parents who choose to forgo the HPV vaccine?

And while, were at it, how about the children who say, No, thank you, to the HPV vaccine themselves? We could hang them too.

In case what youve already read is not enough to convince you that your child NEEDS the HPV vaccine RIGHT NOW WITH NO FURTHER DELAY, here are 13 more reasons the CDC is right and your child should...

22:26

Facts About the Gardasil Vaccine: Teens Dont Get Cervical Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Kate-Gabby-Britney-Gardasil-Deaths

Three of the many girls who have died after receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccine. Kate, Gabby, and Britney.

What You Need to Know About Gardasil

By CLAIRE DWOSKIN
Childrens Medical Safety Research Institute

Gardasil, the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine on the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) list of recommended inoculations for teenagers, has been the subject of debate worldwide since it was fast-tracked for approval in the US in 2006.

The Merck-manufactured drug was developed to prevent infections caused by HPV, which is a group of 150 related viruses 15 of which are linked to cervical cancer.

At the heart of the controversies are questions around the need for the vaccine, the efficacy of the vaccine and the fast-growing number of reports of severe reactions to the vaccine. The latter question has moved to the forefront of the debate as safety testing concerns have been raised and the number of vaccine-injured children has grown.

Gardasil- A Case of Insufficient Testing?

Despite no recorded outbreak of cervical cancer nor change in sexual behavioral risks among teenagers, Gardasil vaccine was studied for less than two years prior to its approval. This was particularly curious since the cancer the vaccine purports to prevent does not present itself for 20-30 years.

And, while the drug was tested only on wome...

22:22

Sativex was proven effective in treating spasticity and also in improving the patient's quality of life. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2017 Oct ;17:22-31. Epub 2017 Jun 27. PMID: 29055461 Abstract Title:  Sativex in the management of multiple sclerosis-related spasticity: An overview of the last decade of clinical evaluation. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS) affecting about 80% of MS patients. Numerous lines of evidence suggest that spasticity due to its complexity is not adequately managed with conventional anti-spastic therapies. Therefore, in order to improve the outcomes for the majority of MS patients, alternative approaches are needed to be discovered. Over the last years, the use of cannabinoid compounds as a potential treatment for MS-related symptoms has aroused great interest, owing to encouraging preclinical and clinical studies. To date, Sativex, an oromucosal spray containing tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol in approximately 1:1 ratio, is the only commercially available formulation containing cannabinoids used as add-on therapy for treatment of spasticity in adult MS patients who are not responding to conventional antispastic therapies.METHODS: Here, by performing a literature search, we provided an overview of the last decade of clinical evaluations as well as post-marketing studies about effectiveness and safety of Sativex in the management of MS-related spasticity.RESULTS: Sativex was proven effective in treating spasticity and also in improving the patient's quality of life. In addition, a low incidence of adverse reactions Sativex-related supports the good safety profile and its tolerability.CONCLUSION: This review by recognizing the clinical effectiveness of Sativex in spasticity management, opened a new opportunity for many patients with spasticity resistant to common antispastic drugs.

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22:21

Your Child NEEDS the HPV Vaccine: 13 Reasons Why the CDC is Right "IndyWatch Feed Health"

CDC Gardasil page

CDC Website Page for HPV Vaccine. Source.

by Jennifer Margulis
JenniferMargulis.net

Excerpts:

Does your child need the HPV vaccine to protect her against the human papillomavirus?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a resounding Yes!

Your child NEEDS the HPV/Gardasil vaccine.

Gardasil is recommended by the CDC for all children between the ages of 11 and 12 years old.

Your child will need two shots, given six to twelve months apart.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of over 150 viruses. Some types can cause genital warts. Others can lead to cervical and other kinds of cancer.

You dont want your precious baby to get genital warts, do you?

You dont want your kid to die from cancer, do you?

Youre not a heartless baby killer, after all. Or are you?

Cmon, this vaccine is a no-brainer. In fact, anyone who even considers telling a parent that there are pros and cons to the HPV vaccine is committing a hanging offense, to borrow a turn of phrase from the Boston Heralds Rachelle Cohen. (We loved your editorial, by the way. Thumbs up, Rachelle!)

And, since we seem to be going into the business of hanging medical freedom and childrens health advocates, perhaps we ought also to hang any parents who choose to forgo the HPV vaccine?

And while, were at it, how about the children who say, No, thank you, to the HPV vaccine themselves? We could hang them too.

In case what youve already read is not enough to convince you that your child NEEDS the HPV vaccine RIGHT NOW WITH NO FURTHER DELAY, here are 13 more reasons the CDC is right and your child should get...

21:58

Facts About the Gardasil Vaccine: Teens Dont Get Cervical Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Kate-Gabby-Britney-Gardasil-Deaths

Three of the many girls who have died after receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccine. Kate, Gabby, and Britney.

What You Need to Know About Gardasil

By CLAIRE DWOSKIN
Childrens Medical Safety Research Institute

Gardasil, the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine on the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) list of recommended inoculations for teenagers, has been the subject of debate worldwide since it was fast-tracked for approval in the US in 2006.

The Merck-manufactured drug was developed to prevent infections caused by HPV, which is a group of 150 related viruses 15 of which are linked to cervical cancer.

At the heart of the controversies are questions around the need for the vaccine, the efficacy of the vaccine and the fast-growing number of reports of severe reactions to the vaccine. The latter question has moved to the forefront of the debate as safety testing concerns have been raised and the number of vaccine-injured children has grown.

Gardasil- A Case of Insufficient Testing?

Despite no recorded outbreak of cervical cancer nor change in sexual behavioral risks among teenagers, Gardasil vaccine was studied for less than two years prior to its approval. This was particularly curious since the cancer the vaccine purports to prevent does not present itself for 20-30 years.

And, while the drug was tested only on women a...

21:42

CBD could be beneficial for the treatment of brain tumor-related epilepsy. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Neurocase. 2017 Oct 24:1-5. Epub 2017 Oct 24. PMID: 29063814 Abstract Title:  The use of cannabidiol for seizure management in patients with brain tumor-related epilepsy. Abstract:  Epilepsy, commonly encountered by patients with brain tumors, is often refractory to standard therapies. Our aim was to examine the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD; Epidiolex, GW Pharmaceuticals) in those patients with epilepsy with concomitant tumors enrolled in The University of Alabama at Birmingham CBD Program (NCT02700412 and NCT02695537). Of the three patients with refractory seizures and a history of a primary brain tumor, two had improvement in seizure frequency and all three had improvement in seizure severity. These pilot results suggest that CBD should be further studied for the treatment of brain tumor-related epilepsy.

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21:13

Kratom Effects: Top Positive and Negative Effects "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Due to the huge popularity of Kratom, more and more people want to try this amazing herb. However, it is very important to research and understand this herb before trying. Effects of Kratom leaves vary from person to person. Persons body weight, the strain, dosage among others have an impact on the kind of effect youll experience.

With this, it is important to first take a deeper lens on the positive and negative effects of Kratom before giving it a try.

Top Therapeutic Effects of Kratom Leaves

Lets take a look at some of the amazing benefits of Kratom leaves:

Energy Booster

Kratoms metabolic effect is one of the reasons why it is highly popular among laborers in many countries. By optimizing a particular metabolic process and affecting hormone levels, it can increase the bodys level of energy.

Kratoms energy boosting effect is due to increased circulation, increasing the transport of oxygen and nutrients to different areas of the body, combined with increased metabolic activities that result in a burst of energy. People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome can use Kratom as one of the many alternative and natural options mentioned on Biohack World.

Analgesic Effect

One of the most widely known effect of Kratom is pain relief. For centuries, the leaves of Kratom have been used by indigenous people as a pain relieving agent. The alkaloids of the leaves possess a unique analgesic properties that can immediately relieve pain by affecting the hormonal system. Krat...

21:07

A significant association between shift work and increases in inflammatory markers was confirmed in this study. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Ann Occup Environ Med. 2016 ;28:48. Epub 2016 Sep 20. PMID: 27660715 Abstract Title:  Night shift work and inflammatory markers in male workers aged 20-39 in a display manufacturing company. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the association between shift work and inflammatory markers, which are independent risk factors of cardiovascular diseases, in male manual workers at a display manufacturing company.METHODS: This study was conducted between June 1 and July 31, 2015 on 244 male manual workers aged 20-39 years old at a display manufacturing company and investigated age, marital status, education level, alcohol consumption habit, smoking habit, regular exercise habit, sleep duration, sleep debt, sleep insufficiency, past medical history, current and past shift work experience, duration of shift work, and weekly work hours through face-to-face interviews using structured questionnaires and performed blood tests. Study participants were divided into daytime, former shift, and current shift workers based on the work schedule. Chi-square tests and one-way analyses of variance were performed to compare inflammatory markers and cardiovascular disease risk factors, and analyses of covariance were conducted after adjusting for variables potentially affecting inflammatory markers.RESULTS: High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP; meanstandard deviation) levels in daytime, former shift, and current shift workers were 0.650.43, 0.750.43, and 0.860.72 mg/L, respectively (p=0.029). The leukocyte count (meanstandard deviation) was 5,5561,123, 6,2101,366, and 6,5301,216 cells/L, respectively (p

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20:42

Chinese Chicken Alert For The USA "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Who, in their right mind, ever would have thought the U.S. would be importing cooked Chinese chicken meat with all the chickens produced and processed in this country [1]? Well, we are, and you can chalk it up to a seemingly quid pro quo deal penned by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue [2] and a deal whereby the Chinese agreed to accept U.S. beef imports after a thirteen year Chinese hiatus due to a mad cow disease scare.

Investigative journalist Martha Rosenberg published her findings about Chinese food production, and its not an appetizing picture, as you can read here.

Rosenberg reminds us

China has sold rat meat billed as lamb, gutter oil billed as cooking oil and baby formula contaminated with melamine. In the U.S. its pet food killed many dogs and cats in 2007.

Martha also points out FDA Loophole Allows Possibly Dangerous Chemicals in Food, another reason for purchasing and eating an organically-grown diet, in my opinion, as a retired healthcare professional and researcher/author.

In that article Martha says, Many China imports are rejected because of pesticides, bacteria and filth, say officials, which I must second, agree with and coincidentally referred to in my 2009 book.

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20:35

THE HEALTH QUADRIGA "IndyWatch Feed Health"

I want to guide you to an understanding of diseases, free of fear and panic, joyful and confident because there is always a healing of your illness.   Respect the body intelligence and work with the body according to its innate programming to fix itself Supply needed body-compatible nutritional elements as found in nature Encourage

20:29

Toxic Chemicals 540 Times the EPA Limit: Could This Be the Next Flint Water Crisis in Michigan? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

wolverine shoe dumping

Sandy Stelt lost her husband due to liver cancer; shortly after spokespeople from a major company told her that her well water had been poisoned with chemicals linked to liver disease. PHOTO: MLive.com screen capture

 
 

20:15

Widely used U.S. government database delists cancer journal "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The U.S. government biomedical research database MEDLINE no longer includes a cancer journal with a storied past. Starting August 2017, researchers looking up journals indexed in MEDLINE (which is accessed via PubMed) could no longer find new articles published by Oncotarget, once included on the now-defunct list of possibly predatory journals compiled by librarian Jeffrey []

The post Widely used U.S. government database delists cancer journal appeared first on Retraction Watch.

20:00

Ginger Taylor writes a letter about vaccines this will be interesting. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

Recently, Ms. Ginger Taylor, a leader in a number of anti-vaccine organizations and a proponent of the belief that vaccines cause autism,  wrote a letter aimed at people participating in vaccine discussions online. In a video, Ms. Taylor said  its an expression of her belief she has a duty to warn against vaccines but

Skeptical Raptor

19:56

Will Dying People Get The Right to Try? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Legislation, approved in the Senate, must now pass the House of Representatives. Action Alert!

Earlier this year, the Right to Try legislation introduced by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) passed by unanimous consent in the Senate. It had a hearing last week in the House, and awaits approval.

As things stand now, FDA bureaucrats continue to throw roadblocks into the path of patients who desire access to experimental and potentially life-saving drugs, as the agency has been doing for years. This is yet another example of why we feel the agency works for Big Pharma more than for the American people.

Heres how it worksor rather, doesnt workcurrently. Individual patients may apply for access to experimental treatments outside of a drug trial if they meet all three of the following criteria:

  • have a serious or life-threatening disease or condition;
  • have no other treatment options left; and
  • can persuade a qualified physician to deliver the treatment.

Under these circumstances, the FDA may, at its sole discretion, grant compassionate use of the new or unapproved medication. But the program is marred by a prohibitively cumbersome application and documentation process, which always makes it difficult and sometimes drags it out or otherwise makes it impossible. In addition, a physician cooperating with the patient may put his or her license at risk.  The agency can even revoke permission after it has been grantedand does.

The government has no business intervening in a patients life in this manner. Decisions that are made when a patient is terminally ill should be between the patient, his or her doctor, and his or her familynot FDA bureaucrats.

Action Alert! Write to your representative and urge him or her to support Right to Try legislation. Please send your message immediately.

 

 

19:55

Monsanto Sues Arkansas Board For Its Ban On Controversial Pesticide "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Aaron KeselNatural Blaze
Monsanto sued Arkansas regulators of the Plant Board last Friday for banning another one of its controversial herbicides, this time its the companys Dicamba product, not Roundup, Associated Press reported.

Dicamba is an herbicide that selectively kills weeds. It is commonly used in combination with other herbicides, such as glyphosate, and according to the National Pesticide Information Center is currently found in about 1,100 herbicide products. The chemical mimics natural plant hormones which cause unnatural growth and eventually death.

Dicamba is sold under a diversity of names including Banvel, Diablo, Oracle, and Vanquish, and is found in products used for both agricultural and home landscape purposes.

Several farmers from different states say the weed killer has drifted onto their crops and...

19:55

How to Make Broth (Safely) in a Slow Cooker "IndyWatch Feed Health"

slow cooker bone brothIve had a number of inquiries recently on how to make bone broth in a slow cooker like the Vita-Clay.

Since Ive already posted about how to make meat stock, I thought I would post my recipe for making bone broth in a clay slow cooker too.

Why make broth in a clay slow cooker anyway? Why not a speedy Instapot, a crockpot or a stainless steel stockpot? The reason is because bone broth is slightly acidic due to the addition of vinegar (raw or homemade apple cider vinegar is ideal) to help draw out nutrients into the broth. This acidic pH contributes to leaching of heavy metals most notably carcinogenic nickel and excessive amounts of chromium from cookware made with stainless steel. Compelling research on the subject caused me to switch to clay for making broth several years ago. (...)
Read the rest of How to Make Broth (Safely) in a Slow Cooker (274 words)

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19:53

CDC Doubles Down on HPV Vaccine "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The government agency is now telling adult women to get these multiple jabs. Action Alert! 

Speaking to The Washington Post, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiologist is encouraging women aged 18-26 to get the HPV vaccine.

This advice, along with health authorities encouraging young girls (and boys) to get vaccinated for HPV, ignores mounting evidence that the HPV vaccine is among the most dangerous vaccines out there. A World Health Organization study demonstrated that the vaccination has a tendency to produce clusters of serious adverse events. Other evidence indicates that the HPV vaccine is responsible for more adverse events than any other vaccine.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider these facts. About 50% of sexually active men and women acquire the HPV virus at some point in their lives. If a woman who has been exposed to certain strains of the virus submits to HPV vaccination, some studies suggest that the risk of developing pre-cancerous lesions may increase by as much as 44%. The point is that there are serious questions about the safety of this vaccine that should be answered before government health officials issue blanket recommendations for women and girls to get vaccinated for HPV.

There are, of course, alternatives to the HPV vaccine. Experts who study HPV explain that cervical cancer has been proven to be virtually 100% preventable through regular cervical screening with Pap smears and HPV testing. In the words of Dr. Sin Hang Lee, who specializes in HPV detection, the proposal of adding general HPV vaccination to a well-screened women population is superfluous. Except, of course, if you are the manufacturer of that vaccine.

Are parents or adult women considering HPV vaccination provided these facts by their doctors before receiving the vaccination, so they can make an informed choice? As with other vaccines, the risk/benefit is not typically communicated to patients, whi...

19:49

Fake Organics: Will Congress Step In? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A new bill has important provisions that will help stop fake organics from flooding US markets. Action Alert!

A  bill has been introduced by Rep. John Faso (R-NY) to address some of the programs shortcomings in ensuring the integrity of imported organics. This follows an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) audit report that found significant flaws with the USDAs organics program.

Shockingly, but not surprisingly, the OIG report found that imported organics are being fumigated at US ports of entry, and then sold as organic on store shelves. This problem is on top of the problem we have earlier cited of fake organic products flooding in after certification by fraudulent certifiers. The USDA says it is looking into the latter problem. We will have to see if they are serious about doing so.

To address this and other concerns, HR 3871:

  • Includes more funding for the National Organics Program (NOP), increasing the budget almost threefold by 2018 to improve enforcement and compliance efforts.
  • Requires the USDA to write rules so that currently uncertified entities, such as brokers, ports, and online auctions, become organic-certified or lose their organic labeling.
  • Authorizes one-time funding of $5 million on top of NOPs annual budget to modernize NOPs international trade and transaction certificates, such as through an electronic system to ensure full traceability.
  • Gives NOP oversight and approval authority over any certifying agent operating outside the US, and requires an annual authorization for each certifying agent that intends to operate in any foreign country.
  • Allows NOP to require increased documentation or verification before granting certification, in the case of a known or suspected concern.
  • Requires NOP to submit an annual report to Congress describing the agencys domestic and overseas investigations and compliance actions.

HR 3871 wont fix all the problems with the governments organics program, which weve argued has been co-opted by Big Food. More funding will never substitute for a will to enforce the law, and more funding will make it much harder to get the bill passed.  But this is a step in the right direction in getting the NOP to do its job and ensure the integrity of our domestic organics program.

19:31

TODAY: FPL to Request Over $200 Million from Customers to Clean Up its Mess at Turkey Point "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Public Service Commission to determine if customers will get stuck with the tab

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19:19

The Real Reason Big Pharma Wants to Own the Patents to Cannabis "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Alex Pietrowski

The race is on to own cannabis, and companies like Bayer, Monsanto and Scotts Miracle-Gro are working feverishly to devise ways of patenting this natural medicinal plant. If they succeed, the landscape of legal weed will change forever in favor of corporate monopolies and quality control empires which will crush diversity in this thriving cash crop.

For lawn, garden and agrochemical companies to want in on the growing cannabis market is no surprise, for its the fastest growing trend this industry has ever seen, as even noted by the CEO of Scotts.

Jim Hagedorn, CEO of Scotts Miracle-Gro, has even said that he plans to invest, like, half a billion in [taking over] the pot business It is the biggest thing Ive ever seen in lawn and garden.

He has also invested in companies such as Leaf, which grows cannabis in an electronically regulated indoor terrarium accessible via smartphone. [Source]

The cannabis industry is already enormously profitable for government in states like Colorado where 2017 sales have already topped $1 billion by the month of October and are expected to rise dramatically through the holidays. And this is just one state out of a potential 50 U.S. markets.

We know there is big, big money i...

18:38

Working night or evening shifts was associated with a significant increase in all-cause mortality when compared to working day shift. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Scand J Work Environ Health. 2017 Mar 1 ;43(2):117-126. PMID: 28245504 Abstract Title:  Shift work and overall and cause-specific mortality in the Danish nurse cohort. Abstract:  Objectives Evidence of an effect of shift work on all-cause and cause-specific mortality is inconsistent. This study aims to examine whether shift work is associated with increased all-cause and cause-specific mortality. Methods We linked 28 731 female nurses (age44 years), recruited in 1993 or 1999 from the Danish nurse cohort where they reported information on shift work (night, evening, rotating, or day), to the Danish Register of Causes of Death to identify deaths up to 2013. We used Cox regression models with age as the underlying scale to examine the associations between night, evening, and rotating shift work (compared to day shift work) and all-cause and cause-specific mortality in models adjusted for potentially confounding variables. Results Of 18 015 nurses included in this study, 1616 died during the study time period from the followingcauses: cardiovascular disease (N=217), cancer (N= 945), diabetes (N=20), Alzheimer's disease or dementia (N=33), and psychiatric diseases (N=67). We found that working night [hazard ratio (HR) 1.26, 95% confidence interval 95% CI) 1.05-1.51] or evening (HR 1.29, 95% CI 1.11-1.49) shifts was associated with a significant increase in all-cause mortality when compared to working day shift. We found a significant association of night shift work with cardiovascular disease (HR 1.71, 95% CI 1.09-2.69) and diabetes (HR 12.0, 95% CI 3.17-45.2, based on 8 cases) and none with overall cancer mortality(HR 1.05, 95% CI 0.81-1.35) or mortality from psychiatric diseases (HR 1.17, 95% CI 0.47-2.92). Finally, we found strong association between evening (HR 4.28, 95% CI 1.62-11.3) and rotating (HR 5.39, 95% CI 2.35-12.3) shift work and mortality from Alzheimer's disease and dementia (based on 8 and 14deaths among evening and rotating shift workers, respectively). Conclusions Women working night and evening shifts have increased all-cause, cardiovascular, diabetes, and Alzheimer's and dementia mortality.

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18:02

Women working in night-shifts have been found to face increased rates of breast cancer, as well as menstrual disturbances and decreased fertility. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Harefuah. 2016 Jul ;155(7):394-397. PMID: 28514121 Abstract Title:  [SHIFT WORK AND ITS HEALTH HAZARDS]. Abstract:  Work in repeated changing shifts, in general, and night-shifts, in particular, is considered a necessity, encompassing many professions, among them physicians and nurses. This type of work has been shown to adversely affect the normal function of the human body circadian rhythm. This negative influence in turn, is considered to increase characteristic types of morbidity such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and increased rate of cardiovascular morbidity. Women working in night-shifts in particular, have been found to face increased rates of breast cancer, as well as menstrual disturbances and decreased fertility. Despite many physiologic explanations for the deleterious effects of changing or night-shifts on human's health, there is no clear notion for the prevention or treatment of these health hazards. In light of the necessity for such a mode of employment in our modern world, the issues of taking care of the affected workers should be considered on a national scale.

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14:48

Shenandoah receives $25,000 award for new water treatment plant "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Shenandoah was recently recognized for work at the citys new water treatment plant.

At Tuesday nights Shenandoah City Council meeting, officials with Delta Dental of Iowa presented the city a $25,000 check which will support fluoridation equipment at the water treatment plant that was installed earlier this year.

Shenandoah City Administrator Jim Davey tells KMA News the city is honored to receive the grant funds.

With the building of this new water treatment facility, our fluoridation program has gone off the charts as far as the state of the art facility, Davey said. We have a separate room for our fluoride room. We were encouraged to apply for a $25,000 grant through Delta Dental. I sat down with water superintendent Kirk Kemper and we filled out all of the necessary paperwork. Ultimately, we did get accepted for the award.

Suzanne Heckenlaible is the VP of Public Affairs for Delta Dental of Iowa, and was among the officials present at Tuesday nights council meeting. She says community water fluoridation is one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the 21st century.

The fluoridation award is a collaborative partnership with the state of Iowa and Delta Dental of Iowa, with the Department of Public Health, Heckenlaible said. It ensures that we achieve optimal fluoridation in all of our water systems in Iowa. Im pleased to announce that we are currently at 92 percent of our community water systems being fluoridated.

Davey says the city actually received the grant money a few months ago, but werent able to coordinate a ceremony until Tuesday nights meeting. State Senator Mark Costello was also in attendance to see Shenandoah get recognized by Delta Dental of Iowa.

*Original article online at http://www.kmaland.com/news/shenandoah-receives-award-for-new-water-treatment-plant/article_d12e50fa-b99e-11e7-b7aa-9b5512309c80.html

14:33

Fluorides crippling effect can be tackled by Jamun seed, IIT Hyderabad researchers find out "IndyWatch Feed Health"

HYDERABAD: There is big hope for 17 fluoride states of the country as IIT Hyderabad has been successful in removing fluoride from drinking water using Jamun seed derived carbon. Fluoride victims victims suffer major health issues, especially bone and dental disorders. The crippling effect of fluorisis has majorly been felt in Nalgonda district of Telangana.

Such is the problem of fluorosis in the 100 districts of the country that a National Programme for Prevention and Control for Fluorosis was started in 2002. The programme was chalked out till 2017 to provide clean drinking water to fluoride affected areas.

IIT Hyderabad has now successfully conducted tests on groundwater collected from Nalgonda which is one of the worst fluoride-affected areas in India.

Researchers developed what they call an unconventional material to remove fluoride from drinking water. Using a Jamun Seed based Activated Carbon, the researchers demonstrated that fluoride levels can be brought down to what are considered acceptable by World Health Organization.

The findings were published recently in the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. A team led by Prof. Chandra Shekhar Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Hyderabad, used the Jamun Seed based Activated Carbon for Fluoride Removal Studies.

Jamun Seed Powder was converted to highly porous carbon material by chemical treatment followed by processing at higher temperatures to improve its efficiency. Initially, trials were carried out with the obtained material for synthetic fluoride solutions prepared in the laboratory.

Later they tested in the actual groundwater samples collected from Nalgonda district. Post-treatment, the fluoride concentration was reduced to the acceptable limit of WHO (less than 1.5 mg/l).

Explaining the importance of this work, Prof. Chandra Shekhar Sharma said, In India, groundwater is the major and preferred source of drinking water. Almost 17 states are found to be having higher fluoride concentrations in groundwater than the recommended limit. The presence of excess fluoride content creates a major problem in safe drinking water supply.

This research is expected to be useful in ensuring clean and safe drinking water to everyone. The idea may take time to be commercialized but the IIT Hyderabad Research Team has demonstrated a potential for a bio-based waste material like Jamun seed for fluoride removal from drinking water.

Given the situation of excess fluoride in a country like India, this kind of cost-effective approach certainly is needed, said Prof Chandra Shekhar Sharma said.

The performance of the Jamun Seed Derived Carb...

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