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Tuesday, 12 June

23:32

The Amazing Science of Ginger Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Beautiful Ginger. We all know it as a spice. Some of us even use it as a "home remedy." But why is it still not considered part of the conventional medical standard of care? 

Lack of evidence, they say...

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22:37

Dear Governor Murphy, Address NJ Autism Crisis, Protect Prenatal Vaccine Rights "IndyWatch Feed Health"


Originally published on fearlessparent.org

Dear Governor Murphy,

Congratulations once again on your victory. Im thrilled for you and Tammy. 

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22:21

Are Children Taken Away from Parents Using Drugs Better Off in Foster Care? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Edward-Zoey-Thomas-FB

Edward Thomas, an Iraq Veteran, spent a year stationed within a combat zone in Baghdad and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by what he witnessed during that time. He chose medical cannabis over strong addictive psyche drugs, and lost custody of his daughter as a result. Story here.

Commentary by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Drug addiction and the opioid crisis are big news. It seems that policy makers and legislators on just about every level are discussing the problem and what to do about it.

Certainly, child welfare agencies have been quick to jump on the bandwagon, removing children from their families at the mere mention of the word drugs.

But is the issue as straightforward as it appears, or is it more complex than meets the eye?

Richard Wexler is the executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform. He argues that the issue is not so black-and-white, and he criticizes child welfares typical, knee-jerk take-the-child-and-run response to the opioid epidemic.

Wexler recently wrote an article, Child Welfare Policy Around Opioids Driven By Ignorance and Arrogance, for Youth Today, in which he examines a research brief published in March 2018, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which looked at parental substance abuse and children being taken by Child Protective Services.

Wexler was not impressed by the methodology or conclusion of the HHS brief and calls the child welfare policies enormously dangerous to children:

Indeed, the most important takeaway from the research brief is that child welfare policy on this issue li...

22:14

Study: Chemo Not Necessary for 70% of Breast Cancer Victims "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Young woman getting breast ultrasound scanning at the hospital visiting her gynecologist. Breast cancer awareness.

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

The results of a 10,000 plus breast cancer patient prospective (follow-up) study demonstrated that many women can refuse chemotherapy without lowering their survival risk.

Dr. Robert Rowen commented on the study via his Facebook page:

This will be significant for some 70,000 American women who otherwise would be placed in a locked train to chemotherapy land. I cant tell you how many women Ive seen who were told, immediately after the positive biopsy, that they must get chemotherapy. And they truly suffered. (Source)

Dr. Rowen had more to say about the politics of mainstream oncology and its restrictions on other safer, more effective therapies, especially since he has personally championed ozone therapy as an alternative for many ailments and diseases for decades. Heres an example of his efforts with ozone therapy.

More on that later. First, lets take a look at the study.

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Guided by a 21-Gene Expression Assay in Breast Cancer

This study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine the same day it was announced at an American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, June 18, 2018, where Dr. Kathy Albain announced:

With results of this groundbreaking study, we now can safely avoid chemotherapy in about 70 percent of patients who are diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer. For countless women and their doctors, the days of uncertainty are over. (Source)

Dr. Albain was one of several co-authors of the study conducted at Montefiore Medi...

22:00

Dr. Ron Unfiltered Uncensored Episode 260 Endocrine Summit Thyroid "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dr. Ron who is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Charter member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and a licensed Acupuncturist is joined by Dr. Gerry and Dr. Dan to host this weekly podcast on the latest medical news and information We are not influenced by Big Pharma and will give you honest opinions on the news, medical devices and we have terrific guests. We have over 150 years of combined medical experience and are grateful to share it with you.  You can hear us on BlogTalkRadio, Stitcher, iTunes, GooglePlay, Alexa, and others. Reach us live at 347-989-8899 Today we start our endocrine summit with a discussion of the adrenals, next week the thyroid and then testes and ovaries and how they interact.

21:42

Are Children Taken Away from Parents Using Drugs Better Off in Foster Care? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Edward-Zoey-Thomas-FB

Edward Thomas, an Iraq Veteran, spent a year stationed within a combat zone in Baghdad and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by what he witnessed during that time. He chose medical cannabis over strong addictive psyche drugs, and lost custody of his daughter as a result. Story here.

Commentary by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Drug addiction and the opioid crisis are big news. It seems that policy makers and legislators on just about every level are discussing the problem and what to do about it.

Certainly, child welfare agencies have been quick to jump on the bandwagon, removing children from their families at the mere mention of the word drugs.

But is the issue as straightforward as it appears, or is it more complex than meets the eye?

Richard Wexler is the executive director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform. He argues that the issue is not so black-and-white, and he criticizes child welfares typical, knee-jerk take-the-child-and-run response to the opioid epidemic.

Wexler recently wrote an article, Child Welfare Policy Around Opioids Driven By Ignorance and Arrogance, for Youth Today, in which he examines a research brief published in March 2018, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which looked at parental substance abuse and children being taken by Child Protective Services.

Wexler was not impressed by the methodology or conclusion of the HHS brief and calls the child welfare policies enormously dangerous to children:

Indeed, the most important takeaway from the research brief is that child welfare policy on this issue lives...

20:27

Chronic binge-like alcohol consumption in adolescence causes depression-like symptoms possibly mediated by the effects of BDNF on neurogenesis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

n/a PMID:  Neuroscience. 2013 Dec 19 ;254:324-34. Epub 2013 Sep 25. PMID: 24076087 Abstract Title:  Chronic binge-like alcohol consumption in adolescence causes depression-like symptoms possibly mediated by the effects of BDNF on neurogenesis. Abstract:  Here we investigated whether changes in neurogenesis and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) expression are possible mechanisms involved in the depression-like symptom during the withdrawal/abstinence period after chronic binge-pattern alcohol consumption given the limited number of studies addressing the link between these factors in the adolescent brain. Forty-seven male Sprague-Dawley rats were used in the study and the experimental protocol started when rats were 25-days old. Rats were assigned to either: (a) ethanol or (b) control group. Animals in each group were further randomized to receive either: BDNF receptor agonist or vehicle. Rats were trained to self-administer ethanol and the binge protocol consisted of daily 30-min experimental sessions 4h into the dark period for 12days. Two days after the last drinking session, rats were tested in the sucrose preference test to evaluate anhedonia and the open field test after habituation to evaluate behavioral despair. Our data showed that: (1) self-administration of alcohol in a binge-like pattern causes inebriation as defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and this pattern of alcohol exposure is associated with the development of a depression-like symptom; (2) no significant difference in blood alcohol levels between the two ethanol groups; and (3) chronic binge drinking resulted in the development of a depressive phenotype, decreased survival and neuronal differentiation of neural progenitor cells in the hippocampus, and decreased BDNF effect during the withdrawal period. But the most important finding in our study is that augmenting BDNF actions through the use of tyrosine kinase B (TrkB, a BDNF receptor) agonist restored neurogenesis and abolished the alcohol-induced anhedonia and despair behaviors seen during the withdrawal/abstinence period. Our results suggest that BDNF might be a molecule that can be targeted for interventions in alcoholism-depression co-incidence.

20:19

The ongoing thimerosal travesty needs to end "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. World Mercury Project Team Note: The lessons learned from the ongoing saga of thimerosal are significant to all who care about vaccine safety, want justice for the injured, and to prevent future harm. The government has said they corrected the thimerosal issue and want us to believe the case is []

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20:07

Video: Parasitic Worms, Pt. 1 "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Video: Parasitic Worms, Pt. 1

VIDEO: PARASITIC WORMS, PART 1 Its important to realize that infections not commonly seen today may become major issues if a disaster throws you off the grid. Knowing which disease-causing organisms exist in your area, even if they are not common problems today, will be important to keep your loved ones healthy. The word parasite []

19:29

Meditation and Music May be the Ideal Combo to Fend off Depression "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Anna Hunt

The combination of meditation and music may be one of the simplest ways to fend off depression. The two have no unpleasant side-effects. Nearly everyone can enjoy them, and the cost is negligible. They can be used together or stand-alone to reduce stress, regulate mood and reconnect with ones soul. They are an easy way to actively nurture our mood. As well, they can help mitigate the stressed-out and overwhelmed human condition that has become all too common.

Forces of Modern Life that Lead to Depression

Its truly no surprise that depression is so prevalent in our society. There are so many expectations, responsibilities, and pressures. As a result, we often find ourselves in pursuit of something seemingly better or greater.

Every little hiccup along these pursuits leaves us frustrated, unsatisfied, and even fearful that we will fail. Failures are treated with criticism, especially from the inner voice that lives inside the mind.

This voice affects our feelings more than anything else, yet we spend little time nurturing it from within. Instead, we allow this voice to be fed by outside influences such as media, pop culture, colleagues and friends. Even when we think weve got a handle on life, our inner judge easily fills us with doubt and anxiety.

When were not in pursuit of something greater, were often withdrawing, hesitating or hiding. The comparative lifestyle of todays humanity easily leaves us feeling inadequate or lacking. Our withdrawal is further accentuated by fear and trauma, which...

19:26

Cannabis Extract Fights 'Incurable Form' of Leukemia "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Cannabis Extract Fights 'Incurable Form' of Leukemia

A remarkable case report documents a 14-year old girl who, after 34-months of chemo, radiation and bone marrow transplant treatments, was given up for dead. Her family discovered research on cannabis extract, and before she died of a secondary complication of her original treatment, used it successfully to put her leukemia into remission

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18:41

The GreenMedInfo.com Mission Statement "IndyWatch Feed Health"

GreenMedInfo.com provides convenient access to the biomedical research on the therapeutic value of natural substances and modalities in disease prevention and treatment, as well as high-integrity reporting on scientific research relevant to natural medicine and environmental health.

Additional features include an extensive problem substances toxicological database describing the inherent risks associated with the consumption of over-the-counter and prescription drugs, food additives, mass market vitamin

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18:17

22 Quotable Quotes About Psychiatric Pseudoscience "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Gary G. Kohls, MD, guest to Natural Blaze

Most of the following quotes come from the thorough, extended article entitled Psychiatry: Science or Fraud?

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. Thomas Jefferson

Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends than that good men should look on and do nothing. John Stuart Mill

[The DSM] is the fabrication upon which psychiatry seeks acceptance by medicine in general. Insiders know it is more a political than scientific document. To its credit it says so, although its brief apologia is rarely noted Some take it seriously, others more realistically. It is the way to get paid The issue is what do the categories tell us? Do they in fact accurately represent the person with a problem? They dont, and cant, because there are no external validating criteria for psychiatric diagnoses. There is neither a blood test nor specific anatomic lesions for any major psychiatric disorder. So, where are we? [The American Psychiatric Association] as an organization has implicitly (sometimes explicitly as well) bought into a theoretical hoax. Is psychiatry a hoaxas practised today? Unfortunately, the answer is mostly yes. Loren Mosher, Clinical Professor o...

18:02

Legal-Ade is Here to Help When City Enforcers Fine Kids for Lemonade Stands "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Its probably  no surprise to you that Natural Blaze vehemently opposes the rash of lemonade stand shutdowns dotting the Land of the Free. Not only does it quash the entrepreneurial spirit, but it also erodes the innocence and empowerment of children who start lemonade stands to help other children in need.

City enforcers send policemen who actually proceed to intimidate and shut down a childs stand for not having a permit. And it happens so much that people have sadly accepted it as normal

As US News reports:

Stories of local authorities shutting down or fining childrens lemonade stands for improper permitting and operating without business licenses have grabbed headlines across the nation in recent years. Such was the case over Memorial Day weekend when Denver authorities forced a group of kids to close shop after vendors at a nearby arts festival reportedly called the police to complain. Without a temporary vending permit in line with the city ordinance, the three brothers, ages 2 to 6, had no choice but to close.

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17:29

Spotlight on Institutional Psychiatry "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Spotlight on Institutional Psychiatry is a one-time newsletter that I compiled and edited in the spring of 2018. It is comprised of several articles written by an ad-hoc group of psychiatrized people and our allies in Vancouver, Canada, as well as some of the work of artist and psychiatric survivor Ronda E. Richardson. Taken together, these articles and artworks constitute our responses (both direct and indirect) to a scathing 2017 report written by lawyer Laura Johnston of British Columbias Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS)  Operating in Darkness: BCs Mental Health Act Detention System.

Here in BC, CLASs Mental Health Law Program provides legal representation for people who are in hospital against their will. The programs primary mandate is representing involuntary patients at legal appeal proceedings (review panel hearings). These generally take place within three weeks of committal.

Here I must note that many involuntary patients have no idea that legal help is available, even though hospitals are officially obliged to let us know. Never  in all the times I have been brought to hospital in handcuffs, by police, stripped naked, injected, tied down and put in solitary confinement, then eventually released into the wards general population  has any staff member mentioned that I have a right to a hearing to review the legality of my detention.

During a review panel hearing, as CLASs report states, the detainee is likely to be wearing pyjamas or a hospital gown, while every other person in the room is in a suit. Most often, the legal representatives role is to argue against a psychiatrist whose aim is to prolong the term of detention. Needless to say, the deck is stacked against the patient, and Operating in Darkness makes this clear.

I have never seen anything like this report. Within its pages, CLAS representatives not only highlight their frustration at being unable to do their jobs effectively, due to the draconian regulations mandated by the BC Mental Health Act and related legislation; they also detail the outrageous rights violations to which psychiatric inmates are routinely subjected.

It is stunning to see such a powerful condemnation of psychiatric hospitalization coming from a group of people who are neither psychiatric survivors nor antipsychiatry activists. And CLASs report does not mince words. It consistently refers to hospitalized mental patients as detainees, and demonstrates that what happens to us when were inside is a matter of human rights, rather than of medicine or...

17:04

Is There An Association Of Lyme Disease With Autism Spectrum Disorder? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

the lyme autism connection

By Catherine J. Frompovich

According to research and resulting protocols from Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, who has licenses to practice medicine in European Union countries and also in the United States, 98% of children on the autism spectrum have confirmed Lyme disease as per PCR (polymerase chain reaction) [1] testing.

I spent close to an hour trying to listen to Dr. Klinghardts video discussion regarding his findings, but I have problems with my Microsoft Operating System insofar as what it doesnt want me to see or hear, I get interferences, and the sound for that video was not very loud even though I had it at 100%.  So, if I mistakenly report something you find Doctor said differently, please understand why, as it was at times almost impossible for me to hear his talk.

One of the points Doctor made was 70% of ASD children are contaminated with aluminum, which is a co-infection agent in human bodies.  Where does all the aluminum come from?  Numerous sources like mandatory vaccines/vaccinations [2], but more so from Solar Radiation Management (SRM) spraying, aka chemtrails, where anodized aluminum [3] has been found in assays done on air samples.  Dr. Klinghardt claims aluminum seven thousand (7,000) times greater/higher than the EPA allows has been found in air samples and humans are forced to breathe Al into our lungs, thereby contaminating our brains and other organs.

...

16:01

Save on shipping! Lowered Rates. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

We are proud to announce significant price cuts on all shipping rates. Customers from US save the most, with up to $10 per parcel. All our shipments are all expedited and you get a tracking number. We exclusively use Canada Post/USPS as carriers. As a thank you to our beloved customers we randomly add $20

15:36

Sleeping in on the weekend can compensate for lost sleep, study says "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Researchers from Sweden have found that sleeping in on days off could help you live a longer life. For those of us who live very busy lives and dont get a lot of sleep, this is good news! The study published at the end of May in the Journal of Sleep Research focused on the impact of weekend []

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15:36

Serious Flaws Found in Journal Standards, Document Review Shows "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Serious Flaws Found in Journal Standards, Document Review Shows

By Gary Ruskin

When vital public health research reports are published in refereed journals, there is a heightened expectation that they meet professional standards of scientific integrity. But a new paper published in the Journal of Public Health Policy finds that those standards have been egregiously and intentionally violated with respect to papers dealing with a popular pesticide.

The paper is authored by Sheldon Krimsky (PhD), the Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning at Tufts University, and author of Science in the Private Interest, and Carey Gillam, Research Director of U.S. Right to Know and author of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science

The paper reviews court-released discovery documents obtained from litigation against Monsanto Co. over its herbicide Roundup and documents released through Freedom of Information Act requests (requests to regulatory agencies and public universities in the United St...

15:35

Why Your Medicinal Herb Kit Should Have Yarrow "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Why Your Medicinal Herb Kit Should Have Yarrow

By Jeremiah Johnson

Tis the season to gather up some yarrow. Yes, Ready Nutrition Readers! Lets delve into it and see what this articles herbal focus has to offer. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is an aromatic perennial herb found primarily in Western North America. If you cant find it in your home state, you can easily obtain it in a store selling herbs or naturopathic supplements.

If you can find it in your state, youre in luck! Youll be able to gather it for free. Yarrow is a multipurpose medicinal herb and has been used for many thousands of years. Yarrow can be used to treat:

  • burns
  • boils
  • blisters
  • ear infections
  • sores
  • bug bites

Yarrow treatments can be made in the form of a tea and then wiped on as an astringent or applying the leaves directly to the afflicted area.

Taken internally as a tea, it can be used against fever, diarrhea, and colds. The herb should not be used in people subject to excessive clotting in the blood, or with pregnant women and nursing mothers. The really great value in yarrow, however, is not with all of these, but with its styptic properties: it stops bleeding.

It derives its name from the Greek warrior-hero Achilles, who it was said stopped bleeding of fellow warriors and saved many lives with the application of this plant to t...

15:24

Teeth bared as anti-flouridation campaign heats up "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, has rejected calls to force towns like Oberon and Byron Bay to fluoridate drinking water, saying consultation was more effective than forcing compliance with a baseball bat.

Mr Hazzard said local and state governments had a duty of care to try to win the debate, and convince councils to add fluoride into the water.

The NSW health department is expected to send Oberon residents an information package this week on the benefits of fluoridation before council votes in July on whether to change its anti-fluoridation position.

But experts like Dr Wendell Evans, the co-chair of the Alliance for a Cavity Free Future, say local government does not have the moral or legal right to deny children and adults access to a proven and cost-effective health benefit.

Dr Evans, the former head of Community Oral Health at Sydney University, conducted much of the research into the impact of fluoridation in NSW.

Health department research presented to Oberon council in 2014 when it last debated fluoridation showed local children aged five to 10 years averaged 3.8 decayed, missing and filled baby teeth compared to only 1.5 teeth in nearby fluoridated Orange.

Children under four from areas without fluoridation were admitted to hospital for removal of bad teeth at four to six times the rate as children in fluoridated areas, the presentation showed.

Because the benefits were proven, the government should either force councils to comply or apply stiff sanctions, Dr Evans aid.

The Oppositions health spokesman, Walt Secord, also supports a more punitive approach: If elected, he has promised legislation that would fine councils that refuse to fluoridate about $5000 a day.

About 97 per cent of NSW is fluoridated, but 17 of 83 local governments dont add fluoride to the water.

Mr Hazzard said some remote councils dont have access to the correct equipment and technical experts required to operate the system safely within the fluoride code.  

And he agrees with the Opposition that the tactics used by the anti-fluoride campaigners are similar to the anti-vaccination lobby.

...

15:14

DIY Hormone Balancing Bath Melts "IndyWatch Feed Health"

I stumbled upon this the other day when I was looking for something on YouTube and just knew many of you would LOVE it. RELATED STORY: 9 Proven Ways to Fix The Hormones That Control Your Weight As we get older, our hormones change. However, that doesnt mean you have to run to the doctor to []

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15:07

Essential Oils for Abundant Living: 10-Part Video Masterclass for FREE "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(Note from Erin: Just in case you dont get my newsletter I wanted to draw your attention to something amazing thats coming up. Oh and if you havent already signed up for my newsletter, go to the bottom of any story and look for the picture below. Read on!) While some of you may have been []

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14:35

The ultimate lung foods, an important read if youre over 30 "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola Flavonoids are a group of polyphenols, phytonutrients found in most fruits and vegetables. There are more than 6,000 unique flavonoids, but as a group, theyre most well-known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and have been found to lower the risk of many chronic conditions rooted in inflammation. Anthocyanins, specifically found in []

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14:34

Foods with negative calories "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on June 7th, 2018 What are some dietary strategies for the prevention and treatment of obesity? Large portion sizes are often targeted, so restriction of portion size is an important element of many diet programs. But its hard to get people to eat less food. A more effective approach may be to shift the []

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14:32

Labs warn of dangerous, contaminated pot at dispensaries "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(Note from Erin: My editor has a friend with a medical cannabis card in Michigan and according to her, all their products are organic and tested at another facility so things like this DONT happen. You should know where even your cannabis comes from.) In late April the California State Bureau of Cannabis announced that with []

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14:31

We should start manufacturing dental materials, it is a 15000 Cr INR market : Sathyanarayanan "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Shahid Akhter, editor, ETHealthworld spoke to Sathyanarayanan, Associate Vice-President, Marketing of Group Pharmaceuticals Limited, Bangalore, to know more about the trends and challenges in digital dentistry market in India. Edited excerpts:

Why is digital dentistry using CAD/CAM so relevant today?
The global dental market is around $37 billion dollars, growing at the rate of 11%. The Indian market is almost 7000 Crores INR, and the growth is almost 14%.

When did you start this company and what was your journey like?
In dental products, there are two types of marketing: FMCG types of marketing and ethical marketing. In FMCG marketing, many multinational companies are producing the products like Colgate who has 55% of the market share, Hindustan Unilever Limited with 19% market share and Dabur with 15% market share. So, in ethical marketing, the pharmaceutical companies are involved and they promote the brands to dentists who then prescribe the brands. The ethical companies do not go to the consumer and sell their products, but doctors are prescribing for particular disorders, and the oral care market in prescription products is almost 550 Crores INR, which is growing at the rate of 8%. In India, there are 689 dental institutions and colleges, and more than 40,000 graduates are coming out every year. There are also 4,000 post-graduates coming out every year. However, if one looks at the ratio of dentist/patient in urban is 1/10000 whereas in rural India, the ratio is 1/1.5 lakhs.

So, still the main problem is in rural areas where dental awareness is not there, and people are not aware of how to manage their teeth. In the urban market, people are using mouthwashes, dental flosses etc. which are advanced but in the rural market, they are not using these advanced products but they are using toothpaste now which is the outcome of a slow transition from tooth powder. So, in research if one sees the advancement and other things in dentistry, the major problem of the bacteria or dental caries, is that 85% of Indians suffer from it and 79% of Indians suffer from periodontitis or gingival problems. So the main research areas has been in this segment for many decades. Until the last decade, fluoride was the only material everyone was relying on to treat caries. But slowly now, after finding out that there are so many cases, especially in states such as Gujarat, Karnataka, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, lots of fluoride is found in drinking water and about 22% of the people who are consuming this water are suffering from fluorosis. So in fluorosis patients, fluoride is not given because fluoride is available in the water they are consuming. So research goes in such a way that how...

14:24

MATRIX REGENERATION THERAPY HEALING MEANS UNITY "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Lives are coherent conditions. All body cells react and proceed as ONE. The aim of any therapy is thus to re-establish the unity (oneness) of all the cells in the body. The connective tissue matrix plays the most important role in doing so, as it fulfills the communication function between our cells. If matrix communication

14:00

Philosophers, meet the plagiarism police. His name is Michael Dougherty. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Some researchers spot an issue with a paper, groan inwardly, and move on. Not Michael Dougherty. Over the years, the philosophy professor at Ohio Dominican University has sent us several tips about plagiarized papers, which have led to numerous editorial notices including a correction to a more than 30-year-old paper written by a cat, Continue reading Philosophers, meet the plagiarism police. His name is Michael Dougherty.

12:01

Europes Mental Health Institutions Uniformly Substandard, Says WHO "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The Guardian: Mental health institutions in Europe are failing to safeguard residents human rights, with many described as shocking by experts who have found not one institution among 75 visited across the continent fully met all of the standards set by the United Nations.

While some institutions took care to train staff to deal with crises, create individual recovery plans and provide access to legal support, others failed to even partially meet such standards.

The findings are part of a broader report, produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the assessment of institutions such as mental hospitals and social care homes covering 25 countries across Europe. It notes instances of patients sleeping on floors, bedbug infestations, lack of toilet paper and broken windows with many facilities not even having toilet doors and shower screens or curtains. In addition, most did not offer patients any form of occupation.

Residents often had literally nothing to do and were not given opportunities for learning or training in skills that might provide them with an occupation, the authors write.

Article 

12:00

New Study Links Lowered Probability of Pregnancy in Females 25 - 29 to HPV Vaccination "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A lowered probability of pregnancy in females in the USA aged 2529 who received a human papilloma vaccine injection Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, DOI: 10.1080/15287394.2018.1477640 ABSTRACT Birth rates in the United States have recently fallen. Birth...

11:59

10 Day Autism & Sensory Processing Disorder Online Summit "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A unique online event for parents that will help you identify opportunities to help your child. June 11 - 20. Having a child with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder is challenging. Figuring out what to do to help them...

11:24

Researchers Explore the Relationship Between Spiritual Emergence, Psychosis and Personality "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Request for research participants on behalf of researchers at the School of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, University of New England, Australia.

The research aims to explore the relationship between spiritual emergence, psychosis and personality. Spiritual emergence is a process of integrating spiritual awareness and experience (e.g., mystical and paranormal phenomena, unusual emotional and physical sensations), which generally facilitates positive transformation and growth. However, if the process occurs very rapidly or is triggered suddenly (e.g., via a traumatic experience), it may become unmanageable and an individual may experience states of crisis (involving psychological distress, coping difficulties, and a lack of understanding by self and/or others). Severe cases may exhibit symptoms commonly diagnosed as clinical psychosis. Investigating spiritual emergence in relation to psychosis and personality may offer insight into possible predictive and protective factors.

Participation is open to any member of the general population aged 18 years or over and proficient in English. You do not need to have experienced spiritual emergence to participate. 

If you wish to participate in this research, the link below will guide you to an anonymous online questionnaire. The questionnaire takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. Your participation in this research is highly valued and will contribute to a deeper understanding of spiritual emergence and its relationship with psychosis and personality.

Questionnaire and more information 

10:32

These findings indicate that zinc supplementation exerts a preventive effect with respect to monosodium iodoacetate-induced Osteoarthritis progress. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Nutrients. 2018 Apr 11 ;10(4). Epub 2018 Apr 11. PMID: 29641501 Abstract Title:  Zinc Protects Articular Chondrocytes through Changes in Nrf2-Mediated Antioxidants, Cytokines and Matrix Metalloproteinases. Abstract:  Osteoarthritis (OA) is an age-related degenerative joint disease characterized by high oxidative stress, chondrocyte death and cartilage damage. Zinc has been implicated in the antioxidant capacity of the cell, and its deficiency might inhibit chondrocyte proliferation. The present study examined the potential of zinc as a preventive supplement against OA using the in vitro chondrosarcoma cell line SW1353 and an in vivo Wistar rat model to mimic OA progress induced by monosodium iodoacetate (MIA). The results demonstrated that, in SW1353 cells, 5M MIA exposure increased oxidative stress and decreased the expression of GPx1 and Mn-SOD but still increased GSH levels and HO-1 expression and enhanced the expression of interleukin (IL)-10, IL-1, and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-13. Zinc addition could block these changes. Besides, the expression of Nrf2 and phosphorylated (p)-Akt was dramatically increased, implicating the p-Akt/Nrf2 pathway in the effects of zinc on MIA-treated cells. A rat model achieved similar results as those of cell culture, and 1.6 mg/kg/day of zinc supplementation is sufficient to prevent OA progress, while 8.0 mg/kg/day of zinc supplementation does not have a better effect. These findings indicate that zinc supplementation exerts a preventive effect with respect to MIA-induced OA progress.

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10:23

Atopic asthmatics might benefit from zinc supplements. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Cytokine. 2018 Apr 18. Epub 2018 Apr 18. PMID: 29680371 Abstract Title:  The immunomodulatory role of zinc in asthmatic patients. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Zinc deficiency may play an important role in the development of atopic asthma.THE AIM OF THE WORK: To assess serum zinc levels in adult atopic, non-atopic asthmatic patients, and in healthy controls and to investigate its modulatory effect on production of interferon gamma (IFN-) and interleukin-10 (IL-10) by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in vitro.METHODS: Sixty asthmatics and 30 apparently healthy volunteers were included in this study. All patients were subjected to history taking, clinical examination, pulmonary function tests, skin prick test (SPT), serum zinc assessment by a colorimetric method as well as serum total IgE measurement by Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). PBMCs were activated in vitro in the presence and absence of zinc, and then cell culture supernatants were analyzed for IFN- and IL-10 by ELISA.RESULTS: Serum zinc levels were significantly lower in atopic asthmatics than non-atopic asthmatics and healthy controls. In atopic asthmatics, highly significant correlations were found between zinc levels and total Ig E levels as well as FEV1. In culture, zinc triggers IFN- and inhibits IL-10 production by PBMCs, in atopic asthmatics. In non atopic asthmatics and healthy controls, IFN- and IL-10 were slightly affected by zinc supplementation in culture.CONCLUSION: Serum zinc levels affect asthma phenotypes. Atopic asthmatics might benefit from zinc supplements.

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10:19

Zinc supplementation had beneficial effects in type 2 diabetic rats. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2018 May 4. Epub 2018 May 4. PMID: 29726717 Abstract Title:  Anti-oxidant, Anti-inflammatory and Anti-apoptotic Effects of Zinc Supplementation in Experimental-Induced Diabetic Rat testes. Abstract:  AIM: One of the major obstacles that male diabetics may confront is sub-infertility and infertility. Thus the present study aims at investigating the role of co-administration of metformin and zinc (Zn) on the testes of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rat.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male albino rats were randomly divided into four groups: Control group; Diabetic non treated group; Diabetic + Metformin group, in which diabetic rats were treated by metformin 250 mg/kg orally once daily for 4 weeks; Diabetic + Metformin+ Zn group, in which diabetic rats treated for 4 weeks by metformin in combination with Zn 10mg/kg, orally once daily.RESULTS: Concomitant administration of metformin and Zn produced a significant decrease in the serum levels of glucose, insulin and testicular levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and TNF-. Additionally, there was a significant increase in the serum levels of Zn, testosterone, FSH and testicular total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and anti-apoptotic marker; Bcl-2, when compared to both the diabetic and metformin treated diabetic groups. Moreover, co-supplementation of Zn and metforminsignificantly improved the testicular histopathology with a significant reduction in the % area of collagen fibers, the NF-B/p65 immunoreactivity and a significant increase in the seminiferous tubular diameter and the junctional protein, connexin (CX43) immunoreactivity as compared with the diabetic group and metformin treated diabetic group.CONCLUSION: Addition of Zn to metformin was an efficacious and safe alternative treatment as it had superior anti-hyperglycemia efficacy and provides additional benefits than metformin alone in type 2 diabetic rats.

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10:06

Zinc supplementation ameliorates diabetic cataract. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biol Trace Elem Res. 2018 May 13. Epub 2018 May 13. PMID: 29756175 Abstract Title:  Zinc Supplementation Ameliorates Diabetic Cataract Through Modulation of Crystallin Proteins and Polyol Pathway in Experimental Rats. Abstract:  Non-enzymatic glycation of lens proteins and elevated polyol pathway in the eye lens have been the characteristic features of a diabetic condition. We have previously reported the benefits of zinc supplementation in reducing hyperglycemia and associated metabolic abnormalities and oxidative stress in diabetic rats. The current study explored whether zinc supplementation protects against cataractogenesis through modulation of glycation of lens proteins, elevated polyol pathway, oxidative stress, and proportion of different heat shock proteins in the eye lens of diabetic rats. Streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats were fed with a zinc-enriched diet (5 and 10 times of normal) for 6 weeks. Supplemental zinc alleviated the progression and maturation of diabetes-induced cataract. Zinc was also effective in preventing the reduced content of total and imbalanced proportion of soluble proteins in the lens. Supplemental zinc also alleviated cross-linked glycation and concomitant expression of the receptor of glycated products and oxidative stress indicators in the eye lens. Zinc supplementation further induced the concentration of heat shock protein in the eye lens of diabetic rats, specifically -crystallin. Zinc supplementation counteracted the elevated activity and expression of polyol pathway enzymes and molecules in the lens. The results of this animal study endorsed the advantage of zinc supplementation in exerting the antiglycating influence and downregulating polyol pathway enzymes to defer cataractogenesis in diabetic rats.

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09:59

Zinc mitigates renal ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Cell Physiol. 2018 May 15. Epub 2018 May 15. PMID: 29761825 Abstract Title:  Zinc mitigates renal ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats by modulating oxidative stress, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and autophagy. Abstract:  Oxidative stress is a major factor involved in the pathogenesis of renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Exogenous zinc (Zn) was suggested as a potent antioxidant; however, the mechanism by which it strengthens the organ resistance against the effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is not yet investigated. The present study aims to determine whether acute zinc chloride (ZnCl) administration could attenuate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, autophagy, and inflammation after renal I/R. Rats were subjected to either sham operation (Sham group, n=6), or 1hr of bilateral ischemia followed by 2hr of reperfusion (I/R groups, n=6), or they received ZnClorally 24hr and 30min before ischemia (ZnClgroup, n=6). Rats were subjected to 1hr of bilateral renal ischemia followed by 2hr of reperfusion (I/R group, n=6). Our results showed that ZnClenhances renal function and reduces cytolysis (p

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09:52

Zinc supplementation may offer a promise as a potential pharmaceutical therapy for osteoporosis and other bone loss conditions. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Stem Cells Dev. 2018 May 31. Epub 2018 May 31. PMID: 29848179 Abstract Title:  Zinc Promotes Osteoblast Differentiation in Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells via Activation of the cAMP-PKA-CREB Signaling Pathway. Abstract:  The crucial trace element zinc stimulates osteogenesis in vitro and in vivo. However, the pathways mediating these effects remain poorly understood. This study aimed to investigate the effects of zinc on osteoblast differentiation in human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) and to identify the molecular mechanisms of these effects. In hBMSCs, zinc exposure resulted in a dose-dependent increase in osteogenesis and increased mRNA and protein levels of the master transcriptional factor RUNX2. Analyzing the upstream signaling pathways of RUNX2, we found that protein kinase A (PKA) signaling inhibition blocked zinc-induced osteogenic effects. Zinc exposure increased transcriptional activity and protein levels of phospho-CREB and enhanced translocation of phospho-CREB into the nucleus. These effects were reversed by H-89, a potent inhibitor of PKA. Moreover, zinc exposure led to dose-dependent increases in levels of intracellular cAMP. These findings indicate that zinc activates the PKA signaling pathway by triggering an increase in intracellular cAMP, leading to enhanced osteogenic differentiation in hBMSCs. Our results suggest that zinc exerts osteogenic effects in hBMSCs by activation of RUNX2 via the cAMP-PKA-CREB signaling pathway. Zinc supplementation may offer a promise as a potential pharmaceutical therapy for osteoporosis and other bone loss conditions.

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09:40

Magnesium supplementation may represent a safe and cost-effective strategy to reduce inflammation and restore normal mucosal function. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2018 May 18. Epub 2018 May 18. PMID: 29788266 Abstract Title:  Dietary Magnesium Alleviates Experimental Murine Colitis Through Upregulation of the Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin 6 Channel. Abstract:  Background: Magnesium (Mg) is essential for human health and is absorbed mainly in the intestine. In view of the likely occurrence of an Mg deficit in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and the documented role of Mg in modulating inflammation, the present study addresses whether Mg availability can affect the onset and progression of intestinal inflammation.Methods: To study the correlation between Mg status and disease activity, we measured magnesemia by atomic absorption spectroscopy in a cohort of IBD patients. The effects of dietary Mg modulation were assessed in a murine model of dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis by monitoring magnesemia, weight, fecal occult blood, diarrhea, colon length, and histology. Expression of the transient receptor potential melastatin (TRPM) 6 channel was assessed by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry in murine colon tissues. The effect of Mg on epithelial barrier formation/repair was evaluated in human colon cell lines.Results: Inflammatory bowel disease patients presented with a substantial Mg deficit, and serum Mg levels were inversely correlated with disease activity. In mice, an Mg-deficient diet caused hypomagnesemia and aggravated DSS-induced colitis. Colitis severely compromised intestinal Mg2+ absorption due to mucosal damage and reduction in TRPM6 expression, but Mg supplementation resulted in better restoration of mucosal integrity and channel expression.Conclusions: Our results highlight the importance of evaluating and correcting magnesemia in IBD patients. The murine model suggests that Mg supplementation may represent a safe and cost-effective strategy to reduce inflammation and restore normal mucosal function.

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09:25

Magnesium supplementation improves MetS by reducing blood pressure, hyperglycemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2018 May ;25(3):261-266. PMID: 29793665 Abstract Title:  Oral Magnesium Supplementation and Metabolic Syndrome: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Abstract:  The objective of the study was to evaluate the efficacy of oral magnesium supplementation in the improvement of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components. This is a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial that enrolled 198 individuals with MetS and hypomagnesemia who were randomly allocated to receive either 30 mL of magnesium chloride 5% solution, equivalent to 382 mg of elemental magnesium (n = 100), or placebo solution (n = 98), daily for 16 weeks. Serum magnesium levels

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09:20

Oral magnesium supplementation reduces vascular calcification in patients with chronic kidney disease. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2018 May ;25(3):281-290. PMID: 29793668 Abstract Title:  Magnesium as a Calcification Inhibitor. Abstract:  Vascular calcification (VC) is associated with elevated cardiovascular mortality rates in patients with CKD. Recent clinical studies of patients with advanced CKD have observed an association between low serum magnesium (Mg) levels on one hand and elevated VC and cardiovascular mortality on the other. These findings have stimulated interest in understanding Mg's impact on CKD in general and the associated VC in particular. In vitro and preclinical in vivo data indicate that Mg has the potential to protect vascular smooth muscle cells against calcification via several different molecular mechanisms. Accordingly, data from pilot interventional studies in the clinic suggest that oral Mg supplementation reduces VC in patients with CKD. The present review provides an overview of our current understanding of the impact of Mg on the development of VC in patients with CKD.

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08:59

The results evidenced the beneficial actions mate can have on metabolic disturbances of diabetes. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2018 Jun 1 ;105:370-376. Epub 2018 Jun 1. PMID: 29864625 Abstract Title:  Effect of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis) extract on the metabolism of diabetic rats. Abstract:  The relationship between metabolic disturbances and clinical events related to diabetes is well known. Yerba mate has presented a potential use as preventive and therapeutic agent on diabetes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of yerba mate on different tissues of diabetic rats, focusing on energetic metabolism. Diabetes was induced by streptozotocin, followed by daily yerba mate treatment. After 30 days, the animals were euthanized to evaluate metabolic parameters on liver, adipose tissue, muscle and serum. The results showed mate treatment promoted a decrease in retroperitoneal adipose tissue in healthy animals. Muscle weight returned to control levels in diabetic rats treated with mate. There was improvement on serum glucose, creatinine, urea and total protein levels associated with mate treatment. Muscle parameters, such as glucose uptake and carbon dioxide production, were improved by mate treatment to control levels. The results evidenced the beneficial actions mate can have on metabolic disturbances of diabetes.

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08:31

These data support the antioxidant properties' nutraceutical role of Moringa oleifera against titanium dioxide nanoparticles-induced toxicity. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Biol Trace Elem Res. 2018 May 4. Epub 2018 May 4. PMID: 29728821 Abstract Title:  Moringa oleifera Leaves Extract Protects Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles-Induced Nephrotoxicity via Nrf2/HO-1 Signaling and Amelioration of Oxidative Stress. Abstract:  The efficacy of Moringa oleifera leaf extract (MO) in alleviating nephrotoxicity induced by titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiONPs) was studied. Rats were divided into four groups. Group I received distilled water. Group II received TiONPs. Group III received both TiONPs suspension beside MO. Group IV received MO only. Kidney KIM-1, NF-B TNF-, and HSP-70 expression were significantly upregulated while both Nrf2 and HO-1were significantly downregulated in TiONPs-treated rats. MO decreases expression of KIM-1, NF-B, TNF-, and HSP-70. In addition, MO has markedly upregulated the expression of Nrf2 and HO-1. In conclusion, MO can inhibit nephrotoxicity by suppressing oxidative stress and inflammation. These effects are suggested to be mediated by activating Nrf2/HO-1.The biochemical analysis and histopathological finding reinforced these results. These data support the antioxidant properties' nutraceutical role of MO against TiONPs-induced toxicity.

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08:25

These findings suggest that M. oleifera seed extract could be a potent neuropharmacological treatment against amnesia. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Front Pharmacol. 2018 ;9:389. Epub 2018 Apr 24. PMID: 29740317 Abstract Title:  Seed Extract Alleviates Scopolamine-Induced Learning and Memory Impairment in Mice. Abstract:  The extract ofseeds has been shown to possess various pharmacological properties. In the present study, we assessed the neuropharmacological effects of 70% ethanolicseed extract (MSE) on cognitive impairment caused by scopolamine injection in mice using the passive avoidance and Morris water maze (MWM) tests. MSE (250 or 500 mg/kg) was administered to mice by oral gavage for 7 or 14 days, and cognitive impairment was induced by intraperitoneal injection of scopolamine (4 mg/kg) for 1 or 6 days. Mice that received scopolamine alone showed impaired learning and memory retention and considerably decreased cholinergic system reactivity and neurogenesis in the hippocampus. MSE pretreatment significantly ameliorated scopolamine-induced cognitive impairment and enhanced cholinergic system reactivity and neurogenesis in the hippocampus. Additionally, the protein expressions of phosphorylated Akt, ERK1/2, and CREB in the hippocampus were significantly decreased by scopolamine, but these decreases were reversed by MSE treatment. These results suggest that MSE-induced ameliorative cognitive effects are mediated by enhancement of the cholinergic neurotransmission system and neurogenesis via activation of the Akt, ERK1/2, and CREB signaling pathways. These findings suggest that MSE could be a potent neuropharmacological drug against amnesia, and its mechanism might be modulation of cholinergic activity via the Akt, ERK1/2, and CREB signaling pathways.

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08:12

These results document the potent chemoprotective potential in 11 of 12 Moringa species. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Sci Rep. 2018 May 22 ;8(1):7994. Epub 2018 May 22. PMID: 29789618 Abstract Title:  The Diversity of Chemoprotective Glucosinolates in Moringaceae (Moringa spp.). Abstract:  Glucosinolates (GS) are metabolized to isothiocyanates that may enhance human healthspan by protecting against a variety of chronic diseases. Moringa oleifera, the drumstick tree, produces unique GS but little is known about GS variation within M. oleifera, and even less in the 12 other Moringa species, some of which are very rare. We assess leaf, seed, stem, and leaf gland exudate GS content of 12 of the 13 known Moringa species. We describe 2 previously unidentified GS as major components of 6 species, reporting on the presence of simple alkyl GS in 4 species, which are dominant in M. longituba. We document potent chemoprotective potential in 11 of 12 species, and measure the cytoprotective activity of 6 purified GS in several cell lines. Some of the unique GS rank with the most powerful known inducers of the phase 2 cytoprotective response. Although extracts of most species induced a robust phase 2 cytoprotective response in cultured cells, one was very low (M. longituba), and by far the highest was M. arborea, a very rare and poorly known species. Our results underscore the importance of Moringa as a chemoprotective resource and the need to survey and conserve its interspecific diversity.

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07:00

Questionable Tactics Used in Vaccine Safety Testing "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

In December 2017, Slate magazine published an astonishing article about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil, revealing how the safety trials for this controversial vaccine actually "weren't designed to properly assess safety."1 Gardasil is supposed to prevent infection by certain strains of HPV virus, which in rare cases may cause cervical cancer if left untreated.

However, trial data from Merck shows that Gardasil vaccinations may actually increase your risk of cervical cancer by 44.6 percent if you have been exposed to HPV strains 16 or 18 prior to vaccination.2 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made this document inaccessible, but we've saved a copy of it. In his Slate article, investigative journalist Frederik Joelving recounts the story of Kesia Lyng, a 30-year-old Danish woman who, at the age of 19, participated in a clinical trial for Merck's Gardasil vaccine

"Lyng's grandmother had died of cervical cancer the year before, so when a letter arrived offering her $500 to take part in a crucial international test of Gardasil, the decision was easy," Joelving writes. "She got her first shot of the vaccine at Hvidovre Hospital in Copenhagen on September 19, 2002. The symptoms snuck up on her shortly after her second shot on November 14.

They never abated. It wasn't until 2016 that she received her diagnosis chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) In recent years, Lyng has become suspicious that there is a connection between her disease and her Gardasil immunization. Her ailments evoke descriptions found in hundreds of news stories from women who also received the vaccine, as well as several medical case reports from around the world."

HPV Vaccine Linked to Serious Side Effects, Including Death

Reported side effects of Gardasil vaccination include immune-based inflammatory neurodegenerative disorders, suggesting something is causing the immune system to overreact in a detrimental way, sometimes fatally.3,4 The dangers of high immunogenicity was addressed in my 2015...

The Factory Farm Toilet "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

One of the litany of problems with industrialized agriculture, particularly concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), is the huge quantity of wastes produced and how its managed. Theres no easy way to deal with the staggering amounts of urine and manure produced by these facilities, which approach that produced by small cities, reaching over 335 million tons annually (and thats just for dry matter).1

Some CAFOs treat animal feces in open air often unlined lagoons and dispose of the waste by spraying it onto nearby fields.2 Although the creation of new CAFO lagoons and the spray systems were banned in 2007, older farms are still allowed to use them. While reasonable amounts of manure from healthy cows can, in fact, make excellent fertilizer, covering farm fields in the waste from diseased CAFO cows is another matter entirely, especially because its used in excess quantities.

The liquefied waste often leaches into groundwater and wells, poisoning drinking water, and runs off into waterways, turning once pristine bodies of water into veritable toilets. The resulting damage includes an excess of nutrients that lead to algae overgrowth, depleting the water of oxygen and killing fish and other marine life in expansive dead zones.

This, combined with the excess fertilizers applied to monocrops like corn and soy, sends a steady stream of nitrogen and phosphorus to both surface and groundwater, spreading potentially disease-causing organisms and unsustainable amounts of nutrients along the way. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is the largest recorded dead zone in the world, beginning at the Mississippi River delta and spanning more than 8,700 square miles and industrial agricultural pollution is primarily to blame.

Iowa CAFOs Are Ruining the Mississippi River

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), manure from industrial agriculture is the primary source of nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways.3 So, its not surprising that areas with an abundance of agriculture, like the state of Iowa, would contribute more than their share of this environmentally devastating pollution. Indeed, a study published in PLOS One set out to quantify Iowas contribution of nitrogen pollution to the Mississippi River,...

Pharmaceuticals, Strip Clubs and Guns "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

As the opioid epidemic continues to take its toll on Americans, killing 115 every day,1 many are starting to ask the tough questions of how it got this bad. In many cases, drugs that were originally intended only for treating severe pain have become go-to treatments for mild and chronic pain, such as back pain. Subsys, a fentanyl under-the-tongue spray, is among the worst offenders.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be 100 times more potent than morphine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug for treating breakthrough pain in cancer patients a type of severe pain that occurs despite the patient being treated with other painkillers. Yet, in a complaint filed by the U.S. government, it's alleged that Insys, which manufactures the drug, focused its marketing campaign on treating pain in general.

The complaint is the result of an investigation into five whistleblower cases filed by former Insys sales representatives as well as workers for a pharmacy benefits manager that processed insurance claims for Subsys.2 The whistleblower lawsuits have recently been unsealed, revealing the many sordid tactics used by drug companies to convince doctors to prescribe their highly addictive drugs to unsuspecting patients.

Drug Sales Reps Use Strip Clubs, Kickbacks and Trips to Shooting Ranges to Drive Prescriptions Up

Subsys was approved in 2012 and approached sales of $500 million just three years later. This dramatic rise in sales was not happenstance but a carefully orchestrated marketing ploy for a highly addictive drug. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it was intervening in the five whistleblower lawsuits, which accuse Insys of paying illegal kickbacks and defrauding federal health programs in the marketing of Subsys. According to a DOJ press release:3

"The government's complaint alleges that Insys paid kickbacks to induce physicians and nurse practitioners to prescribe Subsys for their patients. Many of these kickbacks allegedly took the form of sham speaker fees to physicians, jobs for the prescribers' relatives and friends, and lavish meals and entertainment.

The United States also alleges that Insys improperly encouraged physicians to prescribe Subsys for patients who did not have cancer, and that Insys employees lied to insurers about patients' diagnoses...

06:58

Administration of moringa leaves extract proved to have a significant effect that can be used to reduce radiation damage. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Prog Biophys Mol Biol. 2018 Jun 6. Epub 2018 Jun 6. PMID: 29885347 Abstract Title:  Dielectric and thermodynamic study of Hb exploring Moringa Oleifera leaves extract potential against radiation damage. Abstract:  This work has a major interest of the use of Moringa oleifera leaves extract as protective and protective-therapeutic natural supplement helping the biosystem to stand against irradiation induced damage. Rats were orally administered with Moringa oleifera leaves extract by two modalities. The dielectric properties were measured over the frequency range 10- 2x10Hz and in the temperature window 283 - 313 K. The dielectric parameters were used to estimate some thermodynamic state functions and evaluate the energy within the Hb molecule. Information source will be the least invasive way consuming haemoglobin from blood sample. Results indicated that some physical parameters were better indicators than others and different modalities showed variant outcomes. In addition, administration of moringa leaves extract proved to have a significant effect that can be used to reduce radiation damage which may be due to constituents of Moringa.

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06:44

Single clove black garlic aqueous extract exerted beneficial effects on dyslipidemia and hepatitis induced by chronic carbon tetrachloride. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Hepatol. 2018 ;2018:9383950. Epub 2018 May 2. PMID: 29854468 Abstract Title:  Amelioration of Single Clove Black Garlic Aqueous Extract on Dyslipidemia and Hepatitis in Chronic Carbon Tetrachloride Intoxicated Swiss Albino Mice. Abstract:  Single clove garlic is the product of atypical bulbing process of garlic under specific conditions. Therefore, the number of researches on single clove garlic bioactivity is limited. Recently, the hepatoprotective effect of single clove garlic has been demonstrated. In this study, we investigated amelioration of single clove black garlic aqueous extract, a processed product from single clove garlic, on dyslipidemia and hepatitis induced by chronic administration of CCl. Mice were randomly divided into four groups: control, extract control, CClintoxication, and coadministrated CCland extract group. Mice were orally given a dose of 1ml/kg body weight of CClfor 28 days twice a week to establish chronic liver injury model. To evaluate the hepatoprotective effect of single clove black garlic, mice were cotreated with CCland single clove black garlic extract (200mg/kg body weight) via gastric gauge for 30 days. Cotreatment with CCland extract could improve the changes of body weight, liver weight, and relative liver weight as compared to CClintoxicated mice. Single clove black garlic ameliorated dyslipidemia and the elevation of ALT and AST levels induced by chronic CClintoxication. Histological studies revealed that single clove black garlic could prevent mononuclear cells infiltration and hepatocyte necrosis.

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06:36

Onion and garlic extracts potentiates the efficacy of conventional antibiotics against standard and clinical bacterial isolates. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Curr Top Med Chem. 2018 Jun 3. Epub 2018 Jun 3. PMID: 29866009 Abstract Title:  Onion and garlic extracts potentiates the efficacy of conventional antibiotics against standard and clinical bacterial isolates. Abstract:  INTRODUCTION: Onion (Allium cepa L.) and garlic (Allium sativum L.) extracts are traditionally used in many cultures as antimicrobial agents. Nonetheless, there is still a dearth of scientific validation pertaining to the antibacterial and possible antibiotic potentiating activity of these plants.METHODS: Decoction as traditionally used and methanol, ethanol, ethyl acetate, and acetone extracts of onion and garlic were evaluated for their antibacterial activity against 15 bacterial strains (6 ATCC strains and 9 clinical isolates) using the broth microdilution method to establish the minimum inhibitory concentration. The bacteriostatic and bactericidal actions were determined as compared to conventional antibiotics (streptomycin and chloramphenicol). Fractional inhibitory concentration (FIC) was determined to establish any synergistic interaction between the extracts and antibiotics using a modified checkerboard assay.RESULTS: The ethyl acetate extract of garlic showed bactericidal effect against 1 ATCC (E. coli) and 2 clinical isolates. Streptomycin produced only indifferent effect (FIC 1

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06:21

Allicin inhibits the proliferation and invasion in cholangiocarcinoma. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Cell Physiol Biochem. 2018 May 22 ;47(2):641-653. Epub 2018 May 22. PMID: 29794468 Abstract Title:  Allicin Inhibits Proliferation and Invasion in Vitro and in Vivo via SHP-1-Mediated STAT3 Signaling in Cholangiocarcinoma. Abstract:  BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a malignant tumor that is resistant to chemotherapy, so new therapeutic agents are needed. Allicin which is rapidly converted from allin by allinase, is one of the most biologically active compounds in freshly crushed garlic and has been shown to have strong anti-tumor effects. Our aim was to explore the molecular mechanism by which allicin affects the cell proliferation and invasion of CCA.METHODS: Cell viability and apoptosis were measured using the CCK-8 assay, colony formation assay, and flow cytometry. Cell migration and invasion were evaluated by wound healing and Transwell assays, respectively. The expression of several proteins involved in cell apoptosis and invasion were assessed by Western blot. The activation of STAT3 signaling was detected by Western blot and immunofluorescence staining. The involvement of SHP-1 was determined using small interfering RNA (siRNA). Moreover, a nude mouse model of human CCA was established to assess the anti-tumor effects of allicin in vivo.RESULTS: Allicin significantly suppressed CCA cell proliferation by activating the caspase cascade, inducing apoptosis, and reducing the expression of proteins downstream of STAT3, such as B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), while upregulating Bcl-2-associated X (Bax) protein. In addition, allicin inhibited the migration, invasion, and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of CCA cells. Moreover, the protein expression of MMP-2 and MMP-9 was significantly downregulated in CCA cells treated with allicin compared with CCA cells treated with control. Mechanistic investigations indicated that allicin upregulated SHP-1 expression in CCA, and pervanadate treatment reversed the allicin-induced downregulation of STAT3. Moreover, suppression of SHP-1 by siRNA overturned the effect of allicin on the induction of SHP-1 and inhibition of STAT3 activation. Additionally, treatment with allicin attenuated tumor growth in the nude mouse model of CCA.CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest that allicin suppresses cell proliferation and invasion via STAT3 signaling and may be a potential therapeutic agent for CCA.

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06:15

Allicin has powerful protective effects against ischemia/hypoxia-induced cell apoptosis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 ;2018:3207973. Epub 2018 Apr 16. PMID: 29849702 Abstract Title:  Effect of Allicin against Ischemia/Hypoxia-Induced H9c2 Myoblast Apoptosis via eNOS/NO Pathway-Mediated Antioxidant Activity. Abstract:  Allicin (2-propene-1-sulfinothioic acid-2-propenyl ester, diallyl thiosulfinate) is the main biologically active ingredient in garlic. The present study investigated the protective effect of allicin against cardiomyocyte apoptosis that was induced by ischemiaand the potential molecular mechanisms that were involved in this antiapoptotic effect. The results indicated that allicin increased H9c2 cell activity and attenuated the rate of apoptosis that was induced by ischemia/hypoxia. Intracellular calcium concentrations significantly decreased in the allicin-treated groups. Bax expression significantly decreased, and Bcl-2 expression increased in allicin-treated rats. Nitric oxide blockade significantly inhibited these effects. Allicin also increased the activity of SOD and NO release and decreased MDA levels. Allicin significantly increased the expression of eNOS, Nrf2, and HO-1 proteins. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that allicin protects H9c2 cells against apoptosis, and this protective effect appears to occur via eNOS/NO pathway-mediated antioxidant activity.

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06:03

Leishmanicidal activity of green tea leaves and pomegranate peel extracts on L. infantum. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Nat Prod Res. 2018 Jun 4:1-7. Epub 2018 Jun 4. PMID: 29863902 Abstract Title:  Leishmanicidal activity of green tea leaves and pomegranate peel extracts on L. infantum. Abstract:  Leishmania infantum is responsible for the cutaneous and visceral form of this zoonotic disease, which is potentially lethal for humans and has dogs as natural reservoir. In the light of the antiparasitic properties displayed by several natural products, L. infantum promastigotes were exposed to green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaves extract (GTE) and pomegranate (Punica granatum) peel extract (PPE). Both extracts, characterized by NMR and HPLC analysis, inhibited parasite proliferation in a dose-dependent manner, as proved by ICevaluation determined by MTT assay.Moreover, the reversibility assay showed that GTE and PPE have an aptotosis-mediated leishmanicidal effect, as evidenced by DNA degradation and confirmed by DNA fragmentation and real-time PCR analyses. Finally, for the first time morphological and ultrastructural alterations induced by a P. granatum extract on Leishmania were shown by the use of light, transmission and scanning electron microscopy.

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05:59

A review of the vasculoprotective effects of pomegranate. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Front Pharmacol. 2018 ;9:544. Epub 2018 May 24. PMID: 29881352 Abstract Title:  Vasculoprotective Effects of Pomegranate (L.). Abstract:  Pomegranate (L.), one of the oldest known edible fruits, is nowadays broadly consumed throughout the world. Its fruits and seeds as well as other anatomical compartments (e.g., flowers and leaves) are rich in numerous bioactive compounds and therefore, the scientific interest in this plant has been constantly growing in recent years. It has been shown that pomegranate and its extracts exhibit potent antioxidative, antimicrobial, and anticarcinogenic properties. The present review summarizes some recent studies on pomegranate, highlighting mainly its vasculoprotective role attributed to the presence of hydrolyzable tannins ellagitannins and ellagic acid, as well as other compounds (e.g., anthocyanins and flavonoids). Theseandstudies showed that substances derived from pomegranate reduce oxidative stress and platelet aggregation, diminish lipid uptake by macrophages, positively influence endothelial cell function, and are involved in blood pressure regulation. Clinical studies demonstrated that daily intake of pomegranate juice lessens hypertension and attenuates atherosclerosis in humans. Altogether, the reviewed studies point out the potential benefits of a broader use of pomegranate and its constituents as dietary supplements or as adjuvants in therapy of vascular diseases, such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, and peripheral artery disease.

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05:46

Antenatal pomegranate juice rescues hypoxia-induced fetal growth restriction in pregnant mice. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Placenta. 2018 Jun ;66:1-7. Epub 2018 Apr 16. PMID: 29884297 Abstract Title:  Antenatal pomegranate juice rescues hypoxia-induced fetal growth restriction in pregnant mice while reducing placental cell stress and apoptosis. Abstract:  INTRODUCTION: There is a need for prophylaxis to reduce placental-associated intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Pomegranate juice (PJ) is replete with phytochemicals having biological effects at non-pharmacological concentrations. We test the hypothesis that exposure of pregnant mice to hypoxia late in gestation induces cellular stress in the placenta, which can be ameliorated by antecedent maternal consumption of PJ.MATERIALS AND METHODS: We exposed pregnant mice to 12% or 21% oxygen, with food ad libitum or restricted, and with consumption of PJ or glucose between 12.5 and 18.5 days post conception (dpc). We examined the outcomes of the nine groups (n=10) at 18.5 dpc, quantifying fetal and placental weights and placental labyrinthine and junctional zone depths and areas. We assayed cellular stress by expression of Hsp90 and apoptosis by TUNEL staining and expression of cleaved caspase 3.RESULTS: Maternal exposure to 12% oxygen or food restriction in 21% oxygen, induced IUGR, compared to control. The labyrinth to junctional zone ratio was lower in hypoxic ad libitum, compared to normoxic food-restricted, placentas. Antenatal PJ prior to and during hypoxic exposure significantly improved fetal growth, reduced Hsp90 expression, and limited apoptosis in the labyrinth, while enhancing junctional zone apoptosis.DISCUSSION: Maternal exposure to hypoxia induces IUGR, cell stress, and apoptosis in mouse placentas. The labyrinth and junctional zone of the mouse placenta are differentially sensitive to FiOand to PJ. PJ offers benefits in the prophylaxis of IUGR in the mouse, but PJ effects on the junctional zone require further study.

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05:31

Dietary supplementation with blueberry partially restores T-cell-mediated function in high-fat-diet-induced obese mice. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Br J Nutr. 2018 Jun ;119(12):1393-1399. PMID: 29845904 Abstract Title:  Dietary supplementation with blueberry partially restores T-cell-mediated function in high-fat-diet-induced obese mice. Abstract:  Blueberry, rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals, has been demonstrated to lower inflammatory status in adipose induced by high-fat diet (HFD) and obesity. The effect of blueberry on systemic immune functions has not been examined. C57BL/6 mice were randomised to one of three diets - low-fat diet (LFD), HFD and HFD plus 4 % (w/w) blueberry (HFD+B) - for 8 or 12 weeks. Ex vivo T-cell mitogens (concanavalin A (Con A); phytohaemagglutinin), T-cell antibody (anti-CD3; anti-CD3/CD28)-stimulated T-cell proliferation and cytokine production were assessed. After 8 weeks, both HFD groups weighed more (>4 g) than the LFD group; after 12 weeks, HFD+B-fed mice weighed more (>6 g) and had 41 % more adipose tissue than HFD-fed mice (P

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05:27

Blueberries offer neuroprotection against post-operative cognitive dysfunction from general anesthesia. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Minerva Anestesiol. 2018 May 30. Epub 2018 May 30. PMID: 29856175 Abstract Title:  Post-operative cognitive dysfunction and short-term neuroprotection from blueberries: a pilot study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: General anesthesia may be a risk factor for postoperative cognitive impairment, which could be counteracted by neuroprotective compounds. The aims of this study were to determine cognitive functions impaired by general anesthesia and to test blueberry juice as a neuroprotective agent against neuropsychological dysfunctions induced by general anesthesia.METHODS: Twenty-six patients undergoing elective major surgery were randomized into two groups, receiving either 500 milliliters/day of blueberry juice within 14 preoperative days (G1) or to a control group (G0). Neuropsychological tests were performed around 20 days before surgery (T0), as well as both 3 hours (T1) and 24 hours (T2) postsurgery. All the scores were statistically analyzed to find significant differences between groups and within the three times.RESULTS: The control (G0) group showed a significant decrease in the performance of Prose Memory (p

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03:03

Dietary gallic acid and anthocyanin cytotoxicity on human fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Food Funct. 2014 Feb ;5(2):381-9. PMID: 24413695 Abstract Title:  Dietary gallic acid and anthocyanin cytotoxicity on human fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells. A study on the mode of action. Abstract:  Gallic acid and anthocyanins are abundant plant food bioactives present in many fruits and vegetables, being especially important in the composition of berries. Gallic acid has been shown to possess cytotoxic properties in several cancer cell lines and to inhibit carcinogenesis in animal models. However, its mechanism of action is not yet fully understood. The aim of this study was to elucidate whether the observed inhibitory activity of gallic acid against gelatinases corresponds to its cytotoxic activity in HT1080 cells and to determine if anthocyanins could exhibit a similar behavior. Gallic acid and delphinidin-3-glucoside have shown selective cytotoxicity towards HT1080 cells. Further analysis by a migration and invasion assay showed anti-invasive activities of gallic acid, delphinidin and pelargonidin-3-glucosides. Zymographic analysis demonstrated the inhibitory activity of gallic acid at the level of secreted and activated gelatinases. Moreover, gallic acid inhibited MMP-2 and MMP-9 proteolytic activity with very similar potency. NMR and molecular modelling experiments confirmed the interaction of gallic acid with MMP-2, and suggested that it takes place within the catalytic center. In this work we give some new experimental data supporting the role of these compounds in the inhibition of metalloproteases as the mechanism for their cytotoxic activity against fibrosarcoma.

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02:58

Gallic acid attenuates high-fat diet fed-streptozotocin-induced insulin resistance. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Eur J Pharmacol. 2014 Dec 15 ;745:201-16. Epub 2014 Nov 5. PMID: 25445038 Abstract Title:  Gallic acid attenuates high-fat diet fed-streptozotocin-induced insulin resistance via partial agonism of PPAR in experimental type 2 diabetic rats and enhances glucose uptake through translocation and activation of GLUT4 in PI3K/p-Akt signaling pathway. Abstract:  In this study, the therapeutic efficacy of gallic acid from Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (L.) Taub. (Fabaceae) beans was examined against high-fat diet fed-streptozotocin-induced experimental type 2 diabetic rats. Molecular-dockings were done to determine the putative binding modes of gallic acid into the active sites of key insulin-signaling markers. Gallic acid (20 mg/kg) given to high-fat diet fed-streptozotocin-induced rats lowered body weight gain, fasting blood glucose and plasma insulin in diabetic rats. It further restored the alterations of biochemical parameters to near normal levels in diabetic treated rats along with cytoprotective action on pancreatic-cell. Histology of liver and adipose tissues supported the biochemical findings. Gallic acid significantly enhanced the level of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) expression in the adipose tissue of treated rat compared to untreated diabetic rat; it also slightly activated PPAR expressions in the liver and skeletal muscle. Consequently, it improved insulin-dependent glucose transport in adipose tissue through translocation and activation of glucose transporter protein 4 (GLUT4) in phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/phosphorylated protein kinase B (p-Akt) dependent pathway. Gallic acid docked with PPAR; it exhibited promising interactions with the GLUT4, glucose transporter protein 1 (GLUT1), PI3K and p-Akt. These findings provided evidence to show that gallic acid could improve adipose tissue insulin sensitivity, modulate adipogenesis, increase adipose glucose uptake and protect -cells from impairment. Hence it can be used in the management of obesity-associated type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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02:44

This study shows that a high intake of menaquinones and high vitamin K status are associated with a lower occurrence of MetS. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Jun ;100(6):2472-9. Epub 2015 Apr 2. PMID: 25835288 Abstract Title:  Association Between Vitamin K and the Metabolic Syndrome: A 10-Year Follow-Up Study in Adults. Abstract:  CONTEXT: The Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of metabolic abnormalities and is associated with increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Phylloquinone, menaquinones, and vitamin K status are associated with several components of MetS, but the association with MetS has hardly been studied to date.OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to examine whether the intake and/or status of vitamin K is associated with MetS and its components.DESIGN: This study comprised two cohorts, one of 402 women and one of 400 men (age 40-80 y). At followup 625 participants were still alive and willing to participate. Data were analyzed both cross sectionally and longitudinally with Poisson and linear regression adjusted for multiple confounders. Baseline phylloquinone/menaquinone intakes were measured with a validated food frequency questionnaire and vitamin K status with serum desphospho-uncarborxylated matrix-Gla protein level.RESULTS: At baseline 270 (34.5%) participants had MetS and 171 (35.7%) at followup. Cross sectionally, high menaquinones intakes were associated (P(trend) = .08) with a lower prevalence of MetS with a prevalence ratio (PR) of 0.74 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.54-1.03) for the highest vs the lowest tertile. At followup, the highest tertiles of menaquinones intake (PR = 0.62; 95% CI, 0.40-0.95) and vitamin K status (PR = 0.57; 95% CI, 0.38-0.87) were associated (P(trend) = .01) with a lower occurrence of MetS. These associations were mainly driven by relations with lower triacylglycerol concentrations for menaquinones and lower waist circumference for vitamin K status. Phylloquinone intake was not associated with MetS prevalence.CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that a high intake of menaquinones and high vitamin K status are associated with a lower occurrence of MetS.

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02:23

Terminal Woman Cured of Breast Cancer With Own Cells After Chemo Failed "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Terminal Woman with Breast Cancer Cured Immunotherapy Chemo Failed

By Heather CallaghanEditor

In the worlds first case, a terminal woman with her life quickly ebbing away was cured of breast cancer after chemo failed to stave off the progression.

Thanks to new experimental immunotherapy, using her own cells, her body could finally overcome the cancerous cells.

The new kind of immunotherapy is called adoptive cell transfer and was used on the woman after she had given up fighting for her life.

GNN reports:

Judy Perkins, a 52-year-old engineer and mother-of-two from Florida, was given three months to life after several rounds of chemotherapy failed to keep the cancer from spreading to the rest of her body.

My condition deteriorated a lot towards the end, and I had a tumor pressing on a nerve, which meant I spent my time trying not to move at all to avoid pain shooting down my arm, Perkins told...

01:39

Why Mister Rogers message of love and kindness is good for your health "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Richard Gunderman, Indiana University

The release of the Mister Rogers documentary, Wont You Be My Neighbor? calls to mind the essential message of Rogers long-running childrens program, Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Fred McFeely Rogers, who died in 2003, was also an ordained Presbyterian minister. Over the course of three decades on public broadcasting, he brought to millions of children what his faiths General Assembly referred to as unconditional love.

In preaching love, Rogers wasnt just attending to the moral character of his youthful audience. He believed that he was also promoting their health. As he said in 1979, My whole approach in broadcasting has always been, You are an important person just the way you are. You can make healthy decisions. Maybe Im going on too long, but I just feel that anything that allows a person to be more active in the control of his or her life, in a healthy way, is important.

Since Rogers death, evidence has mounted that he was on to something namely, that love and kindness truly are healthful, and that people who express them regularly really do lead healthier lives. Simply put, people who are generous and volunteer their time for the benefit of others seem to be happier than those who dont, and happy people tend...

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23:42

Antiviral activity of Embelia ribes Burm. f. against influenza virus in vitro. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Arch Virol. 2018 Apr 10. Epub 2018 Apr 10. PMID: 29633078 Abstract Title:  Antiviral activity of Embelia ribes Burm. f. against influenza virus in vitro. Abstract:  Viral respiratory infections are raising serious concern globally. Asian medicinal plants could be useful in improving the current treatment strategies for influenza. The present study examines the activity of five plants from Bangladesh against influenza virus. MDCK cells infected with influenza virus A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (H1N1) were treated with increasing concentrations of ethyl acetate extracts, and their cytotoxicity (CC), virus-inhibiting activity (IC), and selectivity index (SI) were calculated. The ethyl acetate extract of fruits of Embelia ribes Burm. f. (Myrsinaceae) had the highest antiviral activity, with an ICof 0.2 g/mL and a SI of 32. Its major constituent, embelin, was further isolated and tested against the same virus. Embelin demonstrated antiviral activity, with an ICof 0.3 M and an SI of 10. Time-of-addition experiments revealed that embelin was most effective when added at early stages of the viral life cycle (0-1 h postinfection). Embelin was further evaluated against a panel of influenza viruses including influenza A and B viruses that were susceptible or resistant to rimantadine and oseltamivir. Among the viruses tested, avian influenza virus A/mallard/Pennsylvania/10218/84 (H5N2) was the most susceptible to embelin (SI=31), while A/Aichi/2/68 (H3N2) virus was the most resistant (SI=5). In silico molecular docking showed that the binding site for embelin is located in the receptor-binding domain of the viral hemagglutinin. The results of this study provide evidence that E. ribes can be used for development of a novel alternative anti-influenza plant-based agent.

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23:18

Puerarin is able to enhance SOD activity, and inhibit RAGE and VEGF expressions in retinas of STZ-induced early diabetic rats. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2012 Nov ;5(11):891-6. PMID: 23146804 Abstract Title:  Puerarin enhances superoxide dismutase activity and inhibits RAGE and VEGF expression in retinas of STZ-induced early diabetic rats. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of puerarin on the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), and expressions of advanced glycation end-product (AGE) receptor (RAGE) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in retinas of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced early diabetic rats.METHODS: Diabetic rat models were established by inducing diabetes via intra-peritoneal injection of STZ. Rats were randomly divided into normal (control), diabetic (DM), and DM+ puerarin groups. After intra-gastric administration of puerarin (500 mg/kg/day for 4 weeks), levels of SOD and malondialdehyde (MDA) were determined in serum and retina. mRNA and protein expression levels of RAGE and VEGF in retinas were determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) (mRNA) and Western blot analysis (protein levels).RESULTS: There was significantly lower SOD activity and significantly higher MDA in serum and retinas of the DM group compared with the two other groups (P

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22:57

All these results strongly indicate that puerarin exerts its anti-osteoprotic action independently of the ER-mediated pathway. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2012 ;58(3):202-9. PMID: 22878391 Abstract Title:  Puerarin exerted anti-osteoporotic action independent of estrogen receptor-mediated pathway. Abstract:  Puerarin, a daidzein-8-C glucoside, is the major isoflavonoid in Kudzu (Pueraria lobata), and is unique in that it contains C-C conjugated glucose at position 8 of the isoflavonoid structure. A puerarin diet at a dose of 5 mg/kg b.w./d to fed ovariectomized mice for 2 mo diminished the urinary deoxypyridinoline, a typical bone-degradation product. Since the bone absorption marker, serum tartarate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) activity of puerarin-fed mice decreased but the bone formation marker, osteocalcin level, did not alter, the puerarin diet was proved to specifically depress the bone absorption, but not the overall bone metabolism. In accordance with that results, the femur structure of puerarin-fed mice was restored compared with that of puerarin-free diet mice. The atrophied uterine due to low estrogen (E2) level after ovariectomy was not restored by the puerarin diet, suggesting that puerarin exerted the anti-osteoporotic action through a non estrogen receptor (ER) mediated-pathway, in vivo. The growth of an ER-positive human breast cancer cell, MCF-70, was not enhanced by puerarin, suggesting that puerarin did not show estrogen-like action on MCF-7 cells, even at a ten thousand times higher concentration than that of E2. Furthermore, ICI182,780 (ICI), an estrogen antagonist, suppressed the enhanced growth of MCF-7 cells by E2, but not that by puerarin. In an ER-binding assay, puerarin was proved not to bind to ER or , or if all, extremely weakly, although daidzein, an aglycon of puerarin, showed a little stronger binding compared with puerarin. All these results strongly indicate that puerarin exerts its anti-osteoprotic action independently of the ER-mediated pathway.

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22:49

Are Vitamins and Supplements Really Useless? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Are Supplements Really Useless?

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A recent meta-analysisa review of over 100 different randomized controlled trialsfound that multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium, and vitamin C showed no benefits in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, or premature death but did find benefits for B-vitamins in preventing stroke.

Despite glaring issues with the analysis, and positive findings regarding the benefits of supplements notwithstanding (not only in this meta-analysis but in a number of others), the media is replete with headlines such as Yet Another Study Says Vitamin Supplements Are Worthless.

This reporting evidences the medias penchant to twist the facts to fit a particular narrative about supplementsone which benefits drug companies that spend billions on advertising each year.

First, the actual findings of the study are being widely misreported. Far from proving there are no health benefits from supplements, the study found that B-vitamins such as B12 and folic acid were associated with a 20% reduction in risk of stroke.

As our Scientific Director Dr. Rob Verkerk has pointed out, had the 20% reduction in risk of stroke found for folic acid been found for a drug, Pharma companies would have been shouting the result from the rooftops.

T...

22:34

Puerarin is an effective agent for the prophylaxis and treatment of the cerebral vasospasm in patients after aneurysm subarachnoid hemorrhage. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 2012 Feb ;32(2):164-7. PMID: 22574584 Abstract Title:  [Effects of puerarin on the vascular active factor related to cerebral vasospasm after aneurysm subarachnoid hemorrhage]. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects and possible mechanisms of puerarin on the vascular active factors correlated to cerebral vasospasm (CVS) after aneurysm subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH).METHODS: Fifty-four patients with aSAH were randomly assigned to the puerarin group (30 cases) and the control group (24 cases) by lot. On the basis of routine treatment, the patients in the puerarin group were intravenously dripped with 0.5 g puerarin by adding in 250 mL glucose injection once daily. The injection was given starting from the 3rd day of the disease course, for 14 successive days. The plasma levels of nitric oxide (NO), endothelin-1 (ET-1), thromboxane B, (TXB2), 6-Keto-prostaglandin F1alpha (6-K-PGF1alpha) were compared between the two groups pre- and post-therapy. The incidence of cerebral vasospasm (CVS) was observed using transcranial Doppler (TCD). The Glasgow outcome scale (GOS) were compared at discharge between the two groups.RESULTS: Compared with the control group, the plasma levels of NO, ET-1, and 6-K-PGF1alpha increased in the puerarin group (P

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22:27

Study: Vitamin D Effective in Preventing Flu Only Among Non-vaccinated Population "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Vitamin D Icon with Sun Vector and vaccine syringe with vials image

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Numerous peer-reviewed published studies have linked an increase in Vitamin D uptake with a decrease in influenza infection during the flu seasons. The logic is easy to understand: winter brings shorter days with less sunlight, when influenza is most prevalent, while influenza outbreaks are rare during the summer months with increased exposure to sunlight, the most common source of Vitamin D.

One of those studies, a meta-study that looked at 25 separate studies involving over 11,000 people, was published in the British Medical Journal last year (2017), and published by Dr. Mercola. (See: Study: Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine.)

However, other studies have also been published which seem contradictory, showing little to no association of uptake in Vitamin D with a decrease in flu infections. These studies have, obviously, been highlighted more by the corporate-sponsored mainstream media in their efforts to market the annual flu vaccine.

A study published from researchers in Japan may have unraveled this seeming paradox, which is exactly what they set out to study:

Several intervention studies have examined the effect of vitamin D supplementation on influenza or influenza-like illness, but their results have been inconsistent. We prospectively examined the association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D with influenza among Japanese workers. (Source.)

In their conclusion, they admit that overall the statistics did not significantly lower the risk of influenza through Vitamin D supplementation, except for one sub-group those who had NOT received a flu vaccine.

They wrote:

In a subgroup of participants without vaccination, vitamin D sufficiency (30 ng/mL) was associated with a significantly lower risk of influenza (odds ratio 0.14; 95...

22:05

Study: Vitamin D Effective in Preventing Flu Only Among Non-vaccinated Population "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Vitamin D Icon with Sun Vector and vaccine syringe with vials image

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Numerous peer-reviewed published studies have linked an increase in Vitamin D uptake with a decrease in influenza infection during the flu seasons. The logic is easy to understand: winter brings shorter days with less sunlight, when influenza is most prevalent, while influenza outbreaks are rare during the summer months with increased exposure to sunlight, the most common source of Vitamin D.

One of those studies, a meta-study that looked at 25 separate studies involving over 11,000 people, was published in the British Medical Journal last year (2017), and published by Dr. Mercola. (See: Study: Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine.)

However, other studies have also been published which seem contradictory, showing little to no association of uptake in Vitamin D with a decrease in flu infections. These studies have, obviously, been highlighted more by the corporate-sponsored mainstream media in their efforts to market the annual flu vaccine.

A study published from researchers in Japan may have unraveled this seeming paradox, which is exactly what they set out to study:

Several intervention studies have examined the effect of vitamin D supplementation on influenza or influenza-like illness, but their results have been inconsistent. We prospectively examined the association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D with influenza among Japanese workers. (Source.)

In their conclusion, they admit that overall the statistics did not significantly lower the risk of influenza through Vitamin D supplementation, except for one sub-group those who had NOT received a flu vaccine.

They wrote:

In a subgroup of participants without vaccination, vitamin D sufficiency (30 ng/mL) was associated with a significantl...

22:03

Puerarin inhibits the retinal pericyte apoptosis induced by advanced glycation end products. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Free Radic Biol Med. 2012 Jul 15 ;53(2):357-65. Epub 2012 May 17. PMID: 22609359 Abstract Title:  Puerarin inhibits the retinal pericyte apoptosis induced by advanced glycation end products in vitro and in vivo by inhibiting NADPH oxidase-related oxidative stress. Abstract:  Retinal pericyte loss is one of the histopathological hallmarks of early diabetic retinopathy. Puerarin (4'-7-dihydroxy-8-beta-d-glucosylisoflavone), which is an isoflavone-C-glucoside, causes various pharmacological effects that include antihyperglycemic and anti-inflammatory activities. In the present study, we determined the efficacy and possible mechanism of puerarin on the advanced glycation end product (AGE)-modified bovine serum albumin (BSA)-induced apoptosis of cultured bovine retinal pericytes and rat retinal pericytes in intravitreally AGE-modified rat serum albumin (RSA)-injected eyes. Puerarin significantly inhibited pericyte apoptosis, the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), and NADPH oxidase activity by inhibiting the phosphorylation of p47phox and Rac1 which were induced by the AGE-BSA treatment. The puerarin treatment markedly suppressed the activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-B). In addition, the in vivo apoptosis of the retinal pericyte of rats that was stimulated by the intravitreal injection of AGE-RSA was evidently attenuated by the puerarin treatment. These results demonstrate that puerarin may exert inhibitory effects on AGE-induced pericyte apoptosis by interfering with the NADPH oxidase-related ROS pathways and blocking NF-B activation, thereby ameliorating retinal microvascular dysfunction.

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20:34

Few Tablespoons of this Remedy May Alleviate Sciatic Pain in Record Time "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Kat Gal There is nothing like constant and striking sciatic nerve pain. It can hurt sitting or laying down, not to mention how it interferes with your exercise routine and daily tasks. If only there was a natural remedy to stop sciatic nerve pain in its tracks Oh, wait! There is an amazing turmeric-garlic-honey... View Article

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18:49

Combat Vet Posts Shocking Picture of How Many Pills He Has to Take Because Cannabis is Illegal "IndyWatch Feed Health"

ByJack Burns

One veteran got so frustrated with the number of pills he had been prescribed to take on a daily basis that he decided to create a visual aid. After calculating that he took more than 9,855 prescription pills annually, he got an idea.

Joshua Lee served with the Missouri National Guard from 2007 to 2014, and spent one year in Afghanistan, where he was diagnosed with a mysterious yet painful illness, an inflammation of the hands.

In October 2010, Lee returned home from Afghanistan and began going to the VA for medical treatmentand that is when the script count skyrocketed. He was given 27 different pills to take each day and his weight ballooned. He went from weighing a normal 160 pounds to weighing 220 pounds with a size 40-inch waist in 2017. He said that when someone remarked, Man! Youve really let yourself go! he knew he had a problem.

Last year, Lee and his wife went to Colorado for their 15-year anniversary, and he tried cannabis for pain relief for the first time. He said he began to feel better instantly.

I went out there with a plan in mind to step-down my medications and I got to experience life again, Lee said. My wife held my hand and I got to see the world as beautiful, instead of da...

18:20

Georgia mom warns others after son, 5, contracts rare disease from tick bite "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Danielle McNair of Georgia is warning parents after her 5-year-old son, Mason contracted Rocky Mountain fever from a tick bite. On May 10th, Mason McNair was staying with his grandparents in LaGrange, Georgia, when they noticed a tick inside of Masons belly button. Although the tick was immediately removed, Danielle says it got infected and red. Mason also []

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18:03

Cancer-causing chemicals found in California farm water "IndyWatch Feed Health"

During a recent test, high levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,2,3 trichloropropane, also known as TCP, were found in wells located at two Arvin facilities (Grimmway Farms) in Kern County, California. According to the company, the levels at the facilities exceeded the state maximum level of 5 parts per trillion. This has potentially put around []

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17:44

Police raid scientists who discovered new vaccine dangers "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(Note from the Editor: We originally posted this story about two months ago but given its extreme importance we wanted to share it with you again. Please take the time to read and, as always, please educate yourself before you decide to vaccinate.) By James Grundvig Last week, the Italian police raided the home and []

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16:48

Radiation emitted from smart meters 100 times greater than cell phones and exposure is constant, doctors warn "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) Energy companies are billing them as the green solution to traditional meters. But are so-called smart meters really all that smart? And, more importantly, are they really as safe as were all being told they are? Some 65 million American homes already have them, and more are being converted all the time, even against the will []

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16:27

Eat Mangoes For Gut Health Study Reveals "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Mangoes Gut

By Mae Chan

Next time you suffer from constipation, you may want to consider grabbing a mango instead of reaching for a fiber supplement, suggests a new Texas A & M University pilot study published in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.

Nutrition chart
One cup of mangoes (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that apply to daily value.
105 calories
76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
9 percent healthy probiotic fibre
9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
4 percent magnesium

Antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat present in mango protect the body against...

16:14

The role of the gut micro biome in Autism "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Thank you to Dr. Greger for the video below that asks the question, What role do antibiotics play in the development and treatment of autism spectrum disorder? RELATED STORY: Scientific American: Autism prevalence jumps 16 Percent, CDC says Its less than 8 minutes and well worth your time. RELATED STORY: AUTISM EPIDEMIC: 1 in 59 []

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16:04

Newly discovered anti-tumor healing agent kicks other therapies into high gear "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola In recent years, its become increasingly apparent that the composition of microbes in your gut which is as distinct to you as your fingerprint plays an enormous role in health and disease prevention. Your gut flora influences the function of various internal organs, such as your skin, lungs, breasts, and []

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15:38

These avocado grilled cauliflower sandwiches will make you forget grilled cheese "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(Note from Erin: I cant wait to try this sandwich but if you beat me to it, please make sure to share in the comments below!) Grilled cheese gets a decadent makeover with creamy, mashed avocado sandwiched between crispy, gluten-free cauliflower bread. If you have yet to try cauliflower bread, this easy-to-assemble recipe will become []

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15:14

Earn $3,500 As Human Vaccine Test Subject At St. Louis Hotel "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The ultimate vacation dream has finally come true. You can earn $3,500 dollars and stay at a hotel in St. Louis, as well, you get subjected to the flu and flu shots. Thats right, a...

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14:33

The Trump Effect Crosses the Atlantic "IndyWatch Feed Health"

You are about to enter a brand new world...  The US Health Care System is BASED on what transpired in Germany after WWII. Today we have added on a European Correspondent (Karma Singh) for good reason.  We will begin by explaining what is happening in Germany RIGHT NOW then maybe we can explain how health Continue reading The Trump Effect Crosses the Atlantic

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14:00

Have you seen more detail in PLOS ONE retraction notices? Youre welcome "IndyWatch Feed Health"

If youve been pausing at some detailed PLOS ONE notices lately such as one issued last month for a cancer paper that lists 21 shortcomings youre not alone. According to a spokesperson for the publisher, the journal has been progressively pushing towards more transparency in its notices in part, because it was Continue reading Have you seen more detail in PLOS ONE retraction notices? Youre welcome

12:01

Weight Training May Help to Ease or Prevent Depression "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From the New York Times: Lifting weights might also lift moods, according to an important new review of dozens of studies about strength training and depression. It finds that resistance exercise often substantially reduces peoples gloom, no matter how melancholy they feel at first, or how often or seldom they actually get to the gym and lift.

There already is considerable evidence that exercise, in general, can help to both stave off and treat depression. A large-scale 2016 review that involved more than a million people, for instance, concluded that being physically fit substantially reduces the risk that someone will develop clinical depression. Other studies and reviews have found that exercise also can reduce symptoms of depression in people who have been given diagnoses of the condition.

But most of these past studies and reviews have focused on aerobic exercise, such as walking or jogging.

Far less has been known about the possible benefits, if any, of strength training for mental health. One 2017 analysis of past research had found that strength training can help people feel less anxious and nervous.

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12:01

Its Time Psychiatrists Stopped Stereotyping Women With Personality Disorders "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The Independent: Taming the Beast Within, a new book on personality disorder diagnosis, has just been released. It features a small faceless monster on its blood-red cover. I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder five years ago, so presumably, this is supposed to represent my inner beast. The books author is professor of psychiatry Peter Tyrer, with a foreword by Stephen Fry.

Conventional wisdom says not to judge a book by its cover but this books cover is clearly judging people like me. Covers and titles matter. They stay with people long after the content and make an impression on those who never read further. I do not have a beast within me, waiting to be tamed by an expert mental health professional. It is irresponsible, painful and stigmatising to evoke this image, whether the text itself subverts it or not.

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07:00

Weekly Health Quiz: Plants, Parasites and Potassium "IndyWatch Feed Health"

1 Which of the following plant compounds has been found to offer significant protection against age-related decline in lung health?

  • Flavonoids

    Anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, have been shown to slow the gradual decline in lung health associated with aging. Those in the highest quartile of anthocyanin intake, compared to those in the lowest quartile, had a significantly reduced annual decline in three lung function measurements over time. Learn more.

  • Ascorbic acid
  • Vitamin E
  • Carotenoids

2 According to a recent survey, American's confidence in vaccines has:

  • Declined in the past decade

    The percentage of American adults who believe it's "very important" to vaccinate their children has declined by 11 percent over the past decade, from 82 percent in 2008 to 71 percent in May of this year. A mere 59 percent now believe they've benefited, compared to 75 percent in 2008. Learn more.

  • Tragically, due to media endorsements has increased substantially in the past decade
  • Actually remained stable between 2008 and 2018

3 Water-borne pathogens can cause severe disease. The parasite Cryptosporidium has become particularly widespread in recent years. Which of the following is the most common source of exposure to this parasite?

  • Private pools and hot tubs
  • Public pools and hot tubs, especially hotels

    Hot...

The Inflammation-Fighting Compounds of Lemongrass Tea "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Because it grows quickly, exudes a lemony essence and really is a grass that's lush, hardy and attractive, lemongrass as a plant probably matches the first image that pops into your mind when you hear the word. Often used as an ornamental screening plant, it's like grass on steroids, arcing in graceful plumes, especially when it grows to its potential height of 6 feet. About 55 varieties exist worldwide.

One highly appreciated function, as many gardeners and nature-lovers can attest: It's a natural mosquito repellent. You can even break off the leaves to rub on your skin. (Just make sure to test it on your skin first.) Not exclusively an ornamental plant, although it certainly is that, Cymbopogon citratus is also an herb used in cooking to give stir-fries, soups and many other dishes a hint of lemony brightness.

Lemongrass stalks closely resemble tough green onions, but the flavor does not. Originally from tropical and other warm-weather areas like India, Thailand and China, lemongrass has been described as having a very complex and sophisticated flavor like lemon, but with a mild, delicate tang and a hint of ginger and mint. As a tea, these fragrance components are pleasant, but it's the medicinal aspects I'll highlight today.

Lemongrass has a history of medicinal use among several cultures worldwide for a variety of conditions, including digestive disorders, fevers, menstrual disorders, joint pain, inflammation and nervous conditions. Several regions have found it useful medicinally, the American Botanical Council1 notes:

  • In the Philippines, the tea is used to alleviate stress, treat colds, fevers and gastrointestinal distress, and decrease pain and arthritic conditions.
  • In southern Brazil, lemongrass is an herbal medicine used for pain and sedation.
  • In India, Cuba, Indonesia and Brazil, lemongrass tea is used to treat bladder problems, including urinary tract inflammation, incontinence and kidney stones.
  • In Nigeria, extracts of lemongrass treat hypertension, obesity...

Gut Microbiome May Be a Game-Changer for Cancer Prevention and Treatment "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

In recent years, its become increasingly apparent that the composition of microbes in your gut which is as distinct to you as your fingerprint plays an enormous role in health and disease prevention. Your gut flora influences the function of various internal organs, such as your skin, lungs, breasts and liver.1

For example, recent research2 by the National Institute of Health shows gut microbes control antitumor immune responses in the liver, and that antibiotics by depleting your gut of valuable bacteria can alter the composition of immune cells in your liver and trigger tumor growth.

Aside from cancer, dozens of other health conditions have been traced back to the influence of gut microbes as well, including obesity, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinsons and allergies,3 just to name a few. One of the reasons for this is because your gut is the main residence of your immune system.4 Disrupt your gut microbiome and you automatically disrupt your immune function, which can have far-reaching consequences. As noted in a paper published in Clinical and Experimental Immunology:5

The crucial position of the gastrointestinal system is testified by the huge amount of immune cells that reside within it. Indeed, gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is the prominent part of mucosal-associated lymphoid tissue and represents almost 70 percent of the entire immune system; moreover, about 80 percent of plasma cells reside in GALT.

How Your Microbiome Influences Your Cancer Risk

Previous studies have shown certain gut bacteria quell inflammation, which is an underlying factor in virtually all cancers, whereas others promote it. As noted in a recent article in Nature,6 bacteria have been associated with cancer initiation and progressio...

What Are Jujubes Good For? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

If you live in the U.S., the name jujubes may bring to mind the chewy, sticky corn-syrup-based candy known to wreak havoc on your dental work. You may not realize there is an actual jujube fruit that has been prized for millennia as a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and flavonols. Also known as Chinese dates or red dates (although unrelated to dates), jujubes have been cultivated and used medicinally in China for more than 4,000 years.

As both a fruit and a medicine, jujubes are well-known for boosting energy, promoting relaxation, preventing premature aging, strengthening your immune system and supporting digestion. Due to the presence of antioxidants with the ability to fight free radicals, jujubes are also believed to have potent anticancer properties. If you have yet to become aware of their many benefits, now is the time to find out what jujubes are good for.

The History of Jujubes

Jujubes (Ziziphus jujuba) are a native of southern Asia belonging to the buckthorn (or Rhamnaceae) family. They have been cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years and used for millennia in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). About 400 jujube varieties are cultivated worldwide in two main types: those best for eating fresh and those better suited to drying, a process that gives them a chewy, date-like consistency.

Jujubes grow on relatively small deciduous trees that reach heights of about 40 feet. The trees, which thrive in warm climates, feature shiny green leaves, modest-looking blossoms and fruit ranging in sizes similar to grapes and strawberries. Jujube fruits are characterized by a red outer skin and white inner flesh that contains a single, large center seed. In terms of taste, jujubes have been described as having a crispy texture, edible skin and a mixed sweet-tart flavor similar to an apple.

Due to their many beneficial properties, including the presence of vitamin C, jujubes have been used medicinally by a number of cultures. Given their ability to fight infections and strengthen your immune system, one of this fruit's most popular applications is as a tea to soothe a sore throat. Dried jujube varieties are often used as a substitute for dates or apples in recipes.

The Health Benefits of Jujubes

If you are wondering what jujubes are good for, consider the following health benefits.1,...

03:01

The Autoimmune Spectrum, Six Steps to Recovery "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Fluoridation, vaccination, environmental contamination, industrial GMO foods and questionable standard medical practices have all suffered the fast shuffle in corporate media; one "expert opinion" and done. These issues are all conspicuous by their absence.
Having been around the block with autoimmune conditions and caught between conventional medicine and cause-based alternative therapies, it has become apparent that while drugs may help knockdown symptoms and errant infections initially, the final solution is a multipronged protocol aimed at restoring conditions within the body to allow healing. Prolonged treatments via drugs have proven costly and temporary at best, where a different approach has actually worked. The focus here is to find the truth and end the suffering people and pets experience.

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Sunday, 10 June

23:55

Kat Von D From Lipsticks to No Sticks "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Kim Rossi I'm going to make this short and sweet. In 2014, Kat Von D and I got into it in 2013 on Twitter and elsewhere after I wrote a Huffington Post article on what I thought was a...

22:22

Court Overturns Decision by Pennsylvania Medical Center to Terminate Nurse Over Refusal of Vaccine "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Nurses and other healthcare professionals across the U.S. are taking a stand against mandatory vaccines as a condition for employment.

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania has overturned a lower courts decision to dismiss a nurses lawsuit against Mount Nittany Medical Center for discriminating against her when she supplied a doctors exemption to a mandatory tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine as a condition for continued employment, but was nevertheless terminated from employment for refusing to receive the vaccine.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also appeared as amicus in the Third Circuit Court in support of Nurse Ruggiero and her claim for discrimination.

Registered nurse, Aleka Ruggiero, worked as a nurse at State College, Pennsylvania-based Mount Nittany Medical Center (MNMC), until July of 2015.

In April 2015, Ms. Ruggiero received a memorandum from the medical center advising her that all clinical employees were required to receive a vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

Ms. Ruggiero submitted a letter from her doctor saying she was medically exempt from receiving the vaccine because of severe anxiety related to her food allergies and eosinophilic esophagitis.

In addition, Ms. Ruggiero offered to wear a mask while at work, such as other nurses are allowed to do during flu season when they refuse the flu vaccine.

Ms. Ruggieros doctor, Dr. Suzanne Dib, wrote the following note to MNMC according to court records:

The above named patient is medically exempt from receiving tdap immunization for medical concerns.

However, this was not good enough for MNMC, and they responded to Dr. Dib, enclosing information from the vaccine manufacturer, asking Dr. Dib to identify which of the eight contraindications, warnings, or precautions listed by the manufacturer prevented Ruggiero from receiving the vaccine.

A list of the side effects of this comb...

22:08

Court Overturns Decision by Pennsylvania Medical Center to Terminate Nurse Over Refusal of Vaccine "IndyWatch Feed Health"

nurses-with-masks-against-flu-vaccines

Nurses and other healthcare professionals across the U.S. are taking a stand against mandatory vaccines as a condition for employment.

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Pennsylvania has overturned a lower courts decision to dismiss a nurses lawsuit against Mount Nittany Medical Center for discriminating against her when she supplied a doctors exemption to a mandatory tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine as a condition for continued employment, but was nevertheless terminated from employment for refusing to receive the vaccine.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also appeared as amicus in the Third Circuit Court in support of Nurse Ruggiero and her claim for discrimination.

Registered nurse, Aleka Ruggiero, worked as a nurse at State College, Pennsylvania-based Mount Nittany Medical Center (MNMC), until July of 2015.

In April 2015, Ms. Ruggiero received a memorandum from the medical center advising her that all clinical employees were required to receive a vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

Ms. Ruggiero submitted a letter from her doctor saying she was medically exempt from receiving the vaccine because of severe anxiety related to her food allergies and eosinophilic esophagitis.

In addition, Ms. Ruggiero offered to wear a mask while at work, such as other nurses are allowed to do during flu season when they refuse the flu vaccine.

Ms. Ruggieros doctor, Dr. Suzanne Dib, wrote the following note to MNMC according to court records:

The above named patient is medically exempt from receiving tdap immunization for medical concerns.

However, this was not good enough for MNMC, and they responded to Dr. Dib, enclosing information from the vaccine manufacturer, asking Dr. Dib to identify which of the eight contraindications, warnings, or precautions listed by the manufacturer prevented Ruggiero from receiving the vaccine.

A list of the side effects of this combo vaccine,...

07:49

How Mangos Promote Gut Health "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Next time you suffer from constipation, you may want to consider grabbing a mango instead of reaching for a fiber supplement, suggests a new Texas A and M University pilot study published in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.

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Saturday, 09 June

14:36

How Rehab South Florida can Bring a Positive Change in Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The article below is a sponsored review for Rehab South Florida

There are some rehab centers that help you fight drug/alcohol addiction and then there are other rehab centers that change your life forever. Rehab South Florida is a center that belongs to the second category. The centers main motive is not only helping its inmates to get out of their drug and alcohol issues, but also help them to approach life with a new view and life healthily forever. What gives South Rehab Florida an edge over its competitors? Read on to know more about the same:

12 Step Program with spirituality being the basic tool

At this Rehab Center, doctors and other assistants know how important it is for their patients to not give in to any temptations once they have successfully quit the vices. Therefore, they provide more focus to helping maintain sobriety among their patients than helping them get out of their addiction. Their powerful 12-step treatment process is a mix of medicines, meditation, prayers, and faith that instills loads of confidence and self-control in patients to refrain from drugs and alcohol permanently. Some of the major highlights of this 12-step process are:

 Teaching how alcohol and drugs create stress and disturb our physical/mental peace

 Having faith in God to get over the addiction

 Apologizing to people whom the patients have hurt due to their drug & alcohol addiction

 Owning up for mistakes and making a conscious effort to make healthy lifestyle changes

Dual Diagnosis

The primary reason why Rehab South Florida is one of the most successful in this field is because it believes in a holistic treatment process. According to a study, at least 45% of patients who are addicted to drugs or alcohol have an existing mental health issue that is ignored. The focus is more on getting over the addiction than getting into the root of the problem (which is correcting the mental health disorder). This is why...

Thursday, 07 June

06:39

Triclosan: Researchers Link Chemical In Toothpaste With Gut Health Problems: Which Toothpaste Has It? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Brushing your teeth is a healthy habit, but a recent study suggests that a chemical in the toothpaste might actually be harmful.

The Study That Linked Triclosan To Gut Health Problems

A new study has confirmed that triclosan, a chemical found in household goods such as toothpaste, can cause colon inflammation and cancer. This is the first time that the chemical has been linked to gut health problems.

The study was published on May 30 in the journal Science Translation Medicine.

Researchers experimented on mice to determine the effects of the chemical. The mice who consumed triclosan experienced inflammation of the colon. Further research into humans should be conducted to measure the scope of the chemicals damage.

Numerous products contain triclosan, such as cleaning products and furniture. Washing products, such as hand sanitizer, had the chemical until 2016 when the FDA banned it. However, the FDA did not ban the chemical from other products.

One study found that 75 percent of the population had been in contact with the chemical. It is currently found in over 2,000 consumer products because it is good at destroying bacteria.

Researchers recommended that federal officials determine new regulations to protect the public from the chemical, as even a small amount of triclosan can be dangerous.

What Does This Have To Do With Toothpaste?

Although soaps and sanitizers are banned from including the chemical in production, the FDA did not ban it from other products, such as toothpaste. That means the public can still get in direct contact with the chemical.

What makes toothpaste more dangerous than other products is that people stick it in their mouths. It can go between the gums, on the teeth, and into the bloodstream. In addition, it could...

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