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Monday, 19 September

17:00

Is it dangerous to set quotas for research output? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Yes, argues Roosy Aulakh, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, India. In last week’s BMJ, she argues that recent measures to force researchers in India to produce a minimum number of publications to obtain promotions could set the stage for many problems, including fraud. […]

The post Is it dangerous to set quotas for research output? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

16:57

Los Angeles Mom Watches in Horror as Medically Kidnapped Baby Taken Away by Angry Woman (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Ibrahim family torn apart

Lori and her boys at a visit. Source: www.mommyishere.com blog.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Los Angeles mother Lori Ibrahim recognizes that there is an inherent need in children to be with their mother, and she is broken-hearted that Child Protective Services is ignoring that fact. Her children were taken away from her after she had a positive drug screen after giving birth to her youngest son in July.

Her friends are asking how this can happen, since the only drugs that she was taking were medications that were properly prescribed by doctors.

Social workers came into her hospital room at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center 2 days after she gave birth and seized her newborn, and subsequently took her other son, who has since turned 5 years old.

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Medical Kidnapping in Los Angeles: 2 Day Old Infant Seized at Hospital From Mother

Baby Bruised in Foster Care, Mother Bullied over Photos

At a recent visit, Lori noticed bruises on her infant. She posted photos of the bruises on Facebook, but she was warned that she needed to take the pictures down. On the following day, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) phoned to tell her that she was forbidden to take any further photos of her children. She was told that the consequences of taking photos would be that her visit with her sons would end. Even though the ban was lifted the following week, social workers still instructed her that she is not allowed to take “evidence photographs.”

The photos of the bruises were only up on Facebook for 30 minutes, but some of Lori’s friends took screenshots. One of her friends sent this to Health Impact News:

Lori Ibrahim bruise photos

Unexplained bruises on Lori Ibrahim’s newborn photographed at visitation. Photo source: screenshot taken by one of Lori’s friends

Disturbing Video of Angry Foster Parent Running Off with Baby as Social Worker Looks On

Lori had a bizarre encounter with her baby’s foster mother on September 1. On that day, her visit had ended and the foster mother had arrived to take the baby to a doctor’s appointment. Lori reports that the only thing she said to the woman before the recorded events happened was:

What location are we going to?

Lori retains medical rights and was supposed to meet the foster mother and the baby at the appointment. The social worker can be heard attempting to smooth things over, but he did not stop the foster mother from getting into her car and driving off with someone else’s child while she was in a clearly agitated state.

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16:14

15:32

Kicked to the curb for refusing to vaccinate… "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tales from The Rabbit Hole… by Alan Hysinger Is this Part 1 in “Tales from The Rabbit Hole”?  I’m not sure, I think past posts qualify for that designation. This is kind of a meta post, where I’ve observed a connection between a couple of recent blog posts, by Levi Quackenboss and JB Handley. So … Continue reading Kicked to the curb for refusing to vaccinate…

The post Kicked to the curb for refusing to vaccinate… appeared first on BolenReport.

14:00

Authors retract 2016 cancer study when data don’t align with figures "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Researchers have retracted a 2016 cancer study, citing discrepancies between the data and images presented in the paper.  Although the retraction notice itself contains relatively little information, we’ve obtained a letter from the last author — Jun-Li Luo of The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida — to the editor-in-chief of Cell Death and Differentiation that says […]

The post Authors retract 2016 cancer study when data don’t align with figures appeared first on Retraction Watch.

12:57

Los Angeles Mom Watches in Horror as Medically Kidnapped Baby Taken Away by Angry Woman (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Ibrahim family torn apart

Lori and her boys at a visit. Source: www.mommyishere.com blog.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

Los Angeles mother Lori Ibrahim recognizes that there is an inherent need in children to be with their mother, and she is broken-hearted that Child Protective Services is ignoring that fact. Her children were taken away from her after she had a positive drug screen after giving birth to her youngest son in July.

Her friends are asking how this can happen, since the only drugs that she was taking were medications that were properly prescribed by doctors.

Social workers came into her hospital room at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center 2 days after she gave birth and seized her newborn, and subsequently took her other son, who has since turned 5 years old.

See original story:

Medical Kidnapping in Los Angeles: 2 Day Old Infant Seized at Hospital From Mother

Baby Bruised in Foster Care, Mother Bullied over Photos

At a recent visit, Lori noticed bruises on her infant. She posted photos of the bruises on Facebook, but she was warned that she needed to take the pictures down. On the following day, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) phoned to tell her that she was forbidden to take any further photos of her children. She was told that the consequences of taking photos would be that her visit with her sons would end. Even though the ban was lifted the following week, social workers still instructed her that she is not allowed to take “evidence photographs.”

The photos of the bruises were only up on Facebook for 30 minutes, but some of Lori’s friends took screenshots. One of her friends sent this to Health Impact News:

Lori Ibrahim bruise photos

Unexplained bruises on Lori Ibrahim’s newborn photographed at visitation. Photo source: screenshot taken by one of Lori’s friends

Disturbing Video of Angry Foster Parent Running Off with Baby as Social Worker Looks On

Lori had a bizarre encounter with her baby’s foster mother on September 1. On that day, her visit had ended and the foster mother had arrived to take the baby to a doctor’s appointment. Lori reports that the only thing she said to the woman before the recorded events happened was:

What location are we going to?

Lori retains medical rights and was supposed to meet the foster mother and the baby at the appointment. The social worker can be heard attempting to smooth things over, but he did not stop the foster mother from getting into her car and driving off with someone else’s child while she was in a clearly agitated state.

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07:00

How Your Diet Can Significantly Improve Your Vision "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Aging is inevitable, but are age-related problems such as poor vision absolute givens? Contrary to popular belief, your vision is largely dependent on your lifestyle. Nourishing your eyes with appropriate nutrients throughout the years can go a long way toward maintaining good eyesight well into your senior years.

Moreover, even if your eyesight has started to deteriorate, evidence suggests you can stop the deterioration. You may even be able to turn back the clock, as it were, and improve your vision.

Foods Can Protect and Improve Your Eyesight

In a recent BBC article,1 Dr. Michael Mosley discusses his own vision problems and his experiences with nutritional intervention, featured in an episode of the BBC program "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor," aired on September 8, 2016.

The shape and length of your eyeballs, and the thickness of your eye lens affect your ability to see things close-up and at a distance. Your retina, located at the back of your eye, also contains light-sensitive cells that are critical for good vision.

Your macula — the part of your retina responsible for central vision — is protected by a yellow pigment, made up of lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin. These compounds absorb light and protect your macula from blue light and ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and other light sources.2

Lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin are plant compounds with potent antioxidant capacities. Your body cannot make them, so you must get them from your diet. As noted by the BBC:3

"Lutein and zeaxanthin are found commonly in dark green leafy veg such as kale and spinach, and also bell peppers, corn and saffron. Meso-zeaxanthin is generally not found in plants — it is thought to be made in our bodies from lutein (although it is also present in some fish … )

These pigments, once we eat them, appear to be important in our vision and in helping keep the macula healthy."

Lutein and Zeaxanthin Supplements Can Make a Big Difference

Mosley describes undergoing a number of extensive vision tests designed to evaluate the health of his retina, his ability to see colors, night vision and the level of protection his macula had against UV and blue light.

"The results of my tests were both fascinating and depressing. My detection of yellow and blue colors was extremely poor — something that [Professor John] Barbur said was likely the result of my brush with diabetes many years ago," Mosley writes.

My night vision and perception of details were also poor compared with younger people — but consistent with my age. The Trust Me team then handed me a 90-day supply of supplement pills that were supposed to help."

The supplements in question contained lutein and zeaxanthin. Three months later, follow-up tests revealed remarkable improvement. Not only was his night vision and protective macular pigments improved, but his blue and yellow color perception was now within the normal range.

Some studies suggest these nutrients may also slow down or prevent age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), which is the leading cause of blindness among the elderly, followed by cataracts.

How Much Lutein and Zeaxanthin Do You Need?

While there's no recommended daily intake for lutein and zeaxanthin, studies have found health benefits for...

What’s Fenugreek Good For? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

While the name may sound familiar, few people in the U.S. have any idea what fenugreek is. A fruit? An herb?

From the Mediterranean to South America to India and throughout Europe, this plant botanically named Trigonella foenum-graecum is an essential herb as well as a legume.

Fenugreek has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal for a myriad of health benefits, and today it’s available as a supplement. The health benefits of this obscure plant and its constituents are truly amazing, in part because they’re so varied and powerful.

The leaves can be used as salad greens, stewed in soups and stir fries or dried to make a thickener.

The plant produces long, green bean-looking pods which, depending on the variety, produce oddly-shaped seeds, considered a staple in the culinary worlds of the Middle East and India for everything from pickle making to spice mixes.

Solotone is the compound responsible for the spicy/bitter aroma of the seeds, which you can remove by dry-roasting them before using them for food.

That flavor essence is so pronounced that people who eat it regularly say one of the leftovers, so to speak, is a pronounced maple essence from such body fluids as urine and sweat. Serious Eats notes:

“When a New Jersey factory was processing fenugreek in 2005, lower Manhattan was overcome by the aroma of pancakes and syrup. It's a common ingredient in fake maple syrup, and smelling the spice alone can be off-putting. Tasting it raw is even worse, as it's incredibly bitter.

But when combined with aromatics and spices, fenugreek contributes a complex sweetness and a subtle bitterness to saucy dishes. Its maple syrup flavor transforms into something more akin to dark caramel, and it makes a  palette of more well-known spices feel complete.”1

What Are the Health Benefits of Fenugreek?

Fenugreek has several notable effects on your general health and well-being. It’s loaded with fiber and protein — 3 grams of each in a single tablespoon — and double that amount in carbohydrates.

(The combination is said to make you feel full, faster.) The same tablespoon also provides 20 percent of the iron you need in a single day.2 A study in the Journal of Food Science and Technology says fenugreek leaves:

Are rich with “many nutrients and other active ingredients such as protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, alkaloids, lysine and L-tryptophan as well as steroidal saponins which are beneficial for human health.”3

Other studies report that fenugreek in its various forms (whole seed powder, leaves, seeds or extracts) is effective in treating diabetes, high cholesterol, low lactation, respiratory ailments, wounds, inflammation, gastrointestinal ailments, pain, colds and even cancer.”4,5 The Epoch Times adds:

“Fenugreek’s mucilaginous nature can help maintain bowel regularity and soot...

Why Curry Will Surprise You "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

As a meat-and-potatoes nation for the better part of three centuries, to go so far as to choose authentic Indian, Middle Eastern or Thai cuisine is a milestone for many. Throughout the U.S., more and more people have begun embracing the idea of using an exotic curry to spice up their food.

In the above-listed cuisines, curry is practically fundamental. In India, for instance, while there are more than a billion people who speak around 122 different languages and often have vastly diverse cultural differences, all of them love curry. Organic Facts notes:

"Curry powder is native to South Asian cuisines, but was popularized in the 19th and 20th century to the tables of the western world due to the mass exportation of the powder as a condiment after it was discovered by troops and other colonial visitors to the East.

In the mid-20th century, Indian cuisine became more globally popular, so curry, and subsequently curry powder, became widely available."1

Still, it's possible there are some who have only a murky idea of what curry is. Many would say it's a spice, but it turns out it's actually a collection of spices.

While the word "curry" means "sauce," the different combinations of spices and the exact number may vary from recipe to recipe. Curry powder, which you can put together yourself, makes a ready-made foundation for innumerable dishes, and constitutes the base for different sauce flavors. Organic Facts says curry powder is:

"A popular spice mix that has a number of valuable health benefits, including the prevention of cancer, protection against heart disease, reduce Alzheimer's disease symptoms, ease pain and inflammation, boost bone health, protect the immune system from bacterial infections and increase the liver's ability to remove toxins from the body."2

Some curries include herbs, seeds and/or vegetables, such as sweet basil, garlic, red pepper, bay leaves and the seeds of black pepper, mustard, fenugreek and fennel. The most basic list of spices used for a good curry mixture usually includes:

Turmeric: Inflammation-Fighting, Cancer-Combating Potential

One of the most important ingredients in curry powder is turmeric, which for centuries has been a mainstay for treating inflammation, notably in Ayurvedic medicine.

One of its most potent compounds is curcumin, which gives curry its vibrant yellow hue and promotes healing in numerous ways. For bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis, this spice is very beneficial:

"Although human testing is still in its early stages, significant amounts of animal testing have shown turmeric to greatly increase the speed of bone regrowth, connectivity and repair, while reducing signs of bone loss by up to 50 [percent]. This could mean a very powerful boost to your bones, particularly as you age."3

Another benefit of curcumin is its ability to combat Alzheimer's disease. It does this by stimulating your immune system to eliminate the amino acids that make up plaque that free radicals dump into your brain's neural pathways, consequently decreasing cognitive...

00:28

Osteoporosis Is Scurvy of the Bone, Not Calcium Deficiency "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Written By: Suzanne Humphries, MD   “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.“~Proverbs 17:22 It saddens me to see older women diagnosed with “osteopenia” or “osteoporosis” listening to their doctors and taking supplemental calcium and even problematic drugs called bisphosphonates.  These are irrational, dogmatic,...

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00:28

SB 277 Fight – We Are Winning.  Increase the Pressure… "IndyWatch Feed Health"

How do I know we are winning?  Easy? Reactions to our efforts are getting more strident.  Near panic reigns… Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen   Current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leadership is in desperation mode, running from the crumbling precipice, probably from being notified by their Big Pharma Masters that those … Continue reading SB 277 Fight – We Are Winning.  Increase the Pressure…

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Sunday, 18 September

18:23

Say Goodbye to Acne With These DIY Turmeric Masks "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Say Goodbye to Acne With These DIY Turmeric Masks For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

Acne is a major worry for both teenagers and adults alike. Turmeric might just be the answer to these pimple problems!   Turmeric is an extremely healthy spice that has anti inflammatory properties. There are many home remedies for acne that are usually overlooked. They work! And they are far less expensive than the products […]

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17:47

Ridding Torrance refinery of toxic acid would be costly, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Switching the Torrance refinery from using highly toxic hydrofluoric acid to a different commercial process would cost about $103 million, concludes a new study, although the figure is disputed as too low by owner PBF Energy.

The AQMD released the study Friday ahead of a public meeting Monday with members of two grass-roots groups that formed in the wake of a February 2015 blast at the refinery, then owned by ExxonMobil.

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is studying whether the current mandated risk-management plan understates the risk to the community, also will attend the meeting.

“EPA’s primary objective and role on Monday is to listen to the community and provide them with the opportunity to express their concerns,” spokeswoman Nahal Mogharabi said via email. “EPA is steadfast in our commitment for candid and meaningful involvement with the community and will take all concerns raised into account as we continue our comprehensive evaluation of the facility.”

Federal regulators have said a catastrophic release of HF that could have killed or injured thousands was averted only by sheer chance in wake of last year’s explosion.

That prompted local activists to demand a study on possible commercial alternatives to HF.

The AQMD banned the use of HF in Southern California in the 1990s, but that move was overturned after the industry challenged the decision in court.

Sally Hayati, president of the Torrance Refinery Action Alliance, which is pushing for another ban on the use of HF, did not respond Friday to a request for comment.

There are 48 refineries in the United States that use HF.

Four, including two in the South Bay — the other is the Valero Wilmington Refinery — use modified HF, which is supposedly safer than unmodified HF.

But experts have said that, in reality, the modified HF used in Torrance will differ little from the unmodified form in an accidental release and is likely just as dangerous.

Seven technologies used in refineries were studied, but only one uses sulfuric acid that is in widespread commercial use and is a practical alternative to HF.

Unlike HF, an accidental release of sulfuric acid “will greatly reduce the potential for an acid vapor cloud to be formed upon release to the atmosphere,” the study found.

HF is immediately dangerous to life and health in concentrations of just 30 parts per million and can travel downwind for extensive distances, the study noted.

“Experimental testing” has shown that safety systems in place such as water sprays can reduce an HF cloud by up to 80 percent, but the report found “no study” that analyzed whether that’s also true for modified HF.

By comparison, a leak of liquid sulfuric acid — which does not form a large vapor cloud — would mean almost 98 percent could be recovered.

That’s why, unlike HF, the EPA does not require a risk-management plan for plants that use the substance.

Unlike HF, “there has never been any incident outside the fence line” of a refinery involving leaking sulfuric acid, the study found.

However, as many as 1,300 truck trips a month are needed to keep a refinery supplied with sulf...

14:08

Cauvery row shows why India needs a low-water economy "IndyWatch Feed Health"

All over the country, every day, there are a million conflicts around water, right from the jostling over the local tap to the sharing of big rivers. Once in a while, one spills from the courts into the streets and, amplified by media, flows across the troubled conscience of the nation. The Cauvery dispute is only one of these conflicts, though more severe than most.

Why has the country’s water crisis spiralled seemingly out of control? What can we do about it?

First of all, we must wake up to the fact that water is an increasingly scarce resource in India. A population that has quadrupled since 1951 shares the same 4,000 BCM (billion cubic metres) of India’s rainwater, in the context of a growing economy. So we have to better manage this finite, though renewable resource. If you total up the expressed demand in the Cauvery basin, for example, it is more than twice of what is actually realisable. There is no way out of this mess then, without reducing the demand on water.

After all, it is not just inter-state rivalries that cause a political headache. Most states are dealing with upstream-downstream conflicts well within their borders. Each time the government plans large-scale basin transfers, for example, those communities whose water will be diverted quickly rise up in organised protest. Feeding large urban agglomerations with western-style water delivery systems causes particular disruption. Bengaluru cannot take more water from the Cauvery, so it wants water from the Netravathy, far, far away. Mangalore district, which depends on that river, raises loud alarm bells. Cities must respond by using local resources first, including urban wastewater, to immediately reduce their demand on distant water.

Secondly, we must acknowledge that we can no longer take rainfall patterns and river flows for granted. Climate change driven rainfall variations are happening just when we have reduced base flows in rivers due to over-extraction of groundwater.

We can hardly talk of perennial water any more, when so many of our dammed rivers are so polluted and do not even reach the sea. Updated, reliable data on this recent variability, decline and pollution levels must be out in the public domain.

Unfortunately, many state governments do not put out enough water data, especially on river basin flows, because of the heightened nature of political conflict over sharing. Ironically though, transparent data sharing will allow for an enlightened self-interest to create the necessary trade-offs that will benefit everyone in the medium term.

We have seen this time and time again in participatory groundwater management, when communities armed with data on their invisible aquifers are able to create social processes to limit the use of water to fit the annual availability. This they did through pooling of bore wells, changes in crop patterns, social fencing for drinking water, and so on. Can larger societies come together in a similar fashion to manage demand and reduce conflict? To recharge aquifers, to rationalise water intensive crops, to treat and reuse all wastewater, for example? Or to innovate smaller, flexible water storage systems instead of continuing with our abysmally under-performing big dams?

We have some fine traditions of being a low-water society, embedded in perspectives of ecological and inter-generational justice. The imperative now is to become a low-water economy, coming equally from the urgent need to create economic prosperity for all. Just as countries talk of a low-carbon economy to reduce fossil fuel dependency and mitigate the threats of climate change, India must lead the way now as a low-water economy. We have to re-imagine and overhaul water consumption patterns to optimise every drop, across all competing uses -agriculture, industry, and urban and rural domestic needs.

Thirdly, we have long known that our governanc...

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11:49

A brief look at the history of fluoride in your water "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Calgary city councilors voted against a motion to put fluoride back in the city’s water, after the city stopped adding fluoride in 2011.

Since the city removed the tooth-preserving chemical, one study has determined that the decision led to an increase in tooth decay in children. [Note: this study was fatally flawed with key data omitted. See FAN’s critique]

It’s a contentious issue, with passionate advocates on both sides of the debate. What you might not know is the debate has over sixty years of history.

Whether you use a traditional toothbrush, or an electric one, chances are you’ve come into contact with fluoride. Many types of toothpaste that you buy at a grocery store contain fluoride as a way to fight tooth decay, and you’ll also be given it on a trip to the dentist.

Why drinking water? 

In the 20th century, some cities added fluoride to their drinking water. They were following the advice of medical and dental experts who made the recommendations after 50 years of research, sparked by American dentist Frederick McKay.

While setting up a practice in Colorado Springs in the early 1900s, McKay noticed that many of the locals had large brown stains on their teeth.

Researchers later determined this was because of high concentrations of naturally occurring fluoride in the water supply. Back then, people called this the “Colorado Brown Stain.” Today, it’s referred to by the more scientific name of fluorosis.

This is a purely cosmetic condition, one that either turns parts of your teeth bright white or, in more extreme cases like McKay saw, a deeper brown.

Fluorisis is caused by exposure to fluoride, which raises a question: Prince George, B.C. has had fluoride in its tap water for over 50 years — so why doesn’t it have generations of people with brown stains or bright white spots on their teeth?

The answer is because researchers looking into the Colorado Brown Stain found that while high doses of fluoride can cause fluorosis, in low doses fluoride can help prevent cavities and dental decay, without causing the stains.

And once they figured that out, they embarked on what the American Center for Disease Control calls one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century: fluoridated drinking water.

Dispelling myths about fluoride

In 1949, in order to dispel some of the myths surrounding fluoride, Canadian Minister of National Health and Welfare Paul Martin funded research into sodium fluoride.

“There has been some misunderstanding about the value of the treatment,” read the statement announcing the research.

As soon as North Americans started putting fluoride in drinking water back in the 1940s, the debate was on.

Optimistic advocates predicted whole generations of children raised without cavities. Opponents, though, had different concerns.

Canadian broadcaster Gordon Sinclair famously challenged the practice of putting fluoride in Canadian drinking water.

“You know the proponents of this chemical have never claimed that is helpful to the teeth of people like you or me or any other adult or anyone over the age over the age of 14 or 15. And therefore, I thought that it could be given in alternate ways to the children,” Sinclair told the CBC’s Barbara Frum, decades ago on As It Happens.

“I’ve never opposed the fluoride, Barbara, but I’ve certainly opposed and cont...

08:32

8 Stories That Prove Cannabis Is a Powerful Medicine Part II "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Cannabis is a miracle plant for many different reasons. One day, it could save our lives. Here are 4 of 8 stories about the ability of cannabis to cure deadly ailments.   The idea that pot is a dangerous drug is becoming a notion of the past while more and more evidence points to the […]

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08:21

8 Stories That Prove Cannabis Is a Powerful Medicine Part I "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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Here are 4 of 8 amazing stories about the ability of cannabis to save people’s lives.   Medical marijuana has the potential to cure hundreds of ailments, making the world a healthier place. The idea that pot is a dangerous drug is becoming a notion of the past while more and more evidence points to the never-ending […]

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07:00

How to Improve Soil Health and Boost Yield With Ocean Minerals "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Wouldn't it be nice if there were a simple supplement you could use to radically improve the quality and health of the plants you're growing in your garden, while simultaneously increasing their nutrient density?

The good news is there is! Science researcher August Dunning, chief science officer and co-owner of Eco Organics, has developed a really fantastic product called Ionic Ocean Minerals.

Dunning also works as a visiting associate professor at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he received his training in chemistry and physics.

His previous work history includes working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on the International Space Station program as system engineer. After that, he studied elemental particle physics and molecular physics at the University of Chicago, before ultimately starting Eco Organics.

I've been using his Ionic Ocean Minerals in my own garden for a few years now, and I've been spectacularly impressed with the ability of these minerals — which are typically applied as a foliar spray once a week — to radically improve the health and quality of my plants.

Ocean Minerals Help Grow Your Soil

The ocean contains nearly all of the ionic minerals of the periodic table of elements. Dunning developed a process to extract these minerals from seawater without getting any of the salt.

Their minerals are in a highly absorbable ionic form and the separation process removes nearly all the salt from the ocean water. Salt buildup in the soil will kill live organisms and is not healthy for the plants, so you definitely do not want any salt in the mixture.

"The idea here was to take the work of Maynard Murray, who was a Navy doctor and scientist and who was putting ocean salts on the earth, but diluting it to prevent the salt problem, to get great yield.

We figured how to get the salt out of it, so we can concentrate the minerals," Dunning explains. "What we found is that this particular group of elements has a very profound effect on the microorganism health underneath the soil.

If you look at the ingredient list on our product, you'll see micrograms (mcg) of [these minerals], so it can't be used as a huge soil ingredient for the growth of the plants; it has to be doing something else.

We are now confident, based on our studies and based on our research, that what we're doing is we're increasing the life of the soil itself, much like Deborah Koons-Garcia is talking about in 'Symphony of the Soil,' where you're just growing the soil.

That's the interface between geology and biology. By doing this, it allows the microorganisms to be [like] hundreds of trillions of little workers providing the microelements, ionic microelements off the rock surfaces."

Healthy Soil Makes for Healthy Food

If the soil is healthy, the plants grown in it will be healthy too. The increased nutrient content may even make the food more medicinally useful.

"I can tell you firsthand the difference," he says. "[The difference] between my trip to Vietnam and my trip to Nicaragua was dramatic. I came down with a light dysentery in Vietnam. It was terrible. I took charcoal … It wiped it out a little bit.

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Make These Simple (and Healthier) Homemade Condiment Recipes "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Recipes From Naturally Savvy

Where would we be without our favorite condiments? Sometimes, a serving of condiments is all it takes to transform a dish from dull toflavorful. Unfortunately, most brands sold in stores today contain unappetizing and unhealthy ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

But did you know you could make your own condiments at home and spare you and your family these awful health risks? Check out these easy-to-do, homemade recipes for ketchup, mayonnaise and (gluten-free) barbecue sauce from Naturally Savvy.

Ingredients:

Ketchup

6 oz. organic tomato paste

¼ cup organic honey

½ cup organic white vinegar (you may need less depending on how sour you like it)

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice (a squeeze)

¼ cup water (you can add more if you want it runnier)

¾ tsp. Himalayan salt

¼ tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

Mayonnaise

1 organic, pasture-raised whole egg

1 tsp. organic Dijon mustard

¼ + 1/8 tsp. fine Himalayan salt

1 cup coconut oil

1¼ tsp. organic apple cider vinegar

Gluten-Free Barbecue Sauce

3 cups organic tomato juice

½ cup finely diced shallots

½ cup raw honey or a few drops of liquid stevia if preferred

¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. dried thyme

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. ginger, minced

Flesh of 1 naval orange, diced and without seeds

Procedure:

Ketchup

1. Whisk the ingredients together and add to a small saucepan over medium heat.

2. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring often. Let cool.

3. Store in a glass container or jar. Remember that this ketchup doesn’t contain preservatives so it won’t keep as long. It will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge.

Mayonnaise

1. In a small food processor, mix the egg, mustard and salt with the processor still running; add the coconut oil, drop by drop, until the mixture begins to thicken.

2. Without stopping the machine, add the remaining oil in a thin stream.

3. When the oil has been incorporated, slowly add the cider vinegar. Adjust the seasoning to taste.

4. The mayonnaise will keep three to five days in the refrigerator. Note that this recipe can be halved — to divide an egg when cutting a recipe in half, first beat the egg, and then measure out half of the egg. Save the rest for another use.

Gluten-Free Barbecue Sauce

1. Place all ingredients in a medium-sized pot.

2. Simmer with the lid off on medium heat for 45 minutes, or until desired consistency. This can be puréed in a blender to smooth out the texture if desired.

These Homemade Condiment Recipes Are Healthy and All-Natural

These homemade condiments contain real ingredients with additional health benefits for you and your loved ones.

Using organic tomato paste and juice sets you up for the positive benefits tomatoes have to offer. Apart from having no fat and cholesterol, tomatoes have high amounts of infection-fighting vitamin C. Plus, you can get your fix of two powerful carotenoid antioxidants:

• Lycopene: helps defend your cells and skin from UV damage and skin cancer, lessen oxidative stress and risk of osteoporosis, and keep bone density

• Zeaxanthin: filters UV rays and helps prevent macular degeneration

Organic, pasture-raised eggs are a must if you’re making homemad...

01:39

Government Says No to Communities Sharing Books "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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If you love books, there is nothing better than finding one of those Little Free Libraries while taking a walk on a residential street. You get to trade in a book you have already read for one filled with new stories and adventures. Yet, in some places, the government is beginning to crack down on […]

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01:17

Insight into the cellular fate and toxicity of aluminium adjuvants used in clinically approved human vaccinations "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Abstract

Aluminium adjuvants remain the most widely used and effective adjuvants in vaccination and immunotherapy. Herein, the particle size distribution (PSD) of aluminium oxyhydroxide and aluminium hydroxyphosphate adjuvants was elucidated in attempt to correlate these properties with the biological responses observed post vaccination. Heightened solubility and potentially the generation of Al3+ in the lysosomal environment were positively correlated with an increase in cell mortality in vitro, potentially generating a greater inflammatory response at the site of simulated injection. The cellular uptake of aluminium based adjuvants (ABAs) used in clinically approved vaccinations are compared to a commonly used experimental ABA, in an in vitroTHP-1 cell model. Using lumogallion as a direct-fluorescent molecular probe for aluminium, complemented with transmission electron microscopy provides further insight into the morphology of internalised particulates, driven by the physicochemical variations of the ABAs investigated. We demonstrate that not all aluminium adjuvants are equal neither in terms of their physical properties nor their biological reactivity and potential toxicities both at the injection site and beyond. High loading of aluminium oxyhydroxide in the cytoplasm of THP-1 cells without immediate cytotoxicity might predispose this form of aluminium adjuvant to its subsequent transport throughout the body including access to the brain.

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18:21

Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, September 17, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Health"

11fDane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org The day is rapidly coming when countless members of our society will be forced to face the fact that they have been living in a delusional reality. So many will soon be forced to face the fact that they, themselves, have been a part of the tyranny, whether actively or passively, by fully

13:11

How to Make Chocolate Cake With Avocado Instead of Eggs and Butter "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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This vegan cake (no eggs or butter!) is so delicious that our kids begged for more. The frosting is silky smooth, and the cake is light and loaded with chocolate flavor, and healthy fats. Thanks Ashley Kappel, MyRecipes And just in case you were not sure how healthy avocados are...

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Thursday, 15 September

11:53

Motion to reconsider Calgary fluoride decision rejected by council "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Calgary city council voted against a motion Tuesday night to revisit whether fluoride should be added to the drinking water, then on Wednesday asked Mayor Naheed Nenshi to write to the provincial health authority asking it to explore the issue.

Couns. Peter Demong, Diane Colley-Urquhart and Richard Pootmans put forward Tuesday’s motion, suggesting the city invite experts from the University of Calgary’s O’Brien Institute for Public Health to offer advice on the matter.

Council rejected the idea by a vote of nine to five.

When the meeting resumed Wednesday, Coun. Druh Farrell put forward a motion directing Nenshi to write to Alberta Health Services, asking it to explore root causes of increased tooth decay in Alberta, including equitable access to dental care programs and services, especially for low-income families.

Nenshi was skeptical of what effect the letter will produce.

“This letter ain’t gonna amount to a hill of beans … but I’ll write it,” he told council.

A study published earlier this year by Lindsay McLaren, with the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, found a greater increase in tooth decay among Calgary kids compared to Edmonton kids since Calgary stopped fluoridating its water in 2011.

Dr. William Ghali, scientific director at the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, listened to the latest council discussion and said it appeared councillors would like to have more information on fluoride but simply saw too much political risk in formally requesting a study from his group.

‘Political hot potato’

He said even asking for the information could make it look like they were reopening the “very divisive issue” of fluoridation, just as they enter an election year.

“I think it was, in the end, just a political hot potato,” Ghali said.

“Even though there was no cost, I think the political sensitivity around signalling to the citizens of the city that they’re revisiting the question was too tricky to them.”

Ward 7 Coun. Druh Farrell, who voted against the motion, told the Calgary Eyeopener  she believes focusing solely on whether to add fluoride to the water misses the point.

“The problem is so much bigger than fluoride,” she said.

Farrell said the fact that Edmonton — where fluoride is still added to the water — also has high rates of tooth decay demonstrates that the problem is complex.

The onus should be on Alberta Health, not municipalities, to make dental care more accessible for low-income children and to promote healthier eating habits, she said.

“We’re focusing on this one solution that obviously isn’t working the way it should.”

Calgary family physician Dr. David Keegan said he’s disappointed in council’s decision.

“We’ve got a limited pool of public money and we have to make decisions. So those decisions that we should make, should be ones that are evidence-based and at the lowest cost for the value. Fluoride is one of them.”

Asked about the issue on Wednesday, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said the province has research findings available regarding the safety of water fluoridation. She said ultimately it’s a jurisdictional responsibility of municipalities to determine whether to add fluoride to tap water.

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    22:35

    Accumulation of a product of cell metabolism found to be linked with kidney tumor growth "IndyWatch Feed Health"

    Researchers funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) have shown that when the metabolite fumarate accumulates in a hereditary form of renal cancer it leads to an epigenetic reprogramming that drives cancer, according to a study published in Nature. The tumour growth mechanism seen here could be similar in other cancers, such as lung and bowel cancer, where the enzyme that breaks down fumarate is not present or not fully functional.

    Fumarate is found naturally in fruits and vegetables. It is also produced artificially for use as a food additive to act as an acidity regulator and flavouring agent. It usually acts as an intermediately product during the citric acid cycle, which the cells use to produce energy.

    Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer (HLRC) is a rare form of cancer that results in skin tumours and can lead to kidney cancer. It was already known that the disease was related to a mutation in the gene that codes for the enzyme fumarate hydratase (FH), found in the mitochondria, but until now it was unclear how this leads to tumour growth.

    Researchers from the MRC Cancer Unit at Cambridge University used a combination of RNA sequencing and metabolic, the study of small molecules resulting from metabolism, to find out what was causing tumour growth.

    The team found that the excess fumarate that results from the loss of FH led to epigenetic changes to a micro RNA. This caused the micro RNA to be suppressed, which functions in the prevention of metastasis.

    These epigenetic changes resulted in the expression of genes that initiated epithelial to mesenchymal transition. This is the process whereby normal cells become cancerous and metastasise, spreading around the body.

    Now that the mechanism of tumour growth related to FH loss is known, future work can focus on how fumarate is involved in other cancers. For instance, it has been shown that FH is lost in other types of tumours, including non-hereditary renal cancer, neuroblastoma, and tumours of the adrenal gland. Given that metastasis is the primary cause of death in cancer patients, understanding how to block metastasis caused by fumarate could be a key strategy for cancer therapy. Future work would also need to be done to further understand the action of fumarate in normal conditions.

    Lead researcher, Dr Christian Frezza from the MRC Cancer Unit, says: “The findings of our study suggest that the disruption of FH and the resulting fumarate accumulation have roles in this type of kidney cancer. This could also be a feature of other tumour types where FH loss has been reported, including neuroblastoma, colorectal and lung cancer.”

    Dr Nathan Richardson, head of molecular and cellular medicine at the MRC, says: “The results of this research give us a clearer insight into how fumarate is involved in this form of renal cancer. It now gives us the opportunity to see if this also applies to other common forms of cancer and also how metabolism is related to the progression of the disease.”

     

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    22:28

    Immune system plays major role in regulation of body weight "IndyWatch Feed Health"

    Immune system plays major role in regulation of body weight

    Credit: University College Dublin

    New research involving a team of Irish, American and Canadian researchers reveals that the immune system could be responsible for as much as 40% of our body’s ability to regulate weight.

    Professor Donal O’ Shea, Consultant Endocrinologist at St Vincent’s University Hospital and a Fellow in UCD Conway Institute at University College Dublin is one of the lead authors on the research paper,

    “We know that once weight is gained, for the majority of people, it is very difficult to lose that weight. It is too simplistic to say eat less, move more and the weight will come off. It doesn’t actually work like that. The body has a very powerful reaction to defend against weight loss, which we now know involves the immune system.

    We normally think of the immune system as something that guards against infection and diseases. However in evolutionary terms, a sudden or rapid weight loss could be a more immediate threat to survival. This immune system response contributes to why people really struggle to lose weigh, despite their best efforts to control calories and do exercise. Our findings give us a much better understanding of why this is so and they illustrate the dynamic role that the immune system plays in regulating body weight”.

    Dr Lydia Lynch, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Associate Professor, Trinity College Dublin, and the first author on the study explains:

    “We discovered that a very common immune cell, called the invariant natural killer T cell (iNKT cell), plays a key role in setting off a complex chain of events that regulate and enhance weight loss.

    The iNKT cell is needed to help fat cells make a small protein called fibroblast growth factor-21, (FGF-21), which triggers the body to metabolise or turn white fat into a much healthier brown fat. This browning of white fat uses large amounts of energy, leading to increased metabolic rate and weight loss.

    We know that people who are obese often have sluggish immune systems and a lower amount of these iNKT cells. With less iNKT cells, the body doesn’t make FGF-21, and this prevents the body from converting white fat to change it into brown fat.

    So, if you stimulate the body to produce iNKT cells, you can increase the amount of FGF-21. This, in turn, leads to enhanced browning of ,

    22:23

    Zinc found to reverse brain cell changes in autism "IndyWatch Feed Health"

    Cellular changes in the brain caused by genetic mutations that occur in autism can be reversed by zinc, according to research at the University of Auckland.

    Medical scientists at the University’s Department of Physiology have researched aspects of how autism mutations change brain cell function for the past five years.

    This latest work – a joint collaborative effort lead by neuroscientist collaborators in Auckland, America and Germany – was published today in the high impact journal, the Journal of Neuroscience.

    The study was funded by the Marsden Fund and the Neurological Foundation.

    Lead investigator at the University of Auckland, Associate Professor Johanna Montgomery from the University’s Department of Physiology and Centre for Brain Research, says “This most recent work, builds significantly from our earlier work showing that gene changes in autism decrease brain cell communication.”

    “We are seeking ways to reverse these cellular deficits caused by autism-associated changes in brain cells,” she says.”This study looks at how can alter brain cell communication that is altered at the cellular level and we are now taking that forward to look at the function of zinc at the dietary and behaviour level.”

    “Autism is associated with genetic changes that result in behavioural changes,” says Dr Montgomery. “It begins within the cells, so what happens at a behavioural level indicates something that has gone wrong at the cellular level in the brain.”

    International studies have found that normally there are high levels of zinc in the brain, and brain cells are regulated by zinc, but that zinc deficiency is prevalent in autistic children.

    “Research using animal models has shown that when a mother is given a low zinc diet, the offspring will be more likely to display autistic associated behaviours,” she says.

    “Our work is showing that even the cells that carry genetic changes associated with autism can respond to zinc.

    “Our research has focussed on the protein Shank3, which is localized at synapses in the brain and is associated with neuro-developmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia,” she says.

    “Human patients with genetic changes in Shank3 show profound communication and behavioural deficits. In this study, we show that Shank3 is a key component of a zinc-sensitive signalling system that regulates how brain cells communicate.”

    “Intriguingly, autism-associated changes in the Shank3 gene impair brain cell communication,” says Dr Montgomery. “These genetic changes in Shank3 do not alter its ability to respond to zinc”.

    “As a result, we have shown that zinc can increase brain cell communication that was previously weakened by autism-associated changes in Shank3”.

    “Disruption of how zinc is regulated in the body may not only impair how synapses work in the brain, but may lead to cognitive and behavioural abnormalities seen in patients with psychiatric disorders.”

    “Together with our results, the data suggests that environmental/dietary factors such as changes in zinc levels could alter this protein’s signalling system and reduce its ability to regulate the nerve cell function in the brain,” she says.

    This has applications to both autism and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia.

    Dr Montgomery says the next stage of their research is to investigate the impact of dietary zinc supplements to see what impact it has on autistic behaviours.

    “Too much zinc can be toxic, so it is important to determine the optimum level for preventing and treating...

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