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Thursday, 23 November

23:38

Thanksgiving? A Day of Despair for Many Because of Crimes Against Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Woundedknee 1891

Burial of the dead after the massacre of Wounded Knee. U.S. Soldiers putting Indians in common grave; some corpses are frozen in different positions. South Dakota. Published Jan. 17 1891 by Northwestern Photo Co.

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Today is a holiday of Thanksgiving for many people in the United States.

While I do not want to ruin the day for those who are truly thankful for blessings in their lives, especially if the thanks is directed towards God and his grace extended to mankind (In everything give thanks; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18), I think it is important to understand that this is not a day of Thanksgiving for many people, but a day of mourning.

Dr. Gary Kohl has reminded us that Native Americans are not fond of Thanksgiving. Here is the text of a plaque that overlooks Plymouth Rock, the site where Puritans first landed on Native American soil that explains why Thanksgiving has only negative connotations for non-whites:

Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Coles Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday.

Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers.

To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture.

Participants in a National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.

23:33

Thanksgiving? A Day of Despair for Many Because of Crimes Against Humanity "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Woundedknee 1891

Burial of the dead after the massacre of Wounded Knee. U.S. Soldiers putting Indians in common grave; some corpses are frozen in different positions. South Dakota. Published Jan. 17 1891 by Northwestern Photo Co.

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Today is a holiday of Thanksgiving for many people in the United States.

While I do not want to ruin the day for those who are truly thankful for blessings in their lives, especially if the thanks is directed towards God and his grace extended to mankind (In everything give thanks; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18), I think it is important to understand that this is not a day of Thanksgiving for many people, but a day of mourning.

Dr. Gary Kohl has reminded us that Native Americans are not fond of Thanksgiving. Here is the text of a plaque that overlooks Plymouth Rock, the site where Puritans first landed on Native American soil that explains why Thanksgiving has only negative connotations for non-whites:

Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Coles Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday.

Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers.

To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture.

Participants in a National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.

...

23:28

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG effectively supresses bone loss in a mouse model of induced periodontitis irrespective of the mode of administration. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Clin Periodontol. 2017 Nov 9. Epub 2017 Nov 9. PMID: 29121411 Abstract Title:  Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG prevents alveolar bone loss in a mouse model of experimental periodontitis. Abstract:  AIM: This study investigated the role of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG on bone loss and local and systemic inflammation in an in vivo mouse model of experimental periodontitis.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Experimental periodontitis was induced in mice by oral inoculation with Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum over a period of 44 days. The probiotic LGG was administered via oral inoculation or oral gavage prior to, and during disease induction. The antimicrobial activity of LGG on the inoculum was also tested. Alveolar bone levels and gingival tissue changes were assessed using in vivo micro-computed tomography and histological analysis. Serum levels of mouse homologues for IL-8 were measured using multiplex assays.RESULTS: Pre-treatment with probiotics either via oral gavage or via oral inoculation significantly reduced bone loss (p

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22:58

MCH Blood Test: What Do MCH Levels in Blood Mean? (Evidence Based) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

MCH blood test is usually done as part of a complete blood count (CBC) test that doctors use to check your general health. MCH stands for mean corpuscular hemoglobin and is the amount of hemoglobin in your red blood cells. Hemoglobin is the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the bodys tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs. Some of the causes of abnormal MCH levels are iron deficiency, lack of vitamin B12, thyroid issues, or problems with your liver function.

Normal MCH levels mean that your body is producing enough hemoglobin. This also means that there are no underlying medical conditions that are causing hemoglobin to get destroyed too quickly.

Having low or high levels of hemoglobin can tell if you have different types of anemia. If your complete blood test count test shows that you have anemia and abnormal MCH levels, you might also feel fatigued, have a rapid heartbeat, palpitations, and difficulty concentrating.

This article looks at what your MCH blood test means and what it tells about your health. You will also find out what to do if you have low mean corpuscular hemoglobin levels (low MCH).

What is MCH Blood Test?

Hemoglobin is an important molecule in your red blood cells that helps to carry oxygen to body tissues. The MCH is a calculation of the average amount of hemoglobin inside a single red blood cell.

The only way that doctors can test MCH levels in a lab test is to use it as part of a complete blood count (CBC). Dr. Brian Yang Merritt on Medscape says that MCH results are derived from measuring the concentration of hemoglobin in your red blood cell count (RBC).1

The MCH blood test is also related to the MCHC blood test which measures the concentration of hemoglobin in a given volume of red blood cells. Together, the MCH and MCHC indices are used to help doctors determine the cause of certain medical conditions.

What is CBC blood test?

A CBC (complete blood count) is a panel of tests that evaluates the three types of cells that circulate in the blood:

  • White blood cells
  • Red blood cells
  • Platelets

According to doctors from the Mayo Clinic, the CBC blood test is used to assess your general health. The CBC can then be used by doctors to diagnose a variety of disorders including infections, anemia, and leukemia. The CBC tests for abnormalities in red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, plasma, and platelets.2

What Are Normal MCH Levels?...

22:55

100 Million Homes in America Contain a Deadly Fiber That Could Turn into Cancer "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center is dedicated to raising asbestos and mesothelioma cancer awareness. Visit their website and follow on Facebook.   Approximately eighty percent of homes built prior to 1980 contain asbestos. Considering the approximate 125 million households in the United States, thats about 100 million homes, that each contains the potential of... View Article

The post 100 Million Homes in America Contain a Deadly Fiber That Could Turn into Cancer appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

22:43

L. paracasei Jlus66 has great potential as a probiotic in protecting from NAFLD. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Food Funct. 2017 Nov 6. Epub 2017 Nov 6. PMID: 29106426 Abstract Title:  Effect of a novel potential probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei Jlus66 isolated from fermented milk on nonalcoholic fatty liver in rats. Abstract:  Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the main cause of chronic liver disease worldwide. Previous evidence indicates that probiotics can be applied as a therapeutic agent for NAFLD. In this study, the potential probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei Jlus66 was isolated from natural fermented milk by a culture-dependent method, and its probiotic potentials were tested by established in vitro tests. In addition, the protective effect of Lactobacillus paracasei Jlus66 against NAFLD was evaluated in rat models. Compared with the high-fat-diet (HFD) group, the rats administered with 4 10(10) cfu Jlus66 had significantly lower body weight gain, serum triglyceride (TG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) as well as aminotransferase (ALT). Histopathological analysis showed Jlus66 also reduced the level of hepatic triglycerides and steatosis. From the above we conclude that L. paracasei Jlus66 has great potential as a probiotic in protecting from NAFLD.

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22:26

Lactobacillus strains attenuate Salmonella Enteritidis, Heidelberg and Typhimurium colonization and virulence gene expression in vitro. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Nov 9 ;18(11). Epub 2017 Nov 9. PMID: 29120368 Abstract Title:  Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus paracasei Attenuate Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Heidelberg and Salmonella Typhimurium Colonization and Virulence Gene Expression In Vitro. Abstract:  Salmonella Enteritidis (SE), Salmonella Typhimurium (ST), and Salmonella Heidelberg (SH) have been responsible for numerous outbreaks associated with the consumption of poultry meat and eggs. Salmonella colonization in chicken is characterized by initial attachment to the cecal epithelial cells (CEC) followed by dissemination to the liver, spleen, and oviduct. Since cecal colonization is critical to Salmonella transmission along the food chain continuum, reducing this intestinal association could potentially decrease poultry meat and egg contamination. Hence, this study investigated the efficacy of Lactobacillus delbreuckii sub species bulgaricus (NRRL B548; LD), Lactobacillus paracasei (DUP-13076; LP), and Lactobacillus rhamnosus (NRRL B442; LR) in reducing SE, ST, and SH colonization in CEC and survival in chicken macrophages. Additionally, their effect on expression of Salmonella virulence genes essential for cecal colonization and survival in macrophages was evaluated. All three probiotics significantly reduced Salmonella adhesion and invasion in CEC and survival in chicken macrophages (p

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22:17

Home Remedies for Migraines and Headaches "IndyWatch Feed Health"

For everyone who has had a migraine, you know how painful they are. They are much more severe and last longer than regular headaches.  At the first sign of symptoms, such as vision loss or a pins and needles feeling,  you know its time to do something before the intolerable pain comes.  Many people turn... View Article

The post Home Remedies for Migraines and Headaches appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

22:10

The results confirmed that lactic acid bacteria are a promising strategy to control food contamination of fermented food and dairy products. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Probiotics Antimicrob Proteins. 2017 Nov 18. Epub 2017 Nov 18. PMID: 29150754 Abstract Title:  Detoxification of Aflatoxin B1 by Antifungal Compounds from Lactobacillus brevis and Lactobacillus paracasei, Isolated from Dairy Products. Abstract:  Aflatoxins are a large group of highly toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic mycotoxins produced by specific species of fungi. Potential contamination of food commodities by these compounds causes extensive damage that lead to great economic losses. This study explored the potential use of antifungal compounds, produced by Lactobacillus brevis and Lactobacillus paracasei, for growth inhibition and subsequent aflatoxin B1 production from select strains of Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. Lactobacilli strains were isolated from traditional Egyptian dairy products, whereas fungal strains were isolated from infected cereal seeds. There were noticeable decreases in mycelium biomass and aflatoxin production as well. L. brevis exhibited the highest reduction of aflatoxin B1 production by A. flavus and A. parasiticus, 96.31 and 90.43%, respectively. The concentrations of amino acids of the antifungal compound produced by L. brevis were significantly higher than that produced by L. paracasei. Asparagine, glutamine, glycine, alanine, and leucine were the most concentrated amino acids for both strains. The antifungal compounds produced by L. brevis and L. paracasei were active in a wide range of pH, heat stable and inactivated by proteolytic enzymes (protease K and trypsin A). The expression of Omt-A gene that involved in the later step of aflatoxin production was evaluated by real-time PCR. There was a vigorous reduction at transcriptional level of Omt-A gene observed in A. flavus that is treated by L. brevis and L. paracasei (80 and 70%, respectively). However, the reduction of Omt-A gene observed in A. parasiticus that is treated by L. brevis and L. paracasei was 64.5 and 52%, respectively. Treating maize seeds with antifungal compounds exhibited great efficiency in controlling fungal infection and increasing seed germination. The results confirmed that lactic acid bacteria are a promising strategy to control food contamination of fermented food and dairy products.

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21:58

Lactobacillus paracasei feeding improves immune control of influenza infection in mice. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  PLoS One. 2017 ;12(9):e0184976. Epub 2017 Sep 20. PMID: 28931041 Abstract Title:  Lactobacillus paracasei feeding improves immune control of influenza infection in mice. Abstract:  Respiratory tract infections such as flu cause severe morbidity and mortality and are among the leading causes of death in children and adults worldwide. Commensal microbiota is critical for orchestrating tissue homeostasis and immunity in the intestine. Probiotics represent an interesting source of immune modulators and several clinical studies have addressed the potential beneficial effects of probiotics against respiratory infections. Therefore, we have investigated the mechanisms of protection conferred by L. paracasei CNCM I-1518 strain in a mouse model of influenza infection. Notably, local myeloid cells accumulation is generated in the lungs after seven days feeding with L. paracasei prior to viral infection. L. paracasei-fed mice showed reduced susceptibility to the influenza infection, associated with less accumulation of inflammatory cells in the lungs, faster viral clearance and general health improvement. Interestingly, Allobaculum was significantly increased in L. paracasei-fed mice 7 days after influenza infection, even if the gut microbiota composition was not altered overall. L. paracasei-purified peptidoglycan partially recapitulated the protective phenotype observed with the entire bacteria. Collectively, our results demonstrate that oral consumption of L. paracasei CNCM I-1518 modulates lung immunity was associated with an improved control of influenza infection. These results further extend the beneficial role for certain lactobacilli to alleviate the burden of respiratory tract infections.

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21:36

Certain Lactobacillus species can effectively augment antiviral responses in chicken macrophages. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Res Vet Sci. 2017 Oct 31. Epub 2017 Oct 31. PMID: 29132684 Abstract Title:  Interactions between lactobacilli and chicken macrophages induce antiviral responses against avian influenza virus. Abstract:  Macrophages are an important cell type of the innate immune system that upon activation, can exert antiviral functions and also can induce virus-specific adaptive immune responses. Macrophage interaction with certain probiotic bacteria such as lactobacilli can enhance antiviral functions of these cells. We have previously shown that administration of lactobacilli to chickens can effectively augment immune response to vaccine antigens. Here, we investigated the effects of representative strains of three Lactobacillus species, L. acidophilus, L. reuteri and L. salivarius used alone or in combination, in enhancing antiviral activity of chicken macrophages against avian influenza virus in an in vitro model using MQ-NCSU cells. Treatment of macrophages with probiotic lactobacilli significantly enhanced the antiviral functions, as determined by the virus titration assay. We also found that lactobacilli stimulation of macrophages induced significantly higher expression of interleukin (IL)-1, interferon (IFN)- and IFN- cytokine genes as well as interferon regulatory factor-7 (IRF7), 2',5'-oligoadenylate synthetase (OAS) and interferon-inducible transmembrane protein M3 (IFITM3) genes. Furthermore, macrophages that were treated with lactobacilli had significantly enhanced production of nitric oxide (NO) and IFN- protein as well as surface expression of the costimulatory molecule CD40. However, the antiviral and immunostimulatory effects of probiotic lactobacilli largely depended on the Lactobacillus species studied. Collectively, the results from our study using an in vitro model showed that certain Lactobacillus species can effectively augment antiviral responses in chicken macrophages.

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21:18

Lactobacillus plantarum HNU082-derived improvements in the intestinal microbiome prevent the development of hyperlipidaemia. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Food Funct. 2017 Nov 2. Epub 2017 Nov 2. PMID: 29094115 Abstract Title:  Lactobacillus plantarum HNU082-derived improvements in the intestinal microbiome prevent the development of hyperlipidaemia. Abstract:  Restricted by research techniques, the probiotic-derived changes in the microbiome and microbial metabolites correlated with the potential prevention of hyperlipidaemia have remained undiscovered. In the present research, a metagenomic approach was applied to describe Lactobacillus plantarum HNU082 consumption-derived changes in the intestinal microbiome and their correlation with the occurrence and development of hyperlipidaemia. Principal coordinate analysis based on UniFrac distances indicated that the intestinal microbiota was profoundly altered in the hyperlipidaemia group, and probiotic consumption regulated the bias in the intestinal microbial structure in hyperlipidaemia. Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, Akkermansia and Faecalibacterium were significantly increased in the probiotic group, and the genera Clostridium, Natranaerovirga and Odoribacter were significantly increased in the hyperlipidaemia group. Further analysis based on metabolic pathways revealed that pyruvate metabolism, glycerolipid metabolism, propanoate metabolism, and fatty acid biosynthesis were enriched in the probiotic and control groups. In contrast, the pathways of secondary bile acid and lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis were enriched in the hyperlipidaemia group. Finally, we constructed a network to better explain the potential mechanism of hyperlipidaemia prevention. The present basic research will promote our understanding of the probiotic action mechanism in hyperlipidaemia therapy and provide new insight into the design and application of probiotic-containing functional foods.

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20:30

Lactobacillus plantarum CJLP133 and CJLP243 have therapeutic effects on birch pollen induced allergic rhinitis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Appl Microbiol. 2017 Nov 12. Epub 2017 Nov 12. PMID: 29130606 Abstract Title:  Oral administration of Lactobacillus plantarum CJLP133 and CJLP243 alleviates birch pollen induced allergic rhinitis in mice. Abstract:  AIMS: In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of selected probiotics in a mouse model of birch pollen (BP)-induced allergic rhinitis.METHODS AND RESULTS: Oral administration of lactobacillus plantarum CJLP133 and CJLP243 ameliorated the symptoms of BP-induced allergic rhinitis by reducing airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR), and both the histological scores and the number of infiltrated cells in the nasal cavities and lungs. Compared with those from vehicle-treated mice, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and draining lymph node samples from CJLP133 and CJLP243-administrated mice showed diminished numbers of immune cells, increased secretion of a Th1-type cytokine (IFN-), and decreased production of Th2-type cytokines (IL-4, IL-5 and IL-13). Consistent with these results, levels of IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, serum IgE, and BP-specific serum IgG1 were decreased, whereas secretion of IFN- and BP-specific serum IgG2a were augmented upon administration of CJLP133 and CJLP243 in mice.CONCLUSION: Oral administration of lactobacillus plantarum CJLP133 and CJLP243 alleviates symptoms of BP-induced allergic rhinitis in mice by recovering Th1/Th2 balance via enhancement of the Th1-type immune response.SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: Lactobacillus plantarum CJLP133 and CJLP243 have therapeutic effects on BP-induced allergic rhinitis in an animal model. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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17:28

50 Workers Just Fired From Health System For Refusing Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

And so it begins A healthcare system has literally fired 50 employees in one fell swoop  over a draconian flu jab policy

They cant fire us all if we stand up, right? That might be the inner wishful thinking of those who refuse vaccinations while working in the healthcare system.

But as WGN9 reports:

A Minnesota-based health system has fired about 50 employees who refused to get a flu shot.

Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza unless they received a religious or medical exemption.

The system claimed that it was trying to keep patients from getting sick at its 15 hospitals and 75 clinics in Minnesota, Idaho, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

From WGN9:

Essentia says 99 percent of the companys 13,900 eligible employees had gotten the shot, received an exemption or were gett...

16:26

Fight Against Last Weeks FDA Warning and What It Means to the Kratom Community "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Last week, the FDA dropped the other shoe to ban kratom that we all knew was coming.Faceless bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration told the new FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, to issue a Public Health Advisory on kratom, justified by outright LIES that kratom carries similar risks as opiates, including addiction and death, and other mischaracterized scientific claims.

Major media outlets such as CNN, CBS News, NBC, NPR, Fox News and others picked up on the advisory, further spreading the FDAs liesall part of their campaign to threaten our hard work to keep kratom legal and available to you.The most troubling coverage of the FDA Advisory came in the form of a CNBC interview with FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb,who lied on air and described kratom is an opioid analogue, setting the stage to include kratom as a banned substance in the SITSA (Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues) Bill.

SITSA, if passed, would give Attorney General Jeff Sessions unchecked authority to ban any substance without any medical or scientific review; for a temporary period of FIVE YEARS, and exempt from a judicial or legislative challenge during that span.

FIVE YEARS!

AKA was criticized for causing a panic by some in the kratom industry for coming out strong against SITSA, arguing the bill wouldnt impact kratom given that it is not an analogue of an opioid.

but we kept up the fight,...

15:31

Essentia Health Fires Flu Shot Refusing Nurses "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Its done. 69 employees have been fired from Minnesota based health company, Essentia Health, for not complying with mandatory flu shot rules. As we first reported last week, many nurses and employees were absolutely refusing...

The post Essentia Health Fires Flu Shot Refusing Nurses appeared first on Vaxxter.

15:18

MEMORY HOLE: How the Pro Vaccine Crowd Changes History to Fit Their False Narrative "IndyWatch Feed Health"

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A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a website or other archive. In particular, a memory hole is part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened. Put simply, the memory hole is just a more sophisticated way to l...

14:00

Caught Our Notice: When authors go MIA, the article may follow "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Title: IRF9 inhibits human acute myeloid leukemia through the SIRT1-p53 signaling pathway What Caught Our Attention: When authors fail to respond to editors requests for information, it isnt hard to imagine that the submitted manuscript will lose its publishing appeal. In this case, the journal and publisher withdrew the article after repeated attempts to contact the authors []

The post Caught Our Notice: When authors go MIA, the article may follow appeared first on Retraction Watch.

12:02

How to Cope With Social Anxiety Over Thanksgiving "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In this piece for Medical News Today, Jasmin Collier describes five non drug-related ways to cope with social anxiety over the Thanksgiving holiday: preparing in advance, having a job to do, turning anxiety into excitement, being curious, and giving yourself permission to step back and take a break.

12:01

4 Reasons Gratitude is Good for You "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From USA Today: Gratitude has been shown to have both physical and mental health benefits. Here are a few ways to cultivate our feelings of gratitude and express appreciation more often.

Research suggests that individuals who feel grateful experience lower blood pressure, improved immune functions, recover more quickly from illness, and can more effectively cope with stress, explains Shilagh Mirgain, PhD, a health psychologist with UW Health (University of Wisconsin).

Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health, more so than even optimism. And the benefits can be life-long. A sense of gratitude can reduce the lifetime risk for depression, anxiety and even substance abuse disorders.

Article

12:00

Us, Too: Sexual Violence Against People Labeled Mentally Ill "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In light of the recent events and media discussions pertaining to the issue of sexual violence, we feel that it is of the utmost importance to speak out about this issue in the context of psychiatry and the treatment of those perceived as mentally ill. As victims of psychiatric coercion, we wanted to share some of the sexual violations and abuses we experienced in the name of medical treatment, such as forced catheterization, being watched while showering, and legal sexual assault.

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Rudys Story

I have been forcibly hospitalized three times. The first time was while serving in the army in 2009, and the second and third times were in 2014 about a month apart. All of these hospitalizations were traumatizing for a variety of reasons, but the third time was by far the worst.

In 2014, I was in community college and was experiencing a great deal of stress due to pushing myself too hard. As a 26-year-old college student, I felt like a failure for having taken so long to begin college. I also felt ashamed of having a mental health diagnosis and being discharged from the army for that reason. I never felt like I quite fit in with my classmates or with students taking part in the extracurricular activities I participated in, such as my theater group. I was scared that I would never fit in or be normal.

One day, as I was driving to rehearsal for my theater group, I began to panic. I felt intense anxiety due to not being able to learn my lines as a result of the psychiatric medications I was taking. When I arrived at the theater, I became catatonic. The director called the ambulance, and I was put in restraints and taken to the emergency room. Although I was only in the emergency room for a few hours, the experience felt traumatizing and further isolated me from my peers.

Wanting to put that experience behind me, I continued with school and theater. However, the pressure kept building up. I started to feel like I couldnt handle it, and I didnt see a solution. I did not wish to drop out of school, but I also could not see myself making it to the end of the semester.

One day, just a few hours before rehearsal, I isolated myself in my room, hiding under my covers, feeling like everything in the outside world was just too much. A friend came to check on me, and I was unresponsive. My friend then called my roommate, who called the police.

Before I could fully grasp what was going on, the paramedics arrived at my apartment. Because I was catatonic and unable to respond, they put me on a stretcher in four-point restraints and took me to the emergency room. The whole ride, I felt terrified, not knowing what would happen next. Eventually, I regained my ability to speak and begged the paramedics to take me...

12:00

We're Thankful for You! Age of Autism Donor Matching Gift Program. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

November is here, Giving thanks is due. Im donating to AoA, How about you? Thanksgiving is today, and a perfect time to express our gratitude for this wonderful forum we know as the Age of Autism blog. Please take a...

Happy Thanksgiving from Age of Autism "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dear friends, readers, families, colleagues and supporters, we at AofA would like to wish you each a very happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for your readership, your likes, links, reTweets and comments throughout the year. The winds change, and we...

11:32

New Genetically Modified Tomatoes May Soon Hit The Marketplace "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tomatoes were one of the first commercially available genetically modified (GM) crops ever. GM tomatoes are about to make a comeback in 2018 as Chinese and French researchers reveal details of how they genetically-engineered tomatoes to boost vitamins and other nutrients.

09:43

Members of the Australian Dental Association visit Gunnedah to brief Gunnedah Shire Council about adding fluoride to the water supply "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Gunnedah Shire Councillors attended a closed meeting on Wednesday to be briefed by members of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) NSW regarding water fluoridation.

ADA spokeswoman Dr Sarah Raphael, who hosted the briefing, shared with councillors and local dentists a report from the federal governments National Health and Medical Research Council on water fluoridation.

Dr Raphael said water fluoridation has been researched in Australia for decades.

Water fluoridation is one of the most widely-studied public health measures of all time, Dr Raphael said.

Decades of research in Australia have proven it is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay, water fluoridation gives everyone in the community protection from tooth decay on tap.

The fluoride debate has prompted a wave of facebook groups against water fluoridation, including a group administrated by Gunnedahs Wendy Carpenter called Its OK to say NO to fluoride in Gunnedahs water.

Mrs Carpenter said the group is designed to help bring balance to the discussion.

There are a growing number of people in our community who are very concerned about the proposed fluoridation of Gunnedahs water, Mrs Carpenter said.

We are very concerned that in the light of increasing evidence that ingesting fluoride in water is not safe nor is it the most effective method of tooth protection.

Fluoride Action Network Australia (FANA) chair Merilyn Haines said the organisation has sent research and reports to council and hopes council will consider research from both sides of the debate.

We hope that Councillors will consider these concerns because NSW Health will not be providing this type of information either to the Councillors, or to the public in the very one sided biased consultation that NSW Health is conducting, Mrs Haynes said.

Gunnedah dentist Dr Karthikeyan Muthusamy supports water fluoridation and said adding fluoride to the water is safe for everyone.

I strongly recommend fluoridation, Dr Muthusamy said.

It comes from a solid basis of research and it saves people a lot of trouble in regards to dental health.

The briefing follows a resolution from the October ordinary council meeting that stated NSW Health would seek public feedback regarding fluoridation and report the findings to council at Decembers ordinary council meeting.

*Original article online at...

09:36

Bill to protect fluoridation from politics "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The new chair of parliaments health select committee is looking forward to making progress on some major pieces of legislation.

Louisa Wall says the committee tends to set aside party political interests as memberrs strive for a health system that works for all New Zealanders.

On the table is a government bill that will make district health boards rather than local government responsible for fluoridating water supplies.

Its an issue that has become increasingly heated in recent years as anti-fluoridation groups target local councils.

The intent of this piece of legislation is to take it out of the hands of a political process and allow DHBs to lead about whether or not we should have fluoride in our water, whose main purpose is to help prevent tooth decay, Ms Wall says.

Also on the agenda is a private bill to ensure babies are assigned to a public health organisation with the responsibility of making sure they receive all their immunisations, and its also likely there will be bills on medical cannabis and assisted dying.

Listen to the LOUSIA WALL INTERVIEW

*Original article online at https://www.waateanews.com/waateanews/x_story_id/MTc4ODc.html

 

07:00

Happy Thanksgiving! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers, and to everyone else- have a great Thursday in November!

07:00

The Science of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs seasonally, typically ramping up in the fall and winter months and disappearing come spring (although it may occur during other seasons as well, albeit less often). Its quite common for people to notice changes in their mood, energy levels and food cravings when the weather turns colder and the days get shorter, but this slump, known as winter blues, is different from true SAD.

In the case of SAD, symptoms are so severe that they interfere with daily life. "I feel myself wanting to cry for no reason; I overreact extensively and am extremely irritable," one SAD sufferer told NBC News.1 There are days where I cannot bring myself to get out of bed or function.

Common SAD symptoms include oversleeping, intense carbohydrate cravings, overeating and weight gain. Some people also have trouble concentrating and withdraw socially,2 preferring to hibernate indoors instead of carrying on with their normal day-to-day activities.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine, was the first to describe SAD, writing in a 1984 journal article that the depressions were generally characterized by hypersomnia, overeating and carbohydrate craving, and seemed to respond to changes in climate and latitude.3 Indeed, rates of SAD vary depending on location, with people living farthest from the equator in northern latitudes being most susceptible.

In the U.S., for instance, according to a review published in Depression Research and Treatment, SAD affects only 1 percent of Floridians compared to 9 percent of Alaskans.4 Women are also at increased risk, with SAD being diagnosed four times more often in women than men. Young adults also seem to be disproportionately affected (SAD typically begins between the ages of 18 and 30 years),5 and this could be due to links to ancient ancestors. Professor Robert Levitan of the University of Toronto told The Guardian:6

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Tarragon Adds a French Twist to Your Meals "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tarragon (pronounced TEHR-uh-gon) or Artemisia dracunculus is an herb that is popular in the world of cooking. In fact, tarragon is such a vital part of French cuisine that it is one of the "Fines Herbes." These are the four most commonly used herbs in French cuisine, which also includes parsley, chervil and chives.1 Tarragon is known for its slightly bittersweet flavor, with an aroma similar to anise.2

The earliest records of tarragon date back to more than 600 years ago. It was believed to have been introduced to Italy in the 10th century during the time of the Mongol invasions. The Mongolians used tarragon as a sleep aid, breath freshener and seasoning.

After this turbulent period, some tarragon histories have St. Catherine of Siena bringing tarragon back to France after a visit with Pope Clement VI.3 However, she could not have done this as she was only 5 years old when Clement VI4 died. While other histories have tarragon arriving in France in the 1500s, if St. Catherine was the one who brought it to France, most likely it was after her visit to see Pope Gregory VI in 1376.5

The Different Health Benefits of Tarragon

Tarragon contains various nutrients and essential oils that can provide a multitude of benefits. The most well-known ones include:

Pain Relief

Chewing the leaves can help relieve pain, especially in the mouth or tooth. You can consume tarragon tea to get the same benefit.

Induce Sleep

Drinking tarragon tea can help those with insomnia. The calming effect of the herb's compounds can help you rest well at night.

Increase Appetite

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How to Increase Your Sense of Gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Thanksgiving celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November is perhaps one of the most cherished of American holidays; its a time when family and friends gather over ample amounts of food and give thanks for the blessings in life, including each other. As explained by University of California psychology professor Robert Emmons, one of the leading scientific experts on gratitude and author of several books on the topic, gratitude involves two key components:1

  1. Its an affirmation of goodness; when you feel gratitude, you affirm that you live in a benevolent world
  2. Its a recognition that the source of this goodness comes from outside of yourself; that other people (or higher powers, if you prefer) have provided you with gifts that improve your life in some way

An Attitude of Gratitude Fosters Health and Happiness

The practice of openly sharing what were grateful for is by many accounts one of the healthiest aspects of our annual Thanksgiving festivity. According to psychologists, its a ritual that fosters both happiness and health. Its unfortunate that most people reserve this gratitude ritual for Thanksgiving Day only. While giving thanks once a year is beneficial, doing it more often could be life changing.2 At least thats what science suggests.

Studies have actually shown that the psychological state of gratitude has beneficial implications for every major organ system in your body.3 So, if youre serious about your well-being youd be wise to increase the frequency at which you feel and express gratitude. Adopting the ritual of saying grace at every meal, for example, is a great way to flex your gratitude muscle on a daily basis,4 and will also foster a deeper connection to your food.

When you reflect on all the things that went into its creation, from the sowing of the seed, to the harvest and the cooking, youll realize just how much work by both nature and man went into creating the meal before you that will now provide you with nourishment. Considering a breakdown anywhere along that chain would result in scarcity and hunger, the...

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Lactobacillus plantarum help protect the integrity of intestinal epithelial cell barrier damaged by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Nov 13 ;18(11). Epub 2017 Nov 13. PMID: 29137183 Abstract Title:  Lactobacillus plantarum Enhanced IL-22 Production in Natural Killer (NK) Cells That Protect the Integrity of Intestinal Epithelial Cell Barrier Damaged by Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. Abstract:  Interleukin (IL)-22-producing Natural Killer (NK) cells protect the gut epithelial cell barrier from pathogens. A strain of probiotics, Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum, LP), was previously found by our laboratory to significantly improve the mucosal barrier integrity and function of the small intestine in pigs. However, it was unclear whether LP benefited the intestinal mucosal barrier via interactions with the intestinal NK cells. The present study, therefore, was focused on the therapeutic effect of NK cells that were stimulated by LP on attenuating enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC)-induced the damage to the integrity of the epithelial cell barrier. The results showed that LP can efficiently increase protein levels of the natural cytotoxicity receptor (NCR) family, and the expression levels of IL-22 mRNA and protein in NK cells. Transfer of NK cells stimulated by LP conferred protection against ETEC K88-induced intestinal epithelial barrier damage in NCM460 cells. We found that NK cells stimulated by LP could partially offset the reduction in NCM460 cell monolayers transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) caused by ETEC K88, and increase ZO-1 and occludin mRNA and protein expressions by ETEC K88-infected NCM460 cells. Furthermore, adding NK cells that were stimulated by LP to ETEC K88-infected NCM460cells, IL-22R1, p-Stat3, and p-Tyk2 expression by NCM460 cells was increased. Mechanistic experiment showed that NK cells stimulated by LP lost the function of maintaining TEER of NCM460 cells challenged with ETEC K88, when polyclonal anti-IL-22 antibody was used to block IL-22 production. Collectively, our results suggested that LP stimulation of NK could enhance IL-22 production, which might be able to provide defense against ETEC-induced damage to the integrity of intestinal epithelial barrier.

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03:55

Immune-enhancing effect of nanometric Lactobacillus plantarum nF1 in a mouse model of cyclophosphamide-induced immunosuppression. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Microbiol Biotechnol. 2017 Nov 15. Epub 2017 Nov 15. PMID: 29141128 Abstract Title:  Immune-enhancing effect of nanometric Lactobacillus plantarum nF1 (nLp-nF1) in a mouse model of cyclophosphamide-induced immunosuppression. Abstract:  Nanometric Lactobacillus plantarum nF1 (nLp-nF1) is a biogenics consisting of dead L. plantarum pre-treated with heat and a nanodispersion process. In this study, we investigated the immune-enhancing effects of nLp-nF1 in vivo and in vitro. To evaluate the immunostimulatory effects of nLp-nF1, mice immunosuppressed by cyclophosphamide (CPP) treatment were administered with nLp-nF1. As expected, CPP restricted the immune response of mice, whereas oral administration of nLp-nF1 significantly increased total IgG in serum, and cytokine production [interleukin-12 (IL-12) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-)] in bone marrow cells. Furthermore, nLp-nF1 enhanced the production of splenic cytokines such as IL-12, TNF-, and interferon gamma (IFN-). In vitro, nLp-nF1 stimulated the immune response by enhancing the production of cytokines such as IL-12, TNF-, and IFN-. Moreover, nLp-nF1 given a food additive enhanced the immune responses when combined with various food materials on in vitro. These results suggest that nLp-nF1 could be used to strengthen the immune system and recover normal immunity in people with a weaker immune system, such as children, the elderly, and patients.

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03:41

Lactobacillus plantarum induces apoptosis in oral cancer KB cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Bioimpacts. 2017 ;7(3):193-198. Epub 2017 Jun 7. PMID: 29159146 Abstract Title:  Lactobacillus plantarum induces apoptosis in oral cancer KB cells through upregulation of PTEN and downregulation of MAPK signalling pathways. Abstract:  Introduction: The oral tumor is the sixth most prevalent type of cancer worldwide and the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality. Although chemotherapy and immunotherapy are the main strategies for the treatment of oral cancer, an emergence of inevitable resistance to these treatment modalities is the major drawback that causes recurrence of the disease. Nowadays, probiotics have been suggested as adjunctive and complementary treatment modalities for improving the impacts of chemotherapy and immunotherapy agents. Probiotics, the friendly microflora in our bodies, contribute to the production of useful metabolites with positive effects on the immune system against various diseases such as cancer. Methods:Lactobacillus plantarum is one of the most important bacteria, which commensally live in the human oral system. In the current study, the impacts of L. plantarum on maintaining oral system health were investigated, and the molecular mechanisms of inhibition of oral cancer KB cells mediated by L. plantarum were evaluated using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and FACS flow cytometry analyses. Results: Our findings showed that L. plantarum is effective in the signal transduction of the oral cancer cells through upregulation and downregulation of PTEN and MAPK pathways, respectively. Conclusion: Based on the biological effects of oral candidate probiotics candidate bacterium L. plantarum on functional expression of PTEN and MAPK pathways, this microorganism seems to play a key role in controlling undesired cancer development in the oral system. Taken all, L. plantarum is proposed as a potential candidate for probiotics cancer therapy.

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03:37

Multi-strain probiotic supplementation seems to exert a positive effect on neuroinflammation and neurocognitive impairment in HIV-1 infected subjects. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Nutrients. 2017 Nov 21 ;9(11). Epub 2017 Nov 21. PMID: 29160817 Abstract Title:  Impact of High-Dose Multi-Strain Probiotic Supplementation on Neurocognitive Performance and Central Nervous System Immune Activation of HIV-1 Infected Individuals. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Gut microbiota has metabolic activity which influences mucosal homeostasis, local and systemic immune responses, and other anatomical systems (i.e., brain). The effects of dysbiosis are still poorly studied in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) positive subjects and insufficient data are available on the impairment of the gut-brain axis, despite neurocognitive disorders being commonly diagnosed in these patients. This study evaluated the impact of a probiotic supplementation strategy on intrathecal immune activation and cognitive performance in combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) treated HIV-1 infected subjects.METHODS: Thirty-five HIV-1 infected individuals were included in this study. At baseline (T0) a battery of tests was administered, to evaluate neurocognitive function and a lumbar puncture was performed to determine neopterin concentration in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), as a marker of Central Nervous System (CNS) immune activation. Subsequently, a subgroup of participants underwent a 6-month course of multi-strain probiotics supplementation; this intervention group was evaluated, after probiotic treatment, with a second lumbar puncture and with repeated neurocognitive tests.RESULTS: At T0, all participants showed impaired results in at least one neurocognitive test and elevated neopterin concentrations in CSF. After supplementation with probiotics (T6), the interventional group presented a significant decrease in neopterin concentration and a significant improvement in several neurocognitive tests. In contrast, no significant modifications were observed in the neurocognitive performance of controls between T0 and T6. The CNS Penetration Effectiveness Score of antiretroviral therapy did not show an influence from any of the investigated variables.CONCLUSIONS: Multi-strain probiotic supplementation seems to exert a positive effect on neuroinflammation and neurocognitive impairment in HIV-1 infected subjects, but large trials are needed to support the concept that modulation of the gut microbiota can provide specific neurological benefits in these patients.

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03:24

Chinese olive fruit may ameliorate metabolic dysfunction in diabetic rats under high fat diet challenge. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

n/a PMID:  Nutrients. 2017 Oct 15 ;9(10). Epub 2017 Oct 15. PMID: 29036927 Abstract Title:  Chinese Olive (Canarium album L.) Fruit Extract Attenuates Metabolic Dysfunction in Diabetic Rats. Abstract:  Hyperglycemia and dysregulation of lipid metabolism play a crucial role in metabolic dysfunction. The aims of present study were to evaluate the ameliorative effect of the ethyl acetate fraction of Chinese olive fruit extract (CO-EtOAc) on high-fat diet (HFD) and streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. CO-EtOAc, rich in gallic acid and ellagic acid, could markedly decreased the body weight and epididymal adipose mass. In addition, CO-EtOAc increased serum HDL-C levels, hepatic GSH levels, and antioxidant enzyme activities; lowered blood glucose, serum levels of total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), bile acid, and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF); and reduced TC and TG in liver. We further demonstrated that CO-EtOAc mildly suppressed hepatic levels of phosphorylated IRS-1, TNF-, and IL-6, but enhanced Akt phosphorylation. The possible mechanisms of cholesterol metabolism were assessed by determining the expression of genes involved incholesterol transportation, biosynthesis, and degradation. It was found that CO-EtOAc not only inhibited mRNA levels of SREBP-2, HMG-CoAR, SR-B1, and CYP7A1 but also increased the expression of genes, such as ABCA1 and LDLR that governed cholesterol efflux and cholesterol uptake. Moreover, the protein expressions of ABCA1 and LDLR were also significantly increased in the liver of rats supplemented with CO-EtOAc. We suggest that Chinese olive fruit may ameliorate metabolic dysfunction in diabetic rats under HFD challenge.

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Zeel may reduce the main two classes of molecules responsible for arthritic pain and inflammation. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Explore (NY). 2007 Jan-Feb;3(1):16-22. PMID: 17234564 Abstract Title:  The homeopathic antiarthitic preparation Zeel comp. N: a review of molecular and clinical data. Abstract:  Zeel comp. N (Zeel) is a homeopathic medication that has been widely used for many years for the treatment of arthritic disorders in a large number of countries worldwide. In recent years, a growing body of clinical and molecular evidence has been accumulating that shed light on the possible antiarthritic effects of this preparation. A number of studies report anti-inflammatory effects from Zeel. In vitro studies have indicated Zeel-mediated inhibition of the pathways involving the enzymes cyclooxygenase-1 and -2, and also the 5-lipoxygenase pathways, affecting levels of both eicosanoids and leukotrienes. Thus, Zeel may reduce the main two classes of molecules responsible for arthritic pain and inflammation. This review describes recent research on Zeel and discusses the need for further studies to clarify the role of the compound in the antiarthritic armamentarium of complementary medicine.

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03:09

Dietary administration of black raspberry inhibits oral carcinogenesis via inhibition of pro-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic pathways. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Front Immunol. 2017 ;8:1325. Epub 2017 Oct 23. PMID: 29109723 Abstract Title:  Inhibition of Pro-inflammatory and Anti-apoptotic Biomarkers during Experimental Oral Cancer Chemoprevention by Dietary Black Raspberries. Abstract:  Oral cancer continues to be a significant public health problem worldwide. Recently conducted clinical trials demonstrate the ability of black raspberries (BRBs) to modulate biomarkers of molecular efficacy that supports a chemopreventive strategy against oral cancer. However, it is essential that a preclinical animal model of black raspberry (BRB) chemoprevention which recapitulates human oral carcinogenesis be developed, so that we can validate biomarkers and evaluate potential mechanisms of action. We therefore established the ability of BRBs to inhibit oral lesion formation in a carcinogen-induced rat oral cancer model and examined potential mechanisms. F344 rats were administered 4-nitroquinoline 1-oxide (4NQO) (20g/ml) in drinking water for 14weeks followed by regular drinking water for 6weeks. At week 14, rats were fed a diet containing either 5 or 10% BRB, or 0.4% ellagic acid (EA), a BRB phytochemical. Dietary administration of 5 and 10% BRB reduced oral lesion incidence and multiplicity by 39.3 and 28.6%, respectively. Histopathological analyses demonstrate the ability of BRBs and, to a lesser extent EA, to inhibit the progression of oral cancer. Oral lesion inhibition by BRBs was associated with a reduction in the mRNA expression of pro-inflammatory biomarkers Cxcl1, Mif, and Nfe2l2 aswell as the anti-apoptotic and cell cycle associated markers Birc5, Aurka, Ccna1, and Ccna2. Cellular proliferation (Ki-67 staining) in tongue lesions was inhibited by BRBs and EA. Our study demonstrates that, in the rat 4NQO oral cancer model, dietary administration of BRBs inhibits oral carcinogenesis via inhibition of pro-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic pathways.

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03:00

Homeopathic treatments induced subtle changes in acquired immune anti-viral response regulation. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Homeopathy. 2016 Aug ;105(3):257-264. Epub 2016 May 4. PMID: 27473547 Abstract Title:  Homeopathic treatments modify inflammation but not behavioral response to influenza antigen challenge in BALB/c mice. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Influenza affects thousands of people worldwide every year, motivating the development of new therapies. In this work, the effects of two homeopathic preparations (influenza biotherapies and thymulin) were chosen following two different rationales: isotherapy and endo-isotherapy models. The homeopathic effects were evaluated individually considering the inflammatory and behavioral responses against influenza virus antigen were studied in BALB/c mice.METHODS: Male adult mice were treated orally and blindly for 21 days with highly diluted influenza virus or with thymulin, and were divided in two sets of experiments. The first series of experiments aimed to describe their behavior, using an open field (OF) device. In the second series, mice were challenged subcutaneously with influenza hemagglutinin antigen (7 g/200 l) at day 21. At day 42, behavior and inflammation response were evaluated.RESULTS: No behavioral changes were seen in OF tests at any time point after treatments. Flow cytometry and morphometry revealed significant changes in T and B cell balance after influenza antigen challenge, varying according to treatment.CONCLUSION: The results show that both homeopathic treatments induced subtle changes in acquired immune anti-viral response regulation. A deeper understanding of the mechanism could elucidate their possible use in influenza epidemiological situations.

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02:33

Patients exposed to dental amalgam fillings were 1.583 times more likely to have Parkinsons disease. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  PLoS One. 2016 ;11(12):e0166552. Epub 2016 Dec 1. PMID: 27906991 Abstract Title:  Association between History of Dental Amalgam Fillings and Risk of Parkinson's Disease: A Population-Based Retrospective Cohort Study in Taiwan. Abstract:  The impact of dental amalgam on the development of Parkinson's disease (PD) is still uncertain, although a positive association between dental amalgam and PD has been found in a few case-control studies. The patients with amalgam fillings restored between 2000 and 2008 were identified by using the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) in Taiwan. The same number of patients who had no new amalgam filling restored was matched by sex, age, and treatment date. Both cohorts were followed up from the treatment date until the date of diagnosis of PD, death, or the end of the year 2008. The individuals who received amalgam fillings had a significantly higher risk of PD afterward (adjusted hazard ratio [HR]=1.583, 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.122-2.234, p=0.0089) than those who did not. In the individuals who received amalgam fillings, being diagnosed with diabetes or hyperlipidemia demonstrated a significantly lower HR of PD occurrence than in the patients without diabetes or hyperlipidemia (HR=0.449, 95% CI=0.254-0.794, p=0.0059; HR=0.445, 95% CI=0.260-0.763, p=0.0032) after adjusting for comorbidities and Charlson-Deyo Comorbidity Index (CCI) scores. Meanwhile, hypertension increased the hazard risk of PD (HR=1.645, 95% CI=1.098-2.464, p=0.0159). The patients exposed to dental amalgam fillings were 1.583 times more likely to have PD afterward compared to their non-exposed counterparts after adjusting for comorbidities and CCI scores.

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In vitro evaluation of the antiviral effects of the homeopathic preparation Gripp-Heel on selected respiratory viruses. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2007 Nov ;85(11):1084-90. PMID: 18066110 Abstract Title:  In vitro evaluation of the antiviral effects of the homeopathic preparation Gripp-Heel on selected respiratory viruses. Abstract:  Gripp-Heel is a homeopathic preparation frequently used in the treatment of respiratory viral infections such as various types of influenza and the common cold. The antiviral activity of Gripp-Heel was studied in vitro on human pathogenic enveloped and nonenveloped RNA and DNA viruses. Before the antiviral assays, in vitro cytotoxicity of Gripp-Heel was determined with cells used for the infection experiments (HeLa, HEp-2, MDCK, BGM) as well as with mitogen-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear leukocytes. A concentration of 0.5 of the commercially available product slightly reduced cell viability and proliferative capacity, and experiments on antiviral activity were determined starting with a dilution of 0.2 of the commercially available product. The antiviral activity was determined against a broad panel of enveloped and nonenveloped DNA and RNA viruses with plaque reduction assay, cytopathogenic assays, virus titrations, analysis of the viral proteins in virus-specific enzyme immunoassays, and haemagglutination tests. Control substances were acyclovir (10 microg/mL), ribavirin (6 microg/mL), and amantadine hydrochloride (5 microg/mL), depending on the virus type. Gripp-Heel demonstrated dose-dependent in vitro activity (significant reductions of infectivity by 20% to 40%) against Human herpesvirus 1, Human adenovirus C serotype 5, Influenza A virus, Human respiratory syncytial virus, Human parainfluenza virus 3, Human rhinovirus B serotype 14, and Human coxsackievirus serotype A9. The mechanisms of this antiviral activity are still unclear, but type I interferon induction might be a possible explanation. Further research on this homeopathic preparation seems warranted.

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The homeopathic combination preparation Zeel was beneficial in alleviating chronic orthopedic pain in dogs. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2009 Dec ;6(4):465-71. Epub 2007 Oct 25. PMID: 18955260 Abstract Title:  Evaluating complementary therapies for canine osteoarthritis--Part II: a homeopathic combination preparation (Zeel). Abstract:  A homeopathic combination preparation (HCP) for canine osteoarthritic pain was evaluated in a randomized, double-controlled and double-blinded clinical trial. Forty-four dogs with osteoarthritis (OA) that were randomly allocated into one of three groups completed the study. All dogs were fed test products or placebo for 8 weeks. The dogs were evaluated at the clinic four times, with 4-week intervals. Six different variables were assessed: veterinary-assessed mobility, two force plate variables, an owner-evaluated chronic pain index and pain and locomotion visual analogue scales (VASs). Intake of extra non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs was also evaluated. A Chi-squared test and a Mann-Whitney test were used to determine significant improvement between groups. When changed into dichotomous responses of 'improved' or 'not improved' three out of the six variables showed a significant difference (P = 0.016, P = 0.008, P = 0.039) in improved dogs per group, between the HCP group and the placebo group. The odds ratios were over one for the same variables. As extent of improvement in the variables from start to end of treatment, the HCP product was significantly more improved in four (P = 0.015, P = 0.028, P = 0.049, P = 0.020) of the six variables, compared with the placebo. Our results indicated that the HCP Zeel(R) was beneficial in alleviating chronic orthopedic pain in dogs although it was not as effective as carprofen.

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The homeopathic preparation Nervoheel N can offer an alternative to lorazepam therapy for mild nervous disorders. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2009 Dec ;6(4):507-15. Epub 2007 Oct 25. PMID: 18955261 Abstract Title:  The homeopathic preparation Nervoheel N can offer an alternative to lorazepam therapy for mild nervous disorders. Abstract:  In an open-label, prospective non-randomized cohort study, we compared the effectiveness and tolerability profiles of the homeopathic remedy Nervoheel N with those of the benzodiazepine, lorazepam, in 248 patients with insomnia, distress, anxieties, restlessness or burnout and similar nervous conditions ('mild nervous disorders'). Patients were treated with Nervoheel N or lorazepam at the recommended doses for a maximum of 4 weeks. Dose variations were allowed if in the patient's best interest. Treatment effects were evaluated by the practitioner in a dialogue with the patient at the start of treatment, after 2 weeks and after maximally 4 weeks of treatment. Tolerability data were recorded as adverse events. At baseline, lorazepam patients were on average slightly older and there was a somewhat greater percentage of men in this group than in the Nervoheel group. Both treatment groups reported significant symptomatic improvements of similar magnitude during the course of the study. The sum of symptom scores improved by 4.4 points with Nervoheel N and by 4.2 points with lorazepam. The differences between the treatment groups were not significant. All differences between treatments were within 10% of the maximum score ranges, demonstrating non-inferiority of Nervoheel N. Both treatments were well tolerated, with few adverse events and very good self-assessed tolerability ratings by the patients. Thus, in patients who opt for a homeopathic treatment regimen for the short-term relief of mild nervous disorders, the effects of Nervoheel N are non-inferior to those of lorazepam.

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01:00

Black raspberry extract and protocatechuic acid can inhibit initiation of carcinogenesis by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2016 Aug ;9(8):704-12. Epub 2016 Jun 7. PMID: 27267891 Abstract Title:  Effects of Black Raspberry Extract and Protocatechuic Acid on Carcinogen-DNA Adducts and Mutagenesis, and Oxidative Stress in Rat and Human Oral Cells. Abstract:  Effects of black raspberry (BRB) extract and protocatechuic acid (PCA) on DNA adduct formation and mutagenesis induced by metabolites of dibenzo[a,l]pyrene (DBP) were investigated in rat oral fibroblasts. The DBP metabolites, ()-anti-11,12-dihydroxy-11,12,-dihydrodibenzo[a,l]pyrene (DBP-diol) and 11,12-dihydroxy-13,14-epoxy-11,12,13,14-tetrahydrodibenzo[a,l]pyrene (DBPDE) induced dose-dependent DNA adducts and mutations. DBPDE was considerably more potent, whereas the parent compound had no significant effect. Treatmentwith BRB extract (BRBE) and PCA resulted in reduced DBP-derived DNA adduct levels and reduced mutagenesis induced by DBP-diol, but only BRBE was similarly effective against (DBPDE). BRBE did not directly inactivate DBPDE, but rather induced a cellular response-enhanced DNA repair. When BRBE was added to cells 1 day after the DBP-diol, the BRBE greatly enhanced removal of DBP-derived DNA adducts. As oxidative stress can contribute to several stages of carcinogenesis, BRBE and PCA were investigated for their abilities to reduce oxidative stress in a human leukoplakia cell line by monitoring theredox indicator, 2',7'-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (H2DCF) in cellular and acellular systems. BRBE effectively inhibited the oxidation, but PCA was only minimally effective against H2DCF. These results taken together provide evidence that BRBE and PCA can inhibit initiation of carcinogenesis by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons; and in addition, BRBE reduces oxidative stress. Cancer Prev Res; 9(8); 704-12. 2016 AACR.

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00:39

Black raspberry extract reduces bulky DNA damage and mutagenesis and support a role for BRB in the inhibition of initiation of carcinogenesis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Chem Res Toxicol. 2017 Nov 15. Epub 2017 Nov 15. PMID: 29068672 Abstract Title:  Effects of Black Raspberry Extract and Berry Compounds on Repair of DNA Damage and Mutagenesis Induced by Chemical and Physical Agents in Human Oral Leukoplakia and Rat Oral Fibroblasts. Abstract:  Black raspberries (BRB) have been shown to inhibit carcinogenesis in a number of systems, with most studies focusing on progression. Previously we reported that an anthocyanin-enriched black raspberry extract (BE) enhanced repair of dibenzo-[a,l]-pyrene dihydrodiol (DBP-diol)-induced DNA adducts and inhibited DBP-diol and DBP-diolepoxide (DBPDE)-induced mutagenesis in a lacI rat oral fibroblast cell line, suggesting a role for BRB in the inhibition of initiation of carcinogenesis. Here we extend this work to protection by BE against DNA adduct formation induced by dibenzo-[a,l]-pyrene (DBP) in a human oral leukoplakia cell line (MSK) and to a second carcinogen, UV light. Treatment of MSK cells with DBP and DBPDE led to a dose-dependent increase in DBP-DNA adducts. Treatment of MSK cells with BE after addition of DBP reduced levels of adducts relative to cells treated with DBP alone, and treatment of rat oral fibroblasts with BE after addition of DBPDE inhibited mutagenesis. These observations showed that BE affected repair of DNA adducts and not metabolism of DBP. As a proof of principle we also tested aglycones of two anthocyanins commonly found in berries, delphinidin chloride and pelargonidin chloride. Delphinidin chloride reduced DBP-DNA adduct levels in MSK cells, while PGA did not. These results suggested that certain anthocyanins can enhance repair of bulky DNA adducts. As DBP and its metabolites induced formation of bulky DNA adducts, we investigated the effects of BE on genotoxic effects of a second carcinogen that induces bulky DNA damage, UV light. UV irradiation produced a dose-dependent increase in cyclobutanepyrimidine dimer levels in MSK cells, and post-UV treatment with BE resulted in lower cyclobutanepyrimidine dimer levels. Post-UV treatment of the rat lacI cells with BE reduced UV-induced mutagenesis. Taken together, the results demonstrate that BE extract reduces bulky DNA damage and mutagenesis and support a role for BRB in the inhibition of initiation of carcinogenesis.

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Homeopathic ear drops may be effective in reducing the use of antibiotics in children with acute otitis media. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Glob Pediatr Health. 2014 ;1:2333794X14559395. Epub 2014 Nov 21. PMID: 27335917 Abstract Title:  Homeopathic Ear Drops as an Adjunct in Reducing Antibiotic Usage in Children With Acute Otitis Media. Abstract:  Objective. To determine if use of a homeopathic ear drop preparation reduces antibiotic use in children diagnosed with acute otitis media (AOM). Methods. Children 6 months to 11 years old, diagnosed with AOM and managed with a delayed antibiotic approach, were randomized to standard therapy alone or standard therapy plus a homeopathic ear drop preparation. The primary outcome was whether or not the antibiotic prescription given at the index visit was filled during a 12- to 15-day follow-up period. Results. Among 210 enrolled children, follow-up antibiotic data were collected on 206. During the 12- to 15-day follow-up period, fewer parents of children randomized to the homeopathic ear drops group filled the antibiotic prescription compared with those of children receiving standard therapy alone (26.9% and 41.2%, respectively, P = .032). Conclusion. Homeopathic ear drops may be effective in reducing the use of antibiotics in children with AOM managed with a delayed antibiotic approach.

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23:44

Modulation of inflammation response to murine cutaneous Leishmaniasis by homeopathic medicines. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Homeopathy. 2014 Oct ;103(4):264-74. Epub 2014 Oct 3. PMID: 25439043 Abstract Title:  Modulation of inflammation response to murine cutaneous Leishmaniasis by homeopathic medicines: Antimonium crudum 30cH. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Leishmaniasis is a zoonotic disease caused by protozoan parasites of the mononuclear phagocytic system. The modulation activity of these cells can interfere in the host/parasite relationship and influences the prognosis.METHODS: We evaluated the effects of the homeopathic preparation Antimonium crudum 30cH on experimental infection induced by Leishmania (L.) amazonensis. Male Balb/c mice were inoculated with 2 10(6)Leishmania (L.) amazonensis promastigotes into the footpad and, after 48 h (acute phase) or 60 days (chronic phase), cell population of lymphocytes and phagocytes present in the peritoneal washing fluid and spleen were analyzed by flow cytometry and histopathology, with histometry of the subcutaneous primary lesion, local lymph node and spleen. Immunohistochemistry was performed to quantify CD3 (T lymphocyte), CD45RA (B lymphocyte) and CD11b (phagocytes) positive cells.RESULTS: In treated mice, during the acute phase, there was significant increase of the macroscopic lesion, associated to inflammatory edema, as well increase in the number of free amastigotes and B lymphocytes inside the lesion. Increase of B lymphocytes (predominantly B-2 cells) was also seen in the local lymph node, spleen and peritoneum. In the chronic phase, the inflammatory process in the infection focus was reduced, with reduced phagocyte migration and peritoneal increase of B-1a cells (precursors of B-2 immunoglobulin producers cells) and T CD8+ cells.CONCLUSION: The treatment of mice with Antimonium crudum 30cH induced a predominantly B cell pattern of immune response in Leishmania (L.) amazonensis experimental infection, alongside the increase of free amastigote forms number in the infection site. The clinical significance of this study is discussed, further studies are suggested.

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23:43

The Path You Pick Reveals Your Personality and Future "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Congratulations! You are on the road trip of your dreams to a destination only you know. But if you had to make a pitstop along the way, where would you go?  Heres how the quiz works: Choose a mid-trip destination from one of the picturesque options above and then scroll down to see what your mid-trip destination... View Article

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23:39

The homeopathic treatment shortened upper respiratory tract infection duration, and reduced the use of symptomatic medication. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Forsch Komplementmed. 2015 ;22(3):163-70. Epub 2015 May 12. PMID: 26335189 Abstract Title:  A Homeopathic Combination Preparation in the Treatment of Feverish Upper Respiratory Tract Infections: An International Randomized Controlled Trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) are very common and associated with considerable healthcare costs. We evaluated the clinical benefit of a homeopathic add-on therapy.PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this randomized controlled multinational clinical trial, patients (age range 1-65 years) with feverish URTI received either on-demand symptomatic standard treatment (ST group: paracetamol, ambroxol, and/or oxymetazoline), or homeopathic medication (IFC group: Influcid) for 7 days plus the same on-demand standard treatment. URTI symptoms were assessed using the Wisconsin Upper Respiratory Symptom Survey-21. Response at day 4, defined as absence of fever and absence or very mild degree of URTI symptoms, was the primary outcome measure.RESULTS: 523 patients (265 IFC group, 258 ST group) were randomized in 12 Ukrainian and 10 German centers. The responder rate on day 4 was 15.4% in the IFC group and 6.7% in the ST group (x0394;IFC-ST = 8.7%, 95% confidence interval 2.9-14.5%). The IFC group used less symptomatic medication, and symptoms were alleviated 1-2 days earlier. 3 and 8 adverse events (AEs) in the IFC and ST group, respectively, were assessed as possibly treatment-related; 2 out of the 3 AEs in the IFC group were possibly related to symptomatic therapy, 1 (vomiting) to IFC treatment.CONCLUSION: The homeopathic treatment shortened URTI duration, reduced the use of symptomatic medication, and was well tolerated.

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Syzygium jambolanum and Cephalandra indica homeopathic preparations inhibit albumin glycation. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Homeopathy. 2015 Jul ;104(3):197-204. Epub 2015 Jun 15. PMID: 26143453 Abstract Title:  Syzygium jambolanum and Cephalandra indica homeopathic preparations inhibit albumin glycation and protect erythrocytes: an in vitro study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus is a common endocrine disorder characterized by hyperglycemia eventually resulting in long-term complications. Increased glycation of proteins is implicated in the pathogenesis of complications. For treatment of diabetes, Syzygium jambolanum and Cephalandra indica are frequently prescribed in homeopathy. However their role in glycation is not well elucidated. The present study aimed to evaluate the role of these homeopathic preparations in glycation induced structural modifications and further to examine their cellular protection ability.METHODS: In human erythrocytes, in vitro mother tincture and dilutions of S. jambolanum (Sj , 30c, 200c), C. indica (Ci , 30c, 200c) and standard antiglycator (AG) were compared and their antiglycation potential assessed by the estimating different markers of glycation (frcutosamines, carbonyls, bound sugar), structural modifications (free amino and thiol group). Phytochemical characterization (total phenolic, flavonoids and glycosides contents) was performed.RESULTS: The homeopathic preparations have different mode of action on albumin glycation modifications. Sj preparation demonstrated effective inhibition of all glycation, structural modifications except amino group protection. When dilutions were compared, Sj preparations showed reduction of glycation, structural modifications. All preparations showed significant erythrocyte protection. Sj preparation exhibited noteworthy antiglycation and cell protection ability as compared to AG.CONCLUSION: These homeopathic preparations especially Sj prevented glycation induced albumin modifications and subsequent toxicity in human eryrthrocytre in vitro. Further investigation of their potential as antiglycators is justified.

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Potentized estrogen at a dose of 3 drops twice daily for 24 weeks was effective in reducing endometriosis-associated pelvic pain. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2017 Apr ;211:48-55. Epub 2017 Jan 25. PMID: 28187404 Abstract Title:  Potentized estrogen in homeopathic treatment of endometriosis-associated pelvic pain: A 24-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of potentized estrogen compared to placebo in homeopathic treatment of endometriosis-associated pelvic pain (EAPP).STUDY DESIGN: The present was a 24-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial that included 50 women aged 18-45 years old with diagnosis of deeply infiltrating endometriosis based on magnetic resonance imaging or transvaginal ultrasound after bowel preparation, and score5 on a visual analogue scale (VAS: range 0 to 10) for endometriosis-associated pelvic pain. Potentized estrogen (12cH, 18cH and 24cH) or placebo was administered twice daily per oral route. The primary outcome measure was change in the severity of EAPP global and partial scores (VAS) from baseline to week 24, determined as the difference in the mean score of five modalities of chronic pelvic pain (dysmenorrhea, deep dyspareunia, non-cyclic pelvic pain, cyclic bowel pain and/or cyclic urinary pain). The secondary outcome measures were mean score difference for quality of life assessed with SF-36 Health Survey Questionnaire, depression symptoms on Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and anxiety symptoms on Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI).RESULTS: The EAPP global score (VAS: range 0 to 50) decreased by 12.82 (P

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23:13

Bumps on Face: Causes and Effective Treatments (Science Based) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Bumps on the face can come in many shapes and sizes. Skin conditions like acne can cause red bumps that may have a pus-filled white center. Or, you may notice that little white bumps around your eyes or cheeks have appeared. Other types of facial bumps could look like a bumpy rash that isnt acne with hard, flesh-colored bumps that wont pop, or you may notice a dark mole appearing that needs to be examined by a dermatologist.

Noticing any kind of bump on your face can be a cause for concern, at least from a cosmetic point of view. A large red bump on your face will make you very self-conscious. Even just having clusters of tiny blackheads or whiteheads is enough to reach for concealer to cover up the unsightly spots.

The causes of bumps appearing on your face are many and varied. Having an oily complexion or too much sebum on your face can block pores that become infected and inflamed. Or, having an oily face could result in groups of blackheads on your nose, cheeks, or forehead. A viral infection could also cause sore bumps on your lips that ooze fluid before crusting over.

How can you get a clear complexion and get rid of bumps on your face? Should you try to pop bumps on your face to remove them?

In this article, you will learn about facial bumps and what to do to get rid of them from your face.

How do Bumps on Face Look Like?

You might have large red facial bumps if they are caused by infected or blocked pores on your forehead, cheeks, chin or nose, These can appear as just one or two pimples or you may have a cluster of inflamed and swollen red pores. These pustules may be tender to touch and become filled with pus.

Not all bumps that appear on your face are caused by acne and become red pimples that look unsightly. Raised skin bumps can sometimes be a result of a keratin buildup under your skin that causes small white bumps or skin colored bumps on your face. These types of spots generally dont have other symptoms other than giving your face a bumpy appearance.

Causes of Bumps on Face

What can be causing the outbreak of bumps on your face and how can you prevent these facial bumps becoming worse?

Razor burn and razor bumps on face

Shaving facial hair is one reason why many men get red sore bumps on their face.

Razors bumps (medical name: pseudofolliculitis barbae) are small red bumps that appear on shaved areas of the face. According to dermatologist Dr. Amanda Oakley, razor bumps occur when...

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Patients with hemorrhoids had improved symptom severity and anoscopic scores with homeopathy. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Intercult Ethnopharmacol. 2016 Sep-Dec;5(4):335-342. Epub 2016 Jun 25. PMID: 27757262 Abstract Title:  Treatment of hemorrhoids with individualized homeopathy: An open observational pilot study. Abstract:  AIM: Controversies and disagreement exist on conventional treatment strategies of hemorrhoids due to relapse, inefficacy, and complications. We intend to evaluate the role of individualized homeopathic treatment in hemorrhoids.MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective, open, observational trial, hemorrhoids patients were treated using five standardized scales measuring complaints severity and anoscopic score. It was conducted at two homeopathic hospitals in India, during from mid-July 2014 to mid-July 2015. Patients were intervened as per individualized homeopathic principles and followed up every month up to 6 months.RESULTS: Total 73 were screened, 52 enrolled, 38 completed, 14 dropped out. Intention to treat population (n: = 52) was analyzed in the end. Statistically significant reductions of mean bleeding (month 3: -21.8, 95% confidence interval [CI]: -30.3, -13.3, P:

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23:12

Retired Medical Doctor Exposes Deceptive Statistics Used to Justify Billion Dollar Flu Vaccine and Drug Market "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Scientist researching in laboratory.

Flu Shots, Fosamax and Pharmaceutical Fakery: The Common Use of Deceptive Statistics in the Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Literature

by Gary G. Kohls, MD
Duty to Warn

A few years ago, there was a temporary media buzz generated by an article in The Lancet Infectious Disease journal. That highly respected medical journal is, as is true of most such journals, a pro-vaccine, pro-pharmaceutical medical industry publication that is published in London.

The article showed that flu vaccinations were far less effective than had been previously believed. In fact, that particular study suggested that the trivalent flu vaccine currently being pushed at that time approached worthlessness.

The articles principle author was Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a widely published infectious disease researcher who, prior to his current faculty position at the University of Minnesota, had served in various capacities with the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), including a high-profile role as the MDHs Chief of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section. For 15 years of that association with the MDH he served as Minnesota state epidemiologist. Dr Osterholm, who is not a physician, has published over 300 articles and is highly respected in his field.

The Disconnect Between Real, Unbiased Science and Profit-focused Corporate Propaganda

The Lancet study, in the reports that I listened to on NPR and then did additional research on, was deceptively reported by NPR as being 60% effective thus implying that that seasons trivalent flu vaccine should still be regarded as moderately effective for flu prevention (rather than being brought into question as the nearly worthless vaccine that it was). What could explain the disconnect between the real hard science and the media propaganda?

Seeing no sign of a public retraction from Osterholm or his co-authors about the glaring disconnect, I began to wonder if the researchers were even aware of the depths that so many other medical, psychiatric and pharmaceutical industry researchers have stooped to when their research is reported...

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The homeopathic syrup appeared to be effective in reducing the severity of cold symptoms in the first day after beginning treatment. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Complement Ther Med. 2016 Dec ;29:229-234. Epub 2016 Nov 2. PMID: 27912951 Abstract Title:  A randomized controlled trial of a homeopathic syrup in the treatment of cold symptoms in young children. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: There is little evidence that the decongestant, antihistamine, or cough suppressant medications commonly used to treat cold symptoms in preschool children are effective. One option for treating cold symptoms in young children is with homeopathy. This study was conducted to determine if a homeopathic syrup was effective in treating cold symptoms in preschool children.METHODS: Children 2-5 years old diagnosed with an upper respiratory tract infection were randomized to receive a commercial homeopathic cold syrup or placebo. Parents administered the study medication as needed for 3days. The primary outcome was change in symptoms one hour after each dose. Parents also assessed the severity of each of the symptoms of runny nose, cough, congestion and sneezing at baseline and twice daily for 3days, using a 4-point rating scale. A composite cold score was calculated by combining the values for each of the four symptoms.RESULTS: Among 261 eligible participants, data on 957 doses of study medication in 154 children were analyzed. There was no significant difference in improvement one hour after the dose for any symptom between the two groups. Analysis of twice daily data on the severity of cold symptoms compared to baseline values found that improvements in sneezing, cough and the composite cold score were significantly greater at both the first and second assessments among those receiving the cold syrup compared to placebo recipients.CONCLUSION: The homeopathic syrup appeared to be effective in reducing the severity of cold symptoms in the first day after beginning treatment.

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22:56

How efforts to reverse climate change could Destroy the planet in catastrophic backfire, scientists warn "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Human efforts to reverse climate change could DESTROY the planet in catastrophic backfire, scientists warn







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(Natural News) Reversing climate change seems to be the celebrity cause du jour, and there are many people who feel that significant action is needed to help counteract global warming. Most people want to protect the planet on which we live, but there is a lot of misinformation out there and plenty of debate on the best way to achieve this....

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Retired Medical Doctor Exposes Deceptive Statistics Used to Justify Billion Dollar Flu Vaccine and Drug Market "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Scientist researching in laboratory.

Flu Shots, Fosamax and Pharmaceutical Fakery: The Common Use of Deceptive Statistics in the Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Literature

by Gary G. Kohls, MD
Duty to Warn

A few years ago, there was a temporary media buzz generated by an article in The Lancet Infectious Disease journal. That highly respected medical journal is, as is true of most such journals, a pro-vaccine, pro-pharmaceutical medical industry publication that is published in London.

The article showed that flu vaccinations were far less effective than had been previously believed. In fact, that particular study suggested that the trivalent flu vaccine currently being pushed at that time approached worthlessness.

The articles principle author was Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a widely published infectious disease researcher who, prior to his current faculty position at the University of Minnesota, had served in various capacities with the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), including a high-profile role as the MDHs Chief of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section. For 15 years of that association with the MDH he served as Minnesota state epidemiologist. Dr Osterholm, who is not a physician, has published over 300 articles and is highly respected in his field.

The Disconnect Between Real, Unbiased Science and Profit-focused Corporate Propaganda

The Lancet study, in the reports that I listened to on NPR and then did additional research on, was deceptively reported by NPR as being 60% effective thus implying that that seasons trivalent flu vaccine should still be regarded as moderately effective for flu prevention (rather than being brought into question as the nearly worthless vaccine that it was). What could explain the disconnect between the real hard science and the media propaganda?

Seeing no sign of a public retraction from Osterholm or his co-authors about the glaring disconnect, I began to wonder if the researche...

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Homeopathic medicines cause Th1 predominance and induce spleen and megakaryocytes changes in BALB/c mice infected with Leishmania infantum. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Cytokine. 2017 Jul ;95:97-101. Epub 2017 Feb 27. PMID: 28254560 Abstract Title:  Homeopathic medicines cause Th1 predominance and induce spleen and megakaryocytes changes in BALB/c mice infected with Leishmania infantum. Abstract:  The prevalence of Th1/Th2 response, spleen changes and megakaryocytes were investigated in BALB/c mice (n=138) infected with Leishmania infantum, and treated with Leishmania infantum 30 (10(-30)) biotherapy - BioLi30. We performed controlled experiments using 8-to-12-week-old mice, infected with 510(7)L. infantum promastigotes, divided into eight groups: G1 (healthy), G2 (infected with L. infantum), G3 (BioLi30 pre-treated), G4 (BioLi30 pre/post-treated), G5 (BioLi30 post-treated), G6 (Water 30 post-treated), G7 (Antimonium crudum 30 post-treated) and G8 (Glucantime post-treated). G3-G7 groups were orally treated with their respective drugs diluted in filtered water (1:10), and G8 received Glucantime (0.6mg/100l of PBS), intraperitoneally. Spleen fragments were submitted to double blind histopathological evaluation and the number of megakaryocytes was counted. Besides, animals' serum was measured after 49days of infection, and cytokines (IFN-, IL-4, IL-10, IL-12), as well as the Th1/Th2 correlation (IFN-/IL-4 and IFN-/IL-10), were analyzed.Spleen histological parameters were classified as: healthy appearance (G1); discreet (G3-G7), moderate (G2) and moderate to severe (G8) white pulp hyperplasia; proliferation of megakaryocytes (G2-G8), and intense disruption (G2-G8). All groups, except for G7, showed higher percentages of megakaryocytes per field ranging from 87% to 15%, when compared to healthy animals (G1). Th1 predominance in IFN-/IL-4 ratio (comparing to G2) was detected in G4, G5, G6 and G7. Finally, pre/post (BioLi30x) and post-treatment (Antimonium crudum 30x) presented reduction of megakaryocytes/spleen changes due toimmunomodulation animal process, controlling the infection process, probably by the Th1 cytokine predominance.

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Homeopathy outperforms antibiotics treatment in juvenile scallop. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Homeopathy. 2017 Feb ;106(1):18-26. Epub 2017 Jan 10. PMID: 28325219 Abstract Title:  Homeopathy outperforms antibiotics treatment in juvenile scallop Argopecten ventricosus: effects on growth, survival, and immune response. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Mortality from vibriosis in mollusk production is attributed to pathogenic bacteria, particularly Vibrio alginolyticus. Use of increasingly potent antibiotics has led to bacterial resistance and increased pathogenicity. Alternatives in sanitation, safety, and environmental sustainability are currently under analysis. To-date, homeopathy has been investigated in aquaculture of freshwater fish, but not in marine mollusks. The effect of the homeopathic complexes in the growth, survival, and immune response of the Catarina scallop Argopecten ventricosus were assessed.METHODS: A bioassay to assess the potential of homeopathy in improving cultivation of juvenile A. ventricosus was conducted for 21 days, with a final challenge of 120 h with V. alginolyticus. The experimental design included two homeopathic formulas The homeopathic complex Passival, consisting of Passiflora incarnata 30 CH, Valeriana officinalis 30 CH, Ignatia amara 30 CH and Zincum valerianicum 30 CH plus Phosphoricum acid 30 CH (treatment TH1) or Silicea terra 30 CH (TH2), two antibiotics (ampicillin = AMP, oxytetracycline = OXY), and two reference treatments (without homeopathic or antibiotic treatment = CTRL, ethanol 30 GL = ETH). Additionally, a negative control CTRL- (untreated/uninfected) is included in the challenge test. Juvenile scallops (4.14  0.06 mm, 13.33 mg wet weight) were cultivated in 4 L tanks provided with aerated, filtered (1 m), and UV-sterilized seawater that was changed every third day. They were fed a blend of the microalgae Isochrysis galbana and Chaetoceros calcitrans (150,000 cells mL(-1) twice a day). All treatments were directly added to the tank water and then 500 mL challenge units were inoculated with 1  10(7) CFU/mL (LD50) of V. alginolyticus.RESULTS: Juveniles grew significantly larger and faster in height and weight with TH2 compared to the ETH and CTRL (P

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Prevention of poison ivy dermatitis with oral homeopathic Rhus toxicodendron. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Dermatol Online J. 2017 Jan 15 ;23(1). Epub 2017 Jan 15. PMID: 28329482 Abstract Title:  Prevention of poison ivy dermatitis with oral homeopathic Rhus toxicodendron. Abstract:  Acute allergic contact dermatitis to poison ivy is acommon and miserable dermatosis which affectsmillions of Americans each year. Preventativemeasures, such as avoidance, protective clothing,barrier creams, soaps, and solvents often fail despiteour patients' best attempts. Severe allergic reactionsto poison ivy are a significant source of decreasedemployee productivity owing to inability to work anda major health care expenditure. Patients may haveto leave their jobs and discontinue favorite outdoorrecreational activities as a result of severe urushiolsensitivity. Thus, a simple and effective method ofpreventing poison ivy dermatitis would be of greatbenefit to clinical dermatologists and their patients.Complementary and alternative medical practitionerscommonly prescribe homeopathic poison ivyproducts by mouth for the prevention of poisonivy dermatitis. Yet, conventional dermatologists aremostly unaware of this little known clinical pearl. Theauthor discusses two open studies and anecdotalexperience with administration of homeopathicpoison ivy in the prevention of acute allergic contactdermatitis related to poison ivy exposure. Potentialadvantages could include patient acceptability,ease of administration, affordability, and availability.Randomized clinical trials are needed to furtherevaluate the safety and efficacy of this interesting andpromising clinical tip.

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22:25

The 5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids, Experts Say "IndyWatch Feed Health"

When were young we spend our time trying to figure out the world. Everything is new and exciting, and sometimes scary. As children, we take cues about how we should react to our environment from adults, and our parents are our biggest teachers, whether we realize it or not.  During childhood, the brains neuroplasticity is... View Article

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A homeopathic and a conventional nasal spray produced equivalent improvements in nasal and ocular symptoms. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Jun ;23(6):426-444. Epub 2017 Feb 16. PMID: 28437146 Abstract Title:  Homeopathy for Allergic Rhinitis: A Systematic Review. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of homeopathic intervention in the treatment of seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis (AR).METHOD: Randomized controlled trials evaluating all forms of homeopathic treatment for AR were included in a systematic review (SR) of studies published up to and including December 2015. Two authors independently screened potential studies, extracted data, and assessed risk of bias. Primary outcomes included symptom improvement and total quality-of-life score. Treatment effect size was quantified as mean difference (continuous data), or by risk ratio (RR) and odds ratio (dichotomous data), with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Meta-analysis was performed after assessing heterogeneity and risk of bias.RESULTS: Eleven studies were eligible for SR. All trials were placebo-controlled except one. Six trials used the treatment approach known as isopathy, but they were unsuitable for meta-analysis due to problems of heterogeneity and data extraction. The overall standard of methods and reporting was poor: 8/11 trials were assessed as"high risk of bias"; only one trial, on isopathy for seasonal AR, possessed reliable evidence. Three trials of variable quality (all using Galphimia glauca for seasonal AR) were included in the meta-analysis: nasal symptom relief at 2 and 4 weeks (RR=1.48 [95% CI 1.24-1.77] and 1.27 [95% CI 1.10-1.46], respectively) favored homeopathy compared with placebo; ocular symptom relief at 2 and 4 weeks also favored homeopathy (RR=1.55 [95% CI 1.33-1.80] and 1.37 [95% CI 1.21-1.56], respectively). The single trial with reliable evidence hada small positive treatment effect without statistical significance. A homeopathic and a conventional nasal spray produced equivalent improvements in nasal and ocular symptoms.CONCLUSIONS: The low or uncertain overall quality of the evidence warrants caution in drawing firm conclusions about intervention effects. Use of either Galphimia glauca or a homeopathic nasal spray may have small beneficial effects on the nasal and ocular symptoms of AR. The efficacy of isopathic treatment of AR is unclear.

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Individualized homeopathic treatment was associated with better glycaemic control compared with standard conventional treatment alone. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Homeopathy. 2017 May ;106(2):79-86. Epub 2017 Mar 17. PMID: 28552177 Abstract Title:  Individualized homeopathic treatment in addition to conventional treatment in type II diabetic patients in Hong Kong - a retrospective cohort study. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Glycaemic goals are not achieved in most patients with type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM), especially in those with long disease duration and taking multiple oral antidiabetic drugs (OAD). We aimed to investigate the effectiveness of individualized homeopathic treatment in glycaemic control.DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study.SETTING: At least 6 months of individualized homeopathic treatment at a private homeopathic centre in Hong Kong.PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-seven adults aged 37-84 years were treated with individualized homeopathic remedies between 2012 and 2015. Published data on 40 T2DM patients under standard conventional treatment in Hong Kong were used as a control.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Change in fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) at 12-month or the last follow-up, whichever is earlier.RESULTS: Compared with the conventional treatment only group, the homeopathy group had higher baseline FPG (p = 0.044), and more patients had a long (>20 years) duration of diabetes (p = 0.006), and a history of cardiac events (p = 0.022). The mean difference in FPG in the homeopathy group was significantly greater than in the control after 12 months: -2.24 mmol/L (95% confidence interval [CI]: -3.47 to -1.01) vs 0.16 mmol/L (95% CI: -1.72 to 2.04), p = 0.001. The mean difference in glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) was also significantly greater, -1.11% (95% CI: -2.17 to -0.05) vs 0.08% (95% CI: -1.37 to 1.53), p = 0.046. Poorer baseline glycaemic control was associated with better outcome (r = -0.750, p 

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22:00

US court issues injunction against OMICS to stop deceptive practices "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A US government agency has won an initial court ruling against OMICS, which the government says will help stop the academic publishers deceptive business practices. Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it won a preliminary injunction in September in its lawsuit against Srinubabu Gedela, CEO of OMICS Group and other companies. The lawsuit, []

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21:46

Facebook May be Using Cell Phones to Listen to Private Conversations "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Facebook is known for bringing people together. It can help you to stay connected with friends and family, find your long-lost high school crush, or keep you entertained for hours with videos of baby animals. But, perhaps thats not all they do. A husband and wife suspected that Facebook was listening in on their private... View Article

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This provides support for both the acceptability and the effectiveness of treatment by a homeopath for patients with self-reported depression. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Trials. 2017 Jun 30 ;18(1):299. Epub 2017 Jun 30. PMID: 28666463 Abstract Title:  Depressed patients treated by homeopaths: a randomised controlled trial using the"cohort multiple randomised controlled trial"(cmRCT) design. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Despite controversy regarding homeopathy, some patients consult homeopaths for depression. Evidence is required to determine whether this is an effective, acceptable and safe intervention for these patients.METHODS: A pragmatic trial using the"cohort multiple randomised controlled trial"design was used to test the effectiveness of adjunctive treatment by homeopaths compared to usual care alone, over a period of 12 months in patients with self-reported depression. One third of patients were randomly selected for an offer of treatment provided by a homeopath. The primary outcome measure was the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) at 6 months. Secondary outcomes included depression scores at 12 months; andthe Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7) outcome at 6 and 12 months.RESULTS: The trial over-recruited by 17% with a total of 566 patients. Forty percent took up the offer and received treatment. An intention-to-treat analysis of the offer group at 6 months reported a 1.4-point lower mean depression score than the no offer group (95% CI 0.2, 2.5, p=0.019), with a small standardized treatment effect size (d=0.30). Using instrumental variables analysis, a moderate treatment effect size in favour of those treated was found (d=0.57) with a between group difference of 2.6 points (95% CI 0.5, 4.7, p=0.018). Results were maintained at 12 months. Secondary analyses showed similar results. Similar results were found for anxiety (GAD-7). No evidence suggested any important risk involved with the intervention.CONCLUSION: This trial provides preliminary support for both the acceptability and the effectiveness of treatment by a homeopath for patients with self-reported depression. Our results provide support for further pragmatic research to provide more precise estimates of treatment effect.TRIAL REGISTRATION: ISRCTN registry, ISRCTN02484593 . Registered on 7 January 2013.

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21:16

M1 complex can be a good candidate for a complementary therapy to conventional treatments for leishmaniasis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Cytokine. 2017 Nov ;99:80-90. Epub 2017 Jul 23. PMID: 28738234 Abstract Title:  M1 homeopathic complex trigger effective responses against Leishmania (L) amazonensis in vivo and in vitro. Abstract:  Leishmaniasis is a term referring to a range of clinical conditions caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania, Trypanosomatidae family, Kinetoplastida order that is transmitted by the bite of certain species of mosquitoes Phlebotominae subfamily. These parasites infect hosts wild and domestic mammals, considered as natural reservoirs and can also infect humans. Leishmania are obligate intramacrophage protozoa that have exclusively intracellular life style. This suggests that the amastigotes possess mechanisms to avoid killing by host cells. Cutaneous leishmaniasis, the most common form of the disease, causes ulcers on exposed parts of the body, leading to disfigurement, permanent scars, and stigma and in some cases disability. Many studies concluded that the cytokines profile and immune system of host have fundamental role in humans and animals natural self-healing. Conventional treatments are far from ideals and the search for new therapeutic alternatives is considered a strategic priority line of research by the World Health Organization. A promising approach in the field of basic research in homeopathy is the treatment of experimental infections with homeopathic drugs prepared from natural substances associations highly diluted, which comprise a combination of several different compounds considered as useful for a symptom or disease. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate the effect of M1, a complex homeopathic product, in macrophage-Leishmania interaction in vitro and in vivo. It was used RAW cells lineage and BALB/c mice as a host for the promastigotes of L. amazonensis (WHOM/BR/75/Josefa). Several biochemical and morphological parameters were determined. Together, the harmonic results obtained in this study indicate that, in general, the highly diluted products trigger rapid and effective responses by living organisms, cells and mice, against Leishmania, by altering cytokines profile, by NO increasing (p

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21:02

Homeopathic bowel nosodes are a useful method for controlling gastrointestinal disturbances. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Aug 14. Epub 2017 Aug 14. PMID: 28805460 Abstract Title:  Case Study of Homeopathic Bowel Nosode Remedies for Dysbiotic Japanese Patients. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The composition of intestinal microbiota is very important in human health. Gastrointestinal disturbances are among the symptoms commonly reported by individuals diagnosed with chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, autism, and chronic fatigue syndrome. The effects of probiotics and prebiotics for dysbiosis have been reported in many studies. Bowel nosodes are homeopathic remedies made from human gut microbiota.OBJECTIVE: Bowel nosodes made from the intestinal bacteria of European patients from the 1900s were administered to Japanese patients suffering from gastrointestinal disturbances, such as constipation and diarrhea, to determine their therapeutic efficacy.METHODS: Twenty-eight outpatients from Yoko Clinic (11 males, 17 females; age range, 4-72 years) were enrolled in this study. One nosode remedy was selected for each case. Patients took six pills for 2 days. After a month, the effect of each treatment was evaluated using the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital Outcome Scale (grade +4 to -4).RESULTS: Patient number of each grade was +4 (N=2), +3 (N=4), +2 (N=7), +1 (N=3), 0 (N=7), with no negative grades. Of the 23 patients analyzed, 69.6% showed some type of improvement, and no harmful effects from taking bowel nosodes were observed; 26% of patients showed major improvement or were"cured."CONCLUSION: It is difficult to find correct constitutional remedies as they often require high-level techniques and time. Since there are only 11 main bowel nosode remedies, they are easier to choose from and cheaper to use and develop than classical constitutional remedies. Herein, 69.6% of dysbiotic patients taking bowel nosodes showed improvements, and no harmful effects were reported by any patient. These results suggest that the homeopathic bowel nosodes are a useful method for controlling gastrointestinal disturbances.

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20:44

Homeopathic medicines can alleviate the intensity or reduce the duration of whooping cough. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Altern Ther Health Med. 2017 Oct 2. Epub 2017 Oct 2. PMID: 28987075 Abstract Title:  Whooping Cough Alleviated by Homeopathic Medicines: A Case Report. Abstract:  Context Pertussis cough (whooping cough) is distressing due to the intensity and chronicity of its cough. No specific drugs are available that can alleviate the cough's intensity or significantly shorten its duration. Homeopathic medicines are used for a wide variety of medical conditions, including cough. Objective The study investigated the benefits of homeopathic medicines for whooping cough, to alleviate the cough's intensity and to shorten its duration. Design The current study was a case series of patients with whooping cough. Setting The study took place at one of the suburban hospital clinics of the Ann&Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Chicago, IL, USA). Participants Participants were 20 patients aged 21 mo to 20 y, of whom 11 were female and 18 were male, who visited the hospital clinic for treatment of the chronic cough that is characteristic of whooping cough. The details of the cases of 3 representative participants are highlighted in the text. Intervention The 3 representative patients all received 1 dose weekly of a 30c dilution of homeopathic pertussinum and a 6c dilution of homeopathic Drosera 3 times daily. The homeopathic medicines most often used for the other participants were the same doses of pertussinum and Drosera. Outcome Measures Verbal feedback from patient or family were obtained at the follow-up visits. Results The intensity and duration of participant's coughs were alleviated within days to 1 wk in most cases. Conclusions Homeopathic medicines can alleviate the intensity or reduce the duration of whooping cough, with no adverse effects.

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20:33

Researchers Warn How Pesticides Are Secretly Growing Antibiotic Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

More emphasis needs to be placed on antibiotic stewardshipOtherwise, new drugs will fail rapidly and be lost to humanity.

The first team of researchers ever to discover that the worlds most popular pesticides and herbicides increase the antibiotic resistance crisis have conducted another study to prove once and for all a frightening truth we must respond to.

Researchers at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have confirmed once again that  active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, Roundup, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates.

GMWatch reports:

Professor Jack Heinemann of the School of Biological Sciences in UCs College of Science said the key finding of the research was that bacteria respond to exposure to the herbicides by changing how susceptible they are to antibiotics used in human and animal medicine.

The herbicides studied are three of the most widely used in the world, Prof Heinemann said. They are also used on crops that have been genetically modified to tolerate them.

The effect was n...

19:56

The 2 current case reports demonstrate a successful integrative approach to the treatment of schizoaffective disorder. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Altern Ther Health Med. 2017 Oct 2. Epub 2017 Oct 2. PMID: 28987077 Abstract Title:  Remission of Schizoaffective Disorder Using Homeopathic Medicine: 2 Case Reports. Abstract:  Context Research on the schizophrenia spectrum is primarily focused on pharmaceutical interventions, although alternative treatments have been gaining increasing popularity in recent years because patients are seeking treatments that are effective and have reduced side effects. A significant body of evidence already exists supporting the effectiveness of homeopathy to treat a wide array of illnesses. Objective The research team intended to demonstrate the need for using both alternative and conventional treatments to improve clinical outcomes in the treatment of schizoaffective disorder. Design The research team performed 2 case studies. Setting The study took place at Arizona Natural Health Center (Tempe, AZ, USA), an outpatient clinic where Dr Tara Peyman worked as a naturopathic doctor from 2008 to 2014. Participants The participants were a 23-y-old female (case 1) and a 34-y-old female (case 2), both of whom had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder of the bipolar type. Intervention Individualized homeopathic treatment was initiated for the 2 patients, who previously had received medication of atypical antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. Outcome Measures A Likert scale was used to evaluate the intensity of each patient's symptoms at each follow-up, based on self-reporting, using a scale from 1 to 10, with a score of 10 being the highest. Results During the course of treatment, both patients' symptoms normalized, and they regained their ability to hold jobs, attend school, and maintain healthy relationships with their families and partners while requiring fewer pharmaceutical interventions. Conclusions The 2 current case reports demonstrate a successful integrative approach to the treatment of schizoaffective disorder. They illustrate the value of individualized homeopathic prescriptions with proper case management in the successful treatment of that disorder. Future large-scale, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies should investigate individualized homeopathic treatments for mental health concerns, because the diseases cause great economic and social burden.

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19:51

Harvard Immunologist to Legislators: Unvaccinated Children Pose ZERO Risk to Anyone "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dr Tetyana Obukhanych

Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych

Harvard Immunologist: Unvaccinated Children Pose ZERO Risk to Anyone and Heres Why

Dear Legislator:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych. I hold a PhD in Immunology. I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide.

You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children is not consistent with such a statement.

I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases.

People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a public school setting may not be warranted.

Polio Vaccine

IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) cannot prevent transmission of poliovirus. Wild poliovirus has been non-existent in the USA for at least two decades.

Even if wild poliovirus were to be re-imported by travel, vaccinating for polio with IPV cannot affect the safety of public spaces.

Please note that wild poliovirus eradication is attributed to the use of a different vaccine, OPV or oral poliovirus vaccine. Despite being capable of preventing wild poliovirus transmission, use of OPV was phased out long ago in the USA and replaced with IPV due to safety concerns...

19:51

Homeopathy can be successfully incorporated within a supportive care integrative oncology service. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Integr Cancer Ther. 2017 Oct 1:1534735417736133. Epub 2017 Oct 1. PMID: 29094627 Abstract Title:  Feasibility of Homeopathic Treatment for Symptom Reduction in an Integrative Oncology Service. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Homeopathy has the potential to reduce symptoms related to cancer treatment. The present study examined the feasibility of a homeopathic consultation and treatment program, provided as part of an integrative oncology service.METHODS: The electronic medical files of patients undergoing a homeopathic consultation in an integrative oncology service clinic were examined retrospectively. Adherence to the homeopathic treatment regimen and perceived response to the treatment were evaluated.RESULTS: The files of 124 patient (34 males, 90 females) were examined, of which two-thirds reported acquiring and self-administering the homeopathic remedy as prescribed, and nearly three-quarters reporting a beneficial effect. Adherence to the homeopathic treatment regimen was greatest among patients attending a second visit, as opposed to having only telephone/e-mail follow-up ( P

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19:41

Effectiveness of the homeopathic preparation Zeel compared with carprofen in dogs with osteoarthritis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2011 Jan-Feb;47(1):12-20. Epub 2010 Dec 16. PMID: 21164168 Abstract Title:  Effectiveness of the homeopathic preparation Zeel compared with carprofen in dogs with osteoarthritis. Abstract:  The authors compared the symptomatic effectiveness of a complex homeopathic preparation Zeel (1-3 tablets orally per day depending on body weight) to carprofen (4 mg/kg body weight) in dogs (n=68) aged>1 yr diagnosed with osteoarthritis in a multicenter, prospective, observational open-label cohort study in 12 German veterinary clinics. The active treatment period was 56 days. Symptomatic effectiveness, lameness, stiffness of movements, and pain on palpation were evaluated by treating veterinarians and owners. Clinical signs of osteoarthritis improved significantly (P

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19:35

Harvard Immunologist to Legislators: Unvaccinated Children Pose ZERO Risk to Anyone "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dr Tetyana Obukhanych

Dr. Tetyana Obukhanych

Harvard Immunologist: Unvaccinated Children Pose ZERO Risk to Anyone and Heres Why

Dear Legislator:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych. I hold a PhD in Immunology. I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

Do unvaccinated children pose a higher threat to the public than the vaccinated?

It is often stated that those who choose not to vaccinate their children for reasons of conscience endanger the rest of the public, and this is the rationale behind most of the legislation to end vaccine exemptions currently being considered by federal and state legislators country-wide.

You should be aware that the nature of protection afforded by many modern vaccines and that includes most of the vaccines recommended by the CDC for children is not consistent with such a statement.

I have outlined below the recommended vaccines that cannot prevent transmission of disease either because they are not designed to prevent the transmission of infection (rather, they are intended to prevent disease symptoms), or because they are for non-communicable diseases.

People who have not received the vaccines mentioned below pose no higher threat to the general public than those who have, implying that discrimination against non-immunized children in a public school setting may not be warranted.

Polio Vaccine

IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) cannot prevent transmission of poliovirus. Wild poliovirus has been non-existent in the USA for at least two decades.

Even if wild poliovirus were to be re-imported by travel, vaccinating for polio with IPV cannot affect the safety of public spaces.

Please note that wild poliovirus eradication is attributed to the use of a different vaccine, OPV or oral poliovirus vaccine. Despite being capable of preventing wild poliovirus transmission, use of OPV was phased out long ago in the USA and replaced with IPV due to safety concerns....

19:24

Combination treatment with cyclophosphane and its homeopathically potentiated forms increases antiblastic activity of the preparation. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Bull Exp Biol Med. 2003 Jan ;135 Suppl 7:107-10. PMID: 12949669 Abstract Title:  Potentiated cyclophosphane: experimental study of the effect on tumor development and efficiency of cytostatic therapy. Abstract:  Experiments on animals with transplanted tumors (Lewis lung carcinoma and carcinosarcoma Walker-256) showed that combination treatment with cyclophosphane and its homeopathically potentiated forms increases antiblastic activity of the preparation.

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19:17

Reclaiming Ancient Wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Health"

What is science? How did it begin? And how does it get hijacked? Science began, and always begins, with careful observation.

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19:01

MRI Dye "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Chuck Norris Sues for MRI Dye Injuring His Wife

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Story at-a-glance
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a study allowing your physician to see detailed images of your organs and tissues using a large magnet and radio waves
  • Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) may be prescribed to enhance the image but the heavy metal gadolinium is known to deposit in your brain, bone and organs
  • The FDA acknowledges the metal may be found in your tissues for years but claims there is no known effect, despite the rising number of people suffering from kidney damage, cognitive dysfunction and muscle wasting
  • Strategies you may consider if an enhanced MRI is absolutely necessary include optimizing your gut and nutrition, eating fermented foods and using a sauna to aid detoxification
By Dr. Mercola
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging study that allows your physician to see detailed pictures of your organs and tissues. Raymond Damadian invented the machine and performed the first total body image in 1977.1 This process has been called the one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the 20th century.
The MRI machine uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to take detailed cross-sectional pictures of your internal organs and tissues.2 The scanner looks like a tube with a table that enables you to slide into the tunnel of the machine to gather data. Unlike CT scans or X-rays that use ionizing radiation known to damage...

18:54

Editorial board of public health journal resigns in protest "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The editorial board of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health resigned today in protest over ongoing battles involving the new editor and its handling of recent withdrawals. Weve covered the boards gripes with the journal and publisher, which date back to the spring, and include appointing a new editor with industry ties without []

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18:54

Brain Regeneration Can Infrared Light Reverse Parkinson's and Alzheimer's? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Brain Regeneration: Can Infrared Light Reverse Parkinsons and Alzheimers?

Posted on: Tuesday, November 21st 2017 at 12:30 pm
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017

Contrary to conventional wisdom, brain regeneration is possible. One promising therapy that promotes neurogenesis and is effective in pre-clinical studies of Alzheimers and Parkinsons is near infrared light therapy, and it may improve other mental illnesses and neurodegenerative disorders including dementia, stroke, ALS, and traumatic brain injury as well.
Alzheimers disease and Parkinsons disease are the most common neurodegenerative disorders. The former is a type of dementia that occurs secondary to the accumulation of abnormal protein deposits in the brain, including -amyloid plaques and intraneuronal neurofibrillary tangles made of tau protein (1). Upon neuroimaging studies, gross cerebral cortical atrophy is found, meaning that the part of the brain responsible for executive functions such as learning, memory, language, decision-making, and problem-solving progressively degenerates (1). In addition, gliosis, or brain inflammation, is a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimers (1).
One hypothesis that is championed proposes that Alzheimers occurs due to self-propagating, prion-like protein assemblies, which interfere with the function of nerve cells (2). An alternate theory is that these so-called proteinopathies occur secondary to a microvascular hemorrhage or brain bleed (3). The brain bleed is believed to be the result of age-induced degradation of cerebral capillaries, which creates neuron-killing protein plaques and tangles (3).
Dysfunction of mitochondria, the energy-generating powerhouses of the cell, is also implicated in Alzheimers, as reduced efficacy of these organelles creates oxidative stress-inducing reactive oxygen species, or free radicals, which lead to neuronal cell death (4). Whatever the cause, extensive death of brain cells occurs, which explains the cognitive deficits that occur with Alzheimers disease, in add...

18:52

Soon Big Brother Will Know If You Took Your Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This opens the door to all kinds of scary possibilities.

From ABC News:

In a groundbreaking decision on Monday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a drug with a digital ingestion tracking system, which senses when a pill is swallowed and sends the data to a smartphone.

The new drug/device combination product called Abilify MyCite is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and mood disorders. The Abilify (aripiprazole) tablets come embedded with an Ingestible Event Marker (IEM) sensor, the size of a grain of sand, that sends information to a patch the patient wears. The patch then transmits the data to smartphones and online healthcare portals which can be accessed by health care professionals and caregivers if the patient approves.

Comment: Aside from the creepy invasion of privacy and other opportunities for abuse with this technology, lets not forget the dangers of electromagnetic fields and Wi-Fi, especially for young children. Cell phones, for instance, include warnings in the fine print about overexposure. And what are the potential health consequences of ingesting a digital ingestion tracking system? Orwellian medicine, coming soon unless we object! By the way, here are the possible side effects of Abilify.

 

 

18:48

Medical Vaccine Exemption Under Renewed Fire "IndyWatch Feed Health"

For some in California, doctors writing medical exemptions from the states draconian vaccination law are not being punished swiftly enough.

From the LA Times:

A year ago, California officials appeared to be coming down hard on doctors and parents who were reluctant to vaccinate children. The medical board was threatening to pull the license of Dr. Robert Sears, a celebrity in the anti-vaccine community.

But so far, no doctors, including Sears, have been punished for writing unnecessary medical exemptions. The crackdown many foresaw never materialized.

Comment: The LA Times article may in part be a reaction to the recent announcement that Dr. Bob Sears, who faces charges of gross negligence from the California medical board, has a hearing scheduled for May 2018. As Richard Jaffee, Dr. Searss attorney, notes, perhaps May 2018 isnt soon or severe enough for the LA Times.

What are the allegations against Dr. Sears? He dared to write a letter recommending that a two-year-old be excused from vaccinations because his mother reported that the child had serious adverse reactions to previous immunizations. We pointed out before that the goal of such persecution is to scare other doctors from writing medical exemptions. Are the LA Times reporters qualified medical professionals, equipped with the knowledge of when a medical exemption is necessary? We suspect not, but this is how low the conversation has gone on the issue of vaccinationpersecuting a doctor for exercising his judgment.

18:21

Chuck Norris Sues 11 Drug Companies for Poisoning His Wife "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: Chuck Norris Sues 11 Drug Companies for Poisoning His Wife For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

By Tracey Watson Most of us are familiar with the actor Chuck Norris, hero of action shows and movies like Walker Texas Ranger and Martial Law. Norris is famous for taking on the baddies and always winning. Now, he may have taken on the biggest fight of his life. The Daily Mail recently reported that Norris []

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17:56

FDA Attacks CBD Supplements to Protect Big Pharmas Profits "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: FDA Attacks CBD Supplements to Protect Big Pharmas Profits For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

Big Pharma is working overtime to restrict consumer access to cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis sativa (marijuana) that has been shown to help relieve pain, muscle spasms, and other ailments. Using the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as authoritative cover, the industry is quietly leading the charge to ban CBD from []

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17:45

Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Brian Berletic

Ed Yong in his article, New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World, helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) altered through gene-editing technology to eradicate pests. In this particular case, the problem is rats and other invasive predatory mammals that endanger New Zealands native bird populations.

Yong covers proposals to introduce genes into mammalian populations to hinder their ability to reproduce. These gene-drives are unlike other technologies like gene therapy, which replace faulty genes in human patients to correct genetic diseases or enhance an individual...

17:40

$55 Million in Cocaine Discovered at a Coca-Cola Plant "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Source: $55 Million in Cocaine Discovered at a Coca-Cola Plant For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

Hundreds of kilos of cocaine were found in a Coca-Cola plant in France, making the seizure of the drug one of the largest ever on French soil. French officials say the cocaine was discovered in backpacks among a shipment of orange juice concentrate that originated in Costa Rica. The 370 kg of literal coke uncovered at the []

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17:37

To fluoridate or not to fluoridate? Edgartown board of health leaves it up to voters. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Edgartown board of health stood by its controversial decision to add fluoride to the municipal water system despite heated debate at a meeting Tuesday evening called to review the boards earlier action.

At Tuesdays meeting, with 15 people in the audience, the board held firm knowing that enough signatures had been gathered by petition to bring the question of adding fluoride to the water to town voters.

Wed like to start out by apologizing to the water department, board of health member Harold Zadeh said. You should have been involved from the start. We found out Wednesday that there are 400 names on the petition, so it will be put on a ballot. That was our intent anyways.

At issue is the Oct. 10 vote by Mr. Zadeh and Dr. Garrett Orazem to enact a statute that would fluoridate the towns water supply. Board member Kathie Case abstained from the vote. Residents were given 90 days from the date the community was notified to gather signatures from 10 percent of the towns 3,628 registered voters.

The announcement was published on Oct. 20, enraging some in the community and prompting a petition drive thats gathered enough signatures to get the issue before voters at a spring town meeting.

So youre not going to rescind? Edgartown resident and harbormaster Charlie Blair said from the audience.

Im not going to rescind, Im going to let it go through the process, Mr. Zadeh responded, and Mr. Blair abruptly left the meeting.

After nearly an hour of discussion, the board officially decided not to rescind and instead will attempt to educate voters leading up to town meeting, Mr. Zadeh said.

Once again, Ms. Case was not at the meeting. She was off-Island at an appointment.

Were not going to agree on this, health agent Matt Poole said. But I think we should talk about what happens if this does pass. The meeting concluded, and transparency was mentioned a key to collaboration moving forward.

Not everyone at the meeting was opposed to fluoride in the water. Chilmark resident and Vineyard Haven dentist Bruce Golden spoke to the boards decision, stating that two-thirds of the nations population drinks fluoridated water. Fluoridated water is a wonderful, reasonable, healthy, and inexpensive thing, he said.

For some, the key issue was the process used by the board. At a meeting last week, members of the water commission said the decision shouldnt have been made without their input, as well as feedback from the community at large.

I dont think anybody, local or federal, should dictate what entire communities take for medication, water superintendent Bi...

14:34

WATCH: Doctor Wants You To Rethink Vaccines "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dr. Eric Berg wants to talk to you about vaccines, however, as he makes clear in the video, he doesnt want to talk at you. Dr. Berg states I am not telling you to take...

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14:31

The Surprising Reason Why Every Home Should Have At Least One Himalayan Salt Lamp (Plus How Many to Put In Each Room for Maximum Benefits) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

 

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Himalayan salt lamps offer a multitude of health benefits due to the negative ions they emit. Click the picture for more info.

 

 

 

14:00

Caught Our Notice: Waitwe wrote WHAT paper? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Title: Assessment of coronary heart diseases in diabetics in al-Madinah al-Munawarah What Caught Our Notice: Weve seen researchers dinged for adding authors to papers who didnt participate in the research, but its rare to have a notice say co-author signatures were forged. In a recent retraction, the first two authors said the signatures on the the []

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13:46

HERBESO REMEDIES FOR THE BEST DMSO THERAPY "IndyWatch Feed Health"

NATURES HEALER DMSO is the newest twenty-first centurys healing drug with a very wide range of health benefits, acting as a holistic ingredient which brings whole body cellular functions back to normal. It has a battered thirty years history sowing miraculous examples of healing of many acute and chronic health conditions, sometimes with unbelievable effects.

13:46

6 Ways You Can Save the World Everyday "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The news is often depressing, the environment is under attack and it can easily seem overwhelming to try and make the slightest difference in the world. Despite this, you still try. We all do. No matter how bad things get, we persevere in trying to make them bettersometimes we need a reminder, though, that our efforts really do count. If youre feeling burnt out, or getting close, focus on small everyday initiatives that use your energy effectively and provide the satisfaction of knowing youve made a difference. The following six tips are a few ways you can accomplish this.

Saving the world doesnt have to be a monumental undertaking. You save the world a little bit every day when you make the right choices and choose to invest in the world. Rather than get caught up in the pressure to perform, take on little projects that will cumulatively make a great impact on yourself, your community and the world.

Take Care of Yourself

Have you ever stopped to consider your self-care routine? According to The Atlantic, self-care is an imperative part of every persons health and wellbeing. What is it, thoughand how do you practice it? Self-care simply refers to the act of attuning to ones own needs and prioritizing ones own wellness. Too often, we spend busy days ignoring hunger, dealing with negative feelings or medicating pain rather than addressing it directly. All of these behaviors are detrimental, an...

13:24

New Tools Against Antibiotic Resistance "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem that may lead to a post-antibiotic era. However, there are potential solutions that deserve research priority.

12:03

Climate Change Puts Cambodians at Risk of Mental Health Issues "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From Eco-Business: Many Cambodians are still healing from a tragic recent past, from the Lon Nol regime in 1970 to the collapse of the Pol Pot regime in 1979. However, the country is highly vulnerable to climate change, and Cambodians risk experiencing a mental health relapse as a result.

According to a recent research commissioned by the American Psychological Association this year, long-term climate change can indirectly cause mental health problems as the changes in weather patterns, storm and rising sea levels put people in danger of experiencing chronic psychological consequences such as trauma and shock, chronic depression, stress disorder and anxiety.

High levels of stress and anxiety are also linked to physical health effects, such as a weakened immune system, the report explains. Worrying about actual or potential impacts of climate change can lead to stress that can build over time and eventually lead to stress-related problems, such as substance abuse, anxiety disorders and depression.'

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12:02

A Likely Culprit for Teen Mental Health Deterioration "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From The Conversation: In the five years between 2010 and 2015, U.S. teens mental health greatly deteriorated. The sudden ascendance of the smartphone is most likely to blame for this increase in teen mental health issues.

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12:01

Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims "IndyWatch Feed Health"

From Psychology Today: The American Psychological Association has just issued guidelines for treating trauma that are backed by faulty science. The research behind the guidelines only studied therapies of 16 sessions or less, excluding long-term forms of psychotherapy that may be more effective.

One way that health insurers circumvent parity laws is by shunting patients to the briefest and cheapest therapies just the kind of therapies recommended by the APAs treatment guidelines. Another way is by making therapy so impersonal and dehumanizing that patients drop out. Health insurers do not publicly say the treatment decisions are driven by economic self-interest. They say the treatments are scientifically proven and point to treatment guidelines like those just issued by the APA.

Its bad enough that most Americans dont have adequate mental health coverage, without also being gaslighted and told that inadequate therapy is the best therapy.

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12:00

Steps Forward: Integrative Mental Health is Gaining Ground "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The downside of over-relying on psychiatric meds for treatment is that people limited to just using them for treatment are not getting better  more of them are on disability for mental health reasons, and increasing numbers are disempowered by the long-term effects of psychiatric medications.

Now we know we need to rethink psychiatry and our responses to madness but what is the best name for the improved model of mental healthcare we are reaching for? We need both a model of care and a brand that empowers a change to optimal mental and physical health and uses the full spectrum of effective, evidence-based treatments.1

The term Integrative Medicine has been gaining ground in universities and healthcare centers which incorporate integrative therapies, e.g. Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine is part of Thomas Jefferson University, and Duke Integrative Medicine is part of Duke University. New training is available, e.g. The Integrative Health and Healing specialty of the Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Minnesota prepares graduates to work with individuals, families, communities and health systems in developing integrative approaches to health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management.

The integrative model of care implies we assess and treat the whole body-mind-spirit as a unit within the social system, using an integrated systems response. The brand integrative also suggests we take the best of diagnostics and treatment protocols from all cultures and weave them together into an improved model of care. An example is Open Dialogue, a systems approach to psychotherapy developed in Finland. Practitioners from the USA have been trained and can now amplify the success of treatment for US families in which one person has symptoms of severe mental distress.

Gaining Traction

On September 18, 2017, a gift of 200 million US dollars was given to the University of California, Irvine, to create new buildings and new programs dedicated to forwarding the model of integrative healthcare. $55 million will go to create buildings, including one named the College of Health Sciences. The balance of $145 million will be dedicated to new educational programming, endowing 15 faculty chairs, subsidizing research in promising integrative modalities, and expanding the clinical facilities that offer integrative healthcare to patients.

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12:00

Scientists Call for Increased Transparency in Research "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) is an inter-disciplinary initiative launched in 2016 to enhance the quality and transparency of the research base for medical products.

09:50

1080: Operation to protect Northern Ruahine species complete "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Note from FAN: Molecular structure of highly toxic Sodium fluoroacetate (known as 1080)


A pest control operation to protect at-risk native species in the Northern Ruahine Ranges has been completed.

The operation was part of the Department of Conservations (DOCs) Battle for our Birds programme, which aims to protect our most vulnerable native species.

Director Operations Lower North Island Reg Kemper, is pleased with how the operation went.

Its early days, but anecdotal reports indicate some wins already, with dead possums, rats and mice reported by our staff and volunteers working in the treatment area, says Reg.

A lot of effort goes in to planning and delivering an operation like this. Its a credit to all those involved; they just got on with it and did the job safely and effectively.

DOC worked with OSPRI (which manages New Zealands TBfree programme) to lay cereal baits containing sodium fluoroacetate (known as 1080) over 32,829ha of the Northern Ruahine Ranges, between 13 and 15 November 2017.

Their work will protect our taonga species across a large area of difficult terrain, explains Reg.

Aerial 1080 is the most effective large-scale pest control tool we currently have. Monitoring shows its successful in protecting our vulnerable species.

The operation will reduce rat, possum and stoat numbers in the area, helping to protect Ruahine populations of highly valued species, such as whio/blue duck, kiwi, giant land snails, bats/pekapeka, red mistletoe, Dactylanthus, and Pittosporum turneri.

Although the operation itself is complete, the work is not over. During the coming months, teams will be gathering data to assess the impact of the operation:
Rat and mouse numbers will be monitored in early December.
Whio populations in two catchments will be surveyed using conservation dogs in late summer.
Powelliphanta snail populations will be monitored in February/March 2018.

Access points into the operational area have warning signs in place. The presence of these signs indicates that pesticide residues may still be present in bait or animals.

For more information, see www.doc.govt.nz/battleforourbirds

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09:44

Fluoride Question Goes to Edgartown Voters "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The decision about whether to add fluoride to Edgartowns public water supply will now go before voters next April, following a successful petition effort by residents.

The Edgartown town clerks office confirmed Wednesday that a petition had been certified with enough signatures to place the fluoridation question before voters at the annual town meeting next spring. The question will require a vote on the town meeting floor and by ballot at the annual town election, assistant town clerk Karen Medeiros said.

Meanwhile, at a meeting Tuesday, the Edgartown board of health stood by its vote last month to take steps to add fluoride to the water supply. The vote has sparked heated debate at meetings before the board of health and water commission in recent weeks.

Board of health members Harold Zadeh and Dr. Garrett Orazem reaffirmed their Oct. 10 vote to fluoridate the town water supply. The third board member, Kathie Case, abstained from the original vote and was not at the meeting.

The boards decision was published Oct. 20. Under state law, town voters then had 90 days to gather a petition to bring the matter before town meeting.

And while the successful petition ensures a binding vote in the spring, members of the town water commission and other residents at the meeting Tuesday again called on the board of health to rescind its vote. Critics have cited both concerns about the health effects of fluoridation and what they claim was a flawed process.

Board of health members have said the decision was in the interest of public health because fluoride is well established to reduce tooth decay, and that they welcomed a town vote. About 15 people attended the meeting, including two Island dentists who said they back the boards position.

Town health agent Matt Poole said Tuesday that town counsel had advised the board against rescinding the vote.

Mr. Zadeh began the meeting by apologizing for not involving the water commission earlier in the process. Water commissioner David Burke, who led the petition initiative, said discussion about fluoride should have taken place earlier. Were looking for opportunities to be educated. Education should have taken place before the order . . . They should start by educating us, he said.

What else is good for us that could be put in the water, Edgartown resident Maria Thibodeau said, pointing out that vegetables are healthy, but eating them is a choice.

Debra Gaines said she found a study that linked fluoride to cognitive difficulties, and questioned whether it contributed to the rising rates of obesity in the United States.

But Dr. Bruce Golden, a pediatric d...

09:37

Proponents ask North Marshall Utilities board to return fluoride to water supply "IndyWatch Feed Health"

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) Proponents are hoping a water utility in Marshall County will put fluoride back into the water system.

North Marshall Utilities ceased putting fluoride in the water system at the end of October.

A group of dentists and other health professionals appeared before the utilitys board Tuesday night to ask them to reconsider.

Julian Sparks, a retired dentist from Grant, was there and hopes their discussion was persuading.

They listened to what we had to say and I felt good after I left the meeting about their next meeting. I think theyll bring it up for a vote again and hopefully theyll vote to put the fluoride back in the water, said Sparks.

The board meets again Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

*Original article online at http://www.waff.com/story/36910032/proponents-ask-north-marshall-utilities-board-to-return-fluoride-to-water-supply

07:00

Are Stents a Scam? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Angioplasty is a surgical procedure often recommended after an arterial blockage has been found in the heart muscle. Your heart requires a strong oxygen and nutrient supply, like other muscles in your body. There are two major coronary arteries that supply the left and right sides of your heart. By branching into smaller arteries they are able to supply the entire muscle with blood.

The goal of coronary artery angioplasty is to repair or unblock the blocked artery. During the procedure the surgeon inserts a thin expandable balloon that is inflated to flatten the blockage against the arterial wall.1 After the balloon is removed, the surgeon often places a stent with the intention of keeping the artery open and blood flowing freely.

There are currently five types of coronary artery stents available, each with different advantages and disadvantages to placement.2 However, while the different types of stents offer options for those for whom a stent is absolutely necessary, research shows those with stable coronary artery disease, stable angina, do not require stents.

Recent Study Finds Stent Placement May Not Be Better Than Placebo

In a recent study published in The Lancet, researchers from Imperial College London investigated the difference between patients who had received a stent for stable angina and those who underwent a placebo intervention.3 In the short video above, lead author and interventional cardiologist Dr. Rasha Al-Lamee, describes the study and its results.

The researchers recruited 200 participants with severe single vessel blockage from five sites across the U.K.4 During the initial six weeks, all patients underwent an exercise test followed by intensive medical treatment. At that point they were randomly assigned to two groups. The first underwent a percutaneous intervention (PCI) during which coronary angioplasty was performed and a stent was placed. The second group also underwent a PCI procedure with an angiogram but without a balloon angioplasty or stent placement.5

For the following six weeks, neither the patient nor the physician knew if the patient received the stent. At the conclusion of the six weeks, patient...

Chuck Norris Sues for MRI Dye Injuring His Wife "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging study that allows your physician to see detailed pictures of your organs and tissues. Raymond Damadian invented the machine and performed the first total body image in 1977.1 This process has been called the one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the 20th century.

The MRI machine uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to take detailed cross-sectional pictures of your internal organs and tissues.2 The scanner looks like a tube with a table that enables you to slide into the tunnel of the machine to gather data. Unlike CT scans or X-rays that use ionizing radiation known to damage DNA, the MRI uses magnetic fields.

Images from an MRI give physicians better information about abnormalities, tumors, cysts and specific organ problems with your heart, liver, uterus, kidneys and other organs. In some instances, your physician may want an enhanced MRI, one using contrast agents to improve the clarity of the images produced. In one of every three MRIs with contrast, the agent used is gadolinium.3

What Is Gadolinium?

This is a chemical contrast medium or dye that is injected to enhance the quality of the images. Gadolinium is bonded to a chelating agent that is intended to reduce the toxicity of the chemical to your body as gadolinium is a dangerous heavy metal known to cause neurological damage. There are several products that include gadolinium, called gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA).4

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released guidelines on the use of GBCAs5 as they began an investigation into the potential health effects from brain deposits of the heavy metal. The FDA acknowledged that repeated use of GBCAs may result in gadolinium deposits in your brain and other tissues but has not determined if there are any adverse health effects from these deposits.

To reduce accumulation, the FDA recommends health care professionals limit use to circumstances where additional information garnered by the use of gadolinium is absolutely necessary....

Meet the Sacklers: The Family That's Killing Millions (Maybe More Than Stalin) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Dr. Mercola

The U.S. has a massive opioid addiction problem. According to the U.S. surgeon general, more Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes,1 and addiction to narcotic pain relievers now costs the U.S. more than $193 billion each year. The Manchester, New Hampshire, fire department recently said it now responds to more calls for drug overdoses than fires.2 That's not so surprising when you consider that opioids are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50.3

The following graph by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows the progressive incline in overdose deaths related to opioid pain relievers between 2002 and 2015.4 This does not include deaths from heroin addiction, which we now know is a common side effect of getting hooked on these powerful prescription narcotics. In all, we're looking at just over 202,600 deaths in this 13-year time frame alone.5

National Overdose Deaths

Misleading Marketing Created the Opioid Epidemic

How did we get into this mess? Part of the problem, from the very beginning, has been false advertising. This past summer I wrote about how a single paragraph in a 1980 letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine became the basis of a drug marketing campaign that has since led hundreds of millions of people straight into the arms of addiction and/or death.

03:19

FDA Lies About Kratom Again to Foster Opioid Epidemic "IndyWatch Feed Health"

It is no secret that Americans are losing trust in large institutions that were once believed to be beyond reproach. The media, once considered a paragon of integrity, is viewed with cynicism and suspicion. Our former faith in governmental programs and the 'best and brightest' has plummeted steadily from doubt into resentment. So it seems politically foolish for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in the midst of its own opioid crisis, which has wrought hundreds of thousands of deaths, laid waste to the life prospects of millions, and lined the pockets of its unscrupulous partner corporations, to issue a warning against the use of a natural herb that combats opioid dependence, eliminates drug withdrawal, and kills pain. Of course, being a naturally-growing plant does not automatically qualify something as safe. There are, after all, varieties of poisonous mushrooms and berries, but people intuitively know to place a greater trust into organic substances.

02:49

Founder of Autism Non-Profit Found Dead in Canal "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

We regret to report to you that a well-known advocate for autistic people  Jeana Beck died approximately November 17th near an Oregon hotel room where she had been staying.

Beck was the founder of Unlocking Autism and was traveling with her 23-year-old autistic son for a work trip and staying at Rodeway Inn.

She reportedly went outside for a smoke break and never returned. She was reported missing. Tragically, her body was found the next night in a canal behind the hotel.

Strangely, police almost immediately ruled out foul play, according to health writer Erin Elizabeth of Healthnut News who has delved deep into the strange string of deaths that has rocked the alternative health community in the last year or so.

We have touched on some of those stories on dead doctors but apparently the number has reached above 70 in less than a two-year period.

Elizabeth notes another strange twist Beck was a supporter of Age of Autism, whose editor Dan Olmstead also died in an alleged suicide early this year.

The family, of course, wants answers and apparently isnt accepting the police explanation for Becks death. They rightfully want to know what happened...

02:01

C. asiatica ethanolic leaf extract diminished the anti-oxidant gene expression and induced anti-proliferative/cytotoxic effects in A549 cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  J Med Food. 2017 Oct ;20(10):959-968. PMID: 29040016 Abstract Title:  Centella asiatica Fraction-3 Suppresses the Nuclear Factor Erythroid 2-Related Factor 2 Anti-Oxidant Pathway and Enhances Reactive Oxygen Species-Mediated Cell Death in Cancerous Lung A549 Cells. Abstract:  Centella asiatica is a tropical medicinal plant that is commonly used in traditional medicine. Medicinal properties of C. asiatica include anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activity. We investigated the anti-oxidant and anti-proliferative/cytotoxic effects of a semi-purified fraction of C. asiatica ethanolic leaf extract (C3) in cancerous lung A549 cells. C3 was obtained by silica column fractionation and identified by using thin-layer chromatography and gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Cytotoxicity of C3 in A549 cells was evaluated (cell viability assay-WST-1; 24h; [0.2-3mg/mL]) to determine an inhibitory concentration (IC50). Intracellular reactive oxygen species (IROS), mitochondrial membrane potential (flow cytometry), malondialdehyde (MDA), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) (spectrophotometry), glutathione (GSH), oxidised glutathione (GSSG), adenosine triphosphate levels, caspase activity (luminometry), and DNA damage (comet assay) were evaluated. Protein expression (Nrf-2, p53, Bax, Bcl-2, and HSP-70) and gene expression (Nrf-2, GPx, SOD, CAT, c-myc, and OGG-1) were quantified by western blotting and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR),respectively. C3 dose dependently decreased A549 cell viability. The IC50 of C3 increased MDA, IROS, mitochondrial depolarization, LDH, caspase (-8, -9, -3/7) activity, DNA damage, GSH levels, Nrf-2 protein expression, HSP-70 protein expression, and OGG-1 gene expression (P

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01:54

Asiatic acid nullified aluminium toxicity in in vitro model of Alzheimer's disease. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2018 Jan 1 ;10:287-299. Epub 2018 Jan 1. PMID: 28930619 Abstract Title:  Asiatic acid nullified aluminium toxicity in in vitro model of Alzheimer's disease. Abstract:  Aluminium (Al) is a ubiquitously distributed environmental toxicant that lacks biological functions; however, its accumulation in the brain has been demonstrated to be linked to several neuropathological conditions particularly Alzheimer's disease (AD). Asiatic acid (AA), a triterpene extracted from Centella asiatica, has been reported to cross the blood brain barrier and also displayed antioxidant and neuroprotective activities. The present study was aimed to explore the neuroprotective effect of AA against aluminium maltolate (Al(mal)3) induced neurotoxicity by assessing cell viability, mitochondrial membrane potential, levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), DNA damage and apoptosis (Hoechst and dual staining, comet assay; expressions of pro-apoptotic, anti-apoptotic and signaling indices) via AKT/GSK-3 signaling pathway in SH-SY 5Y  neuroblastoma cells. Pre-treatment with AA significantly enhanced cell viability, attenuated rotenone-induced ROS, mitochondrial membrane dysfunction and apoptosis regulating AKT/GSK-3 signaling pathway. Downregulation of Al induced neurodegeneration may be one of the approaches to control the impairment of metal ion homeostasis leading to neuronal injury in  early development of AD. However, more extensive work in animal model is desirable to confirm its neuroprotective action.

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01:10

Excessive sugar-sweetened beverage consumption impacts early childhood immune system health adversely, possibly before the development of obesity. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Child Obes. 2017 Nov 17. Epub 2017 Nov 17. PMID: 29148828 Abstract Title:  Increased Cellular Aging by 3 Years of Age in Latino, Preschool Children Who Consume More Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: A Pilot Study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Previous studies in adults and older children find that sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption increases risk for obesity and cellular aging, as measured by leukocyte telomere length (LTL).METHODS: In a previously described, San Francisco-based Latino birth cohort, where telomere length was measured at birth, we evaluate the relationship between beverage consumption (including SSB and 100% fruit juice), obesity, and LTL at 2-3 years old, as well as change in LTL from birth. LTL (T/S Ratio) was measured in 61 children (mean 2.4 years0.6 standard deviation). Multivariable linear regression models are used to ascertain beverage type and obesity as independent predictors of LTL and change in LTL.RESULTS: Mean telomere length was 1.580.20 (T/S Ratio) and mean yearly change was -0.08-0.09 (T/S Ratio). Predictors of shorter telomere length at age 2-3 included increased consumption of SSB (Beta Coeff=-0.009 95% CI [-0.02 to -0.0008]; p=0.03). Telomere length at birth was the strongest predictor of rate of attrition from birth to 2-3 years of age and males tended to have more rapid attrition.CONCLUSION: Excessive SSB consumption impacts early childhood immune system health adversely, possibly before the development of obesity.

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01:05

10 Things for Which Im THANKFUL: How Bout YOU? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Thanksgiving is upon us here in the USA. But truth is, amidst the assorted social gatherings, feasting, travel, etc., the "thanks" of it all is often forgotten. Don't know about you, but in my mind that's a missed opportunity. Tap-in, okay?

00:23

This study found increased odds of Toxoplasma exposure in individuals with a recent onset of psychosis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

n/a PMID:  PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Nov ;11(11):e0006040. Epub 2017 Nov 6. PMID: 29108011 Abstract Title:  Evidence of increased exposure to Toxoplasma gondii in individuals with recent onset psychosis but not with established schizophrenia. Abstract:  A possible role for Toxoplasma gondii in the etiopathogenesis of schizophrenia is supported by epidemiological studies and animal models of infection. However, recent studies attempting to link Toxoplasma to schizophrenia have yielded mixed results. We performed a nested case-control study measured serological evidence of exposure to Toxoplasma gondii in a cohort of 2052 individuals. Within this cohort, a total of 1481 individuals had a psychiatric disorder and 571 of were controls without a psychiatric disorder. We found an increased odds of Toxoplasma exposure in individuals with a recent onset of psychosis (OR 2.44, 95% Confidence Interval 1.4-4.4, p<.003). On the other hand, an increased odds of Toxoplasma exposure was not found in individuals with schizophrenia or other psychiatric disorder who did not have a recent onset of psychosis. By identifying the timing of evaluation as a variable, these findings resolve discrepancies in previous studies and suggest a temporal relationship between Toxoplasma exposure and disease onset.

00:05

Bumps on Elbows: Causes, Effective Treatments and When to See a Doctor "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Bumps on elbows can appear due to a number of different causes ranging from an eczema rash to a large painful cyst. Depending on the reason for elbow bumps, you can also have a variety of other symptoms. Sometimes, the bumps on your elbow look like red spots, tiny white pimple-like spots or skin colored bumps. Or, the bumps can appear as a rash with itchy red patches of raised skin.

Getting rid of bumps from your elbow depends on what is causing the skin lesions. Some dermatological conditions like dermatitis herpetiformis or a ganglion cyst need professional medical care. However, there are many natural home remedies that can help to soothe pain and irritation in your elbows that psoriasis, eczema, or heat rashes cause.

In this article, you will find out what could be causing bumps on your elbows. In many cases, you can treat these elbow bumps at home with effective remedies using natural ingredients. You will also learn when you should see a doctor for lumps on your elbow.

Symptoms of Bumps on Elbows

Your elbows have to endure a lot of daily wear and tear. The constant use of your elbows can cause inflammation and swelling in the joints. Constant elbow movement can also make the skin on your elbow rough and scaly and this can lead to some dermatological issues.

For example, dry skin on your elbows can cause symptoms like extreme itchiness, scaling over the red patch of skin, and sometimes oozing fluid. It is very common for eczema and psoriasis to affect the elbows and knees. In some cases, the raised red bumpy skin can appear as a rash that has been caused by scabies mites or Lymes disease from a tick bite.

Other times, inflammation of the elbow joint can cause a protruding lump on your elbow that may or may not be painful.

Causes of Bumps on Elbows

Lets look in more detail at the causes of bumps and red rashes on your elbow and what you can do about it.

Red rash on elbows caused by eczema

Eczema is a common reason for an itchy red rash on your elbows that makes your skin itchy and bumpy.

Eczema can affect people of all ages and is common if you suffer from allergies or asthma. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, eczema often starts as a rash in the creases of the elbow skin. This can develop into an itchy, scaly rash that looks bumpy. Over time, permanent bumps on your elbow can appear. Although eczema often affects the elbows, patches of itchy rashes can appear anywhere on your body.3

Dr. William Blahd on WebMD reports that scratching the eczema rash on your elbow can cause the skin to turn leathery. You may also notice fluid-filled blisters that weep fluid when scratched. In some cases, scratching t...

00:05

Treatment of fever of unknown origin by homeopathy "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Harefuah. 1994 Mar 15 ;126(6):317-20, 368, 367. PMID: 8194786 Abstract Title:  [Treatment of fever of unknown origin by homeopathy]. Abstract:  2 cases of fever of unknown origin (FUO) treated successfully by homeopathy are presented. The purpose is to show the effectiveness of homeopathy as adjuvant therapy for those in whom the full medical diagnostic process, assessment, and treatment are not effective. In a 12-year-old boy fever and abdominal pain persisted for several months despite various medical treatments. All symptoms disappeared following homeopathic treatment. In a 66-year-old man fever and other symptoms also disappeared after such treatment. We emphasize that homeopathy is not a substitute for the full conventional medical diagnostic investigation and treatment of FUO. Homeopathy should only be practiced by medical doctors to avoid, to the greatest extent, diagnostic and therapeutic errors.

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23:21

Chlorella: Super Food for Healing and Detox "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Green chlorella. detox superfood. close - up

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Chlorella is a super-food that offers many detoxification and health boosting qualities. It is single cell algae that can be produced in open pools of fresh water with lots of exposure to sunlight. Since each cell can only be seen through a microscope, it is categorized as a microalgae.

Researchers in the West have become increasingly aware of its extremely high nutrient density over the past 100 plus years.

A Summary from a Recent Review of Many Chlorella Studies

In 2016, the journal Current Pharmaceutical Design published a review, Chlorella vulgaris: A Multifunctional Dietary Supplement with Diverse Medicinal Properties. Here are some excerpts from the abstract of that meta-study review:

Chlorella vulgaris [vulgaris means common] is a green unicellular microalgae with biological and pharmacological properties important for human health.

C. vulgaris contains a unique and diverse composition of functional macro- and micro-nutrients including proteins, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, polysaccharides, vitamins and minerals. Clinical trials have suggested that supplementation with C. vulgaris can ameliorate hyperglycemia, and protect against oxidative stress, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In this review, we summarize the findings on the health benefits of Chlorella supplementation and the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects. (Abstract source)

Chlorella is not some sort of exaggerated super-food fad; chlorella could replace a lot of supplements that are not as natural.

What Chlorella Can Do for You

Chlorella single celled algae are harvested from open pools or pools within large greenhouses that allow plenty of sunlight to create the photosynthesis that is essential to this algaes extremely high chlorophyll content.

Chlorophylls composition is similar to human blood, except the central atom in chlorophyll is magnesium. Human blood cells have iron as its central atom. This is...

23:20

Arizona Judge: Child Removed from Home Illegally Only Reason Was Child Was Adoptable "IndyWatch Feed Health"

adoptuskids.org

Adopting children is big business. Websites like adoptuskids.org advertise available children, and give advice on how to adopt. With a huge need to find foster parents so states can collect federal funds for foster children, this website states You dont have to be a perfect parent to try and entice people to become foster parents. Ironically, many children are taken out of their loving homes simply because their biological parents are not perfect.

Commentary by:
Terri LaPoint, Assistant Editor MedicalKidnap.com
Brian Shilhavy, Editor
Health Impact News

One of the dirty little secrets of Child Protective Services is that children are sometimes taken from their homes, and their parents rights ended, simply because the children are adoptable.

Now, in a stunning reversal of a termination of parental rights decision, a Court of Appeals has concluded that the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) took children from their mother primarily because her children were considered adoptable.

This admission is now part of the court record.

This confirms what many parents and social worker insiders have told Health Impact News that one of the reasons that children are taken even from good, loving homes is because of their adoptability, not just in Arizona, but in every state.

There is a great deal of federal funding in adopting out children to strangers; thus, children have literally become a commodity to be seized and sold.

Devani photo from AZ Childrens Lives Matter FB page

Devani was taken from her mother by Arizona DCS for false allegations, then placed into a foster home that was a pornographic pedophile ring. With her blond hair and blue eyes, she was very adoptable....

23:12

Russia Confirms Presence of Mysterious Cloud of Extremely High Radiation "IndyWatch Feed Health"

radiation cloud

By Heather CallaghanEditor

A Russian region is literally experiencing radiation nearly 1,000x the norm but from where? What about the cloud over Europe in October?

About a month ago, a mysterious radiation cloud was witnessed over Europe, but the source remains unknown, despite speculation that there could have been a nuclear accident in Russia or Kazakhstan, Zero Hedge reports.

Today, Russian officials confirmed the previous reports of radiation spikes over the Ural mountains. Additionally, the Russian Meteorological Service said noted a release of Ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals before October and it was classified as extremely high contamination.

SEE: NASA Releasing Artificial Clouds Over Maryland Coast

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23:07

Aconit proved to be effective for children's postoperative agitation with 95% good results. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Pediatrie. 1990 ;45(7-8):465-6. PMID: 2170921 Abstract Title:  [Aconite in homeopathic relief of post-operative pain and agitation in children]. Abstract:  Despite the use of modern analgesic methods and an improved use of narcotics, the combination pain-agitation sometimes persists in the recovery-room. Aconit seems to be an appropriate homeopathic treatment in this case. To prescribe it, the following conditions must be combined: violence and suddeness of the stress bringing about intense and anguish. The study included 50 children with such symptoms; it was carried out double-blind, the children being given either placebo or Aconit. Aconit proved to be effective for children's postoperative agitation with 95% good results. It is usually stated in such studies that the placebo effect is high and may reach rates higher than 30%. Aconit is an amazing cure when well prescribed, as much for the speediness of its action as for its efficiency. This remedy has a place in the recovery-room and should be in every physician's emergency case. The fundamental research could specify how the remedy works and may be discover other molecules effective for stress.

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22:43

Homeopathic metaphylaxis is significantly effective compared with placebo and routine low-dose antibiotic metaphylaxis. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Altern Ther Health Med. 1999 Sep ;5(5):64-8. PMID: 10484832 Abstract Title:  Homeopathy versus antibiotics in metaphylaxis of infectious diseases: a clinical study in pig fattening and its significance to consumers. Abstract:  CONTEXT: Due to the conditions of modern industrial pig fattening in intensive livestock farms, 24% to 69% of the animals become ill. The antibiotic metaphylaxis that is routinely administered leads to several problems in animals, human health, and the environment.OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether a homeopathic metaphylaxis is effective and potentially useful for replacing antibiotic metaphylaxis.DESIGN: Animal subjects were divided into groups of 10 per pen, 2 pens sharing 1 trough. Twenty pigs were randomly assigned within a stall and were administered either antibiotics, homeopathy, or placebo.SETTING: A typical intensive livestock farm in Northern Germany.PARTICIPANTS: 1440 piglets.INTERVENTION: Homeopathic metaphylaxis is compared with placebo, the routine low-dose antibiotic metaphylaxis, and an antibiotic metaphylaxis in therapeutic dosage.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Incidence of diseases in general and of diseases of the respiratory tract.RESULTS: Homeopathic metaphylaxis is significantly effective compared with placebo and routine low-dose antibiotic metaphylaxis for incidence of disease and rate of disease of the respiratory tract among the animals studied. Only by increasing the dosage of antibiotics to a therapeutic level does antibiotic metaphylaxis surpass homeopathic metaphylaxis.CONCLUSIONS: An unacceptably high percentage of pigs in modern livestock management become ill, suffering mainly from diseases of the respiratory tract. The routine antibiotic dosage of metaphylaxis is too low to be effective. As a result, the problems of resistance and danger to human health and the environment are increasing. To confirm whether antibiotic metaphylaxis may be replaced by homeopathic metaphylaxis, this study should be repeated independently.

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22:37

Arizona Judge: Child Removed from Home Illegally Only Reason Was Child Was Adoptable "IndyWatch Feed Health"

adoptuskids.org

Adopting children is big business. Websites like adoptuskids.org advertise available children, and give advice on how to adopt. With a huge need to find foster parents so states can collect federal funds for foster children, this website states You dont have to be a perfect parent to try and entice people to become foster parents. Ironically, many children are taken out of their loving homes simply because their biological parents are not perfect.

Commentary by:
Terri LaPoint, Assistant Editor MedicalKidnap.com
Brian Shilhavy, Editor
Health Impact News

One of the dirty little secrets of Child Protective Services is that children are sometimes taken from their homes, and their parents rights ended, simply because the children are adoptable.

Now, in a stunning reversal of a termination of parental rights decision, a Court of Appeals has concluded that the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) took children from their mother primarily because her children were considered adoptable.

This admission is now part of the court record.

This confirms what many parents and social worker insiders have told Health Impact News that one of the reasons that children are taken even from good, loving homes is because of their adoptability, not just in Arizona, but in every state.

There is a great deal of federal funding in adopting out children to strangers; thus, children have literally become a commodity to be seized and sold.

Devani photo from AZ Childrens Lives Matter FB page

Devani was taken from her mother by Arizona DCS for false allegations, then placed into a foster home that was a pornographic pedophile ring. With her blond hair and blue eyes, she was very adoptable....

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Klimaktoplan has an anti-proliferative effect on breast cancer cells. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2013 Oct ;288(4):833-8. Epub 2013 Apr 18. PMID: 23595584 Abstract Title:  Anti-proliferative effect of Klimaktoplan on human breast cancer cells. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: With the health concerns of menopausal hormone replacement therapy, alternatives have been sought. Klimaktoplan is a homeopathic formulation consisting of four main components and has been used for relief of menopausal symptoms for a long time. The study investigated the safety of Klimaktoplan through its effect on the proliferation of breast cancer (MCF-7) and non-malignant mammary epithelial cells (MCF-10A).METHODS: MCF-7 and MCF-10A cells were cultured in 312.5, 625, and 1,250g/ml Klimaktoplan. 17-Beta estradiol (E2) and medroxyprogesterone 17-acetate (MPA) were used for comparison with Klimaktoplan. E2 only (0.001, 0.01, and 0.1 M), and the combination of E2 (0.001, 0.01, and 0.1 M) and MPA (0.01, 0.1, and 1 M) were tested. Control cells for Klimaktoplan and E2 groups were treated with dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), and DMSO + ethanol was used for the combination group. Cellular proliferation was evaluated by the formation of insoluble formazan after incubation of 4 days.RESULTS: Klimaktoplan had a concentration-dependent anti-proliferative effect on breast cancer cells at 625 and 1,250 g/ml, while not affecting proliferation of non-malignant mammary cells at any tested concentration. The effect of lactose was evaluated as lactose (the adjuvant of Klimaktoplan) affect cell growth.E2 and lactose increased the proliferation of both malignant and non-malignant cells. The effect of E2 + MPA on the proliferation of malignant and non-malignant mammary cells was lower than estradiol only, but was higher than control.CONCLUSIONS: Klimaktoplan has an anti-proliferative effect on breast cancer cells, but not for non-malignant mammary epithelial cells, unlike E2 and E2 + P. With further research, KP would be a good alternative or additive in women with menopausal symptoms who wish to avoid conventional E or E + P hormone therapy.

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Traumel S may be recommended to be used in combined therapy for salivary glands inflammatory and dystrophic disorders treatment. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Stomatologiia (Mosk). 2012 ;91(4):38-40. PMID: 23011333 Abstract Title:  [Antihomotoxic therapy in patients with inflammatory and dystrophic salivary gland diseases]. Abstract:  Traumeel S was used as monotherapy for salivary glands inflammatory and dystrophic disorders. The study showed the drug to be especially efficient by exacerbation of the recurrent disease but the results were poor by indolent disease and on the latter stages of dystrophic disorder. Traumel S may be recommended to be used in combined therapy for salivary glands inflammatory and dystrophic disorders treatment.

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3-Ingredient Mixture Improves Vision and Liver Detoxification "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Few things are better for your health and your wallet than homemade vegetable juice. After all, juicing is an easy, time-saving way to get more fruits and vegetables in your diet and use up leftover produce before they go bad (3). As long as you moderate your intake to account for the natural sugars and... View Article

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Dr Ron Unfiltered Uncensored Medical Mistakes and Hospitals "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Drs Ron Gerry and Dan with over 150 years of medical experience discuss issues in medicine that you don't hear on the main stream outlets for news. Archived episodes are on itunes, google play, blubrry, stitcher, itune radio and others.

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Brain Regeneration: Can Infrared Light Reverse Parkinsons and Alzheimers? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Contrary to conventional wisdom, brain regeneration is possible. One promising therapy that promotes neurogenesis and is effective in pre-clinical studies of Alzheimers and Parkinsons is near infrared light therapy, and it may improve other mental illnesses and neurodegenerative disorders including dementia, stroke, ALS, and traumatic brain injury as well.

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LED is a useful light source for deactivating the cancer cells because it can excite the sensitizers. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Bioorg Med Chem. 2017 Oct 21. Epub 2017 Oct 21. PMID: 29108834 Abstract Title:  Photodynamic therapy of human biliary cancer cell line using combination of phosphorus porphyrins and light emitting diode. Abstract:  A series of phosphorus porphyrin complexes ([(RO)2P(tpp)]Cl, tpp=tetraphenylporphyrinato group, R=-(CH2CH2O)m(CH2)nH; 1a: m=2, n=2; 1b: m=2, n=4; 1c: m=2, n=6; 1d: m=3, n=6) were used for the photodynamic therapy (PDT) of human biliary cancer cell line (NOZ) when exposed to the irradiation of light emitting diodes (LEDs). A Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM) containing NOZ cells (2000cellwell(-1)) and 1 (0-100nM) was introduced into a 96-well microplate and incubated for 24h to accumulate 1 into the NOZ cells and to multiply the NOZ cells until the cell number reached 10(4)cellswell(-1). After replacing the DMEM medium containing 1 with a fresh DMEM medium without 1, the plates were irradiated for 30min at 610nm. After incubation was performed for 24h in dark conditions, the cell viability of the NOZ cells was determined using the MTT assay. The half maximuminhibitory concentrations 50 (IC50) of 1a-1d were found to be in the range of 33.7-58.7nM for NOZ. These IC50 values for the NOZ were one hundredth the IC50 value (7.57M) for mono-l-aspartyl chlorin e6 (laserphyrin). Thus, it was found that the PDT activity of 1a-1d was much higher than the mono-l-aspartyl chlorin e6. Similarly, IC50 vales of 1a-1d for HeLa cells were found to be 27.8-52.5nM. This showed that 1a-1d had high photodynamic activity in cancer cells. At the same time, it was speculated that an LED is a useful light source for deactivating the cancer cells because it can excite the sensitizers with peak width in their absorption spectra using the light of the specified wave length with band width of 10-20nm; LEDs provide a homogeneous light distribution for the target cells.

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new research findings two "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Sunspots and Cell Towers Fueled the Northern California Firestorm



Forest fire scarred mountain slopes in the Colorado Rockies, where pine trees were stripped bare by the fire. [Credit: James Grundvig, August 11, 2017.]
Two seismic, overlapping eventsone celestial, the other manmadecreated the unique condition igniting the Northern California fires that swept through wine country on October 8 and 9. The chain reaction setoff more than a dozen clusters at the same time scattered across multiple counties on one hellish night.
At first, authorities suspected arson. Journalists absurdly blamed ISIS, then Mexican drug cartels for coordinating attacks. Napa and Sonoma Counties are not the regions to grow cannabis; pot farms are located far north along the coast.
The wildfires werent wild at all. The houses cooked from the inside out. They often burned from the top of the roofs, incinerating the walls, floors, appliances, and cladding down to the foundation. Yet, 90 percent of the trees on the properties remained standing with leaves on the branchesnot burnt, merely dried out. It was as if a neutron bomb had detonated burning everything manmade, but leaving the greenery alone.



Drone footage, photos, and eyewitness accounts confirmed that was the case. Pine trees trapped by the fires stood unscathed, while the houses burned. Scarred shells of cars seen in photo after photos had their tires vaporized to the rims, the windshields melted away, and the metal bodies warped by the intense heat. None of it was normal or...

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The European Health Parliament: Bogus Institution Is Industry Front "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By John Stone Our elected politicians may not be class I collectively respect, but at least they bother to get themselves elected. Recently our friends at the British based journal and group The Informed Parent received a letter announcing: My...

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Holiday Reading List from Skyhorse Publishing "IndyWatch Feed Health"

This holiday season, we're thankful for Skyhorse Publishing in New York. Publisher Tony Lyons is not only an autism Dad himself, but he's a brave, sometimes lone voice in the publishing world for every topic within the spectrum that is...

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Individual Mandate Eliminated? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Lawmakers may still have a go at changing healthcarethrough their tax plan.

From The New York Times:

Senate Republicans have decided to include the repeal of the Affordable Care Acts requirement that most people have health insurance into the sprawling tax rewrite.

They also revealed late Tuesday they would set all of their tax cuts for individuals to expire at the end of 2025, to comply with a procedural requirement. Their deep cut in the corporate tax rate would remain permanent.

Repealing the mandate, a longstanding Republican goal, would save hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

Comment: The change would save money because although there would be less tax revenue there would also be less subsidy paid.  From the beginning, ANH-USA has criticized the Obamacare mandate, since it essentially forces patients interested in natural health to pay twice: once for government insurance that covers a wide array of services they will likely never use, and once out-of-pocket for the integrative health services they desire.

 

 

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PFCS. State alleges 3M chemicals caused cancer and infertility, alleges $5 billion in damage "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says toxic chemicals dumped by 3M Co. in the east metro suburb Oakdale caused higher rates of cancer, infertility and low birthweight babies the first time anyone has estimated the potential human health impact of groundwater contamination in the area since the problem came to light almost two decades ago.

In court briefs filed Friday, Swanson included the conclusions of an expert environmental witness, while alleging that the health and environmental damage of the contamination totals $5 billion and arguing that 3M should be liable for punitive damages.

The states lawsuit against 3M, first filed in 2010, is scheduled for trial early next year after a long series of procedural delays.

The new filings detail allegations that 3M knew the local groundwater was contaminated with chemical compounds known as PFCs years before it stopped making them; that it suppressed the information over the objections of its own scientists; and that it withheld critical information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

3M, in pursuit of profit, deliberately disregarded the substantial risk of injury to the people and environment of Minnesota from its continued manufacture of PFCs and its improper disposal, the state said.

In a statement Monday, 3M said Minnesota has not sustained any injuries, let alone over $5 billion in alleged damages.

3M believes these chemicals present no harm at the levels they are observed in Minnesota, said 3Ms lead attorney, William Brewer III.

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