8/16/2018 0 Comments
From a young age we’re taught that eating three meals a day, plus snacks, is healthy and necessary for the human body to function normally, and this rhetoric still dominates North American food guides today. Mark Mattson, the Current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, once asked:
Why is it that the normal diet is three meals a day plus snacks? . . . There are a lot of pressures to have that eating pattern, there’s a lot of money involved. The food industry – are they going to make money from skipping breakfast like I did today? No, they’re going to lose money. If people fast, the food industry loses money. What about the pharmaceutical industries? What if people do some intermittent fasting, exercise periodically and are very healthy? Is the pharmaceutical industry going to make any money on healthy people?
The quote above comes from a TED talk Mattson gave on the benefits of fasting, a practice which forces the body to switch its fuel source from glucose to ketones. Scientists are observing a wide variety of health benefits from this transition, from starving cancer to improving cognition, and a ketosis diet is now being implemented for people with cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and more. It has tremendous benefits for the brain, as explained by Mattson in his talk, but also for the body.
8/16/2018 0 Comments
The immune system is something that is highly misunderstood not just by everyday people but also by the many conventional doctors who we depend on for health advice.
Most people resort to things like synthetic vitamins and medicines (ignoring better natural alternatives) to deal with colds and improve immunity, but the cycle of sickness always seems to continue.
For people with compromised immune systems, there are many natural options, and now researchers have discovered what could well be one of the best ways to reset and recharge your immune system; one that happens to be free and is believed to work even in the elderly as well.
if you’re on a drug for high blood pressure or heart failure, it’s pretty likely that you’re doing your best to keep your body in working order. However, some patients with heart issues have recently found themselves trading one life-threatening condition with the risk of another.
An FDA investigation has triggered a recall of over 50 different medications which contain a drug that has now been linked to cancers. N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) is formally classified as a carcinogen by the FDA, meaning that it has the potential to cause cancers to form, and it was found in 55 different medications under the name valsartan, which is prescribed for patients with heart failure and blood pressure issues.
The recall list is long, covering valsartan prescriptions in a number of different dosages and amounts. A number of different companies produce the drug, and now they’re being forced to yank them from pharmacy shelves. The FDA notes that the carcinogen’s presence in the drug is being considered an “impurity,” meaning that not all valsartan prescriptions are affected by the recall. Those which do not contain the NDMA impurity are still considered safe, according to the FDA.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb provided the following statement in the FDA’s bulletin:
The FDA is committed to maintaining our gold standard for safety and efficacy. That includes our efforts to ensure the quality of drugs and the safe manner in which they’re manufactured. When we identify lapses in the quality of drugs and problems with their manufacturing that have the potential to create risks to patients, we’re committed to taking swift action to alert the public and help facilitate the removal of the products from the market. As we seek the removal of certain drug products today, our drug shortages team is also working hard to ensure patients’ therapeutic needs are met in the United States with an adequate supply of unaffected medications.
If you need to check whether your medication is part of the recall, you can do so via the list (PDF) provided by the FDA.
Heart Disease often starts quietly, progressing from high blood pressure to clogged coronary arteries with few obvious symptoms. But too often it ends with a bang: a heart attack.
Here’s how to understand each stage of heart disease so that you can work with your doctor to slow its progression or, better yet, even reverse it.
High blood pressure: Your arteries—flexible and elastic in younger years—harden with age, a problem worsened by too much body weight, not being active enough, and smoking, among other things.
In those circumstances, blood pressure starts to rise, straining your heart to push blood through your vessels with increased force.
Over time, that can damage the vessel walls, creating perfect places for cholesterol in your blood to lodge.
Atherosclerosis: A mix of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other risk factors can cause cholesterol to build up into plaque deposits, constraining blood flow to the heart. That’s atherosclerosis, or clogged coronary arteries.
Angina: For some people, the narrowing of the coronary arteries causes chest pain when they exert themselves. That pain is known as angina.
Heart attack: People with angina are almost lucky. Angina is the pain that signals something is wrong before a person has a heart attack.
But most patients don’t have any warnings. Heart attacks usually happen when a plaque ruptures, causing a blood clot to form and block an artery feeding the heart. When a clot blocks blood to the brain, that’s a stroke.
Aortic valve disease: Aging, combined with high blood pressure, diabetes, and other risk factors, can also damage the heart’s valves, or the flaps that open and close to synchronize blood flow through the organ.
That can prevent a valve from fully opening or closing, limiting the flow of blood out of the heart or allowing blood to leak back in. Over time, that can cause chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, fainting or dizziness, or fatigue.
Heart failure: High blood pressure, atherosclerosis, valve disease, and heart attacks—alone or combined with diabetes, thyroid disorders, and other conditions—can eventually weaken your heart, making it harder for it to pump blood through the body.
That’s called heart failure, and it can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs, neck, and abdomen.
What is brain starvation and what causes it? I recently learned how an easily corrected deficiency in diet can actually cause active brains to function poorly – especially in boys.
[I SHARE THIS CRITICAL POST BY HOMESCHOOL MOM MICHELLE CASKEY (WITH HER PERMISSION) BECAUSE WE WANT YOUR SONS TO THRIVE.]Most of us are aware that boys and girls are different. They see things differently, they play differently and they think differently.
But, I was surprised to find out that boys also have different nutritional needs than do girls.
Is your son’s brain starving?
We live in a country where obesity rates are rapidly — and worryingly — rising, in both adults and children. At the same time, our stress levels are through the roof! With so many people working overtime, commuting to work on congested highways, and juggling several jobs just to stay afloat — on top of all the regular life stressors that come our way — it can be hard to relax.
However, relaxation and stress management is vitally important, not only for your sanity and mental health, but for your physical health as well. One serious physical consequence of chronic stress is the potential for weight gain. And gaining too much weight, as we all know, comes with its own host of problems.
There is a body of research linking stress to weight gain and obesity, and new studies do not paint a much brighter picture.
8/13/2018 0 Comments
1. Heel lifts: What you should do is place your foot on a step and leave the heel outside. Lift it and lower it at least 10 times. Do this movement between 3 to 5 times a week. This exercise favors the strengthening of the muscles of the ligaments of the foot.
2. Stretching the arch:
Sit down and place your foot on the knee of your other leg and with your hands stretch the toes backwards and you will stretch the tendon. Do 10 repetitions of 10 seconds per foot.
3. Stretch your toes: Place an elastic band around your toes and try to separate them for 5 seconds. Do 10 repetitions for each foot. This exercise improves balance.
4. With the tennis ball: Place a tennis ball under your foot and massage by doing a little pressure for at least one minute. This activates circulation.
5. Move things with your feet: Pull a pencil on the floor, or something else and try to pick it up with your feet. Do it 4 to 5 times per foot. This exercise can be done standing or sitting.
Dr. Rosie Gallegos-Main
ustainable weight loss. Protection from diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Improved brain health. Enhanced physical fitness and strength. It seems like every week, researchers turn up some new and profound benefit associated with intermittent fasting: eating schedules that incorporate regular periods of low or no food consumption.
By eating normally for several days a week and eating much less on the others, a person may be able to shift her body’s cellular and metabolic processes in ways that promote optimal health. And experts who study intermittent fasting say that while many blanks still need to be filled in, some of the positive health effects of intermittent fasting are no longer in doubt.
“There continues to be good evidence that intermittent fasting is producing weight-loss benefits, and we also have some evidence that these diets can reduce inflammation, they can reduce blood pressure and resting heart rate, and they seem to have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system,” says Benjamin Horne, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at Utah’s non-profit Intermountain Healthcare system, who has published research on the effects of intermittent fasting. “[Intermittent fasting] is something that is moving into practice in the medical field, and it’s a reasonable approach for people who don’t like daily restriction of their calories.”
8/11/2018 0 Comments
If you were a child born in the U.S. from the 1950s through the 1970s, odds are high that either you or someone you know has undergone a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. I was one of those children. When I was in kindergarten, I had my adenoids removed. I was already suffering from severe bronchial asthma, requiring emergency treatment at the hospital several times a year, and somtimes as often as three times a month. The adenoid surgery was performed ostensibly to 'relieve' sinus obstruction. But following the procedure, my symptoms worsened. By the time I was sixteen I needed another sinus obstruction surgery, this time for sinus polyps and a deviated septum.
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Japan has the lowest infant mortality rates and longest life expectancy in the world Citizens of Japan are statistically proven to be the healthiest and longest-living people in the world. The country also has the lowest infant mortality rate on the planet.It may come as no surprise to many that the Japanese Government banned a number of vaccines that are currently mandatory in the United States and has strict regulations in place for other Big Pharma drugs and vaccines in general. Japan's anti-vax policies have long been criticized by vaccine pushers in the US who claim that vaccinating the public "promotes health." However, Japanese people live longer, healthier lives than Americans, with babies born in the US twice as likely to die in infancy than those born in Japan.It's clear to see that Western nations have a lot to learn from the Japanese when it comes to their approach to vaccinations and issues facing public health.The Japanese are vaccine skeptics, to put it simply, and due to adverse reactions suffered by Japanese children, have banned many vaccines.
Citizens are well educated on the dangers of over-vaccinating their children and oppose the use of multi-shot vaccinations such as the MMR vaccine.Following a record number of children developing adverse reactions, including meningitis, loss of limbs, and even sudden death, the Japanese government banned the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine from its vaccination program, despite facing serious opposition from Big Pharma. The people of Japan, therefore, ruled that no profit was large enough to compensate for the adverse health effects suffered by their children.The three-in-one MMR vaccine has caused years of controversy.One of the most hotly disputed arguments is the vaccine's links to autism.
Despite the fact that it has been blamed in vaccine courts for causing autism, vaccine supporters still deny the correlation between the MMR vaccination and skyrocketing rates of autism spectrum disorder, which now affects at least one in 45 children, with even higher rates of diagnosis among boys.However, the vaccine carries other serious risks in addition to the autism links, which has led to an outright ban of MMR jab in Japan. © press Japanese children are the healthiest in the world The MMR Vaccine’s Tragic History in JapanThe MMR vaccine was introduced in Japan in April 1989, and parents who refused the compulsory vaccine were fined. After three months of analysis, officials realized that one in 900 children developed adverse reactions to the vaccine, a rate that was 2,000 times higher than the expected rate.Officials had hoped to resolve the problem by switching to another version of the vaccine, but the excessive amount of adverse reactions persisted, with one in 1,755 children affected.Testing of 125 children’s spinal fluid determined that the vaccines had entered one child’s nervous system, with two additional suspected cases.Four years later, in 1993, the government removed the MMR mandate against measles and rubella. A doctor from Japan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare admitted that the separate, individual doses of measles and rubella cost twice as much to administer, and he defended the decision, stating, “but we believe it is worth it.”Furthermore, a member of the health ministry also stated that the ban has not caused an increase in deaths from measles.Japanese officials were also concerned about the MMR vaccine causing additional cases of mumps, citing numerous studies in The Lancet.Mumps and hepatitis B vaccines are not part of the national immunization program in Japan.
What Many Parents Don’t Know About the MMR Vaccine The list of adverse reactions to the MMR vaccine, straight from Merck’s vaccine package inserts, is long and alarming.A shortened version of the vaccine damage associated with the MMR vaccine includes vomiting, diarrhea, anaphylaxis, ear pain, nerve deafness, diabetes, arthritis, myalgia, encephalitis, febrile seizures, pneumonia, and death.A search of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) database shows the following statistics from the
over 75,000 adverse events have been reported from any combination of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines, including, most notably:
85 cases of deafness
48 cases of decreased eye contact
92 cases of developmental delay
855 reported cases of autism
116 cases of intellectual disability
401 reports of speech disorders
276 reports of loss of consciousness
143 cases of encephalitis
74 cases of meningitis
111 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome
692 cases of gait disturbance (not being able to walk normally)
748 cases of hypokinesia (partial or complete loss of muscle movement)
653 reports of hypotonia (poor muscle tone)
4874 reports of seizures, including febrile convulsions and tonic-clonic seizures
1576 cases of cellulitis (a potentially serious skin infection)And finally, in some cases, the vaccine has caused the very diseases it is supposed to prevent, with the following data reported to VAERS
:147 cases of measles
384 cases of mumps
29 cases of rubella The number of adverse events following vaccination are vastly underreported, as acknowledged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The National Vaccine Information Center estimates that less than one to ten percent of adverse reactions to vaccines are reported. Many of the numbers reported above could, therefore, be multiplied by one hundred to determine a more accurate amount of adverse reactions. © press The people of Japan put children's health before Big Pharma profits Japan Takes a Protective Stance Against Other Vaccines, Too The flu vaccine has also been the subject of controversy in Japan after 100 deaths occurred from the vaccine by the end of 2009. Japan’s health ministry has been criticized for its cautious stance against vaccines, but so far, government officials have wisely defended their position, citing public safety as the paramount concern.Finally, the Japanese government has also taken a protective stance against vaccines on behalf of its young girls, suspending the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2013 after numerous cases of serious adverse events were reported, with one report citing as many as 1,968 adverse events, 358 of which were classified as serious.Japanese officials were concerned about the well-being of their young citizens, despite having invested $187 million in the program. Damage payments to only a fraction of the victims who have suffered adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine have reached $6 million. Additionally, since 2011, at least 38 infants have been reported to have died after they had been vaccinated against Haemophilus influenza B and Streptococcus pneumonia, according to records compiled by the health ministry in Japan.Japanese Officials Speak Out Japan has been criticized for being behind the times when it comes to vaccination. Vaccine advocates claim that Japan has not kept pace with other developed countries regarding the use of vaccines.Despite listing 110 infectious diseases in a government registry, Japan offers vaccines for only 22 of those.Some Japanese health experts disagree, however. Hiroko Mori, a vaccine researcher, is one of those experts. He was the former head of the infectious disease division at Japan’s National Institute of Public Health.He has noted that Japan has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world and has advocated for fewer vaccines, stating that the country’s excellent sanitation and nutrition has boosted children’s health.He observed: “Medicine is supposed to be about healing, but babies who cannot speak are being given unnecessary shots because parents are scared. Children are losing their ability to heal naturally."There are so many people who have suffered side effects. All we are asking is to establish the right to say ‘no.’ The right to choose should be recognized as a fundamental human right.”Tetsuo Nakayama, Dean of Kitasato University’s Graduate School of Infection Control Sciences, is an expert who supports vaccines, but he, too, acknowledges the risks of vaccination, stating that:“There is no guarantee that your child will not be that one out of 1,000. You have to compare the risks between the side effects and what will happen if you are infected with the disease naturally."Under the existing law, the decision to vaccinate your child or not is basically left up to the parents, but there is not enough information out there for them to make an informed decision.”Masako Koga, a former representative of the Consumers Union of Japan, has shared his concerns about the ulterior motives behind mass vaccination programs:“Vaccines should only be given to those who need them but that is not happening. The global industry is being driven by a strategy that promotes VPD [vaccine preventable diseases].We must put a stop to it. Vaccines have close ties to money. From development to circulation to research on side effects, there are a lot of vested interests involved.”He also summarized what motivates many parents’ decisions not to vaccinate their children:“There is no knowing who will suffer side effects as a result of vaccination.[Proponents of vaccination] say the chance of suffering a side effect is 1 in a million. For parents, however, that one is everything.”ConclusionJapanese officials have made decisions that value the health and safety of their citizens when they have removed vaccines with dangerous side effects from their national vaccination program.Japan boasts a low infant mortality rate, despite — or perhaps because of — mandating only a fraction of the vaccines required by other developed countries, including the United States.Has your child suffered an adverse reaction to the MMR vaccine or the HPV vaccine, both of which have been removed from Japan’s national vaccination program?
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