Sometimes small measures can have huge ramifications, either positive or negative. This proved to be the case in a recent British experiment involving getting one extra hour of sleep at night. The addition of an hour provided broad benefits, while the absence of the hour triggered a range of physiological processes that can adversely affect health.
Michael Mosley of the BBC reports that the amount of sleep people generally get has declined over the years, while the rates of diabetes and obesity have soared. After questioning whether the two trends could be related, he instigated a study to determine the effects of increasing sleep by one hour.
Scientists at the Sleep Research Centre in the University of Surrey studied seven volunteers who normally slept between six and nine hours per night. The participants were divided into two groups: one was asked to sleep 6.5 hours a night, while the other was asked to sleep 7.5 hours a night. After a week, the volunteers underwent blood tests and were asked to change patterns. Those who had been sleeping 6.5 hours were asked to sleep one hour more, and those who had been sleeping 7.5 hours were asked to sleep one hour less.
One Hour of Sleep Affected the Activity of 500 Genes
China refused over 887,000 tonnes of GMO corn shipped from the U.S. since just last November. But it looks as if the biotech bullies are at it again, pushing their toxic corn on the Vice Agricultural Minister, Niu Dun, who expects the approval process to go through quickly. (1 tonne equals 2,204.6 pounds). This time it is Syngenta, one of the biggest chemical companies in the world, asserting their health-harming crops on one of the biggest markets in the world.
Syngenta has already submitted the appropriate documents to receive approval from the Chinese government for MIR162, a genetically modified strain of corn. Its approval awaits only the biosafety committee’s nod.
MIR162 has also received deregulation from the US FDA, even though it is specifically made to tolerate higher levels of glyphosate chemicals. The Agrisure Viptera trait was intended to be used specifically in MIR162 corn hybrids, and has already been approved for use in Canada and Brazil. According to the company’s own website: Continue reading
Dr. Nicholas Downing
A recent study conducted by Yale University’s School of Medicine proves that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval process for testing new drugs is extremely inconsistent. The study, published on January 21 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, exposes the agency’s anxiousness to get new drugs onto the market, many without adequate testing.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Nicholas Downing, said his objective was to educate patients and doctors who presume that all new drugs have undergone the same amount of testing before hitting the market. His experiment included the examination of close to 200 new drug approvals between 2005 and 2012. What he found: “Not all FDA approvals are created equally.”
According to the study, researchers found the FDA to be quite inconsistent when it came to their approval process for drugs and medical devices. For example, some drugs required “high-quality” clinical trials, while about a third received approval on the basis of just one clinical trial.
The Washington Post reports that numerous trials involved some groups of patients and short durations, and only approximately 40 percent included trials in which the new drug was compared with existing drugs on the market.
This gluten free, vegan lasagne is a fantastic alternative to the meaty, diary laden versions. It’s tasty, filling and full of healthy protein and nutritional goodness.
In this version I use twirly rice fusilli pasta instead of flat lasagne pasta sheets. You can, of course, buy pasta sheets and use them instead. Gluten free pasta sheets are more specialist and expensive (here in the UK at least) so I prefer to use fusilli. Any good health food store should have gluten free pasta – use whatever you can find.
I felt quite excited at having a creamy ‘cheese’ type sauce on top too, and opted for cashew sauce which, with it’s rich creaminess, works lovely as a dairy-free sauce alternative. After baking in the oven for 40 minutes it gives a pleasant rich crispy ‘can’t-quite-guess-what-it-is-but-I-like-it‘ effect.
This dish works for gluten-free vegans and regular eaters alike. We enjoy this with a hearty green salad.
The largest chain grocery store companies in the US have agreed not to sell genetically modified salmon, but over 9000 stores might still be passing off GMO salmon as non-GMO if the industry isn’t required to disclose such information. Without a requirement that GMO foods be labeled, two of the largest grocery stores in the U.S., Kroger and Safeway, will have no way to uphold their recent commitment to consumers who want to know what is in their food.
The news that the chains decided to refuse GMO salmon was released Monday by a coalition of food safety, consumer, health, and fishing groups. It is a noteworthy choice for the companies to have made – rejecting GM AquAdvantage® salmon - regardless of whether the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves it for public consumption or not. It is indeed a mindful gesture to the millions of activists who have stated clearly they don’t want GMO foods.
Check out Anthony Gucciardi’s video covering how the FDA has been pushing for GMO salmon for years.
“By making commitments to not sell genetically engineered salmon, Kroger and Safeway have joined the large number of grocery chains, from Trader Joe’s to Target, that have wisely chosen to listen to the majority of consumers who do not want to eat genetically engineered fish,” said Dana Perls, Food and technology policy campaigner with Friends of the Earth. “Now Costco, Walmart, Albertsons and other retailers need to catch up and provide their customers with what they want: natural, sustainable seafood that isn’t genetically engineered in a lab.”
Vaccines contain much more than just viruses. They also contain a range of ingredients that may include antibiotics, formaldehyde, monosodium glutamate (MSG), bovine fetal tissue, polysorbate and heavy metals like aluminum and the mercury-containing preservative thimerosal. Taking a chance on injecting that cocktail straight into a growing baby’s bloodstream, thus bypassing the majority of the child’s natural immune system and allowing it to go directly into the kid’s tiny developing brain, all to attempt to protect from a disease he or she may never even contract does seem ill-advised at best, and it’s a chance more and more parents are less likely to take these days.
A new study in the journal Pediatrics found that “public health campaigns touting vaccines’ effectiveness and debunking the links between autism and other health risks might actually be backfiring, and convincing parents to skip the shots for their kids,” according to CBS News:
“Corrections of misperceptions about controversial issues like vaccines may be counterproductive in some populations,” wrote the researchers behind one of the studies, led by Dr. Brendan Nyhan, a health care researcher at Dartmouth College in Hanover N.H. “The best response to false beliefs is not necessarily providing correct information.”
The study is, in-part, an outgrowth of the anti-vaccine fervor that has grown over the last 20 years. Much of it has centered around controversy surrounding the work of Dr. Andrew Wakefield.
Gwen Olsen never intended to become a whistleblower. For 15 years she peddled drugs door-to-door and made plenty of money doing it. Her role as a sales rep for “big pharma” meant she was highly-trained. No, not medically—she had the scripts down cold. Scripts — as in acting. She could counter physician concerns, misinform and persuade with the best of them. So deep was her spending account, she never met its limit.
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But then things began to change. She was now taking an anti-depressant and contending with one of the serious side effects she’d down-played for so long — manic psychosis. It nearly cost her her life. Then, as if her Faustian bargain hadn’t been harrowing enough, Olsen watched a protracted prescription drug-related scenario lead to the death of her medical student niece.
“I’m not anti-drugs, I’m anti-misinformation,” Olsen says in this interview. “People have the right to know what they are putting into their bodies and what these prescriptions are doing to our children.”
In the foreword by Dr. Andrew Moulden he says: “If penicillin shots and peanut butter sandwiches were mandated, many children would be harmed; some would even die. If we cannot give penicillin or peanut butter to everybody safely, the logical progression that injecting live, biologically active, immunogenetic particles cannot be safe for everyone either.”
Warfarin is rat poison. Statins weaken the heart. CoQ10 can reverse receding gums. The stuff one learns listening to Dr. Sherry Tenpenny!
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But the former emergency room specialist, osteopath, and alternative medicine clinic owner is waging a battle. Her clarion call is for informed consent, for knowledgeable consumers, of vaccinations. They are far more dangerous than orthodox medicine will admit.
The chemicals, heavy metals, adverse effects and sheer number of vaccinations being coerced if not required by a growing preponderance of authorities is cause for concern, she says. Consumers have a right to know that medical directives (thou shalt get your flu shot), government agencies (the CDC, the FDA) and profit-driven pharmaceutical companies are elements of revolving door behemoths that don’t necessarily have your good health as highest priority. After all, big pharma makes the drugs that treat other drugs’ side effects, don’t they?