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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Teenage Pot Smoking and IQ: Researchers Smoke Out the Links

Team - 5:57 AM

By Eric Roston

Few will be surprised that teens can be struck dumb by heavy pot smoking. What's interesting is the question that new research raises: Can kids under 16 get baked every now and then without limiting their long-term brain power?

Sixteen-year-olds who regularly enjoy marijuana show somewhat diminished grades, according to a new analysis of data on 2,235 British children born in 1991 and 1992. What the study considers moderate users -- teens who have smoked cannabis fewer than 50 times -- showed no similar losses on exams.

The children are members of an ongoing study at the University of Bristol that began with their mothers' pregnancies. They were given IQ tests when they were eight years old and again at 15, when they were also asked to complete surveys on cannabis use.

The new analysis, led by a researcher at College University London, linked that information to a U.K. national student database. That allowed the team to compare academic performance before and after the the onset of the disclosed drug use.

The new work, which is supported by the U.K. Medical Research Council, suggests that pot smoking may be a symptom of a larger problem. “Cigarette use, alcohol use and other recreational drug use, as well as cannabis use,” the authors write, “are all associated with IQ and educational decline.” Lifestyles that encourage pot smoking may be a hidden force behind the drop, “rather than a specific effect of cannabis consumption,” they said.

Celery may help kill cancer

Team - 5:57 AM
by Carolanne Wright

If you need another reason to add more celery into your diet, researchers have now identified a compound in the vegetable that demonstrates anti-tumor activity. Effective against several types of cancer -- including those of the pancreas, ovaries, liver, small intestine, stomach, lung and breast -- apigenin has been shown in vitro to significantly inhibit cancer cell proliferation. Although this flavonoid is present in a variety of fruits and vegetables, celery is a particularly rich source of the compound.

Research funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and America's National Cancer Institute isolated apigenin and studied its effect on tumor growth. To begin, the team injected ovarian epithelial cancer cells (OVCAR-3) into the ovaries of test mice. OVCAR-3 cells feature strong tumorigenicity and resistance to chemotherapy. Within four weeks of implantation, all the mice had abdominal tumors.

An oral extract of apigenin was then administered at 75 mg/kg and 150 mg/kg, which respectively represented 0.025 percent and 0.05 percent of the total daily food intake by the mice. At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that oral administration of apigenin "inhibited ovarian tumor micrometastasis in liver, lung, small intestine and stomach in different degrees" and offered a "new rationale for apigenin in ovarian cancer prevention and treatment in the future."

A study in Molecular Cancer had similar findings with pancreatic cancer. The results demonstrated that the compound arrests human pancreatic cancer cell growth in vitro and also "appears to exert its inhibitory effects on cell cycle progression in other cell lines as well."

A non-toxic treatment for breast cancer

Apigenin inhibits aggressive breast cancer as well. Scientists at the University of Missouri discovered that the compound shrank tumors of the breast which are stimulated by the steroid hormone progestin.

"This is the first study to show that apigenin, which can be extracted from celery, parsley and many other natural sources, is effective against human breast cancer cells that had been influenced by a certain chemical used in hormone replacement therapy," said co-author Salman Hyder, a professor of tumor angiogenesis and biomedical sciences, in a University of Missouri press release.

Hyder believes that human clinical trials will be difficult, however. "One problem is, because apigenin doesn't have a known specific target in the cancer cell, funding agencies have been reticent to support the research. Also, since apigenin is easily extracted from plants, pharmaceutical companies don't stand to profit from the treatment; hence the industry won't put money into studying something you can grow in your garden."

Fortunately, we don't have to wait for pharmaceutical companies to move forward -- we can turn to Mother Nature instead and simply enjoy the vegetable more often. Even better, savor freshly juiced celery for ultimate bioavailability, disease prevention and benefit. Just make sure that it's organic, as conventional celery has one of the highest pesticide rates of any vegetable.

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Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, she has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of green living for over 13 years. Through her website she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.
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Brain Detox Checklist: What You Need to Know to Reduce Cognitive Clutter

Team - 5:57 AM
Do you ever feel like you are running between your daily tasks like a chicken without a head? This feeling is all-too-familiar to many of us. Sometimes, during the course of our busy lives, we look up and realize that our minds are swimming with too much information – way too much stimulus to process.

When you feel this way, it’s time for some mental detoxification. Taking a few simple steps can help reset your mind to focus on the issue at hand.

Clear some space

If you are overwhelmed by mental noise, it’s time to slow down and make some space in your brain. One of the primary factors behind a serious case of cognitive clutter is stress. Not only is prolonged stress damaging to all of the body’s systems, it can leave you scattered, anxious and unproductive.

Your first step is to take a day, or at least an afternoon, off. Take some time just for you to do something you enjoy. Take a walk outside, work on a craft or project you’ve been putting off or read a good book with a big mug of tea. Make a decision to not worry about your to-do list during this time – just let your brain unwind.

In order to achieve – and maintain – mental clarity and focus, meditation can be a great help. Meditating every day, even for just a few moments in the morning and at night, can help you to organize your thoughts. With time, you will be more and more able to focus on the present moment, and let distracting and unnecessary thoughts slide.

Exercise is another great stress buster. When you begin to feel like everything is too much, go for a run. You’ll be surprised at how much more energetic and ready to take on the world you will feel.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Eat this Always with Turmeric

HealthyAeon - 3:32 AM
by The Alternative Daily

Turmeric is an herb, also known as Curcuma longa, that is a member of the ginger family which has been used throughout India and the Orient for thousands of years. Historical records note that ancient Polynesians took turmeric with them when they sailed across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii where the spice is still used today and known as Olena. In India, this golden spice has long been called “holy powder,” and is used extensively to treat infections, wounds and a myriad of other health problems. Once thought of as only a folktale, modern research is now confirming what the people of India and many parts of Asia have known for thousands of years, turmeric is a spice you don’t want to pass up.

Scientists are finding an astonishing array of antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral and antibiotic properties. As an immune system booster, turmeric is 5 to 8 times stronger than vitamin C and E.

Studies show that curcumin, the principal curcuminoid of turmeric, inserts itself into cell membranes where it does a little house-cleaning and reorganizing, adding vibrancy to the cell itself. Suddenly a disorganized cell becomes organized, allowing information to flow through it so it can function more effectively. The result of this action increases the cell’s resistance to infection and malignancy which can keep a number of serious conditions at bay including:

Walk Toward Your Dreams: If Not Now, When?

HealthyAeon - 3:32 AM
by Kym Wilson
tiny buddha

“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” ~Alan Cohen

Last year I was suddenly made redundant along with half of my colleagues, as our company was being taken over. It was swift and severe. It was also a blessing.

I didn’t want to work for the new company whose values conflicted with my own. And I had been wavering on making a decision about my career.

Now I was being forced to decide but I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. At least, that’s what I told myself. Fear makes us do that sometimes, to keep us where we are, safe within our comfort zone.

Tomato Juice - A Powerhouse of Liquid Nutrition That Prevents Disease Naturally

HealthyAeon - 3:32 AM
Dr. Marianna Pochelli
Prevent Disease

Just one serving a day of tomato-based foods can significantly lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. In fact, research has shown that tomatoes could be an ‘effective alternative’ to dangerous medications.

Scientists have said that tomato juice and cooked tomatoes can have the same benefits as statins for patients battling against high cholesterol levels or high blood pressure.

And just a pint of juice a day could be enough to help many patients.

The secret lies in high levels of the compound lycopene which gives ripe tomatoes their bright red colour. This powerful anti-oxidant is essential for good health as it helps lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Most Vaccines Contain Cancer-Causing Ingredients, But What More…?

HealthyAeon - 10:19 AM
by Christina Sarich
Natural Society

You can bet that polio vaccines will now be promoted since the Glaxo Smith Kline (accidental) dumping of live polio viruses into a Belgium lake. On the same token, you can bet that forced Ebola vaccinations are just around the corner due to fear of Ebola spreading through the U.S., but do we really want to trust an industry which already puts carcinogenic adjuvants into the vaccines used to “treat” measles, mumps, polio, rubella, cervical cancer, and more? I doubt it.

Vaccines are full of adjuvants, compounds that are meant to enhance the specific immune response against co-inoculated antigens. The word comes from the Latin word adjuvare, which means to help or to enhance. But these adjuvants don’t enhance anything but a compromised immune system.

Following are cancer-causing ingredients, neuro-toxins, and immune-destroying ‘extras’ as well as some disturbing evidence as to the true intent behind vaccines overall.

Formaldehyde – This is classified as a known carcinogen. Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the International Agency for Research on Cancer admit this is so – so what the heck is it doing in vaccines? Over one billion doses of vaccines are given annually, with many of them containing this adjuvant. The CDC says that most formaldehydes are removed from the vaccine before it is packaged, but this substance is a DNA adduct, and no injection studies on formaldehyde have ever been conducted.

500 Foods That Contain a Chemical Found in Yoga Mats

HealthyAeon - 6:52 AM
by Lindsay Abrams

Your grocery store shelves are crawling with them.

Remember back in February when Subway announced that its bread would no longer be made with a chemical foaming agent also found in yoga mats and shoe rubber? Their comments made a splash for two reasons: first, because it marked the success of a consumer-driven campaign to get the company to reform its practices; and second, because most of us were surprised to find out that the chemical was being used in the first place.

The chemical, azodicarbonamide (also known as ADA), has been banned in Europe and Australia, but is FDA-approved so long as its presence is limited to fewer than 2.05 grams per 100 pounds of flour or 45 parts per million. The World Health Organization links it to respiratory illnesses, allergies and asthma in workers handling large volumes of it. ”When you look at the ingredients, if you can’t spell it or pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it,” Vani Hari, the activist blogger who started the Subway campaign, said.

But it isn’t just Subway — as the company pointed out, it can still be found in products at Starbuck’s, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Burger King, and Dunkin Donuts. And according to a report released by the Environmental Working Group, it can still be found in nearly 500 food products on grocery store shelves.

Scientists: Humans are 'an infection' and Ebola is Earth's immune response to consume all the human 'meat'

HealthyAeon - 6:52 AM
by Mike Adams

If you haven't yet read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, a non-fiction book published in 1994, you're way behind the curve on the truth about Ebola.

This book reveals all sorts of astonishing truths about Ebola which have since been buried or distorted by a modern-day government operating in total denial. For example, the book documents numerous cases of an Ebola variant spreading via airborne routes among monkeys housed in completely separate rooms in level-4 biohazard facilities run by the U.S. Army. The fact that Ebola could spread through the air was known in the 1990s (but is ridiculously denied by the CDC today).

The Hot Zone was written by Richard Preston after he conducted dozens of interviews with virologists, scientists and doctors, many of which spent time on the front lines in Africa, hunting for the origins of Ebola. One scientist spent so much time looking for Ebola carriers in caves that he was jokingly called "Dr. Bat S#!t." The book also documents the outbreak of Ebola Reston in a U.S. Army primate laboratory, and it describes the heroic efforts to contain that outbreak.

But one of the most disturbing and fascinating passages in the book appears on page 310 in the soft cover print edition. This passage appears to be an aggregation of the thinking of the many scientists interviewed by Preston. (I don't think these words are the direct opinion of Preston himself.) Keep in mind that at the time this passage was written -- the 1990's -- the world population stood at only around five billion people. AIDS had just recently emerged, and global concern about deadly viral pandemics was on the rise.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recipe: Pumpkin Hemp Muffins

HealthyAeon - 5:37 AM
by Sarah J Cuff, RHN

When September rolls around, everything goes pumpkin. Which is great, because pumpkin is so good for us!! It’s a super rich source of vitamin A – in fact one cup mashed contains 245% of our daily recommended intake! The vitamin A is delivered to us in the form of various carotenoids including beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin (which our body then converts into vitamin A). Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant which is vital to keeping our immune system functioning and strong. It also plays a role in preventing oxidative damage and reducing inflammation (helps us to recover from runs faster and prevent injury).

If you are keen to roast and mash your own pumpkin, fresh is always best. Of course the alternative is canned pumpkin. If you’re using canned, please beware of the fact most cans are still lined with BPA (Bisphenol A), a synthetic compound that has been shown to be a hormonal disruptor, causing breast and prostate cancer, as well as ADHD. However, there are two brands that are BPA free: Farmer’s Market organic pumpkin and Trader Joe’s canned pumpkin.

There’s so many delicious ways to use pumpkin, but muffins and cookies are still two of my favourites – try these pumpkin hemp muffins for a healthy treat!

4 Things The Great Masters All Aimed To Teach Us

HealthyAeon - 5:31 AM
by Andrew Martin
Collective Evolution

“The wise have mastered body, word and mind. They are the true masters.” – Buddha

When we look for those who have inspired and influenced people over the millennia, we keep returning to the great leaders who have provided clarity and wisdom on what it means to be human. These great teachers, prophets and sages, have never set out to be religious or spiritual symbols. Many of these masters simply wanted to share with others the revelations they had in an attempt to educate and awaken people.

When we analyze the teachings of these masters we find common dialogues, ideologies and philosophies on life and living. While the messages are communicated differently the underlying principles are similar. Are these masters one, simply showing themselves in different times, places, societies and forms? Have they come to help awaken and revitalize humanity to its true nature?

From Jesus who taught about righteousness, giving unconditionally; to Buddha who taught about suffering and set out a recipe for living a good life; to Mohammed who taught us to serve others, the importance of compassion, justice and equity; to Lao Tzu who understood nature and the beauty of its simplicity yet complexity; to Gandhi who inspired truth, solidarity and nonviolence; to the Dalai Lama who practices tolerance, love and happiness. There is one underlying theme these great masters espouse, that is of love and compassion for fellow beings. What defines a master? Let’s explore in more detail some of the teachings that the masters have relayed to us.

Doctors warn that 80% of patients are contaminated with high levels of toxic mercury

HealthyAeon - 5:25 AM
by Julie Wilson

Mercury is one of the most toxic heavy metals known to man and is categorized as one of the top 10 most dangerous chemicals by the World Health Organization.

Despite knowing the health risks associated with mercury for over 100 years, the toxic heavy metal is steadily finding its way into our systems in forms that could be prevented.

Dental amalgam fillings and seafood are the two most common sources of mercury exposure, with the fillings containing up to 50% mercury and the rest a combination of silver, tin and copper.

Due to these primary sources, one doctor says that more than 80% of his patients have tested positive for having elevated levels of mercury via hair, serum and/or urine testing.

After 20 years of testing, doctors found that 80% of their patients have elevated levels of mercury

Dr. David Brownstein is a board-certified family physician who specializes in holistic medicine and has lectured tirelessly about his success in using natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 Foods You're Eating Wrong

Team - 8:42 AM
by Kristin Kirkpatrick

Not all potatoes are created equal.

Imagine the following scenario. You're engaged in conversation at a dinner party with friends that you feel comfortable enough to discuss "hot button" topics with. Politics, religion, and parenting techniques probably come up and most likely, the views vary by person. When I attend dinner parties, however, the issue of food is often the hot topic of the night, and even hotter, the opinions surrounding the right and wrong way to eat. It's not enough these days that we are eating more kale (thank you trendy farmers markets and Hollywood celebrities!), we have to now dissect the right and wrong way to eat it as well. It was discussions like these that motivated me to write this blog. After all, my career surrounds helping people to simply eat better -- to get, what I call, the most bang for their nutritional buck. There are many factors that impact the amount of nutrients that you will derive from a food. Things such as cooking and ripening method, food pairing and even your own gut flora may impact how much benefit you get from plant-based foods. Different varieties of foods affect this as well. Not all nuts, apples or as you'll read in my first example, potatoes are created equal. If you're interested in knowing how science views the best way to eat, then read on. Spoiler alert: Raw is not always the right way to go!


Think you're getting the benefits of the potato vegetable when you consume French fries, mashed or baked potatoes from white potatoes? Think again! One study found that it was purple potatoes that gave the best benefits, like lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk for cancer. Further, a 2014 study found that purple potatoes surpassed their white counterparts when it came to high amounts of polyphenols and decreased effect on overall blood sugar response.

Blushwood Berries Kill Cancer in 75% of Cases, Big Pharma Tackles Patent

Team - 8:40 AM
by Christina Sarich
Natural Society

Many of the pharmaceutical industry’s attempts to co-opt mother nature end up failing. When you see how many cancer-killing compounds are either suppressed or that are used to try to make billions on a new ‘drug,’ it gets head-spinning. You can add a new gift from Mother Nature to the cancer-fighting arsenal, but you should learn about it quick before its hushed up and companies like GlaxoSmithKline or Pfizer try to patent it.

The fruit from the Blushwood tree, which has very specific growing requirements and, thus far, has only been found to thrive in Far North Queensland in the middle of the Australian Rainforest, kills cancerous cells in three different ways - fast:

“. . . it kills the tumour cells directly, it cuts off the blood supply and it also activates the body’s own immune system to clean up the mess that’s left behind.”

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