SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health #10 – Unlocking the Doors to Natural Healing with Guest Dr. Jeremy Ayres

This week our resident health experts Elliot Overton and Doug DiPasquale interview Dr Jeremy Ayres on the underlying causes of dis-ease in our modern world and how many people suffering are not sick, but are actually tox-sick. Dr Jeremy explains how purely mechanistic approaches to dis-ease are fundamentally flawed in many ways, and provides precious insight into the natural, intuitive methods of healing and detoxification intelligently employed by the body. Dr Jeremy Ayres is a Doctor of Osteopathy, Naturopractic Consultant, and Senior Practitioner of Physical Medicine. He believes in the Noun definition of Doctor which means Teacher & Educator. For more than 29 years Dr Jeremy has helped many 1000's around the world, often from so called in-cure-able dis-ease to become vibrantly well and pain free. His own wife before he met her was diagnosed terminally ill and 6 years...

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Choline and TMAO: Eggs still don’t cause heart disease

A 2013 study by published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has proposed a new link between eggs and coronary heart disease (CHD) that doesn't involve cholesterol. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stanley Hazen, showed that dietary choline - a nutrient found largely in eggs, beef liver, and other animal foods - is metabolized by bacteria in our gut and then converted by the liver into TMAO. They demonstrated this with a "choline challenge:" feeding volunteers two large hard-boiled eggs (with approximately 250 mg of choline each) along with 250 mg of supplemental choline that was tagged with a heavy isotope. The isotope acts like a chemical "label" that allowed the researchers to track what happened to the choline after it was ingested. Their data did indeed show an increase in both labeled TMAO and total...

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The health benefits of passing gas (discreetly of course)

Ever been in a situation where passing wind is going to be hugely embarrassing and you've had to hold in a fart? Let's face it - we all have. Trying to hold it in leads to a build up of pressure and major discomfort. A build up of intestinal gas can trigger abdominal distension, with some gas reabsorbed into the circulation and exhaled in your breath. Holding on too long means the build up of intestinal gas will eventually escape via an uncontrollable fart. The research is not clear on whether the rise in pressure in your rectum increases your chance of developing a condition called diverticulitis, where small pouches develop in the gut lining and become inflamed - or whether it doesn't matter at all. What is flatus? Flatus, farts and breaking wind refer to intestinal gases that enter...

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Measles hysteria: New York City declares public health emergency over recent outbreaks

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday declared a public health emergency in a heavily Orthodox Jewish section of Brooklyn amid a growing measles outbreak. As part of the declaration, people living in select zip codes of Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood who have not been vaccinated against measles and may have been exposed to the highly-contagious virus will now be required to get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Comment: Enforced by whom? The same people who are preventing kids in this community from going to shopping malls? "There's no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving," de Blasio said in a statement. "I urge everyone, especially those in affected areas, to get their MMR vaccines to protect their children, families and communities." A total of 285 cases of measles have been confirmed in New York City's Orthodox Jewish community...

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On the keto diet? Ditch the cheat day, says study

Just one dose of carbohydrates can damage blood vessels The often embraced 'cheat day' is a common theme in many diets and the popular ketogenic diet is no exception. But new research from UBC's Okanagan campus says that just one 75-gram dose of glucose - the equivalent a large bottle of soda or a plate of fries - while on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet can lead to damaged blood vessels. "The ketogenic - or keto-diet - has become very common for weight loss or to manage diseases like Type 2 diabetes," says Jonathan Little, associate professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at UBCO and study senior author. "It consists of eating foods rich in fats, moderate in protein, but very low in carbohydrates and it causes the body to go into a state called ketosis."...

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Toxic massage: The dark side of a highly therapeutic modality

Massage is one of the best ways to pamper yourself, but did you know that a massage can be extremely toxic? Unless you know what questions to ask, your massage could include a significant dose of crude oil distillates and hormone-mimicking chemicals that are on the world watch-list of carcinogens, but are somehow still allowed into your personal care products. What's not to love about getting a relaxing massage? On a primal level, being gently touched sends a signal of safety to our core. It harkens back to infancy, when being swaddled and cared for by others was essential to our survival. We are literally hardwired for touch! When deprived of it, especially in infancy, serious physical and psychological issues can result. Conversely, proper application of therapeutic touch can be used as an effective adjunct therapy to create better health...

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How industrial seed oils are making us sick

Experts have presented several dietary culprits as possible explanations for the rapidly rising rates of chronic disease in industrialized nations, including sugar and saturated fat. However, one commonly consumed food found in the diets of millions has received surprisingly little attention-industrial seed oils. Contrary to what we've been told, industrial seed oils such as soybean, canola, and corn oils are not "heart healthy" or otherwise beneficial for our bodies and brains; in fact, plenty of research indicates that these oils are making us sick. Read on to learn about the history of the industrial seed oil industry, the adverse health effects of consuming these oils, and what dietary fats you should eat instead. ...

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Soaring insulin prices in the US are costing Medicare billions

Insulin prices have sparked outrage in recent months, with Congress holding hearings on the issue and launching bipartisan investigations into why the cost of the hormone used to treat diabetes - discovered nearly a century ago - has soared over the past two decades. The House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee held a hearing on insulin prices this week and will hold another next week. Executives from the three companies that dominate the global insulin market - Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and Sanofi - are expected to testify at the upcoming hearing. "We want to know why the cost of this life-saving drug has skyrocketed in recent years, and why they're not offering more lower-cost alternatives to patients," Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), who chairs the subcommittee, said this week. ...

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Scientists at Mayo Clinic see major anti-aging breakthrough as ‘magic bullet’ targets ‘zombie cells’

Scientists at the Mayo Clinic have seen 'highly significant and dramatic' results from anti-aging drugs trials on both mice and humans. The studies were so successful, in fact, the drugs may be on the market in the next two years. In tests on mice, the researchers extended the animals' lifespan by 36 percent or the equivalent of 30 human years while keeping their fur glossy and eyes bright. In human trials on patients with the debilitating condition idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, in which the lungs become scarred, greatly restricting breathing, researchers reported "highly significant and dramatic" results. Patients who typically never see any improvement in their condition, were able to move faster and further than before after just nine doses over the course of three months. ...

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SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health #8 – Attention, Memory and Focus in a Distracted World

Attention seems to be getting a lot of.... attention these days. Whether it be due to the rise in attention deficit and related disorders or because new technological devices seem to be robbing us of this essential resource is difficult to say. Yet the mystics have been telling us about our lack of attention and our inability to recognize this since time immemorial. Is the modern world actually withering away our ability to attend, focus and remember, or are we simply more cognizant of our limited abilities against a modern technological background? Is technology shaping us, or simply reflecting what we already are? Join us on this episode of Objective: Health, where we discuss attention, memory and focus in its many forms, exploring ways of using and improving attention, taking control of what we attend to and the consequences of...

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