Reviving ancestral medicine: For centuries indigenous people have been looking to nature to heal what ails

When an elderly Lakota woman limped into the medical tent, one foot sporting a painful burn, Linda Black Elk knew just the herb that would help. She began boiling yarrow, a plant that blossoms golden yellow and has been prized for its healing properties for centuries. Though she had applied the remedy countless times, Black Elk was startled by her patient's reaction. "She started to cry," recalls Black Elk, who apologized for causing her any additional pain. "No, these are happy tears," the woman said. "Because I remember my grandmother talking about this plant when I was little, and I remember the Lakota name of it." Keepers of a once outlawed body of plant lore who have endured centuries of genocide, colonization and repression, Native American healers are working to integrate their traditional medicine with Western approaches to offer patients...

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FLASHBACK: Report finds promoting low-fat diets has had ‘disastrous health consequences’

Urging people to follow low-fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having "disastrous health consequences", a British health charity has warned. In a damning report that accuses major public health bodies of colluding with the food industry, the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration call for a "major overhaul" of current dietary guidelines. One expert said promoting a low-fat diet is 'perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history resulting in devastating consequences for public health.' They say the focus on low-fat diets is failing to address Britain's obesity crisis, while snacking between meals is making people fat. Instead, they call for a return to "whole foods" such as meat, fish and dairy, as well as high-fat healthy foods including avocados. ...

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Former vegan converts to carnivore diet after spider bite-bourne infection

An ex-vegan who suffered an infection after being bitten by a spider now ONLY eats meat. Sylwia Tabor from Sacramento, California, was out camping in July 2017 when she was bitten on the ankle, which caused her to come out in small pimples on her body and her flesh began to rot away. She said: "I didn't think much of it at first. It was only a small bite on my ankle. "But in late August, I developed this pimple in my groin area, which over the next days grew and grew until it was about the size of my hand." ...

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BEST OF THE WEB: ‘Bad advice’: Group of doctors in Canada lobby to change Food Guide, calling for more meat and fat in diet and less carbs and sugar

Allen Bradshaw, a pathologist from Abbotsford, B.C., is part of a group of doctors from across the country who have been on a crusade to change the way Canadians are told to eat. For the past two years, she and her colleague Dr. Carol Loffelmann, an anesthesiologist in Toronto, have spent much of their free time travelling the country, urging colleagues and regular Canadians alike to eat fewer carbohydrates than what's recommended by the government and indulge in fat from sources such as steak and cheese - even if that flies in the face of conventional wisdom. It's all they can do as they wait to see whether Health Canada will heed the message from their grassroots campaign. Since 2016, the women, who founded Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition, a national non-profit, have lobbied the government, with letters, an Ottawa...

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Plant hallucinogen Ayahuasca shows promise for diabetes treatment

For centuries, some indigenous groups in South America have relied on a brew made from the parts of a local vine and a shrub. The effects of this drink, called ayahuasca, would begin with severe vomiting and diarrhea, but the real reason for drinking the tea was the hallucinating that followed. These visions were thought to uncover the secrets of the drinker's poor health and point the way to a cure. Modern techniques have revealed that one of the compounds underlying these mystic experiences is the psychoactive drug harmine. What these first users of ayahuasca couldn't have known was that, one day, this ingredient in their enlightening brew would be positioned as a key to treating diabetes. Such a cure is a long way off, but researchers took another step toward it when they combined naturally occurring harmine with a...

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Only the tip of the iceberg: How toxins cause disease

Although the word toxin sounds scary, most people don't grasp precisely how toxins interact with human physiology and how long this has been a problem for humans. Doctors noticed almost two hundred years ago that toxins like mercury were causing "mad hatter disease." It was also known that toxicity from leaded water pipes was a major cause of the decline of the Roman Empire. But in the past, these toxins were largely limited to occupational exposure. Only people who performed certain specific tasks- coal miners, who inhale coal dust, for example-were known to be casualties. Doctors didn't consider the rest of the population to be at risk. But with the explosion of industrial activity and products, that has changed. Following more research, scientists and perceptive clinicians now better understand that toxicity affects most-if not all-of the population. The more research...

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Multimillion $ industry: Colonoscopy found to be far more ‘dangerous and potentially deadly’ than previously thought

The procedure known as colonoscopies as a prophylactic for colon cancer is a multimillion dollar industry. Every year, over 14 million perfectly healthy individuals age 50 and up, submit themselves to this invasive procedure hoping to detect colorectal cancer. But is it really effective? It's a Painful and Dangerous Procedure It's actually far more dangerous-and potentially deadly-than they'd like to admit. According The Annals Of Internal Medicine's report on colonoscopies, an estimated 70,000 (0.5%) will be injured or killed by a complication related to this procedure. This figure is 22% higher than the annual deaths from colorectal cancer itself - the very disease the device was designed to prevent. According to the Telemark Polyp Study I, colonoscopies actually increase mortality by 57% . For every person saved by a colonoscopy, 56 people suffer serious injury. A person can live for...

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How to recover from holiday feasting: Holiday fasting

It took a few years, but my friends and family are very supportive of my diet and fasting. In fact, most of them try to watch their intake of refined carbs and fast here and there throughout most of the year. Notice how I say MOST of the year. They rarely stick to it during the holidays, which makes it difficult for me when I'm trapped in a house full of gingerbread on Christmas Day. Regardless of how supportive (or unsupportive) our family members are during the holidays, we are still bombarded with temptation. I often feel like my mother's home is a crack house on Christmas Day, and I'm a recovering crack addict. Just replace the crack with crackers in my case. It can be really tempting to go off the deep end with carbs during this time of...

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Scientific evidence that flu vaccines spread disease: 630% more flu virus particles emitted by people who get vaccinated

A bombshell new scientific study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that people who receive flu shots emit 630% more flu virus particles into the air, compared to non-vaccinated individuals. In effect, this finding documents evidence that flu vaccines spread the flu, and that so-called "herd immunity" is a medical hoax because "the herd" is actually transformed into carriers and spreaders of influenza. The bombshell finding is documented in a study entitled Infectious virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic seasonal influenza cases from a college community. The study authors are Jing Yan, Michael Grantham, Jovan Pantelic, P. Jacob Bueno de Mesquita, Barbara Albert, Fengjie Liu, Sheryl Ehrman, Donald K. Milton and EMIT Consortium. Details of this bombshell study have been revealed by Sayer Ji at Green Med Info, a site that's rapidly becoming one...

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I Just Can’t Quit You: Video game addiction is real and professionals aren’t prepared to help

Putting down the joystick isn't enough, there's a deeper issue. When José Antonio Hita Ruiz was a teenager, his home life wasn't all that great. His father was an alcoholic, his mother worked too much. In middle school, he was bullied and his grades suffered, so he dropped out. While his friends left his hometown one by one to study at a nearby university, Hita turned even more to video games as an escape, often spending up to 16 hours a day playing strategy games and simulators at his mom's place. "There was a point where I was completely alone," he tells me over Google Hangouts. Now 24, Hita is doing much better. He's doing volunteer work for local nonprofits near Naples, Italy. During our chat, I hear sounds typical of the youth hostel where he's staying - animated chatter,...

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