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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Unvaccinated children ripped away from parents in terrifying late night SWAT raid

Warning: If you care about parental rights, this story will infuriate you. On February 25, a pregnant mother took her 2-year-old son to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine clinic in Tempe, Arizona because he had a fever of over 100. The doctor instructed the mother to take him to the emergency room because he is unvaccinated and she feared he could have meningitis. The doctor called the emergency room at Banner Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa to let them know the boy would be arriving. But after leaving the doctor's office, the boy showed signs of improvement. He was laughing and playing with his siblings, and his temperature moved closer to normal. Around 6:30 pm, the mother called the doctor to let her know the toddler no longer had a fever and she would not be taking him...

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Keeping a jasmine plant in your room reduces anxiety, panic attacks and depression

Plants are an excellent way to increase oxygen levels in the room and improve air quality. There are also beneficial plants that will help you improve mood, and fight anxiety, depression, and prevent panic attacks. Researchers have found that there is a direct link between stress and oxygen levels and showed that high levels of toxins in the air lead to anxiety and stress. Therefore, you can drastically improve your mood and relieve stress and anxiety. Scientists have conducted studies on mice and discovered that the aroma of jasmine plant and jasmine essential oil significantly calmed them, and made them stop all activity and sit quietly in a corner. Their brain scans showed that jasmine fragrance boosts the effects of a chemical called GABA on nerve cells, and thus relieves anxiety and encourages rest. ...

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The role of the CDC in America’s ‘Medical Deep State’

You don't have to go far to see the problem with American's federal regulatory health agencies. It's a huge problem. I am reminded of more than a dozen scientists from within the CDC who put out an anonymous public statement detailing the influence corporations have on government policies. They were referred to as the Spider Papers. We are a group of scientists at CDC that are very concerned about the current state of ethics at our agency. It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception. Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone...

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World Happiness Report: Americans are unhappy and the opioid epidemic may be a factor

For the third straight year, the U.S. has dropped in the rankings of the World Happiness Report. The United States is now the 19th happiest country on Earth, its ranking falling for the third consecutive year. This is according to the most recent World Happiness Report, released on Wednesday (March 20) or the United Nations' International Day of Happiness. The Washington Post reports that the seventh annual report surveyed 156 different countries and took into account six factors: GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, the freedom to make life choices, social support, generosity and perceptions of corruption. The top 10 countries in the report were Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria. ...

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