Placebos Work -- Even Without Deception

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 by Dr. Mercola

'It has long been believed that the placebo effect works only because people believe they are taking a real drug. But a new study casts doubt on this assumption. Placebos may work even when they are administered without deception.


Even though placebos contain no active ingredients, patients often respond to them. In fact, many American physicians -- perhaps as many as 50 percent -- secretly give placebos to their patients.
Since this practice is ethically questionable, a group of researchers decided to explore whether or not the power of placebos can be used without the secrecy.'


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The Power Nap: Tips and Benefits

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'Name your top 5 guilty pleasures (we’re lumping every delicious, fat- or carb-loaded goody into one naughty pleasure). Isn’t napping one of them? Honestly, there’s nothing like a solid 20-30 minute crash in the middle of the day when you’re feeling tired or foggy. Add the bonus of numerous studies confirming the healthful benefits of the power nap, and let that guilt morph into a fully validated, blissful snooze.' 

5 Simple Ways To Prepare For The Coming Food Crisis

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'Recently there has been an incredible flurry of news reporting about food shortages and the pending global food crisis. Everyone who looks at the indicators would agree that this crisis is only likely to worsen.  It is estimated that the Australia floods alone could cause a 30% jump in food prices. Although the average shopper already can feel the food inflation, it is difficult to recognize the severity of the looming food shortages.  After all, there are still 15 types of colorfully-boxed Cheerios packing the isles, which gives us the illusion of abundance.'


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The ‘food bubble’ is bursting, says Lester Brown, and biotech won’t save us



'In recent years, two factors have added urgency to Brown's warnings: 1) climate change has given rise to increasingly volatile weather, making crop failures more likely; and 2) the perverse desire to turn grain into car fuel has put yet more pressure on global grain supplies. Brown's central metaphor -- which he's been using at least since the mid-‘90s -- will be familiar to readers who've lived through the previous decade's dot-com and real-estate meltdowns: the bubble. 

The world has entered a "food bubble," he argues; we've puffed up grain production by burning through unsustainable amounts of three finite resources: water, fossil fuels, and topsoil. At some point, he insists, the bubble has to burst. 

Well, for the second time in three years, the globe is lurching toward a full-on, proper food crisis, especially in places like Haiti that have de-emphasized domestic farming and turned instead to the global commodity market for food. In 2008, global food prices spiked to all-time highs, and hunger riots erupted from Haiti to Morocco. Now prices are spiking again, and have already surpassed the 2008 peak, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.'


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Freedoms Lost – Underground Survival – Catastrophe & Upheaval

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2011 -2012
Part One 

by Dr.Mark Sircus


 'Bloomberg News reported: The world may face social unrest including food riots in April as grain prices increase, said Philippe Chalmin, an economic adviser to the French government. “Around Easter we could start to see food riots.” The United Nations warned last week that millions of people are now at risk as Global wheat stocks and soybean fell by millions of tons each.
 
Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank, further warned this past week that rising food prices are a threat to global growth and social stability.” We are just “one poor harvest away from chaos”. There is not much room for further weather problems in terms of agricultural production. The news is starting to scream out that record high food prices are going to bring on a global crisis and it will.

Everyone who can should be stocking up on survival foods and other things like magnesium oil, sodium bicarbonate and iodine. Rejuvenate is my favorite all-in-one combined nutritional survival food that doubles as one of the best medicines and health foods I have ever consumed.'


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How to Make Herbal Lozenges

U.S. against Europe Over Monsanto GM Crops

The Benefits and Uses of Ashwagandha

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'Ashwagandha or Indian winter cherry is considered one of the most important herbs in ayurvedic system of medicines. Because of its vast area of application, ayurvedic physicians have used it extensively in curing people from their ailments. Due to its properties it has gained lots of respect in the eyes of herbal healers. Ashwagandha has been used as an herbal remedy for hundreds of years. It has many applications, and has been used by Native Americans and Africans to treat inflammation, fevers, and to protect against infection or illness. It has also been used to boost the immune system, improve memory, and to promote overall wellness.'


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How to Make Kim Chi

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 By Dr. Ben Kim
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'Of the countless varieties of kim chi that are made in Korea, by far the most common and celebrated version is made with Napa cabbage. Kim chi that's made with cabbage is loaded with indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a compound that is well recognized as a powerful cancer-fighting compound. 

Numerous studies indicate that I3C can offer protection against many different types of cancer and may even stop the growth of existing tumors. You could hop on over to a local Korean market to buy a bottle of kim chi, but it may not be as healthy as you'd like, since most commercially prepared varieties are made with white sugar and shrimp. To make healthy kim chi that still has lots of flavor and health-promoting compounds, start with a whole head of fresh Napa cabbage:'


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8 Conspiracy Theories About Health The Mainstream Media Has Been Forced To Admit Are Actually True

 

'Who knows more about health – the mainstream media or those that believe in “conspiracy theories”? Well, the truth is that time after time after time those in the “alternative media” and those who believe in “conspiracy theories” have been proven to be far ahead of those in the mainstream media when it comes to matters of health.  Sadly, the mainstream media receives so much funding and so many advertising dollars from the pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry, the big chemical companies and the health insurance industry that they are extremely cautious to report any information that would be harmful to any of them.  

So for years, the mainstream media generally refused to talk about the dangers posed by things such as fluoride, aspartame, prescription drugs, genetically modified crops and cell phones.  But now the alternative media has been making so much noise about many of these health issues for so long that the mainstream media has been forced to acknowledge that some of these “conspiracy theories” about health are actually true.'


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The Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger


'Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is native to Asia, and Arabian traders brought it to Ancient Rome about 2000 years ago. Chinese herbalists have used ginger since the 4th century BC for treating nausea, cold, coughs and a variety of other ailments.

Ginger was introduced to the West Indies and Mexico by Spanish explorers where it now thrives. Ginger is used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for treating inflammation and rheumatism.
The largest producers of ginger are India, Indonesia, Jamaica, and Australia.'


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'Investigative' Journalist Paid Off By Big Pharma










'I watched Brian Deer’s appearance on Anderson Cooper 360, the one where he closed his eyes for extended periods of time when Anderson asked him certain tough questions, and kept wondering to myself, “Who IS this guy?”


The answers are coming in fast and hard as to who Brian Deer really is, and I must say I am thoroughly astonished at how badly many major news outlets, particularly CNN and Anderson Cooper, failed the US viewing audience by giving this one journalist, without doing background on him or talking to the Lancet 12 parents, such a platform to falsely reassure American parents. The more I learn about this guy, the weirder it gets. This is a long one, so apologies in advance.

Here’s what we’ve learned about Brian Deer.'


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Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science



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'That question has been central to Ioannidis’s career. He’s what’s known as a meta-researcher, and he’s become one of the world’s foremost experts on the credibility of medical research. He and his team have shown, again and again, and in many different ways, that much of what biomedical researchers conclude in published studies—conclusions that doctors keep in mind when they prescribe antibiotics or blood-pressure medication, or when they advise us to consume more fiber or less meat, or when they recommend surgery for heart disease or back pain—is misleading, exaggerated, and often flat-out wrong. He charges that as much as 90 percent of the published medical information that doctors rely on is flawed. His work has been widely accepted by the medical community; it has been published in the field’s top journals, where it is heavily cited; and he is a big draw at conferences. 

Given this exposure, and the fact that his work broadly targets everyone else’s work in medicine, as well as everything that physicians do and all the health advice we get, Ioannidis may be one of the most influential scientists alive. Yet for all his influence, he worries that the field of medical research is so pervasively flawed, and so riddled with conflicts of interest, that it might be chronically resistant to change—or even to publicly admitting that there’s a problem.' 



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How Eating at Home Can Save Your Life

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 by Dr. Mark Hyman

'The slow insidious displacement of home cooked and communally shared family meals by the industrial food system has fattened our nation and weakened our family ties. In 1900, 2 percent of meals were eaten outside the home. In 2010, 50 percent were eaten away from home and one in five breakfasts is from McDonald's. Most family meals happen about three times a week, last less than 20 minutes and are spent watching television or texting while each family member eats a different microwaved "food." More meals are eaten in the minivan than the kitchen.


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Pediatric Love Affair with Mercury Continues

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There have been numerous reports of miscarriages occurring shortly after receiving flu vaccines but so great is the pressure to get the swine flu shot it is being offered for free to any pregnant woman! 



by Dr. Mark Sircus



'The children’s flu vaccine does contain mercury. The children’s flu vaccine does contain mercury. The children’s flu vaccine does contain mercury. Mercury is an exceptionally strong neurological poison. Mercury is an exceptionally strong neurological poison. Mercury is an exceptionally strong neurological poison. These repetitions are directed toward doctors and medical officials who have a hard time with reading comprehension and still insist there is no evidence of harm from vaccines containing thimerosal, which is 50 percent mercury by weight.

Dr. Richard Halvorsen, author of the book, The Truth About Vaccines, said: “Thimerosal is an extremely toxic substance and a known poison to the brain. There is enough convincing evidence linking thimerosal with developmental disorders and learning problems in individual children to warrant its removal from any childhood vaccine.” Of course these same reading-handicapped officials and doctors don’t even listen to other doctors who have a better grasp of the real science and chemistry of mercury.'


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FDA Bans Pain Killer 30 Years Too Late


'A pain killer that has been on the market for over 50 years has just been pulled by the FDA. Why? Because a new study proves that it interferes with your heart and can result in death. 

The decision comes five years after the U.K. banned this drug. And 30 years after a public health group first petitioned the FDA to ban it. 

The same group - led by doctors and researchers - has made repeated petitions to the FDA since then. They've provided proof and studies that show that the drug costs lives. 

In fact, evidence from eight state medical examiners shows that it's directly responsible for ending at least 5,000 lives. The FDA had this data and took no action whatsoever.' 


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Truth About Ketchup, Nutrition by Natalie, Worst Foods Ever

High fluoride intake may boost risk of forearm fracture



'A study in Epidemiology suggests that high cumulative intake of fluoride or long term exposure to fluoride through water fluoridation may boost risk of forearm fracture in women.

Some other studies have suggested that high intake of fluoride may increase risk of hip fracture.

Fluoridation is a process by which fluoride is added to tap water to help dental caries. But there is some concern about its toxicity as it can increase risk of fluorosis if the exposure is excessive.'


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Scientists fear MMR link to autism




'New American research shows that there could be a link between the controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children. The study appears to confirm the findings of British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link. 

Now a team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina are examining 275 children with regressive autism and bowel disease - and of the 82 tested so far, 70 prove positive for the measles virus. Last night the team's leader, Dr Stephen Walker, said: 'Of the handful of results we have in so far, all are vaccine strain and none are wild measles.'


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How The Body Creates Powerful, Life-Long Immunity Without Vaccination or Immunization

BIG PHARMA’S IMMUNITY IN VACCINE COURT


'The Vaccine Liability Fund was created as an alternative to taking vaccine injury claims to court and provides a shield from prosecution for drug manufacturers. If someone sues for vaccine injury, their case will not be heard in a normal courtroom, but in a special kangaroo court called the Vaccine Liability Court. Consumers finance both the Vaccine Liability Fund and the Vaccine Court. The special vaccine fund and court are based in tort law (a tort is a civil wrong) and this violates Constitutional due process.' 


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SafeMinds - Vaccines and Autism - Time to Get The Truth- CENSORSHIP!

When the Body Says No: How Emotions Can Cause or Prevent Deadly Disease

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 'Physician Gabor Maté argues too many doctors ignore what was once a commonplace assumption, that emotions are implicated in the development of illnesses and in their healing.' 


January 2, 2011 | Editor's note: 'the following is an interview with Canadian physician and bestselling author Gabor Mate, on the relationship between emotions and the body. Dr. Maté argues too many doctors seem to have forgotten what was once a commonplace assumption, that emotions are deeply implicated in both the development of illness, addictions and disorders, and in their healing.'

'Dr. Maté came on Democracy Now! this year to discuss his book When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection. Based on medical studies and his own experience with chronically ill patients at the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital, where he was the medical coordinator for seven years, Dr. Maté argues that stress and individual emotional makeup play critical roles in an array of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Speaking to us this time from Vancouver -- it was actually during the Vancouver Olympics -- Dr. Maté began by explaining his analysis of the mind-body connection.'


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