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Breaking News: Scientists Discover New Way To Eradicate Germs For Up To 30 Years

16706388_sAs society has evolved, so have germs. Millions of people die prematurely every year due to illnesses and complications caused by bacteria.These days, with overuse and abuse of antibiotics, microbes are evolving and getting more and more difficult to fight against.

Now, a new class of antibiotics have been discovered that could make a huge difference in disease control. Its name: Teixobactin. This antibiotic has been shown in lab tests to kill many types of drug-resistant bacteria in lab mice. Among these bacteria are Clostridium difficile colitis (C. dif) which is commonly implicated in gut disease, as well as the species that cause tubercolosis, septicaemia, staph infection and strep throat.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about Teixobactin is that it got rid of these infections not only completely, but without any noticeable side effects whatsoever. It even outperformed Vancomycin, which is the antibiotic currently most used in the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by over a hundred times.

Another exciting thing about this new antibiotic is the way in which it was discovered. Traditionally, antibiotic discoveries happen by mining and isolating the lethal compounds that bacteria and fungi release to protect themselves against other microbes. However, 99% of these germs cannot be grown in laboratories. In the case of Teixobactin, the research team used a device they created called the iChip, which cultures bacteria in their natural habitats (dirt) instead of a lab. When the iChip was removed from the ground, scientists were able to isolate the natural antibiotic producing bacteria by layering other pathogens on top of the iChip and observing which bugs killed those pathogens off.

Using this method, 25 new antibiotic compounds were actually discovered, and Teixobactin became the clear winner of the bunch very quickly, as it appears to prevent microbes from developing any kind of resistance by obstructing cell wall construction – which means widespread death for the microbes. With no survivors, there can be no resistance. Kim Lewis, lead researcher and director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center at Northeastern University said,

My guess is that if resistance is going to develop against Teixobactin, it will take up to 30 years for that to occur.

It will be awhile before Teixobactin is ready to be on the market, as vigorous testing and trials still need to be performed. But this discovery promises to be the tip of the iceberg on manipulating natural microbes to win the struggle between man and germs.

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FDA Admits to Approving Use of This Carcinogenic Poison in 70% of US-Produced Chickens

21201854_sDid you know that chickens produced in the US have been fed arsenic on a regular basis? To be specific, 3-Nitro or Roxarsone is an approved animal drug that has been used widely in the poultry industry since the 1940’s. Used in concentrations of 5%, 20% or even 50%, it increases weight gain, improves pigmentation and feed efficiency in chickens, as well as offering protection against coccidiosis, a parasitic disease common in chickens.

To put the scale of this drug in perspective, it has been estimated that 1 million kilograms of roxarsone was manufactured in 2006. The arsenic it contains is organic, which renders it less toxic than inorganic arsenic. However, tests from the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Food Safety Applied Nutrition has released data detecting low levels of inorganic arsenic in the edible tissue of chickens. This could only mean one thing – organic arsenic can turn into inorganic arsenic, and all arsenic, regardless of whether it is organic or inorganic, is mutagenic as well as carcinogenic.

Although the FDA has now officially admitted to finding arsenic levels in our poultry supply, they have still not withdrawn approval to market Roxarsone, stating that…

Continuing to eat chicken as 3-Nitro® is suspended form the market does not pose a health risk. The levels of inorganic arsenic found in chicken livers were very low.

In 2011, main manufacturer Pfizer did a voluntary suspension of 3 out of 4 drugs it produces that contain arsenic, including Roxarsone. However, this means little, as the temporary suspension did not mean they could not continue to market and sell these drugs in the future. Roxarsone is currently banned in the European Union, but approved for use in 14 countries other than the US.

In 2013, a study showed that there was three times more inorganic arsenic in the breast meat from conventionally produced chickens than in the breast meat of organically produced chickens. Additionally, researchers found that that arsenic was 3 times more concentrated in the samples that contained detectable levels of roxarsone than in the samples that did not contain roxarsone.

If you are concerned about ingesting arsenic in your poultry products, here are a few tips to avoid it:

1. Stay away from chicken meat that looks unnaturally bright pink.
2. Buy organic chicken – USDA Organic standards prohibits use of arsenic in poultry.
3. The chicken fat should look white or yellow – not greyish.

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Mainstream Media Blames Anti-Vaxxers for Measles Outbreak While Conveniently Ignoring These Blatant Vaccine Risks

22214937_sIf you read or watched the news anytime recently, you won’t have been able to ignore the many headlines and articles about the measles outbreak at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. Local health officials say that the outbreak started in December 2014 at the theme park and has spread to approximately 80 people in 7 states and Mexico, with the bulk of the patients being in California. There is now a health warning suggesting that children under 12 and those who are not vaccinated stay away from theme parks.

The reality is, in the year 2014, an estimated 644 people actually caught the measles. This is an extremely low rate, compared to deaths from say, prescription drug side effects – of which 100,000 people unfortunately fell victim to last year. So before you rush your entire household to get caught up on the measles vaccine, you need to be aware of the information below.

While vaccine companies tend to propagate 100% positive results with zero risk, this is actually not the case. If you need any proof, you don’t need to look further than at the vaccine inserts – which most people never read. Whether or not you choose to vaccinate, there are risks involved, and it only helps you to be informed. Typically, these vaccine inserts tell a very different story from what the media will tell you. You may have to ask to see these inserts, or look them up online at the pharmaceutical company websites, because they are not typically handed out to patients as the tear away inserts come typically in ratios of 1 sheet to every 10 doses, which obviously does not leave enough to go around.

Lets take a quick look at the most common measles vaccination insert – the Measles, Mumps and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live, or MMR-II from Merck & Co, Inc.

Several interesting points to note:

1. The insert warns against giving the vaccine to pregnant women, as effects on fetal development are not known at this time. It is also advised that women not get pregnant at least 3 months after receiving this shot.

2. Because the measles vaccine is cultured in a chick embryo cell culture, those who are allergic to eggs are warned that they may be at risk for anaphylactic reactions inculding hives, swelling and difficulty breathing.

3. The insert states – “As for any vaccine, vaccination with M-M-R II may not result in protection in 100% of vaccinees.”

4. There are many, many adverse reactions (reported during clinical trials) to this vaccine listed – too many to mention here. Among them are: atypical measles symptoms, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, diabetes, thrombocytopenia, anaphylactic reactions, arthritis, pneumonia, encephalitis, and death.

Yes, you read that right – diabetes, arthritis and death may actually result from this vaccination. Read it for yourself here.

And if you were curious, the MMR II’s ingredient list as are follows:

Amino acids, fetal bovine serum, glutamate, hydrolyzed gelatin, neomycin, recombinant human serum albumin, sodium phosphate, sorbitol, sucrose, vitamins

So before you allow yourself to get caught up in the media storm of measles and vaccinations, do yourself a favor and make sure you know what you’re getting into. The truth is, vaccinations are far from 100% effective and even further from 100% safe.

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USC Researchers: Restart Your Immune System Within 3 Days Doing Just One Simple Thing

18448717_sThere is always a concern about how to boost your immune system, especially when winter time hits, and with it, the flu season. Doing an internet search will bring such suggestions as eating clean whole foods, exercising and consuming medicinal herbs, spices and foods that support the immune system such as certain teas, garlic or mega doses of vitamins. What if there was a simpler, fuss free way to not just boost your immunity, but to actually regenerate your entire immune system within 72 hours?

Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) recently published new research in the journal, Cell Stem Cell that shows a surprising and effective way to do just that by using a completely natural intervention – prolonged fasting. Trials were done in both mice as well as in humans undergoing chemotherapy – a medical cancer fighting process that severely damages the cells that are responsible to provide your body immunity. The study showed that when subjects were put on prolonged fasting cycles, white blood cell counts were significantly lowered. In mice, it seemed like a switched was flipped, causing regenerative actions of stem cells that are responsible for the blood and immunity cell growth.

Valter Longo, coresponding author of the study, Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and director of the USC Longevity Institute, said,

When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” Longo said. “What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?

The idea behind the concept is that fasting makes your body go into serious elimination mode – making you burn through not only your stores of glucose, fat and ketones, but also breaking down white blood cells quickly and efficiently. This draining of white blood cells induces stem cells to trigger the renewal of immune system cells. An enzyme called PKA is key here, as it has been identified as the main gene that – when shut down, wakes the stem cells up. Prolonged fasting reduces PKA.

This study has enormous potential, not only for chemotherapy patients who suffer from severe immune system damage, but also for the elderly, who have declining immune systems, and for disease healing in general. The research builds upon previously introduced ideas that fasting could be an answer for natural healing – from health pioneers in the alternative health field called “natural hygiene“, the founders of which include Herbert Shelton.

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Science Shows The Most Common Mental Illness May Simply Be An Allergic Reaction

18732519_sAccording to the CDC, an estimated 1 in 10 adults in the US suffer from depression – an alarmingly high statistic. Depression has been attributed in the past to many causes – among the – genetics, substance abuse or certain medications, life circumstances and even lack of sunshine. Now, new research has surfaced with the interesting discovery that this pervasive and far spread mental illness could be a symptom of inflammation in the body.

When we are sick, injured or have foreign compounds enter our bodies, our system responds by triggering the release of specific cells and proteins into our bloodstream and inducing inflammation. This includes cytokines – a special class of proteins that handle intercellular communication. They are known to modulate brain neurotransmitters and a part of the brain called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, which are both disturbed in depression. People with depression have high levels of cytokines and usually, cytokine levels shoot very high when depressive episodes are occurring.

This has led to new research connecting the dots between depression and inflammation – namely, that depression could actually be nothing more than a side effect of inflammation. This knowledge could open up a whole new world of possible new treatments for the condition. But to expand on this knowledge, scientists need to discover the root of the inflammation. There is currently one camp of researchers who believe that the inflammation is typically caused by reaction to poor eating and the whole epidemic that comes along with it – obesity and toxicity from processed foods and chemicals. Another camp of researchers believe that this particular inflammation comes from outside stress due to circumstantial situations such as loneliness, bullying or rejection.

In the initial trials, good results have been reported when anti-inflammatory drugs were added to the antidepressants.

Caroline Williams, Guardian reporter, said,

The good news is that the few clinical trials done so far have found that adding anti-inflammatory medicines to antidepressants not only improves symptoms, it also increases the proportion of people who respond to treatment, although more trials will be needed to confirm this. There is also some evidence that omega 3 and curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, might have similar effects. Both are available over the counter and might be worth a try, although as an add-on to any prescribed treatment – there’s definitely not enough evidence to use them as a replacement.

Although it will be a few years before this groundbreaking research has been sorted out to determine an exact cause, this discovery should go a long way toward improving the outlook for the millions who suffer depression – by prescribing not only a healthy supportive lifestyle with medication if needed, but also introducing anti-inflammatory foods and medicines to complement traditional treatment.

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The Most Common Mineral Deficiency Is Also The Least Diagnosed. Hint: It’s Not Calcium

6020776_sWhen talking about mineral deficiencies, the ones that we are usually most concerned with are calcium, iron or zinc. However, the most commonly misdiagnosed mineral deficiency is actually magnesium deficiency.

There are many studies out there that show the majority of Americans to be deficient in magnesium. But, because only 1% of your body’s magnesium is stored in your blood, magnesium levels do not register on blood tests, and are indeed not even routinely included in normal blood tests.

Magnesium plays a big role in keeping our bodies stable. It is actually more important in the regulation of your body’s homeostasis than calcium, potassium and sodium, and yet, very few are aware of it’s importance and as a result, many suffer daily and subject themselves to unnecessary drugs and treatments when a simple magnesium treatment could reverse their symptoms.

Because magnesium is vital to every cell in our bodies, the signs of magnesium deficiency are numerous, subtle, involving virtually every organ in the body, and can mimic other conditions and deficiencies – and therefore are not easy to figure out. The list is extremely long, and includes:

Neck pain, backaches, tension headaches, twitching, tense muscles, cramps, TMJ, severe menstrual cramps, constipation, urinalysis spasms, difficulty swallowing, insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity, restlessness, panic attacks, sensitivity to loud noise, numbness, tingling, palpitations, arrhythmias, hypertension, mitral valve prolapse, to name a few.

Some interesting symptoms that most would never think to connect to a deficiency include: the feeling of being unable to draw a deep breath, and salt and carbohydrate cravings.

When the magnesium deficiency is severe, more serious conditions develop, as the brain can be affected. Things like hallucinations, disorientation, confusion and depression can happen. Also, because magnesium plays a big role in calcium absorption, severe lack of it can result in calcium being leeched out of your body through urine, leading to bone loss, tooth decay and osteoporosis. Additionally, some forms of epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiency.

Unfortunately, many modern drugs push magnesium levels into undesirable or even dangerous levels. When surgeries are done when magnesium levels are already low, the outcome becomes much more risky.

If you relate to many of the symptoms on this page, you should contact your physician and talk to them about checking your magnesium levels and consider supplementing and improving your diet to see if it improves your symptoms. Eat plenty of magnesium rich foods such as dark leafy greens, avocado, pumpkin seeds, certain fish like mackerel, and bananas.

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Alert: This Everyday Snack Food Causes A Serious Lung Disease

photoThere is a popular food out there that millions of Americans consume regularly, and it’s even touted as a healthy snack option. After all, it is extremely high in fiber, and a decent source of several antioxidants and minerals plus vitamins A, D, E and K.

The food? Popcorn – specifically, microwave popcorn.

While air popped corn is actually a decently healthy snack choice, microwave popcorn comes with several hidden dangers. It may smell absolutely delicious – however, therein lies the source of it’s biggest threat to your health – a specific lung disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans. Another name for this disease: “popcorn lung”.

Recently, a 59 year old man from Denver, Colorado – Wayne Watson, won a $7.2 million dollar settlement from popcorn manufacturer Glister-Mary Lee and two grocery stores that sold them to him – Kroger and Dillons.

Watson had fallen ill and doctors were unable to figure out the source of it until lung specialist Dr. Cecile Rose came to the conclusion that it was quite probably exposure to the fumes from butter flavored microwave popcorn since they could find no other explanation. Watson ate 2 bags of microwave popcorn a day for ten years, and he admitted to regularly inhaling the “exhaust” from the newly cooked and opened bags.

As it turns out, factory workers in microwave popcorn plants had previously been found to have a high incidence of popcorn lung disease as well. The chemical that was causing it was diacetyl, which is what makes the popcorn taste buttery.

The symptoms of popcorn lung disease include: dry cough, wheezing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss.

After Watson’s settlement, several major popcorn manufacturers announced plans to either remove diacetyl or phase it out. However, at least one of the substitutes used to give the old flavor (2,3-pentanedione) is also reported to be a respiratory hazard.

So be aware and make sure you read the ingredients the next time you buy microwave popcorn. But better yet, you should pop your own corn at home using fresh, chemical free ingredients.

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The Easiest, Most Natural Way To Lose Weight and Speed Up Your Metabolism – No Dieting, Exercise, Pills Or Surgery

31873571_sMost of us have a few pounds to lose at some point in our lives or other. Unfortunately it is a lot easier to put on weight than to take it off. Usually, when we think of weight loss, we imagine unpleasant things that involve hard work and planning, like a vigorous exercise regimen, or forgoing our favorite foods, and eating a lot less food in general. Some even resort to taking diet pills and supplements that come with hosts of unpleasant side effects, or as a last resort, there are those who turn to radical procedures like gastric bypass surgery.

Now, there is a natural way you can lose weight. It does not involve any work, dieting or radical procedures. It is a simple, natural experience that many of our ancestors had to go through for many months of the year: being cold.

What does being cold have to do with weight loss? Ray Cronise, a former NASA scientist has plenty to say on the matter. Cronise’s research was in cold exposure and it’s benefits – his job was to figure out how to keep astronauts alive in the sub-zero temperatures in space.

Cronise became fascinated with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who was reputed to eat upwards of 12,000 calories a day, which is over 5 times more than what the average American eats daily. At this rate, it seemed physically impossible that he maintained his weight, as conventional science says he would have to be swimming at full speed every waking hour in order to burn off that many calories and not gain weight. But Cronise figured out the trick: Phelps was burning off the extra calories by being immersed in cold water for many hours a day.

Because Cronise was trying to lose weight himself at the time, he self experimented by taking cold showers and going for walks shirtless during the winter. He lost a total of 26.7 pounds in 6 weeks simply doing this. He also discovered that his metabolism was changing, and that his body was now using energy to maintain his body temperature rather than storing it as fat.

The idea behind all this is that our ancestors experienced temperature variations in ways that our modern society does not. Thus, our obesity epidemic today is due in part to malnutrition, and lack of physical activity, but also chronic over warmth, attributed to modern electricity and technology. Most of us are lucky to always be warm whenever we want to be, by turning up the heat, or having hot food readily available, and constantly bundling up in warm clothes and electric blankets.

Now, nobody is recommending that you expose yourself to dangerously low temperatures. Nobody wants frostbite or hypothermia. But if you are having trouble losing weight, you could try shedding a layer or two, just enough to make you a little uncomfortable, lowering the temperature in your house by several degrees, and training yourself to sleep without being covered up all night.

Now, even in the summers, there are even special ice vests coming up on the market that you can wear for a few hours during the day.

So this winter, give it a try – let yourself get a little chilly. You may just shed a few pounds while doing so.

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4 Crucial Reasons Why You Should Stay Away From A Whole Foods Diet.

imageAs the new year begins, people across America may be trying to adopt a cleaner, healthier way of eating as part of their health resolutions. Many will be doing this by increasing the quantity of whole, fresh, natural foods in their diet. But there may be a dark side to this “trend”.

Here a few reasons why a whole foods diet may not be great for your lifestyle.

1. Junk and processed foods will start to taste terrible.
You may enjoy them now, but once you clean your taste buds by exposing them frequently to pure, unadulterated foods that have no chemicals on them, you may find that junk foods taste too salty, too sweet, and like a poor imitation of the real thing. If you’re in a deep relationship with your comfort junk foods, you will want to stay far away from whole foods because you and junk food will not like each other very much anymore.

2. You will run out of excuses not to move your body and exercise regularly.
When you fuel your body with clean energy sources, you are probably going to find that you may lose some unwanted pounds without doing anything extra. This may sound good, but unfortunately it’s also going to make you want to get up off the couch, ignore your favorite tv show and go for a jog or to the gym. You’re going to have so much energy you won’t know what to do with it. Be warned.

3. You may have fewer days off from work.
Chances are high that when you’re eating a whole foods diet, your body will slowly and steadily regain its health. While this seems like a positive thing in theory, the reality is that you will no longer be able to call in sick to work on occasion, because you simply won’t be sick that often. If you enjoy taking (legitimate) sick days, definitely stay away from whole foods.

4. You will have to find new reading material.
We all love to spend time in the grocery store aisles, doing daily eye exercises and getting entertainment from reading those microscopically tiny, mile long ingredient lists on packaging. Once you switch to a whole foods diet, you will no longer have that luxury, because you will quit buying all this processed food and start enjoying homemade foods from scratch more. You may have to resort to reading actual books for stress relief.

If any of the above are concerning to you, please, do not even try adopting the whole foods lifestyle, or you may suddenly discover a healthier, more energetic you who enjoys the taste of real food!

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MIT Researcher: Half of All US Children Will Be Autistic by 2025. The Reason Will Shock You.

18084291_sEarlier this fall, Stephanie Seneff, a scientist with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) raised some serious questions about the cause of autism and why autism rates keep going up each generation.

Seneff, who is a well known, published author on many human diseases and disorders, claimed at if things continue climbing at today’s rate, by 2015 one in two children will be autistic.

The reason? Seneff says – it’s Roundup.

Roundup – the no. 1 weed killer in the world from agricultural giant Monsanto, began to be used heavily on food crops in the 90’s and it’s usage has only increased greatly since.

To back up her shocking claims, Seneff showed graphs and charts that show an astoundingly consistent relationship between the rise of Roundup usage and the rise of autism rates.

In 1975, every 1 in 5,000 American children were autistic. Today, it is 1 in every 68 children. This is an alarming statistic that has yet to be solved, but continues to go up in the meantime.

The key substance in Roundup that Seneff claims unlocks the door to the autism mystery is its active ingredient – glyphosate. Seneff’s published research found that autism side effects mirror glyphosate toxicity and deficiencies connected to it – such as mitochondrial disorders, seizures and specific mineral deficiencies.

Other recent tests have shown not only that glyphosate has been found in the breast milk of American mothers at levels that are over 1,000 times higher than what is allowable in European drinking water, but also that Americans have 10 times more glyphosate accumulation in their urine than Europeans.

So far, Monsanto’s response to concerns about Roundup are to say that the herbicide is harmless because while it works by inhibiting the shikimate pathway – a 7-step metabolic route used by bacteria, plants, etc, to synthesize specific amino acids – human beings do not have this pathway.

Seneff counters this by pointing out that while humans do not have the shikimate pathway, we do have gut bacteria, and our gut bacteria has this pathway. This is important to think about because gut bacteria is responsible for our essential amino acid supply. When Roundup is introduced to our bodies, it can wreak havoc by killing our friendly gut flora, draining stores of key minerals such as iron, interfering with amino acid synthesis, and causing damage to critical neurotransmitters.

To make matters worse, while all the research on Roundup has been focused on its active ingredient glyphosate, there are additional chemicals in it that could multiply the herbicide’s negative effect on human health. These chemicals largely go untested because they are classified as inert.

If you are concerned after reading Seneff’s research, the best thing to do would be to grow as much of your own food as possible and buy organic whenever you can.

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