The Risk of Lowering Cholesterol Levels
Read the well-researched, brilliant essay by Stephanie Seneff here:http://people.csail.mit.edu/seneff/why_statins_dont_really_work.html
Heart Health Facts that will surprise you
Which is better for the heart: quitting smoking or having a good social life? The answer may surprise you. In honor of Heart Health Month (February), here are seven fascinating facts from Smart at Heart: A Holistic 10-Step Approach to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease for Women (Celestial Arts, $14.99) by Harvard-trained cardiologist Dr. Malissa Wood and Dimity McDowell.
•Heartache is a physical pain in the brain. In a 2011 study, psychologists discovered that thoughts of an unwanted romantic breakup and minor skin irritations both activate regions of the brain involved in physical pain. This shows the important link between our emotions, our brain, and our perception of physical pain, and explains why many of us experience physical pain with significant rejection.
•You can die of a broken heart. The husband of a patient of Dr. Wood’s died suddenly of a heart attack. Within twelve hours of his passing, his wife was admitted to the hospital with what seemed like a heart attack, too. Instead, a surge of adrenaline, brought on by the trauma of losing her husband, caused a medical condition known as apical ballooning (or more commonly broken heart syndrome). When grief is so great, the heart mimics the symptoms of a heart attack. We say you can die of a broken heart—and, as Dr. Wood’s patient almost proved, that can be true. Broken heart syndrome is just one example of the strong correlation between the emotional and physical hearts.
High Fructose Corn Syrup: Not the Same as Sugar
CITIZENS for HEALTH launches new website FoodIDentifyTheft.com
Corn Fructose Industry Heats Up Battle with Sugar
WASHINGTON, October 3, 2011 – High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a man-made sweetener used in thousands of grocery store products and it has a serious image problem. Consumers are avoiding it. Food companies are taking it out of the products they make. Some supermarkets have banned it. Demand for this highly-processed ingredient is falling fast.
The Corn Refiners Association – comprised of corporations that make HFCS - decided that changing the name was a way to fix this problem. They are petitioning the FDA so that HFCS can legally be called "corn sugar" and ultimately just "sugar”. An official decision hasn’t yet been made, but in 2008 the Corn Refiners Association began a $50 million dollar marketing campaign labeling HFCS as “corn sugar”. They are now being sued by a group of sugar farmers and refiners who believe the name change will confuse consumers and harm the sugar industry.
Integrative Health Studies M.A. Program
Integrative Health Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is a non-clinical master’s degree program that can be completed in a minimum of two years and 40 units. It includes academic classes, workshops, and a 200-hour internship focused in one or more of the following areas: Alternative and Complementary Healing, Health Advocacy, Wellness Coaching and Wellness Programming, Reducing Health Disparities, Spirituality and Healing, Global Health, Integrative Health Research, Sound and Healing, or Integrative Health Administration. Integrative Health Studies (IHL) explores a new paradigm for health and healing that emphasizes health promotion and wellness, client-centered care, primary prevention, and collaborative practice among supportive networks. Because the integrative health model integrates East with West, modern with ancient, and explores personal, multicultural, and global healing systems, it relies on the latest discoveries of biomedicine side by side with time-honored perspectives on mind-body-spirit wholeness. The in-depth course of study focuses on the integration of conventional medicine and science-based principles of health and healing with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, and interweaves science-based principles of health promotion and wellness coaching.
Saami Shamanism: Missionized and New Aged
For over 30,000 years, the Saami, a diverse group of indigenous people in northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and uppermost peninsulas of Russia, are reported to live a semi-nomadic way of life, reindeer herding from summer to winter campgrounds, while other groups fish along the rich coastlines bordering the Arctic Circle. They’ve undergone waves of colonization from the 16th century, and in this past half century, have organized, resisted, and found an independent political voice within the governments of Norway and Finland, but not as recognized in Sweden and Russia. As with all indigenous people, once their lands and resources are coveted by the dominant economic-political players, their struggle becomes a series of lost ground and court battles. Some Saami are urbanized, blending and working in all sectors of society. Only a few thousand hold to their herding traditions, although the reindeer are still revered for traditional reasons.
Night hunting in Bhutan
A social nightmare hit me last night here. The distasteful Bhutanese custom of "night hunting" reared its ugly head. My driver pounded on my door at 11 pm and again at 1 am, saying, "night hunting! night hunting!" I talked to him through the safety latch-lock. "Are you kidding me? Go away. There'll be no night hunting with me -- get lost." He finally laughed although he tried to push on the door and force himself in. I quickly slammed the door shut and spent the rest of the night, awake and angry. There is no formal marriage or divorce in Bhutan. Women are impregnated by men who roam the countryside, pounding on doors, and inviting themselves in for a bit of "romance," as some of them say, which is really nothing more than unwelcomed sex or rape.Defenders of the tradition say the men sometimes stick around and raise the children, working the woman's farm, and are generally recognized as fathers and husbands. But they have no formal obligation and are free to night hunt all they want from village to village. It's a good thing that the farms remain in the matrilineal property rights, or the women would be pregnant and without a means to support themselves.
Allergies, insomnia, fatigue...and no one knows why.
Hi, thank you for your time to read and hopefully answer my query. I have been tired for what seems like my whole life. As a child I had insomnia (unable to get to sleep) and then as a teenager it seemed to ease a bit but the tiredness remained. My mom took me to multiple drs who did bloodwork etc. but could never find anything wrong. I am now 37, have talked to various drs over the years and had various work ups but with no answers. My thyroid is borderline hypo but not enough to even bother taking synthroid. The only thing I can think of, that I have had all my life, are allergies. They are almost all respiratory - grass, dust, pollen, animal hair, mold & many more - a few food, dairy, bananas, corn - and none that result in anaphylaxis. I have had allergy shots in the past which seemed to help. Now though, I am at the point where OTC and allergy shots (based on the serum of what I am allergic to) are no longer working. I figured I would see my dr about RX meds but really don't want to go that route. A friend suggested I try a natural solution but I just don't know where to even start. Any advice you could give would be very helpful.
I think it's time you had a functional medicine expert work with you. Their approach would investigate the root cause of the allergies, restore essential nutrients, repair altered metabolic pathways and detoxification pathways, and replenish your energy systems, including the mitochondrial system. You could start by contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Liz Lipski is a clinical nutritionist who works in functional medicine--it's the cutting edge branch of medicine and nutrition that solves chronic, confusing patterns of illness that are non-acute and nagging.
Good luck! There's real help out there.
Touching Everyone’s Lives
If you ever had a grandma fill a prescription drug that she couldn’t have paid for herself, if you ever were spared a work injury because your employer put in safety measures, if you ever had a child fill up on a decent breakfast at school instead of home --- then you are among the millions of people whose lives were helped by the relentless public service of one of our longest standing senators, Sen. Ted Kennedy.
His politics were as fiesty and scandal-torn as his live hard-die hard political family of patriarchal ruling class elite, yet he championed the marginalized and underserved for 46 years in the Senate.
French Doctors Reveal Remarkable Healing Paradigm
THIS ENTRY DESCRIBES A HEALING SESSION I WITNESSED AT CIIS THIS JULY WITH Dr. Patrick Veret, MD, and Cristina Cuomo. For more information, contact me at CIIS Integrative Health Studies, 415 575-6284. Meg
When Anna walked into the university auditorium at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), she was limping in obvious pain, barely able to put weight on her left knee. “It’s nothing but bone on bone; I need a knee replacement,” she said.
But after a few brief moments of Nutripuncture delivered by French scientist and medical doctor Patrick Veret, Anna walked around in a circle, upright and spry, as if no surgery was needed. “I’m stunned. What just happened?” she asked. Equally amazed were the attendees of this two-minute healing demonstration, professors and staff at the university who were asked to witness and scrutinize a revolutionary method of restoring health and optimal balance.
Traditional Healing in Bhutan
I just got home from my week in Bhutan -- it takes two days to travel there, and I’m jet lagged beyond belief. The time I spent with native healers and allopathic doctors in Bhutan’s capitol city of Thimpu was truly rewarding, and I’m happy to report they share a respectful co-existence A robust system of cross-referral thrives in the small Himalayan kingdom, known for its Gross National Happiness economic and ecological policies.
March 27, 2009
Time to dive into my mission here: ethnographic study of Bhutan's health system, its translation of Gross National Happiness principles into health outcomes, and an exploration of how well medical pluralism thrives.First stop: traditional Asian medicine physician, Dr. Mindu Gorji, where I had my pulses read and my tongue analyzed. I did, however, skip out on the blood letting and swallowing of some rather questionable looking precious gem herbs rolled in dirt from a high-arsenic soil territory.I met with the Director of Public Health, Health Ministry—his dedication to equity, access, and quality was admirable. His responsibilities cover administration of a multilayered distribution of health programs from the National Hospital through grassroots Community Health Workers. Then I visited their national hospital and was amazed at the amount of work done with limited resources.
Medicines That Flower
It doesn’t matter how far and wide you travel, you will find local knowledge of the plants, herbs, animals, and spring waters that heal whatever ails people in that region.
Even more fascinating--and something that herbalists have long known--you will often find the antidote (healing balm) for a poisonous or irritating agent right next to the offender. Nature supplies its own first aid kit along with its insult. We do live on the plane of duality, after all...
Here am I outside of Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, looking at the region’s unique herbs that grow from 1500 to 5500 meters. The Swiss with their successful pharmaceutical industry has long had an eye for these unique plants and has helped Bhutan safeguard and catalogue indigenous herbs and other botanicals as part of a sustainable ecological mission, along with a strong interest in developing a robust trade in healing pharmaceuticals.
May Help or Reverse Plaque in Alzheimer’s Disease
A biotech firm in Washington recently announced an overwhelmingly positive response to compounds from a rain forest botanical for treating Alzheimer's Disease, along with its intention to safeguard the very forests that provide such a remarkable pharmacopeia.
If you’ve ever cared for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve searched for hopeful research pointing to a possible cure for this debilitating 6th leading cause of death. Every day scientists test new drugs, diets and devices to prevent or halt the growth of the beta-amyloid plaques in the brain which lead to neurofibrillary tangles that gum it up and transform a loved one into a total stranger.
Most drugs attempt to manage the condition, but nothing really halts its progress, and side effects are troubling, until now.
Why I Support Single-Payor Health Care
As a medical anthropologist and college professor, I study health care systems around the world, and a single payer system (some countries have additional private sector options) is the only system that can assure a baseline of adequate care for all of its citizens. We have that system in Medicare, and we need to expand its effectiveness to the entire US population. There is such unbelievable waste and greed in the present hodge-podge "payor" system! Just the savings alone of eliminating these "continuous denial methods" would provide a baseline of care for everyone, and do so with a seamless network of electronic medical records -- something that is vastly needed to update and optimize medical access and care.
Please wake up, America. You're in a trance. You've believed the hogwash about "socialized" medicine being an evil that will eradicate your choices. There is still choice under Medicare. In fact, there are better choices with 30% savings. The US ranks among the lowest in industrialized nations in life expectancy and infant mortality. We can't keep doing the same thing, expecting different results. Our nation's greatness was founded on a strong middle class, educated and empowered through efficient public systems.
Happiness is Hot--Even When the Dollar is Not
Some unexpected findings from the economic downturn are turning up, and ironically, they all point to emotional highs. Medical anthropologist Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, reports, “People are determining what matters most, enjoying a period of introspection and shoring up your personal resilience. Happiness and quality of life are stacking up as higher priorities, as evidenced by a halt in high-end spending, and less attention paid to “high maintenance” vacations or resort travel.
Jordan cites higher rates of cancellation among non-essential business travel, increasing webinar traffic and an interesting resurrection of low- or no-cost entertainment from the Great Depression generation: poker night, card games, potluck dinner parties and yes, even bowling leagues.
“Think of the activities that your elder parents or grandparents talked about doing ‘back when we didn’t have a pot to pee in’ as the expression goes, and you’ll see a resurgence of belt tightening that goes beyond the simply shopping less, and instead revives a quest for meaningful social interactions and purposeful living.”
Declining Fertility Confirmed in Austrian Study
Austrian Government Study Confirms Genetically Modified
Threaten Human Fertility and Health Safety
Advocates Call for Immediate Ban of GM Foods and Crops
A long-term feeding study commissioned by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, managed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth, and carried out by Veterinary University Vienna, confirms genetically modified (GM) corn seriously affects reproductive health in mice. Non-GMO advocates, who have warned about this infertility link along with other health risks, now seek an immediate ban of all GM foods and GM crops to protect the health of humankind and the fertility of women around the world.
Feeding mice with genetically modified corn developed by the US-based Monsanto Corporation led to lower fertility and body weight, according to the study conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. Lead author of the study Professor Zentek said, there was a direct link between the decrease in fertility and the GM diet, and that mice fed with non-GE corn reproduced more efficiently.
In the study, Austrian scientists performed several long-term feeding trials over 20 weeks with laboratory mice fed a diet containing 33% of a GM variety (NK 603 x MON 810), or a closely related non-GE variety used in many countries. Statistically significant litter size and pup weight decreases were found in the third and fourth litters in the GM-fed mice, compared to the control group.