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Dec 14, 2012

Dementia risk linked to feelings of loneliness, not lack of social ties

Friday, December 14, 2012 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer

dementia (NaturalNews) Studies have linked factors such as living alone or a lack of social connections to an increased risk of dementia. But according to a study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, it is actually feelings of loneliness, rather than any of these objective external factors, that are associated with greater risk.

“These results suggest that feelings of loneliness independently contribute to the risk of dementia in later life,” the researchers wrote.

Well-established risk factors for dementia include advanced age, depression, impaired cognition, and certain genetic profiles and underlying medical conditions, the researchers noted. But few studies have been conducted to carefully examine the effects of social isolation. Yet with both the aging population and the number of people living alone increasing they said, understanding the relationship between dementia and isolation may be of great importance.

Junk food addicts experience withdrawals

Addiction to junk food similar to drug addiction

Published On: Dec 14 2012 08:50:46 AM EST
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MONTREAL, CANADA -A new study says the feelings you have when quitting junk food are similar to the ones experienced in drug withdrawal.

Researchers out of the University of Montreal say a high-fat diet can actually cause chemical changes in the brain.

And those changes could lead to stress and withdrawal symptoms if you switch to a healthier diet.

The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, was performed on mice for a period of six weeks.

The author says the chemicals monitored in the mice are similar to those found in the human brain.

Don’t let your child see a psychiatrist. Ever

Friday, December 14, 2012 by: Jon Rappoport

men(NaturalNews) If you have a child, don’t let him/her see a psychiatrist. Ever.

Read Mike Adams’ new article about psychiatry. It’s one of the best I’ve ever read, and I’ve been researching this pseudoscience for 20 years.

Then read this one, too. It’s also excellent. I wrote it.

Yes, I know, I’m bragging, which is a sign of a mental disorder: Self-Inflation at the Expense of Sacred Psychiatry Disorder. The preferred treatment is electroshock therapy and MKULTRA re-programming. I’m opting for a walk in the park coupled with two doses of outrage at these fake doctors who poison brains and believe they’re healers.

Here is a clue. The government gives psychiatry its fake legitimacy. That’s how the game works. The government blesses the medical licensing boards that award psychiatrists permission to drug your children, alter their brains, poison them, and of course make all the fake diagnoses in the first place.

Without the government, these fakes would sink into the waves and be gone forever. Nobody in his right mind or wrong mind would ever step into a psychiatrist’s office. It would be like volunteering to stumble out on to a mine field seeded with explosives.

Media, naturally, go along with the psychiatric hoax. Thousands of articles keep coming out of the hopper to support the authoritative pronouncements of these deranged monsters with medical degrees and “training” in diagnosing mental illnesses.

There are no mental illnesses or disorders. There never have been.

There are people with problems, there are people who suffer, there are people who are in desperate circumstances, there are people who have severe nutritional deficiencies, there are people who have been poisoned by various chemicals, there are people who have been abused and ignored, there are people who have been told there is something wrong with them, there are people who are different and can’t deal with the conforming androids in their midst, but there are no mental disorders.


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Fatty food changes brain

Published: Dec. 13, 2012 at 9:49 PM

MONTREAL, Dec. 13 (UPI) — Eating fatty and sugary foods causes brain chemical changes so removing junk food from the diet may feel similar to drug withdrawal, Canadian researchers say.

Dr. Stephanie Fulton of the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine and colleagues fed one group of mice a low-fat diet, which was 11 percent fat, and a high-fat diet, which was 58 percent fat, to a second group over six weeks, monitoring how the different food affected the way the animals behaved.

The high-fat diet caused the waist size in the latter group to increase by 11 percent, but the mice were not yet obese. The research team used a variety of techniques to evaluate the relationship between rewarding mice with food and their resulting behavior and emotions. The researchers then looked at the brains of the mice and found them physically altered.

One of the molecules in the brain examined was dopamine, which enables the brain to reward with good feelings — encouraging people to learn certain kinds of behavior, Fulton said.

This chemical is the same in humans as it is in mice and other animals.

In turn, CREB is a molecule that controls the activation of genes involved in the functioning of our brains, including those that cause the production of dopamine and it contributes to memory formation.

“CREB was much more activated in the brains of higher-fat diet mice and these mice also have higher levels of corticosterone, a hormone that is associated with stress. This explains both the depression and the negative behavior cycle,” Fulton said in a statement. “A change of diet then causes withdrawal symptoms and a greater sensitivity to stressful situations, launching a vicious cycle of poor eating.”

The findings were published online in the International Journal of Obesity.

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Patient testifies psychiatrist turned exam into something more

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Patient testifies psychiatrist turned exam into something moreKEVIN MARTIN | QMI AGENCY

CALGARY – Former court psychiatrist Dr. Aubrey Levin tried to turn a routine medical inspection into something more, the last of his alleged victims testified Thursday.The man testified he had seen Levin several times for mental health issues after being referred to the psychiatrist by his family doctor.

“At times I have major mood swings which can change into hallucinations,” he told Crown prosecutor Bill Wister.

“I see stuff that other people normally wouldn’t,” he said.

He said some time in early 2009 he went to Levin’s office to try to get free medication from the doctor.

At the time he also raised some concerns about his physical health, said the patient, who can’t be identified.

“I had mentioned to him I thought I had an STD,” the witness said.

“And I had problems at that point in intimacy areas.”

He said Levin took him from the doctor’s office at the Peter Lougheed Centre to a nearby examination room and told him to remove his pants.

“He had told me that he would inspect me for any infections that I may have,” the man said.

After the patient pulled down his own pants, he said Levin did the same to his underwear.

Levin then grabbed his penis, the witness said.

“He was maybe one second into it when I jumped off that bed,” he said.

The witness will be cross-examined by defence lawyer Chris Archer on Friday.

Levin faces nine charges of sexual assault after Wister stayed one charge Thursday.

Lilly takes solanezumab for another spin

December 13, 2012

Eli Lilly’s tease that it wasn’t yet done with its experimental Alzheimer’s medication solanezumab has moved forward: the drug maker announced Wednesday that it was giving the treatment another go at Phase III trials.

The difference this time around is that the target audience is patients with mild Alzheimer’s. Previous tests were among mild-to-moderate patients, and failed to trigger results on both cognitive and global function targets.

Lilly is discussing the design and length of the new study with the FDA, but expects to kicks things off by the third quarter of next year.

Bernstein analyst Tim Anderson wrote in his Wednesday research note that although Lilly has told his group they don’t want to up the solanezumab dose, he thinks it would make sense to change the rules for this next round of testing, in part, because he attributed Pfizer’s bapineuzumab failure to dosing, writing the drug “likely failed in part because only very low dosing was possible.” Anderson wrote Wednesday that Lilly used 17 times the amount of solanezumab in its Phase III trials than Pfizer did of bapineuzumab. Lilly said in the fall that it was able to tease out some positive results, such as slowed cognitive decline, even though it didn’t hit the trial’s goals. Anderson speculated Wednesday that the higher-than-babineuzumab dose “may explain why modest efficacy was seen” in Lilly’s trials.

Fatal Strokes Strike Distressed Seniors

By Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: December 13, 2012
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Nurse Planner

Depression, stress, and a negative outlook on life among older individuals appears to predict their risk of dying from a stroke, a longitudinal study showed.

The most distressed seniors were 2.97-fold more likely to die from a stroke, while the next highest quartile was at 1.98-fold elevated risk compared with the least distressed quartile (P<0.0001 and 0.0091, respectively), Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH, of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues reported online in Stroke.

That association persisted after full adjustment for other stroke risk factors and was largely accounted for by hemorrhagic rather than ischemic strokes among community-dwelling seniors followed in the Chicago Health and Aging Project.

Associations with stroke incidence were also seen but lost significance after adjustment for stroke risk factors.

“People should be aware that stress and negative emotions often increase with age,” Everson-Rose noted in a statement. “Family members and caregivers need to recognize these emotions have a profound effect on health.”

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Sleepless America: Over $63.2 Billion Lost Annually to Lack of Sleep

December 13th, 2012| Updated 12/13/2012 at 2:37 am

sleepinsomnia1 260x162 Sleepless America: Over $63.2 Billion Lost Annually to Lack of SleepInsomnia, the most common sleep-related complaint, is often overlooked as an uncommon issue with no global consequence. But research from Harvard Medical School has already shed some light on the effects of insomnia on the world economy, and the statistics are quite startling. The average American misses 11.3 days each year from work because of some type of insomnia. Furthermore, insomnia-related lost time costs 63.2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

Types and Some Causes of Insomnia

Most adults require at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night in order to function their best. Unfortunately, we live in a very hectic culture, and many people undervalue the benefit of getting a good night’s sleep. Between 30% and 50% of individuals suffer from insomnia at some point and over 10% have insomnia issues for a long duration of time. Insomnia strikes both young and old, though generally more women than men are burdened with this problem.

Insomnia can be caused the result of a number of factors, including depression, anxiety, chronic stress, medications, asthma, reflux, cancer, chronic pain, sleep apnea, technology and sleeping with the light on, and narcolepsy, to name a few. Unfortunately many of these insomnia causes may actually worsen from lack of sleep, such as depression or weight problems becoming worse as the sleepless nights pass.

There are three classes of insomnia have been identified relative to the length of time that the sleeping problems have existed. Transient insomnia is when sleeping problems last for under seven days, short- term insomnia lasts for more than seven days but less than 21 days, and long-term insomnia endures for more than 21 days.

Big Pharma Parkinson’s drug turns ordinary family man into gay sex addict

Thursday, December 13, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

sex(NaturalNews) Didier Jambart, a 52-year-old husband and father of two from Nantes, France, first began his downward spiral into a life of uncontrollable addiction after he started taking drugs back in 2003. But the particular drug that triggered his inexplicable bout of sexual deviancy and out-of-control gambling, Requip (Ropinirole Hcl), is not illegal, and had actually been prescribed to him by a legitimate doctor practicing state-approved medicine.

In a shocking example of just how dangerous pharmaceutical drugs can be — and in this case, infinitely more dangerous than, say, marijuana, a natural plant that is still illegal in most places due to widespread misunderstanding and ignorance — Jambart’s fight for his life ultimately resulted in a judgment awarding him about $260,000 for the pain and suffering he and his family endured at the hands of Big Pharma. But it also illustrates how careful people need to be when taking any pharmaceutical drug, as doing so can literally change your life in an instant.

Soldiers, PTSD and the Shamanic Plant Medicine Iboga

Dylan Charles, Contributor
Activist Post

Whether you agree with American foreign policy or not, it’s difficult to imagine disagreement over the fact that soldiers returning from war should be given the best possible care to recover from physical and psychological injuries incurred in military service.

Not only is it naturally human and compassionate to wish for your fellow man to be healed, healthy and happy, but, it is also dangerous to reintroduce thousands of emotionally scarred war fighters into society, as many of them will go on to serve the public in law enforcement and security roles.

This year, 2012, Army suicides in Afghanistan (a conflict that began in 2001) have surpassed combat deaths. Military suicides are presently at an all-time high. And here at home, a militarized police state is consuming us. We are a nation in need of healing.

Our young men and women are returning home with troubling psychological wounds that are going unaddressed with the traditional methods of counseling, prescription drugs, coping skills, and drug and alcohol abuse.

There are two fundamental problems here. First there is the root problem – our society is suffering from the stress of being in perpetual conflict. Secondly, the treatments we offer our military post-conflict do not work. Since there is little to no public demand for significant change in foreign policy, it is unlikely that much can be done at present to strike this problem at the root, therefore, we are left with finding the best possible treatments for veterans afflicted with combat PTSD.

Are the best treatments illegal?

Iboga is a psychoactive plant medicine derived from the root bark of the Iboga tree, found in certain parts of Africa. It is administered ceremonially in rites of passage and healing ceremonies tended to by master shaman who have successfully negotiated the spiritual realms into which the medicine plunges its participants. It is known for its power to bring a person into direct contact with the realms of the deceased, and also for allowing a person to see deeply into their past in a way that permits open communication with themselves as they were in the past. The psychoactive journey typically lasts for up to 36 hours and dramatically detoxifies the physical body as well as the psycho-spiritual body.

For veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder it offers significant hope in purging a person of the horrors and guilt of war.Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined as a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to an event that caused physiological trauma (Wiki). This disorder disables the individual from fully enjoying their life. PTSD leaves the individual with an anxiety that causes inconsistencies in the many important facets of their life. With proven results, many people are relieving their anxiety and helping cure their post-traumatic stress disorder with ibogaine or iboga, a rootbark of the natural plant which is native to Gabon, Africa. Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance that has numerous uses. Iboga has also been used widely to treat opiate addiction. Now many people are inquiring about the uses of Iboga to naturally treat PTSD.

What iboga offers you is a psychological environment to tie up any loose ends that are getting in the way of your mind functioning smoothly. It resets your mind while putting you in a dream state of REM sleep, while you are conscious and able to fully access your subconscious, memories, and deepest fears and beliefs. You are then given the free will to choose what to let go of, permanently. (Iboga House)

In the following video, Iraqi war veteran, Rob, describes how PTSD overtook his life after serving 12 years in the military. He candidly discusses how he couldn’t relate to typical treatments, how his life became dysfunctional, and how he found the medicine Iboga and received thorough healing from participating in Shamanic ceremonies with this ancient spiritual medicine.

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Every human emotion now classified as a mental disorder in new psychiatric manual DSM-5

Psychiatry goes insane

Mike Adams
Natural News
Dec 13, 2012

The industry of modern psychiatry has officially gone insane. Virtually every emotion experienced by a human being — sadness, grief, anxiety, frustration, impatience, excitement — is now being classified as a “mental disorder” demanding chemical treatment (with prescription medications, of course).

The new, upcoming DSM-5 “psychiatry bible,” expected to be released in a few months, has transformed itself from a medical reference manual to a testament to the insanity of the industry itself.

“Mental disorders” named in the DSM-5 include “General Anxiety Disorder” or GAD for short. GAD can be diagnosed in a person who feels a little anxious doing something like, say, talking to a psychiatrist. Thus, the mere act of a psychiatrist engaging in the possibility of making a diagnoses causes the “symptoms” of that diagnoses to magically appear.

This is called quack science and circular reasoning, yet it’s indicative of the entire industry of psychiatry which has become such a laughing stock among scientific circles that even the science skeptics are starting to turn their backs in disgust. Psychiatry is no more “scientific” than astrology or palm reading, yet its practitioners call themselves “doctors” of psychiatry in order to try to make quackery sound credible.

How modern psychiatry really works

Here’s how modern psychiatry really operates: A bunch of self-important, overpaid intellectuals who want to make more money invent a fabricated disease that I’ll call “Hoogala Boogala Disorder” or HBD.

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Brain Changes Continue After Child’s Concussion: Study

Whether this represents a prolonged recovery or permanent damage is unclear

December 12, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) — Brain changes in children who have suffered a concussion continue to occur even after they no longer have symptoms of the injury, according to a new study.

The findings highlight the potential benefit of using advanced brain imaging techniques to monitor a child’s recovery, said Andrew Mayer and colleagues at the Mind Research Network and the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque. The Mind Research Network is a nonprofit association that focuses on imaging technology and neuroscience.

The team looked at 15 children, aged 10 to 17, who had recently suffered a mild concussion. Structural changes seen in brain white matter about two weeks after the concussion were still evident more than three months later although the children no longer had any symptoms of their injury.

The researchers also found that the extent of white matter changes in the children was larger than what has previously been reported for adults with mild concussion. This suggests that developmental differences in the brain or the musculoskeletal system may make children more susceptible to concussion.

The study was published Dec. 12 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

“These findings may have important implications about when it is truly safe for a child to resume physical activities that may produce a second concussion, potentially further injuring an already vulnerable brain,” Mayer said in a journal news release.

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Zombie Entertainment: A Lesson in Cognitive Dissonance and the Red Pill

By Kimberly Paxton
The Daily Sheeple
December 12, 2012

Zombies are the new vampires in the entertainment world, but unlike pop culture vampires, they don’t sparkle, they aren’t sexy and brooding, and you don’t want to turn into one.

The most popular show in cable TV history is The Walking Dead. Dozens, if not hundreds, of zombies are slain in every episode. Head shots are taken with no more compunction than swatting as mosquito before it lands on your arm. An axe to the skull, a pick through an eye socket, blunt objects, arrows, daggers – anything goes. What’s more, it doesn’t matter if the zombie is a man, woman or child – it must be killed immediately as it staggers hungrily towards you.

Even the US military is getting into the spirit of the Zombie Apocalypse, holding mock disaster drills with the shuffling horde as the enemy.

It’s all in the name of fun, right? Simply entertainment and anyone who says otherwise needs to lighten up, right?

Perhaps not – perhaps we need to take a look at psychological experiments undertaken in the last century to determine whether the Zombie craze is just a big psychological experiment being perpetrated on us.

In 1971, a 2 week experiment was funded by the US Office of Naval Research to study the effects of becoming a prisoner or a prison guard. A mock prison was set up at Stanford University, and 24 students took part in the experiment, half taking on the roles of prisoners and the other half, guards in the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment.

The situation escalated quickly into a cycle of abuse and torture. The psychological reactions were so dramatic that the study was suddenly halted on day 6. Out of more than 50 people who had observed the experiment, one graduate student finally objected to the abuse and torture. Dr. Philip Zimbardo, who was in charge of the experiment, wrote:

At this point it became clear that we had to end the study. We had created an overwhelmingly powerful situation — a situation in which prisoners were withdrawing and behaving in pathological ways, and in which some of the guards were behaving sadistically. Even the “good” guards felt helpless to intervene, and none of the guards quit while the study was in progress. Indeed, it should be noted that no guard ever came late for his shift, called in sick, left early, or demanded extra pay for overtime work.

I ended the study prematurely for two reasons. First, we had learned through videotapes that the guards were escalating their abuse of prisoners in the middle of the night when they thought no researchers were watching and the experiment was “off.” Their boredom had driven them to ever more pornographic and degrading abuse of the prisoners.

Second, Christina Maslach, a recent Stanford Ph.D. brought in to conduct interviews with the guards and prisoners, strongly objected when she saw our prisoners being marched on a toilet run, bags over their heads, legs chained together, hands on each other’s shoulders. Filled with outrage, she said, “It’s terrible what you are doing to these boys!” Out of 50 or more outsiders who had seen our prison, she was the only one who ever questioned its morality. Once she countered the power of the situation, however, it became clear that the study should be ended.

And so, after only six days, our planned two-week prison simulation was called off.

This experiment proved how fragile the human resistance is to wrong-doing under stressful sitatuations, and how quickly people who are normally considered to be “moral” and “mentally stable” can digress to behavior that is both sadistic and repugnant when that behavior is considered normal for the circumstances.

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Antidepressant Paxil linked to man’s suicide, jury awards $1.5 million in malpractice case

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

suicide(NaturalNews) The family of a 51-year-old father, teacher, and basketball coach who committed suicide back in 2009 has been awarded $1.5 million in a landmark malpractice case that highlights the incredible dangers associated with antidepressant drugs. As reported by The Post Standard, a Supreme Court jury in New York recently found that Joseph Mazella had been improperly and negligently prescribed a deadly combination of the antidepressant drug Paxil (paroxetine) and the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa (olanzapine) by his physician, Dr. William Beals, which triggered a rapid mental downfall that led to Joseph eventually taking his own life.

Joseph had reportedly already been taking 20-milligram doses of Paxil for over 10 years at the order of Dr. Beals prior to his suicide, who apparently never once met in person with Joseph during that time to assess him and see how the drug was affecting his mental health. According to Joseph’s wife Janice, Dr. Beals essentially just filled Joseph’s prescriptions from time to time over the phone upon request — as Joseph would run out of pills, in other words, he would simply call Dr. Beals, who would then fill them from afar without any sort of evaluation or patient visit, which is completely unethical.

Things took a serious turn for the worse; however, when Joseph phoned Dr. Beals on August 9, 2009, to inform him that he was beginning to feel anxious and depressed again, despite his regular regimen with Paxil. Rather than bring Joseph in for an evaluation to properly assess him and make a decision about how to proceed, Dr. Beals, who was reportedly vacationing in Cape Cod at the time, simply doubled Joseph’s Paxil dosage to 40 milligrams, and also tacked on the deadly antipsychotic drug Zyprexa, all over the phone. And in less than one month, Joseph, an otherwise cheery, warm, and well-loved man by many, was found dead in his garage by his wife.

“After reviewing extensive records and interviewing Mr. Mazella’s wife Janice, I concluded that Dr. Beals was negligent in reportedly prescribing Paxil for 10 years without seeing the patient, in failing to warn the patient and his wife about the serious risks associated with Paxil, in his doubling the Paxil dose and adding Zyprexa by telephone, and then in abandoning the patient during his decline,” wrote Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist and the medical expert for Joseph’s family during the trial, in a recent piece for the Huffington Post.

Antidepressant Use and Breast Cancer: Exploring a New Threat

December 10th, 2012| Updated 12/10/2012 at 2:56 am

breastcancerribbon4 260x162 Antidepressant Use and Breast Cancer: Exploring a New ThreatResearch has found a suspicious link between the use of anti-depressant medication and some very unpleasant side effects including headaches, stomach aches, nervousness, increased risk of miscarriage, autism and suicidal thoughts. But that’s not all. With results from 61 different studies, researchers are once again pointing a finger at anti-depressants. This time, they are saying that women who take a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.Women are among the top users of the 27 million Americans who take antidepressants on a regular basis. In fact, women are diagnosed more than twice as much as men with Major Depressive Disorder and three times more frequently diagnosed with enduring depression known as Dysthymic Disorder. The link between the use of antidepressants and breast cancer is alarming due to the fact that the Alliance for Human Research Protection reports that one woman out of eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. Not only is breast cancer an issue with the number of women taking antidepressants, but also the fact that antidepressant use is linked to birth defects, threatening the health of not only women but also children.

To make matters more complicated, antidepressants are prescribed to women on a regular basis for a wide number of non-depression related health conditions such as eating disorders, hot flashes and headaches. Overall, antidepressants fall in line only behind painkillers and cholesterol-lowering drugs in terms of the amount of prescriptions written.

Toothpaste Blasts Kids with 5,000% More IQ-Crushing Fluoride than Heavily Fluoridated Areas

Anthony Gucciardi
December 10, 2012


Fluoride exposure at typical water fluoridation levels is known to decrease IQ across the board and leading medical heads have confirmed it is fueling cancer and other disease as well, but what about fluoride levels around 5,000 times that found in most drinking water? With one of the most popular doctor recommended ‘extra fluoride’ toothpaste brands by Colgate, you get a massivesodium fluoride blast of 5,000 PPM — around a 5,000% increase from the average water fluoridation levels of .07 to 1 PPM.

Children are being given this toothpaste to ‘protect’ their teeth, and I even know someone personally who was given this toothpaste a couple years ago by a dentist to ‘prevent fluoride deficiency. It sounds truly absurd, and it absolutely is. Some uninformed dentists have been pushing the sodium fluoride lie for years, even going as far as to recommend patients take fluoride pills, eat fluoride chewing gum, and ingest fluoride drops to address these ‘fluoride deficiencies’. Deficiencies that of course do not exist as you cannot be deficient in a toxic compound.

Perhaps children should also be taking lead capsules and using lead-fortified toothpaste to prevent lead deficiency?

Top Cancer Researcher, Harvard, EPA Agree: Fluoride is Toxic

If you think it’s a conspiracy theory that fluoride is lowering your IQ and giving you cancer, then you may want to take it up with Harvard University, the EPA, and a former head of the National Cancer Institute. In fact, you’ll even want to take it up with the United States government as a whole, which actually claimed it would be lowering fluoride levels following the 23 or so studies that have linked fluoride to decreased IQ and neurological development.

Published in a federal government journal known as Environmental Health Perspectives, a recent Harvard University study was the 24th (and arguable one of the strongest) study to highlight a serious relationship between fluoride levels and a host of neurotoxic effects. From IQ reduction to hampered brain development, the research is clear. As both Harvard’s press release and official study state:

“The children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ than those who lived in low fluoride areas.”

They also detailed how fluoride attacks developing babies and may permanently damage growing brains:

”Fluoride readily crosses the placenta. Fluoride exposure to the developing brain, which is much more susceptible to injury caused by toxicants than is the mature brain, may possibly lead to damage of a permanent nature.”

Similar quotes can even be found from government agencies such as the EPA. You’ve never heard about it on the mainstream media, where GMO and fluoride are kings, but the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has actually classified sodium fluoride as a substance with ‘substantial evidence of neurotoxicity’. And rightfully so, sodium fluoride is actually more toxic than lead.

Ultimately it was Dr. Dean Burk, head scientist at the National Cancer Institute, author of over 250 scientific articles, and the recipient of multiple prestigious awards, who first spoke out against fluoride and its effects back in 1977. At that time, Burk said that fluoride had caused around 10,000 deaths or so. Later in an interview he went on to mention how fluoride is tied to far more. The National Cancer Institute failed to publish Burk’s work until 1989, despite the fact his findings were built on solid science and concerned public health at large.

According to Burk, at just 1 PPM, fluoride led issues like a 25% increase in tumor growth rate, the cultivation of cancer cells, and of course, IQ reduction. Imagine 5,000 PPM. In Burk’s research, animals given fluoride also experienced:

  • An increase in tumor growth
  • A rare form of bone cancer
  • An increase in thyroid cell tumors
  • A rare form of liver cancer

At just 1 PPM in the water, sodium fluoride and the toxic slew of chemicals that have been branched under the label of water fluoridation pose a serious threat. At 5,000 PPM, you can only imagine the damage that is taking place. For doctors to recommend 5,000 PPM ‘fluoride enhanced’ toothpaste is absolutely insane. Please avoid purchasing toothpaste containing fluoride.

This post originally appeared at Natural Society

When depression drugs fail, psychotherapy may help

Talk Therapy Boosts Response to Antidepressants

Link Established Between Top Anti-Anxiety Drug and Dementia

December 6th, 2012| Updated 12/06/2012 at 2:50 am

pillsfallbottle 260x162 Link Established Between Top Anti Anxiety Drug and DementiaBenzodiazepines are some of the most widely prescribed pharmaceuticals in the world. In the U.S. alone, there are fifteen kinds of benzos, commonly prescribed for anxiety and sleeplessness. They have a calming and tranquilizing effect. But French scientistsrecently found they will do much more than calm you down—they could increase your risk of dementia.The study was likely spurred because 30 percent of people over the age of 65 in France take benzodiazepines. How many Americans are on the drugs isn’t well known, though it’s thought to be a similar percentage. In older adults, the medication is most often doled out to help with insomnia. But, it’s in these elderly patients that the risk for related dementia is most prominent.

According to the research, those on the benzos increased their risk of dementia significantly. Those who didn’t take the drugs had a risk of 3.2 per 100 “person years” (describing one person at risk of development of dementia during a period of one year). In those who did take the drugs, the rate was 4.8 per 100 person years. In other words, according to the study authors, the rate of dementia was increased by 50% in those who took benzodiazepines.

Here are some of the facts. The study used participants who had never taken the drugs before, 1,063 of them. The average age of participants was 78. Of those participating, 95 were prescribed benzodiazepines during the study period. 253 participants developed dementia. Of those, 30 had begun taking benzos between three and five years into the study.

The dangers of these drugs are not entirely new. It has a high risk of abuse because of its calming effects. According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, people can develop a tolerance for these drugs, which doctors counteract by simply giving them more. Many people who are put on these drugs end up taking them for the rest of their lives.

They include: Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepamn), Ativan (lorazepam), and Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam), also known as the “date rape drug”.

While this French study was very specific to older adults, it would be interesting to see further research on the effects on younger populations, not that we would advocate giving more people these drugs. Instead, it would be even better if money was invested in studying natural anti-anxiety alternatives and sleep aids. If you find yourself always waking up tired or anxious, try using safer solutions, such as cornflower or herbal sleep remedies.

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Study Reinforces Link Between Head Trauma, Brain Damage

By WBUR Newsroom December 3, 2012

BOSTON — An extensive Boston University study of head trauma found strong evidence that repeated blows to the head can lead to long-term brain damage.

The study, conducted by the BU Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, looked at the brains of 85 football players, boxers and military veterans. Sixty-eight of the subjects — or 80 percent — showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is a degenerative brain disorder linked to memory loss, depression and dementia.

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Asperger’s removed from psych diagnostic manual

The American Psychiatric Association announced a revision to their diagnostic manual after almost two decades of consideration. TODAY contributor Dr. Gail Saltz discusses the changes, which include new guidelines for treating binge eaters and hoarders and the removal of Asperger’s as a diagnosis.

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Study: Sitting at a Desk is Deadly

Steve Lohr
December 2, 2012

THE health studies that conclude that people should sit less, and get up and move around more, have always struck me as fitting into the “well, duh” category.

But a closer look at the accumulating research on sitting reveals something more intriguing, and disturbing: the health hazards of sitting for long stretches are significant even for people who are quite active when they’re not sitting down. That point was reiterated recently in two studies, published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine and in Diabetologia, a journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

Suppose you stick to a five-times-a-week gym regimen, as I do, and have put in a lifetime of hard cardio exercise, and have a resting heart rate that’s a significant fraction below the norm. That doesn’t inoculate you, apparently, from the perils of sitting.

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DSM-5: Psychiatrists OK Vast Changes To Diagnosis Manual


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CHICAGO — The now familiar term “Asperger’s disorder” is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But “dyslexia” and other learning disorders remain.

The revisions come in the first major rewrite in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic guide used by the nation’s psychiatrists. Changes were approved Saturday.

Full details of all the revisions will come next May when the American Psychiatric Association’s new diagnostic manual is published, but the impact will be huge, affecting millions of children and adults worldwide. The manual also is important for the insurance industry in deciding what treatment to pay for, and it helps schools decide how to allot special education.

This diagnostic guide “defines what constellations of symptoms” doctors recognize as mental disorders, said Dr. Mark Olfson, a Columbia University psychiatry professor. More important, he said, it “shapes who will receive what treatment. Even seemingly subtle changes to the criteria can have substantial effects on patterns of care.”

Olfson was not involved in the revision process. The changes were approved Saturday in suburban Washington, D.C., by the psychiatric association’s board of trustees.

The aim is not to expand the number of people diagnosed with mental illness, but to ensure that affected children and adults are more accurately diagnosed so they can get the most appropriate treatment, said Dr. David Kupfer. He chaired the task force in charge of revising the manual and is a psychiatry professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

One of the most hotly argued changes was how to define the various ranges of autism. Some advocates opposed the idea of dropping the specific diagnosis for Asperger’s disorder. People with that disorder often have high intelligence and vast knowledge on narrow subjects but lack social skills. Some who have the condition embrace their quirkiness and vow to continue to use the label.

And some Asperger’s families opposed any change, fearing their kids would lose a diagnosis and no longer be eligible for special services.

But the revision will not affect their education services, experts say.

The new manual adds the term “autism spectrum disorder,” which already is used by many experts in the field. Asperger’s disorder will be dropped and incorporated under that umbrella diagnosis. The new category will include kids with severe autism, who often don’t talk or interact, as well as those with milder forms.

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Stress Causes Brain To Shrink
December 1, 2012

A new study has found that living a stressful life may lead to shrinking in important parts of the brain.

Researchers at Yale University saw reductions in the amount of gray matter in parts of the brain that control physiological and emotional functioning in those who endured significant amounts of stress.

According to a press release on Yale’s website, the study observed over 100 healthy participants by conducting magnetic resonance imaging scans while they answered questions about potentially traumatic life events, including the losing of a loved one, job or home.

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