Friday, December 14, 2012 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
(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.
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.
Friday, December 14, 2012 by: Jon Rappoport
(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.
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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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.
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.
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:
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
Benzodiazepines 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.
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.
TODAY | Aired on December 03, 2012
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.
By LINDSEY TANNER 12/01/12 06:52 PM ET EST
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.
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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