2017 scariest health stories

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Not all health news is easy to report, especially when it comes to freak accidents and rare diseases. Here’s a look at some of the scariest headlines from 2017:

Newborn dies after contracting life-threatening illness from kiss

infant meningitis HSV-1


Mariana Sifrit’s parents warned others about the danger of allowing newborns to be held by others who had not washed their hands or were harboring an illness after their baby was diagnosed with Meningitis HSV-1 when she was less than a week old.

The illness, which is caused by the herpes virus, proved too much for the newborn and she tragically died.

Read the full article here.

Parasitic worm squirms through teen’s eye damaging his vision

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A 17-year-old boy in Mexico went to the doctor complaining of decreasing vision and pain in his right eye, only for staff to discover a flatworm wriggling in and out of the teen’s eyeball. The worm had created multiple holes in his iris and was “moving freely in the eye. To get rid of it, doctors were forced to surgically remove the lens from the teen’s eye, and take the worm out in several pieces. While he was given anti-parasitic medicine, his vision had not improved six months post-surgery.

Read the full article here.

Mystery bug bite lands Arizona man in hospital

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Thomas Jay was taking out the trash when he felt a pinch followed by excruciating pain on his arm. He flicked away what he described as a “cross between a scorpion and a spider.” Hours later his arm was covered in dark purple bruising.

He was transferred between hospitals until he found one with a toxicology department where doctors took a biopsy to determine what caused such an extreme reaction.

Read the full article here.

Woman’s skin burned from inside out after dosage error, lawsuit claims

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Khaliah Shaw is three years into a painful recovery from a dosage error that caused her body to burn from the inside out. Shaw spent three weeks in a medically induced coma while her skin slowely peeled off. She claims the error occured after she was prescribed medication for depression, which caused her to break out in blisters.

She eventually lost her fingernails, sweat glands and she is slowly going blind. Shaw said she is suing to ensure that other patients are protected from pharmaceutical errors.

Read the full article here.

6-year-old dancer loses leg after strep throat spirals into spreading infection

Tessa Puma lost leg from strep infection


Tessa Puma’s left leg began to swell after she was diagnosed with strep throat and a case of the flu. Akron Children’s Hospital determined the swelling was due to necrotizing fasciitis, and were forced to remove the leg.

They later discovered damage from the bacteria in her shoulder and back, which they said was likely the result of the infection spreading through her bloodstream.

Read the full article here.

Mom loses finger in freak injury at son’s baseball practice

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Chelsey Brown felt some pain when she caught her left ring finger on the fence at her son’s T-ball practice, but figured her wedding band had cut her skin. It wasn’t until she looked down that she realized her finger was missing. Her husband rushed to retrieve the finger from the fence while a nurse formed a makeshift tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

The injury tore the tendon attached to the finger clean from Brown’s elbow, canceling any hope for reattachment. Brown said she feels like she’s adjusting well, but wants others to be aware of the potential dangers that could come from something as seemingly innocent as holding onto a fence.

Read the full article here.

Family blames hospital after mom loses limbs to flesh-eating bacteria following childbirth

Hubley required amputations


Lindsey Hubley and her fiance, Mike Sampson, filed a claim against her doctors and IWK Health Centre after she said they failed to remove part of her placenta during her son’s birth. She returned to the hospital twice after being discharged, and required amputations below both her elbows and knees and a complete hysterectomy.

Hubley reportedly faces major hurdles, and Sampson was forced to quit his job to become her full-time caregiver.

Read the full article here.

Toddler suffers second-degree burns from pacifier clip



Ashley Bilek claims her toddler-aged daughter suffered second-degree burns after she fell asleep with a pacifier clip stuck to her skin. She claims doctors told her that little Madelynn’s body heat was enough to cause the clip to stick to her, and she has since filed a complaint about the JJ Cole Pacifier Clip with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The company was in contact with Bilek about the incident and said it was investigating.

Read the full article here.

CTE found in brains of 110 out of 111 deceased NFLers

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Researchers studying the brains of 202 former football players discovered traces of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in nearly all of them, with the highest instances occurring in players who had reached the professional level.

Of the 111 brains of former NFL players, researchers discovered evidence of CTE in 110. It was found in 48 of 53 college players, nine of the 14 semi-professional players, seven of eight Canadian Football league players and three of 14 high school players.

Read the full article here.

Man dies from flesh-eating bacteria after swimming with new tattoo

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A 31-year-old man died after he reportedly ignored warnings about swimming after getting a new tattoo and contracted a flesh-eating bacteria infection in the Gulf of Mexico. He had gotten a crucifix and pair of praying hands tattooed on his calf five days prior to swimming, and began suffering from fever, chills and a rash close to the ink after taking a dip.

He developed sepsis in his right calf, which had turned purple by the time he was admitted to the hospital. Two weeks after he was placed on life support, his condition further deteriorated and his kidney failed. Doctors believed years of alcohol abuse likely contributed to his demise.

Read the full article here.

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Even one exercise event improves brain health, recent study finds

Image: Even one exercise event improves brain health, recent study finds

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Here’s one more reason to start hitting the gym: according to a study, even a single workout can help improve your brain health.

Based on a new review of the effects of acute exercise, researchers summarized both the behavioral and cognitive effects of a single bout of exercise and the data gathered from various neurophysiological and neurochemical studies in both humans and animals that illustrated the extensive range of brain changes that are caused by one session of physical activity. (Related: Exercise found to treat chronic disease conditions better than drugs, with no toxicity.)

Principal investigator Wendy A. Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science, New York University, said, “Exercise interventions are currently being used to help address everything from cognitive impairments in normal aging, minimal cognitive impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer’s disease to motor deficits in Parkinson’s disease and mood states in depression.” She explained that their review can help identify the neural mechanisms and pathways through which exercise can produce these “clinically relevant effects.”

The researchers outlined a large and expanding body of research, which observed that various changes that occur at the “cognitive/behavioral, neurophysiological, and neurochemical levels” following one round of physical exercise in both humans and animals. The group of scientists studied brain imaging and electrophysiological studies, along with electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

They then reviewed neurochemical studies, such as “lactate, glutamate, and glutamine metabolism, effects on the hypothalamic-pituitary- adrenal (HPA) axis through cortisol secretion, and neurotrophins such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF).”

The team also reviewed the neurotransmitter studies of monoamines (dopamine, serotonin, epinephrine, and norepinephrine), acetylcholine, glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), along with neuromodulators such as endogenous opioids and endocannabinoids.

After the team’s comprehensive study, they reported three main observations. First, that the most consistent behavioral changes caused by acute exercise are better executive function, enhanced mood, and minimized stress levels. Second, neurophysiological and neurochemical changes that are recorded after acute exercise reveal that widespread brain areas and brain systems are activated. Third, one of the biggest unanswered questions in this area is the connection between the central neurochemical changes following acute exercise, that have mainly been studied in rodents, and the behavioral changes noted after acute exercise observed in humans. Hopefully, future studies will be able to bridge this gap.

Co-author Julia C. Basso, Ph.D., post-doctoral research fellow, Center for Neural Science at New York University, concluded that thanks to the studies presented in this review, we now know that acute exercise has “profound effects on brain chemistry and physiology.” She added that the results of the review has significant ramifications for “cognitive enhancements in healthy populations and symptom remediation in clinical populations.”

Exercise tips for beginners

If you wish to start exercising to improve your overall health, remember the workout tips listed below:

  • Take it slow – Pace yourself. Gradually work up to a regular exercise regimen, but see how your body responds to the exercise first. Try doing two to three 30-minute workout sessions weekly.
  • Always stretch – Warm up first, then stretch for at least 15 minutes before you start exercising to avoid injuries.
  • Try different exercises when working out – Aside from keeping things interesting, mixing up your regimen will help you maintain an interest in working out.
  • Take breaks – Let your body rest. If you keep at it without resting, you may end up doing more harm than good.

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The 5 Important Health Benefits Of Colonics

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

All of the cells and tissues in your body rely upon a well-functioning colon that cleanses your body of toxins. In essence, your colon is the waste management station of your body, it decides what to get rid of and what important nutrients to redistribute. Colonics are an alternative health process in which a colon therapist infuses water into the rectum to flush out the entire length of the colon. There has been an ongoing debate about whether colonics are effective in improving your health. Holistic communities recommend this alternative therapy for detoxification and other health benefits, however, according to the Mayo Clinic, most doctors discourage colonics. They argue that your digestive system and bowel naturally eliminate waste and bacteria. So, are they good for you, or not? Well, colonics have been performed for over 100 years and many people have found relief from this therapy. For people who struggle with regular and complete bowel movements for various reasons including: poor gut health, allergies and inflammation within the digestive system, colonics can help bring about regular bowel movement and decrease symptoms. If done safely and correctly, colonics shouldn’t pose many risks. Check out the five important health benefits of colonics below.

“All health begins in the digestive tract and creating a healthy colon is a great first step to wellness.” – Donna Gates

Lower The Risk Of Bowel Cancer

Colonic irrigation can exercise and strengthen the bowel. A clean and healthy functioning bowel will reduce the likelihood of you incurring bowel cancer.

Lower Risk of IBS and Chronic Constipation

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is estimated to affect about 15 – 20% of the adult population worldwide. Chronic constipation is also one of the most common gastrointestinal problems in the world which affects 42 million people in the U.S alone. Colonic irrigation improves digestion which means problems such as bloating, wind, diarrhoea and heartburn are less likely to occur.

Alkalise Your Body

If you consume a lot of meat and dairy products, your run the risk of having too much acid in your body. Colonics can help to alkalise the body which in turn can lower your risk of disease and infection.

Assist in Improved Diet

Once the waste material and gas has been released you may feel lighter and more motivated to improve your diet.

Clearer and Brighter Skin

Colonics can also help to resolve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. This will help to keep you looking young and feeling vibrant.

Boost Immune System

Colonics creates a clean and healthy environment for friendly bacteria to grow. For example, the treatment enhances the absorption of vitamins and nutrients which can help to resolve candida, thrush and bad breath.

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Large Natural Health Company Just Sold Out To Nestlé

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By Heather CallaghanEditor

A new announcement by one of the most massive natural health supplement companies has just rocked the natural health community, but not in a good way.

Dear readers – imagine my dystopian dread when I awoke this morning to find that the beloved maker of whole-food gummie supplements and protein powers (and more) just sold itself to the most bloated, scandalous Big Food company in existence – Nestlé!

In a letter to fans on Dec 5, they…

…announced exciting news that Garden of Life will become part of Nestlé. We are thrilled. This combination signals that USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified nutrition, based on real, whole and plant-based foods, has a seat at the world’s largest tables.

When we started looking at our future and our growth, we realized we just could not do it alone. In order to scale true Organics (Certified USDA Organic) and real Non-GMO (Non-GMO Project Verified) ingredients, and provide more people with high-quality, meaningful products at prices they can afford, we needed the help and expertise of a worldwide leader. So, we actually set out on a mission to find a partner that would honor our values, embrace our mission and help us fulfill Garden of Life’s true potential.

Garden of Life continues by trying to reassure its patrons that the products will remain the same…

I spent time getting to know the people at Nestlé, their vision and their values. I saw first-hand how much we have in common. They have no plans to change us — what we do, what we stand for or what we believe. […] Nestlé sees our value and wants to help us as we pursue our mission.

I plan to be very open with you as we take our steps forward with Nestlé. I want you to know that we are, and will always remain, the same great brand you’ve trusted for so many years.

Unfortunately, these are all empty promises. They cannot actually promise there will be no changes to ingredients to products because they are now a part of Nestlé.

Even if they could keep that promise, it does not change the fact they have undercut their own principles to align themselves with one of the most dreaded, scandalous mega corporations in existence!

Think about how alienated from their patrons Garden of Life would have to be to join up with GMO Big Food. Their patrons know that Nestlé steals water and believes that water isn’t a human right. Their patrons know that Nestlé cleared diverse forests and killed orangutans to obtain their palm oil. They were implicated in using child slaves for cocoa production and poisoning Maggi noodles with lead. Last year, they announced that they had technology to “restructure sugar“! Additionally, Nestlé is so massive that it has its own state-of-the-art “cyber army” headquarters where it goes online to counter “negative” comments with their PR spin. You can be sure that as soon as someone Tweets this article, Nestlé will see it.

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On the other hand, this move is actually brilliant on the part of Nestlé because it supports their attempt to win back health-conscious consumers.

This is not the first time natural companies have sold out to big corporations. Annie’s broke hearts everywhere when it was bought by General Mills. Burt’s Bees has been quietly owned by Clorox for years now.

How are we to “vote with our dollars” if there are no options left? It’s like the world really is a giant monopoly game and our trusted brands our being scooped up like it’s Park Place. Whereas Park Place is an expensive property in a game, in real life, these large natural brands are but pennies for monolithic mega-corps.

Sorry, Garden of Life – how could you ever think your “values” could be supported by this company?

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Kaiser Health Network: Going Part-Time to Afford Obamacare Premiums Is No Big Deal

An article published at the Kaiser Health News website earlier this week showed how skyrocketing Obamacare premiums have caused one married woman to switch from full-time employment to part-time.

The article identified something the establishment press almost never does, namely the specific dollar amount of an Obamacare premium. But reporter Rachel Bluth was untroubled by the implication that thousands if not millions of Americans might be making similar decisions.

To the extent that they cover this at all, the establishment press and even many center-right outlets usually only mention one-year percentage increases without identifying specific examples or giving any kind of longer-term perspective. The establishment press also quickly reminds readers and viewers that most people enrolled get government subsidies. But what about those who don’t?

Thanks to this incomplete and often dismissive coverage, few people who aren’t directly affected understand that after four years of huge increases, monthly health insurance premiums have gone up by as much as 150 percent or more in many areas of the country. Four years of 30 percent increases, which haven’t been at all unusual, would cause a 186 percent increase, or a near-tripling of costs.

Unsubsidized Obamacare premiums are now so obscenely high that they can eat up to 40 percent or more of a person’s or family’s gross income. After adding in the effect of deductibles, which can be as high as $7,000 or more per person, many of those who choose to get covered end up having to pay out more than 50 percent of their gross income before any insurance coverage (other than the relatively minor freebies like annual physicals) kick in.

I have compiled a list examples of the percentages of income a couple whose ages are both 62 and whose earnings are just $1 above the 400 percent of poverty subsidy eligibility threshold will have to pay in Obamacare premiums in each of the 50 states and DC in 2018. I did that using the Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2018 Calculator, and also got estimates from that same source of how much of a subsidy the couple could receive if they reduced their income by that single dollar to that 400 percent threshold. I obtained these estimates for the most populous zip codes in the most populous cities or towns in each state. The complete table for all 50 states is here.

The table below only shows the 20 examples I obtained where annual premiums would 40 percent or more of such a couple’s income, and where $7,000 in non-covered costs incurred would cause total healthcare-related expenditures to be 51 percent or more of their income:


It should be obvious that situations such as these and others seen in the more complete table are severely distorting personal and family financial decision-making. Many individuals and families face these choices:

  • Not getting coverage and taking what people in the pre-Obamacare era once saw as an intolerable risk.
  • Getting coverage and going broke.
  • Reducing their income just to get the huge subsidies seen above.

Couples and families whose relationships are otherwise sound also, as seen in columns I wrote at another website seven and four years ago, have considered divorce. Some surely have divorced.

Almost no one in the press discloses the horrific unsubsidized premiums seen above — and when they do, they focus on the people involved and ignore the bigger picture, namely that there are millions of individuals and families facing these stark choices.

The Kaiser Health News article by Bluth, which was also carried in the New York Times, is a perfect example of such news coverage. Bluth, a web reporter for KHN, illustrated what one couple in Tennessee is doing in response to these developments, but utterly failed to look at the larger implications of the decisions they made (bolds are mine):

Middle-Class Earners Weigh Love And Money To Curb Obamacare Premiums

Anne Cornwell considered two drastic strategies in her quest to get affordable health insurance premiums last year for herself and her retired husband.

One was divorce. Another was taking a 30 percent pay cut. She chose the latter.

That maneuver slashed the Chattanooga, Tenn., couple’s premiums from exorbitant to economical. Instead of $2,100 a month — the amount she had been quoted for 2017 — their premiums are just $87 monthly, her lost income more than compensated for by qualifying for insurance subsides.

Cornwell’s solution — completely legal — reflects how a growing number of Americans are incorporating strategies for affording health insurance into financial planning, adapting money and salaries to yield better choices — much as people place money into 401(k) plans to save for retirement while reducing their taxable income.

So “adapting money and salaries to yield better choices,” i.e., working less or not working at all, is just another financial planning strategy. Rachel Bluth never considered how literally stupid the Obamacare health insurance “market” must be if it’s causing otherwise hard-working people to make unfortunately rational decisions like the one the Cornwells made.

What if there is only one breadwinner and his or her work duties make it impossible to cut back, but they must have coverage because of one or the other spouse’s medical conditions? In that case, the choices may be limited to getting divorced or going broke.

What if the Cornwells were both employed? In many cases, it would make “Obamacare sense,” i.e., not common sense, for one of them to stop working just to get the subsidy.

It should be easy to see how thousands if not millions of such decisions made by individuals and families throughout the country might be holding back economic growth.

Continuing (links are in original):

… upper-middle-class people like Cornwell and her husband are expected to pay full price, feeling the blunt force of what experts and health economists agree are unbearable escalations.

Between 5 and 7 percent of Americans with insurance — about 17.6 million — buy it on the individual market. Of those, 7.5 million, or nearly half, don’t get subsidies, according to insurance industry consultant Robert Laszewski. Many in this latter group are professionals who work for small companies or have jobs where they work solo, for themselves.

So 7.5 million Americans who don’t get subsidies when buying Obamacare insurance are essentially to paying the premiums of those who are receiving them.

This is bare-naked redistribution of billions of dollars of income — and even redistribution of wealth, when individuals and families who need coverage dip into savings and investments to pay their premiums — disguised as a health-insurance scheme. It’s also redistribution of risk towards many middle- and upper middle-class Americans who have decided not to purchase coverage and pay the tax penalty because they simply can’t afford it.

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Today’s jobs report from the government showed that the economy has in 2017 continued to add full-time jobs at a faster pace than the average seen during the nearly seven years since employment stopped shrinking in February 2010. The economy has added 2.579 million full-time jobs in the past 11 months. The total for all 12 months in 2016 was only 1.548 million.

Many factors have contributed to this improvement, including increased business confidence and a bit of a pullback in the federal government’s regulatory overreach.

But while this is good news, one has to wonder how much better the situation could be — and for that matter how much stronger the overall employment numbers could be — if it weren’t for the powerful disincentives against full-time work, or even working at all, built into Obamacare.

It’s clear that the establishment press doesn’t want news consumers to think about any of this, and that center-right and other alternative media outlets have unfortunately failed to give these realities and the individual and big-picture concerns the attention they deserve.

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

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Being polite to the elderly is bad for their health; they need to stand up, walk further, carry their own packages, expert claims

Are you doing senior citizens more harm than good by offering them your seat on the bus? According to one Oxford professor, you most definitely are. Instead of giving a seat to the elderly, you should be encouraging them to stand up and become more physically active, claimed Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser to Public Health England.

We need to be encouraging activity as we age — not telling people to put their feet up,” said Gray. He further stated that senior citizens need to “play their part” and “understand their role” in remaining healthy and physically fit.

Gray added: “Don’t get a stair lift for your aging parents, put in a second banister. And think twice before giving up your seat on the bus or train to an older person. Standing up is great exercise for them.” Other options include urging senior citizens to take the stairs in lieu of elevators or escalators, and having them carry their own bags as they walk about. (Related: Exercise Improves Health of Elderly with Dementia.)

Scarlett O’Mally, consultant orthopedic surgeon at Eastbourne District General Hospital, echoed Gray’s sentiments. As the lead author on a study about the rising numbers of elderly persons requiring care, O’Mally has gone on to state that old age shouldn’t be viewed as the period to “take it easy.”

“We need to challenge the idea that old people should rest. People need to keep active however old they are,” she said. “They need to increase activity. Every adult should do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week and twice weekly strength and balance training.”

While there’s nothing wrong with promoting a healthier lifestyle among the elderly, you run the risk of depressing them with your rudeness if you refuse to give up your seat or help them carry their bags. After all, no one wants to be treated coldly, regardless of their age. We suggest offering up your seat or your assistance regardless. If they accept either, then let them do as they please; if they refuse, then don’t insist. Through this, you can do your part for them without making them feel bad about themselves.

For their part, there are a number of exercises the above-65s can perform to stay in good physical condition. These are just some of them, as recommended by the National Health Service (NHS):

  • A good 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (such as walking or cycling) every week, and strength exercises that work out all the major muscles (specifically, the arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, and hips) on at least two days of the week.
  • At least 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity (like running or tennis) a week, and two or more days with strength exercises.
  • A mix of both moderate and vigorous aerobic activity each week. This can consist of two 30-minute running sessions and an additional 30 minutes of brisk walking. As with all other suggestions, strength exercises on two more days are needed to complement the aerobic activity.

You can take your routine to the next level with flexibility and balance exercises. Flexibility exercises are basically stretches that you do on at least two days of the week for 10 minutes, with a special focus on your neck, shoulders, wrists, hips, and knees. Balance exercises, on the other hand, can be done as often as you like as long as you perform them to maintain your stability and balance.

If all of this sounds a bit much, you can easily break it down further. Instead of opting to do your daily 30 minutes of aerobic exercise straight away, divide it into 10- or 15-minute chunks that you can do thrice or twice a day. Doing this is way less exhausting and makes exercise feel like less of a chore. Find a friend to exercise with to hold yourself more accountable and make it more fun.

Read up on more stories like this one by visiting MindBodyScience.news today.

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How the heart and kidneys work together for mental health, according to Chinese Medicine

Image: How the heart and kidneys work together for mental health, according to Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has greatly increased its renown outside of China these past few years. Considered as the oldest, most continuously practiced, professional, literate medicine in the world, it’s no surprise that universities and hospitals have already warmed up to practicing TCM together with Western Medicine as legitimate disciplines. The practice is believed to have originated 4,000 years ago, and has since developed to become popular not only in China, where it is an integral part of healthcare, but also the rest of the world.

TCM is rooted under a holistic standpoint, taking to consideration not just the symptom at face value, but also other latent factors such as imbalances, disharmonies, and environment.

Healthy kidneys, healthy heart

A perfect example of this is the relationship between your heart, your kidneys, and your mental health. These things function as a whole: the heart and the kidney share a mind-spirit relationship controlled by heart and a brain-marrow relationship that is controlled by the kidney. The connection that these two organs have can be used to understand a person’s mental health. This relationship is discussed by Leon Hammer in the study “The Relationship between the Kidney and the Heart in Chinese Medicine”.

“The Water is the ground substance of our existence, the foundation-root of and resource for all life,” Hammer writes. “The Fire is endless ongoing creation on earth, the God in man. Divine Love resides in Water Qi [Yin-Yang] as a potential that is realized and expressed by the Heart-Word, the communicator that reaches out to the world.”

Consequently, a deficit in a person’s kidney essence would spell problems in that person’s heart as well. This can manifest as to a decrease in blood production for the heart, and inhibits its normal development. In addition to this, any instability in the heart will adversely affect the nervous system as well.

One of the signs of an imbalanced relationship between your heart and your kidneys is called disharmony. This happens when the water in your kidney is not enough to balance the heart. A person suffering from disharmony may feel palpitations from the heart, an inability to sleep, increased irritability, and fatigue. The person may also be prone to depression, feel overly anxious, and even may get easily startled. Usual causes for disharmony include exposure to toxic environment and exposure to intense bouts of emotions such as anger, depression, sadness, or mania.

A good way to test the relationship between your heart and your kidney is through your sleep habits. If you suffer from restlessness during sleep, or when your find yourself waking up after a few hours — it can be a possible sign that your circulation may be impaired because of a lack of kidney qi-yang flowing to your heart. This phenomenon can manifest itself through agitation and worry, which can block sleep from setting in.

Interestingly enough, this relationship is not confined to medicine alone. A healthy heart and kidney is the impetus for the creation of a unique idea. This idea is referred to “Dragon Rises Red Bird Flies”. The kidney is where the unconscious is created. The unconscious idea is then carried to the heart, where it is realized into an original individual idea. Think of it this way: When person are creating something, their motivation to create that idea comes from their kidneys. Their heart responds by realizing that idea. Therefore, it can be implied that when the relationship between the heart and the kidney is sound, the mind can work and create new ideas. The opposite is true as well. When your heart and your kidney’s relationship are not sound, it can manifest itself into negativity. A person who lacks a sound relationship may find himself to have a fear of the unknown, or to feel psychologically vulnerable.

To learn more ways on how TCM is good for your body, visit ChineseMedicine.news.

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How noise pollution affects your health: Study links aircraft noise with hypertension and organ damage

Image: How noise pollution affects your health: Study links aircraft noise with hypertension and organ damage

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A 2016 study has linked the development of hypertension and organ damage with aircraft noise. According to the official press release by the European Society of Cardiology, Polish researchers found that people who were living close to airports for three years or more have an increased risk of high blood pressure.

To come to this conclusion, the researchers randomly selected 201 adults between the ages of 40 and 66. All of the participants had to have lived in areas with low or high aircraft noise for at least three years. They were then divided into two groups based on the amount of aircraft noise they were exposed to: the first group consisted of 100 participants who were subjected to less than 55 decibels (dB) or aircraft noise on average. The second group of 101 participants were exposed to at least 60 dB.

The researchers then paired up participants based on their age, sex, and the length of time spent living in the area. Each participant had their blood pressure measured. Through this, the researchers discovered that 40 percent of the participants from the second group had hypertension. Conversely, only 24 percent of those from the first group had this condition. Of those from the second group who had hypertension, they were found to have higher systolic (146 against 138 millimeter of mercury or mmHg) and diastolic (89 against 79 mmHg) blood pressure.

Moreover, the researchers found that the group who lived near high aircraft noise showed signs of higher left ventricular masses and stiffer aortas. These were noted as being indicative of asymptomatic organ damage. According to GoiHeart.com, aortic stiffness can raise the likelihood of hypertension and is considered a marker of risk for heart disease.

Marta Rojek, Jagiellonian University Medical College researcher and study co-author, said of the results: “Our results suggest that living near an airport for three years or more is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure and hypertension. These changes may then lead to damage of the aorta and heart which could increase the risk of having a heart attack.”

Following this, Rojek suggested that more effort be put into the management of aircraft noise. “European Union regulations say that countries must assess and manage environmental noise, and there are national laws on aircraft noise. Poland stipulates a maximum of 55 dB around schools and hospitals and 60 dB for other areas. Noise can be kept below those levels by using only noise-certified aircraft, redirecting flight paths, keeping airports away from homes, and avoiding night flights,” said Rojek.

She then added: “More work is needed to enforce laws on exposure to aircraft noise as it is detrimental to our health. We also need further research to understand how the damage occurs and whether it can be reversed.”

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Heavy metals can cause chronic urinary and reproductive health problems, according to a study on dental fillings by the CDC

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Just in case you’re wondering: yes, dental amalgam fillings are bad for you, and according to new data, it may be enough to wreak havoc on your kidneys and your fertility.

People with amalgam fillings are more likely to be at risk of chronic health conditions, according to information released by the non-profit organization Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions.

The release, which cites the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES), notes that people who are exposed to mercury through amalgams have notably higher cases of genitourinary disease, where prevalence of the illness was attributed to the number of amalgam present in the body. In 2009, a study discovered that inorganic mercury levels in people have steadily been growing. The study, which used data from the NHANES, noted that mercury was detected in 30 percent of women aged 18 to 49 from 2005 to 2006. This data greatly differed from the one gathered from 1999 to 2000, which pegged detection rates at two percent. Data sampled from hair also revealed that 22 percent were exposed to dangerous levels of mercury, with some states such as Florida and New York having levels as high as 30 percent.

Mercury and your body: a very toxic combination

According to the CDC, exposure to mercury poses adverse effects to human health. Symptoms include neurological disturbances, memory problems, skin rash, and kidney abnormalities. Exposure to mercury has been proven to be detrimental to kidney functions, as noted by occupational and animal studies.

In a commissioned report by Health Canada, it was noted that an estimated 20 percent of the population suffers subclinical impairment in their kidney or their central nervous system (CNS) because of amalgam mercury. Exposure to inorganic mercury has been also observed to produce a dose-dependent cytotoxicity through creating increased levels of hydrogen peroxide, which is normally canceled out by pyruvate and catalase. Mercuric chloride (HgCl2), additionally, is known to debilitate the function of other organelles such as lysosomes that hold transmembrane proton gradient. It also decreases glutathione peroxidase in the kidneys while regulating heme oxidase function. The government puts mercury levels of 30 mcg/L as toxic; however, the chemical has been found to be harmful even at lower levels, and traces of mercury in a person’s urine is an indication of high retention of the chemical in a person’s body. (Related: Dental fillings are raising mercury in blood to alarming levels.)

A survey conducted to over 60 thousand dentists and dental assistants in the U.S. has shown that continuous exposure to mercury vapor and anesthetics resulted in higher cases of liver, kidney, and neurological diseases. A recent study in Scotland yielded similar results as well. Other studies have pointed out dental workers to have a higher risk for cancer, specifically in the lungs, kidney, brain and CNS. Moreover, mercury interrupts the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), they body’s chemical to provide energy, resulting in fatigue, digestive troubles, and the formation of porphyrins in urine.

Mercury has also been attributed to be a common cause of hyperthyroidism and autoimmune thyroiditis, with studies pointing a clear affiliation between the presence of thyroid antibodies in pregnant women and spontaneous abortions. This finding bolsters the connection maternal thyroid disease and babies born with heart, brain, and kidney defects, as metals have a tendency to cause mobile acidic situations which results in disease. A good measure for this is through urine, with normal acidity at about 6.8 on the pH scale.

In addition to this, studies have shown that mercury accumulates in the ovaries and testes. This inhibits the production of enzymes necessary in the production of sperm. The presence of mercury also affects DNA quality in sperm cells — resulting in lowered sperm counts, defective sperm cells and broken DNA in sperm cells for males. Women are prone to infertility and menstrual disturbances because of this. An estimated 85 percent of sperm produced by men have damaged DNA as a result.

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How Sugar Literally Destroys Your Health And Makes You Stupid

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Sugar, primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is the largest source of calories in the United States today. While its mass appeal is vastly rooted in cultures worldwide, its health impacts are severe and often overlooked by the majority.

In his book The Sugar Fix, Dr. Richard Johnson reveals that about 50% of Americans consume as much as half a pound, more than 225 grams, of sugar per day. This statistic is the furthest thing from sweet.

While it’s no secret that sugar is a major player in the obesity, heart disease, and type II diabetes epidemics, most would be shocked to discover that sugar literally makes you dumber as well.

From Our Gut to Our Brain

In his article “Eating Sugar Makes You Stupid,” Dr. Mercola discusses a number of studies pointing to the degenerative effects of sugar on the brain.

One of these studies, published in the journal Neuroscience, showed how a high-sugar diet led to changes in gut bacteria in mice that in turn caused a significant loss of cognitive flexibility, which is a measure of your brain’s ability to adapt to changing situations.

After four weeks of consuming excess amounts of sugar, the mice performed poorly on a variety of tests related to mental and physical function when compared to mice fed a normal diet,” Mercola wrote. 

Kathy Magnusson, a professor in the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine and principal investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute, said in an Oregon State University news release:

It’s increasingly clear that our gut bacteria, or microbiota, can communicate with the human brain… Bacteria can release compounds that act as neurotransmitters, stimulate sensory nerves or the immune system, and affect a wide range of biological functions…

We’re not sure just what messages are being sent, but we are tracking down the pathways and the effects.

The findings from the study only further substantiate the growing list of evidence showing the cognitive defects of sugar consumption.

Insulin Resistance and the Brain

In 2012, a team of researchers examined the effects of HFCS on rats’ brains, soon to discover that rats who had been fed a diet high in HFCS faced cognitive impairment and struggled to remember their way out of mazes.

“Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier,” Mercola wrote. 

Furthermore, the fructose-fed rats showed signs of resistance to insulin, a hormone that controls your blood sugar and synaptic function in the brain. Because insulin is able to pass through the blood-brain barrier, it can trigger neurological processes important for learning and memory.

Consuming large amounts of fructose may block insulin’s ability to regulate how your brain cells store and use sugar for the energy needed to fuel thoughts and emotions.”

What Happened When Rats Were Fed Omega-3 Fats With Sugar

In the same study, a second group of rats was given Omega-3 fats in the form of flaxseed oil and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in addition to the high-fructose diet. After six weeks, this group of rats was able to navigate the maze better and faster than the rats in the non-DHA group.

The researchers concluded that DHA is protective against fructose’s harmful effects on your brain.

DHA is essential for synaptic function — it helps your brain cells transmit signals to one another, which is the mechanism that makes learning and memory possible.

Unfortunately, your body can’t produce all the DHA it needs, so it must be incorporated into your diet through wild-caught seafood or a supplement like krill oil. Many Americans are seriously deficient in Omega-3 fats, which means they may be especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of excess fructose.

Elevated Blood Sugar Levels Can Be Linked to Memory Loss

Mercola also stresses that even if you don’t have type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes suggestive of insulin resistance, higher blood sugar levels appear to have a negative influence on cognition regardless.

One study found that those with higher blood sugar levels scored lower on memory tests.

For each 7-mmol/mol increase in HbA1c (a measure of blood glucose), participants recalled two fewer words on memory tests. Those with higher blood sugar levels also had lower volume of the hippocampus, a brain region linked to memory.

How Insulin Sensitivity Relates to the Development of Dementia


Consumption of any grain, sugar, or starch leads to a rise in blood sugar. To help regulate your blood sugar levels, your pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream, which lowers glucose levels.

However, the downside to insulin is that it converts sugar into fat, which in turn can lead to weight gain over time.

If elevated blood sugar levels become your norm, your body eventually requires more and more insulin to be released in order to get the job done. This is when you’ve become insulin resistant, the precursor to type II diabetes.

As you overindulge on sugar and grains, your brain becomes overwhelmed by the consistently high levels of insulin and eventually shuts down its insulin signalling, leading to impairments in your thinking and memory abilities and eventually causing permanent brain damage, among other health issues.

In early 2005, researchers tentatively dubbed Alzheimer’s disease as “type 3 diabetes” after recognizing that in addition to your pancreas, your brain also produces insulin, and this brain insulin is necessary for brain cell survival.

Studies have found that people with lower levels of insulin and insulin receptors in their brain often have Alzheimer’s disease.

Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter insists that, for this very reason, strictly limiting your consumption of sugar and non-vegetable carbs is one of the most important steps you can take toward prevent Alzheimer’s disease. He cites research from the Mayo Clinic which found that diets rich in carbohydrates are associated with an 89% increased risk for dementia.

Destroying the Gut Destroys the Brain

Your gut, which is teeming with microbial life, also communicates with your brain, via what’s known as the “gut-brain axis.” Embedded in the wall of your gut is your enteric nervous system (ENS), which works both independently of and in conjunction with the brain in your head.

This communication between your “two brains” runs both ways and is the pathway by which foods affect your mood. It’s why anxiety can make you stick to your stomach, for example. However, this gut-brain connection is about far more than just comfort food or butterflies in your stomach. According to Scientific American“The gut-brain axis seems to be bidirectional—the brain acts on gastrointestinal and immune functions that help to shape the gut’s microbial makeup, and gut microbes make neuroactive compounds, including neurotransmitters and metabolites that also act on the brain.”

Therefore, improving your gut microbiome inherently improves your brain function.

Helpful Tips

Obviously keeping your sugar levels below 25 grams per day is ideal in decreasing your chances of dementia or other cognitive defects. For diabetics, pre-diabetics, people who are overweight, or people with high cholesterol or high blood pressure, Dr. Mercola recommends keeping sugar intake to below 15 grams per day.

Consuming naturally fermented foods will also help correct gut microbiome, which in turns help regulate your nervous system and overall health. Naturally fermented foods include sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, and kefir.

Lastly, taking a daily probioitic is also a surefire way to correct gut bacteria levels more efficiently than through food.

What are your thoughts on the gut-brain connection? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!


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