Thursday, June 27, 2013

8 Essential Nutrients Needed To Boost Health

June 25, 2013 by KAREN FOSTER
8 Nutrients Every Person Needs To Boost Health

As people strive to improve their health and evolve their food choices to a more plant-based diet, it is easy to get lost along the way. When you transition to a healthier diet, it is important to educate yourself about the nutrients your body will need on a daily basis.



It's important to learn how to create a balance of protein, carbohydrates and quality fats with each meal. There are eight essential nutrients including protein, iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, B12, iodine and Essential Fatty Acids which are necessary to boost and optimize our health.
1. PROTEIN
A crucial part of any diet, the average RDA for women is 45 grams and for men 55 grams, which you can easily consume in the form of:
  • Beans, legumes, lentils and peas
  • Free range eggs
  • Raw milk, cheese and yogurt.
  • Nuts and seeds, which benefit from soaking in water or sprouting first
  • Non-dairy nut and seed milks

NOTE:
 Pseudo-meats and other pretend protein foods should be avoided if possible, as they are highly processed foods. In an article by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. they write that, “Phytic acid remaining in these soy products greatly inhibits zinc and iron absorption; test animals fed soy protein isolate develop enlarged organs, particularly the pancreas and thyroid gland, and increased deposition of fatty acids in the liver.”
2, 3. IRON AND ZINC
One of the most common deficiencies in the world, iron is an important nutrient, integral to many bodily processes. It is especially essential for pre-menopausal and pregnant women, who tend to have this deficiency. If you feel tired, low in energy, suffer from headaches or hair loss, a pale complexion and weak nails, you could be suffering from iron deficiency.

Strong, healthy blood requires proper amounts of Iron. Average RDA for woman 19-50 years is 18mg, women 51+ years is 8mg and adult male is 8mg.

Two billion people may have a zinc deficiency, yet it's an essential mineral required by the body for maintaining a sense of smell, keeping a healthy immune system, building proteins, triggering enzymes, and creating DNA. Zinc also helps the cells in your body communicate by functioning as a neurotransmitter. A deficiency in zinc can lead to stunted growth, diarrhea, impotence, hair loss, eye and skin lesions, impaired appetite, and depressed immunity.
Because the human body does not store Zinc, it is essential to obtain it from the food you eat. The RDA for adult women is 8mg and for men is 11mg.
  • Cocao, oysters, wheat germ (zinc)
  • Green leafy vegetables: kale, collards, cabbage, spinach, and broccoli
  • Nuts, seeds: almonds and cashews
  • Beans, lentils, legumes, peas, in cooked and sprouted form
  • Fruits and dried fruits: apricots, dates, and raisins
  • Date syrup and molasses

4. MAGNESIUM
Magnesium plays a more important role than calcium in the body. Itreduces your risk of cancer, and controls the entry of calcium into each and every cell--a physiological event that occurs every time a nerve cell fires! When it comes to building healthy bones, magnesium is as important as calcium and vitamin D are. Without adequate magnesium, too much calcium gets inside the cell. This causes cramping and constrictions in ways you many doctors never consider.
Earlier dietary surveys show that a large portion of adults do not meet even the RDA for magnesium (320 mg per day for women and 420 mg per day for men) which is below the level necessary for optimal health being 500mg+ per day for both men and women.
  • Green, leafy vegetables, starches,
  • Grains and nuts, and raw milk.

5. CALCIUM

In a nutshell, your body needs calcium to maintain strong bones and teeth, and for your nervous system to function properly. The RDA for adults is 1000-1200mg and can be found in a variety of foods, such as:
  • Dark greens: broccoli, kale and Chinese cabbage
  • Sea Vegetables: wakame, arame, dulse, hijiki, and kelp
  • Dairy products: milk, yogurt and cheese

6. IODINE
Iodine is a mineral found mostly in seafood (including seaweed) that helps the body synthesize hormones, including thyroid hormone. This important mineral has been slowly but steadily leaving our food stream. The chemicals in fertilizers used in modern farming and chlorine added to water bind to iodine and prevent it from being utilized by our bodies. Iodine deficiency significantly affects the brain development of unborn babies and young children and is the main cause of preventable mental retardation and brain damage across the world. It also leads to underactive thyroid and may increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth, which could be a major problem given the numbers of women suffering from this deficiency. Iodine deficiency is not only common in developing countries, research has suggested that more than two thirds of teenage girls and 15 percent of adult females in the US have an iodine deficiency. 

Caution: Too much iodine can also be harmful. although the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 200-300 micro grams of iodine daily during pregnancy for normal fetal thyroid hormone production and neurocognitive development, 1,100 micro grams is considered to be the safe upper limit for daily ingestion by the US Institute of Medicine.
  • Eggs, fish and seafood are good sources.
  • Vegans can go for seaweed, cranberries, organic strawberries and himalayan crystal salt.

7. VITAMIN B12

Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient, especially for those following strict vegan lifestyles. It is required by your body to make new red blood cells and help keep your nervous system healthy. Without it, permanent damage can result. B12 can also lower homocystein levels, which is great news since elevated homocysteine levels may cause heart disease and strokes. A deficiency leads to anaemia and its symptoms include tiredness, pale complexion and breathlessness. It can also cause memory loss, confusion, mood swings and depression.

Vegans and vegetarians who do not eat eggs or dairy will need to take this essential nutrient in the form of a B complex supplement that includes the RDA for B12 of 1.5 microgram for adults. Shitake mushrooms, sea vegetables and algae contain something similar to B12, but it does not work in the body in the same way as B12 from animal sources. Some nutritional yeast food products contain some Vitamin B12.Meat and eggs are some of the best sources, however, if you're a vegetarian or vegan, it may be essential to occasionally use a B12 patch or high quality B12 supplement in your diet.
8. ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Research says that eating more omega-3 fatty acids makes one live longer, look better and feel happier. A deficiency, on the other hand, can cause depression, mood swings and even aggressive behaviour. These fatty acids prevent heart disease, are good for your eyes, help you shed pounds and keep your skin and hair in good condition.

The body needs quality fats to help absorb the ‘fat soluble’ vitamins A, D, E and K, to regulate cholesterol, provide energy, maintain heart health and a number of other important functions. Saturated fats from animal sources is limited in a vegetarian diet, but hydrogenated and trans fats in baked goods and chips should be avoided for their harmful health effects. Recommended RDA for Omega Fatty Acids is 1-2 tablespoons.
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Raw butter and clarified butter
  • Coconut oil: a saturated vegetable oil that has proven beneficial in the diet
  • Omega-3 oils: Flax, hemp and walnut oils

Karen Foster
 is a holistic nutritionist, avid blogger, with five kids and an active lifestyle that keeps her in pursuit of the healthiest path towards a life of balance. 

Sorting out the mess in medical education

Doctors by merit, not privilege

SUJATHA RAO
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Cleaning the mess in India’s medical education first needs a strengthening of the Medical Council of India through the appointment of members by an independent and rigorous selection process

India is the only country that authorises, as official policy, the sale of medical seats by private medical colleges, implicitly accepting the principle that the ability to pay, and not merit, is what counts. Further, in the absence of any system of third party certification by way of an entry or, more importantly, an exit exam — which could guarantee the qualities and competencies a doctor must possess before starting to practice — many medical colleges are producing quacks. The tragedy is that we all know about it.

The issue is not just about illegal capitation fees that range from Rs.50 lakh to Rs.1 crore for a MBBS seat. The process of admission is itself flawed with a walk-in system for those with money but for the others, it is a harrowing tale of expensive tuitions and writing 15 to 20 examinations across the country — a process that once again excludes and deters several.

Entrance test
In order to reduce the stress of multiple examinations, make it more equitable and ensure minimum levels of competence, having the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) as a qualifying requirement for admission has been a long-standing recommendation of experts. It was reiterated in 2010 by the Medical Council of India (MCI), inspired by rapidly deteriorating standards of school education.

The delay in implementing NEET was because of a lack of political will and the growing clout of private medical colleges in a neo-liberal environment that has encouraged a deadly cocktail of money power and political muscle. It is creditable that despite pressures, the MCI conducted NEET in 2012, for 90,000 aspirants.
Defying the MCI mandate on regulating entry into medical colleges, about 90 private colleges held their own examination and, on specious grounds, successfully obtained a stay from the Supreme Court. On May 13, the Supreme Court issued an interim order, making NEET voluntary and permitting the private colleges to go ahead with admissions based on their own examinations. For the harried students, it was Black Monday.

As business
Archaic and outmoded rules, regulations and eligibility conditions requiring a capital base of more than Rs.150 crore have made the establishment of medical colleges a business proposition. Combined with no incentives for quality education, there has been a twofold impact: 1. commercialising the medical profession, where “recouping” the investment is the prime concern for the investor and graduating doctor alike; and 2. an aggravated shortage of doctors in three ways: 15 per cent of those in the Non-Resident Indian quota within the 50 per cent management quota do not practice in India; of the remaining 35 per cent, many do not practice, migrate abroad or establish themselves in cities for better incomes; and, poor training makes many “unemployable” as amplified in a provider survey by Jishnu Das in Madhya Pradesh which found a marginal difference in the practices of “qualified” doctors and quacks. Clearly, the commercialisation of medical education is one of independent India’s biggest mistakes.
Therefore, the solution of “flooding the market with doctors by opening more medical colleges” to contain the menace of capitation fees without in the first instance, overhauling the regulatory framework related to quality of instruction, faculty development, better salary structures and banning private practice, etc has little merit.

Issue of quality
There are no short cuts or easy solutions to what has become a highly political issue. If people’s health really matters for this government and if India is to stay competitive globally, it can no longer look the other way. It has to exercise its constitutional authority to bring in much needed institutional reform to clean up the mess, just as it did in 2010 by replacing a corruption-ridden MCI with a board of governors by way of an ordnance.

In the same year, the ministry also drafted a bill to establish a National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) to address the issue of quality by balancing the three critical functions of the profession: a) curriculum — what is to be taught and for how long; b) accreditation — who is to teach and in what manner; and c) ethical practice — adhering to the best interests of patients.
While the first two aspects were placed within the domain of a nominated body of experts, ethical medical practice was to be ensured by an elected body of the MCI. A distinction between nomination and election was made keeping in view the professional expertise needed to address complex issues related to content, standards, quality, competencies and skills as required by the country. Such expertise has to be sought and is not thrown up through electoral processes. It is for this reason that in most countries such as the United Kingdom, regulators are selected by the Public Service Commission based on merit and suitability. In addition, the U.K. Medical Council also has patient groups, student representatives and civil society activists as members of the Medical Council. Such openness and transparency is the only effective antidote to an indiscriminate abuse of power.

Focus on the regulator
In October 2012, the Parliamentary Standing Committee returned the NCHRH Bill to the government to re-examine three major concerns: 1. States’ autonomy and potential violation of federal principles;2. excessive bureaucratisation and centralisation, and 3. faulty selection procedure of regulators, providing scope for abuse. Rather than seizing the opportunity to come up with a better draft, the ministry has, for the third time, reconstituted the board of governors with a retired Directorate General of Health Services as chair.

It is believed that the main purpose of the reconstituted body is to oversee the elections to the Board of the MCI. If true, this is disheartening. The MCI is the regulator for medical education and practice just as the Reserve Bank of India is for financial institutions or the Election Commission of India for elections. Regulators cannot be elected on popular mandate — they have to be invited by the government for their professional eminence and moral authority. The MCI has to discipline and police the profession, more so on account of the extensive market failures that characterise it. Elected persons are compromised individuals and cannot do the task effectively. We have seen how disastrous our experience has been with an elected body; within the decade 2000-2010, it was set aside twice, once by the Supreme Court and the second time by the government by way of an ordnance. No other regulatory body has suffered such humiliation.

Since medical education is in the concurrent list of the Constitution, the Central government needs to leverage that power to bring in some discipline before permitting any more colleges to be established. The time has come to strengthen the regulator first by having the MCI Board freed from the clutches of doctors to include all stakeholders and have the members appointed through a rigorous selection process by an autonomous body like the Union Public Service Commission. This will end the nomination process of the ministry and the consequent conflict of interest. Once appointed, the regulator can be allowed to enforce its own rules and regulations.

The government needs to attend to a range of reforms from: appointing a tariff committee, indicating the right quantum of fees to be charged and legally enforcing the same; providing autonomy to medical colleges to stimulate excellence and innovation; constituting a committee of experts under the chairpersonship of a senior politician to examine some of the contentious issues, including the frequently made suggestion to nationalise private colleges, and appointing an advisory committee to undertake some of the critical functions of curriculum change and accreditation pending the establishment of a body like the NCHRH, which in today’s circumstances may take not less than three years. What is required is a non-negotiable, high priority concern for patient welfare and safety by focusing on the quality of doctors being produced, in sufficient quantity of the skill mix.

In conclusion, sorting out the mess in medical education requires a consensus across the political spectrum. Any shifts in the status quo will be bitterly opposed, so deeply entrenched are the vested interests. But the time has come for the government to act as the acute shortage in human resources is the main barrier to achieving universal health coverage. The more the delay in addressing the critical challenges facing human resources for health on grounds of political expediency, the greater the social, political and financial costs this country will have to bear in the years ahead. Prudence lies in stemming the rot by decisive action and before it is too late.

(Sujatha Rao is a former Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. E-mail:ksujatharao@outlook.com)

Clearing the air over measles fearmongering

Measles: A Rash of Misinformation

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Thursday, February 14th 2013 at 5:00 am
Written By: 
Dr Tyson Perez

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Women of childbearing age, who in the pre-vaccine era acquired measles naturally in childhood, no longer have the robust, life-long viral-specific and viral-neutralizing immune factors to pass to their infants through the placenta and breast milk.  Injecting a measles virus produces antibodies in the serum but not in the mucosa.  Natural measles infection creates mucosal antibodies that are produced in the mammary gland providing passive immunity to the infant during breast-feeding as well as higher levels of vaccine-specific antibodies in the serum. 

What about the possibility of vaccine-induced disorders not typically associated with a measles infection?  Wild measles exposure occurs through contact with the human respiratory tract. The measles vaccine introduces a lab altered, live-virus through an unnatural route of exposure.  This weakened, man-made virus can bury deep into the tissues and create a slow infection in practically any area of the body including the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract and central nervous system (CNS). The consequences of these vaccine-induced infections may not show up for months, years or decades later. 

The fear surrounding measles stems from ignorance.  In a well-nourished child with a properly functioning immune system, viral infections are typically subclinical or exceedingly mild.  Certain infections, such as measles, even appear to provide long-term health and immune system benefits.  Malnourishment, in particular vitamin A deficiency, is a primary cause of poor outcomes.[1] One of the most effective ways to ensure that a viral illness runs a mild or benign course is to provide children with adequate stores of vitamin A prior to exposure. 

As well, high doses of vitamin A given during an acute measles infection has been shown to prevent mortality.[12]  Vitamin A works by signaling cell-mediated immune cells known as macrophages to produce an anti-viral messenger known as interferon.[13]  Young infants are unable to produce high-levels of interferon [14] and, therefore, rely on passive immunity from mom for protection. It should be noted that measles vaccination has been shown to deplete levels of serum vitamin A.[2]

Many fruits and vegetables provide beta-carotene which is converted by the liver into active vitamin A (retinoids), however, the efficiency of uptake and conversion can vary based on a variety of factors.  Particularly during illness, I prefer pre-formed vitamin A from high quality, whole-food sources like cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter oil. I should mention that Melanie's Marvelous Measles will be one of the first books that I read to my daughter. 

Indian anti-diarrhea vaccine "junk science", says expert

Misplaced hoopla over Indian anti-diarrhea vaccine

Newspapers and television channels in India and abroad were abuzz recently with reports that an Indian rotavirus (anti-diarrhea) vaccine had been developed and tested. We were told that the vaccine, called Rotavac, is to be sold at $1/dose (Rs.60) compared to the existing brands costing $10-$50/dose. The announcement was made at a symposium on rotavirus vaccine in New Delhi.
Many doctors and scientists were however appalled by the way this was presented. Important scientific achievements are usually submitted for validation to a peer-reviewed journal. The Rotavac vaccine trial has not been subjected to this process. It was merely announced at the symposium and in a series of press conferences. The public were informed without giving the scientific community a chance to examine the evidence.
The episode reminds one of "cold fusion". In 1989, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann claimed that nuclear fusion was possible at room temperature. Instead of publishing their findings in a peer reviewed journal, the University of Utah, where they worked, held a press conference to announce the success of cold fusion. () Very little concrete evidence was given but it generated huge interest in the press. Later the results could not be replicated and today, the term "cold fusion" represents bad science or junk science.
Like with cold fusion, very little data was provided about the new Rotavac vaccine. Tit-bits were put together by enterprising science journalists, and kitting them together a clearer picture is emerging. The press release of the Department of Biotechnology suggests that a contract research organization called Quintiles was responsible for several aspects of the trial, including medical monitoring during the trial, data management, site monitoring, pharmacovigilance, and biostatistics.
Professor Gagandeep Kang, a lead coordinator of the trial from Christian Medical College Vellore, has reportedly told a journalist from Mint that the researchers decided to go public with the results even before the study was completed (slated for December 2013) because the independent Data Status Monitoring Board (DSMB) had recommended it be made public as the vaccine, according to the board, had "an excellent safety profile" and was "efficacious in preventing severe rotavirus diarrhea in low-resource settings". The DSMB thus made its recommendation, according to the Mint article.
The primary responsibility of the DSMB is to review study data periodically for participant safety and to make recommendations concerning the continuation, modification or termination of the trial. It is unusual for the committee to make recommendations on how the study findings are disseminated. That notwithstanding, it is intriguing to examine how the DSMB could have reached a conclusion about the safety and efficacy of the new Rotavac vaccine. The data on the vaccine efficacy was provided by Quintiles.
Details of the vaccine's efficacy in terms of lives saved are not made public. According to a press report, approximately 4,300 people received the study drug and 2,700 received a placebo and acted as controls. With so few patients recruited, it is difficult to understand how the DSMB could have concluded the vaccine was at least as safe as the ones in the market.
The 1999 rotavirus vaccine RotaShield was withdrawn when it was shown to cause one intussusception - a medical condition where a section of the intestine slides into the next - per 10,000 vaccinated. The vaccine that was developed subsequently - the attenuated human rotavirus vaccine Rotarix - causes one intussusceptions in 50,000. This Rotarix vaccine was studied in 70,000. With a sample of 4,300 it would be impossible to compare the side effects of the new vaccine against the vaccine already available in the market. The DSMB could not have recommended an early publication announcement based on superior safety compared to the available vaccine.
The efficacy of the vaccine in the study was 50 to 58 prcent. It is a toss-up in a given child whether he will be protected after receiving the new vaccine. The efficacy of the Rotarix vaccine in the West is 90 percent. Superior efficacy cannot have been the reason for early publication and the premature publicity either.
Peer-reviewed journals have strict rules against premature publicity. Only presentations to scientific conferences are allowed. The concern here is that given this publicity, the real data may never be reviewed in a good quality scientific journal and the scientific community will forever have to be satisfied with such bits of information from the lay press. One is left wondering if low efficacy and insufficient data on safety compared to the existing vaccine may have been the reason for not publishing the study in a peer-reviewed journal.
The code of medical ethics of the Medical Council of India specifically prohibits physicians from endorsing drugs in this manner and calls on all members to expose unethical conduct. The latest media blitz represents a radical change in how vaccine research is published. The public needs to discuss if this is acceptable.
(25.06.2013 - Jacob Puliyel is Head of Pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital, Delhi. He is a member of the National Technical Advisory Group on immunization and has published extensively on vaccines. He can be reached at puliyel@gmail.com)

15 Character Traits That Cause Diseases

256 Year Old Chinese Herbalist Li Ching-Yuen, Holistic Medicine, and 15 Character Traits That Cause Diseases

 
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The herbalist had 23 wives and raised more than 200 children 

According to the official records, herbalist Li Ching-Yuen was born in China in 1677 (although he himself claimed that he was born in 1736). Throughout his long life, he constantly practiced herbalism and martial arts. In 1930, the New York Times newspaper printed an article in which they published official Chinese government documents that were uncovered. These documents, dating back to 1827, contained official congratulations on Li Ching-Yuen's 150th birthday. Later documents, dating back to 1877, contained official congratulations on his 200th birthday. 

How did he do that? 

Li Ching-Yuen expressed his longevity formula in one sentence: "Retain a calm heart, sit like a turtle, walk swiftly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog". 

Let's add a few more interesting historical facts to this story. Chinese army general Yang Sen invited Li to visit him, and offered him an opportunity to teach Chinese soldiers martial arts. The general could not believe how youthful his guest was, even though he had reached an age of 250 years old. 

Li Ching-Yuen died on the 6th of May in 1933. He told his students that he had completed all his tasks in this lifetime, and he was now ready to come home. 

It is possible to find other interesting stories about Western health prodigies and Eastern Yogis who lived for over 100 years. Not only did they survive for this long, they also thrived—youthful, active, and full of enthusiasm. What could we learn from them? 

Holistic medicine is all that we need

These days, even modern medicine agrees: 70% of all illnesses materialise because of negative thoughts or emotional stress. Illnesses attributed to this cause are called “psychosomatic,” and they are the biggest headache of the whole mainstream healthcare system. 

Sometimes several days of elevated stress is all that is needed to open up a gastric ulcer. Sometimes several years of it is all it takes to develop diabetes or heart disease, not to mention poor general health, lowered productivity, and lack of happiness. Doctors and scientists unanimously agree that our thoughts directly affect the activity of our organs and the state of our bodies in general. Ancient medicine is classified as holistic, because it takes care not only of the physical body, but also of the psyche, as well as one's personal lifestyle. This method allows one to remove the cause of the illness, rather than merely treating the symptoms, therefore stopping it from reappearing. Modern medicine, on the other hand, deals with the consequences of the illness—bodily ailments. This is why the illness often comes back, since the cause of the illness is not actually being treated. 

This is where one of the biggest secrets to health reveals itself—our thoughts can heal us. There are multiple recorded stories that discuss people who were severely ill and healed themselves with the power of thought, despite doctors losing all hope. One of such impressive story tells us about Morris Goodman, who, in 1981, was involved in a plane crash and was supposed to die due to irreversible spine damage and a punctured diaphragm. The man's life was supported by a breathing ventilator, and the only movement he could do was blinking. However, this man was aware of the power of thought, and in just a few days successfully regenerated his own diaphragm and could breathe independently. He also consciously regenerated his damaged spinal cord and started to move all of his limbs. Doctors could not understand the situation at all because this just “could not be happening.” After a few months, however, Morris Goodman began to walk again, and eventually fully recovered. This is only one of many cases that are happening all around us. Thoughts cannot only make the body ill, but can also help it recover from incurable diseases. 

Causes of hard to cure diseases from a different angle 

The ancient ayurvedic health sciences not only prove the existence of psychosomatic illnesses, but also present a list of specific illnesses caused by specific character traits. What else could the thoughts be dependent on if not on the character? 

Here are a few examples that could explain the causes of disease you or your loved ones may be suffering from: 

1. Jealousy - causes oncological diseases, weakens the immune system.

2. Vengefulness - causes insomnia and throat diseases.

3. Inability to find a solution to a situation - causes lung diseases.

4. Lacking moral principals - causes chronic diseases, infections, and skin diseases.

5. Being too categorical or unwavering in beliefs - causes diabetes, migraines, and inflammations.

6. Lying - causes alcoholism, fungal infections, and weakens the immune system.

7. Aggressiveness - causes gastric ulcers, acid reflux, and warts.

8. Reticence - causes schizophrenia and kidney diseases.

9. Cruelty - causes epilepsy, asthma, and anemia.

10. Seeking conflicts - causes thyroid enlargement.

11. Apathy - causes diabetes.

12. Inconsistency or being fickle - causes infertility.

13. Being rude or insulting - causes diabetes and heart diseases.

14. Anxiety - causes digestive system disorders, heart, and skin diseases.

15. Greed - causes oncological diseases, obesity, and heart diseases.

An interesting fact is that it is enough to cure your character, and the relevant diseases go away permanently. This is especially important to know for those who suffer from diseases such as diabetes and cancer, for which modern medicine does not have a cure. 

Three ways to live healthfully and truly feel good 

It will involve working on yourself—however, this investment will pay off greatly in the long run. Here are three methods, tested throughout three millenniums: 

1. Start monitoring your thoughts. Spend five minutes every evening writing down how you felt that day. Remember the situations you encountered and emotions you felt. What negative character traits does that uncover? What do you plan to do tomorrow to start improving yourself and to change those particular character traits? It is very important to write everything down.

2. Try to think more about things that make you happy. This is the miracle of positive thinking. When you concentrate on the things that you like, it's as if you move to a different frequency of vibrations, and the body starts to heal itself. Even better, there will be a greater number of good things in your life, because everything you think about becomes reality, including the problems that bother you. Concentrate on things you enjoy and watch how everything begins to change.

3. Try out meditation. During meditation, the body and mind rest and heal themselves. You can read more about meditation in the article “How To Own A New Ferrari And Be As Smart As Einstein, Just By Calmly Sitting On Your Couch”

Illness is simply our body's signal about an incorrect (or, rather, non-beneficial) lifestyle. Firstly it manifests as anxiety, fear, and negative thoughts. Only then, if no effort is made to work on oneself, the body sends a more powerful signal to get your attention and make you think about what you are doing wrong, in the form of physical symptoms. 

Leave only the useful and meaningful things in your life. Because everything that is useful to you is always useful to others. 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Heavy Metals Incite Children to Violent Behaviour

Lead Poisoning Linked to Violence

Posted: 06/11/2013 6:40 pm
Ben Barber Ben Barber

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Some 30 years ago, scientists in Boston discovered that children exposed to lead from gasoline exhausts, dust and paint became impulsive, aggressive and had trouble learning in school.
Now scientists report that when those children grew up, they unleashed a wave of crime on the country.
And while our wave of lead poisoning and violent crime is on the decline, all across the Third World from India to Mexico lead levels in the environment and in children are rising due to industrial pollution, recycling car batteries, gold mining, pottery making and other activities.
If these countries experience a similar spike in violent crime linked to lead exposure, it may be far harder to control given the lack of modern and impartial, medical, counseling, policing, prosecution and incarceration services.
"Low self control" which was a characteristic of high lead children, "is among the most important predictors of criminal behavior" said the scientists in an article published in Environment International.
The study by Howard W. Mielke of Tulane University and Sammy Zahran of Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, paints a picture of tens of thousands of young people -- mainly men -- who committed crimes under the influence of a ubiquitous toxic substance that permeated the air, dust and houses where they were brought up.
"...exposure to Pb (lead) alters neurotransmitter and hormonal systems and may therefore generate aggressive and violent behavior," said Mielke and Zahran in their article, entitled "The urban rise and fall of air lead (Pb) and the latent surge and retreat of societal violence."

US Study Reveals Autism Linked to Toxins and Pollution

US kids born in polluted areas more likely to have autism.

Women who live in areas with polluted air are up to twice as likely to have an autistic child than those living in communities with cleaner air, according to a new study. Building on two other smaller, regional studies, the Harvard University research is the first to link air pollution nationwide with autism. It also is the first to suggest that baby boys may be more at risk for autism disorders when their mothers breathe polluted air during pregnancy. Babies born in areas with high airborne levels of mercury, diesel exhaust, lead, manganese, nickel and methylene chloride were more likely to have autism than those in areas with lower pollution. The strongest links were for diesel exhaust and mercury.
  
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By Brian Bienkowski
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June 18, 2013
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Women who live in areas with polluted air are up to twice as likely to have an autistic child than those living in communities with cleaner air, according to a new study published today.
Harvard University
Harvard's Andrea Roberts was lead author of the new study.
Building on two smaller, regional studies, the Harvard University research is the first to link air pollution nationwide with autism. It also is the first to suggest that baby boys may be more at risk for autism disorders when their mothers breathe polluted air during pregnancy.
Babies born in areas of the United States with high airborne levels of mercury, diesel exhaust, lead, manganese, nickel and methylene chloride were more likely to have autism than those in areas with lower pollution. The strongest links were for diesel exhaust and mercury.
“The striking similarity with our results and the previous studies adds a tremendous amount to the weight of evidence that pollutants in the air might be causing autism in children,” said Andrea Roberts, a research associate at the Harvard University School of Public Health and lead author of the new study published online in Environmental Health Perspectives.
Scientists have been trying to figure out whether a variety of environmental exposures are linked to autism, a neurological disorder diagnosed in one out of every 50 U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17.
Because the new air pollution study has some weaknesses, however, its findings, while interesting, are not conclusive, several scientists said. For example, the researchers estimated the mothers’ exposure to air pollutants based on computer models.
“It’s the same weakness as other studies [on environmental pollutants and autism]. They’re using an EPA model, which estimates what’s coming out of factories and traffic and spits out a pollution estimate,” said Amy Kalkbrenner, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who was not involved in this study.
Also pollution varies by season and “pregnant women don’t just sit inside a census tract,” said Kalkbrenner, who conducted a similar, smaller study in 2010.
In addition, the results may be skewed because children in urban areas have more access to doctors and clinics where they are more likely to be diagnosed, said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, an environmental epidemiologist at the University of California, Davis, who studies autism.
The new study used information from 325 mothers, all nurses from around the country, who gave birth after 1987 to a child later diagnosed with autism. The researchers divided these children into five groups based on their mothers’ estimated air pollution exposure during pregnancy and compared their autism rates to 22,000 non-autistic children born from 1987 to 2002. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's pollution estimates were broken down by census tract. The income and education level of the families were factored in, since they also can be linked to air pollution.
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Researchers used U.S. EPA models that estimate air pollution based on traffic and industrial emissions.
For mercury and diesel, the mothers in the highest exposure group were twice as likely to have an autistic child. Lead, manganese, nickel, methylene chloride and overall metal exposure also were associated with higher incidences of autism. Twenty-six of 180 pollutants had a significant association between exposure and autism rates.
“Since so many [pollutants] were linked to higher autism rates, we can’t tell from the study which ones might be the causes,” Roberts said.