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Function of the Vagus Nerve  by Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM Director International Medical Veritas Association Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine

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Human Beings have an Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) that is actually comprised of three separate subsystems, the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). The enteric nervous system has been described as a “second brain,” which communicates with the central nervous system (CNS) through the parasympathetic (e.g., via the vagus nerve) and sympathetic nervous systems. However, vertebrate studies show that when the vagus nerve is severed, the enteric nervous system continues to function. Continue Reading »

Journal of Hematology & Thromboembolic Diseases study Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as Spore-crystal Strains Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2Aa in Swiss Albino Mice

Formulated and sporulated cultures of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have been widely used against insect pests, but after the advent of genetically modified plants expressing δ-endotoxins, the bioavailability of Cry proteins has been increased. For biosafety reasons their adverse effects should be studied, mainly for non-target organisms. In this study, Spore-crystal administrations provoked selective hematotoxicity for the 3 exposure times, particularly for erythroid lineage.

Results showed that the Bt spore-crystals genetically modified to express individually Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2A can cause some hematological risks to vertebrates, increasing their toxic effects with long-term exposure. Taking into account the increased risk of human and animal exposures to significant levels of these toxins, especially through diet, our results suggest that further studies are required to clarify the mechanism involved in the hematotoxicity found in mice, and to establish the toxicological risks to non-target organisms, especially mammals, before concluding that these microbiological control agents are safe for mammals.

http://www.gmoevidence.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/JHTD-1-104.pdf

Citation: Mezzomo BP, Miranda-Vilela AL, Freire IdS, Barbosa LCP, Portilho FA, et al. (2013) Hematotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis as Spore-crystal Strains Cry1Aa, Cry1Ab, Cry1Ac or Cry2Aa in Swiss Albino Mice. J Hematol Thromb Dis 1: 104. doi:10.4172/jhtd.1000104
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Acupuncture scientifically proven as a treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3523426/

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most prevalent form of peripheral neuropathy. The efficacy of acupuncture in management of mild to moderate CTS has been investigated in limited studies with controversial results. In conclusion, the results of this randomized controlled trial indicated that acupuncture can improve the overall subjective symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and could be adopted in comprehensive care programs of these patients. Continue Reading »

Harvard Study indicates the many physiological benefits of meditation. An eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter. (1)

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/12/11/harvard-study-unveils-what-meditation-literally-does-to-the-brain/

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Ruthless power and deleterious politics: from DDT to Roundup
by  Evaggelos Vallianatos, Ph.D. former EPA analyst and  author of hundreds of articles and several books, including ‘Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

 

Just as the chemical industry and its shills once proclaimed the safety of DDT, they are doing the same today with the herbicide glyphosate which has penetrated throughout the food chain, writes Evaggelos Vallianatos. And once again it is a toxic lie that threatens species, ecosystems and people. It’s time to demand a new kind of agriculture, and a future free of all pesticides.

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2952358/ruthless_power_and_deleterious_politics_from_ddt_to_roundup.html

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Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity by Dr Philippe Grandjean, MD , Philip J Landrigan, MD

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(13)70278-3/fulltext

Neurodevelopmental disabilities, including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments, affect millions of children worldwide, and some diagnoses seem to be increasing in frequency. Industrial chemicals that injure the developing brain are among the known causes for this rise in prevalence. In 2006, we did a systematic review and identified five industrial chemicals as developmental neurotoxicants: lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic, and toluene.

Since 2006, epidemiological studies have documented six additional developmental neurotoxicants—manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, tetrachloroethylene, and the polybrominated diphenyl ethers. We postulate that even more neurotoxicants remain undiscovered. To control the pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity, we propose a global prevention strategy. Untested chemicals should not be presumed to be safe to brain development, and chemicals in existing use and all new chemicals must therefore be tested for developmental neurotoxicity. To coordinate these efforts and to accelerate translation of science into prevention, we propose the urgent formation of a new international clearinghouse. Continue Reading »

The need for a global health ethic by Tony L Goldberg, Jonathan A Patz

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60757-7/fulltext

Fortunately, the idea of health as an interconnected entity is taking root. The “one health” and “planetary health” concepts capture this trend by emphasising the links between human health, animal health, and the environment, in accord with the report of The Lancet Commission on Planetary Health. Continue Reading »

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