An interested look at the Placebo effect, its history and how this phenomenon affects the drug makers.
Weâ€™ve been hearing the word â€œbionicâ€ in the news a lot lately, but it has primarily been referring to the Droid Bionic smartphone thatâ€™s soon to be released. However, todayâ€™s bionic news is centered on a 15-year-old girl who lost all her fingers to septicaemia as a toddler and has never been able to pick things up herself. Thanks to a bionic hand made by Touch Bionics in Scotland, Chloe Holmes can now do the simplest things she was previously unable to do.
Cleaning the dirty water from our drains and toilets is an expensive and energy-sucking task. A new fuel cell uses bacteria to remove grossness from the water and generate power at the same time.
Mobile workers just donâ€™t put the phone down, according a new report from iPass, which provides Wi-Fi and 3G network access to enterprise clients for use by their employees. The company surveyed more than 3,500 people from 1,100 large corporations worldwide and asked them about their mobile device work habits. The results may not be all that surprising, if youâ€™re a mobile worker, but they are somewhat terrifying (or maybe just really depressing). iPass found that mobile workers have a hard time being physically separated from their smartphones, even when itâ€™s ostensibly time to sleep. More than half at 61 percent of those surveyed keep the phone in the bedroom, and 41 percent have it within armâ€™s reach of where they sleep. Those figures jump to 77 and 60 percent respectively when youâ€™re talking about the younger crowd (respondents between the ages of 22 and 34). Just over a third at 35 percent of mobile workers check their email before doing anything else when they wake up in the morning, and another 38 percent admit to checking their email at various times during the night.
Headaches, insomnia, tinnitus, DNA breakdown. . . These are just a few of the myriad problems mentioned when people talk about the constant bombardment of EMFs or electromagnetic frequencies, a huge by-product of the new Smart Meters being installed by public utilities around the country.But wait! We have been told that the Smart Grid, with itâ€™s Smart Meters would be a good thing for all of us. Now we find out that this scheme poses very real dangers to human health?
Information on the effect of installing millions of Smart Meters, all equipped with wireless transmitters that are constantly filling the environment with EMFs, is just starting to trickle in. An electrical engineer named Rob States has been looking into this problem…
High blood pressure is a significant concern as it significantly raises the incidence of vascular disease and stroke. As a result of stress, poor diet and lifestyle, enzymes in our body produce a substance known as angiotensin II that causes blood vessels to narrow and blood pressure to increase. Standard medical practice is to prescribe ACE inhibitors to inhibit the action of these enzymes, often with mixed results and always dangerous side effects. Researchers have now confirmed that natural flavanols found in cacao from chocolate can lower blood pressure as effectively as the Big Pharma solutions.
3D is the hot new media trend as of late — but is it safe? Not for children under 6, warns Nintendo. In anticipation of the impending Nintendo World 2011 and the launch of its upcoming portable console, the Nintendo 3DS, the influential video game company has posted a cautionary note on its Japanese website. â€œVision of children under the age of six has been said [to be in the] developmental stage,â€ Nintendo warned. The company fears that 3D content â€œdelivers 3D images with different left and right images, [which] has a potential impact on the growth of childrenâ€™s eyes.â€ But users of all ages can succumb to the perils of 3D experience. Since the 3DS creates the illusion of 3D without the need for glasses, it can add extra eye strain, causing users to feel sick or nauseous after extended use. In July, Sony warned of similar issues with its PlayStation 3, amending its terms of service to offer a stark warning for users.
During the past decade, the U.S. Army has faced what it regards as a serious internal threat: young recruits entering in terrible shape. In a radical shift, the Army is overhauling the way it trains, cares for and feeds new soldiers. So, as fad workouts increasingly borrow Army terms like “boot camp,” actual basic training is starting to look a bit like a new-age fitness camp â€” but with harsh words, severe haircuts and firearms. ‘You’d Be Surprised, The Soldiers That We Get Today’ Just after 5 a.m. at Fort Leonard Wood, deep in the Missouri Ozarks, a breeze drops the wind chill into the teens as hundreds of Army recruits under floodlights drop to their mats for some low-impact cardio. It’s the Army’s largest basic training post, but it’s a far cry from a Hollywood depiction of boot camp. Many of the freezing future soldiers, in gray sweats, caps and gloves, are struggling to do a few pull-ups.
Many of us are guilty of absent-mindedly reaching for a Danish pastry with one hand while tapping on the computer keyboard with the other. Now scientists have revealed that eating at your desk makes you far more likely to snack later in the day. The researchers from the University of Bristol were studying the ways in which memory and attention influence our appetite.The effect was long-lasting as half an hour later the participants who played the computer game ate around twice as many chocolate biscuits as the non-distracted participants. At the end of the test session, the distracted participants also found it more difficult to remember what order they had eaten the food items provided for lunch. The scientists said their findings showed that distraction during one meal can lead to increased food intake later in the day, which could have a significant impact on obesity.
…even the legal ones!
The typical MD (not mine thank goodness) is running a checklist in their head when they are talking with you – that checklist will inevitably lead to a drug. That is the primary method of treatment these days for just about any ailment. Unfortunately when they are prescribing medicines another factor kicks in, the medicine they prescribe is not always the best available medicine but more likely the one that provided them with the pen they are writing with and the notepad they are taking notes on and maybe even a little extra cash as a commission for using their product. In fact pharmaceutical companies dished out about $282 million dollars to MDs last year alone. Its all legal and I love capitalism but keep this in mind and do a little personal research before you throw those pills down your throat and accept the risk.
Watch this news report…
According to the news report above, payments received by individual doctors ranged from $100 to $300,000 since 2009. 384 doctors received payments greater than $100,000, of which 43 doctors received more than $200,000 each. These numbers represent payments from just seven drug companies!
Why do I say “No” to drugs? In a lot of cases or ‘conditions’ the correct answer is probably to first lose weight (but not even doctors are honest enough with their patients to tell them this and a lot of doctors are overweight themselves), get more sleep, get more sun (Vitamin D), get more stress reducing exercise (so many good things come from exercise), fix your diet (which the average MD has a terrible diet and doesn’t know where to start to help someone – the extent of their nutrition training in medical school is special nutrition programs available in hospitals for conditions such as diabetes), and finally the proper supplementation to real food such as fish oil (or any other Omega 3 supplement) and a good multivitamin. There are other good supplements but if you started with just the fish oil and multivitamin you are on the path to better health. The rest comes from real food!
OK real foods means stay away from processes foods, the ADA published a statistic that 2000 calories of processed foods contains 25 times more sugar and 20 times more fat that 2000 calories of healthy fresh foods. The rule of thumb is to stay out of the middle of the grocery store! All of the healthy fresh foods are along the outside walls of a grocery store.
If you lose weight, eat right, and exercise you will be much healthier naturally and you won’t need that drug to lower your blood pressure, or cholesterol, etc… Now before I get any hate mail, I know there are conditions that cannot be handled naturally, I have family members with those types of conditions, but I will tell you that even in those cases diet and exercise helps them feel better and they will live longer!
Does this make sense? I hope so! If you like my common sense approach to health, nutrition and fitness, I am slowly working on a book now that will put it all together for you with no gimmicks! If you have a good idea for a title send me a message.
Sleep is one of the great mysteries of life. Like gravity or the quantum field, we still donâ€™t understand exactly why we sleepâ€”although we are learning more about it every day. We do know, however, that good sleep is one of the cornerstones of health. Six to eight hours per night seems to be the optimal amount of sleep for most adults, and too much or too little can have adverse effects on your health. Sleep deprivation is such a chronic condition these days that you might not even realize you suffer from it. Science has now established that a sleep deficit can have serious, far reaching effects on your health.