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2018 Health and Safety

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> Alzheimer's cure working in lab studies
> Cannabis commonly used in ancient Egypt
> Immediate backlash from lack of sleep
> Solution for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
> Why has the flu hit so hard this year?
> The five side effects of kindness










< I’m not losing my memory.
   I’m living in the now.

According to, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and the number keeps increasing.  So, a cure recently discovered in a lab is encouraging. 

Below is an excerpt from an article about that discovery which was published in Science Daily on April 9, 2018.

Alzheimer’s cure working in lab studies

Using human brain cells, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes discovered the cause of -- and a potential solution for -- the primary genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, a gene called apoE4.

“Having one copy of the apoE4 gene more than doubles a person's likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease, and having two copies of the gene increases the risk by 12-fold, as compared to the most common version of the gene, apoE3 (good gene).

“The apoE4 gene creates a protein of the same name. The apoE4 protein differs from the apoE3 protein at only one point, but that single change is enough to alter its main structure and, thus, its function. Scientists have been unclear about why apoE4 is so much more damaging to brain cells than other versions of the protein.

“In a new study published in Nature Medicine, researchers revealed how apoE4 confers its risk for Alzheimer's disease in human brain cells. What's more, they were able to erase the damage caused by apoE4 by changing it, with a small molecule, into a harmless apoE3-like version. . .

“Treating human apoE4 neurons with a structure corrector eliminated the signs of Alzheimer's disease, restored normal function to the cells, and improved cell survival. Huang* is now working with his collaborators in academia and the pharmaceutical industry to improve the compounds so they can be tested in human patients in the future.”

* Yadong Huang, MD, PhD, is a senior investigator and director of the Center for Translational Advancement at Gladstone Institutes, an independent and nonprofit biomedical research organization.




Cannabis commonly used in ancient Egypt

We found it interesting that cannabis was commonly used in ancient Egypt according to an article published by “Ancient Origins” on March 17, 2017.  Below are excerpts from that article which was written by Robert Brusco. – The editor

“Cannabis is widely considered to be one of the most widespread options when it comes to medicinal herbs. However, in ancient times the plant’s popularity was far greater. . .  

“Ancient Egyptians had uncovered and used the medicinal properties of cannabis even beyond what modern medical science has been able to do so far.

The Ebers Papyruswas written roughly around 1550 BC and is one of the oldest finished medical textbooks to have been found so far. It mentions a number of formulas which make use of hemp to alleviate pain and inflammation caused by various diseases and injuries. Apparently, women in particular used marijuana as a way to waive off depression and other psychological problems in the early days of Egypt. . .

“The oldest medicinal use of the herb in the region may date back even further, to 2000 BC, when it might have been used to treat glaucoma, cataracts, hemorrhoids, vaginal bleeding, and even cancer. . .
“When the mummy of Pharaoh Ramesses II was uncovered and examined back in 1881, traces of cannabis in the remains was the last thing anyone was expecting, but it was there. Since then, a lot of the uncovered mummies have shown similar traces of the herb in their systems, confirming the suspicion that cannabis was indeed a part of the regular culture in ancient Egypt. . .

Seshat, the goddess of wisdom (R), was often depicted with a leaf of the cannabis plant above her head in paintings from thousands of years ago. . . Evidence also suggests that worshippers may have consumed marijuana in one form or the other during certain religious festivities and rituals. . .”




Immediate backlash from lack of sleep

“Humans cannot live without sleep and will suffer from some
immediate backlash if they ignore the primal urge to shut their eyes.”
- Alliance for Natural Health
January 2, 2018

Neuroscientist Dr. Claudia Aguirre reports that 30% of adults and 66% of adolescents are not getting enough sleep (7-8 hours/night) which results in daytime sleepiness, slower reflexes, poor concentration and increased risk of car accidents.

Long-term sleep deprivation can increase health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, susceptibility to illnesses and even weight gain.

There are many safe and natural ways to help you fall asleep that easily can be found on the Internet but this may be one you haven’t heard about.

According to a Baylor University study, writing a TO-DO LIST at bedtime may aid in falling asleep. Research compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed activities.

Preliminary research indicates that offloading thoughts and worries onto paper before bed reduces worry and may make it easier to fall asleep.





Solution for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

War veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) found significant relief by practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) according to a new study published in the December 29, 2017 issue of “Military Medicine.”  Reduction of symptoms was so great that 80% of the participants no longer were considered to have the disorder.

“It’s remarkable that after just one month we would see such a pronounced decrease in symptoms, with four out of five veterans no longer considered to have a serious problem with PTSD,” said the lead author Robert Herron.

Participants were taught the standardized TM method formulated by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (R) who founded Transcendental Meditation. It is reported that he taught his techniques to more than 5 million followers.

In the late 1960s and 1970s he became known in the West as the guru of celebrities including the Beatles, Donovan and Mike Love of the Beach Boys.       




Why has the flu hit so hard this year?
By Mary Joyce, website editor

“This year’s flu shot may not be up to the task,” according to Dr. Pardis Sabeti on CBS-TV and in a follow-up CBS article on December 5, 2017.

“It is the same formulation that was used during Australia's most recent flu season - which typically sets a pattern for what the U.S. will face - and it was only 10 percent effective there.”

Nevertheless, she feels 10% is better than none, and personally gets the flu shot.

A simple explanation
for the ineffectiveness of this season’s flu shot is well summarized by Katherine Ellen Foley in her article for the “Quartz” website:

“The annual flu vaccine development process begins several months before each flu season.  In February, a global group of researchers meets at the World Health Organization to identify three or four strains of the influenza virus they think will infect folks in the northern hemisphere, based on what made people sick in the southern hemisphere’s most recent flu season.

“This approach usually provides effective coverage from the flu for most vaccine recipients – well, 40 to 60% of the time, which is pretty good as far as vaccine coverage goes.  The trouble is, the make-up of the viruses can change in the blink of the eye, because virus strains constantly mutate.  Although researchers have clues about what a virus did previously, they’re usually guessing what specific changes will happen next.”

Rima A. Laibow, MD
, Medical Director of the Natural Solutions Foundation, has a much grimmer view of flu shots.  She believes vaccinations are “weaponized” to weaken the population so profits will increase for the pharmaceutical industry.

She says “the pseudo-science touted by Big Pharma-funded outlets like the ‘New England Journal of Medicine’ is unworthy of trust.” 


Dr. Laibow also believes much of the media is in cahoots with the pharmaceutical industry and help promote its “pseudo-science” and help frighten people into getting the flu shot.

She may be correct about the sinister side of flu shots. We were able to get a list of ingredients in last year’s flu shots from the “Passport to Health” website and found three very toxic ingredients which are in boldface type below.

● Flu Strain A/(Michigan) (H1N1)
● Flu Strain A/(Hong Kong) (H3N2)
● Flu Strain B/(Brisbane)
● Flu Strain B/(Phuket)
● Formaldehyde
● Aluminum Salts
● Gelatin
● Thimerosal (Mercury)
● Chicken Egg Proteins
● Antibiotics

It’s fairly well known that heavy metals like aluminum and mercury can be detrimental to one’s health.  As for formaldehyde, it is found in glues, adhesives, pressed-wood furniture and embalming fluid.  According to the “HealthLine” website, it is “linked to eye and throat irritation, breathing trouble and a higher risk for certain cancers.”





The five side effects of kindness


David R. Hamilton has a PhD in organic chemistry and spent four years in the pharmaceutical industry developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inspired by the placebo effect, he left the industry to write books and educate people on how they can harness their minds and emotions to improve their health.

He's written nine books including three bestsellers: “Your Mind Can Heal Your body,” “I Heart Me” and his most recent book “The Five Side Effects of Kindness” which was published in 2017.

Kindness is more important than ever in a world increasingly divisive. It’s just too easy to anonymously hurl insults through the Internet or from cars.  It’s too easy to see the world as “them” versus “us” and then throw harsh words or even stones at anyone who is different or has opinions unlike our own.  That’s why messages like Hamilton’s are so important today.

The introduction to Hamilton’s book on Amazon states: “Scientific evidence has proven that kindness changes the brain, impacts the heart and immune system, is an antidote to depression and even slows the aging process.  We’re actually genetically wired to be kind. In ‘The Five Side Effects of Kindness,’ David Hamilton shows that the effects of kindness are felt daily throughout our nervous system. When we’re kind we feel happier and our bodies are healthiest.”

Hamilton personally says kindness “builds relationships and thus strengthens society.  So, by extension, it ensures our protection and survival. . . In this modern interconnected world, there are no isolated acts of kindness.  Kindness creates ripples in the fabric of human relationships and human society.  These ripples impact the hearts and minds of other people, who in turn create ripples of their own.  Each seemingly isolated act of kindness matters more than we think.”

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