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High-dose vitamin D found to HEAL sunburns by activating skin repair genes…

(InsanelyNews) The list of Vitamin D’s known health benefits continues to grow as scientists have now discovered it has the power to heal sunburned skin.

In a new trial out of Case Western Reserve University that is the first of its kind, 20 participants were given a sunburn on their inner arm using a UV lamp and were then administered either a placebo pill or one containing vitamin D in dosages that ranged from 50,000 to 200,000 international units (IU).

The researchers then followed up with the participants 24, 48, and 72 hours after the experiment, as well as one week later, to collect skin biopsies and conduct further testing. The researchers found that Vitamin D was able to significantly reduce the skin redness and swelling that are hallmarks of sunburn, and even more surprisingly, it also activated skin repair genes that promote healing. Among those participants in the study who took a Vitamin D supplement an hour after getting burned, their level of healing was correlated to their dosage of Vitamin D.

This healing is being attributed to Vitamin D’s ability to boost the levels of the skin’s anti-inflammatory enzyme known as arginase-1. Not only does arginase-1 boost tissue repair following damage, but it also activates other anti-inflammatory proteins. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and is the first trial to demonstrate Vitamin D’s strong anti-inflammatory benefits.

Results very promising, but more studies are needed

Researchers point out that the study involved very high Vitamin D doses that are far greater than the daily allowances; some volunteers took 200,000 IU of vitamin D versus the FDA’s daily recommended allowance of 400 IU for adults. While they don’t recommend that people take such high amounts to deal with a sunburn just yet, they say the results are promising and deserve further investigation.

They are also looking into how this might help to prevent skin cancer, which the CDC reports is the country’s most common type of cancer.

This is just the latest triumph for this powerful vitamin, which has already been linked to many other important benefits. Research has found that sun exposure, which boosts your body’s production of Vitamin D, can reduce a person’s risk of dementia, cancer, macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease and multiple sclerosis. Higher levels of Vitamin Dhave also been linked to lower risk of several types of cancer.

Healing from sunburn

In the meantime, there are plenty of other natural ways you can help prevent or recover from sunburn.

Astaxanthin is a naturally-occurring skin protector that is found in algae, but some people prefer to get it from supplements. Eating a diet that is rich in antioxidants like those found in berries can also help your skin build up a natural resistance to sunburn.

Aloe vera is a great way to soothe and heal a sunburn. Keep in mind that commercial gels typically have other chemicals in them, so it’s best to get your aloe vera directly from the leaf of the plant itself. Simply peel off the leaf’s outer skin and apply the sticky pulp inside to your sunburned skin.

Baking soda can be another useful tool in soothing the pain of sunburn. You can try mixing around four tablespoons of baking soda into a bowl of cool water and apply the mixture to sunburned areas using cotton. If your sunburn is more widespread, mix about a cup of baking soda into a warm bath and soak for half an hour. Not only will this ease the pain, but it also helps you avoid the sting of water droplets hitting sunburned skin that often occurs when you shower with a sunburn.

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Kaspersky Lab Report : India on hit list of hackers

(InsanelyNews) Experts from Russian antivirus and cyber security firm, Kaspersky Lab Report has said that India is on top of the target list of cyber criminals during Interpol World 2017 conference in Singapore.

Kaspersky Lab Report:
“Countries like India are developing so fast, it opens the doors for more cyber attacks,“ said Stephan Neumeier, managing director of Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific.
“While India’s economy is growing fast, more people are getting access to the internet, large cities have 4G and Android devices are becoming popular. People need to be educated about antivirus solutions, and be made aware of not falling for phishing attacks,“ he said.
According to the cyber security experts and Kaspersky Lab Report, India along with several South Asian countries like  Bangladesh, Philippines, etc are at greatest threat.
Meanwhile India managed to protect itself from the massive hit by the recent WannaCry ransomware and Petya cyber attacks, but still, it had some incidents of a cyber hack at one of the three terminals in Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).Even, the Internet security solutions firm Symantec has recently said that India was among the top ten countries to be impacted by the cyber attack.

“There were some instances of ransomware attacks in India, while we perceive that banks are also at threat in the country,“ said Vitaly Kamluk, director of global research and analysis team at Kaspersky.

“National and critical security is important, and countries which do not invest into it will be hit,“ said Eugene Kaspersky, CEO, Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky Lab Report has announced that they have developed an open-sourced digital tool called BitScout to help in collecting cyber attack evidence.


Eating junk food causes DEPRESSION that most people treat with pills rather than nutrition

Depression is on the rise, and there is no shortage of advice out there for the 15 million American adults who suffer from it. Unfortunately, a lot of this advice steers people toward taking antidepressants, which opens them up to a whole other world of problems that can be even more devastating than the disease itself.

You might come across articles touting the benefits of therapy, which is a safe and effective route for many sufferers, but another very valid approach that can help people make real progress tends to get glossed over: A healthy, well-balanced diet. Some articles about depression might briefly mention getting a good night’s sleep and eating a proper diet almost as an afterthought, but the significance of proper nutrition when it comes to depression is far greater than many people realize.

In fact, Dutch scientists recently found that the damage to tiny blood vessels caused by a poor diet can increase a person’s risk of depression by nearly 60 percent. Eating junk food can lead to high blood pressure and diabetes, both of which can destroy the tiny blood vessels known as capillaries that carry oxygen throughout the body. When these capillaries are damaged, the body’s organs get a reduced supply of oxygen. The kidneys, nerves, skin and eyes can all be affected, and one organ that is particularly vulnerable is the brain. A lack of oxygen to the brain disrupts chemical levels, and this neurotransmitter imbalance is believed to be a cause of depression.

Their conclusion was reached after analyzing data from more than 43,000 adults above the age of 40 — 9,203 of whom had been diagnosed with depression — across 712 studies. Those whose blood showed signs of injury had a 58 percent higher risk of developing depression, while those who had endured small strokes due to capillary failure had a 30 percent higher risk of depression.

Study after study links poor diet to depression

This supports the findings of a study published earlier this year in BMC Medicine wherein depressed people who switched from a poor diet to a healthier Mediterranean diet noted a significant improvement in their levels of depression. In that study, nearly a third of those who cleaned up their diet found their depression symptoms going into complete remission.

The Mediterranean diet focuses on organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and olive oil, as well as legumes and nuts. It’s low in meat, while dairy and alcohol intake are moderate. Another study from the Journal of the American Medical Association found that those who closely adhere to the Mediterranean diet had a risk of depression that was 30 percent lower than those who did not follow it.

Meanwhile, a study that was carried out by University of Melbourne researchers involving more than 900 women over the course of ten years found that those who ate a diet that was high in foods like pizzas, hamburgers, white bread, beer, and sugary foods were 50 percent more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety than those who did not eat such an unhealthy diet.

Look to your kitchen, not a pill bottle

Improving your diet might sound like a simple solution, but the reality of giving up longstanding habits can be quite a challenge – and pharmaceutical companies have a lot at stake in convincing you that their pills are a convenient answer. Popping a pill is indeed a lot easier than giving your diet an overhaul, but many people who take the easy way out end up regretting it.

Not only are most antidepressants shockingly ineffective, but they’ve also been associated with side effects like nausea, weight gain, insomnia, loss of sexual desire, and an increased risk of suicide. Eating a nutritious diet, on the other hand, has side effects like improved heart health, weight loss, increased energy, better overall health, and increased longevity. If you’re depressed and want to improve your mental and physical health at the same time, these studies show you won’t find the answer in a pill bottle; you’ll find it in your kitchen.





Bitcoin: seven good reasons that make you “cure” the bitcoin mania

After the last post… There is other point of view

I’m really enjoying the vigorous debate about Bitcoin taking place across the liberty movement. It’s really interesting that many of us who are anti-central bank actually have sharp disagreements now on the Bitcoin situation. Yet we’re all pro-crypto-currency, and we all hope Bitcoin succeeds in the long run.

As you may know, I’ve recently taken the position (in just the last couple of weeks or so) that Bitcoin is headed for a catastrophic collapse because it currently exists in an irrational, speculative bubble driven by clueless noobs who think Bitcoin generates wealth by magic. Others completely disagree, saying that Bitcoin has only just begun to grow and could reach $1 million per coin. This is an exciting disagreement for the simple reason that somebody is going to eventually be proven really, really WRONG. (Without this division, no market can function at all, by the way. All markets require two opposing sides who disagree on the value of a particular asset.)

I was correct about the dot-com crash in 2001, by the way, and was also correct about the sub prime mortgage collapse. In both cases, before those crashes took place, I was routinely ridiculed by people who insisted “the rules are different this time” and said I was being pessimistic, since “everybody is going to get rich” as long as they all buy in. Sound familiar? This is all the same stuff you’re hearing now about Bitcoin. What Bitcoin promoters don’t seem to realize is that they sound just like the dot com promoters in 1998… who eventually lost nearly everything when the crash happened in 2001.

In any case, I should state for the record that I don’t intend to imply any personal attacks against individuals who disagree with me in this space. We’re all pro-liberty and we actually share a lot of the same goals about making corrupt governments and central banks OBSOLETE, but I do disagree with their justifications for saying Bitcoin will keep going higher. So in the spirit of continuing this “vigorous debate,” I hereby present several questions that, once you answer them, should cause you to seriously rethink the future of Bitcoin.

Seven self-evident questions that will cause you to steer clear of Bitcoin bubble mania

Question #1) Apple produces iPhones. Amazon produces fulfillment services for millions of products. What does Bitcoin produce?

Answer: Nothing. That is, nothing other than increasingly irrational speculative expectations for the price of Bitcoin. Bitcoin isn’t a company and Bitcoin produces no products. As a non-entity, it has no revenues, no assets, no patents and no employees. 100% of its value is based on faith, and faith is a fickle thing.

Question #2) Bitcoin’s “value” has increased by 350% in the last 12 months. What has Bitcoin introduced in that time period that would justify a 350% increase in its value?

Answer: Nothing other than increasing expectations (i.e. “hype” and mania). Again, there is nothing any person can point to in the last 12 months that would cause Bitcoin to be suddenly worth 350% more, other than a 350% increase in the speculative “faith” in Bitcoin itself. There aren’t 350% more merchants accepting Bitcoin, for example, and there aren’t 350% more awesome uses for Bitcoin. If anything, Bitcoin is now slower and more expensive to use than it was 12 months ago, meaning the advantages of Bitcoin over other forms of money transactions are eroding. The only mathematical reason why Bitcoin is 350% higher now than it was 12 months ago is because 350% more money has been thrown at it, almost entirely by speculative investors whose only goal is to ride the wave of speculation higher and higher, then sell at whatever they think is the top. They see Bitcoin as a “get rich quick” vehicle and nothing more.

Question #3) Bitcoin is being promoted as a “store of value,” yet it frequently will correct by 30% – 50% in under 48 hours. What is YOUR definition of a “store of value” and how does Bitcoin fulfill your definition?

Possible answer: A store of value should have minimal volatility. It should neither gain value overnight, nor lose value overnight. It should be something with a long, multi-generational track record of preserving wealth. Very few things in our world meet these qualifications. Some of the things that do are gold, land and fine art (museum quality). Shares of stock in certain corporations have also stood the test of time (Lloyds of London), but crypto-currencies have existed for barely a single decade. There isn’t a single crypto-currency that has stood the test of time.

Question #4) If you are holding Bitcoin in the hopes of selling it at a higher price, how will you know when to sell it? (In other words, when has Bitcoin reached its peak, in your mind?)

Possible answer: No matter how high Bitcoin goes, lots of Bitcoin holders will continue to insist it will go much, much higher. With people now throwing around estimates of Bitcoin reaching $1 million per coin — without any real justification to back it up, by the way — you would obviously be a fool (according to this logic) to sell it at $10,000 or $100,000 or even $500,000 per coin. Ask yourself: What’s your selling point? How will you know when you reach it? What is your argument for why that selling point isn’t NOW?

In reality, you will sell Bitcoin when everybody else panics and starts selling Bitcoin, too. Like nearly everyone else, you will follow the herd and do what they do. That’s why all speculative bubbles rapidly lose value in a runaway panic once people come to their senses. It’s also why all the masses who think they are buying low and selling high actually end up buying high and selling low.

Question #5) What does Bitcoin offer to secure its dominant market position that no other crypto-currency offers?

Possible answer: Nothing other than name recognition, and that’s fading fast. With Litecoin, Ethereum, Zcash and other crypto-currencies rapidly gaining market share, Bitcoin has now dropped below 50% of the aggregate crypto-currency market capitalization for the first time. Visit to see a list of 100 more crypto-currencies, including Ripple, Dash, Stratis and Monero. Many of these crypto currencies are technically more advanced, more secure and more anonymous than Bitcoin. There is really nothing Bitcoin has that’s unique enough to prevent people from selling Bitcoin and moving into some other crypto-currency en masse. Thus, the argument that Bitcoin will be worth millions of dollars per coin because it will become the world’s dominant crypto-currency and eventually replace the U.S. dollar really has no rational basis.

Question #6) What is the profile of the typical “new buyer” to Bitcoin today vs. five years ago?

Possible answer: Five years ago, Bitcoin was being purchased by pro-liberty, high-IQ technical people who understood encryption, peer-to-peer structures and the distributed blockchain ledger. Today, Bitcoin is being purchased by Japanese housewives who think it’s a “get rich quick” discovery that generates wealth by magic. The radical change in the mindset of the people now ENTERING the Bitcoin marketplace should tell you something very important about where this is headed. People who have no specific loyalty to decentralization, peer-to-peer cryptology and borderless, bank-less currency also have no specific loyalty to Bitcoin or any crypto-currency at all. Once the “new thing” mania wears off on the noobs, they will flee Bitcoin and hop to the next popular investment craze that comes along.

Question #7) How will you sell Bitcoin if the power grid goes down?

Answer: You won’t. Without electricity, Bitcoin ceases to exist for the simple reason that it only exists as a computational hologram, requiring both a steady stream of computational power and a functioning internet to stay alive. Now, you might argue that the risk of the power grid going down is very slim. But NASA puts that risk at about 12% every decade due to the appearance of massive solar storms that would fry the current power grid structure and thrust much of our world back into the 1800s. A single EMP nuke attack from North Korea would also accomplish much the same thing.

For these reasons, Bitcoin is highly vulnerable to EMP, solar flares and nuclear war. Physical gold, however, outlasts all such disasters for the simple reason that gold is an element of matter and cannot be destroyed by any normal means, even if you try. (You can’t burn gold. All you can do is melt it into another shape of gold.)

I haven’t heard a single rational argument that explains why Bitcoin isn’t in a speculative bubble

Since I began warning about Bitcoin valuations a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been criticized by several Bitcoin advocates who nonetheless share my philosophy of liberty, self-reliance and decentralization of the money supply. I’ve read their arguments and attempts and logic, but none of them that I’ve seen have been rooted in anything resembling rational thinking.

What I really see right now is Bitcoin holders engaged in Bitcoin self-delusion, which is understandable because it’s a psychological phenomenon that’s well known in the world of speculative investments. Once people make a speculative investment decision in anything, they then begin to subconsciously find ways to rationalize that investment, convincing themselves more and more that their decision must have been a good one. These people, in other words, aren’t lying to you when they say they believe Bitcoin could go up to $1 million per coin: They truly believe it!

That’s why it’s dangerous to listen to Bitcoin analysis from people who own Bitcoin. It carries the same pitfalls as listening to stock buying advice from someone who’s trying to get you to buy the same stocks they already own: There’s an inherent conflict of interest at work. Only someone completely outside the system — who owns no substantial amount of the asset — can look at it with a clear head.

That’s where I’m coming from. I own almost no Bitcoin (about 0.35 Bitcoins at the moment), having recently traded Bitcoins for physical gold. If Bitcoin goes up, I profit virtually nothing, and if Bitcoin goes down, I lose virtually nothing. I’m approaching the Bitcoin issue with a clear head and an objective, rational mindset which just happens to be unpopular among Bitcoin holders for all the obvious reasons. They see my articles and commentary as a risk to their Bitcoin assets, which is proof that Bitcoin’s valuations are so fragile that the mere criticism of the Bitcoin bubble might cause a wipeout of Bitcoin value. (If Bitcoin were really a store of value, its holders would have nothing to fear from someone talking about Bitcoin being in a bubble, would they?)

Bitcoin holders to the world: Shut up, stop asking questions and just BUY MORE BITCOIN, dammit!

Yet, they have a serious double standard in criticizing me for talking about this. Essentially, I’m being told that I should “stick to health topics” and stop talking about Bitcoin because only Bitcoin people know what they’re talking about. At the same time, they insist that everybody should own Bitcoin because the crypto-currency should be so widely adopted everybody has some. Do you see the obvious conflict? On one hand, they claim Bitcoin is so specialized and technical that only certain “Bitcoin elite” have the right to talk about Bitcoin. But at the same time, they claim everybody should buy Bitcoin, presumably even if they don’t understand how it works and have no right to talk about Bitcoin. This entire argument strikes me as borderline hucksterism. If everybody is supposed to own Bitcoin, why can’t everybody talk about Bitcoin? Are we all supposed to just buy Bitcoin, ask no questions and shut the hell up? Seriously? This is the argument of the “liberty-oriented” Bitcoin movement now?

BOTTOM LINE: Even though I have a long track record of promoting crypto-currencies like Bitcoin, the Bitcoin hype has now clearly turned into a “mania” craze. And what takes real courage and integrity is to state the obvious when everybody else is attacking you for doing so. Right now, I’m calling bulls##t on the current Bitcoin mania… at least until the speculative noobs are fleeced out of the system and Bitcoin values return to rational levels. Once that happens, I may very well advocate Bitcoin again. It’s not Bitcoin itself that’s the problem here, you see: It’s the bubble mania that’s going to hurt a lot of people who are buying into Bitcoin right now.

By the way, the only way new investors can “buy Bitcoin” is if someone is selling Bitcoin to them, which means by definition that plenty of Bitcoin holders agree with me because they are obviously selling Bitcoin to new buyers, trading digital ledger entries for cash and thereby transferring Bitcoin price risk to the noobs, most of whom will likely lose the vast majority of their investments once the Bitcoin bubble bursts.

Bitcoin will likely go down in history as the greatest financial fleecing of Asian investors in the history of the world.





Magic mushrooms are safest recreational drug, according to new study

Psilocybin mushrooms may be classified as a Schedule I drug alongside chemical substances such as MDMA, Heroin, LSD, and Methaqualone — but the substance is significantly less harmful than its classification indicates. According to the Global Drug Survey 2017, psilocybin mushrooms — known on the street as magic mushrooms or shrooms — is the safest of all recreational drugs, with only 0.2 percent of takers needing emergency medical treatment. It’s a much lower rate in comparison to MDMA, which records 1.2 percent of users needing emergency care, or even alcohol, which has a rate of 1.3 percent.

The annual survey is the biggest of its kind, and gathered responses from 115,523 participants from over 50 countries. Of the total respondents, 10.4 percent or about 12,000 reported the use of magic mushrooms. Of that, only 13 men and four women said they sought emergency medical treatment.

“Magic mushrooms seem to carry the lowest acute risk of harm of any drug,” the report said, noting that while it is still not entirely risk free, smaller dosing units and the mushrooms’ “intrinsic safety” make them much less harmful than any other drugs.

“Death from toxicity is almost unheard of with poisoning with more dangerous fungi being a much greater risk in terms of serious harms,” Adam Winstock, founder of the Global Drug Survey, said in a report on At the same time, Winstock did point out that while mushrooms (and psychedelics in general) are non-toxic, combining mushrooms with alcohol or using them in unfamiliar settings can increase the risk for accidental injury, panic attacks, disorientation, and other unpleasant symptoms.

Still, Winstock said that as far as recreational drugs go, shrooms are the least likely to cause any lasting damage on one’s body and lifestyle. “People don’t tend to abuse psychedelics, they don’t get dependent, they don’t rot every organ from head to toe, and many would cite impact upon their life as profound and positive. But you need to know how to use them,” he said.

Putting the “magic” in mushrooms

Magic mushrooms are one of the most common psychedelic drugs, alongside LSD. Its psychedelic compound, psilocybin, sends the brain into hyperdrive, superpowering communication between its networks, according to a report on Citing a 2014 study, the report said that people who were injected with two milligrams of psilocybin displayed stronger activity and communication between regions of the brain that don’t normally talk to each other. This finding explains the heightened sensory experiences and altered perceptions of time and space typically reported by magic mushroom users.

A known hallucinogen, magic mushrooms can trigger out-of-body experiences and the feeling of time slowing down. It also has less intense effects — magic mushrooms have been found to have relaxing effects, similar to that of marijuana. It is also being explored as a natural alternative for dangerous psychiatric drugs prescribed for mental illness, in particular, depression and anxiety. Citing another study by researchers from New York University, the report said that 60 to 80 percent of participants reported reduced anxiety and depression six and a half months after one psychedelic trip.

The report went on say that while tripping on psilocybin, one patient who had suffered from severe anxiety went on “an emotional journey” that allowed him to realize how his anxiety was not something he should worry about.

Despite its benefits and safety as a substance, magic mushrooms still remain illegal in the United States — making the legal consequences possibly the biggest risk in taking a substance that has been determined to be generally safe for one’s health.


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Cannabis: Detroit shuts down 167 cannabis retailers

With an extensive history of traditional uses as an industrial material and natural medicine, cannabis-based remedies have been used for centuries. Nonetheless, this incredible plant has been the topic of many heated debates between cannabis advocates and people who rather not see this medicinal plant showing up in their neighborhood.

Even though medical cannabis is legal in Michigan, due to a regulatory shift in 2016, nearly 300 of the Motor City’s pot shops were found to be operating illegally. Non-compliant cannabis dispensaries in Detroit all received a letter shortly after the implementation of the strict government regulations, noting that if they were not fully licensed they would face the risk of being shut down.

From that moment on, 167 medical marijuana dispensaries have been shut down in Detroit. This number is expected to grow with 51 more shops facing closure, Off The Grid News reported. This will bring the city officials closer to their promise to clean house. Their aim is to limit Detroit’s number of medical marijuana dispensaries to 50.

According to the new set of rules, marijuana dispensaries should be located at least 1,000 feet away from schools, parks, libraries, daycare centers, churches, liquor stores, and other dispensaries. To get a license, retailers must get a zoning permission prior to opening a business. At present, there are only five businesses licensed and operating legally within the city, noted Detroit Corporation Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell.

Detroit cracking down hard on medical marijuana use

Recovering from recent bankruptcy, Detroit currently has a team of seven attorneys working on nothing but marijuana cases, noted Hollowell. One of their main goals is shutting down as many dispensaries as possible.

“We started out focusing in on the facilities that are in drug-free zones and then to the areas where there are these clusters,” Hollowell said. “We’ve been successful in the closure rate, but there’s more to do.”

With a population of 680,250 citizens, of which a quarter of a million are registered to use cannabis medicinally, Michigan is currently one of the states that might make its way to full cannabis legalization in 2018. Nonetheless, the city will continue to focus on its current goals of enforcing the ordinance and closing more pot shops which fail to get a license.

“The voters of the state made medical marijuana legal, so we have to manage that in a way that is consistent with keeping our neighborhoods respected and at the same time, allowing for those dispensaries to operate in their specific areas that we’ve identified as being lawful,” Hollowell told The Free Press.

There are currently around 70 dispensaries operating with provisional approval in the city, which means another 20 of them will be denied a license to meet Detroit’s goal to limit the number of pot shops to 50 locations. Though this is good news for community groups in Detroit that have been trying to keep cannabis out of their neighborhoods, others aren’t too pleased by the decision.

According to the chairman of the Metropolitan Detroit Community Action Coalition, Winfred Blackmon, the issue is not medical marijuana itself but the fact that so many businesses keep popping up in neighborhoods where they are not allowed to operate.

Members of the community have expressed their concerns and frustration, which has prompted Blackmon to address these issues and keep enforcing the law. Therefore, many medical marijuana businesses have been visited by inspectors from the Building Safety Engineering and Environmental Department and the police to inform them of their illegal practices.

Though many medical marijuana businesses continue to operate at their own risk, officials are confident that they will have successful models to follow the day cannabis becomes legal in Michigan.

Should Michigan loosen its rules and embrace full legalization? What are your thoughts on this rather controversial topic?


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Dogs are classified as carnivorous…And vegan? Yes it’s happening,

Dogs are man’s best friend.  So it follows that we’d want our best friends to enjoy the same things that make us happy and healthy. This is why it more pet owners are now switching their dogs to a vegan diet. Surprised? Don’t be. Just like us, dogs can benefit a lot from a plant-based diet. They can become healthier and improve their physical condition. They can enjoy an enhanced coat, gain weight, and have more energy.

Dogs are classified as carnivorous but they have evolved biologically to omnivores, which means they can get nutrients from a wide variety of sources like fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, and animal products. Unlike cats, dogs can get and synthesize all their nutritional needs from both food sources.

Kathryn E. Michel, veterinarian and associate professor of nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine stated: “The important thing is that you use a diet that has been shown to be nutritionally adequate for whatever stage of life you’re feeding, and it is absolutely possible to find a good quality commercial pet food that doesn’t have animal products in it.”

Going vegan can be highly beneficial to dogs. There is available evidence that show plant-based meals can bring positive effects to your pets. Studies have found that such a diet offers the following health benefits: increased health and vitality, improved coat, and better weight control, as well as decreased incidences of cancer, infections, hypothyroidism, diabetes, arthritis, and cataracts.

One study published in Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) stated that it is possible for dogs to survive and thrive on vegetarian diets as long as owners ensure that they get all the nutrients they need. Vegan dogs may experience health problems but these are also common in animals that are on meat-based diets.

For people like Kery Shaw, a freelance photographer in San Diego, switching to a vegan diet has helped her dog, Portland, who used to suffer from bouts of diarrhea and itchy hot spots on the skin. She fed her golden retriever with a vegan kibble that had a pea-based protein and supplemented it with homemade smoothies and vegetables.

A chronic ear infection encouraged Shelley Boyle to feed her German shepherd/pit bull Cleo pinto beans, sweet potatoes, and brown rice every week. The infection was gone after five months. Cleo also sported a more beautiful and healthier coat, no longer had bad breath, and stopped excessively shedding.

Aside from obvious health reasons, dog owners can also turn to plant-based foods for environmental and ethical reasons. If you’re considering making the switch, it’s crucial that you pick the right pet food. Michel strongly suggests pet owners use only commercial pet food that have undergone feeding trials by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. It is also recommended to consult with experts in dog nutrition if you’re thinking of preparing the meals from scratch. This will ensure your dogs get the proper amounts of essential nutrients they need. Meals should contain protein from plants like soybeans, peas, or potatoes and must be supplemented with vitamins and minerals, as well as amino acids like vitamin B12 and calcium. Dogs require more protein than humans, which is why it’s important to choose a source that has enough protein.

But while some veterinarians are still on the fence about whether plants and supplements offer enough nutrients and make for an adequate substitute for meat, it’s best to consider what your dog needs. You know them better than anyone so you’re in the best position—with the help of your vet, of course—to determine if a vegan diet is ideal for your pets.


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Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol impact on brain health

You might want to think twice before reaching for another shot of that drink especially if you have a big day at work the next day. A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed that drinking moderately may not be as harmless as you believe. In fact, it makes you three times more likely to suffer cognitive decline than those who don’t drink at all.

Everyone knows that excessive alcohol drinking is bad as it can lead to a series of health problems. Aside from nausea, vomiting, and awful hangovers, long-term drinking can lead to permanent brain damage, mental problems, and alcohol dependence. It’s also a significant risk factor for developing certain types of cancers, like throat and mouth cancers. It can also lead to cirrhosis of the liver, which can also possibly develop into liver cancer.

The list goes on. Too much drinking can cause high blood pressure, which increases your risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. In other cases, it can lead to certain types of dementia. Lung infections are also common after-effects of excessive drinking. Alcohol can also cause gastritis, stomach ulcers, and internal bleeding. There’s also a increased risk of cancer.

The notion that drinking alcohol moderately can be beneficial to the health may be popular because some studies have said so. One study of 84,000 women said low levels of alcohol can reduce women’s risk of stroke. Another showed that among women aged 65 and above, those who drink about five alcoholic drinks a week were 27 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t.

However, this new study puts these in question. In fact, in 2016 experts warned that drinking just one glass of wine or a bottle of beer per day can cause an abnormal hearth rhythm called atrial fibrillation, which is a major cause of heart failure and stroke.

Researchers at the University of Oxford and University College London set out to discover if moderate alcohol consumption would yield health benefits to the brain. They used data of 550 individuals who drank four pints of beer or five glasses of wine a week and found that, over the years, their brain health significantly declined. The results showed a reduced volume in the hippocampi, the area in the brain related to memory and learning.

The study spanned 30 years (1985 to 2015). The participants, who were not alcohol-dependent, had an average age of 43 at the start of the research. They were subjected to brain function tests at regular intervals. They had to undergo an MRI brain scan at the end of the research. The researchers adjusted confounders – factors that could influence the results – like sex, age, education, social class, smoking, stroke risk, physical and social activity, and medical history. They discovered that over the years, higher alcohol consumption was linked to an increased risk of hippocampal atrophy, a type of brain damage that affects memory and spatial navigation.

Data showed that those who drank more than 30 units per week had the highest risk. Even those who drank moderately (14 to 21 units a week) were thrice likely to suffer from hippocampal atrophy compared to those who don’t drink. Surprisingly, light drinking (maximum of seven units a week) didn’t yield a positive result either.

It is important to note that this is just an observational study, meaning the researchers didn’t perform a controlled experiment and instead depended on data from participants who went about their daily routines. They would still need to get more data to paint a vivid picture of the long-term effects of all types of alcohol consumption.

“Our findings support the recent reduction in U.K. safe limits and call into question the current U.S. guidelines, which suggest that up to 24.5 units a week is safe for men, as we found increased odds of hippocampal atrophy at just 14 to 21 units a week, and we found no support for a protective effect of light consumption on brain structure,” the researchers said.


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Drug overdose is now the LEADING cause of death for Americans under 50…

Big Pharma’s opioid death machine marches on

At the helm of this devastating surge in drug-related deaths are, of course, opioids. Opioids are a class of drugs that includes heroin, fentanyl and many legal prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. According to the CDC, oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone are the most common prescription drugs used in overdose deaths. The agency reports that at least 1 out of every 4 people prescribed an opioid is estimated to struggle with addiction, and that emergency rooms are treating over 1,000 people who have misused an opioid every day.

During his announcement, Rosenstein stated that fentanyl — a synthetic opioid — is becoming increasingly problematic, in large part due to its extreme potency. “Fentanyl is especially dangerous. It is 40 to 50 times more deadly than heroin. Just two milligrams, a few grains of salt, an amount you could fit on the tip of your finger, can be lethal. Fentanyl exposure can injure or kill innocent law enforcement officers and first responders. Inhaling a few airborne particles can have dramatic effects,” he explained.

NPR reports that approximately 75 percent of people who died from an accidental overdose in 2016 had fentanyl in their systems. One of the biggest threats posed by fentanyl is that other drugs are often cut with it, meaning that users may not be aware of the potential danger.

While loath to admit it, one of the driving factors behind this heartbreaking epidemic is indeed prescription opioid use. Not only are the prescription drugs themselves contributing to the massive death toll, they are indirectly increasing the number of people who use street drugs like heroin. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that an estimated 80 percent of heroin users started out using prescription pain-killers.

In other words, opioid pain-killers are not just responsible for the deaths of people who overdose on a prescription drug, they are also responsible for the deaths of an overwhelming majority of heroin users.

As Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! reports, it’s been estimated that a staggering 52,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2015 — and over half of those deaths were related to opioid pain medications, heroin or fentanyl. Goodman explains further, “To put the death toll in perspective, opioid deaths have surpassed the peak in death by car crash in 1972, AIDS deaths in 1995 and gun deaths in 1993. After 20 years of heavy combat in South Vietnam, U.S. military casualties represented only one-third of the death toll from 10 years of opioid overdoses.” breaks it down even further, noting that while 12,990 of overdose deaths were related to heroin, a shocking 20,101 overdose deaths were related to prescription opioids.

To put it simply, prescription opioids are, without a doubt, a driving force behind the rising rates of drug addiction and overdose in the US. Several US states, as well as cities and counties, have brought the Big Pharma corporations responsible for these drugs to court for their involvement in creating this outbreak of addiction. For example, the state of Ohio recently launched a lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies for purporting that the drugs had benefits unsupported by science, promoting fraudulent information and misleading patients.

Opioids are extremely dangerous drugs; even Pfizer has admitted that they carry a substantial risk for addiction when used “properly.”

While it’s clear that the opioid epidemic will sadly not be ending anytime soon, hopefully more states will continue to take action against Big Pharma. Keep up with the latest stories about drugs and drug-makers at





Cannabis : ALL HEALING NUTRIENTS found, are made from carbon dioxide

The “miracle molecule” for plant life across our planet

When you hear celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio declare war on carbon dioxide, it’s hard not to roll your eyes and think “Smoke another one, Leo.” Of course, that wouldn’t really be possible if we somehow did manage to get rid of all the carbon dioxide on Earth. That’s because this life-giving molecule is essential to all plant life, including the cannabis that some of these anti-carbon dioxide proponents are so fond of.

As a matter of fact, all of the healing nutrients that are found in cannabis are made of this “miracle molecule.” You can’t have one without the other. Without carbon dioxide, you wouldn’t have THC, which can help with pain relief, nausea, asthma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and glaucoma, to name but a few conditions. Cannabis, with all its promise in helping everything from inflammation and nausea to anxiety, epilepsy, and cancer, simply wouldn’t exist without the carbon dioxide that it breathes. Have these people never heard of photosynthesis?

Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, set out to show those who have taken the whole anti-carbon dioxide sentiment too far the errors of their ways in a video on Health Ranger Science called Carbon Dioxide: The Miracle Molecule of Life. If carbon dioxide were to suddenly disappear from our planet, you’d have to say goodbye to your green smoothie, cannabis, and everything else you consume, and pretty soon you’d be joining them in the great beyond because life cannot be sustained without it.

The video, which is a real eye-opener, explains what our world would look like without carbon dioxide, and it’s not a very pretty picture. It shows cities like Los Angeles, Toronto, Albuquerque and New York City without trees, grass, plants, animals and people, and the images are haunting. Adams says modern plants are actually starving for carbon dioxide, and our world would be more lush and green if there was slightly more of it. He points out that the hormones in your body, the Vitamin C in your fruit, and the cannabidiol in your hemp extract are all made of carbon, yet people continue to demonize it.

Not all carbon dioxide is bad

Poor air quality is absolutely killing people around the world, and particulate pollution emissions are a serious problem for many reasons. However, before jumping on the all-carbon-dioxide-is-bad bandwagon, it is important to realize that it is a matter of finding the right balance, not getting rid of it altogether. Some carbon dioxide is good – and Adams even argues that slightly higher levels than we have now would be beneficial – while extremely high levels in the atmosphere would be toxic. In short, carbon dioxide is not the enemy that many are making it out to be, and a basic grasp of middle school biology is all one needs to understand just how vital it is.

Those celebrities who are genuinely concerned about the environment would do well to channel their anti-carbon dioxide vitriol toward some of the real threats facing our environment today instead. Mass deforestation, heavy metal contamination in food and soil, Fukushima radiation, toxic biosludge fertilizing farms, and the herbicides and pesticides in our food supply are all killing life on Earth as we speak.



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