Monopoly Medicine: How Big Pharma Stops Its Competitors and Monopolizes the Health Industry

Monopoly Medicine: How Big Pharma Stops Its Competitors and Monopolizes the Health Industry

27th August 2016

By Paul A. Philips

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Why does Big Pharma give ‘alternative health’ a bad press, as in the case of vitamins, when they’re always trying to make synthetic versions of alternative medicines? The answer lies in patents and profits…

When it comes to treating illness and disease, there is a pattern that runs throughout academia, research and development, marketing, diagnoses, orthodox treatment, press and politics. This pattern reflects how Big Pharma is able to stop its alternative health competitors from getting any significant share of the market, and thus, monopolize the health industry. This in effect suppresses alternative health treatments from being widely sold, regardless of cost and efficacy.

How the suppression works

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The Emperor Has No Clothes: The Doctor Has No Cures!

The Emperor Has No Clothes: The Doctor Has No Cures!

25th August 2016

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Once upon a time (like almost yesterday, eh) in Canada, there was a parade in a small town. The local doctor was in the parade, in a shiny red convertible. As one family watched the parade, a small boy exclaimed “I want to be a doctor when I grow up, and ride in a shiny red convertible.”

His sister, about 13 years old, responded “I don’t want to be a doctor like him. He doesn’t have any cures!”

“Don’t talk like that,” the mother interrupted, “of course he has cures. Everyone knows the doctor has cures. He just doesn’t have them in the car, they’re at the pharmacy.”

The girls responds, knowingly,”There are lots of medicines in the pharmacy, but I can’t find any cures there. And, I checked all of the medicines in our medicine cabinet. None of them say ‘cure’ either.”

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Scientists Discover Gut Bacteria That Eat Brain Chemicals

Scientists Discover Gut Bacteria That Eat Brain Chemicals

24th August 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Beneficial gut bacteria are the latest darlings of neurological health as researchers continue to uncover new and fascinating roles they play in our level of happiness, serenity and emotional well-being. Incredibly, a lack of specific types of gut bacteria (or excess of harmful microbes) are associated with autism, irritable bowel and chronic fatigue syndrome, along with a range of mood disorders — including anxiety, depression and poor response to stress. These microorganisms are so powerful that if they become imbalanced in the gut, it can mean the difference between living a joyful life or one where we can barely drag ourselves out of bed.

On top of that, cutting edge research just released by Northeastern University in Boston discovered a species of gut bacteria that “eat” brain chemicals — in this case gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. What has scientists excited about the finding is the results of the study add to a growing body of evidence that show gut bacteria profoundly effect our brain and mental health.

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A Comprehensive Guide to the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

A Comprehensive Guide to the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

21st August 2016

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest writer for Wake Up World

What is the Emotional Freedom Technique?

Although it is still often overlooked, emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing — no matter how devoted you are to the proper diet and lifestyle, you will not achieve your body’s ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional barriers stand in your way. That’s why I routinely used the Emotional Freedom Technique (or EFT) in my practice, and most highly recommend to optimize your emotional health. EFT is very easy to learn, and will help you remove negative emotions that cause ill health, reduce food cravings, reduce or eliminate pain, and implement positive goals.

EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasive needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem — whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. — and voice positive affirmations.

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Infants Deeply Traumatized by Common Medical Procedures, New Study Suggests

Infants Deeply Traumatized by Common Medical Procedures, New Study Suggests

20th August 2016

By Sayer Ji

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A concerning new study suggests that decades of medical procedures performed on infants without pain management has had deeply traumatizing effects.

A groundbreaking study published in eLife, titled “fMRI reveals neural activity overlap between adult and infant pain”, demonstrates that the infant pain experience, despite long held assumptions to the contrary, closely resembles that of adults.

Researchers discovered that when 1-6 day old babies were exposed to the same pain stimulus as adults, their brains “lit up” in almost exactly the same manner. More specifically, infant and adult pain responses were indistinguishable in 18 of the 20 regions observed through fMRI imaging. The only two brain regions that pain did not show activation in the infants were the amygdala and the orbitofrontal cortex: two regions believed to help with the interpretation of pain stimuli.

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Zika: Brazil Admits It’s Not the Virus

Zika: Brazil Admits It’s Not the Virus

18th August 2016

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Amidst growing fear-based propaganda warning of the threat of Zika virus comes a quiet admission from health officials in Brazil: Zika alone may not be responsible for the rise in birth defects that plagued parts of the country.

While there is some evidence suggesting Zika virus may be linked to the birth defect microcephaly, and the virus has been spreading throughout Brazil, rates of the condition have only risen to very high rates in the northeast section of Brazil. Since the virus has spread throughout Brazil, but extremely high rates of microcephaly have not, officials are now being forced to admit that something else is likely at play.

Dr. Fatima Marinho, director of information and health analysis at Brazil’s ministry of health, told the journal Nature, “We suspect that something more than Zika virus is causing the high intensity and severity of cases.”[1]

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Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity? Scientists Say “Yes”

Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity? Scientists Say “Yes”

15th August 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

History is peppered with famous artists, actors and musicians who were highly intelligence and creative, and experienced significant mood swings. Some are quite notorious for their outbursts; painter Vincent Van Gogh and the composer Beethoven are two examples. Writers like Virginia Woolf and Silvia Plath also seemed to suffer from their exceptional level of creativity, where episodes of unstable behavior were common.

Sadly, if these great artists were alive today, they would most likely be coerced into taking pharmaceutical drugs to “temper” their moods. Unfortunately, this scenario doesn’t require any great stretch of the imagination, considering almost seventy-nine million Americans take some form of psychiatric drug — including over a million children under the age of five. But at what cost?

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How Does the Alkaline Diet Affect Gut Health?

How Does the Alkaline Diet Affect Gut Health?

15th August 2016

By Dr. Edward Group

Guest writer for Wake Up World

The alkaline diet is a popular diet aimed at managing acidity levels within the body. The alkaline diet claims you can consume certain foods to adjust your body’s acidity, or pH levels, to improve your health.[1]

The pH scale runs from 0 (acidic) to 14 (basic or alkaline); 7 is neutral.[2] The body uses nutrients and electrolytes to maintain balance, which exists within a narrow pH range. It requires a slightly alkaline environment between 7.35 and 7.45, usually around 7.4.[3]

The human body is a complex collection of systems, organs, and fluids that work together to sustain life. While some systems seem more important than others, each one has a very specific purpose. When the various bits and pieces work together in harmony we call it homeostasis. If just one system is out of balance, homeostasis is disrupted and health and wellness can suffer. Although your body’s pH is important, it is one of many components that contribute to homeostasis.

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Eating Raw Garlic Twice a Week Reduces Cancer Risk by 44 Percent

Eating Raw Garlic Twice a Week Reduces Cancer Risk by 44 Percent

14th August 2016

By Marco Torres

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Eating raw garlic twice a week reduces your cancer risk by 44%, without any side effects whatsoever. That’s a statistic the cancer industry cannot claim

The reason so many people die after conventional cancer treatment is that, beside indiscriminately damaging healthy cells, chemotherapy also triggers them to secrete a protein that actually sustains tumour growth and encourages resistance to further treatment. It is only because of forces that have carefully conspired to thwart meaningful advances in ‘alternative’ cancer research and treatment over the past century that chemotherapy is even still practiced. (What reality do we in live when cut, poison and burn are considered the only acceptable ways to treat cancer?)

The Power of Garlic

Garlic (Allium sativum) is a member of the onion family Alliaceae. Garlic has been used throughout history for both its culinary and medicinal properties. Garlic’s distinctive characteristics arise from sulfur, which constitutes almost 1% of its dry weight. Although garlic does not typically serve as a major source of essential nutrients, it may contribute to several dietary factors with potential health benefits, including the presence of oligosaccharides, arginine-rich proteins and, depending on soil and growing conditions, selenium and flavonoids.

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Modern Research Reveals Your Heart Does Have a Mind of Its Own

Modern Research Reveals Your Heart Does Have a Mind of Its Own

13th August 2016

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest writer for Wake Up World

In the film “Of Hearts and Minds”, science documentary filmmaker David Malone explores the human heart, juxtaposing the modern scientific view of the heart as a mere pump, versus its long history as a symbol of love and the center of innate wisdom and human character.

The film starts off in an operating room where open heart surgery is taking place, and Malone interviews Consultant Surgeon Francis Wells, who talks about the mechanistic and bioelectrical workings of the heart. In Wells’ view, the heart is a pump, and nothing more.

On the other side there’s the poetic view of the heart as a source organ of love, with an intelligence all its own. However, you can replace your heart with an artificial one, and it won’t affect your ability to love — and yet the idea that your heart is somehow an emotional organ remains.

Could the heart and brain actually work together in producing emotions?

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6 Plants Other Than Cannabis That are High in Healing Cannabinoids

6 Plants Other Than Cannabis That are High in Healing Cannabinoids

12th August 2016

By Anna Hunt

Cannabis is not the only plant that contains medically beneficial cannabinoids, although it has driven the research to understand the powerful therapeutic properties of these plant compounds. In actuality, there are several plants that are also rich in cannabinoids and benefit the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for helping the body maintain internal balance, or homeostasis, which is needed for attaining optimum health.

To expand our understanding of cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, scientists and botanists are exploring the prevalence of cannabinoids in many plants used in natural remedies, other than just cannabis. Below are six plants found to either contain healing cannabinoids or affect the endocannabinoid system, and some of their known therapeutic benefits.

1. Coneflower – Echinacea

This plant is well-known for its ability to help the body fight off the common cold. It is also used to relieve anxiety, fatigue, migraines, and arthritis. Echinacea is a bit different than cannabis because it uses cannabimimetics instead of cannabinoids to engage the endocannabinoid system, particularly the CB2 receptor. Similar to THC in cannabis, the N-alkyl amides (NAAs) in echinacea are responsible for regulating the immune system, pain and inflammation.

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Riding the Waves of Change – How Altering Your Brainwaves Can Change Your Life

Riding the Waves of Change – How Altering Your Brainwaves Can Change Your Life

12th August 2016

By Gilbert Ross

Guest writer for Wake Up World

The scientific idea of brainwaves has made its way into popular media as can be witnessed in art, movies and science fiction. The image of a person with electrodes on his scalp while his brainwaves are being recorded is almost as iconic as the symbol of the atom or the depictions showing the ascent of man according to evolution. Yet very few people are aware of the fact that our brainwaves can be altered and, more importantly, by shifting into different states of brainwave activity, we can swiftly change our state of consciousness — say from one of anxiety to one of deep calm and openness — and by doing so, we also shift our emotional and physical state as it corresponds to that brainwave level. This is an idea which deeply fascinates me and intrigues me.

Short Waves and Long Waves

The brain produces electric impulses. These impulses can be recorded by devices such as EEGs, fMRIs and others and are shown as waves of varying speeds or frequencies. The speed of the brainwaves are measured in Hertz (cycles per second). There are four general categories of brainwave levels: The Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta.

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