Is choice lost? Microchips to administer drugs, replace pills.

According to reports from CNN, people who use pharmaceutical drugs, but who don’t like having to remember, think, exercise their personal agency, or make their own proactive choices throughout their day, may soon be able to get their medications automatically administered via an implanted chip.


MIT researchers and a company called MicroCHIPS are developing a chip smaller than a square inch in area, which can be preloaded with drugs. It can release drugs into your body in given doses and time intervals, programmed according to “doctor’s orders” – while your mind wanders on “more important” things.

When the dosage or intervals need to be changed, the microchips would be able to be adjusted remotely by the doctor, says the report. The chips, already tested in patients withe osteoporosis since 2012, will have the ability to transmit real-time information to create a permanent record of exactly what dose was administered when, along with other medical information. Expected to be released in 2017, the chips may be able to function wirelessly in the body for 16 years.

When “at risk for a heart attack,” this device can “rescue” you, says the report. MicroCHIPS CEO Bradley Paddock says, “The MicroCHIPS implantable drug delivery device is the greatest advancement in delivering medicine since the first tablet pill was developed in 1876.”

What could possibly go wrong?

You may have heard last week about the man who was never picked up for his 13 year prison sentence because of clerical administrative error? Do you want to have the possibility of administrative error literally sewn under your skin, embedding the risk of medical mistakes inside your body, every day without reprieve?

To name just one of many scenarios, imagine you are having an adverse drug reaction, and your wireless service to contact the doctor’s office happens to be interrupted that day, while the chip continues to pour the poison into your bloodstream?

If someone truly has congenital illness that threatens or greatly compromises their quality of life, or a catastrophic injury, and has cognitive impairment and no social support in keeping track of his or her medication schedule, then this technology may conceivably have a small, valid niche.

However, the issue for the rest of the population is that it is known in medical, psychological, and even timeless philosophical circles that when people don’t have to be mindfully aware – to pay attention – then people doze, turn off their brain, and stop being accountable. All bets are off for calamity when people are sleepwalking around.

After a couple of generations (that’s all it took) of coming to expect “better living through chemistry,” the coming deployment of this pharma-chip technology is a stark reflection of a dozing brand of unconsciousness already rampantly seen in society. This chip could be used to literally make its users’ bodies part of “the matrix,” a node in the global information net, a computational and economic unit physically linking our flesh to the pharmaceutical-industrial-financial complex.

This proves that the dumbing down of people is rarely the sole fault of a technology’s innovators, when there is a market that matches the level of unconsciousness that the product is designed to cater to.

While literally inviting pharma to bypass one’s conscious mind and take total control over their body’s biochemistry may not make such consumers “evil,” it does bring to mind the timeless, philosophical debate on virtue and wisdom: What kind of impact does the every-day abdication of responsible, conscious choice have on other people? What kind of environment does this non-choosing create for those of us who choose our birthright of holistic health, wellness, and the natural wisdom of living?

How can those who can’t be responsible for themselves be responsible for civilization?

Many drugs have neurological and psychological side effects, and counter-indication reminders, written
directly on the packaging. For example, written warnings on the bottle are a last line of defense so that people, in a fog-of-mind, don’t recklessly take certain drugs while driving, operating heavy machinery, or while intoxicated with alcohols or recreational drugs. Where will the side-effect warnings and counter-indication reminders be written on the microchip so you have to look at it before you are dosed? Perhaps nowhere.

Because of these psychotropic side effects, people who lives by natural wisdom and yet dwell in a society of people walking around taking pills are dealing with what, on this website previously, have been called “zombies.” Therefore, if or when those who choose to use pharmaceutical drugs no longer must even execute the small act of opening a bottle and hand-feeding themselves pill – and instead just let the chip give it to them – the last vestige for millions of people of a mindful, grounded connection to their bodies dissolves into thin air. This ungroundedness could be truly dangerous for running a healthy, life-sustaining civilization, and is a phenomenon that should be studied carefully.

A life-sustaining natural health heritage, or a downward cycle into dependency

How did we get to this place where 70% of the U.S.A.’s population is on one or more pharmaceuticals for treating chronic imbalances that have been deemed “chronic diseases” with names such as osteoporosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s syndrome, etc? More than half of the population is on a combination cocktail of two or more drugs.

Preventing and oftentimes reversing chronic imbalances can be achieved in simple ways of bringing natural wisdom into your life, include eating more organic leafy vegetables, raw and uncorrupted plant-based fats, and nourishing proteins from seeds, nuts, sprouts, and beans; cutting back on processed sugar and preservatives, dyes, and chemicals; taking hikes; reducing stress and hypertension with meditation, yoga, or qi gong; and more.

In both his books There Is a Cure for Diabetes and Spiritual Nutrition, Dr. Gabriel Cousens urges us to recognize that the recent mass pharmaceutical phenomenon is one of modernity’s “crimes against wisdom.” Wisdom includes the heritage of letting the Earth’s living natural medicines, good food, herbs, healing waters, airs, sunshine, and the wealth of the inner awareness traditions, be our teachers in self-healing.

Living in wisdom is a cultural choice. Crimes against wisdom is a lifestyle of choosing not to choose. Wisdom and its good friend virtue may ask us to open our eyes to what is already provided by nature.

Are we on the path of wisdom, or crimes against wisdom? To use a quote of unknown origin with great relevance to the techno-state of body-mind oblivion that will tempt millions: “For every person who doesn’t make their own decisions, there is someone more than willing to make them for you.”

Sources for this article include:

  1. “No More Pills; Just Give It to Me in a Chip,”
  3. “Man avoids prison in clerical error,” The Baxter Bulletin.

12 symptoms of kidney disease you shouldn’t ignore.

Most people are not aware of the fact that kidney diseases can be silent killers. They may not show any symptoms for a long time till the situation becomes critical. (Why is it silent?) Even young people are now prone to it. It is important to recognize the symptoms of kidney diseases to catch them early. There are many reasons why kidney disease is caused. The most common causes are diabetes and hypertension. Even an unhealthy lifestyle with a high calorie diet, certain medicines. lots of soft drinks and sugar consumption can also cause kidney damage.

Here is a list of twelve symptoms which could indicate something is wrong with your kidney:

Changes in your urinary function: The first symptom of kidney disease is changes in the amount and frequency of your urination. There may be an increase or decrease in amount and/or its frequency, especially at night. It may also look more dark coloured. You may feel the urge to urinate but are unable to do so when you get to the restroom.

Difficulty or pain during voiding: Sometimes you have difficulty or feel pressure or pain while voiding. Urinary tract infections may cause symptoms such as pain or burning during urination. When these infections spread to the kidneys they may cause fever and pain in your back.

Blood in the urine: This is a symptom of kidney disease which is a definite cause for concern. There may be other reasons, but it is advisable to visit your doctor in case you notice it.

Swelling: Kidneys remove wastes and extra fluid from the body. When they are unable to do so, this extra fluid will build up causing swelling in your hands, feet, ankles and/or your face. Read more about swelling in the feet.

Extreme fatigue and generalised weakness: Your kidneys produce a hormone called erythropoietin which helps make red blood cells that carry oxygen. In kidney disease lower levels of erythropoietin causes decreased red blood cells in your body resulting in anaemia. There is decreased oxygen delivery to cells causing generalised weakness and extreme fatigue. Read more about the reasons for fatigue.

Dizziness & Inability to concentrate: Anaemia associated with kidney disease also depletes your brain of oxygen which may cause dizziness, trouble with concentration, etc.

Feeling cold all the time: If you have kidney disease you may feel cold even when in a warm surrounding due to anaemia. Pyelonephritis (kidney infection) may cause fever with chills.

Skin rashes and itching: Kidney failure causes waste build-up in your blood. This can causes severe itching and skin rashes.

Ammonia breath and metallic taste: Kidney failure increases level of urea in the blood (uraemia). This urea is broken down to ammonia in the saliva causing urine-like bad breath called ammonia breath. It is also usually associated with an unpleasant metallic taste (dysgeusia) in the mouth.

Nausea and vomiting: The build-up of waste products in your blood in kidney disease can also cause nausea and vomiting.

Shortness of breath: Kidney disease causes fluid to build up in the lungs. And also, anaemia, a common side-effect of kidney disease, starves your body of oxygen. You may have trouble catching your breath due to these factors.

Pain in the back or sides: Some cases of kidney disease may cause pain. You may feel a severe cramping pain that spreads from the lower back into the groin if there is a kidney stone in the ureter. Pain may also be related to polycystic kidney disease, an inherited kidney disorder, which causes many fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys. Interstitial cystitis, a chronic inflammation of the bladder wall, causes chronic pain and discomfort.

It is important to identify kidney disease early because in most cases the damage in the kidneys can’t be undone. To reduce your chances of getting severe kidney problems, see your doctor when you observe one or more of the above symptoms. If caught early, kidney disease can be treated very effectively.


Russia Announces It Will Not Import GMO Products .

Russia has embraced a GMO-free platform for many years and according to the official information there is no growing of GMOs in Russia for commercial purposes. The country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has now officially announced that it will not import GMO products, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food.

A decision last year by the Russians to suspended authorization for American GM corn threatening to trigger a transatlantic commercial and diplomatic row. The Russian Prime Minister then ordered the same agencies to consider a possible ban on all GMO imports into Russia.


A growing body of scientific research – done mostly in Europe, Russia, and other countries – showing that diets containing engineered corn or soya cause serious health problems in laboratory mice and rats.

Experts at the University of Caen conducted an experiment running for the full lives of rats – two years.

Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements.

“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,” he said.

The prime minister said he ordered widespread monitoring of the agricultural sector. He added that despite rather strict restrictions, a certain amount of GMO products and seeds have made it to the Russian market.

Earlier, agriculture minister Nikolay Fyodorov also stated that Russia should remain free of genetically modified products.

There is currently no limitation on the trade or production of GMO-containing food in Russia. However, when the percentage of GMO exceeds 0.9 percent, the producer must label such goods and warn consumers. Last autumn, the government passed a resolution allowing the listing of genetically modified plants in the Unified State Register. The resolution will come into force in July.

The biotech industry and university researchers involved in GM research have mounted a major PR campaign over the last year to win over skeptical consumers. Pro-GM scientists have been lining up to undermine the experiments and criticise the way they were conducted.

However, a number of independent academics have praised several studies showing the toxicity of GMOs.

Chernobyl’s birds adapting to ionizing radiation .

Birds in the exclusion zone around Chernobyl are adapting to — and may even be benefiting from — long-term exposure to radiation, ecologists have found. The study, published in the British Ecological Society’s journal Functional Ecology, is the first evidence that wild animals adapt to ionizing radiation, and the first to show that birds which produce most pheomelanin, a pigment in feathers, have greatest problems coping with radiation exposure.

According to lead author Dr Ismael Galván of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC): “Previous studies of wildlife at Chernobyl showed that chronic radiation exposure depleted antioxidants and increased oxidative damage. We found the opposite — that antioxidant levels increased and oxidative stress decreased with increasing background radiation.”

The Chernobyl disaster, which occurred on April 26 1986, had catastrophic environmental consequences. However, because it remains heavily contaminated by radiation, the region represents an accidental ecological experiment to study the effects of ionizing radiation on wild animals.

Laboratory experiments have shown that humans and other animals can adapt to radiation, and that prolonged exposure to low doses of radiation increases organisms’ resistance to larger, subsequent doses. This adaptation, however, has never been seen outside the laboratory in wild populations.

Previous studies of the level of antioxidants and oxidative damage at Chernobyl are limited to humans, two bird species and one species of fish. Because different species vary widely in their susceptibility to radiation, this limited data has made it difficult to study how wild animals adapt to radiation exposure.

The researchers, including ecologists who have worked around Chernobyl since the 1990s, used mist nets to capture 152 birds from 16 different species at eight sites inside and close to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. They measured background radiation levels at each site, and took feather and blood samples before releasing the birds.

They then measured levels of glutathione (a key antioxidant), oxidative stress and DNA damage in the blood samples, and levels of melanin pigments in the feathers. Melanins are the most common animal pigments but because the production of pheomelanin (one type of melanin, the other type being eumelanin) uses up antioxidants, animals that produce the most pheomelanins are more susceptible to the effects of ionizing radiation.

As well as taking samples from 16 different bird species, the team used a novel approach to analyze their results. The method takes better account of how closely related different species are. This is important because some species are more susceptible to radiation than others. The method focuses the analysis on individual birds instead of species averages, making it a much more sensitive way to analyze biochemical responses to radiation.

The results revealed that with increasing background radiation, the birds’ body condition and glutathione levels increased and oxidative stress and DNA damage decreased. They also showed that birds which produce larger amounts of pheomelanin and lower amounts of eumelanin pay a cost in terms of poorer body condition, decreased glutathione and increased oxidative stress and DNA damage.

“The findings are important because they tell us more about the different species’ ability to adapt to environmental challenges such as Chernobyl and Fukushima,” said Galván.

Levels of radiation in the study area ranged from 0.02 to 92.90 micro Sieverts per hour. The 16 bird species surveyed were: red-backed shrike; great tit; barn swallow; wood warbler; blackcap; whitethroat; barred warbler; tree pipit; chaffinch; hawfinch; mistle thrush; song thrush; blackbird; black redstart; robin and thrush nightingale.

Ionizing radiation damages cells by producing very reactive compounds known as free radicals. The body protects itself against free radicals using antioxidants, but if the level of antioxidants is too low, radiation produces oxidative stress and genetic damage, which leads to aging and death.

Ismael Galván, Andrea Bonisoli-Alquati, Shanna Jenkinson, Ghanem Ghanem, Kazumasa Wakamatsu, Timothy A. Mousseau and Anders P. Møller (2014). “Chronic exposure to low-dose radiation at Chernobyl favors adaptation to oxidative stress,” is published in Functional Ecology on Friday 25 April 2014.

Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by British Ecological Society (BES). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Ismael Galván, Andrea Bonisoli-Alquati, Shanna Jenkinson, Ghanem Ghanem, Kazumasa Wakamatsu, Timothy A. Mousseau, Anders P. Møller. Chronic exposure to low-dose radiation at Chernobyl favors adaptation to oxidative stress in birds. Functional Ecology, 2014; DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12283

Increasing consumption of coffee associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, study finds .

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that increasing coffee consumption by on average one and half cups per day (approx 360ml) over a four-year period reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by 11%. The research is led by Dr Frank Hu and Dr Shilpa Bhupathiraju, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA, and colleagues.

Coffee and tea consumption has been associated with a lower type 2 diabetes risk but little is known about how changes in coffee and tea consumption influence subsequent type 2 diabetes risk. The authors examined the associations between 4-year changes in coffee and tea consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes in the subsequent 4 years.

The authors used observational data from three large prospective, US-based studies in their analysis: the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) (female nurses aged 30-55 years, 1986-2006), the NHS II (younger female nurses aged 25-42 years 1991-2007), and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS) (male professionals 40-75 years, 1986-2006). Detailed information on diet, lifestyle, medical conditions, and other chronic diseases was collected every 2 to 4 years for over 20 years.

The availability of these repeated measures and the long-duration of follow-up allowed the authors to evaluate 4 year changes in coffee and tea intake in relation to risk of type 2 diabetes in the following 4 years. They also examined whether the association with diabetes incidence differed between changes in caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee. Diet was assessed every 4 years using a validated food frequency questionnaire. Self-reported incident type 2 diabetes cases were validated by supplementary questionnaires. The final analysis included 48,464 women in NHS, 47,510 women in the NHS II, and 27,759 men in HPFS.

The authors documented 7,269 incident type 2 diabetes cases, and found that participants who increased their coffee consumption by more than 1 cup/day (median change=1.69 cups/day) over a 4-year period had a 11% lower risk of type 2 diabetes in the subsequent 4-years compared to those who made no changes in consumption. Participants who decreased their coffee intake by 1 cup a day or more (median change=-2 cups/day) had a 17% higher risk for type 2 diabetes. Changes in tea consumption were not associated with type 2 diabetes risk.

Those with highest coffee consumption and who maintained that consumption — referred to as “high-stable consumers” since they consumed 3 cups or more per day — had the lowest risk of type 2 diabetes, 37% lower than the “low-stable consumers” who consumed 1 cup or less per day.

The authors say that the higher risk of type 2 diabetes associated with decreasing coffee intake may represent a true change in risk, or may potentially be due to reverse causation whereby those with medical conditions associated with risk for type 2 diabetes (such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, cancer) may reduce their coffee consumption after diagnosis. However, even when cases of cardiovascular disease or cancer were excluded during follow-up, the results were very similar.

While baseline decaffeinated coffee consumption was associated with a lower type 2 diabetes risk, the changes in decaffeinated coffee consumption did not change this risk. Regarding tea consumption, the authors say: “we found no evidence of an association between 4-year increases in tea consumption and subsequent risk of type 2 diabetes. This finding may have potentially been due to the relatively low number of participants who made significant changes to their tea consumption over a 4-year period thereby limiting statistical power to detect true associations. The overall low levels of tea consumption in this group may also be responsible for these findings.”

The authors say: “In these 3 large prospective cohorts with more than 1.6 million person-years of follow-up, we observed that increasing coffee, but not tea, intake over a 4-year period was associated with a lower type 2 diabetes risk in the next 4 years. Decreasing coffee intake was associated with a higher type 2 diabetes risk. These changes in risk were observed for caffeinated, but not decaffeinated coffee, and were independent of initial coffee consumption and 4-year changes in other dietary and lifestyle factors.”

They add: “Changes in coffee consumption habits appear to affect diabetes risk in a relatively short amount of time. Our findings confirm those of prospective studies that higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower type 2 diabetes risk and provide novel evidence that changes in coffee consumption habits are related to diabetes risk.”

Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Diabetologia. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.

Journal Reference:

  1. Shilpa Bhupathiraju et al. Changes in coffee intake and subsequent risk of type 2 diabetes: three large cohorts of US men and women. Diabetologia, April 2014 DOI: 10.1007/s00125-014-3235-7

SpaceX Just Made A Big Step Towards Cheaper, More Sustainable Space Flight .

Elon Musk just announced a significant milestone for SpaceX and, well, humanity. The first live test of a Falcon 9 rocket boost stage landing vertically was a success. The first stage of the rocket returned to Earth and landed vertically in the Atlantic Ocean after boosting the second stage to a resupply mission with the International Space Station.

Sadly, this part of the rocket was lost to sea as SpaceX could not retrieve the rocket until two days after it “landed.”

Musk stated at a press conference today that all telemetry data indicates that the rocket soft-landed in the water with the legs deployed — as if it were landing on land. The end goal is to have a reusable rocket, one that can launch, land, and launch again. Musk says SpaceX foresees being able to land and relaunch a rocket on the same day.

The space transportation company has tried several times to retrieve rocket stages after launching, including using parachutes, but later switched to landing. This Falcon 9 soft landing came after extensive testing that included launching and landing a smaller version of the rocket called the Grasshopper.

According to Musk, the boost stage constitutes 70 percent of the cost of a rocket and by reusing this part of the rocket, it would reduce the cost by at least 70 percent. Plus, as Musk preaches, reusing rockets would reduce the impact on the environment since it would decrease the amount of rockets built. SpaceX charges $60 million to launch a Falcon 9.

SpaceX is currently building out several launch facilities in Texas and Florida. It’s modifying launch pad 39a at NASA’s Cape Canaveral facility which is where Apollo 11 launched from. The company is also fighting the U.S. Air Force over a contract with the Russian space agency. SpaceX has decided to file suit against the U.S. Air Force to get it to open up competition for national security-related rocket launches.

Pentagon Shows Off Terminator-Like Robot For Humanitarian Missions.

The Atlas robot prototype is envisioned as a tool to rescue people trapped under debris and that kind of thing, so don’t even thing about skulls being crushed under the treads of killer robots like in the first Terminator movie because that’s totally wrong, silly.

World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease .

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries,today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease - Dr. Dwight Lundell M.D.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.” Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol. The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease.

Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice. It Is Not Working! These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated. The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences. Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year. Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped. Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial. What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well,smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream dietthat is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine. What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods. Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now. Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same.

I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation. While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed withomega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades.

These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone. How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick? Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works. When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat. What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels. While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries. Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean.

Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s. If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation. Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy. To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated. There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils. There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state.

To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them. One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef. Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today. The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats.

We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers. What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet. Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ. His private practice, Cardiac Care Center was in Mesa, AZ. Recently Dr. Lundell left surgery to focus on the nutritional treatment of heart disease. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation that promotes human health with a focus on helping large corporations promote wellness. He is also the author of The Cure for Heart Disease and The Great Cholesterol Lie. Source: Prevent Disease Read More:

Our goal: defeat malaria forever.

Ending malaria is a priority at PATH, and we are proud to be a key contributor to an emerging global campaign that is intensifying the control of malaria illnesses and deaths around the world.

PATH’s portfolio of malaria programs has grown exponentially since our first malaria projects were launched in the 1990s. The span of our program experience, expertise, and available technologies has expanded to meet the rising opportunity to stop transmission of malaria infections altogether.

PATH now employs 115 staff across a diverse portfolio of malaria projects, working with 29 countries and a combined annual budget of $79 million. We take a multipronged approach in fighting the disease through optimizing the use of current strategies and technologies, developing the next generation of tools, and working with countries to demonstrate how to rapidly bring down childhood and maternal deaths from malaria—with the ultimate goal of eliminating the disease community by community.

We can’t stop at malaria control

Not only is PATH’s goal to intensify the development of strategies and tools to reduce the burden of malaria and build toward the eventual elimination of the disease, our experiences over the years have shown us that this must be the long-term goal of all malaria programs, partners, and endemic countries.

Defeating malaria—and forever ending the well-documented risk of resurgence—is the only long-term goal. Some may argue that sustained control of the spread of malaria is more feasible or cheaper, but simply put, malaria control is not and cannot be an endpoint. Rather, it is part of the natural evolution of malaria programs as they move from an initial phase of scaling up efforts to achieving significant reductions in malaria illnesses and deaths and eventually clearing malaria infections in all people.

In addition, there is ample evidence demonstrating that when prevention measures are not maintained, resurgence of infection, illness, and death caused by the disease is inevitable. Attempting to maintain coverage gains short of elimination will both fail to progressively build on success and put us at risk of losing ground.

The challenge, and our work to meet it

Malaria elimination is an ambitious goal and the road ahead is certainly challenging. Many countries still have much work to do in order to scale up the delivery of mosquito nets and other lifesaving tools. PATH is supporting these countries as they scale up by optimizing the use of existing tools, providing the evidence needed to inform program policy and regulatory requirements for elimination, and building the human capacity and information network that is critical if countries are to achieve malaria-free status.

We are also working on innovative solutions like developing a novel semisynthetic artemisinin compound, the main ingredient in the most effective treatment for malaria, to stabilize the drug supply. We are developing point-of-care diagnostics to support elimination efforts and helping to build new tools, including vaccines, to help countries achieve malaria elimination with the goal of 18 to 20 million people living in malaria-free areas by 2020.

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How to Have Total Confidence in Any Stressful Situation.

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My sister was recently job-hunting and got a call back from a firm after she’d already accepted a position elsewhere. Still, she decided to go to the interview just for practice, and when the big day finally rolled around, she realized she felt completely different than she had in the past before an interview. Because there was nothing riding on the outcome, she wasn’t nervous at all. The upshot? She totally killed it.

She answered tough questions without skipping a beat—for instance, when the hiring manager remarked that she’d job-hopped, she confidently defended her career path instead of apologizing or making excuses. She also asked for more money than she otherwise would have, backing up her salary request with details about why she deserved more than the average candidate. The hiring manager was impressed, and after two more rounds of interviews, she met with the CEO.

Her experience made me realize just how crucial a self-assured attitude is. In fact, research shows that confidence is a greater predictor of success than talent is. The problem, of course, is that the situations when you most need a boost also tend to be the most stress-inducing. Read on for tips to attain the kind of charismatic confidence that will help you navigate even the trickiest situations with ease.


1. Pitching a Client

The most stressful thing about meeting with a potential client is that you’re in unfamiliar territory. To amp your confidence in this high-anxiety scenario, try this technique from career expert and job coach Lea McLeod: Visualize yourself delivering the pitch. Really observe every detail, as though it were a movie screen. See yourself walking through the door and straightening your posture. Picture the people in the room. Watch yourself talking and moving back and forth as you click through your PowerPoint slides. “Going through practice runs in your mind will train your muscle memory,” she explains, “So when the time comes to really perform, you’ll feel much more comfortable in your skin.”

Also, inoculate yourself against one of the biggest confidence suckers: being asked a difficult or critical question. “If you anticipate unexpected or uncomfortable moments and prepare for them, you’ll be less likely to become flustered in the moment,” says McLeod. Brainstorm tough questions that might come up, and plan what to say if someone stumps you. (“That’s a terrific question. I wouldn’t want to give you misinformation, so let me come back to you tomorrow with a solid answer,” or some such.)


2. Asking for a Raise

Requesting money is never fun, but doing some prep work can give you a much-needed boost before having that loaded conversation. Take stock of specifically what you’ve achieved for the company—in terms of growth, sales, margins, and so on. “A raise should be tied to the value that you present an organization,” says McLeod. “And your confidence comes from knowing you’ve had a measurable impact.” Seeing how you’ve contributed will solidify why, exactly, you deserve a raise, and having solid evidence to support your proposal is much more convincing than simply asking for a higher salary because “it’s time.”

During the conversation with your boss, hone in on how you’ve improved the company’s bottom line. “Try something like, ‘Based on xyz evidence, I hope you’ll agree that I’ve had a positive impact. My proposal is that I should be higher up on the salary curve. What would I have to do to move my compensation from the 40% range to 60%?’” suggests McLeod.


3. Going to a Job Interview

The secret to acing an interview is to reframe the situation: “Knowing you’re being judged is off-putting, so remind yourself that a job interview is about more than receiving a stamp of approval from the hiring manager,” says McLeod. “You’re on a level playing field: Not only are you being evaluated, but equally, you’re evaluating the company.” Instead of going in with the attitude of, “I hope I get the job,” focus on whether accepting the position would be the right decision for you. You’ll naturally give off a more confident air and ask better questions.

Another smart strategy is to act like a consultant, rather than a job candidate. “Treat the conversation as though you were advising them on their business,” says McLeod. “Read everything you can about the company beforehand, and talk to the manager the way you would if you were already part of the team—discuss her thoughts on the approach a competitor is taking, or how shifts in the marketplace have affected business.” You’ll come across as knowledgeable, and they’ll be better able to project how you’d fit into the office culture.


4. Making a Big Purchase

Confidence is key if you’re planning to buy a home or a car—not only can salespeople sense uncertainty, but being wishy-washy makes you more likely to stumble into a decision you might regret. If you’re outside of your comfort zone, here’s the first step to achieving self-assurance: “Don’t fly blind,” urges certified life and business coach Kathy Nelson. “Do plenty of [research], ask people in the know who you trust for their ideas and opinions, and weigh all the pros and cons.”

Next, formulate a calculated course of action before going into negotiations. “Practical, not emotional, decisions are a hallmark of self-confidence,” explains New York-based psychotherapist Sheenah Hankin, author of Complete Confidence. “Decide what your bottom line price is, and do not talk yourself out of it.” If you go in with your mind made up, you’ll be less likely to be swayed by a charming salesperson or guilt-inducing selling techniques (“This is the last time this low price will be offered,” “We have another bid on this property, so act now”).


5. Networking

The more charisma you possess, the more priceless connections you’ll make at industry get-togethers. But how do you mentally gear up to approach complete strangers? “It can be nerve-wracking if you are thinking just about yourself and what you want to get from the experience—not to mention that you could come across as needy or greedy,” says Nelson. “Instead, go with the intention to give instead of to get.” Look at this as an opportunity to help out, whether by introducing someone to a useful good or service that you provide, connecting him or her to a key player who could boost his or her career path, or advising on a work dilemma. Extensive research, as detailed in University of Pennsylvania professor Adam Grant’s book Give and Take, has found that those who go out of their way for others experience greater success.

During the event, Nelson emphasizes setting a goal to meet at least three new people who you really click with (having a goal will keep you motivated to work the room). When striking up a conversation, “ask open-ended questions: What attracted you to this field? What do you do outside of work?” suggests Nelson. “Focus on finding out what you have in common.” That part is important, because as soon as you realize that you have shared ground with another person, be it that you used to work at the same company or you both have family in France, your relationship will naturally progress to a greater level of comfort—and as a result, your confidence will soar.


6. Dealing With a Frenemy

Confidence is all about being yourself, so the more honest you are, the more self-assured you’ll become. Whether a so-called friend consistently cancels at the last minute, or you find out she’s been gossiping behind your back, being straight with her is the best course of action. “In a calm tone of voice, simply tell her how you feel about an event that upsets you,” says Hankin. “Start with one sentence: ‘I feel (hurt, annoyed) when you (fill in the blank).’ Stop there and let her respond.”

If her reply is benign, it can instigate an open conversation. If she gets defensive, don’t back down. “Repeat the single sentence—even if you feel nervous or bad—and then say, ‘Thanks for listening,’” urges Hankin. “No justifications, explanations, or apologies are necessary.” Should she become truly rageful, just walk away or hang up. Nothing can be resolved until both of you cool down.

Still finding it hard to initiate such a loaded conversation? “Recall other moments when you acted bravely under similarly stressful circumstances,” suggests Nelson. “Then think about how you can apply what you learned here.” Remembering how you pulled it off successfully in the past will give you extra courage to face the present situation.