New Documentary “Ingredients” Looks at the Local Food Movement

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The documentary film Ingredients takes a refreshing look at the local food movement that is sweeping the US

By shifting to locally grown foods, you improve your health and lower your risk of illness, Continue reading

Biometric Tools Edge into Health Care

The term “biometrics” refers to measuring human characteristics — a central task of health care since the invention of the science.

Indeed, industry executives contend that biometrics aren’t anything new in Continue reading

Six Dangerous Prescription Drugs You Should Think Twice Before Taking

Just because your doctor prescribes it does not necessarily mean it is safe for you to take. Many popular prescription drugs, it turns out, come with the potential for serious side effects, including everything from short-term nausea and headaches to chronic inflammatory myopathy and heart disease — or worse. Continue reading

Obama Betrays America Yet Again by Signing the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ Into Law

President Barack Obama campaigned on promises to end secret prisons, decriminalize marijuana, balance the budget, honor the Second Amendment and make health care affordable. But what really unfolded was an explosion in the national debt (now $16 trillion and climbing), the signing of the NDAA, a claimed new power to kill any American at any time, even on U.S. soil, Continue reading

Teens Susceptible to Hepatitis B Infection despite Vaccination as Infants

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  • If you are opposed to the hepatitis B vaccine for your baby at birth, you can amend the “consent for medical treatment” forms you sign upon entering the hospital before giving birth by writing on the form that you do not give consent for your baby’s hepatitis B vaccination but, unfortunately, that is no guarantee Continue reading

Confirmed Again: Statin Drugs Accelerate Cardiovascular Disease

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  • One in four Americans over the age of 45 take a statin drug to reduce their cholesterol. Most are prescribed a statin as a primary prevention strategy against heart attack and stroke
  • In one recent study, statin use was associated with a 52 percent increased prevalence and Continue reading

Prostate Cancer Patients Leave Normal behind

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer you can probably tell me the exact date and time when you received the news. And all you want is the same thing that any cancer sufferer wants — for life to return to normal.

Well, new research has revealed a sad and sobering truth — Continue reading

New 3D Mammography Significantly Increases Radiation Exposure, and Your Risk of Radiation-Induced Cancer

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  • Breast cancer has become big business, and routine mammography is one of its primary profit centers. Mammograms deliver ionizing radiation, which is known to contribute to cancer. “New and improved” 3D tomosynthesis mammograms still require mechanical compression and expose you to Continue reading

Welfare, Food Stamp Recipients Could soon Be Required to Get Micro Chipped with RFID Tags

For at least the past 15 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been actively trying to develop new ways to decrease fraud in the federal food stamp program, which currently covers nearly 50 million Americans and adds more than 10,000 new enrollees to its ranks every single day, according to reports. But one disconcerting method the agency appears to be considering involves the potential use of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips to track and identify food stamp recipients at the national level. Continue reading

Vaccine Myths Unraveling: 600 Percent Increase in Number of Parents Refusing Vaccinations for their Children (Australia)

Parents across Australia are waking up in droves to the dangers of vaccines, as evidenced by new government figures showing a major uptick in the number of parents who are choosing not to vaccinate their children. According to the data, there has been a 600 percent increase in recent years in the number of informed vaccine opponents who Continue reading

Why Half of America May Have Impaired Brain Function by 2030

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  • A new UCLA study shows that fructose impairs your memory and learning; this is the first study to demonstrate that excess fructose consumption can directly damage your brain
  • The research also indicates that omega-3 fats, specifically DHA, can mitigate fructose’s damaging effects on brain function Continue reading

How to Slow Down Cancer Naturally

The fatal nature of cancer lies doesn’t lie so much in the tumor that develops; it’s the spread of cancer throughout the body that’s most lethal. A new health breakthrough turned the tables a little bit and opted not to look at what natural substances can fight a tumor — but rather, which ones can slow the spread of cancer. And it’s led to some enlightening and positive news for treating cancer.

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Patients Often Use ED Even When Primary Care Is Available

As national healthcare reform proceeds, hospitals that have benefited financially from high use of emergency departments (EDs) by routine primary care patients will be challenged to retool primary care delivery and payment methods, according to a research letter published in the February 13 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Karen E. Lasker, MD, MPH, from the Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine, and the Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, in Massachusetts, and colleagues analyzed the use of ED services by established primary care patients at BMC, a safety-net hospital, between July 1, 2009, and July 1, 2010. They found that about half of all ED primary care visits took place during weekdays when primary care practices were open and seeing patients.

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Douse Inflammation, Diminish Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease, our Nation’s leading killer, often derives from one predominant culprit: inflammation. Cholesterol, blood pressure and body weight steal the media spotlight; but insidious inflammation, when the body’s overeager immune response leads to tissue damage, plays a key role in the development of cardiovascular disease, as well as in a number of other serious chronic diseases. Our polluted environment may be partly to blame for promoting inflammation throughout the body, but it’s clear that our Western lifestyles play a significant role in promoting an inflammation epidemic.

Inflammatory Lifestyle

The functions of our body’s systems directly reflect our daily routines and culture. In the Western, industrialized world, our fast-paced lifestyles combined with poor dietary habits tend to heat things up physiologically. Excess heat results when we run too fast and too long in the rat race without resting or taking time to slow down and regroup. Unfortunately, this is the way most of us spend our days: eating on the run, not sleeping enough, inadequately hydrating and consuming large amounts of processed foods. Chronic, systemic inflammation results.

You can see a similar process in your car if it runs too long and too fast without enough coolant in the radiator. It overheats. Continue reading

Redefining healthcare delivery

The doctor-patient relationship is deteriorating. Today’s information technology solutions are exacerbating the problem by perpetuating paternalistic decision-making and episodic care. CollaboRhythm is a technology platform that enables a new paradigm of healthcare delivery; one where patients are empowered to become active participants and where doctors and other health professionals are transformed into real-time coaches. We believe that this radical shift in thinking is necessary to dramatically reduce healthcare costs, increase quality, and improve health outcomes.

The foundation of CollaboRhythm is a speech- and touch-controlled collaborative interface for the office where doctor and patient make shared decisions. Patients can actively engage with their data, so they can take action in their lives with doctors serving as coaches rather than commanders.

Patients own their data in CollaboRhythm: everything they see in the doctor’s office is available at home, or when they visit another doctor, or change jobs, or move across the world. Just as importantly, patients can contribute data of their own, things that doctors fail to see in the face of too many lab tests: data and perceptions about social support, diet, Continue reading