Why the Apple Is One of the World’s Most Healing Superfoods

This commonly overlooked superfood protects the body from nuclear fallout, kills a wide range of cancers, and keeps the arteries unclogged — to name but a few, experimentally confirmed ways in which the apple awakens your inner physician.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Continue reading

HEMP SEED: THE MOST NUTRITIONALLY COMPLETE FOOD SOURCE IN THE WORLD

Seeds of the plant cannabis sativa, hemp seed, contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human nutritional needs. Continue reading

Bizarre Phenomenon of Fish Changing Genders Is Happening All Over the World: What’s in the Water?

What’s going on in the Northland waters near Minnesota? Well, scientists and other experts aren’t quite sure – yet.

Not just one type but almost all kinds of fish, to include some of the most popular gaming fish like bass and walley, are changing.

What – wait. Changing? Continue reading

The Case of the Disappearing Sperm: French Men’s Sperm Count Plummets over last 16 Years

The world is becoming an increasingly hostile place for the survival and persistence of masculinity, particularly with regards to male fertility and vitality. A deadly combination of estrogenic toxins in the food supply; harmful chemicals in the environment, and poor lifestyle is causing an ongoing and drastic reduction in men’s sperm counts, Continue reading

Bee Pollen: One of the World’s Most Perfect Super Foods

One of the most unique substances on the planet, bee pollen, probably doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. This super food possesses all of the nutrients essential to sustain human life, with a breakdown of 55 percent carbohydrates, 35 percent protein, three percent vitamins and minerals, two percent fatty acids and five percent other substances. Continue reading

Top 10 Drug Company Settlements

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  • A record 4.02 billion prescriptions were written in the United States in 2011, showing Americans are taking more drugs than ever before and putting their health in the hands of some of the top corporate criminals in the world
  • Drug company settlements continue to be commonplace Continue reading

Russia’s Small-Scale Organic Agriculture Model May Hold the Key to Feeding the World

Imagine living in a country where having the freedom to cultivate your own land, tax-free and without government interference, is not only common but also encouraged for the purpose of promoting individual sovereignty and strong, healthy communities. Now imagine that in this same country, nearly all of your neighbors also cultivate their own land as part of a Continue reading

Breakthrough in the World of Vision Health

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of age-related blindness. What used to be health secrets aren’t so secretive any more: natural medicine offers valuable protection against AMD. Now, for the time ever, researchers report that an oral nutraceutical may Continue reading

Defend Your Health in a Toxic World

Today’s modern world bristles with health-robbing toxins. These harmful substances lurk in our food, water, air, household products and the environment. Luckily, a few simple measures can save your health by helping you avoid these undesirables and boost your body’s natural detoxification defenses. Continue reading

Secrets of the Longest-Living People in the World

If you want to live longer and healthier, anti-aging researchers suggest that all you have to do is search for clues in the places where people already enjoy the longest and most exceptionally healthy lives. Continue reading

Remaining Healthy in a Toxic World

Life in a toxic world has grown complex: Our cosmetics, food, water and air are all filled with contaminants that inflame our immune systems and cause serious health issues. Limiting your exposure to these chemicals and cleansing them from your body is essential for better health.

Scientists have come up with various, complicated names for the distasteful pollutants that threaten our health. Xenobiotics are what they call one class of unnatural chemicals that enter the body through the skin, lungs and digestion and set off troublesome immune reactions. These substances include prescription medications, dioxins, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and many other synthetic molecules Continue reading

Natural Anti aging Foods from around the World

From exotic juices to cans of cocktail peanuts, more and more edibles in the supermarket are being dubbed “anti aging” by some marketer or media pundit. The real deal about munchies that keep you youthful? They come from the earth, not a vacuum pack.

We’re not the only ones who are saying that. Take a look at what the longest-lived people in the world are eating (if you know us, this list will look familiar, but with a few twists). Then, put their favorites on your own table.

Costa Rica: Beans for Breakfast
Residents of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula are four times more likely than most North Americans to live past age 90. One reason may be dishes like gallo pinto, a tasty mix of black beans  Continue reading

Nanoscale Whiskers from Sea Creatures Could Grow Human Muscle Tissue

Minute whiskers of nanoscale dimensions taken from sea creatures could hold the key to creating working human muscle tissue, University of Manchester researchers have discovered.

Scientists have found that cellulose from tunicates, commonly known as sea squirts, can influence the behaviour of skeletal muscle cells in the laboratory.

These nanostructures are several thousand times smaller than muscle cells and are the smallest physical feature found to cause cell alignment.

Alignment is important since a lot of tissue in the body,  Continue reading

Virtual Desktop Program Helps Connect the Autism Spectrum

Andrew Gajkowski, 17, is living with autism. The disorder impacts every aspect of the bright Phoenix teenager’s life and affects how Andrew interacts with the world and how the world interacts with Andrew. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects one in every 110 American children under the age of eight. While great strides have been made in the treatment and teaching options for those living with autism, there are still many gaps.

Andrew fell into one of those gaps.

At school, Andrew performed well academically, but his social skills and difficulty with sensory input made the classroom a difficult place for him to learn. Andrew and his parents met with a variety of school administrators and health care providers to address his challenges at school, but were unsuccessful in identifying a workable solution.

“There are a lack of programs to support highly functioning autistic students in the school system,” said Sandi Sybrant, Andrew’s mother, whose search for treatment options for Andrew led to Touchstone Behavioral Health, a Phoenix-based treatment center that specializes in working with children. “We were fortunate to have the team at Touchstone’s Family-Centered Autism Program evaluate Andrew, identify where he was on the autism spectrum, and reach him by building trust and providing a safe place to learn social skills.”

Early in his program, the Touchstone team identified Andrew’s aptitude and passion for Information Technology. To further his development, the Touchstone team had Andrew start working with Steve Porter, Chief Information Officer at Touchstone Behavioral Health. Porter had worked with many people like Andrew and was constantly exploring new and different ways to overcome some of the barriers to successful treatment.

“We’ve been looking for ways to integrate virtual desktop technology into some of our autism programs for a couple of years now,” said Porter. “With Virtuon’s most recent refinements, the vPresence virtual desktop gives Andrew and me the freedom to work safely and securely on his social and computer skills without being locked in a computer lab.”

Remote access to specialized autism treatment tools allows therapists and patients like Andrew to continue developing real-world life skills outside of traditional clinical environments. In Andrew’s specific case, his natural interest in computers allows Steve to use technology to expand Andrew’s social skills in an environment where he can thrive. The result is that Andrew is more outgoing with an expanded social skill set, and while he lives with the disorder, autism no longer challenges his ability to interact in the real world to the same extent.

“Virtuon’s vPresence was designed to have a positive impact in people’s lives, and this natural autism treatment link is part of its continued evolution,” said Forrest Blair, CEO of Virtuon. “Seeing the role our virtual desktop technology has played in helping Andrew overcome the challenges he has faced his entire life is truly encouraging, and we’re happy to be a part of his success.”

Beyond his autism treatment, Virtuon’s vPresence has allowed Andrew to set and reach other life goals, including challenging an IT certification exam as he pursues a career in the IT world and enrolling in Northern Arizona University’s Bachelor of Science in Technology Management program. Further to that, Andrew is now working with Steve to mentor other children with autism as they integrate vPresence into their treatment.

“This virtual desktop has helped me to find my place in the world,” said Andrew. “When I’m working on IT, I’m powerful in my own world, and that’s what’s missing for a lot of (autistic) kids.”

Study Shows Two-Thirds of World’s Blind are Women

LONDON – Two-thirds of blind people worldwide are women and girls, and the gender bias has resulted in men and boys having twice the access to eye-care, says an international agency in a report to mark the “World Sight Day” Thursday.

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness says in most developing countries, women are less likely to receive eye care services than men, and that additionally, women comprise more than half of the elderly population.

“The natural incidence of some blinding diseases, like cataract and trachoma, is higher among women than men, which results in a situation where women account for nearly two-thirds of blind people worldwide.”

Some of the key findings of the report are:

-Equal access to eye care could substantially reduce blindness in poor countries

-Simple and effective strategies can address the inequity within 2020

-80 percent of blindness is avoidable and can be prevented, cured or treated

-45 million people worldwide are blind, and 269 million are vision impaired

-90 percent of blind people live in low-income countries

-The world’s leading cause of blindness is cataract

-Cataract is curable by simple, cost-effective operation

“Blindness and severe visual impairment from cataract could be reduced by around 11 percent in low- and middle-income countries if women were to receive cataract surgery at the same rate as men,” says the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Accordingly, the new report recommends strategies that are simple and achievable with the hope that they will contribute significantly to reducing blindness in developing countries.

“The systematic approach to ‘gender and blindness’ can serve as a model to help other health areas to address gender inequity.”

The World Sight Day is an international day of awareness, commemorated annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.