Do you have plastic in your gut? You might, if you drink water from the tap

Whether you live in the United States or France, there’s a high chance you’ve been ingesting microscopic plastic fibers whenever you drink water from the tap. According to the researchers behind the shocking new study, nearly all of the world’s tap water is contaminated.

The researchers — who were commissioned by journalism outlet Orb Media — came to this conclusion after collecting and testing tap water samples obtained from over a dozen nations across five continents. In total, 83 percent of the samples were found to contain plastic fibers. Tap water from the United States had the highest rate of contamination, with 94 percent of the samples falling under this category. Moreover, every 500 milliliters of tap water was loaded with an average of 4.8 microplastic fibers. The tap water for the U.S. samples included water taken from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Trump Tower in New York.

Beirut followed the United States, with a 93.8 contamination rate and and 4.5 microplastic fibers in every 500 ml of tap water. Interestingly, the water supply of Beirut originates from natural springs, suggesting that the microplastic pollution situation in the Lebanese Republic’s capital city is a truly grave one. The other nations that were sampled included:

Even those who don’t drink from the tap are at risk of microplastic contamination if they consume seafood. Microplastics can be found in our oceans and, consequently, in seafood. Dr. Sherri A. Mason, microplastics expert at the State University of New York in Fredonia and supervising analyst of the study, has commented: “We have enough data from looking at wildlife, and the impacts that it’s having on wildlife, to be concerned. If it’s impacting [wildlife], then how do we think that it’s not going to somehow impact us?” (Related: Seafood lovers are eating 11,000 plastic fragments each year.)

As to where the plastics are coming from, the researchers have stated that they come from seemingly benign sources such as clothing, paints, upholstery, and even personal care products. In their study, the researchers named synthetic clothing materials such as polyester, fleece, and acrylic as the top source of microplastic fibers. They estimated that about one million tons of tiny fibers and fragments are released into wastewater annually, with more than half bypassing treatment processes to seep into our environment.

“There are certain commons that connect us all to each other, air, water, soil, and what we have universally found time and time again is if you contaminate any of those commons, it gets in everything,” says Mason.

This is a cause for concern since microplastics have been found to attract the bacteria in sewage, as well as contain and absorb toxic chemicals. “Some studies have shown there are more harmful pathogens on microplastics downstream of wastewater treatment plants,” notes Dr. Anne Marie Mahon of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Prof. Richard Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University, adds: “It became clear very early on that the plastic would release those chemicals and that actually, the conditions in the gut would facilitate really quite rapid release.”

In order to prevent the microplastic problem from becoming bigger than it already is, the researchers have put out a few suggestions, like:

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Toxin overload: If you’re allergic to everything you may be labeled with the new catchall diagnosis, MCS

If inhaling everyday cleaning products or simply someone’s perfume makes your eyes water or your nose runny in an instant, or gives you a rush of nausea, you may be one of the people suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), according to a report by the Daily Mail. This illness, also known as idiopathic environmental intolerances (IEI), has not been researched extensively but specialists are claiming that it must be taken seriously as sufferers tend to live with severe symptoms, 80 percent of which are women.

People diagnosed with MCS react negatively to small concentrations of a variety of odors such as perfumes, tobacco smoke, pesticides, laundry detergents, air fresheners, and common cleaning products. It is common knowledge that exposure to high amounts of these chemicals can make anyone sick, but even a whiff of common odors is harmful to an MCS patient. They also exhibit these symptoms upon exposure to certain drugs, foods, pollen, and molds. (Related: Allergy season: 8 powerful Herbal Treatments for Allergy Relief.)

The symptoms are typically vague and wide-ranging, but can nonetheless be debilitating – these include headache, nausea, dizziness, skin rash, fatigue, diarrhea, joint pain, muscle pain, breathing problems, seizures, and an irregular heartbeat. People diagnosed with MCS also experience irritability, sleep disturbances, problems with concentration, anxiety, and depression. Children with MCS also suffer from red lesions on the cheeks, red ears, hyperactivity, dark circles under the eyes and learning, behavior problems, and even seizures following exposure to these chemicals. These symptoms might last for weeks and affect people from all backgrounds and of all ages.

MCS expert Dr. Martin Pall thinks the disease is related to hormone regulation, which is why it affects one sex more than the other. “The best evidence on this gender ratio comes not from studies of MCS but rather studies of the related disease, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS),” according to Dr. Pall. “In CFS sufferers who were diagnosed before puberty the gender ratio is close to one to one. In sufferers diagnosed after puberty the ratio is close to four females to one male. That argues for a hormonal affect.”

Dr. Pall further explained that the symptoms change when women become pregnant and after giving birth, supporting his theory that hormones play a key role in this illness. He also thinks that this “gender bias” affects the judgment of psychogenic claimants to write off the disease as “not a real illness” because majority of the sufferers are women.

Dr. Pall warned that even though the symptoms may be vague, MCS patients still go through devastating ordeals and it is important for doctors and the society to treat it as a serious medical condition.

“It would take hours to convey the depth of the heartbreaking consequences of those who have more severe MCS,” said Dr. Pall.

According to another MCS expert Dr. Lisa Nagy, three to five percent of the population are ‘disabled’ by chemical sensitivity, and 30 percent of elderly people are sensitive to chemicals. Dr. Nagy also believes that most people do not realize that they have MCS when it starts, and generally have no idea what to call their symptoms.

Dr Nagy said that since the disease can be triggered by exposures to various chemicals, patients should be wary of the following places:

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Well, that’s depressing: Mental illness proven to increase risk of early death

A new study proves that mental illness, particularly depression, increases the risk of premature death, as reported by the Science Daily.

“There is less stigma associated with depression, better treatments are available, but depression’s link to mortality still persists,” said Stephen Gilman of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Researchers analyzed six decades of mental health data on 3,410 individuals during three periods: 1952 to 1967, 1968 to 1990, and 1991 to 2011. They used the data from the Stirling County Study that started in 1952 in Canada. It is also one of the first community-based studies on mental illness. The average age of the participants was around 49 years. For at least 19 years, the researchers followed half of the participants.

During the 60-year period, the team found that young adults with depression at 25 years old had a shorter life expectancy ranging from 10 to 12 years in the first group, while the second and third groups lived four to seven years and seven to 18 years shorter, respectively.

Results showed that the link between depression and early death was shown every decade in men, while it started in the 1990s in women. The risk of death linked with depression was greatest in the years following a depressive episode. This led the researchers to conclude that this risk could be reversed by treating depression.

“Most disturbing is the 50 percent increase in the risk of death for women with depression between 1992 and 2011,” said Ian Colman, Canada Research Chair in the School of Epidemiology, University of Ottawa, Canada.

Changes in the society may have caused the increased risk of death for women who suffer from depression.

“During the last 20 years of the study in which women’s risk of death increased significantly, roles have changed dramatically both at home and in the workplace, and many women shoulder multiple responsibilities and expectations,” explained Colman.

Depression has also been associated with unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol consumption, which are all factors that can lead to chronic health conditions. (Related: Depression may Cause Heart Disease and Related Death.)

The researchers noted that their study’s limitations include a long gap between participant interviews that hindered them to identify the exact timing of depression and the subjects’ experiences of repeated instances of depression between interviews. They also recommended that family doctors should observe patients for mood changes, especially repeated episodes of depression, for them to be able to offer treatment and support.

The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of poor health and disability globally. Latest records show that over 300 million people around the world are suffering from depression, which is an increase of more than 18 percent from 2005 to 2015.

“These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency it deserves,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said in a press release.

Depression has been linked to different health disorders and diseases. The WHO identified that depression increases the risk of chronic health diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. While people with these conditions are also more prone to being depressed. In addition, depression is a crucial risk factor for suicide.

“A better understanding of depression and how it can be treated, while essential, is just the beginning. What needs to follow is sustained scale-up of mental health services accessible to everyone, even the most remote populations in the world,” Shekhar Saxena, director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO, said in the same press release.

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Being overweight taxes your heart, increasing risk of disease, death

A new study reveals that putting on extra weight can substantially alter the size of your heart, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke. A bigger, heavier heart stretches its upper chambers, causing atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeats.

The chances of you carrying excess weight is increased when you consume high amounts of energy — such as fats and sugars — without engaging in physical activity. A body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 30 translates to you having 10 to 20 percent more weight than what is considered healthy for your height. When a person has a BMI of 30 or more, he or she is considered obese. This condition increases the likelihood of severe health problems, particularly those concerning the heart. In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight and over 650 million were obese, or about 13 percent of the world’s adult population, according to research published in PLOS ONE.

After examining the MRI scans of 4,561 people from the U.K. Biobank database, the researchers at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Oxford found that an increase of 4.3 points in one’s BMI increased the weight of the heart by 8.3 percent. This bracket included people with a BMI of 25 to 29, which is considered overweight and borderline obese.

This is the first evidence of a relationship between changes to the structure of the heart in relation to body weight. The results revealed that men in this group would add about eight grams to their heart, which weighs 65 to 141 grams, while the women would add six grams to their heart’s average of 93 grams.

Dietary habits and physical activity are key factors in developing, or countering, excess weight.  Study author Professor Steffen Peterse believes that lifestyle decisions greatly influence the risks to a person’s heart.

“We all know that our lifestyle has a big impact on our heart health – particularly if we’re overweight or obese. But researchers haven’t fully understood how exactly the two things are linked,” Peterse said. “With this research, we’ve helped to show how an unhealthy lifestyle increases your risk of heart disease.”

Medical director at the British Heart Foundation, Professor Sir Nilesh Samani said: “This research shows the silent impact of being overweight and having high blood pressure on the structure and function of the heart, which over time may lead to heart disease and heart failure. The important message is that these are things we have the power to change before they result in irreversible heart damage.”

Obesity is associated with the comforts of urban life — plentiful food and modern transportation — which leads to sedentary behaviors that affect a person’s overall health. Increasing demand in productivity and flexibility in the workplace has also been linked to obesity and its related diseases.

Actively adjusting your lifestyle decisions may reduce and even reverse these risks.

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Peer pressure turnaround: New research shows a reduction in youth tobacco use when friends stage an intervention

Despite an abundance of smoking cessation aids available, many people struggle to kick this dangerous habit. It’s not surprising that some adults who have been smoking for decades cannot imagine living without their cigarettes, but are the chances any better of getting young people to abandon the habit?

A study that was recently published in the Journal of Community Health discovered one very effective way to help younger smokers give up smoking for good. It involved a combination of informal conversations with young people about the consequences of the habit and a “quit kit” stocked with behavior-replacement activities.

A “Street Team” of nearly 30 college and high school students was put together to deliver interventions to young smokers. The team was trained by Breathe California’s Sacramento Taking Action Against Nicotine Dependence (STAND) project, and they attended street fairs, mall activities, concerts and other community events in Sacramento to deliver their message. Lasting five to ten minutes, this entailed one-on-one education about the dangers of smoking, motivational messages, and referrals to resources that can help people quit.

At the interventions, the Street Team also handed out quit kits to smokers that contained giveaways packaged inside a water bottle. These included tobacco alternatives that they could hold in their hands or put in their mouths, like trail mix, toothpicks, honey sticks, gum and distress balls.

Over a period of four years, 279 young smokers participated in the interventions, and the team made follow-up calls to 76 of the participants three times in a six-month period to ascertain how effective the intervention had been.

They discovered that those who participated in their intervention had a 12.5 percent quit rate at six months, which compares very favorably to the 5 percent who typically manage to quit on their own. Seventy percent of the participants said that the quit kit helped them give up the habit, and they were particularly positive about the tobacco alternatives. They also said the discussions they had with the Street Team were useful, particularly those that helped them strategize and warned them about the financial and physical costs of smoking.

UC Davis Health Internal Medicine Physician and Senior Author Elisa Tong pointed out that nearly all smokers pick up the habit by the time they’re 26, so by finding a way to reach young smokers and get them to stop before the behavior becomes “hard wired,” they can hopefully counteract the aggressive marketing that tobacco companies use to try to get young people hooked on cigarettes and set them up for a lifetime of tobacco buying.

Meanwhile, study co-author and STAND Senior Program Director Kimberly Bankston-Lee said that the smoking cessation efforts that are most commonly geared toward newer smokers are unsuccessful because they’re based upon quitting methods that work for longer-term smokers. Younger smokers, she said, tend to be social smokers, so a different approach is called for.

“One of the key differences with our approach was the comfort factor. Younger smokers were able to interact with people their own age in locations where they all typically hang out,” she said.

Next, the researchers would like to test out the intervention at other sites, such as community college campuses, with the help of delivery teams from those sites. Although their effort may have started out in Sacramento, they’d like to develop tools that the entire nation can use to help curb this behavior. It couldn’t come at a better time, as the CDC reports that if the current youth smoking rate continues, 5.6 million Americans – or one out of every 13 – who are presently younger than 18 will die early due to smoking-related illnesses

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4 rational reasons to avoid the flu shot and what to do instead to protect your health

It’s that time of year again where the weather cools down and doctors, nurses, and pharmacies inject the fear of the flu into your mind so you will drive directly down to your local clinic and willingly let them inject you with the flu.

Sounds kind of silly when you think about it. By getting the flu shot you have essentially agreed to have a strain of the very virus you are trying to avoid, injected directly into your body.

What makes this even more of an exercise of cognitive dissonance, is that these flu shots contain adjuvants that facilitate the development of not just the flu, but several other disease processes. You are aware that toxins, no matter the amount, are partly responsible for virtually all the diseases experienced today, right? So, if you put your thinking hat on, it makes sense to avoid them at all costs, at least what you can see and know about, right?

If you’re nodding your head yes, I’m glad we are on the same page. Let’s now move on to more stunning evidence on why you should avoid the flu shot, and what you should do instead to protect yourself.

If you read the indications and usage verbiage on the FLULAVAL vaccine, you’ll find the following admission:

“…there have been no controlled trials adequately demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL.” 

That’s kind of a kick in the pants, isn’t it? Getting injected with a flu virus strain and toxic adjuvants, and there’s no trials actually showing it works? After reading this, submitting yourself to a flu shot (if not forced) is an automatic application for the Darwin Awards.

It would be nice to ride the rainbow on a pet unicorn named Bliss and pretend there are no safety issues with the flu shot, but in this case, ignorance and bliss do not go together. By their own admission on the FLUAVAL insert, you can read in black and white:

“Safety and effectiveness of FLULAVAL in pediatric patients have not been established.”

Furthermore, the insert also goes on to state:

“FLULAVAL has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.”

The flu shot was also proven to be the most dangerous vaccine of them all when it was reported in June of 2014, that 70 percent of all vaccine injury cases (55 of 78) were settled for the flu shot, including one death.

So, while you are being injected with the flu virus, there are any number of other dangerous toxins accompanying it, notably the most obnoxious toxin the body has ever been commonly forced to deal with — mercury.

This toxin shows up in the ingredients as thimerosol, a mercury derivative, and is added as a preservative. Each dose contains 50 mcg of thimerosol, which is an extremely dangerous level of mercury for the body.

How dangerous? Tests conducted via ICP-MS using a 4-point mercury calibration curve for accuracy, found that there were 51 parts per million of mercury in the FLULAVAL vaccine, which is 25,000 times the maximum contaminant level of inorganic mercury in drinking water set by the EPA. [Learn more about mercury at]

As a comparison, this is 100 times higher than the highest level of mercury ever tested in contaminated fish. Also, keep in mind that these vaccines are injected into the body, bypassing several detoxification systems that would be in place when eating fish. This makes the injected toxicity by the flu shot exponentially more dangerous.

If that isn’t punishment enough, each dose also contains residual amounts of ovalbumin, formaldehyde (known neurotoxin), and sodium deoxycholate from the manufacturing process.

On the FLULAVAL vaccine insert, you can also see a section that lists reports of side effects of actual users. Some of those adverse effects experienced after the flu shot include:

This isn’t even the complete list. Are you really interested in subjecting yourself to something that reports these as side effects? Please say no. There’s a better way.

At this point, it should be plenty clear that the flu shot is not as effective, safe, and free of side effects as you may have been led to believe. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to properly build their immune system.

So what do you do? Here’s some simple but effective advice.

First of all, in times when the immune system is challenged, it becomes more important to avoid foods and beverages that can put more stress on it. This means largely or entirely avoiding sugar, processed foods, conventional dairy, gluten, soy, and alcohol.

In addition, make sure you are adequately hydrated with pure filtered water, eat plenty of clean produce and herbs (garlic, onion, ginger, cruciferous vegetables, dark leafy greens), and get adequate rest.

For supplementation, you will want to provide extra immune system and liver support. In this realm, the Health Ranger’s Nutrition Rescue Buffered Vitamin C, Turmeric Gold, and Reishi Mushroom are excellent options to explore. Probiotics, vitamin D, and zinc should also be considered.

If you are forced to take the flu shot, these recommendations are even more important to support the body’s natural elimination processes. Make sure to focus on a good MSM, zinc, turmeric, and chlorella a few days before and after to support this natural process. Seeking Health Optimal MSM and Clean Chlorella are great options.

Finally, for a more complete guide on how to avoid the flu naturally this year, read How To Optimize the Immune System Naturally.

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Weed Company Mocks Big Pharma Ads In Genius Parody Video [Watch]

It’s 2017, and cannabis is legal for medicinal use in 27 US. states. This said, why are people still reaching for prescription drugs when they have access to a plant that has killed 0 people in the history of Earth— and is proven to deliver numerous benefits? 

It’s a valid question — one the Oregon-based cannabis delivery service Briteside asked. Because no team member could come up with a convincing answer, the company decided to produce an SNL-style parody video that largely mocks the lame commercials most prescription drug companies pump out on a near-daily basis.

Brightside partnered with Sandwich Video to produce the parody video which depicts two frazzled adults finally getting the help they need, in the form of some sweet, sticky kush.  The video begins just like an average pharmaceutical advertisement. However, it takes a provocative turn as the voice-over recommends the dank herb.

“Briteside offers an extensive menu of strains and products to meet your needs,” the narrator says. “Choose the experience you want, and we’ll send you the dankest herb. The real sticky icky… If you like what we send you, keep the whole jar. We’ll even include some nugs for you to blaze.”

Potentially awesome side-effects are listed, and they include “euphoria, increased appetite, uncontrollable giggles, elevated sensitivity to musical dopeness and reduced anxiety.”

Perhaps the best part of the parody video is when a new-and-improved version of the classic pharmaceutical line is delivered: “Ask your doctor if cannabis is right for you. It probably is.”

High Times reports that Briteside has already parterened with dispensaries in Portland, Bend, and Ashland to deliver in-store pickups and same-day delivery for medicinal and recreational cannabis patients in the state. One dispensary owner who is elated by the collaboration is Mike Hayes, the co-owner of Miracle Greens dispensary. He said, 

“We’re excited to work with Briteside since their e-commerce platform lets our customers know exactly what products we have in stock. Additionally, their platform allows us to better understand and anticipate consumer demand.”

According to Justin Junda, the co-founder and CEO of Briteside, the company has one main goal. That is, to make cannabis purchasing easier for the consumer. He explained:

“We’re here to make life simpler for the cannabis consumer. Three of the biggest pain points for cannabis customers are knowing if their favorite products are actually in-stock at their preferred dispensary, waiting in long lines to make their purchases, and for some, especially those with health impediments, just getting to a dispensary can be a chore. Together with our partner dispensaries, we’re alleviating these all-too-common pains.”

There you have it. The next time you’re tempted to reach for an Aspirin for pain relief, a Xanax for anxiety/depression, or a Viagra in anticipation of a fun evening, don’t. Instead, hit up your local weed dealer or visit a dispensary to purchase nature’s perfect medicine.

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Men have higher risk of heart attack earlier than women when overweight; new study finds

A new study finds that men are more likely to suffer from a heart attack 10 years earlier than women when overweight or obese, as reported by The Daily Mail.

The researchers from the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany examined nearly 80,000 people from four past research, all of which have an average age of 49. At the initial part of each of the previous studies, the participants did not suffer from atrial fibrillation, a condition that increases the risk of having a heart attack. The researchers followed the study participants for an average of 12 years.

The study, published in the journal Circulation, reveals that men suffered from atrial fibrillation about 10 years earlier before women did, which means men are at a higher risk of having the condition at the age of 50 and above. On the other hand, women’s risk of atrial fibrillation increases at the age of 60. Researchers suggest that a higher body mass index (BMI) affects men more negatively than women. It is essential that men should learn to control their weight, especially men who are overweight or obese.

The condition developed in about 24 percent of the men and women participants by age 90. Both men and women who suffer from atrial fibrillation are 3.5 times more likely to die earlier. Thus, Christina Magnussen, lead author of the study, advised that both men and women should consider losing weight. “As elevated body mass index seems to be more detrimental for men, weight control seems to be essential, particularly in overweight and obese men,” she explains.

Being overweight or obese is defined as the accumulation of excessive fat that negatively affects health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), overweight adults have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25, and obese adults have a BMI greater than or equal to 30.

The WHO reported that more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight, while 650 million of them were obese in 2016 worldwide. Meanwhile in the United States, the prevalence of obesity among adults was 36.5 percent in 2011 to 2014, according to the records of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obesity has become one of the most common causes of the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart ailments and stroke, which were the leading causes of death in 2012. The common causes of obesity include unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, and genetics.

Atrial fibrillation, also referred to as AFib or AF, is characterized by a quivering or irregular heartbeat which can result to blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related problems. According to the American Heart Association, not more than 2.7 million people in the United States are suffering from atrial fibrillation. In addition, people with atrial fibrillation are two times more at risk of dying from heart-related conditions. The risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation is about five times greater than that of a person without the the heart condition.

The heart of a normal person contracts and relaxes to a normal heartbeat. However, the heart of a person with atrial fibrillation beats irregularly. Other symptoms of atrial fibrillation may include general fatigue, rapid and irregular heartbeat, fluttering in the chest, dizziness, shortness of breath and anxiety, weakness, faintness or confusion, fatigue when exercising, sweating, and chest pain or pressure.

“It’s crucial to better understand modifiable risk factors of atrial fibrillation,” Magnussen said. “If prevention strategies succeed in targeting these risk factors, we expect a noticeable decline in new-onset atrial fibrillation.” (Related: Top foods to avoid and to eat when diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.)

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Toxic for generations: Kids born to chemo survivors are increasingly infertile, having 72% fewer children

What are the generational health effects caused by chemotherapy? Precisely, which genes are turned on and off when a cancer patient is inundated with these toxic chemical agents? Do the chemotherapy-inflicted epigenetic changes pass on to the offspring of the patient and how do these changes impact fertility for future generations?

Chemotherapy has lasting health effects on the recipient. The patient’s healthy cells are critically weakened as the chemical agents attempt to rid the body of cancer. Chemotherapy does not strengthen the immune system. It does not help the body eliminate the cancer cells on its own. No, chemotherapy is a methodology of poisoning the body and its cancer cells, and this impacts every process of the body, creating pain, nausea, sickness, and damage to healthy cells, organ processes, and genetic expression. Chemotherapy’s effects alter DNA and this is something that can be carried on to the next generation of offspring.

Researchers from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City investigated the state’s population base to find out how chemotherapy was impacting the next generations. They didn’t find any significant data proving that children of male chemo patients had lower fertility rates. Male sperm doesn’t seem to be affected in the same way as a woman’s eggs and the female reproductive system. The researchers did find out that daughters of female chemo patients had 71 percent fewer children when compared to the general population. Even worse, the sons of female cancer patients had 87 percent fewer children. The data suggest that chemotherapy is causing DNA damage to women and their children, hindering their ability to procreate. (Related: Breast cancer patients who reject all conventional therapies live four times longer than those who follow the system.)

This study is the first to show that chemotherapy agents are more damaging to eggs than sperm. The study assessed fertility in young adults up to nineteen years of age. Only five out of 132 chemo patients’ children had conceived at this point in their lives, which was 71 percent less than the general population. Further research should examine fertility rates of chemo patients’ children to thirty years of age to see if fertility rates slowly recover with time.

The scientists conclude: “Chemotherapy given to women may have intergenerational effects on fertility. Further research should evaluate the germ line and gametes of children born to mothers exposed to chemotherapy for genetic and epigenetic changes.”

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Research suggests environmental toxins can disrupt your circadian rhythm, causing a cycle of inflammation and disease

A study published online in the journal Ecology and Evolution has revealed that environmental toxins may negatively affect the circadian rhythm or internal body clock, which in turn may spur a host of inflammatory diseases. The study carried out by researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York is based on previous findings by the Jefferson Project at Lake George, which demonstrates that a common species of zooplankton called Daphnia pulex has the ability to tolerate moderate levels of road salt – at concentrations ranging from 15 milligrams per liter of chloride to 1,000 milligrams per liter – in a relatively short time frame of two and a half months.

“Plankton, which are key consumers of algae and a food source for many fish, may be making a monumental tradeoff to tolerate increased road salt. The circadian rhythm guides these animals through a daily migration, to deep waters during the day to hide from predators and shallow waters at night to feed. Disrupting that rhythm could affect the entire lake ecosystem,” study co-author Rick Relyea explained in a News Medical article.

According to senior author Jennifer Hurley, adaptation to environmental toxins such as road salts might be affecting the plankton species at the epigenic levels. To examine this, the researchers have first noted that the plankton is regulated by a core set of clock-control genes that oversees the day and night cycle. According to the research team, these clock control genes take charge of various functions: such as promoting and suppressing gene transcription; and developing daily oscillations that impact cell function, division and growth. The scientists have also checked other physiological parameters such as the animals’ temperature and immune responses.

Likewise, the research team has studied that expression of the mRNA of PERIOD (PER) genes in Daphnia exposed to low salt levels and dark conditions. The results have shown that despite the low salt levels and constant darkness, the plankton’s PER mRNA levels oscillated with a 24-hour rhythm, which indicates a functional circadian clock. (Related: Biological clock disruption in humans may lead to cancer, study finds.)

The scientists have also performed a similar test on the plankton using a high-salt environment. The researchers observed that the animals’ PER mRNA rhythms have shown a drastic deterioration upon exposure to increasing salt concentrations.

“What we see is a graded, measured response in this organism; the higher the level of salt to which the Daphnia are adapted, the more it suppresses the expression of its circadian clock. This research shows that exposure to environmental toxins may be depressing the function of our circadian clock, the disruption of which is linked to increased rates of cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression,” Hurley has told Science Daily online.

“The implications are substantial. You’ve exposed Daphnia to an environmental toxin, and its clock was suppressed, probably through epigenetic mechanisms. The clock and biology of Daphnia is very similar to the clock and the biology both in our brains and most organisms. Is it possible that we can see epigenetic changes in the human brain because of exposure to environmental toxins?,” Hurley adds.


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