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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Through Fasting

Type 2 diabetes, sometimes referred to as adult onset diabetes, doesn’t have to be permanent. You can turn your health around. Fasting and calorie restriction can help you get control of your blood sugar, lower your blood pressure, and evidence even shows that fasting can help reverse type 2 diabetes. But, before we get into how fasting can undo the damage of type 2 diabetes, we first need to understand how type 2 diabetes affects the body.

Diabetes develops when fat accumulates in areas of the body that shouldn’t accumulate fat. It all starts with an abundance of fat in your muscle tissue. Typically this is caused by a family history, poor diet, or sedentary lifestyle. This fat is called intramuscular fat. It’s like the marbling on a steak, only it’s inside your muscles, and it causes insulin resistance.[1, 2] To make matters worse, intramuscular fat causes muscles to produce toxic fat metabolites like ceramide and diacylglycerol (DAG). These toxins also cause insulin resistance. This is the characteristic that distinguishes type 1 diabetes from type 2.[3]

When blood sugar is high, the body tells the pancreas to produce insulin to lower blood sugar. However, insulin resistance causes the liver to stop responding to insulin.[4, 5] Gluconeogenesis, a process where insulin tells the liver to stop producing sugar from non-carbohydrate sources, occurs while you’re sleeping, fasting, and when you run out of blood sugar and glycogen. But when you become insulin resistant, your liver keeps producing sugar despite a high level of sugar in the blood. Consuming food that’s high in sugar is like throwing gas on the fire and the abundance of sugar is converted to fat and stored in the liver.[4]

When the liver accumulates fat, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) can develop. When non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is present, the liver releases fat into the bloodstream where it’s distributed to other organs and they, just like the liver, stop responding to insulin. Especially affected is the pancreas.[5]

As fat builds up in the pancreas, its function is compromised. Since the pancreas is responsible for producing insulin, this is a major issue. Predictably, insulin production drops. Reducing body fat can help normalize blood sugar, but a lot of people begin insulin injections instead. Insulin injections help in the short-term, but also increase fat formation throughout the body, including the liver and pancreas. All the while, type 2 diabetics develop other health issues.[6] Fortunately, there is a better way.

For almost 150 years, we’ve known that fasting has serious benefits for those with diabetes. In the 1870’s, Dr. Appollinaire Bouchardet, an expert on diabetes during his time, noticed that fasting produced positive results for his diabetic patients.[7] Over 100 years ago, Dr. Elliott Joslin published research suggesting that fasting could reverse diabetes.[8] They were among the first to realize that fasting detoxes your tissues and organs of fatty deposits.

Even if someone has had type 2 diabetes for a long time, the results begin almost immediately. If you can start metabolizing the fat in your organs, you can begin to restore insulin sensitivity. And once you restore insulin sensitivity, you can get your blood sugar back on track.[7, 9]

Fasting with type 2 diabetes comes with a few potential health consequences, which is why you should only begin a fasting regimen under the watchful eye of a certified health professional who has experience and expertise with helping diabetics through this process. Ideally, have your blood tested throughout the day to monitor your blood composition and overall health. Again, if you have diabetes, do not fast without careful, attentive supervision from qualified and experienced health care professionals.

Fasting works similar to bariatric surgery, a gastric surgery that effectively reduces the size of your stomach. One study found that bariatric surgery helped 73% of participants go into diabetic remission.[10] These kind of surgeries, however, are dangerous—both the surgery itself and managing nutrition afterward. There’s the additional consequence of forever having a stomach that’s the size of a shot glass and the difficulties that come with it.[11]

Instead of going the extreme route with invasive surgery, simply adopt the post-bariatric surgery eating philosophy. After seven days of reduced calorie intake (about 500-600 calories a day), fasting glucose normalizes. After two months on this diet, your pancreas can start producing a normal level of insulin to control blood sugar.[12, 13]

In the last few years, researchers have found that reversing pancreatic damage is possible. Once you clean out the fat, the insulin-producing cells start pumping out insulin again.[6] Fasting can undo the damage to your liver and pancreas to the point that they begin to function normally again.[14]

Because it takes a few months to detox your organs of accumulated fat, intermittent fasting is the way to go. With a fasting diet, you can sustain the fast long enough to get rid of the excess fat deposits that lead to type 2 diabetes.

Monitor your blood sugar and blood pressure. Break your fast if your blood sugar exceeds 300 mg/dl or drops below 70 mg/dl.

A reduced-calorie plant-based diet may help repair the damage diabetes has wrought on your body. Remarkably, one study found that a well-planned vegan diet can lower insulin dependence by over 60% in just over two weeks—without losing any weight.[15]

Small changes lead to small improvements, moderate changes yield moderate improvements, but significant changes lead to extraordinary results. Do what’s right for your body. Follow a healthy diet to lead a healthy life. Cut out refined sugar, starches, and meat and cheese, all of which are consistently shown to promote diabetes.[16, 17, 18]

You can restore your health if you have the courage to try and the willpower to stick with it—and I am confident that you do.

Have you tried fasting to reverse your diabetes? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

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Holistic thinking is more valuable than IQ intelligence

It’s not widely known, but the fact is “holistic thinking” is much more valuable in life than an expanded IQ or learned intelligence, says Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, in a recent podcast.

“Holistic thinking is far more important than raw IQ,” says Adams, who is also co-founder of TalkNetwork.com. “It turns out that many people who think they’re intelligent — including many doctors — are only really good at MEMORIZING things.”

He adds that memorization does not equate to “intelligence,” per se, and that supposedly learned individuals can be “stupid” in reality and “poor decision makers” to boot.
That said, “Memorization can be achieved a billion times faster (and with better accuracy) by machines. The rise of intelligent machines makes memorization in humans obsolete,” he notes.

In fact, given the trends in technology, Adams believes that a great many professions that require mostly memorization and little true academic or holistic knowledge are on their way to extinction because machines — robots — perform memorization tasks much more efficiently and quickly. They will even replace doctors and other healthcare providers in the future who, he says, merely treat patients based on what they memorized in medical school, matching symptoms and complaints to well-established treatment modalities and medications.

But what machines can’t do is engage in holistic thinking. That’s something only conscious beings can achieve (humans, elephants, dolphins, primates, etc.), he says.

“Holism is being able to connect the dots to abstract thoughts that are related in important ways,” said Adams, whose scientific achievements, patents, and inventions certainly bear that out. “Holistic thinking is not simply left-brain thinking or right-brain thinking.”

The Health Ranger goes on to note that he’s not trying to “attack” anyone who is “academically gifted.” Rather, he says that what can be more valuable in learning and understanding is the ability to think outside the box, and to be able to see and comprehend the big picture, even before it’s created.

He used the example of understanding history.

“Holistic thinking means…you might not be able to remember every name and place in history, but you understand trends of history. You understand the human movement throughout history,” he said, such as what caused or influenced shifts in civilizations and societies — not just that they occurred.

“There are layers of holistic thinking,” Adams added. “I think an intelligent person is someone who can sort of zoom in into the small, the microscopic, the holistic level of understanding, let’s say cells, or particle physics or, for that matter, quantum phenomena.”

But also, the Health Ranger said, persons who can “zoom out” and see the so-called big picture of things, ideas, and concepts.

Holistic thinking is necessary because it stresses the interconnectivity of our planet, our human existence, the interactivity of all forms of life and the various ecosystems, he notes.

Others share Adams’ views, such as Dr. Robert Kleinwaks, a chiropractor who completed post-graduate work detailing the impact of positive, holistic thinking on human well-being.

“I think the biggest problem that we run into is that we don’t listen to what we’re thinking. We don’t listen to our own innate response,” Natural News quoted him as saying. “My innate response was something else is wrong and, believe me, lots of people have the same response but instead of following that response they go to what they think is a ‘higher power’ – which is a doctor with a degree – when really the higher power is you. Your common sense, your innate intelligence telling you there’s something wrong here.”

Kleinwaks cured himself of stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma — a disease of which there is no “stage 5” — with a holistic approach to health.

Stay informed at HealthRangerReport.com.

Also check out Glitch.news and NewsTarget.com.

Listen to Adams’ interesting podcast here.

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Variation on the Mediterranean diet may help you make it to 100: Consider trying the “Pioppi” diet for 7 days

Renowned cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra and former athlete Donal O’Neill have written a book called The Pioppi Diet: A 21-day Lifestyle Plan, which features a seven-day diet plan that adopts the regular meal plans followed by residents of Pioppi Village in Italy. Pioppi has been acknowledged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the home of the Mediterranean diet, and has been recognized as the world’s healthiest village. According to a Daily Mail article, residents of Pioppi are known to live past 100 years old.

Village residents are also known to include bacon and chocolates as their meal staples, but also consume a lot of beneficial oils, vegetables, oily fish and nuts. This reduces their risk of developing type-2 diabetes and heart disease. The seven-day meal plan featured in the book suggests that people start the day by taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. According to the experts, this helps relieve acid reflux, prevent high blood pressure, and promote weight loss.

Likewise, the meal plan includes mostly eggs that provide an ample source of protein and helps stave off hunger pangs. The experts have also recommended undergoing intermittent fasting by restricting the eating window to between eight to nine hours only. In addition, red wine intake is not discourage as long as it is a high-quality variety. The plan also lists various food combinations that people can follow each day of the week.

The meal plan suggests that people refrain from eating solid breakfast from Mondays to Wednesdays, and recommends drinking only coffee with coconut cream in the morning. The diet plan also recommends a gradual increase of food items through out the day, which include eggs and various omelette recipes as well as fish and vegetable dishes. Likewise, the meal plan advises that people eat grilled meat, poultry, fruits and various dairy products through out the week. 

A previous study carried out by Dr. Malhotra has demonstrated that adopting a Pioppian diet may well improve the body’s overall health. According to the renowned cardiologist, following a diet low in sugar and high in beneficial fats may have greatly contributed to the residents’ remarkable longevity. In his study, the expert observed that the villagers followed a diet rich in vegetables, fish, and olive oil. Aside from this, the villagers also avoided consuming too much sugar, and rarely ate meat or dairy products. He has also found that the locals had low stress levels, drank a glass of wine daily, and slept seven hours per night. (Related: Italian village where most live to be 100 reveals the secret to a long life.)

“Yes, the locals eat pasta – but only in small quantities, and they rarely touch sugar. They only eat dessert on a Sunday, pizza once or twice a month. They take time over lunch. They don’t have a gym but they are constantly on the go…Diet is the number one issue. More than physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol, it contributes to more disease and deaths. This should be the message from doctors – food is medicine. There is no such thing as a healthy weight, but a healthy person. That is what we should all be aiming for. Living like a Pioppian would mean a reduction in the 20 million annual deaths worldwide caused by cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Malhotra.

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The power of thought: New study finds that what depression patients EXPECT is more important than what they actually take

The efficacy of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) in the treatment of depression has long been questioned within the scientific community due to varying study results. However, recent research published in the EBioMedicine journal has demonstrated that the drug’s efficacy may also be dependent on a patient’s perceptions about the treatment. As part of the study, a team of health experts at the Uppsala University in Sweden enrolled patients with social anxiety disorder who had been instructed to take similar doses of the SSRI escitalopram for nine weeks.

The researchers categorized the patients into two groups. One group received accurate information about the drug’s profile and efficacy, while the other group has been given incorrect information and were under the impression that they are taking an active placebo pill. The research team has also assessed the participant’s brain activities through an MR neuroimaging test. The results indicated a better drug response when patients are presented with the correct information.

“Our results show that the number of responders was three times higher when correct information was given than when patients thought they were treated with an ineffective active placebo, even though the pharmacological treatment was identical,” study author Vanda Faria told Science Daily online.

Data from brain scans also revealed that the drug had varying effects on both patient groups. According to the research team, the patients exhibited significant differences in the activation of the posterior cingulate cortex and the amygdala, a brain region that plays a key role in the onset of fear and anxiety. Study co-author Malin Gingnell also noted that this effect demonstrates a correlation between cognition and emotion, as brain activities tend to vary depending on a patient’s expectations.

“We don’t think SSRIs are ineffective or lack therapeutic properties for anxiety but our results suggest that the presentation of the treatment may be as important as the treatment itself,” lead investigator Professor Tomas Furmark adds.

A 2014 study published the British Journal of Psychiatry has also demonstrated how patient perception greatly affects treatment efficacy in people with depression. In order to carry out the study, a team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles enrolled 88 patients and assigned them into different disease interventions. Twenty patients received supportive care alone, while 29 patients underwent placebo treatment, and 39 patients took antidepressant medications. The patients were also instructed to accomplish the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression during the study’s outset.

The results showed that patients on active antidepressant treatment exhibited an average improvement of 46 percent after eight weeks. The findings also revealed that patients in the placebo group attained an average improvement of 36 percent, compared to only five percent in those who had been assigned to supportive care alone. The experts likewise observed that patients in the supportive care treatment were more likely to discontinue treatment than those who took the oral interventions.

According to the research team, patients in the supportive care group become disappointed, knowing that they do not receive any pill. This may have contributed to their lower expectations and treatment biases, the experts have stated. (Related: Fight depression with these 15 tips you can use today.)

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Don’t get injured at night… Researchers discover cell repair driven by circadian rhythm; wounds heal 60% faster during the day

 Are you scheduled for some kind of surgery in the near future? You might want to request that it take place in the daytime. A recent study by researchers from the U.K.’s Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology, published in the journal Translational Medicine, has found that wounds inflicted during the day heal up to 60 percent faster than those that happen at night.

The researchers found that not only are the skin cells that repair cuts and burns more efficient in the daytime, but more collagen is also deposited at the wound site immediately after and for the following two weeks after a daytime wound takes place – ensuring a more efficient healing process.

The researchers’ findings were based on laboratory tests using skin cells called fibroblasts and keratinocytes, as well as from studies with mice.

The Daily Mail, reporting on the study, noted:

[D]uring the internal body clock’s ‘daytime’, wounds to the skin healed almost twice as efficiently as wounds incurred during the night. …

The researchers said faster healing took place because skin cells carried out faster repairs at the site of the wound to repair it much faster during the body clock’s daytime.

The difference between daytime and nighttime healing is one of the many facets of the human body controlled by the circadian rhythm – also known as the body clock. The body clock controls everything from sleeping to hormone secretion, and even how quickly you metabolize food.

Dr. John O’Neill, the study’s senior author explained, “This is the first time that the circadian clock within individual skin cells has been shown to determine how effectively they respond to injuries. We consistently see about a two-fold difference in wound healing speed between the body clock’s day and night. It may be that our bodies have evolved to heal fastest during the day when injuries are more likely to occur.”

Amazingly, this process was not governed by signals between cells, but by circadian clocks within the cells themselves, since the results were derived from human and mouse skin cells grown in laboratory dishes.

The cell repair was mainly driven by a protein called actin, filaments of which provide movement and structure, acting like muscles within the cell.

This study has huge implications for the future of surgery.

O’Neill noted, “In both cells and mice, we can reset the tissue healing response by tricking the cells into thinking it’s a different time of day – such as by turning the lights on at night and off at different times of day for the mice, or using body clock-altering drugs on cells in the lab.” He added, “It may be that healing time could be improved by resetting the cells’ clocks prior to surgery, perhaps by applying drugs that can reset the biological clock to the time of best healing in the operation site.”

This improved daytime healing is true of burns, too. As part of their study, the researchers examined the healing patterns of 118 burn patients registered in a major burn unit database in England and Wales. They found that burn victims who were burnt at night – between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. – took about 60 percent longer to heal than people who sustained their burns during the day – between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

In fact, those who received their burns in the day were 95 percent healed within just 17 days, while those who were burnt at night took about 28 days to achieve the same level of healing. (Related: New “smart” bandages will dramatically cut healing time for wounds in chronic patients.)

The researchers are eager to engage in further research to determine whether changing surgery times or using drugs to reset patients’ circadian rhythms prior to surgery might result in better and faster healing. (Related: Discover all the latest medical breakthroughs at Medicine.news.)

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A high-fat diet encourages the growth of fungi in the gut, which makes for an unhealthy microbiota and contributes to obesity, study finds

A study finds that eating a diet high in fat not only gives you extra calories, but also changes the growth of fungi in the gut, which makes for an unhealthy microbiota and contributes to weight gain or obesity, as reported by the Science Daily.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota conducted the study by using two groups of mice. One group was fed with a diet high in fat, while the other was fed with a normal diet. They found that the group of mice fed with a high-fat diet had a higher number of 19 bacterial and six fungal taxa, compared to the micriobiome found in the group of mice with a normal diet. Moreover, they discovered that the rats fed with a high-fat diet had slower metabolic function, in which they gained weight and showed other symptoms of obesity such as insulin resistance, than those rats with a normal dietary plan.

Cheryl Gale, lead author of the study and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, explained that the relationship of fungi and changes in diet are changing as well as the relationship between fungi and bacteria.

“These kingdoms are not in isolation. If one changes, it is going to impact the community structure and maybe the functional structure of other kingdoms as well. I think that is where the microbiome field is moving,” she said.

Over the years of analyzing the relationship of gut microbiomes and health, past studies have found that microbes in the gut change the way we store fat, how we balance glucose levels in the blood, and how we respond to hormones that change our appetites. On the other hand, the wrong mix of microbes in the gut seem to play important roles in the development of obesity and diabetes. (Related: How gut bacteria can make you fat, or help you lose weight.)

“We really need to be looking at all the microbes and how they are interacting with each other to get a full picture of what the microbiome structure and function is in a given individual,” said Gale.

The study was published in mSphere, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

You are obese or overweight if there is an energy imbalance between the calories you consume and the calories you spend. Unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, and genetics are the main causes of obesity. Overweight adults have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 25, while obese adults have a BMI greater than or equal to 30, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the WHO, 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 increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke — which were the leading cause of death in 2012. It also increases the chances of having diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders, such as osteoarthritis, and some cancers including endometrial, breast, ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladder, kidney, and colon.

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Mobile devices and children: It’s not “smart” to “connect” your child dangers range from hacking to bullying

Recent studies warn that children who own smart watches which their parents can use to keep track of their movements are more prone to the dangers of hacking, according to reports by The Daily Mail.  To reach this conclusion, the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) authorized security experts at the company, Mnemonic, to inspect three watches that are sold in the U.K., namely the Gator, Xplora, and SeTracker watches.

“Though these products are marketed at making children safer, parents will be shocked if they actually put them at risk because of shoddy security,” said Alex Neill, managing director of home products and services at Which?, the consumer group that endorsed the study.

The experts revealed that these watches can be accessed remotely by strangers to spy on young children. The devices’ security loopholes include GPS tracking and a mobile phone SIM card. As a consequence, hackers can identify the location of a child wearing the smart watch and see information on all of their previous movements. Some devices can even tune in to what a child is doing by sending a hidden text to the watch, according to the experts. Moreover, hackers can interrupt and alter the geographical location of the watch, which means that the hacker can fake or “spoof” the location of a child. (Related: Hackers begin targeting your home appliances: toilets, ovens, refrigerators and more.)

Additionally, those watches with an emergency button which a child can push to call their parents in an emergency also had loopholes. The emergency button can be remotely deactivated or even reprogrammed to call other people.

The experts also discovered that there is a possibility of acquiring information on the movements of children who use smart watches through the stored data on the watches’ user apps and linked websites.

The NCC submitted their findings to European data regulators, such as the Information Commissioner’s Office in the U.K., which in turn contacted the companies involved.

“If [safety and security] can’t be guaranteed, then the products should not be sold,” Neill expressed.

“I take cyber security very seriously. I have learned that issues will come up along the way and we fix them,” said Colleen Wong, developer of Gator watch and founder of Techsixtyfour. “I reported this back to the manufacturer and we are launching a completely new app which will eliminate all the issues that have been found.”

Apparently, smartphones also pose danger to children. A new study found that children who own smartphones are at a higher risk of bullying, according to another report by The Daily Mail.

For the study, researchers at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts conducted a survey on around 4,500 children from third grade to fifth grade between 2014 and 2016. They found that 9.5 percent of children said they had experienced being cyberbullied. Results showed that smartphone owners were at a higher risk of being bullied. Those who were in grades three and four and owned a smartphone were more likely to reveal being a victim of cyberbulling. Meanwhile, more smartphone owners confessed they have been a cyberbully themselves.

Researchers concluded that constant access to social media and texting exposes children to interactions both positive and negative with others. Moreover, it raises the possibility of a child sending a hasty unnecessary response to a schoolmate’s posts and messages.

“At the very least, parents can engage in discussions and education with their child about the responsibilities inherent in owning a mobile device, and the general rules for communication in the social sphere,” psychology professor Elizabeth Englander suggested.

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Limb regeneration: Scientists have discovered that the human brain can remap nerves and motor pathways to artificial limbs

For the more than 1.7 million people living with the loss of a limb in the United States, a great beacon of hope is targeted motor and sensory reinnervation (TMSR). This surgical procedure allows patients who receive prosthetic limbs to exercise much greater control over their new motorized limbs and even to “feel” touch in the area of the missing limb.

Science Daily explains it as follows:

Targeted muscle and sensory reinnervation (TMSR) is used to improve the control of upper limb prostheses. Residual nerves from the amputated limb are transferred to reinnervate and activate new muscle targets. This way, a patient fitted with a TMSR prosthetic “sends” motor commands to the re-innervated muscles, where his or her movement intentions are decoded and sent to the prosthetic limb. On the other hand, direct stimulation of the skin over the re-innervated muscles is sent back to the brain, inducing touch perception on the missing limb.

To better understand exactly how the brain sends these messages and “feels” touch in this way, scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) used functional MRI to examine how the brain re-routes motor and sensory pathways. The researchers hope that an understanding of how the brain does this will enable scientists to fine-tune such control. Their study was published in the journal Brain.

Three Swiss patients who had lost an upper limb, had undergone TMSR, and who were proficient in the use of their prosthetic limbs, were included in the study. (Related. Did you know that most amputations are the result of diabetes? Discover how you can prevent diabetes with everyday foods.)

Using ultra-high field 7T functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the research team was able to measure the patients’ brain activities by measuring blood flow. This provided them with an excellent understanding of the “cortical organization of primary motor and somatosensory cortex of each patient.”

When comparing the cortex maps of the study patients to those of individuals who had not undergone amputations, the researchers were surprised to discover that there was very little difference when it came to topography, extent and strength. On the other hand, there were great differences when scans from patients with amputated limbs who had not received TMSR were compared to patients who had never lost a limb. This indicates clearly that TMSR has profound effects on the brain’s motor map. (Related: Discover more medical breakthroughs at Medicine.news.)

Science Daily explains the results in more detail:

The somatosensory maps showed that the brain had preserved its original topographical organization, although to a lesser degree than in healthy subjects. Moreover, when investigating the connections between upper-limb maps in both cortices, the researchers found normal connections in the TMSR patients, which were comparable with healthy controls. However, preservation of original mapping was again reduced in non-TMSR patients, showing that the TMSR procedure preserves strong functional connections between primary sensory and motor cortex.

Though the researchers are cautiously optimistic, they do note that TMSR still needs work.

For one thing, certain connections were still just as weak in the TMSR patients as they were in the non-TMSR patients. Unfortunately, this means that after TMSR surgery, limbs still do not move and feel exactly like “real” limbs, nor are they encoded by the patient’s brain in the exact same way as a real limb would be.

Nonetheless, the study has helped researchers to recognize that the results of TMSR would likely be greatly improved by the implementation of systematic somatosensory feedback linked to the movements of the bionic limbs.

A future where the loss of a limb is no longer a devastating diagnosis may be just around the corner.

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The AWEsome connection between our brain chemistry and human behavior

In any given year, about 25% of all U.S. adults have a mental illness and nearly 50% of U.S. adults will develop at least one mental illness during their lifetime. These statistics are staggering! Yet, when it comes to brain health and behavioral disorders, Western medicine is clearly missing the point – in terms of an effective solution.

You see, conventionally-trained physicians – especially psychiatrists – are heavily indoctrinated with the notion that the only ‘reasonable’ treatments for psychiatric conditions are counseling and prescription medication. (But, that’s about to change)

Discover a nutrient-based therapy for anxiety, depression and other serious mental health issues. On the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman and nutrient-based psychiatry pioneer Dr. William Walsh explore the ways in which genetically-based nutritional imbalances affect our mental health and behavior. If you know somebody struggling with the challenges of ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, autism or any other behavior disorder, tell them about this hope-filled (scientifically-grounded) program.

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Neurotransmitters – key chemical messengers in the brain – have tremendous influence on behavioral disorders. Unfortunately, ignoring the nutritional aspects of brain health, doctors merely ‘treat’ chemical imbalances in the brain with toxic drugs to (hopefully) normalize the activity of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine.

Neurotransmitters are produced in the body from amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other natural biochemicals. But: just as people have different innate genetic factors influencing personality, behavior and mental health, they also have differences in the way they process foods.

Simply stated, nutrient imbalances can alter brain levels of neurotransmitters and affect behavior and mood. Dr. Walsh maintains that individualized, nutrient-based therapy can treat psychological disorders by regulating the activity of neurotransmitters with natural chemicals – rather than molecules that are foreign to the brain.

“Nutrient therapy may replace psychiatric drugs as the treatment of choice for mental illness,” Dr. Walsh declares.

Join us, on the next NaturalHealth365 Talk Hour, as we reveal a completely natural way to correct brain chemistry imbalances without the need for toxic drugs. (the science is amazing)

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Dr. Walsh reports that anxiety and depression may be caused by being over-methylated, which triggers excessive activity at the dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin receptors. People with anxiety and depression often have deficiencies in folates and B vitamins.

In this case, says Dr. Walsh, selective serotonin uptake inhibitors such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft may not work – and may even cause unwanted reactions. A regimen of the proper nutrients can address the problem by normalizing activity at the neurotransmitter receptors.

On the other hand, low transmission of serotonin can cause disorders such as OCD and seasonal depression. Although patients with low serotonin may benefit from SSRIs such as Paxil and Zoloft, Dr. Walsh maintains that a more natural approach – treating with specific amino acids and minerals – can also be successful.

Another thing to consider – when trying to get well: A malabsorption of nutrients can cause deficiencies, Candida infections and mental health problems. In fact, Dr. Walsh reports that malabsorption affects over 90 percent of autistic people.

Bottom line: A good treatment plan depends on the type of malabsorption present, and may include the use of probiotics, specific enzymes and specialized dietary suggestions. Don’t miss our next highly-informative program about brain health and emotional wellbeing.

Get the best nutrient-based solutions for behavior disorders – Sun. Nov. 5

This week’s guest: William Walsh, Ph.D., F.A.C.N., nutrient-based psychiatry pioneer

William Walsh, Ph.D., FACN, is a key scientist driving the development of nutrient-based psychiatry. The owner of the Walsh Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing advanced biochemical therapy to people challenged by psychiatric disorders, he has been a pioneer in the development of advanced nutrient therapies.

With over 30 years of research and clinical experience, Dr. Walsh has written more than 200 scientific articles, reports and is the author of Nutrient Power – which provides a scientific foundation for an evidence-based nutrient therapy system. A Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, Dr. Walsh directs an international physician-training program in the United States and in Australia, teaching advanced biochemical and nutrient therapies used by doctors worldwide.

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Which gives you cancer sooner: Cigarettes or deli meats? New research reveals they’re both Class 1-A carcinogens

Could eating processed foods, such as breakfast and deli meats, be detrimental to your health? Well, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the answer is yes. Research has shown that eating lunch meat, bacon, or sausage on a daily basis equates to smoking a pack of cigarettes each day and has a similar effect on your health. So, which is actually worse for you, processed meats or smoking? Which causes more deaths worldwide? To find out, let’s delve deeper into the world of junk science. Afterall, deli meats and cigarettes are both labeled Class 1-A carcinogens by the WHO.

Surely you wouldn’t put cigarettes on a sandwich and eat it, because then you’d be consuming ammonia, bleach, aluminum, formaldehyde and insecticide. But, if you eat American processed meats, you’ve just consumed all of those carcinogens anyway. Did you just pack a BLT or a ham and cheese sandwich in your child’s school lunch box? If so, you could be doing some serious damage to your their health.

The WHO has made the declaration that eating processed meats regularly is just as dangerous to your health as smoking cigarettes, when it comes to the main causes of cancer. Wonder why? Well for one, the nitrites and nitrates used to preserve meats and protect their color are precursors to N-nitroso compounds (NOCs) that induce tumors in several organs in multiple animal species.

In fact, a study published in the journal Cancer links these preserved cold cut meats to bladder cancer at a 30 percent higher risk for those who consume them. The study used over 300,000 men and women from eight U.S. states over an eight-year period.

What’s worse is that when humans consume sodium nitrite it forms some of the most highly carcinogenic chemical compounds EVER RECORDED in the nutrition world (they’re called nitrosamines). Therefore, feeding your child cold cuts regularly is just as bad as buying them a pack of cigarettes each week and saying, “smoke up!”

And that, my friends, is child abuse.

Yes, the UN health body has added a new “terrorist” to the health watch list – cured and processed meats. These group 1 carcinogens lead to bowel cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. Who knew? Well, vegetarians and vegans have known for years. It’s not just about farm animal cruelty, but human cruelty too. The IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) experts concluded that just one two-ounce portion of processed meat daily increases your chance of getting colon cancer by nearly 20 percent. That’s pretty scary. By the way, that’s only about two SLICES of ham, turkey, chicken, roast beef, salami or bologna, and most people pile them on so thick you can’t even hold the sandwich with one hand.

Just to think everybody, for years, has been avoiding red meat, thinking THAT was the main culprit of disease and disorder, now only to find out it’s basically all cured and processed meats, no matter the color. So much for that red meat myth. Another mainstream lie debunked. Thus, avoiding “red meat” is not a health strategy.

In a statement from the IARC that was published in the journal Lancet Oncology, “We’ve known for some time about the probable link between red and processed meat and bowel cancer, which is backed by substantial evidence.”

Bottom line: Keep your kids off cigarettes, bacon, hot dogs, sausages and deli meat as much as humanly possible. Actual scientific research is proving that the typical American diet of bacon cheeseburgers, ham sandwiches, flu shots and mainstream television turns out to be quite the effective serial killer.

This news is all just another great reason to go vegetarian or vegan and never look back. Plus, if you think you’ll be missing out on some key nutrients, you’re dead wrong. Check out the video below featuring the avid and quite entertaining health researcher Mic the Vegan. It’s good to learn something new every day, and then put it to good use.

Sources for this article include:

TheGuardian.com

TruthWiki.org

TheLancet.com

CDC.news

 

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