23 October 2017

 - Cannabis has a significant positive impact on some of America's deadliest bad habits. Legal cannabis access is associated with numerous favorable public health outcomes. Here are just a few of them:

Changes in the legal status of cannabis is associated with significant reductions in opioid-related mortality.

Cannabis medicalization is associated with a reduction in opioid-related hospitalizations.

Patients in states where marijuana is legal use far fewer prescription drugs than do those in jurisdictions where cannabis remains prohibited.

Market research indicates that many adults are choosing legal pot over booze.

The opening of medical cannabis dispensaries is correlated with an immediate decrease in narcotic-related admissions to drug treatment facilities.

Changes in marijuana’s legal status is associated with an annual reduction in obesity-related medical costs.

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23 October 2017

Catalan officials won’t follow Madrid’s orders, but will of the people – region’s spokesman - Catalan authorities will not follow orders from Madrid, but will only listen to the will of the Catalan people, Catalonia’s Foreign Affairs spokesman told BBC Radio.

All institutions, including police, need to follow instructions from the democratically-elected Catalan government, the region’s foreign affairs spokesman, Raul Romeva, told BBC radio.

According to the official, EU democracy cannot be trusted if it allows Madrid to impose direct rule on Catalonia.

“How can the European Union live with that situation if it appears?” he said. “How can they be credible if they allow this to happen? Because what I can tell you is that the people and the institutions in Catalonia would not let this… happen.”

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22 October 2017

A farmer plows a field in Gragnague, Midi-Pyrenees, France. (Photo: Lelou/cc/flickr) - Pesticides, once used, do not dissolve into thin air, but persist in the environment, contaminating soil, air and water.

This is the most recent red flag to emerge as a result of a new joint study by the University of Wageningen, the Joint Research Center of the European Commission and RIKILT laboratories. which shows that almost half of European soils are contaminated.

Results of the analysis of 300 soil samples in 10 different European countries reveal that 45% of agricultural land in Europe contains glyphosate and its metabolite AMPA. This is just the latest, and certainly not the last blow to the theories on the presumed, and never proven safety of agrochemicals in agriculture.

In recent weeks numerous discussions have taken place in Brussels on the issues related to glyphosate’s licence renewal, for which a vote of the EU member states is scheduled in Strasbourg on 23-26 October. On October 19th the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee backed a motion for the full phase out glyphosate by 2020 and to issue immediate restrictions on its use.

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22 October 2017

 - On Monday, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) celebrated its founding in 1945 with World Food Day. Last month, the FAO released a sobering report that has received far too little attention. In its report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017, the FAO showed that global hunger has risen for the first time in a decade, with its figures showing that 815 million people around the planet suffer from hunger. That’s more than 1 in 10 people. The figure has risen by 38 million from last year. The UN’s World Food Program called this report’s findings an ‘indictment of humanity’.

Buried in the report is an astounding number: that 489 million of those who are chronically food insecure and malnourished live in countries affected by conflict. That means the vast bulk of those who are starving live in conflict zones. Three quarters of children who are stunted by age five, who suffer from acute malnutrition, live in these same areas, mostly West Asia, North Africa and Central Asia in a belt of dry land that has been susceptible to climate change as much as to the seemingly endless war.

Indeed, the FAO finds that the increase in hunger is ‘largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks’. In Iraq, for instance, two districts, Ninewa and Salah al-Din, used to produce a third of the country’s wheat and 40 percent of its barley. Today, thanks to the illegal US war on Iraq in 2003, the food production in the region is severely compromised. In Ninewa, up to 68% of the land used for wheat cultivation has been compromised, while up to 57% of the land for barley is no longer usable. Famines in South Sudan and Yemen are a direct consequence of war, with Somalia itself experiencing famine as a result of war and drought, with six million people of its fourteen million in dire need of food. Boko Haram’s growth in northern Nigeria and around the Lake Chad basin is directly linked to the desertification of the region.

War certainly produces hunger, but hunger in turn produces war.

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21 October 2017

Image: BOMBSHELL: Proof GMOs cannot be contained — GM mosquitoes have successfully mated with wild mosquitoes, spreading GM traits - The scientific modification of plants and animals – and even humans – is often justified as being for the greater good.The long-term effects of such tinkering are often overlooked, however, and quite possibly pose serious and unexpected risks for humankind in the future.

The most recent proof that the future effects of genetic modification can never really be fully understood in advance is an experiment on mosquitoes undertaken by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Science Daily recently reported that there has been a lot of interest in recent years in genetically modifying mosquitoes to “reduce or prevent the spread of disease.” One of the challenges faced by scientists interested in pursuing this field of study is getting GM mosquitoes to mate with regular, wild bugs. However, when a research team from the NIAID recently altered the microbiota of GM mosquitoes to suppress the parasites which cause malaria in humans, they found that the GM mosquitoes actually preferred to mate with wild mosquitoes rather than their GM counterparts.

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21 October 2017

 - Regarding the law of attraction, there are a lot of different angles out there, but few of these mainstream New Age ideas work.

In order to attract or manifest what we want in this life, I think a very good strategy is: Knowing what we really need in order to manifest it.

Some people say we don’t get what we want, we get what we need. Along this line of thinking they avoid a very clear principle: We are the creators of this experience.

What you want, you have to design; you have to tell the Universe, or the Universe can’t manifest it for you. I very much subscribe to the idea that the Universe will provide, but importantly…With No Action there will be No Reaction, since everything is based on the exchange of energy.

If you are not clear about what you need (at the present moment, a lot of people aren’t because they are too locked into confusion without putting things in motion), the Universe will go: “ Ahh, you like to be confused, miserable, lazy,” and it will support that energy for you.

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20 October 2017

Valé do Capão, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil - Photo by Saru Narayana

20 October 2017

 - Scientists are warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after discovering the number of flying insects has fallen by three-quarters over the past 27 years.

Researchers in Germany have documented a steep decline at dozens of nature reserves.

Their findings have sparked fears the foodchain will collapse because insects are important pollinators and serve as meals for birds and other small creatures.

It is thought the decline may be caused by agricultural pesticides used to stop insects eating crops.

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20 October 2017

 - More attention is finally being given to determining the ill effects that microplastics (microbeads) are having on human health and the environment. Previous concerns have been raised in everything from toothpaste to beer to the wider ecosystem where it was found to threaten juvenile fish that were becoming addicted to them.

Perhaps even worse is that “an investigation by Orb Media revealed that microplastics were present in 83 percent of drinking water samples. The study encompassed more than a dozen countries, including the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Lebanon, Indonesia, Equator, and India.”

In a startling case of “the more you seek, the more you find,” a new study orchestrated by a bachelor student and her supervisor from the Leiden University, the Netherlands, along with help from citizen investigators, began collecting samples of European beach sand. It turns out that plastic particles abound in outlandish concentrations right under our feet as we walk among apparently clean and beautiful sand.

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19 October 2017

Heal Yourself - Your cells are listening. Every part of your body has its own consciousness or its own soul.

These transformative words, spoken by indigenous medicine women, began my journey within to discover the extraordinary healing capacity of the human body.

When this perspective was introduced to me, I was suffering from a severe chronic pain disorder. I suddenly imagined incorporating this concept into my meditation routine.

I thought, can my body hear me… can I talk to it to gain its cooperation in healing this condition?

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19 October 2017

Children are pictured using gardening tools to create more play space at the nursery, where 15 hours of care is provided for free each week, with subsidised fees for any extra time

 - An outdoor pre-school where children are kept outside in all weathers and are only allowed to play with toys they made themselves has been named Britain's Best Nursery.

No matter the weather, children play and learn outdoors at the innovative and unique Dandelion Education Nursery.

It was set up by former primary school teachers Hayley Room and Emma Harwood who left the classroom to bring children back to their roots.

Ms Room, 44, said: 'There are no plastic toys here at Dandelion. The only toys that you see here are made by the children themselves.

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18 October 2017

 - They work together, talk to each other and use tools. A new study links the complexity of Cetacean culture and behavior to the size of their brains.

Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, talk to each other and even have regional dialects – much like human societies. A new study, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution on October 16, 2017, has linked the complexity of Cetacean culture and behavior to the size of their brains.

The study created a large dataset of information on brain size and social behaviors of 90 different species of dolphins, whales, and porpoises. It found overwhelming evidence that the animals have sophisticated social and cooperative behavior traits, similar to many found in human culture.

According to the study, these societal and cultural characteristics are linked with brain size and brain expansion, known as encephalisation, defined as the amount of brain mass related to an animal’s total body mass.

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18 October 2017

 - Fluoride is a neurotoxin when consumed in excess. Despite this, it is recommended by powerful government figures and the American Dental Association (ADA). Fortunately, it seems at least one common ingredient is beneficial at clearing it out of the body and brain, and that is curcumin — a component of the turmeric root.

According to the study “Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence,” which was published in Pharmacognosy Magazine, the spice turmeric prevents — and in some cases reverses — damage caused by exposure to fluoride. This is important, as fluoride has been proven to adversely affect people’s health when ingested — not just used as a topical agent for stronger, whiter teeth.

For instance, after analyzing 27 studies on the effects of fluoride, the Harvard School of Public Health and China Medical University discovered that there is a strong correlation between fluoride and adverse effects on brain development. Additionally, there are now more than 50 human studies have linked fluoride to reduced IQ in children and adults. Fluoride has also been proven to contribute to a low thyroid (an epidemic in the modern world, specifically in the locations where soils are low in iodine), cause nervous system degeneration and impair pineal gland function. Learn more here. All of these findings affirm the importance of the latest discovery, the curcumin aids the elimination of the trace mineral.

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