The Big Anxiety festival: mental health, science and the healing power of art

24/09/2017 Brigid Delaney 0

The world’s biggest mental health and arts festival features more than 60 events, ranging from relaxing art installations to Awkward Conversations

Anxiety can come in many forms: from feeling nervous about giving a presentation, to not wanting to leave the house. But can an arts festival provide some sort of balm for mental health problems?

An ambitious and large scale project, The Big Anxiety festival – a University of New South Wales initiative run over seven weeks in Sydney – is trying to not only get people talking about their mental health, but also to alleviate some of the associated pain.

Related: Survey finds 40% of Australian women diagnosed with depression or anxiety

Related: I’ve had social anxiety disorder – and know you don’t have to live with it | Kamran Ahmed

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Fighting the flu can be a matter of life and death – so what more can we do?

24/09/2017 Melissa Davey 0

Australia is coming out of its most deadly influenza season for more than 10 years and experts say increased vaccination alone will not help enough

As Australia endures one of its worst flu seasons in more than a decade, questions are being raised about how the public can be better prepared and what can be done to protect the most vulnerable.

At least 170,000 influenza cases have been confirmed this season, almost two-and-a-half times more than in 2016. The federal health department logged 72 flu-related deaths by Thursday, including that of eight-year-old Rosie Andersen in Melbourne. Experts say Australia is on track for a record number of confirmed cases.

Related: Flu outbreak kills seven residents at Victorian aged care home

The vaccine for H3N2 basically didn’t work and was zero per cent effective for those over 65

Death seems to especially affect those who got sick, got better, then got sick again

Related: New technology could allow multiple vaccines to be delivered in single jab

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Why we are hard wired to watch pornography | Daniel Glaser

24/09/2017 Daniel Glaser 0

A mirroring system in the brain means watching an activity can help us enjoy it more

The launch of David Simon’s new series The Deuce (starting on 26 September), has thrust pornography back into the spotlight. One of the most famous neuroscientific discoveries of the last decade probably plays a role.

This is the finding of a ‘mirror neuron’ in the cortex of a macaque monkey, so named because it fires both when the monkey sees an action and when it performs it – ‘mirroring’ behaviour it witnesses.

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The Real Dangers of Electronic Devices and EMFs

24/09/2017 Dr. Mercola 0

By Dr. Mercola

I was recently interviewed by Dave Asprey when I visited his Bulletproof lab on Vancouver Island.1 In it, I review the real dangers of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by electronic devices. I will also do a more comprehensive lecture on this topic at Asprey’s Bulletproof Conference October 13 through 15 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

Avoiding excessive EMF exposure is an important component of optimizing mitochondrial health. In fact, this is going to be the topic of my next book. Like my latest best-seller, “Fat for Fuel,” which details my metabolic mitochondrial therapy program, I want the book on EMFs to be peer-reviewed by the leading scientists and researchers in the world who understand the truth and are free of industry corruption.

The key is to translate the science into clear and understandable language, and offer practical recommendations on how to remediate the problem. After all, we are swimming in an invisible ocean of EMFs just about everywhere you go these days. It’s near-impossible to avoid microwave exposure completely, but there are ways to reduced it, for sure.

Your Cellphone Is a Major Source of EMF Exposure

As noted by Asprey, his studio is hard-wired, and that’s one simple way to reduce exposure from Wi-Fi. You can also shut your Wi-Fi down whenever you’re not using it, and certainly at night when you’re sleeping. When using your cellphone, use the speaker phone and hold the phone 3 feet away from you, using a selfie stick. I’ve measured the radiation and you decrease your exposure by about 90 percent this way.

When not in use, make sure your cellphone is in airplane mode and/or keep it in a Faraday bag. These are just a few quick examples of how you can protect your health while still living in modern society. I have carefully measured the radiation coming from my phone and even when it is on and not calling someone the radiation doesn’t come down to safe ranges until I am 25 feet away, which is why I keep my phone in airplane mode most of the time and only use it for emergencies or when I am traveling.

It took me awhile to figure this out. I got rid of all the wireless devices and Wi-Fi in my house, yet the EMFs were still high. Then I finally realized that it was my phone (while on) that caused it. My levels dropped below 0.01 volts/meter once I put it in airplane mode. This is a key point. For nearly everyone reading this, the majority of the radiation you’re exposed to is not coming from the outside into your home; it’s coming from the items in your home.

Nonthermal Damage

Most of the radiation we’re exposed to today is microwave radiation, which does include radiation from your microwave oven. If you still have one, I recommend replacing it with a steam convection oven, which will heat your food just as quickly but far more safely. When you turn that microwave oven on, it will expose you to very dangerous microwave radiation at levels that are far in excess of your cellphone. We’re not talking about thermal (heat) damage here. We’re talking about nonthermal damage.

I recently interviewed Martin Pall, Ph.D., who has identified and published several papers describing the molecular mechanisms of how EMFs from cellphones and wireless technologies damage plants, animals and humans.2,3,4,5 Many studies have shown that when you’re exposed to EMFs, intracellular calcium increases. Pall also discovered a number of studies showing that you can block or greatly reduce the effects of EMFs using calcium channel blockers — medication commonly prescribed to patients with heart disease.

This turns out to be a crucial point, because it’s the excess calcium in the cell and the increased calcium signaling that are responsible for a vast majority of the biological effects of EMFs.

Pall has discovered no less than 26 papers showing that EMFs work by activating voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs), which are located in the outer membrane of your cells. Once activated, they allow a tremendous influx of calcium into the cell — about 1 million calcium ions per second per VGCC.

Importantly, the cellular membrane is 7 million times more sensitive to EMFs than the charged particles inside and outside of the cells, which are what safety standards are based on. In other words, the safety standards are off by a factor of 7 million!

A Chain Reaction of Harm

When there’s excess calcium in the cell, it increases levels of both nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide. While NO has many beneficial health effects, massively excessive NO reacts with superoxide, forming peroxynitrite, which is an extremely potent oxidant stressor.

Peroxynitrites, in turn, break down to form reactive free radicals, both reactive nitrogen species and reactive oxygen species (ROS), including hydroxyl radicals, carbonate radicals and NO2 radicals — all three of which do damage. Peroxynitrites also do damage all on their own.

So, EMFs are not “cooking” your cells. It’s not a thermal influence. Rather, the radiation activates the VGCCs in the outer cell membrane, which triggers a chain reaction of devastating events that, ultimately, decimates your mitochondrial function and causes severe cellular damage and DNA breaks. It also decimates your cell membranes and cellular proteins. In a nutshell, it dramatically accelerates the aging process.

Common EMF-Related Health Problems

As noted by Asprey, he used to keep his cellphone in a pants pocket on his right leg. He now has 10 percent less bone density in his right femur, which he believes is related to carrying his cellphone there. Needless to say, he no longer carries his phone on his body. Now, since the biological damage is triggered by activation of your VGCCs, it stands to reason that tissues with the highest densities of VGCCs will be more prone to harm.

So, which tissues have the highest concentration of VGCC’s? Your brain, the pacemaker of your heart, your nervous system, retina and male testes. Indeed, studies dating back to the 1950s and ’60s show the nervous system is the organ that is most sensitive to EMFs. Some of these studies show massive changes in the structure of neurons, including cell death and synaptic dysfunction.

When the VGCCs are activated in the brain they release neurotransmitters and neuroendocrine hormones, and elevated VGCC activity in certain parts of the brain has been shown to produce a variety of neuropsychiatric effects. Among the most common consequences of chronic EMF exposure to the brain are: 6

Common heart problems linked to EMF exposure include:

  • Cardiac arrhythmias (associated with sudden cardiac death)
  • Atrial fibrillation / atrial flutter
  • Premature atrial contractions (PACs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), also known as heart palpitations
  • Tachycardia (fast heartbeat) and brachycardia (slow heartbeat)

Many who suffer these conditions are on dangerous drugs. If you have any kind of heart or brain-related condition, you really need to take EMF exposure seriously, and take steps to remediate it. There’s simply no question about it — EMF exposure can trigger these and many other conditions. The drug is not treating the cause of the problem, and if you truly want to get well, you need to address the causes. EMFs may not be the sole contributor, but it’s a significant one that should not be overlooked.

Reproductive Effects and Cancer

EMF exposure may also increase a man’s risk for infertility if he wears his cellphones near his groin and/or uses a laptop on his lap, and a woman’s risk for breast cancer is higher if she tucks her cellphone in her bra. Studies have linked low-level electromagnetic radiation (EMR) exposure from cellphones to an 8 percent reduction in sperm motility and a 9 percent reduction in sperm viability.7,8

Wi-Fi equipped laptop computers have also been linked to decreased sperm motility and an increase in sperm DNA fragmentation after just four hours of use.9 In regard to breast cancer, the most common location for breast cancer is the upper, outer quadrant. When the cancer is located in the upper, inner quadrant, it’s more likely to be related to cellphone radiation (if you’ve been carrying your phone in your bra).

How to Lower Your Exposure

The first step to lower your exposure would be to identify the most significant sources. Your cellphone is a major source of exposure, as are cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, Bluetooth headsets and other Bluetooth-equipped items, wireless mice, keyboards, smart thermostats, baby monitors, smart meters and the microwave in your kitchen. Ideally, address each source and determine how you can best limit their use. For example, remedial interventions could include:

Swapping a wireless baby monitor for a hardwired one

Carrying your cellphone in a bag instead of on your body, and keeping it in airplane mode and/or in a Faraday (shielded) bag or case when not on a call

Turning off your Wi-Fi at night. Even better, don’t use Wi-Fi and switch to wired Ethernet

Using your laptop on a table rather than your lap

Using your cellphone with a headset or on speaker phone, and keeping the phone as far away from your body as possible using a selfie stick. Ideally, use landlines whenever possible

Hardwiring as many devices as possible to avoid Wi-Fi fields. This includes mice, keyboards and printers. Avoid Ethernet over power (EOP), however, as this strategy increases the variability in your power lines, causing dirty electricity. You can partially remediate this with capacitors or filters, but it’s not an ideal solution. EOP is better than Wi-Fi, but not as good as running an Ethernet cable

Installing a Faraday cage (copper- and/or silver-threaded fabric) around your bed. If you live in a high-rise and have neighbors beneath you, place the Faraday fabric on the floor beneath your bed as well. This may significantly improve your sleep quality, as EMFs are known to disrupt sleep

If you have a smart meter, take steps to have it removed and replaced with an old analog meter. If your area is planning on installing them, be proactive in preventing its installation. For more information about this and guidance on how to go about preventing smart meter installation or getting it reversed, see “InPower: A Mass Action of Liability

To identify EMF sources you might not have considered, it would be a worthwhile investment to buy a microwave meter. The Cotnet ED88T10 is likely the best low cost meter out there, but their manual is terrible so you need to watch this video by Lloyd Burrell to learn how to use it.

When I travel, I’ll check the room in which I’m staying to determine the best side of the bed to sleep on. I’ve found there can be a tenfold difference between one side of the bed and the other. The Trifield meter is quite popular, but it’s important to realize that Trifield meters only measure magnetic fields, not microwave radiation.

Nutritional Intervention

Nutritional intervention can also help reduce the harmful effects of EMFs. It’s not a permanent solution you can use in lieu of remediation, but it can be helpful while you’re implementing more permanent solutions. The first is magnesium, as magnesium is a natural calcium channel blocker. Many are deficient in magnesium to start with, and I believe many may benefit from as much as 1 to 2 grams of magnesium per day.

Increasing Nrf2 is also helpful. NRf2 is a biological hormetic that upregulates superoxide dismutase, catalase and all the other beneficial intercellular antioxidants. It also:

  • Lowers inflammation
  • Improves mitochondrial function
  • Stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis
  • Helps detoxify the body from xenobiotics, carbon-containing toxicants and toxic metals
  • Activates the transcription of over 500 genes in the human genome, most of which have cytoprotective functions. This includes the three genes that encode enzymes required for synthesis of reduced glutathione, which is one of the most important antioxidants produced in your body

You can activate Nrf2 by:

  • Consuming Nrf2-boosting food compounds such as sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables, foods high in phenolic antioxidants, the long-chained omega-3 fats DHA and EPA, carotenoids (especially lycopene), sulfur compounds from allum vegetables, isothiocyanates from the cabbage group and terpenoid-rich foods
  • High-intensity exercises that activate the NO signaling pathway, such as the NO dump exercise
  • Calorie restriction (such as intermittent fasting)

The Benefits of Molecular Hydrogen  

Another helpful supplement is molecular hydrogen. Tyler LeBaron’s website, molecularhydrogenfoundation.org,11 lists several hundred studies relating to hydrogen. You can also find a number of his lectures on YouTube. In summary, molecular hydrogen consists of two atoms of hydrogen, the smallest molecule in the universe, which:

  • Is a neutral molecule that can defuse across any cell membrane, instantly
  • Has no polarity
  • Is a potent, selective antioxidant

Free radicals are actually important; they do serve health functions. The problem is excess free radicals, or the wrong ones. Molecular hydrogen has been shown to target free radicals produced in response to radiation, such as peroxynitrites. Studies have shown molecular hydrogen can mitigate about 80 percent of this damage. The take home message is it can be quite valuable when flying, for example, to counteract the damage caused by gamma rays encountered at 35,000 feet.

Your body actually makes hydrogen gas, about 10 liters a day, which benefits your body. However, when you have a steady state of exposure, you don’t get the other benefits, so you want to pulse it. That’s where you get the benefit. I’ve taken molecular hydrogen tablets on my last few flights, and it worked great. There are a number of different ways to get it, but the most practical way is to take molecular hydrogen tablets.

Once you’re at about 5,000 to 10,000 feet, put the tablet in a small bottle of lukewarm water. Put the cap back on and leave it on while the tablet dissolves to prevent the gas from escaping. Once dissolved, drink it as quickly as possible. The hydrogen gas will continue working for about two hours, so if you’re on a longer flight, you may want to do a second dose halfway through.

More Information

To learn more, I highly recommend listening to my interview with Pall, if you missed it. Also consider joining me at the Bulletproof Conference October 13 through 15 in Pasadena, California, where I will deliver a keynote lecture that will go into this topic at greater depth. During one of the breakout sessions I’ll also share some of my favorite biohacks.

Ketogenic Diet Recipe: Delectable Asparagus With Soft-Boiled Eggs, Capers and Bone Marrow Broth

24/09/2017 none 0

Recipe by Pete Evans

 

I’ve recently worked with renowned chef Pete Evans to create
a specialized cookbook focusing on the ketogenic diet that will greatly complement
my latest book, “Fat for Fuel.” The cookbook, scheduled to be released November
14, will feature recipes to help you fully apply the ketogenic diet into your
daily routine.

 

To celebrate the upcoming release, Pete Evans has shared
with us a very appealing way to combine vegetables, meat and healthy fat in one
recipe. The beef bone marrow provides the vegetables and the eggs with a deep
flavor the whole family will enjoy. The dish requires some time and effort to
prepare, but I guarantee that the results will be worth it once you’re done
cooking.

 

Ingredients:

 

·        
2 pounds of beef marrowbones, cut into 2-inch
pieces

·        
4 1/4 cups of organic beef stock

·        
1 teaspoon of raw apple
cider vinegar

·        
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme leaves

·        
3 bunches of asparagus, trimmed

·        
4 organic free-range eggs

·        
2 tablespoons of coconut
oil
, plus extra as needed

·        
2 garlic cloves, minced

·        
2 tablespoons of baby capers, rinsed

·        
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

·        
2 tablespoons of pine nuts, toasted

·        
Sorrel (preferably red-vein)

 

Procedure:

 

1.      
To make the bone marrow broth,
remove the marrow from the bones, slice the marrow into one-half inch-thick
pieces and set aside.

2.      
Heat the beef stock in a saucepan for 15 to 30
minutes over medium heat and reduce by just over half, or until 1 1/2 cups
remain. Add the vinegar, thyme, sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to
taste; set aside and keep warm.

3.      
Cook the asparagus in boiling salted water until
tender but still slightly crisp, about one minute, then drain. Plunge in cold
water to stop the asparagus from cooking further, and then set aside.

4.      
To prepare the eggs, bring a pot filled with
water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and add the
whole eggs with shells to the pot. Cook for five minutes (for soft-boiled), or
adjust the cooking time to your liking. Remove with a slotted spoon and then
peel off the shells.

5.      
Warm a frying pan over medium heat, gently heat
the oil and then add the garlic and cook until it starts to brown, about one
minute. Add the asparagus, capers, salt and pepper, then cook, tossing the pan
until the asparagus turns slightly golden all over, for about 30 seconds.

6.      
To finish the bone marrow broth: In another
frying pan over medium heat, add a little oil and pan-fry the bone marrow for
30 seconds on each side, or until lightly browned. Add the reduced broth to the
bone marrow and bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.

 

To serve, divide the asparagus among four serving plates and
spoon over the caper dressing from the pan. Cut the eggs in half and top the
asparagus with the egg halves. Garnish with pine nuts and sorrel, spoon over a
generous portion of the bone marrow reduction and finish with freshly cracked
black pepper to serve.

 

Note: This recipe
makes four servings.

 

Coconut Oil and Free-Range Eggs Provide Healthy Fats

 

The core of the ketogenic diet is
healthy fat, and one easy way of adding it to your diet is by using coconut oil
during cooking. Research has found that it contains medium-chain
triglycerides (MCTs)
that may promote a variety of benefits, such as:

 

·        
Boosting
your energy:
Your liver immediately converts MCTs into ketones that provide
you with a clean source of energy that is healthier than carb-loaded foods.

·        
Fighting
microbes:
The lauric acid in coconut oil can help destroy harmful microbes
and control pathogenic microorganisms from spreading in your system.

·        
Weight
management:
MCTs help you feel full longer, thereby helping you prevent
overeating and gaining excess weight.

 

Eggs, on the other hand, are a great source of omega-3 fat. Many studies
have been published about the health benefits of omega-3, and I can’t stress
enough that you need to include it in your diet regularly because your body
can’t make it on its own.

 

Omega-3s have been found to help normalize and regulate your
triglyceride levels more efficiently compared to statins, and may even keep
your brain functioning properly by helping lower your risk of cognitive
dysfunction, memory loss and other neurological conditions. Needless to say,
everyone can benefit from this important fat to help keep their mind in top
shape.

 

Asparagus Has Dietary Fiber and Nutrients Your Body Needs

 

If you’re looking for a vegetable with well-rounded
benefits, asparagus should be at the top of your list. It is low in fat,
cholesterol and sodium, while being abundant in various vitamins, most notably
folate (also known as vitamin B9) that may help promote tissue growth and proper
cell function, as well as stimulating the production of digestive acids.[i]
Furthermore, asparagus may help with the following:[ii]

 

·        
Heart
health:
The vitamin K content in asparagus can help your blood clot better if
you have wounds and cuts, while the B vitamins can help regulate homocysteine,
an amino acid linked to heart disease when there is an excess of it.

·        
Skin
health:
Glutathione found in asparagus may help give you radiant skin by
protecting it from sun damage and pollution.

·        
Digestive
health:
Asparagus comes with generous amounts of dietary fiber that may
help promote regular elimination of bowels. It also contains a unique prebiotic
fiber called inulin. When it reaches the large intestine, inulin nurtures your gut
probiotics to help improve nutrient absorption from the other foods you eat.

·        
Lower
your risk of
Type 2 diabetes: According
to a 2012 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, asparagus has
been found to help improve insulin secretion and beta cell function in diabetic
mice.[iii]

 

Beef Bone Marrow Contains Unique Nutrients, Along With a Tasty Flavor

 

Marrow is the spongy, gelatinous tissue found inside the long
bones of animals, and is known for its dense, rich and fatty flavor. It’s not typically
cooked in American homes, but it is a popular delicacy in Europe and Asia.[iv]

 

I recommend you give it a try not only for its very beefy
flavor, but also because bone marrow may be healthy for you. According to the
University of Michigan Health System, the fat tissue is a potent source of
adiponectin, a hormone that may help reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity-related cancers.[v]
Additionally, it may help:[vi]

 

·        
Boost
your immune system:
Bone marrow contains a selection of various minerals
that may help with immune support.

·        
Stronger
bones:
Calcium, phosphorus and magnesium from bone marrow may help build
stronger bones.

·        
Improve
sleep quality:
Bone marrow may help you sleep better, leaving you
well-rested once you wake the next day.

·        
Protect
your joints:
The glucosamine in bone marrow may help protect your joints
from inflammatory diseases like osteoarthritis.

 

Be Sure to Use High-Quality Ingredients When Cooking This Dish

 

To maximize the flavor and the nutrients you can obtain from
this recipe, be sure to use organic ingredients, especially for the bone
marrow, spices and vegetables. This also ensures that
you’re minimizing your risk of ingesting harmful toxins, antibiotics and other
pollutants that are lurking inside the ingredients. Similarly, the eggs should
be sourced from local, organic, free-range farms to guarantee that you’re
consuming high-quality poultry products.

 

 

About Pete Evans

 

Pete Evans is an
internationally renowned chef who has joined forces with Dr. Mercola to create
a healthy cookbook that’s loaded with delicious, unique Keto recipes, ideal for
people who want to switch to a ketogenic diet. The “Fat for Fuel Ketogenic
Cookbook” will be released November 14.

 

Pete has had numerous
noteworthy contributions to the culinary world. He has not only cooked for the
general public, but he’s also cooked a royal banquet for the Prince and
Princess of Denmark, a private dinner for Martha Stewart, and even represented
his hometown at the gala GʼDay USA dinner for 600 in New York City. Pete’s
career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room with many TV appearances
including Lifestyle Channel’s “Home” show, “Postcards from Home,” “FISH,” “My Kitchen
Rules” and “Moveable Feast.”