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January 25, 2021  

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January 22, 2021  

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January 21, 2021  

Gary takes on the real issues that the mainstream media is afraid to tackle. Tune in to find out the latest about health news, healing, politics, and the economy. Research suggests amino acid L-cysteine may help reverse early onset Alzheimer disease. Study: Light, magnetic field, and ultrasound could help fight COVID-19. Psychological well-being declined during second wave of the pandemic - especially for men. MIND and Mediterranean diets associated with later onset of Parkinson's disease. 

January 20, 2021  

Reasons to Question the Covid-19 Vaccination Narrative Gary Null PhD Progressive Radio Network, January 21, 2021 At this moment, hundreds of millions of people worldwide eagerly await the chance to be vaccinated against the SARS-2 virus. They have been given the assurance, through an endless barrage of media reports and commentaries, that these vaccines are safe and will prevent serious infection.  We are told they are 95 percent effective, so how can we do much better than that? However, after examining the documentation that has been made available so far, there are very clear and legitimate challenges to this massive global propaganda campaign.  Moreover, now that aggressive efforts are underway by governments and national health ministries for rapid vaccine deployment, we are beginning to receive a steady flow of reports about serious life-threatening injuries and deaths among people already receiving the first of two shots. The state of California’s head epidemiologist has called for halting the distribution of a specific lot number of Moderna’s vaccine after a series of concerning allergic reactions started occurring in clusters at various inoculation sites. Deaths in Norway after vaccination have risen to 33.  Norway is now warning against vaccinating older patients with pre-existing illnesses.  Last week a probe by the Paul Ehrlich Institute was launched after 10 elderly Germans died within 4 days of vaccination. Germany is also reporting many other severe side effects including anaphylaxis. In Israel, conditions of facial paralysis associated with Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine are worrying health authorities. One 23-year Israeli man was rushed to a hospital with a rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome within 24 hours of receiving the vaccine. Seemingly the man was already asymptomatic with the virus; this raises the question of whether the vaccine is more dangerous in people already infected – a medical concern that none of the SARS-Cov2 trials investigated nor were they ever designed to.  Israelis are becoming increasingly wary and suspicious of these new vaccines. Opinions in the Israel National News are stating that Pfizer has been using the nation as a staging ground for rolling out its Covid-19 vaccine, the first country to have done so. Netanyahu in effect signed up seven million citizens to unwittingly be participants in a grand experiment. Consequently, the Israeli people were deprived of sufficient information about Pfizer’s vaccine to make a personal risk-benefit analysis.  “What they [Israeli citizens] are being asked to inject is not a vaccine defined by the CDC as a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease,” writes Jerusalem Health Wellness counselor Ilana Rachel Daniel in her oped, “rather it is an experimental and novel technology…. It is in fact a medical device, a physical device that comes in a molecular sized package.”  Pfizer, Moderna and Anthony Fauci have already made it abundantly clear that these vaccines are not intended to stop transmission but only to prevent serious illness. In the US, as of January 19th, 6,741 Americans having had serious enough vaccine adverse effects, with a total number of 29,081 events, that required special medical assistance or hospitalization after receiving the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.  However this is only what has been recorded in the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), which the public can access; it does not include adverse events reported in the separate Data Link reporting system, which is private and regarded as more thorough. These incidents and the new data being released about the vaccines compel us to return to an earlier question. How accurate were Moderna’s and Pfizer’s headlines last autumn proclaiming 95 percent effectiveness amidst great fanfare? The question has been readdressed even by the prestigious British Medical Journal.  Two weeks ago, the vaccine makers released more of their summary data.  The journal’s associate editor Peter Doshi has recently challenged the trustworthiness of the companies’ results.  The 95 percent efficacy was based solely on confirmed PCR tests, which itself is dubious because PCR was never developed to confirm nor diagnostically identify a live active viral infection.  What was not reported in the original press releases were the “suspected” and “unconfirmed” Covid-19 cases in both the vaccinated and placebo groups. After these cases are included in the calculation, the Pfizer vaccine’s effectiveness nosedives to approximately 19 percent, far below the 50 percent threshold to authorize its use, according to Doshi.  Evidently, Pfizer seemingly ignored the 3,410 unconfirmed Covid-19 cases from its original press release. Is this perhaps to increase stock price?  Or perhaps to raise Fauci’s and the nation’s adrenaline levels for a miracle on the horizon?  You decide. Another red flag in Pfizer’s initial report was the exclusion of 371 trial participants from their efficacy analysis.  Pfizer fails to explain the rationale for excluding these individuals. In the meantime, distribution of Moderna’s and Pfizer’s vaccines have entered warp speed. Not all of the data to support their efficacy and safety has been publicly released. Pfizer states it will do so upon request. Moderna will provide its raw data only after all of its cinical trials have been completed. But, nevertheless, we are persuaded to roll up our sleeves without hesitation. The British Medical Journal’s article warrants first page headlines on newspapers across the country. It raises a very serious issue that should scientifically thwart false hopes and dreams that these Covid-19 vaccines will save us. They may be far more effective as cash cows instead of effective prophylaxes. However, no major press has bothered to give it a nod. What should this tell us? How necessary are these vaccines in this war against SARS-Cov2?  Since we now have reliable evidence based upon the vaccine makers’ own data that they are likely far less effective than we have been led to believe, they will not prevent asymptomatic infection nor transmission. They carry certain risks. So should we believe that they will make life any better?  There is mounting data that the vaccine will not prevent infection. Over 12,000 Israelis have tested positive within two weeks after receiving the first vaccine dose, and cases are increasing for those who received a second dose as well. In addition, there is still no certainty for how long immunity will last, and we are being told that vaccinated persons will still need to wear masks and social distance. Ergo, what good are these vaccines? What we do know is that living a healthy lifestyle will strengthen our immune systems and help ward off serious infections of any kind. Second, there are safe, effective and very inexpensive drug regimens that can be followed during the early onset of symptoms.  Both hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and Ivermectin have been safely used for half century. Hundreds of studies document their efficacy.  Thousands of physicians worldwide are coming forward to share their personal clinical experiences in their use to save lives and prevent unnecessary hospitalization.  What is remarkable is that Anthony Fauci, the federal health agencies and the media know this is true. This is not subjective or speculative hearsay. It is well documented in the National Library of Medicine and accessible to everyone after several mouse clicks on the Library’s website. It is not conspiracy, therefore, to suggest something foul has been unfolding. Not only were HCQ and Ivermectin unsoundly ridiculed as a first line of defense to treat Covid-19 infections, there was absolutely nothing offered in their stead.  In the case of HCQ, many states, such as New York, have made the drug unavailable even if doctors wish to prescribe it.  What can be the motive for this bizarre, surreal scenario that contradicts the very moral basis upon which the practice of medicine is founded?  It has also been shown that the dominant medical establishment efforts to prevent HCQ’s use included the publication of studies in major medical journals such as The Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine attempting to conclude the drug was dangerous and posed serious risks. Yet these papers were later proven to be based on ill-founded data and research gathered by a shady private enterprise with no previous medical credibility. The studies were subsequently retracted. But the official recommendations against HCQ’s use were never lifted.  And not a single member of the mainstream media has broke ranks with any of Fauci’s latest statements. The fact that the US has failed to recommend and institute effective preventative protocols, other than masks, social distancing and lockdowns, is a definitive sign of gross, and perhaps intentional, negligence and very likely incompetence.  If a person tests positive, despite being asymptomatic, she or he is treated no different than those who exhibit signs of illness.  Yet humans have carried and spread infectious microbes throughout history without indications of illness.  Fortunately, a growing number of physicians, scientists and healthcare professionals are stating publicly their opposition to Washington’s draconian pandemic policies.  And these are otherwise conservative, mainstream doctors, by no means conspiracy theorists, who are also voicing concerns over the new generation of vaccines that are frankly unwarranted and will likely barely make a dent in changing anything.  Or, we may ask whether halting the pandemic is these vaccines’ real intention? Given governments’ horrendous track record of corruption and deceit, nothing should be left off the table as a possibility.  This is a lesson for everyone without hesitation to become wise, alert and discern everything that is being stated about the virus, the pandemic and our federal and corporate responses to curtail it.

January 19, 2021  

The rapid decay of journalism and the rise of media censorship

Sharyl Attkisson is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist, author and now host of the TV program Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, which airs on various ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations around the nation. Earlier she worked with CNN, PBS, and eventually CBS for 21 years, where she also did a stint as an anchor for the CBS Evening News. Sharyl is also the recipient of the prestigious Edward Murrow award from the Radio Television News Association.  She is one of the few honest journalists who has won respect from the left, right and independents. She is the author of three New York Times best selling books dealing with her personal career and challenges in broadcasting and corporate and political operatives in the media. Her most recent publication is "Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism."  Her website is SharylAttkisson.com and her TV program Full Measure can be heard Sundays at 9:30 am Eastern time. 

 

January 18, 2021  

What is not be discussed and investigated in covid pandemic  

Dr. David Martin is a businessman,  public speaker, researcher and professor. He is the founding chairman of M-CAM Inc, an innovative leader in banking intangible asset finance that operates in over 160 countries and ethical economic development. He has been a consultant on innovative finance and humanitarian investment for nations throughout the world.  David is also the managing partner of Purple Funds and is a fellow and professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. In the past he has served as the the chair for economic innovation at the UN-Affiliated Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization and has been advisor for numerous central banks, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Those who have watched the film Plandemic 2 will recognize Dr. Martin, who along with Bobby Kennedy provided the film with its real substance.  More about David and his companies and activities can be found at DavidMartin.World and M-CAM.com. He has also authored several books including "Coup d'Twelve: The Enterprise that Bought the Presidency" and "Lizards Eat Butterflies: An Antidote to the Self-Help Addiction."

 

January 15, 2021  

The larger consequences of the assault on the Capitol and a new era of social and economic restructuring

Chris Hedges is one of our nation’s most insightful cultural critics, social and political activists and investigative journalists. He is also Presbyterian minister and a visiting university lecturer. For two decades Chris was a foreign correspondent in war zones and conflicts in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, having reported for The New York Times and other news outlets from over 50 countries.  While at the Times, he received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on global terrorism. That same year he received Amnesty International’s Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.   Chris has authored many bestselling books. His most recent  is “America: The Farewell Tour”, a deep on-the-ground  account of America's accelerating economic, social and political decay and the nation's descent into fascism. Chris hosts the weekly TV program “On Contact,” with interviews prominent dissidents ignored by the media. It  airs every Saturday on Russian TV at RT.com  

January 14, 2021  

The Gary Null Show is here to inform you on the best news in health, healing, the environment and all things political around the world. Gary takes on the real issues that the mainstream media is afraid to tackle. Tune in to find out the latest about health news, healing, politics, and the economy.

 

 

January 13, 2021  

A Nation Imploding: Digital Tyranny, Insurrection and Martial Law

 

By John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead
January 12, 2021

“In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. [Y]ou can be filled with bitterness, with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in great polarization…filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort … to understand and to comprehend, and to replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand with compassion and love… What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.”—Robert F. Kennedy on the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is what we have been reduced to: A violent mob. A nation on the brink of martial law. A populace under house arrest. A techno-corporate state wielding its power to immobilize huge swaths of the country. And a Constitution in tatters.
 
We are imploding on multiple fronts, all at once.
 
This is what happens when ego, greed and power are allowed to take precedence over liberty, equality and justice.
 
Just to be clear, however: this is not a revolution.
 
This is a ticking time bomb.

There is absolutely no excuse for the violence that took place at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
 
Yet no matter which way you look at it, the fallout from this attempted coup could make this worrisome state of affairs even worse.
 
First, you’ve got the president, who has been accused of inciting a riot and now faces a second impeachment and a scandal that could permanently mar his legacy. While the impeachment process itself is a political beast, the question of whether President Trump incited his followers to riot is one that has even the best legal experts debating. Yet as First Amendment scholar David Hudson Jr. explains, for Trump’s rhetoric to be stripped of its free speech protections, “The speaker must intend to and actually use words that rally people to take illegal action. The danger must be imminent—not in the indefinite future. And the words must be uttered in a situation in which violence is likely to happen.”
 
At a minimum, Trump’s actions and words—unstatesmanlike and reckless, by any standards—over the course of his presidency and on Jan. 6 helped cause a simmering pot to boil over.
 
Second, there were the so-called “patriots” who took to the streets because the jailer of their choice didn’t get chosen to knock heads for another four years. Those “Stop the Steal” protesters may have deluded themselves (or been deluded) into believing they were standing for freedom when they stormed the Capitol. However, all they really did was give the Deep State and its corporate partners a chance to pull back the curtain and reveal how little freedom we really have. There is nothing that can be said to justify the actions of those who, armed with metal pipes, chemical irritants, stun guns, and other types of weapons, assaulted and stampeded those in their path.
 
There are limits to what can be done in the so-called name of liberty, and this level of violence—no matter who wields it or what brand of politics or zealotry motivate them—crossed the line.
 
Third, you’ve got the tech giants, who meted out their own version of social justice by way of digital tyranny and corporate censorship. Yet there can be no freedom of speech if social media giants can muzzle whomever they want, whenever they want, on whatever pretext they want in the absence of any real due process, review or appeal. As Edward Snowden warned, whether it was warranted or not, the social media ban on President Trump signaled a turning point in the battle for control over digital speech. And that is exactly what is playing out as users, including those who have no ties to the Capitol riots, begin to experience lock outs, suspensions and even deletions of their social media accounts.
 
Remember, the First Amendment is a steam valve. It allows people to peacefully air viewpoints, vent frustrations, debate and disagree, and generally work through the problems of self-governance. Without that safety mechanism in place, self-censorship increases, discontent festers, foment brews, and violence becomes the default response for resolving disputes, whether with the government or each other. At a minimum, we need more robust protections in place to protect digital expression and a formalized process for challenging digital censorship.
 
Unfortunately, digital censorship is just the beginning. Once you start using social media scores coupled with surveillance capitalism to determine who is worthy enough to be part of society, anything goes. In China, which has been traveling this road for years now, millions of individuals and businesses, blacklisted as “unworthy” based on social media credit scores that grade them based on whether they are “good” citizens, have been banned from accessing financial markets, buying real estate or travelling by air or train.
 
Fourth, you’ve got the police, who normally exceed the constitutional limits restraining them from brutality, surveillance and other excesses. Only this time, despite intelligence indicating that some of the rioters were planning for mayhem, police were outnumbered and ill prepared to deal with the incursion. Investigations underway suggest that some police may even have colluded with the rioters.
 
Certainly, the lack of protocols adopted by the Capitol Police bear an unnerving resemblance to the lack of protocols in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, when police who were supposed to uphold the law and prevent violence failed to do either. In fact, as the Washington Post reports, police “seemed to watch as groups beat each other with sticks and bludgeoned one another with shields… At one point, police appeared to retreat and then watch the beatings before eventually moving in to end the free-for-all, make arrests and tend to the injured.” Incredibly, when the first signs of open violence broke out, it was reported that the police chief allegedly instructed his staff to “let them fight, it will make it easier to declare an unlawful assembly.”
 
There’s a pattern emerging if you pay close enough attention: Instead of restoring order, local police stand down. Without fail, what should be an exercise in how to peacefully disagree turns ugly the moment looting, vandalism, violence, intimidation tactics and rioting are introduced into the equation. Tensions rise, violence escalates, and federal armies move in.
 
All that was missing on Jan. 6 was a declaration of martial law.
 
Which brings us to the fifth point, martial law. Given that the nation has been dancing around the fringes of martial law with each national crisis, it won’t take much more to push the country over the edge to a declaration and military lockdown. The rumblings of armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., will only serve to heighten tensions, double down on the government’s military response, and light a match to a powder keg state of affairs. With tens of thousands of National Guard troops and federal law enforcement personnel mobilized to lock down Washington, DC, in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots and in advance of the Jan. 20 inauguration, this could be the largest military show-of-force in recent years.
 
So where do we go from here?
 
That all of these events are coming to a head around Martin Luther King Jr. Day is telling.

More than 50 years after King was assassinated, America has become a ticking time bomb of racial unrest and injustice, police militarization, surveillance, government corruption and ineptitude, the blowback from a battlefield mindset and endless wars abroad, and a growing economic inequality between the haves and have nots.
 
Making matters worse, modern America has compounded the evils of racism, materialism and militarism with ignorance, intolerance and fear.
 
Callousness, cruelty, meanness, immorality, ignorance, hatred, intolerance and injustice have become hallmarks of our modern age, magnified by an echo chamber of nasty tweets and government-sanctioned brutality.
 
“Despite efforts to curb hate speech, eradicate bullying and extend tolerance, a culture of nastiness has metastasized in which meanness is routinely rewarded, and common decency and civility are brushed aside,” observed Teddy Wayne in a New York Times piece on “The Culture of Nastiness.”
 
Every time I read a news headline or flip on the television or open up an email or glance at social media, I run headlong into people consumed with back-biting, partisan politics, sniping, toxic hate, meanness and materialism. Donald Trump is, in many ways, the embodiment of this culture of meanness. Yet as Wayne points out, “Trump is less enabler in chief than a symptom of a free-for-all environment that prizes cutting smears… Social media has normalized casual cruelty.”
 
Whether it’s unfriending or blocking someone on Facebook, tweeting taunts and barbs on Twitter, or merely using cyberspace to bully someone or peddle in gossip, we have become masters in the art of meanness.
 
This culture of meanness has come to characterize many aspects of the nation’s governmental and social policies. “Meanness today is a state of mind,” writes professor Nicolaus Mills in his book The Triumph of Meanness, “the product of a culture of spite and cruelty that has had an enormous impact on us.”
 
This casual cruelty is made possible by a growing polarization within the populace that emphasizes what divides us—race, religion, economic status, sexuality, ancestry, politics, etc.—rather than what unites us: we are all human.
 
This is what writer Anna Quindlen refers to as “the politics of exclusion, what might be thought of as the cult of otherness… It divides the country as surely as the Mason-Dixon line once did. And it makes for mean-spirited and punitive politics and social policy.”
 
This is more than meanness, however.
 
This is the psychopathic mindset adopted by the architects of the Deep State, and it applies equally whether you’re talking about Democrats or Republicans.
 
Beware, because this kind of psychopathology can spread like a virus among the populace.
 
As an academic study into pathocracy concluded, “[T]yranny does not flourish because perpetuators are helpless and ignorant of their actions. It flourishes because they actively identify with those who promote vicious acts as virtuous.”
 
People don’t simply line up and salute. It is through one’s own personal identification with a given leader, party or social order that they become agents of good or evil. To this end, “we the people” have become “we the police state.”
 
By failing to actively take a stand for good, we become agents of evil. It’s not the person in charge who is solely to blame for the carnage. It’s the populace that looks away from the injustice, that empowers the totalitarian regime, that welcomes the building blocks of tyranny.
 
This realization hit me full-force a few years ago. I had stopped into a bookstore and was struck by all of the books on Hitler, everywhere I turned. Yet had there been no Hitler, there still would have been a Nazi regime. There still would have been gas chambers and concentration camps and a Holocaust.
 
Hitler wasn’t the architect of the Holocaust. He was merely the figurehead. Same goes for the American police state: had there been no Trump or Obama or Bush, there still would have been a police state. There still would have been police shootings and private prisons and endless wars and government pathocracy.
 
Why? Because “we the people” have paved the way for this tyranny to prevail.
 
By turning Hitler into a super-villain who singlehandedly terrorized the world—not so different from how Trump is often depicted—historians have given Hitler’s accomplices (the German government, the citizens that opted for security and order over liberty, the religious institutions that failed to speak out against evil, the individuals who followed orders even when it meant a death sentence for their fellow citizens) a free pass.
 
This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls.

None of us who remain silent and impassive in the face of evil, racism, extreme materialism, meanness, intolerance, cruelty, injustice and ignorance get a free pass.
 
Those among us who follow figureheads without question, who turn a blind eye to injustice and turn their backs on need, who march in lockstep with tyrants and bigots, who allow politics to trump principle, who give in to meanness and greed, and who fail to be outraged by the many wrongs being perpetrated in our midst, it is these individuals who must shoulder the blame when the darkness wins.
 
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,” Martin Luther King Jr. sermonized.
 
The darkness is winning.
 
It’s not just on the world stage we must worry about the darkness winning.
 
The darkness is winning in our communities. It’s winning in our homes, our neighborhoods, our churches and synagogues, and our government bodies. It’s winning in the hearts of men and women the world over who are embracing hatred over love. It’s winning in every new generation that is being raised to care only for themselves, without any sense of moral or civic duty to stand for freedom.
 
John F. Kennedy, killed by an assassin’s bullet five years before King would be similarly executed, spoke of a torch that had been “passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.”
 
Once again, a torch is being passed to a new generation, but this torch is setting the world on fire, burning down the foundations put in place by our ancestors, and igniting all of the ugliest sentiments in our hearts.
 
This fire is not liberating; it is destroying.
 
We are teaching our children all the wrong things: we are teaching them to hate, teaching them to worship false idols (materialism, celebrity, technology, politics), teaching them to prize vain pursuits and superficial ideals over kindness, goodness and depth.
 
We are on the wrong side of the revolution.
 
“If we are to get on to the right side of the world revolution,” advised King, “we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society.
 
Freedom demands responsibility.
 
Freedom demands that we stop thinking as Democrats and Republicans and start thinking like human beings, or at the very least, Americans.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. dared to dream of a world in which all Americans “would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
 
He didn’t live to see that dream become a reality. It’s still not a reality. We haven’t dared to dream that dream in such a long time.
 
But imagine…
 
Imagine what this country would be like if Americans put aside their differences and dared to stand up—united—for freedom…
 
Imagine what this country would be like if Americans put aside their differences and dared to speak out—with one voice—against injustice…
 
Imagine what this country would be like if Americans put aside their differences and dared to push back—with the full force of our collective numbers—against the evils of government despotism.
 
As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, tyranny wouldn’t stand a chance.

January 12, 2021  

Gary takes on the real issues that the mainstream media is afraid to tackle. Tune in to find out the latest about health news, healing, politics, and the economy.

Study shows that mindfulness can help ease the pain of breast cancer survivors University of Ottawa (Canada), January 6, 2021 A study led by University of Ottawa researchers provides empirical evidence that mindfulness has a significant impact on the brain of women suffering from neuropathic pain related to breast cancer treatment. The researchers showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) helps modulate neuropathic pain. Their findings could make a difference in the lives of many women. In Canada, over a quarter of a million women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer - the most diagnosed cancer among women worldwide - in 2020. In addition to the psychological impacts of breast cancer, approximately 20 to 50 percent of survivors report experiencing chronic neuropathic pain following treatment. We talked to senior author Dr. Andra Smith, Full Professor at the uOttawa School of Psychology, to learn more about the most recent findings published in the journal Mindfulness. Why did you and your team decide to look at mindfulness to improve pain-related problems? "Neuropathic pain is a very common side effect of chemotherapy and other breast cancer treatments. Pain killers do not always work and quality of life, cognitive abilities, and overall well-being can be reduced due to this pain. Due to these negative effects and the complexity of treatment for this type of pain following breast cancer treatment, it is important to provide adjunct treatment and management options. We have heard a lot about mindfulness over the past few years, about how it helps people relax and feel better. If mindfulness, a non-pharmacological tool, can be used to help with neuropathic pain, women will feel better and might not experience such disruptive pain. Pain is a subjective experience and mindfulness is often dismissed as a "buzz word." But our research provides objective, empirical evidence of a significant impact of mindfulness on the brain of these women." How was the research conducted? "We investigated the impact of an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program on emotional reactivity among a sample of breast cancer survivors with chronic neuropathic pain. We used state-of-the-art brain imaging at The Ottawa Hospital, on their 3T MRI scanner and collected data on white matter health, brain activity during emotional pain related word processing and during resting state. Women with neuropathic pain were imaged before and after an MBSR program, or treatment as usual. Pain, quality of life, and imaging were compared between the two groups and within the MBSR group pre- and post-MBSR." What did you find? "We observed major reductions in brain activity following mindfulness-based stress reduction in regions related to pain, emotional regulation, and cognitive processing. Both pain severity and pain interference, for the MBSR group, were significantly reduced after the 8-week training. Our results show a significant improvement in brain health as well as in pain perception. There are many anecdotal reports of how this or that made a person "feel better" but the really exciting results here are that we can see that there are actual changes in the brain and the way a person can alter their response to pain." Why is it important? "This research provides hope for a non-invasive method of easing the struggle of chronic neuropathic pain in women following breast cancer treatment. Pain is something that people fear, and many people run into significant secondary problems because of their pain medication use, including drug misuse and mental health issues. Mindfulness has a neurophysiological effect that can alter one's perception of pain. This research shows that there are adjunctive treatment options. If used properly, the information we have published can improve health outcomes for the people involved and could potentially also reduce health costs, as well as some of the related problems - particularly those related to mental health." Who worked on this research? "Dr. Patricia Poulin, at The Ottawa Hospital, was the clinical principal investigator with her research team of Heather Romanow, Yaad Shergill, Emily Tennant, and Eve-Ling Khoo. This included recruitment of the women and all clinical assessments. My lab performed the scanning component of the study, including my imaging team of Dr. Taylor Hatchard, Ola Mioduszewski and Dr. Lydia Fang. The data was collected over two years, from 2017 to 2019, funded by both Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation grants. We published three articles on our research in the last four months. The latest, "Reduced Emotional Reactivity in Breast Cancer Survivors with Chronic Neuropathic Pain Following Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): an fMRI Pilot Investigation" was published in November 2020 in the journal Mindfulness." Moderate calcium intake, supplementation associated with reduced mortality risk during up to two decades of follow-up University of Aberdeen (UK), January 6 2021. A study and meta-analysis reported on December 31, 2020 in the European Journal of Epidemiology found a lower risk of premature mortality from any cause among men and women who consumed moderate amounts of calcium. Supplementing with calcium was associated with a lower risk of mortality from all causes among women. Tiberiu A. Pana and colleagues conducted a study that examined the effects of calcium among 17,968 participants in the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer, Norfolk (EPIC-Norfolk). The results were then included in a meta-analysis of 26 studies with a total of 1,828,149 subjects that evaluated the association between calcium intake and all-cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and incident cardiovascular disease, aortic stenosis, heart failure, myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease and stroke. When divided into fifths according to amount of their calcium intake, EPIC-Norfolk participants whose intake of calcium was between 771 mg and 926 mg per day had a 9% lower risk of dying from any cause and participants whose intake was 1074 mg to 1254 mg had a 15% lower risk in comparison with subjects whose intake was among the lowest fifth at less than 770 mg. Cardiovascular disease mortality was also reduced in these groups. A moderate intake of calcium was associated with a significantly lower risk of stroke, while the reduction in risk associated with an intake of more than 1255 mg per day failed to reach significance. The meta-analysis found a lower risk of all-cause mortality in association with higher calcium intake compared to lower intake. Calcium supplementation was associated with lower all-cause mortality among women, while no significant association was observed among men. “Moderate dietary calcium intake may protect against cardiovascular and all-cause mortality and incident stroke,” the authors concluded. Health benefits of replacing wheat flour with chickpea flour Kings College London and Quadram Institute, January 11, 2021 Researchers from the Quadram Institute and King's College London have shown that replacing wheat flour with a new ingredient derived from chickpeas improved the glycaemic response of people eating white bread. The ingredient uses specially developed milling and drying processes that preserves cellular structure, making its starch more resistant to digestion. Developing food products that contain more of this resistant starch would help to control blood glucose levels and reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. Starch from wheat is a major source of dietary carbohydrate, but in bread and many other processed foods it is quickly digested to glucose in the body, causing a large spike in blood glucose levels. There is a large body of evidence that links long-term consumption of foods that provoke high glycaemic responses to the development of Type II diabetes. With this condition on the rise, along with obesity and other metabolic disorders, providing foods and ingredients that help consumers better manage blood glucose could help combat these challenges to health. Many pulses, such as chickpeas, peas, beans and lentils naturally contain high amounts of resistant starch, which is digested slowly and avoids potentially damaging blood glucose spikes. But most of this beneficial resistance is lost, rendering the starch highly digestible, when these crops are milled to flour and processed into a food product. For this reason, the scientists invented an alternative milling process, which preserves the plant cell wall structures (dietary fiber) that surround the starch. This 'Type 1' resistant starch is the same as that found in wholefoods, but this new ingredient can be used in a form that potentially allows it to be incorporated into a wider range of foods. Funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UKRI, was used to develop the commercial potential of this novel ingredient, referred to as PulseON, and expands the possibilities for including large amounts of resistant starch in processed foods to improve nutritional quality. And now, in a new study published in the journal Food Hydrocolloids, the research team shows for the first time that the resistant property of the starch is retained during bread making, and that people who ate bread rolls where some wheat flourwas replaced by PulseON had lower blood glucose responses. In a double blind randomized cross over study, the scientists replaced 0%, 30% or 60% of the wheat flour in a standard white wheat bread recipe with PulseON. Healthy human participants consumed each type of bread roll type for breakfast in random order on separate days, with no knowledge of which type of roll they were eating. Their glucose levels were recorded using continuous glucose monitors. Blood glucose responses to the PulseON enriched breads were on average 40% lower than after eating the control breads. All bread rolls contained similar amounts of starch and wheat protein (gluten) per serving, so the different blood glucose responses reflect the carbohydrate quality. These results raise the possibility of using such foods for improving the dietary management of diabetes, which needs to be evaluated in future studies. The digestion of starch in each bread type was also studied in a laboratory using biochemical and microscopy techniques. These experiments showed that after two hours of digestion, the wheat starch had been digested, but the type-1-resistant starch remained. This confirms that the lower glucose response to PulseON enriched breads was due to the resistant starch enclosed in the chickpea ingredient not being digested. "Incorporating our new type of flour into bread and other staple foods provides an opportunity to develop the next generation of low glycaemic food products to support public health measures to improve health through better diets" said Dr. Cathrina Edwards from the Quadram Institute. "Consumers replacing wheat bread with PulseON enriched bread would benefit not only from the type 1 resistant starch, but also from the higher fiber and protein content." For widespread acceptance, the qualities of the products such as their taste, texture and appearance need to match those that are so popular with consumers. Participants gave the PulseON enriched breads similar scores for texture and taste as the white bread. Quality tests indicated that any effects on bread quality (texture, appearance) were subtle and most noticeable when large amounts of PulseON were used. The sensory properties need to be confirmed with a broader consumer group in a non-clinical setting, but are very encouraging for efforts to produce healthier white bread without adverse effect on product quality. The technology is patent-protected and the group are looking at commercial exploitation. Previous research from the same group has shown that the same milling process may be applied to other beans, lentils and pulses, resulting in cellular powders high in resistant starch, but with different colors and flavors. The researchers are now exploring ingredient applications in a broader range of foodproducts, and planning further trials involving those with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Traditional Chinese water-only fasting associated with reduced thrombosis risk Soochow University School of Medicine (China), January 4, 2021 According to news reporting based on a preprint abstract, our journalists obtained the following quote sourced from medrxiv.org: “Beego is a traditional Chinese complete water-only fasting practice initially developed for spiritual purposes, later extending to physical fitness purposes. Beego notably includes a psychological induction component that includes meditation and abdominal breathing, light body exercise, and ends with a specific gradual refeeding program before returning to a normal diet. Beego has regained its popularity in recent decades in China as a strategy for helping people in subhealthy conditions or with metabolic syndrome, but we are unaware of any studies examining the biological effects of this practice. “To address this, we here performed a longitudinal study of beego comprising fasting (7 and 14 day cohorts) and a 7-day programmed refeeding phase. “In addition to detecting improvements in cardiovascular physiology and selective reduction of blood pressure in hypertensive subjects, we observed that beego decreased blood triacylglycerol (TG) selectively in TG-high subjects and increased cholesterol in all subjects during fasting; however, the cholesterol levels were normalized after completion of the refeeding program. Strikingly, beego reduced platelet formation, activation, aggregation, and degranulation, resulting in an alleviated thrombosis risk, yet maintained hemostasis by sustaining levels of coagulation factors and other hemostatic proteins. Mechanistically, we speculate that downregulation of G6B and MYL9 may influence the observed beego-mediated reduction in platelets. Fundamentally, our study supports that supervised beego reduces thrombosis risk without compromising hemostasis capacity. Moreover, our results support that beego under medical supervision can be implemented as noninvasive intervention for reducing thrombosis risk, and suggest several lines of intriguing inquiry for future studies about this fasting practice Assessing the antimicrobial activity of flaxseed NGH Institute of Dental Sciences & Research Centre (India), January 5, 2021 Researchers in India evaluated the antimicrobial activity of flaxseed against known periodontal pathogens. They reported their findings in an article published in the International Journal of Herbal Medicine. Research suggests that the use of antibiotics is beneficial in the management of periodontitis. However, antibiotic resistance has now become a major global issue, and it is believed to have stemmed from the misuse of antibiotics. Many researchers now see herbal interventions as therapeutic strategies that deserve more research and attention. Flaxseed, a popular superfood rich in omega-3 fatty acids, has demonstrated potent antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activities in several studies. To further explore its potential, the researchers conducted an in vitro study that aims to assess the antimicrobial activity of flaxseed against periodontal pathogens. They prepared an ethanolic extract from flaxseed powder and determined its minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) against Porphyromonas gingivalis, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitansand Tannerella forsythia. The researchers reported that the flaxseed extract exhibited bacteriostatic activities against all three pathogens. At 100 microliters (uL)/milliliter (mL), the extract exerted bactericidal effects against P. gingivalis. Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that flaxseed can be used as a natural adjunct to periodontal therapy because of its bactericidal effects against P. gingivalis. Vitamin B3 may benefit those with Parkinson's disease University of Leicester, January 11, 2021 Individuals with a specific type of Parkinson's disease (PD) could gain from increasing vitamin B3 (niacin) content in their diet, say British investigators. The findings point to niacin’s ability to increase levels of a compound responsible for energy generation and DNA repair. These factors — if left unattended — result in faulty mitochondria function that contributes to the progression of the neuro-degenerative disorder. "This study strengthens the therapeutic potential for Vitamin B3/niacin-based dietary interventions in the treatment of Parkinson's disease," said Dr Miguel Martins, lead study author and programme leader of the MRC Toxicology Unit at the University of Leicester. Niacin or Vitamin B3 is found in a number of foods, including liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts, and legumes. It can also be made from tryptophan, an essential amino acid found in most forms of protein. The team began by looking at studying fruit flies, specifically bred with a mutation that mimics PD. These flies specifically had a mutated form of the PINK1 gene that normally protects cells from stress-induced mitochondrial malfunction.   Flies were then fed food supplemented with niacin, which is made into the compound NAD inside the body. With this additional source of NAD, the researchers found flies had a lower number of faulty mitochondria than their mutant cohorts fed a regular diet. In addition, niacin also prevented the flies from losing existing neurons. “Mutations in PINK1 prevent cells from clearing out the defective powerhouses. When they accumulate, neurons can't get enough energy and die. The faulty mitochondria also release toxic molecules that damage their genes encoded by DNA,” said Dr Martins. “With all the mitochondrial damage going on, we wondered if in cases of Parkinson's the NAD compound ends up in short supply." The team also found that stopping DNA repair from depleting NAD kept mitochondria healthy and neurons alive, as well as enhance the flies' strength, mobility and lifespan. "The results suggest that in familial Parkinson's, available NAD is critical for keeping mitochondria in shape and the disease at bay,” said Dr Martins. While drug treatments exist that block NAD-consumption during the DNA repair process, Dr Martins thought increasing dietary niacin could provide certain benefits. "While neither of these would be cures, they would expand treatment options for Parkinson's patients with faulty mitochondria,” he added. excluded Study finds unfavorable intestinal microflora levels associated with the development of postmenopausal osteoporosis Fujin University (China), December 27, 2020 According to news reporting originating from Fujian, People’s Republic of China, research stated, “We aimed to investigate the intestinal microecology and fibroblast growth factor (FGF) expression in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis (PMO) and their clinical value in the diagnosis of PMO. A total of 214 postmenopausal women were analyzed retrospectively.” Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the Department of Orthopedics, “The women were divided into the abnormal group (103 cases) and the normal group (111 cases) according to their bone mineral density (BMD). The levels of intestinal microflora and serum FGF-21, FGF-23, alpha-klotho, and beta-klotho were compared between the two groups, and the correlations of intestinal microflora, FGF-23, alpha-klotho, and beta-klotho with BMD were analyzed. The women in the abnormal group were further divided into the osteoporosis subgroup (59 cases) and the osteopenia subgroup (44 cases) for comparison. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was plotted to analyze the diagnostic value of intestinal microflora, FGF-23, alpha-klotho and beta-klotho for PMO. Compared with the normal group, the abnormal group had lower levels of bifidobacterium, lactobacillus, alpha-klotho, and beta-klotho and higher levels of enterococcus and FGF-23 (all P<0.05). BMD was closely correlated with the levels of intestinal microflora, FGF23, alpha-klotho, and beta-klotho (all P<0.05). Compared with the osteopenia group, the osteoporosis group had lower levels of bifidobacterium, lactobacillus, alpha-klotho, and beta-klotho and higher levels of enterococcus and FGF-23 (all P<0.05). ROC analysis revealed the clinical value of lactobacillus, bifidobacterium, enterococcus, FGF-23, alpha-klotho, and beta-klotho in diagnosing PMO (all area under the curve >0.70).” According to the news editors, the research concluded: “The levels of intestinal microflora and serum FGF-23, alpha-klotho, and beta-klotho are closely associated with the development of PMO, and these markers have clinical value in the diagnosis of PMO.” This research has been peer-reviewed.

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