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5 Reasons Why You Should Take Cold Showers

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There’s nothing like a warm shower when we want to relax or even warm up on a cold winter day. The idea of subjecting ourselves to cold showers can actually seem crazy at times given how luxurious it has become to enjoy hot showers. But the truth is a cold shower can provide a lot of benefits that you may want to consider.

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1. Improves Immunity & Circulation

Running cold water over your body at the end of a shower can improve circulation as blood is sent throughout your arteries to surround your organs. It can be viewed in the same way we run certain systems at high performance every so often to keep it maintained and well oiled. Increased blood flow can also help certain skin and heart issues as well as lower blood pressure, help clear blocked arteries and improve our immune system.

2. Improves Hair and Skin Condition

Hot water can dry out your skin and hair. Of course, it doesn’t help that there are high levels of chlorine coming out of our showers which has a drying-out effect on skin and hair as well. If you can run your shower colder or finish cold at the end, it’s a natural way to keep your skin and hair from drying out as cold water tightens cuticles and pores. This helps to prevent natural oils on the scalp and skin to be stripped away so easily. By keeping a proper oil balance you will have soft, shiny natural looking hair. This also helps to keep the skin and scalp cleaner as well.

3. Increase Alertness

Have you ever woken up early in the morning and felt tired hopping in the shower and as you feel the warm water running over your body you want to jump right back into bed? This is where cold showers can come in handy. As cold water hits your neck it causes you to do that almost slightly shocked deep breath. This increases oxygen intake and also gets the heart rate up which pumps blood through the body faster giving the body a nice natural surge of energy.

4. Eases Stress & Depression

Cold showers have also been shown to help decrease stress levels. One study found that exposure to cold helped decrease uric acid levels and increase glutathione, an antioxidant considered to be one of the most important for a healthy body.[1] The participants swam regularly in ice-cold water during the winter months and it was found that they adapted to repeated oxidative stress.

Another study found that cold hydrotherapy (i.e. cold showers) helped to improve moods and had an anti-depressive effect with no bad side effects or creation of dependency. Subjects were tested with one to two cold showers at 38 degrees Fahrenheit that were two to three minutes long. These were followed by a five-minute gradual adaptation to make the procedure less shocking.[2]

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5. Speeds Up Muscle Soreness and Recovery

A study conducted in 2009 found that people who rested or immersed themselves in cold water after their exercise saw a decrease in onset muscle soreness caused by resistance training, cycling or running. It was found that a 24 minute bath in water with temperatures around 10 – 15 degrees celsius (50F – 59F) was most effective. Taking a cold shower after your workouts would still have a positive effect on muscle soreness as well. The longer you go the greater the benefit.[3] Research also believe that alternating hot and cold at the end of a shower after a workout may help reduce pain and speed recovery by decreasing blood lactate concentration.[4]

How To

So how do you do it? Well you turn on the water cold and hop in.. sort of. There’s actually some differing ideas on exactly how to take a cold shower and one of the ways that I’ve used most is listed below from blog.iamgary.com.

  1. Turn the water on, set to cold. Some people will tell you to start warm and decrease the temperature slowly each time you shower, then start a little colder each day. Yes, that method will eventually result in taking a cold shower but you’re going to miss out on the heart-pounding exhilaration that you only experience fully the first couple times you take a cold shower. It doesn’t have to be ice cold, just cold.
  2. Feet first. Your feet will adjust to the temperature fastest so get them under the spray and work your lower body under the water as quickly as you can. By the time the water is splashing your stomach you’ll be looking for a distraction so…
  3. Hands second. Get your hands and arms wet, then splash water over your torso. By now your legs and front should be thoroughly wet.
  4. Head under! You’re going to be be breathing heavily and involuntarily so be careful not to inhale any water through your nose or mouth. You’re going to feel alright, like hey I can do this, but you’ve forgotten part of your body…
  5. Back last. Millions of nerve fibres are routed through your spine so getting your back wet is the hardest part. You’re going to feel a lot of sensations, almost an electrical charge crackling up and down your back. Get this wet last then finish washing and scrubbing. Good job, you’ve taken a cold shower.

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Judge Rejects Monsanto’s Bid To Overturn Landmark Cancer Verdict, But Slashes Award

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    School groundskeeper Dewyane Johnson was awarded $289 after a jury found Bayer (Monsanto) to be guilty of causing/contributing to his terminal cancer. Monsanto requested a new trial, and a lower amount has been requested by the corporation.

  • Reflect On:

    How are these companies allowed to put these products on the market still? At the end of the day, it's me, you and your neighbour who are buying them. We are the solution to stop this crisis. It's time to wake up.

Glyphosate is the new DDT. DDT was a similar sprayed chemical as an agricultural and household pesticide. Decades later it’s been ban, despite that it was used for years, it had tremendous environmental and health consequences. The sad thing is that the manufacturers of these products are well aware of it, and through their control over government policy, these products are approved and only banned after many years of litigation, red-tape, and the overall collective awareness of what’s actually going on.

Once we become aware of it, despite the fact that the manufacturers’ were already aware, it can no longer be used. Awareness kicks off the process of these substances being phased out of existence, despite the fact that it may take decades, without awareness there are no initiatives.

We are seeing the same thing with Glyphosate right now, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Now, it’s important to mention that the pharmaceutical industry completely dominates medical literature, that’s where all the modern day medical literature that’s deemed ‘significant’ has its roots in. Do you think it would be easy to have a product manufactured by the pharmaceutical company to be deemed hazardous in the medical literature when that same pharmaceutical company controls medical literature?

“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.”  Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), Harvard Professor of Medicine and Former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Medical Journal (source)(source)

Judge Affirms Initial Verdict

This is why when a U.S. judge on Monday affirmed a verdict against Bayer AG (owner of Monsanto) that found glyphosate-based weed-killers are responsible for a man’s terminal cancer illness, it was great news. It’s also vital to mention that there are thousands upon thousands of cancer cases against this product.

Originally, the case of school groundskeeper Dewyane Johnson was the first lawsuit alleging glyphosate causes cancer to go to trial. Any Jury on the planet would probably come to the same conclusion. It’s nearly impossible not to after going through all of the corporate corruption, scientific fraud, and science showing glyphosate is indeed wreaking havoc on human health.

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Dwayne Johnson was awarded $289 million for damages. It’s likely Monsanto put forth the motion to have the case overturned as it’s a dangerous precedent to have set against Monsanto. This will mean many more millions in damages down the road and they will have to take responsibility for their actions. Monsanto also asked the judge to through-out her original verdict with regards to the punitive damages portion.

Now what’s happening? Judge Suzanne Bolanos said she would cut the damages to $39 million. Bayer said that the decision to reduce the damages was a step in the right decision, as they continue to claim that decades of science shows that it’s safe for us. This science strongly contradicts an overwhelming amount of science and fraud that says otherwise…

“It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides… Despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions.” – R. Mesnage et al., Biomed Research International, Volume 2014 (2014) article ID 179691

Lawyers for Johnson in a statement on Monday said they were still reviewing whether to accept the reduced award or retry the punitive damages portion.

If Johnson accepts the reduced damages, the final verdict would order Monsanto to pay a total of $78 million, split equally between compensatory and punitive damages.

Keep in mind that the use of glyphosate rose 1500% from 1995 to 2005, and that 100 million pounds of glyphosate is used every year on more than a billion acres. (Cherry, B., “GM crops increase herbicide use in the United States,” Science in Society 45, 44-46, 2010) (source)

Johnson and his team are currently deciding whether or not to accept this proposal from the company.

The Takeaway

Science has illustrated that Glyphosate is clearly not good for humans or the environment. What will it take for its use to be completely banned? There are thousands of lawsuits, thousands of scientists and researchers and papers all pointing to the same thing, yet the industry continues to ignore it and claims otherwise.

On top of this, we have numerous examples of corporate corruption. Corporations like Bayer have amassed so much power in finance and politics that they can literally pay and lie their way through the system. How regulatory agencies approve these products is a complete mystery but becomes less of a mystery when you realize these government regulatory agencies are completely controlled by the company. For something that’s becoming as clear as this, the solution is easy, don’t use these products, and refuse to use these products. That’s the only solution here.

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8 Natural Alternatives For Commonly Used Antibiotics

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    While antibiotics are prescribed to be helpful, their bug-killing ability unfortunately is unable to distinguish between good and bad microbiomes. Thankfully, all medications are derived from plants, therefore there are many natural alternatives.

  • Reflect On:

    How many antibiotics do you regularly rely upon? Have you tried any of the outlined alternatives to see if they can provide you the same relief without the long-term side effects?

Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections and can be life-saving. However, most people have no idea how much we are consuming and how they can negatively affect our health.

So many of us are prescribed antibiotics at the first sign of an illness, and we are eating pesticides, and antibiotics in our conventionally raised food. Also, according to many sources including Scientific American, pharmaceuticals including antibiotics are often found in our water supply.

So, What’s The Harm?

Antibiotics are designed to kill “bad bugs” however cannot distinguish between good and bad microbiomes in the body and seeks to destroy all. Leaving the immune system compromised. We see an enormous upswing in autoimmune diseases, and it seems to coincide with the massive overuse of antibiotics. If we wipe out the good gut bacteria that is involved with the strengthening the immune system, there is nothing to stop the autoimmune response which leads to inflammation and disease.

Also, according to the World Health Organization, the overuse of antibiotics is causing antibiotic resistance which is an increasingly severe threat because bacterial infections such as MRSA are becoming harder and harder to treat, which could lead to death. In 2015, antibiotic-resistant pathogens were estimated to cause over 50,000 deaths a year in Europe and the USA. The same medical journal concluded that the frequent use of antibiotics is disrupting and harming our bodies ability to distinguish pathogens from normal cells and bacteria.

Use Natural/ Plant-Based Antibiotics Instead

Most people have no idea that all medications are derived from plants and brought to a factory and created with chemicals, hence side effects. Many plants have antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It’s time to return to tradition.

1. Honey

Honey has been used for centuries and possesses antimicrobial properties. It has been known to heal burns, and wounds and it also provides a protective shield to prevent infection. Manuka honey has a significant antibacterial effect.

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2. Oregano

Oregano fights many strains of bacterial, viral and fungal infections, sometimes better than its prescription counterparts. Oregano is commonly used to fight Streptococcus when combined with olive leaf extract. According to the Microbiology Journal, Oregano even fights intestinal bacterial infections including E.Coli and is an effective treatment for candida overgrowth. It is believed to destroy the cell membrane of dangerous pathogens to stop them from replicating.

3. Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms naturally boost the immune system and contain antimicrobial properties. These mushrooms packed with many essential amino acids are a nutrient powerhouse which also improves brain function.

4. Thyme

Thyme heals most wounds, especially in the gut. This fantastic herb treats dysbiosis and helps the body rebalance bacteria in your body. The compound found in thyme oil is called thymol which is an antimicrobial, antifungal and antiparasitic remedy.

5. Garlic

Garlic is one of the best natural antibiotics. The unique Sulphur compound in garlic helps resolve illnesses of all kinds including pneumonia, prevents food poisoning, and it improves intestinal health. Unlike traditional medications, garlic like many herbs is intelligent. Garlic is highly effective in killing off a host of gut pathogens including candida, while at the same time feeding and encouraging the growth of the beneficial microbes.

6. Goldenseal

Goldenseal has a long history of use by Native American Indians to treat a variety of infections. It is commonly used for sore throats, colds, flu, bronchitis, and streptococcus. Containing a compound called Berberine, Goldenseal is greatly useful.

7. Clove

Clove has an antioxidant and antimicrobial activity which is higher than many other fruits, vegetables, and other herbs. Clove is such a powerful natural medicine, it is believed to treat even the most stubborn staph infection.

8. Colloidal Silver

Colloidal Silver is an old-time remedy that destroys disease-causing pathogens in minutes when exposed to small amounts, according to over 650 documents released by Larry C. Ford, MD.

FLU REMEDY – Wipe it out Quickly: Sovereign Silver, organic elderberry syrup, vitamin C, vitamin D, and l-lysine.

Please note: when fighting a more severe infection, a longer course of treatment may be required.

Bonus Natural Alternative: Echinacea

Echinacea has been used for centuries and is making a comeback in recent years. This North American flower It is highly effective in fighting infections, especially the common cold, and the flu. When coupled with Goldenseal, it’s a dynamic duo.

The Takeaway

Avoid eating non-organic, and grain fed meats and find a local organic farmer to help ensure the integrity of the food you are eating. Filter your water with a high-quality filtration system, such as Berkey. Explore natural alternatives to antibiotics with your Functional Medicine M.D. or Naturopathic Physician. They can help you explore your options and discuss the possible risks and benefits of each regimen.

Don’t take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. And, if you do take antibiotic medication, make sure to take probiotics such as ABX Support by Klaire Labs (four hours away from antibiotics). And, make sure to finish the prescription to help avoid antibiotic resistance.


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Antidepressants Cause Severe Withdrawal Symptoms Like Hallucination, Mania, & Anxiety, Study Reveals

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  • The Facts:

    Another study has emerged outlining the harmful health consequences of taking antidepressant drugs. Not only do pharmaceutical companies lie about their benefits, but they also conceal their harm.

  • Reflect On:

    There are other ways to deal with depression that are more effective than medication. Placebo, for example, exercise, a plant-based diet, meditation etc.

This article was written by Sayer Ji, founder of Greenmedinfo.com. Posted here with permission. You can sign up for their newsletter here.

A concerning new study published in the journal Addictive Behavior and titled, “A systematic review into the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal effects: Are guidelines evidence-based?,” reveals that antidepressants are far more addictive and harmful than previously assumed, and vindicates the long time activism on this issue spearheaded by American psychiatrists like Kelly Brogan, MD and Peter Breggin, MD.

Highlights from the paper are as follows:

  • More than half (56%) of people who attempt to come off antidepressants experience withdrawal effects.
  • Nearly half (46%) of people experiencing withdrawal effects describe them as severe.
  • It is not uncommon for the withdrawal effects to last for several weeks or months.
  • Current UK and USA Guidelines underestimate the severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal, with significant clinical implications.

This study aimed to assess the veracity of the the U.K.’s current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the American Psychiatric Association’s depression guidelines which state that withdrawal reactions from antidepressants are ‘self-limiting’ (i.e. typically resolving between 1 and 2 weeks).

In order to accomplish this goal the systematic review used the following methods:

“A systematic literature review was undertaken to ascertain the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal reactions. We identified 23 relevant studies, with diverse methodologies and sample sizes.”

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The results were reported as follows:

“Withdrawal incidence rates from 14 studies ranged from 27% to 86% with a weighted average of 56%. Four large studies of severity produced a weighted average of 46% of those experiencing antidepressant withdrawal effects endorsing the most extreme severity rating on offer. Seven of the ten very diverse studies providing data on duration contradict the UK and USA withdrawal Guidelines in that they found that a significant proportion of people who experience withdrawal do so for more than two weeks, and that it is not uncommon for people to experience withdrawal for several months.”

Side effects were wide-ranging, lasting several months or longer (including permanent dysfunction), such as: 

“Typical AD withdrawal reactions include increased anxiety, flu-like symptoms, insomnia, nausea, imbalance, sensory disturbances, and hyperarousal. Dizziness, electric shock-like sensations, brain zaps, diarrhoea, headaches, muscle spasms and tremors, agitation, hallucinations, confusion, malaise, sweating and irritability are also reported (Warner, Bobo, Warner, Reid, & Rachal, 2006, Healy, 2012). Although the aforementioned symptoms are the most common physical symptoms, there is also evidence that AD withdrawal can induce mania and hypomania, (Goldstein et al., 1999; Naryan & Haddad, 2011) emotional blunting and an inability to cry, (HolguinLew & Bell, 2013) long-term or even permanent sexual dysfunction (Csoka & Shipko, 2006).”

The study concluded:

“We recommend that U.K. and U.S.A. guidelines on antidepressant withdrawal be urgently updated as they are clearly at variance with the evidence on the incidence, severity and duration of antidepressant withdrawal, and are probably leading to the widespread misdiagnosing of withdrawal, the consequent lengthening of antidepressant use, much unnecessary antidepressant prescribing and higher rates of antidepressant prescriptions overall. We also recommend that prescribers fully inform patients about the possibility of withdrawal effects.”

The researchers also noted that the rising numbers of antidepressant prescriptions used throughout the world may be fueled by the antidepressant drug withdrawal side effects themselves:

“As the lengthening duration of AD use has fuelled rising AD prescriptions over the same time period, we must understand the drivers of such lengthening use. The evidence set out suggests that lengthening use may be partly rooted in the underestimation of the incidence, severity and duration of AD withdrawal reactions, leading to many withdrawal reactions being misdiagnosed, for example, as relapse (with drugs being reinstated as a consequence) or as failure to respond to treatment (with either new drugs being tried and/or dosages increased). This issue is pressing as long-term AD use is associated with increased severe side-effects, increased risk of weight gain, the impairment of patients’ autonomy and resilience (increasing their dependence on medical help), worsening outcomes for some patients, greater relapse rates, increased mortality and the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia.”

The concerning implications of this study to millions around the world who are on antidepressants were immediately recognized by the media, as evidenced by mainstream reporting on the topic with the following headlines:

Thanks to a small but courageous group of professionals who have been raising awareness of the profound, unintended adverse effects of psychiatric drugs and the abject absence of objective criteria for determining “mental disease,” not only are there already resources available to the public today to better understand the dangers of psychiatric drugs, but there are also programs and protocols in place to help those who are on them to come off of them safely and with the support of others who have done the same already. For instance, the program put together by Dr. Kelly Brogan — Vital Mind Reset — has produced powerful outcomes. Take a look at the testimony wall here to learn from the first hand experiences of those who underwent the program and came out drug-free, often with their psychiatric symptoms and comorbid conditions reduced or completely put into remission.

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