A Scottish Terrier Miraculous Recovery from Bladder Cancer

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According to this article from the Scottish Terrier Club of America, if you have never lost a Scottish Terrier to bladder cancer – or, more properly, Transitional Cell Carcinoma – consider yourself extremely lucky. Research has suggested that Scottish Terriers are 20 times more likely to get bladder cancer than other breeds and it usually occurs in older dogs (average age 11 years). Such a diagnosis can be devastating to dogs and their owners alike. So you ...

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Ketogenic Diet – Protein and Carb Counter for Dummies

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This is a “what you see is what you get” rough guide for those folks on a ketogenic diet and who are having trouble estimating their protein intake – which should be between 0.8 to 1.5  grams of protein per kg of ideal body weight per day. More than that will likely stimulate insulin way too much. Notice that the 1.5 gram upper limit is typically for those doing endurance exercise. The average person must stay between 0.8 and 1 ...

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Fatty Liver and Foie Gras: When Humans Are Forced-Fed Sugar

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Foie gras is a French gourmet delicacy. It is delicious and extremely fatty. Foie gras” translates to “fatty liver” in English and in order to make it, geese or ducks are forced-fed large amounts of a wet mash of corn. Their livers balloon up to about 6-10 times their normal size and are packed full of fat. This serves as a clear picture of the fattening effects of carbs and how it promotes a fatty deposition in the liver. It ...

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On Viral “Junk” DNA, a DNA Enhancing Ketogenic Diet, and Cometary Kicks

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“Junk” DNA includes a whole subset of names such as introns, retrotransposable elements, and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). In fact, ncRNAs are often located near genes known to be important to both stem cells and cancer, to serve as enhancer elements which promote their gene expression.[1]  Stem cells are the cells that have the potential to turn into lots of other cells. So this junk DNA can influence how stem cells specifically differentiate into multiple cell types.

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Nicotine, the Insular Cortex and Empathy

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A couple of very interesting papers have come to my attention recently. The first one was published very recently in Clinical Endocrinology where they found that those who quit smoking had a 6-fold increase risk for autoimmune thyroid problems. There seems to be a complex interaction between smoking and the immune system in that the authors of the paper were speculating that “transition from current to ex-smoker may lead ...

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Nicotine – The Zombie Antidote

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I’m sick and tired of the anti-smoking culture that has taken over the entire world. I have had enough of hearing “don’t smoke, it’s bad for you!!” The ignorance that betrays such remarks is utterly abysmal, especially coming from people who should know better. So for all those who have asked me why do I actually smoke, I’m going to explain my reasons in this article.

I have found anti-smoking activists to be intolerant, judgmental Authoritarian ...

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La epidemia de obesidad, cortesía de la industria agrícola

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Si te gustan las películas antiguas, habrás notado que la mujer de aquellos tiempos tendía a poseer hermosas curvas de reloj de arena, a la Marilyn Monroe. En nuestros días, tales figuras se han vuelto una rareza debido a que la mujer se ha vuelto “cuadrada” de forma. Investigaciones sugieren que en la actualidad hay cinco veces más mujeres de “forma rectangular” que aquellas con la clásica forma de reloj de Marilyn Monroe. Casi Continue Reading →

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Toxoplasmosis: Neurological Pathologies, Behavioral Changes and Now Brain Cancer?

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Toxo keeps popping up again and again on behavioral and neurological research. I talked about it awhile ago in Toxoplasmosis and Personality Changes,  but a friend brought to my attention the following paper:

Infect Genet Evol. 2012 Mar;12(2):496-8. Epub 2012 Jan 25.

Brain cancer mortality rates increase with Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence in France.

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Human Rights Violations in France

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Since the 1990s, there have been several legal entities created in France that are supported by the government whose sole purpose is to mandate what people can think and believe. These organizations have the capability (expressly designed into them) of bypassing and/or superseding any rulings of the European Court of Human Rights. These French organizations, for instance MIVILUDES, are essentially full-spectrum ...

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The Obesity Epidemic, Courtesy of the Agricultural Industry

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If you love old movies, you’ve noticed that women back in the old days tended to have beautiful hour glass body shapes, a la Marilyn Monroe. Nowadays, such figures have become a rarity because women have become “boxy” in shape. Research suggests there are now five times as many “rectangular-shaped” women than those with the classic Marilyn Monroe hourglass shape. Almost one in two British women fall into the rectangle category, a boy-ish body shape where ...

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