Jury Finds Monsanto Liable In The First Roundup Cancer Trial – Here's What Could Happen Next

Jury Finds Monsanto Liable In The First Roundup Cancer Trial – Here's What Could Happen NextIn the first of many pending lawsuits to go to trial, a jury in San Francisco concluded on Aug. 10 that the plaintiff had developed cancer from exposure to Roundup, Monsanto’s widely used herbicide, and ordered the company to pay US$289 million in damages. The plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, had used Roundup in his job as groundskeeper in a California school district. He later developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The jury awarded Johnson $39 million in compensatory damages to cover pain, suffering and medical bills due to negligence by Monsanto, plus an additional $250 million in punitive damages.

The Real Promise Of LSD, MDMA And Mushrooms For Medical Science

The Real Promise Of LSD, MDMA And Mushrooms For Medical Science

Psychedelic science is making a comeback. Scientific publications, therapeutic breakthroughs and cultural endorsements suggest that the historical reputation of psychedelics — such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), mescaline (from the peyote cactus) and psilocybin (mushrooms) — as dangerous or inherently risky have unfairly overshadowed a more optimistic interpretation.

Why Wearing An Ill-fitting Bra Is Uncomfortable And Bad For Your Health

Why Wearing An Ill-fitting Bra Is Uncomfortable And Bad For Your Health

Wearing the wrong size bra is not only uncomfortable, it can cause a range of health problems. Research has shown that a lack of breast support often leads to breast pain, which is reported by 50% of women. An ill-fitting bra that doesn’t give the right support can also lead to breast skin damage – usually seen as stretch marks, caused by stretching the skin beyond its recovery point.

Can Sleeping Too Much Lead To An Early Death?

Can Sleeping Too Much Lead To An Early Death?

A recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association has led to headlines that will make you rethink your Saturday morning sleep in.Don’t set the alarm just yet. Yes, the researchers found a link between people who usually slept for longer than eight hours a night and their chances of having heart disease or dying prematurely.

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire Smoke

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire SmokeWe’re very careful about what our kids eat, but what about the air they breathe?During recent summers, children living on the West Coast of Canada have been breathing some of the most polluted air on record. This is due to seasonal wildfires, which have burned through vast zones of North America and affected even larger areas with their smoke.

10 Habits Of People Who Lose Weight And Keep It Off

10 Habits Of People Who Lose Weight And Keep It Off

Most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year after losing it. Much of the rest will regain it in the following three years. Most people inherently know that keeping a healthy weight boils down to three things: eating healthy, eating less, and being active. But actually doing that can be tough.

How To Pack A Stress-free School Lunch

stress free lunch 8 16With the school year starting again, it’s time to start to think about the routine of packing school lunches. For many time-pressed parents, this is a formidable task. But it doesn’t need to be.

Is Beer Good For You?

Is Beer Good For You?

A recent Daily Mail article announced that: “Beer is officially good for you”. The article claimed that beer “reduces heart risk” and “improves brain health”. Even if “heart risk” sounds a bit vague, the news sounds good. But let’s take a closer look at the evidence.

Is It Possible To Catch Up On Sleep?

Is It Possible To Catch Up On Sleep?

It’s Friday and you’re clocking off, and after a few sleepless nights you want to tuck yourself up early and catch up on all the sleep you’ve lost. But does it really work that way? During sleep our memories from the day are solidified and our brain does a bit of a clean-up sorting through the things we need to hold onto and discard from the day.

Why Do We Get Nose Bleeds?

Why Do We Get Nose Bleeds?
Nose bleeds, or epistaxes, are often a mystery to the 60% of us who have had at least one in our lifetime. Suddenly, and without obvious cause, bright red blood starts streaming from one nostril. Usually they’re not something to worry about, but why we get them is not always clear.

Why Frequent Skin Cancer May Be A Huge Warning Sign

Why Frequent Skin Cancer May Be A Huge Warning SignPeople who develop abnormally frequent cases of a skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma appear to be at significantly increased risk for the development of other cancers, including blood, breast, colon, and prostate cancers, according to a new, preliminary study. “Skin is the best organ to detect genetic problems that could lead to cancers.”

Here's A Mental Health Workout That's As Simple As ABC

Here's A Mental Health Workout That's As Simple As ABC

While we take physical workouts very seriously, there is much less said about the “workouts” that help us remain mentally agile and healthy. But just as with physical health, there are simple and practical ways that can help everyone to enjoy good mental health. Our research has led us to a method for promoting mental health and wellbeing within communities, which follows a simple model that can be adopted by anyone.

You May Be Surprised To Learn That It’s Not Just Food That Is Making Us Fat

You May Be Surprised To Learn That It’s Not Just Food That Is Making Us Fat

Today, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults and 21 percent of youth are obese. This trend is on the upswing and the worldwide population is becoming more obese – which is increasing the risk of other conditions like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease whose prevalence has doubled globally in the last 30 years. But you may be surprised to learn that it’s not just food that is making us fat.

Why Children Should Spend More Time Barefoot

Why Children Should Spend More Time BarefootHumans have gone unshod for millions of years; it is only in the last few centuries that people have started wearing shoes. However, a recent survey shows that shoe wearing among young boys isn’t universal.

Can Words Cause Cancer and Can Fear Accelerate Death?

Can Words and Fear Cause Cancer?
Is it possible that people who are diagnosed with cancer die of a sophisticated form of voodoo? Does the victim's belief in the power of vicious cells, like belief in the power of a hex, lead to his death? 'Cancer' is a demon word -- the destructiveness of cancer begins as soon as the diagnosis is uttered. The word strikes terror to the heart...

What I Learned From Facing Pain

What I Learned From Facing Pain
By facing pain, listening to it, and allowing it the room it was demanding anyway, my body began to relax a bit around the pain. I stopped clenching quite so much, I stopped saying no, no, no, and I began to accept. I learned that constantly saying no to pain locks things in place. Relaxing into acceptance allows the possibility for the body to regenerate.

Can Food Have Negative Calories?

Can Food Have Negative Calories?

Diets are everywhere, but could eating “negative calorie” foods, such as celery and grapefruit, help to boost weight loss?

The Doorway to a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

The Doorway to Health and a Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body
Illness can be the doorway to health. Whether the illness originates in the mind, body, spirit, or environment, we have the choice to allow illness to compel us either toward health and higher learning, or away from health and to eventual destruction.

How Safe Is Vaping?

How Safe Is Vaping?

A survey of adolescents carried out by researchers at Coventry University has shown that than less than half of e-cigarette users knew that vape products contain nicotine or that they are addictive, raising the possibility that they could be a gateway to smoking normal cigarettes.

Do Multiple Pregnancies Age Women’s Cells?

Do Multiple Pregnancies Age Women’s Cells?Multiple pregnancies might make women’s cells age more quickly, a new study suggests. The findings could help explain why women with many children tend to show signs of accelerated aging.

Why Stretching Is Important For Weight Loss And Exercise

Why Stretching Is Important For Weight Loss And ExerciseThere seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the value – or lack thereof – of muscle stretching to accelerate recovery after exercise. “Stretching clears out your lactic acid,” and other similar claims abound. Is any of this true?

On The Virtues Of Sleeping Like A Sloth

On The Virtues Of Sleeping Like A Sloth
In the sixth century, Pope Gregory I compiled an infamous list of seven deadly sins. Of these seven, sloth is the only sin that shares its name in English with an animal. But are these curious animals truly guilty of vice?

The Rise Of The Conscious Carnivore

The Rise Of The Conscious CarnivoreAn increasing number of Canadians, especially those under 35, are cutting out meat from their diets – a trend that should be causing serious alarm for meat producers.

How Clean Is Your Desk? The Unwelcome Reality Of Office Hygiene

How Clean Is Your Desk? The Unwelcome Reality Of Office Hygiene

If you work in an office, the chances are there are some colleagues you would rather sit next to than others. But we’re not just talking personality likes or dislikes here – what can also be a factor is how clean they keep their desk.

What Happens When We Drink Alcohol

What Happens When We Drink Alcohol
Alcohol is a depressant, a diuretic, and a disinfectant. These generally aren’t pleasant attributes, but people have been drinking alcohol for thousands of years...

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet

How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet
Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a 350% increase in the number of self-described vegans in the UK alone. Where this motivation stems from is varied, but includes concerns about animal welfare, worries about the environment and religious reasons.

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet

What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet
A diet developed in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy is suddenly all the rage. The ketogenic diet, or “keto diet”, has reportedly been endorsed by celebrities and even athletes are giving it a go.

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?

Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?
Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats, which are are linked to heart and brain health. But while a small quantity of lean meat may be good for us, too much red or processed meat can increase our risk of some cancers.

Why After Cereal, Even Healthy People’s Blood Sugar Spikes

Why After Cereal, Even Healthy People’s Blood Sugar SpikesThe level of sugar in an individual’s blood—especially in individuals who are considered healthy—fluctuates more than traditional means of monitoring, like the one-and-done finger-prick method, would have us believe, according to a new study.

Good Vibes and Bad Vibes are Contagious

Contagious Love
Everything is contagious -- not just germs, but good vibes and bad vibes, too. When a person begins laughing hysterically, watch how others laugh or at least smile. When someone is expressing hatred, notice how those in the vicinity tighten their bodies, develop a defensive posture, and maybe clutch another's hand.

What Causes Brain Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream?

What Causes Brain Freeze When You Eat Ice Cream?Although ice-cold drinks and ice cream can cause sharp, shooting mouth pain and the occasional “brain freeze,” the two reactions are completely unrelated, says neurologist Roderick Spears.

Are Phone-Obsessed Teens At Greater Risk Of ADHD?

Are Phone-Obsessed Teens At Greater Risk Of ADHD?
The new JAMA study, from researchers at the University of Southern California, investigated the link between digital media use and the development of ADHD-related behaviours among 15- and 16-year-olds.

How Wanting To Live A Normal Perfect Life Is Making Women Unhealthy

How Wanting To Live A Normal Perfect Life Is Making Women Unhealthy

These days, the health of a woman seems to be less about the absence of illness and more about being someone who works on their body and mind in order to meet modern society’s expectations of looks and abilities.

A Brief History Of Ketchup

A Brief History Of Ketchup

Countries often propose tariffs not on the most valuable items in their trading relationships – since that would be painful to them as well – but rather products iconic of national character.

The Chemicals In Beef Jerky And Hot Dogs Are Linked To Mania

The Chemicals In Beef Jerky And Hot Dogs Are Linked To ManiaChemicals used to cure beef jerky, salami, hot dogs, and other processed meat snacks may contribute to mania, an abnormal mood state characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria, and insomnia, according to a new study.

A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

A Brief History of the Feral Blackberry

The Himalayan blackberry was introduced to North America as a food crop. Like a Gremlin doused with water, it escaped its confinement and rampantly spread throughout the continent.

Do Omega 3 Supplements Protect Against Heart Disease?

Do Omega 3 Supplements Protect Against Heart Disease?

Many people take a daily omega 3 supplement in the belief that it is good for their heart. But our latest research, a systematic review of 79 clinical trials, found no evidence for this belief.

6 Ways To Safely Exercise In Extremely Hot Weather

6 Ways To Safely Exercise In Extremely Hot WeatherWhen temperatures spike in the summer, it’s important to make sure you temper your workouts to stay safe, says Sandeep Mannava, a sports medicine specialist at University of Rochester Medicine.

How Summer And Diet Damage Your DNA, And What You Can Do

How Summer And Diet Damage Your DNA, And What You Can DoToday, your body will accumulate quadrillions of new injuries in your DNA. The constant onslaught of many forms of damage, some of which permanently mutates your genes, could initiate cancer and prove fatal.

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire Smoke

How To Protect Your Children From Wildfire Smoke
During recent summers, children living on the West Coast of Canada have been breathing some of the most polluted air on record. This is due to seasonal wildfires, which have burned through vast zones of North America and affected even larger areas with their smoke.

The Healing Power of the Hum of the Humming Bees

The Healing Power of the Hum of the Humming Bees
In ancient tradition (Egypt), the humming sound of the bee was said to stimulate the release of super hormones known as the “Elixirs of Metamorphosis.” Doctors Meredith McCord and Jill Schumacher told us that the humming sounds of the bee resonate and stimulate various structures of the brain, including the pineal gland, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and amygdala.

This Amazonian Psychedelic May Ease Severe Depression

This Amazonian Psychedelic May Ease Severe Depression
The vine Banisteriopsis caapi is one ingredient in ayahuasca, a psychedelic brew that Amazonian indigenous populations have long used for spiritual purposes.

How Health Coaching Might Help You Reach Old Age

How Health Coaching Might Help You Reach Old Age
There are two ways of tackling chronic lifestyle diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes: discover new drugs and treatments or persuade people to make positive lifestyle changes to avoid developing them in the first place.

Why Your Summer Might Be Full Of Mosquitoes

Why Your Summer Might Be Full Of Mosquitoes
As you pack your bags for the cottage or campground this weekend, don’t forget to bring light clothes with long sleeves — and a truckload or two of insect repellent.

Does Acupuncture Work By Re-Mapping The Brain?

Does Acupuncture Work By Re-Mapping The Brain?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional medical therapy that originated in China several thousand years ago. Perhaps, they stumbled on an effective medical approach.

Does Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?

Does Drinking Coffee Help You Live Longer?
There’s only one thing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning: a new research paper telling you your daily habit is good for your health. Headlines presented the good news from the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

How to Treat Inflammation and Its Direct Link To Disease

How to Treat Inflammation and Its Direct Link To Disease
People are living longer and healthier lives all over the world, unencumbered by pain and many of the afflictions we have come to associate with aging. These people don’t have to take pain medications, cholesterol medication, high blood pressure medication, or...

This Brain Blackout Starts A Migraine

Researchers have identified the electrical activity specific to the start of migraines and demonstrated a way to stop it in animal experiments.

I Nearly Died From Sepsis and Ignorance Of This Condition Is Killing Millions

I Nearly Died From Sepsis and Ignorance Of This Condition Is Killing Millions
A visit to family in Glasgow for Christmas in 2015 nearly had a tragic ending for me. Two days earlier I had been repairing the lock on my garden gate, when I scratched my hand on a nail. By the time I arrived in Glasgow I was feeling unwell. Twenty-four hours later I was in University Hospital Hairmyres in a coma.

Should You Weigh Yourself Regularly?

Should You Weigh Yourself Regularly?

For some, jumping on the scales is a daily or weekly ritual; while others haven’t seen a set of scales for years.

Should Healthy People Take Probiotic Supplements?

Should Healthy People Take Probiotic Supplements?
A visit to the supermarket these days can feel more like walking through a pharmacy, with an ever-expanding range of milks, yogurts, pills, powders and specialty foods promoting their “probiotic” prowess.

This Diet May Boost Heart Health, Even With Red Meat

This Diet May Boost Heart Health, Even With Red MeatAdopting a Mediterranean-style eating pattern improves heart health, with or without reducing red meat intake, as long as the meat is lean and unprocessed, according to a new study.

A Cardiologist Prescribes Bliss: The Bliss Rx

A Cardiologist's Healing Method: The Bliss RxI sat quietly, listening to her pain-filled words. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and was in my office for preoperative cardiac evaluation. She began to sob softly. Why had good health eluded her even though she did everything right?

How Stress Is Bad For Your Body

How Stress Is Bad For Your Body
Stress affects most of us to one degree or another, and that even includes animals. Pigs, whose GI tracts are extremely similar to those of humans, may be one of the clearest windows we have into researching stress, disease, and new therapies and preventatives – both in livestock and people.

When Does Hungry Become Hangry?

When Does Hungry Become Hangry?You’re ready to blow your top – but how much is due to your internal hunger and how much to external annoyances?

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