Devil in the Detail

Do you suffer from “Fact Fatigue”? Are you confused and exhausted after turning on the television, opening up Google alerts or reading the newspaper (remember those?) under the constant barrage of factoids about the latest thing that makes you fat, keeps you skinny, heals your heart, hurts your heart, kills you, saves you, saves the planet, kills the planet and on and on? Are you tired of reading and hearing a new “fact” that scientists or researchers have figured out? Have you realized by now the Byzantine byproduct of scientific research is a mountain of questionable findings that are overwhelming, contradictory and of very little help in living a happy or healthy life?

Is sunshine a source of healthy vitamin…

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Wahls Diet for Multiple Sclerosis

There are 200 new cases of multiple sclerosis diagnosed in the United States each week. MS is usually classified as an autoimmune disease. But really, the jury is out on how or why people get MS. We do know that the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells is affected as the malady progresses. That is but a symptom. Causes are harder for Western science to understand or find. The typical result of MS is a weakening of muscles that obviously leads to immobility. Since MS manifests as deterioration of the nerves, there is very little of the body’s functions that isn’t affected. As with so many diseases, Western medicine does not understand a cure. Doctors will tell you that nobody gets…

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Hello, Honey! Hasta la vista, hay fever!

Get ready for the glut of commercials and ads for allergy medicines. It’s that time of year again and right now is when anyone who suffers the sniffling, runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezes of hay fever and allergies should take heed. It seems like spring is still a ways off and there is no green grass or budding trees just yet. All that means is that it’s time to get a jump on tuning up the immune system. And drugs are not the answer. There are natural ways to modulate the immune system response to pollens and allergens and avoid the bad side effects of allergy medicine.

Downside of drugs. Taking a pill or getting a shot may seem…

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Be Besties with Your Beasties

Without bacteria we would die. Yet we wage war against them as if bacteria were a mortal enemy.  And we try to kill everything as a solution to any problem. Years ago, Heartland Healing wrote about biophobia, a portmanteau we coined describing humans’ irrational fear of life and living things. We kill animals, insects, weeds, plants, bacteria, viruses without considering the consequences. Our earlier column on biophobia is pretty good so if you missed it, we reprise it here.

Humankind typically tries to solve a problem by destroying or killing. Nothing could be more misguided than our intense crusade to kill bacteria that exist all around us and within our bodies. It turns out that even scientists, who typically lag…

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News You Can Use — Good, Bad, Ugly

Recent news items to keep the brain cells percolating.

The Good

Eggs aren’t bad anymore. Eggs never were bad in my estimation. Decades ago when the common wisdom was that butter was bad and margarine was good, I didn’t buy that either. Even as a grade school kid, eating something that science had concocted instead of a natural food didn’t make sense to me.

Eggs have been freed from the aspersions that science cast upon them as far back as the 1950s. It’s good news that people unaccustomed to thinking for themselves can now take the word of the same “experts” who told them eggs were bad, now telling them that eggs are okay. Well, at least the panel is…

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Epigenetics

I was excited to read The Double Helix when I was young. That was the account by James Watson of the discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid as the building block of life. I was always looking for explanations and causes in those days and it seemed Watson and Francis Crick had identified DNA as life’s foundation. It was indeed a landmark scientific moment in understanding the biological sequence over time; how worms, monkeys, insects, humans and all living things shared a blueprint.

DNA explained it all: why one person has blue eyes and the other brown, one was tall and the other short, one person slim and another hefty. Everything, including how we behaved, could be found in that coded strip…

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Vaccines: A Shot in the Dark

While raging about vaccines, both sides of the aisle seem fraught with emotion. Anti-vaxxers and pro-vaxxers are vehement in supporting their positions. But some people are confused about vaccines and whether they should get them for themselves or their children. Some claims are outlandish. Others simply untrue. There are some common-sense conclusions, though. My observation is that maybe some vaccines make sense and some do not. There is enough misleading information on both sides.

The basic idea makes sense. The idea of perking up the natural immune system by teasing it with a taste of a potential disease seems to make sense. A forewarned immune system should be ready to ward off disease. But are we doing it the right…

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Assumptions

Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…
—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

i SAGITTARIUS...

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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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