We use the word holistic a lot, but what does it really me­­­an? As I wrote in my amazing book Medicine Beyond, holism (and thence holistic) is a word that was originally coined by Jan Christiaan Smuts, the South African soldier, statesman, and philosopher (1870-1950). He defined it in his 1926 book, Holism and Evolution, as "the tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution." Einstein himself studied Smuts’ book soon upon its publication and wrote that two mental constructs will direct human thinking in the 21st millennium: his own descript ...[click to continue]
In the pursuit of easier methods to quit smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) roared onto the scene ten years ago. These devices are hand-held and run on a battery. They heat the liquid (a combination of oils, flavors, water, and so forth) to a vapor so it can be inhaled. While countless studies have been done about the harms of cigarettes (after decades’ of unmonitored use), vaping was shockingly accepted without assessing possible long-term effects. The vaping industry billed their own products as “safer than tobacco” despite there being no studies conducted outside the industry in an unbiased environment. Instead, all the reports that claimed e-cigarettes were safe were put forth by the very manufac ...[click to continue]
human-Consciousness-Quote I’m reading from a copy of the New Scientist (journal) promotional email:

Quantum physics has always been a source of mystery and delight. It defies common sense yet we have learned to manipulate these strange phenomena.

Hey, is this even the right question? I think we should be saying that “common sense” defies physics. “Common sense” says that the mind is in the brain; aspirin kills pain; cancer is a consequence of genes; old age is a “disease” of wearing out par ...[click to continue]
profs-african-travels-namibia-21334484-1462808081-ImageGalleryLightbox I’m in a fascinating new world, south of the equator: Namibia, in Africa. It’s Africa as you probably picture it from the movies. But Namibia is modern, advanced and thriving in its way. Most of the problems now are between the blacks themselves, not whites vs. blacks. Namibia achieved independence from South Africa in 1990. Here are some of the most stunning and iconic landscapes in all of Africa, from the windswept desert along the south Atlant ...[click to continue]
In the year 2000, approximately 1-in-150 children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The last year for which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has data is 2012 and that number is now 1-in-68 children and becoming more prevalent by the year. An almost 8% climb in twelve years is the sort of drastic uptick that should result in the sounding of alarms. Why are there no alarms? According to the CDC’s data, 1-in-6 children in the United States suffer from a developmental disability as of 2008. This is defined as anything from a speech impairment to more severe conditions such as cerebral palsy and autism. Those numbers a ...[click to continue]

Humans Have an On-Board Compass

Can humans detect the Earth’s magnetism in their cells? Of course not, say the experts. Is the Sun the center of the solar system? Of course not, said the experts. Does washing your hands after touching corpses help avoid the spread of disease? Of course not, said the experts. Can food allergies make you ill? Of course not, said the experts. So I would just yawn at the “science” that says of course not… without them even looking! But I have a particular reason for supposing that humans are, indeed, very sensitive to the Earth’s geomagnetic field. Those of you who have read my sensational book ...[click to continue]
The dangers of antibiotics in our modern society cannot be overstated. Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not science fiction. It could very well end up as our reality within the next two decades.

Dangers of Antibiotics Impact Children’s Gut Health

New research from Aalto University in Finland followed more than 1,000 children with the DIABIMMUNE project and tracked their overall gastrointestinal health in relation to antibiotic use. Several ...[click to continue]

Gardening, especially public, renegade gardening, is one of the most important things conscious and awakening people can do right now to affect global change in favor of good health, a sound environment, and personal liberty—Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer, Waking Times

The following three paragraphs are directly from RealFarmacy.com. As someone who loves gardening resources, the message resonates well with me!

The most effective change-makers in our society aren’t waiting around for a new president to make their lives better, they’re planting seeds, quite literally, and through the revolutionary act of gardening, they’re rebuilding their communities ...[click to continue]

Heart disease remains the #1 killer in the world. For decades, cardiovascular disease has claimed the lives of hundreds of millions globally while scientists scramble to unravel the mysteries surrounding the human body. Every year, new information comes to light about our critical organs, how our bodies work, and what we can do to protect them. Researchers at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine just learned exciting new details about the respiratory cycle functions. Up until now, conventional thought stated that the respiratory system used two gases – oxygen and carbon dioxide. Your red blood cells gather and transport inhaled oxygen to your cells while picking up waste c ...[click to continue]
Who is living the perfect life? Nobody, for sure. I’m not. But I’m working all the time on improving my life a lot and I think that’s something we should all be doing. It’s NEVER too late to learn how to better your life! I read a marvelous story of a guy who graduated Oxford University at the age of 91! Bertie Gladwin left school aged 14 with no interest in academia. He’d been put in the duffers class by teachers and promptly lost interest in schooling (what does that tell you about teachers, eh?) Today he has a total of three degrees and is even considering doing a PhD (what does that tell you about Bertie Gladwin?) I would argue he actually had far more ability than any of his teachers!1 If you didn’t know it already ...[click to continue]
Anyone who doesn’t refer to the obesity rates in the Western hemisphere as an epidemic has not been paying attention. As of 2012, more than two-thirds of American adults are considered overweight or obese. The dangers of obesity can no longer be ignored and they should not be molded into something they are not. It is listed as a “root cause” for most major illnesses and can also be a symptom.

Is Obesity Contagious?

You know my standing on the health of your gut microbiome. An unhealthy gastrointestinal system wreaks havoc on every other aspect of your health. Obesity may be one of many conditions that’s affected. Could microbes in your gut create contagious obesity? Scienc ...[click to continue]
I got an interesting piece in my inbox from MedScape this morning (Who Believes That Medical Error Is the Third Leading Cause of Hospital Deaths? May 26, 2016)… Readers may be aware of the absolute furor generated by a recent (2016) article in the British Medical Journal: Medical error-the third leading cause of death in the US.1 Using studies published since the 1999 IOM report, Makary and Daniel extrapolated annual inpatient death rates from those reports to the total number of US hospital admissions in 2013, publishing their findings in the British Medical Journal.1 They calculated that 251,454 inpatients (9.5%) die annually as a result of medical error. "If medical erro ...[click to continue]