Archive | March 12, 2016

Scientists Discover what Traditional and Alternative Health Practitioners Know, the Immune System is Connected to the Brain*

Scientists Discover what Traditional and Alternative Health Practitioners Know, the Immune System is Connected to the Brain*

By Alexa Erickson

History has proved to make some incredible discoveries that have made their way into teachings that we, as a society, are taught to absorb as true statements and must believe, memorize, and analyze.

The human anatomy is no exception.

We already know the brain is a complex organ, so it should come as no surprise to us that scientific research continues to reveal new information about it, and that old ideas we thought to be true must often be rejected.

The Human Genome Project is proof that we have failed to find the truth behind the complexities that are the human body.

The project, whose effort was to sequence our entire genetic code, opened our eyes as it failed, showing us that our individuality, our health, and our sickness could not be defined in the 25,000-coding genes.

It was an awakening that prompted us to dig deep into how our environment, lifestyle, and mind and body are not puppets to our genes.

There is more…

But what?

“We fooled ourselves into thinking the genome was going to be a transparent blueprint, but it’s not,” Mel Greaves, cell biologist at the Institute of Cancer Research stated.

We also believed that chemicals could only harm us in large doses, yet toxicology reports continue to unravel this idea, as research shows how different doses – both big and small – can greatly wreak havoc on our health.

And germs…?

We’ve been told that exposure to them results in infections, yet this theory has been disproven thanks to growing evidence on the role of the microbiome.

As for basic anatomy, that too we don’t necessarily have down: Enter the brain’s lymphatic system.

In the report “Structural and Functional Features of Central Nervous System Lymphatic Vessels,” Antoine Loveau and a team of researchers explain that the brain does, in fact, have a lymphatic system:

“Although it is now accepted that the central nervous system (CNS) undergoes constant immune surveillance that takes place within the meningeal compartment, the mechanisms governing the entrance and exit of immune cells from the central nervous system remain poorly understood.”

The report essentially points out that, contrary to our viewpoint that the brain is “privileged,” it’s simply not based on the reality that the brain is connected to the immune system:

In searching for T-cell gateways into and out of the meninges, we discovered functional lymphatic vessels lining the dural sinuses.

These structures express all of the molecular hallmarks of lymphatic endothelial cells, are able to carry both fluid and immune cells from the cerebrospinal fluid, and are connected to the deep cervical lymph nodes.

The unique location of these vessels may have impeded their discovery to date, thereby contributing to the long-held concept of the absence of lymphatic vasculature in the central nervous system.

These findings serve as a step in the necessary reassessment of what we believe to be true about the basic anatomy of neuroimmunology.

And furthermore, it should allow us to break down our walls of how we perceive the cause of both neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, and how they are linked to the dysfunction of the immune system.


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Navy Attacks Fishermen off Gaza Shore*

Navy Attacks Fishermen off Gaza Shore*

Israeli naval boats, Saturday, targeted Palestinian fishermen’s boats with several missiles, despite sailing within the unilaterally-designated allowed fishing zone offshore, to the northwest of Gaza City.

WAFA correspondence said that soldiers fired at least six missiles at Palestinian fishermen’s boats, despite sailing within the six-nautical-mile allowed fishing zone. The current six-nautical-mile fishing zone falls drastically short of the twenty nautical miles allocated to Palestinian fishermen in the 1993 Oslo Accords.

The attack caused severe damages to three boats, whereas no injuries were reported among fishermen who were forced to leave the sea, for fear of being injured, killed, or detained.

The Israeli navy targets Gaza fishermen and farmers along the borderline on an almost daily basis, in a blatant breach of a ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and armed Palestinian groups in August of 2014, following 51 days of bloody aggression on the Gaza Strip, which claimed the lives of over 2.200 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians.

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), all Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishermen have taken place within the distance of six nautical miles, which it said “proves that Israeli forces’ policies aim to tighten restrictions on the Gaza Strip’s fishermen and their livelihoods.”

Israel has imposed a tightened blockade since 2007 after Hamas won the democratic legislative election and took over power in the Strip.


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Far-right Activists Impersonated Police, Attacked Refugees, Stole their Possessions in Calais*

Far-right Activists Impersonated Police, Attacked Refugees, Stole their Possessions in Calais*

By Lizzie Dearden

French police (CRS) officer runs after a migrant trying to hide in a lorry heading for England in Calais on June 17, 2015. AFP/Getty Images

A group of far-right activists have reportedly admitted impersonating as police officers to attack and rob refugees in a series of attacks in Calais.

The five local men, aged between 19 and 14, were arrested on Wednesday and include the founder of an anti-immigration movement and protest organisers.

In up to seven attacks since the start of the year, the gang allegedly formed a human cordon, donning combat boots and wielding iron bars to intercept asylum seekers attempting to board lorries entering the Channel Tunnel, French broadcaster iTele reported.

The men proceeded to demand money and steal cash and mobile phones valued at an estimated €4,000 (£3,150), shouting “police!” when anyone attempted to intervene.

They have reportedly admitted the assaults, theft and impersonating police officers, and are awaiting a court hearing in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

It is the latest in a series of reported attacks on refugees across Europe, including a “clean-up” operation by vigilantes in the German city of Cologne that saw at least 11 victims targeted in a single day.

Calais, which is the home to “the Jungle” camp, has seen months of disruption as thousands of refugees make repeated attempts to reach the U.K. on lorries and ferries, sometimes with fatal results.

Far-right activists blocked bridges leading from refugee settlements to the town centre on Saturday morning while claiming to defend Europe against a “migrant invasion”.

Protesters from the Generation Identitaire group burned tyres and clashed with police after setting up barricades emblazoned with their logo and the slogans “go home” and “no way”.

Police arrested 14 members of the group and seized one of their vehicles, with officials saying they would not “let extremist movements manipulate the migrant crisis“.


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Rainforest Activists Win against One of Pepsi’s Closest Business Partners*

Rainforest Activists Win against One of Pepsi’s Closest Business Partners*

By Reynard Loki

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund has divested from a major snack food company due to its failure to implement ethical palm oil policies. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), which is valued at around $880 billion, divested from First Pacific Group Ltd (HK: 0142), the parent company of Indonesia-based Indofood, which has controlling interests in one of the biggest plantation companies in Indonesia tied to conflict palm oil.

Conflict palm oil is connected to human rights abuses, forced and child labour, loss of local sustainable food and farming practices, species extinction, habitat destruction, forest and peatland destruction and climate pollution. The move sends a powerful message across the globe, not just to companies that are sourcing conflict palm oil, but to fund managers and other investors concerned about the risks associated with investing in such unethical and irresponsible companies.

A globally traded agricultural commodity, palm oil is ubiquitous in the marketplace: It can be found in about half of all consumer goods, from packaged foods like pizza dough and instant noodles to cooking oil, bio-fuels and personal care products like shampoo, soap and even lipstick.

A forest area being cleared to make room for a palm oil plantation. (image: NASA)

Rainforest Action Network, an environmental group that has been campaigning for an ethical global palm oil market, has identified 20 major food companies that have failed to adopt sustainable and ethical policies in regard to sourcing palm oil:

  • Toyo Suisan Kaisha
  • Kraft Foods Group
  • Nissin Foods
  • Hillshire Brands Company
  • Grupo Bimbo
  • J. Heinz Company
  • Campbell Soup Company
  • Hormel
  • Unilever
  • PepsiCo

The group asserts that the so-called Snack Food 20 laggards “are almost certainly using conflict palm oil.”

As the Indonesian joint partner of snack food giant PepsiCo, Indofood produces Pepsi-branded snack foods that are sold across Indonesia. The risks in Indofood’s global operations were exposed by an investigative report released by RAN and Rainforest Foundation Norway in September 2015 that documents the company’s role in social conflicts and the destruction of the nation’s rainforests.

According to the report:

“In 2013 and 2014, Indofood cleared 1,000 hectares of previously untouched tropical rainforest in East Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo. The forest cleared was previously protected as part of a lowland swamp forest known as the Metau forest. The Metau forest is located in one of the largest wetlands in Kalimantan and is a critical breeding and nesting habitat for endangered birds, including the Lesser Adjutant, a large-winged bird in the stork family which is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.”

“The Metau forest is a forest that has been used by local Dayak communities for generations. The Muara Ohong village is home to 800 people and is now seriously affected by Indofood’s palm oil plantation operations. For the past two years, the villagers have been unable to drink from their water source, and the fish in community fish ponds have died due to run-off pollution linked to the plantations. Increased incidence of floods, droughts and extreme water levels in nearby Lake Jempang have impacted the villagers ability to grow crops, and villagers, left with no other option, are leaving their homes. Indofood has continued to develop the Metau swampland for palm oil plantations, despite efforts by the Governor of East Kalimantan to protect the region as a water conservation area.”

Indonesia is the world’s eight biggest greenhouse gas polluter. One of the sources of this pollution is deforestation, driven in large part by the nation’s palm oil industry. In addition to its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation in Indonesia has put some 20 million of the nation’s indigenous and forest-dependent people at risk. It has also led to the widespread habitat destruction of many species, including critically endangered orangutans, Sumatran tigers and elephants.

A worker on a palm oil plantation. There have been numerous reports that the palm oil industry uses forced and child labour. (image: wandee007/Shutterstock)

RAN is calling on all global investors in First Pacific Group or in its majority held companies — Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur, Indofood Sukses Makmur, Indofood Agri Resources Ltd. — as well as investors in Indofood snack food joint-partner PepsiCo, to demand commitments from each company to make verifiable changes to their current unsustainable policies and practices connected with the production and use of conflict palm oil.

While the move to divest by Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global is a major step, it only impacts one of the many companies involved in destructive and unethical palm oil production.

“We need to convince each of these [Snack Food 20] laggards to adopt a time-bound and truly responsible global palm oil procurement policy, which requires fully traceable, legally produced palm oil, and eliminates sourcing from companies which are destroying rainforests or carbon-rich peatlands, stealing community lands or violating human and workers’ rights,” RAN said in a petition statement.

Aerial view showing the deforestation caused by a palm oil plantation (image: Jaggat Rashidi/Shutterstock)

Mahindra Siregar, Indonesia’s deputy trade manager, points out that a sustainable palm oil industry must strike the right balance between environmental stewardship, the interests of local communities and economic development. He notes that the palm oil industry, 50% of which is owned by small farmers, provides almost 6 million jobs to Indonesians.

“It’s very clear that the challenges that the industry faces are very important [and need] to be addressed,” he said in an interview with Al Jazeera. But, he added,

“this is an economy that is growing 6% just to sustain the level of poverty and to address the issues of unemployment. So I think we have to appreciate the big picture.”

Part of the big picture are the communities impacted when the forests they have relied on for generations are cleared for palm oil plantations. In 2010, Michael Brune, then-executive director of RAN, sent an email describing the plight of Jamaludin, an Indonesian whose livelihood depends on a healthy rainforest.

“The people driving the bulldozers and excavators told Jamaludin and his family that they were going to build a road,” Brune wrote.

“Instead, they burned down the Indonesian rainforest Jamaludin’s community had called home for centuries. In its place: a sprawling palm oil plantation that has ravaged the local and global environment.”

“The forest provided us with many ways to earn money: fish, honey, pigs, rattan vines,” said Jamaludin.

Now, everything our grandparents left us is gone.”

SIGN: Tell the Snack Food 20 Companies to Stop Using Conflict Palm Oil


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Acting Responsibly Unveils our Potential*

Acting Responsibly Unveils our Potential*

By Sarah Newman

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare

We all know someone who chronically avoids responsibility. Things just happen to them — nothing they did contributed to their circumstances. They were late because there was traffic, not because they didn’t leave earlier. They didn’t drop the ball at work; nobody else stepped up either. Someone “just stopped talking” to them; it has nothing to do with them being a bad friend.

These people have an external locus of control, meaning they don’t feel they can influence the environmental factors that affect their lives. It’s just simply luck. Their lives are determined by fate.

In reality, our locus of control is somewhere in between internal and external. We can’t control everything and it’s an exercise in futility to try. But we aren’t helpless and our actions actually carry a considerable amount of weight. In fact taking responsibility — keeping our promises, fulfilling our duties, and owning the decisions we make — opens up a wide array of possibilities in our lives. Responsibility is power, so it’s a wonder why anyone would avoid it.

During election season you constantly see politicians denying or making excuses for decisions they made in the past. Rarely does anyone actually say, “Yes, I was wrong” or “Yes, I screwed up.” How startling would it be to see a politician actually admit that they’ve made some mistakes? That through experience they’ve learned and grown wiser? Who could expect the leader of the free world to be fallible?

Responsibility leads to emotional competency and autonomy. Instead of laying blame and taking the easy way out, a responsible person has to think through alternative ways of dealing with things. They are curious and open-minded because they need new perspective to make choices. They are also proactive and heroic — responding when they feel a call to action. Rather than obligation, responsibility leads to freedom. It means you’re “the decider” rather than being at the mercy of those around you.

Of course making decisions and fulfilling your duties can always result in making a mistake. What if you make the wrong decision? The responsible person knows that you have to take the good with the bad. There is no forward-momentum without decision-making.

A responsible person is resilient and bounces back from missteps because without mistakes there is no wisdom. Without wisdom there is no competency. Without trial and error there is no courage or integrity.

Refusing to accept responsibility requires a great deal of manipulation. You either have to assign blame or play the victim. You have to show that it’s everyone else’s fault or posture like you just can’t get a break. It means always having an excuse, always scape-goating others, and never saying “I’m sorry.”

In the end, shrugging off responsibility takes just as must energy as accepting responsibility. It’s so damaging to relationships and their very foundation is full of holes. How many times can you disappoint someone, offering your go-to excuse, and expect them to continue opening themselves up to you? Inconsiderate people aren’t the most popular folks, at least not for long.

Don’t be a politician. The next time you feel the need to make an excuse, why not empower yourself by accepting responsibility instead of giving it away? It might be a little uncomfortable at first, but it’s ultimately easy to do.

I’ll leave you with the words of Viktor Frankl,

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”


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