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Big Pharma Channeled Opioids to Black Market

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Contributing writer for Wake Up World

The opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S. killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, which is more than any other year on record, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the opioids referenced include both heroin and prescription opioids, nearly half of overdose deaths involve prescription drugs.1

Prescription opioids such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine and methadone are widely prescribed for pain relief. Initially, they were intended to treat severe pain following surgery or injury or due to illnesses such as cancer. However, they’re now increasingly prescribed for many types of pain, including chronic back pain or pain from osteoarthritis.

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America's Burgeoning Cannabis Industry and the Road to Public Acceptance

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Marijuana is easily one of the world’s most controversial plants and, in the U.S., has endured a particularly rocky history. While smoking marijuana was once viewed as an act of political dissidence against the Vietnam War, today the plant is recognized as an invaluable medicine and smoking-hot commodity that’s generated billions of dollars in revenue in states where it is now fully legalized. Meanwhile, cannabis remains illegal at the federal level and is considered by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroine, LSD and ecstasy, and yet, a total of 29 U.S. states and the District of Columbia now have some form of legalized marijuana, while eight more states — three of which adopted the measure in November 2016, and include California, Nevada and Massachusetts — allow recreational use of the plant.

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FrankenSwine: Genetic Scientists Create Human-Pig GMO

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Science is a good piece of furniture for a man to have in an upper chamber, provided he has common sense on the ground floor.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

In Greek mythology, a chimera is a fire-breathing monster created from different species, most often portrayed as a creature with a lion’s head, a goat’s body and a serpent’s tail. Chimera have long been regarded as mythical creatures — to the extent that the word “chimera” also means “an illusion or fabrication of the mind” or “an unrealizable dream”— and the idea of a human-animal chimera has remained confined largely to mythology, however — until now.

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Aluminum, Fluoride and Glyphosate — A Toxic Trifecta Implicated in Autism and Alzheimer's Disease Research

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Aluminum is a known neurotoxin, and according to Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, aluminum-containing products are likely fueling the rise in Alzheimer’s disease.[1] In an article published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology,[2] he writes: “We are all accumulating a known neurotoxin in our brain from our conception to our death. The presence of aluminium in the human brain should be a red flag alerting us all to the potential dangers of the aluminium age. How do we know that Alzheimer’s disease is not the manifestation of chronic aluminium toxicity in humans?”

People with aluminum toxicity display many of the same symptoms as those with dementia, Parkinson’s, ADHD, autism, and other neurological diseases, and mounting evidence suggests aluminum may play a significant role in the development of those (and other) diseases.

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Could Pain Be Contagious, Just Like Happiness?

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Contributing writer for Wake Up World

According to recent research, pain can spread among mice by way of smell, suggesting physical pain — at least among animals — can develop as a result of social cues alone. In other words, pain may actually be contagious.1

While researchers are not suggesting the same is happening among humans just yet, the discovery has significant implications for scientists working on addiction withdrawal (which tends to lower pain tolerance) and various drugs, especially pain relieving medications. As reported by STAT News:2

Researchers are now wondering whether past studies might have overlooked some mice’s pain because their roommates — with which they were being compared — had taken on their level of sensitivity.

That could have influenced research on everything from drug withdrawal to painkillers.

“This is something that most — if not all — researchers are not taking into account”, said Loren Martin [Ph.D.], a pain researcher at the University of Toronto Mississauga who was not involved in the new study…

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1 in 6 Americans Are Now on Psychiatric Medication

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Guest writer for Wake Up World

Recent research shows that American doctors are still over-prescribing many different kinds of drugs,especially antibiotics and opioid pain killers, despite repeated calls for prudence. U.S. health care expenses have also risen, hitting $3.2 trillion annually as of 2015, and rising prescription prices combined with over-prescribing are significant drivers of these rising costs, according to a government report.2,3,4,5

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Sunlight: Dermatologists and the Cancer Industry Tell You To Avoid It, Yet It Prevents Major Cancers

By Marco Torres
Guest writer for Wake Up World

According to researchers, the widespread use of sunscreens promoted by dermatologists and the cancer industry may lead to a significant decrease in solar-induced pre-vitamin D3 in the skin, which actually correlates with a higher risk of cancer.

Why Do Dermatologists Promote Sunscreen?

Quite simply because they like repeat business. Exposure to ultraviolet B radiation in sunlight provides the mechanism for more than 90% of the vitamin D production in most individuals and they know it. Our interaction with the sun is the one thing that may prevent cancer more than anything else.

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Making Any Kind of Art at Any Skill Level Reduces Stress Hormones

By April McCarthy
Guest writer for Wake Up World

Whether you’re Van Gogh or a stick-figure sketcher, a new Drexel University study found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body.

Although the researchers from Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions believed that past experience in creating art might amplify the activity’s stress-reducing effects, their study found that everyone seems to benefit equally.

“It was surprising and it also wasn’t,” said Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor of creative arts therapies. “It wasn’t surprising because that’s the core idea in art therapy: Everyone is creative and can be expressive in the visual arts when working in a supportive setting. That said, I did expect that perhaps the effects would be stronger for those with prior experience.”

The results of the study were published in Art Therapy under the title “Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making.” Kendra Ray, a doctoral student under Kaimal, and Juan Muniz, PhD, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, served as co-authors.

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Why "Alternative" Media is the New Mainstream

By Ethan Indigo Smith
Contributing writer for Wake Up World

The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox… There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock news… The revolution will not be right back after a message… The revolution will not go better with Coke… Because the revolution will not be televised. ~ Gil Scott Heron

Let’s face it, the mainstream media, like CNN, Fox News etc. are great at reporting on the surface understandings of surface issues; car accidents and plane crashes, shootings and robberies; as well as reinforcing why our latest foreign war is good/necessary/the only way to peace and security. But if you really want to investigate and comprehend what is actually going on in the world, and why, you have to go past the mainstream.

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