Friday, January 30, 2015

More expensive drugs really DO work better (but only because we think they will)

We’re all guilty of thinking an expensive wine must taste better than cheap plonk.
And it’s easy to believe a £20 lipstick will surpass a budget brand.
Now it seems the same is true of medicines.
A study found that Parkinson’s patients expected a £1,000 drug to be more effective than a cut-price version.
As a result, their symptoms improved more when on the expensive medicine.

The twist is that neither medicine was real. In fact, both ‘drugs’ were nothing more than salty water.
The US study suggests that finding ways to harness the placebo effect, in which mere expectation and positive thinking can improve health.
The University of Cincinnati researchers said that finding ways to harness the power of the mind could make drugs more effective.
It would also allow doses to be reduced, so cutting cost and the risk of side-effects.
Twelve men and women with Parkinson’s disease were told they would be given two injections of the same drug.

 They were told that differences in manufacturing meant that one cost £1,000 and the other just £65 and the aim was to show that they were just as effective despite the price tags.
In fact, both syringes contained nothing more than salty water.
Both ‘drugs’ improved symptoms.
But motor skills such as gait and posture and the ability to control the movement of the hands and fingers, improved twice as much when the men and women given the expensive ‘drug’ first, the journal Neurology reports.
Researcher Dr Alberto Espay said: ‘Patients’ expectations play an important role in the effectiveness of their treatments.

‘If we can find strategies to harness the placebo response to enhance the benefits of treatments, we could potentially maximise the benefit while reducing the dosage of drugs needed and possibly reducing side-effects.’
The effect may be particularly strong in Parkinson’s patients.
Their symptoms are caused by lack of the dopamine – and anticipating something raises its levels.
However, the placebo effect is well-documented in all sorts of illnesses, with people feeling less pain simply because they think a drug will work.
The 12 patients taking part in the study were told at the end that both ‘drugs’ had been nothing but placebos.
Dr Espay said: ‘Eight of the participants said they did have greater expectations of the expensive drug and were amazed at the extent of the difference brought about by their expectations.
‘Interestingly, the other four participants said they had no expectation of greater benefits of the more expensive drug and they also showed little overall changes.’

Daisy The Cancer Detection Dog Has Saved Over 550 Lives (6 pics)

Daisy is no ordinary dog. Daisy spends her time sniffing out cancer and she's very good at it. To this day she's saved over 500 lives and she's finally getting recognized with her own award.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Just TEN minutes of exercise a day can protect against a heart attack or stroke: Making 'small changes' is the key to being healthy

You don't need to run a marathon or become a bodybuilder to protect your heart.
It takes just 10 minutes of exercise a day to drastically reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said today.
Making small changes are the key to improving worsening lifestyle habits, the charity added.
Its new healthy living campaign comes after a study revealed deteriorating trends in the nation's diet and exercise habits.

 Research by the charity found that less than a third of adults in England (30 per cent) eat five pieces of fruit and veg a day.
A third of men and nearly half of women do not do the recommended two and a half hours of physical activity a week.
Lack of time and motivation topped the list of barriers people reported were stopping them living a healthier lifestyle.

The research showed 41 per cent of people admit they are worried about the effect that their current diet and exercise habits has on their health.
Almost 23 per cent said their family or work commitments get in the way of them leading as healthy a lifestyle as they would like.

One in five said losing motivation is the biggest barrier stopping them from being more healthy.
Meanwhile, another fifth say they often set themselves goals for improving their lifestyle, but usually fail - twice the number who say they succeed (nine per cent).

 More than a quarter (26 per cent) of people say they would be more successful in attempts to improve their health if they had more money.
More than one in six (15 per cent) said they would change their habits if they didn't have to dedicate as much time to health.

Another fifth said they would be healthier if they could share more activities with a group or partner.
Nearly half of UK adults (44 per cent) said they never do any moderate physical activity.
More than one in eight (13 per cent) spend more than 8.5 hours a day sedentary - a figure higher than the European average.

Households are also buying fewer vegetables per person, with a six per cent decline between 2005 and 2012,

They are simultaneously consuming more than the recommended levels of saturated fat and salt.
Now the BHF is encouraging people to 'start small' by taking at least 10 minutes every day to make a small change towards a healthier lifestyle during February's Heart Month.
Catherine Kelly, of the BHF, said: 'The public have told us loud and clear that time and motivation are fundamental barriers to a healthy lifestyle.

'We have to listen to their concerns and during this Heart Month we are offering people manageable and realistic guidance to help make small changes to their extremely busy routines.
'We know that changing the simplest everyday habits can make a big difference - from getting off the bus two stops early to eating more fruit and veg, and building bite-sized chunks of physical activity in to your everyday life.'

 Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in four of all UK deaths and around seven million people are living with it.

The charity's campaign comes after a leading expert said the Government's official guidelines on exercise are impractical and can seem an impossible task for many people.
Even small amounts of exercise - including simply standing up - can have health benefits.
Dr Mike Loosemore, Lead Consultant in Exercise Medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health said standing up for three hours a day is as good for you as running ten marathons a year.
Small amounts of exercise should not be thought of as 'pointless', he said.

‘It’s going to improve their health, it’s going to reduce their risk of heart disease, diabetes, it’s going to reduce their risk of cancer, it’s going to reduce their cholesterol and it’s going to make them thinner,’ he said.

What will YOUR body do this year? Graphic reveals we'll each produce enough urine to fill two bathtubs and shed half a stone of skin

It's 365 days, 12 paychecks and one birthday.
But did you know in this time your body will produce enough urine to fill two bathtubs?
The average person will excrete 135 U.S. gallons of urine in one year.
And that's not all the fluid they'll expel; they will also produce 91 U.S. gallons of saliva, enough to fill 230 magnums of champagne.
Their heart will beat about 25 million times, and they will blink 5, 606,400 times in 365 days, according to a graphic created by the World Science Festival.
Roughly 18 -25 trillion of their cells will die by apopotosis - programmed cell death.
Some of these cells will be skin cells, and so they will shed eight pounds worth of skin, the equivalent of eight bags of sugar.

Their hair will grow roughly six inches, and their fingernails will grow up to one and a half inches.
While luscious hair and long nails might be welcome, the 5,475 times they break wind might not be so popular.
Whether they are bored, tired - or both - most people will yawn 1,825 times a year, and should sleep for an average of 2,920 hours.
Their blood will travel a total of 4.38 million miles through the body, the same distance as travelling around the world's equator 176 times, or from Australia to the South Pole 50 times.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

These Are The Most, And Least Bible Minded Cities In America; How Does Your Town Rate?

Is your town one of the most, or least, “Bible-minded” cities in the nation? 
The American Bible Society has the answer with the release of its latest report that ranks 100 U.S. cities based on residents’ devotion to reading the Bible and their overall opinion of the Christian scriptures.
The most Bible-minded city in America in 2014 was Birmingham, Alabama, according to analysis of data collected by the Barna Group. The top spot belonged to Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2013 and to Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2012. But it appears that Knoxville dropped out of the top 10 for the first time in 2014, coming in at number 11.

And the cities with the least Bible-minded citizens last year were Providence, Rhode Island, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, tying for the 100th spot; these cities came in the same place in both the 2013 and 2012 waves of the study.
See the entire chart:
The American Bible Society describes the methodology used to compile the data:
The rankings are calculated using data collected by Barna Group. Each city’s Bible mindedness is determined by analyzing survey respondents’ Bible reading habits and beliefs about the Bible. The most Bible-minded respondents said they had read the Bible in the past seven days and believe strongly in the accuracy of the Bible. Nationally, only 27 percent of the population was considered Bible minded.

This year’s rankings from the America’s Most Bible-Minded Cities study show many differences from usage statistics for American Bible Society’s Bible search engine, Louisville, Kentucky registered the largest number of searches on while Syracuse, New York registered the fewest searches of any of the top 100 markets.
“Online rankings consider only one data point — Bible search behavior — while American Bible Society’s Bible-Minded Cities survey examines both behavior and attitudes about the Bible to harvest a more authentic survey of each city’s population. This provides a more three dimensional view of a city’s real Bible mindedness,” said Andrew Hood, managing director of communications at American Bible Society.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Disappear inside the Secret “Sinners” Cave Temple (9 Pics)

 If you’re in need of the perfect spiritual hideaway, I think I might have found it. Like something out of a legend, nestled inside an ancient grotto carved out of steep limestone cliffs in a remote region of Italy, the clandestine Temple of Valadier is thought to symbolize the Virgin Mary’s Roman Catholic title, “Refugium eccatorum”,meaning “refuge of sinners“…
 For centuries, those seeking an escape from others or even perhaps from themselves, have sought refuge in these caves along the Sentino river in the province of Ancona. Found at the end of a steep uphill path from the road to Genga, the nearest town in the Marche region, locals likely took refuge here from invading Hungarian tribes during the 10th century.
 The church itself was commissioned in 1828 by pope Leone XII, and once housed a statue of the Madonna and Child made by the famous Italian sculptor, Antonio Canova, but was later relocated to the Museum of Sacred Art in Genga.
During the construction of the temple in the 19th century, various human remains of prehistoric origin were discovered,. They found the bones of several adults and children, ovens for baking bread, two stores of grains, and some coins from the Bronze or Iron Age.
 Behind the temple, a huge cave system awaits, inviting those who dare to disappear deeper into obscurity…

 You’ll know you’ve found the right grotto when you come across the other man-made structure precariously built under an overhanging rock outside the cave. This is the Madonna di Frasassi, a simple little place which shares its walls with the side of the cliff…
 Admittedly a little more rustic than the palatial style of the Tempio del Valadier ↓ with its octagonal form built of redeposited limestone quarried from the very cave it’s hiding in.
 Perfectly sheltered by the cave itself, the chapel probably didn’t need a roof, but they went ahead and crafted one out of lead anyway.
So, if ever you happen to meet a fugitive in need of a neoclassical mini cave palace to hide out while they do a bit of spiritual soul searching, you might recommend the Temple Valadier.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Marriage Types According to the Bible

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Of the eight types of marriages mentioned in the Bible, many were non-consensual and some would have involved continual rapes. The first two types shown in the above graphic are described here:
  • Type 1: The standard nuclear family: God is recorded as promoting the this type of marriage in Genesis 2:18: Referring to Adam, "...the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." (King James Version - KJV) "Help meet" also appears in the Jerusalem Bible. It is translated "helper" in many other translations (e.g. Amplified Bible, An American Translation, James Moffatt Translation, New American Standard Bible, New Century Version, New International Version, New World Translation, Revised Standard Bible, Young's Literal Translation.) TheLiving Bible, New Living Translation, and Today's English Version use a phrase like "a suitable companion to help him."

    The original Hebrew word, when used to refer to humans, implies a partnership of two equals, rather than a relationship between persons of unequal status. "Co-worker" or "equal partner" might be a better translation. The Contemporary English Version, New American Bible, and Revised English Bible use the more accurate term "partner" indicating an equal status between Adam and Eve.

    Genesis 2:24 describes how a man leaves his family of origin, joins with a woman. They consummate the marriage, and live as a couple. There were quite a few differences between the customs and laws of contemporary North Americans and of ancient Israelites. In ancient Israel:
    • Inter-faith marriages were theoretically forbidden. However, they were sometimes formed most notably by Solomon.
    • Children of inter-faith marriages were considered illegitimate.
    • Marriages were generally arranged by family or friends. They did not result from a gradually evolving, loving relationship that developed during a period of courtship.
    • A bride who had been presented as a virgin and who could not be proven to be one was stoned to death by the men of her village. (Deuteronomy 22:13-21) There appears to have been no similar penalty for men who engaged in consensual pre-marital sexual activity.

  • Type 2: Levirate Marriage: The name of this type of marriage is derived from the Latin word "levir," which means "brother-in-law." It is called "yibbum" in Hebrew. This involved a woman who was widowed without having borne a son. She would be required to leave her home, marry her brother-in-law, live with him, and engage in sexual relations. If there were feelings of attraction and love between the woman and her new husband, this arrangement could be quite agreeable to both. Otherwise, the woman would have to endure what was essentially serial rapes with her former brother-in-law as perpetrator. Their first-born son was considered to be sired by the deceased husband. Before the details of conception were determined, such a belief made a lot of sense. It lives on in some version of Sharia law among Muslims which state that a woman can conceive any time up to seven years after engaging in intercourse.

    In Genesis 38:6-10, Tamar's husband Er was killed by God for unspecified sinful behavior. Er's brother, Onan, was then required by custom to marry Tamar. Not wanting to have a child who would not be considered his, he engaged in an elementary (and quite unreliable) method of birth control: coitus interruptus. God appears to have given a very high priority to the levirate marriage obligation. Being very displeased with Onan's behavior, God executed him as well.

    Ruth 4 reveals that a man would be required to enter into a levirate marriage not only with his late brother's widow, but with a widow to whom he was the closest living relative.

    Deuteronomy 25:9-10 describes a process called "halizah" whereby a man can refuse to marry the widow in a levirate marriage. The widow spits in his face, and takes one of his shoes. He is humiliated from that time onwards by being referred to within his community as "the one without a shoe." As one might expect from the low status of women in ancient Hebrew society, there was no mechanism by which the widow could opt-out of a levirite marriage.

  • Type 3: A man, one or more wives, and some concubines: A man could keep numerous concubines, in addition to one or more wives. These women held an even lower status than a wife.  As implied in Genesis 21:10, a concubine could be dismissed when no longer wanted. According to Smith's Bible Dictionary, "A concubine would generally be either (1) a Hebrew girl bought...[from] her father; (2) a Gentile captive taken in war; (3) a foreign slave bought; or (4) a Canaanitish woman, bond or free.2 They would probably be brought into an already-established household. Abraham had two concubines; Gideon: at least 1; Nahor: 1; Jacob: 1; Eliphaz: 1; Gideon: 1; Caleb: 2; Manassah: 1; Saul: 1; David: at least 10; Rehoboam: 60; Solomon: 300; an unidentified Levite: 1; Belshazzar: more than 1.

  • Type 4: A male rapist and his victim: According to the New International Version of the Bible, Deuteronomy 22:28-29 requires that a female virgin who is not engaged to be married and who has been raped must marry her attacker, no matter what her feelings were towards him. A man could then become married by simply sexually attacking a woman that appealed to him, and paying his father-in-law 50 shekels of silver. There is one disadvantage of this approach: he was not allowed to subsequently divorce her. However, the King James Version and American Standard Version translate the same passages as having the man "lay hold on her" which seems to imply some sort of force was used that might be interpreted as rape. Youngs Literal Translation refers to the man catching her which also seems to involve force. Finally, the New Living Translation simply refers to the couple having intercourse. The original Hebrew seems to be ambiguous.

  • Type 5: A man, a woman and her property -- a female slave: As described in Genesis 16, Sarah and Abram were infertile. Sarah owned Hagar, a female slave who apparently had been purchased earlier in Egypt. Because Hagar was Sarah's property, she could dispose of her as she wished. Sarah gave Hagar to Abram as a type of wife, so that Abram could have an heir. Presumably, the arrangement to marry and engage in sexual activity was done without the consent of Hagar, who had such a low status in the society of the day that she was required to submit to what she probably felt were serial rapes by Abram. Hagar conceived and bore a son, Ishmael. This type of marriage had some points of similarity to polygamous marriage, as described above. However, Hagar's status as a human slave in a plural marriage with two free individuals makes it sufficiently different to warrant separate treatment here.

  • Type 6: A male soldier and a female prisoner of war: Numbers 31:1-18 describes how the army of the ancient Israelites killed every adult Midianite male in battle. Moses then ordered the slaughter in cold blood of most of the captives, including all of the male children who numbered about 32,000. Only the lives of 32,000 women - all virgins -- were spared. Some of the latter were given to the priests as slaves. Most were taken by the Israeli soldiers as captives of war. Deuteronomy 21:11-14 describes how each captive woman would shave her head, pare her nails, be left alone to mourn the loss of her families, friends, and freedom. After a full lunar month had passed -- about 29.5 days -- they would be required to submit to their owners sexually, as a wife. It is conceivable that in a few cases, a love bond might have formed between the soldier and his captive(s). However, in most cases we can assume that the woman had to submit sexually against her will; that is, she was continually raped.

  • Type 7: Polygynous marriage: A man would leave his family of origin and join with his first wife. Then, as finances allowed, he would marry as many additional women as he desired and could afford. The new wives would join the man and his other wives in an already established household. Polygyny -- the marriage of one man and multiple women -- was practiced by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, until the practice was suspended, a least temporarily, in the late 19th century. It is still practiced by separated fundamentalist Mormon groups which have left and been excommunicated from the main Mormon church.

    There are many references to polygynous marriages in the Bible:
    • Lamech, in Genesis 4:19, became the first known polygynist. He had two wives.
    • Subsequent men in polygynous relationships included:
      • Esau with 3 wives;
      • Jacob: 2;
      • Ashur: 2;
      • Gideon: many;
      • Elkanah: 2;
      • David: many;
      • Solomon had 700 wives of royal birth along with 300 concubines;
      • Rehaboam: 3;
      • Abijah: 14.
      • Jehoram, Joash, Ahab, Jeholachin and Belshazzar also had multiple wives.
    • From the historical record, it is known that Herod the Great (73 to 4 BCE) had nine wives.
We have been unable to find references to polyandrous marriages in the Bible -- unions involving one woman and more than one man. It is unlikely that many existed because of the distinctly inferior status given to women; they were often treated as property in the Hebrew Scriptures.
  • Type 8: A male and female slave: Exodus 21:4 indicates that a slave owner could assign one of his female slaves to one of his male slaves as a wife. There is no indication that women were consulted during this type of transaction. The arrangement would probably involve rape in most cases. In the times of the Hebrew Scriptures, Israelite women who were sold into slavery by their fathers were slaves forever. Men, and women who became slaves by another route, were limited to serving as slaves for seven years. When a male slave left his owner, the marriage would normally be terminated; his wife would stay behind, with any children that she had. He could elect to stay a slave if he wished to remain with his family.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Seven Churches of Antarctica

Antarctica is officially considered a desert, thus making it the largest desert in the world. But even in this icy barren landscape, the explorers and scientists braving the harshest of climates have still found time for religion. With at least seven churches used for religious practice in Antarctica, these are the Southernmost places of worship in the world…

1. Chapel of the Snows
Located on an American science station on Ross Island, this is not the luckiest of churches. Despite being built in an isolated frozen landscape, the church was destroyed by fire twice. The original church was devastated in a blaze that started in the heater room while its replacement burnt down after it had been abandoned for several years and caught fire during a severe storm.

 The current church, also built by the seasonal residents of the station, features custom stained glass featuring the Antarctica continent. During winter, the station is host to around 200 people, while summer sometimes sees up to 1,000 visitors. The non-denominational church also does its best to cater to worshippers of all religions, and Father Michael Smith has even been known to conduct Buddhist and Bahai ceremonies.

2. Trinity Chapel

This orthodox church was built in Russia in the 1990s with Siberian pine and then transported on a supply ship all the way to the Russian (formerly Soviet) Antarctic station, Bellingshausen on King George Island. Two monks from a Russian monastery first volunteered to man the church year-round and since then, the monastery has rotated priests annually.

Defying the destructive power of the polar winds, the wooden structure with Russian carvings stands 15 meters tall. The Orthodox church can accomodate up to 30 visitors and caters to the spiritual needs of the personnel from the nearby Russian, Chilean Polish and Korean Stations. Some services are actually conducted in Spanish. The priests’ duties also include praying for the souls of the 64 Russians who lost their lives in various expeditions. Although rarely filled to capacity, the church has performed a wedding ceremony between Russian and Chilean researchers, as well as the occasional baptism.

3. The Ice Cave Catholic Chapel at Belgrano II Base

This cave church with walls made of ice is the Southernmost place of worship of any religion in the world. It is the permanent Catholic church for an all-year round Argentinian base and scientific research station founded in 1955 on Coat’s Island. As a result of its latitude, both day and night here are four months long and the night sky often displays the aurora australis.

 4. San Francisco de Asis Chapel

The Esperanza Base Station, one of Argentina’s thirteen research bases in Antarctica, is considered by the Argentinians as its the southernmost “city” (although it’s probably closer to a hamlet). As well as a church, the permanent year-around research base also has a permanent school with teachers, a museum, a bar and a hospital with permanent birth facility where several Argentinians have been born.

And while it’s clearly important to the researchers that they stay close to God during their time in Antarctica, they also didn’t see the harm of having a their won casino too (which also serves as the community centre).

5. St. Ivan Rilski Chapel, Livingston Island
Hugged by the surrounding wall of snow, this is the church of the Bulgarian base St. Kliment Ohridski, founded in 1988 by a four-member Bulgarian team. Despite looking pretty basic, it comes complete with a chapel bell that was donated by the ex-Vice Premier of Bulgaria who worked as a doctor at the Bulgarian base in the 1993/94 season.

6. Chilian Chapel of Santa Maria Reina de la Paz
Probably one of the few churches in the world made out of shipping containers, this is the unusual place of worship of the biggest civilian settlement in Antarctica, with a summer population of 120 and a winter population of 80. Located on the Chilean military base of King George’s Island, Villa las Estrellas is home to several personnel’s families with children who live there for up to two years at a time. Religious ceremonies are given by a deacon who lives on the base. The town also has a school, a hostel, a post office and a bank.

7. Catholic Chapel of Santisima Virgen de Lujan at Marambio Base
Posing in front of the steel-structured Catholic chapel on another of Argentina’s research bases, Father Nicholas Daniel Julian sure looks like he could use a better coat! He helped build the church on the permanent, all year-round base, considered Argentina’s most important base in the continent. At the time of its construction it was the first airfield in Antarctica and is still one of the most frequently used ones due to its suitability for wheeled landing, for which it is called “Antarctica’s Entrance Door”.

A Subantarctic Church of Note: The Whaler’s Church

This Neo-Gothic church was built in 1913 for a whaling station, in Grytviken, a settlement in South Georgia established by Norwegian sea captain. Erected by the whalers themselves, hence its nickname “Whaler’s church”, it is the only building in Grytviken which has retained its original purpose since the now abandoned station closed in 1966.

When the settlement was first established in 1904, it took 195 whales in the first season alone.

The whalers used every part of the animals – the blubber, meat, bones and viscera were rendered to extract the oil and the bones and meat were turned into fertilizer and fodder. Elephant seals were also hunted for their blubber. Around 300 men worked at the station during its heyday, operating during the southern summer from October to March.

The whale population in the seas around the island was substantially reduced over the following sixty years until the station closed, by which time the whale stocks were so low that their continued exploitation was unviable. Even now, the shore around Grytviken is littered with whale bones and the rusting remains of whale oil processing plants and abandoned whaling ships.

In 1998, the whaler’s church was renovated by the keepers of South Georgia Museum, which is housed in the manager’s house of the former whaling station. The church is rarely used except for the occasional service marriage ceremony, typically for descendants of whalers who was buried at the settlement.

You may also recognise the church and abandoned whaling station from a cameo appearance in the 2006 Oscar-winning feature film, Happy Feet.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

"Ten Deadly Sins" - From perfumes and personal care products to food and medicine, today's humans are being "murdered" by science

Non-organic cosmetics and personal care products are loaded with "scientifically-formulated" chemical ingredients that cause cancer, liver damage, kidney damage, neurological disorders and even skin diseases.

A typical "skin lotion" or cosmetic base is made with a sickening cocktail of incredibly toxic chemicals purchased in bulk from chemical factories. Many are shockingly high in lead, and most cosmetic manufacturers actually hide their ingredients from consumers in order to conceal the truth of what's in their overpriced products.

The FDA, for its part, openly allows cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals to be used in cosmetics. After all, people who are harmed by cosmetics will become profitable patients for the cancer industry, right?

Cosmetics and personal care products are routinely formulated with dangerous, sometimes deadly chemicals such as parabens, triclosan, ethoxylates, diethanolamine, and phthalates. A typical perfume fragrance product contains 20+ cancer-causing chemicals, and Dr. Samuel Epstein, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and author of Toxic Beauty, has openly warned about cancer chemicals in name-brand products like Avon.

Remember, all these cancer-causing chemicals are added to cosmetics and personal care products through the application "evidence-based science." The problem, as usual, is that the evidence is selective and distorted in order to serve the profit interests of the corporations. The "scientists" who do all this are on the payroll of the very corporations whose products are killing people for profit.

The Environmental Working Group has an excellent online database of cosmetic ingredients where you can search more than 81,000 products for possible worrisome ingredients. Natural News has been a longtime supporter of the EWG and its efforts to blow the whistle on dangerous chemical ingredients that are "scientifically" formulated into personal care products. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Miniature Bible used in concentration camps

Miniature bible smuggled into Nazi concentration camps by Jehovah's Witness prisoners