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Mitochondrial dysfunction and neurodengenerative diseases
By Zina Kroner, DO
Mitochondria are small structures (called organelles) which are imperative for the health and function of most cells in the body. Frequently referred to as “the power houses of the cell,” mitochondria are responsible for generating some 90% of necessary energy. This is important anywhere in the body, but certain cells have to work harder, and any decrease in mitochondrial function impacts these cells and tissues the most.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Autism


US to fund tracking devices for children with autism, special needs
CBS News
The U.S. Department of Justice says it will fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions that put them at risk for fleeing their caregivers. A proposal to fund tracking devices was prompted by the disappearance of New York City teenager Avonte Oquendo, a boy with autism.
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Chelation Therapy & Alzheimer's


Tips for lowering alzheimer's risks immediately
Health News Digest
According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are more than 5 million people in the country who have the disease. What's more, it is considered the sixth leading cause of death, with 1 out of every 3 seniors dying with some degree of Alzheimer's or dementia. The good news is that there are things that people can begin doing immediately to lower their risks of getting the disease.
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Chelation Therapy & The American Heart Association


The effect of an EDTA-based chelation regimen on patients with diabetes mellitus and prior myocardial infarction in the trial to assess chelation therapy
American Heart Association
For more than 50 years, ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA)- based chelation therapy has been used by practitioners to treat complications of atherosclerosis, without a robust evidence base, and with increasing controversy. The Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), developed in response to a Request for Proposals by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, was designed as a pivotal trial of disodium EDTA chelation therapy for patients who had a myocardial infarction (MI).
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Multivitamin mineral supplementation in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
ProHealth
Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by medically unexplained persistent or reoccurring fatigue lasting at least 6 months. CFS has a multifactorial pathogenesis in which oxidative stress plays a prominent role. Treatment is with a vitamin and mineral supplement, but this therapeutic option so far has not been properly researched.
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Copper & Metal Toxicity


Dietary spirulina reduces copper toxicity, improves blood and growth
Natural News
Copper is a naturally occurring free metal. The body uses this metal for a variety of actions and regulates proper amounts. Too much copper taxes the kidneys and liver and can be detrimental. The right amount is essential. A certain blue-green algae called spirulina has been found to reduce copper toxicity and improve blood and growth in fish. This modulating action, as seen in this fish study, effectively eliminates excess copper obtained through overloaded water, soil and air.
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DEPRESSION


Is depression treated in Homeopathy?
Gulf News
Depression is a mental disorder that presents with loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration ... these problems can become chronic or recurrent and lead to substantial impairments in an individual's ability to take care of his or her everyday responsibilities.
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GMO LABELING


There is no stopping the GMO labeling movement, admits mainstream media
Natural News
It is a war for the truth, and NationalGeographic.com writer Laura Parker seems to think that the people are winning it. Awareness about the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is clearly on the rise nationwide, and in the midst of this knowledge boon comes the admission by some in the mainstream media that mandatory GMO labeling is no longer a question of if, but of when.
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Himalayan Salt & Detoxification


Himalayan salt can help mineralize and detoxify the body
Natural News
Salt is an essential nutrient that our bodies require for transporting nutrients into and out of our cells, regulating blood pressure, exchanging ions and much more. However, not all salts are equal. Table salt, which has been stripped of all its minerals except sodium and chloride, for instance, will not have the same positive biological impact upon our bodies as pure, unrefined salt that boasts a robust mineral profile.
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LYME DISEASE


Study: Lyme disease may be sexually transmitted
Science World Report
New research suggests that Lyme disease-a tickborne infection caused by Borrelia burgdoferi, a type of corkscrew-shaped bacteria that's known as spirochete-may be transmitted sexually. "Our findings will change the way Lyme disease is viewed by doctors and patients," said Marianne Middelveen, lead author of the study presented in Carmel, via a press release. "It explains why the disease is more common than one would think if only ticks were involved in transmission."
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Mesoblast


Aussie Mesoblast Phase 2 trials show promising potential for back pain treatment
Monsters & Critics
Last week regenerative medicine company Mesoblast Limited (ASX:MSB) announced positive 12 month outcome results from the Phase 2 clinical trial of its proprietary allogeneic, or "off-the-shelf" stem cells (MPCs) in patients with chronic moderate to severe low back pain.
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STEM CELL THERAPY


Breakthrough in stem cell creation using acid bath
Harborough Mail
"Stem cell researchers are heralding a 'major scientific discovery'," BBC News reports. Japanese scientists have created pluripotent stem cells (stem cells than can form all parts of the body) essentially by dipping mouse blood cells in acid, and then growing the cells in the presence of specific chemicals. If this could work in humans then it could have a range of intriguing applications.
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New stem cell re-programming technique could allow us to grow new organs and replace damaged cells!
India.com
Scientists in Japan have figured out a method to change mature animal cells back into an embryonic-like state that will allow them to generate different kinds of tissues. The research findings have been hailed by experts to be completely ground-breaking and there’s some hope that in the future, even human cells could be reprogrammed with the same technique. This would mean that it would be feasible to replace damaged cells or grow new organs for sick and injured people.
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Stem cell major discovery claimed
Updated News
Stem cell researchers are heralding a “major scientific discovery”, with the potential to start a new age of personalized medicine. Scientists in Japan showed stem cells can now be made quickly just by dipping blood cells into acid. Stem cells can transform into any tissue and are already being trialled for healing the eye, heart and brain.
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Swine Flu Vaccine


Researchers discover swine flu vaccine causes narcolepsy
Natural News
A team of Swedish clinicians have clinically linked a 2009 swine flu vaccine to increased risk of narcolepsy in young adults, and a group of Danish researchers now understand how and why. Pandemrix, an influenza vaccine unleashed in 2009, was widely administered to combat H1N1, or swine flu, in multiple countries. As reports of people experiencing sleep disturbances mounted, the vaccine manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, and organizations like the CDC scrambled to isolate the problem.
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TUNGSTEN TOXICITY & STROKE


Exposure to heavy metal tungsten increases chances of stroke
Natural News
A popular metal used in mobile phones, wedding rings, light bulbs, computers and various other consumer products has been linked in a new study to increasing the risk of stroke. Researchers from the University of Exeter in the U.K. observed a direct association between tungsten levels in the blood and stroke risk, meaning that participants with the highest levels of the heavy metal in their systems were also the most prone to developing the circulatory condition.
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VACCINES


The great medical myth of vaccine safety and effectiveness
Natural News
The medical establishment continues to credit the smallpox and polio vaccines for eliminating these diseases. Both vaccines were in fact failures. The National Institutes of Health's funding of nine Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units, with an annual budget of $135 million, provides evidence of continued vaccine growth based on the vaccine myth. Vaccine data demonstrates that vaccines are dangerous. The media and pharmaceutical companies help maintain the vaccine myth with false reporting and bogus vaccine safety studies.
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UNITED STATES NEWS


California


California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awards $40 million to Stanford to boost genomics research
California Healthline
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded $40 million to the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine to boost genomic research in an effort to better understand diseases and improve drugs and treatments. Four other institutions were vying for the money, including UC-San Diego and UC-San Francisco.
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INDIANA


Autism center open house is Feb. 11
The Reporter-Times
Little Star Center, an applied behavior analysis center focused on children with autism, is expanding to Bloomington and an informational meeting is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at Terry’s Catering, 3116 Canterbury Drive, Bloomington. Little Star Center was founded in 2002, currently employs 100 people and provides one-on-one therapy to 75 learners each day, according to a press release from Little Star.
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MASSACHUSETTS


Massachusetts to institute commercial food waste ban
The Associated Press via the Boston Globe
Massachusetts has issued final regulations on a statewide commercial food waste ban. The regulations unveiled are set to take effect in October and intended to divert leftover food and reduce the state’s waste stream. The ban, which will be regulated by the state Department of Environmental Protection, requires businesses that dispose of at least one ton of organic material per week donate or "re-purpose" any useable food.
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NEVADA


Allied Nevada initiates milling and oxidation pilot plant study on positive phase II oxidation results
Marketwire via The Wall Street Journal
Allied Nevada Gold Corp. reports that it has completed the second phase of its ongoing metallurgical test program for onsite oxidation and processing of sulfide concentrates at Hycroft. The encouraging results from the first and second phases of testing, including preliminary capital and operating cost evaluations, have led us to initiate a pilot plant level study at a third party laboratory.
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OREGON


Battle over GMO sugar beets in Oregon
The Associated Press via the Herald and News
A David-and-Goliath political battle is shaping up over genetically modified crops in Southern Oregon. Some Midwest sugar beet growers have joined the Oregon Farm Bureau in giving a total of $75,000 to defeat a homegrown ballot measure from organic farmers to prohibit genetically modified crops in Jackson County, except for research. Measure 15-119 goes before Jackson County voters on the May primary ballot.
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West Virginia


Lyme disease, West Virginia water and privatizing SF public transportation
No Lies Radio
Today we bring you the 2nd part in a discussion on Lyme disease. Also, the West Virginia Governor tells the people of his state to drink the water at their own risk. Finally, privatizing public transportation in San Francisco to accommodate Silicon Valley. The people fight back.
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS


Azerbaijan


First successful adipose derived stem cell implantation performed in Azerbaijan
Trend
Bioheart, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of autologous cell therapies, announced that its first successful adipose derived stem cell (ADSC) implantation was performed in Azerbaijan at Baku Central Military Hospital, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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India


Supreme Court in India stays import of GMO seeds
Republica
The Supreme Court issued an interim order to prohibit the import of Genetically Modified (GMO) seeds, including those supplied by Monsanto. Responding to a writ petition filed by advocate Arjun Aryal, a bench of Justices Tarka Raj Bhatta and Kalyan Shrestha issued the order not to import and sell the GMO seeds unless the SC gives final verdict in this regard.
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Homoeopathy healing 80 percent leprosy patients, claims Ayush
The Times of India
If the claims of the Directorate of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), are to be believed, a pilot project of testing homeopathy drugs on leprosy patients has proven successful in restoring sensation to the affected parts of body.
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IRELAND


Ireland opens first human use stem cell manufacturing facility
Controlled Environments
The Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland at NUI Galway is the first ever facility on the island of Ireland to receive a license from the Irish Medicines Board to manufacture culture-expanded stem cells for human use. This facility in Galway, opened by Minister Seán Sherlock, positions Ireland as a global player in the regenerative medicine field and is a significant development for the med tech sector as a whole.
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Italy


Italy: Agriblea organic dried tomatoes showcased in Nuremberg
Fresh Plaza
Agriblea di Agosta Giorgio & C., specialised in dried organic products, will attend Biofach 2014 from 12th to 15th February in Nuremberg. In addition to the Sicily region stand, one of its quantum agricultural products will also be showcased in the "Novelty Stand." In addition to the GlobalGAP, BRC and BIO certifications, Agriblea has in fact obtained the AgriQuantum certification for its dried tomatoes.
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Japan


Japan commends breakthrough in stem cell research
Xinhua
A team of Japanese scientists were praised by the government on Thursday for their breakthrough research involving the transformation of specialized cells that could lead to revolutionizing the way patients are treated with stem cells. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said that he hoped the discovery would help push the field of regenerative medicine forward in the future.
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Philippines


Philippine food brand generates strong interest from US buyers
Inquirer.net
Food Philippines, the country's national brand for its food exports, made waves in the country’s first participation in the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, the Department of Trade and Industry reported last week. During the three-day event held earlier this month, the Philippine delegation received warm reception from the U.S. media and from big premium specialty food chains supplying natural and organic food products, as it registered about 330 buyer inquiries and more than 200 buyer visits.
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LEGAL & LEGISLATIVE CORNER


KENTUCKY


Panel approves physician assistant, acupuncture bills
Lexington Herald-Leader
A state Senate panel unanimously approved two bills last week. The sponsor of Senate Bill 41, Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, said it would reduce doctors' administrative workloads so more patients could be treated. The bill requires a supervising physician to review and countersign at least 10 percent of the medical notes written by a physician assistant every 30 days.
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New Kentucky groundwork for acupuncture
HealthCMi
The home of the Kentucky Derby makes the acupuncture news in the Year of the Horse. New acupuncture education and license titles may come to Kentucky. Out of the gates in the Chinese New Year, the Kentucky State Senate takes up new acupuncture legislation.
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MASSACHUSETTS


State approves both 'pot farm' licenses in Amesbury
Newbury Port News
Both companies interested in opening medical marijuana cultivation facilities have been awarded provisional licenses, the state Department of Public Health announced today. Alternative Therapies Group Inc. and Green Heart Holistic Health and Pharmaceuticals were each among the 20 applicants selected by the state to receive licenses to open and operate medical marijuana businesses.
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MISSISSIPPI


Autism insurance bill will go to House, with amendment
Clarion Ledger
A bill requiring the state and schools employee health insurance plan to cover autism therapies will pass out of the House Appropriations Committee, said its chairman, state Rep. Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville. Frierson said a subcommittee passed an amended version of House Bill 542 Friday, and he will bring it up for a vote when the full committee convenes Tuesday morning.
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National News


Farm bill amendment from Sen. Jeff Merkley good news for organic farmers
The Huffington Post
The $500 billion farm bill agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators this week holds good tidings for organic farmers, an increasingly prominent constituency long neglected by the federal government. The draft bill contains several measures likely to benefit organic farms, including funding for research in organic agriculture and a federal program to market organic foods. (Keep your eyes peeled for "Got Organic?" billboards to pop up soon on a highway near you.)
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RHODE ISLAND


RI lawmakers review plan to require GMO labels
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
State lawmakers in Rhode Island are taking a closer look at proposals to require labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients. The state is one of dozens across the country considering so-called GMO labels. The two bills up for a hearing Wednesday would require labels on foods that include ingredients made or derived from genetically altered crops.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Feb. 19-22 STEMSO Conference Grand Bahama
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Feb. 21-22 Detoxify: Path to Healing Long Beach, Calif.
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March 12-16 ICIM Conference Nashville, Tenn.
March 15-16 2014 Annual Updates in Environmental Medicine Conference Tempe, Ariz.
March 29-31 ACC 63rd Annual Scientific Session & Expo Washington D.C.
April 2-4 Health Practitioner Marketing Forum Long Beach, Calif.
April 3-5 12th Anti-Aging Medicine World Congress Monte Carlo, Monanco
April 24-26 12th Annual International Integrative Oncology Conference Reno, Nev.
April 25-27 The Intensive Clinical Course PK Protocol Millville, N.J.
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July 31-Aug. 2 National Women's Survivors Convention Nashville, Tenn.

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