Alternative Health looks at alternative ways of treating illness apart from the medical system.

Carcinogen Chromium-6 in Tap Water of More Than 200 Million Americans

In the film "Erin Brockovich," the environmental crusader confronts the lawyer of a power company that polluted the tap water of Hinkley, Calif., with a carcinogenic chemical called chromium-6. When the lawyer picks up a glass of water, Brockovich says: “We had that water brought in ‘specially for you folks. Came from a well in Hinkley.” The lawyer sets down the glass and says, "I think this meeting’s over." But almost 25 years after that real-life confrontation, the conflict over chromium-6 is not over. A new EWG analysis of federal data from nationwide drinking water tests shows that the compound contaminates water supplies for more than 200 million Americans in all 50 states. Yet federal regulations are stalled by a chemical industry challenge that could mean no national regulation of a chemical state scientists in California and elsewhere say causes cancer when ingested at even extraordinarily low levels.

No Evidence for Fluoridated Water to Result in Less Cavities

Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride. Unlike other chemicals added to water, which are intended to treat the water itself, fluoride is intended to treat the people who drink the water, whether they want the treatment or not. As the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) puts it, “Fluoridating water supplies can thus fairly be described as a form of mass medication, which is why most European countries have rejected the practice.” In the U.S., many people assume the fluoride in drinking water is beneficial for their teeth, an assumption that has been widely spread by public health agencies. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) in saying fluoridation is “nature’s way to prevent tooth decay” — a statement that is both misleading and inaccurate.

Grassroots Efforts to Allow Medical Cannabis to Treat Autism

With the addition of Pennsylvania and Ohio in 2016, the total number of states in America allowing the use of cannabis medically is now 25. The non-state known as the District of Columbia or Washington, D.C., the nation's capitol, also has allowances for medical cannabis. They all have variations of what ailments or diseases are allowed for obtaining a medical marijuana permit. The states that are the most liberal include Colorado, Washington (state), and Oregon. They allow recreational use of marijuana, thus eliminating the need for approval from a bureaucratic medical marijuana approval system. Some states have more restrictions than others. For example, in New Mexico, hepatitis C is a condition allowed for cannabis, but only if one is using an FDA approved medically prescribed anti-viral. In other words, only as an adjunct for interferon type drugs that have a history of nasty side effects. This helps keep those who would rather avoid the medical system in it. Nearby Arizona allows cannabis for hepatitis C without the concurrent anti-viral treatment requirement. But so far, only one state allows medical cannabis for those diagnosed with aggressive or destructive autism, Delaware. Currently, a panel within the Minnesota Department of Health has met to discuss the possibility of including autism as a qualified condition for cannabis use. If you are a Minnesota resident and wish to register your supporting opinion or parental giver story with that panel, they are open to comments until September 20th.

The Importance of CoQ10 for Heart Health and Much More

In an earlier Health Impact News article, it was pointed out how statin drugs cut back on the body's ability to produce an important co-enzyme called CoQ10. One of CoQ10's important health features, among others, is that it's vital for good heart health. Ironically, statin drugs prescribed for protecting cardiovascular health hamper this heart health co-enzyme production, and worse, it affects other areas of health. This could explain the other adverse side effects of statin drugs, such as fatigue, lowered immunity, and aching joints, muscles, and tendons. Co-enzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) was identified from its function, not its structure. It actually involves a complex cycle that affects electron transfer in tissue cells, most importantly brain, heart, and liver organ tissues, and promotes intracellular energy production throughout the body.

Kratom: Why is the FDA Banning this Herb that Helps Break Addiction to Opioid Drug Addicts?

Within weeks of denying an anticipated change in the DEA's classification of cannabis as a schedule I controlled substance, the DEA has announced plans to post another harmless plant as schedule I by September 30th, 2016. The newly posted schedule I substance is kratom. Schedule I is a category of drugs the DEA considers dangerous, subject to abuse, and addictive. The DEA has many drugs like that in other more permissive categories, but the clincher for cannabis and now kratom is that they supposedly "lack medical merit." And how does the DEA know whether or not a “controlled substance” has or doesn't have medical merit? They rely on the FDA's word, the same government agency that the pharmaceutical industry pays over $2 million for each drug's license to market. Throughout the nation, many have been using kratom leaf teas or powders and capsules to help them withdraw successfully from opioid painkillers and that other street drug opioid, heroin. Kratom has been used traditionally for opiate withdrawal primarily in Southeast Asia for centuries.

Study: High Cholesterol Does not Cause Heart Disease- Treating with Statins a “Waste of Time”

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed. A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease. Published in the BMJ Open journal, the new study found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer. The authors have called for a re-evaluation of the guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries, because “the benefits from statin treatment have been exaggerated”.

Zero Deaths from Supplements: But FDA Wants to Restrict Them Anyway

According to the most recent data, there are zero deaths from supplements. But the FDA’s tightening of supplement regulations is for our safety, right? Action Alert! Every year, the American Association of Poison Control Center’s National Poison Data System (NPDS) releases an annual report that tracks deaths and serious adverse events as a result of poisoning from a wide variety of substances, including drugs and supplements. NPDS is “the only comprehensive, near real-time, poisoning surveillance database in the United States.” According to the most recent report, ZERO Americans died from taking any supplement in 2013. That includes anything from substances that must be taken with care and medical guidance, such as kava kava or yohimbe, or ayurvedic medicines (which must be sourced with care to be sure they are free of heavy metals), to standard vitamins and amino acids, to the gentlest homeopathic remedies. Of course, to most of us in the natural health world this is unsurprising. Dietary supplements have an exemplary track record of safety. In fact, our partners at ANH International calculated that, according to the European Union’s own data, we are more likely to be struck and killed by lightning than die from taking a supplement.

Millions of Bees Dead from Zika Spraying – Nation’s Food System in Great Peril

Health Impact News reporter John Thomas' dire warnings about actions taken to combat the Zika hoax are already coming true. While there is no credible evidence that mosquitoes can carry Zika, or that Zika presents any public health threat, the evidence is mounting fast that efforts to fight Zika present the greatest threats to our nation's health and well-being. National mainstream media is widely reporting today that Dorchester County, S.C. aerially sprayed naled, a pesticide used to kill mosquitoes across the county this week, which resulted in the deaths of millions of bees.

CBD Oil Without the “High” – Medical Marijuana’s New Healing Force the FDA Wants to Restrict

Medical marijuana has two primary cannabinoids that are medicinally proven and understood to some extent, THC and CBD. They can both regulate each other and cooperate harmoniously. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive cannabinoid. CBD or cannabidiol was the un-heralded major cannabinoid that has only recently gained notoriety after going on its own instead of merely medicinally complementing THC. Most of this notoriety occurred through national TV exposure from Dr. Gupta Sanjay's CNN documentary “Weed." That documentary featured a young girl's struggle with a life threatening type of chronic epilepsy called Dravet's syndrome. Her name was Charlotte Figi and she was experiencing hundreds of seizures weekly. Out of desperation that led to discovery, the Figi family discovered CBD oil, which led to a miraculous turn-around with Charlotte's horrific symptoms. They found that they could administer CBD oil, made from marijuana, without making their child "high." This discovery spread quickly through Sanjay's CNN nationwide presentation going viral, exposing how many desperate families whose children can benefit from CBD exist throughout the nation and elsewhere.

Easy to Use Effective Natural Heart Health Remedies

Health Impact has presented a great deal of material thoroughly explaining the dangers of statin drugs and the wrong information that has been publicized regarding saturated fats and cholesterol over the years. In a nutshell, the cholesterol-saturated fat lipid theory of heart disease is false, and not supported by science. Statin drugs are harmful, and cholesterol is necessary for brain and hormone health. If you're convinced that modern medical heart health dogma misses the mark, you should know about inexpensive and effective natural solutions, starting with the least known suppressed protocol.