Alarming statistics reveal “young strokes” are surging across America

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Lance D. Johnson
April 30, 2017

Strokes are occurring more frequently for adults between the ages of 35 and 44. The trend is shocking. Between 2003 and 2012, stroke hospitalizations rose 42 percent for men and 30 percent for women in this young age group. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, gathered hospital billing data and calculated the number of adults under age 65 who were hospitalized for an ischemic stroke from 2003 to 2012. An ischemic stroke occurs when the blood clots and cannot circulate to the brain.

In total, there were at least 30,000 more stroke hospitalizations in 2012 than there were in 2003. Every age group studied is suffering more than ever before. Adults aged 35 to 44 showed the greatest uptick in ischemic stroke and other chronic disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

Dr. James Burke, neurology researcher at the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, stresses the importance of controlling lifestyle factors that lead up to strokes. There’s more to it than just studying risk factors. One has to study the root cause behind these chronic disease risk factors. “So while I wouldn’t rule out an increase in conventional risk factors driving an increase in stroke in the young, if rates are truly going up, my best guess it’s for reasons other than classical risk factors,” said Dr. Burke.

Not just risk factors: chronic diseases indicate cellular environments that are starved of oxygen and nutrients

Chronic diseases are interrelated. They are manifestations of poor lifestyle habits. More specifically, they are the result of nutritionally-starved cells, inefficient mitochondria with low energy output, and toxin-ridden cell membranes made out of saturated fat. Chronic disease is plaguing young adults like never before because cellular health is overlooked, forgotten.

A high blood pressure pill, a steady dose of statin drugs, a popular diet, or some quick fix isn’t going to address this chronic state of disease that has been created over time within the cells of the human body. Lifestyles have become extremely sedentary, dehydrated, void of sunlight, and saturated with bad fats, refined sugars, chemicals, and inflammatory foods. (Related: Read about how Sunlight increases nitric oxide levels, dilating blood vessels.)

Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity aren’t just risk factors for stroke. They indicate the starvation of cellular environments and the weakness of mitochondria that can’t produce efficient ATP energy. Foods like hawthorn, garlic, beet root, capsicum, and flax seed help nourish the vascular system, dilating blood vessels and helping the blood carry oxygen to the brain. Whole foods such as these are missing from many Western lifestyles. Its nutrient dense, antioxidant-rich, good fat foods that nourish the cellular environment and help build strong body systems. (Related: Read how a 48-year-old man cures high blood pressure with healthy lifestyle changes.)

Hospitalization rates continue to increase: the need to incentivize preventative measures is dire

The study showed that there was a relative increase in hospitalization rates from 20 percent to 40 percent within a decade’s time. U.S. healthcare spending continues to go up, but just because it’s used more frequently doesn’t make it a great product or the best healthcare system in the world. Yes, chronic states of disease that turn deadly can be saved by emergency response teams, but this isn’t a true, sustainable model of healthcare, nor does it address the root problem. Prevention of chronic disease has to become the center focus. If incentives are going to be used in a healthcare system, they should not be given to health insurance companies to bloat the costs further. Prevention should be incentivized. Only when preventative measures are sought will there be a brighter day for healthcare in America. For now, diabetes, heart disease, cancer obesity, and ischemic stroke will continue to overtake the quality of life for many young adults.

We are not truly living longer. We are dying longer and getting poorer because of it.

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[Book Review] Unmasking The Social Engineer – The Human Element Of Security by Christopher Hadnagy

Compulsory Reading For Those Interested In The Intricacies Of Social Engineering & Human Behaviour

Zy Marquiez
July 11, 2016

“You see, but you do not observe.  The distinction is clear”
– Sherlock Holmes

The Social Engineering topic is a subject that’s as fascinating as its concerning.

Social Engineering is a tool that is used to influence individuals/people to take specific actions.  These actions could be positive or negative depending on the intent of the social engineer.

This topic came of extreme interest to me after reading the book  Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses by Daniel Estulin.  In that particular book, the author deals with Social Engineering, but at a large scale where it is the goals of institutions to influence cultures/nation states et al, and not in a positive way one might add.

Unmasking The Social Engineer – The Human Element Of Security by Christopher Hadnagy deals with Social Engineering at an individual level, which is greatly appreciated since nigh nobody touches this topic, but its adverse effects are innumerable.

In this particular book the author does an exemplary job of outlining many of the instances and subtle, or no so subtle idiosyncracies that will end up influencing how people feel, one way or another.  If a particular individual is savvy enough, these behaviours will help that individual become a better communicator, and possibly a better person.

On the flip side of that, this particular skillset can also be used for detrimental purposes.  This is why the author notes that its vital for people not only to know how emotions couple with social engineering techniques, but how one can use them for positive and defensive circumstances.

Many people feel a bit recent about there being a book such as this on how to influence people, and rightly so.  The author tackles that concern rather trenchantly:

“We can’t defend properly without knowing how to attack.  If the first time you get punched is your first real fight, it will most likely end badly for you.  That is why people take lessons in how to fight and defend themselves.”[1]

Hadnagy makes it a point of making sure the reader understands that the techniques employed in the book are vital to becoming a better communicator, but more importantly, a better listener, which will inherently increase the quality of life.

Unmasking The Social Engineer is a veritable crashcourse into a kaleidoscope of abilities that are the disposal of people if they realize the effects that can be expected from individuals.  Many of these effects take place through what’s known as amygdala hijacking.

In respect to that, as the author concerningly notes:

“When the emotional processor [the amygdala] kicks into high gear, the logic center processors [neocortex] get almost turned off and blocked.  Adrenaline, hormone levels, and blood pressure rise, and our memories become less efficient.  We begin to lose our ability to communicate effectively, and we turn to a form of autopilot to make decisions.”[2][Bold Emphasis Added]

To add additional grist for the mill, Hadnagy further notes:

“Our brains are hardwired to mirror the emotional content we see from those around us, so it is logical to say that if the social engineer can show mild sadness signs, those signs will trigger empathy in the person they are dealing with.  Once empathy is triggered, and if those social engineer’s words and story create an emotional bond with those words, then the rational and logic centers in the brain shut down momentarilyThis leaves the full processing power of our brain focused on the emotional center, so as a decision is being made based on the request, what is reasonable goes out the window.”[3] [Bold Emphasis Added]

Those facts, along with other salient points, are a large reason of why individuals need to be cognizant when their emotions might be subject to be played like a fiddle.

Another great aspect of this book is that Hadnagy references the work of Dr. Paul Eckman, who has been at the tip of the spear in the area of emotional behaviour and individual idiosyncracies.  Two books that couple well to this book are, Emotions Revealed, and Unmasking The Face.  While these books obviously do not need to be read in order to understand Unmasking The Social Engineer, but they offer extreme depth in this abstruse subject for those interested in delving deeper into this intriguing pool of psychological/physiological data.

The book showcases various components of an individual’s behavior repertoire, and synthesizes it all in an easy to understand matter that’s very pragmatic.

Taking into account the totality and depth of this book, this should not only be compulsory reading for those interested in the intricacies of social engineering, but should be something that everyone should make a point to learn given the vital aspects it plays within safety and communications.


[1] by Christopher Hadnagy, Unmasking The Social Engineer – The Human Element Of Security by Christopher Hadnagy, pg. 204.
[2] Ibid., pg. 166.
[3] Ibid., pg. 173.

Other Suggested Reading:

Thinking, Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Mass Control – Engineering Human Consciousness by Jim Keith
Emotions Revealed by Dr. Paul Ekman
Unmasking The Face by Dr. Paul Ekman and Friesen
Snap – Making The Most Of First Impressions, Body Language & Charisma by Patti Wood

Another Study Proves This Simple Activity Rejuvenates The Brain

person in nature
Christina Sarich
June 11, 2016

There is already a bevy of studies that prove spending time in nature has amazing health benefits. Spending micro-breaks outdoors can rejuvenate the brain. Kids who spend more time in green spaces have elevated cognitive functioning on tests and also enjoy lower stress levels. The list of ways that Mother Nature nurtures our minds is growing, with a study from last year adding to the multitude of positive benefits we get from spending time outdoors.

The new study, by Stanford’s Gregory Bratman and several colleagues from the United States and Sweden, was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, comes from the field of cognitive neuroscience. By scanning neural signatures in the brain after people spent time in nature (people in Japan refer to this as forest bathing), researchers found some interesting results.

Thirty-eight participants with “no history of mental disorder” were divided into two groups and asked to take a walk. One group walked for 90 minutes near the natural area of the Stanford campus, and the other group walked along a busy roadway (El Camino Real) in downtown Palo Alto, California.

Both before and after their walks, the participants answered a questionnaire designed to measure their tendency to ‘ruminate’ on negative self-talk, an inward pattern of thinking that often leads to depression. They also had brain scans before and after their walks, with emphasis on examination of the subgenual prefrontal cortex of the brain – which the study calls:

“an area that has been shown to be particularly active during the type of maladaptive, self-reflective thought and behavioral withdrawal that occurs during rumination.”

As you may have guessed, participants who took the 90-minute nature walk showed a decrease in rumination. The decrease was measured by how they answered the questionnaire and also by their brain scans, which showed decreased activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex.

Gregory Bratman, the lead author of the study explained:

“This provides robust results for us that nature experience, even of a short duration, can decrease this pattern of thinking that is associated with the onset, in some cases, of mental illnesses like depression.”

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The Transhumanist Scrapbook – The Other Side Of NeuroScience


Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
February 1, 2016

If you’ve been following my blogs the past few days, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been focused a great deal on the general phenomenon of transhumanism in general, and on its efforts to control and map the brain, and thereby to manipulate the mind, in particular. This hasn’t been entirely my own doing, however, for as regular readers here also know, my blogs are driven by articles and trends that people send me, and I was indeed somewhat taken aback by the concentration of articles from various readers on this subject who sent them along. The “brain-mind” subject was somehow in the aether these past few days, and it was totally unexpected when I reviewed all my emails and the articles and noticed this. When such trends emerge I try to comment on them.

With that caveat lector in mind, consider this article sent along by Mr. V.T.:

The essence of this critique of the materialist assumptions undergirding the transhumanist impulse to download and upload the brain and its memories, is that memory does not reside in the brain as such, but rather – if I may employ a phrase I have used before in this connection – that the brain transduces those things from “somewhere”, the aether, the information in the field, the Akashic records, whatever one wishes to call it:

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