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Belgian Ethics Committee Rules Against Infant Circumcision

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September 30, 2017

A Belgian federal government committee has ruled against the circumcision of infant boys for reasons other than medical necessity. Its ruling states that bodily integrity is more important than religious faith.

Psychologist Explains Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not.

Surprise! According to Research, This Delicious Household Spice Makes You Smarter

Cinnamon is one of the most potent antioxidants in the world and . regular consumption can lower blood sugar, help digestion, ease arthritis, lower blood pressure and even ward off Alzheimer’s. New research has found the first evidence that cinnamon has the potential to boost human intelligence. 

Western Sperm Counts Halved in Last 40 Years as ‘Modern Life’ Damages Men’s Health

Sperm counts have plunged by nearly 60 per cent in just 40 years among men living in the West, according to a major review of scientific studies that suggests the modern world is causing serious damage to men’s health. Pesticides, hormone-disrupting chemicals, diet, stress, smoking and obesity have all been “plausibly associated” with the problem, which is associated with a range of other illnesses such as testicular cancer and a generally increased mortality rate.

Monsanto and Bayer are Maneuvering to Take Over the Cannabis Industry

It has been rumored for years that Monsanto plans to take over the cannabis industry with genetic engineering just as they’ve taken over the corn and soy industries. Although they have always denied having any intentions to do so, at this point it is unlikely that anybody really believes them. In contrast, many in the cannabis sphere are prepared to resist any kind of GMO takeover of marijuana by Monsanto or any of their cohorts.

How Google’s New Depression Diagnosis Tool is a Big Pharma Plot to Mass Diagnose the Public with Depression (and Sell More Drugs)

Google has a new feature designed to help people suffering from depression. One of the goals of the test is to shorten the gap of the average six years it takes for a person to be diagnosed with depression. However, experts have warned that Google’s depression screening tool will lead to over-diagnosis, over-prescribing, and misuse of data.

Scientists and Physicians Send Appeal About 5G Rollout and Health Dangers to the European Union

On September 13, 2017, more than 180 scientists and doctors sent an 11-page Appeal for a moratorium on the roll out of 5G in the European Union. The reason for the appeal is “RF/EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment,”but 5G has not been investigated fully for potential health hazards and environmental impact by INDEPENDENT scientists, rather than industry scientists who apparently would rubber stamp 5G similarly as the other generations of telecommunications updates have been.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong When Google Releases Millions of “Lab-Made” Mosquitos in Fresno?

Sometimes you have to think that scientists don’t ever read science fiction, and thus have not even contemplated all the things that could go wrong when they do something like creating 20 million mosquitos in a laboratory, infecting them with a bacteria, and then releasing those mosquitos in Fresno, California.

Largest Study Ever Shows the Consistent Value of Psychedelics as a Way to Break Addiction

Studies continue to confirm what scientists have pondered for a long time.  Psychedelic drugs do seem to help people break addiction. One of the newest studies, backing up an influx of information, is in the journal Current Opinion in Behavioural Sciences. The study referenced material dating back as far as the 1950’s and accumulates six major psychedelic studies done in the 20th century.

Italy Makes Vaccination Mandatory for School Children in an Attempt to Combat ‘Anti-Scientific Theories’

The Italian government has approved a new law ordering parents to vaccinate their children or face fines. The authorities have noted a rise in measles cases, which the cabinet blames on “the spread of anti-scientific theories.” The new legislation makes vaccines mandatory for 12 preventable diseases, including measles, chicken pox, polio, hepatitis B, and tetanus. Only children with immunizations would be eligible for nursery school, according to the Friday law.