Compelling new scientific research has shown that female insects and mammals are able to absorb foreign DNA throughout the cells of their bodies. In human beings, this phenomenon has been conclusively shown to occur in women during pregnancy where genetic material from her growing fetus becomes fused within areas of her brain, affecting her chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The evidence now shows that female animals can incorporate sperm DNA from her prior sex partners. This foreign DNA winds up in future children after the woman successfully reproduces with a completely different male. In the human world, this means that the children a man has with a promiscuous woman could possess genes from previous sexual partners he has never seen or met.
There are existing sociological studies that show a marriage is far more likely to fail when a woman had more than two prior sexual partners (1, 2, 3, 4), but now renewed support for the once-questionable field of telegony is showing that there are also genetic reasons not to start a family with a promiscuous woman: children you have with her may have their gene pool polluted by her random affairs and one-night stands.
Fluoride is an element from the halogen group same as iodide and chloride. It is commonly used as an additive in toothpastes and some mouthwashes, as a tooth decay preventive ingredient. It is also found in our drinking water and excessively used in some popular infant juices.
According to the Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products Handbook, fluoride is more poisonous than lead and just slightly less poisonous than arsenic. It is a cumulative poison that accumulates in the body especially the bones over the years. In hypersensitive humans it can cause skin eruptions, gastric distress, headache, and weakness. These hypersensitive reactions usually disappear after discontinuation of the fluoride. In some studies, fluoride has been found to lower IQ.
A study by Procter and Gamble showed that as little as half the amount of fluoride used to fluoridate public water supplies resulted in a sizable and significant increase in genetic damage, and was linked to cancer deaths (Dr. Dean Burk, head of the cytochemistry division of the National Cancer Institute).
Fluoride even at small dosages of 1 part per million, which is found in artificially fluoridated water, damage the immune system, can inhibit enzyme systems, and contribute to calcification of soft tissues, worsen arthritis and cause dental fluorosis in children.
“I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable.” – Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, Past President of the American Medical Association.
The video below is a recent addition to the many exisiting sources on the dangers of fluoride.
Personality plays an inherent part in human nature and any abnormal extremes, that is, personality disorders, become very evident. One of the most common abnormalities in personality disorders is narcissism. This article briefly looks at narcissistic personality disorder or NPD and its effects.
The term “narcissism” is derived from the Greek mythology of Narcissus and it refers to an interest or concern with the self along a broad continuum, from healthy to pathological, including such concepts as self-esteem, self-system, and self-representation, and true or false self. According to Freud, everyone possesses a normal version of narcissism whereas, pathological narcissism, is an extreme distorted version which can be defined as excessive love, admiration of oneself or being extremely self-centered.
Some scholars posit that young children have a dependency upon their primary caretakers, which they see as role models. These role models need to mirror the child’s own self-worth to develop a healthy personality and a sense of self otherwise a grandiose fantasy is developed leading into a narcissistic personality disorder or NPD. It is believed that narcissism is due to a lack of healthy self-esteem developed in early childhood.
According to Vaknin, the criteria for NPD is as below:
Narcissists have a facade of self confidence and at a deep level they feel inferior about themselves and are fragile and delicate. Narcissists report a lower self esteem to non-narcissist and this can have a very detrimental effect on those around them including the narcissist.
In the area of leadership, a narcissistic leader would possess exploitive tendencies, would be unable to accept constructive criticism, and appear highly arrogant without any guilt. These leaders tend to put a high value on wealth and luxury and do not possess the ability to self-reflect. The combination of these traits can lead to overspending in areas that focus on image rather than talent. It is well understood that when image supersedes talent, quality declines and in some cases white-collar crime can take place as narcissists do not possess proper skepticism towards their plans or strategies. The Wall Street and the 2008 financial crisis are examples of out-of-control unsustainable narcissistic traits.
Furthermore, a person with narcissistic personality disorder has a paramount need for attention and he or she will do anything to obtain it. There also exists exhibitionism, vanity and entitlement. Moreover, a narcissist uses exploitation which are interestingly characteristics of a bully. According to the statistics over the last two years, the fastest growing sector for calls to the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line has been from the charity or not-for-profit sector. In most cases, although not completely, the identified serial bully is a female whose objective is to demonstrate to the world a wonderful, kind, caring, compassionate person with a prominent position and an active member of numerous charity committees, while in reality, producing a team environment with high staff turnover and low morale.
The biggest obstacle is that a narcissist is unable to identify his or her narcissistic traits as they tend to be supremely self-sufficient and superior to others in their own minds. This is a massive cover for their deep insecurities and the sad irony of the narcissistic personality disorder is that, in an effort to protect themselves, narcissists inevitably invite the very rejection and abandonment they initially fear. People with NPD have learned well to ignore, project and deny their vulnerabilities in order to shape and reshape their identity. To change would mean allowing the vulnerability back in, and opening up to the very feelings they’ve learned to avoid. Due to this, it is difficult to correct a narcissistic personality disorder and this is a critical point to consider. It’s not that people with NPD cannot change but that would mean threatening their sense of self.
More psychological research needs to be conducted to determine the best way to treat narcissistic individuals in a society that values individuality.
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From acclaimed producer-director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) and best-selling author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz (“There Are No Children Here”), an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities.
Fifty per cent of managers are incompetent, so how did that idiot get to be your boss?
Surveys keep telling us that between 65% and 75% of people rate their managers as the worst aspect of their jobs.
Is this just baseless moaning, or are they right?
Actually most are right since research into managers shows that around 50% of them are incompetent DeVries, 1993).
The reasons they can’t do their jobs are pretty simple. When Leslie and Van Velsor (1996) looked at the research across different organisations and different employees, they found these four points summarised the problems with failed managers (research described in Hogan & Kaiser, 2005):
Poor interpersonal skills. Horrible managers look down on you from on high like irascible emperors. They are insensitive, cold and as likely to be nice to you as give their pay-checks to charity.
Can’t get the work done. They repeatedly set overly ambitious targets and then repeatedly fail to meet them. They don’t follow through on their promises and they’re likely to betray your trust.
Can’t build a team. It’s perhaps the most essential skill of being a manager. Team-building requires building trust, assigning roles and goals, promoting good communication and providing leadership. Terrible managers are totally incapable of any of this.
Can’t cope with promotion. Who knows how they got that promotion, but it’s clear the new job is beyond them. As soon as they’re settled in, everything starts to fall apart.
A new scientific study has characterized a checkpoint protein that allows certain brain tumor cells to avoid the immune system. Tumors regularly avoid detection by decorating themselves with proteins that mimic those found on healthy cells. This protective shield allows them to grow undetected, often with deadly results. Brain tumors contribute to approximately 17,000 deaths annually with over 4,600 children newly diagnosed each year, according to the American Brain Tumor Association.
Tumors regulate their defensive shields by coordinating cascades of protein signals. These signals are often under the control of central coordinator proteins called serine/threonine kinases.
In the study published in the July 2016 edition of Science, researchers studied a protein called cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5), a serine/threonine kinase that is essential for nerve and tumor cell development. The researchers specifically explored the role of Cdk5 in the development of medulloblastoma, a common, fast-growing pediatric brain tumor.
At birth, babies with Prader-Willi syndrome are usually small and floppy, with low muscle tone, and have problems feeding. They may have small hands and feet, and boys may have undescended testicles. The babies are slow to start walking and poor motor skills may persist into adult life.
After about six months to a year, especially as the child becomes mobile, they develop an interest in food that may become an insatiable obsession. Weight gain can be rapid, leading to severe obesity that results in diabetes, strain on the heart, lungs and skeleton, and even early death.
Other symptoms can include:
Underdeveloped genital organs
People with Prader-Willi syndrome often have obsessive-compulsive behaviour – they may hoard possessions and show repetitive habits such as picking at skin or hair. They are unsettled by changes in routine and can show unpredictable rages and aggression. Some individuals are more severely affected than others.
Some people have also noticed that children with Prader-Willi syndrome may be unusually blonde and blue-eyed.
“They have traits similar to ideal leaders. You would expect an ideal leader to be narcissistic, self-centred, dominant, very assertive, maybe to the point of being aggressive. Those things can easily be mistaken for the aggression and bullying that a psychopath would demonstrate. The ability to get people to follow you is a leadership trait, but being charismatic to the point of manipulating people is a psychopathic trait. They can sometimes be confused.” – Dr. Paul Babiak, psychologist.
According to research a staggering 10% of managers are workplace psychopaths. So if you work for someone who is manipulative, intimidating, non-empathetic, but very charismatic then you might be within range of an office psychopath.
The I, Psychopath documentary investigates the correlations between high-powered successful business people and psychopaths. It points out the significant number of psychopaths are not some sadistic, violent, crazed axe murderers but well functioning high-powered, top order professionals, that are aggressive and narcissistic bullies in nature. A typical psychopath suffers from a very profound and incurable deficiency of emotions with bizarre and self-destructive behavior that is shameful, self-loathing, and embarrassing to an ordinary person.
Stanford Graduate School of Business has published a study in 2005, “Emotions Can Negatively Impact Investment Decisions.”, that shows how psychopaths are actually well suited to executive decision-making which require emotions being blocked out when decisions of closure of factories are taken that consequently put many people out of work. Also, the 2004 documentary The Corporation looks at similarities in the behavior between psychopaths and modern corporations. Where companies overlook ethics in order to maximize profits, and tragedies are used as opportunities for profit.
It is shown in the documentary, Corporate Psychopath, that the workplace psychopaths will do anything to get what they want, including lying and deceit. Lying is like breathing to the psychopath, it is part of their con-ology. In fact some psychopaths boast that the bigger the lie, the moreit isbelieved. When a psychopath is caught in a lie, they invent new lies. Typically psychopaths are imprisoned for their bizarre actions, however with a suit on or uniform, not only they can get away with some of the most horrific acts but actually are highly-paid and admired individuals. The admiration from secondary psychopaths, ofter referred to as sycophants, creates a pathological culture found in many organization or even countries, well documented by Dr Lobaczewski in his book Political Ponerology (see article on Ponerology and Pathocracy).
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” – Albert Einstein.
The Window of Empathy
When most of us see another person in distress, our emotional centre, the limbic system, gets aroused due to feeling slightly what the other is feeling. According to one definition, empathy is the intellectual identification or vicarious experiencing of feelings of another person, in order to understand that person better. If one possesses empathy, he or she has greater means by which to assess, comprehend, sympathize, and react to others.
A Harvard-educated scientist, Joan Boryszenko, believes brain parts related to empathy are developed through a physical and emotional bond between the mother and her baby during the first 19 months of infant’s life, referred to as the window of empathy, in her book A Woman’s Book of Life. Well developed empathy brain centers, are what assists children in responding to others with compassion and empathy, this is absent in psychopaths. One 2001 US study revealed the psychopath has actually very little limbic system response to emotional information. It would be interesting to further investigate any correlations into the window of empathy and the psychopathic emotional deficiency, to discover the real importance and significance of this 19-month window.
The psychological damage on victims of psychopathic boss is well documented. According to Dr John Clarke, in the video Corporate Psychopath, the most appropriate option is to leave the job. This may seem unfair, however the situation does not change especially if the company supports the corporate psychopath. In addition, Dr Clarke states:
“… It’s almost impossible to rehabilitate the psychopath. In fact, there are studies in the United States, which suggest that rehabilitation in fact makes them worse because it teaches them new social skills they can use to manipulate the people around them more effectively.”
With this in mind, one must learn to identify psychopaths and learn some important communication skills.
A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins concludes that a substantial number of people with a history of the most frequent kind of nonmelanoma skin cancers still get sunburned at the same rate as those without previous history, probably because they are not using sun-protective methods the right way or in the right amounts.
The findings, which were based on self-reporting of sunburn and sun protection practices gathered from the National Health Interview Survey, urge skin doctors and other health care providers to better educate their patients about protective skin care practices, especially for those with history of nonmelanoma skin cancer.
The findings were published in May ahead of print in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
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