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Ovarian cancer: What we think we know may harm us

Ovarian Cancer
What do we really know about ovarian cancer risk and the 'gene mutations' considered largely responsible for increasing it? The answer is quite surprising and opens up the possibility for a radical change in how we diagnosis and treat the most lethal gynecological cancer in existence.

Ovarian cancer strikes fear into the hearts of women, their families, and their doctors, alike. Risks of false positive diagnosis leading to a treatment that has been demonstrated to result in the worst outcomes of any gynecologic cancer have led the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to recommend against routine screening.[1]

The real tragedy - largely still unacknowledged - is that ovarian cancer statistics are not transparent to the fact that five times more women without ovarian cancer end up having surgery than those with ovarian cancer, according to a 2011 JAMA retrospective study of ovarian cancer screening.[2]

Endocrine disruptors: New studies confirm dangers of BPA and substitutes

The full range of dangers presented by the DNA-damaging endocrine disruptor and neurotoxin Bisphenol-A (BPA) is finally being understood and widely communicated by the scientific community.

It has been linked to obesity, infertility and reproductive disorders in both genders, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, behavioral problems, liver tumors and more. A Harvard study found a whopping 1200% spike in BPA levels in the urine of people who had recently eaten canned soup, and study after study is showing that harm results at much lower levels than previously thought.

However, even more troubling are the studies revealing that BPA substitutes carry the same level and range of dangers that hoodwink people by labeling "BPA Free" when the presence of bisphenol remains as Bisphenol-S, AP, M, or P.

3 new studies are posted below that highlight the dangers to both humans and nature from the presence of these toxins that are still deemed acceptable by the EPA, which continues to urge that the public does not even have a right to know about where BPA and its substitutes appear.

Water at 10% U.S. beaches are unsafe for swimming

Coney Island Beach
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People crowd the beach at Coney Island on Memorial Day May 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
Things are particularly bad in New England, on the Gulf Coast and along the Great Lakes

If you swim at 10 different U.S. beaches, you could end up getting a stomach bug, conjunctivitis or even something more serious from one of them. New research from the National Resources Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group, has concluded that 10% of the country's coastal and lakefront beaches fail to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's water-safety standards - in other words, they're ripe with bacteria.

Things are particularly bad in New England, on the Gulf Coast and along the Great Lakes, according to the data.

The major culprit is stormwater runoff, which inevitably ends up in the ocean after picking up garbage, oil and waste products from both humans and animals along the way. Making matters worse are the hundreds of billions of gallons of sewage that go untreated annually, ending up in water and causing 3.5 million Americans to fall ill each year.

Periodontitis found to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease

It's one of the easiest ways to care for your health, a ritual we participate in daily: brushing those osseous outcroppings, our teeth.

For those of us who heed the pleas of our dentists, flossing is a part of our routines, too. But the state of affairs of our glistening maws - the density of plaque, the presence of gingivitis, a full set of chompers - is important beyond mere aesthetics. Good oral fitness, particularly steps taken to limit the bacterial status quo, plays an important role in the goings-on of our body as a whole; a dirty mouth - and not the kind prone to sailor-like profanity - can provide important clues as to how susceptible you are to heart attacks and strokes.

Periodontitis is a chronic bacterial infection of the scaffolding of teeth, including the gums, connective tissue, and jawbone that surround and encapsulate a tooth. It may well be one of the most common diseases of man: in the United States, anywhere from 30 to 50% of the adult population has a mild form of the disease, while an additional 5 to 15% suffers from a severe form.

That disease begins with dental plaque or calculus, a layering and mineralization of pathogenic microbes that thrive in the dark, wet, and (occasionally) nutrient-rich crevices of our mouth. Over 500 microbes have been implicated as residents of these so-called periodontal pockets, those clefts and rifts between tooth and gum, forming complex biofilms and microbiotic communities of Gram negative rods, Gram positive cocci and rods, and spirochetes.

Periodontitis can incite additional infections: burrowing tooth cavities or caries; gingivitis, an infection of the fleshy gums; and, most severely, destruction of the alveolar jawbone that props the teeth (3).

Comment: One thing that heart disease and poor oral health have in common is that both can be exacerbated by a diet high in carbohydrates. It is well known that excess sugar contributes to cavities and periodontitis, and studies have shown that high-carb diets are a marker for heart disease, Alzheimer disease, and diabetes among others.


Air pollution seen as playing role in the development of autism and other mental health disorders

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Some neurological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia may be linked to exposure to air pollution, a new study shows.

Experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that subjecting young mice to air pollution causes unhealthy changes in their brains, including the enlarging of the same areas found in humans diagnosed with autism and schizophrenia.

The research showed the changes tended to occur more often in males, and that other troubles like memory loss, learning disability and impulsivity became prevalent. The findings support those of earlier studies indicating a link between air pollution and autism in children.

Last year, JAMA Psychiatry reported a correlation between children living in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution and autism. In fact, these kids were three times more likely to develop the condition.

"Our findings add to the growing body of evidence that air pollution may play a role in autism, as well as in other neurodevelopmental disorders," Deborah Cory-Slechta, professor of environmental medicine at the University of Rochester and lead author of the study, said.

Earlier this year, a Harvard University study showed that exposure in the womb to diesel, lead, manganese, mercury, methylene chloride and an overall measure of metals was "significantly associated with autism spectrum disorder," with the highest association from exposure to diesel exhaust, according to a story in the Provo Daily Herald.

"Air pollution contains many toxicants known to affect neurological function and to have effects on the fetus," the Harvard study stated.

Learn More:

New Evidence Links Air Pollution to Autism, Schizophrenia (University of Rochester)

Harvard Draws Link between Autism and Air Pollution (Caleb Warnock, Daily Herald)

Traffic-Related Air Pollution, Particulate Matter, and Autism (by Heather E. Volk, Fred Lurmann; Bryan Penfold; Irva Hertz-Picciotto and Rob McConnell, JAMA Psychiatry)

Comment: It's not just developmental problems
  • Air pollution is the world's biggest killer
  • UK: Air Pollution from Traffic Impairs Brain
  • Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Decline
  • Study Claims: Prenatal Exposure to Inner-city Air Pollution is Linked to Childhood Obesity
  • Air Pollution Tied to Stroke, Memory Loss
  • Pollution Can Lead to Brain Damage and Depression Warn Scientists
But since the motor companies and oil industry lobbies have congressmen and the regulatory agencies in their back pocket, there will be no progress towards non-polluting forms of transportation.


Is veganism child abuse?

 Sarah Anne Markham
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Sarah Anne Markham
A mother is arrested for infant neglect after a hospital crisis that began with her veganism

In a case likely to kick up - yet again - the debate over parental responsibility regarding how children are fed, a Florida mother was arrested Tuesday for child neglect and her newborn was admitted to the hospital in a crisis that started over vegan beliefs.

Local news station WESH reports that Sarah Anne Markham's pediatrician alerted authorities after the woman's 12-day-old baby appeared dehydrated during a doctor visit. The doctor said that Markham refused the medical advice to admit the child to the hospital or take the medicine offered, on the grounds that "it contained ingredients that came from animals." After police were summoned to her home, Markham reportedly told them that she'd purchased organic soy formula for the baby, and that "she wanted to pursue a religion-based treatment and she had contacted a 'natural' or vegan doctor, but police said she did not share any proof of this to them." Police added that "They asked Markham if the product was confirmed with a doctor that it was safe to give the newborn, and she replied saying that since it was organic, it must be OK." The baby remains in protective custody.

The case has chilling echoes of the one of the Atlanta couple who three years ago were sentenced to life for murder in the starvation death of their 6-week-old son. The couple's defense argued that "the parents did the best they could while adhering to the lifestyle of vegans," but prosecutors countered that they'd limited his diet to soy milk and apple juice. At the time of his death, the baby weighed just three and a half pounds. Also in 2011, a French couple were charged with "neglect and food deprivation followed by death" after the demise of their 11-month-old baby, who died underweight and with a vitamin deficiency. The vegan couple admitted the child's entire diet consisted of breast milk.

That police had to forcibly enter the 23-year-old Markham's home because she "told police she didn't think she had to answer or acknowledge police presence," and that a new mother would even contemplate caring for her child based on "a religion-based treatment" strongly suggests a parent with issues that are far beyond the parameters of simply wishing to pursue a vegan lifestyle. And at the other end of the spectrum, diet-based neglect doesn't have to mean deprivation of animal products. Earlier this year, an 8-month-old Colombian baby was "rescued" for medical intervention by a local charity after tipping the scales at 44 pounds. In the U.S., childhood obesity can be cited as "a form of medical neglect" and grounds for placing a child in foster care.


The Vegetarian Myth

Study: Vegetarians are less healthy than meat eaters

The Myth of the Ethical 'Vegan'

95% of Soy Products May be Damaging Your Health

The Dangers of Soy Are Real - and Much Worse Than You Might Think

The Truth about Soy

The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

Evil Rays

Human guinea pigs: 500,000 cell phone towers causing cancer rates to soar

Since 1997, the United States has gone from around 50,000 cell towers to over 500,000 and counting. In my opinion, the ever-expanding deployment of wireless technology represents one of the greatest threats to human health - along with GMOs in our food supply and the geoengineering (chemtrail spraying) of the planet.

Comment: For the real truth about the so-called 'chemtrails' phenomena read Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron

Of course, the wireless industry says 'no worry.' So, why are they making cell towers look like a church cross; cactus in the desert; barn silo or a tree in the park? What are they trying to hide?

4,600 affected by untreatable virus spreading through Caribbean islands

Many people have heard of malaria and may even know about Dengue fever, two health-ravaging, mosquito-borne diseases. Malaria brings fever, chills and flu-like symptoms, and Dengue fever elicits fever, headache, pain and skin rash.

What few people have heard of is the chikungunya virus, an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was once isolated in Asia, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Originally discovered in Tanzania in the 1950s, chikungunya stayed in the shadows for decades. By 2007, the disease had spread to northeastern Italy, infecting 10. Most shocking, though, has been its emergence in the past six months. The disease, spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has made its way to the Americas and is spreading fast. Hundreds of new cases have been rising up throughout the Caribbean islands.

Replacing sugar-laden drinks with water cuts risk of obesity

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Parents should replace juice and fizzy drinks with jugs of water at mealtimes, diet experts have advised, to reduce their children's sugar intake and cut their risk of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Senior health scientists said today that sugar-sweetened drinks were the biggest source of sugar intake across all ages, but were a particular problem among children and teenagers.

Despite recent calls for a tax on sugary drinks and cuts to sugar content in everyday foods, Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health at the University of Oxford, said that "very simple advice" to parents could play an even bigger part in improving children's diets.

"Drink water, that's the very simple advice to parents," she said. "Encourage your children to drink water. Once they've been weaned, children ought to be drinking water...There is a whole range of drinks out there, [but] I don't need to encourage people to be drinking any of the others. I can firmly stick to encouraging people to getting their fluid from water."

Comment: Any drink that is high in sugar is unhealthy and that includes artificial sweeteners like aspartame. While parents think that substituting fruit drinks for sodas is a healthy alternative, fruit juices contain fructose which has been shown to lead to obesity and metabolic syndrome. Many people also have fructose intolerance, similar to lactose intolerance with milk-based products, that causes their body to experience severe cramping, gas, stomach pain, indigestion, and worse. Dairy products are not recommended as they contain casein which creates serious problems similar to protein gluten in wheat. They can trigger an autoimmune response and/or mimic endorphins to cause changes in perception, mood, and behavior.

Artificial Sweeteners are Continually Found to be Unsafe and Toxic
The three best reasons why you should avoid fructose like the plague ASAP
Fructose Fueling Childhood Obesity, Diabetes
Milk: The Poison
Why Milk Is So Evil


Watching too much television may increase risk of dying young

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Adults who watch a lot of TV may be at an increased risk of dying at a relatively young age, a new study suggests.

The study involved more than 13,200 adults in Spain who were all college graduates, and were around 37 years old at the study's start. Participants were followed for about eight years, over which there were 97 deaths.

Those who watched three or more hours of TV a day were twice as likely to die over the study period, compared with those whose watched TV for one hour or less daily, the study found.

In addition, the researchers found that participants' total time spent sitting - including time spent watching TV, using a computer or driving - was also linked to an increased risk of death during the study period.

Comment: Excess television is not only a health risk for adults, but endangers children's health and mental development as well. In addition, most of what is programmed on television does nothing to engender learning, mental health and cognitive development at any age. Television is promoted primarily to program the masses to be subservient and docile.

Children's TV 'is linked to cancer, autism, dementia'
Too much TV may affect baby's language learning
Keepers at the Gate: He Who Controls Television Controls the Masses