Health & Wellness


Outbreak of the plague kills 40 in Madagascar

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Madagascar's capital Antananarivo where two cases of the plague have been confirmed.
World Health Organisation is concerned about risk of disease spreading in the capital where two cases have been recorded

An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organisation has said.

So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capital Antananarivo but those figures could climb quickly due to "the city's high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system," WHO warned.

"The situation is further complicated by the high level of resistance to deltamethrin (an insecticide used to control fleas) that has been observed in the country," it added.

Plague, a bacterial disease, is mainly spread from one rodent to another by fleas. Humans bitten by an infected flea usually develop a bubonic form of plague, which swells the lymph node and can be treated with antibiotics, WHO said.

If the bacteria reach the lungs, the patient develops pneumonia (pneumonic plague), which is transmissible from person to person through infected droplets spread by coughing. It is one of the most deadly infectious diseases and can kill people within 24 hours. Two percent of the cases reported in Madagascar so far have been pneumonic, it added.

The first known case of the plague was a man from Soamahatamana village in the district of Tsiroanomandidy, identified on 31 August. He died on 3 September and authorities notified WHO of the outbreak on 4 November, the agency said.

WHO said it did not recommend any trade or travel restrictions.

The last previously known outbreak of the plague was in Peru in August 2010.

Comment: There is research out there supporting the idea that plagues coincide with cometary bodies in our atmosphere. From New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection,
According to the late Sir Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe of the University of Wales at Cardiff, viruses can be distributed throughout space by dust in the debris stream of comets. Then as Earth passes though the stream, the dust and viruses load our atmosphere, where they can stay suspended for years until gravity pulls them down. They compare numerous plagues throughout our history which coincide with cometary bodies in our skies. These researchers are certain that germs causing plagues and epidemics come from space.

Snakes in Suits

The shocking truth about emotional abuse in the workplace

I pride myself on being a relational and socially conscious woman in the workplace. I had no idea that these qualities made me a prime target for emotional abuse from a business colleague.

Looking back now, I can easily see his artfully used tactics so he could always win: rationalization, lying by omission, diversion, shaming, playing the servant role, and so many more. However, at the time it was hard to put my finger on what was going on. I now know that this is because he belongs to a special category of manipulative people Dr. George Simon labels Covert Aggressors: experts at knowing what to say and do in order to make you abandon any intuitive mistrust.

Comment: For more on pathology in the workplace:
Ponerology 101: Snakes in Suits
Psychopathic Bosses and Institutional Bullying
Beware the Workplace Psychopath
Workplace Psychopaths Leave a Trail of Destruction

Bacon n Eggs

SOTT EXCLUSIVE: Interstellar bacon! What do a famous actress, known filmmaker and participants in nutritional research have in common?

There is a saying, that everything new is long forgotten old. But what if it wasn't forgotten, but twisted and purposefully concealed under a pile of lies, personal interests and greed? For over 50 years we've been hammered with lies about saturated fats being bad for us, but now, after countless cases of seemingly healthy and young people dropping like flies due to heart attacks, the tide is slowly changing toward old-time wisdom that there is no better remedy for the body and soul than bacon, fatty broth and home made butter. And scientific research can back it up.

For example, take a look at the recent research done by The Ohio State University:
Doubling or even nearly tripling saturated fat in the diet does not drive up total levels of saturated fat in the blood, according to a controlled diet study.

However, increasing levels of carbohydrates in the diet during the study promoted a steady increase in the blood of a fatty acid linked to an elevated risk for diabetes and heart disease.

The finding "challenges the conventional wisdom that has demonized saturated fat and extends our knowledge of why dietary saturated fat doesn't correlate with disease," said senior author Jeff Volek, a professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University.[...]

When that marker increases, he said, it is a signal that an increasing proportion of carbs are being converted to fat instead of being burned as fuel. Reducing carbs and adding fat to the diet in a well-formulated way, on the other hand, ensures the body will promptly burn the saturated fat as fuel - so it won't be stored.

"When you consume a very low-carb diet your body preferentially burns saturated fat," Volek said. "We had people eat 2 times more saturated fat than they had been eating before entering the study, yet when we measured saturated fat in their blood, it went down in the majority of people. Other traditional risk markers improved, as well."[...]

When looking at palmitoleic acid, however, the scientists found that it consistently decreased on the high-fat/low-carb diet in all participants. The fatty acid then showed a step-wise increase in concentration in the blood as carbs were progressively added to the diet. Elevated levels of palmitoleic acid in the blood have been linked to obesity and higher risk for inflammation, insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, metabolic syndrome, type-2 diabetes, heart disease and prostate cancer.[...]

"There is widespread misunderstanding about saturated fat. In population studies, there's clearly no association of dietary saturated fat and heart disease, yet dietary guidelines continue to advocate restriction of saturated fat. That's not scientific and not smart," Volek said. "But studies measuring saturated fat in the blood and risk for heart disease show there is an association. Having a lot of saturated fat in your body is not a good thing. The question is, what causes people to store more saturated fat in their blood, or membranes, or tissues?

"People believe 'you are what you eat,' but in reality, you are what you save from what you eat," he said. "The point is you don't necessarily save the saturated fat that you eat. And the primary regulator of what you save in terms of fat is the carbohydrate in your diet. Since more than half of Americans show some signs of carb intolerance, it makes more sense to focus on carb restriction than fat restriction."
But what better way to test a theory if not on those who are constantly in the spotlight? As it turns out, a famous actress, Anne Hathaway, decided to give herself a present on her 32nd birthday and start following a low-carb diet.

Whole turmeric better at healing damaged brain than curcumin isolates

Long considered impossible to accomplish, new research reveals how a simple spice might contribute to the regeneration of the damaged brain.

Turmeric is hands down one of the, if not the, most versatile healing spice in the world with over 600 experimentally confirmed health benefits, and an ancient history filled with deep reverence for its seemingly compassionate power to alleviate human suffering.

But, most of the focus over the past decade has been centered on only one of its many hundreds of phytocompounds: namely, the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin which gives the spice its richly golden hue. This curcumin-centric focus has lead to the development of some very good products, such as phospholipid bound curcumin concentrate (e.g. Meriva, BCM-95) which greatly helps to increase the absorption and bio-activity of curcumin. But, curcumin isolates are only capable of conferring a part of turmeric's therapeutic power - and therein lies the limitation and hubris of the dominant 'isolate the active ingredient' model.

Comment: Turmeric has many health giving benefits, including being anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and a natural painkiller. It removes amyloid plaque buildup in the brain which leads to Alzheimers, speeds up wound healing and may prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer. For more information on this wondrous plant, see:

Eggs Fried

Study shows calorie-restricted diets stop gene expressions related to aging

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Neuroscientists have shown that a calorie-restricted diet almost stops gene expressions related to aging and dementia.

Dr. Stephen D. Ginsberg, who presented the new study's results at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, said:

"Our study shows how calorie restriction practically arrests gene expression levels involved in the aging phenotype - how some genes determine the behavior of mice, people, and other mammals as they get old."Mice in the study were fed 30% fewer calories, which likely reduced some of the aspects of aging which can lead to diseases like Alzheimer's.

The life-preserving effect of calorie restriction in animals has been known for some time, but the same effect is not proven in humans.

Comment: Although calorie restricted diets and intermittent fasting have been shown to prolong life in studies, a low-carb, high fat ketogenic diet has actually been proven to prevent and/or improve numerous diseases in humans. Because of its similarities to calorie restriction, the ketogenic diet is likely to involve other neuroprotective mechanisms that could ameliorate pathological aging.


Filmmaker experiments with a 60 day high sugar diet and ends up with fatty liver disease

By now, most of us realize that sugar is not a health food and is meant to be consumed in moderation.

Comment: Even better -- don't consume it at all.

It's been linked with poor dental health, obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, cell aging, heart disease, and cancer.

What is less commonly publicized is the link between sugar consumption and liver health.

For years, fat was the subject of a dietary witch-hunt. It was implicated in obesity, type II diabetes, and a myriad of other health problems. The 2004 documentary Super Size Me chronicled the 30-day McDonald's-only diet of filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. During that month, Spurlock consumed 90 meals from the fast-food chain. He gained 24 pounds, his cholesterol level shot up to 230, and fat accumulated in his liver. Those results led many to believe that dietary fat was the culprit, despite the fact that Spurlock consumed over 30 pounds of sugar in that month.

The myth of safe pesticides & the negative effects on children

In "The Myths of Safe Pesticides," André Leu compares the pesticide industry's most prevalent claims to peer-reviewed scientific evidence on the effects of agricultural pesticides in isolation and as chemical cocktails on our food.
The conventional agriculture industry claims that the pesticides, herbicides and insecticides it uses are safe when used as directed, but peer-reviewed evidence suggests otherwise. André Leu investigates these claims in The Myths of Safe Pesticides (Acres U.S.A., 2014), translating technical jargon into layman's terms to break down the five most-repeated myths about pesticide safety. The following excerpt is from chapter 1, "Myth #1: Rigorously Tested."

The high cost of sickcare: Big medicine cashes in with needless tests and scans

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Why is sickcare (a.k.a. "healthcare") absurdly unaffordable in America? There are many structural reasons which I have covered in depth for years, but one that most of us can relate to from personal experience is needless, hyper-costly scans and tests.

Even those of us who have never had a CT or MRI scan (and I hope I never will) know the drill from friends and family: practically every injury is now scanned by one device or another at enormous expense--not for treatment, as M.D. Ishabaka explains, but as defensive medicine to ward off future lawsuits or in response to patient demands.

Comment: Not only can CT scans be useless in some cases, they can also contribute to cancer:

The Coming Cancer Epidemic from Overuse of CT Scans

CT Scans Cause Cancer

The Danger of CT Scans: The Leading Cause of Breast Cancer?


New study reveals autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome triggered by HPV vaccine



Post-vaccination autoimmune phenomena are a major facet of the autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) and different vaccines, including HPV, have been identified as possible causes.


The medical history of three young women who presented with secondary amenorrhea following HPV vaccination was collected. Data regarding type of vaccine, number of vaccination, personal, clinical and serological features, as well as response to treatments were analyzed.


All three patients developed secondary amenorrhea following HPV vaccinations, which did not resolve upon treatment with hormone replacement therapies. In all three cases sexual development was normal and genetic screen revealed no pertinent abnormalities (i.e., Turner's syndrome, Fragile X test were all negative). Serological evaluations showed low levels of estradiol and increased FSH and LH and in two cases, specific auto-antibodies were detected (antiovarian and anti thyroid), suggesting that the HPV vaccine triggered an autoimmune response. Pelvic ultrasound did not reveal any abnormalities in any of the three cases. All three patients experienced a range of common non-specific post-vaccine symptoms including nausea, headache, sleep disturbances, arthralgia and a range of cognitive and psychiatric disturbances. According to these clinical features, a diagnosis of primary ovarian failure (POF) was determined which also fulfilled the required criteria for the ASIA syndrome.

Comment: Despite claims by the medical mafia and BigPharma of the necessity and safety of the HPV vaccine, the evidence continues to mount that this vaccine has no benefit, and in fact may be one of the worst abuses inflicted on young women:

Ice Cube

Adapting to cold while you sleep enhances metabolism and improves health

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Sleep is essential for good health, as we all know. But a new study hints that there may be an easy but unrealized way to augment its virtues: lower the thermostat. Cooler bedrooms could subtly transform a person's stores of brown fat - what has lately come to be thought of as "good fat" - and consequently alter energy expenditure and metabolic health, even into daylight hours.

Until recently, most scientists thought that adults had no brown fat. But in the past few years, scanty deposits - teaspoonfuls, really - of the tissue have been detected in the necks and upper backs in many adults. This is important because brown fat, unlike the more common white stuff, is metabolically active. Experiments with mice have shown that it takes sugar out of the bloodstream to burn calories and maintain core temperature.

A similar process seems to take place in humans. For the new study, published in June in Diabetes, researchers affiliated with the National Institutes of Health persuaded five healthy young male volunteers to sleep in climate-controlled chambers at the N.I.H. for four months. The men went about their normal lives during the days, then returned at 8 every evening. All meals, including lunch, were provided, to keep their caloric intakes constant. They slept in hospital scrubs under light sheets.

Comment: Cold adaption can have a number of positive benefits for health. See the following thread from our forum for some discussion on the topic: Cryogenic Chamber Therapy