Health & Wellness


Ebola outbreak: Now 'out of all proportion' and on an 'unprecedented scale'

ebola virus
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A scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus budding from a cell (African green monkey kidney epithelial cell line).
A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick.

Dr Thomas House, of the University's Warwick Mathematics Institute, developed a model that incorporated data from past outbreaks that successfully replicated their eventual scale.

The research, titled Epidemiological Dynamics of Ebola Outbreaks and published by eLife, shows that when applying the available data from the ongoing 2014 outbreak to the model that it is, according to Dr House, "out of all proportion and on an unprecedented scale when compared to previous outbreaks".

Dr House commented: "If we analyse the data from past outbreaks we are able to design a model that works for the recorded cases of the virus spreading and can successfully replicate their eventual size. The current outbreak does not fit this previous pattern and, as a result, we are not in a position to provide an accurate prediction of the current outbreak".

Chance events, Dr House argues, are an essential factor in the spread of Ebola and many other contagious diseases. "If we look at past Ebola outbreaks there is an identifiable way of predicting their overall size based on modelling chance events that are known to be important when the numbers of cases of infection are small and the spread is close to being controlled".


The Ebola virus is now 'spreading like wildfire', and may be 'unstoppable'. Contrary to mainstream views, evidence suggests that Ebola IS an airborne virus! It also bears a striking similarity to the Black Death

For the protection of you and your family, consider the following crucial information:

Vitamin C - A cure for Ebola

See Vitamin C's Historical and Miraculous Record for more information on doses and disease context.

The clue about sugar interfering with vitamin C uptake is very important. In fact, mainstream dietary guidelines promote an inflammatory state in the body. People who eat mainly carbs as a dietary source of energy are at more risk of getting sick. For vital dietary information, read:

- Are you prepping your diet?
- The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview
- Ketogenic Diet (high-fat, low-carb) Has Neuroprotective and Disease-modifying Effects


Another deadly painkiller: Buprenorphine is 50 times stronger than morphine

Prescription painkiller and heroin addiction has laced its way through America, and effective anti-addiction treatments line the medicine cabinets of thousands of homes. Government researchers have discovered though drug treatment is effective in assisting addicts with their deadly dependence, in the hands of a child, it becomes lethal. They published their findings in the journal Pediatrics.

"Our hope is that we see a decline," the study's lead author Dr. Daniel Budnitz, the director of medication safety at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told The Associated Press. Budnitz added that there have been changes in the drug's packaging since the study was completed, and he hopes it may help reduce the risks of easy access that threaten children.

The anti-addiction drug that has everyone worried is buprenorphine, which has proven to be an effective treatment since its release. However, for every 100,000 patients prescribed buprenorphine, 200 young children have been hospitalized, which is four times as high as the second most accidentally swallowed drug by children used for treating blood pressure. The study analyzed data between 2007 to 2011, and although it did not focus on the amount of deaths it's responsible for, there were children who died as a direct result of swallowing these pills.

Comment: Addiction to prescription painkillers has been labeled an epidemic. It is outrageous that our profit-centered medical system allows this to continue, while continually demonizing marijuana and vitamin supplements, which do NOT kill people.

CDC: Prescription painkillers more lethal than cocaine and heroin combined
How Pot Became Demonized: the Fine Line Between Good Medicine and 'Dangerous Drugs'
What Kind of Medical Study Would Have Grandma Believe that Her Daily Multivitamin is Dangerous?


Sleeping in two segments common in eras before electric lights

Jacob's Dream painting

Famous painting titled "Jacob's Dream" from the Renaissance
Roger Ekrich noticed many old books, including Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales", referenced two periods of sleep being the norm in their era.

...Ekirch somehow rediscovered a fact of life that was once as common as eating breakfast. Every night, people fell asleep not long after the sun went down and stayed that way until sometime after midnight. This was the first sleep that kept popping up in the old tales. Once a person woke up, he or she would stay that way for an hour or so before going back to sleep until morning - the so-called second sleep. The time between the two bouts of sleep was a natural and expected part of the night and, depending on your needs, was spent praying, reading, contemplating your dreams, urinating, or having sex. The last one was perhaps the most popular.

So researchers did a study. When subjects had no exposure to artifical light they reverted to this 2 stage type of sleeping:

Soon, the subjects began to stir a little after midnight, lie awake in bed for an hour or so, and then fall back asleep again. It was the same sort of segmented sleep that Ekirch found in the historical records. While sequestered from artificial light, subjects were shedding the sleep habits they had formed over a lifetime.

Comment: Electric lights, including those which illuminate laptop computers, smartphones and tablets, often play a key role in causing people to sleep badly. Artificial light inhibits sleep-promoting neurons in the brain and the nightly release of the hormone melatonin, which aids sleep, while activating neurons that boost alertness. This affects sleep quality and the body's ability to regulate body temperature, blood pressure and glucose levels.

Why Too Much Bright Light Before Bed Harms Sleep
Terrible night's sleep? Blame your mobile phone: How exposure to artificial light 'fools' the brain into staying awake
The importance of sleeping in total darkness: Sleeping with lights on can spur cancer


My microbes, therefore I am: Fermentation, health, and human identity

© Gary Leybman / FB Wild Fermentation group.
Sour garlic and fennel pickles.
In a society where food has become extremely sterile, we've lost a connection to it as something alive - and the perceptual and practical skills to properly nourish ourselves.

Fermentation is far more than a way to prepare diverse, delicious and wholesome food, writes Joanna Wright. It is a means for us to connect with the ancient past, with the world around us, and with our own selves. Are you ready to try it?

I've recently developed an obsession with the diverse and time-tested food tradition of fermentation.

Jars of kimchi and sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha, are regulars on my kitchen shelf, quietly teeming with life and effervescence.

Comment: Additional examples ofmicrobial innovation!


Horrifying toxic chemical footprints in everyday items

Consumers have a new guide for plastics safety, but the game is still rigged in the favor of industry.

In a 2007 Skidmore College museum exhibit titled Molecules That Matter, the exhibit's curators noted that we are never more than three feet away from something plastic. That stunning statistic reflects just how thoroughly plastics permeate the fabric of our daily lives. So it's sobering, then, to consider that the plastics industry is one of the largest consumers and users of chemicals known to be hazardous to human health or to the environment.

The process by which fossil fuels are transformed into an iPhone case - or a toothbrush, a Barbie, a soda bottle, a car seat, or countless other objects - consumes a mindboggling 244 million tons of toxic chemicals, according to a recent report. The recipes for many of our most common consumer plastics include carcinogens such as benzene and styrene, as well as hormone-disrupting phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA). Indeed, 96 percent of the BPA that gets produced in our labs goes toward the manufacture of plastics.

A nation in pain: Americans consume 80% of all opioids sold globally

Many Americans would argue that the U.S. is the greatest nation on Earth, a beacon of freedom and hope for the rest of the world to emulate. But when it comes to mental and physical quality of life here in the States, America appears to rank near the bottom, as evidenced by the nation's massive and growing addiction to pharmaceutical drugs and painkillers.

Though it often isn't talked about, Americans consume most of the pharmaceutical drugs produced for the entire world, even though we represent a mere 5 percent of the global population. And when it comes to painkillers, Americans consume a staggering 80 percent of the global supply, with doctors prescribing more than 259 million scripts for painkillers annually.

Is Glyphosate in wheat radically increasing Celiac Disease?

The use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup, has dramatically risen over the past 15 years, right in step with the use of GE crops.

According to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), glyphosate appears to be strongly correlated with the rise in celiac disease.

Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Seneff produced some phenomenal research1 on this connection, which was published in December last year. Previously, she has investigated the relationship between glyphosate and the development of a wide array of modern diseases, including autism.

She believes that glyphosate may in fact act as a transporter for aluminum (a common vaccine adjuvant) into the brain. It also appears to transport arsenic into the kidneys. For more in-depth information on this glyphosate-autism link, please listen to the full version of Dr. Seneff's interview.


Vaccine Injury: The biological plausibility of microbial predisposition

You may not have heard the news due to media censorship of the vaccine-autism debate, but apparently childhood vaccines can and do cause autism. Last month, a CDC Senior Scientist issued an apologetic press release admitting data omission from a 2004 study. The ditched data suggested African American boys are at increased risk of autism when given the MMR vaccine.

CDC's Director of Immunization Safety, co-author of the fraudulent 2004 study, has also admittedvaccines can result in autism. Moreover, autism is listed as side effect in the DTaP vaccine package insert.

Brian Hooker received the CDC confession directly from Senior Scientist, William Thompson. Hooker reanalyzed the data and found a 2.4x increased risk of autism in African American boys. The CDC states a lack of biological plausibility, but there's plenty.

Comment: Learn more about how diet can effect the intricate balance of gut flora composition: 'The gut-brain connection is a two-way street where what happens in the gut may lead to an inflammatory reaction in the brain'

Read more about the amazing connection between the brain, heart and gut minds: The best approach to balance gut flora is by dietary changes and nutritional supplements like probiotics. For more information, please visit the diet and health forum.

Bacon n Eggs

Reality control

"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed - if all records told the same tale - then the lie passed into history and became truth. "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. "Reality control," they called it: in Newspeak, "doublethink." 1984
In my first book, the Great Cholesterol Con, I included a passage about Ancel Keys by Henry Blackburn, a colleague and admirer of Keys. It points out that Ancel Keys was humiliated by George Pickering at a meeting of the WHO in Geneva 1954 discussing the new 'epidemic' of heart disease. The quote from Henry Blackburn finishes thus:
'My theory is that Keys was so stung by this event that he left the Geneva meeting intent on gathering the definitive evidence to establish or refute the Diet-Heart theory. Out of this single, moving, personal experience - so my theory goes - came the challenge, the motivation, the implantation of the Seven Countries Study.'
Saturated Fat
As I wrote in the book. 'So there you have it. As a result, Ancel Keys stormed off, put together a huge research budget, hired a staff of thousands, did his study and was the able - in objective 'scientific speak,' of course - to say 'I told you so, I told you so. Nyah, nyah, nyah.' Not, as I pointed out, the best possible motivation for a research project.

Of course you are going to have to take my word on the exact events described. For, shortly after my book was published, this passage was removed from the University website it was on, never to be seen again.

Cause and effect, who can say? But it does raise an important issue. If there is no record of a thing happening - did it happen? If you control the historical record, what is truth?

In the age of the Internet you might think it is more difficult to hide the historical record, but in some ways it is easier. If something only exists on a server somewhere, all you need do is delete it and it is gone - forever.

Unless you ensure that you archive it yourself - something I did not do with the Henry Blackburn quote.

Reality check! Sugar, not salt, causes high blood pressure

THE KEY to avoiding high blood pressure is cutting down on sugar not salt, a new study has claimed.
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Carbohydrates increase blood pressure.
Research published in The American Journal of Cardiology found a link between sugary drinks and a spike in blood pressure levels.

The report's author, Dr James DiNicolantonio said: "Sugar, in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages, has been shown to acutely spike blood pressure, leading to increased blood pressure variability. This by itself, even without an increase in average blood pressure, is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events (particularly stroke)."

Dr Nicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist, at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute, also argued that reducing the amount of salt in processed foods is counterproductive. He said that, in order to meet our body's physical demand for salt, low-sodium foods are actually likely to increase the amount we eat.

"For example, if we cut the amount of sodium in potato chips, this very well may lead to us eating more chips in order to get the same amount of sodium," he said.

"Would the extra refined carbohydrates, transfats and other processed oils from the increased consumption translate into health benefits? Doubtful."

He also cited evidence from an eight-week trial that found a high sugar intake versus a lower sugar intake significantly increased blood pressure. When studies funded by the sugar industry were excluded, the increase in blood pressure was twice the effect than that caused by salt.

Comment: By the time your digestive system is done with the carbohydrates you eat, it is all sugar in your bloodstream. A low carb diet lowers blood pressure to the point that some have to drink salted water on a daily basis to keep it on check. For more information, see:

Tips & Tricks for Starting (or Restarting) Low- Carb Pt I

Tips & tricks for starting (or restarting) low-carb Pt II

Low Salt Diet Increases Cardiovascular Mortality