Health & Wellness


A supersized idea! Russia considering mandatory warnings and threatening pictures for fast food packaging

If a group of Russian MPs has it their way, soon hamburgers, French fries and soda drinks sold in the country would have mandatory warning of the diverse effects that fast food can have on health, just like on cigarette packs.

The legislation that would put fast food on par with tobacco in Russia is yet to be submitted to the parliament, but the three sponsors of the potential bill say it's necessary.

"Our consumers have to be informed about the harmful ingredients in products, similar to the measures taken towards cigarettes," the three MPs told Izvestia newspaper. "Excessive consumption of such products leads to obesity, harms lungs, heart, kidneys and liver."

"Packaging of such products should have threatening pictures showing the diseases that can be caused by overconsumption of fast food."

McDonald's, one of the largest fast food chains in Russia, declined to comment on the possible requirement to put less-than-appetizing pictures on big-mag wraps for the newspaper, saying the company would need to study the actual bill first. But their competitors from the Burger Club chain said the measure would be overkill.

"We are firmly against any warnings and threatening pictures," said Ksenia Danderya, spokeswoman for the chain's development department.

Comment: While America continues poisoning their citizens with fake, toxic food, Russia is paving the way for organic gardening, self dependency, GMO-free foods, and now they're cracking down on fast food.

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American infected with Ebola in West Africa outbreak to be treated in Atlanta hospital

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One of the two infected US humanitarian workers who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa will be treated in an Atlanta hospital. The patient, who is reportedly in a "grave" condition, is expected to arrive within the next several days.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, is planning to admit the infected patient "within the next several days," the university said in a statement. The institution, however, didn't reveal the name of the patient and the exact time of his/her arrival.

"Emory University Hospital has a specially built isolation unit set up in collaboration with the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] to treat patients who are exposed to certain serious infectious diseases,"said the hospital.

The patient will be treated in a high-security ward in a special isolated unit which was set up in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"[The isolation unit] is physically separate from other patient areas and has unique equipment and infrastructure that provide an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation. It is one of only four such facilities in the country," the statement said.

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Nina Teicholz: The Big Fat Surprise! (Video)

Nina Teicholz is the author of the book The Big Fat Surprise (Simon & Schuster 2014), which makes the argument that modern nutrition science, over the past 60 years, has been wrong about dietary fat. She argues that eating fat is essential to good health, and that the saturated fats, as found in meat, organs and eggs, are the whole fats in whole foods that are essential for good heath.

Teicholz has a background in food, science, and investigative reporting. She wrote on nutrition science for Men's Health Magazine and broke the trans-fat story in the US for Gourmet magazine. She studied biology at Yale and Stanford Universities and was a health analyst for Lewin/ICF, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

Teicholz has written on food, as a regular contributor to Gourmet magazine and for New York magazine and Time Out New York. She has also contributed, on a variety of topics, to the New Yorker, the Economist, the Washington Post, The New York Times, and Salon, among other publications. She was an on-air reporter for NPR for five years, including two years based in Rio de Janeiro, covering South America. She was the associate director for the Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

She lives in New York with her husband and their two sons.

Comment: Before reaching out for that cheese, read Why Milk Is So Evil.


U.S. flight leaves for Africa to evacuate Americans with Ebola

The ABCS is a tentlike device that can be installed in a modified Gulfstream III aircraft.
CNN reported Thursday that a U.S.-contracted medical charter flight had left Cartersville, Ga., to evacuate Charlotte missionary Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly of Boone-based Samaritan's Purse - two Americans in Liberia who have contracted the deadly Ebola virus.

CNN and other TV networks also reported that at least one of the two patients will be taken to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, near the headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It was unclear which of the two Americans would be taken to Emory and where the other one would be taken and treated. Writebol and her husband, David, are members of Calvary Church in Charlotte; Brantly and his family live in Texas.

Reached Thursday, Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham said he couldn't comment on the CNN report.

"We are going to be issuing a statement (Friday)," he told the Observer. "We're dealing with people's lives here."

Earlier Thursday, Fox News reported that Graham had told the network that he expected a specially equipped aircraft to bring Writebol and Brantly back to the United States in the next few days.

Comment: Hopefully these experimental treatments may provide some help, but with a mutating virus your best bet for protection is prevention by strengthening your own immune system. Populations who ate grain and carb based diets in the past were often hit the hardest with plagues that show similarities to ebola. A ketogenic diet may very likely be one of the best means of staying in the clear:


Liberia shuts schools, considers quarantine to curb Ebola

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Fact file on the Ebola virus that has killed more than 670 people in an ongoing outbreak in West Africa
Liberia will close schools and consider quarantining some communities, it said on Wednesday, announcing the toughest measures yet imposed by a West African government to halt the worst Ebola outbreak on record.

Security forces in Liberia were ordered to enforce the steps, part of an action plan that includes placing all non-essential government workers on 30-day compulsory leave.

Ebola has been blamed for 672 deaths in Liberia, neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to World Health Organisation figures, as under-funded healthcare systems have struggled to cope with the epidemic. Liberia accounted for just under one-fifth of those deaths.

"This is a major public health emergency. It's fierce, deadly and many of our countrymen are dying and we need to act to stop the spread," Lewis Brown, Liberia's information minister, told Reuters.

Forced quarantine and isolation: This is what is going to happen if Ebola hits the U.S.

If the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history reaches the United States, federal law permits "the apprehension and examination of any individual reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease". These individuals can be "detained for such time and in such manner as may be reasonably necessary". In other words, the federal government already has the authority to round people up against their will, take them to detention facilities and hold them there for as long as they feel it is "reasonably necessary".

In addition, as you will read about below, the federal government has the authority "to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill". If you want to look at these laws in the broadest sense, they pretty much give the federal government the power to do almost anything that they want with us in the event of a major pandemic. Of course such a scenario probably would not be called "martial law", but it would probably feel a lot like it.

If Ebola comes to America and starts spreading, one of the first things that would happen would be for the CDC to issue "a federal isolation or quarantine order". The following is what the CDC website says about what could happen under such an order...

World Health Org announces joint emergency response plan to counter Ebola epidemic

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A Samaritan's Purse medical worker demonstrates personal protective equipment to educate team members on the Ebola virus in Liberia
The head of the World Health Organization and leaders of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m (£59m; 75m euro) response plan.

They will meet in Guinea on Friday to launch the initiative aimed at tackling a virus which has claimed 729 lives.

Sierra Leone's president has declared a public health emergency over the outbreak after 233 people died there.

Ebola spreads through human contact with a sufferer's bodily fluids.

Initial flu-like symptoms can lead to external haemorrhaging from areas like eyes and gums, and internal bleeding which can lead to organ failure.

Ebola kills up to 90% of those infected, with patients having a better chance of survival if they receive early treatment.

Comment: The WHO finally decides to take action, now that the epidemic appears to be out of control in Africa and threatens the West.

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If Ebola hits the U.S., expect the Feds to implement draconian measures on the public

Federal health authorities could exercise authoritarian powers to control an Ebola outbreak if the deadly disease hits the United States under the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, legislation passed in the wake of 9/11 which attracted controversy at the time for its draconian scope.

With the Ebola outbreak in West Africa having been declared the worst in history by the World Health Organization, concerns are mounting that the disease could spread via international air travel. Asked whether the virus could arrive in the United States, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said, "It's going to happen at some point."

The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, drafted during the 2001 anthrax attacks, has since been adopted in whole or in part by 33 states. The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons warned that the legislation "could turn governors into dictators," while constitutional lawyer Phyllis Schlafly labeled it "an unprecedented assault on the constitutional rights of the American people."
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What happens if Ebola arrives in the U.S.?

A scanning electron microscopic image of Ebola virions.
Last week, a former Minnesota resident died of Ebola in Nigeria. This week, the what-ifs are rampant.

The victim's wife said her husband had been scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in mid-August to attend a birthday party for two of their children. "He could have brought Ebola here," she told The Daily Beast.

Two other Americans in Africa have been diagnosed with the disease, and Sierra Leone's leading Ebola doctor died of it yesterday. Among the volunteers the Peace Corps is removing from three affected countries in Africa, two have had confirmed exposure to an Ebola victim. They're being isolated outside the United States until they get medical clearance.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday issued both a Level 2 travel alert, recommending those traveling to Africa "avoid contact with blood and bodily fluids," and a Health Alert Notice to U.S. health care workers, experts and officials believe there's no need for panic. Far from it, in fact: "It's extremely unlikely," said Thomas Geisbert, a virologist with the University of Texas in Galveston, Texas, who studies Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers.

Comment: See also:
Ebola - What you're not being told
Finally catching up - Could the Black Death actually have been an Ebola-like virus?
New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection
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Outbreaks of Measles: Cause for concern?

Prior to 1960, most children in the United States and Canada caught measles. Complications from the disease were unlikely. Previously healthy children usually recovered without incident.

In the 1960s, a measles vaccine was introduced. During the next several years, cases of the disease declined. However, a significant reduction in the severity of measles occurred long before the vaccine was introduced. For example, in 1900 there were 13.3 measles deaths in the United States per 100,000 people. By 1955 -- eight years before the first measles vaccine became available - the death rate had declined on its own by 97.7% to .03 deaths per 100,000.(1) Data published in International Mortality Statistics shows that from 1915 to 1958 the measles death rate in the United States and United Kingdom declined by 98%.(2)

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