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Big Pharma's role in iatrogenic mitochondrial diseases caused by vaccines & prescription drugs

Perhaps my long-held postulate—if doctors read and took seriously the emerging science in peer review journals regarding vaccine chemicals and neurotoxins, in particular, and disregarded Big Pharma's hype and perks, they would not vaccinate infants and toddlers, or anyone—has been vindicated by impeccable, validating, and published research science!

What are mitochondria, you may be wondering. They are the powerhouses and sources in each cell that provide life energy in the form of ATP—Adenosine Triphosphate—for biochemical processes in the body.

Red Flag

The case of the everlasting chicken McNugget

An alarming photograph of a McDonald's chicken McNuggets Happy Meal left to sit unrefrigerated and untouched for six years recently went viral on social media.

"It's been 6 years since I bought this 'Happy Meal' at McDonald's," Jennifer Lovdahl posted on Facebook. "It's been sitting in our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! It smells only of cardboard."

Lovdahl's two photos show the meal's original box with the receipt attached — which, with its grease marks, appears to be in worse shape than the meal's four-piece chicken nuggets and fries shown in the second photo.

"We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this 'food' is. Especially for our growing children!!" she explained in the post. "There are so many chemicals in this food! Choose real food! Apples, bananas, carrots, celery..... those are the real fast food."

Nuke

Investigation into first commercialized GMO corn found it to be toxic to farm animals

Genetically engineered (GE) food comes from crops in which genes from one species have been integrated into another species — even between species in which this is biologically impossible in nature. The end result is a gene sequence that would never have occurred naturally.

There are two main types of GE crops:
  1. Herbicide-tolerant crops: Plants engineered to withstand heavy herbicide spraying without sustaining damage, such as Roundup Ready crops
  2. Pesticide-producing crops: So-called Bt plants are engineered to produce their own internal pesticide, so that when a bug takes a bite of the plant, it dies
Trying to control genetic changes via artificial modification is a dangerous game. An organism's genome is not static but fluid, and its biological functions are interconnected with its environment and vice versa.

Contrary to what the industry would like you to believe, the process of genetic engineering is imprecise at best, and is riddled with unintended and often unforeseeable consequences.

Of course that is about to change with the new technology, CRISPR-Cas9 that I reviewed last month. Once this technology is implemented, we will need to pay very careful attention to what the researchers are planning.

TV

Distorting the facts to defend GMOs


Steven M. Druker, J.D., public interest attorney and author of Altered Genes, Twisted Truth,[1] exposes the fictions fostered during the discussion with GMO proponent Robert Wager on TVO's "The Agenda"


A spirited discussion about genetically engineered foods was broadcast January 25, 2016 on The Agenda, the flagship current affairs programme of TVO, Ontario's public television network. (These products are also called "genetically modified organisms" or GMOs.) I presented evidence-based reasons for regarding these foods as abnormally risky and the current regulatory system as deficient, while Robert Wager, a biologist at Vancouver Island University, defended the foods and the system. However, his arguments substantially relied on assertions that were either flat-out false or significantly misleading. Some of his most serious distortions are detailed below, with citations to evidence that decisively demonstrates their erroneousness.

Ambulance

Drug-makers racing to develop Zika vaccines, despite little knowledge about the virus

© Reuters/Carlos Jasso
A medical researcher works on results of tests for preventing the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at the Gorgas Memorial institute for Health Studies laboratory in Panama City February 5, 2016.
At least 12 groups are now working to develop a Zika vaccine and health authorities said on Monday they were working to ensure development proceeded as rapidly as possible.

The World Health Organization said it was important to establish speedy regulatory pathways, although all the vaccines remained in early-stage development and licensed products would take "a few years" to reach the market.

With no approved Zika vaccines or medicines and none even undergoing clinical studies, scientists and drugmakers are on the starting-block in fighting the mosquito-borne disease suspected of causing a spike in birth defects in Brazil.

Comment: Racing to concoct a vaccine for a little understood disease sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Vaccines Are Causing Mutations That May Jeopardize The Health of Future Generations

Vaccines are causing an unprecedented number of mutations creating superbugs and potent viruses and bacteria that may eventually threaten future generations and humanity itself. Evidence continues to mount from the scientific community who now admit that certain vaccines are in-fact causing both viral and bacterial mutations.

Life-threatening pathogens are capable of evolving rapidly and developing genetic decoys that serve to disguise them from even the most powerful drugs. University of Oxford researcher Rory Bowden found that pathogens switch genetic material with other bacteria, but predominantly for the part of the genome responsible for making the cell coating, which is the area targeted by vaccines.



Whistle

Sorry for the brain damage: Report on French drug trial fiasco highlights the pharma company's incompetence

© Philippe Grangeaud/Flickr
French health minister Marisol Touraine
Why one man died and four others fell ill during a drug safety study in France last month is still very unclear. But a preliminary inspection report lashes out at Biotrial, the company that conducted the study, for how it responded after the first volunteer in the clinical trial was hospitalized. Three major errors by Biotrial put other volunteers at risk, says the report,published yesterday by France's General Inspectorate of Social Affairs (IGAS).

Biotrial was testing a compound called BIA 10-2474, developed by Portuguese pharma company Bial as a candidate drug for a range of diseases. The study started in July 2015, and initial administrations of the drug produced no severe side effects; things went wrong in a group of eight people who entered the study on 6 January and received multiple, high doses. Six of them were scheduled to receive 10 daily doses of BIA 10-2474, two others a daily placebo. On 10 January, a subject identified as "volunteer 2508" complained of headaches and blurry vision; he was taken to the hospital in the early evening and stayed there overnight.

Comment: See also:

One brain dead, five others critically ill, in drug trial gone horribly wrong
More details emerge in tragic French drug trial


Stop

Big food: Poisoning you daily & lying about it

© naturalsociety.com
Much of the mainstream American food supply is laden with unhealthy additives, artificial flavorings, coloring, dyes, preservatives, hormones, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and toxins. Not everyone agrees that GMOs have been proven harmful to humans, which is why the food chains listed here were selected specifically because they are responsible for a wide variety of health violations—the GMOs and their concealment from public knowledge are included for informational purposes.

As with all things, I urge you to read with your head on a swivel, adjusting your worldview based on new information.

Bizarro Earth

Organic agriculture, capitalism and the parallel reality of the Pro-GMO evangelist - Shanthu Shantharam

© thelibertybeacon.com
Consider that India had for generations sustained one of the highest densities of population on earth, without any chemical fertilisers, pesticides, exotic dwarf strains of grain or 'bio-tech' inputs. And it did it without degrading the soil. That is according to the evidence provided by Arun Shrivastava. What is truly impressive, however, is he then goes on to demonstrate that in the 18th and 19th centuries India achieved better productivity levels with organic methods than those of the 'green revolution'.

Now consider that, in 2011, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food (Olivier de Schutter) called on countries to reorient their agriculture policies to promote sustainable systems, not least agro-ecology, that realise the right to food. And Consider that The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) was the work of over 400 scientists and took four years to complete. It was twice peer reviewed and states we must look to smallholder, traditional farming to deliver food security in third world countries through agro-ecological systems which are sustainable.

Comment: Read more about the successive failures of the Green Revolution:


Health

What's wrong with beans and legumes?


A diet based on high-quality animal foods is much more nutritious!
Unlike wheat, corn, and sugar, legumes aren't generally associated with "junk food" or processed food products. It's easy to conjure up hyperbolic images of Twinkies and Wonderbread to demonize wheat, but lentil soup and hummus just don't have the same effect. Some legumes, like soy, are even widely considered to be health foods, and marketed as nutritionally superior alternatives to animal products. But that doesn't make them optimal foods for human beings - just because you can't find them at McDonald's doesn't make them healthy.

Phytic Acid

Like grains and pseudograins, legumes contain phytic acid. Phytic acid binds to nutrients in the food, preventing you from absorbing them. It doesn't steal any nutrients that are already in your body, but it does make that bowl of lentils a lot less nutrient-dense than the Nutrition Facts panel would have you believe. For this reason, it's usually cited as a major downside of these foods, but the truth is clearly little more complicated, because some Paleo-acceptable foods like nuts also contain relatively high amounts of it. Per unit of mass, most nuts actually have a little more phytic acid than most grains and beans. So why are nuts fine to eat, but lentils are problematic?

Comment: Given their destructive properties, why bother? See also:


Attention

State of emergency declared on Hawaii's Big Island over dengue fever outbreak

The mayor of Hawaii's Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday to deal with a growing outbreak of dengue fever, spread by infected mosquitoes, with 250 cases confirmed over the past four months.

As a result of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi's order people on the Big Island will be allowed to resume disposing of old tires in landfills, since tires which are left lying around are a known breeding spot for mosquitoes.

There have been 250 confirmed cases of dengue fever on the island since Oct. 29, making it the largest outbreak in the state since the 1940s, according to the mayor's declaration and Hawaii health officials.