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Bought: Exposing the hidden story behind vaccines, pharma, and food

"Your health is now brought to you by Wall Street. If you thought they hurt us with the banks, wait 'til you see what they are doing to our health care."
- Jeff Hays, Bought

The new documentary Bought dives deeply into the inner workings of the industries at the core of our food and healthcare system, exploring the truth about how vaccines and drugs are developed and rushed to market and the ongoing secrecy behind the genetic engineering of our food supply.

For a limited time proceeds from renting or purchasing this film will be donated to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a non-profit organization advocating for vaccine safety and informed consent protection in the public health system.

Filmmaker Jeff Hays believes, as I do, that you have a right to the truth so that you can make educated decisions about your health, food, and medicine. Unfortunately, the truth is not easy to come by today.

Like the banks, the food and drug industries have grown more powerful and less transparent over time, and profit has become the primary motive. Hays may be best known for his 2012 documentary "Doctored," which exposes how the medical and drug industry conspire to control the health care system.

Hays' new film peels back the layers to show how the drug, vaccine, and chemical technology industries have joined forces as one supervillain, with its "undisclosed location" smack-dab in the middle of the White House.
Life Preserver

A good night's sleep for depression and pain

Depression and chronic pain are two common conditions that are also associated with poor sleep quality. While it is often thought that the sleep issues are secondary to these conditions, a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Alabama indicates that depression and pain due to osteoarthritis could be the result of poor sleep quality instead of the other way around.

Background data

Prior research has shown that people with hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) are more likely to have insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and depression, than those without OA. The obvious relationship is that the arthritis pain affects sleep and makes people depressed. However, a 2012 study published in the journal SLEEP looked at sleep quality in people who were in chronic pain, including those with osteoarthritis and researchers found:
  • The amount of pain that people were in before they went to bed had little to do with how well they slept.
  • A person's sleep quality predicted how much pain they were in the next day. People who slept poorly had more pain the following day.
Other studies have shown that poor sleep quality can trigger inflammatory pathways that make arthritis pain worse, and poor sleep also make people more sensitive to the feeling of pain from any cause.

'Gluten brain': Wheat cuts off blood flow to frontal cortex

As far back as 1954, reports of the full or partial resolution of schizophrenia following a gluten free diet began to surface in the medical literature. We covered this remarkable pattern of associations in a previous article titled, "60 Years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia." While the explanation for this intriguing connection has remained focused on the disruption of the gut-brain axis and the presence in wheat of a wide range of pharmacologically active and mostly opioid receptor modulating polypeptides, a new and possibly more disturbing explanation is beginning to surface: wheat consumption cuts off blood flow to the brain.

Starting with a 1997 case study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine involving a 33-year-old patient, with pre-existing diagnosis of 'schizophrenic' disorder, who first came to medical attention for severe diarrhea and weight loss (classical symptoms of gluten intolerance), brain scan technology determined that cerebral hypoperfusion (decreased blood flow to the brain) was occurring within the patient's frontal cortex.[i] A gluten free diet resulted not only in the normalization of intestinal damage and autoantibodies, but the return of blood flow to the frontal cortex, and the resolution of schizophrenic symptoms.

Comment: In view of this research, and with wheat as the staff of life, it's unsurprising if most people can't put two and two together. See also:


NYC declared Ebola-free... for now

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Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York was present as Dr. Craig Spencer, who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa, was released from Bellevue Hospital Center upon being declared cured.
New York City doctor Craig Spencer has been released from Bellevue Hospital Center after being deemed free of the Ebola virus.

"It's a very, very good day," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference Tuesday, at Bellevue Hospital Center. "Dr. Spencer is Ebola-free, and New York City is Ebola-free."

Spencer, 33, returned to the U.S. on Friday, Oct. 17 after working with Doctors Without Borders to treat Ebola patients in Guinea. After reporting symptoms of Ebola on Thursday, Oct. 23, he was transported to an isolation ward at Bellevue by ambulance, where he later tested positive for the virus. On Saturday, Nov. 1, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation updated Spencer's condition to "stable" from "serious but stable".

"I'm elated," said Ram Raju, M.D., president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, "because we were able to treat and cure a hero."

Comment: Whatever you do, don't get a flu shot. There's no evidence they work, and many adverse side affects have been reported; Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), narcolepsy in children and an increased risk of Alzheimer's in seniors are some of the more serious examples.

Heart - Black

Heart risk in drinking water?

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Dr. Ana Navas-Acien can't quite recall the moment when she began to worry about arsenic in drinking water and its potential role in heart disease.

Perhaps it was when she read a study suggesting a link among people in Bangladesh.

And a similar study in Taiwan. And in Chile.

Several years ago, Dr. Navas-Acien, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, decided to see if similar links could be found in the United States.

She found an ideal group - a stable population relying mainly on private well water - in an ongoing study of Native Americans in the Dakotas and the Southwest. Known as the Strong Heart Study, the project had tracked the lifestyles and environmental exposures of more than 4,000 people since the late 1980s.
Arrow Down

Chronic and heavy marijuana use shrinks brain's grey matter, says study

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Chronic and heavy marijuana use causes the brain's gray matter literally to become smaller. However, the white matter compensates for the damage by increased neuron connectivity, US researchers recently discovered.

The team of scientists claims it is the first to comprehensively describe the puzzling changes in human brain's structure and function, associated with the cannabis use, which "remains equivocal."

Overall the IQ suffers along with the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), a part of the brain whose volume decreases - and medics notice that its damage often leads to disinhibited behavior. That is, poor social interaction, excessive swearing and hypersexuality.

To obtain such abnormalities on a detectable level, as participants demonstrated on average, one has to consume the drug about three times per day. But the term 'chronic user' is applied to usage of at least four times per week.

Date rape drug Xyrem: Blockbuster money-maker for Big Pharma

Patent protection means you get to charge whatever the market will bear. In this case, it bears a 935% increase in the price tag.

Xyrem is the brand name for sodium oxybate. Sodium oxybate is the sodium salt of γ-hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB - the "date rape drug." It's an old drug - even older than aspirin - and it's FDA-approved for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness caused by narcolepsy.

Basically, the very qualities that make it ideal for drugging young women in bars also allows narcoleptic patients to get a deep night's sleep in order to encourage daytime wakefulness. If its approval can be extended to other patients who have trouble sleeping, the sky will be the limit on how successful this drug can be for its manufacturer, Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

Comment: Additional examples of the serious 'lack of safety and effectiveness' in the FDA:


Not so shocking! New study indicates everything you thought you knew about milk is wrong

Got milk? Maybe better not.

Recently published research suggests that milk may actually make bones brittle and might lead to earlier mortality.

The study, published in the the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) indicates that high levels of milk consumption is associated with increased possibility of bone fractures and may be a factor in premature death. The study, conducted by researchers from Sweden's Uppsala University, indicates that milk may increase inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. However, the same study found that milk products such as cheese and yogurt, which are fermented, did not seem to carry the same risks.

Comment: Brainwashing by the milk industry:

Why Milk Is So Evil

Dairy products - including all milk products, milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, kefir, ice-cream, etc. - are related to all kinds of diseases including cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, cancer, allergies, asthma, digestive diseases, thyroid problems, neurological diseases, etc. The list is unlimited and I wish I could include it here, but for the sake of space let's concentrate on why this is so.

Milk can cause problems in several ways:
  • through sensitivity to the protein casein which creates havoc in our bodies in a similar way that gluten from wheat and other grains does.
  • through milk allergies which can juxtapose with the previous problem.
  • through lactose intolerance.
  • through the food livestock eats which can have, among other things, toxic lectins from consumed grains or GMO foods. Livestock can have hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, infections, etc.


Five surprising health benefits of sweating

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Sweating can be embarrassing if you're at school, work, or spending a night out on the town. Sweat marks and the stench could leave you in a pit of embarrassment but could also be beneficial to your health. The almost 1 liter of sweat our bodies produce per day can strengthen our immune system and give us healthy-looking skin.

Dr. Adebola Dele-Michael, a dermatologist at Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser in New York City told Medical Daily in an email: "Sweating is the way the body and the skin protects itself from overheating. Sweating also increases the blood circulation in the body." The drips of perspiration is proof our body has a built-in mechanism for keeping cool, which can help open up and unclog pores. The droplets consist primarily of water, as well as concentrations of sodium and chloride, and potassium to an extent, according to HowStuffWorks.

Stop mocking gluten-free diets

Going gluten-free is an ever-so-mockable decision, despite the fact that an estimated18 million Americans suffer from some kind of gluten sensitivity that results in embarrassing and painful symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation and urgent diarrhea.

Unlike celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestines if gluten is present, there's no blood test to confirm gluten sensitivity -- which contributes to even more skepticism about the condition. Gluten-free diets undertaken by people without celiac disease have been called the "new, cool eating disorder" or, more seriously, have been accused of helping troubled people mask other eating disorders.

But emerging research shows that at least some of the millions of people who are keeping the $10 billion-dollar gluten-free industry afloat may actually have a serious medical condition known as an intolerance to Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols (FODMAP, for short) - specific types of carbohydrates found in all different kinds of foods, including certain fruits and vegetables.

Comment: Read more about how to solve your Health issues with a Ketogenic Diet: