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Nine shared traits between Big Pharma and the Mafia

The idea that the pharmaceutical industry can be compared to the mafia is for some a case of thinking the unthinkable. However, when you realize that Big Pharma has more interest in profits than the genuine welfare concern of individuals then it starts to make sense when considering their hidden ulterior motives and manipulative ways of controlling.

So here are 9 similarities that may be used to compare Big Pharma with the mafia.

1. Filthy rich


Both Big Pharma and the mafia are indeed filthy rich from obscene amounts of money made by their businesses.

2. Side effects of their businesses


Both have businesses that involve serious injuries and killings as side effects as a consequence of their operations. In the case of Big Pharma it's through the release of deadly medicines on the public from corrupted healthcare where they influence and control approval bodies such as the American regulators the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) having conflicts of interest.

Comment: See also: For more listen to this episode of the Health and Wellness Show.


Syringe

Congress hears testimony of CDC scientist admitting cover up of vaccine autism links in black boys

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A current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) senior scientist has made an unprecedented admission: he and his colleagues - he says - committed scientific misconduct to cover up a meaningful link between vaccines and autism in black boys.

Just as startling, the CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, says the study co-authors "scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room, and reviewed and went through all the hardcopy documents that we had thought we should discard, and put them into a huge garbage can."
The...co-authors...brought a big garbage can into the meeting room... [and put the documents]...into a huge garbage can. - CDC Senior Scientist Dr. William Thompson
Despite this whistleblower testimony, which Dr. Thompson provided to Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, there is little chance of a meaningful hearing or investigation.

Comment: It's timely that a Congressman is shining some light on the links between the MMR vaccine and autism when the agenda toward mandating vaccines is gaining ground. It remains to be seen whether Congress will defy BigPharma and finally do something to stop this madness.


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Discovery of bacterial mutation causing recurring UTI infections opens door to new therapeutic regimen


Illustration of how bacterial persisters (orange cells) survive antibiotic treatment while growing cells (blue) die. After the treatment, persister cells can turn into growing cells.
It's one thing to grow bacteria in a test tube, perform a screen in the lab, and find a mutation in the pathogen's genes. It's a whole other thing, and much rarer, to find the exact same mutation in nature--in this case, in E. coli in urine samples from some 500 patients suffering from relapsing urinary tract infections.

The confluent discovery, by University Distinguished Professor Kim Lewis and his colleagues, was published in the journal Nature. It could put people with relapsing UTIs on the fast track for a new therapeutic regimen that Lewis described in an earlier paper.

"We took a large collection of E. coli isolates from patients with relapsing UTIs," explains Lewis, who is director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center. "And we found that quite a number of those isolates had exactly the same mutation--in a gene called hipA--that we and other scientists have seen in test-tube experiments."

Pooja Balani, a doctoral student in Lewis' lab at the time of the study and a first author of the paper, spent countless hours performing a genetic screen, poring over both test-tube cultures of E. coli and patients' UTI isolates, in search of hipA mutations.

She was delighted by what she saw: hipA leapt to the fore in both populations.

Health

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) decreases migraines by 50%

Everyone gets headaches once in a while.

Most people can just pop an aspirin and feel better. (I won't even get into the risks of aspirin here.) But for the 30 million Americans who suffer from migraines, it's not so simple.1

It starts off as a dull ache. Then it turns into a throbbing and pulsating pain that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. And it's not just pain they have to deal with. Throw in nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.

It's no wonder migraines can severely hinder a person's life. And - once again - mainstream medicine offers little help.

Doctors often prescribe antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs and beta-blockers to help prevent these "mega headaches."2 But like most prescription drugs, they come with severe side effects - heart and liver damage and inflammation of the pancreas, to name a few. If that's not bad enough, they don't always work. Sometimes they even make migraine symptoms worse!

Fortunately for migraine sufferers, researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium set out to find a natural and safe preventative measure. And they may have found just that.

In fact, the vitamin they studied could help you slash your number of migraines in half. You've probably even heard of it...

I'm talking about vitamin B2 (riboflavin).

Health

Anxiety and depression caused by stress linked to gut bacteria living in intestines, scientists find

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Anxious and depressive behaviour brought on by exposure to stress in early life appears to depend on microbes being present in the gut.
Anxiety and depression could be linked to the presence of bacteria in the intestines, scientists have found.

A study on laboratory mice has shown that anxious and depressive behaviour brought on by exposure to stress in early life appears only to be triggered if microbes are present in the gut.

The study, published in Nature Communications, demonstrates a clear link between gut microbiota - the microbes living naturally in the intestines - and the triggering of the behavioural signs of stress.

"We have shown for the first time in an established mouse model of anxiety and depression that bacteria play a crucial role in inducing this abnormal behaviour," said Premysl Bercik of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, the lead author of the study.

The scientists called for further research to see if the conclusions applied to humans, and whether therapies that that target intestinal microbes can benefit patients with psychiatric disorders.

Black Magic

Food industry has hidden their knowledge of sugar's toxicity for decades

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Americans have been warned for years about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt, but the media has been relatively silent about sugar, in spite of the country's rising rates of obesity and failing health.

Copious research have been published about the many ways excess sugar can damage your health, yet industry continues to defend it—science be damned.

They want you to continue believing the outdated myth that saturated fat is to blame, instead of sugar. Nevertheless, the wheels of progress continue to turn.

An influential group of medical researchers has been relentless in spreading the word about the strong associations between sugar consumption and the rising rates of obesity and major diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's.

This is not "news" to the food industry. They've actually been hiding the real science about sugar for decades—devising ways to get you even MORE addicted to their products, regardless of the consequences to your health.

Life Preserver

Save a life by learning the telltale signs of drowning

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Movies and TV shows have always portrayed a drowning victim as somebody who will splash, yell, and wave for help. However, people who swallow water and enter the phases of drowning are unable physiologically speak. After a recent young boy's near-drowning in China amidst swimmers just feet away, it's a reminder to become informed on what a drowning victim actually looks like, instead of how they're portrayed for entertainment.

The Instinctive Drowning Response represents a person's attempts to avoid the actual or perceived suffocation in the water. The suffocation in water triggers a constellation of autonomic nervous system responses that result in external, unlearned, instinctive drowning movements that are easily recognizable by trained rescue crews but difficult for the general population to detect.

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At long last! New calls for review over statin danger

The British Medical Journal has called for a new and independent review of statins.
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The British Medical Journal has called for a new and independent review of statins
It fears the drugs are linked to side-effects including muscle pain, cataracts, liver dysfunction, diabetes, fatigue and memory loss.

This month the Sunday Express revealed that statins have been linked to almost 20,000 reports of side-effects and 227 deaths.


Doctors are recommended to prescribe statins for anyone with a 10 per cent risk of heart disease within a decade.

Up to 12 million are routinely given the drug.

But critics say much of the trials data has never been made public and work is needed to ensure routine prescribing is not doing harm.

BMJ editor Fiona Godlee said yesterday: "The information on side effects has been seen only by the drug companies and the people who did the trials.

"We are asking for independent eyes to look at all the data on statins because this is such a widely used drug and for many people with a low risk of heart disease these drugs may be causing more harm than benefit. This analysis has to be completely independent."

Comment: Vascular surgeons write a damning report about lowering cholesterol drugs:
  • Not only are statin medications failing to impact on our most prevalent disease, but they are causing more harm than good.
  • Cholesterol is crucial for energy, immunity, fat metabolism, leptin, thyroid hormone activity, liver related synthesis, protection from stress, adrenal function, sex hormone syntheses and brain function.
  • Only middle aged men with coronary heart disease benefit from taking statins, but even in these cases statins may only work in the short term and should be stopped before adverse effects can take hold.
  • High cholesterol levels have been found to be protective in elderly and heart failure patients.
  • The statin industry is the utmost medical tragedy of all times.
  • A government report in Canada found an overestimation of benefit and underestimation of harm where statins are concerned.
  • Statins are associated with triple the risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification.



Question

Mystery stomach bug hits Swiss watch capital

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The Unesco World Heritage Site of Le Locle is Switzerland's third smallest city.
Residents of the Swiss city of Le Locle, world famous for its watch production, have been laid low by a nasty infection with authorities warning people not to drink the water.

"It's pretty intense," Bernard Vaucher, spokesperson for the city of just over 10,000 people told Le Temps newspaper on Saturday.

"People here aren't talking about much else," he said of the infection which has symptoms ranging from stomach cramps to diarrhoea and vomiting.

"A large proportion of people are affected," he added.

The causes of the infection are unknown but authorities are warning people to steer clear of tap water.

Samples of the town's water supply have been taken but results were not yet in on early Saturday afternoon.

The neighbouring town of La Chaux-de-Fonds is in no danger, experts say, as is it fed by a different water source.

Le Locle is one of the centres of Swiss watchmaking and is home to brands including Tissot and Zodiac. Together with its twin town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle has been recognized as a Unesco World Heritage site

"The site presents outstanding examples of mono-industrial manufacturing-towns which are well preserved and still active," according to Unesco.

In the nineteenth century, the area was also a hotbed of anarchism with the Jura Federation key in the ideology's development.

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Canoodling with wild animals and other cute critters could spread disease

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Leprosy is on the loose in Florida, thanks to the armored armadillo. Nine people have come down with the disease after coming into contact with the animal. Now wildlife experts are sending out warnings about the risks of cuddling with cute animals.

So far this year, nine people contracted Hansen's disease, the official name for leprosy, in Florida. It is caused by the Mycobacterium leprae bacteria, which can be found on nine-banded armadillos, Florida Department of Health deputy press secretary Brad Dalton told WTLV. The state normally sees two to 10 cases each year.

All of the affected patients said they came into contact with armadillos, but genetics plays a big role in who contracts leprosy after touching the animals, according to Dr. Richard Truman, acting chief of the laboratory research branch of the National Hansen's Disease Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

"Between Texas and Louisiana and the southern United States, many millions of people have direct or indirect exposure to armadillos every day," he told NPR, noting that 95 percent of humans are completely immune to the illness.

Armadillos aren't the only animal to watch out for, though.

"All wild animals can harbor infectious agents that are harmful to people," Truman says. "If we leave animals alone and exercise caution, they don't pose a risk to us."

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