Health & Wellness


Mysterious fever worries doctors in Guinea: At least 23 killed since February in outbreak of haemorrhagic fever

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The investigation team says it cannot rule out the highly contagious Ebola fever
An outbreak of haemorrhagic fever has killed at least 23 people in Guinea's southeastern forest region since February, when the first case was reported, health authorities in the West African nation said.

At least 36 cases have been recorded by local health officials, said Sakoba Keita, the doctor in charge of the prevention of epidemics in Guinea's Health Ministry.

"Today, we have recorded 36 suspected cases and, of those 36, there have been 23 deaths in the prefectures of Gueckedou, Macenta specifically," Keita told Reuters news agency.

Body's fatty folds may help fight kidney failure

Stem cells from the body's omentum may preserve and improve kidney function.

A fatty fold of tissue within the abdomen that is a rich source of stem cells can help heal diseased kidneys when fused to the organs, according to a study conducted in rats. The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN), suggest that stem cells from within a chronic kidney disease patient's own abdomen could be used to preserve and possibly improve kidney function.

Although adult stem cells have shown promise in treating experimental acute kidney diseases, it's unknown whether they might also alleviate chronic kidney diseases. Such a treatment strategy would typically involve injecting cells frequently over a period of many months and years because stem cells do not survive in the body for more than a few days after injection.

Doctors, not drug dealers, are responsible for heroin boom

prescription bottle
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In 2010, a dentist extracted my wisdom teeth, told me to gargle with salt water, and sent me home with a prescription for a Costco-sized bottle of hydrocodone pills. During the procedure, she knocked me out with propofol - the same drug that killed Michael Jackson - and afterward I felt no pain. After a few hours, I popped one hydrocodone, more out of politeness than need. Weeks later, I still felt fine, but I popped two more, just to see what it was like. Hydrocodone's dreamy, pain-dulling effect was impressive: I bit my cheek hard enough to draw blood, and it didn't hurt at all. But the pills made me woozy. I then put the remaining 57 or so of them into my medicine cabinet, and I have no idea what happened to them after that. Lost in a move, I guess.

Heroin epidemics don't come and go randomly, like the McRib. They have clearly identifiable causes - and in this case, by far the largest cause is doctor-prescribed pills. Every year since 2007, doctors have written more than 200 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers. (Consider that there are 240 million adults in the country.) And about four in five new heroin addicts report that they got addicted to prescription pills before they ever took heroin.
Bacon n Eggs

No reason at all to limit saturated fat in the diet according to the largest most comprehensive review

Conventional nutritional advice varies a bit depending on who you ask, but there are a few constants. One is the importance of limiting saturated fat in favour of polyunsaturated fat. Most Governments, doctors and dieticians would therefore have us eschew foods such as red meat, dairy products and butter in favour of vegetable oils, oily fish and margarine.

In other words, eat real, unprocessed food, and forget about the amount and types of fat in that food.
This week saw the publication of the largest and most comprehensive review to assess the relationship between specific dietary fats and heart health, as well as the evidence for the supposed benefits of supplementing the diet with polyunsaturated fats [1]. The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Cambridge and MedicalResearchCouncil,University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University of Bristol, Erasmus University Medical Centre and Harvard School of Public Health, and was partly funded by the British Heart Foundation.

Comment: Before reaching out for those dairy products, read Why Milk Is So Evil

Comment: Mainstream science finally admits they got it all wrong:

From the Heart: Saturated fat is not the major issue

Consequences of replacing saturated fats with carbohydrates or Ω-6 polyunsaturated fats: The dietary guidelines have it wrong


False pregnancy - 'Phantom' quints pregnancy devastates Montreal dad-to-be

False Pregancy
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Paul Servat and Barbara Bienvenue.
A man who believed for months that he was going to be the father of quintuplets instead found out in hospital his girlfriend was never pregnant.

Delivery day came and went on Wednesday and only then did Paul Servat, 35, realize Barbara Bienvenue, 37, wasn't with children.

A disappointed and tearful father recounted his dashed dreams to QMI Agency at his home south of Montreal, in the baby room filled with five colourfully adorned cribs that lie empty.

"She let me choose the names," Servat, 35, said between sobs, surrounded by donated gifts for the five fictitious babies.

"I lost everything, it was my whole life."

Servat said Bienvenue's baby story lasted 34 weeks, after she had surprised her new beau in September with news that she was expecting.

"We were so happy," Servat said. "Even my parents, they were so looking forward to having grandchildren."

As weeks passed Bienvenue told Servat she was expecting twins, then triplets, then quadruplets and finally the stunning news that there were five babies in her belly.

Why the press shouldn't dismiss vaccine skeptics

Those who question vaccination programs are kooks or quacks, the press repeatedly tells us. The Globe and Mail, CBS News, Mother Jones and even scientific journals like Nature label skeptics as "vaccination deniers," much as global warming skeptics are called "deniers."

Slate magazine, citing the medical journal Vaccine, deplores "the global anti-vaccination movement [as] a loose coalition of rogue scientists, journalists, parents, and celebrities, who think that vaccines cause disorders like autism - a claim that has been thoroughly discredited by modern science." Commentary, a serious publication that covers politics, refers to skeptics as "vaccination truthers."

This wholesale demeaning of vaccine skeptics defies explanation. Granted, kooks and quacks exist in the vaccination field, just as they exist elsewhere. But why taint the skeptics as a whole, and fail to respectfully report dissenting views? No journalist would have had any difficulty finding dozens of distinguished skeptical scientists for the very few "rogue" scientists that the press has vilified.

How hard, for example, should it have been for the press to notice the views of Dr. Bernadine Healy, the former head of the National Institute of Health, the former head of the American Red Cross, and the former Chair of the White House Cabinet Group on Biotechnology, one of several White House positions she held in service to three U.S. presidents.

Fighting forced vaccination in America in 2014: 58 Bills in 24 States threatening right to refuse vaccines

Big Pharma's vaccine products are a huge failure. But since the Pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest sponsors of the dying mainstream media, and since they also have more lobbyists than any other industry influencing U.S. government policy, they continue to grow their market. Consider the vaccine market today in America:

1. U.S. law protects vaccine manufacturers from any liability due to faulty vaccines, or damages and deaths caused by them. There were so many people were suffering or even dying from vaccine injuries in the 1980s, that Big Pharma basically blackmailed Congress by threatening to stop manufacturing vaccines if legislation was not passed to protect them from lawsuits. So now vaccine pushers have a blank check to put as many vaccines into the market, regardless of the consequences.

2. Research to develop new vaccines is largely funded by tax-payer dollars. The NIH and probably other government agencies hold patents and earn royalties on vaccines.

3. The largest purchaser of vaccines is the government, both the U.S. government and the United Nations through UNICEF, which distributes vaccines free of charge around the world.

What a great business to be in! You don't need consumers to be on board and be willing to purchase the products - the government hands you a turn-key multi-billion dollar market. It also doesn't matter if the vaccines don't work, such as the failed pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. No problem. Keep selling them until they can
develop a new one to replace it. It's a risk-free lucrative market!

Comment: The aggressive measures, listed above, by the State Vaccine Legislation in America, is clearly a result of the huge increases in parents who refuse to vaccinate their children:

How a Mother Fought for Vaccine Exemption to Protect Her Kids
You Want To Vaccinate My Child? No Problem, Just Sign This Form

The Pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest sponsors of the dying mainstream media, and since they also have more lobbyists than any other industry influencing U.S. government policy, they continue to grow their market.

UNICEF Surveils, Defames health sites over vaccines
Big Pharma and corporate media team up for Pro-Vaccine propaganda


Two foods that sabotage your brain

Could there be a food-based cure for schizophrenia, bipolar, and depressive disorders? It is my firm conviction that diet - both what it may be deficient in as well as its potential toxicity - can cause what we label as mental illness. In medical school, we learn about the mental repercussions of nutrient deficiencies such as Beriberi (thiamin), Pellagra (niacin), and B12-deficiency induced dementia. We know that minerals such as magnesium and zinc are critical cofactors for basic functions, and that fatty acids are essential in the support of cell membrane health.

I believe in a partnership with my patients; however, my most paternalistic mandate, as a psychiatrist, is that of a gluten and casein free dietary trial.

What's that? they often ask.

Gluten, from the Latin, "glue" is a composite of proteins comprised of gliadin and glutenin, found in wheat, with similar 'glutinous' proteins known as prolamines found in related grains such as rye (secalin), corn (zein), and barley (horedin), and casein is the name for a family of proteins in mammalian milk. How does this relate to the average patient scheduling an appointment with a psychiatrist? Is it possible that our modern, post-industrial foods - sugar, gluten, processed dairy, and genetically modified soy and corn are conspiring with nutrient deficiencies in an incendiary collaboration that will give rise to gut/brain pathology?
2 + 2 = 4

Could understanding how the brain processes music help treat illness?

The areas of the brain activated when musicians are improvising are actually the language centers of the brain - the inferior frontal gyrus and the posterior superior temporal gyrus.
New research is expanding scientists' understanding of how the human brain processes music. We take a look at recent projects examining the interactions of music and neurology and ask what benefits this knowledge might have therapeutically or for future research.

Doctors have long known that listening to music can cause physiological changes. Lower levels of cortisol - the stress hormone - as well as better sleep and a lowered heart rate are associated with listening to music.

To this end, researchers are investigating music therapy as an alternative to anesthesia in some instances. But what is really going on beneath our skulls when our brain digests the humanly organized layers of sound that comprise music?
Monkey Wrench

The great American experiment

Lax regulation of toxic chemicals turns us all into human guinea pigs.

There are more than 1,000 chemicals known to be toxic to the brains of animals in lab experiments. Yet we only know of 214 for humans, and just 12 for developing fetuses and infants, a recent study revealed.

Why are these numbers so far apart? Is it because lab animals' brains are more feeble and susceptible to chemicals than ours?

No. It's because we can conduct experiments by feeding mercury, lead, and arsenic to rats to find out what happens to their brains. It's unethical to do so in humans.

Unfortunately, that's exactly what we're doing - just not in a lab.