Health & Wellness


Ice washing: An emotional trigger used to fund donations that do little find a cure for ALS

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With $80,000,000 of your dollars raised, the ALS foundation openly admits only 27% of the funds go to ALS research, and sadly, virtually none of your donated money goes to already proven natural solutions.

You've probably already heard about 'pinkwashing' -- breast cancer awareness months' most shameful cause-marketing campaign that paints pink anything from breast-cancer causing cow's milk products, buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken and synthetic perfume products - anything to make a quick buck by triggering a consumer's charitable instincts.

Or, how about 'greenwashing'? - the purposeful labeling of toxic chemicals with 'green' marketing copy, e.g. Simple Green cleaner, making you think you are saving yourself and the planet from the chemical apocalypse, but, in fact, ensuring you and your family are on the fast-track to arriving there.

Well, if that weren't enough to create Orwellian cognitive dissonance in your life, now you can add 'icewashing' to the mix, which uses emotional triggers and promises of doing good to generate donations to 'find a cure' for ALS, but whose approach may be diametrically opposed to fulfilling its stated promise promise.

Comment: In addition to natural and nutritional remedies, it is important to consider the emotional causes of ALS. Dr. Gabor Maté explains in his book, When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection that patients who develop ALS have difficulty expressing their emotions, have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility and seem unwilling to pay attention to their own needs.

Dr. Gabor Maté: "When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection"


Concerns over spread of highly resistant gonorrhoea strain found in Australia

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Electron micrograph of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium responsible for the sexually transmitted infection.
A "sex superbug" has put doctors in Australia and New Zealand on high alert amid mounting evidence that antibiotics used to treat the infection are no longer working.

The most highly resistant strain of gonorrhoea ever detected in Australia was recently found in a tourist from central Europe who contracted the STI in Sydney.

Australia's Health Department said a new multidrug resistant type of gonococcal bacteria, dubbed A8806, was identified with similarities to an untreatable strain of gonorrhoea known as H041.

It was first discovered in Japan in 2009, when a 31-year-old sex worker who had no symptoms of the disease tested positive in a routine check-up in Kyoto and could not be treated with the commonly-used ceftriaxone.

There have also been reports of a resilient strain in Hawaii in May 2011, as well as in California and Norway.

The Australian Health Department has urged GPs to refer all cases of gonorrhoea, known as "the clap", for culture testing and New Zealand health clinics are on a high state of alert.

Electron micrograph of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium responsible for the sexually transmitted infection The capacity of the gonorrhoea bacterium to develop antibiotic resistance is well known, the New Zealand Sexual Health Society said, and many of the antibiotics used in the past 70 years no longer provide effective treatment.
Alarm Clock

Alarming results of Big Pharma & the CDC in America: 1 in 6 children now has a developmental disability

Something is very wrong here.

Shell Tzorfas on YouTube pointed us to this U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) paper "Trends in the Prevalence of Developmental Disabilities in U.S. Children, 1997 - 2008" and what are some pretty astonishing figures.

The joint CDC - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) paper not only revealed that one in six children across America suffered from a developmental disability in 2006-2008, but the rate of parent-reported developmental disabilities in their children had increased 17.1% from 1997 to 2008.

Worse, in the 12-year period, the prevalence of autism increased nearly three hundred percent (289.5%).

Males were twice as likely to suffer from developmental disabilities as females. The sample size wasn't small, either; the study included some 119,367 children.

One in six. That means if you go to just two of your neighbors' homes with children, it is very likely that at one of them, you will find at least one child with a developmental disability. And these figures were from 2008, so that begs the question: how bad are they now?

Gut bacteria discovered that may prevent food allergies

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The bacterium, called Clostridia, appears to minimize the likelihood that rodents will become allergic to peanuts, and researchers would like to find out if it does the same in people.
Mice that were raised in a sterile environment or given antibiotics early in life lacked a common gut bacteria that appears to prevent food allergies, US researchers said on Monday.

The bacterium, called Clostridia, appears to minimize the likelihood that rodents will become allergic to peanuts, and researchers would like to find out if it does the same in people.

In the meantime, they found that supplementing rodents with probiotics containing Clostridia later in life could reverse the allergy, according to the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Environmental stimuli such as antibiotic overuse, high-fat diets, caesarean birth, removal of common pathogens and even formula feeding have affected the microbiota with which we've co-evolved," said senior study author Cathryn Nagler, food allergy professor at the University of Chicago.

Comment: Actually it's carbohydrates and sugar - not high-fat diets - that negatively contribute to the state of gut health. But it seems that there are many scientists studying these conditions who are still far behind what many orthomolecular-minded Doctors and researchers have been saying for years. Further, it is not only allergies that are induced by a lack of good gut bacteria but also other ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, candida and other auto-immune disorders.

See also: A gut check for many ailments

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Human guinea pigs: Chinese university feeds GMO rice to students resulting in three times the normal incidence of leukemia

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According to reports from Huazhong Agricultural University in China, an alleged illegal GM rice trial on the University students has led to an incidence rate of acute leukemia of up to three times the normal rate in China.

Students of the Huazhong Agricultural University have revealed that "over 10 students suffered from leukemia within a 4 year period." They listed the names of at least 7 cases.

The students also stated: "When we entered the University, the school required all students to promote genetic modification (GM), upon entering the University, our teacher told us that the rice used by our canteen is GM rice from the university's experimental base."

The normal incidence rate of leukemia among young people in China is about 2 - 3 cases/100,000 people, and the rate of acute cases is about 0.6 - 1.6 cases/100,000 people.

The leukemia incidence rate of the students at the Huazhong Agricultural University is therefore about three times the normal incidence rate.

Comment: It is totally unconscionable to use humans as human guinea pigs for GMO experimentation, yet that is exactly what BigAg has been doing to unsuspecting populations for decades. Perhaps this illegal trial may be one reason that China's Ministry of Agriculture has decided not to continue with a program which developed genetically-modified rice and corn.


Congo found another hotbed of Ebola as a doctor treated with experimental drug died

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Officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say that a second, separate outbreak of the deadly virus has occurred in the country. Meanwhile, a Liberian doctor treated with an experimental serum against the illness has passed away.

DRC Health Minister Felix Numbi said that two of eight people who died from a "hemorrhagic fever" last week have been diagnosed with a strain of the disease in postmortem lab tests. The death toll of the sudden epidemic in the country's Equateur province has reached 13 in total.

"This epidemic has nothing to do with the one in West Africa," said Numbi. "The experience acquired during the six previous epidemics of Ebola will contribute to the containing of this illness."

DRC, then Zaire, was where the virus, which eventually kills patients by literally liquefying their organs, was first discovered in 1976. Numbi said that medical cordons have been erected around the town of Gera, where the patients were identified.

Comment: See also:

Cupcake Pink

The man who believes sugar is poison: Robert Lustig and the obesity epidemic

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'We don’t have to ban sugar. But the food ­industry cannot be given carte blanche,' says Robert Lustig.
The maverick scientist has long argued that sugar is as harmful as cocaine or tobacco - and that the food industry has been adding too much of it to our meals for too long. A convert hears more about his theory

If you have any interest at all in diet, obesity, public health, diabetes, epidemiology, your own health or that of other people, you will probably be aware that sugar, not fat, is now considered the devil's food. Dr Robert Lustig's book, Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity and Disease, for all that it sounds like a Dan Brown novel, is the difference between vaguely knowing something is probably true, and being told it as a fact. Lustig has spent the past 16 years treating childhood obesity. His meta-analysis of the cutting-edge research on large-cohort studies of what sugar does to populations across the world, alongside his own clinical observations, has him credited with starting the war on sugar. When it reaches the enemy status of tobacco, it will be because of Lustig.

"Politicians have to come in and reset the playing field, as they have with any substance that is toxic and abused, ubiquitous and with negative consequence for society," he says. "Alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine. We don't have to ban any of them. We don't have to ban sugar. But the food industry cannot be given carte blanche. They're allowed to make money, but they're not allowed to make money by making people sick."

Lustig argues that sugar creates an appetite for itself by a determinable hormonal mechanism - a cycle, he says, that you could no more break with willpower than you could stop feeling thirsty through sheer strength of character. He argues that the hormone related to stress, cortisol, is partly to blame. "When cortisol floods the bloodstream, it raises blood pressure; increases the blood glucose level, which can precipitate diabetes. Human research shows that cortisol specifically increases caloric intake of 'comfort foods'." High cortisol levels during sleep, for instance, interfere with restfulness, and increase the hunger hormone ghrelin the next day. This differs from person to person, but I was jolted by recognition of the outrageous deliciousness of doughnuts when I haven't slept well.

Maine drinking water contains dangerous levels of fluoride

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A new study out of Maine suggests that residents across the New England state are regularly subjected to drinking water containing double the amount of fluoride considered to be dangerous by federal guidelines.

Residents from across the Pine Tree State were asked to voluntarily take samples from the private wells they rely on for drinking water, and ten different towns - including eight within a single county - tested higher than hoped for.

Scientific American published the results of the study last week, and the article's author, Dina Fine Maron, wrote that the details suggest many Mainers are introducing dangerous amounts of fluoride to their bodies due to an absence of regulation.

According to Maron, most of the state relies on private wells when it comes to getting water. Unlike public water sources, however, the water that Mainers drink every single day is spared stringent testing.

Comment: Unlike what the government would have you believe, fluoride is a poison at any concentration. Read the articles below and search for more information.


Congo declares an Ebola outbreak, exposing WHO cover-up

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Last week, when we reported on the latest breakout of a mysterious Ebola-like disease, which had claimed at least 70 people's live at last check, we were skeptical by the WHO's attempts to mask the fact that an Ebola outbreak is something else entirely, in a desperate attempt to avoid the panic that would inevitably result from the confirmation that the Ebola virus has officially made its way into the fifth country, this time the second largest African nation by surface area, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As Reuters reported at the time, citing a WHO spokesman who had sent an email to the news agency, "this is not Ebola" to which we mused: "perhaps the WHO is fibbing just a bit to prevent another all out panic. If not Ebola then what? According to WHO, the deaths are the result of an outbreak of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, a disease prevalent in... dogs?

We concluded: "So is the WHO simply trying to prevent the spread of panic and deny that Ebola has now spread to the second largest country in Africa? We will surely find out soon enough, especially if the WHO, too, advises the population "to keep calm and BTFD"..."

Three days later we have the answer and sure enough, as we suspected the WHO was indeed lying.

Reuters confirms:
Democratic Republic of Congo declared an Ebola outbreak in its northern Equateur province on Sunday after two out of eight cases tested came back positive for the deadly virus, Health Minister Felix Kabange Numbi said. A mysterious disease has killed dozens of people in Equateur in recent weeks but the World Health Organization had said on Thursday it was not Ebola.

Getting worse: Nigeria confirms 2 new Ebola cases

Nigeria's health ministry confirmed Friday two new cases of Ebola in the country, the first people to come down with the disease who didn't have direct contact with an infected traveler who brought the virus into the country from nearby Liberia.

Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said both newly infected people are the spouses of two caregivers who contracted the virus and later died after giving treatment to Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American man who flew into the country infected with the virus last month.

Comment: Sawyer passed Ebola to 11 other individuals, Ebola itself has an incubation period of 2 to 21 days, and medical professionals have been largely misinforming the public that the only way Ebola can spread is through physical contact. Therefore it's no wonder that Nigeria's Minister of Health has declared, "Everyone in the world is now at risk".

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