Health & Wellness


'Holy moly, it's a tapeworm!' Man dies after parasite inside him developed cancer

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Scientists have discovered a cancer patient whose tumors sprouted from a human parasite, the dwarf tapeworm.

An HIV-infected Colombian man has died of lung tumors which sprouted from a parasite living inside him. The first known case of this kind has taken scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totally unawares.

"We were amazed when we found this new type of disease — tapeworms growing inside a person, essentially getting cancer, that spreads to the person, causing tumors," study researcher Dr. Atis Muehlenbachs, a staff pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB) told LiveScience.


Kids are less likely to develop Asthma if they grow up with dogs

As if their unconditional love, mood-boosting powers and delightfully slobbery kisses weren't enough, dogs may provide yet another benefit to their human families. According to a new study from Uppsala University in Sweden, children who grow up with dogs have about a 13 percent lower risk of asthma than kids who didn't.

Researchers analyzed data on more than a million Swedish children in nine different national registries, controlling for parental asthma and socioeconomic status, among other factors. The data covered births between 2001 and 2010 and included details on asthma diagnosis and medication, if any, and information about dog and farm animal ownership.

Comment: Study: Dog Dander Protects Children from Common Cold Virus and Asthma


SOTT Exclusive: The origins of the HPV vaccine - A case of corruption in science

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Caption from the documentary on HPV vaccines entitled, "The Vaccinated Girls – Sick and Betrayed."
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is possibly the most dangerous one on the market today. Supposedly designed to possibly prevent infections by certain types of human papillomavirus associated with the development of cervical cancer, genital warts, and other cancers, according to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), there were 41,236 adverse effects including 1,373 people disabled, 233 deaths, 705 life threatening cases and, 5,575 serious adverse effects up until September 2015.

Keep in mind that VAERS only reports cases from the United States. Some of the associated diseases after the HPV shot include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy, Lou Gehrig's disease and several other serious conditions.

There are two companies manufacturing the HPV vaccine: "Gardasil and Gardasil 9" by Merck & Company and "Cervarix" by GlaxoSmithKline. The following settlement regarding GlaxoSmithKline should leave no doubts about their reputation:
Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in U.S. History

GlaxoSmithKline to Plead Guilty and Pay $3 Billion to Resolve Fraud Allegations and Failure to Report Safety Data

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Despite these facts, the vaccine is still on the market and regarded as "safe" in most countries. An exception was given by Japan which withdrew its recommendation in 2013 and has not reversed that decision because of concerns from the public about adverse events. Others are taking notice as well. According to Medscape Medical News, the European Medicines Agency announced in July 2015 that it was conducting a safety review of HPV vaccines, which was requested by Denmark, where reports of adverse events after HPV vaccination have been widely reported in the media.

Denmark's public awareness stems from this documentary which was aired on TV2, a national channel:

Bacon n Eggs

Fats you need for a healthy diet

Long before the dawn of agriculture, our ancestors spent 2.5 million years fine-tuning their metabolism and collective physiology to an opportunist's diet that included everything from found or hunted meats and seafood to plants, insects and perhaps an occasional spot of honey. No doubt early humans feasted on plenty of leafy greens, nuts and other seeds as well as high-quality animal proteins and fats, all of which were loaded with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. Our scavenger predecessors would've likely raised their eyebrows at shortening, margarine and other processed vegetable and animal fats, and likely even at breads, cakes and cookies.

A lot has happened to the human diet since then.

Comment: Saturated Fat is Good for You:


The 5 most important determinants of good health

Most educational and government institutions around the world have a very poor track record when it comes to influencing the practical habits that keep their populations healthy. They say we are destined for disease depending on our genetics and biology without ever addressing some of the most significant determinants that shape our health.

1) What Your Skin Absorbs

Our skin's production of vitamin D dramatically influences our health. It is influenced by age (people ages 65 and over generate only one-fourth as much as people in their 20s do), skin color (African Americans have, on average, about half as much vitamin D in their blood as white Americans), and sunscreen use (slather on sunscreen in the summer and you're guaranteed to eliminate prime opportunities to soak in Vitamin D). Spraying toxic bug repellents, creams and other cosmetics influence your immunity. Children have a large body surface area and tender skin, making them more prone to cross-skin absorption. People over 65 tend to have thinner skin and have had years of exposure to sun, which also makes their skin absorb more of these chemicals.


Prescription Drugs: Are they on the menu for dinner?

No, we didn't think so. But you might get them in your dinner anyway.

"Biosolids"—a euphemism for human waste - are being used by some farmers as cheap fertilizer, according the New York Times, but it is usually done very quietly. In most states and counties, details about where biosolids have been applied is intentionally concealed; they make it as hard as possible for the public to get that information.

Comment: Sewage sludge on the menu! Yuck! Don't think it's happening? Think again!
Sewage sludge is created by all of the human waste flushed down the toilet and sinks - which includes all the pharmaceutical residues the men, women, and children in the city using the sewage system use - and all the material corporations flush down the drain, which can include industrial materials, solvents, medical waste, and other chemicals. The water is removed from the sludge, and it is heated to kill certain bacteria, but the heating of the sewage sludge does not remove metals, flame retardants (which California recently listed as a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent), and other chemicals that remain in the sewage sludge when food crops are grown in it.

In addition to flame retardants and metals, sewage sludge has been shown to contain toxic substances and other contaminants such as endocrine disruptors, pharmaceutical residues, phthalates, industrial solvents, resistant pathogens, and perfluorinated compounds. Some of these contaminants can "bioaccumulate" in plants grown in sludge-contaminated soil and remain as residue on vegetables in contact with the soil. These plants are then eaten by children and adults.

Red Flag

California Health Department warns: Don't eat Dungeness crab

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A hall of fresh dungeness crab is pulled off a fishing boat and into a large bin, kicking off the start of the crab season at Pier 45 in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, November 16, 2014.
Do not — repeat, not — eat crab caught along much of the California coast until further notice. That's the stunning message issued Tuesday by health officials just days before Saturday's start of the recreational crab season, which may be delayed.


More Americans than ever use prescription drugs

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Robert Granville reaches into a medicine bottle as he takes his seven prescription pills on February 25, 2009 in Miami, Florida.
More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs — close to 60 percent of U.S. adults, according to new research.

And most seem to be related to obesity, with cholesterol and blood pressure drugs leading the pack, researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The single most popular drug is Zocor, a cholesterol-lowering drug in a class called statins, said Elizabeth Kantor, formerly of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, and now at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The drug, known generically as simvastatin, is taken by 8 percent of the U.S. population.

Comment: Also see: Psych drugs killing 500,000 seniors every year


How Monsanto silences scientific debate

A new survey from Pew Research Center states that two-thirds of Americans don't believe biotech scientists. Why is this exactly?

Recommended reading:"Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public."
"Altered Genes, Twisted Truth will stand as a landmark. It should be required reading in every university biology course." - Joseph Cummins, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Genetics, Western University, London, OntarioBiotech Infiltration of Academia
Many already suspect that Monsanto and other biotech companies have bought out universities who conduct studies on GM crops with healthy endowments, and even donations, which go towards building entire departments within the campuses of higher learning. When Iowa State University faculty and students called GM banana trials into question for being heavily invested in biotechnology, for example, the mainstream media simply brushed it aside.

Comment: Monsanto: The complete history of the world's most evil corporation


Laurie Becklund: Questioning the entire Breast Cancer industry

Laurie Becklund, who passed away from breast cancer this year.
A former Los Angeles Times staff writer, Laurie Becklund, battled breast cancer since 1996. Earlier this year she knew her time was limited, and as she greeted her last few months, she wrote an opinion piece "As I Lay Dying" about her story. Becklund died Feb. 8 this year. This is what she wanted you to know about breast cancer.

Early detection does not cure cancer.
Becklund: "I had more than 20 mammograms, and none of them caught my disease. In fact, we now have significant studies showing that routine mammogram screening, which may result in misdiagnoses, unnecessary treatment and radiation overexposure, can harm more people than it helps."
To detect a cancer early in many cases means to catch it before it produces symptoms. That is a problem, because not every precancerous condition will actually become cancer or not the type of cancer that can affect a person's life, but every case is treated as if it was the same type of cancer. Mammogram screening is responsible for about 25% of overdiagnosis in breast cancer, according to an article published in Oxford Journals. The over diagnosis may harm patients and lead to "overuse of anticancer therapies" such as chemotherapy.