Health & Wellness


The 'can o' tuna' vaccination argument makes no sense

Certainly if you are on the frontlines of the vaccine debate you've heard the argument from pro vaxxers 'hey well, y'know, a can of tuna has about the same amount of mercury in it that a vaccine does.' Or about aluminum, 'a muffin has as much aluminum as a vaccine containing aluminum'. It is a silly argument but it shows you the mindset of some of these people that don't question and research the very vaccine inserts or information available to them before they are injected.

First of all, anyone with a basic knowledge of biology should know the difference between injection and ingestion, one goes to the bloodstream, the other to the GI Tract. Biologically they are much different, and that should end the argument right there with just simple biological logic. Let's go a little deeper but also try and keep it simple.

Comment: See also: Pro-Vaxxers are the new pro-lifers: Religious hysteria trumps rational discussion in the vaccine debate


Ebola cases in Guinea rise as 3 doctors infected

Guinea has suffered a setback in its fight against Ebola with a rash of new cases, including three doctors infected by the virus, with officials blaming weak surveillance and a failure to follow safety procedures.

The outbreak, which began in eastern Guinea more than a year ago and has killed over 10,000 people in the three West African countries worst hit, had appeared to be on the wane, but Guinea has seen cases rise for three consecutive weeks, according to World Health Organization data.

A government health report from the weekend showed there were 21 new cases in a single day, a spike from the recent daily average of eight.

President Alpha Conde said on Tuesday that everything must be done to end the outbreak by mid-April, ahead of a meeting with donors scheduled around that date.

Ending Ebola could reboot Guinea's mining-dependent economy that has been hammered by the outbreak which has scared investors, he said.

"With Ebola, it is easier to go from 100 cases to 10 cases than from 10 cases of to zero. To end it, we need ten times more effort than when the outbreak was at its height," he said.


Study confirms that more medical 'care' leads to people feeling less healthy!

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Across much of the Western world, 25 years of expansion of the medical system has actually led to people feeling less healthy over time, a new study has found.

A researcher at The Ohio State University used several large multinational datasets to examine changes in how people rated their health between 1981 and 2007 and compared that to medical expansion in 28 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

During that time, the medical industry expanded dramatically in many of those countries, which you might expect would lead to people who felt healthier.

But that's not what Hui Zheng, assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State, found.

"Access to more medicine and medical care doesn't really improve our subjective health. For example, in the United States, the percentage of Americans reporting very good health decreased from 39 percent to 28 percent from 1982 to 2006," Zheng said.

Comment: What is being implied but not directly stated is that the system of health care is primarily a business model that is set up to benefit certain corporations, i.e. the pharmaceutical industry, insurance carriers and those owners of for-profit health institutions. As profit centers, the discovery of diseases, their treatment and medication benefits those centers while often doing more harm to patients who are over-screened, over-diagnosed and over-medicated. On top of that, those who are not able to pay are sued by hospitals and have their wages seized. No wonder people feel less healthy, thanks to the medical system, they probably ARE less healthy.


Tuberculosis tests at Olathe Northwest High School confirm 27 more cases

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The 27 were among 304 students and staff members at Olathe Northwest High School, 21300 College Blvd., tested last week after a student was diagnosed earlier this month with an active case of TB. Only people with active TB can infect others.
Twenty-seven more people have tested positive for tuberculosis at Olathe Northwest High School, state and county health officials said Wednesday, but so far none has shown any symptoms of active disease.

The 27 were among 304 students and staff members the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment tested last week after a student was diagnosed earlier this month with an active case of TB. Only people with active TB can infect others.

Health officials on Monday began calling people who had tested positive; letters were mailed to those with no sign of the infection, the health officials said. People who tested positive will receive antibiotic treatment through the health department.

With many people away on spring break, not everyone who tested positive has been contacted yet.

Comment: For more on tuberculosis:


Buyer beware: How Big Pharma uses fear to boost sales

Long before the Internet and direct to consumer advertising, the medical profession tried to reassure people about their health concerns. Sure fatigue and headaches could be a symptom of a brain tumor; sure a cough could be a symptom of lung cancer--but most doctors tried to assuage not sow fear. Remember "take two aspirins and call me in the morning"?

Flash forward to today's online "symptom checkers," quizzes to see if you have a certain disease and exhortations to see your doctor even though you feel fine. Once Pharma discovered that health fears and even hypochondria sell drugs, there seems to be no end to the new diseases, symptoms and risks people need to worry about.

Selling symptoms to suggestible people has been a gold mine for Big Pharma since it started advertising directly to the consumer around the late 1990s. Thanks to such marketing which actually "sells" diseases to build demand, millions of people who were once fine now have depression, insomnia, season allergies, GERD and assorted attention, pain and spectrum disorders. Worse, they want these afflictions because the medications that treat them have been made so glamorous.

Comment: Big Pharma seeks profits above all else. Health be damned. Do your own research and don't fall for the lies and manipulations.


Fibromyalgia as a mitochondrial disorder


The mitochondria just keep showing up in both ME/CFS and FM
We tend to think of fibromyalgia as a central nervous system disease but that focus has tended to obscure the growing evidence of problems in the body.

We don't tend to think of fibromyalgia as an inflammatory disorder. It's true that overt signs of inflammation are rarely found in people with FM but some studies suggest inflammatory factors may play a role.

Then there are the mitochondria. Mitochondrial dysfunction is thought of as a real possibility in chronic fatigue syndrome, but I've rarely associated it with fibromyalgia or pain. It turns out, however, that multiple studies - most of them small - suggest that mitochondrial dysfunction could indeed play a significant role in fibromyalgia. Could fibromyalgia, whatever else it is - also be a mitochondrial disorder?

Comment: This certainly connects a lot of dots. Also, seems that the best way to heal the mitochondrial DNA is a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting and short, intense resistance training; this activates wild mtDNA which can then begin to replicate and go around cleaning house.

For more information, see:

The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview


Ex-Big Pharma sales rep speaks out about the deception in the pharmaceutical industry

"There is no such thing as a safe drug." This comes from ex-pharmaceutical sales rep and author of the book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher, Gwen Olsen.

For 15 years, Gwen was living an unintentional lie, working as a pharmaceutical sales rep for some of today's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories. But through a gradual course of tragic events, Gwen's eyes were eventually opened to the unethical and tyrannical truth about pharmaceutical drugs.
"It was an awakening process, a spiritual and consciousness process where I started observing what was happening, what some of the drugs were doing, the misinformation, the disinformation. I was being encouraged to minimize side effects when I talked to doctors. I started to realize that these patients were literally being tortured by the drugs."
In her tell all book, Gwen writes about her years as a pharmaceutical sales rep, exposing the dirty secrets of the industry that often go untalked about.

As she explains, by the time a drug is approved and hits the general population, we don't know even 50% of side effects that are involved with that drug, "We were being trained to misinform people," she said.

Top Secret

The FDA deliberately keeps us in the dark about bad science

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Why would the FDA let claims that have been undermined by fraud appear on drug labels?
It's the same old story of prescription drugs and fraudulent studies, but the FDA doesn't seem to care.

A recent article in Slate magazine shows how the FDA hides important safety information when it uncovers scientific misconduct in clinical trials of pharmaceutical drugs. The names of the drugs and the company responsible for the misconduct are concealed, journal citations are left uncorrected, and claims made on drugs' labels are left unchanged even after it's known that they were based on bad science.

According to the author,
"The FDA knows about dozens of scientific papers floating about whose data are questionable—and has said nothing, leaving physicians and medical researchers completely unaware."
The author notes that these aren't isolated incidents, but part of routine behavior by the FDA to shield Big Pharma from unwelcome scrutiny.

Comment: Read more about how the FDA comes to the rescue of Big Pharma:


Kraft Foods recalls 6.5 millions boxes of macaroni & cheese after complaints of metal pieces

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It took eight customers complaining about finding mental pieces in their macaroni and cheese before Kraft recalled 6.5 million boxes that had been distributed through the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and to some South American nations.

According to Kraft, the eight customers who contacted the company after finding metal pieces in their macaroni and cheese reported no injuries.

"Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it," Kraft said in a statement Tuesday. "They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund."

The company has warned customers not to prepare and eat macaroni that comes in the original flavor. Its 7.25-ounce-sized box sizes carrying a "best when used by" date ranging from between September 18 to October 11. They also have a code marked "C2' below the expiration dates. The code shows the specific factory line where the potentially tainted boxes were produced.

"We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed," Kraft's statement read.

Kraft's macaroni and cheese products have generated more than $500 million in annual sales, with the company posting a net revenue of $18 billion in 2013, Reuters reported.

The item is not on the Food and Drug Administration's list of recalls and food safety alerts. The agency did not immediately respond with a comment.

Comment: Mac & cheese, while tasty and cheap, is very unhealthy.Eating processed food will lead to a variety of health problems, including auto immune issues and damage to your brain. See:


New research shows recommended daily intake of Vitamin D may be underestimated by a factor of 10

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Researchers at UC San Diego and Creighton University have challenged the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM), stating that their Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten.

In a letter published last week in the journal Nutrients the scientists confirmed a calculation error noted by other investigators, by using a data set from a different population. Dr. Cedric F. Garland, Dr.P.H., adjunct professor at UC San Diego's Department of Family Medicine and Public Health said his group was able to confirm findings published by Dr. Paul Veugelers from the University of Alberta School of Public Health that were reported last October in the same journal.

"Both these studies suggest that the IOM underestimated the requirement substantially," said Garland. "The error has broad implications for public health regarding disease prevention and achieving the stated goal of ensuring that the whole population has enough vitamin D to maintain bone health."

Comment: Earlier research has shown that over a billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D3 deficiency can lead to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoporosis, and neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, in addition to some types of cancers like breast, prostate, and colon. Vitamin D3 also assists in maintaining the immune system, keeping your mood stable, and protecting the brain. While sunshine is helpful, it is not always possible to get enough to optimize our levels, so taking supplemental Vitamin D3 may be necessary. It is also important to know that if you have a low vitamin D level in spite of taking vitamin D supplements, a magnesium deficiency can be one of the reasons you can't correct it. Be aware that it is quite difficult to obtain enough magnesium from food sources as our soils have been deficient in magnesium for decades, so supplementation may be necessary.