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The EPA & Monsanto - A love story

It would be easy to believe the Environmental Protection Agency's mission "to protect human health and the environment" — after all, environment is right, smack in the government agency's very name — but that would be quite the mistake. In fact, judging the EPA's magical manipulation of testing and data concerning glyphosate — the chief ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller, Roundup — it's arguable the government 'watchdog' functions primarily as a de facto propaganda division for the agrichemical behemoth.

While the World Health Organization's classification earlier this year of glyphosate as a Group 2A probable carcinogen — probable cause of cancer in the same category as creosote, among other noxious substances — is well-known and accepted, Monsanto's leverage means Roundup isn't likely to be pulled from store shelves in the U.S. any time soon. That leverage, however entertaining the resulting propaganda might be, bears potentially harmful consequences.

Comment: While the corporate criminality of biotech corporations like Monsanto and EPA collusion are nothing new, the evidence keeps mounting about how regulatory bodies like the EPA are willing to warp science and the truth to keep consumers in the dark and destroy human health and the environment in the process!


Vaccine activism victory: Parents stop Indiana's unethical HPV vaccine push

It took exactly one month to the day for an activated Indiana population to turn back efforts by their state's health department to coerce and pressure parents, outside of law, into having their children receive the potentially dangerous human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV). Independent health journalist Jefferey Jaxen was contacted by two separate families telling of letters they received by their state's health departments regarding their child's HPV vaccine status. An article chronicling the incidents was immediately published to raise awareness on October 5th, 2015.

Investigation revealed that the official health department letters received did not state whether or not the HPV vaccine was mandatory. This grey area created confusion and anger as many states are currently moving to pass mandatory vaccination laws with potentially severe penalties. What was more striking was the fact that the children, who were named in the official state letters, were found because of their inclusion into a vaccine tracking list. The problem was that the parents never knowingly consented to their child's participation and inclusion onto this list. Investigations revealed that every state has a vaccine tracking list, or immunization information system, for children. With each step to coerce parents, omit vital information, and unethically push vaccines on children, states are losing major integrity.

Comment: Kudos to these parents for standing up to the dictates of nanny state - their actions may have saved countless lives:
SOTT Exclusive: The origins of the HPV vaccine - A case of corruption in science

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.
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Sott Exclusive: The way the cookie crumbles and how to deal with canine and feline allergies

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Recently I got an invitation to appear on a local TV show about animals to talk about canine allergies and the role nutrition plays in their etiology. After I had seen the questions I was going to be presented with, I was delighted at the opportunity to share what I have learned over the years with a wider audience. Sometimes just a simple change of lifestyle is enough to cure many health problems in our pets and I am always happy to share this information with anyone who cares to listen.

Unfortunately it wasn't going to be. The way the cookie crumbles (or I should say the processed food pellet) in today's world is quite different: a few days before the show I was informed that the sponsors of the show (who happen to be a local distributor of well known pet food brand) insisted that I was an inappropriate choice of veterinarian. No big surprise here, everything you can see in the mainstream media is controlled by financial interests, including the news reports.


Modern science hates Homeopathy: So why is it more popular than ever?

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Does homeopathy actually work? It's a long-standing debate. Although the evidence is mounting that it doesn't, a lot of Americans seem to believe in it. According to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control, about 3.3 million Americans spent $2.9 billion on homeopathic remedies in 2007. The alternative healing practice has a long list of famous acolytes, from W.B. Yeats, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Twain, and Dizzy Gillespie to more recently, Cindy Crawford, Paul McCartney, Martina Navratilova and Oprah Winfrey. Even former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop called homeopathic physician Dr. Justice Gage Wright "a great model."

The idea behind homeopathy is simple: Dilute a concentrated tincture of crushed herbs, minerals and animal substances in a solution of alcohol or lactose. German physician Samuel Hahnemann, who conceived of homeopathy in the early 19th century in part due to his distrust of mainstream medical practices such as bloodletting, believed that substances that caused illness could also cure those same illnesses in a diluted form. He called it the "law of similars." The more diluted the substance, he believed, the more effective it was at treating symptoms.

Comment: This article is another glaring example of the Medical Mafia's crackdown on Alternative Medicine! Damage control really! Consider the fact that homeopathy is growing in popularity, contrary to the author's claim that, 'evidence is mounting' that Homeopathy doesn't actually work. Yvette d'Entremont aka "SciBabe" does a really lousy job in attempting to 'debunk' Homeopathy; after all it has withstood the test of time. Listen to the following Health and Wellness show for an interesting discussion about Alternative medicine and why modern medicine loves to hate on 'alternatives': The Health and Wellness Show - Alternative Medicine Overview


IV vitamin C proven effective in stopping some aggressive forms of cancer

High-dose vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for patients with cancer since the 1970s. It can completely shut down specific types of tumors. According to a new study from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators, scientists could one day harness vitamin C to develop targeted treatments.

Vitamin C has a broad spectrum antioxidant function with the ability to protect cell structures and DNA from free radical damage. It is remarkably safe even in enormously high doses. Compared to commonly used prescription drugs, side effects are virtually nonexistent. No matter how high the concentration, vitamin C does not harm healthy cells. Yet, through an array of enzymatic and metabolic reactions, vitamin C has an impressive ability to protect and treat and wide range of diseases, including cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most-common cancer diagnosed in the United States, with about 93,090 new cases each year. Around half of those cases harbor mutations in specific KRAS and BRAF genes; these forms of the disease are more aggressive and don't respond well to current therapies or chemotherapy.

Comment: For more on the anti-cancer effects of vitamin C see:


Fat Controversy - What You Don't Know About Healthy Fats

We all know that saturated fats are unhealthy and kill us. The government says it, the experts say it, and the medical professionals say it.

But is this really the case? Let's have a look a the actual science behind this claim.

The hypothesis, that saturated fats are unhealthy was first developed in 1955 by a researcher, Ancel Keys. In his famous - or I should rather say infamous - Seven Countries Study, he showed that the countries with the highest amount of saturated fat in their diet showed the highest rates of cardiovascular disease.

The problem with his study however was pointed out by two other researchers - Yerushalmy and Hilleboe - two years later. Keys had only picked seven countries out of a total of 22 for which these data were available. Had he used the full data set, his theory would have looked much weaker, and his study probably never published.


Antibiotics in livestock: California takes a stand

In 2009, a salmonella outbreak in a California beef plant left 63 people ill. Five years later, another salmonella outbreak linked to California poultry plants infected more than 600 people.

Both outbreaks were traced back to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs," often developed in farms that pump their livestock with human antibiotics to spur animal growth and prevent diseases from spreading in overpopulated farms. This means that if a disease hops from the animal to a farm employee — or a dinner plate to a human's digestive system — regular antibiotics wouldn't be able to cure the disease. And if it isn't contained, there's little stopping a major deadly outbreak.

Comment: To learn more about antibiotic resistant 'Superbugs' read the following articles:


Iodine treats breast cancer and more, overwhelming evidence

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Figure from Funahashi 2001. Breast cancer induced in rats with a carcinogenic chemical. Left column Images are rats pre-treated with Iodine (mekabu seaweed) showing no breast cancer tumors. Right column images are untreated (Control) rats with large breast cancer tumors visible at the red arrows).
A good friend of ours just went through an ordeal with breast cancer. The incidence of breast cancer has increased to 1 in 8 women, with 4,000 new cases weekly. You might ask, could there be a preventive measure which is safe, cheap and widely available that has been overlooked?

The answer is YES, and it's the essential mineral, Iodine, which was added to table salt in 1924 as part of a national program to prevent Goiter. Goiter is a form of thyroid enlargement caused by iodine deficiency.

Our Diet is Iodine Deficient

Iodized salt is the major source of dietary iodine for Americans. Yet, many of us have been told by the doctor to avoid salt, because salt causes high blood pressure. Those following this advice will have very little dietary iodine. In fact, we have a generalized iodine deficiency in our population. Currently 15% of the US adult female population is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as iodine deficient. (9) Although all processed foods contain a large quantity of salt, none of this added salt is iodized. There is no iodine added.


Oregano oil: A powerhouse for the alternative medicine cabinet

Oregano oil is the ultimate antibiotic. Oregano is a powerful herb with unique healing properties. Did you know that oregano has eight times more antioxidants than apples and three times as much as blueberries? Antioxidants are needed to protect our body against free radical damage. They boost the immune-system naturally. Oregano Oil is the most potent plant oil in the world!

The distribution of oregano oil started in Ancient Greece. In Greek the word oregano is translated as joy of the mountains. The Greeks were first to use oil for medicinal purposes, such as a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal agent and also as a remedy for pain, and inflammation. It was the main antibacterial tool used by Hippocrates. Oregano leaves were traditionally used to treat illnesses related to the respiratory and digestive systems.

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Before autism had a name

Steve Silberman's Neurotribes traces the history and evolving definition of autism—and argues for a more nuanced, more empathetic understanding of what it means to be autistic.

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"A six-year-old boy," reported the Times of India, "has been returned to his parents after being in the company of wolves for four and a half years." In the fall of 1957, shortly after this story appeared, a curious sociologist traced the story's origins. There was a boy who had been found alone, who spoke few words and seemed "interested in people only as objects." But there were no wolves. Scholars have argued that this boy, named Parasram, and many children before him belong to the pre-history of autism. And really, consider it: An unspeaking child is found untended in the wild, and we conclude that she or he was stolen by wolves or nursed by pumas. We interpret scars as evidence of a life among beasts. There is a deficit of humanity in these stories, but it doesn't belong to the abandoned children or to the nurturing packs and prides. The deficit lies in our inability to recognize ourselves among the less-familiar forms of human experience.