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Puerto Rico confirms 19 cases of mosquito-born Zika virus

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The US territory of Puerto Rico has 19 cases of the mosquito-born Zika virus, which is believed to cause serious birth defects if contracted by pregnant women, the Puerto Rico Health Department confirmed on Tuesday.

"[Puerto Rico] today confirmed 19 cases of Zika virus in Puerto Rico, chiefly in the southeastern zone," Health Department Secretary Ana Riu was quoted as saying by El Vocero.

The US Centers for Disease Control has stated there are serious birth defects of the brain called microcephaly as well as other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with the Zika virus. The Zika virus can be spread from pregnant women to unborn babies.


First US case of Zika virus detected in Arkansas

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A transmission electron micrograph (TEM) shows the Zika virus, in an undated photo provided by the Centers For Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Arkansas Department of Health has just confirmed a resident has tested positive for Zika Virus.

The US Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) told the department late yesterday afternoon that the infected resident recently traveled out of the country and had "a mild case of Zika".

Originally discovered in Africa in the 1940s, the relatively-new disease first appeared in Brazil in May 2005.

According to the Arkansas health department's statement, the virus has since spread to at least 20 countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean.


The cells of our ancestors, children or siblings infiltrate every part of our bodies

How's this for caring? Without being in the same room, building or even the same city as your mother, you can literally patch up her heart. Or your child can patch up yours. It's an idea that takes getting used to at first, but hear us out: you probably left tiny little bits of you inside your mother. And you got stuff from her, too: her cells take up residence in most of your organs, perhaps even your brain. They live there for years, decades even, meddling with your biology and your health.

Sure, your blood, skin, brain and lungs are made up of your own cells, but not entirely. Most of us are walking, talking patchworks of cells, with emissaries from our mother, children or even our siblings infiltrating every part of our bodies. Welcome to the bizarre world of microchimerism.

You are more than the sum of your cells. This idea came to prominence in mid-90s, when molecular biologist Richard Jefferson realised that the microbes inside and on us play an integral role in how healthy we are.

The idea emerged in the 1970s, when cells with male Y chromosomes were detected in the blood of pregnant women. Until then, we assumed that a mother's body and her child's were kept completely separate during pregnancy. Their blood came into close proximity in the placenta -- that large, messy bundle of blood vessels connecting mother and child via the umbilical cord -- but never actually mixed. Nutrients, oxygen and waste shuttled from one to the other through filters.


Gold Seal

Why vegetarianism and high-carb diets have destroyed the health of people and planet - Interview with Lierre Keith

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The following is an excellent interview by Deborah Donnier, journalist and entrepreneur, with Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth, during a health conference in Reims, France, on November 21-22, 2015.

At times labelled 'radical' and 'militant', Lierre Keith is trying to open up people's eyes to the ecological disaster affecting humanity and all life on the planet. According to her, the balance between living creatures and the land is being destroyed, and it is time that people become aware of that fact.

During this interview, we clarify the ideas developed in her book, The Vegetarian Myth, which attempts to warn society about the inherent unsustainability of its modes of consumption via modern agriculture.

Comment: For more information on Lierre Keith's research, and the dangers of vegetarian and vegan diets, see:


Toxic chemicals present in most outdoor gear - study

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People who use weatherproof gear presumably enjoy spending time outdoors and respect the environment - but a new study from Greenpeace says that hazardous chemicals that are detrimental to animals and the environment are "widely present" in such products.

The study from the environmental group found that toxic chemicals are "still widely present in products by brands such as Jack Wolfskin, the North Face, Patagonia, Mammut, Norrona and Salewa."

It went on to note that the chemicals are particularly found "in the production of footwear, trousers, sleeping bags and some jackets."


Why all the anger? Arizona 'Paleo' Cardiologist responds to critics regarding Measles & vaccines

I recently did an interview which was aired on NBC Phoenix. I was asked my opinion on vaccinations in response to the current measles outbreaks that have occurred at Disneyland in California. My reply has generated quite a bit of anger in thousands of people.

There has also been a tremendous amount of support to my comments and opinions. In short, The Society Against Injecting Our Kids With Chemicals (TSAIOKWC for short) has a lot of followers.

I want to address all this misguided anger and see if we can re-direct it where it belongs.

Comment: Additional articles & interview by Arizona Cardiologist Jack Wolfson:


Preclinical study: Noni leaf extract superior to chemotherapy for lung cancer

Tragically, 1.4 million die from lung cancer each year, with 1.6 million newly diagnosed. Could this humble leaf extract beat a drug that can cost over 100,000 dollars to improve lung cancer survival only a few months?

A promising new study published in the journal Food & Function titled, "Morinda citrifolia edible leaf extract enhanced immune response against lung cancer," has found that an alcohol-based leaf extract of the noni tree (Morinda Citrifolia) was more effective than a commonly used chemotherapy drug in treating lung cancer in an animal model.

In the new study, a team of Malaysian researchers tested the relative effectiveness of the drug erlotinib (trade name Tarceva), a so-called epidemal growth factor receptor inhibitor (EGFR inhibitor), to a noni leaf extract, in lung tumor-induced albino house mice (BALB/c), and found that 21 days of treatment with a 300 mg kg-1 body weight of leaf extract was more effective suppressing lung tumour growth than a 50 mg kg-1 body weight erlotinib treatment.


Poisoning our children - beginning in the womb

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Birth defects, premature births, endocrine disruption, cancer, Parkinson's—why are we doing this to our kids?

According to a new study published in the journal Endocrinology, oil and natural gas operations are contaminating surface and ground water with chemicals that wreak havoc on birth and growth hormones. Other recent reports show toxic levels of selenium contamination in the groundwater near fracking operations. This is leading to premature births.

Comment: 'Only a strong response from the public can have a chance at getting the federal government to put the safety of its citizens first.'

Sad to say the federal government isn't going to be putting the 'safety of it's citizens first' anytime soon. It is painfully obvious that government organizations like the USDA and the EPA favor industry when assessing chemical dangers! It's all about profits, not protection. The following articles are just a few examples:


Optimal mitochondrial function and metabolism is vital for your health

Mitochondria: you might not know what they are, but they are vital to your health. Rhonda Patrick, PhD is a biomedical scientist who has studied the interaction between mitochondrial metabolism, aberrant metabolism, and cancer.

She's also done research on aging at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla, California.
"I've had a variety of experiences doing research on aging, cancer, and metabolism," she explains. "Now, currently, I'm in Oakland, California, where I'm doing my post-doctoral research, working with Dr. Bruce Ames...

The primary focus of the research is the role of nutrition in preventing age-related diseases like cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and different inflammatory-related diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes.

I've been doing a lot of research currently on nutrition, specifically what roles micronutrients play in biological processes; how inadequacies and certain micronutrients can lead to insidious types of damage that can accumulate over decades, [and how they] lead to things like cancer and Alzheimer's disease."
Part of her work involves the identification of early biomarkers of disease. For example, DNA damage is an early biomarker for cancer. She then tries to determine which micronutrients might help repair that DNA damage.

She's also investigated mitochondrial function and metabolism, which is one of my own most recent passions. Dr. Lee Know's book, "Life - The Epic Story of Our Mitochondria", is a really good primer if you want to learn more about this topic after listening to this interview.


It's time for the USDA and EPA to come clean over RoundUp residues

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Corporate Witchcraft
Each year the US Department of Agriculture manages to test for over 400 pesticides in food, writes Carey Gillam. But glyphosate, the world's biggest-selling herbicide, is not among them, even as evidence of its dangers mounts. It's time for USDA and EPA to stop their buck-passing - and give consumers their right to know.

When microbiologist Bruce Hemming was hired two years ago to test breast milk samples for residues of the key ingredient in the popular weed-killer Roundup, Hemming at first scoffed at the possibility.

Hemming, the founder of St. Louis-based Microbe Inotech Laboratories, knew that the herbicidal ingredient called glyphosate was not supposed to accumulate in the human body.

Comment: It would be great if the EPA-USDA respected 'consumer concerns' and includes tests for glyphosate residues in the Pesticide Data Program. The reality is that it isAgriculture industry norm to not conduct such tests and to keep consumers in the dark about the extreme amount of toxic chemicals we are exposed to daily!
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.

The EPA's willingness to warp science — and therefore the truth — shows the true depth of its love for Monsanto. This unholy matrimony between the EPA and Monsanto has resulted in sound science's divorce from the planet's health.