Health & Wellness


Researchers finally acknowledge link between anesthesia and memory loss

University of Toronto researchers discover why anesthetics cause prolonged memory loss

If you ever suspected that things weren't quite right after going under anesthesia - you were right!

Anesthetics are serious business. Students taking their clinical internships who happen to prick their fingers by accident get rushed to the emergency room. And one mistake during the procedure can have tragic results like one woman who felt the pain of her entire surgery, but couldn't speak or move.

Royal College of Anaesthetists spokesperson Dr Keith Myerson once said that it's a scientific balancing act to relieve pain and create loss of consciousness, while at the same time minimizing the drug effects - reduced supply of oxygen to the blood and the brain.

Venezuela in the midst of the worst tropical disease outbreak in 25 years

Venezuela is in the grip of one of the worst outbreaks of tropical diseases in decades, and the response by public health authorities has been slow and inefficient, two non-governmental groups reported Tuesday.

In 2014, Venezuela had over 150,000 recorded cases of dengue, malaria, and Chikungunya, the report said.

The country also had 1.2 million fever episodes without a precise diagnoses, according to the report by the Health Observatory and another group called We Defend the Epidemiology of Venezuelan Society.

The epidemic is one of the worst in 25 years, said former health minister Jose Felix Oletta, who was among the authors of the report.

"And we're still in the expansion phase, this problem will continue," Oletta told AFP.

Comment: As in the grand tradition of all vaccines, even if there were one for these tropical diseases it wouldn't work. Vaccination is not immunization.

Light Saber

Meditation, yoga and support groups benefit health at the cellular level

Practising mindfulness meditation, yoga or being involved in a support group have positive impacts at the cellular level in breast cancer, a new study finds.

The study, conducted at Canadian cancer centres, found that breast cancer survivors who practised meditation and yoga or took part in support groups had longer telomeres, part of the chromosome thought to be important in physical health.

Comment: There have been numerous studies showing the benefits of meditation and yoga - for more information see: Modern science confirms yoga's many health benefits and Reprogramming inflammation with meditation.

One type of meditation that is exploding in popularity is the Éiriú Eolas Stress Control, Healing and Rejuvenation Program. It is an ancient breathing and meditation program which helps to rejuvenate and detoxify the body and mind and can be learned here for free.

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How do ebola vaccines "work"?

With so many factors at stake here, Ebola's air-borne transmission might become more aggressive in the near future. A nasal vaccine sounds like the kind of thing which might help in that regard.
Two experimental vaccines against Ebola are currently being tested to see whether they are safe to use in people, and health officials have said that millions of doses could be available by the end of next year. But how do the vaccines work?

Both vaccines essentially consist of a harmless virus that has been "spiked" with a protein from the Ebola virus, said Derek Gatherer, a bioinformatics researcher at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom who studies viral genetics and evolution.

If a person is given the vaccine, "the body thinks it's being infected with this rather innocuous virus, [and] part of the virus happens to be the Ebola protein," said Gatherer, who is not involved in work on the Ebola vaccines. This prompts an immune response, and the body develops antibodies against the Ebola protein, Gatherer said. [How Do People Survive Ebola?]

Ideally, if a vaccinated person were later exposed to the real Ebola virus, these antibodies would be ready to fight off the infection before it could take hold.

Comment: Yes, wishful thinking at its best. There are several reasons why this might NOT be such a good idea:

1) If the vaccine fails - and vaccines have a solid track record of failure - those who were used as guinea pigs would be predisposed to infection.

2) A vaccine may exert selective pressure on the virus to produce "mutants" capable of being more pathogenic. See a perfect example here: Fail: Infant Hep B vaccines perform shamefully; time to end them? See also: 3) The Black Death which killed scores of people around the world was an Ebola-like virus: Black Death found to be Ebola-like virus and Finally catching up - Could the Black Death actually have been an Ebola-like virus?

4) Mother nature doesn't need our help to create a deadly mutated virus: New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection.

5) With so many factors at stake here, Ebola's air-borne transmission might become more aggressive in the near future. A nasal vaccine sounds like the kind of thing which might help in that regard.

Comment: Do you really trust a company with such a history of fraud and bribery with your life? If you are not aware already, you may want to read up on the dangers of vaccines: Also, isn't it interesting that pharmaceutical companies are busily "reinventing the wheel" while multiple experimental Ebola vaccines already exist? An "arms race" for profits?

Alarm Clock

A bitter pill to swallow: Fluoroquinolone antibiotics

Fluoroquinolones are among the most dangerous drugs on the market and should be avoided unless your life depends on it. Despite their dangers, they're the most commonly prescribed class of antibiotics in the United States... In 2010, Bayer's top two fluoroquinolones (Cipro and Avalox) brought in $1 billion in sales.

That same year, Johnson & Johnson sold $1.3 billion-worth of its drug, Levaquin. All antibiotics carry a risk of side effects, but fluoroquinolones are in a class by themselves when it comes to potential health risks.

No other antibiotic carries as high a potential to cause serious, permanent injuries and even death, as the fluoroquinolones do. Despite their higher than normal risks, doctors frequently prescribe them as a first line of treatment even for mild infections. Always ask your doctor if there is a safer alternative.

And, adding insult to injury, most victims claim they were never warned that there are dire adverse effects associated with these antibiotics. I strongly advise you to educate yourself about the risks of fluoroquinolones, and refuse any prescription for these drugs unless absolutely necessary.

Over-prescribed antibiotics cause of C. difficile infections and high infection recurrence rates are due to...more antibiotics!

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Better antimicrobial stewardship could curb infection rates.
Going to the hospital can save your life, but it is not without risks. Patients can be exposed to dangerous infections while receiving treatment. In the United States, health care-associated infections are the fifth leading cause of death among hospitalized patients, accounting for nearly 100,000 deaths in the US each year.

Clostridium difficile is the most common bacterium contributing to health care-associated infections. It can colonize the gut and result in an intestinal disease called Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). CDI infection rates are going up, and the increase is tied to overuse of commonly used antibiotics.

CDI causes mild diarrhea or more serious symptoms like abdominal pain and fever. In the most severe forms, CDI can result in severe inflammation of the intestines or even death. Approximately 9% of patients hospitalized with CDI die, compared to 2% for all other inpatients. Patients with CDI are often hospitalized at least one week, resulting in a mean cost per hospital stay of US$24,400.

Comment: One in seven patients can no longer be helped by antibiotics because they are increasingly ineffective after being prescribed too frequently. Doctors hand out prescriptions for ailments such as viruses, coughs and colds, for which antibiotics are ineffective, resulting in bacteria evolving into "superbugs" that are resistant to treatments that used to kill them.

Overmedicated: Antibiotics 'fail 15%' of patients due to superbugs and 'reckless' prescription

Ditch big pharma's antibiotics

Bad Guys

In a globalist world the medical cartel is king

"Elites who invent reality need an unimpeachable operation, headed up by people who are relentlessly promoted as the sanest, most intelligent, competent, and caring representatives of the human race. Guess who that would be?" (The Magician Awakes, Jon Rappoport)

In 1976, the great critic of 20th-century society, Ivan Illich, wrote:
"Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals."
The medical cartel is the answer to the question: what do you with the population of Earth once they are living under a globalist oligarchy?

It's all about managing lives, from womb to grave, and no institution serves that management better than Medicine.

First of all, you have a system that dispenses toxic drugs in an endless stream, killing in the US alone, by conservative estimate, 100,000 people per year. On top of that, medical drugs cause anywhere from two to four millions severe adverse effects annually.

Why is the rise of Celiac Disease still stumping scientists?

Two new studies in the New England Journal of Medicine rocked the world of celiac research, both proving that scientists have a ways to go in their understanding of celiac disease, which affects about 1% of the population, whether they know it or not.

One Italian study wondered if the age at which gluten is introduced into the diet could affect a person's likelihood of developing the autoimmune disease - so they kept gluten away from newborns for a year. To the shock of the researchers, delaying exposure to gluten didn't make a difference in the long run. In some cases it delayed the onset of the disease, but it didn't stop people from developing the disease, for which there is no cure.

The second study, of almost 1,000 children, introduced small amounts of gluten into the diets of breastfeeding infants to see if that fostered a gluten tolerance later on in those who were genetically predisposed to celiac disease. No such luck for them, either. Though both studies were excellently designed and executed, says Joseph A. Murray, MD, professor of medicine and gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, each was "a spectacular failure."

Comment: For more information on gluten, the grain that damages the human brain, and the rise in gluten intolerance read the following articles:


Blistering report on flu vaccines: Revealed by John Hopkins Scientist

A Johns Hopkins scientist has issued a blistering report on influenza vaccines in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Peter Doshi, Ph.D., charges that although the vaccines are being pushed on the public in unprecedented numbers, they are less effective and cause more side effects than alleged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Further, says Doshi, the studies that underlie the CDC's policy of encouraging most people to get a yearly flu shot are often low quality studies that do not substantiate the official claims.

Promoting influenza vaccines is one of the most visible and aggressive public health policies in the United States, says Doshi of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Drug companies and public officials press for widespread vaccination each fall, offering vaccinations in drugstores and supermarkets. The results have been phenomenal. Only 20 years ago, 32 million doses of influenza vaccine were available in the United States on an annual basis. Today, the total has skyrocketed to 135 million doses.

Comment: The seasonal flu lie: PR stunt to sell more vaccinations


Shift work responsible for 'dementia-like' brain damage

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Working in shift patterns has a damaging effect on the cognitive ability of workers, a study has shown.

The latest study by the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has shown that erratic working patterns lead to significantly reduced brain function, with a decade of antisocial shift work prematurely aging the brain by over six years.

Shift working has already been proven to be responsible for poor physical health, contributing to conditions such as cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and ulcers.

The team from the universities of Swansea and Toulouse studied 3,200 employed and retired workers over a period of 10 years.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr Philip Tucker, a member of the Swansea research team, said there was a "substantial" decrease in brain function.

He added: "It is likely that when [people on shifts are] trying to undertake complex cognitive tasks, they might make more mistakes and slip-ups, maybe one in 100 makes a mistake with a very large consequence, but it's hard to say how big a difference it would make in day-to-day life."

Comment: See also Working the night shift 'throws body into chaos'.