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Phthalates and BPA linked to IQ reductions in children: FDA continues to reassert the chemical's safety

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A number of chemicals found in plastic products are known to act as endocrine disruptors. Being similar in structure to natural sex hormones, they interfere with the normal functioning of those hormones.

This is particularly problematic in children who are still growing and developing, as the glands of your endocrine system and the hormones they release influence almost every cell, organ, and function of your body.

Your endocrine system as a whole is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, as well as sexual function and reproductive processes, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals have in fact been linked to a number of reproductive health problems.


Comment: No surprise that the FDA keeps telling people this toxic chemical is safe: For more information about BPA and the numerous health issues associated with this pervasive toxic chemical read the following articles:

Red Flag

Despite ban Monsanto & Bayer's GMO plants contaminate Europe


New evidence reveals that despite a ban on cultivation of GM rapeseed in Europe, Monsanto and Bayer's plants are now freely growing there.


A new study published in PLoS titled ,"Unexpected Diversity of Feral Genetically Modified Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus L.) Despite a Cultivation and Import Ban in Switzerland," is believed to be the first report of its kind showing that despite a cultivation and seed import ban of genetically modified (GM) oilseed rape in Switzerland, Monsanto and Bayer's GM plants have been introduced into the environment there, confirming fears that once the GM genie has been let out of the bottle it can not be put back.

The GM plants were found growing freely along railway lines and in port areas at four sites in 2011 and 2012, with the most afflicted being the Rhine port of Basel and the St. Johann freight railway station in Basel, Switzerland. The glyphosate-resistant GM plants were identified as Monsanto's Roundup-Ready GM event GT73. Additionally, the researchers found the glufosinate-resistant GM events MS8xRF3, MS8 and RF3 (all traded as InVigor, Bayer) at five sampling locations in the Rhine port. They noted that this is, to their knowledge, the first time that Bayer's feral MS8xRF3, MS8 or RF3 plants were detected in Europe.
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Old-fashioned books better before bedtime than e-books

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Sleep is integral to a healthy body and mind, and e-readers may be disrupting the balance.
Electronics are revolutionizing nearly every aspect of our lives in the 21st century, even the way we read - but is it healthy? Kindles, e-books, and tablet readers have converted many old-fashioned book readers to a plugged-in page turner. Researchers from Harvard Medical School compared reading a classic paper book to light-emitting e-readers right before bed, and published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.

"The light emitted by most e-readers is shining directly into the eyes of the reader, whereas from a printed book or the original Kindle, the reader is only exposed to reflected light from the pages of the book," the study's lead researcher Charles Czeisler, told the BBC. "Sleep deficiency has been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases like obesity and diabetes, and cancer. Thus, the melatonin suppression that we saw in this study among participants when they were reading from the light-emitting e-reader concerns us."

Comment: This study didn't distinguish the individual contributions of Wi-Fi and light in deterioration of melatonin production.See: Effects of EMFs on Melatonin

Syringe

Defending health against the government's machinations

A transcript of the Lew Rockwell Show episode 401 with Bill Sardi.

ROCKWELL
: Well, good morning. This is the Lew Rockwell Show. And it's great to have as our guest this morning, Mr. Bill Sardi. First of all, if you're not entirely up on Sardi-ism, take a look at his archive on LewRockwell.com, his magnificent health articles, political articles, financial articles. Not only will you learn a lot, but it goes down very easily because he's such a wonderful writer and such a clear thinker. And I also want to highly recommend, if you don't happen to live in Bill's area in California, you can hear his unbelievably great daily radio show that's on 9:00 to 10:00 California time. It's KLAV1230am.com. And we'll put that, of course, into this podcast, as well as his Knowledge of Health site, his natural health library and online book site. Really, he's a one-man combination of the most important things we need to know about.

And, Bill, it's so wonderful to have you on the show again.

And before we talk about what you've done in terms of vitamins and supplements and the banking system and the political cronies and all the rest of the terrible problems we have in this country, tell me what has happened to your magnificent discovery of resveratrol? What it is, what it does, and how - I guess, we shouldn't be surprise, though it's still an outrage - how the medical establishment has treated you.

SARDI: It's very interesting. We got a front-line view of this for the last 10 years. How does modern medicine thwart maybe one of the greatest discoveries of all time? That is, that maybe we could live 120 healthy years. And so the promise of it is that if we just took a diet of one meal a day calorie restriction and we consume that, as it's been proven in every form of life, from yeast cells to roundworms to fruit flies on up to mice and even the primate monkeys, such a diet would almost double our life span and our health span. Now the point is we're probably not going to adhere to such a diet but they found, 10 years ago, that you could mimic the effects of that with little small molecules. And the key molecule was resveratrol or red wine molecule.
Beaker

The CDC is at it again. This time it bungles the handling of Ebola virus samples

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Experiments with deadly viruses such as Ebola have to be performed in biosafety level or BSL-4 laboratories, for the highest level on containment.
Researchers studying Ebola in a highly secure laboratory mistakenly allowed potentially lethal samples of the virus to be handled in a much less secure laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, agency officials said Wednesday.

One technician in the second laboratory may have been exposed to the virus and about a dozen other people have been assessed after entering the facility unaware that potentially hazardous samples of Ebola had been handled there.

The technician has no symptoms of illness and is being monitored for 21 days. Agency officials said it is unlikely that any of the others who entered the lab face potential exposure. Some entered the lab after it had been decontaminated. Officials said there is no possible exposure outside the secure laboratory at CDC and no exposure or risk to the public.

Comment: See also: The CDC claims to be 'astonished' by lab breaches of anthrax, smallpox and bird flu

Health

Cool GIF shows human body from head to toe

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You've most likely seen X-rays of the human body to get a view of what our interior looks like, or illustrations of organs in text books - but you probably haven't seen what the entire body looks like in cross-section.

The GIF below offers a new view on how we see the human body in three dimensions. Using images from the Visible Human Project, it's strange and rather disturbing, making the human body look more like chopped meat than how we see it as a whole.
Heart - Black

Why are there so many psychopathic surgeons?

What kind of doctor would participate in an inmate's execution, only to 'joke' about getting blood on his jacket? The medical field employs more than a few of his kind.
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I have never inserted a catheter into a patient's femoral vein. In the unlikely event I ever have to perform this procedure, I hope I don't screw it up as epically as the unnamed doctor assisting with Clayton D. Lockett's execution last April.

What's notable about this doctor's dismal failure, described by the warden who witnessed it as a "bloody mess," isn't just that he hit the nearby femoral artery instead of the vein. Nor is it that his misdirected first attempt caused the fatal drugs to leak into the surrounding tissue instead of traveling through the bloodstream to kill the prisoner. What makes the whole sordid affair all the more appalling is that during the process of botching the execution and inflicting undue suffering, the doctor in question got blood on his jacket and then complained that he'd better get paid enough to buy a new one.

Comment: What defines a good doctor or surgeon? One who practices ethically and empathically with true knowledge that alleviates suffering and leads to increased health?

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Genetic scientist discusses GMOs & the junking down of our food supply

It is high time to change the debate from the safety of engineering food to the pesticides that are inside the food. The technology is essentially about spraying a weed killer on the crops and the herbicide RoundUp is an integral part of the technology - the engineered crops are called RoundUp Ready. Farmers everywhere have been assured complete safety, higher yields and savings of herbicide. When these promises don't quite pan out, the farmers don't have much of an opportunity to do something different. It turns out the technology has been incredibly successful, so much so that there is not much of a market for non-engineered seeds now. Monsanto has a monopoly and has cornered the seed supply of much of the planet.

Since all engineered foods come from crops sprayed with RoundUp, they all contain residues of RoundUp. And it turns out other crops are also sprayed with this herbicide, but much later, just before harvest, because it kills the plants and they are dried fast to make harvesting easier for the farmers. This is commonly done with sugar cane, beans, grains, potatoes and many other crops. I usually say in my lectures that if you want to avoid any residue of RoundUp herbicide in your food, go organic. That is the only choice.

A bit of history to show why RoundUp should be avoided...
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Film maker exposes US factory farms using a drone

Speciesism: The Movie
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Speciesism: The Movie
Speciesism: The Movie is an award-winning and controversial new documentary that takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure across North America, exposing the biggest secrets about modern factory farms, and asking the biggest philosophical questions about the belief that our species is more important than the rest. You'll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.

Health

The CDC is monitoring 1,400 Ebola cases in US; media remains silent

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Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson argued Sunday it was not an accident that there has been less coverage by the media of the Ebola crisis. She buttresses her point with a phone conversation she had with a representative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The former CBS reporter told Fox News' Howard Kurtz that since the appointment of Ebola czar Ron Klain by President Obama, CDC Director Tom Frieden has been virtually absent from the public sphere. "Infectious disease experts remain very concerned about the disease," Attkisson said.

Comment: One could argue that the media is silent on Ebola in the US to prevent panic. Another argument could be made that through controlling the flow of information on this plague, the media, under the influence of government and Big Pharma, are holding on to information now only to release it later for their own benefit.

See also: Ebola outbreak rages on despite little media coverage

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