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Thanks to biotech-government ties: 81% of GMO crops approved without adequate safety studies

What's a recipe for environmental mayhem and the destruction of human health? The approval of genetically modified organisms by governments worldwide without any scientific safety studies. A new study published by the risk-assessment journal Environment International states that of the GM crops approved for planting and marketing globally, 81% were not studied for possible health and environmental safety risks.

Nevertheless, the biotech industry keeps touting GMO 'benefits' like a narcissistic madman on steroids. This chest beating continues - despite a complete lack of published, peer-reviewed research supporting the safety of genetically modified organisms.

Comment: There is no scientific consensus on GMO safety: "Anyone that says, 'Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,' I say is either unbelievably stupid, or deliberately lying. The reality is, we don't know. The experiments simply haven't been done, and now we have become the guinea pigs." ~ David Suzuki, geneticist


Not just RoundUp ready GMOs: Monsanto suggests RoundUp herbicide treatment for many crops right before harvest

Monsanto has genetically modified several crops to be RoundUp resistant. This means that the herbicide RoundUp can be sprayed on the crops and the crops will not die. Crops genetically modified by Monsanto to be RoundUp resistant include alfalfa, canola, corn, sweet corn, soybeans, and sugar beets. These GMOs are high on the list of food ingredients that Americans who are against GMOs try to avoid.

The blog The Healthy Home Economist made internet waves this week with a viral post suggesting that most people who believe that they cannot tolerate wheat, actually cannot tolerate RoundUp. In the post, the author claims that just before harvest, most of the wheat used in our foods is sprayed with the herbicide RoundUp.

Comment: Roundup linked to global boom in Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance
Celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise worldwide, and that rise has taken place in parallel with the increased use of glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide, shows a new US peer-reviewed paper from Dr. Anthony Samsel and Dr. Stephanie Seneff. The review has been published in theJournal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology.

Roundup is linked in Samsel and Seneff's new review paper to a major increase in celiac disease. A recent estimate suggests that one in twenty people in North America and Western Europe now suffer from this gluten intolerant disease.

"All of the known biological effects of glyphosate - cytochrome P450 inhibition, disruption of synthesis of aromatic amino acids, chelation of transition metals, and antibacterial action - contribute to the pathology of celiac disease," Samsel and Seneff's paper states.

Comment: Yes Monsanto maintains that the use of RoundUp is safe for animals and people, going as far as stating repeatedly 'that RoundUp/glyphosate has a long track record and has been extensively studied.' The results of extensive study however are not what Monsanto wants to hear or share with the wider public! Read more about the serious health concerns associated with RoundUp/glyphosate:


Everything we've been told about the dangers of eating fat is wrong

Dietary fat is not as bad as you think....

With the salad days of summer behind us, and dark, cold days approaching, fat is in season. The holidays, and the accompanying onslaught of rich feasts, present a timely opportunity to think about fat. I used to assume we ate more fat in winter because our bodies wanted to pack on some extra insulation against the cold, but the evidence in support of this seemingly obvious notion - that dietary fat leads to weight gain - is being challenged. Beyond the relationship between fat and health, it's beginning to look like other deeply held beliefs about fat might be wrong as well.

Long considered a threat to public health, some recent books, such as Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, and before that Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, have challenged the idea that dietary fat is the cause of obesity, heart disease and other associated ailments. Big Fat Surprise was lauded by the Economist (among other media), which called it 2014's "most surprising diet book." Both Teicholz and Taubes argue that low-fat and non-fat diets, rather than fat, are behind the rise in obesity and related diseases. And Teicholz makes a strong case that fat, especially saturated fat, is actually good for you. As we speak, many government agencies, like USDA, which have long championed low-fat diets, are tip-toeing away from their anti-fat stances.

Along these lines, a study published this November found that "dietary and plasma saturated fat are not related," after a doubling of dietary saturated fat intake showed no significant increase in blood lipids. In other words, even if there is a link between blood lipids (aka fat) and heart disease, factors other than dietary intake of fat, such as carbohydrate intake, are what determine blood lipid levels. It should be noted that this study was funded, in part, by the Dairy Research Institute, the National Cattlemen's Association and the Egg Nutrition Center, all of which must have been pleased with the results. But other studies have shown similar results.

An absence of correlation with heart disease has also been shown with cholesterol intake: A comparison of cholesterol intake versus heart disease across various cultures, summarized in this short video, shows that Australian aborigines have the lowest level of cholesterol intake and the highest level of death from heart disease, while the Swiss have the highest level of cholesterol intake and the lowest rate of death from heart disease.
Bizarro Earth

US Military Bases: Contaminated with toxic trash

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America's military is the world's greatest polluter. Especially in war theaters. During conflicts. Long after they end.

Notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. Toxic wastelands and then some. Large areas unsafe for human habitation.

Military operations generate hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic waste. Dangerous carcinogens.

Including depleted uranium, heavy metals, hazardous chemicals, plastics, solvents, asbestos, pesticides, petroleum fuels, fungi, and bacteria.

Poisoning air, water and soil. Affecting local populations and US forces. Causing virtually every imaginable health problem. Many longterm. Debilitating. Others potentially fatal.

Including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal ailments, kidney and liver diseases, respiratory, skin and other infections, asthma, immune system suppression, ulcers, birth defects, severe headaches, emotional distress, pulmonary problems, sexual dysfunction and chronic diarrhea.

Comment: U.S wars of aggression are not only killing and maiming innocent people, they are indiscriminately polluting/destroying the environment in which they hope to liberate! The military is not required to follow any environmental protection laws, they are exempt!


Whistleblower for CDC confirms link between vaccines and autism

Admits Agency's Data Manipulation and Concealment of Research Findings on Initial 2004 MMR Vaccine Study That Found a Strong Statistical Association Between the Timing of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Vaccine and Autism Incidence in African-American Boys

In response to the August 25, 2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declaration defending the validity of the 2004 DeStefano et al. study, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker responded and outlines inconsistencies in the agency's research practices and position.

Central to Hooker's response is "the irrefutable fact that valid information about race -- for the entire study sample of 2,448 children -- was available and accessible in school records."

The CDC maintains that birth certificates, which were available for only a smaller portion of the children in the study, were necessary to extract race and other information. However, in the original data Hooker obtained from the CDC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), race information was directly obtainable through school records, which were available for all children in the study.

In addition, Dr. William Thompson, a CDC scientist since 1998, also released a statement on August 27, 2014 that supports Dr. Hooker's assertion that the CDC withheld important data that significantly altered the study's outcome.

According to Dr. Thompson's statement, "Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data was collected." Thompson's conversations with Hooker confirmed that it was only after the CDC study co-authors observed results indicating a statistical association between MMR timing and autism among African-American boys, that they introduced the Georgia birth certificate criterion as a requirement for participation in the study. This had the effect of reducing the sample size by 41% and eliminating the statistical significance of the finding, which Hooker calls "a direct deviation from the agreed upon final study protocol -- a serious violation."
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Study finds ketogenic diet improves memory in adults with cognitive impairment

Recent findings suggest that a very low-carbohydrate diet may boost memory in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

Under fairly extreme low-carb conditions, the body starts to use compounds called ketones, made from the metabolism of fat or protein, as a source of fuel. This state, ketosis, occurs naturally and is quite different from ketoacidosis which is a serious problem caused by severe metabolic disturbances.

A new study tested a ketogenic diet in people with mild cognitive impairment, sometimes a precursor to dementia. For six weeks, half of the 23 participants ate a ketogenic diet, with five to 10 percent of calories coming from carbohydrates, while the others ate a high-carbohydrate diet, 50 percent of calories from carbohydrates.

Those on the ketogenic diet showed significant improvements in verbal memory compared to the other group. The higher their ketone levels, measured in urine, the better their verbal memory.

Comment: As Dr. Gabriela Segura states in The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview:
Our body organs and tissues work much better when they use ketones as a source of fuel, including the brain, heart and the core of our kidneys. Ketones are the ideal fuel for our bodies, unlike glucose - which is damaging, less stable, more excitatory and in fact shortens your life span.

Ketosis cleans our cells from proteins that act like "debris" and which contribute to aging by disrupting a proper functioning of the cell. It basically does this by what is known as autophagy which preserves the health of cells and tissues by replacing outdated and damaged cellular components with fresh ones. This prevents degenerative diseases, aging, cancer, and protects you against microbial infections. A ketogenic diet not only rejuvenates you, it also makes a person much less susceptible to viruses and bacterial infections.

What is considered nowadays a "normal diet" is actually an aberration based on the corruption of science which benefits Big Agra and Big Pharma. If we would go back in time to the days before the modern diet became normalized by corporative and agricultural interests, we will find that ketosis was the normal metabolic state. Today's human metabolic state is aberrant.
See also:
Is the Ketogenic Diet the cure for multiple diseases?

High-fat low-carb ketogenic diets beginning to earn mainstream respect

The art and science of nutritional ketosis Stephen Phinney


Antibiotics kill our cells with each use - Harvard study

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in the 1940s, and it has been used as a poster child for 'safe' antibiotics ever since. Fleming's discovery heralded the 'age of antibiotics,' but new research from Harvard scientists reveals concerning information about antibiotics, confirming that the antibiotic age is coming to an end.

Penicillin has been called better than the 'big gun' antibiotics for treating pneumonia and other childhood diseases, but it that really true in a new age of antibiotic resistance created by their overuse? Even the corrupt FDA admits that antibiotic misuse and overuse is a problem.

According to the Harvard summary:
"One of the oldest and most widely used antibiotics, penicillin, attacks enzymes that build the bacterial cell wall. Researchers have now shown that penicillin and its variants also set in motion a toxic malfunctioning of the cell's wall-building machinery, dooming the cell to a futile cycle of building and then immediately destroying that wall."
This would be a simple microbial process that we could take for granted if it weren't for the resistance to penicillin and other antibiotics that has emerged in the last few decades. The fact is that scientists still don't really know how the original 'age of antibiotics' worked.
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How sugary diets are destroying our immune systems

Ancient Teeth - By investigating evidence from ancient teeth, we find out about how the human diet and health conditions have changed over time.

Our diets have changed tremendously as humans have developed and progressed over time, from the meat-heavy diets from our hunter-gatherer days, to the advent of agriculture about 10,000 years ago and the high sugar content of today's fast, convenient food. Our changing diet has had a variety of effects on our health, not least on our 'microbiome'; diversity in the bacteria living inside us has decreased dramatically, with severe knock-on effects on our immune systems. Dr Graham Phillips presents evidence from our ancestors' teeth, which shows just how much our diets and resultant bacterial communities inside our bodies have changed over time.

Comment: Troublesome bacteria consider you as their human, influencing which foods you crave to your own detriment. It's time to show them who's boss. Switch to a low carb diet:


Alarming new study shows Bisphenol A and analogs are 100x more toxic than previously determined

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A new study reveals just how profoundly misled we are about Bisphenol A and its analogs: they are at least 100x more toxic than we previously imagined.

An alarming new study establishes that the commonly used chemical bisphenol A used in tens of thousands of consumer products, and its lesser known but increasingly prevalent analogs, bisphenol S and F, are several orders of magnitude more disruptive to the endocrine systems of the developing male human fetus than previous toxicological risk assessments were capable of determining.

The new study was published in the journal Fertility and Sterility and titled, "A new chapter in the bisphenol A story: bisphenol S and bisphenol F are not safe alternatives to this compound."

Comment: Bisphenol A has been linked to obesity, infertility and reproductive disorders in both genders, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, behavioral problems, liver tumors and more. Consumers have been hoodwinked into buying products labeled "BPA Free" when the presence of bisphenol remains as Bisphenol-S, AP, M, or P, and now research has determined that these are just as toxic as BPA.

Consumer Alert: BPA-Free Goods Still Contain Toxic Bisphenol

Endocrine disruptors: New studies confirm dangers of BPA and substitutes

The Facts About Bisphenol A


Students that banned energy drinks sees detention plunge by a third

Dee Griffiths, headteacher at Haydock High School in Haydock, Merseyside (pictured with a group of Year 9 pupils), said there had been a marked change in pupils' behaviour since the school banned energy drinks.
A school that banned Red Bull and other energy drinks has seen the number of pupils being given detentions plunge by a third.

In the latest piece of evidence that the drinks can cause poor behaviour in the classroom, staff said standards were transformed after just two terms.

Drinks such as Monster, Red Bull and Relentless combine so much sugar and caffeine that Government advisers warn they make children hyperactive and difficult to control.

Some 500ml cans contain the equivalent of more than 13 teaspoons of sugar and 160mg of caffeine - about the same as in four cans of cola.

The ban was suggested by Year 8 pupils at Haydock High School in Merseyside. Head teacher Dee Griffiths said: "Research would suggest that levels of concentration among some young people are negatively affected by highly-sugared energy drinks.

Comment: The evidence is clear about the dangers of sugar and caffeine drinks: