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105 cases of Zika virus infection confirmed in Guatemala

© REUTERS/ Jose Cabezas
At least 105 cases of infection with the Zika virus have been confirmed in Guatemala amid an outbreak in both Americas, an official from the Health Ministry told local media Saturday.

A total of 200 suspected cases of Zika were registered in this Central American country, including over 60 cases in 2015, epidemiologist Judith Garcia told the national newspaper Prensa Libre.

The Zika outbreak started in Brazil in spring 2015. It has since spread across Latin America, causing several deaths, as well as brain damage in newborns, known as microcephaly.

Comment: Further reading: WHO declares 'global emergency' over Zika virus causing brain damaged babies


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Tainted Vaccines: 36 children die in war-torn Syria from UN Measles vaccines

It isn't as if the current civil war in Syria has not already taken a ravenous toll on the Middle Eastern country's children, but so, too, has a recently administered measles vaccine that the Assad government claims was sabotaged.

According to a mid-September report by Britain's Telegraph newspaper, at least 36 children were recently reported to have died "excruciating deaths" after being given what Damascus says were "tainted" vaccines via a United Nations-sponsored program in the rebel-held northern part of the country.

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WHO declares 'global emergency' over Zika virus causing brain damaged babies

© European Press Agency
A child born with brain damage caused by the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus which happened in originate in the same place a bunch of genetically modified mosquitoes were released in 2015.
A cluster of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus in Latin America poses a global public health emergency requiring a united response, says the World Health Organization. Experts are worried that the virus is spreading far and fast, with devastating consequences. The infection has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.

The WHO alert puts Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola. It means research and aid will be fast-tracked to tackle the infection. WHO director general, Margaret Chan called Zika an "extraordinary event" that needed a coordinated response.

"I am now declaring that the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities reported in Latin America following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014 constitutes a public health emergency of international concern."

She said the priorities were to protect pregnant women and their babies from harm and to control the mosquitoes that are spreading the virus.

Comment: Like the swine flu in 2009, Ebola last year, now ZIKA is the new monster du jour. There's vaccine's in development, testing by the end of this year! But the real question is does this virus have anything to do with the GM mosquitoes that were released into Brazil in 2012?


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Microcephaly: Is it the Zika 'Virus' or pesticides & birth defects?

© The guardian
"Although a causal link between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly has not, and I must emphasize, has not been established, the circumstantial evidence is suggestive and extremely worrisome," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said, reported by Reuters. "An increased occurrence of neurological symptoms, noted in some countries coincident with arrival of the virus, adds to the concern."

Pesticides in Brazil and Pernambuco state are more likely to be the cause of microcephaly and birth defects than Zika virus and the links below speak for themselves.

Comment: The Zika freakout: Is there more to this virus scare than meets the eye?


Life Preserver

What modern 'healthcare' has forgotten: Be your own medicine

Treatment of atomized individuals in a setting of atomized symptoms and treatments is by any measure the opposite of a system that encourages and enables everyone to be their own medicine.

I recently saw a slogan that encapsulated what's wrong with the U.S. healthcare system: Be Your Own Medicine. To Be Your Own Medicine is the essence of prevention, and a way of taking full ownership of one's health, body, mind, diet, fitness and daily habits.

Alas, being your own medicine strips the $3.5 trillion healthcare system of profit, power and control, so the last thing the healthcare cartels want is for us to be our own medicine, as that would reduce our reliance on highly profitable pharmaceuticals, tests, procedures and high-cost facilities.

Note the slogan isn't "take your own medicine" or "make your own medicine"--it's be your own medicine, which suggests that health is a way of being, not just a way of consuming, though what we consume is integral to being your own medicine.

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Pills

Anatomy of addiction: How opioids & heroin hijack the brain

© Greta Rybus for NPR
Jack O'Connor became addicted to opioids when he was a teenager.
When Jack O'Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines.

"This will fix me," O'Connor thought as he went to boot camp. "It better fix me or I'm screwed."

After 13 weeks of sobriety and exercise and discipline, O'Connor completed basic training, but he started using again immediately.

"Same thing," he says. "Percocet, like, off the street. Pills."

Comment: An informative video that questions everything we think we know about addiction:




Water

Mild dehydration can negatively affect mood, attention, memory and motor coordination

Water is essential for human life. It accounts for for 50-70% of our body weight and is crucial for most bodily functions.

Any deficit in normal body water - through dehydration, sickness, exercise or heat stress - can make us feel rotten. First we feel thirsty and fatigued, and may develop a mild headache. This eventually gives way to grumpiness, and mental and physical decline.

We continually lose water via our breath, urine, faeces and skin. Most healthy people regulate their body's water level remarkably well via eating and drinking, and are guided by appetite and thirst. But this is more difficult for infants, the sick, the elderly, athletes, and those with strenuous physical occupations, especially in the heat.

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Books

Why the high fat, low carb diet may be ideal for most people

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Jeff Volek, Ph.D., and registered dietitian and professor in the Human Science Department at Ohio State University, has done enormous work in the field of high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets, investigating how it affects human health and athletic performance.

Volek has published many scientific articles as well as several books, including The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living and The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance.

Both of these books were co-authored with Dr. Stephen Phinney, a physician and true pioneer in this field, who has studied low-carb diets even longer than Volek.

Comment: Read the following for more information:


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Why handheld devices should be banned for children under the age of 12

© thespiritscience.net
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010).

Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit zonein.ca to view the Zone'in Fact Sheet for referenced research.

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As if fluoridated toothpaste wasn't enough, UK town introduces fluoridated milk

© dentistry.co.uk
On Monday January 18, the Blackpool Council approved a plan to introduce fluoridated milk to school children via the town's free breakfast program. The Council is attempting to tackle a dental health problem that has caused nearly half of all 12-year olds in Blackpool to have at least one decayed, missing, or filled tooth.

The Blackpool Gazette reports:
Coun Graham Cain, cabinet secretary for Blackpool Council, said: "Unfortunately the state of Blackpool's dental health is very poor.

However, where some parts of the country can benefit from fluoride naturally appearing in their daily drinking water, in Blackpool we cannot.

What we do have is a method through the free breakfast programme that allows us to reach all primary school children as they are growing up and make the fluoride milk available to them there.