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Sott Exclusive: Sending 'love and light' while big Agriculture rapes the planet

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'Strip-mining' the surface of the planet for profit
I was just folding laundry and I just happened to glance down and see the headline on the front page of the latest issue of Alberta Farmer that read: "McDonald's sustainable beef pilot moves into high gear; Fast-food giant has a long list of 'indicators' and is seeking producers ready to prove they're good stewards"

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Study finds airborne matter from factory farms contains antibiotics, bacteria and antibiotic-resistant DNA

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Airborne particulate matter wafting off American cattle yards contains antibiotics, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant DNA.
Airborne particulate matter wafting off American cattle yards contains antibiotics, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant DNA, a new study finds. Environmental tests on the spread of antibiotics have been performed in the past, but this is the first time researchers have examined aerial dispersion. The work suggests airborne transmission may be contributing to an emerging global health problem, where doctors find it increasingly difficult to treat life-threatening infections.

For some time now, scientists have worried that we may be entering a "post-antibiotic era," when the drugs that once defeated potentially fatal infections are no longer effective. Simply put, the bacteria causing infections in many cases are now immune to (or "resisting") the drugs. Since antibiotic-resistant bacterial DNA, if imbibed in water or consumed in meat, can be transferred to humans, many researchers say misuse and overuse of veterinary pharmaceuticals may be responsible, in part, for this global health threat. Large, commercial food operations rely on veterinary drugs, including antibiotics, to promote bigger growth of the animals. However, after the animals excrete the drugs, these antibiotics enter the environment via runoff, leaching, and the spread of manure.

For this new study, then, environmental toxicology researchers at Texas Tech University decided to look at whether these drugs become airborne. Over a period of six months, they gathered airborne particulate matter from 10 commercial cattle yards each with a capacity of 20,000 to 50,000 head of cattle, within 200 miles of Lubbock, Texas.

Comment: One more reason to limit the use of antibiotics in factory farms. When antibiotics are routinely used to raise food animals, the microbes develop resistance to the drug, which makes antibiotics less effective for treating disease in humans. Two million people are sickened by resistant bacterial infections annually, and 23,000 die every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.


2 + 2 = 4

Pro-GMO education enters the schoolroom

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Isn't it interesting how an agenda is so often posed as a debate even though there is usually only one side? Or, when a synthesis of the two is the actual goal?

That's how things are presented to adults, usually on television. Or rather, "adult-children." So that it looks like they have an informed choice. Unfortunately, children in many public schools don't even have the semblance of a two-sided joust. They are expected to download beliefs. As you will see below, it doesn't even matter if they get the answers correct, as long as they assimilate the connotation. The feeling. The message. The gist. And they will (if no one shows them otherwise) - I remember.

A lot of buzz is currently swarming on Robyn O'Brien's Facebook page. She wrote The Unhealthy Truth... and is sometimes called the Erin Brockovich of food. Over the weekend, a father sent her his 6th grade child's homework from Science class. It asks (and then answers) the question: Are genetically modified foods safe to eat?

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Alternative medicine crackdown: FDA pushing to regulate Homeopathy out of existence

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Why is there a sudden push by the FDA to label homeopathic remedies as dangerous? Why is there a need to regulate substances that have been used for hundreds of years with out any issues? What does the FDA have to gain?


The FDA has published two documents recently, which suggest that WAR is being declared on the profession of homeopathic medicine - or at least on the manufacture of homeopathic remedies, which comes to the same thing in the end. What is a homeopath without homeopathic remedies?

On March 19, 2015 the FDA published an advisory (called a "safety alert") about homeopathic asthma OTC medications, recommending that patients be wary, and that health care practitioners be sure to report any adverse effects to the FDA. Here is the link to that safety alert

The FDA has since that date scheduled public hearings on
"the current use of human drug and biological products labeled as homeopathic, as well as the Agency's regulatory framework for such products. These products include prescription drugs and biological products labeled as homeopathic and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs labeled as homeopathic."
Here is the link to the document which was published on March 27, 2015 - not even 10 days after the March 19th safety alert.

Comment: Why Skeptics Love to Hate Homeopathy


Red Flag

Lobbyist who claims Roundup is safe to drink storms out of interview when offered a glass by TV host

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Dr. Patrick Moore
A controversial lobbyist who claimed that the chemical in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer was safe for humans refused to drink his own words when a French television journalist offered him a glass.

In a preview of an upcoming documentary on French TV, Dr. Patrick Moore tells a Canal+ interviewer that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, was not increasing the rate of cancer in Argentina.

"You can drink a whole quart of it and it won't hurt you," Moore insists.

"You want to drink some?" the interviewer asks. "We have some here."

"I'd be happy to, actually," Moore replies, adding, "Not really. But I know it wouldn't hurt me."

"If you say so, I have some," the interviewer presses.

"I'm not stupid," Moore declares.

"So, it's dangerous?" the interviewer concludes.

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Ancient Anglo-Saxon herbal potion found to kill MRSA

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The thousand-year-old Anglo Saxon recipe that kills MRSA
Take cropleek and garlic, of both equal quantities, pound them well together... take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek... let it stand nine days in the brass vessel...

So goes a thousand-year-old Anglo Saxon recipe to vanquish a stye, an infected eyelash follicle.

The medieval medics might have been on to something. A modern-day recreation of this remedy seems to alleviate infections caused by the bacteria that are usually responsible for styes. The work might ultimately help create drugs for hard-to-treat skin infections.

The project was born when a microbiologist at the University of Nottingham, UK, got talking to an Anglo Saxon scholar. They decided to test a recipe from an Old English medical compendium called Bald's Leechbook, housed in the British Library.

Some of the ingredients, such as copper from the brass vessel, kill bacteria grown in a dish - but it was unknown if they would work on a real infection or how they would combine.

Comment: While superbugs like MRSA are becoming resistant to modern antibiotics, researchers keep finding that herbs and essential oils work just as well and are sometimes even more efficient at combating infections.


Attention

New bill would give Monsanto immunity and squash GMO labeling

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If ever there was a GMO lackey and puppet that stood for the poisoning of the people with GMOs over standing up for the constituents who voted him into office, its Representative Mike Pompeo. There's a special kind of 'wow' reserved for Congressional bills like the one he's once again proposing on behalf of Monsanto and Big Biotech.

The Kansas Republican would like to re-introduce Monsanto's dream bill - it would give Monsanto, and their friends like Syngenta, Dow, and Bayer carte blanche (complete freedom) to grow GMO foods without labels, without state rights, and without consumer choice.

It is a law that promotes the biotech agenda through and through. It was introduced during the last congressional sessions, but fortunately, did not pass. Pompeo is presenting it again.

If the US ever wanted to just write Monsanto a blank check for their biotech herbicides and GMO crops, known for ruining health and damaging soil, then this legislation, dubbed by critics the Deny Americans the Right-to-Know (DARK) Act, is it.

Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association says the bill:
". . .is not only anti-consumer, but anti-democracy and anti-state's rights as well."
Cummins continued:
"Understanding that they are losing the battle at the state level to keep consumers in the dark about whether or not their food is genetically engineered, Monsanto and its minions are now prepared to abolish consumer choice and overturn state's constitutional rights so that they can continued to force feed us their GMO food."
Forget all the progress that non-GMO advocates have made so far, too, if this bill receives enough support in Congress to actually pass. With its passing, it would preempt any local or state requirement thus overturning existing laws in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine - a direct attack to state sovereignty.

Evil Rays

The growing cell tower menace to our health

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Something is cropping up all over Los Angeles, California, like poisonous mushrooms, with equally toxic effects, but it's not poisonous mushrooms.

It's the standard cell tower, along with RF and EMF public relations pitches that are generated. Let's hear what's really happening in everyday, on-the-ground life, especially in 'cell tower haven' Los Angeles, California.

Health

Low salt diets are deadly

"Mankind can live without gold ... but not without Salt." - Cassiodorus, Roman statesman, circa 500 AD
The Feds are at it again. This time, if they have their way, the amount of salt in food will soon become highly restricted, perhaps the modern manifestation of the ancient salt routes, which during the Dark and Medieval Ages, lined the pockets of the rich and greatly harmed the peasants who were unable to procure enough to maintain health.

Of course, the FDA push to control the sodium content of food is cloaked in the argument that low salt diets are beneficial to health.

This is simply not so. Low salt diets are harmful to health and there is plenty of compelling research that backs this up.

The most recent study which dismantles the sacred cow that salt is somehow bad for you appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in May 2011.

3,681 healthy European men and women aged 60 or younger were followed for about 8 years. Those that consumed higher than average amounts of sodium did not experience increased risk for hypertension, stroke, or heart attack.

Dr. Jan Staessen MD, senior author of the study at the University of Leuven in Belgium stated that the study's findings:

"... do not support the current recommendations of a generalized and indiscriminate reduction of sodium intake at the population level."

Comment: Don't miss the Health and Wellness show on salt and its miraculous benefits.


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Top government scientists say no to vaccines for their kids

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"The combined death rate from scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles among children up to fifteen shows that nearly 90 percent of the total decline in mortality between 1860 and 1965 had occurred before the introduction of antibiotics and widespread immunization. In part, this recession may be attributed to improved housing and to a decrease in the virulence of micro-organisms, but by far the most important factor was a higher host-resistance due to better nutrition." —Ivan Illich, Medical Nemesis, Bantam Books, 1977

Albuquerque Journal
, 3/20, Los Alamos schools top NM in vaccine exemptions, reports:
2.3% of kids in Los Alamos public schools don't get vaccinated. Their parents have received exemptions.
That's the highest rate of non-vaccination in the state.

We're talking about parents who work at the US Los Alamos Labs.

People with advanced degrees in science.

People who work for the federal government.

Comment: Historical Data Shows Vaccines are Not what Saved Us
If you only get your news and information from mainstream news and educational sources, then the question about whether vaccines are effective is never even raised. This lack of discussion give the perception that they are so effective that only a crazy or ignorant person would even think otherwise. Of course that is the perception that they are trying to get across to you, but that is far from the truth.

In fact if you take a look at some of the historical facts on the effectiveness of vaccines you will begin to see that not only did they too often not protect people from the very diseases that they claimed to but they actually caused outbreaks of those same diseases they were hyped to prevent.