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Lies and half-truths: Doctor selectively uses statistics to validate pertussis vaccine agenda

Although 2015 seemed to have a non-stop barrage of pro-vaccine propaganda, January 2016 brings with it the annual winter fear-fest regarding the lack of vaccination and the "anti-vaccine movement." One such example is a small article in the KATV Little Rock, Arkansas ABC7 website.

The article is essentially an interview with Dr. Steve Thompson who told channel 7 that the "anti-vaccine movement" is a growing problem. Thompson states that the most difficult obstacle to vaccination is the parents' fear and "claims made on the Internet" that are untrue.

"I've seen cases of whooping cough, I've seen cases that were so serious that we had to put the children in the hospital and it was very frightening, those parents were scared to death," he says.

Thompson argues that between 1970 and 1985 the U.S. had an average of only 2,000 whooping cough cases while in 2014 he says there were nearly 33,000. It is noteworthy to point out that Thompson does not mention how many children he has seen die of whooping cough. Chances are, he hasn't seen any. Why? Because those numbers are very low.

Of course, whooping cough is very dangerous and can indeed be a life-threatening illness, but what Thompson also fails to mention, is that vaccines are incredibly dangerous themselves and that the evidence that the pertussis vaccine would actually protect any of the children he encountered is scant at best.

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Health

Research suggests Alzheimer's could be transmitted to people through medical treatments like surgical grafts


Deposits of amyloid-β protein (brown) in the frontal cortex of patients who developed CJD after surgery.
For the second time in four months, researchers have reported autopsy results that suggest Alzheimer's disease might occasionally be transmitted to people during certain medical treatments — although scientists say that neither set of findings is conclusive.

The latest autopsies, described in the Swiss Medical Weekly1 on 26 January, were conducted on the brains of seven people who died of the rare, brain-wasting Creutzfeldt - Jakob disease (CJD). Decades before their deaths, the individuals had all received surgical grafts of dura mater — the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. These grafts had been prepared from human cadavers and were contaminated with the prion protein that causes CJD.

But in addition to the damage caused by the prions, five of the brains displayed some of the pathological signs that are associated with Alzheimer's disease, researchers from Switzerland and Austria report. Plaques formed from amyloid-β protein were discovered in the grey matter and blood vessels. The individuals, aged between 28 and 63, were unusually young to have developed such plaques. A set of 21 controls, who had not had surgical grafts of dura mater but died of sporadic CJD at similar ages, did not have this amyloid signature.

Top Secret

Silence of Australian anti-vaccination parents considered 'new threat' by fascist regimes

It is amazing, really, that an obvious cause and effect can play out right in front of everyone's eyes and yet somehow, the greater portion of government officials end up surprised by it? I'm talking about the cause (berating, humiliating parents who choose not to vaccinate their children) and the effect (those same parents who just stop telling anyone about their medical decision). It should be rather obvious that if you create an environment of hostility for people who choose to exercise a human right not to vaccinate their children, you could potentially alienate them and cause them to eventually become rather withdrawn.

Comment: Huge increases in Australian parents who refuse to vaccinate their children


Arrow Up

Hot chocolate: The tasty drink that could help boost memory & thinking skills

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60 people were given tests of memory and thinking skills after drinking this for 30 days.

Two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy, a recent study finds.

The research involved 60 people whose average age was 73.

They were given tests of memory and thinking skills and the blood flow in their brains was measured.

Comment: Additional health benefits of chocolate:
The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have been extolled for centuries, but the exact reason has remained a mystery - until now. Researchers have just reported that certain bacteria in the stomach gobble the chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart...

"When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, reducing the long-term risk of stroke," said John Finley, Ph.D., who led the work. He said that this study is the first to look at the effects of dark chocolate on the various types of bacteria in the stomach.



Eye 1

Government advisory group calls for screening every adult, pregnant women for depression

A new recommendation has been released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government advisory group that is now recommending all adults be routinely screened for depression as part of their healthcare.

The first part of the recommendation suggests that all adults be screened, but singles out pregnant women and new mothers as a target population. The second part of the recommendation mentions the need to ensure that systems are in place that will allow for the proper diagnosis and treatment of people who are singled out through this screening. The guidelines, which were published in the journal of the American Medical Association, did not specify how often adults should be screened.

Comment: A similar government 'recommendation' known as The Mother's Act was implemented back in 2009. While the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines appear to be for the benefit of pregnant women and new mothers, enforcement of so called recommended guidelines could represent a slippery slope toward medical tyranny.

As the author suggests: 'What about individuals who don't want to seek counseling, take antidepressants, or otherwise engage in a "treatment policy?"' Is this current Task Force being set up to ultimately benefit Big Pharma? The following quote from the 2009 article about The Mother's Act seems to suggest that this could be the case:
Mixtures of antipsychotics, antidepressants and anticonvulsants, now used as "mood" stabilizers, are regularly prescribed for the all "anxiety" and "mood" disorders sought to be marketed via the Mother's Act. Drug cocktails represent dollar signs.

The doctors make out like bandits as well. "Psychiatry has increasingly replaced psychotherapy with something called 'medication management,' which largely consists of symptom assessment and prescription updates," Dr Bruce Levine, author of, Surviving American's Depression Epidemic, reports in the August 13, 2008 Huffington Post...

"The bottom line," he says, "is that psychiatrists who offer only medication management routinely make nearly triple the income as do psychiatrists who provide mostly psychotherapy."



Info

Ancient clay used by aboriginal Canadians for centuries could fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria - study

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Shovel of clay from Kisameet Bay, British Columbia.
Ancient mineral clay used by aboriginal people in Canada for centuries could be the key to fighting against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and published in the American Society for Microbiology's mBio journal on Tuesday, found that the clay killed 16 strains of ESKAPE bacteria samples from nearby hospitals and waste treatment facilities.

ESKAPE bacteria - which includes Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae,Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species - causes the majority of infections in US hospitals, and is resistant to antibacterial drugs.

Comment: See also: The antibacterial benefits of medicinal clay


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The brain has its own immune system

Recent research shows basic anatomy that has eluded scientists and clinicians up until this point: the brain has a lymphatic system, one of the primary purposes of which is to connect it to the immune system.

We have entered a time in the history of modern medicine that is awkward at best, and intolerable at worst. We've gone too far down the wrong path, once again. We've made a lot of silly mistakes in the past from thinking the world is flat to doctors endorsing smoking. Making mistakes is ok! What's not ok, however, is a failure to acknowledge the error of our ways when it becomes self-evident.

Comment: Missing link found between brain, immune system - with major disease implications
In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer's disease to multiple sclerosis...

The unexpected presence of the lymphatic vessels raises a tremendous number of questions that now need answers, both about the workings of the brain and the diseases that plague it. For example, take Alzheimer's disease. "In Alzheimer's, there are accumulations of big protein chunks in the brain," Kipnis said. "We think they may be accumulating in the brain because they're not being efficiently removed by these vessels." He noted that the vessels look different with age, so the role they play in aging is another avenue to explore. And there's an enormous array of other neurological diseases, from autism to multiple sclerosis, that must be reconsidered in light of the presence of something science insisted did not exist.



Life Preserver

How doctors use vitamin C against lead poisoning

We hear about the hazards of lead. We know that lead poisoning can cause severe mental retardation. Lead has been clearly linked with Alzheimer's disease. We have been told to avoid lead in our homes and in our water, and to clean up lead pollution of our environment. But we have not been told how to remove it from our bodies. Vitamin C megadoses may be the answer.

Dr. Erik Paterson, of British Columbia, reports:
"When I was a consulting physician for a center for the mentally challenged, a patient showing behavioral changes was found to have blood lead levels some ten times higher than the acceptable levels. I administered vitamin C at a dose of 4,000 mg/day. I anticipated a slow response. The following year I rechecked his blood lead level. It had gone up, much to my initial dismay. But then I thought that perhaps what was happening was that the vitamin C was mobilizing the lead from his tissues. So we persisted. The next year, on rechecking, the lead levels had markedly dropped to well below the initial result. As the years went by, the levels became almost undetectable, and his behavior was markedly improved."
How much vitamin C?

Frederick Robert Klenner, M.D., insisted that large amounts of vitamin C are needed to do the job. One old (1940) paper got it wrong, and Dr. Klenner comments:
"The report by Dannenberg that high doses of ascorbic acid were without effect in treating lead intoxication in a child must be ignored, since his extremely high dose was 25 mg by mouth four times a day and one single daily injection of 250 mg of C. Had he administered 350 mg/kg body weight every two hours, he would have seen the other side of the coin."
Here is what 350 milligrams of vitamin C per kilogram body weight works out to in pounds, approximately:

Attention

CDC adds two more destinations on Zika virus travel warning list

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The United States has added the Dominican Republic and the US Virgin Islands to the list of countries for pregnant women to avoid amid the spread of the Zika virus through Latin American and the Caribbean, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in a statement.

"CDC is working with other public health officials to monitor for ongoing Zika virus‎ transmission," the statement said on Tuesday. "Today, CDC added the following destinations to the Zika virus travel alerts: United States Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic."

Comment: This virus is really getting around:


Magnify

Coming soon: Death by 'phantom menace' superbugs

Just because Big Pharma can't make big money from the potential solutions is not a reason for further delay.

Antibiotic-resistant illnesses currently kill an estimated 700,000 people a year globally. By 2050, these illnesses are expected to kill 10 million people. Based on recent research, it could be even worse—and coming even sooner.

We have had a taste of this over the winter, with an especially nasty Avian (or Type A) influenza bug hitting people, and in some cases being followed by secondary bacterial infection such as bronchitis or pneumonia. From what we hear, many of the people infected by the virus had the flu shot—which may have been more on target than last year, but which is never very protective, as we have pointed out before, and still contains mercury. Fortunately in most cases antibiotics still work against the secondary bacterial infections, which could otherwise be life-threatening.

Comment: While the headline about 'phantom menace' superbugs may sound a bit dramatic, the reality of this issue is concerning: