Health & Wellness


CDC's billion-dollar scheme to sell vaccines

If someone told you...

a public relations agency promoting the benefits of refined sugar was also doing scientific studies on the effects of sugar...

you'd laugh.

You'd naturally know the studies were worthless. You'd understand the "researchers" were slanting data, cooking data, burying data - whatever was necessary to support their prime directive: hype sugar as a wonderful product.

These "scientists" would never say, "Well, we found that refined sugar is quite unhealthy."

This is precisely the state of affairs at the Centers for Disease Control. The agency is, first and foremost, a PR machine. It promotes products. For example: vaccines.

Ebola spread exponential, thousands of cases expected in September

The Ebola virus is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where many thousands of new cases are expected over the coming three weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. In a statement, the WHO said that motorbike-taxis and regular taxis are "a hot source of potential virus transmission" in Liberia where conventional Ebola control interventions "are not having an adequate impact." The United Nations agency said that aid partners need to scale-up current efforts against Ebola by three-to-four fold in Liberia and elsewhere in West Africa. In Liberia it had killed 1,089 people among 1,871 cases, according to the WHO's update of last Friday.

U.S. Military to be deployed

The US military will join the fight against fast-spreading Ebola in Africa, President Barack Obama said, warning it will be months before the epidemic slows. Mr. Obama said that in its current form, he did not believe Ebola would reach the United States, but warned the virus could mutate and become a much greater threat to those outside Africa.

Comment: It looks like the Black Death has returned:

-Black Death found to be Ebola-like virus
-Finally catching up - Could the Black Death actually have been an Ebola-like virus?
-It finally reaches mainstream: Researchers argue 'Black Death' was due to Ebola, not Bubonic plague
-New Light on the Black Death: The Cosmic Connection
-New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection


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Ebola's return to locations that had beaten it back is proof the outbreak has spun out of control

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In this photo taken on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, a health worker, left, uses a thermometer to screen a man at a makeshift road block run by Guinean security forces outside the town of Forecariah, Guinea
Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there.

The Macenta region, right on the Liberian border, had been one of the first places where the outbreak surfaced, but they hadn't seen a new case for weeks. So they packed up, leaving a handful of staff on stand-by. The outbreak was showing signs of slowing elsewhere as well.

Instead, new cases appeared across the border in Liberia and then spread across West Africa, carried by the sick and dying. Now, months later, Macenta is once again a hotspot.

The resurgence of the disease in a place where doctors thought they had it beat shows how history's largest Ebola outbreak has spun out of control.

It began with people leaving homes in Liberia to seek better care or reunite with families back in Guinea, a pattern repeating itself all over.

"Currently in Guinea, all the new cases, all the new epidemic, are linked to people that are coming back from Liberia or from Sierra Leone," said Marc Poncin, the emergency coordinator for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.

The epidemic also has touched Nigeria and Senegal while killing more than 2,000 people across West Africa. Never before has the disease struck such a densely populated region, where so many people are on the move. For four decades, the virus struck in relatively remote areas, where doctors could quickly isolate communities and stop its spread.

Comment: It's certainly looking like Ebola is is going out of control and medical authorities are not going to be able to handle its wrath:


11 signs you're not as healthy as you think you are

You could be the picture of health to everyone who beholds you, feel generally "okay" on a daily basis without any real complaints, and never really feel compelled to visit the doctor for any specific issue. Plus, you're Primal, so what could possibly go wrong? Except that many of us, if we stop to think about it, have little niggling symptoms that annoy us. And some of them could portend more serious conditions. I don't want to worry anyone or freak you guys out. I just want you to be aware of seemingly inconsequential symptoms before they become more serious.

I've omitted the obvious signs that people don't ignore, like blood in the toilet or the sudden inability to bear weight on one leg, to focus on the subtler symptoms that many of us take for granted.

You drag through every day

Maybe it's your job boring you to tears. Maybe it's the long commute robbing you of valuable sleep. Maybe man wasn't meant to sit in a cubicle during the best hours of the day. Maybe you've just had a bad week. Maybe you're still on a high-carb diet, or you're transitioning to a low-carb one. Those are all reasonable reasons to be tired throughout the day, but it could be something else. If you find yourself nodding off on a consistent basis all day, every day, and the aforementioned causes don't apply, consider conditions like hypothyroidism, diabetes, hypothalamic pituitary axis (HPA) insufficiency, or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Comment: A high-fat diet free of gluten, dairy and inflammatory foods is your key to optimal health:

Solve Your Health Issues with a Ketogenic Diet

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Opening Pandora's Bread Box: The Critical Role of Wheat Lectin in Human Disease


Unidentified respiratory virus hit more than 1000 children across 10 US states, likely to spread across country

A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say.

The disease hasn't been officially identified but officials suspect a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.

The disease hasn't been officially identified in every state, but in some states a rare respiratory virus called human enterovirus 68 has been found. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.

According to Mark Pallansch, director of the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, similar cases to the ones in Colorado have been cropping up across the U.S. At least 10 states -- Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Georgia -- have reported suspected outbreaks of human enterovirus 68 and requested CDC support.

Another toxic trail: Forgotten vials of ricin and plague discovered at US govt lab

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Infectious, deadly diseases and toxins like plague, botulism and ricin have been uncovered at government laboratories in the United States. The discovery also revealed some of the vials had been stored for over 60 years.

The revelations come after officials from the National Institute of Health (NIH) made a sweep of government owned laboratories in July after they found smallpox. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also admitted it had found vials at a lab at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Worryingly, inspectors also uncovered toxins and viruses, which had been lying around since 1954, with staff ignorant of the fact. The NIH said the discoveries were made between July 29 and August 27. The information was only made public on Friday.

"These things were stored in locations where they should not have been stored," said Alfred Johnson, director of the NIH's office of research services, which is coordinating the searches at government labs, the Washington Post reported.

Johnson also added that the NIH conducts research "on the most dangerous materials out there. All of these were found in containers that were intact, and there have been no exposures. It reminds us, just like my garage at home that from time to time, we need to check."

Comment: As if the threat of Ebola wasn't enough! Alas, these highly dangerous, bungling storage practices are quite common! See here, here and here for just a few recent examples.


Respiratory ailment: Hundreds of Midwest kids hospitalized

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Doctors in Illinois are attempting to establish a connection between a respiratory ailment that has sickened hundred of school-age children in the state and a virus called Enterovirus 68 that has sent more than 300 children to the hospital in Missouri.

According to Reuters, hospitals in Illinois have placed age restrictions on visitors in an attempt to keep the highly infectious virus from passing from child to child.

In late August, hospitals in St. Louis and Kansas City reported a sharp increase in children with the kind of wheezing and coughing normally associated with asthma, high fevers, mouth blisters, skin rashes and body aches.

Grains are killing us!

Eating carbohydrates is harmful to your health. Find out what one neurologist says about changing our diets.

Comment: Are you prepping your diet? This will give you some motivation:

Ebola virus rapidly mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat

For more information, see:

'Carbohydrates rot the brain': Neurologist slams grains as 'silent brain killers' - and says we should be eating a high-fat diet


Fluoroquinolones (created with fluoride) are worrisome for people with thyroid problems

When it comes to life-threatening infections, antibiotics have been a GodSend, however for minor infections the following antibiotics are troublesome and are known to cause some nasty side effects.
The antibiotic family I am referring to are fluoroquinolones. You may also see it referred to as quinolones. The following make up the quinolones: Ciprofloxacin, Cipro, Ciloxan eye drops, Levofloxacin, Levaquin, Quixin, Moxifloxacin, Avelox, Vigamox eye drops, Norfloxacin, Noroxin, Ofloxacin, Ocuflox, Floxin, Floxin Otic, Floxacin, Trovafloxacin, Trovan and alatrofloxacin.

Side effects include sudden severe insomnia, hypnic jerks, tendon and cartilage tears, brain fog, weird sensations like bugs crawling on you, headaches, buzzing, pain, tinnitus (ear ringing), face-down fatigue, moving abdominal pain and every thyroid symptom possible.

For people with thyroid disease, these antibiotics are especially worrisome because the quinolone antibiotics are built with a fluoride backbone. It is important to note that fluoride is extremely toxic to your thyroid. Combining quinolone antibiotics with Levothyroxine (a T4 drug) may lead to reduced absorption of thyroid medicine and cause changes in TSH. From a functional medicine perspective, fluoride competes with iodine which is necessary to make T4.

Hundreds of children affected, severe respiratory virus reaches Colorado

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Will Cornejo is recovering at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.
A potentially severe virus that has plagued hundreds of children across a 900-mile stretch in the Midwest in recent weeks has made its way to Colorado.

The severe respiratory illness, which in some cases is believed to have been brought on by human enterovirus-68, an uncommon respiratory viral pathogen, is impacting mostly children, including several in Colorado.

Angie Anania, a spokesperson for Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, said five different children have been checked into their hospital because of this virus this week alone.

One 13-year-old was discovered unconscious and barely breathing on Wednesday. He was placed on a ventilator and has slowly improved, Anania said, but he was still in the hospital's intensive care unit as of Friday.

Comment: See also: Mysterious respiratory illness is spreading in Ohio, causing unusually high number of cases

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