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EU on high alert as Germany accepts Ebola patients

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A German hospital has agreed to treat Ebola patients amid widespread fears of a possible outbreak of the deadly disease in Europe. Over 670 people have already been killed by the disease in West Africa with doctors struggling to control the epidemic.

A German hospital in Hamburg agreed to accept patients following a request from the World Health Organization (WHO), Deutsche Welle reports. Doctors assure that the utmost precautions will be taken to make sure the disease does not spread during treatment. The patients will be kept in an isolation ward behind several airlocks, and doctors and nurses will wear body suits with their own oxygen supplies that will be burned every three hours.

German authorities were expecting the arrival of Sheik Umar Khan, an Ebola expert who caught the disease while treating patients in Sierra Leone, but he died before he could be transported.

"We were actually anticipating the patient's arrival over the weekend," Dr. Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, head of the viral diagnostic unit at Hamburg's Bernhard-Nocht-Institute, told German public broadcaster NDR.

This latest outbreak of Ebola originated in Guinea in February and quickly spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria where the first case was reported last week. The disease has already claimed over 650 lives and has prompted authorities in Europe to take measures to prevent its spread.
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The top 15 lies you're being told about health and mainstream medicine

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Do you ever question what doctors, nutritionists, institutions and even science tells you about your health, food, environment and lifestyle? You should, because we live in an era of deception and duplicity where the most trusted and valued sources of information are hijacked by much bigger interests than you can imagine. The internet is one of the last frontiers for truth, informing and educating billions on why our systems of health, agriculture, medicine and many other areas we depend on are failing us. The reason they're failing us is because corrupt governments, corporations and the media are constantly feeding us lies on a daily basis, which through repetition, the public eventually accepts as truth.

LIE #1. GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS (GMOs) CAN FEED THE WORLD

A lot of food that we eat today contains genetically modified ingredients and usually without our knowledge. Supporters of this technology maintain that it ensures and sustains food security around the world as the population increases. As well as scientific debates on the merits of genetically engineered food, there are equally, if not more important, debates on the socioeconomic ramifications of the way such science is marketed and used.

The dangers of GMO foods can no longer be denied. Researchers have linked organ damage with consumption of Monsanto's GM maize.

Biotechnology companies erroneously claim that their manipulations are similar to natural genetic changes or traditional breeding techniques. However, the cross-species transfers being made, such as between fish and tomatoes, or between other unrelated species, would not happen in nature and may create new toxins, diseases, and weaknesses. When genetic engineers insert a new gene into any organism there are "position effects" which can lead to unpredictable changes in the pattern of gene expression and genetic function. The protein product of the inserted gene may carry out unexpected reactions and produce potentially toxic products. There is also serious concern about the dangers of using genetically engineered viruses as delivery vehicles (vectors) in the generation of transgenic plants and animals. This could destabilise the genome, and also possibly create new viruses, and thus dangerous new diseases.

Unlike chemical or nuclear contamination, genetic pollution is self-perpetuating. It can never be reversed or cleaned up; genetic mistakes will be passed on to all future generations of a species.

Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out On The Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food
Evil Rays

The effects of magnetic fields on the body

The world is surrounded by magnetic fields generated by the earth, solar storms, changes in the weather and everyday electrical devices. Recently, scientists have discovered that external magnetic fields can affect the body in both positive and negative ways, and the clinical observations are serious eye openers.

Positive magnetic fields and their effects

Examples of positive magnetic fields that one may experience on a day-to-day basis include:
Arrow Up

People eating the most fat have less risk for heart attack, stroke, or death

Clearly one of the biggest push-backs to eating more fat is that somehow it's going to cause a stroke or heart attack. This was actually recently looked at in the New England Journal of Medicine where they compared the standard low-fat diet to a diet that has a lot of extra added fat. It is incredible that this study was halted mid-way through because there was such a dramatic disparity. Those people eating the most fat had an incredibly improved outcome in terms of their risk for heart attack, stroke, or death.


David Perlmutter, author of the "Grain Brain"

Comment: See also: Zeeshan Arain - Should we all be on a ketogenic diet?

The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

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Why the deadly Ebola virus is likely to hit the U.S. but not spread

The fatal virus rages in Africa, but the U.S. could contain its brutal effects.

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In Bawa, Guinea, villagers listen to an official speak about the recent outbreak of Ebola virus.
As the worst Ebola outbreak in human history rages across West Africa, the obvious question Americans are asking is: Could it come here?

The answer is yes, it probably will. But it's not worth losing sleep over, experts say. (See "Q&A: Ebola Spreads in Africa - And Likely Will Spread Beyond.")

The virus is one of the deadliest ever seen, killing up to 90 percent of its victims. And the death isn't pretty. About half of patients exhibit the gruesome bleeding symptoms typical of any hemorrhagic fever - seared into the American consciousness by the 1995 movie Outbreak. But it can also resemble other tropical diseases, like dengue with its high fever, so Ebola is sometimes missed in its early stages.

That may be why a feverish man was able to board a plane last week from Liberia to the Nigerian city of Lagos, Africa's most populous city. He fell ill on the flight and was taken directly to a hospital, where he was isolated and later died.

Comment: The author and CDC Director have a lot of faith in the American healthcare system. With the End of the $Dollar imminent, for those dependent on ObamaCare (allegedly the affordable Care Act) or unable to purchase any health care, this virus (or others with a cosmic source) may not be quite so easy to treat.

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Maryland man nearly killed by flesh-eating bacteria after vacationing in Chesapeake Bay

A Maryland man nearly lost his leg and his life due to a flesh-eating bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus, which is typically found in brackish waters like the Chesapeake Bay.

"We were just canoeing, kayaking, fishing, crabbing, things you do when you're on vacation," Rodney Donald told FOX 5. Donald couldn't have imagined that vacation to the Chesapeake Bay would nearly cost him his leg and life.

That same morning, he also fell and scraped his leg. It turns out that tiny scrape made him more susceptible to vibrio vulnificus, an aggressive bacteria that causes a fast-spreading infection.
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Ebola death toll reaches 660 in West Africa

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Members of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) put on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Guinea's capital Conakry on July 23, 2014
The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday.

WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said that the extent of what is the deadliest outbreak of Ebola on record was still emerging.

"This is a trend, an overall picture. It's hard to get an exact picture on the scale of the situation at the moment," he told reporters.

The UN health agency said 28 news deaths were recorded between July 18 and July 20. Thirteen were in Sierra Leone, 11 in Liberia and four in Guinea, which had previously borne the brunt.

Forty-five new cases were recorded over the same period, in West Africa's first-ever Ebola outbreak.

That lifted the total number of laboratory-confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola in the region to 1,093.

Comment: There have been 34 outbreaks over the course of the past month. Check out the SOTT Worldview for these stories:


For more information on where this ebola virus may have come from and where it could go, please see:

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Two Americans contract Ebola in West Africa

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A health worker with disinfectant spray walks down a street outside the government hospital in Kenema
Two US citizens helping to treat Ebola in West Africa - a doctor and an aid worker - are in intensive care, having tested positive for the deadly virus. Governments and airports across the region are struggling to curb the spread of the disease.

Nancy Writebol, a missionary with a Christian charity, who had been working as a hygienist in a medical compound in Liberia, was tested positive for Ebola, the relief organization Samaritan's Purse announced on Sunday. Writebol was responsible for detoxifying protective suits worn by visitors to an Ebola isolation center.

A day earlier, the same charity announced that an American doctor, Kent Brantly, 33, working in the same medical institution, had contracted the disease.

"They're both receiving intensive early treatment, but certainly it's a dangerous situation and a frightening situation," spokeswoman for Samaritan's Purse, Melissa Strickland, told AFP.
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The more nicotine the merrier: Nicotine found to inhibit DNA-strand break caused by a certain carcinogen in smoke

A new in vitro study has revealed that nicotine and cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine, can potentially inhibit DNA damage caused by a certain carcinogen in smoke.

The carcinogen 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone or NNK is produced during the curing of tobacco leaves and ultimately ends up in the tobacco smoke. Once inhaled, it is metabolised in the lung and liver, where it is activated by a variety of enzymes called Cytochrome P450 (CYP). Previous research in mice has revealed that nicotine can partially interfere with the activation of NNK, and this has been corroborated by independent laboratory studies showing that nicotine and cotinine can inhibit purified CYP enzymes.

Now a new study by scientists at British American Tobacco and Vivotecnia in Madrid, Spain, has investigated what impact this inhibition of CYP activity by nicotine may have. The lead researchers, Patricia Ordonez and Ana Belen Sierra, incubated laboratory-grade liver cells (expressing CYP enzymes) with either NNK or NNKOAc, a form of NNK that is not affected by CYPs. They compared the effect of increasing doses of nicotine, or the nicotine metabolite cotinine, on DNA damage using the COMET technique*. Results were compared with controls.

The results show that doses of nicotine and cotinine similar to those found in the plasma of smokers inhibit the DNA strand breaks caused by NNK - but not by NNKOAc - in a dose-dependent manner. The results suggest that nicotine and cotinine can potentially protect against one form of DNA damage (DNA strand breaks) caused by NNK in vitro, and that they do this by inhibiting CYP enzymes.

Comment: Read the following articles to learn more about benefits of nicotine:

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No 'rainbow families': Canadian fertility clinic bans patient from using non-white donor

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A single Canadian woman, who sought in vitro fertilization in the only local clinic in Calgary, has been prohibited from using donors of a different ethnicity to avoid "creating rainbow families."

The 38-year old woman, who requested to use only her first name, Catherine, told the Calgary Herald that "everything went downhill" when last March she learned that she could only use sperm, eggs or embryos from donors who were white, like her.

"I was absolutely floored," she told the newspaper.

When asked why she did not want to choose somebody of her own "cultural background," Catherine said there were many reasons why.

One of the main reasons was that after she picked out donors who met required standards, had a good health history and a compatible blood type, a list of potential biological fathers for her child was narrowed-down to about 20 Caucasian donors. Moreover, many of them had already been used by several other patients in the area.

"Frankly, it's appalling how many people have the same donors, probably because of this policy," she said. "A friend of mine just went through this process and used the donor that I would have picked."

Despite that, Dr. Calvin Greene The Regional Fertility Program (RFP), where Catherine went to undergo in vitro fertilization, is firm on his position.

Greene stressed that the RFP would deny couples or singles who insist on using donors of a different ethnicity under a policy in operation since the center was opened in the 1980's.

"I'm not sure that we should be creating rainbow families just because some single woman decides that that's what she wants," Dr. Calvin Greene, the clinic's administrative director told the Herald. "That's her prerogative, but that's not her prerogative in our clinic."
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