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More details emerge in tragic French drug trial

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The University of Rennes Hospital Center.
A day after news broke about a clinical research tragedy in France, more details are beginning to emerge about what happened at Biotrial, the private research company in Rennes where the phase I study took place. An information sheet for prospective trial participants, posted yesterday at the French regional news site Breizh-info.com, provides an overview of the study's goal and procedures, while also offering a glimpse of what it's like to partake in a lengthy drug safety study.

According to the document, which is in French, participants in this particular study group were to receive €1900, including travel expenses; in return, they agreed to stay at Biotrial's facility in Rennes for 2 weeks, swallow a drug on 10 consecutive days, undergo extensive medical tests, and provide at least 40 blood samples.

Comment: See also: One brain dead, five others critically ill, in drug trial gone horribly wrong


Info

Cold feet & hands? How to solve the problem of poor blood circulation

People from all ages can experience circulation problems, and although poor circulation affects the entire blood flow, it usually first manifests in the extremities.

In most cases, poor circulation comes as a result of weakened blood vessels and too much sitting. It may not signify that you are having some serious health issues, but it definitely is a warning sign that you must change something in your lifestyle.


Comment: Got cold hands and feet? Think brain


Beaker

First US case of Zika-linked brain damage reported in newborn in Hawaii

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A researcher looks at Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at a lab of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences of the Sao Paulo University, on January 8, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil as researchers work to combat Zika virus epidemic
The United States has reported its first case of a newborn suffering from brain damage linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has caused birth defects in Latin America.

The baby, born in a hospital in Oahu, suffers from microcephaly, a rare condition that means its brain and skull are abnormally small, the Hawaiian state health department said late Friday.

The mother was probably infected with the virus early in her pregnancy while living in Brazil in May 2015 and transmitted it to the fetus, the health department said.

It added that neither mother nor child is still infected and that there is no danger to anyone in Hawaii. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease.

The Zika virus, which can impair normal intellectual development in newborns, has affected several thousand babies in Brazil in recent months.

The case in Hawaii was confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Health

The ADA doesn't want you to know about airborne mercury in your dentist's office

The American Dental Association (ADA) is the leading proponent for installing mercury-based fillings into the mouths of millions of people. The ADA states on their website that, "Dental amalgam is considered a safe, affordable and durable material that has been used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans. It contains a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which binds these components into a hard, stable and safe substance. Dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively, and has established a record of safety and effectiveness."

Even though safer options exist for teeth restoration, the ADA continues to push for amalgams which contain 50 percent mercury. For the most part, modern dentistry follows along with the toxic mercury tradition. Question a dentist about mercury toxicity, and he may just smirk at you. The ADA is so dead set on, and so prideful in their support of mercury fillings, that they will go out of their way to threaten mercury detection professionals who educate the public on the toxic levels of mercury in dental offices.

Comment: There is absolutely no justification for this practice to continue but like most so-called health organizations the ADA hides the truth from the public.


Pills

Targeted by Big Pharma: Are moody women being drugged into submission?


Women are now almost twice as likely to be on antidepressants as men. Why?
"Why can't a woman be more like a man?" laments Henry Higgins in the 1964 Lerner and Loewe classic musical "My Fair Lady." In the show Higgins is stymied by Eliza Doolittle's emotional reactions to his science-based efforts to re-engineer her in his image of a proper woman.

Click here for Rex Harrison's rendition of "Hymn to Him" from the movie.

It's the age-old problem of men and women having different sensibilities. But fast forward 50 years or so, and Henry Higgins may well have the answer to his problem - antidepressants.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry finds that more than 69% of people on antidepressants aren't actually depressed. They don't meet the criteria for major depressive disorder (MDD). And 38% never met the criteria for other conditions for which antidepressants are prescribed, at any time in their life. These include obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social phobia, or generalized anxiety disorder.[i]

Comment: For a closer look at depression listen to this episode of SOTT's Health and Wellness Show.


Pills

Statins cause the disease it seeks to cure - Shock research warns drug hardens arteries

Controversial drug statins can actually increase the risk of heart disease, shock new research has shown.
People taking the drugs are more likely to suffer from hardening of the arteries, a leading cause of heart problems. In addition, researchers found the drugs block a process that protects the heart. This can "cause, or worsen, heart failure", according to a study.

The lead author says: "I cannot find any evidence to support people taking statins." The findings, published in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, will add to the debate surrounding the drugs, which are routinely given to up to 12 million patients in the UK, or around one in four adults.

Supporters say they save lives by lowering cholesterol and UK health regulators say they are safe.

Oxford professor Sir Rory Collins has warned that overstating concerns about statins could "cause very large numbers of unnecessary deaths from heart attacks and stroke".

Opponents have pointed to the side effects, such as skeletal weakness and muscle pain, and say the risks outweigh the benefits.

Comment: What took them so long? Many researchers have stated this before, and before them, there were countless of negative testimonials across the world. There are even documentaries about it. Nevertheless, we're pleased to see how mainstream researchers are speaking out against statin drugs.

For other useful tips, see:

Vascular surgeon: Why I've ditched statins for good


Bulb

Research: Can foods & spices slow and reverse Alzheimer's?

Did you know that so-called "incurable" neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease can be slowed, if not also partially reversed? Regeneration, after all, is the default state of the human body.

This may sound all the more surprising when you consider that over 1,000 clinical trials have been performed, and billions of dollars expended, in order find an effective solution, without any significant progress in reversing the underlying trajectory of the condition.[i]

In fact, some of the very same patented chemicals approved by the FDA to "treat" the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, e.g. donepizl (trade name Aricept), are chemically related to insecticides, chemical weapons and venom, and are notorious for greatly increasing the risk of seizures in those to whom they are prescribed.

Comment: Additional information on alternative ways to prevent and treat Alzheimers:


Syringe

High-profile global vaccine conspiracy exposed: This time it's the HPV vaccine

As a researcher who's been tracking vaccine issues, including scientific hijinks, since the 1980s, I cannot express what a pleasure it is to report the following unfolding vaccine geo-political drama. This alleged conspiratorial action is about the fourth or fifth one to break into daylight.

Others include: the Simpsonwood Meeting [1] (June 2000); the Danish/CDC-paid vaccine researcher Dr. Poul Thorson who has been indicted for defrauding the U.S. CDC regarding research he produced from 2000 to 2009 [2]; the William Thompson, PhD, CDC epidemiologist who admits that CDC researchers deliberately omitted, and even trashed, incriminating data sets regarding vaccines impact on young black males under 3 years of age [3]; and let's not forget a whistleblower lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia, PA wherein two former Merck & Company employees claim Merck falsified efficacy rates for many years for the mumps active in its MMR vaccine [4].

Comment: Read more about the serious growing concerns of the HPV/Gardasil vaccines:


Life Preserver

The powerful effects of yoga, prayer and meditation on human health

The medicinal benefits of meditation and yoga are now firmly established in scientific literature. One of the latest studies to emerge on the matter comes from Harvard researchers working at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). They determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brain's grey matter in just eight weeks. It's the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain's grey matter. (1)

Another promising study has recently come out of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). These researchers conducted the very first study where the use of the "relaxation response"was examined in patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and the first to investigate the genomic effects of the relaxation response in individuals with any disorder. The report was published in the journal PLOS-ONE. (source)

When it comes to 'prayer' or 'distant healing' — directing human attention on physical systems — significant results have been obtained that warrant further investigation. For a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of psychic phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click HERE.

Comment: Among the numerous relaxation techniques, Éiriú Eolas stands out as one of the few that has immediate effects, and also has a highly practical application. There is no need to sit in special postures, or be present in a carefully prepared relaxing atmosphere. The strength of the program comes from its high adaptability to stressful conditions of the modern world. To learn more about this technique and how you can learn it for free, visit the site here.

Check out these related articles for more information on the healing powers of yoga and meditation:


Hearts

The healing power of Reiki

The spiritual energy healing practice of Reiki is an ancient eastern holistic health tradition that dates back thousands of years. Reiki was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan and was brought to the west by Mrs. Hawayo Takata in 1937.

The word Reiki is derived from two Japanese words - Rei, which can best be defined as higher wisdom or universal and Ki, like chi or qi, is a term used to describe our life-force energy. This hands-on form of spiritual healing manipulates our life-force energy. It is believed that the effectiveness of healing with Reiki is directed by a higher spiritual power that sends this powerful life-giving force to the perfect place within us.

The goal of this alternative health modality is to restore balance and harmony between all the parts of our being. Reiki works to create a state of equilibrium in our life-force energy. It raises the vibration in the body and words to heal and clear its energetic pathways. This allows our life-force energy to begin to flow again. The spiritual healing provided by Reiki promotes health and wellbeing to all of our parts, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

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