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Why are there so many psychopathic surgeons?

What kind of doctor would participate in an inmate's execution, only to 'joke' about getting blood on his jacket? The medical field employs more than a few of his kind.
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I have never inserted a catheter into a patient's femoral vein. In the unlikely event I ever have to perform this procedure, I hope I don't screw it up as epically as the unnamed doctor assisting with Clayton D. Lockett's execution last April.

What's notable about this doctor's dismal failure, described by the warden who witnessed it as a "bloody mess," isn't just that he hit the nearby femoral artery instead of the vein. Nor is it that his misdirected first attempt caused the fatal drugs to leak into the surrounding tissue instead of traveling through the bloodstream to kill the prisoner. What makes the whole sordid affair all the more appalling is that during the process of botching the execution and inflicting undue suffering, the doctor in question got blood on his jacket and then complained that he'd better get paid enough to buy a new one.

Comment: What defines a good doctor or surgeon? One who practices ethically and empathically with true knowledge that alleviates suffering and leads to increased health?

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Genetic scientist discusses GMOs & the junking down of our food supply

It is high time to change the debate from the safety of engineering food to the pesticides that are inside the food. The technology is essentially about spraying a weed killer on the crops and the herbicide RoundUp is an integral part of the technology - the engineered crops are called RoundUp Ready. Farmers everywhere have been assured complete safety, higher yields and savings of herbicide. When these promises don't quite pan out, the farmers don't have much of an opportunity to do something different. It turns out the technology has been incredibly successful, so much so that there is not much of a market for non-engineered seeds now. Monsanto has a monopoly and has cornered the seed supply of much of the planet.

Since all engineered foods come from crops sprayed with RoundUp, they all contain residues of RoundUp. And it turns out other crops are also sprayed with this herbicide, but much later, just before harvest, because it kills the plants and they are dried fast to make harvesting easier for the farmers. This is commonly done with sugar cane, beans, grains, potatoes and many other crops. I usually say in my lectures that if you want to avoid any residue of RoundUp herbicide in your food, go organic. That is the only choice.

A bit of history to show why RoundUp should be avoided...
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Film maker exposes US factory farms using a drone

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Speciesism: The Movie is an award-winning and controversial new documentary that takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure across North America, exposing the biggest secrets about modern factory farms, and asking the biggest philosophical questions about the belief that our species is more important than the rest. You'll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.

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The CDC is monitoring 1,400 Ebola cases in US; media remains silent

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Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson argued Sunday it was not an accident that there has been less coverage by the media of the Ebola crisis. She buttresses her point with a phone conversation she had with a representative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The former CBS reporter told Fox News' Howard Kurtz that since the appointment of Ebola czar Ron Klain by President Obama, CDC Director Tom Frieden has been virtually absent from the public sphere. "Infectious disease experts remain very concerned about the disease," Attkisson said.

Comment: One could argue that the media is silent on Ebola in the US to prevent panic. Another argument could be made that through controlling the flow of information on this plague, the media, under the influence of government and Big Pharma, are holding on to information now only to release it later for their own benefit.

See also: Ebola outbreak rages on despite little media coverage

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Statin drugs linked to brain dysfunction

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Statins are the most profitable medications in the history of Big Pharma. They are promoted as the go-to medications to prevent/treat heart disease. A recent study found nearly 100% of men and 62% of women aged 66-75 should take a statin medication even if their cholesterol level is normal.[1]

Listening to conventional cardiologists, the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and many other mainstream groups would have you believe that statins should be placed in the water supply. If statins significantly lowered the risk of heart disease -- they don't -- and if statins were not associated with adverse effects -- they are -- then I could entertain a discussion on the widespread use of statins. However, statins are associated with a wide range of serious adverse drug reactions which should cause any health care provider to think twice or at least to use caution when prescribing this class of medication.

Comment: For more on the numerous dangers of statin drugs see:

Statin Drugs Linked to Arthritis, Heart Trouble and Over 300 Adverse Health Effects

Big Pharma Lies About Statin Drugs Finally Exposed in British Medical Journal

Getting Off Statin Drug Stories

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Infant child dies from malnutrition caused by parents' strict vegan diet


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A couple in Calgary, Canada are facing charges after their 14-month old son died from a treatable infection in November, 2013. Prosecutors say that the child's death was preventable and that has body had been severely weakened by the family's strict, vegan diet.

According to CTV News Calgary, at the time of his death, toddler John Clark had never seen a doctor in his life nor received any form of pre- or post-natal care. The boy was born at home and perished of a staph infection two months after his only birthday.

Parents Jeromie Clark, 31, and Jennifer Clark, 34, are Seventh Day Adventists who practiced a strict vegan diet and shunned traditional medical interventions in favor of prayer.

John Clark was admitted Foothills Hospital in Calgary on November 28, 2013 when a family member urged the parents to seek medical attention for the child. The next day he was transferred to Alberta Children's Hospital where he died of a systemic staph infection complicated by malnutrition.

Calgary Police Service Staff Sgt. Doug Andrus said, "We believe that the family followed a strict dietary regimen based on their beliefs" and conspired to conceal the baby's failing health from outsiders.

Comment: This is another sad story of people believing that a vegetarian or vegan diet high in carbohydrates is a healthy dietary choice. There is plenty of evidence showing that the opposite is true, that a diet high in fats and moderate protein along with low carbs is the optimal diet choice:

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Nanotechnology linked to lung damage and cell death

Nanotechnology is still in its early days, and whether it will be of value to resource-poor countries is still hotly debated. Critics argue that when millions of people in countries like India or those in Sub-Saharan Africa are dying because of a lack of access to even basic healthcare, investing in cutting-edge technologies is a ludicrous waste of money. And experts are concerned that the toxicity of nanoparticles to human health and the environment has not been studied extensively enough.
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Comment: As with GMOs, mad scientists in the nanotech field believe that they can get away with manipulating mother nature. They will soon learn who is boss. From Nanotechnology - the new threat to food:
Nanotechnology in agriculture is based on the premise that we can improve efficiency and productivity by rearranging atoms in seeds, by developing even more potent chemical inputs, by using high technology surveillance to allow electronic, rather than person-based surveillance of on-farm conditions, and by further automating inputs to plant growth. Applications of nanotechnology to food processing assume that humans can 'improve' the taste, texture, appearance, nutritional content and longevity of food by manipulating it at the atomic level. It has even been argued that this will result in food that is 'safer'.

These assumptions are based on a flawed belief that humans can remake the natural world from the atom up - and get a better result. It assumes that we can predict the consequences of our actions, even when we are dealing with highly unpredictable processes and forces - such as quantum mechanics. Unfortunately, history tells us that we are simply not very good at predicting the outcomes of complex systems - witness the disasters that resulted from the introduction of biological controls such as the Cane Toad, or the introduction of rabbits and foxes for sport. History is similarly littered with examples of huge health and environmental problems that resulted from the failure to respond to early warning signs about previous perceived "wonder" materials such as CFCs, DDT and asbestos. This suggests that we should take the early warning signs associated with the toxicity of nanoparticles very seriously.


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Sugar: The sweet drug we're addicted into

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Your co-worker brought in brownies, your daughter made cookies for a holiday party and candy is arriving from far-flung relatives. Sugar is everywhere. It is celebration, it is festivity, it is love.

It's also dangerous. In a recent study, we showed that sugar, perhaps more than salt, contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease. Evidence is growing, too, that eating too much sugar can lead to fatty liver disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and kidney disease.

Yet people can't resist. And the reason for that is pretty simple. Sugar is addictive. And we don't mean addictive in that way that people talk about delicious foods. We mean addictive, literally, in the same way as drugs. And the food industry is doing everything it can to keep us hooked.

Up until just a few hundred years ago, concentrated sugars were essentially absent from the human diet - besides, perhaps, the fortuitous find of small quantities of wild honey. Sugar would have been a rare source of energy in the environment, and strong cravings for it would have benefited human survival. Sugar cravings would have prompted searches for sweet foods, the kind that help us layer on fat and store energy for times of scarcity.

Comment: A gluten and dairy-free ketogenic diet is an extremely beneficial diet. It means changing your primary fuel source from glucose to fat. You'll eat low amounts of carbs, high amounts of fat, modest amount of protein and follow paleo diet protocol. It will keep your blood-sugar levels in balance so you can overcome your addiction. Ketogenic diet will improve your cognitive capacity, emotional well-being and the function of every single cell in your body. Eventually your cravings will disappear and you can reclaim your health and freedom back from the sugar addiction.

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New study reveals agriculture has weakened human bones

"Our study shows that modern humans have less bone density than seen in related species," said Habiba Chirchir.

According to a new study, the ends of human bones became much lighter and less dense around 12,000 years ago -- a loose demarcation that corresponds with modern man's transition from an existence reliant on hunting and gathering to one dedicated to agriculture.

In other words, scientists conclude, as humans settled down to farm -- abandoning their mobile ways and assuming a more sedentary disposition -- their bones weakened.

The difference in bone structure was first noticed by Habiba Chirchir and her fellow researchers at the at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, who were analyzing bones of both primates and humans. Chirchir and her colleagues noticed that the ends of human bones, the portions near joints made of what's called trabecular bone, were less dense and almost spongelike when compared to primate bones.
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Research indicates lost memories can be restored offering hope for early stage Alzheimer's

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New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

For decades, most neuroscientists have believed that memories are stored at the synapses -- the connections between brain cells, or neurons -- which are destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. The new study provides evidence contradicting the idea that long-term memory is stored at synapses.

"Long-term memory is not stored at the synapse," said David Glanzman, a senior author of the study, and a UCLA professor of integrative biology and physiology and of neurobiology. "That's a radical idea, but that's where the evidence leads. The nervous system appears to be able to regenerate lost synaptic connections. If you can restore the synaptic connections, the memory will come back. It won't be easy, but I believe it's possible."

Comment: This research adds to the growing evidence that Alzheimer's can be reversed in some cases. Researchers have found that a low-carb and gluten free diet can reverse memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease while no single drug has been found to stop or even slow the progression of Alzheimer's, and drugs have only had modest effects on symptoms.

See:

Memory loss in Alzheimer's reversed with a low carb and gluten free diet

Multi-systems approach to Alzheimer's disease may reverse symptoms with improvement sustained

Sugar and your brain: Is Alzheimer's disease actually type 3 diabetes?

Ketogenic Diet Reduces Symptoms of Alzheimer's

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