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Bipolar? Or gifted? - The modern day epidemic of medicated "madness"

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"Have I gone mad?" asked the Mad-Hatter. "I'm afraid so, you're entirely bonkers", Alice replied, "but I'll tell you a secret... all the best people are."

The exchange above is from Lewis Carroll's notorious fictional story, Alice in Wonderland, which in my professional opinion stands with more validity than today's psychiatric and mental health paradigms. In fact, Alice shares the same view as some of the greatest thinkers of all-time, such as Socrates who once declared: "Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness, provided the madness is given us by divine gift." Plato too referred to insanity as "a divine gift and the source of the chief blessings granted to men."

So, to best understand bipolar disorder the modern day epidemic of medicated "madness", down the rabbit hole we go...

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Bronx, NY in the midst of second Legionnaires' outbreak this year

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New York City is in the midst of a deadly outbreak of a type of severe pneumonia known as Legionnaires' Disease. Bronx residents have become anxious, as four people have succumbed to the illness and 65 others have been infected in the area since July 10.

According to hospital officials, fifty-five of the infected have been hospitalized.

The disease is spread by Legionella bacteria, which resides in some plumbing systems, including hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, and humidifiers. People can be infected by breathing in mist from the water. The bacteria cannot spread from person to person.

While this is not the first outbreak of the disease in New York City, the news has been spreading fear among locals. The current outbreak is regarded as very unusual as it involves five times more cases than the previous one, in which only 12 people fell sick.

Comment: This is the second outbreak this year in the same area of New York.


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Top natural remedies for migraine headaches

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A migraine is a neurological disorder, where one experiences headaches along with symptoms associated with the autonomic nervous system. There are simple and natural remedies that can help reduce the pain and consistently decrease frequency even in common sufferers.

Migraines ares now recognized as a chronic disorder, not simply as a headache. A migraine can last for hours and is caused when arteries are inflamed due to the release of chemicals. These chemicals are released when you have an allergic reaction, stress, sleeping pattern, menstruation, menopause, and fasting.

Symptoms include sensitivity to light or sound, changes in appetite, fatigue and yawning, malaise, mood changes, food cravings, and usually unilateral throbbing pain on the head.

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Corporate lobbying group ALEC behind mandatory vaccine agenda

Over the last several months, Americans have witnessed an increase in media propaganda regarding the "dangers" of "anti-vaxxers," the "proven science of vaccines," and the "tragedies" that ensue from the failure to vaccinate. That propaganda blitz has resulted in massive hysteria stemming from similar levels of ignorance.

Also resulting from the push by Big Pharma-funded corporate media outlets is the emotional and panicked campaign of pro-vaxxers, vaccine pushers, and adherents to the relatively recent new religion of "scientism" - the religious belief in anything labeled as science or scientific, regardless of whether or not that concept directly contradicts observable reality and experience or even regardless of whether or not it is actually scientific.

The so-called vaccine debate - which is not truly a debate since a debate requires the participation of two opposing sides - is generally nothing more than a shouting and shaming campaign against parents who have come to the conclusion that vaccines are not safe, effective, or neither.

Indeed, it is the unbridled emotion of the pro-vaccine camp that has been provoked and subsequently harnessed into a powerhouse of vitriol and social pressure that is then presented as a public health crisis. The howling of the trendy masses, glued to their televisions, sitcoms, and NPR, is then presented as an organic public outcry in the media, resulting in the conveniently timed response of politicians and lawmakers.

Comment: The mainstream media has done an exceptional job of controlling the 'debate' over vaccines to the point where few people actually understand the very serious risks of vaccines, much less that they don't work and they spread disease. It's a Machiavellian scheme perpetrated by those who stand to reap unheard of profits at the expense of the unwitting public.


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Nine shared traits between Big Pharma and the Mafia

The idea that the pharmaceutical industry can be compared to the mafia is for some a case of thinking the unthinkable. However, when you realize that Big Pharma has more interest in profits than the genuine welfare concern of individuals then it starts to make sense when considering their hidden ulterior motives and manipulative ways of controlling.

So here are 9 similarities that may be used to compare Big Pharma with the mafia.

1. Filthy rich


Both Big Pharma and the mafia are indeed filthy rich from obscene amounts of money made by their businesses.

2. Side effects of their businesses


Both have businesses that involve serious injuries and killings as side effects as a consequence of their operations. In the case of Big Pharma it's through the release of deadly medicines on the public from corrupted healthcare where they influence and control approval bodies such as the American regulators the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) having conflicts of interest.

Comment: See also: For more listen to this episode of the Health and Wellness Show.


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Congress hears testimony of CDC scientist admitting cover up of vaccine autism links in black boys

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A current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) senior scientist has made an unprecedented admission: he and his colleagues - he says - committed scientific misconduct to cover up a meaningful link between vaccines and autism in black boys.

Just as startling, the CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, says the study co-authors "scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room, and reviewed and went through all the hardcopy documents that we had thought we should discard, and put them into a huge garbage can."
The...co-authors...brought a big garbage can into the meeting room... [and put the documents]...into a huge garbage can. - CDC Senior Scientist Dr. William Thompson
Despite this whistleblower testimony, which Dr. Thompson provided to Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida, there is little chance of a meaningful hearing or investigation.

Comment: It's timely that a Congressman is shining some light on the links between the MMR vaccine and autism when the agenda toward mandating vaccines is gaining ground. It remains to be seen whether Congress will defy BigPharma and finally do something to stop this madness.


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Discovery of bacterial mutation causing recurring UTI infections opens door to new therapeutic regimen


Illustration of how bacterial persisters (orange cells) survive antibiotic treatment while growing cells (blue) die. After the treatment, persister cells can turn into growing cells.
It's one thing to grow bacteria in a test tube, perform a screen in the lab, and find a mutation in the pathogen's genes. It's a whole other thing, and much rarer, to find the exact same mutation in nature--in this case, in E. coli in urine samples from some 500 patients suffering from relapsing urinary tract infections.

The confluent discovery, by University Distinguished Professor Kim Lewis and his colleagues, was published in the journal Nature. It could put people with relapsing UTIs on the fast track for a new therapeutic regimen that Lewis described in an earlier paper.

"We took a large collection of E. coli isolates from patients with relapsing UTIs," explains Lewis, who is director of the Antimicrobial Discovery Center. "And we found that quite a number of those isolates had exactly the same mutation--in a gene called hipA--that we and other scientists have seen in test-tube experiments."

Pooja Balani, a doctoral student in Lewis' lab at the time of the study and a first author of the paper, spent countless hours performing a genetic screen, poring over both test-tube cultures of E. coli and patients' UTI isolates, in search of hipA mutations.

She was delighted by what she saw: hipA leapt to the fore in both populations.

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Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) decreases migraines by 50%

Everyone gets headaches once in a while.

Most people can just pop an aspirin and feel better. (I won't even get into the risks of aspirin here.) But for the 30 million Americans who suffer from migraines, it's not so simple.1

It starts off as a dull ache. Then it turns into a throbbing and pulsating pain that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. And it's not just pain they have to deal with. Throw in nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.

It's no wonder migraines can severely hinder a person's life. And - once again - mainstream medicine offers little help.

Doctors often prescribe antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs and beta-blockers to help prevent these "mega headaches."2 But like most prescription drugs, they come with severe side effects - heart and liver damage and inflammation of the pancreas, to name a few. If that's not bad enough, they don't always work. Sometimes they even make migraine symptoms worse!

Fortunately for migraine sufferers, researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium set out to find a natural and safe preventative measure. And they may have found just that.

In fact, the vitamin they studied could help you slash your number of migraines in half. You've probably even heard of it...

I'm talking about vitamin B2 (riboflavin).

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Anxiety and depression caused by stress linked to gut bacteria living in intestines, scientists find

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Anxious and depressive behaviour brought on by exposure to stress in early life appears to depend on microbes being present in the gut.
Anxiety and depression could be linked to the presence of bacteria in the intestines, scientists have found.

A study on laboratory mice has shown that anxious and depressive behaviour brought on by exposure to stress in early life appears only to be triggered if microbes are present in the gut.

The study, published in Nature Communications, demonstrates a clear link between gut microbiota - the microbes living naturally in the intestines - and the triggering of the behavioural signs of stress.

"We have shown for the first time in an established mouse model of anxiety and depression that bacteria play a crucial role in inducing this abnormal behaviour," said Premysl Bercik of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, the lead author of the study.

The scientists called for further research to see if the conclusions applied to humans, and whether therapies that that target intestinal microbes can benefit patients with psychiatric disorders.

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Food industry has hidden their knowledge of sugar's toxicity for decades

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Americans have been warned for years about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt, but the media has been relatively silent about sugar, in spite of the country's rising rates of obesity and failing health.

Copious research have been published about the many ways excess sugar can damage your health, yet industry continues to defend it—science be damned.

They want you to continue believing the outdated myth that saturated fat is to blame, instead of sugar. Nevertheless, the wheels of progress continue to turn.

An influential group of medical researchers has been relentless in spreading the word about the strong associations between sugar consumption and the rising rates of obesity and major diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's.

This is not "news" to the food industry. They've actually been hiding the real science about sugar for decades—devising ways to get you even MORE addicted to their products, regardless of the consequences to your health.