Health & Wellness


Nervy facts about the vagus nerve


A close up look of the vagus nerve.
What happens in the vagus nerve, it turns out, doesn't stay in the vagus nerve. The longest of the cranial nerves, the vagus nerve is so named because it "wanders" like a vagabond, sending out fibers from your brainstem to your visceral organs. The vagus nerve is literally the captain of your inner nerve center—the parasympathetic nervous system, to be specific. And like a good captain, it does a great job of overseeing a vast range of crucial functions, communicating nerve impulses to every organ in your body. New research has revealed that it may also be the missing link to treating chronic inflammation, and the beginning of an exciting new field of treatment that leaves medications behind. Here are nine facts about this powerful nerve bundle.

1. The vagus nerve prevents inflammation.

With a vast network of fibers stationed like spies around all your organs, when the vagus nerve gets wind of the hallmarks of inflammation—cytokines or the inflammatory substance tumor necrosis factor (TNF)—it alerts the brain and elicits anti-inflammatory neurotransmitters via the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. A certain amount of inflammation after injury or illness is normal. But an overabundance is linked to many diseases and conditions, from sepsis to the autoimmune condition rheumatoid arthritis.

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Children got wrong immunizations, including cervical cancer vaccine, at Salem County clinic, officials say

At least five children at a Salem County-run clinic were given improper immunizations, including one who received a cervical cancer prevention vaccine, officials say.

An annual state compliance audit of the Shots For Tots program "identified irregularities respecting its appraisal of standards, policies and competencies regarding the clinic operation, patient records, vaccine storage and medication dispensing," according to a statement released by the county this weekend.

"As soon as it was brought to our attention we reacted to this finding," said Salem County Freeholder Director Julie Acton on Saturday. "Our main concern is the safety of our residents. It's sad and disturbing when something like this takes place."

In addition to the children receiving the wrong medicine, vaccines with an estimated value of $20,000 used for the Shots for Tots program were deemed unsafe after a refrigeration unit failed and they had to be destroyed.

In the wake of the revelations, Salem County agreed to pay for medical monitoring costs for the five children receiving improper immunizations "for the foreseeable future until their medical status may be determined to a reasonable degree of medical certainty."

The parents will take the children to a physician of their choice for the monitoring officials say.

Meanwhile, the clinic has been shut down. The nursing supervisor and nurse in charge of the clinic have both resigned as employees of the Salem County Department of Health, county solicitor Michael Mulligan said Saturday.

Comment: Hard to imagine this would happen "accidentally". Perhaps done purposely to rid their inventory?


What makes a poison?

The chemicals that we're exposed to in our daily lives are often approved by the government under the assumption that they're safe in small doses, even over a long period of time. For years, regulators relied on the old adage "the dose makes the poison" to try to explain their logic. While that might have appeared true for certain chemicals for many years, we now live in a world where exposure to a large variety of chemicals is unavoidable and it's finally becoming clear that we can't evaluate these chemicals in isolation.

Think about a simple picnic in a city park. The air you breathe is filled with particulate matter from car exhaust, the landscaping was likely treated with chemical fertilizers and Roundup or another weedkiller, the plastic surrounding your food or drink items might contain BPA or phthalates, your drinks could contain preservatives, the antibacterial spray you use on your hands after eating might contain triclosan and the sunscreen you apply on your skin probably contains nanomaterials. Now extrapolate that scenario to each and every activity you partake in on a daily basis.

Comment: Listen to the SOTT Health & Wellness Show to learn more about environmental toxins and pollution.

Black Magic

Smoke and Mirrors: How CDC perpetuates the myth of polio eradication

The graph is from the Ratner report (1), the transcript of a 1960 panel sponsored by the Illinois Medical Society, on which sat three PhD statisticians and an MD, met to discuss the problems with the ongoing polio vaccination campaign.

The polio vaccine was licensed in the U.S. in 1954. From 1950 thru 1955, the striped and clear portions of the bars represent about 85% of the reported cases, or 30,000 per year, on average. Those cases were automatically eliminated by two radical changes the CDC made to the diagnostic parameters and labeling protocol of the disease as soon as the vaccine was licensed - 30,000 cases a year we were subsequently told were eliminated by the vaccine.

That success, held aloft as a banner of the industry, is an illusion. The CDC has an awesome power of control over public perception, sculpting it from behind closed doors in Atlanta, with the point of a pen.

Over the last sixty years in the U.S., more than a million cases of what would have been diagnosed as polio pre-vaccine - same symptoms - were given different labels.

Comment: The CDC cannot allow any inconvenient information to interfere with the vaccine agenda, so they simply massage the data and do whatever else it takes to convince a gullible public that vaccines are necessary and efficacious, when in fact they are quite useless as well as dangerous.


What are we doing to ourselves? 84,000 chemicals, and only 1% have been tested

There are around 84,000 chemicals on the market, and we come into contact with many of them every single day. And if that isn't enough to cause concern, the shocking fact is that only about 1 percent of them have been studied for safety.

In 2010, at a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, Lisa Jackson, then the administrator of the EPA, put our current, hyper-toxic era into sharp perspective: "A child born in America today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than any other generation in our history."

Just consider your morning routine: If you're an average male, you use up to nine personal care products every single day: shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hair conditioner, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion and shaving products — amounting to about 85 different chemicals. Many of the ingredients in these products are harmless, but some are carcinogens, neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors.

Comment: The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees the cosmetics industry, to regulate the ingredients in cosmetic products, is pathetic to say the least as the author clearly states: Like the FDA, the EPA is similarly toothless when it comes to protecting the public from dangerous chemicals.

For more information about dangerous ingredients, chemicals and toxins in many commonly used cosmetic products read the following articles: Interested in finding out what chemicals are in your favorite beauty product check out the Environmental Working group's Skin Deep Database

2 + 2 = 4

Stupidity and intelligence: Science, GMOs and our food

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The intelligence of both human farmers and the natural world itself, writes Dr. Shiva, "is being thwarted by the false construction of the living Earth as dead matter, to be exploited limitlessly for human control, domination and greed."

How industrial-scale farming is actually becoming anti-science.

"Science" is derived from the scire - "to know".

Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced, what impact it has on our health.

The knowledge we need for growing food is knowledge of biodiversity and living seed, of living soil and the soil food web, of interaction between different species in the agroecosystem and of different seasons. Farmers have been the experts in these fields, as have ecological scientists who study the evolution of microorganisms, plants and animals, the ecological web and the soil food web.

Comment: Dr. Vandana Shiva has written and lectured extensively regarding the failed science surrounding the biotechnology industry, the genetic modification of plant and animal genes, and the growing concern of bio-piracy. Read the following articles written by Dr. Shiva to learn more about the control and corruption of the world's food/seed markets based on flawed GMO science.
When corporates take patents, Dr. Shiva says, they are not creating anything."You cannot invent a plant, you can only introduce a toxic gene and introducing a toxic gene is pollution not invention."


No independent diabetes research: Only 6% of all publications without "conflict of interest"

In a new study, Frits Holleman and colleagues searched PubMed for all randomised controlled studies (RCTs) on glucose lowering treatments for diabetes from 1993 to 2013.

In total, they identified 3,782 articles with 13,592 authors.

The top 110 authors were named in a third (32.4%) of all articles, and they authored 991 RCTs, equivalent to 20 RCTs per author.

Of these 110 authors, 44% were employed by pharmaceutical companies and 56% were academics who worked closely with the industry. And of the 991 RCTs, 906 were commercially sponsored.

More than 80% of the top 110 authors came from four countries -- the USA, Italy, the UK or Germany.

A group of 11 authors, referred to as 'supertrialists', contributed to 397 (10%) of all articles, including 354 RCTs, equivalent to 42 publications each.

Overall, 704 articles could be assessed for conflicts of interest, and only 42 (6%) were considered fully independent. In articles with at least one pharmaceutical author, 89% of the co-authors had a conflict of interest.

Comment: Unfortunately, that's true not only for diabetes research, but for all medical research at large. The goal of medical science is not to heal the patient, much less prevent disease in the first place, but mainly to sell drugs and other therapies, with billions of profit for pharmaceutical companies and detriments to the patient's health. Up to half of all published studies are deficient in methodology, sample size, statistical analysis, or are outright fraudulent.

For further information see:
Flawed medical research may be ruining your health
Big Pharma Researcher Admits to Faking Dozens of Research Studies for Pfizer, Merck
The medical cartel: too big to fail, too evil to expose
Corruption of science: Breakthrough research that turns out to be fraudulent

Arrow Down

Authoritarians at work: Texas clinic refusing to accept un-vaccinated patients

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The Austin Regional Clinic takes the lead in Central Texas when it comes to vaccines after the clinic announced they will no longer accept children as patients if the child isn't vaccinated starting Wednesday.

The clinic said the recent measles outbreak at Disneyland in California demonstrates just how quickly infectious diseases can spread. That outbreak started with just one case and led to more than 115 cases in at least 21 states.

"That's a huge group of people that we had at Disneyland at that moment but yet so many of them got sick because these diseases are incredibly, incredibly infectious," said Alison Ziari, co-chief of pediatrics at ARC.

Comment: Pretending to care about the health and well-being of their patients is quite deceptive, considering the statistics showing that vaccines often cause the very diseases they were designed to prevent and that the side effects are often life threatening, particularly to infants and young children. These administrators are simply following the dictates of the pharmaceutical industry which is the main beneficiary of these mandates.


Digesting gluten products releases molecules that survive digestion and pass through gut lining

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Biologically active molecules released by digesting bread and pasta can survive digestion and potentially pass through the gut lining, suggests new research. The study, published in the journal of Food Research International, reveals the molecules released when real samples of bread and pasta are digested, providing new information for research into gluten sensitivity.

The research is in vitro -- in the lab rather than in humans -- and the authors of the study, from the University of Milan, Italy, say that more research is needed to determine what biological effect these molecules have on the body once they pass into the bloodstream.

"Previous lab tests have been done on pure gluten, but for the first time we have simulated digestion using real bread and pasta bought from the supermarket to see if these molecules are produced," said Dr. Milda Stuknytė, one of the authors of the study. "We show that not only are these molecules produced during digestion, but they can also pass through the gut lining, suggesting that they could indeed have a biological effect."

Comment: Researchers are still discovering the multiple pathways that gluten takes in damaging the health of millions of people, many of whom are still unaware of its toxicity. The New England Journal of Medicine listed fifty-five diseases that can be caused by eating gluten, among them are depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy, migraines, neuropathy, anxiety, dementia, and autism.


Russian epidemiologists find link between Ebola, Hepatitis B

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Russian epidemiologists have made a series of discoveries, while studying the Ebola virus in Guinea, establishing a link between Ebola and hepatitis B, the head of Russia's state health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said Tuesday.
"As a result of their [colleagues in Guinea] active work, we have obtained new scientific information and have established a statistically significant association between Ebola and hepatitis B. Hepatitis B was much more frequently recorded in the cases of those infected with Ebola," Anna Popova said during the second day of the Civil BRICS Forum taking place in Moscow.
Popova revealed that another way the Ebola virus could spread was through long-term preservation of the virus in breast milk.

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