Health & Wellness


UNICEF reports cholera outbreak spreading from Iraq to Syria, Kuwait & Bahrain

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A cholera outbreak in Iraq has spread to Syria, Kuwait and Bahrain, and could turn into a region-wide epidemic as millions of pilgrims prepare to visit the country, according to UNICEF's Iraq director.

"[The outbreak] already has a regional dynamic and the risk of that can only be increased by people from all over the region coming into Iraq," UNICEF country director Peter Hawkins said, as quoted by Reuters. "Kuwait, Bahrain and Syria have already had confirmed cases."

The disease was detected west of Baghdad in September and has since killed six people and infected at least 2,200 in Iraq. One in five confirmed cases is among children.

Health officials, including Hawkins, are concerned that the disease - which can lead to death by dehydration and kidney failure within hours if left untreated - will soon become a regional epidemic.

Comment: Another sad situation in Iraq due to the constant US war drive.


Table salt: Full of plastic?

Researchers aren't sure yet what it means for human health.

Scientists have discovered that various brands of table salt sold in China contain a range of plastic pollution, which might make food unsafe.

The highest proportion of plastic was found in sea salt, according to a paper from researchers at Shanghai's East China Normal University. But even salt from salt mines, briny lakes, and wells contained significant amounts.

Comment: When the world's oceans, lakes and rivers are treated as a rubbish bin it really isn't that surprising that 'microplastics' are ending up in the food supply!

The Plague of Plastic:


Drugged into oblivion: Over half of Americans are on prescription drugs

If you have a health problem, even if it is just an imaginary one, some giant pharmaceutical company out there is probably making a pill for it.

According to shocking new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 59 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least one prescription drug, and 15 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least five prescription drugs. These numbers have never been higher, and they tell us that the United States is the most drugged nation on the entire planet. And it turns out that pushing these drugs on the American people is extremely profitable. For instance, Americans spent 100 billion dollars on cancer drugs alone last year. That isn't "million" with an "m" - that is "billion" with a "b". The profits that some of these pharmaceutical companies are making are absolutely obscene, and it is our pain and suffering that is making them rich.

So why is prescription drug use rising so rapidly? As noted above, 15 percent of us are now taking 5 or more of these drugs on a regular basis, but back in 1999 that number was sitting at just 8.2 percent.


Meaty propaganda: UK report says creepy, crawly critters should be on menu as source of protein

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Creepy, crawly critters should be on the menu as an environmentally-friendly alternative to meat, a report has suggested, claiming insects provide a natural source of protein.

A report released on Thursday by the government's Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) said getting picky eaters to overcome the "yuk factor" of eating bugs would be a big challenge. WRAP, whose report is designed to examine challenges facing the food production system over the next ten years, says creating sustainable protein will be a major problem for the human race and "one of the defining challenges of the coming decades." "Novel foods in Western diets will incorporate insects to some degree, in a similar way to the spread of sushi from Japan in 2000s, but the major growth will be for feed to livestock," the report notes.

The report also suggests humans should eat more seaweed because the plant has "high nutritional value." Seaweed can contain 65 to 90 percent protein. They also suggest a move toward processed meats, as they can be produced using far less energy and resources than intensively farming animals. Processed meat uses 99 percent less land to produce and emits 96 percent less greenhouse gasses. The director of sustainable food systems at WRAP, Richard Swannell, said current natural resources are being strained as the world population rises.

"We are in danger of, by 2020, the land that is available to us that is productive from an agricultural perspective, being pushed to its limits. So if we can find alternative protein sources that reduce the need for land use or land use change then that's a really good thing to look for," he said.

Comment: With all of the recent meat hysteria, it makes you wonder if the elite, via governments, are preparing the masses to be denied nutritious meat so they can have it all for themselves?


Big Pharma price gouging: Drugs in the U.S. cost 10 times more than in other countries

There is one important factor which makes the United States (US) a very lucrative market for Big Pharma - inflated drug prices. Big pharma generates about $250 billion+ per year in sales of prescription drugs in the United States alone. This isn't just because of the sheer amount of people in the US population who take prescription medications for some ailment or condition. What makes the US one of the most lucrative markets for Big Pharma is that drug companies are charging up to 10 times as much for pharmaceuticals when compared to other developed countries.

Comment: No wonder Big Pharma is one of the most hated Institutions in America!

Alarm Clock

Returning troops: The new PTSD is post-traumatic sleep disorders


“In peace and war, the lack of sleep works like termites in a house: below the surface, gnawing quietly and unseen to produce gradual weakening which can lead to sudden and unexpected collapse.” —Major General Aubrey Newman, Follow Me, 1981
Sleep deprivation during military deployment is archaic, harmful and institutionally unavoidable. It may aggravate, and even cause, PTSD in veterans returning from combat. Why's it taking so long for military brass to take action?

Comment: Read more about The nightmarish side effects of sleep deprivation:


A proven link between Parkinson's Disease and gut bacteria

The gut and the brain are pretty far apart, but increasingly scientists are connecting the dots and finding that Parkinson's is truly related to gut bacteria.

Certainly Parkinson's disease is a brain condition, right? A neurological condition, yes? What's that got to do with the gut, you ask?

Since the early 1990s, medical scientists began to link Parkinson's disease with gut conditions. It was then that researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center published a paper in the medical journal Neurology after finding numerous Parkinson's cases where there were gastrointestinal issues, including constipation, nausea, gut inflammation, acid reflux and other GI issues.

Comment: The human microbiome: Gut Bacteria quickly being cast as culprits or saviors for a diverse array of ailments


'Holy moly, it's a tapeworm!' Man dies after parasite inside him developed cancer

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Scientists have discovered a cancer patient whose tumors sprouted from a human parasite, the dwarf tapeworm.

An HIV-infected Colombian man has died of lung tumors which sprouted from a parasite living inside him. The first known case of this kind has taken scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totally unawares.

"We were amazed when we found this new type of disease — tapeworms growing inside a person, essentially getting cancer, that spreads to the person, causing tumors," study researcher Dr. Atis Muehlenbachs, a staff pathologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch (IDPB) told LiveScience.


Kids are less likely to develop Asthma if they grow up with dogs

As if their unconditional love, mood-boosting powers and delightfully slobbery kisses weren't enough, dogs may provide yet another benefit to their human families. According to a new study from Uppsala University in Sweden, children who grow up with dogs have about a 13 percent lower risk of asthma than kids who didn't.

Researchers analyzed data on more than a million Swedish children in nine different national registries, controlling for parental asthma and socioeconomic status, among other factors. The data covered births between 2001 and 2010 and included details on asthma diagnosis and medication, if any, and information about dog and farm animal ownership.

Comment: Study: Dog Dander Protects Children from Common Cold Virus and Asthma


SOTT Exclusive: The origins of the HPV vaccine - A case of corruption in science

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Caption from the documentary on HPV vaccines entitled, "The Vaccinated Girls – Sick and Betrayed."
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is possibly the most dangerous one on the market today. Supposedly designed to possibly prevent infections by certain types of human papillomavirus associated with the development of cervical cancer, genital warts, and other cancers, according to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System), there were 41,236 adverse effects including 1,373 people disabled, 233 deaths, 705 life threatening cases and, 5,575 serious adverse effects up until September 2015.

Keep in mind that VAERS only reports cases from the United States. Some of the associated diseases after the HPV shot include Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, epilepsy, Lou Gehrig's disease and several other serious conditions.

There are two companies manufacturing the HPV vaccine: "Gardasil and Gardasil 9" by Merck & Company and "Cervarix" by GlaxoSmithKline. The following settlement regarding GlaxoSmithKline should leave no doubts about their reputation:
Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in U.S. History

GlaxoSmithKline to Plead Guilty and Pay $3 Billion to Resolve Fraud Allegations and Failure to Report Safety Data

Monday, July 2, 2012
Despite these facts, the vaccine is still on the market and regarded as "safe" in most countries. An exception was given by Japan which withdrew its recommendation in 2013 and has not reversed that decision because of concerns from the public about adverse events. Others are taking notice as well. According to Medscape Medical News, the European Medicines Agency announced in July 2015 that it was conducting a safety review of HPV vaccines, which was requested by Denmark, where reports of adverse events after HPV vaccination have been widely reported in the media.

Denmark's public awareness stems from this documentary which was aired on TV2, a national channel: