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American diagnosed with Ebola being flown to Bethesda, MD for treatment

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A healthcare worker prepares a colleague’s Ebola virus protective gear at a clinic operated by the International Medical Corps in Makeni, Sierra Leone.
An American healthcare worker who contracted Ebola while fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone will be brought to the US for treatment, the National Institutes of Health announced on Thursday.

The healthcare worker is due to arrive at the NIH facility in Bethesda, Maryland, on Friday. The patient, who has not been identified as male or female, was volunteering in an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone.

News of the American's infection came hours after it was announced that the epidemic in west Africa had a grim milestone: more than 10,000 people had died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, according to numbers released by the World Health Organization. So far, more than 24,000 people in nine countries have been infected.



Comment: And yet Hillary's email is all the major networks can talk about.


The countries have made significant gains in the fight against Ebola in recent months, with the overall number of new Ebola cases slowing significantly. Earlier this month, Liberia discharged its last Ebola patient. Just six months earlier, Liberia - which has recorded more than 9,000 cases of Ebola, including more than 4,000 deaths - was reporting 300 new cases a week.


Healthcare workers are at heightened risk of exposure because of their close contact with ill patients. Since the outbreak began in December, 840 health workers have tested positive for Ebola in west Africa; there have been 491 reported deaths.

The individual being flown to the US will be the second Ebola patient to receive treatment at the facility, specifically designed to provide high-level isolation capabilities and staffed by infectious diseases and critical care specialists. The first patient, Dallas nurse Nina Pham, was treated successfully.

Black Magic

How the sugar industry subverted and influenced public health policy

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A recent analysis of nearly 320 internal sugar industry documents from 1959 to 1971 shows how the industry sought to influence the setting of U.S. research priorities during that time. Disturbingly, it's a strategy that continues to this very day.

Forty or 50 years ago, at least in the United States, tooth decay was seen as the major health problem associated with consumption of refined sugars. Back then, many dentists (probably unsuccessfully) warned patients away from sugar, and public health researchers sought ways to reduce the toll of caries, the most prevalent chronic disease in children and adolescents. Few, if any, were looking into the relationship between refined sugars and obesity or diabetes or heart disease. Now, in a remarkable piece of dental-political forensics, researchers at the University of California San Francisco have brought to light the forces that shaped oral-health policy in that era.

In a research article appearing in PLOS Medicine this week, Cristin E. Kearns, Stanton A. Glantz, and Laura A. Schmidt mined an archive of industry papers long buried in the library of the University of Illinois, Urbana, as well as ancient documents at the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR). They skillfully wove a public health whodunit that we didn't even know had been done to us, showing how sugar-industry executives and the International Sugar Research Foundation (ISRF, which later became the Sugar Association) sought, successfully, to influence NIDR policy.

The documents reveal a virtual capture of the NIDR by an affected industry. In the late 1960s NIDR began planning a National Caries Program (NCP) to fund research on the prevention of caries. The cane and beet sugar industry, understandably, was concerned that the committee might recommend measures to reduce sugar consumption, which even it had recognized as contributing to caries. Hence, the industry mounted a campaign to ensure that research focused not on the public health goal of reducing sugar consumption, but instead on prophylactic measures like vaccines, dextranases, and other approaches to reducing caries.

Comment: Greed is driving corporations to work extremely hard to hide the truth behind the negative effects of sugar on the population. Unfortunately, there is a wealth of data that points to sugar being extremely unhealthy:


Briefcase

FDA must be made accountable for scientific misbehavior

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A most important FDA file somehow was emailed to me and, as a consumer health researcher, retired healthcare professional, consumer health author/journalist/blogger, and certified paralegal, after reading it, I feel it is my moral duty to share it with all citizens in the USA.

Someone [name redacted] at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/FDA [PDF] sent the then recently-inaugurated president, Barack Hussein Obama, a letter, which I will parse in part below. Also, a CERTIFIED document, including a notarized affidavit signed by Sarah Kotler, the Denials and Appeals Officer in the Division of Freedom of Information, Office of Public Information and Library Services, Office of Shared Services, Office of the Commissioner, United States Food and Drug Administration, was provided to an unidentified receiver, regarding serious ethical and fraud problems within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since I did not receive copies of what Kotler supplied in No. 4, I cannot speak to them. Furthermore, The Wall Street Journal published an article about some of FDA's problems in its Oct. 22, 2009 online issue.

Comment: Surprise! More FDA corruption: Constitutional attorney speaks out
The FDA continues to be one of the most dangerous government agencies in the United States.
The sheer scope of people it affects with its corruption is staggering. As Jon Rappoport has highlighted, the FDA's own webpage admits that the drugs it certifies as safe contribute to over 100,000 deaths per year.
And as you'll see in the video interview below with constitutional attorney, Jonathan Emord, not only does the FDA routinely approve drugs over objections from its own medical reviewers, but the FDA does zero independent medical testing of its own. It is a system built upon conflicts of interest that leaves consumers completely in the dark about the true consequences of taking Big Pharma products.



Life Preserver

Loneliness comparable to obesity as a threat to longevity and poses even greater risk for younger generations

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Ask people what it takes to live a long life, and they'll say things like exercise, take Omega-3s, and see your doctor regularly.

Now research from Brigham Young University shows that loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity.

"The effect of this is comparable to obesity, something that public health takes very seriously," said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, the lead study author. "We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously."

Loneliness and social isolation can look very different. For example, someone may be surrounded by many people but still feel alone. Other people may isolate themselves because they prefer to be alone. The effect on longevity, however, is much the same for those two scenarios.

Comment: Other studies have shown how lack of meaningful social relationships can actually worsen disease and addiction. While it is true that people stay in contact using social media, it is questionable how adequate such contact is when used as a replacement for face to face contact. Perhaps there would be more social cohesion and a lot less strife if people would leave their computers and smart phones more often and go out to actually meet people - technology can never replace a hug!


Eggs Fried

Actually, you don't need carbohydrates for energy

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Of all the nutrition and fitness misconceptions I hear, this is the front-runner for most ridiculous:

"I need carbohydrates for energy."

If that's the case, how did we survive and thrive as hunter-gatherers on less than 80g of carbohydrates per day? While still managing to chase down a wild boar, climb a tree to escape a pack of wolves, walk five miles and back to gather fresh water, and gather sticks and logs to build a shelter?

Perhaps we subconsciously heard it in an advertisement, or maybe we took a look at our government food pyramid, but for whatever reason, we've all been trained to respond to any mention of cutting carbs with this rehearsed answer.

The reality is, humans are not meant to consume an abundant amount of carbohydrates. Not only because our daily activity is less than the hunter-gatherer, but because there is:

No dietary requirement for carbohydrates! When and if our body is ever desperate for energy, it is perfectly capable of making its own glucose through gluconeogenesis. If absolutely necessary, we are fully capable of taking non-carbohydrate sources and creating carbohydrate structures.

Comment: For more info, see:


Beaker

Don't believe the hype! High fructose corn syrup now labeled as 'fructose'

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The Corn Refiners Association is now labeling high fructose corn syrup as fructose. Packing on products such as General Mills Vanilla Chex cereal now states the product contains no high fructose corn syrup, while the ingredients list contains the simple word, "fructose." This fructose is actually a manufactured sugar called HFCS-90, and is made up of 90% pure fructose. High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, contains 42% or 55 percent fructose. Health issues relating to free fructose include diabetes, leaky gut syndrome, and liver failure.

The Corn Refiners Association states,
"...HFCS-90 is sometimes used in natural and 'light' foods, where very little is needed to provide sweetness. Syrups with 90% fructose will not state high fructose corn syrup on the label [anymore], they will state 'fructose' or 'fructose syrup."

Comment: The Corn Refiner's Association neglects to mention that High-Fructose Corn Syrup is made from Genetically Modified Corn, according to Monsanto's company patents - 80 percent of corn in the U.S. is grown from seeds that are genetically altered.

Dr. Mercola has some helpful information about The Corn Refiners Association:
"SweetSurprise.com is run by The Corn Refiners Association, which recently launched a major advertising and public relations campaign to the tune of $20-30 million, designed to rehabilitate the reputation of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)...

Scientists have linked HFCS to the rampant epidemics of obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome in the U.S., and medical researchers have pinpointed various other health dangers associated with the consumption of HFCS compared to regular sugar...

The Corn Refiners Association has been trying to counter the seriously bad PR generated by damaging research findings since 2004, but finally realized it could no longer afford to rely on simple grass-roots marketing tactics such as sweet talking nutritionists and doctors."



Health

How your digestion controls your immune system

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You are 90% bacteria.

Let that sink in for a second... Just think: for every cell in your body, you have 9 cells of bacteria living in and on your body. It can be a little creepy if you think about it too much.

Most of your bacteria is living inside your intestinal tract, otherwise known as your "gut." The health of this organism is paramount to the health of your body. Why, you ask?

80% of your immune system spends most of its time around your gut. The health of your gut bacteria and the health of your immune system are vitally linked. When your gut bacteria is balanced, your immune system is also balanced. But when it's out of balance, so is your immune system.

Comment: The "Forgotten Organ": Gut flora and its role in immune function


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Here we go again: Sugar industry influenced U.S. National Caries Program in the 1970s

A newly discovered cache of industry documents reveals that the sugar industry worked closely with the National Institutes of Health in the 1960s and '70s to develop a federal research program focused on approaches other than sugar reduction to prevent tooth decay in American children.

An analysis of those papers by researchers at UC San Francisco appears March 10, 2015 in the open-source scientific journal, PLoS Medicine.

The archive of 319 industry documents, which were uncovered in a public collection at the University of Illinois, revealed that a sugar industry trade organization representing 30 international members had accepted the fact that sugar caused tooth decay as early as 1950, and adopted a strategy aimed at identifying alternative approaches to reducing tooth decay.

Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health had come to the conclusion in1969 that focusing on reducing consumption of sucrose, "while theoretically possible," was not practical as a public health measure.

Thus aligned, the sugar industry trade organization and the NIH worked in parallel and ultimately together on developing alternative research approaches, with a substantial portion of the trade organization's own research priorities - 78 percent -- directly incorporated into the 1971 National Caries Program's first request for research proposals from scientists.

"The dental community has always known that preventing tooth decay required restricting sugar intake," said first author Cristin Kearns, DDS, MBA, a UCSF postdoctoral scholar who discovered the archives. "It was disappointing to learn that the policies we are debating today could have been addressed more than forty years ago."

Comment: It wouldn't be surprising, if the sugar industry was one of the many factions that was behind the drive to fluoridate the water supply. Fluoride is neurotoxic, is linked to cancer, thyroid problems and lower IQ, and doesn't even help fight tooth decay. For more informations see:


Life Preserver

Recognizing anxiety: Symptoms, signs, risk factors and possible solutions

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Everyone has anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety can negatively impact your quality of life. It is a mental health disorder that can also have serious consequences for your physical health.

Anxiety is a normal part of human life. You may have felt anxiety before addressing a group or applying for a job, for example. In the short term, anxiety increases your breathing rate and heart rate, concentrating the blood flow to your brain, where you need it. This very physical response is preparing you to face an intense situation. If it gets too intense, however, you might start to feel lightheaded and nauseous. An excessive or persistent state of anxiety can have a devastating effect on your physical and mental health.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 40 million American adults have some type of anxiety disorder every year. An anxiety disorder is a condition in which you experience frequent, powerful bouts of anxiety that interfere with your life. This type of anxiety can get in the way of family, career, and social obligations.

There are several types of anxiety disorder. Among them are:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is excessive anxiety for no apparent reason. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), GAD affects about 6.8 million American adults a year. GAD is diagnosed when extreme worry about a variety of things lasts six months or longer. If you have a mild case, you're probably able to function fairly normally. More severe cases may have a profound impact on your life.

Social anxiety disorder is a paralyzing fear of social situations and of being judged or humiliated by others. This severe social phobia can leave one feeling ashamed and alone. About 15 million American adults live with social anxiety disorder, according to the ADAA. The typical age at onset is 13. Thirty-six percent of patients wait a decade or more before pursuing help.

Comment: Though anxiety can be "treated" with medication and/or cognitive and behavioral therapy, there are several holistic approaches which an individual might consider (and this is not to disparage the benefits of working with a good therapist). One may even think of taking the following approaches as a war being fought for one's own well being - where the battleground is your own mental and physical health. And consider that taking several different tacts to this problem, simultaneously, will bring about a greater probability of success; all working in tandem and synergistically.

1. Diet. Consider that a good diet high in animal fats and low on carbohydrates will not only be feeding your brain what it runs on best, but will be reducing the amount of inflammation that exists in your gut and in your brain, and which tends to exacerbate feelings of stress and anxiety.

See this article for a better idea: The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

And read the helpful book Keto-adapted to learn how to make the transition as easy and delicious as possible.

2. Meditate. Learn and practice Éiriú Eolas, a highly effective program of breathing techniques and meditation that utilizes one's own natural ability to stimulate the vagus nerve and help clear away unnecessary stress and emotional and psychological duress.

The reasons for using, and a good way to learn how to do Éiriú Eolas is shown in this video.

3. Orthomolecular treatment. Unlike conventional allopathic treatment, physicians who practice orthomolecular medicine tend to see the body and mind's health in more holistic ways. If anti-depressants and other types of medications put a band-aid on a particular psychological/emotional condition, the orthomolecular approach diagnoses what you are nutritionally deficient in and suggests the vitamins and minerals that will help correct the condition at it's deepest level.

Some good books on the subject are: The UltraMind Solution, Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (even if you don't suffer from these two ailments), and Detoxification and Healing: The Key to Optimal Health. Toxicity and malnutrition tend to affect our moods, thoughts and feelings in ways that are largely unrecognized in Western culture, and these particular books offer a whole new way to think about what it means to be healthy in both mind and body.

4. Writing exercises. Writing down long hand and articulating one's experiences on paper has been shown to help ameliorate anxiety.

See also: So don't despair! Overcoming the physiological, psychological and emotional underpinnings of anxiety may be a bit of a process, and may require some time and effort to address thoroughly, but the work involved is worth the benefits of increased psychological health and lasting quality of life.


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Damaged by vaccines? Use homeopathy to heal

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If you or your child have been injured by vaccines, there is hope for healing.
There are treatments that can heal vaccine damage, but few physicians in the conventional medical care system know about them, since vaccine injuries are usually denied as the cause of any illness. Some parents with autistic children report that homeopathy has completely reversed their children's autism and healed other serious health conditions caused by vaccines. This article explains how homeopathic remedies can bring about healing for many types of vaccine injuries.

Homeopathy is not the only treatment that has helped children and adults recover from vaccine damage, but it is the one that is the focus of this article. I will describe how homeopathy can bring about a true cure for the harm that vaccines have caused to children and adults.

The National Vaccine Information Center states a very sobering fact about vaccines:
"Every vaccine recommended for use by government and doctors has been associated with hospitalizations, injuries and deaths. There is no guarantee that a particular vaccine will be safe to give to a particular individual and will not result in permanent injury or death." [1]