Health & Wellness


Low-dose BPA exposure negatively affects fertility for three generations

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BPA exposure during pregnancy was associated with reproductive problems in the next three generations of mice, researchers report.
When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success, the scientists report in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.

Bisphenol A, an industrial chemical, is found in polycarbonate plastics used in food and drink packaging, and in epoxy resins, which coat the insides of some food containers and plumbing pipes. Thermal paper receipts and dental sealants also may contain BPA.

A national study found detectable levels of BPA in 93 percent of 2,517 human urine samples tested in 2003-04, suggesting that most of the U.S. populace is regularly exposed to the chemical. BPA also has been detected in human ovarian follicular fluid, placental tissue and fetal plasma, said University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Jodi Flaws, who led the new analysis. According to the National Institutes of Health, the primary route of human exposure to BPA is diet.

BPA is an endocrine disruptor, which means that it can interfere with the body's normal hormone signaling. Many studies in animals indicate that BPA exposure can undermine reproductive function, but no previous studies have looked for its effects in three generations of offspring.

Comment: Conventional toxicology, where the assumption is that a higher concentration of a toxic substance is linearly connected to a higher quantifiable adverse response, is unrealistic. Living systems are highly dynamic and the affects of xenobiotic chemicals are unpredictable. It's best to avoid when possible any unnecessary exposure, instead of abiding by what regulators consider 'an acceptable level of harm.'


WHO warns Ebola virus found in semen six months after recovery

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Traces of Ebola have been found in the semen of a man six months after his recovery, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, urging survivors to practice safe sex "until further notice".

The man had been declared free of the deadly virus in Liberia last September, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told AFP.

"He has provided a semen sample which has tested... positive for Ebola, 175 days after his negative blood test," he said in an email.

The UN health agency had previously said the virus had been detected in semen around three months after a patient had been declared Ebola free.

The new finding has led WHO to recommend that survivors abstain from having sex or that they practice safe sex using a condom beyond the three-month period previously prescribed.

"Ebola survivors should consider correct and consistent use of condoms for all sexual acts beyond three months until more information is available," it says on its website.

Jasarevic said more research was needed before WHO could provide more detailed advice.

"We need to understand better if this particular case is an anomaly or if there really are groups of people who might (carry) parts of the Ebola virus longer," he said.

Until more is known, Ebola survivors should abstain from sex or practice safe sex "until further notice," Bruce Aylward, who heads WHO's Ebola response, told reporters last week.

Comment: See also:

Be careful who you sleep with: Study shows women carry the DNA of sexual partners


New study finds underweight people more likely to develop dementia

New study finds a surprising link between body weight and dementia risk.
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Underweight people are one-third more likely to develop dementia than those of a healthy weight, a new study finds.

It also found that very obese people are 30% less likely to develop dementia than those with a healthy weight.

This surprising conclusion comes from the largest ever study of middle-aged people's dementia risk and body weight.

The findings fly in the face of previous research suggesting a positive connection between obesity and dementia.

Professor Stuart Pocock, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who led the study, said:
"Our results suggest that doctors, public health scientists, and policy makers need to re-think how to best identify who is at high risk of dementia.

We also need to pay attention to the causes and public health consequences of the link between underweight and increased dementia risk which our research has established.

However, our results also open up an intriguing new avenue in the search for protective factors for dementia — if we can understand why people with a high BMI have a reduced risk of dementia, it's possible that further down the line, researchers might be able to use these insights to develop new treatments for dementia."
For the research data was analysed from nearly two million people.

Comment: Dementia is preventable and likely curable if a ketogenic diet is followed. See:


SOTT Exclusive: Natural Pet Health: Should you vaccinate your pet?

The subject of vaccinations is very broad and problematic, so it will take more than one article to cover it in depth and explain why annual vaccinations are dangerous and unnecessary. Some veterinarians even claim we shouldn't vaccinate our pets at all. That even one so-called puppy shot may jeopardize the health of our pets and trigger an autoimmune disease. So, since it's a big topic, let's take it step by step.

As it appears, the situation for pets regarding vaccines is dire. In some ways, it's just not worth it. For example, in our case we get some fundamental childhood shots, vaccines we get only once in our lifetime, but in the case of our pets, they get annual vaccinations. So in this way, they are in an even worse position than we are. And in some countries it's illegal not to vaccinate your pets.

Comment: Listen to the Health and Wellness show on the SOTT Radio Network, which also covers the topic of vaccines and their dangers for humans.


Having a sense of gratitude found to lower inflammatory biomarkers related to heart health

Healthier hearts aren’t just about diet and exercise, the mind can help too.
Being grateful helps patients recover from heart failure, a new study finds.

On top, two previous studies have found that optimistic people have healthier hearts and that a strong sense of purpose may lower heart disease risk.

In the new study, Dr Paul J. Mills and colleagues studied how gratefulness affected people suffering from asymptomatic heart failure.

He said:
"We found that more gratitude in these patients was associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue and lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers related to cardiac health."
The study looked at people who had developed a heart problem — like having a heart attack — but who did not have other typical symptoms (shortness of breath or fatigue).

Comment: Writing about our experiences can have a profound effect upon our immune systems. Studies have shown that when patients wrote about their distress, it helped them reduce their anxiety and helped them cope with stress. For more information on how to effectively use writing to heal, see:


National Adult Immunization Plan: The Obama administration's devious plot to mandate vaccines

In collaboration with Big Business and special interests, the Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is plotting a new program to track Americans' vaccination records, wage a massive propaganda campaign to "encourage" more inoculations, and foist more controversial vaccines on adults against their will. Federal bureaucrats and crony capitalists set to profit from the proposal claim the goal is to improve "public health," and establishment media outlets have largely parroted that line so far. However, critics of the unconstitutional scheme, formally dubbed the "National Adult Immunization Plan" (NAIP), say the ultimate goal is to forcibly vaccinate all Americans and move toward a radical new healthcare paradigm in which medical "treatment" is delivered at gunpoint.

The controversial plot was cooked up and unveiled by the Obama HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee during its February meeting. If approved by federal bureaucrats, the executive-branch assault would, among other elements, enlist private businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations in a nationwide campaign to prod Americans into accepting the Obama administration's perpetually expanding list of "recommended" vaccines. The scheme would also offer doctors and other vaccine providers "incentives" — read taxpayer-funded bribes — to shred patient privacy and feed private medical information into state and federal databases to track those who refuse to comply.

Comment: It seems as if the assault on personal and bodily freedom are taking a sinister, though predictable, turn. Is it any coincidence that this program is being launched just in time for the Ebola vaccine?

Line Up! 'Millions' of Ebola vaccine doses by end of 2015

Vaccine hysteria: Setting the stage for an ugly, end-game scenario:
With the vaccine industry already caught spiking Tetanus vaccines in Kenya with sterilizing agents, the vaccine stage now stands as a prime tool for the longstanding depopulation agenda long admitted by Bill Gates himself. Problem-Reaction-Solution: It will take little effort for the globalist terrorists to release Ebola again into the public, work up the 24/7 Ebola stories (like they did in 2014) and then create legislation to forcefully vaccinate everyone. The 2014 Ebola scare may have even been a drill for the real scare. Those who refuse will be exponentially demonized if not outright arrested or attacked. Its is thus not difficult to imagine that potentially, this one issue alone could trigger full-on revolution, violence toward health care workers, and enough chaos that could justify martial law.

The controllers know that Americans will not go for medical tyranny yet they continue to play this card even handing the task to Hollywood puppets to push the agenda. I believe this is an ominous sign of things to come. We all knew things were going to get worse before they got better. Be ready for what is coming, be informed, help educate others and remain positive and hopeful.


Ticks are now carrying a virus worse than Lyme disease

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As the weather warms up, it's tempting to grab the family and the dogs and head out for a hike. But if you live in a few key areas, you might be putting yourself at risk of a scary disease.

According to CBS News, ticks in the Northeast and the Great Lakes area have been found to be carrying the Powassan virus. It's a rare condition that produces symptoms similar to Lyme disease, but more severe, and there's no cure.

The disease can lead to encephalitis and meningitis, and give you permanent neurological issues afterward. And it can act much more quickly than Lyme disease, giving you symptoms within hours of being bitten by a tick, according to Fox News. About 10% of cases that lead to encephalitis are fatal.

Powassan is extremely rare, having affected only 50 people in the U.S. over the past decade. In contrast, 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC each year (though the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States is estimated to be around 300,000). People who work outdoors or go camping in affected areas are at a higher risk of infection.


Medical nemesis: The cycle of physician-caused anger, despair and death

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Patients can demand to be taken seriously, and all of us - patients and dissident professionals together - can help one another to be taken seriously.
Regaining power over our own health - power that has been taken from us by uncaring bureaucracies and arrogant authorities - was the goal of Ivan Illich's 1976 book Medical Nemesis, which detailed an epidemic of physician-caused death and illness. Unfortunately, this epidemic continues, and so does an epidemic of physician-caused anger, anxiety and despair.

Today, it is not news that US medicine is killing us in huge numbers. Even the American Hospital Association now admits to 98,000 deaths per year caused by hospital mistakes, and recent research shows this total is far higher. In 2013, the Journal of Patient Safety reported that, at the lower limit, 210,000 deaths per year are associated with preventable harm in hospitals, and that the "true number of premature deaths associated with preventable harm to patients is estimated at more than 400,000 per year." That makes it the third-leading cause of death in the United States (behind heart disease and cancer). And this total doesn't include outpatient treatment errors, which research shows include a similar amount of malpractice.


The Hygiene Hypothesis - Can being too clean harm your health?

The hygiene hypothesis: children exposed to lots of germs early in life less likely to develop allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders.
There are all sorts of recommendations out there telling us when to wash our hands: before we eat, before we cook, after we shake hands, after touching something that has been touched by someone else - it seems that we as a society are simple washing too much. Others don't leave the house without anti-bacterial gel or spray and classrooms often contain a near-chemical bath of soaps and germ-killers. But in all of this hype of being germ-free, are we actually harming our health? Research says yes, and the issue is today known as the hygiene hypothesis.

Comment: 'We as a society are simple washing too much'

How "clean" was sold to America with fake science
The average American's daily hygiene ritual would seem unusual—nay, obsessive—to our forebears a hundred years ago. From mouthwash to deodorant, most of our hygiene products were invented in the past century. To sell them, the advertising industry had to create pseudoscientific maladies like "bad breath" and "body odor."

Americans had to be convinced their breath was rotten and theirs armpits stank. It did not happen by accident. "Advertising and toilet soap grew up together," says Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Dirt on Clean. As advertising exploded in the early 20th century, so did our obsession with personal hygiene.

Eggs Fried

Bird flu spreads to six more states; officials baffled

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So far the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that 23 U.S. poultry farms have been infected with the deadly H5N2 avian bird flu virus in a total of at least 7 states, including California, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas bringing the number of dead dinner birds, turkeys, to over 1.2 million in total as officials race the clock to contain the outbreak.

While officials maintain the massive die off, culling, of the fowl should pose little to no health threat to the general public, the loss has added to growing fears that this years poultry stock will weigh in at an all-time low. And coupled with the fact that California's extreme drought situation might affect up to 50% of America's, fruit, vegetable and nut supply within the next year or two we may soon be facing a massive food crisis.

Comment: Perhaps the investigating officials wouldn't be so baffled and running around like chickens with their heads cut off to contain their virus if they stopped to look at the environment in which these farm-raised birds live. The overcrowded, unsanitary conditions and rampant use of antibiotics is surely explanation enough for these 'virus' outbreaks.

Investigators would be better served looking at nutritional, immunological and environmental factors rather than hunting for some elusive virus. For more on this topic check out Sott Talk Radio's Health and Wellness Show interview with Dr. Kohnlein, co-author of Virus Mania: How the Medical Industry Continually Invents Epidemics, Making Billion-Dollar Profits At Our Expense