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Radiation in Japanese Green Tea

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Four years after the multiple explosions and melt-downs at Fukushima, it seems the scary stories have only just begun to surface.

Given that Japan's authoritarian regime of Shinzo Abe has cracked down on the information flow from Fukushima with a repressive state secrets act, we cannot know for certain what's happening at the site.

According to the New York Times, a sample of powdered tea imported from the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, just southeast of Tokyo, contained traces of radioactive cesium 137.

We do know that 300 tons of radioactive water have been pouring into the Pacific every day. And that spent fuel rods are littered around the site. Tokyo Electric power may or may not have brought down all the fuel rods from Unit Four, but many hundreds almost certainly remain suspended in the air over Units One, Two and Three.

We also know that Abe is pushing refugees to move back into the Fukushima region. Thyroid damage rates—including cancer—have skyrocketed among children in the region. Radiation "hot spots" have been found as far away as Tokyo. According to scientific sources, more than 30 times as much radioactive Cesium was released at Fukushima as was created at the bombing of Hiroshima.

Dollars

Meet the CDC front group lobbying for mandatory vaccinations

NACCHO?

It sounds like a bad acronym from an Austin Powers movie.

What/who the heck is NACCHO?

NACCHO is The National Association of County and City Health Officials. If you briefly perused their website, you might be confused into thinking that they were a federal agency of sorts. First off, there's the name. Many people associate "National Association" with something sort of official. The next thing that might throw you off is the way NACCHO describes themselves:
NACCHO's members are the 2700 local health departments across the United States. NACCHO's vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO's mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

Comment: The push for mandatory vaccination may have started in Oregon but it certainly won't stop there.
California, Maine, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont all have bills already filed or press announcements of bills about to be filed to remove philosophical/conscientious exemptions. Maine, Minnesota and Texas have bills to substantially restrict philosophical/conscientious exemptions. Religious exemptions are also under attack. Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Vermont have bills filed or announced to eliminate religious exemptions, and Illinois, New Mexico and Texas have bills filed or announced to unconstitutionally restrict religious exemptions.

In addition, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania,Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia all have legislation underway to expand vaccine mandates.



Brick Wall

The Cholesterol Drug War: ABC Australia bans documentary exposing statin drug scandal

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Dr MaryAnne Demasi from the Catalyst. Her investigative reporting on the dangers of statin drugs has now been banned.
Dr. MaryAnne Demasi's documentary on the criminal activity of the pharmaceutical industry regarding cholesterol-lowering statin drugs sent shock waves through the mainstream media in Australia last year. Published in two parts on the popular news show The Catalyst, the pharmaceutical industry complained loudly after the first show, and requested the network not air the second episode, "Heart of the Matter Part 2 - Cholesterol Drug War."

ABC Australia aired it anyway, but the pharmaceutical influence is apparently too strong, as it was announced that the network would remove the videos from their website because "they breached its impartiality standards." They also removed them from YouTube.

These two episodes were among the most watched videos on Health Impact News in 2013, with tens of thousands of "likes" on Facebook alone, helping the videos go viral outside of Australia.

We found other copies on YouTube for now, but it may only be a matter of time before YouTube bans these altogether. If you or anyone you know have been prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, then you need to watch this documentary. It could save your life.

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Newspaper

The doctor who beat the British General Medical Council by proving that vaccines aren't necessary to achieve health

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What happened when a UK doctor appeared as an expert witness to help two mothers prove in court that their children didn't need to be vaccinated?

A 3 year court case against the British General Medical Council that ended with the doctor accused having all allegations dropped.

Dr. Jayne Donegan, a UK GP, has lived a most fascinating story. It began with her originally being a very strong advocate for vaccinations, but fast forward quite a few years later, and she now not only speaks out against the dangers of vaccinations, but ended up being taken to the General Medical Council with some pretty serious claims by them regarding her professionalism.

Comment: Another informed medical doctor coming out against the 'vaccines are safe' propaganda! Dr. Donegan's story and subsequent court case is an excellent example of why the press shouldn't dismiss vaccine skeptics. Interested in additional information about how to deal with doctors regarding vaccinations? Read the following article:


Red Flag

Insanity: Coca-Cola pays nutritionists to promote Coke as heart healthy

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Did you realize that last month was American Heart Month? Coca-Cola sure did.

The corporate soft drink giant, who has been trying to combat declining sales in the United States, has begun partnering with fitness experts and nutritionists to promote a mini-can of Coke as a 'healthy' snack. In February, the idea of drinking a mini-Coke for heart health was suggested on many nutrition blogs and even in major newspapers and websites.

"We have a network of dietitians we work with," said Coca-Cola spokesman, Ben Sheidler. "Every big brand works with bloggers or has paid talent."

Sheidler believes that such tactics are similar to product placement deals that a company may have with various television programs and films.

Comment: Sounds like more Soda wars for the share of your stomach, funny how 'nutritionists' and 'registered dietitians' fail to mention the evils of soda shared below:


Health

Ebola death toll reaches 10,000 while media keeps quiet on spread of disease

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West African nations have deployed the military forces to help disinfection and containment efforts, such as the one above in Guinea
The deadly Ebola virus, which once commanded global media attention before slowly slipping off the front page, has continued to quietly kill people in West Africa.

According to the World Health Organization, the death toll due to Ebola has now reached a staggering 10,000 people, more than doubling in the past five months.

The number of people infected with the disease is over 24,000.

But the virus was back in the news on Monday when an American healthworker, flown to the US from Sierra Leone for fear of contracting Ebola while treating patients there, was listed in critical condition.

Ten other American medical aid workers who had treated the healthworker were also flown back to the US over the weekend and placed in quarantine.

Comment: Perhaps the media has been keeping quiet until vaccines are ready, and then they will return to panic mode to persuade everyone that they need to be vaccinated. Don't fall for the hype as vaccines are dangerous and don't work. They often induce the very diseases they are supposed to protect against. The best way to protect yourself is to improve your diet and immune system.


2 + 2 = 4

Phthalate exposure in pregnancy adversely affects masculinization of male genitals in babies

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Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates - which are found in many plastics, foods and personal care products - early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby, according to research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

The findings, presented today at the Endocrine Society's 97th annual meeting in San Diego and funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, focus on the role of the placenta in responding to these chemicals and altering levels of a key pregnancy hormone. These results suggest that there may be reason to push routine clinical testing earlier in pregnancy to check for the effects of chemicals and help guide potential interventions to protect the health of the baby.

Comment: Phthalate Warning: Medications Contain Chemicals that "Feminize" Unborn Baby Boys
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Alarm Clock

Would delayed school start times help teens get adequate sleep?

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Adolescents are losing up to an hour of sleep a night more then they did ten years ago. Ed Yourdon/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA
Sleep is the foundation of good health for all of us, especially during times of physical and mental development. But since adolescents are sleeping less these days, it may be time to delay school starting times to ensure young people can be productive and well at this important point in their lives.

Both physical and mental health both suffer when we don't get enough sleep. And this particularly so for adolescents, who are going through puberty and all its attendant physical and mental development. But in a trend that has held for the last ten years young people in this age group have been losing up to one hour of sleep every school night.

The best remedy may be to let adolescents catch up on their sleep by allowing them to start school later.

Comment: The decline in the number of hours slept per night is affecting public health, including a greater risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and stroke in adults and concentration problems in children. As the article states, these problems are affecting children much more due to their developing brains. Turning lights low and avoiding computers and cell phones late at night would also help them to get better quality sleep.


Boat

Depression: Why not start with a nutritional solution?

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If you experience depression, you will typically be prescribed an antidepressant, an SSRI or other agent. If you consult a psychologist or counselor, the underlying psychological underpinnings (if any) are explored, strategies devised to cope. But there will almost never be talk about your diet, nutritional deficiencies that amplify dark moods, the life habits that allow demons to emerge.

Yet there are some very powerful strategies available that have potential to substantially lift mood. Such solutions won't, of course, erase the effects of childhood trauma or grieving from personal loss, but they can help smooth the emotional impact of such life events, elevate the hormones of mood, and make life easier easily and naturally.

Among the most powerful nutritional and natural mood lifters:

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Bulb

Yoga shows potential to help kids with chronic pain

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Childhood is a time of life that is supposed to be all about innocence, play, and enjoyment. Yet, in today's society, as many as 45 percent of children suffer from chronic pain, ranging from headaches to stomachaches and backaches, according to researchers at the Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA.

For children and adolescents with chronic pain, treatment can be challenging and require a variety of medications. Even then, there's no guarantee the treatment will be enough to decrease pain and lessen the psychological impact of pain and illness. The result is missed school, stress, anxiety, depression, and an overall impact on quality of life—all this at an age when social acceptance and academic performance are of utmost concern.

Researchers at UCLA now have another option they say is safe and which addresses both body and mind in kids: Yoga.

Subhadra Evans, Ph.D. and colleagues from the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program are taking a non-pharmacological approach and looking at a way to treat the "whole person's functioning." They believe Iyengar Yoga could be a way to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for kids struggling with chronic pain.

Comment: A new government report shows that 1 in 9 children in the U.S. are using complimentary therapy to stay healthy