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Congressional panel says: Americans are too stupid for GMO labeling

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It's pretty rare that members of Congress and all the witnesses they've called will declare out loud that Americans are just too ignorant to be given a piece of information, but that was a key conclusion of a session of the House Agriculture Committee this week.

The issue was genetically modified organisms, or GMOs as they're often known in the food industry. And members of the subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, as well as their four experts, agreed that the genetic engineering of food crops has been a thorough success responsible for feeding the hungry, improving nutrition and reducing the use of pesticides.


Comment: 'Genetic Engineering of food crops had been a thorough success' Seriously?! Could the lies spouted by the Biotechnology industry get anymore ridiculous? In particular the claims about GMO's 'improving nutrition and reducing the use of pesticides' The following articles are just a few examples totally discrediting the 'statements' of the subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture:

People who oppose GMOs or want them labeled so that consumers can know what they're eating are alarmists who thrive on fear and ignorance, the panel agreed. Labeling GMO foods would only stoke those fears, and harm a beneficial thing, so it should not be allowed, the lawmakers and witnesses agreed.
Life Preserver

Hemoglobin A1c ( HbA1c ) - The modifiable predictor of heart disease that goes down with a ketogenic diet

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health believe that lowering blood glucose levels could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in both diabetics and non-diabetics.

The researchers found that hemoglobin A1c ( HbA1c ) - a measure of long-term blood glucose level - predicts heart disease risk in both diabetics and non-diabetics.

An elevated blood glucose level is the defining feature of diabetes, but until now it was unclear whether elevated glucose levels contributed independently to increasing heart-disease risk.

The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"Our results suggest that improving blood-glucose control may reduce heart disease risk," said Elizabeth Selvin, lead author of the study and at Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Epidemiology.

For non-diabetics, lifestyle modifications, such as increased physical activity, weight loss and eating a healthful, low-glycemic, index diet rich in fiber, fruit and vegetables, may not only help prevent diabetes, but also reduce the risk of heart disease," she said.


Comment: A diet rich in fiber, fruit and vegetables is a diet rich in sugar. This has been the standard dietary recommendations for decades, resulting in a historical unprecedented health catastrophe which didn't existed before. It is a diet low in carbs and rich in animal fats the one which cures diabetes and lowers your risk for cardiovascular disease. See:

The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview
Solve Your Health Issues with a Ketogenic Diet
Type 1 diabetes...cured?
It's official - Time to drop hazardous low fat guidelines


Comment: An important next step is to incorporate strategies for lowering HbA1c. Indeed! Start here:

Sweden becomes first Western nation to reject low-fat diet dogma in favor of low-carb high-fat nutrition

Health

Smell and eye tests show potential to detect Alzheimer's early


Elderly woman smelling fresh-picked dandelions. A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer's, in the brain.
A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer's, in the brain, according to the results of four research trials reported today at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2014 (AAIC® 2014) in Copenhagen.

In two of the studies, the decreased ability to identify odors was significantly associated with loss of brain cell function and progression to Alzheimer's disease. In two other studies, the level of beta-amyloid detected in the eye (a) was significantly correlated with the burden of beta-amyloid in the brain and (b) allowed researchers to accurately identify the people with Alzheimer's in the studies.

Beta-amyloid protein is the primary material found in the sticky brain "plaques" characteristic of Alzheimer's disease. It is known to build up in the brain many years before typical Alzheimer's symptoms of memory loss and other cognitive problems.

"In the face of the growing worldwide Alzheimer's disease epidemic, there is a pressing need for simple, less invasive diagnostic tests that will identify the risk of Alzheimer's much earlier in the disease process," said Heather Snyder, Ph.D., Alzheimer's Association director of Medical and Scientific Operations. "This is especially true as Alzheimer's researchers move treatment and prevention trials earlier in the course of the disease."
Water

The inside scoop on sparkling water

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Forget everything you heard about leaching minerals and eroding tooth enamel - it's just water with bubbles.

Carbonated water is water in which carbon dioxide gas has been dissolved, thus creating tiny bubbles. It's what gives soft drinks their almost irresistible effervescence, but its allure is thousands of years old. Julius Caesar, for instance, had a spa built around the naturally carbonated springs of Vichy, in France, and to this day, balneologists (not your run-of-the-mill therapeutic specialists) recommend drinking Vichy water, notable for its sodium bicarbonate content, as a digestif.

Artificially carbonated water was invented by chemist Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804), who published his findings in a 1772 paper titled "Directions for Impregnating Water with Fixed Air." He's most famously known, by the way, as the scientist who identified the gas oxygen, and as luck would have it, this coming Sunday is Oxygen Day at the Joseph Priestley House, in Northumberland, Pennsylvania. I can only wonder what Priestley, one of the world's great free-thinkers, would make of the current nonsense about the alleged harmful effects of carbonated water.
Evil Rays

WiFi to kill millions, with its effects being cumulative over generations

WiFi - An invisible but ubiquitous threat to the future of the species

"Of the microwave-exposed women, 47.7% had miscarriages prior to the 7th week of pregnancy...."

- Professor John R. Goldsmith, International Consultant / Advisor for Radio-Frequency Communication, Epidemiology and Communications Sciences Advisor to the WHO

Today I conducted one of the most disturbing radio interviews of my life as host of "The Real Deal", with a British physicist and electronic warfare expert, Barrie Trower.

By the time he had finished his service in the military, Barrie had acquired a great deal of expertise in the microwave field and he extended his research to common electronic systems, including cell phones, iPods, computer games and microwave ovens.

He was appalled to discover that microwave radiation is ubiquitous and extremely hazardous, especially to pregnant women and young children. The risks are so great that the use of WiFi, which is enormously popular, can lead to permanent genetic damage to your children and your children's children. Here is his personal warning in his own words:

Comment: Another interesting interview with Barry Trower

Health

Ebola spreads to Freetown, Sierra Leone - WHO concerned virus could go global

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Doctors in protective gear work in the isolation ward.
Disease

The worst outbreak of Ebola moved to Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown where an Egyptian was found with the city's first confirmed case of the disease. The unidentified Egyptian national had traveled from Kenema, the largest city in the nation's Eastern Province, and checked into a clinic east of Freetown, Sidie Yahya Tunis, director of Information, Communication and Technology at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, said by phone today.

The person was moved back to the Ebola center in Kenema, he said. "The Ebola disease usually spreads to other places when suspected or confirmed cases in one community move to another, they abandon treatment centers to stay with relatives or they seek treatment outside the Ebola centers," Tunis said. There have been 99 Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone out of 315 laboratory-confirmed cases, the ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. The ministry said yesterday that 92 people had died out of 305 cases. Cases of the hemorrhagic fever have killed more than 540 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in an outbreak that according to the World Health Organization may last another three to four months.

The toll is greater than the 280 people killed in 1976, when the virus was first identified near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. The rapid spread of the virus is largely due to people moving across borders as well as cultural practices that are contrary to public health guidelines, such as people touching the body of a deceased relative before the funeral.

Source: Bloomberg
Nuke

Fatal kidney disease epidemic among peasant farmers in Central America linked to Monsanto's Roundup

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For years, scientists have been trying to unravel the mystery of a chronic kidney disease epidemic that has hit Central America, India and Sri Lanka. The disease occurs in poor peasant farmers who do hard physical work in hot climes. In each instance, the farmers have been exposed to herbicides and to heavy metals. The disease is known as CKDu, for Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology. The "u" differentiates this illness from other chronic kidney diseases where the cause is known. Very few Western medical practitioners are even aware of CKDu, despite the terrible toll it has taken on poor farmers from El Salvador to South Asia.

Dr. Catharina Wesseling, the regional director for the Program on Work and Health (SALTRA) in Central America, which pioneered the initial studies of the region's unsolved outbreak, put it this way, "Nephrologists and public health professionals from wealthy countries are mostly either unfamiliar with the problem or skeptical whether it even exists."

Dr. Wesseling was being diplomatic. At a 2011 health summit in Mexico City, the United States beat back a proposal by Central American nations that would have listed CKDu as a top priority for the Americas.

David McQueen, a US delegate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who has since retired from the agency, explained the US position:
Health

Girl dies from 'one in a billion' brain eating amoeba infection

A 9-year-old Kansas girl died from an extremely rare "brain-eating amoeba," but health officials aren't sure where she was infected.

Hally "Bug" Yust died Wednesday, and officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed that one person in Johnson County died from primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) caused by Naegleria fowleri.

KCTV-TV reported that laboratory tests found the bacteria in a specimen from Hally's body, and additional tests by the Centers for Disease Control are pending.

The bacteria are found in freshwater, but authorities are still trying to determine the source of the Spring Hill girl's infection.
Attention

The CDC claims to be 'astonished' by lab breaches of anthrax, smallpox and bird flu

A few days ago, word got out that 6 vials of variola, the virus that causes smallpox, were found in a cold storage room that is owned by the Food and Drug Administration on the NIH's Bethesda campus.

That research building was not equipped or approved for storage of deadly pathogens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition to the 6 vials that were labeled variola, ten unmarked vials were found...and so far, no one has addressed what those vials may contain, or if they are even being tested.

Yesterday, the CDC announced that at least two of the vials contain viable samples of the deadly smallpox virus.

Comment: We should all feel safer knowing that the Keystone Cops of lab workers are bungling handling some of the most dangerous pathogens known to man.

Alarm Clock

Precursor? Rare and deadly form of plague contracted by Denver man

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Yersinia pestis bacteria
A Colorado man is infected with the rarest and most fatal form of plague, an airborne version that can be spread through coughing and sneezing.

It is the first case of pneumonic plague seen in the state since 2004, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The man, who hasn't been identified, may have been exposed in Adams County near Denver, health officials said in a statement. While House said the man has been hospitalized and treated, she wouldn't release other details about his situation.

"He's on treatment long enough to not be transmissible," House said in a telephone interview. He may have contracted the illness from his dog, she said, which died suddenly and has also been found to carry the disease.

Comment: What we are being told is that this is an occurrence of a highly rare pneumonic plague that was probably transmitted to the victim by his dog, who died from the infection. Precious little other information is given about the case. Could there be misdirection in what we are being told about it? Keep this in mind when you read:

New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection

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