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Revealed: Pennsylvania fracking has contaminated 243 wells in 22 counties

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For the first time, Pennsylvania has made public 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations.

As the AP reports, Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Susquehanna, Tioga, Lycoming, and Bradford counties having the most incidences of contamination.

In some cases, one drilling operation contaminated the water of multiple wells, with water issues resulting from methane gas contamination, wastewater spills, and wells that simply went dry or undrinkable. The move to release the contamination information comes after years of the AP and other news outlets filing lawsuits and Freedom of Information Act requests from the DEP on water issues related to oil and gas drilling and fracking.

The Pennsylvania DEP has been criticized for its poor record of providing information on fracking-related contamination to state residents. In April, a Pennsylvania Superior Court case claimed that due to the way DEP operates and its lack of public record, it's impossible for citizens to know about cases where private wells, groundwater and springs are contaminated by drilling and fracking.

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The worst Ebola outbreak in history is moving into Africa's cities, confusion and terror spread in its wake

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Heath workers wait to screen travelers for fever and other symptoms of Ebola at a checkpoint on the road between Freetown and Kenema in Sierra Leone.
The dreaded Ebola virus came to the children's hospital in the form of a 4-year-old boy.

His diagnosis became clear three days after he was admitted. The Ola During hospital - the nation's only pediatric center - was forced to close its steel gates. Fear swelled. The boy died. The 30 doctors and nurses who had contact with him were placed in quarantine, forced to nervously wait out the 21 days it can take for the virus to emerge. And remaining staff so far have refused to return to work. They, along with millions of others, are facing the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Already, the hardest-hit West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have reported more than 3,000 cases, including the infections of 240 health-care workers.

Comment: Knowledge protects and ignorance endangers. A terrible virus such as this spreads terror and confusion, but being aware is the best protection that we have. Check out the following for more information:

Pestilence, the Great Plague, and the Tobacco Cure

Vitamin C: A cure for Ebola

And of course there is the matter of strengthening the immune system through adopting a Ketogenic Diet.

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Junk food in disguise: 15 'health foods' that will ruin your health

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Unhealthy foods are the main reason the world is fatter and sicker than ever before.

Surprisingly, some of these foods are considered healthy by many people.

Here are 15 "health foods" that are really junk foods in disguise.

1. Processed "Low-Fat" and "Fat-Free" Foods

The "war" on saturated fat is the biggest mistake in the history of nutrition.

It was based on weak evidence, which has now been completely debunked (1).

When this started, processed food manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon and started removing the fat from foods.

But there's a huge problem... food tastes horrible when the fat has been removed. That's why they added a whole bunch of sugar to compensate.

Saturated fat is harmless, but added sugar is incredibly harmful when consumed in excess (2, 3).

The words "low-fat" or "fat-free" on a packaging usually mean that it is a highly processed product that is loaded with sugar.

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Overdose of prescription drug oxycodone even deadlier than heroin

Shocking revelations about oxycodone, which is a commonly used opioid painkiller, have emerged during the Overdose Awareness Day held on Sunday. As per the report released by National Coronial Information Systems, oxycodone has even surpassed notorious drug heroine with respect to being the deadliest opioid drug in Australia.

During the span of five years from 2007 to 2011, more than 3000 deaths have been recorded due to overdose on this opioid-based prescription medicine. This number has surpassed the deaths caused in the same span of time by heroin overdose. As per the report, about three quarters of all opioid drug deaths are results of an overdose, particularly when these drugs were taken with other deadly narcotics and/or alcohol.

The acting CEO of Penington Institute, Wendy Dodd, shared some serious concerns with Herald Sun over these revelations. Penington Institute is a non-profit organization, which works closely with the issue of problematic drugs. "Heroin deaths appear to be declining which is great news, but pharmaceutical overdoses are rising alongside spiralling prescription rates," she said.
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How sugar causes cancer

The average American consumes their body weight annually in this cancer-causing substance, and yet hospitals freely feed it to their cancer patients, oblivious to the harm it does.

Hospitals feed cancer patients sugar and high carbohydrate diets for a reason: they are abysmally ignorant of the role of nutrition in health and disease - hence their burgeoning growth and packed rooms.

Even though the science itself shows - at least since the mid-20's with Otto Warburg's cancer hypothesis - that tumors prefer to utilize sugar fermentation to produce energy rather than the much more efficient oxygen-based phosphorylation* - hospitals have actually invited corporations like McDonald's to move into their facilities to 'enhance' their patient's gustatory experience, presumably to provide comfort and take the edge off of the painful surgery, radiation and chemo treatments erroneously proffered to them as the only reasonable 'standard of care.'

But the times are changing, with new research requiring these medical institutions to reform their dietary strategies, at least if they wish to claim that their interventions are in fact 'evidence-based' ...

Comment: Solve Your Health Issues with a Ketogenic Diet:

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Ebola virus is rapidly mutating

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A study of some of the earliest Ebola cases in Sierra Leone reveals more than 300 genetic changes in the virus as it has leapt from person to person.

These rapid changes could blunt the effectiveness of diagnostic tests and experimental treatments now in development, say researchers.

"We found the virus is doing what viruses do. It's mutating," says study lead author Pardis Sabeti of Harvard University and the Broad Institute.

The study is based on samples from 78 people in Sierra Leone, all of whose infections could be traced to a faith healer whose claims of a cure attracted Ebola patients from Guinea, where the virus first took hold.

The findings, published in Science , suggests the virus is mutating quickly and in ways that could affect current diagnostics and future vaccines and treatments, such as GlaxoSmithKline's Ebola vaccine, which was just fast-tracked to begin clinical trials, or the antibody drug ZMapp, being developed by California biotech Mapp Biopharmaceutical.
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Study suggests low doses of marijuana may slow progression of Alzheimer's

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Extremely low levels of THC compound, a chemical found in marijuana, may slow down or halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease, US neuroscientists have found, thus laying the ground for the development of effective treatment in the future.

In recent research published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, scientists from University of South Florida revealed their findings, that may shed light on controversial therapeutic qualities of marijuana.


Comment: A far safer and more useful means of halting the progression of Alzheimer's would be to switch to a ketogenic diet. This diet is helpful in enhancing the immune system and has been found to alleviate symptoms of numerous diseases. In addition to a healthy diet, researchers have long been aware that fewer smokers get Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases than non-smokers. Despite all the mainstream negative propaganda surrounding the use of tobacco products, pure additive-free tobacco actually has numerous health benefits and may also be a good preventive for Ebola!

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"Let them eat veggies" - Michelle O's lunch rules sour first day of school for many students

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Students arrived on the first day of school and realized a lot had changed over the summer.

The lunch line they used to visit to pick up pizza and french fries now had "same school lunch food as the others with more salad."

SCnow.com reports:

Sophomore Madeline Taylor noticed that hardly anyone was eating.

"The entire rest of the day all I heard about was how hungry everyone was," she said. "I then became very concerned about what would happen if this continued everyday throughout the school year."

Comment: The problem of the SAD (Standard American Diet) has been with us a long time and has done serious damage. In a time when the Ebola virus is spreading across the world, a healthy diet is crucial to our well-being, and Mrs. Obama replacing pizza with salads is simply not going to cut it:

Low carbohydrate diets look good for the prevention and treatment of cancer

The ketogenic diet: An overview

Gluten causes nerve damage

The long list of hidden gluten: Unsafe ingredients for gluten sensitivity

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Baby born with brain tumors had 20 seizures daily until ketogenic diet helped

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Life has not been easy for tiny Blake Shore and his family. When he was only one day old, he underwent open-heart surgery to remove a large tumor blocking his blood flow. And although the months since have involved medical challenges and adjustment, the baby is now celebrating his first birthday with a cake catering to the ketogenic diet needed to help control his seizures, reported High Point Enterprise on Aug. 21.

"He's started a ketogenic diet, which is a high-fat, low-carb diet that has almost no sugar," Amber Shore explained. "So as you can imagine, it was difficult figuring out what to do for his first birthday cake, but luckily we found a recipe."

Blake's condition is called tuberous sclerosis. Although benign, the tumors cause problems based on their location. His brain tumors, for example, have caused up to 20 seizures daily.

"That's been our biggest battle right now," revealed Amber. "We'll see him learn something, and then he'll have a seizure, and it almost instantly erases what he's learned. He just hasn't been able to take off developmentally because of these seizures."

But miracles in the medical world do happen, and Amber is grateful for what her baby has achieved. Implementing a ketogenic low carb diet has made a dramatic difference.

Comment: Before reaching out for that milk, see Why Milk Is So Evil.

For more information, see: The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview.

In fact, regardless of your health problems, prepping your diet is the way to go:

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175 dangerous chemicals in food packaging

A total of 175 chemicals known to be harmful for health are used in food packaging on both sides of the Atlantic, in the European Union countries and the United States, according to a study published by a Swiss non-governmental organization.

As the study authors point out, the use of many of these substances, which are linked to cancer, hormonal disorders or infertility in other products has already been limited or is to be prohibited. However, these regulations do not concern food packaging due to gaps in legislation.

Researchers of the Food Packaging Forum, a non-governmental organization in Switzerland, compared two lists of hazardous chemicals - the so-called 'Substitute it now!' list, also known as Sin, and the TEDX list of endocrine disruptors - with three official lists of substances allowed to be used in the manufacture of food packaging, in particular, the ESCO Working Group list of non-plastic food contact substances by European Food Safety Authority, Annex I of EC 10/2011 which includes the allowed plastic food contact substances and the so-called Pew list of food additives authorized in the United States.

Comment: Comment: "The best way to ensure that you avoid these chemicals ending up in your body would be to steer clear of packaged food all together. The alternative?" Read more about Packaging - unwrapped:

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