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A drugged population: Prescriptions in Britain rise over 50% in a decade


On the rise: The number of prescriptions has risen by 50 per cent in a decade
Britons are taking more medicines than ever before - with more than a billion prescriptions a year now being handed out, figures reveal today.

The number of prescriptions has risen by 50 per cent in a decade and is being driven by a surge in the use of antidepressants, painkillers, statins and drugs for diabetes.

Some elderly patients with a number of long-term illnesses end up taking a cocktail of different drugs each day, which can cause dangerous reactions.

The figures have alarmed medical experts, who say the nation has become 'over-medicalised' and that thousands of patients are suffering harmful side effects.

The huge rise has also been partly blamed on a bonus system for GPs that means they earn points, which are then converted into cash, for prescribing treatments for a range of common conditions.

Comment: The UK is not the only 'beneficiary' of BigPharma's hand in medicine. One way to stem the tide of over-medication would be to stop the incentive programs that the industry uses to insure that doctors are firmly in their grasp. The constant bombardment of pharma advertising as well as the demonization of alternative medicine has been another reason that people are more likely to reach for pill-solutions to their problems. In short, as long as the pharmaceutical industry controls the medical field, the over-medication of the population will only continue to increase.


Hearts

Researchers uncover connection between gut health and mood

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We have all heard the old adage "you are what you eat", but science is discovering even more of a connection between our digestive tract and our overall health.

Commonly referred to as "gut health", the gut microbiota, which consist of trillions of microbes, may influence more than bowel regularity and metabolism. These bacterium make up a 6-pound ecosystem inside of every human and produce hormones, communicate directly with our brain via the vagus nerve, and can even produce neurochemicals which influence behavior. Stomach bacteria and mood are connected in ways we never knew before, and scientists are racing to learn more about this fascinating discovery.

A team of Norwegian scientists recently found significant correlation between certain bacteria and symptoms of depression. Patients with irritable bowel syndrome have been found to have significantly higher instances of anxiety and depression. Even individuals with autism are more likely to suffer from digestive problems. By improving our gut health, we may be able to get a handle on a host of somatic and mental health symptoms.

Comment: Why isn't my brain working? You are what you eat:


Syringe

California manadatory vaccine law passes, turning children into bioweapons

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Gov. Brown had 2 weeks to consider signing SB277 into law. It took him just 24 hours. Kenny Valenzuela breaks down the different aspects of the medical tyranny steamrolling ahead, despite the fact that vaccine inserts admit that recipients become contagious for 28 days.

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Statins linked to 20,000 side effects and 227 deaths in the UK alone

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Medical reports compiled on patients' illnesses shows the cholesterol lowering drugs have been associated with a huge dossier of reported side-effects including irreversible muscle breakdown, muscle pain, blood disorders, diabetes, skin disorders, nervous system disorders and stomach problems over the last twenty years.

Between eight and ten million Britons take statins, the most widely prescribed drugs in the UK. However figures from the medicines' watchdog have led to calls for an urgent review of the safety of statins with experts claiming the harm may outweigh any potential benefit in low risk patients.

The figures, compiled by this paper cast further doubt on NICE's decision to lower the prescribing threshold so that the drugs are given to low risk patients and include up to 17 million patients, almost 40 percent of the adult population.

The data, compiled from reports recorded by the government drug watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, reveals there have been tens of thousands of reported side-effects linked to statins since the drugs came into widespread use over the last two decades.

Many surround issues of muscle degeneration and muscle weakness, sometimes leading to death due to kidney failure.

Comment: See also: Vascular surgeon: Why I've ditched statins for good


Phoenix

Nervy facts about the vagus nerve

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A close up look of the vagus nerve.
What happens in the vagus nerve, it turns out, doesn't stay in the vagus nerve. The longest of the cranial nerves, the vagus nerve is so named because it "wanders" like a vagabond, sending out fibers from your brainstem to your visceral organs. The vagus nerve is literally the captain of your inner nerve center—the parasympathetic nervous system, to be specific. And like a good captain, it does a great job of overseeing a vast range of crucial functions, communicating nerve impulses to every organ in your body. New research has revealed that it may also be the missing link to treating chronic inflammation, and the beginning of an exciting new field of treatment that leaves medications behind. Here are nine facts about this powerful nerve bundle.

1. The vagus nerve prevents inflammation.

With a vast network of fibers stationed like spies around all your organs, when the vagus nerve gets wind of the hallmarks of inflammation—cytokines or the inflammatory substance tumor necrosis factor (TNF)—it alerts the brain and elicits anti-inflammatory neurotransmitters via the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. A certain amount of inflammation after injury or illness is normal. But an overabundance is linked to many diseases and conditions, from sepsis to the autoimmune condition rheumatoid arthritis.

Comment: Bioelectronically stimulating your vagus nerve is the mindless and robotic version. Learn how to stimulate your smart vagus naturally through breathing exercises! Check out eebreathe.com



Syringe

Children got wrong immunizations, including cervical cancer vaccine, at Salem County clinic, officials say

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At least five children at a Salem County-run clinic were given improper immunizations, including one who received a cervical cancer prevention vaccine, officials say.

An annual state compliance audit of the Shots For Tots program "identified irregularities respecting its appraisal of standards, policies and competencies regarding the clinic operation, patient records, vaccine storage and medication dispensing," according to a statement released by the county this weekend.

"As soon as it was brought to our attention we reacted to this finding," said Salem County Freeholder Director Julie Acton on Saturday. "Our main concern is the safety of our residents. It's sad and disturbing when something like this takes place."

In addition to the children receiving the wrong medicine, vaccines with an estimated value of $20,000 used for the Shots for Tots program were deemed unsafe after a refrigeration unit failed and they had to be destroyed.

In the wake of the revelations, Salem County agreed to pay for medical monitoring costs for the five children receiving improper immunizations "for the foreseeable future until their medical status may be determined to a reasonable degree of medical certainty."

The parents will take the children to a physician of their choice for the monitoring officials say.

Meanwhile, the clinic has been shut down. The nursing supervisor and nurse in charge of the clinic have both resigned as employees of the Salem County Department of Health, county solicitor Michael Mulligan said Saturday.

Comment: Hard to imagine this would happen "accidentally". Perhaps done purposely to rid their inventory?


Question

What makes a poison?

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The chemicals that we're exposed to in our daily lives are often approved by the government under the assumption that they're safe in small doses, even over a long period of time. For years, regulators relied on the old adage "the dose makes the poison" to try to explain their logic. While that might have appeared true for certain chemicals for many years, we now live in a world where exposure to a large variety of chemicals is unavoidable and it's finally becoming clear that we can't evaluate these chemicals in isolation.

Think about a simple picnic in a city park. The air you breathe is filled with particulate matter from car exhaust, the landscaping was likely treated with chemical fertilizers and Roundup or another weedkiller, the plastic surrounding your food or drink items might contain BPA or phthalates, your drinks could contain preservatives, the antibacterial spray you use on your hands after eating might contain triclosan and the sunscreen you apply on your skin probably contains nanomaterials. Now extrapolate that scenario to each and every activity you partake in on a daily basis.

Comment: Listen to the SOTT Health & Wellness Show to learn more about environmental toxins and pollution.


Black Magic

Smoke and Mirrors: How CDC perpetuates the myth of polio eradication

The graph is from the Ratner report (1), the transcript of a 1960 panel sponsored by the Illinois Medical Society, on which sat three PhD statisticians and an MD, met to discuss the problems with the ongoing polio vaccination campaign.

The polio vaccine was licensed in the U.S. in 1954. From 1950 thru 1955, the striped and clear portions of the bars represent about 85% of the reported cases, or 30,000 per year, on average. Those cases were automatically eliminated by two radical changes the CDC made to the diagnostic parameters and labeling protocol of the disease as soon as the vaccine was licensed - 30,000 cases a year we were subsequently told were eliminated by the vaccine.

That success, held aloft as a banner of the industry, is an illusion. The CDC has an awesome power of control over public perception, sculpting it from behind closed doors in Atlanta, with the point of a pen.

Over the last sixty years in the U.S., more than a million cases of what would have been diagnosed as polio pre-vaccine - same symptoms - were given different labels.

Comment: The CDC cannot allow any inconvenient information to interfere with the vaccine agenda, so they simply massage the data and do whatever else it takes to convince a gullible public that vaccines are necessary and efficacious, when in fact they are quite useless as well as dangerous.


Beaker

What are we doing to ourselves? 84,000 chemicals, and only 1% have been tested

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There are around 84,000 chemicals on the market, and we come into contact with many of them every single day. And if that isn't enough to cause concern, the shocking fact is that only about 1 percent of them have been studied for safety.

In 2010, at a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health, Lisa Jackson, then the administrator of the EPA, put our current, hyper-toxic era into sharp perspective: "A child born in America today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than any other generation in our history."

Just consider your morning routine: If you're an average male, you use up to nine personal care products every single day: shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hair conditioner, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion and shaving products — amounting to about 85 different chemicals. Many of the ingredients in these products are harmless, but some are carcinogens, neurotoxins and endocrine disruptors.

Comment: The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees the cosmetics industry, to regulate the ingredients in cosmetic products, is pathetic to say the least as the author clearly states: Like the FDA, the EPA is similarly toothless when it comes to protecting the public from dangerous chemicals.

For more information about dangerous ingredients, chemicals and toxins in many commonly used cosmetic products read the following articles: Interested in finding out what chemicals are in your favorite beauty product check out the Environmental Working group's Skin Deep Database


2 + 2 = 4

Stupidity and intelligence: Science, GMOs and our food

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The intelligence of both human farmers and the natural world itself, writes Dr. Shiva, "is being thwarted by the false construction of the living Earth as dead matter, to be exploited limitlessly for human control, domination and greed."

How industrial-scale farming is actually becoming anti-science.


"Science" is derived from the scire - "to know".

Each of us should know what we are eating, how it was produced, what impact it has on our health.

The knowledge we need for growing food is knowledge of biodiversity and living seed, of living soil and the soil food web, of interaction between different species in the agroecosystem and of different seasons. Farmers have been the experts in these fields, as have ecological scientists who study the evolution of microorganisms, plants and animals, the ecological web and the soil food web.

Comment: Dr. Vandana Shiva has written and lectured extensively regarding the failed science surrounding the biotechnology industry, the genetic modification of plant and animal genes, and the growing concern of bio-piracy. Read the following articles written by Dr. Shiva to learn more about the control and corruption of the world's food/seed markets based on flawed GMO science.
When corporates take patents, Dr. Shiva says, they are not creating anything."You cannot invent a plant, you can only introduce a toxic gene and introducing a toxic gene is pollution not invention."