Health & Wellness


Recipe for disaster: Rabies and adenovirus being used in new Ebola vaccine trials

This story just popped up on USA Today this evening: "New Ebola vaccine study has begun in Maryland."

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The first human trials of a Canadian Ebola vaccine began Monday, part of a flood of experimental therapies rushed into testing to battle the Ebola epidemic.
Great. Another experimental vaccine is being fast-tracked and rushed out thanks to a carefully planned fearporn propaganda campaign designed to ultimately make Big Pharma a lot of big profits. No one is talking about any natural alternatives, underlying nutritional deficiency issues or water treatment problems already plaguing Africa, or the fact that even the guy who designed the Ebola test says it's unreliable or the fact that stories have leaked out here and there in the African newspapers that people are purposefully poisoning city water wells with formaldehyde which, when ingested, can cause corrosive injuries that appear much like the symptoms of late-stage Ebola.

The human microbiome: Gut Bacteria quickly being cast as culprits or saviors for a diverse array of ailments

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We're told that tweaks to the microbiome can cure everything from allergies to Ebola. Not exactly, say experts.

In 2001, Joshua Lederberg, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist, coined the term "microbiome," naming the trillions of microorganisms that reside in and on our bodies. Today, if you type that word into Google, you'll turn up thousands of hits linking gut bacteria to a laundry list of health problems, from food allergies to Ebola. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of journal articles published on the microbiome increased by nearly 250 percent. Our bodily inhabitants are quickly being cast as culprits or saviors for a diverse array of ailments.

The hype has kicked off a gold rush. Big food companies - including Nestle, PepsiCo, Monsanto, and General Mills - have funded gut bacteria studies, and some have even opened centers to develop foods that interact with the microbiome, such as probiotics. According to Transparency Market Research the global probiotics market is expected to reach an astonishing $45 billion by 2018.

Travesty of US 'healthcare' system where 225,000 people die yearly from prescription drugs

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From time to time, I reprint my interview with Dr. Barbara Starfield. Each time I try to write a new introduction.

In this case, I'll highlight the arbitrary nature of scare-propaganda. And by arbitrary, I mean "has a covert agenda."

For instance, suppose you learned that a single source in the US, every year, like clockwork, kills 225,000 people. That would be 2.25 million killings per decade.

Wouldn't you think we'd hear about it? Wouldn't public health agencies make a big deal about it? Wouldn't they call it an epidemic?

After all, we supposedly have a handful of "Ebola cases" in the US, and the media are hyping this "fact" to the skies.

Suppose they had far, far bigger numbers to work with? Suppose they had 225,000 deaths, not just once, but every year, as the raw material for their stories?

Suppose they could say, "We now have 225,000 deaths in the US as a result of Ebola, and the authorities are quite sure that next year, and the year after that, and every year we're going to have 225,000 more."

Can you imagine the reaction at every level of society? The insane panic? The madness in the streets? The attacks against institutions tasked with preventing such a cataclysm? The collapse of the stock market and the healthcare system? The predictions of the end of the world? The churches on roaring business highs?

On July 26, 2000, the Journal of the American Medical Association published Dr. Barbara Starfield's review, "Is US health really the best in the world?"

Comment: One reason that the US healthcare system is one of the worst in the developed world is that the pharmaceutical industry makes so much money that it basically owns the FDA and Congress. In fact, the FDA has been shown to use mafia tactics to protect BigPharma. The industry is so corrupt, that even large fines don't have any affect on the marketing of unsafe drugs. Worse, is that it has successfully brainwashed so many people, that few never dare to ask important questions of their doctors, or do the necessary research that could save their lives. Only when more people take responsibility for their health back from the AMA and BigPharma is this situation likely to change.


Health expert: Fracking in the U.S. extremely dangerous, leads to cancer and other ailments

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Anti-fracking demonstrators protest on 51st Street and 7th Avenue as President Obama arrives at the Sheraton Hotel, at 52nd Street, on September 23, 2014 in New York City
The way that oil and gas fracking is practiced in the US is dangerous to public health exposing people living around wells to respiratory infections, cancer and a reduction in brain activity, David O. Carpenter, environmental health expert, told RT.

Scientists have discovered dangerously high level of cancer-causing chemicals in the air around fracking wells in five different states in the US. A report revealed that levels of benzene, hydrogen sulfide and formaldehyde were many times above American air pollution limits and were detected within residential areas near to fracking sites.

RT spoke with David O. Carpenter, author of the study to find out how dangerous fracking is for health.

David Carpenter: I don't think fracking has to be dangerous to our health but fracking in the way it's practiced right now in the US - at least in these five states - is extraordinary dangerous. We focused a lot in our report on two chemicals that cause cancer - benzene and formaldehyde - and their levels were sky high, much higher than it is regulated in other industries. They are both known human carcinogens, according to the World Health Organization. They should not be released in this fashion. It isn't that the fracking per say is something that is necessarily dangerous but clearly there is a release of all of these organic chemicals, including these carcinogens, benzene is released, formaldehyde is formed. That's just not acceptable because these [chemicals] are very dangerous for public health.
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British genetically 'programmed' to be grumpy - report

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According to research published on Thursday, Brits are more likely to be grumps because they possess a "short form" version of a gene that produces serotonin - the neurochemical which controls happiness levels in the brain.

In contrast, the researchers at Warwick found that the Danes possessed the longer form of the gene, and are therefore more likely to be happy.

According to Professor Andrew Oswald, the economist and social scientist who led the research, happiness levels had little to do with wealth or material gains or good weather, as people who possessed the shorter length gene would still be more prone to unhappiness.

"Among the nations we studied, Denmark and the Netherlands appeared to have the lowest percentage of people with the short version of the serotonin gene," he told the Times.

Seizures, migraines produced by single gene mutation

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In a new study, scientists have found that seizures and migraines may actually be linked as they could be produced by a single gene mutation.

The two brain events have always been considered separate physiological phenomena in the brain, as seizures are marked by electrical hyperactivity, while migraine auras, based on an underlying process called spreading depression, are marked by a silencing of electrical activity in part of the brain. Also, seizures spread rapidly, but migraines propagate slowly.

However, a team of engineers and neuroscientists looked at the brain from a physics viewpoint and discovered a link between the two. Steven J. Schiff, director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering, said that they realized that no one had ever kept proper track of the neuronal energy being used and all of the ions, the charged atoms, going into and out of brain cells.

The money-making myth of modern medicine: "Blame it on your genes"

Modern medicine would have you believe that genetically, we are all predetermined to have poor health or some type of disease sooner or later in life. That it's "out of our hands", with the only available means of treatment being what they deem to be "scientifically sound" ...Pharmaceutical drugs. FDA approved, of course!

It is funny to me how there is one major component conveniently missing when "medical healthcare experts" discuss major diseases like cancer and heart disease. The poisons that we are exposed on a daily basis!

Lifestyles full of bad diets with plenty chemical-ridden processed foods, chemical-ridden processed meats, unnatural amounts of processed artificial sugars, dangerous diet myths promoting low fat and man-made replacement foods (touted as healthier than what nature has provided), along with little to no real exercise, and topped off with every form of stress imaginable. And don't forget about pollution, pharmaceutical-ridden tap water, mercury and oil saturated oceans, and on and on... !!

So, how can we really believe that cancer, diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune disorders could be genetically driven?

Supplements under attack again! Dangerous lawsuit threatens the few supplement health claims currently allowed

A new lawsuit filed by a "consumer watchdog" group says most Americans are not vitamin deficient and don't benefit from supplements. Huh?

Earlier this month we told you about international pharmaceutical company Bayer AG's battle with the Federal Trade Commission over whether its marketing statements about its probiotic colon supplement are unsubstantiated disease claims (not allowed) or structure/function claims (allowed). This week, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against Bayer because of its "false claims on ads and labels" for its One A Day Vitamins. The group is asking for an injunction against specific marketing statements, and seeking refunds to consumers.

According to CSPI, the multivitamin's claims - "supports heart health," "supports immunity," and "supports physical energy" - amount to "illegal disease prevention claims designed to deceive consumers." Bayer, on the other hand, contends these are structure/function claims. The landmark Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 created special protections for structure/function claims - and they do not require preapproval by the FDA.

Comment: It is obvious that the campaign of censorship against Nutritional Supplements continues, The likely cause? Profits! Americans Spend $34 Billion on Alternative Medicine and Big Pharma wants those profits. As the article states, 'the ludicrous claim that "nutrition science experts all agree" that Americans are not vitamin deficient and should get nutrients from food alone' clearly shows how CSPI is seriously uninformed and clearly has no clue about the extreme lack of nutrients in the 'Standard American Diet' about denial! The attack on Supplements has been on going for years, this latest example is just another attempt by Big Pharma to cash in:

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High-intensity sound waves may aid regenerative medicine

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A cross section through a histotripsy lesion created in bovine liver tissue with the liquified cellular contents washed out revealing the remaining extracellular matrix. The scale bar represents 5mm.
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way to use sound to create cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could help overcome one of regenerative medicine's significant obstacles. The researchers will present their technique at the 168th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), held October 27-31, 2014, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel.

The development of the new technique started with somewhat of a serendipitous discovery. The University of Washington team had been studying boiling histotripsy - - a technique that uses millisecond-long bursts of high-intensity ultrasound waves to break apart tissue - - as a method to eliminate cancerous tumors by liquefying them with ultrasound waves. After the sound waves destroy the tumors, the body should eliminate them as cellular waste. When the researchers examined these 'decellularized' tissues, however, they were surprised by what the boiling left intact.

"In some of our experiments, we discovered that some of the stromal tissue and vasculature was being left behind," said Yak-Nam Wang, a senior engineer at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory. "So we had the idea about using this to decellularize tissues for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine."
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Insanity: Horse tranquilizer/club drug being developed for use in depression

Ketamine: Action on multiple receptors earns it the nickname: ‘the nightmare of the pharmacologist’
A drug being newly tested as a fast-acting antidepressant has shown it can help lift heavy depression within 40 minutes.

Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health have been testing the effects of a single dose of ketamine on people with bipolar disorder.

When depressed, bipolar patients find it difficult to seek out and experience rewards - they feel there is nothing to look forward to.

The drug works by changing how people think about rewards.

Dr. Carlos Zarate, who led the study, said:
"Our findings help to deconstruct what has traditionally been lumped together as depression.

We break out a component that responds uniquely to a treatment that works through different brain systems than conventional antidepressants - and link that response to different circuitry than other depression symptoms."

Comment: The pharmaceutical industry and the psychiatry profession have strong financial interests in convincing the public that drug treatment is safe and the most effective treatment for mental illnesses, and they also have an interest in expanding the definitions of mental illness. Doctor David Healy, a widely recognized expert in both the history and the science of neurochemistry and psychopharmacology has been fighting back against BigPharma. His research notes that roughly 25 percent of published clinical drug trials are statistically altered, to provide evidence that a drug works well and is safe, while 80 percent of the reports on adverse consequences of drug treatment, dismissed as anecdotes, have turned out to be correct. Still the FDA and PigPharma continually seek to find new drugs to fill their coffers, while ignoring or condemning the many studies showing that there are safer alternatives to alleviate depression and the important role that diet plays in mental health.

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