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Composing only 5% of the world population, Americans take 50% of all pharmaceutical drugs

Drugs Sales
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While Americans comprise only 5 percent of the world population, we consume an incredible 50 percent of Big Pharma's drugs, as explained in Jeff Hays' documentary film, Doctored. Make no mistake. These drugs are meant to keep us imprisoned in poor health, not heal us. It's time to kick the drug habit America.

Tell the drug pushers - Merck, Pfizer, Novartis, Roche, GlaxoSmith Kline, Abbott, Astra-Zeneca, Amgen, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Sanofi (along with the FDA and CDC) that you are going cold turkey, and learn what true health really means.

Sadly, Americans are more familiar with names like Abilify, Nexium, Humira, Plavix, Crestor, Advair Diskus, Enbrel, and Cymbalta, the top selling drugs of Big Pharma, than names like Aloe barbadensis, Curcuma longa, Allium sativum, Moringa oleifera, Vitis vinifera L, all indigenous plants that have healed millions around the world.

You've likely heard the phrase before - just a dozen huge corporations are keeping Americans popping pills while they rake in billions, but have you really thought of what these numbers translate into, in terms of real health?

Annual sales for just one drug, Humira, was $9.3 billion. That puts Abott squarely at the top of the list as one of the most successful drug companies of all time.

Deadly MERS virus spikes in Saudi Arabia; 20 new cases reported

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Saudi Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia speaks during a news conference in Riyadh, April 20, 2014.
Saudi Arabia confirmed 20 new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus on Saturday and Sunday, meaning that 49 new cases have been registered in the span of only six days. Further cases were announced in the United Arab Emirates.

MERS is a SARS-like disease which kills approximately one-third of people that become infected. There is currently no cure for it. It was first discovered in Saudi Arabia two years ago and has so far infected 244 people. Seventy-six of those have died, according to the country's Health Ministry.

However, Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabia told reporters on Sunday that there has not yet been any scientific justification for further cautionary measures such as the implementation of travel restrictions.

Got cold hands and feet? Think brain

Although they're located at the farthest distance from your brain, the health of your feet can give you clues about the health of your brain, mainly whether your brain is receiving enough oxygen. When circulation to the feet is poor, creating a variety of symptoms discussed below, this is a red flag, circulation to the brain is compromised as well. Just because you can breathe doesn't mean your brain is getting enough oxygen.

If your brain is not getting enough oxygen it won't function well. You may notice brain fog, declining memory, that you tire more easily, and that it is harder to learn new things. Depression is another common symptom. Poor brain oxygen is a serious matter because it accelerates degeneration of your brain - vascular dementia from lack of blood flow to the brain is the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer's.

Leave parents free to choose vaccines

The public conversation about vaccine safety and choice began after Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, shielding drug companies from product liability and doctors from vaccine-injury lawsuits. Under that law, $3 billion has been paid to the vaccine injured while liability-free drug companies enjoy profits from a multibillion dollar market.

U.S. health officials now recommend 69 doses of 16 vaccines for every child. States mandate up to 15 of them - twice as many as 30 years ago.

With 95% of U.S. kindergarteners fully vaccinated and one child in six learning disabled, one in 10 asthmatic and one in 50 living with autism, educated parents and health care professionals are asking legitimate questions about why so many highly vaccinated children are so sick. They're examining vaccine science shortfalls and wondering why Americans are coerced and punished for declining to use every government-recommended vaccine while citizens in Canada, Japan and the European Union are free to make choices.

Comment: Examples of 'vaccine science shortfalls'

Doctor Calls for Truth on Vaccines
Parents Distrust, Delay Vaccines, Survey Finds
Historical Data Shows Vaccines are Not what Saved Us
Lead vaccine developer comes clean so she can "sleep at night"
Vaccines Have Serious Side Effects - The Institute of Medicine Says So!
"Police State" - Registry system being set up to track your vaccination status
Dr. Suzanne Humphries, practicing nephrologist, on the safety and efficacy of vaccines
Vaccines Are Causing Mutations That May Jeopardize The Health of Future Generations
A finer order of control: Monitoring system to globally track 'false social media claims on dangers of vaccines'


Psychoneuroimmunology: How inflammation affects your mental health

Psychoneuroimmunology. This is what I aim to practice. Medical terms of this length command our respect for the interconnectedness of different subspecialties, for the futile segmentation and compartmentalization of the body into different organ systems.

As discussed in this previous article I wrote for Dr. Mercola, deconstructing the serotonin model of depression, psychiatry is in a crisis. It can no longer stand on its own, throwing more and more medications at its perceived target.

It seems, therefore, fitting that psychiatry would follow the investigative path of other lifestyle-triggered chronic diseases such as cancer, autoimmunity, and heart disease. There already exists a bidirectional relationship between all of the major chronic diseases and psychiatric diagnoses (patients who struggle with chronic diseases are more likely to be depressed and vice versa).

The role of inflammation, across these disease states, is better elucidated each day. Let's deconstruct what is known as it applies to mental health.

Study: Vegetarians are less healthy than meat eaters

Vegans take note: A blockbuster new study from Austria which is sure to send shock waves and generate massive denials among vegetarians has concluded that people who eat only vegetables are less healthy in key health categories and have a poorer quality of life than people who include some meat in their diets.

Among the study findings:
  • Vegetarians visit their doctors more often and are more prone to allergies
  • They also have a 50% increased risk of both heart attacks and cancer
  • They are also more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders
The study did find that vegetarians had some significant health advantages, such as being more physically active, drinking less alcohol and smoking less tobacco; however, vegetarians' health overall was deemed to be unhealthy compared to those who included some meat in their diets.

Comment: Additional articles about how a vegetarian diet can effect overall health:

The Vegetarian Myth
Why Vegetarians Are Eating Meat
Most Vegetarians Return to Eating Meat
How to Eat Meat: Transitioning Away from Vegetarianism
Going Vegetarian Poses Own Set of Potential Health Risks
Cancer, heart attacks, mental instability, and lack of conscience: Vegetarians are 'less healthy' and have a poorer quality of life than meat-eaters
University of Graz study finds vegetarians are unhealthier, more mentally disturbed than meat-lovers


How inflammation affects the developing brain

I have posted several blogs relating the fundamental role of inflammation to neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Indeed, this is one of the central themes of Grain Brain.
That said, we've also got to take a look at the role of inflammation in the developing brain because the same damaging effects of the chemical mediators of inflammation in the adult might well lead to issues in the delicate brains of infants and young children.

In a new study just published in the journal BMC Pediatrics, researchers looked at several parameters in infants including the frequency of febrile illnesses, as well as blood markers of increased inflammation including IL-1 beta, IL-6, and IL-4 which is thought to indicate reduction of inflammation.

What the authors discovered was dramatic. There was a significant direct relationship between higher levels of the inflammatory markers and risk for developmental issues. In addition, higher levels of IL-4, associated with lower levels of inflammation, correlated perfectly with reduced risk for developmental problems.

Comment: Spacing immunizations? Nice one, but in practice it is altogether a different thing. For more information, see:

- US Media Blackout: 'MMR Vaccine Caused Autism' Rules Italian Court
- 30 years of secret official transcripts show UK government experts cover up vaccine hazards to sell more vaccines and harm your kids
- Gardasil: Medical torture and child abuse by Big Pharma
- The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar - Your brain's silent killers

In the end, it is up to the parents, although it shouldn't be that way:

- How a Mother Fought for Vaccine Exemption to Protect Her Kids
- You Want To Vaccinate My Child? No Problem, Just Sign This Form


Saudi Arabia reports increase in deadly MERS virus cases

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Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014. The health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital
Saudi Arabia has confirmed seven new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), adding up to 36 infections in five days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure.

MERS, a SARS-like novel coronavirus that emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago, has infected 231 people in the kingdom, of whom 76 have died, the Health Ministry said on its website.

Meanwhile, another cluster of cases has been detected in the United Arab Emirates, and a Malaysian who was recently in the Gulf has been confirmed as infected, his country said.

MERS has no vaccine or anti-viral treatment, but international and Saudi health authorities say the disease, which originated in camels, does not transmit easily between people and may simply die out.
Bacon n Eggs

Eat more fat! - Amazing results

Just one vital fact. More is needed. Take a look at the principles of Weston A. Price that were found in ALL healthy peoples all over the world with varying diets. Eskimos ate mostly meat. Polynesians ate mostly veges. But they ALL shared common principles that accounted for their extreme level of health and longevity. Fat was highly regarded by them all, thus, one of the vital principles of the traditional diets of our forefathers.

Comment: It is a fat miracle!:

Jeff Volek - The many facets of keto-adaptation: Health, performance, and beyond
Jimmy Moore - Nutritional Ketosis
Low carb ketogenic diet can combat cancer because cancer is a metabolic disease
The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview
Dr. Jonny Bowden - The Great Cholesterol Myth
Zeeshan Arain - Should we all be on a ketogenic diet?


Brazilian migraine sufferer found to have calcium stones in brain; gluten the culprit

gluten calcium brain
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The 'calcium stones' found in the brain of a Brazilian man suffering from headaches for several years

A Brazilian man who suffered from terrible headaches and vision problems was found to have 'calcium stones' in his brain.

The stones were due to him suffering from undiagnosed coeliac disease - an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten.

Because of his symptoms of headaches and vision problems, the man had been treated for migraines but shown no signs of improvement.

It was only when he had a CT scan that the calcium stones - patches of calcification in the back of the man's brain - were detected in the area responsible for vision, LiveScience reports.

Tests showed fluid in the man's brain had antibodies associated with coeliac disease. The condition is caused by a reaction of the immune system to gluten - a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Comment: For more information on the dangers of gluten, check out the Diet and Health section of our forum. (See our forum thread on hemochromatosis for more on iron deficiency and iron overload.)