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SOTT Exclusive: Natural Pet Health: How dry food is killing your pets

Hello, and welcome to the second article in our new series on natural pet health (as featured on SOTT Radio Network's Health and Wellness Show). Previous articles in this series:

SOTT Exclusive: Natural Pet Health: Top 10 issues facing pet owners when it comes to your pets' well-being
In this article we are going to talk about nutrition, or how to feed your dog or cat (or both) in a way that will contribute to their healthy and long life. But before we go into the proper way of feeding your pets, let's talk about dry food first, and why it's the worst food you could give to them.

What is dry food?

It's a highly processed mix, dried and ground to powder, that is comprised of various animal meats from cattle, swine and chicken, or restaurant waste and out-of-date supermarket meat, and yes, even so-called road kill or cows that died on the farm but never reached the slaughter house. It also includes non-meat parts, such as intestines, lungs, spleens, unborn fetuses, diseased or parasitized livers, cut-away tumors, and other parts unsuitable for human consumption.


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Seriously? Monsanto's VP tweets 'Why do people doubt science?'

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On Twitter recently, someone asked the question "Why do people doubt science?" Accompanying the tweet was a link to an article in National Geographic that implied people who are suspicious of vaccines, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), climate change, fluoridated water and various other phenomena are confused, adhere to conspiracy theories, are motivated by ideology or are misinformed as a result of access to the 'University of Google.' The remedy, according what is said in the article, is for us all to rely on scientific evidence pertaining to these issues and adopt a 'scientific method' of thought and analysis and put irrational thought processes to one side.

Who tweeted the question and posted the link? None other than Robert T Fraley, Monsanto's Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Comment: Monsanto's VP seems to be lamenting that not everyone in the world is a brain-dead zombie with no common sense or ability to do their own research. "Just close your eyes, turn off your brain and trust us." Sorry, Monsanto, the jig is up. No one in their right mind wants your frankenfoods.

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Pro-Vaxxers are the new pro-lifers: Religious hysteria trumps rational discussion in the vaccine debate

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In the early 80s' the world was shocked by headlines reporting violence against abortion clinics, staff and doctors by religious fundamentalist groups. The first such reported case was the kidnapping of Hector Zevallos, an abortion clinic owner and operator, and his wife, by three men identifying themselves as the Army of God. Zevallos and his wife were held for eight days. Since that time, there have been further kidnappings, bombings of clinics, murders and attempted murders of staff and supporters, hundreds of death threats and over 150 cases of assault and battery by anti-abortion activists. The violence has since spread from the United States to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

And the violence continues today, with the 2012 bombings of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin and the firebombing of the Ladies Clinic in Pensacola, Florida, the site of the 1994 murder of Dr. John Britton and his attendant James Barrett and a previous bombing on Christmas Day, 1984 (the quartet of perpetrators later calling the bombing "a gift to Jesus on his birthday").

The actions of these Pro-Lifer terrorists leave many people confused. How can anyone care so much about a cause like pro-life versus pro-choice that they are prepared to carry out violent attacks and protests, death threats and smear campaigns? How can one's fundamentalism lead one to take such seemingly contradictory actions - to kill in order to uphold the "thou shalt not kill" commandment?

But such is the mindset of the religious terrorist. One becomes so wrapped up in their cause, no matter how misguided, that these seeming contradictions don't hold any water. It's what's commonly referred to as "being a complete whackjob".
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Trace Amounts: The Documentary the CDC doesn't want you to see

Mercury Toxicity: Has it caused one of the worst health crises in American history?
"We found out that the Thimeresol would be toxic down to - not grams, not mg's, not mcgs, but nano grams - parts per billion - which was almost unbelievable. This was published in the American Journal Medical Society, in the New York Academy Sciences and in the Journal For the Chemical Speciality Manufactures Association and it didn't make waves, there wasn't even a ripple - no one seemed to care." - Dr Frank P Engley PhD - Blue Ribbon Panel Member 1948 AMA meeting regarding Thimeresol's concerns
During the past two decades, the diagnosis of autism occurring in children has risen dramatically from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 68 and our scientific community is no closer to determining a cause. But one thing they automatically do is emphatically deny a possible link between autism cases and something found in our vaccines.
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Behind the label: How manufacturers are hiding how your food was made

What we eat is a much more intricate subject that it might first appear.

Behind the labels are many troubling issues... and GMOs are just the tip of the iceberg.

The London Guardian carried this interest piece revealing how so much of our foods - even the most natural in appearance - are engineered, manufactured and packaged with invisible processing 'ingredients' derived from sophisticated lab processes.

Now, as the food manufacturing industry is keeping up with consumer demand, scary sounding and artificial looking ingredients are increasingly fading from food packages. But as the London Guardian makes clear in this expose from a food ingredients exposition, it is not always because the quality or ingredients improved, but instead because the industry has embarked upon a "clean label" initiative to derive substitutes that fly under the radar of current regulations or - like 'extract of rosemary' - sound benign compared with previous industry solutions like butylhydroxyanisole (BHA), which has been classified as a 'reasonably anticipated human carcinogen,' despite assurances by many that it is safe in small doses.

Comment: Read the articles below to learn more about what's behind the label in many 'All Natural' foods:

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25 facts about vaccines and the pharmaceutical industry coverup

During the recent measles outbreak, the mainstream media blamed the epidemic solely on non vaccinated children, even though people who were vaccinated caught the disease and some vaccines have proven to be inefficient in the past. Without the slightest nuance, the mainstream media constantly portrays people reluctant to accept just any vaccine as "anti-vaxers", irresponsible and misinformed people, relying on irrational fears and the one and only "fraudulent" Andrew Wakefield study linking autism to vaccines. (Watch Lina B. Moreco's documentary Shots in the Dark, which features Dr. Wakefield and thankful parents of his young patients with autism.)

In reality, many so-called "anti-vaxers" are not ALL totally against vaccines. While some people may be totally against any kind of vaccination, many, including doctors and health specialists, question certain vaccines, ingredients in the vaccines and/or the vaccination schedule. This is not based on a survey but on my own perception resulting from the fair amount of articles on vaccines and the pharmaceutical industry that I've read over the last five years as a journalist. There are a large number of doctors and health specialists who have done truly independent research and who criticize vaccination based on scientific studies and solid evidence.

Why is the media so keen on portraying Big Pharma critics as crazy, uneducated, unscientific and irresponsible people?

Dr Marcia Angell worked for over two decades as editor of The New England Journal of Medicine. She was fired after criticizing the pharmaceutical industry, which had exerted an overriding and negative influence on the scientific literature. She said:
"It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published."
Numerous journalists say the same goes for the mainstream media.
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Nicotine metabolite cotinine found to improve learning and memory

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Nicotine's primary metabolite supports learning and memory by amplifying the action of a primary chemical messenger involved in both, researchers report.

"This is the first hint of what the mechanism of the metabolite cotinine might be," said Dr. Alvin V. Terry, Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University and corresponding author of the study in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

While the findings show therapeutic promise for a metabolite once thought to be inactive, cotinine's benefits don't hold up across all learning and memory systems so Terry is already looking at analogues that would be even more broadly effective and equally safe.

The new findings indicate cotinine makes brain receptors more sensitive to lower levels of the messenger acetylcholine, which are typical in Alzheimer's, and may boost effectiveness, at least for a time, of existing therapies for Alzheimer's and possibly other memory and psychiatric disorders.

Comment: Reading between the lines of the Big Pharma doublespeak, smoking is good for you, or for some people at least.

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Additives used to thicken foods found to cause inflammation and weight gain leading to metabolic syndrome

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Processed foods containing emulsifying agents disrupt gut bacteria
Food additives that are commonly used to thicken and stabilize processed foods may disrupt the bacterial makeup of the gut, causing health problems, a new study in animals suggests.

In the study, mice that were fed two chemicals that are commonly added to foods gained weight, had altered blood sugar and developed intestinal problems. The chemicals were "emulsifying agents," chemicals that hold together mixtures that include both fat and water, which would otherwise separate.

The chemicals were "able to trigger low-grade inflammation and metabolic syndrome," in the mice, said study co-author Benoit Chassaing, a microbiologist at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

The food additives may also have harmed the mice by promoting the growth of bacteria that eat through the protective mucus lining of the gut, the study found.

Comment: Most packed and highly processed foods contain a myriad of ingredients used to make such 'foods' more palatable. While the FDA approves these ingredients, very often they have been banned in other countries. In addition, FDA oversight of food additives is often lacking as they often don't even know about their existence. Companies are increasingly adding secret ingredients by using a voluntary certification system thus effectively bypassing FDA oversight. The best way to protect yourself is to eat a diet that contains as little pre-packaged food as possible, avoid grains, dairy, carbohydrates and be sure to include healthy saturated fats.

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U.S. free press freezes about Italian Court Ruling that Vaccines cause Autism

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Have any readers read about the Italian court's ruling that vaccines have caused autism? Have you heard about it on your nightly TV news channels? Have you scanned it on your favorite online newspaper? Probably not—but even more so, why not?

Well, there were at least two such autism rulings, the latest being in September 2014. Here is the 8-page official court document written in Italian, signed by Judge Nicola Di Leo. Mary Holland, JD, wrote an article about that ruling, which everyone at the HHS, CDC, FDA and all state and local health agencies should read, know about and, furthermore, accept because vaccines DO cause autism.

The Italian court in Milan ruled against GlaxoSmithKline for damages caused by its hexavalent vaccine Infanrix Hexa, which is given to children during their first year of life.
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A practical alternative to Measles hysteria


With all the uproar over a recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. it is important to know that there is effective treatment for this illness. What was once considered a routine childhood condition not that long ago has morphed into a deadly microbial specter in the minds of the general public. Regardless of the hype, there is treatment available to those willing to keep an open mind.


This overblown reaction to the threat of measles has been made possible by the convergence of three primary factors:
  1. The Age of Terror that we now live in.
  2. A morally bankrupt attention seeking media that fails to investigate and report the true facts.
  3. Medical Big Brother, which has no compunction about taking advantage of factors 1 and 2 to further its corporate agenda.

Comment: Read the following articles to learn more about Homeopathy:
So why do the skeptics love to hate homeopathy? Perhaps because it is one of the most threatening alternative modalities - financially, philosophically, and therapeutically. Actually, homeopathy has been a threat to allopathy ever since the 1800s, when German physician Samuel Hahnemann developed the homeopathic system.

Founder of Homeopathy

Hahnemann, a respected doctor and chemist who helped to pioneer the importance of hygiene as well as homeopathy, was forced to move frequently during his life because the local German apothecaries objected to the fact that he created his own medicines rather than use theirs. A fierce battle was also waged against homeopathy in the United States during the 1800s, where homeopathy had achieved a strong presence by 1840. In fact, in 1847, the American Medical Association (AMA) was formed specifically to fight the battle against homeopathy.

Most homeopaths of the 1800s were former allopaths who had abandoned their brethren because they found Hahnemann's system to be more successful in battling cholera, typhus, yellow fever, diptheria, influenza, and other epidemics of the 1800s. In retaliation, the preamble to the AMA's charter forbade its members to associate with homeopaths or to use their medicines, and many doctors were expelled for failing to comply.

But does homeopathy really pose such a threat to conventional medicine today? To see how the little David of homeopathy could take down the Goliath of Big Pharma, we need to take a closer look at what homeopathy is all about.


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