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Deadly beverage: Energy drinks still sending children to poison control centers

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Thousands of kids have faced serious - and potentially deadly - side effects after consuming energy drinks, new research shows.

More than 5,000 cases of people who got sick from energy drinks were reported to U.S. poison control centers between 2010 and 2013, and almost half of those cases were in children did not realize what they were drinking, according to research that will be presented Monday (Nov. 17) at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

Many of these cases involved serious side effects, such as seizures, irregular heart rhythms or dangerously high blood pressure, the researchers found. And it was children under age 6 who often consumed the beverages without knowing what they were drinking.

"They didn't go to a store and buy it; they found it in the refrigerator, or left by a parent or an older sibling," said study co-author Dr. Steven Lipshultz, the pediatrician in chief at the Children's Hospital of Michigan

Comment: These drinks have serious side effects that cause problems for adults as well, yet the industry has managed to sidestep safety concerns.

Heart function disrupted under influence of energy drinks: Study

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172 sickened on Carnival Crown Princess cruise from California

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Carnival cruise ship Victory departs port in Key West, Florida
A cruise ship with 172 passengers and crew members suffering from a gastrointestinal ailment caused by norovirus was met by public health officials when it docked in California on Sunday, authorities and Carnival Corp said.

Passengers said the crews were everywhere trying to prevent the virus from spreading. One passenger said: "There were so many people walking around with buckets of sanitizers and wiping down walls and every time someone got up from a table, they were wiping down the tables and wiping down the chairs."

The outbreak marks the second time in less than a year that the highly contagious virus has spread on the company's Crown Princess ship, which is part of its Princess Cruises fleet. On the latest trip, the ship carried more than 4,100 people on a cruise that departed nearly a month ago from Los Angeles and included stops in Hawaii and Tahiti.

More than 100 people aboard the cruise ship were sickened by the virus during an April trip.

"Over the last few days, the ship began seeing an increased number of gastrointestinal illnesses, caused by norovirus," said company spokeswoman Susan Lomax. "In response, we have enacted our stringent disinfecting protocols developed in conjunction" with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The ship, which docked in San Pedro early in the day, will undergo a deep cleaning before embarking on its next voyage Sunday night, Lomax said.

The ship is next set to cruise the Mexican Riviera, she said.

Those set to board ship for its next cruise will be notified of the virus outbreak, with a CDC official on the vessel to conduct an inspection ahead of its departure, a CDC spokesman said.

Outbreaks of norovirus have been reported by nearly a dozen cruise lines sailing from U.S. ports in recent years. The outbreaks are unpleasant but usually mild and typically stem from many people confined to a small area, lackluster hand-washing and buffet-style dining, experts have said.

Norovirus is the most common cause of contagious gastrointestinal illness, with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea the typical symptoms.

The CDC estimates that there are about 20 million cases of norovirus in the United States each year, resulting in 570 to 800 deaths. The virus usually clears up in one to three days, the CDC says.

Carnival Corp is the parent company of several cruise lines, including Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Lines.
Nuke

Nothing to see here, folks. Radiation is safe

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Why would anyone worry about radiation, mercury pollution coming out of every coal fired electrical plant in the world, vaccines, most pharmaceuticals or genetically modified food? Pesticides are not a problem nor is plutonium or the massive nutritional deficiencies gaining ground in the public. Though these Australians in the above picture are demonstrating against their own government's climate position I think it represents quite well, how most of us are dealing with the great problems facing our civilization.

The government says radiation is safe. Experts say it is safe, doctors say it is safe. Therefore, it must be safe so relax. TEBCO is officially telling us that radiation has reached the west coast but do not worry about it. It is safe radiation. It might even be good for you if you believe those who believe in such things. Radiation is up across the country according to EPA monitoring stations but that is not even worth a mention in the press since everything is safe. I wonder why we have not had a nuclear war since that probably would be safe as well. It is also safe to let psychopaths go un-confronted so they can run large corporations, banks and governmental institutions like the FDA and CDC.

Comment: Radiation exposure is so safe, in fact, that Japanese and American children are coming down with thyroid cancer.

Nearly 36pc of Fukushima children diagnosed with abnormal thyroid growths

Japan Radiation Survey Shows 1 In 20 Fukushima Children Will Develop Thyroid Cancer

Almost third of US West Coast newborns hit with thyroid problems after Fukushima nuclear disaster

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The wisdom tooth extraction scam

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The truth is, I am writing this article about the importance of wisdom teeth while all of mine have been extracted. They have been gone for years. I am pretty sure many of yours have been long gone as well. I didn't know any better. We trust our dentists to do the best job possible while often not even questioning their methods. I should've questioned and should've researched myself. But now I can share my research and finding with you so you can make the decisions for yourself and not just listen to your dentist just because he tells you so. Many of us have been told that wisdom teeth need to be extracted just because they are not really needed. According to the dentists, they are just unnecessary teeth that just inconveniently crowd out mouths.

Comment: See also: Should Your Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

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Big Pharma alert: America's most popular drug is an antipsychotic and no one really knows how it works

The pharmaceutical industry has flooded America with antipsychotics.

Does anyone remember Thorazine? It was an antipsychotic given to mentally ill people, often in institutions, that was so sedating, it gave rise to the term "Thorazine shuffle." Ads for Thorazine in medical journals, before drugs were advertised directly to patients, showed Aunt Hattie in a hospital gown, zoned out but causing no trouble to herself or anyone else. No wonder Thorazine and related drugs Haldol, Mellaril and Stelazine were called chemical straitjackets.

But Thorazine and similar drugs became close to obsolete in 1993 when a second generation of antipsychotics which included Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Geodon and Abilify came online. Called "atypical" antipsychotics, the drugs seemed to have fewer side effects than their predecessors like dry mouth, constipation and the stigmatizing and permanent facial tics known as TD or tardive dyskinesia. (In actuality, they were similar.) More importantly, the drugs were obscenely expensive: 100 tablets of Seroquel cost as much as $2,000, Zyprexa, $1,680 and Abilify $1,644.

Comment: More examples of Big Pharma drugging America:
Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux.

Once upon a time, antipsychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses - primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - to treat such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, or formal thought disorder. Today, it seems, everyone is taking antipsychotics. Parents are told that their unruly kids are in fact bipolar, and in need of anti-psychotics, while old people with dementia are dosed, in large numbers, with drugs once reserved largely for schizophrenics. Americans with symptoms ranging from chronic depression to anxiety to insomnia are now being prescribed anti-psychotics at rates that seem to indicate a national mass psychosis.


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'Natural' food: Who defines it?

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With consumers confusing natural and organic, the feds must not remain silent any longer.

The natural products business is booming. By some industry estimates, retail sales topped an eye-popping $100 billion last year, with nearly 60 percent coming from food. No wonder more food marketers are labeling their products - from Pepsi to Cheetos - natural. But what does the term actually mean?

Despite the term's popularity - or because of it - there is no official definition of "natural." With the potential to deceive consumers, the issue is now reaching a breaking point. The proposed solutions from trade groups, lawyers and government agencies range from defining the term to suing over it to ignoring it. Some consumer-advocacy organizations are even calling for a complete ban on the use of "natural" in labeling. But such disparate approaches won't help shoppers become any less confused and may even make the problem worse.

One group that wants to define "natural" is called the Organic and Natural Health Association (ONHA), a brand new trade group whose mission includes "creating and promoting transparent business practices that safeguard access to organic and natural food, products, and services." I recently attended Supply Side West, an ingredient trade show, where ONHA hosted a panel about its plan to create a Natural Seal certification based on "objective and transparent criteria." CEO Karen Howard said that "defining the word 'natural' has become a priority for the natural products industry" and that her group plans to "take swift action." (By swift they mean by the end of 2015, Howard told me.)

Comment: Additional articles on The Great Organic Deceivers:

Syringe

More nonsense: Vaccines and "herd immunity"

Hail to the group! The group is all!

The concept of herd immunity (protection for the population) is often used by vaccine addicts as a way to push guilt at people who don't line up, with their children, like robots for their shots.

From the point of view of protecting people who are already vaccinated, herd immunity is flat-out absurd.

Little Jimmy, whose parents have decided not to vaccinate him, will pass diseases on to kids who are already vaccinated? Oh, you mean those immunized kids aren't really safe? Then why did you vaccinate them in the first place?

From another point of view, herd immunity is the idea that people who "can't be" vaccinated (for example, those who are obviously allergic to elements contained in vaccines) will gain a measure of protection, if larger and larger numbers of others are vaccinated.

The vaccinated protecting the unvaccinated.

Comment: Key points to consider when addressing the idea of 'Herd immunity'
  • Even though endemic outbreaks of common childhood diseases, such as measles, have been eliminated in some regions after prolonged mass-vaccination efforts, we are still being constantly reminded that reducing vaccination coverage of children in a community poses the risk of a reimported disease outbreak with potentially dire consequences to infants and immuno-compromised individuals. We are also being persuaded that implementing strict vaccination compliance will prevent an outbreak and protect vaccine-ineligible infants via the herd-immunity effect.
  • There is no question that a disease outbreak can happen in a non-immune community, if a virus gets there. The real question is, how well can high-vaccination compliance ensure herd immunity and protect a community from an outbreak?
  • The belief in herd immunity has no doubt been influencing vaccine-related legislation in many U.S. states and other countries. This notion is used as a trump card to justify and mandate legal measures aiming to increase vaccination compliance. An implicit assumption is that liberal vaccine exemptions somehow compromise this precious herd immunity, which the public-health authorities strive to establish and maintain via vaccination.
  • The medical establishment got it all in reverse: it is not vaccine-exempt children who endanger us all, it is the effects of prolonged mass-vaccination campaigns that have done so. When will the medical establishment (and the media) start paying attention to the long-term consequences of mass-vaccination measures instead of hastily and unjustifiably blaming every outbreak on the unvaccinated?


People

Menopausal symptoms may be lessened with young children in the house

A new study by researchers at The Kinsey Institute and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that the timeless, multicultural tradition of grandmothering might have an unexpected benefit: helping some women temper their hot flashes and night sweats during menopause.

The researchers, two clinicians and a bioanthropologist, examined how close relationships can help women in midlife with this inevitable change -- with the clinicians looking for therapeutic benefits that might help patients deal with this unpredictable, poorly understood transition, and the bioanthropologist predicting an evolutionary connection. Their study, which focused on the relationship between mid-life women and young children, found that women who underwent rapid menopause, caused by the surgical removal of ovaries, had fewer hot flashes and night sweats when young children lived in their homes.

The study was published in Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society. Study authors are Tierney Lorenz, postdoctoral fellow at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington, Bonnie A McGregor, researcher at University of Washington's Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Virginia J. Vitzthum, professor of anthropology and senior research scientist at The Kinsey Institute.
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Paying attention to emotions better weight loss strategy than nutritional knowledge

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Learning to pay attention to your emotions is a more powerful weight-loss strategy than greater nutritional knowledge, a new study finds.

With obesity rates rising, many policy-makers argue that nutritional education will help people make better decisions.

The new research, though, points to the greater benefits of learning to understand and respond to your own inner states over and above nutritional education.
In one study, published in the Journal of Marketing Research, a group of people were given a nutritional knowledge course and they were taught to recognise basic emotions in both themselves and other people (Kidwell et al., 2014).

A comparison group was given just the nutritional knowledge course.

Part of the emotion training involved being presented with food products and asked to notice how this changed their own emotions, and those of other people.

Comment: One thing that also helps to combat emotional eating is to learn how to de-stress, so you are not using food as a calming agent. One of the best ways to enhance emotional well-being with immediate affects is the Éiriú Eolas program which can be learned online here.

An excellent way to manage weight is to follow a ketogenic diet. This program keeps blood sugar levels stable, gives you more energy and alleviates many health issues. See: The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

Also see:
Dr. Gabor Maté: "When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection"

Green Light

Bilingual brains process information more efficiently

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Forget Sudoku: Speaking multiple languages routinely exercises the brain

Speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to new research that indicates bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who know a single language.

The benefits occur because the bilingual brain is constantly activating both languages and choosing which language to use and which to ignore, said Northwestern University's Viorica Marian, the lead author of the research and a professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders in the School of Communication. When the brain is constantly exercised in this way, it doesn't have to work as hard to perform cognitive tasks, the researchers found.

"It's like a stop light," Marian said. "Bilinguals are always giving the green light to one language and red to another. When you have to do that all the time, you get really good at inhibiting the words you don't need," she said.
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