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Tuberculosis tests at Olathe Northwest High School confirm 27 more cases

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The 27 were among 304 students and staff members at Olathe Northwest High School, 21300 College Blvd., tested last week after a student was diagnosed earlier this month with an active case of TB. Only people with active TB can infect others.
Twenty-seven more people have tested positive for tuberculosis at Olathe Northwest High School, state and county health officials said Wednesday, but so far none has shown any symptoms of active disease.

The 27 were among 304 students and staff members the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment tested last week after a student was diagnosed earlier this month with an active case of TB. Only people with active TB can infect others.

Health officials on Monday began calling people who had tested positive; letters were mailed to those with no sign of the infection, the health officials said. People who tested positive will receive antibiotic treatment through the health department.

With many people away on spring break, not everyone who tested positive has been contacted yet.

Comment: For more on tuberculosis:


Health

Buyer beware: How Big Pharma uses fear to boost sales

Long before the Internet and direct to consumer advertising, the medical profession tried to reassure people about their health concerns. Sure fatigue and headaches could be a symptom of a brain tumor; sure a cough could be a symptom of lung cancer--but most doctors tried to assuage not sow fear. Remember "take two aspirins and call me in the morning"?

Flash forward to today's online "symptom checkers," quizzes to see if you have a certain disease and exhortations to see your doctor even though you feel fine. Once Pharma discovered that health fears and even hypochondria sell drugs, there seems to be no end to the new diseases, symptoms and risks people need to worry about.

Selling symptoms to suggestible people has been a gold mine for Big Pharma since it started advertising directly to the consumer around the late 1990s. Thanks to such marketing which actually "sells" diseases to build demand, millions of people who were once fine now have depression, insomnia, season allergies, GERD and assorted attention, pain and spectrum disorders. Worse, they want these afflictions because the medications that treat them have been made so glamorous.

Comment: Big Pharma seeks profits above all else. Health be damned. Do your own research and don't fall for the lies and manipulations.


Health

Fibromyalgia as a mitochondrial disorder

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The mitochondria just keep showing up in both ME/CFS and FM
We tend to think of fibromyalgia as a central nervous system disease but that focus has tended to obscure the growing evidence of problems in the body.

We don't tend to think of fibromyalgia as an inflammatory disorder. It's true that overt signs of inflammation are rarely found in people with FM but some studies suggest inflammatory factors may play a role.

Then there are the mitochondria. Mitochondrial dysfunction is thought of as a real possibility in chronic fatigue syndrome, but I've rarely associated it with fibromyalgia or pain. It turns out, however, that multiple studies - most of them small - suggest that mitochondrial dysfunction could indeed play a significant role in fibromyalgia. Could fibromyalgia, whatever else it is - also be a mitochondrial disorder?

Comment: This certainly connects a lot of dots. Also, seems that the best way to heal the mitochondrial DNA is a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting and short, intense resistance training; this activates wild mtDNA which can then begin to replicate and go around cleaning house.

For more information, see:

The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview


Whistle

Ex-Big Pharma sales rep speaks out about the deception in the pharmaceutical industry

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"There is no such thing as a safe drug." This comes from ex-pharmaceutical sales rep and author of the book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher, Gwen Olsen.

For 15 years, Gwen was living an unintentional lie, working as a pharmaceutical sales rep for some of today's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories. But through a gradual course of tragic events, Gwen's eyes were eventually opened to the unethical and tyrannical truth about pharmaceutical drugs.
"It was an awakening process, a spiritual and consciousness process where I started observing what was happening, what some of the drugs were doing, the misinformation, the disinformation. I was being encouraged to minimize side effects when I talked to doctors. I started to realize that these patients were literally being tortured by the drugs."
In her tell all book, Gwen writes about her years as a pharmaceutical sales rep, exposing the dirty secrets of the industry that often go untalked about.

As she explains, by the time a drug is approved and hits the general population, we don't know even 50% of side effects that are involved with that drug, "We were being trained to misinform people," she said.

Top Secret

The FDA deliberately keeps us in the dark about bad science

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Why would the FDA let claims that have been undermined by fraud appear on drug labels?
It's the same old story of prescription drugs and fraudulent studies, but the FDA doesn't seem to care.

A recent article in Slate magazine shows how the FDA hides important safety information when it uncovers scientific misconduct in clinical trials of pharmaceutical drugs. The names of the drugs and the company responsible for the misconduct are concealed, journal citations are left uncorrected, and claims made on drugs' labels are left unchanged even after it's known that they were based on bad science.

According to the author,
"The FDA knows about dozens of scientific papers floating about whose data are questionable—and has said nothing, leaving physicians and medical researchers completely unaware."
The author notes that these aren't isolated incidents, but part of routine behavior by the FDA to shield Big Pharma from unwelcome scrutiny.

Comment: Read more about how the FDA comes to the rescue of Big Pharma:


Cheese

Kraft Foods recalls 6.5 millions boxes of macaroni & cheese after complaints of metal pieces

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It took eight customers complaining about finding mental pieces in their macaroni and cheese before Kraft recalled 6.5 million boxes that had been distributed through the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and to some South American nations.

According to Kraft, the eight customers who contacted the company after finding metal pieces in their macaroni and cheese reported no injuries.

"Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it," Kraft said in a statement Tuesday. "They should return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund."

The company has warned customers not to prepare and eat macaroni that comes in the original flavor. Its 7.25-ounce-sized box sizes carrying a "best when used by" date ranging from between September 18 to October 11. They also have a code marked "C2' below the expiration dates. The code shows the specific factory line where the potentially tainted boxes were produced.

"We deeply regret this situation and apologize to any consumers we have disappointed," Kraft's statement read.

Kraft's macaroni and cheese products have generated more than $500 million in annual sales, with the company posting a net revenue of $18 billion in 2013, Reuters reported.

The item is not on the Food and Drug Administration's list of recalls and food safety alerts. The agency did not immediately respond with a comment.

Comment: Mac & cheese, while tasty and cheap, is very unhealthy.Eating processed food will lead to a variety of health problems, including auto immune issues and damage to your brain. See:


Sun

New research shows recommended daily intake of Vitamin D may be underestimated by a factor of 10

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Researchers at UC San Diego and Creighton University have challenged the intake of vitamin D recommended by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine (IOM), stating that their Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of ten.

In a letter published last week in the journal Nutrients the scientists confirmed a calculation error noted by other investigators, by using a data set from a different population. Dr. Cedric F. Garland, Dr.P.H., adjunct professor at UC San Diego's Department of Family Medicine and Public Health said his group was able to confirm findings published by Dr. Paul Veugelers from the University of Alberta School of Public Health that were reported last October in the same journal.

"Both these studies suggest that the IOM underestimated the requirement substantially," said Garland. "The error has broad implications for public health regarding disease prevention and achieving the stated goal of ensuring that the whole population has enough vitamin D to maintain bone health."

Comment: Earlier research has shown that over a billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D3 deficiency can lead to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoporosis, and neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, in addition to some types of cancers like breast, prostate, and colon. Vitamin D3 also assists in maintaining the immune system, keeping your mood stable, and protecting the brain. While sunshine is helpful, it is not always possible to get enough to optimize our levels, so taking supplemental Vitamin D3 may be necessary. It is also important to know that if you have a low vitamin D level in spite of taking vitamin D supplements, a magnesium deficiency can be one of the reasons you can't correct it. Be aware that it is quite difficult to obtain enough magnesium from food sources as our soils have been deficient in magnesium for decades, so supplementation may be necessary.


Syringe

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. leads charge against state bills eliminating vaccine exemptions, victory Oregon

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RFK, Jr., proving information changes minds.
Supporters of state legislation to tighten vaccine exemptions appeared poised for success this year after the Disneyland measles outbreak, but opponents are hoping the Kennedy magic proves equally contagious.

Longtime vaccination critic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. notched a victory last week with the defeat of a bill in Oregon, one of his first stops on a national barnstorming tour of states considering measures to make it tougher to opt out of childhood immunizations.

Mr. Kennedy met with lawmakers and hosted a screening of the film Trace Amounts, which ties a mercury-based preservative in some childhood vaccines to autism. He urged lawmakers to kill Senate Bill 442, which would have eliminated the nonmedical exemption in Oregon, the nation's leading state for religious and philosophical exemptions at the kindergarten level, with 7.1 percent of parents opting out of child vaccinations.
"I don't think it's appropriate to force people to undergo, to have their children undergo a medical procedure in this country," Mr. Kennedy said in a segment on KOIN-TV in Salem. "I think it's against the tenets of our country."
Mr. Kennedy's star power, combined with a huge push from the "medical freedom" movement, proved too much for the coalition of state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward. The Democrat, physician and sponsor of S.B. 442 pulled the bill Thursday amid crumbling support, saying she no longer had the votes despite the backing of the Oregon Health Policy Board.

"Some of my colleagues changed their minds," she told the Salem Statesman Journal. "They got a lot of pressure one way or another. This is an issue that really mobilizes a very small minority of people, but it makes them very loud. I get that. That's their right. But there were a bunch of people who weren't prepared to take on this controversial of a topic at this point."

Comment: Parents want to protect their children from life-threatening or debilitating diseases. They are, likewise, not willing to submit their children to remedial measures that increase or guarantee a life-long and unnecessary medical consequence. There is a stigma campaign afoot to demonize parents who think for themselves, do the research, and realize the CDC and its "protections" are based on something other than health and safety for the individual. If the CDC and the medical community were only and completely responsible to public safety and well-being, the poisons common in all vaccines would be eliminated immediately. There are safe alternatives. Mercury in all its forms is a potent toxin that harms the brain, heart, kidneys, immune and gastric systems. Where are the decisions based on truthful, verifiable hard science? And, thimerosal is only one of many questionably dangerous additives to vaccines that may never be detoxed out of the body, continuing to affect health daily.

FYI: More and more there are reports of schools robo-vaccinating children and notifying the parents afterwards. This should be a crime.


Family

Twenty year Brazil study shows breastfed babies are more intelligent

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Brazilian study of 6,000 babies from all backgrounds since 1982 finds those who breastfed were more intelligent, spent longer in education and earned more

Breastfed babies are more likely to turn into well-educated and higher-earning adults, according to a major long-term study.

Researchers in Brazil have followed nearly 6,000 babies from birth for the past three decades, enabling them for the first time to get an idea of the long-term effects of breastfeeding. Nearly 3,500 of them, now 30-year-old adults, accepted an invitation to be interviewed and sit IQ tests for the purpose of the study. Those who had been breastfed proved to be more intelligent, had spent longer at school and earned more than those who had not been. And the longer they were breastfed as a baby, the better they tended to be doing.

It is already known that breastfeeding can increase a child's IQ by a small amount. The question that Dr Bernardo Lessa Horta from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil wanted to answer was whether this translated into greater intelligence and better prospects as an adult.

"Our study provides the first evidence that prolonged breastfeeding not only increases intelligence until at least the age of 30 years but also has an impact both at an individual and societal level by improving educational attainment and earning ability," he said.

It is not just the age of the participants that makes this study unusual. Horta says it is free of the major complication of most breastfeeding studies because, when it began in 1982, it was not just the more affluent and educated mothers who breastfed in Brazil. Breastfeeding was not limited to one socio-economic group. It was, he says, evenly distributed across the social classes. So the higher achievers at the age of 30 did not come from better-off homes.

Comment: Breast milk is very high in fat. Another confirmation from science that fat is good for you!


Health

Avoiding gluten good for more than just celiacs, study confirms

If listening to your body has lead you to identify gluten as a health problem and you feel better after removing it, a new study adds to an already extensive body of research that the rapidly expanding gluten free movement is not a fad as critics claim.
The gluten free (GF) movement has taken on powerful momentum in the past few years, with GF labeled products estimated to balloon to about 7 billion dollars globally by 2019. And so, with any popular dietary pattern promising beneficial changes in health and well-being, as well as challenging both centuries old beliefs in the value of wheat and their producer's and manufacturer's bottom line, the growing popularity and perceive health benefits of the GF diet is destined to cause controversy and backlash, as evidenced by recent mainstream reporting: A new study, however, provides sound evidence that one does not need to have classically defined celiac disease (i.e. validated by HLA DQ2/8 gene tests and intestinal biopsy) in order to benefit from going gluten free. In fact, this is why the gluten free movement is so popular: most people who opt out of eating gluten feel better when they abstain, worse when they partake. But medical professionals, wheat industry spokespersons and even some friendly to advocating for natural, evidence-based alternatives like Dr. Greger, think the case against eating wheat is overblown, if not downright fraudulent.

What the new gluten study revealed

The new study published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology titled, "Small Amounts of Gluten in Subjects with Suspected Nonceliac Gluten Sensitivity: a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Cross-Over Trial," aimed to add insight into the "debate over the existence of nonceliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) -intestinal and extra-intestinal symptoms in response to ingestion of gluten-containing foods by people without celiac disease or wheat allergy."