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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."

Nuke

Radiation in Japanese Green Tea

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Four years after the multiple explosions and melt-downs at Fukushima, it seems the scary stories have only just begun to surface.

Given that Japan's authoritarian regime of Shinzo Abe has cracked down on the information flow from Fukushima with a repressive state secrets act, we cannot know for certain what's happening at the site.

According to the New York Times, a sample of powdered tea imported from the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, just southeast of Tokyo, contained traces of radioactive cesium 137.

We do know that 300 tons of radioactive water have been pouring into the Pacific every day. And that spent fuel rods are littered around the site. Tokyo Electric power may or may not have brought down all the fuel rods from Unit Four, but many hundreds almost certainly remain suspended in the air over Units One, Two and Three.

We also know that Abe is pushing refugees to move back into the Fukushima region. Thyroid damage rates—including cancer—have skyrocketed among children in the region. Radiation "hot spots" have been found as far away as Tokyo. According to scientific sources, more than 30 times as much radioactive Cesium was released at Fukushima as was created at the bombing of Hiroshima.

Dollars

Meet the CDC front group lobbying for mandatory vaccinations

NACCHO?

It sounds like a bad acronym from an Austin Powers movie.

What/who the heck is NACCHO?

NACCHO is The National Association of County and City Health Officials. If you briefly perused their website, you might be confused into thinking that they were a federal agency of sorts. First off, there's the name. Many people associate "National Association" with something sort of official. The next thing that might throw you off is the way NACCHO describes themselves:
NACCHO's members are the 2700 local health departments across the United States. NACCHO's vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO's mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

Comment: The push for mandatory vaccination may have started in Oregon but it certainly won't stop there.
California, Maine, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont all have bills already filed or press announcements of bills about to be filed to remove philosophical/conscientious exemptions. Maine, Minnesota and Texas have bills to substantially restrict philosophical/conscientious exemptions. Religious exemptions are also under attack. Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Vermont have bills filed or announced to eliminate religious exemptions, and Illinois, New Mexico and Texas have bills filed or announced to unconstitutionally restrict religious exemptions.

In addition, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania,Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia all have legislation underway to expand vaccine mandates.



Brick Wall

The Cholesterol Drug War: ABC Australia bans documentary exposing statin drug scandal

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Dr MaryAnne Demasi from the Catalyst. Her investigative reporting on the dangers of statin drugs has now been banned.
Dr. MaryAnne Demasi's documentary on the criminal activity of the pharmaceutical industry regarding cholesterol-lowering statin drugs sent shock waves through the mainstream media in Australia last year. Published in two parts on the popular news show The Catalyst, the pharmaceutical industry complained loudly after the first show, and requested the network not air the second episode, "Heart of the Matter Part 2 - Cholesterol Drug War."

ABC Australia aired it anyway, but the pharmaceutical influence is apparently too strong, as it was announced that the network would remove the videos from their website because "they breached its impartiality standards." They also removed them from YouTube.

These two episodes were among the most watched videos on Health Impact News in 2013, with tens of thousands of "likes" on Facebook alone, helping the videos go viral outside of Australia.

We found other copies on YouTube for now, but it may only be a matter of time before YouTube bans these altogether. If you or anyone you know have been prescribed cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, then you need to watch this documentary. It could save your life.

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Newspaper

The doctor who beat the British General Medical Council by proving that vaccines aren't necessary to achieve health

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What happened when a UK doctor appeared as an expert witness to help two mothers prove in court that their children didn't need to be vaccinated?

A 3 year court case against the British General Medical Council that ended with the doctor accused having all allegations dropped.

Dr. Jayne Donegan, a UK GP, has lived a most fascinating story. It began with her originally being a very strong advocate for vaccinations, but fast forward quite a few years later, and she now not only speaks out against the dangers of vaccinations, but ended up being taken to the General Medical Council with some pretty serious claims by them regarding her professionalism.

Comment: Another informed medical doctor coming out against the 'vaccines are safe' propaganda! Dr. Donegan's story and subsequent court case is an excellent example of why the press shouldn't dismiss vaccine skeptics. Interested in additional information about how to deal with doctors regarding vaccinations? Read the following article:


Red Flag

Insanity: Coca-Cola pays nutritionists to promote Coke as heart healthy

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Did you realize that last month was American Heart Month? Coca-Cola sure did.

The corporate soft drink giant, who has been trying to combat declining sales in the United States, has begun partnering with fitness experts and nutritionists to promote a mini-can of Coke as a 'healthy' snack. In February, the idea of drinking a mini-Coke for heart health was suggested on many nutrition blogs and even in major newspapers and websites.

"We have a network of dietitians we work with," said Coca-Cola spokesman, Ben Sheidler. "Every big brand works with bloggers or has paid talent."

Sheidler believes that such tactics are similar to product placement deals that a company may have with various television programs and films.

Comment: Sounds like more Soda wars for the share of your stomach, funny how 'nutritionists' and 'registered dietitians' fail to mention the evils of soda shared below:


Health

Ebola death toll reaches 10,000 while media keeps quiet on spread of disease

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West African nations have deployed the military forces to help disinfection and containment efforts, such as the one above in Guinea
The deadly Ebola virus, which once commanded global media attention before slowly slipping off the front page, has continued to quietly kill people in West Africa.

According to the World Health Organization, the death toll due to Ebola has now reached a staggering 10,000 people, more than doubling in the past five months.

The number of people infected with the disease is over 24,000.

But the virus was back in the news on Monday when an American healthworker, flown to the US from Sierra Leone for fear of contracting Ebola while treating patients there, was listed in critical condition.

Ten other American medical aid workers who had treated the healthworker were also flown back to the US over the weekend and placed in quarantine.

Comment: Perhaps the media has been keeping quiet until vaccines are ready, and then they will return to panic mode to persuade everyone that they need to be vaccinated. Don't fall for the hype as vaccines are dangerous and don't work. They often induce the very diseases they are supposed to protect against. The best way to protect yourself is to improve your diet and immune system.