Health & Wellness


Don't get a flu shot: Woman dies of the flu AFTER receiving the vaccine

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26-year-old Katherine McQuestion of Kenosha, Wis died after getting a flu shot.
A Wisconsin newlywed started to feel sick with the flu on a Monday. By Friday, she was dead. Katie McQuestion, a 26-year-old radiology technician from Kenosha, Wisconsin, got a flu shot to comply with hospital policy and had no underlying medical conditions, but she caught the flu and developed a serious complication from it: sepsis. She died on Jan. 2.

"She was the picture of health," her mother told ABC News, adding that McQuestion was married in September. "No 29-year-old should have to bury his wife."

McQuestion complained she didn't feel well on a mother-daughter trip to a dress shop on Dec. 29, said her mother, who asked not to be named. The following day, McQuestion was sent home sick from work. Her mother said she picked up a prescription for her on New Year's Eve.

Then, on New Year's day, McQuestion called her mother and said, "Mom, I've never been this sick," her mother recalled. McQuestion's parents and husband met her in the emergency room, and doctors told them that she had a high heart rate, low blood pressure and a low temperature. They gave her anti-nausea medication and something to help her sleep, her mother said.

About 12 hours later, the hospital called McQuestion's parents and told them she had taken a turn for the worse.

"They told us sepsis had set in, and it was too late," her mother said, adding that McQuestion had suffered a heart attack. "By that time, all her organs had begun to fail. There was nothing they could do."

Comment: The flu shot not only doesn't work, but it can increase your chances of dying if you do get sick. Why in the world would anyone get a flu shot with that in mind?


German medical sector aims to digitalize healthcare - trade in your doctor for an app

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A new cluster of start-ups in Germany is seeking to exploit the digital revolution that is gripping the medical sector. In the future, we are likely to use apps that can measure our heartbeat or analyze potential skin conditions to augment normal healthcare.

With recent advances in technology, visits by patients to Germany's well provisioned physical therapy centers may soon become a thing of the past. Instead, they may find themselves completing their therapy at home - in front of their televisions.

The respected Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin has developed MyRehab, a form of physical therapy that enables patients to conduct their exercises at home. The system uses a special camera, a television and sensors built into a chest strap. An avatar leads the patient through the exercises and cameras and sensors monitor whether the patient has completed them correctly. The platform even makes it possible for a doctor or physical therapist to communicate with the patient using a live Internet video connection.

MyRehab is just one example of what many believe will be the next Internet revolution: the digitalization of healthcare. After smartphones transformed the ways in which we communicate, move and shop, medicine appears to be next.

Internet giants like Google are currently preparing to make large investments in the sector. In the United States alone, some $3.5 billion ($4.38 billion) is expected to be invested this year in healthcare-related start-ups. The market is no longer limited to gimmicky items like health wristbands or Bluetooth-connected tooth brushes. New applications are focusing on real medical care, from giving birth to treating cancer.

Comment: "real medical care" Really?

There are numerous examples in Germany of companies taking advantage of the surge in information technology, particularly the rapid proliferation of smartphones, to explore the opportunities in what many believe will become a fast-growing sector.

Comment: "APP-endectomy" is the word that comes to mind!

What we have is one more way to remove folks from any real life experience and radiate them all at the same time. Imagine the daily increasing data file you might have in Cloud and who or what has the ability to instantaneously access your "private" medical information. Then imagine the reasons someone might want it. How about the data mining of and conclusions from skewed diagnoses, for the lack proper and informed interpretations or reliability, due to increasing doctor phase out? How soon will doctors rely on this data as well? Maybe now?

App drug dosages next? Will app companies ensure that medical knowledge, prescriptive measures and data processing come from valid and credible sources, and how will they know? Who will deal with incidences of further impaired health or death due to misinformation or malfunction? (Oh, of course...lots of lawyers.) And, how soon will all this be mandatory...

We are currently in a health-care vice grip. The U.S. oligarchy, of wealthy special interests such as the health-care industry, make a fortune off of worthless drugs and treatments. How better to distance themselves from the consequences, while making billions, and stick it to the unsuspecting populace one more time! Apparently there's an app for that!


Animal fat is good for your brain!

Think of it. For just the past 3 decades we have somehow become convinced that dietary fat represented a threat to our health. Mind you, fat has been a critical macronutrient for humans and our forebears for at least 2 million years. But suddenly, fat became responsible for every health woe you could think of.

Fortunately, science and common sense now prevail and this ridiculous aberration in human nutrition has been corrected.

Welcome fat back to the table. It's good for the heart, brain, immune system and just about every aspect of human physiology you consider. And as it specifically relates to dementia, new research clearly shows us that individuals eating more of the "dreaded" fat actually have a substantial risk reduction for becoming demented while those with diets favoring carbohydrates the risk for dementia dramatically increased.

Debates about what we should be eating are often carried out from positions based on emotion. I believe we should place greater value on the published science coming to us from our most respected institutions.

Comment: See also Gettin Keto: Why we must dump grains, eat more fat! - Dr. Perlmutter


Worshiping at the Altar of Pus: How putrid matter is the alpha and omega of vaccination

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Vaccination, the holy sacrament of allopathic medicine, is a crime against humanity. Under all circumstances, they are neither safe nor effective. By their very nature they bypass the natural laws of immunity and are antithetical to health. Vaccination is an assault upon everyone who accepts it, and it has left a trail of debility, disease and death in its wake. This grotesque ritual is one of the greatest scams foisted upon citizens of the world.

Most truly health-conscious researchers know that vaccines contain very hazardous ingredients: Aluminum, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde, aspartame, benzethonium chloride, glutaraldehyde, thimerosal, MSG, squalene, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and phenoxyethanol, just to name a few.

Additives aside, what about the vaccine 'seed'? How do scientists acquire the main ingredient? What is the process of procuring the viruses used in this deadly concoction? While researching vaccine production, it struck me that the main ingredient seems to just appear out of nowhere. The virus is just there. It's taken from somewhere and grown in something. It's attenuated (reduced in virulence), or not, 'purified', strained and mixed with additives, and voila!... a vaccine is born.

But that is not the whole story. It doesn't explain how virus samples are collected and cultivated. The high priests in the Cult of Vaccination would have you believe that there is a Virus Fairy making deliveries to labs around the world, but there isn't. I don't know about you, but I don't believe in the Virus Fairy. This stuff has to come from somewhere.

A 'New-Fashioned' food system that helps and heals

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Electrified fences mean cattle can be moved frequently — better for the cattle and for the land.
Author and "renegade farmer" Joel Salatin calls for food producers to tell a better story of a "new-fashioned" food system that rejects the industrial agriculture paradigm while embracing technology.

Calling something "old-fashioned" might encourage tourists and antique buyers to take note, but it does not captivate the hearts and minds of our mainstream culture.

Too often, the Earth-stewardship movement positions itself as one of returning to a bygone era - to the good old days, pre-electricity and pre-petroleum. While washboards, hoop skirts and hearth cooking may have romantic appeal, living that way doesn't inspire the imagination of today's solution-seekers.

Even the majority of people who yearn for simpler times and a slower lifestyle don't really want to go without electricity and automobiles. Those of us who strive to bring about a sustainable food system need a message that's dynamic enough to convert fast-food junkies. The industrial food system spends a lot of time and resources refining its message. Along with disparaging the do-it-yourself ethos, pastured livestock and fertilizing with compost, it promotes phrases such as "technology," "futuristic" and "feeding the world."

Comment: Read more about The Lunatic Farmer: Joel Salatin:


Waste of time: Flu shot only 23 percent effective this year

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Comment: Not only would people be better off not getting the flu shot, since it typically gives people the flu soon after, but it's also not even effective once taken. There are also all the negative side affects of the flu shot to consider as well:

This US winter season's flu vaccine has been just 23 percent effective at preventing doctor visits for people of all ages, according to health authorities' early estimates out Thursday.

The flu vaccine for 2014-2015 is not the worst ever -- the past decade has ranged from 10 percent to 60 percent effective -- but its record is worrying enough that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have urged doctors to ramp up the use of antiviral medications in people who fall ill with influenza.

Its lack of punch is being blamed on multiple strains of the H3N2 virus that are circulating and making people sick, but that were not included in this season's vaccine.

"Physicians should be aware that all hospitalized patients and all outpatients at high risk for serious complications should be treated as soon as possible with one of three available influenza antiviral medications if influenza is suspected, regardless of a patient's vaccination status and without waiting for confirmatory testing," said Joe Bresee, branch chief in the CDC's Influenza Division.

Surviving an IED blast: Hidden brain damage found

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A rescue worker surveys a police vehicle which was damaged by a bomb explosion on the outskirts of Peshawar, February 8, 2011.
The brains of some Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and died later of other causes show a distinctive honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen nerve fibres throughout critical brain regions, including those that control executive function. The pattern is different from brain damage caused by car crashes, drug overdoses or collision sports, and may be the never-before-reported signature of blast injuries suffered by soldiers as far back as World War I.

Vassilis Koliatsos, M.D., professor of pathology, neurology, and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, recently published a study in Acta Neuropathologica Communications that found survivable blasts may cause hidden brain injuries that play a role in the psychological and social problems some veterans face after coming home.

Solutions: Guerrilla Gardening

The problems are obvious: food safety scandals, the death of family farming, food supply insecurity, the revolving door between corporate lobbyists and government regulators, and many more. The solution should be equally obvious: rolling up our sleeves and getting in the garden. Join us today as we explore this simple, natural solution to one of our most fundamental problems.

Comment: James Corbett gives an excellent overview of the current climate in the food world, from safety, production, regulation and control, to the evils of GMO foods. Corbett talks about The Lunatic Farmer: Joel Salatin and Polyface Farms solutions to the growing 'food problem'. Corbett also quotes from the excellent book Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation by William Engdahl
This skillfully researched book focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. "Control the food and you control the people."

This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO. Engdahl takes the reader inside the corridors of power, into the backrooms of the science labs, behind closed doors in the corporate boardrooms.

The author cogently reveals a diabolical World of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food production. If the book often reads as a crime story, that should come as no surprise. For that is what it is.

Engdahl's carefully argued critique goes far beyond the familiar controversies surrounding the practice of genetic modification as a scientific technique. The book is an eye-opener, a must-read for all those committed to the causes of social justice and World peace.


Gluten, leaky brain, & the connection to depression

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of getting to hang out with New York Times best selling author, and world renowned neurologist, Dr. David Perlmutter. If you aren't familiar with Dr. Perlmutter's work, check out Grain Brain. Some of the concepts in this book are revolutionary, and that brings me to the point of today's post.

Leaky barriers

Most people have heard of Leaky Gut, but it is rare to hear anyone talk about the concept of Leaky Brain Syndrome. I have discussed this concept before with Harvard researcher, Dr. Fasano, but only briefly Today I want to talk about one of the most debilitating diseases linked to a break down in the gastrointestinal barrier, but also potentially a break down in the blood brain barrier.

Depression. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the connection between gluten and depression. Part of this connection has to do with the role gluten plays in causing intestinal permeability (Leaky Gut). This process was discovered originally by Dr. Fasano. You can read a review of it here. The part less talked about has to do with gluten's impact on the microbiome (good bacteria in the gut). Studies have shown that gluten can alter the normal bacterial flora, and in doing so set the stage for decreased levels of regulatory gut bacteria, and increased levels of bacteria that contribute to inflammation. When you combine leaky gut with altered bacteria, you get an increased presence of bacteria and their by products in the blood. One type of bacterial byproduct is LPS (lipopolysaccharide). Studies have shown that when this happens, the immune system will produce inflammation trying to combat the presence of these translocated bacteria. This increase inflammation has been shown to alter the function of the brain, and a side effect of this is DEPRESSION.[1, 2, 3] The image below illustrates the connection:
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Comment: It is actually much worse: 'Gluten brain': Wheat cuts off blood flow to frontal cortex

Red Flag

Evolving Whooping Cough bacteria outsmarts Vaccine

Over the past few years, parents of unvaccinated children have been publicly blamed for increasing cases of B. pertussis whooping cough and deaths.

This despite the fact that even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admits that the rise in reported whooping cough cases cannot be blamed on unvaccinated children because "they are not the driving force behind the large scale outbreaks and epidemics."1

Going back decades, rates of whooping cough have been nearly identical in countries with high and low vaccination rates. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pertussis vaccination rates in the U.S. have remained stable or have increased since 1992.

It's important to realize that the pertussis vaccine has never conferred lifelong immunity to whooping cough - even after multiple doses.2

Other viruses and bacteria, such as parapertussis and RSV (which are not covered by the vaccine) can also be clinically misdiagnosed as pertussis if proper lab tests are not performed, while many cases of pertussis are never diagnosed by doctors or reported to the CDC.

Most importantly, researchers are now realizing that B. pertussis bacteria have evolved and become vaccine resistant. It is reminiscent of the way that bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics, thanks to the massive overuse of antibiotics in food production.

Comment: Read more about how vaccines fails to protect against Whooping Cough: