Health & Wellness


Painkillers: FDA urges tighter rein on Hydrocodone pain medication - while simultaneously approving another

In the year 2011, more than five billion hydrocodone-containing pain pills were prescribed to an estimated 47 million American patients.

According to a recent report1 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in little over one decade (1999-2010), deaths from prescription painkiller overdose - whether accidental or intentional - leapt up 400 percent among women and 265 percent in men.

Last year, CNN's chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta also reported that:2
"Distribution of morphine, the main ingredient in popular painkillers, increased 600 percent from 1997-2007, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.3
In the United States, we now prescribe enough pain pills to give every man, woman and child one every four hours, around the clock, for three weeks."
Not surprisingly, deaths from these addictive and dangerous drugs have ballooned and become a significant societal problem. Overall, prescription drug deaths have far surpassed deaths from illicit street drugs, accounting for about three-quarters of all drug overdose deaths in the US.

Funny how among all this prescription drug carnage, American politicians still have the gall to single out dietary supplements as the threat to public health to be curbed through more stringent regulations and safety testing...
Among women, the overdose death rate is currently highest among 45 to 54-year olds, suggesting that at least a portion of these drugs are probably prescribed appropriately for pain. Unfortunately, many fail to realize just how addictive these drugs are, and how they affect other systems in your body.
Red Flag

Food Fascists - GMO and Pesticide Manufacturers - the down and dirty

After decades of rearing hogs, Danish farmer IbBorup Pedersen was alarmed at the growing incidence of malformations and biological defects among his newborn piglets. Deformities included gaps in piglets' skulls, deformed bones, missing limbs and even a female piglet with testicles. Never having witnessed such large numbers of deformed pigs before, Pedersen realized that it was after switching three years earlier to Monsanto's GMO feed - which had been grown with glyphosate - that these birth defects began to appear. Pedersen had the piglets' bodies sent to a Danish laboratory for analysis. The results were clear; there were high concentrations of Monsanto's glyphosate pesticide, commonly known as Roundup, in the piglets' organs.[1] The analyses' findings were subsequently published in a recent Journal of Environmental and Analytical Toxicology.[2]

Pedersen's experience is another blow against Monsanto's public relations campaign to convince governments, farmers and consumers that Roundup is one of the world's safest pesticides and poses no risk to animal and human health. For many years Monsanto has stood by this myth with fanatical religious fervor against all existing independent evidence to the contrary.

Chemical used by Colgate Total toothpaste to fight off gum disease is linked to cancer

A chemical that has been linked to cancer cell growth is being used by millions of Americans in toothpaste every day, it has emerged.

The company behind Colgate Total insists that triclosan, which it uses to stave off gum disease, is safe to use because the toothpaste was approved in 1997 by the Food and Drug Administration.

But the toxicology documents used by the FDA to approve the toothpaste were only released early this year after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit last year - and reveal the agency relied upon company-backed science to reach its conclusion, Bloomberg News reported.

The 35-page report reveals the FDA had concerns that triclosan could increase the risk of cancer - but Colgate said the chemical was only problematic in large doses.

Comment: By the same token, the same policy should immediately apply to GMOs! See Are GMOs promoting autism, anti-social and cannibalistic behaviors?


Is this really why Ebola health workers are collapsing?

Nurses take care of a patient with Ebola
Nurses take care of a patient with Ebola hemorrhagic fever.
Ebola health workers in boiling hot suits, toxic chemicals

In recent articles, I stated it's a mistake to jump to a conclusion about what's really making doctors and nurses sick in African Ebola clinics. (see here and here).

Here's a missing factor in understanding what is happening to some of those doctors and nurses.

I'm not talking about Ebola. I'm talking about physiological shock, huge and sudden dehydration, and more.

On top of that, factor in a falsely positive diagnostic Ebola test for a few of those health workers, and what do you have? A nightmare.

From the Daily Mail, August 5, an article headlined, "In boiling hot suits...":

"Doctor Hannah Spencer revealed how she wills herself to feel safe inside a boiling hot air-sealed Hazmat suit..."

"Boiling: Doctors and nurses lose up to five litres in sweat during an hour-long shift in the suits and have to spend two hours rehydrating after..."

"To minimise the risk of infection they have to wear thick rubber boots that come up to their knees, an impermeable body suit, gloves, a face mask, a hood and goggles to ensure no air at all can touch their skin."

"Dr. Spencer, 27, and her colleagues lose up to five litres of sweat during a shift treating victims and have to spend two hours rehydrating afterwards."

"At their camp they go through multiple decontaminations which includes spraying chlorine on their shoes."

"Dr. Spencer: 'We would like to keep a [patient] visit between 45 minutes and one hour, but now, we're stretching it to almost two hours. We put ourselves through a very strong physiological stress when we're using personal protection gear.'"

"'We sweat, we're losing water; we're getting hotter and it wreaks havoc on the body. Our own endurance starts to wear down.'"

Canada will donate up to 1,000 experimental Ebola vaccine doses to WHO

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A file photo taken on June 28, 2014 shows a member of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) putting on protective gear at the isolation ward of the Donka Hospital in Conakry, where people infected with the Ebola virus are being treated
​Canada has offered to donate its experimental Ebola virus vaccine to West African States after the WHO said it would be ethical to use untested vaccines to try and contain the outbreak that has already claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHA) the country sees the vaccine as a global resource and is in talks with the US and the World Health Organization to coordinate the best application of a limited number of doses in its possession.

The deputy head of PHA Dr. Gregory Taylor estimates that Canada has about 1,500 doses of the vaccine, which has not yet been tested on people, saying that 1,000 doses of vaccine could be sent abroad for use, Canadian Press reports.

Taylor also warned that since the drug is yet to be tested on humans, it's not clear what dosage is needed to protect a person, so those numbers could change.

Comment: New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection

Comets, plagues, tobacco and the origin of life on earth

Pestilence, the Great Plague and the Tobacco Cure

Black Death found to be Ebola-like virus

Beneficial tobacco: Monoclonal antibodies derived from tobacco thwart West Nile virus

Health Benefits of Smoking Tobacco


Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in US, 'Greatest country in the world'

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Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade, prompting concern that a generation of baby boomers who have faced years of economic worry and easy access to prescription painkillers may be particularly vulnerable to self-inflicted harm. More people now die of suicide than in car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which published the findings in Friday's issue of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In 2010 there were 33,687 deaths from motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 suicides.

Suicide has typically been viewed as a problem of teenagers and the elderly, and the surge in suicide rates among middle-aged Americans is surprising.

From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among Americans ages 35 to 64 rose by nearly 30 percent, to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 13.7. Although suicide rates are growing among both middle-aged men and women, far more men take their own lives. The suicide rate for middle-aged men was 27.3 deaths per 100,000, while for women it was 8.1 deaths per 100,000.

The most pronounced increases were seen among men in their 50s, a group in which suicide rates jumped by nearly 50 percent, to about 30 per 100,000. For women, the largest increase was seen in those ages 60 to 64, among whom rates increased by nearly 60 percent, to 7.0 per 100,000.

"The only thing different about that day was that shot" - Girl with sore throat given HPV vaccine, dies hours after leaving doctor

Meredith Prohaska
A disturbing mystery - and a tragic end to a very young life. A 12-year-old Waukesha girl is dead - and there is seemingly no reason why - except perhaps, one.

Meredith Prohaska was an active, fun-loving 12-year-old girl one minute. A few hours later - she was unresponsive on the floor. In between that time, there was a trip to the doctor - and now, Prohaska's family wonders if that's what killed her.

"I'm a tough guy. I can take a beating - but this has ripped a hole in my heart," Prohaska's father, Mark Prohaska said.

Prohaska is describes as a girl who loved to be active - swimming and playing basketball while in sixth grade at Butler Middle School.

She loved to take part in activities at Horeb Springs Park.

"Vibrant. Full of life. She was our sunshine. Everywhere I go, everything I do - I see her," Rebecca Prohaska said.


Vaccines are neither safe nor effective in disease prevention. Make sure you do the research and arm yourself with knowledge before consenting to another shot for your children. Don't end up being another statistic.

Read more about the serious health effects of HPV vaccines:

Scientists explain why HPV vaccines are unsafe
HPV Scientist Speaks Out
Deaths Associated with HPV Vaccine Start Rolling In, Over 3500 Adverse Affects Reported
Study Reveals Serious HPV Vaccine Problems: Fainting, Blood Clots, Death Among Risks
More parents say they won't vaccinate daughters against HPV, researchers find
Gardasil genetic fingerprints found in postmortem samples of girls given vaccine
Does Gardasil Actually Increase Your Risk of Cervical Cancer?
Gardasil HPV Vaccines Found Contaminated with Recombinant DNA
Gardasil: New study brings more safety questions to light
The HPV Vaccine: Herd Immunity or Human Sacrifice?
Researchers Question If HPV Vaccine Is Worth the Risk

Alarm Clock

Group of Ebola Exposed Missionaries coming to Charlotte North Carolina

Charlotte, NC
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Wonderful news. Great news. Absolutely great!

An UNDISCLOSED NUMBER of people who had contact with the Ebola virus are coming to Charlotte, North Carolina.

It was dumb to bring the infected to Atlanta, now it's become really REALLY dumb, bringing people over here to wait 21 days to find out , why not a quarantine boat, or overseas?!


The question about Ebola that no one can answer

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How in the world is it possible that more than 170 health workers have been infected by the Ebola virus? That is the one question about Ebola that nobody can seem to answer. The World Health Organization is reporting this as a fact, but no explanation is given as to why this is happening. We are just assured that Ebola "is not airborne" and that getting infected "requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person". If this is true, then how have more than 170 health workers caught the disease? These workers are dressed head to toe in suits that are specifically designed to prevent the spread of the virus. So how is this happening? I could understand a handful of "mistakes" by health workers, but this is unlike anything that we have ever seen in the history of infectious diseases. These health workers take extraordinary precautions to keep from getting the virus. If it is spreading so easily to them, what chance is the general population going to have?

Comment: Are you prepping your diet?


Four new Ebola cases in Nigeria connected to consultant with Liberian Ministry of Finance

Patrick Sawyer
Well, this isn't good:

The World Health Organization reported four new cases of Ebola in Nigeria Friday, all of them among health care workers and others who had contact with American consultant Patrick Sawyer, a spokesman said.

"They're all contacts of Patrick Sawyer," said Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the WHO in Geneva. He said all are health care workers, cleaners or others at the hospital where Sawyer was taken after he collapsed in the airport following a flight from Liberia to Nigeria. "We know that he had contact with very few people at the airport," Hartl said.

Sawyer died in Lagos, Nigeria, on July 25. The Liberian-born American citizen collapsed in the Lagos airport after displaying symptoms of Ebola on his flight there. He had been planning to visit the U.S. weeks later to be at the birthday parties for his daughters.

The fact that four people who had contact with Sawyer have Ebola is worrisome because it raises the specter of transmitting the disease beyond Lagos, Hartl said. But the Nigerian ambassador to the U.S. said there have been no Ebola cases outside of the city.

Sawyer is one of three Americans known to be infected with Ebola. The other two - Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol - were flown back to the U.S. for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. And the outbreak has created some concern in the U.S.; earlier this week, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York was testing a patient for Ebola, sparking fears, only for it to turn out that the patient didn't have it.

Comment: "A man whose death is believed to be Nigeria's first in a still-widening Ebola virus outbreak was planning a trip to Minnesota to visit his family next month, his wife said. Patrick Sawyer, a 40-year-old consultant with the Liberian Ministry of Finance, was en route to a conference when he collapsed upon arrival in Lagos, Nigeria, the Associated Press reported."

Suspected U.S. Ebola victim in Nigeria had planned a visit to Minnesota

See also: Liberia declares state of emergency as Ebola death toll reaches 932