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Homeland Security may be scrambling if there's a pandemic

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Aid workers continue to fight the spreading Ebola virus in eastern Sierra Leone.
As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa grows worse, the Homeland Security Department is being faulted for mismanaging its supply of protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures, a watchdog found.

DHS Inspector General John Roth warned in a report dated Aug. 26 and sent to Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that DHS "did not develop and implement stockpile replenishment plans or inventory controls to monitor stockpiles, have adequate contract oversight processes, or ensure compliance with department guidelines" to assure supplies of respirators, surgical masks and hand sanitizer.

Congress in 2006 appropriated $47 million for DHS to plan, train and prepare for a possible pandemic, the inspector general noted. But without proper replenishment plans or inventory controls, DHS "has no assurance that the supplies on hand remain effective," said the report, prepared after numerous interviews and site visits to storage facilities.

Examples of poor control include ordering 16 million surgical masks without demonstrating a need for that quantity; 4,184 bottles of hand sanitizer that have expired (84 percent of the supply); and a storehouse of antiviral drugs of which 81 percent will expire by the end of 2015.

The department also failed to develop alternative use plans for the supplies, the watchdog said.

"DHS and its components do not know where its personal protective equipment is located, how much it has, and the usability of the stockpiles that exist," the report said. "DHS is responsible for ensuring it is adequately prepared to continue critical operations in the event of a pandemic."

The watchdog made 11 recommendations for improving management of the stockpiles. DHS agreed with them all, but argued that the auditors "overemphasized the final level of controls rather than viewing them in their role as last in a hierarchy of controls."
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Ebola could reach the U.S. by the end of September

There is an 18 percent chance that a case of the Ebola virus will reach the United States by the end of September, according to a study published on Tuesday in PLOS Currents: Outbreaks.

Despite restrictions reducing travel in and out of the infected countries by 80 percent, the study, which analyzes global flight patterns, suggests that a case of Ebola in the U.S. is becoming increasingly harder to avoid. It also lists the chance of the virus reaching the United Kingdom between 25 and 28 percent.

The analysis also warns that if the current West African outbreak is not contained the likelihood of the virus reaching Europe and the U.S. will "increase consistently."

The study lists just a five percent chance of Ebola occurring in the U.S. today, suggesting that the disease is far from contained to countries in West Africa. According to numbers obtained by the World Health Organization, there have been an estimated 3,685 cases and 1,841 deaths from the virus since the outbreak began.

Although two Americans - Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol - have been treated for Ebola in the U.S., both of them contracted the disease while working in Liberia. Doctors suggested that better medical care contributed to their eventual recovery.

A third infected American working in Liberia, Dr. Richard A. Sacra, is on his way to the U.S. for treatment.
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Rare respiratory virus: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center sets patient record

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A record number of patients were admitted to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Sept. 5
Medical officials admitted a record number of children to a local hospital over the weekend because of what they believe to be a rare respiratory virus spreading throughout the country.

Although there's been no confirmed cases of the enterovirus at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, officials admitted 540 patients Friday, said Dr. Derek Wheeler, associate chief of staff at the hospital.

The previous record was around 515, Wheeler said.

Some reports out of Missouri and Colorado suggest the virus, with symptoms similar to the common cold, brought sicker patients to hospitals, Wheeler said.

"We're just seeing the (increased) volumes, we haven't seen (patients) sicker than usual yet," he said.

Hospitals from other states have placed restrictions on visitations, but Wheeler said there are no plans to do that in Cincinnati.

The virus is similar to what doctors treat during cold and flu season. That means nothing really changes if a child comes down with the rare virus, he said.

"The bottom line is this is a virus you wouldn't treat with antibiotics, so other than the (high-level of) interest, there's no reason we would need to know it's an enterovirus," Wheeler said.

Comment: Related: Mysterious respiratory illness is spreading in Ohio, causing unusually high number of cases

Hundreds of children affected, severe respiratory virus reaches Colorado

Respiratory ailment: Hundreds of Midwest kids hospitalized

Unidentified respiratory virus hit more than 1000 children across 10 US states, likely to spread across country

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Imbalances in gut microbiome may cause rheumatoid arthritis

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The microbiome and rheumatoid arthritis. a | In healthy individuals, a well balanced host–microbial cross-talk is essential for the maintenance of homeostasis. A thick mucus layer and epithelial cells prevent direct contact with the gut-associated immune cells, which constantly survey the contents of the intestinal lumen and eliminate undesired antigens.
Did you know that the key to relieving the terrible pain of rheumatoid arthritis may lie...in your stomach?

Inside every single human on the planet - including you - there is a community of millions residing. It's called your microbiome, and it's made up of millions of tiny bacteria that work to help keep your body functioning. In fact, these little creatures are so abundant that they outnumber your cells by about 10 to one.

These bacteria largely live in your gut and serve a number of purposes that help your body function properly. We're getting to know the microbiome a little more, but for the most part, it is largely misunderstood.

But here's what I can tell you from what we know so far...

We know that these bacteria are largely good bacteria and that they live comfortably and amicably. They help to break down food, absorb nutrients, expend energy, and remove waste. They also aid in combatting foreign intruders, so you stay healthy. After all, there are even more bacteria living outside you - on every surface - that can make you sick. When one of these types of bacteria gets inside of you, your microbiome kills it. Your microbiome plays a major role in your immune system, constantly providing protection from illness of which you're likely unaware.

Your microbiome is largely determined by genetics, but it can be altered through diet and other lifestyle and environmental factors. Therefore, it is in flux depending on how you live. When you eat poorly, smoke, get older, have a hormonal imbalance, or get infected, your microbiome changes. An imbalance is created, and this can cause a number of problems.

One of which may be rheumatoid arthritis.

Comment: Proper diet is important to the functioning of the immune system. Research has shown that gluten consumption is connected with a number of auto-immune diseases, among them rheumatoid arthritis. See:

Gluten Sensitivity and Rheumatoid Arthritis - Is There A Connection?
Lectins, Gluten, Rheumatoid Arthritis, & Molecular Mimicry

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Lab tests confirm HPV viral DNA fragments bound to Gardasil adjuvant, creating new compound of unknown toxicity


There is something deeply wrong with a giant pharmaceutical company spending hundreds of millions of dollars to manipulate women and influence legislation in order to generate a revenue stream of billions of dollars a year for itself at the expense of a gullible public. Gardasil is possibly the most dangerous vaccine on the market, with the potential to injure, maim, or even kill the children who receive it.
Merck can say that Gardasil contains 'no viral DNA' all they want, but Dr. Sin Hang Lee had reported to the FDA just over two years ago that the vaccine contains fragments of DNA that shouldn't be in something we give young women - so why is Gardasil still on the market?

After conducting extensive research, Dr. Lee found that in 100% of lab samples tested, fragments of HPV-11, HPV-16, and HPV-18 L1 DNA firmly attached to Merck's proprietary aluminum adjuvant.

Even though SaneVax Inc reported their findings to the FDA, the controversial vaccine used to treat cervical cancer is still being sold, and the FDA states that 'these fragments pose no health risk.' Once again, the FDA has ignored science which proves that a drug created by a big pharmaceutical company is less than safe.

Dr. Lee also found that the HPV DNA fragments were not only bound to Merck's proprietary aluminum adjuvant, but they had also adopted a non-B conformation, thereby creating a novel (new) chemical compound of unknown toxicity.

Comment: What many people fail to appreciate is that the human papilloma virus is a sexually transmitted disease, not a virus you can get by shaking someone's hand. Further, at least 50 percent of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives - and 90 percent of the time the virus clears up on its own within two years, and does not lead to cancer.

As of November 2013 there have been 31,741 adverse effects, including 6248 permanent injuries and 144 deaths recorded following Gardasil vaccine.

Lead vaccine developer comes clean so she can "sleep at night"
Time for the Truth about Gardasil
Gardasil: Medical torture and child abuse by Big Pharma

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Inside the pseudo-scientific fraud of psychiatry

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This is an article about the intentional construction of false reality.

Not a minor construction - a huge, enduring, institutional, wing-flapping, money-munching, poison-dispensing, Matrix-welding, yet "humanity-saving" invention.

In the wake of CDC whistleblower William Thompson's confession that he buried a vaccine-autism connection, some people reacted with shock - as if this was the first case of rank fraud that had ever taken place within the hallowed halls of medical research.

How about a whole branch of modern medicine that is a fraud from top to bottom?

Let us turn the page to Psychiatry.

And the lying liars who lie about it.

Most Americans don't have a clue about the way psychiatry actually works or its pose of being a science.

The public hears techno-speak and nods and surrenders.

Comment: For more on the fraud of psychiatry see:
The Total Failure of Modern Psychiatry

Or, listen to this SOTT Talk Radio podcast on the topic here:
SOTT Talk Radio: Good Science, Bad Science - Psychology and Psychiatry

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Ebola infections growing 'exponentially', 2000 dead over 3,600 infected...

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Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia, on Friday. The fear sparked by the Ebola outbreak is having a serious economic impact on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three nations already at the bottom of global economic and social indicators.
The Ebola virus is spreading exponentially across Liberia as patients fill taxis in a fruitless search for medical care, the World Health Organization said Monday.

In Sierra Leone, a doctor working for WHO tested positive and was preparing to be evacuated from the country. Meanwhile, the newest U.S. patient, a doctor infected in Liberia, was feeling a little better and could even eat a little, doctors treating him in Nebraska said.

The various reports illustrated in the clearest possible way the disparities driving the epidemic in West Africa, where there's almost no medical system structure. The three patients evacuated to the United States have all begun to recover quickly once they get good supportive care, which includes around-the-clock nursing care and good nutrition.

WHO and other groups have been warning that the situation in Liberia and Sierra Leone and Guinea is dire. It'sespecially bad in Liberia, WHO said Monday.

"Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially," WHO said in a statement.


Comment: The virus will continue to spread and cause havoc, a reflection of the state of human affairs. For more, check out Earth Changes: The Human-Cosmic Connection

Attention

Congressman's office in possession of 100,000 CDC whistleblower documents?

Congressman Bill Posey's office has confirmed exclusively to Benswann.com that a "very large number" of documents have been turned over by CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, who has admitted that the CDC suppressed information about the links between the MMR vaccine and autism in some cases.

According to Congressman Posey's spokesman, George Cecala, "I can confirm that we have received a very large number of documents and we are going through those documents now. There are a lot of them, so it will take some time." Cecala could not say exactly how many documents are in possession of the Congressman's staff though sources tell me that as many as 100,000 documents have been handed over.

As we have reported, a statement released on August 27th by Dr. Thompson in response to media coverage is that he and co-authors from a 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics did in fact omit important information from a study on the link between vaccines and autism. Below is an excerpt from Thompson's statement.
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Early onset dementia on the rise in the U.K.: Estimates suggest more than 42,000 cases

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More than twice as many cases of early dementia as was thought among those aged between 30 and 65
More than twice as many people in the UK have dementia before the age of 65 than was previously thought, new figures show.

A report due to be published this week says that 42,000 people are now estimated to be suffering early onset dementia, including thousands of cases among those in their 40s, and more than 700 cases among those in their 30s.

The new statistics also show the condition is slightly more common among men than women.

Experts said doctors too often missed symptoms of dementia in younger people, assuming they were too young to be suffering from the condition. They said services and society needed to do more to help those coming to terms with a diagnosis of dementia.

Comment: See:

Study: Alzheimer's deaths much more common than realized
Ketogenic diet reduces symptoms of Alzheimer's

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WHO: Thousands of new Ebola cases expected in Liberia

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A Liberian woman stands as health workers wearing protective clothing prepare to carry an abandoned dead body presenting with Ebola symptoms at Duwala market in Monrovia
Thousands of new Ebola cases are expected this month in Liberia, where the deadly disease is spreading exponentially and has already killed over 1,000 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

"Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially," the WHO said in a statement on Monday."Many thousands of new cases are expected in Liberia over the coming 3 weeks."

The United Nations agency said that conventional methods to control the outbreak of the virus "are not having an adequate impact in Liberia."

Out of all the nations hit by the disease, the West African country has the highest number of reported Ebola cases and deaths.

"The case-fatality rate, at 58 percent, is also among the highest," the WHO said. As of September 8, over 1,000 people have died out of nearly 2,000 cases.
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