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Psychiatric drugs kill 500k+ Western adults annually, few positive benefits - leading scientist

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Psychiatric drugs lead to the deaths of over 500,000 people aged 65 and over annually in the West, a Danish scientist says. He warns the benefits of these drugs are "minimal," and have been vastly overstated.

Research director at Denmark's Nordic Cochrane Centre, Professor Peter Gøtzsche, says the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be halted without inflicting harm on patients. The Danish scientist's views were published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday.

His scathing analysis will likely prove controversial among traditional medics. However, concern is mounting among doctors and scientists worldwide that psychiatric medication is doing more harm than good. In particular, they say antipsychotic drugs have been overprescribed to many dementia patients in a bid to calm agitated behavior.

Gøtzsche warns psychiatric drugs kill patients year in year out, and hold few positive benefits. He says in excess of half a million citizens across the Western world aged 65 and over die annually as a result of taking these drugs.

"Their benefits would need to be colossal to justify this, but they are minimal," he writes.

"Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm."

Gøtzsche, who is also a clinical trials expert, says drug trials funded by big pharmaceutical companies tend to produce biased results because many patients took other medication prior to the tests.

He says patients cease taking the old drugs and then experience a phase of withdrawal prior to taking the trial pharmaceuticals, which appear highly beneficial at first.

The Danish professor also warns fatalities from suicides in clinical trials are significantly under-reported.

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Magnesium's importance far greater than previously imagined

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Calcium deficiency is a common nutritional concern, but how many folks consider the vital importance of magnesium in human health and disease?

New research published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics indicates that magnesium's role in human health and disease is far more significant and complicated than previously imagined.

While it is well known that all living things require magnesium, and that it is found in over 300 enzymes in the human body, including those enzymes utilizing or synthesizing ATP (the molecular unit of currency for energy transfer), the new studied titled, "3,751 magnesium binding sites have been detected on human proteins," indicates that a deficiency of magnesium may profoundly affect a far wider range of biological structures than previously understood.[i]

The proteome, or entire set of proteins expressed by the human genome, contains well over 100,000 distinct protein structures, despite the fact that there are believed to be only 20,300 protein-coding genes in the human genome.

The discovery of the "magneseome," as its being called, adds additional complexity to the picture, indicating that the presence or absence of adequate levels of this basic mineral may epigenetically alter the expression and behavior of the proteins in our body, thereby altering the course of both health and disease.

Comment: More important information on Magnesium: The Spark of Life:


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More human rights slashed: Vermont House removes Philosophical Vaccine Exemption

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On Tuesday, the Vermont house of Representatives voted to remove the philosophical exemption to Vermont's mandatory immunization law. As a result, it is now harder for parents to exempt their children from the mandatory immunization law on philosophical grounds only. The Vermont House voted 85 to 57, in a debate that lasted more than four hours in which dozens of House representatives wanted to express their opinion on what has become, and continues to become, a very controversial and emotional issue.

That being said, as outlined in the debate, which could have led to its passing is the fact that:
"Nothing in this amendment forces a parent to vaccinate their child. I vote to protect children and adults in our schools who are especially vulnerable to these dangerous vaccine preventable diseases." - Rep George Til (source)

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What does the U.S. Treasury do with Vaccine Excise Taxes it collects?

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Earlier this year I started to research what's known as the "Vaccine Injury Trust Fund," a "stash" of cash collected on every vaccine sold and given to children and adults in the USA.

That Trust Fund is "financed" by a $0.75 excise tax on each vaccine active recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On multi-valent vaccines, i.e., those containing more than one disease active e.g., trivalent vaccines like MMR, DTaP, etc., then 75 cents is paid for each valent, or a total of $2.25 for a 3-valent vaccine.

Now, here's an interesting aspect: The U.S. Department of Treasury collects those excise taxes and also manages the Trust Fund's investments. Investments? Sounds like there should be quite a stash in that Trust Fund portfolio since the U.S. Vaccine court has paid out just over $3 Billion [$3,159,410,649.38] [1] in claims and attorneys' fees as of June 30, 2015. That got me to wondering what the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund is valued at; where the money is invested; and that there should be an accounting of public record posted on the Internet.

Keeping all the above facts, figures, and questions in mind, I decided to contact the Treasury Department to obtain just one figure or value: The asset balance of the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund as of the last fiscal year end. Searching the Treasury's contact page, I made email contact with a bureaucrat [not naming names], who forwarded my email to another bureaucrat who, in turn, forwarded my email to another bureaucrat who turned out to be somewhat helpful.

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Cholera outbreak claims 50 lives in Kenya

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The Ministry of Health has finally issued a press release on the cholera outbreak that begun in Kenya on January 7.

As of May 11 there were 2,520 cases reported and 50 deaths.

The release also reports this preventable disease has hit 10 counties, including Nairobi, Migori, Homa Bay, Bomet, Mombasa, Narok, Murang'a, Kirinyiga, Baringo and Kiambu.

In other words, an infectious and often fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine, contracted from infected water supplies and causing severe vomiting and diarrhoea, has been slowly but surely sweeping through Kenyan homes and neighbourhoods for 18 weeks now.

Little has been heard from officialdom about why this outbreak has lasted so long and has been met with such feeble preventive measures. The prolonged drought and now the prevailing heavy rains have both been blamed.

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Brain-eating amoebas kill by turning your body against you

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Focal haemorrhage and necrosis in frontal cortex due to Naegleria fowleri
Don't be too hard on them. Amoebas that weasel their way into our brains and chow down on our grey matter aren't welcome, but it's how our immune system reacts that's really lethal. Setting the story straight could help us deal with them better.

Brain-eating amoebas (Naegleria fowleri) are found in warm freshwater pools around the world, feeding on bacteria. If someone swims in one of these pools and gets water up their nose, the amoeba heads for the brain in search of a meal. Once there, it starts to destroy tissue by ingesting cells and releasing proteins that make other cells disintegrate.

The immune system launches a counter-attack by flooding the brain with immune cells, causing inflammation and swelling. It seldom works: of the 132 people known to have been infected in the US since 1962, only three survived.

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At long last: German retail giant removes glyphosate from 350 stores

I recently snapped a photo from an advertising circular that was delivered to my home, proudly promoting Monsanto's 'probably carcinogenic' Round Up, on sale no less, at a local hardware store. While US garden and DIY stores are still selling cancer-causing poison in a jug, a German retail giant will no longer carry glyphosate-containing products as of September 30, 2015

More than 350 'toom Baumarkt DIY' stores belonging to the REWE Group are removing any product that contains this endocrine disrupting chemical concoction, and as of today, no such products can be re-ordered from their stores.

The company told the world about this new policy just recently in a press release (in German).

However, by the end of 2013, Toom Baumarkt had begun to remove this product and approximately 60 percent of glyphosate-containing products were removed from their shelves.

Instead, Toom Baumarkt offers its customers alternative, environmentally acceptable products. As the EU determines whether or not to ban glyphosate, the store will likely see sales soar, as people around the world are becoming educated about just how problematic glyphosate can be to humans, animals and the ecosystem.

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Rounded Up: Thousands of schools are surrounded by fields doused with toxic weed killers

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Genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, have led to an explosion in growers' use of herbicides, with the result that children at hundreds of elementary schools across the country go to class close by fields that are regularly doused with escalating amounts of toxic weed killers.

GMO corn and soybeans have been genetically engineered to withstand being blasted with glyphosate - an herbicide that the World Health Organization recently classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans." The proximity of many schools to fields blanketed in the chemical puts kids at risk of exposure.

But it gets worse.

Comment: Schools are surrounded with toxic weed killers, filled with toxic EMF and toxic 'food'. And then when the day is done most of the children then go home to live in poverty. The American Dream is a twisted nightmare. For more on Monsanto's contribution, check out:


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Scientists appeal to the UN on the emerging wireless public health crisis

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190 scientists from 38 nations have submitted the International EMF Scientist Appeal to the United Nations, UN member states and the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting they adopt more protective exposure guidelines for electromagnetic fields (EMF) and wireless technology in the face of increasing evidence of risk from this rapidly increasing environmental pollutant.

The scientists who have signed the Appeal have collectively published over 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on the biological or health effects of non-ionizing radiation. It was submitted on 11 may 2015 to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, to Dr. Margaret Chan, MD, Director General of the World Health Organization, and to the United Nations Member States.

Comment: For more on the dangers of EMF listen to Sott's Health and Wellness Radio show on the topic here.


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Multiple drug-resistant typhoid spreading across Africa and Asia

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A medical technician takes a blood sample from a patient to check for dengue and typhoid at a government health center in Jakarta
A deadly typhoid 'superbug' is spreading across Africa and Asia, creating a "previously under-appreciated and ongoing epidemic," a groundbreaking international study warns. H58, driven by a single family of the bacteria, is resistant to most antibiotics.

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, who have been studying the far-reaching infection, say typhoid affects around 30 million people each year. According to researchers, H58 has emerged and spread throughout Asia and Africa over the last 30 years.

Evidence of a recent unreported wave of H58 transmission in many countries in Africa has also been found.

The scientists say the study results add to the message that "bacteria do not obey international borders."

What sounds even worse is that H58 is currently "displacing other typhoid strains that have been established over decades and centuries throughout the typhoid endemic world, completely transforming the genetic architecture of the disease," the researchers, whose work has been published in the journal Nature Genetic, have pointed out in a statement. The large-scale research involved some 74 scientists in almost two dozen countries.