Health & Wellness


New Federal Vaccine Mandate proposed: All shots required, no parental exemptions

Florida Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-24) has introduced a bill, House Resolution H.R. 2232, that will require all states to mandate all students enrolled in public schools receive all the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Policy, a federal body compromised of vaccine-industry representatives, which includes vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Paul Offit's rota virus vaccine, annual flu shots, and dozens of others. States that do not comply will not be eligible for grants for "preventive health services" under the Public Health Services Act.

Comment: The following article was published back in 2009, it is apparent, after the recent California SB277 Vaccine Bill Passed that the ACIP will have it's way:
Profits, Not Science, Motivate Vaccine Mandates

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of individuals hand-picked by members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends which vaccines are administered to American children. Working mainly in secret, ACIP members frequently have financial links to vaccine manufacturers. Dependent on federal CDC funding, administrators of state vaccination programs follow CDC directives by influencing state legislators to mandate new vaccines. Federal vaccine funds can be denied to states that do not "vigorously enforce" mandatory vaccination laws.

Conversely, the CDC offers financial bounties to state departments of health for each "fully vaccinated" child. In a recent year, the Ohio Department of Health received $1 million in such CDC bonus payments.


Asbestos fibers found in children's toys manufactured in China

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Asbestos fibers have been found in crayons and children's toys sold in the US, according to a new report from a health advocacy group.

The EWG Action Fund is calling for a ban on asbestos in consumer products after it found the substance in four out of 28 brands of crayons, according to a report released by the group on Wednesday.

Two brands of toy crime-lab kits of the 21 which were tested were also reported to have contained the carcinogenic substances. They had been purchased from and Asbestos was found in the kits' fingerprint dusting powders, and these products had higher concentrations than the tested brand of crayon did.

Comment: This is not the first time that toxic substances have been found in products manufactured in China. More worrisome is that there are probably many more instances of contaminated products that are not being disclosed to the public.


Information theory: An excess of 'useless' information weakens the immune system, 'making people prone to cancer'

The warning came at a conference in Tomsk from Heidelberg University professor Julia Kzhyshkowska.

Dr Kzhyshkowska, of the Blood Transfusion and Clinical Immunology Institute, Mannheim Medical Faculty, was addressing a congress on links between cancer tumours and 'microenvironments'.

A factor in causing cancer is 'unrecognised chronic stress', participants were told. This can be the result of an uncontrolled flow of information, quite often negative, which faces people in the modern world on a daily basis.

People don't think they need to protect themselves from it as they don't see it as a threat, yet it should be seen as a factor in causing cancer alongside genetic predisposition, the effect of pathogenic organisms (viruses and bacteria) and environmental aspects.

'In fact, the influence of the information field is more dangerous than ecological factors,' said Dr Kzhyshkowska. 'We can measure and control ecological factors - but we don't know what to do with mountains of excess information that scares and disturbs us- and worries us with whatever extra possibilities it brings along.

'The information field speculates on peoples psyche and does it successfully because most of us cannot filter waste information.'


The massive fitness trend that's not actually healthy at all

The world can be a crazy place, we all know that. And giving in to the fear that is endlessly manufactured by the media is a constant temptation on the path to fitness greatness. It's also true that sometimes sh!t gets real, and we need to be prepared to adapt instantly. Why? Because...

Life Is a Battle!

But (and it's a big fat booty butt) just because life is a battle doesn't mean you have to destroy yourself every time you go to the gym. Any serious athlete knows that rest, recovery, and periodization (smartly modifying intensity based on goals, performance, and ability) are absolutely crucial to optimal performance (aka kicking ass).

There is a massive trend in the fitness industry to glorify exercise as an all-out war on the body. I call it the militarization of fitness—all the boot camps, Marine-inspired workouts, ridiculously intense body building routines, and general glorification of pain. Even our recovery and regeneration techniques are prioritized by how painful they are. (Got a knot in your hip flexor? Go roll that sh!t with a baseball!)

This trend is a symptom of a much larger disease. We live in a culture obsessed with aggression, and it has found its way into every facet of our lives, even our workouts.

Life Preserver

Curcumin's role in the fight against deadly viruses

The global race for an Ebola drug or vaccine is on, with hundreds of millions of dollars of resources invested, but could our best bet already be hiding in plain sight within our spice racks?

A new study published in the journal In Vivo titled,"Curcumin Suppression of Cytokine Release and Cytokine Storm. A Potential Therapy for Patients with Ebola and Other Severe Viral Infections," has raised an intriguing possibility: that one of the world's most prized spices could provide an effective treatment against deadly viruses like Ebola that have no known conventional treatment to date.

Turmeric is about 3-5% curcumin by dry weight. It is one of the most extensively researched substances on the planet, with over 1540 studies available to view on our database alone. Amazingly, it has been identified to have potential or actual therapeutic value in over 600 health conditions. The discovery that it may also be an important anti-Ebola agent while new, is not surprising, given how profoundly it appears to ameliorate hundreds of causes of physical suffering, many of them associated with opportunistic infections with viruses, parasites and bacteria.

Comment: For more information on the many beneficial properties of turmeric, see:

Alarm Clock

Sleep deprivation and health - most of us are the 'walking dead'

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This is the third piece in a three-part series on sleep. Read part one, on falling asleep, and part two, on sleeping and dreaming.

Did you get enough sleep last night? Are you feeling fully awake, like your brightest, smartest, and most capable self? This, unfortunately, is a pipe dream for the majority of Americans. "Most of us are operating at suboptimal levels basically always," the Harvard neurologist and sleep medicine physician Josna Adusumilli told me. Fifty to seventy million Americans, Adusumilli says, have chronic sleep disorders.

In a series of conversations with sleep scientists this May, facilitated by a Harvard Medical School Media Fellowship, I learned that the consequences of lack of sleep are severe. While we all suffer from sleep inertia (a general grogginess and lack of mental clarity), the stickiness of that inertia depends largely on the quantity and quality of the sleep that precedes it. If you're fully rested, sleep inertia dissipates relatively quickly. But, when you're not, it can last far into the day, with unpleasant and even risky results.

Many of us have been experiencing the repercussions of inadequate sleep since childhood. Judith Owens, the director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital, has been studying the effects of school start times on the well-being of school-age kids—and her conclusions are not encouraging. Most adults are fine with about eight hours of sleep, but toddlers need around thirteen hours, including a daytime nap. Teens need around nine and a half hours; what's more, they tend to be night owls, whose ideal circadian rhythm has them going to bed and waking up late. As schools have pushed their start times earlier and earlier—a trend that first started in the sixties, Owens says—the health effects on students have been severe. "It's not just sleep loss. It's circadian disruption," Owens says. "They have to wake up when their brain tells them to be deeply asleep. Waking a teen at six in the morning is like waking an adult at three at night."

The result is a kind of constant jet lag—and one that is exacerbated by sleeping in on the weekends. Executive function and emotional responses get worse, hurting everything from judgment to emotional reactivity. The ability to make good decisions can suffer, and kids can become more prone to act out and get depressed. In fact, the rise in A.D.H.D. diagnoses may, in part, be the result of inadequate sleep: in children, symptoms of sleep deprivation include hyperactivity and impaired interpretation of social cues. Owens has seen many such misdiagnoses in her clinical practice. The effects are physical, as well. Children who undersleep are more likely to gain weight and become obese. Even for infants as young as six months, amounts of sleep can predict weight gain three years later.


Cui bono? Discrediting the grain and dairy-free movement

The New York Times ran a silly piece entitled The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten by journalist Moises Velasquez-Manoff, yet another defense of the "eat more healthy whole grain" status quo. I enjoy reading most pieces from the New York Times, but they blundered in published this piece of simple-minded tripe.

I keep on hoping that some of the critics of Wheat Belly finally get their facts straight so that we can actually have a meaningful debate on the issues. Mr. Velasquez-Manoff - as so many other journalists and paid authors before him - fails to deliver, instead providing a misguided, anemic discussion that makes no unique new arguments.

The author failed to do his homework and was completely unaware that gluten is just one wheat component amount dozens, if not hundreds, of factors in this grain that pose dangers to humans who consume them. Or, as appears to be happening quite frequently, this piece is meant to be diversionary, hoping to draw attention to this relatively limited issue of gluten while ignoring all the other issues, like arguing that tar is the only concern with cigarette smoking, misleading you to believe that low-tar cigarettes must therefore be healthy. Take your pick but, either way, this piece is yet another in a long line of articles that, I believe, fail to acknowledge all the other issues that arise when human try to consume the seeds of grasses, i.e., "grains."

Comment: The myriad ways that the consumption of grain and dairy products have negatively impacted the health of millions have been well-documented. It appears that as more people become aware of the dangers posed by these products and begin to change their diets, the agriculture industry is fighting back to regain their profit margins. One has to wonder if the corporate controlled media prints such disinformation at the behest of BigAg.


A hard nut to crack: Reducing chemical migration in food-contact materials

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Many manufacturers are eager to alleviate the problem of chemical migration from food packaging, but progress in identifying viable alternative materials has been incremental at best.
When we buy food, we're often buying packaging, too. From cherries to Cheez-It® crackers, modern foods are processed, transported, stored, and sold in specialized materials that account, on average, for half the cost of the item, according to Joseph Hotchkiss, a professor in Michigan State University's School of Packaging. Consumer-level food packaging serves a wide range of functions, such as providing product information, preventing spoilage, and protecting food during the journey from production to retail to pantry, fridge, or freezer. That's why food producers lavish so much time and money on it.

But what happens when these valuable and painstakingly engineered containers leach chemicals and other compounds into the food and drink they're designed to protect? Such contamination is nearly ubiquitous; it happens every day, everywhere packaged food is found, with all common types of packaging, including glass, metal, paper, and plastic.1,2,3,4

Even as awareness of the issue grows, large-scale solutions that are scientifically and financially viable remain out of reach. The challenges in reaching them are many. Yet some of the world's leading health authorities and largest food producers are working toward fixes (and in cases already deploying them), despite the absence of scientific consensus or regulatory requirements around most food-packaging chemicals of concern.

Comment: For a more in depth look at the toxic chemicals found in food packaging and their affects on human health read the following articles:

Top Secret

"The 21st Century Cures Act" is on its way - Here's why you haven't heard about it

The 21st Century Cures Act is going through the U.S. Congress right now, and it will likely pass into law unless some opposition materializes (it passed through the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee with a vote of 51 to 0). The Act is a give-away to the pharmaceutical industry, removing many of the safety mechanisms in place that are supposed to keep the public protected from unsafe drugs and medical devices.

The 21st Century Cures Act allows drugs to be rushed to the market, removes phase 3 testing as a requirement for drug approval, bases drug approval on biomarkers rather than actual health outcomes, and encourages the production of new antibiotics at a time when microbiome destruction is increasingly being linked to chronic diseases.


SOTT Exclusive: Natural Pet Health: Emergency signs, or when you need to take your pet to the vet as soon as possible

In this article we are going to talk about the signs your pets may display in cases of emergency situations. These are situations that require you to take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible. But sometimes you are unable to do so, due to various circumstances, or can't take them immediately or soon enough. Maybe your car is broken, or maybe you live too far away, or maybe 5 feet of snow block the entrance to your house. Unfortunately, with the upcoming Ice Age and recent extreme weather, this scenario is very real.

So becoming aware of various situations where you yourself would have to provide basic emergency care may turn out to be crucial.

First of all, it's important to remember that our furry members of the family can't talk - at least not in a way we can always understand. Therefore, it's vital to observe your pet on a daily basis and know their usual behavior in order to be able to see when something is wrong. It is also important in order to give accurate and as extensive as possible information to your veterinarian. Just like with humans, if your pets have allergies or any medical sensitivities, or if you already gave them any medicine, it's also very important to mention it.

And if you aren't sure, refrain from giving your pets so-called human medicine, like aspirin, for example. It may not be lethal for dogs, but cats lack an enzyme critical for metabolizing salicylic acid (the active ingredient of aspirin) properly. The resulting symptoms can range from simply scary (like tremors or foaming), up to loss of consciousness and death.