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Roundup and GMO's: Damaging your mitochondria and creating disease

In the featured video, Jeffrey Smith interviews Dr. Alex Vasquez, M.D., Ph.D., author of about 100 papers and 15 scientific books, and Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a Senior Research Scientist at MIT and author of about 200 papers, about the impact of glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — on your mitochondria.

As noted by Jeffrey, this is a very important topic, as mitochondrial dysfunction is an underlying foundational element of most diseases.

Why the Health of Your Mitochondria Matters

As explained by Vasquez, in addition to producing most of your body's energy in the form of ATP, your mitochondria also participate in many other processes, such as cellular signaling.

According to Vasquez, the data is "impressively clear" that those with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure have dysfunctional mitochondria.

Your mitochondria also play an important role in inflammation, and control apoptosis (cell death). These two roles make your mitochondria a player in diseases such as cancer, for example, as damaged cells fail to receive the message to self-destruct, and therefore continue their malignant growth.

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CDC confirms case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in Texas

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a Zika virus case in Texas that was acquired through sexual transmission.

"Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first Zika virus case acquired through sexual transmission in Dallas County in 2016," a statement from the county said.

The county said that a patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present. The patient had not travelled to area.

A statement sent to CTV News from the CDC on Tuesday said the patient was the first case of the Zika virus in a "non-traveller in the continental United States."

Comment: For more information, see The Zika freakout: Is there more to this virus scare than meets the eye?


Info

Grinding your teeth? How to prevent worsening symptoms

Headaches, cracked teeth and sleep disturbance: Bruxism can take a heavy toll on a person's quality of life. Treatment methods for bruxism are as varied as its causes, and now even Botox has been called into the battle against the painful disorder.

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth, usually without even being aware of it. It affects about 8 to 10 percent of all adults, and its symptoms include:
  • Aching or tight jaw muscles
  • Headaches or facial pain
  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitive teeth

Beaker

Toxic world: Americans are guinea pigs in the greatest uncontrolled experiment ever launched

Just over three years ago, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leased by BP killed 11 people, injured 17, and -- according to government estimates -- polluted the Gulf of Mexico with 210 million gallons of Louisiana sweet crude. It turns out, however, that the casualty toll didn't end with those 28 workers. The real number may reach into the thousands.

Last year, BP pled guilty to 14 felonies stemming from the disaster, including misleading Congress about the amount of oil that gushed into the gulf. But that wasn't the only way BP attempted to cover up the extent of the spill. The main method was using 1.84 million gallons of a substance known as Corexit that acts to "attach itself to leaked oil, break it into droplets, and disperse them into the vast reaches of the gulf, thereby keeping the oil from reaching Gulf Coast shorelines."

Writing for Newsweek and with the support of the Nation Institute's Investigative Fund, Mark Hertsgaard recently laid bare how Corexit was utilized and the dire effects it apparently had on the men and women who worked to "clean" the gulf in the wake of BP's historically unprecedented spill. People like Jamie Griffin. A BP representative reportedly assured Griffin that the smelly sludge cleanup workers were tracking into the "floating hotel" where she was a cook would be "as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid" -- so she scrubbed and scrubbed to clean it up. "Within days," Hertsgaard writes, "the 32-year-old single mother was coughing up blood and suffering constant headaches." She soon "fell ill with a cluster of excruciating, bizarre, grotesque ailments... unstoppable muscle spasms were twisting her hands into immovable claws... she began losing her short-term memory... The right side, but only the right side, of her body 'started acting crazy. It felt like the nerves were coming out of my skin. It was so painful. My right leg swelled -- my ankle would get as wide as my calf -- and my skin got incredibly itchy.'"

Attention

BPA substitute can accelerate embryonic development, disrupt reproductive system

© Zebrafish Lab
UCLA-led research team studied zebrafish because their transparent embryos make it relatively easy to “watch” cell growth
Companies advertise BPA-free plastic as a safer version of products ranging from water bottles to sippy cups to toys. Many manufacturers stopped using bisphenol A, a chemical that is used to strengthen plastic, after studies linked it to early puberty and a rise in breast and prostate cancers

However, bisphenol S, or BPS, a common replacement for BPA in plastics, has also been linked to health risks. New UCLA-led research demonstrates some of the mechanisms that make BPS just as harmful as BPA. The study found that BPS speeds up embryonic development and disrupts the reproductive system in animals.

Comment: Also see BPS has same health effects as BPA


Health

Researchers give a boost to c-section babies with 'bacterial seeding'

Sometimes there is no choice for women delivering, however elective C-sections are more likely to develop health problems in newborns than those delivered naturally. Some of this relates to critical hormonal and physiological changes during labour which help babies develop. But giving babies a swab of vaginal fluid after they've been born by cesarean section gives them a different and beneficial set of gut bacteria which may alter the path of human health.

A Danish study examining 34,000 deliveries suggests babies born by C-section were up to four times more likely to have respiratory problems than those born naturally.

A recent study also showed that caesarean born babies are also at double the risk of becoming obese children as those delivered naturally.

Stop

New study: Long-term marijuana use linked to decline in verbal memory

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As marijuana becomes more accessible to young and old alike in the U.S., researchers warn that long-term use of the drug may cause lasting harm to at least one type of brain function.

A new study based on following thousands of young adults into middle age finds that long-term marijuana use is linked to poorer performance on verbal memory tests, but other areas of brain function do not appear to be affected.

"We did not expect to find such a consistent association with verbal memory for chronic exposure to marijuana," especially since the link held even when other factors like cigarette smoking, alcohol use and other behavioral factors associated with marijuana use were accounted for, said lead author Dr. Reto Auer of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Auer and colleagues analyzed data from a 25-year U.S. study of young adults, which included repeated measures of marijuana exposure over time and a standardized test of verbal memory, processing speed and executive function in year 25. Almost 3,500 participants completed the standardized tests.

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Public Broadcasting System: A front for Big Pharma?

A PBS Frontline documentary argues that supplements are useless—relying on "expert testimony" from paid Pharma representatives.

Last week, PBS's Frontline aired an hour-long program titled "Supplements and Safety." Jointly produced by Frontline, the New York Times, and the Canadian Broadcasting Commission, the program was clearly intended to leave viewers with the one-sided impression that dietary supplements are unregulated, unsafe—and that ultimately you, the consumer, should not have the right to stay healthy in a manner of your choosing.

There is too much to comment on in this corrupt documentary. But we'll address a few key points.

Comment: The PBS Frontline documentary arguing that supplements are useless, unregulated and unsafe - relying on "expert testimony" from paid Pharma representatives - is ridiculous! Consider the following: Flawed Pharma studies demonizing vitamins and minerals was Debunked! And... in the last 27 Years: there has been No Deaths from Vitamins yet 3 Million deaths from Prescription Drugs! Big Pharma is the real killer and not dietary supplements! Obviously the corrupt documentary is a meager attempt to sway viewers away from the truth!
Over the past 27 years the complete time frame that the data has been available there have been 0 deaths as a result of vitamins and over 3 million deaths related to prescription drug use.



Syringe

105 cases of Zika virus infection confirmed in Guatemala

© REUTERS/ Jose Cabezas
At least 105 cases of infection with the Zika virus have been confirmed in Guatemala amid an outbreak in both Americas, an official from the Health Ministry told local media Saturday.

A total of 200 suspected cases of Zika were registered in this Central American country, including over 60 cases in 2015, epidemiologist Judith Garcia told the national newspaper Prensa Libre.

The Zika outbreak started in Brazil in spring 2015. It has since spread across Latin America, causing several deaths, as well as brain damage in newborns, known as microcephaly.

Comment: Further reading: WHO declares 'global emergency' over Zika virus causing brain damaged babies


Syringe

Tainted Vaccines: 36 children die in war-torn Syria from UN Measles vaccines

It isn't as if the current civil war in Syria has not already taken a ravenous toll on the Middle Eastern country's children, but so, too, has a recently administered measles vaccine that the Assad government claims was sabotaged.

According to a mid-September report by Britain's Telegraph newspaper, at least 36 children were recently reported to have died "excruciating deaths" after being given what Damascus says were "tainted" vaccines via a United Nations-sponsored program in the rebel-held northern part of the country.