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Zika virus 'spreading explosively' says World Health Organization

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Specimens of Aedes aegypti mosquito
The World Health Organization will assemble an emergency committee to deal with what it says is a rapidly spreading Zika virus pandemic. However, scientists believe a vaccine is years away, while doctors say "questions abound" concerning the disease.

The UN-endorsed body says that since the first cases were registered in Brazil in May of last year, as many as 1.5 million people have been affected by the virus in that country alone, while more than 20 other Central and South American states have registered native infections as well. The disease had previously only broken out in small pockets of Africa and Asia.

"Last year the disease was detected in the Americas, where it is spreading explosively," Margaret Chan, the WHO's director general, said at a hastily arranged press briefing in Geneva. "The level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty. Questions abound - we need to get some answers quickly. For all these reasons, I have decided to convene an Emergency Committee."

Most people with the disease, a mosquito-borne cousin of dengue and yellow fever, do not know they have been infected, or suffer mild flu-like symptoms. However, a notable minority appear to develop Guillain-Barre syndrome, a severe auto-immune condition, or give birth to children with microcephaly, a birth defect that results in an underdeveloped head and brain.

"A causal relationship between Zika virus and birth malformations and neurological syndromes has not yet been established - this is an important point - but it is strongly suspected. The possible links have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions," said Chan.

Before 2015, Brazil experienced fewer than 200 cases of microcephaly a year, but that figure has exploded to about 4,000 since the Zika outbreak, though officials say many can be attributed directly to other causes.

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OCD? A cure you haven't heard about

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"Every time I have the thought that I want to harm my husband, I have to spend about 15-20 minutes organizing the utensils in our drawer just perfectly. It's exhausting and so disturbing. I love him more than anyone in the world."
For Amy, this was her daily reality, on 40mg of Prozac, when she presented to my office during her first pregnancy. The psychic distress around this daily experience of a mind persecuting itself is difficult to witness, and even more difficult to treat. In the case of this patient, full spectrum fatty acid replacement and a gluten/dairy/sugar free organic diet allowed her to come off of medication and live, not only symptom-free, but vibrantly for the coming years.

Her gluten sensitivity is so extreme that it took three "vacation" slip-ups with ensuing destabilization for me to convince her that her ticket to full symptom remission was a complete commitment to the integrity of her diet.

Comment: OCD: The Surprising Truth - 94% of people have experienced unwanted, intrusive thoughts

Red Flag

The Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton

Although during her tenure in the White House as first lady Hillary enjoyed the benefit of 8 years of organic non-GMO food by virtue of her residency in the White House, 2016 candidate Clinton has been perhaps the most vocal proponent of GM food to yet enter the race.

According to Global Research writer Stephen Lendman, nearly all the food produced for the Clinton White House was obtained from local growers and suppliers, GMO-free, pesticide-free, and with a preference for organic.[1] That, preference, however, is not to be afforded the American people and the people of the Third World for whom Hillary is pushing every toxic GM variety known to man.

Hillary's Big-Agra ties go back quite a long ways. As far back as the 1980s, Hillary was working at high levels within the Rose Law Firm, a law firm that itself was tied to a number of scandals. Although not a scandal at the time, it is now important to note that the Rose Law Firm, at which Clinton was a partner, maintained Monsanto and Tyson Foods as clients.[2]

Comment: New poll sadly shows only 60% of Americans think Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy and dishonest
You'd truly have to be a certified zombie, or living your life entirely under a rock, to not recognize how completely shady and corrupt this woman is.


Zika virus spreading: US Health agency confirms 31 infected people in America

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Laboratory testing confirmed at least 31 cases of infected individuals with the Zika virus who had traveled at risky areas abroad and are now in the United States, and additional 20 cases of infections in US territories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday.

"[The] 31 laboratory confirmed travel associated cases" had been found in 11 US states and in Washington DC, the announcement said.

In addition, there are "20 laboratory confirmed cases" of the Zika virus in US Territories, of which 19 in Puerto Rico and one in the US Virgin Islands.

Comment: Zika virus: Information about the latest global health scare


Avoiding opioids: More doctors prescribe holistic treatment for chronic pain

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More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and medical practitioners are seeking holistic alternatives to opioids.

There is a lot of talk these days about chronic pain—the body's immune response gone rogue, triggering excessive inflammation and leading to a host of ailments like asthma, heart disease, and joint pain. More than 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain and up to 8 million of those are prescribed prescription opioids, which has arguably led to a prevalent addiction problem in this country. Research is beginning to show that painkillers are not the best way to treat all forms of chronic pain—though for some cases opioids may still be necessary.


New study reveals teenagers on antidepressants twice as likely to be aggressive or suicidal

Depressed teenagers and adolescents who take anti-depressants are twice as likely to be aggressive or suicidal, a study has revealed.

Findings in a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on Thursday indicate a link between certain anti-depressants and suicidal thoughts in young people who use them frequently.

Youngsters who take selective serotonin and serotonin-norepinephrine drugs to fight depression have a doubled risk of becoming more aggressive, the study found.

The researchers from Denmark looked at clinical trial reports and raw data relating to more than 18,500 patients.

They found that previous reports on clinical trials by pharmaceutical companies frequently downplayed the most serious side-effects of anti-depressants.

Comment: The iron grip of the pharmaceutical cartel on the fields of medicine and psychiatry insures that funding for mental health care is biased toward the use of drugs rather than comprehensive therapies that might actually work, and consequently take a bite out of the pharma revenue stream. Thus, the industry deliberately hides or misrepresents any data from clinical trials that would show the ineffectiveness and serious risks posed by these drugs.

Life Preserver

DMSO: One of the most studied, yet poorly understood, therapeutic agents of our time

DMSO has many uses, but it is known mostly as a natural pain killer and transporter. DMSO is a highly non-toxic, 100% natural product that comes from the wood industry which is also one of the most studied but least understood therapeutic agents of our time.

First synthesized in 1866, DMSO is a sulfur-containing organic compound that is derived from MSM, and can be used internally or externally. DMSO can aid injuries such as sprained ankles, sore muscles and joints, and even fractures. The process starts when DMSO enters the bloodstream by osmosis through capillary walls. Then, DMSO is distributed throughout the circulatory system. Many studies have been done on DMSO--including a Japanese study that found DMSO to be effective for rheumatoid arthritis.

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Another miracle cancer cure? Researchers create drug that "melts away" cancer cells

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Cancer patients are finally catching a break, as Australian researchers have tested a miracle drug that leads to big improvement in a majority of cases, and total recovery in some. The drug targets a specific protein that helps cancer cells survive.

The Melbourne-based trial took place over four years and tested 116 patients. It was shown by researchers at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre that the drug Venetoclax can greatly reduce cancer blood cells.

Positive results were seen in 79 percent of cases involving patients suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Some patients who had previously undergone treatment were left as good as new after agreeing to the new pill trials.

This is indeed historic news, as it marks the first trial of a medicine that is the result of three decades of research. "Here we are a bit under 30 years later in collaboration with WEHI and pharmaceutical companies here and in the US having proved that's achievable," head of haemotology, Professor John Seymour, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Comment: Instead of pouring money into Big Pharma, people who suffer from cancer might want to try altering the dietary lifestyle in order to starve cancer cells of what they need to survive - sugar:


Chronic pain changes the way DNA is marked in our brains and immune system

Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports.

"We found that chronic pain changes the way DNA is marked not only in the brain but also in T cells, a type of white blood cell essential for immunity," says Moshe Szyf, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill. "Our findings highlight the devastating impact of chronic pain on other important parts of the body such as the immune system."

Chronic pain -- pain that lasts six months or more -- is one of the most common causes of disability worldwide. Despite enormous efforts to find new therapeutic strategies, however, effective treatments for chronic pain remain elusive.

Comment: Prescription painkillers are already devastating the lives of millions. Deaths from their use are higher than those from heroin and cocaine combined. What people need are safer and effective means to combat pain:


Health benefits of Elderberry

The elderberry and flowers are used to make wines, cordials, marmalades, jelly, syrups and medicinals. This wonderful fruit grows in many regions of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa. The most commonly used variety is the European elderberry (Sambucus nigra), as it offers the most health benefits and is also the only variety considered to be non-toxic, even when raw.

Studies have found that elderberry helps to ease flu symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough and body aches. The greatest benefit is achieved when elderberry is started within 24 to 48 hours of the symptoms. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%.