Health & Wellness


Hundreds of children affected, severe respiratory virus reaches Colorado

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Will Cornejo is recovering at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center.
A potentially severe virus that has plagued hundreds of children across a 900-mile stretch in the Midwest in recent weeks has made its way to Colorado.

The severe respiratory illness, which in some cases is believed to have been brought on by human enterovirus-68, an uncommon respiratory viral pathogen, is impacting mostly children, including several in Colorado.

Angie Anania, a spokesperson for Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver, said five different children have been checked into their hospital because of this virus this week alone.

One 13-year-old was discovered unconscious and barely breathing on Wednesday. He was placed on a ventilator and has slowly improved, Anania said, but he was still in the hospital's intensive care unit as of Friday.

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

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Tsunami of anger about to explode in CDC autism scandal

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As we have previously reported, CNN so far is the only mainstream media (MSM) outlet to report on the CDC whistleblower story regarding CDC senior vaccine scientist Dr. William Thompson, who has come forward to confess that the CDC has withheld key information linking vaccines to autism. This is the one story the MSM does not want to cover, because they have repeated the CDC's mantra for years now that there is no evidence that vaccines cause autism.

The CNN story that was published on their website reporting about Dr. Thompson marginalized the significance of his public statement, and did not report on the contents of his taped conversations with Dr. Brian Hooker, where he expressed deep sorrow for remaining silent all these years. (See: MSM Marginalizes CDC Whistleblower Story on Vaccine-Autism Coverup) So far, other MSM outlets have not said much about this news, as it seems the story is still too "hot" for them to touch, as events continue to unfold.

Comment: See also:

Senior government scientist breaks 13 years of silence on CDC's vaccine-autism fraud

Relationship between MMR Vaccine and Autism: CDC whistleblower goes public


Sierra Leone to enter 4-day nationwide 'lockdown' as Ebola death toll tops 2,000

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Sierra Leone announced it will implement a four-day "lockdown" across the country in an attempt to contain the spread of Ebola. The Friday move came as the World Health Organization stated that the virus has so far claimed over 2,000 lives in Africa.

Beginning September 18, the nation will prohibit residents from leaving their homes for four days, with the hopes that health officials will be able to detect early-stage cases, Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, a presidential advisor in Sierra Leone, told Reuters.

"The aggressive approach is necessary to deal with the spread of Ebola once and for all," he said.

Unfortunately, the news was accompanied by worsening statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), which announced on Friday that out of the roughly 4,000 people that have been confirmed to have the virus, 2,105 people have died in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.
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Sierra Leone considering nationwide quarantine over Ebola outbreak

A man walks past a poster raising awareness on the Ebola virus reading "the risk Ebola is still there. Let us apply the protective measures together", on September 2, 2014 in Abidjian, Cote d'Ivoire.
An aide to Sierra Leone's President has said the president was "seriously" contemplating a nationwide shutdown to contain spread of Ebola.

For weeks now there has been speculation about a planned 21-day nationwide quarantine to prevent sick people from moving around, a situation that has seen the virus spread uncontrollably.

The government had denied that it intended to take such drastic measures to contain the virus but the aide Ben Kargbo, a insider in the government, said Wednesday that President Ernest Bai Koroma was now considering it.

"The decision has not been taken yet, but to stop people from running around, this is very important," he said in an interview.

"If we move to that direction let no one blame the President because he is trying to save lives," he added.

Comment: It's looking more and more likely that Western leaders are underestimating the danger of the Ebola outbreak in Africa. If they do nothing until the outbreak reaches American shores, it will be too late.


Ebola outbreak 'unstoppable' says doctor recently returned from West Africa

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A doctor who just returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa predicts the current Ebola outbreak will go on for more than a year, and will continue to spread unless a vaccine or other drugs that prevent or treat the disease are developed.

Dr. Daniel Lucey, an expert on viral outbreaks and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, recently spent three weeks in Sierra Leone, one of the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. While there, Lucey evaluated and treated Ebola patients, and trained other doctors and nurses on how to use protective equipment.

The current Ebola outbreak, which is mainly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, has so far killed at least 1,552 of the more than 3,000 people infected, making it the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. It is also the first outbreak to spread from rural areas to cities. Strategies that have worked in the past to stop Ebola outbreaks in rural areas may not, by themselves, be enough to halt this outbreak, Lucey said.

"I don't believe that our traditional methods of being able to control and stop outbreaks in rural areas ... is going to be effective in most of the cities," Lucey said yesterday (Sept. 3) in a discussion held at Georgetown University Law Center that was streamed online. While the World Health Organization has released a plan to stop Ebola transmission within six to nine months, "I think that this outbreak is going to go on even longer than a year," Lucey said.

U.S. response to Ebola outbreak is feeble and unorganized

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Sometimes the artifice of writing - metaphors, historical comparisons, the just-so quote - fails. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa demands directness: We are about to witness a human catastrophe that could destroy large portions of a continent and pose a global threat. And the response of the world, including the United States, is feeble, irresponsible and disrespectful of nature's lethal perils.

American health officials and nonprofit groups are bringing back the same report from the region. In Liberia, the rate of new infections has probably already moved from a linear to an exponential curve. The same may be true within the next week or so for Sierra Leone and Guinea. The normal countermeasures for an infectious disease - isolation, case investigation, contact tracing - are increasingly irrelevant given the rate of increase. Local health care infrastructure, which barely existed in the first place, is overwhelmed. People have lost faith in the large clinics, where 50 percent to 60 percent of patients who enter do not leave alive. And those in need of emergency care for other conditions - such as heart attacks or complicated births - are often frightened of clinics and hospitals, and are dying without treatment.

The international response is inadequate and disorganized. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations provide "road maps." But, according to one infectious disease expert, "there is no one to implement command, control and communications. No one." Multiple, uncoordinated organizations are attempting to confront a disease that is out of control. "They are quibbling over 25 to 30 bed units," the expert vents. Meanwhile, WHO has revised its prediction of new Ebola infections upward to 20,000 by year-end. Other models indicate more like 100,000.

Once the growth of an outbreak becomes exponential, the tools normally at the disposal of health officials have limited value. It may require military airlifts just to deliver sufficient rubber gloves, aprons, soap and buckets to highly affected areas. Doctors Without Borders is calling for the deployment of civilian and military medical teams to provide triage centers, field hospitals with isolation wards, mobile diagnostic labs and systems for the management of corpses.

Comment: Is the lack of reaction by the U.S. government intentional? It's certainly possible that the psychopaths in power don't have a reason to be worried about Ebola spreading in Africa. It's pretty far away, after all. But they've got a tiger by the tail right now, and it's about to get angry.


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

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Unusually high levels of respiratory illness have been reported this week in Nationwide Children's Hospital's emergency department, and samples are being sent out for testing to see whether a rare virus might be to blame.

"Obviously, it's a concern," Dr. Mysheika Williams

Roberts, medical director and assistant commissioner at Columbus Public Health, said of the volume of respiratory cases. "What we are experiencing is unusual for us this time of year."

Last week, respiratory symptoms were the chief complaint of an average of 52 patients per day in the hospital's emergency department. From Sunday through Tuesday of this week, respiratory symptoms were the chief complaint of an average of 73 patients per day, a 40 percent increase.

Some of those illnesses might be cases of human enterovirus 68, Roberts said. That virus apparently has sickened dozens of kids in the Kansas City, Mo., area, in recent weeks.

Comment: Nowadays, with a major epidemic spreading among an weakened population a real possibility, it is best to take responsibility for your health instead of relying on your doctors. The following should get you started:


Aromatherapy: Essential oils support physical and emotional well-being

Your sense of smell is your most primal sense and exerts surprising influence over your thoughts, emotions, moods, memories, and behaviors. Scents are experienced long before words.

This is why it's nearly impossible to describe them with language. Olfaction is different from your other senses, processed through different pathways in your brain.

For other sensations such as sounds and visual images, sensory input is delivered straight to your thalamus, which you can think of as "the big switchboard" in your head. From there, data goes out to your primary sensory cortices.

But smells are different. Before reaching your thalamus, they first wind their way through other regions of your brain, including areas controlling memory and emotion. So with scents, you have all this extra processing even before you have conscious awareness of the scent.1

British study: Sleep deprivation leads to shrinking of the brain

Getting enough sleep just might decrease your risk of memory problems and dementia.

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A new British study suggests sleep loss may lead to a faster rate of decline in the brain, actually causing it to shrink.

Lead author and Oxford researcher Claire Sexton says, "it's a really important finding because scientists are trying to find out what the purpose of sleep is and why it is important that we get sleep."

To conduct the study, researchers studied 147 adults of various ages over several years. The participants had MRI brain scans 3 and a half years apart, in addition to completing a questionnaire about their sleep habits.

Comment: For more information on the importance of healthy sleeping habits check out the Cassiopaea forum thread :Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar, and Survival

Also see:
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Missing sleep may hurt your memory
A bad night's sleep could age your brain by five YEARS
Your lack of sleep makes your brain more vulnerable to toxins

Bacon n Eggs

Diet wars: Low-carb wins another battle

In the quest to tell us what we should be eating to live longer and healthier, nutrition science is either doing a bang-up job lately or causing mass confusion, depending on your point of view.

No doubt this isn't the only article you're likely to come across in the next day or so trumpeting the results of what's being hailed as a major new study that finds people who stuck to a low-carb diet for a year lost more weight and were generally healthier than those who followed a low-fat diet.

Yep, that's right: After years of health professionals tsk-tsking about the possible ill effects of forswearing carbs in favor of a return to steak and eggs for breakfast, it turns out ole Dr. Atkins might have been onto something after all.

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