Health & Wellness


Gettin Keto: Why we must dump grains, eat more fat! - Dr. Perlmutter

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Sugars and carbs, yes even the "healthy" kind, have been linked to everything from chronic headaches, insomnia, depression and even ADHD. Award winning author and American College of Nutrition Humanitarian of the year award Dr. David Perlmutter discusses his book "The Grain Brain".

Related: This is your brain on gluten
The Ketogenic Diet: An Overview
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Scientists project 75% chance Ebola will spread to France by end October, 50% for UK

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Scientists estimate there's a 75 percent chance the Ebola virus could spread to France and a 50 percent chance it could reach UK by the end of October. The latest research analyzes the pattern of infection and airline traffic.

The consensus among health officials is now that the deadly virus is no longer just an African problem, and key to this assessment are the European Union's free movement policy and the deceptive incubation period, allowing the person to spread the infection unaware.

France has the worst statistics out of all the European countries because the worst-hit countries in Africa are French-speaking, including Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, according to the study 'Assessing the International Spreading Risk Associated with the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak'.

"If this thing continues to rage on in West Africa and indeed gets worse, as some people have predicted, then it's only a matter of time before one of these cases ends up on a plane to Europe," expert in viruses from Britain's Lancaster University, Derek Gatherer, said.

Comment: For more on the current state of Ebola check from Sott's perspective out the recent SOTT Talk Radio "Connecting the Dots" weekly broadcast for October 5th.


Exact location of HIV's first appearance, over 30 years ago, pinpointed by scientists

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Old Kinshasa Railway, proposed transport of viral infection in the 1920s.
Over 30 years after it first emerged and has since infected over 75 million people, scientists have finally pinpointed from where exactly HIV emerged.

A genetic analysis of thousands of individual viruses has confirmed beyond reasonable doubt that HIV first emerged in Kinshasa, the capital of the Belgian Congo, in about 1920 from where it spread thanks to the colonial railway network to other parts of central Africa.

Scientists have nailed the origin of the Aids pandemic to a colonial-era city - then called Leopoldville which was then the biggest urban centre in Central Africa including a market in wild "bush meat" captured from the nearby forests. Over 30 years after it first emerged and has since infected over 75 million people, scientists have finally pinpointed from where exactly HIV emerged.

A "perfect storm" of factors then led to the virus' spread in the human population.

UNAIDS estimates that 35 million people were living with HIV in the world at the end of 2013.

Scientists from University of Oxford said, "Thirty years after the discovery of HIV-1, the early transmission, dissemination and establishment of the virus in human populations remain unclear. Using statistical approaches applied to HIV-1 sequence data from central Africa, we show that from the 1920s Kinshasa (in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo) was the focus of early transmission and the source of pre-1960 pandemic viruses elsewhere. Location and dating estimates were validated using the earliest HIV-1 archival sample, also from Kinshasa. Our results reconstruct the early dynamics of HIV-1 and emphasize the role of social changes and transport networks in the establishment of this virus in human populations."

Comment: The first known case of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was in 1959 in the Congo. By the 1980s the virus was spreading rapidly, with cases reported across the Americas and Europe. A simian virus that mutated, HIV has now infected over 75 million people and 40 million have died as a result of AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, which develops as a consequence of HIV infection).

See also this recent article on inflammatory gut response to HIV infection.


Texas Ebola patient fighting for life, new US drug 'all gone'

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A worker in a hazardous material suit carries out a barrel of contents from the apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in Dallas, Texas, October 5, 2014.
The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US is in critical condition at a Dallas hospital and is not receiving any of the new experimental drugs for the virus, which has killed over 3,400 people in Africa, media reports say.

Thomas Eric Duncan contracted the disease in Liberia and began to show symptoms after arriving in Texas two weeks ago, causing a panic that he could have infected another 10 individuals.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Duncan is in critical condition, adding that the patient is not receiving ZMapp - an experimental medicine - because it is "all gone" and is "not going to be available anytime soon."

The comments were made during a briefing with reporters on Sunday.

Speaking on another experiential drug produced by Canada's Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp, Frieden described the treatment as "difficult for patients to take."

The decision whether to give this drug to the patient will be made by his doctor and family members, but "access" to the medicine will be made available.

"As far as we understand, experimental medicine is not being used," Frieden said. "It's really up to his treating physicians, himself, his family what treatment to take."

Drinking water contaminated with tetrachloroethylene causing high rates of pregnancy complications and stillbirths

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PCE in drinking water doubles the risk of stillbirths for pregnant women.
There's something in the water for moms-to-be to be afraid of because it's causing stillbirths and other pregnancy complications. Researchers from the Boston University Medical Center found a dangerous chemical in drinking water, and published their findings in the journal Environmental Health.

The pregnant women of Cape Cod, Mass., were experiencing some abnormally high rates of pregnancy complications and researchers set out to find what was making them twice as likely to have a stillbirth, and 1.35 times more likely to have a placenta abruption and high risk of vaginal bleeding. It wasn't until researchers looked into their drinking water that they found the cause; a sickening chemical called tetrachloroethylene (PCE) was harming moms and their unborn babies.

Comment: One more good reason to drink filtered water as unfortunately, most tap water contains so many toxins, that you may be ruining your health by ingesting it:

7 Tap water toxins

Children exposed to more brain-harming chemicals than ever before

Common Chemical Linked to Parkinson's


Vaccine Crimes: India holds Bill Gates accountable

As Bill Gates faces a lawsuit for the illegal testing of tribal children in India, it appears that his crimes against humanity have finally caught up with him.

A recent report published by Health Impact News has reported that the Gates Foundation has found itself facing a pending lawsuit, due to an investigation that is being carried out by the Supreme Courts of India.

Health Impact News stated:
While fraud and corruption are revealed on almost a daily basis now in the vaccine industry, the U.S. mainstream media continues to largely ignore such stories. Outside the U.S., however, the vaccine empires are beginning to crumble, and English versions of the news in mainstream media outlets are available via the Internet.

One such country is India, where the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and their vaccine empire are under fire, including a pending lawsuit currently being investigated by the India Supreme Court. [1]

Comment: Additional articles backing up the author's claim regarding 'mounting evidence outlining the many crimes against humanity that have been committed by the Gates Foundation'


Creepy ties between pharmaceutical companies and doctors

Payments from Big Pharma reach hundreds of thousands of doctors.

On Tuesday, the federal government released details of payments to doctors by every pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in the country. The information is being made public under a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The law mandates disclosure of payments to doctors, dentists, chiropractors, podiatrists and optometrists for things like promotional speaking, consulting, meals, educational items and research.

It's not quite clear what the data will show - in part because the first batch will be incomplete, covering spending for only a few months at the end of 2013 - but we at ProPublica have some good guesses. That's because we have been detailing relationships between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry for the past four years as part of our Dollars for Docs project.

We've aggregated information from the websites of some large drug companies, which publish their payments as a condition of settling federal whistle-blower lawsuits alleging improper marketing or kickbacks. In cooperation with the website Pharmashine, we've added data for 2013, which now covers 17 drug companies accounting for half of United States drug sales that year. (You can look up your doctor using our easy search tool.)

Dallas Ebola-positive man possibly infected 10 in Texas

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Workers wearing hazardous material suits arrive at the apartment unit where a man diagnosed with the Ebola virus was staying in Dallas, Texas, October 3, 2014.
US health officials are monitoring 10 quarantined people who had contact with a Liberian man infected by the deadly Ebola virus. The individuals are being checked regularly as medical officials play down the risk of an outbreak.

The 10 individuals are considered to be at 'high risk,' and are being checked at regular intervals for symptoms of the disease that has already killed thousands of people in West Africa.

Another 50 people who had indirect contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the infected visitor who entered the United States from Liberia on September 19, are under daily observation, Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, told Reuters.

Initially the authorities identified 100 people who had any kind of contact with Duncan and risked exposure to the deadly virus.

In Washington, government officials were pressed by reporters as to how Duncan was able to enter the territory of the United States from Liberia, one of the hardest hit of three West African countries where the Ebola virus has killed an estimated 3, 439 people, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization.

Ebola questions and answers: transmission, infection and false negative test results

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There is a lot of confusing - and often contradictory - information about the Ebola virus circulating.

Hopefully this Q&A will clear things up.

Q: What IS the Ebola virus?

A: Ebola is an infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. So far, only two members of this family of viruses have been identified - Marburgvirus and Ebolavirus.

Five subspecies of Ebolavirus have been identified, four of which can cause disease in humans:
  • Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus)
  • Sudan virus (Sudan ebolavirus)
  • Taï Forest virus (Taï Forest ebolavirus, formerly Côte d'Ivoire ebolavirus)
  • Bundibugyo virus (Bundibugyo ebolavirus)
  • Reston virus (Reston ebolavirus): This is the one that has not caused disease in humans (but it can be fatal in non-human primates). This is the strain that killed dozens of lab monkeys at a research facility in Reston, VA, in 1989. Four workers at that facility tested positive for Ebola. In 1996, nine lab workers were exposed to this strain after handling infected animals. None of those infected developed symptoms or became ill, but they did develop antibodies to the strain. It is possible that the Reston strain can be transmitted via small-particle aerosols (airborne), but that hasn't been confirmed.

Ebola-like virus 'Marburg' breaks out (again) in Uganda - 1 dead, 80 quarantined

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The deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever has broken out in Uganda after samples taken to the Uganda Virus Institute tested positive, a top government official said Sunday.

Elioda Tumwesigye, minister of state for health told reporters that one person has so far died and 80 others are being monitored in central Uganda and the western district of Kasese.

"The Ministry of Health would like to inform the country of an outbreak Marburg which has so far killed one person. Another person who has developed signs is being monitored," he said.

He said the index case died on Sept. 28 after developing signs of Marburg which was later confirmed by laboratory tests. The minister said the deceased's brother has also developed signs and is currently under isolation.

He added that all the people that had contact with them are being monitored.

The Marburg virus was last reported in Uganda in 2012.

According to the World Health Organization, Marburg is a severe and highly fatal disease caused by a virus from the same family as the one that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

According to the global health body, the illness caused by Marburg virus begins abruptly, with severe headache and malaise.

Comment: See also:
  • Virus Outbreak Contained in Uganda