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Study finds cardiac deaths significantly decreased when top cardiologists unavailable

Pretty regularly, I receive an urgent call from a distraught friend or friend of a brother. "Zeke, Mom was at home and her heart stopped. The E.M.T.s are rushing her to XYZ hospital in Miami. Can you help me find the best cardiologist there for her?"

"Get me the best cardiologist" is our natural response to any heart problem. Unfortunately, it is probably wrong. Surprisingly, the right question is almost its exact opposite: At which hospital are all the famous, senior cardiologists away?

One of the more surprising — and genuinely scary — research papers published recently appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine. It examined 10 years of data involving tens of thousands of hospital admissions. It found that patients with acute, life-threatening cardiac conditions did better when the senior cardiologists were out of town. And this was at the best hospitals in the United States, our academic teaching hospitals. As the article concludes, high-risk patients with heart failure and cardiac arrest, hospitalized in teaching hospitals, had lower 30-day mortality when cardiologists were away from the hospital attending national cardiology meetings. And the differences were not trivial — mortality decreased by about a third for some patients when those top doctors were away.

Truly shocking and counterintuitive: Not having the country's famous senior heart doctors caring for you might increase your chance of surviving a cardiac arrest.

Comment: A recent review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that many commonly employed medical procedures, to which millions are subjected to each year, are based on questionable and in some cases, non-existent evidence. Market forces (i.e. profit incentives) rather than scientific evidence are being used to determine the standard of care. Interestingly, a 2008 study conducted by Emory University revealed that physician strikes are associated with reduced mortality.


Natural health false flag? Attacks against multivitamins & supplements continue

Like a script from a movie you already know the ending to; each year we can expect a hoax study or attack on anything that is not FDA approved. It is with great hope that the average person will have enough sense to see through the latest propaganda of "debunking" all supplements based on faulty, cheap ones and those investigated by the FDA. Unfortunately, a lot of people might be like the elderly woman I talked to in 2012 who stopped getting natural help because of the media reports that equated vitamins to toxic poison.

Chances are, you've recently been barraged by not-so-subtle headlines attacking multivitamins and supplements as a whole. The mainstream articles in 2013 were very loosely and poorly based on three simultaneous and ridiculously flawed studies - and are still being referred to today. If anyone bothers to read the studies, they might find that they are simply a vehicle for an attack - an attack so gratuitous and heavy handed as to make one wonder about their modus operandi.

Comment: Statistics on Emergency room visits due to dietary supplements are misleading


Cowed: New science shows milk is bad for you

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Do Americans need so much milk? In 1951, Harvard University nutritionist Mark Hegsted wanted to find out. He had heard all about milk's virtues while growing up on a small Idaho dairy farm, but as he began studying nutrition, he noticed that plenty of people from countries with little dairy were thriving into old age. There was, however, a practical complication that prevented him from experimenting on the general population to understand this paradox: After a person cuts back on calcium, it can take months or years for the change to show up in the body.

So Hegsted went looking for a chronically calcium-deprived population. He found one at the Central Penitentiary of Lima, Peru. Inmates locked up in the grim, 80-year-old stone prison subsisted on a rice-and-beans diet that was extremely low in calcium. They typically drank milk once a week.

Comment: Dairy is not essential, read more about Why Milk Is So Evil:


California Senator and vaccine whore says, 'Water is the most dangerous ingredient in vaccines'

One of the country's most prominent pediatricians wants the American public to believe that water is the most toxic ingredient in childhood vaccines, not aluminum or formaldehyde.

Democratic Senator and pediatrician Richard Pan, principal co-author of the Californian bill SB 277 that ended personal belief exemptions earlier this year, stated at a Nov. 5th event held at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health, that parental concerns over vaccine safety are misguided, and water -- not formaldehyde or aluminum -- is the most dangerous ingredient in vaccines.

Here is the transcript of his entire statement:
"There's nothing that's 100% safe."

"In fact, actually, people talk about what are in vaccines."

"Right, They say, "Oh, I'm worried about formaldehyde..."

"...I'm worried about aluminum."

"Thimerosol is not in childhood vaccines."

"People say they are worried about thimerosol."

"You know what's the most dangerous substance in vaccines?"


"More children die of water toxicity, than anything else that's in the vaccine!"

Comment: Senator Pan is a bought and paid for vaccine shill who is blatantly insulting everyone's intelligence with his idiotic statements. California residents are right to try to get him out of office.
California Senator Pan, one of the main sponsors of S.B. 277, is now facing a recall effort begun at the grassroots level by a number of California citizens who find his corporate pandering, political corruption, and violation of parental rights to no longer be tolerable.


Controlling chronic back pain without surgery

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As many as 8 out of 10 Americans struggle with back pain, and many resort to surgery as a solution. Unfortunately, this often does not resolve the problem, and in some cases simply worsens the situation.

Dr. David Hanscom, an orthopedic surgeon with a practice in Seattle, is unusual in that he tells most of his patients they don't need surgery. He's written a book detailing his novel approach to chronic pain treatment, called "Back in Control: A spine surgeon's roadmap out of chronic pain."

Spinal Fusions Rarely Cure Chronic Back Pain

Spinal fusions are a lucrative business and great source of revenue for the hospital and surgeon. Unfortunately, they rarely work for the patients. Spinal fusions arose from the assumption that disc degeneration was a source of back pain.

Therefore, it was thought that by fusing the disc together with the bone, which eliminates motion, you would get rid of the pain. However, that has since been proven false.
"Disc degeneration actually does not cause back pain. That's been well-documented," Dr. Hanscom says.

"The success rate of the spinal fusion for back pain was about 24 percent, but we still kept doing it. Then, in 1994, when this paper came out Washington showing that the return-to-work rate one year after a spinal fusion for back pain was 15 percent, I just stopped.

Every paper since then has showed pretty much the same dismal results; there's maybe a 20 to 25 percent success rate of spinal fusion for back pain...

And the downside of a failed spine surgery is terrible. It's really bad. These people are condemned to live their entire lifetime, 30 to 40 more years, in chronic pain."
Despite such findings, spinal fusions are still popular. Each year, some 600,000 spinal fusions are performed in the U.S. with a high percentage of them being performed for non-specific low-back pain, at a cost of more than $600 billion.

Comment: For more information on techniques that can alleviate pain as well as the accompanying stress and anxiety, see:

Magic Wand

Yoga eases symptoms associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis

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Is arthritis pain getting you down? If you are one of the millions of people who experience arthritis pain daily, then its time to find relief. Fortunately. There is a whole host of natural options for managing your pain. One such option is yoga.

Yoga is a gentle exercise that can do wonders for both mind and body. It can help with health conditions ranging from pregnancy anxiety to chronic fatigue syndrome. And if you want to learn about activities that have been shown to ease symptoms of arthritis, yoga is an excellent option.

Comment: Why Yoga? Healing research


'Disastrous adverse effects' of HPV vaccine exposed in court testimony, the horrors of this industry can no longer be censored

A woman is suing the Irish government to compel it to withdraw the license for Merck's Gardasil brand HPV vaccine, alleging that her daughter suffered "horrendous adverse effects" after receiving the vaccine as recommended under the Irish school vaccination program.

Comment: See more:
  • SOTT Exclusive: The origins of the HPV vaccine - A case of corruption in science


Cancer is not unique -- It's the end stage of oxidative stress and inflammation

Diseases display a variety of symptoms, but curiously enough, there is a common denominator!
The Truth About "All Disease"

A recent series presented via GreenMedInfo, "The Truth About Cancer" could have been more accurately titled, "The Truth about All Disease." The elements of cancer protocols: nutrient/mineral correction, detoxification, helpful supplements, various energy therapies and lifestyle choices, really apply to healing all chronic disease. The idea of personal empowerment applies to all disease as well. Survivors emerged from the shock of a cancer diagnosis, stepped away from conventional treatments and "willed" their healing, which proves once again the critical importance of mental states and the reality of placebo-nocebo effects. Yes, it can be done!

We get misdirected by complex medical studies and lose sight of the common denominator in chronic disease; all are symptoms of oxidative stress and inflammation. Every symptom that ever occurs starts with a shortage of cellular bio-energy: electrons. Colds, bronchitis, indigestion, high blood pressure, bleeding gums or depression are first signs of inflammation and a progression toward heart disease, arthritis and cancers that arrive decades later. The fooler is that symptoms may appear in different locations in the body, yet reflect a predictable correlation with a range of specific insults. So cut to the cure, identify the root causes that come from toxins, wrong nutrition, poor lifestyle choices and negative personality traits/emotional stress/fear of death. Take appropriate steps at this seed level.


The whooping cough-vaccine connection

Pertussis (whooping cough) has re-emerged in countries with high vaccination coverage and low mortality. Although it is listed as one of the top causes of vaccine preventable deaths, reports of a global resurgence originated in countries with low mortality and high vaccination coverage. Priorities are to decrease infant mortality by improving coverage and timeliness of vaccination and implementing pertussis surveillance, but vaccinations don't seem to be working and this is of great concern.

More recently some countries with sustained high vaccine coverage have experienced increases in pertussis, especially in older children and adults, the reasons for which are complex. The issue may stem from under diagnosis or missed diagnosis and under-reporting, which hinder surveillance, as well as gaps in our knowledge of levels of herd immunity generated by the vaccination programs.

Whooping cough is a relatively new infectious disease afflicting human beings, compared with other infectious diseases, and is undergoing a resurgence despite decades of vaccination.

Comment: The whooping cough vaccine is just as flawed and ineffective as all the rest. It purports to offer protection, yet contributes to the spread of the disease itself.


The whole toxic enchilada: Monsanto's Roundup

Last week, while we waited for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to announce whether or not the agency will give Monsanto's Roundup a free pass by green lighting the use of glyphosate for another 15 years, the EPA's counterpart in the EU made its own big announcement.

Glyphosate is "unlikely to cause cancer" said the authors of the new report by the European Union Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

That headline, music to Monsanto's ears, seemed to fly in the face of the findings published earlier this year by the World Health Organization (WHO). After extensive review of the evidence, all 17 of WHO's leading cancer experts said glyphosate is a "probable human carcinogen?"

Sustainable Pulse (SP), publisher of global news on GMOs and other food-related issues, quickly reported the glaring omission made by the majority of news sources reporting on EFSA's findings.