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Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released their top 10 threats to global health. It's a mixed bag of threats; some seemingly legitimate, some being little more than fearmongering propaganda.

Join us on this episode of Objective: Health as we go through the WHO list point by point and try to give a more objective perspective on their claims. We also take a look at the organization itself, questioning whose interests are actually being served by announcing these dire health threats. And finally, we give our own top 10 list of what we consider to be the most pressing current threats to your health - it's a very different list! For more check out some of our previous shows where we cover them in more detail:

Glyphosate - https://youtu.be/gNX-iiIeEpc
5G - https://youtu.be/jy3doL7LhyA
Vaccines - www.sott.net/article/346195-The-Health-Wellness-Show-Chemical-Cocktails-Vaccine-Excipients-and-the-Autism-Question
Vegan Putsch - https://youtu.be/WrYx892DjD0
Endocrine Disruptors - https://youtu.be/qBI3IgGoyDk
The Transgender Agenda - www.sott.net/article/331066-The-Health-Wellness-Show-The-medical-and-social-implications-of-gender-multiplicity

Then stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment, as she looks into one of the most profound mysteries of our times - why do cats meow?


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Erica: Hello and welcome to Objective: Health. My name is Erica and I'll be your host today. Joining me in the studio are Doug and Tiff.

Doug: Hello.

Tiffany: Hello.

Erica: Today we are going to be talking about the WHO, the World Health Organization. At the beginning of the year, 2019, they released 10 threats to global health. Since we're now officially in the middle of summer, we thought we'd take this opportunity and discuss the 10 threats. We've even come up with our own, to add to the discussion.

Doug: Or replace.

Erica: So welcome all. For those of you who don't know much about the World Health Organization, they were actually established in 1945 by the United Nations and it was established as a new international health organization. In 1948 the WHO was founded by the UN after ratification by 26 member states and given a budget of $5 million. That's kind of a large budget for the late 1940s.

Doug: Back in the day.

Erica: Yeah. So they're a specialized agency of the UN headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and they're composed of six regional offices operating in different parts of the world including Pan American Health Organization that's located in Washington, DC today. There's 194 member states. Their broad mandate is to act as the directing and coordinating authority on international health work.

In 2006 the WHO constitution was revised and its new objective is the attainment of all peoples at the highest possible level of health. Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The WHO constitution also states that informed opinion and active cooperation on the part of the public are of the utmost importance in the improvement of health of the people.

Doug: Sounds good.

Erica: So with that said...

Tiffany: Yeah, it sounds very noble. {laughter}

Erica: Very noble. They released these 10 threats and we're going to go through them today. The first one is air pollution and {singing} climate change. {laughter}

Tiffany: Everybody's favourite buzzword.

Doug: Yeah. And I think right off the bat, because they put air pollution and climate change together, you see where they're coming from, the very mainstream position on climate change. I don't think that we would necessarily disagree that climate change is actually happening, but the idea that it's air pollution or carbon specifically, is a bunch of BS essentially. I don't think we need to take this show completely off kilter going into that whole can of worms.

Tiffany: Well specifically, the man made global warming crap part of it, that's the part that's complete bunk. I don't think you're going to get many people who would disagree that air pollution is a problem.

Doug: Of course.

Tiffany: China has to put all these alerts all the time, people walking around in masks. You can't see the sunlight because the air is so polluted. Of course that's terrible.

Doug: Yes, of course. But the thing is, by putting it in with climate change, I don't think the WHO is doing this too much but a lot of people, all they think about as far as pollution is concerned these days, is carbon. What about all the friggin' mercury coming out or any number of other massive pollutants in the air? Carbon is probably the absolute least polluting aspect of pollution.

Tiffany: Right. Well they say that it's bad and I'm talking about the air pollution part. I don't even know if I want to get into this whole climate change nonsense because it is such nonsense. One of the things they say is that the pollutants or toxins that are floating around in the air can cause systemic inflammation and once the pollutants get into your bloodstream, they can go to your organs, your joints, go to every cell in your body. That's not anything really to disagree with.

So yeah, air pollution is bad and it can cause respiratory problems or circulatory problems and damage the lungs and heart and brain. They said that it can kill 7 million people prematurely every year. I don't know how they come up with these numbers. I don't think that there's any way that anybody can tell with 100% accuracy that this is why these people are dying and they can rule out everything else but air pollution or climate change.

Doug: For sure. I think whenever they come up with those numbers where they're estimating "This will kill this many people" or "This vaccine will save this many lives", it's all complete and total estimations. They're just really pulling those numbers out of their butt essentially.

Erica: Well it makes you wonder who's funding these "studies" or where they're getting their information from because the annual budget for the WHO in 2018/2019 was $4.4 billion. So you've got to wonder if this is these Al Gore-type organizations that are like, "Let's make this the number one threat!"

Doug: Yeah, I think that's true. The NGOs.

Erica: Really freak people out and get more money. Yeah.

Doug: Like Tiff was saying, obviously nobody would really disagree that air pollution is a big problem. It's just a climate change thing - that just reeks of agenda.

Erica: Exactly.

Doug: It shows that they're coming from a place of this politically correct, environmental side of things. It just shows that they're part of the team. I'm always a little bit torn on the WHO because sometimes they come out with stuff and I think, "Right on! That's great." Like when they came out and they said that glyphosate is carcinogenic, "Great! Awesome!"

Tiffany: Yeah.

Doug: "Way to go WHO. That's fantastic." They've done a couple of other things where I've thought, "Great. Amazing! Despite the fact that it's controversial and it's going against whatever the corporate agenda might be, they're willing to stand up." But then they pull stuff like this. There's probably multiple factions within the WHO and if it's just the scientists left to do their own thing then maybe they come up with something. But then maybe somebody comes in and says, "Well we better add climate change onto this air pollution thing because that's a big problem too, right?"

Tiffany: There's probably some lowly WHO worker sitting in his lonely little office with no windows somewhere, rolling his eyes whenever somebody mentions climate change. {laughter} But he just can't say anything.

Doug: Probably.

Erica: I've got to say though I'm happy it didn't say global warming.

Doug: Well it does though. They have their list and they give a little blurb on each thing. But then they have pages that go into more detail on all of these different things and their climate change thing is all about global warming.

Erica: Ohhhh.

Doug: And It's talking about rising sea levels and 50% of the population lives within 60 miles of the coast or something like that. I can't remember what it was, but it's going to cause mass displacement and blah, blah, blah and crop failures. So even if they were preparing for climate change, anybody who's really paying attention to the whole climate change thing knows that it's actually the sun that's driving things and it has nothing to do with carbon. I'm not going to get into all that, but we're more than likely heading for an ice age.

So even if they were able to plan for climate change, they're preparing completely in the wrong direction. There's no doubt that climate change is a threat.

Tiffany: And even if there weren't climate change, there would still be natural disasters, floods, droughts. Those things happen anyway.

Doug: I guess for air pollution and climate change we could maybe give a check mark to those. Air pollution yes, climate change, not the way they're saying it.

Erica: Alright, for number 2 then, non-communicable diseases.

Doug: Yes. I would agree.

Erica: What does that mean?

Doug: It basically is non-contagious diseases. It's not like measles or something where you can actually catch it. {laughter} Oh sorry, that's not a disease is it?

Erica: I was just going to say...

Doug: Tiff's pet peeve, sorry.

Erica: I thought we established that on a previous show. {laughter} (//www.sott.net/article/411962-Objective-Health-12-The-New-Red-Scare-Freaking-Out-About-the-Measles#)

Doug: I forgot. So it's not like a cold, let's put it that way.

Tiffany: It's like diabetes.

Doug: And the cancer. And the heart disease. Anything you can put "the" in front of.

Erica: Obesity?

Doug: The obesity, sure. It's like lifestyle conditions.

Tiffany: Yeah.

Doug: Or conditions that would be more dependent upon genetics or environment, etc.

Tiffany: Diet.

Doug: Diet, absolutely. I was trying to think of it when I was talking before about what the WHO does right. They actually backed out of backing the Eat Lancet - what was their diet called? World diet or something? The World Health diet?

Tiffany: Yeah. Some plant {pronounced plont-toff accent} based-diet.

Doug: Yeah. Completely plant-based. It's all plants {pronounced plonts}. The WHO actually said, "No, we're not going to back that. There's not enough evidence." So again I thought, "Nice! Way to go WHO! You're on the right side of history."

But that being said, the diet that they're promoting is generally the politically correct diet, in a certain sense, the dietician approved low fat/avoid red meat, blah, blah, blah. So as far as diet goes, I would say that their approach to combating non-communicable diseases is a big no.

Tiffany: Well they said one of their directives for this year, they want to meet a global target of reducing physical inactivity by 15% by 2030. So I guess people not going to the gym enough is one of the problems with these non-communicable diseases being on the rise.

Erica: Yeah, too much sedentary lifestyle too. Too much sitting in front of your computer or watching TV. They even mentioned Netflix, Facebook scrolling, texting, instant messaging, browsing. So get up out of your chair and move around.

Doug: I guess I would agree with that. What do you think?

Tiffany: Yeah.

Doug: Being a fat, lazy slob on the couch is not good for you. Is it a global health threat? Well I don't know. That might be a little bit more debatable. I guess the question really is, if somebody was eating a perfect diet, low carb, nothing bad in there, grain-free, etc., but they didn't get any exercise, what would the result be?

Erica: Well they actually have guidelines for 19 to 64 year olds. It says, "How much? At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week. Strength exercises two or more days a week that work all the major muscles and break up long periods of sitting with light activity." So use the stairs instead of the elevator, if you work in an office.

Then it explains what is vigorous activity for those of you who might not know, things like running, jogging, swimming fast, riding bike, marshal arts, tennis, gymnastics. It says "What activities are both aerobic and muscle strengthening? Circuit training, running, football, rugby, netball, hockey, aerobics."

Tiffany: I guess all those things are okay, depending on your age and physical capabilities. But I still think diet trumps all of that.

Doug: I agree.

Tiffany: If you eat a decent diet, like you said Doug, and you just do some gardening or chase your kids around or something like that, I think you'll be fine.

Erica: Yeah.

Doug: I think so too. As far as non-communicable diseases goes, I think it's right to be on the list. Obviously the diabetes, the cancer, the heart disease, etc. etc., the obesity. Those are certainly a threat to health.

Tiffany: And they're rising. And people are getting them at younger and younger ages, so yeah. I'd approve of that one too.

Doug: Okay. They get a checkmark on that one too. {laughter}

Erica: Alright. The third one is the threat of a global influenza pandemic.

Tiffany: Whenever I see this - because I see a lot of Google alerts. They're always talking about the flu, the pandemic, are we prepared, etc., etc., not just Google but the CDC as well - part of me thinks that they really, really want something like this to happen because they're always just harping and going on and on about it, which I can't really complain about because I like those types of movies. {laughter} Like World War Z or Pandemic, stuff like that. I think it's kind of exciting in a certain way but still I think they're just pushing it a little bit too hard.

There was a 1918 flu...

Doug: The Spanish flu.

Tiffany: I don't know. Part of me thinks that they want something like that to happen for some reason.

Doug: Well for some reason, yeah. I wonder. I think basically it's just to sell more vaccines.

Tiffany: Yes.

Doug: And I know that's tinfoil hat stuff but nonetheless, why else would they be doing it? Every year it's like "Oh my god, the flu!!" And everybody freaks out about it. But honestly, it really just seems like they're doing this to sell more vaccines. And really, the way that the WHO has said that they're going to deal with this possibility of a global influenza pandemic is vaccines and anti-viral drugs.

Erica: Yeah.

Doug: So why do they hype it up every single year that "This is the year. It's going to be brutal!" And then every year it's normal.

Tiffany: Well if notice, in all of those movies the answer's always "vaccine". Always.

Doug: Yeah, exactly.

Tiffany: They have to rush and find the special serum and get it out and they get it just in the nick of time and a bunch of people are saved after millions die. It's always the vaccine's the answer.

Doug: Yeah, it's true.

Erica: Well when reading about it, it says, "While praising how far humanity has come, the WHO health chief warns that we are nowhere near prepared enough." Then the WHO director came out and said, "The threat of pandemic influenza is ever present. The question is not if we will have another pandemic but when." So again, it's that same fear mongering.

Doug: Totally. And the thing is that I read a statistic recently that said something like 99% of flu shots are ineffective. That's 99%! Oh my god. And I think it's the WHO that recommends which strains should be included in the year's flu vaccine if I'm not mistaken. They're actually the ones who do the recommending. If they don't pick the right strains then essentially you're getting yourself injected with a useless thing. Even if they do pick the right strains I'm not 100% sure on it either. {laughter}

Erica: It's interesting because they talk about how their "updated strategy will focus on stronger disease surveillance and response operations on a country-by-country basis in combination with more effective vaccines, anti-virals and treatments with universal access across the world and that's their ultimate goal." So that also bring into the whole thing disease monitoring. Maybe before you fly you're going to have to make sure that you have been "checked out" or that you had your documentation...

Doug: Vaccinated probably.

Erica: ...that you've had the shot. It's frightening.

Doug: That is frightening. I agree. We're coming from a western perspective and the WHO is dealing on a global basis. So outside of North America, western Europe, how bad does the flu get? Is there a country where flu is just brutal and killing people left, right and centre? Or is it pretty much the same thing everywhere?

Tiffany: It seems like it's kind of the same thing everywhere. When you get into these non-western countries, or some would describe them as third world countries, it seems to be more communicable diseases like cholera or things like that, gonorrheal diseases. You don't hear much about flu decimating large swathes of the population. Every once in a while there's the Avian flu scare or SARS or something like that, but it's not like massive numbers of people are dying from those.

Doug: No. Those things don't amount to anything either. They're always like, "Oh my god! SARS!" and everybody starts freaking out and then it amounts to nothing. Ten people die or something.

Erica: Well they've got that covered because they're talking about how a major threat is of another deadlier flu virus jumping from animals to humans, mutating and potentially infecting hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people.

Tiffany: In their dreams! {laughter}

Erica: Bird flu, right? Or swine flu.

Doug: Yeah. I guess that stuff is possible. That could happen but I don't think anything the WHO does is going to prevent that. I don't know.

Tiffany: I'll put that one as a maybe.

Doug: What do we have other than a checkmark? A half checkmark?

Tiffany: Yeah.

Erica: Or maybe just a slash. Alright, so the fourth one is fragile and vulnerable setting such as regions affected by drought and conflict. Whoa, that's a loaded one.

Doug: Yeah. What do they say? More than 1.6 billion people, 22% of the global population live in places where protracted crises through a combination of challenges such as drought, famine, conflict and population displacement and weak health services, leave them without access to basic care." It's hard to argue with that, really. Again, we're coming from a very western perspective. Yeah, it's hard to argue with that.

Tiffany: I won't argue with that either. And may I just go out and say that these would be what we would commonly refer to as shithole countries. {laughter}

Doug: Yeah.

Tiffany: So if you're living in a shithole, that's just bad all round. So there's lots of poverty, there's poor sanitation, there's not the infrastructure for clean water and piping to move the waste away. Along with the poverty you have malnutrition, poor diet. Of course you're going to have a disease. Will there always be shithole countries? There always has been. I don't know. The WHO can go into these countries and have mass immunization campaigns and things like that, but that's not going to change the structure of their country. What they need is, I don't know, jobs, infrastructure.

Doug: Yeah, exactly. Clean water.

Erica: Sanitation, things like disposing of urine and feces in a way that doesn't go back into the water table or the fresh water system.

Doug: Okay.

Erica: When you have countries like India and China with a billion people, that's a huge overhaul in the structure of how society functions.

Tiffany: And if you move clinics into those countries or try to get more doctors or health care services, that's really just putting a patch on the problem that would be solved by more things higher up on the chain.

Erica: Yeah. Spending a little bit of those billion dollars on something other than vaccines.

Doug: Yeah, totally.

Tiffany: Build some roads. Put some pipes in.

Doug: I don't see Bill Gates footing the bill for any of that stuff though. Just for vaccines.

Erica: We're about halfway through our list. So next, antimicrobial resistance.

Doug: Yeah, I would agree with that. It does seem to be a growing problem, especially with the antibiotics. We can't really keep up anymore. All these antibiotics come out and before long all the bacteria that they're supposed to wipe out become resistant to it and then they're superbugs. So yeah, I think that's probably pretty accurate putting that on the top 10 list of global health threats.

Tiffany: And if the WHO tries to curb the overuse of antibiotics and antimicrobials, that would be a good thing. But I think that also at the same time they need to be encouraging the use of alternative means of fighting infections. For example, vitamin C, which is very cheap and can be used in shithole countries.

Doug: Yeah. Absolutely!

Tiffany: And western countries as well. It's not really pushed that much. If they really want to be on the cutting edge, although it's not that cutting edge because it's been around for a very, very long time, the use of vitamin C...

Doug: Yeah.

Tiffany: If they really want to do something innovative, they should go in an alternative direction.

Doug: That's the thing too. It's all well and good to say we shouldn't be over-using antibiotics and things like that, but they aren't really researching alternatives. Well actually maybe they are. I don't know. But they don't offer up alternatives. And it's not just vitamin C. There's tons of antimicrobial herbs and...

Tiffany: Yeah.

Doug: ...essential oils, etc., etc. Some of these things can be really effective. I remember Stephen Harrod Buhner had a book called Herbal Antibiotics and Herbal Antivirals or something like that. I might be getting those titles wrong, but he had lists of protocols and it was even for stuff like Lyme and Ebola. Well I'm probably lying about Ebola, but he has amazing protocols that people reported having amazing results with. So I think if the WHO really wants to put its money where its mouth is on this, it should start maybe funding research on alternatives to pharmaceutical antimicrobials. But of course I don't think there's any chance in hell of that happening because we know who pays their paycheck.

Erica: Another thing that they don't really mention is the use of antibiotics in factory farming and agriculture. Up to 90% of the antibiotics that are given to livestock are excreted and they end up in fertilizer, ground water, surface runoff. So if they really wanted to combat this issue with all of this money they have, they would move to something more regenerative and not so toxic for raising animals and they can be done. There are veterinarian who can do it. Just like you're saying, you can give those same kind of essential oils and alternatives to animals and really cut down on the issue.

Tiffany: I think this goes hand in hand with - I forget which number we're on but the one we talked about before - the fragile and vulnerable settings. If you clean up the area, you have clean water, sanitation, better diets, not just for people but for animals as well, a lot of this antimicrobial resistance problem would be stopped right there because the cleaner your environment and the better your diet and the stronger your immune system, whether for people or animals, you don't have to worry about all of these infections a lot of the times.

Doug: Yeah. Half the time they're feeding antibiotics to animals to make them bigger, make them fatter. It's not even for medical reasons. It's just to increase their yield. It's pretty evil actually.

Erica: It is very evil.

Doug: Well I guess that gets another check mark. We're actually agreeing with a lot more of this list than I thought we were going to.

Erica: Well it all may kind of intertwine in a very interesting way, just as you both were pointing out. So we're on number six. Ebola and high threat pathogens.

Doug: I kind of feel like I don't know enough about it, despite the fact that I've read quite a bit about the Ebola thing going on.

Tiffany: But there's no meat to it! There's no meat to a lot of what you read. They're just reporting about how people die. It doesn't really get into the nitty-gritty, not enough for me at least.

Doug: I agree. I guess that's what I mean. I don't feel like I know enough about it because I feel like the reports that are coming out are very scary and maybe are scary by design. And I do wonder how much of a threat is it for this to escape the Congo or wherever else it was recently. I'm blanking on it. I don't know how much of a threat it actually is.

Tiffany: Guinea.

Doug: Geneva?

Tiffany: No, I said Guinea. A lot of it seems to be just really hyped up beyond belief. Not just Ebola, but it seems like every year or so they have some kind of big hype disease. It was Ebola and then they had SARS and the bird flu and Zika. Zika! My god! Yeah, but they said there's a lot of diseases, not just Ebola that the WHO has its eyes on. There's something called the Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever which is kind of like Ebola. You're just bleeding from every orifice. There's also Ebola and Marburg virus, Lasa fever, Middle East respiratory syndrome, the Coronavirus, Nipah - I'd never even heard of that - Rift Valley fever, Zika, and then they talk about something called Disease X which is some undiscovered pathogen.

Doug: That's just their placeholder for something really bad.

Tiffany: Yeah.

Doug: Why would they do that?

Tiffany: I don't know. Maybe they just think it's exciting.

Doug: "There's something real bad right around the corner. We just don't know what it is yet! Really, really bad!"

Tiffany: Well you said before, it's just a way to drum up vaccine business.

Erica: And not address the issues that were the first five threats.

Doug: Yeah. {laughter} Ebola, I don't know whether that's a global threat.

Tiffany: Well they said during the last Ebola outbreak - there are outbreaks all the time in certain African countries like the Congo - I think they first discovered Ebola back in the 1970s and every once in a while there's an outbreak. But they said that during the 2014/2016 epidemic that 11,300 people died. So I don't know if that's actually correct. And they say that not every single person that is diagnosed with Ebola actually were tested for Ebola.

Doug: That's the other thing. It kind of overlaps with the whole shithole country thing as well because you're dealing with areas where recordkeeping and testing and things like that are probably not up to western standards. If somebody dies, we can't really know how many of them are actually dying of Ebola.

Tiffany: Yeah, they say that the symptoms mimic malaria and malaria is pretty widespread. But they said in particular one facility where they actually went and tested people for Ebola, only 2% of the people there tested positive for Ebola. So I'm not exactly sure that what we're dealing with is always Ebola. I don't know. It's very murky.

Doug: It is very murky. Even if it was 11,000 (you said?) died of it...

Tiffany: Yeah.

Doug: ...that's terrible of course, but more people are dying from the flu and stuff like that than Ebola.

Tiffany: They have to wonder too though, is that strictly from the Ebola? What was their health status before they contracted Ebola (and I use the air quotes) and what was the treatment? Sometimes the treatment can be worse than the disease! Or just make the person worse.

Erica: And if you already have a compromised immune system from lack of clean water and lack of food - and I mean that in the real sense of lack of food - why aren't they looking at that?

Tiffany: Yeah, and back in 2014/2016 there were a couple of people who came over to the US for treatment and they were in the ICUs or whatever, and one person possibly who possibly contracted Ebola, that cared for a person who came over from Africa who had Ebola. But you never hear any follow up on what happened to these people.

Erica: Yeah. So maybe it's more of that fear mongering going on, to just put people in this constant state of stress where if it's not the flu then they're worried about Ebola which can shut the immune system down massively. If you're stressing about getting sick all the time, you're eventually going to get sick.

Tiffany: Well there is a lot of mistrust over in African countries where Ebola breaks out every once in a while. People are attacking health workers, they say or attacking the clinics where people go to work and they have a hard time gaining the trust of the people in those areas. I can't really blame them because all these people come in, they have these vaccination campaigns. People get sick. Why really should they trust these people?

Doug: Yeah, it's true.

Tiffany: I know I wouldn't. There's a vaccine though, now. It going to be better. {laughter} Now this vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV, if you can believe this, they say that it's 100% effective.

Doug: Did they say that?

Tiffany: They did.

Doug: They said 100?

Tiffany: They did. And then I saw another article - yeah, 100% which I just cannot believe that - but there was another article that came out a year later. I think this vaccine was developed in 2016 and they just tested it and it hasn't gotten widespread approval but they said, "Okay, you can go ahead and use it because this is a dire situation". But they did a test in Guinea and they had about 11,000 people in this trial. Almost 6,000 people got the vaccine and none of those people who got the vaccine came down with Ebola in 10 days. Ten whole days they didn't get the Ebola! But allegedly they monitored these people for 89 days or something like that and they claimed that they didn't get Ebola but people did report certain mild sicknesses or whatever. You can't really say for sure what happened to these people.

But they said that none of the people in the experimental vaccine group got Ebola in 10 days and 23 people in the control group got Ebola. I wouldn't say that it's a very stringent study because they didn't count anybody who got sick in the first nine days after getting the vaccine because they assumed that they had Ebola before they got the vaccine. So that makes me wonder. They didn't test people to see whether they had Ebola or not before enrolling them into this trial!?!

Doug: Yeah. It's the same kind of disorganized - I imagine trying to do a perfectly controlled trial in these countries is probably quite difficult. That would be my speculation anyway. But I haven't heard anything particularly egregious about the Ebola vaccine, not that I necessarily would have heard it. But it's supposed to be pretty effective and I think they made it by piggybacking Ebola stuff on the outside of a different innocuous virus, so it's just introducing it to the immune system. I don't know. If I was going into an Ebola area I would probably get that vaccine. {laughter} I'd read the package insert and everything and be very careful about it, but Ebola? Yeah, I'm probably not messing around with that.

Tiffany: Yeah. Well we'll see how everything works out.

Doug: I'm not giving a checkmark to that one.

Tiffany: More than 110,000 people have been vaccinated for Ebola since May the 7th, 2019.

Erica: Wow. So that's recent.

Tiffany: And I think we can expect another Ebola outbreak soon.

Erica: yeah, I was just going to say, if it's anything like the measles and it starts shedding, that could be not good.

Tiffany: Yeah. So I give a sideways...

Erica: Slash?

Tiffany: ...to that one.

Doug: There's no doubt that it's bad, but I just don't know if I would give it global health threat status. It probably wouldn't make my top 10, let's put it that way.

Erica: Our next one is number seven - weak primary care.

Doug: Well okay. No access to doctors and medical treatments? Sure.

Tiffany: Yeah. Okay.

Doug: This is another one that you can just put under the umbrella of poverty. They could have put one entry on their top 10 list that was just poverty.

Erica: Yes. Even in the first world, primary care is not available to everyone and if it is - and we've done a show on this - it's completely unaffordable and so a lot of people go without primary care unless they have a clinic that's funded by a non-profit organization.

Doug: That's particularly in America.

Erica: "'Merka".

Tiffany: 'Merka'. {laughter}

Erica: For more on that you can listen to our show about medical insurance.

Doug: Yeah, medical insurance. Who cares about health care? I think that's what our show was called. Go look it up folks. It's on YouTube. (//www.sott.net/article/408569-Objective-Health-Who-Cares-About-Health-Care)

Erica: I'll be the first to say I don't subscribe to it. I feel like I have a better chance of taking care of my own health and wellness than spending $600-$700 a month for my family to have medical insurance that I would never use.

Tiffany: Yeah, that's just terrible.

Doug: But we don't live in Ebola country.

Erica: That's true. So yes, a check on that one? Another no maybe?

Doug: Again, coming from a western perspective I don't know. I'm going to give it an "I don't know." A maybe.

Erica: A maybe. A possible?

Doug: A possible.

Erica: After that, our favourite topic as of late, vaccine hesitancy.

Tiffany: Absolutely NOT!! I would say that vaccine - what's the opposite of hesitancy?

Doug: Enthusiasm.

Tiffany: Enthusiasm, yeah. Vaccine enthusiasm is more of a health threat than hesitancy considering all of the side effects and adverse events that come along with being vaccinated, not to mention that if you get the measles vaccine or some other flu vaccine and you're shedding virus and if you actually catch the wild type of whatever virus you're vaccinated against, even if you were vaccinated, it'll be worse for you than if you acquired it wild. So no.

And the whole vaccine autism link. What's the one that's considered the worst vaccine ever? The cervical cancer one?

Doug: Oh, HPV.

Erica: Gardasil, yeah. The Gardasil vaccine.

Tiffany: No.

Doug: No. It's interesting because if you read their blurb about it, they're talking about - as we discussed at the top of the show - they say that "Vaccinations are the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease. It currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved."

Again, they are just pulling those numbers completely out of the air. There's no way that they know how many deaths vaccinations are preventing. They're just guessing. They do at least say that it's not just anti-vaxxers. They do say that there's complacency, inconvenience of accessing vaccines and a lack of confidence, which would probably be the anti-vaxxer crowd as they would be called. How many of those people who are complacent and for whom getting a vaccine is inconvenient, how many of them, if it was made more convenient, how many of them would actually jump onboard? I wonder if that's just kind of people who also don't have confidence in the vaccines.

Tiffany: I think that vaccines are very convenient. You can go to Walmart or CVS or any corner drugstore and get a vaccine. They're advertising them all over the place. You can get them low cost. You can get them free if you have certain insurance. I don't think that access is a problem. I think that most of the people who have become vaccine hesitant have done their research or, even more important than the research, they directly were harmed by a vaccine or their children were harmed by a vaccine. It's not coming from nowhere.

Doug: No it's not.

Tiffany: If these were so great people would be lining up in droves to take them.

Erica: This is where I've got a little bit of background information. I don't know, maybe I have to put on my tinfoil hat here, but this is where the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation comes into play. For as much as they're a - I don't even know how to say it...

Tiffany: Philanthropic.

Erica: ...philanthropic organization, a lot of people don't know how seriously enmeshed they are in the World Health Organization. They're the largest non-state under of the WHO having donated more than $2 billion in earmark grants to the international health agency since 1998 and the second largest WHO funder after the US government. So they significantly influence the setting of the WHO program priorities. The WHO has been criticized for refusing to release the identity of their 16 members of this "Emergency Committee" formed in 2009 to guide this pandemic policy.

So there's some shady dealings going on for sure. They started this organization called GAVI for people who are interested in it and it's the vaccine alliance marketing program. Again, in 2000 they gave $750 million in seed money to spearhead the creation of this organization and they're going after this vaccine hesitancy. It's a public/private partnership with multilateral funding involving the World Bank, philanthropic organizations, civil society groups, to improve access to the new and under-used vaccines for children living in the world's poorest countries.

So they're all over this. If people are interested, you can see the numbers. Of more than the $15 billion raised by GAVI since 2000 to vaccinate the world's children, the US government contributes a total of about $1.9 billion, or 12 percent between 2000 and 2013 only 10 percent of total funding provided by GAVI was used to strengthen healthcare systems or to provide sanitation, nutrition while 80% was used to purchase, deliver and promote vaccines.

So back to our previous checks and non-checks, they could use that money in a much better way, but they're not. It's a for-profit industry. As much as it's philanthropic, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline have received more than a billion dollars from these funds.

Doug: Yeah, I don't think there's anything philanthropic about it. It's a racket. In 2010 the British Medical Journal, BMJ, in collaboration with London Based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, they did an article that was published in the BMJ that revealed that three key scientists who influenced the WHO's decision to declare swine flu H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009 and their recommendation that all countries use and stockpile vaccines for the pandemic flu, had ties to pharmaceutical companies and they profited directly from these WHO recommendations. That's the kind of thing that's going on. Even if there is some level of benevolence to the WHO - and I would be skeptical - there are still individuals within the WHO, who are not benign individuals just trying to make the world a better place. They're looking for their cash.

Erica: Yeah. And they have a new global action plan for vaccine marketing. This is an initiative that's being coordinated by the WHO. We saw this, once again with this idea of vaccine hesitancy being a world threat. I think we even did a show on it. So they have these statements. One is "Immunization protects people from being forced into poverty by high out-of-pocket expenses." What?!

Tiffany: What?

Doug: Come on! {laughter}

Erica: "Vaccines protect children's health and support cognitive development allowing children to perform better at school and have more opportunities?"

Doug and Tiffany: What?!?

Doug: Yeah, right!

Erica: "Vaccinated children grow into a productive work force and become strong contributors to the economy and healthy children free up parents' time so they are able to work more."

Tiffany: What?! They're really reaching with those!

Doug: When you're dealing with a kid who has autism, that's not contributing to the work force at all.

Tiffany: No.

Erica: "Vaccines are critical to building peoples' resilience to and mitigating the risk of disease outbreaks tied to" - wait for it - "climate change". {laughter} "Good health is a critical determinant of peace and well-being and society. People-centred health systems are core social institutions in every country and immunization is often the first point of contact between these systems and the population."

Doug: Give me a break! They talk like they're injecting rainbows into these people. {laughter}

Erica: And unicorn spirit animals.

Doug: Exactly. It's not a vaccine. It's pure happiness.

Tiffany: We can all agree that that gets a big fat thumbs down!

Doug: Yes. Big X.

Erica: And then our last two. Number nine, dengue fever.

Tiffany: Otherwise known as break bone fever.

Erica: Really?

Tiffany: That's what they call it because it causes really bad muscle pain, I suppose. Of course I've never had the dengue, I've just heard about it. But it's got a vaccine too but it's endemic to Honduras and surrounding countries, so they get an outbreak of dengue every few years. It's a mosquito-borne disease, the aedes aegypti mosquito. The female mosquito transmits that to people. So yeah, it can be pretty debilitating. At some point, if the disease becomes severe, you can die. You can get plasma leakage syndrome and your blood vessels start to leak your plasma out, which is not a good thing. But rest assured, there's a vaccine for this. It's called dengvaxia and it's made by Sanofi. It's approved in 20 countries. It's not approved in the US.

Doug: Or the Philippines.

Tiffany: Yeah, because 600 kids died after getting the dengvaxia.

Doug: Yeah. It turns out that this vaccine actually made it so that if a kid, or an adult too I suppose, got the vaccine but they had never previously been exposed to dengue then it could make it so when they do get exposed to dengue it's way worse, the infection ends up way worse and they'll end up with that leaky - what was it? Leaky tissues?

Tiffany: Plasma leakage syndrome.

Doug: Plasma leakage syndrome. That just sounds nasty.

Tiffany: Yeah. It's gross. I don't know. Would I say that dengue is a threat? I guess if you live in one of those countries where they have outbreaks from time-to-time, but it sounds like the dengue vaccine is even more of a threat.

Doug: Yeah. It does sound that way. They've gone forward and said that anybody who hasn't been exposed to dengue before should not get the vaccine. Well that's nice of them to put that little disclaimer there. Isn't it funny that so much of the things on this list are actually things that have vaccines or some kind of pharmaceutical intervention for them? {laughter} Other than the exercise and the diet. Other than that, everything is, "Well don't worry. We've got a vaccine for that! It's a global health threat but don't worry! We've got a vaccine."

Erica: And of course, coming back to the Gates Foundation, before dengue it was malaria, which kills a lot of people. There's an article we carried on SOTT about a plan to exterminate mosquitoes just received major funding from the Gates Foundation. This is actually last year. But they talk about how mosquitoes kill 830,000 people around the world each year so what is their solution? "Oh, we're just going to genetically modify a mosquito and use it as a flying syringe."

Doug: Oh my god!

Erica: They're really doing this science. Back in 2008 we carried an article on SOTT about it, about how over 22 countries were figuring out how to develop mosquitoes into flying syringes so they could deliver vaccines.

Doug: That is insane. I heard about that, it was a long time ago. Maybe it was back in 2008 or something like that and it was a guy I knew who was into the wackier conspiracy-type stuff and he told me about genetically modified mosquitoes and I was like, "Bullshit! There's no way! That's not true!" And it's like, "No! It's true!" I'm going to have to send that guy an email. {laughter} I owe him a beer.

Erica: If our listeners and viewers are interested, it's called "No escape from the madness - Bill Gates funds flying syringe mosquitoes to deliver vaccines".

Doug: That's fully insane. That's like dystopian future craziness. Talk about taking people's agency away. "Mandatory vaccination? Well never mind. You don't have a choice if you get bitten by a mosquito."

Erica: Yeah, you better hope you don't live somewhere where there's a lot of mosquitoes. They had over 4,000 proposals of people that wanted to work on this and they gave out 104 grants. Recipients included universities, non-profit organizations, government agencies and six private companies. That's almost 11 years ago so you know somewhere in some petri lab they've got a flying vaccine.

Doug: It's probably out already. We've probably already been inoculated with it.

Tiffany: Yeah.

Doug: Dengue. Do we give it a check or no? I don't know. It says that 40% of the world is at risk of dengue fever and it kills up to 20% of those who get severe dengue. It sounds pretty bad I guess.

Tiffany: I would put that under "depending on where you live".

Erica: Yeah, definitely because I lived in a climate where there was a lot of mosquitoes and if you eat lots of garlic, just put a fan on you, maybe have a mosquito net, you're all set. {laughter} There was no dengue though. I was in the first world. Alright, nah maybe? Possible threat? Alright. Then the last one is the HIV as Tiff calls it. {laughter}

Doug: The AIDS.

Tiffany: The AIDS. This is another one we did an entire show on, just about its nefarious origins, all the confusion and the subterfuge and how it was discovered. I don't know if we should go into that but we do have a show. I think it was called What's the Deal with AIDS? or something like that.

Doug: Something like that, yeah.

Tiffany: The WHO considers this to be a global threat still. They said that more than 70 million people have died since HIV/AIDS virus was first discovered and that 37 million people are now infected with the HIV.

Doug: I feel like this is another one - there's a lot of controversy around this and there are people out there who say that the HIV/AIDS think in North America is not the same thing, or in western countries in general, is not the same thing as the AIDS that you see in Africa where it's really at pandemic levels, where it's a major, major problem. Not that it isn't a problem in western countries too. It is a thing but I think if you were to isolate western countries then it wouldn't be anywhere near the top 10 list. I don't think anyway. It would be interesting to see a breakdown of the numbers but I think that with the HIV/AIDS thing, once everybody figured out that they could wear condoms and be relatively safe, the blood transfusion thing got figured out, it seems like it's a lot more under control now. It seem like it's only - once again - poverty and no access to education, for one thing, but also sanitation and all those other kinds of things. This is yet another one that fits under that umbrella of poverty.

Tiffany: Yeah.

Erica: And I think even in our show we covered that. I remember you saying Tiffany, that they don't even necessarily have a test that gives you a 100% positive diagnosis.

Tiffany: Right. I think their tests only show antibodies and usually with a test and you have antibodies to that particular virus, that's considered a good thing. But if you have antibodies for HIV then that means that you have HIV? It doesn't quite make sense. I think we did talk about that in our AIDS show but I don't know if I would put this on the top 10 threat to global health.

Doug: Again, it's pretty location dependent.

Tiffany: It depends on where you live, again. And then again you have to consider the treatment. Those anti-retrovirals are no joke. They have some really serious side effects. So are they dying from HIV/AIDS or are they dying from the accumulated years of the retroviral drugs? Look at Magic Johnson. Is he taking those drugs? That dude looks healthy as hell.

Doug: Yeah, that's true. He does, doesn't he? He doesn't look like he's got the AIDS.

Tiffany: No. I wouldn't put it on my top 10 list, let's put it that way.

Doug: No, I Think I wouldn't either. Again, it's a problem in an isolated area.

Tiffany: Check out our old show on AIDS and check out the documentary House of Numbers because it goes into much greater detail.

Doug: Our old show though, you have to find on SOTT because it was before we were on video so you won't find it on YouTube.

Erica: Well segueing into our ten top 10 health threats...

Doug: Yeah, ones that the WHO neglected in our eyes.

Tiffany: Yeah.

Erica: So number 1 is glyphosate.

Doug: Absolutely. And it's long been at number 1 I think. That is a...

Erica: And for those who are not in the know, that is Roundup weed killer.

Doug: Monsanto created their own glyphosate, probably the most evil chemical on the face of the planet.

Tiffany: And it's everywhere.

Doug: Everywhere. It's absolutely everywhere. That stuff is nasty. We've done a show on that recently as well. You can find that in our YouTube history. We're just plugging all the old shows here. 2 Billion reasons to avoid glyphosate

Erica: Well it has helped us come up with our own list, right? Next one is 5G.

Doug: Yes.

Erica: Wireless on steroids. {laughter}

Doug: We interviewed Scott Ogren of Scottiestech.info about the 5G and it's super, super bad. We're on the verge of it being absolutely everywhere. We're going to be beamed. The dangers of 5G and wifi

Erica: I can feel it already.

Tiffany: Whether you have a cell phone or not, it's not going to matter.

Doug: So that's definitely going to be a global health threat, especially since it's going to be put on satellite and beamed onto the planet.

Erica: Oh my goodness.

Doug: By the end of it you can't really escape it.

Erica: That's when we will really be putting on our tinfoil hats.

Doug: Yeah, literally.

Erica: Living in our little Faraday cage, not going outside. Oh, underground maybe.

Doug: Oh. Maybe that'll be the new thing, subterranean dwelling to escape the 5Gs.

Erica: Number 3 was vaccine and vaccine enthusiasm. I think we kind of covered that pretty well but we'll just say it as part of the topic. So don't be swayed. Don't be intimidated.

Doug: The vaccine enthusiasm is more of a health threat because that's what's pushing people who are actually resisting into either forcing or coercing them to go against what they know and falling in line.

Erica: And a lot of scaremongering.

Tiffany: Yeah.

Doug: Maybe the mainstream media should have been on our list actually. That's a global health threat. With their vaccines.

Erica: I have a feeling anyone watching us though is not really plugged into the mainstream media. {laughter} Number 4 is opioids, the opioid epidemic.

Doug: Absolutely. Again, you could maybe argue that that's regional as well because that's pretty much America as far as I can tell. I don't think it's as huge a problem in other countries. Maybe in the UK? Does the UK have an opioid problem right now?

Tiffany: I don't know. I don't remember reading much about it but I'm sure they must to a certain extent. But it's really bad in the United States.

Doug: Like, really bad.

Tiffany: Yeah.

Erica: The UK also doesn't have the Pharma being able to put add on TV so maybe people aren't as swayed by that. It's pretty bad. I think two years ago Donald Trump designated it a national emergency. Nothing has really happened as a result other than right now the Sackler family created - what is the name of the organization? - Purdue Pharma. They're going through a lot of lawsuits right now. Actually communities in states like Massachusetts are suing them. So we'll see how that comes out because they willingly put a product on the market, the OxyContin that they knew was 13 times more addictive or something.

Doug: Maybe we'll have another Monsanto on our hands, people getting billions of dollars.

Erica: It seems like as people across the board come out about it, I think it doesn't matter what your race or income status or any of those things are. It's all across the board. It does not discriminate. I think people are going to start speaking out about it as more and more people die. So number 5, the WHO and the CDC. Could we just say that? {laughter}

Doug: Gasp! I think they are...

Erica: Be wary.

Doug: ...a threat to global health.

Tiffany: Because they're so backwards and they give out such crappy information about how to keep yourself healthy. Everything is just "vaccine, vaccine, vaccine".

Doug: Exactly. Jesus! The CDC, you want to talk about corrupt?! They're way worse than the WHO. Well actually I don't know if they're way worse than the WHO but...

Tiffany: I think they are.

Doug: ...what's been exposed is certainly worse, like hiding study results and manipulating things. They are just brutal. I think it was Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. - is that his name-the vaccine guy?

Erica: Yeah.

Doug: I think he called them a cesspool of corruption {laughter} which I think is very accurate.

Tiffany: Well they have the nickname Centers for Disease Creation.

Doug: Yeah.

Erica: So whenever something says, "The CDC says" just think cesspool of corruption and move on.

Doug: Exactly. "The cesspool of corruption says, ..." {laughter}

Erica: Alright. Next on our list endocrine disruptors. Phthalates (is that how you say it?). Plastic!

Tiffany: Plastics, BPA.

Doug: Yeah. Soy. The soy. Don't eat the soy kids. Any estrogenic compounds that end up in the environment. They are chemicals that are used in foods, plastics, packaging, cleansing products. They're used in makeup. They're everywhere. And then there's natural ones too in soy, flaxseeds. There's a whole bunch of them and they're basically these estrogenic compounds that just completely mess up your hormones, that can lead to cancers, to feminizing of men and boys.

Tiffany: Man boobs.

Doug: Yeah. Turns the frogs gay, as Alex Jones is fond of saying. So I'd say that definitely is a threat to global health. And it is really global. Those things are everywhere. That's not a western phenomenon. Those endocrine disruptors are in everything. They're everywhere.

Erica: I think they even found them in the urine of polar bears. {laughter}

Doug: Oh my god!

Erica: That's how widespread it is. It's bad. Next, social justice warriors or extreme leftists.

Tiffany: Yeah, I think they're more of a threat to people's mental health...

Doug: Mental health, yeah.

Tiffany: ...and the social norms and morality of society. These people - I guess they would call themselves progressivists - they just want to tear down tradition, poke their fingers into the family, traditional religion like Christianity. They just really have an ax to grind with traditional American or family or western values or Christian values. They're really kind of like sick people. They don't care about facts. Everything is about feelings. Everything is about your identity. I can't think of all the ways. They just want to tear down society and rebuild it into some kind of sick utopian image of theirs where anything goes.

Doug: Yup.

Erica: Next, transgender agenda.

Doug: Transgender agenda. Yeah, this is a sticky one. I'd say the real problem with it is when it comes to kids, when they're deciding that these kids are actually transgender and they want to put them on puberty blocking drugs and undergoing surgeries. That's child abuse straight up. I honestly think that's the case. If you're an adult and you decide that you are the wrong gender and you want to do whatever you want to do, by all means, go ahead. It's really the kids that I find very disturbing.

Erica: I agree completely. It's hard enough for children growing up in the climate that we live in now without throwing that in there. I raised kids and 20 years ago that didn't happen. So I can only imagine what it's like now to try and navigate the world and then have your gender being questioned, or you questioning your gender I should say. It's really shocking.

Tiffany: Yeah.

Erica: Shall we move on?

Tiffany: Well yeah. I don't know. Just how they argue against basic biology. There are men and there are women and that's it. There's a small number of hermaphroditic type persons, but come on! And such a minority of the population has so much control now over what everyone thinks or says. It's just ridiculous. That's all I have to say about that. We also did a show on that too.

Erica: Yes we did.

Doug: We've done a show on all of these. Amazing! {laughter}

Erica: So we came up with our list, right? The next one is the vegan putsch.

Doug: The vegan putsch.

Erica: Wanting to turn everyone vegan.

Doug: I think that that's a definite health threat, especially given how prevalent it is. It's "common knowledge" and I use air quotes, that the vegan diet is the most healthy diet and that we should all be eating vegan. And not only is it the best diet for us, it's the best diet for the environment! And that's the thing that they tie into it. "Even if you don't care about the animals, you should at least care about the planet that you live on, your mother and the vegan diet is..." As if monocrop, GMO, pesticide-laden vegan food is good for the environment! What universe do you live in? That's just ridiculous.

But this whole putsch towards veganism! Every second article you see in the mainstream media is "If you want to save the planet, you have to stop eating meat." It's ridiculous. And all these Beyond Meat and Schmeat and all these fake meat things that are genetically modified chemical shit storm, and they're sitting there trying to tell you that that's better for you than eating meat?!? I mean jeezuz!

Erica: Sprinkled with glyphosate of course.

Doug: Yeah, of course.

Erica: For your added health benefit.

Doug: There was that group Mothers...

Erica: Moms Across America?

Doug: That was it. They did a test on the Beyond burger and found high levels of glyphosate in it. So instead of Beyond Burger saying "Oh, we're going to try and deal with this. We're really sorry", they said "Glyphosate's not bad for you." {laughter}

Erica: It's not that bad. {laughter} It'll only take 20 years for it to show up when you have stomach cancer and IBS and colon cancer and non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Tiffany: Well it's like if you don't drop dead immediately after consuming certain foods then it's like the manufacturers get a pass. {laughter]

Doug: Exactly. That just goes to show how they don't actually give a shit about the environment or the health of their consumers. For them to double down on that and just say "Well glyphosate's not bad for you,'' you're clueless for one thing. And also the fact that they seem completely unaware of the fact that there's all these lawsuits coming out right now against glyphosate. It's like, are you guys not reading the news? You're going to turn around and say "It's not bad for you". What a bunch of jerks!

Erica: Alright. Our final one is iatrogenic death.

Tiffany: These are people who are croaking from routine medical care and medications. They're taking their medicine the way the doctor prescribes them and the side effects eventually get them. Or they're undergoing surgeries or something. Any kind of medical procedures that will chop years off of your life. They say that over 100,000 - is it over 100,000? - people die a year just from doctor-prescribed medications.

Doug: I think it's more than that. I thought it was super high. Maybe I'm wrong though.

Tiffany: Well they've never done any tests on poly-pharmacy, like people taking more than one prescription medication with a bunch of others. They're taking this handful of pills every day. They've never tested it over the long-term, like what kind of effect does this have on people? Nobody knows.

Doug: Well on the screen, we've got 7,800,00 in ten years. So that's the estimate for 10 years.

Tiffany: Ohhh!

Doug: So there you go. That's crazy. That's probably a pretty firm figure actually. They'll know if somebody died from medications, for sure. That's not just a number out of the air.

Tiffany: Well it could be an underestimation because say you have cancer or they might say, "Oh this person had cancer but really they died from the effects of chemotherapy."

Doug: That's definitely a possibility. The fact that that isn't on the list of the WHO - if you just look at the numbers here. You said it was 11,000 from Ebola. And then you've got 7 million over 10 years. So that's like 700,000 a year compared to 11,000. Do the math, man. WHO, who are you kidding?!

Erica: Seriously.

Doug: WHO.

Tiffany: WHO. {laughter}

Doug: We haven't made a lot of WHO jokes.

Erica: Yet. Well there you have it. That's our counter-list to the WHO.

Doug: The anti-WHO.

Erica: The anti-WHO.

Doug: I like our list better. I think it's more accurate.

Erica: And a lot of them our listeners and viewers can find on SOTT. We've done shows on it, so if you want to learn more about it, tune in, listen to the audio version of our previous format.

Doug: I don't know that we've done one on iatrogenic deaths and I think that maybe we could in the future. Very good.

Erica: So we will go to our pet health segment. On a little bit lighter note, cats meowing.

Zoya: Hello and welcome to the pet health segment of the Objective: Health program. Today we're going to attempt to answer a very important question - why do cats meow. So watch the following video and don't forget to stay until the end for a cute musical surprise. Have a nice summer everyone.

Video: This is a difficult question to answer even for the most expert in feline pathology. Currently it is estimated that cats can emit more than 100 different types of vocalizations. However, many of these come under very similar categories and it's possible to break them down into 11 different sounds which cats use for their daily communication.

While this is a video for the different types of meows cats make, the word comes from the onomatopoeic word for the standard meow. This is the one they use most often when they want to draw their owner's attention. There's no single meaning for a cat's meow as there are so many possibilities the cat would implement this sound. However we can interpret what our cat wants to express by paying attention to the tone, intensity and frequency of the meow as well as observing their body language. In general, the more intense the cat's meow, the more urgent or important the message they want to convey.

Purring is characterized as a rhythmic sound emitted in a low volume which can also have a range of frequencies. Although domestic cats' purr is well-known, wild cats will also vocalize this most characteristic of sounds. Felines purr for a variety of reasons according to their age and the reality they experience. A mother cat using purring to calm their kittens during childbirth and the first days of their life before their eyes are open. Many kittens vocalize this sound when they breastfeed and when they are afraid of unknown stimuli. In adult cats purring occurs most often in positive situations. They're usually in a state of relaxation, comfort or contentedness such as when they're eating or being petted.

However, purring is not always synonymous with pleasure. Cats may purr when they are sick or vulnerable or as a sign of fear in threatening situations. This could be when they are in confrontation with another cat or are being scolded by an owner.

The chirp is a sound similar to a musical trill in which the cat emits a sound with its mouth closed. It is an ascending and very short vocalization rarely lasting one second at a time. In general, this sound is most often used by cats and their kittens to communicate with each other during breast feeding and weaning. However, adult cats can also make this thrashing sound to give their loved ones a friendly greeting.

Cats use snorting as a form of self-defence. They open their mouths wide and expel air roughly to frighten possible predators or other animals which invade their territory and may threaten their wellbeing. Sometimes the air is expelled so quickly the snort sounds more like a spitting noise. It is a very peculiar and typical feline vocalization which it can begin making from the age of three weeks onward.

When the mating and breeding season arrives, almost all cats with vocalization ability emit sexual calls. In cats both females and males vocalize and intensely prolong the moo to communicate their presence and attract their partners. Males will also make this noise to warn away other males in their territory. Growling is a warning sound cats give when they are angry or stressed and don't want to be disturbed. The vocalizations can be short or long but the meaning is the same. If your cat growls at you it's best to give them some space and leave them to calm down. However, if they do it with too much frequency it's a sign of some physical or mental health issue so a visit to the vet is necessary.

If you've already heard a cat cry or scream in pain you know how distressing this high pitched and intense sound can be. Cats might scream when they have been injured but it is also a noise they make after mating. There is a distress call which is vocalized almost exclusively by kittens during their first weeks of life. Its meaning, in very general terms, is basically "I need you mom". The sound is similar to a meow but the kitten emits it loudly and urgently to communicate a need or imminent feelings of danger. This is why they are sometimes known as an emergency call. This could be due to feeling trapped, being hungry, cold or whatever a kitten may need.

Shrieks and howls are long high-pitched sounds which usually appear as the next step after a growl, especially if the person at which the growl was directed has not heeded their warning. At this point the reason for making the sound is not to warn them but to threaten the other individual and show they are ready for combat if necessary. For this reason, this sound is most common in unneutered adult males.

Chattering is the popular name for a type of high-pitched vibrating sound which cats make while shaking their jaws. It occurs in situations of extreme excitement and/or frustration, for example when they see possible prey through a window but they cannot reach it. The murmuring sound of cats is very special and is usually a combination of purring, grunting and meowing. In addition to being pleasant to the ear, the murmur also has a positive meaning behind it. It is used to show gratitude and satisfaction. This could be a return for receiving their favourite treat or receiving caresses which generate much pleasure.

Doug: Very cute.

Tiffany: Ahhh.

Erica: Now we can kind of figure out what they're saying.

Doug: The cat translator.

Erica: Well that's our show for today. Thank you everyone for joining us and please subscribe below if you'd like to see our future shows and listen in and we will have an interesting topic next week.

Doug: Bye everybody.

Tiffany: Bye.