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Eating meat improves mental health and one in three vegetarians are depressed, study claims

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People with a plant-based diet were twice as likely to take prescription drugs for mental illness and nearly three times as likely to contemplate suicide than meat-eaters.
A vegetarian or vegan diet may be increasing the likelihood of depression, a US-based study has found.

People with a plant-based diet were twice as likely to take prescription drugs for mental illness and nearly three times as likely to contemplate suicide.

The report, which looked at more than 160,000 people, also found that a shocking one in three vegetarians suffer from depression or anxiety.

Comment: Given the clear necessity for meat for mental health, is it surprising the elite want to force everyone to be vegan? And what does this say about the coming food shortages, specifically meat shortages, that loom on the horizon as a consequence of the forced lockdown?

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COVID-19 Hoax Pandemic: Doctors on Front-line in California Explain Why Lockdowns Are Unnecessary: "Millions of Cases, Tiny Number of Deaths"


Comment: YouTube has deleted all iterations of these Californian doctors' press briefing, and the media is running a smear campaign describing their criticism of the lockdowns as "dubious", so we're reposting their video at the top of our page.


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Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi
Covid19 being logically reviewed by two ER doctors with huge experience in immunology and microbiolgoy, in California but based on nationwide statistics.

"BAKERSFIELD, Calif., (KBAK/KBFX) — Doctors Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi of Accelerated Urgent Care are calling for the county to reopen"

PLEASE WATCH. "Millions of cases, small amount of death"

Dr Erickson COVID19 briefing:


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Soil in wounds can help stem deadly bleeding

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New UBC research shows for the first time that soil silicates — the most abundant material on the Earth's crust — play a key role in blood clotting.

"Soil is not simply our matrix for growing food and for building materials. Here we discovered that soil can actually help control bleeding after injury by triggering clotting," says the study's senior author Dr. Christian Kastrup, associate professor in the faculty of medicine's department of biochemistry and molecular biology and a scientist in UBC's Michael Smith Laboratories and Centre for Blood Research.

The study, published today in Blood Advances, found that the presence of soil in wounds helps activate a blood protein, known as coagulation Factor XII. Once activated, the protein kicks off a rapid chain reaction that helps leads to the formation of a plug, sealing the wound and limiting blood loss.

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Further research indicates obesity and type 2 diabetes are COVID-19 risk factors

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High blood pressure, obesity and type 2 diabetes are risk factors for COVID-19, leading to increased risk of severe illness in people who develop COVID-19, US researchers have said.

A New York study has also shown that 88% of people who were admitted to hospital with the killer virus and put on a ventilator, ended up passing away.

Further analysis among the ventilation death rates showed that 76.4% were aged between 18 to 65, and the mortality numbers rose to 97.2% among those aged 65 or older.

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Smoke, Lies And The Nanny State

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For thousands of years in the Americas, and about 500 years pretty much everywhere else, tobacco has been a friend to mankind. It has been used to relax, to stimulate, and to treat various ailments. It has been a vital part of rituals both social and spiritual. It has been used as currency. Whole communities have been founded on it - including, arguably, the United States of America.

Wait a minute. Scratch that! Smoking is a vile, filthy habit that will almost inevitably kill you. No one smokes willingly; they are simply pathetic addicts, duped by evil tobacco companies. Tobacco is a plague which must be wiped out.

Like most people these days, I was more inclined, up until a few years ago, to believe the second paragraph than the first. I was a very moderate smoker and almost gave up. But something about the sheer hysteria of the anti smoking movement, and the various holes and contradictions in their arguments, made me suspicious. Some time in the late 1990s I arrived in Los Angeles and, as my taxi pulled out of the airport, I was confronted by a huge red billboard: SECONDHAND SMOKE KILLS. I thought: even heavy smokers take several decades to develop lung cancer. Surely a nonsmoker, even regularly exposed to smoke in the air, would have to live to be about 300 to catch up? And how exactly would you know it was smoke that killed them, as opposed to, say, the appalling LA smog?

Since then I've researched the smoking issue in depth. I've unraveled reams of statistics, met with doctors and academics, and networked with scores of other researchers and activists who are trying to get at the truth. I'm now convinced that the dangers of smoking - and particularly 'passive' smoking - are greatly exaggerated, for reasons which have more to do with politics, power and profit than objective science. I believe the anti-smoking movement - especially lobby groups like ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) - has far too much money and influence, and that their dishonesty and bullying tactics should be worrying even to those who hate tobacco.

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Stop shaming people for going outside. The risks are generally low, and the benefits are endless

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When taking precautions, like keeping a safe distance from others and wearing a mask, getting the novel coronavirus is highly unlikely in open air.

Don McCammon recently went for a run while wearing a mask in an uncrowded area of Orlando. The 40-year-old triathlete stayed not just six, but closer to 15, feet away from any lone passersby.

That didn't spare him from criticism, though.

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Can HDL cholesterol over 60 protect you from coronavirus?

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Lower cholesterol predicts worse infection in two studies

There may be no such thing as 'bad' cholesterol. LDL is called "bad cholesterol" but there's little to no evidence that LDL hurts us, and there's reason to believe that lowering LDL with either medications or a high polyunsaturated fat diet hurts our health. Just as it's better to have high HDL than low HDL, recent studies on people hospitalized with coronavirus are consistent with numerous studies showing people with high LDL are healthier overall, including a superior ability to fight infection.

Comment: We at Sott have been singing the praises of cholesterol for years, pointing out its benefit for overall health. It's little surprise that having healthy cholesterol levels (not the levels pushed by the mainstream medical establishment) are protective against coronavirus (or any other virus, for that matter). A healthy body deals with infection more effectively than a body that is already sick.

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Possible 'coronavirus-related' condition emerging in UK children

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A serious coronavirus-related syndrome may be emerging in the UK, according to an "urgent alert" issued to doctors, following a rise in cases in the last two to three weeks, HSJ has learned.

An alert to GPs and seen by HSJ says that in the "last three weeks, there has been an apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multisystem inflammatory state requiring intensive care across London and also in other regions of the UK".

It adds: "There is a growing concern that a [covid-19] related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK, or that there may be another, as yet unidentified, infectious pathogen associated with these cases."

Little is known so far about the issue, nor how widespread it has been, but the absolute number of children affected is thought to be very small, according to paediatrics sources. The syndrome has the characteristics of serious covid-19, but there have otherwise been relatively few cases of serious effects or deaths from coronavirus in children. Some of the children have tested positive for covid-19, and some appear to have had the virus in the past, but some have not.

The fact that very few children have become seriously ill with the virus or died, compared to adults, remains the case.

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Quarantine - Is it worth it?

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In the beginning was the Word; the word of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) who put tremendous pressure on doctors, health officials and governments everywhere. He said from the beginning that the coronavirus is a grave health threat and "public enemy number one." About why he declared a pandemic, its a "Grave, alarming quick spreading disease, and an alarming amount of inaction around the world." For his actions and support of China he has lost the financial support of the United States. The U.S. provides the WHO with more than $400 million a year, the most of any nation.

The confusion and complexity of this crisis is truly extraordinary. So we can understand when Dr. Malcolm Kendrick says, "Unfortunately, it seems that COVID-19 has infected everyone involved in healthcare management and turned their brains into useless mush." Almost everyone is focused on the ongoing pandemic trying to come to some conclusions about the radical changes to everything that is being rammed down our collective throats.

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UK's weekly death toll during Covid-19 is high - but it's been worse in the past and we didn't shut down the economy then

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Trafalgar Square stands almost empty in London, Britain
The death statistics being used by supporters of a prolonged lockdown, whatever the costs to our jobs, businesses and health, need careful and sober analysis. They raise more questions than they answer.

Coronavirus is being touted as the worst pandemic of modern times, and we are told that excess deaths are reaching record highs. While technically accurate, one week's statistics demonstrate that this is not the whole picture.

Sky TV economics editor Ed Conway recently produced a chart entitled: 'The Worst Week Ever? Not quite, but not far off'.' He is referring to the fact that the total number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending April 10 - 18,516 deaths - remains lower than some weeks in previous flu seasons. These weeks include those in January 1970 (20,006 deaths), December 1989 (19,104 deaths) and January 2000 (18,646 deaths).

Conway rightly points out that those previous highs came at the peak of those years' flu seasons, and we are now in April. Conway claims that there has never been a week at this time of year as deadly as this. He may be right, but weekly figures from the Office of National Statistics only go back to 1970, and so do not include earlier pandemics such as the 1951 flu outbreak, the Asian flu pandemic of 1957-58, or, of course, the Spanish flu of 1918.

And there are other holes in Conway's analysis. Although there have been an abnormally high number of deaths this April, there have been certain demographic changes over the years that may have contributed to the overall picture. Let us look into what some of those could be.