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Access to Homeopathy threatened by latest FDA action

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a new guidance that could lead to the end of homeopathy in America in less than three months

The consequential action taken by the FDA involves the elimination of the administrative framework for homeopathy that the agency used for 30 years, one that allowed manufacturers of homeopathic remedies to thrive while ensuring the quality and purity of homeopathic medicines. We are referring to the withdrawal of Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) 400.400, which has served the industry and consumers well.

Homeopathic medicines are now in real danger. The newly revised Draft Guidance, if adopted as currently written, will be a recipe for the destruction of homeopathy as we know it in America.

Comment: More Alternative Medicine Crackdown:
In the British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society's responses to NHS England's report on low-value treatments, both organisations said homeopathy should be blacklisted. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence also said multiple reviews had "showed no evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy".
In the U.S., homeopathy has been regulated by the FDA ever since the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act was passed in 1938. The ostensible reason given for FDA's regulatory review has been a surprising surge in sales of homeopathic OTC medicines. While FDA estimates this number to be $2.9 billion, the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists reported that the figure was closer to $800 million. This is a paltry drop in the bucket compared to the $374 billion spent on conventional drugs in 2014...

Given the fact that homeopathy has met with resistance simultaneously on multiple fronts, many are wondering if this is an organized effort. Dr. Larry Malerba, who has practiced homeopathic medicine for more than 25 years, says that he has never witnessed this level of antipathy toward holistic medicine before:
"When one considers the broad array of recent anti-homeopathy activities that cross international borders, it would be naïve to think that there wasn't a common motivating influence. One has to wonder who stands to gain the most from this witch hunt."
Homeopathy, in particular, is a thorn in the side of Pharma because of the fact that its unique medicines are FDA regulated, safe, inexpensive, and can't be patented. Malerba asked the question,
"Could it be that the media is missing the larger story here, that a powerful medical monopoly is seeking to destroy one of its most successful competitors?"


Research suggests many diagnosed with ADHD may not actually have a 'Disorder'

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, has become an epidemic. According to the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviours (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.

They go on to state that it's normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. "However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviours. The symptoms continue, can be severe, and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends."

The CDC claims that children with ADHD might daydream a lot, forget or lose things a lot, squirm or fidget, talk too much, have a hard time resisting temptation, have trouble taking turns, and make carless mistakes or take unnecessary risks. But are these really symptoms of a serious "neurodevelopmental disorder?"

Comment: ADHD: Fake disease treated with real drugs
Unfortunately this solution is not an effective one as the drugs are dangerous and contain addictive stimulants. While many doctors are prescribing them without question, there should be a lot more thought that goes into addressing the root issue well before drugs are pushed. According to Saul, trying to treat something like ADHD as a disease is a big mistake. It can be seen as going into a doctor's office with heart pains and simply being prescribed painkillers. Yes, you may walk away pain-free for a few hours, but then you die of a heart attack. Without looking to the core issue, we cannot properly know what is going on.
"ADHD makes a great excuse, the diagnosis can be an easy-to-reach-for crutch. Moreover, there's an attractive element to an ADHD diagnosis, especially in adults. It can be exciting to think of oneself as involved in many things at once, rather than stuck in a boring rut." Richard Saul


A key area of the brain is smaller in women on the pill

At the base of the brain is a small but crucial area that acts as a control hub for the nervous and hormonal systems. Now, a study has found that among women, it is significantly smaller in those using birth control pills.

New research finds an intriguing link between birth control pills and the size of a brain area key for managing the hormonal system.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved birth control pills for use in the United States in 1960. Today, in the U.S., 12.6% of women between the ages of 15 and 49 years take these pills.

Known simply as "the pill," this oral contraceptive is one of the most popular forms of birth control, but people also use it to help with a wide range of conditions, including irregular menstruation, acne, polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, and cramps.

In essence, the pill began as a way of preventing pregnancy using hormone control.

Originally, manufacturers engineered it to stop ovulation through the hormone progesterone, but it has since evolved to include a myriad of different types. These involve various hormone combinations, doses, and schedules, depending on the desired outcome. People can also use the pill to skip menstruation or stop it entirely.

But what does this harnessing of hormone power mean for the body's natural system of hormones?

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Can intermittent fasting help you lose weight and improve your health?

Intermittent Fasting
With the holidays upon us and everyone focused on watching their waistline, it's natural to think about the ideal diet to prevent weight gain and maybe even promote a little weight loss.

Let's face it, it's really difficult to go on a "diet". Diets are faced with a high risk of failure with the bulk of them failing, ending with eventual weight gain above and beyond where you started.

The concept of caloric restriction which has been explored as a way to improve longevity has been shown to be successful in animal models (mice), offering an enticing possibility to humans. But implementing this into your daily lifestyle may be problematic and may not be realistic in the long run.

Another more intriguing approach that has been gaining popularity in the past decade is intermittent fasting (IF), a form of time-restricted eating.

In a nutshell, it's a way to extend the window of time during the day in which you don't eat. Instead of eating from the time you awaken, the goal is to delay the onset of eating, thereby extending your fasting period that naturally occurs when you sleep.

IF involves only eating for a defined period of time in a 24-hour period. For example, it may involve eating for an 8-hour period during the day — as opposed to grazing on food all day long — and fasting for the remaining 16 hours. (During the fast, you are permitted to drink water, have black coffee, or tea.)

For example, instead of eating from 7 am when you awaken, you would begin eating at 11 am or noon until 7 or 8 pm. When you do eat, the goal is to eat moderately, although you are permitted to eat the foods that you would normally eat.

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Measles scaremongering: Health officials warn of exposures at five major US airports

Travelers O'Hare Airport Nov 2019
© Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters

Travelers queue during the Thanksgiving holiday travel rush at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Nov. 27, 2019.
Five U.S. airports had travelers pass through with confirmed cases of measles this month, exposing an unknown number of fellow passengers to the highly infectious disease, according to health officials in those cities.

In Chicago, an individual with measles traveled through two terminals at O'Hare International Airport over the course of a week. On Dec. 17, the individual passed through O'Hare's Terminal 1, and on Dec. 12, they passed through O'Hare's Terminal 3, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health.

The health department noted Chicago has one of the highest rates of measles, mumps and rubella vaccination in the nation.

Comment: It seems that every few months, health officials sound the measles alarm, pushing vaccines that are more dangerous to our health than actually catching 'wild type' measles. Worse, those vaccinated have been proven to spread outbreaks of the disease. See:


Vaccine fail! Despite 100% vaccination rate, Texas school closes due to whooping cough outbreak

Whooping cough
If ever there was convincing proof that vaccination does not equate to bona fide immunity, it is at St. Theresa Catholic School in Texas...

Reported by FoxNews.com on Dec. 19th, the school experienced an outbreak of whooping cough, causing them to close their doors and start their winter break early.

On Dec. 4th, St. Theresa Catholic School in Memorial Park, reported its first case to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Since then, the outbreak has continued to escalate -- and not because of the abuse of religious and medical exemptions, and so-called "anti-vaxxer" parents.

According to the FoxNews report, the school vaccine uptake rate was at 100%:
"Officials with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston said that 100 percent of students who attend St. Theresa Catholic School are vaccinated against the illness."

Comment: Let's hope these fully vaccinated germ incubators don't spread the infection:

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Popular sleep guide riddled with scientific and factual errors might give you insomnia

In his popular and oft-cited book, Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams, professor Matthew Walker, Ph.D., founder and director of the University of California Berkeley's Center for Human Sleep Science, details many supposed benefits of longer sleep.

I've frequently referenced Walkers book in a number of my previous articles about sleep, which is why I became more than a little curious when I came across the work of Alexey Guzey.1

He claims to have spent more than 130 hours over the course of two months investigating the claims presented in only one chapter of Walker's book, Why We Sleep, coming to the conclusion that the chapter, and likely the book, is "riddled with scientific and factual errors."
"Continuing at the same pace, it would take me more than 3,000 hours to check the entire book. 3,000 hours is the equivalent of 75 weeks or 1.4 years of full-time work," Guzey writes.2 "I hope that going through one full chapter, rather than cherry-picking stuff from across the book, demonstrated the density of errors in the book."
While I do not have the kind of time required to duplicate Guzey's double-checking of Walker's work, I decided to present some of Guzey's findings here so that you can review them for yourself.

Certainly, I believe optimizing your sleep is crucial for mental and physiological health. The evidence for this is overwhelming. The question is how much sleep one actually needs, and whether more sleep equates to better health and increased longevity. Guzey's findings contradict some of these assumptions.


Teens 'overwhelmingly' engage with junk food brands' propaganda on social media

Junk food
Teens on social media are disproportionately exposed to unhealthy food and drinks, a new study has found.

Researchers who worked on the study, published in the journal Appetite, found that 70 percent of young people engaged with food and drink brands on social media in 2017.

The majority of those interactions - a whopping 93 percent - were with unhealthy products, according to Food Navigator.

The researchers from the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity conducted a survey that determined teens were "overwhelmingly" engaging with fast food, unhealthy snacks, candy and sugary drink brands.


Flesh-eating bacteria kills 7 in San Diego, linked to black tar heroin

black tar heroin
© Shawn Gust/Coeur D'Alene Press via AP
In this Jan. 27, 2016, photo, black tar heroin is seen among many other heroin-related items in the evidence room of the police department in Post Falls, Idaho.
Seven people in San Diego County have been killed by a flesh-eating bacteria since the beginning of October, and health officials say the outbreak is linked to the use of black tar heroin.

Black tar heroin is "sticky like roofing tar or hard like coal," with a dark color resulting "from crude processing methods that leave behind impurities," per the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the county's chief public health officer says in a statement that those who inject it are at more risk of myonecrosis, caused by flesh-eating bacteria, as well as wound botulism and death by overdose.


New oral polio vaccine to BYPASS key clinical trials as vaccine caused outbreaks overtake wild polio

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To stem a growing polio crisis, health officials are accelerating the development of a new oral vaccine with plans for emergency approval and deployment in regions with active polio transmission as early as June 2020. The new vaccine, called nOPV2, might conclusively end the outbreaks, caused by the live virus in the vaccine reverting to a virulent form. But expedited approval means skipping the real-world testing of large clinical trials.

Instead, key questions about the vaccine's effectiveness will be answered in the field.

Comment: And the children who suffer the consequences be damned?

"The nOPV strains have been tested in a small number of volunteers and we do not see reversion to neurovirulence," says Vincent Racaniello, a virologist at Columbia University, "but when they are used for mass immunization of millions of individuals, rare events can become evident."

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