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You'll never hear about virus research fraud in the mainstream media

There are very few investigators on the planet who are interested in this subject. I am one of them. There is a reason why.

In many articles, I've written about the shocking lack of logic in the curriculum of advanced centers of learning. When I attended college, I was fortunate to have a professor who taught logic, and taught it in a way that appealed to the minds of his students. In other words, for those of us who cared, we could not only absorb the subject matter, we could think with it; for example, we could approach an area of knowledge and track it back to its most basic premises. And then we could check those premises and see whether they were true and correct. If they were incorrect, we could then challenge many accepted notions that followed from those basic untruths.

That is one of the payoffs of being able to deploy logic.

With this introduction, let me bring up the issue of disease-causation. How do researchers decide that a given virus causes a given condition?

There are many twists and turns involved in answering the question, but before being able to engage in such a discussion, a more basic factor has to be considered:

Comment: For more on this topic see: The Health & Wellness Show: Interview with Virus Mania author Dr. Claus Köehnlein


Harvard study finds drinking water for 6 million Americans laced with chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption and obesity

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Drinking water for six million Americans contains chemicals linked with cancer, hormone disruption and obesity at levels that exceed what is deemed safe by the federal government, according to a Harvard study.

Water samples taken by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) near industrial sites, military fire training locations, airports, and wastewater treatment plants contain levels of the toxic chemicals polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl (PFASs) that go beyond what is considered safe by the federal government, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The Harvard researchers analyzed data related to the detection of six types of PFASs in approximately 36,000 toxic drinking water samples collected by the EPA from 2013 to 2015. The drinking water involved in the EPA's samples applies to around two-thirds of the US, researchers said.


American fertility rates are at an all time low

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Fertility rates in America - - the number of babies born per woman between ages of 15 and 44 - - are at the lowest levels ever recorded, according to researchers in a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The findings are based on population data from the CDC that is released every quarter and tracks birth and fertility statistics dating back to 1909. This does not indicate there are more infertile women; rather it means that fewer babies are being born to women of likely childbearing age in the U.S. Measuring the fertility rate is viewed as a more accurate data compared to overall birthrate which measures the rate of babies born compared to the total U.S. population.

Today the fertility rate has decreased from 60 births per thousand women in the first quarter of 2015 down to 59.8 per thousand in the first quarter of 2016. This means there are on average less than 6 babies born for every 100 women in this age group. In 2010 there were 6.4 births for every 100 women in the group. This follows a trend in recent years of declining birth rates in the U.S. with general fertility rates declining more than 10 percent since 2007.

Comment: Toxic food, toxic environments, EMF exposure, endocrine disruptors. The culprits are many.


Zika Zone in Florida becomes a ghost town in light of pesticide spraying

According to shop owners and managers in the town of Wynwood, Florida - also known as the "Zika Zone" - the area has been noticeably empty of the usual crowds that form to see the local murals and shop at local businesses.

The slowdown in pedestrian traffic coincides with the intensified effort by the state of Florida to combat the mosquitoes which carry the Zika virus by blanketing the town of Wynwood with insecticide.

"It's actually been pretty much a ghost town," an eclectic plant shop owner in the area, who was only able to make one sale on an otherwise busy Saturday, told CBS Miami.

Yesenia Candelario at Marine Layer told CBS that it was a "very slow, quiet weekend in the trendy, artsy enclave."

Comment: It will be interesting to see how this Zika psy-op will pan out. Will the Powers That Be go all the way (spray Naled which will cause microcephaly, which will lead to demands for the release of GM mosquitoes and a Zika vaccine) or will this virus scare fall by the wayside like SARS, bird flu, swine flu, Ebola et al?

For more on the Zika freakout listen to this episode of the Health and Wellness Show.


Millions of Americans exposed to excessive levels of toxic industrial chemicals from drinking water

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Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems—polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)—exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water supplies for six million people in the U.S., according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

The study will be published August 9, 2016 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

"For many years, chemicals with unknown toxicities, such as PFASs, were allowed to be used and released to the environment, and we now have to face the severe consequences," said lead author Xindi Hu, a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard Chan School and Environmental Science and Engineering at SEAS. "In addition, the actual number of people exposed may be even higher than our study found, because government data for levels of these compounds in drinking water is lacking for almost a third of the U.S. population—about 100 million people."

Comment: Drinking water is becoming increasing scarce and toxic

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Eliminating the competition: Consumer Reports issues propaganda report against dietary supplements

As you may have noticed, there's an ongoing campaign aimed at regulating supplements as drugs.1 This would allow the drug industry to eliminate the competition of the supplement industry, thereby increasing its own profits.

The primary talking point is that supplements are not regulated as drugs, so they are therefore unsafe. Strangely, prescription drugs kill many more people than car accidents — making them one of the most dangerous products on the market.

Yet, the pharmaceutical agents continue lobbying for drug regulations to be enforced upon supplements to ensure our "safety." The obvious motivation here is to give pharmaceutical companies a whole new product line as they have been struggling to innovate new successful drugs.

Can you imagine a day when the vitamins you consume will only be available by prescription? And at drug prices? In the U.S., sales of dietary supplements totaled nearly $37 billion in 2014, while the number of supplement users in the U.S. has reached 68 percent of the population.2

In February, I exposed how the Canadian Broadcast (CBC) News, The New York Times and PBS/Frontline all appeared to be part of this coordinated campaign against supplements.3

In November 2015, CBC News published a report in which they accused a number of supplement makers of failing to live up to label claims. By the end of January, the news agency was forced to retract its report as their lab tests were proven inaccurate.


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Air pollution associated with risk of lung cancer, faster death

Exposure to air pollution has long been associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, and a new study suggests it might also be tied to a faster death from the disease.

Researchers examined cancer registry data on more than 350,000 people diagnosed with lung cancer in California and found patients who lived in communities with higher than average levels of air pollution typically died sooner than their peers who lived in places with cleaner air.

Patients with lung cancer may be a new subgroup of people susceptible to the health impacts of air pollution, since exposures after diagnosis may impact how long they live, said lead study author Sandrah Eckel, a researcher at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Worldwide, lung malignancies kill about 1.6 million people a year, causing nearly one in five cancer deaths, Eckel and colleagues note in the journal Thorax.

Comment: The study includes this interesting data:
Previous studies have suggested that non-smokers may be at greater risk for air pollution-related lung cancer incidence/mortality than current smokers. While smoking is an important risk factor, previous data suggest that, at diagnosis, only 39% of patients with lung cancer are current smokers (drops to 14% at 5 months after diagnosis).
It also begs the question: how many of those 39% got lung cancer from some cause other than smoking? If you smoke and get cancer, your cancer is considered smoking-related. But it makes sense to consider that some smokers get lung cancer for the same reason that non-smokers get it. In fact, given the data above, it's possible that smoking is not even the leading risk factor for lung cancer. See:


Glutathione recycling for autoimmune disease

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During the past couple of years I continued my investigations into taming autoimmune disease and addressing the mechanisms that underlie it (and will always continue to do so). I found some approaches that looked promising and began experimenting with them with my patients, as well as recruiting other practitioners I know to work with the same principles. I came across a few discoveries that have produced profound results. One is the concept of glutathione recycling.

Glutathione and stress

In the thyroid book I introduced glutathione, our body's most powerful antioxidant, and how integral it is to modulating the immune system. Ideally the body makes sufficient glutathione to help keep everything running smoothly, however it becomes depleted in the face of extreme or chronic stress.

Modern life bombards us with stressors, the most common being ongoing insulin surges from sugary, high-carb diets, immune aggravation from food intolerances, chronic gut infections (too much bad bacteria or parasites), hormonal imbalances, lack of sleep, and of course our hectic, information-overloaded lifestyles.

Many people suffer from all of the above on a daily basis and also may smoke, drink too much, or even overtrain athletically, compounding an already precarious situation. Of course autoimmune disease itself is a significant stressor, further depleting the body's precious supply of glutathione.


World Renowned Holistic Dr. Sebi dies mysteriously after arrest, while in custody

We have written articles on the amazing Dr Sebi before. He rose to even more fame after his patient Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez died (he also treated the late Michael Jackson), in what some call a mysterious car accident, after leaving his facilities.

Comment: Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Sebi. May he rest in peace.


Acupuncture found to be more effective in reducing pain than IV morphine, with significantly fewer side effects

A truly groundbreaking study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine titled, "Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED," reveals that acupuncture -- one of the oldest techniques to treat pain -- is more effective, faster in relieving pain, and with less adverse effects, than intravenous morphine.

The study was conducted over the course of a 1-year period at the Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital in Tunisia, a tertiary care facility with over 100,000 Emergency Department (ED) visits per year.

300 ED patients with acute pain were included in the study: 150 in the morphine group (administered up to 15 mg a day) and 150 in the acupuncture group. The two groups were comparable in terms of age, sex, and co-morbidities, with the only significant difference being that there were more abdominal pain patients in the morphine group and more low back pain cases in the acupuncture group.

Comment: Why acupuncture works:

Acupuncture has been proven to impact numerous chronic health conditions. Evidence suggests that it activates the body's own opioid system, and may also work by stimulating the central nervous system to release natural chemicals that alter bodily systems, pain and other biological processes.