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A life-threatening habit: The mindless use of Big Pharma drugs

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Today, the fashion for medicines, the fashion to use various drugs can only be surpassed by women's clothing fashion. So-called Big Pharma has been booming for years and it's not over just yet. In fact, what we are witnessing today can as well be described as drug epidemics. There's a heavily advertised drug for every condition, no matter real or imagined, the drugs have become a new fetish. And not only in the eyes of those who are being treated, but also in the eyes of those who are treating. The patient doesn't visit a doctor to receive a piece of advice anymore, instead he comes for a prescription.

The Future in the form of the fourth-generation drugs, obtained through the use of genetic engineering, is already here. But it's often tragic that in pursuit of a new panacea it is often overlooked that the same drug can achieve various results, with an unexpected and often tragic result usually to follow. Today, mortality rates from the use of drugs in developed countries, are at the top of the list, along with such death causes as cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancer, trauma and poisoning.

And it's been noted by the Daily Caller, a disturbing majority of businesses in the US are being negatively impacted by prescription painkiller abuse and addiction among employees.

Comment: Read more about how Big Pharma and it's deceptive tactics get you hooked:


Preserving the public vaccine policy: American Academy of Pediatrics refuses to back vaccine claims with science

When asked whether it could provide studies to support specific claims it made about vaccine safety, the American Academy of Pediatrics ultimately declined.

On January 10, 2017, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a press release to express its opposition to a federal commission that has been proposed by the Trump administration to examine vaccine safety and efficacy. The AAP argues that since we already know that vaccines are safe and effective, therefore there is no need for further examination into their safety and efficacy.

This argument, however, begs the question — it presumes in the premise the proposition to be proven (the petitio principii fallacy). And the press release itself illustrates why, apart from the question of whether there should be a federal commission, critical examination of public vaccine policy is very much warranted.

Comment: A shot in the dark: Where is the science supporting the childhood vaccine schedule?
Where is the Science?

Parents have good reason to question the CDC's childhood vaccine schedule when there is so little scientific evidence demonstrating safety being provided to the public. The lack of core science to support expansion of the childhood vaccine schedule is concerning because many states are in the process of mandating every CDC recommended vaccine for daycare and school attendance. If credible scientific studies and systematic reviews proving the long term safety of giving children 49 doses of 14 vaccines before age six do in fact exist, the CDC should make them immediately available to the public.


The Gardasil scandal continues: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, POTS and the dangers of aluminum-adjuvanted vaccines

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"The full extent of the Gardasil scandal needs to be assessed: everyone knew when this vaccine was released on the American market that it would prove to be worthless...I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all time because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine, technical and scientific feat that it may be, has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers. Gardasil is useless and costs a fortune and decision-makers at all levels are aware of it! Cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, paralysis of the lower limbs, vaccine-induced MS and vaccine-induced encephalitis can be found, whatever the vaccine." - Dr Bernard Dalbergue (former Merck employee)
Merck acknowledges that in their Gardasil clinical trials, subjects have been known to be afflicted with neurological disorders that include "Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), transverse myelitis, motor neuron disease... autoimmune disorders...and death." - From Merck's product information sheet
Unsolicited post-marketing reports from patients included these adverse neurological effects: acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, dizziness, Guillain-Barré syndrome, headache, syncope sometimes accompanied by tonic-clonic movements (ie seizures)." - from Merck's product insert for the 9-valent Gardasil product marketed in New Zealand


U.S. police warn of opioid drug so potent it can be fatal 'just by touching'

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Furanyl fentanyl has been blamed for numerous deaths in recent years.
US police have issued an urgent public alert after a spate of deaths from a drug so potent it can kill anyone who touches it.

The opioid known as furanyl fentanyl - a version of the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl - can cause a fatal overdose just by being absorbed through the skin. It's reportedly caused 19 deaths in the state of Georgia over the last year.

The drug was placed on the Schedule I list of controlled substances last year after being associated with 128 deaths across five states in 2015 and 2016. Schedule I is reserved for drugs with the highest levels of addictiveness.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has reacted to the number of overdoses and incidents related to the drug, as well as others, by issuing a public safety alert Thursday.

"U-47700 and furanyl fentanyl are both Schedule I drugs and used in the same manner as heroin. Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical treatment use in the United States. The drugs are distributed in either powder or tablet form," GBI said in a statement.


Science paper accidentally admits most flu shots don't work

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All healthy persons six months of age and older should get a routine flu shot, according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Mounting research, however, systematically proves that the flu shot, otherwise known as the influenza vaccine, doesn't work and may cause severe damage to the body. Nonetheless, for many Americans, adults and children alike, the flu shot remains a yearly ritual imposed by their doctor, employer, or school.

But how effective, safe, and useful are these yearly vaccines? The flu vaccine is developed months before the start of the flu season to give manufacturers enough time to produce the shot for as many people as possible. Every year scientists predict which three or four strains will be most common and vaccine manufacturers base their annual flu jab on these predictions. Hence why vaccines do not provide maximum protection since other strains may appear throughout the season. This means that even if someone received the shot, there is still a chance that they could get sick.

Comment: Read more about how flu vaccines put profits before people's health:


Stress is a neurotoxin - it can knock 20 years off your life

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James Redford … ‘Stress is a neurotoxin like lead or mercury poisoning.’
Heart disease, depression, life expectancy. New research claims that stress exerts a far heavier physical toll than previously understood. The film-maker James Redford talks about how toxic stress can be a killer.

There is a scene in James Redford's new film, Resilience, in which a paediatrician cites a parental misdeed so outmoded as to seem bizarre. "Parents used to smoke in the car with kids in the back and the windows rolled up," she says, incredulous. How long ago those days now seem; how wise today's parents are to the dangers of those toxins. Yet every week in her clinic in the Bayview-Hunters Point area of San Francisco, children present with symptoms of a new pollutant - one that is just as damaging. But unlike the smoke-filled car, this new pollutant is invisible, curling undetected around children's lives and causing lasting damage to their lungs, their hearts, their immune systems.

"Stress," Redford says. "It is a neurotoxin like lead or mercury poisoning." He mentions the city of Flint in Michigan, where residents were exposed to lead in drinking water. "And that's literally what's going on" with children who are "coming from really stressful environments. We know what environmental toxins are. Well, this is an environmental toxin." The proliferation of so-called "toxic stress" among children, Redford says, "is a public health crisis".

Comment: Dr. Gabor Maté: The stress-disease connection, addiction & the destruction of American childhood

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The Health & Wellness Show: Avoiding the amygdala hijack - Strategies for surviving the signs of the times

On this episode of the Health and Wellness Show we spoke about the amygdala, two almond shaped clusters located in the limbic ring of the brain. In neuroscience the amygdala is referred to as the 'emotional sentinel', it is the specialist in emotional matters, where all passion originates.

Have you ever had the experience where you totally lost control, only later realizing you had no idea what or how you were set off? The experience is known as the 'amygdala hijack' - the amygdala takes over before the 'thinking brain' has a chance to respond. In today's crazy world how can we avoid the amygdala hijack? What are some strategies we can employ in everyday life that will lead to greater emotional intelligence? Join us as we talk about the warning signs that lead to this neural hijack and how can we navigate these uncertain times with calm, collected mental clarity.

Also, stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health segment, where she gives us some fun facts about cockroaches.

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'It's dangerous to call breastfeeding natural' - Pediatricians promoting disinformation

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When making decisions that affect your health, and the health of your children, it's important they are grounded on clear, fact-based information, and not influenced by those who may stand to gain financially. In past years, this was sufficiently demonstrated in results from industry-funded studies that are widely divergent from results of non-industry biased studies.1

For instance, studies funded by the sugar industry claimed fats were the primary trigger for heart disease, when research has demonstrated it is sugar and trans fats that are the culprit. For years the tobacco industry hid the dangers of lung cancer. This misinformation damaged the health of innumerable individuals.

Breastfeeding has suffered some of the same erroneous advice over the years. Following the development of manufactured infant formula, mothers were advised to bottle feed in order to improve the health of their children. Today, multiple studies demonstrate breastfeeding is more beneficial, both for you and your baby.

A recent bioethical (ethics in medical and biological research) argument in the journal Pediatrics now advises pediatricians it's time to stop referring to breastfeeding as something "natural."2 However, while the article focuses on breastfeeding, the intent appears to be aimed at bolstering the vaccine program.

Comment: Breast-feeding is what 'nature' intended - for the benefit of both mother and child. The benefits of breastfeeding whether termed 'natural' or not far outweigh any sort of medical or commercial intervention! Looks like even FOX news is covering the topic:


Lifestyle changes can reverse Alzheimer's

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Chinese pensioners exercise in a park.
Last summer, a research group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) quietly published the results of a new approach in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. What they found was striking. Although the size of the study was small, every participant demonstrated such marked improvement that almost all were found to be in the normal range on testing for memory and cognition by the study's end. Functionally, this amounts to a cure.

These are important findings, not only because Alzheimer's disease is projected to become ever more common as the population ages, but because current treatment options offer minimal improvement at best. Last July, a large clinical trial found little benefit in patients receiving a major new drug called LMTX. And after that, another hopeful drug designed to target amyloid protein, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease, failed its first large clinical trial as well. Just two months ago, Merck announced the results of its trial of a drug called verubecestat, which is designed to inhibit formation of amyloid protein. It was found to be no better than placebo.

The results from UCLA aren't due to an incredible new drug or medical breakthrough, though. Rather, the researchers used a protocol consisting of a variety of different lifestyle modifications to optimise metabolic parameters - such as inflammation and insulin resistance - that are associated with Alzheimer's disease. Participants were counselled to change their diet (a lot of veggies), exercise, develop techniques for stress management, and improve their sleep, among other interventions. The most common 'side effect' was weight loss.


Why people who think juicing is healthy are wrong

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This juice may taste good, but unlike the fruit, it’s not actually healthy for you
Mrs. G. came to our offices for her first visit distraught. Her primary-care doctor had just diagnosed her with diabetes, and she was here for advice. She was shocked by the diagnosis. She had always been overweight and had relatives with diabetes, but she believed she lived a healthy lifestyle. One of the habits that she identified as healthy was drinking freshly squeezed juice, which she saw as a virtuous food, every day. We asked her to stop drinking juice entirely. She left the office somewhat unconvinced, but after three months of cutting out the juice and making some changes to her diet, her diabetes was under control without the need for insulin.

Mrs. G. is not an uncommon patient. As diabetes specialists, we see patients like her all the time, who for one reason or another believe that juice is a health food. The truth is that fruit juice, even if it is freshly pressed, 100 percent juice, is little more than sugar water. Yet many Americans believe that juice is good for them. In one survey of parents of young children, 1 in 3 believed that juice was at least as healthy as fruit. We are inundated with the message that juice is healthy. Juice bars abound in gyms, spas and health food stores, while government programs supply large quantities of juice to low-income children and pregnant mothers.

The commercial juice industry is happy to take advantage of this idea, as with POM Wonderful's tagline "Drink to your health" or Juicy Juice's labels extolling the (mostly added) 120 percent of recommended daily vitamin C in the products. While the Internet is busy laughing at the Juicero juicing system — in which, it turns out, your hands work as well as the $400 WiFi-enabled machine — what people should really be talking about is a much simpler fact: The product takes healthy fruits and vegetables and makes them much less healthy.