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Eyes clean themselves in much the same way as brains, mouse study shows

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Scientists have discovered that eyes and brains in rodents seem to have uncannily similar drainage systems used for self cleaning, and there's reason to think this might apply to us, too.

This sort of maintenance is necessary to wash away waste cells and fluids, and we know that brains make use of a tiny network of pipes known as the glymphatic system, similar to the lymphatic system that clears out rubbish from the rest of the body.

New tests on mice and rats show that the structures at the back of their eyes - like the optic nerve and the retina - take a page or two from the glymphatic system playbook. In the absence of the standard lymphatic vessels, they funnel waste products through a network a lot like the one the brain uses.

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Coronavirus lockdown could trigger 1.4 million extra tuberculosis deaths, study shows

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Indian paramilitary personnel patrol a deserted street during a lockdown in Gauhati.
The global lockdown caused by Covid-19 risks a "devastating" surge in tuberculosis cases, with nearly 1.4 million additional deaths from the world's biggest infectious killer by 2025, new research showed on Wednesday.

TB, a bacterial infection that normally attacks patients' lungs, is largely treatable yet still infects an estimated 10 million people every year.

In 2018, it killed around 1.5 million people, according to the World Health Organisation, including more than 200,000 children.

Since effective medication exists, the world's TB response is centred on testing and treating as many patients as possible.

But as Covid-19 forces governments to place populations on lockdown, new disease models showed that social distancing could lead to a disastrous rebound in TB infections - the effects of which are set to persist for years.

This is because social distancing will make it impossible for health care workers to test vulnerable populations and for patients to access ongoing treatments.

Comment: This is just one potential unintended consequence of the Covid-19 lockdown. It's looking like the cure really will be worse - orders of magnitude worse - than the disease.

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Different kinds of white fat are important in disease

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Excess white fat causes obesity, which in turn can drive diabetes and many other metabolic diseases that are growing at epidemic rates around the world. But all white fat is not born equal. For instance, "intra-abdominal" fat, i.e. fat within the belly, is known to carry higher risks of disease than "subcutaneous" fat that sits under the skin and often accumulates in the hips and thighs. Researchers from Joslin Diabetes Center and Boston University now have discovered different types of white fat cells, even within a single site, that may play distinct roles in disease.

"A central question in our research on metabolic disease is whether white fat cells in different parts of the body, and even within a single part of the body, are different enough that some might predispose you to disease and some might not," says C. Ronald Kahn, MD, Joslin's Chief Academic Officer and Head of the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism. "If so, determining the mechanisms for these differences could lead to development of novel therapies for diabetes, obesity and related conditions."

Earlier studies had identified several types of white fat cells in mice, but this is one of the first to discover multiple types in humans, says Kahn, who is co-senior author on a Nature Communications paper presenting the work and professor at Harvard Medical School.

Comment: Previous research had pointed to the idea that brown fat was good, burning more calories and increasing metabolism, while white fat was bad, leading to metabolic disorders. The current study has found, perhaps predictably, that the picture is much more nuanced. More research is obviously needed, but it will be interesting to see how different white fat cells changes the metabolism and what factors influence what sort of white fat a person has.

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Germany's coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than numbers reported, study claims

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As Germany reopens the doors to churches, hair salons and museums after more than a month of closures, a new study suggests that the number of residents infected by COVID-19 may be as high as 10 times the number confirmed by officials.

The study, conducted by the University of Bonn researchers but not yet peer-reviewed, found that as many as 1.8 million people in Germany may have been infected by coronavirus, as opposed to the 160,000 cases confirmed by officials, Reuters reported. Additionally, the researchers said that as many as one in five of those who contracted the novel coronavirus were asymptomatic.

Comment: Once again the evidence is pointing to the virus being far more benign than people were first lead to believe.


Modern vaccines, like modern government, are hindering normal human development: 'The Truth About Vaccines' docu-series - Episode 1

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In Episode 1, the history of vaccines, smallpox, vaccine safety, and the current CDC schedule...

Welcome to the first episode of the eye-opening 9-part documentary series The Truth About Vaccines, produced by documentary makers and health activists Ty & Charlene Bollinger. This is the largest and most comprehensive series ever produced on the topic of vaccines.

Comment: Episode 1 was apparently first published online in 2017. In the meantime all 9 episodes have been produced by this husband and wife team. We also have here the final episode (#9), published by them online last month:

We recommend that Sott.net readers go to their website and support them by registering to watch all 9 parts, which include interviews with numerous scientists, researchers, journalists and activists on the vast and dangerous machine that has become 'the vaccine cartel'.

And no, this is not 'anti-vaxxer' misinformation. This is informed criticism of MODERN vaccines and the truly devastating health crises they have created...


Vaccine roundtable discussion with Andrew Wakefield, Del Bigtree and Bobby Kennedy

Ty & Charlene discuss vaccines, COVID-19, quarantine, and our constitutional rights with Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Robert F Kennedy Jr, Dr. Rashid Buttar, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, Del Bigtree, and Dr. Judy Mikovits.

Part 1

Comment: Beginning at 01:19:22 in Part 2, Bobby Kennedy Jr. concludes his closing remarks with this:
"Every part of our lives will be subject to control. This virus is about training us for submission, training us to do what we're told. To not go to the beach unless we're told, to not kiss our girlfriend without their permission. They're turning us into production units and consuming entities. They are going to rob us not only of our democracy and our liberties, but our souls. They are going to inject us with the medicines they want and they're going to charge us for the diseases they give us. They are going to control every part of our lives. What we are doing at Children's Health Defense is using the last instruments of democracy we have left - the Courts - to fight them."

"We are in the last battle. We are in the apocalypse. We are fighting for the salvation of humanity. We all knew this was coming, though I never believed it would come in my lifetime. But here it is."


Does nicotine protect from Covid-19? Smokers seem less likely than non-smokers to become seriously ill from the virus

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A QUARTER OF French adults smoke. Many people were surprised, therefore, when researchers reported late in April that only 5% of 482 covid-19 patients who came to the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris between February 28th and April 9th were daily smokers. The ratios of smokers to non-smokers in earlier tallies at hospitals in America, China and elsewhere in France varied. But all revealed habitual smokers to be significantly underrepresented among those requiring hospital treatment for the illness. Smokers, the authors of the report wrote, "are much less likely" to suffer severely from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19. Rarely, they added, is such a result seen in medicine.

Smokers are almost certainly not protected from initial infection by SARS-CoV-2. In fact, because they first handle and then puff on cigarettes, they may be especially susceptible — for transmission often takes place through the mouth's mucous membranes. What seems to be happening is that infected smokers are less likely to develop symptoms, or, if they do develop them, are more likely than non-smokers to have symptoms which are mild. That means they are more likely to stay home and not to show up in hospital statistics.

All this suggests that something in tobacco smoke is having a protective effect. The best guess is that the something in question is nicotine. News of this hypothesis has spread like wildfire. To stop a run on nicotine chemically extracted from tobacco, which is taken in one form or another by many smokers who are trying to quit the habit, France's health ministry suspended online sales of the substance on April 24th. Purchases from pharmacies were limited to a month's supply per person. With encouragement from the health minister, the organisations behind the Pitié-Salpêtrière study, which include the Pasteur Institute and the Sorbonne, are preparing trials. The plan is to offer nicotine patches to covid-19 patients, front-line workers and ordinary citizens. How they fare will be compared with control groups given a placebo.

Comment: The world has been so thoroughly brainwashed about smoking that it's amusing to watch the authorities squirm when having to admit any beneficial effects from the practice, while still maintaining that it will definitely kill you. More research on the health benefits of tobacco:


Halle Berry swears by the keto diet—here's what she eats in a typical day

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After being diagnosed with diabetes at 22, I adopted what I now know was basically a keto diet. My doctors told me I'd have to keep an eye on how I ate to stay healthy, and I took it to heart. I wanted to get off of insulin, so I decided to say goodbye to processed carbs and sugar like baked goods and white bread — and it has seriously paid off.

For more than 15 years, eating this way has helped me manage my diabetes — but it's also given me a ton of energy and helped me maintain my weight and stay in shape.

When my trainer Peter formally introduced me to the ketogenic lifestyle a few years ago, I realized all I had to do to feel even better was give my body more healthy fats (like avocado, coconut oil, and butter) so it had more of that fuel to burn.

Today, eating keto is second nature to me. I feel incredible on the high-fat, moderate-protein, and very-low-carb plan (seriously, I couldn't tell you the last time I even craved sweets) and wouldn't go back to the sugar-eating ways of before my diabetes diagnosis for anything in the world.

Here's what a typical day of the keto diet looks like for me these days.

Comment: Halle, where's the bacon??


'60,000 cancer patients could die because of lack of treatment or diagnosis': Oncologist on coronavirus dilemma

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Cancer does not care about coronavirus, writes Professor Karol Sikora, Chief Medical Officer, Rutherford Cancer Centres.
Following the news, you would be forgiven for thinking we had discovered an overnight cure for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and all the other serious illnesses that have taken far more loved ones than coronavirus ever will.

There is no doubt that we are in a tragic and unprecedented situation.

This ghastly virus has killed thousands of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues. Any death is regrettable and my thoughts go out to all of the families.

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Objective:Health - 5G Gives You Coronavirus? Not Likely - With Scott Ogrin of Scottie's Tech Info

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This whole coronavirus thing is pretty damn fishy. There are a lot of holes in the official line that make it ripe territory for people to fill in the blanks with any number of dubious connections. And because the science on 5G shows it could potentially have a lot of negative health consequences, it was perhaps inevitable that it would be connected with the coronavirus in a cause and effect relationship. One tenuous connection is made after another and, before you know it, people are burning down 5G mast towers.

On this episode of Objective:Health we're joined again by our favourite tech expert Scottie of Scottie's Tech.Info as he helps us sort through the conspiracy to look at the 5G/coronavirus connection, or lack thereof.

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