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San Antonio district attorney states 'Vaccines cause autism'

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District Attorney Nico LaHood, father of son with vaccination-caused autism
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said Monday he's ready for the backlash to his public comments that vaccines cause autism. The father of a son with autism, LaHood voiced his opinions about the long-running issue for the documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe" posted on the Autism Media Channel Facebook page. Sitting in his office, LaHood introduces himself as the D.A., then said, "I'm here to tell you vaccines can and do cause autism."

The theory has been debunked in the medical world, but many parents looking for answers, remain skeptical. LaHood said he and his wife noticed a change in their son after he received his 18-month vaccination. "We had a very different child," he said.

Asked whether he should be voicing his opinion due to his political office, LaHood said, "My opinions are just my opinions. As a daddy, as a husband, who happens to be the district attorney. People are allowed to have a First Amendment right to an opinion. I know this is not a politically correct opinion." He said both President Barack Obama and former Gov. Rick Perry have publicly supported childhood vaccines, so he has the same right to speak out against them. LaHood said, "I'm not forcing my opinion on you. I'm giving you my opinion and I think I'm entitled to it."

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who saw a preview of the film, said he agrees. "He's a terrific father. He's concerned. He has a son with autism. I have a nephew with autism. I know what it's like," Wolff said.

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Exercise is beneficial at any age: Elderly who engage in moderate physical activity have much lower risk of cardiovascular events

Moderate physical activity is associated with a greater than 50% reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. The 12 year study in nearly 2500 adults aged 65 to 74 years found that moderate physical activity reduced the risk of an acute cardiovascular event by more than 30%. High levels of physical activity led to greater risk reductions.

"The role of physical activity in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people of working age is well established," said Professor Riitta Antikainen, professor of geriatrics at the University of Oulu, Finland. "But relatively little is known about the effect of regular physical activity on CVD risk in older people."

The present study assessed the association between leisure time physical activity and CVD risk and mortality in 2456 men and women aged 65 to 74 years who were enrolled into the National FINRISK Study between 1997 and 2007.

Comment: Some of the many ways exercise can improve your life:


Survey finds many using their pet's medications

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Some of us may be sharing a little too much with our pets.

Sure, people share their dinners with their dogs, and some share their beds, but that kind of closeness generally isn't as much of a major danger to human health as this new kind of closeness uncovered by unsuspecting scientists. There is now scientific evidence that some people may be sharing their pets' medications.

The use of pet meds was so unexpected, the scientists didn't even ask about it in their survey about unprescribed antibiotic use. But people must have done it frequently, as they actually wrote it into their answers, saying it is one way they get off-prescription antibiotics.

The study ran in the recent edition of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Of the 400 demographically diverse adults surveyed, far too many people shared that they used antibiotics without a doctor's supervision, according to the co-authors, who are doctors in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Of the randomly selected adults in Houston, 5% reported using antibiotics without a prescription in the past 12 months, 14.2% stored them at home in case of an emergency, and a whopping 25.4% said they intended to use antibiotics in an unprescribed manner at some time in the future.

Comment: The important question is, why did those surveyed even feel the need to keep a stock of antibiotics around? Could it be that access to medical care is so difficult and expensive that they'd rather look after themselves? Others indicated they kept extra medication around for emergencies. Being educated about the substances being stored and thier effective uses is critical. There are many resources on the internet to get such information.


Richmond, Va: Contaminated smoothies cause Hepatitis A outbreak

Virginia health officials say there are now 40 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations across the state, up from 28 cases less than a week ago.

The Virginia Department of Health said in a news release Monday that about 55 percent of the infected residents have been hospitalized.

There are more than 500 of the smoothie franchises across the country, and Virginia is not the only state affected


Positive and negative emotions and their effects on physical health

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The existence of the mind/body connection was once completely shunned by mainstream science, with many dismissing it as mere pseudoscience. Fortunately, the conversation has shifted in recent years, thanks in large part to new scientific publications that have made it quite clear that our thoughts, feelings, and emotions play a crucial role in regulating our overall health and biology.

There are several examples from different areas of science that prove this. Going through all of the evidence showing the strength of this connection can be a daunting task, which is why this article will provide just a few examples to get you started. It should serve as a good introduction to the unfortunate reality that much has been overlooked when it comes to the business of healing and medicine.

The HeartMath Institute

Some of the most intriguing research in this field comes from the HearthMath institute. Their research has shed light on a number of fascinating discoveries about how our emotions can impact our health. Through their work (and the work of others), we know that positive emotions create physiological benefits in your body, and negative emotions do the opposite. You can simply boost your immune system by conjuring up positive emotions. The heart actually has a system of neurons which have both short term and long term memory, and these heart signals are sent to the brain, which in turn affects our emotional experiences.


Cysts, boils, carbuncles and more: What they mean and how to treat them

You may have at one time or other noticed a small, painless bump under your skin, possibly behind your ear or on your chest, shoulders or back. Many people refer to these as sebaceous cysts, but they may be a more common variety called epidermoid. Generally speaking, there are three types of skin cysts:
  • Epidermoid cysts occur when surface skin cells form a fluid-filled sac. They're generally slow growing, harmless and measure 1 to 5 centimeters across. They aren't painful unless infection sets in, at which point it turns into an unsightly abscess.
  • Pilar cysts form when the lining of the bump is composed of cells like hair roots, appear most often on the hair follicles of your scalp, and may catch when you comb your hair.
  • Sebaceous cysts, which are much less common, contain oil while regular skin cysts don't.


If you snore, blame it on traffic fumes: People who live close to busy roads found to be most likely to suffer

It's been linked to everything from age to weight and smoking and booze.

But research now suggests snoring - as well as tiredness - could be down to traffic pollution.

A study has shown those living close to busy roads or whose bedrooms are nearer highways are more likely to snore.

And the noise from vehicles rattling by is also believed to disrupt sleeping patterns, leaving us tired and restless.

The toxic gases and particles released by engines, particularly those powered by diesel, are said to be the cause.

Comment: Maybe detoxing can help more: Melatonin balance: Detox & support the pineal gland


Scurvy: Disease from 'another age' is once again on the rise

Scurvy is a disease most commonly associated with sailors who didn't realize their teeth were falling out because they weren't consuming enough vitamin C. But this disease, thought to be from another age, may be on the rise.

Scurvy, once called "the scourge of the sea," may be returning simply because modern diets don't always contain enough vitamin C, aka ascorbic acid, a crucial nutrient to maintain healthy skin, bones, teeth, tissues and blood vessels.

Vitamin C is also required to absorb iron and produce collagen, a major component of connective tissue.

From the Latin term "scorbutus," scurvy has been an affliction for which the cause was unknown for possibly thousands of years, such as in ancient Egypt and Greece. Until recently, scurvy had been thought of as quite rare, but this seems to be changing.

'Scourge of the Sea' Was a Sailor Killer

In the 18th century, scurvy killed more sailors on long-distance runs than enemy combat. In 1747, a British voyage had the "sailor's bon voyage" for 1,300 scurvy victims from a crew of 2,000 in just 10 months (indicating how serious this disease really is).

A doctor who conducted what may have been the first scurvy trials described the usual diet of seals' livers and fat in his journals. Sailors suffered from ulcers, blackened skin and gum disease so severe their breath smelled rotten and their teeth fell out. They also had a terrible craving for citrus fruits.

The study involved 12 test subjects who were paired up and given either cider, acid, seawater or lemons along with their rations. Those given lemons recovered miraculously, while the others got worse.1 Finally, someone had put two and two together, as a BBC News article noted:
"When they reached land, it was celery, cabbage and plants which helped them recover. Future voyages carried dried vegetables, fruit and palm wine and sauerkraut to help ward off the dreaded scurvy and in 1752 a Scottish doctor, James Lind, found proof that citrus had a rapid beneficial effect."
While it's now common knowledge (to most) that vitamin C intake is the way to prevent this dreadful disease, there are still areas of the world — including highly developed countries — where people don't think of scurvy in relation to themselves

Comment: More reasons why Vitamin C is important:


Mosquitoes will be mosquitoes: Don't fall for the Zikasteria

The media continues to propel the Zika virus hysteria (the Zikasteria), despite all of the things that just don't add up.

Florida has reported five new cases of the Zika virus, and one in Pinellas County 265 miles North of Miami. The other four cases were found in an area of Miami that had already been sprayed with the pesticide Naled. (You know, the pesticide that ironically causes babies to be born with reduced brain sizes.)

Why does this seem to be such a surprise?

A mosquito bites someone with Zika... flies away... bites someone else... BINGO... they pass on the disease

However, that isn't exactly how it's being portrayed.

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: The Zika Virus: Hype vs. Reality


Coffee enemas: A powerful tool for detoxification and pain relief

Why does Big Pharma hate coffee enema therapy? The answer is that coffee enemas are a powerful liver detoxification tool, a pain relieving therapy, and a therapy for cleansing and healing the colon. Retention coffee enemas are a key part of successful alternative cancer treatment protocols, because they rid the body of toxins that cause cancer and eliminate the toxins released by dead and dying cancer cells. Coffee enemas do all this and more without side effects and at minimal cost.

Coffee is More than a Beverage - It can be a Healing Herb

When coffee is used in an enema it has powerful healing effects.

Definition of a retention coffee enema: Two or more cups of a coffee/water mixture are introduced into the colon/bowel through a tube placed in the rectum, and held in place for a period of time while the coffee herb stimulates the liver, reduces pain, and increases the process of eliminating toxins through the intestine.

Comment: Since the liver is critical for both absorbing nutrients and eliminating toxins and waste, and because our environment has become heavily polluted with a variety of toxins, detoxifying and protecting the liver is extremely important in the modern world.