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Healthcare workers sound the alarm - mandatory vaccines are already here

Since the passage of California State Bill 792, or the "Mandatory Vaccination Law,' concerned citizens around the country have been publicly voicing their discontent with the notion of forced vaccines. Now, professional healthcare workers are warning us that an insidious form of mandatory vaccines are already here, and in a recent video, nurse Lauren Atkinson, from Georgia, shares her troubling story of how hospitals are threatening the jobs of healthcare workers who refuse the flu vaccine.

Citing Obamacare as the primary driver of an initiative to vaccinate 90% of all hospital healthcare workers for the flu, Atkinson explains how nurses en masse are complying with this rule, even though they may disagree with the idea of injecting potentially risky and useless chemicals into their bodies, out of fear of being fired. They are afraid to lose their jobs.

Comment: The dangers of vaccines is a very real one and the controversy surrounding it is more than just 'conspiracy theory'. And now that steps are being taken to make it mandatory, means that if people don't start standing up and saying something, like these healthcare workers have, our bodies and right to self-determination of our health will be violated.

A very important documentary to watch on the subject is Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe - below is an interview with the filmmakers discussing what they uncovered.


The pains of Big Pharma: Long-term opioid prescriptions lead to addiction

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A survey of 809 adults who have been prescribed opioids for long-term use or have a long term opioid user in their household, found that one in three are dependent on opioids. The vast majority were prescribed opioids by their doctors.

Much of the US is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, and the blame has been placed with federal regulators of pharmaceuticals, to the doctors prescribing the painkillers, to the industry itself. But a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey released Thursday offers insight into the development of opioid addiction as well as what doctors should be doing better to reduce dependency.

The survey examined the experience of people who had been taking opioids for over two months to treat pain not related to cancer or terminal illness. The need to use painkillers for long periods of time can range from degenerative diseases like arthritis to injuries that are unlikely to heal.

Comment: Systemic abuse: Majority of opioid painkiller prescriptions written by family physicians, not 'pill mills'


Dopamine: Why it's so hard to "Just say no"

Recovering from addiction is about healing mind, body, and life

"Why doesn't s/he just stop when s/he knows how much it's hurting me?" This is one of the most common questions asked by those who love someone addicted to substances and/or harmful behaviors. It might be helpful for those loved ones to know that stopping isn't simply a matter of wanting to, or simply understanding that you may be causing someone else's pain. Research indicates that to "just stop" is not so easy.

One of the main reasons is called dopamine. Research on the brain indicates that addiction is about powerful memories, and recovery is a slow process in which the influence of those memories is diminished. Both addictive drugs and highly pleasurable or intense experiences (such as a life or death thrill, a crime, or an orgasm) trigger the release of the brain chemical dopamine, which in turn creates a reward circuit in the brain. This circuit registers that intense experience as "important" and creates lasting memories of it as a pleasurable experience. Dopamine changes the brain on a cellular level, commanding the brain to "do it again," which heightens the possibility of relapse even long after the behavior (or drug) has stopped. Dopamine also helps to explain why intense experiences can be just as addictive as drugs.



Playground of abuse: Social media cause many kids to self-harm

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A nation of unhappy youngsters are being developed and its all due to social media, according to a report by a children's charity, that claims more teenagers are self harming in order to deal with unresolved issues.

The National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has obtained data under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) that 18,778 children aged between 11 to 18 were admitted to hospital for self-harm in 2015-16 in Britain.

This is an increase from the 2013-14 figure (16,416) and represents a 14 percent rise. The most likely segment to be impacted were teenagers, ages 13-17, who were more likely to end up in hospital for self-harm, such as cutting, overdosing on pills or burning themselves.


Why do half of people 'remember' events that never happened?

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Ever find yourself caught up in a vivid memory of an event that, you later realize with confusion, didn't really happen the way you thought? According to new research by psychologists at the University of Warwick in the U.K., you are far from alone.

The study demonstrated that about half of individuals will come to believe a fictional event occurred if they are told about that event and then repeatedly imagine it happening. More than 400 people participated in the study, led by professor Kimberley Wade.

The study experimented with implanting fake (but relatively harmless) memories, such as taking a childhood hot-air balloon ride, pulling a prank on a teacher, or causing trouble at a family wedding, into the minds of study participants. Researchers told them about the imaginary events as if they were real, and about 30 percent of participants appeared to "remember" it happening, even elaborating on how it occurred and describing details of what it was like. Another 23 percent showed signs of accepting the story to some degree, the researchers said.

Showing participants photos of the purported hot-air balloon ride actually diminished the chances that they would accept the account and develop false memory. The researchers theorize this could be because "such photos may serve to constrain imagination during efforts to recall the event, thus leading to lower memory formation."

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Seasonal affective disorder - how it feels on the inside

It's like clockwork. Every year, right in the middle of October, I find myself stricken with panic and exhaustion that has nothing to do with my job or my personal life and everything to do with one simple environmental factor. The sun is going down, and all it takes to make my stomach drop is one glance out the window to see the sky growing dark by 6:30 p.m. The feeling is primal and consuming, and it's at the root of my seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Once classified as its own diagnosis, SAD is now categorized as a variety of major depression that manifests in a seasonal pattern. For most, SAD occurs in the winter months, as the weather becomes colder and the days grow shorter, but some experience seasonal depression during spring and summer. The symptoms of SAD often mimic major depression, including feelings of sadness and hopelessness, increased anxiety, disrupted sleep patterns, loss of energy and motivation, changes in eating habits, and even thoughts of death.

Comment: Tips to beat the winter blues


Unappetizing assessment of the U.S. food supply: 85% of the food has pesticide residues

One sample of strawberries contained residues of 20 pesticides

New government data offers a potentially unappetizing assessment of the U.S. food supply: Residues of many types of bug-killing pesticides, fungicides and weed-killing chemicals have been found in roughly 85 percent of thousands of foods tested.

Data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows varying levels of pesticide residues in everything from mushrooms to potatoes and grapes to green beans. One sample of strawberries contained residues of 20 pesticides, according to the Pesticide Data Program report issued this month by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service. The report is the 25th annual such compilation of residue data for the agency, and covered sampling the USDA did in 2015.

Comment: Our food: 34,000 Pesticides & 600 Chemicals


Pulled from publication: 2016 health study on vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children

The just-ended presidential election cycle in the USA has something very much in common with vaccine 'science', or so it seems: Both produce results that are questioned, contentious and even manipulated with varying degrees of culpability. Strong words! Maybe, but factual to the point of proof as in the scientific journal article that was "unpublished" after vaccine acolytes raised all sorts of hell about it and the study's results proving that "Vaccinated children were significantly less likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with chickenpox and pertussis, but significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia, otitis media, allergies and NDDs (defined as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or a learning disability).

In the Abstract's Conclusion, it was noted that
"In this study based on mothers' reports, the vaccinated had a higher rate of allergies and NDD than the unvaccinated. Vaccination, but not preterm birth, remained significantly associated with NDD after controlling for other factors. However, preterm birth combined with vaccination was associated with an apparent synergistic increase in the odds of NDD. Further research involving larger, independent samples is needed to verify and understand these unexpected findings in order to optimize the impact of vaccines on children's health."

Comment: Also read Catherine J Frompovich's article: Unvaccinated populations are healthier than the vaccinated

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The Health & Wellness Show: Aging is not just for the aged anymore

Diabetes, stroke, obesity, lower back pain, hemmorhoids and sciatica -- all diseases usually found in older people -- are striking children and young adults at greater rates. Many people have the idea that they can enjoy life in their younger years, eat and drink whatever they want, do whatever they like, and not have to worry about diseases or illnesses until they are much older. Unfortunately, this mindset coupled with a plethora of toxic foodstuffs available 24 hours a day and increasingly sedentary lifestyles has led to a world full of youngsters living in elderly bodies.

When it comes to aging, is our society so far removed from what is truly healthy that we confuse what would be considered normal with what is common? Is a sick population, of both the young and the old, our destiny? On this episode of The Health and Wellness Show we'll explore this phenomenon and its causes as well as dietary and lifestyle changes to keep your innards young and supple for as long as possible.

And don't forget that pets age too. Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be caring for seniors of the furry persuasion.

Running Time: 01:30:09

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E-cigarettes use among youth condemned by US surgeon general

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The US surgeon general has raised alarm over the vulnerability of young people to the negative health effects of e-cigarettes in the fight against nicotine addiction. A new report challenges the view that vaping is less dangerous than smoking.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, the nation's top doctor, released a report Thursday — 'E-Cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults' — that recommended e-cigarettes be treated like other forms of tobacco smoking, especially with regards to use among young people.

"We know a great deal about what works to effectively prevent tobacco use among young people," the new report said. "Now we must apply these strategies to e-cigarettes."

Comment: Some of the health benefits from smoking real tobacco: