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Docs reveal Monsanto's war against cancer researchers who label their products 'dangerous'

Monsanto Roundup
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Agrochemical giant Monsanto has waged a full blown lobbying war to combat cancer researchers that deem its products unsafe. New documents show the firm exploited ties to government and media to keep its chemicals on the shelves.

When Monsanto's best-selling pesticide Roundup was deemed a cancer risk in 2015 by the World Health Organization's cancer research wing, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the company kicked its lobbying efforts into overdrive, according to new documents released in one of the thousands of ongoing suits against the firm related to the controversial ingredient, glyphosate.

In the years since the IARC's review of glyphosate, Monsanto has brought immense resources to bear in pressuring the US government to take a friendlier approach to the chemical, and to disregard the IARC's more alarming conclusions about its safety.


Now They're Coming After What we Eat

Weird Al
At Harvard, there was once a University. Now that once noble campus has become a luxury asylum for the terminally feeble-minded. Walter Willett, one of the inmates (in his sadly incurable delusion he calls himself "Professor of Nutrition"), has gibbered to a well-meaning visitor from Business Insider that "eating a diet that's especially high in red meat will be undermining the sustainability of the climate."

Farewell, then, to the Roast Beef of Old England. So keen are we in the Old Country on our Sunday roast (cooked rare and sliced thickish) that the French call us les rosbifs. But the "Professor" (for we must humor him by letting him think he is qualified to talk about nutrition) wants to put a stop to all that.

As strikingly ignorant of all but the IPCC Party Line as others in that hopeless hospice for hapless halfwits, he overlooks the fact that the great plains of what is now the United States of America were once teeming with millions upon millions of eructating, halating ruminants. Notwithstanding agriculture, there are far fewer ruminants now than there were then.

The "Professor" drools on: "It's bad for the person eating it, but also really bad for our children and our grandchildren, so that's something I think we should totally, strongly advise against. It's — in fact — irresponsible."

It may be that the "Professor" - look how fetchingly he adjusts his tinfoil hat to a rakish angle - does not accept the theory of evolution. If, however, that theory is correct, the Earth is somewhat older than the 6000 years derived by the amiably barmy Bishop Ussher counting the generations since Abraham.

Comment: There is an incredible amount of money to be made keeping people in the dark about what helps keep them healthy, and what doesn't. While the vast majority of healthcare workers, academics and bureaucrats probably mean well and are the unwitting tools of corporate interests and their insidious groupthink, it remains for each of us to do our own thinking and research on a subject that most individuals seem willing to abdicate responsibility for.

As the author mentioned, "hardly a month goes by without a new double-blind trial, epidemiological study or meta-analysis in the medico-scientific journals demonstrating beyond doubt that diabetes and a range of other diseases are directly and principally attributable to the misguided guidelines recommending that carbohydrates should be the staple diet."

And with that, see this small sample of the research that's been coming out on this now very rancorous topic:


Massachusetts woman becomes 4th person in state to die from rare Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus

Laurie Sylvia

Laurie Sylvia, 59, fell ill last Monday and by Saturday she had died of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus
A Massachusetts woman has died from the rare eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, making her one of four in the state to have contracted the deadly mosquito-borne virus.

Laurie Sylvia, 59, began feeling sick last Monday and by Saturday the realtor and grandmother from Bristol County had passed away, her husband of 40 years, Robert Sylvia Jr, confirmed.

Earlier this month, a Massachusetts man over 60 years old fell into a coma after contracting the disease that either comes on like a sudden, intense cold, then disappears altogether, or comes on more slowly, but severely, causing diarrhea, vomiting, headache and loss of appetite.

Between 30 and 50 percent of people that contract the rare bug-borne disease don't survive it, putting Massachusetts on high alert as Sylvia is the first death reported in the state this year.


Third locally transmitted dengue fever case confirmed in Miami-Dade County

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The third locally transmitted case of dengue fever this year has been confirmed in Miami-Dade County, the Florida Department of Health announced Friday.

The first case of the mosquito-borne ailment was confirmed in March. The second came earlier this month.

The three cases don't seem to be related, the health department said in a statement. The department issued a mosquito-borne illness alert Friday after a resident of the county was diagnosed with the virus, which is spread through bites from infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The Aedes also spread chikungunya and Zika virus.

Five cases of dengue fever among international travelers have been reported so far this year in Florida. Thirty-one travel-associated cases of Zika fever have been reported this year, but zero local cases, according to health department data.


Illinois governor signs bill banning smoking in cars with minors

Smoking in car with minors
Smoking will no longer be allowed in cars with anyone under 18 years old in a new Illinois law.

Gov. JB Pritzker signed House Bill 2276 on Friday. Its sponsors include State Sen. Julie Morrison and State Rep. Jonathan Carroll.

The American Lung Association sent a statement in response to the bill passing. It said the law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020, will "make a significant impact" on the health of minors.

"This new law will protect the health of our children. Breathing secondhand smoke causes several health issues in children, like sudden infant death syndrome, asthma, and ear infections, as well as wheezing, coughing, and getting sick more often," said Kathy Drea of the ALA. "It is essential to avoid smoking near children, especially in a small enclosed spaces like cars."

Comment: See also: The epidemic of junk science in tobacco smoking research


Landmark UN report emphasizes crucial role of regenerative farming practices to address climate & food emergencies

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Globally, industrialized agriculture now emits extraordinarily high levels of GHG emissions as a sector.
This week, the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a long-awaited report on land, climate change and agriculture.* The report's findings confirm that the agriculture and food systems on which we now depend are no longer viable.

Individual consumer choices in the global north, about what to eat, won't be enough to get rid of a bad system, nor will they be enough to build a just transition to a better one.

While much of the media coverage of the new IPCC report on land and agriculture focus on diet, the report needs to be understood as saying this: we (in protein-rich countries, at the very least), must replace our current large-scale industrialized systems of agriculture and food production with those based on agroecological and regenerative practices. Food security and agricultural resilience, in the face of a changing climate, depends on this.

Comment: Objective:Health: #22 - Poisoned Agriculture, Poisoned World

Life Preserver

Sore muscles? Essential oils for post-workout recovery

Do you fear "leg day", or worse, the day after leg day? Do you struggle to hold your toothbrush the morning after a workout, or even walk down the stairs?
I feel you!

Although muscle soreness is completely normal 24 to 48 hours after working out, it can still be quite a bummer and make your day more difficult than it needs to be.

To be able to prevent and relieve muscle soreness, it helps to know where it comes from. When we perform muscle contractions in a higher intensity than our normal activity, it creates microscopic tears in the muscle tissue1. This process is actually a good thing for your body; your muscles are going to be repaired with stronger and tougher fibers, resulting in creating bigger muscles - like the coveted six pack!

Comment: Botanicals: The benefits of plant-based ingredients

Cupcake Pink

Eating less gluten could lower a child's risk of celiac

girl eating cake
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Let her eat cake.
It might seem like there's an epidemic of celiac disease going on lately. And in some ways, there is. Prevalence rates in America have increased more than four times in the last 50-odd years, Europe as a whole has seen similarly significant rises, and Sweden had such striking rates of celiac diagnoses from 1984 to 1996 as to warrant a national investigation.

There are a variety of theories as to why, and though it's almost certainly in part due to a rise in awareness about the disease (and gluten-free diets generally), there's another important potential factor that often gets misinterpreted: we're eating more gluten.

Plenty of health bloggers and pseudo-scientists will tell you that the problem, really, is all this processed wheat we eat. They'll say something about how in Europe they've got wheat with much less gluten (bonus points if they tell you celiac folks can eat this gluten-deficient bread), or perhaps just stick to the argument that bread products have gotten more refined and therefore worse for us, and that's why celiac and gluten intolerances have become such a huge deal.

Comment: Despite the dismissive tone to the article above, the question of why some people develop celiac disease remains a mystery, as the author points out. But the idea that one should keep feeding their children gluten, even if they are genetically predisposed to celiac disease holds no merit. The idea that you could miss out on crucial nutrients is absurd - grains are some of the lowest nutrient density foods in the human diet. And since one doesn't need to be celiac to suffer from gluten sensitivity, it seems like a win-win to simply avoid it to see if you benefit.

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Objective:Health - ITN: Fluoride Makes You Stupid | RFK JR Hits Back | Tech Censorship

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In The News: A new study out of Canada that finds pregnant women consuming fluoridated water leads to children with lower IQ; Big Tech makes changes that censor alternative health websites; Robert F. Kennedy Jr. fights back against pro-vaxxer smears and the corrupt EPA steps in to stop California from labelling RoundUp as carcinogenic.

Join us on this episode of Objective:Health, as we take a closer look at the latest stories making headlines in the world of health.

And have you ever wondered whether your dog is right or left handed? Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment, as she tells us about the handedness of our pets.

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How exercise treats depression, with Rhonda Patrick

rhonda patrick exercise running
In this short video, Rhonda Patrick, Ph.D., a biomedical scientist and researcher with the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla, California, discusses the science behind the mood-lifting effects of exercise.1 Indeed, many experts agree that exercise is one of the most powerful tools available for the prevention and management of depression.

For example, a meta-analysis2 published in 2016, which looked at 23 randomized controlled trials in which exercise was used as treatment for unipolar depression, found that, compared to no intervention, exercise "yielded a large and significant effect size," which led them to conclude, "Physical exercise is an effective intervention for depression."

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