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Biologic medications for arthritis and psoriasis have flooded the market — and been linked to 34,000 deaths

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Bev Webber holds a family photo album at her Mukwonago home. Her mother, Helen Tschannen, suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for years. She had been taking three other drugs for the condition and then added Remicade. Known as a biologic, the drug tamps down the immune system often leading to substantial improvement in symptoms and even remission, but in doing so the drugs make people more susceptible to a growing number of infections as well as many other serious side effects. Tschannen died of a fungal infection as a result.
With her kidneys and liver failing and a 106-degree temperature that had smoldered for days, Helen Tschannen was being kept alive on a ventilator.

Doctors were not certain what was happening, but the family knew this: Tschannen, 77, did not want to be kept alive by machines. After 21 days in an Illinois hospital, they gathered at her bedside and wrestled with whether they were doing the right thing.

A nurse unhooked the equipment. Tschannen took one breath on her own and died.

It was Oct. 19, 2004.

Comment: Biologics seem to be a class of drug that have largely flown under the radar. But with complications and side effects like these, clearly the drugs need more oversight. Testing for infections before the drug is administered seems like a relatively easy way to mitigate risk, yet it's clearly a step that isn't being taken in many cases.

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Sugary western diets fuel newly evolving superbug - Clostridium difficile

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And it's becoming increasingly resistant to disinfectants.

A diarrhea-causing bacterium is evolving into a new species, one that thrives on your sugar-rich Western diet, according to a new study.

The Clostridium difficile bacteria produce spores that spread through contact with feces, and so can commonly be found in bathrooms or on surfaces that people touch without properly washing their hands. What's more, this bacterium is becoming increasingly resistant to disinfectants used in hospitals, said study lead author Nitin Kumar, a senior bioinformatician at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Patients taking antibiotics face the greatest risk of developing diarrhea from C. difficile, because antibiotics clear away healthy gut bacteria that typically fight off the infection, Kumar told Live Science.

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Controversial study links fluoridated water during pregnancy to lower IQ

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The study found an increase in concentration of fluoride in pregnant mother's urine of one milligram per liter was associated with a 4.5-point lower IQ score in boys, but not girls, at age three or four
A study published Monday linked consumption of fluoridated tap water during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in infants, a finding at odds with decades of public health messaging extolling the mineral's benefits in reducing cavities.

Several outside experts expressed concern over the research's methodology and questioned its conclusions, though some found the results compelling enough to merit further investigation.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named community water fluoridation one of ten great public health achievements of the 20th century because of its contribution to the steep decline in tooth cavities in the United States over several decades.

But although high levels of fluoride have been found to be toxic to rat brains, the concentrations seen in fluoridated tap water are deemed safe.

"We realized that there were major questions about the safety of fluoride, especially for pregnant women and young children," Christine Till, an associate professor at Canada's York University and the paper's senior author told AFP, adding it was important to base decisions on evidence.

The study, published in the influential JAMA Pediatrics journal, analyzed data from 512 mother-child pairs across six Canadian cities, with about 40 percent living in communities supplied with fluoridated municipal water.

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Americans can handle an open discussion about vaccines: RFK. Jr's response to criticism from his family that Politico would not publish

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In early May 2019, Politico Magazine published an article written by three of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s relatives, criticizing his advocacy for safe vaccines. After numerous requests, Politico magazine has refused to publish his response.

Three of my Kennedy relatives recently published an article criticizing my advocacy for safe vaccines. Our contentious family dispute highlights the fierce national donnybrook over vaccinations that has divided communities and raised doubts about the Democratic Party's commitment to some of its defining values: abhorrence of censorship, wariness toward excessive corporate power, support for free speech, religious freedom, and personal sovereignty over our bodies, and the rights of citizens (codified in the Nuremberg Code and other treaties to which we are signatories) to decline unwanted government-mandated medical interventions. The debate has also raised questions about the independence of our press and its role as a champion of free speech, and First Amendment rights as a bulwark against overreaching by government and corporations.

I love my family and sympathize with their anxieties when I call out government officials for corruption. The Kennedy's have a long, close, and continuing relationship with public health agencies so it is understandably difficult for us to believe that powerful regulators would lie about vaccines. "All issues are simple," the saw goes, "until you study them."

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Objective:Health # 27 - Parasite Lost: Are Icky Worm Infections Key to Our Health‌?

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One would never think that the topic of parasitic worms could be thought to require nuance. Worms are bad, anything that kills them is a good thing, end of story. But surprisingly, there has been a significant amount of research in recent years that is hinting at the idea that, in some situations, parasitic worms are actually a good thing. In fact, some attribute the loss of these worms from our digestive tracts as leading to an increase in various conditions in the west, including autoimmune conditions, asthma, Multiple Sclerosis and allergies.

There have even been a number of experiments involving the treatment of various conditions involving the deliberate infection of subjects with different types of parasites. It's known as 'helminth therapy' and, while it's not universally helpful across the board, a statistically significant number are reporting beneficial results.

Join us on this episode of Objective:Health as we look into this slightly icky but truly promising new (or very old) medical procedure. And stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment, as she tells us all about pets who can detect psychic phenomena!


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The brain-gut connection - Traditional Chinese Medicine has known this for centuries

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Recent research has found that the gut can affect people's mental state, but traditional Chinese medicine has believed this for thousands of years.
Trusting your gut may be good advice, but it hardly qualifies as medical science. Or does it?

Research increasingly shows that the connection between our "gut" and our brains - especially our emotions and mental health - is closer than has ever been imagined. In recent headlines and medical research papers, doctors and researchers are employing a new term for the gut: the second brain.

Research such as that from doctors Braden Kuo and Allan Goldstein at Massachusetts General Hospital, the US, who found that bacteria in the gut can affect mood, cognition and behaviour is increasingly exciting to fellow doctors and scientists.

But practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can be left exasperated. They say that Chinese medicine has understood the connection between the gut and the body's overall health for thousands of years.

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"Medical common sense is full of lies": The best selling book by a Japanese physicist who cured his cataracts and lived to 95

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Truth and lies: Iwao Mitsuishi claimed CT scans are too "scientific" in a book titled "Medical Common Sense is Full of Lies."
"Lies!" "Nonsense!" What's true? What's not true? What's fake news? What's real?

It's not just politics. Politics is at least comprehensible. We may err, misunderstand and misjudge, but politics speaks our language and invites our participation. Not so medicine. Healthy, we want nothing to do with it. Ill, we turn to it with blind, ignorant, sometimes desperate faith.

What else can we do? Our bodies are strangers to us — sometimes hostile strangers. We wouldn't recognize our internal organs if we saw them. When a politician says, "Trust me," we instinctively do the opposite. When a doctor says "Trust me," we put ourselves and our organs in his or her hands — the sicker we are, the more eagerly.

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New study reveals frequent use of social media negatively affects teen girls more than boys, leading to higher psychological stress

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Teenage girls are affected by social media use more than boys, with the harmful effects being driven by three factors, according to a new study.

In girls, frequent use of social media harmed their health by leading to inadequate sleep, inadequate physical activity and exposing them to cyberbullying, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet. The same did not hold true for boys who frequently use social media.

Researchers from University College London tracked the social media use of nearly 13,000 teens in the U.K. from when they were 13 to 16-years-old. They also evaluated the teens' own reports about their well-being, exposure to cyberbullying and time spent sleeping or being physically active.

The study found that 27% of the teens who were frequent users of social media reported high psychological stress. Among the teens who were infrequent users, only 17% reported high psychological stress.

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Modern medicine declares war on loneliness with drugs and bots - introverts threatened with extinction

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With pharmaceutical and even robotic "cures" in the works for loneliness - a condition once considered part of the normal human emotional range but now framed as a health risk - we risk losing the ability to be alone at all.

The pathologization of emotion has been on the march for decades, especially in the US, where fully one sixth of the adult population takes an antidepressant or other psychiatric drug. Now the mental-health industry has a new target - loneliness.

Nearly half of Americans polled last year by health insurer Cigna said they lacked meaningful relationships or companionship. A solutions-based society might examine why so many people feel alienated from their peers despite the constant connectivity of smartphones and internet. A symptom-focused model, however, simply looks to stop them from feeling that way by any means necessary.

Loneliness is "worse than obesity," according to a raft of studies that have emerged linking the emotion to increased risk of premature death, and even rivals smoking. And like obesity - big business for Big Pharma, gastric bypass surgeons and weight-loss gurus - it requires medical intervention.

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Pesticides + Poison gases = Cheap, year-round strawberries

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The average American eats about eight pounds of fresh strawberries a year - and with them, dozens of pesticides, including chemicals that have been linked to cancer and reproductive damage, or that are banned in Europe.

Conventionally grown strawberries tested by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2015 and 2016 contained an average of 7.8 different pesticides per sample, compared to 2.2 pesticides per sample for all other produce, according to EWG's analysis.

What's worse, strawberry growers use jaw-dropping volumes of poisonous gases to sterilize their fields before planting, killing every pest, weed and other living thing in the soil.

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