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Europe faces 'looming syphilis epidemic' thanks to dating apps and reduced fear of HIV

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Syphilis stopped being "a disease of the past" after its worrying resurgence in Europe, health experts told RT. Less fear of contracting HIV and the rise of dating apps are among the factors behind the problem.

The spread of syphilis in Europe is intensifying due to worrying trends in human behavior, the head of the HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis program at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Andrew Amato-Gauci, told RT.

Various factors play into the outbreak, such as "people having sex without condoms, multiple sexual partners and a reduced fear of acquiring HIV from condomless sex," he said.

A new report by the ECDC shows that between 2010 and 2017, the number of confirmed cases of syphilis across the EU soared by 70 percent.

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Transgender and non-binary autism link

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Gender identity clinics should screen patients, says lead author of new paper
New research indicates that transgender and non-binary individuals are significantly more likely to have autism or display autistic traits than the wider population - a finding that has important implications for gender confirmation treatments.

The study, led by Dr Steven Stagg of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) and published in the journal European Psychiatry, is one of the first pieces of research to focus on people who identify as non-binary.

It found that 14% of the transgender and non-binary group had a diagnosis of autism, while a further 28% of this group reached the cut off point for an autism diagnosis, suggesting a high number of potentially undiagnosed individuals.

Comment: There are many factors converging in our era that have led to the rise in gender dysphoria, from autism and social contagion to the corporations that profit from pushing these disorders, as well as the overall malaise that permeates Western society: Also check out SOTT radio's:


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Processed foods are a much bigger health problem than we thought

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“These refined carbohydrates could be feeding the bad bacteria in the small intestine,” said researcher Marit Zinocker, “and that’s where inflammation starts."
The case against processed food just keeps getting stronger. But, amazingly, we still don't understand exactly why it's so bad for us.

In two new papers published in the BMJ, the more ultraprocessed — or industrially manufactured — foods a person ate, the more likely they were to get sick and even die. In one study, they were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular problems. The other linked an ultraprocessed diet to a higher risk of death from all causes.

Those studies followed a first-of-its-kind randomized controlled trial, out of the National Institutes of Health: Researchers found people following an ultraprocessed diet ate about 500 more calories per day than those consuming minimally processed, whole foods.

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Impossible Burger goes after Regenerative meat rancher Will Harris

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The plant-based burger company called regenerative grazing the "clean coal of meat" in a recent report. That hasn't gone over well amongst carbon ranchers.


Rancher Will Harris says he was "stunned" when he got wind last week that Impossible Foods, the makers of the plant-based Impossible Burger, called regenerative grazing "the 'clean coal' of meat" in their 2019 Impact Report.

Speaking by phone from White Oak Pastures, his 153-year-old farm in Bluffton, Georgia, Harris said, "I think there were many mis-truths in that attack."

The feud is the latest in an ongoing discussion about whether regenerative meat production and high-tech plant-based alternatives can co-exist. And for holistically managed animal operations like Harris's, the suggestion that all meat production should be seen as having the same impact on the environment constitutes a battle cry.

Comment: Impossible Burger is pushing hard to get consumers to Ditch nature in favor of fake food
Eating meat is not synonymous with harming the environment; it's industrial farming practices that inflict the damage. Some also believe eating meat means ripping out more forests so animals can graze, but I'm certainly not advocating for that.

U.S. cropland is currently dominated by a two-crop planting cycle of corn and soybeans, largely for animal feed. Like concentrated animal feeding operations, these monocrops are devastating the environment, and even though they're plant foods, are part of the problem, not the solution.

Getting rid of these large swaths of corn and soy fields, which, if you've ever visited one, you'll know are chemical-laden and largely devoid of life, is key, as is reverting them back to what they were before, namely grasslands for grazing animals.

Grasslands are key to fixing many environmental problems, and herbivores are a necessary part of this ecosystem. By mimicking the natural behavior of migratory herds of wild grazing animals - meaning allowing livestock to graze freely, and moving the herd around in specific patterns - farmers can support nature's efforts to regenerate and thrive.



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Henry H. Bauer: All vaccines are not equally safe and effective

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Recent outbreaks of measles have brought widespread unrestrained criticism of parents who have avoided vaccinating their children under the presumed influence of misguided ideological "anti-vaxxers." But at least some of the anger and blame should be directed at official sources for refusing to admit that some vaccines occasionally do bring sometimes very serious harm to some individuals. By not admitting that, officialdom provides unwarranted credibility to allegations of official cover- ups, allegations then expanded to blanket warnings against vaccinating in general.

There are three main ways in which vaccines can sometimes cause harm to some individuals.

One is the presence in some vaccines of preservatives to protect against contamination by bacteria. Being toxic to bacteria, they can also be toxic to higher forms of life. A commonly used preservative, thimerosal, is a mercury-containing organic substance, and organic-mercury compounds are indeed often toxic to human beings.

Comment: Professor Bauerr is taking a 'middle of the road' stance on the vaccine issue, while addressing 'possible harm' that cause concern. It should be noted that there is much more to consider when in comes to whether or not one should get vaccinated. Read the following for more information:


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The truth is that 'healthy' plant-based meats are just highly processed 'foods'

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The battle over meat.
Twice in June, ingredients used by both of America's most popular plant-based meat companies were called into question.

On June 21, a consumer interest group issued concerns around one of the ingredients in Beyond Meat's production process. And earlier in June, the World Health Organization said that eating heme — a main ingredient in the Impossible Foods burger — is linked with the formation of carcinogens in the gut.

Comment: All this discussion of customer perception and acceptance really comes down to how to get people to incorporate poisoned propaganda into their psyches in order to change their behavior. Plant-based meats are genetically modified lab-created food-like substances - they're not food. Getting people to consider them food, rather than follow their own instincts, requires some master-level manipulation. Resist the putsch.

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Psychiatric diagnosis 'scientifically meaningless and not fit for purpose'

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A new study, published in Psychiatry Research, has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders.

The study, led by researchers from the University of Liverpool, involved a detailed analysis of five key chapters of the latest edition of the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), on 'schizophrenia', 'bipolar disorder', 'depressive disorders', 'anxiety disorders' and 'trauma-related disorders'.

Diagnostic manuals such as the DSM were created to provide a common diagnostic language for mental health professionals and attempt to provide a definitive list of mental health problems, including their symptoms.

The main findings of the research were:

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Ebola outbreak in Congo has spread to Goma, a large city and transport hub near Rwandan border

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Experts have said the escalation was 'unexpected' and should serve as a reminder to the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency. Pictured, an Ebola treatment centre, Beni
Ebola has spread to the Congolese city of Goma, which has a population of more than a million people, as the virus continues to devastate the region.

The victim is a pastor who had arrived in the city by bus after visiting Butembo, a town around 200miles (320km) north in the centre of the outbreak.

He had been preaching at a church where he would have touched worshippers 'including the sick', the country's health ministry said on Sunday.

Authorities have urged people to remain calm after the government said the chances of the virus spreading were 'low'.

But tensions are high and two health workers were murdered in their homes over the weekend.

Experts have said the escalation was 'unexpected' and should serve as a reminder to the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency.

In this, the second worst outbreak in history, 1,665 people have died from Ebola since August last year.

Comment: More on Ebola and the outbreak in DRC:


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"Throwing up blood": Georgia man, 31, becomes 13th US citizen to die on vacation in the Dominican Republic

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Jerome Jester Jr., 31, died on March 17 this year on a short vacation to the Dominican Republic with his sister
A Georgia man has died of a 'respiratory illness' while on holiday in the Dominican Republic - becoming the 13th American to die there in under a year.

Jerome Jester Jr. of Forsyth, Georgia, died on March 17 this year just a day after going sightseeing in the Caribbean nation, according to his family.

The 31-year-old had been on vacation with his sister, who called for an ambulance after he started having difficulty breathing.

Jester's sister told ABC News: 'He just dropped to his knees and started throwing up blood, and was calling for Mama.'

Jester's sister said he was vomiting blood before she called an ambulance and he later died

His mother Melody Moore told WSB-TV-2 she spoke to him the day before he died.

Comment: See: What in the world is going on in the Dominican Republic? (Updates)


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A bacterial invasion? People all over the US East Coast are suddenly being attacked by flesh-eating disease in 2019

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Why are we suddenly seeing so many cases of flesh-eating disease all along the east coast of the United States? For years, flesh-eating bacterial infections were so rare in the U.S. that even a single case would make national headlines. But here in 2019 the news is telling us that we are seeing flesh-eating infections "at a rate much higher than in previous years", and this outbreak really seems to have escalated dramatically over the last couple of months.

In fact, I found so many cases as I was doing research for this article that I had to simply stop reading at one point or I would have never gotten this article done in time. So in this article I will be sharing quite a few examples with you, but it is far from an exhaustive list.

Let's start with a Tennessee man that was just killed by flesh-eating bacteria after a trip to the Florida panhandle. This is what his daughter had to say about his death...
"About 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning, 12 hours after we were in the water, he woke up with a fever, chills and some cramping. ... They got to the hospital in Memphis around 8 p.m.," Wiygul said in the post. "They took him back immediately. As they were helping him get changed into his hospital gown they saw this terribly swollen black spot on his back that was not there before."

The man's condition worsened over the next several hours. His immune system had been weakened by a bout with cancer, the daughter said, and he died Sunday afternoon.
That is how fast flesh-eating disease can kill you. If it is not treated immediately, there is a good chance you will die.

Comment: Outbreaks like this appear to be increasing all over the planet: