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Asthma deaths in England and Wales 'at highest level for a decade'

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Asthma deaths have risen to their highest level in more than a decade, according to official data.

More than 1,400 people died from an asthma attack last year in England and Wales, which is an eight per cent increase compared to 2017, the charity Asthma UK said.

The Office for National Statistics data (ONS) also shows that the number of deaths have increased by 33 per cent in the past decade- up from 1,071 in 2008.

The figures show an increase in men dying from the illness, with 436 men dying in 2018 compared to 370 the previous year. According to the NHS website, three people die of the disease every day.

GPs have warned that basic asthma care could be behind the rise, the charity warned.

Around 60 per cent of people with asthma in England and Wales - an estimated 2.9 million people - are not receiving basic care as recommended by national guidelines, the charity added.

An NHS commissioned review found that two-thirds of asthma deaths could have been prevented by better basic care.

Asthma UK said only one if its 19 recommendations had been "partially" implemented.

Comment: Asthma and crystals: Scientists solve a century-old mystery that could treat airway inflammation

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The Devil We Know: How DuPont poisoned the world with Teflon

A new Netflix documentary titled, The Devil We Know, tells the story of DuPont's decades-long cover-up of the harm caused by chemicals used to make its popular non-stick Teflon™ products. The film shows how the chemicals used to make Teflon poisoned people and the environment — not just in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where DuPont had a Teflon plant, but all over the world.

It all began in 1945, when DuPont, renamed DowDuPont following its 2017 merger with Dow Chemical, began manufacturing Teflon, a product best known for its use in non-stick cookware, but also widely used in a variety of other consumer products, including waterproof clothing and furniture, food packaging, self-cleaning ovens, airplanes and cars.

Comment: Document dump: Lawsuit reveals extent of DuPont's C8 cover-up
The documents show that DuPont was well aware of the dangers of C8 dating all the way back to 1961, and in many instances, their own environmental lawyers privately questioned the company's decision to pretend that a problem didn't exist.

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5G Agriculture: More food from franken farming?

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The director of development at Ericsson, Marcin Sugak, is excited. He has a new toy to sell to agribusiness farmers. This particular toy, he claims, is going to 'overcome' all the difficult new challenges facing agriculture today. It will be 'A revolution', he declares. According to the Ericsson corporation, with this new toy, farmers will be able to look at their plants and animals from a completely 'new perspective'.

Just what might this new perspective be?

A 5G perspective, of course!

The lucky plants and animals will be surrounded by thousands of tiny gadgets that will transmit back to the farmer precise details of their state of health or sickness. However, what is not mentioned and understood is that these tiny gadgets will, in the process, shoot a steady stream of high powered millimetre wave length microwave frequencies into the farmer's best cows and crops, precipitating them to sicken and die.

Comment: SOTT Focus: The Health & Wellness Show: Wireless Technology: 5G is Just the Tip of the Iceberg


Fast food water tested for heavy metals: Taco Bell, KFC, Burger King, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, Subway and more

Mike Adams
In our latest effort to test products for heavy metals and other contaminants, we recently acquired ice water from multiple fast food chains, including Whataburger, Jack in the Box, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Burger King and more. Using our mass spec laboratory instrumentation (ICP-MS), we tested all these water samples for heavy metals.

You can see the full video revealing the test results only on Brighteon.com: https://www.brighteon.com/36ed24bb-9de7-4c48-84c3-f92eaaf20b12

This video is part of the new Food Forensics video series that you'll see posted now at FoodForensics.com. (Lots more videos are coming...)


Returning to sanity with gusto: The vegetarians who turned into butchers

Kate Kavanaugh Butcher Shoppe Denver
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Kate Kavanaugh, who owns Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe in Denver, breaking down a rack of beef ribs, separating rib-eyes from rib plates.
At Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe in Denver, Kate Kavanaugh trimmed the sinew from a deep-red hunk of beef the size of a bed pillow.

"Flatiron steak is the second-most tender muscle in a steer's body," she said, focused on her knife work. "This guy sits on the scapula, and I love it because it has beautiful lacy fat."

After the meat was cut down into several smaller steaks, she wrapped one up, grabbed a couple of tallow cubes molded into the shapes of "Star Wars" characters, and headed to a nearby kitchen to cook us some lunch.

Comment: It's great to see vegetarians and vegans, with a rightful sense of disgust at the way conventional meat is produced, turn that emotional energy into positive action. Rather than try to opt out of the system entirely, an impossible task vegans and vegetarians fool themselves into believing, they are working from the inside to change the system for the better.

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Broadcaster Michael Buerk suggests NHS could save money by letting obese people die early as a 'selfless sacrifice'

Michael Buerk
Michael Buerk has claimed the obese should be allowed to die an early death in order to save the NHS money.

The 73-year-old broadcaster said people should be free to overindulge and, if they die, they should be seen as weak rather than medically ill.

'The obese will die a decade earlier than the rest of us,' he wrote in Radio Times. 'See it as a selfless sacrifice in the fight against demographic imbalance, overpopulation and climate change.'

Comment: Buerk is basically taking the hard line, that obesity is entirely caused by habits, and that people should be held entirely responsible for their condition. This isn't true, of course. There are many contributing factors to obesity, including the microbiome, genetics, government dietary guidelines and other dietary factors, hormones, how much screen time one has, how in sync one is with their circadian biology, and even exposure to environmental pollutants. So the idea that the obese are "eating too much" is far too simplistic. It's rarely an issue of gluttony.

Considering how all these multiple factors are combining to cause the crisis we're currently seeing, just 'letting them die' hardly seems like a viable solution. There are likely very few people who want to be overweight and unhealthy, but even fewer seem to have the access to information about taking positive steps to overcome the problem. So while one's weight is, at least partially, within one's control, having the right information, the ability to experiment and the will to make major lifestyle changes make the whole thing a rather sticky situation. Buerk should probably keep his simplistic, misinformed and outdated opinions to himself.

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Monsanto owner Bayer to potentially become involved with vegan meat production

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Pharmaceutical giant Bayer, which owns Monsanto, has said that it is closely watching the plant-based meat market, and that it could potentially enter the market as an alt protein producer.

According to Reuters, Bayer's head of research and development, Bob Reiter, made comments during an investor meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, when questioned by analyst about the impact of the rise of plant-based meat upon Bayer's business.

"They are sourcing different types of crops and that also could create opportunity for us, being a company that is a plant-breeding company," said Reiter, who works for Bayer's crop science division.

Comment: They're not looking to align themselves with veganism, and certainly not "environmental concern". They're seeing a lucrative market they have the potential to dominate. With the money they're losing in Roundup settlements, it little wonder Bayer is looking to branch out in other evil directions.

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The fundamental link between body weight and the immune system

© Edgar Su / Reuters
Inflammation plays a critical role in determining how we digest food, and it's only now starting to reveal itself.

It's simple: Eat less.

Sometimes combined with the directive move more, this mantra has a clear point. If you can't lose weight, you are either stupid or lazy — or, probably, both. See also: Calories in, calories out.

But if things were that simple, diets would work. Middle-aged people would not suddenly start gaining weight despite eating and moving similarly year after year. No one would have to endure the presence of that one friend with the "fast metabolism" who can eat anything he wants. And who, even though he knows you're on a diet, says through his overstuffed mouth, "I couldn't even gain weight if I tried."

Comment: That the microbiome can account for how much weight an individual holds onto is unsurprising given the number of properties now thought to be at least partially regulated by the bacteria in our guts. Maintaining a healthy gut biome seems to be as important as almost any other diet or lifestyle factor in staying healthy.

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'Significant' new medical procedure could delay menopause by 20 years

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A new medical procedure that claims to delay menopause by up to 20 years in some women has been launched in the UK.

During the procedure, which is currently being offered by Birmingham-based firm ProFam, a small piece of ovarian tissue is removed and then frozen at minus 150 degrees Celsius. The tissue is then re-implanted back into the woman's body when she reaches menopause, at which time it can restore the woman's pre-menopause hormone levels.

In addition to prolonging a woman's fertility period, the procedure could delay common menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression and even osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak and brittle.

The procedure currently costs between $8,500 and $13,374.

Comment: It's likely that interfering with the natural processes of life could bring with it significant complications:


Wisconsin officials urge people to stop vaping after sudden rise in lung disease

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More people hospitalized with serious lung problems linked to vaping have been found.
It was thought to be the healthy alternative to cigarettes. But it turns out that vaping is creating a sudden and mysterious rise in lung diseases. At least in Wisconsin, USA.

Since June 2019, an increasing number of teens and young adults have been hospitalized with serious lung problems - shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, and weight loss - linked to vaping in Wisconsin.

In total, 11 cases have been identified, including a cluster of eight, and the state's disease detectives are looking into seven other possible cases.

Comment: Considering the chemical constituents included in vaping products, it's no real surprise that it's being tied to lung disease. Those people would, no doubt, be much better off smoking actual cigarettes.