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Don't let vegetarian environmentalists shame you for eating meat. Science is on your side

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Curious cows on a meadow in Raisting, southern Germany.
Around the world, we're being told to stop eating meat. Headlines, think tanks and activists all ask us to change our diet to combat climate change.

The Washington D.C.-based World Resource Institute suggests that resource management will require Americans to cut their average consumption of beef by about 40%, and scientists from Manchester University just claimed that "a typical summer barbecue for four people releases more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than an 80 mile car journey." One of the professors points out that "the production of a 100g medium-sized beef burger releases enough greenhouses gases to fill more than 60 balloons."

The scientists propose a solution: we all need to replace our burgers with "veggie sausages," swap the cheese for half an onion and replace the butter with "vegetable spread". Voila: half the emissions.

Comment: You know an ideology is bad when even members of the elite class (vegetarians) are telling you you've got it all wrong. The carbon model of climate change is a farce and the vegan solutions offered are nothing more than gas-lighting. And the pipe-dream of renewable energy wrong on so many levels it ultimately makes things much much worse.

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Biohazard

Man dies from flesh-eating bacteria he contracted on fishing boat

Vibrio Vulnificus

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A 78-year-old man in Texas managed to contract a flesh-eating bacteria while he was out on a boat fishing — with no visible open wounds or compromised immune system — and was dead less than two weeks later, his daughter says.

"I'm still a little shocked and in disbelief," explained Kim Sebek, daughter of San Marcos resident Jerry Sebek, who died on June 25.

"Dad was a wonderful family man who loved to hunt and fish and do things out in the water," she told mySA.com. "We've been coming here (Turtle Bay) for years and this is just an unfortunate thing that happened."

According to Kim, Sebek never swam in the water and had no visible cuts on his body at the time.

Comment: Deadly water-borne infections appear to be on the rise but, as of yet, no acknowledgement or explanation for why this may be is forthcoming from the authorities:


Sun

Sunglasses increase risk of sunburn and skin cancer

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Sunglasses trick the brain into thinking it's dark and prevent it from producing a hormone that protects against sunburn, according to new research.

Emerging research is illuminating the dark side of wearing sunshades.

Sunglasses block UV light from entering the pineal gland through the optic nerves in the eyes.

This prevents the brain from sending the signal to the pituitary gland to produce melanin, the pigment that tans the skin and protects it from burning.

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Pills

Study: Millions should stop taking aspirin for heart health

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This Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 file photo shows an arrangement of aspirin pills in New York. A new study suggests millions of people need to rethink their use of aspirin to prevent a heart attack. If you've already had a heart attack, doctors recommend taking a low-dose aspirin a day to prevent a second one. But if you don't yet have heart disease, doctors now advise routine aspirin can do more harm than good.
Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported Monday.

A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke and for those diagnosed with heart disease.

But for the otherwise healthy, that advice has been overturned. Guidelines released this year ruled out routine aspirin use for many older adults who don't already have heart disease — and said it's only for certain younger people under doctor's orders.

Biohazard

UK experts point out 'serious flaws' in European Food Authority review of aspartame as safe for consumers

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Experts now have reason to doubt the safety of an artificial sweetener. They are claimed to be calorie-free sugar alternative but in fact, maybe 200 times sweeter.

The artificial sweetener is used in thousands of products including big brands. The experts have cast serious doubts and have safety questions. They have enough evidence that this alternative causes neurological harm.

The aspartame, an artificial sweetener is used in everything these days with a label "Calorie Free" and "Sugar-Free" for health-conscious people. This may be causing more harm than giving any health benefits.

Comment: Experts have long doubted the safety of aspartame. It is the non-experts who accept phony studies about aspartame safety that have allowed this poison to pass as consumable.


Health

A deadly, drug-resistant fungus could be the first infection spread by climate change

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Three years ago, US health officials warned hundreds of thousands of clinicians in hospitals around the country to be on the lookout for a new, quickly spreading and highly drug-resistant type of yeast that was causing potentially fatal infections in hospitalized patients around the world.

Candida auris has become a serious global health threat since it was identified a decade ago, especially for patients with compromised immune systems.

It has been reported in more than 30 countries and is probably more widespread than that because the organism is hard to identify without specialized laboratory methods.

It is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs, and can spread between patients in hospitals and other health-care facilities and cause outbreaks. The fungus can lead to infections of the bloodstream, heart or brain, and early studies estimate that it is fatal in 30 to 60 percent of patients.

Biohazard

Glyphosate is being inserted into your proteins — by mistake

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Nothing incites anger and fear in us quite like the thought that we are being slowly poisoned by toxins in our food and water. From endocrine disrupting chemicals in everyday household products to lead in drinking water, it seems that we are increasingly at risk of developing diseases by things that we often have no control over.

And glyphosate is no exception.

The reports of harmful effects of glyphosate are exploding — within the medical and scientific community as well as the general public. At a time when bee populations are already declining, a recent study reported that glyphosate perturbs gut bacteria of bees, making them susceptible to infection.1

But how exactly does this highly controversial chemical affect humans? Glyphosate toxicity is a topic I've written about numerous times. This time we'll talk specifically about the various ways glyphosate exposure could lead to devastating health consequences, one of which includes pretending to be glycine, an amino acid that is crucial for protein synthesis.

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Red Flag

Feces & flesh-eating bacteria: Study reveals shocking levels of contamination at America's beaches

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Americans may want to think twice before that next summer swim. Many of the country's idyllic beaches conceal a filthy secret below the sand and waves: dangerous levels of bacteria that put thousands of bathers at risk every year.

In a recently published study conducted by the Environment America Research and Policy Center, researchers found that the water at beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states contained concentrations of bacteria well in excess of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards - including the harmful organisms that inhabit human feces - which they said could sicken millions of beachgoers annually.

"It's hard to believe that 47 years after we passed the Clean Water Act that we are still concerned with poop in the water when people want to go swimming," John Rumpler, clean water program director for the center, told USA Today.

Health

Panic attacks and anxiety episodes may be linked to vitamin deficiencies

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With approximately 40 million adults across the United States experiencing anxiety each year, scientists and researchers have dedicated their careers to trying to better understand this condition. Despite this work, we are still somewhat unclear on what actually causes this condition to occur.

Characterized by feelings of nervousness and restlessness, increased heart rate, hyperventilation, sweating, trembling, difficulty concentrating and uncontrolled worry, it has the ability to impact every area of one's life. There are many theories regarding the root cause of the condition, including genetics, brain chemistry, environmental factors or other medical factors and/or disease, however, nothing has been proven definitively. Instead, the scientific community continues to explore these leads further in the hope of an answer.

One small study out of Japan may provide an important insight into the connection between nutritional deficiencies and mental health, revealing that low levels of vitamin B6 and iron may actually trigger the chemical changes in the brain responsible for panic attacks, hyperventilation and other forms of anxiety.

Comment: Nutritional deficiencies could be fueling your anxiety


Info

From vaccines to statins: Dr. David Brownstein replies to fake news in JAMA Cardiology

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An article (jamacardiology_navar_2019_vp_190009) in the June, 2019 edition of JAMA Cardiology was titled, "Fear-Based Medical Misinformation and Disease Prevention: From Vaccines to Statins. In this article,[i] the author states "fake medical news" as the reason that patients are exhibiting hesitancy about utilizing statins and vaccines.

The author correctly points out that in 1963, before the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine was licensed, there were 3-4 million people who contracted measles each year. The immunization campaign which utilizes the MMR vaccine has decreased the incidence of measles. The author blames vaccine refusers for fueling outbreaks of measles. Yes, the recent outbreak in measles has been primarily in the unvaccinated population. However, mandating that every child receive the MMR does not guarantee a measles-free population. China continues to have measles outbreaks even though Chinese children are the most vaccinated in the world--over 99% of Chinese children are fully vaccinated for measles.[ii] Furthermore, there has been a rash of mumps outbreaks across the US since 2006-all in fully vaccinated populations.[iii] In 2015-2016, 453 cases of mumps were recorded with 98% being fully vaccinated. In fact, from 2016-2017, there have been over 9,200 cases of mumps in the US, mostly from fully vaccinated people.

Comment: Cardiology experts: Statins MUST be avoided at all costs!