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Hydroelectric plants and methylmercury exposure

A new study has confirmed what many activists and environmental researchers have been stating for years. Hydroelectric power is not clean at all. In fact, Harvard University has found that over 90 percent of potential new hydroelectric projects will increase concentrations of the neurotoxin methylmercury in the food chain.

It's about 6% of the electricity in the United States, 15% in China (and climbing), 41% in Switzerland, 80% in Colombia, 96% in Ethiopia and Canada is forecasting 22 new hydroelectric reservoirs in the coming years.

Powered by flowing water, it's often lumped together with wind power, solar power, and biomass as renewable energy sources. But should hydropower really be considered a clean power source?

Hydropower is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions: a new study shows that the world's hydroelectric dams are responsible for as much methane emissions as Canada.

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The most-widely prescribed antibiotics and their side effects

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Chances are you've heard horror stories regarding prescription antibiotics not doing their job and sometimes even causing serious side effects. Today, in the face of a very real and threatening Antibiotic Resistance epidemic, antibiotics should be used only when absolutely necessary.

While they often act as lifesavers in the treatment of serious infections, like all drugs, they can have unwanted and serious side effects.

"We are realizing antibiotics are not completely harmless, and prescribing them is not a decision to be taken lightly," Dr Kieran Hand, consultant pharmacist at Southampton General Hospital and a spokesman for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society told the Daily Mail.

While not all antibiotics have long-lasting side effects, there are some that can actually cause permanent damage to the body. Here is a list of five of the most widely prescribed antibiotics with serious side effects.

Comment: FDA finally admits the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics:
Fluoroquinolones have fluoride as a central part of the drug. Fluoride is a known neurotoxin, and drugs with an attached fluoride molecule are able to penetrate into very sensitive tissues, including your brain.

The ability to cross the blood-brain barrier is what makes fluoride such a potent neurotoxin. Fluoride also disrupts collagen synthesis, and can damage your immune system by depleting energy reserves and inhibiting antibody formation in your blood.

According to Todd R. Plumb, M.D.1 - a physician and fluoroquinolone victim -fluoroquinolone toxicity appears to be functional, not structural, as structural abnormalities are not typically seen on the radiological studies of patients with fluoroquinolone toxicity. Based on the available research, he cites the following four possible mechanisms of harm by fluoroquinolones:
  • Inhibition or disruption of the central nervous system GABA receptors
  • Depletion of magnesium and disruption of cellular enzyme function
  • Disruption of mitochondrial function and energy production
  • Oxidative injury and cellular death


Dr. Bernadine Healy: The unanswered question of the link between vaccines & autism

“I don’t think you should ever turn your back on any scientific hypothesis because you’re afraid of what it might show.” — Bernadine Healy, MD, former director of the National Institutes of Health
The late Bernadine Healy, MD was an American cardiologist and internist. She was professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital and dean of Ohio State University Medical School. She was president and chief executive officer of the American Red Cross. She was health editor for the magazine U.S. News & World Report. She also served as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from Apr. 9, 1991 to June 30, 1993.1, 2

On May 12, 2008, Dr. Healy was interviewed on television by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News. The interview below focused on the possible link between autism and vaccines. The first time I saw the interview, I could feel my jaw dropping. After all the repeated confirmations, promises, and assurances by U.S. health authorities and the mainstream medical community that there is no causal connection between vaccines and the rising epidemic of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), there on video was a former director of NIH saying, "I think you can't say that. You can't say that."3

So, on the matter of whether vaccines may cause autism and ASD, Attkisson asked, "Do you feel the government was too quick to dismiss of hand that there was this possibility of a link between vaccines autism?"4


Big Soda's strategy to make us believe that it is all about calories

Coca-Cola loves to promote the Calories In/ Calories Out (CICO) model. As one of the leading purveyors of sugar sweetened beverages, it constitutes a significant portion of the added sugars in the American diet.

Do you remember the story of the Twinkie diet? In 2010, Mark Haub, a researcher at the Kansas State University achieved notoriety as a follower of the Twinkie diet. For 10 weeks, Haub ate a Twinkie every three hours instead of a regular meal. He also ate Doritos, Oreo cookies and sugary cereal. The catch was that he would only eat 1800 calories per day of some of the most fattening foods on the planet.

In those two months, he lost 27 pounds, his LDL cholesterol got better as did his triglycerides. This gained the attention of every mainstream media outlet, including CNN. This supported the view that it was all about the calories. You could eat whatever you wanted, but as long as you reduced calories, you could still lose weight.

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Life Preserver

How to use essential oil massage for cancer healing

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Since before the time of record keeping, essential oils have been used to support the body, mind, and spirit. Many ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks and Chinese highly prized essential oils, and valued them as sources of healing to include in their traditions of medicine.

These days the many beneficial properties of essential oils are best realized when utilized as an adjunct or supplement to other treatments for inflammation, and those that help heal from or prevent disease. Use essential oils in combination with a diet of healthy, real, natural foods that are chemical-, pesticide-, antibiotic-, and hormone-free.

The Dangers of Inflammation

One of the ways your body responds to stress is by creating inflammation, regardless to whether this is stress from your environment, lifestyle, or diet. The result will be an inflamed or heated area.

For example, catching a cold you are likely to incur a fever, which is a type of inflammation that your body uses to eradicate an invading virus. Of course, this is a beneficial and acute kind of inflammation. However, there is a modern-day epidemic that is destroying the balance of your body - chronic, low-grade inflammation.

You become more susceptible to disease and aging when your body is confronted with constant inflammatory response. Slowly, but surely, environmental and dietary toxins build up in your body, activating your immune system, keeping it on high alert, and hyper-reactive, all in a state of inflammation. Stress, chronic food allergies or sensitivities, and leaky gut are also sources of inflammation.

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Book 2

Incurable me: How Big Pharma is controlling your health

No one likes to be sick, or see others around them be sick. Depending on the severity of the illness, it can be an uncomfortable, sobering, and sometimes devastating occurrence. And in our modern day world, it seems we can't put anything on our skin or in our bodies, or even breathe the air around us, without reading about the dangers we face as a result.

With an ever-growing desire for profit and a greedy hold on scientific advancements, nature's cures seem a thing of the past — or at least that's what large pharmaceutical companies controlling our well-being would like us to believe.

Dr. Kenneth Stoller's book, Incurable Me, exposes some of medicine's biggest, and most protected, secrets, while bringing to light how profit and shareholders control medical practice.The Western world has largely abandoned ancient medicine, but some people are questioning the wisdom of this shift. Doctors, healers, and health enthusiasts, along with anyone skeptical of 'the system,' have begun returning to our healing roots and rediscovering nature's secrets. But why, if there are so many adverse side effects, and so much money thrown into big pharma's medicines, are people not overwhelmingly aware of their options?In Stoller's book, he discusses how the best evidence in medical research rarely makes its way into clinical practice because of the lack of profit it will bring. And when breakthrough studies present the facts that we need to step away from the grasp of big pharma, they are typically buried or altered because they conflict with powerful financial interests. And then there is the Centers for Disease Control, which one would like to believe has our best interest in mind. We all have one life, and one planet to live it on, so why not work together to learn the best ways to be and stay healthy, as well as combat sickness in times of need? Money is its own powerful and addictive drug that has swayed so many decisions, created so much controversy, and, undoubtedly, led to many deaths. Stoller notes the close ties between the Centers for Disease Control and big pharma, arguing that they hinder our health by limiting, altering, and hiding important research. Profit has become the bottom line and our health, necessarily, a casualty.

Comment: Monopoly medicine: How big pharma stops its competitors & monopolizes the health industry


Executive Order to achieve global vaccination agenda quietly signed by Obama

Last Friday, November 4th, Obama quietly signed an Executive Order titled Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda to Achieve a World Safe and Secure from Infectious Disease Threats.
"It is the policy of the United States to advance the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), which is a multi-faceted, multi-country initiative intended to accelerate partner countries' measurable capabilities to achieve specific targets to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats (GHSA targets), whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental."
So basically, the agenda is to push vaccines and normalize quarantine procedures across nations during outbreaks.

Comment: Media blackout as White House issues executive order giving broad powers to 'Global Health Security Agenda' for infectious disease threats

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Ditch sugary sodas for a good night's sleep

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The regular consumption of soda and other sweetened drinks may detonate a lack of sleep and problems with sleep, say American doctors in an article published in Sleep Health journal.

American doctors suppose that in this case, there is a positive feedback loop, in which the habit of consuming sugary drinks and refusing to sleep reinforce each other. That's why it's is very difficult for people to give up this addiction. They also revealed that it is possible to fight the epidemic of soda consumption, obesity and diabetes, improving the sleep of people.

Aric Prather, a California university assistant, and his colleagues have examined about 19 thousand people participating in the NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) program.

Doctors regularly tested the participants of the project. They examined their full health, asked questions about their diet, schedule and other details of their daily life.

Comment: A diet high in sugar can cause blood sugar swings. When these swings happen in the middle of the night it can disturb sleep.


Merck admits shingles vaccine Zostavax can cause eye damage & shingles

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Two important FDA approved changes to the warning label of Merck Pharmaceutical's shingles vaccine, Zostavax, have been made since the controversial drug was introduced in 2006. The first was in August 2014, when, in addition to potentially causing chickenpox, another side effect was added: shingles! That's right. The vaccine that had been - and continues to be - aggressively marketed to prevent seniors from contracting this excruciating condition was found to actually cause shingles in some individuals.

In February of this year, the FDA approved a label change to warn those who prescribe the Zostavax vaccine of another potential side effect: "Eye Disorders: necrotizing retinitis."

Vision Damage linked to Shingles Vaccine

This disorder, as well as keratitis, causes inflammation and scarring of the eye tissue and can lead to permanent vision loss if not treated quickly. It was reported by WebMD 20 individuals (children and adults) developed keratitis within a month of receiving a chickenpox or shingles vaccine. Keratitis symptoms for adults developed within 24 days of vaccination, while symptoms in children began within 14 days of vaccination.

Comment: Vitamin C, shingles, and vaccination
The pharmaceutical industry, and many doctors, appear to be making great efforts by to get as many people as possible vaccinated against shingles. Even if such an intervention was highly effective in preventing shingles, which certainly has not been shown to be the case, the information below should make it clear that such vaccinations are unnecessary. The side effects that would be suffered by a significant number of individuals need never occur in the first place. The real problem is that what is discussed below generates relatively little income for anybody in the healthcare industry. Regardless, you need to decide for yourself...
Treatment of Shingles with Vitamin C

The clinical response of shingles to vitamin C therapy is decidedly different from its response to traditional therapies. While there are not many reports in the literature on vitamin C and shingles, the studies that do exist are striking. Frederick Klenner, MD, who pioneered the effective use of vitamin C in a wide variety of infections and toxin exposures, published the results of his vitamin C therapy on eight patients with shingles. He gave 2,000 to 3,000 mg of vitamin C by injection every 12 hours, supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit juice by mouth every two hours. In seven of the eight patients treated in this manner, complete pain relief was reported within two hours of the first vitamin C injection. All patients received a total of five to seven vitamin C injections. Having had shingles myself years before I knew of the efficacy of vitamin C therapy, I can assert that this is nothing short of a stunning result on what is usually a painful and debilitating disease.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Connecting the Dots: Fighting the winter blues, mental health, and the coming vaccine season

Join us for another Connecting the Dots episode where we'll catch up on the most recent news and timely topics in the world of health.

Winter is coming and Seasonal Affective Disorder will descend upon millions of people in the Northern Hemisphere. What part does shifting light cycles, either natural or artificially enforced through daylight saving time, play in mood and circadian rhythms? How can the effects of waning daylight be mitigated?

Winter also means that flu season is upon us and if the CDC had its way we'd all be vaccinated. We'll check in with that mega-organization and their partners in crime -- Big Pharma and the FDA -- to see what mischief they've been up to most recently.

We'll also discuss Italy's first Veggie City, protein intake and the wonders of vitamin B12, the disturbing rise of anxiety and suicides in children and how to naturally increase mental well being.

Stay tuned, as always, for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where she connects the dots in animal health news.

Relevant links for the show:
Why Daylight Saving Time is bad for you
High schoolers create new light therapy device to treat seasonal affective disorder
CDC won't allow its own whistleblower to testify in vaccine-damage case
The toxic and flawed science behind flu vaccines
Miracle' drugs big pharma now regrets
A recipe for disaster? Turin, Italy's first 'vegetarian city'
Supplements accelerate benzodiazepine withdrawal: A case report and biochemical rationale
Six herbs that promote mental well-being
Running Time: 01:48:11

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