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Something's fishy here: Farmed salmon contaminated with toxic flame retardants

salmon farm
Fish are an important part of the ecosystem and the human diet. Unfortunately, overfishing has depleted many fish stocks, and the proposed solution - fish farming - is creating far more problems than it solves. Not only are fish farms polluting the aquatic environment and spreading disease to wild fish, farmed fish are also an inferior food source, in part by providing fewer healthy nutrients; and in part by containing more toxins, which readily accumulate in fat.

Farmed Salmon = Most Toxic Food in the World

Salmon is perhaps the most prominent example of how fish farming has led us astray. Food testing reveals farmed salmon is one of the most toxic foods in the world, having more in common with junk food than health food.1 Studies highlighting the seriousness of the problem include:

Comment: What the human race has done to our lakes and oceans is tragic and it's not surprising that it's coming back to bite us. Despite the health benefits of fish consumption, the levels of toxicity are leading many to question whether or not it's worth the risk.

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Evil Rays

Is your mobile phone destroying your digestive system? On EMF-Microbiome interaction

gut bacteria
© University of Minnesota
The detrimental effects that non-native electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) have on the cells of the human body are well-documented. The radiofrequency EMFs emitted from mobile devices, computers and wifi routers have been associated with a wide range of illnesses, including brain cancers and neuropsychiatric disorders. Upon exposure to this radiation, our cells begin to flood with calcium ions and become excited - sometimes to the point of burnout and eventual death.

Considering these human effects, it would be safe to assume that EMFs also influence the homeostasis of bacterial cells. And with all of the cutting-edge research coming out about the importance of the microbiome and host-bacteria relationships for maintaining health, it would be wise to examine some of the established effects.

Alarm Clock

Eleven babies die after Dutch women given Viagra in drug trial

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Nearly a dozen babies died during a trial where their mothers were given Viagra during their pregnancy.
Research halted as 10 to 15 other participants wait to see if their children affected

The death of 11 babies born to women who were given Viagra during a drug trial has led to the termination of the experiment - and an anxious wait for other mothers involved.

The trial was designed to test whether sildenafil, a medication sold under the brand name Viagra, could help boost babies' growth in the womb.

The research was carried out at 10 hospitals across the Netherlands and involved women whose placentas had been underperforming.

Viagra, which dilates the blood vessels, is used for erectile dysfunction in men and is prescribed for people with high blood pressure. The hope, backed up by experimental research on rats, had been that the drug would encourage a better flow of blood through the placenta, promoting the growth of the child.

The women taking part in the trial all had unborn babies whose growth had been severely limited in the womb. The children's prognosis, given a lack of available therapy, was regarded as poor as a result.

The trial was terminated last week when an independent committee overseeing the research discovered that more babies than expected were being born with lung problems.

In total, 93 women were given the drug as part of the trial, led by Amsterdam University Medical Centre. Seventeen babies developed lung problems, and 11 have since died. A further eight babies in the trial died of unrelated conditions.


Dutch medical trial testing Viagra on pregnant women halted after deaths of 11 infants

Viagra medical trial pregnancy
© Mark Blinch / Reuters
An interim analysis by Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, showed that sildenafil may be detrimental to the baby after birth. The chance of a disease of the blood vessels of the lungs appears to be greater and the chance of death after birth seems to have increased.
A Dutch medical trial has been halted after the deaths of 11 babies whose mothers were given Viagra as part of a study aimed at helping unborn infants grow.

The research, led by Amsterdam University Medical Center, focused on improving the flow of blood through the placentas of 93 pregnant women. Since the trial ended, some 17 babies have developed lung problems and 11 have died, leading to fears that babies suffered fatal effects from the medication. Between 10-15 women are now waiting to hear if their child was also affected.

"We wanted to show that this is an effective way to promote the growth of the baby. But the opposite happened. I am shocked. The last thing you want is to harm patients," gynecologist and leader of the research Wessel Ganzevoort told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.

Ganzevoort said her team have notified a group of Canadian researchers carrying out a similar study to warn them of the results. That research has now been temporarily stopped, she said.


Outrage in China at vaccines firm that faked documents relating to child rabies

vaccinated child
© AP
A vaccine scandal in China, which has prompted angry reactions from citizens fed up with safety scares, is sending ripples across the local drug market and threatening Chinese ambitions to play a larger role in the global pharmaceutical space.

Shares in Chinese vaccine makers and biotech firms fell across the board on Monday after Premier Li Keqiang slammed Changsheng Biotechnology Co for having crossed a moral red line and called for swift action.

Changsheng has been found to have faked production documents related to a rabies vaccine that is given to babies as young as three months, underscoring the difficulties China faces in cleaning up the image of the world's second-biggest drug industry as it aims to promote its vaccines globally.

While there have been no known reports of people being harmed by the vaccine, the regulator ordered Changsheng to halt production and recall the product after the scandal emerged earlier this month.


Terminally ill groundskeeper to testify in Roundup cancer trial

Dewayne Johnson monsanto cancer roundup
© Agence France-Presse / Josh Edelson/ File
Californian groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson -- seen in this file photo -- is to testify July 23, 2018 before the jury on whether a Monsanto weed killer is to blame for his terminal cancer
A California groundskeeper dying of cancer is slated to testify Monday before jurors hearing evidence in his lawsuit blaming Monsanto weed killer Roundup for his terminal illness.

The first-of-its-kind trial pitting 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson against the agrichemical colossus is expected to last into August.

"For the past 40 years, Monsanto has known the primary ingredient in Roundup can produce tumors in lab animals," Johnson's attorney Brent Wisner said during opening remarks to jurors.

California law calls for products containing chemicals known to cause cancer to have warning labels.

Comment: Monsanto is such an evil company, when Bayer bought it, they buried the name because of its horrendous reputation. But Bayer just put a new trademark on its psychopathic activities.


In first recorded incident, a female Ebola survivor passes infection onto others one year later

Ebola infection in Foya, Liberia
© Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times
A health worker takes a blood sample from a man suspected of Ebola infection in Foya, Liberia, on Dec. 16, 2014. The virus was previously thought to be spread only by male survivors, as it can persist in semen for two years.
For the first time, scientists have found evidence that a woman can harbor the Ebola virus for more than a year and then infect others.

The discovery involved transmission within a Liberian family in the closing days of the West African epidemic that lasted from December 2014 to mid-2016. More than 28,600 people were infected and 11,325 died.

The episode raises new medical questions: Scientists do not know how the virus hid inside the woman for 13 months before re-emerging in lethal form.

However, because she fell ill soon after giving birth, experts believe the immune suppression that normally occurs in pregnancy may have triggered a relapse.


Life Preserver

The vital nutrition of breast milk offers lifelong health benefits and needs to be better promoted

Breast Feeding
© Joe Magee
‘We have completely ignored the importance of breast milk for decades, moving toward an industrialized way of feeding babies: infant formula.’

Mother's milk has many well-established advantages over infant formula but it also boosts the immune system and may prepare babies to prefer a healthy diet

There's a simple reason we have missed the critical importance of breast milk for lifelong health. "It's because science has been completely focused on the diseases of rich, middle-aged white men" says the UC Davis professor and researcher Dr Bruce German. Heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure - these are the ailments that science has been focused on treating since the 1950s.

Comment: Way to inject a social justice narrative into an important discussion. White men aren't the enemy here, and you're not going to further your cause going to war against them.

Around that same time, infant formula became readily available and doctors and hospitals began recommending it widely. It was seen as an advance that went largely unquestioned in mainstream culture and society. The idea that formula was comparable to breast milk persisted for decades, and it wasn't until the 1980s that it came under intense public scrutiny when it was revealed that after aggressive marketing to women in poor countries, Nestlé infant formula was responsible for the deaths of 66,000 babies when formula was mixed with contaminated water.

Comment: Despite the race-baiting, the above article is a good illustration of the vital importance of breast feeding for the future health of infants. The idea that this would be up for debate in 2018 is enough to make one lose all faith in humanity.

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Life Preserver

Nature's pharmacy: Herbal and food-based alternatives to antibiotics that could save your life

herbal medicine
Using herbal medicines in nature help you to save your life when you are in danger. You should recognize the plant and its characteristics.

Plants, food, and herbal tinctures have been used as natural antibiotics to treat illness and disease for centuries. Then Big Pharma swept the nation. But with the advancement of Western medicine and pharmaceutical drugs, it's easy to forget how effective ancient healing remedies and natural antibiotics can still be.

Now, I should mention: as much as I believe in taking a natural approach to healing, I also believe there's a time and place for using over-the-counter drugs. But there are a few valid concerns that come with using pharmaceuticals.

First off, antibiotics are only effective as a "band-aid solution." Pharmaceutical drugs can be powerful for getting rid of pesky symptoms, but they fail to consider why an illness is there in the first place. This failing leaves you at greater risk for developing the same health problem over and over again.

The easy accessibility of antibiotics can also cause you to rely too heavily on OTC prescriptions when something goes wrong with your health-rather than focusing on disease prevention through proper nutrition, exercise, and stress management.


Protect your pets: Grain-free kibble may put dogs at risk for heart disease

Grain free kibble heart disease dogs

Feeding grain-free/low-protein kibble to large dogs, especially predisposed breeds, increases their risk for taurine deficiency-related DCM.
Thirty years ago, researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis discovered the link between taurine deficiency and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a heart muscle disease in cats.1 According to Morris Animal Foundation, "The veterinary community was stunned" by this news, in part because the UC-Davis researchers were able to prove that DCM was reversible when cats received the amount of taurine they needed in their diet.2

Of course, most holistic veterinarians and others knowledgeable about veterinary nutrition and who understand the link between diet and disease weren't surprised. Taurine, which is an amino acid, is found in meat, and cats, as meat-eating obligate carnivores, haven't developed the ability to make their own taurine.

This means it's an essential amino acid for cats - they must get it from their diet, and 30 years ago when UC-Davis veterinarians made their discovery, we were well into the age of processed pet food, having made cats (and dogs) almost entirely dependent on humans for their nutrition.

Pet food formulators often guessed at the effects of extensive processing on nutrients. This is especially true for pet food (feed) that blends leftover pieces and parts from the human meat processing industry with other sources of questionable nutrients before they are rendered and cooked at high temperatures, depleting the nutrients that existed before processing, as well as altering the chemical composition of ingredients (and often creating toxic byproducts along the way).

Comment: More tips for improving your pet's health and well-being: