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'No need to panic': Mad cow disease found on farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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Inspectors work to establish source of fatal disease, which has not been seen in Scotland for a decade
More cows will need to be destroyed after a new case of BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease, was detected on a farm in Scotland.

Scotland's chief veterinary officer has insisted there is "no need to panic" after the disease was identified at the unnamed farm in Aberdeenshire.

A quarantine area has been put in place around the farm while inspectors work to establish the source of the fatal disease, known in full as Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.

Medical experts have stressed that the case poses no harm to human health. Any farmers with concerns have been advised to seek immediate veterinary advice.

Comment: It would appear that viruses and diseases are on the increase: For more on the possible causes, see: And check out SOTT radio's: The Health & Wellness Show: Syphilitic Superpower: The rise of STDs


Spain will overtake Japan in world's life expectancy ranking, US set to plunge to 64th by 2040

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Men on a bench in Malaga, Spain
Spain will overtake Japan's long-held position at the top of the world's life expectancy table by 2040, while the United States is set to take a big fall in rankings, new research finds.

People in Spain will live for 85.8 years on average, marginally edging out expected lifespans in Japan (85.7), Singapore (85.4) and Switzerland (85.2).

The United States will take the biggest drop in ranking of all high-income countries, falling from 43rd in 2016 to 64th by 2040, with an average life expectancy of 79.8.

The US will be overtaken by China, which rises 29 places to 39th in the table.

Americans will live only 1.1 years longer on average in 2040 compared to 2016, well below the average global rise of 4.4 years over that same period.

"Whether we see significant progress or stagnation depends on how well or poorly health systems address key health drivers," said Kyle Foreman, director of data science at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and lead author of the study.

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Jon Rappoport: Medical drugs - too big to fail

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© The Economist
As my readers know, I've reported on a number of scandals concerning the toxicity of medical drugs and vaccines, including shocking death numbers in the US.

These scandals are leaks from inside the National Security State.

If you visit Wikileaks, Cryptome, Public Intelligence, and other similar sites, how many purely medical documents do you find posted?

How many damaging leaks exposing the crimes of the medical cartel do you find?

Very, very few.


CDC says: Only 1.3 percent of children in the U.S. are unvaccinated

A random telephone survey conducted last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that only 1.3 percent of young children in the United States and U.S. territories in 2015 may be completely unvaccinated. The sample size of the annual 2017 National Immunization Survey-Child (NIS-Child) was 15,333 children between the ages of 19 and 35 months of age.1,2,3

CDC researchers stated, "Coverage remained high and stable overall, exceeding 90% for ≥3 doses of poliovirus vaccine, ≥1 dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), ≥3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine (HepB), and ≥1 dose of varicella vaccine. Although the proportion of children who received no vaccine doses by age 24 months was low, this proportion increased gradually from 0.9% for children born in 2011 to 1.3% for children born in 2015." They noted that, "Unvaccinated children in the 2017 NIS-Child were disproportionately uninsured: 17.2% of unvaccinated children were uninsured, compared with 2.8% of all children."

Comment: Harvard Immunologist: Unvaccinated children pose ZERO risk to anyone and here's why
Conclusion: Discrimination Against Unvaccinated Children Unnecessary

In summary
  1. due to the properties of modern vaccines, non-vaccinated individuals pose no greater risk of transmission of polio, diphtheria, pertussis, and numerous non-type b H. influenzae strains than vaccinated individuals do, non-vaccinated individuals pose virtually no danger of transmission of hepatitis B in a school setting, and tetanus is not transmissible at all;
  2. there is a significantly elevated risk of emergency room visits after childhood vaccination appointments attesting that vaccination is not risk-free;
  3. outbreaks of measles cannot be entirely prevented even if we had nearly perfect vaccination compliance; and
  4. an effective method of preventing measles and other viral diseases in vaccine-ineligible infants and the immunocompromised, immunoglobulin, is available for those who may be exposed to these diseases.


Why some people's allergies get worse in the fall

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While hay fever and allergies caused by trees are usually associated with springtime, seasonal allergies can also spike during the early fall months. Cool autumn air harbors irritants that can be just as unpleasant as pollen.

Allergens from trees and grasses float through the air in spring, summer and fall, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These particles can enter a person's nose, eyes, ears and mouth, triggering an allergic reaction.

"The most common fall allergy is ragweed, which pollinates from August 15 to early October through most of the United States and parts of Europe," said Dr. Jay M. Portnoy, chief of allergy, asthma and immunology at Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics in Kansas City, Mich. "It causes hayfever, with symptoms that include sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, itchy nose and itchy, watery eyes."


Medicinal herbs that might live in your backyard

Last summer, I was helping my mom garden some of the beds in the back of her house when we stumbled upon something that looked too amazing to be true. A gorgeous Reishi mushroom was growing on the stump of a hemlock tree underneath the fence between her and her neighbor's yard!

You know, Reishi, the "king of herbs" in Chinese medicine? Scientifically known as Ganoderma and believed by ancient Taoists to be a core ingredient in the elixir of everlasting life? Yup, right there in my mom's quaint little yard about 60 miles outside of New York City.

I had heard there were some great mushroom harvests to be had in the woods north of her home, but finding one in her shrubs was definitely unexpected.

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: Medicinal Herbs


Foods that sabotage your brain

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Could there be a food-based cure for schizophrenia, bipolar, and depressive disorders? It is my firm conviction that diet - both what it may be deficient in as well as its potential toxicity - can cause what we label as mental illness. In medical school, we learn about the mental repercussions of nutrient deficiencies such as Beriberi (thiamin), Pellagra (niacin), and B12-deficiency induced dementia. We know that minerals such as magnesium and zinc are critical cofactors for basic functions, and that fatty acids are essential in the support of cell membrane health.

I believe in a partnership with my patients; however, my most paternalistic mandate, as a psychiatrist, is that of a gluten and casein free dietary trial.


The healing benefits of fever

Fever is generally regarded as an enemy to be fought and defeated. The majority of patients and their families feel fear at the appearance of a fever, a fear that grows stronger with the intensity of the fever and faithfully follows its ups and downs. Peace of mind for the patient or the parent of a feverish child returns only when the fever has vanished.

Yet fever is an intentional action produced by the body to defend itself. Fever's beneficial nature has been emphasised by numerous health professionals.

Édouard Auber (1804-1873), an expert on the work of Hippocrates, states in his own Philosophie de la medicine, "Fever is one of the most powerful healing methods employed by nature."

Comment: Do Not Kill a Fever: Fever Kills Viruses


Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt

A new study looked at sea, rock, and lake salt sold around the world. Here's what you need to know.

Microplastics were found in sea salt several years ago. But how extensively plastic bits are spread throughout the most commonly used seasoning remained unclear. Now, new research shows microplastics in 90 percent of the table salt brands sampled worldwide.

Of 39 salt brands tested, 36 had microplastics in them, according to a new analysis by researchers in South Korea and Greenpeace East Asia. Using prior salt studies, this new effort is the first of its scale to look at the geographical spread of microplastics in table salt and their correlation to where plastic pollution is found in the environment.

Comment: Microplastics in your meal?


Flotation therapy and the benefits of silence

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If you've ever considered flotation therapy, you're not alone. In fact, this sensory deprivation technique is becoming more popular, and has benefits ranging from simple relaxation to recovery after a traumatic brain injury.

Most flotation tubs or tanks are about the size of a queen-sized bed and contain no more than 1 foot of water that has been supersaturated with 850 to 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt to 200 gallons of water.

According to Graham Talley, founder of Float On, which hosts an annual Float Conference, this makes the water "more buoyant than the Dead Sea."1 The water is heated to 93.5 degrees F., which is a normal skin surface temperature. Writing for Men's Health, Deanna Debara describes her experience:2
"Float devotees include celebrities like Steph Curry and Joe Rogan, who have promoted it as a post-workout recovery tool and a way to reduce muscle soreness.
Floating devotees claim that the therapy can be a cure-all for everything from hypertension to insomnia, but I was interested in trying it for one reason: to relax ... If there was anything out there that could help me loosen up and just chill, I was game ...
During the first few minutes of the float, I panicked ... It took everything in me not to feel around in the darkness to find the light ... But the longer I stayed in the tank, the more things started to slow down. My shoulders loosened up. My breathing deepened. My thoughts stopped racing ...
As time went on, I moved past relaxation and entered what I can only describe as an almost trance-like state; at times, I couldn't tell where my body ended and where the water began. I couldn't tell if my eyes were opened or closed, and I couldn't tell if I was awake or asleep. It was like meditating on steroids."

Comment: REST: The science behind sensory deprivation therapy