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That new study about noodles is nonsense

If you read or watch the news, by now you've probably seen headlines like this today:
Don't Skip the Spaghetti! New Study Says Pasta Not Fattening

Eating Pasta Does Not Cause Obesity, Italian Study Finds

Enjoy That Pasta Salad: Noodles Linked to Lower BMI

Pasta Doesn't Make You Gain Weight, Says Best Study Ever
Any time you see bold proclamations like these from news sources, be wary.

Be very wary.

Why, you ask? The headlines reference a study, so the information within those articles is probably trustworthy, right?

Well...it's far more complicated than that.

Pills

Pfizer finally admits that opioids are addictive

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It is no secret that opioids are addictive even when used as prescribed. That is why they were highly restricted until fairly recently. It is also no secret that there is no evidence of the long-term usefulness of opioids in chronic pain despite unethical Pharma marketing.

Now Pfizer, the second biggest drug company in the world, has agreed to add warnings to the dangerous drugs that cause as many as 60 deaths a day in the U.S. Pfizer will disclose that opioids "carry serious risk of addiction—even when used properly," says the Washington Post, and promises "not to promote opioids for unapproved, 'off-label' uses such as long-term back pain. The company also will acknowledge there is no good research on opioids' effectiveness beyond 12 weeks."

Comment: Now that Pfizer has admitted that opioids are addictive and essentially 'do not work' are they setting their sights on other money making schemes? "Cradle to Grave" vaccine schedule developed by Pfizer
It's no secret that vaccines are virtually unparalleled moneymakers for the pharmaceutical industry, and one of the biggest players, Pfizer, has reportedly set its sights on a "significant expansion" of its vaccine repertoire.

As reported by the New York Times, the company is taking steps to promote vaccines to be used "from cradle to grave, from shots for pregnant women to protect their babies from the moment of birth to vaccines for senior citizens with waning immune systems."

Few people know Pfizer is a business entity that actually merged with the former pharmaceutical division of Monsanto.



Eye 1

Mysterious eye disease strikes astronauts on long space journeys

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Astronaut John Phillips began experiencing eye problems during ISS Expedition 11, a six-month mission in 2005.
In 2005, astronaut John Phillips took a break from his work on the International Space Station and looked out the window at Earth.

He was about halfway through a mission that had begun in April and would end in October.

When he gazed down at the planet, the Earth was blurry. He couldn't focus on it clearly.

That was strange-he'd always had 20/20 vision. He wondered: was his eyesight getting worse?

"I'm not sure if I reported that to the ground," he said. "I think I didn't. I thought it would be something that would just go away, and fix itself when I got to Earth."

It didn't go away.

Comment: More on the health of astronauts in space:


Shopping Bag

Do you know what you eat? A common unlisted food additive may induce food allergies

What would you think if I told you that not all additives and preservatives are listed on food labels? You'd probably say I didn't know what I was talking about. Well, many chemicals used in food processing don't seem to make it into print on package labels! One is the synthetic preservative and antioxidant tert-butylhydroquionone (tBHQ) added to cooking oils, nuts, crackers, breads, waffles, fast and frozen foods.

TBHQ is a form of butane gas that's used in welding or portable gas stoves! According to FDA regulations, 0.02 percent of the total oils in a food can be tBHQ. It's used in unsaturated vegetable oils and some edible animal fats too. It also is used to 'protect' food with iron from discoloration. Frozen fish products have some of the highest concentrations of tBHQ.

Health

Why vitamin K2 is so important for bone and cardiovascular health

Your body is a complex organism, dependent upon the interactions and interrelationships of organs, enzymes, vitamins and hormones. Anytime you take a nutritional supplement, especially at high doses, you affect the balance of others.

For instance, if you take a zinc supplement, you must be wary of a copper imbalance in your body. These two nutrients balance each other, meaning you may suffer from either zinc or copper toxicity if they get out of balance.

The same is true for vitamins K and D. When the ratio between these two is not balanced, it can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke and heart attacks.

But vitamin supplements are not the only thing that can cause an imbalance. In a recent review, researchers found a link between medications used to lower cholesterol levels and treat type 2 diabetes and an inhibition of absorption of vitamin K from food.1

Comment: Further reading:


Mail

Soda politics: CDC executive resigns - caught colluding with Coca-Cola

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I've often written about the collusion between industry and our regulatory agencies, and how industry-funded research tends to simply support and promote the industry agenda rather than shed truthful light on the benefits or risks of any given product.

Recent media reports have now revealed devastating evidence showing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) executive aided a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence World Health Organization (WHO) officials to relax recommendations on sugar limits.1

In March 2015, WHO published a new sugar guideline that specifically targeted sugary beverages, calling them out as a primary cause for childhood obesity around the world, especially in developing nations, where the soda industry is now aggressively expanding its reach.

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Arizona measles outbreak blamed on anti-vaxxers working for private prison company


Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (C) and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer visit the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center in Nogales (AFP)
Arizona is in the midst of the largest current measles outbreak in the U.S. — and health officials are blaming unvaccinated workers at a federal immigration facility.

Officials have confirmed 22 cases of measles in the state since late May, and they all can be traced back to the Eloy detention center, a privately managed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility, reported the Associated Press.

The Pinal County health director said the outbreak probably started with a migrant, but all the detainees have since been vaccinated.

Comment: This story really begs the question: Is a forced vaccination agenda behind the measles hysteria?
The issue of mandating vaccines is being broadcast widely, almost as if we are dealing with a conspiracy of creating a crisis in order to justify squashing the anti-vaccine movement...

The medical journal, Clinical Infectious Diseases, published the finding that measles is often contracted and spread by those who have been vaccinated against it, and that "(1) MMR vaccines are not meaningfully effective and (2) those that choose not to be vaccinated pose no additional threat to those who choose to be." The LA Times confirmed that the measles vaccine doesn't stop people from getting measles:
Even those who get the shots have a small risk of getting ill, especially if immunized in the 1980s or earlier. As the measles outbreak that started at Disneyland grew to at least 70 cases Wednesday, much of the attention has focused on how the vast majority of patients were not vaccinated for the highly contagious disease.

But some medical experts also have expressed concern about the five patients who contracted measles despite being fully vaccinated.
More documentation on the 'measles hysteria' and how it is not anti-vaxxers who are spreading the disease


Fish

Do you consume enough healthy fats?

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Omega-3 fats — specifically EPA and DHA — are essential to your overall health, including your heart health.

A recent analysis of 19 studies confirms that regular consumption of fish and other omega-3 rich foods, including certain plant-based sources, may lower your risk of a fatal heart attack (myocardial infarction) by about 10 percent.1,2,3

Comment: Further reading:


Dollar

Cancer business: Advertising by U.S. cancer centers has tripled in past decade

Cancer centers promoting their services dramatically increased their advertising spending from 2005 to 2014, with the bulk of the spending by for-profit organizations, according to the results of a study.

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health reported that 890 cancer centers spent $173 million for advertising in 2014, and just 20 centers accounted for 86 percent of the spending.

One company, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a for-profit firm with a national network of five hospitals, spent $101.7 million, 59 percent of the total. In contrast, 25 of the nation's 60 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers spent no money on advertising, and of those that did, half spent less than $4,000, the authors said.

Of the 20 centers that accounted for the bulk of spending, five were for-profit institutions, 17 were Commission on Cancer-accredited and nine were NCI-designated centers.

Comment: The business of cancer is enriching the medical/pharma cartel while it causes untold suffering and financial hardship in those caught in the net of 'cancer care'.


Ambulance

Thanks Big Pharma for the Mitochondrial "collateral damage"

"Mitochondrial damage is now understood to play a role in a wide range of seemingly unrelated disorders such as schizophrenia, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Recently it has become known that iatrogenic (physician or treatment-caused) mitochondrial damage explains many adverse reactions from medications." - John Neustadt, MD and Steven Pieczenik, MD
"All classes of psychotropic drugs have been documented to damage mitochondria, as have statin medications, analgesics such as acetaminophen, and many others." - John Neustadt, MD and Steven Pieczenik, MD
Several years ago I attended a conference that was sponsored by the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF), an organization which seems to be a combination patient advocacy group and a funding organization for mitochondrial researchers.

The conference centered entirely upon the rare congenital/inherited forms of mitochondrial disorders that are first diagnosed in infancy and which comprise about 10 - 15 % of cases of known mitochondrial disorders.

Comment: Additional mechanisms underlying mitochondrial damage: