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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:48 UTC
Are Childhood Infections a Good Thing? In her paper, she explained that the reason we vaccinate children for a variety of childhood diseases is because we have been told that these diseases are dangerous and can kill them.
She examined the statistics from the Office for National Statistics, showing that 95% of the people who died from measles, had stopped dying before the vaccine was introduced in 1968. Similarly, 99% of the people who died from whooping cough stopped dying prior to the introduction of that vaccine.
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:14 UTC
Comment: Giving permission for your child to leave school is not the same as giving permission to inject your child with hormone altering implants.
Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:44 UTC
WHO recently followed up on this frightening assessment with a new report presenting 13 "global priority bacteria", including MRSA. It suggests we need to prioritise research on these bacteria because they cause major levels of disease and mortality.
So, what is being done? Well, the pharmaceutical industry has not discovered a major new class of antibiotics since 1987 and it has little incentive to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to develop novel drugs. This is because whatever drugs they come up with will most likely be shelved until no other drug can treat a specific infection. Also, most infections are not chronic in nature and treatment only lasts ten days or so, which drastically reduces sales and return on the investments. Finally, once the new drug is being used, we know from experience that bacteria are inevitably going to become resistant to it quickly, making the antibiotic useless. This drastically confines the market size and profitability of new antibiotics.
Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00 UTC
The numbers have prompted many epidemiologists to caution in recent years that the increase in cases is really just a matter of doctors catching more cases. This includes cases that are slow-growing and that would be unlikely to cause symptoms that affect a person's life. Doctors refer to the diagnosis of cases like this as the "overdiagnosis" of a condition.
But in the new analysis, scientists argued that the alarming rise isn't just due to improvements in detecting thyroid cancer. [10 Do's and Don'ts to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer]
"While overdiagnosis may be an important component to this observed epidemic, it clearly does not explain the whole story," said Dr. Julie Sosa, one of the authors of the new study and the chief of endocrine surgery at Duke University in North Carolina.
Sosa, along with epidemiologists at the National Cancer Institute, acknowledged in their new study that better tools — from diagnostic ultrasound to fine-needle biopsies — have improved doctors' ability to detect thyroid cancers. But the study, published today (March 31) in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), said that thyroid cancer is a real, growing threat, as shown by the increasing cases of a type of thyroid cancer called advanced stage papillary thyroid cancer, along with a steady rise in deaths from the disease.
Comment: See also:
- Californians experiencing above average rates of advanced thyroid cancer
- The invisible epidemic: Radiation and the rising rates of thyroid cancer
- 16 new child thyroid cancer cases confirmed by Fukushima medical survey
- Japan govt recognizes 1st thyroid cancer case as Fukushima-related, worker won right to work-related compensation
- Iodine deficiency linked to thyroid and breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, infertility, obesity, mental retardation & halide toxemia
The petition dates back to September 2007, when the Pesticide Action Network North America and the Natural Resources Defense Council requested a ban of the common pesticide based on concerns over its toxicity.The petitioners, some scientists and environmental groups claim that chlorpyrifos can harm children's developing brains and nervous systems. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, exposure to chlorpyrifos can cause a range of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, seizures and paralysis.
But some scientists and the US Department of Agriculture argue that chlorpyrifos is not harmful at exposure levels upheld by the EPA.
Comment: Ummm...wonder why the EPA did not respond to requests for comment?!
The EPA has already banned chlorpyrifos near homes, schools, and gardens.
Chlorpyrifos was eliminated from homes, schools, day care facilities, parks, hospitals, nursing homes, and malls—in 2000. But the EPA permitted continued use of chlorpyrifos in agricultural areas. "This pesticide was removed from home uses ... because EPA recognized the dangers to children at that point, but the uses in agriculture were still allowed," says Veena Singla, an NRDC staff scientist based in San Francisco, California.
She points out that the EPA's own assessment says that risks for farmworkers can't be mitigated by anything short of stopping its use. The EPA's revised human health risk assessment [PDF, see page 12], released last December, found some risks to farmworkers who mix and apply chlorpyrifos products to crops. The assessment also indicated that when chlorpyrifos is applied in high amounts in small watersheds, there are potential risks to drinking water.
Sun, 02 Apr 2017 15:55 UTC
Sadly, as the National Diet and Nutrition Survey found, what you're really doing is giving your children a huge sugar load while sending them on their way: half of their daily intake on average. There's a reason that the World Health Organisation and the United States Department of Agriculture have provided upper limits of sugar - because dietary sugar fries your kids' liver and brain; just like alcohol.
Alcohol provides calories (7kcal/g), but not nutrition. There's no biochemical reaction that requires it. When consumed chronically and in high dose, alcohol is toxic, unrelated to its calories or effects on weight. Not everyone who is exposed gets addicted, but enough do to warrant taxation and restriction of access, especially to children. Clearly, alcohol is not a food - it's a dangerous drug, because it's both toxic and abused.
Comment: Bacon and eggs!
For example, research shows that foot conditions like hallux vagus (HV, a common forefoot deformity in older people commonly referred to as "bunions") was directly associated with marked decreases in quality of life. Foot pain, reduced foot function, lowered social capacity, and even degraded general health. That sort of thing.
But that's just one foot condition, right? Yes...and no. The picture of averages looks rather bleak.
A clinical assessment of 166 Hong Kong hospital outpatients over the age of 65 found that 70% of those patients had some sort of foot condition. In the U.S., things aren't much better. While surveys have shown extensive variability in reports of foot problems (anywhere between 30% and 95%), other research points to more dramatic prevalence of what I'd consider significant problems. Large-scale, random epidemiological studies aren't available without confounding factors that muddy the waters. Still, one extensive European study found that 78% of people over 65 suffered from kind of diagnosed foot issue. Even at the most conservative of estimates, that means a minimum of one third of all Americans over 65 will have some form of debilitating foot disorder. And the worst part? Many of the studies discovered that only a small percentage of these people actually report or complain about their foot problems. Apparently, for them it's just a fact of life.
But most of us here choose differently for ourselves. We prefer to challenge that fatalist "come what may" approach to aging. Feet shouldn't be an exception. In fact, given the statistics, they might well be a smart priority.
Comment: Helpful tips for the plight of the modern foot
- Go barefoot for a truly prehistoric health boost
- Earthing: Health Benefits from being Grounded
- The many benefits of earthing: Is the best medicine around right beneath our feet?
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:26 UTC
Today's fisheries are faced with a range of severe problems, from overfishing to chemical pollution and genetic mutation from toxic exposures. As noted by the producers of the film, "through intensive farming and global pollution, the flesh of the fish we eat has turned into a deadly chemical cocktail."1
Despite that, the fish business is booming, in part due to efforts to keep the dirty underbelly of modern fisheries from public sight.
Aquaculture promotes itself as a sustainable solution to overfishing. But in reality, fish farms actually cause more problems than they solve. There's really little difference, in terms of environmental pollution, between land-based feedlots and water-based ones.
Sat, 01 Apr 2017 20:57 UTC
It makes sense if you think about it, because every other species weans and then never drinks milk again for the rest of their lives. This is because they don't have the enzyme to break down sugar in milk. In this video, Katherine S. Pollard, PhD., from the University of California shares how during human evolution, some humans experienced a mutation in the LTC gene, the lactose gene, and that these are the mutations that allow us to process lactose as adults. We weren't born with this gene, we had to develop it.
Not only that, the animal industry alone kills billions of animals every single year, and that's just in America alone. Factory farming is causing extreme environmental degradation and excess of greenhouses gases. Another factor to consider is animal cruelty. This is a great little video done by Erin Janus, an animal and environmental activist who is raising awareness about multiple issues. In her video she brings up some great points about the modern day dairy industry.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:39 UTC
"We've spent years trying to figure out why this happened to me. I had no risk factors, no family connection with aneurysms. But I did take Cipro several times including one months long prescription. It was often prescribed by my physicians."Introduced in 1987, Cipro is a fluroquinolone antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of infections, including UTI and chronic prostatitis, some skin infections, respiratory tract, ear and joint infections. But it has a long record of serious side effects.
In 2008, the FDA issued a Black Box warning about an increased risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture, especially in the elderly. In 2013, the FDA warned about possible seizures and irreversible peripheral neuropathy. Headache, dizziness, and insomnia, tremor, anxiety, hallucination and suicide attempts were also reported.
Comment: Do your research, this antibiotic is not worth the risk of sudden death from an aortic aneurysm dissection. If you are prescribed fluoroquinolone antibiotics, urge your doctor to consider another option. See also:
- Another hit against fluoroquinolone antibiotics: Massive tooth damage.
- A bitter pill to swallow: Fluoroquinolone antibiotic
- The dangerous effects of FDA approved chemotherapy drugs masquerading as antibiotics
- Don't Take That Pill! -- The Ignored Risks of Fluoroquinolones
- Fluoroquinolones: The antibiotics from hell
- Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Linked To Severe Liver Damage
- Fluoroquinolone neuropathy feels like acid burning and electrocution