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The hidden dangers of going under

© Ashley Mackenzie
Two and a half years ago Susan Baker spent three hours under general anesthesia as surgeons fused several vertebrae in her spine. Everything went smoothly, and for the first six hours after her operation, Baker, then an 81-year-old professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was recovering well. That night, however, she hallucinated a fire raging through the hospital toward her room. Petrified, she repeatedly buzzed the nurses' station, pleading for help. The next day she was back to her usual self. "It was the most terrifying experience I have ever had," she says.

Baker's waking nightmare was a symptom of postoperative delirium, a state of serious confusion and memory loss that sometimes follows anesthesia. In addition to hallucinations, delirious patients may forget why they are in the hospital, have trouble responding to questions and speak in nonsensical sentences. Such bewilderment—which is far more severe than the temporary mental fog one might expect after any major operation that requires general anesthesia—usually resolves after a day or two.



Roundup Ready vaccines and the glyphosate-glycine connection

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention apparently have a lot of dried and smelly scientific egg yolk to scrape off their agency's face but, more so, from its credibility rating as a First World Health Agency!

The CDC dropped the ball more than big time when it did not advise health agencies around the globe that most of the vaccines produced in the USA have glyphosate in them—think Roundup, the supposedly 'safe' herbicide that Monsanto makes and sells globally.

What huge health problems the CDC and ALL public health agencies—federal, state and local—have created for every person on the face of the earth by mandating vaccines for newborns, infants, toddlers, teens, adults and senior citizens, and which other gullible countries' health agencies mechanically follow as correct!

Comment: More on glyphosate contaminated vaccines:


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.

Shingles is an infection resulting from the varicella zoster virus, usually manifesting in areas supplied by spinal nerves, known as dermatomes. More commonly known in medical circles as Herpes zoster, the infection is typically characterized by a blistering skin rash of extraordinary pain for most individuals. The initial infection with the virus is usually remote from the shingles outbreak, typically occurring in childhood when chickenpox is contracted. For years the virus remains latent in nerve cell bodies or autonomic ganglia. It is when the virus, for unclear reasons, breaks out of these storage sites and travels down the nerve axons that shingles occurs.

Left to itself along with mainstream therapies that include analgesics, antiviral agents like acyclovir, and corticosteroids, the rash will generally resolve in two to four weeks. The pain is generally lessened little by analgesics. Some unfortunate individuals can experience postherpetic neuralgia, a syndrome of residual nerve pain that can continue for months or years following a shingles outbreak.


'Vaccine safety is a concern' - Doctors disagree with charges against Dr. Bob Sears

© Michael Dietz
Dr. Robert Sears, M.D., speaking at a rally in Sacramento, California against SB-277, a law that bars California’s children from public school, private school, and daycare if they are not fully vaccinated according to state guidelines. Implemented in July, 2016, SB-277 has been extremely controversial. Parents say their children are being turned away from school despite proper documentation and doctors report being afraid to write medically indicated vaccine exemptions for fear of state reprisals.
On September 2, 2016, the Medical Board of California filed an accusation against Dr. Robert Sears, a Capistrano Beach pediatrician and author of several books, including a comprehensive guide to vaccines.

The Medical Board of California claimed Sears "was grossly negligent in his care and treatment of J.G., a minor, who he saw for six office visits between April 2014 and May 2015."

According the Medical Board, the first cause for discipline is that Sears did not follow the standard of care. The Board explains: "The standard of care requires that a physician evaluating a patient for possible reaction to vaccines obtain a detailed history of the vaccines previously received as well as the reaction/reactions that occurred. Based on that information the physician should provide an evidence-based recommendation for future immunizations."

Comment: Medical journalist Del Bigtree interviews pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears while touring the nation in the VaxXed bus. Dr. Bob Sears' concern: 'Informed consent and freedom to choose without penalties' - "No matter how much you like vaccines as a doctor don't you want that decision to be between you and your patient?"


China wants GMOs...the Chinese people don't.

The latest food safety scandal in China might be its most damaging. Earlier this week, a former doctoral student at one of the country's national testing centers for genetically modified organisms went public with allegations of scientific fraud, including claims that records were doctored extensively, that unqualified personnel were employed under illegal contracts and - most seriously - that authorities refused to take action when his concerns were aired privately.

On Wednesday, China's Ministry of Agriculture responded to a social media storm by suspending operations at the center.

That might take care of the current scandal, but the Chinese public's hostility toward GMOs won't go away so easily. Those concerns have only grown over the past decade as the government has increased its support of GMOs, including approval of the state-owned ChinaChem Group's $43 billion takeover offer for the Swiss seed giant Syngenta.

Comment: Grave error: China plans to become GMO giant
In November, China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) made a failed bid to buy the Swiss-based Syngenta, the world's largest crop chemical pesticide and herbicide producer with 19 percent of the world market. Syngenta is also one of the world's four giant GMO seed patent holders alongside Monsanto, DuPont and Dow, the "Four Horsemen of the GMO Apocalypse," as they are sometimes called. The takeover bid is no spur of the moment whim. It comes after Monsanto's takeover of Syngenta was rejected by the company earlier in 2015. On December 18, ChemChina revealed its seriousness when it made a second larger bid to take Syngenta and all its GMO and pesticide patents and production. The new offer, estimated worth $44 billion, would be the largest corporate takeover in China's history.

The actions of the Chinese leadership on this vital question of the future of the planet's food security are not owing to their ignorance of the issues of the GMO project. Around the time ChemChina launched its November bid for Syngenta, the Chinese government banned one the world's largest independent anti-GMO agriculture media sources, Sustainable Pulse. Though the ban was reportedly later lifted, it makes clear Beijing officials are very much aware of the issues around GMO. For more than twenty years since the US first commercialized GMO crops without independent health and safety testing by the US government, China has blocked development of GMO in China.


Castor oil: An old-time remedy useful for a wide range of ailments

Many of you are probably familiar with castor oil as the go-to concoction that old-time healers recommend for a wide range of ailments — from constipation to colds and fever, and even as treatment against parasitical worms.1 Castor oil is claimed to be one of the best remedies there is.

I have previously written about the mysteries — and potential health uses — of castor oil, and despite having minimal research backing up its potential medicinal effects, I do believe that there are notable benefits from using this versatile oil.

It's one of the most well-known natural remedies with a long enough history to at least warrant greater scientific exploration — nevertheless, a little careful at-home experimentation before using it wouldn't hurt.

The Uses of Castor Oil Date Back Centuries Ago

Castor oil is made by pressing the seeds of the castor plant (Ricinus communis), which is native to India, although it is now cultivated in Mediterranean countries such as Algeria, Egypt and Greece. In France, castor is grown as an ornamental plant because of its large and lovely foliage.2

Many ancient civilizations, including early Egyptians, Chinese and Persians, valued the castor plant for its many uses, such as fuel for lamps and as an ingredient in balms and ointments.

During the Middle Ages, the castor plant became well known in Europe for treating skin ailments. The Greek physician Dioscorides even described how to extract the oil from the plant, but warned that the seeds should be used externally only as they are "extremely purgative."3

Comment: What does science say about the topical use of castor oil?

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US's largest pharma lobby is extending their tentacles into Canadian healthcare

© Council of Canadians
Sponsors of the summit, titled “A New Health Accord for All Canadians" include a who’s who of the petrochemical, health insurance, banking and pharmaceutical lobby.
Over the past two days a major health care summit has occurred in Ottawa at the Chateau Laurier Hotel. The summit, titled "A New Health Accord for All Canadians," is a partnership between the Canada 2020 think tank and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). This summit featured variety of stakeholders and speakers including senator Chantal Peticlerc, Dr. Granger Avery the president of the CMA, Dr. Gaétan Barrette the Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services, and Dr. Jane Philpott Canada's Minister of Health. This summit comes at a pivotal point in the history of medicare with a new health accord being negotiated in coming months and an urgent need for national pharmacare (among many pressing topics).

So it comes as some surprise that when looking at this premier health summit the sponsors include a who's who of the petrochemical, health insurance, banking and pharmaceutical lobby (colloquially big pharma). In particular, one of the sponsors listed is the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the largest US pharmaceutical lobby group. When we say big pharma, this is generally who is referred to. For a think tank that calls itself independent, this seems like a conflict of interest. This isn't to say that there were not independent speakers or important topics that were covered over the two days, but it points to a worrying trend of American corporate interests further creeping into our medicare (not to mention the negative relationship between pharmaceutical promotion and quality, quantity, and cost of physicians' prescribing). When one of the founders of Canada 2020 was questioned about this on twitter, his response to a fair question was pejorative (in fairness he did later apologize somewhat stating he was, "tired, cranky and surprised that we're being pre-judged by progressives!")

Comment: Rather interesting in light of Canada's latest war on natural medicine.

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Anton's syndrome and other disorders of the visual processing system

Mr B presented to the emergency department because of frequent falls and an inability to grasp anything in front of him. He could recognise his family by their voices but not by sight. When a pen was put in front of him, he claimed nothing was there, and he was unable to see the neurologist's hands waving at him.

He was diagnosed with total blindness. However, Mr B was unaware of and unperturbed by his blindness. He vividly described surroundings that did not actually exist. Brain imaging revealed strokes that had damaged his visual cortex.

Mr B had a rare condition called Anton's syndrome, characterised by denial of blindness. This is intriguing as it combines the most basic failure of visual perception (a complete loss of the ability to see) with a complete unawareness of this failure.

In this sense, it is one of the most dramatic illustrations of the consequences of damage to the brain's visual system.


Mold found on nuts and corn give rise to respiratory diseases

© Wikimedia Commons
New research suggests that mold that can grow on common foodstuffs like nuts and corn can lead to ill-health effects through triggering a weakening of the airways.

The effect on the airways comes about from toxins excreted from mold. The effect is to weaken the airways' self-clearing mechanisms and immunity. In turn, this places an affected person at greater risk from respiratory diseases.

Moreover, if someone if already suffering with a lung-related disease, the effect of the toxin can be to exacerbate the condition.

The types of fungal toxins (or 'mycotoxins') of concern are called aflatoxins. These toxins are produced by specific fungi, of which Aspergillus flavus is a common example. It is estimated that up to 25 percent of the world's food crops are contaminated with these filamentous fungi.

The presence of the fugal toxins can trigger such diseases as allergic fungal rhinosinusitis and bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. These can become serious illnesses can require treatment by antifungal medications.

To add to the major illnesses, medical research is starting to unpick the downstream effects of aflatoxins on the airway passage. Some of this research centres on imaging techniques where human airways are studied. These images have indicated that the toxins affected small, hair-like structures that line the lungs called cilia.

The purpose of the appendages is to help clean-out the dust and dirt that is breathed in.

Magic Wand

Manuka honey: What is UMF 16+, MGO 400+, and Active?

Manuka honey is one of the most researched honeys in the world. It has different markers and grades, all at expensive prices. And lots and lots of frauds.

Due to different policies genuine producers have graded manuka honey using different letters and numbers. I have already covered them in the article I want to buy manuka honey. What is UMF 16+, MGO 400+, Active? Here are some updates and clarifications: