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Vaccine rights are being removed while safety issues are increasing

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As noted by Barbara Loe Fisher,1 founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), July Fourth celebrates the American Declaration of Independence, which asserts that "all men are created equal," and are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights."

Unwilling to submit to the tyranny of the aristocracy any longer, the Declaration is a pledge, promising that the United States would uphold the "unalienable natural right to life and liberty that belongs to every person."

Yet today, 240 years later, we again find ourselves in a situation where we're increasingly oppressed by an elite "who want the legal right to judge, shame, segregate, discriminate against and punish fellow citizens who do not share their beliefs," Fisher writes, adding:
"Nowhere is this truth more self evident than in the oppressive implementation of one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination laws that fail to respect biodiversity or human rights and crush citizen opposition, in violation of the informed consent ethic and freedom of thought, speech, conscience and religious belief ...
The appropriation of unaccountable authority by medical trade and the militarization of public health in the 21st century should be of concern to every person who values life and liberty."

Comment: Additional articles by Barbara Loe Fisher:


Syringe

Measles hysteria strikes Denver: Shoppers warned about possible exposure to over-hyped illness

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Tri-County Health Department Executive Director Dr. John Douglas is interviewed by CBS4’s Kathy Walsh.
People who visited Target, King Soopers or any of five other locations in the south Denver metro area are being warned about possible exposure to measles. That's because a baby with measles was at all of those places sometime last week.

Tri-County Health Department Executive Director Dr. John Douglas says measles is the most infectious of infectious diseases. It's a respiratory infection and spread by coughing and sneezing.

According to Douglas, the baby was at spots in Denver, Parker, Lone Tree, Littleton and Highlands Ranch. He says the health department has contacted nearly every person known to have been in contact with the baby. The department is now notifying the public out of an abundance of caution.

Comment: Since when did a routine, easily recoverable childhood illness turn into something akin to the Black Plague? This sounds like another recruitment campaign for the measles vaccine. If you really want the measles, get the vaccine:


Evil Rays

Why I get my brain zapped

Conventional therapies haven't done much good for my anxiety disorder

© Image by Eric Wassermann, M.D. Public Domain
Diagram of transcranial magnetic stimulation
Almost seven percent of U.S. adults—about 15.7 million people—are diagnosed with major depression disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that depression causes 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of between $17 billion and $44 billion. The statistics for anxiety disorders are not great either. The most common mental illnesses in the U.S., they affect 40 million adults age 18 and older, costing the economy more than $42 billion a year.

In my twenties, I developed panic disorder. I failed to get better on most medications and therapy. As I reported in an article earlier this year, it took me years to find a medication that worked. Because it took me so long to be diagnosed and treated properly, I have always been interested in alternative treatments for depression and anxiety.

Two years ago I attended two sessions at the World Science Festival on the use of electrical therapy to treat depression and anxiety. The first event was Spark of Genius? Awakening a Better Brain, a panel discussion moderated by ABC News Chief Health & Medical Editor Richard Besser. The panel discussed what is known about treating the brain and the ethical and legal complications of brain enhancement. (You can watch it online at the World Science Festival website.)

Comment: We have many articles here on SOTT pointing out the risks of antidepressant use. Here are just some of them:


Info

Florida's massive algae bloom is toxic to people, pets and the environment




In the middle of summer vacation — what should be the busiest tourist season for many parts of Florida — popular beaches are being shut down and people told to stay out of the water. It's not a shark; it's toxic green algae stretching for miles along Florida's coastline.

"Enjoy your vacation on Playa Guacamole," the Miami Herald quipped,1 as in some areas the algae is more than thick enough to dip a chip — not that you'd want to. "It smells like death on a cracker," one Florida resident told the Tampa Bay Times.2 And it's not only the smell that's a problem.

Blue-Green Algae Is Dangerous to People, Pets and the Environment

The algae, also known as cyanobacteria, is so prolific it can now be seen from space.3 Further, it can produce toxins that are harmful to humans and marine life. Skin rashes and respiratory issues can result from exposure to the algae, and should it get into an open wound, it can lead to a staph infection.4

Some experts believe the cyanobacteria may be a type called microcystis, which are nerve toxins that may lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches, seizures and long-term liver disease if ingested in drinking water.5

Researchers are also looking into whether another toxin, BMAA (Beta-N-Methylamino-L-alanine), in blue-green algae may be linked to neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease).6

Manatees, fish and other marine life, as well as sea grass and other plant life, are also endangered by the algae blooms, which alter the food chain and deplete oxygen, leading to sometimes-massive dead zones. Not to mention, exposure to blue-green algae can also be deadly to your pets.

Comment: These algae blooms are also affecting lakes throughout the U.S. and pose a risk to drinking water supplies.


Coffee

Coffee confusion: Is coffee good or bad for you?

"Dr. Hyman, I'm so confused about coffee," writes this week's house call. "One day I read that it's so bad for me and the next it's good for me. Why all the conflicting information?"

Let's face it: Americans love their coffee, which is the number one source of antioxidants in our diet - which actually makes me kind of sad!

In a recent animal study, researchers saw improvements in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and cholesterol when mice consumed coffee and fat together. (More on that combo in a minute.) They also found coffee can help reduce gut permeability or leaky gut.

Among its other benefits, studies show coffee decreases your risk for type 2 diabetes, lowers cancer risk and improves mood and memory. Coffee can also boost metabolism and sports performance.

On the other hand, coffee can become highly addictive, altering stress hormones while making you feel simultaneously wired and tired.

So I understand the confusion. It feels like one day we see studies that support coffee and the next day we see 10 reasons why coffee is bad. So let's uncover the truth about this aromatic beverage that most of us love.

Attention

Antibiotic resistance raising the specter of 'untreatable gonorrhea'

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The CDC say the growing threat of untreatable gonorrhea, together with rising rates of disease, means preventing new infections is more important than ever.
A new federal health surveillance study says gonorrhea is becoming resistant to azithromycin - one of the duo of antibiotics recommended for treating the sexually transmitted disease in the United States.

The study, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae that infects the genitals, rectum, and throat.

Gonorrhea occurs in both men and women, and is one of the most common STDs in the U.S. It is especially common among young people of 15-24 years of age.

The CDC estimate that every year, around 800,000 gonorrhea infections occur in the U.S., although more than half are undiagnosed. The number of American men diagnosed with gonorrhea has gone up in recent years.

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Attention

Zika virus mystery: New Utah case stumps researchers

© CDC/ Cynthia Goldsmith
This digitally-colorized image shows particles of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. The virus particles are colored red in the picture. They are 40 nanometers (0.00004 millimeters) in diameter.
In a puzzling case, a person in Utah became infected with the Zika virus, but health officials can't figure out how the person contracted it.

The infected person was a caregiver for an elderly man who had Zika. But the case is mysterious: As far as health officials can tell, the caregiver wasn't exposed to Zika in a way that would transmit the virus, at least from what's currently known about Zika. So far, the only way Zika was thought to spread from person to person is through sexual contact, and the caregiver did not have sexual contact with anyone who had Zika.

"Zika continues to surprise us," and there's still a lot we don't know about the virus, Dr. Satish Pillai, incident manager for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Zika response, said at a news conference today (July 18).

Comment: For the real story of the Zika virus, be sure to listen to our show on the topic: The Health & Wellness Show: The Zika Virus: Hype vs. Reality


Health

Fracking associated with increased risk of asthma attacks

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People with asthma who live near bigger or larger numbers of active unconventional natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are 1.5 to four times likelier to have asthma attacks than those who live farther away, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

The findings, published July 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine, add to a growing body of evidence tying the fracking industry to health concerns. Health officials have been concerned about the effect of this type of drilling on air and water quality, as well as the stress of living near a well where just developing the site of the well can require more than 1,000 truck trips on once-quiet roads. The fracking industry has developed more than 9,000 wells in Pennsylvania in just the past decade.

Comment: See the following articles for more information


Magnify

22 ways that soda can negatively affect your health and shorten your life

Numerous studies have shown the negative health effects of drinking soda on your waistline and your teeth. Drinking soda however, has far more serious health risks than many of us may realize.

According to Euromonitor, the average person in the United States consumes more than 126 grams of sugar per day. That's equal to 25.2 teaspoons, or the equivalent of drinking a little over three 12 ounce colas.

Numerous studies have shown the negative health effects of drinking soda on your waistline and your teeth. Drinking soda however, has far more health risks than many of us may realize. Regular consumption of sugary drinks is linked to numerous health problems including diabetes, heart disease, asthma, COPD and obesity.

So what are the risks and how much soda is too much? Let's take a look:

1. Soda can cause a decline in kidney function. In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study, including 3,318 women, researchers found that diet cola is linked with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline.

2. Soda increases diabetes risk. High levels of sugar in soda places a lot of stress on your pancreas, potentially leaving it unable to keep up with the body's need for insulin. Drinking one or two sugary drinks per day increases your risk for type 2 diabetes by 25%.

Compass

Is full-time work making you stupid?

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Don't do an IQ test after a full week's work if you are 40 years or older. You could be disappointed.

If you're over 40, working more than 25 hours of work a week could be impairing your intelligence, according to a study released in February by researchers for the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in Australia. The team conducted reading, pattern and memory tests in more than 6,000 workers aged over 40, to see how the number of hours worked each week affects a person's cognitive ability.

Working 25 hours a week (part time or three days a week) was the optimum amount of time spent working a week for cognitive functioning, while working less than that was detrimental to the agility of the brain for both men and women, the study found.

"Work can stimulate brain activity and can help maintain cognitive functions for elderly workers, the 'lose it or use it hypothesis'," said lead researcher Colin McKenzie, a professor of economics at Keio University in Tokyo.

Comment: See also:
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