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What took the Feds so long to ban toxic chemicals in soap?

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Some people love to hate government regulations. Many believe they're just bureaucratic barriers that waste our time. But the Food and Drug Administration just passed a new regulation that'll actually protect us, and may save you a few bucks and an unnecessary purchase at the store.

If you're one of the millions of Americans who buys antibacterial soaps, you've been, at a minimum, duped. But more importantly, you've been exposed to harmful chemicals.

Antibacterial soaps sound good. After all, no one wants to imagine their hands teeming with bacteria.

We are utterly covered in microorganisms. That idea grosses us out, and some of that bacteria can make us sick. Kill them all, we think.

But in reality, we couldn't survive without beneficial bacteria, some of which help protect our immune system. And antibacterial soaps are no better at preventing disease than regular soap and water.


The hefty cost of caring for children & adults with Autism

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According to the 2014 Health National Survey, 1 in 45 American children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).1 It is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S.2 This figure is concerning for several reasons, one of which is the financial cost to parents for caring for their child. In the U.S., poverty among families with an autistic child is growing rapidly with very limited government-funded programs to assist parents.3 This places a big burden on families with autistic children.

The Lifetime Cost of Raising a Child with ASD

ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder associated with impaired social ability particularly with respect to communication and interaction. Other characteristics of ASD include restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and limited interest in activities.4 The disorder ranges from mild to severe cases that make daily routines challenging and nearly impossible for those affected and their families.4 ASD is associated with functional impairments that carry long-term health, social and financial costs for families and the society at large.

According to authors of a 2014 study published in JAMA Pediatrics, the financial toll on families and society "is much higher than previously suggested."5 The study finds that the cost of supporting an individual with ASD with an intellectual disability over their lifetime amounts to $2.4 million in the U.S. The study estimates that between 40-60% of individuals with ASD also have an intellectual disability.5 The cost of supporting an individual with ASD without an intellectual disability is $1.4 million.

Comment: Senior scientist at MIT declares 'half of all children will be autistic by 2025


Protecting Big Pharma profits: The DEA aims to make kratom a schedule 1 drug

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Kratom is used in head shop products including tea.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), currently starring in the new season of the Netflix series "Narcos," is busy trying to class a relatively innocuous alternative treatment to methadone, kratom, as "Schedule I," putting it on par with heroin, cocaine, and the most "dangerous" of them all - cannabis.

Citing questionable claims about its potential to cause fatal overdoses, the DEA hopes to list the natural opioid starting October 1, but a petition against the change has more than 110,000 signatures and counting, and points to studies that claim "it has been shown numerous times in reports from users to help recovering Opiate addicts, treat pain, combat depression and anxiety, and much more."

Comment: All that matters to Big Pharma is the bottom line and they will do everything in their power thwart access to natural alternatives. For more on the benefits of kratom see: The eradication of natural alternatives - Big Pharma wants to eliminate the competition


15 years later: 9/11 Emergency responders and civilians turning up with record rates of cancer, respiratory diseases and PTSD

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“We will never know the composition of that cloud, because the wind carried it away, but people were breathing and eating it. What we do know is that it had all kinds of god-awful things in it. Burning jet fuel. Plastics, metal, fiberglass, asbestos. It was thick, terrible stuff. A witch’s brew.”
After 9/11 New Yorkers were assured the air was safe by the EPA. The federal government was slow to respond with health programs to help survivors despite recognizing the worst health effects wouldn't be seen for 10-15 years. But 15 years later cancer rates doubled.

One of the people at the forefront of efforts to get help for first responders was John Feal, a first responder who lost half his foot working at Ground Zero.

"We walked the halls of Congress for six years to get it (Zadroga Act) passed in 2010," John Feal, executive director of the FealGood Foundation told RT. "At the time everyone was jumping up and down that it was passed, but the first words out of my mouth were 'we've got more work to do.'"

"I don't celebrate when human life is at stake, when people are sick and dying. How do you celebrate?" added Feal. "Cancer wasn't even part of the bill when it we got it passed in 2010. We had to fight and advocate and petition the committee to get cancers added and that was a year later in 2011."

Comment: Tens of thousands have developed statistically impossible diseases with the vast majority misdiagnosed for years and only a small number of victims compensated. The situation in New York is similar to the government's previous attempts to cover-up or deny the health problems of Vietnam and Gulf war veterans exposed to toxic chemicals.

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Why men should never put their cell phone in their pocket: Study shows prolonged exposure to radiation destroys sperm

Despite all the fears about cell phones and radiation, most of us still put our phones in our jean pockets.

It's easy, convenient, and any bad effects are impossible to see.

But a new study warns there is conclusive evidence that men in particular need to find another storage spot.

A systemic review of 21 research papers on radiation shows phones placed close to a man's genitals for a prolonged period of time steadily drive down sperm count.

And among the studies, many suggest surviving sperm could be DNA-damaged.

The biological phenomenon is currently under fierce debate since scientists have no way to explain how non-ionizing radiation influences the body.

Comment: We have only just, in recent years, come to terms with the highly damaging effect that EMF radiation has to our health:


Vitamin C prevents side effects from the MMR vaccine

Comment: This article is very informative in an era where government agencies are requiring two doses of the MMR vaccine for young children even when there is evidence of its link with autism.

This is not an article about whether vaccinations are "good" or "bad." This is an article about how high-dose vitamin C can protect children from vaccination side effects. Until we have real choice as to whether or not we vaccinate our children, we must seek ways to make immunizations safer. High-dose vitamin C makes immunizations safer.
Giving the MMR Shot to a Child with Known Vaccination Sensitivity

Our daughter recently received the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination. In fact, she received two. New York State recently changed the law requiring an additional MMR shot in order for children to attend kindergarten. We had to make sure that she received both injections this summer before school started. We were concerned about giving her two MMR shots (and so close together) because after a previous vaccination she had a serious reaction.

Years ago, before we learned to give huge doses of vitamin C before, during, and after immunizations, our daughter (then age 15 months) had a severe reaction to the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) vaccination: she lost her coordination, was screaming, falling over, and spiked a high fever. High-dose, saturation-level vitamin C cured her reaction to the DPT vaccine and taught us an important lesson: give more vitamin C. Much, much more. Now, in order to protect our children from any vaccination side effects, we give very high doses of vitamin C before, during (yes, even at the doctor's office) and after immunizations. To read more see: http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v11n09.shtml and http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v12n07.shtml.

No, the MMR shot is not the same as a DPT shot. Just because our child reacted to one vaccine, doesn't necessarily mean she will react to another. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Any vaccine can cause side effects" and "like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems." See: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm When you consider just how much vitamin C our daughter held after the MMR vaccinations, we have to ask ourselves one question: where was it all going?

Comment: Vitamin C has an excellent track record: Nevertheless, those with iron overload issues should be aware of the following research when using vitamin C:

The iron elephant - The dangers of iron overload


Welcome to the island where people forget to die and diseases like lung cancer mysteriously disappear

One day in 1976, Stamatis Moraitis of Boynton Beach, Florida, felt short of breath. Climbing stairs was a chore; he had to quit working midday. After reviewing his X-rays, his doctor concluded that Moraitis had lung cancer. As he recalls, nine other doctors confirmed the diagnosis. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s.

Moraitis, a Greek war veteran who had arrived in the United States in 1943, considered staying and seeking aggressive treatment. That way, he and his wife, Elpiniki, could be close to his adult children. But he decided to return to his native island, Ikaria, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery that overlooked the Aegean Sea. He and Elpiniki moved in with his elderly parents, into a tiny, whitewashed house on two acres of stepped vineyards on the north side of Ikaria.

At first, Moraitis spent his days in bed. On Sunday mornings, he hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grand­father once served as a priest. When his childhood friends started showing up every afternoon, they'd talk for hours, an activity that invariably involved a bottle or two of locally produced wine. I might as well die happy, he thought.


Vive la France: The French have less confidence in the safety of vaccines than any other country according to recent survey

Since 2005, the doubts of the French public along with a large percentage of its medical doctors over the safety and effectiveness of vaccines has continued to skyrocket.
The French had less confidence in the safety of vaccines than the residents of 66 other countries recently surveyed by researchers.

A team lead by anthropologist Heidi Larson of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine conducted what it contends is "the largest survey on confidence in immunization to date," interviewing more than 65,000 people. As the researchers report online in EBioMedicine today, 41% of respondents in France disagreed with the assertion that vaccines are safe. On average, just 12% of respondents in other nations disagreed with this statement.

"I didn't expect France to be as negative as it was," says Larson, who runs The Vaccine Confidence Project, a nonprofit that monitors public concerns about immunization. At the other end of the scale, only 0.2% of the respondents in Bangladesh had similar safety misgivings.

Larson notes that France recently has experienced "anxiety" about suspected but unproven links between the hepatitis B vaccine and multiple sclerosis and, separately, the human papillomavirus vaccine and side effects like fatigue in girls. France similarly had strong reservations about a flu vaccine quickly made to combat the pandemic of H1N1 in 2009. "There was a furor that the government bought so much of that vaccine and a worry that it was made too quickly and couldn't be safe," Larson says.

Comment: The French are wise in their skepticism regarding these vaccines:

The hepatitis B vaccine may be more dangerous than the disease itself. The U.S. Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) reported nearly 25K adverse reactions between 1990 and 1999. These included 439 deaths and and nearly 10K emergency room visits. Reported side effects include: arthritis, skin disorders, compromised immunity and autoimmune disease, neurological damage, vision loss, blood disorders, diabetes, and damage to liver and kidneys among numerous others.

The HPV vaccine has been called the greatest medical scandal of all time - they account for one-fourth of all VAERS reports. A few of the reported side effects include: pancreatitis, vomiting, fatigue, autoimmune diseases, Guillain-Barré, motor neuron disease, paralysis, seizures, deep venous thrombosis and death.

Flu vaccines are not only ineffective, but can actually increase your susceptibility. They contain neurotoxic ingredients, and can cause severe complications and even death.

Comment: The Vaccine Dilemma: Unsafe at any dose
Modern vaccine science, and conventional medicine in general, has morphed into a new fascism, a rigid doctrine that has sacrificed the foundations of scientific integrity on the altar of institutional greed, privilege and profit.

During the past decade we have witnessed outbreaks of infectious disease among the fully vaccinated. We observe new viral strains appearing that escape current immunization. There are rising rates in autism and neurological disorders and increases in autoimmune conditions never before observed in large percentages of children. And there is a growing body of research pointing to vaccination's adverse effects upon our immune systems. All of these trends, and many more, give sufficient reason to undertake a serious review of official claims over vaccine safety and efficacy. The evidence on the ground for the alarming rates in childhood illnesses parallel to the ever-increasing number of childhood vaccinations and the government's ridiculous one-size-fits-all policy behind mass indiscriminate vaccination should convince us that vaccine safety is far from a settled matter.

The majority of vaccine ingredients have been shown repeatedly to have toxic consequences contributing to serious neurological and autoimmune conditions. These effects can be immediate, such as in the case of a child who undergoes seizures and is left with permanent neurological damage shortly after vaccination. Or effects through repeated vaccination can be accumulative and display symptoms many years later.

The vaccine industry continues to rely upon outdated research, industry funded studies, conflicts of interest with federal agencies and even scientifically irrelevant data to make its case that vaccine additives and ingredients pose no medical risks. What the industry's arsenal of research sorely lacks is biological and gold standard placebo controlled clinical trials to support this position. In short, accepted vaccine research is little more than junk science. And junk science can make for the best propaganda to convince a population into the deception of vaccine safety.


Surprise! New study warns of the dangers of multiple vaccinations

Time and time again, VacTruth has published heartbreaking stories involving infants who have received multiple vaccinations in one visit. Many of these infants have suffered irreversible brain injuries or death as a result.

Currently, an infant as young as eight weeks of age can receive up to ten doses of vaccinations in one visit, and in one particular case, a child received thirteen doses, which, sadly, led to his death. [1]

Until recently, there have been very few studies for parents to examine outlining the facts surrounding the dangers of multiple vaccinations. However, this is about to change.


A closer look at the myth of cancer screening tests

The prospect of developing cancer is a frightening one. Sadly, this fear is leading many to undergo dangerous and harmful cancer screenings that, ironically, can cause the very diseases patients hope to avoid.
Any procedure or action needs to be evaluated not just on its benefits, but also on its costs. If a test saves one life but costs two, it's not a benefit. It is not the benefit but the ratio of benefit to cost that judges a test. It is the unbalanced exposure to the benefits of cancer screening that have placed the public in an uninformed and, therefore, overly trusting and optimistic position.

There are a number of ways cancer screening can have a greater ratio of costs to benefits even if the benefits are accurately reported. A screening method may sometimes detect an early cancer. But the huge majority of people who are screened are healthy and don't have that cancer but are exposed to the hazards of the screening, and false positives and overdiagnosis can cause healthy people to undergo unhealthy treatments. So, while the benefit may be a saved life, the cost may be more people dying from the test or the treatment. The cancers aren't real, but the dangerous treatments are. The false cancer causes no danger, but the real chemo and radiation do. And, actually, the false cancer causes danger too because of the very real stress caused by the belief that you are living with cancer.

A systematic review of meta-analyses of cancer screening found that only three of ten studies found that cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from the cancer it was screening for. Even worse, not one found that cancer screening reduces your actual risk of death (1).

Comment: More food for thought:

Landmark study shows high death rates from chemotherapy treatment, not the cancer itself

Life threatening downsides to chemotherapy
A startling study by Public Health England and Cancer Research UK has found that cancer treatment itself may be killing up to 50 percent of patients.
Whatever happened to "first, do no harm?!"