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More than 200 students call out sick from a Houston, Texas elementary school because of mystery illness

© Jennifer Summer
More than 200 students at an Humble ISD elementary school didn't make it to campus Thursday, after a flu-like illness swept the school on Wednesday.

The school - Woodland Hills Elementary - has an enrollment of 581 students. Of those, 205 stayed home, plus five staff members.

Parents may be keeping their students off the campus as a precaution.

The half-empty campus comes after 78 students did not come to class and more were sent home on Wednesday, according to a letter from the school's principal. Their common symptoms were vomiting and diarrhea.

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Study reveals big marketing deceptions in organic beauty products

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A customer picks up a product from a shelf featuring organic cosmetic products at a supermarket in Frankfurt.
The makers of many "organic" beauty products have been accused of confusing and meaningless labelling, according to a new survey in which 76% of consumers admitted they felt misled.

According to the Soil Association's recent market report, sales of organic health and beauty products swelled by more than 20% in 2016, with the market now worth about £61.2m in the UK.

But the industry has put money into marketing products it claims are "green" rather than spending money on formulating environmentally friendly, toxin-free products that are not harmful to the skin, the Soil Association warns.

Unlike organic food, which must adhere to strict EU regulations, there are no legal standards for the use of the terms organic or natural on beauty products. In practice, any brand or beauty product can be labelled as natural or organic even if it contains virtually no organic or natural ingredients.

Comment: Beauty myths: The 'Certified Organic' deception


Health

The therapeutic qualities of oregano

You may already know that oregano is the "secret" herb that takes tomato sauce to a new level of savory and can even put flavor in butter sauces and chicken dishes that have people begging you for your recipes.

Oregano is an ancient, perennial herb, being an integral cooking ingredient in what is now known as Eurasia for thousands of years. The entire Mediterranean is well acquainted with this food-enhancing spice, but it's probably no surprise that Greece and Italy are noted as the regions where it most likely originated.

Because it's related to mint, which is from the menthe family of plants, you may detect a similarly cool but distinctive essence when you crush a leaf from the oregano plant between your fingers. Oregano has many of the same therapeutic qualities as mint, and the scent may also remind you of thyme.

Strolling through a garden that includes oregano, you may not be overwhelmed by the scent and aroma nearly as much as when the herb is dried. Greek oregano, or Origanum heracleoticum, is the variety recommended for your culinary endeavors.

Heart

Russia developing new drugs to fight antibiotics resistant superbugs

© Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
Russia is currently developing new drugs that may provide an alternative to classic antibiotics, Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova told RT, while acknowledging that illnesses resistant to antimicrobial and antibiotic drugs are becoming a major problem. "The issue of antimicrobial resistance is really on the rise... It is very important for the whole world, and for Russia as well. Antimicrobial resistance has been evolving in recent decades. This has led to the fact that many of the familiar antibiotic drugs no longer work," Skvortsova said.

According to the health minister, antimicrobial resistance has developed because some products, including meat, contain antibiotics. Additionally, in Russia, people used to use antibiotics for "self-treatment," even when they didn't need them. "People bought them [antibiotics] and took them [without prescription]. As a result, the body and the microorganisms adapted to these antibiotics." Skvortsova said that Russia is currently developing a strategy for battling antimicrobial resistance, taking "leading positions in the world in this field." "Our leading research laboratories are developing a new class of drugs that is an alternative to classic antibiotics," she told RT. Such drugs work differently from antibiotics, so patients won't develop antimicrobial resistance, the health minister noted.

Comment: Until government agencies take action to ban antibiotic use in animal feed, opt for organic, grass-fed dairy and beef.
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'It's time to slaughter the sacred cow' - Retractions & errors driving loss of faith in the peer review process

Establishment medical professionals are quick to hold up peer-reviewed studies as the gold standard, argument-ending proof in an attempt to shut down valid discussions around 'alternative' health and healing.

Major medical and science journals have long-been considered the sacred cows from which information gets disseminated down through the roots of mainstream medicine with unquestioning adherence mirroring religious dogma. What if this peer-reviewed research was flawed? What if major medical journals acted as gatekeepers long-crafting a health paradigm that favored only limited and dangerous pharmaceutical interventions?

It was recently reported that the journal Tumor Biology is retracting 107 research papers after discovering that the authors faked the peer review process. The same journal pulled 25 research papers the previous year for the same reason. On April 20 Springer, who publishes Tumor Biology, released this statement:
"The current retractions are not a new case of integrity breach but are the result of a deeper manual investigation which became necessary after our previous retractions from Tumor Biology in 2016. The extent of the current retractions was not obvious from the earlier investigations in 2015. We are retracting these published papers because the peer review process required for publication in our journals had been deliberately compromised by fabricated peer reviewer reports."

Comment: Peer reviewed 'science' losing credibility due to fraudulent research


Attention

Is insulin resistance speeding up cognitive decline?

We are facing a tsunami of Alzheimer's disease. It's often said that the underlying causes of Alzheimer's disease are unknown, but there are numerous theories. For example, research suggesting that an infectious component is at play is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.

In addition to viruses, bacteria and fungi, an infectious protein called TDP-43, which behaves like infectious proteins known as prions — responsible for the brain destruction that occurs in Mad Cow and Chronic Wasting Diseases — has been linked to the disease.

Research presented at the 2014 Alzheimer's Association International Conference revealed Alzheimer's patients with TDP-43 were 10 times more likely to have been cognitively impaired at death than those without.1

Due to its similarities with Mad Cow Disease, investigators have raised the possibility that Alzheimer's disease may be linked to eating meat from animals raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

Mounting research also suggests Alzheimer's disease is intricately connected to insulin resistance; even mild elevation of blood sugar is associated with an elevated risk for dementia.2 Diabetes and heart disease3 are also known to elevate your risk, and both are rooted in insulin resistance.

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Study finds cannabis oil could be miracle treatment for autism

© Yardena Schwartz, Special for USA TODAY
Yael Shulman sits with her daughter Noa
When Noa Shulman came home from school, her mother, Yael, sat her down to eat, then spoon-fed her mashed sweet potatoes — mixed with cannabis oil.

Noa, who has a severe form of autism, started to bite her own arm. "No sweetie," Yael gently told her 17-year-old daughter. "Here, have another bite of this."

Noa is part of the first clinical trial in the world to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism, a potential breakthrough that would offer relief for millions of afflicted children — and their anguished parents.

There is anecdotal evidence that marijuana's main non-psychoactive compound — cannabidiol or CBD — helps children in ways no other medication has. Now this first-of-its-kind scientific study is trying to determine if the link is real.

Israel is a pioneer in this type of research. It permitted the use of medical marijuana in 1992, one of the first countries to do so. It's also one of just three countries with a government-sponsored medical cannabis program, along with Canada and the Netherlands.

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Mainstream media insults the public's intelligence on vaccines

There is a bitter war going on, and it's not over Trumpcare or immigration: It is about vaccines.

Mainstream media and medical groups, typically funded or backed by Big Pharma, cast parents who are skeptical about vaccines as conspiracy theorists whose backward beliefs put the public at risk.

Vaccine skeptics cast vaccine promoters as paid shills, hired by Big Pharma to cover up documented vaccine-related injuries.

In mainstream and progressive media coverage (Mother Jones, Alternet, Huffington Post, Truthout, Progressive, The Nation) there is zero tolerance for critical debate about vaccine safety. Question why the hepatitis B vaccine is routinely given to babies at birth—for a disease mainly transmitted through sex and I.V. drug use—and you're labeled "anti-science."

Suggest that some vaccines, including those such as the highly promoted HPV Gardasil and Cervarix (both of which have been linked to adverse reactions and death) are not exactly "life-saving," and you might as well yell "bring back polio."

The media routinely discredits parents of vaccine-injured children, accusing them of not knowing anything about medicine (except raising their own challenged child of course) and of "imagining" or even causing their child's deficits.

Comment: Mainstream media blackout: Physicians in France join growing list of doctors who question vaccine safety


Health

Evidence-based health benefits of cumin

Cumin is a spice made from the seeds of the Cuminum cyminum plant.

Many dishes use cumin, especially foods from its native regions of the Mediterranean and Southwest Asia.

Cumin lends its distinctive flavor to chili, tamales and various Indian curries. Its flavor has been described as earthy, nutty, spicy and warm.

What's more, cumin has long been used in traditional medicine.

Modern studies have confirmed some of the health benefits cumin is traditionally known for, including promoting digestion and reducing food-borne infections.

Research has also revealed some new benefits, such as promoting weight loss and improving blood sugar control and cholesterol.

This article will review nine evidence-based health benefits of cumin.

Comment: From tomb to table: Cumin's health benefits rediscovered


Evil Rays

Greek AMA recommends reducing EMFs to protect public health

© Paula Owens
The Athens Medical Association of Athens, Greece, held a conference April 1st regarding "Non-Ionizing Radiation and Its Effects on Human Health" where scientific lectures were presented along with 16 recommendations to reduce exposures and human health adverse effects. Question: Why hasn't the American Medical Association done the same? Good question?

Here are those 16 Recommendations for Wireless Use Safety:
  • Use your cell phone with caution and make brief calls as necessary
  • Children under the age of 14 should make limited use of cell phones
  • Do not put your cell phone in contact with your head
  • Do not use your cell phone inside a car, train, aeroplane, or elevator
  • Restrict cell phone use when children or pregnant women are near.
  • Keep mobile phones away from your body
  • When using your cell phone keep a safe distance from others
  • Do not carry or keep your cell phone inside your pockets
  • At night, disengage Wi Fi on your router and switch off your mobile phone.
  • Do not play games on-line and if you do, switch to airplane mode
  • Hands Free option is always preferable though may not be completely safe
  • Wireless connections may increase your exposure to microwave radiation
  • Limit Wi Fi connectivity and use hard wired connection whenever possible
  • When signal strength is weak do not attempt to make a call
  • If a landline is available make use of this as a preferred option
  • Disengage Wi Fi, Bluetooth & Data options from your phone when are not needed [sic] [1,2]
George Patoulis MD, President of the Athens Medical Association, said that AMA, "in emphasizing its role and duties as guardian for public health, has taken steps to encourage and promote this open discussion dealing with the delicate issues of electromagnetic radiation. Mr. Patoulis stressed that all local authorities and all medical associations are obliged to adopt and apply the best possible practices available in today's world, aiming primarily at the protection of our fellow citizens."[2]

Comment: EMF pollution: What you can do to reduce your EMF exposure