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Corrupt Disaster Center: The CDC falling short of achieving their motto of "Savings lives. Protecting people."

In 2013, a Gallup poll on public perceptions of U.S. agencies found Americans are most positive toward the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1Sixty percent of those polled believed the CDC was doing an excellent or good job while only 8 percent rated them poorly.

There is clearly a disconnect between the CDC's perceived image and the actual state of the agency. While their website claims the "CDC works for you 24/7," they have fallen far short of achieving their motto of "Savings Lives. Protecting People."2

Health

Does your doctor know what he's doing? Half of all standard medical treatments have 'unknown effectiveness'


"Whaddya want from me?"
Once medical treatments have been dubbed 'standards of care' they tend to persist regardless of their efficacy. Preventing untested practices from becoming standard care seems simple - just test them first. But even when studies are conducted early on, what they actually measure can be part of the problem. Because it's simpler and faster, researchers often look at "surrogate outcomes", not actual end points which has created hundreds of medical practices with unknown effectiveness at best.

The calibre of evidence can depend on who is paying for it. There are the perennial issues that plague medical research: the pressure on researchers to publish new and impressive findings, and medical journals' tendency to publish positive results more than negative. But increasingly, the pharmaceutical and medical device industries - rather than public bodies - are funding clinical trials. Not only do they have vested interests in the initial outcomes needed to get drugs or devices approved, but once they are approved, little incentive to do the expensive, large-scale studies that could potentially upend their initial findings and hurt their bottom line.

The current medical mentality on pain management has spurred a multibillion-dollar industry for Big Pharma. However, studies show that long-term use of seemingly "harmless" over-the-counter pills, such as ibuprofen, can actually weaken your joints over time, and prescription pain pills have a well-established track record of causing serious damage and even death. You may recall the tragedy that unfolded around the FDA-approved painkiller Vioxx, which claimed as many as 55,000 lives (and possibly up to 100,000) before the FDA banned it.

Question

When does crony medicine become fascist medicine - when the attorney general of California tries to stop medical exemptions for vaccines

The California law requiring 100% compliance with the government vaccine schedule (including what, when, and how the child receives the vaccine) in order to be allowed to enroll your child in public or private school, and even daycare (depending on the child's age when enrolling) became effective on January 1, 2016. When passed, the law abolished any philosophical or religious exemption. The sponsor of the bill, state senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), promised that the only remaining out—the medical exemption—would not be tampered with. Apparently Sen. Pan was lying.

Dr. Bob Sears, a Southern Californian pediatrician, now faces charges of gross negligence from the attorney general of California, who is representing the California Medical Board, for daring to write a letter recommending that a two-year-old be excused from vaccinations based on the mother's description of serious adverse reactions to previous immunizations. The mother told Dr. Sears that her child experienced a "shutdown [of] stools and urine" and became limp "like a ragdoll" for 24 hours after the last shot.

The California Medical Board, however, is alleging that Dr. Sears failed to back up his recommendation with sufficient evidence, and did not provide an "evidence-based recommendation for future immunizations." The board is also claiming gross negligence because Dr. Sears did not keep a copy of the letter exempting the child from future vaccines.

Comment: Step by step medical tyranny and vaccine extremism is spreading across the U.S.
The American Academy of Pediatrics last week issued a dramatic statement to its members: It's OK to stop seeing families who refuse their shots.

The Academy also urged states to repeal laws that have allowed parents to use religion as an excuse for not getting their children inoculated.



Snakes in Suits

EpiPen manufacturer Mylan under investigation for Medicaid fraud, shady marketing deals

EpiPen maker Mylan's CEO's connection to the National Association of State Boards of Education may be a part of the shady dealings being investigated by US lawmakers, including allegations that they defrauded West Virginia's Medicaid department.

Mylan has been highly scrutinized after increasing the price of its medical devices that fight life-threatening allergic reactions by 400 percent this year. The pharmaceutical company is now facing an enforcement action after not cooperating with the West Virginia attorney general's subpoena issued last month, CNBC reported.

Heather Bresch is the CEO of Mylan and is reportedly very well connected. The daughter of a former West Virginia governor and current US Senator Joe Manchin (D) is facing accusations that she used her mother Gayle's position on the National Association of State Boards of Education to boost her company's earnings.

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Magnify

How the microbiome destroyed the ego, vaccine policy, & patriarchy


The relatively recent discovery of the microbiome is not only completely redefining what it means to be human, to have a body, to live on this earth, but is overturning belief systems and institutions that have enjoyed global penetrance for centuries.


A paradigm shift has occurred, so immense in implication, that the entire frame of reference for our species' self-definition, as well as how we relate fundamentally to concepts like "germs," have been transformed beyond recognition. This shift is underway and yet, despite popular interest in our gut ecology, the true implications remain unacknowledged.

It started with the discovery of the microbiome, a deceptively diminutive term, referring to an unfathomably complex array of microscopic microorganisms together weighing only 3-4 lbs. in the average human, represents a Copernican revolution when it comes to forming the new center, genetically and epigenetically, of what it means in biological terms to be human.

Considering the sheer density of genetic information contained within these commensals, as well as their immense contribution towards sustaining basic functions like digestion, immunity, and brain function, the "microbiome" could just as well be relabeled the "macrobiome"; that is, if we are focusing on the size of its importance rather than physical dimensionality.

Biohazard

Kellogg recalls Eggo waffles in 25 states over possible listeria contamination

It might finally be time to let go of that Eggo, after Kellogg Co. announced Monday that it was recalling some of the popular waffles in 25 states over fears that they may have been exposed to listeria.

Some 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles were recalled, the company announced on its website. Kellogg says that routine testing revealed a "potential for contamination" in the products, but that no incidents of illness have been reported.

"Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems," Kellogg wrote in a statement. "The company has received no reports of illness to date but is taking this action as part of its commitment to the health and safety of the people who eat its foods."

This isn't the first time that Kellogg's Eggo brand has faced a listeria recall. The FDA found the bacteria at an Atlanta plant in 2009, according to CNN.

The company says the recall does not impact any other Eggo products.

2 + 2 = 4

New Jersey schools see unprecedented outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease

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The first outbreak seemingly came out of nowhere in late August: Fifteen football players from Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey had come down with coxsackievirus, also known as hand-foot-and-mouth disease, forcing the cancellation of the team's final scrimmage.

Thirteen days later, a similar eruption of HFMD struck 16 miles away at Pequannock High School, postponing the football team's season-opener.

And now this week comes news of the the latest developments: More sudden outbreaks of HFMD among soccer players at Kinnelon High and Hunterdon Central High, schools located 55 miles apart in different counties. The discoveries bring the total of HFMD cases to four schools in four communities in less than three weeks.

The emergence of the highly contagious virus has medical experts questioning why the outbreaks are happening and wondering how many more school districts will become infected. Meanwhile, Michael Prybicien, an athletic trainer with Sports Safety International, called the outbreaks "unprecedented."

"It's getting a little crazy," Prybicien said. "I haven't heard of multiple schools in New Jersey getting this specific virus. This virus is one that hasn't spread through locker rooms or schools in the past."


Health

Ten natural methods to alleviate tension headaches and migraines

Getting a tension headache or suffering from a migraine can be excruciating and is a massive health issue for millions of people. They are one of the top reasons for doctor's visits, the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world and affect more than 15% of the population in the USA alone. People all over the globe have sought out the medical community in order to discover the root causes of migraines and tension headaches.

The good news is that it is not only possible to discover the root causes, but that you can heal naturally without drugs and I am going to tell you how. Many years of experience has led to uncovering many ways to find treatment, relief and remedies that work and can help you heal. The fruit of much of this experience is briefly explored in the articles that follow. You will learn about physical, energetic and mental/emotions aspects to this problem and how to heal from them.

One of the things that have been found as the least explored but THE most powerful way to heal to date in my experience is through dealing with the negative emotional consciousness aspects of this issue. Negative emotions literally can cause this problem and letting them go can alter it instantly in many cases. I teach people precisely how to do this through using different techniques. It may be hard to believe if you haven't seen or experienced it for yourself, but even the most stubborn cases have responded to this and all that is required of you is to be open to the possibilities. If you have explored most other things except letting go of emotions, I encourage you to pursue it.

Comment: Other significant causes of headaches could be intolerance to certain foods, such as gluten in grains, the chemicals in processes foods, as well as nutritional deficiencies. See also:


Bug

Florida State University plagued by outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease

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Florida State University students
Florida State University is being plagued by an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease. More than a dozen students have been infected this week alone.

In a post on its official website, FSU announced that it has already set up preventive actions on campus after a lot of students were infected by the disease. Lesley Sacher, director of the FSU Health and Wellness Center, admitted that they are already aware of "more than a dozen cases so far."

The school has notified the Leon County Health Department. FSU officials are reportedly working diligently to educate the members of the university community to prevent further transmission.

The hand, foot and mouth disease is noted to last for about five days. There is no medicine to treat it. The disease is characterized by blisters that form on a patient's hands, feet and mouth with mild fever or sore throat.

The school has advised all community living facilities, such as University Housing, fraternity and sorority houses as well as scholarship houses, to sanitize their residences thoroughly and to provide bottles of hand sanitizer in each residence. FSU has also confirmed that it will continue its sanitation protocols for all public spaces on campus.

"Students should take the necessary precautions to sanitize their living and communal spaces including bathrooms," Tom Jacobson, director of Environmental Health & Safety, said. The school will also partner with establishments in the community, such as local bars and restaurants, to sanitize their premises.

Ice Cream Bar

Sweet ties to the CDC: More Coca-Cronyism

More evidence suggests this government agency has been bought and paid for by Coca-Cola.

We recently reported that a high-ranking official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had resigned after extensive ties to Coca-Cola were exposed. Dr. Barbara Bowman, director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, was helping Coca-Cola influence the World Health Organization, which had published new guidelines on sugar consumption that were unwelcome to the beverage industry.

Now it appears that Coca-Cola has ties to another CDC official, Michael Pratt, senior advisor for Global Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Pratt has a history of conducting and promoting research funded by Coca-Cola, and works closely with a beverage industry front group, the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI). ILSI's North American branch includes members such as PepsiCo, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Coca-Cola, and dozens of other Big Food members.

Comment: CDC Official Dr. Barbara Bowman steps down after Coca-Cola ILSI scandal comes to light