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US registers rise in highly infectious norovirus causing stomach illness

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Norovirus, computer illustration. The disease causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. CDC says positive tests for virus, which causes nausea, diarrhea and stomach pain, peaked at 16% in January.
The US is seeing a rise in the norovirus informally called the stomach flu or stomach bug, according to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with positive tests for the contagious illness peaking at 16% in January.

The rise in infections spans the US, according to the healthcare agency, with infection rates not seen since last spring.

The illness is highly infectious, spreading easily through close contact with others, touching surfaces or consuming contaminated food or beverages. Those infected can shed billions of particles with the illness, and only a few particles can make a person sick.


The CDC lied: The mRNA wasn't meant to "stay in the arm"

The CDC's information page on Covid-19 vaccines contains the following bullet points on "How mRNA COVID-19 vaccines work:"
First, mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are given in the upper arm muscle or upper thigh, depending on the age of who is getting vaccinated.

After vaccination, the mRNA will enter the muscle cells. Once inside, they use the cells' machinery to produce a harmless piece of what is called the spike protein.... After the protein piece is made, our cells break down the mRNA and remove it, leaving the body as waste.
Or, in other words, as we have long been told, "it" - the mRNA - "stays in the arm." And then, after having instructed the muscle cells to produce the spike, is disposed of.


CDC adds COVID vaccine to routine immunization schedule for kids, adults

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A Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center nurse administers a Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccine at an inoculation station next to Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.
COVID-19 vaccines are now included among the routine shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for children, adolescents and adults.

The 2023 list includes shots for the flu, measles mumps and rubella, polio, and other inoculations.

The vaccine schedule represents the current recommendations for people as a regular part of their vaccinations against common infectious diseases. It does not mean the CDC is requiring a COVID-19 shot for children or that schools will have to require that students receive the shot before enrolling.

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One more for natural immunity: Australian scientists make an exciting Covid-19 discovery

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On the left is a healthy control lung, while on the right is post-mortem lung tissue from someone who died from Covid - with the newly-discovered LRRC15 receptor shown in green
Naturally occurring Covid-fighting protein found that appears after Covid enters the body

A protein in the lungs that blocks Covid and forms a natural barrier to the virus has been discovered by scientists at the University of Sydney.

The naturally occurring protein, LRRC15, works by attaching itself to the virus like Velcro, preventing the Covid particles from binding with more vulnerable cells - as well as reducing the chance of infection. The astonishing find may finally explain why some people suffer serious illness with the virus, or even death, while others never get sick or appear symptomless.

LRRC15 is not known to be present in humans until the virus enters the body, but it appears after infection.

The protein helps activate the body's response to Covid and the team behind the incredible find hopes it will offer a promising pathway to develop new drugs to fight the virus.

Researchers believe that patients who died from Covid-19 did not produce enough of the protein, or produced it too late to make a difference.


Stunning new data pulled from the Medicare database shows how each shot increases your risk of death

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The 2023 Cochran review shows mask don't work. But does science matter anymore?

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What is the Cochran Library?
"The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of the world's best medical research studies, and are recognized as the gold standard in evidence-based health care."
The Cochran Library has been reviewing the use of physical interventions to interrupt or reduce the spread of respiratory viruses since 2010. By physical interventions, they mean masks, shields, gowns, hand-washing, etc.

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This is not some short-term project, but a long-term, serious meta-analysis review. As stated above, the Cochran reviews are considered the gold standard for health care agencies and professionals. When Jill and I took our fellowship training at Harvard in Global Clinical Research, the Cochran methodology for medical research meta-analysis was taught as the preferred method.

Comment: See also: Massive peer-reviewed mask study shows 'little to no difference' in preventing COVID, flu infection


Daily chemicals that are severely disrupting your hormones

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Shanna Swan, Ph.D., a reproductive epidemiologist with the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York, has been studying declining sperm counts for decades. In 2017, she and colleagues published a study that went viral because it predicted an impending fertility crisis.

Men experienced a 50% to 60% decline in sperm counts from 1973 to 2011, the 2017 study found, amounting to a decline of over 1% per year over the last 50 years.1,2

The team then expanded the study, adding seven years of data and an expanded geographical range. The new study, published in Human Reproduction Update in November 2022,3 includes data from six continents and 53 countries, including years 2011 to 20184 — but the results reveal an equally disturbing trend.

Comment: And what about the effect of the COVID vaccines on reproductive health!? See also:


Microplastics found in human veins

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Microplastics have been found for the first time in human vein tissue, a team of researchers from the University of Hull revealed last week. Five distinct types of microplastic were discovered in samples taken from the saphenous (leg) veins of patients undergoing heart bypass surgery.

"We were surprised to find them," Professor Jeanette Rotchell said in a press release accompanying the paper's publication in the journal PLoS One. "We already know microplastics are in blood...but it was not clear whether they could cross blood vessels into vascular tissue and this work would suggest they can do just that."

The UK-based researchers found an average concentration of 15 particles of plastic per gram of vein tissue, similar to or higher than the levels found in lung and colon tissue, but observed that the shape and types of plastic found in the vascular tissue was markedly different from other tissue types.

Comment: See also from this past year:

Microplastics found deep in lungs of living people for first time
Microplastics found in blood for the first time
Objective:Health - Microplastics are Everywhere, Including in Your Body


Massive peer-reviewed mask study shows 'little to no difference' in preventing COVID, flu infection

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A massive international research collaboration that analyzed several dozen rigorous studies focusing on "physical interventions" against COVID-19 and influenza found that they provide little to no protection against infection or illness rates.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, is the strongest science to date refuting the basis for mask mandates worldwide.

Comment: More on the study here: Cochrane study shows that the debate is over: Masks do NOT work

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How safe really is 5G?

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Few of the general public I speak to have any awareness of the possible health harms of radio-frequency radiation such as 5G or Wi-Fi. Could this be because Government and mainstream media have colluded to ignore these risks? In fact, the Court of Appeal has recently given permission for a judicial review challenging the Government for "failure to give adequate information to the public about the risks of 5G and to explain the absence of a process for investigation of any adverse health effects". This hearing, led by Michael Mansfield QC will take place on February 6th and 7th in London.

Politicians, however, are undeterred in continuing with the proliferation of electronic communication, now in the form of 5G. The Government states that it has a "clear ambition for the U.K. to be a global leader in the next generation of mobile technology, 5G", and that there is "enormous potential to boost productivity and grow the economy" through it. It's worth noting that almost all independent commentators on 5G suggest that the motives for its launch are entirely economic, not humanitarian. Certainly I don't know anyone who is enthusiastic about smart cities, smart motorways, driverless cars or the intensification of electronic communications in healthcare settings, for example.

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