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Objective:Health: - Health News Censorship on the Rise

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Censorship on social media is nothing new, but it seems like the major platforms are having a field day with it lately. It's usually in the realm of politics, but recently a few notable alternative health sites and personalities have been censored.

Green Med Info, a truly great site which documents published, peer-reviewed studies on the evidence for natural and alternative medicines, was recently given the boot from Instagram and Linked-In (to which everyone replied, "Linked-In?"). Dr. Mercola has had multiple videos recently banned from YouTube and controversial carnivore advocate Mikhaila Peterson has been demonetized on the platform. Also, during the Joe Rogan podcast's recent switch to Spotify, Mikhaila's interview was among the many that were conspicuously absent.

Is there another purge coming? What is so dangerous about this health information that we need to be prevented from accessing it? Join us for a rousing discussion about social media censorship of alternative health.


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AstraZeneca suspends US COVID-19 vaccine trial amid serious concerns, trials continue in South Africa

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial suspended in US for at least several more days amid concerns over serious complication
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial suspended in US for at least several more days amid concerns over serious complication The experimental vaccine is drawing scrutiny after a participant in clinical trials was diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammatory syndrome.

The US clinical trial of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine will be suspended for the next several days as the US Food and Drug Administration investigates a potential side effect, according to Reuters.

Sources told the news agency on Monday that enrollment in the trial was not being reopened "until at least midweek," pending the investigation.

The FDA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Comment: Meanwhile in South Africa, AstraZeneca, for some reason, is going ahead with the vaccine trials knowing full well the potential harm this could cause:
Astrazeneca has resumed COVID-19 vaccine trials in South Africa, more than a week after tests were placed on hold due to serious side effects in a participants in Britain, an official at the country's Department of Health told Reuters on Tuesday.
However we've seen this kind of medical malpractice in developing countries numerous times before: New oral polio vaccine to BYPASS key clinical trials as vaccine caused outbreaks overtake wild polio

It's also worth noting that, Russia already has a vaccine that has passed trials with few complications and is now in the production line. This says a lot about the current state of medical research that other countries are continuing to waste time and money on an problem that has already been solved, all because of political maneuvering: Russia produces first batch of COVID-19 vaccine, 500 million doses available by January

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How ultra-processed food is ageing our cells

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Ultra processed foods including things like mass-produced bread, ready meals, instant noodles, fizzy drinks, sweets and crisps
A growing body of research suggests that cooking our own food could be the secret to a long and healthy life

Whenever Dr Yasmin Razak sees a healthy patient in their 90s at her London GP surgery, she has a question for them. "I ask what they do to look after themselves. They say every time: 'I make my own food and I don't eat out'. They either have an allotment or grow food in their garden."

For anyone searching for the secret to long life, the answer looks straightforward, then. Dr Razak's nonagenarians, who also cite regular walks, do not rely on the convenience foods, takeaways and ready meals that form a staple of so many British diets today.

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Syringe

Sputnik V launched: Russia dispatches first batches of pioneering Covid-19 vaccine to all of its 85 regions

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Packs with the world's first vaccine against COVID-19 registered in Russia.
Russia has sent out the initial batches of the world's first registered coronavirus vaccine to all parts of its vast territory, as authorities test the delivery system of the much-needed drug.

The formula is expected to be delivered on Monday, said Russia's Health Minister Mikhail Murashko.

"The first small batches have already been shipped," Murashko said, explaining that the government is testing the supply chain to ensure a robust delivery system across the country's 85 regions. As well as testing the efficacy and safety of the vaccine itself, the government believes it is paramount to ensure the efficient distribution to citizens, especially to those at high risk.

Russia's homegrown Covid-19 formula is currently in the third and final stage of clinical trials, in which 40,000 Muscovites will take part. While three-quarters will receive the jab, another quarter will be given a placebo. On Wednesday, Moscow's Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova announced that testing had begun, and over 35,000 residents had applied.

"Clinical trials have begun in Moscow," Murashko said, adding that the ministry had also created "the world's first mobile application" that allows participants to "report on their condition" throughout the lengthy trial period.

Syringe

Will new COVID vaccine make you transhuman?

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Two years ago, in October 2018, Forbes contributor Neil Sahota, a United Nations artificial intelligence adviser and UC Irvine professor, warned that transhumanism is fast approaching — likely faster than you think.1
"In the past few years, there has been considerable discussion around the idea we are slowly merging with our technology, that we are becoming transhuman, with updated abilities, including enhanced intelligence, strength, and awareness," Sahota writes.
The goal of the transhumanist movement, or "Human 2.0," is to transcend biology into technology. Or, as Dr. Carrie Madej explains in the video [below], to meld human biology with technology and artificial intelligence.

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Life Preserver

How the 'lost art' of breathing can impact sleep and resilience

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Breathing slowly and deeply through the nose is associated with a relaxation response, says James Nestor, author of Breath. As the diaphragm lowers, you're allowing more air into your lungs and your body switches to a more relaxed state.
Humans typically take about 25,000 breaths per day — often without a second thought. But the COVID-19 pandemic has put a new spotlight on respiratory illnesses and the breaths we so often take for granted.

Journalist James Nestor became interested in the respiratory system years ago after his doctor recommended he take a breathing class to help his recurring pneumonia and bronchitis.

While researching the science and culture of breathing for his new book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, Nestor participated in a study in which his nose was completely plugged for 10 days, forcing him to breathe solely through his mouth. It was not a pleasant experience.

"I went from snoring a couple minutes a night to, within three days, I was snoring four hours a night," he says of the forced mouth-breathing. "I developed sleep apnea. My stress levels were off the charts. My nervous system was a mess. ... I felt awful."

Nestor says the researchers he's talked to recommend taking time to "consciously listen to yourself and [to] feel how breath is affecting you." He notes taking "slow and low" breaths through the nose can help relieve stress and reduce blood pressure.

Comment: More on the many benefits of deep breathing: And if you haven't yet seen or tried it: Éiriú Eolas - The revolutionary breathing and meditation program:




Syringe

Will safety and effectiveness be ignored due to political pressure for COVID vaccine?

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The pressure is mounting for a COVID vaccine to be approved. Will there be transparency on its safety and effectiveness? Action Alert!

There have been a number of federal actions around the issue of a COVID vaccine in recent weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released technical guidelines to states, telling them to be prepared to store, distribute, and administer a COVID vaccine as early as late October or early November. Lawmakers have also introduced a bill aimed at instilling public confidence in an eventual COVID vaccine, but the bill does anything but. These actions underscore the need for transparency and freedom of choice when it comes to the issue of vaccination.

Public health experts say that the CDC guidance is meant to prepare states for the monumental task of vaccinating millions of people, but the timing is ominous. We've been told, almost since the pandemic began, that the earliest a vaccine could be expected was in 18 months; now we're told that a vaccine could be mere weeks away — and right before an election. Dr. Anthony Fauci has even said in interviews that vaccine trials could end prematurely if a certain level of safety and effectiveness is demonstrated.

Presumably to dispel fears of political tampering to get a vaccine approved before the election, a group of lawmakers have introduced a bill that would, in short, ensure that the normal procedures for vaccine approval take place and that the recommendations of the CDC and FDA are made public.

The "normal procedures" for vaccine approval hardly instill confidence that a vaccine will be safe. We need only consult the historical record: to date, the US Vaccine Court, in which it is notoriously difficult to win cases, has paid out more than $4 billion to families who have been injured by vaccines.

Comment: More on the dubious Covid vaccine:


Syringe

After reliability of trial data questioned, creators of Russia's Covid-19 vaccine send 'detailed responses' to Lancet questions

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A researcher works inside a laboratory of the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology where the world's first coronavirus vaccine registered in Russia was developed.
Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, which created the world's first Covid-19 vaccine, has sent "detailed responses" to the questions posed by British medical journal The Lancet, after a group of scientists criticized the Russian data.

On September 7, an open letter signed by twenty-six analysts, mainly based in Italy, cast doubt on Russia's vaccine, noting the discovery of "potential data inconsistencies" in the published research. The group claimed that the article had significant statistical anomalies. Following the letter, the journal's editorial board asked the developers of the Russian vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, to reply.

According to Alexey Kuznetsov, an assistant to Russia's Minister of Health, the vaccine's creators have sent "detailed responses to the editor of The Lancet magazine."

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Health

Coronavirus: What do we know about the artemisia plant?

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Artemisia plants being grown in Madagascar.
Madagascar attracted a lot of attention in April when the African island nation announced it was using a local plant to combat coronavirus.

A drink using artemisia plant extracts was promoted by its leader, President Andry Rajoelina.

There's no evidence so far that this plant - whose compounds do work against malaria - can combat Covid-19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

So what do we know about the plant and its properties?

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Pills

Drugs that block acetylcholine speed up cognitive decline - study

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Acetylcholine (ACh) pathway
Anticholinergic medications may increase Alzheimer's risk, a new study reports

Anticholinergic medications block acetylcholine (i.e., "vagusstoff") and inhibit parasympathetic nerve impulses by binding with this neurotransmitter's receptors. Over 600 medications are known to trigger some degree of anticholinergic activity (Ghossein, Kang, & Lakhkar, 2020).

Anticholinergics are a common class of drugs prescribed by doctors — or purchased over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription — for the treatment of allergies, asthma, common cold symptoms, COPD, hay fever, hypertension, overactive bladder, Parkinson's disease as well as psychiatric disorders, depression, and a host of other ailments.

What Is Acetylcholine and Why Is It Also Called "Vagusstoff"?

Acetylcholine (ACh) was the first neurotransmitter ever discovered by scientists. In 1921, a German-born psychobiologist and pharmacologist, Otto Loewi (1873-1961), identified a substance secreted by the vagus nerve that slowed heart rate. He named this stuff "vagusstoff," which is German for "vagus nerve substance." (See "How Does 'Vagusstoff' (Vagus Nerve Substance) Calm Us Down?")