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More vaccine extremism in America: Doctors could soon drop patients who don't vaccinate their kids

Small child receives vaccination
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.

New Jersey has a liberal religious exemption policy, allowing parents and guardians to submit a signed statement indicating "immunization interferes with the free exercise of the pupil's religious rights." No other documentation is required. The number of unvaccinated students is slowly climbing in the state.

An attempt to make it tougher for New Jersey families to get the religious exemption by requiring they explain how vaccines "would violate, contradict, or otherwise be inconsistent" with their religion failed in the last legislative session.

The number of New Jersey children whose parents have requested a religious exemption has grown nearly 600 percent, from 1,641 in the 2005-06 academic year to 9,506 in the 2014-15 year, according to the state Department of Health.

Comment: Defending your rights: Religious exemption to vaccination
The Declaration of Independence begins with, "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." That Declaration was a rejection of oppression by a ruling aristocracy and the pledge that this country would uphold the unalienable natural right to life and liberty that belongs to every person.

240 years later, we find ourselves again fighting for freedom from oppression because we have allowed the rise of a new ruling aristocracy, an elitist class of privileged citizens who want the legal right to judge, shame, segregate, discriminate against and punish fellow citizens who do not share their beliefs. Nowhere is this truth more self evident than in the oppressive implementation of one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination laws that fail to respect biodiversity or human rights and crush citizen opposition, in violation of the informed consent ethic and freedom of thought, speech, conscience and religious belief.

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with what Congress said in 1986, and that is: government licensed vaccines are "unavoidably unsafe" and pharmaceutical corporations should not be liable for vaccine injuries and deaths. 30 31 Today, when your child dies or is permanently brain injured after vaccination or the vaccine fails to protect your child, you cannot hold the vaccine manufacturer or the doctor who gave the vaccine accountable in court in front of a jury of your peers. With this free pass, in 2011 and 2012 the multi-billion dollar vaccine machine powered by medical trade, industry and government rolled into the legislatures of Washington, Vermont and other states with the goal of eliminating religious and conscience vaccine exemptions that have been in place in the U.S. for more than half a century. 32 In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with what Congress said in 1986, and that is: government licensed vaccines are "unavoidably unsafe" and pharmaceutical corporations should not be liable for vaccine injuries and deaths. 30 31 Today, when your child dies or is permanently brain injured after vaccination or the vaccine fails to protect your child, you cannot hold the vaccine manufacturer or the doctor who gave the vaccine accountable in court in front of a jury of your peers.

With this free pass, in 2011 and 2012 the multi-billion dollar vaccine machine powered by medical trade, industry and government rolled into the legislatures of Washington, Vermont and other states with the goal of eliminating religious and conscience vaccine exemptions that have been in place in the U.S. for more than half a century. 32
NVIC has worked with families and other grassroots organizations to protect vaccine exemptions in 15 states but, in 2015, Vermont lost the conscience exemption and California lost the personal belief exemption protecting both exercise of conscience and religious beliefs. 33


Treating chronic pain through awareness of its psychological origins

We like instant gratification. Who doesn't? You desire a thing, you want it as soon as possible. This is entirely rational. The food looks good, you're (relatively) hungry, so let's eat. That gadget would be fun to play with, you've got the money (or credit) for it, so let's buy it. This is why we sign up for and can never relinquish our Amazon Prime same-day shipping, why we demand antibiotics for viral infections, and why we can purchase and collect entire buckets of fried chicken without ever leaving our cars. We don't like to wait if we don't have to. And we rarely have to wait. This extends to how we deal with physical pain: my arm hurts, I want this pain to go away right now, so I'll take a painkiller.

The problem with this approach to pain is that the quick solutions rarely work like they do for other physiological messages. Hunger is simple. You put something in your mouth, chew, and swallow. Hunger gone. But pain is complex. Pain is communication. When something hurts, your nervous system is telling you that something is wrong with your body (that stove is hot, your ankle is sprained, you pulled your hamstring) and you should fix it (pull your hand away, elevate and stay off your ankle, warm-up before you sprint next time). People born without the ability to feel pain are extremely vulnerable to death and dismemberment. It might sound cool to live without pain, but we desperately need it to survive.

Acute pain can usually be trusted. Chronic pain is trickier. There may have been initial tissue damage, but instead of decreasing the pain as the damage healed, it increased: chronic pain usually gets worse, not better.

Comment: Treating chronic pain often involves a multi-pronged approach. Hidden inflammation in the body may be one reason that pain doesn't resolve after an injury has healed. Diet plays a crucial role so it's important to avoid inflammatory foods such as GMO's, refined or processed foods, nightshades, sugars, gluten, and dairy.

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Dangerous products present in daily use health and beauty aids

© New Eastern Outlook
In today's highly controversial and aggressive world, virtually anything can present a threat to the life of a human being, not just wars, climate change, or short-sighted and often criminal actions of certain politicians.

As it has been shown by a number of scientific studies, the activities of a number of American corporations present a very real threat the well-being of the population mainly due to the use of genetically modified substances in their products while manufacturing substandard health and beauty aids. The truth is that it's the people of developing countries that are being affected by these fraudulent business practices the most, since Western corporations try to suppress any information about the health effects of their products to obtain maximum profit.

At the end of the twentieth century British scientists have come to a sensational conclusion that parabens are capable of penetrating the skin barrier and are being accumulated in the tissues of the body, causing cancer, hormone system failures, endocrine system suppression, and skin diseases. Research made this finding while studying malignant tumors in breast tissue, all of which contained parabens, Later on, these findings were confirmed by Canadian and French scientists.

Parabens are artificial preservatives that are often used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry by a number of Western corporations. Even though they are effectively increasing the shelf life of a product, while remaining relatively cheap to use, parabens pose a serious threat to human health and well-being. From time to time one can come across articles on the harmful effects of parabens in Europe and the United States, forcing certain companies to replace parabens with less harmful preservatives. However, the markets of developing countries, especially those with hot and humid climates, are flooded with Western cosmetic products that contain the dangerous substance.

In order to attract international attention to this danger, the French Le Monde went as far as to publish a list of the 400 Western pharmaceutical products containing parabens and that are, therefore, dangerous for use or consumption. In this list one may find the baby cream Biafine, cough medicines as Clarix, Codotussyl, Drill, Hexapneumine, Humex, Pectosan, and Rhinathiol, stomach relief medicine such as Maalox, Gaviscon, Josacine, and antibiotic Zinnat, along with a list of other drugs produced by Western corporations and actively advertised for mass consumption.


Worse than Epi-pen: Insulin prices have skyrocketed

© Heinz-Peter Bader / Reuters
With only three companies in the world making insulin, steep price jumps over recent decades for the vital drug that combats diabetes amount to "price gouging, plain and simple," according to one US senator.

While the 500-percent increase for allergy treatment EpiPen has dominated attention in the pharmaceutical world and beyond, far more people — nearly 30 million in the US — are diabetic and rely on insulin to survive. Insulin prices, meanwhile, have soared in recent years.

"This borders on the unbelievable," Dr. Mayer Davidson, a professor of medicine at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles who has monitored insulin costs, told Lee Newspapers. In 2001, a monthly supply of extremely concentrated insulin "had the wholesale price of $45. By last year, the cost had skyrocketed to $1,447" for the same amount, Davidson said.

Comment: Take the sting out of the insulin price hike by adopting a low carb, high fat, moderate protein ketogenic diet. Type 1 diabetics will see their insulin requirements decrease and Type 2 diabetics may be able for forgo insulin altogether.

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Poor diets and lack of exercise blamed for pet dementia

© Heathcliffe O'Malley/Telegraph
Sara Johnson and her cat Emma, who suffers from cognitive dysfunction syndrome, or pet dementia.
Pet owners who notice their animals becoming forgetful and confused may be shocked to learn that the cause could be a particularly human problem.

Growing numbers of cats and dogs are suffering from dementia, with more than a million in Britain likely to have the condition.

Vets have warned that sedentary lifestyles and poor diets may be behind the rising number of dogs succumbing to the disease.

Experts have noticed that cats are also falling prey to a decline in their cognitive abilities, leading to clumsiness and other behaviour problems, such as getting lost in familiar territory.

Comment: For more on taking the best care of your furry friends see: The Health & Wellness Show: Pet Health


World Health Organization documents how to respond to 'vaccine deniers'

© Mohammad Sajjad/AP
U.N. workers in many parts of the world administering forced vaccinations face opposition from the public. A health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in Peshawar, Pakistan with armed military participating.
The controversy surrounding mandatory vaccines seldom is debated on science or merit. Government training materials written to persuade the public to accept mandatory vaccines rely on persuasion and even intimidation, and not facts or science.

Health Impact News has previously reported how the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other government health officials have tried to silence the media in publishing anything contrary to their controlled information regarding vaccines, and have produced training documents for health workers to combat those opposed to mandatory vaccinations.

Vaccine injury data is seldom, if ever, published, and the statistics on vaccine injuries and deaths are purposely withheld from public information. (See: U.S. Government Withholds Vaccine Injury Data: Rolls Out "Vaccine Confidence Plan" Instead.) Health Impact News might be the only news source currently publishing the quarterly reports of vaccine injuries and deaths published by the Department of Justice awarded to victims in the government vaccine court.

Comment: Not the first time the WHO is using psychological operations (PSYOP) to push the 'vaccine agenda':
On August 18, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a press release from Geneva, Switzerland titled "Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes."1 The focus of the release was to highlight views expressed by public health officials in a special edition of the journal Vaccine, which was "guest-edited" and published by the WHO.1

Foremost among the views was the continuing concern by health officials over the number of people around the world who remain unvaccinated despite the availability of vaccines. According to the release, approximately 1 out of 5 children globally do not get vaccinated. The WHO attributes the situation to a phenomenon called "vaccine hesitancy," which the organization describes as a "delay in acceptance or refusal of safe vaccines despite availability of vaccination services."

In October 2014, the WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) published an extensive report on vaccine hesitancy, looking at different approaches to help shape the public's behavior toward vaccination.24 The report specifically explored marketing strategies employed by other organizations such as the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA), which includes companies like Coca Cola Company, Pepsico and McDonalds. According to the SAGE report, "Key industry messages to the Working Group included the following (points particularly relevant to vaccine hesitancy are in italics):"23
  • All that really matters is the power of the story.
  • Consumers care about benefits, not supporting facts.
  • Brand = product + compelling story.
  • Reason leads to conclusions, while emotion leads to action (i.e. change comes from feelings, not facts).
  • It is important to win the hearts, minds, and now, voice.
  • Due to social media, consumers have a mouth piece and a large portion of media consumption is media generated by other consumers.
  • The rise of social media has benefits and risks. You can share information on a massive scale at zero cost, but there is less control.
  • Consumers believe more in messages from other consumers than from big institutions.
  • It is important to find the intersection of brand topics (what the brand wants to talk about) and audience interests (what existing and desired audiences care about).
  • Consumer's rationale for decisions may not reflect the true motivation (e.g. give fact-based reasons, but emotional reasons may have in fact driven the behavior).
  • It is impossible to please all consumers, and some will not like you.
  • One big idea needs to drive the entire communications strategy. Only one or two messages can be communicated—the rest must be sacrificed.
  • Communication is increasingly about dialogue back and forth in the context of social media.
  • A communication brief includes: competitive content landscape, target consumer, brand opportunity, communication task, core insight, core essence, functional benefit, emotional benefit, meaningful product truth, brand personality, obtainable brand proposition, key performance indicators. Effective communication strategies are not simple.23


2 California elementary school students diagnosed with leprosy

© Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG
People wait to pick of children at Indian Hills School in Jurupa Valley on Tuesday, Sept, 6, 2016. Jurupa Unified School District officials received an unconfirmed report that two Indian Hills Elementary School students were diagnosed with leprosy.
Jurupa Unified School District officials received an unconfirmed report that two Indian Hills Elementary School students were diagnosed with leprosy, which prompted them to send a letter home to parents Friday, Sept. 2.

Though the information has not been confirmed, said Superintendent Elliott Duchon, school district officials decided to send the letter home as a precaution.

"We wanted parents of the students to know, we wanted to get ahead of any rumors and make sure they had access to ample information," Duchon said in a phone interview Sunday evening.


Mad mass prescription: Psychotropic drugs act as chemical lobotomies

One of the most shameful episodes in the history of psychology is the use of frontal lobotomies. Despite very scant evidence of their effectiveness - and in spite of much evidence of serious negative after-effects - lobotomies were standard procedure through the US and Europe for around two decades, until the mid-1950s. In the US, around 40,000 people underwent a procedure that involved cutting away connections between the prefrontal cortex and the frontal lobes of the brain. Initially lobotomies were performed by drilling holes into the skull, until the American physician Walter Freeman discovered that he could reach the frontal lobes through the eye sockets, by hammering a long metal pick into the bone and then into the brain.

The procedure was extremely dangerous - some patients died, others became brain-damaged or committed suicide. A "successful" outcome meant that a patient who had previously been mentally unstable was now docile and emotionally numb, less responsive and less self-aware. Even if there appeared to be some improvement in their mental "disorder", this was often outweighed by cognitive and emotional impairments.

From a modern perspective, the use of frontal lobotomies seems incredibly brutal and primitive. However, we are nowhere near as far removed from such barbarism as we might like to believe. There are strong parallels between lobotomies and the modern use of psychotropic drugs. In fact, the blanket treatment of psychological conditions as if they are medical problems, and the consequent massive overprescription of psychotropic medication, has had a much more harmful effect than lobotomies, because it is so much more widespread.

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Important information to understand if you want to avoid illness

It's no news that there has been an epidemic of poor health in industrialized societies over the past 100 years. Since the peak of the industrial revolution we have seen a steady incline in chronic disease.

The three most common ways for a human to perish in our society include heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

These are known as 'diseases of civilization' and together cause 75% of all deaths in Western nations. 45% of adults in the United States have a chronic disease.

The largest factor in developing one of these diseases is misinformation. So few of us actually understand why and how we are getting sick that we cannot hope to make this world a better place unless we know what truly makes us healthy.

Here are 5 things to understand about health and illness.

Comment: Americans are less healthy, and die sooner than people in other developed nations

How Can the Wealthiest Industrialized Nation be the Sickest?

Since the mid-1990s, the number of Americans suffering from at least three chronic illnesses nearly doubled. Life expectancy has decreased and infant mortality has increased. Illnesses once rare are now common, with some approaching epidemic levels. For example:
  • Autism now affects one in 88 children (CDC), compared to one in 25,000 in the mid-1970s
  • Type 2 diabetes rates in the U.S. increased by 176 percent between 1980 and 2010
  • Celiac disease is four times more common now than 60 years ago
  • Alzheimer's disease is rising at alarming rates. It's estimated that 5.4 million Americans (one in eight older Americans) now has Alzheimer's disease, and nearly half of those age 85 and older have it; AD rates have doubled since 1980
  • New infectious diseases are increasing in number, according to a 2008 study


Aerial spraying for Zika has city leaders at odds in Miami Beach

Miami Beach city leaders are at odds with a scheduled aerial spraying of the insecticide Naled over a 1.5-square-mile infection zone.

In a statement Tuesday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the flights recommended by Florida health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin Thursday and continue for a month.

Gimenez said the number of Miami Beach mosquitoes found with Zika increased over the weekend.

The Florida Health Department announced Tuesday six new non-travel related cases of the Zika virus in Miami Beach.

Comment: See also:
  • CDC using the Zika virus to justify forced vaccinations, quarantines and mass aerial spraying
  • No link between microcephaly babies and Zika virus