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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:


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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.

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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


Footprints

End the toxic tyranny - billions against Bayer

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Bayer and Monsanto finally agreed to say "I do" September 14, striking a $66-billion deal that Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant tried to sell as a move to improve "the lives of growers and people around the world."

Wall Street Journal reporter Jacob Bunge painted the news in a different light. Bunge implied that behind the Bayer-Monsanto buyout, a similar proposed merger between Dow and Dupont, and the recently approved ChemChina-Syngenta deal, runs the story of an industry in trouble.

"The dominance of genetically modified crops is under threat," wrote Bunge on Wednesday. Bunge interviewed a Ohio farmer Joe Logan who told him:
"The price we are paying for biotech seed now, we're not able to capture the returns," said Ohio farmer Joe Logan. This spring, Mr. Logan loaded up his planter with soybean seeds costing $85 a bag, nearly five times what he paid two decades ago. Next spring, he says, he plans to sow many of his corn and soybean fields with non-biotech seeds to save money.
With farmers giving up on biotech seeds, a global public wise to the destruction wrought by poisons like glyphosate (Monsanto) and neonicotinoids (Bayer), and a food industry increasingly under pressure to remove GMO ingredients, the Gene Giants figure all they need to do is get bigger - and more powerful - and they'll be able to use their clout to step up the bullying of farmers, governments, scientists and the media.

Comment: Monsanto-Bayer merger advances: 'Five-alarm threat to our food supply & to farmers around the world'


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EPA says Monsanto's herbicide glyphosate 'likely not carcinogenic'

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Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co's Roundup herbicide, is not likely carcinogenic to humans, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday as it outlined its current position on the controversial chemical.

The EPA has been involved in a decades-long process to assess human and animal health risks, as well as ecological risks, of glyphosate. Various agencies around the world have offered conflicting opinions on whether glyphosate causes cancer.

The EPA's "proposed" position on glyphosate was outlined in a 227-page paper it published on the regulations.gov website, which the EPA manages.

After reviewing the available data, the paper states, "The strongest support is for 'not likely to be carcinogenic to humans' at doses relevant to human health risk assessment."

Comment: Talk about the fox guarding the hen house! The evidence keeps mounting, regulatory bodies like the EPA continue to warp science, distort the truth and keep consumers in the dark!


Biohazard

Kansas kids mysteriously ill...in the same town as the forthcoming DHS Bio-Safety lab

Manhattan, Kansas is in the news due to a mysterious illness sweeping through schools and making hundreds of children ill. Natural Blaze reports:
Symptoms include the necessity to go home due to stomach issues like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. At first, officials thought it was norovirus (highly contagious stomach flu). Indeed, the media reports and officials were certain it was norovirus and a major outbreak had practically downed a Nevada school last year. However, as the sickness continues, this idea has been abandoned even though it spreads in a similar manner.

Additionally, some of the symptoms are not consistent among all the students. For instance, the middle and elementary students began contracting the sickness, but unlike the high schoolers, they are reporting fever as well. Last Friday, the high school principal issued a desperate plea for the sick students to provide stool samples to the health department.
As sorry as I feel for the children involved, this type of mystery illness is nothing to what may be waiting for them in the future due to the last reason that Manhattan, Kansas made headlines.

Wreath

Australia reschedules and legalizes marijuana for therapeutic use

Last week, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia's version of the FDA, announced formal plans to legalize medical marijuana throughout the country this November.

The TGA has recognized the medicinal use of some cannabinoids since 1984, yet Australia's National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) has kept cannabis a Schedule 9 controlled substance.

"The scheduling of cannabis and its extracts has been considered by the National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee (NDPSC) on a number of occasions," the TGA states in a description of the scheduling history. "Currently, cannabis is a Schedule 9 substance, i.e., a prohibited substance which may be abused or misused and the manufacture, possession, sale or use of which is prohibited by law."

Australia has gone through a similar heart-wrenching legalization process as many other nations, driven by parents illegally treating their epileptic children with cannabis while citizens also openly participate in mass civil disobedience of recreational smoking events as depicted in the video report below.

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Bacterial cells vs. human cells in the body


Who’s living whom? Think you’re in charge? The bacterial-human cell ratio shows your human cells are greatly outnumbered by microbiome (bacterial) cells in your body.
The bacterial-human cell ratio in the body is quite astounding, if you didn't already know it. Did you realize that the amount of bacteria in your body vastly outnumber everything else?The bacterial-human cell ratio is estimated to be around 10:1! That means for every human cell in your body, there are roughly 10 bacterial cells. So who's living whom? Who's in charge? It's certainly not the human "you", because you only have one eleventh of the numbers (although human cells are far larger and heavier). The bacterial-human cell ratio reaffirms the importance of having a healthy bio-terrain (i.e. having the right balance of, and an abundance of, healthy bacteria in your body), which is what many alternative and holistic healing modalities teach. Ultimately, it also lends weight to the idea that it is your body's bio-terrain or inner environment that determines your state of health and immunity - not whether you are exposed to a particular bacterium or virus as is the prevailing view in Western Medicine.

Comment: The cutting edge of gut health and disease


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The gut-brain connection, mental illness, and disease

Psychobiotics, immunology, and the theory of all chronic disease.

We are never truly alone. On our skin, in our gums, and in our guts live 100 trillion organisms, altogether known as the microbiome. These beasties comprise 90% of the cells of our bodies, though these cells are so tiny in size that it appears our own human cells predominate. It is only recently that we have begun to study these organisms with any depth. Most of them live within the gut, and cannot be cultured, and only with the advent of advanced genetic testing have we been able to have a better understanding of the variety and numbers of microbes we're dealing with. They are Bacteria, Archaea, and even some eukariotic parasites, protozoans, and fungi.

What do they have to do with psychiatry? It turns out way more than we might have suspected. The gut and brain have a steady ability to communicate via the nervous system, hormones, and the immune system. Some of the microbiome can release neurotransmitters, just like our own neurons do, speaking to the brain in its own language via the vagus nerve.

To have a full understanding of how the whole gut-brain connection works, you need robust knowledge of endocrinology, immunology, pathology, and neurology, which is a bit beyond the scope of a blog article. However, to break it down to simplistic terms, here are the basic links:

Comment: For an update on this topic, read:

The cutting edge of gut health and disease
In both human and rodent studies, increasing obesity, insulin resistance, and fasting glucose levels correlate linearly with decreasing distance between gut bacteria and the cells lining the intestine. This invasion of bacteria on the front lines of the gut is called "bacterial encroachment," reminding us that our relationship with our microbiota is best characterized as "frenemies." Andrew Gewirtz leads a team at Penn that published the sobering paper in Nature last year, showing how modest amounts of emulsifying agents nearly universally found in processed food damaged the microbiome and intestinal cells, causing colitis in mice. He made the sensible recommendation to avoid processed food in favor of eating fresh, whole foods.

He's also been able to reverse some damaging effects of more processed, purified diets in mice by adding the fermentable fiber inulin to their chow. The inulin feeds the microbiota and makes them more diverse and robust. However, along the lines of the "frenemies" designation, immune compromised mice got sick when fed inulin, meaning we have to be careful about making recommendations for fiber blooming of our gut microbes. It may make sense to use multiple step treatments, eliminating pathogens with temporary low fermentable fiber diets and possibly antibiotics, then adding in more friendly probiotics, feeding them with fiber. These complex protocols have yet to be studied in a systematic way in humans and remain experimental.