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Childhood cancer up 13% in the last 20 years


“Cancer is a significant cause of death in children and adolescents, in spite of its relatively rare occurrence before the age of 20 years.” — Christopher Wild, PhD
A recent study, coordinated by the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), published in Lancet Oncology shows that childhood cancer was 13 percent more common between 2001-2010 than in the 1980s, totaling to an annual incidence rate of 140 per million children aged 0-14 years worldwide.1, 2

Although the data for this study was gathered from 153 cancer registries in 62 countries, the results are predominantly based on a child population coverage of almost 100 percent in North America and Western Europe.1

Based on 300,000 cancer cases diagnosed in 2001-2010, leukemia was the most common cancer in children under the age of 15, amounting to a third of all childhood cancer cases. Tumors of the central nervous system accounted for 20 percent of all cases and lymphomas accounted for 12 percent.1 In children under the age of five, a third of the cases involved embryonal tumors such as neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, nephroblastoma, etc.1

Comment: Number one cause of childhood death in U.S.? Cancer


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Court orders EPA to close loophole that exempted factory farms from pollutant reporting

© Environmental Law & Policy Center of the Midwest
The DC Circuit Court ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday to close a loophole that has allowed hazardous substances released into the environment by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) to go unreported.

"We applaud the DC Circuit Court's clear decision to enforce this vital environmental safeguard to protect public safety," said Earthjustice attorney Jonathan Smith, who helped argue the case before the court.
"In the words of the court, the risk of air emissions from CAFOs 'isn't just theoretical; people have become seriously ill and even died' from these emissions. But the public cannot protect itself from these hazardous substances if CAFOs aren't required to report their releases to the public. The loophole also prevented reporting of these toxics to local and state responders and the court held that plainly violated the law."
CAFOs are large-scale livestock facilities that confine large numbers of animals in relatively small spaces. A large CAFO may contain upward of 1,000 cattle, 2,500 hogs or 125,000 chickens. Such facilities generate a massive amount of urine and feces, which is commonly liquefied and either stored under the facility or nearby in open-air lagoons. This waste is known to release high levels of toxic pollutants like ammonia and hydrogen sulfide into the environment.

Comment: CAFO's: The facts about factory farms

The economics of CAFOs:
  • There are approximately 15,000 CAFOs in the US, which raise 50% of all animals used for our food.
  • The largest food processors hold the greatest share of the market, so they wield more power, both economic and political.
  • CAFOs receive a wide array of subsidies, both direct and indirect, such as crop subsidies on the corn and soybean used to feed CAFO animals. This in turn means more money in the pockets of feed producers like Monsanto.
  • Because CAFOs are not held accountable for the environmental and health damage they do, they don't have to worry about those costs, putting more into their pocket. Those costs are absorbed by the public at large.
  • A River Of Waste: The hazardous truth about factory farms
Waste From CAFOs Compared to 'Mini Chernobyls'

When you raise tens of thousands of animals (and in the case of chickens, 100,000) under one roof, you're left with a load of waste. That manure, which traditionally was regarded as a valuable fertilizing byproduct when produced on a much smaller scale, has become one of the most polluting substances in the United States (even though federal legislature forbids animal waste from being defined as "hazardous").

The problem is, when it's produced in massive quantities, it certainly is hazardous. In a report of the Pew Commission on industrial farm animal production (IFAP),1 it's explained:
"Animal waste in such volumes may exceed the capacity of the land to absorb the nutrients and attenuate pathogens. Thus, what could be a valuable byproduct becomes a waste that must be disposed of in an appropriate manner.
The annual production of manure produced by animal confinement facilities exceeds that produced by humans by at least three times. Manure in such large quantities carries excess nutrients, chemicals, and microorganisms that find their way into waterways, lakes, groundwater, soils, and airways.
Excess and inappropriate land application of untreated animal waste on cropland contributes to excessive nutrient loading and, ultimately, eutrophication of surface waters.
IFAP runoff also carries antibiotics and hormones, pesticides, and heavy metals. Pesticides are used to control insect infestations and fungal growth.
Heavy metals, especially zinc and copper, are added as micronutrients to the animal diet. Tylosin, a widely used antibiotic (macrolide) for disease treatment and growth promotion in swine, beef cattle, and poultry production, is an example of a veterinary pharmaceutical that decays rapidly in the environment, but can still be found in surface waters of agricultural watersheds."
The waste, which is typically stored in massive "lagoons," often leads to rivers of waste that flow from factory farms into the surrounding environment. As the film described, just one environmental consequence of this is the quick spread of Pfiesteria, a microscopic organism that feeds off the phosphorus and nitrogen found in manure.



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5 ways corrective lenses break down your eyesight and how to improve your vision naturally

Optometrists just like much of the medical community are fixated on short-term solutions which don't address the root cause of problems. Few optometrists will admit and the greatest majority are unaware that glasses and contacts are almost guaranteed to destroy your eyesight over time. Unfortunately, they're not trained on natural and preventative solutions that improve vision in the long-term because they simply do not understand the way the eye works. Contrary to popular belief, your vision doesn't have to decline over time. With regular exercise of the muscles that control your eye movements and visual acuity, you can reduce eyestrain and maintain or even improve your vision without any destructive correctional conventions such as laser surgery, glasses or contact lenses.

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Homeoprophylaxis: A safe and effective way to treat and prevent infectious disease

© japantimes.co.jp
Medical doctors are frustrated! Their hands are tied, and they can no longer practice medicine in the way they originally intended. With the advent of electronic records and innumerable insurance company requirements, doctors' eyes are glued to the computer screen instead of free to look their patients in the eyes. Pharmaceutical companies have overtaken public media by advertising drugs for every symptom imaginable, drugs that are often accompanied by dire side effects. What happened to "First, do no harm," and what's happened to modern medicine?

Actually, one nontoxic and inexpensive form of medicine is alive and well. Homeoprophylaxis, also known as HP, is a safe and effective form of immune education to protect from infectious disease. In countries such as India, where HP is sanctioned by the government, doctors are able to administer HP openly and achieve outstanding results. Homeoprophylaxis costs less than pennies per person due to the fact that very little source material can produce enough HP for thousands, if not millions, of people.

Comment: The effectiveness of Homeopathy: Warts and all


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The risks of calcium overload

© sasimoto / Fotolia
You've probably heard you that need lots of calcium in your diet to have strong bones and a healthy body. But do you know the risks of taking too much calcium?

You can actually overdose on this mineral, and there are side effects.

Your body needs calcium, but it's important to take the right amount of this important mineral.

HYPERCALCEMIA

Hypercalcemia is the medical term for a high calcium (Ca2+) level in the blood serum. People with a mild increase that has developed slowly usually have no symptoms.

But in those with greater levels or rapid onset, symptoms may include abdominal pain, bone pain, confusion, depression, weakness, kidney stones, or an abnormal heart rhythm including cardiac arrest. Most cases are due to primary hyperparathyroidism or cancer.

Too much calcium in your diet is typically not related to hypercalcemia, which is a serious medical condition. Excess dietary calcium can cause constipation, and may increase your risk of kidney stones.

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Google wants to map human health, seeks 10,000 volunteers for invasive screening

Predictive medicine - or "precision health" as it is sometimes known - is a trend in healthcare that is growing exponentially. Perhaps the greatest indication to date that this is slated to be the future of disease prevention and patient care is a massive new investment by tech behemoth and king of the algorithm, Google.

However, in order to continue along the path toward true predictive modeling, there will need to be a group of people willing to be tracked and monitored to a never-before-seen degree. And herein also lies some concern about what the future will look like if all of our most intimate functions are logged and analyzed for inspection by the central computers of Google and the healthcare State.

People might not know, but Google is not only synonymous with online browsing and search engines; it has a health division called Verily. It is the result of an undertaking that began in 2014 as Google Life Sciences and has become one of the company's most intricate and far-reaching endeavors. None more so than the specific mission to predict future illness. Verily's bold mission has now been given a name: Project Baseline. Preliminary estimates put the price tag near $100 million.

The ramp-up in predictive medicine initiatives is demonstrable in everything from consumer wearable electronics with simple monitoring capabilities right up to smartphone apps that have been developed to connect doctors to patients with a history of depression.

Comment: Lord, help us all.


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Sunflower seeds frequently contaminated with aflatoxin

Michigan State University researchers have shown that sunflower seeds are frequently contaminated with a toxin produced by molds and pose an increased health risk in many low-income countries worldwide.

In the current issue of PLoS ONE, the team of scientists documented frequent occurrence of aflatoxin - a toxin produced by Aspergillus molds that commonly infect corn, peanuts, pistachios and almonds - in sunflower seeds and their products. This is one of the first studies to associate aflatoxin contamination with sunflower seeds.

The study was conducted in Tanzania, but the problem is by no means isolated there. Chronic exposure to aflatoxin causes an estimated 25,000-155,000 deaths worldwide each year, from corn and peanuts alone. Since it is one of the most potent liver carcinogens known, the research to detect and limit its presence in sunflower seeds and their products could help save lives and reduce liver disease in areas where sunflowers and their byproducts are consumed, said Gale Strasburg, MSU food science and human nutrition professor and one of the study's co-authors.

"These high aflatoxin levels, in a commodity frequently consumed by the Tanzanian population, indicate that local authorities must implement interventions to prevent and control aflatoxin contamination along the sunflower commodity value chain, to enhance food and feed safety in Tanzania," he said. "Follow-up research is needed to determine intake rates of sunflower seed products in humans and animals, to inform exposure assessments and to better understand the role of sunflower seeds and cakes as a dietary aflatoxin source."

Comment: Even when not contaminated, sunflower and other PUFA-heavy seed oils release cancer-causing chemicals and should never be used.


Sheeple

Eating clean, unprocessed foods is now a dangerous "cult," declares idiotic mainstream media (with a little help from the dirty dairy industry)

As more people are turning their back to dairy and other processed foods, the National Osteoporosis Society, subsidized by the milk industry, has now declared clean eating to be a dangerous "cult" and "ticking time bomb" that could leave young people with weak bones.

For decades, the milk industry has made us believe that milk is crucial for our health. Most of us have been brought up with the idea our teeth and bones will crumble if we don't drink three big glasses of calcium-rich milk every day.

Though scientific research has linked milk consumption to cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, heart diseases, allergies, and a host of other diseases, governments and celebrity shills with thick milk mustaches keep telling us that milk is essential to our health. These celebrities, however, forget to tell you that they were paid to make these statements, hiding the dangers lurking behind these hip milk mustaches.

In their latest attempt to push antibiotic- and hormone-rich dairy products onto the people, the mainstream media is spreading fears to spook people into believing healthy dietary choices that reject processed foods are dangerous.

Of all the rumors the fake media, which depends on the advertising money of the dairy industry, has spit into the world, this one breaks all the records. Trying to convince people that eating fresh, whole foods is dangerous is just insane.

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The evolution of Big Pharma's profit machine


Thanks to drug safety scandals and new methods of marketing, the bloom had fallen off the Pharma reps' roses.


More than a decade ago, the job of pharmaceutical rep was enviable. Direct-to-consumer advertising pre-sold many drugs so doctors already knew about them. Medical offices welcomed the reps who were usually physically attractive and brought lunch. In fact, reps sometimes had their own reception rooms in medical offices and seemed to see doctors before waiting patients.

By 2011 thanks to drug safety scandals and new methods of marketing, the bloom had fallen off the Pharma reps' roses. The number of prescribers willing to see most reps fell almost 20 percent, the number refusing to see all reps increased by half, and eight million sales calls "could not be completed" at all, reported ZS Associates.

Some doctors did not hide their antipathy. Salt Lake City family doctor Ross Brunetti estimated six reps called on his office every morning and six more in the afternoon. "In a week, I might see three people trying to sell me the same thing," he complained. "There are more drug reps than patients. It's like a minefield."

Bullseye

Medical freedom & informed consent under attack: Federal grants come with vaccine mandates

Medical Freedom is at risk in every state of the nation under vaccine mandates.

Since the removal of religious and personal belief vaccine exemptions by the State of California under law SB277, the federal government is widening the net to go after states by region through block grants for early childcare programs.

The government's message? If you want federal assistance, ante up and remove the religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccines.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) set a trap under The Child Care Development Fund when it sent Conditional Approval letters to states for fiscal year 2016-2018 that conditionally approve early childcare programs until all new requirements are fully implemented, including the removal of vaccine exemptions.