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Measles: The New Red Scare - Fear as a pretext for infringing on individual rights

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The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing when it is no longer doubtful, is the cause of half their errors. - John Stuart Mill, 1859

Majorities are never a proof of the truth. - Dr. Walter R. Hadwen, 1896

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933
Fear. It's a natural and primal human emotion. While human instinct is exceptional in evaluating and reacting to a natural personal risk, as in facing a predator, humans are terrible at assessing modern risks. According to Psychology Today1 this is because our ancestors were programmed to quickly react and respond to a situation before it is even consciously perceived. Our reactions aren't based in logic and statistics, but in lightning fast primitive responses. Threats such as venomous spiders and snakes2 cause an out-of-proportion fear compared with the more likely threat of being killed in a car crash.3 The low risk of a being killed in a shark attack4 evokes more terror than the much greater chance of dying from a prescription drug.5 (Spider and snake bites kill approximately 13 people a year and shark attacks kill 1 person every 2 years in the United States; there were 32,719 deaths in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 and 38,329 people died from a drug overdose in 2010 in the United States.)

Hearts

Interfaith kidney swap: Muslim, Hindu families in India form close bond after exchanging organs

idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh (L) and the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi.
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An idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh (L) and the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi.
A pair of Indian families waiting for kidney transplants may have found the secret to ending religious strife: interfaith organ sharing. The Hindu and Muslim households are now close friends after swapping their innards.

Nadeem and Nazreen Patel forged an unbreakable bond with Ramswarth Yadav and his wife Satyadevi after a doctor proposed that the Muslim and Hindu families serve as kidney donors for each other.

Nadeem, a father of three children, was on dialysis for four years and was facing death unless a suitable kidney donor was found. Ramswarth was also suffering from kidney disease and hoped to undergo a transplant. A doctor at Mumbai's Saifee Hospital suggested a swap between the two families, since Ramswarth's blood group (A) matched that of Mrs Patel, while Nadeem's (B) was a perfect fit for Mrs Yadav. After a month of consultations, a swap transplant was agreed upon. The surgery was a success, with the two households now treating each other as family.

Cheeseburger

Thirty years of fast food: Study show greater variety, but more salt, larger portions, and added calories

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Despite the addition of some healthful menu items, fast food is even more unhealthy for you than it was 30 years ago. An analysis of the offerings at 10 of the most popular US fast-food restaurants in 1986, 1991, and 2016, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, demonstrates that fast-food entrees, sides, and desserts increased significantly in calories and sodium and entrees and desserts in portion size over time. It also shows that while the variety of entree, sides, and dessert options soared by 226 percent, new or discontinued items tended to be less healthy than those available throughout the study period.

"Our study offers some insights on how fast food may be helping to fuel the continuing problem of obesity and related chronic conditions in the United States. Despite the vast number of choices offered at fast-food restaurants, some of which are healthier than others, the calories, portion sizes, and sodium content overall have worsened (increased) over time and remain high," said lead investigator Megan A. McCrory, PhD, Department of Health Sciences, Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Comment: Leave it to the dietitians to look at all the wrong things. While it's interesting the portion sizes have increased, it would be much more interesting to see how the toxic crap put into the food has changed, rather than focusing on sodium, calcium and iron. That information is all but useless.

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Headphones

Scientists warn Apple AirPods may 'pose cancer risk,' urges WHO to act

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As many as 250 researchers have appealed to the WHO and UN member nations, drawing their attention to the harm even minimal electromagnetic waves were scientifically found to cause in humans, including an increase in free radicals and cellular damage, demanding that the international medical watchdog should come up with more protective guidelines.

Despite the enormous popularity wireless headphones, such as AirPods and the similar Samsung Galaxy Buds, have earned in recent years, researchers are increasingly voicing concerns about the harmful effects they may have on human health.

The devices, which harness Bluetooth technology, a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio wave that can transmit data, are in dangerous proximity to the user's inner skull, literally rubbing against it.

Comment: That last line is willfully ignorant! There is plenty of objective evidence showing that EMF is harmful, but as long as "experts" keep saying there isn't, people will not be taking proper precautions.

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Repeat after me: The liver is not a filter!

the liver is not a filter
Please join me in a global campaign to correct the misunderstanding that the liver "filters" toxins.

Filters remove undesirable things from air, water, oil, or other desirable materials. They do so by holding on to them. As a result, they get dirty and eventually need to be replaced.

Many people believe that this is what the liver does.

Comment: People's misconceptions about the liver's function not only betrays an understanding of physiology, but also stops people from consuming something highly beneficial for health. The liver is not a filter! Eat it with abandon!

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Display

Screen time predicts delays in child development, says new research

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Ninety-eight per cent of children now live in homes with internet-connected devices.
Researchers, doctors, public health officials and parents are all trying to make sense of the impact of screen time on children.

Some historians argue that every new technology has been vilified - from the printing press and television to digital technology. Others argue that the accessibility, intensity and desirability of digital media is different. And research shows that 98 per cent of children are now living in a home with an internet-connected device, with kids spending a considerable amount of their time online.

In a study published today in JAMA Pediatrics, we find a measurable association between how much young children are using screens and how well they are meeting their developmental milestones.

Comment: While it's true that every leap forward in technology is accompanied by a good deal of hand-wringing about what it's doing to us, it seems that the massive influx of digital screens in our lives has a marked and measurable, mostly negative, affect. We need to be cautious with these new technologies to make sure they don't overtake us in what makes us essentially human.

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Syringe

65 chemical cross-contaminants found in popular children's vaccine Infanrix Hexa

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Facebook, which seems to have become a government-run agency claiming to help fight the war on 'fake news,' has pledged to delete and flag content that spreads misinformation. This is great, and should be done, but the only problem is that content around the internet is being taken down, flagged, and deemed as a 'conspiracy theory' when it is well-supported, factual, and backed by peer-reviewed science.

I just wrote an article about the recent measles outbreak in Washington State for example, and how that state is pushing hard for all school-aged children to receive a mandatory MMR vaccination. These outbreaks are constantly being blamed on unvaccinated children, but the mainstream never points people towards the actual statistics showing that Washington State, like many other states, have not experienced a drop in MMR vaccination coverage. Instead, MMR vaccine coverage is very high.

Furthermore, they don't mention that there's been a long history of measles outbreaks in highly vaccinated and fully vaccinated populations (see article linked below for examples and sources), and they don't mention the deaths, disabilities, and adverse reactions that've occurred as a result of the MMR vaccine either. Why don't they mention that the death rate from measles in Washington State was just 1.4/10,000 (source in article below) before the introduction of the vaccine?

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Syringe

Harvard Immunologist: 'Unvaccinated children pose no risk to anyone'

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One of the strengths-and weaknesses-of a Western medical education is its predisposition to break things down and compartmentalize them. While much data is gleaned in the minutiae, very little attention is given to the interrelationship between disciplines. While a medical student may become a true specialist in their field, they too become compartmentalized, and are often ignorant of very important information that would be essential for a broader, more holistic overview. And this appears to be by design.

A case in point is the testimony of Tetyana Obukhanych, who earned her Ph.D. in Immunology at the Rockefeller University in New York and did post-graduate work at Harvard. In a presentation she delivered in British Columbia (full video here), she was discussing scientific evidence from a publication dealing with a measles outbreak in Quebec in 2011. The evidence showed that 48% of those who had contracted measles were fully vaccinated for measles, and this does not even include those who were vaccinated only once for the measles, as they get lumped in with the unvaccinated people. She took a moment to tell a story about how she became aware of this phenomenon:

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Syringe

'I will never get over feeling I killed my son': Anti-vaccination activists refuse to be 'silenced'

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Vaccination skeptics say the US government has joined with pharmaceutical companies to shut them down, and the veil of silence over the true dangers of inoculation is secretly killing hundreds of children each year.

'Broken'

When she checks on one of her three living children sleeping, Krystle Cordingley will sometimes see not their faces, but the "grey and lifeless" face of her son Corbyn, whom she found dead in his bed 14 hours after a flu vaccination.

That was over five years ago.

"I'm broken. I am not suicidal or unable to function, but my heart will always be shattered. I will forever feel guilty for being the one that took my son in to be vaccinated, and I don't know if I will ever get over the feeling that I killed him," says Cordingley, who now dedicates her life to fighting against vaccination.

She recalls October 18, 2013, the last day of her 13 month-old son's life, in perfect detail.

Eggs Fried

Eat more eggs

Bacon and Eggs
The headlines are once again filled with advice to reduce egg and cholesterol consumption based on a study that found an association of egg and cholesterol consumption with increased risk for cardiovascular events. Sounds scary and persuasive, doesn't it? After all, nearly 30,000 people were tracked over 17 years and the authors authoritatively declare that this proves that eggs and cholesterol are risk factors for heart disease.

There are several problems with this assessment. It is emblematic of the studies that confuse people, yield wildly conflicting conclusions, are used to craft absurd and ineffective dietary guidelines, and provide tantalizing headlines for media. And it is virtually all untrue.

Comment: It's truly staggering that nutritional scientists continue to promote their epidemiological studies as showing anything beyond a simple correlation. The endless need to fill the news cycle, along with the scientists need to garner attention for their next-to-worthless studies has resulted in a public completely misinformed and apathetic.

For actual reasons to eat eggs, see: