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Study finds over 80 percent of COVID-19 patients vitamin D deficient

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More than 80 percent of 200 patients hospitalized in Spain with COVID-19 had low levels of vitamin D, a new study found.

The study, which was published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that the majority of patients being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital in the northern city of Santander suffered from a deficiency of vitamin D.

Researchers at the University of Cantabria determined that just 82 percent of the 216 patients had inadequate levels — compared to around 47 percent of people in a control group who didn't have the virus.

The vitamin, which promotes healthy bones and supports immune system function, is produced by the body naturally when it's exposed to sunlight, though it can also be obtained from eating foods such as fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms and cheese.

Patients with deficiencies of the sunlight vitamin in the study were also more likely to have hypertension and heart disease, as well as experience longer hospital stays.

Comment: See previous studies on the link between vitamin D and Covid-19:


Heart

High fat or 'ketogenic' diets could prevent, reverse heart failure

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Research from Saint Louis University finds that high fat or "ketogenic" diets could completely prevent, or even reverse heart failure caused by a metabolic process.

The research team, led by Kyle S. McCommis, Ph.D., assistant professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at SLU, looked at a metabolic process that seems to be turned down in failing human hearts.

In an animal model, drastic heart failure in mice was bypassed by switching to high fat or "ketogenic" diets, which could completely prevent, or even reverse the heart failure.

Comment: In recent years studies coming at the issue of diet from numerous different angles are showing how 'paleolithic' and ketogenic diets can help heal a variety of disease, as well as being the optimal diet for the vast majority of people: And check out SOTT radio's:


Question

Flu away: Scientists baffled at disappearance of influenza...but is it really gone or just masked by Covid-19?

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There has been a 98% plummet in flu infections this year, dispelling fears of a Covid and flu 'twin-demic' about which many had warned. Experts say we can thank masks and social distancing. But does this really add up?

Although there is no mass testing for flu as there is for Covid, the WHO says that surveillance of data from around the world shows flu rates collapsing everywhere. Australia essentially 'skipped' their flu season this year, with not a single case reported since July (their peak). In fact, flu has more or less vanished throughout the Southern Hemisphere, and early indicators suggest it will follow suit north of the equator. What can explain this unprecedented decline?

Where did it go?

To my mind there are three possibilities.

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Objective:Health: - D‌eath in Covid Vaccine Study - No Safety Concerns?‌

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A participant in the trials of a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has died. Seems like kind of a big deal. But the authorities have assured us that, after a "thorough" review, there's nothing to worry about and the trials are proceding. AstraZeneca said in a statement that it could not comment on individual cases but it "can confirm that all required review processes have been followed... These assessments have not led to any concerns about continuation of the ongoing study." Very reassuring.

As could be expected, there is very little information given about the circumstances surrounding the death, and what has been released has been confusing and contradictory. Some are reporting that the participant wasn't in the vaccine group, but was in the placebo group, but then the placebo group, apparently, aren't getting an inert substance, but are instead getting a meningitis vaccine. But the guy didn't die from that vaccine either, he died of Covid related complications. So how exactly did that happen?

Join us on this episode of Objective:Health as we try to sort through this mess and talk about other aspects of the vaccine of the century.


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Syringe

Singapore suspends two flu vaccines after deaths of 48 recipients in South Korea

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Questions over the safety of flu vaccines has surged after the casualties in South Korea.
Singapore has temporarily halted the use of two influenza vaccines as a precaution after some people who received them in South Korea died, becoming among the first countries to publicly announce a halt of the vaccines' use.

South Korea reported that 48 have died as of Saturday after getting flu shots but said it would carry on with the state-run vaccination programme as they found no direct link between the deaths and the shots.


Comment: We guess they're wiling to take the gamble with other people's lives. And all for a vaccine that shows little to no benefit, and worse, harmful side effects.


No deaths associated with influenza vaccination have been reported in Singapore to date but the decision to halt the use of SKYCellflu Quadrivalent and VaxigripTetra was precautionary, the health ministry and the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) said in a statement late on Sunday.

Comment: And those are the adverse reactions that were reported. It's unlikely that they're capable of thorough follow-ups with the 9.4 million people that received the flu vaccination. Doctors the world over are conducting very little primary health care becuse they're following orders to focus on 'testing for the Covid' instead of seeing patients.

See also: And check out SOTT radio's:


Syringe

South Sudan confirms outbreak of vaccine-derived polio

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Child receiving polio vaccine
Health officials in South Sudan on Thursday confirmed a new outbreak of polio, just months after declaring the wild version of the deadly virus eradicated in Africa's youngest country.

The health ministry said 15 cases of vaccine-derived polio - a form of the illness which occurs in rare incidents when the weakened virus in the vaccine mutates - had been identified in the country's northwest.

"Yes, there is an outbreak of vaccine-derived polio, and the Ministry of Health and its partners are working on it, and I think it is under control," the ministry's director general for preventative health services, Dr John Pasquale Romunu, told reporters. "It has affected quite a number of counties and states."

On August 25, South Sudan was among four African nations to receive confirmation that wild poliovirus had been eradicated within their borders - allowing the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the entire continent free of the crippling disease. It was just the second time a deadly virus had been declared eradicated in Africa since smallpox 40 years earlier.

But the fanfare was short lived. Just two days later the UN confirmed that more than a dozen cases of vaccine-derived polio had sprung up in nine states across Sudan.

Comment: Polio from vaccines is not all that rare:

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Heart

'COVID social distancing and isolation': Youth suicides shoot up nearly 90% in Wisconsin's second largest county

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Suicides have increased by nearly 90% among youths in Wisconsin's second-largest county when compared to last year.

"When people are lonely, it's really hard to cope," Director of Emergency Services at Journey Mental Health Center, Hannah Flanagan, said. "The specificity about COVID social distancing and isolation that we've come across as contributing factors to the suicides are really new to us this year."

There have been 15 suicides among people under the age of 24 in Dane County as of mid-September. The county saw eight suicides among that age group in all of 2019, with the five-year average of suicides sitting at 10.

Comment: See also:


Arrow Up

Scientists worry as more Americans say they'll refuse COVID-19 vaccine

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Tara Granger, 36, has worked as a nurse for two decades in Suffolk County, NY, and she and her two children have been vaccinated every year.

"Drugs are my life," she says. "It's what I learned in school."

But she's been questioning the promised upcoming vaccine for COVID-19, in large part because of what she's witnessed firsthand about the financial incentives for vaccines.

"It scares me that I got so many free lunches and free dinners because I pushed the flu vaccine," Granger says. "What am I going to get when I push a COVID vaccine?"

Granger got sick from the coronavirus earlier this summer and said she did "the opposite of what people said to do. I took my supplements and vitamins, and didn't go to the hospital to be put on a ventilator and die. I was smart enough to say, 'My immune system can fight this, I just have to find the right way to do it.' "

Her job will require her to recommend the COVID vaccine when it's available, but Granger said she won't personally be getting it.

"The vaccine isn't something we need, even if it is safe," she says. "People want an easy solution and they think this is it. But it isn't."

Comment: See also:


Ambulance

The healthcare system isn't interested in anything other than Covid... not even lung cancer

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A new report has shown how people with lung cancer may have been misdiagnosed as coronavirus sufferers, which is already contributing to avoidable deaths. The obsession with Covid-19 is beginning to take its toll.

The UK's deadliest cancer, which kills around 35,300 people annually, may be in for a record-breaking year. And it is all thanks to lockdowns. As we know all too well, when it comes to cancer, early intervention is everything. With lung cancer, a delay of just 40 days to a surgery can cause a 16 percent increase in mortality, and three months can be the difference between a treatment and a death sentence. Now, a report by the UK Lung Cancer Coalition has lifted the lid on a scandal bubbling in the NHS: the appalling toll that government coronavirus rules are taking on lung cancer patients.

Lung cancer referrals fell by 75 percent in spring. At least one third of patients with lung cancer have already died since the outbreak began. And according to Professor David Baldwin, a respiratory medicine consultant, this is likely an underestimate, as "Some deaths will not have been recognised as lung cancer and may have even been labelled as Covid-19." What this all boils down to, according to the report, is an additional 1,372 deaths due to lung cancer.

Cheeseburger

New human salivary glands discovered

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ABOVE: A 3-D reconstruction from histological slides (inset on right) of the newly discovered tubarial gland (yellow; ducts in light blue). The torus tubarius cartilage is colored dark blue and muscle is pink.
The findings may have implications for radiotherapy, a cancer treatment that can cause damage to salivary glands and leave lasting complications.

Doctors don't regularly come across undiscovered bits of human anatomy, but a team of physicians recently reported a never-before-described set of salivary glands in patients' necks. The first hint of this new gland emerged while Wouter Vogel, a radiation oncologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NCI), was probing for damage to salivary glands after radiotherapy for cancer in the head, neck, or brain — injuries that can lead to issues such as problems with digestion, speech, and an increase in oral infections. While going through these scans, he found something usual.

Vogel was using a new technique for detecting cells in the salivary glands — PSMA PET/CT, a form of combined positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) that uses a radioactive tracer that binds to a prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA). This method is typically used to detect prostate cancer, but in a prior study, Vogel and his colleagues had found that it also labels salivary gland cells, where PSMA is also expressed. Humans have three major salivary glands and approximately 1,000 minor ones. "This scan is extremely sensitive for the salivary glands," Vogel says. "So we can see more than ever before."

Comment: Contrary to the claim at the beginning of the article, this is actually just the latest new organ scientists have discovered in recent years: Also check out SOTT radio's: Objective:Health #25 - Fascia - The Body's "Fiber Optic" Crystalline Matrix