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Pesticides? 'Mystery' lingers over more cases of infant birth defects in Europe

German babies deformities, pesticide residues infant deforities
Authorities are at a loss to explain why several babies born in a west German province have similar hand deformities. One hospital, where three such cases were seen, described the baffling phenomenon as "striking."

With "no nationwide registry" to keep track of deformities, the St. Mary's Hospital in Gelsenkirchen, near Dortmund, has admitted it is difficult to accurately monitor the situation or establish any kind of pattern.

Three babies were born at the hospital with undeveloped palms and fingers on one hand, between June and September this year. RT has twice contacted both the city administration of Gelsenkirchen and St Mary's Hospital seeking more information on the situation, but has received no response.

In a public statement, the hospital said it had not seen deformities of this kind "for many years." It left open the possibility that three cases so close together might simply be a "random accumulation," but admitted that it found "the brief period in which we are now seeing these three cases" is "striking."

Could there have been even more?

Comment: The similarity to the birth defects noted in France and the fact that all cases were in the same locality points suspiciously to the effects of pesticide spraying. Given the links between birth defects and pesticides along with companies such as Monsanto/Bayer who are known for their methods of obstructing investigations - there's probably less of a 'mystery' than an unwillingness to admit the obvious. See:


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Autism gene? 12 children with autism were conceived from one donor's sperm

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A single sperm donor is the biological father of at least 12 children who all developed autism — an extraordinary case that prompted one woman to sue her sperm bank, according to news reports.

The case came to light when the woman, Danielle Rizzo of Illinois, was researching treatments for her two sons, who both have autism, according to The Washington Post. Both sons were conceived with sperm from the same donor, and Rizzo was shocked to discover that other mothers who used the same donor also had sons with autism, the Post reported.

Rizzo was told that the likelihood of all these related children having autism by chance was like all the mothers "opening up a dictionary and pointing to the same letter of the same word on the same page at the same time," she told the Post.

That means a mutation in the donor's sperm was likely responsible. But is there a single "autism gene?"

Comment: This seems to beg the question - were the children all vaccinated?


Arrow Up

The 'Lion Diet': Hear Mikhaila Peterson roar about her transformational way of eating

Mikhaila Peterson
The Petersons say the meat-water diet turned their life and health around. Mikhaila Peterson now heads the health company Don't Eat That and spreads the word of her alleged miraculous healing across the internet.

Public speaker and best-selling author Jordan Peterson has endorsed a new, catchy nickname for the famous carnivore diet, which allegedly helped his daughter clear up health problems but faced criticism from some scientists.

"I've renamed our diet the #LionDiet," she tweeted on Monday. "Ruminant animal meat, organs are fine too, salt, and water. Catchier than beef salt and water diet."

Her father appeared to endorse the rebranding, replying: "Apparently I'm on the #liondiet."


Comment: 'Critics' demand the status quo even when it kills people. Good on Mikhaila Peterson for taking control of her life, discovering a way to heal herself, and sharing it with the world.


Info

Bone, not adrenaline, drives fight or flight response

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When an animal faces a predator or sudden danger, the heart rate goes up, breathing becomes more rapid, and fuel in the form of glucose is pumped throughout the body to prepare the animal to fight or flee.

These physiological changes, which constitute the "fight or flight" response, are thought to be triggered in part by the release of the hormone adrenaline.

But a new study from Columbia researchers suggests that bony vertebrates can't muster this response to danger without the skeleton. The researchers found in mice and humans that almost immediately after the brain recognizes danger, it instructs the skeleton to flood the bloodstream with the bone-derived hormone osteocalcin, which is needed to turn on the fight or flight response.

Comment: This is fascinating research and may change everything we thought we knew about the body's stress response and the physiology of the 'fight or flight' response.

See also:


Cheeseburger

Hormel, Kellogg's continue the assault on human health: Now getting into the fake meat business

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Large food companies are following in the footsteps of fast-food restaurants such as Burger King and KFC by offering "meat alternatives".
In grocery stores and fast-food outlets around the United States, a revolution is taking place.

Alternatives to meat may not be new, but recent improvements to the products, such as fake meats that really "bleed" and fake chicken that tastes like the real thing, have led to a surge in popularity of faux meats.

Fake meats are big business with companies such as Burger King, KFC, and Dunkin' all adding the products to their menus. But they're no longer alone.

Now, traditional food companies such as Kellogg's, Tyson, and Kroger are also jumping on the fake meat bandwagon.

Comment: Are Beyond Meat's plant-based burgers healthier than red meat? Dietitians say no


Health

A pharmacy in every backyard: Traditional herbal medicine blooms in Cuba

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Dr. Rodobaldo Pedroso (left) and Dr. Rafael Chamizo Gonzalez (right) demonstrate the turpentine tree, nicknamed "la turista" for its red, peelable bark at Las Terrazas on March 3, 2019. The bark of the tree is boiled with water to fight colds, and the leaves are used to treat rashes.
Just off of Avenida 23, one of Havana's busiest streets, lies a small shop, its storefront minimally decorated like most others in communist Cuba. The interior is organized like a small jewelry store, with a glass countertop display case separating patrons from a woman in a lab coat, darting in and out from the back room.

Yieve Nieves Pino is the only person sitting in two dozen chairs set up to form something of a waiting area. Pino, 53, has come to this pharmacy to see the doctor regarding the stomach issues that have been bothering her for some time.

But the shelves that line the back wall are not stocked with the sort of pills and ointments that a typical dispensary would have. Instead, they're filled with bags and bottles of various forms of the drumstick tree, called "moringa" in Spanish.

"I've never used natural medicine before, but everyone tells me it's very effective, and that's why I'm here," says Pino through a translator. "I just didn't need it before now. But this is obviously a type of medicine that is much healthier and much better for the body."

This pharmacy only sells traditional medicine — what would be called "alternative medicine" in the United States. That is, natural drugs derived from plants, herbs, roots and trees using knowledge passed down through the generations. There are many more like it around Havana, where drugs created with expensive and sophisticated technology are much harder to come by. In fact, most Cubans have no choice but to consult traditional medicine first before seeking further treatment.

Comment: More information on traditional and herbal medicines:


Brain

UPDATE-Texas girl fights for her life after contracting brain-eating amoeba

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A 10-year-old girl is fighting for her life at a Texas hospital after contracting a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a river.

Lily Mae Avant spent Labor Day weekend with her family swimming in the Brazos River, which winds through their backyard in Whitney, Texas, a small city near Waco. She came down with a headache and fever soon after, on Sept. 8. Over the following days, she began acting strangely, according to her family.

Lily, who had become incoherent and unresponsive, was flown to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth last Tuesday. Doctors say she contracted Naegleria fowleri, a rare but deadly amoeba that lives in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers and hot springs. The single-celled organism typically infects swimmers by travelling through the nose and into the brain.

The fatality rate for Naegleria fowleri infections is over 97%. Only four out of 145 known-infected individuals in the United States have survived since the amoeba was first identified in the 1960s, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Comment: UPDATE from ABC News:
Texas girl dies after contracting brain-eating amoeba while swimming

A 10-year-old girl died in a Texas hospital early Monday morning, about a week after she had contracted a rare brain-eating amoeba while swimming in a river.

Lily Mae Avant is now "in the arms of Jesus," her aunt, Loni Yadon, told ABC News in a statement.

"We want everyone to know we appreciate their prayers and love and support," Yadon continued. "Our Lily Mae changed lives and brought unity to a divided nation. It's just like her! She loved everyone, and people felt it even through a TV or Facebook. She taught us so much more than we ever taught her."



Marijuana

Cannabis compounds hold promise as a PTSD treatment

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A new study by UCL in the UK has found that cannabis compounds hold promise as treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder but has highlighted the difficulties with obtaining sufficient evidence.

Cannabis is already an approved treatment for PTSD in US states which permit medicinal cannabis use. In the UK, however, although medicinal cannabis was legalized in September 2008, there have been major practical problems with its implementation, and it's thought that fewer than 100 patients have actually benefited [2].

UCL researchers found that significant numbers of PTSD patients - it's a condition thought to affect 1% of the UK population - already self-medicate, some with prescriptions obtained from the US. However, few previous studies have been undertaken, due to legal restrictions, and researchers found that the quality of the evidence in those previous studies was poor. With insufficient clinical evidence, the UCL team concluded that they were unable to make any recommendations about its use for PTSD in the UK [1].

Comment: How the endocannabinoid system impacts metabolism, obesity and inflammation
Through direct and indirect actions, endocannabinoids are known to influence a wide range of physiological systems, including appetite, pain sensation, inflammation, temperature regulation, intra-ocular pressure, muscle control, energy balance, metabolism, sleep health, stress responses, motivation, mood, and memory. Together, this biological system of lipid mediators, proteins and receptors can be referred to as the 'endocannabidiome.'



Megaphone

Mandatory vaccination is tyrannical: The true purpose of California Vaccine Bill SB276

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California has very strict compulsory vaccination laws for children in school, and as a result more parents are deciding to homeschool their children. The latest information regarding vaccines in California that's making noise is Senate Bill 276 by Senator Richard Pan. The bill eliminated nearly all vaccine medical exemptions. Under this bill, politicians, not physicians, are in charge of deciding whether or not children may receive medical exemptions, which in turn would determine whether or not they can attend school.

This is, in many ways, insanity. And mainstream media isn't helping. Take actress Jessica Biel, for example, who made an appearance with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Instantaneously headlines popped up everywhere claiming that she was 'anti-vax' when that wasn't the case, she is simply a supporter of medical freedom and freedom of choice. Mainstream media constantly uses terms like 'anti-vax' to label those who oppose bills like these, without ever addressing the real science and concerns that many parents have, some of which are listed below.

Comment: Objective:Health - Vaccination Nation - Ramping Up The Hysteria


Snowflake Cold

Setting the stage for climate sickness: Global warming hoax leaves authorities unprepared to address potential health crisis from extremes of cold

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Moscow has been characterized by unusual weather in terms of not only the cold, but also of abundant rainfall and a chronic lack of sunshine. This is setting the stage for climate sickness, not only from cold damp conditions but from increasing vitamin D deficiencies that eventually leads to many disease conditions
Muscovites shivered through their coldest August in recorded history. Furthermore, daily all-time low temperature records are continuing to fall across the Russian Federation, joining the myriad of record lows already set in 2019. (This essay is divided into two sections. First is current climate realities. Second is about cold climate sickness.)

The coldest August in record-books stretching back over 150 years is currently gripping the city, with an average air temperature of just 12C (53.6F) -some 6C below the norm. Moscow's previous coldest August was way back in 1884, when the average air temperature for the month was 4C below the norm. In the northeast of the Central District, the temperature dropped below freezing. In Sharya, in the north of the Kostroma region, the air cooled to -3 degrees, and in the grassland the temperature dropped to -7 degrees at the end of August.

Setting the Stage for Climate Sickness

Moscow has been characterized by unusual weather in terms of not only the cold, but also of abundant rainfall and a chronic lack of sunshine. This is setting the stage for climate sickness, not only from cold damp conditions but from increasing vitamin D deficiencies that eventually leads to many disease conditions including cancer.

Doctors need to start preparing their minds and practices to receive patients suffering from cold climate sickness. It is not just Moscow and Russia that is suffering from cold climate change. The National Weather Service reported a winter storm in Alaska on the 20th of August. "Long-range models are indicating cooler than normal temps for the end of Aug/start of Sept," says Minnesota meteorologist Tom Clements.

Comment: For those who can do so safely, gradually adapting the body to colder temperatures might be a good plan: