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Suit opens in Tokyo court over cervical cancer vaccine side effects

Plaintiffs suing the government and drugmakers over health problems allegedly caused by cervical cancer vaccines head to the Tokyo District Court on Monday for the opening of their trial.
Twenty-eight girls and women suffering what they say are side effects from cervical cancer vaccines that were recommended by the government demanded compensation from the state and drugmakers Monday as their trial opened at the Tokyo District Court.

The plaintiffs, ranging in age from 15 to 22, said they have experienced a wide range of health problems, including pain all over their bodies and impaired mobility, after receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines between 2010 and 2013.

Each is demanding ¥15 million in damages.

Erina Sonoda, a 20-year-old college student, said she started to suffer strong menstrual pain after receiving the second of three recommended shots of the Cervarix vaccine, and the pain spread to other parts of her body after the third vaccination.

Due to agonizing pain, Sonoda said she has difficulty walking without a cane and often must use a wheelchair.

"I felt acute pain as if someone was squashing my internal organs. ... Such conditions have only gotten worse," Sonoda told the court while sitting in a wheelchair.

Comment: WHO should take its own advice and research more seriously, and stop recommending vaccines that are causing real harm:

It's official: HPV vaccine, the most dangerous vaccine yet
A study just released by a World Health Organization (WHO) monitoring centre in Sweden shows that adverse event reports received from national authorities — and these will represent only a fraction of those actually experienced — show a tendency to produce clusters of serious adverse events that include complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome(POTS) and chronic fatigue syndrome(CFS) that exceeds any other vaccine.

Life Preserver

Secret weapons against Candida: Undecenoic acid and Caprylic acid

The antifungal nature of undecenoic acid is known for a very long time. Since 1949, salts of undecenoic acids have been used by the food industry to inhibit yeasts and fungi and by the medical industry as antifungal drugs. It is present in its salt form in many over-the-counter topical antifungal medications. Yes, undecenoic acid is good for candida infections - but let us find out what exactly undecenoic acid is and how does it work as an anti-candida agent.

What is Undecenoic acid?

Comment: There are some alternative health practitioners who claim that undecenoic acid may be the only way to truly eradicate a candida overgrowth, especially if it becomes systemic, which is a possibility in the case of leaky gut where the candida can travel outside of the gut and directly into the blood stream to move through the rest of the body. Despite the claims of western medicine, candida overgrowths can be systemic and chronic, not just acute.

With that in mind, undecenoic acid and caprylic acid should be considered either individually, or combined, if one suspects a candida overgrowth that's either in the gut or has gone systemic.

Shopping Bag

University conducts study to figure out why women aren't falling for the pro-GMO b.s.

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A recent series of focus groups conducted by researchers at the University of Adelaide is now demonstrating two things clearly: first, that Big Ag is growing increasingly desperate in its attempts to convince average consumers to continue purchasing their toxic products and remain unaware of any potential dangers. Second, that the unhealthy obsession with academia under the misapplied name of science is more akin to a religion than anything involving critical thought.

The results of the focus groups conducted by Dr. Heather Bray and Professor Rachel Ankeny was published in the journal New Genetics and Society and essentially acts as a brainstorming effort as to how big corporations through their minions at the university level can be more effective at convincing most people to trust GMOs.

The academics were primarily focused on women because as they state, previous studies have shown women as tending to be more opposed to GMOs than men. Like any good marketing strategist, the professors sought out the reason why.

"GM foods are an important issue for the community, and with women still playing greater roles in the provision of home care and food preparation, we need to better understand how women are thinking and what their values are in relation to these issues," Professor Rachel Ankeny said.

The results presented as represented in a press release by University of Adelaide called "GM foods: Why presenting 'just the facts' won't work" are as follows:

Comment: Inside the church of pro-GMO activism: Genetic engineering, twisted science & altered truth:
The reason why so many people doubt science is because they can see how science is corrupted and manipulated by powerful corporations. It is because they regard these large corporations as unaccountable and their activities and products not properly regulated by governments.


How Endocrine Disruptors destroy your body

BPA's toxic effects are well-publicized. From the lining of canned foods to polycarbonate hard plastics to even the thermal coatings on cash register receipts, this is one of the world's most proven bad news endocrine disruptors. BPA is linked to everything from hormone-related breast and prostate cancers to polycystic ovarian syndrome and early puberty.

But did you know BPA is just one of at least a thousand chemicals or chemical mixtures that can tinker with our bodies' delicate hormonal systems, setting us up for disease? (1)

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) like phthalaltes, triclosan and even compounds detected in fish you should never eat are among the 85,000-plus manufactured chemicals in use in the United States. They're found in everyday products and throughout the environment. For instance, did you know that things like atrazine increase tap water toxicity? It's true.

Research spanning the last 25 years implicates endocrine disruptors in many health problems, including male reproductive disorders, premature death, obesity and diabetes, neurological impacts, breast cancer, endometriosis, female reproductive disorders, immune disorders, liver cancer, osteoporosis, Parkinson's symptoms, prostate cancer, and thyroid disorders.

Our current laws clearly aren't working, and policies are needed to protect people from the harmful consequences of EDC exposure. Until Congress makes it illegal for companies to put such toxic ingredients in our products, it's unfortunately up to us to do our best to avoid hormone-disrupting chemicals. (2) But it certainly makes a strong case for electing officials who back meaningful chemical reform, doesn't it? It seems unfair busy families should have to go to these lengths just to stay safe.

Comment: Landmark study exposes the impact of hormone-disrupting chemicals on you, your family and the environment


How Big Food & education sold the false claim that 'milk does a body good'

Oh, good old dairy! I'm sure you remember being a kid and having your mother tell you, Drink your milk! You need it to grow and be strong! Or perhaps your mom was ahead of the curve and saw through the mass marketing campaign designed to convince us that we require milk to live a healthy life.

Aside from the obvious reasons why we don't need cow's milk — no other animal drinks the milk from another species; we no longer need milk once weaned from our own mother's; and cow's milk is, well, meant for baby cows to grow into giant cows — we most certainly do not need dairy.

Got Milk?

This whole dairy façade began upon the premise that we need calcium, which we do, and that we can only get it through dairy products, which is false. There are a number of vegetables that contain even more calcium than milk, including broccoli, kale, cabbage, and watercress, along with a variety of nuts and seeds. But we never see ads on television telling us to eat our broccoli, even though it has many more health benefits than milk. Simply put, there is no lobbying behind broccoli.

Comment: Why you should stop drinking cow's milk


Federal vaccine schedule for 2017 approved

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have approved new adult and childhood vaccine schedules, effective Feb. 1, 2017. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have all endorsed the new schedules.1

The CDC's release of the vaccine schedules has coincided with news reports that the Trump administration may appoint a special commission to investigate the safety of vaccines. In response to these reports, AAFP's president, John Meigs, expressed his opposition to the proposal:
A new federal commission on immunizations is not necessary and would divert much-needed dollars from other, more pressing health care issues. To suggest the need for such an organization promotes unnecessary, ongoing and disproven skepticism about vaccines and public safety."2
He added:
The science is clear, and family physicians stand ready to help everyone―from the incoming administration to the general public―understand how safe and important vaccines are.2

Comment: The American Academy of Family Physicians president, John Meigs; "A new federal commission on immunizations is not necessary and would divert much-needed dollars from other, more pressing health care issues. To suggest the need for such an organization promotes unnecessary, ongoing and disproven skepticism about vaccines and public safety."

Really!? What health care issues could be more pressing than the ongoing damage that vaccines are causing? In particular the HPV vaccine, which time and again has been show to have extreme detrimental effects on young girls! The fact that John Meigs has come out against RFK Jr's proposed commission speaks volumes! Why won't the AAFP, AAP and the ACOG spend 'much needed dollars' addressing vaccine safety issues?
How's that for raising the bar on vaccine science research? And, it had to be done by a consumer and parent rather than the vaccine industry, Big Pharma or the CDC/FDA who lack the intestinal fortitude to admit their science not only is wrong and misleading, but damaging innocent infants, toddlers, children and fetuses.

The World Mercury Project, of which Robert Kennedy is chairman, is sponsoring the $100K challenge.
Kennedy explained that the WMP will pay $100,000 to the first journalist, or other individual, who can find a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women. Kennedy believes that even "a meager effort at homework" will expose that contention as unsupported by science. [1]


Avoid serious infection with proper neti pot use

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about neti pots, which are nasal irrigation tools that look like genie lamps.

Along with other nasal irrigation systems, these devices use a saline, or saltwater, solution to treat congested sinuses, colds, and allergies. They're also used to moisten nasal passages exposed to dry indoor air.

The concept of nasal flushing is pretty simple. The spout of the neti pot is placed in one nostril and the head is tilted at about a 45 degree angle so the other nostril is lower. The pot is held high and the salty water flows in one nostril and out of the other, flushing out any debris with it.

These nasal rinse devices — which include bulb syringes, squeeze bottles, and battery-operated pulsed water devices — are usually safe and effective products when used and cleaned properly, says Eric A. Mann, MD, PhD, a doctor at FDA.

But using the wrong type of water for irrigation and/or improper cleaning of the devices can lead to serious infections - including some that are deadly, including Naegleria fowleri - better known as the "brain-eating" amoeba.

Researchers believe that two deaths in 2011 were caused by brain-eating amoebae that made its way into the victims' tap water, reports CBS:

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Boost alertness with cinnamon and peppermint

According to the results of a study at Wheeling Jesuit University, participants demonstrated increased alertness and decreased levels of frustration, anxiety and fatigue when exposed to peppermint and cinnamon scents.

Merely smelling or snorting cinnamon and peppermint can improve performance several types of memory tasks. Like many spices, both cinnamon and peppermint have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. So they could be expected to exert a range of health-boosting actions, and they do have a centuries-long history of medicinal use around the world.

Cinnamon is one of the most potent antioxidants in the world and regular consumption can lower blood sugar, help digestion, ease arthritis, lower blood pressure and even ward off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. When it comes to the highest antioxidant values on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale, cinnamon comes in third only lower than clove and sumac.

Peppermint is a perfect spice when brainstorming. An energy booster, this scent invigorates the mind, promotes concentration and stimulates clear thinking. Smelling peppermint is linked to greater cognitive stamina, motivation and overall performance.


Weight isn't an accurate gauge of metabolic health: One-third of slim American adults have pre-diabetes

It's often assumed that in order to develop type 2 diabetes, you have to be overweight. While it's true that excess weight is clearly associated with insulin resistance and diabetes, it's the insulin resistance — not necessarily the weight gain — that drives the disease.

As such, many people with a healthy weight are not metabolically healthy, putting them at risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes — even without being overweight or obese.

One of the greatest risk factors, according to University of Florida researchers, is actually inactivity, which drives up your risk of pre-diabetes regardless of your weight.

Inactivity Is Associated With Pre-Diabetes, Even if You're a Healthy Weight

If you were looking for motivation to get moving, this study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, is as good as it gets.1

In a survey of more than 1,100 healthy-weight individuals, those who were inactive (physically active for less than 30 minutes per week) were more likely to have an A1C level of 5.7 or higher, which is considered to be pre-diabetic.

Among all the inactive participants (aged 20 and over), about one-quarter were either pre-diabetic or diabetic. When only those inactive people aged 40 and over were analyzed, the percentage rose to 40 percent.

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Alarm Clock

Kentucky's opioid-stricken town of Manchester is thriving with pharmacies

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A Family Drug Center pharmacy in Manchester, Ky., one of 11 pharmacies in the city of 1,500 people that fill prescriptions for opioid drugs
In a year, one county filled enough prescriptions for 150 doses of painkillers per resident.

Manchester, Kentucky —This economically depressed city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is an image of frozen-in-time decline: empty storefronts with faded facades, sagging power lines, and aged streets with few stoplights.

But there is one type of business that seems to thrive: pharmacies.

Eleven drug stores, mostly independents, are scattered about a tiny city of 1,500 people. Many have opened in the past decade—four in the past three years. And prescription pain drugs are one of the best-selling items—the very best seller at some.

Most pharmacies here and in surrounding Clay County (population 21,000) lack the convenience-store trappings of national chains like CVS or Walgreen's. They sell few items over the counter, focusing on prescriptions and little else.

Comment: A World of Hillbilly Heroin: The Hollowing Out of America, Up Close and Personal