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Public health emergency - more people killed from opioids than leading diseases

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© The New York Times
Since 1999, the rate of drug overdose deaths has tripled in the U.S., rising to 63,600 deaths in 2016. This represents a 21 percent increase in deaths from 2015 alone, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report.1 The majority of the overdose deaths - 66 percent - involved opioids, a class of drugs so addictive and dangerous that the opioid epidemic was declared a public health emergency in 2017.

To put this in perspective, drug overdose deaths from opioids totaled 42,249 in 2016, which is over 1,000 more deaths than were caused by breast cancer that same year.2 To say it again, more Americans are now dying from overdosing on opioids than from breast cancer. Such deaths have also surpassed deaths from AIDs during the peak of its epidemic.

Life Preserver

Restricting Eating Times Boosts Quality of Life in Neurodegenerative Disease

empty plate clock intermittent fasting
Neurodegenerative diseases affect millions of Americans, especially those who are elderly or approaching old age. These diseases can cause rapid decline and loss of both one's well-being and one's ability to care for oneself. Although there are several treatments that can improve or extend the lives of people living with neurodegenerative disease, there currently are no cures. As a result, most treatments are focused on slowing disease progression and improving quality of life in the meantime. New studies have found that restricting eating times may be an effective way to improve quality of life for women with these diseases.

Living With Neurodegenerative Disease

Neurodegenerative diseases are, by definition, diseases that include a progressive loss of brain function. This group of disease includes diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Although the pathophysiology of these diseases can differ, they all share a few core characteristics. People with these diseases gradually lose cognition, memory, and the ability to care for themselves, causing a sharp decline in quality of life. Many people are left unable to work, perform hobbies, perform personal activities of daily living and keep a healthy social life.

Comment: See also: The health program for Alzheimer's disease that mainstream treatment fails to surpass


Health

The "Deadly Breast Cancer Gene" Is A Myth, Lancet Study Confirms

A powerful new Lancet study reveals that the so-called breast cancer susceptibility genes -- BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 -- do not, in fact, cause breast cancer. Jolie's prophylactic mastectomy, for instance, was for naught.
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A new Lancet Oncology study, reported widely in the mainstream media, confirms that the so-called "breast cancer genes," i.e. BRCA1/2, do not have the power to determine breast cancer survival outcomes, as widely believed by the medical profession.

The study titled, "Germline BRCA mutation and outcome in young-onset breast cancer (POSH): a prospective cohort study," found,
"[There is] no significant difference in overall survival or distant disease-free survival between patients carrying a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation and patients without these mutations after a diagnosis of breast cancer."

Nuke

Bitter pill to swallow: Why iodine tablets won't save you from nuclear fallout

Nuclear fall out shelter
© David W Cerny / Reuters
Workers wearing protective suits and masks exit a fallout shelter during a nuclear accident simulation at Nuclear Power Plant Dukovany March 26, 2013
As Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un battle it out over the size of their nuclear buttons, attention is again turning to a common myth - that swallowing a simple pill will guard against radioactive fallout.

Iodine tablets, widely considered to offer the antidote to nuclear apocalypse, are reportedly the subject of a surge of interest in the wake of the world leaders' recent saber-rattling.

The substance - officially called potassium iodide, with the chemical name KI - is often marketed as a 'radiation blocking' solution that can protect against poisoning and thyroid cancer. In reality, however, the tablets have a much more limited scope and are not even recommended as an essential part of FEMA's emergency kit in the event of nuclear disaster.

Comment: Interestingly enough, CDC begins preparing for the nuclear detonation. Does US government knows about this nuclear possibility more than silly twitter trash talk?. Also see:

The N. Korea nuclear missile crisis was created by Cheney and his cronies


Biohazard

Tap water toxins: 170 million Americans in 50 states exposed radioactive tap water

tap water
© Natural News
Drinking water for more than 170 million Americans in all 50 states contains radioactive elements that may increase the risk of cancer, according to an EWG investigation released today.

Radiation in tap water is a serious health threat, especially during pregnancy, and the Environmental Protection Agency's legal limits for the most widespread radioactive elements are more than 40 years old. But President Trump's nominee to be the White House environment czar rejects the need for water systems to comply even with those inadequate standards.

Comment: Tap water toxins:
The Safe Drinking Water Act only regulates 91 potential water contaminants. In the US alone, over 60,000 chemicals are used that can find their way into water supplies. Many of them have been identified as possible carcinogens. Current estimates suggest that there is more than 2,100 known chemical toxins present in U.S. tap water. Cities with older pipelines also face problems as chemicals leach from the lines as the water travels.[3]
Also read:


Health

Unlike anti-depressants, psilocybin mushrooms can actually cure depression

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A revolutionary new study is once again revealing a natural approach to be far superior to big pharma solutions-this time involving psilocybin, the active compound in magic mushrooms.

The study, published in the scientific journal Neuropharmacology, found that clinically depressed people had increased neural responses to fearful faces one day after a psilocybin-assisted therapy session, which positively predicted positive clinical outcomes.

"Psilocybin-assisted therapy might mitigate depression by increasing emotional connection," neuroscientist and study author Leor Roseman, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, explained to PsyPost.

This is almost the exact opposite of how standard anti-depressants operate, as SSRI's typically work by creating an "emotional blunting."

"[T]his is unlike SSRI antidepressants which are criticized for creating in many people a general emotional blunting," noted Roseman.

Comment: More on psilocybin mushrooms and their effects on depression:


Book 2

Mental Health, Inc. exposes the greed and cronyism behind some of Big Pharma's worst excesses

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© New York Journal of Books
An excellent new book by Art Levine exposes how "indifferent professional associations, pharmaceutical-subsidized patient advocacy groups and government regulators that either push a drug-industry agenda or fail to halt what amounts to an epidemic of behavioral health malpractice" enable Pharma's worst excesses.

Toddlers drugged with psychiatric medication? Elderly in nursing homes dosed to make them manageable? Soldiers and veterans driven to suicide from their medication? Mental patients given drugs that cause diabetes and extreme obesity and lead to more dangerous drugs? It's all there in Mental Health, Inc: How Corruption, Lax Oversight and Failed Reforms Endanger our Most Vulnerable Citizens, including psychiatric drugs that should never have been approved to begin with and "religious" youth treatment centers that abuse the young people in their care.

Comment: Read more about the excesses of Big Pharma and the mental health crisis in America:


Muffin

Sand-eating Lithuanian woman claims eating a 'mineral diet' cured her brain tumor (VIDEO)

Woman eating sand
© Ruptly
An elderly Lithuanian woman, who claims to be living on a sand-only diet that has drastically improved her health, is sharing her helpful insights with anyone interested in trying this totally inedible fare. Talk about true grit.

Stanislava Monstvilene, 70, from Lithuania claims she has been living for more than a decade consuming nothing but sand. The substance, known to be utterly indigestible, has not only made her healthier but has even cured her brain tumor, she claims.

"I had a late stage brain tumor. They said I wouldn't last long. My hemoglobin level was 60 [some five times over the normal range]," Monstvilene told Ruptly. "I was passing by and once an idea came to my mind - take the sand and eat it. For the first time I choked but then I got used to it."

As times passed the woman not only became accustomed to her new diet - she even developed an addiction for it. Although she has since overcome the uncontrollable craving for sand, she still swears by the mineral-rich "food," claiming she experiences health problems without it.

Alarm Clock

Surprise! Safety of childhood vaccination schedule still unproven

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© Gary Taxali
Mother Jones Magazine
Recently, an article by Joanna Nix was published in Mother Jones magazine titled "There is a Whole Cottage Industry of Doctors Helping Parents Skip Their Kids' Vaccines".1 The aim of the piece appears to be to attack and try to discredit physicians who exercise professional judgment and provide medical vaccine exemptions for children they conclude may be at increased risk for harm if they are vaccinated according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) childhood vaccination schedule.

Nix is uncomfortable with doctors who, according to her, seem "eager" to "flout the recommendations" of the CDC in the name of "parent choice."1 The implication here is two-fold. First, that such doctors are somehow irresponsible for exercising independent professional judgment when it comes to their patients and vaccination. And second, that the informed consent rights of parents to make important decisions for their children that involve medical risk taking are less important than strictly adhering to the CDC's one-size-fits-all vaccination schedule.

Comment: Read more about Dr. Sears a doctor defending the informed consent ethic and wanting to work collaboratively and respectfully with their patients:


Syringe

Fever following a vaccine may be common, but it's never normal

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So many doctors and nurses routinely state on social media that in all their years of practice, they've never seen a serious vaccine reaction... but they have.

If they've never seen any clinically obvious severe reactions, it's likely because children suffering them are generally rushed from home straight to the ER, not back to the clinic or office where the vaccines were given.

To wit, the testimony of pediatrician Dr. Toni Bark, who tells us that while in her position as Director of a hospital pediatric emergency room she'd initially been very upset if parents brought in children who weren't up to date on vaccines, but her attitude soon changed, and changed drastically. She began to see patterns:

"Children who were seen in the vaccine clinic would then come to our ER with seizures, respiratory arrest and asthma attacks. I began to realize, not all children respond well to vaccination and in fact, some die." (1)

And from an ER nurse who calls himself Guerilla RN:

"As an E.R. nurse, I have seen the cover up. Where do you think kids go when they have a vaccine reaction? They go to the E.R. They come to me...The child comes in with either a fever approaching 105, or seizures, or lethargy/can't wake up, or sudden overwhelming sickness, screaming that won't stop, spasms, GI inclusion, etc." (2)