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Lab analysis shows strawberries and many fruits are contaminated with 20 different cancer causing pesticides

We are often told that fruit is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. However, choosing the wrong fruits can actually have a negative impact on your health. While fruits are full of fiber and vitamins, they can also be full of cancer-causing pesticides.

A new report shows an alarming amount of pesticides are making their way into the conventionally grown strawberries sold in Swiss supermarkets. The study entailed testing samples of the fruit sold in supermarkets as well as the fruit and soil from strawberry farms situated in the Seeland region of Bern and Thurgau.

A total of 20 different pesticides were found, with fungicides being the most common. One sample had traces of 11 different pesticides. Twelve out of the 13 samples taken from supermarkets showed the presence of pesticides that are potentially carcinogenic, and eight of them had at least four different types of pesticides.

2 + 2 = 4

Monsanto tries to build a society of GMO & pesticide devotees - one child at a time

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The company covertly indoctrinates children through education propaganda.

On Oct. 14, 2015, the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation released a free, 38-page, downloadable lesson plan called "Bringing Biotechnology to Life: An Educational Resource for Grades 7-10."

The International Food Information Council is a front group funded by some of biggest names in biotech and junk food: Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Nestle and more. The American Farm Bureau Federation, according to SourceWatch, is a "right-wing lobbying front for big agribusiness and agribusiness-related industries that works to defeat labor and environmental initiatives, including climate change legislation." The organization is adamantly against GMO labels, and even spoke out against Roberts' and Stabenow's deal for being too lenient.

Comment: Monsanto 'Biotechnology Book for Kids' Caught Brainwashing Children
The public is not buying the lies regarding Monsanto's GMO crops, and as a result biotech giants are scrambling to preserve their dwindling role in our society. There is a serious war on for the minds of developing children right now, and it is being waged by government-approved mega corporations who care not for the health of these children but for profits. The claims made within this book are not only scientifically unfounded, but they are seriously dangerous to the health of children and adults alike. This phony book is far from an 'educational' resource.


Congress passes opioid bill while ignoring research on the pain-killing effects of medical marijuana

Congress is patting itself on the back after passing the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA) and sending it to Obama's desk. The "overwhelmingly bipartisan" bill is meant to address the opioid epidemic currently gripping the U.S.

It was an easy one for congressmen to brag about to their constituency, but the legislation is notable for its failure perhaps more so than its achievement. Namely, the failure to recognize medical cannabis as part of a viable alternative for treating chronic pain, and failure to call out the role of Big Pharma in getting the nation hooked on opioids.

CARA can be applauded for seeking to direct addicts into recovery programs instead of jails, give addiction treatment to those already locked up in the drug war, and expand access of naloxone to first responders for opioid overdoses.

Comment: This bill may lead to more treatment access for the opioid addicted but at the same time it doesn't decrease the amount of opioid prescriptions being written by doctors. Could Big Pharma's bottom line have anything to do with it?

Big Pharma terrified: Pill sales plummet as medicinal marijuana is legalized


Vaccine rights are being removed while safety issues are increasing

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As noted by Barbara Loe Fisher,1 founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), July Fourth celebrates the American Declaration of Independence, which asserts that "all men are created equal," and are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights."

Unwilling to submit to the tyranny of the aristocracy any longer, the Declaration is a pledge, promising that the United States would uphold the "unalienable natural right to life and liberty that belongs to every person."

Yet today, 240 years later, we again find ourselves in a situation where we're increasingly oppressed by an elite "who want the legal right to judge, shame, segregate, discriminate against and punish fellow citizens who do not share their beliefs," Fisher writes, adding:
"Nowhere is this truth more self evident than in the oppressive implementation of one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination laws that fail to respect biodiversity or human rights and crush citizen opposition, in violation of the informed consent ethic and freedom of thought, speech, conscience and religious belief ...
The appropriation of unaccountable authority by medical trade and the militarization of public health in the 21st century should be of concern to every person who values life and liberty."

Comment: Additional articles by Barbara Loe Fisher:


Measles hysteria strikes Denver: Shoppers warned about possible exposure to over-hyped illness

Tri-County Health Department Executive Director Dr. John Douglas is interviewed by CBS4’s Kathy Walsh.
People who visited Target, King Soopers or any of five other locations in the south Denver metro area are being warned about possible exposure to measles. That's because a baby with measles was at all of those places sometime last week.

Tri-County Health Department Executive Director Dr. John Douglas says measles is the most infectious of infectious diseases. It's a respiratory infection and spread by coughing and sneezing.

According to Douglas, the baby was at spots in Denver, Parker, Lone Tree, Littleton and Highlands Ranch. He says the health department has contacted nearly every person known to have been in contact with the baby. The department is now notifying the public out of an abundance of caution.

Comment: Since when did a routine, easily recoverable childhood illness turn into something akin to the Black Plague? This sounds like another recruitment campaign for the measles vaccine. If you really want the measles, get the vaccine:

Evil Rays

Why I get my brain zapped

Conventional therapies haven't done much good for my anxiety disorder

© Image by Eric Wassermann, M.D. Public Domain
Diagram of transcranial magnetic stimulation
Almost seven percent of U.S. adults—about 15.7 million people—are diagnosed with major depression disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that depression causes 200 million lost workdays each year at a cost to employers of between $17 billion and $44 billion. The statistics for anxiety disorders are not great either. The most common mental illnesses in the U.S., they affect 40 million adults age 18 and older, costing the economy more than $42 billion a year.

In my twenties, I developed panic disorder. I failed to get better on most medications and therapy. As I reported in an article earlier this year, it took me years to find a medication that worked. Because it took me so long to be diagnosed and treated properly, I have always been interested in alternative treatments for depression and anxiety.

Two years ago I attended two sessions at the World Science Festival on the use of electrical therapy to treat depression and anxiety. The first event was Spark of Genius? Awakening a Better Brain, a panel discussion moderated by ABC News Chief Health & Medical Editor Richard Besser. The panel discussed what is known about treating the brain and the ethical and legal complications of brain enhancement. (You can watch it online at the World Science Festival website.)

Comment: We have many articles here on SOTT pointing out the risks of antidepressant use. Here are just some of them:


Florida's massive algae bloom is toxic to people, pets and the environment

In the middle of summer vacation — what should be the busiest tourist season for many parts of Florida — popular beaches are being shut down and people told to stay out of the water. It's not a shark; it's toxic green algae stretching for miles along Florida's coastline.

"Enjoy your vacation on Playa Guacamole," the Miami Herald quipped,1 as in some areas the algae is more than thick enough to dip a chip — not that you'd want to. "It smells like death on a cracker," one Florida resident told the Tampa Bay Times.2 And it's not only the smell that's a problem.

Blue-Green Algae Is Dangerous to People, Pets and the Environment

The algae, also known as cyanobacteria, is so prolific it can now be seen from space.3 Further, it can produce toxins that are harmful to humans and marine life. Skin rashes and respiratory issues can result from exposure to the algae, and should it get into an open wound, it can lead to a staph infection.4

Some experts believe the cyanobacteria may be a type called microcystis, which are nerve toxins that may lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches, seizures and long-term liver disease if ingested in drinking water.5

Researchers are also looking into whether another toxin, BMAA (Beta-N-Methylamino-L-alanine), in blue-green algae may be linked to neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease).6

Manatees, fish and other marine life, as well as sea grass and other plant life, are also endangered by the algae blooms, which alter the food chain and deplete oxygen, leading to sometimes-massive dead zones. Not to mention, exposure to blue-green algae can also be deadly to your pets.

Comment: These algae blooms are also affecting lakes throughout the U.S. and pose a risk to drinking water supplies.


Coffee confusion: Is coffee good or bad for you?

"Dr. Hyman, I'm so confused about coffee," writes this week's house call. "One day I read that it's so bad for me and the next it's good for me. Why all the conflicting information?"

Let's face it: Americans love their coffee, which is the number one source of antioxidants in our diet - which actually makes me kind of sad!

In a recent animal study, researchers saw improvements in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and cholesterol when mice consumed coffee and fat together. (More on that combo in a minute.) They also found coffee can help reduce gut permeability or leaky gut.

Among its other benefits, studies show coffee decreases your risk for type 2 diabetes, lowers cancer risk and improves mood and memory. Coffee can also boost metabolism and sports performance.

On the other hand, coffee can become highly addictive, altering stress hormones while making you feel simultaneously wired and tired.

So I understand the confusion. It feels like one day we see studies that support coffee and the next day we see 10 reasons why coffee is bad. So let's uncover the truth about this aromatic beverage that most of us love.


Antibiotic resistance raising the specter of 'untreatable gonorrhea'

© Unknown
The CDC say the growing threat of untreatable gonorrhea, together with rising rates of disease, means preventing new infections is more important than ever.
A new federal health surveillance study says gonorrhea is becoming resistant to azithromycin - one of the duo of antibiotics recommended for treating the sexually transmitted disease in the United States.

The study, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae that infects the genitals, rectum, and throat.

Gonorrhea occurs in both men and women, and is one of the most common STDs in the U.S. It is especially common among young people of 15-24 years of age.

The CDC estimate that every year, around 800,000 gonorrhea infections occur in the U.S., although more than half are undiagnosed. The number of American men diagnosed with gonorrhea has gone up in recent years.

Comment: Related articles:


Zika virus mystery: New Utah case stumps researchers

© CDC/ Cynthia Goldsmith
This digitally-colorized image shows particles of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. The virus particles are colored red in the picture. They are 40 nanometers (0.00004 millimeters) in diameter.
In a puzzling case, a person in Utah became infected with the Zika virus, but health officials can't figure out how the person contracted it.

The infected person was a caregiver for an elderly man who had Zika. But the case is mysterious: As far as health officials can tell, the caregiver wasn't exposed to Zika in a way that would transmit the virus, at least from what's currently known about Zika. So far, the only way Zika was thought to spread from person to person is through sexual contact, and the caregiver did not have sexual contact with anyone who had Zika.

"Zika continues to surprise us," and there's still a lot we don't know about the virus, Dr. Satish Pillai, incident manager for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Zika response, said at a news conference today (July 18).

Comment: For the real story of the Zika virus, be sure to listen to our show on the topic: The Health & Wellness Show: The Zika Virus: Hype vs. Reality