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Air pollution will cause early deaths in UK cities - Study


Traffic backed up at Holloway Circus during the taxi drivers' go-slow in protest against the Clean Air Zone charge
Air pollution could shorten the life of a Birmingham child by up to seven months, a major study on one of the city has suggested.

An eight-year-old child born in 2011 may die between two to seven months early if they are exposed over their lifetime to future models of pollution.

The conclusion was reached by Kings College London researchers who studied Birmingham.

And the impact was considered to be worse than some other major cities in the UK - with the report finding a higher loss of life expectancy in Birmingham than Manchester.

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Dr. Malcolm Kendrick - The vaccination debate

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As readers of this blog will know, my primary area of interest is cardiovascular disease, which a big and complex subject, where anyone questioning the 'conventional' ideas gets ruthlessly attacked. However, in comparison to the area of vaccination, the battles in cardiovascular disease pale into insignificance. Mere squabbles in the nursery.

I am a member of an on-line doctors' community in the UK called Doctors Net. Not open to the public. Whenever any story about vaccination emerges, the vitriol, anger and naked rage is quite scary to observe.

Whenever the issue of MMR raises its head on Doctors Net, doctors have stated that Andrew Wakefield should be thrown in jail, and never allowed to earn any money ever again, that he is a crook and a criminal - and those are the nicer comments.

It is clear that, in the medical profession, there is an unquestioned faith in vaccination. That is, all vaccinations, for all diseases, everywhere - for everyone. Anyone who dares to hint that, ahem, there could be some negative issues associated with vaccination is subjected to withering contempt. 'You will be responsible for killing millions of children.' You don't understand science.' And suchlike.

When it comes to the science, it does amuse me that vaccination began before anyone understood any of the science - of anything to do with microbes and the immune system. It all began, so it is recorded, with the observation that milkmaids were much less likely to get smallpox.

This led to the idea that you should deliberately infect people with a bit of cowpox, to prevent them getting smallpox. Bold.
'The terms vaccine and vaccination are derived from Variolae vaccinae (smallpox of the cow), the term devised by Jenner to denote cowpox. He used it in 1796 in the long title of his Inquiry into the Variolae vaccinae known as the Cow Pox, in which he described the protective effect of cowpox against smallpox.' [from the website that cannot be named... Wikipedia actually]
This was suggested at a time when all doctors thought infections were spread by Miasma. Basically, a nasty smell. No-one had the faintest idea that there were bacteria, or viruses. Somewhat ironically, vaccination - giving a small amount of a substance to cure/prevent a nasty disease - became the underlying principle of homeopathy - which most doctors now angrily dismiss as 'woo woo medicine.'


First there was antibiotic resistance, now welcome treatment-resistant fungal infections

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Most people know about the dangers posed by bacterial superbugs such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile that can shrug off attacks from antibiotics. But there is a newly emerging threat: treatment-resistant fungal infections
John Phillips has a simple phrase that perfectly describes his terrible predicament: 'I'm in limbo.'

The 54-year-old father of two is currently enjoying reasonable health, able to pursue his career as an NHS worker and live life as best he can.

But deep inside his lungs lurks an infection so dangerous that it regularly sends him spiralling into poor health.

Comment: Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics, weeds are becoming resistant to herbicides, crop pests are becoming resistant to pesticides and now fungal infections resistant to anti-fungal drugs. It seems all our marvels of chemistry of the past century are starting to become a lot less marvelous. And with their dwindling effectiveness, new plagues are set to sweep over our modern world. One would hope researchers would look into some of the natural anti-fungal treatments that have been used for centuries, without causing resistance, to help battle these new drug-resistant infections.

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Dr. Paul Saladino on the health effects of the carnivore diet

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Dr. Paul Saladino1 trained at the University of Arizona with a focus on integrative medicine. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Washington in 2019, and is a certified functional medicine practitioner through the Institute for Functional Medicine. In this interview, Saladino discusses the surprising benefits of the carnivore diet, especially for those struggling with autoimmune disease.

Initially, I was skeptical of the carnivore diet, but once I listened to Saladino's detailed analysis and justification for this approach, I changed my position and believe it is appropriate for a large number of individuals.

While at the time of this interview, Saladino was still a resident-in-training, he's developed profound expertise in this area by attending medical school twice, and diving deep into the medical literature.

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The Exposome: The unique cloud of airborne microbes and chemicals that surrounds each of us

Mapping the exposome
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Mapping the exposome
Researchers begin to explore the unique cloud of airborne microbes and chemicals that surrounds each of us

In the past few decades, researchers have opened up the extraordinary world of microbes living on and within the human body, linking their influence to everything from rheumatoid arthritis to healthy brain function. Yet we know comparatively little about the rich broth of microbes and chemicals in the air around us, even though we inhale them with every breath.

This struck Stanford University genomics researcher Michael Snyder as a major knowledge gap, as he pursued long-term research that involved using biological markers to understand and predict the development of disease in human test subjects. "The one thing that was missing was their exposure" to microbes and chemicals in the air, Snyder says. "Human health is clearly dependent not just on the genome or the microbiome, but on the environment. And sampling the environment was the big hole."


Glyphosate Ban: Is your country or county safe from the agrichemical behemoth RoundUp?

Map of Glyphosate Ban
A number of cities, counties, states and countries throughout the world have taken steps to either restrict or ban glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer.

The following countries have issued outright bans on glyphosate, imposed restrictions or have issued statements of intention to ban or restrict glyphosate-based herbicides, including Roundup, over health concerns and the ongoing Roundup cancer litigation


Even if CO2 caused climate change, it would be the cars, not the cows

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People tend to feel weird about meat, even if for no apparent reason. As Michael Pollan said, "eat food, not too much, mostly plants." It sounded good, anyway.

In reality, the argument for avoiding animal foods has never been strong. When it comes to health, the case against meat is almost exclusively derived from a scientific methodology known as nutritional epidemiology, a real weakling of the lab. Though it may arrive on the news as gospel, your typical study showing that eggs, butter or beef promotes disease almost always relies on questionnaires, and the unverifiable, approval-seeking recall of participants. Plus, the end result of an epidemiology study can still only show associations, not cause-and-effect.

But you wouldn't know that from the confidence with which, for five decades now, we have been directed toward the salad bar.

Comment: Despite the fact that this author is totally caught up in the 'CO2 = Climate Change' narrative, the article is illustrative of the fact that, even according to that narrative, the vegan-environmental argument makes no sense. 'But muh carbon' is a red herring, but even if it wasn't, pastured meat consumption would be helping matters, not causing climate catastrophe.

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

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A Beyond Burger, a vegan veggie burger, is seen at the Vedang fast food restaurant in the Mall of Berlin on May 18, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. With fast food chains such as Burger King, Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell and Dunkin’ Donuts now offering ‘fake meat’ versions of their main meal options, the vegan burger industry is booming, as consumers look beyond real meat products out of health and environmental concerns.
Beyond Meat's sales pitch to customers has focused on the benefits of abstaining from meat: a healthier planet and a healthier lifestyle.

But dietitians are not completely sold on the plant-based burger trend.

Vegan patties from Beyond and its rival Impossible Foods have offered Americans a new way to reduce their meat consumption. Mintel found that nearly 60% of U.S. consumers have expressed interested in eating less meat. These so-called flexitarians are driving restaurant chains like Burger King and Carl's Jr. to add meatless burgers to their menus.

Comment: Proving once again that, even when they have a slight clue, dietitians really don't get it. They're right that these fake meat burgers shouldn't be considered a health food, but they don't go far enough - fake meat shouldn't be considered food at all. The fact is, these fake meat burgers are loaded with GMOs, glyphosate, chemical flavorings, and lab-synthesized proteins. They are the embodiment of 'processed food', coming in the guise of health food. But dietitians look primarily at the benign saturated fat and sodium, completely missing the crux of the matter. These people should not be looked at as 'authorities' any more than fake meat should be looked at as 'food'.

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Objective:Health: #22 - ‌Poisoned Agriculture, Poisoned World

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The 'Green Revolution' marked a turning point in the progress of our civilization. While it was, and still is, hailed as a triumph of technology, utilizing chemistry to revive over-farmed soils and increase crop yields worldwide, it took us down a path that has lead us to where we are now. There are 34,000 pesticides currently registered for use in the US by the EPA and modern agriculture has become completely reliant on their use.

This increasing reliance on technology, and the movement away from nature, has cost us dearly. Our soils have been poisoned, our air is toxic and the entire planetary ecosystem suffers from mass death and destruction, while our foods become increasingly depleted of nutrition. It's an entirely unsustainable practice, yet with the introduction of GMOs, there is no sign of it letting up. We're on a runaway train that is heading for an inevitable crash.

But not all hope is lost. Recent movements towards sustainable and regenerative agriculture, that work within the rhythms of nature to benefit both the environment and ourselves, are gaining momentum. Many groups are achieving impressive results with farming methods that build rather than destroy.

Will the Big Ag monocroppers continue their path of destruction toward inevitable planetary collapse, or will the growing movement be able to convince the world we need to change? Join us on this episode of Objective:Health for a lively discussion on the future of agriculture and our planet.

Running Time: 01:06:06

Download: MP3 — 60.1 MB


The International Life Sciences Institute: The dangerous 'nonprofit' harming your health

Junk Food
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The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Their mission, according to their website,1 is "to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment."

The organization was founded by Alex Malaspina, a former senior vice president at Coca-Cola Co. and a regulatory affairs leader. While he founded ILSI in 1978, his ties with Coca-Cola were not severed. Coca-Cola awarded scientists the inaugural ILSI Malaspina International Scholars Travel Award in 2015 when Coca-Cola attended the 2015 ILSI annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.2

Comment: CDC Official Dr. Barbara Bowman steps down after Coca-Cola ILSI scandal comes to light