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Cat plague is back after nearly 40 years in hiding

Unvaccinated young cats and kittens are most at risk of contracting the disease.
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Unvaccinated young cats and kittens are most at risk of contracting the disease.
A deadly feline disease is now spreading between cats after hiding in nature for nearly 40 years.

Multiple cases of feline parvovirus, also known as cat plague, or panleukopenia, have been reported in stray kittens in the greater Melbourne area this week.

Feline parvovirus was a common disease in the 1960s and 1970s. Australia was one of the first countries to develop an effective vaccine.

Comment: What is interesting is that even though rates of vaccination haven't significantly dropped, the disease is back on the rise. So was it the vaccines that were working or was there something else? What is clear is our understanding of viruses is lacking:


North Texas man now an amputee after flu complications

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A North Texas man is working to recover after losing both feet to amputation as part of complications from the flu.

The series of serious complications mark the latest example of a dangerous and deadly flu season nationwide and in Texas.

Brian Herndon, 51, was diagnosed with the flu on January 4. He was admitted to a Fort Worth hospital the following day with pneumonia and quickly went into septic shock.

The husband and father of two was airlifted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas on January 6 where he has been for the past four weeks, most of that time intubated and in and out of consciousness.

Comment: At least he didn't take the flu vaccine this year. Perhaps could have been worse. See also: Identifying and treating sepsis: The real reason why some die of flu


Big Pharma drug companies sell us remedies for problems caused by their own products and the Federal Government has their back

This should be a clear violation of antitrust laws.

Like most folks, you dutifully rub shampoo into your hair daily or a few times each week. After it strips out your hair's natural moisture and liveliness, you apply a conditioner to get that moisture and liveliness back.

Much about modern life seems to follow this general pattern.

Mounting evidence suggests multinational companies negligently sell products to the public that are leading drivers of public health issues, while at the same time another division presents the "remedy" for that same harm. A panacea for their own poison, as it were. In this way, they profit twice: once when they supply the cause of our ailments, and again when we come to them for the cure.


Mouse study suggests there's an amount of alcohol that's good for the brain

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Alcohol helps remove damaging waste from the brain.

A couple of alcoholic drinks can help clear the brain of toxins, new research finds.

Low levels of alcohol - the equivalent of around 2.5 standard drinks per day - may help to remove waste linked to Alzheimer's disease and reduce inflammation in the brain.

Comment: Alcohol is one of those tricky areas where there is a lot of back and forth. The jury's still out, but if this study is correct, it may conform to the old adage that 'the dose makes the poison'. See also:


Regulators say herbal supplement kratom contains opioids, moves for ban

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© AP Photo/Mary Esch, File
In this Sept. 27, 2017 photo, kratom capsules are displayed in Albany, N.Y. U.S. health authorities say kratom, a herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy, contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national drug abuse crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, makes it more likely that kratom could be banned by the federal government.
U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis.

The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it more likely that the supplement, kratom, could be banned by the federal government.

The FDA also said it has identified 44 reports of death involving kratom since 2011, up from 36 reported in November.

Sold in various capsules and powders, kratom has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence. Proponents argue that the substance is safer than opioid painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, which have contributed to an epidemic of drug abuse. More than 63,000 Americans died in 2016 from drug overdoses, mostly from opioids.

Comment: The fact that kratom contains compounds that behave like opioids should really not be an issue. So do wheat and dairy, as well as chocolate, coffee and spinach, but nobody is moving to make those illegal. The fact that people are using kratom for such benefit as pain management and addictions would move any person of conscience to better understand the plant and its possible uses rather than simply trying to find good reasons to ban it.


Will there be a vaccine for Alzheimer's?

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Evidence suggests that Big Pharma is developing a new Alzheimer's vaccine to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. While this treatment stands to bring in blockbuster drug revenue, there are other advantages for Big Pharma which could lead to much exploitation and manipulation for those receiving the vaccine, as will be explained later.

Taking the case of Alzheimer's, this is a debilitating illness with its steep, alarming, economic and social implications - at present there are over 5 million sufferers in the USA alone. The Alzheimer's Association predicts that this figure will have over tripled by 2050.

Too many people continue to put their blind faith in mainstream medicine. There couldn't be a better case of this than the trust given by baby-boomer-seniors that, one day, Big Pharma will be able to ameliorate debilitating age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. It may, therefore, come as quite a shock to some that Big Pharma has failed miserably in coming up with effective drugs.

Not so long ago, a couple of the world's biggest pharmaceutical corporations, Johnson and Johnson together with Pfizer, announced that their joint R&D neuroscience budget venture into Alzheimer's and Parkinson's had been terminated after a number of human clinical trials the R&D had not been able to come up with drugs to treat the mildest Alzheimer's cases...


Some of the Crap They Put in McDonald's Fries is Also Used in Latest 'Cure' For Baldness, and it Ain't Potatoes

McDonald's fries
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Do you want industrial joint sealant with that?
How's this for a headline? Chemical in McDonald's Fries Could Cure Baldness, Study Says. Given our 'only-read-the-headline' culture, I wonder how many baldies are going to be clogging the drive-thru at Mickey D's this week. Or how many emergency rooms will see an influx of burns to bald scalps from over-enthusiastic hot-fry massages.

The article, from Newsweek:
Japanese scientists may have discovered a cure for baldness - and it lies within a chemical used to make McDonald's fries.

A stem cell research team from Yokohama National University used a "simple" method to regrow hair on mice by using dimethylpolysiloxane, the silicone added to McDonald's fries to stop cooking oil from frothing.
Wait, back up. The silicone added to McDonald's french fries? Silicone is basically sand. But they say it so matter of factly - 'you know, that silicone they add to McDonalds french fries because otherwise the oil gets frothy.' Oh yeah, that stuff. Carry on.


New Cochrane Review: Flu vaccines fail 99%

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For over 20 years, I have been writing and lecturing about how the flu vaccine fails nearly all who get it. I have written about the failure of the flu vaccine in past blog posts and in my newsletter, Dr. Brownstein's Natural Way to Health.

Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers in more than 130 countries who strive to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of illness. They do not take Big Pharma money. Therefore, their studies deserve attention when they are released.

On February 1, 2018, the Cochrane group released its latest findings on the flu vaccine. (1) The scientists studied randomized, controlled trials comparing the flu vaccine with placebo or no intervention. They included 52 clinical trials of over 80,000 people assessing the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccines in healthy adults. The studies were conducted between 1969 and 2009.

Comment: See also: No Value in Any Influenza Vaccine: Cochrane Collaboration Study


'People Eating Tasty Animals': Gordon Ramsay triggers vegans in viral tweet

Gordan Ramsey
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has sparked a huge debate on Twitter after heavily mocking vegans in a viral tweet.

A number of people routinely send Gordon Ramsay photos of their culinary creations on Twitter in the hopes of inciting a response from the Hell's Kitchen star.

However, one person received more than she bargained for when she sent Ramsay a photo of her vegan lasagna.

Ramsay is known for his harsh criticisms and brutally honest manner, which is why his reply should come as no surprise.

He wrote: "I'm a member of PETA! People eating tasty animals...."

Comment: Vegetarians and vegans often display a cult-like rage against anyone dismissive of their 'lifestyle'. Perhaps it is the lack of healthy saturated fats, animal protein and corresponding nutrients that impede their ability to engage in critical thinking, because Ramsay's aversion to veganism does have a nutritional basis:


Insufficient vitamin D linked to irritable bowel syndrome and sports injuries

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the U.S. An estimated $1.6 billion is spent on treatments each year.1,2 Depending on the source, data suggests anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of Americans struggle with this condition.3,4

IBS is completely different from another condition with a similar name: inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which is an autoimmune disease that can have very serious consequences. While it can cause debilitating pain, IBS is a functionalbowel disorder, meaning there are no significant physical conditions that contribute to the problem. Common signs and symptoms of IBS include frequent:
  • Abdominal discomfort and/or pain
  • Spastic colon (spastic contractions of the colon)
  • Gas and/or bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
IBS is frequently treated with drugs such as antispasmodics and even antidepressants. While these drugs may help control symptoms, they do not address the underlying problem, which is primarily diet related. Typically, simply avoiding gluten will result in significant improvement. Recent research has also highlighted the importance of vitamin D optimization in this condition.