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Why do joints crack & pop - is it bad?

© Medical New Today
We've all had the experience of standing up and hearing a loud pop in our back or hip, or trying to tiptoe through the house only to have our foot make a cracking sound each time we take a step. So what's happening in our joints when this happens, and is it a bad sign?

What if we purposefully crack our knuckles? Will we get arthritis like our parents used to tell us?

The noise we hear when our joints pop is likely to be due to movement of the tendon over bone. Tendons attach muscles to bones and are a bit like elastic bands that stretch over joints. It is thought tendons can make a popping noise when they move quickly across a joint.

When a joint moves, the position of the tendon changes relative to the joint. Sometimes the tendon will shift its position slightly, causing it to make that popping sound as it snaps back to its normal place. This noise is quite normal whether it's loud or soft, or happens frequently or not.


The vaccine-compromised: What the government & media aren't covering

When will the Vaccine Compromised be acknowledged and protected?
We often hear about immunocompromised children as the primary reason new mandatory vaccination laws have become necessary. Certain legislators and media are pushing the idea that every single child needs to be fully vaccinated with 34 doses by Kindergarten to protect the very small group who can't vaccinate.

But do you know who we don't hear the government, media, or those same legislators talk about protecting? The Vaccine-Compromised. Not a single word is spoken about a fast-growing population of children injured by pharmaceutical side effects—adverse reactions that parents are supposed to be warned about when their doctor gives them informed consent, but no doctor ever does. Things like seizures, paralysis, and neurological disorders. These are the same reactions that doctors ignore, pretend can't happen, or write off as "coincidental," despite being listed very clearly in the pharmaceutical company's product warnings. Vaccine-compromised children are the victims whose parents followed the rules without questioning, and paid the price.


Want to reverse diabetes? Ditch the ADA guidelines and go low-carb

Obesity is a life-threatening disease not taken on by choice. Yet, thanks at least in part to our society's glorification of thinness, many have preconceived notions about those who are obese, believing they are to blame for their situation — that they are simply lazy, gluttonous, and lack the willpower to change.

But as Sarah Hallberg, the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, United States, notes, obesity is a hormonal disease, not a lifestyle choice. And one of those hormones is insulin.

The body processes insulin when glucose is released into the bloodstream following carbohydrate consumption. Usually, this insulin responsF

As for the general recommendations put forth by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), she explains that, "The general recommendations are to tell patients with type 2 to consume 40-65g of carbohydrate per meal, plus more at snacks. We are essentially recommending that they eat exactly what's causing their problem."

Comment: More on low carb diets for diabetes:
Can a low-carb, high-fat diet help fight diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes...cured?
Ketogenic diet rules! Study compares American Diabetes Association low-fat diet to high-fat ketogenic diet fordiabetes


Aluminum exposure during puberty disrupts hormonal development

On September 28, 2016 the Daily Mail Online reported that scientists in Reading had discovered a possible link between antiperspirants and breast cancer. To my knowledge, this is the first time that a report has mentioned that the use of these products containing aluminum in prepubescent and teenage children may not only be a risk for breast cancer, but also disrupts their hormonal development and is linked to other health problems.

According to the Daily Mail Online:
Philippa Darbre, senior cancer researcher at Reading University, says use of these products in prepubescent and teenage children should be 'a cause for concern.'

Aluminium and zirconium may disrupt hormones - and unnecessary exposure to these at an important time in a child's development could damage health in a way that we don't yet know about. (emphasis added)
So, are her concerns something new?

Comment: Considering all this research, using aluminum in vaccines is beyond negligence.


How the Gates Foundation financially benefits from the suffering of others

Though the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is popularly regarded as one of the world's most recognizable philanthropic organizations, their multi-million dollar investments in the companies creating the very products they push on vulnerable populations suggest that any noble goals of philanthropy have taken a back-seat to cold, hard cash. The Gates Foundation spends a majority of its charitable funds supporting vaccination programs and agricultural development in impoverished and vulnerable communities, largely in Asia and Africa. Despite the great PR the foundation enjoys, these programs have a dark side and, in many cases, have greatly damaged the communities they were intended to serve.

The Gates Foundation is one of the most powerful charity organizations pushing the ironically named "Green Revolution." This "revolution" refers not to a revolution of "green," organic agriculture but instead the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops to communities that had previously utilized organic methods. One of the Gates Foundation's "most successful" initiatives in this area was the introduction of GM cotton to India. Despite the promise that GM cotton would increase yields, it turned out not to be the case as organic, non-GM yields are significantly larger. However, Indian farmers who adopted the GM crops became trapped by debt as their disappointing yields left them unable to pay for the expensive seeds and chemicals needed to cultivate GM plants. This inhumane debt slavery has led to one of the largest suicide epidemics in the history of the world, with 300,000 farmers having committed suicide over the last 20 years. Despite this travesty, Monsanto and other companies, such as Cargill and Dow Chemical, benefited handsomely from India's "green revolution," raising the value of their stocks. The Gates Foundation itself has financially benefited as well due to its multi-million dollar investments in all three companies.

Comment: Suicides, paralysis, sterilization...don't worry. Bill Gates is doing God's work.


Oregon ER quarantined after strange case of contagious hallucinations

Around 3 AM on Wednesday October 12th officers in North Bend, Oregon were dispatched to help a local woman who was complaining of strangers vandalizing her car. The policemen arrived on the scene, and, much to their confusion, found no evidence or signs of vandalism whatsoever. So they left, puzzled.

At 5:30 AM they got another call from the same residence, and returned to East Bay Road to investigate again. But this time they met the woman, a 57-year old caretaker, and discovered that she was suffering from hallucinations. They immediately took her to the Bay Area Hospital.

But after only a short time she was declared healthy and OKAY, her system tested clean and she was discharged from the hospital. No harm no foul, right?


Sunlight for optimal health

How is it that sunlight, once regarded as a divine power in some cultures, has come to be classified as a Class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO)? This is a question posed by photobiologist Dr. Alexander Wunsch, CEO of Medical Light Consulting in Heidelberg, Germany.

It's a fundamental one because it shows the dichotomy between sunlight in ancient and modern cultures. Once revered as a healing power, today sunlight is blamed for disease and humans are urged to largely shun this natural element.

In the video below, Wunsch explores sunlight from a historical perspective, including how both public and medical opinions of sunlight have changed dramatically over time. He says:
"Nowadays, sunlight is not fashionable anymore. Some experts even try to ban the tan, others work on restrictions, the U.S. Surgeon General issues a call to action on UV and tanning. How can we deal with these dark clouds in a formerly sunny sky?
Knowing more details about the past can help us to adjust and normalize the extreme positions of the 'no sun policy' advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the anti-cancer associations and many dermatologists."

Comment: See also:


Despite 'cloak of moral necessity' - report shows Big Ag can't feed the world

The report comes as powerful multinationals like Monsanto double down on their call for increasing industrial farming to help "feed the world."

Defenders of industrial farming often point to its capacity to produce food on a global scale as the trade-off for its environmentally destructive methods—but a new report finds that, even in its ostensible strengths, Big Ag falls all too short.

The green research and advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) on Wednesday released a report titled Feeding The World: Think U.S. Agriculture Will End World Hunger? Think Again, which found that the vast majority of food produced by U.S. industrial farms last year went to the most developed nations in the world, while the countries most in need of aid—including Haiti, Yemen, and Ethiopia—received half of one percent.

In fact, the top five destinations for American agricultural exports were China, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, which received 86 percent of products in 2015 despite receiving anywhere from medium to very high human development ratings, and low rates of hunger, from the United Nations Development Program. The authors note that meat, dairy, and animal feed—such as corn, soybeans, and soybean meal—made up a full half of all exports to the top 20 destinations in 2015.

Comment: Additional articles debunking the 'GMO's will save the world' myth:
  • GMO's: The "Sound Science" of deception

    So, people are hungry because there is not enough food. "Sound science" and technology are needed to grow more food and the owners of the seed patents, proprietary chemicals, the grain processors and meat packers will give the technology and food to those who need it? Sure.

    People are hungry because they are poor and they are poor because the corporate system has outsourced their jobs, ruined their local economy and taken their land away.

    Farmers cannot feed people when seeds are patented and cost more than they are worth.

    Farmers cannot feed people when the crop protection chemicals they must use poison the water and the air.

    Farmers cannot feed people when local markets are destroyed by a global food system and when the "sound science" they are told will make them profitable and help them feed the hungry turns out to be a lie.

    GMO's are safe and they hold the promise of feeding the world. Really? On very rare occasions the "sound science" gets debunked by those behind the science.
    GMO's will not feed the world "If anyone tells you that GM is going to feed the world, tell them that it is not... To feed the world takes political and financial will." - Steve Smith, head of GM company Novartis Seeds UK (now Syngenta), public meeting on proposed local GM farm scale trial, Tittleshall, Norfolk, UK, 29 March 2000.

Red Flag

A shadow epidemic: The rising problem of Benzodiazapine addiction

An epidemic growing silently in the shadow of the opioid crisis.
Headlines about opioid addiction and overdose have obscured a prescription-driven "shadow epidemic" of benzodiazepine misuse and addiction.

Although opioid addiction and overdoses are getting most of the headlines, a parallel process is underway with a sharp rise in benzodiazepine prescribing, with significantly higher numbers of prescriptions and dosages being written in recent years. A shared dynamic is connected to the fact that the evaluation of pain, for which opioids might be prescribed, and anxiety, for which benzodiazapines might be prescribed, are both based on the self-report of the patient as opposed to objective measures. This makes it very difficult for physicians to ascertain the risk/benefit ratio when prescribing. Charles Sigler highlights the issues providers are facing...Richard Juman, PsyD

I once knew a woman who had an anxiety disorder. She also abused benzodiazepines. She was able to conjure up a panic attack in a doctor's office and walk out with a prescription for the benzo of her choice. At one time, she had four concurrent prescriptions for these anti-anxiety medications. Another person I know of has a 10-year history of using benzodiazepines, at close to the maximum recommended dose. When he had an unexpected short-term hospital stay, the treating physicians were reluctant to continue prescribing benzodiazepines at such a high level while he was in the hospital. When he returned home, in case his medical issue resulted in another unexpected stay, he put together an emergency hospital kit with various things—including extra benzodiazepines.

Comment: Read more about the dangers of benzodiazepines:

Black Magic

'Big soda' caught funding 96 health groups including govt - no wonder US is #1 in obesity

© The Free Thought Project
Ever since former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg failed in 2014 to implement a city-wide ban on large and extra-large soft drink sizes, the national spotlight has been on soda companies, thanks to the progressives. And the nation's thought police have targeted soda companies in what appears to be a witch-hunt to tax and regulate the nearly 80 billion dollar soft-drink industry.

Take, for example, California. The state wanted to force soda companies to place warning labels on soda, just like the federal government did to cigarettes. And we know how that went. It resulted in a windfall of taxes pouring into the federal coffers that continue even to this day.

Critics contend the consumption of soda pop leads to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. And they may be right. But that hasn't stopped the soda industry from fighting back in the court of public perception. And one of the ways they're doing so is by funding health groups and organizations. That seems hypocritical to researchers who sought to uncover Coca-Cola and PepsiCo's philanthropic contributions.

Comment: If you value your health, avoid soda like the plague: