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Unintended consequences: Varicella vaccinated children face more serious risk of developing shingles with life-threatening complications

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From the inception of mass vaccination, childhood vaccines have produced a raft of unintended consequences. One of the biggest problems-gaining steam over the past several decades-involves the vaccine-induced creation of brand-new risks and vulnerabilities that can be more serious than the condition a given vaccine might be intended to address.

The varicella (chickenpox) vaccine represents a case in point. Chickenpox, usually mild when experienced in childhood, was once a routine rite of passage. After the rollout of universal varicella vaccination, the incidence of chickenpox declined but observers began noticing a "'perverse' boom" in shingles (also called herpes zoster). Chickenpox and shingles infections both stem from varicella zoster virus-and before the advent of the varicella vaccine, children infected with chickenpox helped boost adults' immunity to shingles by inhibiting the latent virus's reactivation. Chickenpox vaccination disrupted this intergenerational protective mechanism, not only eliminating regular boosting for adults but shifting downward the average age at which shingles occurs. In addition, because varicella vaccine-induced immunity decreases by 8% with each year since vaccination, previously vaccinated young adults are at increased risk for varicella outbreaks and potential complications later in life. In short, while the reduced circulation of wild chickenpox virus may spare some healthy children a benign case of chickenpox, children now face the more serious risk of developing shingles at young ages and chickenpox at older ages.

Comment: More unintended consequences brought to you by those who proclaim to have only your health and safety uppermost in mind:


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Japan's Nagasaki University bans smokers from all teaching positions

Nagasaki University bans smokers from teaching positions
© Tomohiro Ohsumi
Non-smoking area in Tokyo. (2017)
Nagasaki University will not, in principle, hire professors or teachers who smoke, a move that apparently is a first by a state-run university.

However, university officials said exemptions to the rule will be allowed if applicants promise to quit the habit after taking up the post.

The new policy announced April 19 reflects a growing trend to ban smoking in all public spaces, including restaurants and bars, in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The policy also mirrors growing efforts by private-sector organizations to implement no-smoking rules.

Comment: See also: University of Toronto to implement total smoking ban on campuses


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Don't drink the water: California's drinking water is so chemically contaminated it's carcinogenic - study

California tap water contamination

Nearly 500 of the community water systems evaluated fit the highest risk category. The researchers estimated that drinking water from these systems over a lifetime would result in 4,860 cancer diagnosis.
A new study finds that drinking tap water in California over the course of a lifetime could increase the risk of cancer.

Researchers from the environmental advocacy group Environmental Working Group estimated that the contaminants found in public water systems in California could contribute to about 15,500 cancer cases there over the course of a lifetime. These contaminants include chemicals such as arsenic, hexavalent chromium and radioactive elements such as uranium and radium. The study was published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health.

"We need to look at contaminants as a group -- not just one at a time. It's more important to analyze co-occurring contaminants to understand the real world exposure," said lead author Tasha Stoiber, a senior scientist with EWG. She explained that cancer risks are typically determined at the individual element level.

Comment: Contaminated water is not just an issue in California - it's plaguing water systems around the country. Another symptom of the decay caused by generous funding of the Pentagon at the expense of domestic infrastructure as well as letting industry regulate itself.


Syringe

Outbreak of over 12,000 cases of measles in Ukraine caused by vaccination campaign?

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In recent years there has been a shortage of measles vaccines in Ukraine. Vaccination rates had dropped to 31% in 2016 and were the lowest in Europe. And yet there were hardly any cases of measles.
In 2017 sufficient vaccines became available for a 'catch-up campaign' and 90% of the children in Ukraine received the MMR. Since then there has been an explosion of cases of measles. The number has already surpassed 12,000! Why is the media ignoring the current outbreak of measles in Ukraine? And what is really going on?

Why no figures for 2017?

The WHO (World Health Organization) keeps track of the disease and death rates of every country in the world for all (infectious) diseases. On May 4th 2018, the WHO published the following page on its website regarding measles in the Ukraine:

WHO Ukraine

Comment: The narrative on measles is so twisted, so manipulated, figuring out what's really going on would be a challenge for even the great Sherlock Holmes. Is it any wonder public trust in vaccines, and the word of health authoritees, is at an all time low?

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The fox owns the henhouse - When public safety is governed by private profit

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"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches." - Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451
A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a radio interview where the topic was safety and government oversight. I had tuned in at the exact moment when the interviewee said the following:
Well, my experience of 30 years in Washington, D.C. is the same Ronald Reagan had - you know, trust but verify. And when bad things happen, you need to verify if what he is saying is correct. I certainly question that there's not a cozy relationship. All anyone has to do is look at the revolving door in Washington, D.C., and this agency and the industry to realize that there is a cozy relationship. Now the question is, is that cozy relationship having an adverse impact on the safety decisions being made?

Evil Rays

French farmers sue state over mysterious deaths of hundreds of cows linked to EMFs and wind farms

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© SEBASTIAN GOLLNOW/AFP
Several studies have shown that livestock, particularly cattle, are affected by even low level electromagnetic fields
A group of French cattle farmers is suing the state over the mysterious death of hundreds of cows, which they believe are the victims of harmful electromagnetic fields.

Local vets are at a loss to explain the deaths.

Stéphane Le Béchec, 51, a Breton farmer in Allneuc, has lost 200 cows who died of unknown causes in the past three years and is closing his business.

He has identified several potentially harmful sources, including a transformer, mobile transmission towers and wind farms whose electric currents he says blight his land. "I noted that the voltmetre reacted strongly when I stuck it in the ground or in water," he told Le Parisien.'

Comment: There's yet another alarming, unsolved problem plaguing particular regions of France involving children born without limbs: On EMF's and the potentially catastrophic impact of 5G: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Health & Wellness Show: EMF Exposure Part I


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Oklahoma man tumor-free after a drug for DOGS cured him of cancer

Joe Tippens

Joe Tippens was diagnosed with late stage lung caner in 2016. By 2017, it had spread throughout his body and he was given three months to live. Today, he is cancer free - and credits the dog de-worming drug he took while enrolled in a clinical trial
In January 2017, Joe Tippens was certain that he would die of small cell lung cancer.

But then a veterinarian suggested he try something unconventional, to say the least: a drug for dogs.

The medication, fenbendazole, is an anti-worm compound used to treat hookworms, roundworms and other gut parasites in animals, primarily dogs.

Pills

India slams US report on counterfeit medicine, says it's an attack on affordable generic drugs

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India has outrightly rejected allegations in a US report about the country being a chief source of counterfeit medicines to the world and said it is an attack on low cost generic drugs - crucial to make healthcare affordable.

The 'Special 301 Report' by United States Trade Representative (USTR) slammed India and China as leading sources of counterfeit medicines distributed globally with 20% of all pharmaceutical products sold in the Indian market estimated to be counterfeits.

"We strongly disagree with the observations made by USTR. We do not know the genesis and methodology of their findings. Instead, we view this as opposition to low cost generics and the thriving Indian drug manufacturing industry which is the 'Pharmacy of the world'," health secretary Preeti Sudan told TOI.

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NBC News caught using fake photo of baby infected with measles

In a NBC News article titled 'Nurses Who Vaccinate: Anti-vaccine myth dispeller talks with Lester Holt,' a 2+ minute-long video showed (00:03 mark) a photo of a nurse holding a baby that had allegedly been infected with the measles virus:

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© NBC News
This particular image originated from website Dreamstime. It is a royalty-free stock photo that was created by user Andrianocz and is called 'Doctor holding a beautiful newborn baby. Background, clinic':

Comment: Lift the Veil on YouTube gives other examples of mainstream media using fake and doctored photos of measles cases in children:

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Medication madness: What does the 'best evidence' say about antidepressants?

Antidepressants
According to the latest statistics,1 17.3 million American adults (7.1 percent of the adult U.S. population) and 3.2 million adolescents (13.3 percent of U.S. population aged 12 to 17) suffered at least one major depressive episode in 2017.

Depression can interfere with personal and work relationships, reduce work or academic performance and affect physical health by impairing your ability to properly care for yourself and make good health decisions, including decisions about nutrition and sleep. Imbalances in nutrition, weight fluctuations and poor sleep habits may in turn compromise your immune function.2

The condition can also be lethal, as depression is a contributing factor in up to 70 percent of all suicides.3 In 2016, 44,965 Americans committed suicide.4 Depression can also lead to self-harming behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse,5 and 90 percent of people who struggle with suicidal thoughts experience a combination of depression and substance abuse.6