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Fatty liver disease is triggered by choline deficiency

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Choline, initially discovered in 1862,1 was officially recognized as an essential nutrient for human health by the Institute of Medicine in 1998.2 This nutrient, which you need to get from your diet, is required for:3

Healthy fetal development4 - Choline is required for proper neural tube closure,5 brain development and healthy vision.6 Research shows mothers who get sufficient choline impart lifelong memory enhancement to their child due to changes in the development of the hippocampus (memory center) of the child's brain.7 Choline deficiency also raises your risk of premature birth, low birth weight and preeclampsia

The synthesis of phospholipids, the most common of which is phosphatidylcholine, better known as lecithin, which constitutes between 40 and 50 percent of your cellular membranes and 70 to 95 percent of the phospholipids in lipoproteins and bile8

Comment: Very important information, especially for those on a low carb, high fat diet. As fat consumption increases, choline requirements also increase. So make sure you're getting your egg yolks and liver if your diet contains a healthy amount of fat.

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More than 11,000 people are now suing Bayer over Roundup cancer link

Bayer is now facing lawsuits from around 11,200 plaintiffs over the health implications of Roundup and Ranger Pro, its glyphosate-based weedkillers.

The German life science giant revealed the figure Wednesday as it announced its results for fiscal 2018. Full-year sales were up 13% and EBITDA before special items up 2.8%, but full-year net earnings were down more than three-quarters due to a $3.8 billion impairment charge and a $2.3 billion charge in connection with Bayer's acquisition of Roundup maker Monsanto.

"Over recent years we have systematically developed into a focused life science company, clearly aligned to the megatrends in health and agriculture and united under the strong umbrella brand Bayer," said Bayer chairman Werner Baumann. "The acquisition in agriculture has lifted us to the number one position in this market. The integration of the two companies has gotten off to an excellent start."

Comment: What Baumann must have meant was 'we have the fraudulent science we've bought and paid for on our side'.

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The Daily Mail slams Harcombe, Malhotra and Kendrick as 'dangerous statins deniers'

Do you want to suffer a heart attack? How about a stroke? The answer will, without doubt, be a resolute 'Not on your life'.

No one does. That's why some eight million Britons take a cholesterol-lowering statin pill every day - doctors prescribe them to anyone with a ten per cent or greater risk of a major cardiac event within ten years.

Statins reduce those risks. This is an indisputable scientific fact.

Comment: A few responses to this article:

Zoë Harcombe has a rather extensive response to this article on her website; as has Dr. Malcolm Kendrick. They're both well worth the read.

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Propaganda Alert! UNICEF blames 'vaccine hesitancy' for measles uptick

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Global progress in the fight against measles eroded last year and "vaccine hesitancy" is among the reasons, according to a report released Friday by the United Nations Children's Fund on an alarming spike in the disease.

The report says 98 percent of countries reported an uptick in measles cases in 2018. Ukraine, the Philippines and Brazil had the largest increases.

"This is a wake up call. We have a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine against a highly contagious disease - a vaccine that has saved almost a million lives every year over the last two decades," the release quotes Henrietta Fore, UNICEF's executive director.

Measles is becoming more common in both developed and developing countries, UNICEF reports. Reasons for the disease's uptick include inadequate health infrastructure and civil unrest in addition to "low community awareness, complacency and vaccine hesitancy" in some regions, the report says.

Comment: Again, it's not 'anti-vaxxers' who are spreading measles. Most outbreaks occur in populations where the majority of people were vaccinated.


Anti-vaccine movies disappear from Amazon, are books next?

Amazon has apparently started removing anti-vaccine documentaries from its Amazon Prime Video streaming service. The move came days after a CNN Business report highlighted the anti-vaccine comment available on the site, and hours after Rep. Adam Schiff wrote an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, saying he is concerned "that Amazon is surfacing and recommending" anti-vaccination books and movies.

Anti-vaccine movies that were previously available free for Prime subscribers, like We Don't Vaccinate!, Shoot 'Em Up: The Truth About Vaccines, and Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe," are now "currently unavailable."

BuzzFeed News was first to report that Vaxxed was no longer available. Amazon did not respond to questions about why the films are no longer available on Prime Video.

However, while some anti-vaccine videos are gone from the Prime streaming service, a number of anti-vaccine books were still available for purchase on Amazon.com when CNN Business reviewed search results on Friday afternoon, and some were still being offered for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. A sponsored post for the book Vaccines On Trial: Truth and Consequences of Mandatory Shots also remained live.

Comment: The scare mongering continues...


The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons: Statement on Federal Vaccine Mandates

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The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) strongly opposes federal interference in medical decisions, including mandated vaccines. After being fully informed of the risks and benefits of a medical procedure, patients have the right to reject or accept that procedure. The regulation of medical practice is a state function, not a federal one. Governmental preemption of patients' or parents' decisions about accepting drugs or other medical interventions is a serious intrusion into individual liberty, autonomy, and parental decisions about child-rearing.

A public health threat is the rationale for the policy on mandatory vaccines. But how much of a threat is required to justify forcing people to accept government-imposed risks? Regulators may intervene to protect the public against a one-in-one million risk of a threat such as cancer from an involuntary exposure to a toxin, or-one-in 100,000 risk from a voluntary (e.g. occupational) exposure. What is the risk of death, cancer, or crippling complication from a vaccine? There are no rigorous safety studies of sufficient power to rule out a much lower risk of complications, even one in 10,000, for vaccines. Such studies would require an adequate number of subjects, a long duration (years, not days), an unvaccinated control group ("placebo" must be truly inactive such as saline, not the adjuvant or everything-but-the-intended-antigen), and consideration of all adverse health events (including neurodevelopment disorders).

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Weight Watchers is getting crushed by keto

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Oprah Winfrey famously proclaimed "I love bread!" in a Weight Watchers commercial three years ago. But carbs aren't cutting it for the company anymore.

Shares of WW (WTW) - Weight Watchers' new name - closed down 34% on Wednesday after the company shocked Wall Street with poor earnings and sales. The stock rebounded a bit Thursday morning, rising 8%.

CEO Mindy Grossman attributed the problem to the keto diet, a popular eating regimen that makes bread and other carbs taboo. She said during a call with analysts Tuesday that keto is "becoming a cultural mean," and she even called it a "keto surge."

Comment: It's no real surprise that Weight Watchers, which relies on the woefully outdated calorie myth for weight loss is feeling the crunch from the ever-increasingly popular ketogenic diet. Considering the ketogenic diet is unmatched for weight loss and has a host of benefits beyond the scale, starvation diets simply don't stand a chance.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Exposes Bill Gates & his relationship with Big Pharma

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Bill Gates is fond of using his bully pulpit to talk about "miracles" and "magic." Gates has featured one or both words in nearly all of his annual wrap-up letters for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017), most often in reference to the Gates Foundation's outsized financial and ideological support for global vaccine programs. As Gates says, "In the same way that during my Microsoft career I talked about the magic of software, I now spend my time talking about the magic of vaccines."

Gates's words give us an immediate clue that he is engaging in his own brand of magical thinking-which social scientists define as "illogical causal reasoning." How else to explain his simplistic endorsement of vaccines as a miraculous intervention with unmitigated benefits and no down side? The Gates Foundation's global spreadsheet appears to have no room to tally the massive flood of vaccine injuries afflicting children worldwide, despite abundant evidence that this damage is standing the vaccine risk-benefit calculus on its head and turning childhood into an extended round of Russian roulette.

Comment: The Global Vaccine Program: Conflicts of interest, corporate philanthropy & the Gates Foundation
More recently, the BMGF has come under scrutiny regarding the manner in which it operates and the impact of its programs and initiatives. Philanthropy, particularly on a large scale like this, is not as simple as it may appear to be.4 Global Justice Now expresses its concern by stating:
Perhaps what is most striking about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is that, despite its aggressive corporate strategy and extraordinary influence across governments, academics and the media, there is an absence of critical voices. Global Justice Now is concerned that the foundation's influence is so pervasive that many actors in international development, which would otherwise critique the policy and practice of the foundation, are unable to speak out independently as a result of its funding and patronage.2


Consumers should not be in the dark on dangers lurking in personal care products

If you haven't been following the news about Johnson & Johnson, you're missing out. A brief summary: Since 1971 J&J has known their baby powder contained cancer-causing asbestos. Executives knew. Mine managers knew. Lawyers knew. Literally everyone knew. Except consumers.

This past summer, 22 women with ovarian cancer won a $4.69 billion lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, exposing this fact. Just before the new year, another report emerged, revealing an intricate and in-depth conspiracy to cover up who knew what and when.

Many consumers think, how could this happen? The answer: It's the law. A quirk in federal law actually allows companies to knowingly sell products with carcinogens. Manufacturers of personal care products are required to list ingredients on labels, but if something wasn't intentionally added, like asbestos, it does not have to be disclosed to consumers on the label. This is an open secret, a labeling loophole.

Comment: How many of us know the ingredients in the cosmetic products we use?
...Because the FDA doesn't test cosmetics for safety, that job goes to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, which is funded and run by the cosmetics industry through its trade association, the Personal Care Products Council. Safety advocates are concerned that, in effect, the industry is policing itself.

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Tree resins: Forgotten natural remedies

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Trees have been among our greatest allies since ancient times. They play a very important role in the production of oxygen and the absorption of carbon dioxide from the environment. Trees have also become a source of wood, paper, and other materials used in our everyday lives.

However here is another fact that many are not aware of - trees deserve a place among our lists of potential natural remedies. We tend to think of herbs as small leafy plants nestled between rocks in a herb garden. But herbalism encompasses all varieties of plants. The thousands of species of trees offer us a fantastic array of therapeutic potential.

Some famous remedies are made from trees. Taxol - the cancer medicine - is made from the Yew tree. We also have essential oils made from trees - such as eucalyptus, sandalwood, cedarwood, cypress and so on.