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CDC urges avoiding e-cigarettes amid rash of lung illnesses and deaths linked to chemical exposures from vaping

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U.S. health officials are urging people to avoid e-cigarettes while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigates 450 cases of lung illness and five deaths that may be linked to chemical exposure while vaping.

The cases span 33 different states, with deaths confirmed in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Oregon, according to the CDC.

The disease has not been connected to a specific e-cig device, liquid, pod or cartridge, but officials said all reported cases involve people with a history of vaping. Many of the sufferers said they had been inhaling THC, the primary element of marijuana. It's unclear whether the illness is a new phenomenon, or if cases before this year were unreported.

"We're all wondering if this is new or just newly recognized," Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman of the CDC told reporters Friday, according to the Associated Press.

New York state, which has reported 34 cases of severe lung disease, said its health department is investigating vitamin E acetate, which it found in both nicotine- and THC-based products. Vitamin E acetate is a commonly available nutritional supplement, and while it's not known to cause harm when ingested as a vitamin supplement or applied to the skin, the health effects of inhaling the oil are unclear.

Comment: Why bother with vaping, when you can light up? See also: Vaping, on the other hand, is a risky alternative:


Vegans and vegetarians may have higher stroke risk

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People who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease and a higher risk of stroke, a major study suggests.

They had 10 fewer cases of heart disease and three more strokes per 1,000 people compared with the meat-eaters.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at 48,000 people for up to 18 years.

However, it cannot prove whether the effect is down to their diet or some other aspect of their lifestyle.

Comment: It's funny how the 'experts' will point out a study is observational, and therefore limited, when it shows correlations they don't like. Yet in the same breath they'll trot out smears against red meat that come from observational studies! The hypocrisy is stunning!

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Objective:Health #30 - Gene Tech - What the Heck!?

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Welcome to GMO 2.0, a new generation of genetic modification that promises even more than the previous GM technologies. Scientists using the "second generation" of genetic manipulation technology have used gene-editing to alter the DNA of breed of cattle so that they supposedly do not grow horns. At around the same time another group of scientists claim to have injected human cells into monkeys to create chimeras, who they say have increased intelligence. Earlier this year a group of Chinese researchers claimed to have deliberately gene-edited monkey clones with a mental disturbance.

Most will remember the Chinese scientist last year who shocked the world claiming to have genetically modified human embryos to be immune to HIV infection. What was shocking was not the science, which many experts claimed was underwhelming and sloppy, but the simple fact that he had undertaken this endeavor under the radar.

Few people realized then, but this incident has brought it home, that all this is taking place almost entirely without any serious health and safety regulation, nor have the ethical implications been fully explored. GMO 2.0 makes the process of genetic modification much simpler and, as a result, much more in reach for those with less training and understanding. It really seems like we're on the precipice of home genetic modification kits, designer babies and all the other horror stories science fiction has been warning us of for decades.

Join us on this episode of Objective:Health as we discuss the implications of this new gene tech. Do we really want to be on this train?

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Three people have now died from lung disease after vaping

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Reports are spreading of a mysterious vaping-related lung disease
Two deaths in the US have now been attributed to vaping-related lung conditions, and state governments are taking actions to crack down on the types of e-cigarettes available. Here's what you need to know about this mysterious illness and the response to the outbreak.

How did these deaths occur?

In July, an Illinois resident developed a lung infection and died after using a vaping device that contained marijuana oil. Yesterday, officials in Oregon said that a resident of the state who used e-cigarettes had also died after being hospitalised for a severe lung infection. It's not clear why these respiratory problems led to the people's deaths. It could be that something either in the e-cigarette or the substances smoked through them caused serious inflammation of the lungs.

Has anyone else got ill from vaping?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that as of 27 August, 215 possible cases of vaping-related severe lung disease have been reported by 25 states. In addition to the deaths in Illinois and Oregon, this multistate outbreak includes people who have reported coughs, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. These symptoms developed over days or weeks. Some people turn up to hospital with symptoms that look like pneumonia, and have been put on ventilators or treated in intensive care units.

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New study links sugar-free sodas to higher risk of death

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Here's some less-than refreshing news about soda: even sugar-free versions were associated with a higher risk of death in a study of 452,000 people in 10 countries.

The study, published Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that people who drank two or more glasses of soft drinks per day were more likely to die from all types of ailments, compared with people who drank less than one glass per month.

"Results of this study appear to support ongoing public-health measures to reduce the consumption of soft drinks," the researchers concluded.


2nd person in US dies from lung disease linked to vaping

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A second person in the country has died after developing a severe lung illness that is believed to be linked to vaping, as health officials continue to grapple with the dangers of e-cigarette use and the exact cause of the deaths.

The victim, whose name and age was not made public, died in Oregon in July after using an e-cigarette or vaping device that contained marijuana, according to the state's Health Authority.

Officials with the agency said the person's symptoms were consistent with the hundreds of similar cases of respiratory illnesses that have been reported in the U.S., most of which are affecting teenagers and young adults.


Michigan to become first US state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

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Michigan is set to become the first US state to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, according to an announcement Wednesday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The ban gives sellers 30 days to comply and lasts six months -- though the governor can decide to renew it. This includes sales in brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online sales.

Citing these products' appeal to kids, Whitmer also ordered the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to "ban misleading marketing of vaping products, including the use of terms like 'clean,' 'safe,' and 'healthy' that perpetuate beliefs that these products are harmless," the announcement said.

"As governor, my number one priority is keeping our kids safe," Whitmer said in the statement. "And right now, companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today."

Comment: Judging from the recent studies done on e-cigs and their propensity to explode, smoking pure tobacco is a much better alternative because it actually has beneficial effects: Contrast that with the risks of vaping:


Study shows vegans and vegetarians may have higher risk of stroke than meat eaters

A VEGAN or vegetarian diet could leave you at greater risk of having a stroke, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

Research conducted by the University of Oxford found vegans and vegetarians are less likely to suffer from coronary heart disease than meat-eater but are at greater risk of having a stroke.

Data from more than 48,000 adults with no history of heart disease or stroke, all of whom signed up to a wider study running from 1993 and 2001, were analysed.

Quizzed on various aspects of their lifestyle and medical history, participants were asked to classify themselves as either meat-eaters (24,428 people), vegetarians and vegans (16,254 people) or pescatarians (7,506 people).

They were then asked some of the questions again in 2010, including whether they had switched diets.

Throughout the study the health of the participants was monitored through medical records up until March 2016. During that period there were 2,820 reported cases of coronary heart disease and 1,072 cases of stroke.


Glyphosate worse than we could imagine...It's Everywhere

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Glyphosate residues have been found in tap water, orange juice, children's urine, breast milk, chips, snacks, beer, wine, cereals, eggs, oatmeal, wheat products, and most conventional foods tested. It's everywhere, in brief.

As new studies continue to point to a direct link between the widely-used glyphosate herbicide and various forms of cancer, the agribusiness lobby fights ferociously to ignore or discredit evidence of human and other damage. A second US court jury case just ruled that Monsanto, now a part of the German Bayer AG, must pay $ 81 million in damages to plaintiff Edwin Hardeman who contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer. The ruling and a line-up of another 11,000 pending cases in US courts going after the effects of glyphosate, have hit Bayer AG hard with the company announcing several thousand layoffs as its stock price plunges.

In a trial in San Francisco the jury was unanimous in their verdict that Monsanto Roundup weed-killer, based on glyphosate, had been responsible for Hardeman's cancer. His attorneys stated,
"It is clear from Monsanto's actions that it does not care whether Roundup causes cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about Roundup."


Dormant and deadly: Drugs given to breast cancer patients create deadly 'sleeper cells' that could cause incurable tumors for up to 20 years

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Researchers now believe that drugs given to thousands of breast cancer patients could be creating 'sleeper cells' that later cause incurable tumours
Drugs taken by thousands of breast cancer patients create deadly "sleeper cells" that may cause incurable tumours years later.

Researchers say the hormone therapies kill most of the cancer cells but put some into a dormant state and help them to spread.

These can reawaken up to 20 years later, causing tumours elsewhere in the body that are resistant to treatment.

Scientists from Imperial College London made the discovery while studying 50,000 human breast cancer cells in a lab.

They believe they can use their findings to develop treatments that keep the cells asleep for longer or awaken them so they can be killed.

Hormone therapies are used to treat a type of breast cancer called oestrogen-receptor positive.

They account for 70 per cent of the 55,000 cases of breast cancer in the UK each year and are fuelled by the hormone oestrogen.

Comment: It has certainly become clear that the standard allopathic approach to to cancer seems, by design, to fail - or if nothing else - ineffectively treat the underlying causes of the disease.

For more recent discoveries on the prevention and treatment of breast cancer: