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The truth about dentistry

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It's much less scientific - and more prone to gratuitous procedures - than you may think.

In the early 2000s Terry Mitchell's dentist retired. For a while, Mitchell, an electrician in his 50s, stopped seeking dental care altogether. But when one of his wisdom teeth began to ache, he started looking for someone new. An acquaintance recommended John Roger Lund, whose practice was a convenient 10-minute walk from Mitchell's home, in San Jose, California. Lund's practice was situated in a one-story building with clay roof tiles that housed several dental offices. The interior was a little dated, but not dingy. The waiting room was small and the decor minimal: some plants and photos, no fish. Lund was a good-looking middle-aged guy with arched eyebrows, round glasses, and graying hair that framed a youthful face. He was charming, chatty, and upbeat. At the time, Mitchell and Lund both owned Chevrolet Chevelles, and they bonded over their mutual love of classic cars.

Lund extracted the wisdom tooth with no complications, and Mitchell began seeing him regularly. He never had any pain or new complaints, but Lund encouraged many additional treatments nonetheless. A typical person might get one or two root canals in a lifetime. In the space of seven years, Lund gave Mitchell nine root canals and just as many crowns. Mitchell's insurance covered only a small portion of each procedure, so he paid a total of about $50,000 out of pocket. The number and cost of the treatments did not trouble him. He had no idea that it was unusual to undergo so many root canals - he thought they were just as common as fillings. The payments were spread out over a relatively long period of time. And he trusted Lund completely. He figured that if he needed the treatments, then he might as well get them before things grew worse.

Comment: The truth about dentistry is quite sordid, even beyond the fraudulent cases detailed above. Things that are considered 'good dental practice' can often be quite harmful.

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The coming obsolescence of animal meat - Silicon Valley start-ups push more 'schmeat'

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Companies are racing to develop real chicken, fish, and beef that don't require killing animals. Here's what's standing in their way.

The thought I had when the $100 chicken nugget hit my expectant tongue was the one cartoon villains have when they entrap a foreign critter and roast him over a spit: It tastes like chicken.

That's because it was chicken-albeit chicken that had never laid an egg, sprouted a feather, or been swept through an electrified-water bath for slaughter. This chicken began life as a primordial mush in a bioreactor whose dimensions and brand I'm not allowed to describe to you, for intellectual-property reasons. Before that, it was a collection of cells swirling calmly in a red-hued, nutrient-rich "media," with a glass flask for an eggshell. The chicken is definitely real, and technically animal flesh, but it left the world as it entered it-a mass of meat, ready for human consumption, with no brain or wings or feet.

Comment: The continuous push for schmeat frakenfoods by Silicon Valley start-ups and 'philanthropists' like Bill Gates is an excellent example of 'green washing'. Deceptive marketing campaigns to sell questionable products, organizations like Just vilifying meat and meat eaters, and the obvious Vegan Putsch compromising health all in the name of a 'green solution'. The question is Can you really call lab-grown meat 'clean'?
For the record, perhaps it's not surprising that certain investors like Bill Gates have taken to investing in lab-grown meats instead of regenerative agriculture. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation not only funds The Cornell Alliance for Science, which is essentially a front group for the agrichemical industry, but is also pro-GMO, which makes sense, since Gates has also bought millions of dollars' worth of shares in Monsanto stock, according to AlterNet (and, remember, also invested in the soy- and GE-yeast-based "burger").10

It seems he has a penchant for GMOs and lab-grown meat, both forms of patented staple foods that, while looking good on the surface, pose many new, and likely unforeseen, hazards to the global food supply. On the other hand, sourcing your foods from a local grass fed farmer is one of your best bets to ensure you're getting something wholesome. And, you'll be supporting the small farms - not the mega-farming corporations - in your area.
"Unfortunately, there are an increasing number of synbio ingredients and products already in the marketplace in foods and dietary supplements, and trying to determine show acceptance in light of the rapidly changing marketplace, with no mandated federal labeling for the new classes of GMO products and no testing protocols in place, is not an enviable task for the New Hope standards folks," Lampe said.

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An uncertain future for children: The growing number of special education students in America

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Public school teachers in Los Angeles, California went on strike last month to demand better conditions for students in their schools. Not only were teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District asking for a pay increase but also demanded smaller class sizes, more counselors, more librarians and a full-time nurse in every school.1

Such stories are becoming all too common in the media, particularly with respect to the impact on public school systems of the need for special education teachers and classes to serve the growing numbers of children in the U.S. with learning disabilities, developmental delays, and other special needs. News headlines such as "Special education enrollment in California is up. No one can say exactly why" and "Minnesota schools facing crisis level in special education funding" and "Special education funding should be Legislature's top priority" are reflective of the crisis that public schools are facing in America.2,3,4

Comment: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Time to pay real attention to children's health
An abysmal children's health report card

Nationally representative studies show that the chronic disease burden shouldered by children in the U.S. is not only heavy but has increased steadily over the past three decades. One of these studies, published in 2010 in JAMA, used national longitudinal survey data to examine the prevalence of four types of chronic conditions (obesity, asthma, behavior/learning problems and "other" physical conditions) in American children and youth from 1988 to 2006. The researchers found that prevalence of these conditions doubled-from 12.8% to 26.6%-over the 18-year-period.

The results of a second national study were even worse. Over two-fifths (43%) of children participating in the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health had at least one of 20 chronic health conditions, and when the researchers added overweight/obesity and moderate or high risk for developmental/behavioral problems to their analysis, over half of all children (54%) suffered from at least one chronic condition.


Brooklyn firmly in the grip of measles madness as four more schools are closed, judge refuses to lift vaccination order

The United Talmudical Academy
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The United Talmudical Academy reopened after being closed for failing to comply with a Health Department order that required it to provide medical and attendance records amid a measles outbreak.
A Brooklyn judge has sided with New York health officials to uphold a mandatory measles vaccinations order, dismissing a lawsuit from a group of parents who claimed the city had overstepped its authority.

Judge Lawrence Knipel on Thursday refused parents' request to lift the vaccination order that was imposed last week to stem a severe measles outbreak. "A fireman need not obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a house fire," Knipel wrote in his ruling as quoted by Gothamist. "Vaccination is known to extinguish the fire of contagion."

On the same day, the city announced that it was closing four more schools and issuing three civil summons for parents who had failed to comply with the mandate.

As of Thursday, the New York Department of Health had recorded 359 cases of measles since the outbreak began in October, up from 329 confirmed cases on Monday. The cases are centered in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn.

Comment: Measles: The New Red Scare - Fear as a pretext for infringing on individual rights

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Increasing microbial diversity: We need to stop sanitizing everything and let bacteria back in our lives

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Dr. Jack Gilbert wants to make our hospitals dirty.

His idea runs counter to hundreds of years of scientific practice. Since a surgeon named Joseph Lister became the first to use antiseptic techniques in 1867 and save thousands of lives, modern medicine has worked tirelessly to create sterile medical environments - free of micro-organisms.

It all changed when Dr. Gilbert, associate director of the Institute for Genomic and Systems Biology at Argonne National Laboratory, began studying dolphins in 2014. He noticed that the animals were much healthier the "dirtier" the aquarium water was.

"We saw the benefit in increasing the microbial diversity of the home," explained Gilbert. According to Dr. Gilbert, the lack of a rich microbial ecosystem, especially in our hospitals, might be causing more harm than good, leading to drug resistant strains of powerful superbugs and infection-causing viruses.

Comment: Mysterious microbiome: Treating disease by nudging the microbes inside us


Vaccine researcher addresses unanswered questions about vaccine safety

"There are unanswered questions about vaccine safety. We need studies on vaccinated populations based on various schedules and doses as well as individual patient susceptibilities that we are continuing to learn about. No one should be threatened by the pursuit of this knowledge. Vaccine policy should be the subject of frank and open debate, with no tolerance for bullying. There are no sides - only people concerned about the well being of our children." - Dr. Bernadine Healy, MD, Former Director, National Institute of Health (NIH)
The concept of intrusive protection has existed since a very long time. They were directed against smallpox as the disease was persistent and deadly. Prior to vaccination there were three practices; olfaction, inoculation and variolation. These failed because of three reasons; they led to serious adverse effects, increased the death rate and helped the disease to spread among populations where they were practiced. By 1728 the medical profession knew very well that these concepts would not work.


Kale is now one of the most pesticide-contaminated vegetables

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Often touted for being highly nutritious, kale has joined the list of 11 other fruits and vegetables known to be "dirty," according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group.

The watchdog group publishes its "Dirty Dozen" list annually, in which it ranks the 12 produce items that contain the highest amount of pesticide residues. The group analyzes data from the Department of Agriculture's regular produce testing to determine the list.

Ranked alongside kale on the list are strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.

Comment: While kale is the current darling of the 'healthy eating' crowd, there's actually a lot to be leery of with this vegetable. Pesticide residue is one issue, but there's also the potent plant defense mechanisms that can affect many people, even though it seems innocuous. The view that vegetables are unequivocally good lacks nuance, necessitating a closer look with multiple factors taken into account.

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Measles insanity: Rockland County court threatens measles patients with $2,000-a-day fine if they don't stay home

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On Tuesday, after having the previous emergency order banning non-vaccinated minors from public places overturned by a judge, officials announced their next steps to combat the ongoing measles "outbreak" in Rockland County (by law, emergency declarations are only allowed to last five days).
"County Executive Ed Day and Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announced a Communicable Disease and Exposure Exclusion Order, which mandates that anyone with measles or anyone exposed to the illness avoid public spaces or face a $2,000-a-day fine.

They also followed New York City's lead by requiring students in two zip codes - 10952 and 10977 - to stay home from school if they cannot prove they have received the MMR vaccine or show acquired immunity."1
Missing in their communications was the fact that despite quarantining people and force vaccinating them, outbreaks keep happening. How is this possible? Perhaps because they don't make newly vaccinated people stay inside until the vaccine is done shedding?

According to County Executive Ed Day, they will be going door to door "knocking on doors." We have no idea what that means but we shudder to think.

Comment: More on the measles outbreak that appears like a test-run for various agendas vaccine related:

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New CDC report shows Autism is still on the rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), released Thursday, offers little good news. It estimates that about one in every 59 children nationwide has the complex developmental disorder, a figure that seems unchanged from its previous estimate a year ago. But, for a few reasons, it's likely that this is an underestimate.

Autism spectrum disorder is a complicated condition, one with several contributing causes. Genes likely play a role, as do environmental factors like air pollution or having older parents. Its symptoms are complex too, but generally include problems communicating, a sensitivity to touch and other sensory inputs, and digestive issues.

Comment: Trying to understand the factors behind the rise of autism... important information that the author did not include in the article:
There appears to be yet another cover up going on. It is very convenient for the criteria for autism to suddenly be changed, especially when this change has the potential to lower the level of diagnosed cases of autism. It is even more convenient for this to happen when the FDA has been forced to admit that childhood vaccines still contain thimerosal, just when a new study identifies a shocking twenty parallels between mercury poisoning and autism.

By shifting the goalposts, the governments can deny that the mercury in vaccines is causing a rise in autism and lower the rates being diagnosed all at the same time. Very clever move, isn't it? Not only that, but changes to the new DSM 5 could lead to many of our autistic children being diagnosed as having a mental illness and be administered psychiatric drugs as a result. While this is a win-win situation for the government and the pharmaceutical industry, our children will be the sacrifice.

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Gender bias is preventing women from getting 'life-saving' (and damaging) statins

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Goodness, this whole gender-bias problem is getting serious. In the Fat Head Report video I posted earlier this week, vegan doctor John McDougall explained that humans developed a reputation for being proficient hunters because of gender bias - the men were the hunters, you see, and were actually lousy at it. But they bragged and lied and bragged and lied about their hunting abilities, over and over, so anthropologists were fooled into thinking humans were great hunters. Apparently this was part of a plan to repress future generations of women living in civilized countries.

Well, okay, perhaps gender bias among hunter-gatherer tribes doesn't bother you. But what about gender bias in being prescribed life-saving statins? It's a serious issue, according to a recent article in the U.K. Telegraph:
A worrying gender divide in the prescribing of life-saving statins to women with Type 2 diabetes has been uncovered by researchers.

An analysis of prescriptions shows that although women are more likely to have high blood pressure and cholesterol than men - putting them at greater risk of heart problems - they were less likely to receive protective medication.

Comment: Perhaps this is an area where 'gender bias' actually works to women's benefit rather than detriment. Avoidance of statins probably saves more lives than taking them does!

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