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More mad science: GMO tomatoes tweaked to stay firm longer

The genetic tweaks don't significantly affect color and may preserve flavor, according to a new study

In an attempt to produce plump, tasty tomatoes with longer shelf lives, scientists have successfully tweaked a gene that slows how quickly the fruits soften without affecting their size or color.

The genetically modified tomatoes, described in a paper published Monday in the journal Nature Biotechnology, didn't show telltale signs of softening, like pruned skin, 14 days after harvesting, compared with wrinkled ones from normal plants. To engineer them, the researchers turned to two DNA-altering techniques, including CRISPR-Cas 9, an editing tool used to snip out and replace unwanted genes.

The number of tomatoes growing on genetically modified and normal plants was roughly the same. Plus, the modified plants and normal controls had similar amounts of molecules known to affect taste, color, and smell, according to the study.

Comment: Read more about the frightening implications of 'gene editing'
The US Food and Drug Administration approved the nation's first genetically modified animal in 2015 - GMO salmon - and scientists can't wait to add more to the batch. Head of development biology at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute, Professor Bruce Whitelaw has produced swine fever-resistant pigs through a new gene-editing technique. Yeah, he wants to see them also approved by the FDA. [1]

Whitelaw says that much more work is required to refine what he calls a 'precise' process.
"It's a swap of sequence. It's a .00000001 percent change, which is a tiny portion," he adds. "The technology has allowed us to add in and create very precise breeding."
Though these are the claims of many in the biotech industry, gene-editing and other 'cutting-edge' genetic modification techniques don't always work out as they plan. With GM plants bred to resist pests in the field, the industry inadvertently (some argue purposefully) created super bugs, requiring more and more toxic chemicals to be sprayed.

When you consider how long our genes have developed under natural conditions, scientists are really amateurs, hacking away at the genome. Then there are the ethical considerations. One researcher has even proposed modifying the elephant genome to produce a cold-adapted replica of the long-extinct woolly mammoth. [2]



Attention

Mandated vaccines will be a toxic reality of a Killary Clinton administration

If Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States, there will be a national mandatory vaccine program.

It is painfully evident with her selection for vice president and the mention of some nefarious players in the mandated vaccine battle that the former secretary likely intends to appoint to her cabinet.

For starters, the potential future vice president Tim Kaine is a huge shill for the pharmaceutical industry. He has collected tens of thousands of dollars in "campaign contributions" and signed heinous laws in favor of his Big Pharma friends - like that one time he signed a law mandating the HPV vaccine for 6th grade girls in Virginia.

I wonder if the Virginia HPV mandate had anything to do with Kaine's buddies at Merck and the announcement to "invest $57 million to expand the role its Elkton facility plays in producing Gardasil, Merck's cervical cancer vaccine." (Source)
"It's critical that Merck has sufficient production capacity to meet growing worldwide demand for its medicines and vaccines," said Dr. Charles Vencill, plant manager. "We appreciate the ongoing support of the Kaine administration and local officials to make this additional expansion possible."



In other alarming news this week, Hillary made mention of her desire to work specifically with Rep. Frederika Wilson. This is terribly concerning considering this is the very woman who introduced the national version of California's SB277. Mandated vaccines for all!
"The health and safety of children must be our top priority. Children who are not vaccinated put themselves and others in danger of acquiring and spreading preventable diseases. That is why I introduced the Vaccinate All Children Act because requiring vaccinations for students will save lives and protect future generations," said Congresswoman Wilson.
People need to realize that laws are being implemented in states all over this country that will deny our kids the right to attend a daycare or a public school unless they are current on the CDC's vaccine schedule.

Comment: Read more about Vaccines: Science in the Authoritarian state: Remember! The Pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest sponsors of the dying mainstream media, and since they also have more lobbyists than any other industry influencing U.S. government policy, they continue to grow their market.


Bulb

Study: Computer-based Brain training can reduce dementia by half

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Until now brain training has proved more of a fad than a useful a treatment.

Computer-based brain training can halve the incidence of dementia, a surprising new study finds.

So far brain training has proved more of a fad than a useful a treatment.

But now research carried out over 10 years has found that a relatively small amount of brain training reduced older people's chances of developing dementia dramatically.

For the study, healthy older adults did 10 brain training sessions of just over an hour.

Hearts

We always carry our children in our hearts: Mother & child are linked at the cellular level

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Fetal cells remain to heal a mother throughout her life.

Today is my youngest child's birthday. As my mother used to tell me, we always carry our children in our hearts. I know this is true emotionally. Apparently it's also true on the physical level.

Sometimes science is filled with transcendent meaning more beautiful than any poem. To me, this new research shows the poetry packed in the people all around us.

It's now known that cells from a developing fetus cross the placenta, allowing the baby's DNA to become part of the mother's body. These fetal cells persist in a woman's body into her old age. (If she has been pregnant with a male child it's likely she'll have some Y-chromosomes drifting around for a few decades too). This is true even if the baby she carried didn't live to be born. The cells of that child stay with her, resonating in ways that mothers have known intuitively throughout time.

Comment: Baby Gives Back: The Fetus Is Capable of Saving Mom's Life
This astounding discovery indicates that fetal stem cells are capable of differentiating into a variety of heart cell types, including "beating cardiomyocytes," and which may heal the mother's physical heart.

It appears that Nature made it possible for the unborn offspring of mammals to save their mother's lives by contributing stem cells which are capable of grafting into tissues, including bone marrow, potentially providing a lifelong source of new healthy cells to replace damaged or dysfunctional ones.



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How the immune system controls social behavior

Researchers have found a new mechanism that could explain the link between social dysfunction and immune dysfunction.

More and more, we are discovering that the mind and the body are not separate. The brain is not just an ivory tower that sends orders from on high to a body that just does what it's told. The body talks to the brain, too. Indeed, a group of scientists recently discovered a two-way connection between the brain and the immune system, one that could have far-reaching implications.

For the longest time, scientists thought that the brain was totally separate from the body's immune system—recent work has shown that's not so. In the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, there are lymphatic vessels that can drain fluid and immune cells from the cerebrospinal fluid into the deep cervical lymph nodes, which are located in the neck. Researchers identified these vessels first in mice, then found a "potentially similar structure" in humans.

Comment: The brain has its own immune system


Attention

Europe's first Zika-caused microcephaly baby born in Spain is first known case in Europe to go to term

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Therapist Rozely Fontoura holds Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil.
Europe's first baby with the microcephaly birth defect caused by Zika has been born in Catalonia. The mother had been diagnosed with the virus in May after travelling to South America.

Physician Felix Castillo said the baby was born with a small head circumference typical of Zika and that it was "stable and has not required any specific resuscitation," according to The Local.

The child was delivered via caesarean section at Vall D'Hebron hospital in Barcelona - the first known case in Europe to go to term.

The mother is reported to have contracted Zika while in Latin America.

Comment: See also: Zika virus mystery: New Utah case stumps researchers


Syringe

Alarming increase in seizure disorders among children - are vaccines to blame?

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The rates of seizure disorders in children have skyrocketed in recent years, with one in 20 children under the age of five now suffering from epilepsy. Many parents know vaccines are to blame, as their children suffered seizures shortly after vaccination. Government officials say it's mere coincidence. [1]

Epilepsy is the formal medical diagnosis given to patients who suffer multiple seizures.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, at least 326,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with epilepsy, with an additional 200,000 cases diagnosed each year. [2]

Facts About Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition in which seizures occur on a repeated basis, at least "two or more unprovoked seizures," according to Johns Hopkins University. [3]

According to Sarah Shalev, MD, an epilepsy fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, "a seizure occurs when too many nerve cells in the brain 'fire' too quickly, causing an 'electrical storm.'" [4]

In the United States, about one in 100 adults live with epilepsy, and one in 20 children under the age of five are believed to have the disorder.

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Surprise! More systemic corruption at the FDA

We have long documented many cases of FDA-approved killer drugs and agency interference in a person's right to natural medicine (and much of this information and more is collected in our new FDA Death Meter website, as we discuss in our lead article this week).

But when the FDA's own scientists send a letter to Congress exposing outrageous cases of retaliation against those refusing to sign off on unsafe, unproven, ineffective products, it's clear the corruption at the FDA is far-reaching and thoroughly entrenched. Pressure to approve dangerous drugs and devices is coming from top managers with ties to big business.

Can you imagine working in an atmosphere where the honest employee fears the dishonest employee, and not the other way around?

How can anyone trust the FDA's claims that a particular food or drug or medical device is safe to eat or put in or on your body, when the former director of the agency, Margaret Hamburg, has been accused of racketeering? She's charged with suppressing important information about the antibiotic Levaquin, which has caused the death of over 500 people and seriously injured 10,000 more. If guilty, why would she do this? We don't know. But according to documents filed in federal court, her husband's hedge fund held half a billion dollars worth of stock from Johnson & Johnson, the drug's manufacturer. On May 12, 2016, after it had been on shelves for years, the FDA stated that Levaquin can result in "disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects."

Comment: More examples of the culture of wrongdoing and coverup at the FDA:


Attention

The dangers of the birth control pill

Birth control is the most commonly used drug in the world, with over 100 million women currently taking "the pill" and millions of women using alternative methods such as "the patch," injectables, and implants. In the US, pharmaceutical companies generate $2.8 billion in annual sales from the pill (source). Medical doctors prescribe birth control to females as young as 12 and fail to mention the potential side effects. Years later, once these children become women and learn about the threats the pill poses to their health, it can be equally as terrifying to come off the pill as it is to continue taking it due to the potential side effects.

If you're unfamiliar with the dangers of taking the pill, here's how it can harm your body:
  • It depletes your body of essential nutrients
  • Suppresses testosterone and thus your sex-drive
  • Your risk of depression doubles
  • Heightens your risk of specific cancers (breast, ovarian, and cervical), osteoporosis, stroke, heart disease, migraines, and blood clots (source)
  • Increases mood swings, discoloration of skin, bleeding and spotting, hair loss, fibroids, fatigue, and cellulite. (source)

Comment: The dark side of birth control: The pill still has many adverse affects glossed over by Big Pharma


Pills

Cardiology experts: Statins MUST be avoided at all costs!

We've been told by every media outlet that statins to lower cholesterol will save lives. Our doctors have looked us straight in our eyes and with a spirit of compassion tell us that if you don't take the statins you will die.

Over 40 million people worldwide take statins to lower their cholesterol. But now there's evidence that the majority of them won't benefit and we may in fact be witnessing the biggest lie ever to hit the general public around the globe.

To dare question most any traditional doctor about the value of statins is enough to create World War 3. If you want to see a hostile and belligerent doctor then challenge them on the statin issue. Of course you want the best for your life and your family's life. You must understand that there is a heated debate about statins. On one side of the fence you have respected and well-renowned cardiologists bowing down to the virtues of statins. However, on the other side of the fence you have esteemed and foremost experts in the field of cardiology warning us that statins MUST be avoided at all cost.

Who is right? Good question..

Well, watch today's video and read the accompanying transcripts and you be the judge. Remember do your homework and get the "other" side of the story. Today's video is"fact driven" and will cause many to begin asking serious questions about the safety of these drugs.


Comment: Statins are a nasty money making drug that has connections to a wide range of adverse health issues.

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