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Vitamin C, thiamine and hydrocortisone: Remarkably effective and inexpensive cure for deadly sepsis infections

Sepsis1 is a progressive disease process caused by an aggressive, dysfunctional immune response to an infection in the bloodstream. It starts with symptoms of infection that can progress to septic shock.

Unless treated — and the earlier the better — sepsis can result in extremely low blood pressure that is unresponsive to fluid replacement, weakening of the heart, and multiple-organ failure.

Sepsis is a common hospital-acquired infection,2,3 but common illnesses such as bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat or kidney infection can also turn septic, as can localized infections caused by bacteria, fungi or viruses.

The condition becomes particularly problematic and deadly if the infection involves methicillin-resistant or vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA or VRSA) bacteria.

Each year, an estimated 1 million Americans get sepsis4 and up to half of them die.5,6,7 Treatment can be a challenge, and is becoming even more so as drug-resistant infections become more prevalent.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, sepsis is the most expensive condition being treated in U.S. hospitals, costing more than $20 billion in 20118 and $24 billion in 2014.9

The good news is a critical care physician just may have found a way to save tens of thousands of lives and billions of dollars each year using two readily available vitamins and a steroid.

Comment: Sepsis: Largely unknown complication of infection that hospitalizes a million patients yearly in U.S.

Red Flag

Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act: A new bill to penalize missed vaccines

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In March 2017, Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) sponsored bill H.R. 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. At first glance the bill sounds reasonable, as it encourages the development of employee wellness programs to encourage workers to make healthier lifestyle choices.

The bill asserts that such health promotion and prevention programs help to reduce chronic illness, improve health and limit expanding health care costs.1

The bill is intended to "clarify rules relating to nondiscriminatory workplace wellness programs" and gives employers legal grounds to enforce the use of their wellness programs among employees. Specifically, the bill states in Section 2(3):2
" ... [E]mployers would be permitted to implement health promotion and prevention programs that provide incentives, rewards, rebates, surcharges, penalties, or other inducements related to wellness programs, including rewards of up to 50 percent off of insurance premiums for employees participating in programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyle choices."


'Germs' beat vaccines at their own game: Anti-Malarial probiotics show promise

A groundbreaking new study finds probiotic 'germs' may provide an alternative to vaccination for malaria - a finding that challenges fundamental tenets of both vaccinology and germ theory.

The development of a malaria vaccine has been a persistent and heavily funded goal now for over half a century,[1] but to date not a single effective solution has been produced.

This is all the more surprising when you consider the roster of powerful organizations presently invested in finding one:
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (particularly through PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative)
  • The US National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease
  • The European Union DG
  • The United States Agency for International Development
  • The Wellcome Trust
  • The Medical Research Council UK
  • The European Vaccine Initiative (formerly EMVI)
  • The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership
  • The World Health Organization [2]

People 2

Study reveals autistic girls have higher levels of empathy than autistic boys

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While autism affects social skills, females are naturally more intuitive about emotions, Dutch researchers found.

Female autism sufferers are better at overcoming their difficulties with social skills, a new study reveals.

The research carried out at Holland's Leiden University has been hailed as a significant step in understanding both autism and gender.

Autism is a severe developmental disorder that impacts the nervous system, affecting sufferers' emotional skills. It means autistic people can often come across as unsympathetic or unempathic.

However, the study of 68 teenagers found girls were far more likely than boys to react to other people with empathy.

It is a landmark step in developing more research on girls with autism, since most data focuses on males.

The researchers analysed the behaviour of 68 teenagers, girls and boys, both with and without autism.


MERS coronavirus emerges in Saudi Arabia hospital; 10 infected

Ten people have caught the MERS coronavirus after an outbreak in a haemodialysis unit in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, without giving details of how the virus was able to spread within the hospital.

The potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is thought to be carried by camels and comes from the same family as the coronavirus that caused China's deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003.

Since MERS emerged in September 2012, 1,935 cases have been confirmed and there have been at least 690 related deaths, WHO said.

The latest outbreak, at Wadi al-Dawasir in Riyadh province, began at the end of February, when a 32-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man showed symptoms. They were hospitalized in the first few days of March, and both were confirmed to have MERS on March 4.

Contact tracing found eight symptomatic and two asymptomatic cases. Two of those infected were health workers, WHO said.

None of the patients in the outbreak has yet died, WHO said, although MERS generally kills about 36 percent of sufferers.

Most of the known human-to-human transmission has occurred in health care settings, and the WHO has said hospitals and medical workers should take stringent precautions as a standard measure to stop the disease spreading.


Bumper crop of acorns could put U.S. on brink of Lyme disease epidemic

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A bumper crop of acorns could be putting the US on the brink of an unprecedented outbreak of Lyme disease, experts warn.

An estimated 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, but the illness is now on track to being the worst in 2017, according to Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.

The acorn surge means mouse populations will climb — giving rise to more disease-carrying ticks.

"We predict the mice population based on the acorns and we predict infected nymph ticks with the mice numbers. Each step has a one-year lag," Ostfeld told New Scientist magazine.

One mouse alone can carry hundreds of immature ticks, according New Scientist.

The rodents' blood contains the Lyme-causing bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which gets transferred to the tick's stomach as it feeds. The bacteria can then be passed on to whatever new host — like humans — the tick latches onto.

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Life Preserver

Health benefits of oral glutathione

One of the most important compounds that every cell in your body produces is glutathione. The cells use this valuable compound to protect itself from damage as well as an aid in detoxifying harmful compounds. Glutathione is a small protein molecule composed of the amino acids glutamate, cysteine, and glycine. Over the course of 100 years of research, more than 100,000 scientific papers have established maintaining cellular glutathione levels, as one of the most important keys in maintaining proper cellular function.

The big controversy with glutathione supplementation has been whether taking glutathione orally is absorbed and effectively raises glutathione levels. New research has now firmly established that it is able to produce these benefits. The latest study demonstrates impressive results in improving liver health.


Zika freakout redux: Mosquitos that can carry the virus reportedly in 129 California cities

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The mosquitos that can carry the Zika virus have reportedly appeared in 129 California cities. With cold winter weather the only major obstacle to the Zika virus becoming America's first pandemic since the 1957 Asian Flu, ground zero for a potential pandemic is now the West Coast.

The California Department of Public Health released an emergency warning on March 31 that two invasive (non-native) mosquito species named Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito), which are known to carry Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever, have now been found in 10 California counties including Fresno, Kern, Imperial, Los Angeles, Madera, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Mateo and Tulare.

Unlike most of California's native mosquito species, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus only bite during the daytime. They are distinguished by their small size, and by their black and white stripes on their back and legs.

Comment: Once again public health officials are fear-mongering to create a market for yet another toxic vaccine that is likely to have far more negative health consequences than the harmless Zika virus.


The next taboo ingredient? Phosphate additives

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Fast food chains are in the hot seat yet again for using questionable ingredients in their products. This time, it's something most people would consider to be healthy: grilled chicken breasts.

I'm one of the instigators. I was contacted by the producers of CBC Marketplace, an investigative consumer TV program, to examine the nutrition and ingredients in fast food chicken breasts.

Along with sodium, that common nutrition and health scapegoat, there was a group of ingredients I flagged that the producers had never heard of before: phosphate additives. And they're in so much more than fast food chicken.

Mark my words, phosphate additives will be the trans fats of the future; at one time prevalent throughout our food supply, and eventually banned due to overwhelming evidence of their negative impact on human health.


Documents indicate that the chicken pox vaccination has been added to the MMR without our knowledge

Doctors vaccinate children to avoid disease, but are these injections causing more dangerous effects than the illnesses they claim to combat?

In 2002, general practitioner and homeopath Dr. Jayne Donegan published a paper titled Are Childhood Infections a Good Thing? In her paper, she explained that the reason we vaccinate children for a variety of childhood diseases is because we have been told that these diseases are dangerous and can kill them.

She examined the statistics from the Office for National Statistics, showing that 95% of the people who died from measles, had stopped dying before the vaccine was introduced in 1968. Similarly, 99% of the people who died from whooping cough stopped dying prior to the introduction of that vaccine.