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Study shows social media use is changing the brains of teenagers

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A recent study by psychologists shows that the regular use of social media is linked to changes in the brains of teenagers. This is especially troubling in light of the fact that the most popular social media platform for American teenagers is China's TikTok, which pushes harmful messaging on teens as soon as they sign up for an account.

The effects of social media on children's developing brains has long been a topic of concern for parents and policymakers. Now, the New York Times reports that a new study by neuroscientists at the University of North Carolina has shed some light on the issue, using brain scans to track the effects of social media use on middle school students aged 12 to 15, a period of rapid brain development.

Brain

Social media may alter brains of children - study

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Habitually checking social media as a young teenager is linked to hypersensitivity to peer feedback and may potentially lead to permanent changes in the brain's reward and motivation centers, neuroscientists at the University of North Carolina suggested in a study published on Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics.

The study looked at a group of 169 teens as their brains developed between the ages of 12 to 15 and their self-reported use of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

When those with usage the researchers classed as "habitual" - meaning they checked their accounts 15 or more times a day - played a game that modeled feedback in the form of peer approval, they became increasingly sensitive to that feedback. Brain scans showed increased activity in areas associated with reward processing, concentration, regulation and control, and the researchers observed that these appeared to contribute to positive feedback loops, further increasing their sensitivity to peer approval.

Those teens who reported checking their social media once at most per day showed a corresponding decrease in activity in these areas, suggesting they were less concerned with feedback from peers or may have more self-control over compulsive behaviors.

Syringe

1616 athlete cardiac arrests, serious issues, 1114 of them dead, since COVID injection

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Gary Dempsey, professional soccer player played 500 games over 20 years, with no cardiac arrests.
It is definitely not normal for so many mainly young athletes to suffer from cardiac arrests or to die while playing their sport, but this year it is happening. Many of these heart issues and deaths come shortly after they got a COVID vaccine. While it is possible this can happen to people who did not get a COVID vaccine, the sheer numbers clearly point to the only obvious cause.

Important Notes: The number of dead are included in the total number. There are also dozens of reports that are not included in the total number shown in the headline because they are not or may not be vaccine-related.

The so-called health professionals running the COVID vaccine programs around the world keep repeating that "the COVID vaccine is a normal vaccine and it is safe and effective."

In response to their pronouncement, here is a non-exhaustive and continuously growing list of mainly young athletes who had major medical issues in 2021/2022 after receiving one or more COVID vaccines. Initially, many of these were not reported. We know that many people were told not to tell anyone about their adverse reactions and the media was not reporting them. They started happening and ramping up after the first COVID vaccinations. The mainstream media still are not reporting most, but sports news cannot ignore the fact that soccer players and other stars collapse in the middle of a game due to a sudden cardiac arrest. Many of those die - more than 50%.

We also note that many posts in Facebook, Instagram, twitter, forums and news stories are being removed. So now we are receiving some messages saying there is no proof of the event or of vaccination status. That is partly because this information is being hidden.

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NFL star Dama Hamlin collapses after cardiac arrest: Experts say mRNA shot likely responsible

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Damar Hamlin's sudden collapse on live TV during Monday night's NFL game triggered an avalanche of media coverage, with experts weighing in on what might have caused the 24-year-old player's cardiac arrest after what appeared to be a routine tackle.

Some news outlets quickly concluded Hamlin's heart attack most likely was caused by commotio cordis, a rare phenomenon that occurs when a small and extremely fast-moving projectile — such as a baseball, hockey puck or lacrosse ball — strikes the chest in a precise location, disrupting the heart's rhythm. The condition affects about 10-20 people per year, usually teenage boys.

Comment: Rushing to immediately blame this event on "Commotio Cordis" is an obvious attempt to deflect attention away from the most likely cause (the mRNA vaccine) and amounts to nothing other than damage control.


Attention

On the CDC's data on covid vaccine safety signals

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Compared to all previous non-covid vaccines there are many worrying signals in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines

A standard way to determine whether there is a genuine concern that a new vaccine may be causing a particular type of serious adverse event (SAE), such as 'myocarditis', is to compare the proportion of adverse event reports associated with the new vaccine that include myocarditis with the proportion that include myocarditis in other vaccines.

For example, suppose that in Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS):
  • For the new vaccine there are 1000 reports of SAEs of which 300 include myocarditis.
  • For all other vaccines there are 2000 reports of SAEs of which 100 include myocarditis.
Then 30% of the reports for the new vaccine include myocarditis compared to just 5% for all other vaccines. This is used to calculate the proportional reporting ratio (PRR) which is simply 30% divided by 5% in this case, and here the PRR is equal to 6 for a myocarditis SAE. The fact that there is a much greater proportion of myocarditis events in the new vaccine compared to previous vaccines should be concerning.

Arrow Down

Yet another Covid 'variant': Omicron XBB and the self-driving narrative

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There's yet another Covid variant in the headlines - it's Omicron XBB 1.5 if you want to know. It honestly doesn't really matter at this point - but it does provide an interesting lesson in the nature of propaganda narrative construction and how, past a certain point, they take on a life of their own.

These days, self-driving cars are in the news a lot. Give it a few years, and driving your own car will be seen as "selfish", "dangerous" and "old-fashioned".

But Covid has become a self-driving narrative.

It is a self-perpetuating machine, not out of the control of its creators, but currently set to auto-pilot. We've reached the propaganda singularity - that point at which too many people have too much riding on the supposed "reality" of Covid to ever let it die.

If the originators of the Pandemic lie were to speak out - to admit the planning of the scam, explain how it was done and claim Covid never existed - they would be ignored or shouted down. And all the fake "science" they paid to create would be used as "evidence" they were wrong.

This is not accidental. It is the ultimate aim of propaganda. The media is an industrial machine designed to turn a collection of lies into a story, a story into a belief, and finally - most importantly - a belief into an unquestioned part of the collective reality.

This is not a new process but it usually takes years and years, Climate Change being the obvious recent example. Covid has shown us the process massively accelerated, like a time-lapse of a seed becoming a flower.

The major part of this is engaging people's profit motive. Money mostly, as always and forever, but aspects of ego and "virtue" and purpose play into it as well - all of that can be balled into a group we can roughly term "self-interest".

Attention

U.K. doctors call for government investigation of mRNA covid vaccines due to "alarming safety profile"

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The mosaic of the COVID-19 public health preparedness and response in the U.K. and worldwide had many shortcomings. It certainly did not harness the consensus of medical support that was portrayed by the mainstream media.

Doctors for Patients U.K. (DFPUK) was launched in September 2022 and has become a fast-growing group of U.K. doctors who are dedicated to practising ethical, evidence-based and patient-centred medicine.

DFPUK was borne out of three years of increasing consternation over the manner in which the core principles of medical ethics have been systematically dismantled by our public health bodies. Doctors are held in high regard because we are entrusted to give sole primacy to the best interests of our patients. We are expected to be guided by our oath to 'first do no harm'; an uncompromising respect for individual bodily autonomy; obligation to obtain full and informed consent for all medical interventions; and to be free of influence from any entity external to the doctor-patient relationship. Sadly, all this has been unceremoniously discarded during the era of COVID-19.

Syringe

Pandemic of the vaccinated: WSJ provides troubling data suggesting vaccines 'may be' causing Covid variants to evolve

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Another conspiracy theory turned true.

The Gateway Pundit has been reporting for years that these experimental vaccines are not safe and effective. Now, controlled corporate media finally starting to ask real questions about these shots.

A recent article published in the Wall Street Journal suggested that the Covid outbreak heavily affected most vaccinated people. More and more research points to the possibility that repeated vaccinations make people more vulnerable to XBB and contribute to the rapid evolution of the virus.

It can be recalled that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it is monitoring a new COVID-19 variant known as "XBB," which is responsible for all new infections in the United States.

Comment: You'd think these morons would have learned their lesson from the antibiotic debacle. But it's so much worse:


Alarm Clock

Israel's HMOs release data showing decline in number of pregnant women correlates with vaccine rollout

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New data from Israel's HMOs reveal: a decline in the number of pregnant women in their first trimester starting in February 2021, immediately after the start of the Covid-19 vaccination rollout

New data revealed through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from one of Israel's biggest HMOs (health insurance funds. There are four of them in Israel. Y.S) - Maccabi, indicate a decline in the number of pregnant women who were in their first trimester as of February 2021. This, compared to an upward trend that occurred from September 2019 to January 2021.

The application was submitted by David Schuldman, a systems analyst, on April 26, 2022. As can be seen in the graph below, in January 2021, the number of pregnant women in their first trimester was 19,564 - a clear upward trend compared to 2018-2019. However, starting in January the number plunged, reaching 18,093 in April.

Comment:


Syringe

Does vaccination actually weaken our resistance to Covid-19?

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Masked Icelanders obediently waiting for their life-saving shot in 2021.
Those new results may explain why the probability of infection and re-infection seem to increase in direct proportion to the number of injections.

As early as 2020, various scientists voiced their concern that a vaccination campaign in the middle of a pandemic might do more harm than good. They were promptly branded conspiracy theorists, smeared and then removed from social platforms, and vilified in the mainstream media.

The development of the pandemic during the past year or so has made it clear they were probably right. It is now evident that the vaccines do little to protect against infection, and in fact, new research keeps appearing that indicates how, over time, they can have an opposite effect.

A new study of immune reaction raises even graver concerns about the consequences of the vaccination campaign. Like other such studies, it shows how vaccination spurs the production of immunoglobulin antibodies (IgG) in large quantities, which is certainly what they are intended to do. This study, however, delved deeper, looked at which subtype of IgG antibody the body actually produced following vaccination, and found a huge increase, especially after the third injection, of the IgG4 antibody subtype. Under normal circumstances, IgG4 is less than 5% of IgG antibodies in the body, but after the third vaccine dose, it increased to a fifth of all IgG antibodies. When the triple-vaccinated then got reinfected, the percentage of this subtype increased even more, reaching half of the body's antibodies against the spike protein.

Comment: From Alex Berenson's Substack::
But if the mRNAs are truly generating broad "immune tolerance" to a virus that continues to mutate its spike and make all our anti-spike protein antibodies less potent (as Omicron has), the long-term consequences are potentially frightening.

At the least, this paper offers more evidence that mRNA booster campaigns need to be immediately restricted. And scientists need to examine whether people with high post-vaccination levels of IgG4 antibodies are becoming sicker than people with lower levels. If they are, we need an immediate effort to look for tools to reverse or slow switching to IgG4 at the cellular level.

Physicians will also have to be on the lookout for a spike in IgG4 related disease, which generally manifests as autoimmune disorders and is usually fairly responsive to steroids. (More to come on this issue in a future Stack.)

But for two years we governments and the media have been almost completely unwilling to ask any hard questions about the mRNAs.

This issue, too, will probably also be ignored - unless a future Covid wave becomes so severe that it cannot be.