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Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $100 million to end over 1,000 talc lawsuits

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Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $100 million to resolve over 1,000 lawsuits blaming its baby powder for causing cancer, in the first set of major settlements in four years of litigation, people with knowledge of the pacts said.

The accords, struck with several law firms, signal that the world's largest maker of health care products is trying to get ahead of the burgeoning litigation, with some 20,000 lawsuits still pending, according to securities filings. They mark the first time Johnson & Johnson has settled the bulk of a plaintiffs lawyer's cases in the baby powder suits, rather than individual suits on the eve of or during trial.

The deals come seven months since J&J last faced a jury reviewing evidence about the cancer risk of its signature talc product, which it maintains is safe, although it has replaced it with a cornstarch version in the U.S. and Canada. The company used the lull, due to the pandemic, to hold settlement talks, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private.

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New study shows significant link between mercury and autism

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The controversy over whether mercury overexposure can trigger autism is a long-standing one. A new meta-analysis of previous studies sheds much needed light on the matter, concluding there's a "significant relationship" between the two.

The review,1,2 published in the September 2020 issue of Pediatric Health, Medicine and Therapeutics, looked at 18 studies conducted between 1982 and 2019 that examined the relationship between concentrations of copper, lead or mercury in blood, plasma, hair or nails and the prevalence of autism. While no relationship was found between autism and copper concentrations, a high degree of correlation was found for mercury and lead.

According to the authors,3 the relationship between mercury and autism is so strong that "the concentration of mercury can be listed as a pathogenic cause (disease-causing) for autism." This held true even when outlier studies that might unduly influence the results were removed.

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Air pollution damages young brains much like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease - research

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Scientists have found tiny air pollution particles in the brains of young people, which they say may cause damage to cells in a similar way to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

The brains of 186 deceased young people, including small children, from Mexico City were dissected as part of the study, which was published in Environmental Research journal.

Tiny air pollution particles were discovered in the brain stems of each of the studied individuals, with the researchers warning that they can affect molecules much like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

The evidence of pollution was located in the substantia nigra - an area of the brain that's crucial to the progression of Parkinson's disease. The team believes that the particles, linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and which were detected in the young subjects' brains, could have made their way into the human system through the nose or gut.

Comment: Despite the science behind air pollution being the cause behind a whole host of maladies, no one in any sort of authority is treating that anywhere near as close to a problem as they did with smoking cigarettes. The reality is that the majority of ills laid at the feet of tobacco are actually the fault of pollution.


Health

Breast cancer screening saves lives?

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After my article showing that prostate cancer screening with the PSA-test does more harm than good, I was asked to follow up with an article looking at breast cancer screening with mammography. That turned out to be easier said than done, because virtually all studies of breast cancer screening only report the effect of screening on breast cancer mortality, not on overall mortality.

As I've discussed several times before on this blog, mortality from a specific disease is a meaningless when trying to work out if an intervention is life saving or not. The only statistic that matters is overall mortality. If an intervention decreases your risk of dying of breast cancer by 10%, but increases your risk of dying of something else by 10%, you probably wouldn't be interested in that intervention. People care about whether they are dead or alive, not about which cause of death is listed on their death certificate.

Unfortunately, a lot of scientists don't seem to understand this very basic concept, and so continue to produce meaningless studies showing that intervention x decreases the risk of dying of y, without any thought as to what the effect on overall mortality is.

When it comes to screening, there is a second problem, and that is that screening generates a lot of false positives. A false positive is when someone is told that they have a disease when in fact they don't. The problem with false positives is that they lead to follow-up interventions, which can sometimes cause physical harm and even death.

Syringe

18 Reasons to forgo flu vaccinations this year

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In response to the inevitable ad campaigns recommending that "everyone over age 6 months" needs to go to their local hospital, clinic or pharmacy to get their "routine" annual flu shots, I submit below 17 published medical journal articles that have been so ignored and/or censored-out of the mainstream media that most physicians, PAs, nurses, appointment secretaries and, especially, clinic and hospital management are unaware of their existence.

The issue of "flu shot or not" is particularly important this year because there was no influenza epidemic in the Southern Hemisphere's this year, which means that there could not have been any influenza virus collected that are always chosen 6 months earlier Down Under for the Northern Hemisphere's next vaccines.

Thus the 3 or 4 strains of influenza viruses chosen, cultured, mass-produced and marketed by Big Pharma corporations this "flu season" for the Northern Hemisphere nations are a total crapshoot and highly likely to have no benefit for potential recipients.

Comment: So it seems that the harmful effects of vaccines are even worse than even a well informed individual might suspect, if such a thing were possible.

It couldn't be said enough: getting enough rest/deep sleep, exercise, maintaining a low-carb diet, and sticking to supplements like Vitamin C and Vitamin D. among other things - are really one's best bet for boosting one's immune system naturally and fighting the flu.

And that sure beats the risk of taking toxic vaccines.


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Now's the time to get healthy, urges ICU physician

Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng
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Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng
Diet Doctor is profiling prominent physicians around the world who recommend a low-carb diet to improve metabolic health. In this profile meet Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, an ICU and palliative care physician, located in Ottawa, Canada.

You can also hear Dr. Kyeremanteng in a provocative discussion about preventing critical illness in the Diet Doctor Podcast episode #55 with Dr. Bret Scher. MD.

While some doctors have been supporting the low-carb, ketogenic diet for years, Canadian critical care physician Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng is a newcomer who's just starting to learn everything he can.

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Syringe

Volunteers suffer serious reactions to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine

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On Sept. 23, 2020, U.S. pharmaceutical and medical devices company Johnson & Johnson, Inc. announced the start of the Phase 3 human clinical trial for its experimental Ad26.COV2.S vaccine for COVID-19. The New Jersey-based company, which is partnering with its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutica NV of Belgium on development of the vaccine, is planning to enroll 60,000 volunteers to participate in the trial.

Johnson & Johnson recently announced the results of the Phase 1/2a clinical trial for the Ad26.COV2.S vaccine. The double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial included 796 participants divided into two groups consisting of 402 healthy adults 18 to 55 years of age in one group and 394 healthy elderly individuals 65 years of age and older in the other. The first group was broken out into cohort 1a and cohort 1b. The second group was cohort 3.

Each of the participants were given a single entramuscular injection of Ad26.COV2.S at dose levels of either 5×1010 or 1×1011 viral particles (vp) per dose of vaccine. After four weeks of observation, 99 percent of all the participants developed antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Comment: Anyone want this one for $1B+? How many doses will have to be 'sold' to equal that line item?

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The US just signed a $450 million coronavirus vaccine contract with Johnson & Johnson


Brick Wall

What will it take for masks and face shields to end?

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According to rotavirus vaccine developer Dr. Paul Offit,1 people will need to continue wearing masks and social distancing for "the next couple of years" even after a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

"People now see vaccines as a magic dust that's about to be sprinkled over this country and make this all go away. It doesn't work that way," Offit told MarketWatch, September 21, 2020.2

Offit, who sits on the Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, said he's wary of a COVID-19 vaccine that may be rushed to market under pressure from the government.

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Success — FDA finally issues mercury amalgam warning

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Just four weeks after we celebrated our 10th annual Mercury Awareness and Mercury-Free Dentistry Week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a long-overdue safety communication on amalgam.

In an astounding about-face to its previous stance, the FDA issued a warning that mercury fillings may adversely affect pregnant women, children and other susceptible individuals, and should be avoided by these groups.

The safety communication1 was posted September 24, 2020, and with this, we have suddenly achieved an incredibly important goal that we've had our sights on for the last decade!

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Homeopathic drugs modify gene expression in cancer cells

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Researchers have discovered that very highly diluted homeopathic drugs can modify gene expression in cervical cancer cells1.

To probe the effects of homeopathic drugs on gene expressions, the researchers prepared two homeopathic drugs by highly diluting alcohol-based root extracts of two medicinal plants: Hydrastis canadensis and Marsdenia condurango. They then treated cultured cervical cancer cells with the drugs and a placebo drug for two days in a carbon dioxide incubator.

The homeopathic drugs activated a host of genes, triggering apoptosis — a process that kills cancer cells in a controlled way. The drugs induced cell death by altering DNA methylation, an epigenetic process that is known to modify gene expression without changing DNA sequences.

Comment: And yet critics will still insist homeopathic medicines are nothing more than placebo.

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