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Rapid waning and short-lived immunity: It's time to rethink COVID booster shots, Israeli researchers say

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An Israeli nurse receives a fourth dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv, on Dec. 27, 2021.
An Israeli study found that antibody levels after a fourth dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine returned to similar levels as after the 3rd dose after about four months.

The study, conducted among health care workers at the Sheba Medical Center, the largest hospital in Israel, found that the immunological protection of the 4th dose "was much smaller and had waned completely by 13 weeks after vaccination."

It found "no substantial additional effectiveness over a third dose at 15 to 26 weeks after vaccination."

Comment: So the vaccines offer a little bump in immunity, followed by a crash below baseline. The effect is increased with every shot. So why are vaccines still recommended?

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Syringe

Higher incidence of myocarditis, pericarditis found after COVID-19 vaccination

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Endomyocardial biopsy showing lymphocytic myocarditis.
A recent study found a higher incidence of myocarditis or pericarditis in patients following COVID-19 vaccination, which was greater following the second dose compared with the first dose; however, the study noted that the risk for these conditions is significantly lower than the health risks seen in patients with COVID-19, highlighting the need for a risk-benefit analysis in certain patients. The increased incidence of pericarditis or myocarditis was noted mainly in those who received BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 vaccines and no increased risks were found in other types of COVID-19 vaccines.


Comment: It's up to the individual to decide whether the possible adverse events from vaccination are worth the known risks.


"Compared to those who did not receive COVID-19 vaccine, those who received either the first or second dose had a significantly increased risk of myocarditis or pericarditis," the study authors wrote. "In addition, those who received the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine had a higher risk of myocarditis/pericarditis compared with those who received only the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine."

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Health

Doctors ask Biden to declare emergency over RSV surge among children

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Pediatricians are calling on President Joe Biden to declare an emergency in response to an "alarming surge" in respiratory viruses, including respiratory syncytial virus or RSV, that has been straining children's hospitals across the country.

The Children's Hospital Association and American Academy of Pediatrics urged Biden to issue an emergency declaration this week that would give hospitals more flexibility to manage the influx of patients and free up federal resources, such as those provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We need emergency funding support and flexibilities along the same lines of what was provided to respond to COVID surges," read a letter from the groups to Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

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Bullseye

BMI: why experts are calling for better ways of assessing health than a body mass index

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One PhD thesis found that people who focused on a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their body mass index (BMI), had more nourishing dietary patterns.
The index has remained popular because of its simplicity, but Australian experts agree it is too often seen as a one-stop indicator of health.

Most of us are no stranger to the body mass index: weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared.

At a population level, research tells us that having a higher BMI is associated with a greater risk of certain conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Rates of obesity, according to the World Health Organisation, have tripled globally since 1975.

But despite being enthusiastically adopted in doctors' rooms and also by average people to quantify their own body composition, BMI is much less useful as an individual health indicator.

Comment: Measuring the health of an individual is very complicated, and a quick calculation using two parameters is entirely insufficient in doing the job. BMI is not a health measurement and shouldn't be treated as such.

See also: How Flawed And Outdated Is The Body Mass Index (BMI) Measurement?


Bacon

Red meat is not a health risk. New study slams years of shoddy research

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Studies have been linking red meat consumption to health problems like heart disease, stroke, and cancer for years. But nestled in the recesses of those published papers are notable limitations.

Nearly all the research is observational, unable to tease out causation convincingly. Most are plagued by confounding variables. For example, perhaps meat eaters simply eat fewer vegetables, or tend to smoke more, or exercise less? Moreover, many are based on self-reported consumption. The simple fact is that people can't remember what they eat with any accuracy. And lastly, the reported effect sizes in these scientific papers are often small. Is a supposed 15% greater risk of cancer really worth worrying about?

Attention

Puberty blockers may have severe longterm effects on kids

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Recent studies provide evidence on the effects of puberty blockers on kids, a field where hitherto there has been little to no longterm data or research. And the results are sobering. It turns out trying to tamper with natural biology has bad and sometimes permanent longterm consequences. Who would have thought?

Surprisingly, it's the New York Times that published an in-depth piece seeking to answer the question: "They Paused Puberty, but Is There a Cost?" The cost not only comes in delayed sexual development but in serious effects such as permanently retarded bone growth, infertility, and potential retarded brain development.

"Many physicians in the United States and elsewhere are prescribing blockers to patients at the first stage of puberty — as early as age 8 — and allowing them to progress to sex hormones as soon as 12 or 13," the Times said (emphasis added). But yet, "the United States had produced no data on the impact or safety of blockers, particularly among transgender patients under 12." There are 300,000 "trans" young Americans between the ages of 13 and 17, the Times reported, and an unknown number younger than that. That's a whole lot of children potentially seeking these treatments. So puberty blockers were being used on kids as young as eight, with no data on the safety and side effects? How is that allowed?

Comment: Back in October when Florida banned 'puberty blockers' and 'sex reassignment surgeries' for minors, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo had this to say:
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo slammed the federal guidance as a political move that lacks of evidence of assisting youths.

"The federal government's medical establishment releasing guidance failing at the most basic level of academic rigor shows that this was never about health care," Ladapo said in a statement. "It was about injecting political ideology into the health of our children. Children experiencing gender dysphoria should be supported by family and seek counseling, not pushed into an irreversible decision before they reach 18."

The state guidance added that "[s]ystematic reviews on hormonal treatment for young people show a trend of low-quality evidence, small sample sizes, and medium to high risk of bias."
See also: FDA officials warn of brain swelling, vision loss in minors using puberty blockers


Attention

Europe faces 'cancer epidemic' after estimated 1m cases went undiagnosed during Covid lockdowns

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A scientist at a lab in Bilbao, Spain. The report warns that cancer health systems and research must be urgently prioritised to avoid a Europe-wide epidemic.
Report says 100m screenings lost because of pandemic, which had 'chilling effect' on research

Experts have warned that Europe faces a "cancer epidemic" unless urgent action is taken to boost treatment and research, after an estimated 1m diagnoses were missed during the pandemic.

The impact of Covid-19 and the focus on it has exposed "weaknesses" in cancer health systems and in the cancer research landscape across the continent, which, if not addressed as a matter of urgency, will set back cancer outcomes by almost a decade, leading healthcare and scientific experts say.

Comment: Not like physician haven't been sounding the alarm almost since lockdowns were first imposed.


Pills

Increase in Adderall prescriptions leads to shortage, Harvard recommends users 'be more strategic'

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The massive increase in demand for Adderall, a prescription stimulant used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has triggered a nationwide shortage of the drug, causing many Americans who rely on the medication to learn to live without it. In 2021, an astronomical 41.4 million prescriptions were filled, up more than 10 percent from 2020, according to health research group IQVIA.

In some advice to those going through withdrawal, Harvard Health recommended "to be more strategic until some of these shortages are straightened out."

According to an Axios report, prescriptions for the drug, an amphetamine, have been skyrocketing due to it becoming "easier and easier to get a diagnosis."

Comment: Managing a condition, which may not even be real, with powerful pharmaceuticals is a losing strategy, especially considering shortages are likely only going to be increasing in the immediate future. If you're reliant on these medications (or addicted to them), now is the time to reassess and find a better way of dealing with your issues.

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Heart

More 'sudden heart attacks' ...with a 'climate change' twist

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Anyone following the news cycle since the Covid "vaccines" rolled out has seen a simply remarkable uptick in the number of things that can reportedly cause sudden strokes or heart attacks.

Cold weather, hot weather, depression, various food, long covid AND short covid, new magical chemicals just found in the atmosphere, "post-pandemic stress disorder", undiagnosed aortic stenosis and expensive electricity.

That's not even an exhaustive list, it just goes on and on and on.

...and now we can add pollution to the rogues gallery, according to this piece from Science Alert, which headlines:
Tiny Particles in The Air May Trigger Sudden Heart Attacks, Study Suggests
On a similar theme, the Daily Mail headlined yesterday:
America's growing wildfire crisis could lead to a wave of heart attacks, lung disease and cancer diagnoses years down the line, scientists warn
Now, we don't need to break down these articles piece by piece, it's perfectly apparent what's happening here.

The Covid vaccines are either causing more heart attacks, or the people in charge are aware they might, and are prepping fall-back stories accordingly.

Biohazard

Mould at home: How dangerous is it and what can be done?

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Exposure to mould in the home can be damaging to your health, causing allergic reactions and respiratory illnesses.

An inquest found on Tuesday that a two-year-old boy died as a result of a severe respiratory condition caused by prolonged exposure to mould in his home.

But what exactly is mould, when is it harmful, and what can be done about it in your house?

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