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Water, the essential nutrient

Water is a basic necessity, needed to maintain a healthy body, a clear mind, and a good balance within your tissues. About 60 percent of your body is water, and you must constantly replenish the supply, as it's used continuously in the processes of life. Many people fail to drink enough of it. The standard recommendation is to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day. I'm not sure you need to force that much down, but do try to drink as much as you can, and more than you think you need. While you're doing all this drinking, however, make sure you're not adding new toxins to your body.

Drinking Water

I have always recommended drinking high-quality bottled water or, if possible, getting a water-purification system for your home. However, before you spend any money on a filtration system, find out what's in your water - have your tap water tested for contaminants such as fecal-coliform bacteria, lead, fluoride, chlorine, arsenic and nitrates, as well as parasites, other microorganisms, sulfates, herbicides, and pesticides. (Don't rely on the free testing offered by companies selling water purifiers - they're not thorough enough. Instead, use an independent lab - you may find you don't need a home purifying system). State and local health departments often do free tests for bacterial contamination, but to find out about toxic substances, you'll need the services of a private testing lab. Testing for a range of common contaminants can cost more than $100, but the investment is certainly worthwhile it if saves you the cost of a purifying system.

Chlorine and lead are two of the most common contaminants in water. Chlorine is a strong oxidizing agent that may increase the risk of heart disease and is linked to certain types of cancer. Water containing more than 10 parts per billion of lead is a health risk, especially for infants, children and pregnant women - and probably for everyone else, as well. Even small amounts may result in organ damage and stunt the nervous system. If you are using tap water for drinking or cooking, I suggest that you get in the habit of flushing your kitchen faucet daily by letting water run for three to five minutes in the morning (or after periods of disuse).

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PCRM urge FDA to promote plant-based diet on Viagra labels

Package labels for Viagra, Cialis, and other erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs should inform patients that ED is a sign of potentially fatal artery disease, according to a petition the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed with the Food and Drug Administration on Feb. 10. Between 18 and 30 million men in the United States have ED.

The petition, filed during American Heart Month, recommends the following wording: "Erectile dysfunction is caused by artery disease, a condition that this drug will not improve. Artery disease can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and early death. A plant-based diet, moderate exercise, stress management, and lack of smoking can, in combination, improve and often reverse artery disease."

"A prescription for Viagra should include a lifesaving wake-up call for men with ED to adopt a heart-healthy diet," says Neal Barnard, MD, FACC, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of Your Body in Balance, which explains the science behind a plant-based diet's ability to fight ED. "Erectile dysfunction is a sign of narrowed arteries throughout a man's body, including the arteries to his heart and brain, putting him at high risk for heart attack, stroke, and death."

Comment: Animal products do not clog arteries and plant-based diets don't unclog them. Furthermore, plant-based diets lead to lower levels of sex hormones which regulate sexual function. A plant-based diet is a pretty good way to decrease libido, making it less likely that you'll care that your junk isn't working. Not the greatest strategy, but if that's what floats your boat...

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How to prevent coronavirus? Start smoking

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Great find by Joe L:

...new study ... claims that of the 1099 Chinese people who contracted 2019-nCoV which were studied, 85.4% (927 people) were never-smokers, while only 12.6% (137 people) were current smokers and only 1.9% (21 people) were ex-smokers.

Here's a link to the pdf study. And here's part of Table 1 from the study (click to enlarge):

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Football star goes vegan after watching 'Game Changers,' goes back to eating meat and dairy; plant-based diet left him unable to train properly

Darius Boyd

Former Broncos captain Darius Boyd (pictured with wife Kayla), who went vegan after watching a Netflix documentary, has reverted to eating meat after struggling during pre-season training.
An NRL star who went vegan after watching a Netflix documentary has reverted to eating meat after struggling during pre-season training.

Former Broncos captain Darius Boyd adopted the plant-based diet at the end of last year's season after watching The Game Changers.

The documentary, produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, follows high-performance athletes who decided to give up meat and go vegan.

Boyd was such a fan of his new diet he encouraged fellow teammates to make the switch in November.

Comment: This could probably win the award for least surprising headline of 2020. Despite what propaganda pieces like 'The Game Changers' will tell you, athletic performance does not improve for the vast majority of people when they remove animal products from their diet. Most will suffer from the lack of proper nutrition, especially athletes.

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Coronavirus Expert in Leaked Analysis: 'This is Just a Severe, Localized Common Cold'

Comment: Everyone can stop freaking out now...

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John Nicholls and colleagues at the University of Hong Kong
With the death toll climbing each day, fear and uncertainty have spread farther and farther around the globe as coronavirus continues to captivate the world's attention. However, John Nicholls, a pathology professor at the University of Hong Kong, says he knows when the virus will become inactive.

In a private conference call organized last week by CLSA, a brokerage firm based in Hong Kong, investment analysts had a chance to ask Nicholls, one of the world's foremost experts on the topic, questions about the novel coronavirus. News of the private conference call was first reported by The Financial Times, and in the days since the call, more details of Nicholls' analysis have surfaced on social media and elsewhere online, including a transcript of the call.

The transcript of the call showed Nicholls believes weather conditions will be a key factor in the demise of the novel coronavirus. Referencing the SARS outbreak from 2002 and 2003, Nicholls said he thinks similar weather factors will also shut down the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Comment: And that - setting a 'vaccine date' - is WHO's primary interest in spreading this contagion of fear: they chiefly represent Big Pharma's vested interest in maintaining the party line about vaccines 'saving people' from common colds - all the while, for the most part, their fiddling with viruses they don't understand is often causing outbreaks.

Quite why China went full-on in politically supporting this contagion of fear with massive containment efforts, we don't know. Perhaps the BSL-4 biolab in Wuhan was indeed a partial or significant causal factor - namely that some experimental virus for vaccine/biowarfare research escaped the lab there. Assuming human/state complicity, the Chinese govt then 'guiltily' responded out of an abundance of caution by putting 60 million people under lockdown.

However, if it is just a severe cold, and only in the immediate vicinity of Wuhan at that, then we start wondering if Xi Jinping's government isn't up to something... strategic? Maybe we're reaching though. It's hard to imagine what China's leadership could gain by voluntarily hurting the country's economy - and the CCP's political standing - by unnecessarily feeding domestic and global panic.

Of course, conspiracy theorists are sure they know that there is a 'hidden strategy', and what that strategy is: China is 'hiding the real death toll' because the COVID-19 outbreak is actually 'completely out of control' and 'we're all gonna die' if we don't...

Well, they never articulate what the 'or else' is, but implicit in their chicken little routine is that they're recommending their Western audience strictly isolate themselves from all interaction - trade, cultural, everything - with 1.5 billion of the planet's population, and that they see the Chinese leadership as pathological liars about everything.

The spooks at Langley and GCHQ couldn't have dreamed up better sockpuppets.

If, after learning all that, you're still after more 'freak-out feels', go watch this Hollywood movie:
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AHDB clashes with BBC over 'eat less meat' claim

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AHDB highlighted figures showing that the highest volume of carbon dioxide is produced by transport at 34%, followed by industry at 21%
The AHDB [Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board] has sent a letter to the BBC criticising its claim that 'the single biggest way' to fight climate change is to eat less meat.

AHDB's chief executive Jane King sent the letter regarding the BBC News article 'Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help'.

In the article, the BBC said 'the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet is to modify your diet to include less meat - according to recent studies'.

Comment: Good on them. It really is time for organizations to start calling out the media on their simplistic anti-meat claims and force them to put the nuance back into their arguments. Every single time the MSM says people should be cutting meat from their diets, they should be held accountable.

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An Alzheimer's treatment fails: 'We don't have anything now'

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© Matt York/Associated Press
Two experimental drugs failed to prevent or slow mental decline in a study of people genetically predisposed to develop Alzheimer's disease at a young age.
With high hopes, drugs to fight brain plaques were tested in people genetically destined to develop dementia. The drugs failed.

The study aimed to show that Alzheimer's disease could be stopped if treatment began before symptoms emerged. The participants were the best candidates that scientists could find: still healthy, but with a rare genetic mutation that guaranteed they would develop dementia.

For five years, on average, the volunteers received monthly infusions or injections of one of two experimental drugs, along with annual blood tests, brain scans, spinal taps and cognitive tests.

Now, the verdict is in: The drugs did nothing to slow or stop cognitive decline in these subjects, dashing the hopes of scientists.

Comment: While it is, no doubt, disheartening for the researchers and families who were putting their faith into these drug trials, targeting the plaques in dementia is doomed to failure. More and more research is currently confirming that the plaques that form in Alzheimer's are a byproduct of the disease and do not play a causative role - it's like cleaning the blood away from a car accident victim and wondering why that doesn't result in complete recovery. Only research that targets the root cause has any hope of being successful.

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Cure for ALL viruses? Scientists claim they've discovered 'holy grail' which could lead to Universal Vaccine

Hope for a Universal Virus Vaccine
© PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay
Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US have uncovered the 'Achilles' heel' of most viruses which plague mankind, and could soon develop a universal vaccine. Vaccine research, development and testing takes a long time, as the ongoing coronavirus outbreak has shown, but that is because researchers devote their time, attention and resources to targeting specific viruses one-by-one. But now scientists at MGH have located what may prove to be a game-changing breakthrough for humanity, which could strengthen our bodies and make them impervious to most viruses.

"The goal is to understand how our immune system works in order to create treatments that work against a range of viruses, not just vaccines against a particular one," said Kate Jeffrey, head of the study, in a hospital press release. The so-called 'Achilles heel' (or vulnerable point) of most viruses is actually just a simple protein named AGO4, which has been shown to have unique antiviral effects in mammalian cells.

Comment: What could possibly go wrong?

Just flip a simple switch, then boom! No more suffering, ever!

It apparently didn't occur to these dolts that viruses may be necessary to the survival of the species.

Where's the vaccine against stupidity, that's what we want to know.

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Life Preserver

Indian authorities propose use of homeopathy to prevent coronavirus

The Indian government's Ministry of AYUSH, which promotes alternative medicine systems in the country, released a health advisory on January 29 that advocates the use of homeopathy and traditional remedies, such as Indian systems of medicine, to ward off infections of the newly circulating 2019-nCoV coronavirus. This includes the use of a homeopathic preparation called Arsenicum album 30C and two drops of sesame oil in each nostril each morning for prevention, and Unani medicines (treatments based on the teachings of Hippocrates and Galen) to mitigate symptoms of coronavirus infection. While AYUSH cites centuries of practitioners' experiences with these products as evidence behind its advice, the media and the scientific community criticized the guidance as being counterproductive in dealing with a serious health emergency.

"It is profoundly irresponsible of the Ministry of AYUSH to endorse homeopathy as this entirely undermines public understanding of science and medicine, and elevates pseudoscience with potentially dangerous consequences," says David Robert Grimes, an Irish science writer who has published research showing homeopathy to be ineffective, in an email to The Scientist. Grimes has argued that the proposed mechanisms of homeopathy are implausible when analyzed from a physical and chemical perspective, and says that it is not surprising, therefore, that the biological effects of homeopathy cannot be measured in large-scale clinical trials.

Comment: What the critics seem to fail to realize is that homeopathy is widespread and extremely successful in India, and has been for decades. It's an amazing story of how the system of medicine can treat the ills of a poor population with no hope of affording expensive pharmaceuticals. And they're likely better off for it.

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Strung-out population: 70% of Americans' donated blood found to contain Xanax

Comment: And what is Xanax? A mind-altering, highly addictive, yet commonly prescribed drug to 'induce feelings of calmness that counter feelings of anxiety and panic'.

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Scientists found concentrations of Xanax in seven out of ten blood batches tested.
Scientists testing a small but random sample of donated blood ready for transfusion have discovered that 70 percent contained traces of Xanax.

Writing in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical earlier this month, researchers were surprised by the level of pharmaceuticals detected in supposedly clean blood batches — in particular, the concentrations of cough medicine and anti-anxiety medication.

The testing also revealed that all 18 batches of blood contained caffeine, suggesting America's love of coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages runs deep.

The purpose of the exercise was to find out the purity of the blood samples before they were used to test a method for examining the effect of botanicals on drug metabolization. Botanicals are plants or plant extracts taken for medical or therapeutic reasons, such as echinacea, CBD oil and ginko.

"From a 'contamination' standpoint, caffeine is not a big worry for patients, though it may be a commentary on current society," co-author Luying Chen, a PhD student at Oregon State University (OSU), said in a statement.

Comment: Americans talk about freedom a lot, especially individual freedom.

But how free can they really be when so many of them are effectively dependent on external aids - and the pharmacological industry that produces them - to regulate, process and deal with their own emotions?