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Dyslexia related to brain's plasticity

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Dyslexia is not just about reading, or even language. It's about something more fundamental: How much can the brain adapt to what it has just observed? People with dyslexia typically have less brain plasticity than those without dyslexia, two recent studies have found.

Though the studies measured people's brain activity in two different ways and while performing different tasks, researchers at the Hebrew University of Israel, reporting in eLife, and researchers from MIT, reporting in Neuron, both found that dyslexics' brains did not adapt as much to repeated stimuli, including spoken words, musical notes, and faces.

Both sets of researchers found that people with dyslexia more quickly forget recent events. This type of memory is called incidental or implicit memory, and includes anything you didn't know you needed to remember when it happened. Because of how quickly their implicit memory fades, dyslexics' brains don't adapt as much after reading or hearing something repeatedly — which is perhaps why it is harder for their brains to process the words they read.

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Ice Cube

The Chinese coronavirus outbreak is not the zombie apocalypse

It's time to take a deep breath and dial down the hysteria.
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Confirmation bias in action
I am not downplaying the seriousness of the new Coronavirus that has been spreading around the world. People are dying and every death is a tragedy, but it is not the end of civilization as we know it, contrary to some media outlets which risk causing undue alarm and panic. The headlines are ominous: "Wuhan is Ground Zero for Deadly Coronavirus." "Situation in China is Grave." One paper carried an image of a Wuhan medic breaking down in tears. Another showing a pile of corpses was fake. The Daily Mail quoted a researcher as saying, "'This time I am scared,' expert who helped tackle SARS warns." Another scientist reportedly simulated a similar epidemic that he projected would kill 65 million people. What the headline didn't say is that it was a worst-case scenario for a virus deadlier than SARS and easier to catch than the flu, an extremely unlikely scenario.

It's important to put the risk into perspective. The Coronavirus does not appear any worse than the annual flu. The key difference is that there is no vaccine, and one will likely take months to develop. It sounds even more daunting and sinister because it's new, mysterious, and originates from a foreign country. Adding the mystique is its suspected origin: a snake at an exotic animal market in the city of Wuhan, which sold everything from cow's heads to camels, foxes, badgers, and an array of rats and reptiles.

Comment: The reason why "the new Information Age is rife with misinformation, disinformation, rumors, fake news, political agendas, conspiracy theories, deep fakes, and photoshopped images that can spread panic faster than any virus..." is because officialdom - especially in the West, though not exclusively - lies so much of the time.

When they keep pushing paranoid conspiracy theories about 'Russian meddling' and 'Kremlin influence operations' onto people - to say nothing of straight-up lies to justify wars of aggression and lining Big Pharma's pockets - major public distrust and mass social hysteria about anything and everything is the natural result.

So in a sense the real virus at work here isn't even the coronavirus; it's the mind virus spread down and out by psychopaths in power. Having said that, the fear of the threat of mass casualties posed by the coronavirus is very real in parts of East Asia.


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Research paper finds HIV like insertions in 2019-nCoV not found in any other coronavirus, "unlikely to be fortuitous in nature"

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Over the past few days, the mainstream press has vigorously pushed back against a theory about the origins of the coronavirus that has now infected as many as 70,000+ people in Wuhan alone (depending on whom you believe). The theory is that China obtained the coronavirus via a Canadian research program, and started molding it into a bioweapon at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan. Politifact pointed the finger at Zero Hedge, in particular, though the story was widely shared across independent-leaning media.

The theory is that the virus, which was developed by infectious disease experts to function as a bio-weapon, originated in the Wuhan-based lab of Dr. Peng Zhou, China's preeminent researcher of bat immune systems, specifically in how their immune systems adapt to the presence of viruses like coronavirus and other destructive viruses. Somehow, the virus escaped from the lab, and the Hunan fish market where the virus supposedly originated is merely a ruse.

Now, a respected epidemiologist who recently caught flack for claiming in a twitter thread that the virus appeared to be much more contagious than initially believed is pointing out irregularities in the virus's genome that suggests it might have been genetically engineered for the purposes of a weapon, and not just any weapon but the deadliest one of all.

In "Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag", Indian researchers are baffled by segments of the virus's RNA that have no relation to other coronaviruses like SARS, and instead appear to be closer to HIV. The virus even responds to treatment by HIV medications.

Comment: ZeroHedge has been suspended on Twitter after BuzzFeed accuses it of a coronavirus conspiracy and 'doxxing' a Chinese scientist:
The popular news blog ZeroHedge has been suspended from Twitter. While no reason was given, their last tweet referred to speculation the coronavirus could be a bioweapon and BuzzFeed had just accused them of doxxing.

The site's last tweet before the suspension referenced a paper by Indian scientists pointing to uncanny similarities between the 2019-nCoV virus and HIV, which internet researcher Christopher Torres Lugo described as "conspiracy theories claiming that 2019-nCoV is a bioweapon."

Twitter does not comment on reasons for suspending or banning any particular account, leaving ZeroHedge's 673,000 or so followers in the dark on Friday afternoon, until the site itself said it received noticed it had engaged in "abuse or harassment."

About two hours before the suspension, BuzzFeed published a story accusing ZeroHedge - which it refers to as "a popular pro-Trump website" - of revealing personal information of a scientist from Wuhan, China and "falsely accusing them of creating the coronavirus as a bioweapon."

Release of personal information, or doxxing, would be a violation of Twitter rules. However, the BuzzFeed story purports to identify by name the proprietor of ZeroHedge, who writes under the pseudonym Tyler Durden.


BuzzFeed was outraged by the "rumors and lies" allegedly pushed by ZeroHedge about the origins and characteristics of the coronavirus, which causes a respiratory infection that has so far sickened almost 10,000 people across the world, and killed over 200 - mainly in China.

The first patient was reported in the city of Wuhan, in Hebei province, just a month ago. The WHO has declared a global health emergency due to the rapid spread of the virus.

ZeroHedge's most recent article included the tweets of several scientists who were alarmed by a pre-publication paper authored by a team of Indian virologists, noticing the "uncanny similarity" between the 2019-nCoV and HIV-1 and finding it "unlikely to be fortuitous."


Commenting on the suspension, ZeroHedge wondered, "Are we then to understand that we have now reached a point the mere gathering of information, which our colleagues in the media may want to eventually do as thousands of people are afflicted daily by the Coronavirus, is now synonymous with 'abuse and harassment'? According to Twitter, and certainly our competitors in the media, the answer is yes."
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Life Preserver

Russian ministry of health identifies trio of existing drugs that can fight new Chinese coronavirus

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While experts across the world search for a vaccine to tackle the dangerous new infection, Russian health bosses have identified a trio of existing medicines to combat 2019-nCoV in adults.

The new coronavirus can be fought with ribavirin, lopinavir/ritonavir and interferon beta-1b, they believe. These drugs are typically used to treat hepatitis C, HIV and multiple sclerosis respectively.

The Ministry of Health advisory not only offers recommendations, but also describes how the treatments work and in what quantities they should be prescribed. The guidelines are intended for doctors in hospitals throughout the country.

Comment: There are a number of preventive interventions that can help to improve immunity and to insure that you aren't undone by any flu virus:


Syringe

Here it is: SIDS listed as a side effect on a DTaP vaccine insert

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SIDS [Sudden Infant Death Syndrome] is the term given to all of the babies who die of an unexplainable death before they turn one year old.

SIDS and the DTaP Vaccine

"70% of children who have died of SIDS received the pertussis vaccine within 3 weeks before death." Within this 3 week time period after receiving the vaccine, children's breathing patterns became stress-induced, wreaking havoc on their respiratory systems (Pages 120 and 121 of Vaccine Safety Manual For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners). This stress-induced breathing, combined with a baby sleeping face down would seem to make it even more troublesome for him/her to breathe freely. This is the very same vaccine that lists SIDS as a possible side effect. Something to think about (at the very least).

Please note, the CDC is changing their inserts over the last year, leaving out important side effects even though they are very much still side effects.

Comment: So many in the pro-vaccine camp refuse to admit any serious side effects from vaccines, stating over and over ad nauseam that vaccines are '100% safe'. A simple read of the package insert of any vaccine will quickly disabuse anyone of this preposterous notion. A blatant case of wilful ignorance, if ever there was one.

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TV

Kids who are glued to screens are couch potatoes by 5, according to study

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Toddlers who are glued to a screen at age three are couch potatoes by the time they are five, a study shows.

They move for 40 minutes less each day by the time they start primary school than those who had less screen time earlier in life.

Researchers say the reduced physical activity may contribute to weight gain and poor health. They ­suggest parents follow World Health Organization guidelines to limit young children's screen time to one hour a day.

Study leader Dr. Falk Muller-Riemenschneider said: "Reducing screen time in early childhood might promote healthier behaviors and associated outcomes later in life."

The findings come from a National University of Singapore study of 552 children. Their parents were questioned on how long they spent on screens aged two and three.

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Health

Coronavirus: Self treatment recommendations for new virus that is shutting down entire cities

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The Headlines read: China Quarantines a City of 11 Million Over Deadly New Virus. Little is known about the new virus, making it more challenging for authorities to figure out the appropriate action to take, experts say. Unfortunately, they will not take appropriate action because they refuse to look at the fundamental weakness of all viruses, which can be easily and cheaply exploited.

People die of viruses all the time but the death rates can be sharply reduced if we pull the rug out from under them with rapid changes in pH and with heavy dosages of iodine, selenium and magnesium chloride. Modern medicine refuses to look at these basic medicines, which are commonly used in ICU departments that save lives everyday; refuses to entertain the idea that these same medicines could be perfect medicines to both prevent and treat this new viral disease.

Authorities do not know the incubation period which makes it difficult to know how to respond. But we do know the virus spreads easily and quickly. The province of Hubei, of which Wuhan is the capital and largest city, late Wednesday reported a total 444 confirmed cases, up from 270 announced the previous day.


Comment: Since the writing of this article the number of confirmed cases is over 6,000.


The Chinese National Health Commission reported early Friday that there have been 25 deaths from and 830 cases of the coronavirus, a sharp increase. The death toll increased by more than a half-dozen in 24 hours, while the number of confirmed cases jumped by more than 200.

Comment: As the author suggests, it is far better to think of treating coronavirus (and other emerging viruses) preemptively - rather than have to rely on the medical system should this sickness spread much further.

That said, here are a few other excellent ways to boost one's own natural immune system And one of the best things one could possibly do - which we hear about all too seldom - is to eat animal fats and go low-carb to help boost your immune system: Ketogenic diet helps tame flu virus


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Diabetes damage control

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Diabetes is on the rise, both type 1-in which the pancreas does not secrete insulin -and type 2-in which the cells' receptors for insulin don't work. Either way — and the likelihood is that most diabetics have some combination of type 1 and type 2-sugar can't get into the cells (so they starve) and sugar levels in the blood remain high.

Chronically high blood sugar levels lead to serious consequences, including kidney failure, nerve damage, difficulty healing and eye problems. Both types of diabetes result in a slow and painful death that can include dialysis, amputation and permanent blindness.

If you surf around the internet, you will find some websites giving pretty good advice on how to manage and even avoid diabetes. Besthealthyguide.com advises readers to eliminate processed and refined foods from the diet, such as flours, sugar and trans fat, and to limit consumption of grains and high-carb foods as a way of keeping blood sugar levels stable. The website notes that you can reduce your dose of drugs like metformin on this kind of diet.

Health.com warns that people with diabetes should avoid sugary drinks as much as possible. "People with diabetes should absolutely avoid sugar-sweetened beverages including soda, sports drinks, sweetened teas, and juice, unless these are using these beverages to treat a low blood sugar. . . . Carbohydrates in liquid form spike blood sugars very quickly — they are great for treating a low blood sugar, but if someone's blood sugar is normal or high, they will send their blood sugar to the next level.

Syringe

CDC funded study shows the vaccinated shed 6.3 times more flu virus, just by breathing

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Want to know why more people are sick this year and dying from the flu? The answer might surprise you, it's because of the flu vaccine and the most recent research from the National Academy of Sciences proves that people who are vaccinated spread the virus more, are not protected, and prior vaccination is harming people's immunity!

Does the flu vaccine protect you or those around you? Well according to the research, the opposite would be true. The findings of the study found that those individuals who had received the flu vaccine were "shedding" 6.3 times more virus than the unvaccinated!

Straight from the research:
"Self-reported vaccination for the current season was associated with a trend (P < 0.10) toward higher viral shedding in fine aerosol samples; vaccination with both the current and previous year's seasonal vaccines, however, was significantly associated with greater fine-aerosol shedding in unadjusted and adjusted models (P < 0.01). In adjusted models, we observed 6.3 (95% CI 1.9-21.5) times more aerosol shedding among cases with vaccination in the current and previous season compared with having no vaccination in those two seasons."

"The association of current and prior year vaccination with increased shedding of influenza A might lead one to speculate that certain types of prior immunity promote lung inflammation, airway closure, and aerosol generation. This first observation of the phenomenon needs confirmation. If confirmed, this observation, together with recent literature suggesting reduced protection with annual vaccination, would have implications for influenza vaccination recommendations and policies."

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At the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, Western medicine meets traditional Chinese remedies

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Pharmacy workers wearing protective clothes and masks serve customers in Wuhan on Jan. 25, 2020.
At the Liutianbao Pharmacy, one of the biggest dispensaries of traditional Chinese medicines in virus-stricken Wuhan, the shelves are practically bare of honeysuckle, the dried fruit of the weeping forsythia, eupatorium and patchouli.

At Changsheng Pharmacy, the shelves have been picked clean of Mongolian milkvetch and Chinese bellflower, after a run on traditional herbal remedies prompted in part by promises from local health leaders that Chinese medicine can arm people with an herbal immunity to a deadly virus that has stoked fear around the world.

"People have bought whatever can possibly be helpful for their health and safety," said Meng Juan, a worker at Changsheng Pharmacy.