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48 confirmed Ebola cases in Congo, WHO declares it an 'active outbreak'

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Ebola is spreading in western Democratic Republic of Congo, with nearly 50 known cases across a large region bordering the Republic of Congo and Central African Republic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.

Since authorities announced the outbreak on 1 June, 48 cases have been confirmed in Congo's Equateur province, with a further three probable cases and a total of 20 deaths, WHO's top emergencies expert Mike Ryan said. "This is still a very active outbreak, and I would say it is still a great concern," Ryan told a news briefing.

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New research finds CBD reduces severe lung inflammation associated with Covid-19

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Researchers at the University of Nebraska and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute have recently published a peer-reviewed article suggesting that CBD could be included in the treatment regimen for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Researchers say that both THC and CBD appear to reduce the severe lung inflammation associated with the virus.

The article was published in this month's issue of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, the authors concluded that, "Collectively, these findings support the investigation of cannabinoids as a plausible option to be added as an adjunct to Remdesivir or any new antivirals on SARS-CoV2 induced lung inflammation."

The authors of the paper pointed to numerous studies that showed the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. THC is known to have anti-inflammatory properties as well, but because some patients would prefer to not have the psychoactive side effects, the researchers chose to focus specifically on CBD.

"Unlike THC, CBD has a high margin of safety and is well tolerated pharmacologically even after treatments of up to 1500 mg/day for two weeks in both animals and humans, which suggests its feasibility to reduce SARS-CoV2 induced lung inflammation/pathology and disease severity," the article said.

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People with familial hypercholesterolemia should eliminate carbs, not saturated fat, study suggests

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An international team of experts on heart disease and diet say there's no evidence that a low-saturated fat diet reduces cholesterol in people with familial hypercholesterolemia.

For decades, people diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia have been instructed to minimize their consumption of saturated fats to lower cholesterol and reduce their risks of heart disease. But a new study published in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine found no evidence to support those claims.

Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder that causes people to have cholesterol levels 2-4 times higher than the average person. Organizations, including the American Heart Association, have suggested they avoid eating food from animal sources, such as meat, eggs and cheese, and to avoid coconut oil. An international team of experts on heart disease and diet, including five cardiologists, reviewed dietary guidelines for people with familial hypercholesterolemia. They say they couldn't find any justification for health experts to recommend a low saturated fat diet.

Comment: It's nice to see a panel of experts actually looking at the evidence to draw their conclusions rather than, as is found in so many 'studies', going in with biases and pre-established conclusions.

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THL: School and daycare closures had little impact on kids' Covid cases

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Finland moved decisively to shut down daycares and schools in response to the pandemic but Sweden took a much more relaxed approach.
The agency said that rates of infection in Finland were similar to Sweden, where schools and daycares remained open.

The closure of schools and daycares had minimal effect on the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases among children and young adults, the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare said in a statement on Friday.

The public health agency based its conclusion on an analysis that compared confirmed infections resulting in intensive care treatment and fatalities among patients between the ages of one and 19 in Finland and Sweden.

Comment: See also: School closures likely to have little impact on spread of coronavirus, review finds


Health

Wearing masks - A sledgehammer to health

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They did it this time. A group of men and women executed a well thought out plan to drive the health of the human race into the toilet. Attacking the very basics of life, they have deprived people, en mass, of the life/health-giving rays of the sun (depressing vitamin D levels) with their lock-downs. And through wearing masks, public health officials are forcing the public into hypoxic breathing conditions. Wearing a mask reduces the oxygen we breathe in and increases the CO2 intake.

There was a video showing people testing masks for the quality of air in terms of oxygen and CO2. The video has been removed (no surprise there) because it showed that wearing a mask is a health hazard. See details below. And here is a video of Dr. Rashid Buttar giving a passionate presentation of the dangers of wearing masks. His words are perhaps crude, but he hits the right points.


Of course, health officials are all for masks, and you better get used to them. One health expert is predicting that masks will remain a facet of American life for years to come. Eric Toner, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said, "I think that mask-wearing and some degree of social distancing, we will be living with — hopefully living with happily — for several years."

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As Russia begins final stage of coronavirus vaccine trial, volunteers confirmed to have immunity and no side effects

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Volunteers who received a Russian-made Covid-19 vaccine have developed immunity to the virus, according to the country's Ministry of Defense. Clinical trials for the drug are now in their final stage.

The ministry began testing a coronavirus vaccine in mid-June in conjunction with Moscow's Gamelei Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology.

It said that data obtained by scientists "indicates that volunteers in the first and second groups formed an immune response after injections of the vaccine against the coronavirus."

Comment: There are a great many questions as to why a vaccine would be necessary when, for example, there are already drugs with a safety track record decades-long and that have been shown to be highly effective in treating Covid-19; one of Russia's top doctors claims that herd immunity in the cities has been achieved; the virus is harmless for the vast majority - then again, perhaps some in Russia believe the hysteria, and perhaps some just don't want to be dependent on a foreign created 'vaccine':


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Mask-erade: COVID-1984 and evidence-free compulsory masking

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W.H. Kellogg, M.D., infectious diseases expert and then-executive officer of the California State Board of Health, made this rueful, brutally honest 1920 observation on the failure of masking to contain rampant influenza spread during the devastating 1918 influenza pandemic:
The masks, contrary to expectation, were worn cheerfully and universally, and also, contrary to expectation of what should follow under such circumstances, no effect on the epidemic curve was to be seen. Something was plainly wrong with our hypotheses.
A century later, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose - the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Feds in hazmat suits raid Humble's 'Apostolic church' in Florida, seize 22 gallons of toxic MMS touted as 'coronavirus cure'

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Federal agents in hazmat suits raided a church in Florida, and confiscated 22 gallons of a toxic concoction the church was marketing as a cure for Covid-19. The 'Miracle Mineral Solution' is in fact a potent industrial bleach.

Agents raided the church on Wednesday, making off with a sizable haul of industrial chemicals. According to ABC7 News, local and federal crews found 50 gallons of muriatic acid and 8,300 pounds of sodium chloride, as well as 22 gallons of the finished 'Miracle Mineral Solution' (MMS).

The raid followed a Food and Drug Administration injunction against the church in April, which ordered its website to be taken down and its supplies of the "dangerous and potentially life threatening" liquid destroyed.

The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing is not a church in the traditional sense. Instead it functions as an international organization dedicated to the manufacture and sale of MMS, also known as 'Miracle Mineral Supplement' or 'Master Mineral Solution'. The church solicits donations from its customers, offering them the corrosive "sacrament" in return, which it claims can cure Covid-19.

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'Unknown pneumonia' sweeping Kazakhstan that's deadlier than coronavirus - Chinese embassy

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A motorist is given a Covid-19 test in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city.
The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has warned of a deadly "unknown pneumonia" after the former Soviet republic reported a spike in pneumonia cases since June.

"The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus. The country's health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus," the embassy said in a warning to Chinese citizens in the country.

While the Chinese embassy described the illness as an "unknown pneumonia", Kazakhstani officials and media have only said it is pneumonia.

It was not clear why the Chinese embassy had described the illness as "unknown" or what information it had about the pneumonia.

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No second-wave of coronavirus in Russia, head of Genomic Engineering Lab in Moscow explains why

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Pavel Volchkov is an exceptional voice among the Russian scientists now dealing with the corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The current Covid-19 policy administrators in Moscow are of the same academic generation but they have trained as doctors; Volchkov is a geneticist. They have spent their formative careers inside Russian institutions; Volchkov spent more than ten years in the US, at the University of Chicago then at Harvard.

He has not suffered from the inferiority complex which has been the precondition for success in the US careers of Konstantin (Keith) Gessen and other Russian graduates from Harvard. Volchkov's analysis of the US science market and his reasons for returning to his Russian laboratory are described here.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: Objective:Health - The Ultimate Insanity of the Covid Lockdown - Interview with Sott.net Editor Joe Quinn