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Lockdown catastrophe: The need for resilient food systems

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Agroecology and encouraging small, local producers is the way forward, but will Big Ag let that happen?


There is no doubt that, contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence.

It's a sector which demands the entrenchment of capitalist agriculture via deregulation and the corporate control of seeds, land, fertilisers, water, pesticides, food processing and retail - domination of the entire chain from seed to plate.

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Objective:Health - Face Masks: Virtue Signalling Our Obedience to the New Normal

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Part of the "New Normal" that's being promoted on every channel of the mainstream media is the wearing of face masks to... stop the spread of coronavirus? Are we still doing this?

A good part of the issue is the mountains of evidence that masks don't actually prevent viral transmission and that they appear to cause harm to the wearer. Combine that with the fact that the WHO doesn't recommend them and even Lockdown in Chief Anthony Fauci has said they're simply 'symbolic' and you've got a recipe for crazy making. Why are they still making people wear these stupid things?

Join us on this episode of Objective:Health and as we 'unmask' the issues around masks.


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MIT study: 24-hour fasting regenerates stem cells, doubles metabolism

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Chances are you're probably thinking about food right now in some capacity. Maybe it's close to dinner and you're wondering what you are going to eat. Maybe you had a really good lunch and are fondly reminiscing about your BLT, or whatnot. Or maybe, just maybe, you're thinking about not eating food for a while.

If you're thinking about the latter, researchers at MIT have discovered that fasting for 24 hours flips a metabolic switch in mice, causing their guts to enhance their intestinal stem cells. Intestinal stem cells are what powers the intestine, and as people age this powerhouse starts to slow down. Ever wonder why you put on more weight as you get older? Thank your gut flora, including these cells.

The researchers found that fasting for just one day caused intestinal cell regeneration to double. While the trial has yet to be performed on humans, the biology behind these stem cells isn't wildly different to ours at all.

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Historical court case: The fluoride cover up will soon be exposed

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A historical trial weighing the risks of water fluoridation is set to begin in San Francisco on Monday June 8.

For the last four years, attorneys with the Fluoride Action Network have been fighting a legal battle against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over whether water fluoridation violates the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). A recent ruling by the judge in the case has now set the stage for a federal trial which will include three international experts in neurotoxicity testifying on the dangers of water fluoridation.

The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) is set to argue that water fluoridation violates the TSCA provisions which prohibit the "particular use" of a chemical which has been found to present an unreasonable risk to the general public. Under section 21 of the TSCA citizens are allowed to petition the EPA to regulate or ban individual chemicals.

The FAN began their legal battle in November 2016 when they joined with five organizations and five individuals to present a Citizens' Petition under Section 21 of TSCA to the EPA. The Citizens' Petition calls on the EPA to prohibit the addition of fluoridation chemicals to U.S. water based on the growing body of evidence showing that fluoride is a neurotoxin at doses currently used in communities around the United States.

Comment: See: Flouride: Poison in your tap water


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When profits and politics drive science: Rushing a vaccine to market for a vanishing virus

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More than 100 companies are competing to be first in the race to get a COVID-19 vaccine to market. It's a race against time, not because the death rate is climbing but because it is falling - to the point where there will soon be too few subjects to prove the effectiveness of the drug.

Pascal Soriot is chief executive of AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish pharmaceutical company that is challenging biotech company Moderna, the U.S. frontrunner in the race. Soriot said on May 24th, "The vaccine has to work and that's one question, and the other question is, even if it works, we have to be able to demonstrate it. We have to run as fast as possible before the disease disappears so we can demonstrate that the vaccine is effective."

COVID-19, like other coronaviruses, is expected to mutate at least every season, raising serious questions about claims that any vaccine will work. A successful vaccine has never been developed for any of the many strains of coronaviruses, due to the nature of the virus itself; and vaccinated people can have a higher chance of serious illness and death when later exposed to another strain of the virus, a phenomenon known as "virus interference." An earlier SARS vaccine never made it to market because the laboratory animals it was tested on contracted more serious symptoms on re-infection, and most of them died.

Researchers working with the AstraZeneca vaccine claimed success in preliminary studies because its lab monkeys all survived and formed antibodies to the virus, but data reported later showed that the animals all became infected when challenged, raising serious questions about the vaccine's effectiveness.

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Mouthwash may mess with beneficial bacteria and blood pressure

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In ads on TV, it all looks so simple. People use mouthwash, it instantly neutralises all the nasty bacteria hiding in their mouths, and - just like that - their dental hygiene is assured.

But what's really going on when you rinse a cap-load of antibacterial chemicals around your mouth? What does that to your body, and to other kinds of microorganisms that may actually be beneficial to health?

As a study showed last year, the downstream effects can be surprising, and far-reaching too, affecting much more than just your dental wellbeing.

In an experiment led by scientists from the UK and Spain, researchers found that the simple act of using mouthwash after exercising can reduce one of the benefits of exercise: lowering blood pressure.

Comment: See also: Could gut microbes be key to solving food allergies?


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Mikhaila Peterson: Eat meat to save the world

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A recent New York Times article claims that “If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals.” This isn’t quite right.
In a recent New York Times op-ed titled "The End of Meat is Here," author Jonathan Foer claims that "If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals."

This isn't quite right.

When the "food pyramid" was released in 1970, we thought we finally understood the problem with red meat. Since then, Americans have dutifully followed the food pyramid, and red meat consumption per capita is down almost 30 percent.

We now have sickest population in the history of the world. I was one of those sick people.

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'Genetic switch' link between anxiety and alcohol abuse identified

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New research from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh has identified how sections of DNA might contribute to the risk of alcohol abuse in men.

Published in Molecular Psychiatry, the study found a section of DNA that switches on key genes in parts of the brain that control alcohol intake and mood.

Identified for the first time, these sections of DNA may act as future drug targets for the development of precision medicines to treat alcohol abuse and anxiety in men.

Dr. Alasdair MacKenzie who led the study at the University of Aberdeen explains: "Alcohol abuse kills millions of people around the world each year and can account for up to 8% of all male deaths. On top of this, there is evidence that the lockdown has contributed to increased anxiety and alcohol intake.


Comment: Obviously this is a complex issue, because the tendency to hide in mice is also a necessary survival mechanism, and its likely that this anxiety in humans also serves a purpose too, but what this study is showing genetically has been understood for a while by other fields of study, that traumatized individuals are likely to self-medicate. Moreover other studies have shown that this trauma can actually pass down throught the generations epigenetically:


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Court overturns EPA approval of Bayer dicamba herbicide; says regulator "understated the risks"

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In a stunning rebuke of the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal court on Wednesday overturned the agency's approval of popular dicamba-based herbicides made by chemical giants Bayer, BASF and Corteva Agrisciences. The ruling effectively makes it illegal for farmers to continue to use the product.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that the EPA "substantially understated the risks" of the dicamba herbicides and "failed entirely to acknowledge other risks."

"The EPA made multiple errors in granting the conditional registrations," the court ruling states.

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Member(s) of USDA committee blow whistle on serious flaws in dietary guidelines process

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One or more Members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Suggest Process Lacks Scientific Integrity and Rigor


The Nutrition Coalition, a group that aims to bring rigorous science to nutrition policy, today released a letter detailing allegations suggesting there is a serious threat to the integrity and trustworthiness of our nation's federal nutrition policy. The allegations were made by one or more members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), a powerful group of experts under the direction of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (USDA-HHS). The letter expresses concerns about the Committee's process and in particular, its review of the scientific studies underpinning what will be the next iteration of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), due out at the end of this year. In light of these revelations, the Nutrition Coalition is calling for the expert report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee to be delayed to ensure adequate time for a thorough investigation of these allegations.

"The American people deserve trustworthy nutrition policy based on a comprehensive review of the most rigorous science, especially during this public health crisis when diet-related chronic diseases are among the leading risk factors for worsened outcomes from Covid-19," stated Nina Teicholz, Executive Director of the Nutrition Coalition. "These allegations range from deleting scientific reviews without public notice to failing to adopt reforms mandated by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). The NASEM identified numerous ways that the DGA needs to be reformed in order to ensure a scientifically rigorous process and, in their words, for this policy to be 'trustworthy.'"

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