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'Diarrhea incidents' and other reasons to be wary of public pools

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For many, swimming is a favorite pastime of summer, especially while on vacation. However, as noted by CNN,1 what may be lurking in your hotel pool and/or hot tub might literally turn your stomach. In this case, it's a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasites, giving teeth to the phrase "What you can't see can hurt you."

Waterborne Parasite Infections Are on the Rise

Infectious disease specialist Jaime Zapata from University Hospital in San Antonio explains the most common symptoms telling you something is definitely wrong include "... cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, dehydration, so be aware that if you go to the swimming pool, shower after."

That's good advice, according to CNN's Susan Scutti, who notes that so far this year, while that particular hospital hasn't yet seen a case of Cryptosporidium, often dubbed "Crypto," (not to be confused with the currency) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is worried, and it's no wonder:
"Hotels set the stage for nearly a third of all disease outbreaks in the United States linked to chlorinated or treated water - such as pools and hot tubs - between 2000 and 2014, according to a new government report. During that 15-year period, a total of 493 outbreaks linked to treated recreational water were reported in 46 states and Puerto Rico, the report indicates."2
The CDC also breaks down numbers for the years between 2009-2010 compared to 2011-2012: There were 24 outbreaks and 90 outbreaks, respectively, from swimming in recreational waters such as pools and other bodies of water in the U.S., and half of the culprits found in pool water were Crypto.

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Keto Kontroversy: Australian Medical Assn. Puts Pressure on Netflix to Remove 'The Magic Pill' Paleo-Keto Documentary

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Oooh, controversy is afoot down under in Australia, where celebrity chef Pete Evans is taking criticism for a documentary he co-produced and narrates, called 'The Magic Pill', extolling the virtues of the paleo-ketogenic diet. Cuz the good lord knows nothing ignites the public more than a good old fashioned argument about food! As the great Spam debates at the turn of the century or the Pepsi challenge disceptation of the 1980s show, human beings love fighting over what everyone else should be eating. It seems we're simply not happy unless everyone is eating what we say is right for them to eat. Or maybe we're just happy fighting about it.

The current controversy erupted when Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Dr. Tony Bartone publicly stated that Netflix Australia, which is currently streaming the documentary, should "do the responsible thing" by removing the film from its programming. From Buzzfeed:
"People out there are vulnerable to the messaging," Bartone told The Sydney Morning Herald, explaining that decades of research currently existed to back up the healthy eating guidelines.

"I respect Pete Evans' ability and expertise in the kitchen, but that's where it begins and ends."
The film was released in 2017, and then president of the AMA Michael Gannon tweeted his nomination for the film to the Flakeys "annual awards for the Film/TV least likely to contribute to the #publichealth #prevention". He also compared it to 'Vaxxed' (which should be taken as a compliment by anyone with two firing neurons). Pete Evans has been engaged in a social media verbal war ever since, posting from his popular Instagram and Facebook accounts, accusing these doctors and journalists of having ulterior motives in trying to maintain the status quo in dietary advice in the public sphere (because crying conspiracy always goes over well with the public).

Health

Iodine deficiency in women before pregnancy linked to lowered IQ in offspring

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As compared to women with higher iodine levels, women with the lowest preconception iodine levels were found to have children with lower IQs.
I have been practicing holistic medicine for nearly 25 years. Among all the items I have found successful, one stands head and shoulders above rest: iodine. Iodine is one of the most fascinating essential elements. After checking thousands of patients (along with my partners), I can state with confidence that the vast majority of our population is iodine-deficient. Sadly, most are severely iodine deficient.

I was taught in medical school that iodine deficiency was a thing of the past. My professors only mentioned iodine by declaring that the iodization of salt solved the iodine deficiency epidemic that was affecting most of the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

In my book, Iodine: Why You Need It Why You Can't Live Without It, I describe how the iodine deficiency epidemic is (unfortunately) alive and well in our modern times. In fact, due to our exposure to toxic halides that contain fluoride and bromine, our iodine requirements have increased over the last few decades.

The consequences of iodine deficiency are severe and include cancer and diseases of the glandular tissues including the breast, ovary, uterus, prostate, pancreas, and thyroid. Which cancers are increasing at epidemic rates? Glandular cancers including all that I listed above are occurring too frequently.

Comment: Read more about this life-saving essential nutrient:


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Avoid carbs - especially the white and beige ones

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Not all carbs are created equal...
Low-carb diets have been around for a while. But did you know the colour of the carbs you eat also matters - and as Dr Xand van Tulleken explains, it's the beige ones you really have to watch out for.

Dr Faisal Maassarani is on a mission. The GP, from Kirkby, on Merseyside, wants to get his patients to eat fewer carbs and thereby improve their health.

But there are a huge number of obstacles for Dr Maassarani. He works in one of the poorest regions of the country, with high unemployment, high obesity rates and low levels of education.

The plan seemed simple to the point of naivety. He assembled a group of seven overweight and obese patients, with health problems like type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure and carried out a few basic tests.

He then enlisted chefs from a local cookery school to prepare a feast for them, to show that healthy food could be tasty, affordable and filling.

Dr Maassarani also read them the riot act on the possible consequences of obesity and diabetes (gangrene, strokes, heart attacks, ulcers and more).

Comment: For a detailed explanation on how a high carbohydrate intake can wreak havoc on the body: The Age of Metabolic Syndrome - Inflammatory Fat Is Worse Than Obesity


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Perpetual use of anti-epileptic drugs can increase your risk of dementia by 30%

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People who continuously use anti-epileptic drugs are more likely to have Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

In the study, researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) looked at the effects of the continuous use of anti-epileptic drugs on the risk of dementia of any type and Alzheimer's disease using two datasets.

The Finnish dataset was part of the nationwide register-based MEDALZ study, which includes the 70,718 individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's in Finland in 2005 to 2011 and their 282,862 controls. On the other hand, the German researchers studied the link between anti-epileptic drug use and dementia in the data of 20,325 people diagnosed with dementia in 2004-2011, and their 81,300 controls. The sample came from a large German statutory health insurance provider.

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Mikhaila Peterson: Meat-only diet eased her autoimmune disease symptoms

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Mikhaila and Jordan Peterson
Mikhaila Peterson took the keto diet one extra step by eliminating veggies and eating only meat. She says it cured several illnesses. Experts aren't convinced.

At 26 years old, Mikhaila Peterson says she's finally been able to cure herself of depression, rheumatoid arthritis, and a myriad of other chronic illnesses.

Her solution: Eating meat. Lots of it.

Both Peterson and her father, Jordan Peterson - a renowned Canadian clinical psychologist and intellectual - swear by a carnivorous diet for turning their health and their lives around.

A self-described sick child, Peterson experienced juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 7 years old. She was given immunosuppressive treatments, including injections of Enbrel and Methotrexate (typically used in cancer chemotherapy). Despite the treatments, the arthritis eventually required her to undergo hip and ankle replacement surgery at the age of 17.

She was also diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety at age 12, for which she was prescribed a high dose of Cipralex, an SSRI antidepressant.

After years of pharmaceutical treatment to manage her symptoms, Peterson eventually took a drastic step of her own. She eliminated the majority of foods from her diet, including all carbohydrates.

Comment: For more information on this transformative diet protocol, see also: Also, hear Mikhaila tell her story from the SOTT radio archive:
The Health & Wellness Show: Amazing Health Journey: Interview with Mikhaila Peterson


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'Paradigm shift': Woman beats terminal breast cancer with mass infusion of her own immune cells

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The life of a woman with terminal breast cancer has been saved by a pioneering new therapy, say US researchers.

It involved pumping 90 billion cancer-killing immune cells into her body.

Judy Perkins had been given three months to live, but two years later there is no sign of cancer in her body.

Health

Who are the real "quacks" and "snake oil" salesmen?

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Increasingly popular derogatory invectives like "quack" and "snake oil" actually have deeper historical roots than those who use them are aware of, and which indict the very conventional medical system they have uncritically adopted as the only one worth practicing.

For many centuries, the Chinese used snake oil as a treatment for joint pain, arthritis, and bursitis. They brought this folk remedy with them when they arrived in the US in the mid-1800's to build the Transcontinental Railroad. That was backbreaking work. Synthetic pain-killers such as aspirin were not yet freely available. When the Chinese workers offered their remedy to Westerners as a palliative it was likely perceived to be a "primitive" form of "quackery" by the medical experts of that time. This is one probable origin of the derogatory meaning of the word "snake oil." On the other hand, the word "quack" as used today came from the German word for "quicksilver," namely: "quecksilber" It is believed that American dentists shortened it to "quack" to describe the amalgam-hucksters. Quick-silver Associates write "It is sobering to realize that the original "quacks" were dentists who advocated the use of mercury amalgam." Learn more on this topic by reading "Quacks, Quack Doctors, and Quackery."

Perhaps the most ironic thing about modern pharmaceutical "snake oil," i.e. petrochemical-derived and patented synthetic chemicals, is that they often have considerably less value than a placebo, and in certain cases may not even compare in therapeutic value to actual snake oil. And that is over and above the fact that their safety is many orders of magnitude lower, with pharmaceuticals known to kill well over 100,000 patients each year in the U.S. even when correctly prescribed.

Health

What your mucus may be trying to tell you

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Your body, even when it is healthy, produces about 1 to 1.5 liters of mucus every day. Though it's unlikely you've noticed, the majority of your mucus trickles down the back of your throat, while some is blown out through your nose or coughed up. While mucus has important functions within your body, you are most likely to notice it only because you are producing more of it or it is showing up in a consistency or color that commands your attention.

Even though it can be annoying to fill tissue after tissue with globs of snot and gooey discharge when you have a cold or sinus infection, your body needs mucus. Believe it or not, mucus serves a specific purpose and you need a certain amount of it to be healthy. Furthermore, the color and consistency of your mucus is part of the way your body lets you know what's going on inside. Here's what you need to know about mucus.

Mucus Plays a Vital Role Within Your Body

Your body is filled with mucus-producing tissue. More specifically, mucus is naturally occurring in the following areas of your body:
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Lungs
  • Mouth
  • Nose
  • Sinuses
  • Throat

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Triclosan: Antimicrobial chemical linked to inflammation and cancer in the gut

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Antibacterials and microbiome: Now is a good time to ditch all antibacterials; stop nuking the microbiome. Read studies showing damaging affects on health & immunity.
The antimicrobial chemical triclosan is in thousands of products that we use daily: hand soaps, toothpastes, body wash, kitchenware and even some toys. Work in our lab suggests that this compound may have widespread health risks, including aggravating inflammation in the gut and promoting the development colon cancer by altering the gut microbiota, the community of microbes found in our intestines.

Our results, as far as we know, are the first to demonstrate that triclosan can promote the colonic inflammation and associated colon cancer in mice. This study suggests that health authorities must reassess regulation of triclosan for its effect on human health. That's key because it is impossible to avoid contact with this chemical.

Comment: Make sure to read labels, and be aware of the endocrine disrupting dangers of Triclosan in commonly used products: