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Thursday, 22 September

01:30

Researcher in Ireland loses two 13-year old studies Retraction Watch

The Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) has retracted two 2003 studies after concluding that figures in the papers had been duplicated, and portions of some figures in one paper “did not accurately represent the results of the experimental conditions.” The two newly retracted papers have the same last author — Therese Kinsella, a biochemist at […]

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01:23

France to Become First Country to Ban Disposable Plastic Cups and Plates Natural Society

In an effort to help curb some of the strains that disposable plastic puts on landfills, France is set to become the first country to ban all disposable cutlery products. By 2020, any disposable cutlery items will be required to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials. By 2025, the cutlery will have to be made of 60% biologically sourced materials that can be composted at home. [1]

Plastic materials are not biodegradable, often sitting in landfills or make their way into oceans. As they break down and become smaller and smaller, they can often find their way into food sources of local wildlife, potentially harming the environment and ecosystems. The plastic material can also potentially ruin their habitats, displacing and endangering many treasured animals.

Following the release of the Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, the new rule was adopted in an effort to curb the waste created by these products and help lessen its effect on the environment. And while the law went into effect this year, companies who make plastic cutlery have until 2020 to comply with the new rules.

President of the country, François Hollande, says he hopes to make France a world leader in diversifying energy models and reducing greenhouse emissions.

And while this may seem like a victory for environmentalists, many in the packaging industry are lashing out. Pack2GoEurope, an industry association representing the interests of packaging companies throughout Europe, says that this new set of laws violates the EU’s laws on the free movement of goods. They are also concerned that they simply don’t have the technology to create what the French government is asking for.

Eamonn Bates, secretary general of Pack2GoEurope, stated:

“Finding a package that meets the really critical food hygiene requirements that consumers want, that can also be composted in a domestic composter…right now they don’t exist.” [2]

Others worry that the new cutlery will encourage a litter problem throughout the country. If people think the products are biodegradable, they may simply leave them outside to compost, which could make the issue even worse than before. [3]

Despite the heavy debates, France joined a long list of nations this July in banning the sale and distribution of plastic bags (just like our own Hawaii did) at supermarket checkouts–further proof that it is on its way to at least attempting some form of environmental stability and reducing its national global impact.

Sources:

[1] The Independent 

[2] CNN

[3] EcoWatch


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01:20

Kratom, Natural Pain Reliever, Lost to FDA Actions Doom and Bloom (TM)

One of the questions we’re often asked is what to do about chronic pain and drug addiction if some disaster occurs that knocks you off the grid, maybe for good. Certainly, pharmaceuticals would cease to be manufactured and whatever pain med you use or opiate drug you may be addicted to will become, very likely, unavailable, leaving you or members of your group high and dry. In these circumstances, you have to look toward natural sources of compounds that could help;

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01:00

Great Lakes City Chicken Recipe The Healthy Home Economist

city chicken skewers in a panIt’s might be hard to believe at first, but back in the days of the Great Depression, chicken was hard to come by in the cities. It was so rare, in fact, that when it was available, only the rich could afford it. To compensate, a regional dish known as city chicken became a popular substitute in the urban areas ringing the Great Lakes.

My Grandfather was a butcher in and around the Buffalo area during that time. As such, he cut up a lot of city chicken in his day which was made from small medallions of pork and veal skewered on 6″ sticks. The skewers resembled chicken drumsticks, hence the other common name for this dish – mock chicken.

Even once the Great Depression ended and chicken became affordable to buy in the cities during the 1950’s, city chicken continued to be a popular dish. It is still found in markets around the Great Lakes today.

One of my favorite comfort foods growing up was the incredibly flavorful and tender city chicken my Grandmother made using the top quality meat my Grandfather continued to source even after he retired.

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00:23

Eggo Waffles Recalled Due to Listeria Contamination Natural Society

Frozen Eggo waffles are the latest food to be hit with a recall due to possibly being contaminated with the listeria bacteria. So far, 10,000 cases of the Kellogg’s® Eggo® Nutri-Grain®Whole Wheat Waffles have been pulled from the shelves. No illnesses have occurred from the possible listeria contamination, as the bacteria was discovered during routine testing at their Battle Creek, Michigan production facility. [1]

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The recalled waffles have been distributed in 25 states: CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, VT, WI, WY.

The only affected products are the 10 count, 12.3 ounce containers of the waffles with expiration dates between Nov. 21 and Nov. 22, 2017 and the UPC code 3800 40370. [2]

If you have purchased a package of waffles affected by the recall, you are advised to throw it away immediately. Contact Kellogg at 1-800-962-1413 on Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm to receive a full refund for your product. You may also contact them via their website.

Read: Listeria on the Rise – How to Combat Bacteria in Your Food

Symptoms of listeriosis can occur 3 to 70 days after the initial contamination. According to the National Health Service, you may be experiencing listeriosis if you are experiencing:

  • A high temperature (fever) 100.4F or above
  • Muscle ache or pain
  • Chills
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Diarrhea

For most people, the bacteria will go away on its own, though it can be especially damaging to pregnant women as it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. It can also be dangerous for those who have a compromised immune system or for the elderly population.

Sources:

[1] NY Daily News

[2] Kelloggs Leggo My Eggo


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Wednesday, 21 September

23:51

Anti-SB 277 Momentum. Picking Up Speed… BolenReport

Vaccines Under Attack Everywhere.  Hooray! Opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen   I spoke to attorneys Jim Turner and Bob Moxley a few days ago about the fact that I keep getting inquiries from people wanting to be a Plaintiff in the new, revised, SB 277 lawsuit dismissed August 31st, 2016.  I, obviously, cannot help those potential Plaintiffs. … Continue reading Anti-SB 277 Momentum. Picking Up Speed…

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23:30

Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? Retraction Watch

Would distributing all reviewers’ reports for a specific paper amongst every referee before deciding whether to accept or reject a manuscript make peer review fairer and quicker? This idea — called “cross-referee commenting” — is being implemented by the journal Development, as part of its attempt to improve the peer-review process. Katherine Brown, executive editor of Development from Cambridge, UK, who co-authored a recent editorial […]

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22:32

Dentist warned for misleading public over water fluoridation Fluoride Action Network

NZ Dental Association water fluoridation spokesman and Nelson District Health Board Chief Dental Officer Rob Beaglehole has been cautioned again for giving misleading information.

Last week, the New Zealand Dental Council made public its formal “firm caution” to Dr Beaglehole, directing that he take greater care in ensuring adherence to his professional responsibilities, particularly when expressing his views in public, or he will risk facing a professional misconduct committee.

The comments that got Beaglehole in trouble were made in April this year on TV3’s Paul Henry Show. Dr Beaglehole said “All health authorities around the world urgently recommend water fluoridation …there’s not one reputable health organisation anywhere on the globe that will say water fluoridation causes problems that some of the anti-fluoridationists are highlighting”.

Mary Byrne, spokesperson for Fluoride Free New Zealand, responded to the comments, offering a different view, “There is virtually no water fluoridation in the whole of Europe, and only 4% of the world’s population has fluoridated water. Obviously, the health authorities in most of the world are not ‘urgently’ recommending fluoridation. It is difficult to believe that a fluoridation spokesperson for the NZ Dental Association did not know this. He is either grossly misinformed about fluoridation or he thinks he can say whatever he likes, regardless of whether it is true or not.”

Official statements from health authorities in Europe are readily available with a simple internet search. They have rejected fluoridation for reasons such as the “problematic nature of compulsory medication…” (see more statements below).

This is not the first time Dr Beaglehole has been warned for his behaviour. Last year, the NZ Dental Council upheld a complaint made against Dr Beaglehole for presenting a case of early childhood caries to the Nelson District Council, claiming that fluoridation would reduce the incidence of this severe decay. Ms Byrne says this is dangerously misleading.

“Early childhood caries is just as prevalent in fluoridated areas as non-fluoridated areas. In fact, there is no difference in the numbers of children with tooth decay, or the severity of that decay between fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas of New Zealand. Dr Beaglehole’s presentation of severely rotted teeth to the Nelson District Council last year is nothing more than scaremongering,” claims Ms Byrne.

Fluoride Free New Zealand considers the response by the New Zealand Dental Council to be woefully inadequate and suspects that any dentist opposing fluoridation would not be treated with the same kid gloves.

Mary Byrne
National Coordinator and Spokesperson
0273615951
Fluoride Free New Zealand

Statements from European countries:

Generally, in Germany fluoridation of drinking water is forbidden. The relevant German law allows exceptions to the fluoridation ban on application. The argumentation of the Federal Ministry of Health against a general permission of fluoridation of drinking water is the problematic nature of compuls[ory] medication.”
SOURCE: Gerda Hankel-Khan, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, September 16, 1999.

“In Norway we had a rather intense discussion on this subject some 20 years ago, and the conclusion was that drinking water should not be fluoridated.
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22:21

Prominent Group of Pediatricians Warn: Codeine is not Safe for Children Natural Society

A leading group of pediatricians said in a statement published September 19 that codeine is not safe for children and should not be used to relieve pain or coughs. [1]

The guidance nearly mirrors a January 2016 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning that codeine should not be given to children and most teens.

Over the years, studies have been piling up showing that codeine doesn’t always work, and that it can cause serious and potentially fatal side effects, yet doctors have continued to prescribe it for decades, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said.

Said Dr. Joseph Tobias of Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus:

“We firmly believe that there is never a reason to use codeine.”

The Dark Side of Codeine

Codeine, a narcotic, is found in everything from pain relievers to cough medicine, to antidiarrheal medication. The drug works by blocking responses to pain, suppressing cough reflex, and causing drowsiness. [2]

Additionally, not everyone’s liver processes codeine at the same rate. This means that people whose bodies break down the drug quickly may need abnormally high or more frequent doses.

The opposite is also true; people who process codeine more slowly may need a lower-than-normal dose.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required a black-box warning on codeine medications in 2013 because some children who process the drug quickly have had trouble breathing or stopped breathing and died when they were given codeine after surgery to remove their tonsils and adenoids. [1]

For the most part, the codeine-related, life-threatening events and deaths occurred in relatively young children who received a combination of codeine and acetaminophen after surgery.

In July 2015, the FDA cautioned against prescribing codeine as a cough suppressant to children younger than 18 years. [3]

The American Academy of Pediatrics has warned that some kids with undiagnosed nighttime breathing problems may also have respiratory problems after taking codeine, and obesity increases that risk.

In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) deleted codeine from its list of essential medications due to concerns over the drug’s safety and efficacy.

Both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and Health Canada have recommended restrictions on the use of codeine in children.

Less-than-Desirable Alternatives for Pain Relief

Clearly, pain medication is needed (or at least realllllly wanted) after surgery. However, no pain reliever is risk-free.

A number of children’s hospitals across the United States have already advised doctors to stop prescribing codeine, according to Dr. Constance Houck, a researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and an author of the group’s statement. She said:

“This statement is meant to insure that all pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists (including dentists) are aware of the concerns with codeine and recognize that, for the safety of their patients, they should switch to another oral opioid.

Opioids should never be prescribed for cough and there are other oral opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone that are available for use in children and these should be prescribed instead.”

The AAP describes in its report...

21:34

Ghostwriting has a New Name but Same Problems Mad In America

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21:21

How True is the ‘5 Second Rule’ When You Drop Food on the Floor? Natural Society

We’ve all heard it before: if you drop food on the floor, you have 5 seconds to pick it up and eat it. The idea behind this is that it takes 5 seconds for the bacteria to make its way to the food and invade, but a new study suggests that this old wives’ tale is mostly untrue.

Scientists at Rutgers University have conducted a 2-year study on the old adage, and have found that no matter how quickly you pick up food after a spill, bacteria will still catch a ride with it. Some credence was given to the “rule” a few years ago when Aston University’s School of Life and Health Sciences in the United Kingdom’s study found that bacteria was less likely to find its way onto your food the less time it spent on the floor. But that may not necessarily be the case.

Professor Donald Schaffner, lead author and extension specialist in food science said of the outdated idea:

“The popular notion of the ‘five-second rule’ is that food dropped on the floor, but picked up quickly, is safe to eat because bacteria need time to transfer.” [1]

Read: Watchdog Report: FDA Too Slow in Recalling Contaminated Food

Though what this study suggests is that while the time your food has spent on the floor doesn’t affect the amount of bacteria transferred, the type of food you drop actually does.

What Food Did You Drop?

Scientists conducted the experiment by dropping watermelon, bread, bread and butter, and gummy candy on stainless steel, ceramic tiles, wood, and carpet. The surfaces were covered with a bacteria similar to salmonella. The food was dropped several times on the different surfaces, each time for a little bit longer:

  • Less than 1 second
  • 5 seconds
  • 30 seconds
  • 300 seconds.

The food was then analyzed for bacteria samples.

After careful analysis, researchers found that the watermelon contained the most bacteria after it had been dropped and gummy candy contained the least. Scientists explain that this is because bacteria moves with water, and since watermelon is mostly water, it allows for a smooth transfer between surfaces. It was also found that food dropped on stainless steel was more likely to carry bacteria than food dropped onto the carpet. [2]

Schaffner said of his results:

“The five-second rule is a significant oversimplification of what actually happens when bacteria transfer from a surface to food. Bacteria can contaminate instantaneously.”

Sources:

[1] The Independent

[2] New York Times


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19:53

1500 Common Medical Practices Are Categorized As Having 'Unknown Effectiveness' PreventDisease.com

Once medical treatments have been dubbed 'standards of care' they tend to persist regardless of their efficacy. Preventing untested practices from becoming standard care seems simple - just test them first. But even when studies are conducted early on, what they actually measure can be part of the problem. Because it's simpler and faster, researchers often look at 'surrogate outcomes', not actual end points which has created hundreds of medical practices with unknown effectiveness at best.

17:56

Extreme research bias: It is not placebo, it is acute withdrawal. Mad In America

 

 

Imagine that you are going to take part in a randomized controlled trial for a new antidepressant. (You will remember the points better if you personalize it like this)

You are already on an antidepressant, but like the majority on these drugs, you feel it is not really working.

 

On day one you have an interview with a nice doctor, and feel like a VIP. You get a pill and you are instructed to take this every morning for the next 8 weeks. You are told that you might feel a bit strange in the beginning, especially that you may feel a bit anxious.

 

From day one you feel bad, but you expect it since the doctor told you so. No pain , no gain, it gets worse before it gets better, you think. As the days go on, you feel worse and worse. The other participants that you meet in the waiting room say the same thing: they really feel a lot worse.

 

After 10 days, you notice that some of the others are getting a lot better, quite suddenly. This seems like a mystery to you. It seems like half of you are still feeling really bad, worse every day, and the others are really getting back to their old selves. They said that they got a really bad score on the depression tests right before they got better though.

 

What has happened?

You have taken part in a standard drug trial, sponsored by the producer, where you have been given a so-called placebo washout treatment for 10 days. They gave you placebos for these 10 days, and then tested all of you right before they gave an antidepressant to some of the others, while you got to continue on the placebo.

 

They noted all the side effects you got from going cold turkey, and compared that to the side effects of those who got back a drug very similar to the one they were taking before. If you, on cold turkey, e.g. felt anxious or suicidal , this was compared to how anxious/suicidal people back on the drug felt. If they did not feel worse than you, the side effect would not be mentioned.

 

It may sound incredible that this is how drug research is conducted. Companies are not testing if the drug works for relieving a psychological problem. They are testing how well the drug relieves abstinence from a similar drug.

 

This is especially bad for suicide calculations. I you stop a so-called antidepressant drug abruptly, you may become very suicidal, even according to the info from the drug company and FDA. If you, on cold turley,  are then compared to a person comfortably back on a similar drug, one would expect that you were more suicidal.

 

Actually the ones back on the drug may be up to 6 times as suicidal as you. And you are already much more suicidal than most people since you are going cold turkey of the drug. If you and your fellow cold turkiers are 3 times as suicidal as never drugged people, than the hightened suicide risk is 1800%  (18 times the risk) for those who get back the drug.

 

We have no idea how high the risk is or people who take the drug for the first time, because this is not tested. People often tell about 8 horrible weeks before the drug kicks in, the first time they take it. So the suicide risk may be increased more than 18 times. In research projects the “ 8 weeks before it kicks in” is never seen. Another proof that the drugs are tested on previous users.

 

The scary conclusion to this is: we cannot trust any of the drug research. Not only are the drug companies their own judge and jury, but they are only testing the effect of relieving cold turkey withdrawal.

 

And even then, drugs are not really better. You have and equal chance of getting better even if you were in the cold turkey placebo group. In other words: cold turkey is as good as getting back on a similar drug. Cold turkey is still not recommended, but imagine how...

17:06

Mediterranean diet linked to lower risk of heart attack, stroke Tro, ät, drick och var glad

The latest research builds on previous evidence that your health might benefit if you follow the Mediterranean diet. It can help your bones, keep your brain young, help you live longer, manage your weight better (PDF) and lower your risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/26/health/mediterranean-diet-heart-attack-stroke/index.html

 


15:00

Unprecedented Number of Overdoses Points to Growing Public Health Emergency Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Heroin addiction is a serious problem in the U.S. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths from heroin overdoses more than quadrupled between 2000 and 2013.1 Heroin use also more than doubled in 18- to 25-year-olds between 2002 and 2011.2

Use of the opioid prescription painkiller Oxycontin has been a primary driving force behind the rising problem with heroin and prescription painkiller addiction. Although the drug company manufacturing Oxycontin claimed the medication was non-addictive, it has since gained the ruthless label as the gateway drug to heroin.3

The alarming rise in Oxycontin and heroin addiction was fueled by misleading and false advertising to both the public and prescribing physicians.

In a financial-driven orchestrated marketing effort, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, makers of Oxycontin, unleashed a monster on American citizens, beginning in 1996 with more than 20,000 educational programs to encourage long-term use of opioids to control pain.4

This released an epidemic of colossal proportion that continues to claim lives and cost Americans billions of dollars each year in direct medical costs and lost productivity.

Pharmaceutical Company Pushing Opioid Prescriptions

Like all businesses, the manufacture and distribution of medications is driven by profit. While Purdue promised physicians their patients wouldn't get addicted to an opioid strikingly similar in chemical structure to heroin,5 they also neglected to inform them that no studies supported the use of long-term opioids for pain control.6 

Opioid medications were once limited to terminally ill patients or those diagnosed with cancer. Once Purdue had the patent on time-released Oxycontin, they began a push for looser guidelines and found the journey an easy one.7

Purdue created a drug from an available compound, which they re-patented as a time-release formula, and proceeded to claim the risk of addiction was under 1 percent.

Oxycontin's high rate of addiction is the result of a short half-life, or the amount of time the drug stays in your system before you are left wanting more. Before the 1980s, the main source of income for the drug company was a morphine pill intended for cancer patients called MS Contin.

As the patent for that drug was set to expire, Purdue Pharmaceuticals was granted a patent for time-released Oxycontin. In the first year (1996) sales reached $45 million.

By 2000, that number had ballooned to $1.1 billion.8 Ten years later sales had tripled to $3.1 billion, reaching 30 percent of the market and controlled by a single-family, private company.9

Purdue continued a highly successful campaign to reach patients experiencing ordinary chronic conditions, and by 2003 primary care physicians were writing over half of the prescriptions for Oxycontin.10 The time-released capsule is easily altered by peeling away a wax coating, making the drug easy to abuse.

In a similar move to capture a l...

Gluten-Free Diets Are Beneficial for Many — Not Just Those With Celiac Disease Articles

By Dr. Mercola

In recent years, the benefits of a gluten-free diet have become widely recognized and, according to recent research, people are embracing gluten-free in ever-growing numbers, even though the number of Americans diagnosed with celiac disease has not increased since 2009.1,2,3,4

In 2009, an estimated 0.5 percent of Americans were on a gluten-free diet. By 2014, that number had more than tripled, to 1.69 percent. Meanwhile, the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease remained fairly steady, declining only slightly, from 0.7 percent to 0.58 percent.

Gluten-free diets are particularly popular among Caucasian women and younger adults between the ages of 20 and 39 — many of whom do it simply because it makes them feel better.

It's well worth noting though that while gluten-free has many advantages, just because a food is gluten-free does not automatically make it healthy. There are plenty of gluten-free junk foods out there.

Just because a food is gluten free doesn't make it a health food, just as a food sold at Whole Foods does not make it a health food. There are plenty of lousy fake foods in both categories.

For most people, drastically cutting down on your net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) is the key to optimal health. This includes but is not limited to grains (not just wheat, as all grains will spike your insulin levels and contribute to insulin and leptin resistance).

Doing this will help your body burn fat rather than carbs as its primary fuel, which helps optimize your mitochondrial function and boost weight loss.

Is Going Gluten-Free a Pointless Fad?

Some doctors dismiss gluten-free as a mere fad,5 fueled by celebrity endorsements and an increasing number of books linking wheat and gluten to a wide range of health problems, from gut dysfunction and allergies to neurological diseases and autoimmune problems.

This includes The New York Times Best Seller, "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar; Your Brain's Silent Killer," written by Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist, in which he reveals how processed grains contribute to dementia.

My own book on this subject, "The No-Grain Diet," was published in 2003. While still in medical practice, I recommended eliminating gluten as a first line intervention before I would further fine-tune a patient's diet to address their specific health problems.

As the title of my now 13-year-old book indicates, I believe most everyone would benefit from avoiding all grains, not just gluten, as doing so well help you burn fat much better. Plus, healthy fat is a far cleaner and more efficient fuel for your body.

Despite the prevailing skepticism, studies are now confirming that many people do indeed experience adverse reactions to gluten even if they test negative for celiac disease. This suggests gluten-sensitivity is a real problem,6 and that gluten-free diets may benefit many —...

10:30

Before you Complain About Your Doctor to the State Medical Board… BolenReport

Tales from The Rabbit Hole… by Alan Hysinger For my next installment, we are going to visit feedback from blog and social commentary on my previous post, “Kicked to the curb for refusing to vaccinate…”. Of course, owing all due credit to the bloggers who inspired that post, their ideas have led to a virtual feeding frenzy of … Continue reading Before you Complain About Your Doctor to the State Medical Board…

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09:49

Weekly intake of salmon influences lipoprotein particle size and concentration in a manner associated with cardiovascular disease risk reduction. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nutr Res. 2016 Sep ;36(9):899-906. Epub 2016 Jun 27. PMID: 27632909 Abstract Title:  Twice weekly intake of farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) positively influences lipoprotein concentration and particle size in overweight men and women. Abstract:  The US Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend twice weekly fish intake. Farmed Atlantic salmon is a good source of omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids which have positive lipid modifying effects; however, it is unknown whether these responses are dose-dependent. Our primary research objective was to determine the effect of dose-dependent intake of farmed Atlantic salmon on lipoprotein particle (P) size and concentration. We hypothesized that low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-P and high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-P size and concentration would increase with salmon intake in a dose-dependent manner. Overweight, adult participants (n = 19) were enrolled in a cross-over designed clinical trial evaluating intake of farmed Atlantic salmon. In random order, participants were assigned to 90, 180, or 270 g of salmon twice weekly for 4-week dietary treatments. Following a 4- to 8-week washout, participants crossed over to another dose of fish intake until all treatments were completed. Plasma lipid concentrations were determined and serum lipoprotein concentrations and particle size were determined by nuclear magnetic resonance. Intake of salmon reduced plasma and serum triglyceride (TG) concentrations and increased plasma HDL-C concentrations. The concentrations of large very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL)-P and chylomicron (CM)-P were reduced. Large LDL-P concentrations were increased in a dose-dependent manner. The mean size of VLDL-P was reduced and that of LDL was increased. Total TG was reduced as was the TG content of VLDL-P and CM-P. Twice weekly intake of farmed Atlantic salmon portions influences lipoprotein particle size and concentration in a manner associated with cardiovascular disease risk reduction.

09:47

Dear Son Mad In America

Dear Son,

I saw what you posted on Facebook and I couldn’t click ‘like.’ Then I had a second thought that I wanted to support you, so I clicked ‘love,’ not because I loved it but because I Love You.

Your Facebook status:

Married man. Two degrees. White collar employed. Self-taught linguist. God-fearing man = Eligible for police brutality (#fact happened b4)

I’m sensible enough to know that my presence in society doesn’t just depend on how “I” see myself or what “successes” I might think I have …love for our neighbors. Fight for our justice. Pray for our freedom. #RIP #AltonSterling #struggle #pray #freedom #justice #love #worldwide

I recognize now that my first thought was one of fear that you were feeling this pain. Fear at the thought of you feeling oppressed. You were brought up between the color lines, living in poverty and educated amongst the affluent people. You wrote in your music about becoming one of the affluent men as you looked at your past as sin that you wished not to go back to again. I was hoping that your walk with God would shield you from this pain. Then I re-read the post and saw that you were speaking your TRUTH.

I know that you feel the pain deeply. While attending school at the University of Berkeley, police officers did surround you with the police cars, lights and a gun in your face while you were riding your bicycle home with a hoodie covering your head to stay warm. The reason? The police said you looked like a suspect that had just committed a crime—a black man wearing a hoodie.

How did this happen? You, being God-fearing, met your wife on your twenty-first birthday and married her five years later. Your wedding day kiss was your first kiss—respecting her and her family, you waited. Your love for the word of God is evident in your being. So how did you get connected to this thing? This thing that is roaming the earth seeking to devour.

The answer is that we all have pain. For some of us it is buried in shame, and let out in anger and aggression toward self and others.

When I was twenty-three, during the first year of your birth, the pain and trauma from my past caught up with me and I was suffering. I did not have anyone in the community who wouldn’t judge me as bad, so I suffered silently. I turned to psychiatry to help me attain a well life like the drug commercials and television movies promised, and the procedure was to label and drug me for almost twenty years. My coping mechanisms were judged as illnesses. Despite having a child in private school, they couldn’t see me as a person worthy of living well.

I did not know the history of mental health, psychiatry and drugging people that I know now. I went in blind, and this is why I continue to share my story—I know for sure that there are many others who do not know alternatives to move forward from anxiety and fear and get to loving themselves and others.

I wanted to spare you, my son, from suffering like I did. I wanted to give you every opportunity I could. You have grown into a good man, a caring and successful man, yet you still have to fear for your life in this country. You still feel pain when you see what is happening.

When you were four years old you briefly took gymnastics, just from me observing the world, seeing what worked well for others and wanting the same well life for you. Your uncle told me that I shouldn’t allow you to take gymnastics because you needed to be tough.

I asked him, tough for what? Of course I knew he was talking about the streets. He lived a street life—guns and drugs—and my other brother, my cousin and many friends had lived street lives and are now dead, in prison or deported.

I remember my brother getting killed less than two weeks after you were born, by a person he’d trusted and shared what he had with. The next day on the news, I saw a black body bag being carried as they mentioned...

09:39

The beneficial effect of apple extract on proliferation of ASCs may overcome the limitation in the use of stem cells in tissue regeneration. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nutr Res. 2016 Sep ;36(9):925-36. Epub 2016 Jun 26. PMID: 27632912 Abstract Title:  Apple ethanol extract promotes proliferation of human adult stem cells, which involves the regenerative potential of stem cells. Abstract:  Tissue regeneration using adult stem cells (ASCs) has significant potential as a novel treatment for many degenerative diseases. Previous studies have established that age negatively affects the proliferation status and differentiation potential of ASCs, suggesting a possible limitation in their potential therapeutic use. Therefore, we hypothesized that apple extract might exert beneficial effects on ASCs. The specific objectives were to investigate the proliferative effect of apple ethanol extract on human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) and human cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (CB-MSCs), and identify the possible molecular mechanisms. Apple extract promoted proliferation of ADSCs and CB-MSCs as determined by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide and Click-iT 5-ethynyl-2'-deoxyuridine flow cytometry assays. In addition, phosphorylation of p44/42 MAPK (ERK), mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), p70 S6 kinase (p70S6K), S6 ribosomal protein (S6RP), eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF) 4B and eIF4E was induced stepwise in ADSCs. Furthermore, apple extract significantly induced the production of vascular endothelial growth factor and interleukin-6 in both ADSCs and CB-MSCs. Similarly, apple extract-induced phosphorylation of the mTOR/p70S6K/S6RP/eIF4B/eIF4E pathway was blocked by pretreatment with PD98059, a specific ERK inhibitor. These results indicate that apple extract-induced proliferation of ADSCs under serum-free conditions is mediated by ERK-dependent cytokine production. Moreover, the beneficial effect of apple extract on proliferation of ASCs may overcome the limitation in therapeutic use of stem cells in tissue regeneration and maintenance of stem cell homeostasis.

09:29

Probiotic supplementation can positively affect anxiety and depressive symptoms. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nutr Res. 2016 Sep ;36(9):889-98. Epub 2016 Jun 21. PMID: 27632908 Abstract Title:  Probiotic supplementation can positively affect anxiety and depressive symptoms: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Abstract:  Gastrointestinal microbiota, consisting of microbial communities in the gastrointestinal tract, play an important role in digestive, metabolic, and immune functioning. Preclinical studies on rodents have linked behavioral and neurochemical changes in the central nervous system with deficits or alterations in these bacterial communities. Moreover, probiotic supplementation in rodents has been shown to markedly change behavior, with correlated changes in central neurochemistry. While such studies have documented behavioral and mood-related supplementation effects, the significance of these effects in humans, especially in relation to anxiety and depression symptoms, are relatively unknown. Thus, the purpose of this paper was to systematically evaluate current literature on the impact of probiotic supplementation on anxiety and depression symptoms in humans. To this end, multiple databases, including Medline, PsycINFO, PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science were searched for randomized controlled trials published between January 1990 and January 2016. Search results led to a total of 10 randomized controlled trials (4 in clinically diagnosed and 6 in non-clinical samples) that provided limited support for the use of some probiotics in reducing human anxiety and depression. Despite methodological limitations of the included trials and the complex nature of gut-brain interactions, results suggest the detection of apparent psychological benefits from probiotic supplementation. Nevertheless a better understanding of developmental, modulatory, and metagenomic influences on the GI microbiota, specifically as they relate to mood and mental health, represent strong priorities for future research in this area.

09:21

This review considers the implications of using probiotic, prebiotic, and synbiotic-supplemented breast milk to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Adv Nutr. 2016 Sep ;7(5):928-37. Epub 2016 Sep 15. PMID: 27633108 Abstract Title:  Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics for the Prevention of Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Abstract:  Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a devastating intestinal disease in preterm infants characterized by barrier disruption, intestinal microbial dysbiosis, and persistent inflammation of the colon, which results in high mortality rates. Current strategies used to manage this disease are not sufficient, although the use of human breast milk reduces the risk of NEC. Mother's milk is regarded as a fundamental nutritional source for neonates, but pasteurization of donor breast milk affects the composition of bioactive compounds. Current research is evaluating the benefits and potential pitfalls of adding probiotics and prebiotics to pasteurized milk so as to improve the functionality of the milk and thereby reduce the burden of illness caused by NEC. Probiotics (live micro-organisms that confer health to the host) and prebiotics (nondigestible oligosaccharides that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria) are functional foods known to mediate immune responses and modulate microbial populations in the gut. Clinical research shows strain- and compound-specific responses when probiotics or prebiotics are administered in conjunction with donor breast milk for the prevention of NEC. Despite ongoing controversy surrounding optimal treatment strategies, randomized controlled studies are now investigating the use of synbiotics to reduce the incidence and severity of NEC. Synbiotics, a combination of probiotics and prebiotics, have been proposed to enhance beneficial health effects in the intestinal tract more than either agent administered alone. This review considers the implications of using probiotic-, prebiotic-, and synbiotic-supplemented breast milk as a strategy to prevent NEC and issues that could be encountered with the preparations.

08:57

Ingestion of HOKKAIDO strain yogurt tends to improve immune activity and decrease stress markers. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Tradit Complement Med. 2016 Jul ;6(3):275-80. Epub 2015 Aug 21. PMID: 27419093 Abstract Title:  Effects of yogurt containing Lactobacillus plantarum HOKKAIDO on immune function and stress markers. Abstract:  Lactobacillus plantarum HOKKAIDO (HOKKAIDO strain) was isolated from well-pickled vegetables in Hokkaido, Japan. We report a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating the effects of L. plantarum HOKKAIDO on immune function and stress markers in 171 adult subjects. Subjects were divided into three groups: the L. plantarum HOKKAIDO yogurt group, the placebo-1 group who ingested yogurt without the HOKKAIDO strain, and the placebo-2 group who ingested a yogurt-like dessert withoutthe HOKKAIDO strain. Hematological tests and body composition measurements were performed before and after 4 and 8 weeks of blinded ingestion. Although no significant differences in natural killer cell activity were observed, it was found that neutrophil ratio significantly decreased and lymphocytestended to increase in the HOKKAIDO strain yogurt group compared with the yogurt-like dessert group. In addition, the neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, a stress marker, tended to improve in the HOKKAIDO strain yogurt group compared with the yogurt-like dessert group. These results suggest that the ingestion of HOKKAIDO strain yogurt tends to improve immune activity and decrease stress markers.

08:41

Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 inhibits adipose tissue inflammation and intestinal permeability in mice fed a high-fat diet. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Nutr Sci. 2016 ;5:e23. Epub 2016 May 30. PMID: 27293560 Abstract Title:  Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 inhibits adipose tissue inflammation and intestinal permeability in mice fed a high-fat diet. Abstract:  The probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055) has anti-obesity effects. Obesity is closely correlated with inflammation in adipose tissue, and maintaining adipose tissue in a less-inflamed state requires intestinal integrity or a barrier function to protect the intestine from the disruption that can be caused by a high-fat diet (HFD). Here, we examined the anti-inflammatory and intestinal barrier-protecting effects of LG2055 in C57BL/6 mice fed a normal-fat diet (NFD), HFD, or the HFD containing LG2055 (HFD-LG) for 21 weeks. HFD-LG intake significantly prevented HFD-induced increases in body weight, visceral fat mass, and the ratio of inflammatory-type macrophages to anti-inflammatory ones in adipose tissue. Mice fed the HFD showed higher intestinal permeability to a fluorescent dextran administered by oral administration and an elevated concentration of antibodies specific to lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in the blood compared with those fed the NFD, suggesting an increased penetration of the gut contents into the systemic circulation. These elevations of intestinal permeability and anti-LPS antibody levels were significantly suppressed in mice fed the HFD-LG. Moreover, treatment with LG2055 cells suppressed an increase in the cytokine-induced permeability of Caco-2 cell monolayers. These results suggest that LG2055 improves the intestinal integrity, reducing the entry of inflammatory substances like LPS from the intestine, which may lead to decreased inflammation in adipose tissue.

08:31

high concentrations of L. crispatus inhibit infectivity of C. trachomatis in vitro. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Sci Rep. 2016 ;6:29024. Epub 2016 Jun 29. PMID: 27354249 Abstract Title:  Lactobacillus crispatus inhibits the infectivity of Chlamydia trachomatis elementary bodies, in vitro study. Abstract:  Lactobacillus species dominate the vaginal microbiota of healthy reproductive-age women and protect the genitourinary tract from the attack of several infectious agents. Chlamydia trachomatis, a leading cause of sexually transmitted disease worldwide, can induce severe sequelae, i.e. pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and ectopic pregnancy. In the present study we investigated the interference of Lactobacillus crispatus, L. gasseri and L. vaginalis, known to be dominant species in the vaginal microbiome, with the infection process of C. trachomatis. Lactobacilli exerted a strong inhibitory effect on Chlamydia infectivity mainly through the action of secreted metabolites in a concentration/pH dependent mode. Short contact times were the most effective in the inhibition, suggesting a protective role of lactobacilli in the early steps of Chlamydia infection. The best anti-Chlamydia profile was shown by L. crispatus species. In order to delineate metabolic profiles related to anti-Chlamydia activity, Lactobacillus supernatants were analysed by (1)H-NMR. Production of lactate and acidification of the vaginal environment seemed to be crucial for the activity, in addition to the consumption of the carbonate source represented by glucose. The main conclusion of this study is that high concentrations of L. crispatus inhibit infectivity of C. trachomatis in vitro.

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Supplementation with L. gasseri OLL2716-containing yogurt may effectively suppress dyspeptic symptoms in H. pylori-infected patients. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Gastroenterol Res Pract. 2016 ;2016:7490452. Epub 2016 Jul 11. PMID: 27478434 Abstract Title:  Effects of Lactobacillus gasseri OLL2716 on Helicobacter pylori-Associated Dyspepsia: A Multicenter Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Trial. Abstract:  Some Lactobacillus spp. suppress Helicobacter pylori in the stomach and have potential therapeutic applications for the treatment of gastrointestinal conditions. In this study, the effects of Lactobacillus strains on functional dyspepsia associated with H. pylori infection were examined. Volunteers were screened using the (13)C-urea breath test (UBT) and H. pylori stool test, and 131 participants who met the selection criteria (mean age: 48.9 years) were randomly given L. gasseri OLL2716-containing yogurt or placebo yogurt once daily for 12 weeks. Gastrointestinal symptoms (epigastric pain, bloating, postprandial fullness, nausea, and heartburn) and the levels of serum pepsinogen (PG), (13)C-UBT, and H. pylori stool antigen were assessed. No significant differences were observed between the groups in UBT results, H. pylori stool antigens, or the serum PGI/II ratio. In the L. gasseri group, postprandial fullness was significantly lower at the end of the trial compared to the initial level (p10 for bloating compared to the placebo group (p

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High consumption of whole-fat yogurt was related to a lower risk of depression in women. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Nutr. 2016 Sep ;146(9):1731-9. Epub 2016 Jul 27. PMID: 27466606 Abstract Title:  Intake of High-Fat Yogurt, but Not of Low-Fat Yogurt or Prebiotics, Is Related to Lower Risk of Depression in Women of the SUN Cohort Study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Yogurt and prebiotic consumption has been linked to better health. However, to our knowledge, no longitudinal study has assessed the association of yogurt and prebiotic consumption with depression risk.OBJECTIVE: We longitudinally evaluated the association of yogurt and prebiotic consumption with depression risk in a Mediterranean cohort.METHODS: The SUN (Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra) Project is a dynamic, prospective cohort of Spanish university graduates. A total of 14,539 men and women (mean age: 37 y) initially free of depression were assessed during a median follow-up period of 9.3 y. Validated food-frequency questionnaires at baseline and after a 10-y follow-up were used to assess prebiotic (fructans and galacto-oligosaccharide) intake and yogurt consumption (

07:39

These findings suggest that yogurt fermented by Lactobacillus plantarum Q180 might prevent obesity. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Korean J Food Sci Anim Resour. 2016 ;36(1):77-83. Epub 2016 Feb 28. PMID: 27499667 Abstract Title:  Anti-obesity Effect of Yogurt Fermented by Lactobacillus plantarum Q180 in Diet-induced Obese Rats. Abstract:  This study aimed to investigate the anti-obesity effects of yogurt fermented by Lactobacillus plantarum Q180 in diet-induced obese rats. To examine the effects, male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed on six different diets, as follows: Group A was fed an ND and orally administrated saline solution; Group B, an HFD and orally administrated saline solution; Group C, an HFD and orally administrated yogurt fermented by ABT-3 and L. plantarum Q180; Group D, an HFD and orally administrated yogurt with added Garcinia cambogia extract, fermented by ABT-3 and L. plantarum Q180; Group E, an HFD and orally administrated yogurt fermented by L. plantarum Q180; and Group F, an HFD and orally administrated yogurt with added Garcinia cambogia extract, fermented by L. plantarum Q180 for eight weeks. After eight weeks, the rate of increase in bodyweight was 5.14%, 6.5%, 3.35% and 10.81% lower in groups C, D, E and F, respectively, compared with group B; the epididymal fat weight of groups E and F was significantly lower than that of group B; and the level of triglyceride and leptin was significantly reduced in groups C, D, E and F compared to group B. In addition, the level of AST was reduced in group C compared to the other groups. To examine the effects of yogurt on the reduction of adipocyte size, the adipocyte sizes were measured. The number of large-size adipose tissue was less distributed in groups A, C, D, E and F than in group B.

07:35

Carcinogens, neurotoxins, and seizure-causing chemicals in the Flu Vaccine (full breakdown of ingredients) AltHealthWorks.com

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07:30

Fermented garlic extract by lactic acid bacteria may ameliorate diet-induced obesity. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Med Food. 2016 Sep ;19(9):823-9. PMID: 27627701 Abstract Title:  Antiobesity Effect of Garlic Extract Fermented by Lactobacillus plantarum BL2 in Diet-Induced Obese Mice. Abstract:  Obesity is viewed as a serious public health problem. This study aimed to investigate the antiobesity effects of fermented garlic extract by lactic acid bacteria (LAFGE) on obesity. Male C57BL/6J mice were fed with high-fat diet (HFD) to induce obesity. The HFD-induced obese mice were orally administrated with 250 or 500 mg/kg LAFGE for 8 weeks. Feeding HFD-fed mice with 250 or 500 mg/kg LAFGE reduced body weight by 14% and 18%, respectively, compared to HFD. HFD-fed mice with 500 mg/kg LAFGE administration had lower epididymal, retroperitoneal, and mesenteric adipose tissue mass by 36%, 44%, and 63%, respectively, compared to HFD. The concentration of plasma triacylglyceride and total cholesterol was significantly lower in the HFD-fed mice with LAFGE administration. Moreover, LAFGE supplementation suppressed adipogenesis by downregulation in mRNA and protein expression of PPARγ, C/EBPα, and lipogenicproteins, including SREBP-1c, FAS, and SCD-1. Based on these findings, LAFGE may ameliorate diet-induced obesity by inhibiting adipose tissue hypertrophy by suppressing adipogenesis.

07:24

Monsanto Merger with Bayer: 3 Companies Will Soon Control 60% of World’s Seed Supply Health Impact News

Protesters march with signs raised through Zagreb in a protest against US biotechnology group Monsanto and against TTIP agreement.

Will Monsanto Now Try To Hide?

by Alliance for Natural Health

A $66 billion buyout by the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer could make it harder for consumers to avoid products from the biotech behemoth. Action Alert!

The number of companies controlling our food supply is about to shrink even further now that Bayer has bought Monsanto for $66 billion in cash, creating the world’s largest seed and pesticide company. The new megacorporation will control 25% of the world’s seeds and pesticides.

Syngenta, another of the world’s largest seeds companies, is set to merge with ChemChina, a state-owned Chinese company. The Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, which has the power to stop such mergers if they threaten national security, has approved the deal. China will now own a company that supplies one-fifth of the world’s pesticides and 10% of soybeans to US farmers.

Dow Chemical and DuPont are also merging.

The Monsanto buyout comes at a convenient time for Monsanto. As the first, second, or third most-hated company in the US (only Bank of America and British Petroleum sometimes beat it, depending on the survey), Monsanto could benefit substantially from rebranding itself, although it isn’t yet clear what will happen with the name.

These mergers mean that three companies will control the lion’s share of the world’s agricultural services, from seed production, to the herbicide and pesticide sprays that go on them, to the biotechnology used to produce them all. Monsanto/Bayer, Dow/DuPont, and Syngenta/ChemChina will sell 59% of the world’s seeds and 64% of the world pesticides.

There are still some regulatory hurdles to be cleared, but the prognosis isn’t good. These companies, for whom genetic modification and powerful herbicides and pesticides are essential moneymakers, are set to monopolize our entire food supply—and likely drive up input costs for small farmers. If and when these mergers are approved, it will likely become harder for consumers to avoid these products.

Weren’t we taught in school that government is supposed to protect us from business monopoly and predation? These days, it seems that the government is protecting the monopolies, not breaking them up!

Read the full article at Alliance for Natural Health.

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07:22

Supplementing with citrulline has protective effects on the development of NAFLD in mice. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Eur J Nutr. 2016 Aug 5. Epub 2016 Aug 5. PMID: 27496089 Abstract Title:  Oral citrulline supplementation protects female mice from the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Abstract:  PURPOSE: Impairments of intestinal barrier function are discussed as risk factors for the development and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Studies suggest an association between arginine/citrulline homeostasis and the development of liver damages. Here, the effect of an oral L-citrulline (Cit) supplement on the development of a Western-style diet (WSD)-induced NAFLD was determined in mice.METHODS: Female 6- to 8-week-old C57BL/6J mice were either pair-fed a liquid Western-style or control diet (C) ± 2.5 g/kg bodyweight Cit for 6 weeks (C + Cit or WSD + Cit). Indices of liver damage, glucose metabolism, intestinal barrier function and NO synthesis were measured.RESULTS: While bodyweight gain was similar between groups, markers of glucose metabolism like fasting blood glucose and HOMA index and markers of liver damage like hepatic triglyceride levels, number of neutrophils and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 protein levels were significantly lower in WSD + Cit-fed mice when compared to WSD-fed mice only. Protein levels of the tight junction proteins occludin and zonula occludens-1 in duodenum were significantly lower in mice fed a WSD when compared to those fed a WSD + Cit (-~70 and -~60 %, respectively, P

06:43

Government Vaccine Court Records Show Injuries and Deaths from Flu Shot as 2016 Flu Season Begins Health Impact News

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by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

As government medical officials make plans to take away vaccine exemptions for children and seek to make vaccines mandatory in the United States, vital information about the safety of vaccines is either ignored or censored.

The American public is largely unaware that there is a vaccine court known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). This program was started as a result of a law passed in 1986 that gave pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from being sued due to injuries and deaths resulting from vaccines.

If you or a family member is injured or dies from vaccines, you must now sue the federal government in this special vaccine court. Many cases are litigated for years before a settlement is reached.

Once every 3 months the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines meets, and the Department of Justice issues a report of cases settled for vaccine injuries and deaths. As far as I know, Health Impact News is the only media source that publishes these reports each quarter. Past reports can be found here.

The most recent report was just issued on September 20, 2016 which covered the period from 5/16/16 to 8/15/16. 233 cases were adjudicated. 113 of them were listed in the report (see below), specifying the vaccine, the injury or death, and the amount of time the case was pending before settlement.

89 of the 113 cases settled were for injuries and deaths due to the flu vaccine, making the flu vaccine the most dangerous vaccine in the U.S., harming and killing more people than all the other vaccines combined.

How many people in the United States, including doctors and nurses who give flu shots, are made aware of these statistics prior to receiving a flu shot, or allowing one to be given to their children and loved ones?

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06:41

L. plantarum CCFM639 could alleviate aluminum induced hepatic and renal injuries. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biol Trace Elem Res. 2016 Sep 14. Epub 2016 Sep 14. PMID: 27627960 Abstract Title:  Lactobacillus plantarum CCFM639 Alleviate Trace Element Imbalance-Related Oxidative Stress in Liver and Kidney of Chronic Aluminum Exposure Mice. Abstract:  Aluminum (Al) has various adverse effects on health of humans and animals. The aim of present study was to demonstrate that Lactobacillus plantarum CCFM639 can alleviate the adverse effects on liver and kidney of mice caused by chronic Al exposure. Animals were assigned into control, CCFM639 only, Al only, Al plus CCFM639, and Al plus deferiprone groups. The strain was given by oral gavage for 14 weeks, and Al was introduced via drinking water for the first 8 weeks. Analyses of Al and trace elements levels in feces, blood, and tissues were performed. The biochemical markers (GSH, GPx, SOD, CAT, and MDA) of oxidative stress in livers and kidneys, as well as the levels of ALT, AST, BUN, andCRE in blood, were determined. Our results showed that L. plantarum CCFM639 can significantly reduce Al accumulation in tissues, regulate imbalance of trace elements, and thereby alleviate oxidative stress and pathological changes in hepatic and renal tissues. Therefore, L. plantarum CCFM639 couldalleviate Al-induced hepatic and renal injuries, and the possible mechanisms may involve in regulating the imbalance of trace elements.

06:36

Citrus juice fermented with Lactobacillus plantarum YIT 0132 alleviates symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Benef Microbes. 2016 Sep 16:1-10. Epub 2016 Sep 16. PMID: 27633173 Abstract Title:  Citrus juice fermented with Lactobacillus plantarum YIT 0132 alleviates symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Abstract:  This study aimed to examine whether citrus juice fermented with Lactobacillus plantarum YIT 0132 (LP0132), which was pasteurised after fermentation, could alleviate the symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial. Subjects with perennial allergic rhinitis consumed LP0132-fermented juice (n=17) or unfermented citrus juice (placebo; n=16) once a day for 8 weeks. During the pre-intervention and intervention periods, the subjects recorded nasal symptoms (number of sneezing attacks, number of nose-blowing incidents, and stuffy nose score). The primary endpoint, nasal symptoms score (NSS), was scored from 0 to 4 according to the 'Practical Guideline for the Management of Allergic Rhinitis in Japan 2009' using a combination of the three nasal symptom items. Blood samples were collected at pre-intervention and at 8 weeks after commencing the intervention. There were several significant improvements not only in the LP0132 group but also in the placebo group because of potential anti-allergic effects of citrus. Compared with the placebo group, the LP0132 group showed a significant reduction in the NSS and stuffy nose score during the intervention period. Also, the LP0132 group, but not the placebo group, showed significant attenuation of type 2 helper T cells (Th2 cells)/helper T cells, serum total immunoglobulin E (IgE), and eosinophil cationic protein (ECP), and showed significant augmentation of type 1 helper T cells (Th1 cells)/Th2 cells at 8 weeks of intervention compared with baseline. It is suggested that daily intake of fermented citrus juice containing heat-killed LP0132 has beneficial effects on symptoms of perennial allergic rhinitis, and these benefits may be associated with the attenuation of Th2 cells, total IgE, and ECP via the immunomodulating activities of LP0132.

06:28

Lessons That Could Save Your Life in a Terror Event Doom and Bloom (TM)

I’ve written quite a bit lately about shooting and terror events, but recent events highlight the fact that gun violence isn’t the only way that a terrorist can fulfill their mission of making casualties out of decent citizens. Clearly, bombings, stabbings, or shootings can occur literally anytime and anywhere in the U.S.: at churches, clubs, holiday parties, schools, the mall, at 2 in the morning or in the middle of the day. They’re part of what I call the “New

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06:28

Probiotic supplementation is protective against stress-induced dysbiosis of the gut microbiota in adult zebrafish. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Sci Rep. 2016 ;6:33726. Epub 2016 Sep 19. PMID: 27641717 Abstract Title:  Lactobacillus plantarum attenuates anxiety-related behavior and protects against stress-induced dysbiosis in adult zebrafish. Abstract:  The consumption of probiotics has become increasingly popular as a means to try to improve health and well-being. Not only are probiotics considered beneficial to digestive health, but increasing evidence suggests direct and indirect interactions between gut microbiota (GM) and the central nervous system (CNS). Here, adult zebrafish were supplemented with Lactobacillus plantarum to determine the effects of probiotic treatment on structural and functional changes of the GM, as well as host neurological and behavioral changes. L. plantarum administration altered theβ-diversity of the GM while leaving the major core architecture intact. These minor structural changes were accompanied by significant enrichment of several predicted metabolic pathways. In addition to GM modifications, L. plantarum treatment also significantly reduced anxiety-related behavior andaltered GABAergic and serotonergic signaling in the brain. Lastly, L. plantarum supplementation provided protection against stress-induced dysbiosis of the GM. These results underscore the influence commensal microbes have on physiological function in the host, and demonstrate bidirectional communication between the GM and the host.

06:21

These data provide a putative mechanism to explain the anti-obesity effects of tea. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Food Chem. 2017 Feb 1 ;216:296-300. Epub 2016 Aug 18. PMID: 27596423 Abstract Title:  Inhibition of pancreatic lipase by black tea theaflavins: Comparative enzymology and in silico modeling studies. Abstract:  Few studies have examined the effect of black tea (Camellia sinensis) theaflavins on obesity-related targets. Pancreatic lipase (PL) plays a central role in fat metabolism and is a validated target for weight loss. We compared the inhibitory efficacy of individual theaflavins and explored the underlying mechanism. Theaflavin-3,3'-digallate (TFdiG), theaflavin-3'-gallate, theaflavin-3-gallate, and theaflavin inhibited PL with IC50 of 1.9, 4.2, 3.0, and>10μmol/L. The presence and location of the galloyl ester moiety were essential for inhibitory potency. TFdiG exhibited mixed inhibition with respect to substrate concentration. In silico modeling showed that theaflavins bind to Asn263 and Asp206, which form a pocket adjacent to the active site, and galloyl-containing theaflavins are then predicted to perturb the protonation of His264. These data provide a putative mechanism to explain the anti-obesity effects of tea.

06:06

Theaflavins suppress the growth and metastasis of human hepatocellular carcinoma. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Onco Targets Ther. 2016 ;9:4265-75. Epub 2016 Jul 14. PMID: 27478384 Abstract Title:  Theaflavins suppress tumor growth and metastasis via the blockage of the STAT3 pathway in hepatocellular carcinoma. Abstract:  Theaflavins, the major black tea polyphenols, have been reported to exhibit promising antitumor activities in several human cancers. However, the role of theaflavins in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still unknown. In this study, we found that theaflavins could significantly inhibit proliferation, migration, and invasion, and induce apoptosis in HCC cells in vitro. Furthermore, we found that theaflavins inhibited the growth and metastasis of HCC in an orthotopic model and a lung metastasis model. Immunohistochemical analyses and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end-labeling assays showed that theaflavins could suppress proliferation and induce apoptosis in vivo. Theaflavins also suppressed constitutive and inducible signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) phosphorylation. The downstream proteins regulated by STAT3, including the antiapoptotic proteins (Bcl-2 and Survivin) and the invasion-related proteins (MMP-2, MMP-9), were also downregulated after theaflavins treatment. Theaflavins induced apoptosis by activating the caspase pathway. Together, our results suggest that theaflavins suppress the growth and metastasis of human HCC through the blockage of the STAT3 pathway, and thus may act as potential therapeutic agents for HCC.

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Black tea theaflavins represent promising multifunctional therapeutic agents for prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Periodontal Res. 2016 Aug 23. Epub 2016 Aug 23. PMID: 27549582 Abstract Title:  Black tea theaflavins attenuate Porphyromonas gingivalis virulence properties, modulate gingival keratinocyte tight junction integrity and exert anti-inflammatory activity. Abstract:  BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Over the last 10 years, bioactive plant food compounds have received considerable attention in regard to their beneficial effects against periodontal disease. In this study, we investigated the effects of black tea theaflavins (TFs) on the virulence properties of Porphyromonas gingivalis and gingival keratinocyte tight junction integrity. In addition, the effects of black tea TFs on the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathway and proinflammatory cytokine/matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) secretion by monocytes/macrophages were assessed.MATERIAL AND METHODS: Virulence factor gene expression in P. gingivalis was investigated by quantitative real-time PCR. A fluorescence assay was used to determine P. gingivalis adherence to, and invasion of, a gingival keratinocyte monolayer. Tight junction integrity of gingival keratinocytes was assessed by determination of transepithelial electrical resistance. Proinflammatory cytokine and MMP secretion by P. gingivalis-stimulated macrophages was quantified by ELISA. The U937-3xκB-LUC monocyte cell line transfected with a luciferase reporter gene was used to monitor NF-κB activation. Gelatin degradation was monitored using a fluorogenic assay.RESULTS: Black tea TFs dose-dependently inhibited the expression of genes encoding the major virulence factors of P. gingivalis and attenuated its adherence to gingival keratinocytes. A treatment of gingival keratinocytes with black tea TFs significantly enhanced tight junction integrity and prevented P. gingivalis-mediated tight junction damage as well as bacterial invasion. Black tea TFs reduced the secretion of interleukin (IL)-1β, tumor necrosis factor-α, IL-6, chemokine (C-X-C) ligand 8, MMP-3, MMP-8 and MMP-9 by P. gingivalis-stimulated macrophages and attenuated the P. gingivalis-mediated activation of the NF-κB signaling pathway. Lastly, black tea TFs inhibited gelatin degradation by MMP-9.CONCLUSION: This study provides clear evidence that black tea TFs represent promising multifunctional therapeutic agents for prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.

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EGCG and theaflavins chemosensitize the cervical cancer cells to cisplatin induced growth inhibition and apoptosis. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Life Sci. 2013 Jul 19 ;93(1):7-16. Epub 2013 Feb 9. PMID: 23399702 Abstract Title:  Tea polyphenols enhance cisplatin chemosensitivity in cervical cancer cells via induction of apoptosis. Abstract:  AIM: Constitutive activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB) and Akt has been implicated in chemoresistance as well as inhibition of apoptosis to cisplatin (CDDP), therefore, we examined whether (-) epigallocateocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) or theaflavins (TF) could sensitize human cancer cells to CDDP via induction of apoptosis mediated by the inactivationof NF-κB and Akt signaling.MAIN METHODS: Human cervical cancer cells (HeLa and SiHa cells) were treated with EGCG or TF and CDDP alone and with their combinations, further their effects on cell viability were evaluated. Western blotting was used for examining the apoptotic signaling proteins and inhibition of NF-κB activation. Levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and mitochondria membrane potential (ΔΨm) were examined by flow cytometry.KEY FINDINGS: The combined treatment of EGCG or TF with CDDP elicited significant inhibition of cell growth in comparison to either of them in both cell lines (p

05:13

Vitamin C enhanced cisplatin sensitivity and apoptosis via up-regulation of p53. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  BMB Rep. 2011 Mar ;44(3):211-6. PMID: 21429301 Abstract Title:  Vitamin C increases the apoptosis via up-regulation p53 during cisplatin treatment in human colon cancer cells. Abstract:  Vitamin C (VC) is an important antioxidant and enzyme co-factor that works by stimulating the immune system and protecting against infections. It is well known that melanoma cells are more susceptible to VC than any other tumor cells. However, the role of VC in the treatment of colon cancer has not been studied. Cisplatin (CDDP) is a DNA damaging agent and is widely used for treating cancer, while the role of p53 in CDDP-induced cell death has been stressed. Using cell growth assays, morphological methods, Western blotting, flow cytometry, and DNA fragmentation analysis, we measured the expression of p53 level involved in the effect of VC on CDDP-induced apoptosis of HCT116, a human colon cancer cell line. CDDP plus VC treatment resulted in significantly increased apoptosis along with upregulation of p53 compared to untreated cells and/or CDDP-treated cells. These results suggest that VC enhanced CDDP sensitivity and apoptosis via upregulation of p53.

04:59

Vitamin C in synergism with cisplatin induces cell death in cervical cancer cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2016 Sep 9. Epub 2016 Sep 9. PMID: 27613187 Abstract Title:  Vitamin C in synergism with cisplatin induces cell death in cervical cancer cells through altered redox cycling and p53 upregulation. Abstract:  PURPOSE: Cervical cancer is the second most prevalent cancer in women worldwide. Survival of patients has been improved by cisplatin-based chemotherapy, but its effectiveness is limited due to its adverse effects on many tissues, especially nephrotoxicity. To optimize the efficacy of CDDP, we propose a combination therapy using natural products with minimal side effects. Vitamin C being a natural antioxidant is capable of selectively targeting cancer cells at pharmacological concentrations. Vitamin C synergistically enhances the activity of chemotherapeutic agents without increasing toxicity to normal cells. Therefore, we exploited co-therapy with cisplatin and vitamin C to kill cervical cancer cells.METHODS: We elucidated the role of CDDP and VC on cervical cancer cell line (SiHa) by using cell growth assays, DNA fragmentation analysis, comet assay, in vitro morphological assessment of apoptosis (AO/EB and DAPI staining), ROS analysis by DCFDA, flow cytometry, biochemical assays (GST, GSH, NO, catalase, TPA) and Western blotting.RESULTS: Our results clearly demonstrated that CDDP and VC treatment exhibited ameliorative effect on induction of cell death by p53 overexpression and generation of hydrogen peroxide in SiHa cells, thereby reducing the dosage of CDDP required to induce cell death in cancer cells.CONCLUSIONS: These studies provide novel approaches to combat cisplatin resistance in cervical cancer.

04:38

Ascorbic acid and β-carotene can reduce stress-induced organ damage GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biotech Histochem. 2016 Sep 14:1-10. Epub 2016 Sep 14. PMID: 27629436 Abstract Title:  Ascorbic acid and beta-carotene reduce stress-induced oxidative organ damage in rats. Abstract:  Antioxidants are potential therapeutic agents for reducing stress-induced organ damage. We investigated the effects of ascorbic acid andβ-carotene on oxidative stress-induced cerebral, cerebellar, cardiac and hepatic damage using microscopy and biochemistry. Male Wistar albino rats were divided into five groups: untreated control, stressed, stressed + saline, stressed + ascorbic acid and stressed + β-carotene. The rats in the stressed groups were subjected to starvation, immobilization and cold. The histopathological damage scores for the stressed and stressed + saline groups were higher than those of the control group for all organs examined. The histopathological damage scores and mean tissue malondialdehyde levels for thegroups treated with antioxidants were lower than those for the stressed and stressed + saline groups. Mean tissue superoxide dismutase activities for groups that received antioxidants were higher than those for the stressed + saline group for most organs evaluated. Ascorbic acid and β-carotene canreduce stress-induced organ damage by both inhibiting lipid oxidation and supporting the cellular antioxidant defense system.

04:15

Inquiry finds no evidence of misconduct in high-profile Science paper flagged by allegations Retraction Watch

An expert group at Uppsala University has recommended not proceeding with a full investigation into allegations of misconduct in a high-profile Science paper showing how human pollution may be harming fish. The June paper — which caught the media’s attention for suggesting fish larvae are eating small particles of plastic rather than their natural prey — became the focus of […]

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04:05

T. sinensis seed extract has protective effects on diabetic nephropathy in rats. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Genet Mol Res. 2016 ;15(1). Epub 2016 Mar 24. PMID: 27050993 Abstract Title:  Protective effect of the n-butanol Toona sinensis seed extract on diabetic nephropathy rat kidneys. Abstract:  The objective of this study was to observe the protective effect of the n-butyl alcohol phase of Toona sinensis seed extract on the kidneys of diabetic nephropathy (DN) rats and its preliminary mechanism. Male wistar rats were administered a normal or high-fat diet for 1 month. DN rats were divided into a model group and a petroleum ether phase of T. sinensis seed extract intervention group. The intervention group was administered 5 mg·100 g-1·day-1 extract. After treatment for 10 weeks, the rats were sacrificed and blood samples and the renal cortex were collected. Biochemical indicators in the serum and renal indices were assessed. Pathological changes of the renal tissues were also determined. Changes in the renal structureand protein levels were detected. Compared with the normal group, the blood glucose, urinary albumin, renal index, and oxidative stress index were sharply increased in the model group. The protein levels of TGF-b1, collagen IV, and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) were increased. Compared withthe model group, the n-butyl alcohol phase of T. sinensis seed extract significantly reduced the blood glucose, urinary albumin, renal index, oxidative stress index, serum creatinine, and urea nitrogen levels. The renal pathology abnormality was improved in DN rats. The protein levels of TGF-b1, collagen IV, and CTGF were increased. The expression of TGF-b1, collagen IV, and CTGF decreased. In conclusion, the n-butyl alcohol phase of T. sinensis seed extract has protective effects on DN rats via the inhibition of oxidative stress and protein expression of TGF-b1, collagen IV, and CTGF.

03:57

Aqueous extracts of Toona sinensis leaves inhibit renal carcinoma cell growth and migration. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nutr Cancer. 2016 May-Jun;68(4):654-66. Epub 2016 Apr 26. PMID: 27115866 Abstract Title:  Aqueous Extracts of Toona sinensis Leaves Inhibit Renal Carcinoma Cell Growth and Migration Through JAK2/stat3, Akt, MEK/ERK, and mTOR/HIF-2α Pathways. Abstract:  Toona sinensis (TS) is a type of deciduous tree, which is distributed widely in Asia and used as a traditional herb medicine. Previously, we demonstrated that aqueous extracts of TS leaves (TSL-1) induce apoptosis in two clear types of human renal carcinoma cells (ccRCC) via mitochondria-dependent pathway. In this study, we further investigated the more detailed mechanism of TSL-1-induced antitumor effects on ccRCCs. TSL-1 treatment arrested ccRCC cells in G0/G1 phase through the decrease of cyclin D1, cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK)2, and CDK4 as well as induction of p53 and FOXO3a protein expressions. On the other hand, the inhibitory effects of TSL-1 on migration were also observed in 786-O and A-498 cells. Mechanically, we presented that TSL-1 could suppress cell cycle progression and motility via inhibiting the phosphorylation of JAK2/stat3, Akt, MEK/ERK, and mTOR in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. Moreover, we found that TSL-1 inhibited p21, HIF-2α, c-Myc, VEGF, and MMP9 protein expressions in both cell lines. In conclusion, these findings suggested that TS-induced apoptosis and its antimigration activity in ccRCC cells were accompanied by inactivation of several oncogenic pathways.

03:25

Government Vaccine Court Records Show Injuries and Deaths from Flu Shot as 2016 Flu Season Begins Vaccine Impact

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by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

As government medical officials make plans to take away vaccine exemptions for children and seek to make vaccines mandatory in the United States, vital information about the safety of vaccines is either ignored or censored.

The American public is largely unaware that there is a vaccine court known as the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). This program was started as a result of a law passed in 1986 that gave pharmaceutical companies total legal immunity from being sued due to injuries and deaths resulting from vaccines.

If you or a family member is injured or dies from vaccines, you must now sue the federal government in this special vaccine court. Many cases are litigated for years before a settlement is reached.

Once every 3 months the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines meets, and the Department of Justice issues a report of cases settled for vaccine injuries and deaths. As far as I know, Health Impact News is the only media source that publishes these reports each quarter. Past reports can be found here.

The most recent report was just issued on September 20, 2016 which covered the period from 5/16/16 to 8/15/16. 233 cases were adjudicated. 113 of them were listed in the report (see below), specifying the vaccine, the injury or death, and the amount of time the case was pending before settlement.

89 of the 113 cases settled were for injuries and deaths due to the flu vaccine, making the flu vaccine the most dangerous vaccine in the U.S., harming and killing more people than all the other vaccines combined.

How many people in the United States, including doctors and nurses who give flu shots, are made aware of these statistics prior to receiving a flu shot, or allowing one to be given to their children and loved ones?

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03:18

This report confirms the antitumor activity of this nutritious vegetable potentially against leukemia. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Integr Cancer Ther. 2016 May 4. Epub 2016 May 4. PMID: 27151590 Abstract Title:  Toona sinensis Inhibits Murine Leukemia WEHI-3 Cells and Promotes Immune Response In Vivo. Abstract:  Toona sinensis (TS) is one of the most popular vegetarian dishes in Taiwan. It has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, antiangiogenic, antiatherosclerotic, and anticancer properties. In this study, we demonstrated the ability of aqueous leaf extracts from TS to promote immune responses in BALB/c mice and to exhibit anti-leukemia activity in murine WEHI-3 cells. BALB/c mice were injected intravenously with WEHI-3 cells and then treated orally with TS (50 mg/kg). In vivo study showed that TS treatment reduced liver and spleen enlargement in WEHI-3 bearing mice compared with the untreated group. Furthermore, TS also decreased white blood cells (WBC), indicating inhibition of differentiation of the precursor of macrophages in WEHI-3 bearing mice. Treatment of WEHI-3 cells with TS (0-75μg/mL for 24 hours) significantly reduced cell viability. Furthermore, TS treatment-induced late apoptosis was confirmed by Annexin-V/PI staining. Western blot analyses revealed that treatment of WEHI-3 cells with TS statistically increased the protein expression level of cytochrome c in the cytoplasm and activates caspase-3. Notably, TS treatment caused a dramatic reduction in Bcl-2 and increase in Bax protein levels. TS may disturb the Bcl-2 and Bax protein ratio and induce apoptosis. This reports confirms the antitumor activity of this nutritious vegetable potentially against leukemia.

03:13

Glyphosate in Vaccines as Well as Food? The Alliance for Natural Health

New evidence says yes. Action Alert!

report published last week found glyphosate in a number of childhood vaccines. Now more study is needed to learn more about the presence of other weedkiller ingredients in both our vaccines and our food.

Keep in mind that absolutely no studies have been done on the toxicity of weedkiller when injected into children. The US Environmental Protection Agency analyzed Monsanto’s self-serving safety studies on the potential toxicity when glyphosate is ingested, but not when it is injected. EPA documents studying how the body metabolizes glyphosate (that is, how it moves through the body)  found that glyphosate shows up in bone marrow thirty minutes after injection.

We are also starting to understand more about why glyphosate is linked to so many health problems. Glyphosate is chemically very similar to glycine, an essential amino acid. This is important because glyphosate may be displacing glycine when our cells create proteins. This would result in proteins not being formed properly and not being able to perform their usual functions. Researchers think this mechanism may be a factor behind the modern world’s explosion of disease, including obesity, diabetes, autism, mitochondrial disorders, liver disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.

Glycine is a critical component of bone, cartilage, and collagen, which helps explain why glyphosate shows up so quickly in bone marrow and in gelatin products.

Glyphosate may be changing the biochemistry of our bodies, and this may happen at very low concentrations. One part per billion of glyphosate is 3,561,000,000,000 molecules of weedkiller, and each one of those molecules is capable of altering a protein’s structure.

The report finding glysophate in childhood vaccines was sponsored and released by Moms Across America. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup and other herbicides. The results showed that a DTap vaccine, a flu vaccine, a Hepatitis B vaccine, and a pneumonoccal vaccine all had levels of glyphosate. The MMR II vaccine had levels up to twenty-five times higher than the other vaccines.

These findings were corroborated by Anthony Samsel, a researcher who works with Dr. Stephenie Seneff of MIT. This team has been researching the effects of glyphosate for years. Not only did Samsel find detectable levels of glyphosate in vaccines, he also found it in products containing gelatin, such as gummy vitamins for children, protein powders, and Jell-o.

Top scientists questioning GMO, such as professor of molecular biology Gilles-Eric Séralini, have also pointed out that so-called inert ingredients used with glysophate are anything but inert. The government has ignored them because of the manufacturer’s claim that they are inert, but some of them may be much, much more toxic than even glyphosate. If glyphosate is getting into vaccines and foods, what about these other, barely studied ingredients?

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03:07

Stem bark of Toona sinensis contained tirucallane triterpenoids that displayed cytotoxic activity against A-549 cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Fitoterapia. 2016 Jul ;112:97-103. Epub 2016 May 20. PMID: 27215130 Abstract Title:  Novel tirucallane triterpenoids from the stem bark of Toona sinensis. Abstract:  Phytochemical investigation on the stem bark of Toona sinensis was carried out by various chromatographic techniques resulting in the isolation and elucidation of two novel tirucallane triterpenoids, named (20S)-3-oxo-tirucalla-25-nor-7-en-24-oic acid (1) and (20S)-5α,8α-epidioxy-3-oxo-24-nor-6.9(11)-dien-23-oic acid (2), along with fifteen known triterpenoids (3-17), their structures were determined by extensive spectroscopic methods, including 1D-, 2D-NMR and HR-ESI-MS experiments. Compound 2 is uncommon in nature, which possesses a peroxide bridge cross C-5 and C-8 in the triterpenoid skeleton. All isolated compounds were evaluated for cytotoxicity against five human tumor cell lines (A-549, Hela, HepG2, SGC-7901 and SW-480), among them, compound 17 displayed strongest cytotoxic activity against A-549 cells and the results indicated that its cytotoxicity against A-549 cells was mediated by the intrinsic mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. In addition, ROS production-inhibitory activities were also evaluated, but none of them was active.

03:02

Toona sinensis leaf extract might be a promising candidate for the prevention of oral cancer. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Arch Oral Biol. 2016 Jun 15 ;70:130-142. Epub 2016 Jun 15. PMID: 27348052 Abstract Title:  Chemopreventive effect of Toona sinensis leaf extract on 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene-induced hamster buccal pouch squamous cell carcinogenesis. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Toona sinensis leaf extract (TSL) has been shown to have anti-tumor effects on cancer cell lines. This study aimed to investigate the chemopreventive potential and the underlying mechanism of TSL during 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced hamster buccal pouch (HBP) carcinogenesis.METHODS: One hundred hamsters were divided into control (n=30), carcinogenic (n=20), preventive (n=42), and therapeutic (n=8) groups. The animals in carcinogenic and preventive groups were administered reverse osmosis water (carcinogenic group) or TSL (1g/kg bw) (preventive group) by gavage daily for 4 weeks, and their bilateral pouches were painted with a 0.5% DMBA solution for 4, 9, and 12 weeks. The animals in the therapeutic group were treated with DMBA for 12 weeks prior to TSL administration for 4 weeks. Expression levels of survivin, X chromosome-linked inhibitor of apoptosis (XIAP), proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) proteins were analyzed by immunohistochemistry. Apoptotic activity was examined by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) method, cytochrome C, and poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP).RESULTS: In the preventive group, the results showed significant decreases not only in the incidences of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) (50%) and epithelial dysplasia (62.5%) but also in the tumor number, tumor volume, tumor burden, and the severity of dysplastic lesions. The down-regulation of survivin, XIAP, PCNA, iNOS, and COX-2 proteins and the increased apoptotic activity indicated anti-proliferative and apoptosis-inducing abilities of TSL on DMBA-induced HBP carcinogenesis.CONCLUSIONS: The results suggested that TSL might be a promising candidate for the prevention of oral cancer.

03:02

When Does Crony Medicine Become Fascist Medicine? The Alliance for Natural Health

It’s when the attorney general of California tries to stop medical exemptions for vaccines.

The California law requiring 100% compliance with the government vaccine schedule (including what, when, and how the child receives the vaccine) in order to be allowed to enroll your child in public or private school, and even daycare (depending on the child’s age when enrolling) became effective on January 1, 2016. When passed, the law abolished any philosophical or religious exemption. The sponsor of the bill, state senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), promised that the only remaining out—the medical exemption—would not be tampered with. Apparently Sen. Pan was lying.

Dr. Bob Sears, a Southern Californian pediatrician, now faces charges of gross negligence from the attorney general of California, who is representing the California Medical Board, for daring to write a letter recommending that a two-year-old be excused from vaccinations based on the mother’s description of serious adverse reactions to previous immunizations. The mother told Dr. Sears that her child experienced a “shutdown [of] stools and urine” and became limp “like a ragdoll” for 24 hours after the last shot.

The California Medical Board, however, is alleging that Dr. Sears failed to back up his recommendation with sufficient evidence, and did not provide an “evidence-based recommendation for future immunizations.” The board is also claiming gross negligence because Dr. Sears did not keep a copy of the letter exempting the child from future vaccines.

Other charges include not performing certain neurological tests when the toddler reported having a headache from head trauma, and treating the child with garlic for an upper respiratory illness. It is clear that the real aim is to chill any and all medical exemptions from vaccines.

(Note also that garlic is widely used by integrative physicians, most commonly with a foodborne bacterial illness, but also with viral illnesses. Garlic is more effective if chopped or crushed, but that isn’t feasible if you have food poisoning and are likely to throw up. In that case, an effective method is to cut the fresh garlic into a supplement capsule shape and take it whole, since eating anything under those circumstances is too difficult, and fresh garlic is too hot to chew.)

Dr. Sears is scheduled to meet with the board on September 20 for a settlement conference. If no settlement is reached, the case will go before an administrative law judge, who will make a recommendation to the board. The ultimate decision for punitive action, however, lies with the board.

If this sounds like a system in which a single party acts as prosecutor, judge, and jury, that is exactly what it is. And it works this way in other states too. It is possible to appeal—but very, very few judges will bother to take such cases on appeal, viewing the matter as something to be handled within the medical profession, which it manifestly is not.

To us, the writing on the wall is clear. The government of California intends to mandate vaccines for ALL children—no exceptions. If a child experiences adverse reactions from vaccines, even serious ones, even death, well . . . too bad.

All doctors in California have essentially been put on notice: anyone thinking of giving a medical exemption to vaccination should think again. Not only will they be attacked for providing the exemption; the state medical board will look for every opportunity to bring other charges for paperwork discrepancies and similar bureaucrati...

02:58

Will Monsanto Now Try To Hide? The Alliance for Natural Health

A $66 billion buyout by the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer could make it harder for consumers to avoid products from the biotech behemoth. Action Alert!

The number of companies controlling our food supply is about to shrink even further now that Bayer has bought Monsanto for $66 billion in cash, creating the world’s largest seed and pesticide company. The new megacorporation will control 25% of the world’s seeds and pesticides.

Syngenta, another of the world’s largest seeds companies, is set to merge with ChemChina, a state-owned Chinese company. The Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, which has the power to stop such mergers if they threaten national security, has approved the deal. China will now own a company that supplies one-fifth of the world’s pesticides and 10% of soybeans to US farmers.

Dow Chemical and DuPont are also merging.

The Monsanto buyout comes at a convenient time for Monsanto. As the first, second, or third most-hated company in the US (only Bank of America and British Petroleum sometimes beat it, depending on the survey), Monsanto could benefit substantially from rebranding itself, although it isn’t yet clear what will happen with the name.

These mergers mean that three companies will control the lion’s share of the world’s agricultural services, from seed production, to the herbicide and pesticide sprays that go on them, to the biotechnology used to produce them all. Monsanto/Bayer, Dow/DuPont, and Syngenta/ChemChina will sell 59% of the world’s seeds and 64% of the world pesticides.

There are still some regulatory hurdles to be cleared, but the prognosis isn’t good. These companies, for whom genetic modification and powerful herbicides and pesticides are essential moneymakers, are set to monopolize our entire food supply—and likely drive up input costs for small farmers. If and when these mergers are approved, it will likely become harder for consumers to avoid these products.

Weren’t we taught in school that government is supposed to protect us from business monopoly and predation? These days, it seems that the government is protecting the monopolies, not breaking them up!

Action Alert! Write to the Federal Trade Commission and urge them to block the Monsanto/Bayer merger. Please send your message immediately.

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Other articles in this week’s Pulse of Natural Health:

Glyphosate in Vaccines as Well as Food?

When Does Crony Medicine Become Fascist Medicine?

02:51

Quercitrin attenuates acetaminophen induced liver damage by the activation of defensive genes and the inhibition of pro-inflammatory genes. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nutrients. 2016 ;8(7). Epub 2016 Jul 15. PMID: 27428996 Abstract Title:  Quercitrin from Toona sinensis (Juss.) M.Roem. Attenuates Acetaminophen-Induced Acute Liver Toxicity in HepG2 Cells and Mice through Induction of Antioxidant Machinery and Inhibition of Inflammation. Abstract:  Quercitrin is found in many kinds of vegetables and fruits, and possesses various bioactive properties. The aim of the present study was to elucidate hepatoprotective mechanisms of quercitrin isolated from Toona sinensis (Juss.) M.Roem. (syn. Cedrela sinensis Juss.), using acetaminophen (APAP)-treated HepG2 cell and animal models. In an in vitro study, quercitrin suppressed the production of reactive oxygen species and enhanced expression of nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), activity of antioxidant response element (ARE)-reporter gene, and protein levels of NADPH: quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), and superoxide dismutase 2 (SOD-2) in APAP-treated HepG2 cells. In an in vivo study, Balb/c mice were orally administered with 10 or 50 mg/kg of quercitrin for 7 days and followed by the injection with single dose of 300 mg/kg APAP. Quercitrin decreased APAP-caused elevation of alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase levels, liver necrosis, the expression of pro-inflammatory factors including inducible nitric oxide synthase, cyclooxygenase 2 and inerleukin-1β, and phosphorylation of kinases including c-Jun N-terminal kinase and p38. Quercitrin restored protein levels of Nrf2, NQO1 and activities and expressions of CAT, GPx, SOD-2. The results suggested that quercitrin attenuates APAP-induced liver damage by the activation of defensive genes and the inhibition of pro-inflammatory genes via the suppressions of JNK and p38 signaling.

02:42

Action Alert: Block Monsanto/Bayer Merger! The Alliance for Natural Health

Related article: Will Monsanto Now Try To Hide?

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02:39

Azadirachta indica provides cardio protection by ameliorating oxidative stress in rat model of diabetic mellitus. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Pharmacogn Mag. 2016 May ;12(Suppl 3):S371-8. PMID: 27563227 Abstract Title:  The Antioxidant Potential of Azadirachta indica Ameliorates Cardioprotection Following Diabetic Mellitus-Induced Microangiopathy. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Cardiac complications associated with diabetes mellitus have become major cause of concern. Antidiabetic drugs, with varied mode of action, are although available, apprehensions exist for their limited action or side effects upon prolonged use. Efforts are therefore inclined toward finding other alternatives. The present study was, thus, undertaken to evaluate the cardioprotective effect of Azadirachta indica (AI) on microangiopathic changes in rat model of diabetes.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diabetes was induced in male rats by single intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (60 mg/kg body weight). Seven days after glucose levels are stabilized, aqueous leaf extract of AI (ALE) (600 mg/kg(1) body weight) was administered orally to diabetic animals every day for 7 days.RESULTS: High blood glucose characterizing diabetes in these animals was found to show increased lipid peroxidation (LPO), altered antioxidant biomarkers together with microangiopathic alterations. The treatment of diabetic rats with ALE reduced the levels of blood glucose, LPO, and restored the activities of antioxidant enzyme. Light and transmission electron microscopic analysis revealed reduced necrotic areas and inflammation in tissue architecture of ALE treated heart in comparison to untreated diabetic group.CONCLUSION: AI provides cardioprotection by ameliorating oxidative stress in rat model of diabetic mellitus.SUMMARY: The streptozotocin (STZ) treatment (60 mg/kg body weight) to animals induced diabetic changes such as elevated blood glucose levels, decreased body weight, altered lipid profiles together with development of proxidant state evidenced by elevated levels of lipid peroxidation (LPO), depletion in reduced glutathione (GSH) levels and altered antioxidant enzymes with consequent microangiopathic alterations in heart tissue evinced by localization of necrotic and inflamed areas in heart tissueThe treatment of animals with Azadirachta indica leaf extract (ALE) (600 mg/kg body weight) post-STZ treatment significantly reversed the adverse effects witnessed by normalized blood glucose levels, improvement in reduced body weight and stabilized lipid profilesFurther, ALE treatment also significantly reduced the LPO indices, improvement in GSH content and restoration of antioxidant enzyme activities, suggesting antioxidatant potential of ALEThe microangiopathic changes in the heart tissue consequent to induction of diabetes and oxidative stress by STZ as reiterated through light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were found to be reversed by ALE treatment. These observations pointed toward cardiopreventive effects of ALE following microangiopathic changes as seen following induction of diabetes mellitus. Abbreviations used: AI: Azadirachta indica, ALE: Azadirachta indica Leaves Extract. STZ: Streptozotocin, LPO Lipid per oxidation, GSH: Glutathione, GSSG: Glutathione disulphide, SOD: Superoxide dismutase, GP: Glutathione peroxidase, GR: Glutathione reductase.

02:35

Action Alert: Tell CDC to Get Glyphosate Out Of Vaccines The Alliance for Natural Health

Related article: Glyphosate in Vaccines as Well as Food?

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02:19

Moringa oleifera and neem showed both potent and significant antiviral activity against foot and mouth disease virus. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Pak J Pharm Sci. 2016 Jul ;29(4):1263-8. PMID: 27393440 Abstract Title:  Evaluation of antiviral activity of plant extracts against foot and mouth disease virus in vitro. Abstract:  The aim of this study was to evaluate antiviral activity of chloroformic leaves extracts of three plants: Azadirachta indica, Moringa oleifera and Morus alba against Foot and Mouth disease virus using MTT assay (3-(4, 5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide). Antiviral and cytotoxic activity of each extract was evaluated as cell survival percentage and results were expressed as Means± S.D. The concentrations which resulted in cell survival percentages of greater than 50% are considered to be effective antiviral concentrations. From the tested plant extracts, Moringa oleifera showed potent antiviral activity (p

01:53

‘Erin Brockovich’ Chemical in Drinking Water of More than 200 Million Americans Healthy Child Healthy World

Drinking water supplies for two-thirds of Americans are contaminated with the carcinogenic chemical made notorious by the film “Erin Brockovich,” which was based on the real-life poisoning of tap water in a California desert town. But there are no national regulations for the compound – and the chemical industry is trying to keep it that way.

Today EWG released an analysis of more than 60,000 tap water tests conducted nationwide, finding that chromium-6, or hexavalent chromium, is in the tap water of more than 218 million Americans. Use EWG’s interactive map to see the level of chromium-6 in your water supply, as reported by the EPA from tests by local water utilities. That’s two-thirds of the U.S. being served water with chromium-6 at, or above, the level that California state scientists consider safe. The California public health goal allows a chromium-6 level expected to cause no more than one case of cancer in 1 million people who drink it for lifetime.

Though far more permissive than its public health goal, California is the only state that has set an enforceable legal limit for chromium-6 in drinking water. Federal chromium regulations, set in 1991, do not specifically address chromium-6 and do not consider current science showing that drinking water contaminated with the chemical can cause cancer.

Chromium is a naturally occurring element but can also be manufactured. The two main types are chromium-3, an essential human nutrient considered to be mostly harmless, and chromium-6, which has long been known to cause lung cancer when airborne particles are inhaled. Recent science has also shown that, when ingested, it can cause stomach cancer. Chromium-6 is used in chrome plating, wood and leather treatments, dyes and pigments, and the water in cooling towers of electrical power plants.

A 2008 study by the National Toxicology Program found chromium-6 in drinking water caused cancer in rats and mice. California state scientists drew on that study to determine its public health goal, which is unenforceable, but guided state regulators in setting a legal limit. Although EWG believes the legal limit is far too high to protect public health, it is the only enforceable regulation on chromium-6 in the U.S.

The National Toxicology Program study was also used by the Environmental Protection Agency to draft a health assessment for a safe exposure level. The draft was completed in 2011, but not formally released because the chemical and electric power industries pressured the EPA to wait for the results of other, industry-funded studies. Five years later, we’re still waiting for the industry studies, which are expected to argue that the EPA doesn’t need to set a national standard at all. They’re also expected to fundamentally challenge the way the EPA calculates the risk of all carcinogenic chemicals.

Will the EPA stand up to industry pressure? The agency’s record is not good. Since landmark amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996, t...

01:45

Uh Oh: FDA Finds Glyphosate Herbicide in U.S. Honey Natural Society

It took years of begging and pleading, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally agreed in February to start testing for glyphosate in food. The agency announced just a few days ago that U.S. honey samples tested positive for the chemical, which is an ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. [1]

The agency checks foods for pesticides every year, but for decades had refused to test for glyphosate. The decision to start checking for the chemical was made only after many independent researchers started conducting their own testing on various foods 2 years ago and found glyphosate in flour, cereal, oatmeal, and a host of other products.

The discovery of glyphosate – declared a probable human carcinogen in 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO) – lends more credence to a growing number of studies that show the chemical is pervasive, as honey is not produced with the use of the chemical – at least not knowingly.

The Details

The honey samples came from various locations across the United States, and were found to contain residues of glyphosate. The information was obtained by the consumer advocacy group, Right to Know, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. [2]

There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the U.S., so even traces of the chemical could technically be considered illegal. Some of the honey tested by the FDA had glyphosate residues measuring 107 parts per billion (ppb), which far exceeds the 50 ppb maximum limit established by the European Union (EU).

Right to Know also obtained documents from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showing that in addition to honey, government residue experts discussed the prevalence of glyphosate found in soybean samples, and the belief that there could be a lot of “violation for glyphosate” residue levels in U.S. crops. [1]

The Pervasiveness of Glyphosate

How serious is the problem? Well, one internal e-mail by the FDA states that investigators actually had trouble finding honey that didn’t contain glyphosate. Wrote one researcher:

“It is difficult to find blank honey that does not contain residue. I collect about 10 samples of honey in the market and they all contain glyphosate.” [2]

Low concentrations of glyphosate were even detected in “organic mountain honey.”

Monsanto – as well as the U.S. government – maintain that any glyphosate residues found in food would be miniscule, and therefore harmless. Of course, without robust testing, it’s impossible to know just how contaminated the food system is.

Individuals may only be eating trace amounts of glyphosate when they spread honey on their toast, and if that’s all they ate, they would probably be safe. But Roundup is the most widely used herbicide on the planet. The combination of a lack of testing and the fact that glyphosate is everywhere means that people probably eat far more of this toxic substance than they realize.

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01:30

Renewable energy researcher with troubled record loses another paper Retraction Watch

A renewable energy researcher who recycled material in several papers — and has already agreed to withdraw 10 studies — has lost another paper. In January, we reported that six of 10 papers flagged by an investigation into author Shyi-Min Lu have either been retracted or withdrawn. Now, Lu has lost another paper that was not […]

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00:45

215 Million Gallons of Radioactive Water Threaten Drinking Water in Florida Natural Society

Mulberry, Florida is now home to a giant sinkhole that has caused 215 million gallons of radioactive water to leak into the state’s supply of drinking water.

The contamination occurred when a sinkhole appeared at a phosphate fertilizer plant near Tampa, which damaged the stack where waste water was stored. This filtered into the state’s aquifer system, which supplies water to residents, making the water contain phosphogypsum. Phosphogypsum is classified as slightly radioactive and is a byproduct of the creation of fertilizer. This is due to the naturally-occurring uranium and radium in the phosphate ore. [1]

The contaminated water also flows into springs used for activities like snorkeling and swimming. [2]

Mosaic, the fertilizer company responsible for the contamination, has kept this sinkhole leak concealed for the better part of 3 weeks, leaving many residents wary when they state that there is no risk to the public. Mosaic claims that the water moves far too slowly to be a threat, however, many people aren’t buying the rhetoric.

Jacki Lopez, Florida director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said of the newfound problem:

“It’s hard to trust them when they say ‘Don’t worry,’ when they’ve been keeping it secret for three weeks.” [3]

Mosaic claims it didn’t inform the public when it initially occurred because they felt they were doing an adequate job of diverting the water source before it became a public hazard. They did inform the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), but the DEP also failed to make it known to residents.

Related: Here’s What People Near the Worst Gas Leak in History are Experiencing 

Lopez added:

“We don’t know what the long-term effects will be. If I were living in this area, and I had well water, I would be worried about my health.”

The company is attempting to recover the water by using production wells. They have also increased the water sampling and pumped water out of one of the effected ponds to hopefully reduce some of the leak.

The DEP is also performing frequent visits to the company to ensure that protocol is being followed and that no radioactive water makes its way into the water of residents of Florida. [4]

Sources:

[1] International Fertilizer Association

[2] Yahoo!

[3] Reuters

[4] BBC


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00:29

Lone Waikato DHB board member says no to fluoride Fluoride Action Network

A health board member has broken ranks to accuse his colleagues of pushing through what he calls a “rubber-stamp” statement supporting water fluoridation.

Andrew Buckley unsuccessfully opposed the re-adoption of the Waikato District Health Board’s position statement on fluoridation, dubbing it “flawed decision-making”,  but chairman Bob Simcock said the board was simply following the science and Buckley was a lone voice.

Local councils, not the health board, decide whether or not to put fluoride in the water. But many, including Hamilton City Council, have been the subject of campaigns to remove it and have looked to the DHB for a stance on it when making their decision.

The government has signalled a move to give the decision to DHBs and Waikato’s current policy is based on Ministry of Health guidelines.

Buckley claimed the policy was presented at a recent board meeting without any supporting evidence.

“I was elected to the board [for the first time] in 2010 and the first challenge I faced was when I asked for discussions around [fluoridation],” Buckley said.

“But I was told that it had already been discussed before and that was that. We were told we were not there to discuss it, we were there to endorse it.

“I believe that attitudes and statements like this are a serious threat to our democracy and move us closer to a place where faceless bureaucrats make major decisions without taking into account the voice of the community.”

Simcock said the policy was not pushed through and the board clearly took a position reflecting the consensus of health science.

“The reality is that there was some debate. The board members were very clear about re-supporting that position.

“I’m not sure if rubber-stamping meant that people don’t agree with him (Buckley), well, if it does then that’s the case.

“They were obviously of the view that that is the policy statement of the board and they’re comfortable with it. If they weren’t they would not have voted for it.”

“People of Hamilton have also expressed a similar view,” said Simock in reference to the 2014 city referendum where 70 per cent of respondents backed fluoridation.

The Waikato DHB resolved to “support fluoride, at accepted safe levels being introduced into non-fluoridated reticulate drinking water supplies to increase access to fluoridated water. Fluoride should be maintained in already fluoridated supplies.”

DHB’s director of public and organisational affairs, Lydia Aydon, said a renewed position statement was needed as it had expired and it gave the public health team the ability to advocate on the issue in the name of the DHB.

In April, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of district health boards, rather than local councils, should lead to more water supplies being fluoridated.

And in the same month, Hamilton City Council agreed to provide fluoride-free water at the Taitua Arboretum and the Claudelands Events Centre. The tap at the events centre cost $70,000.

The most comprehensive survey of research on fluoridation yet done was released in Australia this month and found it was safe.

The report from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council found fluoridation reduced tooth decay by 26-44 per cent in people in areas where it was conducted, with the only side effect minor tooth discolouration in some.

00:24

Torrance residents, politicians call for ban on hydrofluoric acid at refinery Fluoride Action Network

South Bay area politicians and activists on Monday called for a ban on an acid used at the Torrance refinery, speaking just hours after residents were presented with an unplanned flareup at the facility.

Hydrofluoric acid is used in the refining of petroleum to create gasoline, but it can pose a danger to the public when not handled properly.

“Hydrofluoric acid is extremely dangerous. It is so dangerous that if released into the air, it forms a vapor cloud that travels around with the wind and kills people who come in contact with it,” Congressman Ted Lieu of Torrance said.

Lieu was joined by former state Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, who cited a recent report commissioned by the South Coast Air Quality Management District that found there are safer alternatives refineries can use, such as sulfuric acid and solid acid.

According to the report, sulfuric acid can reduce the potential threat of vapor clouds, but it can also increase the need for the transport of acid along highways and surface streets. A solid acid system would eliminate both risks.

Muratsuchi, who is running for another term in the Assembly, laid out a six-point plan to overhaul the safety guidelines at the refinery. In addition to an outright ban on the use of modified hydrofluoric acid, the points included:

  • installation of real-time air quality monitors, along with the sharing of real-time data with residents
  • installation of a more effective community alarm system
  • an update to the community disaster preparedness plan specifically addressing the threat of modified hydrofluoric acid
  • creation of an independent Torrance refinery community advisory panel
  • a commitment to ensure the jobs and economic benefits of the refinery continue to benefit Torrance and the surrounding area

An unplanned flaring event occurred Monday morning, the second in two days. The flareup prompted the closure of Del Amo Boulevard between Maple Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.

The spectacle of flames shooting high into the air likely unsettled residents who last year endured an explosion at the facility that left four people injured and dropped smoke and ash on the surrounding neighborhood.

ExxonMobil, which owned the refinery then, was fined more than $500,000.

The refinery was eventually sold to PBF Energy, which owns several other refineries around the country. The facility was restarted in May, but residents have continued to harbor concerns over safety....

00:10

Nettle extract substantially increased sensitivity of breast cancer cells to paclitaxel. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2016 Aug 5 ;83:835-842. Epub 2016 Aug 5. PMID: 27501501 Abstract Title:  The Urtica dioica extract enhances sensitivity of paclitaxel drug to MDA-MB-468 breast cancer cells. Abstract:  INTRODUCTION: Due to the chemo resistant nature of cancer cells and adverse effects of current therapies, researchers are looking for the most efficient therapeutic approach which has the lowest side effects and the highest toxicity on cancer cells. The aim of the present study was to investigate the synergic effect of Urtica dioica extract in combination with paclitaxel on cell death and invasion of human breast cancer MDA-MB-468 cell line.MATERIALS AND METHODS: To determine the cytotoxic effects of Urtica dioica extract with paclitaxel, MTT assay was performed. The scratch test was exploited to assess the effects of Urtica dioica, Paclitaxel alone and combination on migration of cancer cells. The expression levels of snail-1, ZEB1, ZEB2, twist, Cdc2, cyclin B1 and Wee1 genes were quantified using qRT-PCR and western blot performed for snail-1expression. The effects of plant extract, Paclitaxel alone and combination on different phases of cell cycle was analyzed using flow cytometry.RESULTS: Results of MTT assay showed that Urtica dioica significantly destroyed cancer cells. Interestingly, Concurrent use of Urtica dioica extract with paclitaxel resulted in decreased IC50 dose of paclitaxel. Moreover, findings of scratch assay exhibited the inhibitory effects of Urtica dioica, Paclitaxel alone and combination on migration of MDA-MB-468 cell line. Our findings also demonstrated that the extract substantially decreased the Snail-1 and related gene expression. Ultimately, Cell cycle arrest occurred at G2/M phase post-treatment by deregulating Cdc2 and wee1.CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrated that the dichloromethane extract of Urtica dioica inhibit cell growth and migration. Also, Urtica dioica extract substantially increased sensitivity of breast cancer cells to paclitaxel. Therefore, it can be used as a potential candidate for treatment of breast cancer with paclitaxel.

00:03

No Evidence for Fluoridated Water to Result in Less Cavities Fluoride Action Network

Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride. Unlike other chemicals added to water, which are intended to treat the water itself, fluoride is intended to treat the people who drink the water, whether they want the treatment or not.

As the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) puts it, “Fluoridating water supplies can thus fairly be described as a form of mass medication, which is why most European countries have rejected the practice.”1

In the U.S., many people assume the fluoride in drinking water is beneficial for their teeth, an assumption that has been widely spread by public health agencies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) in saying fluoridation is “nature’s way to prevent tooth decay”2 — a statement that is both misleading and inaccurate.

The Fluoride in Drinking Water Is Not Natural

The CDC and ADA state that “some communities are lucky enough to have naturally occurring optimal levels of fluoride in their water supplies.”3

While it’s true that fluoride is naturally occurring in some areas, leading to high levels in certain water supplies “naturally,” naturally occurring substances are not automatically safe (think of arsenic, for instance).

When people are exposed to high levels of naturally occurring fluoride, severe disease can result. Data from India’s Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry indicate that nearly 49 million people are living in areas where fluoride levels in water are above the permissible levels.

The World Health Organization recommends fluoride levels in drinking water stay between 0.8 and 1.2 milligrams (mg) per liter and do not exceed 1.5 mg per liter.

Exposure to levels above this amount may cause pitting of tooth enamel and fluoride deposits in your bones, while exposure to levels above 10 mg per liter may cause crippling skeletal fluorosis, as well as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures and muscle spasms.

Further, the fluoride added to drinking water is not the naturally occurring variety or even pharmaceutical grade; it’s a byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. FAN explained:4

“The main chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water are known as ‘silicofluorides’ (i.e., hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate). Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products; they are unprocessed industrial by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

Since these silicofluorides undergo no purification procedures, they can contain elevated levels of arsenic — more so than any other water treatment chemical.

In addition, recent research suggests that...

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23:54

What if scientists funded each other? Retraction Watch

We were struck recently by a paper in Scientometrics that proposed a unique way to fund scientists: Distribute money equally, but require that each scientist donate a portion to others – turning the federal funding system into a crowd-sourcing venture that funds people instead of projects. The proposal could save the inordinate amount of time scientists […]

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23:47

Study Finds 90% of Dust Samples from Homes Packed with Toxins Natural Society

Everyone has household dust, and until recently, it was thought to be a low-risk side effect of not being obsessively clean. However, new research has emerged to demonstrate that household dust contains way more toxins than we thought, with most of them coming from everyday products and cleaning supplies.

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Samples of dust from homes in 14 states found that there were sometimes as many as 45 toxic chemicals found in standard dust.

Lead author of the study, Ami Zota of George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, stated:

“Indoor dust is a reservoir for consumer-product chemicals. Many of the times when these chemicals are added to consumer products, they’re not chemically bound to the products. They can migrate out of the product and into the air or dust.” [1]

While this may not come as a shock to many, it is the first time dust from the home has been analyzed in such a comprehensive manner. The study featured researchers from such high profile institutions as Milken Institute School of Public Health, Silent Spring Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program.

Zota says that the study did not examine whether or not the toxins within the dust caused long term health problems, but said the public has a right to be concerned by the new findings.

One chemical, often found in household dust, was the cancer-causing TDCPP. This harmful chemical is found in furniture and baby products and acts as a flame retardant.

Researchers also found highly fluorinated chemicals such as PFOA and PFOS, which can cause issues with the immune, digestive, developmental, and endocrine systems. These chemicals are often found in nonstick products and waterproof and stain-resistant items. They can also be found in pizza boxes and cell phones.

Zota states that you can really make a difference to your exposure to toxins with the following measures:

  • Washing your hands and your children’s hands frequently. Small children often put dust-covered fingers and hands in their mouths.
  • Vacuuming carpets frequently using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter, and wet-mopping hard surfaces.
  • Using online consumer tools to buy safer products, such as furniture without flame retardants or stain guard, or toys that are phthalate-free.
  • Opening windows, to allow fresh-air circulation. [1]

One of the best ways to rid your home of these toxins is by choosing more natural-based products, as well as invest in an air purification system for your home. And here are 7 ways to cleanse your body of toxins!

Sources:

[1]...

23:45

Private Citizens Taking a Stand To End Corruption In California State Government Over SB277… BolenReport

By Candyce Estave On July 15, 2016, Twenty Six (26) plaintiffs, all California residents, filed a “Private Attorney General” law suit against Senator Richard Pan, Governor Brown, their spouses, and the other Democrats who voted to force kids to be fully vaccinated to go to school. What they voted for was Senate Bill SB277.  It passed through all … Continue reading Private Citizens Taking a Stand To End Corruption In California State Government Over SB277…

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22:45

Video: Man Saves Miracle Kitten on Busy Russian Highway Natural Society

A Russian surveillance system recently released harrowing footage of a tiny kitten crossing a busy highway and dodging traffic for several minutes before being scooped up by a benevolent stranger.

The kitten, who comes from Kaliningrad, Russia, was shown on camera attempting to cross a busy highway. He was miraculously able to dodge traffic for three and a half minutes in a breath-taking video. After several near misses in which drivers swerve around him or drive over him so they don’t injure him, a man stops and puts on his hazard lights. [1]

The unidentified man stops to check on the health of the kitten, assessing whether or not it is injured. When it seems to be fine, against all odds, he scoops him up and drives off with him. The man, however, remains unknown as does the whereabouts of the kitten itself.

Read: The Music Tracks Made JUST For Cats — Take a Listen

The whole ordeal was caught on camera, thanks to Kaliningrad’s “Safe City” initiative that has placed video surveillance around the town. [2]

And while the man remains anonymous, many people on the European social media site, VK, took the time to thank him for his efforts underneath postings of the viral video.

Hopefully the kitten was driven away to a new life.

Sources:

[1] People

[2] Washington Post


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21:45

Belgian Minor First to Be Given Euthanasia Rights Natural Society

A terminally-ill 17-year-old in Belgium has been granted the right to an assisted suicide. The federal commission on euthanasia stated that the unnamed minor was suffering from severe and unbearable pain before granting them the right to end his/her life. This is the first minor to be granted permission since the government decided that age restriction was no longer relevant for assisted euthanasia. The death of the minor was confirmed on Saturday.

In order for the minor to go ahead with the decision, the teenager’s parents had to grant permission.

Belgium is the only European country that allows minors to participate in assisted suicide, though Holland will technically allow children as young as 12 to participate.

Liberal Senator Jean-Jacques De Gucht said of the assisted euthanasia:

“It’s terrible when a youngster suffers, but it gives me some comfort to know that now there is a choice out there for children in the final terminal stage. It’s important that society doesn’t neglect people in such pain.” [1]

Belgium approved assisted suicide in 2002 for those in a “hopeless medical situation” and with their full consent. In 2014, the rules were amended to allow for minors to also receive doctor-assisted suicide.

Related: Could Being Hospitalized with an Infection Lead to Higher Suicide Risk? 

In order for a minor to take part in the program, which typically involves a doctor giving the ill person a lethal dose of barbiturates, they must meet very strict criteria. The case is reviewed by a team of medical professionals, including psychiatrists and psychologists.

According to Reuters, the law states, that the minor must be in a “terminal medical situation with constant and unbearable physical pain which cannot be assuaged and that will cause death in the short term.”

The rate of assisted suicide has risen since its introduction, accounting for 4.6% of all deaths in Belgium in 2013.

While lawmakers support the bill, there are many who do not. In 2014, a group of medical professionals signed a letter stating that they did not agree with the law and that people under 18 were not qualified to make a decision about ending their own lives.

The law has also faced opposition from the Catholic Church.

Sources:

[1] Yahoo News


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19:45

“Like It’s Been Nuked” — Millions of Bees Dead After Zika Spraying in South Carolina (with video) Healthy Holistic Living

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On August 29 Flowertown Bee Farm owners in Summerville, South Carolina woke up to a cruel, unwanted surprise —  2.5 million dead bees from 46 hives. These were the rescue hives that the owner, Nita Mae, acquired to help the dying bee population. This time the bees were hit by what might...

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19:39

Apple’s new ‘wireless’ headphones emit radiation … right next to your brain Healthy Holistic Living

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To much fanfare and excitement, Apple has announced that the iPhone 7 will come with wireless earbuds, ditching the much-reviled and ever-tangled cords of conventional earbuds. The wireless earbuds, dubbed “AirPods,” will be water-resistant and are, in the words of company CEO Tim Cook, the first step to a “wireless...

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15:00

Battered Bees and the Threat to Our Food Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Some plants produce offspring by producing seeds, but the seeds can only be produced by the transfer of pollen from the male anther of one flower to the female stigma of another.

While wind and water can transfer pollen to some extent, and some plants are self-pollinating, pollinators are the primary route that this pollen transfer occurs for many plants, including those we depend on for food.

The pollination process is quite incredible, really, and is carried out by certain birds, butterflies, bats, moths and bees (along with some other animals like honey possums).

In short, when the pollinator feeds from a flower, the pollen attaches to its body and then deposits on another during the pollinator's next stop. When examined more closely, however, there are even more details to this process that make it that much more amazing.

Bees Are Hardwired for 'Buzz Pollination'

Bees use a process called sonication, or buzz pollination, to shake loose pollen hidden in certain plants' anthers. The bees bite the anthers to hold on, then buzz. The vibration causes the pollen to spill out of the plant and stick to the bee.

Experiments conducted by University of Arizona researchers found that rather than being a learned behavior, bees appear to be hard-wired to use sonication. The study included bees raised in a laboratory that had never seen a flower.1

Yet, when they were given the chance, the bees knew just what to do. As The New York Times reported, they:2

  • Grabbed the plant's anther with their mandibles
  • Buzzed until they were doused in pollen
  • Groomed the pollen off their front legs and body and stuck it to "pollen baskets" on their rear legs

Having an innate ability for sonication has its benefits, including making bees highly adaptable to changing environments. If new plants come into a bees' range, or if they're forced to forage in unfamiliar areas, it means the bees should still be able to adapt.

Queen Bees Dying From Pesticide Exposure and Parasites

There is only one queen bee per hive. She mates once and then is fertile for life, laying up to 2,000 eggs per day to sustain the colony.

Research published in the journal Nature suggests, however, that combined exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides and parasites may alter queen bees' physiology and survival, thereby potentially destroying the whole hive.3

Queen bees exposed to infection with the parasite Nosema ceranae along with 0.7 micrograms per liter of a neonicotinoid called imidacloprid, which is a dose a bee may be exposed to in the wild, had serious effects.

More than 90 percent of the exposed queen bees died within 45 to 90 days (if healthy, a queen bee may live for several years). The researchers continued:4

"Furthermore, single and combined effects of pesticide and parasite decrease survivorship of queens introduced into mating hives for three months.

Because colony demographic regulation relies on [the] queen's fertility, the compromise of its physiology and life can seriously menace colony survival under pressure of combined stressors."

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No Evidence for Fluoridated Water to Result in Less Cavities Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Two-thirds of Americans drink tap water that has added fluoride. Unlike other chemicals added to water, which are intended to treat the water itself, fluoride is intended to treat the people who drink the water, whether they want the treatment or not.

As the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) puts it, “Fluoridating water supplies can thus fairly be described as a form of mass medication, which is why most European countries have rejected the practice.”1

In the U.S., many people assume the fluoride in drinking water is beneficial for their teeth, an assumption that has been widely spread by public health agencies.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) in saying fluoridation is “nature’s way to prevent tooth decay”2 — a statement that is both misleading and inaccurate.

The Fluoride in Drinking Water Is Not Natural

The CDC and ADA state that “some communities are lucky enough to have naturally occurring optimal levels of fluoride in their water supplies.”3

While it’s true that fluoride is naturally occurring in some areas, leading to high levels in certain water supplies “naturally,” naturally occurring substances are not automatically safe (think of arsenic, for instance).

When people are exposed to high levels of naturally occurring fluoride, severe disease can result. Data from India’s Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry indicate that nearly 49 million people are living in areas where fluoride levels in water are above the permissible levels.

The World Health Organization recommends fluoride levels in drinking water stay between 0.8 and 1.2 milligrams (mg) per liter and do not exceed 1.5 mg per liter.

Exposure to levels above this amount may cause pitting of tooth enamel and fluoride deposits in your bones, while exposure to levels above 10 mg per liter may cause crippling skeletal fluorosis, as well as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, seizures and muscle spasms.

Further, the fluoride added to drinking water is not the naturally occurring variety or even pharmaceutical grade; it’s a byproduct of the phosphate fertilizer industry. FAN explained:4

“The main chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water are known as ‘silicofluorides’ (i.e., hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate). Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products; they are unprocessed industrial by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

Since these silicofluorides undergo no purification procedures, they can contain elevated levels of arsenic — more so than any other water treatment chemical.

In addition, recent research suggests that the addition of silicofluorides to water is a risk factor for elevated lead exposure, particularly among residents who live in homes with old pipes.”

Evidence Is Lacking That Fluoridated Water Reduces Cavities

The ADA also claims that water fluoridation reduces decay in children’s teeth by anywhere from 18 percent to 60 percent. This, too, is highly questionable however.

The Cochrane Collaboration, which releases comprehensive reviews regarded as the gold standard in assessing public health policies, found water fluoridation may not prevent cavities.5

In a review of every fluoridation study they could find, only three since 1975 looked at the effectivenes...

10:49

Newsletter 129 Open Letter (3), University of Wollongong, Correcting UOW Academic’s Comments on Immunisation Vaccination Decisions

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
University of Wollongong
Australia
19 September 2016

Dear Professor Alison Jones,
As I await your response to my previous email (16 September 2016)  I would like to address the comments about immunisation that have been promoted by the University of Wollongong (UOW) on its website. I note that you have signed your name, with 60 other academics, to the personal opinion made by Heather Yeatman in her professional capacity. However, it is necessary to point out that Heather Yeatman’s expertise is in nutrition, as President of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), and not immunisation, and she has made misleading and unsupported statements about immunisation in her comment.

Heather Yeatman’s comment was published on the UOW website on the 18 January 2016 – one week after my PhD was published on the UOW website. My PhD is a critique of the Australian government’s immunisation policies and yet her comment does not address the evidence I have presented in my in-depth study of Australia’s immunisation policies. I also note that you have supported her comment without reading my thesis. You have stated:

From what I’ve seen of the thesis it doesn’t represent the views of a science evidence-based approach” (Australian Skeptics Inc lobby group website).

Again, you have not provided any evidence for your claim that my research is not evidence-based and this is contradicted by the examiners and professors supporting my research. I will outline below the unsupported statements made in Heather Yeatman’s personal opinion of immunisation that you have supported. Unless these comments can be supported with evidence UOW academics are endangering human health by signing their names to this comment. This political strategy of UOW in promoting this comment has enabled lobby groups, such as the Australian Skeptics Inc group, to promote personal opinions of immunisation instead of researched information.

Here are the incorrect or unsupported statements made by Heather Yeatman (in bold below). The evidence for my comments is provided in my PhD thesis:

  1. Immunisation protects children and saves lives” . This generalisation is incorrect. Some children do not gain immunisation from vaccines and the adverse events (AE’s) to vaccines are under-reported in the population (PhD thesis Chapter 7). Until an accurate figure of AE’s is determined this statement is misleading and harmful to children’s health.
  2. For more than 50 years children have been immunised and it is one of our best success stories in public health”. This is incorrect. Vaccination campaigns started 50 years ago but they were voluntary and only recommended for one or two diseases at the time (PhD thesis Chapter 2 and 3). The schedule gradually increased but the government did not begin enforcing vaccination campaigns for multiple diseases until 1990 – after the diseases were controlled (Professor Fiona Stanley – Australian of the Year 2003) and childhood chronic illness increased at the same time as the use of vaccines increased. Correlation is not causation but this...

09:42

The Truth About Tic Disorders | “Whoa! What causes these, anyway? And how do I show them the door?” Chipur

How to stop tics

Do I have Tourette’s

You’ve dealt with tics off-and-on for years. I mean, you’ve kept your stress under control, used cognitive and behavioral techniques, and learned how to cover them. So they’ve been a minor inconvenience. Well, now they’re worse than ever. Stunned, you’re asking some serious questions about cause and how to make them go away. Yeah, “Whoa!”

PET and SPECT imaging have revealed abnormal patterns of blood flow and metabolism in the basal ganglia, thalamus, and frontal and temporal cortical areas. Also involved may be the anterior cingulate cortex.

Okay, this is the third and final article in our tic disorders series. We kicked things off with The Truth About Tic Disorders | Challenging Stigma, Restoring Lives, and moved-on to The Truth About Tic Disorders | The Chummy and Tricky Coexistence of OCD and Tics/Tourette Syndrome.

Let’s wrap things up by learning about cause and treatment…

What Causes Tics?

You know what’s coming, right? No one knows for sure what causes tics. Why does it always have to go down that way with most anything a mood or anxiety disorder sufferer may be dealing with? Kind of goes along with no one knowing why psychotropic meds work (if and when they do).

Frustrating, isn’t it?!

There was a time when emotional issues were believed to be the primary cause of tics. But those days are gone, as it’s being discovered that biochemical and structural abnormalities may exist in the brains of those enduring tics.

In on the action are believed to be the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, along with the intracellular signaling molecule (“second messenger”) cyclic AMP.

And then there’s the anatomy of it all. PET and SPECT imaging have revealed abnormal patterns of blood flow and metabolism in the brain’s basal ganglia, thalamus, and frontal and temporal cortical areas. Also involved may be the anterior cingulate cortex.

Would it surprise you that genetic factors are at play in 75% of tic disorder cases? Though no single gene has been found to be the culprit, tics are definitely a family thing.

Prescription and recreational drugs may generate and/or exacerbate tics. The most common are stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) and pemoline (Cylert), amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall), other amphetamines, and cocaine. To a smaller degree, tics may be worsened by an...

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Depression, Antidepressants, and Expectancy Mad In America

Researchers have identified that antidepressants do not perform much better than placebo pills in a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and that the small difference between antidepressant and placebo efficacy is clinically insignificant (Kirsch, 2010; Moncrieff, J., & Kirsch, 2015; Schultz, 2015; Spielmans, 2015).

Further, even the small difference between antidepressant and placebo efficacy could be the result of an enhanced placebo effect caused by antidepressant side effects. That is, study participants entering a RCT are told they will receive either an antidepressant or a placebo. They are told that the antidepressant they may receive often produces side effects such as dry mouth, upset stomach, etc. Kirsch (2010) illustrated the importance of side effects in the following passage:

Now if I were a patient in one of these trials, I would wonder to which condition I had been assigned. Had I been put in the active-drug group or in the placebo group? Hmm. My mouth is getting dry, and I’m beginning to feel a little nauseous. Normally, I might feel distressed by these symptoms, but I have been informed that these are side effects of the active drug. So instead of feeling distressed, I am elated. My dry mouth and nauseous stomach tell me that I have been given the active drug, rather than placebo. I’m starting to feel better already. (p. 15)

When individuals are able to identify which group they belong to in a RCT, they are said to “break blind”. This is important because RCTs are blinded precisely to minimize the effects of participants’ expectancies, which can distort the measurement of drug efficacy. The largest study investigating how often participants break blind in an antidepressant RCT identified that 78% of participants were able to accurately identify the group they’d been assigned to (Rabkin et al., 1986).

The prevalence of participants breaking blind also suggests that the tiny difference between antidepressant and placebo efficacy is due to participants’ enhanced expectancies. This possibility has been studied. For instance, researchers conducted a study in which side effects were controlled for in the measurement of participant improvement. They found that when side effects are controlled for, there is no statistically significant difference between drug and placebo (Barbui, Cipriani, and Kirsch, 2009). Along similar lines, most studies in which antidepressants are compared to active placebos (placebos that have similar side effects to antidepressants but are not antidepressants themselves) are unable to identify a statistically significant difference in participants’ improvement (Moncrieff, Wessely, & Hardy, 2004). Deacon and Spielmans (in press) suggested that more recent research is not conducted on the scant difference between antidepressant and active placebos because such research would “lack appeal for commercial purposes” (p. 6).

On top of all of this, comparator trials -- which are used to compare the effects of different antidepressants to one another, and do not include a placebo group -- have significantly larger rates of participant improvement compared to placebo controlled trials (Sneed et al., 2008). In other words, those receiving, for instance, citalopram in a comparator trial improve significantly more than those receiving citalopram in a placebo-controlled trial. This suggests that participant confidence that they are receiving an active medication plays a significant role in clinical improvement they are likely to experience.

This idea – that participants’ expectation of receiving medication can influence medication efficacy – has been substantiated by a new study. Rutherford et al. (2016), which builds on a previously conducted pilot study, compared the rates of participant improvement in an open group -- where participants knew they were certain to receive citalopram (an antidepressant) --...

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First Country Emerges To Ban Plastic Cutlery, Plates and Cups - Edible Utensils An Alternative Solution PreventDisease.com

No microbe in the history of the Earth has ever evolved to break down plastic. At least none that we know of. Until we discover an army of plastic-eating microbes to combat the increasing pollution spreading across our oceans, we must take more proactive measures in resolving our love for the most controversial polymer. France is leading the charge and other nations should follow suit as they embark on another big step towards being more environmentally conscious by implementing a new law that will ban plastic cutlery, plates and cups.

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Urtica dioica protected the dopaminergic neurons probably by reducing mito-oxidative damage, neuroinflammation, and cellular alteration. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Mol Neurobiol. 2016 Sep 13. Epub 2016 Sep 13. PMID: 27624385 Abstract Title:  Antioxidant-Rich Fraction of Urtica dioica Mediated Rescue of Striatal Mito-Oxidative Damage in MPTP-Induced Behavioral, Cellular, and Neurochemical Alterations in Rats. Abstract:  Parkinson's disease (PD) having a complex and multi-factorial neuropathology includes mainly the degeneration of the dopaminergic nigrostriatal pathway, which is a cumulative effect of depleted endogenous antioxidant enzymes, increased oxidative DNA damage, mitochondrial dysfunction, excitotoxicity, and neuroinflammation. The present study was designed to investigate the neuroprotective effect of a potent antioxidant from Urtica dioica in a 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) model of parkinsonism. MPTP was administered intranigrally for the induction of PD in male Wistar rats. Behavioral alterations were assessed in between the study period. Animals were sacrificed immediately after behavioral session, and different biochemical, cellular, and neurochemical parameters were measured. Intranigrally repeated administration of MPTP showed significant impairment of motor co-ordination and marked increase of mito-oxidative damage and neuroinflammation in rats. Intranigral MPTP significantly decreases the dopamine and its metabolites with impairment of dopaminergic cell density in rat brain. However, post-treatment with the potent antioxidant fraction of Urtica dioica Linn. (UD) (20, 40, 80 mg/kg) improved the motor function, mito-oxidative defense alteration significantly and dose dependently in MPTP-treated rats. In addition, the potent antioxidant fraction of UD attenuated the pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α and IL-β) and restored the level of dopamine and its metabolites in MPTP-induced PD in rats. Moreover, minocycline (30 mg/kg) with lower dose of UD (20 mg/kg) had significantly potentiated the protective effect of minocycline as compared to its effect with other individual drug-treated groups. In conclusion, Urtica dioica protected the dopaminergic neurons probablyby reducing mito-oxidative damage, neuroinflammation, and cellular alteration along with enhanced neurotrophic potential. The above results revealed that the antioxidant rich fraction of UD contain flavonoids and phenolic compounds, which have a promising approach in therapeutics of PD.

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Pomegranate juice could have favourable effects on oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2016 Sep 16:1-7. Epub 2016 Sep 16. PMID: 27633135 Abstract Title:  Effects of pomegranate juice consumption on oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes: a single-blind, randomized clinical trial. Abstract:  Increased free radicals production due to hyperglycemia produces oxidative stress in patients with diabetes. Pomegranate juice (PJ) has antioxidant properties. This study was conducted to determine the effects of PJ consumption in oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. This study was a randomized clinical trial performed on 60, 40-65 years old diabetic patients. The patients were randomly allocated either to PJ consumption group or control. Patients in PJ group consumed 200 ml of PJ daily for six weeks. Sex distribution and the mean age were not different between two groups. After six weeks intervention, oxidized LDL and anti-oxidized LDL antibodies decreased and total serum antioxidant capacity and arylesterase activity of paraoxonase increased significantly in thePJ-treated group compared to the control group. Our data have shown that six weeks supplementation of PJ could have favorable effects on oxidative stress in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D).

07:15

The Algorithm Will See You Now: A Geek Tragedy Mad In America

In 1939, in the laboratories of Geigy pharmaceuticals, Paul Mueller discovered that DichloroDiphenylTrichlorethane — DDT — killed insects more effectively that anything else then available.

Robert Domenjoz, later the creator of imipramine, had the job of evaluating it. He did the testing on lice that was to make DDT one of the best-selling pharmaceuticals in the world. He asked the Salvation Army to bring him two of the paupers who slept there and he bought their shirts – for their lice. He put the lice in small boxes which could be sealed with a sieve so that the lice could breathe. He attached the boxes to his arms so that they could live off his blood. Over weeks, they multiplied. When he had enough, they started testing DDT on them. It worked a treat.

Lice carried typhus, a disease which, since Napoleon, has killed more people during wars than wartime combat itself. Domenjoz headed straight to the Swiss army, which started using it and then presented the results at the American embassy in Bern. When the Americans invaded Italy soon after, the troops were all sprayed with DDT and pretty soon everyone who was liberated from the Germans was liberated from lice also.

After the War was Over

After the war, it became common to spray the public in cinema queues and at football games across Europe and America, as the photo above shows. Mueller won the Nobel Prize in 1948. Domenjoz might have thought at the time he should have shared it.

As almost every ghostwritten article about all of the drugs in current use now says, DDT was very clearly "safe and effective."

The use of DDT spread. The image most of us have now is of planes dusting crops with plumes trailing behind them.

Then, in the early 1960s, the wheels came off the bandwagon. By the time Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published, DDT was on the road to oblivion, with most of us thankful we had been saved from oblivion. DDT, it became clear, accumulated in the food chain, with small doses in some insects and crops ending up as larger doses in the predators living on them, and larger and lethal doses in the birds, fish and other mammals living on them — or in their eggs or milk.

And larger doses in us.

We had learnt that the acute effects of a drug given in a particular way might be dramatically different from the effect that came with chronic exposure or from unexpected routes of administration.

Wasn’t this what we learnt?

Geek Tragedy

Controlled trials (RCTs) are all about establishing the acute effects of a drug given in a standardized way, by drug companies who hope the verdict will be that their chemical is safe and effective, so that they can head out and put it in the drinking water (metaphorically). People will end up on these chemicals chronically and they will be mixed with lots of other chemicals in ways never imagined when the drug was first tested.

The result is biphosphonate drugs marketed to reduce the risk of fractures, but which increase the risk of serious fractures. Antidepressants marketed to reduce suicide risk, alcoholism, substance misuse, marriage breakdown, etc., which increase the risk of all these things, as well as causing Autistic Spectrum Disorder and birth defects. Statins marketed to reduce risks linked to diabetes which increase rates of diabetes, and to reduce the cognitive problems stemming from strokes but cause cognitive problems in their o...

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These findings highlight the necessity for more thorough investigations into the impact of statins in humans with diabetes. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2016 ;7:95. Epub 2016 Jul 19. PMID: 27486434 Abstract Title:  Statin Therapy Alters Lipid Storage in Diabetic Skeletal Muscle. Abstract:  While statins significantly reduce cholesterol levels and thereby reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the development of myopathy with statin use is a significant clinical side effect. Recent guidelines recommend increasing inclusion criteria for statin treatment in diabetic individuals; however, the impact of statins on skeletal muscle health in those with diabetes (who already suffer from impairments in muscle health) is ill defined. Here, we investigate the effects of fluvastatin treatment on muscle health in wild type (WT) and streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice. WT and STZ-diabetic mice received diet enriched with 600 mg/kg fluvastatin or control chow for 24 days. Muscle morphology, intra and extracellular lipid levels, and lipid transporter content were investigated. Our findings indicate that short-term fluvastatin administration induced a myopathy that was not exacerbated by the presence of STZ-induced diabetes. Fluvastatin significantly increased ectopic lipid deposition within the muscle of STZ-diabetic animals, findings that were not seen with diabetes or statin treatment alone. Consistent with this observation, only fluvastatin-treated diabetic mice downregulated protein expression of lipid transporters FAT/CD36 and FABPpm in their skeletal muscle. No differences in FAT/CD36 or FABPpm mRNA content were observed. Altered lipid compartmentalization resultant of a downregulation in lipid transporter content in STZ-induced diabetic skeletal muscle was apparent in the current investigation. Given the association between ectopic lipid deposition in skeletal muscle and the development of insulin-resistance, our findings highlight the necessity for more thorough investigations into the impact of statins in humans with diabetes.

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Atorvastatin reduced the ATP levels in pancreas mitochondria. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Basic Clin Pharmacol Toxicol. 2016 Aug 24. Epub 2016 Aug 24. PMID: 27553485 Abstract Title:  Toxicity of Atorvastatin on Pancreas Mitochondria: A justification for increased risk of Diabetes Mellitus. Abstract:  Statins (including atorvastatin) are a widely used class of drugs, and like all medications, they have a potential for adverse effects. Recently, it has been shown that statins also exert side effects on the pancreas. In vitro studies have suggested that this class of drugs induced a reduction in insulin secretion. Also, the use of statins is associated with a raised risk of diabetes mellitus (DM), but the mechanisms underlying statin-induced diabetes poorly known. Literature data indicate that several statins are able to induce apoptosis signalling. This study was designed to examine the mechanism of atorvastatin on mitochondria obtained from rat pancreas. In our study, mitochondria were obtained from the pancreas and then exposed to atorvastatin and vehicle to investigate probable toxic effects. The results showed that atorvastatin (25, 50, 75, 100 and 125μM) increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, mitochondrial swelling, collapse of mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) and cytochrome c release, the orchestrating factor for mitochondria-mediated apoptosis signalling. Atorvastatin also reduced the ATP levels. These results propose thatthe toxicity of atorvastatin on pancreas mitochondria is a key point for drug-induced apoptotic cell loss in the pancreas and therefore a justification for increased risk of diabetes mellitus. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

05:39

Healthy Traditions Announces Glyphosate-Tested Traditionally Produced Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Health Impact News

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Health Impact News

Healthy Traditions Press Release

Healthy Traditions announced today the launch of their new product, raw Apple Cider Vinegar with “mother.” Starting the last part of 2014, Healthy Traditions, a division of Tropical Traditions, Inc., has started testing all of its products for the presence of the herbicide glyphosate, since many of their USDA certified organic products were tested to be contaminated with glyphosate.

Finding a supplier of Apple Cider Vinegar that could be tested and traced all the way back to the producer proved difficult, as many apple cider vinegars are produced with apples from many different orchards, meaning that a single batch test may not represent all bottles used in each batch. So they began to search for a single source orchard to produce their own apple cider vinegar.

The Healthy Traditions Apple Cider Vinegar is made by hand on a small family farm in Wisconsin. This high quality and great tasting vinegar starts by hand picking a mixture of apples that are suited perfectly for cider, imparting a depth of flavors to the vinegar that are unique.

The apples are grown in Wisconsin on a certified organic orchard that practices sustainable agriculture by using livestock to maintain the orchard floor. By rotating different animals in the orchard the caretakers are able to reduce weeds and insects that would hinder the apple production.

Even though some antibiotics are approved for apple production in organic systems and used by some organic orchards, the caretakers here are opposed to the use of any antibiotics or chemicals and instead have selected varieties of apples that are naturally resistant to disease and fungus. As an added assurance the apples are tested for the presence of glyphosate found in the world’s most popular herbicide, and none was found.

Once the apples are picked they are pressed to make cider and then stored in stainless steel vats to ferment where the sugar is turned into alcohol. From there the “Mother” imparts a bacteria to the mixture that feeds on the alcohol and in a second fermentation transforms the hard cider to vinegar with no residual alcohol left over.

The vinegar is hand bottled into a 1 quart amber glass Boston Round growler, that protects the delicate vinegar from the damaging effects of light. The bottle is attractive and reusable and comes fitted with a premium phenolic cap. The vinegar is raw and unfiltered to contain the “Mother.”

This Apple Cider Vinegar is:

  • Glyphosate-Tested
  • Packaged in amber glass for protection
  • Unfiltered and contains the “Mother”
  • Raw and unpasteurized
  • Made in small batches by hand
  • Naturally fermented from apples that are tested negative for pesticides and chemicals

The product can be ordered here.

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L. casei and B. bifidum alone and in combination ameliorated hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and oxidative stress in STZ-induced diabetic Wistar rats. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Int J Prev Med. 2016 ;7:102. Epub 2016 Aug 22. PMID: 27625767 Abstract Title:  Administration of Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum Ameliorated Hyperglycemia, Dyslipidemia, and Oxidative Stress in Diabetic Rats. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The present work was planned to evaluate the antihyperglycemic, lipid-lowering, and antioxidant effect of Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats.METHODS: Single daily dose of 1× 10(7) cfu/ml of L. casei and B. bifidum alone and in combination of both was given to Wistar rats orally by gavaging for 28 days. Glucose tolerance test, fasting blood glucose (FBG), lipid profile, and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) were measured from blood. Glycogen from thigh muscles and liverand oxidative stress parameters from pancreas were analyzed.RESULTS: Administration of L. casei and B. bifidum alone and in combination of both to diabetic rats decreased serum FBG (60.47%, 55.89%, and 56.49%, respectively), HbA1c (28.11%, 28.61%, and 28.28%), total cholesterol (171.69%, 136.47%, and 173.58%), triglycerides (9.935%, 8.58%, and 7.91%), low-density lipoproteins (53.27%, 53.35%, and 52.91%) and very low-density lipoproteins (10%, 8.58%, and 11.15%, respectively) and increased high-density lipoproteins (13.73%, 15.47%, and 15.47%), and insulin (19.50%, 25.80%, and 29.47%, respectively). The treatment also resulted in increase in muscle (171.69%, 136.47%, and 173.58%) and liver (25.82%, 6.63%, and 4.02%) glycogen level. The antioxidant indexes in pancreas of diabetic rats returned to normal level with reduction in lipid peroxidation (30.89%, 46.46%, and 65.36%) and elevation in reduced glutathione (104.5%, 161.34%, and 179.04%), superoxide dismutase (38.65%, 44.32%, and 53.35%), catalase (13.08%, 27%, and 31.52%), glutathione peroxidase (55.56%, 72.23%, and 97.23%), glutathione reductase (49.27%, 88.40%, and 110.86%), and glutathione-S-transferase (140%, 220%, and 246.6%, respectively) on treatment with L. casei, B. bifidum, and combination treatment.CONCLUSIONS: Administration of L. casei and B. bifidum alone and in combination of both ameliorated hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and oxidative stress in STZ-induced diabetic Wistar rats.

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Administration of probiotics could greatly accelerating the healing process. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Benef Microbes. 2016 Sep 16:1-8. Epub 2016 Sep 16. PMID: 27633174 Abstract Title:  The effect of probiotic treatment on elderly patients with distal radius fracture: a prospective double-blind, placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial. Abstract:  Probiotic treatment has been shown to improve bone formation, increase bone mass density and prevent bone loss. We aimed to assess the effect of probiotic treatment on functional recovery in elderly patients with a distal radius fracture. A total of 417 elderly patients with an acute distal radius fracture were enrolled in this double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. They were randomised to receive skimmed milk containing either a commercial probiotic (Lactobacillus casei Shirota) or placebo daily for a period of 6 months after the fracture. Treatment outcomes were the DASH (disabilities of the arm, shoulder and hand) score, pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) score, active range of motion and grip strength, all of which were measured on a monthly basis. Throughout the duration of the study, DASH score, pain, CRPS score, wrist flexion and grip strength of patients receiving probiotics exhibited a significantly faster pace of improvement than those on placebo, with treatment outcomes of patients receiving Lactobacillus casei Shirota at month 4 at comparable levels with those of patients receiving placebo at month 6. In elderly patients with a fracture of the distal radius, administration of the probiotic could greatly accelerating the healing process.

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The beneficial effects of probiotics were evident even after two years of treatment. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biomed Pap Med Fac Univ Palacky Olomouc Czech Repub. 2016 Sep 13. Epub 2016 Sep 13. PMID: 27623957 Abstract Title:  The long-term effects of probiotics in the therapy of ulcerative colitis: A clinical study. Abstract:  AIM: Intestinal dysbiosis seems to be the leading cause of inflammatory bowel diseases, and probiotics seems to represent the proper support against their occurrence. Actually, probiotic blends and anti-inflammatory drugs represent a weapon against inflammatory bowel diseases. The present study evaluates the long-term (2 years) effects of combination therapy (mesalazine plus a probiotic blend of Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidus strain BGN4) on ulcerative colitis activity.METHOD: Sixty patients with moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis were enrolled: 30 of them were treated with a single daily oral administration of mesalazine 1200 mg; 30 patients received a single daily oral administration of mesalazine 1200 mg and a double daily administration of a probiotic blend of Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidus strain BGN4. The treatment was carried out for two years and the clinical response evaluated according to the Modified Mayo Disease Activity Index.RESULTS: All patients treated with combination therapy showed better improvement compared to the controls. In particular, the beneficial effects of probiotics were evident even after two years of treatment.CONCLUSIONS: A long-term treatment modality of anti-inflammatory drugs and probiotics is viable and could be an alternative to corticosteroids in mild-to moderate ulcerative colitis.

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Neonatal gut microbiome dysbiosis might promote CD4+ T cell dysfunction associated with childhood atopy. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nat Med. 2016 Sep 12. Epub 2016 Sep 12. PMID: 27618652 Abstract Title:  Neonatal gut microbiota associates with childhood multisensitized atopy and T cell differentiation. Abstract:  Gut microbiota bacterial depletions and altered metabolic activity at 3 months are implicated in childhood atopy and asthma. We hypothesized that compositionally distinct human neonatal gut microbiota (NGM) exist, and are differentially related to relative risk (RR) of childhood atopy and asthma. Using stool samples (n = 298; aged 1-11 months) from a US birth cohort and 16S rRNA sequencing, neonates (median age, 35 d) were divisible into three microbiota composition states (NGM1-3). Each incurred a substantially different RR for multisensitized atopy at age 2 years and doctor-diagnosed asthma at age 4 years. The highest risk group, labeled NGM3, showed lower relative abundance of certain bacteria (for example, Bifidobacterium, Akkermansia and Faecalibacterium), higher relative abundance of particular fungi (Candida and Rhodotorula) and a distinct fecal metabolome enriched for pro-inflammatory metabolites. Ex vivo culture of human adult peripheral T cells with sterile fecal water from NGM3 subjects increased the proportion of CD4(+) cells producing interleukin (IL)-4 and reduced the relative abundance of CD4(+)CD25(+)FOXP3(+) cells. 12,13-DiHOME, enriched in NGM3 versus lower-risk NGM states, recapitulated the effect of NGM3 fecal water on relative CD4(+)CD25(+)FOXP3(+) cell abundance. These findings suggest that neonatal gut microbiome dysbiosis might promote CD4(+) T cell dysfunction associated with childhood atopy.

04:23

Former CIA Officer Blows The Whistle On Government Criminality Geoengineering Watch

kevin-shippDane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org Do we have a country with a "government"? Or do we have a "government" with a country? The latter is the case, as our government has clearly long since become nothing more than an unimaginably massive criminal cabal. Our government is a tool of enforcement for those who print the money, the central bankers. The CIA

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Journal to retract study declaring safety of asbestos roofs: Report Retraction Watch

Only a few months after publication, an environmental journal has told an activist group it plans to retract a paper about the safety of roofing products containing asbestos after facing heavy criticism. This summer, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH) received multiple letters asking the to retract the paper. Critics of the paper — which concluded […]

The post Journal to retract study declaring safety of asbestos roofs: Report appeared first on Retraction Watch.

02:46

Biotech Giants Bayer and Monsanto Sign Mammoth Merger Agreement Natural Society

The agritech world got a lot bigger this week when German chemical giant Bayer inked an agreement to acquire Monsanto for $66 billion in cash. The 2 companies had been bickering for months, and this was the 3rd refurbished offer. In the end, Bayer agreed to pay $128 per share, up from the company’s previous offer of $127.50. [1]

The agreement makes it the largest all-cash deal on record.

Markus Manns of Union Investment, one of Bayer’s top 12 investors, said:

“Bayer’s competitors are merging, so not doing this deal would mean having a competitive disadvantage.”

Details of the Merger

Among the terms included in the merger is a $2 billion breakup fee that Bayer would pay to Monsanto should U.S. and/or European anti-trust concerns cause the transaction to fall through. Analysts say the proposed merger faces will likely face an intense and protracted regulatory process in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and the European Union (EU). [2]

Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said the companies will need to file in about 30 jurisdictions for the merger.

On September 13, Bernstein Research analysts said they only saw a 50% chance of the proposed merger winning regulatory clearance, though a survey among investors put the likelihood at 70%. [1]

What a Merger Would Mean for Food

Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto will give the company more than 1/4 of the world market for seeds and pesticides. That means less industry competition, higher seed prices, and as a result, higher food prices. Let me break it down a bit.

Bayer seeks to combine its crop chemicals business – the world’s second-largest behind Syngenta AG – with Monsanto’s seed business to make it the go-to place for farmers. Everything they need would be in 1 place.

But because Bayer will be a one-stop shop, they will have the power to sell seeds at insanely high prices – ones that would be burdensome to many farmers, who are already struggling.

John Colley, a professor at Warwick Business School, said:

“Bayer’s acquisition of ‘Frankenstein’ crop producer Monsanto could be a horror story for both Bayer and its customers: the farmers. The farmers will lose out as product ranges are rationalized and attempts are made to increase prices.” [3]

The farmers have to make up for the higher costs somehow, so they will have to slap a bigger price tag on their crops.

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Read: Farmers Reject GM Seeds, Citing High Costs and Few Benefits

Professor Radhakrishnan Gopalan, a professor at the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, explained:

“[Food] will definitely get more expensive. I’m guessing all over, because it’s not just this merger. Any consolidation is not good for consumers.”

That’s right, the industry is about to shrink even more.

U.S. chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont plan to merge and may later transform their respective seeds and crop chemicals operations...

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Statin treatment increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 46%. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Diabetologia. 2015 May ;58(5):1109-17. Epub 2015 Mar 10. PMID: 25754552 Abstract Title:  Increased risk of diabetes with statin treatment is associated with impaired insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion: a 6 year follow-up study of the METSIM cohort. Abstract:  AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this work was to investigate the mechanisms underlying the risk of type 2 diabetes associated with statin treatment in the population-based Metabolic Syndrome in Men (METSIM) cohort.METHODS: A total of 8,749 non-diabetic participants, aged 45-73 years, were followed up for 5.9 years. New diabetes was diagnosed in 625 men by means of an OGTT, HbA1c ≥6.5% (48 mmol/mol) or glucose-lowering medication started during the follow-up. Insulin sensitivity and secretion were evaluated with OGTT-derived indices.RESULTS: Participants on statin treatment (N = 2,142) had a 46% increased risk of type 2 diabetes (adjusted HR 1.46 [95% CI 1.22, 1.74]). The risk was dose dependent for simvastatin and atorvastatin. Statin treatment significantly increased 2 h glucose (2hPG) and glucose AUC of an OGTT at follow-up, with a nominally significant increasein fasting plasma glucose (FPG). Insulin sensitivity was decreased by 24% and insulin secretion by 12% in individuals on statin treatment (at FPG and 2hPG

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Statin therapy deteriorates insulin sensitivity in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Clin Lipidol. 2016 Jul-Aug;10(4):1004-10. Epub 2016 May 10. PMID: 27578133 Abstract Title:  Statin treatment is associated with insulin sensitivity decrease in type 1 diabetes mellitus: A prospective, observational 56-month follow-up study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Statins are effective in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular events in individuals with and without diabetes. Emerging evidence, however, suggests that statins might reduce insulin sensitivity and secretion in healthy population and in type 2 diabetes.OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the effect of statin therapy introduction on insulin sensitivity in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM).METHODS: This prospective observational 56-month long study included 832 randomly selected T1DM patients aged 25 to 61 years. Uncontrolled dyslipidemia and clinician-perceived need for treatment, rather than randomization, were basis for individuals being started on either atorvastatin or simvastatin (10-40 mg); N = 345, 41.47%. Patients on statin treatment were compared with those unexposed to statin. Insulinsensitivity was assessed using equation derived from euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp studies-estimated glucose disposal rate.RESULTS: Patients who started statin therapy (N = 345, 59.42% atorvastatin and 40.58% simvastatin) experienced a greater decrease in insulin sensitivity (19.27% vs 12.82% P

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Mackay: Do you support fluoridation? Let council know ahead of crucial vote Fluoride Action Network

MACKAY Regional Council will decide on the future of water fluoridation in the region in just over a week.

The council issued a statement this morning, confirming the vote will be decided at its next monthly Ordinary Meeting on September 28.

Meanwhile, the council has reminded residents time is running out for them to have their say on the future of the practice in the local government area.

A poll is being conducted on the council’s Connecting Mackay engagement portal.

The poll asks whether residents support or oppose adding fluoride to the public water supply.

Mayor Greg Williamson urged the community to have their say before the decision is made.

“We really want to get a clear indication of how our community views the fluoridation debate,” he said.

At time of publication 171 people had registered and voted, with 124 voting ‘no’ and 47 supporting water fluoridation.

The poll closes tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) at 5pm, with results set to be tabled at the September 28 meeting.

The engagement portal poll compliments the community forum held last Wednesday and a council-wide “random telephone survey of 1000 people, due to be conducted by company ReachTEL

“As a council we want to have as many tools at our disposal to reach a decision that is reflective of the community,” Cr Williamson said.

The council vote comes just weeks after the release of a new research review report by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

It asserts: “There is no evidence that water fluoridation within the current Australian range is associated with any negative health effects”.

The report unequivocally backs water fluoridation in Australia and says its “effective in reducing the occurrence and severity of tooth decay”.

Water fluoridation in Mackay

  • Mackay Regional Council says fluoride was first added to the Mackay water supply in 2009, after the Queensland Government made it mandatory for any town with a population of more than 1000 people.
  • It was added to the Sarina supply in 2010 and placed in the Marian/Mirani supply in late 2014, after the construction of a new water treatment plant in Marian.
  • In 2012, the LNP Government made it optional for councils to fluoridate public water supplies.

01:19

What 15 Almonds A Day Can Do For You GreenMedInfo

What 15 Almonds A Day Can Do For You

Almonds are familiar to many people as a healthy food, but how exactly do they affect our health? Rich in many compounds that can be lacking in a Standard American Diet (appropriately abbreviated S.A.D.), almonds can be a tasty solution to many of the chronic health conditions and diseases seen today.

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01:12

Comprehensive yogic practices are an effective modality for improving health and performance at high altitudes. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Altern Ther Health Med. 2016 Sep ;22(5):53-9. PMID: 27622961 Abstract Title:  Yoga Practice Improves Physiological and Biochemical Status at High Altitudes: A Prospective Case-control Study. Abstract:  UNLABELLED: Context• High altitude (HA) is a psychophysiological stressor for natives of lower altitudes. Reducing the morbidity and optimizing the performance of individuals deployed in an HA region has been attempted and reported with varied results. Objective • The present study intended to explore the effectsof comprehensive yogic practices on the health and performance of Indian soldiers deployed at HAs. Design • The research team designed a prospective, randomized, case-control study. SETTING: The study was done at Karu, Leh, India, at an altitude of 3445 m. Participants• Fully acclimatized soldiers in the Indian army were randomly selected from those posted to HA regions (ie, altitudes>3000 m). Intervention• The soldiers were divided into 2 groups of equal size. The first group, the control group, carried out the routine activities for physical training in the Indian army. The second group, the intervention group practiced a comprehensive yoga package, including physical asanas, pranayama, and meditation, and did not perform the physical training that the first group did. Both groups were monitored during their activities. Outcome Measures • A wide and comprehensive range of anthropometrical, physiological, biochemical, and psychological parameters were measured: (1) height and weight; (2) body fat percentage (BFP); (3) heart rate (HR); (4) respiratory rate (RR); (5) systolic and diastolic blood pressure (DPB); (6) peripheral saturation of oxygen; (7) end tidal CO2 (EtCO2); (8) chest expansion; (9) pulmonary function; (10) physical work capacity (VO2Max); (11) hematological variables;(12) lipid profile; (13) serum urea; (14) creatinine; (15) liver enzymes; (16) blood glucose; and (17) anxiety scores. Measurements were made at baseline and postintervention. Results • Two-hundred soldiers took part in the study. The yoga group showed a significant improvement in health indices and performance as compared with the control group. They had lower weights, BFPs, RRs, DBPs, and anxiety scores. They also had a significantly higher EtCO2, forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1), and VO2Max. Also, the yoga group showed a significant reduction in serum cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, triglycerides, and blood urea as compared with their preyoga levels and with the exercise group. Conclusions • Practice of yoga facilitates improvements in health and performance at HAs and is superior to routine training with physical exercises. Comprehensive yogic practices are an effective modality for improving health and performance at HAs.

00:45

Good News: Healthy Diet for Kids may Help Improve Reading Skills Natural Society

According to a new Finnish study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, a healthy diet in the first 3 years of school is linked to enhanced reading skills.

The study involved a collaboration between University of Eastern Finland and University of Jyväskylä. For the research, 161 Finnish children aged 6 to 8 were studied, with researchers following the participants through their journey from 1st to 3rd grade.

The children and their parents kept a food diary to analyze the nutrition they received during these years. A healthy diet was considered the Baltic Sea Diet and what the Finnish government recommends for its nutrition guidelines. This included a diet high in vegetables, fruit, berries, fish, and whole grains. Kept to a minimum on their diets were red meat, sugary products, and saturated fat. [1]

The children’s academic standards were gauged by the academic standards of their respective schools and by national standardized testing.

Read: Doing This for 30 Minutes a Day Could Add Years to Your Life

It was found that children with a healthier diet improved significantly in their reading skills from grade 1 to grades 2 and 3 than children who consumed more of the foods deemed unhealthy. However, the study showed that diet and reading skills didn’t seem to correlate in grade 1, but the healthier the diet, the more the improvement between then and the subsequent grades.

Researcher Eero Haapala, PhD, from the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Jyväskylä, stated:

“Another significant observation is that the associations of diet quality with reading skills were also independent of many confounding factors, such as socio-economic status, physical activity, body adiposity, and physical fitness.” [2]

Scientists have stated that this study further proves the need for a healthy diet in children. They hope this will further motivate schools and companies to provide their students and workers with a healthy and quality diet that is high in fruits and vegetables and low in sugar and unsaturated fats.

Finland has recently led the way in furthering children’s education by recommending that children get at least 3 hours of exercise per day. Studies and new research demonstrate that children who participate in aerobic activity each day perform better in school.

Sources:

[1] UPI

[2] Science Daily


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00:30

Muskoka Lakes maintains status quo on fluoridation Fluoride Action Network

PORT CARLING – Fluoride will stay in the Muskoka Lakes Township water supply.

That was the decision of township council at its Sept. 16 meeting as it struck down a recommendation from its committee of the whole to remove fluoridation from municipal water.

Council, in a recorded vote five to three, opted to keep fluoride in the water following two public presentations from experts in favour of keeping the additive.

The issue of fluoridation has been a hot topic in the region for years. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit opines that Muskoka has a lower rate of childhood cavities than non-fluoridated communities in Ontario because of fluoridation but some skeptics considered the difference insignificant.

Dr. Charles Gardner, the medical officer of health for the health unit, asked council to maintain fluoride in the water. Otherwise, he said, past experience indicated members would experience increased avoidable dental decay for children and probably for adults whose primary water source is the municipal water system, and the increase will be greatest among children from families of low incomes.

“At this point I would like to remind you that your council has historically supported community water fluoridation as a safe and cost-effective way of reducing dental decay,” he said. “As your medial officer of health I would urge you to continue community water fluoridation in the communities.”

Dr. Eric Luks, a Muskoka Lakes resident and dentist, told council the health concerns such as cancer and Down’s Syndrome caused by fluoridation have been reviewed frequently by governing bodies in the dental industry and there is no evidence between the additive and the conditions.

“I urge you to oppose the removal of fluoride from the water supply from this community. It would be disastrous for future generations and for your grandchildren,” he said.

Those opposed to the additive in the water system claim that half of Muskoka’s residents use wells rather than municipal water and there is no data that examines the difference in tooth decay rates between the two groups.

Coun. Terry Ledger was the most vocal in her support of the committee’s recommendation made last month, saying she believed everyone had a right to choose what anyone puts in his or her bodies.

“It is an additive, it is not required,” she said occasionally glancing at Gardiner who was still at the podium. “It is cheap and easy to put it in your water yourself if you want … I just don’t think (fluoridation) is fair and necessary. At the end of day, if fluoride in the water affects one person adversely, just one, or if one person has to deal with it, just one, it fails.”

Others, like Coun. Phil Harding, said he would rely on the professionals’ opinion in deciding how he would vote.

“I am going to look to the experts to our medial officer of health … I am going to look to those who in the know, in the community who deal with teeth every day, like Dr. Luks,” he said. “My vote will be to remain with fluoridated water.”

Mayor Don Furniss and councillors Allen Edwards, Gault McTaggart Jean-Ann Baranik and Harding voted against the committee’s recommendation, which would have removed fluoride. Councillors Ruth-Ellen Nishikawa, Donelda Kruckel and Ledger voted in favour of adopting the committee’s recommendation.

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Monday, 19 September

22:45

Light Beams May Replace Electricity in Heart Beat Disorders Natural Society

A team of scientists at the University of Johns Hopkins and Germany’s University of Bonn have found that beams of light can help replace electric shocks for patients who suffer from potentially fatal heart rhythm disorders. [1]

Currently, those who suffer from heart rhythm disorders wear devices that deliver electric shocks to the heart to coax it to begin beating normally again. These devices can also help restart a heart if it begins to fail, saving the patient from certain and sudden death. This can be incredibly painful for patients, and can even damage heart tissue.

If scientists can succeed in using light beams, helping a person’s heart get back to its normal rhythm will be totally painless and won’t do any further damage to the already ailing heart.

The researchers have been using optogenetics, which embeds light sensitive proteins into tissue. For this research, the scientists at the University of Bonn used the technology on genetically altered mice whose hearts had been engineered to express proteins that react to light. It was found that a one second pulse of light could actually restart a mouse’s heart and restore the rhythm to normalcy.

Tobias Bruegmann, one of the lead researchers and authors of the study at the University of Bonn, stated:

“This is a very important result. It shows for the first time experimentally that light can be used for defibrillation of cardiac arrhythmia.”

Read: New Blood Test Can Predict a Heart Attack Within 5 Years

While testing on animals gives scientists a very vague idea if the experiments performed can work on humans, it doesn’t always give a full picture. In order to verify that it could work on a human, a team at Johns Hopkins University worked to create a computer model of a human heart to test whether the light therapy would work on a human being. The computer model was created based on the MRI scans of a patient who had recently experienced a heart attack and was at risk for developing an arrhythmia. [2]

The team at Johns Hopkins found that the light pulses could help the human heart model, with red lights being more effective in humans and blue lights being more effective in mice. Blue lights have a much smaller wavelength, and are unable to penetrate the human heart.

The researchers indicated that it would take 5 to 10 years before it would be available to the public and it is still in the basic research phase.

Sources:

[1] UPI


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Sunday, 18 September

22:45

Is Your Smartphone Killing Your Sperm? Natural Society

A new review of several studies confirms that the radiation from cell phones can actually negatively impact a man’s sperm. This has been more so the case since these phones have begun to fit easily into men’s pockets, meaning the source is even closer to those family jewels.

The review of 27 scientific studies examining the effects of a cell phone on men’s reproduction shows that at least 21 of the studies demonstrate some form of negative effect. In most of the studies, it was shown that the radiation effects sperm mobility, and there is some evidence of DNA damage done to the sperm themselves. [1]

In an Israeli study earlier this year where 100 men were studied, it was found that 47% of men who kept their cell phones in their front pockets experienced low sperm levels, as opposed to 11% of the general male population who face this issue. The study also demonstrated that men who talked on the phone for an hour a day or more were twice as likely to have degraded sperm quality as those who did not speak on the phone that long.

The authors of the Israeli study believe that the issue is not necessarily radioactivity, but the heat from the phone can cause the sperm to literally “cook.” The heat from phones may be different as well depending on the model, as some are known more than others for their capacity of overheating.

Professor Martha Dirnfeld, of the Technion University in Haifa, who helped carry out the Israeli study, stated:

“The [sperm] levels were down to a number that would make conception difficult. If you are trying for a baby and it doesn’t happen within a year you might want to think of whether it could be your mobile phone habit that is to blame.”

Related: 10 Ways To Reduce Radiation from Cell Phone Use

Other research from the University of Exeter also pinpoints cell phones as having a detrimental effect on sperm counts, and suggests men who keep their phones in their front pockets find some other way to tote their device.

“The implications are likely to be greatest for subgroups of men with multiple exposures to different factors which act together to affect their sperm; and possibly for men who already have borderline fertility,” said researcher Fiona Mathews, PhD., discussing the findings of her work to the Huffington Post.

Researchers are concluding that they feel more intensive research is needed in order to come to more educated conclusion on the damage males might sustain from using their cell phone too often.

Sources:

[1] IFLScience


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Saturday, 17 September

23:08

San Diego Violates Fluoridation Law, Legal Action Taken Fluoride Action Network

San Diego’s city council violated State and City laws by adding unnecessary fluoride chemicals into the water, according to a Writ of Mandamus filed by attorney Bernard King on August 9, 2016 which asks the court to require the City to obey fluoridation laws.

San Diegans repeatedly voted against fluoridation.  San Diego Law (Section 67.0101) prohibits fluoridation.

However, a 1995 State law overrides the local law. Created and stealthily lobbied for by organized dentistry, the State law requires fluoridation in cities with 10,000 hookups only IF outside money is available (e.g. a source other than ratepayers or local taxpayers).

That outside money was used up in 2013. Now fluoridation costs ratepayers $500,000 yearly which clearly violates the State law. San Diego must revert back to its own voter-directed law prohibiting fluoridation.

Freedom-of-Information obtained documents reveal the dodgy, and maybe illegal, fluoridation funding e-mail discussions among city officials

Shortly before private funding was due to run out, the Public Utilities Department wrote that the decision to continue fluoridation “will be made by the Mayor requiring City Council approval.”

On March 20, 2013, the Public Utilities Director asked the Interim Chief Operating Officer for a “quick decision” on whether the City would continue to fluoridate “with the use of rate payer funds.”

On September 30, 2013, Public Utilities Deputy Director wrote that “Roger [Public Utilities Director] provided direction to continue fluoridation with Department funds after the grant funding was exhausted (~April 2013).  He consulted with both the Mayor’s office and City Attorney’s Office prior to making that decision.”

Thus, without bringing the issue to the City Council or the public, the Public Utilities Director and the Mayor decided to continue to fluoridate at an estimated cost of $500,000 per year at ratepayers’ expense – in violation of State law.

Moreover, City staff removed the fluoridation discussion from the Independent Rates Oversight Committee [IROC]’s Agenda with direction to  “Just send an email to the committee members indicating that fluoridation will continue at all three plants and is the budgeted in our Water O & M [Operations & Maintenance] account.  Don’t say Roger directed it.”

It’s no surprise that city officials fought hard to keep these emails secret.

Petitioner Dr. David Kennedy said, “I submitted an open records request September 2013. They did everything possible to avoid complying with my request. Even after a judge ruled in our favor in November 2013, the City refused to release these emails.  Only after I hired a referee were the documents released. The City paid me back my $4700 that I paid for the referee and paid attorney Bernard King $75,000, about half his normal fee.”

Attorney Bernard King, in a November 17, 2015 letter to the San Diego City Council (which was ignored), wrote: “Section 67.0101 prohibits fluoridation. The City should respect the will of the voters.  But even if the City could ignore the will of the voters, it should at least present its choice to the City Council at a public meeting, rather than make the decision quietly out of the public’s view.  Lastly, the City should give the ratepayers a Prop. 218 (“Right to Vote on Taxes Act”) notice before diverting ratepayers’ money toward an unnecessary $500,000 annual expenditure.”

21:45

Sex-Crazed Tortoise Single-Handedly Saves His Species Natural Society

Meet Diego the Giant Tortoise. He may be over 100 years old, but that hasn’t stopped this sex-crazed tortoise from almost single-handedly saving his entire species. The tortoise from the Chelonoidis hoodensis subspecies, who hails from the island of Española, has fathered over 800 children. He is now the father of at least 40% of his species that are released into the wild. [1]

Diego spent a large chunk of his life living on display in the San Diego Zoo. But noting his strong sexual appetite, he was moved to the island in 1976 to help repopulate the dwindling species. Before he arrived, the island only contained two male and 12 female members of his species. But these tortoises were too far away from one another to reproduce. [2]

Enter Diego. He was placed in a breeding center on Santa Cruz Island where he shares a space with six other females.

Washington Tapia, a tortoise preservation specialist at Galapagos National Park, said of the centenarian’s exploits:

“He’s a very sexually active male reproducer. He’s contributed enormously to repopulating the island.”

Before Diego entered the scene, the subspecies was facing extinction. But thanks, in part, to Diego’s exploits, there are now 2,000 tortoises that have been released into the wild.

Related: Stanford Biologist Warns: Early Signs of Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction in Progress

Since 1859, the Galapagos Islands have lost between 100,000 and 200,000 due to tourism and the overexploitation of the subspecies. Today, only 20,000 wild tortoises with between 12 to 14 subspecies that are still on the island.

Tapia also stated:

I wouldn’t say (the species) is in perfect health, because historical records show there probably used to be more than 5,000 tortoises on the island. But it’s a population that’s in pretty good shape—and growing, which is the most important.

There are 15 species of giant tortoise that are thought to have originated on the Galapagos Islands. However, at least three have gone extinct, thanks to the exploits of 18th century pirates.

Diego has certainly showed himself to be a star, as not all endangered animals have contributed to the continuation of their species in his manner. The last member of the Chelonoidis abingdoni subspecies died in 2012 when he refused to breed. Because of his refusal to participate in carnal activity, he was dubbed “Lonesome George.”

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[1] IFLScience

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06:23

How Sick Americans Blame the Sugar Industry for Their Own Gluttony The People's Chemist

…I’m getting a heavy dose of emails asking me if I’ve seen the recent news, “How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat.”

I’m not a total hermit.

I saw the paper in JAMA.

However, my Give-O-Fuck meter didn’t budge.

It was almost 20 years ago that I received a master’s degree in organic chemistry.

Before that, I was hustling steroids across the border at 15 years old to make a buck from wanna-be high school wrestlers.  Even earlier, I cured myself of “hypoglycemia” (low blood sugar) at age 14, after a “doctor” prescribed me more candy to ramp up my dwindling blood sugar. (See FREE report at www.TheSugarDetox.com)

…And even before that, I knew sugar was bad.

Who doesn’t!???  “I thought sugar was good for you,” said nobody, ever!

Among the articles revelations, it revealed that Coca-Cola provided millions of dollars in funding to researchers who sought to play down the link between sugary drinks and obesity.” It also showed how candy makers targeted parents by “funding studies that claimed that children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who do not.”

Wow, really!?  You mean corporate America used their piles of cash to pay for research that conveniently showed their products to be sales-worthy?

In 10 years the public will finally learn how Pfizer paid for research to hide the side-effects of statins – low testosterone, diabetes, cancer and the muscle wasting disease.

In two decades the same article will be showing how the US Govt. used global warming scare tactics to pass rules and regulations in favor of bigger government less freedom.  (But, not until they milk terrorism to death.)

Fact is, hundreds of millions of people in America love to shift blame and distract themselves away from the real issue. “How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat” does precisely that…and people are loving it.

The real issue is that NOBODY is taking responsibility for their own fucking actions. Everybody would rather waste time pointing the finger.

The title should have been, “How Sick Americans Blame the Sugar Industry for Gluttony.”

That would’ve spiked the needle on my GOF Meter.  No doubt, you’d read how countless numbers of people willfully choke down organic yogurts, sports bars, protein powders and “almond milk,” without a care in the world to the content of cane sugar…and then blame their government for not telling them it’s the chief cause of their beer belly, muffin tops and sagging asses…

Whole Foods could be the centerpiece as the worst offender. (Slap natural or organic on the sugary food and you have an instant bestseller.)

I can’t help but see parallels in the so-called “student loan crisis” — where millions of students borrow huge sums of money they can’t afford to pay back, and then blame predatory lenders (or someone else) for their financial downfall.  These people learned everything about parallelograms, algorithms, Beowulf, how to upload photos on Facebook, and the Civil War — but they never spent a single hour learning financial responsibility.

Somehow, they expect loans to be forgiven or reduced?!?…and the red carpet to be magically rolled out at graduation?!?

Sugar comes with consequences that everyone, by now, should fucking know about: obesity, depression, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. End of story. If you eat it, you openly invite these diseases into your life.  Start reading the fine print on your nutrition labels.  If it has cane sugar in it, ditch it.

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23:31

The Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps Include Cleaner Air, Sinuses and More AltHealthWorks.com

 

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