Sunday, July 15, 2018

Don't Drink the Water: DC Warns Thousands of Contamination Risk

Kool-Aid Included:)Don't Drink the Water: DC Warns Thousands of Contamination RiskDC Water is advising tens of thousands of residents and businesses in a major portion of the city not to drink or cook with tap water without boiling it because of a contamination risk.NBC

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McDonald's Pulls Salads From 3,000 Restaurants Amid Cyclospora Illnesses

McDonald's Pulls Salads From 3,000 Restaurants Amid Cyclospora IllnessesMcDonald’s Corp. removed salads from 3,000 restaurants in 14 states after the products were linked to gastrointestinal illnesses in Iowa and Illinois.Wall Street Journal

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Why Right vs Left is Good vs Evil | Trump London Protests - Transgender Children? NO. - Rogan and Benjamin on trans babies



Why Right vs Left is Good vs Evil | Trump London Protests - Transgender Children? NO. - Rogan and Benjamin on trans babies

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Transgenderism is Ideology NOT Science! (Dr. Leonard Sax Uncut) | Louder With Crowder:

http://welcometohealth.blogspot.com/2018/07/transgenderism-is-ideology-not-science.html

LGBT activists slam ‘the most important psychiatrist of the last half-century’ because he debunks transgender ideology:

http://welcometohealth.blogspot.com/2017/08/lgbt-activists-slam-most-important.html

BREAKING: Lawsuit Exposes Vaccine Immunity Fraud by HHS

Scientific American Confirms: Atrazine Herbicide is a “Sex-Changing Weed Killer” that Turns Male Frogs GAY

A scientific study has reaffirmed that a popular weedkiller manufactured by Syngenta and used on crop fields all across the United States is so damaging to the endocrine system that it can actually turn natural-born males into females.

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the paper by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley found that African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) exposed to just 2.5 parts per billion (ppb) of atrazine for three years – a level below the 3 ppb allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in human drinking water – ended up losing their maleness and becoming chemically castrated.

Of the 40 frogs that were included as part of the experiment, 30 could no longer reproduce after 36 months of exposure to atrazine. Meanwhile, four of the frogs actually turned from male to female, and proceeded to mate with other males and successfully produce viable eggs – even though they were all born as natural males at the beginning of the study.

Only six of the 40 frogs were in any way normal at the conclusion of the study, suggesting an 85 percent damage rate resulting from exposure to atrazine at levels below what the federal government has deemed as “safe” for humans.

Just to be sure that the results weren’t erroneous, the researchers made sure to use male frogs with only ZZ sex chromosomes, meaning they couldn’t possibly have been hermaphrodites at the study’s outset. All 40 of the frogs were, in fact, males, and no other factor besides the atrazine, at least as far as this particular study is concerned, could have impacted their transitions from male to female.
https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-07-10-scientific-american-confirms-atrazine-herbicide-is-a-sex-changing-weed-killer-that-turns-male-frogs-gay.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 14th, 2018.]

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'EVERYONE CAN GET STRONGER!' (Brian Shaw Uncut) | Louder With Crowder

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Transgenderism is Ideology NOT Science! (Dr. Leonard Sax Uncut) | Louder With Crowder



Transgenderism is Ideology NOT Science! (Dr. Leonard Sax Uncut) | Louder With Crowder

Related:

LGBT activists slam ‘the most important psychiatrist of the last half-century’ because he debunks transgender ideology:

http://welcometohealth.blogspot.com/2017/08/lgbt-activists-slam-most-important.html

President Trump IMPORTANT Press Briefing on FART ACT to Abandon WTO Rules - Independence Day Rough Cuts.The Dan Bongino Show. - New World Order and the WTO - truth about world trade



http://fortune.com/2018/07/02/trump-wto-exit-bill-trade-agreements/
https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/era-american-complacency-trade/
https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/free-fair-trade-american-workers-businesses/
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trumps-policy-agenda-annual-report-free-fair-reciprocal-trade/



President Trump IMPORTANT Press Briefing on FART ACT to Abandon WTO Rules - Independence Day Rough Cuts.The Dan Bongino Show. - New World Order and the WTO - truth about world trade

Mike MCDaniel
The FART Act, a GOOD Push for Capitalism!

I can read THE Bible
Can't wait to hear Chuckie Schummer say: "We must not pass FART!!"

John Wallace
Fair And Reciprocal Trade act. FART with China, FART with Europe, FART with Canada. No crap!

rstone7727
The FART act passed easily..

jules believer
Oh it was on purpose! Trump is the greatest TROLL to the MSM there ever has been! rotfl! CNN either has to say the act is fair and reciprocal or they have to say FART! BEAUTIFUL!

Dave Burr
Thanks Dan, I'll do my part to Make America FART Again!

James Martinelli
Media will have to say the entire title: The Fair and Reciprocal Trade Act. Brilliant strategy! Great promotion! Genius !

Howlingmad Mudduck
I am old enough to have learned never trust a fart

Laughing Oldwoman
fart jokes hahaha


July 4, 2018: Independence Day Rough Cuts


In this episode I discuss some of the tips I learned in the Secret Service for preparedness along with some fitness tips.
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

BOOM! Trump’s DOJ criminally charges 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses raking in billions in medical fraud to push toxic drugs

06/29/2018 / By 

President Trump is draining the “medical swamp.” The U.S. health care system is plagued by rampant fraud, abuse and profiteering carried out by dishonest doctors and pharmacists. In working to combat the rampant fraud, the DOJ has announced an unprecedented crackdown on medical fraud, charging over 600 people with criminal activities that involved over $2 billion medical fraud.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered prepared remarks, saying, “This year we are charging 601 people, including 76 doctors, 23 pharmacists, 19 nurses, and other medical personnel with more than $2 billion in medical fraud. In this latest operation, with the help of our fabulous partners at HHS, we have charged another 162 people—including 32 doctors—with the illegal distribution of opioids. This is the most doctors, the most medical personnel, and the most fraud that the Department of Justice has ever taken on in any single law enforcement action.  This is the most defendants we’ve ever charged with health care fraud.  It’s also the most opioid-related fraud defendants we’ve ever charged in a single enforcement action.”
One doctor, explained Sessions, defrauded Medicare of over $112 million, “distributing 2.2 million unnecessary doses of drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl.” (See Opioids.news for more coverage of opioid drugs. Another site launching soon is BadDoctors.news.)

Yet more proof that the failed pharma-central health care system is a massive criminal drug racket

This massive sweep of criminal charges shows that, in many ways, the U.S. health care system is a massive criminal drug racket run by criminal doctors and drug companieswho all profit from the mass poisoning of the American people. The fact that 76 doctors and 23 pharmacists are named in these indictments is further proof that many so-called “health care” professionals are nothing but glorified drug dealers.
“We are sending a clear message to criminals across the country,” added Sessions. “[W]e will find you. We will bring you to justice.  And you will pay a very high price for what you have done.”
#MAGA has arrived on the health care scene, and the DOJ is mean as a wolverine when it comes to healthcare fraud.
Now, if we could only get Sessions to issue 600+ indictments for the Clinton Foundationracketeering fraud and other deep state swamp creatures, then we’d really be making progress in this country.
It’s also time for Sessions to join the 21st century and de-list cannabis from being a Schedule I drug.

http://trump.news/2018-06-29-trumps-doj-criminally-charges-doctors-pharmacists-nurses-medical-fraud-drugs.html

Monday, June 18, 2018

A virus is now airborne in China that kills 40% of humans that catch it! Learn the rest of the story



A virus is now airborne in China that kills 40% of humans that catch it! Learn the rest of the story

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akcandlemaker
If you suspect an airborne disease, then you should add some essential lemon drops to a cup or two of water in a bottle...shake it up real good, then soak a bandanna or an air mask in it...wring out the water, then put it over mouth and nose. The lemon oil will kill 99% of all airborne bacteria.

Related:

How to Beat and Prevent the Avian Flu and Other Influenzas:

https://www.naturalnews.com/023087_flu_tea_oil.html#

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Deadly Bird Flu That Kills 40% of Humans Now Airborne In China, Scientists Fear End Of Humanity - Disease X Hits China: New Strain Of Bird Flu Kills 40% Of Those Who Contract, Could Kill 4 Billion



Deadly Bird Flu That Kills 40% of Humans Now Airborne In China, Scientists Fear End Of Humanity - Disease X Hits China: New Strain Of Bird Flu Kills 40% Of Those Who Contract, Could Kill 4 Billion

akcandlemaker
If you suspect an airborne disease, then you should add some essential lemon drops to a cup or two of water in a bottle...shake it up real good, then soak a bandanna or an air mask in it...wring out the water, then put it over mouth and nose. The lemon oil will kill 99% of all airborne bacteria.

Related:

How to Beat and Prevent the Avian Flu and Other Influenzas:

https://www.naturalnews.com/023087_flu_tea_oil.html#

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pesticides making America STUPID: Agricultural chemicals found to lower the IQ of children

If you’re expecting a baby or considering starting a family soon, you’ve probably been reading up on how to give your child the best start in life. You probably wouldn’t dream of lighting up a cigarette or getting drunk while you’re pregnant, but you could very well be doing something that can be quite harmful to your unborn child if you’re being exposed to pesticides.

This isn’t a warning that only applies to farm workers; 33 million pounds of organophosphate pesticides were used in the U.S. in 2007 alone, putting countless people at risk.

Three studies that examined children from very different backgrounds all reached the same conclusion: Prenatal exposure to these pesticides can have a significant long-term adverse effect on a child’s brain health, and it doesn’t matter if that exposure came from crops or cockroach control products. We’re not talking about a small difference, either; the exposure lowered children’s IQ by as many as seven points!

In the two studies that took place in New York, inner-city children aged 6 to 9 who had been born to mothers who were exposed to chlorpyrifos noted working memory decreases of 2.8 percent and IQ drops of 1.4 percent for every increment of exposure. This means the effect is linear; those who had higher levels of exposure experienced more negative effects on cognition. It’s a drop that can cause serious problems in math and reading.

Another study, this one carried out in California, looked at 300 children who lived in Monterey County agricultural communities where organophosphates were sprayed on crops and wind drift made exposure even worse. Their mothers had been studied during pregnancy to assess the organophosphate metabolites in their systems to determine their exposure. Their offspring underwent tests during childhood that included intelligence tests.

The researchers in this study found that for each 10-fold rise in organophosphates detected during pregnancy, the children had a 5.5-point decrease in their IQ score. Once again, the degree of the mother’s exposure influenced the extent of the damage. The findings held true even after researchers made adjustments for factors like family income, exposure to other pollutants, and maternal education levels.

One study that was part of a European Parliament review estimated that 13 million IQ points are lost each year because of pesticide use, a figure that the report believes could actually be an underestimate. It’s hard to quantify these effects, but it’s clear that this is something everyone should go out of their way to avoid.
https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-06-10-pesticides-stupid-agricultural-chemicals-lower-iq-of-children.html

The message here is to eat organic food.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 14th, 2018.]

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Alternative Health/ Hostile Alien Encounters

DATEMonday - June 11, 2018
HOSTGeorge Noory
GUESTSDr. Joel WallachTimothy Green Beckley

In the first half, Dr. Joel Wallach addressed alternative health approaches and the benefits of remedies and supplements that aid in the body's recovery from many diseases and ailments. Speaking of diet, the long-term problem with oils, even healthy ones like coconut and olive, is that they oxidize and turn into trans fat which leads to plaque in the arteries, he suggested. The problem of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis is associated with a deficiency of Omega-3's, essential fatty oils, said Wallach. Omega-3 supplements typically contain such ingredients as fish oil or flax.
For the issue of bone spurs or osteoporosis, he recommended the supplement MSM, which helps support bones, joints, and ligaments. To check for toxic exposures, Dr. Wallach advised taking a hair analysis test, which can reveal problems. For a case of mercury poisoning, he said that selenium could be helpful. He also cited selenium as one of several supplements that can fend off depression and OCD, which he associates with a mineral deficiency. He connected suicidal impulses with a lack of the mineral lithium orotate.
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Timothy Green Beckley's latest work reveals that UFOs are not necessarily piloted by friendly ETs. Some of the craft and their crew seem hostile toward earthlings. They have shot down planes, zapped and even killed humans, and caused massive blackouts. In the latter half, he recounted several cases, one of which occurred in Manitoba, Canada in 1967. An industrial mechanic/miner named Stefan Michalak was prospecting for silver near Falcon Lake when he saw two cigar-shaped craft emitting a red glow and then one landing on a flat section of rock.
Michalak decided to investigate and moved closer. There was a bright flash and he was subsequently hit by a blast of air or gas. Disoriented, he made his way out of the area. Eventually, he was treated at a hospital for burns to his chest and stomach. More on the case, including photos and sketches here. Beckley also shared an odd account that took place in the Everglades in 1953, when a scoutmaster saw a globe-like light in the palmetto trees that he thought might have been a downed craft. As he used a machete to get near the object, he was blasted by a kind of heat ray and ended up hospitalized for burns. Also discussed were such incidents as Cash-Landrum, the Battle of Los Angeles, and the 1965 Blackout, in which actor Stuart Whitman claimedto have heard a voice outside the window of his Central Park hotel. The voice informed him that its group was behind the blackout and it was a demonstration of their power.
News segment guests: Charles R. SmithSteve Kates

https://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2018/06/11

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Gerald Celente talks about what is currently happening with medical marijuana and the natural healing benefits.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Christian Cake Baker Vindicated By Supreme Court Decision in Gay Wedding Discrimination Case - Supreme Court sides with Christian baker who spurned couple - Media Obsesses Over Gay Wedding Cake, While Cellphones Keep Causing Cancer



Christian Cake Baker Vindicated By Supreme Court Decision in Gay Wedding Discrimination Case - Supreme Court sides with Christian baker who spurned couple - Media Obsesses Over Gay Wedding Cake, While Cellphones Keep Causing Cancer

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Drudge: ‘New Low’ for Ambien Maker to Mock Roseanne ‘While They Drug a Generation



http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/05/30/matt-drudge-ambien-maker-mocking-roseanne-as-they-drug-a-generation-is-new-low/

Drudge Highlights Ambien Side Effects After Company Mocks Roseanne - Drudge: ‘New Low’ for Ambien Maker to Mock Roseanne ‘While They Drug a Generation

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http://trumpisright.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-roseanne-media-martyrdom-explained.html

‘The Right To Try' Another Trump Promise Kept - President Donald Trump Signs 'Right To Try' Act That Helps Terminally Ill Patients - Watch Trump Sign ‘The Right To Try’ Act And Save Millions




‘The Right To Try' Another Trump Promise Kept - President Donald Trump Signs 'Right To Try' Act That Helps Terminally Ill Patients - Watch Trump Sign ‘The Right To Try’ Act And Save Millions

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http://trumpisright.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-right-to-try-bill-is-right-idea.html

Friday, May 25, 2018

WHO: DRC Ebola Outbreak on a 'Knife's Edge' as Urban Cases Rise

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo has the clear "potential to expand" as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, the World Health Organization warned.
 
Health workers' response is on an "epidemiological knife's edge" after the number of people stricken with Ebola in the DRC rose to 28 since an outbreak was detected earlier this month, said WHO Deputy Director Peter Salama, in comments made on Wednesday at a conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
Seven of the confirmed cases were in urban settings.
 
"The next few weeks will really tell if this outbreak is going to expand to urban areas or if we're going to be able to keep it under control," Salama said.

Following the meeting, Salama told AFP news agency the outbreak "could go either way" in coming weeks.

"We are working around the clock to make sure it [goes] in the right direction," he said.

The average fatality rate among those infected with Ebola, which has no proven cure, is about 50 percent, according to WHO. 

DRC's most recent Ebola outbreak - its ninth since the disease was first identified in 1976 - initially appeared to be confined in a rural setting near the town of Bikoro, in the central African nation's northwestern Equateur Province.

But a confirmed instance of the virus last week in the city of Mbandaka, home to 1.2 million people and about 150km away from Bikoro, plunged the ongoing crisis into a "new phase", the DRC's Health Minister Oly Ilunga said last week. 

Twenty-seven people have died and at least 58 others in DRC's northwest have shown Ebola symptoms since it was identified on May 8, according to the health ministry.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/drc-ebola-outbreak-knife-edge-urban-cases-rise-180523134122470.html

The big problem is that the virus has a 21 day incubation period. This makes it difficult to determine the spread of the disease based on the symptomatic patients. This is why quarantine efforts are so important.

Related:

3 Ebola-infected detainees escape forced quarantine, take a stroll through big city, 2 die, 1 recaptured

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 25th, 2018.]

LANDMARK LAWSUIT CLAIMS MONSANTO HID CANCER DANGER OF WEEDKILLER FOR DECADES

At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.  

Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific evidence related to what caused Johnson’s cancer, but allegations that Monsanto suppressed evidence of the risks of its weed killing products. Karnow ruled that the trial will proceed and a jury would be allowed to consider possible punitive damages.

“The internal correspondence noted by Johnson could support a jury finding that Monsanto has long been aware of the risk that its glyphosate-based herbicides are carcinogenic … but has continuously sought to influence the scientific literature to prevent its internal concerns from reaching the public sphere and to bolster its defenses in products liability actions,” Karnow wrote. “Thus there are triable issues of material fact.”
https://www.blacklistednews.com/article/66015/landmark-lawsuit-claims-monsanto-hid-cancer-danger-of-weedkiller-for.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 25th, 2018.]

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gardasil HPV Vaccine Has Tripled Cervical Cancer In North America



Gardasil HPV Vaccine Has Tripled Cervical Cancer In North America

Neonatal Hepatitis B Vaccine, The Autism Influencer From Day One Of Life?

Is the U.S.-mandated Hepatitis B vaccine administered to newborn infants within 24 hours of birth the initial ‘impact’ vaccine for ‘programming’ a child’s unfortunate decline into the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

The answer to that question is a resounding “YES” according to a 2016 peer review study titled, Neonatal hepatitis B vaccination impaired the behavior and neurogenesis of mice transiently in early adulthood published in the Elsevier peer review journalPsychoneuroendochrinology.

The extensive research on mice brains published above indicates what the CDC/FDA should have found and warned against as part of the licensing procedures for the Hepatitis B vaccine introduced as a recommended infant/childhood vaccine way back in 1991, when “the first dose was recommended to be administered at birth before hospital discharge or at age 1–2 months.” [3]

That apparent default by the ever-increasing-malfeasance being exposed on the part of the CDC/FDA’s either ineptness or reliance upon what’s known as “consensus science,” is proof of the absolute need for the dismantling of a federal U.S. health agency—listed on the U.S. Stock Exchange (NASDAQ) [4]—by Congress, who has oversight.

Congress should be investigating the role a ‘premiere’ U.S. federal health agency has in the ‘promoting’ of false science, or their lack of due diligence to protect U.S. citizens, all while dispensing fraudulent and/or pseudoscience to the World Health Organization and other nation states’ health agencies, which rely upon false and misleading vaccine ‘science’.

According to the J.B. Handley Blog of May 10, 2018“Vax-Unvax study of mice implicates Hepatitis B vaccine, media silent,” (the first study that ever looked at the impact ANY vaccine might have on the brains of mice):

This work reveals for the first time that early HBV vaccination induces impairments in behavior and hippocampal neurogenesis. This work provides innovative data supporting the long suspected potential association of HBV with certain neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and multiple sclerosis. [1-2] [CJF emphasis]
The statistically outrageous fact about the Hep B neonatal vaccine is that it is administered to approximately 70% of neonates WORLDWIDE!

According to Dr. Yao, the Hep B vaccine effects administered to mice indicated:

  1. The HBV vaccine negatively impacted the behavior of mice.
  2. The HBV vaccine mice experienced a spike in the cytokine IL-6.
  3. It took time for the neurological impact of HBV vaccine to manifest. [Therefore, the argument of no “correlation and causation” needs to be rejected totally.]
  4. They concluded with a statement that, in a sane world, would prompt the immediate cessation of Hepatitis B vaccine administration to babies. [1]
Annual immunization costs have gone from $100 per child in 1986 to $2,192 per child in 2015, the Times noted, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Times described vaccination costs today as ‘soaring’. [5] [That was in June 2015; what’s it in 2018?]

Question: Do the CDC/FDA function as ‘sane’ health agencies since they are financially supported by the pharmaceutical industry [6]; controlled by vested interests [7]; and even own patents on 54 vaccines [8]?—a definite conflict of interest!
https://www.naturalblaze.com/2018/05/neonatal-hepatitis-b-vaccine-the-autism-influencer-from-day-one-of-life.html

The bottom line with the rise in Autism is that it is caused by contaminants found in our environment. There may be many separate sources of contamination. The Hep B Vaccine may be one of them (a significant contributor). We are looking at damage to the neurological development of our children and the cover-up of what is happening to protect the profits of giant pharmaceutical companies.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 17th, 2018.]

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Grassroots Organization Is Teaching American’s How To Garden

One of the first steps in breaking free of the modern consumerist system is to learn to grow your own food.



Grassroots Organization Is Teaching American’s How To Garden

BREAKING: Cell Phones Turn Cars Into Microwaves Ovens



BREAKING: Cell Phones Turn Cars Into Microwaves Ovens

Monday, May 7, 2018

Orlistat Marketed as Alli is a Big, Fat Lie - Diet Drugs Work: Why Won’t Doctors Prescribe Them?

...The greatest alarm about Orlistat is its carcinogenic potential. Beginning with the list of inactive ingredients there are two known toxins—FD&C blue and the solvent Sodium Laruel Sulfate (SLS). FD&C blue is a coal tar dye, which contains heavy metals and is a possible endocrine disruptor. The greatest risk of Orlistat is that studies of the prescription version Xenical revealed that it clearly causes pre-cancerous lesions of the colon (aberrant crypt foci or ACF). On April 10, 2006 Public Citizen (the public advocacy organization that helped inform the public about the risks of Vioxx and Ephedra) petitioned the FDA, urging them to remove Xenical from the market. Despite the known hazards, the FDA not only kept Xenical on the market, it approved the OTC version Orlistat. It is shocking that despite the clinical evidence of the carcinogenic properties of the drug that the FDA has not taken a stand to protect consumers. Buyer beware.

More:

https://www.naturalnews.com/022164_orlistat_weight_health.html

Diet Drugs Work: Why Won’t Doctors Prescribe Them?
By Suzanne Koven
https://www.newyorker.com

The woman sat on my exam table and pointed to her snug paper gown. “Doctor,” she said, “I need your help losing weight.”
I spent the next several minutes speaking with her about diet and exercise, the health risks of obesity, and the benefits of weight loss—a talk I’ve been having with my patients for more than twenty years. But, like the majority of Americans, most of my patients remain overweight.
Afterward, I realized that what my patient wanted was a pill that would make her lose weight. I could have prescribed her one of four drugs currently approved by the F.D.A.: two, phentermine and orlistat, that have been around for more than a decade, and two others, Belviq (lorcaserin) and Qsymia (a combination of phentermine and topiramate), that have recently come onto the market and are the first ever approved for long-term use. (Ian Parker wrote about the F.D.A.’s approval process for new medications in this week’s issue.) The drugs work by suppressing appetite, by increasing metabolism, and by other mechanisms that are not yet fully understood. These new drugs, along with beloranib—which produces more dramatic weight loss than anything currently available but is still undergoing clinical trials—were discussed with great excitement last month by experts and researchers at the international Obesity Week conference in Atlanta.
But I’ve never prescribed diet drugs, and few doctors in my primary-care practice have, either. Donna Ryan, an obesity specialist at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, has found that only a small percentage of the doctors she has surveyed regularly prescribe any of the drugs currently approved by the F.D.A. Sales figures indicate that physicians haven’t embraced the new medications, Qsymia and Belviq, either.
The inauspicious history of diet drugs no doubt contributes to doctors’ reluctance to prescribe them. In the nineteen-forties, when doctors began prescribing amphetamines for weight loss, rates of addiction soared. Then, in the nineties, fen-phen, a popular combination of fenfluramine and phentermine, was pulled from the market when patients developed serious heart defects. Current medications are much safer, but they produce only modest weight loss, in the range of about five to ten per cent, and they do have side effects.
Still, as Ryan pointed out, doctors aren’t always shy about prescribing medications that cause side effects and yield undramatic results. A five to ten per cent weight loss might not thrill patients, or even nudge them out of being overweight or obese, but it can improve diabetes control, blood pressure, cholesterol, sleep apnea, and other complications of obesity. And, although the drugs aren’t covered by Medicare or most states’ Medicaid programs, private insurance coverage of weight-loss drugs has improved and is likely to expand further under the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurers to pay for obesity treatment. So what prevents physicians from prescribing these drugs?
Several leading experts and researchers attending Obesity Week told me that the problem is that, while specialists who study obesity view it as a chronic but treatable disease, primary-care physicians are not fully convinced that they should be treating obesity at all. Even though physicians since Hippocrates have known that excess body fat can cause diseases, the American Medical Association announced that it would recognize obesity itself as a disease only a few months ago. These divergent views on obesity represent one of the widest gulfs of understanding between generalists and specialists in all of medicine.
Lee M. Kaplan, co-director of the Weight Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, thinks that some bias comes from the average physician’s lack of appreciation for the complex physiology of weight homeostasis. Humans have evolved to avoid starvation rather than obesity, and we defend our body mass through an elaborate system involving the brain, the gut, fat cells, and a network of hormones and neurotransmitters, only a fraction of which have been identified. Obesity, Kaplan said, which represents dysfunction of this system, is likely not one disease but dozens.
That one person’s obesity is not like another’s may explain why some people lose a lot of weight with surgery, or a particular diet or drug, and some don’t. Kaplan thinks that if more doctors understood this, they’d view obesity treatment more receptively and realistically. He said, “If I were to say to you, ‘I have this drug that treats cancer,’ and you asked me, ‘What kind of cancer?,’ and I said, ‘All cancers,’ you’d laugh, because you recognize intuitively that cancer is a heterogeneous group of disorders. We’re going to look back on obesity one day and say the same thing.”
Obesity is potentially, in part, a neurological disease. Jeffrey Flier, an endocrinologist and dean of Harvard Medical School, has shown, like others, that repeatedly eating more calories than you burn can damage the hypothalamus, an area of the brain involved in eating and satiety. In other words, Big Gulps, Cinnabons, and Whoppers have altered our brains such that many people—particularly those with a genetic predisposition to obesity—find fattening foods all but impossible to resist once they’ve eaten enough of them. Louis J. Aronne, director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, explained to me, “With so much calorie-dense food available, the hypothalamic neurons get overloaded and the brain can’t tell how much body fat is already stored. The response is to try to store more fat. So there’s very strong scientific evidence that obesity is not about people lacking willpower.”
But this message has not found its way into society, where obese people are still often considered self-indulgent and lazy, and face widespread discrimination. Several obesity experts told me they’ve encountered doctors who confide that they just didn’t like fat people and don’t enjoy taking care of them. Even doctors who treat obese patients feel stigmatized: “diet doctor” is not a flattering term. Donna Ryan, who switched from oncology to obesity medicine many years ago, recalls her colleagues’ surprise. “I had respect,” she says. “I was treating leukemia!”
George Bray, also of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, thinks that socioeconomic factors play into physicians’ lack of enthusiasm for treating obesity. Bray points to the work of Adam Drewnowski at the University of Washington, who has shown that obesity is, disproportionately, a disease of poverty. Because of this association, many erroneously see obesity as more of a social condition than a medical one, a condition that simply requires people to try harder. Bray said, “If you believe that obesity would be cured if people just pushed themselves away from the table, then why do you want to prescribe drugs for this non-disease, this ‘moral issue’? I think that belief permeates a lot of the medical field.”
Obesity experts with whom I spoke tended to be more optimistic than other physicians about the possibility that obesity can be treated successfully and that the obesity epidemic will be curbed. They point to exciting new research—for example, the finding that an alteration in gut bacteria, rather than mechanical shrinking of the stomach or intestine, may be what causes weight loss after gastric bypass. This raises the possibility that the benefits of surgery might become available without the surgery itself. They also note that public-health efforts seem to be reducing childhood obesity, even in poor communities. But they remain concerned that despite such promising developments, many physicians still don’t see obesity the way they do: as a serious, often preventable disease that requires intensive and lifelong treatment with a combination of diet, exercise, behavioral modification, surgery, and, potentially, drugs.
Louis Aronne thinks this will change as more physicians enter the field of obesity medicine, the physiology of obesity is better understood, and more effective treatment options become available. He likens the current attitude toward obesity to the prevailing attitude toward mental illness years ago. Aronne remembers, during his medical training, seeing psychotic patients warehoused and sedated, treated as less than human. He predicts that, one day, “some doctors are going to look back at severely obese patients and say, ‘What the hell was I thinking when I didn’t do anything to help them? How wrong could I have been?’ ”
Patients like the woman who asked me to help her lose weight may not have to wait that long. Specialists are now developing programs to aid primary-care physicians in treating obesity more aggressively and effectively. But we’ll have to want to treat it: as Kaplan argues, “Whether you call it a disease or not is not so germane. The root problem is that whatever you call it, nobody’s taking it seriously enough.”
Suzanne Koven is a primary-care doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and writes the column “In Practice” at the Boston Globe.
Photograph by Patrick Allard/REA/Redux.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Scientists Admit 5G Causes Brain Tumors, Heart Failure, And Sterility



Scientists Admit 5G Causes Brain Tumors, Heart Failure, And Sterility

REPORT: MORE AUTISM IN REGIONS WHERE VACCINE COVERAGE HIGHEST

Examining autism cases since 2003


Report: More Autism in Regions Where Vaccine Coverage Highest
IMAGE CREDITS: RUBÉN DÍAZ / FLICKR.

Rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continue to soar worldwide, with average prevalence estimated to be around 1.5% in developed countries.
This estimate appears to be spot-on for Canada, which reported in March 2018 that autism (as of 2015) affected 1 in 66 children and youth (1.52%). These numbers place Canada among the “top ten” for autism among North American, European and Asian countries.
The Canadian public had been expecting the Public Health Agency of Canada to release these first-ever nationally representative ASD numbers since 2016.
The data come from the National ASD Surveillance System (NASS), which, according to the Public Health Agency, is intended to pinpoint the number of young people diagnosed with ASD “both across regions and over time.”
The Agency’s report provides answers on both fronts—showing steady increases in ASD prevalence since 2003 and notable differences across regions—but the document declines to speculate on factors that might account for the regional differences.

ASD prevalence by province and territory

NASS compiles administrative data from the health, education and social services sectors for children and youth (aged 5-17 years) who have a confirmed ASD diagnosis. Seven of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories provided information for 2015, including six provinces (British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec) and one territory (Yukon). As the figure below shows, ASD prevalence in 2015 varied among the seven regions, with the highest prevalence noted in the three provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador (1 in 57), Prince Edward Island (1 in 59) and Quebec (1 in 65). In comparison, prevalence was substantially lower in the Yukon territory (1 in 125).
The three high-prevalence provinces also provided retrospective data that allowed for an assessment of temporal trends. For the slightly narrower age group of 5-14 year-olds, the historical data showed sizeable increases in ASD prevalence from 2003 to 2015 (Prince Edward Island and Quebec) and from 2003 to 2009 (Newfoundland and Labrador):
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: from 6 to 19.6 per 1,000 (a 227% increase)
  • Prince Edward Island: from 5 to 17.7 per 1,000 (a 254% increase)
  • Quebec: from 3.5 to 15.7 per 1,000 (a 349% increase)

Explaining the regional differences

What might explain the variation in ASD prevalence within Canada’s borders? The NASS report does not offer any comments.
However, an observant health practitioner in British Columbia has noticed a compelling parallel: autism prevalence is highest in the Canadian provinces that also have the highest vaccination coverage.
This evidence comes from a 2013 survey carried out by the very same Public Health Agency of Canada, which examined vaccine coverage by province/territory and type of vaccine (see table).
The survey showed that coverage by age two was generally lower (with a few exceptions) in Yukon territory than in the three high-autism provinces.
For Newfoundland/Labrador and Quebec, the percentage point difference in vaccine coverage was anywhere from five to fifteen percentage points higher than in Yukon; Prince Edward Island’s lead in vaccine coverage compared to Yukon was less substantial.
Correlation is not causation but…
Any researcher worth their salt knows that while correlation is not the same as causation, a plausible association between two variables is often an important clue worth investigating.
The substantially lower ASD prevalence in a region that happens to have markedly lower vaccine coverage is one such clue.
Another strand of evidence that simply cannot be chalked up to coincidence are the tens of thousands of parental reports of children regressing into autism after receiving one or more vaccines.
Unfortunately, Canadian parents who suspect that their autistic child was vaccine-injured have nowhere to turn, because Canada remains “one of few western countries that denies the reality of vaccine injuries and provides no avenue whatsoever to compensate vaccine injury victims and their families.”
It would behoove Canada’s public health officials to take a closer look at their own data and start taking meaningful steps to prevent the country’s ASD numbers from climbing still further.