Thursday, July 30, 2015

Study: Flu Vaccine Causes 5.5 Times More Respiratory Infections – A True Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Study

Reposted from Health Impact News

The utter absurdity of vaccination ‘science’ is revealed in this study. It claims a flu vaccine results in less disease risk because it causes antibodies to develop, in spite of not reducing the likelihood of contracting the disease and also resulting in 5.5 times more incidents of similar diseases!
by Heidi Stevenson
Gaia Health

Would you be interested in a vaccination that results in more than 5 times as much illness? If you take the seasonal influenza vaccination, that’s what you’re doing. The seasonal trivalent flu vaccine results in 5.5 times more incidents of respiratory illness, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
The study is particularly noteworthy because it was a double-blind placebo-controlled trial—and the researchers used saline solution, a genuinely inactive placebo, as a standin for the trivalent flu vaccine. Most vaccine trials utilize active placebos, which are substances that include ingredients used in the vaccines, making the studies meaningless—though this fact is almost never revealed in the writeups.
Subjects were followed for an average of 272 days. The active influenza vaccine adminstered was Sanofi Pasteur’s Vaxigrip. The trial included children aged 6-15 years. 69 were given Vaxgrip and 46 received the saline placebo.
With regard to effectiveness against influenza, the authors wrote:
There was no statistically significant difference in the risk of confirmed seasonal influenza infection between recipients of TIV [trivalent influenza inactivated vaccine] or placebo.
The flu vaccine provided no benefit!
The authors tried to cover that by adding:
TIV recipients had significantly lower risk of seasonal influenza infection based on serologic evidence.
In other words, the authors are trying to suggest that, in spite of the fact that vaccine recipients suffered as much genuine influenza as those who’d received a placebo, they still benefited because of “serologic evidence”. This “serologic evidence” consists of antibodies produced as a result of the vaccine, which is the standard method of determining a vaccine’s effectiveness.
In other words, a vaccine’s effectiveness is not determined by whether it prevents disease, but rather by whether it causes antibodies to be produced!
But the story is even worse than this. The study also demonstrated that the vaccine resulted in recipients having 5.5 times more respiratory illness. Here’s a partial breakdown of their results:
Vaccinated Placebo(saline)
Any Seasonal Influenza5888
H1N1 (Swine Flu ‘Pandemic’)580
   Total Influenza Cases11688
Noninfluenza Viruses
   Rhinovirus (common cold)23059
   Other Respiratory Viruses9729
      Total Other Viruses48788

As you can see, even though the authors claim that there was no distinction in cases of influenza between the subjects who received a vaccine and those who received the placebo, the reality seems to be quite different: There were a total of 116 influenza cases in the vaccinated group and 88 in the placebo group.
The authors play with statistics in this study by using assumptions about whether people actually had diseases, because there were many reported instances that couldn’t be verified. They came up with a relative risk of 4.4. In any case, relative risk is actually a meaningless statistic here, because it requires that exposure to the causative agent be known, which it clearly wasn’t in this study.
I prefer a simpler, more straightforward—and, I believe, more honest—approach of simply comparing the numbers of cases of disease. Doing that, we get 487 ÷ 88, which tells us that those who were vaccinated were 5.5 times more likely to contract a confirmed respiratory illness!
Now, let’s take a look at the other respiratory illnesses that people were more likely to contract as a result of being vaccinated for influenza. The rhinovirus is the common cold, so it isn’t a big deal. However, coxsackievirus and echovirus are quite different. Both of them are known to cause meningitis, paralysis, hepatitis, and heart disorders. This is not common, but the same thing is true of poliovirus. It also causes a usually minor respiratory illness, but in rare cases can result in much the same harm that coxsackievirus and echovirus can.
It is, therefore, reasonable to suggest that the rate of severe crippling diseases may also be increased by the influenza vaccine, and potentially by any vaccine against a respiratory illness.


This study’s implications are quite serious. The authors suggest:
Receipt of TIV could increase influenza immunity at the expense of reduced immunity to
noninfluenza respiratory viruses, by some unknown biological mechanism. Alternatively, our results could be explained by temporary nonspecific immunity after influenza virus infection, through the cell-mediated response or, more likely, the innate immune response to infection.
In other words, the act of injecting antigens probably damages the innate cell-mediated immune response, the part of the immune system that protects without the need of resorting to development of antibodies. They go on to state:
The phenomenon of virus interference has been well known in virology for >60 years.
The interference of vaccinations with the innate cell-mediated immune response is well known! The authors go on to cite several sources supporting this fact.
In summary, this study demonstrates:
  • Influenza vaccines provide no benefit.
  • Influenza vaccines cause a hugely increased number of respiratory illnesses.
  • Influenza vaccines—and very likely other vaccines—harm the innate cell-mediated immune response, which results in a significant increase in infectious disease incidents.
Nonetheless, our agencies of health destruction, such as the US’s alphabet soup of FDA, CDC, and NIH, the UK’s NHS, MHRA, and DOH, Australia’s ANPHA, and Canada’s Health Canada, plus the international WHO and massive foundations such as the Gates Foundation and GAVI—these and so many more routinely lie about the reality of vaccinations. They use fear tactics and lies to promote the profiteering of Big Pharma and Big Medicine at the expense of the populace, and worse, of our children.
The reality of all these agencies is that, though they may have been created for the purpose of benefiting our health, they’ve been co-opted by Big Pharma and Big Medicine, who have managed to buy their way into them. The result is that these agencies now actively promote, and even enforce, the use of products and methods whose first purpose is to make profits. If that means the public’s health must suffer … apparently, it’s a small price to pay when it doesn’t affect the bottom line.


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Is Almond Milk a Ripoff?

Reposted from Dr. Mercola

By Dr. Mercola
There are many reasons to snack on whole, raw almonds. They’re an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants, for starters, and almond skins even contain beneficial phenols, flavonoids. and phenolic acids, which are typically associated with vegetables and fruits.
Drinking almond milk may therefore seem like a smart choice, one that may offer you the health benefits of almonds in beverage form – but it’s not as healthy as it would appear, particularly if you buy commercial varieties.
What exactly is almond milk? It’s typically a combination of almonds, water, sweetener, thickener such as carrageenan, and, often, fortified nutrients such as vitamins A, E, and D.

The problem is that most almond milk contains hardly any almonds, mostly water, added sugars, and a smattering of vitamins for good measure. As Business Insider put it:1
If almond milk closely resembles any beverage, it's a glass of water and a multivitamin.”

A Handful of Almonds in a Carton…

The amount of actual almonds in a half-gallon carton of almond milk is shocking: research suggests it’s just over a handful. In one analysis of the UK almond milk brand Alpro, almonds made up just 2 percent of the beverage, and the Almond Board of California noted that ingredients are pretty similar between UK and US almond milk brands.2
If you’ve ever wondered how almond milk can be so low in calories – about 30 calories in a cup, compared to 160 calories in a serving of almonds – it’s because it’s mostly water… not almonds.
“Based on these numbers,” Business Insider reported, “to get the nutritional value of a handful of almonds, you'd have to drink not just a few cups of the almond milk but an entire carton of it.”3

Almond Milk Sales Soar as Consumers Get Ripped Off

One maker of plant-based milk, White Wave, reported first-quarter sales in 2014 had increased 50 percent over the prior year. In the US, almond milk tops the plant-based milk market, taking up two-thirds of the share (followed by soy milk, at 30 percent, rice, and coconut milks).4
In all, sales of alternative milks are soaring and are expected to reach $1.7 billion by 2016, with almond milk leading the way.5 But as a consumer, you have to question what you’re really paying for… and how much it’s costing you. In the case of almond milk, you’re paying a lot of money for what is essentially water and sweetener with a handful of almonds.

According to Mother Jones:6
“…the almond-milk industry is selling you a jug of filtered water clouded by a handful of ground almonds. Which leads us to the question of price and profit… A jug of almond milk containing roughly 39 cents worth of almonds, plus filtered water and additives, retails for $3.99.”

Are Other ‘Alternative’ Milks Healthy?

Almond milk is just one plant-based milk available in most major supermarkets. You can now easily find a handful of others as well, most of which are marketed as healthy… but are they really? Here’s a run-down on some of the more popular alternative milks on the market:
Soy Milk
One of the worst problems with soy comes from the fact that 90 to 95 percent of soybeans grown in the US are genetically modified (GM). GM soybeans are designed to be "Roundup Ready," which means they're engineered to withstand otherwise lethal doses of herbicide.
The active ingredient in Roundup herbicide is called glyphosate, which is responsible for the disruption of the delicate hormonal balance of the female reproductive cycle.
What's more, glyphosate is toxic to the placenta, which is responsible for delivering vital nutrients from mother to child, and eliminating waste products. Once the placenta has been damaged or destroyed, the result can be miscarriage. In those children born to mothers who have been exposed to even a small amount of glyphosate, serious birth defects can result.
Glyphosate's mechanism of harm was identified in 2013 and demonstrates how this chemical disrupts cellular function and may induce many of our modern diseases, including autism. It’s also been declared a “probable carcinogen.”
Aside from the GM issues, thousands of studies have linked unfermented soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility, and even cancer and heart disease.
The only soy with health benefits is organic soy that has been properly fermented, and these are the only soy products I ever recommend consuming.
After a long fermentation process, the phytate and "anti-nutrient" levels of soybeans are reduced, and their beneficial properties become available to your digestive system. To learn more, please see this previous article detailing the dangers of unfermented soy.
Rice Milk
Rice milk is composed of similar ingredients to almond milk, namely filtered water, rice, and added vitamins. There’s nothing particularly healthy about rice milk along with a potential harm: arsenic.
Rice has been shown to accumulate 10 times more arsenic than other grains, due to physiology and growing conditions, and is an ingredient of “moderate” concern in rice and rice-based processed foods, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). EWG reported:7
“In 2012, the independent, highly regarded Consumer Reports research organization made public tests indicating that arsenic concentrations commonly exceeded 100 parts per billion in rice, rice flour, crackers, pasta, hot and cold breakfast cereals, and infant cereal…
Arsenic levels in rice milk often surpassed 10 parts per billion, the maximum allowed in drinking water.”
Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is made from the expressed juice of grated coconut meat and water. About 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is rarely found in nature.
Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that can actually destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV and herpes, influenza, measles, gram-negative bacteria, and protozoa such as Giardia lamblia.
Lauric acid is a type of medium chain fatty acid (MCFAs), which is easily digested and readily crosses cell membranes. MCFAs are immediately converted by your liver into energy rather than being stored as fat.
There are numerous studies showing that MCFAs promote weight loss, including one study that showed rats fed MCFAs reduced body fat and improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance.8
Yet another study found that overweight men who ate a diet rich in MCFAs lost more fat tissue, presumably due to increased energy expenditure and fat oxidation from the MCFA intake.9 In addition, coconut milk is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, including vitamins C, E and B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron.
Raw Milk
Many consider raw milk to be an “alternative” form of milk, but it is actually how all milk used to be consumed. High-quality raw milk from a reputable source is far preferable to the pasteurized CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) milk found in most supermarkets.
High-quality raw milk has a mountain of health benefits that pasteurized milk lacks. For example, raw milk is:
  • Loaded with healthy bacteria that are good for your gastrointestinal tract
  • Full of more than 60 digestive enzymes, growth factors, and immunoglobulins (antibodies)
  • Rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which fights cancer and boosts metabolism
  • Rich in beneficial raw fats, amino acids, and proteins in a highly bioavailable form, all 100 percent digestible
  • Loaded with vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, and K) in highly bioavailable forms, and contains a very balanced blend of minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron) whose absorption is enhanced by live lactobacilli

If You Love Almond Milk, Make Your Own

While almond milk isn’t exactly a superfood by any means, there’s nothing inherently unhealthy about it – unless you choose varieties with added sweeteners and other additives. For the most part, it’s more deceptive than anything, as you’re paying a premium for mostly water and could get better nutrition from eating a handful of actual nuts. Still, if you enjoy the taste of almond milk and don’t want to give it up, making your own almond milk is far more economical – and healthier – than buying a ready-made version.
You can increase the amount of almonds for added nutrition, leave out the sweeteners and other additives, and be left with an almond-milk beverage that’s actually decent for your health at a fraction of the price. It’s simple to make, too. One recipe from Whole Foods Market involves first soaking about one cup of organic, raw almonds in cold water overnight (about 10-12 hours).10 Then, blend the almonds with about three cups of water (you can add more or less depending on how you like the consistency).
Strain the frothy mixture through a cheesecloth, fine-mesh strainer or nut-milk bag. Your almond milk will keep in the fridge for about three days (give it a stir before drinking). Also, don’t throw away the leftover pulp; it can be added to smoothies or even baked goods for added nutrition. One benefit to consuming almonds this way is that they’ll be soaked before you eat them. Soaking helps to get rid of the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors, which can interfere with the function of your own digestive and metabolic enzymes.
Phytic acid, which is found in the coatings of nuts, is an "anti-nutrient" responsible for leeching vital nutrients from your body. Phytic acid also blocks the uptake of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. Further, when nuts are soaked, the germination process begins, allowing the enzyme inhibitors to be deactivated and increasing the nutrition of the nut significantly, as well as making them much easier to digest. (Enzyme inhibitors in nuts [and seeds] help protect the nut as it grows, helping to decrease enzyme activity and prevent premature sprouting.)

Choose Raw Almonds for Best Results

When choosing almonds for this recipe (or for snacking), try to find raw, organic almonds. It can be tricky, as pasteurized almonds sold in North America can still be labeled "raw" even though they've been subjected to one of the following pasteurization methods:
  • Oil roasting, dry roasting, or blanching
  • Steam processing
  • Propylene Oxide (PPO) treatment (PPO is a highly toxic flammable chemical compound, once used as a racing fuel before it was prohibited for safety reasons)
There are generally no truly "raw" almonds sold in North America, so don't be misled. It is possible to purchase raw almonds in the US, but it has to be done very carefully from vendors selling small quantities that have a waiver from the pasteurization requirement. The key is to find a company with the waiver that is not pasteurizing them.

Protocol for a Successful Mercury Detox

Reposted from The Health Home Economist

Silver fillings, also called amalgams, are one of the most toxic and health damaging dental materials ever developed. Made up of approximately 50% liquid mercury with the remainder a powdered combination of silver, tin, copper, zinc and other metals, amalgams lodged in a person’s mouth over time have the very real potential to slowly but surely cause heavy metal poisoning, which results in very serious and life altering nervous system toxicity. It can also affect numerous other body systems. When this occurs, a thorough mercury detox is required to eliminate it.
Why? Because mercury is lipophilic. This means that it is stored and concentrated in the fatty tissues. The brain, the master controller of the nervous system, is the fattiest tissue and organ in the entire human body and is comprised of at least 60% fat. It is no exaggeration to say that the brain is nothing short of a mercury magnet.

A few (yes, just a few!) of the common symptoms of mercury toxicity include dramatic mood swings for no apparent reason, anxiety, nervousness, depression, insomnia and the inability to concentrate. More serious ills associated with amalgam fillings include encephalopathy, Parkinson’s type symptoms, and acute renal (kidney) failure.
I remember many years ago when I tried to discuss the health dangers of amalgams with my dentist as my husband needed to have 6 of them removed at the recommendation of our holistic physician. He scoffed at my concerns. Realizing that I needed to find a more like-minded dental professional, I changed dentists, which turned out to be fortuitous as it is dangerous for just any dentist to remove silver fillings! A few years later, I ran into this dentist who had once rolled his eyes at my concerns.
He was only in his early 40’s but had been forced to shut down his dental practice and go on permanent disability because he was stricken with Parkinson’s disease. In addition, his wife who worked every day in his dental office where mercury vapors likely abounded from the lack of safety precautions taken when amalgams were installed, removed or replaced suffered from unexplained infertility, another symptom of mercury toxicity. Such an incredibly tragic story and very likely completely preventable!
While the American Dental Association (ADA) shockingly continues to keep its head in the sand and insist on the safety and “enviable 150 year track record” of amalgams, those who take the initiative, refuse to drink the Kool-Aid, and do their own research on the subject in depth know otherwise. For starters, Scottish undertakers are required by law to either pull amalgam teeth from corpses prior to cremation or install expensive air filtration equipment due to concerns about the amalgams contaminating the environment. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers mercury fillings that have been removed to be toxic waste that requires special handling for disposal.
Amalgams are toxic when outside the body, but perfectly “safe” according to the ADA when inside your mouth?
Don’t think so!

Amalgams Cause Greater Mercury Exposure Than All Other Environmental Sources Combined

According to the World Health Organization, people with silver fillings are at risk for mercury exposure estimated to be between 3 to 17 micrograms per day with an average 10 mcg/day and extreme levels of 100 mcg/day. This is up to 20 times greater (at the extreme level) and double the exposure on average of all other environmental sources of mercury combined including eating fish species that are known to be high in mercury every single day!

The exposure to toxic mercury from silver fillings occurs from the mercury vapor that is released from such basic and necessary activities as chewing and brushing. In particular, drinking hot soup or beverages has been shown to cause even more rapid leeching of mercury vapors into the oral mucosa, 80% of which are absorbed into the bloodstream! The video in this article shows the mercury vapor coming off amalgams when exposed to hot liquid.

Summary of the Scientific Research on Mercury Exposure from Amalgams

Mark Hyman MD has thoroughly examined the research on amalgam dangers and is convinced they are a health hazard to the millions of people exposed to their effects. The scientific research to date has this to say about silver fillings and their impact on human health:
  • Anders Lindvall, M.D., from the Foundation for Metal Biology in Sweden, diagnosed and treated 796 patients with suspected illnesses related to amalgam fillings. His study found that when the amalgams are properly removed, lab follow-up one year later showed that 70% of patient symptoms are significantly improved (in my husband’s case, they were permanently gone!).
  • Mercury amalgams may contribute to the development of autism in children. Research has shown that mercury crosses the placenta and a substantial amount of mercury from amalgams reaches the fetus. Mothers of 94 autistic children had statistically more amalgam fillings during pregnancy than 49 mothers of healthy children. Ironically, these autistic children had reduced mercury levels in their hair which may reflect a genetically reduced capacity to excrete mercury from their body, which in turn may lead to elevated brain mercury levels and autism.
  • Patients with chronic fatigue and autoimmune thyroiditis showed improvement after their amalgam fillings were replaced with composites.
  • 71 percent of people with autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis, improved after amalgam removal.
  • Animal and lab studies suggest that exposure to metallic mercury may cause nerve cell damage and promote the production of plaques found in the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
One study on children with amalgam fillings produced mixed results, however. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no significant health differences in children with silver fillings compared with children who had composites. However, as pointed out by Dr. Hyman, the study duration was short and did not emphasize that the children with amalgams had much higher levels of mercury in their urine than the kids with white fillings. This is a critical point because it shows that the mercury vapor coming off amalgams 24/7 in a person’s mouth are indeed absorbed into the bloodstream where it will be deposited and stored in the fatty issues, most particularly the brain over time.

The Complete Picture of Mercury Toxicity Symptoms

If you suspect you may be suffering from mercury toxicity from amalgams, below is the complete list of symptoms according to the Weston A. Price Foundation’s article on the health hazards of mercury.
  • Local Oral Cavity: Excessive salivation; metallic taste; swollen tongue with scalloped edges; periodontal disease; bleeding gums; stomatitis; loosening of teeth; foul breath; white patches in mouth; bone loss around teeth; ulcers of gums, palate, tongue; burning of mouth; gum pigmentation.
  • Psychological: Irritability and unreasonable anger; inability to make decisions; insomnia; lack of concentration; low self-confidence; drowsiness; decline of intellect; low self-control; nervousness; memory loss; depression; anxiety; shyness /timidity.
  • Neurological: Headaches, including migraines; tremors (hands, feet, eyelids, tongue); muscular weakness; diffuse myalgia (muscular rheumatism); tinnitus (ringing in the ears); paraesthesia (abnormal skin sensations); impaired visual fields and visual acuity; depression; memory loss.
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory: Tachyarrhythmia (irregular heart beat); chest pain; changes in blood pressure; feeble or irregular pulse; pain or pressure in chest; persistent cough; emphysema; shallow or irregular breathing.
  • Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain (often mimicking ulcers); colitis; constipation; diarrhea; irritable bowel.
  • Immunological: Allergies; rhinitis; swollen lymph nodes in neck; asthma; sinusitis.
  • Endocrinological: Chronic fatigue; subnormal temperature; excessive perspiration; edema; weight loss; cold, clammy hands and feet; muscle weakness; hypoxia (oxygen deficiency in the tissues); loss of appetite; joint pain; thyroid dysfunction; infertility.
  • Urinogenital: Frequent urination; night urination; loss of libido.
  • Integumentary: Unexplained rashes.

Getting the Mercury OUT

Once people realize that their dental amalgams are very likely contributing to their health woes, a typical reaction is to want to get them out and replaced with composite fillings – fast!
The problem with this is that regular conventional dentists are totally unqualified to remove amalgams and have inadequate equipment to protect you (and themselves) from the mercury vapors and considerable toxic heavy metal exposure that occurs during the removal process. What’s worse, conventional dentists think they are qualified and will tell you as such. It’s buyer beware and very much up to you to make sure your dentist knows what he/she is doing and is using the correct equipment and safety protocols before you submit to care at that office.
This story of a friend of mine who was horribly poisoned and suffered autoimmune thyroid disease from an (at the time) apparently successful and noneventful amalgam filling removal shows what can happen if this process isn’t approached with caution. She has fortunately completely recovered under the expert care of her holistic practitioner who helped her do a mercury detox.
The truth is that if you don’t have a qualified holistic dentist to remove your amalgams, then it is actually safer to leave them in for the time being.
The good news is that there are more and more dentists that are qualified to help you get your amalgams safely out of your life for good. My husband went through this process about 15 years ago. He had all 6 of his amalgams removed, one every six months (the dentist tested each one and removed them based on how much they were leaking mercury vapor). The reason we did it so slowly is because it was so expensive and wasn’t covered by insurance. It was so incredibly worth it even though it was a multi-year process. His autoimmune symptoms totally resolved over a period of months following the removal of the last amalgam. He also improved incrementally as each amalgam was replaced. Now, many years later, the price for removal is (thankfully) much more reasonable, but you still need to take care to properly detox the mercury from your tissues after the process is complete.

Protocol for a Successful Mercury Detox

Remember … even if you remove your amalgams safely with a properly trained dentist, you still have all that mercury that has been stored in your fatty tissues over the years and possibly decades that needs to come out.
Dr. Hyman says that it takes up to 18 years for the body to clear only half of that mercury naturally from the body once amalgams are gone! Do people need to do a mercury detox once they have silver fillings removed?
Yes, yes and YES!
Doing a mercury detox starting the day you have your first amalgam removed until 6 months after your last one is taken out is very important. This protocol will work for detoxing other heavy metals as well. It is the approach recommended by Biodynamic Wellness whose trained and caring staff brought my friend described above back to health after a botched amalgam removal which poisoned her.  The dosages below are for adults. The dosage is cut in half for children.
  1. Populus Nigra 1⁄2 teaspoon in water twice daily 6 months (take upon arising and mid-afternoon without food).
  2. Pure Radiance C as directed on the bottle for 6 months (with breakfast and again with dinner)
  3. BioSuperfood (first 5 days – with breakfast and again with dinner)
  4. BioSuperfood (first 5 days – with breakfast only)
  5. QuintEssential 0.9 1-2 vials each day during these 5 days to replace minerals displaced from the mercury fillings (with breakfast and dinner)
  6. Organic Sulfur 1 teaspoon in water 3 times per day 6 months (upon arising, mid-afternoon, and before sleep)
Another recommended part of the mercury detox protocol is to do oil pulling also called Karack’s Oil Treatment. Here is how to proceed every day for 6 months following your amalgam removal as described by Biodynamic Wellness.
Hold a mouthful of unrefined sesame oil (dark bottle)in your mouth for 3-10 minutes intermittently swishing it around, “chewing it,” and gargling. When you can’t hold it any longer (without serious drooling!), spit it out. Then gargle and rinse with salt and baking soda, and brush your teeth. Do this treatment daily for 3-6 months. The change of color from golden to white as well as the change of texture from thick to thin upon spitting out this oil indicated the degree of lipophilic (fat-loving) toxic chemicals, metals, and microbes that have been absorbed into the oil from the oral mucosa, as well as throughout the entire bodyas the blood circulates through the oral mucosa. Environmentally sensitive individuals particularly like the chemical-clearing effects of Dr. Karack’s Ayurvedic sesame oil treatment.
Recognizing that amalgams are dangerous to health, getting them properly removed by a trained dentist and replaced with biologically compatible composites, and following the proper protocol for a mercury detox described above during and after the removal process are the three things necessary to reclaim the health that slow and insidious mercury poisoning has taken from you or someone you love.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

How The CDC Made 30,000 Diagnoses Of Polio Instantly Disappear

Reposted from The Sleuth Journal

The graph is from the Ratner report (1), the transcript of a 1960 panel sponsored by the Illinois Medical Society, on which sat three PhD statisticians and an MD, met to discuss the problems with the ongoing polio vaccination campaign.
The polio vaccine was licensed in the U.S. in 1954. From 1950 thru 1955, the striped and clear portions of the bars represent about 85% of the reported cases, or 30,000 per year, on average. Those cases were automatically eliminated by two radical changes the CDC made to the diagnostic parameters and labeling protocol of the disease as soon as the vaccine was licensed – 30,000 cases a year we were subsequently told were eliminated by the vaccine.
That success, held aloft as a banner of the industry, is an illusion. The CDC has an awesome power of control over public perception, sculpting it from behind closed doors in Atlanta, with the point of a pen.
Over the last sixty years in the U.S., more than a million cases of what would have been diagnosed as polio pre-vaccine – same symptoms – were given different labels.
The change didn’t stop there, however. As addressed in the Ratner report, they also changed the definition of a polio epidemic, greatly reducing the likelihood that any subsequent outbreaks would be so labeled – as though the severity, or noteworthiness, of paralytic polio had halved, overnight. It’s summed up thusly in the report:
Presently [1960], a community is considered to have an epidemic when it has 35 cases of polio per year per 100,000 population. Prior to the introduction of the Salk vaccine the National Foundation defined an epidemic as 20 or more cases of polio per year per 100,000 population. On this basis there were many epidemics throughout the United States yearly. The present higher rate has resulted in not a real, but a semantic elimination of epidemics.
And that’s precisely what happened to polio: not a real, but a semantic elimination of the disease.
In the decades following the release of the vaccine, additional changes were made to the diagnostic parameters of the disease, changes involving analysis of cerebrospinal fluid and stool and additional testing (2), each succeeding change making it less and less likely that a diagnosis of paralytic polio would result.
And, critically, before the vaccine was licensed polio diagnoses were made clinically and accepted from around the nation, duly reported to the American public annually as polio, no lab analysis required, while after it was licensed only the CDC was – and is – allowed to issue confirmations of paralytic polio – all suspected cases had to be sent to them for analysis and testing. (3)
Again, perception is key. Because of the persistent pre-vaccine news coverage of the disease, including film footage of paralytic polio victims in leg braces, or immobilized, strapped to huge, inclined boards, or housed in foreboding iron lungs, the public pictured the thousands of kids reported with polio each year as suffering terribly, when in truth the pictures involved only a fraction of a percent of the diagnosed cases.
Moreover, while for many the perception was that the iron lung was a permanent fixture, in the majority of cases the machine was needed only temporarily – generally about one to two weeks. (4)
The arbitrariness of the change in the diagnostic parameter of paralytic polio, from one day of paralysis to two months, resulting specifically in the elimination of all the cases represented by the striped portions of the bars in the graph, is remarkable. Indeed, the very idea that the length of time you’re ill determines the disease is remarkable!, and flies in the face of the science of virology.
Were you to apply the same logic to measles diagnostics, for instance, and add the requirement of a rash that lasts ten days, the disease would be eradicated, since the measles rash lasts from three to five days. To the point, had they made the requirement three months of paralysis instead of two, several additional thousands of cases of paralytic polio would simply and immediately have fallen off the diagnostic plate, hastening the illusion of complete eradication.
All of the non-paralytic cases, represented by the clear portions of the bars in the graph, and which pre-vaccine were the majority of cases reported simply as polio each year, were discarded completely!, reclassified. A search through public health department disease statistics reveals that in the U.S. those cases were basically handled as they were in Canada:
It may be noted that the Dominion Council of Health at its 74th meeting in October 1958 recommended that for the purposes of national reporting and statistics the term non-paralytic poliomyelitis be replaced by ‘meningitis, viral or aseptic’ with the specific viruses shown where known. (5)
Somewhat remarkable too, eh?, that virtually overnight an entire category of disease is simply abandoned; replaced.
The current non-use of the iron lung is often pointed out by vaccine proponents as proof of the success of the polio vaccine, but that, too, is an illusion; years ago it was replaced by much smaller, portable respirators, some body worn, some bedside – and much in use today.
You’ve gotta give ‘em credit for the hubris. Vaccine proponents will actually cite the fact that many illnesses were misdiagnosed as polio pre-vaccine, attempting to explain why the changes following its licensing were necessary, not necessarily nefarious. But as always, perception is the key, as in any magic act, and the CDC on its website continues to forward the illusion they themselves created:
How common was polio in the United States? 
Polio was one of the most dreaded childhood diseases of the 20th century in the United States. [Periodic epidemics increased] in size and frequency in the late 1940s and early 1950s. An average of over 35,000 cases were reported during this time period. With the introduction of Salk inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) in 1955, the number of cases rapidly declined to under 2,500 cases in 1957. By 1965, only 61 cases of paralytic polio were reported. (6)
In reality, the charade was continuing right on schedule: Of the ‘35,000 cases of polio reported on average in the late 1940s and early 1950s, only 15,000 were paralytic – the reduction to 2,500 cases of paralytic polio in 1957, and the complete disappearance of all the non-paralytic cases, was a direct result of the diagnostic changes. It’s smoke ‘n mirrors.
There are a few more puzzle pieces which help complete the picture, the unavoidably undeniable pattern, of conscious, purposeful manipulation of statistics:
In the ’90s, “polio eradication initiatives” were implemented in India and Africa. The WHO quickly established the same diagnostic changes in those nations as were made in the U.S. in 1955. The result, as expected, was the announcement two years ago that India is now polio free. What the WHO so conveniently omitted was any mention of the skyrocketing incidence, in both nations, of acute flaccid paralysis (7) , clinically identical to polio, and following in the wake of the use of the oral polio vaccine, abandoned fifteen years ago in the U.S. because it triggers Vaccine Associated Paralytic Polio:
To eliminate the risk of vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis (VAPP), as of January 1, 2000, OPV was no longer recommended for routine immunization in the United States.(8)
As you can see, the incidence of acute flaccid paralysis quickly soared to tens of thousands, far surpassing the 1996 incidence of polio.Midst the labeling deceptions lies another insidious character trait of the vaccine industry. During the polio epidemics in the ’40s and ’50s in the U.S., one doctor, Fred Klenner, MD, cured every one of the sixty polio patients he treated, some of them paralyzed, using massive injections of vitamin C. Astoundingly, after summarizing his work, his success, at the annual AMA meeting in 1949, Dr. Klenner received neither questions nor comment from his colleagues, and no mention of it was ever made to the American public. (9)The nut: the eradication of polio is a total sham, an example of trust misplaced, of power and control run amok. It’s indicative of every aspect of the vaccination paradigm, propelled by a baseless, industry-constructed fear of infectious disease, statistical manipulation and withholding of critical information, and sustained, ironically, by the very and insidious nature of vaccine injury, the bulk of which displays temporally well divorced from the act of the vaccination, obfuscating causal relation.


  3. Suspected cases of poliomyelitis must be reported immediately to local or state health departments. CDC compiles and summarizes clinical, epidemiologic, and laboratory data concerning suspected cases. Three independent experts review the data and determine whether a suspected case meets the clinical case definition of paralytic poliomyelitis…
  4. Historically, a noninvasive, negative-pressure ventilator, more commonly called an iron lung, was used to artificially maintain respiration during an acute polio infection until a person could breathe independently (generally about one to two weeks).
  5. From: Poliomyelitis Trends, 1958, published by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, Ottawa, Canada; Catalog No. 82-204

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Turmeric Does what Chemotherapy Can’t: Naturally Blocks Cancer Growth

Reposted from Complete Health and Happiness

Turmeric is an ancient ayurvedic medicine that has been used for centuries throughout Indonesia and Southeast Asia. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.  Therefore, it  can help fight a number of chronic health conditions from heart disease and diabetes to dementia. Turmeric has been found to reduce the cellular inflammation and oxidative stress that causes degenerative disease. It improves blood flow, leading to improved cognitive function and speeds wound healing.
Did you know that less than a teaspoon a day of turmeric appears to significantly lower the DNA mutating ability of cancer-causing substances?
Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin (the primary component in turmeric) proved these cancer-blocking properties during a study which involved 21 participants suffering from head and neck cancers. The participants were given two chewable curcumin tablets containing 1,000 milligrams of the substance each. After evaluating the results, the lab found  that the enzymes in the patients’ mouths responsible for promoting cancer spread and growth were inhibited by the curcumin supplementation. Thus, curcumin intake halted the spread of the malignant cells.
A recent study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, for instance, found that a dose-dependent administration of curcumin effectively activated apoptosis of liver cancer cells, meaning it prompted these harmful cells to die.
A study back in 1987 studied the effects of curcumin on the mutagenicity (DNA mutating ability) of several toxins and found that curcumin was an effective antimutagen against several environmental and standard mutagenic and cancer-causing substances.
Just remember that to get maximum benefits, it needs to be high quality turmeric or curcumin in such a form that  can optimize curcuminoid absorption.Turmeric is fat-soluble, that means it dissolves in fat. Without fat, the active component in turmeric, curcumin, has a hard time making it past the stomach, into the small intestine, and into the blood where it can provide the greatest benefits. Thus, turmeric is traditionally mixed with a healthy fat and heated. You can optimize turmeric absorption with this traditional “Golden Milk” recipe.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Thyroid Hormone, Birth Defects, and the Developing Brain

Reposted from HypothyroidMom

I miscarried my child at 12 weeks needlessly from maternal hypothyroidism. I knew deep inside me that something was wrong with my pregnancy. I should have gone for a second medical opinion but I didn’t. I was of the belief that doctor knows best and I have to live with that regret for the rest of my life.
Despite mounting evidence of the dangers of maternal thyroid dysfunction in pregnancy, there is still NO universal thyroid screening in pregnancy and this enrages me.

Written by Eugene L. Heyden, RN

Pregnancy is a period that places great physiological stress on both the mother and the fetus. When pregnancy is complicated by endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism, the potential for maternal and fetal adverse outcomes can be immense. ~Sahay and Sir Negesh, 2012
It is quite remarkable that the fate of a new little life will depend on the availability of a small little molecule made by a tiny little gland. The small little molecule is a hormone called thyroxin; the tiny little gland is, of course, the thyroid. During fetal development, a baby will make some thyroxin, starting around mid-gestation, but it will be Mom who supplies her baby with most of the thyroxin he or she will ever know until sometime after birth. Then it will be Baby’s turn to supply all the thyroxin he or she will ever know. Given all the information available regarding the requirements of thyroxin for proper fetal development, we pay surprisingly little attention to the thyroid hormone status of those who are pregnant or may become pregnant at a moment’s notice. According to one study: “Consistently, over half of women with thyroid laboratory abnormalities would be missed if only high-risk women were examined.” (Jiskra et al., 2011) As a result, babies are lost, babies are damaged. Why are they lost? Why are they damaged? Why is thyroxin so important?
It all has to do with genes and the genetic programs that are unleashed following conception. Think about it for a moment. The eye, the ear, the heart, brain—how about everything!—will need to be formed according to plan. The genes tucked safely within the nucleus of the cell are the plan! This is where thyroxin comes in. Thyroxin is the hormone of fetal development. It orchestrates the genetic events that precisely form a new little life. Apparently, there are between 2,000 and 10,000 receptors responsive to thyroid hormone within the nucleus of any given cell, making thyroid hormone intimately involved in initiating and regulating genetic events (Neves et al., 2002). When supplies are low for any length of time, genetic programs may not fulfill their mission, and birth defects can emerge.
By birth defects, I don’t necessarily mean physical birth defects. Under this banner, I also include defects that occur within the developing brain. Indeed, the brain is very sensitive to low thyroid hormone levels during gestation. It may not form as intended when the supply of thyroid hormone is low.
Epidemiological studies have indicated that even a marginally low thyroxin [T4] level in a pregnant woman may give rise to reduction in cognitive function of the offspring. Thus, even minor changes in the thyroid homeostasis may affect neurological development. (Boas et al., 2012, emphasis added)
Well, we wouldn’t want any of this altered neurologic development around, now would we? But it’s everywhere! Have you heard of autism? When I first started paying attention to autism some 6 or 7 years ago, I was alarmed at the statistic that 1 in 150 children was being diagnosed with this disorder, per year. A few years later, the statistic was 1 in 88. Now, in 2014, 1 in 68 children will receive this diagnosis. Hearts will be broken. And if you doubt whether autism is related to the thyroid hormone status in Mom during gestation, you may want to reconsider. You may need to have a lively little discussion with Dr. Román.
Maternal hypothyroidism causes pregnancy complications, including postpartum hemorrhage, placental abruption, and preterm labor; some of these are risk factors for autism. (Román et al., 2013)
Of related interest is the finding that a family history of autoimmune thyroiditis doubled the risk of autism. (Román, 2007)
If Dr. Román is out of the office, see if you can find Dr. Hendricks around somewhere. Ask him how important thyroxin is to the developing brain. He will probably say something like:
Animal models confirm that the first half of pregnancy may constitute a sensitive period in which maternal hypothyroxinemia alters neurogenesis and causes neuronal migration errors in the developing fetal brain. (Hendricks et al., 2013)
Oh, I’ve somehow slipped a new word into the conversation, hypothyroxinemia. What is this? Hypothyroxinemia is a low level of thyroxin in the blood stream (in Mom) when the TSH, a laboratory test used to detect thyroid abnormalities, says, “All is well!” Hypothyroxinemia is just another way for the developing baby to become hypothyroid during gestation, and the mother (and the physician) will be so unaware of its existence. You don’t feel hypothyroxinemia like you may feel hypothyroidism. Most often, it is silent, but ever ready to harm. It may be comforting to have normal TSH result in hand, but you will be missed, your baby will be missed, if a free T4 (and free T3) are not part of the prenatal evaluation. “Oh, I’ve never heard of hypothyroxinemia before, it must be rare!” You shouldn’t have said that. “While the incidence of hypothyroidism in pregnant women is around 2.5%, hypothyroxinemia is much more prevalent, up to 30%, and it is usually due to mild iodine deficiency.” (Bernal, 2014, emphasis added) Notice the words “mild iodine deficiency”—very important. Mildly iodine-deficient women are everywhere!
I knew someone would go and slip the words iodine deficiency into the conversation. (I think it was me.) “Oh, but that’s probably rare, too!” (You keep saying the silliest of things.) Just admit it, you were totally unaware that the USA is an iodine-deficient region (Stagnaro-Green and Pearce, 2012). Sure, iodized salt has saved us from goiter—that is, big ugly goiter—but iodine deficiency still remains a big problem in our corner of the globe. And pregnancy, due to an increased demand for iodine and an increased renal secretion of iodine that automatically occurs during pregnancy, will easily convert an iodine-sufficient woman into an iodine-deficient woman as the pregnancy progresses. (It will also convert an iodine deficient woman into a more iodine deficient woman.) And just for the record, iodine deficiency leads to hypothyroxinemia. So, as you can see, iodine deficiency is just another way for Baby to become hypothyroid and at great risk for improper development.
In the United States, a seven-fold increase in the frequency of moderate iodine deficiency among pregnant women has occurred since the 1970s, along with a four-fold increase in the frequency of moderate iodine deficiency in the total population, coincident with a greater than 50% decline in urinary iodine excretion, along with subclinical signs of thyroid deficiency. (Román, 2007)
I’d better bring this discussion to a close before I go and introduce another new word or concept that will require me to go on and on to explain. And believe me, I could go on and on. There are babies at risk here! They must be found.
When the potential adverse outcomes are so significant and the tools to diagnose and intervene are easily accessible, however, leaving maternal thyroid disease underdiagnosed, even in one third of pregnant women, is no longer acceptable. (Brent, 2007)
I think you are getting the idea here. Maternal thyroid dysfunction is not benign. It has serious consequences. A war should be declared against it. Let’s close with this: Hypothyroidism, imposed on the developing fetus, impairs development . . . period! The results could range from “Why is my child having such a difficult time learning to put the right shoe on the right foot?” to “Why does my child have autism?” or “Why does my child have cerebral palsy?” Of course, there is this haunting question: “Why, oh why, did I lose my baby?” These questions are asked all too frequently. Universal screening for thyroid dysfunction, both before and during pregnancy, will save many babies from defects of body and of mind. It is certain to save many babies from death before birth.

About Eugene L. Heyden, RN

Eugene L. Heyden, RN is a registered nurse with nearly 35 years of clinical experience, and in a variety of clinical settings. His passions include medical research and patient education. He is the author of The Impact of Vitamin D Deficiency, Mommy, Me, and Vitamin D, and Preventing Birth Defects: Understanding the Iodine/Thyroid Hormone Connection.


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Five Powerful Ways to Reduce Blood Sugar

Reposted from Wheat Belly

Left to conventional advice on diet and you will, more than likely, succumb to diabetes sooner or later. Follow your doctor’s advice to cut fat and eat more “healthy whole grains” and oral diabetes medication and insulin are surely in your future. Turn elsewhere for advice, however, on how to reduce blood sugars sufficient to never become diabetic or to reverse an established diagnosis, and you can create a powerful collection of strategies that handily trump the worthless advice being passed off by the USDA, American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Among the most powerful and effective strategies to reduce blood sugar:

1) Eat no grains
Recall that amylopectin A, the complex carbohydrate of grains, is highly digestible, unlike most of the other components of the seeds of grasses, subject to digestion by the enzyme, amylase, in saliva and stomach. This explains why, ounce for ounce, grains raise blood sugar higher than table sugar. Eat no grains = remove the exceptional glycemic potential of amylopectin A.

2) Add no sugars, avoid high-fructose corn syrup
This should be pretty obvious, but note that the majority of processed foods contain sweeteners such as sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup, tailored to please the increased desire for sweetness among grain-consuming people. While fructose does not raise blood sugar acutely, it does so in delayed fashion, along with triggering other metabolic distortions such as increased triglycerides and fatty liver.

3) Vitamin D
As vitamin D restores normal responsiveness to insulin, getting vitamin D right helps reduce blood sugar naturally while providing a range of other health benefits.

4) Restore bowel flora
As cultivation of some Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species in bowel flora yields fatty acids that restore insulin responsiveness, this leads to reductions in blood sugar. Minus the bowel flora-disrupting effects of grains and sugars, a purposeful program of bowel flora restoration is required. (Also discussed at length in Wheat Belly Total Health.)

5) Exercise
Blood sugar is reduced during and immediately following exercise, with the effect continuing for many hours afterwards, even into the next day.

Say Goodbye To Gout Forever With This Powerful Natural Treatment !

Reposted from Health and Weight Loss Done

Gout is a complicated form of arthritis that is covered in mystery and is mostly overlooked by people who haven’t experienced it. This condition can be unbearable for those who are having it.
Gout is caused from build-up of uric acid in the blood as a result from breakdown of waste compounds that are processed by the kidneys and dissolved in the blood. Gout attacks are caused from the inability of the kidneys to rapidly get rid of the uric acid, which results with crystalizing and buildup of the waste in the joint.
Common symptoms are tenderness, sudden pain, redness in joint, and heat. This is a chronic disease and many people who suffer from it, don’t like to take aspirin till the end of their lives. Mixture from this three ingredients will naturally heal and prevent gout symptoms as anti-inflammatory drugs do.


  • 1 cup of tart cherry juice
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1-2 teaspoons of powdered turmeric
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root or 2-3 teaspoons of powdered ginger
  • Food processor and Blender
  • A strainer
  • A glass container with tight lid
  • Honey

Method of Preparation:

Cut the skin and remove the stem of the pineapple. You can use the stem if you like, because it contains a lot of bromein in it, but it’s ok to use the fruit only. Slice the pineapple into chunks, and put them in the blender. Blend them until they are evenly mashed up, and after that, add the cup of tart cherry juice, then sprinkle the teaspoons of ginger and turmeric.

Store the mixture in the glass container, and close it tight. Put it in your refrigerator and allow it to tighten up for 10 days. Optionally, you can add honey for better taste or you can play with the amounts of ginger and turmeric, depending on your taste. This miraculous drink can stay up to one month in your fridge. If you can consume it on a daily basis, go for it!