Health

J. D. Heyes – Health insurers seek huge price increases as ‘affordable’ Obamacare coverage exposed as yet another government price-gouging scam

July 30, 2015

President Obama’s supporters are quick to tout his record as one of tremendous success, especially his “reform” of health care, but that is largely because they like him personally – not because Obamacare has been a rousing success. By any measure the law, which has routinely been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court as constitutional despite the use of dubious legal justifications, remains largely unpopular among a majority of Americans. In addition to that, almost nothing of what the president and acceding Democrats promised the law would do has come to fruition. Indeed, on a number of fronts, the law has created the exact opposite effects. Read

Jeff Gerth – FDA Examines Whether MRI Drugs Accumulate in Brain Tissue

July 30, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration announced today it is investigating the risk of brain deposits for patients who are given repeated MRIs using imaging drugs that contain a heavy metal. The FDA did not announce any label changes for the nine medicines that contain the metal, gadolinium, saying there was a “need for additional information.” However, “to reduce the potential for gadolinium accumulation,” the safety announcement asked health care professionals to “consider limiting” their use and to reexamine “the necessity of repetitive” MRIs involving these drugs.  ProPublica has extensively reported on the potential risks of contrast agents, including a call by two prominent radiologists for more research following recent studies that unexpectedly found gadolinium in the brain tissues of patients. The patients each underwent at least four scans using two of the nine agents currently on the market. It is not known if the deposits are harmful. Read

Martha Rosenberg – Big Pharma’s Profiteers: You Want Us to Pay What for These Meds?

July 29, 2015

It is no secret that the pill profit party is over for drug companies. Bestselling pills like Lipitor, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Singular, Concerta, Cymbalta and Abilify have gone off patent and Wall Street is moving on to industries that offer better returns. To combat investor disenchantment, drug companies have rolled out expensive drugs that treat such rare conditions,  they almost sound like satire. If you are sleepy during the day, you may have narcolepsy says Jazz Pharmaceuticals which its drug Xyrem treats for $35,000 per year.  If you have frequent diarrhea, gas and bloating, you may have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency says AbbVie to sell the drug Creon. Read More

Adam Johnson – New Study Suggests Too Much TV Increases Chances of Getting Alzheimer’s

July 29, 2015

Spoiler alert: too much television may lead to an increased risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Washington Post [3], researchers at the Northern California Institute for Research and Education in San Francisco have found those who watch four hours or more of television per day scored lower on cognitive performance tests in middle age. The effect is all the more troubling because the median age of Americans is increasing. According to the Post: Read

Errors, fraud, lies, and William Saletan – GM papaya: Saviour or health risk?

July 29, 2015

In Part 1 of this series we saw how Saletan used his Slate magazine piece to blame the critics of golden rice for the blindness and death of countless malnourished children, without making it clear that the real reasons this GMO crop is still unavailable are: 1. it has failed its field trials; 2. it hasn’t been safety tested; 3. it hasn’t even been shown to help the malnourished. Saletan also omitted to mention that tried and tested approaches to tackling vitamin A deficiency have already achieved a rapid reduction in the problem in the Philippines, the main target country for golden rice. In Part 2 we also considered Saletan’s sins of omission. We saw how he sought to bury the fact that the World Health Organization’s experts had declared the herbicide with which over 80% of the world’s GMO crops are grown a “probable human carcinogen”, while his authority for claiming that “experts agree” glyphosate is “relatively benign” was a report by US Dept of Agriculture economists that contained no evidence that could possibly support such an assertion. Read

Ben Spencer – The placebo effect IS real – even when patients know the treatment they are getting is fake

July 29, 2015

The placebo effect is real – even if you know the treatment you’ve been given has no medical value, research has concluded. Scientists found patients given a fake painkiller continued to feel benefits from it after they were told it was not genuine. But there was a catch. In order to feel these effects, the subjects had to be conditioned into thinking that the treatment was real – and needed enough time for this belief to become ingrained. Those told it was fake after just one session did not continue to experience pain relief, the US study found, but those told after four sessions still felt the benefits. Senior author Tor Wager, of the University of Colorado Boulder, said: ‘We’re still learning a lot about the critical ingredients of placebo effects. ‘What we think now is that they require both belief in the power of the treatment and experiences that are consistent with those beliefs. Read

Robert Harrington – Chemotherapy: Another Study Shows that it ‘Just Doesn’t Work’ with QOL during Stage 4 Cancers

July 29, 2015

A new study demonstrates that those with terminal cancer do not necessarily benefit from chemotherapy. In fact, the results show just the opposite can occur. The closer the cancer patient is to death’s door, the more likely that chemotherapy will accelerate the dying process, as well as considerably affect their quality of life for the worse. The better their quality of life, the more it will be eroded by the ravages of chemotherapy. The older the cancer patient the more compromised the immune system, which then makes the individual more susceptible to all sorts of secondary infections and opportunistic pathogens. By administering chemo to the elderly with terminal cancer, the body’s natural defenses are simply overwhelmed. Oncologists have observed this phenomenon for decades. Nonetheless, hospital cancer patients are routinely administered their chemo regardless of these significant factors. Read

Claire Bernish – Is a Mandatory DNA Database for All Americans Coming Soon?

July 29, 2015

Although many thought the U.S. would see it first, mandatory DNA testing—for every citizen, foreign resident, and visitor—is now the law in Kuwait. Violations of this truly dystopic law carry the penalty of a yearin prison or a fine of $33,000—but falsifying a DNA sample carries a seven year prison term. If you think this won’t come to the U.S., you should carefully consider how frighteningly close we already are—and the rather daunting future implications. The Kuwaiti government made the groundbreaking—albeit terrifying—decision [2] to require mass DNA collection following the June 26 bombing [3] of a Shia mosque in Kuwait City that killed 25 and injured over 200. That attack was part one of three the same day—all claimed by ISIL (ISIS, IS)—that included a mass shooting at a tourist resort in Tunisia, which left 28 dead and 36 injured, and an explosion at a gas factory near Lyon, France. Passed in early July at a cost of $400 million, the procedures for DNA testing and collection are not yet known, but the project is expected to be complete no later than September 2016. Read

Vandana Shiva: ‘We Must End Monsanto’s Colonization, Its Enslavement of Farmers’

July 29, 2015

Citizens of the U.S. are being denied the right to know what they are feeding their families. Despite the fact that 90 percent of American citizens want GMO labeling on their food, big business is doing everything it can to prevent people from accessing their rights. Representative Pompeo’s bill, popularly known as the DARK Act (Denying Americans the Right to Know), has been written almost entirely by the biotech industry lobby. While American citizens are advocating for their rights to knowledge and healthy, affordable food, Monsanto’s legal team is busy on every legislative level trying to prevent this from happening. Monsanto’s subversion of democratic legal processes is not new. In fact, it is their modus operandi, be it the subversion of LA’s decision to be GMO free by amending the California Seed Law—equating corporations with persons and making seed libraries and exchange of seed beyond 3 miles illegal—or suing Maui County for passing a law banning GMOs. Read

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – Vaccines, Mercury & Dirty Money

July 28, 2015

I am pro-vaccine. I had all of my six children vaccinated. I believe that vaccines save millions of lives. So let me explain why I edited the book “Thimerosal: Let The Science Speak,” which exposes the dangerous – and wholly unnecessary – use of the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in vaccines being given to millions of children and pregnant women here and around the world. Vaccines are big business. Pharma is a trillion-dollar industry with vaccines accounting for $25 billion in annual sales. CDC’s decision to add a vaccine to the schedule can guarantee its manufacturer millions of customers and billions in revenue with minimal advertising or marketing costs and complete immunity from lawsuits. High stakes and the seamless marriage between Big Pharma and government agencies have spawned an opaque and crooked regulatory system. Merck, one of America’s leading vaccine outfits, is currently under investigation for deceiving FDA regulators about the effectiveness of its MMR vaccine. Two whistleblowers say Merck ginned up sham studies to maintain Merck’s MMR monopoly. Read
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