Infectious Myth – Dr. Remington Nevin on dangers of the malaria drug Mefloquine – 07.28.15

July 31, 2015

In episode 67 David interviews Dr. Remington Nevin about the controversial anti-malarial drug mefloquine that for decades was given to soldiers in the US and other militaries because of its ability to kill the malaria parasite, despite knowledge of its toxicity. Mefloquine is a member of the Quinoline family of drugs, several of which have psychiatric side effects, but Mefloquine became the drug most widely used, until quite recently. This is despite the experience of side effects like nightmares, psychotic outbursts, hallucinations, depersonalization and amnesia. After discussing the history of the drug’s development, and the type of side effects experienced, David and Dr. Nevin discuss several disturbing possibilities, including that some psychotic episodes such as the massacre by Sgt. Bales of 16 Afghans could have been triggered by the drug. Some people believe that the use of high doses of mefloquine was not a public health measure, but was used to ‘soften up’ prisoners at Guantanamo prior to their torture there. The use of chloroquine drugs like mefloquine in the MK-Ultra CIA drug experiments is discussed. Perhaps most disturbingly of all, there is speculation, based on knowledge of the CIA program, that mefloquine side effects were seen as ‘performance enhancing’, making


July 15, 2015

Changes in key biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease during midlife may help identify those who will develop dementia years later, new research suggests. The study focused on data gathered over 10 years and involved 169 cognitively normal research participants ages 45 to 75 when they entered the study. Each participant received a complete clinical, cognitive imaging, and cerebrospinal fluid biomarker analysis every three years, with a minimum of two evaluations. At the participants’ initial assessments, researchers divided them into three age groups: early-middle age (45-54); mid-middle age (55- 64); and late-middle age (65-74). The changes were more pronounced in people who carried a form of a gene that significantly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The gene is known as APOE, and scientists have known that people with two copies of a particular version of this gene have up to 10 times the risk of developing Alzheimer’s as those with other versions of the gene. “It’s too early to use these biomarkers to definitively predict whether individual patients will develop Alzheimer’s disease, but we’re working toward that goal,” says Anne Fagan, a neurology professor at Washington University School of Medicine​ in St. Louis. Read

Impact of Rapid Urbanization on Health by CESAR CHELALA

July 7, 2015

Rapid urbanization has significant repercussions on migrants’ health. The increasing movement of people from rural to urban areas often alters the characteristic epidemiological disease profile of the country, and at the same time new diseases appear or old ones reemerge. Such is the case of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Urbanization is also associated with changes in diet and exercise that increase the prevalence of obesity with increased risks of type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Additional mobility-related risks among migrants include poverty, vulnerability to sexual abuse and exploitation, dangerous working conditions and separation from social support networks. Many of these conditions affect the most vulnerable segments of the population: women, children and the elderly. Although many migrants are young and healthy when they arrive in the cities, poor and overcrowding conditions increase the incidence of some diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever and respiratory diseases when compared to local residents. In recent years, for example, tuberculosis has shown higher rates of infection, a problem compounded by delayed diagnosis and inadequate care. In addition, migrants show high rates of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Because of their high mobility, migrants tend to spread the virus when they return to the countryside,

13 Year Old World Championship Karate Student Forced to Quit After Gardasil Vaccine By Simona

July 6, 2015

My daughter Chiara is 13 years old. She was an athlete with a history of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis with elevated levels of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies. We discovered it much before receiving HPV vaccine. I can tell you that she was a good athlete. Hashimoto’s did not stop her from participating in the World Championship Karate in Caorle twice. In 2010, she won the brown belt. Chiara’s other hobbies included painting, singing and practicing sports. That was before Gardasil. Chiara’s story after Gardasil is as follows: She received the first injection of the HPV vaccine Gardasil in March 2013.  It was about ten days before her menstrual cycle. Afterward, she was sick for three days showing nausea, headache, stomach-ache and faint. In April 2013 she was again sick for five days but the doctor said that could be just a strong menstrual syndrome. In May 2013 she received the second shot and she was sick again for seven days. During June 2013 she stayed sick for ten days. By July 2013 she had an osteocondrite (a joint condition whereby a variable amount of bone and its adjacent cartilage loses its blood supply) at her astragalus (ankle) so she had to stop practicing

5 Most Common Regrets The Dying Have by BRONNIE WARE

June 30, 2015

Priorities become crystal clear when people know their days are numbered, Bronnie Ware realised while working with terminally ill patients. She shares the five most common regrets the dying have. For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five: 1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many

Gardasil Firestorm in Denmark BY NORMA ERICKSON

June 25, 2015

In March 2015, a Danish national television station (TV2) aired a documentary focusing on girls who suspected they had been injured by the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Immediately after the airing of the show, girls with similar experiences started coming out of the woodwork. Virtually all of the girls had the same story to tell. They began to have serious new medical conditions shortly after using Gardasil so they would go to the doctor. According to Luise Juellund, the vast majority of doctors would tell them the HPV vaccine has no serious side effects and offer psychological problems as an alternative reason for the new symptoms. Luise should know, her daughter is one of the seriously injured and cannot be left home alone because of daily seizures and hour-long periods of unconsciousness. After disclosing the new symptoms she was experiencing after Gardasil, she was referred for psychological evaluation. Psychiatrists cleared her and she has now been diagnosed with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) a suspected side effect of HPV vaccines. According to Peter la Cour, Head of the Center for Functional Disorders in Copenhagen, the practice of refusing girls the opportunity for medical examination and treatment on the grounds that psychological problems

The Lancet: Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us… Quitting Them Can Save Us – Jon Queally

June 24, 2015

The bad news is very bad, indeed. But first, the good news: “Responding to climate change could be the biggest global health opportunity of this century.” That message is the silver lining contained in a comprehensive newly published report by The Lancet, the UK-based medical journal, which explores the complex intersection between global human health and climate change. “It took on entrenched interests such as the tobacco industry and led the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Now is the time for us to lead the way in responding to another great threat to human and environmental health.” — Prof. Peng Gong, Tsinghua University The wide-ranging and peer-reviewed report—titled Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health—declares that the negative impacts of human-caused global warming have put at risk some of the world’s most impressive health gains over the last half century. What’s more, it says, continued use of fossil fuels is leading humanity to a future in which infectious disease patterns, air pollution, food insecurity and malnutrition, involuntary migration, displacement, and violent conflict will all be made made worse. “Climate change,” said commission co-chairman Dr. Anthony Costello, a pediatrician and director of the Global Health Institute at the University College of London, “has the

Biodiversity reduces human, wildlife diseases and crop pests

June 15, 2015

With infectious diseases increasing worldwide, the need to understand how and why disease outbreaks occur is becoming increasingly important. Looking for answers, a team of University of South Florida (USF) biologists and colleagues found broad evidence that supports the controversial ‘dilution effect hypothesis,’ which suggests that biodiversity limits outbreaks of disease among humans and wildlife. The paper describing their research appears in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ‘The dilution effect hypothesis is important because it warns that human-mediated biodiversity losses can exacerbate disease outbreaks, yet it has been contentiously debated,’ said study lead author Dr. David Civitello, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Biology at USF. Much of the debate about the dilution effect hypothesis has focused on whether it applies generally or only to a few select parasites. Until now, there have been no quantitative assessments to broadly support or refute it, and the lack of evidence has hampered understanding the relationship between biodiversity and disease risk. In reaching their conclusions, the research team reviewed more than 200 assessments relating biodiversity to disease and found that the dilution effect applied broadly to many parasitic species. Read

The Unprecedented War On Our Children -By Paul A Philips

June 15, 2015

Sure, our children are the future. But what kind of future do they have when most of the populace is either in ignorance or acquiescence when it comes to the unprecedented war on our children through the corporatist agenda? The ruling elite know that our children have to be dumbed down and controlled because they are the biggest threat to ending their mass-enslavement corporatist agenda: Our children are the key to our planetary awakening, but here is a list on how they are getting systematically destroyed. The Big Pharma war our children From governmental regulatory bodies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)… right up to the Presidential office the government have become nothing more than obedient lapdogs to Big Pharma’s profit machine, making this unholy alliance a major threat to the welfare of our children through the increasing use of brain and body degrading toxic mass medications with their side-effects. The vaccination agenda Typically the dumbing down begins with the vaccination agenda. A child would have received some 25 vaccinations by the age of 6 years old as in the case of the USA making it an out-and-out assault on a very young undeveloped immune

Data scientists find connections between birth month and health – Dr. Nick Tatonetti

June 9, 2015

Columbia University scientists have developed a computational method to investigate the relationship between birth month and disease risk. The researchers used this algorithm to examine New York City medical databases and found 55 diseases that correlated with the season of birth. Overall, the study indicated people born in May had the lowest disease risk, and those born in October the highest. The study was published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association. “This data could help scientists uncover new disease risk factors,” said study senior author Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD, an assistant professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and Columbia’s Data Science Institute. The researchers plan to replicate their study with data from several other locations in the U.S. and abroad to see how results vary with the change of seasons and environmental factors in those places. By identifying what’s causing disease disparities by birth month, the researchers hope to figure out how they might close the gap. Earlier research on individual diseases such as ADHD and asthma suggested a connection between birth season and incidence, but no large-scale studies had been undertaken. This motivated Columbia’s scientists to compare 1,688 diseases against the birth dates and medical histories of
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