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Reports of rare superbug jump in US, CDC says

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In the U.S. today, the most common type of highly drug-resistant germs known as CREs are the Klebsiella pneumonia bacteria like those shown here. Nearly untreatable, they're being detected in a growing number of health care settings.

By JoNel Aleccia,  Staff Writer, NBC News

A sharp jump in the number of rare but potentially deadly types of a superbug resistant to nearly all last-resort antibiotics has prompted government health officials to renew warnings for U.S. hospitals, nursing homes and other health care settings.

The move comes just as researchers in Israel are reporting that people who carry dangerous CRE -- Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae -- can take more than a year before they test negative for the bacteria, making it more difficult to control and raising the risk of wider spread.

Reports of unusual forms of CRE have nearly doubled in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this month. Of 37 cases of rare forms of CRE, including the alarming NDM  -- New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase -- 15 have been reported since last July.

“This increase highlights the need for U.S. health care providers to act aggressively to prevent the emergence and spread of these unusual CRE organisms,” the CDC said in a health advisory.

CREs are part of a family of drug-resistant germs that have shown up in growing numbers of U.S. health care settings. They’re named for their ability to elude carbapenem antibiotics, the big guns in the medical arsenal. They usually strike people who are already ill and require devices such as ventilators or catheters or who have been taking antibiotics for a long time. But they can infect any patient.

Twenty-nine of the unusual CRE cases have been NDM, up from the first case detected in the U.S. in 2010, said the CDC's Dr. Alex Kallen, a medical epidemiologist and outbreak response coordinator in the agency’s Healthcare Quality Promotion division. It's especially worrying because it confers resistance to multiple drugs and is easily transmitted to other types of bacteria.

The others were even rarer types of CRE, including VIMs, IMPs and OXA-48s, all of which produce enzymes that render most antibiotics virtually useless.

The agency called for stricter isolation and hygiene precautions, increased screening of patients potentially colonized with CRE and better communication within and between hospitals and other health care settings where the bugs can become intractable -- and deadly. CRE infections have a mortality rate of up to 40 percent, much higher than other health care infections, such as those caused by MRSA or C. difficile.

“Our main objective is to slow or stop the spread in places where we can identify them,” said Kallen. “Right now, the therapeutic options are very limited.”

Health officials have been worried about them for more than a decade, particularly the KPCs, or carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumonia, which have now been reported in 43 U.S. states, the CDC reports.

Nine states have reported NDMs and at least two have reported other rare forms that also block antibiotic effectiveness, including those known as VIMs, or Verona integron-encoded metallo-beta-lactamase, and IMPs.  So far, they’ve been associated mostly with people who’ve been hospitalized in countries outside the U.S.

The bugs were in the news last summer after reports of a CRE strain of Klebsiella penumoniae roared through the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center near Washington, D.C., killing seven people, including a 16-year-old boy.

In Colorado last summer, NDM-producing CRE was detected in eight patients, the largest outbreak in the U.S. to date, according to a CDC report this month. It was found largely because the University of Colorado Hospital already has stringent surveillance protocols in place, said Dr. Michelle Barron, director of infection control and prevention. Since then, the hospital has probably tested 500 or 600 patients with unusual resistance patterns, she told NBC News. 

None of the eight patients in the original outbreak died. The evidence showed that patients who were colonized with the germs, but not actually sick, contributed to the spread.

That’s a point underscored by the study by Israeli doctors published Wednesday in the American Journal of Infection Control. They studied medical records of adult patients hospitalized between January 2009 and December 2010 at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, a 700-bed, university-affiliated hospital in Jerusalem.

In 97 patients with positive CRE cultures, it took a mean time of 387 days to log a negative test -- and nearly 40 percent remained positive after a year, according to Dr. Amon Yinnon, one of the study authors.

“The major concern is that an undiagnosed carrier may be admitted to hospital for totally unrelated reasons, and subsequently and unwittingly pass his CRE to other patients,” Yinnon said in an email to NBC News.

Patients who were hospitalized repeatedly were at higher risk of remaining colonized with CRE, the study found.

CDC officials hope to increase awareness of the growing problem among the general public as well as the health care providers before it gets out of control.

“I can’t predict the future, of course, but there is a concern that we can see more of these as they spread,” Kallen said. “This can become a community bug.”

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Flu vaccine almost 'completely ineffective' in people over 65

Flu vaccine almost 'completely ineffective' in people over 65 --Hospitalizations and deaths some of highest ever recorded for elderly 21 Feb 2013 This season's flu vaccine was almost completely ineffective in people over 65, which could explain why rates of hospitalization and death have been some of the highest ever recorded for that age group, according to early estimates released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For those over 65, the flu vaccine helped in just 9% of cases, a number too low to be statistically significant, according to a report in the CDC's Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report released Thursday. This season's flu hospitalization and death rates in those over 65 have been "higher than we've ever seen with this group," said Michael Jhung, a CDC epidemiologist.


B12 Whistleblowers – The Epidemic Rages

“If the health care community fails to be responsible and protect the public, the public must be proactive and protect itself.”

Masked behind misdiagnoses, vitamin B12 deficiency has slowly grown to become the most untreated nutritional disorder causing injury in the U.S., striking 16% or approximately 48 million Americans.

Included in that number are an estimated 15% to 25% of older adults, but many are never tested or diagnosed. B12 deficiency causes poor health, serious injury—even death.  Many health care professionals mistakenly attribute signs and symptoms of B12 deficiency to aging.  B12 deficiency causes symptoms such as:

·         Dizziness

·         Numbness/tingling

·         Dementia

·         Mental illness

·         Tremor

·         Difficulty walking

·         Balance problems

·         Frequent falls

It is commonly misdiagnosed as:

·         Alzheimer’s disease

·         Depression

·         Diabetic neuropathy

·         Parkinson’s

·         Vertigo

·         Mini-strokes

As a practicing emergency nurse for 26 years and personally having undiagnosed B12 deficiency, seeing the consequences first hand in myself as well as my patients, I felt compelled to share my concerns with the public.   Working with Jeffrey Stuart, D.O. board certified in emergency medicine, we wrote Could it B12: An Epidemic of Misdiagnosis,a book that has been called “the definitive book on B12 deficiency, diagnosis and treatment for the lay reader and interested physician.”

Passionate about educating the public about this unrecognized disorder, we cannot tolerate one more B12-related injury.  We believe that until the health care industry is reeducated and improved pathways are implemented, the public is at great risk for misdiagnosis.  We need to hold health care professionals and institutions accountable to the patients they serve.

We are fortunate enough to have Emmy-winning film director Elissa Leonard produce a documentary based on our book.  She is passionate about educating the U.S. about this unrecognized disorder. Her goal is to uncover whatever truths she can find: “Is there an epidemic of misdiagnosis? Do doctors know what to look for and are they looking for it? What is the state of our scientific knowledge? Has the federal fortification of foods with folic acid caused harm and to whom?” she says, “This would be the definitive B12 movie.”  You can watch this 51minute documentary on your own, for free or via our website www.B12Awareness.org

B12 deficiency not only strikes the elderly, but it can also mimic multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and post-partum depression/psychosis. It can make men or women infertile and cause developmental disabilities or autistic-like symptoms in children.  It lurks silently, increasing its victim’s risk of deadly disease ranging from stroke and heart attacks to cancer.  Risk factors for B12 deficiency include:

·         Vegan/vegetarianism

·         Alcoholism

·         Celiac disease (gluten enteropathy)

·         Crohn’s disease

·         Gastric bypass

·         Autoimmune diseases

·         Diabetes

·         Cancer

·         AIDS

·         Hepatitis C

The B12 deficiency epidemic continues to rage, invisible to the public until recently and virtually undetected by most medical and health care professionals.  A safe, simple and inexpensive cure exists but only a minority of sufferers received proper treatment or even an accurate diagnosis.  As a result, millions of people suffer from this crippling disorder and many lose their lives.  Untreated B12 deficiency wastes millions of health care dollars adding to the budget deficit as well as hurting our own pocket books.

Dr. Stuart and I have declared September to be B12 Awareness Month and are trying to get legislation passed to officially recognize B12 Awareness Month annually.  I will be at Expo West so please feel free to visit me at booth 1860 on the 8th from 12-2 and 9th 1-3.


Teen dies from flu after receiving flu shot

by: Ethan A. Huff

A second Minnesota teenager has reportedly died from complications of infection with influenza Type A during this current flu season, prompting health officials across the state to urge the public to get flu shots for their own protection. But missing from many of the news reports on this tragedy is the fact that the child in question, 14-year-old Carly Christenson, had already been vaccinated for influenza before flu season even started, proving the utter failure of flu shots to protect against the flu.

As reported by CBS 4 News in Minnesota, young Carly passed away on January 8, 2013, not long after she was admitted to urgent care with a bad sore throat. Believing the symptoms to stem from a mild infection, doctors at the response center gave Carly a prescription for Prednisone, a powerful steroid drug used to treat inflammation, and sent her on her way. But by the next morning, things for Carly took a serious turn for the worse.

According to reports, Carly’s sore throat evolved into a serious fever that included shortness of breath and wheezing. Her lungs filled with fluid not long after that, and she had to be rushed to the hospital to have a heart and lung bypass with an ACMO machine. In the days that followed, Carly was given regular blood transfusions, but these were ultimately not enough — she died just a few days later.

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The New Norovirus – Next Big Health Scare

woman in bed with fluThe now infamous norovirus dubbed GII.4 Sydney (Genogroup II and genotype 4 = GII.4) strain that emerged from Australia in March 2012 is responsible for nearly 53% of the worldwide outbreaks of norovirus.

The remaining 47% of noroviruses were the result of “10 different GI and GII genotypes, including GII.4 New Orleans”, GII.4 Sydney’s predecessor. 51% of the GII.4 Sydney cases were attributed to direct person-to-person transmission as opposed to food contamination. (1)

Noroviruses spread very rapidly and mutate almost as quickly. As a result, there are several variants of the virus and the virus is constantly in a state of change.

The complexity of noroviruses can be best understood when you realize that out of the five genogroups (groups of related viruses within a genus or origin) (2) there are a minimum of 34 genotypes (sub-groups) that are currently known. Most of the time when you contract a stomach virus, it’s the result of one of the norovirus genogroups.

Its ability to mutate makes this virus genus challenging to anticipate, track and much less develop a vaccine against it. As a complex viral strain, the norovirus mutations are ongoing. In fact, the CDC has tracked four new strains every two to three years over the last 10 years.

It’s important to understand that not all new virus strains result in epidemic outbreaks. Many times when people learn of a new virus strain, they suffer unnecessary panic.

Noroviruses aren’t new. They just went unidentified up until 1968, when they were then identified thanks to better diagnostic methods and technology. Many people believe incorrectly that a norovirus is the same as stomach flu. While it may have some of the same stomach flu symptoms–severe diarrhea and vomiting–it’s a different strain completely.

Norovirus Statistics Can Be Misleading

Out of 70,000 people hospitalized annually, 800 die from the virus. (3)

If taken without explanation, these statistics alarm most people who believe the average person might fall victim and become one of the 800 death statistics. This isn’t true.

First of all, these statistics are of known cases, meaning people who have been hospitalized and treated specifically for norovirus. Most people who contract a norovirus recover and don’t require hospitalization, therefore, those cases aren’t reported.

Stool or vomitus must be analyzed in order to diagnose norovirus. This type of diagnostic tool is only used for severe cases that require hospitalization or whenever a group of people become ill.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease and Control), the people at greatest risk of hospitalization and death as a result of a norovirus are “elderly persons, young children, and immunocompromised patients”. (1)

The norovirus is transmitted 51% of the time through personal contact. 20% of those who contract the virus do so through the transference of the virus through food preparation.

The common place where the virus breeds and is easily transmitted is in large crowds. These can be any educational institute or school. Cruise ships are notorious for outbreaks as are nursing homes and military installations. (3)

It’s understandable then, that the higher mortality rate falls within the three specific groups of patients. Any place where people are congregated or live together has a higher risk factor than individuals living in their homes.

The elderly typically have a weaker immune system due to age and other debilitating diseases. Children are weaker simply because their immune systems aren’t fully developed and body mass is considerably less than an adult.  Patients with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to disease and have little reserve for fending off a vicious viral attack.

graph of norovirus cases

Precaution against Contracting a Norovirus

Currently, there is no cure or treatment for norovirus. Avoidance in catching the virus is the best line of defense. The way to accomplish this is through the practice of good hygiene.

The CDC advises:

“Proper hand hygiene, environmental disinfection, and isolation of ill persons remain the mainstays of norovirus prevention and control.”

You should wash your hands frequently, using soap and running water for a period of no less than 20 seconds, especially before eating. It’s also advised that you keep your hands out of your mouth and nose as good hygiene practices.(1)

The CDC determined that “ alcohol-based hand sanitizers did not demonstrate any appreciable reduction of viral RNA (ribonucleic acid in genetic material)”. (4)

The CDC also states that:

“Hand sanitizers might serve as an effective adjunct in between proper handwashings but should not be considered a substitute for soap and water handwashing.”

Sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach) is recommended as an “excellent disinfectant that kills the virus” and should be used on surfaces, especially toilets, doorknobs and handrails. (4)

The agency endorses the FDA food code of “no bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods (foods edible without washing, cooking, or additional preparation to achieve food safety)”. (5)

Since a Norovirus is highly contagious, the CDC recommends that all infected people be isolated to prevent spreading the disease. This is a simple yet very effective way to interrupt the spread of the virus and allow it to end with the infected patient(s).

The virus may be contagious for longer periods than suspected. Typically the incubation period is 12 to 48 hours. Once the person becomes sick, he will “shed” the virus within two to five days.

However, stool samples of patients reveal that the virus is still present as many as four weeks after the patient has recovered. Scientists don’t know if the virus is still contagious during this stage of the patient’s recovery, so it’s best to continue with precautions and assume the virus is still active and contagious to others. (4)

Outlook for Seasonal Cases of Norovirus

The CDC reports that January is the peak month for norovirus season. (4) That doesn’t mean outbreaks can’t happen during other times of the year. In fact, each year the United States reports nearly 21 million stomach illnesses as noroviruses. (4)

Just because you’ve had a norovirus doesn’t mean you become immune to the same virus or its variant. For some reason, this virus doesn’t allow for this type of immunity through contraction.

The best way to protect yourself and your family is through good hand-hygiene and surface cleaning. Should a member of your family contract the virus, isolation, regular hand-washing and chlorine bleach cleaning of surface areas may reduce the risk of all family members contracting the virus, too.


The Frightening Tale Of The Antibiotic Apocalypse

Every time your doctor has prescribed you an antibiotic to treat an existing bacterial infection is a time you could have died of that infection. Maybe much less likely in some cases, more likely in others; but the risk is there. Now imagine that antibiotics stop working, especially for the really dangerous cases, and you and everyone you know has to face future infections with nothing better than hope, rest and tea.

Welcome to the antibiotics apocalypse.

Since it could actually happen, I’m going to rate an antibiotic apocalypse, worried over by the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, as well as World Health Organisation head, Margaret Chan, as much scarier than a zombie apocalypse.

As Davies told the UK Parliament last month, “Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at a rate that is both alarming and irreversible – similar to global warming … Bacteria are adapting and finding ways to survive the effects of antibiotics, ultimately becoming resistant so they no longer work.”

Why is this more alarming now? Two reasons, and both have to do with corporate greed. (You are shocked, I know.)

The first reason is that pharmaceutical companies have mostly stopped researching new antibiotics because they aren’t very profitable. Which makes sense. Of course it’s more profitable to come up with new antidepressants and boner pills than the next treatment for staph infection. How often do people get staph?

Well, more often these days, since staph is infecting more people now that it’s developed antibiotic-resistant strains, thanks to modern pig farms. In a sane country, we could call for more public research spending to develop new antibiotics if the market won’t pick up the slack, but that’s just not likely to happen.

Hog confinement barn interior, courtesy EPA.govThough this takes us to the second reason for jumped-up antibiotic resistance, which is modern livestock practices for food animals of all types. Because it turns out that giving animals steady doses of antibiotics in their daily feed helps them put on weight faster, and it has the handy side effect of allowing them to survive incredibly filthy and overcrowded conditions where they’re basically walking around ankle-deep in their own waste. (Mmm, bacon!)

The meat industry now consumes four-fifths of all antibiotics used in the US, or 29.9 billion pounds of antibiotics in 2011, nearly four times the amount prescribed for human illness. Last year, the FDA responded to this crisis by releasing voluntary guidelines for reducing antibiotic use in livestock and banning the non-prescription use in livestock of one class of antibiotics that the meat industry formerly used about 54,000 pounds of per year.

The livestock industry has no qualms against non-therapeutic overuse of even last resort antibiotics that are reserved to treat the most challenging human infections, and they’ll do it remorselessly until the government steps in with a ban. And when you expose bacteria to (even very powerful) antibiotics on a routine basis, basic evolutionary biology tells us that any survivors will develop resistant populations, and basic evolutionary biology is right.

So there you have it. The outlines of an apocalypse, and one that might even peak before global warming can do its worst. I’d like to hear a Republican explain how this can be solved by cutting public health funding or decreasing government regulations and industry oversight — but solely because the inevitable word salad would be the only funny thing about the situation.


Aspartame is, by Far, the Most Dangerous Substance on the Market that is Added To Foods

Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug.

Aspartame was approved for dry goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. It was originally approved for dry goods on July 26, 1974, but objections filed by neuroscience researcher Dr John W. Olney and Consumer attorney James Turner in August 1974 as well as investigations of G.D. Searle’s research practices caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put approval of aspartame on hold (December 5, 1974). In 1985, Monsanto purchased G.D. Searle and made Searle Pharmaceuticals and The NutraSweet Company separate subsidiaries.

Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.

According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

Aspartame is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. The book “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” by James and Phyllis Balch, lists aspartame under the category of “chemical poison.” As you shall see, that is exactly what it is.

What Is Aspartame Made Of?

Aspartic Acid (40 percent of Aspartame)

Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of Mississippi, recently published a book thoroughly detailing the damage that is caused by the ingestion of excessive aspartic acid from aspartame. Blaylock makes use of almost 500 scientific references to show how excess free excitatory amino acids such as aspartic acid and glutamic acid (about 99 percent of monosodium glutamate (MSG) is glutamic acid) in our food supply are causing serious chronic neurological disorders and a myriad of other acute symptoms.

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Drug-resistant whooping cough found in U.S.

NEW YORK — Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be resistant to the vaccine.
Health officials are looking into whether cases like the dozen found in Philadelphia might be one reason the nation just had its worst year for whooping cough in six decades. The new bug was previously reported in Japan, France and Finland.

"It's quite intriguing. It's the first time we've seen this here," said Dr. Tom Clark of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. cases are detailed in a brief report from the CDC and other researchers in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that can strike people of any age but is most dangerous to children. It was once common, but cases in the U.S. dropped after a vaccine was introduced in the 1940s.

An increase in illnesses in recent years has been partially blamed on a version of the vaccine used since the 1990s, which doesn't last as long. Last year, the CDC received reports of 41,880 cases, according to a preliminary count. That included 18 deaths.

The new study suggests that the new whooping cough strain may be why more people have been getting sick. Experts don't think it's more deadly, but the shots may not work as well against it.

In a small, soon-to-be published study, French researchers found the vaccine seemed to lower the risk of severe disease from the new strain in infants. But it didn't prevent illness completely, said Nicole Guiso of the Pasteur Institute, one of the researchers.

The new germ was first identified in France, where more extensive testing is routinely done for whooping cough. The strain now accounts for 14 percent of cases there, Guiso said.

In the United States, doctors usually rely on a rapid test to help make a diagnosis. The extra lab work isn't done often enough to give health officials a good idea how common the new type is here, experts said.

"We definitely need some more information about this before we can draw any conclusions," the CDC's Clark said.

The U.S. cases were found in the past two years in patients at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. One of the study's researchers works for a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which makes a version of the old whooping cough vaccine that is sold in other countries.

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Journal: https://www.nejm.org

Death by Flu Shot. 7 Year-Old Receives Flu Vaccine; Dies 4 Days Later

When a normal, healthy, vibrant seven year-old child dies suddenly we want to know why.  Things like that just don’t happen – at least they didn’t used to happen at the rate they appear to be happening lately.

This report from an Independent News Source in Vermont relates the story of what happened after Kaylynne Matten was taken by her parents for her annual physical on December 2, 2011.  During the physical Kaylynne was given a flu vaccine.  Four days later she was dead.  She wasn’t even sick when she went to the doctor!

The state health commissioner, Dr. Harry Chen, “is not convinced” the girl’s death was from the flu vaccine, citing the “very rare” incidence of serious reactions to the flu shot and the huge numbers of people who receive them each year. Dr. Chen declares that serious reactions to flu vaccines are so “rare” that death by flu shot has never been reported in Vermont.

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Why You Should Never Drink Sodas Again

sodadrinksIf you`re wondering what makes sodas so delicious that you just want to drink more and more… it`s flame retardant. I`m kidding. That`s not the ONLY chemical that makes sodas delicious. There are many others, but flame retardant has just been discovered in soft drinks like Mountain Dew, Fanta Orange, Squirt, and some flavors of Gatorade and Powerade.

According, to Natural News, this type of chemical found in soft drinks contains brominated vegetable oil (BVO), a patented flame retardant for plastics that has been banned in foods throughout Europe and in Japan.

In US, on the other hand, it`s found in about 10 percent of sodas.

Environmental News tells us a bit more about the effects in an article: “After a few extreme soda binges — not too far from what many gamers regularly consume – a few patients have needed medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders, all symptoms of overexposure to bromine.

And these are just the most common effects. Studies (on both animals and humans) have shown that high doses of BVO can be lead to lower fertility (or even infertility), early puberty onset and impaired neurological development. It also build up in the heart, liver and fat tissue and may appear in breast milk, as well.

But even if the evidence is as clear as it can get, the FDA still considers “safe” to have flame retardant in our drinks. Here`s the e-mail ABC News received in their inbox:

Brominated vegetable oil  is considered safe by FDA for use as a flavoring adjuvant in fruit-flavored beverages based on a large margin of safety between the expected human exposure from its use and the highest no-observed-adverse effect levels from several long-term animal studies that were conducted on this substance”.

Brominated vegetable oil

Brominated vegetable oil

But WHY is there flame retardant in our drinks in the first place? No matter the dose, I find it abnormal to have such chemicals in food and drinks. And if the whole Europe and Japan agrees with me on this one, then maybe I`m not just a paranoid consumer.

In fact, there were others before me asking why soft drinks producers in the US don`t switch to a safer adjuvant, like they did in the EU. And the answer is “it`s too expensive”. And that`s coming from companies with millions of dollars in profit! It`s too expensive not to give you cancer, infertility and brain development issues. And FDA thinks they`re doing a pretty good job at it, so they`re off the hook.

Just as they managed to get away with a lot of other chemicals found in sodas, as well as in plastics, kerosene or hormonal meds. A biologist who conducted studies on chems found in soft drinks was so alarmed by what she discovered, that she swore never to consume such products ever again:

Chemicals found in sodas

source: www.dailymail.co.uk

And she`s not the only one who came to this conclusion. Just take a look at these test results:

  • Even moderate consumption — a can a day, or just two a week — may alter our metabolism so that we pile on weight.
  • In children, soft drinks have been linked to addict-like cravings, as well as twisting kids’ appetites so they hunger for junk food.
  • A study conducted by Bangor University suggested they can cause weight gain and long-term health problems if drunk every day for as little as a month.
  • Soft drinks alter metabolism, so that our muscles use sugar for energy instead of burning fat.
  • They also increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Blood tests found soft-drink fans had higher levels of harmful inflammation in their blood vessels, and lower levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
  • Meanwhile, soft drinks with high levels of fruit juice may cause severe long-term liver damage, according to an Israeli study.
  • People who drank two cans of these drinks a day were five times more likely to develop fatty liver disease — a precursor to cirrhosis and liver cancer. (info from www.dailymail.co.uk)

So next time when you`re holding a soda can in your hand, thinking how delicious it tastes, think of what makes it so delicious: flame retardant and other chemicals that turn your body into jello. That should turn your craving into disgust in no time.


U.S. virologists intentionally engineer super-deadly pandemic flu virus

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Two American researchers whose efforts to deliberately re-engineer the H5N1 avian flu virus to be more virulent and deadly to humans are now asking that a government-advised moratorium on their controversial research be lifted.  According to TIME, the duo alleges that precise details about how it developed the deadly flu strain must be made public, and that its controversial research be allowed to continue for the sake of "public health."

As we reported back in early 2012, Ron Fouchier from the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands and Yoshihiro Kawaoka from the University of Wisconsin intentionally developed a militarized strain of H5N1 avian flu capable of easily transmitting among mammals. Natural strains of H5N1, on the other hand, primarily transmit between birds and other fowl only, which means this type of flu is not that significant of a threat to humans.

But for the alleged purpose of learning how H5N1 might mutate at some point in the future to become more of a threat to humans, Fouchier and Kawaoka deliberately induced these mutations in test ferrets with complete success. In the process, they essentially discovered a way to potentially spark a global flu pandemic with the potential to kill or seriously injure billions of people. And following their insane discovery, they actually tried to publish the recipe for this deadly strain in public journals.

Concerned about the possibility that this critical information might be misused, the National
Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), a federal advisory committee that oversees research of this nature, urged the two scientists not to publish their findings in the journals Nature and Science. And while they agreed to this recommendation initially, Fouchier and Kawaoka are now pushing to continue on with their work.

"Because H5N1 virus transmission studies are essential for pandemic preparedness and understanding the adaptation of influenza viruses to mammals, researchers who have approval from their governments and institutions to conduct this research safely, under appropriate biosafety and biosecurity conditions, have a public-health responsibility to resume this important work," allege the original researchers about their work.

Only about 350 people worldwide have ever died from H5N1

Based on the wording of this petition, you would think that H5N1 is responsible for killing at least tens of thousands of people every year, and that we must take action now to stop its spread. But in reality, H5N1 has only infected about 600 people ever since it was first discovered in Hong Kong back in 1997. And among these 600, only about 350 ended up dying, which means roughly 24 people a year, on average, die from H5N1 infection.

Contrast this with the roughly 5,000 Americans who die every year from food poisoning, for instance, and it becomes abundantly clear that H5N1 is hardly the serious public health threat that Fouchier, Kawaoka, and others continually claim it is. The average person is more likely to die from choking on a piece of lettuce than he or she is of ever contracting H5N1 influenza, let alone dying from it. So why all the focus on deliberately inducing H5N1 to spread among humans and cause a real pandemic?

The real answer to this question is shrouded in mystery. If you believe the official explanation, researchers merely want to anticipate how H5N1 might mutate in the future in order to get a handle early on how to address it. It is a purely hypothetical scenario that may not ever come to pass, of course, but it is the purported reason and justification for such research, even though such research could end up being the cause of a deadly H5N1 outbreak in the very near future.

And this brings us to the second and more sinister explanation. Researchers could be deliberately engineering a super-deadly form of H5N1 for the unstated purpose of eventually releasing it into the wild in order to trigger a pandemic. This is not that far-fetched when considering that the researchers involved in this work are carefully studying how many times the already-mutated virus needs to spread between mammals on its own in order to naturally mutate again into an even more
deadly virus.

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US Doctors Kill More People Than Guns Do

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Although he works right in the heart of mainstream academic and clinical medicine, Dr. Pronovost is taking an unusual and even heroic step and speaking out about medical errors. Tens of thousands of people are dying unnecessarily, he says, and one main reason involves the enormous arrogance of many doctors.

In his commentary, published in the July 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Pronovost, who is a patient safety expert, argues no measurable, achievable and routine strategies to prevent patient harm even exist in the health care industry. In fact, he states there are too many barriers in the way to attain workable ways to protect patients -- and at the top of the list is the arrogance of doctors "who are overconfident about the quality of care they provide or always believe things will go right and aren't prepared when they don't, and of hospital officials who fail to aggressively address problems like hospital-acquired infections."

In his JAMA paper, Dr. Pronovost points out that each year about 100,000 people die from health care-associated infections, another 44,000 to 98,000 die of other preventable mistakes and tens of thousands more die from diagnostic errors or failure to receive recommended therapies. Unfortunately, there is limited evidence these patient outcomes are improving, either. "It's unconscionable that so many people are dying because of these arrogance barriers," Dr. Pronovost said in a statement to the media. "You can't have arrogance in a model for accountability."

There is one area where patient safety is improving -- in the area of central line-associated bloodstream infections -- at least, in a few hospitals. Although these deadly infections remain common, enormously expensive and kill over 30,000 Americans a year, they are now known to be largely preventable due to Dr. Pronovost's own research and innovations. He introduced a simple checklist into hospital intensive care units (ICUs) at Johns Hopkins and then the entire state of Michigan. Wherever the checklist was consistently used, these life-threatening infections were reduced to almost zero.


Tetanus Vaccine Causes New Disease: New Vaccines Worse?

The vaccine junta is not only unconcerned with vaccine-induced diseases, it’s massively gearing up this vaccine arms race against the human race. It’s known that tetanus vaccine causes a new disease, antiphospholipid syndrome. New adjuvants are composed of phospholipids, a potential disaster.

Skull in Pupil, by Doug Wheller, Filter applied.

by Heidi Stevenson

The tetanus vaccine causes a new disease known both as Hughes syndrome and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). It’s an autoimmune condition that can attack any part of the body, though is best noted for heart attacks and killing fetuses. It’s likely that APS will become more common with the new generation of vaccine adjuvants now being produced.

The sufferers of (APS) are mostly women, and its diagnosis is often made as a result of multiple pregnancy losses. As is typical of new diseases, research is focused on finding a genetic cause, in spite of the fact that the connection with vaccines is well known and documented.

As the name implies, APS is a condition in which phospholipids, natural and necessary substances required by every part of the body, is seen as an infectious agent by the immune system. So, this substance that exists in every cell becomes subject to attack. Symptoms include:

  • Blindness
  • Cardiovascular:
    • Deep vein thrombosis (clots in veins)
    • Phlebitis
    • Thrombocytopenia (deficiency of blood platelets, causing bleeding & bruising)
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Pulmonary embolus (clots in the lungs)
    • Heart valve abnormatilies
    • Stroke
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Miscarriages
  • Neurological disorders:
    • Epilepsy
    • Chorea (sudden uncontrollable jittery movements)
    • Transverse myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord)
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Skin disorders, including mottling, ulcers, and necrosis

APS can also be diagnosed—more accurately, misdiagnosed—as lupus erythematosus, which is another vaccine-induced condition.

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