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    Higher Levels of Several Toxic Metals Found in Children With Autism
    Researchers report that children with autism had higher levels of several toxic metals in their blood and urine compared to typical children
    Feb. 25, 2013 — In a recently published study in the journal Biological Trace Element Research, Arizona State University researchers report that children with autism had higher levels of several toxic metals in their blood and urine compared to typical children. The study involved 55 children with autism ages 5-16 years compared to 44 controls of similar age and gender.–The autism group had significantly higher levels of lead in their red blood cells (+41 percent) and significantly higher urinary levels of lead (+74 percent), thallium (+77 percent), tin (+115 percent), and tungsten (+44 percent). Lead, thallium, tin, and tungsten are toxic metals that can impair brain development and function, and also interfere with the normal functioning of other body organs and systems.—A statistical analysis was conducted to determine if the levels of toxic metals were associated with autism severity, using three different scales of autism severity. It was found that 38-47 percent of the variation of autism severity was associated with the level of several toxic metals, with cadmium and mercury being the most strongly associated[U1] .—In the paper about the study, the authors state “We hypothesize that reducing early exposure to toxic metals may help ameliorate symptoms of autism, and treatment to remove toxic metals may reduce symptoms of autism; these hypotheses need further exploration, as there is a growing body of research to support it.” The study was led by James Adams, a President’s Professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, one of ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He directs the ASU Autism/Asperger’s Research Program.–Adams previously published a study on the use of DMSA, an FDA-approved medication for removing toxic metals. The open-label study found that DMSA was generally safe and effective at removing some toxic metals. It also found that DMSA therapy improved some symptoms of autism. The biggest improvement was for children with the highest levels of toxic metals in their urine. Overall, children with autism have higher average levels of several toxic metals, and levels of several toxic metals are strongly associated with variations in the severity of autism for all three of the autism severity scales investigated.–The study was funded by the Autism Research Institute and the Legacy Foundation.–Story Source–The above story is reprinted from materials provided by Arizona State University. —-Journal Reference-James B. Adams, Tapan Audhya, Sharon McDonough-Means, Robert A. Rubin, David Quig, Elizabeth Geis, Eva Gehn, Melissa Loresto, Jessica Mitchell, Sharon Atwood, Suzanne Barnhouse, Wondra Lee. Toxicological Status of Children with Autism vs. Neurotypical Children and the Association with Autism Severity. Biological Trace Element Research, 2012; 151 (2): 171 DOI: 10.1007/s12011-012-9551-1
    Extremely High Estrogen Levels May Underlie Complications of Single-Birth IVF Pregnancies
    Feb. 25, 2013 — Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers have identified what may be a major factor behind the increased risk of two adverse outcomes in pregnancies conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF). Two papers published in the journal Fertility and Sterility support the hypothesis that extremely high estrogen levels at the time of embryo transfer increase the risk that infants will be born small for their gestational age and the risk of preeclampsia, a dangerous condition that can threaten the lives of both mother and child. They also outline a protocol that reduced those risks in a small group of patients.—Both papers addressed IVF pregnancies resulting in a single live birth, not multiple-birth pregnancies which continue to be the most significant risk factor of any assisted reproduction technology. But even single-birth IVF pregnancies are more likely than unassisted single-birth pregnancies to result in premature delivery, low birth weight and other serious complications. In the January 2013 issue of the journal, the investigators at the MGH’s Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology report that freezing embryos of women who had excessively elevated estrogen at the time of egg retrieval, followed by embryo transfer in a later reproductive cycle when hormonal levels were closer to those of a natural cycle, significantly reduced the percentage of small newborns and eliminated the incidence of preeclampsia in a small group of patients.—-“We’ve known for a long time that singleton pregnancies conceived by IVF were at higher risk of these adverse outcomes, but the reasons were unknown,” says Anthony Imudia, MD, of the MGH Fertility Center, lead author of both articles. “Now we know which facet of IVF might be responsible, which will allow us to identify at-risk patients and implement ways of averting those risks.”–At most fertility centers, IVF involves a sequence of coordinated events that stimulate the ovaries in a way that leads to the growth and maturation of several eggs at the same time. Prior to ovulation the eggs are retrieved for fertilization outside the mother’s body. If fertilization is successful, embryos that appear to be developing normally are transferred into the woman’s uterus within 5 days of egg retrieval in a process called fresh embryo transfer.–Egg cells grow and mature in ovarian sacs called follicles, which release estrogen, so the development of multiple maturing follicles can lead to significantly elevated estrogen levels. Animal studies have suggested that excessively elevated estrogen early in pregnancy can interfere with the development of the placenta, and other research has associated placental abnormalities with increased risk for both preeclampsia and delivery of small newborns—In the June 2012 issue of Fertility and Sterility, the MGH team reported that — among almost 300 IVF pregnancies that resulted in the birth of a single infant from 2005 through 2010 — the women whose estrogen levels right before egg retrieval were highest had significantly greater incidence of preeclampsia and of delivering infants small for their gestational age. Women whose peak estrogen levels were at or above the 90th percentile had a nine-fold greater risk of a small infant and a five-fold greater risk of preeclampsia than women with lower peak estrogen levels.
    To follow up that observation, the MGH team examined how a protocol instituted for mothers at risk of a complication of fertility treatment called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) might affect the apparent risks associated with extremely high estrogen levels. At the MGH Fertility Center, if the estrogen levels for IVF patients exceed 4,500 pg/mL on the day they are scheduled to receive a hormonal trigger of final egg cell maturation — indicating increased risk for OHSS — standard practice is to counsel patients on alternatives. These included postponing the procedure until a future IVF cycle or proceeding with egg retrieval and fertilization but freezing the embryos for implantation in a later cycle to allow time for the ovary to recover.—-The team’s January Fertility and Sterility report compared the outcomes of 20 patients who choose to have their embryos frozen and implanted later because of their risk of OHSS with those of 32 patients with pre-retrieval estrogen levels over 3,450 pg/mL who proceeded with fresh embryo transfer. Only 10 percent of the infants of mothers who choose embryo freezing and transfer in a subsequent cycle were small for their gestational age, compared with 35 percent of the infants of mothers who had fresh embryo transfer. While the incidence of preeclampsia after fresh embryo transfer was almost 22 percent, none of the patients who chose embryo freezing with later implantation developed preeclampsia.–Our center takes a very individualized and conservative approach to ovarian stimulation, so fewer than 10 percent of our patients had extremely high estrogen levels of greater than 3,450 pg/mL,” says Imudia, who is an instructor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. “If other centers validate our findings by following the same approach and achieving similar outcomes, we would recommend that each patient’s hormonal dosage be adjusted to try and keep her estrogen levels below 3,000 pg/mL. If the estrogen level exceeds this threshold, the patient could be counseled regarding freezing all embryos for transfer in subsequent cycles, when her hormone levels are closer to that of a natural cycle.”—Story Source-The above story is reprinted from materials provided by Massachusetts General Hospital, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS. –Journal Reference–Anthony N. Imudia, Awoniyi O. Awonuga, Anjali J. Kaimal, Diane L. Wright, Aaron K. Styer, Thomas L. Toth. Elective cryopreservation of all embryos with subsequent cryothaw embryo transfer in patients at risk for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome reduces the risk of adverse obstetric outcomes: a preliminary study. Fertility and Sterility, 2013; 99 (1): 168 DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2012.08.060
    There is an astonishing collection of poisons, toxic metals, chemical binders, and animal parts and juices in vaccines. You would not want to give this to your dog, yet it is routinely given to precious, little children.—Among these many toxic and contaminated ingredients is the infamous thimerosal, which contains mercury. Casein and gelatin are bovine products, and cattle are increasingly suspected of having CJD (mad cow disease). Keep in mind that we are here dealing with raw meat. It cannot be “cooked,” or the deadly viruses will be damaged. There are “washed sheep red blood cells” in DPT. Sheep in Britain and the U.S. have “mad sheep disease (scrapie). Reading the section on anthrax in the following list, it is little wonder that our troops in the Gulf War got “Gulf War Illness.”—The diseases in vaccines are grown in the laboratory in monkey kidney cells, in human cells which may be cancerous, in chick embryo and in guinea pig cells. The cells are nourished with the blood serum from calves, which may be contaminated with numerous diseases such as bovine leukemia virus, bovine AIDS virus, or other animal diseases. Chemicals such as aluminum, formaldehyde (a human carcinogen) and MSG are used in processing of the vaccines. Thimerosal, a derivate of mercury and a deadly poison, is used as a preservative. These chemicals and potential diseases are all injected into your child’s body or your body as part of the vaccine.
    Acel-Immune DTaP Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids Acellular Pertussis Vaccine adsorbed Lederle Laboratories. Produced using formaldehyde, thimerosal, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, polysorbate 80, gelatin.
    Act HIB Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB) Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate Connaught Laboratories. Produced using ammonium sulfate, formalin, sucrose, thimerosal Medium: semi-synthetic.
    Attenuvax Measles Virus Vaccine Live Merck & Co, Inc. Produced using neomycin, sorbitol, hydrolized gelatin Medium: chick embryo.
    DPT Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. Produced using aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, washed sheep red blood cells, glycerol, sodium chloride, thimerosal. Medium: porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein.
    Hepatitis B SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. Produced using aluminum hydroxide, thimerosal. Medium: yeast (possibly 5% residual).
    IPOL Inactivated Polio Vaccine Connought Laboratories. Produced using 3 types of polio virus, formaldehyde, phenoxyethanol (antifreeze), neomycin, streptomycin, polymyixin B. Medium: VERO cells, a continuous line of Monkey kidney cells.
    MMR Measles Mumps Rubella Live Viruse Vaccine Merck & Co., Inc. Produced using sorbitol, neomycin, hydrolized gelatin. Mediums: M&M – chick embryo. Rubella – Human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue).
    Orimune Poliovirus Vaccine Live Oral Trivalent Lederle Laboratories. Produced using 3 types of attenuated polioviruses, streptomycin, neomycin, calf serum, sorbitol. Meduim: monkey kidney cell culture.
    Varivax Varicella Virus Vaccine Live (chicken pox Vaccine) Merck & Co., Inc. Produced using sucrose, phosphate, glutamate, processed gelatin medium: Human Diploid Cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue)
    Vaccines grown in aborted fetal cell cultures:
    Chicken pox (Varivax): Merck
    Hepatitis A (Vaqta): Merck
    Polio (oral) Poliovac, Canada: Connaught
    Polio (Imovax): Connaught
    Rabies (Imovax): Pasteur Merieux
    Rubella (Meruvax): Merck
    Vaccines with live virus
    Chicken pox (Varivax): Merck
    Measles (Attenuvax): Merck
    Measles and Mumps (M-M-Vax): Merck
    Measles, Mumps and Rubella (M-M-RII): Merck
    Measles and Rubella (M-R-VaxII): Merck
    Mumps (Mumpsvax): Merck
    Rubella (Meruvax): Merck
    Rubella and Mumps: BIAVAX
    Vaccines which are genetically engineered
    Hepatitis B: Merck
    Hepatitis B: SmithKline Beecham
    Lyme (Lymerix): SmithKline Beecham
    RSV, Synapis: (MedImmune)
    Vaccines with animal and cattle parts
    Chicken pox (Varivax): fetal bovine serum: Merck
    Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis, Acel-immune, beef heart infusion: Lederle
    Diphtheria (Infanrix), bovine extract: SmithKline Beecham
    Flu (Flushfield): chick embryos: Wyeth:
    Flu (Fluzone): chicken embryos: Connaught
    Measles (Attenuvax): hydrolyzed gelatin: Merck
    Measles, Mumps and Rubella (M-M-RII), hydrolyzed gelatin: Merck
    Mumps (MuMpsvax): hydrolyzed gelatin: Merck
    Polio (Ipol): calf serum, monkey kidney cells: Pasteur Merieux
    Polio, oral (Orimune): kidney cells, calf serum: Lederle
    Rubella (Meruvax): hydrolyzed gelatin: Merck
    Rubella and Mumps (Biavax): hydrolyzed gelatin: Merck
    Vaccines using cattle material – (blood, fetal calf serum, meat broth) carry a risk of mad cow disease. In the list below, the asterisk (*) means that the cattle parts which are in the product are (illegally) NOT LISTED on the vaccine package insert.
    Polio: DPT contains: DPT – Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals. Produced using aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, washed sheep red blood cells, glycerol, sodium chloride, thimerosal medium: porcine (PIG) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein.
    Anthrax: *BioPort DPT
    Certiva, Anthrax: *BioPort DPT
    Certiva, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus: North American/Baxter International
    DPT (Infanrix): diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus: GlaxoSmithKline Beecham
    Hep A (*Havrix): hepatitis A: GlaxoSmithKline Beecham
    Hib (*ActHIB): haemophilus influenzae Type B: Aventis Pasteur
    Hib (*OmniHIB): haemophilus influenzae Type B: GlaxoSmithKline Beecham
    Pneumonia (*PNU-IMUNE 23): Lederle/American Home Products
    Polio (IPOL): Aventis Pasteur
    Here are several excellent sources for additional information. Flip back and forth through the various pages on each one, and you will discover a lot.
    Concerned Parents for Vaccine Safety Home Page
    Global Vaccine Awareness League
    Informed Parents Vaccination Home Page unc.ed
    Massachusetts Citizens for Vaccination Choice
    National Vaccine Information Center
    Natural Immunity Information Network members/
    New Atlantean Immunization Resources
    PROVE (Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education)
    Stealth Virus Web Site
    The Kidz Are People Too Page
    Thinktwice Global Vaccine Institute
    Vaccine Articles
    Vaccination Awareness Network
    Vaccine Information and Awareness
    Vaccines: The Truth Revealed
    If you want to do more research on the vaccine issue, here are 22 books to select from. They will prove invaluable.
    Buttram, Harold E., M.D., Vaccination and Immune Malfunction [He shows the many correlations between vaccinations and immunological disorders; also how to legally avoid immunizations.]
    Chaitow, Leon, Vaccination and Immunisation: Dangers, Delusions, and Alternatives [History of vaccines, long-term effects, and linkage to AIDS]
    Coulter, Harris L. Coulter, and Barbara Loe Fisher, A Shot in the Dark: Why the P in the DPT Vaccination May Be Hazardous to Your Child’s Health [About the DPT vaccine]
    Coulter, Harris L., Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality [Connection between childhood shots and autism, hyperactivity, and learning disabilities]
    Cournoyer, Cynthia, What About Immunisations? Exposing the Vaccine Philosophy
    DeLatte, Yves, Vaccinations: The Untold Truth
    Busting the Cholesterol Myth
    For decades, the public has been relentlessly brainwashed about cholesterol and today practically everybody thinks that cholesterol is the main cause of heart disease. -It’s not, as many of you know who regularly visit this website. To me, and to other doctors who contribute opinions here, the cholesterol story is perhaps the biggest medical con in existence–Most physicians, unfortunately, have also bought hook, line, and sinker into the propaganda that if cholesterol reaches some artificially-established cutoff point you need a drug to lower it in order to prevent a heart attack, even if you are totally healthy, and, not to worry, the drug is really very safe to take. I, for one, bought into that lie big time and actually used to lecture about the importance of statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs. I even got a paycheck from drug companies to talk up their statins. —
    What we have learned is this:
    ● The fear of cholesterol is medical propaganda designed to sell cholesterol-lowering drugs. The adoption of the cholesterol ideology by mainstream medicine and the government had a strong political lobbying component to it.
    ● Most forms of cholesterol are not harmful at all.
    ● Cholesterol is not your enemy. It is a natural substance made in your body to produce hormones, vitamin D, neurotransmitters, and healthy cell membranes. Your body makes it and needs it.
    ● The concept of “good” and “bad” cholesterol is utterly outdated, as are the total cholesterol and LDL levels documented on standard lipid tests. They predict heart disease poorly. If, after a standard test, your doctor says your cholesterol is too high and you need to lower it, ask for a follow-up advanced cholesterol particle test that reveals more details. Specifically, it tells you the proportion of large vs. small, dense LDL particles, the latter being much more likely to participate in the inflammatory process. This is important information.
    ● Inflammation, sugar, and stress are the main causes of heart disease – the enemies of heart health. You need to do something about these things and stop worrying about your cholesterol and fat.
    ● The number one dietary contributor to heart disease is sugar. It contributes to inflammation in the artery walls. Reduce or eliminate sugar and processed carbohydrates in your diet and you knock down inflammation and triglycerides. High triglycerides are far more of a danger for heart disease than high cholesterol.
    ● Good fat (as in saturated fat, avocado, and nuts) increases the big, fluffy, benign LDL particles and reduces the small, dense particles that actually do play a role in heart disease. Sugar, in contrast, has the opposite effect.
    ● The benefits of statin drugs have been widely exaggerated, and any benefit of these drugs has nothing to do with their ability to lower cholesterol.
    ● Statin side effects are very often dismissed by doctors and grossly underreported. They include muscle pain, memory problems, cognition difficulties, cataracts, liver problems, polyneuropathy, impotence, and immune decline. As many as 15-25 percent of statin users may develop muscle pain, and often along with weakness, anywhere from within a few weeks to several years after the start of regular usage.
    ● Statins inhibit the body’s production of an antioxidant nutrient called CoQ10. That’s a big negative because CoQ10 serves as a central agent in the generation of cellular energy. Without enough of it, the physiology suffers in many ways.
    ● There are 60 million Americans on statins alone, and many more worldwide. Very few learn from their doctors that the drugs inhibit CoQ10 and to therefore take CoQ10 to prevent side effects. Unfortunately, most doctors are either ignorant of the connection or too infatuated with cholesterol-lowering to seriously consider the side effects. Anyone taking a statin drug MUST take a minimum dose of 200 mg of a CoQ10 supplement daily in divided doses.
    These are some of the inconvenient truths you don’t hear about.
    The Best Items to Use For Barter in a Post-Collapse Word
    There are a lot of different opinions as to what items will be best for barter in a post-collapse world where the underground economy may be the only viable economy for the passing of goods and services. That said, consider this a starting point as you begin to acquire goods for barter.
    In no particular order, consider accumulating some of the following items for barter purposes. And keep in mind that in a post-collapse world, the items do not necessarily have to be new, but simply serviceable.
    Water purification supplies including purification tabs and filters
    Hand tools including hatchets, saws, machetes and general fix-it tools
    Fire making supplies, including lighters, matches, flint fire steel
    Sanitary supplies including toilet paper, feminine products and diapers
    Disposable razors and razor blades
    Fuel, any and all kinds (gas, diesel, propane, kerosene)
    Prescription drugs, painkillers, and antibiotics
    First aid remedies such as cough syrup, cortisone cream, boil-ese, calamine lotion and topical pain relievers
    Spirits such as bourbon, rum, gin, and vodka
    Coffee and tea (instant coffee is okay)
    Solar battery charger and rechargeable batteries
    Standard Batteries
    Reading glasses
    Bags, including large garbage bags as well as smaller zip-close bags
    Plastic sheeting
    Duct tape
    Tie Wraps
    Heavy plastic sheets and tarps
    Toiletries including toothpaste, dental floss soaps, shampoo (tip: save those small sized toiletries that are provided by hotels and motels)
    Latex or Nitrile gloves in a variety of sizes
    Hard candy
    Fishing supplies
    Knives of various types including fixed blades, kitchen knives, and box cutters.
    Condiments and Spices
    Paperback books on a variety of subjects
    Tobacco and cigarette rolling supplies
    Amusements such as playing cards, crossword puzzle books, Sudoku
    Pencils & paper
    Pepper spray
    Garden seeds
    Vinegar and baking soda to use in DIY cleaning supplies
    Empty spray bottles and squirt bottles
    Hand pumps for both air and liquids
    Mylar blankets and tents
    Hand warmers
    Sewing and mending supplies
    Knitting or crochet needles and Yarn
    One thing you will notice that I have not included firearms or ammo and for good reason. In a post-collapse society, you might not know your barter partners well and may run the risk that they will use these items against you so that they can steal the rest of you stuff. One person’s opinion, anyway.
    THE DANGER OF SIDE-EFFECTS -Pharamceutical Drugs
    The problem with polypharmacy is that the more drugs you take, the more likely you are to experience side-effects that are then misinterpreted by the healthcare practitioner as a symptom of disease that needs treating with additional medicine, explains Dr Fox.—‘Many older people on beta-blockers for blood pressure, for example, will report depression.’ -This could be because depression is a known side-effect of beta-blockers. But some patients may not need the beta-blockers at all — the problem is the drug then slows down their heart too much and it is this that makes them tired and depressed. -‘This may lead to them being prescribed anti-depressants they don’t need. ‘Others who are on statins might suffer from muscle pain and this may mean they need painkillers, which may then have more side-effects, including gastric problems, which then necessitate more drugs.–‘A lot of these drugs do prevent illness, it’s true, but there is often a price to pay in terms of side-effects.’It’s not just that the drugs can cause side-effects — there’s also the problem of them interacting with each other[U2] . ‘A big part of our workload is sorting out whether these patients’ symptoms are an illness or a result of drug interactions,’ says Dr McNair. This task is not helped by the fact that drugs are not tested on patients who are on multiple pills for different conditions, adds Dr Fox. ‘I was always taught that if you take more than three drugs at a time you can expect interactions — but these days it’s not unusual for the over-65s to be on five or more different drugs for three or more chronic health conditions. No one really knows what the cumulative effects of this are yet. ‘Although GPs use computerised prescribing systems that should flag up drug interactions, they may also write paper prescriptions on home visits and not have access to this, so the system is not infallible,’ says Dr Fox. The elderly are more at risk of drug side-effects because their metabolism is slower, meaning drugs build up in their systems, he adds.–Dr Fox recently published research that suggested commonly prescribed anticholinergic drugs — used for treating movement disorders, incontinence and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — are associated with cognitive decline in the elderly and an increased risk of death.—An estimated 20 to 50 per cent of all over-65s are being prescribed at least one anti-cholinergic drug, and while the effects of some are small, their cumulative effects may cause significant mental deterioration in older people who already have some cognitive problems, warns Ian Maidment, a senior lecturer at Aston University’s School of Pharmacy and joint author of the study.–‘Doctors can definitely do more harm than good by prescribing too many drugs — GPs are ideally placed to take a holistic view of the patient’s overall health, but they are hard-pressed.–‘And sometimes the patient is under four or five different specialists and it can be hard for GPs to find out why a patient has been prescribed a particular drug, so they tend to leave them on it.’–‘We need more research into poly-pharmacy to see what the effects are. It requires a co-ordinated response from community pharmacists, patients and their carers too.’–There is an added problem with patients self-medicating with over-the-counter drugs and herbal remedies, says Dr Fox.–Tackling polypharmacy can make a significant difference, as Jean Smith discovered.
    Her experience is borne out by an Israeli study in 2010 that found that when the elderly patients in a nursing home were taken off some of their medication (under supervision), 88 per cent reported improvements in their overall health. –=Fifty-six of the 70 participants reported improvements in their cognitive health.
    PRESSURE TO PRESCRIBE—A major impediment to reducing polypharmacy is that the payment system for GPs effectively rewards it, says Dr Margaret McCartney, a GP from Glasgow and author of The Patient Paradox: Why Sexed-Up Medicine Is Bad For Your Health. –Under changes introduced by the Department of Health in 2004, GPs’ pay is linked to managing specified medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, obesity and smoking.—‘The problem is GPs are judged according to the number of patients they put on tablets,’ argues Dr McCartney.
    ‘A lot of elderly people feel pressured into going on to tablets, and when you talk to GPs they, too, are fed up with the system and would embrace the chance to practise more holistic medicine where they can use their professional skills more.’
    Tellingly, a review conducted by the University of Sydney which looked at nine studies where elderly people had been taken off medication, concluded that between 20 per cent and 85 per cent of patients taken off blood pressure pills had normal blood pressure and did not need to go back on the pills, and there was no increase in deaths as a result.–Jean Smith is grateful her doctors reviewed her medication, after seeing the effect polypharmacy had on her father, Robert, who died last year at the age of 87. –He was on 12 different drugs, including statins, blood pressure tablets, omeprazole for stomach acid and gabapentin for nerve pain.—‘ ‘It was only after he was admitted to hospital as an emergency for a fall that he was put back on the pills. –‘He died two months later of heart failure and his geriatrician told me quite simply that the doctors had treated him with the best of intentions but had “overmedicated him”. –‘I think Dad had a few years left in him. I find it heartbreaking that he died because of this obsession with putting everybody on pills. I don’t want that to happen to me.’ -Dr Fox says that, to avoid this, he thinks patients on more than five medicines should have them reviewed ‘at least annually’.–‘The days of leaving patients on long-term medication without review should not happen any more.’–For patients or relatives of patients taking lots of prescriptions, he suggests asking their GP or community pharmacists for a prescription review and discuss any drug side-effects with them — however, patients should not stop their medication suddenly without medical advice.–For advice and information on living with a long-term condition, go to
    [U1]Mercury would be from vaccines
    [U2]This is called synergy —but in reverse—when one is bad —and the other is bad—when combined that can become lethal
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    Show Of the Month March 9 2013
    Monsanto Slapped With A $7.7 Billion Lawsuit By 5 Million Farmers
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    Gut Bacteria Linked to Cholesterol Metabolism
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    Neurotoxins in Your Chocolate Milk!!!!
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    Aspartame Toxicity is Misdiagosed
    Recent Independent Aspartame Research Results & News
    Monsanto Slapped With A $7.7 Billion Lawsuit By 5 Million Farmers
    Launching a lawsuit against the very company that is responsible for a farmer suicide every 30 minutes, 5 million farmers are now suing Monsanto for as much as 6.2 billion euros (around 7.7 billion US dollars). The reason? As with many other cases, such as the ones that led certain farming regions to be known as the ‘suicide belt’, Monsanto has been reportedly taxing the farmers to financial shambles with ridiculous royalty charges. The farmers state that Monsanto has been unfairly gathering exorbitant profits each year on a global scale from “renewal” seed harve9sts, which are crops planted using seed from the previous year’s harvest.—The practice of using renewal seeds dates back to ancient times, but Monsanto seeks to collect massive royalties and put an end to the practice. Why? Because Monsanto owns the very patent to the genetically modified seed, and is charging the farmers not only for the original crops, but the later harvests as well. Eventually, the royalties compound and many farmers begin to struggle with even keeping their farm afloat. It is for this reason that India slammed Monsanto with groundbreaking ‘bio-piracy’ charges in an effort to stop Monsanto from ‘patenting life’.—Jane Berwanger, a lawyer for the farmers who went on record regarding the case, told the Associated Press-“Monsanto gets paid when it sell the seeds. The law gives producers the right to multiply the seeds they buy and nowhere in the world is there a requirement to pay (again). Producers are in effect paying a private tax on production.”–The practice of using renewal seeds dates back to ancient times, but Monsanto seeks to collect massive royalties and put an end to the practice. Why? Because Monsanto owns the very patent to the genetically modified seed, and is charging the farmers not only for the original crops, but the later harvests as well. Eventually, the royalties compound and many farmers begin to struggle with even keeping their farm afloat. It is for this reason that India slammed Monsanto with groundbreaking ‘bio-piracy’ charges in an effort to stop Monsanto from ‘patenting life’.–Jane Berwanger, a lawyer for the farmers who went on record regarding the case, told the Associated Press–“Monsanto gets paid when it sell the seeds. The law gives producers the right to multiply the seeds they buy and nowhere in the world is there a requirement to pay (again). Producers are in effect paying a private tax on production.”—The findings echo what thousands of farmers have experienced in particularly poor nations, where many of the farmers are unable to stand up to Monsanto. Back in 2008, the Daily Mail covered what is known as the ‘GM Genocide’, which is responsible for taking the lives of over 17,683 Indian farmers in 2009 alone. After finding that their harvests were failing and they started to enter economic turmoil, the farmers began ending their own lives — oftentimes drinking the very same insecticide that Monsanto provided them with.—As the information continues to surface on Monsanto’s crimes, further lawsuits will begin to take effect. After it was ousted in January that Monsanto was running illegal ‘slave-like’ working rings, more individuals became aware of just how seriously Monsanto seems to disregard their workers — so why would they care for the health of their consumers? In April, another group of farmers sued Monsanto for ‘knowingly poisoning’ workers and causing ‘devastating birth defects’.
    Copper Can Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease
    Feb. 15, 2013 — Researchers in The Birchall Centre at Keele University, Staffordshire, UK, have provided unequivocal evidence that under conditions which are approximately similar to those found in the brain, copper can only protect against beta amyloid forming beta sheets and as such it is highly unlikely that copper is directly involved in the formation of senile plaques in Alzheimer’s disease.–The research, published by Nature’s online journal Scientific Reports, may also imply that lower levels of copper in the brain may promote the mechanisms whereby beta amyloid is deposited as senile plaques in Alzheimer’s disease.–This research addressed the on-going question as to whether copper in the brain contributes to the formation of the senile plaques in Alzheimer’s disease. While previous research at Keele’s Birchall Centre pointed towards copper being potentially protective in preventing the protein beta amyloid from aggregating as beta sheets and forming senile plaques it had remained a controversial issue for some.
    Gut Bacteria Linked to Cholesterol Metabolism
    Feb. 18, 2013 — Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, show that cholesterol metabolism is regulated by bacteria in the small intestine. These findings may be important for the development of new drugs for cardiovascular disease.–It is well established that cholesterol is the major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.[U1] Cholesterol — which is mainly synthesized in the body but also obtained from dietary sources — is converted to bile acids in the liver, which are then secreted into the intestine and either removed from the body or recycled back to the liver.–The influence of gut bacteria on human health and disease is a rapidly expanding research area. Fredrick Bäckhed’s research group is a leader in this field and is investigating how gut bacteria are linked to lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. –In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, they show that gut bacteria reduce bile acid synthesis in the liver by signaling through a specific protein, known as the FXR receptor, in the small intestine. -‘Drugs that reduce cholesterol levels have, in recent years, greatly reduced deaths from cardiovascular disease. Our study is a step forward because we have shown how gut bacteria regulate the formation of bile acids from cholesterol’, says Sama Sayin, medical doctor and PhD student at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, and the study’s first author.-The FXR receptor not only affects cholesterol metabolism but is also involved in the body’s sugar and fat metabolism[U2] .-‘If future research can identify the specific bacteria that affect FXR signaling in the gut, this could lead to new ways to treat diabetes and cardiovascular disease’, says Fredrik Bäckhed, professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, who led the study.–Story Source-The above story is reprinted from materials provided by University of Gothenburg, via AlphaGalileo.–Journal Reference–Fredrick Bäckhed et al. Gut Microbiota Regulates Bile Acid Metabolism by Reducing the Levels of Tauro-beta-muricholic Acid, a Naturally Occurring FXR Antagonist. Cell Metabolism, Volume 17, Issue 2, 225-235, 5 February 2013
    Unidentified viral-fungal-like pathogen crosses into multiple kingdoms–Plant & Animal-Human.
    Following a 6 year approval battle, the USDA fully deregulated Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa in January 2011. A week later, they partially deregulated GM sugar beets. This occurred despite Secretary of Agriculture’s Tom Vilsack’s knowledge of a stark warning letter by Dr. Don M. Huber, Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology, Purdue University two weeks prior, who found a link between the modified organisms and the proliferation of the new pathogen. Huber knew about its presence in Roundup Ready soy and corn and sought to hold off the GE alfalfa calling the situation an “emergency.”—Dr. Huber said “we don’t know what it is” – it’s a new entity first noticed by veterinarians in the late ’90s, new to science. It’s not a virus, although similar, actually smaller in size and like a fungus that spreads like a virus. It’s[U3] contained in Roundup Ready (RR) and Roundup sprayed plants and feed and bizarrely affects all farmland animals often with infertility and spontaneous abortions – an inter-species syndrome that could be the first of its kind. —So it’s not just a side-effect of endocrine-disrupting pesticides or transmission of genetic material[U4] – it’s a new pathogen the USDA ignored. There is increasing evidence it’s already affecting humans with infertility and reproductive problems, but the USDA filed the warning in the garbage.
    An excerpt from Huber’s letter–We are informing the USDA of our findings at this early stage, specifically due to your pending decision regarding approval of alfalfa. Naturally, if either the Roundup Ready gene or Roundup itself is a promoter or co-factor of this pathogen, then such approval could be a calamity[U5] .—For the past 40 years, I have been a scientist in the professional and military agencies that evaluate and prepare for natural and manmade biological threats, including germ warfare and disease outbreaks. Based on this experience, I believe the threat we are facing from this pathogen is unique and of a high risk status. In layman’s terms, it should be treated as an emergency. –Please read more about Huber’s discovery and the fallout from Mike Ludwig of Occupy Monsanto.—So far, it appears the White House and even the Supreme Court continue turning a blind eye to any indication that this new pathogen could be harmful to plants or humans[U6] . Even in the light of studies that have shown the “micro-fungus” is present in a “wide variety” of livestock suffering from infertility and spontaneous abortions at a rate as high as 45% above average. (Occupy Monsanto)—-just icing on the cake, studies have indicated that the use of RR crops leads to an increased use of the pesticide Roundup which is reported to have a deadly impact on DNA. So, with the danger involved we have to wonder: Why the rush, when even farmers have come forward to say that weeds aren’t really that big of a problem in alfalfa? Why should we be exposed to untested pathogens, unneeded alterations to crops and increased use of deadly pesticides? More leading researchers are taking a stand and asking the same questions, and there are conflicts of interest within the USDA touched on below.
    This struggle against GMOs broke new ground by being the first case to make it to the Supreme Court. Filed in 2005, the suit led initially to an injunction prohibiting sales of RR alfalfa. The initial concern was cross-pollination (contamination). A warning letter to that effect was sent to Vilsack around the time of Huber’s letter by Center for Food Safety.—During the hearing, Justice Antonin Scalia made it clear that he views GMO contamination, or cross-pollination, in a much different light.—This isn’t contamination of the New York City water supply – It’s the creation of plants of–of genetically engineered alfalfa which spring up that otherwise wouldn’t exist. It doesn’t even destroy the current plantings of non-genetically engineered alfalfa. This is not the end of the world. It really isn’t.[U7] —No, it only affects human life and the entire eco-system.—Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, issued a statement of support for deregulation, but said flaws in the current regulatory system need to be addressed.—I applaud the USDA’s decision to deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa, giving growers the green light to begin planting an abundant, affordable and safe crop – While I’m glad this decision was guided by sound science, I’m concerned that USDA’s process creates too much uncertainty for our growers. Alfalfa was one of nearly two dozen genetically modified crops awaiting USDA evaluation and approval–a bottlenecked process that hinders growth and progress.—Why the blind rush? It might be unsurprising to find out the major conflicts of interest. Tom Vilsack’s are described in the Dr. Huber interview below. Additionally, after knowledge of the GE alfalfa deregulation, committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma) said:–I am pleased that USDA used sound science and respected the limit of its statutory authority to make this decision.—His idea of USDA “sound science” comes with a price-tag. Mike Ludwig reported in 2011: Monsanto was one of the top contributors to Lucas’s campaign committee in 2010. A political action committee and individuals associated with Monsanto donated $11,000 to his campaign last year, and Lucas has received $1,247,844 from the agribusiness industry during his political career, according to watchdog site
    Neurotoxins in Your Chocolate Milk!!!!
    This is a time when the the public has an opportunity to materially affect how they, the consumers, may protect their own health and that of their offspring for generations to come. In that respect the timer is running down and anyone who consumes milk might want to see what the milk producers have planned.—The17 other dairy products on the hit list include acidified milk, cultured milk, sweetened condensed milk, nonfat dry milk, nonfat dry milk fortified with vitamins A and D, evaporated milk, dry cream, heavy cream, light cream, light whipping cream, sour cream, acidified sour cream, yogurt, low-fat yogurt, and non-fat yogurt[U8] .—To summarize the corporate petition, the IDFA and NMPF (International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation) have petitioned the FDA to seek approval to allow optional characterizing flavoring ingredients used in milk (e.g., chocolate flavoring added to milk) to be sweetened with any safe and suitable sweetener–including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame.[1[U9] ] The Federal Register has the petition listed on their website where it can be viewed and comments can be posted–The proposed amendments to the milk standard of identity would be to promote more healthy eating practices, reduce childhood obesity as well as to promote honesty and fair dealing in the marketplace, so they say[U10] . —A more likely scenario is that by using aspartame to flavor the dairy products their costs will be lowered and their profits will increase. Buyers beware.Without doubt, the petitioners are using childhood obesity as the talking point to sell the idea of using the cheap but toxic aspartame as the sweetener or flavoring in dairy products. While the idea of more healthy eating habits and a reduction in childhood obesity are obviously good ideas, using additional aspartame in the food chain is counter-productive and dangerous. The diets of Americans and their children in particular, are already loaded with the substance[U11] .—We should be concerned!! with the study that was done by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio which showed adverse health effects to people who consumed aspartame flavored diet drinks. [2] The study suggested that instead of fighting obesity and its associated hazards, the use of aspartame might actually contribute to the conditions. Honesty and fair dealing would necessarily preclude adding even more aspartame to our diets. Right off, that alone is reason enough to question their motives, however, there is more.—Professor E. Pretorius, P. Humphries and H. Naudé, reported several disturbing observations concerning aspartame consumption in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.—Methanol, which forms 10% of the broken down product, is converted in the body to formate, which can either be excreted or can give rise to formaldehyde, diketopiperazine (a carcinogen) and a number of other highly toxic derivatives. Previously, it has been reported that consumption of aspartame could cause neurological and behavioural disturbances in sensitive individuals. Headaches, insomnia and seizures are also some of the neurological effects that have been encountered, and these may be accredited to changes in regional brain concentrations of catecholamines, which include norepinephrine, epinephrine and dopamine. The aim of this study was to discuss the direct and indirect cellular effects of aspartame on the brain, and we propose that excessive aspartame ingestion might be involved in the pathogenesis of certain mental disorders (DSM-IV-TR 2000) and also in compromised learning and emotional functioning. [3]—-Perhaps the longest on-going study on the deleterious effects of aspartame consumption has been that of Woodrow Monte, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Nutrition at Arizona State University. His 30-year research has established direct links between aspartame and several diseases, particularly the diseases of civilization such as heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Dr. Monte’s studies center on the methanol-formaldehyde toxicity paradigm with compelling evidence. In his book, While Science Sleeps, Monte explains how he considers methanol a medical Trojan Horse.—Until 200 years ago, methanol was an extremely rare component of the human diet and is still rarely consumed in contemporary hunter and gatherer cultures. With the invention of canning in the 1800s, canned and bottled fruits and vegetables, whose methanol content greatly exceeds that of their fresh counterparts, became far more prevalent. The recent dietary introduction of aspartame, an artificial sweetener 11% methanol by weight, has also greatly increased methanol consumption. Moreover, methanol is a major component of cigarette smoke, known to be a causative agent of many diseases of civilization (DOC). Conversion to formaldehyde in organs other than the liver is the principal means by which methanol may cause disease. The known sites of class I alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH I), the only human enzyme capable of metabolizing methanol to formaldehyde, correspond to the sites of origin for many DOC.—Dr. Monte has also compiled a list of 745 other studies showing that aspartame is indeed a very dangerous substance when consumed by humans. [4]–Numerous other researchers have consistently found damaging evidence linking aspartame and formaldehyde via the methanol component of aspartame. Rich Murray, MA, has also compiled a list of respected studies. [5]—A study included in that list by C. Trocho et al, reports the following-Formaldehyde derived from dietary aspartame binds to tissue components in vivo. It clearly demonstrates cellular persistence and accumulation, or in layman’s terms, that formaldehyde can remain and accumulate in the body. It is absolutely established that formaldehyde converted from the methyl ester in aspartame embalms living tissue and damages DNA. [6]—Virtually all non-industry research shows that aspartame should never be consumed by humans. If this amendment is passed the mission of the FDA would be compromised and public health will be endangered.—A small window of opportunity exists for concerned citizens to exercise a degree of self-defense in dietary matters for themselves and for the health of their children; May 21, 2013, is the last day for public comments on the issue of allowing aspartame to be used in a wide range of diary products.
    [1]Federal Register via the Government Printing Office ([] FR Doc No: 2013-03835
    [2] Waistlines in People, Glucose Levels in Mice Hint at Sweeteners’ Effects: Related Studies Point to the Illusion of the Artificial, Science Daily.
    [3] European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2008) 62, 451–462; doi:10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602866; a review, published online 8 August 2007.
    [4] 745 References, by Woodrow C. Monte, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Food Science and Nutrition, Arizona State University.
    [5] 13 Mainstream Research Studiesin 24 months showing Aspartame Toxicity, also 3 Relevant Studieson Methanol and Formaldehyde Research, by Rich Murray, MA.
    [6] Formaldehyde Derived from Dietary Aspartame Binds to Tissue Components in vivo., Elsevier, Life Sciences, Vol.63, No.5, pp. 337-349, 199.8
    – See more at:
    These Substances may Detoxify Methanol
    Amino Acids-
    Cysteine may detoxify Methanol-
    N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) may reduce the toxicity of Methanol in the Brain.
    Enzymes–Alcohol Dehydrogenase facilitates the detoxification of Methanol within the Liver (it catalyzes the conversion of Methanol to Formaldehyde).
    Folic Acid may reduce the toxicity of Methanol. Degradation of Formic Acid (Methanol’s ultimate metabolic end-product) is dependent on adequate Folic Acid. Persons who are deficient in Folic Acid may experience more severe symptoms of Methanol toxicity due to increased accumulation of Formic Acid in the body. references
    Vitamin C may accelerate the conversion of Methanol to Formaldehyde and may reduce body movement abnormalities caused by Methanol. references
    Vitamin E may inhibit the ability of Methanol to damage the Liver.
    A 10% ethanol solution administered intravenously is a safe and effective antidote for severe methanol poisoning– Ethanol as antidote
    Competitively blocks the formation of toxic metabolites in toxic alcohol ingestions by having a higher affinity for the enzyme Alcohol Dehydrogenase (ADH). Its chief application is in methanol and ethylene glycol ingestions, although it has been used with other toxic alcohols. Ethanol is now regarded as the second choice antidote in those countries with access to the specific ADH blocker
    Aspartame Toxicity is Misdiagnosed
    Frequently, aspartame toxicity is misdiagnosed as a specific disease. This has yet to be reported in the scientific literature, yet it has been reported countless times to independent organizations and scientists (Mission Possible 1994, Stoddard 1995). In other cases, it has been reported that chronic aspartame ingestion has triggered or worsened certain chronic illnesses. Nearly 100% of the time, the patient and physician assume that these worsening conditions are simply a normal progression of the illness. Sometimes that may be the case, but many times it is chronic aspartame poisoning. According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following list contains a selection of chronic illnesses which may be caused or worsened by the chronic, long-term ingestion of aspartame. (Mission Possible 1994, Stoddard
    Brain tumors Multiple sclerosis
    Epilepsy Chronic fatigue syndrome
    Parkinson’s Disease Alzheimer’s
    Mental retardation Lymphoma
    Birth defects Fibromyalgia
    Diabetes Arthritis (including Rheumatoid)
    Chemical Sensitivities Attention Deficit Disorder
    What follows is a listing of the adverse health effects which were found
    # of
    people (%)
    – Decreased vision and/or other eye problems 140 (25%)
    (blurring, “bright flashes,” tunnel vision)
    – Pain (or or both eyes) 51 (9%)
    – Decreased tears, trouble with contact lens, 46 (8%)
    or both
    – Blindness (one or both eyes) 14 (3%)
    – Tinnitus (“ringing,” “buzzing”) 73 (13%)
    – Severe intolerance for noise 47 (9%)
    – Marked impairment of hearing 25 (5%)
    – Headaches 249 (45%)
    – Dizziness, unsteadiness, or both 217 (39%)
    – Confusion, memory loss, or both 157 (29%)
    – Severe drowsiness and sleepiness 93 (17%)
    – Paresthesias (“pins and needles,” “tingling”) 82 (15%)
    or numbness of the limbs
    – Convulsions (grand mal epileptic attacks) 80 (15%)
    – Petit mal attacks and “absences” 18 (3%)
    – Severe slurring of speech 64 (12%)
    – Severe tremors 51 (9%)
    – Severe “hyperactivity” and “restless legs” 43 (8%)
    – Atypical facial pain 38 (7%)
    – Severe depression 139 (25%)
    – “Extreme irritability” 125 (23%)
    – “Severe anixiety attacks” 105 (19%)
    – “Marked personality changes” 88 (16%)
    – Recent “severe insomnia” 76 (14%)
    – “Severe aggravation of phobias” 41 (7%)
    – Palpitations, tachycardia (rapid heart action), 88 (16%)
    of both
    – “Shortness of breath” 54 (10%)
    – Atypical chest pain 44 (8%)
    – Recent hypertension (high blood pressure) 34 (6%)
    – Nausea 79 (14%)
    – Diarrhea 70 (13%)
    Associated gross blood in the stools (12)
    – Abdominal pain 70 (13%)
    – Pain on swallowing 28 (5%)
    Skin and Allergies
    – Severe itching without a rash 44 (8%)
    – Severe lip and mouth reactions 29 (5%)
    – Urticaria (hives) 25 (5%)
    – Other eruptions 48 (9%)
    – Aggravation of respiratory allergies 10 (2%)
    Endocrine and Metabolic
    – Problems with diabetes: loss of control; 60 (11%)
    precipitation of clinical diabetes;
    aggravation or simulation of diabetic
    – Menstrual changes 45 (6%)
    Severe reduction or cessation of periods (22)
    – Paradoxic weight gain 34 (5%)
    – Marked weight loss 26 (6%)
    – Marked thinning or loss of the hair 32 (6%)
    – Aggravated hypoglycemia (low blood sugar 25 (5%)
    – Frequency of voiding (day and night), burning 69 (13%)
    on urination (dysuria), or both
    – Excessive thirst 65 (12%)
    – Severe joint pains 58 (11%)
    – “Bloat” 57 (10%)
    – Fluid retention and leg swelling 20 (4%)
    – Increased susceptibility to infection 7 (1%)
    · Airway and lungs
    o Breathing difficulty
    o No breathing
    · Eyes
    o Blindness
    o Blurred vision
    o Dilation of the pupils
    · Heart and blood
    o Convulsions
    o Low blood pressure
    · Nervous system
    o Agitated behavior
    o Coma
    o Dizziness
    o Headache
    o Seizures
    · Skin and nails
    o Bluish-colored lips and fingernails
    · Stomach and intestines
    o Abdominal pain (severe)
    o Diarrhea
    o Liver function problems
    o Nausea
    o Pancreatitis
    o Vomiting
    · Other
    o Fatigue
    o Leg cramps
    o Weakness