Sunday, June 16, 2019

Your body’s ability to self-heal nerves in the brain can be compromised by a toxic internal environment – will researchers look for the diet connection?

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by Rita Winters, Natural News:

Nobody can explain the processes of the brain fully, but there are some things we do know about it, such as the brain’s ability to repair itself called neuroregeneration. When the nerve fibers of the brain lose its protective coating, called myelin, the brain sends adult stem cells to regenerate a new myelin sheet. This process is called myelination (or myelinogenesis). Be that as it may, the regenerative processes is halted when the body is in disease.

Myelin is a substance that surrounds the stem, or axon, of nerve cells, providing the nerve cells with an insulating layer. Myelin is essential in the proper functioning of the nervous system. Unprotected nerve fibers are associated with the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injuries, stroke, neonatal brain injuries, and even Alzheimer’s disease. When nerve fibers lose their protective coating, it becomes extremely vulnerable, causing a loss of ability to transmit signals quickly. Direct results of unprotected nerve fibers include impaired cognition, loss of sensation, and loss of movement.

A study published in Nature Communications reports that blood-clotting proteins called fibrinogen ceases myelination, causing further harm to the individual. The study entitled, “Blood coagulation protein fibrinogen promotes autoimmunity and demyelination via chemokine release and antigen presentation,” was conducted by professor of neurology Katerina Akassoglou, Ph.D. from the University of California San Diego and her team of researchers.

Fibrinogen is a glycoprotein produced by the liver, and helps form clots to prevent excessive bleeding. When this protein travels to the central nervous system, it stop the myelin-producing stem cells from continuing its process, resulting in further injury. The researchers are determined to figure out the mechanisms that drive fibrinogen to cause autoimmunity (immune responses against healthy cells and tissues). By eliminating fibrinogen from the process of myelination, the nerve repairs can resume.

Researchers are focused on conducting further studies to understand fibrinogen and demyelination (halting of myelination). The solution to this autoimmune event would prove useful in developing ways to restore regenerative functions in the central nervous system, which could then lead to groundbreaking therapies to help patients suffering from MS and other myelin-related diseases.

What you can do

Some studies note that lecithin (phophatidylcholine), a substance composed of cholineand other lipid molecules, promotes nerve transmission and can function as a source of choline. Choline is a member of the B-complex family of vitamins which helps the process of myelination. Various studies explain that myelination can be aided by a proper, balanced diet. Thus, regular intake of choline- and lecithin-rich foods may promote nerve health. These foods include eggs, fatty cuts of meat, peanuts, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, and oats. Other foods related to promotion of myelination include fish oil, soy beans, wheat germ, liver, Brussels sprouts, shrimp, and shellfish.

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New FDA-approved “trackable” pill transmits information — it will tattle on you if you don’t take your meds

by Russel Davis, Natural News:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a digital pill embedded with a sensor designed to inform physicians whether their patients are taking their medications. The federal approval marks a growing trend towards addressing drug non-adherence among patients, according to a New York Timesreport.

The pill, called Abilify MyCite, is a modified version of Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s drug Abilify that is used in the treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. It is equipped with a small tracking device developed by Proteus Digital Health. The new tracking pill works by transmitting a message from the sensor to a wearable patch, which then sends data to a mobile app to enable patients to monitor drug ingestion on their smartphone.

Patients who agree to taking the tracking pill can sign consent forms that allow their health care providers and up to four other people including their family members to receive information about the date and time that the drugs are ingested. The technology is currently not approved for patients suffering from dementia-related psychosis.

“The FDA supports the development and use of new technology in prescription drugs and is committed to working with companies to understand how technology might benefit patients and prescribers,” says Mitchell Mathis of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

A 2014 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals that as much as 50 percent of patients on prescription medications fail to take their drugs as instructed. In fact, psychiatric medicine practitioners note that taking medications between 70 and 80 percent of the time is already considered ‘good’ adherence. Experts add that noncompliance costs as much as $100 billion annually as patients only get sicker and spend more on additional treatments and hospitalizations.

FDA approval may exacerbate paranoia in patients, experts warn

The latest FDA approval has been met with ethical concerns, especially among the psychiatric circle. The American Psychiatric Association has stressed the importance of balance between psychiatric care and patient privacy. Likewise, an expert has cautioned that the new tracking pill may boost drug adherence but may also be doomed to backfire due in part to trust issues. Dr. Peter Kramer, a psychiatrist and the author of “Listening to Prozac,” also warns that the new technology seems coercive despite being technically ethical. (Related: Talk to the voices: Unconventional yet obvious ways to heal schizophrenia and average mental mayhem.)

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Eating mushrooms every day fights chronic disease: Button mushrooms are high in antioxidants, researchers discover

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by Michelle Simmons, Natural News:

Eating small portions of mushrooms every day can make a big impact on your health. A recent study has found that mushrooms, particularly button mushrooms, contain important antioxidants that fight off chronic diseases, such as dementia, heart disease, and cancer.

To reach this conclusion, researchers from Pennsylvania State University analyzed the relationship between mushroom consumption and the prevalence of chronic disease in people. In the study, which was published in the journal Food Chemistry, they examined 13 species of mushrooms. They discovered that two antioxidants found in mushrooms, ergothioneine and glutathione, fight off the free radicals associated with dementia, different types of cancers, and even cardiovascular disease. Free radicals are released when the body uses food to produce energy. These travel through the body to pair up with other electrons, which cause damage to cells, proteins, and DNA known as oxidative stress. Replacing antioxidants in the body may help prevent oxidative stress.

“Without a doubt, mushrooms are the highest dietary source of these two antioxidants,” said Robert Beelman, lead research of the study.

Beelman and his team found that the amounts of the two antioxidants differ by species. They discovered that porcini mushrooms, which are popular in Italy, had the highest content of ergothioneine, while maitake contained the highest amount of glutathione. On the other hand, the mushroom variety that contained the lowest amounts of the two antioxidants was chanterelles, a wild variety popular as a culinary delicacy. Yet, even though the more common types of mushroom, such as the white button, had less of these antioxidants, they had greater amounts compared to most other foods.

The researchers also discovered that even if mushrooms were to be cooked, they would still maintain their antioxidant content. Furthermore, they found that the amounts of ergothioneine and glutathione within given species were significantly correlated.

Although the effect of ergothioneine is not entirely clear, earlier research has suggested that it may aid in maintaining glutathione levels by interacting with other cellular defense systems. On the other hand, glutathione has been previously known to maintain immune function, detoxify carcinogens, and other toxins. Moreover, high levels of glutathione help maintain health and prevent diseases.

Mice studies have also shown that ergothioneine has a protective effect against beta-amyloid plaque accumulation. Meanwhile, some studies also suggest that consumption of ergothioneine may decrease the risk of cognitive decline.

Countries that include ergothioneine in their meals, such as France and Italy, have lower prevalence of dementia. However, countries that lack the antioxidants in their diets, like the United States, have higher rates of diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

“The difference between the countries with low rates of neurodegenerative diseases is about three mg per day, which is about five button mushrooms each day,” Beelman said.

The researchers believe that their findings could eventually be used in anti-aging treatments and strategies based on glutathione and ergothioneine. (Related: Medicinal mushrooms like reishi, maitake can help fight cancer.)

Mushroom types and their other benefits

Mushrooms are fungi that produce spores, which are similar to pollen or seeds. These spores enable them to spread through the wind. Mushroom species can be classified into two — edible and non-edible. Edible mushrooms include button, oyster, porcini, chanterelles, enoki, oyster, maitake, and shiitake. On the other hand, non-edible mushrooms can be poisonous if eaten, such as the death cap, which is the deadliest of all, conocybe filaris, webcaps, autumn skullcap, destroying angels, podostroma cornu-damae, and deadly dapperling.

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UN Admits: Bill Clinton-Run Haiti Mission ‘Played Role’ in Cholera Outbreak

by Samuel Maxime, Breitbart:

On August 17, 2016 the United Nations did something it had not been willing to do for six years: it admitted a role in the 2010 cholera outbreak that has since killed nearly 10,000 and infected hundreds of thousands.

“Over the past year, the U.N. has become convinced that it needs to do much more regarding its own involvement in the initial outbreak and the suffering of those affected by cholera,” UN secretary general deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said, the New York Timesreports.

Still, the global organization appears to be fighting any possibility of paying damages and, just as alarming to observers, the Obama administration has remained silent on the matter.

Bill Clinton was head of the United Nations mission to Haiti at the time and managing billions in earthquake reconstruction money when, in October of 2010, a base of soldiers from Nepal began dumping septic waste into the country’s main river. The Artibonite River, located in the town of Mirebalais, is the island of Hispaniola’s longest and most important river. Located in the heart of island, the contaminated water ran through other rivers, creating a stream of death through Haiti’s waterways.

Cholera is a water-borne disease that thrives in wet atmospheres and had not been previously present in Haitian. It is a disease which causes vomiting and diarrhea until the infected person becomes dehydrated and dies. The virulence of this particular South Asian strain in Haiti gives an untreated infected person usually about 24 hours before death.

The outbreak triggered massive protests across Haiti, accusing the UN of contaminating the water and bringing the never-before-seen epidemic to the country.

Over the years, dozens of investigations and reports – from universities such as Harvardand Yale, from organizations such as the U.S. CDC and Doctors Without Borders – have corroborated the Haitians’ claim of UN responsibility.

The Obama administration, which had taken the lead over the global Haiti earthquake reconstruction, taking place 35 miles south of Mirebalais in Port-au-Prince, has been conspicuously silent on the debate over responsibility.

Former President Bill Clinton, while still head of the mission in Haiti, did, in 2012, admit the UN’s role in the epidemic. He was pressed by Ansel Hertz, an independent and freelance videographer, as he was touring a hospital in Haiti. Clinton said, “I don’t know that the person who introduced cholera in Haiti, the U.N. peacekeeper, or [U.N.] soldier from South Asia, was aware that he was carrying the virus.” Clinton added that “it was the proximate cause of cholera. That is, he was carrying the cholera strain. It came from his waste stream into the waterways of Haiti, into the bodies of Haitians.”

The admission by Clinton would be downplayed by a U.N. spokeswoman later that day. Spokesperson Kieran Dwyer said, “In relation to former President Clinton’s reported remarks to the press this week in Haiti, we note that he emphasized the importance of focusing on improving Haiti’s sanitation system and the fact that the United Nations and others are working hard to do this.”

The Clinton Global Initiative made a substantial commitment by 2013 to build Haiti’s first Permanent Diarrhea Training and Treatment Center. The multi-million-dollar project is a Clinton Foundation in Haiti “long-termism” initiative. Because vibrio cholerae has the ability to live in water, it is a disease that does not go away. It resurges and kills dozens until an aggressive response, usually funded by foreign aid and charities, is undertaken. But as soon as the response ends, cholera resurges with more aggression and more resilience.

In order to eradicate cholera in Haiti, Haiti would have to build a modern plumbing and sewage infrastructure in all populated areas. The country would have to solve a crisis of access to clean water, too. Only one out of five in Haiti have access to a sanitary toilet, most use latrines or some form of outhouse for their waste, and two out of five are without access to clean water.

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Global vaccine cartel wreaks destruction: the evidence

by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:

Massive vaccine damage, hidden.

Put these two public-health agency statements up against each other:

DON’T GIVE THIS VACCINE TO PEOPLE WHOSE IMMUNE SYSTEMS ARE WEAK, BECAUSE DIRE CONSEQUENCES WOULD FOLLOW.

WE GAVE THIS VACCINE TO 100 MILLION PEOPLE, MILLIONS OF WHOM HAD WEAK IMMUNE SYSTEMS, AND IT WAS A GLORIOUS SUCCESS, ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF MODERN MEDICINE.

Doesn’t add up, does it? Across a population of 100 million people, widespread harm and death would have occurred.

Read on, and follow the inexorable logic.

The FDA has just released a statement (8/28) about its crackdown on a California company pushing an unapproved treatment for cancer patients: stem cells mixed with a smallpox vaccine.

But that’s not the big story. The big story is buried in the FDA press release. Here is the Agency’s statement:

“Serious health problems, including those that are life-threatening, can also occur in…people who…have problems with their heart or immune system if they become infected with the [smallpox] vaccine virus, either by being vaccinated or by being in close contact with a person who was vaccinated.”

Get it? The FDA is admitting that those with certain prior health conditions who pick up the smallpox virus, as a result of vaccination, are at exceptionally high risk. AMONG THOSE PRIOR HEALTH CONDITIONS IS: “IMMUNE SYSTEM PROBLEMS.”

That simply means: weak and compromised immune systems.

And yet…during the years 1966-1980, a massive smallpox eradication campaign was carried out in Africa, under the auspices of the World Health Organization. Roughly 100 million doses of the smallpox vaccine were given to Africans, MILLIONS OF WHOM ALREADY HAD SEVERELY COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS.

How much devastation was wrought by this vaccination campaign?

The World Health Organization, in 1980, celebrated the eradication of smallpox on the African continent—but was that what really happened?

Or was it this? The visible signs of smallpox receded, but people with already-compromised immune systems began dying in large numbers. (Is THAT what would soon be called AIDS?)

The FDA, in the statement I quoted above, unwittingly implied what researchers have known for decades: the so-called smallpox eradication campaign in Africa was one of the most dangerous medical interventions in history.

In the late 1980s, a respected biologist with close knowledge of the Africa eradication campaign, told me, off the record, that after the World Health Organization celebrated their “victory” in Africa, they held a very secret meeting in Geneva.

At this meeting, it was decided that the smallpox vaccine they deployed in Africa would never be used again.

I asked him why.

Because it caused cases of smallpox, he said.

So the African eradication campaign had a double effect. In some people, the vaccine caused smallpox, which it was supposed to prevent. In others, it wrought extreme devastation and death without giving the appearance of smallpox.

More lies, more widespread destruction from the vaccine establishment.

Need further proof? In 2001, out of nowhere, the US federal government announced there was a potential bio-terror threat: the use of the smallpox virus as a weapon. Therefore, vaccination clinics would be set up all over America, and “everyone” should show up and receive the smallpox vaccine. As encouragement, President Bush got his shot on national television.

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Do You Know What We Are Breathing In From Weather Geoengineering Efforts?

by Catherine Frompovich, Activist Post:

Air is one of the PRIMARY elements of life; without it for about three minutes, we cannot survive.  If air is such an important biological and functional life component, why are weather geoengineers messing around with it?

They’re not, according to ‘official source’ denials.

Well, think again, since many independent and non-cabal-financially-sponsored “non-consensus scientists” are finding STUFF in the air we breathe that should not be there unless placed for nefarious reasons.  What a mouthful!  Is there any documentation to substantiate what I say?  But of course!  Would I say it, if there were none?

Well, I’m going to explain some things readers may find doubtful, interesting and even frightful, but cannot deny once you stop playing around with your iPhones, etc. and look up and study the sky, which no longer is the crystal clear gorgeous blue it used to be in my youth, since I was born during the Depression years.

Nano particles and Smart Dust [is] being absorbed by all of us via inhalation of chemtrail fallout and from contaminated grocery store food (including organically grown food) where the crops pick up and absorb the same Nano particles and Smart Dust that we are breathing in. In addition, food sources are intentionally being sprayed with Nano technology. I first became aware of “nanobots” as a component of chemtrails in 2005 when the topic of Morgellons first surfaced on the internet. These nanobots were somehow integrating themselves with biological functions inside people’s bodies producing these colored fibers and wire-like threads that would ooze out of lesions on the skin. I had no idea why some people produced the fibers and had the sensation of insects crawling under their skin, while other people had no symptoms at all. [1]

According to Tony Pantalleresco,

[W]e’ve been breathing in Nano particles in the atmosphere since the 1960s and they’ve been adding Nano particles to food since the 1970s. The expresion [sic] “Nano particles” refers to the size of the particles. A particle 1 micron wide is equivalent to one millionth of one meter, while 1 Nano is equivalent to one billionth of one meter. Our bodies can handle particles in the micron range, but Nano size particles in the 1-100 Nano range especially, cause a great deal of damage to the body.  [1]

Tony should know; he’s been making videos about them!  Tony explained them in this podcast.

He explains that many thousands of Nano particles are now residing in EACH human cell of all human beings (including you) and are integrating themselves with our biological functions to re-program our body (and our DNA) into an Android-like hybrid, that is part human biology and part Artificial Intelligence robotics. These Nano particles inside our bodies are activated by (and programmable from a distance) using radio frequencies (microwaves) and ELF waves. That means we are ALL being set up for a 21st Century version of enslavement employing electronic mind-control and body-control coercion harassment (which is what Targeted Individuals who call into the Ella Free podcasts are experiencing and talking about). [1]

Furthermore, there is much speculation the neurotoxic chemicals in all vaccines are part of that artificial intelligence robotics program!

There’s an amazing, astounding and seemingly unbelievable indication of what Tony contends, as a result of his research, being found in human bodies, and he demonstrates that using his arm and a special Anti-Nano Concoction protocol he created.

Towards the end of the video, he immerses his arm in the anti-Nano bucket (after first adding vinegar, distilled water, salt, DMSO and a capful of olive oil) and following a few minutes, you can see the Nano metal dust particles coming out of the skin and sticking to the floating oil globules. Jump ahead to 1:22 to see the Nano particles coming out of his skin. [1]

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Report: Venezuelans Opening ‘Medical Flea Markets’ to Trade Elusive Health Drugs

by Francis Martel, Breitbart:

Struggling to survive a socialist economy lacking everything from basic maternity goods to cancer drugs, Venezuelans have begun trading at “medical flea markets” outside of the control of the government, where they receive no guarantee the drugs will actually work.

The “medical flea markets” appear to have taken on the same form of the “pop-up” markets that became popular in Venezuela in 2014, when shortages of laundry detergent, deodorant, baby formula, and other goods triggered demand for trade outside of the nation’s strict ration system. The government has vowed to crack down on traders participating in these markets, referred to often as bachaqueros, and dictator Nicolás Maduro has resisted accepting humanitarian aid from neighbors like Colombia.

Speaking to Venezuelans in San Cristobal, on the border with Colombia, and Maracaibo, Reuters found that many are searching for painkillers, birth control, and other common drugs. Bachaqueros told Reuters that anticonvulsants have come into more demand lately, and antibiotics are perennially necessary.

The drugs, Reuters explains, comes partially from hospital employees, who sell them to the merchants to bring in some extra income, and from Colombia. Those smuggled in are often “stacked on top of each other. The packaging is visibly deteriorated: The cases are discolored and some are even dirty.” They are sold alongside food and other goods.

Doctors tell Reuters that the conditions these drugs are kept in are not ideal for preservation, meaning many could have gone bad by the time they are sold.

Previous reports have exposed the unreliable nature of the legal drugs in Venezuela, as well, likely contributing to Venezuelans being comfortable buying the drugs in flea markets rather than waiting for legal supplies. In April, a group of cancer patients complained that the drugs they had received in government hospitals, which Venezuela bought from the communist government of Cuba, were causing side effects that made their health status “worse than when we were first diagnosed with the disease.”

In January 2016, the Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation declared a “humanitarian emergency,” noting that the nation was facing a “100 percent shortage” of necessary drugs on a national level and 85 percent of the nation’s pharmacies were on the brink of bankruptcy. The legally acquired drugs began disappearing in mid-2016 from hospitals completely. Hospital staff then began asking patients to bring their own medicine—as well as bandages, gauze, and other necessary tools—to hospitals and not expect to be medicated upon arriving.

The situation has gotten worse since. In an extensive report published this week, Venezuela’s El Nacional newspaper highlighted individual cases of citizens suffering severe medical shortages. One mother explained that she only had money for her necessary kidney medications or her child’s milk, but not both. Another lamented that her child, diagnosed with a highly curable form of leukemia, is likely to die due to lack of treatment.

Venezuelans who have managed to leave the country often send medicine home from abroad, though many have to pay a high price to acquire it. The Miami Herald reports that women, in particular, find themselves in dangerous situations after using their savings to flee Venezuela. Many end up in prostitution, which often generates enough money to buy the drugs their relatives at home need to survive, even if only the suspect black market versions of the drugs they need.

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Fruit, vegetables, tea, dark chocolate: A diet high in antioxidants reduces risk of type 2 diabetes

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by Michelle Simmons, Natural News:

A study revealed that a diet high in antioxidants lessens the risk of type 2 diabetes. A team of researchers from Insermcarried out a study on the effect of antioxidants to the risk of type 2 diabetes. Previous studies showed that some antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, lycophenes or flavonoids, were linked to a lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes. In the study, the researchers wanted to confirm whether overall diet is associated with the risk of diabetes.

The team used the data from the E3N study, which was comprised of around 100,000 French female participants born from 1925 to 1950, and were followed from 1990. The Inserm team followed more than 60,000 women who did not have diabetes and cardiovascular disease from 1993 to 2008. The participants answered a questionnaire about their diet at the start of the study, elaborating on at least 200 different food items. The Inserm research team calculated a score for total dietary antioxidant capacity for every participant using the data and an Italian database that provided information on the antioxidant capacity of a huge number of different foods. After that, the team looked at the links between this score and the risk of diabetes prevalence during the follow-up period.

The results revealed that an increase in antioxidant consumption of up to 15 millimoles per day (mmol/day) reduced the risk of developing diabetes; however, the effect reached a plateau in much higher levels. This level of dietary antioxidants could be done by consuming foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits like blueberries and strawberries, nuts like walnuts and hazelnuts, dark chocolate, tea, and prunes.

In addition, the findings of the study showed that the participants who had the highest antioxidant scores had a decreased risk in diabetes of 27 percent in comparison to those with the lowest scores. Fruits and vegetables, tea, and red wine were the foods and drinks that primarily led to a high dietary antioxidant score.

“This link persists after taking into account all the other principal diabetes risk factors: smoking, education level, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, family history of diabetes and, above all, BMI, the most important factor,” explained Francesca Romana Mancini, the initial author of the study.

However, the researchers did not include coffee from the observation even though it contains high antioxidant levels. This is because the antioxidants in coffee have already been proven to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, and might cover the outcomes of antioxidants from the other sources.

“This work complements our current knowledge of the effect of isolated foods and nutrients, and provides a more comprehensive view of the relationship between food and type 2 diabetes,” said Guy Fagherazi, the lead researcher of the E3N study.

In conclusion, Mancini explained that antioxidants fight the effect of free radicals that damage the cells in general, but specifically, antioxidants can also have particular effects, like its effect on the sensitivity of cells to insulin. However, she also noted that further research is needed to prove this.

The findings of the study was published in the journal Diabetologia of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).

Other ways to lower the chance of developing type 2 diabetes

Aside from increasing the consumption of foods rich in antioxidants, there are other ways on how to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • Maintain a healthy body weight – Diabetes may be delayed or prevented by maintaining a healthy weight. Reducing around 10 to 14 percent of your weight may help if your weight is 200 pounds.

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FDA Just Approved ‘Smart Pill’ Antidepressant So Gov’t Can Track You As They Force Medicate You

by Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project:

With the FDA recently authorizing the world’s first “smart pill”, many ethical questions are being raised by medical doctors. Forced medication by the state seems imminent.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved what may be the world’s first “smart pill.” Abilify MyCite, (aripiprazole) a “pill with a sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication” was approved for sale and distribution by the FDA in mid-November. Now, a month after the drug’s approval, several of the world’s leading medical doctors are questioning the ethics surrounding the controversial drug.

Presumably using “compliance” with taking prescribed medicines as justification, the drug, “has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken.” Abilify MyCite was “approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults.” Abilify is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a class of drugs which, by law, must contain the following black box warning label for consumers. That black box warning label reads:

• Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are
at an increased risk of death. ABILIFY is not approved for the treatment of patients with
dementia-related psychosis. (5.1)
• Increased risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults taking antidepressants. Monitor for worsening and emergence of suicidal
thoughts and behaviors. (5.3)

Additionally, Abilify has been linked to serious impulse control problems in patients. In May of 2016, the FDA issued a warning to consumers about the drug’s dangers associated with compulsive and impulsive behavior. According to the FDA, taking Abilify can lead to the following behaviors among others:

Although pathological gambling is listed as a reported side effect in the current aripiprazole drug labels, this description does not entirely reflect the nature of the impulse-control risk that we identified. Additionally, we have become aware of other compulsive behaviors associated with aripiprazole, such as compulsive eating, shopping, and sexual actionsuncontrollable urges…Those with a personal or family history of obsessive-compulsive disorder, impulse-control disorder, bipolar disorder, impulsive personality, alcoholism, drug abuse, or other addictive behaviors. Consider reducing the dose or stopping the medicine if such urges develop.

Did you catch that? The very drug which the FDA just approved for bipolar disorder should be reduced or not taken if those same people develop impulsive or compulsive gambling, shopping, eating, and sexual behaviors. Complicating issues for a drug which is known to cause someone to kill themselves and engage in impulsive behaviors, the FDA has now approved the “smart pill” form of Abilify to ensure the person is taking the medicines as prescribed.

Therein lies the crux of the controversy. Not only is the SSRI Abilify already unsafe for many if not most people to take (black box warning), but the drug may indeed worsen the already impulsive actions of bipolar, and compulsive (OCD) patients.

With the FDA approving the smart pill which links to handheld computers, the family of the patient, the doctor, and presumably the pharmacy and insurance companies can now be certain if the patient is taking the medicines as prescribed. That may be comforting for families who have family members who won’t take their meds. But for people who simply do not want to take medicines which might lead to them killing themselves, have sex with total strangers, or gamble all their money away, the choice may now be taken out of their hands, especially if a judge or a court orders medicinal compliance.

Here’s how Abilify MyCite Works:

Abilify MyCite, can be swallowed just like any other pill. When that happens, the ingestible sensor inside it sends a message to a patch worn by the patient, which then transmits the information to a mobile app that the patient can monitor. If a patient opts to allow it, the patient’s caregivers and doctor can access the data online, too.

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DNA Has Gone Digital – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

by Jenna Gallegos, Activist Post:

Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. Researchers like us use computers to analyze DNA, operate lab equipment and store genetic information. But new capabilities also mean new risks – and biologists remain largely unaware of the potential vulnerabilities that come with digitizing biotechnology.

The emerging field of cyberbiosecurity explores the whole new category of risks that come with the increased use of computers in the life sciences.

University scientists, industry stakeholders and government agents have begun gathering to discuss these threats. We’ve even hosted FBI agents from the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate here at Colorado State University and previously at Virginia Tech for crash courses on synthetic biology and the associated cyberbiosecurity risks. A year ago, we participated in a U.S. Department of Defense-funded project to assess the security of biotechnology infrastructures. The results are classified, but we disclose some of the lessons learned in our new Trends in Biotechnology paper.

Along with co-authors from Virginia Tech and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we discuss two major kinds of threats: sabotaging the machines biologists rely on and creating dangerous biological materials.

Computer viruses affecting the physical world

In 2010, a nuclear plant in Iran experienced mysterious equipment failures. Months later, a security firm was called in to troubleshoot an apparently unrelated problem. They found a malicious computer virus. The virus, called Stuxnet, was telling the equipment to vibrate. The malfunction shut down a third of the plant’s equipment, stunting development of the Iranian nuclear program.

Unlike most viruses, Stuxnet didn’t target only computers. It attacked equipment controlled by computers.

The marriage of computer science and biology has opened the door for amazing discoveries. With the help of computers, we’re decoding the human genome, creating organisms with new capabilities, automating drug development and revolutionizing food safety.

Stuxnet demonstrated that cybersecurity breaches can cause physical damages. What if those damages had biological consequences? Could bioterrorists target government laboratories studying infectious diseases? What about pharmaceutical companies producing lifesaving drugs? As life scientists become more reliant on digital workflows, the chances are likely rising.

Messing with DNA

The ease of accessing genetic information online has democratized science, enabling amateur scientists in community laboratories to tackle challenges like developing affordable insulin.

But the line between physical DNA sequences and their digital representation is becoming increasingly blurry. Digital information, including malware, can now be stored and transmitted via DNA. The J. Craig Venter Institute even created an entire synthetic genome watermarked with encoded links and hidden messages.

Twenty years ago, genetic engineers could only create new DNA molecules by stitching together natural DNA molecules. Today scientists can use chemical processes to produce synthetic DNA.

The sequence of these molecules is often generated using software. In the same way that electrical engineers use software to design computer chips and computer engineers use software to write computer programs, genetic engineers use software to design genes.

That means that access to specific physical samples is no longer necessary to create new biological samples. To say that all you need to create a dangerous human pathogen is internet access would be an overstatement – but only a slight one. For instance, in 2006, a journalist used publicly available data to order a fragment of smallpox DNA in the mail. The year before, the Centers for Disease Control used published DNA sequences as a blueprint to reconstruct the virus responsible for the Spanish flu, one of the deadliest pandemics of all time.

With the help of computers, editing and writing DNA sequences is almost as easy as manipulating text documents. And it can be done with malicious intent.

  Participants in CSU’s workshop for the FBI got hands-on training in the techniques of biotechnology.  Anne Manning ,  CC BY-ND
Participants in CSU’s workshop for the FBI got hands-on training in the techniques of biotechnology.  Anne Manning ,  CC BY-ND

First: Recognize the threat

The conversations around cyberbiosecurity so far have largely focused on doomsday scenarios. The threats are bidirectional.

On the one hand, computer viruses like Stuxnet could be used to hack into digitally controlled machinery in biology labs. DNA could even be used to deliver the attack by encoding malware that is unlocked when the DNA sequences are translated into digital files by a sequencing computer.

On the other hand, bad actors could use software and digital databases to design or reconstruct pathogens. If nefarious agents hacked into sequence databases or digitally designed novel DNA molecules with the intent to cause harm, the results could be catastrophic.

And not all cyberbiosecurity threats are premeditated or criminal. Unintentional errors that occur while translating between a physical DNA molecule and its digital reference are common. These errors might not compromise national security, but they could cause costly delays or product recalls.

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

“20 Million Could Starve To Death In Coming Months” As Bio-Systems Of Earth Are Imploding

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by Mac Slavo, SHTFPlan:

Geoengineering expert Dane Wigington is suing to get NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration) to give up its climate engineering information. But he’s hit a brick wall, and it’s all because the powers that be seek to hide this information from the public for a long as possible.

Wigington contends, “There is no hiding from what’s coming. . . . NOAA is not returning our FOIA’s, Freedom of Information Act requests.”  He also says that this has been going on for 70 years, and was ramped up about 20 years ago. “This is the Orwellian world we live in,” said Wigington.  A team of attorneys working with GeoengineeringWatch.org and Stop Geoengineering Minnesota is suing to get NOAA to release the information requested.

“They are legally required to give those to our attorneys, and they are not doing that.  In fact, NOAA, in essence, flipped us the middle finger by sending back FOIA’s saying they know nothing about any sort of weather modification anywhere ever.  Think how absurd this is when there are 300 regional weather modification programs that NOAA is required to sign off on every single year (in the contiguous 48 states).  They are denying all of it.  This is the biggest cover-up in human history, with the largest most extensive operation in history, with the cooperation of governments around the globe.  That is not speculation.  You have to look and understand the gravity of the situation that is unfolding.  Countries around the globe, whatever you are focused on, if it’s not saving the life support systems of the planet, everything else amounts to arranging deck chairs on the Titanic. . . . This is the single most destructive endeavor ever launched by the human race.  Mathematically, it’s the greatest threat we face short of nuclear catastrophe.” –Dane Wigington

Wigington contends that the situation is much worse than most yet understand and climate engineering (not to be confused with the propagated and manufactured climate change which was invented in 1998 to cover this up as a“solution” to climate change) is a primary causal factor. Wigington explains, “Our situation is far more dire and immediate than anyone yet comprehends, and climate engineering is making it worse, not better.  Official statistics say 20 million people could starve in the coming months, and that number will increase exponentially.  The biosystems of the planet are imploding.”

“They (many disinformation sources) have to control the message, they almost exclusively use the term ‘chemtrails’ because that term leads to a dead end (conspiracy theory and hoax definitions).  It’s not a scientific term, and they want us to use that term.  You don’t see them using the geoengineering, climate engineering, solar radiation management and aerosol injection term because they (mainstream media and disinformation sources) don’t want people to understand the legitimacy of this issue.  Why the Senate hearings?  Because the elephant in the room is now all but impossible to hide, and they are trying to pacify populations until the last possible moment.  They want to tell the population what they want to hear–that this is only a proposal… We have massive toxic aerosol, heavy metal spraying in our atmosphere that could not be more visible.  It’s blotting out the sun. . . . These programs are completely out of control. . . .We are on the road to planetary omnicide. Climate engineering is the greatest and most immediate assault we face.  Climate engineering, look at it like this, like the pharmaceutical approach to planet earth.  Hide the symptoms even if you are making the overall situation exponentially worse.  That’s what they are doing.  We have had these radical whiplash weather scenarios where it goes from 80 to 90 degrees to snow in a day or two.  This weather whiplash is not natural in any way, shape or form.”

Read More @ SHTFPlan.com

Why Is An Appendectomy In The United States 10 Times More Expensive Than An Appendectomy In Mexico?

by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog:

This is what can happen when you go to a socialized healthcare system.  A lot of people out there believe that the United States has a free market healthcare system, but that is actually not true.  The percentage of the population that receives government-subsidized healthcare is rapidly approaching 50 percent, and the healthcare industry may be the most heavily regulated sector of the entire U.S. economy.  Every year the rules, red tape and regulations seem to get even worse, and every year health insurance premiums rise much faster than the overall rate of inflation.  If we don’t start applying free market principles and start getting healthcare costs under control, our entire healthcare system could very easily implode.

I would like to share with you an excerpt from an article by former DEA agent David Hathaway.  According to Hathaway, the average cost for an appendectomy in the United States is $33,000

My son had an attack of appendicitis late Saturday night. I knew that the Obamacare inflated prices for surgery in the U.S. would be ridiculous and that the service would likely be impersonal, involve long waits, and be nerve-wracking. I have friends in the medical field so I inquired just for grins. The price for the latest routine appendectomy in my area was, my jaw dropped, $43,000. I read on-line that the average cost for an appendectomy in the U.S. is $33,000. I am not near some of the great direct-pay medical facilities in the U.S. like the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, but I am near Mexico. I chose that option since I have often utilized foreign medical and dental facilities in the past and find the service and prices to be outstanding.

You can buy a very nice brand new car for $33,000.

How in the world did we get to the point where costs have escalated so far out of control?  Should performing an appendectomy really be this expensive?

I can imagine that some of my readers may be thinking that the quality of care down in Mexico is much lower, but this is actually not the case at all.  Here is more from David Hathaway

My son was checked into a private room with private bath and satellite TV awaiting his surgery. The surgical staff was prepped and ready to start within an hour-and-a half of our arrival. The appendix was ruptured, so extra precautions were taken to clean and flush the abdominal cavity. Since the appendix was ruptured, the chief surgeon said that my son should stay two days to receive intravenous antibiotics to prevent the development of peritonitis.

The surgery was a success, and David’s son did stay in the hospital for two full days in order to receive the antibiotics that the doctor suggested.

But despite the extra time, the bill for the appendectomy was still less than 10 percent of what it would have been if the appendectomy had been performed in the United States…

The hospital stay was for 48 hours in a private room where my wife was allowed to spend the nights with my son sleeping on a couch in his room. This cost would have been significantly less if we hadn’t incurred emergency fees and if the appendectomy had not involved complications which required a longer stay and more medication. Despite all that, I though the total price of $2,830 dollars was very reasonable.

Read More @ TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com

Five Scary Signs That Your Health May Be Rapidly Declining

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by Joshua Krause, Ready Nutrition:

Most people try to avoid the thought of what their lives would be like if their health failed. But for those who are brave enough to have those thoughts, they probably don’t have an accurate perception of what it’s really like to be near death’s door and in need of medical attention. They’ll likely base their assumptions on what they’ve seen in movies, and dread the day they develop an inexplicable cough or debilitating nausea.

In the real wold however, the signs that indicate poor health often aren’t very obvious. Here’s what you should really look out for:

  1. If you’re beginning to lose your sense of smell, look out. Studies have shown that people who have trouble smelling or have lost that sense completely, have a drastically higher mortality rate. Their chances of dying over a 5 year period are somewhere between 2-4 times higher than people who can still smell.
  2. A loss of appetite, particularly among seniors, is a common symptom seen in people before they die of natural causes. That’s because the human metabolism begins a precipitous drop before death occurs. Mortality rates typically rise if the appetite loss continues for more than six months.
  3. One little known sign of declining health is poor grip strength. Obviously, there can be other causes. It’s safe to assume that if your grip isn’t what it used to be, you could just be getting older. It’s no secret that we all lose muscle mass as we age. But if you’ve experienced a dramatic loss of grip strength, then you have a much higher chance of dying by any cause. More importantly, people who have weak grip strength have a significantly higher chance of suffering from a stroke or a heart attack.
  4. If you’re not treating your body right by smoking, not eating healthy food or exercising regularly etc, over time your heart rate and blood pressure is going to increase. We all know that this isn’t a good sign, but most people don’t realize how significant the ramifications are. An examination of 46 studies that collectively involved over 2 million people, found that those who have a resting heart rate that exceeded 80 beats per minute had a 45% higher risk of mortality by any cause.

Read More @ ReadyNutrition.com