The Air We Breathe…

airWhile you are working and sleeping, your body is battling the air we breathe!  Filled with contaminants like dust, dander, mold spores, and tons of chemical gases from our environment, our bodies are not working to our greatest potential nor resting comfortably to help us prepare for tomorrow, they are fighting a losing battle over poor air quality.  No matter how “clean” you may think your home is, it is filled with an army of toxins.  And the newer your home or furnishing, the more toxins you will find!  Our immune systems are spending energy combatting these toxins instead of repairing and rebalancing our bodies.  It is the equivalent to tying your immune system “hands” behind your back and expecting to be productive.  Research shows numerous health conditions are linked to poor air quality like allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivities, bronchitis, fatigue, even heart attacks to name a few! 

What Type of Filtration Work Best?

You’ve probably heard of a HEPA filter before.  There are tons of them on the market and they are reported to be one of the best types of filters available.  So what is a HEPA filter?  HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particle Arresting and was developed by the US Atomic Energy Commission in the 1940s.  A medical HEPA filter removes 99.97% of all airborne particles greater than 0.3 microns.  (Just to give you an idea, a human hair is 300 times too large to fit through a HEPA filter.)   That sounds like an amazing filter given the diameter of a piece of hair, but HEPA is not enough to clean the air of the toxins we face today. 

In order to filter the toxins out of the air more efficiently, including those smaller than 0.3 microns, there are a few other filtration products that are great additions to a HEPA filter.  Activated carbon and Zeolite are fabulous filtration products.  Carbon and Zeolite naturally have great absorption properties; specifically, for absorbing gasses, odors, and chemicals.  Activated carbon is the prominent material used in gas masks.  What is activated carbon?  For our purposes, we are talking about carbon that has been activated by subjecting the carbon to a two-stage steaming process.  “Activating” carbon enlarges the surface pore size, allowing it to absorb more gasses, odors, and chemicals.    

Zeolite is a natural mineral that is excellent at absorbing gas molecules, including gasses like formaldehyde, ammonia, and carbon monoxide.  Formaldehyde specifically is found in building materials and fabrics like carpets, wood products, and furniture.  There are also many synthetic zeolites being manufactured as well and many are not safe.  For example, erionite zeolite is similar in genetics to asbestos and has respiratory safety concerns as well.  The zeolite used in the filters we found superior is a non-fibrous, all-natural compound found in volcanic rock called clinoptilolite. 

One more filter is worth mentioning called HEGA which stands for High-Efficiency Gas Absorption.  This filtration medium has been applied as a military carbon cloth material in the filter we recommend.  The Institute of Environmental Science, a HEGA filter must be at least 99.9% effective in removing gasses, chemicals, and odors.  It must also remove such particles as dust, pollen, mold spores, bacteria, and pet dander in order to be classified as HEGA filter. 

When you combine these filtration systems you wind up with a truly amazing air filter, capable of removing a remarkable amount of toxins, including over 3,000 gasses.  Wrapped in a cotton pre-filter to trap large particles and to extend the life of the main filter, one company stands above all others in providing air filters that actually clean the air and remove the multitude of toxins our bodies work hard to combat…Austin Air.  While there are many air purifier products on the market to reduce the toxins in the air, none compare to the air filters by Austin Air.  The company was formed when the founder’s wife had such horrible breathing problems that her only relief was when she was admitted to a “clean room” at the hospital.  Since then, the founder set out to find a solution so his wife could breathe without worry in her own home.  These remarkable air filters are extremely effective and thoroughly researched.  Austin Air filters are not only above the rest in filtration, but when compared to the other products available and all the replacement filters and parts, they are also the most economical as well.  It’s as simple as replacing one filter every 5 years!  That’s it!  This filter is easy to replace and requires no maintenance.  The filters also clean the air from all sides simultaneously, that’s 360 degrees!  Simply take your vacuum and attach the brush/upholstery brush to it and vacuum the outside of the unit about once a month. 

But Austin Air would not go to such lengths to create a filter that works so hard to filter out toxins and then coat their own products with toxins that make it worse.  Austin Air’s products are made of steel and have a powder coat paint that they bake on so no off-gassing is present compared to spray painting or plastics.  These filters create a clean air pocket that, in most bedrooms, can clean the air in less than 15 minutes!  They are not only efficient in removing toxins, but are energy efficient as well.  Costing only about a penny an hour to run, the average electric cost to run the unit non-stop is roughly $10 a month!  Their products come with a 5-year parts and labor guarantee and a 5-year pro-rated filter guarantee. 

Which Filter is Best for Me?

Austin Air offers a couple different filters, most in two sizes.  My favorite is the Bedroom Machine.  This model filters areas up to 1,500 square feet and uses a 5-stage filtration process including 15 lbs. of carbon and zeolite mix, military carbon cloth, HEPA, and HEGA.  This unit is recommended for allergies, asthma, odors, gasses, chemicals, including particles down to the nano size.  My second favorite unit is the HealthMate Plus.  This unit is recommended for the same issues as the Bedroom Machine, but is best for those with chemical sensitivity.  The HealthMate Plus unit comes in two sizes standard, which cleans up to 1,500 square feet, and junior, which cleans up to 700 square feet.  There is a ton of information on the different units on our website www.bestpinksalt.com.  Don’t hesitate to contact us should you want help selecting what unit is best for you. 

Visit www.bestpinksalt.com for you Austin Air filter today!




Pharmacist faces murder trial after his contaminated medicine kills 64 patients

pharmacistIn 2012, over 700 people across 20 different states were diagnosed with fungal meningitis and other infections after being given contaminated medication. This egregious error led to what was the most deadly outbreak of meningitis ever seen in the United States; 64 people died in nine different states.

Now, the trial is finally in motion. The prosecution says that a single pharmacist is responsible for at least 25 of those unfortunate deaths, and jurors will begin to weigh the evidence.

Pharmacist Barry Cadden is the 50-year old owner and head pharmacist of New England Compounding Center, known as NECC. He is being charged with 25 counts of second-degree murder in relation to the 2012 outbreak. These deaths were allegedly caused by contaminated bottles of a steroid known as preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate, which is manufactured by Cadden’s compounding pharmacy.

A second set of charges also await NECC’s supervisory pharmacist, Glenn A. Chin. Chin has been charged with 25 counts of second-degree murder, but his trial date has yet to be determined. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a maximum sentence of life in prison is on the table for both Cadden and Chin, if they are convicted on all counts.

In 2014, the U.S. Justice Department acknowledged that the charges did “not require the government to prove Cadden and Chin had specific intent to kill the 25 patients, but rather that (they) acted with extreme indifference to human life.” The contaminated vials of methylprednisolone acetate were used on some 13,000 patients. It is truly a wonder that more people were not harmed by these pharmacists’ actions.

(Editor’s note: Isn’t it interesting that these same charges are never leveled against big-name pharmaceutical drug manufacturers whose products kill over 100,000 Americans each year? Bayer, Pfizer, Merck, Eli, J&J and other drug companies executives never face such criminal charges, even when caught fraudulently marketing dangerous prescription medications that kill thousands.)

The outbreak and the indictment

There are exactly 751 cases of infection listed on the indictment, after healthcare practitioners unknowingly injected the contaminated medication into thousands of their patients’ spinal columns.

Meningitis, which is the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, is a life-threatening condition that was inevitably caused by the compromised medication. Fungal meningitis is considered to be a rare disease by the CDC.

In the fall of 2012, the first cases of infection were reported. That September, NECC voluntarily recalled three lots of the steroid medication. However, that was not the end of the story for the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company. CNN reports:

The next month, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, working with the Food and Drug Administration, reported that it had “identified serious deficiencies and significant violations of pharmacy law and regulations that clearly placed the public’s health at risk.”

And, about a year after the company had filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11, the owners of NECC conceded to creating a $100 million fund for the outbreak victims in late 2013.

In a misguided attempt at spreading the blame, the pharmaceutical company tried to implicate their cleaning company as having shared responsibility for the outbreak. The cleaning company, UniFirst Corp, acknowledged that they provided NECC with “once-a-month cleaning services,” but maintained that the compounding pharmacy’s claims were “without merit.” The contamination error has been consistently blamed solely on NECC and its sale and administration subsidiary, Medical Sales Management, as far as health officials are concerned.

Cadden’s 2014 indictment reveals charges for multiple counts of racketeering, conspiracy, aiding and abetting, and mail fraud. The document also alleges that NECC failed to comply with basic safety regulations regarding sterilization and cleaning, among other things, and that many people who worked there, including the owners and other pharmacists, actively lied about it.

Not the first time NECC was in trouble

The problems with NECC began many years before the fungal meningitis outbreak harmed hundreds of people nationwide. In 2006, NECC reportedly received a warning letter for their wrongdoings from the FDA. In this letter, the FDA notified NECC that there were several violations that needed to be corrected and that the federal agency had the right to “seizure and injunction against you and your firm.”

Natural News also reports that in 2012, the executive vice president of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, David Miller, “condemned NECC for profiting to the tune of millions of dollars while functioning as a drug manufacturer, and not as a compounding pharmacy” on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. Miller also noted that despite several visits to NECC and the issuance of warnings, the FDA failed to shut them down. The negligence of the FDA also played a role in this terrible outbreak, and they too should be held accountable for their failure.

Sources:

NaturalNews.com

Edition.CNN.com

CDC.gov

Originally Published: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-01-17-pharmacist-faces-murder-trial-after-his-contaminated-medicine-kills-64-patients.html

Author: Vicki Batts




Controversial ingredient sparks debate: Could palm oil give you cancer?

palm oilPalm oil has been the subject of controversy for many years now due to the environmental impacts of its cultivation. The palm oil industry is linked to deforestation, habitat degradation, animal cruelty and indigenous rights abuses.

New research indicates that in addition to be being bad for the environment, palm oil is likely bad for humans, too. A recent report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has declared that palm oil is more carcinogenic than any other oil on the market. The EFSA’s condemnation of the oil follows a similar report that was released not too long ago by the World Health Organization (WHO). (RELATED: Discover more news about the health effects of food ingredients at Ingredients.news)

The research

The EFSA report, published in May of 2016, reveals that palm oil, among other foods, contains glycerol-based contaminants that are likely carcinogenic. The EFSA sought to assess the health risks of glycidyl fatty acid esters (GE), 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD) and 2-monochloropropanediol (2-MCPD), as well as their fatty acid esters. These are substances that can form during food processing, most notably during the process of refining vegetable oils at a high heat. The EFSA defines “high heat” as a temperature of 200°C or above.

The EFSA had their Panel on Contaminants in the Food Chain (CONTAM) review information regarding the toxicity of glycidol — which is the precursor to GE — in order to assess the risks of GE.

Dr. Helle Knutsen, chair of the CONTAM Panel, noted, “There is sufficient evidence that glycidol is genotoxic and carcinogenic, therefore the CONTAM Panel did not set a safe level for GE.”

The panel did note that some manufacturers have been taking voluntary measures to reduce their GE content, resulting in the level of GE present in palm oils decreasing by nearly half between 2010 and 2015. However, exposure to 2-MCPD and 3-MCPD remains worrisome, and the amount of these toxic compounds present in palm oil has remained unchanged. Palm oil is the largest contributor to 2-MCPD and 3-MCPD exposure for most people.

According to Dr. Knutsen, there is not enough information on toxicity to set a safe level of exposure for 2-MCPD, but a tolerable daily intake (TDI) was set for 3-MCPD at 0.8 micrograms per kilogram of body weight, which is a very small amount. Higher levels of exposure were linked to organ damage in animal studies.

Brands using palm oil take a hit

Ferrero, the manufacturer of Nutella, has seen the product’s profit margins drop by 3 percent since the report was released. In an effort to regain their foothold in the marketplace, Ferrero has even gone so far as to launch a commercial promoting palm oil as the key ingredient to what makes Nutella so great. The advertisement also seeks to convince people that the way they use palm oil makes it safe. This claim is questionable, especially when you realize that changing over to a less carcinogenic oil would cost Ferrero anywhere from an extra $8 million to $22 million a year. Palm oil is the cheapest edible oil on the market, after all; that’s why it is in so many foods.

Even without the potentially carcinogenic palm oil, it still has 21 grams of sugar per serving of just two tablespoons, rendering a jar of Nutella about as far away from a “health food” as you could throw it.

Although popular brands whose products contain palm oil may be taking a hit, it is important to note that when ingredients become questionable, companies often modify their products to be healthier. Public outcry is an important way to help enable products to be as safe as possible. More research into palm oil — and more public attention focused on it — will hopefully eventually make palm oil obsolete for human consumption.

Sources:

DailyMail.co.uk

USAToday.com

EFSA.Europa.eu

NPR.org

Originally Published: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-01-17-controversial-ingredient-in-nutella-sparks-debate-can-nutella-give-you-cancer.html
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American College of Pediatricians warns: HPV vaccine causes ovarian failure

A new warning has emerged about the use of Gardasil, a vaccine for the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Gardasil (a four-strain HPV vaccine, or HPV4), is typically administered to both boys and girls as young as age 11 to prevent the sexually transmitted disease.

Developed by Merck, Gardasil received FDA approval in 2006. The disease did not become of concern until the 1980s, when research first suggested that there may be a connection between HPV and cervical cancer. However, whether this link actually exists has been a major point of contention. (RELATED: Learn more about the science fraud behind vaccine marketing at Vaccines.news)

As Natural News previously explained, the vaccine has reportedly been linked to severe complications such as cervical cysts, autoimmune diseases, and harm to women’s ovaries. Natural News has also detailed how one of the developers of the HPV vaccine has now disavowed the inoculation, given that that cervical cancer risk is extremely low in the U.S. and that 90 percent of all HPV apparently infections clear up on their own within two years.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Gardasil, Gardasil 9, and Cervarix are all safe and effective.

The American College of Pediatricians apparently is apparently not so sure. In a statement primarily written by Scott S. Field, MD, the organization cautioned that there may be an association between the HPV vaccine and premature ovarian failure (POF), which is also known as premature menopause. The statement indicates that the POF cases are very rare, however.

“Since licensure of Gardasil in 2006, there have been about 213 VAERS reports…involving amenorrhea, POF or premature menopause, 88% of which have been associated with Gardasil,” the statement asserts. VAERS is the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation.

The statement also points out that family doctors are probably unaware of the possible link between HPV and premature ovarian failure and therefore may be not be reporting such cases to the CDC’s VAERS network, which could mean that the condition is more widespread.

The pediatricians’ organization statement also calls attention to the issue that before the vaccine was brought to market, “long-term ovarian function was not assessed in either the original rat safety studies or in the human vaccine trials.”

Another issue with Gardasil is a possible flaw in the pre-release safety trials in that the vaccine and the placebo both contained polysorbate 80. The placebo also contained aluminum adjuvant. “Therefore, if such ingredients could cause ovarian dysfunction, an increase in amenorrhea probably would not have been detected in the placebo controlled trials. ”

The College also noted that many of the young girls in the trials were on birth control, “which can mask ovarian dysfunction including amenorrhea and ovarian failure. Thus, a causal relationship between human papillomavirus vaccines (if not Gardasil specifically) and ovarian dysfunction cannot be ruled out at this time.”

The ACP statement calls for additional studies of the effects of Gardasil on rats, further CCD review of the appropriate VAERS reports, and alerting primary care doctors of the possible linkage between HPV and amenorrhea. The feds say that are are monitoring the situation and plan to conduct additional safety studies.

As part of the draining the swamp effort, President-elect Trump has named Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vaccine skeptic, to a committee to study vaccine safety. The committee will have its hands full, in part because the mainstream media, or what Health Ranger Mike Adams calls the “fakestream media,” accepts everything from Big Pharma at face value.

Moreover, a movement appears to be underway for more states to require mandatory HPV vaccinations for pre-teens or teens. Against that backdrop, parents might be well advised to study the American College of Pediatricians statement and review the many articles here on the Natural News website to make an informed decision, along with their healthcare provider, as to what is best for their family.

Stay informed about medical science news from an independent source at Medicine.news.

Sources:

CircleofDocs.com

Acpeds.org

CDC.gov

NaturalNews.com

Originally Published: http://naturalnews.com/2017-01-17-american-college-of-pediatricians-hpv-vaccine-causes-ovarian-failure.html

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Mainstream Science Finally Admits Vitamin C’s Ability To Cure Cancer Is Not A Conspiracy Theory

By Jack Burns

Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered the chemical, ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C, in the 1930s. One of Vitamin C’s chief advocates, who won twice the Nobel (Chemistry and Peace), was Linus Pauling. Pauling advocated for high doses of Vitamin C to treat various illnesses, including cancer, but was ridiculed by doctors and scientists alike when he claimed it could help prevent cancer. In fact, an essay entitled “The Dark Side of Linus Pauling’s Legacy”, written by psychiatrist and anti-quackery advocate Stephen Barrett, M.D., claimed, “Pauling is largely responsible for the widespread misbelief that high doses of vitamin C are effective against colds and other illnesses.”

Barrett scoffed at the notion, even going so far as to conclude, “Pauling’s megavitamin claims lacked the evidence needed for acceptance by the scientific community, they have been accepted by large numbers of people who lack the scientific expertise to evaluate them.” Going even further, Barrett suggested, “Pauling’s irrational advice about supplements continues to lead people astray.”

Barrett’s conclusions about Pauling’s claims on Vitamin C now paint an entirely different picture. According to researchers from the University of Iowa, ascorbate, derived from Vitamin C, was successfully observed increasing hydrogen peroxide levels in cancer cells, which in turn had a toxic result with cancer cells, killing the cancer cells in lab rats yet not damaging normal cells in the process. The researchers concluded that Vitamin C might, indeed, be lethal to some cancers. 

 

According to the scientists, “These results indicate that an in vivo measurement of catalase activity in tumors may predict which cancers will respond to pharmacological ascorbate therapy.” Once the exact cancers are identified, which are killed by vitamin C, the researchers concluded, “this information can also be used in finding combination therapies that may increase the efficacy of treatment for those tumors with higher catalase activities.” In other words, extremely high doses of the Vitamin C derivative may potentially be added to conventional cancer therapies to help kill more cancer cells.

Of course, the medical establishment, major oncology organizations, the federal government, as well as organizations of physicians, often oppose any discussion of alternative treatments for cancer. That’s because cancer treatment, not cancer cures, are big business for drug companies, hospitals, and physicians. The word “cure” is hardly ever used, and treatment is only blessed by physicians if it goes along with the long-accepted notion that cancer can only be treated by chemotherapy and radiation.

But, as The Free Thought Project has faithfully reported, the eyes of the people are being opened by anecdotal stories from people finding relief and healing from cancer and other illnesses by using alternative means. Stories of survivors treating their cancer with cannabis, vitamin K, turmeric, and other supplements are popping up all over the Internet. Now, it seems, those who are going with alternative treatments may want to explore Pauling’s original conclusions that mega-doses of Vitamin C has the power to help aid in killing cancer cells.

Pauling himself, suffered from prostate cancer, an illness he says was delayed for 20 years because of his consumption of Vitamin C. He took a reported 12,000 grams of Vitamin C daily. Pauling’s critic, Dr. Barrett, scoffed at Pauling’s cancer claims and even made a point to mention in his essay that Pauling died from prostate cancer. He wrote, “He died of the disease in August 1994.”
But what Barrett didn’t tell his readers is that Pauling lived to be 93 years old.

All too often, differing research is ridiculed, suppressed, and even outlawed in the medical field. Instead of being open to the idea of a new treatment for cancer, Barrett, and the medical community at large, scoffed at the notion — setting back progress for decades.

For now, however, it seems that the internet, and its ability to disseminate information instantly, has turned the tables on those who wish to remain in the stone age. Please share this article so that others may benefit from the brave research of Dr. Linus Pauling.

Jack Burns writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.

Source: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/01/mainstream-science-finally-admits-vitamin-cs-ability-to-cure-cancer-is-not-a-conspiracy-theory.html




Scientists discover a way to avoid teeth fillings that proves teeth can be regrown

Treating cavities with standard dental fillings may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to new research showing that damaged teeth have a natural ability to heal on their own. Researchers from England have shown in new animal trials that, when exposed to a substance known to aid in mineral delivery and dentine formation, tooth cavities will naturally regenerate and seal themselves without the need for mercury-based amalgam, porcelain, cement, or some other synthetic material.

At King’s College London in England, a team of scientists began experimenting with a substance known as Tideglusib that is already undergoing trials as a potential remedy for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Though the drug has yet to show any promise for this specific purpose, it is showing promise in another: the natural regeneration of damaged teeth.

The typical approach for dealing with tooth decay is to drill it out and fill it in, a process that over time can cause problems to dental pulp — in a worst-case situation resulting in the need for a root canal. But Tideglusib has created avenues for a new approach that involves providing a damaged tooth with the restorative tools it needs to heal damaged pulp and reseal on its own, all using the natural stem cells that teeth already possess to do this.

Helping to usher in what Paul Sharpe, a professor of craniofacial biology at the Dental Institute of King’s College London in England, says is “a new era of regenerative medicine,” Tideglusib effectively activates these stem cells, resulting in the damaged inner pulp and the protective layer around it, known as dentine, being fully restored. (RELATED: Learn about the benefits of holistic dentistry at HolisticDentistry.news)

“Teeth have a limited ability to repair themselves by activating their own stem cells,” Sharpe is quoted as saying by CBS News adding that this “natural repair” is “greatly enhanced by delivery” of Tideglusib.

Regenerative endodontics is dentistry of the future

In test mice, Sharpe and his team intentionally drilled tiny holes in the animals’ teeth that resulted in the formation of decay. They then inserted biodegradable collagen sponges containing tiny doses of Tideglusib, a small molecule GSK3 antagonist. Over the course of six weeks, the sponge degraded and was replaced by new dentine — a “complete, natural” repair, according to reports.

“The sponge is biodegradable; that’s the key thing,” Sharpe told BBC News about the results. “The space occupied by the sponge becomes full of minerals as the dentine regenerates so you don’t have anything in there to fail in the future.”

Though the results of this animal trial are preliminary, the findings have significant implications for what New York dentist Dr. Ronald Burakoff describes as “regenerative endodontics,” a new field of restorative dental practice that relies upon more natural methods of healing tooth decay. Since teeth are precious and irreplaceable — at least living teeth that function as fully intended — protecting them as opposed to drilling them is a key feature of where the field is headed.

As to when patients might start seeing Tideglusib at their local dentist, it will likely be at least a few more years. The American Dental Association (ADA) has indicated that it’s “too soon” to know whether or not the procedure has any viable clinical application. But if the drug is truly safe and works in animals, it will likely have similar benefits in humans.

Until then, people can continue using other natural restorative techniques such as coconut oil pulling that already show efficacy and are easily and affordably accessible.

“We are going to see a whole basket full of regenerative techniques in the next few years,” Dr. Burakoff says about the potential for this type of research to positively impact modern dental practice.

Sources:

BBC.com

CBSNews.com

Originally Posted: http://naturalnews.com/2017-01-16-scientists-discovered-a-way-to-avoid-teeth-fillings-that-proves-teeth-can-be-regrown.html




Federal lawsuit against Monsanto filed by Portland, Oregon

monsantoMonsanto. Just the name itself inspires terrifying images of organically mutated super vegetables with a potential for causing sickness and even death. It has been a hotbed of discussion and debates for at least the past decade, despite continued federal government support from various agencies. It seemed as though the giant was unstoppable, at least on a national level, until recently. Unfortunately, it isn’t the company’s genetically modified farming that is drawing judicial backlash, although the foundation could be laid for larger future accountability.

This month the city of Portland, Oregon has filed a federal lawsuit against Monsanto over waterways being contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs are tasteless, odorless, lab-created chemicals which contain chlorine, carbon and hydrogen atoms. While the manufacture of PCBs has been banned since 1979, it was produced in mass quantity for at least 50 years prior. (RELATED: Read more news about the environmental impacts of toxic chemicals at Enviro.news)

PCBs have a broad range of consistencies, from light colored liquids to dark waxy solids. The initial benefits of PCBs include their electrical insulating properties, chemical stability and being non-flammable. Due to these capabilities, PCBs were used in a broad spectrum of industrial and commercial instances prior to 1979, such as: pigments and dyes, plasticizers in paint and rubber products, and electrical and heat transfer equipment.

Because these chemicals do not easily break down easily, they can remain for years and even decades circulating through the environment. Because of this, PCB materials can still be found present in many products and materials that were manufactured prior to the 1979 ban.  Many common items, often found in homes or businesses, could possibly contain PCBs.  Some of these items include caulking, cable insulation, floor finish, transformers and capacitors, plastics and even fluorescent light ballasts. This list represents just a portion of possible places that PCB contamination can still be found in modern daily life.

The Portland lawsuit alleges that Monsanto produced more than 1 billion pounds of PCBs and then knowingly discharged them into Portland area waterways and landfills. City attorney Tracy Reeve made the following statement regarding the issue: “Portland’s elected officials are committed to holding Monsanto accountable for its apparent decision to favor profits over ecological and human health…Monsanto profited from selling PCBs for decades and needs to take responsibility for cleaning up after the mess it created.”

The agricultural giant fired back, continuing their stance that they had stopped producing PCBs in any capacity following the 1979 ban. This is in stark contrast to released documents stating that Monsanto actually had knowledge that PCBs were contaminating fish, oysters and birds a decade prior in 1969 and that global contamination would endanger human health. The city of Portland is taking this one step further, contending that Monsanto had full knowledge as far back in time as 1937 that the products they were manufacturing would contribute to the degradation of a human being’s health.

Monsanto also released a statement that PCBs had not been produced in the United States for four decades and that Portland’s lawsuit against them was experimental with previously unheard of grounds. The response from Portland’s Port Deputy Director, Curtis Robinhold, is a reminder that the company did in fact generate incredible amounts of revenue and profit from products manufactured with PCBs and should therefore be held accountable for the cleanup of their contaminants.

Should Portland win this lawsuit, it will be an uphill battle as Monsanto has proven time and again that their influence in the government is strong and unwavering. It could also be the first domino to fall against the corporate giants as six other West Coast cities have also taken to holding Monsanto accountable through federal lawsuits. Should Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Berkeley, San Diego, San Jose and Oakland win their lawsuits, it would be the first steps toward victory over a company that has consistently bought its way out of regulations. (See also MonsantoMafia.com)

 

Sources:

NaturalBlaze.com

EcoWatch.com

Originally Posted: http://naturalnews.com/2017-01-16-federal-lawsuit-against-monsanto-filed-by-portland.html




Scientists Discover One Of The Greatest Contributing Factors To Happiness — You’ll Thank Me Later

Who would have thought that such a simple action can have such a profound effect on the level of happiness in our lives? Catch the setup in the first 30 seconds, the beauty of the experiment unfolding, the perfect moment at 4:25 that had me a bit choked up, and the best takeaway from it all at 6:25.

Source: http://www.upworthy.com/scientists-discover-one-of-the-greatest-contributing-factors-to-happiness-youll-thank-me?g=4&c=reccon1




Researchers: Fasting can kill cancer cells in common childhood leukemia

cancerSpecific cancer cells from childhood leukemia regress when intermittent fasting is applied. That’s what researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center found out after testing their theory in laboratory mice. The most effective fasting method included six cycles of one day fasting, followed by one day of feeding.

The finding sheds new light on the health benefits of intermittent fasting, especially for healing type-dependent blood cancers. The same intermittent fasting strategy wasn’t effective for a type of blood cancer found in adults, myeloid leukemia (AML), but it profoundly halted and reversed the progression of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), sub-type B-cell and sub-type T-cell. (RELATED: Follow more medical discoveries at Medicine.news)

Dr. Chengcheng “Alec” Zhang, Associate Professor of Physiology at UT Southwestern and senior author of the study also said that they identified the mechanism that is responsible for the differing response during fasting.

Intermittent fasting shows potential for reversing childhood leukemia

In the study, the researchers tracked the cancer cells using green and yellow florescent proteins. They applied various fasting techniques and watched if the protein levels rose or fell in response to the fasting.

“Strikingly, we found that in models of ALL, a regimen consisting of six cycles of one day of fasting followed by one day of feeding completely inhibited cancer development,” said Zhang. After seven weeks the researchers couldn’t find any cancer cells in the mice that were put on that fasting regime. In mice that hadn’t fasted, 68 percent of cancer cells were still proliferating in the test areas. The areas of the body that saw the greatest reduction was in the bone marrow and the spleen, a blood filtering organ.

“In addition, following the fasting treatment, the spleens and lymph nodes in the fasted ALL model mice were similar in size to those in normal mice. Although initially cancerous, the few fluorescent cells that remained in the fasted mice after seven weeks appeared to behave like normal cells,” he said.

Fasting improved the longevity of mice as well. The mice that ate normal, steady diets perished within 59 days. 75 percent of mice on the fasting protocol lived longer than 120 days and the leukemia didn’t return in any of the cases.

Fasting stops leukemia cancer cells, signaled through the leptin pathway

Fasting works through a mechanism called leptin, which is a cell signaling molecule created by fat tissue. Leptin levels fall during periods of intermittent fasting. The researchers in this study observed not only this but also leptin levels falling in bone marrow. Repeated cycles of fasting made the effects stronger. “After fasting, the rate at which the leptin levels recovered seemed to correspond to the rate at which the cancerous ALL cells were cleared from the blood,” Zhang said.

“It will be important to determine whether ALL cells can become resistant to the effects of fasting,” he said. “It also will be interesting to investigate whether we can find alternative ways that mimic fasting to block ALL development.”

The difference between the two leukemia types stems from the difference between bone marrow derived blood cells. AML, more common in adults, targets white blood cells such as macrophages and granulocytes. ALL affects the white blood cells of the B and T variety. In all cases of leukemia, the cancer cells proliferate uncontrollably and displace healthy blood cells over time. These rogue cancer cells will even penetrate into other tissues and cause other health problems.

Since this fasting technique is noninvasive and uses no drugs, the researchers look forward to moving forward with human clinical trials to more quickly end the suffering, anemia, and reoccurring infections that come with these sub-types of childhood leukemia.

Learn more about cancer and diabetes prevention strategies at Prevention.news)

 

Sources:

MedicalXPress.com

HealthLine.com

Originally Posted: http://naturalnews.com/2017-01-15-researchers-fasting-can-kill-cancer-cells-in-common-childhood-leukemia.html




CDC “Spider” Scientists Attack The CDC, Blow The Lid Off

By Jon Rappoport

They write a letter to the CDC chief of staff … And I write a letter to them

There is a group of anonymous scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control—they call themselves the Spider Group—Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research. They have penned a letter to the CDC’s chief of staff, Carmen S. Villar:

Here is the explosive accusation they make:

“We are a group of scientists at CDC that are very concerned about the current state of ethics at our agency. It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests. It seems that our mission and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception.”

“Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behaviors. Others see it and turn the other way. Some staff are intimidated and pressed to do things they know are not right.”

 

cdc“We have representatives from across the agency that witness this unacceptable behavior. It occurs at all levels and in all of our respective units. These questionable and unethical practices threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.”

I have written at length about another whistleblower at the CDC, William Thompson, a long-time researcher who, in August of 2014, confessed in writing to massive fraud (archive here). He admitted that, in a study on the safety of the MMR vaccine, he and his colleagues literally threw vital sheets of data into a garbage can. The study then gave a free pass to the vaccine, claiming it had no connection to autism—when in fact it did. Thompson is the subject of the film, Vaxxed (trailer).

Now with this letter, we see that other scientists at the CDC are blowing the lid off internal corruption at their Agency.

If, in fact, President-elect Trump gives the green light for an independent investigation of the CDC, as press outlets are now reporting, and if he appoints Robert Kennedy Jr. to head up that panel, as Kennedy claims, we are going to see a large number of hidden facts emerge from the secretive halls of the CDC.

Because this Spider Group is anonymous, I wanted to make sure their letter is real. I contacted reporter Carey Gillam (twitter), who has been covering the story. I received this reply: “I was able to authenticate the letter by contacting CDC’s public affairs office and asking them directly about it after I received it from internal CDC sources.”

You can read the full Spider Group’s letter here at US Right To Know. (More on the letter by Carey Gillam here.)

And now I write a letter to them, so they can deepen their investigation.

Dear Spider Group:

I commend you on making an important start. You’re on the right road. As a reporter who has covered the CDC for many years, I offer you three suggestions. This short list is by no means exhaustive. I’m just pointing to a few areas where your own research will yield very rich and fertile results.

ONE: SWINE FLU FRAUD.

Let me take you back to the late summer of 2009, and the Swine Flu epidemic, which was hyped to the sky by the CDC. The Agency was calling for all Americans to take the Swine Flu vaccine. Remember?

The problem was, the CDC was concealing a scandal.

At the time, star CBS investigative reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, was working on a Swine Flu story. She discovered that the CDC had secretly stopped counting cases of the illness—while, of course, continuing to warn Americans about its unchecked spread.

The CDC’s main job is counting cases and reporting the numbers.

What was the Agency up to?

Here is an excerpt from my 2014 interview with Sharyl Attkisson:

Rappoport: In 2009, you spearheaded coverage of the so-called Swine Flu pandemic. You discovered that, in the summer of 2009, the Centers for Disease Control, ignoring their federal mandate, [secretly] stopped counting Swine Flu cases in America. Yet they continued to stir up fear about the “pandemic,” without having any real measure of its impact. Wasn’t that another investigation of yours that was shut down? Wasn’t there more to find out?

Attkisson: The implications of the story were even worse than that. We discovered through our FOI efforts that before the CDC mysteriously stopped counting Swine Flu cases, they had learned that almost none of the cases they had counted as Swine Flu was, in fact, Swine Flu or any sort of flu at all! The interest in the story from one [CBS] executive was very enthusiastic. He said it was “the most original story” he’d seen on the whole Swine Flu epidemic. But others pushed to stop it and, in the end, no broadcast wanted to touch it. We aired numerous stories pumping up the idea of an epidemic, but not the one that would shed original, new light on all the hype. It was fair, accurate, legally approved and a heck of a story. With the CDC keeping the true Swine Flu stats secret, it meant that many in the public took and gave their children an experimental vaccine that may not have been necessary.

—end of interview excerpt—

It was routine for doctors all over America to send blood samples from patients they’d diagnosed with Swine Flu, or the “most likely” Swine Flu patients, to labs for testing. And overwhelmingly, those samples were coming back with the result: not Swine Flu, not any kind of flu.

That was the big secret. That’s what the CDC was hiding. That’s why they stopped reporting Swine Flu case numbers. That’s what Attkisson had discovered. That’s why she was shut down.

But it gets even worse.

Because about three weeks after Attkisson’s findings were published on the CBS News website, the CDC, obviously in a panic, decided to double down. If one lie is exposed, tell an even bigger one. A much bigger one.

Here, from a November 12, 2009, WebMD article is the CDC’s response: “Shockingly, 14 million to 34 million U.S. residents — the CDC’s best guess is 22 million — came down with H1N1 swine flu by Oct. 17 [2009].” (“22 million cases of Swine Flu in US,” by Daniel J. DeNoon).

Are your eyeballs popping? They should be.

In the summer of 2009, the CDC secretly stops counting Swine Flu cases in America, because the overwhelming percentage of lab tests from likely Swine Flu patients shows no sign of Swine Flu or any other kind of flu.

There is no Swine Flu epidemic.

Then, the CDC estimates there are 22 MILLION cases of Swine Flu in the US.

TWO: THE CDC BUYS MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF VACCINES AND, AT THE SAME TIME, HEADS UP RESEARCH ON THE SAFETY OF VACCINES. EXPLOSIVE STRUCTURAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST.

If you wanted to buy a product, and the main source of research on the product was the company selling it, would you automatically assume the product was safe and effective?

But you see, that’s the just the beginning of the problem. Suppose the company’s research was cited thousands of times in the press, as the authoritative standard of proof—and anyone who disputed that research was labeled a conspiracy theorist and a quack and a danger to the community and an anti-science lunatic.

Would you begin to suspect the company had some awesome media connections? Would you suspect some very powerful people were backing the company?

This is exactly the situation that exists at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Read these two quotes:

“The government’s Vaccine for Children Program (a CDC organization) purchases vaccines for about 50 percent of children in the U.S.” (The Atlantic, February 10, 2015)

“The CDC currently spends over $4 billion purchasing vaccines [annually] from drug makers…” (Health Impact News, October 24, 2016)

However, the CDC is also the gold standard for research on the safety and efficacy of vaccines. It turns out an unending stream of studies on these subjects. And the results of those studies are dutifully reported in the mainstream press.

Do you think, under any circumstances, the CDC would publish data showing vaccines are ineffective and dangerous? They’d be cutting their own throats.

“Well, we spend $4 billion a year buying vaccines from drug companies, but guess what? These vaccines are often dangerous…”

Every time you read about a CDC study on vaccines, keep this obvious (and clearly illegal) conflict of interest in mind.

THREE: MASSIVE OVERESTIMATE OF FLU DEATHS IN THE US, IN ORDER TO PUSH THE FLU VACCINE.

In December of 2005, the British Medical Journal (online) published a shocking report by Peter Doshi, which created tremors through the halls of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), where “the experts” used to tell the press that 36,000 people in the US die every year from the flu.

Here is a quote from Doshi’s report, “Are US flu death figures more PR than science?” (BMJ 2005; 331:1412):

“[According to CDC statistics], ‘influenza and pneumonia’ took 62,034 lives in 2001—61,777 of which were attributable to pneumonia and 257 to flu, and in only 18 cases was the flu virus positively identified.”

Boom.

You see, the CDC has created one overall category that combines both flu and pneumonia deaths. Why do they do this? Because they disingenuously assume that the pneumonia deaths are complications stemming from the flu.

This is an absurd assumption. Pneumonia has a number of causes.

But even worse, in all the flu and pneumonia deaths, only 18 revealed the presence of an influenza virus.

Therefore, the CDC could not say, with assurance, that more than 18 people died of influenza in 2001. Not 36,000 deaths. 18 deaths.

Doshi continued his assessment of published CDC flu-death statistics: “Between 1979 and 2001, [CDC] data show an average of 1348 [flu] deaths per year (range 257 to 3006).” These figures refer to flu separated out from pneumonia.

This death toll is obviously far lower than the parroted 36,000 figure.

However, when you add the sensible condition that lab tests have to actually find the flu virus in patients, the numbers of flu deaths plummet even further.

In other words, it’s all promotion and hype.

“Well, uh, we say that 36,000 people die from the flu every year in the US. But actually, it’s closer to 20. However, we can’t admit that, because if we did, we’d be exposing our gigantic psyop. The whole campaign to scare people into getting a flu shot would have about the same effect as warning people to carry iron umbrellas, in case toasters fall out of upper-story windows…and, by the way, we’d be put in prison for fraud.”

The CDC must turn out a steady stream of outrageous lies about the need for vaccines. If they didn’t, they’d have no way to justify the billions of dollars they spend every year buying the vaccines from drug companies.

So, Spider Group, don’t stop now. Deepen your probe. Become true heroes for honest research, expose the deep roots of corruption in your Agency, and do the right thing for the American people you’re sworn to serve.

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

Originally Published: http://www.naturalblaze.com/2017/01/cdc-spider-scientists-attack-the-cdc-blow-the-lid-off.html