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CDC forced to reveal documents proving Thimerosal vaccine preservative causes autism

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by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Thimerosal

(NaturalNews) Factually speaking, the CDC is a malicious, criminally-run anti-science quackery front group for the vaccine industry. As part of its criminal activity, it has long insisted that the vaccine preservative thimerosal is not tied to autism. But once-secret documents, now forced to be revealed by the CDC, prove the agency knew that thimerosal causes autism but deliberately hid that evidence from the public in exactly the same way the EPA hid the truth about lead poisoning of the public water supply in Flint, Michigan.

“A vaccine industry watchdog has now obtained CDC documents that show statistically

significant risks of autism associated with the vaccine preservative,” reports Health Advice, which also reports:

Dr. Hooker, a PhD scientist, worked with two members of Congress to craft the letter to the CDC that recently resulted in his obtaining long-awaited data from the CDC, the significance of which is historic. According to Hooker, the data on over 400,000 infants born between 1991 and 1997, which was analyzed by CDC epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten, MD, “proves unequivocally that in 2000, CDC officials were informed internally of the very high risk of autism, non-organic sleep disorder and speech disorder associated with Thimerosal exposure.”

While the mainstream media — largely funded by pharmaceutical corporations — ridiculously continues to claim any link between autism and vaccines is a “conspiracy theory,” the link actually turns out to be evidence-based FACT.

From the Health Advice story linked above:

When the results of the Verstraeten study were first reported outside the CDC in 2005, there was no evidence that anyone but Dr. Verstraeten within the CDC had known of the very high 7.6-fold elevated relative risk of autism from exposure to Thimerosal during infancy. But now, clear evidence exists. A newly-acquired abstract from 1999 titled, “Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to Thimerosal containing vaccine in first month of life” required the approval of top CDC officials prior to its presentation at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference.

Thimerosal, which is 50% mercury by weight, was used in most childhood vaccines and in the RhoGAM shot for pregnant women prior to the early 2000s.The CDC maintains there is “no relationship between Thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism rates in children,” even though the data from the CDC’s own Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database shows a very high risk. There are a number of public records to back this up, including this Congressional Record from May 1, 2003. The CDC’s refusal to acknowledge thimerosal’s risks is exemplified by a leaked statement from Dr. Marie McCormick, chair of the CDC/NIH-sponsored Immunization Safety Review at IOM. Regarding vaccination, she said in 2001, “…we are not ever going to come down that it [autism] is a true side effect…” Also of note, the former director of the CDC, which purchases $4 billion worth of vaccines annually, is now president of Merck’s vaccine division.

Flu vaccines given to children found to contain over 50,000 ppb mercury

As you read all this, remember that I personally acquired and tested flu shots for mercury in my laboratory — now called CWC Labs — via ICP-MS instrumentation.

Those tests revealed that flu shots contain over 50,000 ppb mercury — more than 25,000 times the EPA’s mercury limit in drinking water.

Any person believing that injecting children with mercury has no biological consequences is either delusional or scientifically illiterate. Mercury is one of the most toxic elements known to modern science, and it causes neurological damage in all its forms (ethyl, methyl, organic, inorganic and elemental).

As explained in Health Advice:

Thimerosal-Derived Ethylmercury in vaccines is now well established as a mitochondrial toxin in human brain cells.

There are dozens of scientific inquiries and studies on the adverse effects of thimerosal, including gastrointestinal abnormalities and immune system irregularities.

Thimerosal, is metabolized (converted) into the toxic and “harmful” methylmercury. And then in turn, the harmful methylmercury is metabolized (converted) into the most harmful, long-term-toxic, “inorganic” mercury that is retained in bodily tissue.

“Inorganic” mercury is the end product of mercury metabolism. Methylmercury subject groups confirm that the metabolic pathway for mercury in the human and animal body consists in the reduction/conversion of the harmful methylmercury into a more harmful “inorganic” mercury which is tissue-bound, and long-term-toxic. Hence, both the originating substance (methylmercury) and its conversion/reduction, inorganic mercury are found.

Based on published findings by Dr. Paul King, the metabolic pathway for organic mercury involves the conversion of Ethylmercury (Thimerosal) into “methylmercury” and then the further reduction of “methylmercury” into inorganic mercury.

Watch my interview with mercury expert Chris Shade to learn even more about mercury toxicity.

The CDC knew all along that mercury-laced vaccines have been destroying the lives of children… and it did NOTHING to stop it!

The upshot of all this is that the CDC knowingly allowed the lives of countless children to be destroyed by deliberately covering up the links between mercury in vaccines and autism.

This is why I correctly describe the CDC as a “criminal organization.” It is an active, modern-day medical mafia engaged in criminal-scale medical negligence and the mass maiming of innocent children. The CDC, in effect, is run by mass murderers pretending to be scientists.

It’s part of a pattern of medical murder by government agencies, including the EPA (which covered up the horrific lead poisoning of black children in Flint), the FDA (which refuses to remove deadly prescription drugs from the market until huge numbers of people are already dead), the USDA (which openly conspires with Monsanto to poison our food with unsafe GMOs) and the CDC.

It also makes you wonder… what else is the federal government covering up that’s killing, injuring or maiming children today?

Long before pills, our ancestors used these 12 natural antibiotics to survive infections

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By: J. D. Heyes

Natural antibiotics

(NaturalNews) As readers of Natural Newsare well aware, the medical industry, in collusion with Big Pharma, has been over-prescribing antibiotics for years, resulting innew strains of superbugs that are difficult to kill. In point of fact, it’s not at all improper to suggest that at some point in the future, our overuse of antibiotics may result in bacteria evolving to the point where nothing on earth can kill it.

Long before today’s antibiotics were developed in labs, however, there were foods and herbs that helped us guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Indeed, many of these natural anti-bacterial defenders are still around today, and are in use by holistic healers around the world.

Our ancestors had solutions for healing, utilizing antibiotics from nature which are still as valid now as they were then.

Oregano and oil of oregano: If you’ve ever had Italian food, chances are good that you’ve had oregano before, and you probably didn’t even realize its health benefits. In addition to its antibacterial properties, oregano also aids in digestion and with weight loss. An oil found in oregano, called Carvacrol, has also been found to fight bacteria that can lead to infection.

Raw apple cider vinegar: This has far-reaching benefits. Daily intake of apple cider vinegar includes antibiotic and antiseptic benefits, while naturally alkalizing your system. It can also help you manage your weight, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of developing cancer.

Honey: The ancient Romans knew of honey’s antibacterial properties, using it to treat wounds and prevent subsequent infections. And today, in countries all around the world, honey is still considered to be one of the best natural antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories and antiseptics, in addition to its antibacterial properties. In fact, Manuka honey, found in New Zealand, has been found to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative abilities.

Turmeric: This brilliantly-colored spice is flavorful, but also has great body protection qualities. In addition, turmeric can be both consumed and applied externally, which makes it a great all-round bacteria fighter. For extra protection, you can mix turmeric with honey and create a paste to apply to skin.

Garlic: Again, more than just a wonderful seasoning, the garlic plant has very powerful qualities. It can fight the common cold, keeping germs at bay before they have a chance to infect you. A compound in garlic – allicin – protects against yeast, parasites, bacteriaand more.

Grapefruit seed extract: According to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a study found that grapefruit seed extract is effective against more than 800 known viruses and bacteria, as well as more than 100 strains of fungi and parasites. Besides boosting antibacterial protection, this extract also alkalizes the body and improves gut flora.

Echinacea: Many people are not familiar with this product, but it certainly has wonderful antibacterial qualities. Found in kitchens, this herb has been proven to reduce the amount of colds that the average person may experience in a lifetime. Echinacea has also been found to shorten the duration of colds, but is best taken as a preventative measure.

Cabbage: A cruciferous vegetable, sulfur compounds found in cabbage are effective battlers of cancer, as are kale and broccoli, two other members of the same family. But cabbage also contains a massive amount of vitamin C, with one cup providing up to 75 percent of your daily recommended allowance.

Extra virgin coconut oil: You should be using more coconut oil anyway, because it’s much better for you (because it’s natural) than chemical-laced vegetable cooking oils, but in addition to that, extra virgin coconut oil has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, and is packed with antioxidants. Use it to boost your immune system.

Fermented foods: Think unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts – all of which renew our intestinal flora, which in turn protects against cancer and gives us greater ability to fight off infections.

Colloidal silver: This natural antibiotic is a mixture of silver particles that have been suspended in fluid, and has been used for centuries. However, this treatment should only be used on a short-term basis, because too much silver, a heavy metal, can be toxic as well. It works by disabling the enzyme that single-cell bacteria need in order to multiply.

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MyHealthwire.com

HigherPerspective.com

CoolHealthyRecipes.com

Science.NaturalNews.com

 

10 Health Foods You Should Never Eat

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by Dr. Axe

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“Health” Foods You Should Never Eat?

Most people I meet think that they are pretty healthy. But when I probe a little deeper into their diet, I quickly find out that they are eating a lot of “health” foods you should never eat. I can’t blame them because of the confusion surrounding labels advertising companies use with buzz words like “sugar free,” “all-natural” and even “organic.” But just because something is organic doesn’t mean that it’s good for you.

Regardless of how it is labeled, be sure to steer clear from these 10 “health” foods because they are anything but beneficial for your body!

TOP 10 HEALTH FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER EAT


Bottles of Fruit Juice1. Fruit Juice

Most people are generally shocked to learn that fruit juice (in abundance) is actually quite harmful for them. First off, most varieties you see at the store are pasteurized, which basically renders these products useless because they are stripped of much of their nutrition.

Heating juice denatures (or kills) the chemical makeup of vitamins and minerals and unless it is truly “raw,” it is little more than flavored fructose.

If you make it fresh at home, a glass of fruit juice here and there won’t hurt you; but when consumed every day it does a considerable amount of damage because it causes a major spike in blood glucose

Think of it in this way: When you sit down to drink an 8-ounce glass of orange juice, you’re consuming the juice of 4 medium-sized oranges in literally seconds or a few minutes at the most. Compare this to how long it would take to eat 4 oranges, and you can quickly see how eating fruit in its whole form is best.

How many people can even eat 4 oranges at once? It would take quite a while to comfortably consume this amount of fruit in one sitting. Just think about all the calories burned as you peel, chew and digest these 4 oranges. It might not seem like much, but it’s a lot more than simply slurping down a glass of OJ in 10 seconds!

So, remember these key points about fruit juice before you make fruit juice part of your everyday breakfast experience:

  1. When you eat 4 oranges in one sitting, your blood sugar naturally (and gradually) climbs up and descends down like a bell curve – Nice and easy.
  2. When drinking the juice of 4 oranges in a short time, your glucose levels rise up immediately and then suddenly drop down making you “crash,” which contributes to chronic fatigue and the desire for another boost.
  3. This sudden crash is called hypoglycemia and, because our bodies aren’t designed to consume this amount of fructose in one sitting, normal insulin levels cannot handle the amount of sugar in our blood and it puts extreme stress on the body. (1)
  4. This is why drinking juice on a regular basis can lead to obesity. If the body cannot metabolize the excess fructose in the blood, where else is all that extra sugar going to get stored?
  5. And last of all, even if someone theoretically drinks their juice slowly and stretches it out for 30+ minutes, they’re still lacking the fiber.
  6. By design, fruit contains a considerable amount of soluble and insoluble fiber to help aid the digestion process, help us feel “full,” and to feed the probiotics in our gut. Regularly drinking juice robs the body of this vital nutrient and is oftentimes associated with diarrhea and other GI concerns.

Firm pressed tofu2. Soy Protein

Contrary to popular belief, soy products are not healthy for you; at least, that is, unfermented soy. Miso, Natto, tempeh, and tamari are one thing. But eating edamame, soy milk and soy protein is quite another.

First off, nearly 100% of all soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified and is “Roundup ready,” which means that it has a chemical pesticide to “naturally” repel bugs.

Secondly, most people lack the enzymes necessary to digest unfermented soy, similarly to how many people are lactose intolerant. This causes indigestion, gas, bloating, and a whole slew of GI issues.

Third, it is generally accepted that long-term use of soy dietary supplements like soy protein is unsafe because it has been linked to the following: (2)

  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Asthma
  • Breast cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Endometrial cancer
  • Hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid)
  • Kidney disease
  • Urinary bladder cancer
  • And many more…

All of these reasons are great reasons why soy is definitely one of the “health” foods you should never eat.


Raw Tilapia 3. Farmed Fish

Other health foods you should never eat are farmed fish. I’ve written extensively on farmed fish and (in my opinion)eating tilapia is worse than eating bacon! Even salmon, touted for being the health fish of choice is virtually poison to consume if farmed.

Why?

Because most are fed genetically modified feed and, according to the non-profit watch dog organization Environmental Working Group (EWG),

Seven of ten farmed salmon purchased at grocery stores in Washington DC, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon were contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at levels that raise health concerns, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group.” (3)

In other words, the farmed-fish in our grocery stores:

  • Most likely contain the highest PCB-contaminated protein source in the U.S. food supply.
  • Contain up to 40 times more PCBs than other foods.
  • Is 16 times more likely to contain the dioxin-like PCBs than wild-caught varieties, 4 times more than in beef, and 3.4 times more than in other seafood.

In addition, to PCB’s and GMO’s, farm-raised fish have been shown to contain these known neurotoxins and carcinogens:

  • Dioxins – Industrial byproducts from waste treatment plants.
  • Toxaphene – Banned pesticide since 1982.
  • Dieldrin – Another prohibited pesticide.

Popcorn4. Microwaved Popcorn

Another one of my top “health” foods you should never eat is non-organic, genetically modified corn microwave popcorn. Filled with carcinogens, it is just not worth the convenience. Even if you were to find some organic varieties out there, it still wouldn’t be safe to eat because microwavable bags are coated with PFOAs, a chemical that is liked to cancer. (4)

Also, fake butter flavoring contains a compound called diacetyl, which causes a serious lung disease when inhaled in large quantities. (5)

Next time you get that hankering for some popcorn, simply pop your own. Purchase plain, organic popcorn kernels at a natural foods store. Use coconut oil or organic butter and pour 3 tablespoons into a heavy stainless steel pan.

Put two kernels in the pan and wait until one pops, then pour 1/3 cup of popcorn in the pan and cover it. As it pops, make sure you shake the pan to allow the steam to escape and prevent the popcorn from burning. Remove from the pan when the popping stops and season as desired. Some great toppings include nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.


corn fed beef steak5. Conventional Meat

Non-organic, genetically modified meat products are absolute death foods and, absolutely foods that you should never eat. Even if it is “lean” with all the excess fat trimmed off, should never be part of anyone’s natural health regimen.

Essentially, YOU are what THEY eat and if the livestock that you’re grilling up for supper is force-fed pesticide-ridden, hormone-stuffed feed, then that’s what enters in your GI tract and literally gets stored in your fat cells.

Like everything, read and reread your labels and be sure that the meat you’re purchasing is safe. Even if it says “grass-fed,” still do your homework. The grass-fed vs. grain-fed debate still rages on and isn’t as clear-cut as once suspected. (6)

My recommendation is that you always purchase meat from a trusted local source. Get to know your food growers and ranchers. It’s worthwhile to become familiar with how your food is sourced and prepared.


Margarine cube 6. Margarine 

You’d think that the “margarine myth” would have been put to bed years ago, but margarine is still being praised as a health food. (7) In the words of the Mayo clinic, the margarine vs. butter race is all about fats and cholesterol:

“Margarine is made from vegetable oils, so it contains no cholesterol. Margarine is also higher in “good” fats — polyunsaturated and monounsaturated — than butter is. These types of fats help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol when substituted for saturated fat.

Butter, on the other hand, is made from animal fat, so it contains cholesterol and high levels of saturated fat. (7)”

Unfortunately, it’s not that straight forward. Ever since it was created, margarine has been made out of trans fat, which are known to clog arteries and cause cardiovascular disease. Trans fat also increases someone’s risk of developing type II diabetes and several other severe health problems. (8)

A study in 1997 showed that margarine, with its high transfat content appeared to increase the incidence of coronary heart disease. (9) Saturated fats however have been found to increase good cholesterol and lower the bad. It just doesn’t add up!

And then there’s butter. From Time Magazine to the New York Times, the word is out, that butter is back! The fat-soluble vitamins in butter far outrank margarine. Butter is loaded with Vitamins A, E, and K2 (which is higher in grass-fed dairy).

Vitamin K2 helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and osteoporosis). (101112) Butter also changes the structure of short chain LDL fatty acids (which are linked to heart disease) into more benign longer chain fatty acids.

So, to sum up, if saturated fats are good, and margarine is low in saturated fats, then there is really no reason for us to consider it good for us!


Vegetable Oil Bottles7. Vegetable Oils 

Some more “health” foods you should never eat are vegetable oils. Hand-in-hand with margarine, vegetable oils like canola are not healthy by any stretch of the imagination. They are usually genetically modified, are partially hydrogenated and have been linked to: (1314)

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Birth defects
  • Bone and tendon problems
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Immune system impairment
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Learning disabilities
  • Liver problems
  • Low birth weights
  • Obesity
  • Reduced growth
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Skin reactions
  • Sterility
  • Vision reduction

I recommend pure, cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil. When buying coconut oil you should make sure it smells like coconut when you buy it, otherwise it has been most likely pasteurized and is not as healthy for you.


Standard Table Salt and shaker 8. Table Salt

Standard table salt definitely makes my list of top health foods you should never eat. Pretty much everyone has heard that white table salt causes hypertension, yet that hasn’t stopped more than 95% of restaurants in the nation from stocking it on every table and food bar! (15)

Originally produced from sea salt, refined table salt technically starts as a “real” food then quickly becomes fake. Manufacturers use harvesting methods that strip it of all its naturally-occurring minerals, and then use a number of additives (including aluminum) to dry it and heat it to temperatures of about 1,200 degrees.

Because it was destroyed, the naturally occurring iodine is then replaced with potassium iodide in potentially toxic amounts. The salt is then stabilized with dextrose, which turns it purple. Finally it is bleached white.

A much more suitable replacement is not even a replacement at all, but the original product! There are more than 10 significant health benefits of Celtic sea salt and Himalayan salt and I recommend that you start using either in your cooking.


Artificial Sweeteners packets 9. Artificial Sweeteners

Being “artificial,” you’d think fake sweeteners would be used cautiously by people. Unfortunately, many doctors recommend them because they are supposedly safe for diabetics because they are low on the glycemic index (16).

Ironically, new research has shown that artificial sweeteners causes a disturbance in gut flora and can actually cause diabetes! (17)

Adding insult to injury, sugar substitutes have been clinically linked to: (18)

  • Allergies
  • Bladder cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Breast cancer
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Lymphomas/leukemia
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Seizures
  • Weight gain/obesity

Fresh milk10. Conventional Milk

The last of the “health” foods you should never eat is milk. Following suit with most items on this Top 10 List, the dangers of conventional milk lays hidden in the genetic modification of the cow feed and hormones administered to boost milk production.

These toxins get transferred to people when they drink milk or eat conventional dairy products, which have been linked to many of the issues discussed in this article.

Similar to fruit juice, when raw milk is pasteurized, it also loses its nutritional content and is pretty much useless. Because the enzyme lactase is destroyed in the heating process, people cannot properly digest the milk sugar, lactose.

This issue has become so common that the National Institute of Health reports that, “Approximately 65 percent of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy.” (19)

By far, raw milk is healthier and can usually be found in cheese or yogurt forms in local health food stores.

Healthy Foods You Should Never Eat Infographic


So what’s the moral of the story?

Don’t believe everything you read.  Regardless of the health trends, there is always something to be said for eating whole foods from non-processed, non-GMO sources.

The more you choose to take in only food and beverages that bring life to your body, then the more you will enjoy life! Stay tuned to more of my DrAxe.com tips, and stay current on the information you need to protect your family and stay healthy!

I’d love to hear from you! Did any of these “health” foods that you should never eat surprise you?

 

FINALLY! Scientific American writer exposes the tribal cultist arrogance and dogmatic lunacy of science ‘skeptics’

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by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Science skeptics

(NaturalNews) Today I’m tipping my hat to John Horgan, a blogger who writes for Scientific American, for his extraordinary article entitled Dear “Skeptics,” Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More.

In his article, Horgan rightly points out that today’s so-called “science skeptics” are little more than dogmatic tribal cultists (my words, not Horgan’s) who celebrate “skeptical” thinking concerning their selected philosophical targets while vehemently denying anyone’s right to question their own beliefs on things like breast cancer screening, vaccine safety, global warming and genetically engineered foods.

As Horgan eloquently explains in his piece, real skeptics are skeptical of everything, not just selected topics that are targeted by the madness of status quo science crowds (i.e. the “cult of scientism”).

Real skepticism means questioning everything… especially the status quo

A real skeptic, in other words, would bring critical thinking to all of our science narratives and cultural beliefs, including those that cover the origin of the universe (cosmology), the origin of the human species, the nature of consciousness, the long history of indigenous botanical medicine, the cancer industry and mammography, homeopathy, antidepressant drugs, water filters, the existence of God and everything else imaginable. But far too many of today’s infamous “skeptics” (such as Richard Dawkins) are really just cultists who labor under the false banner of “science.” And they’re offensive to real critical thinkers, it turns out.

“I don’t hang out with people who self-identify as capital-S Skeptics. Or Atheists. Or Rationalists,” explains Horgan. “When people like this get together, they become tribal. They pat each other on the back and tell each other how smart they are compared to those outside the tribe. But belonging to a tribe often makes you dumber.”

I’ve seen this myself, on both ends of the medicine spectrum. I’ve seen insanely stupid pharmacology experts swear that statin drugs are such miraculous chemicals that they should be dripped into the public water supply. But I’ve also seen “raw foodies” at festivals swearing that their “water vortexer machines” could levitate water in defiance of the laws of gravity.

In both cases, my critical thinking alarms go haywire, and I shake my head in disbelief that so many people are so gullible, regardless of their level of academic education or technical mastery of certain subjects. A highly trained doctor with an IQ of 200 can be just as functionally stupid as a high school dropout, I’ve observed. In fact, when it comes to medicine and health, many so-called “experts” are so ignorant of reality that they almost seem cognitively retarded.

My experience as a food research scientist has taught me to distrust everything by default

As a food scientist and lab science director of CWC Labs where I conduct food analysis via ICP-MS, LC/MS-TOF and other instruments, I’ve become even more skeptical of the mainstream natural products industry over the last few years.

Take note of the massive scam of commercial almond milk sold in grocery stores. Such products contain almost no almonds at all. Instead, they’re thickened with carageenan and made to look milky white by the addition of an inorganic mineral compound called calcium carbonate — ground up rocks! This calcium carbonate, when consumed in large quantities, can cause extreme bone pain, kidney calcification and may even contribute to the calcification of arteries. Yet it’s added to a so-called “natural” health product that people are drinking in huge quantities while thinking they’re being smart about their health. Truth be told, you’d be far better off drinking raw, unpasteurized cow’s milk than commercial almond milk.

I’ve also seen so much pollution in “natural” products — including toxic heavy metals and alarming quantities of pesticides and herbicides in supposedly “clean” products — that I’ve reached the point where my own food manufacturing operation now rejects 80% of the raw material lots we test. (See my upcoming book Food Forensics for detailed ICP-MS analysis revealing the heavy metals concentrations in over 800 foods, supplements and spices.)

Similarly, I find myself rejecting 80% of the total B.S. science nonsense reported by the scientifically illiterate mainstream media… (and sometimes even the “science” media). I’ve literally seen seemingly credible reports in the mainstream media that claim the most ludicrous science nonsense, including claims that cars can be “powered” by air and that cell phones can be “powered” by water. The air powered cars stories always neglect to mention that the air must be pressurized by some other energy source; usually coal-generated electricity that’s used to power the compressors in the first place.

I’ve also seen the Associated Press falsely report that all mercury has been removed from all vaccines in America (blatantly false), and I’ve seen the obedient Monsanto-puppet media (i.e. Forbes.com, a propaganda rag steeped in utterly false journalism) report ridiculous claims such as asserting that glyphosate disintegrates quickly in the food supply. In truth, this cancer-causing weed killer survives food processing and human digestion, showing up in both urine and breast milk, fully intact in its original molecular form.

So why is there no skepticism among “skeptics” about the food chain persistence of pesticides? The false diagnosis hoax of mammography? The lunatic quack medicine diagnosis of “psychiatric disorders” that are treated with mind-bending psychiatric drugs? Or even the scientifically proven fact that some children are seriously harmed by certain vaccines, most notably HPV vaccines?

As Horgan writes in Scientific American:

“The Science Delusion” is common among Capital-S Skeptics. You don’t apply your skepticism equally. You are extremely critical of belief in God, ghosts, heaven, ESP, astrology, homeopathy and Bigfoot. You also attack disbelief in global warming, vaccines and genetically modified food… Meanwhile, you neglect what I call hard targets. These are dubious and even harmful claims promoted by major scientists and institutions. In the rest of this talk, I’ll give you examples of hard targets from physics, medicine and biology. I’ll wrap up with a rant about war, the hardest target of all.

Real scientists reject the cult of scientism

What Horgan is doing is, dare we say, exercising REAL scientific skepticism. He’s refusing to sign up for the “cult of scientism” that all the other closed-minded skeptics obediently follow as their dogmatic mental prison.

Horgan understands that legitimate science is a process, not a belief system. “Science” isn’t belief in vaccines, GMOs, chemotherapy and global warming. Those are conclusions, not processes. Real science is a process of discovery; and that process must be subjected to questioning and criticism, or it isn’t science at all.

Let me repeat that for emphasis: Real science is a PROCESS, not a set of conclusions. Any “scientific” belief system which rejects critical questioning isn’t based in real science at all. It’s just dogma.

This explains why the entire vaccine industry — as it is fraudulently promoted today — isn’t scientific at all. Vaccine propaganda is founded in a dogmatic belief system that demands absolute obedience to political vaccine narratives while rejecting even the slightest questions or criticisms about vaccine ingredients, vaccine safety, vaccine adverse events or vaccine efficacy.

For example, merely asking the question of why flu shots still contain over 50,000 ppb mercury — that’s over 25,000 times the EPA limit of mercury in drinking water — earns you widespread ridicule and condemnation. And yet the mercury is still being injected into children. Yet the entire vaccine propaganda establishment rejects even the hint of discussion of mercury in vaccines, pretending it doesn’t exist.

By the way, how do I know for sure that flu shots still contain over 50,000 ppb mercury? Because I tested flu shots myself via ICP-MS. How accuracy is my testing via ICP-MS? My lab was recently awarded a certificate of excellence for producing extremely accurate results in a blind water contamination proficiency test involving 323 laboratories.

The vaccine establishment, as Natural News readers well know, is practicing delusional thinking masquerading as science. It’s just as delusional as so-called “psychic surgeons” who claim to pull diseased liver parts out of a patient’s body (which later turn out to be chicken livers, go figure…). Any real skeptic, upon observing the quackery, propaganda and blatant deception of the vaccine industry, would have to conclude that the way vaccines are formulated, approved and promoted today makes a mockery of science.

More “science” B.S. is readily found in the fields of physics and medicine, too

Speaking on the subject of computing and AI systems, Horgan explains, “The Singularity is an apocalyptic cult, with science substituted for God. When high-status scientists promote flaky ideas like the Singularity and multiverse, they hurt science. They undermine its credibility on issues like global warming.”

Of course, Horgan may not yet understand that belief in man-made global warming as the primary cause for rising CO2 levels is also based on a politicized science cult. But that’s not even the point. I don’t expect other scientists to arrive at the same conclusions I’ve reached. What I do expect, however, is that scientists should honor the process of critical scientific thinking. If they honor the process, they will eventually reach the correct conclusions on subjects such as man-made global warming, vaccine safety problems, the total con job of statin drugs and so on.

On medicine, Horgan nails it. He gets the fact that today’s medical screening system is largely a fraud:

Over the past half-century, physicians and hospitals have introduced increasingly sophisticated, expensive tests. They assure us that early detection of disease will lead to better health.

But tests often do more harm than good. For every woman whose life is extended because a mammogram detected a tumor, up to 33 receive unnecessary treatment, including biopsies, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. For men diagnosed with prostate cancer after a PSA test, the ratio is 47 to one. Similar data are emerging on colonoscopies and other tests.

He’s also right on the mark when it comes to psychiatric drugs and their fraudulent marketing:

Over the last few decades, American psychiatry has morphed into a marketing branch of Big Pharma. I started critiquing medications for mental illness more than 20 years ago, pointing out that antidepressants like Prozac are scarcely more effective than placebos.

In retrospect, my criticism was too mild. Psychiatric drugs help some people in the short term, but over time, in the aggregate, they make people sicker.

He also exposes the total fraud of so-called “gene discoveries” that ridiculously claim genes have been discovered for things like gay-ness or intelligence:

Another hard target that needs your attention is behavioral genetics, which seeks the genes that make us tick. I call it gene-whiz science, because the media and the public love it.

Over the past several decades, geneticists have announced the discovery of “genes for” virtually every trait or disorder. We’ve had the God gene, gay gene, alcoholism gene, warrior gene, liberal gene, intelligence gene, schizophrenia gene, and on and on.

None of these linkages of single genes to complex traits or disorders has been confirmed. None!

Much of what you’re told today under the banner of “science” is complete bulls–t

Horgan has come to the same conclusion that I’ve reached through a different path: Much of what we are taught today under the banner of “science” is complete bunk. Some of it is sheer hucksterism, and a lot of it qualifies as criminal fraud.

Check out my recent video compilation The 12 biggest SCIENCE LIES you’ve been told by corporations, government and the corrupt media:

At the top of that list of science frauds is, of course, vaccines. As I’ve exhaustively documented here on Natural News, many popular vaccines (flu shots, measles, mumps) simply don’t work at all. Shockingly, outright admissions of a complete lack of scientific testing of the efficacy of such vaccines is admitted on their insert sheets. The Flulaval vaccine insert sheet, for example, admits there are “No controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza” among people being injected with the vaccine.

Similarly, many vaccines are approved by the FDA’s only after the regulatory agency reviewed so-called “scientific” studies authored by the vaccine manufacturers themselves— studies that involved blood samples which were deliberately adulterated by vaccine manufacturers to product fraudulent results.

Yet despite these extraordinary admissions of lack of efficacy, vaccine research fraud and the known toxicity of vaccine ingredients (which still include formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum and MSG), the systematic rejection of such evidence by vaccine promoting “science skeptics” borders on the fringe of mental illness. These are not scientists at all… they are con artists and criminals — like Poul Thorsen, a fugitive from justice who was once a CDC researcher — pretending to be scientists.

As a real scientist, I’ve dared to ask 21 questions we’re never allowed to ask about vaccines. Such questions are based on reason and rationality. They include commonsense questions such as, “If measles vaccines confer measles immunity, then why do already-vaccinated children have anything to fear from a measles outbreak?”

It is notable that the entire vaccine establishment not only refuses to answer such questions; they consider the mere act of questioning vaccine dogma to be blasphemy. The demand for absolute obedience to the false narratives surrounding vaccines has reached such a fever pitch that anyone can now see it’s no longer based in science at all. It is a kind of religious fervor put on by deranged zealots who claim an intellectual monopoly over all things related to vaccines. This phenomenon is, in a very real way, a “scientific dictatorship” — an apt oxymoron to describe today’s juxtaposition of conformist demands and so-called “scientific evidence.”

Hint: If you aren’t allowed to ask questions about the evidence, it isn’t evidence at all. It’s dogma, plain and simple. Vaccine proponents, as they operate today, are faith-based dogmatists who don’t need any legitimate evidence because they BELIEVE in vaccines. Their belief is so strong that it outweighs all evidence contrary to their current beliefs. And in case you didn’t notice, what I’ve just described here is a cult, not a science.

Vaccine “science” is a massive con job

The other huge con job found in vaccines is described thusly: Vaccines only “work” on those who don’t need them. In other words, when vaccines do work, they do so by initiating an immune response to a weakened virus that’s introduced into the body. This response requires an active and complex immune system that’s functioning well… the same kind of immune system, in other words, that could ward off an infection of a live virus encountered in the wild.

Meanwhile, people who have suppressed immune systems and are therefore extremely vulnerable to infections in the wild also happen to have extremely poor (and sometimes completely nullified) responses to vaccines. They don’t build antibodies, in other words, so the vaccines don’t work for them (they are non-efficacious).

In order to make vaccines “work” better on those with weakened immune systems, vaccine manufacturers add adjuvant chemicals that are irritants which cause excessive inflammation in the hope of eliciting a stronger immune response. While this may help some people, it also carries a very real risk of causing inflammatory damage to the neurology of some children who receive these vaccines. The results, as borne out by the vaccine adverse events databases and Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, is a growing number of children who are maimed, neurological damaged, put into comas or even killed by vaccines.

The entire “skeptics” cult of modern medicine denies any of this is happening, and that’s one reason why the skeptics are increasingly seen as high-functioning idiots who are possibly vaccine damaged themselves. Zealotous hate-bloggers like Doctor David Gorski— a psychopathic, mentally ill vaccine promoter who also carries out cancer surgery on African-American victims in Detroit — now characterize the skeptics cult, a cabal of mentally deranged lunatics and gay sex fetish seekers like James Randi who was caught on tape soliciting sex from a young man.

Richard Dawkins, for his part, is also an anti-consciousness cultist who believes in the irrational dualism that no other humans on this planet are conscious beings other than himself. Everybody else, he claims, is an unconscious biological robot suffering under the illusion of self awareness.

Meet three real scientists we need to empower to ask more questions of the scientific establishment

What kind of people do we really need to see more of in the realm of scientific skepticism? People like Rupert Sheldrake, author of Science Set Free. Sheldrake’s work is transformative, as it challenges the underlying non-scientific assumptions of modern science.

We also need more people like Gilbert Welch, author of Less Medicine, More Health. This book challenges the seven false assumptions of modern medicine.

Another extraordinary scientist who deserves our support is Dr. David Lewis, author ofScience for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits. Dr. Lewis was maliciously attacked, discredited and ultimately thrown out of the government-funded scientific establishment for the simple reason that he questioned the safety of toxic biosludge — recycled human and industrial waste that’s sold as “organic fertilizer” to be spread on home gardens, childrens’ playgrounds and city parks. (I am currently investigating biosludge in my laboratory and will have some truly shocking, mind-blowing results to share with everyone this summer… you won’t believe what’s in this crap…)

Check out Dr. Lewis’s recent post entitled Inspector General dismantled scientific integrity at EPA.

The other thing we need, quite frankly, is independent scientists like myself who are conducting cutting edge, truly independent science, without any financial ties to governments, corporations or academia. My science lab, which has now passed our ISO 17025 accreditation audit, is free to pursue precisely the kind of scientific analysis of food and medicine that is blackballed or censored in the government-funded scientific community. Other scientists would lose their jobs if they pursued the kind of science I’m pursuing on a daily basis with absolute freedom.

Notably, this makes me a rare practitioner of real, independent science and a protector of the very kind of independent skepticism and scientific analysis that should be embraced by any system of knowledge that’s based on legitimate science. Yet the science I’m conducting is widely considered a threat to the scientific establishment, precisely because I’m willing to analyze vaccines for heavy metals and organic chemicals, for example. Such research is simply not allowed by the cult of scientism (the vaccine zealots) because they depend on widespread ignorance of vaccine composition to continue parlaying their fraudulent lies about vaccine safety.

I honor scientists who pursue a rigorous process of critical thinking… and I despise obedient status quo cultists

John Horgan might not yet be aware of the full story on vaccines, so he might disagree with me on such conclusions. But that’s not the point. I honor Horgan’s commitment to asking big questions. In fact, I honor those who vehemently disagree with me as long as they are following a process of authentic inquiry and open-minded skepticism.

What I despise is science cultists, dogmatic science propagandists and the worship of the “high priests” of science such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who can only be described as a “sciency” sleight-of-mind huckster who has more in common with stage illusionist David Copperfield than, say, Richard Feynman.

Tyson, like Dawkins, is a cultist. He has zero intellectual integrity and has sold out to the tribal dogmatists who spin tall tales of irrational mysticism that currently pass for “accepted science.”

For my part, I don’t claim to have all the answers — no human mind can possibly dare to claim a full understanding of the mysteries of nature (or the mind of God, for that matter). But as a real scientist, I’m willing to skeptically explore the evidence on just about anything. I don’t reject entire fields of scientific inquiry merely because they are taboo. It doesn’t mean I’m a sucker for silly claims, just that I’m intelligent and humble enough to realize that nature is far more mysterious than any human mind can possibly grasp. And we have much more to learn… many more scientific discoveries to make in the years ahead.

For example, psychic phenomena are often called “paranormal.” But what if they are so commonplace that they’re actually normal? Why can’t we study things like pets somehow anticipating the random arrivals of their owners many minutes in advance? Or mothers having a seemingly intuitive emotional connection to their children even when separated by distance? Why can’t we study dream premonition? Consciousness after biological death? Or even the possibility that the brain is a “quantum antenna” that can receive information transmitted from other conscious sources, transmitted by a quantum entanglement mechanism that Einstein described as “spooky action at a distance?”

If we are true scientists, we must at least BE CURIOUS about the nature of the universe and the apparent consciousness we seem to experience inside that universe. The minute we lose curiosity and decide we have all the answers, we cease being scientists at all. At that point, we just become mentally incapacitated dogmatic fools… like Dawkins and Randi, two people whom history will judge as being not just unwise hucksters, but even forslowing the progress of human knowledge into realms of understanding that are viciously attacked by “skeptics” today.

I often wonder just how many people have died needlessly due to the malicious “skepticism” of info-terrorist David Gorski or the Quackwatch propagandist Stephen Barrett. How many cases of cancer could have been prevented or reversed by natural and complementary medicine? How many studies might have been conducted in the pursuit of natural cures if not for the vicious, aggressive assaults on scientific curiosity being waged by “cult of scientism” intellectual bigots?

We’ll never know the answer to that question, but at least a few people like John Horgan are willing to start asking some legitimate questions about the false assumptions of “skeptics.” Have no doubt that Horgan himself will be maliciously slandered, attacked, defamed, censored and lied about for daring to ask such questions. The one thing today’s bulls–t scientific establishment cannot tolerate is actual skepticism. It threatens the cultist beliefs of the faithful “scientism” worshippers, you see…

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Short Film Reveals the Lunacy of Water Fluoridation

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By Dr. Mercola

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has hailed water fluoridation as one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century.

Beginning in 1945, it was claimed that adding fluoride to drinking water was a safe and effective way to improve people’s dental health. Over the decades, many bought into this hook, line and sinker, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

The featured film, “Our Daily Dose,” reviews some of this evidence. As noted in the film’s synopsis:

“Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert lays out the dangers of water fluoridation informatively and creatively, highlighting the most current research and interviewing top-tier doctors, activists, and attorneys close to the issue.

Through thoughtful examination of old beliefs and new science, the film alerts us to the health threat present in the water and beverages we rely on every day.”

 

Share This Film With Those Still Sitting On the Fence on Fluoride!

The film may not offer many brand new revelations to those of you who are already well-informed about the history and documented hazards of fluoride.

It was primarily created as an educational vehicle aimed at those who may not be aware of these issues, or who might not yet be entirely convinced that drinking fluoride isn’t a good thing.

So PLEASE, share this video with all of your friends and family who are on the fence on this issue, and ask them to watch it. It’s only 20 minutes long, but it packs a lot of compelling details into those 20 minutes.

Understanding how fluoride affects your body and brain is particularly important for parents with young children, and pregnant women.

It’s really crucial to know that you should NEVER mix infant formula with fluoridated tap water for example, as this may overexpose your child to 100 times the proposed “safe” level of fluoride exposure for infants!

If your child suffers with ADD/ADHD, drinking fluoridated water may also worsen his or her condition. Ditto for those with underfunctioning thyroid. So please, do share this video with your social networks, as it could make a big difference in people’s health.

Fluoride Is Both an Endocrine Disruptor and a Neurotoxin

Scientific investigations have revealed that fluoride is an endocrine disrupting chemical,1 and a developmental neurotoxin that impacts short-term and working memory, and lowers IQ in children.2

It has been implicated as a contributing factor in the rising rates of both attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)3,4 and thyroid disease.

Indeed, fluoride was used in Europe to reduce thyroid activity in hyperthyroid patients as late as the 1970s, and reduced thyroid function is associated with fluoride intakes as low as 0.05 to 0.1 mg fluoride per kilogram body weight per day (mg/kg/day).5

For Over 50 Years, Fluoride Levels Were Too High, Government Admits

Children are particularly at risk for adverse effects of overexposure, and in April 2015, the US government admitted that the “optimal” level of fluoride recommended since 1962 had in fact been too high.

As a result, over 40 percent of American teens show signs of fluoride overexposure6— a condition known as dental fluorosis. In some areas, dental fluorosis rates are as high as 70 to 80 percent, with some children suffering from advanced forms.

So, for the first time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lowered its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water7,8,9 by 40 percent, from an upper limit of 1.2 milligrams per liter (mg/L) to 0.7 mg/L.

The HHS said it will evaluate dental fluorosis rates among children in 10 years to assess whether they were correct about this new level being protective against dental fluorosis.

But just what is the acceptable level of harm in the name of cavity prevention?

A number of studies10,11,12,13 have shown that children with moderate to severe dental fluorosis score worse on tests measuring cognitive skills and IQ than peers without fluorosis — a clear revelation highlighted in the film, as some still insist that dental fluorosis is nothing more than a cosmetic issue.

The Price We Pay for Cavity Prevention

According to the film, the CDC estimates water fluoridation decreases dental decay by, at most, 25 percent. Recent research14,15 however, suggests the real effect may be far lower. Based on the findings of three papers assessing the effectiveness of fluoridation on tooth decay, the researchers concluded that water fluoridation does not reduce cavities to a statistically significant degree in permanent teeth.

If that’s the case, then why are we still jeopardizing our children’s long-term thyroid and brain health by adding fluoride to drinking water?

Fluoride — like many other poisons — was originally declared safe based on dosage, but we now know that timing of exposure can play a big role in its effects as well. Children who are fed infant formula mixed with fluoridated water receive very high doses, and may be affected for life as a result of this early exposure.

Fluoride can also cross the placenta, causing developing fetuses to be exposed to fluoride. Considering the fact that fluoride has endocrine-disrupting activity, this is hardly a situation amenable to the good health of that child. It’s important to realize that fluoride is not a nutrient. It’s a drug, and it’s the ONLY drug that is purposely added directly into drinking water.

This route of delivery completely bypasses standard rules relating to informed consent, which is foundational for ethical medical practice. What’s worse, there’s no way to keep track of the dosage. And no one is keeping track of side effects.

Infants Are Severely and Routinely Overdosed on Fluoride

According to the recent Iowa Study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the CDC, infants and young children are being massively overdosed on fluoride. This study, which is the largest U.S. study conducted measuring the amount of fluoride children ingest, concluded that:

  • 100 percent of infants receiving infant formula mixed with fluoridated tap water get more than the allegedly safe dose of fluoride. Some formula-fed infants receive 100 times the safe level on a daily basis
  • 30 percent of 1-year-olds exceed the recommended safe dose
  • 47 percent of 2- to 3-year-olds exceed the safe dose

Most Water Authorities Use Toxic Waste Product, Not Pharmaceutical Grade Fluoride

As stated, fluoride is a drug, and research into the health effects of fluoride are based on pharmaceutical grade fluoride. However, a majority of water authorities do not even use pharmaceutical grade fluoride; they use hydrofluosilicic acid, or hexafluorosilicic acid — toxic waste products of the phosphate fertilizer industry, which are frequently contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead, and other toxins.

This is a key point that many fluoride proponents fail to address when arguing for its use. Indeed, holding elected officials accountable for procuring proof that the specific fluoridation chemical used actually fulfills fluoride’s health and safety claims and complies with all regulations, laws, and risk assessments required for safe drinking water, has been a successful strategy for halting water fluoridation in a number of areas around the U.S.

While the idea of hiding toxic industrial waste in drinking water would sound like a questionable idea at best to most people, it was welcomed by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a 1983 letter, Rebecca Hanmer, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water, wrote:

“… In regard to the use of fluosilicic acid as a source of fluoride for fluoridation, this Agency regards such use as an ideal environmental solution to a long-standing problem. By recovering by-product fluosilicic acid from fertilizer manufacturing, water and air pollution are minimized, and water utilities have a low-cost source of fluoride available to them…”

 

Data and Science Do Not Support Water Fluoridation

Ninety-seven percent of Western European countries do not fluoridate their water, and data collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that non-fluoridating countries have seen the exact same reduction in dental cavities as the U.S.,16where a majority of water is still fluoridated. If fluoride were in fact the cause of this decline, non-fluoridating countries should not show the same trend.

Clearly, declining rates of dental decay are not in and of themselves proof that water fluoridation actually works. It’s also worth noting that well over 99 percent of the fluoride added to drinking water never even touches a tooth; it simply runs down the drain, contaminating and polluting the environment.


Source: KK Cheng et.al. BMJ 2007.17 Rates of cavities have declined by similar amounts in countries with and without fluoridation.

Ending Fluoridation Will Be the Greatest Public Health Achievement of the 21st Century

Despite the fact that the scientific evidence does not support fluoridation, those who question or openly oppose it are typically demonized and written off as crazy conspiracy theorists. Many fluoride supporters claim the science of fluoridation was “settled” some 50 years ago — effectively dismissing all the revelations produced by modern science! To defend their position, they rely on outdated science, because that’s all they have. You’d be extremely hard-pressed to find modern research supporting water fluoridation.

Indeed, as noted in the film, ending water fluoridation will be one of the greatest public health achievements of the 21st Century, and I for one will not stop until that happens. To learn more about why water fluoridation runs counter to good science, common sense, and the public good, please see the following video, which recounts 10 important fluoride facts.

The Best Cavity Prevention Is Your Diet

The best way to prevent cavities is not through fluoride, but by addressing your diet. One of the keys to oral health is eating atraditional diet or real foods, rich in fresh, unprocessed vegetables, nuts, and grass-fed meats. By avoiding sugars and processed foods, you prevent the proliferation of the bacteria that cause decay in the first place.

According to Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development:18 “We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10 percent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay.”

Other natural strategies that can significantly improve your dental health are eating plenty of fermented vegetables, and doing oil pulling with coconut oil. Also make sure you’re getting plenty of high quality animal-based omega-3 fats, as research suggests even moderate amounts of omega-3 fats may help ward off gum disease. My favorite source is krill oil.

This week we launch Fluoride Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to ending the practice of fluoridation.

There’s no doubt about it: fluoride should not be ingested. Even scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis — unattractive discoloration and mottling of the teeth that indicate overexposure to fluoride. Clearly, children are being overexposed, and their health and development put in jeopardy. Why?

The only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the first place. Fortunately, the Fluoride Action Network(FAN) has a game plan to END water fluoridation worldwide. Clean pure water is a prerequisite to optimal health. Industrial chemicals, drugs, and other toxic additives really have no place in our water supplies. So, please protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the FAN and visit the links below:

Together, Let’s Help FAN Get to the Finish Line

This is the week we can get FAN the funding it deserves. I have found very few NGOs as effective and efficient as FAN. Its team has led the charge to end fluoridation and will continue to do so with our help!

So I am stepping up the challenge. I’m proud to announce for the sixth year in a row now, a portion of sales up to 25,000 will be donated to Fluoride Action Network. Please make a donation today to help FAN end the absurdity of fluoridation

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Squats Are a Great Daily Exercise for People of All Ages

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By Dr. Mercola

Squats are known as one of the best functional exercises out there, and for good reason. After all, squatting is a foundational human movement—our ancestors have been squatting since ancient times.

One of the most common squats is eliminating your body wastes. However, the modern toilet has virtually eliminated that movement. Additionally, every time you get in and out of a chair you are doing a squat, but that is radically minimized.

As a result, few people engage in high-quality squats on a regular basis in their daily lives, and loss of functionality can result.

When you perform squats properly, you build muscles that helps improve your mobility and balance. This exercise also helps your muscles work more efficiently, and these benefits translate into your body moving more efficiently in the real world too.

For the last few years I have avoided squats but I just read a fantastic book an strength training called Starting Strength  by Mark Rippetoe that changed my mind and I am now committed and excited to doing squats the way Mark describes a few times a week.

The book provides enormously comprehensive descriptions and pictures that make it really easy to understand how to do the exercise properly. The first few chapters on how to properly squat while give you the details you need to avoid injury.  If you are interested in strength training with a barbell this is the book to get.

The Many Health Benefits of Squats

Squats help strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and ankles, making you more stable on your feet. But they also provide a number of other health-boosting benefits, including:

Building and strengthening muscles throughout your body When done properly, they can effectively trigger the release of testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH) in your body, which support over all muscle development.
Increasing fat burning Muscles use more calories even when they’re not being worked, and your leg muscles are some of the “bulkiest” muscles in your body.

For every 10 pounds of muscle you gain, you burn about 500 to 700 more calories per day than before.

Improved balance and mobility By increasing leg and bone strength and stabilizing your core, squats help improve your overall balance and can help prevent falls.

Hence, squats become increasingly beneficial and important with advancing age.

Preventing injuries Weak stabilizer muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues can easily lead to athletic injuries.

Performing squats can strengthen all of these and prevent injury by improving your range of motion and flexibility.

Enhancing athletic performance Doing squats has been shown to help athletes run faster and jump higher.

This is why squats are a part of virtually every professional athlete’s fitness program.

Toning your buttocks and abdominals Besides working your legs, squats also help tone and tighten your buttocks and abs.

Squatting also helps build muscles that participate in the regulation of glucose, lipid metabolism, and insulin sensitivity, which in turn prevents chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease,1 diabetes, and obesity.

Improving bowel movements and waste removal Your body is actually designed toeliminate by squatting, and doing squats as an exercise can help induce more regular bowel movements by improving fecal movement through your colon.

Basic Squat 101

Many elderly and those with knee problems tend to shy away from squats, thinking they’re too destructive on the knees. There’s really no need to avoid them. Instead, just make sure you’re doing them properly, and avoid using weights.

Research2 shows that when done with proper form, squats actually improve knee stability and strengthen connective tissue. In thevideo above, personal trainer and coach Darin Steen demonstrates helpful warm-up tips and stretches, followed by safe squat techniques for beginner, intermediate and advanced.  Here are some key points to remember:

  1. Stand with your feet just over shoulder width apart
  2. Keep your back in a neutral position, and keep your knees centered over your feet
  3. Slowly bend your knees, hips and ankles, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angle, then return to starting position
  4. Breathe in as you lower, breathe out as you return to starting position
  5. Do two to three sets of 15 to 20 repetitions, twice or three times a week

What Does It Mean If You Cannot Perform a Proper Squat?

The inability to perform a proper squat can give you important clues about your current fitness and mobility. For example, the inability to bend your knees and ankles, thereby disallowing your hips to hinge all the way back, will result in a movement in which you end up raising up on your toes.

This suggests tightness in your hip extensors and/or hamstrings, and you’d be wise to start working on improving your hip flexibility. If your knees buckle inward upon lowering or raising yourself up, your hamstrings and glutes are the areas of weakness.

Variation 1: Behind the Neck or Overhead Squats

The key point with squats is the movement. If you are not strong or are elderly, it is perfectly fine to do air squats without any weight. Your body needs to remember how to do the movement pattern correctly.

Once you’ve mastered the basic squat (with or without hand weights), you can switch things up with a number of different variations. A simple tweak that can help increase your range of motion is to do an overhead squat, using either a broom handle or a weighted bar.

This movement does wonders to improve thoracic extension and shoulder mobility. In the video above, you can see a demonstration of an overhead squat holding a plain stick. As you go down into the squat, make sure you push the bar upwards and back, keeping it directly above your head and not out in front of you.

As you get stronger, you can add weights. The overhead squat is a challenging whole-body exercise that has many benefits, provided it’s done right. Lifting a significant amount of weight can be challenging enough; adding a squat can really throw off your form, so take it slow and pay attention to your movements.

Once you add weights, you really need to make sure you have good mobility and strength in your hips, knees and ankles. Stop whenever your lower back starts to arch excessively, or when your knees come past your toes. Squatting deeper past this point will compromise your form, and heighten your risk of shoulder, cervical, thoracic, and/or lumbar injury. Below I demonstrate this movement using a weighted bar behind my neck.

Counteracting Knee Pain

If you find that squatting causes knee pain, consider the following pointers, and watch the video above.

  1. When holding the bar, make sure you drive your elbows down and in close to your sides. This will help stabilize the kinetic chain through your back and hips.
  2. When descending, actively pull yourself down into squat position by activating your hip flexor and psoas muscle. This helps stabilize your hips, and disengages other muscles that can contribute to knee pain.

Variation 2: Bulgarian Split-Squat

Another variation on this exercise is the Bulgarian split-squat. To perform this exercise, you need a slightly elevated surface on which to place one foot, while the other leg does the bending. You could use a low chair, or position yourself in front of a couch that reaches a height between mid-calf and knee level.

Place your left foot on top of the elevated surface behind you, and the right foot about two feet in front of it. Your right foot needs to be far enough forward so that at the bottom of the movement, your front knee will be bent at 90-degrees and not go past your toes.

Once you’re in position and feel stable, lower your body by bending both knees to the point where your front thighbone is parallel to the floor. Avoid bending forward at the hips. Do about 15 repetitions on each leg. You can perform this exercise without weights, placing your hands on your hips, or holding a set of hand weights.

Squats Are a Great Exercise You Can Do Just About Anywhere, Anytime

Squats are one of those exercises you can do for a few minutes every single day, even without switching into your workout clothes. They can be done just about anywhere, any time. And they’re beneficial regardless of your age, although the older you get, the more important they become.

This week we launch Fluoride Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to ending the practice of fluoridation.

There’s no doubt about it: fluoride should not be ingested. Even scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis — unattractive discoloration and mottling of the teeth that indicate overexposure to fluoride. Clearly, children are being overexposed, and their health and development put in jeopardy. Why?

The only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the first place. Fortunately, the Fluoride Action Network(FAN) has a game plan to END water fluoridation worldwide. Clean pure water is a prerequisite to optimal health. Industrial chemicals, drugs, and other toxic additives really have no place in our water supplies. So, please protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the FAN and visit the links below:

Together, Let’s Help FAN Get to the Finish Line

This is the week we can get FAN the funding it deserves. I have found very few NGOs as effective and efficient as FAN. Its team has led the charge to end fluoridation and will continue to do so with our help!

So I am stepping up the challenge. I’m proud to announce for the sixth year in a row now, a portion of sales up to 25,000 will be donated to Fluoride Action Network. Please make a donation today to help FAN end the absurdity of fluoridation

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Did Prince Die From Painkiller Addiction?

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By Dr. Mercola

Yesterday I wrote that preventable medical errors and drug side effects are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. I’ve also written numerous articles about the dangers of opioid painkillers in particular.

While most drugs come with a long list of potentially devastating side effects, painkillers tend to be among the most lethal, in large part due to their addictive nature.

Prescriptions for opioid painkillers have risen by 300 percent over the past 10 years,1and deaths from overdosing on these drugs now far surpass those from illicit street drugs. Sadly, legendary musician Prince appears to be yet another victim of the opioid epidemic.2

Prince Made Emergency Appointment With Addiction Specialist

It has now come to light that the 911 call from Prince’s Paisley Park estate was made by Andrew Kornfeld, son of Howard Kornfeld, M.D., who runs an addiction clinic in California, specializing in opioid painkiller addiction.3,4,5

Dr. Kornfeld is said to have been summoned for an emergency consultation with Prince following an overdose of Percocet, mere days before his untimely death.6Prince was reportedly taking the drug to manage pain associated with a chronic hip problem.

Unfortunately, by the time Dr. Kornfeld’s son showed up for his appointment with the star, Prince was already dead.

Part of Dr. Kornfeld’s treatment plan for painkiller addicts includes the use of an alternative painkiller buprenorphine7 (sold under the names Suboxone, Subutex, Zubsolv, and Bunavail), which he says can relieve pain with fewer risks than other opioids.

White House Supports Expanding Use of Gentler, Less Addictive Opioid

According to STAT, an online health newsletter,8 buprenorphine “is effective in treating both chronic pain and withdrawal because it’s less likely to cause euphoric highs or overdoses and because withdrawal from it is gentler than with opioids.”

While buprenorphine has been notoriously difficult to get, President Obama has proposed increasing the use of this drug to combat growing addiction rates.9 The drug is heavily regulated, and doctors initially had to take an 8-hour training course in the use of the drug before they were allowed to prescribe it.

According to STAT: “The White House wants to double the number of doctors certified to prescribe buprenorphine and is even considering allowing non-physicians to prescribe the drug.” Opponents worry that the drug may end up being overprescribed by doctors without expertise in addiction.

Ironically, this kind of inexperience is in part why we now have such an epidemic of opioid abuse. As noted by Forbes,10 the recommendation to enforce mandatory training for doctors prescribing opioids has been brought forth more than once.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected the training mandate in large part because the American Medical Association (AMA) lobbied against it.

But in light of the growing epidemic of abuse, it seems quite clear that many doctors do not have the prerequisite understanding to safely prescribe opioid painkillers, often underestimating their addictive nature and the risks for lethal overdosing.

Training for opioid prescribers is now being considered yet again, and a spokesperson has indicated that the FDA will now support it.11 An expert panel is expected to issue recommendations to the FDA sometime in the near future.

Doctors Unwilling to Take Responsibility for Their Role in Opioid Epidemic

Strangely enough, the AMA is even opposed to laws that would require prescribing doctors to check databases before issuing a prescription for a narcotic painkiller, to ensure the patient is not receiving the same or similar prescription from another doctor. According to The New York Times:12

“Doctors say measures like checking prescription databases take up more time in days already filled with bureaucratic duties, and many express ideological concerns about government’s reach into medicine.

[E]xperts say many doctors believe that their practices and their patients are not responsible for the opioid problem.”

If the problem was not created by prescribing doctors (recall prescriptions for opioids have surged 300 percent in the last decade), then who’s to blame for the current scourge of opioid addiction and deaths?

Americans use the most opioids of any nation — twice the amount used by Canadians, who come in second place in terms of prescriptions. In Alabama, which has the highest opioid prescription rate in the U.S., there are 143 prescriptions for every 100 people!13

Clearly doctors bear a significant responsibility for creating this situation. Surgeons also need to reevaluate current practices of routinely sending surgical patients home with a powerful painkiller, regardless of whether they really need it or not.14

Drug Companies Should Be Held Accountable

The drug companies that create and sell these drugs also shoulder a major part of the blame, and really should be held accountable — especially when lying about the benefits and risks of their drugs. As noted by the Organic Consumers Association:15

“Pharma fostered the opioid addiction epidemic in four ways. It introduced long-acting opioids like OxyContin that could be crushed and snorted, or shot for heroin-like highs.

Industry also changed pain condition guidelines so that opioids were the first choice in conditions like lower back pain — conditions that never used to justify prescribing opioids.

Pharma also pushed and promoted the long-term use of opioids though no studies show such use effective or safe according to respected medical groups, including the Cochrane Collection.

And finally, the industry misinformed doctors, patients and the public, claiming that only “some” people become addicted to narcotics — when in fact narcotics are addictive, period.

In fact, until Pharma’s opioid revival, narcotics were administered only after surgery, accidents and for palliative care in the chronic and terminally ill.”

Legal Drug Highs Drive Heroin Addiction and Deaths

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Within a few years of its introduction, OxyContin had become one of the hottest street drugs available, with addicts chewing or snorting or injecting them for a high that users compare to heroin. In fact, from a chemical standpoint the two drugs are nearly identical, and OxyContin has been identified as a major gateway drug to heroin.

Not surprisingly, heroin deaths have increased by 45 percent over the past five years, as users resort to heroin when they can no longer get a refill on their prescription. Price is also a factor, as heroin is cheaper. There’s also an increased supply of heroin these days.

Dr. Meryl Nass,an internist who blogs about important health issues, has pointed out that opium production in Afghanistan has doubled since the U.S. military entered the region in 2001, and heroin-related deaths began to rise in 2002. She believes this is the real story behind the rise in heroin availability across the U.S.16

Canadian pain specialist Phil Berger previously summed up the “perfect storm” of malfeasance that created this public health disaster, calling it a “confluence of unbelievably aggressive marketing by the pharmaceutical industry that sells these drugs, plus the inadequacy of education to medical students and physicians in training and the utter failure of regulatory bodies, the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, to reign in their membership and provide proper oversight to how their members are prescribing medications.”

Opioid Addiction Is Also Fueling Infectious Disease Rates

Along with deadly overdoses, painkiller and heroin addiction has also led to significant increases in hepatitis C and HIV, both of which are spread through the sharing of infected injection needles. According to the CDC,17 rates of acute hepatitis C infection in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia have skyrocketed, increasing 364 percent between 2006 and 2012.

And while hepatitis C is treatable, the cost of the medication is high, running between $80,000 and $120,000 for a full treatment course. In 2014, hepatitis C-related deaths in the U.S. surpassed the total combined deaths from 60 other infectious diseases, including HIV, pneumococcal disease and tuberculosis!18 According to The Atlantic:19

“A national hepatitis C outbreak has been well documented. Last month, The New York Times reported that in Kentucky, 16,000 Medicaid recipients had a hepatitis C diagnosis last year, compared with only 8,000 the previous year… Kentucky’s rate of hepatitis C is more than seven times the national average, but the state spent 7 percent of its Medicaid budget treating only 861 people…

“States have to prioritize treatment to those most in need. An exercise that would be wholly unnecessary if the cost were affordable,” [Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors] wrote in an email. Generally, “most in need” is defined as those who have already experienced liver function deterioration, with stage 3 or 4 liver fibrosis [being] the cutoff in most states, Salo said.”

HIV is also making a comeback. The tiny town of Austin, Indiana recently became the unlikely epicenter of the largest HIV outbreak in U.S. history, courtesy of widespread opioid abuse.20 Multigenerational drug use is commonplace here, and out of a population of 4,100 individuals, an estimated 500 shoot up. Last year, Austin reported 180 cases of HIV, up from an average of three cases a year.

The Cycle of Addiction

OxyContin became a blockbuster drug mainly through misleading claims — claims Purdue Pharma knew were false from the start. The basic promise was that it provided pain relief for a full 12 hours; twice as long as generic drugs, giving patients “smooth and sustained pain control all day and all night.”

However, for many the effects don’t last anywhere near 12 hours, and once the drug wears off, painful withdrawal symptoms set in, including body aches, nausea and anxiety. These symptoms, in addition to the return of the original pain, quickly begin to feed the cycle of addiction.

Rather than prescribing more frequent doses, Purdue insists doctors prescribe higher doses instead, which makes the highs higher, and the lows lower. As noted by the LA Times:21

“Peter Przekop, a neuroscientist and physician who oversees the treatment of painkiller addicts at the Betty Ford Center…said that repeated episodes of withdrawal from OxyContin ‘absolutely’ raise the risk that patients will abuse the medication. ‘You are messing with those areas of the brain that are involved in addiction, and you are going to get the person dependent on it,’ he said.”

 

OxyContin Addiction Remains a Serious Problem

Since 1999, at least 190,000 people have died from OxyContin overdose.22 In 2007, Purdue Pharma pled guilty to charges of misbranding, and was fined $600 million for misleading the public about Oxycontin’s addictive qualities.

A few years later, in 2014, Chicago and two California counties (Orange and Santa Clara) filed lawsuits against five OxyContin manufacturers, charging them with contributing to an epidemic of drug abuse by purposefully downplaying the risks of these drugs, overselling their benefits,23 and secretly funding front organizations, like the American Pain Foundation, to promote their widespread use.

Still the problem continues unabated. According to a nationwide analysis of prescription data, more than half of all long-term OxyContin users currently take doses considered “dangerously high” by public health officials.24 Fentanyl is also becoming increasingly problematic.

This synthetic opiate, originally used in hospitals for post-surgery pain, began showing up on the streets in 2014, mixed in with heroin.25 Traffickers sometimes sell pure fentanyl as heroin, and since this drug can be 50 times more potent than heroin, death can be swift.

Non-Drug Alternatives for Pain Relief

With all the health risks associated with opioid painkillers, you’d be wise to exhaust other options before resorting to these drugs. Below I list some of the most effective non-drug alternatives for the treatment of pain that I know of. If you’re in pain, I recommend trying these first, before even thinking about prescription painkillers of any kind.

Medical cannabis In the case of Prince, indictments may follow once authorities determine where the opioids found in his possession came from.

But in the vast majority of cases, no one is penalized when a person dies from a prescription painkiller overdose.

A case can even be made that our federal government bears a responsibility in the current opioid epidemic, as policies support the use of these exceptionally dangerous painkillers while barring the use of medical marijuana, which can offer non-toxic pain relief.

Medical cannabis has a long history as a natural analgesic,26 and many states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes.

Its medicinal qualities are due to high amounts (about 10-20 percent) of cannabidiol (CBD), medicinal terpenes, and flavanoids.

As discussed in this previous article, varieties of cannabis exist that are very low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the psychoactive component of marijuana that makes you feel “stoned” — and high in medicinal CBD.

The Journal of Pain,27 a publication by the American Pain Society, has a long list of studies on the pain-relieving effects of cannabis and would certainly seem worth the effort for anyone with chronic pain to utilize.

Just be sure to seek out a knowledgeable cannabis physician, as many have no idea of the proper dosing.

If you are seriously considering medical cannabis for pain, it is imperative that you view my interview with Dr. Alan Frankel in this previous article, who is one of the leading medical cannabis physicians in the U.S.

He can do consultations on the phone if one needs specific questions answered.

Eliminate or radically reduce processed foods Avoiding processed grains and refined sugars (particularly fructose) will lower your insulin and leptin levels and decrease insulin and leptin resistance, which is one of the most important reasons why inflammatory prostaglandins are produced.

That is why stopping sugar and sweets is so important to controlling your pain and other types of chronic illnesses.

Take a high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fat My personal favorite is krill oil. Omega-3 fats are precursors to mediators of inflammation called prostaglandins. (In fact, that is how anti-inflammatory painkillers work, they manipulate prostaglandins.)
Optimize your vitamin D level Optimizing your vitamin D level by getting sensible sun exposure and taking a vitamin D3 supplement can help reduce pain via a variety of different mechanisms.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) EFT is a drug-free approach for pain management of all kinds. It borrows from the principles of acupuncture, in that it helps you balance out your subtle energy system.

It helps resolve underlying, often subconscious, negative emotions that may be exacerbating your physical pain.

By stimulating (tapping) well-established acupuncture points with your fingertips, you rebalance your energy system, which can help dissipate pain.

K-Laser Class 4 Laser Therapy K-Laser therapy can be an excellent choice for many painful conditions, including acute injuries. By addressing the underlying cause of the pain, you will no longer need to rely on painkillers.

K-Laser is a class 4 infrared laser therapy treatment that helps reduce pain and inflammation, and enhance tissue healing — both in hard and soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, or even bones.

The infrared wavelengths used in the K-Laser allow for targeting specific areas of your body, and can penetrate deeply into the body to reach areas such as your spine and hip.

For more information about this groundbreaking technology, and how it can help heal chronic pain, please listen to my previous interview with Dr. Harrington.

Avoid sitting One of the most common causes of pain is low back pain. Even I struggled with it for many years. The only thing that eliminated it was radically reducing the number of hours I sit down from 15 hours a day to less than one.
Chiropractic Many studies have confirmed that chiropractic management is much safer and less expensive than allopathic medical treatments, especially when used for back pain.

Qualified chiropractic, osteopathic, and naturopathic physicians are reliable, as they have received extensive training in the management of musculoskeletal disorders during their course of graduate healthcare training, which lasts between four to six years.

These health experts have comprehensive training in musculoskeletal management.

Acupuncture Research has discovered a “clear and robust” effect of acupuncture in the treatment of: back-, neck- and shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, and headaches.
Physical therapy and massage therapy Both have been shown to be effective for painful conditions such as torn cartilage and arthritis.
Ginger This herb has potent anti-inflammatory activity and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.
Curcumin In a study of osteoarthritis patients, those who added 200 mg of curcumin a day to their treatment plan had reduced pain and increased mobility.

A past study also found that a turmeric extract composed of curcuminoids blocked inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the overproduction of a protein that triggers swelling and pain.28

Boswellia Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients. This is one of my personal favorites as I have seen it work well with many rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Bromelain This enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in supplement form but eating fresh pineapple, including some of the bromelain-rich stem, may also be helpful.
Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) This oil, found in fish and dairy butter, acts as a “joint lubricant” and an anti-inflammatory.

I have used this for myself to relieve ganglion cysts and a mild annoying carpal tunnel syndrome that pops up when I type too much on non-ergonomic keyboards. I used a topical preparation for this.

Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils These contain the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is useful for treating arthritic pain.
Cayenne Cream Also called capsaicin cream, this spice comes from dried hot peppers. It alleviates pain by depleting the body’s supply of substance P, a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to your brain.
Mind-body techniques Methods such as yoga, Foundation Training, massage, meditation, hot and cold packs, and other mind-body techniques can also result in astonishing pain relief without any drugs.
Grounding Grounding, or walking barefoot on the earth, may also provide a certain measure of pain relief by combating inflammation.

This week we launch Fluoride Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to ending the practice of fluoridation.

There’s no doubt about it: fluoride should not be ingested. Even scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis — unattractive discoloration and mottling of the teeth that indicate overexposure to fluoride. Clearly, children are being overexposed, and their health and development put in jeopardy. Why?

The only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the first place. Fortunately, the Fluoride Action Network(FAN) has a game plan to END water fluoridation worldwide. Clean pure water is a prerequisite to optimal health. Industrial chemicals, drugs, and other toxic additives really have no place in our water supplies. So, please protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the FAN and visit the links below:

Together, Let’s Help FAN Get to the Finish Line

This is the week we can get FAN the funding it deserves. I have found very few NGOs as effective and efficient as FAN. Its team has led the charge to end fluoridation and will continue to do so with our help!

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Medical Errors: STILL the Third Leading Cause of Death

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By Dr. Mercola

History tells us it can take decades before a medical truth becomes accepted as fact, and recent headlines are a perfect example of this. Sixteen years ago, I read an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that stunned me. I was shocked JAMA published it. Although the article did not explicitly state it, the data was very clear.

So I published my summary of the study, which revealed that doctors are in fact the third leading cause of death in the U.S.1

You likely have seen this statistic or headline, but you may not be aware that I was the one who created that headline, which has been widely circulated on the internet and virtually never attributed to me as the person who saw through the data to make that conclusion.

Dr. Barbara Starfield was the author of that JAMA study, published in 2000, and her research documented how a staggering 225,000 Americans die from iatrogenic causes, meaning their death is caused by a physician’s or hospital’s activity, manner, or therapy. Her statistics showed that each year:

  • 12,000 die from unnecessary surgery
  • 7,000 die from medication errors in hospitals
  • 20,000 die from other errors in hospitals
  • 80,000 die from hospital-acquired infections
  • 106,000 die from the negative side effects of drugs taken as prescribed

Back then, few people believed it, but in recent days headlines echoing my original 2000 article have made the rounds in many of the major media outlets.2,3,4,5,6,7

One of the reasons why many are still surprised by these statistics is due to fundamental flaws in the tracking of medical errors, which has shielded the reality of the situation and kept it out of the public eye.

Medical Errors Are STILL the Third Leading Cause of Death

Dr. Starfield’s findings 16 years ago still stand today. In fact, recent research suggests matters have only gotten worse, and the reason for this is because no affirmative action was ever taken to address and correct the situation.

According to a new study8 published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), medical errors now kill an estimated 250,000 Americans each year, an increase of about 25,000 people annually from Dr. Starfield’s estimates.

That means medical errors are STILL the third leading cause of death, right after heart disease and cancer. These numbers may actually be vastly underestimated, as deaths occurring at home or in nursing homes are not included.

As shown by Dr. Starfield’s research, side effects from drugs, taken as prescribed, account for the vast majority of iatrogenic deaths. Research9 published in 2013 estimated that preventable hospital errors kill 210,000 Americans each year — a figure that is very close to the latest statistics.

However, when they included deaths related to diagnostic errors, errors of omission, and failure to follow guidelines, the number skyrocketed to 440,000 preventable hospital deaths each year. This too hints at the true enormity of the problem.

Cause of Death Reporting Needs an Overhaul

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, the third leading cause of death is respiratory disease, which claims 150,000 lives each year, not iatrogenic causes. In fact, the CDC doesn’t publish any information relating to medical errors at all. As reported by Newsweek:10

“The researchers for the study from Johns Hopkins say their findings suggest the CDC’s method for collecting data on causes of death is flawed, leading to inaccurate estimates on just how dangerous a visit to your local hospital has become.

Death certificates currently don’t have a separate coding classification for medical errors, which means estimates are not accurate.

The medical coding system used by the CDC was originally developed for physicians and hospitals to determine what to bill health insurance companies for individualized patient care. The authors recommend an overhaul of how cause of death data is collected.”

The researchers suggest adding an extra field to the death certificate, asking whether a preventable complication or medical error contributed to the death. At present, no such checkbox exists. Instead, when a patient dies from a medical error, the original complaint is listed as the cause of death.

They also recommend a number of strategies to reduce the number of deaths from iatrogenic causes, including increased transparency and communication. As long as health care providers and hospital administrators remain in the dark about the severity of the problem, few course corrections are likely to be made.

Iatrogenic Deaths Are a Global Problem

Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch for the CDC, claims there arecodes that capture iatrogenic causes of death. However, the published mortality statistics do not take them into account. They only look at the condition that led the individual to seek medical treatment in the first place.

As a result, even if a doctor lists medical errors in the death certificate, they are not included in the CDC’s mortality statistics.

Anderson defends the agency’s approach, saying it’s “consistent with international guidelines.” In essence, most countries tally their deaths in a similar fashion, in order to be able to compare mortality statistics internationally.

All that really means is that this is a global problem, and all nations really need to take a closer look at how deaths are recorded and counted. According to Anderson, the CDC is unlikely to change the recording of deaths unless there’s a really compelling reason to do so. But what could be more compelling than the fact that modern medicine is a leading cause of preventable deaths!?

Dr. Starfield’s Ironic Tragedy — A Victim to What She Chronicled

Ironically, Dr. Starfield became a statistic to her own research. She died suddenly in June 2011, a death her husband attributed to the adverse effects of the blood thinner Plavix taken in combination with aspirin. However, her death certificate makes no mention of this possibility. In the August 2012 issue of Archives for Internal Medicine11 her husband, Neil A. Holtzman, M.D., M.P.H., writes, in part:

“Writing in sorrow and anger, I express up front my potential conflict of interest in interpreting the facts surrounding the death of my wife, Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH… Because she died while swimming alone, an autopsy was required. The immediate cause of death was “pool drowning,” but the underlying condition, “cerebral hemorrhage,” stunned me…

Barbara started taking low-dose aspirin after coronary insufficiency had been diagnosed 3 years before her death, and clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix) after her right main coronary artery had been stented 6 months after the diagnosis. She reported to the cardiologist that she bruised more easily while taking clopidogrel and bled longer following minor cuts. She had no personal or family history of bleeding tendency or hypertension.

The autopsy findings and the official lack of feedback prompted me to call attention to deficiencies in medical care and clinical research in the United States reified by Barbara’s death and how the deficiencies can be rectified. Ironically, Barbara had written about all of them.”

 

US Health Care System Is an Unmitigated Failure at Treating Chronic Illness

The U.S. has the most expensive health care in the world, spending more on health care than the next 10 biggest spenders combined (Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia). If the U.S. health care system were a country, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet.

Despite that, the U.S. ranks last in health and mortality when compared with 17 other developed nations. We may have one of the best systems for treating acute surgical emergencies, but the American medical system is clearly an unmitigated failure when it comes to treating chronic illness. The fact that properly prescribed and administered drugs kill at least 106,000 should really be food for some serious thought. For starters, drug safety needs to become a priority, not an afterthought.

Indeed, one of Dr. Starfield’s points of contention was the lack of systematic recording and studying of adverse events, and her own death highlights this problem. It was the Plavix-aspirin combination that actually killed her, yet if it hadn’t been for an autopsy and her husband insisting on an adverse event report, no one would ever have been the wiser about such a connection.

Only a tiny fraction of all adverse drug reactions are ever reported to the FDA; according to some estimates, as few as 1 percent. In order to truly alert the FDA to a problem with a product they’ve approved, they must be notified by as many people as possible who believe they have experienced a side effect.

By filing a report, you help make medicine safer for everyone. So, if you believe you’ve experienced a side effect from a drug, please report it. Simply go to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, find the phone number listed for your state, and report your adverse reaction.

In all, preventable medical mistakes may account for one-sixth of all deaths that occur in the U.S. annually.12  To put these numbers into even further perspective, medical mistakes in American hospitals kill four jumbo jets’ worth of people each week.13According to statistics published in a 2011 Health Grades report,14 the incidence rate of medical harm occurring in the U.S. may be as high as 40,000 harmful and/or lethal errors DAILY. According to co-author John T. James:

“Perhaps it is time for a national patient bill of rights for hospitalized patients.  All evidence points to the need for much more patient involvement in identifying harmful events and participating in rigorous follow-up investigations to identify root causes.”

Many Tests and Treatments Do More Harm Than Good

Overtesting and overtreatment are also part of the problem. Instead of dissuading patients from unnecessary or questionable interventions, the system rewards waste and incentivizes disease over health. According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, an estimated 30 percent of all medical procedures, tests and medications may in fact be unnecessary,15 at a cost of at least $750 billion a year. To learn which tests and interventions may do more harm than good, browse through the Choosing Wisely website.16

It’s also important to be aware that many novel medical treatments gain popularity over older standards of care due mostly to clever marketing, opposed to solid science. An investigation17 by the Mayo Clinic published in 2013 proved this point. To determine the overall effectiveness of our medical care, researchers tracked the frequency of medical reversals over the past decade. They found that reversals are common across all classes of medical practice, and a significant proportion of medical treatments offer no patient benefit at all.

In fact, they found 146 reversals of previously established practices, treatments and procedures over the past 10 years. The most telling data in the report show just how many common medical treatments are doing more harm than good. Of the studies that tested an existing standard of care, 40 percent reversed the practice, compared to only 38 percent reaffirming it.

The remaining 22 percent were inconclusive. This means that anywhere between 40 and 78 percent of the medical testing, treatments, and procedures you receive are of NO benefit to you — or are actually harmful — as determined by clinical studies.

Safeguarding Your Care While Hospitalized

Once you’re hospitalized, you’re immediately at risk for medical errors, so one of the best safeguards is to have someone there with you. Dr. Andrew Saul has written an entire book on the issue of safeguarding your health while hospitalized. Frequently, you’re going to be relatively debilitated, especially post-op when you’re under the influence of anesthesia, and you won’t have the opportunity to see the types of processes that are going on. This is particularly important for pediatric patients and the elderly.

It’s important to have a personal advocate present to ask questions and take notes. For every medication given in the hospital, ask questions such as: “What is this medication? What is it for? What’s the dose?” Most people, doctors and nurses included, are more apt to go through that extra step of due diligence to make sure they’re getting it right if they know they’ll be questioned about it.

If someone you know is scheduled for surgery, you can print out the WHO surgical safety checklist and implementation manual,18which is part of the campaign “Safe Surgery Saves Lives.” The checklist can be downloaded free of charge here. If a loved one is in the hospital, print it out and bring it with you, as this can help you protect your family member or friend from preventable errors in care.

Basic Tenets of Optimal Health

All in all, leading a common-sense, healthy lifestyle is your best bet to achieve good health, and avoid dying from preventable causes.  Following is a list of some of the basic tenets of health that have withstood the test of time. Following these healthy lifestyle guidelines can go a very long way toward keeping you from becoming another preventable death statistic:

Eat real food For a comprehensive guide on which foods to eat and which to avoid, see my nutrition plan. Generally speaking, focus your diet on whole, ideally organic, unprocessed foods.Avoid sugar, and fructose in particular.

All forms of sugar have toxic effects when consumed in excess, and drive multiple disease processes in your body, not the least of which is insulin resistance, a major cause of chronic disease and accelerated aging.

Avoid sitting, and get plenty of non-exercise “nutritional movement” and high intensity exercise Even if you’re eating the healthiest diet in the world, you still need to exercise to reach the highest levels of health, and you need to be exercising effectively, which means including high-intensity activities into your rotation.

High-intensity interval-type training boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which is essential for optimal health, strength and vigor. HGH also helps boost weight loss.

Non-exercise movement is another critical component. I recommend walking more on a daily basis, over and above your scheduled exercise, and avoiding sitting as much as possible.

Implement stress reduction strategies Your emotional state plays a role in nearly every physical disease — from heart disease and depression, to arthritisand cancer.

Meditation, prayer, social support and exercise are all viable options that can help you maintain emotional and mental equilibrium.

I also strongly believe in using simple tools such as theEmotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to address deeper, oftentimes hidden, emotional problems.

Stay well hydrated Drink plenty of pure, clean water. Considering how widespread water pollution has become, investing in a high quality water filtration system is advisable.
Maintain a healthy gut Mounting research shows that beneficial microbes affect your health in a myriad of ways; it can even influence your ability to lose weight.

A healthy diet is the ideal way to maintain a healthy gut, and regularly consuming traditionally fermented foods is the easiest, most cost effective way to help optimize your gut flora.

Optimize your vitamin D levels Research has shown that increasing your vitamin D levelshelps reduce your risk of death from ALL causes.
Avoid toxic exposures This includes tossing out your toxic household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides, just to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic alternatives.
Get plenty of high quality sleep Even if you do everything else right, you cannot be optimally healthy if you do not sleep well.

Regularly catching only a few hours of sleep can hinder metabolism and hormone production in a way that is similar to the effects of aging and the early stages of diabetes.

Chronic sleep loss may speed the onset or increase the severity of age-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and memory loss.

This week we launch Fluoride Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to ending the practice of fluoridation.

There’s no doubt about it: fluoride should not be ingested. Even scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis — unattractive discoloration and mottling of the teeth that indicate overexposure to fluoride. Clearly, children are being overexposed, and their health and development put in jeopardy. Why?

The only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the first place. Fortunately, the Fluoride Action Network(FAN) has a game plan to END water fluoridation worldwide. Clean pure water is a prerequisite to optimal health. Industrial chemicals, drugs, and other toxic additives really have no place in our water supplies. So, please protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the FAN and visit the links below:

Together, Let’s Help FAN Get to the Finish Line

This is the week we can get FAN the funding it deserves. I have found very few NGOs as effective and efficient as FAN. Its team has led the charge to end fluoridation and will continue to do so with our help!

So I am stepping up the challenge. I’m proud to announce for the sixth year in a row now, a portion of sales up to 25,000 will be donated to Fluoride Action Network. Please make a donation today to help FAN end the absurdity of fluoridation

Donate Today!

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Fluoride, the Only Drug Intentionally Added to Your Tap Water

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By Michael Connett
Fluoride Action Network (FAN)

Following the recent water crisis in Flint, it’s no wonder that the U.S. public has begun to question exactly how safe our drinking water actually is. What was once taken for granted — the idea of safe, pure, drinkable water for everyone — is now in serious question.

In addition to the continuing problems with lead contamination, it has come to light in recent years that public water supplies are now contaminated with trace levels of pharmaceutical drugs, including oral contraceptives and mood stabilizers.

These drugs end up in our water inadvertently; however, there’s one pharmaceutical that is intentionally added to our tap water: Fluoride.

Fluoride Is a Neurotoxic, Endocrine Disrupting Drug

Fluoride is an endocrine disrupting, neurotoxic, and bone-weakening substance that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines as a drug when used to prevent disease, because unlike the minerals we need (e.g. calcium), humans have no known physiological requirement for fluoride.

Sodium fluoride, long known as an effective roach poison, is added to tablets and drops (i.e., “fluoride supplements“) for the purpose of preventing tooth decay.

But because of fluoride’s toxicity, you cannot purchase fluoride “supplements” over-the-counter; they can only be dispensed by prescription under the supervision of a doctor. In short, sodium fluoride is not a nutritional “supplement;” it is a prescription drug, and a dangerous one.

Although fluoride drugs have been prescribed for over 50 years, the FDA recently announced that marketing fluoride drops and tablets for cavity prevention violates federal law, because FDA has never approved these products as either safe or effective.

FDA made this stunning declaration in a Warning Letter, in which the Agency called on a manufacturer to immediately cease selling fluoride drops and tablets. Removing harmful fluoride drugs from the market will protect the health of millions of children, but we also need to address the big elephant in the room: water fluoridation.

With water fluoridation, cities and towns can add almost the same dose of fluoride contained in prescription fluoride drops and tablets to each glass a toddler drinks — with no supervision of a health professional, and without the informed consent of the patient.

FDA Issues Warning Letter

On January 13, 2016, the FDA sent a “Warning Letter” to Kirkman Laboratories, Inc., demanding that the manufacturer immediately discontinue the marketing of its fluoride drops and tablets.

The FDA’s Warning Letter clearly states that fluoride drops and tablets are “unapproved new drugs” because (1) they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for caries prevention purposes, and (2) no manufacturer has ever provided FDA with adequate studies to demonstrate the drugs’ safety and effectiveness.

This isn’t the first time FDA has stated that fluoride drops and tablets are unapproved drugs; FDA first grudgingly admitted this bewildering fact in the 1990s in response to a dogged investigation by the late New Jersey Assemblyman John Kelly.

What makes the Warning Letter to Kirkman so significant, however, is that the FDA has finally decided to take enforcement action against a company producing these drugs.

FDA’s Warning Letter is a historic development, but much remains to be done. The real test will be whether FDA follows through on its own conclusions by going after the larger companies that are currently manufacturing the very same fluoride drugs.

Three of the largest companies making fluoride drops/tablets today are Libertas Pharma Inc., Sancilio & Company, Inc., and Qualitest and so far, FDA has not taken any action against these companies.

For this reason, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) have filed a Citizens Petition with the FDA that calls upon the agency to take enforcement action against all companies, not just Kirkman, that continue to produce unapproved fluoride drugs.

The petition asks that these unsafe and ineffective drugs be removed from the market entirely. To support the FAN/IAOMT petition, please sign this online letter to FDA.

Pharmacies Are Violating Federal and State Law

It’s not just the fluoride drug manufacturers who are violating the law. The nation’s largest pharmacies are culprits as well. FAN recently conducted an undercover investigation of the nation’s four largest pharmacies: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, andWalmart.

This investigation has revealed that each of these four companies continues to sell unapproved fluoride drugs, which not only violates the federal prohibition on introducing unapproved drugs into interstate commerce, but violates the laws of at least 17 states which prohibit the “sale” of any drug not approved by the FDA.

Not only are the nation’s largest pharmacies systemically violating these laws, their pharmacists are providing false information to inquiring customers and concerned parents about the FDA approval status of these drugs.

As can be heard in these audiotaped conversations, the nation’s largest pharmacies repeatedly assured customers that they do not sell unapproved drugs, and that fluoride drops/tablets have either been approved by the FDA or don’t need FDA approval.

Each of these assertions is false, as evident by FDA’s Warning Letter and FAN’s investigation. The scope of misunderstanding among pharmacists is striking, and troubling. If pharmacists have no idea about fluoride’s lack of FDA approval, who else would?

Attorney and FAN Executive Director, Michael Connett, recently wrote letters to the big four pharmacies disclosing the findings of FAN’s investigation, calling on them to immediately remove these unapproved, unsafe, and ineffective drugs from their shelves.

Unnecessary, Ineffective, and Dangerous

In its Warning Letter, FDA states that fluoride drops and tablets are “not generally recognized as safe and effective” for caries prevention.

This is an important legal conclusion as it means fluoride drops and tablets are “new” drugs under 21 USC 321(p), and thereby require FDA approval before they can be lawfully marketed.1 This conclusion, important from a legal standpoint, is amply supported by a wealth of scientific research.

Fluoride drops and tablets were introduced in the 1950s and ’60s on the now universally discredited premise that fluoride’s predominant benefit to teeth comes from ingesting fluoride while the teeth are still forming.

As explained in the Journal of the American Dental Association, “fluoride incorporated during tooth development is insufficient to play a significant role in cavity protection.”2

Both the Centers for Disease Control and National Research Council have confirmed this, declaring, respectively, that “fluoride’s predominant effect is posteruptive and topical,”3 and “the major anticaries benefit of fluoride is topical and not systemic.”4

In other words, fluoride works when it is applied directly to the outside of teeth (i.e. topical), not when swallowed (i.e. systemic).

The new understanding that fluoride’s main, if not sole benefit comes from topicalapplication, eviscerates the need for adding fluoride to drops, tablets, and any other product that we swallow. Indeed, as noted in a recent review by the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration:

“Now the common view is that it is through the posteruptive (topical) effect that fluorides have caries preventative action. In this context, ingestion of the supplements is not necessary nor needed to obtain a preventive effect as the topical application of fluoride compounds is all that is required to provide preventive effect on dental caries.”5

Swallowing fluoride is not only unnecessary, it’s dangerous. It is well established that children who swallow fluoride drops and tablets are at significantly elevated risk of developing dental fluorosis,6 a defect of enamel that can produce embarrassing stains on the teeth7 which is caused by fluoride’s interference with tooth-forming cells.8

As noted in one review, “Supplement use by children younger than 5 years entails a risk of fluorosis which, at the community level, becomes a certainty.”9 Based on this “clear” risk of fluorosis, and “marginal at best” benefit, even some pro-fluoride dental researchers have called for the elimination of fluoride drops/tablets entirely.10

Fluoride Exposure Can Impact Early Brain Development

Dental fluorosis is not the only risk from early ingestion of fluoride. Fluoride exposure can also negatively impact brain development, resulting in both learning and behavioral disorders. Fifty studies of human populations have linked fluoride exposure with reduced IQ scores, while over 30 laboratory experiments have confirmed (under carefully controlled conditions) that fluoride exposure can impair learning and memory capacity in rats and mice.

The evidence of fluoride’s interference with brain development is now sufficiently advanced that a recent review in Lancet Neurology classified fluoride as one of only 11 chemicals “known to cause developmental neurotoxicity in human beings.”11 Fluoride has also been classified by the prestigious National Research Council (NRC) as an “endocrine disruptor” due, in large part, to its documented capacity to interfere with thyroid function and glucose metabolism.

In fact, while sodium fluoride tablets are currently used to prevent tooth decay, they were previously used by doctors as a medication to reduce thyroid function among hyperthyroid patients, and recent research has linked fluoridated drinking water to elevated rates of hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid).

Further, fluoride’s ability to disrupt insulin production and glucose metabolism has been established in multiple studies, at strikingly low levels.12 In fact, the blood fluoride levels found in pre-school children following ingestion of fluoride tablets13 overlap the levels that have been found to impair glucose tolerance (~0.1 ppm).14 Other risks from fluoride ingestion include damage to the pineal gland, bone fragility, and possibly childhood cancer.

It should go without saying that a non-FDA approved drug with the potential to permanently damage the brain, disrupt the endocrine system, and damage the bone should not be dispensed to infants and toddlers unless and until adequate and well conducted studies have been conducted and vetted by the FDA to ensure the drug’s safety and effectiveness. The manufacturers of fluoride drops and tablets have had decades to submit these studies, but they have failed to do so.

Public Water Supplies and the Drug We Drink

Adding fluoride to prescription drops and tablets for ingestion is bad enough, but adding prescription-strength doses of fluoride to public water supplies is even worse. No other drug—let alone an unapproved drug—is purposely added to water, and there is no reason to make an exception for fluoride.

Indeed, most Western industrialized nations have rejected fluoridation precisely on this ground: that the public water supply is a fundamentally inappropriate and unethical way of medicating a population. As summarized by Dr. Arvid Carlsson, the pharmacologist who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology in 2000:

“[Fluoridation] is absolutely obsolete. In modern pharmacology it’s so clear that even if you have a fixed dose of a drug, individuals respond very differently. Now, in this case, you have it in the water and people are drinking different amounts of water. So you have huge variations in the consumption of this drug. So, it’s against all modern principles of pharmacology. It’s obsolete. I don’t think anybody in Sweden, not a single dentist, would bring up this question anymore.”

Carlsson’s home country of Sweden rejected fluoridation in the 1970s, and most other western European countries have done the same, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Norway. And, yet, despite rejecting fluoridation, tooth decay rates in Europe are generally lower than in heavily fluoridated U.S. Whatever we thought the fluoride in our water supply would accomplish for us, it doesn’t actually seem to be working so well.

It’s high time for the U.S. to follow Europe’s lead and end water fluoridation. The only place that fluoride belongs is in toothpaste and other topical tooth applications. This way, the fluoride is applied to the only organ in the body that stands to benefit (the surface of the teeth), individuals have a clear choice as to whether or not to use fluoride, and the entire food chain is not contaminated with fluoridation chemicals.

This is not rocket scienc; it’s common sense. And, unlike the fluoride in drops, tablets, and tap water, fluoride toothpaste is actually FDA approved. However, make sure to read the poison label that FDA requires on all tubes of fluoride-containing toothpaste: “If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact poison control immediately.”

So — how many glasses of water, tea, coffee or other tap-sourced beverages do you drink in a day? If you’re starting to feel a little uneasy — you should be. We all should.

his week we launch Fluoride Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to ending the practice of fluoridation.

There’s no doubt about it: fluoride should not be ingested. Even scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis — unattractive discoloration and mottling of the teeth that indicate overexposure to fluoride. Clearly, children are being overexposed, and their health and development put in jeopardy. Why?

The only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the first place. Fortunately, the Fluoride Action Network(FAN) has a game plan to END water fluoridation worldwide. Clean pure water is a prerequisite to optimal health. Industrial chemicals, drugs, and other toxic additives really have no place in our water supplies. So, please protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the FAN and visit the links below:

Together, Let’s Help FAN Get to the Finish Line

This is the week we can get FAN the funding it deserves. I have found very few NGOs as effective and efficient as FAN. Its team has led the charge to end fluoridation and will continue to do so with our help!

So I am stepping up the challenge. I’m proud to announce for the sixth year in a row now, a portion of sales up to 25,000 will be donated to Fluoride Action Network. Please make a donation today to help FAN end the absurdity of fluoridation

Donate Today!

Sources and References

 

  • 1 21 USC 331(d) and 21 USC 355(a).
  • 2 Featherstone, JDB. (2000). The science and practice of caries prevention. Journal of the American Dental Association 131:891.
  • 3 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 50(RR14): 1-42.
  • 4 National Academies Press, Washington D.C. p 13.
  • 5 Fluoride supplements (tablets, drops, lozenges or chewing gums) for preventing dental caries in children. The Cochrane Library. p. 29.
  • 6 Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology 27(1):48-56.
  • 7 Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology 37:45-57.
  • 8 Journal of Dental Research 88(10):877-93.
  • 9 Journal of Public Health Dentistry 27:72-83.
  • 10 Journal of Public Health Dentistry 59(4):269-74.
  • 11 Neurobehavioral effects of developmental toxicity. Lancet Neurology 13(3):330-38.
  • 12 National Academies Press, Washington D.C. at p. 264.
  • 13 Caries Research 17:380, Fig. 1.
  • 14 National Research Council. (2006). p. 264.

UV Light Provides a Multitude of Health Benefits

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By Dr. Mercola

If there’s one thing we require to thrive it is sensible exposure to the sun. Sure, sunlight is needed for growing food, but you also need direct sun exposure to thrive, just like plants.

The video above features a 2014 lecture by German doctor Alexander Wunsch, M.D. In it, he provides a historical perspective on sun exposure, explaining why current sun avoidance recommendations may be doing far more harm than good.

For starters, spending time in bright mid-day sun helps anchor your circadian rhythm, helping you sleep better.

Surprising as it sounds, scientists have even found vitamin D deficiency raises your risk of obstructive sleep apnea.1 In one study, 98 percent of patients with sleep apnea had vitamin D deficiency, and the more severe the sleep apnea, the more severe the deficiency.

Vitamin D is produced in your skin when exposed to direct sunlight, and the importance of vitamin D has become increasingly well-recognized.

The overall health benefits of vitamin D are so significant, a Swedish research team recently warned that “avoidance of sun exposure is a risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking.”2,3

A growing number of studies also reveal there are benefits to sun exposure that are completely unrelated to vitamin D production — findings that clearly support the notion that the human body evolved to not only survive, but to thrive, in sunlight.

May Is National Sunshine Month

To boost public awareness of the importance of sunshine to human health, GrassrootsHealth has declared May as “National Sunshine Month.” According to a May 5 press release:4

“Missing sunlight puts us at serious risk of a multitude of dangerous health problems,” said Carole Baggerly, Director of GrassrootsHealth. “It is essential that we improve public understanding of the need for sunshine exposure and health outcomes.”

Over the next four weeks, GrassrootsHealth’s experts within the medical and scientific community will educate the public and those in the medical and healthcare fields on why the sun is essential for public health.

This will include the launch of GrassrootsHealth’s newest program “Harness the Power of the Sun for Health,” which will provide software for individuals to assess their current situation, set sunshine goals and track vitamin D levels and health outcomes.

“Advice from some within the medical community, and even our own government, encouraging Americans to avoid the sun is an immense threat to human health,” said Baggerly. “We expect National Sunshine Month will raise awareness of the sunshine, its many health benefits and ways to take advantage of it.”

 

Vitamin D Slashes Cancer Risk

The evidence now clearly shows that once you reach a serum vitamin D level of 40 ng/ml, your risk for cancer plunges by 67 percent, compared to having a level of 20 ng/ml or less.5,6,7,8,9,10,11

Even the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine, IOM) has reported an association between vitamin D and overall mortality risk from all causes, including cancer.12,13

Vitamin D also increases your chances of surviving cancer if you do get it,14,15 and this includes melanoma patients.16,17

Higher Vitamin D Improves Body Composition

Vitamin D is also important for your bone health, cognitive function, immune function, and healthy pregnancy and infant development.18 According to Canadian researchers, there’s a “clear correlation to adequate availability to vitamin D and body structure in babies.”

Besides boosting bone density, which was expected, they were surprised to discover that infants given up to 1600 IUs of vitamin D per day during the 12 months of life also had greater muscle mass and less fat at age 3, compared to those who received the daily amount of 400 IU’s a day.19,20

Despite their surprise, several other studies have confirmed the link between vitamin D deficiency, abdominal obesity and visceral fat, and vitamin D levels tend to be low in obese individuals of all ages.

Sun Exposure Increases Nitric Oxide Production

As recently reported by The Daily Mail,21 “Even taking the skin-cancer risk fully into account, [scientists] say that getting a good dose of sunshine is statistically going to make us live longer, healthier and happier lives.”

Research has shown that when sunlight strikes your skin, nitric oxide (NO) is released into your bloodstream.22 NO is a powerful blood pressure lowering compound that helps protect your cardiovascular system, cutting your risk for both heart attacks and stroke.

According to one 2013 study,23,24 for every single skin cancer death, 60 to 100 people die from stroke or heart disease related to hypertension. So your risk of dying from heart disease or stroke is on average 80 times greater than your risk of dying from skin cancer.

While higher vitamin D levels correlate with lower rates of cardiovascular disease, oral vitamin D supplements do not appear to benefit blood pressure, and the fact that supplements do not increase nitric oxide may be the reason for this. According to researcher Dr. Richard Weller:

“We suspect that the benefits to heart health of sunlight will outweigh the risk of skin cancer. The work we have done provides a mechanism that might account for this, and also explains why dietary vitamin D supplements alone will not be able to compensate for lack of sunlight.”

To understand how UV light affects your cardiovascular function, you can also review Dr. Weller’s paper “Sunlight Has Cardiovascular Benefits Independently of Vitamin D.”25 One of the key messages presented in this paper states that:

“All-cause mortality should be the primary determinant of public health messages. Sunlight is a risk factor for skin cancer, but sun avoidance may carry more of a cost than benefit for overall good health.”

 

Sunlight Modulates Genetic Expression Related to Inflammatory Response

Dr. Weller has also pointed out that sunlight appears to alter genetic expression, noting that: “Last year, Cambridge University scientists showed that the expression of 28 percent of our entire genetic make-up varies from season to season.”26

Some of those genetic changes affect your inflammatory responses. During winter months, inflammatory immune-system genes are activated, which helps combat infectious microbes, and during the summer the activity of anti-inflammatory gene activity increases.

In essence, during the summer your body begins to combat the damage incurred by the inflammation produced when your immune system is on red alert. But for that, you need sun exposure.

UV Light Is a Potent Anti-Infective

Both UV light itself and the vitamin D produced when your skin is exposed to it have potent antimicrobial  effects. Vitamin D from sun exposure increases your body’s production of naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides that destroy the cell walls of viruses and bacteria.

Sun exposure also increases blood levels of infection destroying lymphocytes (white blood cells). Besides boosting rates of cardiovascular disease, widespread sun avoidance may also be responsible for the reemergence of tuberculosis (TB), which now kills about 4,100 people every single day.27

In 2014, there were 1.5 million TB-related deaths worldwide, making it the No. 1 infectious disease out there. Compare that to the 55,100 who die from melanoma each year (worldwide).

Studies have shown that metabolizing vitamin D can restrict the growth of tuberculosis within cells,28 and Indonesian scientists found that treating tuberculosis patients with 10,000 units of vitamin D daily led to a 100 percent cure rate!29 There’s even evidence to suggest vitamin D may be effective against drug-resistant TB.30

UV light, especially blue light, also acts as a potent disinfectant of your environment. Research has found UV light can reduce the spread of tuberculosis in hospital wards and waiting rooms by 70 percent,31, 32 and helps kill 90 percent of drug-resistant bacteria in hospital rooms.33 Data suggests UV light at 254 nm can kill drug-resistant strains of S. aureus and E. faecalis in as little as 5 seconds.34 UV light can even be used to disinfect water without the addition of other harsh chemicals.35

The Importance of Vitamin D for Health, Disease Prevention and Longevity

The list of conditions that benefit from vitamin D and/or UV light exposure is long enough to fill several books, but here are a few more examples from the scientific literature. I also recommend reading through “Sunlight: For Better or For Worse? A Review of Positive and Negative Effects of Sun Exposure,”36 published in the journal Cancer Research Frontiers earlier this month.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) A pilot study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests vitamin D3 supplementation is a safe way to regulate hyperactive immune responses.

MS patients with higher levels of vitamin D tend to experience less disabling symptoms.37

Hypomethylation Hypomethylation — an epigenetic abnormality found in tumors,38 cardiovascular disease and impaired immune function — is more prevalent among those with low vitamin D levels.

In one study, a once-monthly dose of 18,000 IU, 60,000 IU, or 120,000 IU’s of vitamin D was administered to vitamin D deficient African American teens with low methylation levels.

The higher the vitamin D dose, the higher the subsequent methylation activity.39,40

Eye health Australian researchers have found that kids who spend most of their days indoors have significantly higher rates of high degree myopia (short-sightedness).

As reported by The Daily Mail:41 “The researchers believe that the neurotransmitter dopamine is responsible. It is known to inhibit the excessive eyeball growth that causes myopia. Sunshine causes the retina to release more dopamine.”

Uveitis, eye inflammation that affects the middle layer in your eye wall, is also more prevalent among those who have low vitamin D levels.42

Among patients with uveitis, mean vitamin D levels were just over 26 ng/ml. Patients without this condition had a mean level of nearly 36 ng/ml.

Overall, the odds of developing uveitis declined by 6 percent for each one unit increase in vitamin D.

Psoriasis Recent research suggests psoriasis shares genetic factors with metabolic syndrome and obesity. Psoriasis is nearly twice as prevalent among diabetics as non-diabetics.

People with these conditions all tend to have systemic inflammation and higher levels of certain inflammatory markers, including tumor necrosis factor. They also tend to have lower vitamin D levels.

Although psoriasis appears as a skin condition, it is actually an autoimmune disease. Part of the reaction occurs when a type of white blood cell called a T cell mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells.

If you have psoriasis, it is imperative that you have your vitamin D levels tested and maintain levels in the therapeutic range of 40 to 60 ng/ml year-round.

Vitamin D is a potent immune modulator, making it very important for the prevention of autoimmune diseases.

Mood and mental health Sun exposure boosts the feel-good brain chemical serotonin, which is in part why you feel better after spending some time in the sun.

Light therapy has long been the go-to treatment for seasonal affective disorder, and more recent research suggests it can be useful in the treatment of major depression as well.43

Schizophrenia has also been linked to maternal lack of sun exposure during pregnancy.44

Sexual health Sunlight helps boost men’s libido, by affecting testosterone. Australian research reveals that men’s’ testosterone levels rise and fall with the seasons, peaking during August, and hitting their lowest levels in March.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have also linked low vitamin D levels with an increased risk for erectile dysfunction (ED).45

Recent research also warns that use of sunscreen may harm male fertility, courtesy of the endocrine disrupting chemicals found in them.

Scientists tested 29 of 31 chemicals approved for use as UV filters in sunscreens in the U.S. and European Union, and found that 45 percent of them inhibited sperm activity by mimicking the female hormone progesterone.

These findings held even when the chemicals were used at very low levels.46,47 If you need to use sunscreen, opt for a zinc-based version, or use clothing.

All-cause mortality One 20-year long study48,49 concluded that “avoiding sun exposure is a risk factor for all-cause mortality.

Following sun exposure advice that is very restrictive in countries with low solar intensity might in fact be harmful to women’s health.”

Women who avoided sun exposure had double the all-cause mortality rate of those who got regular sun exposure.

Another 54-month long study50 published in 2013, involving more than 422,800 healthy adults, found that those who were most deficient in vitamin D had an 88 percent increased mortality risk.

Benefits outweigh melanoma risk A study published in Public Health Nutrition 2012 concluded that: “The overall health benefit of an improved vitamin D status may be more important than the possibly increased cutaneous malignant melanoma risk resulting from carefully increasing UV exposure.”51

While many fear the risk of melanoma, it may be worth pondering the actual magnitude of that risk.

As noted by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ),52 an oft-repeated quote is that “use of sunbeds before the age of 35 is associated with a 75 percent increase in the risk of melanoma.”

That 75 percent figure is based on an analysis of several studies, the strongest of which found that “less than three-tenths of 1 percent who tanned frequently developed melanoma while less than two-tenths of 1 percent who didn’t tan developed melanoma.”

That’s amounts to a 55 percent increase, but when pooled with other studies, the average increase came to 75 percent. While this sounds ominous, remember that we’re still talking about a risk that is well below one percent.

Instead of having a 0.2 percent risk for melanoma, your risk rises closer to 0.35 percent with frequent sun exposure.

So when contemplating the risks of sun exposure to optimize your vitamin D, compare and balance that 0.35 percent risk for melanoma with a 67 percent decreased risk of cancer, and an 88 percent decreased risk of dying from any cause.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer While Benefitting From Sensible Sun Exposure

An important risk factor for melanoma is overexposure to UV radiation either from direct sunlight or tanning beds/lamps. Frying yourself for several hours on the weekend here and there is not a wise choice. You want to take precautions to avoid sunburn at all cost. If you’re going to the beach, bring long-sleeved cover-ups and a wide-brimmed hat, and cover up as soon as your skin starts to turn pink.

Realize that unless you have very dark skin you don’t need to spend hours in the sun. For lighter-skinned people, optimizing your vitamin D may require mere minutes in the sun with minimal clothing.  To minimize risk while maximizing benefits of UV exposure, here are a few factors to consider. If you pay close attention to these, you can determine, within reason, safe exposure durations.

  • You should know your skin type based on the Fitzpatrick skin type classification system, which has been around for decades. The lighter your skin, the less exposure to UV light is necessary. The downside is that lighter skin is also the most vulnerable to damage from overexposure.
  • For very fair skinned individuals and those with photodermatitis, any sun exposure may be unwanted and they should carefully measure vitamin D levels while ensuring they have an adequate intake of vitamin D, vitamin K2, magnesium, and calcium.
  • For most individuals, safe UV exposure is possible by knowing your skin type and the current strength of the sun’s rays. There are several apps and devices to help you optimize the benefits of sun exposure while mitigating the risks. . Also be extremely careful if you have not been in the sun for some time. Your first exposures of the year are the most sensitive, so be especially careful to limit your initial time in the sun.

This week we launch Fluoride Awareness Week. We set aside an entire week dedicated to ending the practice of fluoridation.

There’s no doubt about it: fluoride should not be ingested. Even scientists from the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory have classified fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41 percent of American adolescents now have dental fluorosis — unattractive discoloration and mottling of the teeth that indicate overexposure to fluoride. Clearly, children are being overexposed, and their health and development put in jeopardy. Why?

The only real solution is to stop the archaic practice of water fluoridation in the first place. Fortunately, the Fluoride Action Network(FAN) has a game plan to END water fluoridation worldwide. Clean pure water is a prerequisite to optimal health. Industrial chemicals, drugs, and other toxic additives really have no place in our water supplies. So, please protect your drinking water and support the fluoride-free movement by making a tax-deductible donation to the Fluoride Action Network today

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the FAN and visit the links below:

Together, Let’s Help FAN Get to the Finish Line

This is the week we can get FAN the funding it deserves. I have found very few NGOs as effective and efficient as FAN. Its team has led the charge to end fluoridation and will continue to do so with our help!

So I am stepping up the challenge. I’m proud to announce for the sixth year in a row now, a portion of sales up to 25,000 will be donated to Fluoride Action Network. Please make a donation today to help FAN end the absurdity of fluoridation

Donate Today!

Sources and References