Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Water Fluoridation May Increase Risk of Underactive Thyroid Disorder

Water Fluoridation May Increase Risk of Underactive Thyroid Disorder

A large study that looked at data from nearly every general medical practice in England suggests that water fluoridation may increase the risk of developing hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid. This condition, in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones, is associated with symptoms such as fatigue, obesity and depression.

The study found that locations with fluoridated water supplies were more than 30 percent more likely to have high levels of hypothyroidism, compared to areas with low levels of the chemical in the water. Overall, there were 9 percent more cases of underactive thyroid in fluoridated places. 

Fluoride is added to the water of about 10 percent of England’s population—and to the taps of about two-thirds of Americans—for the purpose of preventing cavities. It has proved controversial ever since being adopted by American public health authorities in the 1950s, and then spreading to some other countries; supporters say it is a boon for dental health, while critics say it may lead to a variety of health problems.

The paper, published today in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, also directly compared the fluoridated city of Birmingham with the city of Manchester, which doesn’t add the substance to the water. After controlling for factors such as sex and age (women are more likely than men to have the condition, and the elderly more likely than the young), the researchers concluded that doctor’s offices in Birmingham were nearly twice as likely to report high levels hypothyroidism, says study co-author Stephen Peckham, a researcher at the University of Kent.

“It raises a red flag,” says Dr. Philippe Grandjean, an environmental health researcher and physician at Harvard University, “that possible interference with thyroid function needs serious consideration when regulating fluoride levels in drinking water.”

The findings are all the more important since this is the “largest population ever studied in regard to adverse effects of elevated fluoride exposure,” says Grandjean, who wasn’t involved in the study. Data was collected from 99 percent of England’s 8,020 general medical practices, and the study found that a total of 3.2 percent of the population had hypothyroidism, a 14 percent increase from 2008.

“The study is an important one because it is large enough to detect differences of potential significance to the health of the population,” says Trevor Sheldon, a medical researcher and dean of the Hull York Medical School. Sheldon, who has authored numerous studies in this field, no longer thinks (as he once did) that the “case for general water fluoridation” is clear.

Considering the comprehensiveness of this study—it covered nearly the whole of England—regional differences in fluoride intake or other confounding factors are unlikely to have played a role in the striking results, says Kathleen Thiessen, a senior scientist at the Oak Ridge Center for Risk Analysis, a company that does human health risk assessments for a variety of environmental contaminants.

But John Warren, a professor and researcher in the department of dentistry at the University of Iowa, disagrees. He points out that the study merely shows correlation, not causation. It also “assumes that since one group lives in a fluoridated community, they have higher exposure to [the substance] than those in the non-fluoridated area,” he says. This is significant flaw, he says—to draw a valid connection between fluoride and hypothyroidism, you’d have to measure individual exposure to the chemical and show that those with the condition had higher levels of exposure.

But other researchers interviewed for this story disagreed with this point, saying that such group studies are a valid way to begin to assess health effects of chemical exposure and make up the bulk of the scientific basis for fluoridation; this paper uses a much larger sample size than the vast majority of studies showing positive effects of fluoride, Thiessen says. Collecting individual data from tens of thousands of people is also not very feasible, they say.

“It’s unlikely that other sources of fluoride exposure—from tea, swallowed toothpaste, a few types of foods—would be distributed amongst the population of England in a way that would bias the results in one direction or another,” says Chris Neurath, senior scientist with the Fluoride Action Network, which opposes adding the substance to water.

Moreover, several other studies have suggested that fluoride in water accounts for a majority of an individual’s exposure to the chemical in the United States, and Peckham says this is also probably true in the United Kingdom. Thus it stands to reason that people in areas with higher levels in the water are generally exposed to more of it, Peckham says.  

The connection between fluoridation and thyroid problems has not been widely studied, says Thiessen, who wasn’t involved in the paper. But the research that does exist shows that at a certain dose fluoride does indeed impair the activity of the thyroid gland, through an as-yet-unclear mechanism, she says.

In fact, fluoride was used to treat hyperthyroidism (or an overactive thyroid) in the 1950s. It may put a damper on the gland’s activities by suppressing the activity of various enzymes, causing physical damage or interfering with the absorption and use of iodine, a substance that is critical for thyroid health, Thiessen says.

In 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency convened a panel that recommended lowering the maximum allowable level of fluoride in water; Thiessen was amongst that group and helped write sections of the report regarding health effects on the thyroid. Nine years later, the EPA is still considering whether or not to revise its fluoride standards.

Grandjean’s work has shown that high levels of fluoride—above the concentrations found in most fluoridated water—are associated with reduced IQ measures in children in China and India. Based on that work, he and a co-author listed fluoride as a developmental neurotoxin in a 2014 study in The Lancet.

“We don't know how fluoride may cause the decreases in IQs in children, but this new study suggests that thyroid toxicity could be a very relevant mechanism,” Grandjean says. The thyroid produces hormones that are vital for proper metabolism, growth and brain function, and children of mothers with thyroid problems can suffer deficits in these areas, he adds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which lists fluoridation as one of the top 10 public health initiatives of the 20th century, declined to comment on the study. The Food and Drug Administration referred questions about the study to the EPA, which didn’t respond by publication time. Public Health England maintains that fluoridation is “ a safe and effective public health measure.”

But some researchers aren’t so sure. “This study illustrates that there are potential harms [with fluoridation] that need large scale studies to explore; at the same time it is not a reason for panic,” Sheldon says.



Friday, February 20, 2015

BOUGHT Movie - WATCH! Documentary on Big Pharma, Vaccines and GMO - watch for free until 3/6/15

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

FACTS: Only 25% of recent US measles cases were vaccine refuser

FACTS: Only 25% of recent US measles cases were vaccine refusers; there have been no US measles deaths since 2003; most of those with measles have been adults/ CDC

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A few facts about measles need to be told.  Measles is not rapidly expanding in the US or internationally, and CDC says the rate of vaccination for measles has been stable since 1994. (However, in some states, like Oregon, the number of vaccine waivers has tripled to 6% in about 10 years.  In response, last March Oregon tightened its rules for vaccine exemptions, requiring parents to be educated about vaccines before refusing.) The following comes exclusively from the CDC and WHO.

1.  No one has died in the US from an acute case of measles since 2003.  Because Snopes claimed this was a lie, I checked with the measles experts at CDC, who wrote me the following email today:

"Good Afternoon,Thank you for your inquiry regarding measles deaths.  Measles data available to the public can be found in, MMWR (, and other publications such as those listed on

The last documented deaths in the US directly attributable to acute measles occurred in 2003.  Before the measles vaccination program started in 1963, we estimate that 3-4 million people got measles each year in the US, and 400-500 of those died (

Kind Regards, Division of Viral Diseases Centers for Disease Control and Prevention"

2.  Worldwide, according to the WHO, measles deaths were reduced by 74% between 2001 and 2010.

The majority of measles deaths occurred in India and Africa where not enough children are being vaccinated. India accounted for 47% of all measles deaths, followed by the entire African region at 36%...

“This is still a huge success,” study author Peter Strebel, a measles expert at WHO, told the AP. Strebel said the 85% vaccination coverage rate is the highest ever recorded.

3.  Almost all recent US cases (110 through February 8) have occurred in California residents, with only 17 cases from other states, Canada and Mexico.

4.  Over half the cases have occurred in adults.  The median age of recent measles cases is 22.

5.  Only 28 (25%) of the cases were vaccine refusers.

From CDC: "As of February 11, a total of 125 measles cases with rash occurring during December 28, 2014–February 8, 2015, had been confirmed in U.S. residents connected with this outbreak. Of these, 110 patients were California residents. Thirty-nine (35%) of the California patients visited one or both of the two Disney theme parks during December 17–20, where they are thought to have been exposed to measles, 37 have an unknown exposure source (34%), and 34 (31%) are secondary cases. Among the 34 secondary cases, 26 were household or close contacts, and eight were exposed in a community setting. Five (5%) of the California patients reported being in one or both of the two Disney theme parks during their exposure period outside of December 17–20, but their source of infection is unknown. In addition, 15 cases linked to the two Disney theme parks have been reported in seven other states: Arizona (seven), Colorado (one), Nebraska (one), Oregon (one), Utah (three), and Washington (two), as well as linked cases reported in two neighboring countries, Mexico (one) and Canada (10).

Among the 110 California patients, 49 (45%) were unvaccinated; five (5%) had 1 dose of measles-containing vaccine, seven (6%) had 2 doses, one (1%) had 3 doses, 47 (43%) had unknown or undocumented vaccination status, and one (1%) had immunoglobulin G seropositivity documented, which indicates prior vaccination or measles infection at an undetermined time.

Twelve of the unvaccinated patients were infants too young to be vaccinated. Among the 37 remaining vaccine-eligible patients, 28 (67%) were intentionally unvaccinated because of personal beliefs, and one was on an alternative plan for vaccination. Among the 28 intentionally unvaccinated patients, 18 were children and 10 were adults...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Medical Freedom: What Rights Are You Willing To Lose?

Medical Freedom: What Rights Are You Willing To Lose?

Whether you're pro-vaccine, anti-vaccine, or fall somewhere in the middle, the questions you need to ask yourselves are as follows: Do you want to live in a world, where you cannot freely refuse a medical procedure that carries risk of injury or death?

I'm not questioning your comfort level with today's vaccine schedule, because today's vaccine schedule will change. New vaccines and additional doses are added all the time. Children today receive as many as 49 doses of 14 vaccines before they reach age six, which is roughly 12 times higher than the number of vaccines administered to children back in 1940.

With more than 220 new vaccines in the developmental pipeline for children and adults...and no end in sight..the question you must ask yourself is ARE YOU CERTAIN you will be 100% comfortable when 200 more vaccines are added to the mandated list in the future?
If you say that yes, you're comfortable, then you're either:

a) not expecting to be a parent or grandparent,
b) don't think about it much because your kids are grown and out of the house, or
c) lying to prove a point.

No critical thinker, no honest person, would ever sign off on the sight-unseen vaccine schedule of the future. And yet that's what you're doing when you condemn the people who are fighting for your right to refuse. YOU have the right to refuse, should you ever choose to use it, because the very "anti-vaccine" people you demonize have been fighting for us all.

Right now, the burden of "herd immunity" falls on small children, but that is changing. Vaccine manufacturers see an untapped market in adolescent and adult vaccine. They are coming for you next. What will you do if your state, your employer, or your insurance company forces you to get a vaccine that you simply don't want. It hasn't happened to you yet, but if the right to refuse is eroded, it will happen to you sooner than you might think. Who will you turn to? Your legislators who get campaign donations from pharmaceutical companies? The CDC that has former pharma executives sitting on the board? Who will you turn to if you ever want to say no?
What if it harms you, even kills you or your family member? There will be no recourse. No one to blame. You absorb all the medical bills. Deal with all the anger, all the guilt. Alone.

Once we enter the slippery slope of removing and individual's right to refuse medical procedures that carry a risk of injury or death, once we remove an individual's right to speak for him/herself and his/her children, we open ourselves up to an insidious new era, where other drugs and other procedures can be mandated.

I heard (on NPR, interestingly enough) that there are people who want to test for a gene marker that's been found in mass shooters in the hopes that they can put the carriers of that gene on medications in early childhood. Sounds great, right? But many of us carry genes that will never be expressed. You could be a carrier of that gene. Or your child could be a carrier.

So if we follow the "for the greater good" mentality behind vaccines (or the Nazi's "for the greater good" mentality behind eugenics - the breeding out illness. We are looking at forcing people who may never express a sociopathic gene to take antipsychotics, just in case.
Because that's what forced vaccination does. It asks children who may never come into contact with a particular virus to accept a vaccine, just in case. And that's what eugenics was all about. It sterilizes people who can pass on a genetic disease - just in case.

Forced vaccination is a human rights violation. To support it when you know that the government's own National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) has paid nearly $3 billion to damaged persons. The government's Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) lists people who have died as a result of vaccines. Vaccination is unethical at best, sociopathic at worst.
What can we do?

1. The ethical thing to do is to allow people their right to refuse. Let doctors and big pharma - who has marketing budgets larger than the GDP of some countries - to do a better job of convincing parents that vaccines are safe, protective and harmless.

2. Reverse the law that grants vaccine manufacturers total immunity from vaccine injury lawsuits. You can't sue a vaccine manufacturer if your child is injured or killed by a vaccine, even in cases where a safer vaccine was available and not chosen.

Think about that. You can't sue the manufacturer. What other product has legal and government protection? The complete immunity from liability does more to shake a parents' confidence in vaccines than anything else. Be sure they know that with an adverse outcome from a vaccine, they are completely on their own.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Panel could scrap advice on dietary cholesterol

Panel could scrap advice on dietary cholesterol

Longstanding advice about avoiding cholesterol for heart health may be on the way out.

In a draft report issued in December, an influential federal panel — the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee — scrapped longstanding guidelines about avoiding high-cholesterol food. In the draft, cholesterol — found in foods such as egg yolks — is no longer listed as a "nutrient of concern."

The panel hasn't yet filed its final report, but it includes the same comment on cholesterol, according to a report in The Washington Post.

The committee is not reversing advice about the risks of having a high level of LDL cholesterol, the "bad" cholesterol, in the blood. People with high LDL levels are at greater risk of a heart attack.

The committee will send its final recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which issue the dietary advice. Those departments are expected to issue Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 later this year.

Spokesmen for the USDA and HHS declined to comment on the Post story. In a written statement, the USDA said, "The committee's activities are solely advisory in nature. We look forward to reviewing the recommendations from the advisory committee, as well as public comments and the views of other experts, as we formulate the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans over the course of the next year."

The proposed change on cholesterol would be in line with the positions of other health groups, said Robert Eckel, past president of the American Heart Association. The heart association and American College of Cardiology issued dietary guidelines in 2013 and did not include advice about cholesterol. That's because there wasn't definitive evidence to tell the average person to reduce how much cholesterol they consume, Eckel said.

People with diabetes should still be careful about consuming too much cholesterol, which may increase their heart risks, Eckel says.

Other cardiologists agree it's time to stop telling people to limit cholesterol from food.

"It's the right decision," said Steven Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the famed Cleveland Clinic. "We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They've been wrong for decades."

He noted that only 20% of a person's blood cholesterol — the levels measured with standard cholesterol tests — comes from diet. The rest comes from genes, he said.

"We told people not to eat eggs. It was never based on good science," Nissen said.

Advice to avoid foods high in fat and cholesterol led many Americans to switch to foods high in sugar and carbohydrates, which often had more calories. "We got fatter and fatter," Nissen says. "We got more and more diabetes."

Recent studies even suggest that longtime advice on saturated fat and salt may be wrong, Nissen says.

Marion Nestle, a professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, noted that the federal government doesn't have to follow the committee's advice.

The last set of advice, the 2010 guidelines, advised Americans to consume less than 300 milligrams a day of dietary cholesterol, about the amount in one egg. Nelson said she has no inside knowledge of the committee's decision.

"If the committee is dropping this recommendation, it may be because so many people are taking statins that dietary cholesterol doesn't matter so much anymore," Nelson said. "In the last study I saw that exonerated eggs from raising heart disease risk, 90% of the study subjects were taking statins. But I think we need to wait and see what the committee actually says before saying too much about this."



Monday, February 9, 2015

Autism Symptoms In Mice Decreased With Probiotics, Study Says

Autism Symptoms In Mice Decreased With Probiotics, Study Says

Probiotics seem to decrease autism-like symptoms in mice, according to a new study.

When California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers treated mice bred to display autism-like behaviors with a probiotic therapy, they found that the mice were more communicative, less anxious and less likely to engage in repetitive digging behavior. The findings are published online in the Dec. 5 issue of the journal Cell.

This is the first study to demonstrate that changes in gut bacteria can influence autism-like behaviors, researchers noted.

"Traditional research has studied autism as a genetic disorder and a disorder of the brain," study researcher Sarkis K. Mazmanian, a professor of biology at Caltech, said in a statement. "But our work shows that gut bacteria may contribute to [autism-like] symptoms in ways that were previously unappreciated."

Researchers developed mice with autism-like symptoms by referring to a previous finding that severe viral infection during pregnancy seems to increase the risk the child will have autism. So, the researchers triggered an infection-like immune response in pregnant mice, which led to offspring with autism-like symptoms.

The researchers found that the gastrointestinal tracts of these mice were "leaky," meaning material was able to pass through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. The researchers treated the mice with Bacteroides fragilis, a bacterium that has been used as an experimental probiotic therapy on gastrointestinal disorders in animal studies.

The results were exciting: Not only was the leaky gut corrected, but the mice became more communicative and less anxious.

Because of the study's success, within the next year or so, the researchers plan to begin clinical trials of the probiotic treatment on humans with autism. About 1 in 50 U.S. children ages 6 to 17 have an autism spectrum disorder, according to a report based on a national survey of parents in 2011 and 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Many parents of a child with autism report that their child has digestive problems. However, the relationship between autism and digestive problems or "leaky gut" is disputed. It is unclear if digestive problems contribute to autism, or if the stress of autism causes digestive problems.

According to a study last month from the University of California, Davis, children with autism are far more likely to have digestive problems than those without autism. However, a study published in Pediatrics in 2010 found there's no strong evidence that digestive problems are more common in children with autism or that special diets work.

Caltech researchers caution that much more work is needed before a reliable probiotic can be developed as a therapy for human autism.

"Autism is such a heterogeneous disorder that the ratio between genetic and environmental contributions could be different in each individual," Mazmanian said in the press release. "Even if B. fragilis ameliorates some of the symptoms associated with autism, I would be surprised if it's a universal therapy -- it probably won't work for every single case."

Betty Diamond, an immunologist at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York, told Science Magazine that this Caltech study "shows us something fabulous." She also stressed that it would be premature to use B. fragilis on humans, saying "we don't really understand" which bacterial species are important or how they colonize the gut.

Still, Mazmanian is optimistic about the treatment's potential, saying "I think our results may someday transform the way people view possible causes and potential treatments for autism."


Monday, February 2, 2015

Measles - Symptoms, Homeopathic Remedies and Videos To Educate You!

Measles - Symptoms, Homeopathic Remedies and Videos To Educate You!

Measles (also known as the Rubeola Virus)

What Are The Measles?
The measles is a highly contagious airborne virus which spreads primarily through the respiratory system.
The infection is passed by contact with droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of an infected person. Coughing will place contaminated droplets into the air. Symptoms typically begin 8 - 12 days once you’re exposed to the virus. A measles rash typically starts on the top and spreads to alternative areas, moving down the body.  Humans are the only known natural hosts of measles, although the virus can infect some non-human primate species.

There is no specific treatment or antiviral therapy for uncomplicated measles. Most patients with uncomplicated measles will recover with rest and supportive treatment.

Symptoms of Measles

  • Cough
  • Droopy or unhealthy looking eyes
  • Eye sensitive to light (photophobia)
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • Pharyngitis or sore throat
  • Rash - typically seen 3 - 5 days after the primary signs of being sick and might last 4 - 7 days
  • Rash might seem as flat, discolored areas and solid, red, raised areas and itchy
  • Redness and irritation of the eyes, conjunctivitis
  • Runny nose
  • Small white spots within the mouth
  • Some patients will develop pneumonia as a sequela to the measles

Progression in Rash in Measles

  • 2 - 3 days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots, called Koplik’s spots may appear inside the mouth.
  • 3 - 5 days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out.
  • It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet.
  • Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots.
  • The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body.
  • When the rash appears, a fever may spike high to more than 104°
  • After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.

Diagnoses and Lab Testing for Measles

  • Clinical diagnosis of measles requires:
    • a history of fever of at least 3 days
    • seeing the rash known as Koplik’s spots
    • contact with others known to have measles

·        Laboratory diagnosis of measles is by antibodies

o   Can be done with confirmation of positive measles IgM antibodies or isolation of measles virus RNA from respiratory specimens.

o   In cases of measles infection following secondary vaccine failure, IgM antibody may not be present.

o   In these cases, blood serum confirmation can be made by showing IgG antibody rises.

o   In children, saliva can be collected for salivary measles specific IgA test.

Homeopathic Remedies for Measles

·        Aconite Napellus
Useful at the beginning stages of measles. High fever. Dry barking cough. "Pink eye" or red conjuncitiva. Skin burns and itches. Restless, anxious, and frightened. Tossing and turning in sleep.

·        Apis
The rash begins but fails to develop fully then it soon disappears. Feeling unwell. Skin itching is worse by warmth. The face and eyelids are puffy.

·        Belladonna
Useful at the beginning stages of the measles when there is sudden onset of a high fever, reddened face and throbbing headache. Drowsy or delirious.  Trouble falling or staying asleep. Not very thirsty even with fever.

·        Bryonia
The measles skin eruptions are delayed. Hard, dry cough and no expectoration. Any motion causes pain. They may experience some mild delirium the child "wants to go home" even though they are at home.

·        Euphrasia
Fever and rash. Acrid tearing of the eyes and a bland nasal discharge. Sensitive to light. Cough but usually only during the day.

·        Gelsemium
Onset of symptoms is slow. Fever with great weakness and a sense of heaviness, in the whole body and specifically the eyelids. Muscle aches and pains, like with the flu. Lack of thirst, lethargy, exhaustion.

·        Kali Bich
Ropy, stringy discharges from the nose and burning and tearing of the eyes
. Their salivary glands are noticeably swollen. They may have stitching pains from the ear into the head and neck.

·        Pulsatilla This is remedy for measles will also work for Homeoprophylaxis, to prevent the measles
Used for a mild case of the measles. Fever is not high and symptoms are not too painful. Profuse tearing from the eyes and a nasal discharge. Dry cough at night which becomes loose in the daytime. May also have ear inflammation. Dry mouth but without thirst.

·        Sulphur
Skin has a purplish appearance. Itching is aggravated by scratching. Reddened mucous membranes and are very thirst. Cough and diarrhea are worse in the morning.

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