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Inhibition of cell growth and down-regulation of telomerase activity by amygdalin in human cancer cell lines

This research demonstrated the mechanism in which cancer could be killed off with amygdalin.

 

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19768354.2015.1060261

by   Ji-Yoon Moon, Sang-Won Kim, Gi-Mok Yun, Hyeon-Sik Lee, Yoon-Dong Kim, Gie-Joon Jeong, Imran Ullah, Gyu-Jin Rho & Byeong-Gyun Jeon

The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of amygdalin on cell growth and telomerase activity in human cancer and MRC-5 fibroblast cell lines. The level of β-glucosidase activity for releasing cyanide was significantly (P < .05) higher in cancer cell lines (A-549, MDA-MB-231, MCF-7 and U87-MG) than in MRC-5 fibroblasts. Growth rate of cancer cells was apparently inhibited in concentrations above 10 mg/ml amygdalin with senescent-like abnormal morphology. Whereas the effects were absent or marginally detected in MRC-5 fibroblasts. High incidence of β-galactosidase activity was observed in amygdalin-treated cancer cells, compared with that of untreated control while no difference was observed between the control and amygdalin-treated MRC-5 fibroblasts. Furthermore, level of telomerase activity was significantly (P < .05) higher (∼8–13 fold) in cancer cell lines along with high expression of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) and telomerase RNA component (TERC) than in MRC-5 fibroblasts which did not expressed TERT and TERC. However, telomerase activity was significantly (P < .05) down-regulated in amygdalin-treated cancer cells with the decreased expression of TERT and TERC compared with control cancer cells. There were no difference in the telomerase activity between control and amygdalin-treated MRC-5 fibroblasts. Based on these observations, we concluded that amygdalin treatment offers a valuable option for the cancer treatment, causing inhibition of cell growth and down-regulation of telomerase activity in human cancer cell lines by increasing β-glucosidase activity.

Keywords: Humancancer cellscell growthsenescencetelomerase activity

NEUROSCIENTISTS HAVE IDENTIFIED HOW EXACTLY A DEEP BREATH CHANGES YOUR MIND

By Moran Cerf

Kellogg School of Management, Northw

https://qz.com/quartzy/1132986/neuroscientists-have-identified-how-exactly-a-deep-breath-changes-your-mind/

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing neurosurgery, shows that breathing can also change your brain.

Simply put, changes in breathing—for example, breathing at different paces or paying careful attention to the breaths—were shown to engage different parts of the brain.

Humans’ ability to control and regulate their brain is unique: e.g., controlling emotions, deciding to stay awake despite being tired, or suppressing thoughts. These abilities are not trivial, nor do humans share them with many animals. Breathing is similar: animals do not alter their breathing speed volitionally; their breathing normally only changes in response to running, resting, etc. Questions that have baffled scientists in this context are: why are humans capable of volitionally regulating their breathing, and how do we gain access to parts of our brain that are not normally under our conscious control. Additionally, is there any benefit in our ability to access and control parts of our brain that are typically inaccessible? Given that many therapies—Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma therapy, or various types of spiritual exercises—involve focusing and regulating breathing, does controlling inhaling and exhaling have any profound effect on behavior?

This recent study finally answers these questions by showing that volitionally controlling our respirational, even merely focusing on one’s breathing, yield additional access and synchrony between brain areas. This understanding may lead to greater control, focus, calmness, and emotional control.

The study, conducted by my post-doctoral researcher, Dr. Jose Herrero, in collaboration with Dr. Ashesh Mehta, a renowned neurosurgeon at NorthShore University Hospital in Long Island, began by observing brain activity when patients were breathing normally. Next, the patients were given a simple task to distract them: clicking a button when circles appeared on the computer screen. This allowed Dr. Herrero to observe what was happening when people breath naturally and do not focus on their breathing. After this, the patients were told to consciously increase the pace of breathing and to count their breaths. When breathing changed with the exercises, the brain changed as well. Essentially, the breathing manipulation activated different parts of the brain, with some overlap in the sites involved in automatic and intentional breathing.

The findings provide neural support for advice individuals have been given for millennia: during times of stress, or when heightened concentration is needed, focusing on one’s breathing or doing breathing exercises can indeed change the brain. This has potential application to individuals in a variety of professions that require extreme focus and agility. Athletes, for example, have long been known to utilize breathing to improve their performance. Now, this research puts science behind that practice.

Beyond studying the ability of humans to control and regulate their neural activity volitionally, the study was also unique in that it utilized a rare method of neural research: directly looking inside the brains of awake and alert humans. Typical neuroscience studies involving humans use imaging techniques (i.e. fMRI or EEG) to infer the neural activity in people’s brain from outside the skull. But studies involving electrodes implanted in humans’ brains are rare. The ability to look inside the humans’ brains allows us to study thinking, deciding and even imagining or dreaming by directly observing the brain. The study subjects in our work were patients who had electrodes implanted in their brain as part of a clinical treatment for epilepsy. These patients were experiencing seizures that could not be controlled by medication and therefore required surgical interventions to detect the seizure focus for future resection.

Given that detection requires the patient to have a spontaneous seizure in order to identify the exact seizure onset location, which can take days, the patients are kept in the hospital with electrodes continuously monitoring their brain activity.

The research findings show that the advice to “take a deep breath” may not just be a cliché. Exercises involving volitional breathing appear to alter the connectivity between parts of the brain and allow access to internal sites that normally are inaccessible to us. Further investigation will now gradually monitor what such access to parts of our psyche that are normally hidden can reveal.

This article is part of Quartz Ideas, our home for bold arguments and big thinkers.

 

The Truth About Cholesterol, Statin Drugs, and Cancer

The Truth About Cholesterol, Statin Drugs, and Cancer

(https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/cholesterol-statin-drugs-cancer/)

(No time to read ?  Jump to the end for a summary of the article )
Before we get to the TRUTH, let’s uncover the MYTHS

MYTH #1: Cholesterol is “public enemy number one.” When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries, causing a process called atherosclerosis. High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors leading to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

MYTH #2: Every “reputable” doctor and scientist supports the idea that high cholesterol causes heart disease and statin drugs are essential in controlling cholesterol levels and preventing heart disease and stroke.

MYTH #3: There are two types of cholesterol − High-density lipoproteins (HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (LDL). HDL is “good” cholesterol and LDL is “bad” cholesterol. Lowering your “bad cholesterol” will lengthen your life.

Can you handle the TRUTHBuckle up!

Cholesterol itself (whether being transported by LDL or HDL) is exactly the same. Cholesterol is simply a necessary ingredient that is required to be regularly delivered around the body for the efficient healthy development, maintenance, and functioning of our cells. The difference is in the “transporters” (HDL and LDL).

The fact is that both HDL and LDL are essential for the human body’s delivery logistics to work effectively. Problems can occur, however, when the LDL particles are both tiny and their carrying capacity outweighs the transportation potential of available HDL, which can result in more cholesterol being transported around the body with diminished resources for returning excess capacity to the liver.

Along come statin drugs! 

Some 25 million Americans take these so-called “wonder drugs” to lower their “bad” cholesterol levels, but is this popular class of pharmaceuticals actually safe? NOPE!There are over 900 studies proving the adverse effects of statin drugs, including anemia, chronic fatigue, acidosis, liver dysfunction, thyroid disruption, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and … yes … even CANCER!

That’s right. The latest available science suggests that this supposedly artery-scouring miracle medication may significantly increase your risk of developing cancer.

Far from a miracle cure for heart disease, statin drugs come with a laundry list of side effects. These statin drug side effects are often ignored or glossed over as rare or exceptionally unlikely.

Statin drugs, it turns out, are far riskier than you’ve likely been told. From a cancer risk perspective they’re one of the last drugs you’d ever want to take for improved quantity and quality of life.

There are two primary classes of cholesterol-lowering drugs currently on the market: fibrates and statins. Fibrates, which include drugs such as clofibrate (Atromid-S) and gemfibrozil (Lopid), represent what you might say was “phase one” of the pharmaceutical industry’s war on cholesterol.

Phase two is the statin class, which includes drugs such as atorvastatin calcium (Lipitor), pravastatin sodium (Pravachol), and simvastatin (Zocor).

Back up… What Exactly is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all the cells of our body. It has a hormone-like structure that behaves like a fat in that it is insoluble in water and in blood. Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in small packages called “lipoproteins” which are made of lipids (fats) on the inside and proteins on the outside.

What you are almost never told is that cholesterol supports many extremely important functions in the maintenance of good health. Optimal serum cholesterol levels actually help to prevent some types of cerebrovascular diseases and suboptimal cholesterol levels have been associated with an increased risk of cerebrovascular diseases.

Cholesterol is also an essential component of cell membranes and, helps maintain the integrity of cell membrane fluidity (which is constantly changing due to fluctuations of dietary fat consumption).

Cholesterol also plays a particularly important function as a major constituent of the myelin sheath, which acts as insulation of neurons. It should be noted that cholesterol is so important to bodily functions that the cell membranes actually manufacturer it in direct response to the body’s demands.

Cholesterol plays a large role in the function of the immune system; low cholesterol levels may increase the risk of several types of cancer.

Cholesterol is actually secreted by glands in the skin which help protect the skin from infections from detrimental bacteria and fungi.

Cholesterol also acts as an antioxidant and possesses powerful antioxidant properties.

Cholesterol is the precursor in the formation of all steroid hormones.

Cholesterol Drugs Increase Risk of Cancer and Death

Cholesterol drugs, as revealed in a 1993 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, have been causally associated with an increased risk of non-cardiovascular health conditions. These are essentially any disease not related to the heart or blood vessels, as well and death. A team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) determined that the intervention-based method of using fibrates and/or statins to lower cholesterol may be a misguided one that’s putting millions of people at risk.

What they found is that patients who lower their cholesterol levels by taking such drugs simultaneously increase their risk of developing other chronic health conditions such as cancer. This is significant because it reiterates the fact that lowering cholesterol with drugs isn’t the catch-call for increasing mortality that the medical system often claims it is. It also supports the notion that high cholesterol itself isn’t necessarily even a problem.

“Meta-analyses of primary prevention trials in middle-aged men reveal an increase in non-CHD (coronary heart disease) deaths among those randomized to cholesterol interventions, an unexpected finding that is more substantial than the decrease in CHD deaths,” the authors reported.

“This raises the possibility that one or more of the cholesterol interventions could have very serious adverse effects among young adults, whose risk of non-CHD death is normally 100 times their risk of CHD death.”

These same researchers published an editorial in the journal Circulation about a decade later that reiterates these findings. After examining data on the subject spanning at least 20 years, the team confirmed once again that artificially lowering cholesterol using statins and/or fibrates comes with serious health risks. They found that the risk of the drugs far outpace the alleged “risks” of high cholesterol.

As a matter of fact, a recent study published in the March 2015 journal Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacologyindicated that statin drugs inhibit the biosynthesis of selenium containing proteins, one of which is glutathione peroxidase, which serves to suppress peroxidative stress. An impairment of selenoprotein biosynthesis may be a factor in congestive heart failure, reminiscent of the dilated cardiomyopathies seen with selenium deficiency. Thus, the epidemic of heart failure and atherosclerosis that plagues the modern world may paradoxically be aggravated and evencaused by the pervasive use of statin drugs!

Another paper published in the British Medical Journal’s The Lancet in 2002 demonstrated further the increased cancer risk associated with Pravachol (pravastatin). Pravachol is one of the leading statin drugs that the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology are now urging healthy men and women to take for “prevention” purposes!

Though the drug demonstrably lowered low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in patients by about 34%, new cancer diagnoses “were more frequent on pravastatin than on placebo.” In other words, pravastatin might lower your “bad” cholesterol (which really isn’t bad at all), but there’s a pretty good chance you’ll develop cancer instead!

At Least Nine Studies Link LOW Cholesterol to Cancer

In case you aren’t aware, cholesterol is actually a good thing for your body, and is something your body makes naturally. Think of cholesterol as a nutrient rather than a poison. It is both fuel for your brain and one of the primary building blocks for healthy hormone production. The same is true for cancer prevention, with at least nine separate studies confirming that cholesterol is a necessary component in bodily homeostasis for cancer prevention.

A recent 2015 review published in the journal QJM: An International Journal of Medicine further challenges the prevailing myth that cholesterol is an evil to be reckoned with. The study showed that not only does cholesterol help protect against cancer, but not having enough can drastically increase one’s cancer risk.

Statin drugs can harm. Cholesterol helps protect against cancer

One large-scale cohort study in which more than 47,000 patients were given between 5 and 10 milligrams of simvastatin (Zocor) daily showed convincing results. The study revealed a threefold increase in cancer mortality among patients whose cholesterol levels had dropped below 160 mg/dL as a result of taking the statin drug.

Statin drugs have also been shown to be inherently carcinogenic in mice. A 2012 research project illustrated an inverse relationship between the drugs’ cholesterol-lowering effects and incidences of cancer. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) came to the conclusion that one of the adverse effects of the cholesterol-lowering drug clofibrate (Atromid-S) is, in fact, cancer.

“When searching PubMed with the words ‘cancer AND cholesterol’ we identified nine cohort studies including more than 140,000 individuals, where cancer was inversely associated with cholesterol measured 10-30 years earlier, and where the association persisted after exclusion of cancer cases appearing during the first four years,” the authors wrote.

For Your Health, Skip the Statin Drugs

Cancer can take many years to develop following its initial triggers. Therefore, industry studies that appear to support the safe and effective use of statins aren’t credible in terms of their cancer risk assessment. This is because they fail to take into account the 10-30 year cancer growth period that, according to the findings of the aforementioned study, are the lynch-pin of the statin drug-cancer association.

For the vast majority of people (I would content ALL people), statin drugs are just bad medicine. Given the sizable body of scientific evidence now suggesting that having low cholesterol and taking cholesterol-lowering drugs like statins and fibrates both contribute to the formation of cancer, there’s simply no good reason to take this unnecessary risk with your long-term health.

Concerning the alleged heart risks associated with high cholesterol, Dr. Jeffrey Dach, MD, agrees that coronary heart disease is indeed a product of poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. It is not necessarily cholesterol that is the problem. It’s a glut of heavily-processed carbohydrates, refined sugar, and other chemical-ridden foods that cause arterial damage which the body calls on cholesterol to fix! These foods also happen to be among the leading causes of cancer, which means they should be avoided at all costs.

But Dr. Dach is not the only one with this position. According to recent research at Harvard, the primary causes of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries which leads to heart disease) are lesions and plaque in the arteries caused by sugar which causes insulin to be released. Insulin causes lesions in the endothelium of the arteries that become clogged with cholesterol. So, cholesterol gets the blame, but the real culprit is sugar. So, if you avoid sugar and simple carbs, cholesterol is not an issue.

As I mentioned above, cholesterol is essential to support cognition, fuel hormone production, and protect against chronic disease, including cancer. These beneficial tasks are what cholesterol is supposed to do.

Dr. Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, one of the authors of the previously mentioned study, discusses this at length in his richly-cited book Fat and Cholesterol are Good for YouHe demonstrates with extensive scientific backing how cholesterol increases longevity, boosts immunity, and protects against cancer. As a matter of fact, the populations across the world with the highest longevity have also have the highest levels of cholesterol.

Not exactly what we hear on the nightly news, is it?

Please share this important information with friends and family. It could save someone’s life!

Article Summary

  • There are many Myths about the dangers of cholesterol and the need for statin drugs to control cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease and stroke. As a result, around 25 million Americans are taking statin drugs to lower their cholesterol.
  • What you are almost never told is that cholesterol supports many extremely important functions in the maintenance of good health.
  • Many studies show that patients who lower their cholesterol levels by taking statin drugs increase their risk of developing other chronic health conditions such as cancer. In fact, the risk of the drugs outweighs the risks presented by having high cholesterol.
  • A paper published in the British Medical Journal’s The Lancet in 2002 demonstrated further the increased cancer risk associated with Pravachol (pravastatin). Pravachol is one of the leading statin drugs that the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology are now urging healthy men and women to take for “prevention” purposes.
  • Cholesterol is both fuel for your brain and one of the primary building blocks for healthy hormone production. Cholesterol is only problematic when your body is forced to use it to repair cellular damage caused by chronic inflammation.
  • Coronary heart disease is a product of poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. It is not necessarily cholesterol that is the problem. Heavily-processed carbohydrates, refined sugar, and other chemical-ridden foods cause arterial damage which the body calls on cholesterol to fix.
  • It’s important to find a doctor who knows what to look for when conducting a cholesterol test, and who can advise about lifestyle and dietary changes that don’t involve taking statin drugs or otherwise altering cholesterol levels in an unnatural way.

Evidence-based Medicine Completely Worthless If …

This has huge implications. Evidence based medicine is completely worthless if the evidence base is false or corrupted. It’s like building a wooden house knowing the wood is termite infested. What caused this sorry state of affairs? Well, Dr. Relman another former editor in chief of the NEJM said this in 2002
“The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful”

The people in charge of the system — the editors of the most important medical journals in the world, gradually learn over a few decades that their life’s work is being slowly and steadily corrupted. Physicians and universities have allowed themselves to be bribed.

The examples in medicine are everywhere. Research is almost always paid for by pharmaceutical companies. But studies done by industry are well known to have positive results far more frequently. Trials run by industry are 70% more likely than government funded trials to show a positive result. Think about that for a second. If EBM says that 2+2 = 5 is correct 70% of the time, would you trust this sort of ‘science’?

Selective Publication — Negative trials (those that show no benefit for the drugs) are likely to be suppressed. For example, in the case of antidepressants, 36/37 studies that were favourable to drugs were published. But of the studies not favorable to drugs, a paltry 3/36 were published. Selective publication of positive (for the drug company) results means that a review of the literature would suggest that 94% of studies favor drugs where in truth, only 51% were actually positive.

Suppose you know that your stockbroker publishes all his winning trades, but suppresses all his losing trades. Would you trust him with your money? But yet, we trust EBM with our lives, even though the same thing is happening.

Dr. Jason Fung

How to Lower Blood Pressure Through Breathing Exercise

Homeoprophylaxis in India

APRIL 18, 2017 BY 

Medical doctors are frustrated! Their hands are tied, and they can no longer practice medicine in the way they originally intended. With the advent of electronic records and innumerable insurance company requirements, doctors’ eyes are glued to the computer screen instead of free to look their patients in the eyes. Pharmaceutical companies have overtaken public media by advertising drugs for every symptom imaginable, drugs that are often accompanied by dire side effects. What happened to “First, do no harm,” and what’s happened to modern medicine?

Actually, one nontoxic and inexpensive form of medicine is alive and well. Homeoprophylaxis, also known as HP, is a safe and effective form of immune education to protect from infectious disease. In countries such as India, where HP is sanctioned by the government, doctors are able to administer HP openly and achieve outstanding results. Homeoprophylaxis costs less than pennies per person due to the fact that very little source material can produce enough HP for thousands, if not millions, of people.

HOW HOMEOPROPHYLAXIS WORKS
Homeopathic practitioners use HP in the context of both short-term prevention during epidemic disease outbreaks as well as long-term prevention of contagious infectious diseases. Samuel Hahnemann, MD, the founder of homeopathy and the very first to use homeoprophylaxis, viewed epidemics as cases of disease that “attack many people and present with very similar suffering from the same causes.”1 In epidemic situations, homeopaths often apply a principle called genus epidemicus (GE) when the epidemic has a similar and characteristic nature in multiple patients. The GE—a homeopathic medicine individually selected for a particular outbreak of an epidemic2—addresses the common symptoms of the disease.

In the case of scarlet fever (also known as scarlatina), for instance, the common symptoms might include fever, red rash and headache. Hahnemann used HP very successfully during a 1799 epidemic of scarlatina.2,3 Homeopathic Belladonna either prevented the disease altogether or, if contracted, reduced the severity significantly and prevented complications, easing recovery and alleviating any post-epidemic symptoms. Homeopathic Belladonna proved so effective that the King of Prussia mandated its use to curtail or alleviate subsequent outbreaks of scarlet fever.

A second method of achieving prophylaxis is through the use of homeopathic “nosodes” of the targeted disease. Nosodes are made in the same manner as all homeopathic medicines. Beginning with a source material—either plant, animal, mineral or disease itself in the case of nosodes—serial dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) is applied until no molecules of the original substance remain. A dilution of 1:99 repeated twelve times results in a solution devoid of any molecules. This is labeled as 12C, referring to the potency. A high potency such as 10M repeats the dilution and succussion process ten thousand times.

HOMEOPROPHYLAXIS IN INDIA
India has a population of 1.3 billion and is governed under a parliamentary system. There are twenty-nine states and seven union territories. Homeopathy in India is under the control of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH).4 In addition, the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) functions as an autonomous organization within India’s government.5 The CCRH oversees standardization, clinical research and trials, training of homeopaths and public awareness.

In response to the persistence of infectious disease as a major problem, India has employed HP effectively for cholera, the H1N1 influenza virus (“swine flu”), conjunctivitis, chickenpox and mosquito-borne viral diseases such as Japanese encephalitis, dengue fever and chikungunya. Researchers at the Government Homoeopathic Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram (the capital of the state of Kerala) surveyed families during threatened dengue and chikungunya epidemics from 2003–2006 to assess the protection provided by HP.1 Of one thousand and five families surveyed in 2003, almost nine in ten took HP for prevention of dengue; of those taking HP, only 14 percent (123/869) went on to contract dengue. In a follow-up study in 2006 of the prophylactic efficacy of HP for chikungunya, the college found a comparable 82 percent efficacy.

The state of Kerala also has used HP to great effect in Alappuzha, an area full of backwaters and coconut lagoons. Though beautiful, living conditions in this area are difficult due to poor sanitation, low socioeconomic status, lack of education, limited health awareness and poor infrastructure. Epidemics can take hold and flourish due to inadequate health care facilities. Narrow canals through mangrove swamps are the roadways, so in 2013 the government started a floating homeopathic dispensary.6 This boat provides free treatment, HP and health education. The program has been such a success that two more boats were launched in 2014 and 2015!

As another example of HP’s acceptance in India, in 2016, in direct response to two cases of swine flu in Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India’s Homoeo Times published the following news statement:

The state government has…directed “all the people to take homoeopathy medicines in order to avoid the attack of swine flu.” The medicine is available for free at all dispensaries. The patients who already have swine flu should take homoeopathy medicines under prescription.7

FURTHER HP SUCCESS IN KERALA
Worldwide Choice is an organization that educates medical providers about HP and offers programs to families.8 In October, 2016, Worldwide Choice conducted a three-day conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, entitled “Homeoprophylaxis: The Evidence-Based Choice.” Two Indian doctors from the states of Kerala and Andhra Pradesh presented some quite remarkable information, which deserves sharing with the Weston A. Price Foundation community and beyond.

The first speaker, Dr. Mohammed Rafeeque, is a medical officer in the Department of Homeopathy for the state of Kerala. Dr. Rafeeque reported on HP as an alternative to vaccination for individuals in India. Dr. Rafeeque also discussed the need for stronger international support for the medical science of homeopathy, including more funding for research on HP, as well as standardization of methods to assess and compare HP results between countries.

Dr. Rafeeque noted that allopathic practitioners often dismiss homeopathy and HP as “untested” because of allopathic medicine’s single-minded reliance on double-blind placebo-controlled studies. However, scientific conclusions are strongest when they evaluate the totality of studies, draw on a variety of research methods, agree on established methodology, show strong effects and publish complete findings. Over the past two hundred years, homeopathy and HP have satisfied all of these requirements, including but not limited to conducting randomized controlled trials.

Questions about HP also have arisen within the homeopathic community itself. For example, classical homeopaths who interpret Hahnemann’s directives in a dogmatic manner may prefer to wait until an epidemic fully breaks out before undertaking homeopathic treatment. The rationale for this approach is that it takes time to gather evidence and determine which remedies will be most effective for a given epidemic. However, significant loss of life may occur during the interim, even though this approach may ultimately prove clinically effective. This is why Hahnemann successfully used homeopathic Belladonna to forestall scarlet fever outbreaks.

Some homeopaths also have expressed concern about administering high potencies homeoprophylactically, fearing “aggravations” or disruptions of the individual’s vital force, but this has not been observed in populations that regularly use HP. Dr. Isaac Golden, a leading expert on HP based in Australia, conducted a fifteen-year study on the safety and effectiveness of HP for prevention of childhood diseases.9 When administering a high 10M potency to healthy children, Dr. Golden detected aggravations in less than 2 percent of children. In fact, high potencies such as 10M are well suited for educating the immune system to recognize the disease in nature and repel it or mount an appropriate immune response.

In Kerala, Dr. Rafeeque was most recently charged with distributing HP to over five thousand people for prevention of chickenpox during a 2016 outbreak. The genus epidemicus (GE) of Eupatorium perfoliatum was also highly effective for preventing chikungunya. In a group that did not receive HP, 73 percent contracted chikungunya disease, while only 17 percent did so in the HP-treated group.

Dr. Rafeeque also noted that members of Kerala’s state legislative assembly take HP for prevention of epidemics. In a blog post, Dr. Rafeeque cited the late Mr. G. Karthikeyan, honorable speaker of the assembly, who said that members of the assembly “do not want empty chairs, that is why homeopathic medicine is given to all members.”10

HP FOR JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS
The second Indian speaker at the Worldwide Choice conference was Dr. Srinivasulu Gadugu, MD, an assistant professor in the department of organon of medicine at Government Medical College in the city of Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Gadugu is an esteemed clinician, researcher and teacher who has received a variety of teaching and research awards and has made numerous contributions to homeopathic research and pedagogy.

Dr. Gadugu shared valuable information about the prevention of Japanese encephalitis (JE) in Andhra Pradesh. JE is an endemic disease that primarily affects children under the age of fifteen. Globally, JE is estimated to have infected ten million children over the past sixty years.11 In India, outbreaks are widespread, with many concentrated in the southern part of the country. Although less than one percent of individuals infected with JE virus develop clinical illness,12 up to thirty percent of those who do develop illness die.13 Symptoms associated with JE include headache, fever, meningeal signs, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, paralysis (generalized), hypertonia and loss of coordination. For patients who survive, half or more experience steady improvement while thirty to fifty percent suffer long-term neurological deficits.13

The JE virus is transmitted by Culex species mosquitoes. Water birds and pigs play a major role as amplifying hosts. Humans get infected when bitten by an infected mosquito. However, humans are “dead-end hosts,”14 meaning that further spread from human to human does not take place.

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Vaccines have been available for JE since 1941, with efficacy of approximately 60 percent. Because of low production capacity and relatively high cost, the vaccines have remained out of reach for most countries. The difficulty of accessing rural areas for intervention, along with interruptions from natural catastrophes, can cause major setbacks in reaching the full population. In India, immunizing one hundred and sixty million people with vaccines in twelve territories would cost more than four hundred and sixty million U.S. dollars. To protect children in hyper-endemic districts would require eighteen million doses (costing fifty-two million U.S. dollars), followed by boosters every two years. Treatment with HP can be done for a few thousand dollars, not millions.

Dr. Gadugu described the trend toward homeopathic treatment of JE in Andhra Pradesh. Between 1993 and 1999, despite vaccination, recorded pediatric JE cases in the state numbered five thousand three hundred and eight, with a fatality rate of 28 percent. In 1999, the government sought the help of homeopaths in combating this epidemic. Dr. G. Sastry, a pioneer in public health, emphasized the need to address JE through homeopathy.

In the past, a GE remedy had been used, but without lasting effect. Dr. Sastry reassessed the disease from a holistic view and proceeded to address its tendency for recurrence. He advocated a unique way of prescribing a plant remedy, followed by a mineral remedy, followed by a disease nosode. His recommendation was that Belladonna 200C should be given on days one, two and three; Calcarea Carbonica 200C would be given on the tenth day; and Tuberculinum 10M on the twenty-fifth day to all children in the birth-to-fifteen-year age group in the month of August every year for three consecutive years.15 The project—known as BCT—was accepted and administered to twenty million children in Andhra Pradesh in 1999.

As a result of the BCT intervention, morbidity and mortality rates associated with JE fell dramatically (Figure 1), prompting the government to acknowledge the efficacy of homeopathy. In the year 2000, three hundred and forty-three cases were reported, with seventy-two deaths (21 percent), whereas in 2001 only thirty-three cases were reported with four deaths (12 percent). The next year, there were only eighteen cases and no deaths, and no cases at all in 2003 and 2004. Dr. Gadugu concluded that HP helped to check the child mortality rate from JE.

RESEARCH ON HP
Because HP is complementary to existing health care and is inexpensive and effective, it warrants further research and application. Eager to continue to test the efficacy of homeopathic Belladonnain the prevention of JE, the Indian government awarded a research grant to the department of microbiology, virology unit, at the school of tropical medicine in Kolkata. In 2010 and 2011, Dr. Bhaswati Bandyopadhyay conducted experiments on two animal models, both of which indicated that homeopathic Belladonna can play a clear role in preventing JE.16

Subsequently, the CCRH took up the task of additional in-depth research in this area. Dr. Gadugu is currently serving as co-investigator in a collaborative governmental research project funded by the CCRH, pursuing work on “Elucidation of molecular mechanism of action of Belladonna and Belladonna-Calcarea Carbonica-Tuberculinum Bovinum (BCT) during Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus infection.”17 Dr. Gadugu emphasized the need for international research collaboration regarding homeopathic epidemic control, given that epidemics do not respect borders.

TRULY SAFE AND EFFECTIVE
India’s experiences indicate that American medical personnel would do well to consider HP as a valid intervention for contagious infectious disease. Powerful corporate interests tout conventional vaccines as the only available form of protection against existing and emerging disease threats but never discuss the chemicals, adjuvants, preservatives and foreign DNA present in all vaccines. HP, on the other hand, is a natural and inexpensive solution that holds great promise. If practitioners can open their minds to being educated about HP, they will see that HP’s safety and effectiveness have been amply demonstrated worldwide.

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17. Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy. http://ccrhindia.org/pdf/IMR_Collaborative.pdf.

This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Spring 2017.

 

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15 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BECOMING AN ANTI-VAXXER

http://www.dinnerforthought.com/vaccine-awareness/15-things-you-should-know-before-becoming-an-anti-vaxxer

Dear normal, socially accepted person,

There are some important things you should probably know about. Take it from me, I used to be like you. If I could step back in time, I just might. Consider this a warning.
I remember being normal. It was great. I didn’t have to worry about getting weird looks, people backing away, or suffering an endless barrage of public scrutiny. Ah, the life.

But, something remarkable happened. I became a father.
I didn’t expect it. I mean, nobody ever pulled me aside and said, “Dude, when you have kids you are gonna caaaaare….” or “Bro, when you become a dad it’s like getting hit with a brick wall of sudden responsibility.” or, “Son, I love you, but you’re also a huge pain in the neck sometimes. I mean, I constantly have to worry about your health, your future, and your general well being. It’s just not what we signed up for…”
Thanks a lot for the tip, friends and family. It’s apparently your fault I didn’t know what to expect.
I was basically still just a kid inside; just a 200 pound one that could grow a beard. It was awesome.

But back to the whole fatherhood thing. It’s great. It’s the most beautiful, touching, lovely, entertaining, stressful, sleepless, sacrificial, comical, emotional, and breathtaking thing I’ve ever done.
I helped to make a life. He was the most perfect thing I’d ever seen.
Then I helped to make another. She stole my heart.
Then I helped to make another. I haven’t met her yet, but in three months I’ll be pleased to make her acquaintance.

It’s a really exciting time in my life. Even though I’m not normal. Even though I’m not socially accepted. Even though I’m dangerous. Even though I’m a target. Even though I’m crazy.
It’s still exciting and full of joy.

Let me explain:
I’m an Anti-Vaxxer.

For those of you still reading, you read that right. An Anti-Vaxxer.
You’ve seen things about me. The scum of the earth? Disease ridden outcast? The sickie in town? You’ve read things about me. The idiot. The moron. The child abuser. The ignorant one.You’ve said things about me. The pseudo science pusher? The health nut? The conspiracy theorist?

Yeah… it sucks. But that’s me. And the worst part is, I did it to myself.
I chose to be an Anti-Vaxxer, even though I knew forsaking my pro-medicine stance wouldn’t be easy.I chose to keep researching when I had my curiosity piqued. I chose to keep clicking those links.

I chose to delve into forbidden mainstream knowledge; to suckle at the temptingly attractive teat of common sense. I chose to walk this path.
I guess some people have to learn the hard way. I did.

Since I chose this road, and hindsight is 20/20, I’ve decided to let you have a benefit I never got when I was but a “noob” , or more commonly known as, “on the fence”.

So, here’s my list of 15 things you should know before you become an Anti-Vaxxer. I jokingly call it, “The Anti-Vax Survival Guide”. Feel free to share with others.

1. Once you go down this road, you won’t go back.

If you really put in the time and research, you’ll eventually see for yourself what the ‘crazies’ are really saying. You’ll also realize that it makes perfect sense. It’s logical. And you’ll see that what you’ve been thinking are anti-scientific ramblings all these years are really the most scientifically valid points in the entire debate.
You’ll see that there really is more risk than benefit, and that there really haven’t been any legitimate safety studies conducted on vaccines or their ingredients.
You’ll see plenty of other things along the way, and if you put enough time in, you’ll realize sooner or later that there’s no going back. It’s ok, though. There’s a growing number of sensible, down-to-earth people who are there to help you along the way. The road is dark, but there’s light at the end. I promise.

2. You’ll be forced to ponder certain possibilities you didn’t consider before

You’ll soon see, as I once did, that there is no good reason for vaccination. Sure, that concept may shock you now, but sooner or later you’ll be forced to accept the fact that no vaccine is completely safe, and many are not safe at all. Every one has some really nasty ingredients that shouldn’t be injected into your child’s body. Just because your child may not have sustained a serious injury doesn’t mean he or she wasn’t affected in some way. Once you see how many neurological disorders are becoming more and more prevalent for no apparent reason, you’ll be forced to accept the possibility that vaccines could be responsible for your child’s ADHD, his behavioral issues, her speech impediment, or their frequent ear infections. Those symptoms have all been linked to vaccines.
If you’ve started to research because your child or someone you know has more severe mystery symptoms, like seizures, high fevers, asthma, severe allergies, rickets, encephalitis, or even Alzheimer’s, you’ll be forced to accept the possibility that shots may have caused these things. They are all linked to vaccines.
You’ll be forced to accept that you haven’t been hearing about all the risks that vaccines pose, and you’ll see that there’s a concerted effort underway by a very large, very wealthy entity to force vaccination on everyone, despite evidence that they are dangerous and not as effective as you may have been led to believe.

3. Sometimes conspiracy theories are actually true.

You’ll instantly be branded a conspiracy theorist for questioning vaccines. No, I’m not kidding.
Numerous ‘extremist’ Pro-Vaxxers will descend on you like vultures on a carcass just for asking why the autism rate is skyrocketing, since you’ll discover that there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that autism is a body disease, not a mental disease, and it’s an auto-immune body response. You’ll see how many thousands of kids out there suddenly developed autism after a vaccine(often first noticed after a whooping cough shot). You’ll see that there’s a ton of correlation between vaccines and autism. Doesn’t matter, though. You’ll be a laughing stock. They’ll say that theory has been debunked, and then fail to show you any real studies to back this up. They call you names, and lump you in with other conspiracies that you may even think are ridiculous, just to publicly shame you. Get ready.
But a conspiracy theory is just that: A theory with some sort of compelling evidence that someone is covering up an act of crime and lying about it. Until it’s proven, it remains a theory. Let’s go on to prove vaccines are at the heart of one of the biggest, evidence based conspiracies out there.

4. You’ll become a hardened person.

I warn you, if you really do your homework, you’ll become disgusted with pharmaceutical companies, who make several billions of dollars a year tax free, from producing vaccines, not to mention many billions more for the medication you’re on. You’ll lose your trust in our government; especially the CDC, and to a certain extent the FDA. It will become clear to you that they conflict each other constantly, and give themselves away much more than you’d ever think. Although you’ll notice a painstaking effort to conceal crucial evidence from the public, it’s all available online without much efforting, thanks to a few blessed freedom of information and privacy laws remaining in place.
You’ll become immune to insults after a while. The ‘extremist’ Pro-Vaccine crowd shows up online in large numbers and hurls many stones. They may hurt at first, but if you keep at it, it just toughens your skin. After a while, you’ll probably become so calloused that you may not even care what your friends or family members think of you anymore. There is a time that you reach a point of nay-saying immunity, and it’s certainly not thanks to a vaccine. You’ll start sticking up for others more, especially within the vaccine topic. Any hesitation you had before to question mainstream news may vanish, replaced by a bolder, more assertive you. You’ll feel more alive and more rounded.

5. You’ll need to develop an acute sense of civility.

As a battle hardened veteran of the vaccine debate, you’ll be filled with an urge to warn others, yet take the high road in most debates. You’ll see that to win a vaccine argument, you need to be poised and controlled. While some sarcasm is allowed, you can’t overdo it. Once you’ve discovered that vaccines are nothing but a big gamble with your child’s life, you’ll want to make sure those you love have the same information.
This is tricky business.
You need to realize that most people are under a brilliant marketing spell. Ever see a commercial or TV special on vaccines? Most people have seen or heard plenty. Sure, you’ll understand that pediatricians, hospital doctors, and even government officials are basically sponsored by Big Pharma(by the way, don’t even say “Big Pharma” around a pro-vaxxer in a discussion if you want to maintain any credibility) and are taught about medicine by countless Big Pharma produced textbooks, representatives, and university lectures. Many doctors actually accept payments to push vaccines, which most rational people would recognize as a conflict of interest. But most people don’t know that, and they have firmly accepted medical doctors and pediatricians as saviors of the modern world. As silly as that may sound to you once you see the issue with a heavily biased system, most people refuse to even consider that their government just might not have their best interest at heart.
This is why this issue is so powerful. There are so many factors and variables that need to be considered that most people don’t even put in the effort. Life is busy, and time is valuable. Why not just follow the crowd?

6. You’re not really “Anti-Science”.

The biggest argument you’ll encounter on the Anti-Vax trail is that if you question vaccines, “you’re a proponent of pseudo-science.” However, the evidence to back that statement just isn’t there. No matter how much that comment may bother you, keep in mind that there have been no studies to date conducted on individual vaccine ingredients, the safety of injecting the FDA limit of aluminum for adults into an infant, or vaccine bundles. There have been no studies whatsoever on the current CDC vaccine schedule, yet they push it as universal; as if everyone’s body is the exact same. Ask any Pro-Vaxxer if they can show you the studies.
They will not be able to.
Really, the only studies that have been performed are notoriously biased. The CDC admits that most of the studies that “proved” safety were performed by a current FBI fugitive. Not kidding. He’s on the run for stealing money from the testing grants for his own personal use. Similar to what Dr. Wakefield was condemned for; yet the CDC continues to use the study results as biblical truth.
That aside, most scientists would tell you that good science involves a lot of testing, questioning, and open-mindedness; something very lacking in the vaccine industry.
Just because you may question the theory that vaccines are totally safe doesn’t make you a pseudo-science pusher, it makes you an open minded person. Many Anti-Vaxxers are labeled this way, even though the majority of them wouldn’t really consider themselves against the idea of vaccinating as much as for the idea to conduct much more testing.
One other major test that’s never been done by the CDC is on the health of vaccinated versus unvaccinated people. The U.S has refused to do this study, calling it “unethical”. I’m not sure how on earth it would be unethical to test the overall health of the two groups, especially if they could find volunteers, but they insist. It’s quite confusing, and good luck not letting it frustrate you to no end.
If vaccination is all about science, why wouldn’t we jump at the chance to prove once and for all that vaccines are really more beneficial than not?

7. You’ll be exposed to one of the biggest hoaxes in human history.

Ever heard of “Herd Immunity”?
Of course you have, and chances are, you’re an avid believer. However, it’s just a theory, and it never actually panned out. The crux of the vaccine debate centers around the herd immunity theory. It’s a big deal. If the theory was true, the vaccine propaganders would have a valid point. It’s for this reason you need to watch out for false information being spread by the CDC, the majority of doctors, and many other big name entities. I recommend that any beginner start with researching the long-since-debunked, yet widely accepted theory.
You’ll see when you start researching that vaccinated numbers(claims range from 83 – 95%) are simply not being reached, and likely will never be reached. You’ll also discover that many of the childhood diseases that herd immunity has supposedly kept in check were never actually eradicated by vaccines.
Most Pro-Vaxxers will tell you that we have vaccines to thank for the disappearance of small pox, polio, measles, pertussis, etc. Upon further review however, we discover that small pox was actually eradicated thanks to more sanitary living conditions, cleaner water, and better food. Not the vaccine, if you study the dates. The same can be said for polio. As a matter of fact, the CDC themselves actually changed the very definition of paralytic polio to make it seem like paralytic polio numbers were dropping, and there’s no actual evidence that the decline in sub-clinical and non-paralytic polio numbers weren’t a complete farce. In truth, Polio may very well still be alive an well, disguised as a nasty cold, or a newer, polio-mimicking virus called Entro-virus D68.
Pertussis, or Whooping Cough, is a cyclical disease that ebbs and flows every few years, and was never fully eradicated. It’s still much more common than you think. In fact, many of the recent whooping cough outbreaks have occurred in fully vaccinated communities, and have been traced back to vaccinated people. Measles have been making a rebound recently, according to the CDC. Part of the reason is that the live virus MMR(measles, mumps, & rubella) vaccine can actually shed the disease to others on contact after vaccination. You’ll discover a whole lot of coverup in favor of vaccines and their efficacy when you start digging.

8. You’ll start to despise the mainstream media.

When you start learning the truth behind vaccines, you’ll be shocked how few people agree with you or are even aware that there’s a legitimate debate. Much of this stems from the mainstream media’s coverage, or lack thereof.
You will almost never see the anti-vax side fairly represented, and many things that should make world-wide headlines are ignored altogether.
A perfect example is the recent CDC whistle blower situation. Turns out, a head immunologist named Dr. William Thompson at the CDC came forward publicly in 2014 and, “cleansing his conscience”, provided evidence that the CDC had buried data that exposed the risk of autism from the MMR vaccine. He claimed(and provided evidence) that the CDC was aware of a 240% increase in autism cases in African-American boys after the MMR shot, but buried the evidence.
This statement would more or less exonerate Dr. Wakefield’s famous study on vaccine related autism that he got his medical license stripped for. Meanwhile, they’re still using safety stats from the previously mentioned FBI fugitive’s tests.
Still, the CDC never even issued a public statement concerning their “traitor”, and the media has completely blacked it out to this point. This is important stuff, but.. nothing. You currently have to get your info from “second rate” internet sites that faithfully update the public on any developments in the case, as well as many other similar cases.
When the public fought to get the story exposed on CNN, the CNN irport was promptly removed, without much of an explanation. That was that. Crickets.
When you follow the money trail, you’ll find that the mainstream media is largely sponsored by the medical industry; a big time conflict of interest.
Of course, if you’re a rational person, you’ll be open to the possibility that the media is bought; but most people seem to refuse to consider this possibility.
Still, every vaccine piece you see on TV is propaganda to get you succumb to public pressure, despite a lack of solid science. This mass marketing tactic is also commonly used as a tool for fear. Most things you read or see in the news blames the dreaded “anti-vaxxer” (that’s soon to be you) as the problem. Keep in mind that there is absolutely no proof of this AT ALL. You can easily find legitimate sources that indicate the illness more frequently begins with a vaccinated person.

9. You’ll lose your fear of previously common childhood illnesses.

Measles. Mumps. Whooping Cough. Influenza. Chicken Pox. The mention of these diseases often raises the hairs on the necks of countless Pro-Vaxxers, because of fervent efforts by the CDC and medical industry to make them seem unbeatable by your natural immune system. “Your child could die from measles if you don’t get vaccinated.” Ever hear that one? Of course you have, but the statement is based only on a mythical level of truth.
Yes, children have died from measles, but what no one ever tells you is that complications from the measles or mumps are extremely rare. Even before vaccines, the death rate for measles hovered around 0.0002%. You’re more likely to get hit by lightning or be in a plane wreck.
They are very treatable diseases today, and even more treatable in healthy immune system hosts. You’re also likely to hear scare stats from before the 50’s, which happened to be the era when cleaner living in the U.S really took off.
Infants have occasionally died from Pertussis as well, but again, it’s very rare(although every death is highly publicized), and typically occurs in infants too young to be vaccinated anyway. Studies have not been conducted to determine if those infants lacked the natural immunities that come from breast milk(formula, anyone?), or if their mothers had been vaccinated while pregnant, which is universally pushed now.
You’ve heard the negative stats on influenza, but what you may not have heard is that those numbers have been lumped together by the CDC with pneumonia, which is responsible for the vast majority of “influenza related” death in those stats. The average number of deaths from influenza annually in the US is around 400, and those numbers do not give you any details in each specific case.
If you’re my age or older, chances are you’ve had the Chicken Pox at some point in your life, since the vaccine wasn’t invented until 1995. And if you’re like me, you’ll remember how it really wasn’t a big deal. Like, at all. Resist the scratching and stay home from school for a few days. It was great. And now you have lifetime immunity and can’t get it again. The same goes if you’ve had measles or mumps.
In fact, it is widely accepted that suffering these diseases as a child actually strengthens your immune system and fine tunes it for the rest of your life. But somehow, previous ‘rites of passage’ are now a thing to fear with your very lives. And you’ll soon see that isn’t right.

10. You’ll read the ingredients on a vaccine insert.

Thimerosal. Aluminum. Formaldehyde. Human fetal cells. Cancerous tumor cells. Monkey kidneys. Fetal cow serum. Mouse brain. Chicken embryos. Just to name a few. Here’s where the Pro-Vaxxers really bring out the anti-science spiels. You don’t understand the science, they say. It’s all been tested and is safe, they say. But they’re wrong, and you’ll see that. These ingredients have not been sufficiently tested for safety, and it is absurdly ignorant to think that every little body can handle these ingredients in the same fashion. Let’s use some unbiased logic for a moment. Better yet, let’s use common sense.
We know that thimerosal(a form of mercury) is bad for you. We know this because this is the one ingredient they DID test, when the public raised hell and knocked the CDC’s door down in the 1990’s. They found enough evidence to feel compelled to remove it from vaccines. Well, that’s what they say. In truth, there are still a few common vaccines that contain it, including a couple of common multi-vial flu shots.
Aluminum is a common element in nature, they say. So natural it occurs frequently in your food, infant formula, and even breast milk. Therefor, they argue, it can’t be harmful in vaccines. What they fail to acknowledge(and typically ignore if asked) is that a vaccine containing up to 850 mcg of aluminum administered via intramuscular injection is not the same as ingesting small amounts of aluminum via the digestive tract. The EPA recommends a daily consumption limit of 25 mcg. And by the way, that hepB vaccine on the day of birth, and that DTaP at 6 months and now while mother’s pregnant contain the FDA’s IV limit for a healthy adult, but not a tiny infant.
In my opinion, it’s a miracle that most infants actually survive that much aluminum. Our bodies truly are amazing, but they can’t handle everything. Aluminum has been linked to brain damage of various sorts. There is also evidence you will find that while a child is teething(a common time throughout early childhood), the open blood barrier to the brain is especially susceptible to heavy metals exposure. In other words, it’s a bad time to be filling up with aluminum. Autistic kids just so happen to test off the charts for heavy metals on a regular basis, but don’t forget; “correlation doesn’t equal causation”.
Formaldehyde is another one that the Pro-Vaxxers like to say isn’t harmful because our own cells produce small quantities of it on their own. However, this ingredient has not been thoroughly studied in vaccines either. There is evidence that commonly links excessive formaldehyde exposure to cancer. It is a known carcinogen. Again, not something you want being pumped into your young children. Ever wonder why childhood cancer is becoming more and more common place? How about the cancer rate in general? The fact is, we simply do not understand enough to rule it out. The FDA just recently admitted that they approved using cancerous tumor cells in some vaccines, and proceeded to also admit that they had not studied it thoroughly, and weren’t sure how safe it was. Seriously. It’s there, you’ll find it.
As for human diploid cells(more commonly known on vaccine inserts as WI-38 and MRC-5), you may or may not have a problem with injecting foreign human DNA into your child’s body, but chances are you have a problem with the way the cells were cultured. These ingredients stem from aborted fetal cells. Hundreds of millions of people still have a big issue with abortion, so you won’t hear about this in the mainstream coverage or the doctor’s office. They like to avoid mentioning this ingredient like the plague. But the truth is, if you’re against abortion, you’re against the vaccines that have aborted fetus cells in them, no matter how “old” they might be. Four of the most common vaccines contain these cells. The HepB, the DTaP, the MMR, and the Varicella(chicken pox) vaccines. There are others as well.
Some foreign studies have theorized that inserting foreign human parts into a totally different human can have very negative effects. Injecting foreign animal DNA into human infants hasn’t been tested for safety either. It’s all a giant question mark that you’ll continue to have until the vaccine debate is over. Make yourself comfortable, because at the current rate, that won’t be for a long time. In your research, at some point you’ll discover that over the course of time, while the science of vaccinating was being “perfected”, there were numerous casualties from toxic ingredients in previous vaccine recipes. You can be confident that this problem was never fully solved, and won’t be until our government is held accountable in this arena.

11. You’ll finally understand why the SIDS rate is higher than ever before.

If you’re a Pro-Vaxxer, you have no idea why we are losing perfectly healthy babies at a higher rate than any other civilized country in the world. It’s a sad, unfortunate mystery.
If you’re an Anti-Vaxxer, you can put two and two together. We are the most vaccinated country in the world, but coincidentally we are also one of the sickest countries in the civilized world, including a sudden infant death syndrome rate that is utterly mind boggling. You’ll find in your research that SIDS is a fairly recent epidemic, and has been feebly linked to brain problems. Encephalitis is a scientific name for a brain complication; a seizure induced swelling of the brain from an allergic reaction. You will find encephalitis on many vaccine inserts as a known side effect, although you will not officially find SIDS on most. This issue is one of the greatest outrages with vaccines that Anti-Vaxxers have, as we can recognize that the correlation is overwhelming.
Remember, this is also an argument that Big Pharma cannot afford to lose, as there would be a general outcry to ban vaccines if they conceded that they are killing babies. They have a vested interest in keeping this information suppressed. Again, not enough studies have been conducted on the link between vaccines and SIDS to know beyond the shadow of the doubt, but it’s very much on the table.

12. You’ll start to realize there’s a big problem with western medicine.

The more you research, the more you’ll start to see that modern medicine has some real issues. Ever notice how when you’re sick, you get a prescription for something usually pretty expensive(most insurance covers the majority of cost) that temporarily relieves your symptoms? Most doctors will recommend some kind of medication to mask your issue, not fix it.
The reason is simple: Most doctors don’t know how to fix your problem. Instead, they prescribe man-made medicine that will “help” only to a certain degree, instead of focusing on ridding the body of your ailment. Your time is much better spent with a holistic health provider. They will actually take the time to inform you of the best natural way to cleanse your body of various ailments; with amazing results. Many people roll their eyes when you mention holistic health. This is partly due to the work of Big Pharma, who has put in a ton of subtle work behind the scenes to make sure you think that way. There is potentially a lot of money flushed down their drains for every person that seeks natural healthcare.
Everything you see nowadays is designed to make you think that modern medicine is the best thing since sliced bread. They’ll also tell you that homeopathic medicine and natural healthcare are “dangerous”, and unproven. You’ll discover that this is not true at all. Most of the things your holistic health provider recommends fix the problem fast, with no side effects, are cheaper, and have been proven for hundreds or even thousands of years. There are many things you’ll learn to be able to actually keep yourself healthy and your immune system like an iron horse so you’re less likely to get sick in the first place.
Of course Big Pharma would have a problem with holistic health; it’s a direct threat to their business. As we’ve already discussed, once the pharmaceutical companies are upset, the medical system, government branches, and media are soon to follow. It’s a vicious cycle, so it will come as no surprise to you that many holistic health care providers are targets. The government seeks to shut them down whenever possible and strip them of their medical licenses. They are under intense scrutiny from a very powerful entity.
If you actually put in the time to seek holistic diagnoses, you’ll learn more in an hour about your body than you ever knew before, and you’ll quickly discover it’s far from the quackery you thought it was. It really works; I’ve personally experienced it.

13. Vaccination is not a synonym for immunization.

You’ve seen the marketing: Get your immunizations! Get immunity from your vaccines! Immunize, immunize, immunize! Unfortunately, vaccination does not equal immunization. You’ll find in your studies that many vaccines actually have poor efficacy percentages. You can find much of this information on government websites if you look hard enough.
For example, the DTaP – diphtheria, tetanus, & pertussis – is only thought to be about 59% effective. In other words, 4 out of 10 people that get the shot don’t get immunity from it. Yet they push every man, woman, and child to get the pertussis vaccine, especially if you’re around an infant too young to be vaccinated. They make it seem like you can’t get whooping cough once you’re vaccinated, but this may be the most damnable implication in the whole efficacy argument. Recently, U.S pertussis “outbreaks” have affected fully vaccinated communities. The localized outbreaks have been traced back to a vaccinated person on several occasions, although you’ll never hear that on the evening news. In fact, most recent cases have infected 30%(at minimum) of those vaccinated. The vaccine is not very effective. If you get the shot, there’s still a good chance you’ll get what you’re supposedly immune from, if you’re exposed to the disease.
The same is true with the MMR vaccine, which uses a live virus. In every measles and mumps outbreak recently, fully vaccinated people are still getting the diseases. In fact, the majority of those getting sick had been vaccinated and up to date. Clearly, vaccination does not mean immunization.
Another shot that is heavily pushed but basically useless is the yearly flu shot. Since they can only guess which strands of influenza will attack each year, they can’t guarantee that the shot will even work. Marketing is designed to make you come in at first chance and get the seasonal jab, of course. And now they’re pushing young children to get it more than ever. But think back. If you’ve ever had a flu shot, chances are you got sick after getting it. That’s because it attacks your immune system and makes it temporarily(if you’re lucky) vulnerable to other illnesses you probably wouldn’t have gotten had you just stayed away from it. Don’t forget that a few popular flu shots still contain thimerosal too. And there are flu shots available that actually carry the live attenuated virus, and have been known to shed the illness it’s supposed to prevent. Any guesses why you don’t hear about that on TV?
Actually, in 2014, the CDC issued a statement on its website(it didn’t show up anywhere else besides vaccination information groups online) that this year’s flu jab wasn’t effective. The scientists guessed on the wrong strain, and blamed the flu bug’s mutation for eluding their concoction’s efficacy statistics. Coincidentally, many people are sick this year(after getting the flu jab, interestingly enough), and they’re still begging the public to come get flu shots.

14. There are countless vaccine injuries. That fact is unavoidable.

A very popular catchphrase of the pro-vax community is, “Vaccines are completely safe! The benefits outweigh the risks!” As you’ve seen so far, there’s enough evidence(although maybe not the ‘scientific proof’ that you’d like) to blow that theory out of the water.
You’ll learn quickly throughout your research just how many “rare” severe injuries actually do occur. One of the first things any person should look at is VAERS. The Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System can be found on the CDC’s website, although it’s not very easy to access for public browsing. Once you jump through a bunch of hoops to get in, you’ll see tens of thousands of reports from doctors and parents of adverse effects, including death, following a vaccination. Keep in mind that the estimated number of actual reporting on adverse effects is only between 1 and 10 percent, although it’s believed to be as low as just 1 to 2 percent. Just think how many injuries and deaths are not even considered to be related to vaccines! Most doctors won’t even acknowledge the possibility that the vaccine cause an adverse effect, and it’s even harder to get anyone to admit that SIDS could very easily be explained if you admit the vaccine could have caused it.
Sadly, the deep pocketed Big Pharma is winning the battle, and there are concerted efforts underway to cover their own rear ends. In fact, as of 1986, a parent cannot sue any pharmaceutical companies or doctors for a vaccine injury or death. Instead, there’s a fund set up through the government to compensate the families of severely injured or dead children, called “Vaccine Court”. Over the past 20 years, over 3 BILLION has been paid out in settlements to basically keep these cases from going public. So, as you’ll discover, the drug companies really do know full well that vaccines can be dangerous, and moved a long time ago to protect themselves. Coincidentally, the CDC recommended childhood vaccine schedule has almost quadrupled in number since 1986.
Another thing to look for is the tens of thousands of stories accessible online of vaccine injured kids. Stories from parents who witnessed their kids change immediately after a vaccine; some permanently. They’re not hard to find, in fact there are over 5,000,000 tweets from just the last few months that use the hashtag #CDCwhistleblower. This is referring the situation I mentioned earlier. Millions of these tweets include a personal story of vaccine injury, including numerous cases involving autism.
The similarity of these stories is eerie: In most cases the parent may suggest to the doctor that the vaccine caused the injury, and the doctor will adamantly deny it, instead hypothesizing that something else must have caused it. This is where you really see the popular catch phrase “correlation doesn’t equal causation.” You’ll be frustrated on these parents behalf; but just think if it was you and your kids. It’s a very real possibility.

15. You’ll think critically of everything you read on vaccines.

Which is exactly why you should be questioning this blogger. Who is he? why does his opinion matter?
Why should you trust him? Does he really know what he’s talking about?
The answer is simple. I’ve told you who I was. I’m a father. And chances are, you are a parent as well, or a soon to become one. You already know, or soon will, that your kids are the most important thing in your life. You are concerned for their health and safety above all else.
We’ve already established that the injury rates for vaccines are much higher than reported, and that the vaccines simply aren’t as effective you’re told.
Don’t take my word for it though; Do the research yourself!
Why should you trust me? I won’t make a case for offering medical advice, because I don’t have a medical degree.
Still, I make no money for writing my opinions(and on behalf of millions of others who have also done the research) on a blog, and that’s not my motive. I could care less about individual recognition or money. I don’t have a job at stake or a bribe on the table to blog this.
I simply realize the grave importance of this topic. Already, the industry elites are striving to make vaccination mandatory throughout the entire country. Thankfully, there are still steps you can take to exempt yourself and your children. You already know deep inside that you need to do this research before it’s too late. Of course, you still could be thinking, “vaccines didn’t damage my child. We’re fine. It will be fine.”
Hey, it’s your decision, not mine. But the real reason I chose this path is to warn others of the risks. It’s a very real danger. Common childhood diseases aren’t as scary as they seem, especially for those with good immune systems to start with. They are very treatable, the complications are low in this day and age, and they offer big immune rewards to those who battle them. We should not fear them. Instead we should make concerted efforts to live a sanitary, clean lifestyle.
But again, I warn you: Once you decide to stop vaccinating, you have decided to give up being “normal”. You’ll be thinking critically. Medical doctors may not like you. Pediatricians could “fire you”. Grandma and Grandpa might be horrified.
But you’ll be using common sense. You’ll stop being a blind follower. You’ll be doing what you feel is best for your child, and that’s what is important. The choice is yours.

Conclusion:

One last thing you’ll develop on your journey to become an Anti-Vaxxer is an endless desire to share information with others. Once you’re a veteran of the vaccine trenches, it grows old to continue providing sources to hundreds of interested people who want to learn. It’s not that we aren’t encouraged by your endeavors, it’s just that we’ve told this story a thousand times before. That’s why I don’t give many references or links in my blogs. I encourage readers to take matters into their own hands and put in the elbow grease themselves. I’ve seen and read some really excellent material over the years that has changed my life, and many of my presuppositions, but I don’t usually provide it here. You can trust that everything I’ve covered here has been from knowledge accrued over a long period of time; literally countless hours of research into both sides of the argument. If this sounds daunting, it is. But it’s SO important.
I suggest in your own journey that you start by looking into herd immunity(keep in mind that most of what you’ll find out there will be from pro-vax material, stretching stats or bending them to fit their agenda. The same goes for many medical and government websites. You’ll notice a pattern of representing vaccines as completely safe and effective. Think critically of everything you read. There’s a lot of conflicting information out there, but if you do enough research, you’ll start to see the patterns. Follow your herd immunity research up with research on the childhood diseases themselves.
Next look at VAERS, and vaccine inserts.
Lastly, join an online group, or multiple ones.
Some really great Facebook groups are Vactruth.com, VRM, The National Vaccine Information Center, and The Vaccine Gamble(that’s mine, shameless plug..). All those groups strive to inform the interested public about vaccines, using the most accurate information they can, while remaining civil in the forums for the most part.
There are many, many wonderful people in these groups that have done the research, and are more than willing to help those on the fence with any questions they may have.
Some great names to research and follow are Dr. Suzanne Humphries, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, Dr. Boyd Haley, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Shawn Siegel, Marcella Piper-Terry, and many more. That should get you started.

Just remember, you’re not alone. And you’re not crazy for having questions. Good luck on your journey.

Sincerely,
– A Father

Questioning the HIV-AIDS hypothesis: 30 years of dissent

The Patricia Goodson article examining 30 years of dissent from HIV=AID$ is finally indexed by PubMed, after 5 mths. Many of the data we had taken for granted is now being critically examined.

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpubh.2014.00154/full

Vaccine manufacturers routinely rely on scientific fraud

Here’s additional information you need to know about vaccine fraud, originally published in this article on Natural News:

According to two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act complaint in 2010 — a complaint which has just now been unsealed — vaccine manufacturer Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine that actually promoted mumps and measles outbreaks, and ripped off governments and consumers who bought the vaccine thinking it was “95% effective.”

See that False Claims Act document at:
http://www.naturalnews.com/gallery/documents…

According to Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, both former Merck virologists, the Merck company engaged in all the following behavior:

• Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test results to fabricate a “95% efficacy rate.”

• In order to do this, Merck spiked the blood test with animal antibodies in order to artificially inflate the appearance of immune system antibodies. As reported in CourthouseNews.com:

Merck also added animal antibodies to blood samples to achieve more favorable test results, though it knew that the human immune system would never produce such antibodies, and that the antibodies created a laboratory testing scenario that “did not in any way correspond to, correlate with, or represent real life … virus neutralization in vaccinated people,” according to the complaint.

• Merck then used the falsified trial results to swindle the U.S. government out of “hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization.”

• Merck’s vaccine fraud has actually contributed to the continuation of mumps across America, causing more children to become infected with mumps.

• Merck used its false claims of “95 percent effectiveness” to monopolize the vaccine market and eliminate possible competitors.

• The Merck vaccine fraud has been going on since the late 1990’s, say the Merck virologists.

• Testing of Merck’s vaccine was never done against “real-world” mumps viruses in the wild. Instead, test results were simply falsified to achieve the desired outcome.

• This entire fraud took place “with the knowledge, authority and approval of Merck’s senior management.”

• Merck scientists “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings,” according to court documents.

Sources for this article include:
(1) http://www.cnbc.com/id/101909486

(2) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721…

(3) http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/July/12-c…

Homoeopathy and Allopathy compared

Homoeopathic medicine is a wholistic approach to cure. Allopathic medicine is a specific approach to palliation. Cure at the causative level is never factored into the equation. Allopathic model of healing, if there is one, is based on the understanding of the physical and the biochemical. Biophysics which in recent years had shed quite a bit of light into how our body function and the progression of diseases in the body.

In homoeopathy if you have diarrhoea, the physician will go through tens, if not hundreds of other symptoms before recommending a remedy. An allopath will use an antipathic remedy i.e. one that will cause constipation.

Current understanding of drug profile on the body is that there is always a biphasic respond i.e. a cure of diarrhoea will cause constipation a little later on.

The narrow-minded way in which science look at the world leaves us blind to everything else. The double-blind requirement, the so-called gold standard of reliability is truly double blinding all those who revered it to other more profound and critical mechanism that life operates within. The concepts and prejudices in our head limits, defined and blind….we then go out and look for evidence of our narrow view of the world. Invariably we will find it. Life operates in a way that is far deeper and wider than any concept ; science or mathematics could ever hope to put together.

The search for remedy in homoeopathy is a refined art and as such the scientific model that is used study this healing art is inadequate. Until and unless a comprehensive model is built up to handle the wholistic nature of homoeopathy, the reductionistic approach will always be able to find a hole here and a hole there. But the hole that is seen came from an impaired vision.

Thus empirical data to affirm its efficacy takes on a more important role until we can have a better understanding of this phenomenon. In this regard the following historical event would prove instructive.

Consider the outbreak in london in 1831. Homoepaths achieved a motality rate of less than 4% while conventional medicine was 59%. In 1854 the homoeopathic hospital death rate was 16.4 % while the conventional medicine was 50% averaged out for other hospitals. Of course they did not have anti-biotics then but the point I’m making is that homoeopathic remedy does work even if it involves bugs. If anyone still claim placebo then it would really be a sad reflection on the quality of thinking of our doctors.

It was also instructive to note that when the homoeopathic hospitals wanted to include the statistics into the registry as was required by law during the outbreak the allopathic doctors refused to accept it, because it was not conventional medicine. When there was an uproar the data were collected and examined by allopathic doctors and later included into the registry.

One of the allopathic doctors who went round collecting the data were truly amazed at the result – not of the data – but of the CURE and rate of cure of actual patients he saw and audited. I have misplaced his quote…but if I find it again and if relevant I will post it.

Has allopathic medicine improved the odds in recent history ? Would really like to know if anyone has the data.

A good example of how allopathic medicine has failed society is the rate in which we suffer cancer, heart diseases and kidney failure these days. In 1900 the death from cancer was 1 in 8000. Now it is 1 in 3. It is well known in TCM and ayurveda that if you have pain in your joins it will lead to pain in the kidney and then to pain in the heart. And all these came from poor digestion. What does allopathic medicine at each of the manifestation of disease ? They kill the pain and as a result devitalises the person even more and set the stage for the next level of disease within the body. How can anyone in his right mind consider this as cure….but allopaths don’t talk of cure but palliation. Cut off the tonsils if it is giving problem…but you protest how about my immune system…not a problem we bave antibiotics. What kind of reasoning is this and what kind of healing model is this if all it does is to hammer down the symptoms. Look at the way in which kidney dialysis are being promoted and you will have an idea that allopaths basically have no idea what is happening. But cure , yes cure while it may seem empirical and not double blinded have been seen in numerous cases in tcm, ayurveda and homoeopathy very often after allopaths had packed up their bags.

The progression of diseases in these traditional cure is well known. A good physician in this field could tell you where your next sickness will come from…I’m not speaking out of school but actually had first-had experience when I was in india and visited an ayurvedic doctor and my view of allopaths from then on was forever transformed.

Some possible sites and books for expanding a bit of our understanding :
a. http://www.psicounsel.com/marius/research.html
b. http://www.phact.org/e/z/homeo.htm
c. “Confessions of a Medical Heretic” by Dr.Robert Mendelsohn, MD. From one of your own respected profession.
d. A mix-bag of energy medicine-
http://www.invitationtolife.org.au/research/welcome.htm
e. http://www.homoeopathica.org.nz/articlespf2.htm
f. This is very technical and very good http://www.homoeopathichouse.com/paulc.htm
If you have problem understanding the science you can email me. My background is in physics.

If we examine all these traditional healing art with a critical mind we must also use the same level of critical and skeptical mindset to examine allopathic medicine. I can assure you that if you put both of them side by side, allopaths look ugly indeed. And these had prompted Dr.Mahendralal Sirkar, the vice-president of the British Medical Association (Bengal Branch) to change his mind. He had denounced homoeopathy as quackery and yet he saw how easily Babu Rajendral Dutta, a lay practitioner without any high sounding titles were able to cure many diseases. He started looking into the homoeopathy and decided one day to give up his lucrative allopatic practice. The BMA imposed a boycott on him and in his reply he said, “Truth must be told, and truth must be acted upon.”

He became a towering giant of homoeopathy in India.

Hope this simple write up will help, if not all, at least a few to see beyond the narrow and harmful confine of allopathic medicine.