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Interesting Information: Mercola Post: Should You Get the Flu Shot?

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November 14, 2017

Mercola Post:  Should You Get the Flu Shot?

As I noted in the previous post, I will be 73 in March 2018.

The subject of the flu and shingles vaccines comes up frequently in my network of senior citizens.

Please read the section in the previous post about why our doctors are pushing these two vaccines for seniors.

This Mercola post provides much-needed information.

Here is a synopsis, and the link, which has a lot of information beyond the synopsis, is below.

Story at-a-glance

  • At the end of 2015, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis revealed that, between 2005 and 2015, the influenza vaccine was less than 50 percent effective more than half of the time
  • During the 2015/2016 flu season, FluMist, the live virus nasal spray, had a failure rate of 97 percent. The CDC did not recommend it last year and still recommends against using it during the 2017-2018 flu season
  • Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration, which includes chronic pain, limited range of motion, nerve damage and frozen shoulder, are typically the result of the injection being administered too high on the arm
  • The 2016-2017 flu vaccine, which was very well-matched to circulating viral strains and hailed as “one of the most effective in years,” turned out to be another dismal failure
  • The vaccine had no clear effect in those between the ages of 18 and 49. Ditto for the elderly. Among young children, the effectiveness was about 60 percent. In other age groups, the effectiveness topped out at 42 percent

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/11/09/2017-2018-flu-vaccine-update.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20171109Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM165078&et_rid=112632491

 

Additionally, the flu shot still has mercury in it.

Drug store employees are not properly trained in all cases to administer the shot and would likely have no training of what to do if there is a dangerous reaction.

There is mounting evidence that multiple flu shots reduce your ability to handle the flu.

Immunologists are quite clear that they do not fully understand the human immune system.

Vaccines have many, many unintended consequences that are detrimental to human health.  These consequences are well documented, but are not discussed widely by mainstream media.

One of the better vaccine informational sites is the National Vaccine Information Center,  NVIC.org.

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November 14, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Interesting Information: What About Getting the Chicken Pox and Shingles Vaccines?

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Interesting Information:  November 14, 2017

What About Getting the Chicken Pox and Shingles Vaccines?

I will be 73 in March 2018.

The topic of flu shots and shingles vaccines comes up often in my network of senior citizens.

I had chicken pox as a child, but I got shingles last May.  And let me tell you that shingles is NO FUN.  I still have nerve damage and itching.

The flu and shingles vaccines are heavily promoted by doctors and nurses for those in my age range.  The “why” of that is complicated and isn’t about human health.  Doctors and nurses are now workers in an industry where actual science is often no competition against profit.  There is, also, a monopoly formation going on in medicine in which outside businesses are buying up hospitals and doctors’ practices, and they are calling the medical shots.  Big Pharma profits from all vaccines and is trying to expand its market share.  Further Big Pharma and doctors cannot be sued for any vaccine damage–and there is plenty.  The so-called “vaccine court” has paid out billions of dollars for damage incurred by individuals from vaccines.  Big Pharma has created pretty lucrative incentives for individual doctor practices and hospitals.  Big Pharma has even been able to get the US government to write laws that incentivize hospitals to give vaccines.  The higher percentages of vaccines given, the bigger payout the hospital gets from medicare.  Insurance companies incentivize individual practices.  It is a rigged system.  And if you are not aware of it, and most aren’t, you just go along, mostly because we should be able to trust our medical personnel.  They are, many times, good medical people.  But they, too,  are trusting of “the system.”  Or their hands are tied as they are, now, just workers in the system and would be fired if they do not follow the “standards of care,” which has been crafted by industry.  Let’s just remember that doctors are NOT SCIENTISTS.  They are practitioners who know only what they are taught unless they decide to research for themselves.  And most don’t.  Besides, as I said, it is a very lucrative system for them for the most part.

The link below takes you to a comprehensive GOVERNMENT study out of the National Institutes of Health that concludes that the chicken pox and shingles vaccine (they are the same thing) have created significant unintended consequences, don’t work permanently, are creating unnecessary and significant expenses for people, and are creating a cycle of treatment and disease.  THIS VACCINE SHOULD BE STOPPED.

The cycle of treatment and disease derives in part from the fact that shingles is a LIVE virus and sheds to other people from someone who got the vaccine.  Those test tube strains are most likely not the same strain as the wild virus I got as a child.  So, I was unprotected and got shingles.

Here is the conclusion from the study:

15. Conclusion

Prior to the universal varicella vaccination program, 95% of adults experienced natural chickenpox [162](usually as pre-school to early elementary school children)—these cases were usually benign. In the prelicensure era, the periodic exogenous boosting that adults received from those shedding VZV resulted in long-term immunity. This high percentage of seropositive individuals and their long-term immunity have been compromised by the universal varicella vaccination of children which provides at best 70–90% protection [142,163–166] that is temporary and of unknown duration—shifting chickenpox to a more vulnerable adult population which, as Dr. Jane Seward cautioned in 2007, carries 20 times more risk of death and 10–15 times more risk of hospitalization compared to chickenpox in children [167]. Thus, the proponents for universal varicella vaccination have failed to consider increased HZ-related morbidity as well as the adverse effects of both the varicella and HZ vaccines which have more than offset the limited benefits associated with reductions in varicella disease. The universal varicella (chickenpox) vaccination program now requires a booster vaccine for children and an HZ vaccine to boost protection in adults. However, these are less effective than the natural immunity that existed in communities prior to licensure of the varicella vaccine. Hence, rather than eliminating varicella in children as promised, routine vaccination against varicella has proven extremely costly [60,62,168] and has created continual cycles of treatment and disease.

Here’s the link:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3759842/

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November 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Interesting Information: Mercola Post: Commercial Bone Broths

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November 9, 2017

Mercola Post:  Commercial Bone Broths

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am a very strong advocate for high-quality bone broths.  These long-simmered broths contain the collagen/gelatin that is, sadly, so missing from our current diets–which don’t involve eating “nose to tail” and COOKING.

Many folks I read claim that the lack of collagen/gelatin in current diets is one factor in the rampant joint failures people are experiencing.

While it is terrific that the market is now supplying bone broths BE CAREFUL with them.  They must be made from organic, grass-fed animal bones, not from the bones of animals in the Confined Agricultural Food System (CAFO).  I would also add that recent testing of the bones of animals in that system have shown that the collagen/gelatin contains glysophate.  And Mercola, below, cites other contaminants.  Pause for a moment, as well, and think about all the gel caps on current supplements you might be taking.

MAKE SURE ANY BONE BROTH YOU BUY IS ORGANIC.

Here’s a synopsis from the blog post:

Story at-a-glance

  • Dull, wrinkled, sagging skin and dry, brittle hair and nails are common signs of aging, which in large part can be attributed to the loss of collagen that occurs naturally with age
  • Your body cannot produce the essential amino acids that make up collagen, so you must obtain them through your diet. Collagen supplements have become a popular way to combat age-related loss of collagen
  • Recent testing reveals popular collagen and bone broth products contain a number of potentially hazardous contaminants, including antibiotics, prescription drug metabolites, parabens, steroids and insecticides
  • These contaminants suggest the collagen is sourced from animals raised in CAFOs. To avoid exposure to CAFO-related contaminants, make sure the product is USDA “100% Organic” and/or certified grass fed by the AGA
  • Gelatin is what you get when you cook collagen. Hydrolyzed collagen requires more intensive processing. While both contain the same amino acids, they have different chemical properties and therefore differ in how you can use them.

Here’s the link to the whole post:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/10/23/nonorganic-collagen-products.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20171023Z1&et_cid=DM165698&et_rid=93805854ey%20Tracke

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November 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

Interesting Information: Mercola Post: Diet Sodas Are NOT What You Think

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November 9, 2017

Mercola Post:  Diet Sodas Are NOT What You Think

This Dr. Mercola post about diet sodas came though on my email feed the other day.

Here’s a synopsis taken from the blog post:

Story at-a-glance

  • By lowering appetite suppressant chemicals and encouraging sugar cravings, artificial sweeteners raise your odds of weight gain. They also promote insulin resistance and related health problems, just like sugar
  • Two years ago, a consumer group asked the Federal Trade Commission and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and other companies for false advertising
  • Class-action lawsuits have now been filed against Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc., charging them with false advertising for the deceptive use of the word “diet”
  • By using the word “diet” in their brands and advertising, a reasonable consumer would think the drinks are a diet or weight loss aid — a notion refuted by scientific evidence
  • Each of the three lawsuits cover a class of consumers living in New York, who between October 16, 2011, and present day purchased Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Dr Pepper brand diet beverages.  

Here’s the link.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/10/31/soda-makers-false-advertising.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20171031Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM164232&et_rid=103497905

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November 9, 2017 at 11:10 am

Interesting Information: Minamata Convention on Mercury: Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

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Interesting Information:  September 6, 2017

Minamata Convention on Mercury:  Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

The bad news is that I had to have a crown replaced in order to fix a cavity beneath the crown.

Ugh!

High, high stress as I did not know how I would react to the novocaine and fear that I might land up in the hospital, where medical smells would make everything worse.

Folks on the Facebook Histamine Intolerance group suggested a novocaine without epinephrine, and my dentist agreed to use it.

The good news is that all went well and an old “silver” filling was removed in the process.  I was in the chair for almost two hours–it was a messy, difficult procedure.  I am now waiting for the crown to be finished so it can be installed.

I have posted about “silver” fillings being 50% mercury before this post.  These fillings “off-gas” every time one chews, which can cause chronic health problems.  Mercury is terribly poisonous for human beings.

Here is a progress report on what is being done here and in Europe to stop the use of “silver” fillings.

Source: Minamata Convention on Mercury: Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

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September 6, 2017 at 9:46 am

Interesting Information: Mercury in “Silver” Dental Fillings

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Interesting Information:  August 30, 2017

Mercury in “Silver” Dental Fillings

Did you know that “silver” fillings are FIFTY PERCENT mercury?

I didn’t.

Mercury is one of the most toxic things on this earth.  As you chew, the mercury in these fillings off-gasses fumes that can make you chronically sick.  I’ve been working to get rid of all of them in my mouth, and all are gone but three under crowns–where I hope they are contained as I’m not removing and replacing crowns unless I have to.

The EU is banning “silver” fillings for children under 15 and pregnant women as of 2018.  And about 50% of USA dentists are “on the job” of not using mercury fillings and removing them.

Dr. Joseph Mercola has posted two articles on mercury in dentistry recently.  Here they are.

Source: Minamata Convention on Mercury: Banning of Amalgam in Dentistry

Source: This Common Product Is Poisoning the Next Generation

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August 30, 2017 at 10:11 am

Interesting Information: I Love Homeopathy

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Interesting Information:  June 20, 2017

I Love Homeopathy

I didn’t know a thing about homeopathy until I moved to Maine in 2004.

I am a convert.  For sure.

It’s my first line of defense for body issues.

And as time has gone by, I am more and more wedded to this form of healing–having tried it for 13 years now.

What I like is that homeopathy works WITH the body, not against (cut, poison, burn) its healing modalities.

I can tell you that I used to get EXTREME reactions to poison ivy–such that it would run all over my body in huge, weeping sores that would take weeks and weeks to heal.  I no longer have poison ivy–yet am exposed to it all the time via the woods and an active rat terrier who runs through it on a regular basis.

I could go on.

At the end of May, I came down with shingles.  (Oh dear god!)  A week later my blisters were dry and healing.  I then had nerve and muscle pain and ITCHING, but my case has been nothing like what I have witnessed other people having.  My homeopath got me right on to one of the major shingles remedies, and that made all the difference.  Next, she moved to a number of other remedies.  And my energy person suggested vitamin E for the itching.  I found a very clean product on Joseph Mercola’s web site, and the itching is almost gone now.  (Most commercial vitamin E is made from soy, has a lot of ingredients I could not tolerate with my histamine intolerance issues, AND according to Mercola these products do not have balanced forms of vitamin E so can inhibit absorption of other nutrients.

Homeopathy is also well respected in much of Europe, as near as I can tell.  And is covered under many health care plans, as near as I can tell.  Coverage is probably is site specific though.  I don’t really know.

Anyway, here’s a good article if you are curious:

 

Homeopathy is here to stay. Despite relentless criticism from skeptics and fundamentalists, homeopathy has withstood the test of time.

Source: In Defense of Homeopathy | GreenMedInfo | Blog Entry

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June 20, 2017 at 3:37 pm

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