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measles vaccination order will face legal challenge
Children’s Health Defense ( #CHD ) is supporting a #legal challenge to this #dangerous, #unprecedented #overreach. While the City has unquestionable authority to control #disease outbreaks, it may not violate the bedrock principle of prior, #free and #informed #consent to all #medical interventions, including #vaccines. This is a #fundamental #human #right. The City may #quarantine, #isolate, trace contacts and strongly urge vaccination, but it may not impose such a #draconian #mandate without demonstrating necessity, #reasonableness, #proportionality, harm avoidance, #non-discrimination, due process and equal protection. The #Commissioner has #failed to do this; the City’s actions violate #NewYork State law.I am not. this is how #democrats operate- by #force and #violence or the #threat of violence. It's in their #nature.
CHD board member Mary Holland commented, "I am shocked that Mayor #deBlasio would resort to such #police-state techniques to control an #outbreak of #measles. I don’t believe the City’s actions will withstand legal #scrutiny." CHD Chairman #RobertFKennedy Jr. is confident their legal challenge will prevail.
I am shocked...
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Hillary Clinton's DNC Field Director faces backlash for mocking McConnell's falling, and refuses to apologize
Despite being told by fellow #Democrats that Mitch McConnell has a disabled leg due to #polio, #AdamParkhomenko keeps the Tweet up & refuses to apologize.
A former aide to #HillaryClinton is facing #backlash for #mocking #Senate Majority Leader #MitchMcConnell over #video of the #Kentucky #Republican falling down, though others on #social-media pointed out that #McConnell had survived a #bout of #polio as a #child.
#AdamParkhomenko, a #Democratic #strategist who served in #Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, shared a video on Wednesday of McConnell #falling while #stepping onstage at a #campaign event.
The #video included the #theme #music from “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which is a commonly used #meme on social media. He shared it again on Thursday in hopes of reaching one million views.
Many pointed out on social media that McConnell had polio as a child and that #paralysis from the #disease has had a lasting effect on the #lawmaker. Others slammed #Parkhomenko for his “
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Linus Torvalds' criticism of social media is strong condemnation from a guy who's famous for his own "not polite" behavior on public email lists.
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Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux operating system that secretly runs the internet and is the basis for Android, was recently asked what he would change about the tech world that his technology helped create, if he could.
His answer: social media.
"I absolutely detest modern ʼsocial mediaʼ — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Itʼs a disease. It seems to encourage bad behavior," Torvalds told the Linux Journalʼs Robert Young.
This is interesting criticism from a man who has often been accused of being uncivil to other programmers on Linux email lists. Torvalds is known as a brilliant, funny, and speaks-his-mind kind of guy who is generally fair-minded but doesnʼt tolerate fools.
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That personality means heʼs publicly dressed down people whose work, or motivations, fell short of his standards. Years ago, he defended his behavior when a developer from the chipmaker Intel publicly called him out for it and told him to knock it off because it was not only unprofessional but was also driving away newbies and others who wanted to contribute to Linux. He shrugged off the criticism by responding, "People are different. Iʼm not polite, and I get upset easily but generally donʼt hold a grudge — I have these explosive emails."
Since then, the open-source world has started to confront how much bad behavior goes on its world with various communities and has adopted codes of conduct. In 2018, the main Linux community adopted a code of conduct, too. And along with that, Torvalds finally said his behavior needed changing. He took time off to "get some assistance on how to understand peopleʼs emotions and respond appropriately," he said.
So Torvalds calling out social media for encouraging bad behavior is ironic. To be fair, as one of the most famous programmers, heʼs been the target of his fair share of online abuse, too. In 2015, he made a cheesy, funny video in which he read aloud nasty tweets about himself.
ʼIf you cannot prove your identity, your crazy rant on some social-media platform shouldnʼt be visibleʼ
Torvalds told Linux Journal that the internet eliminates all the social cues that are usually part of communications, so "nobody can hear you being subtle."
"Itʼs easy to miss humor and sarcasm, but itʼs also very easy to overlook the reaction of the recipient, so you get things like flame wars, etc., that might not happen as easily with face-to-face interaction," he said.
Torvalds said the same issues can crop up with email, too, but he believes email is more necessary and often communicating real information, which is not always so with social media.
"The whole ʼlikingʼ and ʼsharingʼ model is just garbage. There is no effort and no quality control. In fact, itʼs all geared to the reverse of quality control, with lowest common denominator targets, and click-bait, and things designed to generate an emotional response, often one of moral outrage," he said.
On top of all that, when you add in anonymity, "itʼs just disgusting," he said.
"Some people confuse privacy and anonymity and think they go hand in hand, and that protecting privacy means that you need to protect anonymity. I think thatʼs wrong. Anonymity is important if youʼre a whistle-blower, but if you cannot prove your identity, your crazy rant on some social-media platform shouldnʼt be visible, and you shouldnʼt be able to share it or like it," he said.
Consequently, Torvalds is not on any social media today, although he briefly used Google Plus for a while, feeling like Googleʼs unsuccessful attempt at social media was "less mindless" than the others. (Google announced it was shutting down Google Plus in December and began deleting accounts on Tuesday.)
Torvalds didnʼt get into whether or not governments should step in and start regulating internet companies, perhaps making them more responsible for the content they promote (if not host). Still, having Torvalds give the social-media world a "thumbs down" isnʼt a good sign for internet companies trying to convince the world that they are the good guys.
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In an article titled "Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents,"authors Stanton Glantz, Laura Schmidt, and Cristin Kearns expose how sugar industry execs buried the truth about the risks of sugar consumption in an effort to push their product on an unsuspecting public.
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A detailed critique of Koeth and Hazen's study linking carnitine in red meat to heart disease. Their experiments fail to show a plausible connection.
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Meat heart licensedHold on to your hats — this is going to be a wild ride…
This post is a detailed critique of the following study:
Koeth RA et al. Intestinal microbiota metabolism of L-carnitine, a nutrient in red meat, promotes atherosclerosis. Nature Medicine April 7 2013 [e-pub ahead of print].
The Hullabaloo over Hazen and Koeth’s Red Meat Study
A few days ago, a brand new study by Dr. Stanley Hazen’s group at the Cleveland Clinic was published, incriminating an unfamiliar ingredient within red meat as the cause of heart disease. The New York Times trumpeted:
CULPRIT IN HEART DISEASE GOES BEYOND MEAT’S FAT
“The real culprit, they proposed, was a little-studied chemical that is burped out by bacteria in the intestines after people eat red meat. It is quickly converted by the liver into yet another little-studied chemical called TMAO that gets into the blood and increases the risk of heart disease.” (Gina Kolata, New York Times 4/7/13)
This article received a lot of attention, so I was asked by readers and friends to comment on it. This new study is actually a conglomeration of mouse experiments, human clinical studies, and human epidemiological studies, which the authors then weave together to make their case against red meat. Straightforward it is NOT. It is a many-headed beast, armed with tentacles and suckers, but is smart, elegant in many ways, and deserving of detailed scrutiny.
Much like a game of Twister, the authors stretch so far to try to connect the dots between their studies that their sophisticated theory ultimately collapses into a sad, lifeless heap. The bottom line is that there are no new reasons to fear red meat and no proof within this study (or any other study, for that matter) that red meat causes heart disease. But if you want to know how I came to this conclusion, trudge forth, gentle reader. And Godspeed.
The Authors’ Beliefs
(or why they conducted these studies in the first place)
The article opens this way (emphases mine):
“The high level of meat consumption in the developed world is LINKED to CVD (cardiovascular disease) risk, PRESUMABLY owing to the large content of saturated fats and cholesterol in meat. However, a recent meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies showed NO ASSOCIATION between dietary saturated fat intake and CVD, prompting the SUGGESTION that other environmental exposures LINKED to increased meat consumption are responsible.” [Koeth 2013]
If after more than 40 years of studying meat and heart disease, this is the strongest statement intelligent scientists can make condemning meat, then maybe, just maybe, the theory is weak…or…heaven forbid…completely false.
Allow me to summarize the authors’ line of reasoning:
1. Red meat must cause heart disease somehow, because epidemiological studies (which have no power to demonstrate cause and effect) suggest that people who eat more red meat are at higher risk for heart disease. Epidemiological studies also suggest that vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease than omnivores [click HERE to read why this may have nothing to do with meat.]
2. But a recent meta-analysis showed no connection between dietary saturated fat and heart disease, so fat is not the culprit after all…
3. We need to find a new villainous ingredient within red meat to blame for heart disease, because the possibility that red meat might NOT cause heart disease either hasn’t occurred to us, or sounds preposterous to us. [Perhaps they are not aware that some groups of people eating very high-meat diets, like the Inuit, had very low rates of heart disease. I will never understand how intelligent people can believe that an ancient food is causing a modern disease.]
4. Hey…red meat contains more L-carnitine than white meat, and plant foods are extremely low in carnitine, so maybe L-carnitine causes heart disease!
5. Oh…but wait…L-carnitine is a vital nutrient in our bodies. L-carnitine is used to transport fat into the mitochondria of our cells so it can be burned for energy. It is so essential that if we don’t eat enough of it, we go out of our way to make it from scratch. Since L-carnitine itself is innocent, we have to work extra super hard to connect it to heart disease. How can we can pin the tail on this red-meat-filled donkey?
But first, a map of the forest, so we won’t get disoriented in the trees.
Carnis is the Latin word for meat. Because carnitine is vital to animal energy production, all animal foods contain carnitine, but red meat has a LOT more than other foods because dark muscle fibers rely most heavily on fat for energy:
Table 1: Selected food sources of carnitine
Food Milligrams (mg)
Beef steak, cooked, 4 ounces 56-162
Ground beef, cooked, 4 ounces 87-99
Milk, whole, 1 cup 8
Codfish, cooked, 4 ounces 4-7
Chicken breast, cooked, 4 ounces 3-5
Ice cream, ½ cup 3
Cheese, cheddar, 2 ounces 2
Whole-wheat bread, 2 slices 0.2
Asparagus, cooked, ½ cup 0.1
Carnitine in meat exists as “acetyl-L-carnitine esters”, not as free carnitine. All this means is that meaty carnitine has special little attachments that make it easier for the small intestine to absorb (i.e. more “bioavailable”) than free L-carnitine. If we eat meat, we absorb a large percentage of the natural form of carnitine it contains. Vegans and vegetarians absorb more carnitine (66-86%) than meat-eaters (54-72%), because the body needs carnitine and it’s easier to get it from food than to make it from scratch. By contrast, if we swallow a supplement containing free L-carnitine, we only absorb about 10 to 20% of it.
Carnitine that is not absorbed by the small intestine can make it all the way down to the colon, where some types of bacteria can break it down, releasing a by-product called “TMA” (trimethylamine). TMA is a gas that smells like rotten fish. TMA wafts into the bloodstream and makes its way to the liver, where special enzymes convert it into TMAO (trimethylamine oxide)—an odorless substance that is easily excreted in the urine. TMAO is the molecule that Dr. Hazen’s group thinks causes heart disease.
Why would our bodies contain an enzyme that would go out of its way to deliberately turn a rotten gas (TMA) into a substance that can kill us (TMAO)? I doubt it would…While TMA itself does not seem to be toxic, it can combine with proteins to form potentially cancer-causing nitrosamines. This may be just one reason why the liver works to transform it into something the body can get rid of.
Hey, what about CHOLINE?
Carnitine is not the only nutrient that bacteria can turn into TMA. Another common food molecule—choline—can also be turned into TMA. Choline is found in all kinds of foods, not just in meat:
[mg choline per 100g of food]
* Egg yolks 680 * Egg whites 270 * Liver 195 – 333 * Toasted wheat germ 152 * Meat/seafood 34 – 103 * Nuts 29 – 72 * Brussels sprouts/broccoli 40
“The normal human diet contains approximately 500 mg of free choline/d and humans do not usually smell “fishy” unless they are treated with large oral doses of choline. Supplementary choline is ingested in “health food” preparations by many individuals, and choline supplements…”
If TMAO is bad for us, we should also stop eating saltwater fish. We don’t even need bacteria to generate TMAO from fish—fish naturally contain TMAO; they use it to regulate their fluid balance so they won’t shrivel up in the salty waters of the sea:
Flounder: 400 mg/100 g
Alaskan Pollack and Cod: 1000 mg/100 g
So, why pick on red meat, when TMAO can result from the digestion of other foods, such as egg whites, fish, wheat germ, nuts, and cruciferous vegetables?
The authors acknowledge that choline can form TMA and TMAO but do not mention that choline comes from plant foods as well as animal foods, and they do not mention fish TMAO at all. Either they did not do their homework, or their biases have blinded them to the facts. Such is human nature—believing is seeing.
The Authors’ Arguments
(or how they think TMAO might cause heart attacks)
In order to draw the conclusion that red meat causes heart disease, you have to buy the following series of arguments. If you read only these 6 points, and you are someone who wants to believe that red meat is bad for you, I can see how you would come away feeling as if your beliefs are validated.
* Point #1. People with heart disease tend to have higher TMAO levels [Wang 2011]. * Point #2. Vegans and vegetarians naturally have lower TMAO levels. * Point #3. Vegans and vegetarians produce less TMAO after consuming steak and L-carnitine than meat-eaters do. * Point #4. Vegans and vegetarians have different kinds of bacteria living in their colon than omnivores do, and this may explain why they produce less TMAO. * Point #5. L-carnitine supplements increase atherosclerosis in genetically-altered mice. * Point #6. TMAO interferes with “Reverse Cholesterol Transportt” (RCT) in genetically-altered mice, so it’s harder for their bodies to get rid of excess cholesterol.
ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND
If you eat red meat, your body will fill up with cholesterol and you will have a heart attack.
The observation that people with heart disease are more likely to have higher TMAO levels does not mean that TMAO causes heart attacks (and the authors do not claim that it does). It might or it might not. TMAO could simply be an innocent bystander—a red (meat) herring. We have no idea why people who have heart disease tend to have higher TMAO levels. Most importantly, researchers did not ask these people what they eat. Did they eat healthy whole foods diets or junky diets? How many of them were vegans? Vegetarians? Omnivores? Were the ones with the highest TMAO levels all omnivores? Were the ones with the lowest TMAO levels vegans? That would have been very interesting and helpful information.
Not all vegans and vegetarians have lower TMAO levels compared to omnivores. From this figure, taken from Hazen’s study, it looks like only a small percentage of them do:
carnitine vegan omnivore figure
[The lowest horizontal line = 10^th percentile. The bottom of each box = 25^th percentile. The line inside each box = 50^th percentile. The top of each box = 75^th percentile. The highest horizontal line = 90^th percentile].
The fact that there is so much overlap in TMAO levels between meat-eaters and non-meat-eaters suggests that there is something else about diet–something other than the presence or absence of meat– that is playing a significant role in TMAO levels. Dietary choline is the most logical and likely explanation, but may not be the only one.
a. The form of carnitine found in red meat—acetyl-L-carnitine— was not used in the study; free L-carnitine supplements were used in the study instead. Because these supplements contain the form of carnitine that is hardest to absorb, the majority of it bypasses the small intestines and makes it down to the colon, where bacteria can turn it into the maximum amount of TMA (and TMAO) possible. This study does not tell us whether acetyl-L-carnitine—the form of carnitine found in red meat— raises TMAO levels. Even if TMAO turns out to be the scourge of the West, all you will have shown with this study is that people who want to avoid heart attacks should not take L-carnitine supplements with their steak.
b. NONE of the subjects was fed steak alone—they all received either L-carnitine supplements alone or in combination with steak. There is no proof anywhere in this paper that simply eating steak all by itself will raise anyone’s TMAO levels. In order to convince people that steak raises TMAO levels, you have to include a steak-only experiment. Any high school science student could tell you that.
Here’s an example of what the scientists did:
Experiment: Give one male vegan and one female omnivore each an 8-oz steak (which contains 180 mg of acetyl L-carnitine) plus a capsule containing 250 mg of free L-carnitine and watch what happens to their TMAO levels. [Poor vegan man–he really took one for the team. Give that man a year’s supply of tofu!]
Result: The vegan man produced virtually no TMAO after the steak + carnitine supplement whereas the meat-eating woman generated a TMAO spike in her bloodstream.
Given that studies have shown vegans absorb more carnitine than meat-eaters, isn’t it possible that the vegan man, whose body may have been pining for some long-overdue, prefabricated carnitine, absorbed much more carnitine than the omnivorous woman, so that much less of it made it to his colon to be turned into TMA? Isn’t it possible that the vegan man didn’t generate a TMAO spike because his liver for some reason couldn’t turn TMA into TMAO? In this case, he would have generated a TMA spike, but TMA was not measured. Chris Masterjohn wrote an excellent review of this study and proposes other interesting possibilities, including gender differences and vitamin deficiency issues. He also does a beautiful job of analyzing the omnivore vs vegan/vegetarian experiments.
Yes, what we eat determines the types of bacteria in our colon, but we have no idea which mix of bacteria is healthiest for us, we have no idea which diet encourages the best mix of bacteria, and we have no idea whether any of this has anything to do with heart disease.
The researchers detailed the interesting differences in bacterial patterns they discovered between meat-eaters and non-meat-eaters. One type of intestinal bacteria called Prevotella was strongly associated with higher TMAO production. Four of the human volunteers were found to have bacterial colonies in their colons that were rich in Prevotella. Were all four of these individuals meat-eaters? No. Three of them were omnivores (5.9% of all omnivores in the study), and one was not (3.8% of all non-meat-eaters). To quote the authors, this suggested:
“more complexity in the human gut microbiome than anticipated…Indeed, other studies have demonstrated variable results in associating human bacterial genera…including Prevotella, to omnivorous and vegetarian eating habits.”
Translation: Even if you are convinced that having Prevotella colonies setting up house in your innards is bad for you, eating a vegan/vegetarian diet will not guarantee you a low-Prevotella colon.
* Yes, L-carnitine supplements caused an increase in atherosclerosis in genetically altered mice. However, L-carnitine is not red meat. It is not even the form of carnitine found in red meat (acetyl-L-carnitine). * The dose of L-carnitine used in these mice was extremely high. According to Chris Masterjohn, it was the equivalent of a human eating 1000 sirloin steaks. * For reasons I don’t understand, the mice used in these studies were genetically-altered so that they were missing a gene (apoE) required for normal cholesterol processing. These mice are popular with scientists who study heart disease because they are very good at developing atherosclerosis. It’s already a big stretch to apply information from mouse studies to human health, why widen the gap by using unnaturally defective mice? Absurd.
Now here’s where the authors really jumped the shark. They fed their miscreant mice standard mouse chow supplemented with L-carnitine, choline, or TMAO itself. Then a trusty lab assistant was charged with the delightful task of measuring how much cholesterol the mice…um…released. Makes me nostalgic for the 7 years I spent as a lab tech…not. They found that mouse pellets from animals fed TMAO contained 30% less cholesterol than those fed unsupplemented chow. This is how they propose TMAO causes human heart disease. There is so much I could say about these studies, but the take-home message for your refrigerator magnet is this:
Just because the cage droppings of mutant mice deliberately fed TMAO contained less cholesterol than those who were not fed TMAO does not mean that a human who eats a steak is going to have a heart attack.
My BIGGEST BEEF with this study
Like most studies that try to connect red meat to human disease, this collection of studies does not control for refined carbohydrate intake. We do not know how healthy the diets of the human volunteers were before this study began. Were the vegans and vegetarians health-conscious types who avoided junk foods? What about the omnivores? What if it turned out that everyone who had a higher TMAO level (including the veg/vegans with higher TMAO) also happened to eat a lot more sugar and flour?
After all, if there is one clear culprit emerging from the piles of studies about diet and heart disease, it is refined carbohydrate—not saturated fat, not cholesterol, not red meat. So, in this day and age, in my humble opinion, if you are going to conduct a study of diet and heart disease, you simply must take refined carbohydrate into consideration in order to be taken seriously.
Let’s look at two clear examples in this study of how refined carbohydrate intake was completely ignored by the authors.
The authors measured TMAO levels in 2,595 people and concluded that there was a dose-dependent relationship between TMAO levels and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, after adjustment for “traditional CVD risk factors”, which were age, gender, diabetes, smoking, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and medications. Notice the absence of refined carbohydrate intake, fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1C or any other related values.
But hope was kindled when, within a description of one of their mouse studies, I came across this promising line:
“Of note, the increase in atherosclerotic plaque burden with dietary L-carnitine occurred in the absence of proatherogenic changes in plasma lipid, lipoprotein, glucose, or insulin levels…”
Excellent–they acknowledged glucose and insulin as potential risk factors! Had they actually determined that carnitine caused atherosclerosis despite healthy glucose and insulin levels? The sentence above, which is found in the primary article, would lead you to believe this, but if you dig through the 40-page supplementary information, you unearth this telling table:
carnitine mouse values best
As you can see, the triglyceride, cholesterol, glucose and insulin levels of mice being fed normal chow are already pretty high (insulin levels at baseline convert to 16.3 microunits/ml). When carnitine is added, there is no statistically significant change in any of these levels (as indicated by P values greater than 0.05). The authors phrased their sentence carefully so that what they say is true—there were no proatherogenic (artery-clogging) changes in these profiles. They were already proatherogenic to begin with.
These mice, like most laboratory animals, are fed unbelievably junky diets. In this case, they were eating a “standard chow control diet”, called Teklad 2018:
Ingredients (in descending order of inclusion)- Ground wheat, ground corn, wheat middlings, dehulled soybean meal, corn gluten meal, soybean oil, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, brewers dried yeast, iodized salt, L-lysine, DL-methionine, choline chloride, kaolin, magnesium oxide, vitamin E acetate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), manganous oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, niacin, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamin mononitrate, vitamin A acetate, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate.
This chow is comprised almost entirely of processed wheat, corn, and soy—nearly 100% refined carbohydrate, held together with soybean oil. This is not a diet that exists in nature. Poor little mice. No wonder manufacturers have to supplement this stuff with 18 vitamins and minerals. Look familiar? Is anyone reminded of the ingredient list on the side of your typical cereal box? Coat these mouse pellets with chocolate frosting or sprinkles and you’ve got yourself a yummy breakfast treat 🙂
The authors provide evidence that vegans/vegetarians have a different mix of bacteria living in their colon than omnivores, and they do an excellent job of convincing us that you can’t generate TMAO without bacteria (humans do not possess this capability). Then, because they believe that red meat is bad for us, they try to connect red meat to bacterial metabolism of carnitine to TMAO. Now allow me to do the same thing with refined carbs. It took me about 3 minutes to find this reference:
“Phosphotransferase systems involved in microbial processing of carbohydrates also were found to be over expressed in the intestines of obese people, notably from Prevotellaceae…”
[Kallus]I am not saying that carbs increase Prevotella activity or that Prevotella causes heart attacks. All I’m saying is that refined carbohydrates may also play an important role in what kind of bacteria elbow their way to your colonic buffet table.
GUILT BY ASSOCIATION
Based on the thousands of scientific articles I have read about food and health, in combination with my personal experience, clinical experience, and common sense, I find nothing to suggest that red meat is bad for people, and plenty of evidence that red meat is good for people (see my meat page). Every article I’ve ever read that tries to blame meat for our health problems fails to to take refined carbohydrate into consideration. In my opinion, damning nutritious meat for your heart attack is like pouring sugar into your gas tank and then cursing the gasoline when your car breaks down.
If you want to scare me away from eating meat using mouse experiments, you are going to have to raise a slew of mice on a healthy whole foods vegetarian diet, prove to me that those mice show no signs of cardiovascular disease, then start feeding them one miniature sirloin steak for dinner every night until they all clutch their furry little chests, keel over, and die.
HAS THE FAT LADY SUNG?
As far as I can tell, the authors’ theory that red meat provides carnitine for bacteria to transform into TMA which our liver then converts to TMAO, which causes our macrophages to fill up with cholesterol, block our arteries, and cause heart attacks is just that–a theory–full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
To read my critique of the World Health Organization’s 2015 proclamation that red and processed meats cause cancer: WHO Says Meat Causes Cancer?
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A world-renowned #pro-vaccine medical #expert is the newest #voice adding to the body of #evidence suggesting that #vaccines can cause #autism in certain #susceptible #children.
#Pediatric neurologist Dr. #AndrewZimmerman originally served as the expert medical #witness for the #government, which defends vaccines in #federal-vaccine-court. He had #testified that vaccines do not cause autism in specific #patients.
Dr. #Zimmerman now has signed a #bombshell sworn #affidavit. He says that, during a group of 5,000 #vaccine-autism cases being heard in court on June 15, 2007, he took aside the Department of Justice (DOJ) #lawyers he worked for defending vaccines and told them he’d discovered “
“I explained that in a #subset of #children, vaccine-induced #fever and #immune stimulation did cause #regressive #brain #disease with features of #autism-spectrum #disorder,” Dr. Zimmerman now states. He said his opinion was based on “scientific advances” as well as his own experience with patients.
For the government and #vaccine-industry’s own pro-vaccine expert to have this #scientific opinion stood to change everything about the #vaccine-autism debate — if people were to find out.
But they didn’t.
Dr. Zimmerman goes on to say that once the #DOJ lawyers learned of his position, they quickly #fired him as an #expert #witness and kept his opinion #secret from other parents and the rest of the public.
What’s worse, he says the #DOJ went on to misrepresent his opinion in federal vaccine court to continue to…
The people who vaccinate the least are the most educated and affluent
Here is a quote from Prevent Disease
Studies Demonstrate The More Educated You Are, The Less Chance You Will Vaccinate
More educated parents are less likely to vaccinate, which contradicts the misconceptions of many health professionals who profess that parents don't vaccinate because they are under-educated, poor or misinformed.
One publication of medical research linking the MMR vaccine to autism in The Lancet in February 1998 sparked a decade-long controversy about the triple jab. Following the initial publication, the uptake rate of the MMR vaccine dropped from 92% in 1997/98 to 80% in 2003/04.
A report examines how the response to the MMR controversy varied between parents with different levels of education. It revealed that:
Before 1998, highly educated parents were up to 8% more likely to take up the MMR vaccine than parents with lower education. By 2002, this gap had not only closed; it had actually been reversed, with highly educated parents being 2-3% less likely to accept the MMR vaccine.
Most of the relative decline in the MMR uptake by highly educated parents occurred soon after the controversy broke when the media coverage was still relatively low.
After the increased media attention in 2001 and 2002, there were no discernible differences in trends across educational groups. The controversy also appears to have had effects on the uptake of other childhood vaccines: after 1998, highly educated parents also reduced their relative uptake of other non-controversial childhood vaccines.
The relative decline in uptake by highly educated parents also potentially has wider significance. Generally speaking, individuals with more education have better health. This is possibly because they are better informed about how to achieve better health outcomes. The finding that highly educated parents were the first to react to the information that the MMR had potential side effects is consistent with this hypothesis.
More encouraging for anti-vaccine advocates is the finding that highly educated parents also reduced their uptake of other non-controversial childhood vaccines, a good sign that most of the hidden toxins in vaccines are slowly being discovered by parents and the public in general.
Jim's comment: Low and behold, the fact that the more educated and affluent you are, the more likely you won't vaccinate your kids has been reported widely:
Experts Say Those Who Don't Vaccinate Their Kids Tend to Be Wealthy and White
Parents who don't vaccinate kids tend to be affluent, better educated, experts say
Highly Educated Parents Far More Likely To Not Vaccinate Children
Why Do Affluent, Well-Educated People Refuse Vaccines?
Obviously, people who are well educated and affluent are more able to observe the obvious - that the vaccines are destroying the children, and (oops, did I say it) Educated does not cut it, Affluent does, and those permitted to become affluent are FAR MORE likely to be Jews, who know damn well what the shots are really for.
OMG, I think I nailed it!
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Meditation is a group of mental training techniques .You can use meditation to improve mental health and capacities, and also to help improve the physical health. Some of these techniques are very simple, so you can learn them from a book or an article; others require guidance by a qualified meditation teacher.
WHAT IS MEDITATION
Most techniques called meditation include these components:
1. You sit or lie in a relaxed position.
2. You breathe regularly. You breathe in deep enough to get enough oxygen. When you breathe out, you relax your muscles so that your lungs are well emptied, but without straining.
3. You stop thinking about everyday problems and matters.
4. You concentrate your thoughts upon some sound, some word you repeat, some image, some abstract concept or some feeling. Your whole attention should be pointed at the object you have chosen to concentrate upon.
5. If some foreign thoughts creep in, you just stop this foreign thought, and go back to the object of meditation.
The different meditation techniques differ according to the degree of concentration, and how foreign thoughts are handled. By some techniques, the objective is to concentrate so intensely that no foreign thoughts occur at all.
In other techniques, the concentration is more relaxed so that foreign thoughts easily pop up. When these foreign thoughts are discovered, one stops these and goes back to the pure meditation in a relaxed manner. Thoughts coming up, will often be about things you have forgotten or suppressed, and allow you to rediscover hidden memory material. This rediscovery will have a psychotherapeutic effect.
THE EFFECTS OF MEDITATION
Meditation has the following effects:
1. Meditation will give you rest and recreation.
2. You learn to relax.
3. You learn to concentrate better on problem solving.
4. Meditation often has a good effect upon the blood pressure.
5. Meditation has beneficial effects upon inner body processes, like circulation, respiration and digestion.
6. Regular meditation will have a psychotherapeutically effect.
7. Regular meditation will facilitate the immune system.
8. Meditation is usually pleasant.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HYPNOSIS AND MEDITATION
Hypnosis may have some of the same relaxing and psychotherapeutic effects as meditation. However, when you meditate you are in control yourself; by hypnosis you let some other person or some mechanical device control you. Also hypnosis will not have a training effect upon the ability to concentrate.
A SIMPLE FORM OF MEDITATION
Here is a simple form of meditation. By this meditation technique, you should concentrate in an easy manner. This will allow foreign thoughts to pop up. These are handled one by one as they appear. You proceed as follows:
1. Sit in a good chair in a comfortable position.
2. Relax all your muscles as well as you can.
3. Stop thinking about anything, or at least try not to think about anything.
4. Breath out, relaxing all the muscles in your breathing apparatus.
5. Repeat the following in 10 - 20 minutes:
-- Breath in so deep that you feel you get enough oxygen.
-- Breath out, relaxing your chest and diaphragm completely.
-- Every time you breathe out, think the word "one" or another simple word inside yourself. You should think the word in a prolonged manner, and so that you hear it inside you, but you should try to avoid using your mouth or voice.
6. If foreign thoughts come in, just stop these thoughts in a relaxed manner, and keep on concentrating upon the breathing and the word you repeat.
As you proceed through this meditation, you should feel steadily more relaxed in your mind and body, feel that you breathe steadily more effectively, and that the blood circulation throughout your body gets more efficient. You may also feel an increasing mental pleasure throughout the meditation.
THE EFFECTS OF MEDITATION UPON DISEASES
As any kind of training, meditation may be exaggerated so that you get tired and worn out. Therefore you should not meditate so long or so concentrated that you feel tired or mentally emptied.
Meditation may sometimes give problems for people suffering from mental diseases, epilepsy, serious heart problems or neurological diseases. On the other hand, meditation may be of help in the treatment of these and other conditions.
People suffering from such conditions should check out what effects the different kinds of meditation have on their own kind of health problems, before beginning to practise meditation, and be cautious if they choose to begin to meditate. It may be wise to learn meditation from an experienced teacher, psychologist or health worker that use meditation as a treatment module for the actual disease.
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Why Women Should Avoid Being Stressed During Pregnancy
Stress has become an inevitable consequence of modern everyday life, and as we are subjected to increasing amounts of it, we experience more and more of the effects of the great rate of wear and tear we subject our bodies to. The term was originally coined by Hans Selye in 1936, and defined by him as "the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change." This means that we are all subjected to stress, but its effects on our bodies differ greatly from person to person, largely dependent on the gravity of and how we handle the stressful situation. It manifests itself in any number of physical or psychological symptoms that are often ignored until it seriously affects our health. In fact, stress is currently one of the leading causes of illness worldwide, such as depression, erectile dysfunction, hypertension and heart disease. This increasing number of stress-related illnesses has raised alarm bells throughout the worldwide medical community.
See also: https://perfect24hours.com/how-to-relieve-stress-and-anxiety-naturally/
Stress can stem from both positive and negative experiences in our lives. Positive stressors, or eustress, are situations that are perceived to be happy or good, such as weddings, childbirth or big family holidays. Negative stressors, or distress, are situations that are traumatizing or unhappy, such as the death of a loved one or an accident.
Pregnancy can be considered both a positive and negative stressor, being a time of great joy and adjustment for the expectant mother as she and her partner welcome the new addition to their family. Apart from the actual physical stress the woman's body is subjected to during the nine months of pregnancy, the pressures of daily life are also there to put additional stress on her. Some women have to juggle the demands of their job, chores, and families along with being pregnant. In some cases, pregnant women face unhealthy situations as the break-up of their marriage, physical or emotional abuse, open infidelity or simply disinterested and uninvolved partners who prefer staying out to staying home and supporting their pregnant partners, and they experience constant stress throughout the nine month period or beyond. Extreme situations can also leave the unborn baby vulnerable to the stress the mother feels, such as malnutrition or exposure to toxins because of an unhealthy or unsanitary living conditions.
Stress can have adverse effects on the unborn child, and can sometimes be the cause of birth defects, miscarriages, pre-term delivery, or result in the death of both mother and child. Cortisol, the body's stress hormone, can be too much for the bodies of both the mother and child to handle, may possibly cause high blood pressure problems. In the mother, this may increase her risk for preeclampsia, or any number of other conditions that may complicate her pregnancy. In the unborn child, the effects can range from a lifetime of high blood pressure or other physical, mental or developmental defects.
Whatever is going on in a woman's life during her pregnancy, the most important thing she should remember is that she must take care of her body and safeguard the life of her child. Whether the situation is positive or negative, how she deals with the stress is entirely in her hands.
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Published on New Year's Eve, their first study details how the WAND records, stimulates, and disrupts movement in real time.
Published on New Year's Eve, their first study details how the WAND records, stimulates, and disrupts movement in real time.