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Is Your Food on Crack? Salmon Test Positive for 81 Different Drugs, Prozac, Birth Control, Cocaine

When stories like the lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan make national news, people sit up and take notice.

What people don’t realize is just how contaminated our water is all the time, every day, everywhere.

I’m not talking about heavy metals like lead, although unless regular testing is done the nation over or you test your own water with a home kit (cheap, definitely worth it if you are curious to know what’s in your water), how do you know what’s coming out of your faucet is lead-free anyway?

In this instance, however, I’m talking about Big Pharma.

Salmon caught in the Puget Sound were recently found to be contaminated with a toxic cocktail of at least81 drugs and chemicals.

Tissues of the juvenile chinook were tested and researchers were blown away by what they found.

Drugs these fish were on included:

Prozac
Zantac
Advil
Benadryl
Lipitor
Cocaine
Flonase
Aleve
Tylenol
Paxil
Valium
Birth control pills (estrogen)
Zoloft
Tagamet
OxyContin
Darvon
Nicotine
Caffeine
Fungicides
Antiseptics
Anticoagulants
Cipro and other antibiotics galore…

Why?

Because the process used in wastewater treatment facilities does not filter out all the drugs that are eliminated by humans into the water supply en masse on a daily basis. That water is then reused, contaminated more, taken up by crops and the animals that eat them, and it ultimately winds up on our dinner tables to be eaten and recycled once more. (Kinda reminds me of the film Soylent Green).

Worse, the researchers had a hard time even completing this study because while their test group came from waters near wastewater treatment plants, even in the control waters of the Nisqually estuary — a water source not near a wastewater plant that was supposed to be researchers “clean reference” water source — fish tested positive for higher levels of drugs than they found in some of the largest wastewater treatment facilities tested by the EPA around the country.

Guess it could have been worse, as researchers actually tested for 150 compounds, but they still concluded some 97,000 pounds of drugs and chemicals are likely making their way into just these waters each year. There’s no reason to think it’d be all that much different to take a peek into other water sources surrounding heavily populated areas across the U.S.

The scientists in the study go on to question what this is doing to the fish, but ultimately, what do you think it is doing to you? Your kids? All the men in the country’s largest cities who are eating food and drinking water contaminated with high levels of female hormones from thousands of pounds of excreted birth control pills? Birth control pills, just by the way, are the leading form of contraception used by women aged 15-29 in this country; the CDC says 17.1% of women aged 15-44 are taking them. That’s millions of women taking millions of pills every day and excreting those hormones into the water supply to be taken up in the food and plants we eat and the water we drink.

If it’s in the food and the water and given at continual daily doses when we eat or drink anything all day long every day, there has to be an accumulative effect there over time. And why even bother getting started on the fact that everyone is eating and drinking multiple antidepressants with every single meal…

Researchers had already concluded drugs in the water were turning clams into hermaphrodites and antidepressants in the water might be the reason shrimp are committing suicide

If you still aren’t filtering your water at home, you are drinking this stuff, cooking with it, and eating it every day. At least filtering your water is a big first step toward limiting you and your family’s personal exposure to this stuff.

Originally posted at The Daily Sheeple

25-Year-Old Student Discovers Way To Kill Superbugs WITHOUT Antibiotics — Science Freaks Out

“There is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and, by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug (antibiotics), make them resistant,” Alexander Fleming, the man who discovered penicillin, cautioned at the acceptance of his Noble Prize in 1945.

Thanks to the medical-industrial complex and its tendency to prescribe antibiotics for just about every illness, including viruses, bacteria are getting smarter. Because we are giving non-lethal doses of antibiotics to bacteria on a massive scale, Fleming’s prediction in 1945, is now coming true.

The limited number of antibiotics in the world cannot keep up with the rapid rate of evolving bacteria. The world will soon be in a post-antibiotic era.

“Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill,” warned the World Health Organization’s director-general Margaret Chan in 2012.

This ominous prediction is now swiftly coming in to fruition.

Currently, 700,000 people (230,000 newborns) die every year from superbugs that have evolved a resistance to antibiotics. According to a British study, that number is estimated to jump to 10,000,000 by the year 2050 and cost the world economy $100 trillion.

“If we fail to address this problem quickly and comprehensively, antimicrobial resistance will make providing high-quality universal healthcare coverage more difficult if not impossible,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told The Guardian. “It will undermine sustainable food production. And it will put the sustainable development goals in jeopardy.”

The outlook for humanity is, indeed, bleak. However, thanks to a handful of research students from the University of Melbourne School, we may have hope after all.

Ph.D. student Shu Lam, the study’s lead researcher, believes they’ve found a way around antibiotic dependency in the battle against bacteria.

“We’ve developed a new class of antimicrobial agents, which are very unique. They come in the form of tiny star-shaped molecules that are made from short chains of proteins,” Lam told VICE. “We found that they are very effective at wiping out [bacterial] infections in mice and they are also relatively non-toxic to the body.”

Read more HERE

Man’s Paper Cut Turns Into Life-Threatening Medical Emergency

Kennedy Health in South Jersey has been honored nationally for its program to combat sepsis infections whichkill more people than heart attacks.

The CDC has declared sepsis a medical emergency that kills 258,000 people a year nationally.

It’s tricky to diagnose, but Kennedy Health has instituted a program in its three hospitals that’s dramatically reduced its sepsis death rate.

Michael Bergers say his life was saved at Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill.

“It started from a paper cut”, explains Michael. He had a little cut on his finger that turned into sepsis and a three week medically induced coma.

“It scared the hell out of me, can’t believe that was actually me,” says Michael, who never knew much about sepsis.

It’s often triggered by a flesh eating bacteria that can cause organ failure.

Read more HERE

Tests confirm Jurupa Valley child has leprosy

Lab tests have confirmed that a Jurupa Valley child has leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, Riverside County public health officials reported Thursday, Sept. 22.

The findings by the National Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Laboratory Research Program in Baton Rouge, La., supported a local doctor’s diagnosis that a student at Indian Hills Elementary School had leprosy.

A second student who may be related to the other child also had been diagnosed with the disease, but lab results did not confirm that the second person has leprosy.

News of the lab-test confirmation was provided to Jurupa Unified School District officials about 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.

School officials quickly alerted parents by phone and email, and district Superintendent Elliott Duchon drove to Indian Hills Elementary School to answer questions from parents.

“We want to assure people that the school is a safe place. There’s no hazard of contagion at the school,” Duchon said later by phone.

Read more HERE

Clinics see increase in men requesting Botox in their scrotums

You can have a six-pack sculpted, dimples created, a designer vagina and almost any part of your face tweaked, lifted and tightened.

But, there’s a new plastic surgery procedure that is on the rise – and it’s altogether more bizarre.

The number of men inquiring about "scrotox" – yes, that’s having Botox injected into your scrotum – has doubled in the past year, according to the experts.

The op, which can cost up to about $3,100, helps ease sweating, lessens the appearance of wrinkles and makes the scrotum appear larger by helping the muscles relax, the Metro reports.

It is already a staple on the menu at clinics across the US, and with the UK around three years behind the plastic surgery times, experts say they expect to see a surge in interest in the coming years.

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World's tallest teenager with genetic disorder can’t stop growing

Meet the towering teenager on course to become the world’s tallest man.

Broc Brown, a 19-year-old from Michigan, United States, has previously been named the world’s tallest teenager and currently measures 7ft 8ins.

He was the official Guinness World Record holder before he turned 19, becoming too old for the 18-and-below classification.

His incredible growth is a result of a genetic disorder known as Sotos Syndrome, or cerebral gigantism, which he was diagnosed with at the age of five.

“It's a genetic disorder and there's nothing that can stop him from growing - I don't know if he will ever stop,” explained his mother Darci.

The record-breaking teenager, who is growing at the rate of six inches a year, is on course to become the world’s tallest man. The current record is held by Turkish farmer Sultan Kosen who stands at 8ft 2ins.

Read more HERE

CDC report crushes your dreams of kissing a chicken

Cancel your weekend plans, because kissing chickens is off the table.

A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an uptick in salmonella cases due to more and more people keeping and raising chickens. How do you get salmonella from a chicken, you ask? Take a wild guess.

    An alarming number of people have apparently contracted it from kissing their fine fowl companions. According to the CDC's research, 13% of the chicken-related salmonella cases they studied from 1990 to 2014 were due, in part, to some human-on-chicken smooching.

    Of the cases they studied, the CDC says, "Most contact occurred at the patients' home, and high-risk behaviors included keeping poultry inside the house and having close contact, such as holding, snuggling, or kissing poultry."

    Yes, our affinity for our chicken friends doesn't stop at kissing -- 49% of patients studied said they had snuggled baby chicks, and 46% of the CDC's respondents kept chickens in the house.

    Wait, that's not all. A whole 10% of respondents said they kept chickens in their BEDROOM.

    What the cluck?

    Source - CNN

    Cuddling kittens can kill you, warn scientists

    Cuddling a kitten may always make you feel better - but it could be dangerous to your health, according to experts.

    Doctors from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US conducted a large-scale survey of the cat-borne bacterial disease cat scratch fever.

    They found the scope and impact of the potentially deadly disease was larger than they thought.

    The disease causes fever, pustules and in extreme cases, the complications from the illness can cause death.

    Read more HERE

    Toxic chemicals are hiding in your house dust

    When was the last time you dusted your house?

    Your answer could reveal a lot about your home habits, but the findings of a new study might have everyone upping their game -- and potentially keeping wet wipes and hand sanitizer nearby at all times.

      Researchers at George Washington University say 45 toxic chemicals are found commonly in your house dust, with 10 of them lurking in 90% of homes across the country.

      "We wanted to identify which chemicals were present at the highest exposure in homes," said Dr. Ami Zota, an assistant professor of environmental occupational health who led the study. "Some chemicals were in virtually every dust sample."

      To reveal which potential toxins we're being exposed to in the comfort of our own homes, Zota's team analyzed all studies that have sampled indoor environments in the United States since 2000. They looked for the presence of potentially toxic chemicals and divided them into five classes of chemicals, two of which were found to be more common than the rest: phthalates and flame retardants.

      "Many of the top 10 fall into these two categories," Zota said.

      But when factoring in the wide range of chemicals we're exposed to, small amounts can add up, she stressed.

      Read more HERE

      LANDMARK LANCET STUDY OF 32,862 PEOPLE: CHEMO KILLS HALF OF CANCER PATIENTS

      This study comes from researchers by the Public Health England and Cancer Research UK and was published in the medical journal The Lancet OncologyThe study gives a glimpse into the complete and total failure of inferior toxic solutions to cancer. Looking at the 30-day mortality rate for patients who had undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer (23,228 patients) and lung cancer (9,634 patients).

      The study's carefully worded conclusion stated: 

      "Our findings show that several factors affect the risk of early mortality of breast and lung cancer patients in England and that some groups are at a substantially increased risk of 30-day mortality."

      While no major paradigm shifts will happen from the publication of this Lancet study, the public work now adds to a massive body of data, evidence and personal experience pointing to better methods than deadened chemotherapy and toxic cancer solutions. What no study has addressed or looked at to date is the poor, compromised quality of life for the survivors of toxic cancer solutions. 

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      Study: Many Vaccines Contaminated with Herbicide Glyphosate

      Scientists Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have just gotten the fifth peer reviewed paper on Glyphosate published. Its named “Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins.”

      The latest bombshell to come from Anthony Samsel is from the sixth paper, which is not yet published, but whose supporting data is already making waves – various popular vaccines are contaminated with glyphosate.

      How? Well, vaccine makers sometimes use animal byproducts in vaccines, products such as chicken egg protein or gelatine that comes from bones. And if those vaccine makers are using animals that come out of factory farms, chances are they are fed GMO and glyphosate laced feed. If so, they would pick up Glyphosate into their system just as we humans do. Therefore, egg protein and gelatine made from these animals may also contain glyphosate, which in turn would then contaminate the vaccines that use these products. Finally, people, or animals, vaccinated with these products would have glyphosate directly injected into them, and will in due course have glyphosate initiating a cascade of diseases.

      Anthony Samsel was not passing opinion on this. Rather, he collected vast samples of these popular vaccines and got them tested by multiple labs in USA for presence of Glyphosate, and found, as he suspected, the vaccines to be largely contaminated by it.

      Read more HERE

      Doctors claim 60% of college students have psychiatric disorders and need to be on drugs

      It would appear that Big Pharma has joined forces with the mainstream medical industry yet again – this time to boost sales of psychiatric drugs in the 20-something population. Dr. Gene Beresin, a psychiatrist and executive director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently claimed that somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of all college students have a "psychiatric disorder."

      This ridiculous claim includes things like going through a breakup, "academic problems" and "problems with relationships," along with actual conditions such as depression and anxiety. Are breakups difficult? Absolutely. Should 20-year-olds be given heavy-duty drugs because they are sad? Absolutely not!

      What is really funny about this concept is that Dr. Beresin includes use of substances as part of his list of "psychiatric disorders." Substance abuse is a growing problem in this country – there's no doubt about that. However, is it really any wiser to suggest that students medicate themselves with pharmaceuticals every time they feel bad? It may not be illegal, but it is not teaching young adults how to cope with life in an adult manner, and one could argue that it is setting them up for a future of self-medication. Once they graduate with their frou-frou degree in a niche field of study and can't find a job, guess what they'll be doing when they can't afford to buy their prescriptions without mommy and daddy's insurance? They'll be self-medicating – that's what they'll be doing.

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      There’s now a retreat where you can do yoga with goats

      Yoga is great once you get into it. It’s calming, you feel all ‘at one’ with your body, and you get to be all smug about being a person who does yoga. It’s all brilliant.

      And so the idea of a yoga retreat sounds like a glorious thing. Going away to do nothing but yoga all day? Delightful.

      But then you see the prices, and realise that it really doesn’t seem that worth it to drop hundreds of pounds just so you can do something you do for free at home, just in a slightly nicer environment.

      Why bother when you can do yoga anywhere, right?

      Unless there’s some kind of fancy perk, of course. Like an incredible view. Or free cocktails. Or, um, goats.

      Read more HERE

      The story of ‘the Canadian vaccine’ that beat back Ebola

      CONAKRY, Guinea — When Alseny Conté’s wife developed a high fever and became sick in 2015, the farmer from Bouramaya, Guinea, became her caregiver. The 37-year-old spent days comforting her and cleaning up after her as she vomited blood and developed severe diarrhea — two markers of the dreaded Ebola virus.

      When her condition worsened, a desperate Conté put his wife on the back of his motorcycle and left their tiny village of 50 thatch-roofed homes. He took her to a traditional healer. Then, fearing she was near death, he drove down bumpy red dirt roads to the home of her mother in a nearby village.

      Soon, his wife had succumbed to Ebola, the deadly hemorrhagic fever that can cause its victims to bleed from the nose, the mouth and eyes as it quickly overwhelms their system.

      The disease, which swept through West Africa in 2014 and 2015, not only killed Conté’s wife but infected her brother, who lived with their mother.

      Read more HERE

      'I'm Freaking Out': People Cope Without Tech at Digital Detox Camp

      Our daily connection with digital devices can be obsessive for many, and even addicting for others. "Sixty-six percent of us suffer from nomophobia, which is a fear of losing your phone or not having access to your phone," notes Techlicious' Suzanne Kantra. This has lead to a "digital detox" trend. More people are making time to disconnect. For those without the willpower to do it on their own there are retreats that structure time away from tech. More than 100 people came to a recent "Camp Grounded" in North Carolina for four days of tech free play. "Adults get to let go of some of the habitual patterns of their daily lives, like keeping track of time and schedule and being glued to their technology," explains counselor Megan Lipsett. Participants say the digital detox has physical and psychological benefits. "We're not saying that technology is bad or evil everything is neutral can be a medicine or a poison," Lipsett says.

       

      Reality check: Are your sheets dirtier than a toilet seat?

      It’s enough to give you nightmares: Recent testing found that pillowcases, bed sheets, and mattresses harbour millions of bacteria.

      Tests were conducted on volunteers’ sheets and pillowcases every week over four weeks of use. The results found a higher bacteria count on the bedding than on many of the grimiest places in your home.

      Not so fast, says germ expert Jason Tetro — after he was able to stop laughing. Tetro is a microbiologist and author of the bestseller, The Germ Files.

      “They’re just playing on peoples’ fears,” said Tetro. “No one should ever take this type of study seriously.”

      He says while it’s true, there are millions of bacteria present on your sheets, they are not going to harm you.

      “What they found is exactly what you would expect to find,” said Tetro.

      Our bodies shed about a million microbes per hour, even while sleeping. And when you’re in bed, they end up on your sheets.

      Read more HERE

      Root canals increase the risk of cancer, diabetes and diseases of the brain

      As it turns out, in addition to being incredibly unpleasant, root canals may actually pose a major health risk. Dr. Weston Price was one of the first researchers to notice a link between the dreadful dental procedure and illness, but today many doctors believe that root canals have the ability to negatively effect the immune system and total body health.

      One of the primary concerns about root canals is the risk of secondary infection. A chemical solution is used to cleanse the area of any remaining bacteria, but the potential for lingering bacteria to cause further infection is always there. One key misconception is that harmful microbes and other organisms are only in the gums, and that they can easily be eradicated with disinfecting agents. However, there are millions of microscopic tubules beneath the surface, and it is unlikely that they are ever fully cleansed.

      Studies have revealed that up to 50 percent of bacteria survive unscathed after being treated with sodium hypochlorite, a common disinfectant. This suggests that secondary infection following a root canal would not be unusual. And after a tooth has been sealed off, anaerobic bacteria can still continue to thrive.

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      EpiPen Prices Skyrocket In U.S., But Canadians Should Not Panic: Food Allergy Canada

      The skyrocketing price for the rescue medication carried by people at risk for potentially life-threatening anaphylaxis has created a furor in the U.S., but there's no need for Canadians who use the device to panic, says the head of Food Allergy Canada.

      "The regulatory pricing system here is different than in the U.S., and so we have not seen huge increases for the device year over year," Laurie Harada, the organization's executive director, said of the EpiPen.

      In the U.S., the EpiPen is sold by pharmaceutical company Mylan, which incrementally hiked its price more than 500 per cent over the last nine years, pushing its list price for a two-syringe pack from US$94 to more than US$600.

      In the U.S., the EpiPen is sold by pharmaceutical company Mylan, which incrementally hiked its price more than 500 per cent over the last nine years, pushing its list price for a two-syringe pack from US$94 to more than US$600.

      Canadians pay around C$120 for a single auto-injector, with the price varying somewhat, depending on an individual pharmacy's dispensing fee, Harada said Thursday.

      Read more HERE

      STUDY: SELENIUM MAY STOP ZIKA BIRTH DEFECTS

      The dietary trace mineral selenium may reduce severe birth defects caused by Zika, a recent University of North Carolina study revealed.

      The study, which was released in July but received scant media attention, says that Zika mimics a genetic disease known as PCCA by lowering selenium proteins known as selenoproteins.

      “This research strongly suggests that selenium, a dietary trace mineral with a proven ability to improve clinical outcomes in HIV/AIDS and several other viral diseases, could also be useful in reducing the risk of neurological disorders and fetal abnormalities caused by Zika virus, including microcephaly, a birth defect characterized by small head size,” cell biologists Ethan Will Taylor and Jan A. Ruzicka stated. “…Low dietary selenium status could be a risk factor for Zika-related neurological and fetal abnormalities [experienced by pregnant women].”

      Read more HERE

      Study links prenatal BPA exposure to anxiety and depression in boys

      According to a new American study, boys exposed in utero to bisphenol A (BPA) -- a chemical commonly used in plastics -- could be at greater risk of developing symptoms of anxiety and depression at age 10 to 12.

      BPA is once again in the spotlight. Previous research has identified this synthetic estrogen as an endocrine disruptor linked to conditions such as asthma, anxiety, the early onset of puberty in girls, diabetes, obesity and heart disease in adults.

      However, until now, few studies had examined the link between prenatal exposure to BPA during pregnancy and pathological effects in children. Back in May, a team of scientists in the US identified in utero BPA exposure as a potential risk factor for obesity.

      Now, researchers at Columbia University in New York have studied 241 nonsmoking pregnant women and their children. To measure the quantity of BPA absorbed, the scientists collected urine samples from the women during the third trimester of their pregnancy. Samples were also collected from their children at ages three, five and 10 to 12 years old. At the end of the study period, the children underwent psychosocial tests and interviews to evaluate potential signs of depression and anxiety.

      Read more HERE