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WHO Changes Definition of Herd Immunity


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https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/01/15/who-changes-definition-of-herd-immunity.aspx

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola      Fact Checked      January 15, 2021

herd immunity

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Herd immunity occurs when enough people acquire immunity to an infectious disease such that it can no longer spread widely in the community
  • WHO’s definition of herd immunity long reflected this, but in October 2020 it quietly revised this concept in an Orwellian move that totally removes natural infection from the equation
  • Immunity developed through previous infection is the way it has worked since humans have been alive: Your immune system isn’t designed to get vaccines; it’s designed to work in response to exposure to an infectious agent
  • This perversion of science implies that the only way to achieve herd immunity is via vaccination, which is blatantly untrue
  • It’s all part of the Great Reset: The rollout of widespread COVID-19 vaccination coupled with tracking and tracing of COVID-19 test results and vaccination status are setting the stage for biometric surveillance and additional tracking and tracing

In a shocking reversal that’s akin to redefining reality, the World Health Organization has changed their definition of herd immunity. Herd immunity occurs when enough people acquire immunity to an infectious disease such that it can no longer spread widely in the community.

When the number susceptible is low enough to prevent epidemic growth, herd immunity is said to have been reached. Prior to the introduction of vaccines, all herd immunity was achieved via exposure to and recovery from an infectious disease.

Eventually, as vaccination became widespread, the concept of herd immunity evolved to include not only the naturally acquired immunity that comes from prior illness, but also the temporary vaccine-acquired immunity that can occur after vaccination. WHO, however, quietly revised this concept in an Orwellian move that totally removes natural infection from the equation.

Violating Science, WHO Changes the Meaning of Herd Immunity

In June 2020, WHO’s definition of herd immunity, posted on one of their COVID-19 Q&A pages, was in line with the widely accepted concept that has been the standard for infectious diseases for decades. Here’s what it originally said, courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback machine:1

“Herd immunity is the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection.”

It should be noted that “immunity developed through previous infection” is the way it has worked since humans have been alive. Your immune system isn’t designed to get vaccines. It’s designed to work in response to exposure to an infectious agent. Apparently, according to WHO, that’s no longer the case. In October 2020, here’s their updated definition of herd immunity, which is now “a concept used for vaccination”:2

“‘Herd immunity’, also known as ‘population immunity’, is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached. Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it.

Vaccines train our immune systems to create proteins that fight disease, known as ‘antibodies’, just as would happen when we are exposed to a disease but – crucially – vaccines work without making us sick. Vaccinated people are protected from getting the disease in question and passing it on, breaking any chains of transmission.”

This perversion of science implies that the only way to achieve herd immunity is via vaccination, which is blatantly untrue. The startling implications for society, however, are that by putting out this false information, they’re attempting to change our perception of what’s true and not true, leaving people believing that they must artificially manipulate their immune systems as the only way to stay safe from infectious disease.

CDC, Others Retain Natural Infection as Part of Herd Immunity

As of this writing, other high-profile medical organizations have not signed on to WHO’s skewed definition of herd immunity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for instance, in their Vaccine Glossary of Terms, defines community immunity, also known as herd immunity, as follows:3

“A situation in which a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely. Even individuals not vaccinated (such as newborns and those with chronic illnesses) are offered some protection because the disease has little opportunity to spread within the community.”

The Mayo Clinic, as of January 6, 2020, also stated, “There are two paths to herd immunity for COVID-19 — vaccines and infection,” noting:4

“Herd immunity can also be reached when a sufficient number of people in the population have recovered from a disease and have developed antibodies against future infection. For example, those who survived the 1918 flu (influenza) pandemic were later immune to infection with the H1N1 flu, a subtype of influenza A.”

In a 2020 JAMA Patient Page on herd immunity, Dr. Angel Desai, associated editor of JAMA Network Open, and Dr. Maimuna Majumder with Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, also explain that herd immunity may be achieved via natural infection and recovery:5

“Herd immunity may be achieved either through infection and recovery or by vaccination … Achieving herd immunity through infection relies on enough people being infected with the disease and recovering from it, during which they develop antibodies against future infection.”

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Naturally Acquired Immunity Is Longer Lasting

Public health officials often state that vaccination offers you a chance to acquire immunity to an illness without having to get sick from it. What they don’t typically mention, aside from the risks inherent in all vaccines, is that the resulting immunity from vaccination is not the same as that achieved via natural infection.

Many vaccines do not provide long-lasting or lifelong immunity. Vaccines only confer temporary artificial immunity and sometimes they fail to do that. This is why booster shots are needed. Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), explains why this is so problematic using the example of measles:

“What the medical literature shows is that baby boomers and the generation before us acquired natural immunity, which is qualitatively superior. It’s longer lasting than vaccine-acquired immunity.

We have been helping what looks like vaccine-acquired herd immunity. We never were vaccinated, but we are contributing to the concept of what looks like vaccine-acquired herd immunity. When we die, you won’t have that barrier anymore. They know that.6,7

Vaccine-acquired immunity is not the same as naturally acquired immunity. That has been the problem from the very beginning with the creation of these vaccines. They have never understood how to make vaccines mimic naturally acquired immunity exactly.8

I think the most shocking part, whenever I go into the medical literature, is understanding how much they do not know about the functioning of the immune system, about how infections confer immunity and how vaccines stimulate artificial immunity.”9

WHO Also Changed the Definition of ‘Pandemic’

If it wasn’t already clear that WHO seeks to alter reality to fit its own agendas, you may be interested to know that had it not been for WHO changing the definition of “pandemic,” COVID-19 may no longer be an issue. WHO’s original definition of a pandemic from May 1, 2009, specified simultaneous epidemics worldwide “with enormous numbers of deaths and illnesses:”10,11

“An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity, resulting in several, simultaneous epidemics worldwide with enormous numbers of deaths and illness.”

This definition was changed in the month leading up to the 2009 swine flu pandemic, removing the severity and high mortality criteria and leaving the definition of a pandemic as “a worldwide epidemic of a disease.”12

This switch in definition allowed WHO to declare swine flu a pandemic after a mere 144 people had died from the infection, worldwide, and it’s why COVID-19 is still promoted as a pandemic even though plenty of data suggest the lethality of COVID-19 is on par with the seasonal flu.13

Another example of WHO conveniently changing former truths occurred in June 2020. During a press briefing, Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s technical lead for the COVID-19 pandemic, made it very clear that people who have COVID-19 without any symptoms “rarely” transmit the disease to others. In a dramatic about-face, WHO then backtracked on the statement just one day later.

June 9, 2020, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies program, quickly backpedaled Van Kerkhove’s statement, saying the remarks were “misinterpreted or maybe we didn’t use the most elegant words to explain that.”14

It’s All Part of the Great Reset

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for those who aren’t aware, is the biggest funder of WHO, and Bill Gates, along with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID),15 are among those who have stated that life cannot return to normal until there is a vaccine against COVID-19.

“Humankind has never had a more urgent task than creating broad immunity for coronavirus,” Gates wrote on his blog in April 2020. “Realistically, if we’re going to return to normal, we need to develop a safe, effective vaccine. We need to make billions of doses, we need to get them out to every part of the world, and we need all of this to happen as quickly as possible.”16

Gates has even stated he “suspect[s] the COVID-19 vaccine will become part of the routine newborn immunization schedule”17 and has gone on record saying the U.S. needs disease surveillance and a national tracking system18 that could involve vaccine records embedded on our bodies (such as invisible ink quantum dot tattoos described in a Science Translational Medicine paper).19,20

Vaccine passports, which will be attached to cellphone apps that track and trace your COVID-19 test results and vaccination status, are already here and expected to become “widely available” during the first half of 2021. This is all in line with the Great Reset, which at its core is technocracy, in which we the people know nothing about the ruling elite while every aspect of our lives is surveilled, tracked and manipulated for their gain.

The rollout of widespread COVID-19 vaccination coupled with tracking and tracing of COVID-19 test results and vaccination status are setting the stage for biometric surveillance and additional tracking and tracing, which will eventually be tied in with all your other medical records, digital ID, digital banking and a social credit system.

Have Some Areas Achieved Herd Immunity to COVID-19 Naturally?

What if COVID-19, which causes only minor symptoms in the majority of people — and causes no symptoms in others — has already spread throughout communities such that natural herd immunity exists? WHO quickly dismisses this possibility, stating:21

“Attempts to reach ‘herd immunity’ through exposing people to a virus are scientifically problematic and unethical. Letting COVID-19 spread through populations, of any age or health status will lead to unnecessary infections, suffering and death. The vast majority of people in most countries remain susceptible to this virus. Seroprevalence surveys suggest that in most countries, less than 10% of the population have been infected with COVID-19.”

This contradicts data suggesting that some areas may already have reached the herd immunity threshold (HIT). According to The New York Times, more than a dozen scientists said in interviews that the HIT for COVID-19 is likely 50% or lower. “If that’s true, then it may be possible to turn back the coronavirus more quickly than once thought,” the Times reported,22 and perhaps without the need for a vaccine.

Herd immunity is calculated using reproductive number, or R-naught (R0), which is the estimated number of new infections that may occur from one infected person.23 R0 of below 1 (with R1 meaning that one person who’s infected is expected to infect one other person) indicates that cases are declining while R0 above 1 suggests cases are on the rise.

It’s far from an exact science, however, as a person’s susceptibility to infection varies depending on many factors, including their health, age and contacts within a community. The initial R0 calculations for COVID-19’s HIT were based on assumptions that everyone has the same susceptibility and would be mixing randomly with others in the community.

“That doesn’t happen in real life,” Dr. Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, told The Times. “Herd immunity could vary from group to group, and subpopulation to subpopulation,” or even zip code.24

When real-world scenarios are factored into the equation, the HIT drops significantly, with some experts saying it could be as low as 10% to 20%. In fact, as the Times suggested, it’s possible that herd immunity for the pandemic is “ahead of schedule.”25

Researchers from Oxford, Virginia Tech and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine26 are among those that found when individual variations in susceptibility and exposure are taken into account, the HIT declines to less than 10%.27 By that number, and using WHO’s estimate that less than 10% of the population has already been infected, the HIT could already be met or quickly approaching — all via naturally acquired immunity.

Can antibiotic use harm our children? Research says the dangers are real

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https://www.naturalhealth365.com/antibiotic-use-asthma-3690.html

by:  | January 11, 2021

antibiotic-asthma(NaturalHealth365) Tragically, the number of children in the United States living with autism, ADHD, asthma, and allergies (the 4 A’s) has increased over the years.  Many parents whose children suffer from these chronic conditions report frequent use of antibiotics during the early stages of their children’s lives.  In fact, a study confirmed a link between antibiotic use during the first year of life and the development of asthma.

Researchers published their findings in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine and revealed that impaired viral immunity and genetic variants on a region of chromosome 17 increase the risk of antibiotic use in early life, leading to later development of asthma.  However, other research challenges this finding.

It’s time to shed light on the long-term risks of antibiotic use in children

In the same issue of The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, scientists reported that the link between asthma and antibiotics is due to the ‘hygiene hypothesis’ – as children today are exposed to fewer microbes than in the past.  Another research paper published in The Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology pointed out that disruption in gastrointestinal microbiota weakened the immune system causing children to develop asthma.

As with most chronic conditions, there is usually not one single cause responsible for the disease.  Instead, typically several factors must occur simultaneously, creating a “perfect storm” that leads to the development of a chronic condition.  Although scientists do not understand completely how antibiotics cause asthma, the truth is, doctors should prescribe them more sparingly to reduce the associated adverse health effects.

Breastfeeding offers incredible immune-boosting benefits to infants

Research shows that breast milk is rich in white blood cells, antibodies, and has greater antioxidant ability than bovine milk, especially in the glutathione synthesis pathway.  Breastfeeding is truly a superior way to feed an infant during the early stages of life. When babies aren’t breastfed, disruption of the gut lining occurs, further increasing the infant’s vulnerability to illness.

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Ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses that doctors treat with medications. To reduce the courses of antibiotics children receive, preventing ear infections in the first place is essential. A number of studies show that pepsinogen – a digestive enzyme produced by the body to break down food proteins – is often a culprit in ear infections.  When researchers looked closely, they found the enzyme in concentrations about 1,000 times higher in the middle ear than in the blood.

In one study, 83% of children who had ear infections tested positive for pepsinogen.  So, in essence, the ear infection is a symptom of acid reflux, and antibiotics are often unnecessary.

How does pepsinogen get from the stomach to the middle ear?

When a baby lies on his back, pepsinogen can flow up to the throat and drip into the middle ear creating a breeding ground for bacteria.  Often, the only indication of acid reflux in children is a cough when they lay down at night.  The journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery concluded that controlling reflux may be essential in controlling middle ear infections.

An abundance of scientific evidence suggests that the most common culprit behind childhood acid reflux is dairy.  Even if your child tests negative for dairy in an allergy test, the negative result does not exclude the possibility of dairy causing the reflux.

Bottom line: don’t eat foods tainted with antibiotics.

During a child’s first year of life, table food is introduced.  Considering that 80% of antibiotics in the United States are given to livestock, be sure to only feed your child meat that comes from animals raised without antibiotics.  Pay attention to pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables too.  Antimicrobial pesticides do exist and can wreak havoc on children’s developing systems.

As an action step, tap into “nature’s medicine cabinet.”

Although antibiotics may sometimes be necessary to help the body fight off an infection, natural solutions often resolve the issue without pharmaceutical drugs.  Integrative healthcare providers frequently use remedies such as garlic, honey, coconut oil, colloidal silver, and other solutions to assist the body in its healing process.

Sources for this article include:

NIH.gov
TheLancet.com
BeyondPesticides.org

How COVID-19 Is Changing the Future of Vaccines


Reproduced from original article:
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/01/12/future-of-vaccines.aspx

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola      Fact Checked      January 12, 2021

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • By pushing for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, or imposing social restrictions on those who refuse, the COVID-19 vaccine is paving the way for nonconsensual medical experimentation on the general public
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, world leaders have warned that social distancing, mask wearing, travel restrictions and other measures will become part of our “new normal.” And, while the vaccine is sold as a way to end the pandemic and return us to normal, it cannot, since it has only been evaluated for its ability to lessen COVID-19 symptoms, not reduce the risk of infection, hospitalization or death
  • While some COVID-19 vaccines have been granted emergency use authorization, they still haven’t even completed Stage 3 clinical trials. Data for some end points won’t even be collected until 24 months after injection. As such, they are still entirely experimental
  • COVID-19 vaccines’ adverse side effects are still relatively unknown. It’s also unknown whether they might affect fertility — a real concern since the vaccine triggers your body to produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, and spike proteins in turn contain syncytin-homologous proteins that are essential for the formation of placenta. If a woman’s immune system starts reacting against syncytin-1, then there is a possibility she could become infertile
  • Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine contains polyethylene glycol (PEG), and studies have shown 70% of people develop antibodies against this substance. This suggests PEG may trigger fatal allergic reactions in many who receive the vaccine

In his December 24, 2020, video report,1,2 “The Future of Vaccines,” investigative journalist James Corbett reviews how the novel COVID-19 vaccine is paving the way for nonconsensual medical experimentation on the general public.

As noted by Corbett, if the international medical establishment get their way, nothing will get back to “normal” until world health officials have definitively determined there is an effective COVID vaccine in place.

Even then, however, things may not go back to the normal we’re accustomed to or expect. Since the beginning of the pandemic, world leaders have warned that social distancingmask wearingtravel restrictions and other measures will become part of our “new normal.”3

Be that as it may, the refrain we keep hearing from the likes of Bill Gates, Dr. Anthony Fauci and a long list of other world leaders is that any sense of normalcy will remain elusive until or unless the entire global population gets vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2.

Brave New World of Vaccines

“The public is being prepared for an unprecedented global vaccination campaign,” Corbett says. However, one major problem with this is that the current COVID-19 vaccines are still in the experimental stage. While they’ve been granted emergency use authorization, they still haven’t completed Stage 3 clinical trials. Data for some end points won’t even be collected until 24 months after injection.

Another problem is that the COVID vaccines’ adverse side effects are still relatively unknown due to the “fanatical” warp speed at which they were developed.

Even if there is only one serious event per 1,000 people, cumulatively that would equate to 100,000 people being harmed by the vaccine for every 100 million vaccinated — a steep price for an infection that has an overall noninstitutionalized infection fatality rate of just 0.26%.4 Among those under the age of 40, the infection fatality rate is a mere 0.01%, which is lower than that for seasonal influenza.5

A third issue that Corbett homes in on in his report is the fact that the COVID-19 vaccines are “unlike any vaccines that have ever been used on the human population before,” and “as radically different as these vaccines appear, they represent only the very beginning of a complete transformation of vaccine technology that is currently taking place in research labs across the planet.”6

Are COVID-19 Vaccines Really as Effective as Advertised?

On an important side note, while Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines have reported very high success rates, their “success” is only measured by their ability to lessen moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms such as cough and headache. Presumably, this would lower the risk of hospitalization and death for vaccinated individuals.

However, as explained in “How COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Are Rigged,” the vaccines were not evaluated for their ability to actually prevent infection and transmission of the virus. So, since the vaccine cannot reduce infection, hospitalizations or deaths, it cannot create vaccine-acquired herd immunity and end the pandemic, even though this has been the vaccine’s primary selling point. Furthermore, as noted by Corbett:7

“The studies are touted as involving tens of thousands of people, but in Pfizer’s trial, only 170 of them were reported as being ‘diagnosed with COVID-19’ during the trial. Of those, 162 were in the placebo group and eight were in the vaccine group.

From this, it is inferred that the vaccine prevented 154/162 people from developing the disease, or ‘95%.’ But as even the British Medical Journal points out,8 ‘a relative risk reduction is being reported, not absolute risk reduction, which appears to be less than 1%.'”

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COVID-19 Ushers in a Whole New Breed of Vaccines

Getting back to the main point of the Corbett report, the COVID-19 vaccines under development are unlike any other vaccine ever released. They’re mRNA vaccines, and do not work like conventional vaccines. In summary, RNA are molecules that encode certain proteins. The RNA used in COVID-19 vaccines encode for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

The idea is that by injecting this RNA, your own cells will start to produce and secrete the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. Your immune system will then respond to the presence of that viral protein by producing antibodies. It’s important to realize that this technology is entirely unproven, and there’s no telling how this RNA programming might affect your health in years to come. As explained by Corbett:9

“The term ‘vaccination’ … came to refer to the general process of introducing immunogens or attenuated infectious agents into the body in order to stimulate the immune system to fight infections. But this is not how mRNA vaccines function.

In contrast to vaccination, which involves introducing an immunogen into the body, mRNA vaccines seek to introduce messenger RNA into the body in order to ‘trick’ that body’s cells into producing immunogens, which then stimulate an immune response …

Despite the straw man argument that opposition to the vaccine comes solely from ignorant members of the public who are worried about being ‘injected with mircochips,’ there are genuine concerns about the long-term safety of these vaccines coming from within the scientific community, and even from whistleblowers from within the ranks of the Big Pharma manufacturers themselves.”

December 1, 2020, two such whistleblowers — Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, former chair of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Health Committee, and Dr. Michael Yeadon, former vice-president and chief scientific officer at Pfizer Global R&D — filed a petition10 calling on the European Medicine Agency to halt Phase 3 clinical trials of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine until they’ve been restructured to address critical safety concerns.

Key Safety Concerns

The four key safety concerns specified in the petition11 to the European Medicine Agency are:

1.The potential for formation of non-neutralizing antibodies that can trigger an exaggerated immune reaction (referred to as paradoxical immune enhancement or antibody-dependent immune amplification) when the individual is exposed to the real “wild” virus post-vaccination.

Antibody-dependent amplification has been repeatedly demonstrated in coronavirus vaccine trials on animals.12 While the animals initially tolerated the vaccine well and had robust immune responses, they later became severely ill or died when infected with the wild virus. Put plainly, the vaccine increased their susceptibility to the virus and made them more likely to die from the infection.

2.Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine contains polyethylene glycol (PEG), and studies have shown 70% of people develop antibodies against this substance. This suggests PEG may trigger fatal allergic reactions in many who receive the vaccine.

Indeed, within days of the vaccine’s release, reports started coming in of people having life-threatening anaphylactic reactions,13 leading to warnings that people with known allergies should not take the Pfizer vaccine.14 Since then, anaphylactic reactions have been reported by recipients of the Moderna mRNA vaccine as well.15

3.The mRNA vaccine triggers your body to produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, and spike proteins in turn contain syncytin-homologous proteins that are essential for the formation of placenta. If a woman’s immune system starts reacting against syncytin-1, then there is the possibility she could become infertile.

This is an issue that none of the vaccine studies is looking at specifically. Mass vaccinating women of childbearing age against COVID-19 could potentially have the devastating consequence of causing mass infertility if the vaccine triggers an immune reaction against syncytin-1. The petition states that this possibility must be “absolutely ruled out” before mass vaccination takes place.

4.The studies are far too brief in duration to allow a realistic estimation of side effects. Depending on what those effects end up being, millions of people may be exposed to unacceptable risk in return for a very minor benefit.

In an interview — a snippet of which is featured in the Corbett Report — Del Bigtree asked Wodarg how we can ensure we don’t end up making the greatest scientific error in history with this vaccine campaign. Wodarg answered:16

“Protect yourself and protect your neighbors and friends so that they don’t get this vaccine … And you have to show up. You have to tell the politicians that you will blame them for what they do with this. I think what’s happening … is a great betrayal. We are betrayed. And people who betray normally are punished, and we won’t forget this if they go on doing this with us.”

Health Freedom Undermined in the Name of ‘Emergency’

As noted by Corbett, even more fundamental than any particular safety concern is the fact that a vaccination campaign of this magnitude, using an entirely novel technology, sets “the most dangerous public health precedent in the history of humanity.” By drumming up unnecessary panic, many are now willing to forgo all manner of freedom in the name of responding to a global health emergency.

“One of these core freedoms is the ability to refuse an experimental medical procedure, a freedom that was acknowledged in the Nuremberg Code of 194717 and enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states that ‘no one shall be subjected without his free consent to medical or scientific experimentation,'” Corbett says.18

“Despite the fact that the clinical trials surrounding these experimental vaccines are ongoing and that the FDA itself admits19 that there is ‘currently insufficient data to make conclusions about the safety of the vaccine in subpopulations such as children less than 16 years of age, pregnant and lactating individuals, and immunocompromised individuals’ and ‘risk of vaccine-enhanced disease over time, potentially associated with waning immunity, remains unknown,’ governments around the world are contemplating making these vaccinations mandatory, or compelling people to take them against their will by restricting their access to public life until they subject themselves to this medical experimentation.

The threat of forcing or compelling people to become unwilling guinea pigs in an ongoing medical experiment is immoral on its face. But even the prospect of enforcing such mandates would entail the erection of a surveillance and tracking system that further threatens basic rights and liberties.

After all, in order to determine who has been vaccinated — and thus who is allowed to board an airplane or access a stadium or enter a store with a vaccine policy — there will need to be a system for identifying and tracking each vaccine recipient.”

Indeed, I’ve written several articles detailing how the tracking of vaccination status will usher in a surveillance apparatus greater than anything we’ve ever experienced before. This initial vaccine surveillance system will ultimately be tied into other digital systems, such as all other medical records, biometric ID and an all-digital banking system.

The implementation of a Google-based social credit system, similar to that implemented in China in 2018, is highly likely as well. Under a social credit system, points are awarded or subtracted for certain types of behavior. When your score falls below a certain point, punishment is meted out in the form of travel restrictions or the inability to obtain a loan, for example.

“There are already apps like IBM’s Digital Health Pass and CLEAR’s Health Pass that envision a world where our biometric ID will be linked via our smartphones to our health data in order to grant or deny access from public spaces and public events,” Corbett says.

“Once the COVID vaccines are widely distributed, it would simply be a question of linking one’s vaccination record to the health pass app to prevent the unvaccinated from accessing any given space …

The COVID vaccine presents governments, intelligence agencies and corporations that have a direct interest in suppressing dissent, monitoring dissidents and controlling their populations with the perfect opportunity to make such systems a permanent fixture of daily life.

After the immediate ‘threat’ of the declared public health crisis subsides, the public is already being warned that these apps will be transitioned seamlessly into general monitoring of the population.”

The precedent being set up right now is one that, in the future, will grant health authorities the “right” to force any number of experimental drugs, vaccines and technologies upon us in the name of public health. If the right to refuse an experimental medical procedure is not upheld now, the entire population of the earth will be available for experimentation without recourse.

Novel Medical Technologies Under Development

While COVID-19 vaccines do not contain tracking-enabled microchips, we are indeed looking at a future where quantum dot tags and hydrogel biosensors will likely be used in vaccine delivery, and they will allow far more than just identifying or tracking your vaccination status.

They’ll be able to collect and transmit all sorts of information about what’s going on in your body. The ramifications of handing all of this biological data over to some artificial intelligence-driven machine run by a technocratic elite hell-bent on owning all the world’s resources is anyone’s guess.

Already, there’s a study underway to evaluate how an implantable biosensor, which continuously monitors your body chemistry, can be used as an early warning system for disease outbreaks, biological attacks and pandemics by sending a signal when it detects the onset of an infection. Other medical technologies under development include:

  • Edible vaccines
  • Remote-controlled vaccine delivery systems — For example, a hydrogel mesh sphere containing a vaccine can be injected under the skin, and when you swallow a particular substance that dissolves the hydrogel, the vaccine is released. Proof of concept for this was demonstrated in 2014
  • Autonomous DNA nanorobots that can carry molecular payloads into your cells
  • Shape-changing microdevices called “theragrippers” that, when placed into your gastrointestinal tract, extend drug delivery

As noted by Corbett:

“Nanobots. Shape-changing bioelectronic devices. Remote-controlled vaccines. This is not the stuff of science fiction but of science fact, and the precedent that is being set during the COVID era to rush experimental and unproven medical technologies into use on the back of a declared crisis is the same precedent that could be used to foist these injectable technologies on the public in the future …

These injectables are part of an elaborate system of biological, economic, and political control that is being bankrolled into existence by powerful special interests.”

Indisputable Facts

While the technocratic elite behind the Great Reset insist there’s nothing nefarious about any of these experimental technologies, mRNA vaccines included, the fact that they will lead us into a future that a vast majority of people would never choose, given the chance, seems inevitable. Corbett notes:20

“Despite the protestations of those like Bill Gates who have a financial interest in these experimental vaccines, and the Big Pharma corporations that are selling these vaccines, and the governments that are being bribed21 by the international public health cartel to purchase these vaccines and pressure their public to accept them, and the corporate media who relies on these Big Pharma corporations for their advertising dollars, some facts about these novel coronavirus vaccines are indisputable:

They are the most rushed vaccines ever developed.

The manufacturers have been given total immunity from liability if their experimental vaccines cause injury.22

The clinical trials testing the safety of these injections are not finished, meaning that every member of the public who takes one is now a human guinea pig in an ongoing medical experiment with the population of the planet.

The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are themselves part of an experimental class of injection that has never before been given to the public;

These vaccines have not been tested for their ability to prevent infection or spread of SARS-CoV-2 and are not intended to do so.

And there is absolutely no long-term data about these vaccines to determine what their effects may be on fertility, the potential for pathogenic priming,23 or any other serious adverse reaction.

That this represents the most reckless and brazen experiment in the history of the world is undeniable on its face. Never before have billions of people been pressured to submit to a completely experimental, invasive medical procedure on the basis of a disease with a greater than 99% survival rate …

Surely those who wish to be the test subjects in this ongoing experiment should be free to make themselves into guinea pigs for the Big Pharma manufacturers.

But every mandate or compulsion to force the vaccine on an unwilling recipient sets a dangerous precedent, a precedent that will one day lead to a tracked and surveilled population unable to resist the next generation of injectable bioelectronics.

This is not a game, this is not a test. Billions of people are being asked to participate in a gigantic experiment, not just an experiment in medical technology, but an experiment in compliance and blind trust.

The pressure to say yes and to go along with the crowd in this experiment is enormous. But if we lose the freedom to say “no” to this, then we may lose control over our bodily autonomy — and, ultimately, our humanity — forever.”

Can an Onion a Day Keep the Doctor Away?


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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • The nutrient value in onions is likely the reason this savory vegetable is packed with health benefits; it is loaded with calcium, potassium, vitamin C and magnesium
  • Onions are one of the richest sources of flavonoids, a group of polyphenols that play an important role in reducing the risk of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases
  • Onions are a source of the water-soluble fiber inulin, an important prebiotic that supports your beneficial gut bacteria and has demonstrated the ability to promote weight loss and reduce liver fat cells
  • Quercetin is another compound found in onions, and it’s linked to fat cell inhibition, immune system modulation and blood pressure reduction
  • Pick your onions dry and firm and leave the root intact to reduce tearing while peeling

A 2019 survey of 2,000 people in the U.S. crowned corn the new favorite vegetable, with an approval rating of 91%.1 Onions followed not far behind with an approval rating of 87%, making it among the top five favorite vegetables. The survey found some of the least favorite vegetables included asparagus, mushrooms and eggplant.

Many experts believe that the first onions appeared in Central Asia. Most agree the vegetable has been cultivated for nearly 5,000 years and might be one of the first cultivated crops since they are easy to grow and transport, and have a long shelf life.2

Pliny the Elder catalogued how Romans used onions in Pompeii before being killed by the volcano. His documents showed that onions’ curative powers included the ability to induce sleep, heal toothaches and mouth sores and address vision problems. Others have documented their use in the treatment of headaches and heart disease.3

In the Middle Ages, onions were used to help relieve headaches, hair loss and help to pay the rent. The first pilgrims brought them on the Mayflower to America to cultivate, where they became one of the first products brought to market in New England.

Onions are a member of the allium family, which also includes garlic, leeks, shallots and chives.4 About 125,000 acres produce 6.2 billion pounds of onions each year in the U.S.5 The top producing states are California, Eastern Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

Other countries producing a large number of onions include Turkey, Pakistan, China and India. According to Live Science, the average person in the U.S. eats 20 pounds of onions each year.

Nutrient Value Basis of Onion’s Health Benefits

It’s likely the many health benefits derived from eating onions comes from the nutrient value of the vegetable. One small onion has just 28 calories, 6.5 grams (g) of carbohydrate and 1.1 g of total fiber. It also contains:6

  • Calcium, 16.1 milligrams (mg)
  • Magnesium, 7 mg
  • Potassium, 102 mg
  • Vitamin C, 5.18 mg
  • Choline, 4.27 mg

Onions are also surprisingly high in beneficial polyphenols.7 This group of plant compounds plays an important role in the prevention and reduction of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. In a comparison of the polyphenol and antioxidant capacity between red and yellow onions researchers found the outer layers of the onions had the highest number of total polyphenols and flavonoids.

The outer layers of both types of onions also had the highest antioxidant activity. However, overall, the red onion had better antioxidant activity, with a higher number of total polyphenols and flavonoids that were associated with antioxidant activity. Onions have over 25 varieties of flavonoids that help prevent cellular damage contributing to chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

In addition to the calcium content promoting strong bones, onions may also relieve oxidative stress, which in turn decreases bone loss and can help prevent osteoporosis.8 Onions are also good sources of vitamins A and K, which in addition to vitamin C help protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. Vitamin C also helps your body produce collagen, a structural support for your skin and hair.

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Prebiotic Compound Has Multiple Benefits

Prebiotics are indigestible fiber that help nourish the beneficial bacteria in your body. In turn, these bacteria help with digestion and absorption of your food, as well as play a significant role in the function of your immune system. One of these prebiotics is inulin, a water-soluble form of dietary fiber that’s found in onions.9

Inulin is found in thousands of species of plants, but most experts agree that chicory root is the richest source with up to 20 g of inulin per 100 g in weight. Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, asparagus and raw onion are also significant sources, with Jerusalem artichokes measuring up to 19 g and raw onion measuring from 5 to 9 g.10

Your gut thrives on adequate amounts of fiber as it helps improve digestive health and relieves constipation. In one study, researchers found those who took inulin had bowel movements with improved stool consistency,11 and another four-week study showed older adults experienced better digestion with less constipation.12

In addition to feeding the beneficial bacteria in your gut microbiome, inulin also demonstrates the ability to promote weight loss and reduce liver fat cells in people who are prediabetic.13

Since inulin is colorless, has a neutral taste and is highly soluble, manufacturers are adding it to food products to help increase the fiber content of processed foods.14 In a review of inulin studies published in U.S. Pharmacist, the data showed inulin also has an effect on mineral absorption and a potential effect on lipid levels.15

Several studies showed it helps improve calcium absorption, which is highly beneficial in the onion since it is also a rich source of calcium. Overall, the data on the effect on lipids were mixed as most studies had a small number of participants. However, past research has shown that soluble fiber does lower lipid levels.16

In one study of women who had Type 2 diabetes, the researchers found those who used insulin had better glycemic control.17 It also appears that flavonoid-rich foods such as onions may help inhibit the growth of H. pylori, a type of bacteria responsible for most ulcers.18

Allium Vegetables Linked to Cancer Prevention

Allium vegetables are popular in different dishes worldwide and some epidemiological studies have found an association between people eating large amounts of allium vegetables and a reduced risk of cancer, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract.19

The majority of these studies have come from mechanistic research, or studies that are “designed to understand a biological or behavioral process, the pathophysiology of a disease, or the mechanism of action of an intervention.”20

Some of these have been clinical trials evaluating the mechanism sulfur compounds in allium vegetables have on bioactivation of carcinogens and antimicrobial activities. In a review of the literature, researchers found:21 “Allium vegetables and their components have effects at each stage of carcinogenesis and affect many biological processes that modify cancer risk.”

In early 2019, a study published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology revealed the results of an analysis of 833 patients with colorectal cancer who were matched against an equal number of healthy controls.22 Demographic and dietary data were collected using interviews.

After the analysis, the researchers found that adults who ate high amounts of allium vegetables had a 79% lower risk colorectal cancer. Dr. Zhi Li, of the First Hospital of China Medical University, was the senior author, who commented on the results saying:23

“It is worth noting that in our research, there seems to be a trend: the greater the amount of allium vegetables, the better the protection. In general, the present findings shed light on the primary prevention of colorectal cancer through lifestyle intervention, which deserves further in-depth explorations.”

Angela Lemond, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, agrees that foods high in antioxidants and which are “one of the richest sources of dietary flavonoids,”24 are important to good health:25

“Foods that are high in antioxidants and amino acids allow your body to function optimally. Antioxidants help prevent damage, and cancer. Amino acids are the basic building block for protein, and protein is used in virtually every vital function in the body.”

Quercetin Linked to Blood Pressure and Immune Function

Quercetin is another compound found in onions that is linked to a large number of health benefits. This single antioxidant flavonoid is found in high concentrations in onions. Researchers have found some onions store quercetin in the outer layers and others have higher concentration in the inner layers.26

Red onions and chartreuse onions have the highest levels in the outer layers, whereas the highest levels of quercetin were detected in the inner layer of the yellow onion. In this study, data showed the yellow onions had more total quercetin than red onions, and chartreuse onions had the highest level overall.

The most common onions are red, yellow and white, whereas chartreuse is a relatively rare genetic genotype.27 There are two main classes of flavonoids in onions — anthocyanins that are responsible for the color of red onions and quercetin that is responsible for the yellow and brown skins of other varieties.28

In one review of the literature researchers evaluated the anti-obesity activity of onions and their effect on related comorbidities.29 Analysis revealed studies that demonstrated “quercetin-rich onion peel extract” could inhibit fat cell generation in the lab and an animal model.

Additionally, they found raw extract could reduce blood sugar in an animal model after 24 hours and had the potential for pancreatic beta cell regeneration. The benefits extended to overweight and obese patients with high blood pressure who used concentrations of quercetin extracted from onion skin.

In this study, a group of participants took three capsules each day and while there was no difference in blood pressure measurements in the total group, blood pressure was significantly reduced in the subgroup of participants who had high blood pressure.

As I’ve written in the past, quercetin in combination with vitamin C has a powerful effect on your immune system and specifically to help prevent COVID-19. Since 1 cup of chopped onions provides 13.11% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C,30,31 onions are a healthy addition to your daily nutritional intake.32 The benefits to your immune system are extensive and include:33

“Quercetin is known for its antioxidant activity in radical scavenging and anti-allergic properties characterized by stimulation of immune system, antiviral activity, inhibition of histamine release, decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines, leukotrienes creation, and suppresses interleukin IL-4 production.

It can improve the Th1/Th2 balance, and restrain antigen-specific IgE antibody formation. It is also effective in the inhibition of enzymes such as lipoxygenase, eosinophil and peroxidase and the suppression of inflammatory mediators.”

How to Pick, Peel and Store Your Onions

Whether you’re harvesting from your own garden or selecting onions at the grocery store, use those that are dry and firm. Although they have a long shelf life, once they reach the end the flesh begins to get soft and moist.34 The onion should have little or no scent before you begin cutting.

As you peel the onion, take off the least amount of skin from the outer layer. As with many other vegetables, the outer layers are packed with antioxidants, which are best used in your meal and not in the garbage or compost pile.

The chemical properties of onions that make them savory are the same that trigger your tears as you’re peeling and chopping. These are sulfur compounds the plant uses in chemical warfare against predators. As you slice an onion, it produces a sulfur-based gas. This reacts with your tears and forms the familiar irritation triggered by a sulfenic acid substrate.35

To reduce the effect, try standing farther away so as the gas is released it disperses before reaching your face. You can also try cutting onions in front of a fan that blows the gas away from you. Try refrigerating the onions for 30 minutes and leaving the roots intact as you’re cutting and peeling. According to the National Onion Association, the roots have the highest concentration of sulfur.36

Onions should be stored in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area. Instead of a plastic bag, consider wrapping each in a paper towel before placing in the refrigerator. The sweeter the onion, the higher the water content, which means sweet onions have a shorter shelf life than other types of onions.

If learning about the health benefits of eating onions has inspired you to include them in your meal planning, then you’ll want to check out the National Onion Association Guide to help choose the different types of onions, their flavors and how they are best prepared.37 You’ll also find this and more health information about onions in “Onion Power!

 

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Attacking Ourselves: Top Doctors Reveal Vaccines Turn Our Immune System Against Us

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Attacking Ourselves: Top Doctors Identify 4 Groups Most Likely to Suffer Vaccine Injury

The research is hard to ignore, vaccines can trigger autoimmunity with a laundry list of diseases to follow. With harmful and toxic metals as some vaccine ingredients, who is susceptible and which individuals are more at risk?

No one would accuse Yehuda Shoenfeld of being a quack. The Israeli clinician has spent more than three decades studying the human immune system and is at the pinnacle of his profession. You might say he is more foundation than fringe in his specialty; he wrote the textbooks. The Mosaic of AutoimmunityAutoantibodiesDiagnostic Criteria in Autoimmune Diseases, Infection and Autoimmunity, Cancer and Autoimmunity – the list is 25 titles long and some of them are cornerstones of clinical practice. Hardly surprising that Shoenfeld has been called the “Godfather of Autoimmunology” – the study of the immune system turned on itself in a wide array of diseases from type 1 diabetes to ulcerative colitis and multiple sclerosis.

But something strange is happening in the world of immunology lately and a small evidence of it is that the Godfather of Autoimmunology is pointing to vaccines – specifically, some of their ingredients including the toxic metal aluminum – as a significant contributor to the growing global epidemic of autoimmune diseases. The bigger evidence is a huge body of research that’s poured in in the past 15 years, and particularly in the past five years. Take for example, a recent article published in the journal Pharmacological Research in which Shoenfeld and colleagues issue unprecedented guidelines naming four categories of people who are most at risk for vaccine-induced autoimmunity.

“On one hand,” vaccines prevent infections which can trigger autoimmunity, say the paper’s authors, Alessandra Soriano, of the Department of Clinical Medicine and Rheumatology at the Campus Bio-Medico University in Rome, Gideon Nesher, of the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem and Shoenfeld, founder and head of the Zabludowicz Center of Autoimmune Diseases in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. He is also editor of three medical journals and author of more than 1,500 research papers across the spectrum of medical journalism and founder of the International Congress on Autoimmunology. “On the other hand, many reports that describe post-vaccination autoimmunity strongly suggest that vaccines can indeed trigger autoimmunity. Defined autoimmune diseases that may occur following vaccinations include arthritis, lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE) diabetes mellitus, thrombocytopenia, vasculitis, dermatomyosiositis, Guillain-Barre syndrome and demyelinating disorders. Almost all types of vaccines have been reported to be associated with the onset of ASIA.”

ASIA – or Autoimmune/inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants (also known as Shoenfeld’s syndrome) — first appeared in the Journal of Autoimmunology four years ago. It is an umbrella term for a collection of similar symptoms, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, that result after exposure to an adjuvant – an environmental agent including common vaccine ingredients that stimulate the immune system. Since then an enormous body of research, using ASIA as a paradigm, has begun to unravel the mystery of how environmental toxins, particularly the metal aluminum used in vaccines, can trigger an immune system chain reaction in susceptible individuals and may lead to overt autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune disease results when the body’s system meant to attack foreign invaders turns instead to attack part of the body it belongs to (auto is Greek for self). If the immune system is like a national defence system, antibodies are like drones programmed to recognize a certain type of invader (a bacteria say) and to destroy them or mark them for destruction by other special forces. Autoantibodies are like drones that are misidentifying a component of the human body and have launched a sustained attack on it. If they mistakenly target a component of the conductive sheath around neurons, for example, nerve impulses stop conducting properly, muscles go into spasm and coordination fails; multiple sclerosis results. If autoantibodies erroneously focus on joint tissue; rheumatoid arthritis results. If they target the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas, Type 1 diabetes, and so on

“Throughout our lifetime the normal immune system walks a fine line between preserving normal immune reactions and developing autoimmune diseases,” says the paper. “The healthy immune system is tolerant to self-antigens. When self-tolerance is disturbed, dysregulation of the immune system follows, resulting in emergence of an autoimmune disease. Vaccination is one of the conditions that may disturb this homeostasis in susceptible individuals, resulting in autoimmune phenomena and ASIA.”

Who is “susceptible” is the subject of the paper entitled, “Predicting post-vaccination autoimmunity: Who might be at risk?” It lists four categories of people: 1) those who have had a previous autoimmune reaction to a vaccine, 2) anyone with a medical history of autoimmunity, 3) patients with a history of allergic reactions, 4) anyone at high risk of developing autoimmune disease including anyone with a family history of autoimmunity, presence of autoantibodies which are detectable by blood tests and other factors including low vitamin D and smoking.

PREVIOUS REACTION

Regarding those who have had a previous adverse reaction to vaccines, the paper cites five relevant studies including the case of a death of a teenage girl six months following her third Gardasil injection against HPV virus.  She had experienced a range of symptoms shortly after her first dose, including dizziness, numbness and tingling in her hands, and memory lapses. After her second injection, she developed “intermittent arm weakness, frequent tiredness requiring daytime naps,” worse tingling, night sweats, chest pain and palpitations. A full autopsy was unrevealing but blood and spleen tissue analysis revealed HPV-16 L1 gene DNA fragments – matching the DNA found in vials of the Gardasil vaccine against cervical cancer – “thus implicating the vaccine as a causal factor.” The DNA fragments had also been found to be “complexed with the aluminum adjuvant” which, according to the report, have been shown to persist for up to 8 to 10 years causing chronic immune system stimulation.

“Although data is limited,” Shoenfeld and his colleagues concluded, “it seems preferable that individuals with prior autoimmune or autoimmune-like reactions to vaccinations, should not be immunized, at least not with the same type of vaccine.”

ESTABLISHED AUTOIMMUNE CONDITION

The second group which the paper cites for vaccine exemption is patients with “established autoimmune conditions.” Vaccines don’t work so well in them, say Shoenfeld and his colleagues, and they are at “risk for flares following vaccination.” Inoculations that contain live viruses including chickenpox, yellow fever and the measles, mumps and rubella triple vaccine (MMR) are “generally contraindicated” for people with autoimmune conditions because of  the risk of “uncontrolled viral replication.” But inactivated vaccines are not such a good idea either because they usually contain the added ingredient aluminum, linked to autoimmunity.

The immunologists describe recent studies in which patients with autoimmune rheumatic disease given the influenza vaccine (without aluminum) suffered more joint pain and fever than controls and whose levels of autoantibodies (the drones that attack self)  increased after receiving the flu vaccine. What’s more, they developed new types of autoantibodies that weren’t present before the vaccines, and those persisted. As the presence of autoantibodies can be predictive of developing autoimmune disease in patients without symptoms, even years ahead of disease onset, this is troubling to those who understand immunology.

A number of studies claim vaccines are safe for the “overwhelming majority of patients with established autoimmune diseases,” the study allows, but they only looked at rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and not at severe and active cases so “the potential benefit of vaccination should be weighed against its potential risk,” they cautioned.

PATIENTS WITH A HISTORY OF ALLERGY

Vaccine trials have usually excluded “vulnerable” individuals — only extremely healthy individuals with no allergies are recruited. It’s a “selection bias,” say Soriano and Shoenfeld, and has likely resulted in serious adverse events being “considerably underestimated” in “real life where vaccines are mandated to all individuals regardless of their susceptibility.” The true incidence of allergic reactions to vaccines, normally estimated at between one in 50,000 to one in a million doses, is probably much higher and particularly where gelatin or egg proteins are on the ingredients list, they say.

There’s a long list of vaccine ingredients that are potential allergens: besides the infectious agents themselves, there are those from hen’s egg, horse serum, baker’s yeast, numerous antibiotics, formaldehyde and lactose, as well “inadvertent” ingredients such as latex. People’s allergic histories have to be taken before vaccination say the researchers. But some signs of reaction don’t show up until after the shot.

The public health nurse or GP might tell patients that a long-lasting swelling around the injection site after a vaccine is a normal reaction, for example. But that is not what the immunologists say. “[A]luminum sensitization manifests as nodules [hard lumps] at the injection site that often regress after weeks or months, but may persist for years.” In such cases, they say, a patch test can be done to confirm sensitivity and to avoid vaccination.

According to a growing body of research, though, allergy may be only the beginning of many dangerous aluminum-induced phenomena.

THE TROUBLE WITH ALUMINUM

Aluminum has been added to vaccines since about 1926 when Alexander Glenny and colleagues noticed it would produce better antibody responses in vaccines than the antigen alone. Glenny figured the alum was inducing what he called a “depot effect” – slowing the release of the antigen and heightening the immune response. For 60 years his theory was accepted dogma. And over the same time, the vaccine schedule grew decade on decade, but few ever questioned the effects of injecting aluminum into the body, which is strange considering its known toxicity.

A PubMed search on aluminum and “toxicity” turns up 4,258 entries. Its neurotoxicity is well documented. It affects memory, cognition, psychomotor control; it damages the blood brain barrier, activates brain inflammation, depresses mitochondrial function and plenty of research suggests it is a key player in the formation of the amyloid “plaques” and tangles in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. It’s been implicated in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and autism and demonstrated to induce allergy.

When kidney dialysis patients were accidentally infused with aluminum, the “dialysis-induced encephalopathy” (DAE) they developed neurological symptoms: speech abnormalities, tremors, memory loss, impaired concentration and behavioural changes. Many of the patients eventually went into comas and died. The lucky ones survived: when the source of toxicity, aluminum, was removed from their dialysis they recovered rapidly.

With these new observations, researchers began investigating the adjuvant effects of aluminum and in the past decade there has been a flurry of research. Far from being a sandbag that holds the antigen for a while and then gets excreted, it turns out that aluminum salts trigger a storm of defence action. Within hours of injection of the same aluminum oxyhydroxide in vaccines into mice, for example, armies of specialized immune cells are on the move, calling in grid coordinates for more specialist assault forces. Within a day, a whole host of immune system commandos are in play — neutrophils, eosinophils, inflammatory monocytes, myeloid and dendritic cells, activating lymphocytes and secreting proteins called cytokines. The cytokines themselves cause collateral damage but they send out signals, directing cell-to-cell communication and recruiting other cells into action. If the next phase of the attack is launched: fibroblast growth factor, interferons, interleukins, platelet derived growth factor, transforming growth factor and tumour necrosis factor might all be engaged. There’s evidence that poorly understood and pesky inflammasomes, (currently a topic of cutting- edge cancer causation research) such as the Nod-like receptor 3( NLRP) are activated too, but it’s all still too early to say exactly what they’re doing.

New research emerging from University of British Columbia has found that aluminum adjuvant injected into mice can alter the expression of genes associated with autoimmunity. And in their recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, immunologists at the University of Colorado found that even host DNA is recruited into the aluminum assault, that it rapidly coats injected alum, triggering effects that scientists have barely scratched the surface of understanding.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MACROPHAGIC MYOFASCIITIS

This mobility or “translocation” of aluminum in the body is perhaps the most disturbing of the mounting evidence in current aluminum research. In 1998, French researcher Romain Gherardi and his colleagues observed an emerging condition of unknown origin which presented in patients post-vaccination with Chronic Fatigue like symptoms including swollen lymph nodes, joint and muscle pain and exhaustion. Tissue biopsies of the patients’ deltoid revealed lesions up to 1 cm in diameter and unique from similar lesions of other diseases. They went to the lab for analysis and to Gherardi’s astonishment, they mainly consisted of macrophages – large white blood cells in the immune system whose job is to swallow up foreign invaders in the body. Enclosed in the cellular fluid of these phagocytes were agglomerates of nanocrystals of aluminum.

Gherardi and his colleagues began injecting mice with aluminum to see what happened. Their research published in 2013 revealed that the metal particles were engulfed by macrophages and formed MMF-like granulomas that dispersed — to distant lymph nodes, spleen, liver and eventually brain.

“This strongly suggests that long-term adjuvant biopersistence within phagocytic cells is a prerequisite of slow brain translocation and delayed neurotoxicity,” writes Gherardi in his February 2015 review of the relevant research in Frontiers in Neurology.

A more frightening animal study of aluminum is that of Spanish veterinary researcher Lluis Lujan’s study of ovine ASIA. After huge numbers of sheep in Spain died in 2008 in the wake of a compulsory multiple vaccine campaign against bluetongue in Spain in 2008, Lujan set out to find out what killed them – and he began by inoculating them with aluminum.

His 2013 study found that only 0.5% of sheep inoculated with aluminum vaccines showed immediate reactions of lethargy, transient blindness, stupor, prostration and seizures – “characterized by a severe meningoencephalitis, similar to postvaccine reactions seen in humans.”  Most of them recovered, temporarily, but postmortem exams of the ones who didn’t revealed acute brain inflammation.

The delayed onset “chronic” phase of the disease affected far more of the sheep — 50-70% of flocks and sometimes virtually 100% of animals within a given flock, usually including all of those who had previously recovered. The reaction was frequently triggered by exposure to cold and began with restlessness and compulsive wool-biting, then progressed to acute redness of the skin, generalized weakness, extreme weight loss and muscle tremors, and finally, entered the terminal phase where the animals went down on their front quarters, became comatose and died. Post-mortem examinations revealed “severe neuron necrosis” and aluminum in the nerve tissue.

The immune system’s reaction to aluminum “represents a major health challenge,” Gerhardi declares in his recent review, and he adds that “attempts to seriously examine safety concerns raised by the bio-persistent character and brain accumulation of alum particles have not been made… A lot must be done to understand how, in certain individuals, alum-containing vaccines may become insidiously unsafe.”

Back to the problem of which “certain individuals” should avoid vaccination to avoid autoimmune disease.

PEOPLE PRONE TO DEVELOP AUTOIMMUNITY

Soriano and Shoenfeld’s identify a final category: anyone at risk of developing autoimmune disease. Since a number of them have been shown to have genetic factors that would include anyone with a family history of autoimmune disease. It also includes anyone who has tested positive for autoantibodies which can indicate disease years before symptoms show up.  Vaccinations, the doctors say, “may trigger or worsen the disease.”

Smokers too, have an exceptionally high risk of developing an autoimmune disease, says the report. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 18% of Americans smoke. That means about 42 million Americans have an elevated risk of developing an autoimmune disease and they’re stacking the odds with every vaccine.

And finally, factors that Shoenfeld and Soriano associate with high risk of developing autoimmunity are high estrogen and low vitamin D —  which means anyone taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy and, according to one 2009 study of vitamin D status, about three quarters of American teens and adults should be wary of vaccines.

Shoenfeld doesn’t seem to mean to exclude all of these people from immunization, however. The paper concludes that “for the overwhelming majority of individuals, vaccines carry no risk of systemic autoimmune disease and should be administered according to current recommendations.” Which is in stark contrast to the body of the paper. The final word is cautionary about weighing the “potential benefit of vaccination…against its potential risk.”

It’s exemplary of a strange sort of schizophrenia in a wide range of recent immunology papers. The doctors seem to be trying to reconcile a century of “safe and effective” vaccine dogma with the last decade’s worth of terrifying research findings. There’s a lot of “on the one hand” and “on the other hand” in them.

The new research seems about to gain the upper hand, however. A 2013 overview of ASIA by six immunologists including Shoenfeld, for example, is a catalogue of vaccine side effects from Gardasil deaths, narcolepsy epidemics, infertility, chronic fatigue, dead sheep and aluminum-addled brains. It is rife with statements that would have been virtually unheard of inside mainstream medicine a decade ago. Like this shocker:

“Perhaps, in twenty years, physicians will be dueling with better characterized particles of autoimmunity, and the vaccines may become fully safe as well as effective. Nonetheless the recognition of ASIA has initiated the change to put more efforts in identifying the good, the bad and the ugly of vaccines and in particular of adjuvants as triggers of autoimmunity.” Bad and ugly of vaccines? What’s wrong with the adjuvants? That’s not in the CDC hand-out.

Or how about this one:

“Despite the huge amount of money invested in studying vaccines, there are few observational studies and virtually no randomized clinical trials documenting the effect on mortality of any of the existing vaccines. One recent paper found an increased hospitalization rate with the increase of the number of vaccine doses and a mortality rate ratio for 5-8 vaccine doses to 1-4 doses of 1.5, indicating a statistically significant increase of deaths associated with higher vaccine doses. Since vaccines are given to millions of infants annually, it is imperative that health authorities have scientific data from synergistic toxicity studies on all combinations of vaccines…” That could be any anti-vaxxer jabbering on…but it’s not.

But here is the topper:

“The US Supreme Court ruled that vaccines makers are immune from lawsuits charging that the design of the vaccine is defective. Thus there is need for innovative clinical trial design and the vaccines themselves should be redesigned.” Immunologists including the world’s leading authority on autoimmunity are saying it is time to take vaccines back to the drawing board.

Autoimmune disease is the third leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and now among the top 10 killers of young American women.  The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association estimates that 50 million Americans suffer from one of 88 autoimmune diseases — from type 1 diabetes to systemic lupus erythematosus — and some research puts the figure at one in five globally. At least 40 more diseases are suspected to be immune-mediated. Most of them are devastating — frequently crippling, expensive to treat and incurable. And they are increasing at an astonishing pace.

At this stage, it looks like the more the research pours in, the harder it is going to get for pro-vaccine immunologists to keep multiple personality disorder – or complete nervous breakdown  — at bay. Ten years of cutting edge research into aluminum’s effects on the immune system has revealed primarily how wrong they were. And how little they know.  If, after 90 years, doctors finally have begun to seriously examine the mechanism and question the merits of injecting metal toxins into newborn babies, what have they yet to discover? ASIA sounds awful. (Too bad for all the people whose kids suffered through chronic fatigue when it was just a Freudian yearning to sleep with their mother.) But what if, like Lujan’s sheep, the “negligible” minority that has been paying the price for the good of humanity is actually only the tip of the iceberg? What if some people with no apparent adverse immune reactions still have nanocrystals of aluminum silently depositing in their brains? What if ASIA really includes Alzheimer’s? ALS, autism? ADD? And that’s just the A’s.

Even if immunologists keep wearing their rose coloured glasses, and vaccine ingredients are only responsible for a tiny fraction of the exploding autoimmunity, the “ugly” in vaccines will still get harder and harder to ignore. When everyone on the planet is getting injected, 20 years is a long time for disabled people to stack up while scientists “duel with the characterized particles of autoimmunity.” In the fury over the Disneyland measles outbreak that is gripping the world’s vaccine promoters, time is running out for doctors and researchers who see the “bad and ugly” side of vaccines and their adjuvants to do something about it. There’s slim chance of a vaccine redesign in the absence of a profit incentive and a strong chance of universal vaccine mandates for one and all — previous anaphylactic shock reaction or not.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

Quercetin for Immunity

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COVID-19 is spreading fast in many countries, so it is becoming vital to strengthen our natural (innate) immune system.
Of course, a healthy diet lowers inflammation, and immunity improves with good sleep, minimal stress, exercise, vitamin C, and vitamin D from sun or supplements.

Inflammation
When the immune system is working normally, an immune response to any infection causes inflammation in the action against the pathogen, which is fine, but in people with a dysfunctional immune system, the system goes into overdrive, over-producing immune cells and leading to a “cytokine storm” that can cause severe or even fatal breathing difficulties with Coronavirus, flu, pneumonia and other infections.
If we are already suffering from inflammation, diabetes, obesity, leaky gut, cardiovascular or lung disease, we are much more susceptible to cytokine storms.
Several foods and supplements help strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation, without overstimulating the immune system. Along with Vitamin D3, Zinc, and others, Quercetin is less well-known, but extremely important.

What is Quercetin?

Quercetin is a bioflavonoid, an anti-inflammatory and antiviral compound, found in many foods.
It is also a STAC (sirtuin-activating compound). Sirtuins slow down cell aging.
Highest concentrations are found in red onions and apples. So if we eat an apple a day to keep COVID-19 away, adding a red onion will help even more!
Other quercetin-rich foods include berries, green tea, elderberry, radish leaves, rocket, fennel, carob, red leaf lettuce, watercress, hawthorn leaves, asparagus (cooked), kale, cocao powder, chia seeds, buckwheat, red wine and many more.

A computer modeling analysis at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Labs showed which compounds or supplements may help prevent Coronavirus from binding to our cells, which is how Coronavirus gets into to our cells to reproducing. Once bound to a cell, it uses the ACE2 (Angiotensin Converting Enzyme) receptor to enter the cell, start reproducing and impacts the respiratory system.
The Tennessee analysis found that Quercetin is one of the top 5 virus-fighting natural compounds.

Other Quercetin Benefits

– Reducing allergic reactions
– Reducing free radicals that cause aging and poor health
– Proven benefit treating Ebola and Zika and other viruses

How much quercetin should I take?

Most research studies use a dose of 500mg to 1,000 mg a day.
Often mixed with Bromelain (a digestive enzyme)
My recommendation:
Quercetin
Quercetin and Bromelain

Other Supplements for Immunity
Zinc is proven to reduce the activity of coronavirus as well as influenza and the common cold. Typical dose is 15mg to 30mg daily to keep the immune system strong, but do not overdose. Zinc is used up by the body when fighting a disease (or even stress) so some extra zinc, say 30mg to 60mg daily may be advised during a short term illness, but long-term always revert to a standard dose.
A chelated form of Zinc such as this Zinc Chelate is highly recommended.

Vitamin C has proven benefits for reducing inflammation and fighting viruses. Studies show that vitamin C shortens the incidence, frequency, duration and severity of the common cold (a type of corona virus) and pneumonia. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it is flushed through the body and excreted in urine, so is best taken every day, and preferably several times daily. Can cause stomach upset in high doses, say over 9,000 mg daily, but doctors can administer 50,000 mg or more by IV for a serious condition. Anyone who has a serious case of COVID-19 should demand this.

Vitamin D3 has immune-boosting benefits, plus the ability to moderate auto-immune conditions that cause cytokine storms. 5,000 IU of Vitamin D3 also helps with weight loss and building strong bones, but should always be taken with Vitamin K2 MK7.
Doctors say 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 is all we need, but for a strong immune system, most people need 5,000 IU or more. Read my Vitamin D3 article for more in-depth info.

Other Immune-Building Foods
Foods to consider:
– Garlic (or at least onions, especially red onions with Quercetin)
– Ginger
– Berries og all kinds
– Green tea
– Grass fed butter
– Grass fed beef

References

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-feb-28-2020-1.5479561/as-coronavirus-spread-speeds-up-montreal-researchers-will-trial-an-anti-viral-treatment-for-covid-19-in-china-1.5480134
https://regenexx.com/blog/coronavirus-episode-9-can-Quercetin-help-covid-19/
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Korean Superfood May Reduce Body Fat

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Fermented foods such as kimchi may be one key to preventing obesity. A June 2020 study evaluated whether the Lactobacillus sakei bacteria derived from the Korean delicacy can cause weight loss in obese individuals, with promising results

Obesity is one of the most visible public health problems today, yet it also seems to be one of the most neglected. The World Health Organization has cited the “globesity” that rocks countries around the world, already exploding into a global epidemic.[i] The increased prevalence of obesity has been linked to increased death from Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and some forms of cancer.[ii]
For those who are overweight or obese, diet is always one of the best places to start, and there is prevailing interest in the benefits of probiotics, found in fermented foods, in helping shed excess pounds. A 2016 clinical trial found a probiotic product with or without dietary fiber controlled body fat mass, with some bacteria strains reducing waist circumference and food intake.[iii]

Now, a June 2020 study investigates whether Lactobacillus sakei (L. sakei) bacteria derived from kimchi, a staple food in Korea, can contribute to weight loss in obese individuals.

L. Sakei Influence on Obesity and Gut Microbiota

L. sakei, commonly found in meat and fish, is used to ferment meat in Western countries. A previous study showed that its eight-week intake from Korean kimchi significantly slashed body weight and fat mass in animal models with high-fat diet-induced obesity.[iv]

The new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial involved 114 obese individuals, or those with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 25 kg/m2.[v] The participants were randomly assigned to the L. sakei or placebo group  for 12 weeks. The researchers then measured changes in body fat, weight and waist circumference.

After 12 weeks, the researchers saw a 0.2 kg reduction in body fat mass in the L. sakei group while finding a 0.6 kg increase in the placebo group. Waist circumference was also 0.8 centimeters (cm) smaller in the L. sakei subjects than those in the placebo group. BMI and body weight did not change, and adverse events were mild and similar between the groups.

Data suggested that L. sakei might be helpful in reducing body fat mass in obese individuals without serious side effects.

While recognizing limitations in their study, including the need to probe significant body fat and weight changes beyond 12 weeks of treatment, the researchers cited evidence that food changes the human gut microbiota — and diet plays an important role in the gut’s bacterial environment and the progression of obesity. The gut microbiota is an extremely complex, abundant group of microbes that colonize the human body and radically influence health.[vi]

“[C]hanges in the composition of the gut microbiota may contribute to alterations in body weight and composition,” the researchers wrote.[vii]

Gut-derived short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) have been previously found to cause weight regulation through their stimulatory impact on anorexigenic (appetite suppressing) gut hormones and in the increase in the synthesis of the satiety hormone leptin.[viii]

Kimchi and Overall Wellness

Kimchi, consumed by Koreans as a salted and fermented vegetable side dish for about 2,000 years, packs so many health benefits as a probiotic. All of kimchi’s traditional ingredients are health-boosting foods in their own right: cruciferous vegetables, garlic, ginger and red pepper, to name a few. Here are other studies that point to kimchi’s wondrous effects on human wellness:

  • Strong immune system — A study concluded that the probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) 200655 isolated from kimchi has antioxidant and immune-enhancing properties.[ix] This makes the strain ideal for older people.
  • Anticancer action — Korean researchers developed a kimchi recipe boosting its anticancer action, adding mustard leaf, Chinese pepper and Korean mistletoe extract. Lab tests on human colon cancer cells revealed that the mistletoe extract increased inhibition rate from 62% to 80%.[x]

In a long-term study, a Chinese group found that Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) treatment for two weeks coupled with vitamin or garlic supplementation for seven years were associated with a significantly reduced risk of death from gastric cancer for over 22 years.[xi]

Both treatments were also linked with greatly reduced incidence of the cancer. Kimchi, with its known anti-carcinogenic potential,[xii] is made from Chinese cabbage — this vegetable contains sulforaphane, a potent H. pylori-fighting compound.

  • Anti-diarrhea — Exopolysaccharide from L. plantarum offered protection against rotavirus-induced diarrhea and regulated inflammatory response. The probiotic strain was one among 263 strains found in 35 samples of kimchi.[xiii]
  • Healthy lipid profile — In a study of 102 healthy Korean men ages 40 to 64 years, researchers associated eating up to 453 g of kimchi a day with higher HDL cholesterol and lower levels of LDL cholesterol.[xiv]

In the GreenMedInfo.com database, you’ll find nearly 50 abstracts with kimchi research for a further look into this fermented food for healthy weight management and other health benefits.

 

 


References

[i] World Health Organization, Obesity https://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/obesity/en/

[ii] Bhaskaran K et al “Association of BMI with overall and cause-specific mortality: a population-based cohort study of 3·6 million adults in the UK” Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2018 Dec;6(12):944-953. Epub 2018 Oct 30.

[iii] Stenman L et al “Probiotic With or Without Fiber Controls Body Fat Mass, Associated With Serum Zonulin, in Overweight and Obese Adults-Randomized Controlled Trial” EBioMedicine. 2016 Nov;13:190-200. Epub 2016 Oct 26.

[iv] Yi J et al “Dose-dependent and strain-dependent anti-obesity effects of Lactobacillus sakei in a diet induced obese murine model” PeerJ. 2019 Mar 21;7:e6651.

[v] Lim S et al “Effect of Lactobacillus sakei, a Probiotic Derived from Kimchi, on Body Fat in Koreans with Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Study” Endocrinol Metab (Seoul). 2020 Jun; 35(2): 425-434. Epub 2020 Jun 30.

[vi] Andoh A et al “Physiological Role of Gut Microbiota for Maintaining Human Health” Digestion. 2016;93(3):176-81. doi: 10.1159/000444066. Epub 2016 Feb 9.

[vii] Lim S et al “Effect of Lactobacillus sakei, a Probiotic Derived from Kimchi, on Body Fat in Koreans with Obesity: A Randomized Controlled Study” Endocrinol Metab (Seoul). 2020 Jun; 35(2): 425-434. Epub 2020 Jun 30.

[viii] Charkaborti C et al “New-found link between microbiota and obesity” World J Gastrointest Pathophysiol. 2015 Nov 15;6(4):110-9. doi: 10.4291/wjgp.v6.i4.110.

[ix] Yang S et al “Antioxidant and immune-enhancing effects of probiotic200655 isolated from kimchi” Food Sci Biotechnol. 2019 Apr ;28(2):491-499. Epub 2018 Sep 27.

[x] Kil JH et al. “Studies on development of cancer preventive and anticancer kimchi and its anticancer mechanism [PhD thesis]” Pusan National University, Busan, Korea, 2004.

[xi] Li WQ et al “Effects of Helicobacter pylori treatment and vitamin and garlic supplementation on gastric cancer incidence and mortality: follow-up of a randomized intervention trial” BMJ. 2019 Sep 11;366:l5016.

[xii] Kwak SH et al “Cancer Preventive Potential of Kimchi Lactic Acid Bacteria (Weissella cibariaLactobacillus plantarum)” J Cancer Prev. 2014 Dec; 19(4): 253-258. Epubc 2014 Dec 30.

[xiii] Kim K et al “Exopolysaccharide from Lactobacillus plantarum LRCC5310 offers protection against rotavirus-induced diarrhea and regulates inflammatory response” J Dairy Sci. 2018 Apr 4. Epub 2018 Apr 4.

[xiv] Kwon MJ et al. “Daily kimchi consumption and its hypolipidemic effect in middle-aged men” J Korean Soc Food Sci Nutr 1999;28:1144-1150.

 


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Zinc

Written by Brenton Wight, Health Researcher
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Updated 17th January 2021

Why we Need Zinc

Zinc is an essential trace mineral, found in almost every cell in the body and is involved in over 200 enzymes, and in more enzymatic reactions than any other mineral. Apart from enzymes, many body hormones such as insulin, growth hormone and sex hormones all need zinc to function correctly.
Most importantly: Zinc, like Vitamn D3, also helps regulate overactive immune responses (autoimmune conditions) that cause inflammation.

Zinc Deficiency

Zinc deficiency is common.
Most at risk are children, seniors, vegetarians, vegans, those with kidney disorders or chronic diarrhea.
Deficiency reduces immunity, affecting our natural virus-fighting system.

Zinc for Immune Function

Zinc is vital for several immune system functions, including Innate immunity, white blood cell function, and the Thymus gland function.
Innate immunity is the body’s natural defense mechanism, separate from the immune system.
Zinc, with the help of Vitamin A, Vitamin D3Selenium and other nutrients, aids in our barriers to infection, but deficiency of these other nutrients can reduce the benefits of zinc.
Zinc is referred to as the gatekeeper of immune function.
Zinc, in the ionic form, is one of our best weapons to defeat invading viruses.
Viruses infect cells with the use of replicase, an enzyme, but zinc can block the replicase enzyme, blocking virus replication. However, zinc also needs an open ionophore, a cell membrane portal (door) that allows ions to enter cells. Many natural compounds act as zinc ionophores, such as flavonoids like Quercetin and Green Tea Extract (EGCG).

Zinc and the Thymus

Zinc Chelate promotes a healthy immune system via the thymus, the major gland of our immune system. It sits below the thyroid and above the heart, and thymus health affects immune health.
The thymus produces T lymphocytes, white blood cells responsible for cell-mediated immunity (i.e. immune systems unaffected by antibodies). Cell-mediated immunity is extremely important for mold-like bacteria, yeast (including Candida albicans), fungi, parasites, and viruses such as Herpes simplex, Epstein-Barr, and viruses that cause hepatitis. Zinc deficiency affects immunity, also affecting allergies, autoimmune conditions, and inflammation. Studies show that zinc supplementation can reverse immunity issues, even in elderly subjects.
The thymus also needs zinc to release several hormones that improve white blood cell function, imperative for immunity.

Zinc and White Blood Cells

Apart from the T cells involved in cell-mediated immunity, monocytes (different white blood cells, and the body’s “garbage collectors”) require zinc. Monocytes located in the liver, spleen, and lymph nodes are called macrophages. Monocytes and macrophages engulf foreign particles including bacteria, viruses, and cellular debris and destroy them, at the same time sending information messages about the invaders to other immune cells.
The NK cells (Natural Killer cells) are yet another type of white blood cells, receiving their name because they destroy cells that have become cancerous or infected with viruses. Zinc is required in the NK cell signaling function. Without enough zinc,  an active viral infection could be disastrous instead of a healthy recovery.

Zinc Dosage

Adults, including during pregnancy or lactation: 15 mg to 20 mg.
To help fight an infection: 30 mg to 45 mg (men), 20 mg to 30 mg (women).
To boost zinc levels temporarily: Zinc lozengers 15mg to 20 mg dissolved in the mouth every 2 waking hours for up to 7 days.
Children: 5 to 10 mg
Note: High intake of zinc (and magnesium) can block absorption of copper, so zinc supplements containing a small amount of copper should be considered.

Forms of Zinc

There are many forms of zinc supplements.
Many studies have used a common zinc sulfate, which is poorly absorbed. Better forms are:
– Zinc bisglycinate
– Zinc picolinate
– Zinc acetate
– Zinc citrate
– Zinc monomethionine
– Zinc oxide

Zinc Lozengers are mostly made with zinc acetate or gluconate.
I recommend a chelated (ionic) form of zinc bisglycinate such as Zinc Chelate as the body can more readily use supplements already in an ionic form without having to break them down. Also frees up glycine, an amino acid required for production of glutathione, the body’s “master antioxidant”.

Zinc Side Effects

– Gastrointestinal upset and nausea if taken on an empty stomach (mainly zinc sulfate which is not recommended)
– Anemia, lower HDL-cholesterol levels, depressed immune function after prolonged intake over 150 mg daily, due to reduced copper absorption.
– Decreased absorption of tetracycline and ciprofloxacin antibiotics. Take zinc supplements at least 2 hours before or after taking these antibiotics.
– Loss of zinc or poor zinc absorption if used with aspirin; AZT (azidothymidine); captopril; enalapril; estrogens (oral contraceptives and Premarin®); penicillamine; and diuretics (thiazide class). Supplementation often required to maintain zinc levels in those taking these drugs.

References:

  • Gammoh NZ, Rink L. Zinc in Infection and Inflammation. Nutrients. 2017 Jun 17;9(6). pii: E624
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Cooked or raw? The best ways to eat this superfood to reduce your risk of cancer

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cancer-risk-lowered(NaturalHealth365) Our diet plays a vital role in preventing cancer. Members of the Brassica family of vegetables are particularly rich in a chemical compound, sulforaphane, renowned for its cancer-fighting abilities. Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is one of the best sources of sulforaphane.

Studies confirmed that sulforaphane lowers your risk of cancer through several mechanisms.  One such mechanism is that it upregulates detoxification enzymes. But whether you eat your broccoli raw or cooked makes a dramatic impact on its cancer-fighting power.

Boost your liver’s detoxification to lower your risk of cancer

Proper detoxification is central to maintaining optimum health and cutting your cancer risks. An overburdened, sluggish, or fatty liver is often at the root of chronic conditions, including several cancer types.  Besides minimizing our exposure to the multitude of environmental toxins and pollutants, we can do even more by nourishing our liver with the right foods.

The best way to ensure that our bodies effectively remove the vast number of toxins we are exposed to every day is by boosting our liver’s detoxifying enzymes.  Sulforaphane, the most potent natural phase 2 enzyme inducer, is abundant in cruciferous vegetables. When broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts are a regular part of our diet, we can increase our liver’s ability to remove carcinogens and heavy metals from the blood.

Cooking destroys enzyme needed for sulforaphane formation

While broccoli is an excellent sulforaphane source, there is actually none in the plant until you begin to chew it. Instead, broccoli contains a sulforaphane precursor, called glucoraphanin. When you chew or chop the broccoli, the precursor begins mixing with an enzyme called myrosinase.  Once activated, the myrosinase enzymes transform glucosinolates into sulforaphane.

Although glucoraphanin is heat-resistant and can withstand cooking, the myrosinase enzyme cannot. Heat destroys it.  Without the enzyme, there is no sulforaphane.  The destruction of the enzyme may explain why we get significant suppression of cancer cell growth from raw broccoli, but hardly anything from when it is cooked.

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Hate raw broccoli? Here is how to cook it to preserve its sulforaphane content

If you cannot find peace with the idea of munching on raw broccoli flowerets, there may be an effective way to cook broccoli and still benefit from its cancer-protective effects. In a 2018 study, a group of researchers set out to determine broccoli’s sulforaphane stability during the stir-frying process.

First, they pulverized the broccoli, chopping it into tiny pieces to activate as much myrosinase enzyme as possible. Then they split their samples into three groups:

  • One raw
  • One stir-fried for four minutes immediately after chopping
  • One chopped and then left alone for 90 minutes before being stir-fried for four minutes

The results showed that the third sample group, where the chopped broccoli was left alone for 90 minutes, had 2.8 times higher sulforaphane content than the sample group stir-fried immediately after chopping.

Add mustard seed to increase sulforaphane formation on cooked broccoli

Although boiling broccoli deactivates the enzyme needed for sulforaphane formation, there is something you can do to preserve its cancer-protective compounds.  Researchers found that when they added powdered mustard seeds to cooked broccoli, sulforaphane formation increased.

Adding only half a teaspoon of powdered mustard seeds was enough to provide a natural source of the enzyme and boost the broccoli’s cancer-fighting compound.

Broccoli does not get enough credit for all the goodness it offers to our health. Whether we choose to eat it raw, cooked, or stir-fried, we can preserve its sulforaphane content to help protect against free radicals, improve detoxification, and help prevent cancer.

Sources for this article:

Pubmed.gov
Pubs.acs.org
NutritionFacts.org
NaturalHealth365.com

 

Former Pfizer Science Officer Reveals Great COVID-19 Scam


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  • There are no excess deaths. The same number of people have died in 2020 that, on average, have died in previous years. This simply wouldn’t be the case if we had a lethal pandemic
  • The slight uptick in deaths now being reported in the U.K. aren’t due to COVID-19. Data show these deaths — primarily people aged 45 to 65, with equal distribution between the sexes — are mainly due to heart disease, stroke and cancer, which suggests they are excess deaths caused by lack of routine medical care due to the pandemic restrictions
  • The PCR test is not a valid diagnostic tool and should not be done on the scale we’re now doing it. The high rate of false positives is only fodder for needless fearmongering
  • Virtually no one who is asymptomatic has the live virus, but when you run the test at a cycle threshold over 30, meaning you amplify the viral RNA more than 30 times, you end up with a positive test even if the virus is inactive and noninfectious
  • According to Michael Yeadon, Ph.D., a former vice-president and chief scientific adviser of the drug company Pfizer, very few people will need the COVID-19 vaccine as the mortality rate is so low and the illness is clearly not causing excess deaths

I’ve written several articles about scientists and medical doctors who question the official narrative about the COVID-19 pandemic and the global measures put into place because of it, from useless testing, mask wearing and social distancing, to lockdowns, tracking and tracing and the baseless fearmongering driving it all.

In the video above, British journalist Anna Brees interviews Michael Yeadon, Ph.D., a former vice-president and chief scientific adviser of the drug company Pfizer and founder and CEO of the biotech company Ziarco, now owned by Novartis.

In it, he discusses several concerns, including his belief that widespread PCR testing is creating the false idea that the pandemic is resurging, as the total mortality rate is completely normal. He also discusses his concerns about COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

PCR Testing Is Causing a False ‘Casedemic’

As I explained in “Asymptomatic ‘Casedemic’ Is a Perpetuation of Needless Fear,” by using PCR testing, which cannot diagnose active infection, a false narrative has been created.

Currently, rising “cases,” meaning positive tests, are again being used as the justification to impose more severe restrictions, including lockdowns and mandatory mask wearing, when in fact positive tests have nothing to do with the actual spread of illness.

According to Yeadon, the U.K. has now tested an estimated 30 million people, or close to half of the population. “A large number of those tests have been recent,” Yeadon says, noting that the definition of a “coronavirus death” in the U.K. is anyone who dies, from any cause, within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test.

So, what we’re seeing now is a natural death rate — about 1,700 people die each day in the U.K. in any given year, Yeadon says — but many of these deaths are now falsely attributed to COVID-19. “I’m calling out the statistics, and even the claim that there is an ongoing pandemic, as false,” he says.

He challenges anyone who doesn’t believe him to seek out any database on total mortality. If you do that, you will find that the daily death count is “absolutely bang-on normal,” Yeadon says.

For some months, the death count is actually slightly lower than the average norm over the past five years. And, he adds, “You cannot have a lethal pandemic stalking the land and not have excess deaths.”

Lack of Routine Medical Care Is Causing Uptick in Deaths

The slight uptick in deaths that are now being reported simply aren’t directly due to COVID-19, he insists. Data show these deaths — primarily people aged 45 to 65, with equal distribution between the sexes — are mainly from heart disease, stroke and cancer, which suggests they are excess deaths caused by inaccessibility of routine medical care as people are either afraid or discouraged from going to the hospital.

These deaths may be characterized as being COVID related, but that’s only because they have been falsely lumped into that category due to false positives being recorded within 28 days of death.

Again, people are being tested very regularly, and the rate of false positives is extremely high. All hospital patients are also tested upon admission, so when they die — regardless of the cause — they’re likely to have a false positive on their record, which then lumps them into the death tally for COVID-19.

“The longer you stay in hospital, the more likely you are to die, obviously,” Yeadon says. “You would be released if you were well and improving. So … long-stay patients are both more likely to die statistically, and much more likely to be tested so often that they’ll have a false positive test.

That is what I think is happening … It’s a convenience for someone playing some macabre game, because I don’t think it’s an error anymore … I’ve spoken to people in [public health] and they’re embarrassed that they’re not even being allowed to characterize and publish the information you would need to know to work out how useful the test is. That’s not being done.”

Can You Get Reinfected?

Yeadon also says he’s “sick and tired” of people claiming that immunity against SARS-CoV-2 may wane after a short time, leaving you vulnerable to reinfection. If you’ve been ill with COVID-19 and recover, you will have antibodies against the virus, and you will be immune, he says.

He understands that journalists may get this wrong, or may be given incorrect information, but if a scientist says this, “they are lying to you,” he says. Yeadon categorically denies the premise that you can recover from COVID-19 and later get reinfected and experience severe illness again.

According to Yeadon, there are only two ways by which COVID-19 would not provide lasting immunity. The first would be if it destroys your immune system. The HIV virus, for example, which causes AIDS, disarms your immune system, causing permanent impairment. Hence you do not become immune to the HIV virus. Coronaviruses do not do that.

The second way is if the virus mutates, which is common among influenza viruses. If the virus mutates, your immune system may not fully recognize it and will have to mount a defense again, thereby creating another set of antibodies. However, coronaviruses are genetically stable, Yeadon says.

(For transparency, there have been reports of SARS-CoV-2 mutating,1 so it’s not impossible that some people might get reinfected with a slightly mutated version of the virus that might make them sick again.)

Hidden Agenda in Plain Sight

As noted by Yeadon, people are now changing the laws of immunology, which simply shouldn’t happen. This should not be a political issue, but somehow it is being treated as one. He claims to have no ideas at all as to why these false narratives are being created, and why scientific truth that contradicts the mainstream narrative is being censored.

Others, however, have become more outspoken about this issue, pointing out how the pandemic is being used as a convenient excuse and justification for redistribution of wealth and the technocratic takeover of the whole world under the banner of a Great Reset to a “more equitable” social order and greener commerce.

It’s being used to usher in social changes that simply could never be introduced without some sort of calamity, be it war or a biological threat, because they involve a radical limitation of personal freedoms and the elimination of privacy. Those in charge of pandemic response measures also refuse to take into account the price of these measures.

When making public health decisions, you need to calculate the cost in terms of lives saved and the price in dollars and cents of saving those people, against the cost of not implementing the measure in question. This is not being done. The question is why is such an illogical stance being taken?

Yeadon on Vaccination

Toward the end of the interview, Yeadon addresses the issue of COVID-19 vaccination. Many are nervous about it becoming mandatory, and rightfully so. Vaccine passports are already being rolled out, and all the indicators point to vaccination becoming a requirement for travel, perhaps even within national borders.

Having spent his career in the pharmaceutical industry, Yeadon fully supports vaccination, believing they prevent large numbers of deaths. However, when it comes to SARS-CoV-2, he believes the vaccine will only benefit the elderly. For those over 80, a vaccine might give them a few more months of life.

“Nobody else needs this [vaccine],” he says. “You don’t vaccinate a population because 1 in 1 million might have a bad outcome [from the infection].” He also strongly believes the vaccine must be voluntary:

It’s an appalling … public platform to suggest that the only way we get our lives back is to mass vaccinate the population. Something very smelly is going on. It’s simply not appropriate. I don’t even think it would work.”

In an open letter to the British health minister, Yeadon wrote:2

I have read the consultation document. I’ve rarely been as shocked and upset. All vaccines against the SARS-COV-2 virus are by definition novel. No candidate vaccine has been in development for more than a few months. If any such vaccine is approved for use under any circumstances that are not EXPLICITLY experimental, I believe that recipients are being misled to a criminal extent.

This is because there are precisely zero human volunteers for whom there could possibly be more than a few months past-dose safety information. My concern does not arise because I have negative views about vaccines (I don’t).

Instead, it’s the very principle that politicians seem ready to waive that new medical interventions at this, incomplete state of development, should not be made available to subjects on anything other than an explicitly experimental basis. That’s my concern.

And the reason for that concern is that it is not known what the safety profile will be, six months or a year or longer after dosing. You have literally no data on this and neither does anyone else.

It isn’t that I’m saying that unacceptable adverse effects will emerge after longer intervals after dosing. No: it is that you have no idea what will happen yet, despite this, you’ll be creating the impression that you do …

don’t trust you. You’ve not been straightforward and have behaved appallingly throughout this crisis. You’re still doing it now, misleading about infection risk from young children. Why should I believe you in relation to experimental vaccines?”

What Can You Do?

In his interview with Brees, Yeadon suggests medical professionals, especially those who are members of a professional society, who disagree with further pandemic measures — based on the medical facts — write an open letter to the government, urging them to speak to and heed the recommendations from independent experts.

Arm yourself with mortality statistics and the facts on PCR testing, so you can explain how and why this pandemic simply isn’t a pandemic anymore. First and foremost, there are no excess deaths. The same number of people have died this year that, on average, have died in previous years. This simply wouldn’t be the case if we had a lethal pandemic.

Second, the PCR test is not a valid diagnostic tool and should not be done on the scale we’re now doing it. The high rate of false positives is only fodder for needless fearmongering. “People should demand to know what [the false positive] rate is,” Yeadon says.

Additionally, “testing people who are well — it’s just a madcap thing,” he says. Virtually no one who is asymptomatic has the live virus, but when you run the test at a cycle threshold over 30, meaning you amplify the viral RNA more than 30 times, you end up with a positive test even if the virus is inactive and noninfectious.

“Let’s get back to the facts,” Yeadon says. “There are no excess deaths. But that’s not what you hear from the BBC now, is it? I’m never going to trust the BBC again, by the way. I’ve watched BBC for 41 years. [They’re] never coming back into my ears, because they’ve lied in my face all year … There’s a fraud going on …

You’re walking into voluntary house arrest when there are no excess deaths. Why are you doing that? Seriously? … I’m fearful, because it doesn’t make any sense and there are no benign outcomes.”

Get Organized

It’s easy to get so confused that you can no longer think straight these days. As explained by Dr. Peter Breggin, featured in “Psychiatrist Blows the Whistle on Pandemic Fearmongering,” when you add uncertainty to fear you end up with anxiety, a state in which you can no longer think logically.

If this applies to you, I urge you to turn off mainstream media news and turn to independent experts, such as Yeadon. Do the research. Read through the science. Reorient yourself to the facts and turn off the propaganda. Next, join a group so that you can have support.

A number of groups have formed around the world that are now rising up against mask mandates, mandatory vaccinations and lockdowns. A few examples of such groups include:

  • Us for Them, a group campaigning for reopening schools and protecting children’s rights in the U.K.
  • Keep Britain Free
  • The COVID Recovery Group (CRG), founded by 50 conservative British MPs to fight lockdown restrictions3
  • In the U.S., a team of attorneys, doctors, business owners and parents started the Freedom to Breathe Agency, which is fighting to protect freedom and liberty

Additional sources of information and groups fighting for truth and transparency that are worth checking out include:

  • The Great Barrington Declaration,4 which calls for an end to lockdowns. As of November 18, 2020, it had been signed by 34,973 medical practitioners, 12,070 medical and public health scientists, and 634,838 concerned citizens5
  • Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s The Defender, a new newsletter that publishes “banned” news
  • The German COVID-19 Extra-Parliamentary Inquiry Committee (ACU2020.org), which is launching an international class-action lawsuit against a long list of authorities over the global pandemic response
  • In Spain, more than 600 doctors have formed Doctors for the Truth (Medicos por la verdad)
  • In the U.S., doctors have formed a group called America’s Frontline Doctors, which is fighting to make hydroxychloroquine available across the nation