It’s Here: Another Dreaded Super-Bug!

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.
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CRE, a family of bacteria pictured in this illustration, is considered one of the deadliest superbugs because it causes infections that are often resistant to most antibiotics. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Reuters)

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For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotic of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could signal “the end of the road” for antibiotics.

The antibiotic-resistant strain was found last month in the urine of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman. Defense Department researchers determined that she carried a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin, according to a study published Thursday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. The authors wrote that the discovery “heralds the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.”

[Superbug known as ‘phantom menace’ on the rise in U.S.]

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Re: Hand Sanitation

Jet Air Dryers Spread More Bacteria than Conventional Hand Dryers, Study Finds
Maverick Baker

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The idea is that after finishing your business in the bathroom, you wash your hands with soap and water to sterilize, then stick your hands right under a jet of hot air to dry them up. But could a jet dryer put more bacteria on your hands than you initially had? Unfortunately, as it turns out, those speedy convenient jet dryers have the potential to spread thousands of bacteria.

Hand hygiene is considered to be an integral part of infection control. Infectious diseases are constantly circulating indoor settings, accumulating in dark, warm, and damp areas- like around a hand dryer. A hand dryer provides a perfect habitat that easily sustains many plaque-forming units, or

infectious virus particles- the bad stuff that makes you sick. Viruses and bacteria make home to the warm climate which is generally damp given its close proximity to the sinks and toilets.

When a hand dryer is used, it sprays the internal air (including the pathogens and viruses) all over the user’s hands as well as spreads the bacteria that has not been properly washed off.

A study concluded at the University of Westminster, London, discovered that jet air dryers are anything but convenient. Although they provide a quick method to dry off excess water, as it turns out they are equally as effective at spreading bacteria- all over your clean hands. The study determined that using a jet air dryer spread up to 60 times

the amount of bacteria compared to traditional hand dryers. That, however, is low considering jet dryers spread up to 1300 more times the bacteria than paper towel- up to an astonishing 1.65 meters away.

Bacteria can be harmful, causing nasty diseases or illnesses than can take months to get rid of. This news was especially unfortunate for Dyson’s new Airblade system. Dyson claims their product filters out 99.97% of particulate impurities the size of bacteria or viruses- an impressive claim that would surely make it seem they are more sanitary. However, as the University of Westminster discovered, jet air dryers have a much more sinister effect as the bacteria accumulate around the dryer and get dispersed upon use. So next time you are in a rush in a public bathroom, maybe stick to the traditional (but safer) alternative with paper towels.

EWG Petition Re: BPA

Tell the Senate to Label BPA

Halimah Allah,

The dangers of the toxic chemical bisphenol A are no secret.

Even tiny amounts of BPA can disrupt the endocrine system. It has been linked to a wide variety of ills, including infertility, cancer, obesity, diabetes, early puberty, behavioral changes in children and resistance to chemotherapy.

In other words, it has no place anywhere in our food or food packaging – yet it continues to be used to coat the insides of most of the 131 billion food and beverage cans made in the U.S. annually.

The good news is, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has introduced the BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know Act, a bill that would require food companies to label packaging that contains BPA.

Click here to tell your senators you have a right to know about BPA in food packaging. Tell them to support S. 821.

This important bill would not only make sure consumers know which food packages contain BPA, but also instruct the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the hazards of trace exposures to BPA through food packaging.

Last year, EWG scientists scrutinized more than 250 canned food brands and found that more than a third of them were still using BPA-based epoxy can linings for all their products.

The BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know Act would make sure American consumers know which products contain BPA and would empower the FDA to investigate and regulate it.

Tell your senators: Support S. 821, the BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know Act.

Thanks for standing with us,

Ken Cook
President, EWG

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Butterflies & The Bees!

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Originally published March 15 2016

Bee and butterfly populations are dwindling: crops, the economy, and the future of the world are beginning to feel the effects
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) In the quest for power and control, mankind has lost reverence for the biology and interconnected ecology that supports life on Earth. As mankind seeks dominion, he continues to separate himself from his natural surroundings, entering a state of disharmony that ultimately affects the natural systems in his body.

In agriculture, mankind has found ways to selectively engineer the genome of crops, taking out undesired traits to give crop produce a flawless appearance. How do these manipulations of crop DNA ultimately affect the human body?

Corporations continue to produce herbicides which are sprayed en masse to destroy the natural life science of plant growth. While the rest of the natural world feels the negative effects, corporations like Monsanto then profit from the poisons by genetically engineering their own seeds to withstand the chemical attacks they created (Roundup-Ready crops). Man-made, chemical science is replacing the natural science that has abounded and coexisted with humans since the beginning. What is mankind’s new age synthetic pesticide science doing to the harmony in the human body?

Studies already show that herbicides like glyphosate are destroying the natural microbiology that connects man with his natural surroundings. Glyphosate kills off several species of good bacteria that live in the guts and intestines of humans. These bacteria intelligently communicate with the body, aiding in digestion, protecting the blood, and activating immune system responses.

Pesticides and herbicides are actually threatening the global economy!
Studies show that pesticides and herbicides are also affecting the pollinators of the natural world, inhibiting their ability to fight off infectious mites and disease.

The more that mankind tries to control agriculture with chemicals and manipulations of DNA, the more he inadvertently hurts the pollinators – predominantly the bees and the butterflies. The corporations that are supposedly building the economy are actually destroying both the economy and the natural world. As the ill effects of pesticides take hold, pollinator populations dwindle, ultimately affecting the reproductive ability of important vegetable and herb crops.

A 2016 assessment from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), asserts, “Many wild bees and butterflies have been declining in abundance, occurrence and diversity at local and regional scales in Northwest Europe and North America.” The more than 80 scientists conclude that pesticides are among the many man-made problems causing the mass pollinator die-offs. Mass-produced pesticides are spurring the evolution of invasive species and pathogens. Herbicides also contribute to habitat loss.

Up to 8 percent of world agricultural production is due to natural pollinators
Without pollinators, fruit and vegetable crops suffer. Between 5 and 8 percent of global agricultural production is because of the natural pollinators. Bees and butterflies stabilize the entire agricultural system, contributing an estimated 235 to 577 billion dollars to the economy of world agriculture.

The IPBES report reminds that, “Pollinator-dependent species encompass many fruit, vegetable, seed, nut and oil crops, which supply major proportions of micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals in the human diet.”

Through four years of study, the IPBES found that 16 percent of bat and bird pollinators around the world are being threatened to the point of extinction. In Europe, 37 percent of bee species and 31 percent of butterfly species are declining. In some places there, 40 percent of bee species are threatened.

Ultimately, dwindling numbers of pollinators leads to lower crop yields, which leads to rising prices for some of the healthiest fruit and vegetable crops. The crops most at risk include apples, mangoes and chocolate.

“Pretty much nearly all your fruits and many of your vegetables are pollination-dependent,” said Simon Potts, deputy director of the Centre for Agri-Environmental Research at Britain’s Reading University.

The high yields and natural quality of more than three quarters of the “leading types of global food crops,” rely extensively on natural pollination. Strangely, this natural science of pollination is being threatened by mankind’s chemical science. Is it time to re-evaluate what science really is? How can we educate ourselves going forward to preserve the natural science that connects all living systems?

The IPBES is calling for alternatives to pesticides and the diversification of agriculture to sustain nature’s pollinators and the future survival of the human race.

Sources include:

TheGuardian.com
MDPI.com
Science.NaturalNews.com

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Originally published March 11 2016
DARK Act 2.0 now being cooked up by the U.S. Senate to blind consumers to the truth about GMO
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) When Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) introduced the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014” to Congress, they were nefariously supported by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

However, they didn’t have the backing of the American people. The internet exploded with opposition against the bill. People participated in global marches, protesting against poison-promoting biotech bastards like Monsanto.

As soon as the bill was introduced, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) shone a light on its true intended purpose, and dubbed it the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act. The bill tried to block the individual states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws. The bill sought to keep consumers in the dark by allowing biotech companies to continue masking their herbicides, pesticides and use of genetically modified organisms in the food supply.

DARK Act 2.0 headed for the U.S. Senate
Now Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has released a similar bill that is extremely reminiscent of the Dark Act. The bill not only seeks to stop states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods, but also to stop any pending state GMO labeling laws from going into effect.

Vermont was one of the courageous states to pass a food transparency law in 2015, calling on Big Food and Big Biotech to disclose the genetically modified ingredients in their food products. Vermont’s progress could be halted if DARK Act version 2.0 takes effect.

Why do Big Food and Big Biotech keep fighting against Americans’ desire to know what they are putting in their bodies? If these genetically engineered ingredients and manipulations of nature are as safe as advertised, then why not be transparent about it all?

Let people make informed choices. 64 other nations around the world require some form of GMO labeling, including places like Russia and China.

If people don’t know what’s going into their bodies, how will the free market ever progress? When bills like the DARK Act are drafted, it becomes apparent that the federal government is owned by corporate demands. How will people ever be able to make a clear vote with their dollars if they don’t know what the hell they are buying in the first place?

Food companies use the excuse that it would cost too much to disclose GMO ingredients on the label, but that is such a sad excuse, because these corporations already waste millions of dollars lobbying the federal government to block GMO labeling!

Over the first two quarters of 2015, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Kraft, General Mills and Land O’Lakes disclosed $12.6 million on lobbying expenses for legislation that would stop state and federal GMO labeling. In the first half of 2015, trade associations, Big Food and Big Biotech all teamed up to spend $51.6 million to fight GMO labeling.

It’s important to know which products contain genetically modified ingredients so that consumers can avoid food that has been sprayed with glyphosate. Herbicides such as glyphosate, which destroy the microbiome and initiate disease processes in the body, should be avoided whenever possible. Glyphosate is now recognized as carcinogenic.

If enough states get on board with GMO labeling laws, it would become inevitable that Big Food and Big Biotech lose their stranglehold on the American people. Instead of using millions of dollars to lobby for secrecy, they would have to use the money to create new labels that tell the public exactly what is in their products. As transparency comes, the people can then vote with their dollars whether they want to remain suppressed by agro-chemicals, or want to support more organic agriculture practices.

The health of future generations hangs in the balance.

Sources include:
EcoWatch.com

EWG.org
Science.NaturalNews.com

GMO.news

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Biohazard: Mercury!

Study reveals frighteningly vast amounts of mercury in U.S. land; high concentrations falling from the sky during rainfall

(NaturalNews) After steadily dropping for many years, mercury levels in some parts of the United States are starting to rise again, according to a study published in Science of the Total Environment.

The long-term national trend is still downward, but levels of mercury in rainwater increased across the Rocky Mountains and the Midwest between 2007 and 2013.

“It’s a surprising result,” said co-author David Gay of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. “Everybody expected [mercury levels] to continue going down. But our analysis shows that may not necessarily be the case.”

Mercury is a chemical element that functions as a potent neurotoxin. The majority of mercury in the environment is released by human industrial activities, primarily through the burning of coal. Atmospheric mercury, such as from coal combustion, is washed into the water and soil by rainfall.

Mercury not coming from the U.S.

The researchers analyzed data collected by a network of sites in the United States and Canada that measure the mercury content of precipitation. Data collection began in 1997, and initially showed only a downward trend in mercury levels. Beginning in 2007 or 2008, however, some sites started to show increases rather than decreases.

That’s because the vast majority of sites in 1997 were in the eastern United States. Monitoring locations in other states were added about a decade later.

“This [increase] hadn’t been observed before, and the sites with positive trends were primarily concentrated in the Intermountain West and in the central part of the continent, in the Rocky Mountain, Plains, and Midwest regions,” said lead researcher Peter Weiss-Penzias of the University of California – Santa Cruz. “On the Eastern Seaboard, the trend was still largely negative even for the shorter time periods.”

U.S. mercury emissions have been steadily decreasing for several decades, so the sudden uptick caught researchers by surprise.

The same data collection sites also measured the sulfate concentrations of rainfall. Sulfate is typically emitted by the same sources as atmospheric mercury, and is therefore an indicator of local sources of mercury pollution. The researchers found that sulfate levels continued to drop even in areas that saw increases in mercury. This shows that the mercury contamination in the central United States is coming from elsewhere, the researchers said.

Long-term consequences unknown

The researchers point to booming coal combustion in Asia as the likely culprit. The mercury was likely taken up into the upper atmosphere, and began to fall when it hit turbulence above the Rocky Mountains.

Harvard researcher Hannah Horowitz, who has discovered similar data in her own work, agrees that the mercury is likely coming from outside of the U.S. She notes that because of its high elevation, the Rocky Mountain region tends to gather and trap more atmospheric pollution from distant regions.

Newly increasing levels of mercury – particularly increases over which the United States has little direct control – are deeply troubling.

“As a general rule, we are very concerned about mercury because it can be present at very dilute levels in the environment, parts per trillion, but in the food chain—in a food that we eat and that other animals eat—it can reach levels that are toxic,” Weiss-Penzias said.

Because mercury bio-accumulates, it also tends to increase in concentration as it moves up the food chain. That’s why certain predatory fish tend to be so high in mercury levels that pregnant women are advised against eating them.

Researchers do not know if the increase in mercury levels will continue, or what its ultimate effects will be. But they warn that if the current trend of a 2 percent increase per year continues, the end result will be a massive new accumulation of environmental mercury.

“And once an ecosystem is contaminated with mercury, it can take decades for it to become uncontaminated,” Weiss-Penzias warns.

Sources for this article include: ScientificAmerican.com

ScienceDaily.com

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Ingesting Estrogen Via Everyday Products

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Are You Ingesting Estrogen Without Realizing It From These Everyday Products?
By Martha Rosenberg [1] / AlterNet [2]
February 12, 2016

It is no secret that our bodies and our environment are swimming in estrogen. Puberty is occurring in children as young as eight and in 2010 babies in China [3] were reported to be developing breasts. In 2011, the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail [4] observed that women’s bra cup sizes were growing even when the women themselves were not gaining weight and speculated it was estrogen exposure. And frogs and fish [5] are becoming “intersex” and losing their male characteristics from endocrine disrupters in the environment and waterways.

Over 10 years ago, the routine administration of estrogen to women as they approach menopause and afterward (called hormone replacement therapy or HRT) was found to cause a 26 percent increase in the risk of breast cancer, 41 percent increase in the risk of strokes, 29 percent increase in the risk of heart attacks and double the rate of blood clots.

Unfortunately, the public has a short memory. HRT is making a comeback [6] even though it is such a definitive cause of breast cancer that U.S. cancer rates sharply dropped when women quit in 2002. HRT is still billed as a fountain of youth despite its links to the “elderly” conditions of cataracts, urinary incontinence and joint degeneration as well as lung, ovarian, skin and gall bladder cancer.

But a lot of the estrogen we are exposed to is under the radar. Endocrine disrupters (chemicals that mimic estrogen) are found in plastics like BPA, petroleum-based products, agricultural pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, detergents and cosmetics and even everyday items like furniture, carpeting and thermal receipts. Do you have Colgate’s Total [7] toothpaste or Ajax and Palmolive antibacterial dish detergents at home? Triclosan, the endocrine disrupter they contain, is considered so dangerous the state of Minnesota has banned it [8].

The U.S. meat industry is also steeped in estrogen, using hormones like zeranol and melengestrol and the steroid trenbolone to fatten animals and increase profits. Zeranol is especially controversial. A 2009 paper in Anticancer Research [9] says, “Our laboratory has reported that long-term exposure to either Z [zeranol] or E2 [estradiol-17ß] can induce transformation of human breast epithelial MCF-10A cells.” Translation: it can cause breast cancer. Another paper [10] reports that “breast irritation” can occur in people only exposed to the clothes of those working around zeranol! No wonder the European Union bans U.S. beef.

Do you remember the outbreak of precocious puberty and breast development in children in Italy and Puerto Rico [10] in the late 1970s and ’80s? A paper in Science of the Total Environment [10] attributes the symptoms to “deliberate introduction of zeranol into livestock to enhance meat production.” In both the Italy and Puerto Rico outbreaks the symptoms disappeared when the hormone-laced food was removed.

Zeranol is “banned for use in animal husbandry in the European Union and other countries, but is still widely used in the U.S.,” says the paper. “Surprisingly, little is known about the health effects of these mycoestrogens, including their impact on puberty in girls, a period highly sensitive to estrogenic stimulation.” Another scientific paper [11] called, “Detection of Six Zeranol Residues in Animal-derived Food by HPLC-MS/MS” found clear drug traces in the food.

What can we do to avoid dangerous estrogens in the environment? Avoid meat, dairy and seafood products grown with hormones or pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. If in doubt, say no. Avoid plastics, petroleum-based products and household items with endocrine disrupters [12] as well as soaps and personal care products [13] with “germ killing” agents like triclosan, “fragrance” and parabens. In addition to boycotting such products, tell your lawmakers to stop letting Big Chem and Big Meat poison us with estrogen.

Martha Rosenberg is an investigative health reporter and the author of “Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp the Public Health [14] (Random House).”

Source URL: http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/are-you-ingesting-estrogen-without-realizing-it-these-everyday-products

 

National Vaccine Information Center – Vaccine Watch Dog

Forced Vaccination Bill in VA Moving Fast

National Vaccine Information Center is a non-profit organization dedicated in giving health vaccine information and preventing vaccine injuries and deaths.

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