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The End Of Antibiotics? How Resistant Bacteria Put The World’s Entire Medical System At Risk


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PARIS – The combination of the Arab Spring and the economic crisis in southern Europe has led to a quiet panic spreading in hospitals across the Mediterranean Basin.

“With the disorganization of medical services, the number of infections resisting most known antibiotics has literally exploded,” says professor Patrice Nordmann, chief of the bacteriology-virology-parasitology department at the Bicêtre Hospital in Paris, and head of the Epidemiology and Biochemistry of Emerging Resistance Mechanisms unit at the Inserm (National Institute of Health and Medical Research).

But beyond the Mediterranean sources for the spreading bacteria, such as Greece, Spain and North African countries, is a new reservoir of host countries. In Rotterdam, Netherlands, for example, more than 3,000 patients have been infected by strains of enterobacteria resisting multiple treatments. In Great Britain, while staphylococcus aureus had been spectacularly curtailed for ten years, health authorities have identified new bacterial waves, imported from India through low-cost medical tourism.

In France, the National Sanitary Surveillance Institute recently signaled ulltra-resistant strains of Acinetobacter baumannii, whose part in nosocomial diseases spread in medical facilities went from 3% in 2008 to 11% in 2011, causing death in 17% of cases. More worrying: cases of resistant infections are not limited to hospitals anymore. “A tsunami is to be expected,” warns Nordmann.

He is not the only one to think so. The acceleration of the phenomenon also worries the World Health Organization (WHO). Its Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan calculated that 440,000 cases of tuberculosis (out of a total 8 to 10 million globally), stem from a multi-resistant strain, which has killed at least 150,000 people in at least 64 countries. In a 2012 report, the organization shared its fear of a “return to the times when antibiotics did not exist.” In other words, medical pre-history.

“The risk of a paralysis of modern medicine is real,” confirm experts from the French Strategic Analysis Center, in a November report sent to the Prime Minister’s office. No antibiotics would mean no more surgery, organ transplantation, chemotherapy, or therapeutic barriers to stop the spreading of diseases.

Therapeutic dead-ends

Eight decades after the discovery of penicillin, which inaugurated the era of modern medicine, will Darwinism rear its destructive head? “Overconsumption of antibiotics, encouraged by their free circulation in some countries, forces bacteria’s natural resistance mechanisms to select the most adapted genes for survival in over-asepticized environments,” explains Patrice Nordmann. In view of bacteria’s reproduction speed, the time necessary for these mutations is extremely short. Rudimentary microbes that couldn’t survive ten years ago are now about to become real juggernauts.

“There is no reason today for this race to stop. If we do not act now, mankind must prepare to face an apocalyptic scenario where modern health systems could be destroyed,” says Richard Smith, professor of Health System Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Overconsumption is not only the product of uncontrolled prescriptions: according to the WHO, at least half of the antibiotics produced in the world are administered in prevention to livestock. Forbidden in Europe since 2006, this practice goes on in the United States where four out of five antibiotics consumed are used to fatten cattle.

The vertiginous decline of research into new antibiotics does not help: less profitable for the “Big Pharma” than treatments for chronic pathologies, the number of marketing authorizations granted by the Food and Drug Administration — the American sanitary authority — went from 16 for the 1983-1987 period, to only two in the last five years.

Even worse: no new treatment has been proposed for ten years against “superbugs”, or multidrug-resistant bacteria.

This race against the clock can be an incentive for research in new therapeutic approaches. At France’s Pasteur Institute for example, the laboratory headed by Jean-Marc Ghigo studies the metabolism of bio-films in order to invent surgical tools and hospital material on which bacteria would be unable to attach itself.

As for the Strategic Analysis Center, it recommends developing research in phage therapy, a nearly 100-year-old discipline, once overtaken by the rise of antibiotics. With the help of bacteriophage viruses, it can target pathogenic agents with extreme precision while protecting “friendly” bacteria in the human flora.

“The harmless bacterium Vibrio can thus become cholera’s enemy by acquiring a choleric toxin gene from a bacteriophage,” the authors predict. Three clinical trials are going on in the United States, in Belgium and in the United Kingdom, but the need to regularly update the phage cocktails according to targeted bacteria render the regulation more complicated. Yet the risks of the current situation could accelerate the process: Richard Smith assesses the annual cost of antibiotics resistances at $55 billion in the United States alone.

Read the article in the original language.

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GM Myths


GM Myths

Why are stories about GM “miracles” lapped up so uncritically by the media and why does non-GM research into solving exactly the same kind of problems seem to get minimal if any reporting, even though it is far more successful? We look at some classic examples of how GM’s often exaggerated crisis narratives and hyped silver bullet solutions successfully grab media attention. We also look at how even when these claims turn out to be completely bogus, it attracts little if any attention, and how some failed GM projects, or successful crop developments that have nothing to do with GM, even get passed off as big GM successes!

“Millions served” – the GM sweet potato

The virus-resistant sweet potato has been the ultimate GM showcase project for Africa, generating a vast amount of global media coverage. The Monsanto-trained scientist fronting the project has been proclaimed an African heroine and the saviour of millions, based on her claims about the GM sweet potato doubling output in Kenya. Forbes magazine even declared her one of a tiny handful of people around the globe who would “reinvent the future”. It eventually emerged, however, that the claims being made for the GM sweet potato were bogus, with field trial results showing the GM crop to be a dud.

“Saving lives and limbs with a (GM) weed”

There’s been a lot of publicity about how GM plants are going to solve the problem of landmine detection. News items around the globe – from the New York Times to the BBC, from TIME Magazine to Reuters – trumpeted their life-saving potential, after a biotech firm claimed to have genetically modified plants so that they would change from green to red when grown near to landmines. But the fact that the project failed attracted no coverage in the mainstream media.

“Only GM can save the banana”

“Only GM can save the banana” is a story that first surfaced in 2001, made a comeback in 2003, and has done the rounds ever since, gaining massive media coverage. Each time this story (re)emerges, it gets expertly debunked… untill the next time comes around.

GM cassava “our only hope”

The potential of genetic engineering to massively boost the production of cassava – one of Africa’s most important foods – by defeating a devastating virus has been heavily promoted since the mid-1990s. There has even been talk of GM solving hunger in Africa by increasing cassava yields as much as tenfold. To date almost nothing appears to have been achieved, and even after it became clear that the GM cassava had suffered a major technical failure, the hype about its curing hunger in Africa continued regardless. Meanwhile, conventional (non-GM) plant breeding has quietly been producing virus resistant cassavas that are already making a remarkable difference in farmers’ fields even under drought conditions.

Golden Rice “could save a million kids a year”

Golden Rice has been hyped for almost a decade as a life saver for millions suffering from vitamin A deficiency (VAD). Although it still appears to be several years away from being deployed, its inventor blames this on the unnecessary regulation of GM crops, which he calls a crime against humanity. However, the evidence does not support this claim. In addition, the World Health Organisation states that there are already tried-and-tested programmes for treating Vitamin A deficiency involving cheap, traditional, and readily available solutions. Although under-resourced, these programmes make Golden Rice completely unnecessary.

“Purple tomato can beat cancer”

A GM tomato has been portrayed in the world’s media as a major cancer fighter, as well as having other important health-enhancing properties. And some media commentators suggest that this is the “breakthrough” that will convince people of the benefits of GM foods. But the health claims are based on a small-scale study of mice, and experts say the results may have occurred by chance, or may simply not be applicable to humans. They also say that there could be problems with toxicity and that these have not been investigated. In any case, a range of existing fruit and vegetables offer the same potential benefits without any need to resort to genetic engineering.

Super-sized cassava “could help alleviate hunger”

GM cassava plants with unusually big roots were promoted as a super-sizing breakthrough that “could help alleviate hunger in developing countries”, but it turned out that plant breeders had already produced cassava roots that were many times larger than the GM ones, at very low cost and without genetic engineering.

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Sweden: A Cautionary Tale About Vaccines


In 2009, the swine flu hit Europe in pandemic levels.

The countries rushed to acquire a vaccine called Pandemrix, made by GlaxoSmithKline in the UK.

The vaccine had been fast-tracked for use due to the human swine flu crisis.

One wealthy nation, Sweden, snapped up a large amount of the Pandemrix vaccine and launched a nationwide campaign, eventually vaccinating 59% of the population against the swine flu.

This may sound familiar — the vaccine was promoted by national health organizations, the main stream news, schools, workplaces and on television to encourage everyone to get the jab.

800 children across Europe diagnosed with incurable neurological disorder

A few months later a strange medical trend developed.

Medical professionals began seeing case after case of children suffering from narcolepsy.

And these children had one thing in common: they had been injected with the Pandemrix vaccine.

More than 800 children across Europe have been diagnosed with this incurable neurological disorder and the evidence is overwhelming in the implication of the vaccine.

The drug contained squalene which was used as an adjuvant.

Squalene is the most likely culprit in the vaccine. (Source)

The Tragic Story of Emelie

One young girl, Emelie Olsson, has had her life forever devastated as a result of narcolepsy, the onset of which occurred after receiving the swine flu vaccine in 2009.

The 14 year old girl has had her life devastated.

She cannot sleep at night.

When she does sleep, she is plagued with nightmares and hallucinations, sometimes waking more than 70 times in the night.

Sometimes when she wakens she is completely paralyzed and unable to breathe well or call out for help.

During the day, she can hardly keep her eyes open because of the lack of sleep.

If she laughs she has something called a cataplexy — when a strong emotion causes sudden muscle weakness that leaves her unable to stand.

When Emelie tries to have fun with friends, the happiness, literally, causes her to collapse to the ground.

She said in an interview:

”I can’t laugh or joke about with my friends anymore, because when I do I get cataplexies and collapse.

I can not laugh anymore and it makes me very, very sad.

It is the worst of all.”

Can you honestly imagine, as a parent, an adult or a human being, having to warn a child — “Stop that!  Don’t laugh!!!!”

But Emelie’s mother has to do just that.

In an interview, Marie Olsson expressed terrible guilt and regret.   (translated from Swedish)

“Yes, I feel guilty.

We are parents supposed to protect our children and instead I have asked Emelie take this vaccination, which has made her so sick.

If I had read on better and questioned more then maybe she had not been vaccinated themselves.

Before then, Emelie had been healthy.”

Emelie, age 14, must now take stimulants during the day, narcotic sleep aids at night and medications that stabilise her emotions so that she can feel neither sadness or joy.

She must take these medications for the rest of her life.

Emelie’s struggle is outlined in the documentary “After the Syringe.”

Lest the pro-vaccine crown think that Emelie’s story is merely anecdotal, there is enough evidence to support claims that GSK’s toxic concoction caused the 800 reported cases of narcolepsy to convince experts like Emmanuel Mignot, of Stanford University, who one of the world’s leading experts on narcolepsy.

”There’s no doubt in my mind whatsoever that Pandemrix increased the occurrence of narcolepsy onset in children in some countries — and probably in most countries.”

Europe’s regulatory board, the European Medicines Agency, has now directed that the vaccine should not be given to anyone under the age of 20.

One public health official in Sweden has gone on the record stating that things should have been different.

Goran Stiernstedt, the director for health and social care at the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, was at the helm of the vaccination campaign across Sweden.

He estimates the vaccine may have saved the lives of 30-60 people, but now over 200 recipients suffer from narcolepsy. (source)

“The big question is was it worth it?

And retrospectively I have to say it was not…

This is a medical tragedy…

Hundreds of young people have had their lives almost destroyed.”

Some experts say the risk is still worthwhile.

David Salisbury, the UK’s director of immunization, seems to think that the quality of life of 800 children is a small price to pay.

He told Reuters:

“In the event of a severe pandemic, the risk of death is far higher than the risk of narcolepsy.

If we spent longer developing and testing the vaccine on very large numbers of people and waited to see whether any of them developed narcolepsy, much of the population might be dead.”

Salisbury, of course, is neck-deep in his involvement with the very ethically questionable World Health Organization.

He has served as the Chairman of WGO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on vaccines, and as a member of WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.

He is the Co-chairman of the Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Group for the Global Health Security Action Group of G7 countries.

Indeed, his pro-vaccine interest in the “greater good” far outweighs his concern about the risks to children like Emelie.

No Responsibility Taken

No one seems willing to take responsibility for the lifelong damages suffered by these children.

Sweden gave GSK indemnity when they purchased the drug, which means that those affected by the vaccine cannot ask for damages from the manufacturer.

To receive compensation, the state is asking parents to

”…forever renounce the right to ask anyone to account in court for what has happened.

The condition has no counterpart in any other type of insurance, and only have the task of protecting drug manufacturers from lawsuits.”

Margareta Eriksson, President of Narcolepsy Association, responded:   (translated from Swedish: source)

We can never write such a thing.

We parents requiring instead that:

The state clearly take responsibility for our children’s future, and ensure that our children receive full compensation for economic losses without limiting insurance.

All the vaccine itself and then got narcolepsy should be entitled to compensation — without having to fight for it against the insurer.

The state ran a vaccination campaign that gave our children a life-long severe illness.

Now, the state must also take responsibility for the consequences.  (Source)

Still Pushing Vaccines

One health official in Norway has called the Pandermix tragedy a medical catastrophe.

“Narcolepsy following Pandemrix [vaccination] was completely unexpected and surprising, and a catastrophe.

Preben Aavitsland, who was responsible for monitoring contagious diseases at Norway’s Institute of Public Health in 2009 when the Swine Flu hit, cited studies in Finland, Sweden and here.

He told NRK these concluded that children given the Pandemrix vaccine had a 10 times-higher risk of developing narcolepsy than adults, calculations he states that Norwegian experts had not carried out. ” (Source)

Despite these statistics, there is still a push for the influenza vaccine in the Scandinavian countries.

“The Institute of Public Health declares the current flu vaccine is not the same as the Pandemrix vaccine and urges that those in risk groups such as those over the age of 65 or suffering from other health problems consider vaccination.” (Source)

What Can We Learn from This?

There are a few take-home lessons from this tale:

First of all, something vastly under-tested was brought to the market.

That vaccine was not merely made available, it was pushed, promoted and practically forced on people using a campaign of fear and guilt.

Children have been forever damaged by this vaccine.

No one wants to take financial responsibility for a life sentence of mental suffering, expensive daily medications and serious health issues.

Officials know these things are true but want you to continue to be vaccinated (and have your children vaccinated) anyway.

This story is a cautionary tale.

It tells us (and simply reaffirms for many of us) that we cannot accept anything that Big Pharma and their cohorts at the FDA and the CDC tell us.

If they lied to people in Europe can we really think they are telling us the truth in the United States and Canada?

We cannot accept what the media tells us at face value — who do you think sponsors the news programs?

Pay attention to the ads — you’ll see commercials for over the counter medications, SSRI antidepressants and other Big Pharma goodies interspersed throughout.

Whether the goal is to line their own pockets, to control the masses or to depopulate, this illustrates that our children are seen as nothing more than human laboratory animals.

These medications that are brought to market and all but forced on us are just a big science experiment.

The mind control and brainwashing by the mainstream culture is a psychological game, convincing people that it’s all for their own good.

You can turn on the TV right now and flip through a few channels and see the identical agenda at work in North America, where nearly every newscast mentions at least once during the 30 minute program, where, how or why you should rush out, roll up your sleeve, and get your flu shot.

What happened in Sweden is a direct example of what is going on, RIGHT NOW, across the western world, regarding the flu shot.

The tragedy that has afflicted these families could easily occur here.

If you can’t see the correlation between the two, your eyes and mind are willfully closed.

Don’t be fooled.

Don’t be brainwashed.

Don’t end up like Emelie and her parents.

via Vaccines Autism — Flu Swine Flu Children — Vitamin D3 — Robert Kennedy.

via Vaccines Autism — Flu Swine Flu Children — Vitamin D3 — Robert Kennedy.

Offended Muslim Syndrome & Self-Help Support Groups


Following the misery inflicted on Islam by a toy bear that ended up with calls for the execution of an English woman for blasphemy, more Muslims are stepping forward with stories of long-suppressed emotional trauma imposed on them by so-called reality.

This has led to the creation of support groups and social networks that help followers of the Prophet Mohammed cope with the agony of learning about life outside of their immediate environment, offering assistance with technical resources, practical guidance, and strategies for early intervention and punishment of those who offend Islam.

“I have always been offended by rubber ducks,” says Mahmud Said of Portland, Oregon. “For a long time I felt stigmatized and inadequate, until one day I decided to write about it on an Internet forum. I received hundreds of heart-felt emails – from Morocco to Indonesia. It turns out that thousands of Muslim men between the ages of 18 and 35 have had traumatic experiences with rubber ducks.

“We started a support group that has grown to 10,000 members. Not only do we share horrifying rubber duck stories, we also try to increase public awareness by sabotaging the world supply of rubber ducks, setting fire to factories, abducting rubber duck distributors, and intimidating retailers. These are building blocks for our healthy future. With Allah as my witness, our public awareness campaign will soon result in a completely rubber-duck-free world.”

Abdullah Sharif had just turned 35 when the Mohammed cartoon controversy suddenly broke out. It left him so emotionally scarred that he developed an aversion to representative art in all its forms. He often found himself shrieking while passing comics in a bookstore window, or seeing the funnies in the local newspaper. But while Abdullah had formerly been considered just another oddball, thanks to social networking, he is now a successful leader of an international charitable organization working for the betterment of humankind through imposing of Sharia law on the infidels.

His group covers a wide range of activities, from occasional riots, bombings, and beating of newspaper editors to writing threatening letters to the Cartoon Network. “One true believer may be a nutcase, but together we are the fastest growing religion on Earth, making the important cultural shift to a more Islam-dominated society that benefits both the true believers and the lowly kufir,” boasts Abdullah. He recently moved to a new home in Malibu and is touring the world on a private Lear Jet.

Studies conducted by mental health professionals have shown that Muslim men and women are often offended by the most unexpected items, including baby rattles, hummingbirds, home appliances, or geographical maps with polar ice caps. On the top ten list of the most offensive things are rectal thermometers and the word “allometric,” which many consider an underhanded insult to Allah.

Every such grievance is being thoroughly documented and acted upon by support groups and mental health providers, such as CAIR, that help victims to overcome their stress and anxiety by filing costly lawsuits against private institutions and government agencies.

The typical case involved a visitor from Egypt to Brooklyn, NY, who was offended by the sight of a cumulus cloud over Atlantic Avenue in the shape of the Arabic letter “A.” By organizing protests and putting pressure on mass media, a network of Muslim groups and charities succeeded in forcing a Brooklyn judge to award the offended man $150,000 in damages, to be paid by the National Meteorological Agency. The Agency is the government body the Muslim groups deemed most responsible for regulating the proper distribution of water molecules over the New York metropolitan area.

Among the most bizarre cases is a lawsuit filed by religious and community leaders who claim that they are being unfairly targeted by gamma rays, neutrinos, and other forms of cosmic radiation. According to plaintiffs, the problem started immediately after they had complained to authorities about the disproportionately tangled shape of the Galactic magnetic field. Government agencies were fast to express dismay and sympathy for the victims, but none were willing to accept responsibility, and it seems they are playing a cynical game of administrative football with neutrino sufferers.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on national governments to provide financial backing for the network of Muslim self-help groups, twelve-step healing programs, and training camps, creating an environment that is more supportive and empowering for sufferers of Offended Muslim Syndrome (OMS).

“Being a Muslim today means to be always aware that something, somewhere, is somehow offensive to Islam,” said a report issued by WHO, a specialized agency of the UN that acts as a coordinating authority on international public health. “It is a shame to see the wealthiest nations of the world stingily hold on to their pockets in the face of the largest epidemic of reality-induced psychological disorder in human history.”

The WHO report provides a list of symptoms of the Offended Muslim Syndrome, suggesting that the condition be officially recognized as a disability, with the ensuing costs covered by Western governments. The report also includes advice and recommendations by leading UN-affiliated health professionals:

Symptoms of Offended Muslim Syndrome (OMS)

Irritability, agitation, anxiety at the sight of women who are not fully covered

Prolonged rage or unexplained killing sprees

Significant changes in immigration patterns

Brooding about the past glory of the Caliphate

Decreased effectiveness and minimal work productivity

Difficulty in understanding new information without a trial lawyer

Feelings of despair or hopelessness about the existence of Israel

Recurring thoughts of death to the infidels

In order to guard against OMS, health officials warn individuals who are at risk to make sure that the objective reality they are exposed to does not:

Make them aware of the outside world

Trigger curiosity about the Western notions of “logic” or “rationality”

Make life more enjoyable

Cause them to question the need for martyrdom

Have side effects such as independent thinking and longing to live as a productive individual

Create an illusion that communication with infidels is possible without hostage-taking

Spontaneously developed methods and techniques are already in place to help OMS sufferers: the Paris Youth Group, the Gaza System, the Beirut Procedure, and, of course, the Zawahiri Method – an easy-to-learn, do-it-yourself way to eliminate anxiety whenever you find anything offensive, by removing any negative thought or feeling below the neck of the offending party.

This method has proven to be particularly effective in breaking the patterns of thought and behavior among non-Muslims, whose very existence is suspected to be the leading cause of pain of anxiety afflicting the Muslim world.

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via Offended Muslim Syndrome & Self-Help Support Groups.

via Offended Muslim Syndrome & Self-Help Support Groups.

Exercise Lengthens Life Regardless of Weight –


A little exercise each week can lead to big gains in life expectancy. And that’s true regardless of your current weight, according to a new review study that included more than 650,000 people.

The World Health Organization recommends two-and-a-half to five hours of brisk walking per week, or less time spent at a more vigorous activity. People who got the full recommended amount of exercise saw an average 3.4 year gain in life expectancy. People who got half as much exercise still lived an average 1.8 years longer. The findings are in the journal PLoS Medicine. [Steven C. Moore et al, Leisure Time Physical Activity of Moderate to Vigorous Intensity and Mortality: A large pooled cohort analysis]

In fact, exercise was a bigger factor than body weight in many cases. People who were normal weight but were inactive actually lived an average of 3.1 fewer years than obese people who kept up high levels of activity.

Finding time to exercise can be tough. Maybe look at it this way. There are almost 9,000 hours in a year. Five hours a week is 260 hours a year—to get an extra 30,000 hours of life. Do the math. While you take a walk.

via Exercise Lengthens Life Regardless of Weight – Yahoo! News.

via Exercise Lengthens Life Regardless of Weight – Yahoo! News.

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