Category Archives: Health Care

Blue Light And Blindness (video)

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What Is Blue Light?

Red, green and blue are added together in various ways to reproduce an array of colors for human eyes to create a colorful visual. Blue light is the shortest and most intensive wavelength in the color spectrum. It is able to penetrate to the macular part of the retina. Prolonged exposure to the blue light can cause eye disease or even blindness. According to World Health Organization (WHO), prolonged exposure to the blue light is the leading cause for visual impairment. Macular degeneration has outranked the cataract to be the number one reason for vision loss.

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How Does The Blue Light Cause Harm?

The blue light from the digital devices can cause injury to the retina causing macular degeneration and resulting in blurred vision, distorted image, reduced vision, leading to blindness.

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Nurse Charged As Two Babies Die Minutes After Receiving Government Approved Vaccine

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Police in Samoa have pressed charges against a nurse after two babies died within minutes of receiving a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. The two one-year-old infants were given the vaccine last month at Safotu District Hospital on the island of Savaii. They both died shortly after being administered the inoculation. The Samoan attorney-general has confirmed that one of the nurses involved in the procedure has been charged and will appear in court next week. In the aftermath of the incident, the Samoan government suspended its nationwide vaccine program and all vials of the vaccine were seized, Newshub reports. The neighboring Cook Islands also suspended its own MMR program because the country uses the same supplier as Samoa. That suspension has since been lifted.

Source: RT

Justice Department Says Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Unconstitutional

The Justice Department argued in court Thursday that key pieces of Obamacare, including the individual mandate are unconstitutional.

The 2012 Supreme Court ruling which upheld Obamacare’s individual mandate under Congress’s power to tax is being challenged by the DOJ.

Since the individual mandate was repealed by Congress last year, the DOJ argued the mandate is no longer technically a tax, therefore unconstitutional.

The liberals are going ballistic over this news arguing the Justice Department is supposed to defend laws, not make them.

These same liberals were silent when Obama instructed his Justice Department (AG Holder) to stop defending DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).

The Department of Justice (DOJ) argued in court Thursday that key parts of ObamaCare are now unconstitutional, siding in large part with a conservative challenge to the law.

The lawsuit in question was filed in February by Texas and 19 other conservative states, arguing that ObamaCare is unconstitutional and should be overturned.

The DOJ argues that ObamaCare’s protections against people with pre-existing conditions being denied coverage or charged more should be invalidated, maintaining that the individual mandate that people have insurance or face a tax penalty is now unconstitutional.

The conservative states and DOJ point to the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that upheld ObamaCare’s individual mandate under Congress’s taxing power. Now that Congress has repealed the mandate penalty as part of last year’s tax bill – while technically keeping the mandate itself in place – they argue the mandate is no longer a tax and is now invalid.

They also argue that the key pre-existing condition protections cannot be separated from the mandate and should be invalidated. The DOJ argues the remainder of the law can stay.

The chances for that argument succeeding are viewed with deep skepticism by legal experts, in part because Congress itself indicated that the rest of ObamaCare could still stand without the mandate when it moved to repeal the tax penalty last year.

The case is currently before a federal district court judge in Texas, Reed O’Connor, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush.

Obamacare is a complete disaster and is predictably imploding.

Of course Obamacare is unconstitutional; it was one giant transfer of wealth.

Americans are furious because their premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed while doctor choice and care has dwindled.

President Trump recently railed against Obamacare’s individual mandate calling it “cruel” and a “punishment.”

Source: By Christina Laila | The Gateway Pundit

Used Needles Littering San Francisco Streets As Heroin Crisis Grips NorCal

San Francisco residents are complaining about a record number of used and discarded syringes littering the streets, as a growing heroin epidemic grips Northern California.

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The city distributes nearly 5 million needles each year through various programs aimed at reducing HIV and other health risks for drug users who might otherwise share needles. 

The city distributes an estimated 400,000 syringes each month through various programs aimed at reducing HIV and other health risks for drug users. About 246,000 syringes are discarded through the city’s 13 syringe access and disposal sites. But thousands of the others end up on streets, in parks and other public areas… –AP

While syringes discarded in public areas have become a nationwide problem amid a growing opium crisis, the problem in population-dense San Francisco (about 50 square miles) is much more noticeable given the city’s growing homeless population. Last year there were 9,500 requests by residents for needle pick-ups by the city. So far this year, there have been 3,700 requests. 

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Despite the needles strewn around the city, San Francisco officials have no plans to change their needle program.

“Research shows that reducing access to clean syringes increases disease and does not improve the problem of needle litter,” said Barbara Garcia, director of the Department of Public Health.

In response to the problem, Mayor Mark Farrell has hired 10 workers to go around the city picking up needles. 

Meanwhile to the north, the coastal town of Eureka has been hit hard by the heroin epidemic which has spread throughout California’s rural north. 

While the state as a whole has one of the lowest overall opioid-related death rates in the country, a sharp rise in heroin use across the rural north in recent years has raised alarms. In Humboldt County, the opioid death rate is five times higher than the state average, rivaling the rates of states like Maine and Vermont that have received far more national attention. –NY Times

Eureka, with its sizeable homeless population, lack of affordable housing and a “changing, weakened economy that relies heavily on tourism” has been hit particularly hard. 

Intravenous drug use has been a persistent menace across rural California for decades, but longtime drug users who once sought methamphetamine — which is also often injected — are increasingly looking to score heroin or opioid pills instead. An astonishingly high rate of opioid prescription in Humboldt County has bred addiction, officials said, and the craving is increasingly sated by a growing market for heroin. –NYT

I’ve lost so many people to this,” said 46-year-old Stacy Cobine, a chronically homeless woman who has struggled with drug abuse.

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While Meth is still the drug of choice in Humboldt, Chief Deputy Coroner at the County Sheriff’s Department, Ernie Stewart, says he is certain that the county’s heroin-related overdoses are “way underreported,” and that meth and heroin abuse is affecting every type of person locally – not just the homeless. 

And with such heavy use of opioids comes the trash…

With the sharp increases in use and overdoses, syringe litter has become a significant flash point for the town’s middle-class residents, particularly because tourism is so important for Eureka and the surrounding region. The town’s homeless have borne the brunt of the blame and frustration. Many Eurekans described various shocking experiences, including witnessing injections on public streets. They worry that discarded syringes could threaten children and tourists playing in the area’s parks. –NYT

Like San Francisco, Humboldt distributes clean needles to drug users through the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction. Many residents blame the organization, founded in 2014 to combat the spread of hepatitis C, for the proliferation of needle litter. The exchange has given out close to one million clean syringes since 2017, while founder Brandie Wilson says her group gets around 94% of the used needles back. 

“Our Hep C and mental health and drug use and homeless and opioid use issues, all of those are so intertwined with being rural, and with a culture of silence,” she said. “No matter where I looked, there was no help. There was no help.

Another factor which many point to is the break-up of a major homeless encampment by Humboldt officials. 

The needle litter problem intensified two years ago when the town removed a homeless encampment along the Palco Marsh where somewhere between 250 and 400 homeless people had been sleeping.

City officials and health service workers had encouraged the town’s large homeless population for years to go there. The tent city, which was colloquially called Devil’s Playground, provided a place to sleep and to linger during the day, but it also saw severely unsanitary health conditions and, at times, violence. In 2016, the town decided to clear the camp to install a bike path along the water, and did not allow a new camp anywhere else. –NYT

And while Humboldt County does what it can, many are pointing a finger at the state of California for not taking enough action.

“The state is failing miserably, and you can quote me on that,” said Mr. Stewart, the deputy coroner. “The state is failing miserably across the board. They are not putting enough funding and resources toward rehabilitation.”

Mike McGuire, who represents several Northern California counties including Humboldt in the State Senate, said that government leaders needed to be more proactive about expanding resources in rural parts of the state. He said rural Californians are “desperate” for more assistance.

“Humboldt County is just a few hours up Highway 101,” he said, “but as an individual travels further north on the highway, it’s like you take a step back in time. We need to step up to the plate and provide rural counties with the tools they need to combat this crisis.”

We’re just trying to figure out how to keep people alive while we wait for more treatment up here,” said Wilson.

Source: ZeroHedge

‘Penis Facial’: The Latest Disturbing Beauty Treatment For Progressive A-Listers

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The secret to clear, glowy skin? It’s inside you. Actually.

On Thursday, Page Six reported that “Ocean’s 8” stars Cate Blanchett and her pal Sandra Bullock had tried the “penis facial” with luxe NYC aesthetician Georgia Louise.

The Hollywood EGF Facial — a $650 treatment — involves a cleanse, chemical peel, microneedling, an “electrifying” face mask and a so-called “Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)” — a serum that happens to be derived from the foreskin of Korean newborns. The substance supposedly helps generate collagen and elastin in the skin.

It’s just one of many borderline cannibalistic — and inevitably expensive — beauty products wooing the rich and vain these days.

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Massaging your face in blood might sound downright medieval, but that’s the thought behind the “vampire facial,” a beloved treatment of A-list lookers including Cher, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kim Kardashian. For $950 — plus a flight to Germany — Dr. Barbara Sturm will take samples of your blood and formulate them into a cream that’s said to heal skin and boost collagen.

Placentas are regularly recycled by mammals in the wild, but humans have found a far more superficial use for afterbirth. Like our own, the proteins, nutrients and enzymes found in an animal-derived placenta is thought to help promote skin-cell growth, as it does for babies in utero. Judging by the ageless complexion of designer Alexander Wang, who swears by the bizarre ingredient, it’s a safe bet that this beauty trend is here to stay.

“Urine therapy” made a splash, so to speak, thousands of years ago, when it was an ancient Eastern tradition commonly used for myriad purposes. Antibodies found naturally in urine have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, and can feasibly treat skin ailments such as rashes, burns, dry skin and acne. There’s probably no need to swap your toner for urine (as some have). As it turns out, urea is already widely found in skin-care products.

Technically, we’re not using human breast milk to create colostrum-gel-based products, but the properties of bovine breast milk are very similar to those of our own. Produced by mammals during pregnancy, colostrum supplies antibodies and nutrients to newborns, and now, your aging face. Vitamins found in colostrum gel include soothing and smoothing vitamins E and C, which brighten and boost elasticity.

Source: By Hanna Sparks | New York Post

30 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Catching the Flu

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2018 has started off with a bang… and not in a good way. So far, it’s shaping up to be the worst year of the flu in more than a decade. More than 100 people across the country have already died and we’re only 3 weeks into the new year. Hospitals are running out of IV bags. They’re setting up tents to treat people in the parking lot. Pharmacies are out of Tamiflu.

In short, this virus is bad news.

So how do you reduce your risk of catching the flu?

Here’s a hint:

Reducing your risk has absolutely nothing to do with being injected with a flu shot may only be 10% effective and could have mild to severe side effects.  This is despite the fact that you’ll hear about 10,971 variations that “The best way to prevent catching the flu is to receive your annual flu shot.” Just because the media repeats it verbatim every single day doesn’t make it true.

Reducing your risk of catching the flu has everything to do with personal hygiene, leading a healthy lifestyle, and boosting your body’s immune system.  Every year, I write about this topic, and every year, people respond by telling me that these ideas are fine for me but if you don’t “pick-an-excuse” then you just have to go and get the flu shot. I realize that all of these suggestions are not applicable to every family’s situation, but if one doesn’t work, there are still 29 more that may help.

None of these is foolproof. This year’s strain is particularly virulent and one new study suggests it can be transmitted by simply breathing. But every little bit helps and if your immune system is in good shape you have a much better chance of fighting the virus if you do get sick.

And a quick word about bleach and hand sanitizer: Our family doesn’t ordinarily use these products but during an outbreak, it’s go-hard-or-go-home time. Using these products for a couple of weeks during flu season will do more good than harm. The studies that say how bad these are for you are referring to people who use these items daily over long periods of time. Feel free to use natural products if you prefer but my recommendation is to use the strongest things available to you.

The absolute, number one way to avoid catching the flu is through the exercise of good personal hygiene.

  1. Wash your hands frequently when you are out.
  2. In public restrooms, use a paper towel to open bathroom doors and turn on taps.
  3. Although I’m normally not a big fan of hand sanitizer, I always carry it with me in my purse during flu season. I use it generously when I’m out, before and after touching things that everyone else has been touching, like the handle of the shopping cart, door knobs, and debit machines.
  4. Use sanitizing wipes (or at least baby wipes) to wash your hands and wipe the steering wheel when you get back into your vehicle.
  5. Avoid touching your face – this welcomes germs that are on your hands into your body.
  6. During the height of flu season, consider taking a quick shower and changing clothes when you return home, particularly if you have been in a germ-ridden place like a doctor’s office or pharmacy. Or Wal-Mart – every time I go there, I see loads of sick people sneezing and coughing into their hands, then touching items on the shelves.
  7. Make sure the kids change clothes and thoroughly wash their hands when they return home from school.
  8. I shouldn’t really have to say this, but…remember to wash your hands after using the bathroom and before preparing or eating food.

If your local area is being hit hard by the flu, practice avoidance to keep your family healthy.

9.  Stay home as much as possible. (Obviously, if you have work and school outside the home, this becomes more difficult, but you can still avoid malls, movie theaters, and sporting events for the duration of the epidemic.)
10.  Stay away from sick people if you can.
11.  Avoid eating at restaurants – you don’t know the health or hygiene habits of the kitchen staff.

If someone in your family gets sick, take steps to minimize the spread of the illness.

12.  If you or a family member become sick, stay home from work or school to prevent passing it on to others.

13.  If a family member is sick, keep them isolated from the rest of the family.

14.  Use disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces that the sick person touches – doorknobs, TV remotes, keyboards, toilet handles, and phones. (One of my daughters got so offended when I followed her around with bleach wipes during an episode of strep throat years ago.)

15. Immediately place dishes and flatware used by the sick person into hot, soapy dishwater with a drop of bleach in it.

16.  Teach children to cough into the crook of their arm instead of covering their mouth with their hands. This prevents their hands from being germ catchalls that transfer the contagious matter to everything they touch.

17.  Have the sick person wash their hands frequently with soap and water to help prevent spreading germs through physical contact. If soap and water are unavailable, have them use hand sanitizer.

Some other ways to stay healthy are to use natural strategies to maximize your immune system.

18.  Drink lots of water to keep your system hydrated and efficient.

19.  Take a high quality, organic multi-vitamin. (I like this one)

20.  Take at least 3000-5000 IUs of Vitamin D3 daily – research has shown a link between a Vitamin D deficit and susceptibility to the flu. (This one has 5000 IUs) As well, eat foods rich in Vitamin D such as eggs, dairy products, and fish.

21. Other important immune-boosting vitamins are Vitamin C and Zinc. Most vitamin C is genetically modified, so be especially careful to find a non-GMO vitamin C. These Zinc Lozenges are good tasting and high quality. Enjoy foods rich in Vitamin C like citrus fruits and foods rich in Zinc like spinach, wheat, meat, and seeds.

21.  Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables (preferably organic and pesticide free).

22.  Get 7-9 hours of sleep per day – a tired body has a weaker immunity against viruses.

23.  Don’t smoke – this weakens your resistance against respiratory illnesses and worsens the effect on your body if you do become ill.

24.  Avoid or limit alcoholic beverages.

25.  Avoid or limit processed foods. Your body doesn’t recognize these as food and they do nothing to nourish you.

26. Get fresh air and sunshine as often as possible – your body absorbs Vitamin D from the sun’s rays.

27. Get at least 20 minutes of exercise a day. You don’t have to be training for a marathon – simply take the dog for a quick walk and you’ll improve your cardiac function, your circulation, and your respiratory function.

28. Choose personal care and cleaning products that don’t contain harmful chemicals. When you inhale the toxins into your lungs or absorb them through your skin, they can break down mucosal surfaces, making you more susceptible to germs and viruses. However, during flu season, I do tend to use harsher chemicals like bleach, particularly if someone in the household is ill.

29. Maintain a healthy body weight.

30. Try to reduce the stress in your life. When we are highly stressed, we’re far more likely to succumb to illness. This is because adrenaline and cortisol, in the long term, can drain your immune system, making it unable to fight off a cold or flu efficiently. Check out this natural product to help with stress and anxiety.

What if you still get sick?

The worst case scenario is that you do, indeed, contract the flu. Despite the hullabaloo, you are probably not going to die, be hospitalized, or suffer horrific permanent damage from a bout of the flu. People get sick, but death from the seasonal flu is still rare.

Check out the Flu Survival Guide for more tips if someone gets sick.

Source: The Organic Prepper

North Korea’s Elite Are Injecting Themselves With Gold

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Kim Jong Un and his elite are giving themselves Kim Jong Un to cure cancer, senile dementia and obesity. His top scientists have released a gleaming new range of drugs that they claim are better than anything available to the Western world. Only the great and the good of Pyongyang will have access to this new gold standard of health care. The leadership hopes to export the potions to the West and the packs come with English, Chinese and Russian instructions, according to local reports. One is called the nano-gold polysaccharide injection, developed by Korea Myohyang Trading Corporation, according to the nation’s official paper The Pyongyang Times. Developers say: “It is efficacious in the treatment and prevention of fatty liver, hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, diabetes, insomnia, cancerous diseases, rheumatic arthritis, hyperpiesia, ageing, senile dementia, addiction to drugs, alcohol and chemical substances and complications.

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“The injection cures patients for chronic diseases, as well as obesity and weakness.” “It is recommended for everyone to take it as it relieves physical fatigue and invigorates oneself.” Another new concoction made from the earth apple tuber is said to be good for hangovers — and diabetes. The newspaper reveals: “It is also efficacious in treating diseases of the circulating system of blood, inflammation, skin diseases and diabetes.” “In particular, it has the highest qualities in removing poisoning by CO gas, chemical materials and burn and headache caused by alcohol by improving cerebral and metabolic functions in a matter of time.” But the idea may not be as crazy as it sounds and a version of the treatment is even available in the UK. Gold injections, or Myocrisin, is an anti-rheumatic drug made from a compound called sodium aurothiomalate.

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It’s available with a prescription in Britain, but it’s unclear how similar Kim’s communist offering will be to its Western equivalent. Kim’s scientists have also developed 50 other anti-cancer treatments made from locally found plants like milkweed. The newspaper added: “The Korea Oriental Medicine Development Centre has developed over 50 anti-cancer medicines that help accelerate immunity function and promote health.” “They are all made from extracts of medicinal materials and do neither addict their users nor produce side effects even if they are used for a long time.” Scientists even claim to have developed an ointment from plants that dissolves tumors. North Korean scientist Ryu Il Nam promised his people: “Cancer is not an incurable disease. We’ll continue to develop efficient anti-cancer drugs to protect human lives.”

By Guy Barchall | New York Post