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Reversing Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? More like a Cycle

re: health, nutrition

Back in early May, I wrote about the wonderful uptick in energy, downtick in sleep needs, etc, as my thyroid peroxidase levels plummeted (see chart below). My “old” energy level returned, and I’ve enjoyed 6-7 weeks of the good life—because without health none of us have much.

Early June came with troubling signals that things weren’t going so well. A steady but inexorable slide back down to low energy, increased sleep needs, cognitive impairment, swings in appetite, pain, et. At a lousy low now, and hoping it’s hit bottom because it’s at a level that is seriously damaging my productivity, not to mention an uneasy unpleasant feel to my days—hard to explain. The system just isn’t happy.

I hear from others with different auto-immune disease that they can be cyclical. That’s what it looks like for me

I hold out some hope that I will see shorter and higher “lows” and longer and higher highs for me over time, but only time will tell. I have not rested TPO as graphed below, but I’d bet it has soared again.

Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) plummets from 877 to 63 in just 4 months


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COVID Shot Child Abuse Gaining Steam

re: ethics in medicine
re: risk assessment
re: follow the money

Medical ethics are fucked.

Brownstone Insitute: There Is No Basis for the FDA to Authorize COVID Vaccines for Toddlers

2022-06-24

In a historically embarrassing decision, the FDA recently became the only international regulatory body to authorize the use of mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for children aged six months to five years.

For the overwhelming majority of young children and toddlers, there is likely no justification or need for this concerning authorization.

They are at vanishingly small risk of serious complications from COVID, meaning that the risk-benefit calculation is precarious at best, and potentially negative at worst.

It’s also a testament to the disturbingly successful politicization of the U.S. regulatory agencies that essentially no other internationally respected country anywhere on earth has made this bewildering decision.

The United States is now going to be vaccinating children as young as six months old with the same product that Sweden has banned for use in anyone under 30, citing side effects that tilt the risk-benefit numbers.

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WIND: follow the money.

They’re just making shit up now: CDC Director Falsely Says COVID-19 One of Top Five Causes of Death for Children

The CDC hides/covers up/lies/does not look for issues. You cannot trust these corrupt bureaucrats with the quality of your pet food, let alone your health and very life. The damage that has been done to public trust will take a generation to repair, if it can ever be repaired.

The Scientism

Rarely has there been (ever?) so contentious a medical issue. If there is that much disagrement, then by definition the science is far from settled, and those pushing vaccines are worse than pushers push heroin—at least drug use is proven to deliver to expecations.

Vaccines for 6-Month-Olds ‘Makes Absolutely No Sense’: Dr. Jeffrey Barke

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Serious Adverse Events of Special Interest Following mRNA Vaccination in Randomized Trials

re: ethics in medicine
re: risk assessment

A group of respected academics dares speak out against the propaganda narrative that the vaccines are good for us.

See also: The FDA’s ‘Future Framework’ for COVID Vaccines Is a Reckless Plan and There Is No Basis for the FDA to Authorize COVID Vaccines for Toddlers

Serious Adverse Events of Special Interest Following mRNA Vaccination in Randomized Trials

23 Jun 2022, by , Joseph Fraiman Louisiana State University - Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center, Juan Erviti Navarre Health Service, Mark Jones Bond University - Institute for Evidence-Based Healthcare, Sander Greenland University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health, Patrick Whelan University of California at Los Angeles, Robert M. Kaplan Stanford University, Peter Doshi University of Maryland - School of Pharmacy

...

Results: Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were associated with an increased risk of serious adverse events of special interest, with an absolute risk increase of 10.1 and 15.1 per 10,000 vaccinated over placebo baselines of 17.6 and 42.2 (95% CI -0.4 to 20.6 and -3.6 to 33.8), respectively. Combined, the mRNA vaccines were associated with an absolute risk increase of serious adverse events of special interest of 12.5 per 10,000 (95% CI 2.1 to 22.9). The excess risk of serious adverse events of special interest surpassed the risk reduction for COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group in both Pfizer and Moderna trials (2.3 and 6.4 per 10,000 participants, respectively).

Discussion: The excess risk of serious adverse events found in our study points to the need for formal harm-benefit analyses, particularly those that are stratified according to risk of serious COVID-19 outcomes such as hospitalization or death.

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WIND: in simple terms, this means that it looks like the mRNA vaccines hurt more people than they helped. Maybe a LOT more. It always was an irresponsible thuggish mass experiment and one that used brute force to coerce people into it. Pure evil.

Anyone discusing COVID vaccines failing to put risk assessment foremost has a hidden agenda that is as anti-scientific as it gets.

Will this paper get traction? Too many powerful interests would prefer it not. Therefore, you can expect every variety of hit piece and underhanded effort to undermine the findings, but few if any legitimate scientific objections.

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What Bird or Animal is Destroying my Large Sunflowers By Tearing/Rending/Ripping off the Head/Tops?


If it's not enough to have small pretty birds pecking away the sunflower leaves literally down to the skeletal support, like some giant caterpillar (observed directly today). I had never found any insects day or night to explain it—damned birds are doing it.

This is far worse, because the plant is totally ruined; this sunflower variety (Mammoth) does not tend to sprout little crotch flowers as many do when the leading tip is damaged; last year the one destroyed just sat there, as if puzzled and never did anything more.

What’s violently tearing the heads off my sunflowers? This happened once last year to my largest and best sunflower. Now whatever is doing it is back with a vengeance.

Yesterday, my three largest and most vigorous sunflowers (approx heights, 6.5 feet, 5 feet, 4 feet) all had their tops violently ripped off, as shown. And in a curious break in patter, a 4th but much smaller 1.5 foot one was mangled, but at ground level.

  • NOT a deer; yard is fenced and no tracks.
  • NOT a squirrel; squirrels run off with the heads and make clean cuts and only go for the mature heads with their seeds.
  • NOT a skunk or other nighttime critter; happened in mid afternoon.
  • NO tracks in soil.
  • NO damage to lower trunk, no puncture marks, nothing.

Which makes me think: large bird.

  • Head is usually take, or partially eaten.
  • Puncture marks always seen 6 to 9 inches below the head, usuallly with sheared/torn branches.
  • No signs of chewing, but tearing and maybe pecking.

My best working theory is a crow. With lots of them around, I cannot think of any other bird large and powerful enough to mangle the plants this way.

Mangled head section of 6.5-foot mammoth sunflower
Mangled head section of 6.5-foot mammoth sunflower
Mangled head section of 6.5-foot mammoth sunflower
Mangled head section of 6.5-foot mammoth sunflower

Update: the next day, the last of 5 large sunflowers was destroyed by around noon; this 5-foot-tall sunflower had been fully intact at 10 AM.

Mangled head section of 6.5-foot mammoth sunflower
Mangled head section of 6.5-foot mammoth sunflower

 


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Cancer Trial Using Monoclonal Antibody Finds Remission in Every Patient: Report


Godsend.

Since it’s hard to fake complete cure in 100% of patients, I’m working on the assumption that the study is true and accurate, unlike the vast majority of studies.

The Epoch Times: Cancer Trial Using Monoclonal Antibody Finds Remission in Every Patient: Report

2022-06-06, by Katabella Roberts

A cancer trial has reportedly become the first in the world to completely remove the disease in every patient, according to a study published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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WIND: it will take time for this technique to be worked out for other cancers, and maybe some cancers might prove challenging to treat this way. But it is better than miracle already.

Benefits of Blueberries for Heart Disease


This is the season for fresh wonderful blueberries such as can be had at a local farmer’s market.

Blueberries are my #1 favorite fruit of all time. While most of them are marginal or outright crap much of the time (overly large and with little flavor), maybe they still have benefits even inthat case.

A good blueberry should be sweet with some tartness too.

I grew up on wild blueberries which are unrivalled. Along with the antills nearby and the aggressive ants that made picking them more than a chore.

Try Wyman’s frozen wild blueberries available in large bags at some stores. Freezing destroys the texture and degrades the flavor, but for smoothies and yogurt they are fine, and far superior to the overly large tasteless frozen kind.

 

The Epoch Times: Benefits of Blueberries for Heart Disease

2022-06-06, by Katabella Roberts

In this new review on the intake of berries and their brightly colored pigments, called anthocyanins, they note four out of five studies “suggest that increased…intake is significantly associated with a reduction in risk of” coronary heart disease, the number one killer of men and women, by between 12 and 32 percent. That lower range is from studies of older individuals, and the greater reduction of risk was noted in younger populations. So, perhaps the earlier we start eating berries, the better? And, maybe the more the better—a 47-percent drop in heart attack risk for those in the top 10 percent of berry consumption. It’s almost like one to one. For every 15 mg increase a day, a 17 percent drop in risk. So, how can you get 100 mg a day? By eating less than a half-cup of blueberries a day—my Daily Dozen recommendation for berry intake.

Why the drop in risk, though? What do berries have to do with the heart? There have been over 20 randomized, controlled trials putting berries to the test in more than 1,000 people, and berries were shown to help control bad cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugars, body weight, diabetes, and inflammation. Now, lots of plant foods can do this; is there something special about berries? Like cholesterol. All whole plant foods have fiber; fiber lowers cholesterol. But even blueberry tea can lower cholesterol, even in kids who are genetically predisposed to high cholesterol.

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WIND: are the health claims solid? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s a great excuse and a no-brainer to enjoy blueberries.

I don’t 'buy' the whole diet cholesterol hypothesis—one of the most pathetic of all time (constantly changing, never shown to be causal, disproven over and over, follow the money, reams of contrary evidence, etc). More likely, good food displacing processed food garbage that most people eat explains most everything. Because healthy inputs = healthy outputs .

A 47% relative risk reduction is better than a statin poisons, which tens of millions of people take. Statins are claimed to have a 25% relative risk reduction, meaning they’re a con job, and you harm thousands of people fors every life “saved” while the other 999/1000 have all sorts of side effects, including neurological problems, muscle damage, stroke, diabetes, etc. Get ride of the statin and eat a lot of blueberries! Consult your doctor first, who will almost certainly inform you that internet idiots like me are not trained mouthpieces regurgitating The Science medical doctors.


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Double-Vaxxed and Boosted Daughter Gets COVID, but "The Pandemic" Ignores Me a 3rd Time


My daughter (one of them) had to get vaxxed (2021) and boosted (Jan 2022) for school. The callous anti-scientific propagandists who created the requirements left her no choice.

So 12 hours before her college graduation ceremony, she starts feeling bad and sure enough a positive COVID test and she’s feeling pretty crappy all night. No graduation ceremony, for which I am actually thankful (sitting 3 hours in a crowd in hot sun at 95°F would have stressed the whole family). I had shot photos of her that very evening on campus, so “check” on that thing.

Aside from feeling crappy for 3-4 days she is fine, a slight lung irritation but her lungs are sensitive from being born 3 months too early. The infection also killed her trip abroad, and it doubled the airfare cost, hard-earned money gone. But she is on her way a week later.

Good thing the “vaccination” and booster snake oil Big Pharma profit engine “protected” her all that time from something a lot nicer than most of the flu cases I’ve had.

But at least now she has natural immunity, you know, the protection that actually works, vs the profit-making people-damaging crap they call a “vaccination”. Yeah, I know that it probably helped some weak/older people, let them have it/get it. But it is irrelevant to my daughters and me as we were never at risk. All risk, no upside.

This latest “vaccination” fiasco is so pathetic—my wife was double-vaxxed and got COVID 4 months later, another daughter was vaxxed and got COVID, and my other daughter (most at risk due to a medical condition!) was NEVER vaxxed and finally got COVID a month ago and got over it in a week no big deal other than getting a little behind in homework.

Is COVID just like a common cold for many of us or at least a fractional flu?

All evidence points to that in my family. The propagandists can Toobinate over COVID all they want on the news, and it won’t change the reality, which is that it is a disease of the elderly and weak and those who eat garbage for food and never exercise, a cohort hard-hit by all infectious and non-infectious diseases. Meanwhile, Pfizer is $50 billion dollars richer, at taxpayer expense, and we have $10T in new government debt, which our children can pay off for us. Which means we got a lot for our taxes, as usual.

Meanwhile, these household infections have passed me by three (3) times now. Makes me wonder if my April 2020 infection granted me a natural immunity so strong that COVID cannot touch me? I’m not counting on that, but I’m betting it’s the case.

The COVID theater continues, with the psychiatric damage to much of the population on display every day out there, not the least of which is the still rampant child abuse of masking and childhood COVID vaccinations. The fear porn hit the San Fransicko @AMAZON Bay Area hard, and its effects are still very much seen.


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Nina Teicholz: Why are We Basing Food Policy on Black Box Data?


re: unsettled science

Nina Teicholz is the author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet @AMAZON, on my recommended reading list.

Read the whole article (long). It is replete with verifiable claims, quite refreshing.

Nina Teicholz: Why are We Basing Food Policy on Black Box Data?

2022-05-16

This news item is about a $380 million, influential study backed by the Gates Foundation, which is informing global health policies yet turns out to be producing highly unreliable numbers on the health risks of foods—red meat, especially. The study authors acknowledge that some numbers in a recent paper were inaccurate, yet they do not plan to correct or retract the paper.

Why are We Basing Food Policy on Black Box Data?

It turns out that a highly influential 2019 claim—that no amount of unprocessed red meat is safe for health—was completely inaccurate, according to a statement in March by the authors of the Global Burdens of Disease study (GBD), an on-going project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Two years earlier, in 2017, these same authors had judged red meat to be the least likely cause of death among 15 risk factors analyzed. Then, in 2019, red-meat’s risk jumped 36-fold. A forthcoming publication will correct these errors, and the risk will drop significantly, said the lead author Christopher Murray, in an interview. Despite the inaccuracies, however, he says he does not intend to correct or retract the paper.

...Indeed, the 2019 paper, what IHME calls its “capstone publication,” has, as of this writing, been cited by 861 papers and 13 policy documents, including the UK National Food Policy--which states that red and processed meats are responsible for 29% of all diet-related deaths and disabilities, a statistic based on the flawed 2019 GBD paper.  

Altering the world’s diet along these lines is intended to stop global warming, yet anyone can agree that global policy affecting human health ought to have a foundation in reliable data. With the still-rising epidemics of obesity and diabetes, we can’t afford false steps. In this light, GBD’s wildly fluctuating food-risk estimates look perilous.

...In fact, other food risks calculated by GBD also changed dramatically from 2017 to 2019. The risk of salt dropped by 40%, while risks attributed to diets low in fruit, nuts and seeds, vegetables, seafood omega-3 fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids declined by more than 50%.

The letter to the Lancet was a wake-up call on these issues. It “raises serious questions about the methods and results of the GBD project and their estimates related to diet,” wrote Yusuf, although he also emphasized his belief that Murray is committed to good science and that collaborations with outside scientists in the future could lead to more robust results and conclusions.

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WIND: the crap that passes for science these days is really about manipulating the public.

The only rational viewpoint in the face of this onslaught on science is to start out by assuming that it is ALL bullshit, which it almost certainly is almost all of the time. Follow the money will rarely if ever fail you in life.

The Lancet, once respected, has become just another propaganda tool and political opinion outlet, now engaging not just in publishing bad “science” but active political expression. Witness that latest editorial on abortion rights, trans rights, etc (regardless of your viewpoint on those matters, they are unfit for a scientific journal). The Lancet has become a festering pustule on science.

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The Impact of Helminth Infection on the Incidence of Metabolic Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

re: double century

Co-evolving over millions of years, it only makes sense that parasitic worms (helminths) would have a role to play in the human body, including a symbiosis of sorts (in addition to causing problems too).

The Impact of Helminth Infection on the Incidence of Metabolic Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

2021-08-12

...is growing support for the idea that controlled infection with live parasitic worms offers a novel strategy for the treatment of metabolic disorders caused by the chronic inflammation induced by obesity...

...Currently the benefit of live helminth infection to individuals with central obesity and at least one MetS risk factor is being assessed in a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Patients will be infected with 40 larvae of the human hookworm Necator americanus and changes in insulin sensitivity, body mass index and waist circumference will be measured over a 2-year period (ACTRN12617000818336) (38). Despite the limitations of our meta-analysis, the overall results clearly showed that infection with intestinal worms, such as hookworm, was less efficacious than the tissue dwelling parasites S. mansoniand O. viverrini.

... Despite the limitations of our meta-analysis, the overall results clearly showed that infection with intestinal worms, such as hookworm, was less efficacious than the tissue dwelling parasites S. mansoniand O. viverrini. In all cases where an outcome could be compared, the impact of intestinal parasites was underwhelming, with no effect on HbAIc (505456) or HOMA-IR (2656), only a modest effect on fasting blood glucose (26), and except for one study (47), either no effect or an increase in T2D (4849). In contrast, for every outcome, infection with S. mansoni, resulted in a significant positive effect (51).

The choice of hookworm [Necator americanus] for a clinical trial is based primarily on the lack of pathology that results from infection with this parasite. Other than a mild itch as the larval worms enter the body through the skin, for doses of up to 40 larvae, no discomfort has been reported in previous human safety trials (7375). This parasite resides in the intestine of its human host where it attaches to the intestinal epithelium and feeds on blood. For a low dose/controlled infection, this has little pathological consequence, unlike with high doses where intestinal hemorrhage and iron deficiency anemia are common (76). Although S. mansoni also infects its human hosts through the skin, it resides in the mesenteric blood vessels, where the adult male and female worms mate to produce eggs that are then excreted from the body in order for the life cycle of the parasite to continue. While infection is rarely fatal, it can result in significant morbidities and loss of quality-of-life (77). Eggs that are not correctly secreted from the body can become trapped in the liver leading to the formation of granulomas and fibrosis which can result in portal hypertension and congestive splenomegaly (78). Liver enlargement and periportal fibrosis are commonly associated with advanced chronic infection. Children that are repeatedly infected can develop anemia and malnutrition which lead to significant developmental defects. Such outcomes clearly preclude the consideration of this parasite for live helminth therapy.

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Combining these observations with the current meta-analysis, strongly support the proposal that helminth parasites have the capacity to regulate obesity driven inflammation to mediate a positive effect on metabolic outcomes. However, consideration for the variations between different parasites and a deeper understanding of the mechanisms involved is required before helminth-based therapies can progress to the clinic. This advancement would be greatly supported if future studies in the field included an accurate diagnosis of the parasite infection, information on the immunological and inflammatory status of patients, and consistent measures of metabolic outcomes. As this type of information is expanded and underscored with enhanced knowledge of the biochemistry and function of parasite-derived molecules, there is every possibility that helminth-derived therapy will be a clinical reality for patients with MetS.

WIND: would like you some hookworms (Necator americanus) with your Metformin? Because blood flukes create some issues.

Origins of the Alta Alpine 8-Pass Challenge Double Century: The Mad Dog Death March Documentary

re: double century

Michael Bayer, ride director of Alta Alpina Challenge writes:

Looking for inspiration? Curious about the origins of the Alta Alpina Challenge?

Check out this epic documentary from 1982 that’s now on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/_iJZQtzx5PQ

The whole documentary is awesome, but coverage of the big event itself starts at 27:25 with a map and overview of the “spider like course” at 29:00. In 1982 riders started at Turtle Rock Park and rode Kingsbury Grade, Luther Pass, Carson Pass, before returning to Turtle Rock Park for Lunch. The southern half of the ride continued with the west side of Monitor Pass and the east side of Ebbetts pass with the finish at Turtle Rock Park.

To make the Alta Alpina 8 Pass Challenge the ultimate ride we added Blue Lakes Road (which wasn’t paved in 1982) to the north half and added the back-sides of Monitor and Ebbetts to the south half. We also made Monitor the last pass for safety.

Not ready to ride all 8 passes? You can choose your favorite combination of passes. Want to give the original 1982 set a try? Sign up for Kingsbury-Luther-Carson-Ebbetts-Monitor. Want to try the classic 5 pass combination? Sign up for Carson-Ebbetts-Ebbetts-Monitor-Monitor. Planning to ride the new Death Ride route this year? Sign up for the Brush-with-Death combination as the perfect training ride with Ebbetts-Ebbetts-Monitor-Monitor.

Register today at:
https://www.altaalpina.org/challenge/registration.html

See you on June 25!

Michael Bayer,
Ride Director

WIND: if you’ve done cycling centuries, move up to a double this year! But perhaps don’t start with the full 8 passes of Alta Alpina. Do a few other doubles first for experience and to work out the issues, because a double century is three times harder than a century.

I won’t be riding any double centuries this year, because it looks like some months of training remain to close the 20% performance gap and 10% weight increase gap vs 2019.

But the 20500 feet of climbing over 198 miles in the Alta Alpina 8-Pass Challenge remains one of my favorites. To get in good enough condition to do it again will be a challenge of its own—working on it for next year.


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Is Sunscreen and Reducing Sun Exposure a Crackpot Medical Goof? And is Sunlight Racist?

re: follow the money
re: ethics in medicine
re: photobiomodulation
re: risk assessment
re: Vitamin D

In the “everything you thought you knew turned out to be wrong” category... which here in 2022 is turning out to be a lot of stuff in a lot of areas.

My bias upfront: the idea that we evolved with sunlight and that it’s some sort of input we must avoid like salmonella—that’s a crackpot hypothesis driven by follow the money, and no credible science can say otherwise.

Outside: Is Sunscreen the New Margarine?

2019-01-10, by Rowan Jacobsen. Emphasis added.

These are dark days for supplements. Although they are a $30-plus billion market in the United States alone, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, beta-carotene, glucosamine, chondroitin, and fish oil have now flopped in study after study.

If there was one supplement that seemed sure to survive the rigorous tests, it was vitamin D. People with low levels of vitamin D in their blood have significantly higher rates of virtually every disease and disorder you can think of: cancer, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, heart attack, stroke, depression, cognitive impairment, autoimmune conditions, and more. The vitamin is required for calcium absorption and is thus essential for bone health, but as evidence mounted that lower levels of vitamin D were associated with so many diseases, health experts began suspecting that it was involved in many other biological processes as well.

But today most of us have indoor jobs, and when we do go outside, we’ve been taught to protect ourselves from dangerous UV rays, which can cause skin cancer. Sunscreen also blocks our skin from making vitamin D, but that’s OK, says the American Academy of Dermatology, which takes a zero-tolerance stance on sun exposure: “You need to protect your skin from the sun every day, even when it’s cloudy,” it advises on its website. Better to slather on sunblock, we’ve all been told, and compensate with vitamin D pills.

Yet vitamin D supplementation has failed spectacularly in clinical trials. Five years ago, researchers were already warning that it showed zero benefit, and the evidence has only grown stronger. In November, one of the largest and most rigorous trials of the vitamin ever conducted—in which 25,871 participants received high doses for five years—found no impact on cancer, heart disease, or stroke.

How did we get it so wrong? How could people with low vitamin D levels clearly suffer higher rates of so many diseases and yet not be helped by supplementation?

As it turns out, a rogue band of researchers has had an explanation all along. And if they’re right, it means that once again we have been epically misled.

These rebels argue that what made the people with high vitamin D levels so healthy was not the vitamin itself. That was just a marker. Their vitamin D levels were high because they were getting plenty of exposure to the thing that was really responsible for their good health—that big orange ball shining down from above.

One of the leaders of this rebellion is a mild-mannered dermatologist at the University of Edinburgh named Richard Weller... Weller’s doubts began around 2010, when he was researching nitric oxide, a molecule produced in the body that dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. He discovered a previously unknown biological pathway by which the skin uses sunlight to make nitric oxide... Sure enough, when he exposed volunteers to the equivalent of 30 minutes of summer sunlight without sunscreen, their nitric oxide levels went up and their blood pressure went down. Because of its connection to heart disease and strokes, blood pressure is the leading cause of premature death and disease in the world, and the reduction was of a magnitude large enough to prevent millions of deaths on a global level.

Wouldn’t all those rays also raise rates of skin cancer? Yes, but skin cancer kills surprisingly few people: less than 3 per 100,000 in the U.S. each year. For every person who dies of skin cancer, more than 100 die from cardiovascular diseases.

... People don’t realize this because several different diseases are lumped together under the term “skin cancer.” The most common by far are basal-cell carcinomas and squamous-cell carcinomas, which are almost never fatal. In fact, says Weller, “When I diagnose a basal-cell skin cancer in a patient, the first thing I say is congratulations, because you’re walking out of my office with a longer life expectancy than when you walked in.” That’s probably because people who get carcinomas, which are strongly linked to sun exposure, tend to be healthy types that are outside getting plenty of exercise and sunlight.

Melanoma, the deadly type of skin cancer, is much rarer, accounting for only 1 to 3 percent of new skin cancers. And perplexingly, outdoor workers have half the melanoma rate of indoor workers. Tanned people have lower rates in general. “The risk factor for melanoma appears to be intermittent sunshine and sunburn, especially when you’re young,” says Weller. “But there’s evidence that long-term sun exposure associates with less melanoma.”

...So Lindqvist decided to look at overall mortality rates, and the results were shocking. Over the 20 years of the study, sun avoiders were twice as likely to die as sun worshippers.

...Weller’s largest study yet is due to be published later in 2019. For three years, his team tracked the blood pressure of 340,000 people in 2,000 spots around the U.S., adjusting for variables such as age and skin type. The results clearly showed that the reason people in sunnier climes have lower blood pressure is as simple as light hitting skin.

When I spoke with Weller, I made the mistake of characterizing this notion as counterintuitive. “It’s entirely intuitive,” he responded. “Homo sapiens have been around for 200,000 years. Until the industrial revolution, we lived outside. How did we get through the Neolithic Era without sunscreen? Actually, perfectly well. What’s counterintuitive is that dermatologists run around saying, ‘Don’t go outside, you might die.’”

...Meanwhile, that big picture just keeps getting more interesting. Vitamin D now looks like the tip of the solar iceberg. Sunlight triggers the release of a number of other important compounds in the body, not only nitric oxide but also serotonin and endorphins. It reduces the risk of prostate, breast, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers. It improves circadian rhythms. It reduces inflammation and dampens autoimmune responses. It improves virtually every mental condition you can think of. And it’s free.

...current U.S. sun-exposure guidelines were written for the whitest people on earth... Africans in Britain and America are told to avoid the sun.”... [WIND: racism at work at least in the form of white-centric medicine?] People of color rarely get melanoma. The rate is 26 per 100,000 in Caucasians, 5 per 100,000 in Hispanics, and 1 per 100,000 in African Americans... At the same time, African Americans suffer high rates of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, internal cancers, and other diseases that seem to improve in the presence of sunlight... they have much to gain from the sun and little to fear.

WIND: photobiomodulation is a thing. Stick with the conventional if you wish—FUD sure sells well and how can you . But I’ll be getting my daily dose of sunlight.

Ask your dermatologist about sun exposure. Any intellectually honest one that can do even rudimentary risk assessment should have serious reservations about denying yourself sunlight each day in an amount appropriate for you skin, time of year, altitude, etc. IMO, a doctor who advises avoiding the sun at all costs is a crackpot. Ask them about photobiomodulation, a field barely studied but with more and more being discovered. And all the scientific evidence is against them! But “trained” doctors are just that—intellectual curiousity and objective inquiry are quite another.

Think about that “protect your skin from the sun every day” advice. That is is more about follow the money than any credible science should obvious because of its absolutism, particularly its abominable take on people of color (more on that below).

What exactly happens to your skin when you avoid all sun, and then one fine day, you get a bad burn because your skin has not seen an UV in ages? Versus getting some exposure every day and never burning? Tanning is as natural as anything could be, it’s what we evolved to do. No surface organism exists that has not had to deal with the sun, and with millions of years get the formula right it is outrageous hubris to assret otherwise.

Then there is the “feel good” part. There is so much real evidence that photobiomodulation is how the human organism evolved and that sunlight should be thought of more like a nutrient.

I’ve long felt that right around April I feel better and better as I get more sun exposure. Always, by late April (northern hemisphere), everything just perks up like magic. Just when I am getting a lot more sun. Like clockwork. I’ll be damned if I’m going to slather up with some chemical (or worse, those nasty nanoparticle oxides that cannote be removed from sun things).

I have a deep skepticism of sunscreen, but I do use it to keep from burning (nose and face mostly), but only to avoid excessive sun (altitude, time, granite or snow, etc). Hats and clothing take care of it, excepting the face.

The hype around skin cancers fails to account for the tiny proportion of deadly melanoma. Or nasty stuff like crap-grade-food-in = bad-health-and-cancer-out—things like PUFAs and processed foods and magnesium deficiency, all of which are just too many insults for the body to tolerate.

If the following isn’t blatant malpractice and crackpot medicine to the detriment of people of color, I don’t know what is:

When I asked the American Academy of Dermatology for clarification on its position on dark-skinned people and the sun, it pointed me back to the official line on its website: “The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all people, regardless of skin color, protect themselves from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays by seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.”

Same story, different details

We’ve heard this story (crackpot ideas held up as “science”) from the medical establishment before:

Am I willing to entertain the notion that current guidelines are inadvertently advocating a lifestyle that is killing us?

...Eventually, better science revealed that the trans fats created by the hydrogenation process were far worse for our arteries than the natural fats in butter. In 1994, Harvard researchers estimated that 30,000 people per year were dying unnecessarily thanks to trans fats. Yet they weren’t banned in the U.S. until 2015.

...early sunscreen formulations were disastrous, shielding users from the UVB rays that cause sunburn but not the UVA rays that cause skin cancer. Even today, SPF ratings refer only to UVB rays, so many users may be absorbing far more UVA radiation than they realize. Meanwhile, many common sunscreen ingredients have been found to be hormone disruptors that can be detected in users’ blood and breast milk. The worst offender, oxybenzone, also mutates the DNA of corals and is believed to be killing coral reefs...

I remember the nasty sunscreen I was using in the 1980's and 1990's. Probably disposed me to skin cancer!


The Normalization of Child Abuse by COVID Policy

re: COVID-19
re: follow the money
re: ethics in medicine
re: Martin Kulldorff

If you have children, no matter your political stripe or “team” affiliation, shouldn’t you at least open your mind a little bit to the idea of giving a brand-new and minimally-tested vaccine to your own children? One which has no RCT proving its worth, let alone any risk assessment.

Or are you so committed to your “truth” you heard on CNN/MSNBC/FOX that you choose to be a child abuser by willful ignorance of the issues? Turning a blind eye is criminally unethical. But you’d be in good company with most doctors, apparently.

If you know someone with children, print out the Brownstone article and give it to them.

Martin Kulldorff — Epidemiologist. Biostatistician. Infectious disease outbreaks. Vaccine safety. Free SaTScan/TreeScan/RSequential software. Former Harvard Professor of Medicine.

Brownstone Institute: The Triumph of Natural Immunity

2022-05-06, by BY . Emphasis added.

A new CDC study shows that around 75% of American children have already had covid. That means that they have strong natural immunity that protects them from covid infections as they get older. Despite this, the CDC, the FDA and other government agencies are pushing all of them to get vaccinated. 

...Given these numbers, why are the CDC, the FDA and the government pushing hard for all children to get vaccinated against covid? Why are some schools and universities mandating covid vaccines for children and young adults? The majority already have superior natural immunity

All of them are at minuscule risk from dying from covid even if they have not had it, a risk that is smaller than dying from any of a whole range of other causes such as motor vehicle accidents, drowning, homicide, suicide, drug overdoses or cancer. While anyone can get infected, there is more than a thousand-fold difference in covid mortality between older and younger people. 

To sell a drug or a vaccine, we require pharmaceutical companies to conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to show that it works to prevent serious health outcomes or death. Pfizer and Moderna have not done that. For adults they only showed a reduction in symptomatic disease.

...For children, we do not even have this. The randomized covid vaccine trials show that they can prevent mild disease in children without a prior covid infection, but from observational studies we know that this protection wanes rapidly. The RCTs also show that the vaccines generate antibodies in children, but 75% of American children already have superior antibodies from natural infection

There are no RCTs that show the vaccine prevents deaths or provides any other tangible benefit to children, while there could be harms. All vaccines come with some risks of adverse reactions, and while we know that they cause an increased risk of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) in young people, we do not yet have a complete picture of the safety profile for these vaccines. 

The CDC, the FDA, schools, and universities are pushing covid vaccines without having shown any benefit to the majority of children who have already had covid. It is stunning how these institutions have abandoned 2,500 years of knowledge about natural immunity. For the minority of children without a prior covid infection, the RCTs only show a short-term reduction in mild disease. 

The CDC could instead focus on catching up with regular childhood vaccines for measles, polio, and other serious childhood diseases. Those vaccinations were severely disrupted during lockdowns, and we now see an increase in measles and polio worldwide. Yet more collateral damage from two years of disastrous public health policy.

The medical establishment used to push for evidence-based medicine as a counterweight to “alternative medicine.” It is tragic how that philosophy has now been thrown out the window. If Pfizer and Moderna want these vaccines to be given to children, they should first conduct a randomized controlled trial that shows that they reduce hospitalization and all-cause mortality. They failed to do so for adults. They should not get away with that for our children.

WIND: doctors giving this vaccine to children should be stripped of their medical license, extreme and thoroughly justified cases excepted.



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The COVID Zombie, the Destruction of Science, the Sacrificing of Our Children, and Disinformation all Abound Together

re: COVID-19
re: follow the money
re: ethics in medicine

Various articles including lots of opinion pieces, just a tiny sampler.

Opinions are not facts, but they are often replete with pressing and uncomfortable questions that have gone unanswered and mostly unasked. A necessary and mostly (so far) feeble counterweight to the propaganda tank crushing everything in its path. No simple Javelin missile can take out the overwhelmingly powerful propaganda machine that is Big Medicine+Big Tec+Big Government—we all lose.

We can always expect politicians, parasites that they are, never doing things for us, but to us. But at least a predator that acts like a predator deserves some respect. So the worst of it is actually the scientists and medical professionals abdicating their professional and ethical obligations for money and influence, or at best, cowardice and irresponsibility.

The propaganda machine has destroyed the credibility of science and medicine

Science and medicine have zero credibility any more. Not that they did before for anyone but credulous people (eg most everyone). COVID has been a boon for exposing the false-front of science and medicine. But like most religions, there are still many true believers.

How Panic Spread: Covid in the Early Days

The Triumph of Natural Immunity

The Fragmented Trust in Public Health

Why the Silence on Lockdowns?

Things the CDC Does Not Know

The Political Hierarchy of Infection

A CDC Study Suggests Three-Fifths of Americans Have Been Infected by the Coronavirus

The Epoch times: Most Americans Don’t Want Those Shots

Choice Quotes from Bill Gates’s New Book

John Stuart Mill on Contagious Diseases and the Law

Won’t Get Fooled Again: After the pandemic, Americans should never let public-health authorities deprive them of their liberties

More and more vaccine side effects keep popping up

A lot of people have been badly damaged by the vaccines. Most of it is dismissd without proper scientific explanation—follow the money. The narrative cannot be wrong, so SHUT UP, disinformer! Just a few of the very latest concerns:

Explaining COVID-19 Vaccine-Induced Autoimmunity, Hepatitis, and Healing

Increase in Reactivated Viruses Following COVID-19 Booster Shots: Dr. Richard Urso

While the vaccine fades so fast that deaths are rising massively among the vaccinated. Who did the risk assessment, or what it just not done and all based on follow the money assumptions and fantasies?

Growing Number of COVID-19 Deaths Among Vaccinated People: Reports

Scientific corruption

On the follow the money front, a massive scandal that the press ignores.

Science has been bought-off, with the NIH, NIAID, CDC, FDA, etc all wholly-owned subsidiaries of Big Pharma and Big Food. There is little or no independent objective science any more, it’s all 99% special interests driving at profits or power or agenda.

Nonprofit Watchdog Uncovers $350 Million in Secret Payments to Fauci, Collins, Others at NIH

Acting NIH Director Admits Appearance of Conflict of Interest in Secret Royalty Payments to Fauci, Scientists

SCANDALS IN THE NIH

Democrats Silent as Republicans Rip Into Secret Royalty Checks to Fauci, Hundreds of NIH Scientists

CORONAVIRUS Lockdown Advocate Admits Negative Impacts Were Never Considered

Fauci Sets New Records for Obfuscation

When big money is involved, the appearance of a conflict of interest is never just appearance.

Follow the money will never fail you in life as the best and only reliable starting point for evaluating claims of all kinds.

Sorry greenies, but climate science is even worse, being driven by money and power with no end-game other than suffering by design, making climate change worse (not better), even with the obvious solution at hand (4th gen nuclear plants)—which is doable, rational and can be done quickly. It’s as stupidly evil as COVID has been only worse and long-lasting harm to humanity.

The sacrificing of children

Government schools exist as jobs programs. Their primary and most important function is to destroy young minds, rendering tomorrow’s adults (in name only!) incapable of rational and empirical thought, let alone minds capable of scientific or mathematical or ethical inquiry. Still, there are vestiges of learning remaining, and now the government, ever the destroyer instead of protector of the good, has managed to crush that too.

COVID-19 Policies Wrecked Public School Enrollment and Student Outcomes

The Triumph of Natural Immunity

Coincidence?

The Mysterious Rise in Severe Diseases in Children

Disinformation supports all this

Supporting this cruel and vicious facade of science is the government and Big Tech. Overwhelmingly owerful forces are at play here, with the bulk of the public already under the sway of psyops campaigns. Now they’re making it so obvious that it’s right out of George Orwell’s 1984 @AMAZON—and people are still oblivious.

Homeland Security's "Disinformation Board" is Even More Pernicious Than it Seems

Taibbi: PayPal's IndyMedia Wipeout — A series of moves against media outlets by PayPal shows the next step in speech control: confiscation

CDC: No Documents Supporting Claim Vaccines Don’t Cause Variants



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Alcohol is a Systemic Poison... I Like Wine with my Cornflakes

re: health, nutrition

The science is shaky on the alleged benefits of alcohol, with or without potential benefits of trivial amounts of resveratrol and various other compounds in wine, particularly red wine.

Of course, if your water supply is contaminated, it’s better than dying of cholera or dysentery.

I’d like to think that alcohol in modest amounts is beneficial, but at this point in my life and learning, I’m going with this: alcohol is a systemic poison, a way to turn money into pee, degrade your brain and liver, a good way to do things you’ll regret, and for some a way to ruin your life and that of others (or kill them or yourself eg driving), and so on.

I recommend to my daughters to avoid alcohol and never develop the habit. But I wonder if this guy imbibes regularly.

So what do I drink for alcohol? Red wine and a little white wine and (very infrequently) Tequila. I used to be able to tolerate a whole bottle of champagne (after a day of hiking) over the course of 2-3 hours and hardly notice it—seems that my body soaked it up like a sports drink. No more.

Typically I would have two restaurant servings of red wine with dinner*. Which is really one serving IMO, isn’t it great to be able to rationalize like that?

And I can quit it at will**: whenever I travel, I go weeks or longer without it and have done so many times. It’s at home with a routine that it’s much easier to make it a habit.

* No, I don’t eat cornflakes, or substitute wine for milk with them.
** Quitting smoking is easy too, many people have done it hundreds of times.

The Epoch Times: Who’s in Charge of Your Drinking?

2022-05-13, by Jeff Perkin.

If you don't like your relationship to alcohol, here are some ways to fix it.

We know how serious alcohol abuse can become, but most casual drinkers feel that it isn’t really harming them.

The truth is that consistent use of alcohol, even at surprisingly low levels, can pave the way for serious health problems.
According to the NIAAA, a standard drink is one of the following:

  • 12 ounces of regular beer (5 percent alcohol)
  • 8 to 9 ounces of malt liquor (7 percent alcohol)
  • 5 ounces of unfortified wine (12 percent alcohol)
  • 1.5 ounces of 80-proof hard liquor (around 40 percent alcohol)

According to the Cleveland Clinic, about 90 percent of people who drink 1.5 to 2 ounces of alcohol per day, about two medium glasses of 12 percent wine, or less than two pints of regular strength beer, will develop fatty liver, the early stage of alcoholic liver disease.

“If you drink that much or more on most days of the week, you probably have fatty liver. Continued alcohol use leads to liver fibrosis, and finally, cirrhosis. The good news? Fatty liver is usually completely reversible in about four to six weeks if you completely abstain from drinking alcohol,” the Clinic writes.

...

WIND: I’m calling BS on the claims above: fatty liver already develops and/or predisposes most Americans from a shit-ton of soft drinks and processed food full of PUFAs and chemicals. But alcohol does activate the “survival switch @AMAZON” that causes all sorts of problems, including weight gain and fructose production by the body. So I’ll agree that alcohol is a really bad idea for most people.

Show me credible science that shows that fit people eating a diet free of processed foods and PUFAs, and getting 5+ hours of vigorous excercise will develop fatty liver from the claimed amounts of alcohol. I could be wrong.

See? I want to justify drinking wine because I am exercising again and last time I got down to serious race weight I had one (1) pound of visceral fat. Not that was younger, but even a few pounds is super lean compared to most. How am I doing on the rationalization front?


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Reversing Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? Energy Level Soars, Mental Attention Returns to Normal, Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) Plunges

re: health, nutrition

Thank you god, The Simulation, myself, whatever.

For all those out there struggling with Long-Haul COVID or other mysterious ailment: hang in there.It was June of 2020 that things went to put for me, and here it is early May, 22 months later. So 22 months of a shitty disabled life, physically and mentally. Giving up and making a cognitive committment to being 'cooked' forever is no good—HANG IN THERE and be kind to yourself, because what’s the alternative? Eat whole unprocessed foods only and give your body the chance it needs to heal.

Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) plummets from 877 to 63 in just 4 months

I am overjoyed to have my energy level soar in the past 10 days, and I’ve been able to ride my bike my full ride for 6 of 7 days (1000 Kj ride of 25.6 miles), albeit at low wattage compared to my 2019 condition. The other day was a rest day and heavy yard work. Most of my life I was a powerhouse of energy, so while this is just an appetizer, it feels awfully good. My mental focus has also sharpened-up considerably so that I feel pretty much normal.

  • Physical strength up, able to do full workout at least 5 of 7 days and heavy yard work on the rest days.
  • Mental focus back to normal including some late work nights even to 11-12 PM. Bad plan but I felt the urge to get things done.
  • Motivation back—was insanely difficult to be motivated these past months
  • Sleep needs dropped back to normal, from ~11-12 hours a day to ~9 hours, down two hours in spite of resuming training/cycling.

Were these all from thyroid auto-immune, or was something else at work? I sensed a change starting around 2 weeks ago, but did not resume cycling until 3-4 days of that had passed.

Will it last? I’ve had remissions before in the past two years, so we’ll see. It is why I took a rest day (well, I did some yard work even so!), and will continue to do so rather than overload. No hard training for a few months, not until I can steadily lose some body fat and get back to solid fitness.

Energy up because auto-immune is down?

For 20 months or so, I felt like a humidifier and dehumidifier draining the same battery and duking it out. Doesn’t leave much juice! This was after my apparent 2020 COVID infection and its sequelae of Epstein Barr Virus not long after which overnight slammed like a hammer (barely able to walk). Call it Long-Haul COVID if you like, who knows—doctors certainly do not.

However, this is the first time in 18 months that TPO levels have plunged (TPO refers to the antibodies that attack the thyroid, an auto-immune problem). From 877 to 63. That’s not as low as 32 back in 2017, but 63 is right at the cutoff of 60 for “normal”.

My working theory recently has been that pathetic energy level and cognitive murk have been from auto-immune and thyroid issues. If that’s true then my body declaring the end to the war on my thyroid might signal hope for gradually resuming my normal activities (eg double centuries)—maybe next year. As well as being able to work a normal day, instead of 1-3 hours only.

What did I do?

Purely speculation, but based on fact. As far as I know, all I did was to greatly increase my consumption of healthy saturated fats, e.g., grass-fed 6% milkfat milk, heavy cream, grass-fed beef, yogurt, etc. And saturated fats are crucial for repairing damaged tissues including brain and nerves (which relates to why statins are such a scourge).

More likely perhaps, maybe it was just time—I felt that my body was seriously damaged in some way back in 2020. Maybe it just took 20 months.

* Yes, IMO and by evidence amply demonstrating it, saturated fats can be very healthy, at least the ones I mention because the right ones contain Good Stuff You Need. Versus degeneration-inducing PUFAs and the garbage we are told to eat or worse yet, the low-fat diet. Make your own bet on your own life as you see fit—follow the science which doesn’t actually exist and crumbles under scrutiny by anyone with critical thinking skills.

Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) plummets from 877 to 63 in just 4 months


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Disturbing Research About Glyphosate aka “Roundup” in Numerous Common Food Products

re: health, nutrition

One more toxin in your food supply.

The Epoch Times: Saying No to Glyphosate in Our Foods, Environment

2022-05-02, BY MELISSA DIANE SMITH. Emphasis added.

As disturbing research about the weed killer comes to light, more people are trying to avoid it

Of all the pesticides in our food supply today, the most concerning to consumers is likely glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in Roundup herbicide.

Residues of the well-known weed killer have been discovered in a wide range of staple food products sold in top grocery stores, meaning we are all at risk of inadvertent exposure from the foods we eat. Glyphosate has been at the center of a flood of lawsuits filed by individuals who used glyphosate products long-term in their jobs or on their lawns or gardens, and then developed cancer. However, research links glyphosate not to just cancer, but to other health problems, including reproductive issues, birth defects, and gut health concerns.

...But the weed killer is not just sprayed on GMO crops. It also is used as a pre-harvest drying agent on non-GMO crops such as wheat, barley, and oats.

It’s also important to understand that glyphosate isn’t just on the outside of plants—it is absorbed into plants—and glyphosate contamination can’t be removed by washing or eliminated by cooking or baking. [WIND: what does high heat from cooking do to such chemicals?!]

The two government agencies that are in charge of regulating the safety of our food, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), don’t test foods for glyphosate. But non-government, FDA-registered laboratory food testing found extremely high levels of glyphosate in some of America’s most iconic food products, such as Cheerios, Oreos, Doritos, and Ritz crackers.

Additional testing discovered the weed killer in a wide range of staple food products including whole wheat bread, chickpeas, and Quaker Oats. The worst offending products were found in top grocery stores, such as Hy-Vee, Whole Foods Market, and Walmart. Alarmingly, 18 of the 26 non-GMO labeled products tested contained glyphosate.

...Products that have a Glyphosate Residue Free label contain no glyphosate, meaning they’re at the bottom limit of detection for the chemical in laboratories, 10 parts per billion. The products are tested by an accredited laboratory at least three times per year, providing extra assurance against glyphosate exposure in foods that consumers buy. This certification is one of the fastest-growing in the United States...

DIGLLOYD: does it matter than much of the health harm is “unproven”? And who would fund proving it, anyway? And it’s notoriously difficult to separate out cause with just one item. But we eventually (after decades) all agreed that smoking causes lung cancer. Duh.

The chances of glyphosate being tested for or removed from foods, let alone banned from food... about nil. Thanks to the FDA and its political operatives. So we have to rely on market forces to make big food companies test for and eliminate the stuff. Consumer pressure works really well when it can be visible, and organized.

With things like this, follow the money. Our worse-than-worthless FDA is little more than a laundering front for Big Food and Big Pharma. Cancel the FDA and strengthen liabilty laws, and we’d all be freer and better off.

I’ve switch several years ago to whole unprocessed foods only. I eat virtually no prepared or packaged food—very rare and small exceptions. I hate spending on organic, but I hope that raises the odds of not getting poisons like glyphosate into my system.


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