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  • A Guy¡¯s View: Red meat causes cancer

    By R.E. Guyson Mayers

    ¡°There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency, and a virtue, and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency, and a vice.¡± Mark Twain
    The International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, an agency of the World Health Organisation, recently produced a report which links red meat to cancer. Of grave concern to me is that this is not headline news in Barbados.
    Not surprisingly, before the report had been formally released, the meat industry in America was quick to try to denounce it. Their spokesperson was so confident that her criticism of the report was to simply say, with a smile, that red meat does not cause cancer.
    The findings of this report were not casually compiled. Twenty two scientists looked at over 800 studies and came to the conclusion that processed meat and red meat are linked to cancer. The meat link to cancer is so strong that the scientists place meat products in the same category as smoking and asbestos as causes of cancer.

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  • Thanks David.

    Hope Dr. Georgie Porgie will offer his opinion.

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  • Serious business Hants.

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  • Stones_Cover

    Click image to follow presentation on Renal Stones

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  • Drugs

    Click to view presentation about drugs – Credit to Dr. GP

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  • @Hants

    Is there something you want to confide in the gang?

    You are a grandfather or something?

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  • @ David,

    I posted the article because Barbados has a serious Diabetes problem.

    Maybe Dr. Georgie Porgie can offer his opinion as to the credibility of the results of the study.

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  • Not sure if there is merit in the message. At least it is good for a laugh.

     

    Smelling Farts Could Work Wonders For Your Health, Says Science

    By: Jason Nawara 05.03.16 •  4 Comments

     

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    It turns out you were doing your friend a favor when you cupped your hand to your butt, farted, then swiped it into their face. Same with all those times you crop dusted (the act of farting and walking at the same time thus spreading the scent over an expansive area) an unsuspecting crowd at the supermarket. According to a study, the smell of farts, or hydrogen sulfide, can have some incredible health benefits.

    The study emanating from Devon, England, states that not only does farting help the farter live longer, but the smell of the farts can quell dementia. In addition to helping people remember your farting around them when they were younger, smelling farts could help with heart disease, diabetes, and even arthritis. The stinkier the better. The scientists say the risk of  cancer, heart attacks, and strokes can be reduced by simply farting.

    This is thanks to the ecosystem in our bowels. When you fart, you’re helping yourself out:

    “When cells become stressed by disease, they draw in enzymes to generate minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide.

    This keeps the mitochondria ticking over and allows cells to live. If this doesn’t happen, the cells die and lose the ability to regulate survival and control inflammation.

    Researcher Dr. Mark Wood gives the key quote for you to repeat to anyone in the vicinity of your gas passing (if they have a problem with it ((they shouldn’t if they keep up on their #Science)):

    “Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases.”

    This stuff should be bottled.

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  • “Government may be turning to offshore medical schools on the island to remedy the problem of providing internships for the large number of medical students graduating from the University of the West Indies (UWI).

    Minister of Health John Boyce has disclosed that talks would be held tomorrow with the Barbados Medical Council and other key organizations on the possible training of interns at medical schools.”

    http://www.barbadostoday.bb/2016/06/19/offshore-solution-for-medical-internship/

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  • @Hants

    This is bound to piss off Dr. GP.

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  • RE Government may be turning to offshore medical schools on the island to remedy the problem of providing internships for the large number of medical students graduating from the University of the West Indies (UWI).
    IS JOHN BOYCE JUST A CLOWN, OR IS HE A WHOLE CIRCUS? UNLESS HE MEANS THAT THE OFFSHORE SCHOOLS WILL PAY THE SALARIES OF THE INTERNS WHO CAN NOT GET A JOB, BECAUSE OUR INCOMPETNT GOVERNMENT IS INVOLVED IN TRAINING MORE MEDICAL STUDENTS THAN THERE ARE PLACES FOR THM TO DO THEIR INTERNSHIP ON GRAUATION.
    CERTAINLY HE KNOWS THAT MOST BOGUS OFFSHORE SCHOOLS CAN NOT NOW FIND PLACES FOR THEIR STUDENTS TO EVEN DO THEIR CLINICAL ROTATIONS, AND THEY WILL FIND INTERNSHIPS “for the large number of medical students graduating from the University of the West Indies (UWI).
    DID JOHN BOYCE WIPE HIS MOUTH AFTER TALKING THE SHIT THAT HE DID?
    Minister of Health John Boyce has disclosed that talks would be held tomorrow with the Barbados Medical Council and other key organizations on the possible training of interns at medical schools.
    THE COUNCIL WILL MOST LIKELY TEACH THIS NUISANCE THAT INTERNS ARE NOT TRAINED AT MEDICAL SCHOLS. INTERNS RECEIVE THEIR INTERNSHIP TRAINING AT TEACHING HOSPITALS.
    “One of the challenges recently confronting the Ministry of Health is an increasing demand that outstrips the placements for new interns.
    THIS IS NOT RECENT MR JACKASS, THIS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR AGES
    “We’ve had unfortunately to leave interns out over the last couple of years out of the persons who have graduated with their MBBS [Bachelors in medicine or surgery], and this is an unfortunate circumstance, which I know as a Government and I believe as a Minister we must correct.
    AGAIN ………THIS IS NOT RECENT MR JACKASS, THIS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR AGES
    “It is our aim to work with these stakeholders, come Monday morning, and try to correct this situation.
    ONCE MORE……..THIS IS NOT RECENT MR JACKASS, THIS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR AGES

    However, he was hopeful that a solution was in sight, revealing that Barbados had been approached by at least five offshore medical schools seeking to locate and develop training for undergraduates in the field of medicine over the last five years.
    JACK ASS JOHN DO YOU KNOW THAT MOST OFFSHORE MEDICAL SCHOOLS CANNOT FIND SPOTS FOR THEIR STUDENTS TO DO THEIR CLINICAL ROTATIONS.
    JACK ASS JOHN DO YOU KNOW THAT AFTER GRADUATION THAT THEIR STUDENTS HAVE TO SEEK RESIDENCIES ON THEIR OWN, AND ARE FINDING INCREASING DIFFICULTIS IN DOING SO.
    JACK ASS JOHN DID THE FIVE OFFSHORE SCHOOLS TELL YOU THAT THY WILL BUILD AND STAFF TEACHING HOSPITALS TO FIND SPACE FOR OUR INTERNS? AFTER ALL THEY CANT FIND SPOTS FOR CLINICAL ROTATIONS FOR THEIR STUDENTS AND DO NOT CARE NOR CAN THEY CONTROL HOW/IF THEIR STUDENTS CAN MATCH FOR A RESIDENCY?I
    Boyce assured that any action taken would be in the best interest of the students and the country.
    JOHN WE ARE VERY SURE THAT YOU HOPE TO LINE YOUR POCKETS BY THIS ACTION, AND THAT IT WILL NOT BENEFIT OUR STUDENTS OR OUR COUNTRY
    “Any system developed must be based on collaboration with the Ministry of Education, respect for our national laws and allow both nationals and non- nationals alike the opportunity to fulfill their internships”.
    THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE CALL LONG TALK JOHN
    THIS IS ANOTHER LOAD OF BOVINE EXCREMENT

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  • @ David it is my job to be an unpaid agent provocateur on BU. lol

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  • DONT JUST BE A PROVOCATEUR TRY ALSO TO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES

    OF COURSE THE BU ILLUMINATI DONT SEE THIS AS IMPORTANT

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  • @GP

    Let us see how the Minister Boyce and PS Springer are advised by the Council and other technocrats tomorrow.

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  • So what Georgie is saying is that government should put a cap per year on the number of students pursuing to become a doctor. What ever way you go, someone will not be happy.

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  • Whatever you think, there is a standard doctor to patient ratio through out the Caribbean. This was established to allow the doctors the opportunity to complete their training.
    This policy was not implemented recently but years ago.

    The Universities do not inform the new candidates that there is a possibility that not all successful graduates will secure a job, in the weat indies and beyond. It is just a matter of making money with no cincern for them.

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  • @GP

    Many are reading from BT.

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  • NO KEVIN. I DID NOT SAY THAT that government should put a cap per year on the number of students pursuing to become a doctor…BUT IF GOVERNMENT ALLOWS THE UWI TO ADMIT 40 BAJANS THEY OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO OFFER AN INTERN SPOT FOR EACH OF THE GRADUATES

    WHAT EVER GOVERNMENT DOES IN THIS REGARD IS A MATTER FOR EDUCATION AND HEALTH DEPARTMENTS. IT IS NOT THE BUSINESS OF BOGUS OFFSHORE MEDICAL SCHOOLS

    WE HAVE OUR SYSTEM OF TRAINING OUR PEOPLE UP TO MBBS AND PROVIDING INTERNSHIPS FOR THEM. THIS HAS WORKED REASONABLY WELL UNTIL RECENT TIMES WHEN WE TRAIN AN EXCESS OF STUDENTS

    THE BOGUS MEDICAL SCHOOLS IN THE ISLANDS BRING STUDENTS TO THE ISLANDS FOR TWO YEARS TO DO THE BASIC SCIENCE PHASE OF THEIR TRAINING

    THESE STUDENTS THEN RETURN TO THE USA TO DO TH USMLE STEP 1 EXAM.
    IF THEY PASS THIS EXAM THE STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO DO THEIR CLINICAL ROTATIONS IN THE USA IF THEY CAN FIND HOSPITALS THAT WILL ACCEPT THEIR STUDENTS

    THE PROBLEM——-WHICH IS ESCALATING- IS THAT THESE BOGUS OFFSHORE MEDICAL SCHOOLS ARE FINDING IT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND CLINICAL SPOTS FOR THEIR STUDENTS. THIS INCLUDES THE BOGUS SCHOOL IN SILVER SANDS

    THIS MEAN THAT IT IS MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEIR STUDENTS TO GET THEIR CLINICAL TRAINING AND BECOME DOCTORS.

    THIS DOES NOT EVEN TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THAT THEY ARE UNABLE TO GET A RESIDENCY– THE FINAL STAGE IN THEIR TRAINING

    HOW ON EARTH CAN BOGUS OFFSHORE SCHOOLS TRAIN OUR STUDENTS TO BE INTERNS?WHERE WILL THEY DO THIS? BOGUS OFFSHORE SCHOOLS DO NOT OWN HOSPITALS ANY WHERE?

    SINCE WE DONT HAVE ROOM FOR OUR INTERNS HOW WILL THEY TRAIN OUR STUDENTS IN OUR HOSPITAL.

    THE BEST THEY CAN DO IS PAY THE SALARIES OF OUR INTERNS SO THAT QEH CAN CREATE MORE SPOTS FOR OUR INTERNS.

    BUT WE CANT LET THEM GET INVOLVED OR COMPROMISE OUR TRAINING PROGRAMS BECAUSE OUR SYSTEM IS DIFFERENT

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  • @ GP
    Boss, as long as someone from overseas …with an accent makes a suggestion …our ministers run to the Press to announce some shiite ‘initiative’ or the other.
    Just recently he was looking to build a brand new hospital…..
    Why would Boyce not first meet with local medical leaders BEFORE shooting off his big-ass mouth?

    Steupsss… supposedly he HAD to give a speech somewhere and had nothing else to say…especially about baloney….
    Bushie knew he was useless when government sat back and allowed King and company to sell Banks Holdings. Beer is the one thing that Boyce knows …and he messed up there… and it is his big brother that understands medicine….

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  • There is an obvious reason. We live in a time where it is about retail politics and winning elections.

    On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 3:04 AM, Barbados Underground wrote:

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  • Actually Boyce failed his brewing exams.
    Ask him who gave the vacation job at Banks
    Ask him who proposed that Banks give him the scholarship to St Augustine
    Ask him if he did not prohibit this same man the use of the Banks van that that man used for years before Boyce came back from Trinidad to do all sorts of good for many poor people.
    When Banks fired him not a single rose in the attempt to ask for his retention.

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  • @ GP
    Bushie never said he knew about brewing
    …he knows about beer.

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  • lol you mean drinking it? lol

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  • @ GP

    Continuing on with how to possibly set up a Seminar corner like that seen using the plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-webinarsystem/

    Again how that part of the BU site would be administered would be for BU Management to decide.

    I does not even have to be a BU subdomain but an affiliate site.

    I dont know but the thing that BU would have to consider is if it can detract from the BU reputational currency if something goes wacky.

    Of course it will mean that we cant cuss the invitees or the ignoramuses that pose ingrunt questions but it is a thing of patience and decorum

    As I was saying there earlier all you have to do is purchase, get a Geek set up and then Point the Go Pro Camera, make sure that it is plugged in and turn it on

    When you are finished turn it off,

    you are not expected to be a Stephen Speilberg so how it looks in sequences is not going to be held against you by most people lololol

    Go to Best Buy and get their Geek service set up the camera for you

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/gopro-hero4-silver-action-camera-silver/8374096.p?id=1219329115702&skuId=8374096

    Sit down with your powerpoints or notes and talk through each sheet and start them short 5 minutes on 5 minute items

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  • HEART AND STROKE CRISIS.

    A top pharmacologist warns Barbados faces crisis of heart attacks and strokes.

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  • What is scary David?
    How many babies are born every day? Steupsss…
    Brass bowls expect to live forever?
    ..if it is not heart attack or stroke it will be cancer or some other shiite.

    The point is that this life is a TEMPORARY, FLEETING, opportunity… at finding the keys to real success….
    In this modern age of information and knowledge, if after age 35 or so, (anything else is gravy) ….anyone is as clueless as most of us ADMITTEDLY are, why do we want hang around taking up valuable resources? …Recycle and give someone else a chance do!!! 🙂

    Bushie pities all those who seek to hold on to this shiite life – as if it is some prize, …when it is merely a TESTING, difficult, fleeting opportunity for real life…. set in a cauldron of sorrow, pain and suffering … especially with the damn DLP and the blasted BLP…
    …and now the hidden “Solutions”…

    Let the people die in peace do….

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  • Looking at the video, I’m struck by the number of fat schoolgirls. In my day, nearly everybody was THIN, at least until they hit their thirties.

    We have a generation of pigs to deal with. Imagine the number of heart attacks and strokes in 2050.

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  • Click to follow presentation by Dr. GP (PDF)

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  • Sugar Dangers for Diabetes

    Health-Conscious Reader,

    If cutting down on sugar wasn’t one of your 2017 resolutions, let me convince you to put it on your list. It’s never too late to recognize that the sweet stuff isn’t sweet at all.

    Sickeningly sweet

    Diabetes and obesity are dreadful conditions in themselves. But as they so often open the door to so many additional health threats, they’re also warm-up acts for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, immune system breakdown, neurodegenerative disease, and cancer.

    The danger’s not just in the ubiquitous, snowy-white, granulated and powdered stuff we put in coffee, tea, baked goods, breakfast cereal, jellies, jams, marinades, sauces, and condiments like ketchup (which is essentially tomato syrup)…it’s an endless list.

    It’s also every syrup, except maple—corn syrup, brown rice syrup, fruit syrup, etc. Maple is an exception because absent tampering, it’s a natural substance with some nutrient content. But even maple must be used sparingly, and only if it’s Grade B and organic. (Sorry, New Englanders, Canadians, and burger lovers.)

    Don’t be fooled by fruit juice

    Even all those friendly, seemingly healthy fruit and veggie drinks are devils in disguise. Yes, whole fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. Their skin, seeds, and flesh are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fiber, and a zillion other nutrients.

    But if you squeeze out the juice and toss the rest, all you get is a great-tasting drink that’s loaded with sugar. Yes, it’s “naturally occurring” sugar. But it’s just as dangerous as refined sugar. Boil that juice down and you’ve got…syrup.

    UK researchers found that people who had a daily glass of juice had significantly higher aortic blood pressure than a control group—a condition that can increase the risk of heart attack or angina, and is associated with cardiovascular disease risk and cognitive impairment.

    Is there an acceptable amount of daily sugar? WHO says what?

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognizes the role sugar plays in disease incidence worldwide.

    Their recommendation?

    Consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar, in any form, daily.

    But wait. A single 8-ounce cup of fresh orange juice puts us over the limit, with the equivalent of seven teaspoons of sugar. Add to that all the other omnipresent sugars we consume as we drink and dine from day to night, and there’s nothing but trouble ahead.

    Big Food and Big Agri pile on

    High-fructose corn syrup (HFC), a mix of of modified chemical components of sugar, was delivered from Big Food labs to our dining tables in the 1970s.

    In 1999, annual sales had reached more than 150 pounds of HFC per person.

    Funny thing…obesity and diabetes skyrocketed right along with HFC sales.

    So why did HFC become such a common part of the American diet?

    Because a combination of tariffs on imported sugar and subsidies for US corn producers makes HFC cheaper, and guess what—more profitable—than every other form of sugar.

    What about “sugar-free,” “no added sugar,” and sugar substitutes?

    Guess who makes aspartame, the disease-causing sugar substitute found in more than 9,000 foods and other products, like toothpaste and makeup?

    Our Big Pharma / Big Food nemesis, Monsanto, maker and relentless marketer of deadly pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified crops, which it coerces our corn farmers to use, along with other “innovations” that wreak havoc.

    Do not consume anything that contains aspartame, which is sold as NutraSweet, Spoonful, Equal, and other trade names.

    It’s technically a neurotoxin, linked to (so far):
    Cardiovascular disease
    Stroke
    Alzheimer’s disease
    Obesity
    Migraines
    Seizures
    Vision loss
    Lupus
    Parkinson’s disease
    Multiple sclerosis
    And while you’re at it, you’ll want to avoid all of these FDA-approved sweeteners:
    Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame K)
    Advantame
    Neotame
    Saccharin
    Sucralose
    How to escape the sugar jungle

    The shelves are piled high with sugars.

    Your most important escape route is to escape the shelves. Eat only local, fresh, and organic—multiple daily doses of fruits and veggies give you all the natural sugars your body needs. And, of course, you get all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients that get stripped away between the natural source and the shelves.

    When you must resort to “store-bought,” read the labels. Stay away from any ingredient that ends with “-ose”—fructose, glucose, sucrose. Stay away from any ingredients labeled “modified” and any that say “preservative.”

    Count the carbs. If the carbs are high, that’s a sure sign of sugar. (If you subtract “dietary fiber” from “total carbohydrates”, you’ll have a good idea of the simple carbohydrates.) Find a different provider of what you want—there might be an enlightened producer who gets the carb count right.

    Take your honey out to eat. Pure, raw, organic honey isn’t just delicious. It’s one of nature’s most versatile and potent health givers—so rich in macronutrients, micronutrients, enzymes, probiotics, and prebiotics that we haven’t even figured out exactly how they all work.

    We do know it was used by our forebears as both a sweetener and a medicinal ingredient for centuries. There are 8,000-year-old cave paintings in Spain that prove it.

    That means today, our bodies are far readier to work with honey than with the chemical shocks delivered by non-natural sweeteners.

    Still…moderation, my friends. A little goes a long way.

    Stick with Stevia, a plant originally grown in Brazil and Paraguay, where it’s been used as a sweetener for centuries. The Stevia extract we can buy is 200–300 times sweeter than white table sugar. Like honey, a little goes a long way, which is how you should use it—in moderation.

    By the way, some weight loss programs recommend Stevia because it has no calories, but it’s not the way to lose weight. There’s emerging science that your pancreas’ insulin reaction is triggered by the taste of sweetness, not just spiking blood sugar. Repeatedly triggering that false alarm is one possible road to reduced insulin sensitivity, which is the step before Type II diabetes.

    Megabucks and misery are at stake

    The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that diabetes and obesity alone cost the US economy a billion dollars a day.

    A billion dollars.

    A day.

    Banishing sugar from our diets is not just about protecting our personal health, and not just about helping millions of our fellow Americans banish the heartbreak and misery of devilish diseases, caused by devilish, unnatural interventions.

    If just those two preventable diseases—diabetes and obesity—cost the US $365 billion a year, without counting the costs of heart disease, cancer, and other heavy hitters, I see it as almost my patriotic and community duty to fight back.

    So let’s start with ourselves

    Let’s not kid ourselves that banishing sugar and toxic sugar wannabes and imposters will be easy. It’s everywhere, in various disguises, often barely recognizable.

    Just remember that when you eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies—an essential part of every diet—you get all the natural sugar you need, and loads of essential other nutrients.

    So, start with baby steps. Maybe go for some fruit instead of dessert after dinner. Instead of sugar, or worse, fake sugar in your morning tea or coffee, add just a drop or two of honey or grade B organic maple syrup.

    Be vigilant, be committed, be careful, and the term “sugar-free” can someday apply to a healthier you.

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  • Click on the link to view presentation in PDF format

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  • David

    Thanks for the pharmacogenetic link as it shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that ones melanin content cannot be used as the sole arbiter of ones genetic construct.

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  • You should thank Dr.GP Vincent.

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  • David

    Stand corrected

    GP

    Thanks

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  • The huge numbers that continue to participate in the cancer awareness walks in Barbados has nothing to do with the kindness of Bajans per se but the fact that cancer suffering is so prevalent. Everyone has been touched by thethe cancer scourge.

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  • David

    Too true…..prostate diagnosis takes about a year……which is why I would love to see our medical system catering to this area with greater urgency.

    What is UWI research doing in this area?

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  • @ Vincent Haynes,

    if you can afford a computer you can pay Jerry Emptage to stick a finger up yuh backside and let you know if you are at risk.

    http://www.barbadosurology.com/

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  • Vincent
    Why should prostate diagnosis take a year?
    It does not take a year for a doctor to do a rectal exam.
    It should not take that long to get the results for the PSA TEST from any of the medical labs in Bim.
    BU has uploaded detailed ppts on prostate disease – perhaps before you joined.
    Perhaps David will put up the links here.
    What research should UWI do here?

    Many men over 80 have prostate cancer in a very low grade form. They are more likely to die from exposure to a sexy chick.

    Before Sabin & Salk and the discovery of vaccines many died from the then common child hood illnesses.

    If you survived these, the older you get the more likely you will get cancer

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  • @ Georgie Porgie who wrote “It does not take a year for a doctor to do a rectal exam.

    It should not take that long to get the results for the PSA TEST from any of the medical labs in Bim.

    Maybe it takes Vincent a year to muster the courage to go to the Doctor. lol

    I read your ppts on this blog. There are still here for reference.

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  • GP&Hants

    The following true scenario in Bim:

    1) Cancer society does PSA&Rectal examination March 2017……PSA at 9.7….rectal nothing
    2)Sent to QEH for a camera into your whatsits…..earliest date June 2017 to see Emtage.
    3)Sunday prior to QEH appointment on the monday in June told it was rescheduled for Sept. 2017
    4)Doctor seen not Emtage for 2 minutes in Sept 2017……… camera scheduled for November 2017
    5)Doctor schedules next appointment for Feb 2017.

    Tell me how the above makes sense.

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  • It does not Vincent.
    It ought not to be so
    I bet if you go straight to Emtage office it wont take so long though

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  • We all know the QEH is clogged. The turnaround in private practice for PSA results is 48 hours and of course the rectal is immediate.

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  • Submitted by Dr. Georgie Porgie
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  • GP

    Yes I know what an individual can do who knows Gerry, my father had it and we paid Gerry for an op tout de suite…..that is not my point.

    My point is that the above scenario which is replicated many times at the QEH should not be so and my question is what is being done about it.

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  • David

    The NSRL 2% was supposedly for the QEH, its now 10% with the MoF bragging about $50M coming in which has been debunked already…….where are we going…..check the obits with youngsters in their 40s and 50s going through the eddoes……..its worse than gun deaths or vehicular deaths.

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  • Are you sure Vincent?

    Was it not stated that it would pay down debt owed to suppliers?

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  • Vincent
    re My point is that the above scenario which is replicated many times at the QEH should not be so and my question is what is being done about it.

    I agree with you
    It seems that we are back peddling
    it was nothing like this 40 year ago
    this is not about funding either– this is about poor management or/and greed/graft

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  • GP

    Sigh…..sad…..thanks your in put.

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  • David

    Immaterial….. As GP said we are going backwards at warp speed.

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  • Caribbean Medical Schools

    The Caribbean islands are also home to a number of for-profit medical schools that largely teach American and Canadian students. Some of those campuses have also sustained damage and evacuated their students.

    Ross University School of Medicine, which is located in storm-ravaged Dominica and owned by the U.S.-based for-profit education company Adtalem Global Education (formerly DeVry), reported Tuesday that it had completed evacuating all of its students who were on Dominica at the time Hurricane Maria hit. The university’s dean and chancellor, William F. Owen Jr., said in a message that Ross is working on a plan to resume its basic science program — which comprises the first two preclinical years of medical education — in an alternative location, to be determined (clinical training occurs at U.S. hospitals and has not been disrupted).

    Owen said in a message on Ross’s website Wednesday that “in considering new potential sites of instruction, we are focused on identifying a location that will be conducive to intensive medical study; meet the rigorous academic expectations of our accreditors; support continued access to federal student loans; and nicely balance study and recreation.”

    “We expect to communicate a decision soon from our list of options for a locale. There will be no classes for the next two weeks, so recuperate, refuel and bond with your loved ones,” Owen told students.

    Another Adtalem-owned medical school, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, in St. Maarten, announced after Hurricane Irma hit the island that it would hold its fall semester classes at a location in the United Kingdom. The medical school initially announced plans to start classes at the U.K. location Sept. 29 — today — but in a statement Thursday Adtalem said the school is still “finalizing details” for the temporary relocation.

    “AUC is working to secure all regulatory approvals to do so, and working to finalize an agreement with University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to utilize UCLan’s teaching facilities and student support services. We are so pleased to partner with UCLan in this effort and we greatly appreciate their hospitality and assistance. While these final arrangements and approvals are still pending, AUC students have begun arriving in Preston to prepare for the planned start of classes,” the statement said.

    Another Caribbean medical school, All Saints University, in Dominica, said in a message on its website that “evacuation of students is on course’ and that lectures for students from Dominica would resume Oct. 2 at the university’s other campus in in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


    wHAT CRISIS WHAT?

    THESE GUYS WILL JUST FIND OTHER CASH STRAPPED ISLANDS LED BY GREEDY CORRUPT POLITICIANS WHO WILL SEE LONG TERM TOURISTS AND A SOURCE OF UNDER THE TABLE FEES AND FEE FOR WORK PERMITS

    I CAN JUST SEE THEM RUSHING TO BIMSHIRE NOW

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  • For years, she struggled to control her high cholesterol. Then she took a genetic test. She credits it with saving her life.
    Personal Genetic Testing Is Here. Do We Need It?
    People are using a growing stream of genetic data to help them make better health decisions. But some findings may be overblown or irrelevant.
    nytimes.com
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    Controversy over a cupcake? Google Maps pulls cupcake calorie counter after backlash

     

    Cupcakes are for sale at Creme Si Bon, a bakery that specializes in French macarons and other baked delights that is owned by Jenny and Sam Ng, in San Ramon, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

    Cupcakes are for sale at Creme Si Bon, a bakery that specializes in French macarons and other baked delights that is owned by Jenny and Sam Ng, in San Ramon, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

    By MARISA KENDALL | mkendall@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

    PUBLISHED: October 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm | UPDATED: October 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    You can call it the Great Cupcake Controversy of 2017.

    In what is probably the only example ever of tiny, frosted cakes sparking mass outrage, strong negative feedback has prompted Google to remove a cupcake calorie counter from its iOS Maps app, the company confirmed Tuesday.

    Google recently added the cutesy — and possibly half-baked — feature as an experiment. With the new feature, users saw a pink cupcake icon that automatically showed them how many calories they would burn if they walked to their destination. The app also translated that calorie count into mini cupcakes, telling walkers how many of the tiny treats they would burn if they walked from point A to point B.

    But complaints soon started raining down like sprinkles.

    Critics accused the cartoon cupcake counter of being patronizing, promoting body-shaming, and possibly triggering unhealthy behavior in people who have struggled with eating disorders or over-exercise, BBC reports. There’s no way to turn the feature off, critics pointed out.

    “Do they realize how extremely triggering something like this is for ppl who have had eating disorders? Not to mention just generally shamey,” a user named Taylor Lorenz tweeted. She added: “Also it looks like there’s no way to turn this feature off what the hell.”

    16 Oct

    Taylor Lorenz

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    Also it looks like there’s no way to turn this feature off what the hell

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    Do they realize how extremely triggering something like this is for ppl who have had eating disorders? Not to mention just generally shamey

    8:07 PM – Oct 16, 2017

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    Users also pointed out that Google Maps doesn’t take a user’s personal health information into account, so its cupcake calorie counter likely isn’t accurate.

    Others slammed the cupcake counter as being just plain useless.

    “Okay, Google let me tell you something. No one who eats cupcakes ever eats almost 1 mini cupcake!” wrote a Twitter user who goes by Arch S.

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    Okay, .@google let me tell you something.. No one who eats cupcakes ever eats almost 1 mini cupcake!

    11:23 AM – Oct 17, 2017

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    And then there were those who didn’t see what the big deal was, even asking for help explaining cupcake-gate.

    “Can someone explain why googles Cupcake counter was offensive? Honestly I don’t understand,” wrote a Twitter user who goes by the name “Bring Your Own Demon.”

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    Bring Your Own Demon @infosecxual

    Can someone explain why googles Cupcake counter was offensive? Honestly I don’t understand

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    Whatever the reason, Google confirmed to this news organization Tuesday that it is removing the calorie counter, citing “strong user feedback.” The cupcake counter should have been removed by Monday evening, the company confirmed. If users are still seeing the feature, they should restart the app.

    It’s spectacularly bad timing on Google’s part. It turns out that Wednesday is National Chocolate Cupcake Day (not to be confused with regular National Cupcake Day, which is Dec. 15) — which would have been a prime opportunity for gimmicks galore to show off Google’s cupcake calorie counter. But the Google cupcakes weren’t chocolate anyway. They were pink — whatever flavor that is.

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  • if you look at your product packaging you will often find listed one or two of the intermediates pictured above………citrate, alpha ketoglutarate, succinate, fumarate, malate oxaloactate.

    these are used as preservatives presumably because they are Krebs cycle intermediates
    but in the Krebs cycle in the process of generating energy these compounds as you can see from the arrows are rapidly converted to each other

    in other slides you will see that some of these intermediates are used in making other compounds

    could it be possible that the body finds these intermediates when consumed in probable excess as toxic?

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  • in slide 2 you can see the importance of glucose pictured as the red ball
    all the lines departing from the red ball are important metabolic pathways.such as the PPP which is used to make ribose for RNA, OR DEOXYRIBOSE FOR DNA
    the big line is the glycolytic pathway found in all living organisms……….note that glycolysis is linked to the Krebs cycle– the major pathway for generating energy

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  • Dropping this here, no comment needed except to state we are not serious as the NCD capital of the world.

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  • The blogmaster added a WhatsApp video to the blog above as an example why due diligence is important.

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  • The Evolution of Undergraduate Medical Training at The University of the West Indies, 1948–2008 JM Branday, RA Carpenter
    https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/585f/17a7c0208c77e32f64c9625aaf0429d673f0.pdf

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  • Watch for free the 1hr 20min documentary ‘Secret Ingredients’ detailing case history’s of men, women and children whose debilitating chronic illness symptoms disappeared after switching to a diet in which GM foods and crops treated with glyphosate based herbicides like Roundup were removed from their diet. Free viewing lasts only until May 22nd at 2 pm. You are required to leave a name and email address to see the video.

    https://freeshowing.secretingredientsmovie.com/

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  • The 5G War – Technology Versus Humanity
    Dr. Mercola

    Exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) and radiofrequency (RF) radiation is an ever-growing health risk in the modern world. The Cellular Phone Task Force website(1) has a long list of governments and organizations that have issued warnings or banned wireless technologies of various kinds and under various circumstances, starting in 1993.

    A long list of organizations representing doctors and scientists are also among them, including an appeal for protection from nonionizing EMF exposure by more than 230 international EMF scientists to the United Nations in 2015, which notes that:(2)
    “Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines.”

    SNIP

    While heart disease, dementia and infertility overshadow the risk of brain cancer, the possibility of cancer still remains, and may be a far more significant concern for young children who are growing up surrounded by wireless technologies than we realize.

    The fact is, we won’t know for sure whether in utero and early cellphone use will increase brain cancer rates until a decade or two from now when today’s youths have grown up. Mounting research suggests cellphone radiation certainly influences your risk, and there are a number of compelling anecdotal reports that are hard to ignore.
    In her article,(61) Davis mentions Robert C. Kane, a senior telecom engineer “had willingly served as a guinea pig for Motorola and other companies developing new wireless technologies in the 1980s.”

    He developed a type of malignant brain cancer the National Toxicology Program later confirmed was a side effect of cellphone radiation exposure (see video above). The NTPs results were published in 2018. Before his death in 2002, Kane published the book,“Cellphone Radiation — Russian Roulette”,(62) in which he stated that:(63)
    “Never in human history has there been such a practice as we now encounter with the marketing and distributing of products hostile to the human biological system by an industry with foreknowledge of those effects.”

    FCC Is a Captured Agency That Cannot Be Trusted

    Davis also highlights another crucial problem, namely the fact that the FCC has been captured by the telecom industry, which in turn has perfected the disinformation strategies employed by the tobacco industry before it. She writes:(64)

    “… [I]n 2015 a Harvard expose tracked the revolving door between the FCC and the telecom industry and concluded that the FCC is a captured agency and that ‘Consumer safety, health, and privacy, along with consumer wallets, have all been overlooked, sacrificed, or raided due to unchecked industry influence.’”

    https://www.wakingtimes.com/2019/06/05/the-5g-war-technology-versus-humanity/

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  • Cannabis Extract Fights ‘Incurable Form’ of Leukemia

    After undergoing a protracted series of unsuccessful conventional treatments over the course of 34 months – including a bone marrow transplant, aggressive chemotherapy and radiation therapy — the girl’s case was pronounced ‘incurable,’ with the patient’s hematologist/oncologist stating that she “suffers from terminal malignant disease,” expecting her condition to progress rapidly towards death.

    Because the family received no other suggestions for treatment beyond palliative care, they decided to do research on their own, stumbling on a paper published in Nature Reviews: Cancer in 2003 titled, “Cannibinoids: Potential Anti-Cancer Agents,” which encouraged them to administer oral cannabinoid extracts to the patient. According to the case report:

    The family found promise in a product, made by Rick Simpson who had treated several cancers with hemp oil, an extract from the cannabis plant. Rick worked with the family to help them prepare the extract.*

    With Rick Simpson’s assistance, the family used cannabis oil extract for the next 78 days, with regular monitoring of the blast cell count, the primary indicator of the malignant progression of the disease process.

    The figure below shows the successful suppression of the blast cells using cannabis extract.

    (Click on link below to see graph of blast cell suppression after administering cannabis extract)

    Clearly, the cannabis extract was effective at inhibiting the uncontrolled proliferation of the girl’s leukemia, without the highly toxic side effects of conventional treatment.

    Sadly, however, on day 78, the 14-year old passed away as a consequence of bleeding associated with bowel perforation, and ultimately the lasting adverse effects of the original 34 months of aggressive treatment she had underwent previous to cannabis.

    https://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/06/13/cannabis-extract-fights-incurable-form-of-leukemia/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com&fbclid=IwAR14LfcogAwqe2nSIs32KIvj055uOWrbhufI6RTl2f4Mr9L5XfWXzmhRYeM

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  • From the web site Activist Post:

    Telecom Construction Expert Offers Opinion on YouTube Video of Dead Bees Under 5G Cell Towers

    Earlier this week, Activist Post reported about the viral YouTube video that shows dead bees under what was reported to be 5G small cells installed in California.

    A Telecom Industry Construction Expert has weighed in and provided information that is equally if not more depressing:

    Tyler Vanover
    
    Industry construction expert here. Those towers are not 5g they are 4g. All modern 4g sites are outfitted with 5g capabilities. Not specifically to operate at 5g frequencies, but at the lower band using 4g radios to communicate with the future 5g infrastructure which will be much smaller antennas, every several hundred meters in every direction on every public street. This bee killing phenomenon has been talked about for years inside the industry. All tower climbers can attest to bees getting “drunk” on rf signal coming from the towers, which act as a lure. Heavily concentrated 4g activity like the site featured in this video, can aggregate alot of frequency, and since its so low to the ground, it becomes quite dangerous for low flying insects. Blame California city regulations for these “hidden” low height cell structures. We build them up high and away from people for a reason.
    

    From ResearchGate:

    The exponential increase of mobile telephony has led to a pronounced increase in electromagnetic fields in the environment that may affect pollinator communities and threaten pollination as a key ecosystem service. Previous studies conducted on model species under laboratory conditions have shown negative effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) on reproductive success, development, and navigation of insects.</em>
    

    See embedded video of the dead bees collecting around the base of cell phone towers at the link below

    Continued at: https://www.activistpost.com/2019/08/telecom-construction-expert-offers-opinion-on-youtube-video-of-dead-bees-under-5g-cell-towers.html

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  • From Newsvoice(DOT)se

    To bee, or not to bee, that is the five “G” question – Olle Johansson

    The collective evidence we can draw from the current scientific status regarding adverse health and biological effects of artificial electromagnetic field exposures, such as from cell phones, antennas/base stations, TV and radio towers, babyalarms, smart meters, powerlines, and WiFi routers, points to that we may be jeopardizing more than our own health and behaviour. Bacteria, plants, birds, frogs, and pollinating insects, may all be targeted, and it is obvious we must proceed with the highest caution before immersing the citizens and our wildlife in more and more artificial electromagnetic fields. We may, as a matter of fact, already be gravely endangering our current as well as coming generations. To not act today, may prove a disaster tomorrow, and such lack of action may again result in the classical “late lessons from early warnings”, or – even worse – “too late lessons from early warnings”.

    By Olle Johansson, former head of The Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, and former adjunct professor of The Royal Institute of Technology, also Stockholm, Sweden, now retired and leading The Institute of Common Sense for Common Sense, Utö/Stockholm, Sweden.

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    Besides the brain and heart cancer risks, cell phone and WiFi signals may also affect the blood-brain barrier to open and let toxic molecules into the brain, hurt and kill neurons in the hippocampus (one of the brain centres for memory), down- or up-regulate essential proteins in the brain engaged in the it’s metabolism, stress response and neuroprotection. Exposed sperms have been seen with more head defects, decreased sperm count, lowered motility, decreased viability, and other malfunctions as well as DNA damage, and severe effects on fertility have been found. Wireless signals can increase oxidative stress in cells and lead to increase of proinflammatory cytokines and lower capacity to repair genotoxic DNA single- and double-strand breaks. Cognitive impairments in learning and memory have also been shown. Results from the OECD’s PISA performance surveys in reading and mathematics show decreasing results in countries that have invested most in introducing computers, tablets and cell phones in school. Multitasking, too many hours in front of a screen, less time for social contacts and physical activities with risk for neck and back aches, overweight, sleep problems, and information technology (IT) addiction are some of the known risks and side-effects of IT. They stand in marked contrast to the often claimed, but largely unproven possible benefits (the OECD actually says frequent use of computers in schools is more likely to be associated with lower results!).

    And the implications of the most recent findings – by Taheri et al from 2017 – of bacteria exposed to mobile phone and WiFi radiation turning resistant to antibiotics are chilling, to say the least, and may easily explain the on-going huge and highly frightening development into more and more antibiotics-resistant microorganisms around the world. The latter has very recently summoned the G20 countries – in 2017 – to discuss the fact that each year more than 25,000 Europeans die prematurely due to antibiotic resistance. By the year 2050 it has been calculated to be about 10,000,000 humans world-wide, and neither of these two estimations have taken into account the Taheri et al findings, thus, the 10,000,000 can easily instead become 7,600,000,000…not then counting all livestock dying for the same reason.

    https://newsvoice.se/2019/05/5g-question-olle-johansson/?fbclid=IwAR0dZ8cEvCV4pax1jaFXavQvEig1QW51scm9wQJMIQHSr86joRWcmV3lrHs

    About the author:

    Olle Johansson PhD is a global authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects. He originally coined the term ”screen dermatitis” which became recognized as the functional impairment known as electrohypersensitivity. Survey studies show that somewhere between 230,000-290,000 Swedish men and women—out of a population of 10,000,000—report a variety of symtoms when in contact with electromagnetic field sources. In 2000, the diagnosis of electrosensitivity was officially recognized by the Swedish government as a disability which may interfere with daily functioning and qualifies for both medical care and the provision of an electrosmog-free working environment.

    He is a past associate professor at the Karolinska Institute, Department of Neuroscience, and head of The Experimental Dermatology Unit as well as a guest and adjunct professor in basic and clinical neuroscience at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He has published more than 600 original articles, reviews, book chapters and conference reports within the fields of basic and applied neuroscience, dermatology, epidemiology, and biophysiology.

    A complete bio with a list of publications can be seen here:

    vetapedia(DOT)se/olle-johansson-associate-professor-ki/

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  • In this TED talk An American clinical psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Amen, explains how many different psychiatric problems, including depression, ADHD, violent or criminal behaviour etc. can be traced to a physical injury which caused trauma to the brains of patients, perhaps many years previously. Usually the incident that caused the brain injury might have been caused by a head-jarring accident that was considered relatively minor at the time. However, brain scans of psychiatric patients do show years after the original incident areas where brain activity is abnormal or lacking entirely and this can be traced back to a physical head injury suffered many years previously.

    The idea of using brain scans to tailor rehabilitative treatments for psychiatric patients to restore injured brains is relatively new, but he says that in his experience it has proven much more effective in producing long term beneficial results at a lower cost compared to the more traditional approaches of psychiatric medicine which does not use brain imaging in day to day practice but tends to use medications (some with severe side effects) to treat symptoms rather than the underlying causes that produces the symptoms.

    The Most Important Lessons from 83,000 Scans

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  • Highwire – This Mom Broke Monsanto

    “These ugly emails reveal the utter contempt that Monsanto has for public health and for consumers, including mothers who only want to protect their kids’ health.”

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  • Former President Of Microsoft Canada Frank Clegg: On Safety & 5G/Wireless Technologies

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  • Đôi lúc cũng rất khó hiểu.

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  • GMO mosquito experiment goes horribly wrong: Insects adapt and overcome, transforming into super “mutant” mosquitoes that could cause mass death across South America

    (Natural News) Remember the two-year experiment to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild to eradicate all the mosquitoes? For years, we were all lectured by scientists and GMO pushers who insisted that genetically modifying male mosquitoes to be infertile would cause the termination of nearly all offspring as females mated with the GMO males. The result, we were told, would be a mass die-off of the mosquito population at large, saving human lives by avoiding the catastrophic effects of mosquito-borne disease.

    Science would save us, in other words. And if we didn’t believe the hype, we were labeled “anti-science.”

    At first, the experiment seemed to work. For the initial 18 months of the experiment carried out in Brazil — in which 450,000 genetically modified male mosquitoes were released into the wild — mosquito populations plummeted. But then something happened.

    As published in the journal Nature, in a study entitled, “Transgenic Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Transfer Genes into a Natural Population,” the very same modified genes we were told would never be passed to “in the wild” mosquito populations has, in fact, done exactly that.

    Powered by these new genes (and combined with some behavioral adaptation explained below), the mosquito population surged back. Even worse, now the wild populations of mosquitoes in Brazil have these “mutant” genes which were combined from Cuba and Mexican mosquito populations, meaning these new gene-enhanced mosquitoes are now a kind of “super mutant” insect that may be resistant to all sorts of insecticides.

    SNIP

    In 2012, we published a warning about the risks associated with self-replicating science experiments that are released into the wild. In one article, we wrote, “The human race is gravely threatened by out-of-control science that has already begun to reveal alarming unintended consequences across our planet.” We also wrote:

    Humanity has reached a tipping point of developing technology so profound that it can destroy the human race; yet this rise of “science” has in no way been matched by a rise in consciousness or ethics. Today, science operates with total disregard for the future of life on Earth, and it scoffs at the idea of balancing scientific “progress” with caution, ethics or reasonable safeguards (my emphasis /GM). Unbridled experiments like GMOs have unleashed self-replicating genetic pollution that now threatens the integrity of food crops around the world, potentially threatening the global food supply.

    As the following S.O.S. graphic shows — originally published in 2012 — GMO mosquitoes are “self-replicating pollution.” The mad scientists have released weaponized genes into the wild, and now the genetic makeup of mosquitoes in South America can never be pulled back from the brink.

    https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-09-18-gmo-mosquito-experiment-goes-horribly-wrong.html

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    Who or what is naturalnews.com?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_News
    Natural News (formerly NewsTarget, which is now a separate sister site) is a conspiracy theory and fake news website.The website sells various dietary supplements, promotes alternative medicine, tendentious nutrition and health claims, fake news,and espouses various conspiracy theories.These conspiracy theories include chemophobic claims about the purported dangers of “chemtrails”,fluoridated drinking water,anti-perspirants, laundry detergent, monosodium glutamate, aspartame), and alleged health problems caused by allegedly “toxic” ingredients in vaccines,including the now-discredited link to autism.It has also spread conspiracy theories about the Zika virus allegedly being spread by genetically modified mosquitoes and purported adverse effects of genetically modified crops, as well as the farming practices associated with and foods derived from them.

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  • The following submitted by Dr. GP (click on images)

     

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  • Have you heard on air recently the (fairly obviously) scripted interview/advertisement on local radio from Barbados Light and Power extolling their efforts to make sure BL&P is 5G compatible and ready for the roll out of the much anticipated 5G “internet of things”? That is, the much anticipated (by tech heads and big business interests) internet upgrade whereby just about everything you own from your refrigerator down to your shoe laces (including, at some point, your own AI directed brain via an implanted chip) will eventually have its own IP address and be connected directly to the internet.

    For BL&P this means switching businesses and households onto WiFi enabled smart meters to help manage their diesel generators and the local electricity grid. These smart meters which will use WiFi for sending and receiving data to BL&P throughout the day will, they claim, provide for more efficient power generation and distribution as more “green” sources of variable power output come on stream, e.g. solar farms, housetop solar panels, windmills etc.

    It is noteworthy that insurance companies have already declined to provide liability coverage to manufacturers of even the present generation of WiFi enabled products in case lawsuits determine that their WiFi equipment has damaged the users’ health.

    See:
    Lloyd’s of London Insurance Won’t Cover Smartphones – WiFi – Smart Meters – Cell Phone Towers By Excluding ALL Wireless Radiation Hazards at:
    rfsafe(DOT)com/lloyds-of-london-insurance-wont-cover-smartphones-wifi-smart-meters-cell-phone-towers-by-excluding-all-wireless-radiation-hazards/

    Recently, Scientific American magazine has published an article explaining that there are even more inherent dangers to human health in this new 5G WiFi technology that are being overlooked by its promoters in their eagerness to make a profit by providing another supposed technological solution to our present list of societal and economic problems. Yes, you will be delighted with 5G when you find you can download an entire movie to your cell phone in 3 seconds flat – too bad the true costs and dangers will not be so readily apparent until it is too late to do anything about it.

    We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe
    The technology is coming, but contrary to what some people say, there could be health risks

    By Joel M. Moskowitz on October 17, 2019

    The telecommunications industry and their experts have accused many scientists who have researched the effects of cell phone radiation of “fear mongering” over the advent of wireless technology’s 5G. Since much of our research is publicly-funded, we believe it is our ethical responsibility to inform the public about what the peer-reviewed scientific literature tells us about the health risks from wireless radiation.

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced through a press release that the commission will soon reaffirm the radio frequency radiation (RFR) exposure limits that the FCC adopted in the late 1990s. These limits are based upon a behavioral change in rats exposed to microwave radiation and were designed to protect us from short-term heating risks due to RFR exposure.

    Yet, since the FCC adopted these limits based largely on research from the 1980s, the preponderance of peer-reviewed research, more than 500 studies, have found harmful biologic or health effects from exposure to RFR at intensities too low to cause significant heating.

    Citing this large body of research, more than 240 scientists who have published peer-reviewed research on the biologic and health effects of nonionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) signed the International EMF Scientist Appeal, which calls for stronger exposure limits. The appeal makes the following assertions:

    “Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.”

    The scientists who signed this appeal arguably constitute the majority of experts on the effects of nonionizing radiation. They have published more than 2,000 papers and letters on EMF in professional journals.

    Continued here:
    https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/we-have-no-reason-to-believe-5g-is-safe/

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  • After reading the post directly above about BL&P’s drive to roll out “smart” electricity meters (i.e. WiFi enabled) to ensure sure Barbados is “ready for 5G”, some might find this documentary relevant to understanding why the spread of WiFi and cellular technology along with the supposed “upgrade” to 5G threatens human, animal and plant health and well being.

    Resonance: Beings of Frequency

    Resonance takes a deeper look at how humanity is reacting to the most profound environmental change the planet has ever seen. Two billion years ago life first appeared on earth, a planet bathed in a natural electromagnetic frequency. As life slowly evolved from simple to complex organisms, it did so surrounded by this frequency, forming a harmonic relationship with it, a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend. New research is showing that exposure to this frequency is vital to human beings. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronizes our circadian rhythms, it aids our immune system, and it improves our overall sense of well-being. Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are suffused with them. Our cells communicate using electromagnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions using frequency waves. Without them, we could not exist.

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  • It has been in the news that in the very heart of modern day high-tech, i.e. Silicon Valley, California, many CEOs and execs in the high tech industries send their own children to schools where cell phones and tablet/computer screens are banned from the classrooms and the teachers are allowed to use only “old fashioned” teaching/learning tools like pencils, crayons and paper, physical books (my goodness, no ebooks downloaded onto a tablet?), and chalkboards instead of big screen TVs.

    Reportedly when hiring nannies to look after their children, the nannies are requested to sign contracts stipulating they agree not to use their own electronic devices in the presence of their young charges. Seems somewhat strange that we are in a computer revolution in most schools as we are told teaching children how to use cell phones, tablets and computers from an ever younger age is absolutely necessary to give them the skills to survive in the wonderful, interconnected 5G world of tomorrow, yet these silicon valley execs who earn a living flogging high tech to the world are holding their own children back and depriving them of this ever so necessary learning experience. One has to wonder what they know that our own educators don’t..

    Children are tech addicts – and schools are the pushers
    When Silicon Valley bosses send their children to screen-free schools, why do we believe the claims of the ‘ed tech’ industry?

    I’m wary of sounding sanctimonious, and corroding much-needed solidarity between busy parents with different views on screen use. But when I see an infant jabbing and swiping, I can’t help experiencing what the writer James Bridle calls in a disturbing recent essay a “Luddite twinge”; and the research suggests I should trust it.

    Earlier this month the children’s commissioner for England warned that children starting secondary school were facing a social media “cliff edge” as they entered an online world of cyber-bullying and pornography. According to Public Health England, extended screen use correlates to emotional distress, anxiety and depression in children. The American College of Paediatricians associates it with sleep problems, obesity, increased aggression and low self-esteem.

    And not only is screen technology harmful to children per se, there’s little evidence that it helps them to learn. A 2015 OECD report found that the impact of computers on pupil performance was “mixed, at best”, and in most cases computers were “hurting learning”. The journal Frontiers in Psychology identifies “an absence of research supporting the enthusiastic claims that iPads will ‘revolutionise education’”. Researchers at Durham University found that “technology-based interventions tend to produce just slightly lower levels of improvement” compared with other approaches. Even for the head of the e-Learning Foundation, proving technology improves results remains the “holy grail”.

    Education technology is often justified on the grounds that it boosts disadvantaged children, yet research shows it widens rather than bridges socioeconomic divides. The One Laptop per Child programme, which distributed 25m low-cost computers with learning software to children in the developing world, failed to improve language or maths results.

    More: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/26/children-tech-addicts-schools

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    We learn language firstly by listening even from within the womb, then by speaking. Reading and writing comes much, much later, years later.

    But if parent’s and children are SILENTLY engrossed in swiping, what do fetuses and infants HEAR, what do toddlers HEAR, how can toddlers learn to SPEAK if they only infrequently HEAR human speech?

    It seems as though we humans are willing to give up speech. My question is:

    if we give up speech, which human societies have spent tens of thousands of years developing, what to we plan to replace it with?

    Even here on BU some are advocating that females be silent in the church.

    I think that we have forgotten that it is not for nothing that languages are referred to as “mother tongues”

    If women become silent, who will ensure that human speech survives?

    Is it important that human speech survives?

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  • Opposition To GMOs Is Neither Unscientific Nor Immoral
    by Charles Eisenstein
    May 10, 2018

    In a recent opinion piece – Avoiding GMOs Isn’t Just Anti-science, It’s Immoral – Purdue University president Mitch Daniels offers an impassioned plea that we embrace GMOs in agriculture. Daniels’ argument runs as follows: The health and ecological safety of GMOs is unquestionable “settled science.” Therefore, it is immoral to deny developing countries the agricultural technology they need to boost food production and feed their growing populations. It seems an open-and-shut case: the self-indulgent anti-GMO fad among rich consumers threatens the less fortunate with starvation. As Daniels says, it is immoral for them to “inflict their superstitions on the poor and hungry”.

    But let’s look at some of the assumptions that this argument takes for granted: (1) That GMOs are indeed safe, and (2) that GMOs and industrial agriculture in general allow higher yields than more traditional forms of agriculture.

    The ecological and health safety of GMOs is more controversial scientifically than Daniels’ piece asserts. The problem is that it is hard to know which science – and which scientists – to trust. In the United States, most university agronomy departments receive massive funding from agritech companies who, according to Scientific American, “have given themselves veto power over the work of independent researchers.” Since GMOs are proprietary, those companies can and do restrict who can perform research on their products. When a study does document harm, it and its authors are subjected to intense scrutiny, career-ending attacks, and even lawsuits. Imagine yourself as a graduate student at, say, Purdue University. How welcome do you think a research proposal on the health hazards of GMOs would be?

    Nonetheless, there is a large and growing body of research that casts serious doubt on GMO safety, mostly published in Europe and Russia where support for GMOs is weaker. For a methodical and comprehensive overview of the topic see GMO Myths and Truths, which with hundreds of citations of peer-reviewed articles cannot be easily dismissed as “superstition.”

    Continued with hyperlinks at: https://www.wakingtimes.com/2018/05/10/opposition-to-gmos-is-neither-unscientific-nor-immoral/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com&fbclid=IwAR2PhHuNQJoDi5qSUlNe_MRpaIXoxSH6G9YQvo7lfNmSVufk2dadUf4LUjI

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