Vitamin D found vital for immune response ... what are implications for AIDS? - Health Supreme NewsGrabs 23 October 2011
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (red) is hiding in human macrophages (blue and green) cultured in vitamin D deficient serum so it is not being efficiently killed by cathelicidin and other proteins. Credit: Science
A potentially fatal lung disease, tuberculosis is estimated to cause 1.8 million deaths annually and especially impacts those with reduced immunity such as HIV-infected individuals, according to the World Health Organization.
In an interesting twist, people with darker skin traditionally have had a higher susceptibility to tuberculosis and areas of Africa lead the world with the highest infection rates. Scientists believe this may be partly due to the skin pigment melanin, which is more abundant in darker skin that shields the body from absorbing ultraviolet rays, but also reduces vitamin D production.
Vitamin D -- a natural hormone, rather than a vitamin-- is known to be instrumental in bone development, but also may protect against cancer and autoimmune diseases, as well as fight infections.
Quite possibly, when we brought the black people in Africa our 'civilization', we also brought them immune insufficiency by cutting them off from the sun they have historically developed to partially filter out by wearing dark skin.
The clothing and indoors lifestyle we introduced must have removed more than 90% of their 'normal' sun exposure, which of course translates to a better than 90% cut in vitamin D availability and a correspondingly increased likelihood to have a weak immune system and therefore to "test positive" when taking the "HIV" test.
Once we tell them they tested positive to "HIV antibodies" we then treat them with highly toxic antiretroviral drugs and voilà - we caused an AIDS epidemic in black Africa. (And not only in Africa but also among the Black people living in other areas of the globe.)
Coupled with the rather unspecific nature of the "HIV test", would hat not finally explain why it is that Caucasians, as well as Asians and even Hispanics are much less likely than Blacks to "test HIV positive"... and to eventually develop 'AIDS'.
We should really check this hypothesis by matching HIV positive tests with a vitamin D defiiency test. If they coincide...
IIf you were to visit your family doctor with a lingering cold and ask something along the lines of whether you should take supplemental zinc to help get back to health, you could probably expect a response along the lines of, “Well it probably won’t hurt,” perhaps along with a polite, reassuring “you ignorant moron” chuckle. You see there are very in-depth pharmacology courses in medical school, though I don’t recall even a single page on anti-infective properties of zinc. Therefore unless this happens to be a particular area of interest, as it is not taught in medical school or continuing education symposia, a physician would confidently assume that there is no good evidence for zinc to be of use in this indication.
Interestingly enough though we have compelling evidence that (like vitamin D and high dose vitamin C) zinc is, through immune modulation and possible direct effects, a broad spectrum if not terribly powerful anti-viral.
“EFSA seems very keen to deal with embarrassing exposures about conflicts of interest, particularly within its working groups. Although a workshop session was dedicated to scientific decision-making, no new light was shed on whether EFSA was prepared to significantly alter its approach to risk analysis. This was especially disappointing given that independent scientists have often said its methodologies produce results that are out of step with the latest scientific knowledge.”
There is a more in-depth discussion of the EFSA effort to soothe its critics in an article titled Seeing right through EFSA’s claims of transparency
EFSA: prunes don't loosen the bowel
Health Alliance releases list of nonsense evaluations by EFSA
“Centralised control of health claims by these European authorities is going to prevent consumers from being able to discern healthy foods from less healthy ones,” said Robert Verkerk PhD, executive and scientific director of ANH-Intl. “EFSA is not prepared to accept that antioxidant-rich fruit and veg like berry fruits, broccoli or pomegranate have health benefits; it sees nothing healthy about green tea; and it is woefully out of touch by not recognising the seminal importance of probiotics and prebiotics in managing immune health”.
Well, you can say one thing for vitamin critics: at least they are consistent. Consistently wrong, but consistent.
Recent much trumpeted anti-vitamin news is the product of pharmaceutical company payouts. No, this is not one of "those" conspiracy theories. Here's how it's done...
Use of folic acid supplements by women in Norway in the period 4 weeks before to 8 weeks after conception was associated with a reduced risk of the child having severe language delay at age 3 years, according to a study in the October 12 issue of JAMA.
Why are our tax dollars going to subsidize the creation of Frankenfish? It's bad enough the government has totally failed to do any kind of regulation for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), including blocking attempts to at least mandate labeling for these artificial and barely-tested foods.
Food and Water Watch, a national consumer group, on October 3 revealed that a corporation that has launched a for-profit venture to raise genetically engineered salmon has received $1.95 million in federal research grants at taxpayer expense.
The revelation followed on the heels of an article in Grist that exposed how AquaBounty Technology recently received $494,000 to study technologies that would render the genetically engineered salmon sterile.
We have seen mass scare mongering about the Listeria outbreak. The number of deaths that the FDA claims were caused by it have reached 25, and are predicted to go higher. Let’s examine that.
The single most salient point about the deaths associated with Listeria is that the median age of people who’ve died is 87 years. Note that’s the median, not average, age of death. The median is the midway point between the two extremes. That is, it’s halfway between the ages of the oldest person who died and the youngest person who died. In this outbreak, the oldest death was at 96 years of age, which is 9 years older than the median. That means that the youngest person to die was 78 years old...
Signaling an intensification of federal government targeting of medical marijuana providers, the four US Attorneys in California Friday announced a campaign of "coordinated enforcement actions targeting the illegal operations of the commercial marijuana industry in California." The announcement came at a Sacramento news conference.
The federal prosecutors said their enforcement actions would rely on pursuing civil forfeiture lawsuits against properties where dispensaries are located, threatening letters to dispensary landlords, and criminal prosecutions. The prosecutors said recent dispensary busts in Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego were part of the enforcement campaign.
At the behest of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a state Senate committee has proposed a bill that would protect drug and device makers from liability in state lawsuits, so long as their products were approved by the FDA. The only exception that would be granted under the legislation is if a manufacturer committed fraud against the FDA.
The global diabetes epidemic continues on “a relentlessly upward trajectory”, according to officials from the International Diabetes Federation and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The number of people with diabetes in 2011 has reached 366 million (up almost 30 percent from 2010); 4.6 million will die from the condition, and healthcare spending is now US$465 billion a year. Comparable figures were released by the World Health Organisation: 346 million people worldwide have diabetes, and 3.4 million died from the condition in 2004. WHO estimates that in the period 2006-2015, China will lose US$558 billion in national income due to heart disease, stroke and diabetes alone.
This must be something we are doing to ourselves - perhaps something we are eating (refined sugar comes to mind, but also some of the artificial sweeteners) or not eating, or something we are doing (watching too much TV?) or not doing (getting out of the house into the fresh air and taking a walk?). The article does point to life style changes as the probable solution.
Our major problem is that health authorities are too afraid to piss off some major industry like pharma, food, electronics, so they avoid recommending the radical changes needed to turn the situation around. And meanwhile - people suffer and die...
Some percentage of us who’ve withdrawn from excessive amounts of psychiatric drugs or in some cases just a bad reaction to one psychiatric drug can become hypersensitive to any and all psychotropic medications as well as any other drugs and many supplements too that cross the blood/brain barrier. There is a spectrum as well with some people having more or less sensitivities. At the extreme, since many of these medicines are used in emergency treatment it’s actually dangerous for us to go to an emergency room even in a true emergency! A doctor who doesn’t understand the nature of the iatrogenic illness some of us have could actually kill us while doing standard care.
I was pleased to find a doctor who understood this. It’s been hell trying to work with anyone at all, whether they are conventional MDs or alternative doctors, virtually no one understands the nature of this hypersensitivity.
It was too late for 21-year-old Christina Tarsell and 17-year-old Jessica Ericzon. Both healthy, athletic young women suddenly dropped dead shortly after receiving their final injection of Gardasil, a vaccine developed by Merck to protect girls and young women from cervical cancer caused by the human papilloma virus.
But when Christina’s and Jessica’s shocked families tried to get the Food and Drug Administration to investigate a vaccine it had inexplicably fast-tracked through the approval process even though only one percent of all cancer deaths are due to cervical cancer, they hit a brick wall.
Paxil Pat and Gardasil Revisited
(The Skeptic's Health Journal Club)
Some months back I did a couple posts on Gardasil and mentioned two websites Jenny’s Journey and The Truth about Gardasil dedicated to warning parents and patients about the dangers of the Gardasil vaccine. I recently stumbled upon a non-profit group called Sane Vax. They also have an extensive section of case histories of young women seriously harmed by this vaccine. While these case reports are not in the medical literature I would argue that they are more trustworthy then those written in journals in that, 1) they are not anonymous and 2) they are the exact words of the patient or parents impacted by the adverse event. The government keeps a database of adverse vaccine reactions known as VAERS. One parent had a very succinct critique of this program...
'My headache's about to explode': U.S. girls just dropping dead
Documents recently unearthed reveal new deaths from 'mandated' shot
The public-interest group Judicial Watch has obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information Act from the Food and Drug Administration detailing reports of harmful reactions to the vaccination for human papillomavirus, also known as HPV.
"The adverse-reaction reports detail 26 new deaths reported between Sept. 1, 2010, and Sept. 15, 2011, as well as incidents of seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short-term memory loss and Guillain-Barré Syndrome," Judicial Watch said.
Haitians have suffered the worst cholera outbreak in the world as a direct result of fouled water. The originating cause is well documented, even specifying the UN peacekeeping troups whose sanitation was so poor that water was widely polluted. The obvious cure is to stop the pollution of drinking water.
So, what does the United Nations want to do? Vaccinate! Haiti is a country that had absolutely no cholera until struck by a devastating earthquake that disrupted the people’s usual ready access to clean water and basic sanitation. So, rather than trying to resolve the real problem, lack of clean water, which would return people to health—or at least stop the cholera—the UN wants to press vaccinations on them.
In late 2004 Biochemist Scientist Brian Hooker PhD had had enough. He'd been looking, carefully, through the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s so-called "Evidence" that Thimerosal was "Safe and Effective" as a preservative in vaccines. Having read all of the then available CDC studies making that claim, he, as a PhD Scientist, couldn't help but shake his head "NO." To him, none of the purported proof was anywhere near being scientifically adequate. Far from it.
So, like any math teacher would do to a student he began to communicate to the CDC his questions. In essence he was saying "Show me your work. Show me how you came up with these answers" - a reasonable question series among scientists, teachers and students, and frankly, the population of Planet Earth.
What was CDC's response? STONEWALL - a six year knock-down, drag-out brawl to get that information. Brian Hooker would not let up. Neither would the CDC...
Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals for promoting their drugs. But 12 companies have begun publicizing the information, some because of legal settlements. ProPublica pulled their disclosures into a database so patients can search for their doctor. Accepting payments isn’t necessarily wrong, but it can raise ethical issues.
... a number of parents and some researchers have for some time pointed to an association between various vaccines and sudden infant death. The research in the medical literature has been all over the map, some studies finding increased risk some no risk and some a protective effect. There have been some very recent disturbing articles in the peer reviewed literature concerning a widely used hexavalent vaccine and sudden infant death syndrome, which I thought it would only be responsible to share with readers.
A new report suggests that 97 percent of Americans are exposed to cell phone radiation levels well above the Federal Communications Commission limit.
The FCC underestimates the amount of radiation that people who carry cell phones are exposed to, according to the a study published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine.
"The standard for cell phones has been developed based on old science and old models and old assumptions about how we use cell phones and that's why they need to change," said Devra Lee Davis of the Environmental Health Trust.
I rather liked this part:
"I'm doing a comic called ADD, the original idea was: what if attention deficit disorder was not a bug but rather a feature, an adaptive strategy to a world where people are trying to program you everywhere you look."
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