Monthly Archives: April 2019

Tylenol Can Cause Reduced Empathy in Users

GreenMedInfo has a consumer alert on Tylenol. Apparently Tylenol has been shown to reduce empathy.

Well, I haven’t had Tylenol for years, as well as aspirin. if I have a headache I try to drink more water. It has been my experience, and that of other people I know, that headaches are often related to dehydration. And as a pain reliever, I guess that depends on where or what the pain is. Pain is related to inflammation. So, the natural anti-inflammatories are probably more healthy to have than Tylenol. Often times, a heating pad has been helpful to me.

Ineffective, Dangerous Vaccines

An infant has died of whooping cough in Orange County, California, according to Mercola. It was the first time that someone suffering from whooping cough has died since 2007.

The article points to a study which concluded that the disease was continuing to spread among vaccinated populations. So, blaming parents who don’t want their children vaccinated is not a valid argument. I think this also applies to the MMR debate, particularly in New York City.

And also according to the article, 94% of kindergarten children have had 4 to 5 whooping cough vaccines.

Meanwhile, an article by Gary Kohls, MD, highlights some other important articles which show how aluminum and mercury in vaccines are linked to neurological disorders and autism. I know, I know, that’s been “debunked.” But not really.

Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry has a huge influence on the media and establishment medical practitioners. So speaking of “debunking,” Sharyl Attkisson has written a lengthy article on her website providing loads of information on what the news media aren’t saying about vaccine-autism studies.

The Dr. Gary Kohls article quotes from an article by Arya Vrilya. Here is a snip:

The term “immune activation” describes the activation of the cellular components of the immune system. The developing brain can be injured by immune activation, with life-long consequences (Meyer 2009, Deverman 2009, Estes 2016, neusel 2014, Careaga 2017, Meyer 2014).

Immune activation injury is linked to autism, schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses or neurodevelopmental disorders. Immune activation effects on the brain are mediated by immune system signaling molecules, especially cytokines (Estes 2016, Meyer 2014, Smith 2007, Choi 2016, Pineda 2013).

Human brain development is controlled by immune-system signals (i.e. “cytokines”). Activation of the immune system during brain development causes disruptions in these signals, resulting in permanent brain injury. The injury manifests as autism, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. Adverse vaccine reactions are proven to stimulate a cytokine (interleukin-6) proven to cause autism.

In the maternal immune activation experiments, inflammatory signaling and some cytokines (e.g. IL-6) traverse the placenta into the fetus. Consequently, immune activation in the mother causes immune activation and elevated cytokines in the fetus, and in the fetal brain (Oskvig 2012, Ghiani 2011).

Putting vaccines aside for a moment, if children were well-nourished, their immune systems would be strong and if they got whooping cough, measles or chicken pox they would recover, and they would naturally develop immunity to those diseases that would last a lifetime. That’s my view on that.

But the more I learn about how the synthetic chemicals in processed foods and prescription drugs are interfering with people’s ability to benefit from the nutrients they are actually digesting, I can see why kids are not as well nourished as they used to be. This trend has been going on for decades now. And all those vaccines are causing kids further problems now. Up to age 6, kids will have gotten 50 doses of vaccines? What is establishment medicine doing to future generations?

In my opinion, Big Pharma execs should be charged with assault when their vaccines injure and damage a child’s health. And when the government such as in New York City makes vaccines mandatory, anyone who is forcibly jamming a needle into someone’s arm against the will of the victim, that should be considered an assault, and the assailant should be charged, whether it’s a nurse, doctor, medical assistant, whatever. And kids who are going about their lives going to school or the mall without having been vaccinated or showing proof of vaccination (“Your papers, please”), and if they are harassed by officials or worse, detained against their will, the criminals should be charged with kidnapping, and so on.

Can We Reverse Recent Trends?

Besides writing about health issues and my own personal experiences, I also wanted to write about social, cultural and political issues of the day, which I have done a little bit. But those issues seem to be more and more annoying. Things are more bizarre than ever now. I am in my mid-50s and frankly, the trends need to be reversed or we’re in deep doo-doo.

I remember the 1980s when people expressed concern about President “Ronald Ray-Gun” with his finger on the button. When he claimed that he had “just signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever, we begin bombing in 5 minutes,” the Russians panicked. But Americans knew he was just joking. (Imagine if Donald Trump did that. Yikes.)

And Reagan would be hounded by the press corps and he’d refer to them as being “surrounded by the sharks.” Most often he would only take questions outside with the loud noisy helicopters waiting.

So in the 1980s there was the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages scandal, but that was a real thing that happened so it’s good that some people actually got in trouble for it. But now? The Trump-Russia thing that never was. All the hysteria over something that never happened and was in fact a set-up. As progressive journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote in response to the media hysteria on the Mueller report, there was no there there. (And I don’t like Donald Trump, except for his ability to provoke the media and other Beltway people.)

But Reagan at least had an understanding of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. No such luck with Donald Trump.

Prior to the 1980s, I remember the Vietnam War during the 1970s and fearing that that might be me having to go out there. I was in middle school when the war ended. And they ended the draft as well. Phew, that was close. (And then Jimmy Carter brought back registration for the draft. Apparently, Carter didn’t get the memo about “unalienable rights” as referred to in the aforementioned Declaration of Independence.) I remember seeing, I think, Bernard Kalb and Morley Safer actually out there on the battlefield covering the Vietnam War.

And then later in 1991 we had George H.W. Bush start a war in Iraq that then caused a lot of blowback, and more wars, violence, terrorism. So, the Reagan years were not so bad in that regard, situated between the LBJ-Nixon Vietnam War and the Bush wars from 1991 to the present. Of course, the younger Bush, Clinton, Obama and Trump never had to go to war. Yet, they became big warmongers, drone bombers, etc.

Also back in the 1970s, I remember the culture clashes that really began during the 1960s. There were the “Women’s Libbers” and bra burners, like Helen Reddy and “Hear me roar, I am woman, I am invincible,” and all that. Now we have an entire LGBT industry that is getting so extreme it is turning against itself, and against feminists like Camille Paglia. You can’t say “he” or “him” in reference to someone who actually is a biological male if said male demands to be referred to as a female. People want laws to mandate that kind of Orwellian speech authoritarianism. In fact, there are such laws in some counties.

So, that whole crowd of political correctness run amok is quite bothersome, and who knows where that’s going to go. And on the other side, we have the Donald Trump authoritarians who want draconian immigration restrictions and a police state. It seems to me that extreme nationalists don’t get the idea of “unalienable rights” as written in the Declaration of Independence, as I mentioned above.

Why is this culture stuff so important to those people? They’re wrecking our freedom in the name of “preserving our culture,” so it seems. Why can’t they look at the causes of the immigration crisis? Perhaps address the war on drugs? Prohibition causes underground markets which cause the drug trafficking, etc. And we know that prohibition hasn’t kept people from getting their damn drugs all these 60 years of the war on drugs. Duh. And perhaps address the welfare state?

Speaking of the welfare state, Donald Trump is a self-proclaimed economic nationalist. Part of economic nationalism is the scheme of taxation and redistribution, as well as heavy and intrusive regulations. So, Trump and the conservatives support the welfare state, funded by non-consensual taxation and by withholding as well. Prior to the 20th Century, America had seen the biggest rise in the standard of living during the 2nd half of the 19th Century. In that earlier era, Americans had the freedom to do whatever they wanted with all their earnings and wealth and the government didn’t take it away from them, they had the freedom to do business however they wanted without government restrictions and demands to fill out this or that form, and people had the freedom to leave and return to America without being questioned like suspects.

And that is what I have to say about all that. For now.

My Opinion of Statin Drugs: Not Good

There is an article on Mercola.com on the statin drug controversy. Here is the article’s story at a glance:

*A recent study by Duke University found nearly 25% of those who meet eligibility requirements for statin prescriptions are not offered them; some patients are declining the medications citing fear of side effects

*Lead author Dr. Marie Navar believes public fear is out of proportion to the actual risks, despite a long and impressive number of studies citing scientific evidence of the increased risks of heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes and memory loss

*The way in which statins reduce cholesterol levels, by blocking production in the liver, also impacts your vitamin K2 and CoQ10 levels, ultimately increasing your risk for health conditions associated with vitamin K2 and CoQ10 deficiency

*Your high-density lipoproteins (HDL) to cholesterol and your triglyceride to HDL ratios, as well as your ferritin and gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) levels, are better indicators of your risk of heart disease than your total cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein level

 

I think that the important information is that statin drugs have been shown to deplete vitamin K2 and CoQ10. As I mentioned here a few times, my father had an arterial blockage, two strokes and Alzheimer’s and he died last month. Given that he had taken lipitor, a statin drug, and based on the study I saw, I believe that his arterial blockage was caused by the drug because apparently statin drugs deplete vitamin K2, which is important in efficient calcium distribution. Depleted vitamin K2 causes calcium maldistribution. That is, instead of calcium getting to the bones where we need it (thanks to vitamin K2), calcium gets into the arteries and heart, where we don’t want it. Thus, vitamin k2 deficiency can lead to calcifications that can lead to heart disease or strokes.

Measles, Mumps Vaccines Ineffective? Giving People Measles or Mumps?

There is a lengthy and informative article on Health Impact News on the vaccine controversy, the ineffectiveness of the MMR and whooping cough vaccines, and in fact how the MMR vaccine may be causing people to get the measles or the mumps. The article also notes that the media are not covering the much larger mumps outbreaks that are being experienced by vaccinated people. It may be that media are not reporting on that because Merck, who makes the MMR vaccine, has been in court defending itself against whistleblowers claiming that Merck has been lying about the vaccine’s effectiveness.

Frankly, I don’t understand all the hysteria now with people who don’t want their kids vaccinated, especially with the MMR. Those are the informed parents, and then there are the ones who are uninformed (and propagandized and bamboozled), who are hysterical. You would think that in the 21st Century “modern” people wouldn’t act like in the old “witch hunt” days, like some people are now in their angry, ignorant tirades against “anti-vaxxers”. But greedy Big Pharma seems to have a lot of control over the medical establishment and Big Media.

There Is No Depression Gene. Who Knew?

An article on Natural Blaze by Mae Chan explains a new study by researchers at University of Colorado, Boulder, which finds that there isn’t a “depression gene,” a genetic predisposition to have clinical depression, and that previous studies had only found “false positives.”

I guess it’s back to the old drawing board for the pharmaceutical companies that have been pushing antidepressants (a.k.a. psychiatric poison) on people who probably weren’t suffering from clinical depression but may have been suffering an extremely unhappy time. While not mentioned in the article, in many cases the antidepressant drugs can make people more depressed and actually give them depression and suicidal thoughts!

Summary of Post on My Medical Ordeal with Bad Doctors and Prescription Drugs

My post on my ordeal with doctors, their bad advice and bad prescription drugs is not the easiest read ever. But if you have, or know someone who has, issues in the lower digestive area, then that post should be informative. One thing I maybe should have done was provide a summary of the post at the top and then be more specific throughout the rest of the post.

So, I will post this new summary here in this post, and add it as an update to that post.

  • It was an ordeal from 1999-2008. Diagnosis of ulcerative colitis (UC), or inflammatory bowel, with bleeding BMs.
  • Primary doctor advised that I eat whole wheat and bran to gain weight. (But people with UC shouldn’t eat whole wheat and bran which are irritants to the colon.)
  • Primary doctor had me have an upper GI series, in which the barium caused a return of pylorospasm (spastic pyloris) that caused further aggravation.
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory Asacol caused swelling in legs, feet and ankles, could hardly walk.
  • Switched to sulfasalazine. A colonoscopy doctor advised to increase sulfasalazine in 2001, and a different colonoscopy doctor advised in 2005 to increase it further. Based on an unusually high blood pressure reading at a physical, my research and conclusion were that the 2005-2006 increased sulfasalazine caused depletion of potassium which contributes to higher blood pressure. Reducing sulfasalazine resulted in lower, more normal blood pressure.
  • 2007-08 and onward I emphasized nutritional medicine and supplements. Were issues with fish oil/omega 3, and drinking Ensure for a long period. The biggest help since 2005 in my experience has been the acidophilus probiotic supplement.
  • 2008 colonoscopy the two GI doctors were “not sure” about “regenerative glands with neutrophils” and suggested another colonoscopy in just 6 months. My conclusion was that they were “FOS,” so I didn’t have that. Colonoscopies are very stressful! I had them in 2001, 2005, 2007, and 2008. There were polyps in 2001, but none in any of the subsequent colonoscopies. And I learned that “regenerative glands with neutrophils” meant that the colon tissue was healing after those initial years of inflammation.
  • In the lengthy post I also mention some of the foods I have, some of which have anti-inflammatory properties.

What I’ve Learned about Magnesium So Far

Not to be too obsessed with magnesium, but I wanted to list the things I have learned so far about magnesium and magnesium supplements. As I have stated here before, I can’t have most vegetables or nuts, which are important sources of magnesium. So, I have to take magnesium supplements to get my magnesium. But I have sure learned quite a bit now about these *$#@%&%@! supplements.

And here are some of those things:

  1. Magnesium is important for muscles, nerves and joints. That is why, if you can’t have vegetables or nuts, supplementing is a good idea.
  2. Some magnesium supplements contain magnesium oxide, which is not very bioavailable, and it is best for those who want to use magnesium as a laxative. (If a supplement product claims to be good for your muscles, nerves and joints, but its main ingredient is magnesium oxide, then I think they are being dishonest, and I call that product “cheap crap.”)
  3. Some supplements are sensitive to hot and humid weather. At least that was my conclusion last Summer with my magnesium citrate that was or seemed less effective. When it was less effective, it seems to be then acting more as a laxative. That’s been my own personal experience.
  4. Magnesium citrate and magnesium glycinate are quite bioavailable, although the glycinate is more so, and the citrate can be used as a laxative. There are other forms of magnesium in supplements that I haven’t had.
  5. Magnesium supplements can interact with other mineral or vitamin supplements. Too much supplemental magnesium can affect calcium and vitamin D levels (and maybe vice versa). There might also be a magnesium-iron interaction. I’m not sure, because some things have said to separate the magnesium from the iron and other things say to combine them. I take my first magnesium pill at breakfast with my zinc, and my 2nd magnesium at dinner. And I take my multivitamin that contains 100% daily iron with my mid-day meal. I did see that iron should be separated from vitamin E and zinc. Here is something from Labdoor, and something from ConsumerLab. Unfortunately, there is some conflicting information on the Internet.
  6. Too much magnesium being absorbed can cause dehydration and headaches. Especially if you are not used to taking magnesium supplements, in which case it is recommended to take a small amount at first (like one pill rather than two per day) and gradually increase it.
  7. Many magnesium supplements have been shown to be too high in arsenic and lead. Check them on Labdoor.com and ConsumerLab.com. But the label can indicate that it is probably safer. For example, “GMP” stands for “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and “USP” stands for “United States Pharmacopeia” that means it has passed actual tests for quality and purity, as I wrote here.
  8. And other magnesium supplements seem to contain other ingredients that you may not want, as I wrote here.

A Study on the Possible Dangers of Mammograms

In more recent years I have become aware of “Big Cancer” and how the whole cancer industry can go overboard in its zeal to over-screen people, exposing healthy people to needless radiation and/or with harmful drugs unnecessarily and because of false positives or otherwise being unwilling to try less harmful treatments. (In other words, the Big Cancer industry makes the drug companies and hospitals a lot of moolah.)

Sayer Ji of GreenMedInfo has a new article discussing these important issues, the “hidden dangers” of mammograms that people need to know. He discusses the psychosocial consequences of false positives in screening and false diagnoses, and the risks of low-energy X-rays.

My aunt Louise (not her real name) died in 2008 of breast cancer. She had that previously maybe in the early 2000s and she had the usual conventional establishment-medicine treatments, and got rid of it. Then the cancer returned in 2008 and she died, in her late 60s. I don’t know for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she had had regular mammograms leading up to getting the cancer in the early 2000s, because she didn’t drink or smoke or do drugs, and I believe she was even a healthy eater.

UPDATE: Now, this is not to say that one ought not get a screening for breast cancer, especially if one notices an abnormality. I just wanted to clarify this. Perhaps there are alternative kinds of tests to have (such as thermography or ultrasound, for instance)? But, if one has had a screening such as a mammogram screening and has been given the all clear, then it probably isn’t necessary to have a subsequent test after that, especially if you take care of yourself. The problem is the cumulative radiological effects of yearly mammograms or even every 10 years.

Researchers Plant Malware in MRI Equipment to Cause False Diagnoses

I’m going to try to write posts here more often, if I can. There have been quite a lot of interesting stories in the news recently that need to be covered. And I also want to continue to write about my personal experiences, especially in the health area.

In the personal area, I don’t want to over-emphasize the magnesium stuff, but it really has been quite a thing with me for the past maybe 4 years or so. I think I will do a point by point summary of what I’ve learned about magnesium and magnesium supplements over the past few years. And also, I have reviewed my recent major post on my experiences with bad doctors and their bad advice and the bad pharmaceutical drugs during the 2000s, and, well, it may be necessary to add a summary of the main points at the top or at the end of that post, and/or do a separate post summarizing all that. It is quite lengthy and covers a lot of events.

In the meantime, I heard this story on the radio, and it was quite shocking. When googling for it, hardly any news outlets seem to have it, although this one from the trade publication for medical device makers “Mass Device” has it. That article does link to a Washington Post article on the story.

The story is that researchers in Israel tested malware in a hospital to intentionally alter MRI images to get radiologists to misdiagnose a cancer or tumor, either with a false positive or a false negative. And it appears that in many cases, the malware actually did just that.

I have a feeling that news media outlets do not seem to be covering this story because of the questionable ethics involved in the carrying out of the study. But the conclusion that MRI testing is vulnerable to malware and that steps need to be taken to prevent false diagnoses, is an important conclusion to be discussed.

Follow-Up on Magnesium Supplements Post

Well, I feel that I have to write another post on magnesium supplements, as a follow-up on my previous post. Sorry if I’m sounding like a broken record.

I had been taking the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate but it seems to have been less effective again, so because, supposedly, magnesium glycinate is even more effective in absorption and bioavailability, I decided to give the glycinate a try again.

As I had written before, I had the KAL magnesium glycinate, but I didn’t like certain side effects, and the Labdoor review of that gave it a low grade for purity. So I have been taking the WFM 365 magnesium glycinate. But that’s causing some sort of side effects as well now, including having laxative effects, which I don’t want. It’s not supposed to do that.

The 365 magnesium glycinate has “GMP” on the label which means “Good Manufacturing Practices,” but it isn’t poof of passing any actual testing. However, if something has “USP” on the label then that stands for “United States Pharmacopeia,” and means it has passed actual tests for quality and purity. For example, the Nature Made magnesium citrate has that  “USP Dietary Supplement Verified” on its label.

The WFM 365 magnesium glycinate is 3 tablets per serving, that adds up to 400 mg of magnesium. So I assume that’s 133 mg per tablet. So, that compares to the KAL magnesium glycinate at only 2 tablets adding up to 400 mg of magnesium.

Hmmm, I guess with the 365 that’s like saying the equivalent of one of those 3 tablets is all filler? (i.e. those “other ingredients,” microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, hypromellose, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, and the notorious silicon dioxide.) Why is this?

So, I got a new bottle of the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate with a new expiration date (and it has been my experience that the newer date has been better). So I’ll be taking that again. And I might also try that Nature Made mentioned above that has “USP” on the label. I see online that the other Nature Made magnesium products do NOT have “USP” on the label, and Labdoor reviews two of those, both of which have a high grade for label accuracy and nutritional value, but a terrible, low grade for purity and safety. (However, for the Nature Made magnesium citrate, 2 softgels is one serving at 250 mg. It also contains “medium chain triglycerides.” That could have a negative effect on my digestive issues.)

But this is very frustrating, because I can’t have those important vegetables for magnesium for muscles, nerves, and joint health. I do have a baked potato for dinner without skin. I believe the insides of the potato is half soluble and half insoluble fiber, but it hasn’t been a problem. If only there were some other vegetable I could have that’s high in magnesium but low in insoluble fiber. I do get some magnesium from my beloved carrot juice, but not enough per day, though.

And I’m not going to order supplements online and have them delivered. I have to get it in a store. That’s my own self-imposed limitations and refusal to risk getting things online that I will be ingesting internally.

More Issues with Magnesium Supplements

I’ve written about my supplements here plenty of times now, especially magnesium. Just to summarize, because of my UC I can’t have most vegetables, so to get adequate amounts of magnesium, zinc, K2, etc, I take supplements.

Before 2015 I had been drinking Ensure, mainly for the extra calories. But Ensure contains vitamins and minerals as well. When I reduced the Ensure to just 1 (8 oz.) bottle per day in January 2015, I then started to have a muscle weakening issue, especially in the arms. So I learned that it was probably due to magnesium deficiency, and I concluded that it was because I was used to the magnesium that the Ensure provides (for a while I was taking 4 per day). At that time I got my first magnesium supplement. By late March it was getting a lot better.

However, at various times between 2016-18 I was having issues, and it may very well have been because perhaps the magnesium supplement wasn’t as good as it was initially, or the hot and humid weather was affecting the supplement.

Early last year I found the Bluebonnet magnesium citrate, which by April of last year it was working very well, and maybe even was too much. Supposedly magnesium citrate has a high bioavailability and absorption, as does magnesium glycinate. But I have also learned that the citrate isn’t as bioavailable as the glycinate and that the citrate can be used as a laxative. So it’s been my experience that if the magnesium citrate is not as effective for my muscles, coincidingly it has been having a somewhat more laxative effect, which I don’t want.

So most recently, I have been having issues again, and the magnesium citrate just doesn’t seem to be working as well as it was in April-May of last year. I DON’T want anything that’s going to act as a laxative!

So, I’m in the process of switching back to magnesium glycinate. A few times I had had the KAL magnesium glycinate, but there was something about it that seemed not right. Online the product testing agency Labdoor gave the KAL a low mark for purity and ingredient safety. At least the 365 brand of the magnesium glycinate has “GMP” on the label that other products don’t have. That stands for “Good Manufacturing Practice.”

Another issue is that I won’t order any of those kinds of supplements online or have something like that delivered here. I just don’t trust the safety of getting those kinds of things that way, so I’m limiting myself to what I’m able to find at various stores here.