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Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Flu Vaccine Recall │ U.S. Government's "Safety Concerns" on Homeopathy │ Milk as a Source of Brain-Protecting Glutathione?

It was a reasonably pleasant evening last night, catching up on episodes of three different T.V. series  that I generally am unable to watch during the week:  Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. because they are on at 10:00 p.m., and I don't watch an hour's worth of T.V. after 10:00; and Arrow because it competes with something else that I normally watch.

Of course, I had to nurse the three cans of beer (8% alcohol) that I feel forced to limit myself to.  Fortunately, the shows were essentially commercial-free, so they were considerably under an hour's duration apiece.  I watched them via Shaw Cable's 'On Demand' feature ─ T.V. programmes are free to view.

It was no later than about 11:45 p.m. when I got to bed; and my sleep was good until that first break around 4:25 a.m.  Though it was intermittent after that, I think I still managed to remain in bed until about 8:10 a.m.

It's with a twinge of regret and loss that Mother's Day arrives even for those of us who no longer have a living mother.  And mine's birthday was May 6, so I have been undergoing a lengthier period of reflection than most people might.

I had in mind an excursion to Save-On-Foods about 1¼ miles distant from here to do some shopping this morning, but I got a later departure than I intended ─ as often happens, I became embroiled in putting together a new post at one of my six hosted websites.

It is for my Thai-Iceland website.  I won't be publishing the post until tomorrow, though.

Anyway, it was somewhere between 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. when I set off on that walk to do my shopping.

The day was very warm, although the sky rather hazed over ─ little direct burning sunshine.

(It was only while preparing my day's second mug of instant coffee/cocoa powder blend a short while ago that I realized that I had forgotten to purchase one of the items I intended to stock up on ─ more cocoa powder.)

After arriving home from that excursion, I spent over 20 minutes out in the backyard in just my shorts.  I could have enjoyed much more time, but I thought that it would be nice to tackle a post here exceptionally early for once.

I see that the season finale of Once Upon a Time is two hours tonight, so that's what I'll have tuned in from 8:00 p.m. this evening ─ beer time!

I love that scar on the upper lip of the actress who plays 'Regina' on this series.  When Regina is playing the good version of herself, she's actually my favourite character!

Lana Parrilla (The Evil Queen a.k.a. Regina Mills): Wikimedia.org
 
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Reports on vaccines like the one I am about to post have no logic ─ why are our governments so damned stupid, and invested with such little concern for their citizenry?

The Health Sciences Institute (HSI) came out with this about three days ago:
A drug company trying to recall a vaccine after you've been injected is an awful lot like a barber trying to recall a haircut.

He can apologize all he wants -- but the damage is pretty much done.

But in the history of useless vaccine recalls, it looks like GlaxoSmithKline has climbed the mountain and planted its flag on top.

Because it just recalled a version its four-in-one FluLaval vaccine, admitting it may not work. But, of course, GSK waited until flu season was over -- and FluLaval was already coursing through your veins -- to make the announcement.

GSK claims it's recalling 1.7 million doses of FluLaval packaged in pre-filled syringes. But if you read the fine print, GSK admits it's not sure how many -- if any -- of these doses are still left.

They sold those doses (and cashed the checks) up to three and a half months before announcing the recall.

Did it really take GSK three and a half months -- right until the end of flu season -- to figure out the vaccine wasn't working and shouldn't be sold?

Well, the company learned about the problem during a lab experiment that it seemingly could have conducted at any time. And just last year, the FDA sent a letter warning that the plant where FluLaval was produced had water quality, contamination and other issues that could affect the vaccines.

Sounds like everyone knew there could be a problem -- except the millions of poor souls who had FluLaval jabbed into their arms.

Is there any better business to be in than making flu vaccines?

Drugmakers don't have to come up with a product that works. They get free marketing from the government. And when flu vaccines fail 82 percent of the time -- as they did this year -- nobody is held responsible.

Our government doesn't hold companies like GSK accountable, but you and I can. You can start next year, by keeping those sleeves rolled all the way down.
The report speaks of a U.S. recall, I am supposing; what of Canada where I live?  

This specific vaccine is trademarked here as FluLaval® Tetra ─  its generic name is apparently Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Split Virion, Inactivated).

But it all matters naught to me ─ I am not feeble-witted enough to accept a flu shot of any description.

About five days ago, the Health Sciences Institute (HSI) reported how the U.S. government was deliberating on whether to be more restrictive where homeopathy was concerned ─ I included the HSI report in my post on May 8.

I now see that on May 8, Dr. William Campbell Douglass II also published some criticism concerning the threat to homeopathy:

Beware the FDAs hidden agenda to hogtie homeopathy
Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. But make a safer and more effective remedy, and you'll find someone else beating at your door: an FDA goon squad ready to shut you down!

The feds have a long history of coming down fast and hard on anyone who upends the status quo. And now, they're getting ready to bring the hammer down on homeopathy.

Millions of Americans have found out first-hand that natural homeopathic remedies are better, cheaper, safer and more effective than Big Pharma's overpriced snake oil -- and if you don't think that's driving them bonkers in D.C., just take a look at what happened at the FDA offices last month.

They spent TWO FULL DAYS publicly wringing their greasy little hands over homeopathy, holding a series of meetings they claimed were triggered by "safety concerns."

That news alone triggered my BS meter -- because while I've heard plenty about homeopathy, pro and con, the one thing nearly everyone agrees on is that the remedies are as safe as mother's milk.

As it turns out, the stuffed suits at the FDA had to dredge up something that happened SIX YEARS AGO to illustrate their "safety concerns."

Back in 2009, some folks who took the Zicam cold remedy lost their sense of smell -- but get this: The Zicam formula sold at the time was NOT a true homeopathic remedy in ANY sense of the word.

Homeopathic remedies are heavily diluted – which is why critics try to argue that they're mostly water.

The Zicam formula sold at the time was 10 percent zinc. That's not homeopathy -- that's a zinc supplement, and a very potent one at that. Regulating homeopathy over the Zicam incident would be like regulating airplanes over a boating accident.

Yet that's exactly what the feds are up to.

They want you to believe homeopathy is some kind of Wild West and they need a badge to bring order. But this is just another blatant D.C. powergrab, because the feds ALREADY have all the power they need to ensure the safety of homeopathic remedies.

Don't believe me? There's a lengthy document on the FDA's own website that spells out all the rules that makers of homeopathic remedies must follow.

So don't fall for FDA fear-mongering. Homeopathic remedies won't work for everything, but they WILL work for many things -- and if you think you could benefit, go ahead and give them a try (while you still can!).
Also on May 8, Dr. Douglass reported on an interesting milk-drinking study that revealed how levels of the antioxidant glutathione were much greater in the brains of those who consumed lots of milk than in those who did not.  The target population were seniors ─ folks whose brains need all of the antioxidant help possible. 

I located the study, but only the abstract or summary is available to the general public without payment of a fee:  Dairy intake is associated with brain glutathione concentration in older adults (doi: 10.3945/​ajcn.114.096701).
 
Here's Dr. Douglass' take on the study:

Can moo juice banish senior moments? Only if you drink the right kind
Milk might do a body good, but it does a brain even better -- because a key component of farm-fresh moo juice has the power to fight oxidative stress in your noggin and keep dementia at bay.

But don't head out to Sam's Club to stock up on giant jugs of milk just yet, because there's a HUGE catch here, which I'll get to in a moment.

First, a groundbreaking new study finds that milk drinkers have higher levels of glutathione in the brain. The more you drink, the higher your levels, according to brain scans of 60 older adults.

If you're like most people, you've never heard of glutathione.

It's time to get acquainted, because glutathione is the "master antioxidant" that can fight off the damage of oxidative stress and free radicals -- and there's no part of your body more vulnerable to that damage than your brain.

The more oxidative stress, the more likely you can expect to battle conditions such as cognitive decline and all that comes with it, including the downward spiral that leads to Alzheimer's disease.

But as the study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows, you just might be able to prevent it by drinking more milk.

The secret's something Little Miss Muffet could tell you all about: whey. Milk has whey, and whey is rich in cysteine, an amino acid your liver converts to glutathione and sends to your brain to fight aging.

Ready for the catch? It's a doozy: Little Miss Muffet wouldn't be caught dead getting her whey from supermarket milk... because it's actually a lousy source of the stuff.

The heat-treating, nutrition-robbing, life-killing pasteurization process burns off the whey, leaving precious little behind. And the higher temperatures of the "ultra" pasteurization process used to give longer shelf lives to pricier organics wipes it out almost completely.

So if you REALLY want to boost your glutathione and protect your brain, forget what's on sale at the supermarket this week and drink only real milk -- milk so fresh you can almost hear the "moo" of the cow your "moo juice" came from.

Farm-fresh RAW milk is the best source of the amino acids your liver can convert to glutathione, and one of the best natural sources of brain-friendly fats around.

The powers-that-be have fought for years to keep this stuff away from you, but I'm happy to report that they are losing the battle -- because raw milk is more widely available now than it's been in years.

Just do a simple online search and odds are you can find a responsible raw milk producer near you.

With big moos for your brain,

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
I sure do wish that I had liberal access to raw milk, but I do not.  I don't think that I've tasted raw milk since back in the first half of the 1960s.

Anyway, here is another report on that study:
I have no doubt that Dr. Douglass is correct about the sort of milk required to get the prime glutathione benefit. 

In fact, the nearly useless swill generally thought of as milk ─ and which the government and milk industry do their best to force consumers to be limited to ─ has been denatured so badly that it is not even able to provide the bone-building that has long been claimed as a major benefit of milk.

But that's a whole different story ─ one I have no time nor endurance to dive into.  My eyes have about taken all of the abuse they can for today, so I am going to lie down for awhile with a bandana over them to yield some soothing darkness.
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