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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

CDC Admits FluMist Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Ineffective │ Modified Paleo Diet Best for Weight-Loss │ Probiotics Essential When Taking Antibiotics

The time I have been taking to water the plants in our front yard at night after I've turned off the T.V. seems to be delaying my bedtime ─ it was 12:03 a.m. when I was into 'the sack' last night.

A bathroom break at 4:28 a.m.

And then I think that it was something like 7:38 a.m. when I checked the time and rose for the day ─ another flawlessly sunny one.

I spent all morning finishing the post I started on Saturday at my website Siam-Longings ─ I started to become agitated to the point of emotional instability.

I put so much work into these posts for no justifiable reason ─ it is profiting me nothing, and probably ruining my health.  I cannot keep on with it.

Anyway, at least it's over with:  Thailand Area Code.

My eldest step-son Tho's car was gone when I rose this morning, so I had the relief of knowing that he had gone to work ─ I never know when he might blow off a day.

His younger brother Pote went with friends to Kelowna early Sunday morning, and is due back today.  I had my concerns that it might be sooner than later, but it looks like the latter is prevailing.

And thus I was able to get in over an hour of sunning on the backyard sundeck early in the afternoon without the disturbance of his homecoming.

It was my intention to be home all the day, but tomorrow and Friday I hope to get out on shopping expeditions.


I've never been 'inoculated' with any sort of flu vaccine, and I cannot imagine ever submitting to such a thing.

But lots of people just love making the pharmaceutical corporations richer by believing the lies and signing right up for these useless and sometimes dangerous toxins.

The U.S. government just pulled a $200 million con on millions of Americans.

The CDC has issued a warning that one of the most common flu vaccines around doesn't work.

In fact, it's about as useful as a box of rocks.

But there's one very important piece of information the CDC left out of its alert.

They've known about the problem for more than a year -- and there's only one reason they waited until after flu season to clue everybody in.

With summer here, the flu -- and the flu vaccine, for that matter -- may be the furthest things from your mind.

And, trust me, that's exactly what the CDC is hoping. Because the admission they just made is the kind of thing they wanted to do as quietly as possible.

Turns out that one of the CDC's most sacred of sacred cows -- the FluMist nasal spray flu vaccine -- doesn't stop flu.

Gee, it certainly took them long enough to figure that one out. Because I told you that very same thing around a year-and-a-half ago!

Late in 2014 I discovered three, yes three, studies showing that FluMist was a dud. And one of those came right from AstraZeneca, the company that makes the vaccine.

Not only did the CDC know full well about this research, but another one of those studies came from the agency itself. All I heard at the time was that CDC personnel were "sitting around, scratching their heads."

Well, I'm scratching my head, too. I mean it's unbelievable that they just got around to telling us this.

And, trust me, there's only one reason for it. Our government spends a fortune stockpiling and promoting flu vaccines -- and they weren't about to do anything to harm sales during flu season.

That's absolutely outrageous. And it's another reason why we shouldn't trust a word from the government as far as flu vaccines are concerned.

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is now saying we shouldn't bother with FluMist, which is approved for people between the ages of 2 and 49. Of course, that doesn't help all the people who already got it.

As you can imagine, AstraZeneca wasted no time in issuing a press release saying that it still believes the vaccine is effective and it's "working with the CDC to better understand its data." Also, that it's going to take an "inventory write-down" of around $80 million because of this.

But don't expect this news to put a dimmer switch on the flu-shot frenzy that will be coming around again this fall. As I've said, the vaccine business (flu shots especially), is a great one to be in.

You don't have to guarantee your product works, the feds will help you sell it, and you have absolutely no liability when it harms someone. That's why AstraZeneca made $200 million on FluMist last year alone.

Nice work if you can get it!

But seriously, flu shots, whether they go up your nose or are injected into your arm, come with a whole host of side effects that drugmakers and their minions at the CDC would prefer you never heard about.

Take, for example, the Fluzone High-Dose shot being pitched to seniors.

After being approved by the FDA, the manufacturer reported side effects such as low platelet counts, enlarged lymph nodes, life-threatening allergic reactions, extreme shoulder pain and paralysis, Guillain-Barre syndrome and convulsions.

And to top it all off, several years ago, a large analysis of studies done over four decades found that when influenza was confirmed, flu shots only "provide moderate protection" at best.

Look, we know that a flu vaccine doesn't have to work for the mainstream to push it. So for all we know FluMist may circle back around later this year as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

The bottom line regarding the flu is to do all you can to keep your immune system in tip-top shape. Wash your hands frequently, take a probiotic, and load up on zinc.

And remember that, when it comes to flu vaccines, lots of times we don't learn that they're lemons until it's too late.


Want to lose weight while enjoying your food, and not feel hungry?

Don't fall for the lamestream media hype machine, my friend!

The big, ugly headlines claim a back-to-basics diet of all-natural foods will leave you with crippling nutritional deficiencies.

But that's a load of you-know-what.

Fact is, you CAN follow a natural diet of zero processed foods and plenty of fresh meat and STILL get all your nutrients.

And when you do, you'll lose weight faster... feel better sooner... and get healthier than you've been in years.

The study being used to trash the diet even proves it, too!

In just four weeks, women on a Paleo diet dropped nearly 5 percent of their entire body weight, shedding an average of seven pounds.

That's not a diet. That's practically a miracle, especially when you compare it to the pitiful results seen in women forced to choke back bunny chow on a low-fat diet.

They dropped a little more than half a pound a week, or just 2.6 pounds after four weeks.

Paleo dieters lost weight at nearly TRIPLE the rate -- and unlike the mainstream dieters, who no doubt hated every meal, you can bet the ones who went Paleo loved every minute of it.

After all, this high-fat diet with zero processed junk allows all the foods you've been told to avoid, including steak and chops.

This study is a HUGE win for the all-natural Paleo diet... but you wouldn't know it from the dopey media coverage!

Instead of celebrating a highly effective way to lose weight, they're bellyaching that the study found folks who follow this diet suffer "major" nutritional deficiencies.

Just one problem: The study actually found no such thing.

The media is focusing on the fact that women on the Paleo diet got less thiamin, riboflavin, and calcium than gals on the standard diet.

But their thiamin and riboflavin levels were actually right in the ballpark of where they should be. The only one that truly fell short was calcium, as the women got less than half of what they need -- and that's because of the one big, glaring and easily correctible flaw in the Paleo diet.

No dairy!

The Paleo diet is extremely strict on this. No milk, no cheese. And that's why I say "no way" to a true Paleo diet.

But you can fix this -- because there's absolutely no reason [to] avoid dairy.

The low-carb diet you've read about here in the Daily Dose is close to the Paleo diet -- but it's not as strict, so it's easier to follow. And because it allows all the fresh dairy you want, you'll get all the calcium you need.

There you go. Problem solved -- and to make sure you're covered on all your other essential nutrients, take a quality multivitamin with minerals every day.

Your Paleo pal....

Good grief!  Why shouldn't people incorporate a Paleolithic diet as the foundation, and augment it with wholesome raw dairy products?

And why stick to just lean meats?

As for the low calcium levels, just how few eggs were being consumed?

Here's another report on that study:


I hope everyone reading this is sage enough NOT to be taking antibiotics for every little complaint.

"Does this look infected to you?"

Doesn't really matter -- either way, your doc will pump you full of meds over it. Docs are dishing out antibiotics for every rash... every blister... and every cough, fart, wheeze, and sniffle.

Most docs have no clue anymore who needs the drugs and who doesn't, so they dish 'em out to everybody like the world's crummiest prize bag.

But sometimes, it doesn't just LOOK infected. It IS infected. Or maybe that hacking cough really is bacterial bronchitis.

If you're absolutely convinced you need the meds, then be sure to take the darned pills. But while you're waiting for the pharmacist to fill that scrip, do something else.

Reach into your wallet and shell out some extra scratch for a probiotic supplement... because new research shows how it can help make sure your time on the antibiotic doesn't turn into Game of Thrones.

You know the throne I'm talking about. It's the porcelain one -- the one that up to 40 percent of all antibiotic patients end up sitting on, because the drugs can cause explosive and sometimes painful (or at least painfully embarrassing) diarrhea.

In the study, supplements containing several strains of Lactobacillus cut the number of days of diarrhea by nearly a third, from an average of 3.7 down to 2.7.

And if it was a better formula with more strains, the folks might've avoided the diarrhea completely. One study a few years back even found that folks who take probiotics with their antibiotics are 42 percent less likely to get the runs.

The best blend might depend on the drug you take and the risks you face, so ask your doc if he has a specific recommendation.

For example, if you're a little older and sicker and spend a little too much time in and out of hospitals, you could face the risk of C. diff -- a bug that could give you diarrhea so severe you could literally poop to death.

Talk about a bad way to go!

But taking a combination of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum can slash the risk of C. diff diarrhea by 60 percent.

Antibiotics kill off good bacteria as well as the bad, including the ones in your probiotic -- so do two things to give them a chance to take hold and maximize your protection.

First, don't take them at the same time as the drug. If you're taking the med at 7 a.m., take the probiotic at 7 p.m.

And second, keep taking the probiotic for several weeks after the prescription has run out.

Heck, just keep taking them. Make probiotics a part of your daily routine -- because odds are, your gut could use a lift whether you're taking an antibiotic or not.

Delivering a gut-check....

And here are a couple of further reports on it:


I am going to close off now with an entry from my journal of 41 years ago when I was 25 years old, and living in a basement housekeeping unit in New Westminster.

I was into my second day at a lake in the mountains out around Chilliwack/Hope where I was camped with my younger brother Mark, his girlfriend Catherine Jeanette Gunther, a chap called Charlie Little, and Mark's wilderness-loving German shepherd Daboda.

I now don't remember the name of the lake, but I cannot help but wonder if it might not have been Eaton Lake?  Another report about that lake is here

We had almost taken some life-rafts, and definitely planned on some fishing ─ but we found ourselves above the snowline with a mostly-frozen lake.

Well, at least we brought along four bottles of alcohol!

I had a cold night, and slept under a plastic cover that I was sharing with Charlie Little ─ we were near to the campfire.
SUNDAY, June 29, 1975

...He tended it once, and come morning, I arose and soon had it going again.

My bag has no zipper, and I discovered that I was lying on the ground in the morn.

The night before we supped on wieners and buns; at breakfast, I believe we finished them and some hamburger.

It was now, of course, Sunday.  Charlie and I had had our fill of the place:  what was there to do?  At least today it was sunny.

We decided to return to the halfway creek (it was estimated that it took 6 hours for us to reach the lake) and camp.  Cathy took my only shot available (I had the only camera) of me, Mark, and Charlie with a snowy mountain in the background.

We began our hike, I in the rear, and the sole witness of another camper who, we later learned from the family of yesterday, had hiked past them at 9:00 p.m.  We met the family coming up, and after hearing of the rigors ahead, decided to forsake the trip.

We took over their creek site, and I guess they headed  home.  

We got their old fire going; all our fires were huge, mainly because we had no axe to regularize firewood.

We napped a while, then had a steak and macaroni supper.

Toward dusk, I set off with Daboda to climb; I turned back after discovering he had been lightly quilled with a half dozen or so when he became too familiar with a porcupine.  Mark pulled out the things, and no complications arose; the dog was never pleased.

Mark, Cathy, and I drank about 2½ 26ers of booze before we retired late that night; Charlie wasn't interested....
This is that old photo:

My brother Mark is at the left, I am centre, and barely discernible at the right is Charlie Little. 

I gather that Jeanette took this photo just before we headed back to the half-way creek ─ the photo was our final memento of the lake, for we never went back.

The previous day, a family of four who had tackled the trail just ahead of us called it a day at the half-way creek, and set up camp there.  We had continued on to the lake. 

So on our way back to where they were, I must have been the only one to notice a solitary camper not far from where we had been camped.

We met up with the family not too far from where they had broken camp; and hearing of the snow and treacherous footing ─ as well as the trouble we had locating the lake due to losing track of the fainter and fainter trail ─ they decided not to bother.

I have no idea now how young the two kids were.

I reckon we also told them that the lake had snow-covered ice all around its shoreline extending a fair ways out into the water ─ accessing the water to fish was impossible.

I don't really remember that incident with the porcupine.  Daboda was incredibly hardy, though.  He just wouldn't have enjoyed the quill-extractions at Mark's bare hands.

So Mark, Jeanette ("Cathy"), and I drank two-and-a-half bottles of hard liquor?  As seen here, a 26er here in Canada is a 750-millilitre bottle of booze.  Maybe a 26er once was 26 ounces...or maybe the term has always been 'wishful thinking?'

Charlie likely didn't drink because he had sat up most of Friday night drinking at my maternal Aunt Nell Halverson's home, and was so ill on the hike to the lake that he was throwing up.

It also turned out that we discovered him to be hauling the heaviest pack ─ by far, to our considerable surprise. 

I hope Mark and I helped with that inequality...but I just don't remember anymore.
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