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antibioticsBayer, the maker of the world’s most unsafe brands of birth control – the Yasmin line and the Mirena/Skyla IUDs, as well as a maker of neocontinid pesticides killing the bees – can now be held responsible for the rise in Autism rates over the last 30 years, as they are the makers and manufacturers of Cipro and Avelox, two of the world’s most popular fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which have recently been shown to alter DNA in ways that encourage expression of Autism related genes. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Levaquin, also a popular fluoroquinolone antibiotic, can also be held responsible for the atrocity of one in eighty-eight children being autistic, as Levaquin is also a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that does the same thing.

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Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a second generation fluoroquinolone patented in 1983 by Bayer, Levaquin (levofloxacin) is a third generation fluroquinolone patented in 1987 by Ortho-McNeil-Janssen (a division of Johnson & Johnson), and Avelox (moxifloxacin) is a fourth generation fluoroquinolone patented in 1991 by Bayer. In the 1980s the incidence of Autism was 1 per 1,000 children, today it is 1 per 88 children. The incidence of Autism has gone up hand in hand with the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

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Of course, this correlation between the introduction of fluoroquinolone antibiotics to the market and increasing rates of Autism, proves nothing. For proof, studies, experimentation and scientific exploration are needed. In September, 2013 the studies of topoisomerase inhibitors like fluoroquinolones as they relate to Autism commenced with an article in Nature entitled “Topoisomerases facilitate transcription of long genes linked to autism.”

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Lead to Autism Gene Expression

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are eukaryotic DNA gyrase (also known as topoisomerase II) and topoisomerase IV inhibitors. Topoisomerases “are integral to gene expression, as they resolve DNA supercoiling that is generated during transcription.” Here is a video describing what that means and how fluoroquinolones work –


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A 1999 study in Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis showed that fluoroquinolone antibiotics damage and destroy mitochondrial DNA. It makes sense that they would do so because mitochondria are the parts of our cells that are most closely related to bacteria.  Bacteria are destroyed by fluoroquinolone antibiotics through the unraveling of bacterial DNA and resulting apoptosis (programmed cell death). Sadly, mitochondria also suffer the same fate.

An article published in September, 2013 in Nature entitled “Topoisomerases facilitate transcription of long genes linked to autism” noted that topoisomerase inhibitors can adversely affect gene expression and, “topoisomerases facilitate the expression of a large number of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) candidate genes, including many that are long and that are thought to have large effects on ASD pathology.” Basically, drugs that effect topoisomerases, chemotherapy drugs and fluoroquinolone antibiotics (which are chemotherapy drugs) can cause Autism genes to be expressed.

The article concludes by stating that:

“Our data suggest that chemicals or genetic mutations that impair topoisomerases, and possibly other components of the transcription elongation machinery that interface with topoisomerases, have the potential to profoundly affect the expression of long ASD candidate genes. Length-dependent impairment of gene transcription, particularly in neurons and during critical periods of brain development, may thus represent a unifying cause of pathology in in many individuals with ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.”

THIS IS HUGE. It is an environmental factor, topoisomerase inhibiting chemotherapy drugs including fluoroquinolone antibiotics, that cause the expression of Autism genes.

It should be noted that the specific drug studied in “Topoisomerases facilitate transcription of long genes linked to autism” is Topotecan, not fluoroquinolones. Topotecan is a topoisomerase I inhibitor whereas fluoroquinolone atibiotics are topoisomerase II (also known as DNA gyrase) and topoisomerase IV inhibitors. Further studies need to be done to definitively show whether or not fluoroquinolones have the same adverse effects as Topotecan.

HOWEVER, the Researchers note that:

TOP2 (topoisomerase II) enzymes, (particularly TOP2B) also participate in gene transcription. We next tested whether genetic or pharmacological inhibition of TOP2 enzymes could reduce the expression of long genes. Indeed, with new experiments and by re-analyzing data from others, we found that the TOP2A/TOP2B inhibitor ICRF-193 reduced gene expression in a length-dependent manner in cultured mouse cortical neurons, embryonic stem (ES) cells and ES-cell-derived neurons. There was extensive overlap between genes affected by ICRF-193 and topotecan in cortical neurons, particularly for long genes, and the magnitudes of these effects were highly correlated. Thus, TOP1 (topoisomerase I) and TOP2 (topoisomerase II) enzymes regulate the expression of many of the same genes.

This means that topoisomerase II inhibitors, also known as DNA gyrase inhibitors, such as fluoroquinolones do the SAME THING as the topoisomerase I inhibitors studied. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics – Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox and a few more – “profoundly affect the expression of long ASD candidate genes.”

26.9 MILLION prescriptions for fluoroquinolone antibiotics were given to people in 2011 alone. Quantities of prescriptions of these DNA altering drugs have been in the millions since their rise in popularity in the 1980s.

These popular antibiotics, prescribed for sinus infections, urinary tract infections, strep throat, traveler’s diarrhea, prostate infections, etc. ALTER DNA AND NEGATIVELY INFLUENCE GENE EXPRESSION (EPI-GENETICS) AND LEAD TO THE EXPRESSION OF AUTISM GENES. Genes. DNA. Epi-genetics. The bits of information that our cells pass from one generation to the next. The damaged DNA is passed from parent to child and from that child down to their children, and so on and so on.

Gene expression, epi-genetics, is tricky because so many factors influence how genes are expressed, and it is only recently that ways of measuring and describing epi-genetics have been discovered. Neil deGrasse Tyson is probably better at explaining epi-genetics than I am, so please check out this video –

One of the research scientists who Dr. deGrasse Tyson interviews notes that, “you’re not only what you eat, (you are) potentially what your mother ate and even what your grandparents ate” to show the power of the heritability of epi-genetic markers. Dr. deGrasse Tyson and the research scientist are discussing how food can effect epi-genetic markers and influence obesity throughout generations of mice. If food can effect epi-genetics that dramatically, just imagine how dramatically a drug that is intentionally designed to interfere with and unravel mitochondrial DNA can effect human heredity. Not only can a drug that a parent (not just mothers, the DNA of fathers contributes to 50% of everyone’s genes) took influence the epi-genetics of their child, but the epi-genetics of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren can be adversely effected as well.

So, children are inheriting damaged genes, the genes that control whether or not a person is Autistic, because their parent (or even grandparent – for future generations – fluoroquinolones haven’t been around long enough to mess up multiple generations of people – yet) took an ANTIBIOTIC that messed up their mitochondrial DNA. This is absurd. Generations of humans will continue to be plagued by high autism rates, possibly indefinitely, because a certain class of antibiotics that has dangerous and severe side-effects even to those who take them directly, has damaged their mitochondrial DNA. This entire horrifying situation is Bayer’s and Johnson & Johnson’s fault and they should be held accountable to humanity in every way possible.

Let me just back-pedal a little bit and say that many women who have been severely adversely effected by fluoroquinolone antibiotics have had healthy, happy, beautiful, smart babies. Many factors go into how genes are expressed. What you eat, music, positive thoughts and words, etc. can influence how your genes are expressed. If you have taken a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, you are not doomed to have an autistic child. But it really seems shameful, horrifying actually, to increase someone’s odds of having an autistic child by encouraging the expression of autism related genes synthetically, through an unneeded and destructive antibiotic, when other, safer, non-DNA-damaging antibiotics are available.

If I can figure out that fluoroquinolones have the same effects as Topotecan, and that damaged DNA and gene expression / epi-genetics markers can be passed on from generation to generation, with my Cipro frazzled brain, you can bet that Dr. Zylka and his team of undoubtedly brilliant Scientists also realize that topoisomerase II / DNA gyrase (and topoisomerase IV) inhibitors like fluoroquinolones are leading to the expression of autism genes. I thank these Scientists for what they have uncovered and published from the bottom of my heart, and I beg of them, please have enough courage and moral fortitude to stand up for what you know to be true – that fluoroquinolone antibiotics made by Bayer and Johnson & Johnson have severely, and possibly irreversibly, damaged the human gene pool in a way that is causing children, innocent children, to be hurt. Though there is little that can be done to stop the damage from being passed down through the generations, the people who have already been hurt by Bayer and J&J deserve compensation. The children who are living with Autism deserve compensation. Bayer and J&J hurt them, they hurt humanity, and they should pay for their sins. Without the word of Scientists to back up these assertions, no justice will ever come to the families. Dr. Zylka and others… please, do what’s right.

The Dangers of Fluoroquinolones Shouldn’t be a Surprise

This coalmine is littered with dead canaries. The Scientists who designed fluoroquinolones always knew that they were topoisomerase inhibitors that unraveled bacterial DNA. They may not have known that fluoroquinolones caused the expression of Autism related genes, that’s a recent discovery, but any claims not to know that these drugs are dangerous involves a huge amount of willful ignorance. In 1998 Stephen Fried published Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs, describing his wife Diane’s severe adverse reaction to Floxin (a fluoroquinolone that is no longer popular, but is still available) that included severe CNS issues. Before and since publication of Bitter Pills, article after article, research paper after research paper has been published noting one danger of fluoroquinolones after another. Here is just a small sample of the information about the immediate dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics – http://floxiehope.com/links-resources/. So many people have been needlessly hurt by these drugs. Many of those who have been hurt have been screaming about their pain, trying to get people to listen, trying to save others from their sad fate – and their warnings have been unheeded. It is to be determined whether or not this article in Nature will change anything, whether or not people will pay attention to the canaries in the coalmine. I hope so. Regardless of whether or not the harm that has been done to human DNA is reversible, people deserve to know the truth. They deserve to know why autism rates have gone from 1 in 1,000 children in 1980 to 1 in 88 children in 2013. They deserve to be compensated for their losses. They deserve to be able to make appropriate and informed decisions regarding the drugs they take and, sadly, the reproduction choices they make.

Nalidixic Acid, the foundation of all quinolone and fluoroquinolone antibiotics was discovered in 1962 by George Lesher.  It took 51 years and indescribable damage to the human gene pool for the dangers of this DNA altering substance to be revealed.  May this be a lesson for all people intentionally altering the genes of humans, animals or plants.

Other Factors

Of course, there are some factors other than gene expression that contribute to Autism Spectrum Disorders. Sadly, many of those can also be explained by fluoroquinolone use. Direct application of fluoroquinolones (ear and eye drops that are fluoroquinolone based are commonly prescribed to children as young as 1 to treat their ear and eye infections, as opposed to the inherited exposure described above, has been shown to cause disruption of tubulin assembly, mitochondrial damage, and a cascade of interrelated brain and nervous system damage stemming from the ability of certain drugs and substances to inhibit deacetylation of histone.  All of these things have also been linked to Autism.

A Note About Vaccines

Studies have shown that, “certain individuals with a mild mitochondrial defect may be highly susceptible to mitochondrial specific toxins like the vaccine preservative thimerosal.”  Drugs that damage mitochondria, fluoroquinolones are not the only drugs that do so, combined with vaccines, can be toxic and can lead to a marked increase in oxidative stress, production of reactive oxygen species, cell death and possibly Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Adverse reactions to direct application of fluoroquinolones (again, as opposed to inherited exposure and direct application can come in the form of orally administered fluoroquinolones, ie pills, intravenously administered fluoroquinolones or topically administered fluoroquinolones, ie ear and eye drops) are often both delayed and triggered by exposure to another toxin. The 2008 lawsuit that got the Black Box Warning of tendon ruptures added to the warning label of orally and intravenously administered fluoroquinolones accepted drug reaction times of up to four months after the fluoroquinolone was taken as a reasonable time frame. Also, the warning labels for fluoroquinolones note that adverse reactions can occur several months after administration of the drug has stopped. Unfortunately, the evidence that I have for adverse reactions to fluoroquinolones being triggered by another toxin are anecdotal. However, I think that the anecdotes are illustrative. In my personal case, my adverse reaction to Cipro started a full two weeks after I had FINISHED taking the Cipro, when I started taking ibuprofen, a NSAID. Enough other people who are also suffering from fluoroquinolone toxicity also have reported adverse reactions to NSAIDs (and the warning label says, “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (but not acetyl salicylic acid) in combination of very high doses of quinolones have been shown to provoke convulsions in pre-clinical studies.” http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2013/019537s082,020780s040lbl.pdf though I did not take NSAIDs in combination with the quinolone/fluoroquinolone nor have I suffered through convulsions – yet) for me to think that the ibuprofen triggered my severe adverse reaction. The CAUSE of my adverse reaction was the Cipro that I had taken two weeks earlier. The ibuprofen was simply the trigger. It would not have been dangerous on its own. However, since Cipro had started a cellular adverse reaction in my body, the ibuprofen became dangerous to me. (It should also be noted that my adverse reaction began when I started my period and that hormones may be related to fluoroquinolone toxicity as well – again, sorry for the anecdotally based assertion.) It should be explored whether or not vaccines can TRIGGER adverse reactions to other drugs – especially drugs that damage mitochondria. If this is the case, the earlier administered drugs are the cause of the problem and the vaccines are simply the trigger – but they’re not exactly innocent either. All of these assertions should be explored further than I have the resources or expertise to do.

Tragedy

As someone who has personally been severely adversely effected by a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Cipro, which caused central, peripheral and autonomic nervous system problems as well as damage to the connective tissue throughout my body, I always suspected that the dangerous and tragic effects of fluoroquinolones were going to explode into common consciousness at some point. I hoped that it would blow up because of advocacy efforts and that it wouldn’t require a tragedy for the screams of the victims of fluoroquinolones to be noticed. I suspected that my hope was ill-founded though. I thought that a difficult to treat major infection would make its rounds and that everyone would take a fluoroquinolone – and that a large number of people would get sick so that it became undeniable what these drugs did. I imagined a scenario where a foreign leader got sick from a fluoroquinolone and had a fit over it – causing an international relations snafu. Though either of these scenarios would have involved a huge amount of sadness for the victims, they also would have involved some vindication and righteousness on my part over the fact that I KNEW and I tried to warn everyone. Not in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the tragedy caused by fluoroquinolones would be a slow-moving one and that it had been happening over my lifetime. Never would I have imagined that something as insidious and tragic as Autism was the tragedy caused by fluoroquinolones and that one in eighty-eight children would be effected. Never would I have imagined that our DNA would be so profoundly affected by these dangerous drugs that even if everything that I wished for – that their use be severely restricted and that victims of these drugs be compensated – came true, that the havoc that these drugs caused would not be stopped. I am profoundly and deeply saddened by this situation. I cannot express how much my soul aches over the fact that the victims of these drugs are children, the innocent among us, those who need our protection, the babies. They have been let down. Humanity has been let down and I cannot quit sobbing for all of our souls.

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Most Diabetic, Heart Disease & Alzheimer’s Deaths Categorized As “Covid” Deaths (UK)

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    According to professor of evidence based medicine at Oxford Dr. Carl Heneghan , who is also an emergency GP, most diabetic, heart disease & alzheimer's deaths were categorized as COVID deaths.

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    How many deaths have actually been a result of COVID? Why is this pandemic surrounded with so much controversy? Why does mainstream media fail at having appropriate conversations about 'controversial' evidence/opinions?

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 Dr. Carl Heneghan has an interesting view on the pandemic, not only is he a professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, he also works Saturday shifts as an emergency GP. This allows him to see healthcare from both the academic perspective as well as the healthcare experience, more specifically, it allows him to see COVID from both perspectives.

What Happened: In a recent article he wrote for The Spectator, he writes the following,

It’s hard to imagine, let alone measures, the side effects of lockdowns. The risk with the government’s ‘fear’ messaging is that people become so worried about burdening the NHS that they avoid seeking medical help. Or by the time they do so, it can be too late. The big rise in at-home deaths (still ongoing) points to that. You will be familiar with the Covid death toll, updated in the papers every day. But did you know that since the pandemic, we’ve had 28,200 more deaths among diabetics that we’d normally expect? That’s not the kind of figure they show on a graph at No. 10 press conference. For people with heart disease, it’s 17,100. For dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s 22,800. Most were categorised as Covid deaths: people can die with multiple conditions, so they can fall into more than one of these categories. It’s a complicated picture. But that’s the problem in assessing lockdown. you need to do a balance of risks.

Evidence-based medicine might sound like a tautology — what kind of medicine isn’t based on evidence? I’m afraid that you’d be surprised. Massive decisions are often taken on misleading, low-quality evidence. We see this all the time. In the last pandemic, the swine flu outbreak of 2009, I did some work asking why the government spent £500 million on Tamiflu: then hailed as a wonder drug. In fact, it proved to have a very limited effect. The debate then had many of the same cast of characters as today: Jonathan Van-Tam, Neil Ferguson and others. The big difference this time is the influence of social media, whose viciousness is something to behold. It’s easy to see why academics would self-censor and stay away from the debate, especially if it means challenging a consensus.

This is something that’s been a concern since the beginning of the pandemic. For example, a report published during the first wave in the British Medical Journal  titled Covid-19: “Staggering number” of extra deaths in community is not explained by covid-19″ has suggested that quarantine measures in the United Kingdom, as a result of the new coronavirus, may have already killed more UK seniors than the coronavirus has during the months of April and May.

According to the data, COVID-19, at the time of publication, only accounted for 10,000 of the 30,000 excess deaths that have been recorded in senior care facilities during the height of the pandemic. The article quotes British Health officials stating that these unexplained deaths may have occurred because quarantine measures have prevented seniors from accessing the health care that they need.

Fast forward to more recent research regarding lockdowns, and these concerns have grown. Professor Anna-Mia Ekström and Professor Stefan Swartling Peterson have gone through the data from UNICEF and UNAIDS, and came to the conclusion that at least as many people have died as a result of the restrictions to fight COVID as have died of COVID. You can read more about that here.

These are just a few of many examples. You can read more about the hypothesized “catastrophic” impacts of lockdown, here.

When it comes to what he mentions about academics shying away from debate, especially if their research goes against the grain, we’ve a seen a lot of that too. Here’s a great example you can read about from Sweden regarding zero deaths of school children during the first wave despite no masks mandates or lockdown measures. Jonas F Ludvigsson, a paediatrician at Örebro University Hospital and professor of clinical epidemiology at the Karolinska Institute is quitting his work on COVID-19 because of harassment from people who dislike what he has discovered.

Why This Is Important: Heneghan’s words are something that many people have been concerned about when it comes to the deaths that are attributed to COVID-19. How many of them are actually a result of COVID? The truth seems to be that we don’t really know. But one thing we do know is that total death toll caused by COVID doesn’t seem to be quite accurate.

That being said, we do know that people with comorbidities are more susceptible to illness and death from COVID, and that’s something to keep in mind. For people with underlying health conditions, covid, just like flu or pneumonia, can be fatal.

Ontario (Canada) Public Health has a page on their website titled “How Ontario is responding to COVID-19.” On it, they clearly state that deaths are being marked as COVID deaths and are being included in the COVID death count regardless of whether or not COVID actually contributed to or caused the death. They state the following:

Any case marked as “Fatal” is included in the deaths data. Deaths are included whether or not COVID-19 was determined to be a contributing or underlying cause of death…”

This statement from Ontario Public Health echoes statements made multiple times by Canadian public health agencies and personnel. According to Ontario Ministry Health Senior Communications Advisor Anna Miller:

As a result of how data is recorded by health units into public health information databases, the ministry is not able to accurately separate how many people died directly because of COVID versus those who died with a COVID infection.

In late June 2020, Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Public Health tweeted that:

“Individuals who have died with COVID-19, but not as a result of COVID-19 are included in the case counts for COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.”

It’s not just in Canada where we’ve seen these types of statements being made, it’s all over the world. There are multiple examples from the United States that we’ve covered since the start of the pandemic.

For example, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health stated the following during the first wave of the pandemic:

If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live and then you were also found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death, despite if you died of a clear alternative cause it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who is listed as a COVID death that doesn’t mean that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of death.

Also during the first wave, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had to announce a change to how it tallies coronavirus deaths due to complaints that it inflated the numbers.

As you can see, we’ve struggled to find an accurate way to go about tallying COVID deaths since the start, creating more fear and hysteria around total numbers that are plastered constantly in front of citizens by news stations. That being said, a lot of people who are dying of COVID do have co-morbidities as well. But as the professor says, “it’s a complicated picture” and hard to figure out, and probably something we will never figure out.

There’s been a lot of “fear mongering” by governments and mainstream media, and some believe that lockdowns and masks are simply being used as a psychological tool to keep that fear constant, which in turn makes it easier to control people and make them comply.

Meanwhile, there are a lot of experts in the field who are pointing to the fact that yes, COVID is dangerous, but it does not at all warrant the measures that are being taken, especially when the virus has a 99.95 percent survival rate for people over the age of 70. There are better ways to protect the vulnerable without creating even more chaos that lockdown measures have created, and are creating throughout this pandemic.

That said, it’s also important to note that some calls for lockdown measures are focused on stopping hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Why do some places with very restrictions see no hospital capacity issues? Why do some places with a lot of restrictions see hospital capacity issues? Why do we also see the opposite for both in some areas? These questions appear to be unanswered still. That being said. Hospitals have always been overwhelmed. This is not a new phenomenon.

The main issue here is not who is right or wrong, it’s the censorship of data, science, and opinions of experts in the field. The censorship that has occurred during this pandemic has been unprecedented.

Science is being suppressed for political and financial gain. COVID-19 has unleashed state corruption on a grand scale, and it is harmful to public health. Politicians and industry are responsible for this opportunistic embezzlement. So too are scientists and health experts. The pandemic has revealed how the medical-political complex can be manipulated in an emergency—a time when it is even more important to safeguard science. –  Dr. Kamran Abbasi, recent executive editor of the prestigious British Medical Journal (source)

This censorship alone has been an excellent catalyst for people to question what we are constantly hearing from mainstream media, government, and political scientists. Any type of information that calls into question the recommendations or the information we are receiving from our government seems to be subjected to this type of censorship. Mainstream media has done a great job at not acknowledging many aspects of this pandemic, like clinically proven treatments other than a vaccine, and therefore the masses are completely unaware of it.

Is this what we would call ethical? When trying to explain this to a friend or family member, the fact that they are not aware of these other pieces of information, because they may be avid mainstream news watchers, has them in disbelief and perhaps even sometimes labelling such assertions as a “conspiracy theory.” This Brings me to my next point.

The Takeaway: As I’ve said in a number of articles before, society is failing to have conversations about “controversial” topics and viewpoints. This is in large part due to the fact that mainstream media does such a poor job at covering these viewpoints let alone acknowledging them. The fact that big media has such a stranglehold over the minds of many is also very concerning, because we are living in a time where independent research may be more useful. There seems to be massive conflicts of interest within mainstream media, and the fact that healthy conversation and debate is being shut down by mainstream media contributes to the fact that we can’t even have normal conversations about controversial topics in our everyday lives.

Why does this happen? Why can’t we see the perspective of another? To be honest, I still sometimes struggle with this. When it comes to COVID, things clearly aren’t as black and white as they’re being made out to be, and as I’ve said many times before when things aren’t clear, and when government mandates oppose the will of so many people, it reaches a point where they become authoritarian and overreaching.

In such circumstances I believe governments should simply be making recommendations and explaining why certain actions might be important, and then leave it to the people to decide for themselves what measures they’d like to take, if any. What do you think? One thing is for certain, COVID has been a catalyst for more and more people to question the world we live in, and why we live the way that we do.

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Lebanese Hospital Becomes The World’s First To Go 100 Percent Vegan (Food)

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    A hospital in Lebanon has become the first in the world to adopt a completely vegan menu.

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    Are people aware of the physical and emotional torture the majority animals we eat go through? Are people aware that a diet free of animal products can be very beneficial for human health. Are people aware that animal agriculture is destroying Earth?

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At the beginning of March, Hayek Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon became the first hospital in the world to serve 100 percent vegan only meals. Prior to this change, patients had a choice between animal based meals and vegan meals, and included with that was information about the health benefits of choosing plant-based foods versus the dangers of consuming animal products. The hospital made the announcement via their Instagram page, stating that “Our patients will no longer wake up from surgery to be greeted with ham, cheese, milk, and eggs…the very food(s) that may have contributed to their health problems in the first place.”

When the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a group 1A carcinogenic (causes cancer) same group as tobacco and red meat as group 2A carcinogenic, then serving meat in the hospital is like serving cigarettes in a hospital. When the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) declare that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious disease comes from animals. When adopting a plant based exclusive diet has been successfully proven not only to stop the evolution of certain diseases but it can also reverse them. We then, have the moral responsibility to act upon and align our beliefs with our actions. Taking the courage to look at the elephant in in the eye.

Their various statements also point to the role that animal agriculture plays in spawning infectious diseases, citing the Centers for Disease Control’s estimate that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious diseases come from animals. “We believe it’s well about time to tackle the root cause of diseases and pandemics, not just treat symptoms,” they note.

This was a great statement. The modern day medical industry only seems to be focused on medications, and only medications that can turn a hefty profit, to treat and cure disease instead of addressing root causes. It’s good to see things changing, but a big problem remains. If a plant that grows in abundance, for example, has the potential to cure a disease, will we ever hear about it? Will the medical industry be interested in it? Probably not, but when a drug is made and patented from that plant in a specific way, that’s when we will. This is not to say that modern day medicine is useless, but today now more than ever a big problem exists, and this problem may be killing more people than it’s helping.

Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014), a Harvard professor of medicine and also a former Editor-in-Chief of NEMJ, was frustrated that “the medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it’s disgraceful.” (source)

According to Forks Over Knives,

While Hayek is the first hospital to completely purge animal products from its menu, a number of hospitals have begun offering more plant-based options in recent years. Both New York and California have enacted laws requiring hospitals to offer a plant-based option with every meal. In 2018 NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue launched the Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program to help patients transition to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.

The American Medical Association passed a resolution in 2017 calling on U.S. hospitals to provide healthful plant-based meals to promote better health in patients, staff, and visitors. The American College of Cardiology has issued similar recommendations.

In my opinion, “veganism is a very fine form of nutrition” (Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, heart surgeon), and as mentioned above, there is plenty of science to back up that statement.  I’ve written about it many times before from a health perspective.

Here’s an article that goes into more detail and science if you’re interested, it also addresses history, and how our teeth and guts are designed and more. Here’s another one regarding a study that found a strong association between eating animal protein and a premature death from all causes, including multiple cancers and type 2 diabetes.

The studies cited in that article note that meat eating is strongly associated with up to a 75 percent increased chance of early mortality, and that protein from animals may cause harm, while protein from plants may help reverse disease and have a protective effect.

There are hundreds of these studies, and the ones I cite are just a few examples.

This is obviously a very controversial topic in the eyes of many, and it’s not hard at all to find conflicting information on the subject. I am no doubt bias in my beliefs and opinions here.

One thing is for certain, the way we treat animals on this planet is extremely heartbreaking and unnecessary. Animals are separated from their families, raised for slaughter and are kept in torturous conditions on a daily basis. It’s truly unbelievable and horrific. It’s the biggest genocide and example of both physical and emotional torture the world has ever seen. I don’t think anybody can witness what really goes on in most slaughterhouses can come out not being impacted.

On top of this, animal agriculture is one of, if not the greatest contributer to environmental degradation and pollution on our planet. Animal agriculture is actually the leading cause of deforestation. Every single day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice.

Final Thoughts: At the end of the day it seems that, from a health perspective, processed meats, and other meats are no doubt harmful to human health. People can make the argument that other animal products may not be and that we are meant to consume them. People can also make the complete opposite argument. One thing that can’t be argued is, again, the torture, physical and emotional abuse that comprise the source of where animal products come from for the majority of people who eat them.

There is a big split, as with many other topics, amongst people on this issue. There are even vegan influencers who are creating splits within the ‘vegan community’ itself, which is unfortunate. I personally believe that, from a health perspective, animal products are not at all required for anybody and are again, overall, harmful to human health.

The more pressing issue, again, is the treatment of our animal brothers and sisters, and how we are constantly using and abusing them. It’s indicative of world that lacks empathy, compassion, understanding and love, as well as our inability to see ourselves in another. This can be seen in many aspects of the current human experience, be it war, human trafficking and more. That being said, it’s great to see human consciousness shifting towards a more compassionate, empathetic type of awareness. This is evident by the “vegan” movement alone, as it’s become quite large over the past few years and will continue to grow. Some of the biggest animal food producers have already gone out of business, and it’s great to see more people in the health community as well recognize that it’s a win for health, a win for environment, and most importantly, a win for the very emotional, intelligent, animals, who are similar to us in so many ways. We have so much to learn from them.

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Caloric Restriction vs. Fasting: Why One Can Result In Weight Gain While The Other Helps Burn Fat

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  • The Facts:

    In the video below, Dr. Jason Fung explains the difference between caloric restriction and sending the body into "starvation" mode compared to fasting.

  • Reflect On:

    Fasting has been used as a health intervention for thousands of years, and is being used today by doctors who are educated on the topic. Why is it completely ignored by mainstream medicine? Is it because "big pharma" can't make any money off of it?

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Some would say that the best solution to weight gain is eating right and exercising. I couldn’t agree more. Obesity is one of the deadliest problems humanity faces today, and just as important as diet and exercise is for addressing this issue, even more important are the emotional and personal reasons as to why so many people damage themselves and make themselves more prone to serious disease.

Apart from diet and exercise, initiating a proper fasting regimen can have tremendous health outcomes, especially for overweight people. It wasn’t but a decade ago when fasting to lose weight was considered unhealthy and dangerous. Today, we have a tremendous amount of science that’s been published clearly showing that fasting can be an effective health intervention for people of all body types, especially for people who are overweight and suffer from certain diseases. It’s an excellent way to help your body burn fat. Fasting has been used and is currently being used as an intervention for type two diabetes, cancer and more. Fasting has been shown to trigger stem cell regeneration, autophagy, which in turn can help clear out toxins and damaged cells, repair DNA, improve metabolism, lower blood sugar, boost brain function, reduce the risk of age related disease, lessen inflammation which improves a wide range of health issues from arthritic pain to asthma and more. It’s no wonder why so many ancient cultures from different parts of the world used fasting as medicine and as a health intervention.

As shown in the science, fasting is generally safe for everybody. This many not be true if you already have underlying health conditions or are taking certain medications. This is why it’s important to consult a health professional about it, but the issue is, the majority of health professionals are not well educated in fasting interventions. Those who have educated themselves have been treating their patients with fasting and are drawn to it due to its ability to provide so many benefits.

One of these doctors is Dr. Jason Fung, who on his blog and his YouTube channel, as well as the books he’s written provides a wealth of information and science regarding fasting. I often refer people to the work of Fung, or others like Dr. Valter Longo if they want to begin their own research about fasting. Again, there is a wealth of science and “scholarly” articles available on the subject for anybody who wants to search for it as well. It’s not heard to find.

In the video below, Fung explains why fasting is much different from caloric restriction or having your body go into “starvation mode.”  You can also check out his article, “The difference between calorie restriction and fasting” for some great information as well.

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