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French Breast Implant Founder Used Industrial Silicone & Fuel Solvents In PIP Implants Is Appealing His Sentence

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The toxic chemicals in the fraudulent shells and fillers of PIP breast Implants seep out into surrounding body tissue, migrate into body organs, can cross the placenta and can be found in breast milk.

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These toxic chemicals make women very sick and many report debilitating symptoms directly linked to silicone toxicity.  Jan Spivey and Marie Robinson Co – Founders of PIP Action Campaign

Established in 1991, French company Poly Implant Prothese (known as PIP) was found guilty of fraud in 2013, along with its founder, Jean- Claude Mas, who was sentenced to four years in jail.

To the thousands of women who were mislead into thinking these implants were produced in a ‘safe’ manner, and have since suffered immeasurably, both physically and emotionally, this four year sentence seemed like an incredible insult. When Jean-Claude was found guilty for fraud he was fined a mere 75,000 euros, and has since spent approximately 18 months in jail.

At one point in time, PIP was the third largest breast implant manufacturer in the world, producing up to 100,000 implants each year.

Not willing to spend four years in prison, Jean-Claude has asked for an appeal, and his case began last week in France, sparking outrage in the victims who are terrified they may now never see him face his crimes.

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This is Jean-Claude Mas, the founder of PIP, being charged with fraud. He was sentenced to 4 years and is now asking for an appeal.

What Was Found In PIP Implants? 

When the truth was revealed about what was in these faulty breast implants, women were horrified. Instead of using medical grade silicone, PIP elected instead to use the much cheaper industrial silicone. This type of silicone is untested and not licensed for use in the human body.

Not coincidentally, PIP implants had a 500% higher risk of leaking and or rupturing than other models on the market.

Other chemicals found in PIP implants included: Toluene * Acetone Xylene Cyclohexane Ethylbenzene *D6 * Chloroform * Dichloromethane * Ethanol * Ethyl Acetate * D4* D5*  Platinum * Caesium* Methanol * Isopropanol * 1-Butanol * Butyl * Benzophenone * di-2-ethylexyl phthalate. (source)

TÜV Rheinland, the German notified body, was responsible for ensuring that PIP implants complied with the regulations, issuing a CE certificate which tells buyers and surgeons that the implants are safe. PIP implants were then sent out into the market, where they were used in approximately 500,000 women in many countries worldwide.

Upon further investigation into the ingredients of PIP implants, it was discovered that the manufacturer had also added Baysilone (a fuel additive), as well as Silopren and Rhodorsil – both of which are used as electrical cable coatings.

PIP also made male chest, buttock, and testicle implants with their industrial silicone.

It’s important to note that these chemicals have never been tested for their effects on humans. (source).

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“It’s not a debate about cosmetic surgery …
It’s a serious health problem
Women affected by PIP implants want justice.
In silence we must live with our pain…
The anguish of the scandal
Robbed of rights, uncertainty
Fear, helplessness and loneliness.
Humiliated for defending our dignity
Here is the reality no-ones sees
that others caused.”

Pip Action Campaign

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Toulene – just one of the many concerning chemicals added to PIP implants.

Jean-Claude On What He Did

Statements by Jean-Claude Mas, Founder of PIP

Throughout the entire duration of the 2013 investigations, Jean-Claude Mas kept a provocative and scornful stance that particularly shocked the different protagonists of the case.

  • He confessed in particular during his hearing at the police that he had given the order to “hide the truth in 1993” from the German certification body TÜV.
  • He then detailed all fraud without the slightest embarrassment, and without showing any remorse, saying “I knew this gel was not approved, but I did this knowingly because the PIP gel had better value for money.”
  • Subsequently, and despite the exponential number of complainants and severity of the effects highlighted by physicians, Jean-Claude Mas continued to declare that his gel “did not pose a risk to human health.”
  • Speaking about the complainants, Jean-Claude Mas declared that, “These people are frail or are doing it for the money. I lived well at the time.” That is to say, he lived with a fixed salary of 30,000 euros a month.
  • Right from the start of the trial he explained that he did not “make anyone take any risks” and that “the PIP gel was not approved but was approvable,” adding that “toxicity wise, it’s the same” (as authorized Nusil gel). (source)

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There is 100% evidence that all cohesive silicone gel Implants, including the “new and improved” implants, “gel bleed” inside the body while still intact, exposing the body to platinum as well as 40+ toxic ingredients and heavy metals. (source) (source)

Victims Terrified This Man Will Not Pay For His Crimes

When three of the UK’s largest cosmetic surgery providers of PIP implants refused to help women, some turned to the NHS (National Health Service) instead and were able to have their PIP implants removed. But some women are still waiting and have received no help or compensation. Many are still incredibly ill and in desperate need of medical intervention.

As you can see below from these truly grotesque photos, PIP implants were often removed looking just like this. For this particular victim, both sides had severely ruptured, so the silicone had to be scraped out of her breast cavity. This woman will now also have silicone in her body that cannot ever be fully removed, since it travels throughout the body.  The red bits are scar tissue which also had to be removed. .

It is estimated that over 40,000 women in the UK received these PIP implants. You can read here how PIP implants have affected other women worldwide.

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PIP Implants – both severely ruptured. You can see videos here of surgeons at Aurora Clinics in the UK removing PIP implants. Warning, you need a pretty strong stomach to watch.

Breast Implant Manufacturers: Should Any Be Trusted?

Over the years we have heard from countless women who are saline and silicone breast implant patients and who have suffered from complications, involving both short- and long-term health conditions believed to be related to their implants. Implants rupture and leak. Implants sometimes migrate. Implants often harden and cause capsular contracture.
Nearly all will need to be replaced at some point.

Reported conditions involve local infectionsnecrosishematomaconnective tissue disorders and immune disorders like fibromyalgiarheumatoid arthritischronic fatigue syndromemultiple sclerosislupusSjogren’s syndrome and others. National Cancer Institute studies indicate that women who have breast implants are at increased risk of brain cancerlung canceremphysemapneumonia and suicide.

Although research paid for by implant companies disagrees, those findings need to be evaluated by independent researchers. And now we learn that a rare type of immune system cancer, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL), is found growing near the capsule of scar tissue around the breast implant. The risk of developing ALCL for women with implants was significantly higher than that found in women without breast implants.

From Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation – Presented to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel Review of Post-Approval Studies for Silicone Gel-Filled Breast Implants on August 30, 2011 (source)

The breast augmentation industry is worth billions. With an estimated 5-10 million women worldwide undergoing this procedure each year, it’s obvious that this industry is worth a lot of money. It is equally clear that it is not in the best interests of many of these companies for women to know how many risks and complications are involved.

By the late 90’s, approximately 400,000 USA women had filed and won a massive lawsuit with Dow Corning, who also made dangerous implants which ruptured at an alarming rate, with silicone leaking into women’s bodies, causing an untold amount of damage to their health. Some women have since died after having these implants put in.

Women Take Note: Silicone Is Found in ALL Implants On The Market Today

While much of the public may think that Dow’s case is old news and that the newer implants aren’t as dangerous, many women today who have these so-called ‘newer and safer’ implants are telling a much different story, reporting ruptures and ill health.

Women are often misguided into thinking that saline implants ‘only contain saline.’ This is false. The outer shell on all implants is made with silicone and a mix of other chemicals and heavy metals.

It’s vital to know that silicone, once it has leaked from the implants, cannot be removed from the body.

The distributor Sientra (who until recently handled the market for the ‘Silimed‘ implants, had this brand removed from the market because of “contamination fears,” where manufacturing particles such as cotton and silica were found in the implants) was also previously quite open about their findings and wrote in their own data sheet that their breast implants can cause adverse effects and complications such as:

  • Reoperation (additional surgeries)
  • Implant removal with or without replacement
  • Implant rupture
  • Capsular contracture
  • Wrinkling
  • Asymmetry
  • Implant displacement
  • Implant palpability/visibility
  • Scarring
  • Ptosis
  • Pain
  • Infection (including Toxic Shock Syndrome)
  • Hematoma
  • Seroma
  • Breast feeding difficulties
  • Calcium deposits
  • Extrusion
  • Necrosis
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Breast tissue atrophy/chest wall deformity
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Connective tissue disease (CTD)
  • CTD signs and symptoms
  • Neurological disease
  • Neurological signs and symptoms
  • Cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • Suicide
  • Changes in nipple and breast sensation
  • Potential effects on offspring. (source FDA’s website)

Read The Manufacturer’s Data Sheets

Often women do not receive true informed consent before signing up to have breast implants. I know I didn’t. At the time, back in 2007, I did not even think to question if implants could be dangerous.

In my case, my own vanity overrode my sensibility.

These warnings are quite clearly listed in many brands, however. Mentor’s data sheets, for example, are well known for their “newer, safer cohesive gel implants” that many women tout as safe.

Mentor warns about many of the possible risks and complications. If all women read this in detail before they decided yes to this operation, would they end up going ahead with the procedure?  I think many would not.

While I think it’s important that Mentor makes these risks clear, it is likely that if something were to go wrong you would then be unable to sue because you had been warned ahead of time.

Again, I urge you to be very sure you know what you could be in for before saying yes.

Safety Studies Not All Completed

Other studies that were meant to be completed to prove the safety of ‘newer and improved implants’ were not at all carried out adequately. According to the article “FDA Questions Studies Of Implant Safety,” Mentor, who make the Memory Gel implants, had lost a whopping 79% of the women involved in the study. Allergan, who make Natrelle implants, also lost 40% of their women only two years after the study began.

  • Both of these companies now have their implants used in countless breast augmentations worldwide.
  • We only have to look at the case of PIP to see that manufacturers can get away with using toxic and dangerous ingredients, at least for a while. Jean-Claude had his toxic implants on the market for approximately ten years before they were recalled.
  • If you are to ask for full ingredient listings of a certain brand, the companies do not respond to emails (give it a try yourself and see!) and they certainly do not list these important details on their websites.
  • I’ve managed to find only a short list from the FDA of what is in the shells or inside of both saline and silicone implants.

Detected Heavy Metals in Implant Shell and/or Gel:

  • Barium
  • Bromine
  • Cesium
  • Chromium
  • Germanium
  • Nickel
  • Platinum
  • Tin
  • Zirconium
  • Aluminum (source)

A Warning To Women

If you are going to have something put into your body, you need to know, and have the right to know, exactly what the device is made of.

The appeal case of Jean-Claude and other members of PIP continues and I hope to update you in the near future.

I am personally praying for justice for the women affected by these toxic implants.

Until then, please think very carefully about what you may already have in your body (even if they are not PIP implants), and if you are considering having breast implants, please do a lot more research before you make this life-changing decision that could possibly detrimentally affect your health and well-being.


Forty-seven thousand women in the UK are thought to have been exposed to non-compliant PIP implants. The PIP health fraud has affected more than 500,000 women worldwide.

In addition to suffering a shocking array of symptoms, women have genuine concerns for their children exposed during pregnancy or while breast feeding. Women have rights as patients and consumers and as victims of crime.

Many women have sustained terrible injuries, many have been traumatised, virtually all express anxiety at facing an uncertain future.

Yet they have been denied their rights to a duty of care, denied access to healthcare and treatment, their consumer rights have been undermined and their right to justice obstructed by regulatory failings and powerful industry lobbies operating in the European Union and beyond.

PIP is not just about a devious, delusional manufacturer, but a corrupted regulatory system for medical devices which is failing all women.

Jan Spivey Co-Founder of PIP Action Campaign and Survivor Of PIP 

Further research 

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAN SPIVEY, JESS LEWIS AND TRACEY AHMET

If you are alarmed by this issue, please sign this petition here:

Breast Implants – The Ticking Time Bomb

pipactioncampaign.org

Breast Implant Awareness

Dr Susan Kolbs Newsletter

Facebook Groups

facebook.com/groups/PIPAction

facebook.com/groups/TITS Committee The Implant Truth Survivors 

facebook.com/groups/breastimplantsthetickingtimebomb

Report Your PIP Implants

Experienced an adverse event you associate with your PIP?

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United Kingdom gov.uk/report-problem-medicine-medical-device

USA fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/ReportaProblem/default.htm

Australia tga.gov.au/reporting-medical-device-problems

France Report PIP implant issues here

Thank you to Sophia Lamere for assisting with the French translation.

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Cancer is Now the Leading Cause of Death

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  • The Facts:

    Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death in high-income countries, highlighting the urgent need to change the way this disease is prevented and treated.

  • Reflect On:

    Rather than being a random result of DNA mutations, it's possible that cancer could have much deeper roots that would be better targeted with natural therapies than toxicity.

This article was written by the Greenmedinfo Research Group, originally published by Greenmedinfo.com. Published here with permission. 

Cancer has dethroned heart disease to earn the nefarious title of leading cause of death in high-income and certain middle-income countries.[i] While heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death globally among adults aged 35 to 70, in high-income countries, which included Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Canada and Sweden, cancer caused twice as many deaths as heart disease.[ii]

Some middle-income countries, which included the Philippines, Iran, South Africa, Colombia, China, Brazil, Malaysia, Turkey, Poland, Argentina and Chile, also saw cancer become the leading cause of death.

While the U.S. was not included in the new analysis, research published in 2018 suggested, “the United States is in the midst of an epidemiologic transition in the leading cause of death,” moving from heart disease to cancer.[iii]

That study, too, found that cancer was quickly outpacing heart disease as the top killer, with high-income counties transitioning first. In fact, while only 21% of U.S. counties had cancer as the leading cause of death in 2003, this rose to 41% in 2015.

“The shift to cancer as the leading cause of death was greatest in the highest-income counties,” the researchers explained,[iv] echoing the current study, which also cited “a transition in the predominant causes of deaths in middle-age” in high-income countries.[v]

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“The world is witnessing a new epidemiologic transition among the different categories of noncommunicable diseases, with CVD [cardiovascular disease] no longer the leading cause of death in HIC [high-income countries],” lead author Dr. Gilles Dagenais, professor emeritus, Laval University, Quebec, Canada, said in a statement.[vi]

Why is Cancer a Top Killer?

The study suggested cancer is rising to the top because heart disease is better treated in high-income countries, saving more lives from heart disease and paving the way for cancer deaths to flourish. But perhaps a better question is why cancer continues to kill so many.

Even globally, cancer still comes in as the second leading cause of death behind heart disease, responsible for 26% of deaths worldwide.[vii] In the U.S., Americans have a 1 in 3 risk of developing cancer at some point in their lifetimes, along with a 1 in 5 risk of dying from the disease.[viii]

In early 2019, it was announced that cancer death rates in the U.S. declined 27% since 1991,[ix] a statistic that makes it seem as though we’re winning the “war on cancer.” But most of these declines can be attributed to reductions in smoking — and perhaps a limited measure of increased early detection and treatment — and are not a sign that conventional medicine’s model of surgerychemotherapy and/or radiation to treat cancer is, on the whole, working.

While death rates from certain cancer have declined, others have increased. Overall, cancer deaths in the U.S. in 2016 were similar to those in 1930[x] — despite all the “advances” in detection and treatment.

Changing the Way We Think About Cancer

It’s becoming increasingly clear that in order to conquer cancer, it’s necessary to change the way we think about it. Cancer is found in virtually all animals, suggesting it has evolutionary significance.[xi] It’s possible that cancer is an ancient survival program unmasked — even a process the body undergoes in order to survive nutrient deprivation and exposure to toxins.

Rather than being the result of an accumulation of DNA mutations that create rogue cells that multiply out of control, cancer could be cells that have flipped an epigenetic switch into survival mode in the form of a tumor. In the journal Physical Biology, researchers theorized:[xii]

“[C]ancer is an atavistic [primitive] condition that occurs when genetic or epigenetic malfunction unlocks an ancient ‘toolkit’ of pre-existing adaptations, re-establishing the dominance of an earlier layer of genes that controlled loose-knit colonies of only partially differentiated cells, similar to tumors.”

If this is true, it makes sense that conventional cancer treatments aimed to poison or “kill” the cancerous cells may only make the problem worse by creating an even more toxic environment, which could trigger the cancer to reach back into its “ancient toolkit” to find additional means of survival.

This explanation may be overly simplistic, as there are many factors that contribute to cancer, but there is evidence to suggest that natural substances and therapies that support the body’s overall health can be useful in the fight against cancer.

Nearly 1,000 Natural Substances Have Anti-Cancer Potential

GreenMedInfo has a database of 986 substances that have been researched as potential cancer prevention and treatment strategies. There are undoubtedly many more out there that have yet to be discovered. At the top of the list is curcumin, the active ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, which targets cancer stem cells while leaving normal stem cells unharmed.[xiii]

Another top contender is vitamin D, which you can get for free from adequate sun exposure. Higher vitamin D levels are not only known to lower your cancer risk but also to improve outcomes if you’ve already been diagnosed.[xiv] Fiberresveratrolsulforaphane and vitamin E — all substances you can get from your diet — also show anti-cancer promise, as does coffee, perhaps because it improves the body’s ability to efficiently repair DNA damage.[xv]

So if there was one silver lining to the news that cancer is now the leading cause of death in some countries, it would be that it’s a condition that has many promising natural avenues for prevention and treatment. Current conventional cancer treatments are failing, but that doesn’t mean cancer is unstoppable — it means it’s time to broaden our research into and usage of traditional therapies.

Many natural substances, like noni leaf,[xvi] have even been shown to work better than chemotherapy, highlighting why, if we’re going to win the war against cancer, we’re going to need to do it with nature on our side.

For more on how to naturally fight Cancer, visit the GreenMedInfo database on the subject.

Originally published: 2019-09-14

Article Updated: 2019-11-05

References

[i] The Lancet September 3, 2019

[ii] CNN September 3, 2019

[iii] Annals of Internal Medicine December 18, 2018

[iv] Annals of Internal Medicine December 18, 2018

[v] The Lancet September 3, 2019

[vi] Medscape September 3, 2019

[vii] Medscape September 3, 2019

[viii] American Cancer Society, Lifetime Risk of Developing or Dying From Cancer

[ix] CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians January 8, 2019

[x] CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians January 8, 2019

[xi] Front. Oncol., 10 January 2019

[xii] Physical Biology February 7, 2011

[xiii] Anticancer Res. 2015 Feb ;35(2):599-614.

[xiv] Br J Cancer. 2017 Mar 16. Epub 2017 Mar 16.

[xv] J Nutrigenet Nutrigenomics. 2015 ;8(4-6):174-84.

[xvi] Mol Cell Biochem. 2016 Apr 22. Epub 2016 Apr 22.


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Man Fasts For 382 Days Straight & Loses 276 Pounds

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  • The Facts:

    Angus Barbieri, a man who, in June of 1965, began a fast under medical supervision for exactly 382 days. He remained completely healthy for the duration of the fast.

  • Reflect On:

    Today, it's firmly established in scientific literature that fasting can have tremendous benefits, if done correctly. It can also be used to treat a variety of diseases. Perhaps it's not emphasized because you can't make money off of not eating?

A study published in the Post Graduate Medical Journal in 1972 brought more attention to a gentleman by the name of Angus Barbieri, a man who, in June of 1965, began a fast under medical supervision for exactly 382 days and, at the time the study was published, had since maintained his ordinary weight. In his case, “prolonged fasting had no ill effects.” Barbieri’s weight decreased from 456 to 180 pounds during the fast.

This isn’t the only example that’s available in the literature, it’s similar to an earlier patient prior to Barbieri who reduced his weight from 432 to 235 pounds during 350 days of intermittent fasting (Stewart, Fleming & Robertson, 1966). Researchers have also fasted patients for 256 days (Collison, 1967, 1971), 249 and 236 days (Thomson et al., 1966) as well as  210 days (Garnett et al., 1969; Runcie & Thomson, 1970), all of which are cited in the 1972 study.

Since the publication of this time, there are many documented examples of prolonged fasting done by highly obese people. Here’s one recent example of a man who fasted for 50 straight days, while being medically supervised and tested the whole time.

When you fast, your body switches from burning glucose, to burning fat. Fasting lowers insulin levels which allows the body to access its fat stores for energy. When you eat, food is converted into glucose and that’s what we usually burn. This is why fasting has become a therapeutic intervention for many people with type two diabetes, and more doctors, like Dr. Jason Fung, a Toronto Based nephrologist, are having great success with utilizing fasting as an appropriate and necessary health intervention. Fung has many great articles regarding the science of fasting, you can access them here if you’re interested in learning more. This article references some of the leading scientists in the field so you can learn more by looking them up as well.

The graph below depicts what happens to your protein while fasting. Interesting isn’t it? People often believe that if you fast, you will experience a tremendous amount of muscle loss during fasting, but that’s simply not true. This graph is from Kevin Hall, from the NIH in the book “Comparative Physiology of Fasting, Starvation, and Food Limitation.”

“It seems that there are always concerns about loss of muscle mass during fasting. I never get away from this question. No matter how many times I answer it, somebody always asks, “Doesn’t fasting burn your muscle?” Let me say straight up, NO.”  – source Dr. Jason Fung

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But what about Angus Barbieri? Obviously we’re not saying long term fasts for this long are healthy, obviously for many people they will probably be unhealthy and unsafe unless medically supervised. In  the 1972 study doctors measured a number of concentrations within the body. For example, plasma potassium concentrations over the first four months decreased systematically. As a result, they provided a very small daily dose that increased his potassium level. After another 10 weeks, no potassium was given, and from there on in until the end of the fast, plasma potassium levels remained normal. Cholesterol concentrations also remained around 230 mg/ 100 ml until 300 days of fasting, but increased to 370 mg/100 ml during refeeding.

Plasma magnesium levels decreased over the first few weeks of the fast but then went up and stabilized. This is interesting to note as there is nothing going into the body, yet levels still stabilized after the initial decrease.

Normal plasma magnesium concentrations, despite magnesium ‘depletion’ in muscle tissue, have been described (Drenick et al., 1969) during short-term fasting (1-3 months). The only other relevant report is a remark (Runcie & Thomson, 1970) that one patient who fasted 71 days had a normal plasma magnesium level of 2-2 mEq/l at the time when she developed latent tetany. The decrease in the plasma magnesium concentration of our patient was systematic and persistent.

Furthermore:

The excretion of sodium, potassium, calcium and inorganic phosphate decreased to low levels throughout the first 100 days, but thereafter the excretion of all four urinary constituents, as well as of magnesium, began to increase. During the subsequent 200 days sodium excretion, previously between 2 and 20 mEq daily, reached over 80 mEq/24 hr, potassium excretion increased to 30-40 mEq daily and calcium excretion increased from 10-30 mg/24 hr to 250- 280 mg/24 hr. Magnesium excretion (which was not measured during the first 100 days) reached 10 mEq/ 24 hr between Days 200-300. Phosphate excretion, which had decreased to under 200 mg/24 hr, also increased to around 800 mg/24 hr, even exceeding 1000 mg/24 hr on occasion. Peak excretions of all these constituents were seen around Day 300, after which there was a marginal decrease, but excretion remained high.

Obviously, this is an extreme fast and such fasts have only been tested on people of tremendous obesity, and it shows that people with a high body fat percentage have the ability to fast longer simply because their body has more stores to pull from.

The study concluded in 1972 that:

We have found, like Munro and colleagues (1970), that prolonged supervised therapeutic starvation of the obese patient can be a safe therapy, which is also effective if the ideal weight is reached. There is, however, likely to be occasionally a risk in some individuals, attributable to failures in different aspects of the adaptative response to fasting. Until the characteristics of these variations in response are identified, and shown to be capable of detection in their prodromal stages, extended starvation therapy must be used cautiously. In our view, unless unusual hypokalaemia is seen, potassium supplements are not mandatory. Xanthine oxidase inhibitors (or uricosuric agents) are not always necessary and could even be potentially harmful (British Medical Journal, 1971) perhaps particularly in the long-term fasting situation.

It’s almost 2020, and the literature, studies and research that’s been published since 1972 is vast. We’ve learned a lot more about it and if done correctly it can be extremely beneficial. Shot term fasting  presents minimal to no health risks, and so does long term fasting that lasts more than 24 hours, that is unless a person already has an underlying condition. That being said, it’s not easy to start. Most people are used to eating three meals plus snacks every single day, therefore they are never adapted to burning their fat stores, something that appears the human body was meant to do.

“Why is it that the normal diet is three meals a day plus snacks? It isn’t that it’s the healthiest eating pattern, now that’s my opinion but I think there is a lot of evidence to support that. There are a lot of pressures to have that eating pattern, there’s a lot of money involved. The food industry — are they going to make money from skipping breakfast like I did today? No, they’re going to lose money. If people fast, the food industry loses money. What about the pharmaceutical industries? What if people do some intermittent fasting, exercise periodically and are very healthy, is the pharmaceutical industry going to make any money on healthy people?” – Mark Mattson (source)

Fasting has also been shown to be effective as a therapeutic intervention for cancer. Fasting protects healthy cells while ‘starving’ cancer cells, it’s now being used as an intervention that’s being combined with chemotherapy. Fasting has also been shown to greatly reduce the risk of age related diseases like Parkinson’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Mark Mattson, one of the foremost researchers of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders has shown through his work that fasting can have a tremendous effect on the brain, and can even reverse the symptoms of multiple neurodegenerative disorders. You can watch his interesting TED talk here.  Scientists have also discovered strong evidence that fasting is a natural intervention for triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an entire organ or system.

Fasting has actually long been known to have an effect on the brain. Children who suffer from epileptic seizures have fewer of them when placed on caloric restriction or fasts. It is believed that fasting helps kick-start protective measures that help counteract the overexcited signals that epileptic brains often exhibit.  (source)

The list goes on and is quite long. At the end of the day if you do your research, fasting, under proper medical supervision, can have tremendous health benefits that go far beyond what’s mentioned in the paragraph above. Every single study that has looked at fasting as a therapeutic intervention for several diseases has shown nothing but positive benefits. Even studies conducted regarding caloric restriction, something completely different than fasting, have shown promising results in all animal models.

According to a review of fasting literature conducted in 2003, “Calorie restriction (CR) extends life span and retards age-related chronic diseases in a variety of species, including rats, mice, fish, flies, worms, and yeast. The mechanism or mechanisms through which this occurs are unclear.” Since this study was published, a great amount of research has been conducted from many researchers, and the mechanisms are being discovered and have become more clear. If you want to further your research, apart from the names listed above, Dr. Valter Longo and his research is another great place to start.

The body has a tremendous amount of storage, and it hangs on to what it needs during a fast, and uses up ‘bad’ things, repairs damaged cells, and more. When you fast and deplete all your glycogen, your body is going to start using fat for energy, it’s going to use damaged cells for energy, it’s basically going to use all of the bad things first, before it gets to the good thing…Your body will not burn protein, as protein is not a fuel source while fasting.

I bring this up because it’s interesting to see what the body loses and hangs on to during a fast.

The Takeaway

The truth about fasting is that it’s not dangerous at all. Intermittent fasting and short term fasting can be done by just about anybody. From what we’ve seen with regards to prolonged fasting, it’s also not very dangerous when it comes to obese people doing it under medically supervised conditions. Theoretically, based on the science alone, any relatively healthy human being should be able to do a prolonged fast without any harmful consequences.

Obviously, prolonged fasts that are not medically supervised can be very detrimental. We are obviously not recommending this and you must do a lot of research and talk to your doctor if you’re interested in fasting, before trying it. For starters, a little bit of intermittent fasting here and there is a no brainer, and not dangerous at all if you have no underlying health conditions, but everybody’s body is different.

Fasting is making a lot of noise, and has been making a lot of noise within the health community, but it’s still not appropriately taught and used by the mainstream medical industry. Why is this so? The answer is simple, you can’t make money off of fasting.

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Thousands Gather To Mark The 33rd Anniversary of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act

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Government’s gift to Pharma of liability-free vaccines puts children’s health at risk states Children’s Health Defense (CHD) Chairman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Washington, DC – Thousands of advocates for children’s health will gather Thursday at the Vaccine Injury Epidemic (VIE) Event on the National Mall to mark the 33rd anniversary of National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA). The rally on Nov. 14th will spotlight the devastating impact NCVIA has had upon the state of children’s health. While children continue to be injured by vaccines daily, vaccine makers cannot be held accountable, thereby eliminating incentive for vaccine safety.

In his remarks, RFK, Jr. will address the ramifications of NCVIA and honor those whose lives have been impacted by vaccine injury and death. “It’s time to call out Congress, the CDC, and drug companies for allowing industry profits to trump children’s health,” said Kennedy. “There is no crisis more urgent than the epidemics of chronic health conditions among our nation’s children.”

Following NCVIA’s passage creating the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the childhood vaccine market sparked a gold rush for Pharma as more vaccines for routine childhood illnesses were developed. Coterminous with the burgeoning vaccine schedule, chronic health conditions in children rose from 12% to 54%. As vaccine industry profits grew to $50 billion annually, so did diagnoses of asthmaautismADHDallergiesanxietydepressiondiabetesobsessive-compulsive disorder and auto-immune diseases.  Here are the facts:

  • An HHS-funded study found only 1% of vaccine injuries are reported.
  • Despite NVICP’s high burden of proof and two out of three claims dismissed, over $4.2 billion has been paid for claims of vaccine injury or death.
  • The vaccine-injured find NVICP to be a years-long, litigious program with no jury, discovery and precedent. While medical bills mount, the injured are up against DOJ lawyers and HHS “Special Masters” that act as judges.
  • The Department of Justice and the NVICP are accused of fraud and obstruction of justice in the Autism Omnibus Proceeding.
  • The Institute of Medicine reports that the vaccine schedule as recommended has never been studied for long-term health effects despite independent research suggesting that unvaccinated children are healthier.
  • Modern medicine acknowledges that not everyone responds the same to vaccination and the “one size fits all” vaccine policy is not science based.

Children’s Health Defense’s created these six steps to vaccine safety. RFK, Jr. interviews are available upon request.

Sign up for free news and updates from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Children’s Health Defense. CHD is planning many strategies, including legal, in an effort to defend the health of our children and obtain justice for those already injured. Your support is essential to CHD’s successful mission.

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