(Natural News) A cabinet minister for the Canadian province of Alberta has admitted that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdowns and vaccine mandates were never based on science, but rather were focused on centralizing “political control and power.”
“It was never about science but about political control and power,” tweeted Alberta’s Minister of Labor and Immigration Kelechi “Kaycee” Madu, a member of the ruling United Conservative Party (UCP).
His comment predictably received massive backlash. The Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP), the province’s leading left-wing opposition group, called on Premier Jason Kenney to remove Madu from his cabinet.
“Frankly, it’s a new low for this minister,” claimed provincial lawmaker Irfan Sabir, a member of the Alberta NDP. “These comments are way over the line. They’re disrespectful to many, many Albertans who fell sick, who lost loved ones, who lost jobs and businesses.”
Madu thanked people who stood up to “tyrannical” COVID policies
In addition to criticizing COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccine mandates, Madu also thanked Freedom Convoy protesters and other demonstrators “who had the courage to mobilize against these tyrannical policies.”
“They endured a lot of hate, name-calling, suffered and vilified on behalf of all of us,” wrote Madu. “I thank them!”
These comments in support of the health freedom protests similarly received strong criticisms. Duane Bratt, a political scientist from Mount Royal University, claimed that Madu’s comments are hypocritical because he served in the cabinet of Kenney, who imposed vaccine mandates and lengthy lockdowns on Albertans.
“Did he support provincial COVID restrictions? Or were provincial COVID restrictions about science and not political control? After all, he was a member of that cabinet. He’s still a member of that cabinet,” said Bratt.
Bratt went further to suggest that Madu, who he called a “lightning rod” for controversy since his election in 2019, could lose his seat in the next election. He even suggested that Madu could cost the UCP other seats in Edmonton, the major urban center of Alberta and where 27 of the provincial Legislative assembly’s 87 seats are elected. The UCP currently holds seven of the 27 seats in Edmonton.
“He is not going to win his seat in Edmonton. The UCP is not going to win a seat in Edmonton,” claimed Bratt.
Lori Williams, another Mount Royal political scientist, agrees with Bratt. “This is a very extreme position for Kaycee Madu to be taking and one that could jeopardize the future electoral fortunes of the UCP,” she claimed.
Kenney has so far declined to comment on Madu’s criticism of COVID-19 policies and gratitude to health freedom protesters, telling local media that he doesn’t monitor the lawmaker’s Twitter account.
“If you want to hear Minister Madu’s views, or clarification from him, I suggest you talk to him,” he said.
Learn more about how nations like Canada handled the COVID-19 pandemic at Pandemic.news.
According to Willis, the first two parts of “Plandemic” went viral despite universal censorship. Given the third part’s successful pre-launch in Texas last Sept. 16, he announced the the third part is set for release.
The “Plandemic” director said in an earlier interview that he met virologist Dr. Judy Mikovits around a year and a half before the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit. He had been working on a different film that time, one that sought to pull back the curtain on mainstream media and how it has been infiltrated by different narratives. In the course of working on that film, Willis recounted warnings of a “false flag attack” issued by some of the people he interviewed.
He reached out to Mikovits when the pandemic was announced, asking her what she thought of the situation.
“She started to break it down for me, and it seemed so viable that I said, ‘Let’s stop what we’re doing and go to my studio, sit down and do this on camera, because I think that the world deserves to hear this information.’”
“‘Plandemic 2: Indoctornation’ was kind of like a last minute, but now that we’re in this arena and this conversation, there’s so much more to tell. Let’s now go on to patents and conflicts of interest and all the things that all the fact checkers wanted to avoid,” he told Bigtree.
In “Plandemic 2,”Willis said they exposed Bill Gates and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and all the things people needed to understand, that these agencies they think are there to govern their health and well-being are actually doing the opposite.
While he said he wasn’t sure if there was going to be a third part, this became inevitable. “The more I learned and the more highly intelligent people that I interviewed to really dig into what’s beyond COVID, what was COVID used for – [I realized that] that’s really the question: This isn’t about COVID, it’s what it’s used for.”
Willis said “Plandemic 3” has a lot of new things to reveal – including that it was written in manifestos, books and doctrines. He said that the pandemic was already set out in bookstores in the 60s and has unfolded “to the tee.”
“[The] historical data and those documents helped me, and I think they’ll help the masses to understand how much of this was planned, and how to avoid it from going any further and to avoid it from ever coming back in the future,” he said.
He also said the planned imagery is to wake everybody to the big picture. “I always say it’s like the moment when Toto pulls back the curtain and exposes the little man behind, you know, behind the levers, it’s like pandemic three, I hope will be the Toto that pulls back the curtain.”
The number of arrests along the southwestern border in a year has never surpassed the two-million mark before. CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus attributed the sudden spike of arrests to illegal immigrants fleeing the failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.
“Those fleeing repressive regimes pose significant challenges for processing and removal,” Magnus said in a news release. “More individuals encountered at the border without a legal basis to remain will be expelled or removed this year than any prior year.”
Data from the agency itself reflected this trend, with August seeing 2.2 percent more arrests compared to July. There was also a 175 percent increase in arrests of Venezuelan, Cuban and Nicaraguan migrants compared to the same month a year ago.
In contrast, the number of Mexican immigrants arrested by CBP in August was down 43 percent compared to the year prior. The agency detained 203,598 illegal aliens coming from Mexico during that month.
The massive immigration wave this year has been driven by soaring numbers of people crossing from outside Mexico and Central America, two of the largest traditional sources of illegal entries.
Biden administration officials blamed the governments of the offending countries, whose strained relations with Washington severely limited the ability of authorities to send them deportees. Migrants apply for humanitarian protection in the United States, many of whom tend to have strong asylum claims.
Several Republican governors – including Arizona’s Doug Ducey, Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Texas’ Greg Abbott – transported illegal aliens to other Democratic cities in a bid to make the ruling party aware of the actual situation at the border.
Drug seizures also increased in recent months
The CBP also shared numbers related to drug seizures nationwide, saying the amount of drugs seized had increased by 1.4 percent in August 2022 compared to the previous month. Cocaine and fentanyl seizures increased by 193 percent and six percent, respectively, while methamphetamine and heroin seizures decreased by 44 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
Critics, however, blasted the administration over the deaths of illegal immigrants attempting to enter the U.S., with scores of individuals drowning in the Rio Grande in recent months. Back in June, 53 illegals died when smugglers packed them in a sweltering trailer with a failing cooling system in Texas.
On one hand, GOP members of Congress pointed their fingers at President Joe Biden reversing border security policies put in place by former President Donald Trump. One factor that they blame for the repeat crossings is the Title 42 emergency public health policy, which was implemented at the beginning of the pandemic. This allowed U.S. agents to rapidly “expel” some migrants back to Mexico. The Biden administration’s attempt to phase out Title 42 was blocked in federal court last spring.
On the other hand, White House officials claimed that the high number of arrests at the southwestern border are distorted by repeat crossing attempts by illegals previously arrested. They added that 22 percent of those nabbed in August 2022 had a prior arrest in the previous 12 months.
(Natural News) Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev, deputy speaker of the Federation Council or Senate, has provided “irrefutable evidence” that the Department of Defense-run biological research laboratories in Ukraine “are pursuing military goals.”
On Thursday, Sept. 22, he told reporters about the evidence the legislature has following a meeting of the Parliamentary Commission on the Investigation of U.S. Biological Laboratories in Ukraine, which he is a part of as co-chairman.
“Up until the last moment, until the start of Russia’s special military operation, it wasn’t fully clear how dangerous the activities of these laboratories were,” said Kosachev. “The public, specialists and our parliamentary commission have gained a hold of incontrovertible evidence that this activity is of a military nature.”
Kosachev also noted that the United States’ activities in Ukraine violate the commitments it made when it signed the Biological Weapons Convention in 1972, which expressly prohibits the development and production of biological and toxin-based weapons.
In a different part of the report, Irina Yarovaya, deputy speaker of the State Duma or Congress and co-chair of the parliamentary commission, noted that the Pentagon is also working on covert scenarios for using these bioweapons.
“It became obvious that the Pentagon is working on covert scenarios of using tactical biological weapons of mass destruction,” said Yarovaya. “Perhaps, this is that still unperceived reality which not only the commission of our parliamentary investigation is yet to work on but which, without a doubt, should become the subject of an international investigation.”
Yarovaya added that the Pentagon’s bioweapons research in Ukraine should be viewed as the foundation for “a new format of an imperceptible military biological invasion.”
“It is important to realize that the most dangerous weapon of mass destruction is being developed nowadays in U.S. biological laboratories,” said Yarovaya. “Undoubtedly, in these U.S. plans, Ukraine plays the role of a subject of distraction and manipulation, among other things.”
America working to transfer biolab research to other former Soviet states
“The Pentagon is poised to shortly relocate the programs unfinished in Ukraine to other post-Soviet states, as well as to Eastern European states such as Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and the Baltics states,” said Kirillov.
Kirillov emphasized how Washington wants these biolabs to be up and running as soon as possible. He added that, unlike America’s nuclear weapons, which it is only legally allowed to store in the territories of its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, it can store biological weapons close to Russia’s borders.
“The enlargement of the network of bio laboratories, which may be used to develop and store components of biological weapons, poses a threat to the military security of the Russian Federation.”
(Natural News) Following a healthy diet is crucial for maintaining your overall wellness, but healthy food isn’t always accessible for some people.
To address this issue, some experts suggest that diet can be prescribed in the same way as medication, “as a prescriptive intervention, [subsidized] by government, readily available and with plenty of support and information, to help prevent or treat diseases.”
The idea of “food as medicine” is becoming more popular worldwide as scientists and doctors think of ways to use food in a targeted fashion to improve public health.
Balanced diet is key to overall health
A woman named Emma was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. She said her condition constantly nags at her, from morning until night.
Having Type 2 diabetes means Emma needs to carefully choose everything she eats, from snacks to meals to maintain her blood sugar levels. Not paying attention to her food means Emma’s blood sugar levels could spike, which could cause her to pass out or worse.
Someone with Type 2 diabetes should follow a balanced diet that includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, whole grains, lean meat and fish and reduced-fat dairy. According to studies, this diet can help slow down or even reverse the progression of Type 2 diabetes. This diet can also help prevent it from happening in the first place.
However, a diet like this isn’t always accessible for Emma.
According to Professor Jason Wu, a public health researcher from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), healthy food isn’t just important for people with diabetes. Wu, who is also head of the nutrition science program at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, said many of the “top killers” in western societies, from diabetes to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer, are often linked to lifestyle.
Diet is often “one of the major causes” of these diseases, added Wu. Even decades of campaigns on healthy eating have failed to make a significant dent in Australia’s worsening rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
According to Wu and other health experts, major hurdles that prevent the success of such campaigns include systemic barriers, such as availability, accessibility, cost and education. Even public health messaging advocating for healthy diets has been often ineffective when it comes to these problematic barriers.
Food as medicine for disease prevention
Advocates think that “better targeted, supported and funded prescriptive approaches” would be more effective, which is where the idea of food as medicine comes in.
Wu and his colleagues recently conducted a study involving 50 volunteers with Type 2 diabetes who were having trouble affording enough food. The group was “prescribed” a free box of food that was delivered to their homes every week.
The volunteers also had regular access to a dietician. Additionally, they were given recipes and advice on how to prepare healthy food using the ingredients from the box.
Emma was one of the study participants, and she talked about how it included items she hadn’t eaten in a long time or things that she “didn’t think were an option.” Thanks to the box of healthy food, instead of having a burger for breakfast, she started eating fruit.
The study lasted only three months, but within that time the “produce prescriptions” made a big improvement in diet quality and food security of all the volunteers. The study also had unexpected benefits as the volunteers showed improvements in their cholesterol levels. They also lost weight and ate less unhealthy food.
Food prescriptions should be affordable for everyone
Wu wants to see food as medicine become an “intrinsic part of healthcare, in prevention and treatment of disease.”
He acknowledged that eating fruits and vegetables isn’t a silver bullet for someone who already has a terminal illness, but studies have shown that food can help improve overall health and has a role in disease prevention. Wu explained that food is used as medicine “because healthcare needs to shift.”
Within healthcare itself, healthy food and healthy physical activity don’t get enough attention. Wu is advocating for food prescriptions to become subsidized and accessible like pharmaceutical prescriptions.
Every year, billions of dollars are spent on medications or paying for surgeries that are “essentially downstream consequences of unhealthy diets,” said Wu. He thinks that some of those healthcare dollars should be diverted to pay for or subsidize evidence-based healthy foods for patients with lifestyle-related diseases, especially people who are already experiencing food insecurity.
Aside from prevention, research suggests food prescriptions can be used for people already affected by a disease.
To illustrate, a recent study from the University of Newcastle showed that consuming a handful of almonds daily helped relieve constipation in those with kidney disease undergoing the blood-filtering process hemodialysis.
Clare Collins, a nutrition and dietetics professor at the University of Newcastle, wants to see nutrition managed care plans that give individuals access to dieticians and nutritionists who can help overcome some of the barriers to healthy eating, such as not being unable to properly prepare healthy food, not having the right appliances at home and not having access or the means to buy healthy food.
Since the UNSW study ended, Emma has been missing it because something as simple as a head of lettuce became unaffordable again. She added that she missed the basic things from the prescription box, such as broccoli and cauliflower.
The weekly deliveries from the study helped Emma manage her diabetes and also improved her insomnia. But after the study concluded, Emma reverted to cheaper snacks even though they are unhealthy.
While healthy food is often inaccessible again for Emma, she said that the study was truly helpful for someone like her who has diabetes.
Visit FoodIsMedicine.com for more articles on the many health benefits of a balanced diet.
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The attacks on free and open discussion are becoming more and more widespread. Now, as Toby Young explains in an article this morning, the payment service PayPal has closed the accounts of the Daily Sceptic, which often publishes criticism of the government policy in various matters.
PayPal has also closed the account of the Free Speech Union, which provides support to people whose freedom of opinion is under attack, for example those fired from their jobs because of their opinions. PayPal has even gone as far as to close the rarely used personal account of Toby Young, who is in charge of both the Daily Sceptic and the Free Speech Union, and is also associate editor of The Spectator, one of the world’s most respected newspapers.
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As Toby reports in his article, the company has offered no explanation for this move.
When payment services or banks begin to act in this way, it should dawn upon us what a serious threat to free and open exchange of opinions we are facing. Not only can you be fired from your job, your very possibility to make a living will be taken away also.
Now, there is little doubt that many people think that as long as their own opinions are allowed, everything is fine, even if other opinions are forbidden. But that position, apart from being morally wrong, is based on an utter lack of understanding of the threat we face; the question is not if, but when it will be your own opinions that are censored, your own livelihood taken away.
“Okay to ban right-wing bullshit” a thoughtless leftist might think. “Okay to ban communist propaganda” the thoughtless right-winger might think. But as Toby points out in his article, it is in fact also left-wing media outlets that PayPal is now attacking, not just right-leaning ones like the Daily Sceptic.
PayPal’s actions are based on blatant opposition to the freedom of expression, opposition that until recently one thought belonged to the scrap-heaps of history. But we are now seeing more and more examples of this. The other day, people were arrested and taken to prison in Britain for protesting against the monarchy in the vicinity of funeral parades for the late Queen. And most people thought nothing of it, although attempts to silence the opinions of opponents of the monarchy had not been seen since the 15th century.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is currently awaiting extradition and life imprisonment in the United States for publishing information inconvenient to the government, but most people take this lightly. Those are just two of countless recent examples, which clearly show what is going on and where we are heading.
Freedom of expression is a fundamental value that concerns us all, no matter where we stand in politics, what our religion is or our preferences in life. We must have the maturity and moral standing to defend it unconditionally, no matter how annoying or inappropriate we might find the views currently being attacked.
If we do not stand up now for the freedom of expression, next time it will be our own views getting censored, our own livelihood taken away.