Trumpian Brinksmanship in Full Ascendancy

Trump and his crew of Pompeo and Bolton are in fast-and-furious brinkmanship mode. They seem spoiling for a war someplace, and the best bet is with Iran. What’s being overlooked in all this reckless behavior is that other factions and countries also have war parties, and this also puts them into ascendancy.

It’s now expected that Iran will back out of the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA). Middle East-based war reporter Elijah Magnier reports that Iran’s leaders “seem convinced that the only way to stand against the U.S. sanctions is to go nuclear, gradually, pulling out from the nuclear deal as the U.S. unilaterally did.”

On one of their other brinkmanship fronts on Monday, two U.S. warships sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea. It was the third time this year the U.S. has challenged Beijing’s maritime claims in the region, which China has expressly claimed as its national interest, amid an escalating rivalry between the two powers.

When the Chinese feel they have nothing more to gain by remaining cordial with the Trump administration (as in now), expect something to break — especially since Admiral Phil Davidson, head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, suggested that South China Sea naval operations by the U.S. and its allies like Britain would become more frequent.

This follows a midnight Orange Man tweet Sunday announcing a 25% tariff will be slapped on Chinese imports. The impact of this will be inflation and supply shortages.

The stock exchanges were initially hit with a 2% dip on the open Monday; but as the day progressed, “invisible hands” bid prices back up. On Tuesday another 2% dip ensued, and the same late day recovery closed the losses. These blatant Plunge Protection Team (PPT) interventions in the markets are a clear sign that the Crime Syndicate wants to lull the plebs into believing the naked empire wears clothes.

Meanwhile, Israel’s former national security adviser, Yaakov Amidror, said in an interview on Sunday that Iran had orchestrated the significant flare up in Gaza, the largest since the 2014 Gaza war. He noted that it all started when Palestinian Islamic Jihad snipers wounded two IDF officers patrolling the Gaza border on Friday. Amidror’s theory is that the timing was intentional.

“Why did the Islamic Jihad do this?” Amidror asked.

“The answer is again and again and again – Iran.”

Describing Islamic Jihad as a “completely owned and operated Iranian subsidiary,” according to a translation by The Jerusalem Post, Amidror said Friday’s provocation must have come directly on orders from Tehran.

Image result for trump war cartoonThis was followed by Trump’s Zio handler John Bolton’s announcement on Monday that an aircraft carrier is being sent to Middle East after indications Iran planned an attack on U.S. forces. Bolton got this intel from his handlers, the Israelis. This was described as an “unknown plot” uncovered by Israel’s Channel 13 News.

“The intelligence about a possible Iranian plot is not very specific at this stage,” the news network stated.

The way this game is played is to mention “Iranian proxies” as being responsible for the flare up in Gaza, as if Iran controlled every rag-tag jihadist in the region.

Some speculate the catalyst might be a USS Liberty incident off Yemen or in the Persian Gulf; but, ultimately, Winter Watch suspects that a major false flag will be carried out in the United States to justify war.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-backed coup attempt is failing in Caracas, forcing talk of direct U.S. military intervention. Venezuela has 32 million people, is mountainous and has fanatical last standers. Thus, it’s highly unlikely that this will be another Panama (population 4 million) or Grenada.

The Pompeo trainwreck on Tuesday unexpectedly cancelled a meeting with Merkel stating, “Unfortunately, we must reschedule the Berlin meetings due to pressing issues.”

A carnival float depicts President Donald Trump as an angel of peace behind Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with a bloody chain saw during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 4, 2019. PHOTO: Mint Press News/AP/Martin Meissner

Merkel issued a terse statement, saying the joint appearance had been cancelled because of the “cancellation by the U.S. side.” Get off your knees, Germany, before it is too late. Keep your distance from this rogue nation.

After snubbing Germany, next we learn Pompeo scurried off to Baghdad to engage in more saber rattling and threats to strengthen Iran’s war party.

Pompeo accused Iran of aggression noting that the U.S. intelligence was “very specific” about attacks that were imminent.” When pressed on the  precise nature of the Iran threat he responded that he couldn’t go into details. But clearly he was there to lean on Iraqi leaders on ensuring the protection of American occupation troops, especially given Baghdad’s closeness to Iran. As if Iraq wants to go down Rogue Nations’s white phosphorus and depleted uranium route again.

Read “‘Mad Dog’ Mattis: White Phosphorus, the Siege of Fallujah and Endless War Crimes”
and “The Weaponization of Depleted Uranium: A Deadly Dust Crime Against Humanity

Iran’s leaders dismissed Bolton’s words and western media hyping the ramping up of American readiness in the region as mere “psychological warfare” meant to scare and intimidate Tehran.

The neoconservative and neoliberal war parties’ capture of the political spectrum is virtually complete. The only time the media sings Trump’s praises is when he is engaged in brinksmanship. The Democratic “opposition” is too caught up in fake World Wide Wrestling distractions to bother with opposing war. Where is Obama in all this? Kerry? Clinton? Biden? Nowhere.

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IMAGE: Axios

Gutless wonders on board. Nothing could be more primed for a false flag.

About the only candidate who seriously addresses the neoliberal and neocon warmongering agenda is Tulsi Gabbard, and she’s totally marginalized. How can it be that polls only show her at 0.7% among the no-name empty-suit Democrat contenders? She is articulate and charismatic, yet no traction. This is the reason I don’t consider American politics to be at all legitimate. The kakistocracy will determine it all and make up any outcome that they desire in their relentless campaign to ruin the country.

Measles: German Minister Proposes Steep Fines for Anti-Vaxxers

German Health Minister Jens Spahn is proposing a law that allows for fining parents of unvaccinated children up to €2,500 ($2,800). The conservative lawmaker said he wants to ‘eradicate’ measles.

5 May 2019

DEUTSCHE WELLE — Parents in Germany who refuse to vaccinate their children against measles would be required to pay up to €2,500 ($2,800) in fines and their children would be thrown out of kindergarten, according to a draft law put forward by Health Minister Jens Spahn.

“I want to eradicate measles,” Spahn told the mass circulation Bild am Sonntag paper. “All parents should be secure in the knowledge that their children will not be infected and endangered by measles.”

Germany’s Robert Koch Institute believes that 93% of children have the necessary immunization. However, this is still short of the recommended 95% rate.

Spahn said the kindergarten ban would help protect children too young to receive any immunization shots.

“Kindergartens have children under 10 months of age, who are too young for vaccinations and are therefore especially threatened,” Spahn told the paper. […]

Bolton Announces Carrier Strike Group Deployed in ‘Message’ To Iran

By Tyler Durden | 5 May 2019

ZERO HEDGE — After weeks of heated rhetoric and the exchange of threats related to US oil export sanctions on Iran, and with both sides eyeing the enforcement of its rights over the vital Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, the White House has just announced what will be looked on by Tehran as a major and potentially dangerous escalation.

White House national security advisor John Bolton announced Sunday night the immediate deployment of a full aircraft carrier strike group and bomber task force to the Persian Gulf region.

The official statement cites that CENTCOM is responding to multiple “troubling and escalatory” Iranian actions, and reads as follows:

In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force. The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack.

Iran has within the past week vowed to keep exporting oil even as the White House vowed to take it down to “zero” — this after ending the waiver program which allowed up to eight nations to continue Iranian crude purchases on a conditional and limited basis. […]

No Enigma: Vaccines and the Food Allergy Epidemic

The United States faces an ever-worsening food allergy epidemic. An estimated 1 in 12 children (8%) have food allergies, and prevalence has risen by at least 50% since 1997. Childhood food allergies are the most common cause of anaphylaxis (a “severe allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death”). A decade-long analysis of billions of health care claims reported a nationwide increase of 377% in claims for anaphylactic food reactions, and a separate analysis of emergency department (ED) visits over roughly the same period documented a 214% increase in visits for food-induced anaphylaxis—observed in children of all ages but with the highest rates in infants and toddlers. Peanut and tree nut allergies—which have tripled since 1997—are the most frequent triggers of ED visits for anaphylaxis, and over a third (35%) of the children who experience peanut-related anaphylaxis do so following their very first exposure.

… multiple strands of published evidence—including experiments dating back over a hundred years—indicate that injected vaccines are major culprits.

Whereas there is widespread agreement that these food allergy trends spell out bad news for children and families, there is little consensus on the epidemic’s supposedly “enigmatic” causes. This declared bafflement is itself puzzling because—as Children’s Health Defense has written previously—multiple strands of published evidence—including experiments dating back over a hundred years—indicate that injected vaccines are major culprits. The massive expansion of the vaccine schedule since the late 1980s, day-of-birth hepatitis B vaccination, changes in vaccine technology and the growing use of immune-dysregulating aluminum adjuvants are all factors that can explain the immune system overactivation currently manifesting in the form of food allergies. In addition, as discussed in a new article in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, proteins in vaccines often produce “off-target immune responses” and, concerningly, these protein components are entirely untested and unregulated.

Japan chose to remove gelatin from vaccines two decades ago after confirming a relationship between the protein’s presence in vaccines and anaphylactic and allergic reactions. Not so in the U.S….

Proteins in vaccines

Scientists use a variety of components to prepare vaccines—“active immunizing antigens, conjugating agents, preservatives, stabilizers, antimicrobial agents, adjuvants and culture media…as well as inadvertent contaminants that are introduced during vaccine handling.” Researchers acknowledge that any of these components is capable of triggering an allergic reaction, but they believe that proteins such as egg and gelatin may be especially likely to do so.

In fact, allergic reactions to gelatin are well known, “especially in injected medications and vaccines.” Japan chose to remove gelatin from vaccines two decades ago after confirming a relationship between the protein’s presence in vaccines and anaphylactic and allergic reactions. Not so in the U.S., which still includes gelatin in the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), varicella (chickenpox) and other vaccines, despite documented anaphylactic reactions related to the gelatin in vaccines. Concerns recently intensified following the news that gelatin is now a vehicle for the introduction of glyphosate into vaccines. Researchers Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, who brought this problem to the public’s attention in a seminal 2017 publication in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry, noted that vaccine manufacturers grow vaccine viruses on gelatin sourced from cows and pigs who consume large amounts of glyphosate-contaminated genetically modified (GM) feed.

Far from engendering a carefully controlled immune response directly solely against the targeted virus or bacterium, adjuvant-enhanced vaccines also end up triggering antibodies against non-targeted plant proteins.

In the 2019 Pharmaceutical Research study, the authors’ use of protein sequencing methods shows that it is not just animal proteins in vaccines that are problematic; the sequencing data indicate that at least five plant proteins present in vaccines (soy, peanut, sesame, maize [corn] and wheat) are likewise capable of fostering food allergies. The authors explain that when scientists add powerful aluminum adjuvants to vaccines, the “boosted immune response” becomes a blunt weapon. Far from engendering a carefully controlled immune response directed solely against the targeted virus or bacterium, adjuvant-enhanced vaccines also end up triggering antibodies against “non-targeted” plant proteins. When this happens, there is a “high probability” that the antibodies will cross-react with similar human proteins—with pathogenic consequences. This type of overactive immune response can easily explain not just the epidemic of “food-associated immune-mediated disorders” but also the dreadful rise of autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders.

One of the authors’ principal findings is that there is “strong sequence alignment” (regions of similarity) between the five plant proteins and human glutamate receptors. Although glutamate is the body’s most abundant neurotransmitter, it follows the “Goldilocks Principle,” requiring the release of “just the right amount” of glutamate in “the right places for only small amounts of time.” Dr. Russell Blaylock, an expert on the problem of overabundant glutamate (called “excitotoxicity”) has suggested that excessive vaccination and use of aluminum adjuvants are part of an “immunoexcitotoxic” cascade he and others associate with food allergies, gut imbalances and autism. In fact, the scientific literature has firmly established that glutamate abnormalities are a key feature of autism. Thus, it should not be surprising that food allergies are much more common in children with versus those without autism, or that food anaphylaxis outcomes are worse when conditions such as asthma or other allergies are also present.

For its manufacture, polysorbate 80 relies on a variety of plant sources (including wheat and corn) as well as vegetable, legume and nut oils.

A note about polysorbate 80

The presence in numerous vaccines of a stabilizer called polysorbate 80 also warrants brief attention. Vaccines containing polysorbate 80 include those against hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), rotavirus, combination vaccines with a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis component, virtually all influenza vaccines and others. For its manufacture, polysorbate 80 relies on a variety of plant sources (including wheat and corn) as well as vegetable, legume and nut oils. In a prior publication in 2015, one of the co-authors of the Pharmaceutical Research study reported the “impossibility” of guaranteeing that polysorbate-80-containing vaccines are free of “residual allergen proteins from these food sources,” noting that the “residual allergens that may be present…are not even listed in the vaccine package inserts.” A team of allergy experts recently asserted that hypersensitivity to polysorbates “may be underrecognized,” and a study in Brazil implicated another stabilizer called dextran in “hypersensitivity-type adverse events” associated with MMR vaccination.

Medical practitioners who continue to tell these families that they “don’t know what is causing the rise in food allergies” are being disingenuous or worse.

It should be noted that glyphosate is likely to be present in many of the plant sources used to produce polysorbate 80 and other vaccine components, either as a result of “Roundup Ready” crops (e.g., corn and soy) or through glyphosate’s use as a pre-harvest dessicant (e.g., wheat). Glyphosate’s documented ability to disrupt gut health suggests that its presence in food and vaccines could be contributing the rise of food allergies, which are so completely intertwined with gut imbalances.

Living with food allergies is stressful, with the potential for significant emotional, social and financial impacts. Parents describe “living in fear” and having difficulty leading an “ordinary” family life. Medical practitioners who continue to tell these families that they “don’t know what is causing the rise in food allergies” are being disingenuous or worse. If Nobel Laureate Charles Richet could demonstrate  over a century ago “that injecting a protein into animals or humans causes immune system sensitization to that protein”—this is what the author of the 2015 paper calls the “Richet allergy model”—then there is no excuse for depicting the food allergy epidemic as an unsolved mystery.

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Why Children Are Getting Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease is caused by excess fat in your liver. The medical term is hepatic steatosis. Your liver normally contains some fat, but when greater than 10% of the weight of the liver is fat, it’s called fatty liver. There are two main types: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and alcoholic fatty liver disease, also called alcoholic steatohepatitis.1

NAFLD may be suspected if a blood test shows higher levels of liver enzymes than expected. While the disease is found more frequently in adults, researchers are finding NAFLD is a growing concern in the pediatric community, which triggered at least one intervention study weaning participants off sugar to reduce obesity and Type 2 diabetes.2

Chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Dr. Rohit Kohli, commented,3 “Fatty liver disease is ripping through the Latino community like a silent tsunami and especially affecting children.”

While research demonstrates 25% in the U.S. have fatty liver disease,4 in the Latino community the rate is much higher. One study in Dallas, Texas5 examined 2,287 subjects from a multi-ethnic population and found 45% of Hispanics suffered from fatty liver disease. The ethnic differences in the frequency of disease in this study mirrors those in past studies for NAFLD-related cirrhosis.

Key Facts About Fatty Liver Disease

NAFLD is the type not related to heavy alcohol use and in this category there are two types: simple fatty liver, in which your liver has additional fat but little to no inflammation or damage, and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), in which you suffer from inflammation and damage in the liver cells, as well as excess fat in your liver.

NASH may cause fibrosis or scarring of the liver and lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. Researchers have not been able to point to a single cause of NAFLD, but they do know it occurs more commonly in those who have specific risk factors, including:6,7

Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes

Metabolic disorders, including metabolic syndrome

High levels of fats in the blood


Middle-aged or older

High blood pressure

Rapid weight loss

Infections, such as hepatitis C

Exposure to some toxins

Gallbladder removal


NAFLD affects nearly 25% globally.8 However, as the rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes rise, so do the rates of NAFLD. NAFLD is usually a silent disease, meaning most are unaware of the condition and have few or no symptoms. When symptoms are present, individuals may feel greater fatigue or have discomfort in the upper right-hand side of the abdomen.

It is important to distinguish between simple fatty liver disease and NASH since those with NASH experience damage to their liver cells, which increases the risk of progression to fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. According to Harvard Health Publishing,9 NASH cirrhosis is expected to top the reasons for liver transplants.

Sugar Passed in Breast Milk Predisposes Infants to Obesity

A new study10 is being led by Michael Goran, Ph.D., director of the diabetes and obesity program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Last year, he discovered high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) sweetened beverages were passed through breast milk, potentially predisposing infants to fatty liver and obesity.11

Six weeks after giving birth, 41 participating women were randomized into two groups. One group consumed a readily available HFCS sweetened beverage and the other group consumed an artificially-sweetened control beverage. At each testing session, the mothers expressed milk every hour for six consecutive hours.

The researchers then measured the concentration of fructose, glucose and lactose in the breast milk. Changes were significant only for measurements of fructose, with comparisons showing HFCS beverages increased breast milk fructose at hour two, three, four and five hours after consumption. It is important to note breast milk normally does not contain fructose.12 Goran commented:13 

“Lactose is the main source of carbohydrate energy and breast milk is very beneficial, but it’s possible that you can lose some of that beneficial effect depending on maternal diet and how that may affect the composition of breast milk.

Other studies have shown that fructose and artificial sweeteners are particularly damaging during critical periods of growth and development in children. We are beginning to see that any amount of fructose in breast milk is risky.”

Dr. Robert Lustig, professor in the division of endocrinology at the University of California, is a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism. He was among the first to bring attention to the fact that processed fructose is far worse for your metabolic system than other sugars. Fructose is broken down like alcohol in your body,14 triggering liver damage and causing mitochondrial and metabolic dysfunction.

This damage is very similar to that caused by ethanol and other toxins. Fructose also triggers severe metabolic dysfunction as it is readily metabolized into fat, far more so than other sugars. Researchers are finding exposure before birth may increase an infant’s risk of obesity leading to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes and NAFLD.15

Gene Variant Increases Risk of Fatty Liver Disease

Before 2006, few knew children could develop NAFLD. Dr. Jeffrey Schwimmer, professor of pediatrics at the University of California San Diego, reviewed 742 autopsies of children and teenagers who had died from traumatic injury. He found an incidence of 13% with fatty liver disease, and 38% in those who were obese.16

The researchers concluded NAFLD was the most common liver abnormality in children aged 2 to 19. They suggested the identified risk factors should be considered in the development of protocols to screen children and adolescents who are at risk.

A study released in 200817 by a group of researchers from the University of Texas demonstrated a gene variant called PNPLA3 could increase the risk of fatty liver disease. Nearly 50% of Latinos have at least one copy of this high-risk gene, and 25% have two copies according to Goran.18

Goran then undertook another study, eventually demonstrating children as young as 8 who had two copies of PNPLA3 and who consumed high amounts of sugar had 2.36 times as much fat in their livers as children without the gene.19 In the clinical trial20 currently underway, his team first tests participating children for the gene and then uses an MRI to measure liver fat percentage.

The sugar consumption of the child is measured and cataloged and then a dietitian educates the family on the impact of sugar. The team does another MRI four months later to measure liver fat and assess the impact of the intervention.

Goran’s research and past studies21 have demonstrated early exposure to sugar and fructose likely contribute to obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease as fructose enhances the body’s capacity to store fat.

Excess Fructose Triggers Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

Results of a meta-review in Mayo Clinic Proceedings22 confirmed that not all calories are equal. The dogmatic belief that a calorie is a calorie has driven the weight loss industry and contributed to an ever-worsening history of health in the Western world.

Unfortunately, it continues to be a concept taught in schools, even though we now know it’s false. The source of the calories does indeed have a significant impact on your health and weight. In the review, the researchers evaluated how different calories affected health. As reported by Time Magazine:23

“What they found was that the added sugars were significantly more harmful. Fructose was linked to worsening insulin levels and worsening glucose tolerance, which is a driver for prediabetes. It caused harmful fat storage — visceral fat on the abdomen — and promoted several markers for poor health like inflammation and high blood pressure.

‘We clearly showed that sugar is the principal driver of diabetes,’ says lead study author James J. DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. ‘A sugar calorie is much more harmful.'”

Another more recent study published in 201724 found fructose promotes complications in glucose metabolism and alters lipid profiles associated with an inflammatory response. The researchers found this implied a systemic picture of insulin resistance.

Choline Deficiency Also Plays a Key Role in Fatty Liver Disease

Choline is a compound in living tissue and is important in the synthesis and transportation of lipids (fats). It was discovered in 186225 and officially recognized as an essential nutrient in 1998.26

Several studies27,28 have linked higher intake of choline to a range of benefits and, in fact, it appears to be a key factor in preventing the development of fatty liver disease. By enhancing secretion of very low density lipoproteins (VLDL)29 in your liver, required to safely transport fat out, choline may protect your liver health.

Epigenetic mechanisms30 of choline also explain how it helps maintain healthy liver function. Dietary choline is an important modifier of DNA and modulates expression of many of the pathways involved in liver function.

Chris Masterjohn, who has a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences,31 proposes choline deficiency is a significant trigger of NAFLD and believes the rise in NAFLD is largely the result of rejecting liver and egg yolks in the diet:

“More specifically, I currently believe that dietary fat, whether saturated or unsaturated, and anything that the liver likes to turn into fat, like fructose and ethanol, will promote the accumulation of fat as long as we don’t get enough choline.”

In a 2010 article,32 Masterjohn reviews the medical literature supporting this view. The link between choline and fatty liver initially emerged from research into Type 1 diabetes. Studies in the 1930s demonstrated lecithin found egg yolk (containing high amounts of choline) could cure fatty liver disease in Type 1 diabetic dogs. They later found choline alone provided the same benefit.

More Ways to Support Your Liver Health

Hints to additional ways of supporting your liver health may be found in the commonly identified risk factors for NAFLD. In addition to reducing or eliminating processed fructose from your diet and including foods with choline, other modifiable factors that can have a significant impact on the development of NAFLD include:33,34

  • Maintaining a healthy weight — Managing a healthy weight requires more than monitoring your calorie intake and energy expenditure. For a full explanation of one of the master keys to healthy eating, see “My Updated Nutrition Plan — Your Guide to Optimal Health.”
  • Exercising regularly — Regular movement and exercise benefits your body by improving insulin sensitivity, supporting your metabolism and mitochondrial health, helping to manage weight and blood pressure, toning muscle and improving your balance. Exercise also improves your sleep quality, mood and mental health. There is a long list of benefits — including reducing your risk of NAFLD.
  • Limiting medications — Limit any medications to those necessary and follow dosing recommendations. Some medications increase your risk of NAFLD and other health conditions. Reduce those risks by making lifestyle changes to minimize your dependence on medications.
  • Managing high blood pressure — High blood pressure increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia and NAFLD. There are several natural methods of reducing high blood pressure while working with your physician to wean off medication.
  • Reducing insulin resistance — Insulin resistance may lead to metabolic syndrome, prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes, all precursors to NAFLD. For an overview of insulin resistance and how to reduce your risk of metabolic disease, see my previous article, “Research Proves Causation — Sugar Consumption Increases Risk for Chronic Disease.”

There Is Toxic Fungus in E-Cigs

Smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes takes a large toll on health. They contain thousands of toxic chemicals that are released into your lungs and the air with every puff. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1 calls it the “single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.”

Traditional combustible cigarettes kill more than 480,000 Americans every year. In addition, smoking-related illness creates a financial burden of more than $300 billion, including direct medical care and lost productivity.

According to the CDC,2 if cigarette smoking continues at the current rate, 5.6 million of those younger than 18 currently living in the U.S. will die early from a smoking-related illness. That is approximately 1 in 13 Americans aged 17 or younger currently alive.

Following the publication of the first surgeon general’s report in 1964,3 traditional tobacco use gradually declined. By 2004 it had reached its lowest level in 67 years. In 1965, 41.9% over the age of 18 smoked, but by 2005 prevalence had dropped to 20.9%.

In 2003, Chinese pharmacists revolutionized the design of an e-cigarette, enabling smokers to inhale nicotine without combustion. Over the next 16 years, e-cigs enjoyed a near meteoric rise in popularity and sales. In 2017, traditional cigarettes among high school students had declined, but e-cigarettes use had increased.4

Past research has demonstrated e-cigs deliver an appalling amount of heavy metals to the user,5 along with high levels of highly addictive nicotine. The substances in the e-liquid have also been found to deactivate protective cells in your lungs.6

Study Find E-Cigarette Liquid Contains Fungus

A new study7,8 found 27% of the 75 single-use and refillable vaping cartridges tested contain microbial agents and 81% contain glucan, a substance found in the cell walls of most fungi. Exposure to these impurities has been associated with asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, reduce lung function and inflammation.

Dr. David Christiani, senior author of the study, and Elkan Blout, professor of environmental health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, commented:9

“Airborne Gram-negative bacterial endotoxin and fungal-derived glucans have been shown to cause acute and chronic respiratory effects in occupational and environmental settings. Finding these toxins in e-cigarette products adds to the growing concerns about the potential for adverse respiratory effects in users.”

The products tested were segmented into four flavor categories: tobacco, menthol, fruit and other. They were then screened for the presence of endotoxin and glucan. Researchers found endotoxin concentrations were higher in the fruit flavored products, suggesting raw materials used in production may have been the source of contamination.10

They hypothesize the cotton wicks used in the cartridges could be a potential source, as both endotoxin and glucan may be found in cotton fibers. Christiani believes public education about the potential health consequences needs to be a larger part of the e-cigarette conversation and development of public policy. He told NBC News:11

“I don’t think e-cigarettes are safe for anyone, especially kids. Parents should be very concerned. For one there is nicotine delivery that is very addictive and can lead to use of combustible tobacco products. Two, people may be inhaling biological toxins and carcinogens unknowingly.”

Getting Teens Hooked on Nicotine Is Likely Big Tobacco’s Goal

Data from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey12,13 by the CDC show 3.6 million middle and high school students currently vape, an increase of more than 1.5 million from 2017.14 The meteoric rise of those vaping has overshadowed tobacco use in teens. In the age group of 18 to 24-year olds, 40% had not been smokers before using a vaping device.15

There’s a perception that e-cigarettes are harmless, since unlike combustible cigarettes the vapor is often odorless making it difficult to detect. As a result, while the number of those smoking traditional cigarettes has been dropping,16 the number of teens vaping has steadily risen.

In 2018, the San Francisco-based Juul Labs rapidly overtook the U.S. e-cigarette market with sales skyrocketing nearly 800%. According to Nielsen data, the company has captured a 71% share of the market with a $15 billion valuation.17 The device is now so popular among young adults, the practice of using it is known as Juuling.18

Morgan Stanley analyst Pamela Kaufman told investors,19 “Juul’s success underscores the potential for disruptive technology to undermine U.S. tobacco’s reliable business algorithm.” With the rising number of youths using Juul devices and then transitioning to traditional cigarettes, outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned:20

“You’re going to be at overall tobacco use among children in this country, of 40, 45 percent … That is simply intolerable. I went back and looked at data back to 1950, and we haven’t seen that level of tobacco use among kids. And e-cigarettes are a tobacco product.”

High Level of Nicotine Is Addictive

The rising popularity of Juul products may be the result of several factors, not the least of which is the highly addictive nature of Juul’s nicotine salts. Surveys found 56% of youth and young adults who have used a Juul or a cigarette were younger than 18 when they first tried it, and nearly half tried it because their friends used it.21

An assortment of fruity flavors also attracts young people and is listed as the second most popular reason for picking up a Juul. As a result, Nielsen reported22 October 2018 Juul sales — as a percentage of all e-cigarettes sales — were a whopping 75%, compared to 24% of all e-cigarettes sales the year before, in August 2017.

Juul presents its products as a “genuine alternative to cigarettes,”23 and the devices are described as delivering “a nicotine hit that’s much more like smoking a cigarette than other e-cigs.”24 The company’s patented JuulSalts’ approach to nicotine delivery involves the use of nicotine salts, which have been shown to be highly addictive. Science reporter Rachel Becker explains in The Verge:25

“These nicotine salts are less harsh to inhale than the straight-up, ‘freebase’ nicotine used in most regular nicotine vapes — the same kind of nicotine you get from smoking the air-dried tobacco used for pipes and cigars. Freebase nicotine can be absorbed through your mouth — but it’s also much less pleasant to inhale because of its ‘greater physiological (throat and chest) impact and toxicity,’ according to a report for the tobacco industry from the 70s.”

JuulSalts make the nicotine easier to access for the body and Juul says a single cartridges contains as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.26 However, Vox said:

“ … [B]ut tobacco experts told me the precise equivalency is difficult to determine because not all the nicotine released in the cigarette smoke is inhaled, and some is trapped in the filter. Juul also contains three times the nicotine levels permitted in the European Union … Juul ramped up the nicotine levels on purpose … [with] … a liquid that contains nicotine salts.”

The built-in battery is charged through a magnetic USB adapter27 and lasts for 200 puffs, or one full day of regular use.

Another Lie by Tobacco Companies

As Big Tobacco continues to promote vaping as a harmless method of quitting smoking, research data do not support their claims. Additionally, after the FDA attempted to ease regulations28 on the e-cigarette market in 2017 to “encourage development of more products that could help adults quit smoking,” the move did not do enough to prevent children from purchasing products like Juul.

The history of the tobacco industry has demonstrated that advertising to children younger than 21 was directly aimed at getting a new generation addicted to nicotine, to ensure new customers would be available to replace those who died.29 These allegations were made in 199930 by the U.S. Government in a lawsuit against large tobacco companies.

In 2006, a judge found tobacco companies violated civil racketeering laws and ordered them to tell the truth in paid advertising.31 The industry was able to delay this order through court proceedings for over 11 years, but in 2017 they were finally forced to publish corrective statements in 50 newspapers and on major broadcast Networks.32

In the words of Truth Initiative, the court ruled the companies33 “systematically defrauded the American people by lying for decades about, among other things, the health effects of smoking and their marketing to children.” However, Big Tobacco is aware a large percentage of teenagers do not see ads in newspapers or on television as they consume most of their news and entertainment online.

Movement From E-Cigarettes to Traditional Combustible Cigarettes

In one study,34 researchers evaluated a national sample of American adolescents and young adults. They determined the use of e-cigarettes at baseline and found it was associated with an evolution to combustible cigarette smoking, which the researchers believed supports regulations to limit sales and decrease the appeal to adolescents and young adults.

From a general standpoint, e-cigarettes appear to be a positive step away from traditional combustible cigarettes. However, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,35 in addition to the known health effects, evidence suggests they serve as an introduction to other tobacco products.

In another study,36 students who vaped by the time they reached ninth grade were more likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes within the next year. Interestingly, the reverse was not true. In other words, students who smoked cigarettes were not likely to report using e-cigarettes.

In an animal study37 from the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found rats exposed to nicotine during adolescence grew up to drink more alcohol than unexposed rats. They concluded exposure at a young age changes the neurological circuitry within the reward center of the brain, thereby increasing the risk for addictive behavior.38 Nicotine exposure during adulthood did not appear to alter the function of the midbrain circuitry as it does during adolescence.

Vaping Toxins Are Dangerous to Bystanders

Toxins from e-cigarettes are not only dangerous to users, but to bystanders as well. Researchers found those exposed to secondhand vapor have similar levels of cotinine in their blood as those exposed to traditional secondhand cigarette smoke.39 Cotinine is a measure of the amount of nicotine absorbed in the body.

Researchers are unable to explain this discrepancy. The vapor also contains acetylaldehyde and formaldehyde, both known to be carcinogenic.40 At least one brand had 10 times more than found in traditional combustible cigarettes. The FDA has also detected the antifreeze chemical diethylene glycol in e-cigarette cartridges, a chemical also linked with cancer.41

According to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights, secondhand vapor may contain at least 10 chemicals identified on California’s Proposition 65 list of reproductive toxins and carcinogens.42 Probably the most well-known of these is diacetyl, an artificial flavor used by popcorn makers43 to add buttery taste to microwave popcorn.

The chemical is linked to respiratory damage and permanent scarring of the airway.44 In an evaluation of 51 e-cig flavors, Harvard researchers found 47 contained flavoring chemicals, including diacetyl.45

Steps to Making Quitting Smoking Easier

I believe the secret to quitting smoking is to get healthy first, making quitting mentally and physically easier. Exercise is an important part, as research shows people who engage in regular strength training double their success rate at quitting smoking compared to those who don’t exercise.46 Healthy eating is another crucial factor to improve your health and strengthen your ability to quit.

  • Read through my comprehensive free nutrition plan to get started eating right.
  • Develop a well-rounded exercise regimen — This is your ally to fighting disease and to quitting smoking. Strength training is an important part, but also remember to incorporate high-intensity interval exercises such as the Nitric Oxide Dump, core-strengthening exercises and stretching and regular nonexercise movement (like walking and cutting back on sitting).
  • Find a healthy emotional outlet — Many use exercise, meditation or relaxation techniques for this, and these are all great. I also recommend incorporating Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). This can help clear emotional blockages from your system (some of which you might not even realize are there), thus restoring your mind and body’s balance and helping you break the addiction and avoid cravings.

Once you are regularly doing these three things, then you may begin to think about quitting smoking as you have developed a foundation on which you can rely during the process. At this point many are ready to try quitting “cold turkey.”

If you need a distraction, these six things to do instead of smoking may help. Finally, if you’re a parent, talk with your children about the risks of smoking, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes. The easiest path to not smoking is to avoid starting in the first place.

Why Splenda Is Not So Splendid, and Safety Has Been Questioned

Are artificial sweeteners such as Splenda still part of your daily diet? If so, I would strongly recommend reconsidering. It’s important to realize that while artificial sweeteners have no (or very few) calories, they are still metabolically active,1 and not in a beneficial way.

For example, research2,3 published in the online version of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health August 21, 2018, shows sucralose — sold under brand names such as Splenda, Splenda Zero, Zero-Cal, Sukrana, Apriva, SucraPlus, Candys, Cukren and Nevella — is metabolized and accumulates in fat cells.

Remarkably, artificial sweeteners have become so ubiquitous, research4 published in the April 2019 issue of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety refers to them as an “emerging” environmental contaminant, noting they have “high water persistence.”

According to this paper, artificial sweeteners are chemically stable in the environment and water supplies appear to be at greatest risk for contamination. The researchers looked at 24 environmental studies assessing the presence of artificial sweeteners in the environment from 38 locations around the world, including Europe, Canada, the U.S. and Asia.

“Overall, the quantitative findings suggested that the occurrence of non-nutritive artificial sweeteners is present in surface water, tap water, groundwater, seawater, lakes and atmosphere,” the paper states. What the ultimate ramifications for wildlife, especially marine life, and human health might be are still anyone’s guess.

Artificial Sweeteners Promote Obesity, Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

As explained in the 2016 paper,5 “Metabolic Effects of Non-Nutritive Sweeteners,” many studies have linked artificial sweeteners to an increased risk for obesity, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This is in stark contrast to what you’re told by industry, which continues to promote artificial sweeteners as a way to lower your risk of those conditions.

The paper presents several mechanisms by which artificial sweeteners promote metabolic dysfunction:

1. They interfere with learned responses that contribute to glucose control and energy homeostasis — Studies have demonstrated that when sweet taste and caloric intake are mismatched, your body loses its ability to properly regulate your blood sugar.

2. They interact with sweet-taste receptors expressed in digestive system that play a role in glucose absorption and trigger insulin secretion, thereby inducing both glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, which raises your risk of obesity. Sweet taste without calories also increases appetite6 and subjective hunger ratings.7

3. They destroy your gut microbiota — A 2008 study8 revealed sucralose (Splenda) reduced gut bacteria by as much as 49.8%, preferentially targeting bacteria known to have important human health benefits. Consuming as few as seven little Splenda packets may be enough to have a detrimental effect on your gut microbiome.

More recent research,9 published in the journal Molecules in October 2018, confirmed and expanded these findings, showing that all currently approved artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, neotame, advantame and acesulfame potassium-k) disrupt the gut microbiome — in part by damaging the bacteria’s DNA, and in part by interfering with their normal activities.

Another 201810 found Splenda consumption may exacerbate gut inflammation and intensify symptoms in people with Crohn’s disease by promoting harmful gut bacteria. These results echoed those published in 2014,11 where they found Splenda may exacerbate symptoms of Crohn’s disease by augmenting “inflammatory activity at the biochemical level” and altering microbial-host interactions within the intestinal mucosa.

Similarly, research12 published in 2017 implicated sucralose in chronic liver inflammation by altering “the developmental dynamics of the gut microbiome.”

Why You Should Never Cook With Splenda

Splenda (sucralose) is frequently recommended for cooking and baking,13 and is often used in processed foods in which high heat was involved. This, despite the fact that scientists have warned about the dangers of heating sucralose for years.

In the 2013 paper,14 “Sucralose, a Synthetic Organochloride Sweetener: Overview of Biological Issues,” the authors state that “Cooking with sucralose at high temperatures … generates chloropropanols, a potentially toxic class of compounds.” This paper also warns the acceptable daily intake set for sucralose may in fact be hundreds of times too high to ensure safety.

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recently issued a report15 on the available data on sucralose, confirming that cooking with sucralose is likely a terrible idea, as chlorinated compounds are formed at high temperatures. As reported by MedicalXpress:16

“When sucralose (E 955) is heated to temperatures higher than 120 degrees C a gradual — and with further continuously increasing temperature — decomposition and dechlorination of the sweetener occurs.

Temperatures of between 120 degrees C [248 degrees Fahrenheit] and 150 degrees C [302 degrees F] are possible during industrial manufacturing and processing of foods, and are also reached in private households during cooking and baking of foods containing sucralose.

This may lead to the formation of chlorinated organic compounds with a health-damaging potential, such as polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD), dibenzofurans (PCDF) and chloropropanols.”

Chloropropanols, while still poorly understood, are believed to have adverse effects on your kidneys and may have carcinogenic effects.17 One good reason to be suspicious of chloropropanols is because they’re part of a class of toxins known as dioxins, and dioxins are known to cause cancer and endocrine disruption.

The fact that sucralose creates toxic dioxins when heated is also a concern for those who use vaping liquid containing this artificial sweetener. A 2017 study18 found sucralose contributes sweet taste only when used in a cartridge system, and chemical analysis showed the use of a cartridge system also raised the concentration of sucralose in the aerosol.

I find it interesting that these studies are now confirming what I suspected and published in my book, published over 10 years ago — “Sweet Deception” — which was an expose on Splenda.

Sucralose Shown to Have Carcinogenic Potential

Research19 published in 2016 in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health tested the carcinogenic potential of sucralose by adding it to mouse feed, at various concentrations, starting at 12 days of gestation and continuing throughout their natural life span.

Results showed male mice experienced a significant dose-related increase in malignant tumors and hematopoietic neoplasias (cancer of the blood, bone marrow and the lymphatic system). The dosages tested were 0, 500, 2,000, 8,000 and 16,000 parts per million (ppm). The worst results occurred in males given 2,000 ppm and 16,000 ppm. According to the authors:

“These findings do not support previous data that sucralose is biologically inert. More studies are necessary to show the safety of sucralose, including new and more adequate carcinogenic bioassay on rats. Considering that millions of people are likely exposed, follow-up studies are urgent.”

Pregnant Women Beware

More recent research,20 published in 2018, revealed the artificial sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame-potassium transfer into breast milk — a crucial fact that pregnant women need to be mindful of, considering the harmful effects of these compounds. To determine whether the sweeteners could transfer into breast milk, the researchers enrolled 34 women who were exclusively breastfeeding.

Each of the women drank 12 ounces of Diet Rite Cola, which contains 68 milligrams (mg) of sucralose and 41 mg of acesulfame-potassium, before breakfast. Habitual use of artificial sweeteners was also assessed via a diet questionnaire. Breast milk samples were collected before ingestion and every hour thereafter for six hours. As reported by the authors:

“Owing to one mother having extremely high concentrations, peak sucralose and acesulfame-potassium concentrations following ingestion of diet soda ranged from 4.0 to 7387.9?ng/mL and 299.0 to 4764.2?ng/mL, respectively.”

This is believed to be the first time researchers have demonstrated that infants are in fact exposed to artificial sweeteners even when exclusively breastfed (if the mother consumes them). An accompanying commentary21 by pediatric experts notes:

“NNS [non-nutritive sweeteners] were present in the breast milk of all subjects in physiologically significant amounts, and … at concentrations well above the taste thresholds. Why is this important?

NNS or non-caloric artificial sweeteners (NCAS) are ubiquitous in the modern diet … Despite the approval by the FDA and European Food Safety Authority, concerns, admittedly largely unproven, persist about their safety … The concerns about NNS are three-fold.

First, that they may adversely alter taste preferences. Second, that the ultimate effect may be contrary to what is intended and their ingestion may increase food consumption. Third, that they may adversely alter the gut bacterial microbiome and its metabolites.

All of these concerns are magnified with early exposure in life. The evidence to support these concerns is either inductive or based on experimental models and emerging human data.”

‘Diet’ Beverages Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack

Another 2018 study22 by the American Heart Association (AHA) found that, compared to drinking none or just one “diet” drink per week, women over 50 who drank two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day had a:23

  • 31% increased risk for ischemic stroke
  • 29% increased risk of coronary heart disease
  • 23% increased risk of all types of stroke
  • 16% increased risk of early death

The risk is particularly high for women with no previous history of heart disease, those who are obese and/or African-American women. The study included more than 81,714 women from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, a longitudinal study of the health of 93,676 postmenopausal women between the ages of 50 and 79. The mean follow-up time was close to 11.9 years. According to the authors:

“In women with no prior history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus, high consumption of ASB [artificially-sweetened beverages] was associated with more than a twofold increased risk of small artery occlusion ischemic stroke … High consumption of ASBs was associated with significantly increased risk of ischemic stroke in women with body mass index ?30 …”

In an accompanying editorial,24 “Artificial Sweeteners, Real Risks,” Hannah Gardener, assistant scientist in the department of neurology at the University of Miami, and Dr. Michell Elkind at Columbia University, suggest drinking pure water instead of no-calories sweetened beverages, as it is by far the safest and healthiest low-calorie drink there is.

If you want some flavor, just squeeze a little bit of fresh lemon or lime into mineral water. In instances where your cooking, baking or beverage needs a little sweetener, be mindful of your choice.

Sucralose Linked to Liver, Kidney and Thymus Damage

Other recent research25 published in the journal Morphologie found sucralose caused “definite changes” in the liver of treated rats, “indicating toxic effects on regular ingestion.” The researchers warn these findings suggest sucralose should be “taken with caution to avoid hepatic damage.”

In other words, regularly using Splenda could damage your liver. Here, adult rats were given a much higher (yet nonlethal) oral dose of sucralose — 3 grams (3,000 mg) per kilo body mass per day for 30 days, after which the animals’ livers were dissected and compared to the livers of unexposed controls. According to the authors:

“Experimental rats showed features of patchy degeneration of hepatocytes along with Kupffer cells hyperplasia, lymphocytic infiltration, sinusoidal dilatation and fibrosis indicating a definite hepatic damage on regular ingestion of sucralose. Sinusoidal width was also found to be increased in experimental animals as compared to controls.”

Studies have also linked sucralose consumption to liver and kidney enlargement26,27 and kidney calcification.28,29 Another organ affected by sucralose is your thymus, with studies linking sucralose consumption to shrinkage of the thymus (up to 40%30,31) and an increase in leukocyte populations (immune system cells) in the thymus and lymph nodes.32

Sucralose Safety Has Been Repeatedly Questioned

At the time of this writing, there are 27,400 references to sucralose in the scientific search engine Google Scholar, so there’s no shortage of studies to review if you’re curious. Here’s a small sampling of papers raising questions about the safety of this artificial sweetener.

Artificial Sweetener Such as Sucralose May Promote Inflammation in Human Subcutaneous Fat-Derived Mesenchymal Stromal Cells, 2017 33 Research presented at GW Annual Research Days in 2017 shows sucralose consumption caused an increase in superoxide accumulation and cellular inflammation.

The sweetener also Increased expression of a specific sweet taste receptor. According to the researchers, “upregulation of adipogenic genes … cultured in near physiological concentrations of sucralose, indicate possible causality between increased fat deposition and sweetener use.”

The Non-Caloric Sweeteners Aspartame, Sucralose and Stevia sp. Induce Specific but Differential Responses to Compartmentalized Adipose Tissue Accumulation, 201734 In this study, consumption of sucralose resulted in weight gain, elevated blood glucose and body fat accumulation.

Sucralose Activates an ERK1/2–Ribosomal Protein S6 Signaling Axis, 201635 Sucralose was found to stimulate insulin secretion much like glucose, but through completely different and poorly understood pathways. According to the authors, these findings “will have implications for diabetes.”

Changes in the Expression of Cell Surface Markers in Spleen Leukocytes in a Murine Model of Frequent Sucralose Intake, 201636 This study found frequent sucralose intake may affect your immune function. According to the authors:

“Our results show a decrease in the frequency of B lymphocyte population and T lymphocytes in comparison to the control group. In B and T lymphocytes the analysis of co-stimulatory molecules show a lower frequency compared to the control group. The immune response depends on the differentiation and activation of cellular populations.

We hypothesized that chronic ingestion of commercial sucralose might be affecting the immune response by modifying the frequencies of cellular populations, as well as the expression of co-stimulatory and inhibitory molecules … by decreasing the ability of co-stimulation between B an T lymphocytes, with a probable effect on the immune response.

It is necessary to further determine if sucralose intake affects the efficiency of the immune response.”

Popular Sweetener Sucralose as a Migraine Trigger, 200637 As noted by the authors, “This observation of a potential causal relationship between sucralose and migraines may be important for physicians to remember this can be a possible trigger during dietary history taking.

Identifying further triggers for migraine headaches, in this case sucralose, may help alleviate some of the cost burden (through expensive medical therapy or missed work opportunity) as well as provide relief to migraineurs.”

Healthier Sugar Substitutes

Two of the best sugar substitutes are Stevia and Lo Han Kuo (also spelled Luo Han Guo). Stevia, a highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant, is sold as a supplement. It’s completely safe in its natural form and can be used to sweeten most dishes and drinks.

Lo Han Kuo is similar to Stevia, but is my personal favorite. I use the Lakanto brand vanilla flavor which is a real treat for me. The Lo Han fruit has been used as a sweetener for centuries, and is about 200 times sweeter than sugar.

A third alternative is to use pure glucose, also known as dextrose. Dextrose is only 70% as sweet as sucrose, so you’ll end up using a bit more of it for the same amount of sweetness, making it slightly more expensive than regular sugar. It is safer than regular sugar, which is 50% fructose.

Still, it’s well worth it for your health as it does not contain any fructose whatsoever. Contrary to fructose, glucose can be used directly by every cell in your body and as such is a far safer sugar alternative.

New Law Will Allow Oregon Dentists to Vaccinate Patients

PORTLAND, Ore. — A new bill that would allow dentists to administer vaccinations just passed the Oregon Legislature.

Next year, Oregon dentists will be allowed to give their patients immunization shots. House Bill 2220 will allow dentists to give any vaccinations — from measles to HPV and annual flu shots.

Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the bill into law in the next day or two. The law passed with a nearly unanimous vote.

Oregon health officials have been working on this since before the recent nationwide measles outbreak. Dentists have gradually been providing health care screening to their patients well beyond the 32 teeth most of us have in our mouths.

Dr. Jason Bajuscak of City Dental works on a patient. Bajuscak says he's eager to offer vaccinations to his patients under a new Oregon bill that's expected to be signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown. (KATU Photo)

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