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Data from the CDC1 in 2017 show heart disease causes one death every 37 seconds in America and that it is the leading cause of death in the U.S. It created a financial burden of $219 billion in 2014 and 2015. Every 40 seconds someone has a heart attack. Those at higher risk are smokers and those who have high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and/or diabetes.2
Since researchers believed cholesterol levels contribute greatly to heart disease, pharmaceutical companies focused on developing a drug that might be marketed to millions when they first began searching for a “cure” to what is known as “hardening of the arteries.” After a historical journey beginning in the mid-20th century,3 the first statin drug was released in 1987 — lovastatin.
The way statin drugs work is by preventing a certain enzyme from carrying out its function in the body. This was first tested with fungi broths and then later in animals, and in both cases it lowered plasma cholesterol. Millions of people now take statins on the advice of their physicians with the hope of extending their life and reducing their risk of heart disease. One Johns Hopkins cardiologist explains a dangerous evolution of statin use:4
“Traditionally, statins were viewed as purely cholesterol-lowering drugs. So it made sense just to use them for people with high cholesterol. But we’ve learned that they also benefit people with lower levels of cholesterol who are at a high risk of heart disease. So we now think of statins as risk-reducing drugs.”
As mainstream medicine continues to prescribe statin medications to a growing number of patients whether they currently have cholesterol levels deemed higher than normal or not, others are warning this trend is likely placing more people at risk than it is helping.
As I have reported, a 2015 review of statin trials found that in primary prevention trials, the median postponement of death in those taking statins was just 3.2 days. In exchange for an additional 3.2 days, those taking statins may experience heart damage and have an increased risk of dementia.5,6
Do You Experience Statin Brain?
Dr. Beatrice Golomb is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, whose recent research has focused on statin use. In her answer to a question by a Scientific American reader, she writes about how statins affect your neurological system and, more specifically, your brain:7
“Between 2003 and 2012 roughly one in four Americans aged 40 and older were taking a cholesterol-lowering medication, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But studies show that statins can influence our sleep and behavior — and perhaps even change the course of neurodegenerative conditions, including dementia.
In 2015, my colleagues and I observed that women taking statins, on average, showed increased aggression; men typically showed less, possibly because of reduced testosterone levels. Some men in our study did experience a marked increase in aggression, which was correlated with worsening sleep.”
By 2016, the recommendations for statins widened when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published new guidelines in which they indicated statins should be started in people between the ages of 40 and 758 who have at least one risk factor for heart disease. This recommendation resulted in 35 million who are currently prescribed statin medications.9
Golomb has found the drugs produce different effects based on a person’s medical history, the drug they are taking and the dose.10 She’s found that while adverse drug reactions have been reported with statin use, there are not a lot of published studies having to do with mood and behavioral changes related to statin use.
In 12 case studies, Golomb found changes that started after statin use was begun and persisted or progressed as the drug was continued. Reports of violent ideation, suicide, irritability and depression were resolved when the drug was discontinued. A sample of the reports include:
- Suicide after simvastatin was taken for 5 days
- Depression in a woman in her 50s after taking simvastatin 10 mg for 2 weeks
- Depression and aggression in a man in his 50s after taking atorvastatin 20 mg for 1 month
- Suicide in a man in his 40s after taking atorvastatin 10 mg for several months
Other reported symptoms included suicide attempts, cognitive compromise, nightmares and anxiety. Golomb first suspected a connection between statins and mental health changes nearly 20 years ago. She found more evidence in the literature than she anticipated. She then conducted a study in Sweden, comparing the cholesterol levels of 250,000 to local crime records and commented to the BBC:11
“There are lines of evidence converging. Even adjusting for confounding factors, it was still the case that people with lower cholesterol at baseline were significantly more likely to be arrested for violent crimes.”
Science Ignoring Impact of Drugs on Personality Change
While physiological changes are testable, psychological and personality changes are less objectively measured. Results from one survey12 in 2016 demonstrated that despite media attention to normalize mental health issues, 12 million adults in the U.K. with mental health issues did not seek help, mainly because they were embarrassed.
There is evidence to support that those with naturally low cholesterol may experience greater aggression and anger. In a study13 of 4,852 children ages 6 to 16, researchers found that those whose cholesterol was less than 145 mg/dL were three times more likely to be suspended from school than those whose levels were higher.
The researcher speculated the stress from being suspended may have reduced cholesterol concentrations. However, other studies demonstrate that stress increases, rather than reduces, cholesterol levels.14 Lowering cholesterol levels appears to affect serotonin levels in the brain as demonstrated in animal studies involving fruit flies15 and fish.16
In the fish study, as cholesterol levels reduced, levels of serotonin altered, and the fish became more aggressive. Golomb is convinced lowering cholesterol levels by using statins influences the way your brain functions.
However, she is more concerned about the lack of interest in the science community of the impact that seemingly ordinary drugs have on personality and aggression. One pain researcher from Ohio University also noticed this issue:17
“There is a remarkable gap in the research actually, when it comes to the effects of medication on personality and behaviour. We know a lot about the physiological effects of these drugs – whether they have physical side effects or not, you know. But we don’t understand how they influence human behaviour.”
The BBC reports the U.S. purchases 49,000 metric tonnes (54,013 tons) of paracetamol (acetaminophen) every year, enough for each person to take 298 tablets in a year. At the same time, Americans are spending an average of $1,200 per person on prescription drugs. As people get older, the dependence on drugs may get even worse.
Statins Increase Your Risk of Health Problems
One of the side effects of statin medications is that they deplete your body of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This might explain some of the devastating, long-term results experienced by those taking the medication. As early as 2002 it was strongly suggested18 that the FDA should issue a black box warning to advise patients and physicians of the depletion of CoQ10, but in 2014 the FDA decided against it.19
CoQ10 is important because it can help manage heart failure.20 When taking statins, you may find yourself dealing with a reduction in vitamin K221 and, by extension, a higher risk of osteoporosis,22 brain disease23 and inappropriate calcification throughout the body.24
The use of statins also comes with an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases,25 cataracts26 and musculoskeletal disorders.27 While the FDA reports liver complications are rare, one physician’s search28 of the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) found 5,405 people who reported hepatitis or liver function abnormalities that were associated with only two different statin medications between 2006 and 2013.
Researchers also found that those taking statins have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.29 In one published study,30 22 professional athletes with familial hypercholesterolemia were followed for eight years and treated with different statins. Of the 22, only six tolerated at least one drug. In only three of the six could training performance continue without limitation.
Rising Number of Seniors Taking Too Many Prescriptions
In the U.K. more than 10% of the general population over age 65 takes at least eight prescribed medications every week.31 The New York Times32 reports the average person in their mid- to late 60s in the U.S. takes 15 prescription drugs each year, which doesn’t consider the number of over-the-counter products they might also be taking.
The use of multiple prescription drugs is called polypharmacy, which is common among the elderly and especially those in nursing homes. Polypharmacy may increase hospitalizations with a high number of complications, increased rates of death and excessive health care costs.33
One of the hidden dangers of taking drugs with significant side effects, such as statins, is that one drug is often prescribed in order to take care of the side effects of another. Drug interactions can then cause hospitalization and sometimes the interactions may lead to death.
Simple Strategies to Normalize Your Cholesterol Levels
Consider using simple strategies to normalize your cholesterol levels. I believe a total cholesterol measurement has little benefit in evaluating your risk for heart disease unless the number is over 300.
In some instances, high cholesterol may indicate a problem, provided it’s your LDL or triglycerides and you have low HDL. A better evaluation of your risk of heart disease are the following two ratios in combination with other lifestyle factors, such as your iron level and diet:
- HDL/Cholesterol ratio — Divide your HDL level by your cholesterol. This ratio should ideally be above 24 percent
- Triglyceride/HDL ratio — Divide your triglyceride level by your HDL. This ratio should ideally be below 234
You have control over your health and may protect your heart and lower your risk of heart disease by following suggestions affecting your lifestyle and exposure to environmental toxins. In my article, “Cholesterol Managers Want to Double Statin Prescriptions,” I share a list of suggestions to help minimize your toxic exposure and improve your body’s ability to maintain good heart health.
Additionally, in my article “Nearly Half of American Adults Have Cardiovascular Disease,” I summarize additional strategies you may use to improve microcirculation in your heart. I also talk about mitochondrial function and insulin resistance, which are related to strong heart health.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria annually infect more than 2.8 million people in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1 reports that more than 35,000 people die each year as a result. But, unlike other threats, this has a clear and well-known cause: the overuse of antibiotics.
Infections triggered by antibiotic resistant bacteria are sometimes impossible to treat and may extend hospital admissions. When antibiotics lose their effectiveness against a particular bacterium it presents a significant and severe public health threat. Many medical procedures require the use of antibiotics, such as when you have organ transplants and joint replacements.
The list of urgent and serious bacterial and fungi threats is growing, including those resistant to carbapenem, an antibiotic of last resort. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are notorious planet polluters. Waste products pollute groundwater, and the gas produced from thousands of confined animals in a small space overwhelms workers and neighbors.
In 2017 the World Health Organization2 called for the elimination of antibiotic use in healthy animals; in that same year the FDA introduced a rule that restricted the sale of antibiotics, requiring a visit to the vet rather than the shelves of a local feed supply store to obtain them.3 As noted in an October 2019 piece published by Modern Farmer, however,
“This is a significant problem in agriculture, as antibiotics are often used not to treat specific diseases, but for prevention or to prevent growth. (They’re also sometimes used in lieu of cleaner, safer facilities.)”
South Dakota Seeks Short-Term Gains for a Long-Term Problem
The inhumane and environmentally devastating CAFO model of agriculture is being rewarded in South Dakota as they seek to reap short-term gains while inviting long-term problems. In 2013 the state began a tax rebate program designed to attract business development. The goal was to entice new industries, thus creating more jobs and raising tax revenues.
In the spring of 2019, the state began offering financial incentives to counties in which new CAFOs were built. Joe Fiala, community development director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, called livestock operations “one of the few rays of sunshine in the ag economy.”4 Answering concerns about the new rule, he told the Aberdeen News:
“From an economic development standpoint, generally these types of projects, livestock- development projects, enhance our tax base because they’re putting up buildings and paying property taxes. And they’re also providing new jobs for the state, and in general they’re paying a good wage and offering good benefits.”
Kathy Tyler (HR-D 2013-2014) adamantly opposes the financial incentives to counties in exchange for new CAFOs. She said the tax rebate comes from the developer, which is then given to the state and passed to the county, which boils down to a developer paying the county to approve a project:
“It’s bribery, pure and simple. If I went to a zoning meeting and offered them $400,000 to not permit a facility, I would be put in jail for bribery.”
At the end of 2019 there were four projects submitted for approval, including a soybean processing plant, two pig barns and a dairy operation. One of the proposed sow barns promised to produce 145,000 piglets every year, along with 19 full-time positions for workers and a $1.27 million annual payroll.
During a public meeting with the county commissioners, concerns were raised over the location, manure management and water use. Before the vote when the CAFO was eventually approved, Commissioner James Wangsness spoke to Aberdeen News. Without mentioning the anticipated environmental impact and damage to neighboring properties, he said:
“It’s another piece of the puzzle and it is a big deal as far as the tax potential and the economic growth because it’s a big facility and we just don’t get those. It’s a pretty cool benefit, but it’s not impacting my feeling on this project. It’s just a big elephant in the room that we have to walk around because now everyone is accusing us of being bought and that’s just not true.”
Farmers Stop Public Health Officials From Doing Their Job
The owners of hog farms headed to South Dakota may have the same objections to inspections on their premises as the farmers in Montana, whose operations were potentially identified by Dr. Scott Lindquist as the origin of an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella.5 Lindquist serves as an epidemiologist for the Washington State Department of Health.
In an interview with Leslie Stahl of CBS News, Lindquist recounted what happened after an outbreak in which an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people became ill. He traced the source to a slaughterhouse where bacteria were cultured. Unable to determine whether the slaughterhouse was the origin, he requested access to the farms that had sent livestock, so he could take samples.
However, Lindquist received a letter from Liz Wagstrom of the National Pork Producers Council, the primary lobbying group for the industry, denying access. She said: “I know that you do not want any inadvertent negative consequences to farms as a result of this proposed on-farm sampling.”
In what appeared to be a comment expressing more concern about the consequences to farms than to consumers, Wagstrom held her ground and refused access. During her interview with Leslie Stahl, Wagstrom defended her position by saying five months had passed since the beginning of the outbreak.
She asserted it would have been too late to determine if the salmonella DNA on the farm and at the slaughterhouse were identical. Lindquist was seeking more information with the hope of reducing the number of people getting sick. He offered to maintain the confidentiality of the farms from which the samples were taken.
When pressed, Wagstrom raised a concern about biosecurity, saying anyone entering the farms needs to shower and shampoo so they don’t carry disease to the livestock. Even an offer of submitting to those disinfecting guidelines did not sway Wagstrom.
CAFO Farmers Operate Their Businesses From Boardrooms
Lance Price, microbiologist at George Washington University, also expressed concerns that federal inspectors were not allowed to take samples without the farmers’ permission, making it nearly impossible to trace where tainted products may have originated.
Ultimately, the concern is that antibiotic resistant bacteria are being spread through tainted meat for which physicians do not have effective antibiotics. Although the pathogens can be killed during cooking, opening tainted meat in the house can release the bacteria into the kitchen, increasing the risk of illness.
CAFOs began using antibiotics to fight disease in crowded conditions but soon found they also helped the livestock to grow faster while eating less food. Price shared that, currently, most hogs are raised on industrial farms, with some of them owned by foreign companies.
He says that some multinational companies are hiding behind the portrait of the small American farmer, an image that generates sentiments of protection in most of the U.S. However, Price points out it’s not the guy in overalls who owns these CAFOs, but rather
“ … a guy in a suit with a Maserati, you know? I mean, this is — these are — these are big companies that we are protecting. And by protecting them, we’re hurting ourselves.”
When Wagstrom was asked about the use of preventive antibiotics and overcrowding she said, “That would be an improper stocking density.” Yet, as Stahl points out, farmers are denying oversight, so there is no way to be sure.
Sidestepping another issue, Stahl asked if Wagstrom would support a regulation mandating that farmers report the amount of antibiotics used on livestock. She replied, “I would support discussion around trying to figure out how to collect that data.”
Dancing to the Tune of Big Agriculture
Price also expressed concern over a new regulation the pork industry lobbied to enact that lifted a number of important oversight requirements. The USDA claims they are modernizing the process, yet Price says, “I don’t see modernization. I see just straight-up deregulation in an industry that you want regulated.”
The new regulation allows the slaughterhouse and companies to set the speed at which the carcasses are processed. Prior to this change, the limit was 20 per minute; the new regulation lifts all limits. In the old system inspectors examined each carcass. However, the number of inspectors is also reduced by 40%, with processing inspections taken over by plant employees who may or may not be trained to do so.
CAFO farms are the subject of a book called “Pig Tales,” written by The New York Times best-selling author Barry Estabrook, who set out to explore and write about the pork industry. He discovered that Big Ag wields enormous power in states like North Carolina, home to many CAFOs. He describes that power:6
“Politically, wherever pork is produced in large quantities, Big Ag is king. You think of states such as North Carolina, Iowa and Minnesota. Big Ag is a very, very, very powerful political force. It doesn’t matter whether the politicians are Democrats, Republicans or Libertarians; they dance to the tune of Big Agriculture.”
CAFO Farms Create Disease Carriers and Are Deadly
The use of antibiotics in livestock is regulated by the FDA. Before 2013, CAFOs had the option of using antibiotics for weight gain. Currently, the FDA guidelines ask pharmaceutical companies to:7
“ … voluntarily remove growth enhancement and feed efficiency indications from the approved uses of their medically important antimicrobial drug products, and move the therapeutic uses of these products from over-the-counter (OTC) availability to marketing status requiring veterinary oversight.”
The use of antibiotics for disease prevention in large, overcrowded environments is still allowed under the FDA’s guidelines. In 2015, Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae bacteria was found on a U.S. pig farm.8 Carbapenem is one of the antibiotics of last resort.9
The finding is surprising as it’s illegal to use this antibiotic, crucial to human medicine, in food-producing animals.10 The addition of antibiotics to livestock feed increases the risk of antibiotic resistant bacterial growth. Organisms responsible for infectious diseases in humans, such as cryptosporidium, E. coli and salmonella, are common in livestock manure.11
They are a normal part of livestock gut microbiome and can grow in high concentrations. In some instances, they are beneficial to digestion in livestock. The bacteria are excreted in the manure and oftentimes that manure is sprayed onto fields as fertilizer. The excess can leach into the groundwater and waterways, which concerned wildlife services for waterfowl protection in South Dakota.
Fumes from the manure pits are so toxic that it caused the death of a father and son at an Iowa pig farm when they were trying to repair a pump.12 They were the second father and son to die in the Midwest in July 2015, overcome by noxious gas from manure pits.
Given that these fumes are regularly pumped outdoors, it’s not surprising that people living near Iowa CAFOs have elevated rates of respiratory symptoms compared to those who live elsewhere.13
Sustainable Farms Reduce Risks to the Land and People
Regenerative farming practices produce healthy soil and great success for the farmers who practice it; Will Harris is one such farmer. He is from White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, and runs a successful farm that produces high-quality grass fed products.
His focus changed from figuring out how many heads of cattle he could feed to building a process that feeds microbes in the soil, which in turn helps crops yield more every year. Working with natural cycles, he and other regenerative farmers have improved productivity and carbon sequestration.
There are several organizations that may help you source farm-fresh food in your local area. For a list of those and a discussion of regenerative farming practices, see, “How Regenerative Farming Methods Can Restore Ecology and Rebuild Communities.”
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition triggered by a systemic infection that causes your body to overreact and launch an excessive and highly damaging immune response. Unless promptly diagnosed and treated, it can rapidly progress to multiple-organ failure and death.
A number of studies have shown sepsis is becoming ever more prevalent, making it imperative to be on the lookout for its signs and symptoms whenever you’re ill or in the hospital.
This includes cases of suspected influenza, as sepsis can mimic many of the signs and symptoms of the flu. In fact, sepsis is one of the leading causes for influenza deaths. Studies have also identified sepsis as a top cause of death in hospitals, and one of the primary causes of serious harm due to misdiagnosis. Findings show that:
- In the U.S., 1.7 million adults develop sepsis each year, and nearly 270,000 die as a result.1
- Between 34.7% and 55.9% of American patients who died in hospitals between 2010 and 2012 had sepsis at the time of their death.2
- The death rate of in-hospital patients with sepsis is 10% compared to 1% among patients without sepsis.3
- Spending for sepsis rose by 19% from 2011 to 2013.4 It is now the most expensive condition treated in the U.S., costing $23.6 billion annually.5,6
Sepsis Responsible for One-Fifth of Global Deaths
Now, the most comprehensive global analysis7,8 done to date warns that sepsis is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide each year. The researchers call the finding “alarming,” as their updated figures are double that of previous estimates. As reported by NPR:9
“They estimate that about 11 million people worldwide died with sepsis in 2017 alone — out of 56 million total deaths. That’s about 20% of all deaths. ‘It’s a massive number,’ [lead author Dr. Kristina] Rudd says.”
An estimated 85% of these sepsis-related deaths occur in low- to middle-income countries.10 Surprisingly, the paper,11 “A Global Accounting of Sepsis,” published in the January 18, 2020, issue of The Lancet, suggests the rate of sepsis has actually declined by about half since 1990. NPR reports:12
“That’s a surprising finding, says Dr. Chanu Rhee, who studies sepsis and infectious disease at Harvard Medical School. ‘It’s really interesting that in their study, they actually found the incidence of sepsis declined over the study period,’ he says, ‘where other studies have actually suggested the opposite.'”
The authors of The Lancet study do point out that their findings “must be viewed in context with the constraints of the analysis,” as “modelling assumptions and imputation steps can introduce bias.” They explain:13
“The model inputs to estimate the burden of sepsis for 195 countries came from the vital records of four countries (Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, and the USA), and data for hospital case-fatalities were obtained from ten countries (Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, and the USA), resulting in extrapolation from countries of high and middle incomes to low-income countries.
Because some continents (notably Africa) are not represented as original sepsis data sources, longitudinal trends might be unreliable. Hypothetically, improvements in Brazil as a primary data source country could create the appearance of benefits for sub-Saharan Africa, irrespective of actual local changes.”
A significant hurdle when studying sepsis is the fact that many doctors overlook it as a contributing cause of death, and don’t list it on the death certificate. Rhee, who has investigated the sepsis burden in the U.S., tells NPR that — based on his own findings of U.S. death certificates — sepsis may actually play a role in more than 20% of deaths worldwide,14 considering most sepsis deaths occur in countries lacking the medical care available in more affluent nations.
Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis
Despite its prevalence, sepsis is frequently overlooked, even by health care professionals. For this reason, it’s really important to familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of sepsis, and to take immediate action if you suspect sepsis.
Also inform the medical staff of your suspicion, as time is of the essence when it comes to treatment. Hydration is of utmost importance, as much of the damage caused by sepsis begins with the loss of fluids.
While the signs can be subtle at first, sepsis typically produces the following signs and symptoms:15,16,17 Many of these symptoms may be confused with a bad cold or the flu. However, they tend to develop quicker than you would normally expect.
A high fever with chills and shivering
Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
Rapid breathing (tachypnea)
Unusual level of sweating (diaphoresis)
Confusion or disorientation
Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
Severe muscle pain
Low urine output
Cold and clammy skin and/or skin rash
Acronyms to Memorize
The Sepsis Alliance recommends using the acronym TIME to remember some of the more common symptoms:18
- T — Temperature higher or lower than normal?
- I — Have you now or recently had any signs of an infection?
- M — Are there any changes in mental status, such as confusion or excessive sleepiness?
- E — Are you experiencing any extreme pain or illness; do you have a “feeling you may die?”
Another acronym you could use to memorize the signs and symptoms is SEPSIS, described in the video above:
- S — Shivering (fever, cold)
- E — Extreme pain
- P — Pale, clammy skin
- S — Shortness of breath
- I — “I feel like I might die”
- S — Sleepy (confused)
Beware: Sepsis Plays a Role in Many Influenza Deaths
Importantly, sepsis has been identified as a major contributor in influenza deaths. According to researchers, “Severe sepsis is traditionally associated with bacterial diseases … However, viruses are becoming a growing cause of severe sepsis worldwide.”
As noted in the video above, some sepsis symptoms also resemble those of influenza, which can have tragic consequences if you do not seek medical help in time. The video offers guidelines on how to tell the difference between the two.
Sepsis, without doubt, requires immediate medical attention, whereas most people will successfully recover from flu with a few days to a week of bedrest and fluids. Just how influenza can lead to sepsis is a somewhat complex affair, described as follows:19
“In the initial response to an infection, severe sepsis is characterized by a pro-inflammatory state, while a progression to an anti-inflammatory state develops and favors secondary infections …
In the predominant pro-inflammatory state, Th1 cells activated by microorganisms increase transcription of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF-?), interferon-? (INF-?), and interleukin-2 (IL-2).
[C]ytokines … released from endothelial cells and subsequently from macrophages can induce lymphocyte activation and infiltration at the sites of infection and will exert direct antiviral effects. Subsequently, with the shift toward an anti-inflammatory state, activated Th2 cells secrete interleukin-4 (IL-4) and interleukin-10 (IL-10).
In certain situations, T cells can become anergic, failing to proliferate and produce cytokines. Type I IFN has a potent anti-influenza virus activity; it induces transcription of several interferon stimulated genes, which in turn restrict viral replication.
However, influenza virus developed several mechanisms to evade IFN response … Viral infections such as the influenza virus can also trigger deregulation of the innate immune system with excessive cytokines release and potential harmful consequences.
An abnormal immune response to influenza can lead to endothelial damage … deregulation of coagulation, and the consequent alteration of microvascular permeability, tissue edema, and shock.”
Remember to Ask for This Life-Saving Sepsis Protocol
If you or a loved one succumbs to sepsis, whether caused by influenza or some other infection, please remember that a protocol of IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine (vitamin B1) can be lifesaving,20 so urge your doctor to use it. Chances are, they might not even be aware of it.
This sepsis treatment protocol was developed Dr. Paul Marik, a critical care doctor at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in East Virginia, and clinical use has proven it to be remarkably effective for the treatment of sepsis, reducing mortality nearly fivefold.
Marik’s retrospective before-after clinical study21,22 showed that giving patients IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and vitamin B1 for two days reduced mortality from 40% to 8.5%. Of the 50 patients treated, only four died, and all of them died from their underlying disease, not sepsis.
The precise protocol used was 200 mg of thiamine every 12 hours, 1,500 mg of ascorbic acid every six hours, and 50 mg of hydrocortisone every six hours.23 Importantly, the treatment has no side effects and is inexpensive, readily available and simple to administer, so you really have nothing to lose by trying it.
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where Marik works, has made the protocol its standard of care for sepsis, and other hospitals are also starting to follow suit. Unfortunately, many are still dragging their heels, waiting for the completion of additional clinical trials.
According to Marik, vitamin C and corticosteroids have a synergistic effect,24 which is part of why his combo protocol is so effective. Still, simply using high-dose IV vitamin C exclusively has been shown to improve survival in patients with sepsis and acute respiratory failure, reducing mortality from 46% to 30%.25
It also reduced the number of days they needed to remain hospitalized. On average, those who received vitamin C had by day 28 spent three fewer days in the intensive care unit than the placebo group (seven days compared to 10). By day 60, the treatment group had also spent seven fewer days in the hospital overall —15 days compared to 22.26
While there are no trials that look at integrating hyperbaric oxygen therapy, my strong suspicion is that this would be a powerful synergy that could get the fatality rate from the problem far closer to zero. Sadly, this treatment is not available at many hospitals, and even if it were, it is not approved for this indication.
Educational Resources for Your Doctor
Marik’s sepsis protocol can be a lifesaver, so you’d be wise to discuss it with your doctor any time you’re hospitalized. Remember, sepsis is often the result of a secondary infection contracted while in the hospital, so it’s prudent to be prepared.
This way, should you develop sepsis while you’re admitted, your medical team already knows your wishes and can act swiftly. According to Marik, the best results are obtained when the concoction is administered within the first six hours of presentation of symptoms.27 The longer you delay treatment, the less likely it will be successful.
You can learn more about Marik’s sepsis protocol in “Vitamin C — A Game Changer in Treatment of Deadly Sepsis,” along with commonsense recommendations for how to lower your risk of sepsis in the first place. You can also review Marik’s PowerPoint presentation, “Hydrocortisone, Ascorbic Acid and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock,” presented at the 2020 Critical Care Reviews meeting in Australia.
If your doctor refuses to consider it offhand, convince him or her to review the studies cited here.28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37 Simply look up the references 27 through 36 and make copies to take to your doctor. Alternatively, you can go to PubMed38 directly and type in “vitamin C” and “sepsis” in the search engine and you will get a list of the available research.
While there are certain situations in which the hospital may still deny this treatment, if you are an adult who is sick, you will usually have the right to insist on it. I will actually be interviewing Marik shortly and hope to work with him on developing a process to make it easier for patients to implement this strategy in their local hospital.
In most cases, you’d probably just need to sign an “Against Medical Advice — Acknowledgment and Waiver” form (samples of which can be found in the references39), which states you’ve elected to not follow the standard of care recommended by your doctor.
Contraindication for IV Vitamin C Treatment
The only contraindication is if you are glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficient (a genetic disorder).40 G6PD is required for your body to produce NADPH, which is a cousin of NAD+ and necessary to transfer reductive potential to keep your antioxidants, like glutathione and vitamin C, functional.
Because your red blood cells do not contain any mitochondria, the only way it can provide reduced glutathione is through NADPH, and since G6PD eliminates this, it causes red blood cells to rupture due to inability to compensate for oxidative stress.
Fortunately, G6PC deficiency is relatively uncommon, and can be tested for. People of Mediterranean and African decent are at greater risk of being G6PC deficient. Worldwide, G6PD deficiency is thought to affect 400 million individuals, and in the U.S., an estimated 1 in 10 African-American males have it.41
The “novel corona virus” now infecting people in China is designed to leave those of European descent unharmed, according to P3 Freemason sources. We have previously provided extensive proof to show this was also true of SARS. Remember, the Nazi neocons who came to power with George W. Bush Jr. said in their Project for the New American Century manifesto that ethnic-specific bio-weapons would be a “useful political tool.”
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by Jon Rappoport
January 29, 2020
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Sometimes, during years of research, unusual dots pop up, and you see connections you never suspected were there.
Here is a bottom line connection. When the poor and disenfranchised people mount a protest against some draconian action of the State or corporation, the super-rich controllers don’t register outright panic. They believe they can manage the situation. They can offer more aid, more welfare, more sympathy, more empty promises. They can divert and re-channel problems. They can form groups that essentially go nowhere.
However, when protestors show up who are obviously from the middle class, alarm bells sound. These middlers are supposed to be allies of the controllers. They have very nice perks from the system. They know how to look the other way when horrible things happen to others. They spend most of their time protecting what they have.
At that point, when the middle class goes rogue, weird things happen. Unpredicted things.
I have three examples.
In 1982, when I was just starting out as a reporter for LA Weekly, I interviewed Bill Perry, who had quit his plush job as head of PR for Lawrence Livermore Labs in Berkeley, California, where they do research on better nuclear weapons.
Bill told me this job was the culmination of a long upward struggle for him. He had arrived at a pinnacle. He could now call press conferences in fancy hotels, and reporters would flock to his events and cover them. A dream realized.
This was the time of a movement called the Nuclear Freeze. Groups around the world were calling for a moratorium on the production of atomic and hydrogen weapons. Outside the gates of Lawrence Livermore, protestors gathered every day.
At first, Bill paid no attention to them. But eventually, he began looking. He saw more and more people wearing suits and business clothes. These were the middle class. That shook him up. He started thinking about the real meaning of his job and the work of the Lab. He found a conscience. You could say he was a representative of “the controllers.” One day, he just handed in his resignation papers and left the cushiest job he would ever have. Who could have foreseen that?
Recently, as New Jersey legislators were trying to pass a bill that would eliminate religious exemptions from the vaccination of children, a large group of protestors gathered every day outside the building where the debate was taking place. Again, many of these parents were middle class. They should have been happy robots—but they weren’t. Far from it. Suddenly, the pro-vaxx legislators didn’t have the votes to pass the bill.
Last summer, in Wuhan, China, a city where air pollution often reaches very dangerous levels, protests erupted. Against all odds, in a brutal police State, thousands of people took to the streets. They and their children were experiencing serious lung problems. Again, many of these protestors were the very people who were benefiting from the economic juggernaut that is Wuhan. Middle class.
And a few months later, voila. Suddenly, China announces that a very convenient coronavirus is causing a very serious disease. One of the major features of this supposed epidemic? Lung problems. Not only that, the whole city of Wuhan must be locked down. Protests? Totally vanquished. Outlawed.
Is it fair and just that the poor and disenfranchised are ignored or “re-purposed” when they rebel, while the middle class is paid great attention? Of course not. But that’s the way it is. And it’s understandable when you think about it, because: FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE STATE, OR A MAJOR CORPORATION, these middle class people are being groomed for success. They’re being “paid off” to think like properly programmed entities. They’re supposed to support whatever the State is doing, because they benefit. From the point of view of the State, when the “payoffs” stop working, that’s a sign of trouble.
And when significant numbers of the middle class gather and show up in one place and make it clear they’re sick and tired of the all-powerful dragon blowing smoke at them, that’s an even bigger sign of trouble.
Here’s a fourth example. Go watch Vaxxed2, a new film in which parents tell the heartbreaking stories of what happened to their children after they received vaccinations. Damage. Brain damage. These parents are credible. Some of them look and sound like the middle class neighbors of other middle class people. They’re supposed to be happy and complacent, and walled off from the problems of society. But they aren’t. They’re grief-stricken and outraged. If they once believed they were protected from the usual tragedies that beset others, they don’t believe it anymore.
The State and its corporate partners have a monolithic view of power and how it operates. They can lay on fancy propaganda and media drivel, but underneath it all, they think they’re kings. Kings rule, everyone else follows.
When that concept begins to break down, the kings start looking at themselves and wondering where their vestments have gone and why they are naked.
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I saw this on FB somewhere, and I’d never seen such a “compact living” tent. I am a BIG fan of tiny homes and compact living arrangements (my last place was about 120 sq. ft.), and this video really illustrates some creative ways to manifest that.
Published Sep 16, 2015
If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a luxury tent in the forest, then this may just be the set-up for you! Over the last couple of months we have been flat out finishing the project and getting everything ready for me to move in. The Lotus will be my home while I finish building the Tiny House. Watch the update on this set-up here:
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(Jim Hoft) Pam Bondi took to the Senate Floor on Monday afternoon in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
“Any attempt to address the Israeli-Palestinian issue that does not begin and end with the full acknowledgment of the Palestinian right to self-determination, freedom, justice, and equality is a non-starter.”
Palestinians watch the televised press conference of U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on January 28, 2020, at the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo: Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images)
By Julia Conley,
Human rights advocates condemned U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “annexation plan” for large swaths of Palestinian territory as the two leaders on Tuesday presented what they termed a “peace deal” for Israel and Palestine.
“This is not a peace plan. It is theft. It is erasure.”
—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.)Critics joined Palestinian leaders in rejecting the premise of the so-called “vision for peace,” which was drafted by the White House and Netanyahu without the input of Palestinians.
The resulting plan is “shameful and disingenuous,” tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
They could have guaranteed justice, and brought everyone into this peace deal.
Instead these two embattled heads of state, impeached and indicted, have a “ just us” peace deal.
It’s shameful and disingenuous! https://t.co/THIniOEv8B
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 28, 2020
The plan aims to expand and make official Israeli control of Palestinian territories while assuring Palestine that it will be afforded “a pathway to a future state”—but one that will have no military of its own and in which Israel will maintain security control over some areas.
“This is not a peace plan,” tweeted Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. “It is a war plan.”‘
This is not a peace plan, it is a war plan.
A war on peace
A war on justice
A war on freedom
A war on equality
A war on Palestinian existence
— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) January 28, 2020
“It’s stunning that Donald Trump doesn’t know that this is insulting to Palestinians,” tweeted James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute.
It’s stunning that @realDonaldTrump doesn’t know that this is insulting to Palestinians. It’s not a “state” it’s a “Bantustan.” Palestinians lose more land w/out sovereignty & independence. Israel gets more land & keeps settlements. It’s Trump’s plan to try to legalize illegality https://t.co/RDE6iJ0krf
— James J. Zogby (@jjz1600) January 28, 2020
“This plan is simply a rubber stamp for the Israeli government’s continuing violations of international law, separate-and-unequal policies, land grabs, and human rights abuses against the Palestinian people,” said the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights in a statement. “Any attempt to address the Israeli-Palestinian issue that does not begin and end with the full acknowledgment of the Palestinian right to self-determination, freedom, justice, and equality is a non-starter.”
Major points within the deal include:
Jerusalem will be established as Israel’s “undivided” capitol, undermining Palestinians’ aim to recognize East Jerusalem as their capitol;
the recognition of the majority of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine;
the recognition of the Jordan Valley, which makes up a third of the occupied West Bank, as part of Israel; and
the refusal by Israel to grant Palestinians the “right to return” to their homes lost in the Six-Day War and other conflicts.
Palestinians in occupied territories held protests on Tuesday ahead of the deal’s announcement. Larger demonstrations are planned for Wednesday.
“I am not against peace, but what is being talked about is not peace,” Ahmed Shafiq, a student in Gaza, told The Guardian. “Peace is not imposed on people.”
The so-called “peace deal” amounts to “an endorsement of Israel’s aggression, allowing it to take over whatever Palestinian lands it wants and punishing the victims for daring to object to having their homeland stolen,” said Omar Baddar, deputy director of the Arab American Institute, in a short video the group released.
— Arab American Instit. (@AAIUSA) January 28, 2020
A map released showing Trump and Netanyahu’s vision for the future of Palestine resembled “a Native American reservation” more than a sovereign state, said entrepreneur Shahed Amanullah.
— Shahed Amanullah (@shahed) January 28, 2020
“This is not a peace plan,” tweeted Omar. “It is theft. It is erasure.”
Munayyer of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights called on Americans and the international community to reject Trump’s attempt to “whitewash the apartheid reality alongside his Israeli partners-in-war-crimes.”
“The only suitable response from people of conscience is to reject this effort and demand immediate accountability for Israel’s denial of Palestinian rights,” Munayyer said. “The separate-and-unequal reality the Israeli government has imposed on Palestinians, with the support of the U.S., flies in the face of the values Americans claim to uphold. Freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians is the only way forward.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from occupied Palestine, slammed Trump and Netanyahu for releasing the plan as both are facing re-election campaigns and legal battles.
“It’s fitting that the Trump-Netanyahu plan was released by a forever impeached president on the same day that Netanyahu was indicted for corruption,” Tlaib tweeted. “This political stunt gets us no closer to peace or justice.”
This political stunt gets us no closer to peace or justice. As a member of Congress, I consider it a non-starter. https://t.co/PIYYZ75PWc
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) January 28, 2020
“This is a political ploy by both leaders to distract from their abuse of power, designed to help Netanyahu win the election in less than six weeks,” Emily Meyer, co-founder of Jewish progressive group If Not Now, said in a statement. “The plan itself is a plan for permanent Israeli military occupation and control, not a plan for peace. It is simply a continuation of Trump’s strategy since entering office: to disenfranchise Palestinians and deny their rights, their agency, and even their identity.”