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by: Steve Watson
August 7, 2012
More scientists flag up health risks from x-ray scanners
An article in the New York Times health and science section today carries several revealing details indicating that doctors and scientists are extremely wary of the TSA’s use of full-body “backscatter” X-ray scanners.
The article details an account from pregnant Yolanda Marin-Czachor, a 34-year-old mother and teacher from Green Bay, Wis., who says:
“one of the first things my doctor said was: ‘Do not go through one of those machines. There have not been any long-term studies. I would prefer you stay away from it.’ ”
Explaining that the machines operate a narrowly focused beam of high-intensity radiation very quickly across the body, the article also notes:
David Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center, says he worries about mechanical malfunctions that could cause the beam to stop in one place for even a few seconds, resulting in greater radiation exposure.
John Sedat, emeritus professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, believes that the effective dose could be 45 times as high as the T.S.A. has estimated, equivalent to about 10 percent of a single chest X-ray.
Scrutiny over radiation exposure was heightened recently following apparent efforts by the TSA to cover-up a “cluster” of cancer cases amongst scanner operators at Boston-Logan airport. According to FOIA documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), when Union representatives in Boston discovered a “cancer cluster” amongst TSA workers linked with radiation from the body scanners, the TSA sought to downplay the matter and refused to issue employees with dosimeters to measure levels of exposure.
The documents indicated how, “A large number of workers have been falling victim to cancer, strokes and heart disease.”
Friday, July 13, 2012
by: David Gutierrez
[NaturalNews] A common parasite may significantly increase women’s risk of self-destructive behaviors, including suicide attempts and self harm, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
The parasite in question is known as Toxoplasma gondii, and infection with it is known as toxoplasmosis. The most common sources of human exposure are undercooked meat, unwashed vegetables and the feces of domestic cats. Although other animals can become infected with the parasite, only cats shed it in their feces.
T. gondii is most common in warm, humid climates, and chronic human infection rates in such regions (including Central and Southern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America) can reach 50 percent. Although toxoplasmosis is usually asymptomatic in adults, it can be dangerous to anyone with a compromised immune system.
In addition, the parasite can pass from a pregnant woman to her fetus, with potentially severe results. Between the 10th and 24th weeks of pregnancy, toxoplasmosis can lead to low birth weight, premature birth, jaundice, abnormal head size, retinal abnormality, convulsions, brain calcification or mental retardation in the infant. After the 24th week, the fetus is well-developed enough that the risks from infection drop significantly.
An estimated one out of 1,000 to 8,000 children born in the United States tests positive for toxoplasmosis.
Effects on the Brain?
The T. gondii parasite lives in the brain, which may explain why it damages the brains of developing fetuses and has also been linked to a higher risk of schizophrenia in adults. In the new study, the researchers sought to determine whether the parasite can have direct effects on human mood and behavior.
The researchers used Danish medical records to track 45,788 women who had taken part in a newborn toxoplasmosis screening study, in which their infants were screened for the parasite within 10 days of birth. More than one in four infants tested positive, thus indicating that their mothers likely suffered from chronic toxoplasmosis.
Over the following 14 years, 78 of the women attempted suicide and 488 engaged in self-harm. The researchers found that the rate of self-harm was 50 percent higher among women with toxoplasmosis, and the rate of attempted suicide was 80 percent higher.
A total of 18 women successfully committed suicide, but this number was too small for comparison. Other potential weaknesses in the analysis included the fact that not all cases of self-harm were necessarily reported to physicians, and that the correlation found between toxoplasmosis and self-destructive behavior might not be causative. For example, it is possible that some third factor, such as underlying depression, produced both the self-destructive behavior and an increased infection risk (such as from a depressed immune system or poor hygienic practices).
Nevertheless, lead researcher Teodor Postolache believes that the study supports the hypothesis that T. gondii has some effect on the brain. For example, the parasite might directly affect the production of mood-regulating neurotransmitters.
“It’s [also] possible that the immune system containing Toxoplasma gondii does it at the cost of affecting brain function,” he said.
Toxoplasmosis researcher Louis Weiss of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who was not involved in the study, suggested that the parasite might trigger inflammation, which in turn might change the chemical balance in the brain.
The risk of contracting toxoplasmosis from domestic cats is relatively small, and there is no need for pregnant women to get rid of their cats. To be safe, however, pregnant women should avoid changing litter boxes. If they must change a litter box, pregnant women should wear rubber gloves, then thoroughly wash their hands.
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July 8, 2012
The problems that America is experiencing right now are not just confined to the field of economics. The truth is that there are signs of deep decay wherever we look, and without question the United States is rotting from the inside out in thousands of different ways. For a long time our debt-fueled prosperity has masked much of the social decay that has been festering underneath the surface, but now it is becoming increasingly apparent that the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted is beginning to disappear. For many Americans, it is easy to point a finger at a particular group or political party and blame them for all of our problems, but the reality of the matter is that our societal decay cuts across all income levels, all political affiliations and all regions of the country. We are being destroyed from within, and this decay can be seen on the streets of the most dilapidated sections of major U.S. cities and it can also be seen in the halls of power in Washington D.C. and on Wall Street. It is undeniable that something has fundamentally changed. The American people do not seem to possess the same level of character that they once had. So where do we go from here?
The following are 25 signs the collapse of America is speeding up as society rots from the inside out….
1. Homicides in Chicago are 38 percent ahead of where they were last year at this time. In fact, the Daily says that “homicide victims in the Windy City outnumber U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan this year”. Things are taking a turn for the worse in other major U.S. cities as well. Just check out the carnage that happened in New York City this past Friday night….
Across barely eight hours, at least seven New Yorkers were murdered and another 21 shot, stabbed or slashed across the city — with only three suspects arrested before the blood stopped flowing
2. Speaking of New York City, a teacher there recently posted the following on her Facebook page….
“Crupi and I survived a shootout today…Thank God we are ok…To all the wanna be gangstas of Staten Island (who say they are from Brooklyn but really aren’t), be grateful you have what you have and stop trying to live a lifestyle you will never understand.”
About a week later, her husband discovered her dead in a pool of her own blood in their apartment. She had been stabbed numerous times.
3. Reporter James Carlini recently discussed the growing problems that roaming gangs of youths are causing along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago….
There is an increase in problems at night with small gangs roaming around looking for the right prey.
Don’t bother looking for any cops, they are far and few between. Little perfume-size pepper spray canisters may be in vogue, politically correct and fit in a purse, but they are not practical. Forget about pepper spray, you’d need a gallon jug of it to stop five or six assailants.
Do you now need a .357 Magnum to walk down the Mag Mile? Maybe a compact .45 or a high-capacity 9MM “just to be on the safe side” is more what you should have. Even the police are telling each other that they better “carry large caliber” off-duty and not be caught unarmed.
4. Down in Florida, a lifeguard named Tomas Lopez was recently fired for attempting to saving a man that was drowning “outside his patrol zone“….
Lopez, 21, was hired by Jeff Ellis Management to monitor a portion of a public beach in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The company allegedly gave Lopez strict instructions to stay inside his patrol zone, ABC News reports.
But when Lopez spotted a man in distress outside his patrol zone Monday afternoon, he ignored those instructions and leapt into action.
By the time lifeguard Tomas Lopez got to the man, other bystanders had already pulled him to shore, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Lopez stayed with the man until paramedics arrived.
That valiant act was Lopez’s last as a lifeguard, as his employer fired him for straying 1,500 feet outside his patrol zone.
5. Authorities say that thieves are stealing identities and filing fraudulent tax returns on a scale never seen before….
With nothing more than ledgers of stolen identity information — Social Security numbers and their corresponding names and birth dates — criminals have electronically filed thousands of false tax returns with made-up incomes and withholding information and have received hundreds of millions of dollars in wrongful refunds, law enforcement officials say.
The criminals, some of them former drug dealers, outwit the Internal Revenue Service by filing a return before the legitimate taxpayer files. Then the criminals receive the refund, sometimes by check but more often though a convenient but hard-to-trace prepaid debit card.
In all, the IRS says that there were approximately 940,000 fake tax returnsfiled for 2010.
6. U.S. Secret Service agents are supposed to be “the best of the best” and are charged with guarding our top public officials. But even they have exhibited a consistent pattern of moral decay for many years according to one recent report….
Secret Service agents and officers have been accused of leaking sensitive information, publishing porn, sexual assaults, illegal wiretaps, embezzlement and drunkenness on duty, according to a 229-page log released yesterday.
After a prostitution scandal in April, when agents consorted with hookers while preparing for President Obama’s arrival in Colombia, Service Director Mark Sullivan apologized. But he said it was an isolated case, not a “systemic issue.”
However, the log, which the Service Service released yesterday after news organizations requested it under the Freedom of Information Act, shows a pattern of misdeeds dating back to 2003.
7. These days thieves will steal just about anything that is not bolted down and that they can sell for money. For example, three thieves recently broke into a Chicago beauty supply store and took off with hair extensions that were worth a total of $230,000.
9. According to one shocking new report, one out of every 10 Wall Street employees is a “clinical psychopath”. That is a rate about 10 times higher than the general population.
10. Even many police are going crazy these days. Over in Seattle, police zapped a pregnant woman with a taser three times just because she refused to sign a ticket.