Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Norovirus Strain Behind Recent Outbreaks in US


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    A new type of norovirus,

named GII.4 Sydney because it was first detected in Australia, was
the main culprit behind the norovirus outbreaks that sickened many
Americans this past fall and winter.

    According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), more than half of the 266 norovirus outbreaks reported
between September and December 2012 were caused by GII.4 Sydney, which has
now officially replaced the previously predominant strain GII.4 New Orleans.

What is Norovirus?

    Noroviruses are the leading cause of gastroenteritis -- or stomach flu --
in the US. They generally cause a nasty infection that leads to diarrhea,
abdominal pain and vomiting within 24-48 hours of exposure.

    Though the symptoms can be quite debilitating, most people recover on
their own within a few days. Those most at risk of complications (typically
dehydration) are infants, the elderly and those with compromised immune

    Norovirus is spread through direct contact with an infected person as
well as through contaminated food and water. The CDC estimated that most of
the GII.4 Sydney outbreaks resulted from direct person-to-person contact
while 20 percent were foodborne and 1 percent was waterborne.

    The elderly living in nursing homes and children in day care facilities
are often among those hardest hit, due to their close proximity with others
and the highly contagious nature of these viruses.

    That said, noroviruses are also a major food poisoning risk and are
strongly associated with so-called "complex foods" – foods that contain a
number of ingredients so that the specific culprit cannot be pinpointed.

Often these foods came from restaurants, which suggests contamination may
have occurred during preparation or cooking – all the more reason to prepare
your own foods at home!

    The CDC report noted that both long-term care facilities and restaurants
were among the most frequently reported settings for GII.4 Sydney outbreaks
in 2012.

Norovirus Now a Greater Threat Than Rotavirus

    Rotavirus is another type of virus that causes stomach flu and its
related symptoms like severe diarrhea and vomiting. It used to be the leading
cause of stomach flu in the United States, but now a study funded by the CDC
found that since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine, norovirus has
replaced rotavirus and become the leading cause of stomach flu in US

    This may sound like a grand triumph for the rotavirus vaccine (which was
found to be contaminated with pig DNA in 2010 and is linked to fatal bowel
problems), but instead what has happened is that another similar group of
viruses has taken the rotavirus’ place. Are children really better off now
that they’re being infected with norovirus instead of rotavirus?

    Hardly, and of course the conventional “solution” is to state that we
mustn’t worry because there are several norovirus vaccines in various stages
of development, including one that is in phase III clinical trials.

A Vaccine for Every Virus?

    The notion that we must develop a vaccine to protect children from every
circulating virus is overly simplistic at best and potentially dangerous at

    The CDC stated that new norovirus GII.4 strains have emerged every two to
three years, replacing previously predominant GII.4 strains. Similar to the
flu vaccine, which has poorly demonstrated effectiveness, a new norovirus
vaccine would need to be developed every couple of years to keep up with the
rapidly changing strains.

    And this is not taking into account the fact that when children are
infected with several strains of rotavirus or norovirus in the first few
years of life, they typically develop natural lifelong immunity. This is not
the case for vaccine-acquired immunity, which typically requires “booster”
shots to remain effective – if they are effective at all. According to the
National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC):

        “Today, even though almost all US infants receive vaccines for
rotavirus, and despite efforts to improve the management of childhood
rotavirus-associated diarrhea, hospitalizations of children in the U.S. with
the disease have not significantly declined in the past two decades.”

    Certainly no parent wants his or her child to be sick with the stomach
flu, but this “right of passage” provides natural immunity that will protect
your child against that particular strain for life. While rotavirus and
norovirus are very contagious and do cause hundreds of thousands of deaths in
young children each year, this is mostly in developing countries where
poverty contributes to poor sanitation, hygiene and nutrition.

    In the US, rotavirus causes only 20 to 60 deaths among children under 5
each year while noroviruses cause just 800 deaths (among all age groups) in
the US annually. Typically, when a child in the US contracts rotavirus or
norovirus, and most do, only rest and fluids are required to recover.

Washing Your Hands is One of the Best Deterrents to the Stomach Flu

    That age-old advice to wash your hands remains one of the best strategies
for preventing the stomach flu. Washing your hands (and your children’s
hands) with soap and water if you’ve been in a public place and before eating
is essential. Be careful not to over-wash your hands, however, as this can
create tiny cuts in your hands where a virus can enter. Other common sense
measures for preventing the stomach flu include:

        Trying not to touch your eyes, mouth or nose (which is how the virus
        enters), especially if your hands are not clean
        Avoiding sharing utensils, drinking cups, hand towels, etc. with

    That said, Americans actually touch about 300 different surfaces every 30
minutes … so it's rather unrealistic to think that you can avoid ever coming
into contact with an infectious virus. But this needn't send you into panic
mode, as just because you're exposed to a virus does not mean you will get
sick. The determining factor? The health of your immune system! So, along
with the practical precautions mentioned above, preventing the stomach flu
involves keeping your immune system healthy by following these five steps to
boost your immune system health.

What to do if You Get the Stomach Flu

    Even if you’re very healthy and very careful, there’s a good chance that
you (and your kids) may come down with a case of the stomach flu at some
point or another. If this happens, make sure the vomiting and diarrhea does
not cause you to become dehydrated, as that can cause serious problems, even

    If you begin to become dehydrated, it is vital that you go to an
emergency room for evaluation. This is especially important for children who
can become dehydrated much quicker than adults. At the emergency room they
will typically insert an IV into your vein and provide rehydration fluids
directly into your bloodstream, which rapidly eliminates the danger of dying
from fluid loss.

    Initially, however, the following simple protocol is often very effective
in clearing up the stomach flu long before you get to this point. If you have
thrown up, put your stomach at complete rest for at least three hours. That
means you should have absolutely nothing to eat or drink, including no water
nor the folklore favorite of crackers and soda.

    Once three hours have passed and no further vomiting has occurred then
small amounts of water can be sipped slowly. Again, only after your stomach
has stabilized and no additional vomiting is occurring, small amounts of
water can be sipped and if that is tolerated you can gradually increase the
water. Do this for one to two hours and if that is tolerated then you are
ready for the final phase … large doses of a high-quality probiotic, taken
every 30 to 60 minutes until you feel better.

Thank You Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

Monday, July 29, 2013

Argentina—A Poster Child for the Health Hazards of GMO Crops


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    Roundup Ready soy

is now being cultivated on a massive scale across the globe,along with the
exponentially increasing use of the herbicide Roundup.

Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" soy beans are genetically modified to survive
otherwise lethal doses of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the company's
herbicide Roundup.

    It's a win-win for Monsanto. But it's a loss for just about everyone
else. Not to mention a health hazard for the environment, and the animals and
humans that eat these crops.

Argentina’s Bad Seeds

    One of the countries most affected by genetically engineered soy is
Argentina, whose population is being sickened by massive spraying of
herbicides. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, is blamed for the
dramatic increase in devastating birth defects as well as cancer.

    In the film People and Power — Argentina: 

The Bad Seeds, film maker GlennEllis investigates the destructive and health-
harming trends associated withthe burgeoning use of genetically engineered soy.

    In Cordoba, he speaks to Alternative Nobel Laureate Professor Raul
Montenegro about the problems associated with excessive pesticide use.

        “Montenegro, a world-renowned biologist, looked the part of a
pioneer, in a khaki shirt and jungle boots. 'I have pesticide in me, he said,
almost as soon as he opened the door. Here we all have pesticide in our
bodies because the land is saturated with it. And it is a huge problem. In
Argentina biodiversity is diminishing. Even in national parks, because
pesticides don’t recognize the limit of the park,” Ellis writes.1

    More than 18 million hectares in Argentina are covered by genetically
engineered soy, on which more than 300 million liters of pesticides are
sprayed. Studies strongly suggest that the glyphosate these crops are doused
with can cause cancer and birth deformities; both of which are occurring at
increasing rates in areas where spraying is done.

    Sterility and miscarriages are also increasing. Experts warn that in 10
to 15 years, rates of cancer, infertility and endocrine dysfunction could
reach catastrophic levels in Argentina.

Birth Malformation Skyrocketing in Agricultural Centers of Argentina

    Ellis also met with Dr. Medardo Vasquez, the neonatal specialist who
heads up the Children’s Hospital in Cordoba. Dr. Vasquez tells him:

        “I see new-born infants, many of whom are malformed. I have to tell
parents that their children are dying because of these agricultural methods.
In some areas in Argentina the primary cause of death for children less than
one year old is malformations.”

    Ellis is also shown a chart of two steeply climbing graphs, rising in
tandem with each other — one representing the increase in soya plantations
over the last 15 years; the other the rise in birth defects across the
province during that same time. In the village of Malvinas Argentinas, which
is surrounded by soy plantations, the rate of miscarriage is 100 times the
national average, courtesy of glyphosate.

    Aside from chemical spraying, silos containing genetically engineered
crops is another contributing factor. The chemically treated crop produces
contaminated dust, which is then ventilated outdoors without filtration,
where it is carried with the winds and breathed by the local residents.

    Despite all the evidence to the contrary, 

Monsanto still maintains its innocence. In a written statement to Ellis, the
company said:

        “Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides 

have a long history of safeuse when used according to label directions in more
than 100 countries aroundthe world. Comprehensive toxicological studies have
 demonstrated thatglyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® branded agricultural
herbicides, does not cause birth defects or reproductive problems.”

Stunning Report Illustrates Nutritional Deficiencies and Hazards of GMO Corn

    In related news, a report given to MomsAcrossAmerica2 by an employee of
De Dell Seed Company (Canada's only non-GMO corn seed company) offers a
stunning picture of the nutritional differences between GMO and non-GMO corn.

Clearly, the former is NOT equivalent to the latter, which is the verypremise by
which genetically engineered crops were approved in the first place. Here are a
small sampling of the nutritional differences found in this2012 nutritional analysis:

        Calcium: GMO corn = 14 ppm / Non-GMO corn = 6,130 ppm (437 times
        Magnesium: GMO corn = 2 ppm / Non-GMO corn = 113 ppm (56 times more)
        Manganese: GMO corn = 2 ppm / Non-GMO corn = 14 ppm (7 times more)

    GMO corn was also found to contain 13 ppm of glyphosate, compared to zero
in non-GMO corn. The EPA standard for glyphosate in American water supplies
is 0.7 ppm. In Europe, the maximum allowable level in water is 0.2 ppm. Organ
damage in animals has occurred at levels as low as 0.1 ppm... GMO corn was
also found to contain extremely high levels of formaldehyde. According to Dr.
Huber, at least one study found that 0.97 ppm of ingested formaldehyde was
toxic to animals. GMO corn contains a staggering 200 times that amount!

Perhaps it’s no wonder that animals, when given a choice, avoid genetically
engineered feed like the plague.

GE Crops are NOT the 'Most Tested' Product in the World

    It’s important to realize that genetically engineered (GE) foods have
never been proven safe for human consumption over a lifetime, let alone over
generations. Monsanto and its advocates claim genetically engineered crops
are “the most-tested food product that the world has ever seen.” What they
don’t tell you is that:

        Industry-funded research predictably affects the outcome of the
trial. This has been verified by dozens of scientific reviews comparing
funding with the findings of the study. When industry funds the research,
it’s virtually guaranteed to be positive. Therefore, independent studies must
be done to replicate and thus verify results

        The longest industry-funded animal feeding study was 90 days, which
recent research has confirmed is FAR too short. In the world’s first
independently funded lifetime feeding study, massive health problems set in
during and after the 13th month, including organ damage and cancer

        Companies like Monsanto and Syngenta rarely if ever allow independent
researchers access to their patented seeds, citing the legal protection these
seeds have under patent laws. Hence independent research is extremely
difficult or nearly impossible to conduct. If these scientists get seeds from
a farmer, they sue them into oblivion as one of their favorite tactics is to
use the legal system to their advantage. Additionally, virtually all academic
agricultural research is controlled by Monsanto as they are the primary
supporters of these departments and none will risk losing their funding from

        There is no safety monitoring. Meaning, once the GE item in question
has been approved, not a single country on earth is actively monitoring and
tracking reports of potential health effects

Why Did President Obama Sign Monsanto Protection into Law?

    In a move that has stunned and angered many Americans, President Barack
Obama recently signed into law a spending bill that included a devastating
provision that puts Monsanto above the law. As reported by Salon Magazine:

        “That bill, the HR 933 continuing resolution, was mainly aimed at
averting a government shutdown and ensuring that the federal government would
continue to be able to pay its bills for the next six months. But food and
public safety advocates and independent farmers are furious that Obama signed
it despite its inclusion of language that they consider to be a gift to

Monsanto Company and other firms that produce genetically modified organisms
(GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) seeds and crops.

        The protests come on the heels of a massive petition campaign
organized by the advocacy group Food Democracy Now, which gathered the
signatures of more than 200,000 people who wanted Obama to veto HR 933 in
order to stop Section 735 — the so-called 'Monsanto Protection Act' — from
being codified into law. But Obama ignored it, instead choosing to sign a
bill that effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or
planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences
from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.”

    The provision, innocently called the “Farmer Assurance Provision,” which
opponents have dubbed the “Monsanto Protection Act,” limits the ability of
judges to stop Monsanto and/or farmers growing their genetically engineered
seeds from growing or harvesting those crops, even if courts find evidence of
potential health risks. In essence, it strips judges of their constitutional
mandate to protect you and the environment, and permits biotech companies
unrivaled freedom to plant untested GE crops regardless of the risks, and
leaves victims — be it farmers or consumers — without legal recourse.

        “...those who are angry at Obama for signing the bill are also

incensed with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., who is accused of failing to give
the amendment that inserted the language a proper hearing,” Salon writes.

        “In this hidden backroom deal, Sen. Mikulski turned her back on
consumer, environmental and farmer protection in favor of corporate welfare
for biotech companies such as Monsanto,” Andrew Kimbrell, executive director
of the Center for Food Safety, said in a statement. “This abuse of power is
not the kind of leadership the public has come to expect from Sen. Mikulski
or the Democrat Majority in the Senate.”

    Not surprisingly, Monsanto’s fingerprints are all over this. One of the
rider’s biggest supporters, Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) allegedly worked with
Monsanto to craft the language in the bill. Blunt recently told Politico:

        “What it says is if you plant a crop that is legal to plant when you
plant it, you get to harvest it. But it is only a one-year protection in that

    While that may lull some back into apathy, you should be aware that a
“mere” one-year protection can equate to millions of dollars worth of profit
for Monsanto and other biotech companies. And that’s not even addressing the
more disturbing aspect of it, which is the suspension of constitutional
principles in favor of corporate benefit. It’s completely outrageous, and
there is no excuse good enough. It also sets a dangerous precedent that will
undoubtedly be misused and abused to the fullest down the line.

Thank You Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

Sunday, July 28, 2013

22 Things Happy People Do Differently


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Waiting to be Happy!

    Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy.  You may think, “if
only I had more money,” or “could lose weight,” or you fill in the blank,
then I would be happy.

    Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy,
but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances
there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself.

    The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a
perfect relationship. Happiness comes from within. This is why, if you truly
want to be happy, you need to work on yourself, first.

22 Positive Habits of Happy People

    What’s the secret to being happy? You can learn how to do it, just as you
can learn any other skill. Those who are happy tend to follow a certain set
of habits that create peace in their lives; if you learn to apply these
habits in your own life, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy too.

    The featured article compiled 22 such behaviors that you can use to
enhance your life and your happiness:

    1. Let go of grudges

        Forgiving and forgetting is necessary for your own happiness, as
holding a grudge means you’re also holding onto resentment, anger, hurt and
other negative emotions that are standing in the way of your own happiness.
Letting go of a grudge frees you from negativity and allows more space for
positive emotions to fill in.

    2. Treat everyone with kindness

        Kindness is not only contagious, it’s also proven to make you
happier. When you’re kind to others, your brain produces feel-good hormones
and neurotransmitters like serotonin and you’re able to build strong
relationships with others, fostering positive feelings all around.

    3. Regard your problems as challenges

        Change your internal dialogue so that anytime you have a “problem”
you view it as a challenge or a new opportunity to change your life for the
better. Eliminate the word “problem” from your mind entirely.

    4. Express gratitude for what you have

        People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope
with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their
goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a
gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re
grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater
optimism and even better physical health.

    5. Dream big

        Go ahead and dream big, as you’ll be more likely to accomplish your
goals. Rather than limiting yourself, when you dream big you’re opening your
mind to a more optimistic, positive state where you have the power to achieve
virtually anything you desire.

    6. Don’t sweat the small stuff

        If the issue you’re mad about will be irrelevant a year, a month, a
week or even a day from now, why sweat it? Happy people know how to let
life’s daily irritations roll off their back.

    7. Speak well of others

        It may be tempting to gather around the office water cooler to get
and give the daily gossip, but talking negatively about others is like taking
a bath in negative emotions; your body soaks them up. Instead, make it a
point to only say positive, nice words about other people, and you’ll help
foster more positive thinking in your own life as well.

    8. Avoid making excuses

        It’s easy to blame others for your life’s failures, but doing so
means you’re unlikely to rise past them. Happy people take responsibility for
their mistakes and missteps, then use the failure as an opportunity to change
for the better.

    9. Live in the present

        Allow yourself to be immersed in whatever it is you’re doing right
now, and take time to really be in the present moment. Avoid replaying past
negative events in your head or worrying about the future; just savor what’s
going on in your life now.

    10. Wake up at the same time every morning

        Getting up at the same time every day (preferably an early time) is
deceptively simple. Doing so will help regulate your circadian rhythm so
you’ll have an easier time waking and likely feel more energized. Plus, the
habit of rising early every day is one shared by many successful people, as
it enhances your productivity and focus.

    11. Don’t compare yourself to others

        Your life is unique, so don’t measure your own worth by comparing
yourself to those around you. Even regarding yourself as better than your
peers is detrimental to your happiness, as you’re fostering judgmental
feelings and an unhealthy sense of superiority. Measure your own success
based on your progress alone, not that of others.

    12. Surround yourself with positive people

        The saying “misery loves company” is entirely true. That’s why you
need to choose friends who are optimistic and happy themselves, as you will
be surrounded with positive energy.

    13. Realize that you don’t need others’ approval

        It’s important to follow your own dreams and desires without letting
naysayers stand in your way. It’s fine to seek others’ opinions, but happy
people stay true to their own hearts and don’t get bogged down with the need
for outside approval.

    14. Take time to listen

        Listening helps you soak in the wisdom of others and allows you to
quiet your own mind at the same time. Intense listening can help you feel
content while helping you gain different perspectives.

    15. Nurture social relationships

        Positive social relationships are a key to happiness, so be sure you
make time to visit with friends, family and your significant other.

    16. Meditate

        Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and
supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in
your brain that make you happier.

    17. Eat well

        What you eat directly impacts your mood and energy levels in both the
short and long term. Whereas eating right can prime your body and brain to be
in a focused, happy state, eating processed junk foods will leave you
sluggish and prone to chronic disease. My free nutrition plan is an excellent
tool to help you choose the best foods for both physical and emotional

    18. Exercise

        Exercise boosts levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like
serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the
effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression. Rather than
viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live
longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a
daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel

    19. Live minimally

        Clutter has a way of sucking the energy right out of you and
replacing it with feelings of chaos. Clutter is an often-unrecognized source
of stress that prompts feelings of anxiety, frustration, distraction and even
guilt, so give your home and office a clutter makeover, purging it of the
excess papers, files, knick knacks and other “stuff” that not only takes up
space in your physical environment, but also in your mind.

    20. Be honest

        Every time you lie, your stress levels are likely to increase and
your self-esteem will crumble just a little bit more. Plus, if others find
out you’re a liar it will damage your personal and professional
relationships. Telling the truth, on the other hand, boosts your mental
health and allows others to build trust in you.

    21. Establish personal control

        Avoid letting other people dictate the way you live. Instead,
establish personal control in your life that allows you to fulfill your own
goals and dreams, as well as a great sense of personal self-worth.

    22. Accept what cannot be changed

        Everything in your life is not going to be perfect, and that’s
perfectly all right. Happy people learn to accept injustices and setbacks in
their life that they cannot change, and instead put their energy on changing
what they can control for the better.

A Healthy Lifestyle Naturally Enhances Happiness

    You may have noticed that some of the habits of happy people are one in
the same with those that are essential for leading a healthy lifestyle –
exercising and eating right, for example. Once you adopt a happiness mindset,
and even before you do, embracing healthy habits will help keep your mood
elevated naturally even in the midst of stress. Happy people tend to be
healthy people, and vice versa, so in addition to healthy food and exercise,
the following lifestyle strategies can also help to support emotional

        Proper sleep: Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders
such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of
sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as
optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve
difficult problems.

        Animal-based omega-3 fats: 

Low concentrations of the omega-3 fats EPAand DHA are known to increase
your risk for mood swings and mood disorders.

Those suffering from depression have been found to have lower levels of
omega-3 in their blood, compared to non-depressed individuals. Krill oil is
my preferred source of omega-3 fats.

        Regular sun exposure: 

This is essential for vitamin D production, lowlevels of which are linked to
depression. But even beyond vitamin D, regularsafe sun exposure is known
to enhance mood and energy through the release of

        Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): 

If difficult life circumstancesand the negative emotions they create are
making happiness hard to come by,try EFT, which is a form of do-it-yourself
psychological acupressure. Thissimple technique can help clear your body
and mind of negative emotions soyou can implement positive goals and
habits more easily in your life.

Thank You Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513