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A Simple Science Fact Should Quash All The Conspiracy Theories About Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia

A Simple Science Fact Should Quash All The Conspiracy Theories About Hillary Clinton's Pneumonia

Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with pneumonia, which came to light after she suddenly left a September 11 memorial on Sunday. The Democratic presidential nominee was seen leaving a memorial for the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and stumbling into a van nearby, prompting questions about her health. A statement from Clinton's doctor, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, on Sunday said that Clinton, who was initially thought to be having health problems related to allergies, was found to have pneumonia on Friday. The Democratic nominee has been put on antibiotics and directed to rest. "While at [Sunday's] event, she became overheated and dehydrated," Bardack said. "I have just examined her and she is now rehydrated and recovering nicely." Some have decried the new diagnosis as signs that the campaign has something to hide: But there's a very simple reason that is unlikely to be the case: Pneumonia shares symptoms with a handful of other illnesses, including the common cold, making it difficult to diagnose. As a result, it's not entirely unfathomable that Clinton's doctors may have initially treated her for another illness. According to her doctor, Clinton was previously being treated for a cough related to allergies, the BBC reported. What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is typically characterized by swelling of the tissue in one or both lungs. It is most often caused by a bacterial infection, but viruses or fungi that target the lungs can also trigger it. People with pneumonia often have trouble breathing because the infection causes tiny air sacs at the end of the breathing tubes in the lungs to fill with fluid. In some cases, pneumonia symptoms can show up very quickly — possibly what happened in Clinton's case — over the course of one to two days, or they may de Continue reading >>

Alternative Theory Proposed For How Type 1 Diabetes Develops

Alternative Theory Proposed For How Type 1 Diabetes Develops

US scientists have proposed an alternative theory about the cause of type 1 diabetes, which could open up new research options into the condition. It has been long understood that the root cause of type 1 diabetes was the immune system mistakenly attacking insulin-producing beta cells. But scientists at the City of Hope's Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute say that it is actually these beta cells that cause this immune response. "Our findings show that type 1 diabetes results from a mistake of the beta cell, not a mistake of the immune system," said lead researcher Bart Roep, Ph.D. "The immune system does what it is supposed to do, which is responding to distressed or 'unhappy' tissue, as it would in infection or cancer." Roep and colleagues made this discovery upon examining cancer molecules that are targeted by the immune system following immunotherapy. They discovered a protein error in this sequence that is also produced by the beta cells in people with type 1 diabetes, and believe this "wrong read" also occurs with the insulin gene, making it a major target of the immune system. Significantly, Roep and colleagues believe this 'wrong read' of the insulin gene occurs when beta cells are stressed. "Our study links anti-tumour immunity to islet autoimmunity, and may explain why some cancer patients develop type 1 diabetes after successful immunotherapy," added Roep. "This is an incredible step forward in our commitment to cure this disease." "[Our findings] further support the emerging concept that beta cells are destroyed in T1D by a mechanism comparable to classical antitumor responses where the immune system has been trained to survey dysfunctional cells in which errors have accumulated." Last month the City of Hope was given a £40m grant to cure type 1 dia Continue reading >>

Benefiting From People's Ignorance: The Case Of Diabetes Associations

Benefiting From People's Ignorance: The Case Of Diabetes Associations

What stimulated me to undertake this analysis was the approach by the medical establishment to paint a doom-and-gloom picture about diabetes and the fact that the poor diabetic will have to live with the diseases for the rest of his/her life. To them, diabetes cannot be cured even with some available scientific studies that indicate otherwise and have proven the disease can be reversed or cured. I am not a medical doctor, but I am a strong advocate of helping patients heal and more importantly, give them back the power to heal themselves. I really couldn’t believe my ears when I heard on radio that Ghana has joined the likes of the US, UK, Canada etc. and formed Diabetes Association right here in the country. Growing up watching poor people die from diabetes, hypertension and cancer, I just can’t sit aloof and watch them go through unnecessary psychological trauma because of what they have been told by medical doctors and scientists that they could only manage those diseases. In fact, your physician will become upset if you even mention the cure word around him. His medical school training does not allow him to subscribe to that view. For him, the cure word does not exist. One is tempted to accept the conspiracy theory out there that the pharmaceutical and the medical establishment are hiding the cure for the so-called chronic diseases, but are only interested in keeping us hooked so that they could profit from insulin, blood glucose strips, and other supplies. No wonder they haven't found cures for diabetes, even after 40 years of research. Do you know why this conspiracy theory might be true and why I believe that those Diabetes Associations are formed just to benefit financially through donor support funding from the ignorance of the diabetes patients? For exampl Continue reading >>

Conspiracy Theories Abound As U.s. Military Closes Haarp

Conspiracy Theories Abound As U.s. Military Closes Haarp

The U.S. Air Force has notified Congress that it intends to shut down HAARP, a controversial Alaska-based research facility that studies an energetic and active region of the upper atmosphere. Conspiracy theorists are abuzz about the news, given that HAARP (short for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) has long been the center of wild speculation that the program is designed to control the weather — or worse. In 2010, Venezuelan leader Huge Chavez claimed that HAARP or a program like it triggered the Haiti earthquake. For the record, the Haitian quake of 2010 was caused by the slippage of a previously unmapped fault along the border of the Caribbean and North American tectonic plates. HAARP is a research program designed to analyze the ionosphere, a portion of the upper atmosphere that stretches from about 53 miles (85 kilometers) above the surface of the Earth to 370 miles (600 kilometers) up. The program has been funded by the Air Force, the Navy, the University of Alaska and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA. [Top 10 Conspiracy Theories] Why HAARP exists The U.S. military is interested in the ionosphere because this portion of the atmosphere plays a role in transmitting radio signals. HAARP sends radio beams into the ionosphere to study the responses from it — one of the few ways to accurately measure this inaccessible part of the atmosphere. HAARP operates out of the HAARP Research Station in Gakona, Alaska, where it has a high-power radio frequency transmitter that can perturb a small portion of the ionosphere. Other instruments are then used to measure the perturbations. The goal of the program is to understand the physics of the ionosphere, which is constantly responding to influences from the sun. Solar flares can send solar Continue reading >>

Author Advances Damaging Myth About Diabetes

Author Advances Damaging Myth About Diabetes

Jim Hirsch, diaTribe contributor and bestselling author, weighs in on a damaging diabetes myth: “They’re never going to cure diabetes, because there’s too much money in it.” This article prompted a letter of complaint from Dr. Denise Faustman, printed below, followed by responses from Jeffrey Brewer and Mr. Hirsch. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 40 years ago, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say that or words to that effect. It’s understandable. Diabetes is big business, and as the drugs and medical devices have become more sophisticated and expensive each year – and as more people are diagnosed each day – diabetes itself becomes an even bigger business. In the United States, about $200 billion a year is spent in direct costs for diabetes, including hospital and emergency care. Hence the conclusion: In the view of frustrated patients, family members, and loved ones, there’s just too much money to be made in this disease for a cure to ever be found. Powerful corporate interests will see to that. Even worse: Conspiracy theorists believe that the companies that profit from diabetes are actively thwarting a cure. Or as one person told me, “Eli Lilly has the cure in its vault, but it won’t let it out.” *** I was recently listening to NPR and heard the writer Elisabeth Rosenthal discuss her new book, “American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.” The title captures her central theme, that health care in America has been compromised by corporations that have their put their financial interests ahead of all else. Profits trump patients. During the NPR interview, she described how health care companies stand to earn more from therapies than from cures. “If you’re a pharmaceutical Continue reading >>

Scam Alert -- Watch Out For Phony Diabetes

Scam Alert -- Watch Out For Phony Diabetes "cures"

Watch out for an email scam promoting medicine for diabetes or other common medical conditions. These messages claim that the products are endorsed by official organizations and offer amazing results, but it's all a con. How the Scam Works: You get an email alerting you to an amazing new medicine that will "reverse" your diabetes. To establish credibility, the message drops the names of a variety of established organizations. In one recent email, the study was allegedly released by NASA and endorsed by both Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. Impressive! At the end of the email, a link leads you to a website to learn more about the "cure." It leads to a website touting the product's amazing affects and detailing the conspiracy theory that has kept this "cure" a secret. Of course, you can also buy the "blood sugar stabilizer" on the site, and it just happens to be on sale. Don't buy it! The product wasn't endorsed by Harvard or NASA, and it can't make diabetes symptoms disappear. If you purchase this "miracle cure," you will likely end up with expensive vitamin supplements. However, you are also sharing your credit card and personal information with scammers, which opens you up to a risk of unauthorized charges and identity theft. How to Spot a Quack Cure: Spot a fraudulent "cure" by watching out for these red flags: The product is a "miracle cure." If a real cure for a serious disease were discovered, it would be widely reported through the news media and prescribed by health professionals - not buried in print ads, TV infomercials or on websites. Conspiracy theories. These statements are used to distract consumers from the obvious, common-sense questions about the so-called miracle cure. One product does it all... instantly. Be suspicious of products that claim to im Continue reading >>

Big Pharma Conspiracy Theory

Big Pharma Conspiracy Theory

This article is about a conspiracy theory. For the pharmaceutical industry in general, see Pharmaceutical industry. According to the Big Pharma conspiracy theory, the medical establishment in general and pharmaceutical companies in particular operate for sinister purposes and against the public good.[1] History and definition[edit] The term Big Pharma is used to refer collectively to the global pharmaceutical industry.[2] According to Steve Novella the term has come to connote a demonized form of the pharmaceutical industry.[3] Professor of writing Robert Blaskiewicz has written that conspiracy theorists use the term Big Pharma as "shorthand for an abstract entity comprising corporations, regulators, NGOs, politicians, and often physicians, all with a finger in the trillion-dollar prescription pharmaceutical pie".[1] According to Blaskiewicz, the Big Pharma conspiracy theory has four classic traits: first, the assumption that the conspiracy is perpetrated by a small malevolent cadre; secondly, belief that the public at large is ignorant of the truth; thirdly, that its believers treat lack of evidence as evidence; and finally, that the arguments deployed in support of the theory are irrational, misconceived or otherwise mistaken.[1] Manifestations[edit] The conspiracy theory has a variety of different specific manifestations. Each has different narratives, but they always cast "Big Pharma" as the villain of the piece.[1] Alternative treatments[edit] In Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About, Kevin Trudeau proposes that there are all-natural cures for serious illnesses including cancer, herpes, arthritis, AIDS, acid reflux disease, various phobias, depression, obesity, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention deficit disorder, mu Continue reading >>

10 Crazy Literary Conspiracy Theories

10 Crazy Literary Conspiracy Theories

10 Is J.K. Rowling Real? never existed. 9 Did Charlotte Bronte Kill Her Sisters? The Brontes were a pretty special family. Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre, Emily wrote Wuthering Heights, and Anne wrote the lesser-known The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Only Charlotte’s and Anne’s novels were successful in their day, but all three have since become classics of English literature. Sadly, none of the Brontes made it past their thirties, thanks to tuberculosis. But . . . was it really TB? Criminologist James Tully, author of The Crimes of Charlotte Bronte, has a much more sinister theory. According to Tully, Charlotte was jealous of her sisters’ fame, so she teamed up with her father’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls, and poisoned Anne and Emily along with their brother Branwell. Thanks to their scheme, Emily and Branwell died in 1848, and Anne passed away in 1849, allowing the deadly duo to cash all their royalty checks. After the murders, Arthur and Charlotte were married, but Tully claims Nicholls double-crossed his wife. He poisoned Charlotte, thus eliminating all the Brontes, and kept all those fat checks for himself. 8 Were J.R.R. Tolkien And C.S. Lewis Occultists? For example, in The Lord of the Rings, the eye of Sauron supposedly represents the all-seeing eye of the Illuminati. Some theorists claim Gandalf symbolizes famous magician Aleister Crowley, and that Frodo is an “aspirant,” someone hoping to be initiated into Gandalf’s illuminated brotherhood of black magic. The infamous John Todd preached that Tolkien actually copied his novels from The Book of Shadows, a Wiccan text, and that his runes are really the witches’ alphabet. To top it off, some claim the Illuminati uses rings to enslave people! In fact, the “One Ring” poem is allegedly an incantati Continue reading >>

Sugar And Your Brain: Is Alzheimer’s Disease Actually Type 3 Diabetes?

Sugar And Your Brain: Is Alzheimer’s Disease Actually Type 3 Diabetes?

It starves your brain, tangles and twists vital cells, and for decades it has been misrepresented as an untreatable, genetically determined disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in North America1. The truth, however, is that this devastating illness shares a strong link with another sickness that wreaks havoc on millions of individuals in North America — Diabetes. We all know that individuals affected by Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes have a notable resistance to insulin. Type 1 is caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin, and Type 2 is caused by the deterioration of the body’s insulin receptors and associated with the consumption of too much refined carbohydrate like processed grains and sugar. But when studies began to appear in 2005 that revealed a shocking correlation between insulin and brain cell deterioration, major breaks were made around Alzheimer’s prevention[i]. Health practitioners became curious about a critical question — could Alzheimer’s disease simply be Type 3 Diabetes? Alzheimer’s disease has long been perceived as mysterious and inevitable. 5.3 million individuals suffer every year from the disease that appears to be untreatable[ii]. But, if this illness is associated with insulin resistance, this simply isn’t the case. We already know that diabetics are at least twice as likely to experience dementia[iii]. The cells of your brain can become insulin-resistant just like other cells in the body. What was once considered a mysterious accumulation of beta amyloid plaques characteristic in the Alzheimer brain is now associated with the same lack of insulin that negatively affects cognition[iv]. Where there is knowledge about underlying causes there is the opportunity for prevention. Research that surfaced ar Continue reading >>

Conspiracy Theories, Assumptions, Opinions, Evidence And Scientific Facts

Conspiracy Theories, Assumptions, Opinions, Evidence And Scientific Facts

A recent comment to a blog-post about alternative treatments for cancer inspired me to ponder a bit. I think it is noteworthy because it exemplifies so many of the comments I hear in the realm of alternative medicine on an almost daily basis. Here is the comment in question: “Yes…it appears that the medical establishment have known for years that chemotherapy a lot of the time kills patients faster than if they were untreated…what’s more, it worsens a person’s quality of life in which many die directly of the severe effects on the endocrine, immune system and more…cancers often return in more aggressive forms metastasising with an increased risk of apoptosis. In other words it makes things worse whereas there are many natural remedies which not only do no harm but accumulating evidence points to their capacity to fight cancer…some of it is bullshit whilst some holds some truth!! So turning away from toxic treatments that kill towards natural approaches that are showing more hope with the backing of trials kinda reverses the whole argument of this article.” The comment first annoyed me a bit, of course, but later it made me think and consider the differences between conspiracy theories, assumptions, opinions, evidence and scientific facts. Let’s tackle each of these in turn. CONSPIRACY THEORIES A conspiracy theory is an explanatory or speculative theory suggesting that two or more persons, or an organization, have conspired to cause or cover up, through secret planning and deliberate action, an event or situation typically regarded as illegal or harmful. Part of the above comment bears some of the hallmarks of a conspiracy theory: “…the medical establishment have known for years that chemotherapy a lot of the time kills patients faster than if they Continue reading >>

The Sugar Conspiracy

The Sugar Conspiracy

Nearly 40 years ago, Western governments, after consulting with the world’s top nutrition scientists, told us to change the way we eat. If we wanted to stay healthy, they said, we needed to cut back on foods rich in saturated fats and cholesterol. By and large, we did as we were told. At least in Western industrialized countries. Steak and sausages were replaced with pasta and rice, butter with margarine and vegetable oils, and eggs with muesli. But instead of becoming healthier, we grew fatter and sicker. In the decades that followed the issuing of these dietary guidelines, a public health catastrophe unfolded in many countries, foremost America and the UK. Obesity, which until then had been relatively stable, rose dramatically, as did the incidence of related diseases, like diabetes. What went wrong? This was a foreseeable disaster, which could have been avoided – were it not for the arrogance and myopia of the experts in whom we placed our trust. Back in 1972 a British scientist warned the world that the real threat to our health was not fat, but sugar. But no one listened to him: John Yudkin. In a book called "Pure, White and Deadly", he wrote: "If only a small fraction of what we know about the effects of sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as a food additive, that material would promptly be banned". The book did well enough, but Yudkin paid a high price for it. Prominent nutrition scientists combined with the food industry to destroy his reputation. His career never recovered. He died, in 1995, a disappointed, largely forgotten man. By the time Yudkin wrote his book, most nutrition scientists had signed up to a different theory; one that had emerged, a decade or so before, from the United States. Its central tenet was that a health Continue reading >>

Scalia's Death Probably Linked To Obesity, Diabetes And Coronary Artery Disease, Physician Says

Scalia's Death Probably Linked To Obesity, Diabetes And Coronary Artery Disease, Physician Says

(Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press) Antonin Scalia suffered from coronary artery disease, obesity and diabetes, among other ailments that probably contributed to the justice's sudden death, according to a letter from the Supreme Court's doctor. Presidio County Dist. Atty. Rod Ponton cited the letter Tuesday when he told the Associated Press there was nothing suspicious about the Feb. 13 death of the 79-year-old jurist. He said the long list of health problems made an autopsy unnecessary. See the most-read stories this hour >> Ponton had a copy of a letter from Rear Adm. Brian P. Monahan, the attending physician for members of Congress and the Supreme Court. The letter was to county Judge Cinderela Guevara, who conducted a death inquiry by phone and certified Scalia's death. The letter dated Feb. 16 said Scalia's many "significant medical conditions led to his death," Ponton said. In the letter, Monahan listed more than half a dozen ailments, including sleep apnea, degenerative joint disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure. Scalia also was a smoker, the letter said. Ponton declined to provide a copy of the letter, saying an open-records request must be submitted to Guevara, who did not respond to a phone message Tuesday. Scalia was found dead in his bed at a Texas ranch, where he had gone on a hunting trip. Guevara, who as county judge is the top administrator in the area, previously told the AP that she conferred by phone with Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez and a U.S. marshal before certifying Scalia's death. On the day he died, she also conferred with Monahan by phone before determining the cause of death. In rural Texas, justices of the peace investigate deaths, among other duties, but the two justices in the region were o Continue reading >>

The Diabetes Treatment Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About

The Diabetes Treatment Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About

It’s unfortunate that it’s so easy to convince many people that there is a vast medical conspiracy, and that a few brave mavericks are willing to bring you “the truth.” I was recently asked to look at this website, claiming that doctors who treat diabetes have all been lying to their patients and the world. They promise to reveal the secret of curing diabetes, but the long video, and the endless website, is all just one long commercial hyping their book which you can get for the “bargain basement reduced price of just $77 for the digital copy or $94.39 for the paperback copy with free worldwide shipping.” The sales pitch is framed as an “Urgent diabetes health bulletin from the doctors at the International Council for Truth in Medicine.” (Quackwatch lists the ICTM as a “questionable organization.”) To backup their authority they claim they are in partnership with “Natural News.” Given that Natural News is, in my opinion, the most notorious crank, conspiracy mongering, health misinformation site on the web, that is all you need to know about the ICTM to make an informed judgement. Their narrative is depressingly typical, and not even imaginative. The tropes are so common they are worth addressing in detail. As the same of the group implies, the core of their narrative is that “doctors” are lying about diabetes, and they have the truth. As an exercise in critical thinking, one might consider how this can be true. First, “doctors” are not a monolithic entity. Health care professionals and scientists represent a range of opinions, training, and background. They come from every country. Different specialties also often take a different approach to diseases. In short, it is not possible for there to be a widespread conspiracy among such a large Continue reading >>

To Tackle A Conspiracy Theory, You Have To Find It First

To Tackle A Conspiracy Theory, You Have To Find It First

When researching my book Wellmania (available in all good book shops, and some bad ones), I spent many months immersed in online fasting communities. Their system of belief was whole, coherent and logical – to them. But their beliefs about toxins, the digestive system, cellular biology and the spread of disease in the body were totally unrelated to the philosophies and findings of modern medicine. And often dangerous. Theories were grabbed from here and there – including the Hindu Vedas and the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca – who believed fasting both provided a rest for the body and a discipline for the mind. Much of the wisdom and advice in these communities is via intuition and people’s own experiences of their body. So science says there’s no such thing as toxins. But in the fasting community if you don’t eat for a week or more and you start to feel unwell, that’s the toxins coming out. And when you feel amazing in week two, surely that’s your body’s state when you’re toxin-free. The community explains your body’s unpleasant reaction to lack of food by calling it a “healing crisis” that indicates you are on the right track. Mainstream medicine dismisses the notion of a healing crisis and says the ache in your body is due to a severe depletion of essential vitamins and minerals. The use of the word “toxins” in this way entered the mainstream long ago, but the gap between the scientific and some intuitive health communities can be so broad sometimes, it’s as if both parties are talking about completely different things. And if you are someone who accepts the logic of a certain system of belief – whether that be a food system or a philosophical system – then people from outside that system who criticise it can be dismissed and simpl Continue reading >>

Letters: No Cure For Diabetes, So Manage It Properly

Letters: No Cure For Diabetes, So Manage It Properly

As someone who was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes 15 years ago, I was interested to read the warning from Diabetes UK about the spread of the disease. It is unfortunate in my view that this charity does not do more to educate people. Go into their website and you will be told there is no cure. Though there might not be a cure, there certainly is an “effective cure” in the majority of cases. The secret is to go on to a sensible diet, exercise and lose weight. As the weight comes down, so does the blood sugar level, until eventually it comes down to a normal reading. You are not cured, because you cannot then cram in the sugar, but provided you stick to sensible eating you won’t have any complications and will not need the services of the NHS. Rather than just give out dire warnings, Diabetes UK should tell their members that if they are Type 2 the aim is to avoid tablets, insulin and the NHS, even if this means giving up puddings, cream cakes and sugary drinks. Malcolm Howard Banstead, Surrey Once again we have another report of the health problems caused by poor lifestyle choices. The dietary habits of 3 million people are contributing towards this epidemic of diabetes this country faces. The Government seems to have no coherent policy.It achieved success with campaigns to reduce smoking and to increase awareness of Aids, yet in the area of the country’s eating habits it seems to be quiet. The food industry is massive and maybe even the Government cannot challenge their practices. Maybe one simple guide might help. Sugar is hidden in foods and people are often totally oblivious to how much sugar they eat every day. On food labelling, why not show the equivalent number of sugar lumps the pack contains, not so much per 100 grams, but per serving, and other confusi Continue reading >>

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