Thursday, April 9, 2020

History of chicken pox may reduce risk of brain cancer later in life

The chicken pox is one of those pesky illness that affects kids and pains their parents, but it may offer some positive health benefits later in life, experts believe – a reduced risk for developing glioma.
In one of the largest studies to date, an international consortium led by researchers in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine reported an inverse relationship between a history of chicken pox and glioma, a type of brain cancer, meaning that children who have had the chicken pox may be less likely to develop brain cancer.
The Baylor team led by Dr. Melissa Bondy, a McNair Scholar and associate director for cancer prevention and population sciences at Baylor, and Dr. E. Susan Amirian, assistant professor in the Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor, reported their results in the journal Cancer Medicine.
In the study, the team reviewed information from the Glioma International Case-Control Study is a large, multi-site consortium with data on 4533 cases and 4171 controls collected across five countries.
They found a 21 percent reduced risk of developing glioma with a positive history of chicken pox.  Furthermore, they identified the protective effective was greater in higher grade gliomas.
The large study validates earlier studies showing this link, Bondy said. “It provides more of an indication that there is some protective benefit from having the chicken pox,” she said. “The link is unlikely to be coincidental.”
In the future, scientists may be able to apply the chicken pox vaccine to brain cancer research.
Others who contributed to the work include Michael E. Scheurer, Renke Zhou, Georgina N. Armstrong, Ching C. Lau all with Baylor College of Medicine; Margaret R. Wrensch with the University of California; Daniel Lachance and Robert B. Jenkins with the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center; Sara H. Olson and Jonine L. Bernstein with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Elizabeth B. Claus with Yale University School of Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Jill S. Barnholtz-Sloan with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Dora Il’yasova and Joellen Schildkraut with Duke University Medical Center; Francis Ali-Osman with Duke University Medical Center; Siegal Sadetzki with Gertner Institute and Tel-Aviv University; Ryan T. Merrell with NorthShore University HealthSystem, Faith G. Davis with the University of Alberta; Rose Lai with The University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine; Sanjay Shete with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Christopher I. Amos Norris Cotton Cancer Center; and Beatrice S. Melin with Umeå University.
Funding for this work was provided by the National Cancer Institute (Grant/Award Number: ‘P30CA125123_, ’P50097257_, ’R01CA139020_, ’R01CA52689_).

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Aluminium in Brain Tissue in Non‑neurodegenerative/Non‑neurodevelopmental Disease: A Comparison with Multiple Sclerosis

The data reinforce a previous conclusion that the aluminium content of brain tissue in multiple sclerosis is elevated and support the suggestion that human exposure to aluminium may have a role to play in the aetiology of multiple sclerosis. 

Exposure and Health
Aluminium in Brain Tissue in Non‑neurodegenerative/Non‑neurodevelopmental Disease: A Comparison with Multiple Sclerosis

C. Linhart1 · D. Davidson2 · S. Pathmanathan2 · T. Kamaladas2 · C. Exley3Received: 5 October 2019 / Revised: 7 February 2020 / Accepted: 15 February 2020 © The Author(s) 2020

Human exposure to aluminium is a burgeoning issue. The brain is a sink for systemically available aluminium and a putative target of neurotoxicity. An increasing number of studies continue to confirm the presence of aluminium in human brain tissue though primarily in relation to donors who have died of a neurodegenerative or neurodevelopmental disorder. Herein, we have measured aluminium in brain tissue in donors who died of a specific disease or condition though without showing any neurodegeneration. The donors were diagnosed as not suffering from multiple sclerosis. Herein, these novel data are compared with recent data on aluminium in brain tissue in multiple sclerosis. Brain tissues from all four lobes were obtained from the Multiple Sclerosis Society Tissue Bank. Tissues were digested using microwave-assisted acid digestion and their aluminium content was measured by transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. Both are established methods in our laboratory. Detailed statistical analyses were used to compare new data with recent data for multiple sclerosis. Aluminium was found in brain tissue in each donor with a high proportion of measurements (189/291) being below 1.00 μg/g dry weight. The data for all cases (median and IQR) were 0.74 (0.48–1.28), 1.23 (0.62–1.63), 0.84 (0.45–1.14) and 1.01 (0.62–1.65) μg/g dry weight for occipital, parietal, temporal and frontal lobes, respectively. There was a statistically significant positive correlation between aluminium content of brain tissue and the age of donor. Comparison of data for this non-multiple sclerosis group with brain aluminium data for donors dying with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis showed that the latter had a statistically significant higher content of brain aluminium. The data reinforce a previous conclusion that the aluminium content of brain tissue in multiple sclerosis is elevated and support the suggestion that human exposure to aluminium may have a role to play in the aetiology of multiple sclerosis. Keywords Human exposure to aluminium · Aluminium in brain tissue · Aluminium in multiple sclerosis · Aluminium and neurodegenerative disease · Aluminium and neurodevelopmental disease  Read the paper here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Stealth vaccinations


Since the Affordable Care Act came out, we are now — as nurses — required to ask every single patient when they come to the hospital if you’ve had your flu vaccine or your pneumococcal vaccine. If you say no to either one of those, in the computer, an order will generate that says we need to give you this vaccine. We don’t need to speak to a doctor…it’s hospital policy. It’s now health department policy that we now have to give you the vaccine.


Population Density and other factors

Bene Brak is the most densely populated city in Israel with 20,000 people per sq kilometer. By contrast, Brooklyn, NY has 14,000 and the Bronx 13,000 per sq/km. And those are very crowded places. This is likely the main reason for the high contagion rates of coronavirus there.  In New York, the infection rate among Charedim in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Satmar mostly) is the same as that as other crowded gentile communities like East New York. It's the poverty and crowdedness not Jewish religious practice or Charedi misbehavior that they have in common.

Also, few have internet and the government has done a very poor job in communicating the dangers of the virus in any other way.  The government relies on the Internet and texting to educate and most Charedim particularly in Bene Brak and Meah She'arim have neither. I see nothing in my neighborhood in the way of education. Now, I am not allowed to go more than 100 meters and within that 100 meters there are no posters in any direction that I walk. Nobody is walking around talking to us. There are no handouts in our doors. Nothing. On a few occasions cars drove through blasting some announcement. But it's hard to make out what they are saying. Not just me but Hebrew speakers too can't make out the announcements. My internet went down for three days and I rapidly lost track of what was going on and what the new rules might be.

As the government is constantly messing with Charedi society, trying to draft 18 year old Toldos Aaron boys, heaven forbid, interfering with education and trying to ban teaching of the concept of Torah mi'Sinai, encouraging mass gay pride parades, provoking communities by having undercover police parade around as soldiers for hours on end until an unstable person shouts at them only to be arrested by 10 police hiding in cars, there's not much trust of the government in general. 

The Israel press has concluded that allegedly high infection rates among the Charedim are the biggest threat to the country and those rates are high because the Charedim are the world's worst people. What I rarely see considered is population density in Charedi communities.  And why are Charedim poor and packed together? Largely because of Zionism, because the draft exemptions ban all work, such that young men can't work even if they want to. There are some Charedim who have been negligent in practicing social distancing but they largely are ignorant as to the issues. Nevertheless, most people around here have been very careful. Masks, gloves, prayer in the house, standing far apart. 

TOA ran an article making it seem that the soldiers all over Bene Brak have been humanitarians handing out food and getting all swell with the populace. I don't know. Could be. But I have heard from people in Meah Sha'arim that the police are prancing about in full riot gear with weapons and stun grenades (which they have used) doing their best to intimidate. I just got off the phone with a man in Meah Sha'arim and he said that this Shabbos that the Israeli police cracked open the head of a man who was praying outside. He didn't want to break in the middle of prayers and you know what happens when you don't obey the police perfectly. He was taken to the hospital and needed an operation. By contrast, police in NYC broke up a funeral by flashing their car sirens. No head breaking like in Israel. 

What you see in the press is repeated publicizing of isolated incidents like the recent funeral where people stood too close. You'd think this is happening 100x a day but it's probably no more than chilonim at the beach. I saw a photo on TOA, of soldiers in a small group walking down a deserted Yafo street but the caption did not condemn them for being nearly on top of each other. 

In Israel, standards of personal space are way different than in middle America. People are quite used to being on top of each other. People forget. But only Charedim get slammed for it.

So as usual misunderstanding and misinformation about Charedim is running wild in Israel while covering up for the Chilonim goes on as usual.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Infanrix Hexa

Independent media sources have procured an eye-opening treasure trove of bombshell information showing that vaccine giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) knew full well that a 6-in-1 vaccine it produces caused at least 36 infants who received it to die over the course of two years, but failed to disclose this pertinent information publicly.
The combination vaccine, known as “Infanrix Hexa,” resulted in almost immediate death for these 36 young ones, a previously withheld 1,271-page document that was first obtained by the website Initiative Citoyenne reveals. These deaths reportedly occurred between October 2009 and October 2011.
Originally launched in 2000, Infanrix Hexa is a multivalent vaccine that’s marketed as a jab that protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, hepatitis B, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). According to GSK, Infanrix Hexa is completely safe and effective – which we now know, thanks to this newly-leaked document, is factually incorrect.
Computational figures compiled by GreenMedInfo‘s Christina England, an investigative sleuth who’s uncovered all sorts of problems with many so-called “combination vaccines,” reveal that Infanrix Hexa is hardly safe or effective, and is actually a very high-risk vaccine, even by vaccine industry standards.
“Using the figure of 36 deaths over a two-year period, this averages 1.5 deaths per month, which by anyone’s standard is extremely high,” she writes. “Note that only 1 to 10% of adverse reactions to vaccines are actually reported. Therefore, in reality, the problem could potentially be far more serious and the actual number of fatalities much higher.”

Saturday, April 4, 2020

World renown medical expert: MMR can cause autism in some cases

Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, MD, is a world renown board certified pediatric neurologist specializing in autism. He was the director of the center for autism at Johns Hopkins medical school. His AB is from Princeton and his MD from Columbia University. He was an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins and Harvard and a clinical professor at the University of Massachusetts. His CV, which appears in the linked article, is kind of mind blowing. He has had quite a career. His qualifications are top notch. 
In 2007, he was an expert witness for the Department of Health and Human Services in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. He told government lawyers that while in general there is no evidence of an association between the MMR vaccine and autism, "there were exceptions in which vaccinations could cause autism." He elaborated, "More specifically, I explained that a subset of children with an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction, vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation that exceeded metabolic energy reserves could, and in at least one of my patients, did cause regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder." (The comments are confirmed in an affidavit by Dr. Zimmerman).

So there you have it. If anybody claims that the MMR can cause autism, you can't call them an anti-science wacko who is a victim of propaganda. The question of frequency and the odds of it happening is a separate question and an important one. In medicine, one has to weigh risk-reward against the odds of each happening. But the hateful rhetoric against people who question the safety of vaccines really is out of line, particularly the claim that such people are anti-science, crazy, or illogical. When mothers say the kid was fine until the vaccine, they really might be right about that. 

The following article claims that the government covered up this part of Dr. Zimmerman's testimony. After the excerpt, I will link to the Respectful Insolence blog, which contains the very disrespectful diatribes of one Dr. David Gorski, MD, a very pro-vax surgeon who I hesitate to trust because his arrogance is so beyond the bounds of acceptability even for a physician. Neverthless, I try at least at times to share both sides of the story here, so I'm sharing his side. 

Government’s Own Pro-vaccine Medical Expert Admits There is a Vaccine-Autism Link That is Being Covered Up

Earlier this year (2019) investigative independent journalist Sharyl Attkisson ran a report on Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, a world-renowned pediatric neurologist whom the U.S. Government used in 2007 to testify in the U.S. Vaccine Court that vaccines did not cause autism.

However, Dr. Zimmerman also stated in an affidavit that vaccines can cause autism in a certain subset of children, but that testimony was suppressed.

From Dr. Zimmerman's affidavit:

8. I explained that I was of the opinion that there were exceptions in which vaccinations could cause autism.
9. More specifically, I explained that a subset of children with an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction, vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation that exceeded metabolic energy reserves could, and in at least one of my patients, did cause regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder.
10. I explained that my opinion regarding exceptions in which vaccines could cause autism was based upon advances in science, medicine, and clinical research of one of my patients in particular. 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Some thoughts

The value of human life and the halachas allowing you to push off mitzvos to protect it are well known to all Charedim. Everybody knows you violate Shabbos if there’s even a chance that a life is in danger. Shabbos is a set of fundamental Torah edicts. You can eat on Yom Kippur to save a life. And Minyan, while important,  is much easier to push off than those.

So I think there are three issues at play here with the Charedim and the health situation. It's not that Charedim put religious practice above human life. The first is that government assumes everyone has internet and gets information that way. They don’t make special provisions to educate the Charedi public in traditional ways. Some of that is because of their animosity to Charedim. And it is not really possible for Charedim to get the Internet. So much of what’s on there is so inappropriate that it just isn’t going to work.

Second, Israeli authorities in general are not exactly gentle educators. Their method is always militaristic. When the police come into the neighborhood they don’t say, attention good people, we are here to share some important information with you. What they do is what they do to the Arabs, they come in with guns and start ordering people around, shouting. They are not pleasant. They bring lots of lady police with them. It’s confrontation from the word go.

Third, because of the draft and other ways that the government messes with Charedi life, Charedim don’t trust the government in general. We have not had a proper government in a year. Why? Debates about the Charedim. Not the economy, health, safety. It’s all about Charedim and the army. So the immense tension between the Charedim and the Chilonim is fundamental to what’s going on here. In some ways, it’s a karma on the Chilonim for threatening Charedi life with their stupid draft and worship of the military and insistence to drag the Charedim into it. So God says, OK, I’m shutting down the country now. Stop bothering the Charedim with the draft.

Will they get the message after this? No. They'll hate and blame the Charedim even more. I'm not saying that certain individuals couldn't have been more careful with social distancing. But understand that Charedi life is largely communal unlike Chiloni life which is much less so. And minyan going takes a lot of self-discipline. It's not so easy to go three times a day for 50 years and then suddenly to turn it off. For good reason, we can turn it off. But if you don't trust government in general and the government doesn't bother to ever really explain what's going on, then you get resistance.

New study: DTAP vaccine makes children more prone to whooping cough

New science proves that vaccines SPREAD infectious disease, causing up to 15 times MORE infections among fully vaccinated children By


A new peer-reviewed scientific paper published in the journal Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines has found that the DTaP vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) is causing children who receive it to become more prone to contracting whooping cough later on in life.

According to the study, children who receive the entire DTaP series of vaccinations are up to 15 times more likely to contract whooping cough at the five-year mark following these jabs compared to unvaccinated children, completely obliterating the myth that whooping cough outbreaks are the result of “anti-vaxxers.”

As it turns out, the vast majority of children being affected by pertussis outbreaks are vaccinated children, which some health authorities are reluctantly admitting. Even so, pro-vaxxers are insistent that all disease spread is caused by unvaccinated children, despite the fact that science continues to prove otherwise.

What’s more, the DTaP vaccine, along with many other vaccines, fails to provide permanent protection against disease – assuming they provide any protection at all. As reported in the same aforementioned DTaP study, pertussis antibodies experience a “rapid decline” in as little as 2-3 years post-vaccination, “often to pre-vaccination levels.”

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Scientist Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai on Vaccine Safety

"The science used for vaccines is old. And we need to upgrade the science."

"Today the entire basis of vaccination is still based on that fifty to a hundred year old model of the immune system."

Scientist Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, giving testimony at the Massachusetts State House. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS, MS, MEng, PhD). He is a world renowned expert in personalized medicine and biological engineering. He is also a Fulbright scholar.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Israel's anti-Charedism finds its way to the world

Israel's anti-Charedism finds its way to the world. Lead article on CNN is about those 'ultra-Orthodox' who flout the rules about coronavirus. The article is written by Oren Lieberman, a CNN writer based in Jerusalem. From his bio he appears to be an American Jew who moved to Israel. He was assisted by Michael Schwartz and Amir Tal, two more Jews. I'm not condoning problematic behavior by some, but the article paints in broad strokes and ignores considerations like the high rate of COVID-19 in Bene Brak being from poor and crowded neighborhoods rather than one levaya and some minyanim. And no mention of the beach goers in Tel Aviv. Just those ultra-Orthodox. And no mention of the great majority being careful to follow the rules. (The title says "Some Charedim" but the article isn't as fair. Good chance a gentile editor cleaned up the title.) Now, if a Jew publicizes to the world missteps (mild term) of the Israeli military he's accused of airing dirty laundry or being a traitor, but here an American-Israeli Jewish writer is denouncing Charedim to the world. This impulse comes from the rampant anti-Charedism in Israel which stems from the anti-religious posture of the founders of the state. The Times of Israel of course has been publishing articles like this for weeks. A banner on the top of the home page announced two days ago something like new government rules on prayer gatherings when the government had published a list of new rules. That was the one the TOA chose to focus on because of course any spread of the disease must be the fault of the Charedim. Who else? It couldn't be caused by these people:
That's less than 2 meters between them
They appear in a home page featured article in TOA. Where's the outrage that soldiers are walking in a tight group (on Yaffa St. in Central Jerusalem not in some place where perhaps it was a security necessity). Imagine if these were Charedim. You'd read about it on CNN.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review

Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review

For all those who've declared the autism-vaccine debate over - a new scientific review begs to differ. It considers a host of peer-reviewed, published theories that show possible connections between vaccines and autism.

The article in the Journal of Immunotoxicology is entitled "Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes--A review." The author is Helen Ratajczak, surprisingly herself a former senior scientist at a pharmaceutical firm. Ratajczak did what nobody else apparently has bothered to do: she reviewed the body of published science since autism was first described in 1943. Not just one theory suggested by research such as the role of MMR shots, or the mercury preservative thimerosal; but all of them.

Ratajczak's article states, in part, that "Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis [brain damage] following vaccination [emphasis added]. Therefore, autism is the result of genetic defects and/or inflammation of the brain."

The article goes on to discuss many potential vaccine-related culprits, including the increasing number of vaccines given in a short period of time. "What I have published is highly concentrated on hypersensitivity, Ratajczak told us in an interview, "the body's immune system being thrown out of balance."


There are those who say all vaccines are safe, those who say none are safe, and those in the middle some of who say we should eliminate the 3 in 1 MMR (Wakefield), some who say we need much more testing as you would think is already being done (it is not), and some who say (Peter Gotzsche) the flu and HPV shots are useless and dangerous.

The HPV for religious Jews is particularly ridiculous. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease. One has to weigh risk reward. And here are the risks:

Gardasil Ruined My Life #getversed

14-Year-Old Active Girl in Wisconsin Suffers Over 300 Seizures After Gardasil Vaccine – Doctor Refuses to Consider Gardasil Cause due to Fear of Losing Research Funding

Illinois Teen Dies Three Weeks After Being Injected with HPV Gardasil Vaccine

California Nurse Gives Gardasil Vaccine to Own Daughter who Develops Leukemia and Dies

Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil – Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped

The Happy-go-Lucky Girl I had Pre-HPV Vaccine is Gone Forever

Iowa Girl Faces Death: Life Destroyed by Gardasil Vaccine

Gardasil Vaccine Given without Consent and Ruins Life of 14 Year Old Girl

After 3 Years of Suffering 19 Year Old Girl Dies from Gardasil Vaccine Injuries

Gardasil: The Decision We Will Always Regret

15 Year Old French Girl’s “Descent into Hell” After Gardasil Vaccine – Wheelchair Bound and Paralyzed

The Gardasil Vaccine After-Life: My Daughter is a Shadow of Her Former Self

Gardasil: An Experience no Child Should Have to Go Through

I Want my Daughter’s Life Back the Way it was Before Gardasil

Gardasil Vaccine: Destroyed and Abandoned

15-Year-Old Vaccinated by Force with Gardasil now Suffers from Paralysis and Pain

Recovering from my Gardasil Vaccine Nightmare

Gardasil: We Thought It Was The Right Choice

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13 Year Old World Championship Karate Student Forced to Quit After Gardasil Vaccine

If I Could Turn Back Time, Korey Would not Have Received any Gardasil Shots

What Doctors Don’t Tell You: Our Gardasil Horror Story

Family Fights U.S. Government over Compensation for Gardasil Vaccine Injuries

Gardasil: When Will our Nightmare End?

HPV Vaccine Injuries: “I Cannot Begin to Describe What it is Like to Watch your Daughter Live in Such Agony”

Gardasil: Don’t Let Your Child Become “One Less”

The Gardasil Vaccine Changed Our Definition of “Normal”

Gardasil: I Should Have Researched First

“They’ve Been Robbed of Their Womanhood” – Local Milwaukee Media Covers Gardasil Vaccine Injuries

Gardasil: The Day Our Daughter’s Life Changed

Gardasil: The Decision I will Always Regret

Gardasil Vaccine: One More Girl Dead

Gardasil: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

After Gardasil: I Simply Want my Healthy Daughter Back

Gardasil: My Family Suffers with Me

Gardasil Changed my Health, my Life, and Family’s Lives Forever

Gardasil: Ashlie’s Near-Death Experience

Gardasil: My Daughter’s Worst Nightmare

My Personal Battle After the Gardasil Vaccine

Gardasil: The Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Me

A Ruined Life from Gardasil

HPV Vaccines: My Journey Through Gardasil Injuries

The Dark Side of Gardasil – A Nightmare that Became Real

Toddler Wrongly Injected with Gardasil Vaccine Develops Rare Form of Leukaemia