Thursday, 4 April 2013

Carbohydrates, protein, fat, bacteria... the five-second rule is out


London - If you're reading this while eating and you happened to drop your food on the floor, you might want to stop (eating, that is, not reading).

A BBC investigation has proved that the five-second rule, followed so slavishly by so many of us, is not only hokum, but also potentially dangerous.

For those not familiar with it, the five-second rule states that one is allowed to eat something that has dropped on the floor, provided that it has stayed there for no longer than five seconds (and has been given “a bit of a wipe” afterwards).

It might sound a bit dodgy when spelled out, but in homes up and down the land (where it is sometimes reduced to a mere three seconds) it is held as a quasi-scientific fact, self-justification that greed is more important than health risks and a reminder not to be fussy.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

What Hospitals Won’t Tell You - Health Care Driven by ‘Perverse Incentives’

What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Healthcare
by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and what’s even more shocking is that the harm often is preventable.

Hospitals often make egregious errors ranging from minor mistakes to treating the wrong patient, leaving behind surgical tools in a person after surgery, or operating on the wrong body part.

According to the 2011 Health Grades report, the incidence rate of medical harm occurring in the United States is estimated to be over 40,000 harmful and/or lethal errors DAILY!

Variations in Quality Medical and Safety of Health Care Driven by ‘Perverse Incentives’
One in four patients in a hospital is harmed in some way from a medical mistake, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Many doctors have been concerned about the quality and mistakes in healthcare, but the culture has been such that it dissuaded open discussion and transparency.

Dr. Makary says. “For the first time, we’re speaking up openly and honestly about this problem. We’ve got research now that supports it.

…When I was at a major medical conference once, I heard a surgeon at the podium ask the audience of thousands of doctors, ‘Do you know of somebody out there in practice who should not be practicing because they are too dangerous?’ And every single hand went up. Everybody seems to know about this problem. Everybody even knows of somebody who’s too dangerous to be in practice. Yet for a long time, we haven’t been honest about the problem.”

WHO Suspends Vaccine After 26 Children Die While Used as Guinea Pigs

Christina England
Activist Post

According to reports, at least 26 children have died and many more have been seriously injured after they were given the 5 in 1 vaccine, Quinvaxem. [1] Newspapers have reported that all of the victims suffered adverse reactions including fevers, vomiting and the appearance of bruises all over their bodies. [2]

Quinvaxem, being offered at no cost to recipients by UNICEF, is a pre-qualified vaccine on trial in developing countries. Currently being given to babies as young as eight weeks of age, this pentavalent vaccine is said to protect infants and young children against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B, and Hib (haemophilus influenzae type b).

According to reports, local authorities have suspended all the controversial batches for testing. However, the Health Ministry said there are no problems with the vaccine’s quality, distribution, preservation or administration. [3]