AP, PSA, Mammograms and Chest X-Rays do more harm than good. http://www.jonbarron.org/alternative-cancer/natural-health-remedies-immune-system
Just when I think that nothing can possibly shock me, I am sent a link to this recent talk by a pro-vaccination immunologist who states quite clearly (along with VERY inappropriate laughter!) that the vaccines given before a child turns 1 simply don’t work. Doctors and nurses know they don’t work and the only reason they are given is to ‘train’ parents to bring their children in so they will come back when the baby is 1-year old for their 12-month vaccines which are the important ones! http://gaetacommunications.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/NWNPC-Excerpt-3-2-4-6-month-visits-just-to-train-parents-edit-7-11.mp3
As most of you would have heard by now, the government has announced a new policy which is due to start in July next year, linking full vaccination with the ability to receive payments of more than $2,100 from the Family Tax Benefit Part A. What you may not have heard is that the conscientious objection clause will still apply to these payments so whether you vaccinate or not, you will still be able to get this money. http://www.avn.org.au/
A perfect storm of financial disasters has slammed into Australia’s banking system this week, pushing it to the precipice of total collapse, and forcing a panicked Reserve Bank to cut interest rates.
Responding to the emergency, Citizens Electoral Council leader Craig Isherwood today demanded the immediate enactment of the CEC’s policies of Glass-Steagall bankruptcy reorganisation and the establishment of a new, government-owned national bank.
The perfect storm that has struck the Australian banks includes:
A European-centred “credit crunch”, which cuts off the foreign “carry trade” that lends into Australia chasing higher interest rates. Australia’s big banks and miners rely heavily on this carry trade for foreign capital. The last time this happened, in October 2008, all of Australia’s major banks, including Macquarie Bank, were flattened, and only the Rudd-Gillard guarantee on their foreign borrowing kept them trading.
The China “sneeze” that gives Australia pneumonia: China is suffering its most severe manufacturing collapse since the depths of the GFC in January 2009, a flow-on from the crisis wracking its major consumers in Europe and the U.S. Back in 2009, China’s crisis brought world shipping to a standstill; its factories stopped importing resources from Australia; and coal export-dependent Queensland’s budget revenues collapsed. Australia was then saved from total collapse only when the Chinese accelerated their massive internal infrastructure development program, which kick-started Australian resource imports again.
A sharp increase in mortgage stress, coinciding with falling auction clearance rates and house prices across the country. Australia’s banks are heavily exposed to the property market, but at inflated, bubble values; a collapse of the bubble will wipe them out. Until now, heavy foreign investment via the carry trade has propped up the mortgage market, combined with the habit of longsuffering Australians to prioritise their mortgage payments over other living expenses. However, rising mortgage stress is driving a sharp increase in foreclosures, which, combined with falling sales, will drive down the property market even more, spelling doom for the banks. This likely forced the RBA’s hand on interest rates; however, lower interest rates undermine the carry trade even more, on which the banks are also reliant.
Australia’s supposedly great, strong, sound banks all suffered credit rating downgrades this week, as financial observers could no longer ignore the trouble they were facing.
Isherwood questioned whether the government was already acting behind the scenes to prop up the banks.
“Why are the major banks risking more public hatred by foot-dragging on passing on the rate cut?” he asked. “What is being discussed right now between the government and the banks, so the banks can stay afloat? We found out later that in these circumstances three years ago, Macquarie Bank was begging hysterically in a flurry of emails to its friends in the government for the bank guarantee, and the major banks all met with Rudd, Gillard, Swan and Tanner and said if the government didn’t step in, they would collapse ‘sooner rather than later’. All the while the government kept babbling that the banks are ‘sound’.
“It would be criminal if Gillard and Swan attempted to pull the same bailout they did in 2008, instead of solving the problem.”
Isherwood emphasised that today is the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Commonwealth Bank Act through the federal parliament:
“The anniversary of King O’Malley’s victory in achieving a national bank for Australia is a timely reminder of the only solution to this mess”, he said.
“The banking system must be reorganised, and put back under the control of a government-owned national bank that can direct Australia’s credit into investments in infrastructure, manufacturing and agriculture, to revive Australia’s actual physical economy.”
He concluded, “The financial crisis has now dragged on for more than four years, and all the bailouts and austerity by governments has only made it worse, far worse. It is time for the people to demand that the government serves their welfare, instead of the banks, and fight for the CEC’s policies to make them do that.” http://www.cecaust.com.au
PAP, PSA, Mammograms and Chest X-Rays do more harm than good.
It’s been a bad month for the lucrative health-screening-test industry. First, the United States Preventative Services Task Force said men should just say no to PSA tests for prostate screening. That recommendation came on the heels of a US study that found that men who were screened regularly actually had a higher death rate from prostate cancer than those who didn’t have the test at all.
Next, the Task Force suggested that the golden standard of annual PAP testing for women does more harm than good given the error rate of up to 60 percent. That includes false positives that could lead to harmful procedures and tests, as well as results that completely miss existing cancers, which happens 20-45 percent of the time. The Council suggested reducing the PAP testing schedule to once every three years.
Then, a National Cancer Institute study concluded that women should not have annual mammograms after all, given that they, too, have a 60 percent error rate.4 The study suggests that every other year should be quite enough, as that would lower the error rate to a mere 42 percent.
And now, the National Cancer Institute says that chest X-rays do absolutely nothing to prevent lung cancer deaths and should not be performed on apparently healthy patients at all. This recommendation comes following a 13-year-study of over 150,000 people, some of whom received four chest X-ray screenings annually. Those who got the screenings actually died at a greater rate from lung cancer than did those who never got screened at all, whether or not they smoked — hardly a surprise, considering that X-rays are a known cause of cancer. And even though the Task Force came to the same conclusion back in 2004, doctors continue to “prescribe” chest X-rays to this day, particularly for smokers. As Robert Smith, director of cancer screening at the American Cancer Society says, “No one recommends it but they do occur quite a lot.”
Still, the experts do agree that X-rays may be useful for those who already display symptoms of what could be lung-cancer. Sort of an “in for a penny, in for a pound kind of thing.” And given that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the US, the scientists haven’t given up the idea that regular screening for the disease is a good idea. Unfortunately, though, at the top of the list of alternatives is CT scanning to replace the X-rays. A study comparing the efficacy of X-rays versus CT scans found that CT scans did, in fact, lower the death rate from lung cancer by 20 percent, but that study only looked at heavy smokers. And, the false-positive rate for CT scans is off the charts at 95 percent. Given the psychological damage that having a false lung-cancer diagnosis can cause as well as the potential exposure to unneeded treatments and the fact that CT scans emit enough radiation to fry the family cat, it hardly seems worth it except in cases when there’s already reason to suspect something is seriously wrong.
The upshot is that those of us who have been poked, prodded, scraped, and radiated to get our annual tests may be somewhat dismayed to discover that all the money and time spent may have been for naught — or to be kind, very little. Given the newly discovered lack of benefit from some of the tests combined with the side effects of all those X-rays and the psychological fallout resulting from false positives, you might think twice about doing just what the doctor orders to ensure your health. In fact, after years of hearing that we absolutely must get all these tests or our demise is imminent, it’s difficult to take seriously the admonitions to take other preventative steps, like getting the annual flu shot or giving our 11-year-olds HPV vaccines. Certainly the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control that the flu shot this year is only 59 percent effective doesn’t inspire confidence, especially considering that coming from the CDC that’s likely to be a highly optimistic estimate. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise because the shot hasn’t been particularly effective for years now, as Jon Barron has written before. He’s also written about the potentially ugly side effects. And still, the experts insist we should take the shot anyway, effective or not, side effects be damned.
So once again, the conclusion is obvious. Your safest bet is to stay healthy by following a healthy lifestyle. At the least, if you eat right and detox regularly, you’ll have a strong immune system to deal with the side effects these tests and vaccines inflict upon you — should you decide to get them.
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Some of this is more relevant to the US than Oz. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/12/01/7-foods-should-never-eat/
Interesting excerpt from a book The Tangled Web: A Guide to Securing Modern Web Applications by Michal Zalewski. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/282225,the-evolution-of-a-threat.aspx