August 10, 2022 3-5PM ET
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Denmark Bans COVID Vaccine for Youth Under 18 Denmark has announced that people under the age of 18 are no longer allowed to get the COVID vaccine. Those wanting their first shot were cut off after July 1, and no one in the age group — aside from those who are considered “high risk” and have a doctor’s note — will be allowed to get a second shot after September 1. “Children and adolescents only very rarely become seriously ill from COVID-19 with the omicron variant. Therefore, from July 1, 2022, it will no longer be possible for children and adolescents under the age of 18 to get the 1st [shot], and from September 1, 2022, it will no longer be possible to get the 2nd [shot],” reads a government statement. [translated from Danish] While many are likely relieved because it means that vaccine mandates won’t be coming back to school, few have followed Denmark’s lead, and if the science is universal, it’s a wonder why they haven’t. For example, despite this decision from Denmark, babies are now eligible to receive three rounds of Moderna’s Covid vaccine in Canada, even though COVID poses no greater threat to babies than the flu does, and Health Canada admits they lack long-term safety data. Moreover, various health authorities have recently highlighted the risks of adverse effects that exist from the COVID vaccines.
The Demonization of Dissent Last week the New York Times ran an article in which it described the apparent radicalisation of a group of parents from mainstream political persuasions to a single-issue anti-vaccine fringe. It describes how these parents seemingly came together on social media out of a concern about the damage inflicted by lengthy school closures on their children, started to share notes and articles – “many of them misleading” – about school reopenings and the efficacy of vaccines and masks, fell “down an online rabbit hole” and a year later emerged as fully fledged members of a “destabilising new movement” – anti-mask and anti-vaccine – “narrowing their cause to a single-minded obsession over those issues.” If you read the piece at face value you might be left with the impression that these parents are a homogenous, almost cultish group of outcasts who, having been “indoctrinated,” have metamorphosed into anti-vaxxers who “sought other parents online” to infect with their ideology. It is by now a familiar narrative on both sides of the Atlantic that anyone who dares question, let alone challenge, the wisdom of giving healthy children the Covid-19 jab is labeled anti-vaccine, and “othered.” It is a slur I know only too well – having been vocal in the UK for the last fifteen months in questioning why otherwise healthy children needed a Covid vaccine, I’ve been labeled, lazily and erroneously, an “anti-vaxxer” and, almost comically, “pro-death.”
Bill Gates, whose foundation funds polio vaccines, warns that the disease’s reemergence in New York is ‘a threat to us all’ A once-eradicated disease has reemerged in New York, and it’s spooking health officials and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. On Aug. 4, New York health authorities announced they had detected polio in wastewater samples from two counties north of New York City. Officials called the results, along with a confirmed case of polio in New York’s Rockland County in July, the “tip of the iceberg” for a wider polio outbreak of the disease that can cause paralysis. Gates—a longtime champion of polio eradication—weighed in Monday, calling the news an “urgent reminder” that “until we #EndPolio for good, it remains a threat to us all,” on Twitter. “The global eradication strategy must be fully supported to protect people everywhere,” wrote Gates, a Microsoft cofounder and the world’s fifth-richest man with a net worth of $118 billion. Gates tweeted a similar warning about the threat of polio in July, after New York health authorities announced the discovery of a single case of paralytic polio in an unvaccinated young adult. Gates, through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been a vocal advocate for eradicating polio for years. The foundation is one of several partners in the Polio Global Eradication Initiative (PGEI), alongside organizations like the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). The PGEI hopes to eradicate polio in the wild by 2026.
Herbicidal Hell Unleashed on National Parks Millions of pounds of toxic glyphosate are dumped on our national parks and forests. Action Alert! Ah, the great outdoors, where we can experience the wonders of nature, walk amongst the trees, sink our toes into the dirt…but not, unfortunately, escape the spraying of toxic chemicals that make us sick. Many of us may be aware that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup as well as other products, is sprayed on agricultural crops, but lesser known is the fact that glyphosate-containing herbicides are regularly applied to national parks and forests. That our national parks are sprayed with this poison is a travesty. Science confirms that time spent in nature helps heal us, decreasing chronic disease risk among other benefits. In the modern world we are assaulted with toxic exposures almost everywhere. We need places where we can go to escape and heal; national forests should provide such a sanctuary, and now these areas, too, are being sprayed with poison. It has to stop. In the words of one state parks official, “It’s been the go-to herbicide for park agencies for a long time.” Scroll to the bottom of this article to see pictures taken by an ANH staff member demonstrating what you can expect to find in national parks where this practice goes on. The pesticide is dyed blue so those spraying it can see where it has been applied so they don’t waste chemicals.
Links between parental exposure to pesticides, childhood cancer explored Maternal or paternal exposure to pesticides does not appear to be associated with increased risks for childhood cancer, according to a study published online July 6 in Environmental Research. Marios Rossides, M.D., Ph.D., from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues examined the association between maternal and paternal exposure to pesticides and childhood cancer in a Swedish register case-control study from 1960 to 2015. A total of 17,313 individuals with cancer aged younger than 20 years were identified and matched in a 1:25 ratio with controls on birth year and sex. Exposure to any herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides was examined for 9,653 and 172,194 mothers and 12,521 and 274,434 fathers of cases and controls, respectively. The researchers found that with maternal occupational exposure to pesticides, the associated odds ratio was 1.42 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.78 to 2.57; 12 exposed cases) for lymphoma and 1.30 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.88 to 1.93; 27 exposed cases) for other solid tumors. There was no association observed between maternal exposure and leukemia or central nervous system tumors or for paternal exposure with any of the cancers examined, apart from a potential association between pesticide exposure and myeloid leukemia (odds ratio, 1.15; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.73 to 1.79; 22 exposed cases).
5 Reasons You Should Buy Food From Local Farms Everyone needs to eat, and we can get food in various ways. Americans have choices, including grocery stores, restaurants, fast food establishments and convenience shops. You may not think much about where the food you eat comes from, but some grocery store items come from thousands of miles away. Products can sit on shelves for a long time, losing nutritional value and flavor. There’s another option: buying food from local farms. Doing so has many personal and societal benefits that make it worth the investment. Here are five reasons to buy your food locally. Food is fresher when you buy from local farms because there is less time from farm to table. Local produce is in season and picked when it’s ripe, unlike food from hundreds of miles away. There’s more flavor when a local farmer harvests fruits and vegetables at the peak of ripeness, rather than produce that ripens over several days or weeks. You’ll be buying flavorful and delicious items, offering the most bang for your buck. The food will also be free from the coatings that protect foods and look good in grocery stores, such as wax on apples. It’s best to avoid these unhealthy extras if you can.
Never Underestimate the Value of Off-Grid Entertainment My oldest son was really into Cub Scouts when he was little. One evening when he was nine, as soon as we got home, he started pulling food out of the fridge. “What on earth are you doing?” I asked. “I’m going to put all the food from the fridge into the root cellar and then shut off the main breaker,” he explained. “We’re supposed to not use any electricity for a week.” I got his Cub Scout book and read the requirements, which were to reduce electricity use for a week, not eliminate it entirely. I explained that we were not shutting off the main breaker and that he was putting all the food back in the fridge. We got into a lengthy argument over this, but eventually, while making it clear that I was obviously the lamest parent he knew, he agreed that we would simply not use any forms of electronic entertainment for the week. We don’t have video games at my house, but my kids and I have been in the habit of watching an hour or two of TV most evenings. So, that week, we spent time instead reading, playing games, drawing, and playing musical instruments. All three of my kids were elementary school age at the time, but there were very few fits about the lack of TV. I had to be a little more engaged, but we had fun.