Irma Is Here! Chris Barr, Genetic Fallacy, Antidepressant Contradictions, Road Sharks, Smart Meters, EMF, Cannabis Update and MORE!

September 10, 2017, 1-3PM EDT

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Hurricane Irma Has Arrived!

RSB gives us an on the ground report in Florida as Irma makes landfall. What’s happening and what can Floridians expect?

Hurricane Irma: How to prepare for health effects At just the beginning of hurricane season, several major storms have already posed devastating threats to the U.S. As you know, Hurricane Harvey took a serious gouge out of Texas recently, flooding many low-risk streets, taking lives, demolishing homes and leaving residents in overwhelming turmoil. Now, Hurricane Irma is threatening similar problems for Florida — with possible after-effects that could reach far beyond Harvey and most other hurricanes. While residents in Florida, and even South Carolina, are preparing for the immediate storm damage, people should get prepared for major health effects afterward too.

AP Exclusive: Toxic sites in likely path of Irma Dozens of personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency worked to secure some of the nation’s most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida. The agency said its employees evacuated personnel, secured equipment and safeguarded hazardous materials in anticipation of storm surges and heavy rains. The Associated Press surveyed six of the 54 Superfund sites in Florida before Irma’s arrival, all around Miami in low-lying, flood-prone areas. There was no apparent work going on at the sites AP visited this past week. The EPA said that if there was no activity, a site should be considered secured but would be closely monitored. The sites were in various stages of federally directed, long-term cleanup efforts.

Chris Barr Is Back!

Not A Doc Chris Barr will be riding shotgun with us today a we batten down the hatches and talk about the latest news in the health world:

Obesity – Genetics, Lifestyle or Both?

Genetic risk for obesity influenced by lifestyle, study says   A new study by Uppsala University found that the genetic risk for developing obesity can be influenced by lifestyle and is not necessarily predetermined. “The results of our study clearly show that the environment and the lifestyle interact with the genes,” Mathias Rask-Andersen, researcher at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University, said in a press release.

Antidepressants Good or Bad? Science is STILL Confused

Antidepressants could delay Parkinson’s progression A new study led by researchers from Michigan State University in Grand Rapids found that people treated with tricyclic antidepressants were less likely to require drug treatment for Parkinson’s disease. On further investigation, the researchers found that rats treated with the tricyclic antidepressant nortriptyline demonstrated a reduction in levels of abnormal alpha-synuclein (a-synuclein) protein in the brain.

Antidepressants during pregnancy linked to adolescent mental health issues Children whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy may be at increased risk for psychiatric disorders themselves, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from more than 905,000 children born in Denmark between 1998 and 2012. The children’s health was followed for up to 16.5 years. During the follow-up period, 32,400 of the children were diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder.

The 15-year risk of psychiatric disorders was 8 percent among children whose mothers didn’t take antidepressants during pregnancy. The risk was 11.5 percent among those whose mothers took antidepressants before pregnancy. And the risk was up to 14.5 percent among those whose mothers took antidepressants before and during pregnancy or who began taking antidepressants during pregnancy.

PLEASE Stop Sharing Those Fake Photos!

5 reasons why people share fake photos during disasters Natural disasters are dramatic enough, and yet every time one hits, the Internet lights up with years-old pictures, out-of-context videos and, inevitably, the mascot of all fake social media posts: road shark. If you don’t know what road shark is, it’s an image of a shark swimming on a flooded highway that rears its Photoshopped head every time there’s a hurricane or major water-related event. The image, of course, is fake.

Hour 2 – EMF and Smart Meters…What’s The Deal?

InPower: A Mass Action of Liability by Dr. Mercola I’ve warned about the hazards of microwave radiation from cellphones, routers, portable phones, smart meters and other wireless technology for decades. Now, armed with the mechanism of harm presented by Martin Pall, Ph.D., in a series of papers, I’m more convinced than ever that excessive exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are a significant health hazard that needs to be addressed — especially if you struggle with heart, brain or reproductive issues.

Swiss Dept. of Public Instruction Implements “Precautionary Principle” Regarding Wi-Fi And Other Smart Tech Devices  In July of 2017, the Republic and Canton of Geneva, Department of Public Instruction, Culture and Sport, Office for Children and Youth, Child and Youth Health Service of Switzerland did something rather unusual, but extremely proactive, to enforce the “Precautionary Principle.”

The Swiss Department of Public Instruction “issued a note on the risks of digital technology to health, which must be transmitted to all teachers at the start of the school year. The Service reminds us that screens also affect sleep and eyesight, and favor the development of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. The note briefly mentions electromagnetic radiation (in the context of cancer risk and the precautionary recommendations by the Federal Office for Public Health regarding use of Wi-Fi-WLAN). It is our hope that this note will also be sent to all physicians, especially pediatricians,” as per translation by the Editor of “Towards Better Health.”

Cannabis Update!

Teen marijuana use falls to 20-year low, defying legalization opponents’ predictions In 2016, rates of marijuana use among the nation’s 12- to 17-year-olds dropped to their lowest level in more than two decades, according to federal survey data released this week. Last year, 6.5 percent of adolescents used marijuana on a monthly basis, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That represents a statistically significant drop from 2014, when the nation’s first recreational marijuana shops opened in Washington state and Colorado. The last time monthly teen marijuana use was this low was 1994, according to the survey.

Get That Needle Away From Me!!!

“Retroviruses in Vaccines: Are We Altering the Genes of Future Generations in Unknown Ways?” by Judy Mikovitz Chronic inflammatory diseases have been skyrocketing in incidence in the past quarter century. The details explaining how retroviruses in today’s biological therapeutics including vaccines are contributing to autoimmune, neuroimmune disease and cancer are complex. Although I’ve spent my adult lifetime studying how retroviruses contribute to these diseases, paring down the complexities into basics is a daunting task.

Third dose of mumps vaccine could help stop outbreaks, researchers say An extra dose of the combined measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine can help to stop mumps outbreaks, a new study suggests. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and based on analysis of data from a large mumps outbreak at the University of Iowa in 2015-2016, showed that getting a third dose of MMR vaccine cut the risk of contracting the mumps by 78 percent.

“The thing that this study particularly adds is that a third dose may have a role — at least in outbreak control — for mumps,” said Dr. Saad Omer, a professor of epidemiology and pediatrics at Emory University. Omer, whose work focuses on vaccinations, was not involved in the new study, which was published Wednesday.

Got Asthma? Go Outside!

Living near Parks and Green Spaces May Help Kids with Asthma: Eating Raw Onions May Also Give Relief  The World Health Organisation estimates close to 300 million people suffering from asthma all across the globe. It is one of the major non-communicable diseases that is characterized by wheezing, breathlessness and inability to breathe. The symptoms and severity of the condition may vary from person to person, however the underlying cause of asthma remains the same – inflammation and narrowing of the airway that may inhibit proper breathing and respiratory functions. While the exact cause of asthma is still undiscovered, experts often link its occurrence to genetic and environmental factors.


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