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Flu vaccine linked to significantly higher rate of miscarriages

In his speech on how to reduce global warming at the 2010 TED conference, billionaire Bill Gates touted vaccines as a means to reduce the world’s population by as much as 10-15%. He said:

“The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a REALLY great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health service, we could lower that by perhaps 10 to 15 percent.

Don’t think what Gates said was a Freudian slip. As the video below shows, Gates had said it at least four times:

And now, we have a study on exactly that — anti-fertility vaccine.

A team of 13 medical scientists conducted a study that found a significant association between flu vaccine and miscarriages (“spontaneous abortion”). The scientists are:

  • James G. Donahue, Ph.D. & MPH (the lead author), Burney A. Kiekea, Jennifer P. King, Maria A. Mascola and Edward A. Belongia, of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, Marshfield, WI.
  • Frank DeStefano and Eric Weintraub of the Immunization Safety Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  •  Stephanie A. Irving, T. Craig Cheetham, Allison L. Naleway, Jason M. Glanz and Nicola P. Klein, of Kaiser Permanente (in Portland, OR; Pasadena, CA; Denver, CO; and Oakland, CA).
  • Lisa A. Jackson, of Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA.

Donahue & colleagues published their findings in an article titled “Association of spontaneous abortion with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine containing H1N1pdm09 in 2010–11 and 2011–12,” in the peer-reviewed journal Vaccine, 35:40 (September 25, 2017), pp. 5314–5322.

Objective

Donahue et al. described their study’s objective:

“Inactivated influenza vaccine is recommended in any stage of pregnancy, but evidence of safety in early pregnancy is limited, including for vaccines containing A/H1N1pdm2009 (pH1N1) antigen. We sought to determine if receipt of vaccine containing pH1N1 was associated with spontaneous abortion (SAB).

Methodology

Using data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink, Donahue et al. identified 485 eligible women aged 18 to 44 years who had a miscarriage (cases) and 485 women who had live births or stillbirths (controls), and matched them on site, date of last menstrual period and age. Participants who were vaccinated with the inactivated influenza vaccine before the miscarriage date were considered exposed. Primary exposure was 1-28 days before miscarriage, called the “exposure window”.

Results

Donahue et al. had determined that the random probability or odds (“adjusted odds ratio” is “a measure of association between an exposure and an outcome) of a woman having a miscarriage 1-28 days after having had a flu vaccination was 3.7 (95% CI, 1.4-9.4) for the 2010 to 2011 flu season, and 1.4 (95% CI, 0.6-3.3) for the 2011-2012 flu season.

But Donahue et al. found that among the women in their study (Healio):

  • A “significantly” increased 7.7 (95% CI, 2.2-27.3) odds radio (aOR) for miscarriage in women who had received pH1N1-containing flu vaccine in the 1–28 days “exposure window” and who had also been vaccinated in the previous season.
    At the time of miscarriage, the median gestational age was 7 weeks. There were no statistically significant associations between miscarriage and receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine during any other exposure windows.
  • In contrast, regardless of current influenza vaccination status, women who did not receive the vaccine in the previous season were not at an increased risk for miscarriage. Their aOR was only 1.3 (95% CI, 0.7-2.7).
  • “This effect modification was observed in each [flu] season” in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.

Conclusion

Donahue et al. concluded that:

“SAB [spontaneous abortion or miscarriage] was associated with influenza vaccination in the preceding 28 days. The association was significant only among women vaccinated in the previous influenza season with pH1N1-containing vaccine. […]

It is important to note that this study does not and cannot confirm a causal association, but the validity of the major findings is supported by the effect modification across two influenza seasons and the observation of elevated odds ratios in the 1 to 28 day exposure window only. More research is needed regarding the immunologic effects of influenza vaccination during pregnancy. A follow-up study funded by CDC is currently underway to evaluate the risk of [miscarriage] after repeated influenza vaccination during the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 influenza seasons; results are expected by late 2018.”

“Significant association” means a statistically significant correlation, i.e., a correlation that is a result of more than random chance.

In other words, the study found that flu vaccination is associated with a higher incidence of miscarriages — an association that could not have occurred by pure chance alone — in pregnant women who:

  • had the flu vaccine 1-28 days before miscarriage;
  • were vaccinated in the previous influenza season with pH1N1-containing vaccine.

In fact, as J.B. Handley Jr. of GreenMedInfo points out, flu-vaccine manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur precisely had warned about the safety of their flu vaccine for pregnant women. This is the warning in the package insert of Sanofi Pasteur’s 2016 flu vaccine:

“Safety and effectiveness of Fluzone Quadrivalent have not been established in pregnant women or children less than 6 months of age.”

Given the importance of the Donahue et al.‘s findings, you can imagine that the CDC would be inundated with questions about the high correlation of flu vaccination and miscarriages.

Isn’t it interesting, then, that the CDC put a gag order on its employees. On August 31, 2017, the CDC’s public affairs officer Jeffrey Lancashire sent an internal email to its employees, instructing them not to speak to reporters. The email, obtained by Axios, says:

“Effective immediately and until further notice, any and all correspondence with any member of the news media, regardless of the nature of the inquiry, must be cleared through CDC’s Atlanta Communications Office. This correspondence includes everything from formal interview requests to the most basic of data requests.”

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV

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~Eowyn

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Feminism promotes obesity: Extremely overweight actress Chrissy Metz is “inspiring”

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This is “inspiring”

Chrissy Metz is an actress who is 5’4” and weighs 400 pounds according to bodymeasurement.org. The CDC has a body mass index (BMI) calculator that measures Chrissy’s BMI as 30.0 and above – she is obese. Her normal weight range should be 108 to 145 pounds.

People who are overweight or obese are at higher risk for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. According to Stanford Health Care, because of Chrissy’s obesity she is also subject to bone and joint disease, heart disease, sleep apnea, cancer, and metabolic syndrome (a clustering of medical conditions).

Yet in today’s society, “body shaming” is taboo. Thanks to feminism, we are told to be inclusive, body accepting, body positive, loving, and blah, blah, blah.

The “fat acceptance movement” and “fat feminism” do nothing to promote healthy women. To accept an obese body is to imply that one has no control over their behaviors. Our bodies are changeable and an obese person should be able to accept that truth. By resigning themselves to the impression that their bodies can’t be changed, they just perpetuate victimhood.

How about telling the truth for once? Chrissy is obese and there is nothing inspiring or empowering about that.

From Yahoo: The fashion industry is becoming more inclusive — at a snail’s pace, perhaps, but with palpable momentum behind the march of progress. It’s largely thanks not to the industry itself but to everyday people, whose beauty and bodies have long been overlooked and who have now stepped forward, demanding to be seen.

Chastity Garner and CeCe Olisa are two of those people, and they’ve stepped into view first as plus-size lifestyle influencers and bloggers and presently as founders of the popular annual event known as theCURVYcon. Now in its third year, the body-positive, curve-embracing event will take place in New York City on Sept. 8 and 9, bringing designers, fitness experiences, influencers, and speakers to town — including none other than Chrissy Metz, who stars on This Is Us, to deliver the keynote address (you heard it hear first, folks). Another first? TheCURVYcon will be live-streamed on Yahoo Style, bringing insightful conversation to millions of people who can’t make the IRL event.

Olisa and Garner are dedicated to promoting visibility of different body types within the plus-size world. That, in addition to Metz’s Emmy nomination, made the beloved actress the ideal woman to represent theCURVYcon this year. “A lot of times, in our space, the women who are celebrated are hourglass women — they’re a size 10 to 14, like the perfect version of a ‘plus-size’ woman,” Garner tells Yahoo Style. “I feel like [for] having size diversity and getting out of that hourglass shape, Chrissy Metz is a great representative for that. We love Ashley Graham, but she’s definitely the poster child of what a plus-size model ‘should’ look like. Someone like Chrissy Metz, her body type is a little bit different — we’re so happy to celebrate that.”

Olisa adds: “Representation is so important, and just seeing people who look like you anywhere is great. So when the hottest show on television has a very visibly plus-size girl who is cute, and falling in love, and doing her thing on the show, it’s inspiring.

While current conversations might make it easy to believe that such a space for plus-size women has always existed in the fashion community (during New York Fashion Week, no less), the reality is that it’s a recent phenomenon, spurred on by Garner and Olisa’s insistence that the industry make room.

“If inclusion isn’t happening by invitation, then we’re just going to move in ourselves,” Olisa tells Yahoo Style.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Of course they are: Teen Vogue is promoting anal sex

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Dr. Eowyn has written about the many consequences of anal sex. For instance:

  • The simple truth is this: The human body was not designed to accommodate anal intercourse. The anus is a delicate mechanism of small muscles that comprise an “exit-only” passage. With repeated trauma, friction and stretching, the sphincter loses its tone and its ability to maintain a tight seal.
  • Anal intercourse leads to leakage of fecal material that can easily become chronic.
  • The intestine has only a single layer of cells separating it from blood. Therefore, any organisms that are introduced into the rectum have a much easier time establishing a foothold for infection than they would in a vagina. The single layer tissue cannot withstand the friction associated with penile penetration, resulting in traumas that expose both participants to blood, organisms in feces, and a mixing of bodily fluids.
  • Ejaculate has components that are immunosuppressive, designed to allow the sperm to evade the immune defenses of the female. The fragility of the anus and rectum, along with the immunosuppressive effect of ejaculate, make anal-genital intercourse a most efficient manner of transmitting HIV and other infections.

According to the CDC, anal sex is the riskiest type of sex for getting or transmitting HIV. From their web site:

“HIV can be found in certain body fluids—blood, semen (cum), pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum), or rectal fluids—of a person who has HIV. Although receptive anal sex (bottoming) is much riskier for getting HIV than insertive anal sex (topping), it’s possible for either partner—the top or the bottom—to get HIV. The bottom’s risk is very high because the lining of the rectum is thin and may allow HIV to enter the body during anal sex. The top is also at risk because HIV can enter the body through the opening at the tip of the penis (or urethra); the foreskin if the penis isn’t circumcised; or small cuts, scratches, or open sores anywhere on the penis.

Now Teen Vogue is pushing this unhealthy behavior amongst teens. Never let facts get in the way of Communist Goal #26.

From Teen Vogue: When it comes to your body, it’s important that you have the facts. Being in the dark is not doing your sexual health or self-understanding any favors.

With that sentiment in mind, we’re here to lay it all out for you when it comes to anal sex.

It’s important that we talk about all kinds of sex because not everyone is having, or wants to have, “penis in the vagina” sex. If you do have “penis in the vagina” sex and are curious about something else, or are finding that that type of sex is not for you and you’d just like to explore other options, it’s helpful to know the facts. Even if you do learn more and decide anal sex is not a thing you’d like to try, it doesn’t hurt to have the information.

If you’re not comfortable reading about anal sex, that’s perfectly OK, too. We have plenty of other articles around a variety of issues and wellness. Feel free to click out if you’d like! No pressure at all.

Obviously there is a lot of stuff on the Internet about anal (we don’t suggest you Google it), but most of what you’ll find is either porn or advice for experienced sexual persons looking to try something new. What about the teenagers? What about the LGBTQ young people who need to know about this for their sexual health?

I have got you covered. Without all the run-of-the-mill hoopla, here is the lowdown on everything you need to know about butt stuff, no matter who you are, whom you’re having sex with, or who you want to have sex with.

This is anal 101, for teens, beginners, and all inquisitive folk.

Anal sex, though often stigmatized, is a perfectly natural way to engage in sexual activity. People have been having anal sex since the dawn of humanity. Seriously, it’s been documented back to the ancient Greeks and then some. So if you’re a little worried about trying it or are having trouble understanding the appeal, just know that it isn’t weird or gross.

The anus is full of nerve endings that, for some, feel awesome when stimulated. The opening of the butthole is where the most nerves are, so you don’t have to put anything that far up there (if you don’t want to) for it to feel good.

That being said, anal (like all sex acts) is not enjoyed by everyone, and that’s totally OK. You should do what you feel comfortable with and what feels pleasurable for you. There is no wrong way to experience sexuality, and no way is better than any other.

For those of you with prostates, being on the receiving end of anal sex can be a great experience.

First of all: What is a prostate? The prostate is a gland near the bladder that produces prostate fluid, one of the main elements of semen. It is located just in front of the rectum and can be stimulated with a toy, fingers, or penis. It feels like a solid, small bulge.

It feels good to have the prostate stimulated. This is one of the reasons receiving anal sex when you have a prostate can be very enjoyable. You can even have a prostate-induced orgasm!

Just because you have a vagina does not mean anal is off-limits. Many vagina owners love anal play. You don’t need to have a prostate to enjoy anal sex.

For those without a prostate, having your anus stimulated can still be great — remember all those nerve endings are still in the fold here. It is often described as a feeling of fullness, which can be delightful.

The anus is not as malleable as a vagina, which has the ability to accommodate an infant’s head by design. The anus is very tight, and the feeling of having something in your rectal area is unique. It is often described as a feeling of fullness, which can be delightful.

Read the rest of the story here.

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For the millennials who “live online”: Home STD testing

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myLAB Box: “Safe is Sexy”

Apparently they are not living all parts of their lives online.

From Daily Mail: As more brands are offering quick, delivery-style options to cater to millennials, the idea has now been applied to clinical testing services.

myLAB Box says it is the first company to offer testing nationwide at-home testing, with screening for 10 STIs and STDs, including HIV, HPV and chlamydia.  There are other services that offer home STD testing, including Planned Parenthood and STDCheck.com, but neither are nationwide or offer the same amount.

Users order the specific testing panels online, complete the test, mail it to a pre-selected lab and results are delivered electronically within a few days.

Based in Los Angeles, co-founder and chief marketing officer Lora Ivanova said the goal of the service is to offer a solution for those who live their lives online.

Although the idea of mailing urine samples can seem unsettling, Ivanova and her team liken the process to casually ordering food online.

Ivanova said: ‘It’s amazing in the 2000s that as a society we haven’t figured out a way to do this. There’s a huge gap between our lifestyles and how we use healthcare. There are delivery services for everything else in our lives, so why not for this?

myLAB Box tests for HIV, hepatitis C, herpes simplex type II, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, HPV, genital mycoplasma and genital ureaplasma. The testing package is mailed to the consumer’s home, equipped with a set of instructions.

Depending on the type of panel ordered, there may be a finger prick, urine or swab sample needed. myLAB Box claims it is also unique because it offers oral, rectal and genital swabbing. Ivanova said the tests are simple; for a woman it’s no different than inserting a tampon.

Once the sample is collected, the person sends the package to a certified regional lab facility, based on where they live. The lab-certified results are delivered electronically within a few days.

If there is a positive test result, there would be a free phone consult with a doctor and prescriptions made available that same day.

A 2001 study by the University of Washington in St. Louis found that home testing and clinical testing had the same level of accuracy.

Louis Ortiz-Fonseca, Advocates For Youth Director of LGBT health and rights, said he thinks the online option could be a game-changer in how people view STIs.

He said: ‘As an adult I see how I’m inclined to think this reinforces silencing testing and results. But then I look at my son, who communicates with the world online.  I think young people can find it empowering to be able do this on their phones. It provides them the agency to do it at their speed, at their pace.’

CEO Ursula Hessenflow said the idea was to eliminate the discomfort and awkwardness of going to the clinic. She said to CBS News: ‘No longer do you have to suffer through the embarrassment or awkward conversations with clinicians or your doctor about your sexual health.’

In the United States, sexually-transmitted diseases are at a record high, with cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, jumping up several percentage points in a year’s span. The CDC estimates there are 20 million cases of sexually-transmitted infections that occur each year and the cost to the US healthcare system is estimated to be as much as $16 billion annually.

Read the rest of the story here.

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JC Penney is now promoting obesity

JC Penney has started a new campaign called, “Here I Am.” From the You Tube description:

There is true beauty in individuality. So, when we start letting go of preconceived notions of who someone is based on what they look like on the outside, we all take one step closer to body positivity. This video, featuring Gabi Fresh, Valerie Sagun, Jes Baker, Mary Lambert, and our very own Ashley Nell Tipton, exemplifies the spirit and beauty found inside everybody, regardless of what your dress size is. #HereIAm  Shop the Boutique: http://jcp.is/boutique

And here’s the video:

What JC Penney didn’t include in this video is the not-so-positive effects of obesity. From the CDC – The Health Effects of Overweight and Obesity:

  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

Another brilliant marketing strategy JC Penney!

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The 10 Plagues of America

“By this you will know I am the Lord.” –Exodus 7:17

Plague #1: Mayflies in mississippi river valley

Meghan DeMaria reports for TheWeek that every year mayflies leave the Mississippi River after one or two years of incubation, living for up to 36 hours before they return to the water, lay a new crop of eggs, and die.

However, this year’s mayfly hatch in the Mississippi River reached Biblical proportions and caused a bow echo on the National Weather Service (NWS) radar.

The La Crosse, Wisconsin branch of the NWS reports that the mayflies caused a three-vehicle car crash as they descended over the town. Two people were injured in the crash, and one was treated at a local hospital.

Below are two horrifying pics taken by Wisconsin residents of the millions and millions of flies:

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Plague #2: Antibiotics-resistant Superbugs

Mark Koba reports for CNBC, July 24, 2014, that cases of the contagious and deadly “superbug” known as CRE or Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae increased five-fold in community hospitals from 2008 to 2012 in the Southeastern U.S., according to a new study published in the August issue of the medical journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

CRE is known as a “superbug” because the bacterium has a high mortality rate of 50% and because its various strains are mostly resistant to antibiotics. CRE usually strikes people in hospitals, nursing homes and other health centers, transferred from a patient to the hands of a care provider like a doctor or nurse, and from their hands to another patient. An estimated 9,300 people in the U.S. are infected by CRE every year, resulting in around 600 deaths.

Adding to the concern is a recent report by the University of Washington School of Public Health that another antibiotic-resistant superbug, MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, had been found in firehouses in Washington state.

Researchers /tested 33 firehouses for the presence of MRSA. The bug was found at 19 of those firehouses on ambulances, trucks and on kitchen surfaces. Twelve crews reported having at least one member who had gotten an infection requiring medical care. No deaths have been reported.

MRSA causes a range of illnesses, from skin and wound infections to pneumonia and bloodstream infections that can cause sepsis and death.
Anyone can get MRSA through direct contact with an infected wound or by sharing personal items such as towels or razors that have touched infected skin.

There are more than 80,000 cases of MRSA detected each year in the U.S., with a reported 11,285 deaths.

All in all, there are at least 2 million illnesses reported each year from the various superbugs, resulting in more than 23,000 deaths, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Medical experts say that the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has led to the spread of superbugs. Antibiotics are often used in livestock as a preventive measure. 80% of all the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in livestock production.

Perversely, that overuse is likely to continue in animals after a panel of the U.S. Second Court of Appeals ruled on July 24 that the Food and Drug Administration does not have to consider banning the practice of feeding antibiotics to animals that are not sick.

There are calls for stronger antibiotics to deal with the superbug spread. But Dr. Joshua Thaden, a Boston-based specialist in infectious disease, says that’s likely to just continue the vicious cycle of drug resistance because “the bacteria could end up resisting them as well.”

Plague #3: airborne pneumonic plague in Colorado

There are three main types of plague:

  1. Septicemic plague occurs when the bacteria proliferates in the bloodstream.
  2. Bubonic plague takes hold underneath the skin.
  3. Pneumonic plague, the most serious, is airborne and can be spread through coughing and sneezing when the bacteria enters the lungs.

Plague in all of its forms usually infects an average of seven people yearly in the U.S., and is found mostly in the western states of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, according to the CDC.

Sonali Basak and Jennifer Oldham report for Bloomberg, July 18, 2014, that a week after a Colorado man was found on July 11 to be infected with the deadly pneumonic plague, three more cases were found — the deadliest form of the disease reported in Colorado in a decade. 

All four cases may be linked to the original man’s dog, which died from the illness. Health officials suspect the dog might have been exposed to plague-infected fleas from a prairie dog or rabbit, said Jennifer House, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment department.

While the first victim is still hospitalized, the three subsequent cases were treated with antibiotics, recovered, and are no longer contagious.

Plague #4: Mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus

Meredith Engel reports for the New York Daily News, July 23, 2014, that Chikungunya is a painful virus spread by mosquitoes, for which there is no vaccine or treatment.

The recent Chikungunya epidemic began late last year in the Caribbean, then spread to Florida, then across the United States, with nearly 600 people reported to be infected.

The virus seldom kills its victims. Those infected often come down with a fever and significant joint pain, but heal in about a week.

Chikungunya, discovered in Africa 60 years ago, can’t spread human to human. The best way to ward off the disease is to take precautions against mosquito bites by using repellent with DEET, wearing light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants when venturing outdoors, draining any standing water around the house, and staying indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most plentiful.

Plague #5: Worst Drought in a Century in California

The nightmarish multi-year drought in the state of California continues to get even worse.

This week it was reported that 81% of California is now experiencing “extreme drought” or worse. Three months ago, that number was just 68%. Downtown Los Angeles is now the driest it has been since rain records began in 1877.

For more, please see Michael Snyder’s article, “20 Signs The Epic Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic” and FOTM’s “California to have state-wide mandatory water restrictions Aug. 1.”

Plague #6: Wildfires in Western USA

Massive wildfires in Washington, Oregon and western Canada have spread clouds of smoke over vast areas of the northwest United States in recent days.

CNN reports, July 20, 2014, that four wildfires spanning almost 170,000 acres are driving hundreds of people from their homes in Washington state and across the border in Canada. The flames have encroached on towns. An estimated 80 homes were destroyed and cell phone service was knocked out

Plague #7: Swine Virus Killing Millions Of U.S. Pigs

The New York Times reports (via CNBC) that a deadly virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea or PEDv, is estimated to have killed more than 100,000 piglets and young hogs each week since it first showed up in Iowa in May 2013, wreaking havoc on the U.S. pork industry.

PEDv causes acute diarrhea that is virtually 100% lethal for piglets two to three weeks old. Paul Sundberg, vice president for science and technology at the National Pork Board, said, “I’ve been a vet since 1981, and there is no precedent for this. It is devastatingly virulent.”

The swine virus appeared in the United States last spring in Ohio and in weeks had spread to four more states. How it entered the U.S. is unknown, but the suspicion is that the virus came from China.

As a result of the deadly swine virus, the U.S. Agriculture Department says the number of hogs slaughtered this year is down 4.2% to roughly 50 million from more than 52 million in the same period in 2013. That, in turn, drove up the price of bacon by more than 15% and center-cut pork chops by almost 13% in May, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Precisely how many pigs have died from the virus is unknown. The Agriculture Department did not require reporting of the disease until June 5, and it does not collect data on how many pigs the virus has killed, instead referring the question to the hog industry — which does not like to talk about it. The National Pork Producers Council does not have a figure of its own but said it had heard that about 8 million pigs had died of PEDv so far and approximately 100,000 more are dying each week.

Plague #8: Citrus Greening

Citrus greeningCitrus greening or huanglongbing is a disease spread by an invasive pest, the Asian citrus psyllid, which is sweeping across the citrus-producing regions of the world.

Kevin Loria reports for Business Insider, July 18, 2014, that at least 70% of Florida’s citrus trees are already infected by the disease, resulting in Florida’s citrus crop this year being the lowest it’s been in 30 years. Orange-juice prices are up nearly 20% this year alone and will continue to rise. The disease was a major factor in the lime shortage that made the price of a box of Persian limes jump from $18 to $85 last December. Researchers and growers say that if a cure isn’t found, the entire $9 billion Florida citrus industry could be destroyed.

Plague #9: Bananas may go extinct from virulent Fungus

Mark Koba reports for CNBC, April 21, 2014, that the world’s supply of bananas is under attack from a fungus called Panama disease or Fusarium wilt that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.

Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of the Panama disease called TR4, said “It’s a very serious situation” that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. and Latin American banana growers. “There’s nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading.”

Bananas are the 8th most important food crop in the world and the 4th most important food crop among the world’s poorest countries. Through trade and supply, bananas make up a global $8.9 billion trade industry. Bananas are grown in more than 150 countries, which produce 105 million tons of fruit per year, while employing hundreds of thousands pf people. The U.S. is the top importer of bananas in the world at nearly 4 million tons a year. The largest exporters of the fruit are Ecuador, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Colombia.

Plague #10: Fukushima radioactive water in Pacific ocean

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster that began in 2011 is continuing.

Hundreds of tons of radioactive water are being released into the Pacific on a continual basis, and this could potentially affect our oceans and our food chain for generations to come. There is a lot of evidence that it should be taken very seriously in the U.S., but it isn’t. In fact, former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur has admitted that while he was at MSNBC he was instructed not to warn the public about the radiation coming from Fukushima. (See “36 Signs the Media is Lying to You About How Radiation From Fukushima is Affecting the West Coast.”)

Japanese physician Dr. Shigeru Mita says residents of Tokyo, especially children, are displaying disturbing signs of radiation sickness:

Since December 2011, I have conducted thyroid ultrasound examinations, thyroid function tests, general blood tests and biochemical tests on about 2000 people, mostly families in the Tokyo metropolitan area expressing concerns on the effects of radiation. I have observed that white blood cells, especially neutrophils, are decreasing among children under the age of 10. There are cases of significant decline in the number of neutrophils in 0-1 year-olds born after the earthquake (<1000). In both cases, conditions tend to improve by moving to Western Japan (Neutrophils 0–>4500). Patients report nosebleed, hair loss, lack of energy, subcutaneous bleeding, visible urinary hemorrhage, skin inflammations, coughs and various other non-specific symptoms.

Dr. Mita concludes that “It is clear that Eastern Japan and Metropolitan Tokyo have been contaminated with radiation” and recommends that the entire city of Tokyo be evacuated.

As if the above 10 plagues aren’t enough, given the ease of global travel and  porous national borders (see “Illegals bring pneumonia and swine flu to Calif-Texas Navy bases” and “Obama’s Brown Shirts threaten health workers who divulge infectious diseases brought by tidal wave of illegals into America”), the following 3 horrific plagues may sooner or later spread to the United States:

Plague #11: MERS mutates into airborne pathogen

Meghan DeMaria reports for TheWeek, July 22, 2014, that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has claimed at least 288 lives since its appearance in 2012.

Now, researchers at Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd Medical Research Center have evidence MERS may be airborne, after air samples from an infected camel barn tested positive for a strain of the viral genome MERS RNA. Reports also found that some infected people had close contacts with other MERS patients.

Plague #12: Bubonic plague

Rachel Rettner reports for Fox News, July 23, 2014, that after a man died last week from bubonic plague, Chinese officials have sealed off an entire city, Yumen, in northwest China, preventing about 30,000 residents from leaving the city.

The man became ill after he handled a dead marmot (a large wild rodent), and died last week from bubonic plague. No other cases of the plague have been reported, according to the Guardian. About 150 people who had contact with the plague victim have been placed under quarantine.

Bubonic plague is an infectious disease known for killing millions of people in Europe in the 1300s, in a pandemic called the Black Death. It is caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis that is carried by rodents, and can be transmitted to people through flea bites or by direct contact with the tissues or fluids of an animal with plague, according to the CDC.

Bubonic plague causes swelling of the lymph nodes, and it cannot be spread from person to person. However, if the disease spreads to the lungs, the person can develop pneumonic plague (see Plague #3), which can be transmitted from person to person if a sick individual coughs droplets into the air, and another person inhales the droplets. But person-to-person transmission is rare, and usually requires close contact with the infected individual.

Today, bubonic plague is treatable with antibiotics, the CDC says. (See, however, Plague #2: Antibiotics-Resistant Superbugs!) Now there are fewer than 5,000 cases of plague per year worldwide, with most cases occurring in Africa, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Plague #13: Ebola

Ebola is one of the world’s deadliest viruses with a high fatality rate of 60% to 90%. There is no vaccine. There is no cure.

First identified in 1976 in the sub-Saharan jungles of Zaire and the Sudan, Ebola was transmitted to humans via the blood or bodily fluids of an infected fruit bat or monkey.

Symptoms typical of an Ebola infection begin 2 days to 3 weeks after contacting the virus — those of fever, throat and muscle pains, and headaches. Then it gets worse, with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Then it gets even worse. The infected starts hemorrhaging or bleeding from the body’s mucous membranes — mouth (gums), nose, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina.

In June 2014, I posted on how the Ebola virus had made the jump from the jungles to West Africa’s urban centers. At that time, Dr. Bart Janssens of the charity group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) had said the Ebola epidemic is now “out of control” in West Africa and warned that the epidemic would spread to more countries, unless there’s a stronger international response — which there wasn’t.

The latest: Sierra Leone’s chief Ebola doctor has himself contracted Ebola.

Reuters reports that 39-year-old Sheik Umar Khan, hailed as a “national hero” by Sierra Leone’s health ministry, had led the fight to control the Ebola outbreak that has killed 206 people in his country but now has caught the deadline disease that kills up to 90% of those infected and there is no cure or vaccine.

Even worse, yesterday Nigeria’s ministry of health said Ebola may have hit Lagos, Nigeria’s capital and the most populous city in Africa.

A Liberian man, who had worked and lived in Liberia where Ebola is prevalent, had collapsed at Lagos’s airport displaying symptoms of the disease. The Nigeria government has sent the man’s blood samples to the World Health Organization to be tested.

H/t ZeroHedge and FOTM’s swampygirl, josephbc69, and pnordman.

~Eowyn

Betty Crocker goes homo

Betty Crocker goes homo

Like JCPenney, Target, DC Comics, Archie comics, Kraft Food’s Oreo cookie, Nabisco’s Honey Maid crackers, Cheerio breakfast cereal, and fast fooder Burger King, Betty Crocker has also embraced the rainbow flag and gone homo.

Dustin Suggins reports for LifeSiteNews, July 14, 2014, that the 90-year-old homemaking company Betty Crocker says it is adjusting to the times by promoting all relationships — including homosexual couples and cohabitating couples — as equal to married couples with children.

On a website dedicated to its “Family Project,” Betty Crocker has highlighted four families, including a lesbian couple and divorcees who are remarried.

The change in Betty Crocker‘s focus became well known in August 2013, when the company – a subsidiary of General Mills, which supports same-sex “marriage” — released a video promoting same-sex couples. At the same time, it provided cakes to homosexual couples who “married” in Minnesota after the state legalized homosexual marriage.

Last month, Betty Crocker donated cakes to couples at the Twin Cities Pride Parade, and an employee group marched in the Parade. It also partnered with New America, a left-of-center think tank, to put out a survey the company says aimed “to gain a first-person point of view on what it means to be a homemaker in America today — and how those roles and descriptions have changed over time.”

Twin Cities Pride Parade 2013Twin Cities Pride Parade 2013 (CBS photo)

Betty Crocker Marketing Manager Perteet Spencer told AdAge.com, “Betty has always been a pioneer and guide for homemakers. As today’s family continues to evolve, so does Betty. Naysayers are always there, but generally the response has been really positive.” She also says that the company is not an activist for homosexual relationships, but “is an activist for the modern homemaker.”

Family Research Council (FRC) Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg told LifeSiteNews that FRC has “long argued that corporate America should remain neutral in the culture wars. It is unfortunate that Betty Crocker is choosing instead to take the side of those who want to redefine marriage and family altogether.”

Sprigg said Betty Crocker’s efforts to put a positive spin on changing the traditional family “conceals the dysfunction, heartache, and harms to children which frequently result from such alternatives to the family headed by a married mother and father. Betty Crocker’s celebration of homosexual relationships, divorce, and single parenthood will undoubtedly alienate the 71% of Americans who, according to their own poll, say that they have ‘old-fashioned values’ about family and marriage.”

According to the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), homosexuals make up a mere 2.3% of the U.S. population. According to a 2011 study by a gay and lesbian think tank at UCLA, the Williams Institute, homosexuals account for less than 2% of the U.S. population.

Thanks to the MSM’s propaganda and brainwashing, Americans think the number is 13 times higher.

~Eowyn