• Leaked UN Draft Report Warns Rising, Warming Oceans 'Poised to Unleash Misery' Worldwide
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/29/leaked-un-draft-report-warns-rising-warming-oceans-poised-unleash-misery-worldwide
    Jessica Corbett, staff writer

    A draft United Nations report warns "the same oceans that nourished human evolution are poised to unleash misery on a global scale unless the carbon pollution destabilizing Earth's marine environment is brought to heel," according to Agence France-Presse, which exclusively reported on the 900-page scientific assessment Thursday.

    The forthcoming report from a U.N. body that assesses science related to the human-caused planetary emergency is due to be released to the public Sep. 25, after diplomats and experts meet in Monaco to approve the final Summary for Policymakers.

    AFP, which obtained a draft of the U.N. assessment, reported:

    Destructive changes already set in motion could see a steady decline in fish stocks, a hundred-fold or more increase in the damages caused by superstorms, and hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising seas, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "special report" on oceans and Earth's frozen zones, known as the cryosphere.

    As the 21st century unfolds, melting glaciers will first give too much and then too little to billions who depend on them for fresh water, it finds.

    Without deep cuts to manmade emissions, at least 30 percent of the northern hemisphere's surface permafrost could melt by century's end, unleashing billions of tonnes of carbon and accelerating global warming even more.

    The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate will follow the IPCC's recent reports about what the world would look like with 1.5°C of warming above pre-industrial levels—the lower target of the global Paris climate agreement—and the need for transformative changes to land use to address both planetary heating and hunger.

    In a statement earlier this year, Debra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II—which focuses on the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to the climate crisis—noted that the U.N. body's October report showed the broad benefits to people and natural ecosystems of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

    "The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate takes this story one step further by evaluating how human and natural communities with be affected by the impacts of climate change on two earth systems that touch all of our lives directly or indirectly, the ocean and the frozen areas of the world," Roberts said. "It also assesses how we can set the course for a more sustainable and equitable future by reducing or better managing this impact."

    While those working on the IPCC's ocean report aim to provide the international community with yet another tool to help avert the most catastrophic potential consequences of rising temperatures, AFP pointed out that the crucial advice for policymakers will be released "too late to be considered by world leaders gathering two days earlier for a summit convened by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to extract stronger national commitments in confronting the climate crisis."

    When it comes to the September summit, which is focused on the key goals of the Paris accord, AFP reported that "Guterres may be disappointed by what the world's major greenhouse gas emitters put on the table, according to experts tracking climate politics in China, the United States, the European Union, and India."

    "The Big Four—accounting for nearly 60 percent of global fossil fuel-based emissions—all face devastating ocean- and ice-related impacts, but none seem prepared just announce more ambitious goals for purging carbon from their economies," AFP continued, detailing some of those impacts based on the IPCC draft.

    By 2050, many low-lying megacities and small island nations will experience "extreme sea level events" every year, even under the most optimistic emissions reduction scenarios, the report concludes.

    By 2100, "annual flood damages are expected to increase by two to three orders of magnitude," or 100 to 1,000 fold, the draft summary for policymakers says.

    Even if the world manages to cap global warming at 2°C, the global ocean waterline will rise enough to displace more than a quarter of a billion people.

    Experts are divided on the anticipated timeline for such mass displacement due to sea level rise. However, Ben Strauss, CEO and chief scientist of the U.S.-based research group Climate Central, told AFP that "even if the number is 100 or 50 million by 2100, that's still a major disruption and a lot of human misery."

    Strauss, whose research informs some of the IPCC report's conclusions, added that "if we warm the planet by 2°C by 2100 we will only be at the beginning of a runaway train ride of sea level rise."

    In an op-ed published Thursday by Reuters, Greenpeace International executive director Jennifer Morgan declared that "tackling the climate emergency and protecting our oceans go hand-in-hand," noting that "the oceans naturally take in huge amounts of carbon dioxide and are a key defense against the worsening impacts of climate change."

    Jennifer Morgan ✔ @climatemorgan
    Tackling the #ClimateEmergency and protecting our oceans go hand-in-hand. That‘s why governments need to commit to an ambitious #GlobalOceanTreaty to #ProtectTheOceans at the @UN #ClimateAction summit. http://news.trust.org/item/20190828135654-hna24/

    OPINION: Tackling the climate emergency and protecting our oceans go hand-in-hand

    Scientists are clear that we need to protect at least 30% of our global oceans by 2030 if we are to safeguard wildlife and to help mitigate the impacts of climate change
    4:48 AM - Aug 29, 2019

    Morgan called on world leaders attending the U.N. summit in September to "commit to adopting a strong Global Ocean Treaty in 2020." She wrote:

    The scope of this new global agreement could be huge: almost half of the planet. The High Seas, oceans beyond borders, cover more space on our planet than all continents combined. Sadly, today these international waters are being ruthlessly exploited. In addition to climate change, pressures from overfishing, deep sea mining exploration, oil drilling, and plastic pollution are pushing our oceans to the verge of collapse. Only around 1 percent of the global seas are properly protected. There is no effective legal instrument that allows the creation of ocean sanctuaries—areas off-limits to harmful human activities—on international waters.

    "Scientists are clear that we need to protect at least 30 percent of our global oceans by 2030 if we are to safeguard wildlife and to help mitigate the impacts of climate change," Morgan added. "But that will only happen if an ambitious ocean treaty is adopted fast and opens the door to creating effective ocean sanctuaries in international waters."
    Leaked UN Draft Report Warns Rising, Warming Oceans 'Poised to Unleash Misery' Worldwide https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/29/leaked-un-draft-report-warns-rising-warming-oceans-poised-unleash-misery-worldwide Jessica Corbett, staff writer A draft United Nations report warns "the same oceans that nourished human evolution are poised to unleash misery on a global scale unless the carbon pollution destabilizing Earth's marine environment is brought to heel," according to Agence France-Presse, which exclusively reported on the 900-page scientific assessment Thursday. The forthcoming report from a U.N. body that assesses science related to the human-caused planetary emergency is due to be released to the public Sep. 25, after diplomats and experts meet in Monaco to approve the final Summary for Policymakers. AFP, which obtained a draft of the U.N. assessment, reported: Destructive changes already set in motion could see a steady decline in fish stocks, a hundred-fold or more increase in the damages caused by superstorms, and hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising seas, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "special report" on oceans and Earth's frozen zones, known as the cryosphere. As the 21st century unfolds, melting glaciers will first give too much and then too little to billions who depend on them for fresh water, it finds. Without deep cuts to manmade emissions, at least 30 percent of the northern hemisphere's surface permafrost could melt by century's end, unleashing billions of tonnes of carbon and accelerating global warming even more. The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate will follow the IPCC's recent reports about what the world would look like with 1.5°C of warming above pre-industrial levels—the lower target of the global Paris climate agreement—and the need for transformative changes to land use to address both planetary heating and hunger. In a statement earlier this year, Debra Roberts, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II—which focuses on the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to the climate crisis—noted that the U.N. body's October report showed the broad benefits to people and natural ecosystems of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. "The Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate takes this story one step further by evaluating how human and natural communities with be affected by the impacts of climate change on two earth systems that touch all of our lives directly or indirectly, the ocean and the frozen areas of the world," Roberts said. "It also assesses how we can set the course for a more sustainable and equitable future by reducing or better managing this impact." While those working on the IPCC's ocean report aim to provide the international community with yet another tool to help avert the most catastrophic potential consequences of rising temperatures, AFP pointed out that the crucial advice for policymakers will be released "too late to be considered by world leaders gathering two days earlier for a summit convened by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to extract stronger national commitments in confronting the climate crisis." When it comes to the September summit, which is focused on the key goals of the Paris accord, AFP reported that "Guterres may be disappointed by what the world's major greenhouse gas emitters put on the table, according to experts tracking climate politics in China, the United States, the European Union, and India." "The Big Four—accounting for nearly 60 percent of global fossil fuel-based emissions—all face devastating ocean- and ice-related impacts, but none seem prepared just announce more ambitious goals for purging carbon from their economies," AFP continued, detailing some of those impacts based on the IPCC draft. By 2050, many low-lying megacities and small island nations will experience "extreme sea level events" every year, even under the most optimistic emissions reduction scenarios, the report concludes. By 2100, "annual flood damages are expected to increase by two to three orders of magnitude," or 100 to 1,000 fold, the draft summary for policymakers says. Even if the world manages to cap global warming at 2°C, the global ocean waterline will rise enough to displace more than a quarter of a billion people. Experts are divided on the anticipated timeline for such mass displacement due to sea level rise. However, Ben Strauss, CEO and chief scientist of the U.S.-based research group Climate Central, told AFP that "even if the number is 100 or 50 million by 2100, that's still a major disruption and a lot of human misery." Strauss, whose research informs some of the IPCC report's conclusions, added that "if we warm the planet by 2°C by 2100 we will only be at the beginning of a runaway train ride of sea level rise." In an op-ed published Thursday by Reuters, Greenpeace International executive director Jennifer Morgan declared that "tackling the climate emergency and protecting our oceans go hand-in-hand," noting that "the oceans naturally take in huge amounts of carbon dioxide and are a key defense against the worsening impacts of climate change." Jennifer Morgan ✔ @climatemorgan Tackling the #ClimateEmergency and protecting our oceans go hand-in-hand. That‘s why governments need to commit to an ambitious #GlobalOceanTreaty to #ProtectTheOceans at the @UN #ClimateAction summit. http://news.trust.org/item/20190828135654-hna24/ … OPINION: Tackling the climate emergency and protecting our oceans go hand-in-hand Scientists are clear that we need to protect at least 30% of our global oceans by 2030 if we are to safeguard wildlife and to help mitigate the impacts of climate change 4:48 AM - Aug 29, 2019 Morgan called on world leaders attending the U.N. summit in September to "commit to adopting a strong Global Ocean Treaty in 2020." She wrote: The scope of this new global agreement could be huge: almost half of the planet. The High Seas, oceans beyond borders, cover more space on our planet than all continents combined. Sadly, today these international waters are being ruthlessly exploited. In addition to climate change, pressures from overfishing, deep sea mining exploration, oil drilling, and plastic pollution are pushing our oceans to the verge of collapse. Only around 1 percent of the global seas are properly protected. There is no effective legal instrument that allows the creation of ocean sanctuaries—areas off-limits to harmful human activities—on international waters. "Scientists are clear that we need to protect at least 30 percent of our global oceans by 2030 if we are to safeguard wildlife and to help mitigate the impacts of climate change," Morgan added. "But that will only happen if an ambitious ocean treaty is adopted fast and opens the door to creating effective ocean sanctuaries in international waters."
    Leaked UN Draft Report Warns Rising, Warming Oceans 'Poised to Unleash Misery' Worldwide
    The assessment details anticipated declines in fish stocks as well as increases in damage by superstorms and displacement due to rising seas
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  • "People are after the pleasure of eating a burger but want to avoid the cost of having to kill an animal and as a consequence, they also avoid the result, which is getting nourished.

    The same thing happens with sex.

    People are after the pleasure of having sex but want to avoid the intended result, which is reproduction and the costs of raising the future generation.

    Hedonism." - Pomidor Quixote

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    Isn’t this a #picture of how the #bodyOfChrist is #designed to #function. We #joinTogether, and we #seek not only to be #nourished and to #grow as the #SpiritGrowsWithinUs, but we #unite to #makeADifference wherever #GodPlantsUs. We are to be #lions! https://mailchi.mp/d541c0a73585/the-truest-freedom-you-can-ever-experience-452285?e=9cbe669f39 #God #JesusChrist #Jesus #Christ #YHWH #Jehovah #Yeshuah #GodofGods #MightyKing #EverlastingOne #TheLivingGod #TheOneTrueGod #GodAlmighty #AlmightyGod #DailyDevotional #DailyDevotions #Devotions #Devotional #Bible #Scripture #Strategy #HowToWin #promise #dailyinspiration #dailymotivation #victory #inspiration #motivation #inspirationalquotes #fact #goodnews #holy
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  • Hidden Epidemic: Death By Hospital - Candida Auris Seems Unstoppable
    https://thenhf.com/2019/04/15/hidden-epidemic-death-by-hospital/
    By Bill Sardi 4/15/19

    It is only a matter of time now……. we must read between the lines.

    Public health authorities are not forthcoming about a fungal infection that has been stealthily killing people for over a decade.

    There will be no safe place to run to.
    Hospitals will be cordoned off.
    Nurses will refuse to go to work.

    Human populations will die off in large numbers, starting in areas where anti-fungal herbicides have been employed that spawn drug resistance, as an ongoing public health threat that has been hidden for too long, spreads beyond hospital walls and now cannot be reversed.

    That is a predictable scenario given the following facts that have been hidden for too long.

    Health authorities are not going to tell the public what is really going on.

    Most hospitals are threatened with being quarantined and even shuttered if not completely avoided by a frightened public.

    Visitors will not be allowed to enter.

    The health threat posed by a treatment-resistant fungus – Candida auris – is unprecedented.

    It has a 30-60% mortality rate!

    Even after massive sanitation and decontamination measures, the fungal killer that is now making news headlines could not be eradicated.

    An aerosol hydrogen peroxide mist was sprayed in a hospital room; killed off all other bacteria and fungi.

    Only one organism grew back – Candida auris.

    We are only left to guess what health authorities and hospital administrators are hiding to save their own jobs.

    The hospital industry, with its 6210 hospitals, 931,000 beds (66% occupancy), 36 million admissions, 1.7 million registered nurses, a daily census over 600,000 and $1+ trillion of insurance billings, is at risk.

    Only one hospital in South America has admitted it temporarily closed down its intensive care unit over deaths induced by drug-resistant fungus.

    Now another hospital in the United Kingdom has more recently come forward to say it retrospectively tabulated 70 cases of Candida auris dating back to 2015; 90-98% of patients were resistant to fluconazole, the front-line drug for this infection; 18% were resistant to amphotericin B, the anti-fungal drug of last resort; a 20% mortality rate was reported.

    Forced to choose between their jobs or the lives of their patients, which choice do you think the for-profit private hospital industry, which is traded on Wall Street, will choose?

    The most common reason why hospitals have difficulty detecting Candida auris is that it is not in their databases.

    So they haven’t known it existed, that is, until now.

    This drug-resistant fungus is sweeping the Globe, but not by usual means of transmission.

    This unconquerable infection has been allowed to smolder since it was first reported in 2009 in Asia, but in reality, it was probably killing off hospitalized patients long before that.

    While hospital patients were dying, the fungal killer was not listed in laboratory databases so it couldn’t be classified.

    It is often misidentified with other related yeasts.

    A confessional published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy says: “The real burden of Candida auris is uncertain owing to a lack of availability of diagnostic methods for its identification.”

    The mycologists are lost at sea.

    As a chilling report published in the journal Clinical & Infectious Diseases notes, there has been a simultaneous emergence of Candida auris on different continents with the same genetic profile, which suggests it didn’t emanate from a single source and then spread.

    A retrospective investigation finds a case of Candida auris was reported in 1996 and another in 2008 before the so-called first reported case in 2009.

    We can accurately presume it’s been killing off hospital patients for some time now.

    A Secret Pandemic

    Public health authorities are sworn to secrecy. A report published in the New York Times notes that hospitals and local governments are reluctant to disclose outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs.

    The CDC, under its agreement with States, is not allowed to make public the location or name of hospitals involved in outbreaks.

    A public health contradiction is deadly cases of food poisoning in a restaurant certainly make news headlines but if deaths occur in a hospital due to drug-resistant infections, it is not disclosed.

    The public be damned.

    The Centers for Disease Control is not legally obligated to reveal which hospitals are reporting deaths from this killer that sprung up simultaneously in different parts of the World as if it were planted there.

    The underlying link between the use of anti-fungal herbicides in agriculture and these outbreaks has been disclosed to the Centers for Disease Control whose officials who are mum on the subject.

    The body counts must be far higher. It is “death by hospital.”

    ____________________________________

    “Hospitals are not obliged to inform patients
    if they have the infection, which is most commonly contracted in hospitals.”

    “The move is intended to protect centers and states
    from panic and media attention…”

    The occurrence of resistant infections is often
    “cloaked in secrecy.”

    ___________________________

    And while this monster yeast has yet to spread outside hospitals, it certainly poses a threat to those who are immune compromised – diabetics, malnourished (in particular zinc deficient individuals), those individuals who take immune suppressant drugs, and the very young (under 5 years of age) and the very old, whose immune systems typically aren’t up to par.

    Here is how news reporters and infectious disease specialists describe this horror story:

    “The most worrying ‘superbug’ on the CDC’s radar…”.
    – The Daily Mail

    “This bug is the most difficult we’ve ever seen.”
    – Chief of Mycotic Diseases, CDC.

    “There aren’t many bright spots in the looming battle against Candida auris.” — Wired.com

    Nightmare on Hospital Street

    It survives despite all the hospital-disinfection strategies to destroy it. Gowns, gloves, disinfectants, bleach have all failed.

    The longer the hospital stay the greater the chance of infection.

    Patients with breathing tubes, urinary catheters, and intravenous tubes are at greatest risk.

    More than 90% of Candida-auris infections are resistant to one drug and another 30% resistant to two or more drugs.

    In general, Candida auris is uniformly non-susceptible to fluconazole (which is front-line drug treatment), which has also been reported previously in Asia, Europe, South Africa, South America, and North America.

    When other anti-fungals fail, amphotericin B is employed as a drug of last resort.

    However, “remarkably high amphotericin B resistance rates, i.e., ~8% in Candida auris warrant attention as amphotericin B resistance is extremely rare in Candida species.”

    “The last-resort drug, amphotericin, is so toxic, its severe fever-and-chills have been dubbed “shake and bake.”

    Doctors avoid amphotericin whenever possible.

    Will it Spread beyond Hospitals: Yes or No?

    Journalist Susan Matthews, writing at Slate.com, says the public doesn’t need to worry about the new drug-resistant super fungus.

    “The fungus is a very legitimate public health issue, but for almost everyone in the world,” she says, “it will not be a personal health issue.”

    Matthews notes that the fungal outbreak is more likely to be hyped to demand greater funding for research than it is to protect the public at large.

    While there may be some truth to that, Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, takes the contrary position while writing at Forbes.com, and says “don’t take Candida lightly.”

    He explains: “It can invade your body and kill you if your immune system is weakened.”

    This fungus doesn’t know where hospital walls start and stop.

    Screening efforts found 453 people had the yeast on their body but were not ill.

    This “fungus that is among us” is ubiquitous.

    It’s not the fungus, it is a compromised immune system that is allowing this fungus to kill.

    Modern medicine is paying a steep price for its over-reliance upon (failed) drugs rather than a strategy to elevate immune defenses.

    “Unless more effective new medicines are developed and unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs is sharply curbed, risk will spread to healthier populations.”

    Scientists predict millions could die, eclipsing the number who die of cancer!

    A recent report published in the journal PLoS Pathogens entitled “Candida auris:

    An Emerging Pathogen ‘Incognito’” states: “Candida auris… carries an astonishingly high mortality rate.”

    Whereas most candida infections arise from the patient’s own gastrointestinal tract, this one spreads rapidly among patients, and it is efficiently transmitted from person-to-person.

    A nightmare no one wants to hear.

    It Shuts off the Immune System

    Another observation is that candida infections usually arise as the immune response is compromised, as evidenced by neutropenia – a shortage of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that is a first responder to infection of any kind. But this time it’s different.

    Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeniel Nett at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine notes that Candida auris is invasive despite the absence of neutropenia!

    Neutrophils usually kill fungi by a process called phagocytosis — the ingestion of fungi and other germs — and then disposes of these pathogens.

    About 50% fewer neutrophils are produced in response to Candida auris compared to Candida albicans, a more common form of candida infection. This fungus is actually turning off the immune response.

    Where in the World did it come from?

    In 2013, Dr. Jacques Meis, a microbiologist in the Netherlands, noted that itraconazole, an anti-fungal drug that is prescribed for another fungal infection (Aspergillus), is a molecular copy of azole pesticides and weed killers that are used to dust crops.

    Treatment-resistant Aspergillus infections began showing up where azole fungicides were being used.

    The CDC has been informed of this.

    A similar problem is occurring with the agricultural use of triazole fungicides in the eradication of Aspergillus, a fungus that poses a threat to crops. Anti-fungal resistance to triazole anti-fungals is now said to pose a threat to human health.

    Candida albicans is the most frequently isolated species in hospital settings.

    The companies that sell anti-fungals to the agriculture industry are in the know as to the geographical distribution of their products.

    Drug Efflux

    Another common reason for drug resistance to all forms of bacteria and fungi is drug efflux.

    The drugs are shuttled out of the infected cells by internal pumps.

    Various natural molecules (carvacrol from oregano; thymol from thyme; cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon, lovage from Levisticum) potentially reverse drug resistance by inhibition of efflux (expulsion) of the drug from infected cells.

    But these natural remedies go unused.

    Zinc to the Rescue

    If everybody in America reads and heeds this report, there won’t be a bottle of zinc left on store shelves.

    Ditto for garlic.

    Zinc supplementation has been shown to exhibit beneficial effects on many pediatric illnesses.

    In a study of 724 children in a pediatric intensive care unit, patients were placed on zinc supplementation (20 mg) or given a placebo.

    The existence of Candida in the blood and urine were lower in the group that received zinc and the death rate was reduced by 68%.

    ZINC THERAPY IN PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
    Source: Journal Clinical Biochemistry & Nutrition Vol. 64, No. 2, 2019

    ZINC GROUP (358) - PLACEBO (366)

    Candida infection in blood
    64 (17.9%) - 94 (25.7%)

    Candida infection in urine
    57 (15.9%) - 91 (24.9%)

    Treated with anti-fungal drug
    41 - 85

    Antibiotic treatment/ days
    6.2 days - 10.2 days

    Length of stay in intensive care unit
    10.7 days - 16.1 days

    Death
    17 (4.7%) - 29 (7.9%)

    Since 1996 it was reported that malnourished children experience a shrinkage (involution) of their thymus gland that converts white blood cells that originate in the bone marrow (B cells) to thymus cells (T cells).

    T-cells comprise a subpopulation of white blood cells that develop long-term antibodies to various germs.

    After one month of zinc therapy (2 mg), the size of the thymus gland normalized whereas children receiving nutrients without zinc took 2 months to recover normal thymus gland size.

    The duration of hospitalization was halved.

    It took over two decades for infectious disease investigators to revisit zinc therapy.

    At least since 1977-1978, it has been documented that zinc deficiency induces a shrinkage of the thymus gland and impairs the immune system (T cells). Zinc therapy increases the size of the thymus gland and infections associated with malnutrition.

    The severity of Candida infections appear to involve an environment where copper predominates over zinc.

    Allicin (garlic)

    Allicin, the initially active principal in crushed garlic, is considered to be similar to that of fluconazole, the first-line drug used to treat Candida infections.

    Amphotericin B works better when combined with allicin.
    Amphotericin B + allicin induces serious damage to fungi.

    Both fluconazole and allicin exhibit a common mechanism — the suppression of the Sirtuin1 survival gene.

    Candida has the ability to grow into long filaments.

    Allicin down-regulates the Sirtuin1 survival gene (-5.54 fold) similar to fluconazole (-3.48) and is reported to inhibit the filamentary growth (hyphae) as well as fluconazole.

    Fresh garlic extract inhibits the growth of Candida albicans and has potential to improve the effect of antibiotics on antibiotic resistant pathogens.

    Candida fungus in a lab dish (left) and in lab dish with
    fresh-crushed garlic (right). Kill-zone is wider in garlic dish.

    Most commercially sold garlic pills do not provide allicin, even the brands advertised to provide allicin.

    Allicin is produced when a clove of garlic is crushed to mix alliin with allinase, the activating enzyme.

    But hydrochloric acid in the stomach destroys the enzyme and no allicin is produced unless that garlic clove is crushed prior to ingestion and the enzyme is activated outside of an acid environment.

    The challenge then becomes how to swallow such a pungent bolus of crushed garlic.

    Vitamin D (Sunshine)

    Hospitals do no screening of newly admitted patients to determine their level of immunity.

    It is noteworthy that a third of patients not malnourished at the time of hospital admission become malnourished during their hospital stay.

    Then patients are thrust unto dark, sun-less rooms where the main source of vitamin D, sunshine, is blocked.

    Low vitamin-D blood levels are associated with infections.
    Vitamin D influences neutrophils, white blood cells that destroy funguses. Vitamin-D deficiency may depress neutrophil responsiveness to funguses like Candida.

    Hospitals ignore the immune status of new patients upon admission, then allow these same patients to develop infections like Candida, for which doctors must then use anti-fungal drugs to rescue patients from the edge of death.

    When those drugs fail due to germ resistance, modern medicine has no fallback position.

    Patients are needlessly left to die.

    The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) recently proposed that “addressing disease-[associated] malnutrition in hospitalized patients should be a national goal in the United States.”

    Another inexplicable Phenomenon Explained

    It is unclear why laboratory mice appear to control Candida auris, while human neutrophils fail to recognize and kill the pathogen.

    Unlike humans, most mammals like mice internally secrete their own vitamin C from their liver. In the animal kingdom, except for fruit bats, guinea pigs and primate monkeys, vitamin C is continually produced day and night, more so when under physical or mental stress.

    Vitamin C was once a human hormone.

    But a mutation in the GULO gene that halts production of an enzyme (gulonolactone oxidase), that in turn converts blood sugar to vitamin C, has forced humans to be totally reliant upon their diet for this essential vitamin.

    Vitamin C is reported to accumulate neutrophils.

    A deficiency of vitamin C renders a person vulnerable to infection via neutropenia (lack of neutrophils). Does the fact mice endogenously produce vitamin C while humans do not explain why laboratory mice control Candida auris?

    While vitamin C plays a key role in neutrophil activation and in trapping neutrophils to facilitate the death of pathogens like Candida, 0ver-activation of neutrophils may result in tissue and organ injury. Vitamin C prevents this over-activation. This protection may be critical to survive Candida infections.

    Amphotericin B, a last-resort drug to treat Candida infections, is administered intravenously.

    Of interest, it is reported that the survival rate of Candida-infected patients receiving Amphotericin B was less than 11% compared to 53% survival with Amphotericin B + intravenous vitamin C.

    A new type of vitamin-C pill that is said to reactivate a flawed gene to internally produce vitamin C on a 24/7 is now available.

    Of the first 22 people who have taken the pill, 22 have experienced round-the-clock elevated blood levels of vitamin C without reliance upon the diet or C supplements. This could be a game changer for humanity.

    Selenium, an essential trace mineral, also activates neutrophils and has been documented to do so in humans.

    Summary

    The public must read between the lines of reports emanating from news bureaus and public health agencies.

    Candida auris has been in existence for years now. Deaths have either been hidden from tabulation because of misidentification of the fungus, or from frank cover-ups within the industry itself.

    If an outbreak of Candida auris should occur, there would not be enough drugs to prevent or treat millions of patients on short notice.

    A panicked public would then be forced to reach for proven but previously ignored alternatives like zinc, garlic (allicin), and vitamins C and D.

    Doctors didn’t go to medical school to prescribe garlic and vitamin pills. Hospital pharmacists hold their nose at these natural remedies. So, don’t run to doctors to obtain their approval.

    Make sure your immune system is up to par with the every-day use of these herbal and vitamin supplements.

    Stock up on these remedies before panic begins. Remember, whatever you are reading or hearing about Candida auris, you are not getting the whole story, which is being kept under wraps.

    Don’t let Candida auris sneak up on you or your family because you mistakenly relied upon the Centers For Disease Control for your information.

    The consequences could be grave.

    Hidden Epidemic: Death By Hospital - Candida Auris Seems Unstoppable https://thenhf.com/2019/04/15/hidden-epidemic-death-by-hospital/ By Bill Sardi 4/15/19 It is only a matter of time now……. we must read between the lines. Public health authorities are not forthcoming about a fungal infection that has been stealthily killing people for over a decade. There will be no safe place to run to. Hospitals will be cordoned off. Nurses will refuse to go to work. Human populations will die off in large numbers, starting in areas where anti-fungal herbicides have been employed that spawn drug resistance, as an ongoing public health threat that has been hidden for too long, spreads beyond hospital walls and now cannot be reversed. That is a predictable scenario given the following facts that have been hidden for too long. Health authorities are not going to tell the public what is really going on. Most hospitals are threatened with being quarantined and even shuttered if not completely avoided by a frightened public. Visitors will not be allowed to enter. The health threat posed by a treatment-resistant fungus – Candida auris – is unprecedented. It has a 30-60% mortality rate! Even after massive sanitation and decontamination measures, the fungal killer that is now making news headlines could not be eradicated. An aerosol hydrogen peroxide mist was sprayed in a hospital room; killed off all other bacteria and fungi. Only one organism grew back – Candida auris. We are only left to guess what health authorities and hospital administrators are hiding to save their own jobs. The hospital industry, with its 6210 hospitals, 931,000 beds (66% occupancy), 36 million admissions, 1.7 million registered nurses, a daily census over 600,000 and $1+ trillion of insurance billings, is at risk. Only one hospital in South America has admitted it temporarily closed down its intensive care unit over deaths induced by drug-resistant fungus. Now another hospital in the United Kingdom has more recently come forward to say it retrospectively tabulated 70 cases of Candida auris dating back to 2015; 90-98% of patients were resistant to fluconazole, the front-line drug for this infection; 18% were resistant to amphotericin B, the anti-fungal drug of last resort; a 20% mortality rate was reported. Forced to choose between their jobs or the lives of their patients, which choice do you think the for-profit private hospital industry, which is traded on Wall Street, will choose? The most common reason why hospitals have difficulty detecting Candida auris is that it is not in their databases. So they haven’t known it existed, that is, until now. This drug-resistant fungus is sweeping the Globe, but not by usual means of transmission. This unconquerable infection has been allowed to smolder since it was first reported in 2009 in Asia, but in reality, it was probably killing off hospitalized patients long before that. While hospital patients were dying, the fungal killer was not listed in laboratory databases so it couldn’t be classified. It is often misidentified with other related yeasts. A confessional published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy says: “The real burden of Candida auris is uncertain owing to a lack of availability of diagnostic methods for its identification.” The mycologists are lost at sea. As a chilling report published in the journal Clinical & Infectious Diseases notes, there has been a simultaneous emergence of Candida auris on different continents with the same genetic profile, which suggests it didn’t emanate from a single source and then spread. A retrospective investigation finds a case of Candida auris was reported in 1996 and another in 2008 before the so-called first reported case in 2009. We can accurately presume it’s been killing off hospital patients for some time now. A Secret Pandemic Public health authorities are sworn to secrecy. A report published in the New York Times notes that hospitals and local governments are reluctant to disclose outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs. The CDC, under its agreement with States, is not allowed to make public the location or name of hospitals involved in outbreaks. A public health contradiction is deadly cases of food poisoning in a restaurant certainly make news headlines but if deaths occur in a hospital due to drug-resistant infections, it is not disclosed. The public be damned. The Centers for Disease Control is not legally obligated to reveal which hospitals are reporting deaths from this killer that sprung up simultaneously in different parts of the World as if it were planted there. The underlying link between the use of anti-fungal herbicides in agriculture and these outbreaks has been disclosed to the Centers for Disease Control whose officials who are mum on the subject. The body counts must be far higher. It is “death by hospital.” ____________________________________ “Hospitals are not obliged to inform patients if they have the infection, which is most commonly contracted in hospitals.” “The move is intended to protect centers and states from panic and media attention…” The occurrence of resistant infections is often “cloaked in secrecy.” ___________________________ And while this monster yeast has yet to spread outside hospitals, it certainly poses a threat to those who are immune compromised – diabetics, malnourished (in particular zinc deficient individuals), those individuals who take immune suppressant drugs, and the very young (under 5 years of age) and the very old, whose immune systems typically aren’t up to par. Here is how news reporters and infectious disease specialists describe this horror story: “The most worrying ‘superbug’ on the CDC’s radar…”. – The Daily Mail “This bug is the most difficult we’ve ever seen.” – Chief of Mycotic Diseases, CDC. “There aren’t many bright spots in the looming battle against Candida auris.” — Wired.com Nightmare on Hospital Street It survives despite all the hospital-disinfection strategies to destroy it. Gowns, gloves, disinfectants, bleach have all failed. The longer the hospital stay the greater the chance of infection. Patients with breathing tubes, urinary catheters, and intravenous tubes are at greatest risk. More than 90% of Candida-auris infections are resistant to one drug and another 30% resistant to two or more drugs. In general, Candida auris is uniformly non-susceptible to fluconazole (which is front-line drug treatment), which has also been reported previously in Asia, Europe, South Africa, South America, and North America. When other anti-fungals fail, amphotericin B is employed as a drug of last resort. However, “remarkably high amphotericin B resistance rates, i.e., ~8% in Candida auris warrant attention as amphotericin B resistance is extremely rare in Candida species.” “The last-resort drug, amphotericin, is so toxic, its severe fever-and-chills have been dubbed “shake and bake.” Doctors avoid amphotericin whenever possible. Will it Spread beyond Hospitals: Yes or No? Journalist Susan Matthews, writing at Slate.com, says the public doesn’t need to worry about the new drug-resistant super fungus. “The fungus is a very legitimate public health issue, but for almost everyone in the world,” she says, “it will not be a personal health issue.” Matthews notes that the fungal outbreak is more likely to be hyped to demand greater funding for research than it is to protect the public at large. While there may be some truth to that, Dr. Bruce Y. Lee, Associate Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, takes the contrary position while writing at Forbes.com, and says “don’t take Candida lightly.” He explains: “It can invade your body and kill you if your immune system is weakened.” This fungus doesn’t know where hospital walls start and stop. Screening efforts found 453 people had the yeast on their body but were not ill. This “fungus that is among us” is ubiquitous. It’s not the fungus, it is a compromised immune system that is allowing this fungus to kill. Modern medicine is paying a steep price for its over-reliance upon (failed) drugs rather than a strategy to elevate immune defenses. “Unless more effective new medicines are developed and unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs is sharply curbed, risk will spread to healthier populations.” Scientists predict millions could die, eclipsing the number who die of cancer! A recent report published in the journal PLoS Pathogens entitled “Candida auris: An Emerging Pathogen ‘Incognito’” states: “Candida auris… carries an astonishingly high mortality rate.” Whereas most candida infections arise from the patient’s own gastrointestinal tract, this one spreads rapidly among patients, and it is efficiently transmitted from person-to-person. A nightmare no one wants to hear. It Shuts off the Immune System Another observation is that candida infections usually arise as the immune response is compromised, as evidenced by neutropenia – a shortage of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that is a first responder to infection of any kind. But this time it’s different. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jeniel Nett at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine notes that Candida auris is invasive despite the absence of neutropenia! Neutrophils usually kill fungi by a process called phagocytosis — the ingestion of fungi and other germs — and then disposes of these pathogens. About 50% fewer neutrophils are produced in response to Candida auris compared to Candida albicans, a more common form of candida infection. This fungus is actually turning off the immune response. Where in the World did it come from? In 2013, Dr. Jacques Meis, a microbiologist in the Netherlands, noted that itraconazole, an anti-fungal drug that is prescribed for another fungal infection (Aspergillus), is a molecular copy of azole pesticides and weed killers that are used to dust crops. Treatment-resistant Aspergillus infections began showing up where azole fungicides were being used. The CDC has been informed of this. A similar problem is occurring with the agricultural use of triazole fungicides in the eradication of Aspergillus, a fungus that poses a threat to crops. Anti-fungal resistance to triazole anti-fungals is now said to pose a threat to human health. Candida albicans is the most frequently isolated species in hospital settings. The companies that sell anti-fungals to the agriculture industry are in the know as to the geographical distribution of their products. Drug Efflux Another common reason for drug resistance to all forms of bacteria and fungi is drug efflux. The drugs are shuttled out of the infected cells by internal pumps. Various natural molecules (carvacrol from oregano; thymol from thyme; cinnamaldehyde from cinnamon, lovage from Levisticum) potentially reverse drug resistance by inhibition of efflux (expulsion) of the drug from infected cells. But these natural remedies go unused. Zinc to the Rescue If everybody in America reads and heeds this report, there won’t be a bottle of zinc left on store shelves. Ditto for garlic. Zinc supplementation has been shown to exhibit beneficial effects on many pediatric illnesses. In a study of 724 children in a pediatric intensive care unit, patients were placed on zinc supplementation (20 mg) or given a placebo. The existence of Candida in the blood and urine were lower in the group that received zinc and the death rate was reduced by 68%. ZINC THERAPY IN PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT Source: Journal Clinical Biochemistry & Nutrition Vol. 64, No. 2, 2019 ZINC GROUP (358) - PLACEBO (366) Candida infection in blood 64 (17.9%) - 94 (25.7%) Candida infection in urine 57 (15.9%) - 91 (24.9%) Treated with anti-fungal drug 41 - 85 Antibiotic treatment/ days 6.2 days - 10.2 days Length of stay in intensive care unit 10.7 days - 16.1 days Death 17 (4.7%) - 29 (7.9%) Since 1996 it was reported that malnourished children experience a shrinkage (involution) of their thymus gland that converts white blood cells that originate in the bone marrow (B cells) to thymus cells (T cells). T-cells comprise a subpopulation of white blood cells that develop long-term antibodies to various germs. After one month of zinc therapy (2 mg), the size of the thymus gland normalized whereas children receiving nutrients without zinc took 2 months to recover normal thymus gland size. The duration of hospitalization was halved. It took over two decades for infectious disease investigators to revisit zinc therapy. At least since 1977-1978, it has been documented that zinc deficiency induces a shrinkage of the thymus gland and impairs the immune system (T cells). Zinc therapy increases the size of the thymus gland and infections associated with malnutrition. The severity of Candida infections appear to involve an environment where copper predominates over zinc. Allicin (garlic) Allicin, the initially active principal in crushed garlic, is considered to be similar to that of fluconazole, the first-line drug used to treat Candida infections. Amphotericin B works better when combined with allicin. Amphotericin B + allicin induces serious damage to fungi. Both fluconazole and allicin exhibit a common mechanism — the suppression of the Sirtuin1 survival gene. Candida has the ability to grow into long filaments. Allicin down-regulates the Sirtuin1 survival gene (-5.54 fold) similar to fluconazole (-3.48) and is reported to inhibit the filamentary growth (hyphae) as well as fluconazole. Fresh garlic extract inhibits the growth of Candida albicans and has potential to improve the effect of antibiotics on antibiotic resistant pathogens. Candida fungus in a lab dish (left) and in lab dish with fresh-crushed garlic (right). Kill-zone is wider in garlic dish. Most commercially sold garlic pills do not provide allicin, even the brands advertised to provide allicin. Allicin is produced when a clove of garlic is crushed to mix alliin with allinase, the activating enzyme. But hydrochloric acid in the stomach destroys the enzyme and no allicin is produced unless that garlic clove is crushed prior to ingestion and the enzyme is activated outside of an acid environment. The challenge then becomes how to swallow such a pungent bolus of crushed garlic. Vitamin D (Sunshine) Hospitals do no screening of newly admitted patients to determine their level of immunity. It is noteworthy that a third of patients not malnourished at the time of hospital admission become malnourished during their hospital stay. Then patients are thrust unto dark, sun-less rooms where the main source of vitamin D, sunshine, is blocked. Low vitamin-D blood levels are associated with infections. Vitamin D influences neutrophils, white blood cells that destroy funguses. Vitamin-D deficiency may depress neutrophil responsiveness to funguses like Candida. Hospitals ignore the immune status of new patients upon admission, then allow these same patients to develop infections like Candida, for which doctors must then use anti-fungal drugs to rescue patients from the edge of death. When those drugs fail due to germ resistance, modern medicine has no fallback position. Patients are needlessly left to die. The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) recently proposed that “addressing disease-[associated] malnutrition in hospitalized patients should be a national goal in the United States.” Another inexplicable Phenomenon Explained It is unclear why laboratory mice appear to control Candida auris, while human neutrophils fail to recognize and kill the pathogen. Unlike humans, most mammals like mice internally secrete their own vitamin C from their liver. In the animal kingdom, except for fruit bats, guinea pigs and primate monkeys, vitamin C is continually produced day and night, more so when under physical or mental stress. Vitamin C was once a human hormone. But a mutation in the GULO gene that halts production of an enzyme (gulonolactone oxidase), that in turn converts blood sugar to vitamin C, has forced humans to be totally reliant upon their diet for this essential vitamin. Vitamin C is reported to accumulate neutrophils. A deficiency of vitamin C renders a person vulnerable to infection via neutropenia (lack of neutrophils). Does the fact mice endogenously produce vitamin C while humans do not explain why laboratory mice control Candida auris? While vitamin C plays a key role in neutrophil activation and in trapping neutrophils to facilitate the death of pathogens like Candida, 0ver-activation of neutrophils may result in tissue and organ injury. Vitamin C prevents this over-activation. This protection may be critical to survive Candida infections. Amphotericin B, a last-resort drug to treat Candida infections, is administered intravenously. Of interest, it is reported that the survival rate of Candida-infected patients receiving Amphotericin B was less than 11% compared to 53% survival with Amphotericin B + intravenous vitamin C. A new type of vitamin-C pill that is said to reactivate a flawed gene to internally produce vitamin C on a 24/7 is now available. Of the first 22 people who have taken the pill, 22 have experienced round-the-clock elevated blood levels of vitamin C without reliance upon the diet or C supplements. This could be a game changer for humanity. Selenium, an essential trace mineral, also activates neutrophils and has been documented to do so in humans. Summary The public must read between the lines of reports emanating from news bureaus and public health agencies. Candida auris has been in existence for years now. Deaths have either been hidden from tabulation because of misidentification of the fungus, or from frank cover-ups within the industry itself. If an outbreak of Candida auris should occur, there would not be enough drugs to prevent or treat millions of patients on short notice. A panicked public would then be forced to reach for proven but previously ignored alternatives like zinc, garlic (allicin), and vitamins C and D. Doctors didn’t go to medical school to prescribe garlic and vitamin pills. Hospital pharmacists hold their nose at these natural remedies. So, don’t run to doctors to obtain their approval. Make sure your immune system is up to par with the every-day use of these herbal and vitamin supplements. Stock up on these remedies before panic begins. Remember, whatever you are reading or hearing about Candida auris, you are not getting the whole story, which is being kept under wraps. Don’t let Candida auris sneak up on you or your family because you mistakenly relied upon the Centers For Disease Control for your information. The consequences could be grave.
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