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“Damage to the heart is more common than thought after receipt of Moderna’s COVID-19 booster, a new study indicates.
One in 35 health care workers at a Swiss hospital had signs of heart injury associated with the vaccine, mRNA-1273, researchers found…
In a generally healthy population, the level would be about 1 percent, the researchers said.
The group experiencing the adverse effects was followed for only 30 days, and half still had unusually high levels of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T, an indicator of subclinical heart damage, at follow-up.
The long-term implications of the study remain unclear as little research has tracked people over time with heart injury after messenger RNA vaccination, which is known to cause myocarditis and other forms of heart damage.
‘According to current knowledge, the cardiac muscle can’t regenerate, or only to a very limited degree at best. So it’s possible that repeated booster vaccinations every year could cause moderate damage to the heart muscle cells,’ University Hospital Basel professor Christian Muller, a cardiologist and the lead researcher, said in a statement.”
“A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows developmental delays among children ages 3 to 17 rose from 5.1% in 2018 to 6.1% in 2021.
More broadly, the report reveals that nearly 1 in 10 children in the U.S. were diagnosed with a developmental disability in 2021, an increase from previous years.”
“Hundreds of rescuers ended a four-day search for scores of people still missing after heavy monsoon rains triggered a massive landslide in a village in western India, an official said Sunday.
The rescue teams recovered the bodies of 27 people killed in the Wednesday night landslide that hit the Raigadh district village of Irshalwadi, located nearly 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Mumbai, the Maharashtra state capital.
Seventy-eight people were thought to be missing as of Sunday, Deepak Avadh, an official of the National Disaster Response Force, said.”
“Cases of myocarditis soared among U.S. service members in 2021 after the COVID-19 vaccines were rolled out, a top Pentagon official has confirmed.
There were 275 cases of myocarditis in 2021—a 151 percent spike from the annual average from 2016 to 2020, according to Gilbert Cisneros Jr., undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, who confirmed data revealed by a whistleblower earlier this year.
The COVID-19 vaccines can cause myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation that can lead to mortality, including sudden death. COVID-19 also can cause myocarditis.”
“A suspected underground gas explosion ripped open roads and flipped vehicles in the heart of South Africa’s biggest city, killing one man and injuring at least 41 people, authorities and emergency services said on Thursday.
The cause of the blast, which happened during Wednesday’s evening rush hour in downtown Johannesburg, remained unclear. The company that supplies gas to that part of the city said it did not believe its underground pipelines were responsible, as authorities first thought.”
“Millions of people from the Great Plains to the Northeast were under air-quality alerts Monday as smoke billowed into the U.S. again from Canadian wildfires that may continue to rage into the fall.
Forecasters said smoke from western Canada was sweeping from Montana across the Midwest and into New York. The air quality was predicted to be unhealthy in some smoke-covered areas through Tuesday, but potentially for several more days along the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.
States including Michigan and New York are under air-quality alerts as the smoke again was poised to upend summertime activities.”
“At least one death was confirmed after a storm system brought heavy rain and flooding to the northeastern United States on Sunday and now Monday, prompting officials in New York state to declare an emergency. The National Weather Service also listed much of the northeastern United States under various flood warnings and advisories as the system moves to the east.”
“A preprint study from the Lancet was pulled by the journal’s editors within hours of publication, after prominent medical experts determined that the COVID vaccine caused the majority of deaths that occurred post-inoculation.”
“Seven people in the United States have died from fungal meningitis in connection with medical procedures they had received in Mexico, U.S. health officials stated in a recent alert.
The people contracted the fungal infections after getting procedures under epidural anesthesia in Matamoros, a city in Mexico’s Tamaulipas state, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. The two clinics associated with the outbreak are River Side Surgical Center and Clinica K-3, which were closed down in mid-May.”
“A World Health Organization (WHO) agency will list the widely used artificial sweetener aspartame as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ on July 14, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the situation…
Aspartame is a popular artificial sweetener used in products from Diet Coke to Mars Wrigley chewing gum. Around 95% of carbonated drinks and 90% of teas that use artificial sweeteners use aspartame, according to The Washington Post.”
“Scientists have uncovered startling evidence that a substantial portion of the batches of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine deployed in the European Union may in fact have consisted of placebos – and that the German regulator knew this and did not subject them to quality-control testing.”
So far the batches have been categorized into three groups. The lowest risk batch appeared to be effectively a placebo with zero adverse reactions reported. The moderate batch had a moderate level of adverse events (rate unclear). And the severe batch had adverse events at a rate as high as 1 in 10 doses.
“Today, PFAS are pervasive in soil, dust and drinking water around the world.
Studies suggest they’re in 98% of Americans’ bodies, where they’ve been associated with health problems including thyroid disease, liver damage and kidney and testicular cancer. There are now over 9,000 types of PFAS…
Facing lawsuits over PFAS contamination, the industrial giant 3M, which has made PFAS for many uses for decades, announced a $10.3 billion settlement with public water suppliers on June 22, to help pay for testing and treatment.
The company admits no liability in the settlement, which requires court approval. Cleanup could cost many times that amount.”
“Mississippi cleaned up Monday after multiple storms killed at least one person and injured nearly two dozen… The storm was the latest in a series of extreme weather incidents over the holiday weekend that have left six people dead, injured more than 100 others and cut off power for nearly 500,000 customers.”
“COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization turned negative over time, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data presented on June 15.
The effectiveness against hospitalization plummeted to negative 8 percent for people who received one of the old COVID-19 vaccines, according to data from a CDC-run hospital network.
A dose of one of the updated bivalent vaccines moved the protection above zero, to 29 percent, but the protection fell back to negative 8 percent beyond 89 days, the data show.”
“Sucralose, a chemical found in the popular zero-calorie sweetener Splenda, has been shown to cause damage to DNA, raise the risk of cancer and cause leaks in the gut lining, according to a new study from North Carolina State University.”
“Intense smoke blanketed the northeastern United States for a second day Wednesday, turning the air a yellowish gray and prompting warnings for people to stay inside and keep windows closed. The smoke was flowing from dozens of wildfires in several Canadian provinces.
Much of the air was in the ‘unhealthy or worse categories in areas from the mid-Atlantic through the Northeast and parts of the Upper Great Lakes,’ according to an advisory issued by the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday night.”
“Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs said a newly released study of the Phoenix metropolitan area’s groundwater showed a potential shortage looms. To safeguard supplies, current developments that have been approved can be constructed, but ones that have yet to be approved will have to show alternate water sources. Developers must show state officials they have an alternative ‘assured water supply’ for 100 years from non-local groundwater… The study found that 4% of the metro area’s demand for groundwater, nearly 4.9 million acre-feet, cannot be met over the next century.”
“A new University of Iowa study provides the first experimental evidence that exposure to glyphosate, even at officially designated “safe” levels, disrupts the gut microbiome in mammals.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s (owned by Bayer) widely used line of broad-spectrum herbicides.”
“A team of pro-fluoride researchers led by California’s dental director intentionally omitted data from a study seeking to undermine the forthcoming National Toxicology Program (NTP) report linking fluoride exposure to neurodevelopmental damage in children, according to documents released last week.
The documents — obtained through a California public records search and posted in a press release by the Fluoride Action Network — show that the team, led by Dr. Jayanth V. Kumar, a dental surgeon, conducted a meta-analysis of the scientific literature on fluoride’s neurotoxicity and found a link between fluoride exposure and lowered IQ in children at low levels of exposure.
However, they omitted the data and wrote a paper concluding there was no evidence of a link.”
“New statistics released by the U.K. government show a sharp increase in excess deaths throughout the country in 2022 — a trend that has continued so far this year.
The data, released last week by the U.K. Office for National Statistics and Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, show that between May and December 2022, 32,441 more deaths than usual were recorded that exclude COVID-19 as a cause of death.
Official U.K. statistics also showed that in the week ending April 21, 2023, the number of deaths exceeded the five-year average by 22.1% (2,540 excess deaths), while in the week ending April 28, the excess figure was 12.9% (1,569 excess deaths). Only 3.8% of deaths during this period mentioned COVID-19 in the death certificates.”
California, Arizona and Nevada have agreed to cut 10% of their allotted usage from the Colorado River. This will likely to lead to new water restriction rules, especially in California.
Analyst Comment: New water restrictions in California will likely have disparate impact on farms. Expect more farm operations to move or close in the state, or at least, throttle operations. This may put upward pressure on food prices in the next few years.
“U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month proposed “maximum contamination levels” in drinking water for six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals.
This was the first such action that EPA had taken in more than 30 years on any drinking contaminant.
Unfortunately, despite the magnitude of this action for this handful of PFAS, there are at least 12,000 PFAS variations.
Before the applause for EPA could die down, this month, a study found 26 types of PFAS in drinking water samples from 16 states.
Notably, EPA has no pending proposed standard for 20 of these PFAS. More disturbing, 12 of these PFAS are not included in EPA’s current monitoring — in other words, EPA does not even currently test for them…
One trait all PFAS have in common is persistence. They do not break down readily in the environment, hence they are called ‘forever chemicals.’ Many bioaccumulate in our bodies and biomagnify in the food chain.”
The FDA approved new RSV vaccine Arexvy, manufactured by GSK. It is approved as a single shot for adults 60 years and older.
“A massive car crash involving 72 vehicles in Farmersville, Illinois, Monday morning left at least six people dead and 37 people injured, police said… State Police Maj. Ryan Starrick said the crash was caused by a windstorm that kicked up clouds of dust.”