Author Archives: Bix

Nearly All Cash Crops In The US Are Now Genetically Engineered

Nearly all cash crops are genetically engineered now, The Counter, 19 April 2021

More genetically engineered (GE) crops means more chemicals can be used on them, more toxic pesticides and herbicides. More land is contaminated. More people – farm workers, migrant workers, processors, consumers – are exposed. The chemicals have negative effects on the environment, on ecosystems, and on human health. GE industrial farming also encourages monocropping and reduces biodiversity. It’s the wrong direction.

Chick Peas Have A Lot Of Vitamin B6

Source: Serious Eats

Vitamin B6 – its many forms – have hundreds of uses in the body. Many people call it the energy vitamin, maybe because it helps break down protein and carbohydrates freeing glucose for energy. Could be its role in anemia, or maybe testosterone production. Who knows. It does seem to supply a kick.

This post exists for that chart below, from:
National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, Vitamin B6

Look at the first entry: Chick peas, 1.1 mg in a cup. As beans go, not much can beat chick peas. Lentils have 0.4 mg in a cup, kidney beans 0.2 mg, black beans 0.1 mg.

Here are the RDAs. A cup of chick peas have almost a day’s dose of vitamin B6:

Other respectable sources for vegetarians look to be bananas and potatoes.

This is interesting:

Groups at Risk of Vitamin B6 Inadequacy

People with rheumatoid arthritis often have low vitamin B6 concentrations, and vitamin B6 concentrations tend to decrease with increased disease severity. These low vitamin B6 levels are due to the inflammation caused by the disease and, in turn, increase the inflammation associated with the disease.

Patients with celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other malabsorptive autoimmune disorders tend to have low plasma PLP concentrations. The mechanisms for this effect are not known. However, celiac disease is associated with lower pyridoxine absorption, and low PLP concentrations in inflammatory bowel disease could be due to the inflammatory response.

One cup of chick peas have a lot more that vitamin B6. Some notable high levels:

12.5 grams fiber
14.4 grams protein
80.4 mg calcium
4.7 mg iron
78.7 mg magnesium
2.5 mg zinc

Here’s my recipe for Red Pepper Hummus.

“Only When We Are So Old. Only! We Are Aware Of The Beauty Of Life,” 109-Year-Old Alice Sommer

Here are a few clips from The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life, a 2013 Oscar-winning documentary about Alice Herz Sommer (1903-2014) who, in 2013 was thought to be the world’s oldest pianist. She was also a Holocaust survivor. She describes her relationship with music, its beauty, it’s ability to give hope.

“Only when we are so old. Only! We are aware of the beauty of life.”
– Alice Herz Sommer

I never hate and I will never hate. Hatred breeds only hatred.
– Alice Herz Sommer

It depends on me whether life is good or not. On me. Not on life. On me. Everything is good and bad. I look at the good side.
– Alice Herz Sommer

Beethoven Moonlight Sonata, Valentina Lisitsa:

Beethoven’s Pathetique, Daniel Barenboim:

How Consumerism Destroyed Our Minds

This is one of the best things I’ve seen on the internet in a while. The author and narrator is George Monbiot, @GeorgeMonbiot

I’m going to pull out some pearls as I watch it again. Here are some:

Consumerism is the stifling of our moral imaginations.

Celebrity culture weaponized consumerism.

A celebrity is a mask that the machine wears.

What consumerism does is constantly to create new needs, constantly to create new wants which didn’t exist before. And once we want that thing well our lives are incomplete until we’ve got it.

Everything becomes a consumable as consumerism – driven by the demands of capitalism – extends into every aspect of our lives and the lives of those around us.

Here’s Some Data On Adverse Reactions From The COVID Vaccines … From The CDC

Go to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS):

https://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html

Follow these steps:

1) Accept disclaimers (Scroll down. Click “I agree.”)
2) Click on “VAERS Data Search”
3) Group results by “Event Category” (under “Event Characteristics”)
4) Select “COVID 19 VACCINE” (in Section 3) and press “Open”
5) Choose “All Locations” (in Section 4)
6) Press “Send” (at the very bottom)

This is the report I received:

So, according to the CDC’s adverse event database, which they themselves have used to calculate rates for adverse events, there have been reports of the following associated with the COVID vaccines:

1,739 deaths
1,205 life-threatening events
734 cases of permanent disability
6,689 visits to the emergency room

According to the government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, less than 1% of adverse events are reported. The numbers in CDC’s database under-represent the actual number of deaths and disabilities associated with the COVID vaccines.

Adverse events from vaccines are common but underreported, with less than one percent reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Low reporting rates preclude or delay the identification of “problem” vaccines, potentially endangering the health of the public.

Hypothesis For Why COVID Infections Are Increasing After Vaccination: Vaccines Themselves Drive Mutations

Below is a letter that BMJ just published in response to an article that appeared in The BMJ in October 2020, Will Covid-19 Vaccines Save Lives? Current Trials Aren’t Designed To Tell Us

Rapid response to: Will covid-19 vaccines save lives? Current trials aren’t designed to tell us, Indrani Roy, Scientist UCL, London, 22 March 2021

Dear Editor,

Trial experiments and protocols set for COVID-19 vaccination did not take into consideration of many direct and indirect consequences of mass vaccination.

Here I would like to bring attention to an urgent and very important issue of its indirect effect. Apart from the direct side effect after vaccination, if any; the secondary effect that might be caused due to mutation of the virus after mass vaccination needs attention too. After the initiation of vaccine programme, almost all countries experienced a sudden surge of transmission and most countries had to impose strict lockdown measures.

Professor Paul Bieniasz from Rockefeller University, USA, expressed his concern that vaccines themselves can also drive viral mutations and hence COVID-19 vaccines can add fuel to the evolution of mutation of Coronavirus. According to him the time between initial vaccination and the time of second shot to maximize the immune response might serve as a sort of breeding ground for the virus to acquire new mutations [1].

A highly populated country India was having a steady decrease for five months. India did not have any lockdown. Though neighbouring countries Pakistan and Bangladesh experienced the 2nd wave this winter but India did not. India passed major festive seasons where social distancing was very difficult to be maintained, still cases and deaths continued to decline. Surprisingly, vaccination started on 16th January and from around 16th February, India started showing a rise in cases. Now there is a steep rise in deaths too [2]. As India nearly managed the disease without any vaccine or lockdown, it attracted global attention. However, scientists failed to associate any obvious cause for the sudden surge in the recent period when winter passed. India’s neighbouring countries Pakistan and Bangladesh also started a rise in cases in recent period, after vaccination started, though they already experienced a 2nd wave last winter.

For Brazil, vaccination started in mid-January and a sharp rise in cases is observed since mid-February. Such a steep rise in deaths in Brazil that happened for the last one month never happened in the whole period of pandemic. It already reached twice the height of previous peaks [3]. Globally, the cases started increasing after 5 weeks of a steady decline and coincidentally, the period of rise matches when major vaccination programmes were initiated worldwide. Some countries are now showing a decline, where lockdown and seasonal temperature are playing strong roles. Even for the UK and Israel, where massive vaccination took place, the total deaths in the last three months after vaccination now reached the overall death of the past 10 months before vaccination [2].

Such observation and analysis raises major worries especially for highly populated developing countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brazil and the African continents among others and needs urgent attention.

India: Coronavirus Pandemic Country Profile

It’s an interesting hypothesis:

…the time between initial vaccination and the time of second shot to maximize the immune response might serve as a sort of breeding ground for the virus to acquire new mutations.

Isn’t this why we’re encouraged to finish a course of antibiotics? So the bacteria don’t get a chance to mutate and become drug resistant?

Why Are Infection Rates Going Up Shortly After Vaccination? I Found Something. And It’s Not That People Are Letting Down Their Guard.

People are getting infected shortly after vaccination. Why? What’s the mechanism?

Covid-19: Stronger Warnings Are Needed To Curb Socialising After Vaccination, Say Doctors And Behavioural Scientists, BMJ, 19 March

Earlier this month a study led by Public Health England of vaccination in the over 70s found a “notable” rise in covid-19 infections in people immediately after they received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Similarly, a study of Israel’s vaccination programme, reported in February, found a similar spike in cases among people who had just been jabbed.

It is not possible to know for certain why this is [the spike in cases soon after vaccination].

I believe it is possible to know why people are getting sick post-vaccination. You have to investigate and you have to be free to report your findings. I don’t believe it’s increased socializing, not entirely, not to this degree.

Here’s the case of Israel (Pfizer vaccine):
From: Estimating The Effectiveness Of The Pfizer COVID-19 BNT162b2 Vaccine After A Single Dose. A Reanalysis Of A Study Of ‘Real-World’ Vaccination Outcomes From Israel, MedRxiv, 3 February 2021

Surprisingly, daily incidence increases strongly after vaccination till about day 8, approximately doubling.

Remember that … day 8.

Even Pfizer, in their briefing notes to the FDA admit that getting their vaccine increases symptoms of COVID, possibly COVID itself, although they didn’t test (weird):

“Suspected COVID-19 cases that occurred within 7 days after any vaccination were 409 in the vaccine group vs. 287 in the placebo group.”

Because there was a control group that received a placebo, this points to more going on than just increased socializing.

I found at least one mechanism. The vaccines lower lymphocytes.

Phase I/II Study Of COVID-19 RNA Vaccine BNT162b1 In Adults, Nature, 20 August 2020

Of those with laboratory changes, the largest changes were decreases in the lymphocyte count after the first dose in 8.3% (1 out of 12), 45.5% (5 out of 11) and 50.0% (6 out of 12) of participants who received 10 μg, 30 μg and 100 μg BNT162b1, respectively. … These decreases in lymphocyte count after the first dose were transient and returned to normal 6–8 days after vaccination (Extended Data Fig. 1).

In addition, grade-2 neutropenia was noted 6–8 days after the second dose in 1 participant each in the 10-μg and 30-μg BNT162b1 groups.

Transient decreases in lymphocyte counts (grades 1–3) were observed within a few days after vaccination, and returned to baseline within 6–8 days in all participants.

and…

COVID-19 Vaccine BNT162b1 Elicits Human Antibody And Th1 T Cell Responses, Nature, 30 September 2020

Although there were no relevant changes in routine clinical laboratory values after vaccination with BNT162b1*, vaccinated participants showed a transient increase in C-reactive protein (CRP) and a temporary reduction in blood lymphocyte counts, both of which were dose-dependent (Extended Data Fig. 3).

Lymphocytes are white blood cells. They include natural killer cells, T cells, and B cells. A low lymphocyte count makes it hard for your body to fight infections, of any sort, including COVID.

So, your natural immunity could be depressed for up to 8 days after getting vaccinated.

Mainstream media is failing us. They get too much money from drug companies to report objectively.

* The reduction in lymphocytes also occurs with BNT162b2. See: Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Meeting December 10, 2020, FDA Briefing Document, Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Why Are Healthy People Skipping Effective Alternatives And Opting First For Colonoscopy? Marketing.

For healthy people, a colonoscopy would only be offered after a positive stool test:

Colorectal Cancer Screening With Faecal Immunochemical Testing, Sigmoidoscopy Or Colonoscopy: A Clinical Practice Guideline, BMJ, October 2019

Cochrane compared the stool test with sigmoidoscopy:
Comparison Of Two Methods Used In Screening For Colorectal Cancer, Cochrane, October 2013

Mortality from colorectal cancer was reduced with FOBT [fecal occult blood test] screening and screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy. When we compared the two methods, we could not conclude that one was better than the other.

The US Preventive Services Task Force says that among all the screening options (stool tests, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy):

There are no empirical data to suggest that any of the strategies provide a greater net benefit.

And that once you’ve reached 75, if you’re in good health you can probably stop screening:

In adults ages 76 to 85 years, the age at which the balance of benefits and harms of colorectal cancer screening becomes less favorable and screening should be stopped varies based on a patient’s health status (e.g., life expectancy, comorbid conditions) and prior screening status. Limited evidence suggests harms from colonoscopy, such as perforation and bleeding. Modeling studies estimate that generally, few additional life-years are gained when screening is extended past age 75 years among average-risk adults who have previously received adequate screening.

In adults age 86 years and older, competing causes of mortality preclude a mortality benefit that would outweigh the harms.

Here’s an example of an at-home colon cancer screening test (this is not an endorsement): Cologuard