Only Rumors - Health
WARNING: This page contains unsubstantiated rumors provided by a dangerous person (me), with few or no credentials, who thinks she's an expert at MANY things.
By the time you read it here, some of the items may have been "proven" or "disproven" by experts, it matters not. I have lived long enough to see the "experts" change their mind more than once when new evidence becomes available (vitamin RDAs) and "experts" repeat non-scientifically proven information as "fact" for a hundred years before the technology becomes available that permits observation and someone decides to test the hypothesis (example: when ovum production occurs in human female).
Mosquitoes can transfer HIV between people, under very specialized circumstances. Specialized circumstances include: proximity of host1 (infected with HIV) to host2 (not previously infected with HIV). - meaning, there needs to be a very short time between the mosquito biting host1 and then host2. Host1 must have HIV in its most contagious state. Host2 must already have a compromised immune system. The amount of humidity in the air might also be a factor, since HIV requires moisture. See next item about epidemics.
Mosquitoes may play a part in immunization during epidemics. An epidemic is most dangerous when it is new. With different pathogens, it requires different time thresholds, but something strange happens when a population has been exposed to a pathogen for a long time: people who have had no direct contact with the disease start to build up immunities to it, and new cases of it are not as deadly as the early cases were. Of course there CAN be exceptions to this (and Ebola might be one of them), but as a general rule "something happens" that makes a deadly disease less deadly over time.
Medical doctors like to take credit for this, stating that the medicine has gotten better or crediting vaccination, but evidence points to the contrary. This is a phenomenon that also happens in the absence of "medicine".
So what are the likely causes? Vectors: water, air, objects passed between people, mosquitoes, ticks. If healthy people are INDIRECTLY exposed over time we create our own immunity. I don't know if this is by a special mechanism (a specific WBCs or WBC and platlet combo specifically targeting low level pathogen exposure over time) or by exactly the same mechanism as when one contracts an infection (TCells, etc), but there is a physiological mechanism that responds to low level indirect exposure to pathogens over time.
Aspartame is bad for kidneys. The kidneys don't pass natural sugar (with the exception of kidneys of diabetics) but do pass aspartame. Long term studies will reveal this is detrimental to the kidneys. It weakens them and predisposes them to kidney disease.
Salal berries are beneficial to the gallbladder. Salal berries have a relaxing effect on the gallblader which makes it function better. Some time in the future they might be used for medicine to help people avoid detrimental (but often life-saving) gallbladder surgery.
Nutritional labels have bad information. Many vitamins are distroyed or rendered indigestible by cooking. The FDA and product companies use the vitamin value present in RAW items to label their products. If the products are cooked (either before or after your purchase) the vitamin value on the label is higher than what you gain by eating it.
Antiperspirant is harmful. Blood vessels, and lymph nodes are both abundant and close to the surface in your arm pits. The chemicals contained in antiperspirants are absorbed into your bloodstream. On me (hypersensitive), they cause cysts within 3 months of daily use. This is due to the unhealthy back-up of toxins which are waste products that should have been sweated out but have been retained due to application of antiperspirant, mixed with the chemicals (including aluminum) contained in the antiperspirant. Any studies that say differently have been funded by the companies selling the stuff. Unnatural retention of sweat causes toxic blood and weakens the body.
Created: February 28, 2006
Updated: December 5, 2012