Most of us take our own lives – and even the lives of our healthy children – for granted. But for an unfortunate minority, rare genetic diseases don’t just threaten to steal lives away; they are serious enough to follow through with it. This is the case with one such genetic disease known as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), but a recently-released drug holds promise as its first known treatment.
Some children, such as toddler William Storr, can gain access to the drug, but as not all hospitals in the UK are providing it. His version of the disease is so severe that 95% of children like him do not live to see their second birthday. He can only move his hands and toes, cannot swallow and cannot breathe properly.
While clinicians, charities and patient groups are calling on the NHS to make the drug, known as Spinraza, available to all people with SMA, the NHS claims there are a lack of staff and beds (even though SMA is rare).
Until NICE, another UK health organization, approves the drug themselves, Spinraza is only available through an expanded access program run by the pharmaceutical company that produces it. Fortunately, the Sheffield Children’s Hospital is opening a discussion with the Storr family and six others whose children need the treatment, as it is likely to be available there soon.
Spinraza Shown to Provide Benefit in All SMA Types
So what is all the fuss about…does it really work? Spinraza is a biologic drug, designed to increase expression of another gene that produces the “survival motor neuron” protein. Without it, motor neurons die off and victims lose muscle function.
Multiple clinical trials have shown that Spinraza is able to bring about neurological improvements in the majority of participants receiving it. Most children were also able to meet the developmental milestones that almost all of us take for granted. Survival rates, of course, improved too.
Known natural therapies do not exist for spinal muscular atrophy, as there are only a very small number of in vitro (test tube) studies showing an effect of nutrients on the remaining spinal motor neuron protein gene, SMN-2 (SMN-1 is the gene lost in SMA).
In one of these studies, curcumin (from the spice turmeric), EGCG (from green tea) and resveratrol (from red grapes and Japanese knotweed) were able to increase the rate of SMN-2 producing the full-length, functional SMN proteins, as it usually makes shorter, useless ones. This of course meant that cells of patients with SMA began to contain more of the full SMN proteins, and it may mean that these polyphenols could be a useful adjunct to Spinraza.
The drug should be available to anyone who needs it, as should anything that is the only treatment for a disease this serious.
Preschool-age children are impressionable, so it isn’t so surprising to hear that the food ads they see on TV influence them to overeat and consume unnecessary calories, as a study by researchers at Dartmouth University shows. 
The small study, published, in the journal Pediatrics, shows that the food ads young children see on TV while watching their favorite shows can sway them to overeat even when they’re not hungry.
The research is believed to be the first of its kind to measure the impact that food ads have on preschoolers’ snacking habits, according to the lead author of the study, Jennifer Emond. Most of the studies conducted up to this point have focused primarily on the effect of food advertising on school-age kids or older children, but Emond says unhealthy junk food is marketed on TV to kids as young as 2.
“Overall, our research suggests that exposure to food ads can prime eating behaviors in young children that tells children to respond to external signals instead of listening to their own internal signals of fullness and hunger. That learned response may set children up for developing poor eating habits that contribute to obesity.”
Too Young to Know Better
For the study, 60 children ages 2 to 5 were shown a 14-minute segment of “Elmo’s World” from the kids’ classic show “Sesame Street.” Half of the kids watched the segment with intermittent food ads, while the other half watched the segment embedded with a mix of department store ads.
Before the showing, all of the children were provided with both a sweet and salty snack. The same salty snacks provided were featured in the food advertisements shown to some of the youngsters.
The researchers found that the children who watched the segment with the food ads consumed about 30 more calories in snacks on average than the children who watched the segment with the department store ads. 
Furthermore, the kids who watched the segment peppered with food ads consumed more of the advertised salty snack than the sweet snack. They chowed down on the salty munchies even if they’d never had it before. 
The parents reported the children watched TV about an hour a day. If they ate 30 extra calories in a quarter-hour, that’s 120 extra calories per day. 
“That was surprising because it demonstrated the powerful effect food advertising can have on priming potentially unhealthy eating behaviors at a young age.” 
The study concludes:
“Findings suggest that food advertisement exposure may encourage obesogenic-eating behaviors among the very young.” 
Dr. Allison Stakovsky, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, said:
“We already know that television viewing is an important environmental influence on the development of obesity. Kids who watch more television are more likely to be overweight. Kids who have a television in their bedroom are more likely to be overweight.” 
Teaching Kids to Overeat
Eating an extra 120 calories a day can be harmful enough to kids’ health in today’s sedentary world, but there is another aspect of the study that’s equally troubling and perhaps more dangerous in the long-term. Emond says that TV snack ads send a damaging message that subconsciously gets burned into children’s developing brains.
“It’s training kids to not trust their internal hunger signals. The food industry here [in the United States] is self-regulating. We need to speak out in favor of regulation.” 
For example, Emond points out, a law in the United Kingdom prevents marketing food to children. But since no such law existed in the United States, Emond says parents have to be especially proactive about guarding their children’s eyes, brains, and eating habits. In her home, she deals with the issue by eliminating commercial television and subscribing to a service like Netflix.
Dana Angelo-White, a dietitian and clinical assistant professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, adds:
“Efforts should be made towards eating as a family and focusing on conversation instead of the distraction of TV. Screen time should be limited during meal and snack times, regardless of what type of programming they could be exposed to.” 
Julie Fidler is a freelance writer, legal blogger, and the author of Adventures in Holy Matrimony: For Better or the Absolute Worst. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two ridiculously spoiled cats. She occasionally pontificates on her blog.
A report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives reveals thatprenatal exposure to flame retardants may lead to lower IQ test scores in children. Further, the more of the chemicals a pregnant woman is exposed to, the more likely she is to give birth to a child with lower intelligence. 
In the meta-analysis, researchers calculated that every tenfold increase in exposure to flame retardants called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) was associated with a 3.7 point decline in kids’ IQ test scores.
Based on that calculation, PBDEs are even more detrimental to fetuses than lead – every tenfold increase in the neurotoxin is associated with “just” a 7-point decline in IQ scores, by comparison.
Study co-author Tracey Woodruff said:
“Even the loss of a few IQ points on a population-wide level means more children who need early interventions, and families who may face personal and economic burdens for the rest of their lives.” 
The meta-analysis summarizes and evaluates the full collection of relevant research on the safety of PBDEs. Ten of the studies the researchers included show a link between flame retardants and intelligence.
The team analyzed an additional 9 studies that searched for an association between exposure to flame retardants and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Juleen Lam, an associate research scientist at the University of California San Francisco, said the 9 papers don’t provide enough evidence of a connection between the chemicals and ADHD. 
However, the link between flame retardants and intelligence is undeniable, according to Lam.
“The evidence strongly suggests that PBDEs are damaging kids’ intelligence.”
Knowing this, Lam said, children should be protected from these chemicals to “prevent intelligence loss.”
“We’re really seeing this as a wake-up call to policymakers.”
Researchers are trying to tease out how PBDEs lower intelligence. So far, the evidence suggests the chemicals impair the activity of the endocrine system, the body’s systems of hormone-producing glands which play a role in the body’s circadian rhythm, sexual development, metabolism, and other functions. When a woman is pregnant, her endocrine system heavily influences the development of her fetus’ brain.
There are multitudinous types of PBDEs, and several of them have already been banned in the United States. Most new furniture doesn’t contain those chemicals, said Arlene Blum, a scientist with the Green Science Policy Institute, who wasn’t involved in the study.
Nevertheless, Woodruff, a professor at UCSF, said that “everyone is exposed to PBDEs, so this means that there are potentially millions of IQ points that are lost across the population.” Moreover, “children can be affected for generations to come.” 
Banned But Still Prevalent
Another study led by Hurley, published in March, 2017, showed a gradual plateau in bodily levels of flame retardants – even an increase in some people. Hurley believes that’s likely because as people have disposed of or incinerated their old furniture, PBDEs have made their way into the environment. 
Now, Hurley theorizes, the chemicals are getting into the food supply, as old furniture and foams containing PBDEs have been tossed into landfills or incinerated, causing the chemicals to leach into runoff and/or spewed into the air.
Whether or not flame retardants actually make fires less deadly is up for debate. Bryan Goodman, a spokesman for the industry group American Chemistry Council, said that flame retardants help save lives by providing individuals with a critical layer of fire protection. He added that “the major manufacturers of flame retardants have spent millions of dollars on research both before and after their products go on the market.”
However, some past studies seemed to suggest that flame retardants actually give rise to toxic fumes. Ami Zota, an environmental health scientist at George Washington University who studies flame retardants but wasn’t involved in the paper, said their efficacy is “not really backed up by well-supported data.”
As part of Facebook’s war against truth and reality, the social media Ministry of Truth just blocked 100 percent of all posts from Natural News, one of the internet’s most trafficked sites on independent science, natural medicine and disease prevention. Having attracted over 2.2 million Facebook likes over the last decade, Natural News is relied upon by millions of people for independent science and medicine reporting that blows the whistle on dangerous prescription medications, vaccine adverse events and toxic pesticides and herbicides.
For example, Natural News was the first and only independent science organization to build a large-scale private lab and test flu shots for mercury contamination. The results found flu shots to contain 25,000 times more mercury than the legal limit of mercury in public water, by the way. And those data are backed by ISO accreditation.
Impose a five-year moratorium on all childhood vaccines from birth to age eighteen.
Repeal the 1986 National Childhood vaccine injury Act and return vaccines to the traditional civil justice system.
Perform large scale studies of vaccinated and un-vaccinated children.
Ban direct pharmaceutical advertising to consumers and allow such advertising only to medical professionals.
Facebook immediately deleted the post within minutes, then slammed a total site sharing ban on the NaturalNews.com domain, halting any sharing of the White House petition that seeks to protect children from medical harm.
Facebook declares war on children
If thousands of children across America were being harmed by President Trump, Facebook would amplify any attempt to bring attention to that problem, but when children are harmed, maimed or killed by vaccines — which even the U.S. government admits happens thousands of times per year — Facebook’s culture of collusion and child sacrifice is so ingrained in its twisted culture that article posts which highlight such dangers are permanently banned from sharing.
In other words, under the control of globalist Mark Zuckerberg — who cares for no one but himself — Facebook is actively silencing independent science that seeks to protect children from medical harm.
Facebook has joined the chemical war against our children, in other words, ripping a page right out of the Holocaust which destroyed the lives of six million Jews in the claimed goal of creating a “master race.” Now, Mark Zuckerberg follows in a similar pattern of crimes against humanity to collude with a murderous, baby-sacrificing industry in order to achieve the so-called “greater good” of medicine, even if it means sacrificing some children in the process.
Globalists like Zuckerberg often pursue child sacrifice or rape in their ascension to power
Not surprisingly, the very theme of child sacrifice is widely reflected across globalist culture, where pedophilia and human trafficking run rampant through the halls of power. Just recently, for example, a high-ranking member of the Washington elite pleaded guilty to child rape. He’s a Democrat named Richard Keenan, and he raped a 4-year-old girl but claimed “she came on to me.”
Mark Zuckerberg isn’t accused of raping little children with his biology, but he controls the social media network that openly espouses the medical violation of childrens’ bodies with toxic injections — a form of “medical rape” that obscenely violates the American Medical Association’s medical ethics when mandated by coercive government (as has already happened in California with SB 277).
Mark Zuckerberg promotes the sacrificial medical raping of children for profit… while silencing those who seek to protect children from harm
In other words, the modern practice of vaccination has become something of a medical cannibalism ritual carried out as a kind of sacrificial medical violation of children… and it’s all apparently approved by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, who seems to be wanting to run for President of the United States where he can no doubt impose mandatory vaccine violations of all children as a whole new standard of medical violence against innocents.
At least the Democrat in Washington only raped a few children. Zuckerberg and Facebook and making sure that, through the censorship of factual truth on vaccine ingredients and vaccine dangers, the pharmaceutical industry can successfully violate and “penetrate” millions of U.S. children per year with dangerous injections of foreign DNA from aborted babies, diseased animal organs and unidentified viral strains. (Related: Read Vaccines.news for more news on ingredients used in vaccines.)
Thousands of years ago, the Mayans sacrificed humans to the Gods, killing them en masse to appease the high priests of their culture. As reported by MayaIncaAztec.com:
Ritual sacrifices played a vital role in the Mayan realm. They sacrificed both animals and humans. The supreme sacrifice was the human life. This took place during elaborate ceremonies. Sacrificial scenes have been depicted in ancient Mayan ceramics, sculptures and murals. Like the Aztecs, this was all done in an attempt to appease the gods. Slaves, criminals, bastards, orphans and children made up the bulk of the sacrificial victims. Children were desired because of their innocence, and they would sometimes be abducted or purchased from neighboring cities. The purchase price was paid in red beans.
Today, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook demand the ritualistic sacrifice of children to the “vaccine gods” as a way to appease their globalist controllers. Just like in the era of the Maya, children are especially prized for their innocence which is violated by puncturing the skin and injecting the child with foreign DNA extracted from other children sacrificed at abortion centers.
Quite literally, the dead children are liquefied and “fed” to other children, many of whom are maimed or killed by the toxic intervention (yes, this is how vaccines are manufactured). This is all carried out in the name of “science,” just as the Maya high priests carried out their sacrifices in the name of “cosmic powers.”
What few people have recognized yet is that in the realm of globalist power, the sacrifice of children is always required for an ascending globalist to “prove” their commitment to the cause. Zuckerberg, you see, wants to become a “high priest” of the modern technocracy which is founded in a scientific dictatorship, medical tyranny and the power of the coercive state. The ritualistic sacrifice of children is a necessary component of those ascensions to power. Read Population Control by Jim Marrs — who just passed away over the last few days — to learn the deeper evidence explaining all this. (Beware what you may learn when you venture down this rabbit hole…)
In summary, Mark Zuckerberg is a child-sacrificing, globalist ascension seeker whose rise to power must be accompanied by prescribing the mass “medical raping,” genetic violation and ritualistic deaths of children. In order to achieve that, Facebook must block websites that openly discuss factual vaccine ingredients, their horrifying aborted human baby origins and why they are added to vaccines in the first place (especially when many ingredients have nothing whatsoever to do with viral strains).
Zuckerberg doesn’t want you to be aware of any of this because awareness of his true agenda would halt its progress. The only way to sacrifice babies and get away with it is to disguise the rituals under the labels of “science” and “medicine” while claiming you’re actually saving lives rather than destroying them. This is the deeper reason why Facebook has blocked Natural News. No curiosity is allowed. No questions are tolerated. No facts are welcomed on Facebook.
Read more about the totalitarian, child-sacrificing globalist known as Mark Zuckerberg at MarkZuckerberg.news. Before long, you will come to understand why Zuckerberg is an extreme danger to humanity, posing just as much of a threat to us as Kim Jong-Un.
THE CAT IN THE HAT: Dr. Seuss was a complicated figure – many of his books promoted tolerance, like Horton Hears a Who! Others descended to racial stereotyping, like characters “who wear their eyes in a slant” in If I Ran The Zoo. His famous Cat in the Hat took partial inspiration from minstrelsy. (Take a closer look at the white globes and the extravagant top hat)
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE: “The Little House books are super racist in the way they present Native Americans,” Nel says. “They are to be removed from the land, and are dehumanized when they are mentioned. The line ‘The only good Indian is a dead Indian’ shows up in there.”
PIPPI LONGSTOCKING: Books can have both virtues and sins. Pippi is a spunky role model for young girls, but her father travels to the South Seas and becomes “King of the Negros” (or in American editions since the ‘50s, “King of the Cannibals.”)
THE STORY OF BABAR: Babar presents “colonialism as benign,” Nel says. “ Babar becomes this civilized elephant, and because of that is able to go back to his people and be more respected because he’s become more European.”
Girls as young as 13 have contacted Childline, run by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), expressing fear about being taken abroad and being forced to marry strangers by their families.
“Many said they experienced emotional abuse from their parents and were afraid of being cut out of their communities if they refused,” the NSPCC wrote in a release.
The charity said it provided 205 counseling sessions on forced marriage in 2016/2017, representing a 12 percent increase from the previous year.
The NSPCC’s release included the account of an 18-year-old girl who contacted Childline, fearing for her future.
“My parents are talking about taking me back to my home country to get married, but I don’t want to. They get violent when I don’t do what they want. I want to leave home but they’d never agree to it. I just want to live a normal teenage life, but they won’t let me,” she said.
RT spoke to another person, Jasvinder Sanghera, who says she was locked in a room when she was 16 for refusing an arranged marriage. She eventually ran away with a secret boyfriend and lost contact with her family, but later realized that her sister, who was married at 15, had committed suicide.
“People believe because we’re a democracy because we have the rule of law, that these things couldn’t possibly be happening in England, but clearly they are,” Sanghera told RT.
She went on to state that forced marriage and honor abuse is “fundamentally against every religion,” but that victims are not taught that.
“Families will use these (religions) as justifications, but we need to send out very strong messages that in Britain it is a criminal offense to force someone to marry,” she said, adding that it is “not in the interest” of victims’ families to tell them that.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless echoed those statements, saying that “no child should be forced into marriage and we must be clear that, regardless of cultural expectations, this is a crime and an abuse of human rights. Forcing a child to marry shows a complete lack of regard for their feelings, thoughts or ambitions.”
He urged people, including potential victims, to “speak up before it is too late.”
Meanwhile, the UK has also seen an increase in actual forced marriages – not just in concerned phone calls.
A report jointly published by the Home and Foreign Offices earlier this year showed that Britain’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) recorded 1,428 cases in 2016, a 17 percent increase from the 1,220 cases recorded the previous year.
Most of the recorded cases involved people from Pakistan. Others were from Bangladesh, India, Somalia, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.
A chemical leak at the YMCA facility pool in North Carolina has sent 43 people, including 40 children between the ages of six and 12, to hospital. Six of the children were reported as being in a serious but non-life-threatening condition.
The Downtown YMCA in Durham reported a leak of sodium hypochlorite in their swimming pool. The chemical is commonly used as a disinfectant. Durham County spokeswoman, Dawn Dudley, said the chemical is used for “everyday maintenance” of swimming pools, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Dudley said 39 people were in the pool at the time of the leak. The children were taken to Duke University Hospital or Duke Regional Hospital. The six who were listed as being in a critical condition were taken to a local hospital, police spokesman Wil Glenn said.
“Thirty-four additional children and two adults were transported with non-serious injuries,” he added.
One other person was taken to a local hospital several hours later after reporting similar symptoms as the children, Brandon Mitchell, Durham County Emergency Medical Assistant Chief, said. The individual was reportedly outside the facility at the time of the spill and inhaled some of the noxious gas, the Observer reported.
A family in Mangana village, Webuye West constituency, is mourning the death of two children who were struck by lightning on Sunday evening as they prepared supper.
A third boy suffered serious burns and is fighting for his life in the Webuye Subcounty Hospital.
Three other children escaped unhurt when the lightning struck.
The deceased were pupils aged seven and five years.
Residents and relatives streamed to the homestead to console the family.
They said they had never witnessed such a tragedy in the area, and only heard stories of lightning striking trees, houses and animals — but not children inside a house.
They asked religious leaders to visit the home and pray with the family, suggesting the deaths could be the result of witchcraft.
Speaking to journalists who visited their home, Moses Ngachi, the father, said he and his wife were in the house, and their children were sheltering from the rain in the kitchen.
“I heard a loud noise and cries of my children. When I rushed outside, I found some of my children crying and others lay on the ground lifeless. The kitchen had been partly destroyed,” Ngachi said.
Ngachi said the lightning killed two of the seven children on the spot. The one with serious injuries was rushed to the hospital by a neighbour.
He said he raised the alarm and neighbours tried to administer first aid, without success.
The children’s mother was too traumatised to speak.
Briton Lusweti, one of the surviving children, said they were in the kitchen when all of a sudden they saw huge smoke, which was followed by a raging fire.
He said darkness engulfed the room and he fell on the ground unconscious. When he came to, his younger siblings lay on the floor with burns all over their bodies.
“My younger brothers were struck on the chest and were unconscious. I got up and ran outside, but it was still raining. I called my parents and neighbours who came and assisted the children. But they were already dead,” he said.
Jubilee’s Sitikho ward MCA candidate Erick Patroba was among the first people to visit and condole with the grieving family.
He urged the county government, through the department of Special Programmes led by director Julius Bakasa, to help the family with burial plans.
He also asked Bakasa to assist the family put up lightning arresters to prevent such a calamity in the future.
“As you can see, this family is very poor and their father, the sole breadwinner, is also not in good health.
“I am appealing to my fellow leaders and well-wishers to intervene and help this family bring home the bodies that are in the morgue for burial,” Patroba said.
Webuye police took the bodies to Webuye sub county hospital morgue.
Scientists have developed a new super-banana that could save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
Vitamin A deficiency leads to the deaths of around 750,000 children in developing countries every year.
It is also the leading cause of preventable blindness, and increases the risk of contracting severe infections and diseases.
To tackle this, scientists in Australia have developed a revolutionary new type of banana that is rich in vitamin A.
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology have been growing the bio fortified bananas for 10 years, thanks to £5.9 million funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The bananas were created using genes from a species of pro-vitamin A-rich banana found in Papua New Guinea.
They only grow in small bunches, so scientists created a hybrid of this special banana and the regular ‘Cavendish’ banana, which are produced in large quantities. The resulting bananas are an unusual orange color.
‘We are getting over four times our target level [of vitamin A], so we are very happy about that,’ Professor James Dale told ABC Australia.
‘Over five generations we’ve been able to maintain the level of pro-vitamin A and, in some instances, increase it over time, which is really exciting.’
The fruit should be available to eat in Uganda in around six years time, after it has gone through regulatory testing.
Eddie is the founder and owner of www.WorldTruth.TV. This website is dedicated to educating and informing people with articles on powerful and concealed information from around the globe. I have spent the last 38 years researching Bible, History, Alternative Health, Secret Societies, Symbolism and many other topics that are not reported by mainstream media.