Phthalates Linked with Autism in Boys, say researchers

The researchers analyzed data from the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals, or MIREC, project, which enrolled 2,001 women during their first trimester of pregnancy from 10 cities in Canada between 2008 and 2011.

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A new study has linked pregnant women’s exposure to phthalate chemicals (common in U.S. food packaging and personal care/home care products) to brain health in boys.  More specifically, a first of its kind new study has demonstrated a link between pregnant women’s exposure to the endocrine disrupting toxic chemical family known as “phthalates” and autism in boys.  (Boys are four times more likely to develop Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than girls.)

The good news (there is rarely good news attached to these type of findings) is that pregnant women can mediate these adverse outcomes by taking folic acid as a dietary supplement during the first trimester of pregnancy.

“One of the most important findings is how adequate folic acid supplementation in pregnancy may offset the potential harmful effects of phthalates in regard to autistic traits.”

-Dr. Youssef Oulhote, study coauthor and assistant professor of biostatistics and…

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U.S. Intel Briefs Bernie Sanders That Russia is Trying to Boost His Presidential Run

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By Patrick Henningsen | 21st Century Wire | February 21, 2020

“It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it? It just keeps getting worse and worse.”
– Grady Seasons in The Color of Money

Just when you thought America would eventually get over its addiction to scapegoating The Russians!™ for helping any anti-establishment or political outsider to get elected, there they go again.

As I predicted earlier this morning, it was only a question of time before the US establishment would blame those dastardly Russians for Bernie Sanders double-digit lead in national polls.

It was only yesterday, when we learned how the “IC” aka the vaunted Intelligence Community (a verified oxymoron at this point) has finally decided that the Russians are already active behind the scenes trying to swing the 2020 US Presidential Election in favor of President Trump.

Then 24 hours later the great paragon of honest journalism, the Washington Post, then tells us that intelligence officials have briefed Senator Bernie Sanders about how Russia is attempting to elevate his presidential campaign (no actual specifics were given, only a gut feeling we’re told) as part of a grand plot to “interfere with the Democratic contest.”

Of course, the Post’s source for this ‘bombshell’ was no one specific, just “according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence” […]

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FOOD FRAUD: ‘Idiocracy Explained’, New Study Finds Western Diet Impairs Brain Function

On a long enough timeline, impairments caused by western-style diets could lead to the long-term decline of brain function in America’s future generations.

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Source – zerohedge.com

“…Norwegian researchers in 2018 analyzed the IQ scores of people from western countries between 1962 and 1991 and discovered scores increased by almost 3 percentage points each decade for those born between 1962 to 1975 – but then, in nearly the same year the term “junk food” was popularized in 1976, IQ scores started to plunge”

Idiocracy Explained – New Study Finds Western Diet Impairs Brain Function

The dumbing down of America was explained in the 2006 movie Idiocracy, where Private Joe Bauers (played by Luke Wilson), is the definition of an “average American,” takes part in a top-secret hibernation program via the Pentagon, wakes up five centuries later to only discovery just how dumb society has become.

Bauers wakes up in the year 2500, and he’s immediately declared the smartest person in the world. Here’s a snippet from the film:

How does America stumble down…

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Divide and Conquer Implied in Proposed Map of the New Middle East

Revisiting (and measuring the success) of the decades-old US proposal for stifling Arab unity by “balkanizing” the Middle East.

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By Genevieve Cora Fraser

Al-Jazeerah, November 8, 2006

It was meant to be a joke and it got a big laugh from TV host Tavis Smiley when his guest, political pundit Andy Borowitz quipped, “George Bush plans to withdraw all his troops from Iraq – to Iran. That’s the plan – the exit strategy.”

But no one was laughing, least of all Turkish military officers, on September 15th when a map was presented at the NATO’s Defense College in Rome that included a reduced Turkish landmass. The new Middle East map prepared by retired US Col. Ralph Peters and published in the Armed Forces Journal in June featured a “Free Kurdistan” that included additional territory taken from Syria and Iraq. Indeed, Iraq was a fragment of its former self and had been carved up to also include Sunnis Iraq and the Arab Shia State.

Within the proposed new Middle East…

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America Exposed To Immediate Impact From “Supply-Chain Shock”, Deutsche Says

New analysis on the effect of China’s coronovirus on the global economy.

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In the last few weeks, ZeroHedge provided many articles on the evidence of creaking global supply chains fast emerging in China and spreading outwards. Anyone in supply chain management, monitoring the flow of goods and services from China, has to be worried about which regions will be impacted the most (even if the stock market couldn’t care less).  

Deutsche Bank’s senior European economist Clemente Delucia and economist Michael Kirker published a note on Thursday titled “The impact of the coronavirus: A supply-chain analysis” identifying the effect of contagion on the rest of the world, mainly focusing on demand and spillover effects into other countries. 

The economists constructed a ‘dependency indicator,’ to figure out just how much a country depends on China for the supply of particular imported inputs. It was noted that the more a country depends on China, the more challenging it could be for businesses to find…

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Portland Installs Turbines in City Water Pipes To Create Free Electricity

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Leave it to Portlandia to figure out how to create hydro-power without building a dam! Portlandians are now generating free electricity every time they turn on the tap! If you live in Portland, Oregon, your lights are now powered in part by the water flowing through your pipes.

The city recently installed new municipal water pipes equipped with four 42-inch turbines that create electricity from the water passing through them.

Historically, hydropower has been created by damming rivers and installing turbines inside the dams, which can be damaging to fish and the river itself.

Tap-water hydropower creates virtually no effect on wildlife, as it is simply harnessing the energy of water that’s already flowing through the pipes […]

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97% of Antibiotics Are Made in China

Written by Ethan Huff

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Roughly five months before the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) reared its ugly head, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission held a hearing about America’s growing reliance on Chinese pharmaceuticals. And one of the things discussed – or perhaps admitted, depending on how you look at it – is the fact that a shocking 97 percent of all antibiotics in the United States now come from China.

During the discussion, Gary Cohn, who was President Trump’s chief economic advisor at the time, warned against the Commander-in-Chief waging a trade war against China because China could retaliate by simply cutting off the supply of life-saving medications to our own citizens.

“If you’re the Chinese and you want to really just destroy us, just stop sending us antibiotics,” Cohn stated, citing a report by the Department of Commerce showing that nearly all antibiotics are now made in China.

It was almost a shot heard ’round the world concerning the national security risks inherent to a U.S.-China trade war, seeing as how not just antibiotics but all other drugs, as well as many other consumer products, originate there. By outsourcing even our system of medicine to a communist country that in many ways hates us really wasn’t a smart thing to do, in other words.

But that’s where we currently stand nearly half a year later as Trump’s trade war has coincided with the unleashing of a deadly new virus that has the potential to become a global pandemic. We’re already seeing it spread to the four corners of the earth, including in areas where people didn’t necessarily even visit Wuhan, the epicenter of this latest disease outbreak […]

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97% of antibiotics are made in China ‘supply chain Armageddon’