European regulators are watching J&J’s vaccine for unusual blood clots

The European Medicines Agency is investigating reports of clots in people who received J&J’s vaccine. The shot has not yet been given out in Europe. European regulators are investigating whether Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine caused unusual blood clotting after four cases were reported in vaccine recipients, including one fatality. The European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee disclosed Friday that they are reviewing the vaccine after three people who received J&J’s vaccine in the US and another who was involved in a clinical trial developed blood clots. It’s currently not clear if the vaccine caused these clots.

Sunlight and Vitamin D: They’re not the same thing

Sulfate synthesis in the skin captures the sun’s energy. Adequate sunlight exposure to both the skin and the eyes is vital to our long-term health. Among other functions, sulfate supports blood vessel health, the body’s electrical supply and the delivery system for important molecules such as cholesterol, vitamin D, dopamine and melatonin. Evidence indicates that sunlight protects against cancer, heart disease, hypertension and bone fractures. The benefits of sunlight exposure are about much more than vitamin D. Many studies show that vitamin D supplementation cannot reproduce sunlight’s health benefits. Moreover, excessive vitamin D supplementation can aggravate systemic sulfate deficiency, which will drive calcium buildup in the arteries. Both sunscreen and glyphosate interfere with synthesis and production of melanin — the body’s natural mechanism of sun protection. Aluminum in sunscreen disrupts sulfate synthesis. These disruptions may explain why melanoma prevalence has…

Lancet: COVID-19 infection and subsequent mental health and neurological conditions revealed in largest study to date

One in three COVID-19 survivors received a neurological or psychiatric diagnosis within six months of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, an observational study of more than 230,000 patient health records published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal estimates. The study looked at 14 neurological and mental health disorders. Professor Paul Harrison, lead author of the study, from the University of Oxford, UK, said: “These are real-world data from a large number of patients. They confirm the high rates of psychiatric diagnoses after COVID-19, and show that serious disorders affecting the nervous system (such as stroke and dementia) occur too. While the latter are much rarer, they are significant, especially in those who had severe COVID-19.”

New blueprint of brain connections uncovers extensive reach of central regulator

Thousands of our daily activities, from making coffee to taking a walk to saying hello to a neighbor, are made possible through an ancient collection of brain structures tucked away near the center of the cranium. The cluster of neurons known as the basal ganglia is a central hub for regulating a vast array of routine motor and behavior functions. But when signaling in the basal ganglia is weakened or broken, debilitating movement and psychiatric disorders can emerge, including Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Despite its central importance in controlling behavior, the specific, detailed paths across which information flows from the basal ganglia to other brain regions have remained poorly charted. Now, researchers at the University of California San Diego, Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute and their colleagues have generated a precise map of brain connectivity from the largest…

BEST OF THE WEB: Do doctors have to have the Covid-19 vaccine?

Dear Editor I have had more vaccines in my life than most people and come from a place of significant personal and professional experience in relation to this pandemic, having managed a service during the first 2 waves and all the contingencies that go with that. Nevertheless, what I am currently struggling with is the failure to report the reality of the morbidity caused by our current vaccination program within the health service and staff population. The levels of sickness after vaccination is unprecedented and staff are getting very sick and some with neurological symptoms which is having a huge impact on the health service function. Even the young and healthy are off for days, some for weeks, and some requiring medical treatment. Whole teams are being taken out as they went to get vaccinated together. Mandatory vaccination in this instance is stupid, unethical and irresponsible when it comes to protecting our staff and public health. We are in the voluntary phase of…

EU medicines official sees clear ‘association’ between AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots

A senior official at Europe’s medicines regulator has said there is a clear “association” between AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine and very rare blood clots in the brain, though the direct cause of the clots is still unknown. The European Medical Agency (EMA) said in a statement after the comments by Marco Cavaleri, chair of its vaccine evaluation team, that it was still conducting a review of the vaccine and expected to announce its findings on Wednesday or Thursday. An AstraZeneca spokesman declined to comment on Cavaleri’s remarks, which he made in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Messagero that was published on Tuesday. “In my opinion, we can now say it, it is clear that there is an association (of the brain blood clots) with the vaccine. However, we still do not know what causes this reaction,” Cavaleri said, without giving evidence to support his comments.

We have many more than five senses — here’s how to make the most of them

We’re all familiar with the phrase “healthy body, healthy mind”. But this doesn’t just refer to physical fitness and muscle strength: for a healthy mind, we need healthy senses, too. Fortunately, there’s now a wealth of evidence that we can train our many senses, to improve not only how we use our bodies, but how we think and behave, as well as how we feel. Trapped as we are in our own “perceptual bubbles”, it can be hard to appreciate not only that other people sense things differently — but that so can we, if we only put in a little effort. But if we’re going to make the most of using and improving our senses to enhance our wellbeing, we have to consider more than sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell. Aristotle’s desperately outdated five sense model may still be popular, but it vastly under-estimates our extraordinary human capacity for sensing. Proprioception Proprioception — the sensing of the location of our body parts in space — has been relatively ignored, but it’s…

The “mind viruses” creating social justice warriors

Gad Saad, a psychologist who specializes in applying evolutionary biology to the study of consumer behavior, has written a book of great value, and moreover, it is a book that required great courage to write. The book is filled with interesting ideas, and I have space here to mention only a few of them. What most draws me to the book is that Saad has a philosophical turn of mind, and as such, he is concerned with fashionable attempts to deny the existence of objective truth. He says, The central focus of this book is to explore another set of pathogens that are as dangerous [as biological parasites] to the human condition: parasitic pathogens of the human mind. These are composed of thought patterns, belief systems, attitudes, and mindsets that parasitize one’s ability to think properly and accurately. Once these mind viruses take hold of one’s neuronal circuitry, the afflicted victim loses the ability to use reason, logic, and science to navigate the world. Instead, one sinks into…

Fascist doctors return with cruel treatment

After spending 75 years making Hitler and Nazi Germany into a vision of pure evil, the worst ever to visit humanity, we find ourselves right back into the arms of fascism. In this place, freedom has no name. Friedrich Karl Hermann Entress was a German camp doctor who introduced the procedure of injecting lethal doses of phenol directly into prisoners’ hearts. He was captured by the Allies in 1945, sentenced to death, and executed in 1947. That was then. Now we have Dr. Anthony Fauci ready to do vaccine experiments on children while ignoring the harm the vaccines are already doing to elderly populations. “Hopefully, by the time we get to the late spring, early summer, we will have children being able to be vaccinated according to the FDA’s guidance,” said Dr. Fauci. The world is suffering from a mass delusional psychosis and Fauci, in significant part, is to blame. When will he be captured? Will he ever stop lying or trying to deceive masses of people?

Man’s skin ‘peeled off’ due to adverse reaction to Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine

A Virginia man suffered a rare reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine that caused a painful rash to spread across his entire body and skin to peel off, doctors said. Richard Terrell, 74, of Goochland began suffering strange symptoms four days after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, news station WRIC reported. “I began to feel a little discomfort in my armpit and then a few days later I began to get an itchy rash, and then after that I began to swell and my skin turned red,” Terrell told the outlet. Comment: That it began in his armpit is actually notable: Swollen lymph nodes after COVID-19 vaccines may cause cancer false alarms