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The Zika Epidemic Is Far More Serious Than We Thought http://b4in.org/dQiQ

Scientists have confirmed that the Zika virus – generally spread by mosquitoes — could be far more dangerous than we thought.

In recent days medical experts have learned that the virus not only can cause paralysis in adults but it also can spread through sexual contact and blood transfusions.

Zika can lead to Guillain-Barre Syndrome or GBS, a rare disorder that can cause complete paralysis, for which there is no known treatment in adults and children. Health officials in El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela have seen increasing levels of GBS in areas where Zika is spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported.

How Zika Can Cause Paralysis

“In the past week we have seen a substantial increase in the number of people reported with Guillain-Barré,” Colombia’s health minister, Alejandro Gaviria, told the press. In fact, Gaviria believes hundreds of people in his country have developed the condition because of Zika, The Guardian reported.

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Nope.  - Again - this is a tool of gov't and media.  Ignore the hysterics.
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11 All-Natural Remedies You Should Stockpile For Flu Season http://b4in.org/cQnI

Cold and flu season is here, and many Americans are stocking up on over-the-counter medications to help fight sickness.

In fact, according to the research organization Euromonitor International, retail sales of cough, cold and allergy remedies in the US are expected to reach $8.8 billion in the next four years. However, before you hit the pharmacy or even your doctor’s office for a prescription, you would do well to look to a variety of potent natural remedies. Many of them can be found in your grocery store’s fresh produce section, or they may already be in your kitchen.

1. Lemon juice. Heat it and mix it with water, and then drink. You can ease a sore throat by heating water and adding fresh lemon juice. A spoonful of honey helps the taste and offers an added boost of nutrition.

2. Apple cider vinegar. Add a tablespoon of this miracle liquid to a glass of water and gargle on an hourly basis until symptoms improve. The vinegar helps alkalize the body and helps kill infections.

3. Cinnamon. Cinnamon is effective as a natural antiviral and antibiotic. Simply mix one tablespoon of cinnamon with one teaspoon of honey and stir to make a tangy tea that helps reduce cough and congestion.

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Turmeric Beats Ibuprofen For Arthritis Of The Knee http://b4in.info/v0CZ

An exciting new clinical trial published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed that an effective natural alternative to the exceedingly popular pharmaceutical painkiller ibuprofen exists for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and it is a familiar kitchen spice known to be far superior both in safety and the number of side benefits it confers to any drug in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug class.

Last year, in a Lancet review on the topic, ibuprofen was identified to be as toxic to the heart as the banned anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, likely contributing to tens of thousands of deaths from cardiovascular disease each year. This is one of the reasons why evidence-based natural alternatives are extremely important, especially when they involve culinary spices that are already known to be safe, affordable, accessible and time-tested.

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Easy-To-Build Winter Survival Shelters That Could Save Your Life http://b4in.org/gXkC

Any time you find yourself in a winter survival situation, the elements are undoubtedly your single greatest enemy, since hypothermia will kill you far faster than either lack of water or lack of food.

Therefore, if you ever find yourself stranded in a survival situation in winter, then a properly constructed and properly insulated survival shelter should be your top priority. Furthermore, it is absolutely imperative that any winter shelter you build must be both wind proof and rain proof; otherwise, the effort required to build it is greater than the benefit gained from doing so. Fortunately, with a little knowledge, a little ingenuity, and a little effort, a good winter survival shelter is not difficult to build from the available materials at hand, and doing so may very well save your life.

Building a Debris Shelter

My favorite type of winter survival shelter is one called a debris shelter, and it is a very appropriate type of shelter to build when you are stranded in the forest. As the name implies, this type of winter survival shelter involves forest “debris” and is constructed by first finding a fallen long, a tree stump, a forked tree, or even a large boulder upon which you can lean a pole. Then, you locate an appropriate log to serve as the ridge pole and “dress it” by removing any protruding limbs. Next, you place one end of the ridge pole on the stump, into the fork, or on top of the boulder and rest the other end on the ground.

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Witchcraft, Hunger, War, and Disease: Charting the Downfall of Arroyo Hondo Pueblo http://b4in.org/aQfc

About 590 years ago, the inhabitants of a large village in New Mexico abandoned it, just 125 years after its founding. Researchers think severe drought, food shortages, illness, and possible warfare or ritual killings because of suspected witchcraft, all contributed to the village’s downfall.

Researchers led by Douglas W. Schwartz, then president of the School for Advanced Research, excavated the site for five field seasons and analyzed the information they collected for another 20 years. And research on the sites continues. Dr. Schwartz has a website with loads of information, articles, theses, dissertations, and photos from many scholars who have worked at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo since 1970.

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2,000-Year-Old Pyramid in Rome Gets a Facelift http://b4in.org/dQhR

Few are aware that in the heart of Rome there sits a 2,000-year-old pyramid constructed as the burial tomb for a Roman praetor named Caius Cestius. It is Rome’s only surviving pyramid from ancient times, however, decades of neglect left the white marble exterior covered in grime and corroded by pollution. Thanks to a wealthy Japanese clothing magnate, the Pyramid of Cestius has just received a facelift and is now open for exclusive tours.

Associated Press reports that Yuzo Yagi, who heads a clothing and textile company, provided 2 million euros toward the restoration of the pyramid, and it is now back to its shiny white marble exterior. Furthermore, the pyramid is being maintained and cleaned every few months by a team of free-climbers, eliminating the need for costly scaffolding.

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Monsanto’s Big Loss In Federal Court http://b4in.org/aQgX

Quietly across the nation, organic farmers are making progress in their battle to raise organic, GMO-free crops without the threat of cross-contamination from genetically modified fields.

And, perhaps most surprisingly, a federal court has sided with the farmers.

That’s the subject of today’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as organic farmer Elise Higley tells us the latest news out of Jackson County, Oregon, where voters approved and a federal judge recently upheld a new law that prohibits the growing of GMO crops – handing biotech companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta a big loss.

Elsewhere across the U.S., organic farmers are pushing for “GMO-free” zones within counties, whereby organic farmers can grow their crops without fear of contamination from non-traditional crops.

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+Lee Nelson Jr. They aren't quite "put in their place" just yet, but activities like these are opening the door for it to happen. Sooner is better in this case... 😉
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Homeschool Family Sued For Letting Kids Play Outside http://b4in.org/eQi5

A homeschool family has been sued by neighbors for letting the children play outside, and the mom is speaking out.

Homeschool mom Kelly Counts and her husband are facing a lawsuit over the “loud and obnoxious noise and commotion caused by the children playing” which has “unreasonably interfered with the Wards use and enjoyment of their property” and “harmed the Wards and caused damages to their property rights.”

The suit also states that the Counts violated their neighbors’ property rights because the children are “on the play structure [playhouse] several times each day during weekdays (when most children are in regular schools) and constantly on weekends, weather permitting.”

In other words, the Counts are being sued because their four children are homeschooled.

“It’s unfathomable to me,” Kelly Counts said of the situation in an interview with CBS-DFW. “I can’t imagine the sound of kids playing at any age or stage of my life and thinking that I needed to sue someone over it.”

Lawsuit over Playhouse

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Why Did Hunter-gatherer Group in Europe Unexpectedly Disappear After the Last Ice Age? http://b4in.org/dQiO

A recent study has shown that a group of hunter-gatherers had survived the last Ice Age while living in the modern location of Europe, only to unexpectedly disappear about 14,500 years ago.

As the Newspaper El País reports, when scientists began to study the genetic material of humanity’s ancient ancestors about 30 years ago, they commenced on a quest for knowledge about a time in our collective past that was generally believed to have been lost forever. Several studies that have arisen since then have shown that all of the hard work has not been in vain.

Now, research including Johannes Krause, director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and published in the journal Current Biology, has analyzed the genes of 35 individuals who lived between 35,000-7,000 years ago in modern France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Czech. Republic, and Romania. The results of their study are surprising.

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What Does Alexander the Great Have to Do with Buddhist Imagery? http://b4in.org/bQif

When Alexander the Great arrived in Pakistan and India two very different civilizations confronted and were influenced by each other.

The first anthropomorphic representations of Buddha were developed between the 2nd and 1st century AD. Before then, the only depictions of Buddha appeared through the use of symbols like: The Bodhi tree, stupas, empty seats, footprints, and the wheel. But, after the invasion of the Hellenistic army, which conquered the territory of Bactria, human images of Buddha appeared.

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Exposing the Roots of the Viking Horned Helmet Myth http://b4in.org/fXSd

Yes, some helmeted Vikings traveled around Europe, West Asia, and even North America raiding and pillaging. It is a myth, though, that their helmets were decorated with horns, antlers, or wings. But you can see from the featured image above that one of the type of helmets Vikings used looked pretty cool – even without horns.

Ornamented Viking helmets entered popular culture and imagination in the 19th century when writers and artists began depicting the Scandinavian marauders wearing them.

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From Chrome Plating to Nanotubes: the ‘Modern’ Chemistry First Used in Ancient Times http://b4in.org/jXPx

The ancient Babylonians were the first to use sophisticated geometry – a staggering 1,400 years before it was previously thought to have been developed. Sadly, these mathematical innovations were forgotten as the Babylonian civilisation collapsed and were only rediscovered this year as scientists took a close look at ancient clay tablets.

This surprising finding made me wonder about what other scientific methods that we put down to modern minds were actually discovered by ancient civilizations. So I decided to hunt down some of the most advanced uses of chemistry.

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