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The American South's Deadly Diet

To test his diet theory, Goldberger supplied what he called “a diet such as that enjoyed by well-to-do people” — meat, milk and vegetables — to two Mississippi orphanages and an asylum. Pellagra rates there plummeted. His next quest: to induce pellagra in healthy subjects. In 1915, with pardons in hand from Mississippi’s progressive governor, Goldberger recruited 12 healthy volunteers at the Rankin State Prison Farm to eat the three Ms diet. Within the six-month trial period, six volunteers exhibited the telltale dermatitis. Goldberger was convinced he had proven the link between the Southern poverty diet and pellagra.

To bolster his case against the germ theorists, in 1916 Goldberger conducted what he called filth parties. He tried to infect himself, his wife and other volunteers with pellagra by injecting and ingesting the skin scales, urine, feces, blood and saliva from pellagra patients. No one got pellagra. He also organized extensive epidemiological studies of seven villages that conclusively proved the link between pellagra and poverty. The studies are still used in medical schools today and hailed for their thorough, groundbreaking analysis of where economics, social conditions and health intersect.

Yet pellagra raged on, propelled by plummeting cotton prices in 1920. Goldberger advocated for food aid for the South, to mitigate what the PHS called a “veritable famine” developing in the Cotton Belt due to poor farmers’ diets. Southern politicians and businessmen railed against the recommendation, which they perceived as an attack on their honor. “Goldberger didn’t understand Southern pride,” Kraut says. “His mission was to conquer the suffering and solve the medical mystery.” He still had a ways to go.

The P-P Factor

Goldberger focused on identifying the missing dietary element, which he called the P-P factor, for pellagra preventive. In 1922, he tried to induce black-tongue disease — the canine analog of pellagra — in his laboratory dogs by feeding them a diet typical of poor Southerners, plus brewer’s yeast purely to stimulate the dogs’ appetite. The dogs remained healthy, prompting suspicion. Without the yeast, the dogs developed pellagra. Repeated testing on the dogs, then on human subjects, confirmed that brewer’s yeast, a product the poor could afford, contained the P-P factor that cured and prevented pellagra.

Goldberger was finally publicly vindicated in 1927. That spring, the Mississippi River flooded, to devastating effect. The potential for a widespread pellagra outbreak surged in flood-ravaged areas of Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Goldberger oversaw the Red Cross’ distribution of 12,000 pounds of brewer’s yeast in those areas. That effort cured most pellagrins within six to 10 weeks, prevented untold thousands more cases and earned Goldberger the recognition that was long overdue — though he wouldn’t enjoy it for long.

Goldberger died in 1929, the same year that pellagra cases at large started declining. The Red Cross carried on his work; by 1937 it had distributed 500,000 pounds of brewer’s yeast — frequently referred to as Vitamin G for Goldberger. That year, researchers identified niacin (abundant in brewer’s yeast) as the elusive P-P factor, and doctors established a standard dosage and therapy. Niacin has since become a dietary staple, now better known for fighting high cholesterol than pellagra.

Today, pellagra is mostly relegated to history lessons and medical reference books. But occasionally, such as during isolated outbreaks in a refugee crisis, the world receives a vivid reminder of how the disease still affects people. And as Tissier saw in her hamsters, it’s also a lesson anyone caring for animals should keep in mind. This scourge is not gone, just largely forgotten.

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Yet Another Study Says Vitamin Supplements Are Worthless

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Vitamin — the first four letters come from the Latin word for “life.” To sustain that, we need these organic compounds in small amounts, but it seems their purpose ends there.

New research reaffirms the counterintuitive notion that vitamin and mineral supplements aren’t the magical panacea we’ve been led to believe. It’s something that researchers have been finding for years, and a meta-analysis, summarizing the findings of 179 individual studies, published on Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that most common vitamins provide precisely zero benefit to those taking them.

Non-vital Vitamins

Specifically, the study concluded that multivitamins, as well as calcium, and vitamins C and D are essentially powerless. They do no harm, but they might as well be placebos. These findings run contrary to popular wisdom, which instructs us to load up on supplements to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and premature death.

This isn’t the first time science has refuted vitamin worship. In 2013 a series of studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine, collectively including hundreds of thousands of participants, concurred that vitamins do not lead to any boost in health. In fact, the studies found that beta-carotene, vitamin E and possibly high doses of vitamin A actually slightly increase mortality.

The only supplement that may live up to its reputation, according to the new study, is folic acid. This, with or without vitamin B, may prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The tradition of using vitamins and minerals for nutrient deficiencies dates back to 1747, when the British naval surgeon James Lind treated scurvy with citrus fruit, rich in vitamin C. Physicians routinely make such prescriptions, though usually only in cases where the patient has a demonstrated deficiency of a particular vitamin or nutrient.

Supplement Crazy

In recent years, though, we’ve come to view supplements as the gateway to general health and longevity. A Gallup poll in 2013 showed that 50 percent of Americans regularly take vitamins or multivitamins.

On the flip side, a comparison of Gallup polls in 1975 and 2016 reveals plunging public trust in the mainstream American medical system. This phenomenon may have contributed to the ascent of “natural” vitamin and mineral supplements.

But it probably also stems from rampant marketing and advertising. Thanks to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, manufacturers don’t have to prove the to the Food and Drug Administration that their supplements work. They can claim their products work, though, as long as they keep it vague (“strengthens the body”) and don’t profess to truly treat anything.

Call it a healthcare failure, call it a marketing miracle. Either way, call a doctor before you pop another vitamin. Odds are they’ll tell you to stick to fruits and veggies.

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Morgellons and Dope (Crack)

Even though this person in this video blog needs help with her drug addiction she shares her true story of being infected with morgellons. Everyone has their own way in dealing with this horrible disease. If you google Morgellons or resistant scabies mites you will come across forums of people questioning if some narcotic drugs could possibly get rid of these things. It’s not uncommon to hear individuals who gets high and complains about feeling bugs crawling all over them, biting them, etc. In reality in many cases it is true. Because of these narcotic drugs poisoning the system it drives them out of the body. Just as the same as if taking anti-parasitic drugs such as ivermectin.

Morgellons disease is a poorly understood condition characterized by small fibers, particles and bugs emerging from the skin. People with this condition often report feeling as if something is crawling on or stinging/ biting their skin.

In no way do we endorse or suggest in using any illegal substance to deal or attempt to get rid of morgellons or resistant scabies mites.



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