Monday, September 23, 2013

Fighting colds & flu naturally - what to do when there's lightening - Anti-fluoride poll ahead in Sudbury - NZ Health District's facebook ruined by anti-fluoride hacker

Beat Back Cold and Flus with... Garlic!
September 23, 2013                    

Story at-a-glance

  • Garlic has long been hailed for its healing powers, especially against infectious diseases like cold and flu. It has immune boosting effects, and fresh garlic is also a potent antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agent
  • Studies have demonstrated more than 150 beneficial health effects of garlic, including reducing your risk for heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and various cancers such as brain, lung and prostate cancer
  • Research has shown that those taking garlic daily for three months had fewer colds than those who took a placebo, and, when they did come down with a cold, the duration of illness was shorter
  • Garlic must be used fresh to give you optimal health benefits. To stimulate the process that catalyzes the formation of allicin, compress a fresh clove with a spoon prior to swallowing it, or put it through your juicer with other veggies

How to Improve Your Chances of Surviving a Lightning Strike
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Readers of two minds on fluoride Monday, September 23, 2013

This week the Sudbury Star asked its readers whether or not the City of Greater Sudbury should discontinue the fluoridation of water.
Online, 49% of respondents voted yes to stopping fluoridation, while 40% favoured the practice.

Waikato DHB facebook page bombarded

Waikato District Health Board Monday 23 September 2013, 10:41AM
Media release from Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board has had to block all comments to their Facebook page after a member of the anti-fluoridation community created two fake profiles using one of its doctor's identities.

A fake Facebook profile was created using Waikato DHB Medical Officer of Health and community water fluoridation expert Dr Felicity Dumble's name and photograph.

The other page used her name and a bag of chemicals as the profile picture.

The Waikato District Health Board and Making Sense of Fluoride pages were bombarded with postings by the two fake profiles.

The content was a jumbled message claiming fluoride was a toxic waste that was killing children, and contained numerous profanities.

"We recognise this may be someone on the fringe of the debate but it does show what some people will do to try to discredit our health professionals," said Waikato DHB Director of Media and Communications Mary Anne Gill.

"It reinforces why we made the decision not to attend the meeting organised by Hamilton City Council on 30 September."

She said the "tirade" had meant Waikato DHB was forced to close their Facebook profile to all comments and that the matter was reported to Facebook administration and the police immediately.

"It's a shame because there was some great discussion happening on the page and some genuine enquiries around water fluoridation.

"For now however, the page will remain closed to comments however we are still able to put information up as we have it so hope people continue to visit it or our website

"Our Facebook page is also used for other health messages, recruitment and in addition members of the public often publicly thank our staff for the care they've received. It is disappointing we've had to do this. But we simply can't have our staff being abused or threatened."

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