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Severe sensitivity to household chemicals leaves GTA man homeless for the holidays





Oliver Zhang wants one thing for Christmas: a home he can actually live in. 

The IT professional, who’s in his late 40s, suffers from environmental sensitivities so severe that he has had to move 70 times in the past three years.

“When the triggers come, I have to move again,” he told CBC Toronto. “Your life’s just totally destroyed.”

His triggers are common indoor chemicals and the scents that many of us take for granted — carpet deodorizers, air fresheners and even paint.

Within two hours of exposure, he says, he’s in unbearable pain — from stomach aches to tightness in the chest and lower pelvic discomfort — and must leave.

Even being inside a hospital is painful.

After a desperate search to find a home where he can live a healthier life, Zhang finds himself relying on community services for a place to stay. He has managed to find a mental-health crisis shelter in midtown Toronto that did not set off his symptoms. 

Earlier this month, he had a sitdown meeting with administrators at the facility, who reluctantly agreed to let him sleep there on a temporary basis. As soon as all the beds are needed for people in crisis, he will have to go. 

When that day comes, Zhang fears he’ll have no choice but to live on the streets. 

The strain of his fruitless search for a suitable, chemical-free home is plain in his demeanour. He speaks jerkily and is easily distracted.

“I almost do not have a life,” he says. “I couldn’t enjoy [time with] with my mother;  taking good care of my kid . . . For the past three years, I couldn’t take him indoor swimming, or see his indoor [piano] performances.”

Dr. Lynn Marshall has been treating Zhang for just under a year. She says people with multiple chemical sensitivities/environmental sensitivities ((MCS/ES) can recover with prolonged protection from the airborne chemicals that trigger their illness. (Richard Agecoutay/CBC)

Zhang’s disorder is known to the medical community as multiple chemical sensitivities/environmental sensitivities ((MCS/ES).

The Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto specializes in treating people with the disorder. But those treatments are limited, according to Dr. Lynn Marshall, who has been seeing Zhang for just under a year.

“As well as the patient being very frustrated, I as a doctor am very frustrated too,” she said. “He had tears in his eyes because he couldn’t go anywhere with his son. I can’t help that.”

So how do you treat someone with MCS/ES?

“Teach him how to avoid the things that really trigger his symptoms,” she says, because that’s the first step toward recovery. But it can be a long road, she says. “We can’t say how long it will take any individual.”

Zhang’s condition is so severe that he needs to wear an air filter just to take public transportation. (Oliver Zhang)

Meanwhile, Marshall says the problem seems to be growing.

She works a limited amount of time at the WCH clinic, but she’s seen increases in her workload in recent years.

“Our waiting list is over a year,” she says. “I hate that. But that’s what it is … So many people requiring assistance, requiring diagnosis.”

Marshall points to federal statistics that show 800,500 people were diagnosed with MCS country-wide in 2010, up by 13.5 per cent from 2005.

In Ontario alone, there were 292,700 people diagnosed with MCS by a health care professional in 2010, she says.

This province’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care launched a task force on environmental health in 2016. It’s job is to find new ways to treat people with MCS/ES.

Results expected in 2019

The ministry wouldn’t speak with CBC Toronto, but in an emailed statement, ministry spokesperson David Jensen said:

“Phase 2 of the task force, now underway, will consist of developing a set of recommendations for a system of care for people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities /Environmental Sensitivities as well as for research, and both professional and public education. The government looks forward to receiving the report in 2019.”

In Quebec, where more than 180,000 people live with the condition, sufferers aren’t waiting for help from their provincial government.

An artist’s rendition of a housing project being developed in Quebec specifically for people with MCS/ES. It will eventually house 40 families in the Laurentian Mountains. (Ecoasis)

The Environmental Health Association of Quebec (EHAQ) is in the midst of establishing a colony in the Laurentian mountains north of Montreal specifically for sufferers of MCS/ES.

It’s called Ecoasis and will include four structures, each of which will contain 10 affordable housing units. Ultimately, 40 families will live there, according to EHAQ founder Rohini Peris.

It’s part of a larger parcel of land that was donated to the group for a housing project.

Visitors will be screened before entry

Each unit will be specifically designed to include none of the most common triggers that affect people with MCS/ES. 

Visitors will be screened to ensure that the housing project isn’t contaminated with some of the most widespread triggers, such as perfumes or cigarette smoke.

Peris suffered from MCS/ES for more than 20 years.

Her condition eventually subsided in 2016 after she and her family were careful to eliminate as many chemicals and other stressors from her living environment.

‘It could happen again’

“I don’t have it anymore, but my biggest concern is that I don’t know what I’m going to walk into when I walk into a mall. I don’t know what chemicals are present,” Peris said.

“This happened to me one time. It could happen again.”

Recovery will likely also be the outcome for Zhang, Marshall says.

But until then, Zhang’s hunt for a home continues while he lives on disability payments from his former job.

He’s worried his time at the mental-health crisis shelter may be ending soon, and about where his next stop might be. 

“Winter is coming,” Zhang said.


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Bill Gates: Third Shot May Be Needed to Combat Coronavirus Variants





With more than 40 million Americans having received at least the first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, a third dose may be needed to prevent the spread of new variants of the disease, Bill Gates told CBS News Tuesday.

Gates’ comments come amid growing concern that the current vaccines are not effective against the more contagious Brazilian and South African variants.

Pfizer and Moderna have stated that their vaccines are 95% and 99% effective, respectively, against the initial strain of COVID. However, some scientists have questioned those statements. Additionally, the World Health Organization and vaccine companies have conceded that the vaccines do not prevent people from being infected with COVID or from transmitting it, but are only effective at reducing symptoms.

Gates told CBS Evening News:

“The discussion now is do we just need to get a super high coverage of the current vaccine, or do we need a third dose that’s just the same, or do we need a modified vaccine?”

U.S. vaccine companies are looking at making modifications, which Gates refers to as “tuning.”

People who have had two shots may need to get a third shot and people who have not yet been vaccinated would need the modified vaccine, explained Gates. When asked whether the coronavirus vaccine would be similar to the flu vaccine, which requires yearly boosters, Gates couldn’t rule that out. Until the virus is eradicated from all humans, Gates said, additional shots may be needed in the future.

AstraZeneca in particular has a challenge with the variant,” Gates explained. “And the other two, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax, are slightly less effective, but still effective enough that we absolutely should get them out as fast as we can while we study this idea of tuning the vaccine.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding the studies being conducted in Brazil and South Africa, CBS News said. The foundation has also invested in the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and the Novavax vaccines, which are being tested against new variants. Once the AstraZeneca vaccine is approved, the Global Alliance for Vaccine Initiative or GAVI, founded by Gates, will distribute it globally.

“Gates continues to move the goalposts,” said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chairman and chief legal counsel of Children’s Health Defense. “Meanwhile the strategies he and others have promoted are obliterating the global economy, demolishing the middle class, making the rich richer and censoring vaccine safety advocates, like me.”

Kennedy said that the exclusive focus on vaccines has prevented the kind of progress required to actually address and recover from the pandemic:

“From the pandemic’s outset, clear-headed people familiar with the challenges inherent in the vaccine model have understood that the path out of crisis would require multiple steps. Those steps would need to include the development and/or identification of therapeutic drugs, the sharing of information among doctors to hone improved treatment models that reduce infection mortality rates below those for flu, and the kind of broad-spectrum long-term herd immunity that protects against mutant strains and that only derives from natural infection.”

Instead, Gates and vaccine makers are proposing a lifetime of boosters, supporting insufficient testing to determine safety and failing to address the inadequate monitoring of vaccine injuries, Kennedy said.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children’s Health Defense.

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Young nurse suffers from hemorrhage and brain swelling after second dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine





(Natural News) A 28-year-old healthcare worker from the Swedish American Hospital, in Beloit, Wisconsin was recently admitted to the ICU just five days after receiving a second dose of Pfizer’s experimental mRNA vaccine. The previously healthy young woman was pronounced brain dead after cerebral angiography confirmed a severe hemorrhage stroke in her brain stem.

Her family members confirmed that she was “breaking out in rashes” after the vaccine. She also suffered from sudden migraine headaches, and got “sick” after taking the second dose of the vaccine. At the very end, she lost the ability to speak and went unconscious. The migraines, nausea, and loss of speech were all symptoms of a brain bleed and brain swelling, something her family did not understand at the time, and something nobody would expect after vaccination.

While on life support, neurologists used angiography to image the damage inside the brain. They found a subarachnoid hemorrhage, whereas a bulging blood vessel burst in the brain, bleeding out in the space between the brain and the tissue covering the brain. The ensuing swelling cut off oxygen to the brain and caused brain death. On February 10, 2021, Sarah reportedly had “no brain activity.” Some of the woman’s organs are now being procured, so they can be donated to other people around the world.

Doctors warn FDA about COVID vaccines causing autoimmune attacks in the heart and brain

Experimental COVID-19 vaccines may cause inflammation along the cardiovascular system, leading to heart attack and/or stroke. This serious issue was brought forth to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Dr. J. Patrick Whelan, M.D., Ph.D. and further confirmed by cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, M.D., Ph.D. The two doctors warned that a recently-infected patient who is subject to COVID-19 vaccination is likely to suffer from autoimmune attacks along the ACE-2 receptors present in the heart, and in the microvasculature of the brain, liver and kidney. If viral antigens are present in the tissues of recipients at the time of vaccination, the vaccine-augmented immune response will turn the immune system against those tissues, causing inflammation that can lead to blood clot formation.

This severe adverse event is likely cause of death for the elderly who are vaccinated despite recently being infected. There is no adequate screening process to ensure that this autoimmune attack doesn’t occur. The elderly are not the only people vulnerable to vaccine injury and death. Pfizer’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine could be the main cause behind the sudden death of Sarah Sickles, a 28-year-old nurse from Wisconsin. The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System has captured five permanent disabilities in Wisconsin, 58 ER visits, and eleven deaths in just one month. This is the first case in Wisconsin of someone under 44 years of age suffering from severe COVID-19 vaccine side effects and death. There are now more than 1,170 deaths recorded in the U.S. related to the experimental mRNA vaccines, a reality that the FDA and CDC continue to ignore.

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Powering hypersonic weapons: US armed forces eyeing dangerous 5G tech





(Natural News) Much of the conversation surrounding the benefits of 5G is geared toward the consumer side of the technology. People will be able to download videos at lightning speed and will be more connected than ever, proponents claim, although there are serious questions regarding its safety. However, some of the most important 5G applications are not civil at all – the technology will be used extensively in the military domain.

Some of its military uses are outlined in the Defense Applications of 5G Network Technology report, which was published by the Defense Science Board. This federal committee gives scientific advice to the Pentagon. Their report states: “The emergence of 5G technology, now commercially available, offers the Department of Defense the opportunity to take advantage, at minimal cost, of the benefits of this system for its own operational requirements.”

The 5G commercial network that is being built by private companies right now can be used by the American military for a much lower cost than if the network had been set up exclusively for military purposes.

Military experts expect the 5G system to play a pivotal role in using hypersonic weapons. For example, it can be used for new missiles that bear nuclear warheads and travel at speeds superior to Mach 5. These hypersonic weapons, which travel at five times the speed of sound and move a mile per second, will be flying at high altitudes on unpredictable flight paths, making them as hard to guide as they will be to intercept.

Huge quantities of data need to be gathered and transmitted in a very short period in order to maneuver these warheads on variable trajectories and allow them to change direction in milliseconds to avoid interceptor missiles.

5G for defense

This type of technology is also needed to activate defenses should we be attacked by a weapon of this type; 5G automatic systems could theoretically handle decisions that humans won’t have enough time to make on their own. Military bases and even cities will have less than a minute to react to incoming hypersonic missiles, and 5G will make it easier to process real time data on trajectories for decision-making.

There are also important uses of this technology in combat. 5G’s ability to simultaneously link millions of transceivers will undoubtedly facilitate communication among military personnel and allow them to transmit photos, maps and other vital information about operations in progress at dizzying speeds to improve situational awareness.

The military can also take advantage of the high-frequency and short-wavelength millimeter wave spectrum used by 5G. Its short range means that it is well suited for smart military bases and command posts because the signal will not propagate too far, making it less likely that enemies will be able to detect it.

When it comes to special forces and secret services, the benefits of 5G are numerous. Its speed and connectivity will allow espionage systems to reach unprecedented levels of efficiency. It will also make drones more dangerous by allowing them to identify and target people using facial recognition and other methods.

Like all technology, 5G will also make us highly vulnerable. The network itself could become an attractive target for cyber-attacks and other acts of war being carried out with cutting-edge weaponry. In fact, the 5G network is already viewed as critical infrastructure and is being carefully protected before it is even fully built.

While the focus on 5G’s dangers to human health and the environment is absolutely warranted, it is also important not to lose sight of the military implications of 5G. After all, it is not just the United States that is developing this technology for military purposes; our enemies, like China and other countries, are also making great strides in this realm.

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