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A Simple Solution to World Health Issues: Toilets

July 01, 2010 | 49,660 views
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toiletAccording to statistics from the World Health Organization and UNICEF, 2.6 billion people worldwide engage in open defecation.

The lack of toilets is the cause of 2 million preventable deaths a year, mostly from a variety of dysentery-like ailments that result from ingesting human fecal matter.

Without toilets, it's extremely difficult to avoid ingesting human waste.  Either it enters the food and water supplies, or it is spread by flies and dust.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"When people don't see the problem, they don't push for solutions. That means there's little incentive for governments to provide sewer systems and septic tanks to city dwellers, or for people in the country to dig and maintain outhouses."

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

It may sound incredible, but a whopping 40 percent of all the people in the world do not have access to toilets. Instead, they're forced to defecate outdoors; in fields and on riverbanks, causing human fecal matter to enter their food and water supply.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, the lack of toilets alone causes an estimated 2 million preventable deaths a year.

As this Los Angeles Times article points out, the main problem here is the fact that "when people don't see the problem, they don't push for solutions." Yes, change typically only occurs when enough people realize there's a problem, and understand what the real source of that problem is.

It's not that providing toilets to impoverished areas is too expensive, or is not believed to have a positive impact.

On the contrary, the LA Times writes:

"Unlike many other world health issues, which require the developed world to cough up billions in aid, Sim believes that if there is demand, people without toilets will buy their own, even if they choose simple composting pit toilets. Sim estimates local cottage industries providing toilets could be a trillion-dollar business for locals, so it would be not only a health boom but an economic one as well."

So why don't they?

There are likely a number of factors that play into this situation, but one that is surely not helping any is the stubborn belief that medications; drugs, and vaccines in particular, are the answer to the world's health problems, when in reality, the simplest, most basic hygiene measures would eliminate a large portion of these problems.

Today, most medical doctors consider vaccines to be their single most important tool in protecting public health. And impoverished areas that lack the most basic facilities for maintaining hygiene, clean food and water, also end up in large part relying on vaccines to protect them from infectious diseases.

Vaccines versus Hygiene

The overcrowded, filthy cities of 18th and 19th Century Europe and the New World spawned epidemics of devastating disease. Physicians and politicians were desperate for cures, while failing to realize that eliminating the root causes of poor health -- poverty, malnutrition, water contaminated by human and animal waste, spoiled food, and industrial air pollution among others -- would also help prevent the spread of many diseases.

This "misdiagnosis" of the problem was the beginning of what has since turned into our modern health care system, with its blind reliance on vaccines and other drugs to "address" diseases.

Government-enforced vaccinations against one disease after another led to burgeoning chemical- and pharmaceutical industries. Today, vaccinations are big business, and about to get even bigger.

Patents on many blockbuster drugs are now expiring, and with them the tens of billions of dollars of revenue they used to generate. As a result, drug companies are now shifting their focus to vaccines instead of new drugs.

Public health officials in every country across the world assist the pharmaceutical industry's growth, often by force of laws that ensure citizens use about a dozen different viral and bacterial vaccines, including ones to suppress even generally mild childhood diseases such as chicken pox.

Meanwhile, traditional public health measures often take a backseat to achieving the highest possible vaccination rates. These would include:

  • Improving sanitation
  • Nutrition
  • Living conditions
  • Health education
  • Access to preventive- and affordable medical care, especially in underprivileged populations

Mass Vaccination Campaigns Eradicated Disease – What's so Bad About that?

What many mass-vaccination advocates fail to realize is that while vaccines can and do work in some cases, the widespread use of multiple vaccines is neither without individual risk, nor without serious long-term public health consequences.

 

Some of these consequences can easily be considered far worse than the individual diseases these vaccines were designed to protect against.

Mass vaccination has been heralded as the magic bullet that effectively erased a number of diseases such as smallpox, whooping cough, diphteria and tetanus. However, vaccines are now being manufactured against not just deadly infectious diseases, but all sorts of health conditions, from mild and rarely lethal childhood diseases to nicotine addiction, allergies, and even cancer.

The problem with this mindset is that vaccines can suppress your natural immune system.

Many components used in vaccines are capable of suppressing your immune system. Some of these ingredients are also highly toxic. Some of these components include:

  • Chemicals and adjuvants
  • Viruses used in the vaccine
  • Foreign DNA/RNA from animal tissues

The medical community KNOWS this. It's not necessarily a secret. But the prevailing thought is that it's better to trade a small immune suppression for immunity to a specific disease.

This is flawed thinking at its finest, because what you're doing is risking immune suppression (which can compromise your primary defense against ALL known disease - includingmillions of pathogens) to try to achieve temporary immunity against one disease, which could bea disease you will never get or, if you do, will not result in complications leading to permanent health problems .

Any time you suppress your immune system, you actually increase your risk to acquiring MORE diseases.

And when you consider the fact that children in the US are expected to receive 48 doses of 14 vaccines by the time they're 6 years old, you can begin to estimate the enormous strain their developing immune systems are under!

By age 18, US federal public health officials say they should have gotten a total of 69 doses of 16 vaccines. This "prescription" is the same for every U.S. child, even though it's well known that all children are not the same biologically, and some children will not be able to survive the currently recommended vaccine schedule without suffering serious harm to their health.

Vaccine Immunity is Not the Same as Naturally Acquired Immunity

Vaccines are designed to fool your body's immune system into producing antibodies to resist viral and bacterial infection. The theory is that a vaccination involves the same mechanisms as if you were to actually have the disease and recuperate from it. But unlike natural recovery from an infectious disease, which stimulates lifetime immunity, vaccines only provide temporary protection. That's why booster shots are often required.

Besides that, there are a vast number of peer-reviewed papers demonstrating that the theory of vaccination is questionable.

Evidence-based science shows, again and again, that when it comes to preventing infectious diseases, antibodies on their own cannot, and do not, equal immunity.

For example, years of scientific research, assembled by researcher Judy Wilyman, gives evidence for how ineffective the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine really is, and why the mass use of pertussis vaccine is not the most important factor in reducing whooping cough-associated injuries and deaths.. She writes:

"The paper concludes that pertussis vaccine is not controlling the incidence of pertussis in the Australian community, nor was it the most significant factor in reducing mortality and morbidity of pertussis disease."

What did she deem the most likely factor responsible for reducing whooping cough?

Raised standards of living.

Another example is the PhD thesis of a researcher from Tasmania named Arlette Mercae. Her thesis offers an in-depth look at the way in which assumptions made about vaccine-induced immunity have led to a vaccination policy that is NOT based in science and ignores research that disagrees with the accepted premise that vaccines induce immunity.

Her research concludes that by pushing ahead with more and more vaccines, we may be doing immense damage to the human race as a whole.

In a world where science-based evidence supposedly rules the roost, the vaccine industry has managed to turn scientific evidence on its ear and indoctrinated the entire health care system, and the general public, into believing in mass vaccination policies based on flawed assumptions.

It's time to wake up from our advertisement-induced collective slumber and begin to review the folklore of conventional vaccine recommendations with a more critical eye.

True Immunity: Where Does it Come From?

In a word: Nutrition!

Again and again, science has glossed over this most important factor that can make or break your health. Proper nutrition will naturally boost your immune system and provide for vibrant health. Proper nutrition can allow you to recover from both acute and chronic disease. Without it, your body does not have the building blocks it needs to prevent disease and to heal itself.

Your body will NEVER suffer from a synthetic, chemical drug deficiency -- that much I can assure you!

Unfortunately, there's very little profit in pushing broccoli and cooking spices. This is why you can't get an honest answer from your health officials, and why there are so few safe, effective treatments forthcoming from the conventional medical industry.

Profit motives drive the pharmaceutical- and medical industries. These are not philanthropic establishments.

Hence, medicine has shunned diet and nutrition, claiming it has no place in scientific medicine, and replaced man's original "pharmacy" with synthetic and usually toxic drugs.

And what do we have to show for these so-called health care advances?

Declining health across the board, from the very young to the very old...

Reducing Your Risk of Contracting Infectious Disease

So let's circle back to the issue of sanitation and toilets, because many will likely want to argue that the Western world does not have this problem, yet still has issues with the spread of infectious disease.

Whereas the developing world could easily improve disease rates by improving sanitation, countries like the United States and most of Europe has the opposite problem of being overly sanitized.

Here, overuse of vaccines, antibiotics, antibacterial household products like hand soap and cleaners, have all contributed to the upsurge of new, drug-resistant superbugs.

But even these superbugs can be safely and effectively dealt with without resorting to overuse of chemical and pharmaceutical products..

There is actually no need to ever use antibacterial hand soap, as there's plenty of evidence showing that nothing works better to cut germs than simply washing your hands with plain soap and water!

Limiting your use of vaccines, antibiotics, and antibacterial household products can actually help curb these new diseases, and there are natural options available even within the medical setting, such as using copper door handles and faucets, which dramatically inhibits the spread of deadly viruses and bacteria.

For more information about how you can safely sanitize your home and protect yourself and your family from infectious disease, please review the related articles listed below.


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