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Will We Let the Criminal Congress Destroy Our Food and Health?

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There are so many proposed anti-human laws festering in the depths of Congress that it’s hard to keep up. Destroy our small farms yet give exemption to Chinese food imports, shoot us up with toxic vaccines, allow the continued use of GM food to wear down our health, make new mothers submit to mental health exams before bringing their babies home…drug them if they don’t pass the test. That’s just a few.

An unhealthy, dumbed down and drugged citizenry is easier to control. They are killing us slowly for profit and de-population purposes and all we do is ask Congress to not pass these laws.

Like the criminals in Congress are listening. Just get on your knees and say please.
The wire tap skills of the Investigative and Enforcement Services of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, of the United States Department of Agriculture are the world’s most sophisticated. There are no bounds to the budget, the equipment, and the staff used to locate family farmers who may be in violation of one of over 18,000 USDA regulations, laws and policies. This IES agent may be watching you. His salary is evaluated by his dedication to enforce penalties on livestock producers. Unless you are sure you know all the new USDA regulations that can be enforced against you, your farm, and your family — watch for this highly paid enemy on a road near your farm.

Dear Representative DeLauro:

I live in the United States. Not the Washington D.C. Corporate zone, but in the sovereign state of Minnesota in the sovereign United States. You may be unfamiliar with that and the subsequent documents that establish not only my personal rights, but which also limit the reach of government, but then again, maybe not. Its apparent you live in some other part of the world where individual liberties and rights are not a consideration; a place where police state conditions are not only accepted but, encouraged.

I just read the bill you authored H.R. 875 and am left wondering just who it is you work for and where it is you live?

Having printed off and actually reading your bill, I see that there are massive and extremely punitive punishments and fines for non-specific violators most of which would be leveled against small and independent producers, family farms and non-corporate operations. In other words, you did not site specifically just who would be subject to these police state actions, nor did you specify who would possibly be exempt….like maybe small independent and family farmers and herders who aren’t the cause of the known food borne illnesses.

I also noted that exemptions are provided for foreign importers such as China; a known source of contaminated foods, medicines and other products. For the life of me I can not figure out why you would provide an exemption for countries that have consistently shown their disregard for the US consumer.

I couldn’t help note that in Sec. 406 you state:

In any action to enforce the requirements of the food safety law, the connection with interstate commerce required for jurisdiction shall be presumed to exist.

This section says a whole lot in a very few words. Any actions, enforcement, requirements, with regards to an assumed (not presumed) connection to food safety laws; in other words you can just assume interstate commerce is involved and claim jurisdiction. That kind of blows away the “this isn’t going to affect farmers markets, home gardens, etc., doesn’t it? It seems to me if interstate commerce is going to be assumed to exist in any attempts to enforce this new food policing law, anyone who produces, buys, or otherwise touches food from any source is by your definition and planned targeting, already engaged in interstate commerce and by extension and without any evidence needed, guilty.

Question: Would this apply to Monsanto?

Your bill goes on to say that there will be no judicial review allowed, even to determine the validity of the charges that may be levied against an individual.

more – Marti Oakly at OpEdNews and The Proud Political Junkie’s Gazette


Corporate Swine Project Significant Profits for Toxic Flu Vaccines

by megan kargher

Disease is big business and pharmaceutical corporations are cashing in on the destruction of health worldwide. Akin to their sinister forbearers at IG Farben, who were convicted of crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trails, today’s pharmaceutical corporations are now perpetuating genocide on a global scale.

Millions are spent funding candidates from both political parties ensuring that no matter who is in office the laws enacted favor them. Pharmaceutical firms contributed $1,995,384 on the Obama campaign alone. These corporations purchase, sorry, “fund” not only the government officials, but also most of the institutions who are supposed to safeguard the public health, which means all of these institutions have been affectively subverted. In fact the major pharmaceutical firms and their corporate partners in crime fund everything from medical schools to the American Dietetic Association to United Nations sponsored programs like Codex Alimentarius (international agreements controlling production and distribution of food and supplements).

Companies like Monsanto have not only been profiting from the poisoning of the people of the world, (giving us useful products like agent orange and aspartame,) but have been for many years buying and working in partnership with major pharmaceutical firms and therefore also profit on the treatment of the symptoms caused by their poisons. One pharmaceutical company purchased by Monsanto in 1985 was G.D. Searle & Company. Donald Rumsfeld was CEO of G.D. Searle & Company at that time and he played a major role in Monsanto’s acquisition of the company. Searle is now Pfizer.

Many medications and vaccines potentially cause more problems than they solve. This is not a side effect, this is part of how big pharmaceutical companies make their money. There is far more money in keeping patients dependent on expensive drugs than there is in curing them. If a drug causes more illness, (particularly one which seems unrelated,) the new symptoms must then be treated. The more problems a patient suffers from, the more drugs you can sell them. These companies are pushing the deadliest and most addictive substances known to man and they do it legally.

Vaccines are out and outright toxic. Here is just a short list of some of the chemicals and heavy metals commonly found in many vaccines: formaldehyde, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, aluminum sulfate, sorbitol, bensethonium chloride, and phenol. Some vaccines such as GalaxoSmithKline’s Havrix for hepatitis A contain diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue. In addition there are the vaccines which get accidentally, so they claim, contaminated. Oops, was that bird flu we put in there?

New studies are connecting the skyrocketing autism rate with vaccination. Is it any wonder that children are suffering from the effects of as many as 36 toxic shots by the age of five in America, 20 in the UK and 26 in Australia? If vaccines protect your child, how is it possible that of the three countries listed the USA has the most vaccinations and also the highest child mortality rate under five? I personally know a young couple whose beautiful vibrant two year old daughter died due to complications from her vaccination.

The fear of a pandemic alone is enough to generate major profits for the big pharmaceutical companies. A new vaccine or treatment is advertised and governments, hospitals and even common people will stockpile the medication out of fear of infection. Each time the media plays up the new pandemic flu, be it bird or swine, the big pharmaceutical firms laugh all the way to the bank.

Doctors who speak out against dangerous drugs are put on hit lists . Merck had a list of doctors who were to be “neutralized” or “discredited” because they had criticized the painkiller Vivoxx (now withdrawn from the market.) Those Doctors who play ball with the major pharmaceutical corporations and prescribe large enough quantities of a company’s drugs may receive “incentives.”

Alternative healthcare is under attack. Anything which can not be patented and controlled by the big pharmaceutical firms, such as herbal remedies and vitamins, are being legislated out of existence. Codex Alimentarius plays a key part in this assault on nutrients, by reclassifying them as toxins and limiting the amount you can get with or without a prescription. Further legislative impediments to nutrition include the American bill H.R. 875 which seriously threatens organic farming and can only result in more ill health. Such a prohibition on nutrients and quality foods will likely result in a resurgence of easily preventable diseases such as scurvy.

For those with a healthy body, the pharmaceutical pushers industry has a drug for you anyway. Got the blues? Got worries? Medicate them away. Even new mothers are a target. The Mothers Act seeks to assess the mental health of women before they can take their babies home. How many will be told they need to take mood altering pills if they wish to retain custody of their children? (Ron Paul has introduced HR 2218, the Parental Consent Act, to battle mandatory mental health screening and forced medicating of children.) The same sort of mood-altering medications are all too often prescribed to foster children. These are also the same type of drugs which are now frequently being connected with cases of suicide and mass violence, including school shootings.

The actions of the pharmaceutical industry are nothing less than criminal. In 2004 a complaint was submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague accusing the major pharmaceutical companies and many of the key government officials they fund of genocide and other crimes against humanity as well as war crimes. Among the accused are: the CEOs of Pfizer, Merck, GalaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly from pharmaceutical industry and George W. Bush, Tony Blair, John Ashcroft, and of course Donald Rumsfeld from the political arena.

While the western world is kept busy looking for terrorists in their trash bins, the pharmaceutical corporations continue to endanger the health of billions with impunity. Now is the time to act before Codex Alimentarius comes into full effect, before organic food has been legislated out of existence. Boycott toxic vaccines. Support alternative medical practitioners. Take your health and well being out of the hands of profiteers. {source}

GM Food Nightmare Unfolding in the Regulatory Sham

No Need for Condoms – GE Corn Can Do the Job

Food Freedom is under Assault, H.R. 759 Worse than H.R. 875

Exposing disinformation about HR 875 or some disinformation in itself?

The Monsanto Connection


Tripping on Tamiflu

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The Obama administration has released 12.5 million of the nation’s stockpile of 50 million courses of Tamiflu, a drug that has shown itself at least initially to be effective against the flu virus. The Pentagon has readied 7 million courses for military personnel. {more}

I’m not one to tell anyone what to do but my one experience with Tamiflu taught me ‘never again.’ Would I encourage loved ones to take it? Not a chance.

Having long enjoyed a good altered state of consciousness, I learned that tripping on Tamiflu may not be for everyone.

The story is from 1999 when I had what I found out later was pneumonia. I went to a doctor three times, who later had his license taken away for drug addiction . The second time he said “I know what to do.” It was a script for Tamiflu, a newly approved ‘miracle’ drug.

The second night of taking it was the most unusual state of mind I have ever experienced.
Words really can’t describe it. I was in a place where humans can’t function. A realization that we are just a combination of cells held together in the most fragile way imaginable. A sense that we are always on the edge of death in a body that defies explanation. A place where words have little meaning. I actually thought it was my last night on earth and was seeing the never never land between life and death. After several hours, I finally came ‘down.’

I recovered after being sent to an oncologist with the referral doctor’s words that I probably had leukemia. After an x-ray, a correct diagnosis and 7 days of intravenous antibiotics I was fine.

Tamiflu has been linked to convulsions, delirium and bizarre deaths. From what I experienced, I’ll have to err on the side of caution and take my chances without it.

As with all big pharma drugs and the profiteers who push them, it’s let the buyer beware.


Dress Rehearsal

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More on Tamiflu from Natural News

“Alternative” media and sycophant “truthers” run amok with swine flue propaganda

(Al Gore’s) Venture capital firm set to reap rewards on swine flu (along with Donald Rumsfeld)

Government Flu

Surfing the Swine Flu Wave

Swine Flu Psy Op

Shootings in Germany, Alabama Underscore Violent Side Effects of Psychiatric Medications

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Mike Adams addresses the question many of us immediately asked as soon as we heard about these two shootings. Although there’s no proof, yet, that these guys were big pharma drugged, I certainly wouldn’t bet against it. We’ll see if the media covers this angle as more information becomes available.

by: Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) A 17-year-old former student opened fire near Stuttgart, Germany, killing at least 16 people. The teenager was a former student at a Winnenden school, where he initiated the shooting spree. Three teachers and at least 10 students were killed by his actions.

The media is reporting that Tim Kretschmer, “walked calmly into three classrooms and opened fire, without saying a word.” Following the shooting at his school, Tim ran to a psychiatric clinic school and killed an employee there. (Did he have a link to the psychiatric staff members there?)

A day earlier, a man in his mid-30’s opened fire in Alabama, killing ten people before he was shot and killed by law enforcement.

It’s the medication, not the firearms

In seeing the news reports on these events, the ignorant masses quite predictably leaped to the conclusion that “guns are the problem.” Apparently in their minds, these shootings were carried out solely by guns and have nothing whatsoever to do with the people pulling the triggers. But the truth is far more insidious: It is the psychiatric medications that are causing violent shooting sprees in America, Germany and elsewhere.

These dangerous psychiatric medications drastically imbalance brain chemistry, causing teens (and adults) to feel distanced from reality, as if they are walking through a video game. In fact, this was exactly how the Columbine school shooters described their experience of carrying out the infamous shootings in Colorado.

The report that Germany’s shooter, Tim Kretschmer, “walked calmly into three classrooms and opened fire, without saying a word” is a strong indication that he was almost certainly suffering the brain-altering side effects of psychiatric medication.

The pharmaceutical companies, of course, incessantly attempt to deny the reality that their drugs cause school shootings. In fact, their psychiatric drugs actually cause the very same things they often claim to treat! Antidepressants, for example, can cause depression, suicidal thoughts and violent behavior. They also directly promote weight gain, obesity and diabetes, and those health conditions can then lead to more depression, requiring more “treatment” with medication.

It’s all a gigantic scam. These drug companies are just selling patented chemicals for profit while destroying the lives of human beings in the process. In my view, Big Pharma is responsible for the deaths of all those killed by drug-induced shooting sprees. Read the jaw-dropping collection of quotes (below) from authors on this issue to learn even more.

Not surprisingly, the mainstream media remains virtually silent on this issue, not even mentioning any link between psychiatric drugs and school shootings. The media, you see, is largely funded by drug company advertisements.

A film you must see

A truly remarkable documentary film on the history of psychiatric medication is now available through CCHR (the Citizens’ Commission on Human Rights). Watch it here:…

Source: Natural News

Mercenaries, Real War Criminals and A New Big Pharma Profit Scam

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Yes Ellen, the world is insane. Now take your meds and it will all be better.

Blackwater Mercs Charged with Manslaughter while Real War Criminals Go Free

by Mike Adams – Dec. 8, 2008

The first casualty of war, they say, is the truth. The second is usually innocent civilians. And despite the insistence of the Pentagon that military contractors behave in highly ethical ways and never use more force than is necessary to accomplish a military objective, the fact is that Blackwater guards openly shot innocent civilians and even threw a grenade into a girls’ school.

Several Blackwater guards are now being charged with 14 counts of manslaughter and 20 counts of attempted manslaughter. It is the first significant court action that has been initiated against Blackwater mercenaries who conduct war operations on behalf of the U.S. government.

War is complicated. Bullets can’t tell the difference between an innocent civilian and an “enemy combatant,” nor can they be recalled once they leave the barrel of a firearm. That’s why it’s up to the person aiming the firearm to exercise all necessary restraint. But it appears that in this Blackwater case, restraint was insufficient. It seemed more like a massacre than an act of self defense, especially given that most of the people killed weren’t even carrying weapons.

But why has this case come to court now? The U.S., after all, has been engaged in blatant war crimes for years: Waterboarding, abuse of prisoners, the use of depleted uranium against civilian targets and many other war crimes.

As the Blackwater company explains, the timing of this is suspicious. They say it’s all about appeasing the Iraqi people and that these Blackwater contractors have been singled out for prosecution.

They’re probably right. The reckless killing of innocent Iraqi civilians is probably widespread throughout the Blackwater company culture. It is, after all, a guns-for-hire corporation. These are mercenaries who are paid to do the kind of jobs too dirty for the U.S. government to tackle on its own. If something goes wrong, you can always blame Blackwater, right?

One of the Blackwater guards involved in the shooting, by the way, has agreed to plead guilty and testify against the others. The Blackwater company expressed astonishment at this, since it believes there’s nothing to plead guilty to! In fact, it is now accusing the guard of lying to government prosecutors. Here’s what Blackwater had to say:

” Blackwater is extremely disappointed and surprised to learn that an individual independent contractor has said he committed wrongdoing related to his activities on September 16, 2007. If true, at the time of the incident and in the months that followed, this individual gave false information to the company to conceal that behavior. Both the conduct itself and misleading Blackwater after the fact would violate the high standards of conduct required of each Blackwater independent contractor.”

What does all this have to do with health and freedom? War is a violation of human rights, and nations that start wars for political or commercial purposes are themselves guilty of war crimes. The real criminals in Iraq are the politicians who started the war.

I believe prosecution efforts should focus on the suit-wearing criminals at the top of this war effort, not the street-level soldiers who are pressed into highly complex, difficult situations where shooting the wrong person at the wrong time lands you in prison.

I’m not defending the Blackwater contractors, but I am saying these prosecutions are misguided. The REAL war criminals are sitting in Washington, folks! Arrest them, bring home the troops, and we’ll all be safer. If these Blackwater troops are criminals for killing a few dozen people, then what does that make the Washington politicians who authorized this war effort that has killed tens of thousands?

The Blackwater prosecution is nothing more than a clever distraction. The real criminals are still sitting in Washington D.C.

Click to read:
Blackwater Mercs Charged with Manslaughter while Real War Criminals Go Free

From A sixth guard involved in the attack cut a plea deal with prosecutors, turned on his former colleagues, and admitting killing at least one Iraqi in the 2007 shooting in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square. Seventeen Iraqis were killed in the assault, which roiled U.S. diplomacy with Iraq and fueled anti-American sentiment abroad…. more



Psychiatric Medications Should be Prescribed to Healthy People, Declares Medical Journal

by Mike Adams – Dec. 8, 2008 Pharma’s new profit agenda calls for the pushing of patented medications onto healthy people. Treating sick people isn’t profitable enough, you see, so they have to find ways to convince healthy people they need more medication (hence the recent statin drug quackery that demanded statin drugs for healthy people).

Today, the medical journal Nature decided to turn tricks for its Big Pharma pimp by publishing one of the most outrageous pieces of pro-Pharma fluffery you’ll ever find in print. It gathered seven scientists — two of them admittedly on Big Pharma’s payroll — to say that doctors should be able to prescribe psychotropic drugs (like the ADHD drugs being given to children today) to healthy people in order to “improve brain function.”

Yes, you read this right: The very same psychiatric drugs now linked to violent behavior, suicides and school shootings should now be openly prescribed to everyone, even people who have never been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder!

I mean, why not? The whole process of inventing fictitious “disorders” in order to prescribe drugs to children was just a runaround anyway. Now, the medical industry is hoping to just do away with the formality of declaring a disease and simply announce that healthy people should all be drugged, too!

(What’s next: Will they suggest that amphetamines should be dripped into the water supply, too?)

And what about the War on Drugs, the “drug-free” school zones and the idea that maybe the entire U.S. population should NOT be hopped up on amphetamines? These Nature writers see no problem with healthy adults routinely using mind-altering drugs as a normal part of life. Doping up the population with mind-altering drugs is no more objectionable than “eating right or getting a good night’s sleep,” they say.

If I hadn’t read this in the Associated Press, I would have thought this was all a hoax. Is the journal Nature really suggesting that the U.S. become a nation of druggies? That adults seek out medical intervention to control their brain chemistry even when there’s nothing wrong with them? Is popping pills now being equated with eating right?

Are Big Pharma’s chemicals now considered nutrients?

More drugs needed for medical journal writers

I can tell you this much: Somebody definitely needs some medication, but it’s not the healthy people in this country: It’s the sick, demented writers for Nature who are now fronting a highly unethical and extremely dangerous agenda that seeks to drug the entire population with high-profit medications, regardless of any medical justification.

In other words, the whole idea of “evidence-based medicine” and “the gold standard of scientific inquiry” has just been thrown out the window. “Screw the science; we gotta sell more drugs!” And what better way to sell more drugs to people who don’t need them than to get a prominent medical journal to front the agenda?

That this would come from a journal entitled Nature is doubly insulting to the intelligence of any informed reader. Where is the “nature” in this drug-pushing agenda that insists the human body is somehow born deficient in pharmaceuticals and must be “enhanced” with synthetic chemicals to be able to function in society? That’s not natural; it’s freakish. Perhaps the journal Nature should change its name to De-Natured.

What about the war on drugs?

But let’s suppose for a moment that we agree with these scientists. Yes, the human brain should be enhanced with chemicals, let’s say, and even healthy people should regularly consume concentrated chemical substances in order to evoke altered states of cognitive function.

Well gee, if that’s what these people really want, all they gotta do is head downtown and buy some crack, meth, heroin, ice, crank, weed, smack, ecstasy or other recreational drugs and smoke those. (I suspect they were actually smoking some of these when they wrote the article, by the way, which at least means they believe what they’re writing…)

That’s what they’re promoting, isn’t it? Altered brain states with the help of refined chemicals… sounds like the 1960’s is coming back with a vengeance.

But no, what they want is for you to buy THEIR mind-altering drugs, not the mind-altering drugs on the street. Those drugs are bad for you. Bad dog! THEIR drugs are good for you! Good dog. Here’s a bone (and a prescription).

Comedian Chris Rock explained this hypocrisy better than anyone else in a famous standup routine called “The Pills I need.” Watch it here (profanity warning):

And consider this: U.S. prisons are full of people who got arrested for doing the very same thing this medical journal is now recommending: Seeking “enhanced” mental states by consuming mind-altering substances! If these Nature writers support the widespread prescribing of mind-altering chemicals for healthy adults who suffer from no medical condition at all, then it logically follows that they must also support the freeing of all the people who have been locked up for getting high. You can’t be pro-drug with Big Pharma’s drugs and anti-drug with street drugs if they’re virtually the same drugs.

Am I really equating Big Pharma’s drugs with street drugs? Well of course I am: They’re often the same chemicals! Many ADHD drugs are DEA-controlled amphetamines, for example. Selling these drugs on the street is a felony, but prescribing them to children is “treatment.”

In the early 1900’s, the Bayer company actually developed and marketed Bayer Heroin for Kids. It was marketed as a cough medicine. Guess what? Heroin stops you from coughing. (You’re so high that you forget to cough.) They also said it was non-addictive. Just like cigarettes.

The American Medical Association, by the way, endorsed both Bayer Heroin for kids AND cigarettes. Nice track record, dweebs!

And now the journal Nature is calling for yet wider prescribing of medications that are Class-A drugs. What are Class-A drugs? They include cocaine, crack, heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms, crystal meth and ecstasy. Many of the mind-altering psychiatric drugs given to children right now are Class-A and Class-B drugs.

So now these medical researchers want to unleash Class-A drugs onto the entire population? It appears so. They are pushing for the decriminalization of psychotropic drugs for students, for example.

Well gee, then does this mean they also support the legalization of performance-enhancing steroids? After all, professional athletes use steroids (which are also prescription drugs) to enhance their own performance in exactly the same way being recommended by these Nature authors. Why should brain-enhancing chemicals be legalized if muscle-enhancing chemicals remain illegal?

Once again, the answer is obvious: It’s all about monopolizing the profits on drugs. Big Pharma wants you to buy THEIR drugs, and the only difference between a legal drug vs. an illegal drug is who profits from it. Everything that makes money for Big Pharma will be legal. Everything that competes with pharma profits will be outlawed. Even when they’re all the same chemicals!

That’s modern medical science for ya. The science has been utterly abandoned, leaving nothing but profits and contradiction. This industry is driven entirely by what’s profitable for Big Pharma, not what’s good for the People.

Drugs make people stupid, not smart

Think about where this is going, folks: People are already taking drugs just to sleep, stay awake, poop, pee or get an erection. Is there ANY human experience that the drug companies don’t think needs chemical augmentation?

And is life really made better by all these drugs? As a natural health public speaker, I’ve met lots of people, and I can tell you that the people on all the drugs are far worse off than the people who take no such drugs. Medications don’t make you healthy. They don’t make you happy. They don’t prevent disease and they don’t enhance your brain. Instead, they destroy your health and destroy your cognitive function. They create imbalance throughout the body and the brain, which is why people who take mind-altering drugs for a long period of time end up more psychotic and violent than when they started.

By pushing mind-altering drugs onto the population, the journal Nature is promoting a highly unethical, medically unjustified mass-drugging agenda that will only push mainstream America into accelerated drug addiction.

That’s no coincidence, of course. Mainstream medicine wants the people to be addicted to its drugs. Every crack dealer already knows why: It’s good for repeat business! (How do you think Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Folgers coffee made their fortunes? Caffeine addiction sells product…)

Read the Nature article yourself here:…

In the link above, you’ll also find the email contacts of the seven authors who wrote the article for Nature. You might try emailing them and asking if they’re still high from all the crack they smoked when writing the article.

The War on Drugs

By the way, on a personal note, I think the War on Drugs is idiotic, and I believe the prisons are filled with many of the wrong people. They should set free all the pot smokers who got arrested for getting high and, instead, arrest and imprison the psychiatric doctors, FDA decision makers and Big Pharma CEOs who keep pushing their far more dangerous psychiatric drugs onto children and adults.

The whole justice system in this country is racist to begin with. A black teenager with two ounces of pot goes to prison for five years while a white psychiatrist who puts a thousand white boys on amphetamine drugs receives a $500,000 award from Big Pharma and does no prison time at all.

Let’s face it: Psychiatrists are Big Pharma’s white-collar street-corner drug pushers. And drug abuse is ALWAYS tolerated (encouraged, in fact) when it makes money for drug companies.

You can comment on this article using the comment posting field below. You may not agree with my view on this (which is fine), but keep your comments thoughtful, please. For the record, I do not take any psychoactive drugs whatsoever, and have never taken any such substances in my entire life. (No, I don’t even drink alcohol or caffeine. I’ve never smoked a joint, snorted a line of coke or taken antidepressants. The only drugs in my body are the ones my brain makes on its own. And those are pretty damn good sometimes!)


Government Mandates HPV Vaccine For New US Residents

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 by: Sherry Baker Despite growing reports of serious and even fatal reactions to the human papillomavirus ( HPV) vaccine, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that people from other countries who want to become legal permanent residents of the US are required to have the HPV vaccination to protect against cervical cancer.

The new rule, outlined in the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) revised Technical Instructions to Civil Surgeons for Vaccination Requirements , stipulates “age-appropriate” groups, which means girls and young adult women , have to show proof of the vaccinations or they will not be granted legal permanent resident status in the U.S.

This marks another enormous marketing success for the drug giant Merck & Co., maker of the HPV vaccine,Gardasil . Merck has lobbied for virtual universal vaccination of females with the vaccine. Gadisil is currently licensed in for use in girls and women ages 9 to 26 and many health and school officials are pushing to make the vaccine mandatory for all girls by the age of 11 or 12. Some doctors are also offering Gardisil “off label” to women in their 20s to “catch-up” on their vaccinations. Merck, whose profits from the vaccine are expected to be in the billions , also wants to market it to women ages 27 to 45. So far the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has denied that request .

The rationale for the current push in this country as well as in Europe to immunize against the HPV virus is the claim it protects women from developing HPV-caused genital warts and , most importantly, cervical cancer ( and other even more rare malignancies of the female reproductive tract).However, a look at the statistics — and risks associated with taking the vaccine – raise some common sense questions about both the safety and efficacy of Gardisil.

For example, American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008, 11,070 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer in this country. With early detection, cervical cancer is highly treatable and curable. But the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, has only been on the market since 2006 and has already been responsible for thousands of documented severe side effects, including numerous deaths.

Judicial Watch, a public interest group, says the most recent reports show the vaccine has caused 21 deaths and 9,749 adverse reactions, including 78 outbreaks of the genital warts it is supposed to protect against, as well as 10 miscarriages.

And this may be the tip of the serious side effect iceberg when it comes to Gardasil: A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes only about 10% of actual side effects end up being reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

There is mounting evidence Gardasil isn’t even particularly effective. The European Union, which, like the US government, is actively pushing for massive Gardisil vaccinations ,admits on its consumer health web site that “HPV vaccination is not a replacement for routine cervical screening.. no vaccine is 100% effective and HPV vaccines will not provide protection against non-vaccine HPV types, or against existing HPV infections..”

HPV is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and close to 90 percent of all people who have sex get HPV at some point in their lives. The more sexual partners you have, the more likely you will contract a form of the infection.Six million Americans are infected with HPV every year but only a tiny percentage actually develop serious problems.

There are numerous strains of HPV yet only a few are linked to cancer. What’s more, only about 10 percent of women who do contract the high-risk types of HPV on their cervix will develop long-lasting HPV infections that put them at risk for cervical cancer, according to the CDC’s own web site.
The site also states: “Most infections with high-risk HPV types do not lead to cancer. The immune system can often remove the virus before it causes problems. ..In most cases, the body fights off HPV naturally and the infected cells then go back to normal.” The CDC experts also point out that people with HPV caused warts can use patient-applied creams to treat them – or just wait until they go away on their own.

Bottom line: A non-promiscuous lifestyle and a healthy immune system offer the best ways to guard against HPV and HPV-caused cancer.

Unfortunately, the new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ruling demanding HPV vaccinations of new permanent legal permanent residents of this country is another worrisome step toward government mandated vaccinations that reduce individual health choice and freedom.



Pot Versus the ‘Superbug’

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by Paul Armentano to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, colloquially known as MRSA or “the superbug,” is now responsible for more annual US deaths than AIDS. Yet despite this sobering statistic, it’s unlikely that either JAMA or anyone in the mainstream US media will report on the findings of a forthcoming Italian study – you didn’t actually think I was going to say that this took place in America did you? – demonstrating that compounds in cannabis possess “exceptional antibacterial activity” against multi-drug resistant pathogens, including MRSA.

“Although the use of cannabinoids as systemic antibacterial agents awaits rigorous clinical trials, … their topical application to reduce skin colonization by MRSA seems promising,” the study’s authors write. “Cannabis sativa … represents an interesting source of antibacterial agents to address the problem of multidrug resistance in MRSA and other pathogenic bacteria.”

(You can read the full text ahead of publication here.)

Ironically, the study notes that preparations from cannabis were “investigated extensively in the 1950s as highly active topical antiseptic agents.” Predictably – in yet another “victory” for prohibition – authors declare that little, if any, research into this potential clinical application has taken place since.

Several years ago, when I first began writing the booklet Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids, I mused about what sort of advancements in the treatment of disease may have been achieved over the past 70+ years had U.S. government chosen to advance – rather than stifle – clinical research into the therapeutic effects of cannabis.

Now, more than ever, this is a question that our elected officials must be forced to answer.

September 2, 2008

Paul Armentano [send him mail] is the senior policy analyst for NORML and the NORML Foundation in Washington, DC. He is the author of “Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids: A Review of the Scientific Literature” (2007, NORML Foundation).

Copyright © 2008 Paul Armentano

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Plan To Make Big Pharma King For The Next Century

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by Dave

This is a whimsical, cynical mental diversion. It consists of a diabolical but purely fictional “plan” presented before a purely fictional audience of pharmaceutical industry representatives a couple of decades ago. This “plan” was formulated from my observations about the current state of affairs pertaining to the use of pharmaceuticals. While I am a lover of conspiracy theories, this is not a conspiracy theory; it’s merely intended to be wry and thought provoking.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m very pleased to be here today. I won’t attempt to start my presentation with a joke because I always seem to forget the punchline!


Instead of a joke, I would like to present to you what I believe is a road map for our industry for the next century that will make us all fabulously wealthy!


What is our business? It’s selling drugs. We don’t make any more money if our drugs “cure” an RB! For you newbies in the audience, “RB” doesn’t stand for “rube,” although that wouldn’t be inappropriate. It stands for “revenue body,” or what we oldtimers used to refer to as “patients.”


We only make money if we can keep on selling drugs to an RB. The more drugs we can sell an RB, the better. In fact, if one drug makes the RB sick and another drug can be sold to treat the symptoms of the first, then so much the better!


Now, I won’t lie to you. We face an uphill struggle to implement this plan. Americans generally like to think of themselves as strong and independent, and thus they’ve traditionally shunned taking medications for any length of time. We’ve got to change the public perception of medications from one of treating disease to one of enhancing health. Our advertising guys can probably take care of that. In fact, they’re already working on a campaign to convince the public that taking aspirin on a regular basis enhances health by reducing the likelihood of heart attacks. But aspirin is just a test case. It’s small potatoes compared to the drugs we’d like to sell. For those RBs who are resistant to advertising, it would help to enlist the aid of government to force certain kinds of medications, such as vaccines, onto the public, as well as to neutralize competing medications, food supplements and healthful foods.

[Murmuring agreement]

In today’s competitive business climate it’s not good enough to simply wait around for an RB to get sick. So this plan contains proactive measures to help create new RBs to consume our product. One way, a bit heavy-handed but effective, is to induce illness in the public. Horrifying as it sounds, there are plenty of sanitary ways of inducing illness that are several steps removed from our industry, affording us plausible deniability. Another way to manufacture RBs is by convincing people, through advertising, that ordinary phenomena are cause for alarm and are best treated by our medications. And let me stress this point: Under no circumstances should we ever allow RBs to recognize that their ailments are lifestyle-related and correctable by making changes to their lifestyle! Empowering the RBs like that is suicidal for our business. We must present our industry as the sole remedy for all of life’s aches and pains and discomforts. Our goal should be to get every American woman, man, child and infant to consume at least one pill daily!

[Hearty applause]

So without further ado, let’s get to the slides.

Enlisting Government

Enlisting Government

Currently, direct advertising of our product on television and in other media is not permitted. Our lobbyists are working now to get the law changed to permit direct advertising. Once this is accomplished we will be able to enlist the RBs themselves in our marketing efforts!

We must eliminate all competing products, including dietary supplements, vitamins, herbs and illegal drugs. The plan here is to first crack down on fringe supplements, then move on to vitamins and eventually even home-grown herbs. We must also ensure continued maintenance of existing prohibitions on illegal drugs, particularly marijuana, which unfortunately seems to have numerous medicinal benefits. Marijuana is our number one adversary.

Since we obviously want to build automatic price increases into our product …


… we certainly want to get the government into the business of buying our product! I believe that with the right legislative persuasion we can get Medicare to start paying for drugs for RBs. Once that happens it will open the door to automatic 100% annual increases in our product prices.


Now, government can really give us a hand in the proactive area too. Once we’ve gotten dietary supplements off the market, food nutrition itself is the natural next target. If we can reduce the nutritional quality of food, people can eat as much of the stuff as they want and it won’t result in any improvement to their health. They’ll have no choice but to come to us for health maintenance drugs.

Some researchers are reporting promising results in the area of radiation. They’ve discovered that irradiating food destroys its nutritional value, especially in raw produce. The RBs might as well eat cake!

[Applause and laughter]

Of course, the public is uneasy about radiation, but it’s nothing that can’t be overcome with a few highly publicized food-borne disease outbreaks. After that the public will clamor for irradiation!

We are in the process of researching ways to accelerate dependence of RBs on our product. One of the most expedient approaches is to simply spray toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. But this is a costly approach, which is why government involvement is a must. We figure that we can spray these chemicals into the atmosphere and the RBs will assume that they are ordinary jet exhaust trails, that is, if they even bother to pay attention to the skies. This technique is ideal for creating all manner of respiratory problems requiring chronic treatment regimens using our products!


There is a huge and untapped captive market for our vaccine producing members: schoolchildren. Not enough parents are getting their children vaccinated, so if we can get the government to mandate – or at least strongly “suggest” – vaccinations for schoolchildren, we can significantly increase the size of our market overnight. Once we establish a precedent for forced vaccinations, there’s no limit to the number of vaccines we can sell. As I speak before you, scientists in our industry are working on a vaccine for HPV that they hope can be administered to girls as young as ten years old, and that’s just a hint of the bright future that awaits us!

[Hearty applause]

We need the government to pass laws enforcing intellectual property rights. We can’t have low cost producers in other countries mimicking our drugs. If necessary, we can lower our prices to what the market will bear in each country, but we cannot have them making their own copies of our drugs. Intellectual property rights is equally important to our friends in the genetically modified foods industry as well, and I will discuss their cooperation with us a little later in the presentation.

Finally, we need to press for new laws to protect us from product liability lawsuits. This agenda is even more important as we embark on this aggressive development and marketing program.



It goes without saying that once the government legalizes direct advertising we will need to substantially boost our advertising budgets. I’m talking about a saturated campaign, in print media, on television and radio. I’d like to see every RB exposed to at least ten pharmaceutical ads a day!


Through effective advertising, we can recruit the RBs themselves as unwitting representatives! We’ll make sure the doctors are so overburdened and properly motivated that they’ll simply prescribe whatever the RB asks for. Once that happens, our advertising team will do the rest.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this presentation. a big problem for us is the disease stigma associated with medications. We need to change that image and make it OK for RBs to be taking medications daily, even multiple medications. We need to make consumption of medications look like fun, and even be seen as sexy. We need to cast medications in the light of enhancing health rather than treating disease, so our advertisements must show RBs engaged in active, fun activities and always smiling, while making it clear that our product is responsible for their vitality. Think of the old cigarette advertisements as a model. We can also indulge in a little stealth advertising, perhaps by getting late night comedians to tell jokes about our products and their side effects. The jokes may be on us, but we’ll be the ones laughing all the way to the bank!

[Applause and laughter]

I always say America is the most innovative country on earth. Let’s apply that innovation to our industry. If a malady doesn’t exist for a drug we have to sell, let’s invent one!


The other day my wife was telling me about her friend who was having trouble sleeping because her legs moved around a lot during the night. My wife’s story inspired an epiphany: Why not create a disease – call it “restless leg syndrome” – and then sell a drug to treat it? That’s the kind of innovation we ought to be exploring in our industry. In case you think I’m joking, I took my idea to our R&D department and they think it has promise!


Now, there are a lot of obstinate Americans who won’t go along with our program. Unfortunately, they might set an unwelcome example for others to follow. So to nip that sort of thing in the bud it’s important for our advertising campaign to paint such people as Luddites at best and guilty of dangerous negligence at worst. For example, some high-profile legal cases involving parents who refuse to vaccinate their children would go a long way toward demonizing such people and cement our product in the category of conventional wisdom.

Finally, although we are campaigning to avoid having to list side effects of our medications in advertisements, there’s a good chance we will have to do so. By all means, people, don’t make the mistake of listing the side effects in a sober, frightening way! List them quickly and in a cheery voice! Heck, make the side effects sound like fun too!


Enlisting Doctors and the Medical Industry

Enlisting Doctors and the Medical Industry

I cannot overemphasize the value of giving free samples of our product to doctors. It’s the second part of an effective two-pronged marketing strategy, the other part being direct advertising to the RBs.

Of course, ingratiating ourselves to the doctors is also a good way to get them to “push” our product. Spare no expense wining and dining doctors, paying for their travel to medical “conferences” and giving them gifts. Just remember to put your company name and phone number on the damned gifts!


We should cultivate contacts within medical schools and medical journals to emphasize drugs over other approaches to health maintenance, especially lifestyle changes!

We should encourage a greater and greater dissemination of information, especially contradictory information. The idea would be to so overload the doctors and RBs with confusing information that they will have no choice but to take our word for it that our drugs are effective.

We should work with the health insurance companies to emphasize drugs over other treatments and tie this in with government participation in paying for drugs. If we present our proposal properly, we can appeal to the health insurance companies’ natural predisposition to share in the profits. By diverting health care dollars from doctors to drugs we can also increase the workload on doctors, making them even less likely to resist our marketing appeals.

Controlling Studies

Controlling Studies

In order to maintain our product image, we must control studies of our product’s safety and efficacy. There are a few simple rules in this regard.

First, if a study reveals too many samples that don’t show any sort of benefit from our medications, simply omit them and retain the samples that do show benefit.

Second, if a study just plain makes the product look bad, by all means terminate it! Find an excuse, any excuse, to terminate the study prematurely and figure out another way to present our product in a more positive light, perhaps even rebranding it to treat an entirely different disease.

Third, if independent studies are critical of our product or show negligible benefits from it, hire a sympathetic expert to refute that study. If nothing else, confusion about the product’s efficacy improves the effectiveness of our marketing efforts!


Enlisting Chemical Industry

Enlisting Chemical Industry

As with irradiation, genetic modification promises to significantly decrease the nutritional value of food, while simultaneously inducing disease in the RBs. Our friends in the chemical industry have really taken up the reins of research in this area. Thank you Sanmonto!


Other areas of research hold promise for inducing disease as well, especially artificial sweeteners and artificial fats. The beauty of these chemicals is that they will sell themselves. Americans are so desperate to shed pounds they will eat anything that promises to accomplish that without any effort!


We should definitely encourage the use of more plastics for food and beverage packaging. There’s growing evidence that plastics can be a ally for us, silently contributing to the ill-health of the RBs.

Non-stick coatings on cookware also hold promise as a vector for introducing toxic chemicals into the RBs. We’re working with chemical industry representatives to identify more types of cookware that could be coated with these materials.

Finally, we must work with the chemical industry and governments to get fluoride added to all municipal water systems. If nothing else, studies show that fluoride is helpful in producing a docile population, making the RBs more receptive to our future marketing campaigns.

Closing Comments

I apologize for the length of my presentation, but as you may have gathered from it there are many opportunities for future growth for our industry. By leveraging off other industries, advertising and government, there’s almost no limit to our future growth potential. That means money, money, money my friends! Thank you, and good day.

[Wild applause and standing ovation]