Owners of Company That Makes Oxycontin Boasted the Drug Would Create a “Prescription Blizzard”
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sued Purdue Pharma, its executives, and members of the Sackler family who own the company. They are accused of deceiving patients and doctors about the the risk of addiction to their opioid drugs and for pressuring doctors to keep their patients on the drugs indefinitely. The complaint alleges that Richard Sackler disregarded the health and lives of patients in favor of profits, especially if Oxycontin could be marketed as a “non-narcotic”. Richard bragged that “the launch of OxyContin tablets will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition. The prescription blizzard will be so deep, dense and white…” When deaths from overdosing on OxyContin could no longer to be ignored, Sackler devised a corporate strategy to blame the victims for misusing their unethical products. Purdue even announced that physical dependence on opioids is not dangerous and, instead, improves quality of life. Doctors were told that signs of addiction were ‘pseudoaddiction’ and should be treated by prescribing more of the drug. -GEG
A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday.
The details were made public in a case brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Purdue Pharma, its executives and members of the Sackler family of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids and pushing prescribers to keep patients on the drug longer. The documents provide information about former Purdue Pharma President Richard Sackler’s role in overseeing sales of OxyContin that hasn’t been public before.
[…]According to the filing, Richard Sackler, then senior vice president responsible for sales, told the audience at the launch party to imagine a series of natural disasters: an earthquake, volcanic eruption, hurricane and blizzard.
“The launch of OxyContin Tablets will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition. The prescription blizzard will be so deep, dense, and white,” he said, according to the documents.
“Over the next twenty years, the Sacklers made Richard’s boast come true,” lawyers in the attorney general’s office wrote. “They created a manmade disaster. Their blizzard of dangerous prescriptions buried children and parents and grandparents across Massachusetts, and the burials continue,” they wrote.
At $3.5-Trillion Per Year: America’s Health-Care System Is One of the World’s Largest Financial Enterprises
The US health-care system costs $3.5-trillion annually. Of this, at least $300-billion is spent on marketing its services and products. To influence doctors to prescribe more drugs, tests, and out-sourced procedures, drug companies shower them with fine food, drinks, speaking fees, and travel expenses to attend conferences. Ironically, prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Medical debt is the number one reason that Americans declare bankruptcy. The median charge for a visit to the emergency room nationally is over $1,000 per visit, and a single asprin tablet might be billed at $30. [Does anyone else notice the smell of corruption in this? Isn’t it obvious that the system must eventually self destruct and pull down the nation with it? Does anyone even care?] -GEG
If the U.S. health care system was a country, it would have the fifth largest GDP on the entire planet. At this point, only the United States, China, Japan and Germany have a GDP that is larger than the 3.5 trillion dollar U.S. health care market. If that sounds obscene to you, that is because it is obscene. We should want people to be attracted to the health care industry because they truly want to help people that are suffering, but instead, the primary reason why people are drawn to the health care industry these days is because of the giant mountains of money that are being made. Like so many other things in our society, the health care industry is all about the pursuit of the almighty dollar, and that is just wrong.
In order to keep this giant money machine rolling, the health care industry has to do an enormous amount of marketing. If you can believe it, a study that was just published found that at least 30 billion dollars a year is spent on such marketing.
Hoping to earn its share of the $3.5 trillion health care market, the medical industry is pouring more money than ever into advertising its products — from high-priced prescriptions to do-it-yourself genetic tests and unapproved stem cell treatments.
Spending on health care marketing nearly doubled from 1997 to 2016, soaring to at least $30 billion a year, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.
This marketing takes many different forms, but perhaps the most obnoxious are the television ads that are endlessly hawking various pharmaceutical drugs. If you watch much television, you certainly can’t miss them. They always show vibrant, smiling, healthy people participating in various outdoor activities on bright, sunny days, and the inference is that if you want to be like those people you should take their drugs. And the phrase “ask your doctor” is usually near the end of every ad…
The biggest increase in medical marketing over the past 20 years was in “direct-to-consumer” advertising, including the TV commercials that exhort viewers to “ask your doctor” about a particular drug. Spending on such ads jumped from $2.1 billion in 1997 to nearly $10 billion in 2016, according to the study.
As a result of all those ads, millions of Americans rush out to their doctors to ask about drugs that they do not need for diseases that they do not have.
But everyone will just keep taking those drugs because that is what the doctors are telling them to do. But what most people never find out is that the pharmaceutical industry goes to great lengths to get those doctors to do what they want. According to NBC News, the big drug companies are constantly “showering them with free food, drinks and speaking fees, as well as paying for them to travel to conferences”.
It is a legal form of bribery, and it works.
When you go to most doctors, they will only have two solutions to whatever problem you have – drugs or surgery.
And since nobody really likes to get cut open, and since drugs are usually the far less expensive choice, they are usually the preferred option.
Of course, if doctors get off the path and start trying to get cute by proposing alternative solutions, they can get in big trouble really fast…
Today’s medical doctors are not allowed to give nutritional advice, or the American Medical Associationwill come shut them down, and even if they were, they don’t know the right things to say, because they weren’t educated that way in medical college. So instead, M.D.s just sling experimental, addictive drugs at symptoms of deeper rooted sicknesses, along with immune-system-destroying antibiotics and carcinogenic vaccines.
That’s why any medicine that wrecks your health is easy to come by, just like junk food in vending machines. The money isn’t made off the “vending” products, the money is made off the sick fools who are repeat offenders and keep going back to the well for more poison – it’s called chronic sick care or symptom management. Fact: Prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death in America, even when “taken as directed.”
The American Psychological Association Says That Traditional Masculinity Is Harmful
The American Psychological Association now proclaims that masculinity is harmful. It says that masculine traits are determined by society, not biology, and should be changed. They claim that masculine boys display disruptive behavior, such as homophobia, bullying, and sexual harassment – and that this must be replaced by non competitiveness and passivity. -GEG
Government Expert Witness Confirms that Vaccines Can Cause Autism!!
Sharyl Attkisson reveals in her program, Full Measure, that a scientist was silenced by the government after reporting that vaccines can cause autism. Dr. Andrew Zimmerman was the government’s top witness in a federal vaccine court case in 2007, and he testified that vaccines did not cause autism. Now, he says that, during those hearings involving more than 5,000 vaccine-autism claims, he privately told government lawyers that vaccines did cause autism in some children. He says the Department of Justice immediately had him expelled from the hearings and then used a misrepresentation of his views to debunk claims against vaccines. In 2018, Robert F. Kennedy, Junior, convinced Dr. Zimmerman to document his claim of government deception, which he did. Kennedy says that Congress is not interested in rectifying the problem, because most congressmen are on the payroll of the pharmaceutical industry. -GEG
A medical expert working for the government found a causal link between vaccines and autism, but federal lawmakers influenced by the powerful pharmaceutical lobby helped bury that info.
In an episode of award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson’s program Full Measure, she breaks down how a scientist relied on by the government to debunk vaccine-autism claims was silenced after reporting there was indeed a link between the neurological disease and vaccines.
Watch the bombshell episode complete with transcript below (emphasis ours):
Today we investigate one of the biggest medical controversies of our time: vaccines. There’s little dispute about this much– vaccines save many lives, and rarely, they injure or kill. A special federal vaccine court has paid out billions for injuries from brain damage to death. But not for the form of brain injury we call autism. Now—we have remarkable new information: a respected pro-vaccine medical expert used by the federal government to debunk the vaccine-autism link, says vaccines can cause autism after all. He claims he told that to government officials long ago, but they kept it secret.
Yates Hazlehurst was born February 11, 2000. Everything was normal, according to his medical records, until he suffered a severe reaction to vaccinations. Rolf Hazlehurst is Yates’ dad.
Rolf Hazlehurst: And at first, I didn’t believe it. I did not think that, I did not believe that vaccines could cause autism. I didn’t believe it.
But there’s a hard reality for Yates. The trademark brain disease, pain and inability to communicate that’s common with severe autism.
In 2007, Yates’ father sued over his son’s injuries in the little known Federal Vaccine court. It was one of more than 5000 vaccine autism claims.
Congress created vaccine court in 1988, in consultation with the pharmaceutical industry. In the special court, vaccine makers don’t defend their products—the federal government does it for them, using lawyers from the Justice Department. Money for victims comes from us, not the pharmaceutical industry, through patient fees added onto every vaccine given.
Denise Vowell: Our hearings are all closed to the public. And that’s statutory.
In 2007, Yates’ case and nearly all the other vaccine autism claims lost. The decision was based largely on the expert opinion of this man, Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, a world-renowned pediatric neurologist shown here at a lecture.
Dr. Zimmerman was the government’s top expert witness and had testified that vaccines didn’t cause autism. The debate was declared over.
But now Dr. Zimmerman has provided remarkable new information. He claims that during the vaccine hearings all those years ago, he privately told government lawyers that vaccines can, and did cause autism in some children. That turnabout from the government’s own chief medical expert stood to change everything about the vaccine-autism debate. If the public were to find out.
Hazlehurst: And he has come forward and explained how he told the United States government vaccines can cause autism in a certain subset of children and United States government, the Department of Justice suppressed his true opinions.
Hazlehurst discovered that later when Dr. Zimmerman evaluated Yates as a teenager. That’s when he partnered with vaccine safety advocate Robert F. Kennedy, Junior—who has a voice condition.
Kennedy: This was one of the most consequential frauds, arguably in human history.
Kennedy was instrumental in convincing Dr. Zimmerman to document his remarkable claim of the government covering up his true expert opinion on vaccines and autism.
Dr. Zimmerman declined our interview request and referred us to his sworn affidavit. It says: On June 15, 2007, he took aside the Department of Justice—or DOJ lawyers he worked for defending vaccines in vaccine court. He told them that he’d discovered “exceptions in which vaccinations could cause autism.” “I explained that in a subset of children, vaccine induced fever and immune stimulation did cause regressive brain disease with features of autism spectrum disorder.”
Kennedy: This panicked the two DOJ attorneys and they immediately fired Zimmerman. That was on a Friday and over the weekend they called Zimmerman and said his services would no longer be needed. They wanted to silence him.
Days after the Department of Justice lawyers fired Dr. Zimmerman as their expert witness, he alleges, they went on to misrepresent his opinion to continue to debunk autism claims. Records show that on June 18, 2007, a DOJ attorney Dr. Zimmerman spoke to told vaccine court, “We know [Dr. Zimmerman’s] views on the issue…There is no scientific basis for a connection” between vaccines and autism. Dr. Zimmerman now calls that “highly misleading.”
The former DOJ lawyer didn’t return our calls and emails. Kennedy has filed a fraud complaint with the Justice Department Inspector General, who told us they don’t “comment on investigations or potential investigations.”
Meantime, CDC—which promotes vaccines and monitors vaccine safety– never disclosed that the government’s own one-time medical expert concluded vaccines can cause autism – and to this day public health officials deny that’s the case.
Dr. Anne Schuchat: “Based on dozens of studies and everything I know as a physician and a scientist, there’s no link between autism and vaccines.”
CDC declined our interview request. In addition to filing a fraud complaint, Kennedy has delivered Dr. Zimmerman’s affidavit to leaders on Capitol Hill. But there he claims, is another key part of this story: roadblocks set up by the pharmaceutical industry—or PhRMA.
Kennedy: But everybody takes money from PhRMA so they’ve all been corrupted. And it’s almost impossible to get anything done on Capitol Hill.
Kennedy, a Democrat, isn’t the only one claiming vaccine industry money rules the day. We spoke to 11 current and former members of Congress and staff who claim they faced pressure, bullying or threats when they raised vaccine safety questions. Several of them agreed to appear on camera.
Burton: There’s no question in my mind whatsoever that the pharmaceutical industry had a great influence with people over at the CDC and FDA. There’s no question in my mind.
Republican Dan Burton—former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee—has an autistic grandson.
Burton: I am not against vaccinations.
He pursued vaccine investigations in the early 2000s. Beth Clay was one of his staffers.
Clay: There was a lot of pressure from people on the Hill.
When you say people on the hill were exerting pressure, what kind of people? Colleagues?
Clay: Colleagues, there were pharmaceutical lobbyists. The pharmaceutical lobbyists had, you know, they are the same people that have been entrenched. They can walk into any office in Capitol Hill, and they’ll talk to staff, they’ll talk to members and they’ll encourage them to discourage, our investigation.
Sharyl: At the risk of stating the obvious why did they have that kind of access to members?
Clay: It’s money. And if you look at the donations over the last 20 years, the pharmaceutical industry, and Republican and Democrat, they’re nonpartisan. They put money everywhere.
Former Congressman, Dr. Dave Weldon, a Republican, says he got the message loud and clear.
Sharyl: If you would want to hold a hearing on an issue like vaccines and autism, your own leadership might fight you on that because of the financial influence, the pharmaceutical industry
Dave Weldon: They wouldn’t fight you. They’d kill it. It’s dead. They don’t even want to discuss it. It’s dead on arrival. If you, if you as an individual member want to take on the pharmaceutical industries. It’s forget it.
Sharyl: Can you describe an incident or just how it, how that would go?
Weldon: It would typically be in a hallway or the street and people would come up to you and say, “You know, you really need to, you know, back off on this. It could be, it could be bad for the community or bad for the country or bad for you.”
Weldon says he’s generally pro-vaccine, depending on the patient and the shot—and gives flu shots to adults. We asked him to review Dr. Zimmerman’s new affidavit.
Weldon: I found his affidavit and testimony through that affidavit to be consistent with my opinions. That some children can get an autism spectrum disorder from a vaccine.
Republican Bill Posey is a current member of Congress.
Rep. Bill Posey: I don’t have to tell you that industry is a very, very powerful industry. Matter of fact, I don’t know of anyone more powerful than that industry.
Posey says his own party leaders twice promised to hold hearings on the topic, only to scuttle them in the end.
Hazlehurst – who happens to be a criminal prosecutor– was scheduled to be a witness at one such Congressional hearing. Two weeks before the hearing in 2013, he briefed Congressional staff.
Hazlehurst: I presented at that Congressional briefing and I explained in that hearing, if I did to a criminal in a court of law what the United States Department of Justice did to vaccine injured children, I would be disbarred and I would be facing criminal charges. I think that scared the hell out of them.
The hearing was abruptly cancelled. Meantime, Dr. Zimmerman – the one-time expert used to debunk vaccine autism claims—now says several of his own patients got autism from vaccines. They include Yates Hazlehurst.
Today, with intensive treatment, Yates is doing better. His dad hopes the new testimony from a most unlikely source will get new attention.
Hazlehurst: A child that was unnecessarily sacrificed and hopefully some good, will come from his suffering.
The lobby group representing the pharmaceutical industry wouldn’t agree to an interview but told us they’re working with Congress and other stakeholders on the importance and safety of vaccines to support the health and safety of individuals and communities.
NY City Mayor de Blasio Says Healthcare is a “Right” and Plans to Guarantee Payment of Medical Bills
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will be launching a plan to guarantee health care coverage for all residents, which includes illegal immigrants living in the city. He says healthcare is a human right, and he plans to offer this “right” to anyone who lands in New York from another country.The plan will cost taxpayers well over $100-million and will cover everything from mental health services to well visits, to maternity care for anyone who wants it. He says the ultimate solution is single-payer health insurance for the whole country. [Single payer means government, which means taxpayers, which means you – if you work for a living.] -GEG
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he will be launching a plan to guarantee health care coverage for all residents, which includes illegal immigrants living in the city.
“Health care is a human right. In this city we’re going to make that a reality,” de Blasio said during a press conference Tuesday. “From this moment on, in New York City, everyone is guaranteed the right to health care. Everyone.”
De Blasio explained a day earlier the plan, referred to as NYC Care, will reach nearly 600,000 New Yorkers and cost taxpayers at least $100 million. The healthcare-for-all plan is not limited to American citizens and would also include individuals who cannot afford their existing plans.
NYC Care is expected to first launch in the Bronx over the summer and will be fully implemented throughout the city by 2021, according to Bloomberg.
The progressive mayor said he believes NYC Care will act as a springboard for the rest of the country to follow suit and ultimately implement a nationwide universal health care program.
Golden Globes Award Show Rolled Out Flu Shots for Celebrity Audience, Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t Laughing
Golden Globe hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh brought out people identified as ‘nurses’ and told the audience to roll up their sleeves for flu shots. The hosts said the show spent $50,000 on vaccines to be administered by nurses, but later reports indicated that it was not a real flu vaccine. The point of the whole bit was to call out anti-vaxxers who have been falsely blamed for recent outbreaks of measles and to use ignorant celebrities as role models to convince TV viewers to accept vaccines. Many health professionals praised the gesture on social media.
As LMFAO’s song “Shots” started playing, hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh brought out people identified as nurses and told the audience to roll up their sleeves for flu shots. (It’s unclear if the shots were real, as one of the people administering them was comedy writer Bowen Yang.)
“You know you wore a sleeveless gown for a reason,” Oh told her fellow actresses.
While health professionals praised the gesture — real or not — on social media, those opposed to vaccinating their children had the opposite reaction.
“If you are an anti-vaxxer, just put a napkin on — perhaps over — your head and we will skip you,” Samberg told the Golden Globes crowd.
Heeding his advice to distinguish themselves, anti-vaxxers watching at home started posting selfies with napkins on their heads.
“I will proudly put a napkin on my head. Kids are dying because of these shots! Wake up, America! Can you not see it,” one woman wrote on Facebook, calling the segment “pathetic on so many levels.”
Is Arthritis in Childhood Becoming the ‘New Normal’ – Are Vaccines to Blame?
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, (idiopathic means cause unknown) is on the rise as one in every 1,000 children in the US now develops some form of chronic arthritis. This is twice the rate in the 1980s. Evidence points to environmental factors including childhood infections. However, the role played by vaccines is ignored by researchers in spite of considerable reason to be curious. For example, the package insert for the Fluarix Quadrivalent influenza vaccine describes arthralgia (joint pain) as its most common adverse reaction. Merck manufactures a rubella vaccine, Meruvax II, and the package insert for that warns warns that arthralgi and/or arthritis can be expected, especially among post-pubertal females. Vaccines contain heavy metals, including mercury and nickel, that can cause toxicity that mimics autoimmune diseases. Investigators who are not dependent on income from the pharmaceutical industry claim that aluminum adjuvants in vaccines can induce autoimmune illness. -GEG
By the Children’s Health Defense Team
For people who think of arthritis as a disease of the elderly, learning that children also suffer from arthritic conditions may come as a shock. Across age groups, various forms of arthritis are a growing public health problem in the United States. New cases of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and other types of autoimmune arthritis in young Americans are two to three times higher than in Canada, with cases occurring within the wider context of proliferating pediatric autoimmune disorders. Over one four-year period (2001-2004), the number of ambulatory care visits for pediatric arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions increased by 50%.
Currently, one child in 1,000 develops some form of chronic arthritis—about twice the estimated prevalence of the early 1980s.
The medical community lumps childhood arthritic disorders under the broader umbrella of “juvenile rheumatoid arthritis” or “juvenile idiopathic arthritis” (JIA). “Idiopathic” means “no identifiable cause.” There has been a predictable rush to pinpoint predisposing genetic factors, even though most of the genetic variations identified in JIA “are shared across other autoimmune disorders.” Of more practical relevance, an emerging consensus points to environmental factors as major contributors to JIA, with childhood infections attracting particular attention.
In light of the interest in infections, how do we explain the deafening silence about the possible role of vaccines as an autoimmune trigger for JIA, when the stock-in-trade of vaccination is the “mimicking [of] a natural infection”? One study out of Brazil alludes to case reports linking autoimmune rheumatic diseases such as JIA to vaccination—but quickly dismisses the vaccine hypothesis as “controversial.” However, American children suffering from JIA and other debilitating autoimmune disorders deserve to know whether the dozens of vaccines they receive through age 18 are at least partially responsible for their misfortune.
A study published in 2001 found a temporal association between the infant hepatitis B vaccine and chronic arthritis (as well as other adverse health outcomes) in the general population of US children.
Diminished quality of life
Childhood arthritis—a disorder that results in permanent joint damage—is characterized by joint pain, swelling, stiffness and other symptoms that interfere with activities of daily living such as dressing and walking. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) understatedly describes the quality-of-life impact of JIA on all spheres of a child’s life as follows: “Juvenile arthritis can make it hard to take part in social and after-school activities, and it can make schoolwork more difficult.”
Currently, one child in 1,000 develops some form of chronic arthritis—about twice the estimated prevalence of the early 1980s. A diagnosis typically is conferred when a child under age 16 has experienced joint swelling for at least six weeks.
One intriguing historical study found that prenatal or neonatal presensitization to influenza triggered the subsequent onset of JIA upon reexposure to influenza virus. Does influenza vaccination, which targets pregnant women as well as children beginning at six months of age, represent a form of prenatal and neonatal “presensitization”. . .
Assembling vaccine-related clues
Although JIA onset can be as young as six months of age, studies looking at childhood patterns of arthritis report dual peaks of onset in toddlers (1-2 years of age) and just prior to adolescence (8-12 years of age). The childhood vaccine schedule administers multiple vaccines during both of those windows, including hepatitis B vaccination in infancy and the first dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal vaccines at ages 11-12 (or earlier). A study published in 2001 found a temporal association between the infant hepatitis B vaccine and chronic arthritis (as well as other adverse health outcomes) “in the general population of US children.”
Among the possible infectious candidates for JIA, researchers have pointed to several specific viruses—including influenza, rubella and Mycoplasma pneumoniae—that may “initiate or augment this chronic disorder.” One intriguing historical study found that prenatal or neonatal presensitization to influenza triggered the subsequent onset of JIA upon reexposure to influenza virus. Does influenza vaccination, which targets pregnant women as well as children beginning at six months of age, represent a form of prenatal and neonatal “presensitization” to influenza capable of laying the groundwork for JIA?
The Flulaval Quadrivalent influenza vaccine package insert shows that 13% of children (aged 5 through 17 years) reported arthralgia, described as a systemic adverse event.
This is a reasonable question to ask, particularly because of the seasonal pattern of JIA onset, with the winter months (just after influenza vaccination) representing “the peak time of year for new cases of JIA to present.” Moreover, a look at the package inserts of common childhood flu shots shows that arthralgia and arthritis (terms often used interchangeably to describe joint pain) are documented adverse reactions of the vaccines, both in clinical trials and postmarketing reports. Consider the two GlaxoSmithKline influenza vaccine formulations approved for children six months of age and older:
The package insert for the Fluarix Quadrivalent influenza vaccine describes arthralgia as one of the “most common systemic adverse reactions” in children aged 6 through 17 years—documented in one in ten children in that age group.
The Flulaval Quadrivalent influenza vaccine package insert shows that 13% of children (aged 5 through 17 years) reported arthralgia, described as a “systemic adverse event.”
It is somewhat more challenging to consider the association of rubella vaccination with joint pain because children typically are vaccinated for rubella in the context of one of two combination vaccines: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) or measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV). However, Merck manufactures a live virus rubella vaccine (Meruvax II). In the package insert, the company cautions that “postpubertal females should be informed of the frequent occurrence of generally self-limited arthralgia and/or arthritis beginning 2 to 4 weeks after vaccination.” Citing incidence rates for arthritis and arthralgia of 0% to 3% in children and 12% to 26% in adult women, the Meruvax II insert states that reactions in adolescent girls “appear to be intermediate in incidence between those seen in children and in adult women.”
There is no human vaccine for Mycoplasma pneumoniae (or M. pneumoniae), a species of bacteria typically associated with mild respiratory infections in humans (sometimes called “walking pneumonia”). (Efforts to develop a human vaccine have failed because they have, “ironically,…often led to exacerbation of disease.” However, six companies manufacture related pig vaccines in the U.S.) Disturbingly, mycoplasma are “commonly found as including in viral vaccine production, and “are too small to be seen under a standard lab microscope.” Although “the detection of mycoplasma contamination is of utmost concern in…vaccine manufacturing”—not least because contamination has the potential to “disrupt patterns of human gene expression”—studies have found that “half of all lab scientists fail to check for the presence of Mycoplasma in their cell cultures.”
Both Flulaval and Fluzone (some of the most commonly prescribed flu vaccines for children) contain thimerosal, the mercury-based vaccine preservative. In addition, numerous other vaccines on the childhood vaccine schedule contain aluminum.
Metals and arthritis
A 2018 study published in Environmental Research notes that individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and other connective tissue diseases often display sensitivity to heavy metals such as mercury and nickel. The researchers hypothesize that “metal-specific T cell reactivity can act as an etiological agent in the propagation and chronification of rheumatic inflammation” (where “chronification” refers to the progression from transient to persistent). Holistic health practitioners would not be surprised by this hypothesis, having warned for years that the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity can “mimic those of certain autoimmune diseases,” including various types of arthritis.
Both Flulaval and Fluzone (some of the most commonly prescribed flu vaccines for children) contain thimerosal, the mercury-based vaccine preservative. In addition, numerous other vaccines on the childhood vaccine schedule contain aluminum.
Although researchers have noted that the mechanism linking infection to autoimmunity “is complex and multifaceted,” the phenomenon of “molecular mimicry” (whereby the immune system attacks “self” antigens that are structurally similar to “non-self” antigens) offers one likely explanation. Some investigators have posited that the aluminum adjuvants in vaccines can induce autoimmune illness through an acceleration of molecular mimicry. Do the metals in childhood vaccines play a role in triggering JIA? This is just one of many critical unanswered questions that need to be answered concerning the potential role of vaccination in the autoimmunity epidemics affecting both children and adults.
A Closer Look at 5G Equipment that is Being Installed Across Los Angeles
California: Activist Gary Gileno shows the difference between ordinary light poles and light poles that hold 5G antennae next to residential homes in Temple City. 5G utilizes millimeter wave technology developed as a weapon by the US military and deployed against enemies in the Middle East. Now it is being deployed in American neighborhoods. -GEG
Google’s Health and Life Sciences Division Is Working Toward the Extinction of Mosquitoes
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has its life sciences division focused on forcing a mass mosquito extinction. In Fresno, California, researchers are breeding and setting loose sterilized mosquitoes that could wipe out the larger population. [This may not be as good as it sounds. Everything in nature has a role to play. The loss of mosquitoes in the global ecosystem will have consequences that the geniuses at Google cannot foresee.] -GEG
Google parent company Alphabet has its life sciences division focused on forcing a mass mosquito extinction. In the California city of Fresno, researchers are breeding and setting loose sterilized mosquitos that could help wipe out the larger population, according to a new Bloomberg report on the early testing of the program.
Like the buzz of an obnoxious fly, it’s a headline that’s hard to ignore, if only because it seems so strange. And sure, mosquitos are annoying. But this isn’t overkill. The bloodsucking insects are a public health issue as disease-carrying, infection-spreading pests responsible for disseminating serious and sometimes deadly illnesses such the Zika virus, malaria, and the dengue virus.
Triplets Became Severely Autistic Within Hours of Vaccination in 2007 and Continue to Suffer
Detroit, Michigan: Richie, Robbie and Claire McDowell received the pneumococcal vaccine on June 25, 2007, and within hours, they all become severely autistic at 9 months of age. The parents were told autism is genetic but a geneticist countered that all three children could not shut down on the same day from a genetic defect. None of the children fully recovered and Clair is still non-verbal and is not potty-trained. The McDowells found out seven years later that the vaccine was contaminated and had been pulled from the market after it killed a 2-year old, which was hidden from the public.
Most Anxiety and Depression Is Related, Not to Brain Chemical Imbalance, But to Isolation Without Close Friends
In 2017, life expectancy dropped and suicides rose in the US due to addiction to opioids and a rise in suicide. Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections, explains that physical dependence on drugs is not the main source of addiction – and that depression is not due to chemical imbalance, but is the result of the way we live. He says that everyone has psychological needs and long to feel that they belong, that their lives have meaning and purpose. He says addiction increases when these deep needs are not met. He cites a study from several decades ago that showed that Americans averaged five close friends they could call on in an emergency, but now most Americans say the number is zero. This is a society of loneliness. Hari says the opposite of addiction, and the solution to addiction, is having one’s deeper psychological needs met and establishing a close connection with others. -GEG
California State Water Resources Board Votes to Cut Water to Farms and Bay Area Cities
California’s State Water Resources Control Board voted to approve the Bay-Delta plan, which will re-allocate billions of gallons of water from farms and cities to enhance the environment. Authorities say that a dwindling fish populations justify this action.
The state plans to double the present water flow to the ocean during dry periods, which will cause an estimated 40% reduction of water to the San Francisco area. A torrent of lawsuits are expected. The Trump administration, which has spoken in favor of more water for farms, has threatened to sue over the Bay Delta Plan. -GEG
The cities and towns hit this week with stiff demands to reduce water use, including San Francisco, say they’ll work with state regulators to meet the charge, but they’re also looking at the possibility of lawsuits.
The State Water Resources Control Board approved a far-reaching plan Wednesday to improve the health of California’s rivers and fish by limiting the amount of water that dozens of communities take from four major waterways.
While the plan leaves room for negotiating the extent of the water reductions, the agencies that draw from the San Joaquin River and its tributaries say legal action may be a necessary backstop in case they’re forced to cut more than they can afford.
“At the end of the day, we do serve our customers and we have to do what’s best for the community,” said Samantha Wookey, spokeswoman for the Modesto Irrigation District, one of the state’s biggest water suppliers and now subject to restrictions on the Tuolumne River.
San Francisco, which also relies on the Tuolumne River and faces cutbacks, has begun evaluating whether a lawsuit is appropriate, according to the city attorney’s office.
The aim of the state water board is to prevent the collapse of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The sprawling estuary, which serves as a hub of state water supplies and is a vital conduit for threatened salmon, has suffered from too little water and too much contamination amid heavy pumping.
While the water board’s plan would saddle water users with restrictions to boost flows into the delta, regulators introduced leniency Wednesday in an effort to head off litigation, which would result in years of delay in the plan’s implementation. The board stipulated that it will attempt to integrate proposals by water agencies to trade habitat restoration for smaller water reductions.
It appears, though, the board’s strategy may not have worked.
Ever since the water board began updating its plan a decade ago, it has had to maneuver a path between water users who don’t want limits on their draws and fishermen and environmentalists who want substantial caps.
The conservation community also presents a threat for legal action, with many having committed to suing if the environmental safeguards approved Wednesday are weakened.
The Bay Delta Plan calls for maintaining an average of 40 percent of the natural flow of the San Joaquin River and its tributaries during peak spring runoff. Currently, the flows average 20 percent or less because of diversions. Sometimes the waterways dry up entirely.