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Feeling intense emotions doesn't make you crazy- but that's not what Big Pharma wants you to think

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In 2014, a great deal of ink was spilled about the need to stop calling women crazy. Though dismissing women as emotional and irrational is hardly a new phenomenon, a Washington Post op-ed by dating coach Harris O'Malley provided the fodder for a thousand blog posts on the subject. As O'Malley writes,
"It's a form of gaslighting—telling women that their feelings are just wrong, that they don't have the right to feel the way they do."

Comment: Read more about 'gaslighting': My husband convinced me I was insane


According to Julie Holland, a psychiatrist who has had her own Manhattan practice for 20 years, this sort of minimizing attitude does serious damage. Not only does it hurt women's self-esteem, but it leads to women being diagnosed and medicated for psychiatric disorders at higher rates than men. In her new book Moody Bitches, Holland looks at how pharmaceutical industry ads target women, the hormonal differences between genders and our long, dark history of medicating women's emotions. She shared her findings with AlterNet in a telephone interview, which has been condensed and lightly edited for clarity.

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U.S. government plans to track unvaccinated adults

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During the National Vaccine Advisory Committee's (NVAC) February meeting, American adults were put on notice by Big Brother that non-compliance with federal vaccine recommendations will not be tolerated. Public health officials have unveiled a new plan to launch a massive nationwide vaccination promotion campaign involving private business and non-profit organizations to pressure all adults to comply with the adult vaccination schedule approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).1

NVAC has authored the National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP) and, once finalized, the plan will be turned over to the Interagency Adult Immunization Task Force (AIFT) to create an implementation plan. Notably, this task force is composed of "vested interest" stakeholders and no consumer representation for those groups concerned with vaccine safety and informed consent.

NVIC has submitted our public comments and recommendations for the NVAC's draft National Adult Immunization Plan.2 Your opportunity to submit your comments and concerns about this plan has been extended to March 23rd. We encourage all of our readers to participate in the public comment process and submit comments to the NVAC on the NAIP. Please forward this article to family and friends and encourage them to submit public comments, too.

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Distrust of vaccinations on the rise across EU

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Europeans are turning away from vaccines, amid rising distrust of immunisation for infectious diseases. France's Constitutional Council has upheld legislation obliging parents to have their children innoculated.

Given the choice, not everybody would vaccinate their children. Marc and Samia Larère asked the French Constitutional Council for a "priority preliminary ruling on the issue of constitutionality" (QPC) on whether they could legally be forced to vaccinate their children.

The response came on 20 March: compulsory vaccination is legal under the French constitution. Like many parents, the Larères feel that the obligatory DTP vaccine (against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) poses too high a risk and protects against illnesses that are virtually non-existent in France.

The only DTP vaccine to not contain aluminium was withdrawn from the market in June 2008, and the others have been out of stock for months. The only remaining option is the hexavalent vaccine that also immunises against hepatitis B, although this is not on the obligatory vaccination list, and the vaccine has suspected links to multiple sclerosis.

Michèle Rivasi, a Green MEP, called this "a forced sale". "Vaccination is not benign. I am not against vaccination but I believe in moderation," she said at a press conference on 24 March. Together with pharmacist Serge Rader, she has launched an operation to blow the whistle on conflicts of interest and corruption in the public health sector.

Comment: The purported vaccination benefits discussed on the article don't exist. Conflict of interests between pharmaceutical companies and medical science are massive and increasingly recognized around the world. For more information, see:


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Sott Exclusive: Sending 'love and light' while big Agriculture rapes the planet

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'Strip-mining' the surface of the planet for profit
I was just folding laundry and I just happened to glance down and see the headline on the front page of the latest issue of Alberta Farmer that read: "McDonald's sustainable beef pilot moves into high gear; Fast-food giant has a long list of 'indicators' and is seeking producers ready to prove they're good stewards"

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Study finds airborne matter from factory farms contains antibiotics, bacteria and antibiotic-resistant DNA

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Airborne particulate matter wafting off American cattle yards contains antibiotics, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant DNA.
Airborne particulate matter wafting off American cattle yards contains antibiotics, bacteria, and antibiotic-resistant DNA, a new study finds. Environmental tests on the spread of antibiotics have been performed in the past, but this is the first time researchers have examined aerial dispersion. The work suggests airborne transmission may be contributing to an emerging global health problem, where doctors find it increasingly difficult to treat life-threatening infections.

For some time now, scientists have worried that we may be entering a "post-antibiotic era," when the drugs that once defeated potentially fatal infections are no longer effective. Simply put, the bacteria causing infections in many cases are now immune to (or "resisting") the drugs. Since antibiotic-resistant bacterial DNA, if imbibed in water or consumed in meat, can be transferred to humans, many researchers say misuse and overuse of veterinary pharmaceuticals may be responsible, in part, for this global health threat. Large, commercial food operations rely on veterinary drugs, including antibiotics, to promote bigger growth of the animals. However, after the animals excrete the drugs, these antibiotics enter the environment via runoff, leaching, and the spread of manure.

For this new study, then, environmental toxicology researchers at Texas Tech University decided to look at whether these drugs become airborne. Over a period of six months, they gathered airborne particulate matter from 10 commercial cattle yards each with a capacity of 20,000 to 50,000 head of cattle, within 200 miles of Lubbock, Texas.

Comment: One more reason to limit the use of antibiotics in factory farms. When antibiotics are routinely used to raise food animals, the microbes develop resistance to the drug, which makes antibiotics less effective for treating disease in humans. Two million people are sickened by resistant bacterial infections annually, and 23,000 die every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.


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Pro-GMO education enters the schoolroom

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Isn't it interesting how an agenda is so often posed as a debate even though there is usually only one side? Or, when a synthesis of the two is the actual goal?

That's how things are presented to adults, usually on television. Or rather, "adult-children." So that it looks like they have an informed choice. Unfortunately, children in many public schools don't even have the semblance of a two-sided joust. They are expected to download beliefs. As you will see below, it doesn't even matter if they get the answers correct, as long as they assimilate the connotation. The feeling. The message. The gist. And they will (if no one shows them otherwise) - I remember.

A lot of buzz is currently swarming on Robyn O'Brien's Facebook page. She wrote The Unhealthy Truth... and is sometimes called the Erin Brockovich of food. Over the weekend, a father sent her his 6th grade child's homework from Science class. It asks (and then answers) the question: Are genetically modified foods safe to eat?

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Alternative medicine crackdown: FDA pushing to regulate Homeopathy out of existence

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Why is there a sudden push by the FDA to label homeopathic remedies as dangerous? Why is there a need to regulate substances that have been used for hundreds of years with out any issues? What does the FDA have to gain?


The FDA has published two documents recently, which suggest that WAR is being declared on the profession of homeopathic medicine - or at least on the manufacture of homeopathic remedies, which comes to the same thing in the end. What is a homeopath without homeopathic remedies?

On March 19, 2015 the FDA published an advisory (called a "safety alert") about homeopathic asthma OTC medications, recommending that patients be wary, and that health care practitioners be sure to report any adverse effects to the FDA. Here is the link to that safety alert

The FDA has since that date scheduled public hearings on
"the current use of human drug and biological products labeled as homeopathic, as well as the Agency's regulatory framework for such products. These products include prescription drugs and biological products labeled as homeopathic and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs labeled as homeopathic."
Here is the link to the document which was published on March 27, 2015 - not even 10 days after the March 19th safety alert.

Comment: Why Skeptics Love to Hate Homeopathy


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Lobbyist who claims Roundup is safe to drink storms out of interview when offered a glass by TV host

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Dr. Patrick Moore
A controversial lobbyist who claimed that the chemical in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer was safe for humans refused to drink his own words when a French television journalist offered him a glass.

In a preview of an upcoming documentary on French TV, Dr. Patrick Moore tells a Canal+ interviewer that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, was not increasing the rate of cancer in Argentina.

"You can drink a whole quart of it and it won't hurt you," Moore insists.

"You want to drink some?" the interviewer asks. "We have some here."

"I'd be happy to, actually," Moore replies, adding, "Not really. But I know it wouldn't hurt me."

"If you say so, I have some," the interviewer presses.

"I'm not stupid," Moore declares.

"So, it's dangerous?" the interviewer concludes.

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Ancient Anglo-Saxon herbal potion found to kill MRSA

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The thousand-year-old Anglo Saxon recipe that kills MRSA
Take cropleek and garlic, of both equal quantities, pound them well together... take wine and bullocks gall, mix with the leek... let it stand nine days in the brass vessel...

So goes a thousand-year-old Anglo Saxon recipe to vanquish a stye, an infected eyelash follicle.

The medieval medics might have been on to something. A modern-day recreation of this remedy seems to alleviate infections caused by the bacteria that are usually responsible for styes. The work might ultimately help create drugs for hard-to-treat skin infections.

The project was born when a microbiologist at the University of Nottingham, UK, got talking to an Anglo Saxon scholar. They decided to test a recipe from an Old English medical compendium called Bald's Leechbook, housed in the British Library.

Some of the ingredients, such as copper from the brass vessel, kill bacteria grown in a dish - but it was unknown if they would work on a real infection or how they would combine.

Comment: While superbugs like MRSA are becoming resistant to modern antibiotics, researchers keep finding that herbs and essential oils work just as well and are sometimes even more efficient at combating infections.


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New bill would give Monsanto immunity and squash GMO labeling

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If ever there was a GMO lackey and puppet that stood for the poisoning of the people with GMOs over standing up for the constituents who voted him into office, its Representative Mike Pompeo. There's a special kind of 'wow' reserved for Congressional bills like the one he's once again proposing on behalf of Monsanto and Big Biotech.

The Kansas Republican would like to re-introduce Monsanto's dream bill - it would give Monsanto, and their friends like Syngenta, Dow, and Bayer carte blanche (complete freedom) to grow GMO foods without labels, without state rights, and without consumer choice.

It is a law that promotes the biotech agenda through and through. It was introduced during the last congressional sessions, but fortunately, did not pass. Pompeo is presenting it again.

If the US ever wanted to just write Monsanto a blank check for their biotech herbicides and GMO crops, known for ruining health and damaging soil, then this legislation, dubbed by critics the Deny Americans the Right-to-Know (DARK) Act, is it.

Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association says the bill:
". . .is not only anti-consumer, but anti-democracy and anti-state's rights as well."
Cummins continued:
"Understanding that they are losing the battle at the state level to keep consumers in the dark about whether or not their food is genetically engineered, Monsanto and its minions are now prepared to abolish consumer choice and overturn state's constitutional rights so that they can continued to force feed us their GMO food."
Forget all the progress that non-GMO advocates have made so far, too, if this bill receives enough support in Congress to actually pass. With its passing, it would preempt any local or state requirement thus overturning existing laws in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine - a direct attack to state sovereignty.