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Bonanza for Big Pharma: Dangerous drug cocktails prescribed to almost 60% of patients taking opiate painkillers

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The greatest growth in prescription drug use between 2009 and 2013 came in the 20-44 age group.
Almost 60% of patients taking prescription opiate painkillers are prescribed potentially dangerous drug combinations, according to a study released on Tuesday by a prescription drug management company.

"There could be instances when prescribing these combinations of drugs is appropriate, but not at this scale," said Lynne Nowak, a doctor with Express Scripts, a St Louis, Missouri-based company that processes more than 1bn prescriptions each year. "The fact that the majority of these patients are being treated by multiple physicians and pharmacies signals a communication breakdown that leads to dangerous use."

The study, a Nation in Pain, was conducted using the anonymized records of more than 6.8 million Americans who had filled prescriptions for opioids between 2009 and 2013. Opioids, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, came to national attention as potentially dangerous in the mid-2000s when cities across the US started experiencing unusually high incidences of opiate overdose and addiction-related crime.

Comment: The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, and the fact that people are being prescribed such dangerous drug cocktails appears to be one of the factors. Another huge flaw in the system is that there is little to no oversight of the ability to obtain these drugs from multiple sources, but that is in all likelihood a result of the clout that Big Pharma has, as it manages to elude oversight by using its cronies in the FDA and its enormous financial resources to lobby politicians to keep the system filling its coffers, no matter the consequences.

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'This year's flu shot is a dud' says the government and any discussion of natural alternatives is not allowed

They're also telling doctors to supplement with drugs that don't work and have terrible side effects. This is the same government that wasted billions stockpiling these very drugs.

The flu shot is not a static formulation. It changes each year based on the World Health Organization's assessment of which flu virus strains (usually three or four) will be the most prevalent that season. The CDC is admitting that the flu shots distributed this year may not be a good match for the viruses currently in circulation.


Comment: Natural remedies, an excellent alternative to the flu vaccine:

Life Preserver

Memory loss in Alzheimer's reversed with a low carb and gluten free diet

Patient 1 had two years of progressive memory loss. She was considering quitting her job, which involved analyzing data and writing reports, she got disoriented driving, and she mixed up the names of her pets.

Patient 2 kept forgetting once-familiar faces at work, forgot his gym locker combination and had to have his assistants constantly remind him of his work schedule.

Patient 3's memory was so bad that she used an iPad to record everything, then forgot her password. Her children noticed she commonly lost her train of thought in mid-sentence, and often asked them if they had carried out the tasks that she mistakenly thought she had asked them to do.

- "Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program," UCLA/Buck Institute, 2014
Since it was first described over 100 years ago, Alzheimer's disease has been without an effective treatment.

That may finally be about to change: In the first, small study of a novel, personalized and comprehensive program to reverse memory loss, nine of 10 participants, including those described above, displayed subjective or objective improvement in their memories beginning within three to six months.

Comment: Good to see how mainstream research is finally catching up with the obvious:

Syringe

Scientists develop an injectable, 3D vaccine

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In recent years, vaccines have meshed with the world of nanobot medicine. Particles the size of nanometers - approximately 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. They are programmable, spontaneously assembling and can permeate every area of the body, including a placenta. Previously, Brandon Turbeville reported on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation work with developing "on demand" nano vaccines using genetically engineered proteins.

That's one thing - now it's possible to produce the effect of nano medicine with larger objects. That is, a non-surgical, injectable and spontaneously assembling structure.

Enter: a constant 3-D vaccine in the form of a lump of particles injected below the skin. One that would manipulate cells, as well as release biological and chemical drug components. They have already been trialed on mice.

Comment: True. These scientists are so busy playing around with their nanoparticles they can't see the larger picture. Proper nutrition and sanitation as well as a non-toxic environment are the true keys to health. Of course, there is no money to be made in addressing the real causes of illness so scientists continue with their useless research and creation of poisonous vaccines and the sheeple keep lining up to worship at the feet of Big Pharma.

Attention

Silent Pandemic: How toxins are changing childhood

The number of (largely untested) chemicals in our environment is on the rise, as are the rates of autism, cancer, and other serious health problems affecting kids. KIWI investigates
 this "silent pandemic" - and reveals how parents can fight back.

When Josephine Wilson, 37, of Princeton, New Jersey, took her 1-year-old daughter to the pediatrician for a routine visit in July 2013, a flyer for a study on flame retardants in mothers and children caught her eye. The substances, found in furniture, electronics, and appliances, were on her radar because she'd read about potentially dangerous environmental chemicals when she learned she was pregnant. To limit their daughter's exposure, she and her husband had replaced their old sofa with a $3,000 version that uses wool as fire protection - a choice that was "pricey, but well worth it in our minds," she says. When she got home from the pediatrician, she sent urine samples from her and her daughter to the researchers.

Of the 48 participants in the study, which was conducted by the Environmental Working Group and Duke University, the Wilsons' levels were at the low end. Even so, the results weren't exactly comforting. They both tested positive for chlorinated Tris, a flame retardant that was voluntarily removed from use in children's pajamas in the '70s due to cancer concerns but is still used in furniture, as well as an ingredient in Firemaster 550, a newer chemical cocktail that may disrupt hormone signaling. Worse, the level of one chemical was three times higher for Wilson's daughter than it 
was for her. "We'd done everything
we could to remove these chemicals from our immediate environment, and they were still in our bodies," she says. "I'm not sure you can completely avoid them."

Comment: For more information about toxins in the body and their negative effects on human health read Detoxify or Die By Sherry A. Rogers, M.D.:
We are all a toxic cesspool of the lifetime accumulation of chemicals from our air, food, and water. U.S. EPA studies of chemicals stored in the fat of humans show that 100% of people had dioxins, PCBs, dichlorobenzene, and xylene while another analysis of the exhaled breath of humans showed carcinogenic benzene in 89% and perchloroethylene in 93%. And these chemicals are just the tip of the iceberg. For now we have the proof that it is the steady silent accumulation over a lifetime that produces most diseases, including cancer. But medicine merely sees every disease as a deficiency of some drug or surgery, or tells us there is no known cause or cure.

There is now no question that these accumulated toxins are behind nearly every disease, symptom, injury and malfunction of the body. But get ready for the greatest medical discovery of the decade. If we get these ubiquitously unavoidable toxic chemicals out of the body, we can reverse and even cure the most hopeless diseases.

It no longer matters what you call your disease. The label your doctor gives you is meaningless. What matters is what caused it. Learn how to find the underlying causes and get rid of them with the only proven way to reverse disease and slow down aging.


Life Preserver

This is healthcare? US medical system kills 400K hospital patients every year

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Time and time again, in these pages, I've illustrated the fact that reality is being created for us - and that reality is false. It's a façade.

Waking up to this is vital, if we want to understand the virtual world we live in. We're inside a matrix.

Here's a medical study I haven't cited before: "A new, evidence-based estimate of patient harms associated with hospital care," by JT James (J Patient Saf, Sept. 9, 2013).

Comment: Another nail in the coffin of 'American exceptionalism'. America is dead last in both healthcare and the health and well-being of its people in a study that compares the US with ten other developed nations that include Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. As the only developed nation without some form of universal healthcare, Americans spend two to three up to ten times more on various healthcare services than all other nations.

A study has found that the third leading cause of death amongst Americans behind heart disease and cancer is from medical malpractice. The study showed that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer from preventable harm that contributes to their death.

The present state of America - Far from exceptional and sinking fast

The shadow medical government

Syringe

Outbreak of whooping cough at Massachusetts high school affected only those who were vaccinated

Unvaccinated children are supposedly the cause, according to state health officials, of a recent whooping cough outbreak that occurred in the posh Cape Cod area of Massachusetts. But as reported by CBS Boston, all of the children affected by the outbreak were already vaccinated, proving once again that vaccines don't really work.

Some 15 children at Falmouth High School reportedly came down with the respiratory illness, which also goes by the name pertussis, sparking a wave of panic about a corresponding increase in vaccine exemptions. But as usual, nobody affected by the outbreak was unvaccinated, and no matter how hard the media tries to spin the issue, those who were vaccinated were not protected.

Mainstream media clouds issue of vaccinations and exemptions

Reporting for CBS Boston, I-Team correspondent Lauren Leamanczyk towed the pro-vaccine line with accusations that vaccine exemptions triggered the outbreak. Undisclosed data she apparently found reveals that vaccine exemptions have increased fourfold over the past 25 years, which public health officials say increases the risk of an outbreak.

This supposed correlation proves nothing, of course, as correlation does not imply causation. But when vaccines are involved, any deviation from the standard vaccine protocol, which is basically to take whatever the government says is good for you, becomes the automatic scapegoat when an outbreak occurs.

In her story, Leamanczyk quotes the words of Dr. Sharon Daly, Chief of Pediatrics at Cape Cod Hospital, who declares that outbreaks increase when vaccination rates decrease. The implication, naturally, is that the Falmouth outbreak was triggered by unvaccinated children.
Nuke

U.S. exports to China blocked due to concerns over GMO contamination

China has zero tolerance for many GMOs. They've made this clear by refusing US exports that contain genetically modified ingredients - not even in the parts per million range. Due to the recent contamination of hay from RoundUp ready GMO alfalfa, the Chinese government has now blacklisted hay from the US, and they are looking at Canada's exports closely to determine if they will also need to be blacklisted.

One exporter of hay to China and other places around the world, Ed Shaw, said three American hay exporters have been blacklisted from exporting China, and hundreds of container loads of hay have been turned away after GMO alfalfa was found in the loads.

Hay exported to the country from the U.S. was in quarantine due to the detection of GMO traits, specifically of genetically modified alfalfa. And this isn't a singular occurrence, either. Last year, a Washington State grower's hay was rejected after it tested positive for GMO alfalfa. This doesn't sit well with China, since all imported hay is supposed to be GMO-free.

Needless to say, the trend continued, leading China to boycott all US grown-hay completely.
Health

Highly toxic BPA linked to high blood pressure

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New research reported in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension, points to cans and bottles lined with Bisphenol A (BPA) as a precursor to raised blood pressure - but the problem goes beyond that.

When the chemical used as an epoxy lining for cans and plastics entered the market it was deemed safe. Although there were claims that small amounts ingested from food and beverages wouldn't be harmful - low levels are indeed harmful. In fact, research shows that BPA causes 100 times the amount of damage previously claimed.

So are you extra stressed? Fatigued? Under pressure and feeling dizzy? Is it a random blood pressure problem or is the BPA?
Green Light

Thanks to biotech-government ties: 81% of GMO crops approved without adequate safety studies

What's a recipe for environmental mayhem and the destruction of human health? The approval of genetically modified organisms by governments worldwide without any scientific safety studies. A new study published by the risk-assessment journal Environment International states that of the GM crops approved for planting and marketing globally, 81% were not studied for possible health and environmental safety risks.

Nevertheless, the biotech industry keeps touting GMO 'benefits' like a narcissistic madman on steroids. This chest beating continues - despite a complete lack of published, peer-reviewed research supporting the safety of genetically modified organisms.

Comment: There is no scientific consensus on GMO safety: "Anyone that says, 'Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,' I say is either unbelievably stupid, or deliberately lying. The reality is, we don't know. The experiments simply haven't been done, and now we have become the guinea pigs." ~ David Suzuki, geneticist

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