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Elizabeth Warren accuses big pharma of hijacking 'cures bill', fears of putting consumers at risk

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren
Accusing Republicans of giving handouts to pharmaceutical industry, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts warned that the 21st Century Cures Act would speed up the FDA's approval process, which she fears could put consumers at risk.

The 21st Century Cures legislation would give $4.8 billion to fund research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but Senator Warren is more concerned with the possibility of the bill enabling the pharmaceutical industry.

On Monday, she took to the Senate floor to blame Republicans for letting "Big Pharma hijack the cures bill."

The bill includes several provisions popular with Democrats and progressives, such as funding to combat the opioid crisis and mental health treatment. However, Warren claims that these measures are nothing but "political cover for huge giveaways to giant drug companies."

Comment: See also: As Americans increasingly seethe at Big Pharma's money racket, Govt is coddling its power more than ever


Health

Lancet study on statins was 'fundamentally flawed'

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Earlier this year scientists said controversy surrounding the cholesterol-reducing pills had put patients' health at risk.
A major Lancet study which backed the safety of statins was "fundamentally flawed" and underestimated the side-effects of the heart drugs, a group of medics has said.

The research published in September concluded the drugs help prevent around 80,000 major cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks or strokes, every year.

Scientists said the drugs did far more good than harm, with too many patients having been put off taking them because of needless fears about side-effects.

It followed a long debate over the merits of the cholesterol-busting drugs, which are taken by around eight million Britons.


Comment: Let's stay with the facts:
  • Not only are statin medications failing to impact on our most prevalent disease, but they are causing more harm than good.
  • Cholesterol is crucial for energy, immunity, fat metabolism, leptin, thyroid hormone activity, liver related synthesis, protection from stress, adrenal function, sex hormone syntheses and brain function.
  • Only middle aged men with coronary heart disease benefit from taking statins, but even in these cases statins may only work in the short term and should be stopped before adverse effects can take hold.
  • High cholesterol levels have been found to be protective in elderly and heart failure patients.
  • The statin industry is the utmost medical tragedy of all times.
  • A government report in Canada found an overestimation of benefit and underestimation of harm where statins are concerned.
  • Statins are associated with triple the risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification.
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Sun

Sunshine vitamin: Vitamin D plays a crucial role in disease prevention & maintaining optimal health

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The predominant natural source of vitamin D is the sun
Vitamin D has some pretty extraordinary achievements under its proverbial belt, not the least of which is disease prevention. Skin exposed to the sun produces this "sunshine vitamin," which helps prevent osteoporosis and promotes strong bones and teeth.

It's known to be advantageous and even crucial in several areas of your body, as a deficiency it has been implicated in such problems as macular degeneration, lupus, bowel diseases, multiple sclerosis and chronic heart failure.1

That's not all. Vitamin D is also tapped as possibly inhibiting infections and complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and emphysema, and has been shown to improve "nonspecific chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain (CWP)," according to Health Day News.2

Recently, the benefits of vitamin D went even further with the emergence of new research revealing it to be powerful against breast and prostate cancers, and useful for treating deadly respiratory viruses, according to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.3 Daily Mail reported:
"Elderly patients who had high doses of the 'sunshine vitamin' were 40 per cent less likely to develop lung infections. Pneumonia, bronchitis and influenza are known to have higher death rates among older people because of their weakened immune system.
But because they are viruses, antibiotics are often not prescribed due to them being ineffective. However, experts believe vitamin D helps to reinforce the first line of defense as people age to prevent acute respiratory infections."4

Comment: The virtues of Vitamin D: It's time we saw the light


Ambulance

The rise in cesarean section births in the U.S.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cesarean section (C-section) births are on the rise in wealthy nations.1 In 1965, the U.S cesarean birth rate was 4.5 percent.2 Since then, the national cesarean birth rate has increased seven-fold. In 2009, the rate peaked to 32.9 percent and dropped slightly to 32.2 percent in 2014.2 Currently, one in three women give birth via C-section, the country's most common operating room procedure.2

High C-Section Rate in the U.S. is Not Producing Better Birth Outcomes

A cesarean birth is an abdominal surgery whereby doctors cut through the skin, the abdominal wall and the uterus in order to delivery a baby.3 In cases when there are pregnancy complications such as breech birth and umbilical cord prolapse, C-sections are medically necessary to assist in saving the mother and child's life.3

There are other reasons why C-sections are performed but these reasons are not always supported by medical research.4 For example, if a baby's heart rate goes up or down, that can call for a C-section even when it is not absolutely clear that the baby is in distress.4 Another such reason is that pregnant women carrying babies deemed to be "too big" to deliver vaginally often get C-sections even though there is no accurate test to determine the baby's size.4

Comment: Brain development might be influenced by cesarean vs normal birth


Stop

Vaxxed documentary axed from being screened by Queensland council after criticism from leaders & medical experts

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Anti-vaccine film Vaxxed has been pulled from screening by a Queensland council after a hail of criticism from community leaders and medical experts.

After pressure from The Sunday Telegraph, Logan City Council has banned an anti-vaccine group from using a council property for the film's Australian debut.

The 2014 movie — which is directed by disgraced anti-vaccine activist Andrew Wakefield — was controversially pulled from actor Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

It alleges a cover-up by the American Centers for Disease Control over supposed links between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

Comment: It is not really surprising that the documentary Vaxxed is causing controversy in Australia. It has caused a stir in the media since its release. Considering the Australian government's 'no jab no play' policy and pro-vaccine lobbyists trying to ban Dr. Sherri Tenpenny from speaking seminars about vaccine safety, the censoring of Vaxxed is just another example of the disregard toward the right of informed consent and the medical freedom of individual Australians. Discrediting Vaxxed and keeping it from the public's attention is paramount for Big Pharma and the rising medical tyranny that is taking over the country.


Cloud Precipitation

Australia: Death toll rises in freak cases of 'thunderstorm asthma'

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A sixth person has recently died from asthma complications allegedly linked to a rare weather phenomenon, as a thunderstorm coincided with a high pollen count in Australia, officials said. Up to 8,500 people have been affected by 'thunderstorm asthma.'

A thunderstorm in Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia, has been causing widespread respiratory issues among asthma and hay fever sufferers since Monday.

The phenomenon dubbed 'thunderstorm asthma' takes place when rye grass pollen absorbs moisture, breaks into small pieces and penetrates deep into people's airways, affecting their health.

"There have now been six deaths that may have occurred as a result of conditions relating to the thunderstorm asthma events on Monday," the health department spokesman of the State of Victoria said on Sunday.

According to the spokesman, "five patients are continuing to receive specialist ICU [intensive care unit] care in hospitals in Melbourne, with three still in a critical condition."

Red Flag

New 'transmissible vaccines' - no consent necessary

As governments move forward in their attempts to force their citizens into vaccination, whether they want it or not, researchers are now moving forward with what may become the future of forced vaccination - transmissible vaccines.

This is an area of research that scientists have been interested in for quite some time but that is only now becoming feasible.

The idea behind these vaccines are that they would themselves be infectious, passing along the vaccine from one person to another as if it were a virus.

Thus, it would be possible to vaccinate a small number of people manually, but as a result of the vaccine's self-transmission, actually vaccinate a very high number of people.

According to PNAS (Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America),
"several recombinant, transmissible vaccines are in development for wild animal populations, including one to protect wild rabbits against a fatal viral infection and another to prevent deer mice from carrying a virus responsible for a deadly human pulmonary disease."

Attention

What to do about chemical, radioactive & heavy metal contamination

The Romans were aware that lead could cause serious health problems, even madness and death. However, they were so fond of its diverse uses that they minimized the hazards it posed. What they did not realize was that their everyday low-level exposure to the metal rendered them vulnerable to chronic lead poisoning, even while it spared them the full horrors of acute lead poisoning. Roman engineers in the end brought down the Roman Empire when they replaced their stone aqueducts with lead pipes for the transport and supply of drinking water, thus turning much of the Roman population into neurological cripples.[1]

This is a devastating example of how people can be so very wrong in their assumptions and actions and how it can lead to such massive hurt, destruction and disease. Today instead of Roman engineers using lead we have vaccine manufacturers using thimerosal, dentists pouring the mercury into peoples' mouths, and industry dumping pollution into the environment in obscene quantities. We have health officials putting fluoride in the drinking water, which increases the uptake of lead, which is still present in modern plumbing fixtures, all together creating a devils triangle of toxicity with mercury throwing the knockout punch.

Today humanity is exposed to the highest levels in recorded history of lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum, copper, tin, antimony, bromine, bismuth and vanadium. Levels are up to several thousand times higher than in primitive man. Powdered milk contaminated with arsenic in 1955, for example, led to more than 12,000 cases of poisoning and 131 deaths in Japan. Among survivors, there was a tenfold increase in the proportion who were mentally retarded.

Alarm Clock

Adderall: Destroying an entire generation of teens

Pharmaceutical medication abuses are rampant in the United States. Pharma's concoctions combined with mega advertising campaigns and liberally-prescribing doctors have placed our society on the brink of mental dystopian.

We have so many prescription drug issues in our country that we can't even properly keep up with all of the problems. We know that opioids are a major problem. We somewhat understand that SSRI's aren't good. Maybe we heard that certain heartburn medications, such as Pepcid, aren't good either. The sheer volume of issues has weighed us down. We don't even know where to begin to solve it.

And that's why often, the tragic epidemic of Adderall, is overlooked.

Comment: Read more about The Adderall generation
By 2013, 3.5 million children were on stimulants, and in many cases, the Ritalin had been replaced by Adderall, officially brought to market in 1996 as the new, upgraded choice for A.D.H.D. — more effective, longer lasting.

Adderall's very name reflects its makers' hopes for an expanding customer base: "A.D.D. for all" is the phrase that inspired it, Alan Schwarz writes in his new book, A.D.H.D. Nation. And in fact, by the time I arrived at college in 2000, four years after Adderall hit the market, nearly five million prescriptions were written; in 2005, the year after I graduated, that number was just under nine million. By then, sales of A.D.H.D. medication in the United States totaled more than $2 billion.



Health

Experts claim statins are a waste of time: Studies show cutting bad cholesterol fails to slash heart risk

Millions of patients are being misled about the pros and cons of statins, experts claimed last night.

Accusing the medical establishment of perpetuating a 'great cholesterol con', they questioned whether statin pills are as effective as claimed.

The group of doctors, from Britain, the US, France and Ireland, said the very theory on which statins are based - that lowering 'bad' LDL cholesterol cuts heart disease - is 'fundamentally flawed'.

Writing in the Prescriber medical journal, they said the side-effects of statins may be far more common than major studies suggest - and called for companies and academics to publish their raw data so others could independently analyse the results.

Others last night dismissed their claims - and said the evidence that statins save lives is 'overwhelming'.

Most cardiologists think cholesterol-busting statin pills are a cheap, safe and effective way of preventing heart attacks and strokes among an ageing and increasingly obese population.

But many others are uneasy about prescribing drugs to patients 'just in case' they have heart problems later on. And authors of the new piece, led by London cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, question whether they are even as effective as thought, claiming the 'cholesterol con' has led to 'overmedication' of millions.

Comment: Vascular surgeon: Why I've ditched statins for good:
The only major changes I'd made to my lifestyle since coming off statins were eliminating sugar (including alcohol and starchy foods such as bread) and eating more animal fat. Many experts now believe that sugar is emerging as a true villain in the heart-disease story; while after decades of demonisation, saturated fat has been acquitted of causing heart disease by a recent "meta" analysis of 70 studies by Cambridge University.
In addition, numerous studies have linked high cholesterol levels with increased longevity in the elderly.