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Corruption of medical science: For-profit review boards are taking over clinical trials

For years, ethicist Arthur Caplan warned medical researchers that paying businesses to evaluate their clinical trials was a bad idea.

He condemned trials that didn't rely on hospital or academic review boards — long the gold standard in science — and argued that for-profit review boards were out to make a buck, not protect patients.

Today, Caplan sits on the advisory board of WIRB-Copernicus Group, the largest commercial institutional review board, or IRB, in the country.

He says he had no choice.

"This shift to commercial IRBs is, in effect, over," said Caplan, who heads the division of bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center. "It's automatic and it's not going back."

Institutional review boards — which review all research that involves human participants — have undergone a quiet revolution in recent years, with many drug companies strongly encouraging researchers to use commercial boards, considered by many more efficient than their nonprofit counterparts.

Commercial IRBs now oversee an estimated 70 percent of US clinical trials for drugs and medical devices. The industry has also consolidated, with larger IRBs buying smaller ones, and even private equity firms coming along and buying the companies. Arsenal Capital Partners, for example, now owns WIRB-Copernicus Group.

Comment: The medical community holds a legal and ethical relationship of trust with patients and the public and the only fiduciary responsibility should be with them.

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SOTT Exclusive: Corruption of medical science - Least adequate person appointed as head of the FDA

The impact of researchers loyal to Big Pharma on the ethics and quality of clinical trials in Latin America
Antonio Ugalde, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin.
Núria Homedes, Doctor in Public Health and director of global health at the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health.

Abstract

This article explains the difficulties innovative pharmaceutical firms have in repaying shareholders with attractive dividends. The problem is the result of the expiration of the patents of blockbuster drugs and the difficulties that the firms have in bringing new blockbuster drugs to the market. One of the solutions companies have found has been to accelerate the implementation of clinical trials in order to expedite the commercialization of new drugs. Doing so increases the period in which they can sell drugs at monopoly prices. We therefore discuss how innovative pharmaceutical firms shorten the implementation time of clinical trials in Latin America and the consequences such actions have on the quality of the collected data, the protection of human rights of the subjects of experimentation, and compliance with the ethical principles approved in international declarations.
Some of their conclusions are pretty damning:
Other behaviors from researchers loyal to Big Pharma in Latin America, following pressure to accelerate the implementation of clinical trials, which calls into question the validity of the data and which violate ethical principles and norms include: 1) the use of unsafe equipment ; 2) falsifying analytical results; 3) failure to report adverse effects; and 4) retaining subjects in the experiment, which due to their health, should not be part of an experiment.



Evil Rays

Is your heart being cooked by microwave radiation?

© Institute of HeartMath Research Centre
The Power of the Heart

Your heart produces an electromagnetic field 5000 times as powerful as that produced by your brain.[1] This field projects from your physical body to contribute to the circumvent field or aura. 60 - 65 % of heart cells are neural cells connected to the central nervous system and brain and concomitant with the amygdala, thalamus, hippocampus and cortex.[2]

One way the heart communicates with the brain and the rest of the body is 'energetically'. If the electromagnetic energetics of the heart are altered so are the resultant communication signals. In fact, heart transplant recipients often show a different personality post-operation, literally having a 'change in heart'.

The metaphysical phenomena of chakras has also been scientifically verified. In one test visible light was generated from the heart chakra. [3]

The heart is a dynamic, non-linear harmonic oscillator.[4] The heart's pacemaker cells are biological oscillators that generate an electric field. Simultaneously the heart produces a magnetic field which forms a pattern similar to a standard magnet.[5] This electromagnetic field is a constantly shifting spectrum of frequencies with vast amounts of information contained in each frequency. This field is torus shaped (pictured above), just like the energy field of all living organisms, including the cells of our body, plants and the earth. And, as with a holograph, each segment of the heart's field holds all information for the whole field.[6]

Comment: See the following material for more information on non-native electromagnetic frequencies:


Syringe

CDC's VAERS data confirms: Multiple vaccines given at same time increase morbidity & mortality in children

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Kudos to medical research journalist Neil Z Miller on the publication of an apparent retrospective analysis of CDC VAERS data titled "Combining Childhood Vaccines at One Visit Is Not Safe" published in the Journal of American Physicians Surgeons Volume 21, Number 2, Summer 2016.

Miller does an exceptional job of delineating reports of hundreds of thousands of adverse reaction reports, while all the time adhering to zeroing in on certain specifics, i.e., multiple vaccines injected during one session of vaccinations—anywhere from three to eight vaccines at the same time.

According to Miller, "Since 1990, the VAERS database has received more than 500,000 reports of suspected adverse reactions to vaccines." That's over half a million and vaccines are considered safe?

Comment: What they are not telling you about vaccines





Ambulance

Death by chemotherapy: Leukemia drug trial shut down after patient deaths


Juno Therapeutics Ordered To Stop Experiments Of New Leukemia Treatment After Two Deaths
Trials of an experimental therapy to treat Leukemia have been halted by US authorities after two patients died last week. The treatment developed by Juno Therapeutics looks to reprogram cells to find and eliminate cancer.

The two patients who passed away died from swelling of the brain, which occurred after the chemotherapy agent fludarbine was added to the treatment program. Doctors began to see an increase in "severe neurotoxicity," said CEO Hans Bishop.

"The last week has been difficult and humbling for everyone involved, in particular, of course, the physicians and the patients' families," Bishop added, according to the AP.

This prompted the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to temporarily shut down the CAR-T therapy program known as JCAR015.

Comment: 97 Percent of the time, chemotherapy does not work! Bigpharma greed and profits assure it's continued use, despite more effective and less toxic alternatives:

Cancer treatment is a very lucrative business; the only reason doctors prescribe chemotherapy is because they make money from it. Chemotherapy kills far more normal cells than cancer cells, and damages and toxifies many of the normal cells that do survive. It boosts cancer growth and long-term mortality rates. Most chemotherapy patients either die or are plagued with illness within 10-15 years after treatment. The treatment destroys their immune system, increases neuro-cognitive decline, disrupts endocrine functioning and causes organ and metabolic toxicities. People who refuse chemotherapy live over 12 years longer than those undergoing chemotherapy treatments, proving that there are effective treatment alternatives:


Evil Rays

Former tennis star suddenly sensitive to EMF and environmental toxins, doctors blame a virus

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Former professional tennis player Marion Bartoli says that a mysterious virus is causing her to experience bizarre symptoms, but experts say they donꞌt know of any virus that fits the description of her illness.

Yesterday (July 7), Bartoli addressed rumors that she has an eating disorder by saying that she has been diagnosed with a virus that doctors have not been able to identify. The virus has made her sensitive to electrical devices, including her cellphone, and left her unable to eat anything but organic salad, the former Wimbledon champion said, according to The Guardian.

"Iꞌm reduced to eating organic salad leaves with cucumber without the skin, because my body can't even process the skin," Bartoli was quoted as saying. "I canꞌt be on my phone for more than five minutes as my heart starts to pump ... Every time I do something, Iꞌm scared to see the reaction to my body," she said. Bartoli also said she is sensitive to tap water, and must wash herself with mineral water.

Comment: None of her symptoms seem out of the ordinary given the research on the dangers of EMF, tap water toxins, fiber, etc. See also:


Cheesecake

How mom's diet during pregnancy could affect disease inheritance

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What pregnant women eat during pregnancy could determine the weight of their offspring in adulthood.
New research, led by Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom, uncovers how a mother's diet during pregnancy could permanently affect her child's attributes, and it could explain how diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity are inherited.

The study finds that attributes, such as weight, could be shaped by genetic variation in an unexpected area of the genome.

Up until now, genetic studies have been unable to interpret fully the process by which some diseases including type 2 diabetes and obesity are inherited.

The discovery, published in Science and co-authored by University of Cambridge and King's College London, could provide the missing link in the conundrum of disease inheritance.

Heart

Centenarians' extra years are mostly healthy ones

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The study finds that unlike counterparts decades younger, people who live exceptionally long lives have a much shorter period of illness that is compressed into just months or weeks at the end of their lifespan.
An exceptionally long lifespan does not necessarily mean living more years with disease and disability. It seems that centenarians tend to live their extra years in good health, with illness striking decades later in life compared with younger counterparts.

This was the conclusion researchers came to after examining the health status of 3,000 centenarians and near-centenarians taking part in two ongoing longevity studies.

Led by Nir Barzilai - a professor of medicine and of genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY - they report their findings in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Although centenarians make up only a small proportion of the world's population, their share is growing.

In 1990, there were 2.9 people aged 100 and over for every 10,000 people aged 65 and older around the world. By 2015, that share had grown to 7.4 and is expected to reach 23.6 by 2050.

Comment: It's possible that since the centenarians were born in an era of less environmental pollution and toxicity, together with eating a better diet throughout their first thirty years, that has a bearing on the findings.


Health

Increased risk of chronic pain may be transmitted from parents to children

Can an increased risk of chronic pain be transmitted from parents to children? Several factors may contribute, including genetics, effects on early development, social learning, and more according to a report in the journal PAIN, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Amanda L. Stone of Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn., and Anna C. Wilson of Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland, Ore., present a conceptual model of transmission of chronic pain, including potential mechanisms and moderating factors. The researchers write, "Such a framework highlights chronic pain as inherently familial and intergenerational, opening up avenues for new models of intervention and prevention that can be family-centered and include at-risk children."

Comment: Chronic pain may also be attributed to emotional trauma which can be passed along to future generations through DNA. For more information on how the traumatic experiences of our parents and their ancestors can affect us, see:


Chess

Monopoly medicine: How big pharma stops its competitors & monopolizes the health industry

When it comes to treating illness, disease in particular, on every level; academia, research and development, marketing, diagnoses, orthodox treatment, press and politics ... there is a pattern that runs throughout. This pattern reflects how Big Pharma is able to stop its alternative health competitors from getting any significant share of the market from sales in treating illness and thus monopolizes the health industry.

This in effect suppresses alternative health treatment regardless of cost and efficacy.

Comment: Why 'Alternative Medicine' is a dirty word to Big Pharma & the Medical Mafia
The War on Alternative Medicine

Consider this... the American Medical Association (AMA) has been waging a war against the entire chiropractic community since the 1920s. By spreading mis-truths and propaganda, the AMA attempts to discredit chiropractors as quacks and charlatans. They paint them as modern day snake-oil salesmen who do more harm than good.

As recently as 1987, the American Medical Association (AMA) and several other medical agencies were found guilty of attempting to create a monopoly on health care in the United States.

The courts found the AMA guilty of the following:
  1. Systematic defamation of naturopathic, chiropractic, and osteopathic physicians
  2. Publishing and distributing propaganda specifically intended to ruin other healthcare professional's reputations
  3. Forcing doctors to refuse collaboration with naturopathic, chiropractic, and osteopathic physicians in the co-management of patients
  4. Denying hospitals access to naturopathic, chiropractic, and osteopathic physicians



Cheeseburger

The globalization of fast food and the rise of worldwide obesity

25 years ago a doctor who traveled throughout Central America was amazed at not seeing any fat or obese people. The people looked vibrant and healthy, fast foods had not entered those countries and the people walked and ate 'real food'. Recently upon return, the doctor could hardly find those who were slim and in shape, it was as if the entire culture had changed and the people looked sick and lethargic.

To him, it was a clear indication that processed/fast foods had become a very tragic reality, directed to the young and setting them up for a lifetime pattern of health issues and an early death.

When it comes to globalization of the fast food culture it was American fast food restaurants such as McDonald's, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken who were able to transcend international borders and cultures and eventually find their way into the major cities of Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

Comment: See also: