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The 5 deadly sins of big pharma

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A pharmacist holds a package of EpiPens epinephrine auto-injector, a Mylan product, in Sacramento, Calif., last month. Mylan said it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine.
For Mylan, it was a perfect plan—diabolical, unstoppable. The company made changes in its anti-allergy EpiPen dispenser in 2009, enough to give it patent protection. Then, in 2012, it began to give away free pens to schools, gradually making school nurses at least partly dependent on them. Meanwhile the company was successfully lobbying for the "Emergency Epinephrine Act," commonly referred to as the "EpiPen Law," which encouraged the presence of epinephrine dispensers in schools. Most recently, after raising the price from $100 to $600, Mylan announced a half-price coupon, making itself appear generous even though the price had effectively jumped from $100 to $300.

This is capitalism at its worst, a greedy and disdainful profit-over-people system that leaves millions of Americans sick... or dead. These are the sins of the pharmaceutical industry.

Cloud Lightning

Vaccines: Are they a gift from God?

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It's fall in the northern hemisphere and more than one type of darkness has set in. Vaccines are being injected at lightning speed. New vaccines, untested vaccines, double-strength flu vaccines for the over 65 group; none of which have been shown to be effective at keeping anyone healthy. The naïve are lining up at clinics, shopping malls, and retail stores. They don't know which kind of vaccine they will receive. Which manufacturer is it? Does it have mercury? What chemicals does it contain? Why should they care? Why would they not trust their doctor (or their local pharmacist)?

These healthcare professionals say it is a good idea to get a flu vaccine to stay healthy this winter, so they allow disease to be injected into their muscles. The people have been mesmerized, duped and frightened by a bogeyman illness called the flu. Ironically, the real bogeyman - the silent monster that can wreak unrecognized havoc - just slipped beneath their skin, completely unnoticed, and masquerading as something healthy, called a vaccine. Despite any logic or science behind the mass marketing of the flu and pneumonia jabs, these vaccines remain the most recommended solution to preventing disease by the uninformed, propaganda-parroting practitioners.

The people who are getting vaccinated and the practitioners who are pushing vaccines are parishioners of the largest church on earth. They can be very devout and unreasonable. They believe this medical religion, vaccination, has saved millions of lives. They've read the holy bible of Merck and believe the mantras of the CDC that vaccines have eradicated disease from the Earth. They must be a gift from some god, right? But what else have these indoctrinated persons in white coats read about vaccines? With few exceptions, precious little. Most who administer these slurries don't even know what ingredients are in them.

Comment: Dr. Suzanne Humphries, author of Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History, is a nephrologist who has committed the latter part of her medical career to exposing the "lost history" of vaccinations. Read more:


Natural remedies and treatments for asthma and COPD

In traditional Chinese medicine, emotions and physical health are intimately connected. Sadness, nervous tension and anger, worry, fear, and overwork are each associated with a particular organ in the body. For example, irritability and inappropriate anger can affect the liver and result in menstrual pain, headache, redness of the face and eyes, dizziness and dry mouth.

The exact cause of asthma is not known but it can be triggered by allergies, air pollution, respiratory infections, emotions, weather conditions, sulfites in food and certain medications. Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the air passages that carry air from the nasal area and mouth to lungs and vice versa. When a person suffers from asthma, he/she finds it difficult to breathe in outside air and thus, feel suffocated and congested. One does not have to have asthma as an official diagnosis to have and feel difficulty with one's breathing. Our breathing is the most consistent barometer of our wellbeing telling us how we are feeling on a moment to moment basis. Our breathing tracks heart rate variability (HRV) with both being perfect mirrors of stress.

Comment: In addition to cutting out wheat -- not just reducing it -- eliminating dairy products and their resultant inflammation relieves breathing difficulties as well.


What took the Feds so long to ban toxic chemicals in soap?

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Some people love to hate government regulations. Many believe they're just bureaucratic barriers that waste our time. But the Food and Drug Administration just passed a new regulation that'll actually protect us, and may save you a few bucks and an unnecessary purchase at the store.

If you're one of the millions of Americans who buys antibacterial soaps, you've been, at a minimum, duped. But more importantly, you've been exposed to harmful chemicals.

Antibacterial soaps sound good. After all, no one wants to imagine their hands teeming with bacteria.

We are utterly covered in microorganisms. That idea grosses us out, and some of that bacteria can make us sick. Kill them all, we think.

But in reality, we couldn't survive without beneficial bacteria, some of which help protect our immune system. And antibacterial soaps are no better at preventing disease than regular soap and water.


The hefty cost of caring for children & adults with Autism

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According to the 2014 Health National Survey, 1 in 45 American children between the ages of 3 and 17 years old have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).1 It is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S.2 This figure is concerning for several reasons, one of which is the financial cost to parents for caring for their child. In the U.S., poverty among families with an autistic child is growing rapidly with very limited government-funded programs to assist parents.3 This places a big burden on families with autistic children.

The Lifetime Cost of Raising a Child with ASD

ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder associated with impaired social ability particularly with respect to communication and interaction. Other characteristics of ASD include restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and limited interest in activities.4 The disorder ranges from mild to severe cases that make daily routines challenging and nearly impossible for those affected and their families.4 ASD is associated with functional impairments that carry long-term health, social and financial costs for families and the society at large.

According to authors of a 2014 study published in JAMA Pediatrics, the financial toll on families and society "is much higher than previously suggested."5 The study finds that the cost of supporting an individual with ASD with an intellectual disability over their lifetime amounts to $2.4 million in the U.S. The study estimates that between 40-60% of individuals with ASD also have an intellectual disability.5 The cost of supporting an individual with ASD without an intellectual disability is $1.4 million.

Comment: Senior scientist at MIT declares 'half of all children will be autistic by 2025


Protecting Big Pharma profits: The DEA aims to make kratom a schedule 1 drug

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Kratom is used in head shop products including tea.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), currently starring in the new season of the Netflix series "Narcos," is busy trying to class a relatively innocuous alternative treatment to methadone, kratom, as "Schedule I," putting it on par with heroin, cocaine, and the most "dangerous" of them all - cannabis.

Citing questionable claims about its potential to cause fatal overdoses, the DEA hopes to list the natural opioid starting October 1, but a petition against the change has more than 110,000 signatures and counting, and points to studies that claim "it has been shown numerous times in reports from users to help recovering Opiate addicts, treat pain, combat depression and anxiety, and much more."

Comment: All that matters to Big Pharma is the bottom line and they will do everything in their power thwart access to natural alternatives. For more on the benefits of kratom see: The eradication of natural alternatives - Big Pharma wants to eliminate the competition


15 years later: 9/11 Emergency responders and civilians turning up with record rates of cancer, respiratory diseases and PTSD

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“We will never know the composition of that cloud, because the wind carried it away, but people were breathing and eating it. What we do know is that it had all kinds of god-awful things in it. Burning jet fuel. Plastics, metal, fiberglass, asbestos. It was thick, terrible stuff. A witch’s brew.”
After 9/11 New Yorkers were assured the air was safe by the EPA. The federal government was slow to respond with health programs to help survivors despite recognizing the worst health effects wouldn't be seen for 10-15 years. But 15 years later cancer rates doubled.

One of the people at the forefront of efforts to get help for first responders was John Feal, a first responder who lost half his foot working at Ground Zero.

"We walked the halls of Congress for six years to get it (Zadroga Act) passed in 2010," John Feal, executive director of the FealGood Foundation told RT. "At the time everyone was jumping up and down that it was passed, but the first words out of my mouth were 'we've got more work to do.'"

"I don't celebrate when human life is at stake, when people are sick and dying. How do you celebrate?" added Feal. "Cancer wasn't even part of the bill when it we got it passed in 2010. We had to fight and advocate and petition the committee to get cancers added and that was a year later in 2011."

Comment: Tens of thousands have developed statistically impossible diseases with the vast majority misdiagnosed for years and only a small number of victims compensated. The situation in New York is similar to the government's previous attempts to cover-up or deny the health problems of Vietnam and Gulf war veterans exposed to toxic chemicals.

Cell Phone

Why men should never put their cell phone in their pocket: Study shows prolonged exposure to radiation destroys sperm

Despite all the fears about cell phones and radiation, most of us still put our phones in our jean pockets.

It's easy, convenient, and any bad effects are impossible to see.

But a new study warns there is conclusive evidence that men in particular need to find another storage spot.

A systemic review of 21 research papers on radiation shows phones placed close to a man's genitals for a prolonged period of time steadily drive down sperm count.

And among the studies, many suggest surviving sperm could be DNA-damaged.

The biological phenomenon is currently under fierce debate since scientists have no way to explain how non-ionizing radiation influences the body.

Comment: We have only just, in recent years, come to terms with the highly damaging effect that EMF radiation has to our health:


Vitamin C prevents side effects from the MMR vaccine

Comment: This article is very informative in an era where government agencies are requiring two doses of the MMR vaccine for young children even when there is evidence of its link with autism.

This is not an article about whether vaccinations are "good" or "bad." This is an article about how high-dose vitamin C can protect children from vaccination side effects. Until we have real choice as to whether or not we vaccinate our children, we must seek ways to make immunizations safer. High-dose vitamin C makes immunizations safer.
Giving the MMR Shot to a Child with Known Vaccination Sensitivity

Our daughter recently received the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination. In fact, she received two. New York State recently changed the law requiring an additional MMR shot in order for children to attend kindergarten. We had to make sure that she received both injections this summer before school started. We were concerned about giving her two MMR shots (and so close together) because after a previous vaccination she had a serious reaction.

Years ago, before we learned to give huge doses of vitamin C before, during, and after immunizations, our daughter (then age 15 months) had a severe reaction to the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) vaccination: she lost her coordination, was screaming, falling over, and spiked a high fever. High-dose, saturation-level vitamin C cured her reaction to the DPT vaccine and taught us an important lesson: give more vitamin C. Much, much more. Now, in order to protect our children from any vaccination side effects, we give very high doses of vitamin C before, during (yes, even at the doctor's office) and after immunizations. To read more see: http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v11n09.shtml and http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v12n07.shtml.

No, the MMR shot is not the same as a DPT shot. Just because our child reacted to one vaccine, doesn't necessarily mean she will react to another. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Any vaccine can cause side effects" and "like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems." See: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm When you consider just how much vitamin C our daughter held after the MMR vaccinations, we have to ask ourselves one question: where was it all going?

Comment: Vitamin C has an excellent track record: Nevertheless, those with iron overload issues should be aware of the following research when using vitamin C:

The iron elephant - The dangers of iron overload


Welcome to the island where people forget to die and diseases like lung cancer mysteriously disappear

One day in 1976, Stamatis Moraitis of Boynton Beach, Florida, felt short of breath. Climbing stairs was a chore; he had to quit working midday. After reviewing his X-rays, his doctor concluded that Moraitis had lung cancer. As he recalls, nine other doctors confirmed the diagnosis. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s.

Moraitis, a Greek war veteran who had arrived in the United States in 1943, considered staying and seeking aggressive treatment. That way, he and his wife, Elpiniki, could be close to his adult children. But he decided to return to his native island, Ikaria, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery that overlooked the Aegean Sea. He and Elpiniki moved in with his elderly parents, into a tiny, whitewashed house on two acres of stepped vineyards on the north side of Ikaria.

At first, Moraitis spent his days in bed. On Sunday mornings, he hobbled up the hill to a tiny Greek Orthodox chapel where his grand­father once served as a priest. When his childhood friends started showing up every afternoon, they'd talk for hours, an activity that invariably involved a bottle or two of locally produced wine. I might as well die happy, he thought.