Dr. Mercola has this lengthy exposé on PBS’s apparent collusions with FDA and other bureaucrats to smear the nutritional supplement industry, via the Frontline program. This is a very informative refutation of the anti-nutrition propaganda that consumers are bombarded with every day from the corporate drug-shills of the mainstream media.
I have had my share of medical problems either worsened or caused by either bad advice or bad prescription drugs from “doctors,” and I hope to some day be able to write about my experiences, although I am not sure I want to do that (but I probably will). The doctors are very influenced by the freebies they get from the drug makers, not just free drug samples themselves but other goodies such as coffee mugs and clipboards with the drug makers’ names on them. I’ve seen it with my own damn eyes, everyone. Many of today’s doctors are marketing reps for the drug makers to the point that they intentionally withhold information regarding nutritional benefits not as much from nutritional supplements but just from actual foods themselves. And I know that from personal experience as well as having read others’ experiences on various forums in recent years now.
In addition to Dr. Mercola’s article linked above, I would like to reprint here my posts regarding an NPR interview and a PBS interview on these issues, the harm that Big Pharma has done to people and continues to do, for the sake of greed and profits. And I will also repost my more recent post on the relationship between psychiatric drugs and violence.
I’ll repost all three by chronological order.
NPR Promotes the Pharmaceutical Industry, But Not Prevention and Staying Healthy
January 11, 2013
I really don’t have time to do a regular post today, but I felt I just had to write this, especially because of the flu outbreak hysteria and media hype. Yes, the flu that’s going around has caused several deaths. But it’s hardly an epidemic.
Yesterday I happened to hear about 20 minutes of the Diane Rehm Show, discussing this issue. I didn’t hear the whole thing, so maybe I missed something, although I have seen the transcript. Here is the transcript. The panel of doctors and government bureaucrats discussed the current flu outbreak.
They talked about the “importance” of the flu vaccine, but didn’t really address preventative health measures, except for “hand washing,” which is a good idea, and wearing surgical masks, etc. But no one seemed to suggest taking vitamins, anti-oxidant supplements and probiotics, and eating healthy foods (and refraining from unhealthy activities such as smoking and drinking, which reduce one’s healthiness and can compromise the immune system).
They didn’t exactly invite a nutritionist or alternative medicine practitioner on the panel.
But they did have someone on from GlaxoSmithKline. (Hmmm….)
Well, one caller observed and asked, “to me, it just feels like the flu vaccine — well, I know that it’s legitimate for, you know, a certain population. It just does feel like it’s being force-fed on us and, you know, pharmaceutical companies are going to make billions of dollars. And why is the government not encouraging us to eat right and sleep well and…”
After then interrupting the caller, Ms. Rehm had the hack from GlaxoSmithKline answer that question, but NOT one of the actual MD physicians on the panel. The GlaxoSmithKline person began by repeating the caller’s suggestion of staying healthy for prevention, but then he goes on with the importance of seeing a doctor, and stressed the importance of the vaccines. No one on the panel mentioned vitamins, probiotics or supplements, or avoiding behaviors which compromise the immune system!
I really don’t want to accuse NPR of being a “shill for Big Pharma,” but … if the shoe fits ….
Anyway, I’ve posted these before, but here are some articles about the flu vaccine. People have a right to see alternative information, research and recommendations in order to make truly informed choices about their health and prevention.
The most important article is by Dr. Donald Miller, cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at University of Washington, Seattle, and among other things in the article, Dr. Miller promotes Vitamin D.
Bill Sardi: The American Flu Charade
Mike Adams: Vitamin D proven far better than vaccines at preventing influenza infections
Ethan Huff: In ‘Universal’ Flu Shot Push, Medical Industry Admits Current Flu Shots Are Useless
Susanne Posel: CDC Pushes Flu Vaccine for Children in New fear-Mongering Campaign
Anthony Gucciardi: 3 Reasons to Reconsider Flu Shots
Alex Newman: Risks of the Swine Flu Vaccine
Paul Joseph Watson: New Study Finds Link Between Flu Shot, H1N1 Pandemic
New Study on HPV Vaccine “Preventing Cancer”
June 23, 2013
As usual, the State-stenographer news media are jumping up and down like dogs as the CDC promotes more profits for Big Pharma, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline in this case. That’s the bottom line. If you want to take the CDC’s word for it and believe that a purported anti-HPV vaccine will actually prevent cervical cancer, then that’s up to you.
In this PBS MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour interview, Margaret Warner and the CDC’s Dr. Anne Schuchat neglected to mention the severe health problems and several deaths directly related to the vaccine Gardasil, which is produced by Merck. Gardasil and Glaxo’s Cervarix were the vaccines used in the study.
Nor did they mention any other ways toward cancer prevention such as avoiding certain risky things such as smoking or the importance of nutritional support.
A few months ago, I wrote about NPR host Diane Rehm who seemed to be promoting the pharmaceutical industry when discussing the flu vaccine, but not promoting prevention and staying healthy. I wrote that
no one [on the discussion panel] seemed to suggest taking vitamins, anti-oxidant supplements and probiotics, and eating healthy foods (and refraining from unhealthy activities such as smoking and drinking, which reduce one’s healthiness and can compromise the immune system).
They didn’t exactly invite a nutritionist or alternative medicine practitioner on the panel.
But they did have someone on from GlaxoSmithKline. (Hmmm….)
It seems that in the mainstream media news coverage of this recent CDC study, almost no one is bringing up the harm (and lawsuits) caused by these dangerous vaccines.
Now, regarding the HPV vaccine preventing cervical cancer issue, I think it’s a stretch to conclude that because the vaccine supposedly prevents the spread of HPV, and, despite the fact that most people diagnosed with HPV do not develop cancer, because HPV has in certain cases been associated with cervical cancer, that therefore, the HPV vaccine will prevent cervical cancer.
According to the CDC itself, 90% of cases of HPV go away on their own within just two years. So, the hype regarding all this is really questionable.
And there are other factors involved in developing cancer, cervical or otherwise.
Just recently, Bill Sardi had an article on LewRockwell.com on a Japanese study which showed how natural cancer treatments led to the total disappearance of cancer in several hundred patients in the study.
The treatment team at the Saisei Mirai Clinic uses a combination of therapies that include (a) weekly Gc-MAF injections; (b) high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy twice a week; (c) oral alpha lipoic antioxidant supplementation 600 mg/day; (d) oral vitamin D3, 5000-10,000 IU/day.
“All of these therapies aim to strengthen and activate the immune system and take a holistic approach to fighting cancer rather than a localized approach that is common with conventional therapies such as radiation and surgery,” their report says.
Dr. Donald Miller, a cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, has written this extensive article on the importance of vitamins and nutritional supplements, this extensive article on saturated fats, and this article on the importance of vitamin D in preventing the flu rather than getting the flu vaccine.
Sadly, there seems to be some sort of short-sighted fascination in our society with instant fixes, and the enmeshment of the big pharmaceutical corporations with the State has promoted such a fascination, and the mainstream media just follow the lead of government bureaucrats.
On Merck’s Gardasil vaccine, Karen De Coster did this post in September of 2009 on the Tyranny of the Pharmaceutical-Congressional-Medical Complex. She cited a 2007 Judicial Watch analysis which found over 3,000 complaints about adverse reactions from the vaccine, within the first year of its availability, information obtained only through FOIA requests.
In that post, Karen De Coster linked to several articles, including regarding the Judicial Watch findings, and the possible link between Gardasil and ALS, As of that 2009 post there had already been 32 reported deaths associated with the Gardasil vaccine.
And in 2011 Judicial Watch had again obtained information through further FOIA requests, and reported that, between September 2010 and September 2011 28 new deaths had been reported, “as well as incidents of seizures, paralysis, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short term memory loss and Guillain-Barré Syndrome.”
Glaxo’s Cervarix vaccine, the other vaccine used in the recent CDC study with Merck’s Gardasil, has also been linked to several thousand reported adverse reactions.
Anthony Gucciardi of NaturalSociety.com in 2011 provided this Gardasil timeline that also included a link to a CalWatchdog.com article. Cal Watchdog showed how Merck’s financial contributions to California state legislators helped Merck to gain its treasured mandatory Gardasil vaccination program in California. I guess Merck had to go that route after in 2007 they discontinued their intensive lobbying efforts to make their vaccine mandatory, based on so many complaints about it already by that time.
And Sibel Edmonds wrote in 2011 how California not only made such vaccines mandatory, but removes the right of parents to even be informed that such a vaccination would be taking place.
Gardasil vaccines were made mandatory for young girls in Texas, signed by Gov. Rick Perry who was also closely tied to Merck, having benefited a great deal financially from Merck campaign donations.
Judicial Watch details the most recent claims totaling over $5.8 million paid to 49 victims of these HPV vaccines.
Most recently, The American Dream Blog had an article regarding 2o Signs That the Pharmaceutical Companies Are Running a 280 Billion Dollar Money Making Scam.
Here are some more articles regarding vaccine issues:
The Autism-Vaccine Debate: Why It Won’t Go Away
Secrets About Vaccines and Autism
New Evidence Refutes Fraud Findings in Dr. Wakefield Case
The Influence of Big Pharma in the Dr. Wakefield Controversy
And here is a short documentary by Natural News on how Big Pharma has been responsible for many more deaths than guns each year:
Mass Murders, Psychiatric Drugs, and Gun Control
October 2, 2015
I am absolutely furious. There is steam coming out of my ears now. Must I continue taking time to write about this stuff, again? First, we have a mainstream media intentionally not reporting on the psychiatric drugs aspect behind most of the mass shootings, because many of the media outlets’ corporate sponsors include the pharmaceutical companies. And then we have the government criminals whose main goal with gun control is to disarm the civilian population to make them vulnerable and disable the civilians’ means of protecting their lives and liberty.
Once again, there was yet another mass shooting, this time on a college campus in Oregon. So far, we haven’t heard whether or not the shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, was taking any psychiatric drugs, or had been taking them and stopped. But already there are indications that he was. The mainstream media do not cover the fact that most of these modern day mass shooters were either on those SSRI anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-psychotics (and often mixed with prescription pain-killers), or had been taking them but stopped and were in a withdrawal phase.
A Los Angeles Times article gives us a preliminary indication of the probability of psychiatric drugs in this case:
Mercer was among five students listed in the 2009 graduating class at Switzer Learning Center, … (which) teaches students with special needs, emotional disturbances, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and other health issues.
Oftentimes, the young people, even at a very early age, are diagnosed or misdiagnosed, really labeled, as having “autism,” “Asperger’s,” “ADHD,” or with “depression,” etc. and they are given those powerful psychiatric drugs. The drugs themselves have been shown to exacerbate emotional problems including depression. Some of the side effects include aggressive and violent behavior, as well as having an effect on the individual’s sense of conscience and self-control.
As I noted before, the South Carolina church shooter, Dylan Storm Roof, was on the benzodiazepine anti-anxiety drug Xanax and the pain killer Suboxone. (Another well-known benzodiazepine drug is Valium.) Suboxone is a dangerous drug known to cause violent outbursts.
Last year’s Santa Barbara college shooter, Elliot Rodger, was on Xanax and the pain killer Vicodin.
The Aurora Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was taking the SSRI antidepressant Zoloft and the anti-anxiety drug Clonazepam. (Other SSRI drugs include Prozac and Paxil.)
The Germanwings Airlines co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who took down his plane and mass-murdered 144 people had been on Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety drug, as well as an unnamed antidepressant.
And Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris had been on Luvox, an SSRI anti-depressant also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders.
While it was not officially confirmed that Sandy Hook School shooter Adam Lanza had been on psychiatric drugs, a parents rights organization sued the state of Connecticut to release Lanza’s medical records, but the request was denied “because ‘it would cause a lot of people to stop taking their medications’.” I guess that answers that question.
And Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist who has testified several times before Congress on these issues, speculates that Nidal Hasan, the 2009 Fort Hood shooter who apparently was a military psychiatrist, was in all likelihood “self-medicating” with psychiatric drugs. Dr. Breggin observes:
I’ve given seminars to the staff at both hospitals where Hasan was trained, Walter Reed in DC and the national military medical center in Bethesda, Maryland. The psychiatrists had no interest in anything except medicating their patients.
Modern psychiatry is not about counseling and empowering people. It’s about controlling and suppressing them, and that’s a dismal affair for patients and doctors alike. The armed forces have been taken in by the false claims of modern psychiatry.
By contrast, it’s not depressing to do psychotherapy or counseling. As therapists, it’s inspiring when people entrust their feelings and their life stories to us. There is no burn out when therapists feel concern and empathy for their patients and help them to find the strength and direction to reclaim their lives.
But being an ordinary psychiatrist is deadly depressing. Psychiatrists routinely commit spiritual murder by disregarding and suppressing their patients’ feelings and even their cognitive functions, making it impossible for them to conquer to their emotional struggles. It’s no wonder my colleagues have such high suicide and drug addiction rates.
Before Hasan became a murderer, he was a toxic agent stifling the morale of his patients by empathizing with their enemies rather than with them. The army needs to investigate the evil impact that this man must have had on the hundreds of soldiers he discouraged and drugged. He probably made his own personal contribution to the rising suicide rate among soldiers.
Psychiatrists are notorious for treating themselves with psychiatric drugs. They have them freely available and they simply don’t know anything different. The odds are that Dr. Hasan was self-medicating with antidepressants and tranquilizers that were causing his increasing disinhibition, at least in his pronouncements, until his final Allahu Akbar before he began shooting.
Yes, Hasan was motivated by Islamic religious fanaticism, as was, allegedly, the recent Oregon college shooter. And the South Carolina church shooter apparently was motivated by racism. Yet, had these bad people not been taking those very powerful psychiatric drugs they probably would have controlled their emotions and aggression and not committed acts of murderous violence against others.
For an even more extensive list of mass shootings and the psychiatric drugs the shooters had been taking or been in withdrawal from, see this article by Jerome Corsi, and this article by Melissa Melton.
Dr. Peter Breggin, by the way, has written several books on these matters, including Medication Madness: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide and Crime; and Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions.
As I have written previously, for those who are taking any of those drugs and want to get off them, to prevent a possible dangerous reaction to withdrawal, see Dr. Breggin’s book on psychiatric drug withdrawal, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families.
Here is a recent interview of Dr. Breggin by Lew Rockwell. Breggin gets into the connection between these mass shootings and the psychiatric drugs at about 21:00 into the interview.
Will the mainstream media zombies ever begin to report on these important aspects of the mass shootings of the past 20 years or so? When I was growing up, there were no school shootings. At least, none that I can remember ever hearing about. There was the Kent State massacre, but that was the government shooting and murdering innocent students. Government goons don’t need psychiatric drugs to make it easier for them to kill people. They’re the government!
And when I was growing up, there was no “ADHD” or “Asperger’s,” i.e. made-up labels to stick to kids just for acting like normal kids. And there was no Adderall, no Ritalin, no Xanax. The top 12 deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history begin in 1966.
Besides these mass killers not controlling their emotions and aggression as normal people do, there is also the cultural aspect to this violence. American culture is now one of immediacy, distraction, and narcissism. And as Butler Shaffer and Jacob Hornberger observed, perhaps one reason why these mass shootings happen more in the United States and not in most other countries is that our government is the one government mainly that starts wars of aggression against other countries, occupies foreign lands and acts with impunity against foreigners. The American government police are also notorious now for their criminal violence against innocents. These criminal acts of aggression by government goons against foreigners and against the bureaucrats’ own fellow Americans are now being seen, especially by the young, as implicit acceptance of violence.
But rather than looking at these actual causes of these shootings, especially the psychiatric drugs, the mainstream media instead promote the government-imposed gun control agenda!
Yeah, how’s that “Gun Free Zone” stuff working out at Sandy Hook, and this week in Oregon, and at Fort Hood? You see, all you gun control robots out there, when you impose legal restrictions on guns, those who actually obey the law will obey those laws. The criminals, however, who don’t obey laws against murder, rape, robbery, and assault, obviously will not obey the gun laws! Why can’t the anti-gun people understand that? I wonder if they really just like the idea of disarming innocent people, and making innocent people defenseless. Including people deemed “mentally ill.” (But who is to decide who has “mental illness“? All those mentally ill bureaucrats in Washington? All those idiot psychiatrists and primary care “doctors” prescribing those life-destroying drugs like candy? But I digress.) Eventually, those people who disagree with the Regime and criticize the Bureaucracy will be diagnosed by the government psychiatrists as “mentally ill”!
No, it just makes the gun-grabbers feel good to see that they are taking away guns from peaceful, law-abiding people. But one thing the emotion-driven control freaks don’t like to acknowledge is that all tyrannical government regimes disarm the population as a way to strengthen and expand the bureaucrats’ own power and control. The Nazis disarmed the Jews to make it easier to murder them, by the way, as discussed in this book on Gun Control in the Third Reich by Stephen Halbrook. Yet, when we who understand history bring up these points against gun control, the gun-grabbing fanatics scoff at it, like we’re the irrational ones!