Vaccine Victims Are Now Slowly Rising Up Against Big Pharma

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The 2009 swine flu panic has prompted more than 60 million people to get vaccinated against the disease. Unfortunately, thanks to the damaging effects of the vaccine, countless numbers of individuals have now developed a range of health problems, including sleep disturbances, memory impairments and even brain damage!  Continue reading

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18 Links About Cancer, Cures, Safer Treatments, And How To Prevent It

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Today is World Cancer Day. Now I am all for awareness for diseases and whatnot, but I think it’s safe to say we all know what cancer is. The issue on hand is the fact that most people are more focused on the dangerous treatments they use to treat or rid themselves of the disease, which normally results in the cancer patient dying anyway. It’s also safe to say that we have all lost at least one person in our lives to cancer. The focus should really be on the ways to PREVENT cancer and also the many alternative methods to treat and cure cancer. They are out there, but the government is in bed with the pharmaceutical companies and most of us know it’s all about the money. Finding or approving a cure would mean that Big Pharm would lose A LOT of money. Continue reading

‘There is NO Debate’: Facts the Herald Sun Hides About the Anti-Vaccine ‘Myths’

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The vaccine debate is heating up in Australia, following the ‘No Jab, No Pay; No Jab, No Play’ legislation that was introduced on the first of January.

There are strong feelings on both sides of the matter—and understandably—the well-being of our most vulnerable citizens, the citizens we are responsible for and love dearly—our children, is at stake here.  Continue reading

Fraudulent Big Pharma Science Leads to Half a Million Psych Drug Deaths Every Year

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Psychiatric drugs kill an estimated 500,000 people per year, looking only at people over age 65 living in Western countries, according to an analysis conducted by a world-renowned Danish researcher.

Peter Gotzsche, research director at the Nordic Cochrane Centre, cited the figure in an article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), in which he argues that psychiatric drugs have only “minimal” benefits but very severe side effects. Most use of these drugs could be halted without doing any harm, he says.

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Reigniting Awe In Everyday Life With Psilocybin Mushrooms

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Looking at the lives of those fully invested in the consensus reality of the conventional Western world, there is a consuming grayness, or flatness, that seems to permeate throughout. The socioeconomic and philosophical constructs, or conceptual frameworks, by which adults are ‘educated’ or trained to utilize in the conceptualizing of raw experience are grossly engineered to generate ‘business professional robots’ rather than happy, intelligent and inspired people. Continue reading

March Is A Big Month For Marijuana! 5 States Move Toward Legalization

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The legislative season is in full swing at statehouses around the country, and cannabis is hot. And we’re not even talking about medical marijuana or decriminalization bills, we’re talking about outright legalization bills.

Early this month, the General Social Survey, the “gold standard” of public opinion polls, reported that for the first time, a majority nationwide favor legalization. Other recent opinion polls, including Gallup and Pew, have reported similar results. And all have reported rather dramatic increases in support in recent years, with the trend still continuing upward. Continue reading

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

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Two pharmacists from Massachusetts were charged with second-degree murder in connection with a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed at least 64 people and injured about 750, according to an indictment made public Wednesday. Continue reading

Big Pharma made $711 billion overcharging seniors and disabled

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(RT) The 11 largest drug companies have made $711 billion in profits in just a decade, largely due to overcharging Medicare, which does not seek out competitive prices and uses taxpayer funds to support Big Pharma.

Since Medicare is prohibited from purchasing drugs based on their cost, its prescription drug program has been making large payouts to drug companies that have overcharged the program for years, according to an analysis by Health Care for America Now (HCAN).

“There is nothing wrong with a company making profits – that’s what their supposed to do. But the drug industry’s profits are excessive as a result of overcharging American consumers and taxpayers,” writes Ethan Rome, executive director of HCAN, for the Huffington Post. “We pay significantly more than any other country for the exact same drugs.”

Rome notes that per capita drug spending in the US is 40 percent higher than in Canada, 75 percent greater than in Japan, and nearly 300 percent greater than Denmark.

The 11 largest global prescription drug companies have skyrocketed since the MedicarePart D prescription drug program was launched in 2006. The government health program enables seniors and the disabled to buy taxpayer-subsidized coverage for many of the most widely disseminated medicines. But Medicare is prohibited from negotiatingprices with pharmaceutical companies or seeking out more cost-effective drugs, thereby costing seniors, the disabled and American taxpayers billions of dollars more than some argue the drugs are worth.

Some lawmakers have recently urged Congress to consider changing the law, for the sake of cutting unnecessarily high costs. Wisconsin Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach told Wisconsin Public Radio that his state could save $1.2 billion over ten years if Congress were to allow Medicare to partake in prescription drug negotiations.

“I understand that pharmaceutical companies are for-profit companies,” he told the station last week. “I understand there’s a lot of research and development that goes into the products that they produce. All of that being said, it shouldn’t cost us more to get that kind of pharmaceuticals we need to have.”

But according to the HCAN analysis, Big Pharma spends very little on research and development. Even though pharmaceuticals cite research as a costly part of its operations, the money spent on this is exaggerated, Rome claims. Drug companies spend 19 times more on marketing than on research and development – another reason why the industry reaps so much in profits each year, he adds.

US President Barack Obama has long promised to repeal the prohibition on Medicarenegotiations with drug companies, but has so far failed to do so. The Veterans Administration currently negotiates drug prices, and manufacturers argue that lettingMedicare take over the negotiations would make no difference to the industry. Supporters of drug manufacturers also continue to emphasize the high costs of research and development.

But the Congressional Budget Office found that if Medicare were to receive the same bulk-purchasing discounts on prescription drugs that state Medicaid programs receive, the federal government would cut its spending by $137 billion over 10 years.

“Our politicians give all kinds of tax breaks and subsidies to big corporations that don’t need them: Big Oil. Wall Street. Companies that ship our jobs overseas,” Rome writes. “Every gift to a special interest, including allowing Big Pharma to overchargeMedicare, is an expenditure of scarce tax dollars. That’s called wasteful spending.”

Now Obama Targets Your FedEx, UPS Packages

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(WND) -The Obama administration is demanding the nation’s two biggest shipping companies police the contents of Americans’ sealed packages, and a FedEx spokesman is warning that the move “has the potential to threaten the privacy of all customers that send or receive packages.”

FedEx and UPS are in the Justice Department’s cross-hairs for not flagging shipments of illegally prescribed drugs the companies say they had no way of knowing were in their possession.

Criminal charges could be coming against the carriers, even though the government has not alleged any deliberate wrongdoing by the companies.

FedEx spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald said his company has a 40-year history of actively assisting the government crackdown on any criminal conduct, but he told WND this probe was very different from the start.

“What is unusual and really disturbing is it became clear to us along the way that FedEx was being targeted for some level criminal activity as it relates to these medicines that are being shipped from pharmacies, and we find it to be completely absurd because it’s really not our role,” Fitzgerald said. “We have no way of knowing what is legal and not within the packages that we’re picking up and delivering in this situation.”

“At the heart of the investigation are sealed packages that are being sent by, as far as we can tell, licensed pharmacies. These are medicines with legal prescriptions written by licensed physicians. So it’s difficult for us to understand where we would have some role in this. We are a transportation company that picks up and delivers close to 10 million packages every day. They are sealed packages, so we have no way of knowing specifically what’s inside and we have no interest in violating the privacy rights of our customers,” Fitzgerald said.

In addition to the unrealistic expectation that the federal government seems to have for the companies to know what’s in every package, Fitzgerald said protecting the rights of customers is paramount and the issues go hand-in-hand.

“They clearly are attempting to put some responsibility for the legality of the contents of these packages. That’s why for us it goes far beyond even just the online pharmacy situation. This really has a chilling effect. It has the potential to threaten the privacy of all customers that send or receive packages via FedEx because the government is assigning a role on us as law enforcement or taking on their role in a way that is not appropriate,” Fitzgerald said.

FedEx sought to diffuse the standoff by offering to stop doing business with any pharmacies that the government suspected to be involved in illegal activities. The Justice Department declined, citing the potential for the pharmacies to sue over a lack of due process.

“If the government were to come to us and give us the name of a customer that’s engaged in some level of illegal activity, we can immediately stop shipping for that customer. We will not tolerate any illegal activity within our networks,” Fitzgerald said. “What we want here is a solution that will apply for the entire industry and serve the public’s interest. That’s why we find it completely absurd and, to a large degree, stunning that the government is not working with us on that solution as they have with other problems in the past. As long as they’re not doing that, there’s really no solution even if they were to pursue an investigation or criminal charges against a specific company. There needs to be an industry-wide solution that will put a stop to this problem.”

That leaves FedEx and UPS with the task of stopping illegal shipments from sources the government will not divulge.

“The comparison that we’ve made is a no-fly list. It’s as if the government were to go to major commercial airlines and accuse them of some level of criminal activity if they were to allow somebody on the no-fly list onto one of their planes without providing them a no-fly list,” Fitzgerald said. “What we want here is the no-fly list for online pharmacies. If they are aware of some level of illegal activity by some number of pharmacies, simply provide us that list and we will stop providing service. It’s a very simple solution.”

Fitzgerald said no other private carriers are being targeted by the Justice Department, and he has no evidence to suggest this probe is designed to boost the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service at the expense of private competitors.

UPS is currently negotiating a settlement with the government, but FedEx is fighting this all the way.

“Settlement is not an option for us when there’s no illegal activity on our part,” Fitzgerald said.

Poll: 47 Million Believe Big Pharma Creates Disease

(Natural Society) -A new major poll from the organization Public Policy Polling over what United States citizens believe to be true about their government and beyond has revealed that a whopping 47 million citizens are privy to the fact that the Big Pharma pharmaceutical industry and the current medical health paradigm are actually generating further sickness within the nation. And that’s just within the United States.

The poll, which asked questions about everything from the use of sodium fluoride in the water to the assassination of JFK, has been popping up in the media where reporters are lumping together concerns about Big Pharma with the belief in Bigfoot. The issue with the poll, however, is that there is really some strange wording within the questions that I think altered the actual response of the individuals who were surveyed due to the oftentimes confusing or more ‘sinister’ wording utilized by the Public Policy Polling agency.

For example, the question regarding the medical establishment working together with Big Pharma reads as follows:

“Do you believe that the pharmaceutical industry is in league with the medical industry to “invent” new diseases in order to make money, or not?”

And 47 million people, based on the poll stats, agree that this is the case. But if the wording were to be changed even slightly, I think that we’d see even more widespread acceptance within the public — of which 15% of the entire United States population would agree according to this poll. For example, the wording here could be confusing with the usage of the word invent with quotations, as it could imply that these industries are creating new diseases that are previously unheard of instead of just generating sickness within the population.

If the polling company had asked “Do you believe that the pharmaceutical industry and the medical establishment are working together to keep the population sick?” I believe a much greater ‘yes’ response would be seen. Also, the profit portion alienates at least a few percentage points as many individuals believe that the motivation is not profit at all.

But this can be seen to a much greater extent with the question regarding the ill effects of fluoride, which reads:

“Do you believe the government adds fluoride to our water supply, not for dental health reasons, but for other, more sinister reasons, or not?”

This time, we see that the question involves the addition of ‘sinister reasons’ to the list. The media then takes it and says 74% of people think water fluoridation is healthy. Instead, the poll should have asked if fluoride is dangerous to the human body or lowers IQ. What would be amazing in such a scenario is that we’d see, still, a large percentage of people say that fluorides does not lower IQ when even Harvard research and 25 plus other studies have confirmed that it does. That is in addition to damaging developing brains.

60 Lab Studies Now Confirm Cancer Link To A Vaccine You Probably Had As A Child

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Dr. Maurice Hilleman made astounding revelations in an interview that was cut from The Health Century — the admission that Merck drug company vaccines had been injecting dangerous viruses into people worldwide.

Bear in mind that Dr. Hilleman was the developer of Merck’s vaccine program. He developed over three dozen vaccines, more than any other scientist in history. He was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Continue reading

FDA raid company in Florida for illegal dietary supplements

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(Digital Journal) -The FDA and U.S. marshals have raided a company in Flordia  called Globe All Wellness LLC and have seized supplies of the dietary supplement  Meridia, a weight loss drug that was withdrawn from the market in 2010.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that the illegal dietary supplements from the  Florida based pharmacy were seized because some may contain a dangerous  pharmaceutical ingredient.

According to Consumer Lab, the drugs seized included SlimXtreme,  SlimXtreme Gold, SlimPlus, SlimLee, GelSlim, SlimDrops, and Colonew.

Speaking about the action, Howard  Sklamberg, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug  Evaluation and Research, is quoted by UPI as saying: “Companies that distribute products  containing undisclosed drugs are not only breaking the law, they are putting  consumers at risk. With these kinds of hidden dangers, consumers cannot make  informed decisions about the products they are taking.”

The drug in question is Meridia, a weight loss dietary supplement. The drug is  usually in the form of the hydrochloride monohydrate salt compressed into a  tablet, and is taken as an oral anorexiant. The drug was withdrawn in 2010  because of concerns that  consumption of the pills could increase the risk of  heart attack and stroke. This was based on a study, reviewed by the FDA, which showed that the drug (under the  drug’s generic name Sibutramine) posed a significant risk of an adverse  cardiovascular event occurring in patients.

Although the FDA, along with the  European Union, banned the drug from sale, in October 2011, the FDA warned that 20 brands of dietary supplements were  tainted with sibutramine.

The news of the FDA raid follows other  concerns with dietary supplements, pills that are not subject to the same  regulations as prescription medicines. In 2012, the Digital Journal reported that a dietary supplement called  Reumofan Plus, manufactured in Mexico and sold in the USA, has been found to  contain ‘unlisted ingredients’ which are harmful to human health. Also during  2012, three different supplements manufactured in the U.S: Cataplex ACP,  Cataplex C, and Pancreatrophin PMG were withdrawn from the market due to suspected contamination  with Salmonella bacteria.

Read more:  http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/343841#ixzz2LNgyHdx7

The 7 Most Prescribed Drugs In The World And Their Natural Counterparts

(Prevent Disease) -We don’t have to live in a medicated world, but we certainly choose to. The crux of the matter is that we refuse to proactively think about prevention because  we reactively commit to treating the symptoms of underlying health problems.  This is the allopathic model. We want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and dietary habits. It doesn’t have  to be this way, but it is. We can blame doctors, the medical institutions and healthcare systems all we want, but self-responsibility is our only recourse if we are ever to surface from this mess.  There are no excuses–if you’re taking one of these drugs, consult with a Natural Health Practitioner this week about phasing out your medication and phasing in  these powerful natural foods and remedies.

            Of the over 4 billion prescriptions written every year, the United States and Canada make up more than  80% of the world’s prescription opioids (psychoactive medications).  Between 1997 and 2012 prescription opioids increased in dosage by almost  500%.  Pharmaceuticals and medical errors are now a leading cause of death. Painkillers are the leading cause of accidental death.
In the last 15 years of  life, people are experiencing  more pain for longer periods  than at any point on our historical record. If you think life expectancy has increased to the benefit of mankind, you’re not looking at the numbers.

78% of   U.S. prescriptions written in 2010 were for   generic drugs (both unbranded and those still sold under a brand name). The most prescribed drugs aren’t  always the best selling drugs, there’s a difference.
Prescriptions for pain, cholesterol reduction, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, antacids, antipsychotics, diabetes and antibiotics make up 100% of the most prescribed drugs.
Make a commitment to yourself right now and start incorporating some of these amazing foods into your diet with no consequence of side effects. When you  accept this, you will get off  prescription medications for good.
Check out the top 7 most prescribed drugs and the best natural remedies to treat and prevent disease.

          1. HYDROCODONE (Acetaminophen/Vicodin/Oxycontin)
Use:
For Pain Currently the single most prescribed drug in the world.  More and more doctors are getting huge payouts from pharmaceutical companies to promote these hydrocodone, especially generic drugs. They make up more than 20% of the top prescribed medications.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and   Prevention (CDC), told Fox News that doctors are handing out narcotics   like candy. Some doctors are giving patients prescriptions for narcotics   for even minor injuries.
How it Works:   It is an orally  psychoactive compound that works as a narcotic and analgesic.  It is biotransformed by the liver into several metabolites. It is highly dependent on metabolism by the  Cytochrome P450 pathway.
Consequences:   Respiratory depression;  bradycardia; coma; seizures; cardiac arrest; liver damage; and death. Inherited genes such as the Cytochrome P450 affects metabolic pathways–some cannot process it at all, whereas a smaller percentage can get even more strength from it than usual.
Natural Foods:   Ginger, turmeric, berries, cayenne pepper, celery/celery seeds, cherries, dark green veggies, walnuts.   See: Natural Healing Remedies: 10 Foods That Fight Inflammation And Pain
  2.  STATINS (Generic versions of Lipitor/Zocor/Crestor)
Use: Reduction of LDL Cholesterol
Approximately 15% of the top prescribed medications are generic statins.    A study published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine   linked statins to 48 percent increased   risk for type-2 diabetes.
The are NO scientific studies ever documented which have proved through causation that lowering LDL cholesterol prevents disease. The obsessed culture of lowering cholesterol may actually be causing cancer.
How it Works:    Statins artificially lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting a critical enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.
Consequences: Inflammation and pathological breakdown of muscle, acute kidney failure, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, interference with sex hormones and death.
Natural Foods: Nuts, spinach, apples, turmeric, cranberries, tomatoes, green tea, fatty fish, beans, alfalfa herb, capsicum fruit, garlic, psyllium, fenugreek seeds, butcher’s broom, licorice root, hawthorn berry. See: – New Data Shows Lycopene Reduces Heart Disease Up To 26 PercentTwo Apples a Day More Effective At Reducing Heart Disease  Than Statin Medications Top 5 Foods and Herbs To Control CholesterolWorld Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

  3.  LISINOPRIL (Prinivil/Zestril) AND NORVASC (Amlodipine)
Use: Reduction of High Blood Pressure
In combination, Lisinopril and Norvasc make up a whopping 23% of  the top prescribed medications. This makes them the most prescribed generic medications (if combined) for cardiovascular disease and blood pressure. Individually,  Lisinopril constitutes approximately 14% and Norvasc about 9%.
How it Works: Lisinopril is typically used for the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks. Norvasc is used for hypertension and angina. It accomplishes this by  inhibiting the influx of calcium ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle so it essentially interferes with the metabolism of calcium.
Consequences: Cancer, blood disorders, development of breasts in men, impotence, depression, tachycardia,   enlargement of gums, inflammation of the liver, elevated blood glucose, hepatitis, life threatening skin conditions.

Natural Foods:    Any foods high in  vitamin C (chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, thyme, parsley, dark leafy greens, broccoli),  any foods high in magnesium (chocolate, green leafy   vegetables, Brazil nuts,  almonds, cashews,     blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black     walnuts) and any foods high in potassium (mushrooms,   bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, oranges and dates). Coconut oil/water and CoQ10 are also very effective for lowering blood pressure.   See:    – Magnesium Reduces Blood Pressure Naturally Without Side Effects   – Low Salt Diets Do Not Decrease Blood Pressure, Period   –   Vitamin C Supplements Reduce Blood Pressure  Without Side Effects Associated With Medication   – Low Potassium Linked To High Blood Pressure

  4.  SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)
Use: Hypothyroidism
A synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, generic Synthroid makes up more than 11% of  the top prescribed medications. It’s used to treat hypothyroidism.   The related drug dextrothyroxine (D-thyroxine) was used in the past as a treatment for elevated cholesterol  but was withdrawn due to cardiac side-effects.
How it Works: It replaces the thyroid hormone which is naturally occurring in the thyroid gland essentially halting natural production.
Consequences: Long-term suppression of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causes cardiac side-effects   and contributes to decreases in bone mineral density (high TSH levels are   also well known to contributes to osteoporosis.) May also cause elevated blood glucose levels, heart failure, coma and adrenal insufficiency. TSH directly                     influences the whole process of iodine trapping and thyroid                     hormone production so use of synthroid directly affects how the body metabolizes iodine.

Natural Foods: Any foods  containing iodine                       such as seaweed, kelp, radish, parsley,  fish, seafood, eggs, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt. Also,                       copper, iron, selenium and zinc are essential in the production                       of thyroid hormones. Exercise a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day — enough to                       raise the heartbeat.   See:   – Seaweed Extracts Can Help You Lose  Weight, Mostly Body Fat   – 8 Critical Nutrients Lacking In More Than 70 Percent of Diets   – The Number One Reason So Many Women Have Trouble Losing Weight

 

5. PRILOSEC (omeprazole/generic versions of nexium)
Use: Antacid
A proton pump inhibitor which constitutes  just over 8% of  the top prescribed medications. Omeprazole is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for  reflux disease (GORD/GERD/LPR)  and ulcers internationally and is available over the counter in some countries.
How it Works: It suppresses gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of the gastric acid ions  in cells. The absorption of omeprazole takes place in the small intestine  essentially turning off the switch which promotes healthy digestion of foods. Omeprazole is also completely metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system.
Consequences: Angina, ulcers, tachycardia, bradycardia, palpitations, elevated blood pressure, development of male breasts, inflammation of the pancreas, irritable colon, mucosal atrophy of the tongue, liver disease/failure, elevated blood sugar, muscle weakness, skin conditions, tinnitus, inflammation of the eyes, urinary frequency, testicular pain, anemia and blood cell disorders.

Natural Foods:   Grapefruits, probiotics, broccoli sprouts, manuka honey, mastic gum, marshmallow tea, glutamine, slippery elm, deglycyrrhized liquorice (DGL), aloe vera juice, baking soda, pickle juice.   See:   – Grapefruit Heals Stomach Ulcers   – Broccoli Sprouts May Prevent  Gastritis, Ulcers and Stomach CancersManuka Honey Reverses Antibiotic Resistance, Treats Disease

  6. AZITHROMYCIN AND AMOXICILLIN

Use: Antibiotic
In combination, azithromycin and amoxicillin contribute towards   a mind-blowing  17% of    the top prescribed medications.  Then we wonder why we have antibiotic resistance. On their own, each contributes about 8.5%.   Azithromycin is one of the world’s best-selling antibiotics and  derived from erythromycin.  Amoxicillin is usually the drug of choice for children.
How it Works:   Inhibits the synthesis of bacterial cell walls and interfering with their protein synthesis. These drugs also inhibit the protein synthesis of good bacteria needed for immunity and proper digestion.

Consequences:    Inflammation of the liver, inflammation and destruction of the stomach lining, destruction of healthy bacterial populations, inflammation of the colon, allergic reactions, obesity, human antibiotic resistance.

Natural Foods:   Sunlight (vit D), garlic, coconut oil, turmeric, foods high in nicotinamide (vit B3) such as salmon, sardines and nuts. Also manuka honey, olive leaf extract, green tea, pau D’Arco, rose water, myrrh, grapeseed extract, golden seal, oregon grapes, oregano oil, andrographis paniculata, and probiotics.   See:  – Garlic Proven 100 Times More Effective Than Antibiotics,  Working In A Fraction of The TimeBefore Antibiotics Ever Existed, Sunlight Was Used To Treat Diseases With Great SuccessThe Most Potent B Vitamin That Combats Infections Better Than Antibiotics Ever Could

7. GLUCOPHAGE (metformin)
Use: Oral anti-diabetic drug
Glucophage drugs round up the top 7 but the prescription rate of this drug is rapidly increasing. It makes up   about  7% of the top prescribed medications. It is the first-line drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, in particular, in overweight and obese people. It also acts to indirectly lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
How it Works: By suppressing natural glucose production by the liver, the drug  activates an enzyme which plays an important role in insulin signaling, whole body energy balance, and the metabolism of glucose and fats.

Consequences: Lactic acidosis, impaired liver/kidney function, decreasing thyroid stimulating hormone and testosterone, increased homocysteine levels,   malabsorption of vitamin B12, B12 deficiency, bladder cancer, heart failure. The biggest consequence of diabetes drugs is that it causes pancreatic function to substantially decrease inhibiting several hormones and causing other imbalances which are never correctable without abstaining from the drug.
Natural Foods: Black tea, Sunlight (vit D), potentially coffee (more research needed), turmeric, nuts, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, red grapes, steel cut oatmeal, broccoli, spinach, green beans and strawberries. 90% of all cases of diabetes can be resolved by eating foods with a low glycemic load, and pursuing both weight training and aerobic exercise.   See:    – Study on Black Tea Consumption From 42 Countries Shows It Lowers Diabetes Risk   –   Two More Bombshells For Vitamin D:  It Prevents Both Type I Diabetes and Cavities   – Coffee’s Anti-Diabetes Benefit   – Healthy                 Diet, Moderate Exercise Reduce Diabetes Risk Better Than Drugs   – How Turmeric Has An Anti-Diabetic Effect On The Body

The drugs on which we spend the most money are those that are still new enough to be protected against generic competition. That’s why drugs like Abilify and Seroquel (antipsychotics), as well as Plavix (blood thinner) and Advair Diskus (asthma inhaler) don’t make the list.

Must read and share: Prescription sleeping pills lead to a 4x increase in premature death

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(Natural Society) -As a nation, our dependence on prescription drugs continues to climb. Even kids are heavily medicated, with over 25% of children being on some type of prescription drug, wheather it be antidepressants, antipsychotics, or ADHD pills. Prescription sleep aids, called hypnotics, are also being tossed back at an alarming rate and with little thought to their negative effects. One recent study revealed that these pills may do more than help you get some zzz’s; they may kill you.

Increasing Risk of Premature Death

According to the Alliance for Natural Health, 60 million prescriptions for sleeping pills were filled in 2011, that’s compared with 47 million in 2006. That’s due, in part, to the millions of people who have trouble sleeping. An estimated 70 million Americans struggle with insomnia and other sleep disorders. So, like every other modern ailment, the modern American visits their doctor for a “fix”.

In this case, the “fix” is a class of drugs known as hypnotics. They help you sleep, but can also lead to nausea, dizziness, headaches, and addiction. But what many people don’t realize, is that they can also lead to premature death.

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, if you take a prescription sleep aid, even as little as 18 pills throughout the year, you increase your risk of premature death by four times. And if that isn’t bad enough—you increase your risk of cancer by 35%.

It’s worth noting that the study didn’t find a cause and effect relationship here. In other words, scientists aren’t 100% sure that the pills lead to the problems. It could be that people who are more likely to take these prescription drugs are more likely to have other health problems overall. And that wouldn’t be a surprise. After all, sleep disorders like insomnia are directly tied to obesity, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions.

But, the link cannot be ignored. If you turn to prescription sleep drugs, this should serve as a wake-up call.

You can’t run to a prescription when your body shows symptoms of discord. Insomnia could be a symptom of stress, depression, or brought on by obesity. Determining the cause of the insomnia will help you better treat it without adding all of the risks that go with a hypnotic-drug regimen.

In the mean time, try turning to herbal sleep remedies or natural sleep apnea treatments if you suffer from sleep apnea.

 

Newtown Task Force Wants To Add More Mental Health Care Screenings And Services To Schools

(CAV News) – Looks like the first hearing for the Newtown task force brought in a few ideas for safety in schools. First: Ramp up security. Second: Arm police officers. Third: Which was the focus to this article, bring in mental health services and screenings.

As you will read below, a lot of the speakers at this meeting want to profile, however, they aren’t calling it that. It’s assessing behavior patterns.

So, if the these clowns get their wish, basically they’ll add more shrinks into schools, diagnose and misdiagnosed more youngsters, and probably ignore one of the most crucial problems of all, prescribe them what they don’t need, psychotropic drugs.

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If we want to get serious about the safety of our children, don’t you think a good start would be individually? Parents need to educate themselves better, without government and health industry interference, about the side effects of psychotropic drugs. Federal and state employees don’t want to deal with individuals, they don’t like hyper children, and certainly love funding. So why not hand out some drugs? Mold your children right to the floor at the wishes of a shrink and the pressure coming from state and federal government above.

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Meanwhile, little Tommy, and his little head, is about to explode. He sniffles, he winces, shakes out of control, and throws little withdrawal fits when red and blue pill isn’t in his system. Sounds perfect.

Just a thought: Ever notice what happens to mental health patients at wards when they are off their drugs? They go nuts.

                  Here’s the full story from Hartford Courant:

For weeks, talk about making schools safer has focused on panic buttons, door buzzer systems, bulletproof glass and armed police officers, but at the first legislative hearing on the subject Friday, the need for better mental health services for youngsters took center stage.

“I don’t want this subcommittee to come to the conclusion that the magic bullet is an armed police officer,” said Lara Herscovitch, deputy director of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance. “There are other professionals that can do this prevention work.”

Herscovitch said she thinks the “limited resources” would be better spent on increasing the numbers of school social workers and psychologists who can help “kids with the root cause” of troubling behaviors.

 

 Sandy Hook Foundation Will Distribute Donations 

A number of speakers did call for a greater police presence and other security improvements. But, like Herscovitch, many of those testifying — and legislators on the hearing panel — spoke of their concern for the school climate and the need to identify students who need help early on.



 

The hearing was held by the school security subcommittee of the legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety and attracted a wide range of speakers, from educators to police officers, social workers, psychologists and others. The task force is charged with developing recommendations in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, where a gunman, Adam Lanza, killed 20 first-graders and six educators before killing himself.

At one point in Friday’s hearing, Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, asked a panel of educators, if an emergency occurs, “Do we have a mental health professional at the ready?”

Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, said that very few mental health professionals are available to respond to an emergency situation. “If they are in the building,” they might be able to help out “tangentially,” Cirasuolo said, but most are involved with special education. “Resources have not been there to do what you are talking about,” Cirasuolo told Bye.

Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams, D-Brooklyn, also expressed concern about behavioral and mental health issues.

“I’m very interested in what we can do to help the next generation of students identify problems early on,” he said. “I’m a big believer in early identification and prevention.”

Williams said he knows that school psychologists are “severely overburdened” and suggested that it might help if schools had a “dean of students” who would address disciplinary issues and children acting out and relieve administrators of some of that burden.

Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, a Republican from Newtown, echoed the importance of finding a way to get the proper help when a child or youth is having a problem.

“Profiling is obviously a terrible word, but 25 or 30 years ago, we walked away … from the business of mental health care and drove it into the community and did not fund initiatives,” Bolinsky said. He said this has led particularly to having “young men with violent tendencies that have manifested and are among us.”

Bolinsky said he has had high school students identify students who concern them, but he said: “We don’t have school counselors that focus directly on mental health. Instead we intervene by emergency only.”

He asked how it is possible to identify students who may have problems, while protecting their privacy and avoiding “possible stigmatization.”

“I don’t think that Mr. Lanza was a secret,” Bolinsky said. “There were many people that knew of him as a threat, and yet he was in a position to do the unspeakable.”

University of Connecticut Police Chief Barbara O’Connor told Bolinsky that the universities have “struggled with that exact issue.” She said UConn has a “threat assessment team” that considers a student’s behaviors. “It’s not profiling,” she said, “What we need to do is focus on behaviors.”

She said the threat assessment team includes mental health professionals, administrators and law enforcement representatives and, without violating a students’ privacy, she said the team assesses how a student is doing, if he or she is getting mental health services.

O’Connor said she thinks an approach that involves a coordinated team is one that might work in the community. Often she said, people “have the information, they just don’t know where to go with it.”

The committee also heard from Thomas Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers, who said that with “the loss of the precious lives of the students, colleagues and friends who perished that day, we also lost our sense of security.”

Kuroski said it is important that decisions around school safety involve teachers, parents, school administrators, elected officials and students. “If educators have a voice, we feel safer and more confident in our ability to teach, nurture and protect out students,” he said.

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Others suggested installing betters locks, lighting, alarm systems and video surveillance cameras, and increasing the number of school resource officers.

Waterford Police Officer First Class Steven Whitehead, a school resource officer, stressed the importance of communication, particularly between school psychologists and social workers, and police officers and school staff.

A student’s privacy must be protected, “but when safety is an issue,” Whitehead said, such communication would help. He also said it would help to have police officers stationed not only in high schools — where most school resource officers are located — but in elementary schools so that children can learn to be comfortable with them.

“We work hand-in-hand with the schools to make sure the kids are safe and comfortable in their learning environment,” Whitehead said after testifying.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said if he had to choose between sinking resources into beefing up mental health services at schools or adding armed guards, he would choose the former.

Boughton said behavioral health care for children is particularly helpful when it starts when they are young. However, he said, parents would most likely prefer to fund more police officers in schools if given the same choice, because they are more visible.

Piers Morgan Falls Ill Days After Receiving Flu Vaccine

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(InfoWars) -CNN host Piers Morgan is likely wanting another chat with daytime talk-show host Dr. Oz. for an explanation on why he got sick just days after having a flu vaccination administered on live television.

According to his recent interview with country music star and actor Dwight Yoakam, the host is admittedly feeling under-the-weather and has a sore throat.

Morgan asks, “You’re a singer; you must have had sore throats over the years. As you can tell, things are deteriorating. Is there any advice you can give me?”

Yoakam tells Morgan, “Don’t ever take a flu shot again,” referring to Morgan’s recent public stunt in which he and Dr. Oz attempted to dispel the “myth” surrounding vaccines that one can acquire the flu post-vaccination; however, Morgan’s “deteriorating” condition does anything but support the TV doctor’s claims.

Morgan told Yoakam, “We’re both doing the math, so I mean, we both saw him put that thing in my arm and within 10 days I’m struck down.”

Yoakam replied that he was skeptical about their efficacy and that he himself had never been vaccinated: “…I’m not a medical advisor…I don’t believe in them.”

Days ago, the folks at CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight thought it’d make for an entertaining segment to have Dr. Oz shoot Morgan up with the flu vaccine on live TV.

 

In the segment, Morgan rolls up his sleeve for his “first ever flu shot” as he nervously asks Dr. Oz about the “myths” surrounding the vaccine.

“So the myth about these, and I’m told it’s a myth, is that you can actually get flu or flu-like symptoms simply by having the shot. Is that true?”

As if reading straight from the CDC’s own seasonal flu vaccine fact guide, Oz brazenly replies, “You cannot get the flu from the flu shot because the material is actually dead flu virus. So it cannot cause a problem for you. It’s based on whatever virus was present in Southeast Asia a few days ago.”

“So that is a myth?” Morgan asks.

“That’s a myth,” Oz reassures.

After he injects Morgan with the dead flu strain, Oz. turns to the crowd and takes a bow as if he’s just performed some tremendous feat.

Morgan’s very public onset of illness following his inoculation doesn’t do much to help the image of the vaccine industry who many have argued may be doing more harm than good. Past news items don’t seem too reassuring either.

For instance, a few days ago, Reuters gave an account from one of nearly 800 children in Europe that had developed narcolepsy as a result of being immunized with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine produced by the British drugmaker, GlaxoSmithKline in 2009.

Emmanuel Mignot, a specialist in the sleep disorder at Stanford University in the U.S., stated that there was no doubt in his mind “that Pandemrix increased the occurrence of narcolepsy onset in children in some countries – and probably in most countries.”

In October 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal, “Switzerland’s health regulator imposed an immediate ban on Novartis AG’s flu vaccines… after possibly contaminated flu shots were found in batches in Italy…”

This past September, a study led by Vancouver’s Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, found that people who received a flu shot before the outbreak of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic were more likely to get infected with the swine flu virus than those who didn’t take it.

Also, in July 2010, a report from Australia’s The Age found that influenza vaccines sent 100 infants into life-threatening convulsions, after which Australian health authorities were forced to reiterate a ban “on the use of Fluvax for children under five as a result of the convulsions which occurred at nine times the expected rate.”

The CDC also lists seizures in children as a “moderate” side effect of injecting the Influenza vaccine, while listing adverse reactions like fevers, headaches, and hoarseness as “mild.”

The list goes on to say, “Life-threatening allergic reactions from vaccines are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after the shot.”

Top psychiatrist: Meds behind school massacres

 

 
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(WND)  – If lawmakers and authorities are truly concerned about stopping gun violence in schools, they need to take a close look at the prescription of psychotropic drugs for children and young people, says a leading psychiatrist.

In an exclusive in-person interview in New York City with WND, London-based Dr. David Healy criticized pharmaceutical companies that have made billions of dollars marketing Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, known as SSRIs.

 

Psychotropic drugs “prescribed for school children cause violent behavior,” Healy stated.

The drugs are widely used in the U.S. as antidepressants by doctors working in the mental health field and increasingly by primary care doctors, he noted.

Healey insisted the problem today is that doctors working with schools to control the behavior of children are inclined to prescribe SSRI drugs without serious consideration of adverse consequences.

“The pharmaceutical companies made these drugs with the idea of making money,” he said. “There’s a wide range of problems when it comes to looking at these drugs for children. Very few children have serious problems that warrant treatment with pills that have the risks SSRI drugs have.”

The drugs can make children “aggressive and hostile,” he noted.

“Children taking SSRI drugs are more likely to harm or to injure other children at school,” said Healy. “The child may be made suicidal.

“We are giving drugs to children who are passing through critical development stages, and as a society we are really conducting a vast experiment and no one really knows what the outcome of that will be.”

Healey cautioned that there is a very high correlation between mass shootings and use of the drugs.

“When roughly nine out of every 10 cases in these school shootings and mass shootings involve these drugs being prescribed, then at least a significant proportion of these cases were either caused by the drugs or the drugs made a significant contribution to the problem,” he said.

President Obama, in a series of 23 presidential memoranda and proclamations signed last week, called for the Centers for Disease control to undertake research to examine gun violence and to explore medical means to control the problem.

WND contended that putting more mental illness screening into schools would actually increase the incidence of school shootings, not reduce the violence.

“You can draw a line between the number of child psychiatrists in the United States and the number of school shootings, and you will find that both have gone up in the same direction at the same time,” he said.

He sees a “propaganda campaign” being conducted in the U.S. in the wake of the Aurora, Colo., cinema shooting and the Newtown, Conn., school shooting asserting gun violence is being caused by mental illness and could be stopped by additional school programs that screen for it.

“If school children are screened for mental illness problems, this presumably will lead more medical doctors to put more students on more pills,” he said. “I would predict then the outcome of more school screenings for mental illness will be more mass killings, even if the guns are taken away and the mass killings are not done with guns.”

He cautioned shareholders of pharmaceutical companies to realize share prices can be adversely affected should judges and juries determine the companies bear legal liabilities. Law enforcement investigators could conclude one of the company’s medications was prescribed to a child who ended up perpetrating a school shooting.

Healy cautioned that medical doctors who prescribe pills do not necessarily cure mental illness problems.

Dr. David Healy

He argued that today medical doctors are inclined to solve a wide range of health problems by prescribing drugs. In previous generations, however, extended families were capable of providing a context of family history to understand behavioral problems and to identify a wide range of problem-solving treatments. The families understood the issue as a developmental problem better treated by family intervention than by medicine.

“Market research, for instance, has made pharmaceutical companies realize it is much harder to sell drugs for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, in a home or a community where the child’s grandmother is likely to be present,” he explained. “Because, of course, the grandmother may say, ‘That kid doesn’t need pills. His father was just like him, and look, his father turned out alright.’ Medicine intervenes with pills when communities have lost their roots in families.”

Healy also expressed distress that information available to pharmaceutical companies exposing adverse side effects of SSRI medications is not made available to the public.

To solve this problem, Healy has created a website, RxISK.org, that allows the posting of personal experiences with SSRI drugs by people who have had personal experience or have had partners, parents, children or friends injured by them. These are people, the website says, “who have found themselves trapped in a Kafkaesque world when they have sought help from doctors, regulators, or others who seem to be there to help us”

The goal of RxISK.org is to create a database open to the public that provides a report a patient can take to a doctor or pharmacist to support and inform a conversation about the adverse sides of a particular SSRI drug.

Independently, a sortable database of 4,800 cases in which SSRI drugs have been associated with violent behavior in the U.S. and worldwide has been posted on the Internet, compiled from incidents that have appeared in the media, scientific journals and Federal Drug Administration testimony.

SSRI drugs covered in the sortable database include Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Paxil (paroxetine), Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro (escitalopram) and Luvox (fluvoxamine).
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Study: “Mainstream” Doctors and Nurses Often Use Alternative Medicine for Themselves

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(Natural Society) -If you go to a mainstream doctor with complaints of tiredness, lack of motivation, general malaise, and insomnia, you’ll likely get an anti-depressant. But, if that same doctor has the same symptoms, he or she may actually seek out other options for their own treatment. An interesting study from Health Services Research shows that most doctors and nurses who operate in mainstream medicine actually have more knowledge and appreciation for alternative medicine than they are letting on.

According to the study, 76 percent of healthcare workers use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This is in contrast to the 63 percent of the general population who use CAD. Based on those numbers, your doctor may be more likely to use things like herbs and meditation than you are. Weird.

Why is this? It likely has to do with the fact that medical professionals are on the front line—they see mainstream medicine– including the proliferation of prescription drug usage– up close and personally. They know the shortfalls of focusing on the disease rather than treating the cause and they know they can do better with CAM.

According to the National Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), women are more likely to use CAM, as are those with higher levels of education and higher incomes. (Medical professionals should now be added to their list of CAM-users.)

 

The NCCAM classifies the following as CAM therapies:

  • Acupuncture
  • Ayurveda
  • Biofeedback
  • Chelation
  • Chiropractic
  • Deep breathing
  • Diet-based therapies
  • Energy healing (Reiki)
  • Imagery and meditation
  • Homeopathy
  • Hypnosis
  • Massage
  • Movement therapies
  • Plants and herbal supplementation
  • Tai chi
  • And more…

It is interesting that professionals who are the face of prescription medication are using alternatives. It should speak volumes that they choose to use options other than prescriptions whenever possible.

The average American between the ages of 19 and 64 takes nearly 12 prescription drugs each year. And these drugs aren’t making us any healthier. Our life expectancy is declining faster than other industrialized nations and we’re currently ranked 49th in life expectancy worldwide.

But these statistics begs the question: why do most doctors simply prescribe a drug if they are delving into alternative treatments themselves? Either these stats are inaccurate, and a lesser amount of doctors use alternative medicine, or doctors don’t care to mention their involvement with alternative medicine, and care only about prescribing more pills.

Next time you go in for a doctor’s visit, try asking if he/she uses alternative medicine.

 

Schools Gets Up To $1,000 Or More For Every Student Diagnosed As ADD/ADHD Here’s Why.

 

(Before It’s News) -Our school district is getting extra money for every student that is diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. It is no wonder we have such a sick society. Everyone is on drugs. Our federal education system has been a complete failure. First it was Outcome Based Education, then Goals 2000, then No Child Left Behind and now it is Common Core. It is time to scrap the federal education system and turn back all federal grants. Now is the time for the states to take over the education system. Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does the federal government get authority when it comes to education. It doesn’t.

Here is a good article to read: How Schools Are Making Big Money On ‘ADD/ADHD’ http://rense.com/general4/addd.htm

Federal Laws Pertaining to ADHD Diagnosed Children

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There are two laws under which children diagnosed with ADHD can receive special help in school. Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a civil rights law, prohibits programs that receive federal funds from discriminating against children with disabilities and, under certain circumstances, requires school districts to make accommodations for the ADHD student.

The other federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), mandates that eligible students receive access to special education and/or related services, and that the services are designed to meet each child’s unique educational needs.

Since Section 504 is a civil rights law, its main purpose is to prevent discrimination against disabled students. A disabled person, according to Section 504, is one who:

  1. Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more “major life activities”;
  2. Has a history of such an impairment; or
  3. Is regarded as having such an impairment.

Only the first group–those with a physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity–is entitled to receive educational services or special treatment. Individuals who qualify under the second and third criteria are protected against discrimination, but the school isn’t required to make special educational arrangements for them.

Since learning is considered a major life activity, children who have been diagnosed with ADHD who have demonstrable difficulty learning in school, or whose disability prevents them taking part in another life activity, become eligible under Section 504 for special educational services. (Among other things, “major life activities” include walking, seeing, hearing and speaking.)

This does not mean that the student is evaluated and, if found eligible, placed in special education classes. Students who qualify for Section 504 services must be taught in the regular classroom, unless it is impossible to do so. This law dictates that disabled students cannot be prevented from exercising their rights to a free and appropriate public education. Its objective is to provide accommodations so that these children have an equal chance to compete in their regular classes.

According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), if a child has a disability that affects his or her educational performance, then the child may be eligible for special services. IDEA includes 13 categories of disabilities that are protected under the law. So the question of eligibility under IDEA depends on two things: whether the child has a disability that fits in one of IDEA’s 13 categories and whether that disability affects how the child does in school.

When IDEA was being drafted, a fierce debate raged behind the scenes over whether to include ADHD in the list of eligible disabilities. The opponents–including teacher organizations and the NAACP, among others–prevailed and when IDEA was first passed in 1990, it did not include ADHD in its list of disabilities that would qualify people for special educational services. In September 1991, however, after advocates launched an extensive lobbying campaign, the Department of Education issued a Policy Clarification Memorandum directing schools to include ADHD as a covered disability under the IDEA.

Depending on the circumstances, IDEA could cover ADHD under its “other health impairment,” “serious emotional disturbance,” or “specific learning disability” categories. Students who qualify for services under IDEA are entitled to an evaluation and, if it is determined necessary, access to special education services. These services must be designed to meet each child’s unique educational needs, which are set forth in their individualized education program (IEP). Depending on the IEP recommendations set forth for each child, IDEA-eligible students may receive any or all of the following: appropriate special education and related services, such as speech and language services, or psychological services and vocational education; special readers, braillists, typists, and interpreters if necessary; the ability to attend a private school–at no expense to the student’s family–if the student’s educational needs cannot be met through the public school’s special education program.

After a controversial court decision in 1995, IDEA’s guarantee to a private education if public school accommodations were inadequate was tested when the law was amended in 1997. When Jeremy Wartenberg, a ninth-grader at Capistrano High School in southern California, flunked every course from gym to math, his parents attributed his educational failures to ADHD and Jeremy was afforded protection under IDEA. The school district set up one-on-one tutorials, but Wartenberg’s performance didn’t improve. After the school district attributed his problems to bad behavior and reduced his one-on-one tutorials, the Wartenbergs yanked their son out of the public school system and placed him in a private school. They then sued the school district for reimbursement of the $20,000 annual tuition. On July 5, 1995, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the district must pay the tuition, plus an additional $360,000 for the family’s attorney fees. While the IDEA amendments of 1997 upheld a student’s right to attend a private school, strict eligibility requirements were put in place, and families were no longer automatically reimbursed for their legal fees.

Section 504′s eligibility requirements are less strict than IDEA’s, so it would potentially cover more children affected by ADHD, especially those whose symptoms are less severe. But since Section 504 is a civil rights law, it protects mostly against discrimination; it does not attempt to define the specific criteria necessary for eligibility, nor does it provide guidelines for creating an IEP. IDEA, on the other hand, does both. As such, the services afforded under Section 504 aren’t nearly as expansive as those guaranteed under in IDEA.

Schools often prefer that a child be served under Section 504 because it allows them more latitude in determining what services must be offered, and the necessary administrative procedures aren’t as extensive. Oftentimes families, however, prefer that their ADHD child win IDEA eligibility because it offers a wider range of options, including access to special education classes and programs that are guaranteed funding. Section 504, on the other hand, provides for no additional financial support.

Perhaps the most distinct difference between the two laws, however, lies in their definitions of a “free and appropriate public education.” Since Section 504 is a non-discrimination law, it defines an appropriate education as one that meets that needs of a disabled student as adequately as it meets the needs of students without disabilities. By contrast, IDEA defines an appropriate education as one that addresses the unique educational needs of an eligible student.

This article on LD Online provides a good comparison of Section 504 and IDEA, and explains which law is best applied to certain situations. LD Online is a collaboration between public broadcasting’s WETA in Washington, D.C., and the learning disability community.

NICHCY Briefing Paper: Questions Often Asked by Parents About Special Education Services

The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) is a national information center for disability-related issues. This FAQ answers the most basic questions, such as “What is special education?” and “How do I find out if my child is eligible?” in addition to less obvious questions such as “What is an Individualized Education Program?” and “Does the school need my permission to collect additional information about my child?”

Providing an Appropriate Education to Children with Attention Deficit Disorder

ERIC is one of several data clearinghouses operated by the Department of Education. This is a concise 4-page report on both Section 504 and IDEA, originally drafted by the Council for Exceptional Children.

CHADD’s Legislative Action Center

CHADD is the major national advocacy group for children and adults with ADHD. Its Legislative Action Center offers an exhaustive resource section for those interested in knowing about legislation being considered in the U.S. Congress which may affect those diagnosed with ADHD.

Senators give Big Pharma huge present at taxpayers’ expense

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(RT) -The bill that averted the fiscal cliff included a largely unnoticed section that granted world’s largest biotechnology firm a two-year delay in regulations of its drugs – even though the firm has just pleaded guilty in a federal fraud case.

The bill, H.R. 8, was passed with a paragraph that lawmakers included to give the biotechnology firm Amgen two years to sell Sensipar without government price regulations. Sensipar, an expensive prescription drug produced by Amgen and used by kidney dialysis patients, is projected to cost Medicare up to $500 million over the next two-year period, since the legislation delays Medicare price restraints of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) drugs, the New York Times reports.

Section 632 of the bill announces the “two-year delay of implementation of oral-only ESRD-related drugs in the ESRD prospective payment system; monitoring.” Even though the bill does not specify Amgen by name, it mainly affects the sale of Sensipar, costing the government millions while allowing the firm to keep its prices unregulated.

Amgen employs 74 lobbyists in Washington, DC and was the only company to lobby for this delay, Congressional aides told the Times. Most of the delay’s supporters are leaders of the Senate Finance Committee who have benefited from Amgen’s generous political donations. Critics of the measure discovered that Amgen had won a previous two-year delay already and consider the initiatives driven by personal gain.

“That is why we are in the trouble we are in,” Dennis J. Cotter, a health policy researcher, told the Times. “Everybody is carving out their own turf and getting it protected, and we pass the bill on to the taxpayer.”

Legislatives aides who support the delay said it would give providers like Amgen the time they need to determine the details of federal reimbursements for kidney care.

Most individuals who suffer from ESRD are eligible for Medicare, regardless of their age. Medicare spent about $10.1 billion on dialysis care for these patients in 2011. But the US Government Accountability Office published a report last month that showed a 23 percent decrease in use of ESRD drugs from 2007 to 2011. Still, Medicare is forced to pay a bundle rate for the drugs, and has been paying based on the 2007 utilization levels, which was $650 million to $880 million more than it needed.

Amgen has also been charged for illegally marketing one of its anti-anemia drugs, Aranesp. The firm pleaded guilty last month after a federal criminal investigation discovered evidence of its unlawful engagements. The company must now pay a $762 million settlement, which is its largest yet, but makes a small dent in its $15.6 billion annual revenue.

Still, two weeks after pleading guilty, Amgen was granted another break with the fiscal cliff bill’s section that allows the firm to keep its prices high. Lobbyists and Congressional aides told the Times that many of them first discovered the new language when the final bill was publicly posted, just hours before it was voted upon. With little time left to avert the fiscal cliff, lawmakers approved the bill.

Guess Who’s Viewing Your ‘Confidential’ Medical Records?

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(Natural Society) -Your health insurance company has access to your bills and charges in order to know what they are paying for. But should they also have access to all of your medical history? They do. And what about pharmaceutical companies who are seeking new clients? They might have access too. In a world where nothing is private, it seems even your most personal information can be bought.

“You sell your privacy for the cost of your care,” says Dr. Steward Segal. This private information is being sold to companies who profile doctors’ prescription habits. It’s all done to boost pharmaceutical sales.

While your identifying information is not supposed to be present in these purchased reports, there may be loopholes. Just ask the people who have received advertising postcards from drug companies specific to their medical condition.

Sure, Big Pharma claims to have your best interests at heart. After all, they only want to know your doctor’s prescribing habits so they can better tailor their drugs to his or her, and your needs. This isn’t about the money; it’s about your health. Actually, if you believe that, well…don’t.

“But wait, doesn’t that HIPAA form I sign mean they can’t sell my information?”

 

No. That form you sign, known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, does concern the privacy of your medical records, but how it is applied and the exceptions to it are confusing at best. In some situations, the information can be used for marketing purposes.

Your personal, ‘confidential’ medical records are given away in a similar fashion to that of giving away your email address. Everyone has likely experienced the bombardment of mystery emails and offers after giving an email address to a single entity.

According to Trisha Torrey:

“An example of when information can be shared for marketing purposes is when a hospital uses its patient list to inform you of a new service it provides, a new doctor who has joined the staff, or a fund raising program. An example of when information cannot be shared without an additional authorization from you is when an insurer who has obtained your information from one of your providers, then uses or sells your information to sell you additional insurance, or another product related to services you have already received. You can see how these examples are confusing, and how the various entities that do have access to your records might take advantage of that confusion. “

The bottom line is that your medical information may not be as private as you would think or as confidential as you would like. But, what’s surprising about that? Everything has a price. As we reported a few months ago, one blogger was able to access the account information of more than 1 million Facebook users for only $5—who knows what your medical records are worth to Big Pharma.

Read more: http://naturalsociety.com/your-medical-records-routinely-sold/#ixzz2IAxkDaVV

Whooping Cough Outbreak Involved 90% Vaccinated Children

(Activist Post) -Vermont has declared a statewide epidemic of whooping cough that started in 2012 and has continued into the year 2013. To date there has been a total of 612 confirmed cases of pertussis of which 90% have been vaccinated against the bacteria with the Tdap vaccine. The New England Journal of Medicine released a study that parallels this outbreak showing that of the confirmed cases of whooping cough the majority of them, 80%, had received multiple Tdap vaccinations – with most receiving 5 or 6 doses.

 

The mainstream media has decided the only way to prevent the spread of the bacteria is to have everyone get their vaccinations, while refusing to acknowledge the overwhelming connection between vaccinated patients and outbreak victims. These vaccines have managed to damage and weaken the immune systems of children and adults leading to epidemic levels of fully vaccinated people becoming sick and contagious. More information and research links below….

With new vaccines and new medication hitting the market on a daily basis you would think we would have a population of healthy, thriving individuals. Instead, we have a growing number of childhood illness and chronic disorders that only makes the pharmaceutical companies more money.

 

With the ultimate goal of turning people into patients, and being healthy into a diagnosis, how much longer will it be until these statistics are made public knowledge and an opt-in program for vaccinations is established?

What is the accumulated damage suffered in receiving multiple vaccinations that offer little if no protection at all?

The powers-that-be want vaccinations to become synonymous with medication; and now that they are admitting the vaccines wane over time, eventually they will be promoted on a daily basis just like taking your vitamins and eating you’re breakfast.

I can only imagine that in the near future the New World Order’s medical media minions will ask, “Have you had your morning vaccinations and medications?”

Federal Court Admits Hepatitis B Vaccine Caused Fatal Auto-Immune Disorder

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(Natural Society) -In our society today, newborns are injected with loads of chemicals nearly as soon as they enter the world. In the name of “prevention”, we give them vaccines that we aren’t even sure are safe. As a matter of fact, in many cases, we know them to be unsafe. This is the case with the hepatitis B vaccine, approved for infants at birth but admittedly responsible for causing serious illness and even death.

The United States Court of Federal Claims sided with the estate of Tambra Harris, who died as a result of an auto-immune disease called systemic lupose erythematosus (SLE). The court awarded $475,000 following her death after finding the hepatitis vaccine caused her injury in the form of SLE. But this near-admittance of a cause-effect relationship between the vaccine and the illness and subsequent death isn’t enough. No, we still give the shot to babies.

So, what is hepatitis B and why are we told that it is so important that newborn infants are vaccinated against it? Hepatitis B is not pleasant and can be deadly. But newborns (and the vast majority of people at any age) aren’t at risk of contracting the disease. It’s spread by contact with bodily fluids, as in through unprotected sex or dirty needles.

The risks associated with the hepatitis B vaccine are far more pressing than the risk of contracting the disease, says Dr. Jane Orient of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). “For most children, the risk of a serious vaccine reaction may be 100 times greater than the risk of hepatitis B.”

Still, newborns are given the vaccine within moments of entering the world.

 

Considered by many to be crimes against infants, the hep-b vaccination, the vaccine has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), multiple sclerosis, and other autoimmune disorders. Many experts have questioned the prolific use of the vaccine since it stepped on the scene a few decades ago. What’s more, many parents are starting to question the need for the vaccine.

“In increasing numbers, parents across the country are contacting the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) to report opposition to regulations being enacted by state health department officials that legally require children to be injected with three doses of hepatitis B vaccine before being allowed to attend daycare, kindergarten, elementary school, high school or college,” National Vaccine Information Center reads.

As a parent, it is still your decision whether or not to vaccinate your child. There is plenty of research out there to help guide you in this decision. Don’t let your doctor or the people around you be your only source of information. Do your research and determine the best solution for your child’s long-term health.

ENOUGH! (Guns, Active Shooters And Pharma)

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I’m done being nice.

And I’m doubly-done with the damned leftists in this country performing the moral equivalent ofritual human sacrifice of children to advance their gun-control agenda.

That’s what I charge they’re doing.

And I’m going to back it up with mathematics, using just one of the common psychotropic medications used commonly today — Paxil.

This is from the prescribing information for Paxil:

Clinical Worsening and Suicide Risk:

Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), both adult and pediatric, may experience worsening of their depression and/or the emergence of suicidal ideation and behavior (suicidality) or unusual changes in behavior, whether or not they are taking antidepressant medications, and this risk may persist until significant remission occurs. Suicide is a known risk of depression and certain other psychiatricdisorders, and these disorders themselves are the strongest predictors of suicide. There has been a long-standing concern, however, that antidepressants may have a role in inducing worsening of depressionand the emergence of suicidality in certain patients during the early phases of treatment. Pooled analyses of short-term placebo-controlledtrials of antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) showed that these drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-24) with majordepressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Short-term studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults beyond age 24; there was a reduction with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults aged 65 and older.

That’s a problem.  What’s worse is this:

The following symptoms, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for majordepressive disorder as well as for other indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric. Although a causal link between the emergence of such symptoms and either the worsening of depression and/or the emergence of suicidal impulses has not been established, there is concern that such symptoms may represent precursors to emerging suicidality.

And it doesn’t end there:

Screening Patients for Bipolar Disorder

A major depressive episode may be the initial presentation of bipolar disorder. It is generally believed (though not established in controlledtrials) that treating such an episode with an antidepressant alone may increase the likelihood of precipitation of a mixed/manic episode in patients at risk for bipolar disorder.

Now let’s be frank: Mixed manic states are mental states during which all sorts of really ugly things happen, including panic attacks, agitation, impulsiveness, paranoia and rage — all at extreme levels.

In other words, if you miss someone being bipolar and give them this drug you may precipitate a full-on Hulk-style “rage monster” sort of attack!

How often does something like this happen?

Activation of Mania/Hypomania:

During premarketing testing, hypomania or mania occurred in approximately 1.0% of unipolar patients treated with PAXIL compared to 1.1% of active-control and 0.3% of placebo-treated unipolar patients. In a subset of patients classified as bipolar, the rate of manic episodes was 2.2% for PAXIL and 11.6% for the combined active-control groups. As with all drugs effective in the treatment of major depressive disorder, PAXIL should be used cautiously in patients with a history of mania.

So if you miss a bi-polar person in your “analysis” before prescribing, it’s more than doubly-likely that they will have a “rage-monster” episode than if not.

So let’s assume we’re not talking about bi-polar people — that is, let’s make the assumption that we properly screen for each person and perfectly identify all bi-polar people before we prescribe.

What is the expected number of people who will undergo some sort of manic episode, which includes the subset that will turn into rage-monsters and shoot up schools, movie theaters and other public places?

Answer: About 0.7% more that can be charged to the drug (the risk if you do nothing is 0.3%.)

Other similar drugs have similar risk profiles; Paxil is not particularly-remarkable in this regard.

I note, and you should note, that 0.7% is a pretty low risk!  That is, 993 people out of 1000 can get a perfectly good outcome from the drug (or at least no harm) but that other 7 in 1000 have an outcome ranging from bad to catastrophically-bad.

Now let’s assume for the sake of argument that we are 99% effective in physician monitoring of these patients.  That is, we’re able to somehow confirm that they take the drug exactly as prescribed (no more or less), and we have enough time and physician resources to evaluate them on a regular and continuing basis.  This, incidentally, is a fantasy-land level of performance; no profession could possibly meet that standard of care, but we’ll use it to make the point.

But this level of performance, which we can never meet, would provide that of the rage monsters we potentially create with these drugs we catch 99% of them before the episode escalates into something “bad.”

That’s 1% of 0.7%, incidentally, or 0.007% of the total users who (1) have the bad reaction and then (2) we fail to detect via monitoring.  In other words, those are the people who shoot up the schools, movie theaters and US Representatives.

The last figures I have are that in 2005 27 million people in the United States, or close to 1 in 10 of all persons, are on some sort of antidepressant carrying these risks.

So if 0.7% of 27 million people have a manic episode caused by these drugs – that is, under perfect conditions where we catch every single bipolar individual first and never prescribe to any of them we will have 189,000 persons in a year who have a manic reaction to these drugs.

That’s horrifying.

But what’s worse is that if we assume 99% effective surveillance by the medicalprofession — that is, 99% of the time the doctor intercepts the person with themanic episode and modifies or terminates their use of the drug before something bad happens….

WE CREATE AND THEN FAIL TO DETECT, WITH NEARLY PERFECT PERFORMANCE (that we will never achieve) 1,890 RAGE MONSTERS EVERY YEAR WHO ARE MENTALLY CAPABLE OF COMMITTING A MASS HOMICIDE.

We’re surprised that there are a few of these a year, when we create more than 5 of them each and every day with near-perfect performance — and likely several times that many given the real-world monitoring that can actually be achieved?

We create these Zombies.

We prescribe the drugs to them.

We do this knowing that the risk exists and that at least one subset of that risk is materially higher for those under the age of 25 who are consuming these drugs. 

In point of fact, most of the rage monsters who have committed these crimes are under the age of 25 and either using or having recently terminated the use of these drugs.

Again I reproduce the information directly from the maker of Paxil:

There has been a long-standing concern, however, that antidepressants may have a role in inducing worsening of depressionand the emergence of suicidality in certain patients during the early phases of treatment. Pooled analyses of short-term placebo-controlledtrials of antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) showed that these drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18-24) with majordepressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Short-term studies did notshow an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults beyond age 24;

Something changes around the age of 24 with these drugs and their interaction with the human mind.  We don’t know exactly what it is, but we know that it happens.  We also know that these substances have a low but present risk of inducing mania, including rage.

Utterly nobody is bringing this element to the table in debate, but we must, as the rise of these incidents isdirectly correlated to the gross increase in the number of people, including most-especially young people, taking these drugs.  The number of users doubled from 1996 – 2005.

If you want to address a problem you must look at the data and follow it where it leads.

Where it leads is into a horrifying mess of prescription psychotropic drug use among our youth and the rare but catastrophic side effects they sometimes produce.

I have friends who have versions of the problem in their families among older individuals; members of the family who doctor-shop for prescription on top of prescription and are mentally questionable to start with.  We’re supposed to have some sort of reasonable check and balance on this and indeed Florida claims to have clamped down on the “pill mills” but I can tell you right now that this is utter and complete crap.  There is nothing preventing people from going to 10 different doctors until they find three or four that will write scripts and then abusing the drugs — and when they run out “early” calling up for a refill — and getting it.  It happens every damned day and if other family members try to intervene, including getting the physicians or the law involved (prescription fraud is supposed to be illegal!) they’re blown off!

It’s true that most of the crazy people in the world aren’t violent, and that being crazy, standing alone, is perfectly legal.  It’s also true that nearly all of the people who take these drugs won’t become violent — that’s a side effect that only bites a small percentage of the people who take the drug.

But the risk of turning people into rage monsters and suicidal maniacs appears to be mostly confined to those under the age of 24 according to the drug companies own information and this information is strongly correlated with the actual real-world data on these incidents.

We must have a discussion about this as a society.  We might decide that out of the 27 million or more Americans taking these drugs that enough get benefit that we are willing to accept the occasional school or movie theater shooting gallery as the price of prescribing these drugs to those under the age of 24.

If so then we need to be honest about the trade-off we have made as a society and shut the hell up instead of dancing in the blood of dead children to score political points and destroy The Constitution.

But if not, and you can count my vote among the “No” votes in this regard, then we must ban these substances from those under the age of 24 until we understand what’s different among that age group that alters the risk unless and except those persons are under continual professional supervision such as inpatient hospitalization.

Yeah, I understand this will cut into the profits of the big drug companies and thus is “unacceptable” to many political folks, not to mention that the media won’t even talk about the subject due to the advertising they run on their networks on a daily basis for this drug or that.

But unless we want to keep burying kids we had damned well better have that debate.

Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama and the rest on both the left and right who are refusing to go where the data leads are all practicing the moral equivalent of ritual child sacrifice, fueling the pyre under the bodies of our kids with the Bill of Rights.

Stand up America and say in a loud voice: ENOUGH!

Albert Hofmann, the Father of LSD, Dies at 102

PARIS — Albert Hofmann, the mystical Swiss chemist who gave the world LSD, the most powerful psychotropic substance known, died Tuesday at his hilltop home near Basel, Switzerland. He was 102.

The cause was a heart attack, said Rick Doblin, founder and president of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a

California-based group that in 2005 republished Dr. Hofmann’s 1979 book “LSD: My Problem Child.”

Dr. Hofmann first synthesized the compound lysergic acid diethylamide in 1938 but did not discover its psychopharmacological effects until five years later, when he accidentally ingested the substance that became known to the 1960s counterculture as acid. Continue reading