My Progress with LDN – Part II


Since my last post where I spoke about my beginning LDN therapy, I have turned a corner towards feeling better. Much of the pain and strange neurological symptoms from my injuries have diminished enough to be noticed.  The beautiful ‘side effect’ of this 100% safe and non-addictive compounded medication is that all anxiety has left.  I’m up to 3mg at night now.  I believe that I’ll be going up a bit again on Monday, when my doctor returns from a trip.  Hopefully, that will be my dose and I can look forward to continued lessening of my chronic pain and uncomfortable neurological symptoms.

This medication saves lives and, if more doctors were told about it’s efficacy, people wouldn’t have to be given dangerous opiates and other addictive drugs.  I recommend it highly and ask you to call your local ‘compounding’ pharmacies for a physician recommendation. Not all doctors prescribe this because they are not licensed to do so.  They must know how to detail the compounding to the pharmacist.  The pharmacist also has to be licensed to compound.  It sound like a chore to find a doctor and pharmacy, but is isn’t.  It just takes a few phone calls.  Please persevere.  If you’re currently taking addictive medications, you must first tell your doctor you want to be detoxed off of them before you begin LDN.  If they won’t detox you, find a detox specialist who will… also easy to find with a few calls.

I’ve included an article on LDN from Dr Mercola below.  It gives some information from a famous medical doctor regarding it’s purpose and safety.  LDN has no side effects, is non-addictive and totally safe.  Please have a good read.

Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN): One of the RARE Drugs

that Actually Helps Your Body to Heal Itself

by Dr. Mercola

It is not often that I advocate the use of prescription drugs, but low-dose naltrexone (LDN) is one of those rare exceptions that may hold the promise of helping millions of people with cancer and autoimmune disease.

As a pharmacologically active opioid antagonist, LDN works by blocking opioid receptors, which in turn helps activate your body’s immune system.

How LDN Harnesses Your Own Body’s Chemistry to Fight Disease

The latest research in Experimental Biology and Medicine just confirmed that LDN does in fact target the opioid growth factor (OGF)/opioid growth factor receptor (OGFr) pathway to inhibit cell proliferation. Previous research by professor Ian S. Zagon of The Pennsylvania State University, who also conducted the Experimental Biology and Medicine study, found that OGF regulates the growth of cancer cells, and all cancer cells use the OGF-OGFr pathway in growth regulation.

It is through this mechanism that LDN is thought to exert its profound inhibitory effect on cancer growth.

Further, LDN also works with your body’s immune system through its interactions with your body’s endorphins. Though most commonly referenced in relation to you mood, endorphins also play a role in pain relief, immune system regulation, growth of cells and angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor).

Typically, LDN is taken at bedtime, which blocks your opioid receptors, as well as the reception of endorphins, for a few hours in the middle of the night. This is believed to up-regulate vital elements of your immune system by increasing your body’s production of metenkephalin and endorphins (your natural opioids), hence improving your immune function.

In addition to cancer, LDN has shown promise for the treatment of the following diseases:

Hepatitis C Diabetic neuropathies
Lupus Dermatomyositis (an inflammatory muscle disease)
Ulcerative colitis Multiple sclerosis
Autism Crohn’s disease
Chronic fatigue syndrome Alzheimer’s disease
HIV/AIDS Hasimoto’s thyroiditis
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Parkinson’s disease
How can one substance impact so many different diseases? As written on the non-profit Web site LowDoseNaltrexone.org, which is an excellent resource for more information:

“The disorders listed above all share a particular feature: in all of them, the immune system plays a central role. Low blood levels of endorphins are generally present, contributing to the disease-associated immune deficiencies.”

Impressive Results in Cancer Treatment

In 1985, Dr. Bernard Bihari discovered LDN enhanced patients’ response to infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Years later he found that his patients with cancer and autoimmune disease also benefited from LDN.

Dr. Bihari has reportedly treated more than 450 cancer patients with LDN with promising results, including cancers of the bladder, breast, liver, lung, lymph nodes, colon, and rectum. According to Dr. Bihari, nearly a quarter of his patients had at least a 75 percent reduction in tumor size, and nearly 60 percent of his patients demonstrated disease stability. He believes LDN’s anti-cancer mechanism is likely due to an increase in the:

Number and density of opiate receptors on the tumor cell membranes, making them more responsive to the growth-inhibiting effects of the already present levels of endorphins, which in turn induces apoptosis (cell death) in the cancer cells
Absolute numbers of circulating cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells, as well as killer cell activity
An impressive study released earlier this year exemplifies LDN’s potential anti-cancer effects, in this case to treat ovarian cancer.

The study found:

~~~LDN administered for six hours every two days reduced DNA synthesis and cell        replication in tissue culture
~~~Exposure to LDN in combination with cancer drugs had enhanced anti-cancer action
~~~Mice with established ovarian tumors treated with LDN had repressed tumor progression by reducing DNA synthesis and angiogenesis — but not altering cell survival, indicating it is non-toxic
~~~LDN combined with a chemotherapy drug, cisplatin, alleaviated the toxicity associated with cisplatin
~~~LDN treatment upregulated the expression of the opioid growth factor, which is the only opioid peptide that tends to inhibit cell growth of ovarian cancer cells
~~~Says Dr. Burton M. Berkson, MD, who has attested to achieving phenomenal results with low-dose naltrexone in both cancer patients and those with autoimmune diseases: “It is difficult for many to believe that one drug can accomplish so many tasks. But LDN does not treat symptoms as most drugs do. It actually works way “upstream” to modulate the basic mechanisms that result in the disease state.”

Your Doctor Probably Doesn’t Know About Low-Dose Naltrexone

LDN has been an FDA-approved drug for over two decades, conventionally used to treat drug- and alcohol addiction at doses of 50mg to 300mg. Much lower doses (3 to 4.5 mg) are used for LDN’s immunomodulating properties as discussed above, but it has not yet been submitted for FDA approval at this low dose. None of the pharmaceutical giants back it, as at an average price of $15 to $40 for a month’s supply, the income potential isn’t very promising.

This means there are no friendly sales reps visiting your doctor talking about the potential benefits of this drug in very low doses, and as a result very few physicians are aware of LDN. So, if your physician is not familiar with LDN, you will need to bring it up to him or her, or, alternatively, seek a health care provider who is already knowledgeable at using LDN as a form of treatment. There are a number of pharmacies and compounding pharmacies in the United States and Canada that are reliable sources of the compound in low-dose form.

CAUTION: Important LDN Points to Consider if You Use It

Avoid slow-release (SR) or timed-release naltrexone. You want to be sure the LDN you receive is in unaltered form that allows you to receive the full dose quickly. Slow-release formulas may not give you the full therapeutic effects.
Be aware of inactive fillers. Part of the LDN capsule will contain a “neutral” filler material, however there is some evidence to suggest that calcium carbonate as a filler could interfere with the absorption of LDN. So to be on the safe side, avoid LDN capsules that contain calcium carbonate fillers.
Ideally, if you are interested in using LDN as a potential treatment consult with a knowledgeable health care practitioner who can guide your therapy and also help you find a reliable compounding pharmacy.

SOURCE: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/19/one-of-the-rare-drugs-that-actually-helps-your-body-to-heal-itself.aspx

LDN – An Rx Pain Medication with NO Addiction, NO Danger, & NO Side Effects!


No pain medication has passed through my lips in eight years.  As a matter of fact, I have used absolutely nothing that is dangerous or addictive.  All I have taken has been over the counter aspirin, herbs and supplements (magnesium, white willow bark, etc).  I have been pretty much toughing it out.  Lately, it’s become difficult, so I turned to a Naturopathic Physician who has amazed me with her insight.  She asked me to research LDN and then we would talk about the possibility of my starting it.  She told me, “it’s non-addictive, has no side effects and perfectly safe”.  I went home and did my due diligence.  Having been a nurse for so many years, I thought I knew every medication known to man; however, this one escaped me… at least the form in such a tiny dose. In any case, I became convinced that it could work, so I gave it a chance.  After all, the doctor who pioneered LDN and his entire family have been taking it for many years for disease prevention.  I’ll keep you posted. I’ve got one week at 1mg/day behind me now. I began 2mg last night. It doesn’t become therapeutic until the 3mg dose begins. You start at 1mg and then titrate up each week, as per your doctor’s orders.

I think I will let the article below speak for itself; it’s taken from LowDoseNaltrexone.org.

How does LDN work?
LDN boosts the immune system, activating the body’s own natural defenses.

Up to the present time, the question of “What controls the immune system?” has not been present in the curricula of medical colleges and the issue has not formed a part of the received wisdom of practicing physicians. Nonetheless, a body of research over the past two decades has pointed repeatedly to one’s own endorphin secretions (our internal opioids) as playing the central role in the beneficial orchestration of the immune system, and recognition of the facts is growing.

Witness these statements from a review article of medical progress in the November 13, 2003 issue of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine: “Opioid-Induced Immune Modulation: …. Preclinical evidence indicates overwhelmingly that opioids alter the development, differentiation, and function of immune cells, and that both innate and adaptive systems are affected.1,2 Bone marrow progenitor cells, macrophages, natural killer cells, immature thymocytes and T cells, and B cells are all involved. The relatively recent identification of opioid-related receptors on immune cells makes it even more likely that opioids have direct effects on the immune system.3”

The brief blockade of opioid receptors between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. that is caused by taking LDN at bedtime each night is believed to produce a prolonged up-regulation of vital elements of the immune system by causing an increase in endorphin and enkephalin production. Normal volunteers who have taken LDN in this fashion have been found to have much higher levels of beta-endorphins circulating in their blood in the following days. Animal research by I. Zagon, PhD, and his colleagues has shown a marked increase in metenkephalin levels as well. [Note: Additional information for Dr. Zagon can be found at the end of this page.]

Bihari says that his patients with HIV/AIDS who regularly took LDN before the availability of HAART were generally spared any deterioration of their important helper T cells (CD4+).

In human cancer, research by Zagon over many years has demonstrated inhibition of a number of different human tumors in laboratory studies by using endorphins and low dose naltrexone. It is suggested that the increased endorphin and enkephalin levels, induced by LDN, work directly on the tumors’ opioid receptors — and, perhaps, induce cancer cell death (apoptosis). In addition, it is believed that they act to increase natural killer cells and other healthy immune defenses against cancer.

In general, in people with diseases that are partially or largely triggered by a deficiency of endorphins (including cancer and autoimmune diseases), or are accelerated by a deficiency of endorphins (such as HIV/AIDS), restoration of the body’s normal production of endorphins is the major therapeutic action of LDN.

What diseases has it been useful for and how effective is it?
Bernard Bihari, MD, as well as other physicians and researchers, have described beneficial effects of LDN on a variety of diseases:
CANCERS
Bladder Cancer
Breast Cancer
Carcinoid
Colon & Rectal Cancer
Glioblastoma
Liver Cancer
Lung Cancer (Non-Small Cell)
Lymphocytic Leukemia (chronic)
Lymphoma (Hodgkin’s and Non-
Hodgkin’s)
Malignant Melanoma
Multiple Myeloma
Neuroblastoma
Ovarian Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Prostate Cancer (untreated)
Renal Cell Carcinoma
Throat Cancer
Uterine Cancer

OTHER DISEASES
Common Colds (URI’s)
Emphysema (COPD)
HIV/AIDS
Depression (Major; and Bipolar)

AUTOIMMUNE

Neurodegenerative:
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Alzheimer’s Disease
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s Disease
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD)
Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Transverse Myelitis

Other Autoimmune Diseases:
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Behcet’s Disease
Celiac Disease
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CREST syndrome
Crohn’s Disease
Dermatomyositis
Dystonia
Endometriosis
Fibromyalgia
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
Nephrotic Syndrome
Pemphigoid
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
Psoriasis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sarcoidosis
Scleroderma
Sjogren’s Syndrome
Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS)
Systemic Lupus (SLE)
Ulcerative Colitis
Wegener’s Granulomatosis

LDN has demonstrated efficacy in thousands of cases, including chronic pain.

Cancer: As of mid-2004, Dr. Bihari reported having treated over 300 patients who had a cancer that had failed to respond to standard treatments. Of that group, some 50%, after four to six months treatment with LDN, began to demonstrate a halt in cancer growth and, of those, over one-third have shown objective signs of tumor shrinkage.

Autoimmune diseases: Within the group of patients who presented with an autoimmune disease (see above list), none have failed to respond to LDN; all have experienced a halt in progression of their illness. In many patients there was a marked remission in signs and symptoms of the disease. The greatest number of patients within the autoimmune group are people with multiple sclerosis, of whom there were some 400 in Dr. Bihari’s practice. Less than 1% of these patients has ever experienced a fresh attack of MS while they maintained their regular LDN nightly therapy.

HIV/AIDS: As of September 2003, Dr. Bihari had been treating 350 AIDS patients using LDN in conjunction with accepted AIDS therapies. Over the prior 7 years over 85% of these patients showed no detectable levels of the HIV virus — a much higher success rate than most current AIDS treatments, and with no significant side effects. It is also worth noting that many HIV/AIDS patients have been living symptom-free for years taking only LDN with no other medications.

Central Nervous System disorders: Anecdotal reports continue to be received concerning beneficial effects of LDN on the course of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS—Lou Gehrig’s disease), and primary lateral sclerosis. Dr. Jaquelyn McCandless has found a very positive effect of LDN, in appropriately reduced dosage and applied as a transdermal cream, in children with autism.
How is it possible that one medication can impact such a wide range of disorders?

The disorders listed above all share a particular feature: in all of them, the immune system plays a central role. Low blood levels of endorphins are generally present, contributing to the disease-associated immune deficiencies.

Research by others — on neuropeptide receptors expressed by various human tumors — has found opioid receptors in many types of cancer:                                                             Brain tumors (both astrocytoma and glioblastoma)
Breast cancer
Endometrial cancer
Head and neck squamous cell
carcinoma
Myeloid leukemia
Lung cancer (both small cell and
non-small
cell)
Neuroblastoma and others…These findings suggest the possibility for a beneficial LDN effect in a wide variety of common cancers.

How can I obtain LDN and what will it cost?
LDN can be prescribed by your doctor, and should be prepared by a reliable compounding pharmacy.

Naltrexone is a prescription drug, so your physician would have to give you a prescription after deciding that LDN appears appropriate for you.

Naltrexone in the large 50mg size, originally manufactured by DuPont under the brand name ReVia, is now sold by Mallinckrodt as Depade and by Barr Laboratories under the generic name naltrexone.

LDN prescriptions are now being filled by hundreds of local pharmacies, as well as by some mail-order pharmacies, around the US. Some pharmacists have been grinding up the 50mg tablets of naltrexone to prepare the 4.5mg capsules of LDN; others use naltrexone, purchased as a pure powder, from a primary manufacturer.

LDN is not expensive.  You can receive a month’s worth for a price in the $30 range.  If you’re thinking it’s ‘snake oil’, think again.  Do your due diligence in research… it just might make you healthy and feeling better.

Later…….

BRAIN DAMAGED BY THE SWINE FLU VACCINE


HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN BRAIN DAMAGED BY THE SWINE FLU VACCINE TO RECEIVE $90 MILLION IN FINANCIAL COMPENSATION FROM UK GOVERNMENT

The swine flu vaccine caused severe brain damage in over 800 children across Europe, and the UK government has now agreed to pay $90 million in compensation to those victims as part of a vaccine injury settlement.

This is the same swine flu vaccine that the entire mainstream media ridiculously insists never causes any harm whatsoever. From the quack science section of the Washington Post to the big pharma sellout pages of the New York Times, every U.S. mainstream media outlet exists in a state of total vaccine injury denialism, pushing toxic vaccines that provably harm children.

“Across Europe, more than 800 children are so far known to have been made ill by the vaccine,” reports the International Business Times.

The vaccine caused narcolepsy and cataplexy in hundreds of children. Both are signs of neurological damage caused by vaccine additives which include mercury, aluminum, MSG, antibiotics and even formaldehyde.

As the IBTimes reports:

Narcolepsy affects a person’s sleeping cycle, leaving them unable to sleep for more than 90 minutes at a time, and causing them to fall unconscious during the day. The condition damages mental function and memory, and can lead to hallucinations and mental illness.

Cataplexy causes a person to lose consciousness when they are experiencing heightened emotion, including when they are laughing.

See the animated educational video here: If car companies operated like vaccine companies.

Children brain damaged in Norway, too

“Norway has seen more than 170 reported cases of children developing narcolepsy after receiving the Pandemrix vaccine,” reports the Global Post. “The government has so far paid $13 million to 86 victims, including 60 children…”

Just as in the USA and everywhere else, a contrived swine flu panic campaign was launched by the WHO and the CDC, creating widespread fear that would sell more vaccines. (Disneyland measles operation, anyone?)

As the Global Post write:

Back in 2009, the Norwegian health authorities urged everyone, not just at-risk groups, to receive vaccinations after the World Health Organization designated swine flu a pandemic.

More than 2 million Norwegians, or 45 percent of the country’s population, were given Pandemrix in an unprecedented drive. The vaccine is produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and was used to inoculate up to 30 million people in 47 other European countries.

Vaccine damage is Big Pharma’s route to selling more medications

Incredibly, even those children who are damaged by vaccines end up being big profit centers for the same pharmaceutical companies that damaged them in the first place.

In case after case being reported in the media, children who are damaged by defective vaccines are reported to be on multiple medications. For example, as the Global Post reports:

Tove Jensen, whose son developed severe narcolepsy after receiving the vaccine, also wants compensation from GSK.

“The situation is terrible,” she says. “He’s 100 percent disabled. We don’t know if it’s going to get better, he’s on so much medication. But we hope something will happen, that he will get his life back.”

Similarly, as the IB Times reports:

Peter Todd, a lawyer who represented many of the claimants, told the Sunday Times: “…The victims of this vaccine have an incurable and lifelong condition and will require extensive medication.”

In other words, children who are damaged by vaccines generate even more profits for Big Pharma by being damaged! It’s the perfect sinister revenue model for an industry run like a criminal mafia.

GlaxoSmithKline swine flu vaccine brain damaged medical staffers, too

“Among those affected are NHS medical staff, many of whom are now unable to do their jobs because of the symptoms brought on by the vaccine,” reports the IBTimes. “They will be suing the government for millions in lost earnings.”

The paper goes on to report:

Among [those damaged] is Josh Hadfield, 8, from Somerset, who is on anti-narcolepsy drugs costing [$20,000] a year to help him stay awake during the school day.

“If you make him laugh, he collapses. His memory is shot. There is no cure. He says he wishes he hadn’t been born. I feel incredibly guilty about letting him have the vaccine,” said his mother Caroline Hadfield, 43.

Despite a 2011 warning from the European Medicines Agency against using the vaccine on those under 20 and a study indicating a 13-fold heightened risk of narcolepsy in vaccinated children, GSK has refused to acknowledge a link.

Pharma-controlled U.S. media claims ZERO children were harmed in America

If 800 children were brain damaged by the swine flu vaccine in the UK and across Europe, how many children were damaged by the same vaccine — or other vaccines — in America?

According to the pharma-controlled lamestream media, that number is ZERO.

Vaccine Injury Denialism — a particularly dangerous form of delusional junk science — is the present-day mantra of the pharma-controlled press, which includes all the usual suspects such as the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN and so on. They simply pretend no children are ever harmed by vaccines… and they hope the U.S. public is stupid enough to believe the lie that “all vaccines are safe.”

Right now, there are 800 children in the UK whose lives have been destroyed by the swine flu vaccine and who will never lead a normal life again. Every year, tens of thousands more children are diagnosed with autism. The vaccine industry is destroying a generation of children — committing what Robert Kennedy Jr. correctly compared to a “holocaust” — while the sellout media covers it up.

How is this not a crime against children?

Shame on all of those sellout editors and professional liars in the mainstream media who cover up the truth about an industry that’s maiming and killing our children by the thousands. Do you have no sense of humanity?

NEWS SOURCE 

Mainstream media FAIL: Sleazebag doctors attacking Doctor Oz have histories of criminal fraud and ties to Monsanto’s “Discredit Bureau”


The mainstream media has just been suckered by the “Monsanto Discredit Bureau” into waging an all-out propaganda war against any person revealing the very real dangers of glyphosate or GMOs. With some notable exceptions, most mainstream media outlets operating today are now functioning as Monsanto propaganda mouthpieces, viciously attacking those who should be celebrated as true American heroes.

To achieve their latest defamation campaign against Doctor Oz, the mainstream media relied on a fraudulent and slanderous letter signed by ten doctors addressing Columbia University, demanding Dr. Oz resign from a senior staff position there. But in reporting this, the entire mainstream media failed to look into the backgrounds of the doctors signing the letter. If they had done any background research at all, they would have found some astonishing things that completely discredit the letter and the malicious, contrived attack on Oz:

• A key signer of the letter, Dr. Gilbert Ross, is a convicted criminal and Medicaid fraud artist. He was “convicted of racketeering, mail fraud and conspiracy,” and was “sentenced to 47 months in jail, $40,000 in forfeiture and restitution of $612,855” in a scheme to defraud the Medicaid system, reports the U.S. Right to Know campaign in a page describing the sleazy practices of the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), where Dr. Ross is the executive director. To my knowledge, there isn’t a single mainstream media website or news program that bothered to point this out, even though it destroys the credibility of the entire attack.

• More than half the doctors signing the letter have ties to the ACSH, a discredited industry front group steeped in chemical denialism. This is the group that once solicited money from Big Tobacco, claiming it would counter “pseudoscience” about cigarette smoking. The ACSH has also been a corporate-funded apologist for asbestos, Agent Orange, chemical endocrine disruptors, pesticides and herbicides. This is the group that the toxic chemical industry pays to wage precisely the kind of defamation and slander campaign that’s now targeting Doctor Oz.

Learn more about the quack corporate science of the ACSH at Sourcewatch.org and this link.

Another signer of the letter, Dr. Henry Miller, was a key corporate-funded sellout scientist enlisted to defeat GMO labeling in California. Dr. Miller conspired with the biotech industry almost as his official policy during his tenure with the FDA, where he co-founded the FDA Office of Biotechnology to serve as the FDA’s front group that protected Monsanto profits. See his profile here, where Sourcewatch.org states:

A 1994 memo written by the Apco Associates PR firm (now called Apco Worldwide) for Philip Morris (PM) discusses plans to create a European branch of the PM-backed “junk science” front group The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition. The memo states,

Specifically, we recommend that a European TASSC be formulated to do the following:

Preempt unilateral action against industry.

Associate anti-industry “scientific” studies with broader questions about government research and regulations * Link the tobacco issue with other more “politically correct” products.

Have non-industry messengers provide reasons for legislators, business executives and media to view policies drawn from unreliable scientific studies with extreme caution.

The memo specifically cites Henry I. Miller as a “key supporter” who might be willing to assist in the execution of the project:

For example, Dr. Henry I. Miller, Visiting Fellow and Visiting Scholar of the Institute of International Studies of the Hoover Institute of Stanford University, is one example of a key supporter with strong academic and international credentials who might assist us in this project.

The mainstream media thinks a convicted fraud artist is more credible than Doctor Oz?

What’s astonishing in all this is that the mainstream media has, by default, granted more credibility to this list of 10 letter signers than they assign to Doctor Oz. Never mind the fact that one of the signers of the letter is a convicted fraud artist, and that all other signers of the letter have financial ties to Big Biotech, Big Pharma or the ACSH.

What we have with all this is a monumental failure of journalism — mainstream media outright rejects the very idea that they should look into the 10 doctors making these allegations against Oz. In their rush to attack Doctor Oz, or the Food Babe, or the Seralini science team, mainstream media publishers utterly fail to see how they are being manipulated by the Monsanto Discredit Bureau. Or, alternatively, they are obedient to it and just following orders.

The solution to all this is simple, however: It’s called REAL JOURNALISM. If mainstream media outlets actually took the time to do their research — and found the courage to print the truth for a change — it wouldn’t be difficult for them to see how the ACSH and a handful of criminal doctors, fraudsters and character assassins can fabricate these attacks on people like Doctor Oz. This is a corporate-funded scientific dictatorship in action, seeking to destroy the voices of those who dare question the fraudulent corporate science behind the poisoning of the world with GMOs and glyphosate.

You are witnessing the black ops branch of the “Monsanto Discredit Bureau”

What you are observing in all these attacks on Doctor Oz is a deliberate plot schemed up by the so-called “Monsanto Discredit Bureau.”

Monsanto has an entire department that does nothing but attack, discredit and defame anyone who dares utter the truth about GMO dangers or glyphosate toxicity.

“Recently, I attended a talk by Monsanto’s Dr. William ‘Bill’ Moar who presented the latest project in their product pipeline dealing with RNA,” reports Stephanie Hampton in this Daily Kos article. “One student asked what Monsanto was doing to counter the ‘bad science’ around their work. Dr. Moar, perhaps forgetting that this was a public event, then revealed that Monsanto indeed had ‘an entire department’ (waving his arm for emphasis) dedicated to ‘debunking’ science that disagreed with theirs. As far as I know this is the first time that a Monsanto functionary has publicly admitted that they have such an entity which brings their immense political and financial weight to bear on scientists who dare to publish against them.”

Monsanto’s Discredit Bureau even extends its reach all the way into the USDA, which actively conspires with the biotech industry to bury the truth about the dangers of GMOs and glyphosate. As Hampton writes in this article on the USDA, a petition directed at the USDA cites the outrageous collusion now under way:

USDA managers are interfering, intimidating, harassing, and in some cases punishing civil service scientists for doing work that has inconvenient implications for industry and could have direct policy / regulatory ramifications. For example, in recent months USDA scientists have been subjected to —

• Directives not to publish data on certain topics of particular sensitivity to industry;

• Orders to rewrite scientific articles already accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal to remove sections which could provoke industry objections;

• Summons to meet with Secretary Vilsack in an effort to induce retraction of a paper that drew the ire of industry representatives;

• Orders to retract a paper after it had been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The paper could only be published if the USDA scientist removed his authorship thus leaving only the names of authors unassociated with USDA;

• Demotion from supervisory status and a reprimand after the scientist provided testimony before Congress that did not reflect agency preferences;

• Disruptive and lengthy internal investigations to search out any irregularity that could be used for management leverage against the targeted scientist;

• Suspensions without pay and other disciplinary actions for petty matters, such as minor irregularities in travel paperwork;

• Inordinate, sometimes indefinite, delays in approving submission for publication of scientific papers that may be controversial;

• Restrictions on topics that USDA scientists may address in conference presentations; and

• Threats by USDA managers to damage of the careers scientists whose work triggers industry complaints.

Read more from Reuters in this article entitled “Environmental group seeks greater protection for USDA scientists.”

What even Reuters is now covering is the truth that the USDA operates in conspiracy with Monsanto to silence real scientists and keep the public in the dark about the real science on GMOs and glyphosate.

Both the FDA and the USDA now actively work in betrayal of the People, colluding with corporations like Monsanto that are poisoning our world and harming our children. There is no longer any real separation between the biotech industry and the U.S. government regulators. They are all the same group of sellouts and poisoners who run what can only be called a modern day scientific dictatorship.

Key ACSH operative Jon Entine exposed by Natural News

The group at the center of Monsanto’s “Discredit Bureau” is the ACSH, which also has ties to discredited former Forbes.com writer and American Enterprise Institute muckraker Jon Entine, who Natural News exhaustively exposed as being a violent wife abuser and fraudulent journalist who fabricates false claims to discredit his intended targeted.

See Natural News coverage of Entine in these five investigative stories:

Forbes.com writer and biotech shill Jon Entine exposed as violent instigator who physically attacked wife and traumatized daughter – court documents
http://www.naturalnews.com/047665_Jon_Entine…

Jon Entine, biotech shill and character assassination operative, committed domestic violence and child abuse, states wife in court documents
http://www.naturalnews.com/047666_Jon_Entine…

Biotech front man Jon Entine exposed as Wikipedia vandal and violent wife abuser in public court documents
http://www.naturalnews.com/047667_Jon_Entine…

Biotech front man Jon Entine part of a shameless gang of propagandists and character assassins targeting GMO skeptics
http://www.naturalnews.com/047668_Jon_Entine…

Why Jon Entine is a poster boy for the biotech industry: violence against women, corporate-funded hate speech and gross journalism misconduct
http://www.naturalnews.com/047685_Jon_Entine…

Jon Entine has been a key “black ops” attack dog for the biotech industry, operating under the ACSH. Entine’s tactics are malicious and rooted in a deep hatred of humanity. Even Forbes.com eventually had enough of his antics and dropped him from their website, refusing to let him use the Forbes.com web platform to continue printing lies and disinformation about GMO activists.

An honest media would be attacking the credibility of these fraudster doctors!

When you start looking into the backgrounds of all these people, it doesn’t take long to dig up the criminality, fraud and malicious intent of those who are attacking Doctor Oz.

It all links back to Monsanto — no surprise, given that Doctor Oz recently came out with a viral video episode discussing the toxicity of the glyphosate herbicide that earns Monsanto the majority of its profits.

Doctor Oz also supports the labeling of GMOs — another courageous stand that puts him in the direct crosshairs of the “Monsanto Mafia.” Although Oz doesn’t currently believe GMOs are dangerous to human health, he recognizes the value in consumers having the opportunity to make an informed choice about what they wish to eat or avoid. Fundamentally, nearly every person believes in this same right to know what’s in their food. It is only through malicious, deceitful campaigns and illegal money laundering campaign finance schemes that the biotech industry and the criminally-operated Grocery Manufacturers of America have so far managed to block GMO labeling legislation at the state level.

It all makes you wonder: Why isn’t the mainstream media attacking the 10 doctors who staged this contrived, fraudulent character assassination attempt on Doctor Oz?

Any real journalist would look into the background of the ten doctors who signed the letter. They would very quickly discover that these people are malicious fraudsters, criminals and corporate-funded “black ops” villains who destroy reputations for a living. This is what they get paid to do. And if you follow the money, it doesn’t take long to see where it all comes from: the very same corporate biotech giants that are poisoning our food supply, our soils, our water and our very future.

Real journalism is no longer conducted by the mainstream media

What you are witnessing in the attack on Doctor Oz is a medial FAIL of epic proportions. Real journalism is the act of investigating and printing what corporations or governments don’t want you to print. Instead, the entire mainstream media today prints ONLY what corporations and governments want to see printed. Real journalism has been abandoned by the media. It now exists almost exclusively in the independent media, at publications like The Intercept and Natural News.

We are among the last real journalists in modern society who still ask the tough questions, follow the money and dig for the truth behind the public charade. And the simple truth of this story is that Doctor Oz is a man of real courage and integrity who merely seeks to educate the public and give them information and options so they can make a better decision about protecting their own health. But in a world dominated by the sellout media that functions as little more than a propaganda mouthpiece for Big Biotech, Big Pharma and Big Government, the greatest sin of all is telling the truth.

The mainstream media absolutely despises anyone who tells the truth, and it expends tremendous resources to demonize, vilify or marginalize all those who dare utter the truth on any topic that matters: GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, the fraudulent cancer industry and so on. The strategy of the media is simple: If you’re a nationally-recognized person, they demonize you. If you aren’t yet nationally known, they pretend you don’t exist (because they don’t want to inadvertently make you famous). But if you are willing to betray humanity and declare that vaccines are awesome, GMOs are healthy and fluoride is good for you, then they make you into a national hero.

Absurdly, all those celebrated by the media are now betraying humanity. All those demonized by the media are trying to save humanity. Being attacked by the mainstream media now means, almost by definition, that you are a good person working in the interests of protecting humanity from what I call “the Poisoners.”
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

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Medical care is 3rd leading cause of death in U.S.


“The Word of God will save your life. My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh”. (Prov 4:20-22)

The popular perception that the U.S. has the highest quality of medical care in the world has been proven entirely false by several public heath studies and reports over the past few years.

The prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association published a study by Dr. Barbara Starfield, a medical doctor with a Master’s degree in Public Health, in 2000 which revealed the extremely poor performance of the United States health care system when compared to other industrialized countries (Japan, Sweden, Canada, France, Australia, Spain, Finland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Belgium and Germany).

In fact, the U.S. is ranked last or near last in several significant health care indicators:

13th (last) for low-birth-weight percentages
13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality overall
11th for postneonatal mortality
13th for years of potential life lost (excluding external causes)
12th for life expectancy at 1 year for males, 11th for females
12th for life expectancy at 15 years for males, 10th for females

The most shocking revelation of her report is that iatrogentic damage (defined as a state of ill health or adverse effect resulting from medical treatment) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer.

Let me pause while you take that in.

This means that doctors and hospitals are responsible for more deaths each year than cerebrovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, accidents, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia.

The combined effect of errors and adverse effects that occur because of iatrogenic damage includes:

12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
80,000 deaths/year from nosocomial infections in hospitals
106,000 deaths a year from nonerror, adverse effects of medications

This amounts to a total of 225,000 deaths per year from iatrogenic causes. However, Starfield notes three important caveats in her study:

Most of the data are derived from studies in hospitalized patients
The estimates are for deaths only and do not include adverse effects associated with disability or discomfort
The estimates of death due to error are lower than those in the Institute of Medicine Report (a previous report by the Institute of Medicine on the number of iatrogenic deaths in the U.S.)

If these caveats are considered, the deaths due to iatrogenic causes would range from 230,000 to 284,000.

Starfield and her colleagues performed an analysis which took the caveats above into consideration and included adverse effects other than death. Their analysis concluded that between 4% and 18% of consecutive patients experience adverse effects in outpatient settings, with:

116 million extra physician visits
77 million extra prescriptions
17 million emergency department visits
8 million hospitalizations
3 million long-term admissions
199,000 additional deaths
$77 billion in extra costs (equivalent to the aggregate cost of care of patients with diabetes

I want to make it clear that I am not condemning physicians in general. In fact, most of the doctors I’ve come into contact with in the course of my life have been competent and genuinely concerned about my welfare. In many ways physicians are just as victimized by the deficiencies of our health-care system as patients and consumers are. With increased patient loads and mandated time limits for patient visits set by HMOs, most doctors are doing the best they can to survive our broken and corrupt health-care system.

The Institute of Medicine’s report (“To Err is Human”) which Starfied and her colleagues analyzed isn’t the only study to expose the failures of the U.S. health-care system. The World Health Organization issued a report in 2000, using different indicators than the IOM report, that ranked the U.S. as 15th among 25 industrialized countries.

As Starfied points out, the “real explanation for relatively poor health in the United States is undoubtedly complex and multifactorial.” Two significant causes of our poor standing is over-reliance on technology and a poorly developed primary care infrastructure. The United States is second only to Japan in the availability of technological procedures such as MRIs and CAT scans. However, this has not translated into a higher standard of care, and in fact may be linked to the “cascade effect” where diagnostic procedures lead to more treatment (which as we have seen can lead to more deaths).

Of the 7 countries in the top of the average health ranking, 5 have strong primary care infrastructures. Evidence indicates that the major benefit of health-care access accrues only when it facilitates receipt of primary care. (Starfield, 1998)

One might think that these sobering analyses of the U.S. health-care system would have lead to a public discussion and debate over how to address the shortcomings. Alas, both medical authorities and the general public alike are mostly unaware of this data, and we are no closer to a safe, accessible and effective health-care system today than we were eight years ago when these reports were published.

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How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?


“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their own craftiness’. (1 Corinthians 3:19)

It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse.

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals. The number was initially disputed, but is now widely accepted by doctors and hospital officials — and quoted ubiquitously in the media.

In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year.

Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death, the study says.

That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.

The new estimates were developed by John T. James, a toxicologist at NASA’s space center in Houston who runs an advocacy organization called Patient Safety America. James has also written a book about the death of his 19-year-old son after what James maintains was negligent hospital care.

Asked about the higher estimates, a spokesman for the American Hospital Association said the group has more confidence in the IOM’s estimate of 98,000 deaths. ProPublica asked three prominent patient safety researchers to review James’ study, however, and all said his methods and findings were credible.

What’s the right number? Nobody knows for sure. There’s never been an actual count of how many patients experience preventable harm. So we’re left with approximations, which are imperfect in part because of inaccuracies in medical records and the reluctance of some providers to report mistakes.

Patient safety experts say measuring the problem is nonetheless important because estimates bring awareness and research dollars to a major public health problem that persists despite decades of improvement efforts.

“We need to get a sense of the magnitude of this,” James said in an interview.

James based his estimates on the findings of four recent studies that identified preventable harm suffered by patients – known as “adverse events” in the medical vernacular – using use a screening method called the Global Trigger Tool, which guides reviewers through medical records, searching for signs of infection, injury or error. Medical records flagged during the initial screening are reviewed by a doctor, who determines the extent of the harm.

In the four studies, which examined records of more than 4,200 patients hospitalized between 2002 and 2008, researchers found serious adverse events in as many as 21 percent of cases reviewed and rates of lethal adverse events as high as 1.4 percent of cases.

By combining the findings and extrapolating across 34 million hospitalizations in 2007, James concluded that preventable errors contribute to the deaths of 210,000 hospital patients annually.

That is the baseline. The actual number more than doubles, James reasoned, because the trigger tool doesn’t catch errors in which treatment should have been provided but wasn’t, because it’s known that medical records are missing some evidence of harm, and because diagnostic errors aren’t captured.

An estimate of 440,000 deaths from care in hospitals “is roughly one-sixth of all deaths that occur in the United States each year,” James wrote in his study. He also cited other research that’s shown hospital reporting systems and peer-review capture only a fraction of patient harm or negligent care.

“Perhaps it is time for a national patient bill of rights for hospitalized patients,” James wrote. “All evidence points to the need for much more patient involvement in identifying harmful events and participating in rigorous follow-up investigations to identify root causes.”

Dr. Lucian Leape, a Harvard pediatrician who is referred to the “father of patient safety,” was on the committee that wrote the “To Err Is Human” report. He told ProPublica that he has confidence in the four studies and the estimate by James.

Members of the Institute of Medicine committee knew at the time that their estimate of medical errors was low, he said. “It was based on a rather crude method compared to what we do now,” Leape said. Plus, medicine has become much more complex in recent decades, which leads to more mistakes, he said.

Dr. David Classen, one of the leading developers of the Global Trigger Tool, said the James study is a sound use of the tool and a “great contribution.” He said it’s important to update the numbers from the “To Err Is Human” report because in addition to the obvious suffering, preventable harm leads to enormous financial costs.

Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital whose book “Unaccountable” calls for greater transparency in health care, said the James estimate shows that eliminating medical errors must become a national priority. He said it’s also important to increase the awareness of the potential of unintended consequences when doctors perform procedure and tests. The risk of harm needs to be factored into conversations with patients, he said.

Leape, Classen and Makary all said it’s time to stop citing the 98,000 number.

Still, hospital association spokesman Akin Demehin said the group is sticking with the Institute of Medicine’s estimate. Demehin said the IOM figure is based on a larger sampling of medical charts and that there’s no consensus the Global Trigger Tool can be used to make a nationwide estimate. He said the tool is better suited for use in individual hospitals.

The AHA is not attempting to come up with its own estimate, Demehin said.

Dr. David Mayer, the vice president of quality and safety at Maryland-based MedStar Health, said people can make arguments about how many patient deaths are hastened by poor hospital care, but that’s not really the point. All the estimates, even on the low end, expose a crisis, he said.

“Way too many people are being harmed by unintentional medical error,” Mayer said, “and it needs to be corrected.”

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