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Immune System and Drugs

Immune System and Drugs

Your Immune System and the Drugs You Take

How do drugs, both prescribed (legal) and street drugs affect your immune system?  Long term side effects and short term side effects?

How does this affect the overall health of people in the USA and Canada. The United States of America comes 37th on a list of healthiest countries in the world.  Behind many third world countries.  Per capita, the USA spends more than any other country in the world on Health Care.  What part do drugs play in this scenario?

According to Wallstreet.com:

"America makes up about 5% of the world’s population – but accounts for approximately 27 percent of the world’s drug overdose deaths, according to Vox. The culprit? Prescription opioids like Oxycontin, tramadol, methadone, morphine, fentanyl or Vicodin."

I was speaking to my son recently about vaccines.  I said to him that there was some evidence that vaccines might adversely affect the immune system; that there may be a relationship with vaccines and the rapid increase of the incidence of autism over the last 30 years.  He allowed for that but pointed out the whole co-relation/cause thing.  He point out the increase of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs, and the like, over the same period of time.  He thought that these types of drugs could just as easily, or even more likely, be the cause.  Part of the issue here is that the people that might do the testing or studies to establish cause/effect here appear to not want to know!

How many women took Ritalin growing up in 80s and 90s and then had children?  Did Ritalin, and later drugs like Prozac, Zoloft and others, affect their immune systems and then the immune systems of their newborns?   Studies have proven that even drugs like marijuana can lessen sperm count in men.  What other reproductive issues can a drug like this cause? 

When I grew up only movie stars took anti depressants?

Per the CDC

“During 2015–2018, 13.2% of adults used antidepressants in the past 30 days (Figure 1). Use was higher among women (17.7%) than men (8.4%).”

This is huge! How many of these women were taking these drugs when they were pregnant?  Or breast feeding?  How are the immune systems of the babies affected by these drugs?

Oxycontin and Other Pain Relievers

The use of pain relievers (legal) has at least doubled in the last 40 years.  The intake of SSRIs doubled from 1998 to 2010.

Since 1990, 450,000 people have died from opioid overdoses.  How many users are there that don’t die? This from both prescribed and street use of various opioids.  How do these drugs affect one’s immune system?  Short term? Long term?

I know people that eat Tylenol like candy.  In both the USA and in the United Kingdom Tylenol is the biggest cause of liver failure.

“acetaminophen* overdose is the leading cause [of Acute liver failure] in the United States”  NCBI Liver Failure

(*acetaminophen: an analgesic drug used to relieve mild or chronic pain and to reduce fever, often as an alternative to aspirin. Proprietary names include Tylenol.)

The Liver?

How does this extensive damage to the liver affect one’s immune system?

“The liver is a key, frontline immune tissue. Ideally positioned to detect pathogens entering the body via the gut, the liver appears designed to detect, capture, and clear bacteria, viruses, and macromolecules.”  The Liver and Immune System

Other medicines can affect one’s liver and thus the immune system:

“Some drugs, such as statins** (used to treat high cholesterol levels), can increase the levels of liver enzymes and cause liver damage (usually minor) but no symptoms.”
Merck Liver Disorders

(**Statin: “any of a group of drugs that act to reduce levels of fats, including triglycerides and cholesterol, in the blood.”)

Study Drugs

College and University students are known to use drugs like Ritalin and Adderall to help concentrate and stay awake to study.

These commonly used drugs such as Adderall can severely affect the health of the liver.  Adderall is an amphetamine. This from an article at NCBI on amphetamines and the liver.

“More importantly, several amphetamines have been associated with clinically apparent and sometimes severe or even fatal instances of acute liver injury. These cases typically follow intravenous use, particularly when given in an excessive single dose. The synthetic amphetamine methylenedioxymetamphetamine (MDMA, but known familiarly as “ecstasy”) has been implicated in the largest number of cases, many of which were severe and led to acute liver failure and death.”

Much evidence has come to light over the last 20-30 years as to how antibiotics have affected the immune system.  A necessary evil sometimes.  The problem with antibiotics is that they kill good bacteria as well as bad. 

From JAMA Pediatrics

“This study found that all commonly prescribed antibiotics during infancy are associated with subsequent diagnosis of allergic disease.

Administration of more than 1 class of antibiotic was associated with increased risk, most notably for asthma and allergic rhinitis. This association persisted even after adjusting for the total days of antibiotics supplied.”  JAMA Pediatrics

So, ask your doctor questions.  Your doctor is not infallible.  Find out the short and long term affects of the drugs he prescribes.  Do your own homework; it is pretty easy to find side effects of pretty much any drug online. 

Street drugs, even marijuana, well, that’s a little trickier.  Opioids, (Oxy for example), that you buy on the street will not likely have a list of ingredients, telling you how much fentanyl is in it.  Even so called medical marijuana has been found to have mold which can shut down your liver.  Caution your children on the use  of study drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin.  Instruct them on how these drugs can affect one’s immune system over a short or long period of time. 

Good health is your best defence!

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Iatrogenic Deaths

Iatrogenic Deaths

Iatrogenic Deaths (Death By Doctor)

We put far too much faith in doctors.  Doctors have become our gods.  I’ve never been one to put trust in another for my well being.  I know people my age that are taking a dozen or more drugs to keep them going.  And perfectly healthy individuals that are not.  What is the difference? 

There is this inherent belief that ‘modern medicine’ extended the life span of people in our civilization.  Looking a little more closely at the USA shows that it is likely one of the unhealthiest countries in the world even though they spend the most on health care per capita.  I think it places 37th on the world stage in the list of healthiest to unhealthiest countries.  There are several third world countries that rate much higher than the USA.

Is our trust misplaced? 

Are doctors doing more harm than good? Let’s take a look:

Definition: Iatrogenic deaths: deaths caused by the medical field

This definition has been around since at least some time in the 1940s. 

Iatrogenic inpatient deaths in 2015 were 225,000 in the USA. 

If one factors in: adverse drug reactions, medical error, bedsores, infection, malnutrition, outpatients, unnecessary procedures, surgery related deaths, (caused by doctors) then the number goes up to 783,936.  Some websites put the total figure at 999,000.  That is just in the USA.

At 225,000, iatrogenic inpatient deaths is the third largest cause in the US .  Putting it in third place after Heart Disease and Cancer.  If you factor in the other ‘errors’, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, it puts iatrogenic deaths (death by doctor) at number one! - the largest cause of death in the USA!

My father was a doctor in India for over thirty years, from the early 1960s to the mid 1990s.  He gave his life for this and did it for free.  Near the end he told me that because of the pharmaceutical industry and their lack of ethics, he didn’t know if, in the end, he had helped or harmed more people.  That is a pretty damning statement for someone as educated and dedicated as my father. 

Another friend, a doctor, that lives in a upper class area of a city in Ontario, Canada, told me this story:  A new, younger doctor opened up an office in the same town.  They became acquaintances.  This new doctor was altruistic and didn’t like handing out drugs for every little ailment.  If someone came to him with a cold or something similar asking for a drug, he told them that if they took the drug, the cold would go away in about 10 days.  On the other hand, if they didn’t take the drug, the cold would go away in about 10 days.  This doctor packed his bags and moved away within a year.  People just wanted their drugs, so they went to a doctor that would give them what they wanted.  This was back in the 1990s - it is much worse now. 

I’m involved with a group that does drug education lectures.  A lot of kids ask about medical drugs.  We tell them to ask questions.  Many doctors over prescribe.  Sometimes a seriously addictive opioid will be prescribed for a mild pain or for someone that it having a little trouble sleeping because of a strain.  When we were kids and had our tonsils out, we got ice cream not Oxycontin. 

But doctors are worshipped as gods.  People don’t ask questions. 

Here is an analogy you might get:

A friend of mine had a quote for his car recently.  Engine rebuild: $6000.  Another place: $4000.  Knowing that the industry was not always the most honest, he went to small shop that a friend recommended as trustworthy.  Two days later and $600 instead of $6000, (no rebuild necessary) his car was running perfectly. 

Most people will ask questions of their plumber or contractor.  But their doctor, no!  Doctors are believed to be infallible, not to be questioned.

Is your doctor too quick to prescribe prescribe prozac when you should get off sugar and get some exercise and sleep?

The medics are the ones telling the governments of the world how people should protect themselves against disease.  In the US alone in one year the medical field has caused double the number of deaths vs those for Covid-19. 

Iatrogenic Death Comparison

Your Medical Detective

How does this hypnotic effect of doctors come about?

Historically, doctors, in various incarnations have been sometimes kindly old rascals and sometimes the equivalent of witch doctors.  Either way there has always been a somewhat blind trust because sickness and its causes were usually invisible and whether it was a witch doctor or a kindly family doctor from the 1800s or the 1950s, they seemed to be able to understand these mysteries. 

And who, now controls the medical industry? Or education? Or the end users? 

Does Big Pharma control the education of our doctors

In a great article from Global News (Canada), Laura Hensley tracks Big Pharma's influence on Universities.  Here is a list of donations from pharmaceutical companies.  These are research grants from 1995 to 2004 to University of Toronto.

Apotex Inc.: $2,875,077 (1995 to 2004)

GlaxoSmithKline: $4,566,930 (1994-2020)

Janssen Inc.: $1,642,998 (2014-2019)

Bristol-Myers: $229,930 (2001-2005)

Allergan Inc.: $272,697

This is just a small part of donations to just one University in one city.  Any donations that are outside research are not included here.  This is one school.  Could this influence what is taught in those schools?

And then, who controls the media?  And thus, the end users? How many pharmaceutical ads do you see in women’s magazines.  How many articles in these and other magazines on various types of ‘mental issues’? 

Here is another article from Freedom Magazine on how the pharmaceutical industry shifted to direct consumer advertising.  The article could be called “Who Won the War On Drugs?”

Big Pharma did not always do this.  But because of this consumers now often self diagnose and demand certain drugs from their doctors.  But if you are reading this, you are likely not one of these individuals. 

 

Here is a another article that includes how much the pharmaceutical industry spends on advertising.

From Emory Law:

"Americans are barraged by an endless flow of ads that claim to remedy medical maladies with prescribed drugs. The commercials depict productive and happy lives, with suggestive associations that human flourishing can be achieved via pharmaceutical intervention. The appeals are accompanied by an exhaustive inventory of potentially negative life-altering side effects."

So, the pharmaceutical industry controls to a large degree education and it pretty much completely controls the media through advertising.  You are unlikely to see an exposé in a women’s magazine on Big Pharma.  They are not going to bite the hand that feeds them. 

So, as a result of all this we have an industry that continues to kill more people than heart disease and cancer put together.  And when there is a problem, they just throw money at it.  And I haven’t even touched on how Big Pharma influences government to keep this machine rolling. 

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Get Outside

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Stress, Depression and The News

Stress, Depression and The News

Stop Watching the News

A friend of mine living in Los Angeles told me an interesting story.  This happened about 15 years ago.  He worked construction in the Hollywood area on higher end houses.  While on the job one day, the client expressed that she was fighting ongoing depression, talking about how horrible the world was.  After a someone lengthy conversation, my contractor friend asked how much news she listened to or watched.  “Oh, all the time!”  was the response. Morning news, newspaper, evening news, radio in the car, etc.  He asked if she was willing to take a challenge which after his explanation, she accepted.  This was the challenge: “Go two months without watching, reading or listening to the news.  And then see how you feel.”  She agreed.  The job was finished at this point and he left her to her life, not really expecting to hear.  Or at best, maybe in a couple of months.  A week later, she, the client, called and said, “I haven’t felt this good in years”.  No TV news, no radio and no newspapers.  She had a completely new outlook on life.  In just one week!  

It doesn’t surprise me at all.  Bombarding a person with bad news constantly can in no way be beneficial.  There have been countless studies on the effects of news on depression, anxiety and other disorders.  I’ve referenced a few below:

1. Article Title: The News Media and Psychological Distress

“Negative stress was directly related to anxiety and depression. News media exposure and anxiety were positively related at low levels of irrationality. News media exposure was predictive of trait anxiety at low levels of optimism.”

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10615800108248354

The ‘irrationality’ resulting from watching too much news is evident in arguments between friends that constantly occur on ‘sensitive’ subjects.  (Politics, religion, etc.) 

2. Article Title: A Systematic Review: The influence of social media on depression, anxiety and psychological distress in adolescents

“All domains correlated with depression, anxiety and psychological distress.”

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02673843.2019.1590851?src=recsys

If your children are on Facebook they are going to be constantly exposed to bad news, telling them how the world is going to hell in a hand basket.  Limiting use could save the use of harmful drugs like Ritalin, Prozac, Zoloft and others that often exacerbate depression and anxiety.  Prevention is way better than most ‘cures’ out there. Maybe the right phrase should be ‘anti-social media’.

3. Article Title: How the Negative News Cycle Can Impact Mental Health

“The results indicated those respondents viewing news coverage for six or more hours were nine times more likely to report high acute stress levels than those with minimal media time.”

https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/how-the-negative-news-cycle-can-impact-mental-health-1110152

Have you ever tried to have a rational conversation with a friend  after they have been watching CNN or Fox for three days straight?  Not going to happen.  How communicative is your teenager after a full rainy day sitting on Facebook?

There is a lot of good in the world.  There is an endless supply of really good people. Most are generally quite friendly and want good things for those around them. Happy to help. Too much bad news from the media can stop someone’s willingness to feel safe and communicate with others.  

If you are finding yourself being a bit too miserable, reviewing how much time you are spending paying attention to the news or seeing alarming items on Facebook or other social media, then maybe you should take a moment to reorganize your life a bit.  If you are constantly getting in fights regarding politics with friends, I’d say that it would be a very good time to, at least temporarily, withdraw from Facebook and turn the news off.  

See, then, if your outlook changes at all. Give it a couple of weeks.  You up for the challenge?

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Why I Don’t Trust Big Pharma

Why I Don’t Trust Big Pharma

Trust Big Pharma? I Don’t Think So!

Here are a few reasons why I don't trust the pharmaceutical industry

Opioid Crisis

The damage to society from opioids is something that is not in question.  In an article on canada.gov

“Measuring the impact of the opioid overdose epidemic on life expectancy at birth in Canada” shows that in the USA and also in British Columbia “a decrease in life expectancy due to opioid drug overdose deaths.”

In researching it was difficult to find individuals that were more interested in curtailing the production or addressing the causes of the epidemic.  Most of the articles that I can find speak of making it safe for addicts to do the drugs: “Harm reduction.”

This article reviews a book called:

Overdose Heartbreak and Hope in Canada’s Opioid Crisis
by Benjamin Perrin, professor at University of BC

“From all of the information put forth in the book, Perrin makes a hard case that safe consumption sites are the answer. Getting people the support they need, giving them access to safe places to use drugs with people there to help if they need it. These sites are there to connect people to services and support. Perrin puts forth a strong argument to stop criminalizing people who use drugs, and how this would positively impact all levels of society, those who are taking the drugs and those who deal with the fallout from the illicit drug trade. Perrin also takes a hard look at the evidence for and against the decriminalization of all drugs, with Portugal giving some insight into how the strategy can play out. “
Heartbreak and Hope

This, as a solution, doesn’t really do anything to help the fact that there is a crisis. This solution, in no way prevents or slows the increase of people starting and using these deadly drugs.  All this will do is increase the burden of society to support more and more drug addicts and their habit.  I understand that many of these people, if not the majority, are not ‘street people’ and became addicted somewhat accidentally.  So, let’s take this back a bit.  When we were young and had a bone set or tonsils out, we weren’t prescribed opiates.  After tonsils being removed, one got a little extra ice cream to soothe the throat.  For the mending bone in an arm, say, one was instructed to be careful not to sleep on it.  I had a greenstick fracture of my radius at age 14.  Knocked out at the hospital to straighten it.  That was it.  I may have slept a little extra the first couple of days.  Then I was out playing and going to school.  Too busy to notice the pain, I guess.

This would be one of the first things one would think to do:

British Columbia Opioid Lawsuit

“B.C. sues opioid makers for 'negligence and corruption' about addiction risks”

“B.C. Attorney General David Eby spoke of the "terrible toll" opioid addiction has taken on many British Columbians and their families as he announced a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to reclaim costs associated with the ongoing opioid crisis.”

Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of Oxycontin claims that it is not their fault, they claim no wrongdoing.

Simon Fraser University drug policy researcher Donald MacPherson: “MacPherson said the government should be working on providing a clean supply of opioids for people with addictions if it wants to stop the overdose crisis.”

Supplying ‘clean’ opioids to addicts will do nothing to prevent more and more people from becoming addicted.

And from the Globe & Mail:

There are doctors out there that would like to limit patients’ use of opioids, bring these patients off the drugs slowly, recommending other solutions or less addictive drugs for pain.  But complaints and demands from certain public, and I’m sure influence from Big Pharma leads to this:

“British Columbia doctors treating patients with chronic pain will be required to prescribe opioids without limiting dosage or refusing to see patients who are on the medication that has come to be associated with illicit overdose deaths.” The Globe & Mail

Methadone:

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6612a2.htm

Methadone:

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/767338

In 2010, “It [methadone] accounted for 39.8% of single-drug OPR deaths.” (OPR - Opioid Pain Reliever)

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

Figure 3. National Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Any Opioid—Number Among All Ages, by Gender, 1999-2018. The figure above is a bar and line graph showing the total number of U.S. overdose deaths involving any opioid from 1999 to 2018. Any opioid includes prescription opioids (and methadone), heroin and other synthetic narcotics (mainly fentanyl or fentanyl analogs). Opioid-involved overdose deaths rose from 21,088 in 2010 to 47,600 in 2017”

Above you will see this graph from the CDC website that shows increase from 8,048  in 1999 to 49,068 deaths in 2017.  Not sure if these deaths include methadone.  Either way this is a 600% increase in deaths in that time.  Add in the data below, the unclassified opioid deaths, it will be a lot higher.

“Using this information, the team estimates that 72 per cent of unclassified overdose deaths involved opioids. This finding suggests that 99,160 more people in the US have died from opioid overdoses than previously thought, an underestimate of 28 per cent. According to these new results, a total of more than 450,000 people in the US have died from an opioid overdose since 1999.”
www.newscientist.com

This epidemic has been created by the pharmaceutical industry, one of the biggest culprits being Purdue Pharma owned by the Sackler Family.  They still think they have done nothing wrong. If fact they are now producing “millions of doses of lifesaving opioid overdose reversal medications.” So, this family is responsible for the murder of thousands and destroyed families beyond measure, and they now make money from the medications to fix it!! 

No small wonder that I don’t trust the pharmaceutical industry

Add in the deaths resulting from prescription drugs and the total per the CDC is 70,237 in 2017.

But from a study by Donald Light, who is a professor of comparative health policy at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey:

“Estimates dating back nearly two decades put the number at 100,000 or more deaths annually, which includes a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 that projected 106,000 deaths. A more recent analysis estimates 128,000 Americans die each year as a result of taking medications as prescribed – or nearly five times the number of people killed by overdosing on prescription painkillers and heroin."

health.usnews.com

and…

‘ “Donald Light, a medical and economic sociologist and lead author of a 2013 paper that detailed the estimate, entitled “Institutional Corruption of Pharmaceuticals and the Myth of Safe and Effective Drugs.” “About 2,460 people per week are estimated to die from drugs that were properly prescribed, and that’s based on detailed chart reviews of hospitalized patients,” ‘

That’s 2013.  Times 52 weeks.  That’s about 128,000 deaths per year.  Numbers now, in 2020, would be much higher.

Add that to the 70,000 plus deaths from Opioids and other overdoses and you have a total of about 200,000 deaths per year directly resulting from carelessness and neglect of the pharmaceutical industry. 

And these numbers are just in the USA. 

Again, no small wonder I don’t trust the pharmaceutical industry

This leads me to another so called controversial subject: vaccines.  In 1986 a law was passed preventing Big Pharma from being sued directly. (The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act)  A ‘committee’ was set up where complaintants (usually parents of vaccine damaged children) could present their case.  The lawyers that represent the defendants are Justice Department lawyers.  Any money awarded is paid by the US Government (read: taxpayers).  There is no jury and one person adjudicates. 

Per fairwarning.org, as of 2018, $4.2 Billion has been paid out to families of children damaged by vaccines.  Parents of the children affected are

how to end autism epidemic

much more likely to get compensation if they don’t mention autism.  There is an excellent book on the history of this mess written by J B Handley, called ‘“How to End the Autism Epidemic”.

(Note: As the Pharmaceutical Industry is protected by the The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the money paid out comes from the US Government. Taxpayer’s money.)

Austism has gone from 1 in 10,000 in the 1960s/1970s to 1 in 36 in 2018.  The numbers started to jump dramatically when Big Pharma became protected with the passing of the aforementioned law. at the same time increasing the vaccine rollout exponentially.   

Every baby today is given about 72 doses of 16 vaccines (per CDC).  In the 1960s and 1970s one received about 3-5 doses of vaccines.  These numbers vary slightly depending on where you look but the point is starting in 1986 with the passing of the The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act they increased by a factor of about 12. 

The pharmaceutical industry has yet to admit any wrongdoing with regard to vaccines and autism. 

But…

Who controls the narrative?  I mean, who decides what you hear on the radio? What articles will you see in newspapers? What is going to get pushed in the 6 o’clock news. 

Per the Periscope Group 

“70% Of News Advertising Now Belongs to Big Pharma”

Media owners and editors are rarely going to bite the hand that feeds them.   

“Are you still going on about that, that science is done! There is no proof of that! That’s a conspiracy theory.” - That is what you will hear if you try to counter Big Pharma’s narrative.

There is lots of information out there. But the majority of people will not do their own research, will unwarrantedly trust the media, doctors and researchers that are paid by pharmaceutical companies. 

As you can see earlier in the article by some of the links, that much of the information available is on government websites.  Not that difficult to find if you know where to look and are willing to look

So, you can see that maybe, just maybe, there are some very good reasons to NOT trust the pharmaceutical industry and their supporters.

 

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Is Marijuana a Drug?

Is Marijuana a Drug?

Define Your Terms

Marijuana: 

If we are going to talk about this, have a discussion, let us first define our terms.  

Per:
https://www.drugabuse.gov

“Drugs can alter the way people think, feel, and behave by disrupting neurotransmission, the process of communication between neurons (nerve cells) in the brain.”

I was having a discussion on the subject of marijuana with someone a while back and it really wasn’t going anywhere, until I realized that while I considered marijuana a drug, he did not.

So, now if I'm ever in a discussion that is becoming an argument, I resort to this quote:

“If you wish to converse with me, define your terms” Voltaire

 

Marijuana, per pretty much any definition of the word ‘drug’ applies.  There was a short saying years ago along the lines of, "If a horse has four legs and a tail and you call the tail a leg, then how many legs does it have?  Still four.  Just because you call the tail a leg, doesn’t make it a leg.”  

 

"A drug is any substance (other than food that provides nutritional support) that, when inhaled, injected, smoked, consumed, absorbed via a patch on the skin, or dissolved under the tongue causes a temporary physiological (and often psychological) change in the body."  (This definition compiled from Stedman's Medical Dictionary and Random House Dictionary.)

 

“something and often an illegal substance that causes addiction, habituation*, or a marked change in consciousness” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary  (*Habituation: psychological dependence on a drug after a period of use”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

So, marijuana alters the way you think, feel, and or behave.  If you really want the technical data on how drugs such as marijuana affect the neurotransmitters in the brain, then read the full article at the link above. (drugabuse.gov) 

The majority of people use marijuana in its various forms to get stoned.  

I’m pretty sure that I’ve never seen or heard of an increase in consciousness or awareness with someone on marijuana.  I’ve had many claim better judgement which never proves out in actual practice.  

Redefinition of Terms

As with other controversial subjects, the redefinition of terms runs rampant with marijuana.  

“It’s a Herb”

Commonly referred to as a herb so it is safe.  This is an attempt to redefine pot as a ‘safe herb’. That doesn’t make it is so.  Another herb that you may have heard of is Hemlock.

 Hemlock has been used in the past medicinally but is extremely toxic and a very small amount can kill you.  So, using the fact that marijuana is a herb and that is why it is safe, once you know the facts, destroys that argument.

Medical Marijuana

This is another redefinition of marijuana.  In an attempt to get away from the fact that marijuana is a drug, those interested in marketing and selling it broadly, would have you believe there is a different version of marijuana that is ‘medical marijuana’, because adding the word ‘medical’ would obviously give it legitimacy.  

There is no real difference between ‘regular’ marijuana and ‘medical’ marijuana.  None.

“It’s Natural”

Marijana is so far from being ‘natural’ anymore.  It has been bred constantly over the last 50-60 years for increased potency.  Various breeding and growing techniques have not only increased the amount of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) - that’s the stuff that gets you stoned - but also have lowered the amount of CBD Oil (cannabidiol - that’s the stuff that mitigates the effects of the THC - lessens the effects) resulting in a drug that is many times stronger - ten to twenty time stronger or even more - than it was 50 plus years ago.

So, as I mentioned at the beginning, if you are going to discuss the subject of marijuana, establish your definitions first.  If you find you are arguing about the subject and whether or not it is a drug, then establish your definitions.  Save a lot of frustration.

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Dark Waters (Movie)

Dark Waters (Movie)

The film Dark Waters

with Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Anne Hathaway

It is sometimes pretty scary that there has to be people in the world like Robert Bilott (the real life person that Mark Ruffulo portrays in the movie).  It’s sad and worrisome that there is so much evil in the world and that people in a company like Dupont care so little of others that someone like Bilott has to pick up the gauntlet and act for the rest of us.

I’m not the best at critiquing movies, I leave that to my movie editor son.  He is pretty good.  He would likely be able to tell me why I liked it and why it kept me enthralled through the 2 hours and  6 minutes.  

This is not meant to be a review but a hope that if you are reading this you will be inspired to do a little more to improve the world.  

Sometimes doing something slightly less convenient can make a big difference it a lot of people do it.  Good or bad.  My wife and I hike a lot.  We are in Canada.  No matter where we hike, we see Tim Horton’s cups.  Tim Horton’s, for those that are not aware is a huge coffee chain in Canada.  It is rare that we go on a hike or to the beach and don’t see at least one of their cups strewn to the side of the trail.  

One individual may think, “What is one cup?”  Here are a few photos of what each of those individuals thinking that can do.  

 

Flip that around.  What if each of those people instead of casting aside their waste, picked up a bit of someone else’s.  We might have  a pretty clean environment.  I like to hope that there are more good people than bad.  It is just that sometimes the good don’t realize how bad the bad can be.

If one took the little extra effort and went to a coffee shop that allowed one to bring their own cup.  Spend a little extra and buy the meat that is raised locally without hormones, etc.  Find some small thing that you can do.  Work with neighbours to clean up the litter.  If it is only you and your spouse or kids, do it anyway.  Set an example.  

We are always cheering individuals like Robert Bilott and wishing there were more like him.  Or not understanding why there is even evil to fight.  But there is.  Most of the time the real heroes are just the average person stepping up to the plate.

Most people won’t read an article like this.  Most are really unaware that there is a problem. But if you started dragging your kids out to do some street or neighbourhood clean up instead of Saturday morning cartoons, whether or not others start to contribute, you will feel better.  

Find good people in the community to support. Look for those helping kids, doing things to improve life around them and figure out a way to support them.  

It does take some effort to get started.  But once started it will be so fulfilling. 

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Vaxx vs Anti-Vaxx

Vaxx vs Anti-Vaxx

Vaxxers vs Anti-Vaxxers vs Big Pharma

Vaccination is a sensitive subject right now. Always has been, but now with the whole Covid-19 thing going on it is even more inflammatory.  

I’ve done a huge amount of research on the subject in the last 2-3 months, more than I have done on a lot of subjects and generally I’m pretty good at research.  

I like to get as close to source data as I can.  If I can find a white paper on a subject I’m researching, you know, real lab testing, double-blind and all that, then I’m all in.  Some of those can be tough to wade through; these scientists are writing for their peers, not peons like me.  

I’ve watched videos and read books.  When I’m doing these last, I like to go the websites or papers referenced as much as I can.  I even read novels that cover various issues and follow up with research there.  For example, I was reading a thriller that had some bad hat lobbyist involved with the vaping industry.  The character in the book was supporting and investing in the vaping industry and backing the tobacco industry in this cause until the CDC did some serious testing on its safety.  (Then, of course, the bad hat bailed.)

I’m far from the CDC’s biggest fan but there are some there that do good work.  There are a number of articles on the actualities of vaping here: New England Journal of Medicine 

I would rather read a book than someone’s opinion about the book.  

I have found that, with regard to vaccinations, even those called ‘anti-vaxxers’ are not so much against vaccines as their abuse.  

The line goes something like this:

Extreme ‘Vaxxers’         Middle               Extreme ‘Anti-Vaxxers’

++++             —————————————          ++++

Most people, if you take the time to actually listen, as with anything, fall somewhere in the middle.  It may be one or the other end of the middle but within that area if put aside your emotions, you could have an actual conversation with the person at the opposite end of the middle.  Don’t bother with the extremes. You would be wasting your time.  

This all brings me to the real reason for this article, Big Pharma. The pharmaceutical industry.

Two points, actually. One, there has never been any control or placebo test group done with any testing on vaccines.  Ever.  The arguments for this are largely that one would be depriving people, mostly children of the safety of the vaccine.  This could be said about any drug or product that the pharmaceutical industry manufactures.  For all other products, they are impelled to do so.  

The other, more insidious reason, I believe is that the whole industry is protected by the government for any harm done by vaccines. 

So, combined, those two facts, I find worrisome.  Big Pharma and the CDC do not have to test the efficacy of the product they are injecting and cannot be censured if something goes wrong!  

Please understand that I had my children vaccinated and would do so again, but likely not under the current regimen.  I would ensure that their immune systems were boosted to the max and would look for a way to have the gentlest impact on their immune systems.  

I even watched the movie ‘Vaxxed’.  There are people having not watched it, would quote detractors of this movie, not bothering to watch it themselves.  I don’t think there was anything in the movie that couldn’t be verified, if one was willing to take a moment.  And I didn’t see anyone in the movie that I would have considered an ‘anti-vaxxer’.  Most were upset with the way the pharmaceutical industry behaved with regard to vaccines.  I will try and refrain from giving too much opinion about the movie and ask you to just watch. If you can’t find it, let me know.

When this whole Covid-19/Coronavirus thing blew up, I asked a number of medical people a question about vaccines.  I wanted to know, if one had a vaccine, could one still carry the disease and be infectious.  Or could one still contract the disease that they were vaccinated against to a smaller extent.  I went to medical websites and doctors involved in the industry and asked these very direct questions.  The answers that I got were weird because, well, they weren’t answers. No one gave me a definitive answer. It was all kind of gobbly goop.  Kind of like politician speak.  So, I had to do my own research.  

(A point on research.  When you do a search on Google, you will often find the first 20 items often are all quoting the same reference.  Go deeper.  Just because there are twenty different articles all quoting the same document, does not mean that document is correct.  Take a look around. Get some understanding so that you can have some judgement.)

Here are some of the results: 

“If you've gotten the vaccine, though, you could have symptoms that are mild and still be infectious.” webmd.com

One article I read regarding whooping cough, pointed out that even after the vaccine, one could contract the disease and spread it.  It was pointed out in the article that because of the vaccine, the symptoms would be less dramatic and one would not necessarily feel ill enough to stay home.  This would result in an increased chance of spreading the disease.  

There is an article (link below) that talks about people with vaccines spreading the disease they have been vaccinated for.  You don’t have to read the article if you think it will upset you, but at the end are 19 links that go to websites like

cdc.gov, 

cid.oxforjournals.org

ncbi.nem.hih.gov

mercola.com

 … all quite reputable websites.  Many of the links go to white papers which can be a bit tiring to wade through.  But they make their point.  Very thorough testing.  Read them at your peril: 

https://www.westonaprice.org/studies-show-that-vaccinated-individuals-spread-disease/

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Do We Lack Compassion?

Do We Lack Compassion?

Have We No Compassion?

Or, The Chemical Imbalance Lie!

In 2006 and 2007 there were some surveys done showing that 80% or more of the people surveyed considered the theory of chemical imbalance in the brain as fact.  

If you want to read a lengthy article on how this fallacious idea came to be, read this article    Psychiatry Under the Influence

By survey in 2006, 80% of Americans believed that a chemical imbalance in the brain is what causes depression.  Ronald Pies calls this concept, an urban legend. 

“…in a 2007 survey of 262 undergraduates, psychologist Christopher M. France of Cleveland State University and his colleagues found that 84.7 percent of participants found it “likely” that chemical imbalances cause depression.”  - Scientific American

In my years of research, I have found no evidence, no white paper proving this theory.  Numerous psychiatrists, doctors and professors, etc., that actually work in the industry, have found no evidence to support this.  

“I don’t think there’s any convincing body of data that anybody has ever found that depression is associated, to a significant extent, with loss of serotonin.”  -Alan Frazer, University of Texas Health Science Center, 2012

“In truth, the chemical imbalance notion was always a kind of urban legend, never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.” - Ronald Pies, July 11, 2011 in Psychiatric Times

“We have hunted for big simple neurochemical explanations for psychiatric disorders and have not found them.” Kenneth Kendler, Psychological Medicine, 2005

In an article in Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime, Dr Peter Groeche talks about the myth of the chemical imbalance:

The Harmful Myth About the Chemical Imbalance Causing Psychiatric Disorders

“It has never been possible to show that common mental disorders start with a chemical imbalance in the brain. The studies that have claimed this are all unreliable.” Prof. Peter C. Gøtzsche, June 28, 2019

In this article Professor Gøtzche points out that at least one psychiatrist claimed, when being interviewed that the profession no longer stood by the theory of the ‘chemical imbalance of the brain’ causing depression or other issues.  And some weeks later this same doctor lectured about ‘chemical imbalances’.  Hmmm!?

It is a lie that you have a biochemical imbalance and that psychiatric drugs will rebalance your brain. It was a marketing ploy not based upon science. It was designed to sell drugs and it has worked all too well.” Dr Kim West

For example, Pfizer’s television advertisement, years ago for Zoloft states that “depression is a serious medical condition that may be due to a chemical imbalance”, and that “Zoloft works to correct this imbalance.” (This video is easily found on Youtube if you would like to check it out.)

The ‘original’ Zoloft ad, I think seen at a Super Bowl, promoted the drug for depression claiming that it corrected an imbalance of chemicals between nerve endings.  There is absolutely no science behind this claim.  Another statement that is made in the ad is that Zoloft is not habit forming.  If this last statement were even close to the truth, there would not be any number of websites telling how to come off this and other types of drugs.  And how difficult it is to do!

I’m not sure if Pfizer was ever held accountable for the lies told in that Television ad.  Sad.  So, can a pharmaceutical company like Pfizer get away with blatant lies in their advertising?  I guess so!

If you or one you love or know is on a drug like Zoloft and wants to stop, then please read through the material at this link first.  VERY IMPORTANT 

 

The article references Dr Peter Breggin’s method for coming of these drugs.  He suggests coming off at increments of 10%.  Some doctors will suggest 1% increments for certain drugs. So much for the statement that drugs like Zoloft aren’t addictive. 

Here is a great, short video by UCLA Professor David Cohen, PhD.  Titled ‘Sadness Is Not a Brain Disorder’

 


You can do your own homework but here is a list of Doctors, professors, psychiatrists and scientists and their opinion of the Myth of Chemical Imbalance in the Brain:

“The spurious chemical imbalance theory of depression is arguably the most destructive thing that psychiatry has ever done.” By Philip Hickey, PhD  

Where is it Going? https://www.madinamerica.com/2020/02/chemical-imbalance-theory-going/

“To this day, there exists not a single biological test for any mental disorder, despite claims to the contrary.” -Mark L. Ruffalo

"However, there is one (rather large) problem with this theory: there is absolutely no evidence to support it.[Chemical imbalance in the brain] Recent reviews of the research have demonstrated no link between depression, or any other mental disorder, and an imbalance of chemicals in the brain." (Lacasse & Leo, 2005; (Valenstein, 1998).

“There’s no biological imbalance. When people come to me and they say, ‘I have a biological imbalance,’ I say, ‘Show me your lab tests.’ There are no lab tests. So what’s the biochemical imbalance?” —Dr. Ron Leifer, New York psychiatrist.

“If a psychiatrist says you have a shortage of a chemical, ask for a blood test and watch the psychiatrist’s reaction. The number of people who believe that scientists have proven that depressed people have low serotonin is a glorious testament to the power of marketing.”
- Jonathan Leo, Western University of Health Sciences

“First, no biological etiology [cause] has been proven for any psychiatric disorder...in spite of decades of research....So don’t accept the myth that we can make an ‘accurate diagnosis’....Neither should you believe that your problems are due solely to a ‘chemical imbalance.’”
- Edward Drummond, M.D

“Remember that no biochemical, neurological, or genetic markers have been found for attention deficit disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, compulsive alcohol and drug abuse, overeating, gambling, or any other so‐called mental illness, disease, or disorder.” - Bruce Levine, Ph.D/Psychologist

“Biopsychiatrists have created the myth that psychiatric ‘wonder’ drugs correct chemical imbalances. Yet there is no basis for this model because no chemical imbalance has ever been proven to be the basis of a mental illness,” -  Ty C. Colbert, Psychologist.

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Judy Mikovits: A Plague of Corruption

Judy Mikovits: A Plague of Corruption

Book: A Plague of Corruption by Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits

“Where does an 800 pound gorilla sit?  Wherever the heck it wants!”

The pharmaceutical industry has looked, to me, for a long time, as a 800 pound gorilla with brass knuckles.  I’ve watched Big Pharma abuse people with mood altering drugs like Prozac, Ritalin, Lithium, Zoloft and a host of others.  Destroying people’s minds and numbing their moods and lives. 

I had no idea that they were doing the same thing with vaccines.  I’m reading the book, ‘Plague of Corruption’ by Judy Mikovitz which chronicles the organsition as it has paid out in excess of 4 billion dollars to people that have been damaged by their vaccines.  This with rules in place that make it all but impossible to bring these corrupt companies to task.  

Supported by the Department of Justice (for some reason)  running interference by screening their own witnesses when they won’t toe the party line.  

There are a few things that I would have left out of the book, some hypotheses as to what happened to some friends and acquaintances at the hands of some over zealous investigators.  

Other than that her story, the history and the facts and events that Mikovits  speaks of, can all be verified outside the pages of the book.  

I know some that throw the phrase ‘conspiracy theorist’ at her as a way to discredit.  I hate that phrase.  It is akin to name calling. It was coined to discredit those who would try and investigate various government ‘indiscretions’ and crimes.  If someone is labelled this way, the viewer is likely to not look any closer at their theories.  

I’m of a mind to believe someone that is attacked by any government agency as fiercely as Mikovits has been attacked.  

Instead of reading opinions or watching videos about Judy Mikovits, read the book and verify these things yourself.  

As a note, this book did not convince me to stay away from vaccines.  It did, however, educate me to a point that I'm able to ask questions intelligently, so that I'm not trusting doctors out of hand and endangering my self and others. Particularly my children.

Check out the link below for the book:

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