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End The War on Drugs – Russell Brand’s Documentary

January 8, 2015

Russell Brand End The Drugs War

YouTube.com
By Dark Politricks

As someone who has been around drugs all my life in the UK it is interesting to see different people’s perspectives on drugs.

You can read my own thoughts on drugs and the war on it here: The Drug Laws Need Re-Thinking.

If you know my history and my current conitions then you will know I am on Fentanyl for my chrionic pain condition, a drug 100 * stronger than Morphine and many times more potent than heroin. It’s a drug that they cut heroin with and has caused many deaths in the USA.

I am not committing a crime by taking this strong opiate because I am being prescribed it by my GP for my pain.

It’s given to me in patches I stick on my body where the drug is slowly absorbed over 2 days . It’s supposed to be 3 days but I am on the highest dose and the GP has overruled NICE rules on medications due to the severity of my condition.

When I go to the chemist to collect my supply they have to get it from the Controled Drugs Supply where I then sign an extra part of the form. It is a strong drug, one that I was told by a girl I met who worked at a homeless centre when I was in iceland (where heroin wasn’t available) that if I threw one of my patches into the middle of a crowd of homeless addicts they would fight to the death over it. Apparently due to the lack of heroin any Icelandic addict would cook these patches up, extract the Fentanyl and then inject or smoke it.

Basically though it doesn’t touch the sides on me and I get no buzz at all from taking it through a patch. This is probably why I am prescribed the maximum amount and over 2 not 3 days plus other prescribed pain killers, and of course taking other strong drugs as well to ease the pain.

For me to be on a drug that is legal because a GP gave it to me and for another person to be a criminal for using it because they bought it off me in the streets is madness in my mind.

Why is it ok to take a mind and body altering drug when it is supplied by the “system” but not when you buy it to take it for recreational purposes.

Why is it okay to ease the pain of the body but not of the mind?

You can see how the Goverments involved in cracking down doors in the morning and locking up junkies are two faced by the way they keep the drugs flowing.

From Vietnam and the Golden Triangle, Columbia and Mexico and their own internal wars and to Afghanistan where opium and now Heroin production has increased hugely since the most recent war started.

Let’s not forget that it was US policy to let Opium be grown in Afghanistan when the Soviets were at war in the same country 30 years ago to get their soldiers addicted and demoralise them as well as use the funds from the sales to pay for weapons for what is now al-Qaeda.

You can read all about the CIA’s involvment in the production and selling of drugs in this 4 part article and the most amazing quote comes from the biggest heroin producer in the 1980’s from Burma, Khun Sa, who when interviewed claimed that the the CIA were one of his best customers.

“by 1986 he was refining 80 percent of the opium harvest in the Golden Triangle. The king of opium trade, Khun Sa had risen to become the world’s largest single heroin trafficker by controlling 60 percent of the world’s illicit opium supply.”

“In 1986, Bo Gritz went to Burma with White House approval to meet with Khun Sa who supposedly had information on American MIAs. Khun Sa said that he wanted to end the opium and heroin traffic in his territory and to expose American officials involved in the drug smuggling. Gritz claimed that he took this message to the United States government and was told by Tom Harvey of the National Security Council that “there is no interest here” in the Khun Sa overture. Gritz had in his possession 40 hours of video tape of Khun Sa who “charged American officials, both past and present, with being the chief buyers of drugs produced in that part of the world.” He also claimed that he wanted to stop drug trafficking, but that the United States government would not let him. Khun Sa said that the CIA were some of his best customers. He offered support to the DEA to alert them of drug movements, but this was rejected at the headquarters level.”

For more information about the CIA’s involvement in drug smuggling please read the following articles:

http://www.darkpolitricks.com/cia-involvement-in-drug-smuggling-part-1

http://www.darkpolitricks.com/cia-involvement-in-drug-smuggling-part-2

http://www.darkpolitricks.com/cia-involvement-in-drug-smuggling-part-3

http://www.darkpolitricks.com/cia-involvement-in-drug-smuggling-part-4

You might aready know that the rulers of our world have no interest in stopping the war on drugs just like they have no interest in stopping the war on terror.

They are benefiting from it.

They are earning good money from the misery of others and it just shows what kind of people we are being controlled by when they would rather make another billion to add to their existing hundreds than stop people living in squalour taking heroin to ease the pain of the existence these overlords have created for them.

What a world.

As I sit here and write this I am watching Russell Brand’s documentary on the war on drugs on BBC3.

He is an ex addict and I recommned reading his book Revolution at the same time.

It discusses the fact that we are all tring to escape reality because reality is so crap.

As some ex addict says “Drugs and Drink are the answer to reality” – It’s true. When reality is so crap that it doesn’t give you anything more than cheap consumerism, materialism, banksterism and a lack of jobs and free training for people who want it. Why wouldn’t you want to escape it by going up the pub, taking drugs, watching TV or other mind numbing activities.

I suggest you watch his documentary as he interviews politiicans, goes on drug raids, speaks to addicts and politiicans and visits drug clinics in Switzerland where people are allowed to bang up and smoke crack.

Russel Brand – End The Drugs War

This is the blurb above the video on YouTube.com.

Russell Brand: End the Drugs War BBC Full Documentary 2014

The documentary Russell Brand made for BBC Three in 2012 concluded with him giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee. Drawing on his own experience of drug taking and recovery, he advocated treating addiction as a health issue rather than a criminal problem and underlined his own belief that abstinence is the best way to help addicts.

Since then the Committee has reported its findings, concluding that the British drugs laws were failing and that it was a ‘now or never’ moment to reform them. But David Cameron didn’t agree, insisting that the drugs policy is working in Britain and that we should ‘stick at it’.

In this personal journey for BBC Three, Russell Brand sets out to challenge that point of view. He wants to find out how other countries are tackling their problems of drug abuse and to explore how the framework of criminalization implicit in the ‘war on drugs’ produces enormous harm in the treatment of addicts. Russell believes that ‘a shift’ is happening in the way that people view drug addiction. But to really change things he needs to persuade those who have power.

Russell starts on the frontline of the ‘war on drugs’ by joining the Met Police as they carry out dawn drug raids, and ends up sharing a police cell with a young addict who has been in and out of prison since she began taking drugs aged 12. He witnesses the dangers of street addiction in Birmingham, but is as shocked by what he sees in the legal ‘drug-consumption room’ he visits in Berne, capital of conservative Switzerland.

At a drug recovery conference, Russell is drawn into an argument about abstinence versus government methadone programmes, but also finds an unlikely ally for his campaign in a Tory lord. At a UN drugs conference in Vienna he meets the politician who in 2001 decriminalized drugs in Portugal. What Russell discovers from him informs his impassioned plea at the end of the conference that drugs should be decriminalized.

As he takes his argument public, Russell finds his views are challenged by those who say that the public fear that lifting criminalization will also lift drug use. But a second encounter with the young addict he met during the Met drug raid (who, since then, has been in prison, been released and is back on drugs) bolsters his belief.

Russell meets the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, who surprises him by agreeing in principle that the ‘war on drugs’ is futile and unsuccessful, but then frustrates him by explaining the lack of political will to move forward quickly to change things for the better.

Presenter Russell Brand
Executive Producer Liz Hartford
Producer Ross Wilson
Director Ross Wilson
Production Company Matchlight Ltd

View the original video at YouTube.com.

View the original article on the main site Russell Brand End The Drugs War – By Dark Politricks

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Antipsychotic drugs found in Nurofen painkillers

August 26, 2011

By Dark Politricks

Anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel XL 50mg, has been found within some Nurofen Plus packets

Anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel XL 50mg, has been found within some Nurofen Plus packets (Photograph: SPL)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised people to be extra vigilant following reports that the anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel XL 50mg, has been found within some Nurofen Plus packets.

Three batches of the painkiller, which is available to purchase in pharmacies across the UK, have been affected.

The Seroquel XL 50mg tablets, manufactured by AstraZeneca, are prescription only and used to treat such illnesses as schizophrenia, mania and bipolar depression (or manic depression).

The effected batches of Nurofen and their product licence no’s are listed below.

EFFECTED BATCHES
Pack size Batch number Expirary date Product Licence No.
32 tablets 13JJ 03/2014 00327 / 0082
32 tablets 57JJ 05/2014 00063 / 0376
32 tablets 49JJ 05/2014 00063 / 0376

Seroquel XL 50mg tablets are large, capsule-shaped and can be identified by their gold and black packaging.

The smaller Nurofen Plus tablets can be identified by their silver and black packaging.

Patients have been advised to contact their GP if they suspect they have taken any affected tablets.

Ian Holloway, from the MHRA’s Defective Medicines Report Centre (DMRC), said:

“People should check to see if they have any affected packets of Nurofen Plus. If you do, return them to the pharmacy where you bought them from. You can also report this to the MHRA’s DMRC on 020 3080 6574.”

A spokeswoman for the MHRA said that GPs should explain the possible side-effects to any patients who may have mistakenly taken the anti psychotic.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society said that although a single dose of Seroquel shouldn’t be an issue for healthy patients, patients taking other medicines should consult their GP.

Neal Patel, a pharmacist from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said:

“For a healthy adult a single dose of Seroquel is unlikely to cause major problem, however, for patients taking other medicines or those with other medical conditions or if you suspect you may have accidentally taken Seroqel and feel unwell, seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor as soon as possible.”

From www.seroquelxr.com

SEROQUEL XR is a once-daily tablet approved in adults for

  1. add-on treatment to an antidepressant for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who did not have an adequate response to antidepressant therapy;
  2. acute depressive episodes in bipolar disorder;
  3. acute manic or mixed episodes in bipolar disorder alone or with lithium or divalproex;
  4. long-term treatment of bipolar disorder with lithium or divalproex; and
  5. schizophrenia.

SEROQUEL is approved for

  1. acute depressive episodes in bipolar disorder in adults;
  2. acute manic episodes in bipolar disorder in adults when used alone or with lithium or divalproex;
  3. acute manic episodes in bipolar disorder in children and adolescents ages 10 to 17 years;
  4. long-term treatment of bipolar disorder in adults with lithium or divalproex;
  5. schizophrenia in adults and
  6. schizophrenia in adolescents ages 13-17 years.

Important Notes

Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis (having lost touch with reality due to confusion and memory loss) treated with this type of medicine are at an increased risk of death, compared to placebo (sugar pill). SEROQUEL XR and SEROQUEL are not approved for treating these patients.

Antidepressants have increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults. Patients of all ages starting treatment should be watched closely for worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, unusual changes in behavior, agitation, and irritability.

Patients, families, and caregivers should pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. This is very important when an antidepressant medicine is started or when the dose is changed. Report any change in these symptoms immediately to the doctor. SEROQUEL XR is not approved for patients under the age of 18 years. SEROQUEL is not approved for patients under the age of 10 years.

The side effects of SEROQUEL can include:

High fever; stiff muscles; confusion; sweating; changes in pulse, heart rate, and blood pressure.

These may be symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a rare and serious condition that can lead to death.

If you experience any of these side effects then stop taking SEROQUEL XR or SEROQUEL (or Nurofen) and call your doctor right away.

Other side effects can include:

Weight gain, the inability to control parts of your face, tongue, or any other body parts, feeling dizzy or lightheaded upon standing, decreases in white blood cells (which can be fatal), or trouble swallowing.

For SEROQUEL, the most common side effects in adults are drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, constipation, weakness, abdominal pain, a sudden drop in blood pressure upon standing, sore throat, weight gain, sluggishness, abnormal liver tests, and upset stomach.

The most common side effects in children and adolescents are drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, increased appetite, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, and weight gain.

I’m only speculating here (and wildly) but be careful people. This is probably just a mix up in the packing factory or some malevolent fool causing havoc but we already know what our societies are capable of.

They already drug our water against our wishes and it would be no surprise whatsoever if they started mixing in anti-pyschotics and anti-depressants into commonly taken over the counter drugs as well. Hard times are coming and a dumbed down drooling and ill population incapable of fighting back the authorities when the shit hits the fan would be just the ideal ticket to prevent the kind of riots in the UK and Greece we have just witnessed.

If you have recently bought Nurofen then check the pack and ensure you are safe.

Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer, Scientists Warn

February 3, 2010

David Gutierrez
Natural News
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

A report issued by the International Electromagnetic Field Collaborative and endorsed by 43 scientists from 13 countries has reviewed the evidence linking cell phone use to brain tumors, and refuting the methodology of a forthcoming industry-funded study expected to give the phones a clean bill of health.

“I fear we will see a tsunami of brain tumors, although it is too early to see that now since the tumors have a 30-year latency,” study author Lloyd Morgan said. “I pray I’m wrong, but brace yourself.”

Among the research cited in the study was a recent study by a Swedish team of scientists that found a 420 percent higher risk of brain cancer among people who had started using cellular or cordless phones as teenagers. Older analog phones, which are now mostly off the market, had been found to increase cancer risk by 700 percent.

Because children are especially vulnerable to radiation, the report recommends that parents not allow their children under the age of 18 to use mobile phones except in emergencies, or to sleep with cellular phones under their pillows. It recommends using corded land lines whenever possible, and using cellular phones mostly as answering machines, turning them on only to check messages and return calls. Use of cell phones inside buildings or in cars increases cancer risk, as it increases the radiation a phone must emit to function. Use of text messages and non-wireless headsets can reduce cancer risk. The report also advises against carrying cell phones against the body, even in pockets.

“Some countries are already banning cell phones over health concerns, with France saying children in elementary schools can only use them for texting,” Morgan said.

The report also sets out 11 flaws in the forthcoming Interphone study, a study on cell phones and health being prepared by the wireless industry in 13 different countries. These flaws include the exclusion of non-cellular cordless phones (which also emit radiation), children and young adults (the most vulnerable demographics) from the study, the exclusion of certain types of tumors, and the exclusion of participants who died or were too sick to answer questions.

Sources for this story include: www.pcworld.com.

Was swine flu ever a real threat?

February 2, 2010

Mark Honigsbaum
London Telegraph
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

With one scientist alleging a World Health Organization ‘conspiracy’ that was a bonanza for drug firms, Mark Honigsbaum asks if H1N1 could have been handled differently.

It’s been a good week for drug companies and an even better one for conspiracy theorists. Last Tuesday, angered by the bumper rise in profits being reported by vaccine manufacturers as the incidence of swine flu plummets, the former head of health at the Council for Europe accused the World Health Organization of “faking” the pandemic.

“It looks like the WHO is under the influence of industry,” Dr Wolfgang Wodarg told a hearing in Strasbourg. “It was stated in panic-stricken terms that this was a flu that could threaten humanity. This is why billions of medications were bought.”

Exhibit number one, says Dr Wodarg, is the WHO’s decision to soften its definition of a pandemic last April, shortly before the emergence of the H1N1 virus. By eliminating the requirement that influenza pandemics should cause “enormous morbidity and death”, the WHO provoked an unnecessary “scare” that conveniently triggered the activation of “sleeping” contracts with vaccine manufacturers. Yet since the WHO’s declaration of a pandemic in June, swine flu has caused just 14,000 deaths worldwide – a fraction of the number who die from seasonal flu every year. This month, the Department of Health reported that cases had fallen to such a low rate that it was cancelling its weekly press briefings.

Full article here


British mother Sterilized in ten-minute operation on the NHS

February 2, 2010

UK Daily Mail
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

A mother has become one of the first people in the country to be sterilised in a ten-minute NHS operation dubbed the female vasectomy.

Businesswoman Maxine White, 41, who has four children and decided her family was complete, opted for the procedure as she did not want to take time off work.

The Essure procedure meant she was able to have the operation in hospital and go home within hours.

Miss White, of Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, said: ‘I think it is a great step forward for women who have had their families. It is just as easy as a vasectomy is for men.’

Gyenacologist Nagui Aziz, from the Royal Oldham Hospital, used a catheter to pass tiny inserts into her body and block her fallopian tubes.

Full article here


It's Time to Retire Fluoridation

February 2, 2010

OpEdNews
Sally Stride

Fluoridation – No Benefit – Definite Risks

New York – January 25, 2010 — Sixty-five years ago, sodium fluoride powder was slowly poured into Grand Rapids, Michigan’s public water supply to see if drinking fluoridated water (fluoridation) really safely reduced children’s tooth decay. Nearby Muskegon was left fluoridation-free, for only 5 years, as the experiment’s control city for comparison purposes even though evaluations were made after 15 years.

(1) Before then, sodium fluoride was mainly used as a rat poison. The study failed and was seriously flawed; but early over-zealous fluoridationists ignored this inconvenient truth.


(2) Fluoridation was declared a success, anywayand spread across the country and the world based on positive-spun PR but invalid science.

So what’s happening today? Grand Rapids children have high rates of tooth decay and fluoride overdose – dental fluorosis – white spotted, yellow, brown and/or pitted enamel.

(3) According to the Grand Rapids Press, one pediatric dentist said in 2007 “…we see children under the age of 2 with active decay…Rather than just a few cavities, we’re seeing a lot of cavities. It’s not unusual to see a child with 8 to 10 cavities.”

(4) Despite 65 years of water fluoridation reaching 70% of Americans in public water supplies and virtually 100% via the food supply and despite 55 years of fluoridated toothpaste, tooth decay has increased in our most fluoridated population – toddlers – and UNtreated tooth decay has risen, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

(5) Incredibly, American children have died from the consequences of untreated tooth decay. (5a) with up to 48% of US school children now sporting dental fluorosis, according to the CDC.

Today sodium fluoride is purchased from China and something’s wrong with it. Water engineers complain it’s clogging up their systems.

(6) Fluoridation opposition is scientific, respectable and growing.

Over 2,700 professionals urge the US Congress to stop water fluoridation until Congressional hearings are conducted, citing scientific evidence that fluoridation, long promoted to fight tooth decay, is ineffective and has serious health risks. See statement click here

Also, eleven Environmental Protection Agency employee unions representing over 7,000 environmental and public health professionals called for a moratorium on drinking water fluoridation programs across the country, and have asked EPA management to recognize fluoride as posing a serious risk of causing cancer in people.

Approximately, 80 US communities rejected fluoridation in 2008 and 2009.

View the original article at OpEd News

Sick-care America now needs another $1.9 trillion increase in debt limit just to stay afloat

January 22, 2010

Mike Adams
Natural News
Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The US government is running out of money… again. So Democrats want to increase the debt limit by trillions of dollars… again. The newly requested debt limit increase is a jaw-dropping $1.9 trillion, which would put the total national debt at $14.3 trillion.

These are more than just numbers on pieces of paper. It’s easy to get lost in the numbers and not realize the significance of what’s happening here, but as I’ve explained many times here on NaturalNews (and on www.CounterThink.com as well), what you are watching is the financial crumbling of the American empire.

No nation can support endless, increasing debt. It is a law of economics, much like gravity is a law of physics. America is testing that law by pushing the boundaries of debt spending with each passing day, but it’s going to find that no nation can fiscally defy gravity for long. America’s debt spending is spiraling out of control and cannot be sustained.

Much of this debt spending, as you well know, stems from the poor health of the nation. The sick-care spending on pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, unnecessary surgeries, and of course the immense loss of economic productivity due to people prematurely dying from pharmaceuticals and junk foods.

I’ve said this a hundred times before, and now even author Michael Pollan is saying it: Our toxic food supply will bankrupt our nation with health care costs.

TuneUp Utilities 2010

What will happen to the money supply
America cannot sustain its current path of poisoning its people with toxic foods, poisoning them further with pharmaceuticals, and borrowing trillions of dollars from the world to pay for our disease, debt and war. The numbers just don’t add up.

Sure, you can sneak by for a little while, borrowing money from other countries to support your own debt addiction. But now we are watching an accelerating blowout of U.S. debt that can never be reversed. Mark my words: The U.S. national debt will never be paid back. The voters won’t tolerate it! (Because it would mean spending less and consuming less today.)

And that means all those countries who have loaned money to the United States should be prepared to lose that money. When lenders lose money, they aren’t very happy about lending more money. And that means countries will reduce or halt their purchases of U.S. debt — which is how debt spending money is typically raised.

It’s already happening, in fact. China is already shifting its purchases of debt away from the U.S. dollar and towards other currencies. Many other countries are following suit. Because of this mass exodus away from “investing” in U.S. debt, the total amount of debt that the United States can sell off in a year is strictly limited — to under $400 billion right now and probably much less in years to come.

Yet at the same time, the annual gross deficit of spending by the U.S. government is roughly $1 trillion a year, meaning that the total national debt increases by a trillion dollars a year, too. (These are really rough numbers. To see more detailed figures, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United… )
The great counterfeit machine: $600 billion a year
The upshot of all this? If the U.S. needs to borrow $1 trillion a year, but other countries will only buy roughly $400 billion a year, the U.S. must print $600 billion a year in new money just to keep itself afloat. This is massive money creation and it leads to the obvious destructive effects: Currency deflation (the dollar becomes worth less) and price inflation (goods and services cost more dollars).

This means the dollars you’re earning or saving will become increasingly worthless as all this kicks in.

We are now late in the game on this debt situation. If the U.S. government were a cancer patient, it would be a stage-four patient, breathing on a respirator and barely conscious. And yet somehow most of the American people take absolutely no notice of the extremely precarious financial situation.

There is a mass hallucination under way in America right now, where people think we can all go on consuming natural resources, feeding our children junk food, poisoning our bodies (and rivers) with pharmaceuticals, polluting the DNA of our crops with GM seeds, and ignoring the healing powers of herbs, nutritional supplements and super foods.

This mass hallucination has created what Dr. Gabriel Cousens calls “a culture of death” where people are invested in industries of death and philosophies of death. The sick care industry, in particular, is an industry of death. The food industry is an industry of death (because they sell mostly dead foods). The meat industry is an industry of death, as is the pesticide industry, too.

This culture of death pervades American culture — a culture preoccupied with imperialistic expansion, the destruction of nature through unlimited urban development, and endless pursuits of “economic activity” through corporations whose profits depend on sickness, disease and death. So much of the U.S. economy is now invested in disease and death that transforming the U.S. economy into one based on health and happiness would devastate the economy with job losses. It’s really that bad…
Optimism, or just gullibility?
There are those who believe that America can somehow pull itself out of this spiral of disease and debt. They think that somehow, some future political leaders will magically discover a conscience and guide America to live within her means. Some even believe that members of Congress will be suddenly and magically imbued with a sense of health awareness and sustainability, and they will overthrow the corporatocracy by voting against their own self-interests and instead voting to defend the interests of the people.

To believe that such things might occur is foolish. I have no such illusions. I’ve been around enough to know that when it comes to corporations and politicians, short-term greed always wins out over long-term sustainability. People want their debt spending NOW. They want their junk foods NOW. They want their “free” sick care system NOW. Very little thought is given to the concepts of what might be better for the long-term sustainability of a family, a community or a nation. Or the world, for that matter.

There is no saving America from its self-inflicted financial demise. It is now only a matter of time before the financial blowout takes its course, leaving Americans diseased and bankrupt, sitting on piles of useless paper dollars and wondering how it all happened…
Why America needs to fail before it can succeed
But this is good news in the bigger picture, because America actually needs to learn a tough lesson about health and finances in order to have a brighter future. The day the federal government goes broke and can no longer pay the salaries of FDA employees is a great day for health freedom. The day that the whole system of government-sponsored Big Pharma medical tyranny goes broke is the day that America might finally set a new course for a healthier future based on health freedom and safe, affordable natural medicine rather than monopoly-priced chemicals sold by criminally-operated corporations.

America needs to fail before it can succeed because the lessons of sustainable civilization have not yet been learned by America’s leaders (or most of its people). The sooner this corrupt, broken system of disease and debt fails, the sooner we can all get on with the business of structuring a new society based on healthy food, honest money and health freedoms.

So don’t mourn the coming financial death spiral of the United States of America. From its impending failure and rebirth, we (and our children) can learn important lessons about how to structure a more successful society in the future. I can tell you this: No successful society can sustain a huge pharmaceutical sector because pharmaceuticals cause both death and debt — the two very things that destroy a society at its core.

In order for America to have a future, Big Pharma needs to be put out of business. And it will be when the federal dollars run out. After all, if given a choice of how to spend their own money, virtually no one would choose a $200 bottle of chemical pills over a $10 bottle of natural supplements that are safer and more effective. Big Pharma’s very survival, in other words, depends on the financial survival of the U.S. government, and that’s a bet the pharmaceutical industry will eventually lose.

Health freedom will always win in the end because no government that denies its people access to healing foods and natural medicines will survive for very long.

View the original article at Natural News

Zero deaths caused by vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbs

January 21, 2010

Mike Adams
Natural News
Thursday, January 21st, 2010

To hear opponents of natural medicine say it, vitamins and herbs are extremely dangerous for your health. They should be regulated, we’re told, because they’re so dangerous!

Statistics from the U.S. National Poison Data System prove otherwise. According to a 174-page report just published, the number of people killed in 2009 across America by vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbal supplements is exactly zero.

Compare that to the 100,000 (or so) Americans killed each year by FDA-approved pharmaceuticals — and that’s even according to studies published in JAMA. Also consider the thousands of women harmed or killed by medically-unjustified cancer treatments following false positives from faulty mammograms. And don’t forget about the more than 16,500 Americans killed each year from internal bleeding caused by NSAIDs (over-the-counter painkillers).

As the July 1998 issue of The American Journal of Medicine explains:

“Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone.” (Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Gastropathy”, The American Journal of Medicine, July 27, 1998, p. 31S)

So if NSAIDs alone are killing 16,500 people a year (or likely much more now, as use of these drugs has risen significantly since 1998), and nutritional supplements are killing zero people a year, why do health regulators try to scare everybody about vitamins being so “dangerous?”

Pharmaceuticals, meanwhile, are openly allowed to be prescribed for off-label use, meaning that doctors can prescribe them for diseases and health conditions for which they’ve never even been tested!

What’s wrong with this picture? It’s clearly a war against nutrition — a war against natural medicine — being waged by the health regulators of the world who are conspiring with Big Pharma to keep the people trapped in a state of malnutrition (all while profiting from their disease by selling them more patented pharmaceuticals).

The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service published a full article on this issue. Here’s what they had to say about the safety of nutritional supplements and the misguided attempts by world governments to limit or outlaw many supplements.

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No Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids or Herbs

Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements’ Safety

There was not even one death caused by a dietary supplement in 2008, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The new 174-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology, shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin.

Additionally, there were no deaths whatsoever from any amino acid or herbal product. This means no deaths at all from blue cohosh, echinacea, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, St. John’s wort, valerian, yohimbe, Asian medicines, ayurvedic medicines, or any other botanical. There were zero deaths from creatine, blue-green algae, glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, or any homeopathic remedies.

Furthermore, there were zero deaths in 2008 from any dietary mineral supplement. This means there were no fatalities from calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc, colloidal silver, selenium, iron, or multimineral supplements. Two children died as a result of medical use of the antacid sodium bicarbonate. The other “Electrolyte and Mineral” category death was due to a man accidentally drinking sodium hydroxide, a highly toxic degreaser and drain-opener.

No man, woman or child died from nutritional supplements. Period.

61 poison centers provide coast-to-coast data for the U.S. National Poison Data System, which is then reviewed by 29 medical and clinical toxicologists. NPDS, the authors write, is “one of the few real-time national surveillance systems in existence, providing a model public health surveillance system for all types of exposures, public health event identification, resilience response and situational awareness tracking.”

Over half of the U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes 154,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 56 billion doses annually. Since many persons take more than just one vitamin or mineral tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable.

If nutritional supplements are allegedly so “dangerous,” as the FDA and news media so often claim, then where are the bodies?

Those who wonder if the media are biased against vitamins may consider this: how many television stations, newspapers, magazines, and medical journals have reported that no one dies from nutritional supplements?

References:

Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2008 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 26th Annual Report. Clinical Toxicology (2009). 47, 911-1084. The full text article is available for free download at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/… .

(Vitamins statistics are found in Table 22B, journal pages 1052-3. Minerals, herbs, amino acids and other supplements are in the same table, pages 1047-8.)

For Further Reading:

Download any Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers from 1983-2008 free of charge at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/NPDSPoison…

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Sitting Is a Silent Killer, Swedish Medics Warn Couch Potatoes

January 20, 2010

Michelle Fay Cortez
Bloomberg News
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Desk jockeys and couch potatoes beware: Too much sitting, and not just a lack of exercise, may cause heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses, according to doctors from the Karolinska Institute and the Swedish School of Sport and Health.

The more time people spend in a completely sedentary state, independent of the exercise they get at other times, the higher their risk of becoming obese, and developing diabetes, heart disease and cancer, the doctors wrote in an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The dangers are greater still for people who do little exercise as it is, the authors wrote.

Public health officials have designed elaborate programs to encourage people to exercise, recommending a minimum of 2.5 hours of physical activity each week to stay fit and healthy. Individuals should also be encouraged to climb stairs rather than take the elevator, walk to the store, and take regular 5- minute breaks during a working day spent behind a desk, said doctors led by Elin Ekblom-Bak, from Karolinska and the Astrand Laboratory of Work Physiology.

“In the demanding and stressful society of the present, to prescribe these low and minimally time-consuming efforts may encourage many people with problems in maintaining a sufficient level of exercise,” the doctors wrote. “Encouragingly, research has shown that simple forms of prescribing individualized physical activity in clinical practice has had a beneficial impact on exercise level as well as sedentary time.”

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More evidence emerges that Americans are drugged out of their minds

January 13, 2010

S. L. Baker
NaturalNews
Wednesday , January 13th, 2010

As NaturalNews has previously reported, the U.S. is a nation seemingly hooked on mind-altering drugs (http://www.naturalnews.com/027054_d…). A study released last fall in the Archives of General Psychiatry documented a dramatic increase in the use of antidepressant drugs like Prozac since l996. In fact, these medications are now the most widely prescribed drugs in the U.S.

Think Americans are maxed out on the number of psychiatric meds that huge numbers of them are taking? Think again. A new report says U.S. adults are increasingly being prescribed combinations of antidepressants, anti-anxiety and antipsychotic medications — and they could be experiencing serious side effects as a result.

The study, published in the January edition of Archives of General Psychiatry, investigated patterns and trends in what is known as psychotropic polypharmacy, meaning the prescribing of two or more psychiatric drugs. Ramin Mojtabai, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H., of Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, examined data gathered from a national sample of office-based psychiatry practices. In all, the researchers looked at the medications prescribed between 1996 and 2006 during more than 13,000 office visits to psychiatrists by adults.

The results showed a significant increase in the number of mind impacting drugs prescribed over these years. The percentage of doctor visits which resulted in two or more medications being prescribed increased from 42.6 percent to 59.8 percent. What’s more, the percentage of visits at which three or more drugs were prescribed soared from 16.9 percent to 33.2 percent. And the median number of medications prescribed at each appointment with a psychiatrist increased on average by of 40.1 percent.

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The combinations of drugs being prescribed with increasing frequency include antidepressants with sedative-hypnotics (the most prescribed combination), antidepressants given along with antipsychotics and combinations of several kinds of antidepressants. But at least the doctors prescribing these mixed drugs are only doing so based on solid research showing the combos are safe and effective, right? Wrong.

“Because scant data exist to support the efficacy of some of the most common medication combinations, such as antipsychotic combinations or combinations of antidepressants and antipsychotics, prudence suggests that renewed clinical efforts should be made to limit the use of these combinations to clearly justifiable circumstances,” the authors wrote in their paper. “At the same time, a new generation of research is needed to assess the efficacy, effectiveness and safety of common concomitant medication regimens, especially in patients with multiple disorders or monotherapy-refractory conditions.”

In other words, drugs are being given to patients in all sorts of combinations without sound science showing they even work well together — much less that these drug cocktails are safe to take. In fact, the researchers point out specific dangers of taking multiple psychiatric drugs.

“While the evidence for added benefit of antipsychotic polypharmacy is limited, there is growing evidence regarding the increased adverse effects associated with such combinations,” they concluded. A case in point: some combinations cause increases in body weight and total cholesterol level. Others have been associated with an increase in fasting blood glucose level.

For more information:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/…

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