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Jan 22, 2013

The drugging and mutilating state of birth in America

Monday, January 21, 2013 by: Lance Johnson

birth(NaturalNews) In America today, it is acceptable to treat birth like a disease. With little regard for human life and natural body processes, the American medical establishment drugs and mutilates expectant mothers.

Ironically, the natural way, through the care of a midwife, is becoming the illegal way in many states. Backwards laws that prohibit midwife practice, assist the American medical establishment in gaining control over birth as they use caesarean section and drugs as their money-driving force.

Caesarean section procedures more than quintuple

In a 21 year period, the U.S. cesarean rate rose from 4.5 percent in 1965 to 24.1 percent in 1986.

In 2001, cesarean section was the most common ob-gyn surgical procedure. Approximately four million births occur annually in America. 24 percent (960,000) are delivered by cesarean section. In perspective, the Netherlands perform cesarean section on eight percent of births, suggesting 640,000 cesarean sections in America are absolutely unnecessary. This high risk mutilating approach to birth has a postoperative morbidity rate of 35.7 percent. The establishment’s procedure for birth has a morbidity rate 20 times greater than a natural vaginal birth. So why is the natural way going by the wayside in America?

What is driving the surgical insanity?

Maybe Americans act on fear and trust the safety net of a surgical option? Maybe drugs and cesareans are a convenient option for mothers and doctors to schedule birth and drug down symptoms? Maybe the drug approach to birth altogether is rousing side effects inside women, forcing the inevitable cesarean section as a last false hope? Maybe there’s some other power assisting the increase in drugs, surgery, and death?

Who’s assisting to herd people?

It seems like the government is assisting the American medical establishment. With certain state laws prohibiting natural childbirth by midwife, it seems Americans are being herded toward the establishment’s medieval birthing approach, whether they like it or not.

Alabama, Georgia, DC, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota all outlaw midwife practice. Many other states restrict midwifery, making natural birth a tough route to pursue. With midwifes being illegal, they become criminals, and the natural birth process becomes a black market. This leaves many people to believe the right and safe way is the establishment’s way, even though it remains the dark and dangerous way.

Now is the time for Americans to rethink who they trust. American philosophy on health will change. Nutrition and home birth is the future. The drugging and mutilating cannot go on forever. The establishment, protected by government ‘safety’ standards and licenses, is a scam.

My Bioethics Predictions for 2013

The Center for Bioethics and Culture has again asked me to prognosticate on all things bioethical for 2013. Regular readers will recall how stunningly accurate I was for 2012. And now, I have seen what will happen this year. As before, the primary action in bioethics will surround Obamacare, specifically, the Free Birth Control Rule. From my predictions:

I predict:

1. The Obama Administration will not give significant relief from the Free Birth Control Rule to non-church religious organizations: I am convinced that the Obama Administration seeks to constrain freedom of religion to a far more restricted “freedom of worship.” Thus, since religious institutions such as universities and charities are acting among the wider public—not just on behalf of the institutions’ own religious co-believers—the Obama Administration will take the position that they must comply with terms of the FBCR, with only limited window dressing changes made to the Rule as it applies to religious organizations.

2. Many dissenting religious organizations will sue the government seeking relief from the rule based on the First Amendment.

3. The U.S. Supreme Court will accept an appeal to determine whether private business owners are protected under the terms of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act: The decision in that case will determine whether a corporation or other private business entities can be said to have a religious belief under some circumstances, and indeed, whether business owners have any religious rights at all in the context of operating their businesses. The mists are thick here, so I don’t think the final decision will be made until 2014.

I also see the future in assisted suicide, cloning research, IVF, and other matters. I just wish this prophetic talent extended to the stock market.

Support Grows for Roe v. Wade

Wall St. Journal

  • January 21, 2013, 7:17 p.m. ET

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Seven in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should stand, according to new data from a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, as the landmark Supreme Court abortion-rights ruling turns 40 on Tuesday.

That is the highest level of support for the decision, which established a woman’s right to an abortion, since polls began tracking it in 1989. The shift is mostly the result of more Democrats backing the decision—particularly Hispanics and African-Americans—and a slight uptick in support from Republicans.

But the poll showed a consistent tension in Americans’ attitudes toward the decision. Almost seven in 10 respondents say there are at least some circumstances in which they don’t support abortion.

Some 31% of respondents in the poll said abortion should always be legal, and 9% believed it should be illegal without any exceptions. Between those two opinions are the 23% who thought it should be legal most of the time, but with some exceptions, and the 35% who felt it should be illegal except in circumstances of rape, incest and to save a woman’s life.

Since those questions were first asked, a decade ago, more people generally support abortion rights. But the majority of voters whose views aren’t absolute has forced activists on both sides of the issue to rethink their message.

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Antiabortion campaigners who once sought a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision have instead pursued legislation in Congress and the states aimed at highlighting aspects of abortion that have the potential to make voters uneasy. Those include restricting abortions later in pregnancy or because of the sex of the fetus, both of which are rare but are seen as resonating with voters.

“You really need to start with the abortions that are most controversial and where you have the broadest consensus, even if they are not that common,” said Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ abortion and euthanasia campaigns. “All or nothing has produced nothing.”

A 2011 Gallup poll found that especially large percentages of respondents were in favor of informed consent for women seeking abortions (86% of abortion-rights adults and 87% who are antiabortion) and making abortion illegal in the third trimester (79% of abortion-rights backers and 94% of those who are antiabortion).

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Film ‘After Tiller’ gives voice to stigmatized abortion doctors

By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:09 EST

Abortion protest via AFP

Forty years after the legalization of abortion in the United States, just four doctors offer controversial late-term procedures, and are the subject of a documentary at the Sundance film festival.

“After Tiller,” named for physician George Tiller, a prominent practitioner of late-term abortions shot dead by an extremist in 2009, focuses on the few remaining doctors who perform abortions in the third trimester of a pregnancy.

The Supreme Court legalized abortion exactly 40 years ago — on January 22, 1973 — but granted states the right to limit abortions in the final three months of a pregnancy.

Although late-term procedures make up just one percent of all abortions in the United States, they are the most controversial, facing particularly virulent protests by abortion opponents.

Aside from death threats, such doctors face “institutional barriers,” Dr. Susan Robinson, a former colleague of Tiller who still performs such procedures, told AFP following a screening of the documentary at Sundance, the annual independent film festival held in the western US state of Utah.

“If you do abortions, it is very hard to get the privilege to work in a hospital, because they don’t like abortion providers. They are almost all done in outpatient clinics, free-standing clinics, in this country,” she says.

“Being an abortion provider is very stigmatized. Other doctors look down on you and think of you as like the lowest of the low.”

Robinson moved to New Mexico after Tiller’s death to continue her work with another colleague. A third doctor practices in Maryland, after being expelled from Nebraska and Iowa, and a fourth has a practice in Colorado.

“We anticipated that one of the difficult aspects of this is of course being a target and having protests every day,” said co-director Martha Shane.

“We didn’t realize how emotionally draining the work is. Because you’re dealing with these women who are going through one of the most difficult times of their life.”

New Mexico law grants doctors full discretion over whether to carry out abortions — most often requested in cases in which the fetus is severely malformed — but Robinson says she relies on the judgment of the women themselves.

“If a woman comes to me, particularly if she struggles to get there, she’s come from Canada or California, Louisiana or France, because she feels so strongly that she needs an abortion,” she said.

“This woman has struggled with this decision, herself. She’s not coming because she saw the clinic while she was on her way to the grocery store.

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Pro-Life Group Warns About Girl Scouts-Planned Parenthood Ties

by Steven Ertelt | Jefferson City, MO | LifeNews.com | 1/17/13 12:22 PM

A state pro-life group in Missouri is warning pro-life advocates to be careful of the connections between the Girl Scouts organization and the largest abortion business in the nation.

For years, pro-life groups have exposed the links between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood. Now, Missouri Right to Life says that link bears more attention as pro-life citizens across the country have become increasingly concerned about the connections.

“After careful examination and consideration, the board of Missouri Right to Life has voted to issue the following policy statement,” Missouri Right to Life tells LifeNews. “Because Girl Scouts USA promotes, both directly and indirectly through other organizations, policies and behaviors clearly contradictory to the goals and purposes of Missouri Right to Life, Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to consider carefully whether to participate in Girl Scouts or support them in any way.”

The pro-life group provided the following additional explanation surrounding the concerns:

There are many significant pro-life concerns about the Girl Scout organization. Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) collaborates with numerous organizations that promote abortion for all women, including adolescent girls. GSUSA is the largest member organization of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), making up a quarter of its 10 million girl members worldwide and paying over 1 million dollars annually to WAGGGS based on the number of registered GSUSA members. Through its resources, participation in international seminars and conferences, and non-formal education programs, WAGGGS actively advocates for and funds campaigns to expand reproductive/abortion rights. Both GSUSA and WAGGGS delegates regularly participate in various UN conferences, and, as representatives of WAGGGS, advocate specifically on behalf of their 10 million girl members for the inclusion of abortion rights on the global stage. The International Planned Parenthood Federation claims a close partnership with WAGGGS. In the United States, regional Girl Scout councils (though not required) are permitted to partner with local Planned Parenthood affiliates. GSUSA is also a member organization of The Coalition for Adolescent Girls, whose international and national agenda specifically supports abortion related care for adolescent girls.

Girl Scout materials are concerning as well. GSUSA’s Journey series, which is the curriculum used by every Girl Scout council, recommends and promotes many well-known abortion-rights advocates like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Geraldine Ferraro, and Dolores Huerta, and organizations such as Amnesty International, the Population Council, and the ACLU.

Girl Scouts USA’s official blog, which is accessible to all members and which young girls very likely access, is also problematic, as it frequently includes live links to publications that consistently promote sexual and reproductive/abortion rights and explicit sexual content such as The Huffington Post, Marie Claire magazine, iVillage, and Jezebel.

Even the sale of Girl Scout cookies is a concern, as GSUSA makes millions of dollars every year from the licensing fees derived from the production of the cookies to further fund their efforts outlined above.

Until the Girl Scouts renounces its support for and promotion of all those organizations referenced above and their pro-abortion advocacy positions, Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to carefully consider whether to participate in or support the Girl Scouts.

The ties between the two groups have been questioned ever since former Girl Scouts CEO Kathy Cloninger admitted on NBC’s The Today Show: “We partner with many organizations. We have relationships with…Planned Parenthood organizations across the country.” See the video here.

Then, in a national survey, seventeen Girl Scouts councils admit to partnering with Planned Parenthood; many other councils refuse to answer the survey question. Of the 315 Girl Scout councils in the U.S., 17 councils reported having a relationship with Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, and 49 reported they do not. The other 249 refused to disclose any relationship.

Obama: Do What We Can to Save One Child, But Infanticide Okay

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/16/13 2:01 PM

President Barack Obama today showed the kind of care and regard for human life when it comes to the issue of guns that he never has when it comes to abortion.

The tragedy at Sandy Hook can never be overstated — children died and teachers and staff died attempting to keep them save. There are no words that can properly convey how senseless the loss of life was that fateful day in Connecticut.

President Obama seems to understand this tragic loss of human life.

“Because while there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try,” he said today in remarks about the shooting and announcing new executive orders promoting gun control.

Obama went as far as to quote from the Declaration of Independence and its establishment that people have an inalienable right to life.

“That most fundamental set of rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, fundamental rights that were denied to college students at Virginia Tech and high school students at Columbine and elementary school students in Newtown; and kids on street corners in Chicago on too frequent basis to tolerate; and all the families who never imagined they’d lose a loved one to — to a bullet, those rights are at stake. We’re responsible,” he said.

“Let’s do the right thing. Let’s do the right thing for them and for this country that we love so much,” the president concluded.

But, isn’t the right thing also protecting children from the violence of abortion? Contrast Obama’s heartfelt remarks with these, from his days as a an Illinois state senator — where he went out of his way to defend his position against a law that would provide legal protection and medical care for babies who survive failed abortions.

Obama essentially argues that there is no need for the law because he trusts abortion practitioners to provide medical care for the baby they unsuccessfully tried to kill in an abortion.

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Fitch ratings agency highlights threat of aging population time-bomb

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, January 21, 2013 8:23 EST

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Many advanced economies will be threatened by another, long-term fiscal shock unless they tackle the problem of ageing populations, the ratings agency Fitch warned on Monday.

“Whilst a successful resolution of the current fiscal crisis remains the most important driver for many advanced-economy ratings, without further reform to address the impact of long-term ageing these economies face a second, longer-term fiscal shock,” a Fitch statement said.

Few countries face immediate threats, and reforms implemented by indebted eurozone members such as Greece, Italy and Portugal “have effectively neutralised the long-term impact of ageing on public finances in those countries,” it added.

But others, in particular Cyprus, Ireland and Japan, could well see the cost of ageing populations jump over the next decade, the agency said, warning that this would affect the sovereign debt ratings of such countries at some point.

“Luxembourg, Belgium, Malta and Slovenia face the most severe impact over the very long term,” Fitch noted.

Based on the agency’s calculations, barring any reforms, debt to GDP (gross domestic product) ratios for the European Union’s 27 member countries would rise by 6.9 percent by 2020, and by 119.4 percent by 2050.

“Without reforms to boost labour productivity and/or participation rates in many other advanced economies, population ageing will cause potential GDP growth to decline over the long-term, exacerbating the fiscal challenge,” Fitch added.

 

More Kids Seem to Miss Vaccine Dates

By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today

Published: January 21, 2013
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Almost half of infants and children missed a vaccination schedule by at least 1 day, and the rate of undervaccination increased over time, according to a matched cohort study.

Overall, 49% of 323,247 children had at least one episode of undervaccination before 24 months over a 5-year period. Undervaccinated children had a lower rate of outpatient visits and a higher rate of hospital admission as compared with children who had age-appropriate vaccination, reported Jason Glanz, PhD, of Kaiser Permanente Colorado in Denver, and colleagues in JAMA Pediatrics online.

However, children who were undervaccinated by parental choice had lower rates of hospital admission and emergency-department visits, they said.

“This large multisite cohort study suggests that undervaccination is an increasing trend,” they wrote. “Our results also suggest that specific patterns of undervaccination have been occurring with greater frequency over time. In addition, our cohort analyses comparing undervaccinated and age-appropriately vaccinated children demonstrated differences in healthcare utilization, which appear to increase as the magnitude of undervaccination increases.”

Finally, the results suggested different healthcare-seeking behaviors in families of children vaccinated on schedule versus children who were not vaccinated because of parental choice.

Recent surveys have shown that more than 10% of parents delay or refuse certain vaccinations for their children. Many of these parents request alternative vaccination schedules, such as delaying the interval between vaccinations or reducing the number of doses administered.

Despite growing interest in alternative vaccination practices, the safety of such practices remains unknown, the authors said. To address the issue, Glanz and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study involving the Vaccine Safety Datalink, a project of the CDC and 10 managed care organizations (MCOs).

The study period covered Jan. 1, 2004 through Dec. 31, 2010 but was limited to children born through Dec. 31, 2008. The study was further limited to children who were continuously enrolled in their participating MCO from 2 through 12 months of age. Follow-up continued for as long as 36 months.

Investigators calculated the average number of days a child was undervaccinated during the first 24 months of life. Undervaccination was defined as the difference between the actual date of vaccine administration and the date the dose should have been administered according to the schedule developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Each day of undervaccination was defined as 1 day, regardless of how many vaccinations a child was schedule to receive on the day.

The data showed that 157,454 children (48.7%) were undervaccinated for at least 1 day. The average number of days undervaccinated ranged from 1 to 592. On the basis of the ICD-9-CM code for parental vaccine refusal, the investigators determined that 6,172 (3.9%) of children did not receive a scheduled vaccination because of parental preference.

Relying on medical records and ICD-9-CM codes, investigators estimated the prevalence of undervaccination because of parental refusal was 13%.

Across the birth cohorts from 2004 to 2008, the average days of undervaccination increased by 50% and the median increased from 0 to 3 days.

Glanz and colleagues compared undervaccinated children with two matched cohorts of age-appropriately vaccinated children by birth date. They matched 137,855 undervaccinated children with age-appropriately vaccinated children. Additionally, they matched each of 6,168 children who were undervaccinated because of parental preference with 10 children who received vaccinations on schedule.

The authors found that undervaccinated children had a significantly lower rate of outpatient visits (incidence rate ratio 0.89) compared with appropriately vaccinated children. Utilization differences increased with the decile of undervaccination (1.03 to 0.58), and almost 90% of the differences from appropriately vaccinated children achieved statistical significance (P<0.01).

Undervaccinated children had significantly higher rates of inpatient admission (IRR 1.21), and the difference increased with the extent of undervaccination.

In contrast, children who were undervaccinated by parental choice had significantly lower rates of visits to emergency departments and outpatient facilities (IRR 0.88 to 0.94, P<0.001). The hospitalization rate did not differ significantly between children whose parents delayed/refused vaccination and children who were vaccinated on schedule.

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“Nearly half of U.S. children are undervaccinated”, a new study shows

Posted: 01/21/2013 01:07:57 PM MST
Updated: 01/22/2013 12:23:54 AM MST

Nearly half of U.S. children are undervaccinated because of delays or refusals by their parents, according to a massive Kaiser study showing widening immunization gaps even in families with primary doctors and coordinated health care.

The study of more than 320,000 children up to age 2 in seven states also showed a steady increase in the percentage of families delaying or refusing vaccines between 2004 and 2008.

Some parents deviate from the recommended vaccine schedule because they didn’t have time for an appointment, or their child was sick on the appointed day and couldn’t be immunized safely, said Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research scientist Jason Glanz.

But parents consciously choosing to delay or avoid vaccines for children now make up 13 percent of under-vaccinations, the study says.

“I feel strongly getting your vaccines on time is the best decision for your child,” Glanz said. “On the other hand, I understand parents’ concerns,” he said, referring to fears about vaccine safety. “If an increasing number delay or refuse vaccines, then yes, there will be outbreaks. It’s incumbent upon the medical community to ease these parental concerns.”

The study does not try to draw a direct connection between the number of children whose who missed vaccinations and a season of

massive whooping cough epidemics and flu spikes.But previous Kaiser studies have shown whooping cough vaccine refusers are 23 times more likely to get the dangerous illness than those who got shots.

The Kaiser results show a dramatic spike in pneumococcal vaccine delays in 2007, the same year popular critics questioned the official immunization schedule, Glanz noted.

A new federally commissioned study of all immunization research said there is no evidence to doubt the safety of the current public health vaccine schedules.

Polio found in Egypt linked to strains from vaccine-suspicious Pakistan

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, January 21, 2013 15:30 EST

A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a young child at a polio vaccination center in Karachi on January 8, 2013.

Pakistani health officials Monday called for infants leaving the country to be issued polio vaccinations at airports after virus samples linked to a southern Pakistani city were discovered in Egypt.

Two sewage samples from Cairo were analysed and found to resemble a recently discovered strain in the Pakistani city of Sukkur, a joint statement by health officials, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF said.

“To reduce the possibility of spread of the polio virus beyond Pakistan’s borders, the government’s Monitoring and Coordination Cell is advising to set up permanent vaccination counters at the international departure lounges of all airports,” it said.

The statement recommended that “all children under five years leaving the country are vaccinated against the polio virus.”

Though Egypt has been polio-free since 2004, authorities there have ordered the immediate vaccination of all children under five years of age in the areas where the samples were found.

Polio cases in Pakistan have risen sharply in recent years, hitting 198 in 2011 — the highest figure for more than a decade and the most of any country in the world, according to the WHO.

Unicef’s acting chief of polio unit, Michael Coleman said the incident highlighted the importance of vaccination in Pakistan.

“It reinforces the urgent need of all caregivers across Pakistan to vaccinate children under five years of age against polio through the nearest health facility or through campaign vaccination teams,” he said.

Shahnaz Wazir Ali, the prime minister’s advisor on polio eradication, termed the case “a stark reminder of the risks associated with active polio virus transmission in the country.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where the highly infectious crippling disease remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria.

Earlier this month Pakistan provided paramilitary and police support to polio vaccination teams in the northwest after a series of attacks on medical workers.

UN agencies suspended work on a nationwide campaign to inoculate children against the highly infectious disease after nine health workers were murdered in a string of attacks in the northwest and Karachi in December last year.

Rumours about the vaccine being a plot to sterilise Muslims have long dogged efforts to tackle the disease in Pakistan.

Suspicion of vaccination programmes intensified after the jailing of a doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden in 2011 using a hepatitis campaign.

American Academy of Pediatrics and Big Pharma Agree: Toxic Mercury in Vaccines Is OKBrandon Turbeville
Activist PostIn a complete reversal of their 1999 position that the toxic mercury-based preservative known as Thimerosal be removed from vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics now advocates that Thimerosal be put back in.

In a joint recommendation with the U.S. Public Health Service in 1999, the AAP stated their position was that thimerosal should be removed from all vaccines except the seasonal flu shot, due to the possibility that the preservative was responsible for neuro-developmental disorders and other adverse health effects. The FDA subsequently followed the recommendations of the AAP.

However, the AAP has been on a steady march toward greater solidarity with Big Pharma and the medical establishment in recent years. For instance, AAP has already recommended that boys should be given the HPV vaccine, despite the fact that they do not have a cervix, and that young children should receive cholesterol screenings, a massive boon to the statin industry.

The AAP has also curiously recommended sugary and additive-filled sports drinks for children, while at the same time maintaining that organic food does not have any more health benefits than the pesticide-ridden genetically modified mass that passes for food on the plates of most Americans.

With its recent recommendation regarding thimerosal, the AAP has firmly aligned itself with the interests of Big Pharma and the medical establishment over the concerns of the welfare of children.

The AAP position was made clear when the organization endorsed the World Health Organization (WHO) report issued as a result of the June 2012 GAVCS meeting. The WHO statement suggests that researchers evaluated the “most recently available information concerning the safety of thimerosal since it last reviewed this topic in 2008.” The conclusion, of course, was that thimerosal does not cause neuro-developmental disorders and that the mercury-laden preservative is completely safe for use in vaccines.

Interestingly enough, the WHO comes to this conclusion even while the UN Environmental Program is currently working on a treaty to reduce health risks by banning or minimizing the use of certain products that release mercury into the environment – particularly, vaccines that contain thimerosal.

Nevertheless, the WHO report concludes,

Based on the current evidence, GACVS considers that no additional studies of the safety of thiomersal in vaccines are warranted and that available evidence strongly supports the safety of the use of thiomersal as a preservative for inactivated vaccines. GACVS believes that consideration of additional evidence suggestive of the contrary should be based on studies using the same high standards of epidemiological and causal inference needed for scientific research. Thiomersal allows millions of people worldwide to have access to life-saving vaccines and to date, no other safer and equally efficacious alternative has been identified for many vaccines.

In other words, it is the position of the WHO and, subsequently, the AAP, that thimerosal is safe and any further studies are essentially purposeless. The decision has been made.

Yet, while the WHO and the AAP seem content to push forward proclamations regarding obviously toxic chemicals, the fact is that reality does not shift and contort itself to the wishes of international bureaucrats and agents of the pharmaceutical cartel.

As I have written on at least two occasions, the fact that mercury, especially the type used in vaccines, is hazardous to human health is established fact. Even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes this and has set the toxicity limit of mercury at .1mcg. However, the annual flu shot contains as much as 25 mcg by virtue of the Thimerosal preservative. This is 250 times higher than the limit of toxicity set by the EPA.

Nevertheless, the WHO claims that it reviewed a number of studies conducted since 2008 that pointed to the dangers of thimerosal-containing vaccines.

Predictably, the WHO claims that all of these studies were either disproven or were “methodologically flawed.”

Of course, the WHO does not mention that, out of its thousands of studies “proving” the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, not one of them has ever actually proven this assertion that was not connected to a vaccine maker or a pharmaceutical firm. Apparently, such blatant conflict of interest is not considered a methodological flaw in the minds of vaccine pushers.

Clearly, the dangers of mercury exposure are legion, particularly when applied to young children. The adverse health effects related to mercury exposure are established fact. That mercury is detrimental to brain function is not up for debate.

Even studies published in medical journals such as Pediatrics demonstrate the clear danger of mercury exposure and the harmful effects on the brain. For instance, in the report entitled, “Technical Report: Mercury in the Environment: Implications for Pediatricians,” the authors wrote,

The developing fetus and young children are thought to be disproportionately affected by mercury exposure, because many aspects of development, particularly brain maturation, can be disturbed by the presence of mercury. Minimizing mercury exposure is, therefore, essential to optimal child health.

Incredibly, even after publishing material clearly establishing the risks of mercury exposure, the American Academy of Pediatrics is endorsing the return of mercury into vaccines, particularly those that will be used in young children.

If there is any doubt that the medical establishment, Big Pharma, and the vaccine cartels are one in the same in terms of ideology, that doubt is easily erased simply by examining the contradictory opinions presented by organizations like the AAP.

Read other articles by Brandon Turbeville here.

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of three books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, and Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident. Turbeville has published over 190 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

Global Treaty Signed to Stop Deadly Mercury While FDA Allows it Unchecked In Your Food

Anthony Gucciardi
Infowars.com
Jan 21, 2013

Over 140 nations have come together under a new treaty to curb deadly mercury pollution over serious risks to worldwide health, but meanwhile the FDA is still allowing the mass majority of US citizens to chomp down on mercury-containing processed foods. Specifically, mercury has actually been found in the highly popular genetically modified junk ingredient high-fructose corn syrup — an ingredient present in over 90% of processed foods.

I’ve been very vocal about this issue since it was originally reported by the Washington Times in 2009 despite little syndication by the mainstream media. The report could not mention brand names for legal reasons (although I wish they would), however it was found that half of all high-fructose corn syrup samples tested contained mercury. It was also found in about a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products in which high-fructose corn syrup is listed as one of the top two ingredients.

You can easily imagine that this includes major soda brands, candy manufacturers, and much more.

But what does the FDA say about this? Or how about the corporations responsible for churning out mercury-ridden products for children and pregnant women to consume? Well, after the report surfaced in 2009, action groups began calling on the FDA for action. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy was one such organization, with member and co-author of the two studies that identified mercury in HFCS stating on record in the report:

“Mercury is toxic in all its forms. Given how much high-fructose corn syrup is consumed by children, it could be a significant additional source of mercury never before considered. We are calling for immediate changes by industry and the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] to help stop this avoidable mercury contamination of the food supply.”

Needless to say, the FDA did not warn the US public about the mercury content in these foods. Instead, it continues to protect billion dollar corporations who continue to literally poison the nation with foods that are unfit for consumption.

As reported with the original article surrounding the new treaty, mercury is a highly dangerous substance — especially for developing and unborn children. Brain development can be majorly impaired, and pregnant mothers consuming mercury can alter the very growth of their babies. As the article states:

“Mercury is a serious health threat, especially for unborn children, and exposure to it can not only have neurological effects but also an impact on the digestive and immune systems.”

Next time you go shopping, be sure to avoid any items containing high-fructose corn syrup and processed foods at large. I recommend always purchasing high quality organic foods to avoid not only high-fructose corn syrup, but a wide variety of toxic ingredients that come along with ‘traditional’ (pesticide-laced, GMO-containing junk) options. We simply cannot count on the FDA or any other ‘watchdog’ US government agency to warn consumers when it comes to what we are putting into our mouths.

It is beyond ironic and more geared towards disturbing that 140 nations have signed off on this treaty to curb mercury emissions when many US citizens (a first world nation) are actually putting it directly into their mouths.

This post originally appeared at Natural Society

FDA approves two flu vaccines for those with egg allergies

FOX59

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two flu vaccines that would give people who are allergic to eggs an opportunity to receive a flu shot.

Currently, people with egg allergies cannot get a flu vaccine because it is egg-based. The vaccine is made after the influenza virus grows inside an egg.

Sharon Lofton, 71, cannot afford to become ill. She is allergic to eggs.

“I’ve asked them to go ahead and give it to me anyway and, of course, they wouldn’t do it. I’m sure that was a wise thing,” Lofton said.

Lofton suffers from various health issues. She takes about 24 pills a day. Because she cannot get the vaccine, she is afraid. She said her immune system is compromised already. Health officials have stressed why it is important to get the vaccine. Across the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a widespread flu outbreak.

“I actually got scared. I thought, ‘What in the world is a person supposed to do who can’t get the shot?’” Lofton said.

Heather Hughest, the Public Relations Coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Service at St. Frances, said there is now hope for people because of the FDA’s approval.

“There is help around the corner. It’s just not quite here yet,” Hughet said.

The FDA approved one vaccine in Nov. 2012. The second vaccine was approved earlier this month. Instead of using eggs to grow the influenza virus, cell lines from mammals and insects will be used. The first vaccine will grow virus strains in animal cells instead of eggs. People 18 and older will be able to get the vaccine.

According to the FDA, the other vaccine is an influenza virus protein made after a virus that infects insect cells is genetically modified. It then creates the flu vaccine protein. People 18-49 will be able to get the vaccine.

“They have a very in depth process for testing the vaccine, before it can ever be used on the market. But, this is the first glow of hope that people have (seen) in quite some time,” Hughet said.

Rapidly Produced Flu Vaccine Wins F.D.A. Approval

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Published: January 16, 2013

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A new type of flu vaccine won regulatory approval on Wednesday, and its manufacturer said that limited supplies are expected to be available this winter.

The vaccine, developed by a small company called Protein Sciences, is made with a process that does not require the virus to be grown in chicken eggs, as is now generally done. That means a vaccine could be ready weeks earlier in the event of a pandemic.

“This approval represents a technological advance in the manufacturing of an influenza vaccine,” Dr. Karen Midthun, a senior official at the Food and Drug Administration, said in a statement announcing the agency’s approval of the product, which is called Flublok.

The approval comes during one of the more severe flu seasons in recent years, with many Americans rushing to find diminishing supplies of vaccine and spot shortages being reported.

Manon Cox, the chief executive of Protein Sciences, said the company could have about 150,000 doses ready to distribute later this flu season. That is a relatively small amount, but it could be particularly helpful for people who do not get flu shots now because they are allergic to eggs.

A spokeswoman for the F.D.A. said the timing of the approval was unrelated to the current flu season.

Most flu vaccines are made by growing the virus in chicken eggs, then inactivating or killing it, a long process.

Flublok, by contrast, consists only of a protein — hemagglutinin — from the virus. The protein is made by putting the gene for hemagglutinin into a virus that infects insect cells. Those cells, from the fall armyworm, are grown in culture and churn out the protein. Neither eggs nor the live virus are used, though viral genetic information is needed.

While new for flu, such protein-based vaccines are used to prevent some other diseases.

Protein Sciences, a privately held company in Meriden, Conn., first applied for approval nearly five years ago. It was turned down twice, in part because of the novelty of using insect cells. “Every time we were asked to do more and more studies to prove that this cell substrate was safe,” Ms. Cox said.

The company was close to bankruptcy in 2009 when it received a federal contract worth tens of millions of dollars to help develop its vaccine.

The vaccine is approved only for adults 18 to 49 years old. In a clinical trial, Flublok was about 44.6 percent effective against all influenza strains, not just the three contained in the vaccine, the F.D.A. said. As with current vaccines, Flublok will need to change each year to match the flu strains in circulation.

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Suspected endogenous retroviruses from plants have been discovered within insect genomes.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 9:11

(Before It’s News) PMID: Virology. 2012 Jun 5 ;427(2):77-9. Epub 2012 Mar 10. PMID: 22410578 Abstract Title: Endogenous RNA viruses of plants in insect genomes. Abstract: Endogenous viral elements (EVEs) derived from RNA viruses with no DNA stage are rare, especially those where the parental viruses possess single-strand positive-sense (ssRNA+) genomes. Here we provide evidence that EVEs that share a sequence similarity to ssRNA+viruses of plants are integrated into the genomes of a number of insects, including mosquito, fruit flies, bees, ant, silkworm, pea aphid, Monarch butterfly, and wasps. A preliminary phylogenetic analysis places these EVEs as divergent relatives of the Virgaviridae and three currently unclassified plant viral species.

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Source: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/suspected-endogenous-retroviruses-plants-have-been-discovered-within-insect

ADHD Rises by Almost 25% in 1 Decade

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Jan. 21, 2013 — The number of children with ADHD is rising rapidly, according to a study of more than 840,000 California children.

While the research findings echo those of nationwide studies, the new study is stronger than some other studies, says researcher Darios Getahun, MD, PhD, a scientist at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, a large health plan.

“We relied on the clinical diagnosis of ADHD [by doctors] and medication prescriptions rather than teacher or parent report,” he says.

From 2001 to 2010, the rate of new cases of doctor-diagnosed ADHD rose from 2.5% to 3.1%, an increase of 24%.

“It’s an increase that warrants attention,” he says. Growing awareness of the condition is one reason for the rise, he speculates.

The study is published online in JAMA Pediatrics.

ADHD is one of the most common childhood neurobehavioral disorders, according to the CDC.

Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention or act impulsively, or both.

While the American Psychiatric Association estimates that 3% to 7% of school-aged children have ADHD, other studies have found higher rates.

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ADHD rates creeping up in California

By Genevra Pittman

NEW YORK | Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:36pm EST

(Reuters Health) – More children are being diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) now than were a decade ago, according to new research from a large California health plan.

It’s not clear what’s behind that trend, researchers noted. Possible explanations include better awareness of the condition among parents and doctors or improved access to health care for kids with symptoms, according to Dr. Darios Getahun, the study’s lead author.

Prior research has also shown an increasing trend in ADHD diagnoses, according to Getahun, from the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena.

However, his team had strict criteria for determining which kids had ADHD, requiring a clinical diagnosis and prescriptions for ADHD medications. Past studies have relied on parent and teacher reports alone, Getahun noted.

In an analysis of Kaiser Permanente medical records, researchers found the proportion of five- to 11-year-olds diagnosed with ADHD increased from 2.5 percent in 2001 to 3.1 percent in 2010.

Consistent with past research, white children were more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than black, Hispanic and Asian kids, and boys were more likely to have the condition than girls.

On average, children were diagnosed when they were between eight and a half and nine and a half years old. Hispanic youth tended to receive a diagnosis at a later age than other kids – which could put them at a disadvantage, Getahun noted.

“One thing which is very important in ADHD is parents’ awareness… and timely diagnosis of the disease is very important so the treatment is effective,” he told Reuters Health.

“If you diagnose the child early when the disease occurs, the child may function better in school and also socially,” said Getahun.

One study published last year found Icelandic kids who got early ADHD treatment did better on standardized tests than those who didn’t get medication until they were preteens (see Reuters Health story of June 25, 2012: reut.rs/KXoQfY).

Common medications used to treat ADHD include stimulants such as Vyvanse, Ritalin and Concerta.

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ADHD diagnoses in kids increasing

Karen Weintraub, Special for USA TODAY5:41p.m. EST January 21, 2013

A study found that boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.

A new study of health records from California suggests that rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have jumped by 24% since 2001.

“That is a very significant increase,” says Darios Getahun, a research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group who conducted the study.

The apparent rise in diagnoses is likely caused by growing awareness of the condition among parents and doctors, he and other specialists say.

The study looked at health records of more than 840,000 children, ages 5-11, who met a strict definition for ADHD, as diagnosed by a trained expert. It found that 2.5% of children were diagnosed with ADHD at the start of the study in 2001, vs. 3.1% in 2010.

The percentage diagnosed is lower than in many other studies because of the strict diagnostic criteria and because, unlike other research, the study relied only on health records, not parents’ reports, Getahun says.

The study, published in Monday’s issue of JAMA Pediatrics, was also large enough to break down those diagnosed by gender, race, family income and age. It found that boys were three times more likely to be diagnosed than girls. That may suggest that boys are more vulnerable to ADHD, as they are to autism, Getahun says.

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