Bad News All Around

We all need to get involved. The world will not wait for us.

EXCLUSIVE —Ecklonia Bicyclis

We told you about Ecklonia Cava Extract and we were stoked; this stuff blows ECE away.

Radiation Protection

In the wake of Japan’s meltdown, we’re already finding radioactivity in the US, even in the Midwest.

How the FDA Turned a $10 Treatment into a $30,000-Per-Pregnancy Pharmaceutical Money-Maker

Oh, you FDA people…always on the side of big business.

Ending Frivolous Lawsuits in Medical Malpractice

Another solution looking for a problem. Let’s fix the real problem.

AGS Update

We told you about it in our last newsletter, and now we’ve found the inventor.

Cancer Loves Sugar Fructose

We all love sugar, too bad our food supply has been overrun by high fructose corn syrup.

Take Action Against Toxic Strawberry Pesticide!

Strawberries are the most poisoned fruit in our supermarkets. One reason I eat only organic.


We’ve got a ton. And no, I’m not going to index them.

Tell EPA: It's Time to End the Use of Toxic Triclosan!

It’s everywhere when it should be nowhere.

Ron Salley Miracle Skin Creams and Lotions

We’ve finally created a page just for Ron, with testimonials and before (ugh!) and after photos.


Amazingly healthy recipes that are amazingly healing too.

Mystery illnesses plague Louisiana oil spill crews

And they still want to give BP a $10 million bonus.

US Meat Supply Tainted with Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

One story that should be all over the media, but isn’t.

Mushroom Beats Breast Cancer

One of our favorite therapies; truly a food that is a medicine.

Sunscreen More Harmful Than the Sun

We’ve told you this before, but this time we have some great alternatives that are better than most of the crap on the market.

FDA wants stenographers? Agency says reporters can’t interview anyone before its embargo lifts

So much for a free press.


Many from our readers.

Lafter IS the BEST Medicine

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Bad News All Around

PDF Version

This web site and newsletter are officially frozen in time right now. I will not be working on the web site or on a newsletter until all the directories are published, and a third book is completed.

I’ve lost all my volunteers and right now I’m doing the work of three men: Larry, Moe, and Curly.

I need help. I cannot publish these directories, write the story of the cure for AIDS, AND work on this site at the same time.

I need volunteers to do data entry. I need volunteers to make over 2000 phone calls (hopefully someone with free long distance) and I need volunteers to write articles for the web site. I need someone to take our list of FAX numbers of senators and representatives in Washington and update it after every national election. I cannot do this alone. That’s the best way to make sure that nothing gets done.

You’ll notice that this edition has hardly any advertising support. I don’t have the time, and we are about to be funded for life and will have no money worries. Though, right now, we’re still 200K in debt, and cannot hire anyone to help out just yet.

If you are interested in helping, write me: [email protected]

We were not planning on creating a newsletter till we were finished publishing our directories, but a few things have happened. First the world has gone berserk, and secondly, Japan; our health and wellness are at stake here.

You cannot be healthy in an unhealthy world.

Be advised: this edition is very political. Political gibberish is out of control in America. Those in control of the media cycle are master magicians using misdirection superbly.

I keep hearing the term “liberal media.” The media is as liberal as the corporations that control them. The only reason a liberal voice exists in the media is that it is profitable, not the reason some would have you believe; that the media has liberal agenda.

Public radio has been attacked by the house of representatives who want to pull their financing even though talking heads on the right readily admit that public radio has the fairest news in America.

The great misdirection of our time is that we are a nation of Liberals vs Conservatives; Left vs Right; Democrats vs Republicans.

This is a lie. A dirty, but believable lie.

So what is the truth.

As one recent article put it: It’s A Class War, Stupid!

Anyone who doesn’t see that it’s the People vs Corporations or the Masses vs the Oligarchy, or to put it in-your-face bluntly, ALL OF US vs WEALTH, has bought into the lies and are working for the enemy; traitors to their own kind; traitors to themselves. They don't even know their own self interests.

Anyone screaming Socialism or Communism is a blathering idiot.

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Warren E Buffett

Socialism is an economic system in which the government owns the means of production. Communism is closely related in that everything is owned by everyone.

Nothing in America fits this description. When our government took over the auto industry, people screamed SOCIALISM…and then a few months later, the auto industry was back on its feet, paying back the “people” for the money it was loaned, and out of the hands of the government.

During tough times, tough decisions are needed.

Nothing in this country can be considered SOCIALISM except by someone egregiously disturbed.

"Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires." John Steinbeck

A very small percentage of human beings own more than all the rest of us combined. Wages have stagnated since Ronald Reagan. We are working harder and longer and making less and less. We live from paycheck to paycheck, have only dreams of retirement, and there’s no change in sight.

Because of the millions of disenchanted voters (those who turned out to give the Democrats a majority in 2008) who didn’t show up at the polls in 2010, a group of wingnuts were ushered into Washington to “fix our problems.”

What are our problems? Unemployment? Borderline depression? Horrid recession? Weakening dollar? Increasing energy costs? Increasing food costs? Stagnant wages?

If these are the problems Americans are facing, then why is congress focused on cutting funds to abortions (abortions are not funded by the government) and redefining rape? Why are they trying to destroy our new health care bill? Why do they want to silence NPR? Why are they cutting programs that put millions to work and if cut would put those millions on the street out of work?

I did not know that the problems with America were that poor children are getting too much food and the elderly are getting too much heat in the winter. Why the cuts?

The answer is simple. They were not elected to fix any problems. They were elected to serve their masters: the wealthy.

Funny old white people with tea bags hanging from their hats were easy prey for the influence of the wealthy who got them to scream COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM, FREEDOM and any other jingoistic phrase that resonated with the reptilian brain stem of the under-informed and self-righteous.

Here is an article that tells it exactly like it is: American workers got what they deserved

Colonel Sanders

Ok, we’re supposed to talk about health and wellness.

Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Bill

I got a letter from my newly elected representative telling me all the lies and talking-points on why he wanted to waste time and money voting to repeal something that had no chance of being repealed.

First off, the bill's name is a lie, unless you call allowing people to retire early because they now have health care “job killing.”

The bill actually puts people to work.

"Obama isn't a brown-skinned socialist who gives away free health-care. You're thinking of Jesus." John Fugelsang

If you go to you will hear the same old lies. What bothers me is not the lies, but the simple fact that these lies get debunked repeatedly yet they continue and the liars have no shame whatsoever. There are even more lies in the TV commercial promoting this site. Take a look at them.

1. The health care bill was concocted by a bad process, in locked rooms, etc etc etc. No, it was openly debated for way too long, and the democrats allowed republicans to amend the thing to death even though no republican was planning on ever voting for it. Some of the worst parts of the bill were added by these republicans.

2. Americans don’t want this. How many times can they tell this lie? They use a simple statistic that the majority of Americans dislike the bill and ignore the FACT that many of them wanted more. These people don’t want to repeal it, they want more added to it.

3. Government takeover. Ridiculous. The government doesn’t do anything. The government simply made a few demands such as you cannot be turned down for previous conditions. Boy, some takeover. The government mandates that everyone get health care. Right-wing judges have said this is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, while forgetting that government mandates are as old as our country dating back to post-revolutionary times when people were mandated to own weapons and ammunition.

4. The healthcare bill costs too much (adds to the deficit). Funny how the Congressional Budget Office is always right until it disagrees with a few wingnuts. The healthcare bill will save us money; billions and billions of dollars.

The reason even exists is simple: to make money.

This is the newest cottage industry. Some nut gives you a speech about something wrong with America, gives you a number to call and donate a few dollars, and that’s where it ends.

They do nothing except take your money.

How else could a site like exist? They cannot repeal the bill. They don’t have the votes in the senate and the president will never sign it.

The only reason these sites exist is to take your money.


Our hearts go out to the people of Japan. The situation there is probably worse than the destruction they suffered at the end of WWII.

Ironic how the only country ever to be nuked is on the edge of being fried by “peaceful” nuclear power. Some of the workers who volunteered to go in and try to stop a melt down knew that it was a suicide mission. Many will die for their heroic actions. They are an amazing group of heroes.

Some right wingnut stood up the other day and said that this is not the time to discuss nuclear power in the US.


We Americans are famous for chronic amnesia; just look at the number of people who’ve forgotten which policies got us into our current economic mess in the first place.

Atomic energy is the most profitable form of energy on the planet. It is also the most costly. How can it be the most profitable and yet the most costly at the same time? Because YOU, the citizen picks, up the tab. It’s that simple.

Oh, and it’s also the most dangerous.

The worst nuclear accident took place on Sep. 29, 1957. On that day, a tank containing 80 tons of highly-radioactive liquid waste exploded at the Mayak plutonium plant in southern Ural, 15 kilometers east of the Russian city of Kyshtym. The blast produced a radioactive cloud that was about 300 kilometers long and 40 kilometers wide, and which traveled northeast. It was larger than that released during the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. About 15,000 people who lived in the area were evacuated, and the houses located in a 25-kilometer zone surrounding the location were demolished. No one was allowed to go back. The plutonium production at the plant continued.

All western secret services and their governments knew about it, but none made it public.

This shows the influence of the nuclear industry. Keeping a clean sheet is all that counts. []

You want change? Get out there and vote; sit on your rep’s desk till s/he listens to you. You must make a difference.

The people of Europe are already making changes:

Political Fallout: Will Germany Go Nuclear-Free?

Sunday night marks the beginning of the end for Nuclear Power in Europe


The mess in Japan could be the worst nuclear disaster ever. Will we be hit by radiation? Perhaps. Probably not any more radiation than you’d get flying. But some. We should not panic. It’s best to be informed (see the article below Radiation Protecion), but sadly our new media has been co-opted. Who can you trust?

You must read this and follow all the links: 'Worse Than Chernobyl': When the Fukushima Meltdown Hits Groundwater.

Plutonium has been found in the ground near the reactor in Japan. One atom of plutonium can kill you. Low amounts of radiation can cause cancer.  Who can you trust?

Here is an article that asks that same question: Who can you trust? Radiation: Nothing to See Here?

It seems that Hillary Clinton agrees with me. She came out recently saying that the best news coverage in our world is Al Jazeera. Except for their anti-Israel stand, they seem to be the best journalists on the planet. Real journalism is no longer part of our standard media. You find it in web sites like this one, on blogs, and at Al Jazeera. Both Direct TV and Dish Network carry it. For a nice introduction to Al Jazeera and their professionalism, you need to rent (or buy) the movie Control Room. It’s all about their coverage of America’s invasion of Iraq.

You can trust Al Jazeera.

You can also trust the scientists who worked at Chernobyl. THIS JUST IN.

Fukushima health risks being downplayed, say Chernobyl researchers

As the Fukushima nuclear accident continues to unfold in Japan, the dangers to life and health are probably far higher than the official reassurances, according to researchers who investigated the Chernobyl catastrophe of 1986.   

Around 985,000 people have died in the years since Chernobyl, say the researchers – many more than the 4,000 death toll forecast by the International Atomic Energy Agency.  

The deaths – mainly from cancer – are those recorded from 1986 to 2004, and the total is probably far higher today.  The accident has also affected the health of many people living in the surrounding area.  Before the accident, more than 80 per cent of children living in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia were healthy, but today fewer than 20 per cent are, say researchers Alexey Yablokov, and Vassily and Alexey Nesterenko.
In their book Chernobyl: Consequence of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, they say that deaths and illnesses among the animals living in the area have also risen dramatically.

Dr Dimitro Grodzinsky, chairman of the Ukrainian National Commission on Radiation protection, said in the foreword that “apologists of nuclear power” tried to hide the real impacts of the accident from the moment it happened.

(Source:  Chernobyl: Consequence of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, American Academy of Sciences, 2011).

Story from WDDTY:

Further Reading:

Fukushima radioactive fallout nears Chernobyl levels

The Tea Party in Action

No matter what you think of the Tea Party (we all have our opinions) they sent new fodder to Washington to solve our nation’s problems.

However, I did not know that our nation’s problems were that teachers were being paid too much, or that women didn’t need cancer checkups or birth control, or that the wealthy needed more tax breaks, or our schools needed less funding.

I might be wrong, but aren’t too many people out of work or working two jobs and not making enough to pay their bills or working part time jobs and needing full time jobs?

I did not know that the middle class in America had become too strong and had to be destroyed. Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin have been leading the destruction of the middle class. It makes me wonder if perhaps the Tea Party had been hoodwinked; that they were unsuspecting supporters of this war on the middle class (of which they themselves are members).

Now weren’t we told that bankers had to pay high bonuses (obscene bonuses) to attract the best and the brightest? My next question is: Don’t we want our teachers to be the best and the brightest?

Does anyone find it interesting that modern day Republicans worship Ronald Reagan who, after the Savings & Loan crash, re-regulated them, fired all the heads, and tossed bankers in jail? Yet today, the FED paid off the bankers with close to 9 trillion dollars (gambling money).

Does anyone find it interesting that that money could have gone to the home owners who would have paid off their debts, and the money would have then gotten to the bankers anyway? Amazing, eh?

Bankers perpetrated the largest economic fraud in the history of our planet, yet none have gone to prison, they are allowed to keep the bootie they plundered (your savings, your pensions, your 401Ks), and now we allow them even bonuses for this mess? Yet teachers are the problem?

Let me tell you a little story:

John Paulson, a hedge fund owner, personally made $4 billion (that's Billion with a B) in 2010.

This man, who didn't create one job, manufacture or distribute one product, or contribute to the happiness of humankind in any way, paid taxes on this income — a huge 15%. 

Why?  Because our tax rules permit hedge fund managers to qualify their income as capital gains; the top tax rate for capital gains is 15%. 

Before or after taxes, he made more money than all the NFL teams put together -- players, coaches and owners.  And many of them were in the top tax bracket. 

And we let this continue to happen because…?

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration." - Abraham Lincoln

Corporations poured more money into the 2010 and the next election will break that record soundly.

Do we really want corporations (foreign corporations) controlling our elections?

Move to Amend

Money is power. A lot of money can convince the under-informed to do a lot of stupid things; like kissing the asses of the plutocracy putting the screws to them.

Kissing the ass that screws you.

Do we really want this?

If you think a newsletter on health and wellness should be apolitical, think of this: Internet Neutrality.

The moneyed corporations are winning this battle.

Do you want real health care information that has no agenda, no bias, just useful information?

If we lose Internet Neutrality, you’ll get instant access to drug companies and their sycophants like WebMD and Quackbusters, but smaller sites like this one, the AnnieAppleseed Project, and Tim Bolen’s QuackPotWatch site will open slowly; so slowly you’ll think they’ve been shut down, which, in effect, they have done.

The house has just passed a bill giving AT&T and Comcast complete control over the Internet. Tell your senators you want NET NEUTRALITY!.

Whose side are you on? The side of the people? Or the side of the corporations?

"Whose side are you on?" is the only question you have to ask yourself when you go to the polls in 2012. Sure, you’ll be choosing the lesser of two evils, but for now, it’s the only system we’ve got. It’s up to us to hold their feet to the fire after they’ve been elected.

 The New Koch

Just click on the picture above to learn the history of the Koch family that funds the Tea Party. They plan to spend billions in the next election to protect their interests.

America Is Broke

This is a lie. Corporate America made more money in the past two years than in any two year period since the revolution.

If you don't know the story of GE, then let me tell it to you.

General Electric (the company that made the power plants in Japan) made 14.2 billion dollars in profit last year but paid ZERO in taxes. They get away with this by hiring thousands of accountants and attorneys to create a tax form that is 24,000 pages long. Too long for anyone to every read let alone debunk. They've paid lobbyists to build tax loopholes specifically for them. And now they are slashing health care benefits and retirement benefits to new employees among non-union workers and is expected to push unions to accept similar cutbacks, while its CEO, Jeff Immelt, gets a 100% pay raise.

To top this off, Immelt now sits as chair of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council), representing corporate America to the President on matters like job creation and corporate taxation.

The wealthy get away with this because of their supporters in the middle class who believe that the wealthy create jobs. This argument is a fallacy based upon a false premise and I will be glad to debunk it in our Tidbits section for you.

In the meanwhile, you should know that if you vote for a candidate because of his pro-life stance or religious values, or if you believe that the wealthy create jobs, or that taxing wealth is punishing a person for being successful, or that over paid union workers and poor people buying homes they couldn’t afford caused our collapse, or that Obama is not a US citizen, or that Obama is not a corporatist who has to pay off everyone who helped  him get elected, or that Sharia law is coming to the US, or that the Tea Party movement is a grass roots movement, then YOU are supporting the wealth that is destroying the American Middle Class (of which you are a part).

Your are also contributing to the systematic destruction of our planet, the land, the seas, and the air.

It’s that simple.

The vocal tea partiers who want to take their country back don’t even know the principles this country was founded upon.

“Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.” Thomas Jefferson


Ecklonia Bicyclis


In a previous newsletter we told you about Ecklonia cava extract (ECE) and how an even better, more effective version, Ecklonia stolonifera, would be available soon.

Testing on Ecklonia stolonifera proved it to be a bomb. It wasn’t as effective as the original Ecklonia cava.

However, testing on Ecklonia bicyclis is underway and you are the first to even hear about it.

Allow me to recapitulate Ecklonia cava’s salient properties: ECE comes from a specific brown algae off the coasts of Japan and Korea, contains polyphenols with a unique structure not found in land based plants, and are quite possibly the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. The structure of polyphenols are rings: there are two polyphenol rings in resveratrol, four in green tea, eight in ECE, making it a superior free radical scavenger. Additionally, ECE is 40% fat-soluble; antioxidants in water soluble plant matter have a half-life of 30 minutes, ECE’s polyphenols have a half-life of 12 hours. ECE can cross the blood-brain barrier.

ECE affects the body’s entire system, its benefits are widespread, and more information can be found in the original article: Ecklonia Cava.

There are many knockoff products on the market. Seanol® is one. Seanol, consist of 13% polyphenol derived from Ecklonia Cava and 87% Dextrin. It is not a full spectrum product. Ecklonia Cava consists of Eckol, Dieckol. Alginates, Fucoidan, Polyphenols (Plorotannins) and Manitol.  Seanol® is made using an alcohol extraction process that destroys everything except the polyphenol within the raw material. ECE is made using a cold water extraction process which preserves all the natural occurring components within the raw material and our product is 98.8% pure. 

Now for the news on Ecklonia Bicyclis.

The company making and marketing ECE has been conducting tests over the past year and all they can tell us is that the results have been staggering. When they tested the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity — the scale used to rank something’s antioxidant value) Ecklonia Bicyclis was off the scale. They need to find a laboratory capable of measuring its ORAC.

Additionally, as stated above, ECE affects the body’s entire system, whereas EBE seems to target its actions. If the heart needs it, EBE heads for the heart; arteries, brain, capillaries, etc., wherever it’s needed. The researchers have never seen anything like this before.

They tell me that within a year they will be coming out with a new products using EBE. It will be a bit more expensive than their ECE line of products, but they expect the public will really take a shine to this one. ECE, EBE, and resveratrol are all being touted for their anti-aging properties. As the number of babyboomers head into retirement, expect anti-aging medicine to flourish.

When EBE is available, the American distributor will be Simply the Best.

Radiation Protection

Don’t panic; think this through.


All living things give off radiation, and though we have said that there is no safe limit of radiation, what you get from a banana is not going to hurt you.

However, as pointed out here in this newsletter, even a little radiation from the new x-rays can damage our DNA.

Japan will not be the last country to be hit by a nuclear disaster.

The true axis of evil on this planet is:

1.   obscene greed,

2.   politicians who kowtow to that greed,

3.   an arrogantly ignorant public.

The first two have gotten together to build nuclear power plants, and the third is the reason we the people can’t stop them.

There will be more nuclear disasters as long as there is nuclear waste on the planet and sadly, because of Fukushima, traces of radioactivity have already been measured in the rainwater from California and Massachusetts

The truth is, the rainwater of California has been tested at UC Berkeley and the amount of radiation turned out to be 181 times the limit for drinking water.

As I write these words, 400,000 gallons of radioactive water are draining into the ocean per hour.

So…what can you do?

People are clamoring to purchase potassium iodide. This isn’t very smart. Firstly, it’s recommended by our government (those same people who recommended nuclear power) and secondly there are side effects to long term usage (or incorrect dosing).

Unless you live near the fallout, the dangers of taking potassium iodide far outweigh the benefits; you can damage the thyroid and even induce hypothyroidism.

The CDC tells us that taking high doses of potassium iodide can produce the following side effects:

  • allergic reactions (possibly severe)

  • intestinal upset

  • rashes

  • inflammation of salivary glands

  • depletion of minerals and electrolytes

  • death

Most importantly, you should know that taking potassium iodide does not detoxicate radiation or repair your DNA as it ONLY decreases your exposure to radioactive iodine.

Simply the Best tells me that they’ve had a run on Magnascent and the makers too have had a run and they are currently trying to get more out as soon as possible.

We are, on the average, suffering from iodine deficiency. We’ve talked about this at our site and we point you to Breast Cancer Choices where you can get Iodoral.

But getting enough iodine is also NOT the solution to radiation poisoning, so let us find out what we can do by what has been done  historically.

After WWII, the Japanese detoxed the heavy metals and radiation poisoning by eating seaweed soup. After Chernobyl the Russians also ate seaweed, brown seaweed. The best known is Modifilan or its more common name Laminaria or an even more common name: Kelp.

Keeping your immune system healthy is also advantageous.

There you have it. It’s as simple as that.

Highly advertised is Modifilan brown seaweed extract. However, research on workers who went in to clean up after Chernobyl showed that just two tablespoons of the seaweed (not the extract) per day produced really great resultsmuch better than expected. Not only were heavy metals removed from the bodies of the workers, their thyroids were rehabilitated and energy levels were reported by the workers to have increased. Those over forty reported even more and powerful healing experiences.

So, you don’t need the extract if you can eat the real food, at least two tablespoons daily. And who can’t eat that? You just put it into a bowl of soup.

You can find Kelp at Amazon: Modifilan/Laminaria/Kelp.

After Chernobyl was when Del-Immune V® was created and tested. Keeping the immune system strong during a period of radiation is enormously important. You can find more information on Del-Immune V® here: Del-Immune; and you can purchase it here: Simply the Best.

And, finally, as said above, ECE is a brown seaweed that contains Alginates which detox heavy metals. Radiation poisoning is heavy metal poisoning. You must detox the heavy metals.

The dosage is two capsules (Algoran FS) per day. You can read about ECE at this site (Ecklonia Cava─This Will Save Your Life), and purchase it also from Simply the Best.

Two other things to help detox heavy metals are Chlorella and Spirulina. The best values on both of these can be found online at Swanson.

Further Reading

Power Corrupts; Nuclear Power Corrupts Absolutely

What They're Covering Up at Fukushima

Nuclear Power Plants and Radioactive Waste Management in Wisconsin (an eye opening look at what's going on in just one state)

Nuclear Overseers Are "Fake" Agencies Funded and Controlled by the Nuclear Power Industry

Infoholix Blog

You can download a densely informative book on how to detoxify radiation and radioactivity from your body at: The book is thick and thorough.

How the FDA Turned a $10 Treatment into a $30,000-Per-Pregnancy Pharmaceutical Money-Maker


Go to original: Posted By ANH-USA On March 22, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

big pharmaWhen a new FDA drug-and-money scandal has doctors, US senators, and even the March of Dimes in an uproar, you know it’s bad. A new Action Alert! [1]

A drug which the FDA approved more than half a century ago—which doctors have been prescribing for their patients with high-risk pregnancies through compounding pharmacies with great success—was designated by the FDA an “orphan drug.” Now KV Pharmaceutical has been given the exclusive right of production and sale (not to mention drug trial tax breaks!). They immediately raised the price from $10 per dose to $1,500—simply because they could.

The drug is a synthetic form of progesterone given as a weekly injection. It has been made cheaply for years and produced in compounding pharmacies. The price hike means that the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000 [2].

Doctors say the $30,000 price tag will almost certainly deter low-income women from getting the drug, leading to more premature births. Dr. Roger Snow, deputy medical director for Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, was quoted as saying [3], “That’s a huge increase for something that can’t be costing them that much to make. For crying out loud, this is about making money!” And Dr. Arnold Cohen, an obstetrician at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, observed, “I’ve never seen anything as outrageous as this.”

Besides the grave jeopardy placed on the mothers and their infants, this will create a huge financial burden for the health insurance companies, private citizens, and government programs that have to pay for it. In the long run, because of birth complications, the babies will need to be hospitalized for perhaps months—and, for low-income mothers, all at the expense of taxpayers. On top of that, lung issues at birth can have lifelong repercussions on the individual’s health with an increased propensity toward asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia, among other early birth issues.

The March of Dimes—a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing birth defects—received funding from KV Pharmaceutical and supported the company’s New Drug Application. Now the organization has started backtracking in the face of all the public outrage. They just sent a letter to KV [4] “expressing our serious concern about the price of Makena.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has sent a letter [5] to KV Pharmaceutical asking the company to “immediately reconsider” its pricing. “I am deeply concerned that your company appears to be taking advantage of FDA approval at the expense of women, children and federal and state budgets,” Brown wrote. “By ratcheting up prices, fewer women will be able to afford the drug, increasing rates of preterm birth nationwide. This isn’t in the interest of children, new mothers, or taxpayers.” Sen. Brown, along with Sen. Klobuchar, followed this with a letter to the FTC commission [6] to investigate potential anticompetitive conduct by KV Pharmaceutical from the increase in price.

Not surprisingly, the backlash over the unconscionable price hike has been significant—so much that KV hired the public relations firm Golin Harris to handle the mess.

Compounding Pharmacies to the Rescue

The FDA originally approved 17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17OHPC, or 17P for short) under the trade name Delalutin in 1956 to halt impending miscarriages. It was deemed safe but the manufacturer took it off the market in 2000 because it was eventually shown to be ineffective in stopping miscarriages.

When the drug was no longer available, compounding pharmacies [7] were able to compound 17P’s ingredients and sell the product to patients whose physicians had prescribed it. Pharmacists can legally compound FDA-approved products when a drug is not commercially available (as was the case when the manufacturer pulled it from the market), or when a prescriber determines that the compounded preparation is more clinically appropriate for an individual patient (as when someone is allergic to one particular element in the preparation but another can easily be substituted).

After large controlled trials in the mid-2000s showed that 17P could prevent premature births, the compound was given “orphan drug” status by the FDA. An orphan drug is a pharmaceutical agent that has been developed specifically to treat a relatively rare medical condition, and the designation gives the manufacturer clinical trial tax incentives. It also gives the manufacturer the exclusive right for seven years to manufacture and sell the drug. Of course in this case, premature birth is not a rare condition at all.

As soon as FDA gave the drug (now trademarked as Makena) orphan drug status, its manufacturer, KV Pharmaceutical, sent a cease-and-desist letter [8] to compounding pharmacists, stating that “FDA…views compounded drugs to be ‘new drugs’ within the meaning of 21 U.S.C 312(p) and as such they may not be introduced into interstate commerce without FDA approval.”

The Orphan Drug Act is meant to encourage pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs for diseases that have a small market, and it has resulted in medical breakthroughs that may not have otherwise been achieved due to the economics of drug research and development. But this is a drug which was already developed, already approved, already in use, and has been costing $10 per treatment for many years. To raise the price to $1,500 per injection just because they can is unconscionable.

This is just another attempt by Big Pharma to monopolize substances. You may recall our campaign to keep pharmaceutical companies’ hands off bioidentical estriol [9] and bioavailable B6 [10].

Please take action on this issue! Ask the FDA to allow compounding pharmacies to continue making a compounded version of 17P. Even if KV Pharmaceutical now has exclusive right to sell the original formulation that was developed in 1954, compounding pharmacies should be allowed—since it is their legal right to do so—to make and sell compounded formulations that are similar but more clinically appropriate for an individual patient.


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Ending Frivolous Lawsuits in Medical Malpractice
Another solution looking for a problem.


Less than 4% of medical costs come about through medical malpractice lawsuits. Of those, less than 5% are frivolous, and they go nowhere, most being tossed out of court early on.

This is a solution looking for a problem. Why? Why did our president tell us that we needed to reform our Malpractice practices?

Well, for one thing, President Obama took a lot of money from the insurance industry; just one more reason we never saw Single Payer.

The one thing that never comes up while discussing the cost of medical malpractice lawsuits is this: Why don’t we focus on physicians making fewer medical mistakes?

This is the heart of the problem. Were there fewer mistakes, there would be fewer lawsuits.

Most importantly, there would be fewer deaths and a lot less suffering.

  • 18% of patients are harmed by medical care (NEJM, 2010)
  • Over 63% of those injuries could have been prevented.
  • Over 40,000 incidents occur daily.
  • One in seven patients on Medicare who are hospitalized will be harmed by medicine.
  • Researchers in one study felt that 44% of adverse and temporary harm events were probably preventable.
  • The cost of these medical mistakes was estimated at $324,000.00 in October alone (2010).

These are just a handful of stats reported concerning medical mistakes. We’ve not even touched on harm due to drugs, prescribed drugs or over the counter drugs.

100 people die from medicine every 22 minutes.

The problems with medicine can be addressed, but not by punishing the victim. If a physician removes the wrong leg or wrong eye on you or one of your family, you should have the right to sue your physician into the ground. These are preventable.

Let’s focus on prevention. Do not punish the victim. If you support medical malpractice reform, you’re part of the problem.

Stand up for patient rights!

Further Reading:

The Corporate Court Does it Again

SCOTUS Deals Consumers Another Blow

AGS Update


In our previous newsletter, we told you about AGS, the cancer cure that comes from ginseng.

Well, I’ve not had time to put it into our alt cancer cure section so far, but I’ve researched it a bit further.

I’ve discovered the inventor. His name is Dr. Paul Ling Tai and his web site is:

His form of AGS is called Force C, and is a bit cheaper there. He’s also created a version that comes with Taxol and a few other immune system herbs. It’s called Herbal C.

Another product called Immune C is a sublingual spray.

Many of his products are for cancer patients, though he can only hint at this at his site because of FDA restrictions.

At the AGS site they tell you to take 12 capsules per day. At Dr Tai’s site, he tells you to take 8 capsules a day. They have to be taken on an empty stomach, at least half an hour before eating. It is also recommended to take these with warm water.

The AGS site wants you to take four capsules, an hour apart, three times. Dr Tai doesn’t say this at his site; apparently he feels you can take all eight capsules together.

I have heard back from one reader that the AGS cured his dog’s cancer right away.

Cancer Loves Sugar Fructose


Years ago we wrote an article called Cancer Loves Sugar that went viral on the web. There must be 70 sites that have reprinted it.

However, recent studies are showing that cancer loves Fructose even more.

Researchers found that cancer cells use glucose and fructose in different ways. We’ve known for years that cancer metabolized by fermentation. Fermentation requires glucose, or sugar. But now we’ve discovered that cancer cells use fructose for proliferation.

The recent studies help explain the link between fructose intake and the rise of one of the most deadly cancers: pancreatic cancer.

While the soda-pop industry argues that sugar is sugar, science continually demonstrates that this is pure bunk. That high fructose corn syrup is damaging our health; hence the movement to tax soda-pop.

A study reported last March from Duke University Medical Center found that daily consumption of fructose, the main kind of sugar added to soft drinks and sweetened juice drinks, increases liver fibrosis, which leads to scarring and progressive loss of liver function. The increased consumption of fructose, as well as the increase in fibrosis, are both alarming new trends.

The industry will tell you that the government is trying to limit your choices, when in reality, the government wants us to drink less toxic beverages, while covering the medical costs of those who don’t care what they put in their bodies—especially when you consider that consumption of high fructose corn syrup jumped 1000% between 1970 and 1990.


Take Action Against Toxic Strawberry Pesticide!


Here's what we know about the health problems caused by methyl iodide, a new pesticide used mostly to grow strawberries:

    * Its ability to cause genetic damage is unequivocal.

    * It causes miscarriages at strikingly low exposures.

    * In exposed people, it has caused long term damage to the nervous system.

    * There is a high likelihood that it can damage children’s developing brains.

    * Use of methyl iodide in California will expose large numbers of people who work on farms or live near them.

Here's what else we know about methyl iodide:

Farmers don't need it. Growing strawberries is the major use of methyl iodide, but organic strawberries taste great, don't use methyl iodide, and make just as much money for farmers.

Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to stop the use of this toxic pesticide. Just a few mouse clicks is all it takes.

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Senator Frank Lautenberg Introduces “Safe Chemicals Act of 2011"!

“The average American has more than 200 industrial chemicals in their body, including dozens linked to cancer and other health problems. The shocking truth is that the current law does not require tests to ensure chemicals used in everyday household products are safe.”

--Senator Frank R. Lautenberg

Today, Senator Lautenberg introduced the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2011", which seeks to require – for the first time – that chemical manufacturers demonstrate the safety of industrial chemicals used in everyday household products.

Read more (and watch the video!)

Oakland: Cracking Down on Farming?

According to police statistics, Oakland has the highest crime rate and slowest police response time of any major California city. In fact, the rate of violent crime in Oakland is more than twice the average rate of the top ten other California cities.

So naturally, Oakland has chosen to crack down on crime, starting with, yes, those dangerous urban farmers. In its wisdom, Oakland has in its sights not just any farmer, but Novella Carpenter, an urban farmer who’s brought national attention to the good side of life in our fair city (the kind of positive national attention that’s a rare commodity around here).

Read more

Safe, Early Breast Cancer Detection Method

An Italian high tech company has produced a glove, called the Donna Glove, that enables every woman to perform a self-exam, discovering lumps the size of a grain of salt. The glove “locks and enlarges”, reduces friction, and increases sensitivity about 50 times higher than that of a bare hand. Clinical trials conducted at the University Tor Vergata in Rome proved the glove to be 100% effective, compared to the control group who detected lumps at less than 50% with manual palpation. The Donna Glove is available, right now, only in Europe.

Low-Dose X-Rays Not As Safe As Previously Thought

It seems there’s no such thing as a “safe” x-ray. Researchers at McGill University Health Center in Montreal tracked nearly 83,000 heart patients who had undergone at least one scan after a heart attack and found that 15% of them went on to develop cancer; 2/3 of the cancers were in the area of the scans (chest, abdomen).

Previously, physicians just assumed that CT scans, low dose x-rays, angiograms, and routine screenings were safe because of low levels of radiation. (Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2011; doi: 10.1503/cmaj.101885).

Do Airport X-Ray Scanners Increase Cancer Risk

As stated above, that even low dose radiation increases your risk of cancer, the answer is, “Yes.”

We are told not to worry; that the amount of radiation is the same as you would get flying at commercial airline altitudes, but the problem is, that radiation increases your chances of cancer too.

Yes, the risk is slight, but each flight your odds increase. (Source: Radiology, 2011; 259: 6-10).

How Not to Screen for Prostate Cancer

The elderly are being screened yearly for prostate cancer, while those in their fifties are screened every two years or less. A cohort study out of the University of Chicago determined that prostate cancer in the elderly is not deadly; that they will die with the disease, not because of it. Additionally, a prostate cancer diagnosis could trigger (unnecessary) aggressive treatments that destroy the patient’s quality of life. (Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2011; doi: 10.1200/JCO.2010.31.9004).

French Paradox Studied Further

The French Paradox has been studied since it was first highlighted in the TV program 60 Minutes. This time they’ve discovered that one of the chemicals in red wine helps us lose weight. Which chemical? The same one that helps fight heart disease and cancer, and helps to reverse aging: Resveratrol.

We’ve talked about Resveratrol heavily in the past, but this is new one. Apparently Resveratrol helps reduce the accumulation of triglycerides; combine this with a low cal diet and exercise program, and you’ve got yourself a winner. (Source: Basque Research, from the University of the Basque Country).

The King of Nuts

Researchers testing a variety of nuts have determined that the king of the bunch was the walnut. Nuts are one of the healthiest snacks in the world; each nut has nutrients that we need, but the walnut seems to have won the top honors. Walnuts contain twice the antioxidant power of any other nut tested; two to fifteen times more potent than vitamin E. Nutritionists recommend eating walnuts daily (after meals or as snacks) for cardiovascular health and to prevent type II diabetes. (Source: 241ST National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, March 27, 2011).

Avandia: Still Crazy after All These Warnings

In our last newsletter we told you how Avandia is killing people and pointed out that drugs were NOT the solution to type two diabetes, but diet and exercise were.

Well, Avandia is still on the market in the US and Canada and is still being prescribed even though it’s been outlawed in Europe.

The British Medical Journal (2011; 342: d1309) pointed out that 3.8 million Americans take the drug and that 47,500 of them will die or suffer a crippling heart attack as a direct result of the drug.

So far, there have been 1250 heart attacks, heart failures, or deaths for every 100,000 who take it. If you like Congestive Heart Failure, you’ll love Avandia.

Placebos to the Rescue

Though not exactly placebos, homeopathic remedies and supplements have been prescribed by German doctors to the point that business is booming in the “placebo” field. It should be noted that past studies invalidating chelation therapy used supplements as placebos and it was later learned that those particular supplements had “chelation” activity. Thus the idea of calling supplements and homeopathic remedies “placebos” is not entirely honest. However, since they are safer than drug therapies, it seems that 53% of doctors in Germany are regularly prescribing them.

While on this same subject, I would like to quote my favorite comedian: "I'm addicted to placebos. I'd give them up, but it wouldn't make any difference." ~ Steven Wright

Which Medical Tests Are BEST At Discovering Early-Stage Cancers?

Answer: A trained Dog. (Though I’d like to think of it as a PET scan.)

In two separate studies published in two separate sources: Gut, January 31, 2011; doi: 10.1136/gut.2010.218305 – bowel cancer; European Urology, 2011; 59: 197 – prostate cancer, it was shown that dogs can accurately sniff out early signs of bowel and prostate cancers with an accuracy rate upwards of 95% which is far greater than any medical screening.

For a great story on cancer sniffing dogs, go here: Dogs Earn More Cred For Sniffing Out Cancer

Problems with Parkinson’s Drugs

The Mayo Clinic is reporting that approximately 22% of Parkinson’s patients exhibit compulsive behaviors using dopamine agonist drugs. They also found that the behaviors are dosage related; the higher the dosage the more likely the new behaviors. Behaviors retuned to normal within a month of stopping the treatment. The drugs used are Miraprex and Requip. (Source: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 2011; doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2011.01.009).

Double Blind Drug Studies Are Bullsh*t!

The number of people who suffer from side effects of prescription drugs is ridiculous. The number one segment of the population getting most of our drugs are those over 65. Now get this. People over 65 are not included in the drug testing. Drugs are tested on the young.

Researchers at the U of Michigan discovered that just one in five studies includes the elderly, but the studies rarely look at the impact of the drug on the quality of the patient’s life. (Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine, February 3, 2011; doi: 10.1007/s11606-010-1629-x).

Post Script: I interviewed a woman whose mother lived in a care home. One day a new doctor showed up and the first thing he did was to cut all non-life-sustaining drugs from the patients. Within just a few days, the residents were smiling, moving about, paying attention, playing card games, etc. They went from lethargic, drooling, spoon fed zombies to real human beings simply by taking away their drug cocktails. Go figger, eh?

Mom Was Right (and still is)

“Eat your vegetables!” Every household hears these words.

14,000 children were tracked for five years and there was discovered a direct correlation between eating habits and IQ scores. It was also theorized that the benefits are even greater when the child starts eating veggies early on (in the first three years).

File this one under: Duh! (Source: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2011; doi: 10.1136/jech.2010.111955).

Tai Chi Better Than Drugs

Apparently the older you get the more likely you are to suffer from depression. Researchers at UCLA studied a group of 112 adults aged 60 or older. First they were put on antidepressant drugs and 73% reported only slight improvement. Next they were put on a regimen of 2 hours of tai chi per week for ten weeks and this time 94% said the depression was much improved with 65% of them reporting it completely gone.

Llamas & Camels to the Rescue

A deadly germ that infects 2% of all hospital patients and has killed hundreds of thousands around the world might have met its match. Researchers from the U of Calgary in Canada were able to neutralize the toxins produced by the C.Difficile bacterium. The Journal of Biological Chemistry (2011; 286: 8961) claims we’re pretty darn close to a remedy for this scourge.

Nature vs. Nurture

Once again the postulate espoused by the Linus Pauling Institute that diet and lifestyle override genetic disposition has been substantiated by researchers at the University of Gothenburg. They’ve been tracking 855 men born in the year 1913 since 1963, and 13% were still alive at age 90; and they concluded that their longevity had everything to do with their diet and lifestyle and nothing to do with their genes. (Source: Journal of Internal Medicine, 2010; doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2796.2010.02331.x).

Emotional Pain = Physical Pain

A study out of the University of Michigan showed that the brain registered the same for both physical and emotional pain. Subjects were “hooked up” to a brain scan device and poked with a hot probe (not hot enough to cause injury or serious pain); next (while still hooked up) they were shown pictures of an ex and asked to think about that person. It was discovered that the same part of the brain registered the same for both stimuli.

Now here is the screwy part. When we find something from three different sources, we assume it to be common knowledge and we don’t reference it. We feel that if you Google a few key words, you’ll find more on it on your own. Well, one of the sites we found carrying this story (GET THIS!) recommended Tylenol for a break-up. Has it come to this? Really?

Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s With Fish Oils

Professor Daniel Michaelson of Tel Aviv University has identified the APOE4 gene as a major cause of Alzheimer’s disease. They also discovered that omega-3 fish oils seem to counter the negative effects of the APOE4 gene; with supplementation, the APOE4 is suddenly harmless. (Source: American Friends of Tel Aviv University, February 15, 2011).

Young Children Affected by Household Sprays

There was a study (very poorly structured) involving 725 pregnant women from upper Manhattan and the South Bronx in New York City who regularly used insect sprays in their homes. The sprays contained so-called “safer” compounds (safer than the stuff we grew up with in the sixties and seventies). There was no control group in this study, but rather the children in the experiment were compared to “normal” children. The write-up of the study did not disclose exactly how the researchers eliminated variables, but it was determined that the experimental children had delayed mental development by the age of three. (Source: Pediatrics, 2011; doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-0133).

Zinc and the Common Cold

Zinc has stirred up a controversy in recent years. Does it really help with colds? Some say yes, some say no. Researchers at the Cochrane Systematic Review decided to analyze the studies and see if they could come up with a conclusion on this one. They took the data from 15 trials involving 1,360 participants and found that zinc, in any form (lozenges, supplements, syrup) did help shorten the common cold if taken within one day of symptoms appearing. They also concluded that children who take 15mb of zinc every day catch fewer colds. (Source:  Cochrane Library, February 16, 2011. CD001364).

Happy Birthday Healthcare

The new Health Care bill just turned one. Will someone please tell all the pundits who screamed that this was the end of the world, the end of America, or that Armageddon was approaching that we’re still here, we’re still alive, and nothing has changed (except more people have health care and we’re saving billions and billions of dollars). Oh, and some still want Single Payer (Medicare 4 All).

Antidepressants Linked to Heart Attacks and Strokes

If you suffer from depression, you won’t have to suffer all that long if your doctor prescribes for you SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), because they cause thickening of the arteries, and speed up the aging process. This was discovered in a study of 513 middle-aged male twins. Those taking the drugs had arteries that were approximately four years older than their twin who did not take the drugs. (Source: Meeting of the American College of Cardiology, New Orleans, April 5, 2011).

North Carolina Criminalizes Healing

North Carolina passed SB 31 which reads:

Any person who practices medicine or surgery without being duly licensed and registered... shall be guilty of a Class I felony. (

Medicine, in this bill, is defined as treating anyone for any disorder, thus homeopaths, herbalists, hands on healers, etc, can be tossed in prison for daring to compete with the medical monopoly.

So, What Do We Do With Dead Vaccines?

Every pandemic scare (and the drug industry loves them) produces stockpiles of vaccines. In a couple of years, these vaccines just die and have to be destroyed. Well, not anymore, It’s been discovered that no matter what flu the original vaccine was targeted at, all it has to do is get mixed with a new vaccine and it’s ready to go into action fighting the newest pandemic. (Source: Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2011; 203: 666).

British Medical Journal Falsely Accuses Doctor of Fraud

I’m sure you’re all read about Dr Andrew Wakefield who we are told faked all his research into the MMR vaccine and its connection to autism-spectrum disorder.

This was one heck of a smear campaign. It hit the front pages of American’s news media and parents everywhere were once again re-assured that their children were safe; that all the hubbub was due to a fraudulent physician who made up all his data.

The only problem with this story is that Dr Wakefield has shown that his paper (that has been attacked as fraud) was based upon evidence that had been assembled a year earlier by Prof Walker-Smith at the Royal Free Hospital.

This last bit of the story has yet to be published all that much. But…you heard it here.

Mercury Debunker Indicted for Fraud

Dr Paul Thorsen, the man who led the CDC funded studies that have been used to deny a vaccine (mercury)/autism link was indicted 4/13/2011 on nine counts of money laundering and thirteen counts of fraud. Having already been cited for academic misconduct by Aarhus University in Denmark, Dr Thorsen is now facing charges of embezzling a million dollar grant for autism.

The connection between the mercury-based vaccine preservative, thimerosal, and the current increased rates in autism were supposedly debunked by Dr Thorsen’s research while he was being trashed by his contemporaries as Dr Profit.

Apparently his profits weren’t enough for him, but the whole ordeal and his questionable work in Denmark have reinvigorated the movement to remove mercury from all of medicine:

Rev. Lisa K. Sykes, President of CoMeD [Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs], expects the recent charges against Thorsen to serve as a turning point in the debate over Thimerosal: "In addition to the charges against Dr. Thorsen, the United Nations is drafting a treaty to reduce mercury exposure, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering the use of mercury in dental fillings.  I'd say its past time to reevaluate the legality, as well as the soundness, of injecting a Thimerosal-preserved vaccine into anyone." [Vaccine-Autism Researcher Indicted for Fraud]

Broccoli – How to Double the Health Benefits

The best way to eat broccoli is raw. If you eat it raw, dipped in our Vegie Dip, it’s even better. However, if you cook your broccoli, researchers at the University of Illinois discovered that if you add sprouts, you’ll bring the benefits of the cooked broccoli back up to the levels of the raw vegie. (Source: Nutrition and Cancer, 2011; 1: doi: 10.1080/01635581.2011. 523495).

Acid Reflux Drugs Increase Risk of Bone Fractures

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers and health care professionals that long-term or high-dose use of proton pump inhibitors may increase the risk of fractures. We’ve warned you for years that acid reflux drugs and antacids stop digestion. No matter how you look at these drugs, they do not solve the problem. We need to digest the food we eat to get the full nutritional value of that food. We will point you to our papers on digestion for the answers: Digestion Part I; Digestion Part II.

Tennis Elbow Relieved by Training, Not Drugs

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden created a very simple study, pitting two groups of tennis players with tendonitis in their tennis arms against each other. One group did exercises, while the other did drugs. Those who did the home training programs (simple exercises to build strength in the arm and elbow) reported a better reduction in pain and improved (over the drug group) movement that elbow and hand. (Source: University of Gothenburg, December 20, 2010).

One Ten Billion Dollar a Year Medical Fraud—Antipsychotic Drugs

Antipsychotic drugs known as “atypical” which include Abilify (aripoprazole), Risperdal (risperidone), and Seroquel (quetiapine) have been prescribed for more than 20 years to patients suffering from autism, depression, and/or dementia. The thing is, researchers at Stanford University Medical Center tell us that they do absolutely nothing to help these patients, yet they cause diabetes, weight gain, and heart disease. Is there any wonder that these drugs have been the subject of more lawsuits than any other family of drugs? Payments to patients and their families who’ve been harmed by them have reached over $100 million dollars. (Source: Stanford University Medical Center, January 7, 2011).

PFCs Trigger Early Menopause

Perflurocarbons, found in clothing, furniture, carpeting, paints, an even food containers, which have been known to lower immune function and cause heart problems, are now suspected of triggering early menopause. Researchers in the West Virginia University School of Medicine discovered the role of PFCs after analyzing blood from nearly 26,000 women aged 18 to 65. (Source: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, June 2011; yet to be published).

Meditation Helps Memory Loss

Researchers in Massachusetts discovered that in as little as eight weeks, people suffering from memory loss (or stress) were able to change the physical make-up of their brains just through “mindful meditation.”

From images of their brains, before and after the study, the researchers saw increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus (the area of the brain associated with new learning and memory) as well as in the brain structures that relate to compassion, introspections, and self-awareness.

People in the study practiced “mindfulness” for about half an hour a day. (Source: Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 2011; 191: 36).

U.S. Government Calls for the Phase-out of Dental Mercury Amalgams

Our government has finally admitted that phasing out mercury amalgams will likely “result in positive public health outcomes,” though it has taken years of pressure from small groups to get this far, not to mention continuing negotiations for the world mercury treaty. The US Government’s official stand is that we phase-out amalgams and to start that phase down immediately, while speaking up for children and the unborn, and standing up for the human rights of every parent and patient to make educated decisions. The only bump in the road right now are the “pro-mercury” factions; The American Dental Association and the World Dental Federation.

I’m Glad I Had My Orange Juice — Not!

Many of you have seen this TV commercial: A mother has a meeting at the breakfast table. Her daughter will argue with her, the cable repairperson will make her late, the elevator will be out of order, and she'll get a call from her son's school principal, but she'll be fine because she's got her Florida orange juice. Well, I hate to burst her bubble, but recent research out of Harvard Medical School that followed 71,000 nurses for 18 years showed that those who had orange juice (one glass) for breakfast increased their chances of type 2 diabetes by 18% (24% for those who drank 3 glasses). It is theorized that the free sugar in orange juices (all commercial juices, for that matter) without fiber will spike blood sugar. Additionally, a smaller study that went under the radar discovered that those who drank their orange juice with a fiber-filled lunch had no risk of diabetes. It seems that mothers and grandmothers around the world have always been right in admonishing the children at the dinner table that they get no desert until they finish their vegetables. The fiber in the veggies will keep the sugar in the desert from spiking their blood sugar levels.

Tart Cherry Juice in the News Again—This Time for Insomnia

A few years back, research was published touting the anti-arthritis benefits of tart cherry juice. The people in those same studies also reported that they were sleeping better. So, further studies at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s sleep research lab have now confirmed that drinking tart cherry juice brought significant improvement in sleep continuity.

Dynamic Health Organic Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate, 16 oz

Fifteen men and women in good health but reporting sleep difficulties (moderate-to-severe insomnia, especially wakefulness in the night) were separated into two groups. One group was given a placebo while the other group drank a glass of tart cherry juice in the morning and prior to bed time. The experimental group just got better sleep than studies using valerian, and about the same as in studies using melatonin.

Health Freedom Alert

In May, new European legislation comes into force. Many herbal remedies and all Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine traditional herbal remedies will be banned. As of May 1st, remedies such as Hawthorn Berry for cardiovascular health, meadowsweet for arthritis, and red clover for PMS will be removed from shelves. Just 79 herbal remedies (such as Echinacea) will still be available.

The law, passed months ago as part of the sweep across European countries by CODEX, requires manufacturers to license their products, a process that can cost well over $200,000.00. So far, only 26 companies have licensed “approved” herbal products.

The Alliance of Natural Health is mounting a challenge to the law, but they’ve not been able to raise the £100,000 needed.

Berries and Apples Protect Against Parkinson’s

Harvard School of Public Health researchers discovered after analyzing the lifestyles of nearly 50,000 men and just over 80,000 women that those who ate berries (and men who ate apples and oranges) were “far” less likely to develop Parkinson’s than those who avoided fruit. Those who ate the most fruit were 40% less likely to develop the disease.

One of the secret ingredients turns out to be anthocyanins which were “neuro-protective” in both men and woman. Because of these effects, researchers postulated that fruit might also be protective against Alzheimer’s and MS.

Diet Soda Associated with Strokes and Heart Attacks

Though we’ve railed against this crap for years, a new study (revealed by the American Stroke Association conference that took place in February this year) of around 2,500 adults living in New York that showed conclusively that drinking soda sweetened with aspartame® dramatically increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. After taking into consideration all other factors such as obesity, lethargy, smoking, and lack of exercise, the one risk factor that stood out was the diet soda. What used to be a weekly treat in the lives of 50’s and 60’s American families has become a staple in the diets of families today, however with one huge difference: the “diet” label. Consumers think this label means healthy, when nutritionists have been telling us for some time that so-called diet sodas cause weight gain. Since that news has yet to reach those consumers sucking diet sodas down daily, this new development is slated to reach them long after they’ve croaked.

Osteoporosis Drugs Cause Fractures

WTF? Menopausal women often experience bone loss so drug companies came up with bisphosphonate (Fosamax, Boniva) to strengthen bones and decrease the risk of fractures. Researchers have discovered that women who take bisphosphonate for five years or longer increase the risk of “atypical fracture” by 2.7 times compared to those who take the drug occasionally or for less than 100 days. The study, published in JAMA [2011; 305: 783-9], did not compare the rates of fractures in those using the drug to those not using the drug, though they are now recommending that doctors consider giving their bisphosphonate patients an occasional break from the drug.

Those of us who have followed Sally Field’s career from a flying nun to an Academy Award winner to Boniva spokesperson are not looking forward to her testimony before congress when she will say: “You’ve hurt me. You’ve really hurt me.”

Osteoporosis Drugs Cause Strokes and Heart Attacks

WTF WTF? The Wake Forest University School of Medicine tracked the health records of 13,000 patients who were on bisphosphonate compared to 13,000 people who had been giving placebos and discovered that those on the drug had in increased risk for strokes and heart attacks.

(“You’ve killed me. You’ve really killed me.”)

The Healthiest Fruit — Chocolate?

A short comparison study published in Chemistry Central Journal [2011; 5: 5] claims that chocolate first is a fruit (because it comes from a seed and is described by “someone” as a super fruit) and that it’s one of the healthiest fruits due to the high level of antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavonoids. Coincidentally, the research was funded by Hershey’s, that Great American Chocolate Company (that packed up and moved to Mexico closing down 75,000 jobs in America).

PLEASE, choose Fair Trade Chocolate. It is not made or packaged in sweatshops, and children are not sold into slavery to work the chocolate plantations, while suffering from starvation and harsh punishment. Fair Trade Chocolate pays a living wage to everyone from the plantation on up to the factory workers to the truck drivers and sales people.

Latest Epidemic — Death By Prescription Drug

Just unintentional overdose was responsible for the deaths of 27, 500 Americans last year, nearly five times the number of soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The CDC tells us that in 20 states, unintentional overdose is one of the leading causes of death. Additionally, opioids (pain killers) have been responsible for a doubling of hospitalizations between 2004 and 2008. Total deaths from prescription drugs is estimated around 200,000 per year. Annually 30,000 people are hospitalized due to over the counter drugs, mostly NSAIDS. Researchers at the CDC say that doctors are partly responsible for these deaths, since they are often prescribing multiple drugs at the same time and they have no idea what the combination will do.

In the old days we called this practice quackery. (Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2011; doi: 10.4088/jcp.10com06560).

Japanese Exports Contaminated By Radiation

Russian custom officials found 49 contaminated automobiles among a consignment of 300 newly manufactured vehicles. Experts now assume that other Japanese goods such as cameras, camcorders, and TVs could also be contaminated.

Active Social Life Keeps Elderly Sharp

For years we’ve been told use it or lose it (your brain). Studies show that as we age, the more we use our brains, the better they still function. Well, now add social interaction to the list of things that keep us sharp, whether going to parties, to church, or just visiting friends. Researchers at the Rush University Medical Center discovered that in a study of over a thousand adults with an average age of 80, that those who had an active social live had just a quarter the rate of cognitive decline as their more sedentary, isolated counterparts. The researchers offered up a number of reasons for their results, while the rest of us just give a soft, but resilient: Duh.

40% of People with High Blood Pressure Do Not Have High Blood Pressure

What? Ok…here’s the story. You’re waiting in a doctor’s office, reading a magazine that’s 12 years old (pre 9-11) when you hear a nurse call out your name. You get up, grab your jacket, and head toward the voice. She quickly sets you down and takes your blood pressure. Her eyebrow goes up, she makes a note into her computer. Your blood pressure is high.

Now, here’s another story. You’re still reading that same old magazine when you hear your name called. You grab your jacket and head toward the voice. In the initial examination room, the nurse takes your jacket and hangs it up. She has you lie down on an examination table (couch?) while she asks you a few questions. She tells you to just breathe deeply and let the cares of the world out with each breath. She gets behind you and massages your shoulders, hooks you up to the blood pressure machine, massages your shoulders again and tells you to just breathe deeply, letting go of all your worries and cares. She then takes your blood pressure, and this time, it’s normal.

It turns out that 40% of hypertension (high blood pressure) is “white coat hypertension;” the slight shock of being in a doctor’s office, being hustled, and/or being treated like an object. Sadly, these people are often put on blood pressure meds which are not only unneeded but are harmful in the long run. The actual figures uncovered by the University of Barcelona in Spain were 42% of women and 34% of men have “white coat hypertension.” The study of nearly 70,000 hypertensive patients revealed that when they took their own blood pressure at home, only 63% were actually hypertensive. (Source: Hypertension, 2011; doi: 10.1161/hypertensionaha.110.168948).

Eighty Percent of Heart Attacks Occur in People With High Cholesterol — THIS IS A LIE

Advertising has been called “legal lying.” I don’t watch much television (I have TiVo so I record what’s interesting and then blast through the commercials), but I was at a friend’s home when I heard the TV exclaim this: Eighty percent of heart attacks occur in people with high cholesterol. Because I’ve studied this subject, I knew it was a lie. How they can get away with it is that we let them. The FDA comes down hard on anyone selling a natural substance who makes a claim that is backed up by solid research, but drug companies are allowed to lie to us and then take our money. This Cholesterol Fraud costs American consumers nearly 12 billion dollars a year. Here are the facts:

The medical department at UCLA took a look at records for a total of 137,000 patients from 541 hospitals in the US had been admitted because of an acute heart attack. In all of them, their cholesterol was analyzed within the first 24 hours of hospital admission. To their surprise, the authors found that their cholesterol was lower than normal when compared with the average. To be precise, their mean total cholesterol was 174 (4.46 mmol/l) and the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol was also much lower than normal. [Source: Ignore the Awkward: How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive — Uffe Ravnskov ]

Tell EPA: It's Time to End the Use of Toxic Triclosan!


If you've never heard of the germ-killing chemical triclosan, you will soon. It's in a mind-boggling array of every day products: toothbrushes and toothpaste; toys; soaps; clothing and footwear; mattresses, brooms, and shower curtains; and even facial tissue. (For a more complete list see page 9 of EPA's analysis)

In fact, it's used in so many products that it has found its way into most of our bodies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that it's in most of us no matter what age, what gender, and what race we are.

The idea behind triclosan is simple. It kills germs, making your toothbrush, your soap, or your kids' toys seem safer and healthier.

But triclosan does more than just kill germs. Here's a sample of what recent research has shown about triclosan:

  • It disrupts hormones.
  • It lowers sperm production
  • It's also a problem for streams, rivers, and the living things in them. For example, after triclosan soap goes down your drain and through your local water treatment plant, some of the chemical remains in the treated water and is converted by sunlight into dioxins -- a class of chemicals some consider the most toxic known to science. Dioxins cause cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, and a litany of other serious health woes.

Now for the most important part: triclosan doesn't make us less germy or more healthy.

In 2007, a high-powered team of scientists from the University of Michigan, Columbia, and Tufts reviewed 27 different studies of the effectiveness of triclosan soaps. They concluded that triclosan soaps "were no more effective than plain soap at preventing infectious illness symptoms and reducing bacterial levels on the hands." So it turns out that your grandmother was right: wash your hands with good, old fashioned soap and water.

Why is triclosan now found in everything from toothbrushes to mattresses? One answer is that this toxic chemical has been ruthlessly marketed and promoted by the powerful chemical industry. Triclosan now makes a lot of money for the chemical companies that make it, the companies that make products containing it, and the stores that sell those products.

Over 80 concerned organizations (including your favorite, CEH) have petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency to end the use of toxic triclosan as a pesticide. This is an important step that will help turn the tide against this all-too-common toxic chemical.

EPA is now asking for your comments. All it takes is a few clicks of your mouse to let EPA know what you think.

Please take a moment and share your thoughts about the ubiquitous use of this unnecessary poison that has no place in our homes, our products, and our water!

Go here: Center for Environmental Health.

Ron Salley Miracle Skin Creams and Lotions
He’s back.


If you don’t know by now that we happen to love Ron’s products, you’re not paying attention. We’ve written him up on a regular basis and we get testimonials sent to us daily.

In one newsletter we took a look at a very high end product by La Mer which is very expensive, and pointed out the dangerous and suspected chemicals in it.

Ron’s creams and lotions are miracles. That is a fact. So…we’ve given him his own page and in the future, as more and more testimonials come in we will post them there. Ron Salley’s Miracle Skin Creams & Lotions.

Ron’s miracle skin products are available at Simply the Best.



Super Salad Dressing (Veggie Dip) Update

This is one recipe I’ve received hundreds of letters over. People tell me how delicious it is; one person tried to cut corners and instead chopped up all the cilantro (stems and leaves) and discovered the second day that the recipe was too bitter to eat and had to toss it out. Two physicians who work with cancer patients using nutrition and lifestyle changes have told me that this recipe is something they want their patents to eat daily. One could not contain his joy over discovering this for his patients. He felt there was nothing better for them.

And that’s why I invented it. Using Johanna Budwig’s basic recipe, I blended cottage cheese with flax oil, added a few other things and developed the best, healthiest dip (and damn tasty too!) for broccoli and cauliflower.

Both broccoli and cauliflower are cruciferous veggies. They contain many phytochemicals that fight cancer (indole-3-carbinol) and also detox xenoestrogens that can lead to cancer in the long run, but in the short run put fat around your waste and keep you from losing it no matter how much you diet and exercise.

I’ve finally put this onto its own page, and you’ll find it here: Super Veggie Dip.

Creamy Curried Chicken

I was going to publish this recipe exclusively for my dieters(those who've purchased our book Rapid Safe Weight Loss), but after playing with it for the past five months, modifying it, making it healthier and tastier all the time, I realized that everyone needs this recipe. The spices in it: ginger and curry fight inflammation (which can lead to cancer and heart disease) and also keep your blood sugar from spiking (leading to type two diabetes). The veggies fight cancer. You can add healthy mushrooms (to boost immune function). And this is TRULY a bachelor recipe. There is hardly any measuring. You just toss this together and each time you get something so delicious, so healthy, you’ll want to serve it weekly. Oh…and the black rice we recommend has lots of fiber (keeps blood sugar from spiking) and more antioxidants (even cooked!) than a bowl of blueberries. And when I say bachelor recipe, you don’t even have to use chicken (pork or beef is perfectly fine). Here you go: Creamy Curried Chicken.

Mystery illnesses plague Louisiana oil spill crews


RACELAND, Louisiana — Jamie Simon worked on a barge in the oily waters for six months following the BP spill last year, cooking for the cleanup workers, washing their clothes and tidying up after them.

One year later, the 32-year-old said she still suffers from a range of debilitating health problems, including racing heartbeat, vomiting, dizziness, ear infections, swollen throat, poor sight in one eye and memory loss.

She blames toxic elements in the crude oil and the dispersants sprayed to dissolve it after the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, 2010.

"I was exposed to those chemicals, which I questioned, and they told me it was just as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid and there was nothing for me to worry about," she said of the BP bosses at the job site.

Read the rest of the article.

US Meat Supply Tainted with Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
One story not found mainstream media.


National Public Radio, that “public” program that the far right wanted to defund, reported that one out of four meat samples were tainted with a drug-resistant bug. [Source]

In the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases a small study was published that found that 47% of our meat and poultry had evidence of Staphylococcus aureus contamination (MRSA).

Earlier we reported that the CDC had admitted that overuse of antibiotics in our livestock was the chief source of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, and new information coming from Europe is even spookier.

It seems that a gene has been discovered that causes bacteria to become resistant. It’s called NDM-1 and is present in drinking, bathing, and cooking water in Delhi, India. The spookier new is that it’s beginning to spread outside of India.

So, there you have it. Two causes of resistance to antibiotics:

1. Our overuse: In the US, in 2009, 7,257,254 pounds of antibiotics were consumed by humans; 28,808,023 pounds were consumed by livestock raised for human consumption.

2. A new gene spreading around the globe.

Obviously we’re in for a rough ride. Factory farming of our foods has been a growth industry, often subsidized by our government (welfare for the wealthy). Our diets have weakened our immune systems.

Cooking will destroy these pathogens, but food preparation areas must be kept very clean and foods should not be allowed to come into contact with suspected meat and poultry.

One more thing you can do to avoid tainted meat is to shop for pasture-raised beef and free range chickens. Grass fed beef is just cleaner than beef raised on feed lots. They have less e-coli and are just plain healthier.

When in doubt, buy organic. The odds of contamination drop to nearly nil when you go organic.

To keep immune systems in tip top shape, we need Vitamin C Complex (3 – 5 grams daily depending on the air pollution in your area), D3 (minimum of 1000 IU), zinc (5mg), a good probiotic, beta-3-glucan from mushrooms, Epicor, and of course, our favorite, Del-Immune V.

Mushroom Beats Breast Cancer
We love mushrooms!


About seven years ago, the NIH funded a $2.25 million study conducted jointly with Bastyr University (a Naturopathic Medical School) and the University of Minnesota (conventional medicine), and the University of Washington (also conventional). The study was to research the impact of the Turkey Tail mushrooms on the immune systems of patients with breast cancer, though prostate cancer patients were also allowed into the study.

They got their mushrooms from Fungi Perfecti, LLC; something I don’t understand since their web site does not sell Turkey Tail mushrooms (they sell kits to grow them and supplements made from them, but not the actual mushroom).

We love mushrooms at this site and have lots of articles scattered about boasting the immune stimulating properties of a variety of mushrooms; one of my favorites being the ABM from the jungles of Central America, and the Maitake (which seem to be growing everywhere today).

However, this Turkey Tail study seems to have results pouring out that could easily top past studies on other mushrooms.

In addition to these mushrooms proving to have an impressive efficacy against cancer (and other diseases), they discovered that the Turkey Tail mushrooms could improve or eliminate:

1. Pulmonary diseases

2. Chronic congestion

3. General lack of energy and malaise

4. Infections and irritations of the digestive tract

5. Urinary tract infections

6. Infections and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract

The dosage is 2 to 3 grams, 3 times a day, either with or without food (standard extract available at Fungi Perfecti, LLC

Swanson Superior HerbsTurkey Tail Mushroom Coriolus Versicolor Swanson Superior HerbsAgaricus Blazei Mushroom Extract

Sunscreen More Harmful Than the Sun
We’ve known this for decades.


We’ve been telling you to avoid sunscreens for years. The chemicals in them are just not good for your skin, and anything you put on your skin gets into your blood within 20 – 30 seconds.

The Environmental Working Group claims this year that few sunscreens win the “green” rating. The reason?

A surge in exaggerated SPF claims above 50 and new disclosures about potentially hazardous ingredients, in particular recently developed government data linking vitamin A to accelerated growth of skin tumors and lesions.

You can go to their site to find safe (green) sunscreens, but before that, we’ll give you some recommendations here.

Years ago I found simple sunscreen recipe made of ascorbic acid (some refer to this as Vitamin C incorrectly; vitamins are all complexes) and water. Just spray all over every hour or so or right after getting out of the water.

Vitamin C also works internally for sunburn. In a paper I found on vitamin C called, “Observations On the Dose and Administration of Ascorbic Acid When Employed Beyond the Range Of A Vitamin In Human Pathology,” by Frederick R. Klenner, M.D., F.C.C.P., I learned that we should take 1000 mg (one gram) every hour to prevent sunburn. Dr Klenner survived the Spanish Flu of 1918 that took as many lives as WWI by taking megadoses of vitamin C.

Here is another recipe that works better than commercial brands, and is good for your skin, which comes from research at John Hopkins.

Broccoli Sprouts

Sulphoraphane is a phytochemical found in broccoli. It’s extremely high in broccoli sprouts and is one of the chemicals found in cruciferous veggies that fight cancer. Sulphoraphane fights cancer by activating a cancer fighting enzyme already in your cells.

When applied to our skin, sulphoraphane penetrates the cells and stimulates the cells natural defense mechanisms. Keep in mind that you can also protect your skin by eating broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Many of the nutrients you can apply to the skin to help protect the skin also protect you from the inside out.

You won’t find broccoli sprout extract on the market, but you can make your own.

First you have to either grow or buy broccoli sprouts. In a large mouth bell jar, fill it ¾ full with sprouts. Add about half a quart of cheap vodka. Shake well. Every day for two weeks, shake the jar well, possibly twice a day.

Strain the liquid though a coffee filter and then add some DMSO or Hyaluronic acid for penetration. As an aside, hyaluronic acid also works internally for skin protection from the sun.

Of course, there’s always my favorite, Coconut Oil. It’s been used for centuries on the islands where coconut is found.

However, baking in the sun with a good sunscreen is never recommended. Yes, the sun is good for us. Yes, it gives us vitamin D (if you don’t wash it off; it takes 24 hours to be absorbed). But too much of a good thing is not a good thing.

Internal Sunscreen

As we stated above, taking 1 gram of vitamin C every hour will protect your skin. There are still other supplements that also protect the skin. I’m sure everyone knows a sunbather whose skin starts to look like alligator baggage after years of tanning. This type of situation can be avoided by taking supplements that protect our skin.

One supplement is Astaxanthin, a carotenoid found in a few foods, and in krill. Krill oil is a natural sunscreen when taken internally. As noted above, vitamin A in sunscreens is dangerous. Astaxanthin is one of the carotenoids, an antioxidant, that does not turn into vitamin A. It has also been approved by the FDA as a food coloring.

Essential lipids are very skin protective, such as your omega-3s. Taking Omegasentials daily is a good idea, as flax oil will protect your skin. So will GLA (gamma linoleic acid) from borage seed, black currant seed, or evening primrose is also very good skin protection. And don’t forget a good vitamin E with mixed tocotrienols.

Finally there is GliSODin which is a super powerful antioxidant (actually an enzyme) that stimulates the body to produce its own antioxidants, and finally, GliSODin protects our DNA. I’ve been using this with my exercise program (because at times I over-do it).

You can purchase all of these things separately, or you might want to check out Dr Alan Sears’ product Radiance.

No matter which you choose, we all need antioxidants in our bodies, and vitamin C is the most important of them all. If the only antioxidant you take is vitamin c, you’re doing fine, just as long as you take enough. With our polluted air and water and food supply, 3 to 6 grams a day is not too much.

Always keep in mind that too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Wear a hat, loose clothing, and stay out of the sun when you’ve had enough. There is always tomorrow.

And just in case you do get burned (accidents happen), Ron Salley has a Sunburn Lotion that no one should be without. I’ve received testimonials that it stops the pain in seconds with some reporting that they didn’t even peal: Miracle Skin Island Sunburn Lotion.

Here are links to supplements mentioned. I've tried to find the best supplements for the value, and I should tell you that these are all affiliate links (meaning if you purchase the seller pays us a small percentage). As always, you're free to support our work (or not) by using the links (or not).


Now Foods Astaxanthin,  4 mg- 60 soft gels



Tocotrienols & E Complex

C Complex

Hyalogic's Liquid Hyaluronic Acid 18 oz

FDA wants stenographers? Agency says reporters can’t interview anyone before its embargo lifts


Last week, the FDA announced changes to its medical device approval process, aka 510(k) clearance, which has been the source of complaints from many in the industry. But as the embargo lifted at 1 p.m. Eastern on January 19, all you saw in the media were brief stories like this one. It took a little while before you could get any reaction from industry or other players.

Here’s why: On January 19, a few hours before the embargo lifted, the FDA’s Karen Riley, of the Office of Public Affairs, wrote the following (FYI, it was not me at Reuters asking):

Reuters is asking, so I am clarifying. It goes without saying that the embargo means YOU CANNOT call around and get comment ahead of the 1 p.m. embargo. Needless to say, that would effectively break the embargo.

Actually, it does need some saying, since this is a new version of a journalistic embargo. Cardiobrief’s Larry Husten wrote to Riley in response:

Just for future reference I strongly suggest you rethink this policy. From everything that I understand, the major purpose and best rationale for an embargo is to allow reporters to get a deeper perspective on a complex story. By necessity this often entails asking other experts in the field. Of course, these experts need to be apprised of the embargo and they need to agree to its terms.

I’m guessing you’ve heard similar points from other reporters…

As Husten notes, one of the main reasons for embargoes — at least, if you take journals at face value — is to allow for better, more informed coverage. Part of how that coverage happens is that reporters can go interview sources other than the embargoing institution.

Without that, journalists become stenographers. If that’s what the FDA — a public agency — wants, they need to rethink. And if they insist that this is what they mean by a journalistic embargo, then I’d suggest reporters stop agreeing to them. There’s really no benefit to reporters or the public, only to the FDA.

I’ve tried to reach Riley, and will update if I hear back.

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January 28, 2011 at 10:50 am; January 28, 2011 at 10:50 am;

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On Taxing Wealth

The most common answer to any question involving why we need to treat the wealthy so special is: Have you ever gotten a job from a poor person?

To the average or below average mind, this response makes a lot of sense. To someone with a grasp of logic, however, the response has a fallacious predicate (a logical fallacy with an unstated major premise).

First, the response (stance) implies that “only” the wealthy supply jobs (since the question concerned “the wealthy),” and secondly, the premise assumes that wealth creates jobs in the first place.

This premise is easily debunked by facts. First fact: most jobs in America come from small businesses. The owners of small businesses are not wealthy. They might be rich, but they are not wealthy. To understand real wealth, picture Bill Gates waking up one morning with Oprah’s money. They’re both rich, but Bill Gates is wealthy.

Second fact: wealth does not create jobs; demand creates jobs. This is basic economics. No demand = no jobs. High demand = many jobs. Giving money to the wealthy (in the form of tax breaks) creates ZERO demand.

Adam Smith, an economist who lived during our American Revolution, and the Father of Capitalism, stated quite clearly that the strength of any economy resides in its workforce. If the workforce is poor, the economy is weak; if the workforce has money to spend, the economy is healthy.

Here is something I’ve posted previously that illustrates this point quite succinctly:

Action                                                   Economic Activity Generated
High “Bang for the Buck”

Temporarily increase food stamps


   Extend unemployment benefits


   Provide general aid to state governments




Lower “Bang for the Buck”


   Extend Alternative Minimum Tax patch


   Make dividend and capital gains tax cuts


   Cut corporate tax rate


   Make Bush income tax cuts permanent


From testimony by economist, Mark M. Zandi (from Moody’s Economy dot com) before congress.

This is proof positive that money in the hands of the work force, the poor, and the middle class produces more economic activity, more demand, than tax breaks for the wealthy.

Ironically, there is a hint of truth in the original postulation that the wealthy create jobs: Last year they created 1.4 million of them overseas.

Now here is something I’ve done a bit of research on that no economist I’ve researched has touched upon: The Bush administration repeated constantly that when they first came into office, they’d inherited a recession. For the longest time I simply assumed this was BS since most of the time that’s all we get from Washington, until a friend told me, hey go “here” and check this out. He sent me a link to a website run by apolitical economists. It was there that I saw the facts, the naked facts (devoid of any political agenda) that a slight recession had started prior to Bush taking office. However, after extensive further research, I could not find anyone who could point to when or how this recession began; I kept tossing out factor after factor until through deduction (and reduction) all I had left was the only possible cause of the recession: billions of dollars had been removed from circulation.

How had this been accomplished? By cutting back welfare.

Clinton has bragged that the Welfare Reform Act in 1996 brought the deepest cuts ever to the welfare system. As the number welfare recipients shrunk the amount of money in circulation shrunk. Demand shrunk and unemployment rose. Thus the Bush administration did inherit a slight recession.

Demand creates jobs. Tax cuts do not. In fact, prior to the Welfare Reform Act when Clinton increased taxes on the wealthy, 23 million jobs were produced; more than had been created at any other time in our history. Under Clinton’s taxation, growth was about 4%; under Bush’s tax breaks, growth was about 2%.

Four is always bigger than two.

In Clinton’s final years as welfare rolls diminished, demand decreased and unemployment crept upwards.

So, ironically, when we are asked if a poor person ever gave us a job, the answer is “yes.” Jobs are created when the poor get money (via welfare, food stamps, etc).

But if you tax wealth, they’ll just move their businesses overseas!

Funny, but right after Ronald Reagan cut taxes, businesses began moving overseas.

My favorite story in this vein goes like this:

Haliburton (or KBR) electrocuted 12 soldiers in Iraq. The 12 were electrocuted while showering; the building they showered in was built and “wired” by KBR. Was the wiring faulty? The Army brought in an independent electrical contractor to review all of KBR’s installations. He reported that at all the sites he’d visited, the electrical wiring was not up to code. What happened to Haliburton? Well, a few months later the Pentagon gave them an 80 million dollar bonus and right after that, Haliburton moved its headquarters to the Cayman Islands.

Businesses will move overseas for cheaper labor no matter how they are taxed or not taxed. The solution to lost revenue is to close loopholes and establish a simple rule: if you make money in America, you pay taxes in America. Our trade deficit is proof positive that we need to increase tariffs in this country.

Progressive Taxation of Wealth vs Stagnating Workers’ Wages

One of the greatest economic myths in circulation today is that the government takes money from successful people and gives it to the poor and lazy.

Of course there’s a reason this myth has become fact in the minds of so many: the wealthy, the ones truly benefitting from our tax policies, want the American public to believe this myth. They repeat it again and again and again so that it soon becomes etched in our minds.

“Rich people pay Fox people to convince average people that poor people are the problem.”

I’m not easily swayed by lies. I don’t care how many times a lie is told; it’s still a lie.

America’s story has become the story of Robin Hood in Reverse: we are taking from the poor and middle class and giving to the rich. This is fact. Welfare for the wealthy has never been so blatant, so abundant, and so profitable as it is today. Privatization is profitization. Everyone needs to watch the documentary: Iraq for Sale. It’s online free: Iraq for Sale.

Here is another economic truth: when wealth is taxed heavily, the wealthy pay their workers a decent wage. (Hang in there; I’ll explain why.)

Eisenhower built the strongest middle class in the history of the planet taxing wealth upwards of 90%.

We are told that if we tax people that much, they won’t go to work. Why work if the government is going to take it all away?

Another lie.

No CEO stopped going to work because of Eisenhower’s taxation plan; in fact, they still made money. They still accumulated wealth. They just didn’t make obscene wealth while their workers starved.

Does anyone remember how workers once refused raises because it would put them into a higher tax bracket? What ever happened to tax brackets?

Our taxation system has been plundered by lobbyists hired by wealth to make the tax code favor them (the wealthy). It’s that simple.

However, when wealth was taxed upwards of 90%, companies took a lot of their profits and re-invested that into their companies; they compensated their workers very well. Why? Because it was tax deductible.

Or to look at it from a different angle, “they were using the government’s money.”

If a portion of your profits is going to pay taxes, you can look at that money as belonging to the government.

Thus, if profits are taxed at 35%, any money that goes into wages from those profits is only 35% the government’s, and 65% the company’s money.

If the money I pay my employees is only 35% the government’s but 65% mine (Mine! Mine! Mine!), there’s not much incentive for me to pay out very much money.

If, however, I was being taxed at 90%, what I pay my workers is 90% the government’s and only 10% mine. Heck, I can be really generous with the government’s money.

And this, my dear reader, is exactly how wages began to stagnate in this country. Under Ronald Reagan, taxes on wealth dropped below the 50% mark, and you can see by the graph below how wages stagnated while productivity continued growing.

Supporters of policies to cut taxes on the wealthy like to point out that after Reagan cut taxes, thousands of jobs were immediately created.

Yes, they are correct. The jobs created right after Reagan’s tax cuts were very low paying jobs. And now YOU know why they were low paying jobs; there was no incentive to pay decent wages. Without tariffs on imports, Corporate America moved higher paying jobs overseas. The overwhelming theory driving our economics in the Reagan years was Greed is Good. Today we know exactly who it was good for.

Only One Way Out of a Recession

It is quite simple: increase the government’s income and spend it in a way that will increase demand. Creating government jobs and infrastructure jobs eventually leads to private jobs because of an increase in demand. Putting money into circulation leads to demand.

Though the latest group of clowns in Washington claimed they would create jobs and boost the economy while they were running for office, apparently kicking grandma to the curb is now more important, along with gutting education, the environment, and taking health care away from women. Washington is through the looking glass right now as once again we are told that cutting spending and giving tax breaks to the wealthy will create jobs.

Just take a look at the following graph of recovery from the first great depression:

The economy began an upswing when Roosevelt taxed wealth and created infrastructure jobs around the country, but in 1937, he listened to his conservative wing and began giving tax breaks and cutting spending. You can see how much good that did.

Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

It’s time to tax wealth.

9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes

So help me out here: the enemy of my friends is ... wait...the friend of my enemy is ... wait ... the enemy of my enemy is ...

Wouldn't it be a riot if history books 500 years from now see the US as a big asshole of a nation, furnishing dictators with weapons, exploiting weaker nations, and spreading terror in the world?

Fighting On The Same Side As U.S. – Al Qaeda Joins Libyan Rebels

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We can't reduce the tax breaks for billionaires, but we can cut funding for the EPA, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Poison Control, OSHA and the USDA and FDA?  What is wrong with these republicans?  Just what we need.. more pollution, poisoned toys, unsafe working conditions and unsafe food.    Click here: Five Federal Budget Cuts That Could Be Harmful to Your Health

Brain structure differs in liberals, conservatives: study

Why a lack of empathy is the root of all evil

How Western Diets Are Making The World Sick

“Imagine,” said a public school teacher in New York City, who asked that I not use his name, “going to work each day knowing a great deal of what you are doing is fraudulent, knowing in no way are you preparing your students for life in an ever more brutal world, knowing that if you don’t continue along your scripted test prep course and indeed get better at it you will be out of a job. Up until very recently, the principal of a school was something like the conductor of an orchestra: a person who had deep experience and knowledge of the part and place of every member and every instrument. In the past 10 years we’ve had the emergence of both [Mayor] Mike Bloomberg’s Leadership Academy and Eli Broad’s Superintendents Academy, both created exclusively to produce instant principals and superintendents who model themselves after CEOs. How is this kind of thing even legal? How are such ‘academies’ accredited? What quality of leader needs a ‘leadership academy’? What kind of society would allow such people to run their children’s schools? The high-stakes tests may be worthless as pedagogy but they are a brilliant mechanism for undermining the school systems, instilling fear and creating a rationale for corporate takeover. There is something grotesque about the fact the education reform is being led not by educators but by financers and speculators and billionaires.”

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Scans show liberals and conservatives have different brain structures

Critics' review unexpectedly supports scientific consensus on global warming

A UC Berkeley team's preliminary findings in a review of temperature data confirm global warming studies.

Single-Payer National Health Insurance:   The U.S. spends twice as much as other industrialized nations on health care, $8,160 per capita. Yet our system performs poorly in comparison. Streamlining payment through a single nonprofit payer would save more than $400 billion per year, enough to provide comprehensive, high-quality coverage for all Americans.

Canada's Health Care: An Alternate Universe:   I recently returned from a visit of several days to an alternate universe: Canadian health care. As a physician who has practiced in the United States for 44 years, I have experienced many aspects of our health care system, including its terrible inequities.

Bin Laden: Goal Is To Bankrupt U.S.   By Al-Jazeera:   "We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah," bin Laden said in the transcript.

The Planet Strikes Back

Why We Underestimate the Earth and Overestimate Ourselves

In his 2010 book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, environmental scholar and activist Bill McKibben writes of a planet so devastated by global warming that it’s no longer recognizable as the Earth we once inhabited.  This is a planet, he predicts, of “melting poles and dying forests and a heaving, corrosive sea, raked by winds, strafed by storms, scorched by heat.”  Altered as it is from the world in which human civilization was born and thrived, it needs a new name -- so he gave it that extra “a” in “Eaarth.” 

Just a word of warning to keep your eyes on your nuts.  

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The Orwellian Internet Surveillance Noose: No Privacy, No Place to Hide... by Tom Burghardt

New Smartphone Spy Scandal Unwinds

As the United States morphs into a failed state, one unwilling and soon perhaps, unable, to provide for the common good even as it hands over trillions of dollars to a gang of financial brigands engorged like parasitic ticks on the wealth of others, keeping the lid on is more than just an imperial obsession: it's big business.

Earlier this month, New Scientist reported that "a new way of working out where you are by looking at your internet connection could pin down your current location to within a few hundred metres."

Although similar techniques are already in use, they are not very accurate in terms of closing the surveillance trap. "Every computer connected to the web has an internet protocol (IP) address, but there is no simple way to map this to a physical location," reporter Jacob Aron informs us. "The current best system can be out by as much as 35 kilometres."

However, Yong Wang, "a computer scientist at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu, and colleagues at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, have used businesses and universities as landmarks to achieve much higher accuracy."

According to New Scientist, "Wang's team used Google Maps to find both the web and physical addresses of such organisations, providing them with around 76,000 landmarks. By comparison, most other geolocation methods only use a few hundred landmarks specifically set up for the purpose."

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Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, 'Now don't get mad at me....I know we've been friends for a long time.....but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is.' Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, 'How soon do you need to know?'

A unionized public employee, a member of the Tea Party, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies...looks at the tea partier and says, "Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.

Twenty-Eight Engineering Conversion Factors

01. Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

02. 2000 pounds of Chinese Soup = Won ton

03. 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope

04. Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond

05. Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram

06. Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong

07. 365.25 days of drinking low calorie beer = 1 Lite year

08. 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Sterling

09. Half a large intestine = 1 semicolon

10. 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz

11. Basic unit of laryngitis - 1 hoarsepower

12. Shortest distance between two jokes - a straight line

13. 453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

14. 1 million microphones = 1 megaphone

15. 1 million bicycles = 1 megacycle

16. 365 days = 1 unicycle

17. 2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds

18. 10 cards = 1 decacard

19. 52 cards = 1 deckacard

20. 1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 Fig Newton (From our Laboratory Engineer Emeritus, #20 is quite incorrect. Since 1 kilogram(force) = 9.8055 Newtons, then 0.101971621 kilogram of falling figs = 1 fig Newton)

21. 1000 grams of wet socks = 1 literhosen

22. 1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche

23. 1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin

24. 10 rations = 1 declaration

25. 100 rations = 1 C-Ration

26. 2 monograms = 1 diagram

27. 8 nickels = 2 paradigms

28. 5 nautical miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 I. V. League

The bad news first:  Participation in the Texas lotto has dropped from 41.7 to 33.8 per cent of adults.*

Public education will suffer, as the lotto game provides billions for public schools.

The good news:  math skills in Texas have obviously improved, since playing the lotto is defined as a tax on those with poor math skills.

 *Source:  article in Houston Chronicle, 12.21.10.

A Saskatchewan farmer and his wife, on their way back home in January, are at the airport in Florida awaiting their flight.
They are dressed in heavy boots,  parka, scarf, mittens, etc., ready for the Canadian winter.
An older couple standing nearby is intrigued by their manner of dress.

The wife says to her husband: "Look at that couple. I wonder where they're from?"
He replies: "How would I know?"
She counters: "You could go and ask them.”
He says: "I don't really care. You want to know, you go and ask them."
She decides to do just that and walks over to the couple and asks, "Excuse me. Looking at your dress, I wondered where you're from.
The farmer replies: “ Saskatoon , Saskatchewan ”.
The woman returns to her husband who asks: "So, where are they from?"
She replies: "I don't know. They don't speak English…"

An elderly man is stopped by the police around 1 am and is asked where he is going at this time of night.

The man replies, “I am going to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body”.

The officer then asks, “Really?  Who is giving that lecture at this time of night?”

The man replies, “My wife.”



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