April 17, 2012
By Mike Adams
“Maybe he doesn’t even want to get re-elected. The War on Drugs is a scam.” –KTRN
If you happen to need even more evidence that President Obama has gutted his campaign promises and betrayed not only the left but also African Americans who enthusiastically supported his election, he has just gone public with his support for the continued war on drugs. Keeping marijuana criminalized, it seems — and keeping more African Americans in prison — is a top priority for the Obama administration.
This means Obama supports the midnight DEA raids on our citizenry; the filling of prisons with small-time pot smokers; the disproportionately punitive sentences handed down to black men and women across America who aren’t really criminals at all… they merely suffer from a chemical addiction that would more rightly be considered a medical issue.
Nearly every country in Latin America has now openly and publicize recognized that the so-called “war on drugs” is a complete and total failure. But Obama thinks it’s just great! Fill the prisons! Prosecute more blacks! Buy more guns and night vision gear for the DEA! That’s what Obama’s America stands for, it seems.
“I personally and my administration’s position is that legalization is not the answer,” Obama said just hours before the meeting of Latin American leaders at the Convention Centre in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Americas Summit (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17716926). Meanwhile, Obama’s top Secret Service agents and military commanders were banging Colombian whores in the background, then refusing to pay them their $47 prostitution fee. (http://www.naturalnews.com/035580_Secret_Service_Colombia_prostitutes…) Obama had “no comment” on that particular issue.
Let’s get real about all this. Marijuana prohibition simply doesn’t work. At least not for reducing crime and drug addiction. Anyone who thinks prohibition works is completely delusional. But it does work for certain special interests. What are those special interests, anyway?
January 16, 2012
The Dollar Vigilante
“The War on Drugs has failed – everybody knows this. Prohibition does not work.” –KTRN
Looks like the Netherlands has a unique crime problem – it doesn’t have enough criminals! According to ncl.nl, “The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty.”
The Dutch have an amazing strategy for reducing crime that the US might want to imitate – they don’t make everything illegal! The Netherlands has long been known for their enlightened attitude towards drugs, prostitution and other “victimless crimes”. They treat such decisions as a matter of personal choice. No need for big brother to stick its nose in every nook and cranny sniffing for drugs.
On July 1, 2001, another country, Portugal, decriminalized all drugs including cocaine and heroin. The result? Drug usage and deaths due to drug usage decreased dramatically.
Meanwhile on the shores of the puritanical Fasco-Communist Police State of America the picture is very different. After years of forced stupor in the indoctrination camps (called schools), suddenly grown slaves aren’t even allowed to self-medicate with dried flowers of the cannabis sativa plant.
Having learned nothing from the disastrous prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s and 30s, the US war on drugs is the single biggest boot on the neck of the civilian population in the USA. Even the CIA gets in the exploitation game by funding its black budget with a special “crack tax” levied on inner-city youth. The criminal gang known as the DEA deploys nearly 10,000 tax feeders to prey upon the police state population, including nearly 5,000 Special Agents, 500 Diversion Investigators, 800 Intelligence Research Specialists, and 300 Chemists. And after they have squeezed as much blood money as they can, many are thrown in a cage to work for pennies a day in the largest work camp population in the world.
In the US in 2010, over half (52.1%) of the 1,638,846 total arrests for drug violations were for marijuana – a calculated total of 853,839. Of those, an estimated 750,591 people (45.8%) were arrested for marijuana possession alone.
The following chart shows the total amount kidnapped per country, showing the US is by far the largest of any country on Earth. The US has 5% of the population of the world but does 22% of the kidnapping.
December 5, 2011
“So the government does exactly the same thing as the Mexican dug cartels just to learn their secrets? Sounds fishy.” –KTRN
Anti-narcotics agents working for the US government have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds to see how the system works and use the information against Mexican drug cartels, The New York Times reported Sunday.
Citing unnamed current and former federal law enforcement officials, the newspaper said the agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders.
Some 45,000 people have been killed in Mexico since 2006, when its government launched a major military crackdown against the powerful drug cartels that have terrorized border communities as they battled over lucrative smuggling routes.
According to these officials, the operations were aimed at identifying how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are, the report said.
The agents had deposited the proceeds in accounts designated by traffickers, or in shell accounts set up by agents, the paper noted.
While the DEA conducted such operations in other countries, it began doing so in Mexico only in the past few years, The Times said.
October 26, 2011
The state of California agreed on a referendum in 1996 to legalize medical marijuana in their state. A referendum is a citizen generated ballot that is then put to popular vote. So a majority of California’s voting citizens agreed that openly selling marijuana for medical purposes is okay.
Unfortunately, Big Brother disagrees. Recently, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) began raiding California state approved medical marijuana outlets and closing them down without warning. Other states that have approved medical marijuana programs are getting nervous.
Controlled Substance Act of 1970
This act provided a list of schedules placing drugs in different categories that define their use and legality. Marijuana was categorized as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I indicates that the drug has addictive qualities without any medical use.
The addictive qualities have proven to be false, and even more studies over the past four decades have proven several different medical uses for hemp with THC and other cannabinoids. Some studies (there have been more) are listed here: http://www.cannacenters.com/blog
Yet marijuana remains as a schedule I drug. If it were moved to even schedule II, there would be no medical marijuana raids. But the DEA goons have honored their malicious masters by not allowing marijuana to be moved to even the Schedule II slot. Who will? Congress is too corrupt.
The dark side of the drug war
According to analyst James Corbett, the drug war is a device for maintaining black market control over drug production and distribution at high prices for two reasons.
One is to launder large cash amounts into major banks; this keeps them liquid enough to loan more as part of the fractional reserve lending system, which allows banks to loan ten times more than the deposits they hold.
The other is for the CIA, colluding with the DEA and the ATF, to maintain black market high prices and to have their cash cow for black ops or covert operations, which avoid Congressional approval.
A clip of a 1988 TV interview shows Ron Paul stating that there should be no drug laws. Ron wants to decriminalize all drugs completely. This is not just because of his Libertarian “no victimless crimes” philosophy. He also wants to remove the covert cash flow enabling the CIA’s illegal operations.
The Corbett video report goes through a litany of different drug running ops from WW II (before the OSS became the CIA) to Mexican cartels and Afghanistan poppy fields. Very few major dealers and traffickers get busted. Most that do are simply being removed from competing with the larger CIA cooperating cartels, who launder their money through the international banking system.
This heavy handed medical marijuana suppression is also a boon for Big Pharma’s monopoly of petrochemical based toxic medicines that can be patented.
The economics of suppressing hemp
In the late 1930s, a hemp fiber removing machine was invented that promised to put the hemp industry on the threshold of becoming a major paper, textile and plastic producer. As a result of this, in 1937 Popular Mechanics touted the prospects of hemp becoming the first billion dollar cash crop.
This made some influential industrialists anxious about serious competition. Not to worry, they had friends in high places. The U.S. Treasury Secretary then was Andrew Mellon, owner of Mellon Bank. Mellon bank had some serious investments to protect among his business cronies.
So Andrew created a new government department, The Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN). He appointed family relative Harry Anslinger, a former top federal prohibitionist, as FBN head. Harry hastily classified marijuana as a dangerous narcotic.
Classifying marijuana as a narcotic not only killed marijuana for medical use, but it also destroyed a very promising, highly sustainable industry for hemp cultivation and product manufacturing.
June 9th, 2011
By: Mike Adams
Coca leaves have been chewed and consumed as tea for thousands of years in the high Andes. They are rich in many essential nutrients; they ease respiratory and digestive distress and are a natural stimulant and painkiller. Indigenous tradition and scientific studies have both confirmed that in their natural form, the leaves are completely safe and non-addictive — it takes intensive processing and toxic chemical ingredients to produce cocaine. That’s why more and more coca-containing products have started to hit the market in Andean countries in the past few years.
Yet the United States still aggressively pursues an eradication policy that encourages Andean governments to spray their forests with toxic chemicals to eliminate this medicinal crop. It is illegal to import or possess the leaves under U.S. law — unless you’re the Coca-Cola company. In an effort to preserve the traditional flavor of the best-selling drink, the company long ago convinced the U.S. government to exempt it from the law.
(Coca-Cola, by the way, used to literally contain cocaine in its original formula. The practice was halted in 1903, but the name persisted. The “coca” part of “coca-cola” is derived from the coca plant, and the “kola” comes from the kola nut which also flavored the original beverage.)
The secret history of Coca-Cola, coca leaves and cocaine
Coca-Cola is the only U.S. corporation that has been granted the right to legally import coca leaves into the United States, via a coca processing lab known as the Stepan Company). In 1922, the Jones-Miller Act banned cocaine imports into the United States, but Coca-Cola (and its lab) was granted an exception. This exception remained a secret until the late 1980′s when the New York Times seemed shocked to discover the truth.
As the New York Times published in 1988: http://www.nytimes.com/1988/07/01/business/how-coca-cola-obtains-its-coca.html
This week, details of how Coca-Cola obtains the coca and how it is processed emerged from interviews with Government officials and scientists involved in drug research programs. They identified the Illinois-based Stepan Company as the importer and processor of the coca used in Coke. After Stepan officials acknowledged their ties to Coca-Cola, the soft drink giant confirmed those details of its operations.
In a telephone interview from Coca-Cola’s Atlanta headquarters, Randy Donaldson, a company spokesman, said, ”Ingredients from the coca leaf are used, but there is no cocaine in it and it is all tightly overseen by regulatory authorities.”
100 tons of cocaine ingredients each year – let’s do the math
Approximately 100 metric tons of coca leaves are imported to the Stepan Company each year under “special permission” from the DEA. Keep all this in mind when you consider the total fraud of the current “War on Drugs” and how young African American men are given ten-year prison sentences for pot possession while one of the largest corporations in America is actually importing leaves that are used to manufacture cocaine.
Once the coca leaves are imported into the USA under these special permissions from the DEA, the cocaine is extracted out of the coca leaves. Coca-Cola doesn’t use the cocaine, you see. There is no cocaine in Coca-Cola today.
This brings up an obvious question: Where does all the white powder cocaine go if not to Coca-Cola? It turns out that this cocaine is sold to a St. Louis company called Mallinckrodt Incorporated.
Mallinckrodt receives not only all the cocaine from the Coca-Cola imports, but also imports opium from India. In addition, this company also buys THC extracted from marijuana grown in the United States. So much for the War on Drugs, huh? It turns out if you buddy up to the DEA and federal regulators, you can make all the cocaine you want while buying opium and marijuana by the ton — as long as you’re a powerful corporation with ties to Coca-Cola and other wealthy organizations.
More than a quarter ton of cocaine for “medicinal” use?
It’s a reasonable question to wonder where all this cocaine and opium ends up going after it arrives at Mallinckrodt. The official explanation is that it’s for “medical use.” But let’s do the math on this and see if that explanation holds water.
According to various websites that are readily found in any search engine, it takes roughly 300 grams of coca leaves to produce 1 gram of refined cocaine. This means that 100 metric tons of coca leaves (100 x 1000 kilograms, or 100,000 kilograms) can produce roughly 333 kilos of cocaine each year.
Ask around… That’s a lot of cocaine. Remember, too, that these are 333 kilos of cocaine approved by the DEA — an agency which claims to be fighting a “war on drugs” but somehow grants immunity to Coca-Cola suppliers who are literally manufacturing hundreds of kilos of cocaine each year.
All this brings up the obvious question: What is the Mallinckrodt company doing with 333 kilos of cocaine each year? Throwing a big annual Christmas party or something? It is impossible to imagine that 333 kilos of cocaine are being used for “medical purposes” unless you have a very loose definition of “medical purposes.” Although this is pure conjecture, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn if a significant portion of this was handed out to top DEA officials as bribes to pay them off and keep the cocaine operation running.
Enough lines of cocaine for the entire U.S. Congress!
Continuing with the math, 333 kilos is (obviously) 333,000 grams of cocaine. How much cocaine is that, exactly? Well, according to TheGoodDrugsGuide.com, a typical “line” of cocaine (a “line” is what a typical user will inhale to ingest the cocaine) contains 50 – 75mg, or roughly 1/20th of a gram.
This means that each gram of cocaine is enough to make up to 20 “lines” of cocaine, give or take, depending on how crazy you and your friends are.
Multiply that by the 333,000 grams of cocaine that could be produced from the 100 metric tons of cocaine leaves being imported into the USA each year, and you come to the astonishing realization that the coca leaves imported for the benefit of the Coca-Cola company can be processed into the equivalent of 6.66 million lines of cocaine each year!
Here’s the math again (calculations are all rounded for the sake of convenience, so they’re just rough estimates):
100 metric tons of coca leaves = 100,000 kilograms of coca leaves
100,000 kilograms of coca leaves produces 333 kilograms of cocaine
333 kilograms equals 333,000 grams
333,000 grams of cocaine can be divided into 6.66 million “lines” of cocaine
P.S. According to Wiki Answers, 333,000 grams of cocaine is worth roughly $16.7 million on the street (at $50 a gram).
It strains the limits of believability to think that 333,000 grams of cocaine are being used for “medical purposes” in America. How and where are 333,000 grams of cocaine being used for “medical purposes?” I mean, have you ever gone to your doctor and watched him write a prescription for cocaine? Nope.
This seemingly leaves only three possibilities for where all this cocaine is going:
Possibility #1) The Mallinckrodt company might be stockpiling massive amounts of cocaine each year, perhaps dwarfing Disneyland’s “Space Mountain” ride.
Possibility #2) The Mallinckrodt company might be somehow destroying massive amounts of cocaine each year. (But human greed probably prevents this from happening, given that this white power is so darned valuable…)
Possibility #3) The Mallinckrodt company might be “losing track” of massive amounts of cocaine each year (i.e. is disappears out the back door and into the hands of DEA agents and politicians who keep the whole operation “legal”). This is one case where brown-nosing the DEA leaves a thin layer of white dust on your nose, too.
Or hey, maybe all this cocaine is being quietly distributed to all the doctors and pharmacists who are chronically addicted to drugs themselves — it’s a huge percentage of the medical workforce because they have access to drugs on a day-to-day basis and they think they need a pharmaceutical kick to survive their long work hours. 6.66 million lines of cocaine is enough to keep a few thousand pharmacists churning away, filling high-profit prescriptions for painkillers and psychiatric drugs that turn everybody else into addicts, too.
April 5th, 2011
By: Brett Michael Dykes
Somehow, the major banks in the United States have gone from serving as the main bulwarks of credit and entrepreneurial pluck to the moral equivalent of a James Bond villain. There were, for instance, the jaw-dropping mortgage frauds detailed by “60 Minutes” just last night. There was last week’s report on a group of Citibank-affiliated debt collectors actually killing a customer in Indonesia in a dispute over a credit card bill. And there’s the long-running but demoralizing story of the unjustified efforts of large banks to foreclose on active-duty soldiers.
Now comes this: Wachovia Bank — which merged with the West Coast banking giant Wells Fargo in 2009, in one of the many industry moves sparked by the 2008 mortgage meltdown — seemingly looked the other way while some of the world’s biggest drug lords funneled billions through the bank’s holdings. As one federal prosecutor put it, the arrangement “gave international cocaine cartels a virtual carte blanche to finance their operations.”
The Guardian reported on Sunday that an extensive investigation by the IRS, DEA and FBI uncovered the porous money-laundering system. The feds found that cocaine smugglers successfully moved tens of billions of dollars in funds through Wachovia accounts using wire transfers, traveler’s checks and cash shipments. The paper notes that the flow of cash through the bank began in 2004 — coinciding with the rise of Mexico’s menacing drug gangs and the increased violence on the U.S.-Mexico border. The bank was quietly punished for its actions.
Reports the Guardian:
Criminal proceedings were brought against Wachovia, though not against any individual, but the case never came to court. In March 2010, Wachovia settled the biggest action brought under the US bank secrecy act, through the US district court in Miami. Now that the year’s “deferred prosecution” has expired, the bank is in effect in the clear. It paid federal authorities $110m in forfeiture, for allowing transactions later proved to be connected to drug smuggling, and incurred a $50m fine for failing to monitor cash used to ship 22 tons of cocaine.
More shocking, and more important, the bank was sanctioned for failing to apply the proper anti-laundering strictures to the transfer of $378.4bn — a sum equivalent to one-third of Mexico’s gross national product — into dollar accounts from so-called casas de cambio (CDCs) in Mexico, currency exchange houses with which the bank did business.
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more and more people are choosing to live without a bank account.
January 25th, 2011
By: Julie Watson
Federal authorities in San Diego have made one of the largest marijuana seizures in the United States, confiscating 20 tons of pot near an underground tunnel connecting warehouses on either side of California’s border with Mexico, officials said Wednesday.
Mexican authorities seized another four tons of pot from the warehouse on their side of the border.
In total, between 25 and 30 tons of marijuana were seized from both sides – worth more than $20 million if sold on the streets of San Diego, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton. The bricks of pot were packaged for sale.
“This is obviously the work of a cartel,” said Morton, who held a news conference outside the warehouse in an industrial park near the Otay Mesa truck crossing, across from Tijuana.
Officials said the lightening-speed, 12-hour operation started Tuesday night when U.S. authorities watching a warehouse under surveillance followed a tractor-trailer as it left the building.
ICE agents called in the California Highway Patrol, whose officers stopped the rig near Temecula, Calif., about 60 miles way. Authorities say they found 10 tons of marijuana inside the tractor-trailer. The driver, a U.S. citizen, and his Mexican wife were arrested and will be arraigned in San Diego on Thursday.
Authorities quickly obtained a federal search warrant to enter the warehouse, where they discovered 10 to 15 more tons of marijuana, Morton said.
They also found the opening to the tunnel, which ran the length of six football fields under the border and ended at a warehouse in Mexico, Morton said. The tunnel had lighting, ventilation and a rail system to send loads of illegal drugs into California.
The clandestine passageway was too low to stand up in and was believed to be in operation for only a brief time, Morton said.
Officials said the seizure was the largest ever in California and was believed to be the second-largest in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized 33 tons of marijuana in Oregon in 2008, DEA special agent Ralph W. Partridge said.
Wednesday’s announcement comes a little over a week after Mexican officials made their largest marijuana seizure ever, confiscating a massive 134 tons believed to belong to the powerful Sinaloa cartel.
Morton said officials haven’t determined whether the two major busts were from the same group of traffickers.
December 22nd, 2010
By: Allan Lengel
Thousands of federal law enforcement agents work their tails off to put crooks behind bars. But on occasion, some of the very same folks who carry a gun and a badge and slap the cuffs on the bad guys end up stepping over the line. Way over the line.
AOL News thought it was worth looking back at some of the more notable of these incidents from 2010:
Loose Cash: Steven Campbell, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, could have at least waited until no one was looking. But no. In October, Campbell caught the attention of some agents during a drug raid at a suburban Cleveland home. Why? Agents say they saw him stuffing his pants full of cash. When confronted, he allegedly told agents to get a search warrant. While they sat him down and cuffed him, bundles of cash started falling out of his pants, according to court records.
Temper, Temper: Dallas FBI agent Carlos Ortiz let his temper get the best of him. He pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to charges that he plotted to kill his estranged wife, an FBI analyst and his boss. Earlier in the year, Ortiz was placed on leave after his wife accused him of domestic violence. Then in August he was fired after investigators learned that he had called a friend about buying a sniper-type rifle and talked about killing his wife and his boss, Robert Casey Jr. The friend, a former law enforcement type, called the FBI.
Pump You Up: It’s good to be stronger than the bad guys. But at what cost? Three FBI agents and one FBI analyst in the Washington, D.C., area were arrested on charges of failing to mention on their FBI health disclosure forms that they were taking steroids. One agent is a former body builder. Last month, the charges were dropped because prosecutors had far too many documents to go through before trial. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said it has reserved the right to refile charges at a later date.
Hold the Pickle: Dallas FBI agent Ann Cox found herself in a pickle when she was busted this summer for hiring illegal immigrants for a deli she owned in suburban Dallas. She pleaded guilty in September. On Dec. 15 a federal judge in Dallas sentenced her to two years’ probation and ordered her to pay an $18,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Not a Great Idea: John Thomas Shipley, an FBI agent in El Paso, Texas, was trying to make a little extra dough on the side. Bad idea. A federal judge in August hit him with a two-year prison term for selling guns illegally. ATF agents had traced back to him a .50-caliber rifle that was used in a drug cartel shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico. Court records show that between 2005 and 2008, he posted at least 280 firearms for sale on just one website alone, GunBroker.com.
An Even Worse Idea: Darren Argento, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent in New York, was busted in August on charges of having child pornography on a laptop he used for work. The 14-year DEA veteran allegedly had images and videos of girls between the ages of 7 and 14, according to the New York Daily News. He reportedly was caught after he asked a co-worker, a computer specialist, to help him with some computer problems.
Pick on Someone Your Own Size: U.S. Border Patrol agent Victor Manuel Gutierrez, 39, allegedly lost it in May when some teens at a park in El Paso were tossing around a water bottle that accidentally hit him. Gutierrez allegedly pushed and kicked a 13-year-old boy. He was charged with causing injury to a child.
An incident report, according to KFOX News, said Gutierrez told the boy, “You think it’s funny until someone comes and kicks your expletive.” Chances are he probably didn’t use the word “expletive.” That’s not how they talk in Texas.
Outsmarted: U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Devon “Romey” Samuel thought he was being clever. He used his badge at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to bypass security so he could smuggle through loads of cash and guns for people he thought were drug dealers.
Only problem was the drug dealers ended up being undercover law enforcement people. His investigation led to authorities busting up a large scale ecstasy trafficking ring this week.
September 4th, 2010
By: Mike Adams
Nearly half of all Americans now use prescription drugs on a regular basis according to a CDC report that was just released (1). Nearly a third of Americans use two or more drugs, and more than one in ten use five or more prescription drugs regularly.
The report also revealed that one in five children are being regularly given prescription drugs, and nine out of ten seniors are on drugs.
All these drugs came at a cost of over $234 billion in 2008. The most commonly-used drugs were:
• Statin drugs for older people
• Asthma drugs for children
• Antidepressants for middle-aged people
• Amphetamine stimulants for children
America has become a nation of druggies. The seniors are being drugged for nearly every symptom a doctor can find, children are being doped up with (legalized) speed, and middle-aged soccer moms are popping suicide pills (antidepressants).
Prescription drug addictions are on the rise, too. Prescription drugs are so dangerous that now even the DEA is hosting “take back your pills” day allowing citizens to anonymously surrender their unused prescription painkillers to DEA agents.
Interestingly, DEA agents will only accept “legal” amphetamine drugs such as Ritalin but not “illegal” methamphetamine drugs. You’re only off the hook if you paid monopoly prescription prices for your drugs.
And it’s only going to get worse
The percentage of Americans taking prescription drugs is expected to rise even further as the health reform insurance regulations kick in. Much of the bill was specifically designed to favor pharmaceutical industry interests by putting even more people on medication. Expect to see more “screening” too — a thinly disguised drug recruitment method that primarily seeks to ensnare new patients in a high-profit drug regimen.
The mass medication of American citizens has reached a disturbing tipping point where the future of the nation itself is at risk. That’s because pharmaceuticals cause cognitive decline, and once you get to the point where over 50 percent of the voters can’t think straight, you’re trapped in a crumbling Democracy.
And that doesn’t even take into consideration the financial cost of America’s addiction to drugs: With nearly one out of every five dollars out of the entire U.S. economy now being spent on sickness and disease, America finds herself stuck in a cycle of high-cost drug treatments that cure no one.
That’s right: No one gets healthier from taking prescription drugs. They don’t cure anyone and they don’t prevent disease. They only maintain patients in a kind of “pre-death stasis” where they’re alive just enough to keep buying more medication. Drug companies don’t want you dead because that would cut off their profits. But they don’t want you healthy, either, because then they wouldn’t have you as a customer. So their drugs are actually designed to keep you in a state of ongoing disease without curing your condition but also without killing you outright.
You sort of chemically limp along, shelling out dollars while your memory fades and your skin starts to show signs of severe toxicity. Big Pharma is not merely sapping the life out of you; it’s also draining you financially.
Isn’t it obvious that pharmaceuticals don’t work?
If pharmaceuticals really worked to make people healthy, then the half of America currently taking pharmaceuticals would be the healthiest half, and the people who don’t take pharmaceuticals would be unhealthy, right?
But in fact it’s the other way around: People who take pharmaceuticals remain unhealthy and really never get cured of anything. Meanwhile, those who avoid taking pharmaceuticals are, by and large, far healthier individuals.
If America were running a grand experiment to determine whether pharmaceuticals really work — and trust me, the country really is running precisely that experiment — any reasonable observer would have to conclude that pharmaceuticals really don’t improve the health of those who take them. The more pharmaceuticals you take, in fact, the sicker you will become. That’s because drugs cause an imbalance in the body that soon leads to the emergence of other side effects.
At the same time, many of the drugs people take actually cause the very things they claim to prevent. Osteoporosis drugs cause hip fractures. Cancer drugs cause cancer. Antidepressants cause suicidal thoughts. The list goes on and on.
The people who are really, truly healthy in America are those who avoid pharmaceuticals. They take care of their own health through regular exercise, time in nature, sensible sunshine exposure and healthy eating. They distrust the pharmaceutical industry and they don’t let television advertising hypnotize them into making poor decisions like getting a flu shot.
Yet even though it is blatantly obvious that pharmaceuticals really don’t work to improve the health of any population, the drug industry insists the only thing wrong with America’s health is that not enough people are taking medication!
If we could only get 100% of the population on drugs instead of 50%, they seem to be saying, then we’d all be healthy!
The logic is absurd, of course. And that goal has nothing to do with actual health but everything to do with increasing drug company profits. While drug companies may not know much at all about health, they do know one thing: How to commit marketing fraud by making outrageous benefit claims for their drugs while whitewashing the very real dangerous side effects.
Big Pharma will bankrupt America
Mark my words: Big Pharma will bankrupt America. And quite possibly the UK as well. Any nation that hands over its health care system to the drug industry is committing financial suicide.
That’s because Big Pharma absolutely will not halt its single-minded mission to extract as much money as possible from the population, corporations and governments. It will do anything and everything it can to accomplish this goal: Bribe researchers to commit research fraud, engage in false and fraudulent marketing, lie to the public, hide negative study results, conduct experiments on children in third-world countries, pollute the planet with drug factory runoff, influence legislators with campaign finance contributions, dominate the pages of medical journals with false and misleading advertising, submit “scientific” articles to the journals ghost-written by the drug companies themselves… this list never ends.
Drug companies will knowingly keep dangerous drugs on the market that kill tens of thousands of people. They will knowingly withhold research from the FDA if it might make their drugs look bad. They will knowingly distort clinical trial data to eliminate whatever outcome they don’t want to see.
This is all “routine” in the drug industry. These aren’t exceptions, mind you: They are the way the drug industry operates on a daily basis.
The worst part of it is that Big Government is now fully in bed with Big Pharma. I already exposed Sen Harry Reid’s efforts to swing a sweet deal for Big Pharma in the recent health care reforms. The FDA’s collusion with drug companies, meanwhile, is legendary: There is hardly a decision made by the FDA that doesn’t in some way protect drug company profits.
The med schools and science journals have been overrun by drug company influence. Drug companies are so large and powerful now that the U.S. government considers them “too big to nail.” When Pfizer was recently found guilty of felony crimes, the government allowed it to create a shell company to take the hit so that Pfizer itself could remain in business and keep selling drugs to the government.
A federal prosecutor actually went on the record saying, “If we prosecute Pfizer… a lot of people who work for the company who haven’t engaged in criminal activity would get hurt.”
Therefore, the logic goes, they have to let Pfizer off the hook.
And so it goes; Big Government protecting the criminals in the drug industry, making excuses for looking the other way when scientific fraud and marketing fraud is routinely being carried out right under their noses. The Dept of Justice isn’t even interested in taking down criminal drug companies!
How this will end
So where does this medication madness ever end? It will end, I predict, with the economic downfall of the United States of America. When the nation is too broke, too medicated and too chemically compromised to stay afloat, it will suffer an enormous economic collapse.
Following the financial failure of big government, Big Pharma will implode virtually overnight. Without the government buying its products, Big Pharma will find few willing private customers. Ordinary people will seek out affordable and safer natural remedies, and the drug industry will collapse to perhaps 10% of its current size.
This will be a great day for the health of all Americans who have suffered under the chemical assault of Big Pharma. To live without the daily onslaught of Big Pharma’s chemicals is to live a healthier life with improved brain function and awareness. Once people get off all their drugs, we might have hope to thoughtfully rebuild a nation based on nutrition rather than monopoly-priced medications.
I’ve said this at least a hundred times, and I’ll say it again: No nation that ignores the nutritional health of its citizens has any real future. A successful long-term society MUST, at its core, invest in real nutrition and the holistic health education of its citizens. Without good nutrition, every society is ultimately doomed to fail.
Modern medicine, in other words, is destroying our country. And the “cure” for this disease is to throw out what doesn’t work (pharmaceuticals) and start embracing the things that do work (nutrition and superfoods) to keep people healthy.
February 9, 2010
The Columbus Dispatch
By Holly Zachariah
Ohio pharmacists filled 2.7 million prescriptions in 2008 for high-powered painkillers such as OxyContin and Percocet, narcotics that contain oxycodone; that’s nearly one for every four people in the state.
They also filled 4.8 million prescriptions for hydrocodone medications such as Vicodin, one for every 2 1/2 people in the state.
And county sheriffs say their jails are full of people who illegally sold or abused those drugs, underscoring what’s quickly regaining attention as a national epidemic.
Just last week, the Adams County sheriff rented vans and shipped his prisoners to community centers throughout his southern Ohio county so he would have room in his jail for 28 people who were rounded up in a prescription-drug sting. The problem is statewide, but southern Ohio is particularly ravaged. It has landed Scioto County on a federal Drug Enforcement Administration watch list of the 10 most-significant places in the country for trafficking in the medications.
The drug abuse is bad in this Appalachian stretch of Ohio for a number of reasons, authorities say:
• Poverty: Scioto County’s unemployment rate hovers around 15 percent, and the drug trade can be lucrative.
• Location: Rt. 23 provides a pipeline to and from Columbus. In addition, the bordering states of Kentucky and West Virginia have significant amounts of prescription-drug abuse. Their proximity allows for doctor- and pharmacy-shopping across state lines, which is harder to detect.
• Apathy: The area has a track record of limited resources and uncooperative elected officials who have refused to help with drug investigations, said William Winsley, director of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.
All of those factors have created the perfect environment for illegitimate pain-management clinics — “pill mills” — where prescription drugs are easy to score. Authorities say that as many as eight such clinics could be operating in Scioto County alone, a county of about 74,000 people.
Law enforcers across the state say they don’t have enough money or legal authority to get at the root of the problem — rogue doctors who write the prescriptions and shady pharmacists who fill them.
The pharmacy board says it can’t go after the professionals without the cooperation of authorities willing to investigate, prosecutors willing to file charges and judges willing to take the expensive cases to trial.
The Ohio State Medical Association says there are only a handful of bad doctors running pill mills and it supports efforts to take them down. But the association doesn’t want new laws that would overburden everyone else.