March 29, 2012
By Tony Isaacs
“Stop taking pharmaceutical drugs – doctor’s order.” –KTRN
Prescription drugs and the combination of those drugs and other medications are taking a heavy toll on elderly Americans, leading to risky hospitalizations, mental decline and death. And some of those drugs are worse than others.
A study published last November in the New England Journal of Medicine found that blood thinners and diabetes drugs caused most of the emergency hospital visits for drug reactions among people over 65 years of age in the United States. According to the study, just four medications – used alone or in combination – were responsible for two-thirds of the emergency hospitalizations among older adults.
At the top of the list was the blood thinner wayfarin, also known as Coumadin, which accounted for 33 percent of emergency hospital visits. Insulin injections came in second on the list, accounting for 14 percent of the visits. Aspirin, clopidogrel and other antiplatelet drugs prescribed to prevent blood clotting were third with 13 percent and just behind them were oral hypoglycemic drugs for diabetes which were responsible for 11 percent of the visits.
Last July, another study reported in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that over half the elderly were regularly prescribed dozens of painkillers, antihistamines and psychiatric medications called anticholinergics which lead to mental decline and death. Researchers found that those taking more than one anticholinergic drug scored lower on tests of cognitive function than those who were not using any such drugs, and that the death rate for the heavy users during the course of the study was 68 percent higher.
March 16, 2012
By Mike Barrett
“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is a joke. The new edition is said to have multiple ties with big pharma. Isn’t that nice?” –KTRN
The psychiatric bible, known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is hailed by psychiatrists and psychiatry supporters alike. The 5th edition of the manual, scheduled for publication in May of 2013, is stirring up massive controversy.
Being the go-to text for diagnosing every mental disorder known to (and created by) man while ultimately leading to widespread medicating of the population, the 900-page bible is now being pegged for financial conflicts of interest.
In 1994, DSM-4, the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, was published. Shortly following the publication, the American Psychiatric Association implemented a new policy which would force expert advisors to divulge any ties with drug industries in order to cut down on potential conflicts of interests. Despite the newly instituted policy, an astonishing 70 percent of the panel members of the newest edition, DSM-5, reported having financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies. About 57 percent reported ties in the previous edition.
‘Organizations like the APA have embraced transparency too quickly as the solution…Our data show that transparency has not changed the dynamic.’ said Lisa Cosgrove, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and lead author of the study.
Ultimately leading to millions of people being labeled as ‘mentally ill’, the DSM-5 is also criticized greatly for the addition of new, quite startling diagnoses. With the new criteria, the following situations would cause someone to have a mental or psychiatric disorder.
Grief following the loss of a loved one
Mild memory loss in the elderly
Frequent temper tantrums in kids
March 12, 2012
By Ethan A. Huff
“Is there nothing that Vitamin D can’t do? If you aren’t taking D every day by now, what are you waiting for? It’s ultra cheap. If you buy it in the liquid serum form, a bottle that costs less than $20 will last you more than six months!” –KTRN
The pharmaceutical industry is poised to begin churning out a slew of new diet drugs within the next few years that are sure to come with some very serious side effects, and that may not even work in the first place. But if you are an overweight or obese individual looking for solutions to your weight problem, you may want to skip these up-and-coming “blockbuster” drugs and instead look to vitamin D, as well as to other diet and lifestyle changes, as an effective alternative to losing weight.
According to a recent randomized, controlled trial on vitamin D out of Tehran University in Iran, overweight women receiving regular doses of vitamin D at amounts higher than the typical recommended daily allowance (RDA) fared much better than a placebo group at losing weight. And despite being an observational study, the findings suggest that vitamin D is a causative factor in this accelerated weight loss, rather than a correlative factor.
Among 77 overweight women randomly assigned to receive either 1,000 international units (IU) daily of vitamin D or a placebo, the vitamin D group lost five more pounds than the placebo group after a 12-week trial period. The vitamin D group also experienced improved lipoprotein and cholesterol ratio scores, which confirms a number of other studies that show vitamin D helps to improve cardiovascular health and prevent heart damage.
“Body fat mass was significantly decreased in the vitamin D group more than the placebo group,” wrote their authors in their study abstract, which was published in full in the British Journal of Nutrition. “The findings showed that supplementation with vitamin D2 can significantly improve HDL-cholesterol, apoA-I concentrations (protein component of HDL-cholesterol) and LDL-cholesterol.”
Beat Big Pharma Drug Prices And Chemical Additives – Make Your Own Safe, High Quality, Natural Topical Ointments At Home
February 24th, 2012
By: JB Bardot
Consumers are bombarded daily by pharmaceutical company hype over the promise of clear skin and painless backsides achieved by using ineffective and sometimes dangerous topical applications for everything from hemorrhoids to eczema and acne.
While people are emptying their wallets for Big Pharma’s witch’s brews, they could be making their own high quality ointments with healthy, natural ingredients. Instead of suppressing symptoms with medicines that dovirtually nothing, are expensive and may have damaging long-term effects, mix your own salves using effective, inexpensive and natural ingredients.
Most salves, ointments and lotions are simple to make from medicinal tinctures mixed with ingredients like lanolin, glycerin, cocoa butter, olive and coconut oil or aloe vera.
Lanolin is a rich emollient made from sheep’s wool. It makes an excellent base for medicinal salves and naturally moisturizes skin. Lanolin has been used for thousands of years as an all-purpose vehicle for a long list of skin-care products for both medical and cosmetic purposes, including hypoallergenic preparations. The myth that lanolin causes allergies, is just that — a myth — and in actuality, the incidences of a lanolin allergyare negligibly low.
Glycerin is a byproduct of the soap-making process and provides a wonderful natural base for making medicinal lotions. As a humectant, glycerin attracts moisture to the skin. It’s a naturally sweet-tasting, clear liquid which, when frozen, becomes a sticky paste. It mixes well with alcohol or water but not with fats or oils. Straight glycerin is dehydrating when used on its own; however, when diluted with water, it’s an excellent skin-softening moisturizer.
Many medicinal tinctures can be purchased over-the-counter from homeopathic pharmacies. Some tinctures require a prescription from a doctor. Tinctures are similar to herbal extracts in that they are made from herbs and preserved with alcohol. Tinctures are not quite as strong as liquid extracts. Although extracts may be more potent, they lose their potency faster than tinctures and they contain plant matter suspended in the mixture, making them less desirable for use in topical applications. Tinctures are the preferred choice for making most medicinal salves and lotions. Ointments made from lanolin tend to be greasy. Glycerin lotions absorb into the skin in most cases, leaving no residue.
Percentages of tinctures to base ingredients vary; however, a safe guideline is to add 10 to 15 percent tincture to the mix. When making salves and ointments with lanolin, the texture may be too thick. In order to thin, add a small amount of olive or coconut oil. For example, try 2/3 lanolin to 1/3 olive oil, then add the tincture and mix by hand or in a food processor until well blended. Decant into dark glass containers and store covered in a cool, dry place.
Here are some suggestions for making ointments and lotions for personal use using tinctures and either lanolin or glycerin. Other natural bases and tinctures can also be used andexperimented with. Tinctures should be 1X potency if you can get them. If not, get the lowest potency available.
Wounds, scrapes, infections, acne — equal parts Echinacea, Calendula, Hypericum, Arnica montana
Bruises and muscle strain –Arnica montana
Foot problems, aches, corns, plantar warts — Thuja
Scar removal including acne scars and keloids — Thiosimaminum
Hemorrhoids — equal parts Hamamelis virginicus, Aescus hippocastanum, Arnica montana, Calendula (Mix in lanolin base. Do not use glycerin.)
Sprains and joint pain — Arnica montana, Rhus toxicodendron, Ruta gravolens, Calcarea florica, Symphytum
(Author’s note: I cannot recommend places to buy products; however, here is a list of U.S. homeopathic pharmacies. http://www.homeopathyhome.com/directory/usa/pharmacies.html
For The Full Story Go To Natural News
February 24th, 2012
By: Jonathan Benson
No matter how you look at it, autism research is big business. Just like the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s “Race for the Cure” for breast cancer, the autism industry pretends to be looking for the causes of autism and how to cure it, when in reality it is on a never-ending hunt for money to fund so-called research into the bodily changes associated with autism in order to push more profit-generating screenings and drug therapies on the public.
The worldwide propaganda campaign that continues to repeat the lie that vaccines are in no way related to autism is one great example of the medical establishment covering up one of the most obvious causes of autism. Rather than actually investigate how the body responds to vaccines, and how these responses are clearly associated with the neurological damage that is part and parcel of autism symptoms, researchers continue to churn out studies that completely avoid any investigation of this or any other likely cause of autism.
Instead, the vast majority of autism studies, which happen to be funded mostly by the pharmaceutical industry, focus solely on the physical, genetic, and chemical changes that accompany the disease, and ignore trying to identify the causes that lead to these changes in the first place. This approach is deliberate, of course, because it facilitates the development of an endless cycle of drug and behavioral therapies for autism that never get to the root of the problem, which means they will forever generate a continuous stream of new profits.
“To find a disease cause and solution to prevent disease isn’t profitable,” says a recent article in Gaia Health that addresses this important issue. “However, to find even the most miniscule physical, genetic, or chemical change in someone with an existing disease means that even more money can be squeezed out of the research funders like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), agencies funded by taxpayers. Anything that leads away from causes and focuses on the physiochemical effects of autism always leads to more questions and more research funds.”
The medical establishment seeks to destroy the lives, careers of researchers who actually try to identify causes of, and cures for disease. On the rare occasion that an honest researcher comes along and tries to actually conduct legitimate research into the causes of autism, he or she is eventually cut off from the funding chain, and sometimes even maligned and slandered in the public eye by the medical and media establishment. This is precisely what has happened to Dr. Andrew Wakefield, whose honest research into one cause of autism led to an ongoing barrage of character and career assassination that continues to this very day (http://www.naturalnews.com/Andrew_Wakefield.html).
Be sure to take a look at the sample studies on autism analyzed by Gaia Health that show a clear disinterest by the medical establishment in actually finding causes of, or cures for, autism. These studies are clearly aimed at discovering and promoting new drug and vaccine protocols for treating autism symptoms, rather than actually trying to prevent it from developing in the first place: http://gaia-health.com
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February 15, 2012
By Ethan A. Huff
“Isn’t Johnson & Johnson supposed to be one of the most trusted companies in the world? Apparently not.” –KTRN
For the first time, an individual user of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) antipsychotic drug Risperdal is suing the pharmaceutical giant for allegedly committing fraud and lying about the safety of the drug. According to reports, Fletch Trammell, lawyer for the individual filing the suit, told a New Jersey jury that J&J knew as early as 1999 that Risperdal caused diabetes, but lied about it to the public in order to protect billions of dollars in sales.
Risperdal has been the subject of numerous lawsuits recently, including several filed by individual U.S. states that say they were defrauded by J&J’s illegal marketing of Risperdal, which includes marketing it for off-label purposes, and pushing doctors and health officials to promote the drug in place of less-expensive, safer alternatives.
But now an individual who says the drug caused him to rapidly gain weight and develop diabetes is making the same claims. Based on much of the same evidence used in the state lawsuits, Trammell says Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the division of J&J that manufactures Risperdal, engaged in an illegal coverup of data showing that Risperdal was more dangerous than one of its main competitors, Eli Lilly & Co.’s Zyprexa drug.
“He went to them for help and they gave him diabetes,” said Trammell of J&J concerning his client. This client, who reportedly did not have diabetes at the time and was not overweight, had begun taking Risperdal in 1996 after attempting to commit suicide. But not long after, the plaintiff reportedly gained a lot of weight very quickly, and by 2002 had developed full-blown diabetes.
February 13, 2012
By Mike Adams
“It’s sad Houston died so young – she sang other people’s songs well. But why isn’t the front page news that she died (like Michael Jackson) from pharmaceutical drugs?” –KTRN
The regretful passing of an American entertainment icon — Whitney Houston — marks yet another sad milestone in the devastating body count of the prescription drug industry. TMZ is now reporting that Whitney Houston was found not with illegal drugs, but prescription drugs that may have killed her or caused her to drown in the bathtub. (http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/11/whitney-houston-prescription-drugs-drow…)
Houston had “a plethora of sedatives including Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax, and a sleeping medication that was found in her hotel room,” reports Radar Online (http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/02/drugs-whitney-houston-h…).
“The prescription drugs were officially taken into custody by the Beverly Hills Police Department,” the website reported. An autopsy has yet to be performed, and it will reportedly provide more conclusive information about the actual cause of death.
Whitney Houston was also taking Xanax, a psychiatric anti-anxiety drug
According to Fox News, Houston’s family members said she was taking Xanax, a powerful psychtropic drug (http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/02/12/whitney-houston-dead-…). As NaturalNews has reported many times, mind-altering drugs are known to cause erratic behavior and suicidal thoughts. (http://www.naturalnews.com/032097_antidepressants_suicidal_tendencies…) and (http://www.naturalnews.com/022743.html).
Although Xanax is not an SSRI drug, its side effects include:
• Rage and hostility
• Twitches and tremors
• Mania, agitation
An overdose of Xanax may cause:
Xanax is widely promoted throughout that DSM-IV, the “bible” of modern psychiatry which promotes the use of prescription amphetamines to children (among other bizarre chemical recommendations).
January 25, 2012
By Anthony Gucciardi
Why are ineffective and dangerous drugs peddled by supposed ‘public health’ organizations in place of well-established natural solutions with virtually zero side effects? The truth of the matter is that drug makers simply would not profit if the world were to awaken to the plethora of free health-promoting substances that beat out over-priced pharmaceuticals and medical interventions. There would be no need for pharmaceutical manufacturers, phony ‘public health’ organizations peddling the latest ‘miracle’ drug, and certainly no research organizations feeding off the donations of good-hearted individuals.
You may think that this is an impossibility and that natural solutions simply do not compare to ‘scientifically proven’ pharmaceutical science. The truth of the matter is that scientific evidence is the very thing disproving the safety and effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs as well as highlighting the surplus of beneficial properties associated with inexpensive and free vital nutrients.
It was recently revealed that cancer drugs, toted as the only choice among chemotherapy for many cancer sufferers by ‘public health’ groups, are actually causing massive tumors and subsequently killing the patient. The cancer drugs were found to not only be completely ineffective, but deadly. These are the same drugs that are sold for a premium price and considered to be scientifically validated.
Meanwhile, peer-reviewed research has found that a spice known as turmeric can reduce tumors by 81% naturally. Researchers found that curcumin (a derivative of turmeric) dramatically decreased brain tumors in 9 out of the 11 studies examined by 81 percent. Furthermore, there was no evidence of toxicity. Widely used as a spice in South Asian and Middle Eastern countries, turmeric is continually being pinpointed as an extremely potent anti-cancer solution. What’s more is the fact that turmeric is extremely inexpensive, and can be found around the globe — from Saudi Arabia to Kentucky.
This is just one example of scientific research validating natural alternatives while simultaneously pinpointing the extreme dangers associated with mainstream pharmaceuticals pushed as the only treatment by drug companies.
December 23, 2011
By Ethan A. Huff
“Wouldn’t it be amazing if people cared as much about important issues as they do with sports?” –KTRN
With all the controversy surrounding the willful use of steroids and other illicit, performance-enhancing drugs by some professional sports players, it might come as a surprise to some readers to learn that professional sports leagues themselves may also be responsible for illicitly dishing out dangerous pharmaceutical drugs to players before games in order to conceal deadly injuries.
At least 12 former football players in the NFL have filed a lawsuit against the league for what they say is an irresponsible and highly-dangerous concussion policy. The plaintiffs allege that, before games, athletic trainers and medical staff administered injections of Toradol, a high-risk, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), to all players, regardless of their individual health conditions, in order to make them feel good for games.
It is fairly common for professional sports players to sustain concussions every now and again after undergoing big hits, and athletic trainers and medical staff are trained to respond quickly with appropriate treatments following an injury. But the NFL’s alleged overuse of Toradol for all players put many of them at risk, particularly those who unknowingly may have had concussions or other serious injuries.
“The difference with this case is what we’ve learned from our players is that they used to administer a drug called Toradol, which is basically a painkiller, even when players didn’t have symptoms,” said attorney Christopher Seeger, who reportedly filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs in a federal court in New Jersey. “Our experts say that’s the worst thing you can do for a brain injury or concussion.”
December 20, 2011
By Anthony Gucciardi
“This is a great list. It seems more and more people are beginning to know the truth about health freedom. When reports come out that pharmaceutical drugs cause more death than traffic accidents, how could that not wake up the people?”
2011 was an amazing year for the health freedom movement, with monumental victories against Monsanto, Merck and money-hungry pharmaceutical corporations as a whole.
As the year comes to a close, it is important to look back on some of the most important stories that helped to propel the natural health movement into the mainstream spotlight.
More than just listing the articles, you will receive an inside look into each story — from the true importance and depth of the story to the reciprocation and possible spin by the mainstream media.
1. Monsanto Declared Worst Company of 2011
The impact of this story is not solely based on the profound anti-Monsanto content that it holds. Instead, the real importance of this story — and the fact that it is the #1 most important story of 2011 — is due to the fact that it was carried by Reuters, Yahoo News, and thousands of other major publications. It was seen by millions browsing the news, searching Google, and seeing the latest Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube posts on the subject. Yahoo News alone receives 74 million visitors on average each day. This article, published to the mainstream media in the form of a press release, brought Monsanto’s assault against the environment and public health to the spotlight of the masses.
Monsanto was certainly not happy to see this controversial article go up on top publications and rack up around 198,000 results on Google alone.
2. Pharmaceutical Drug Deaths Now Outnumber Traffic Fatalities in US
Killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, pharmaceutical drug deaths now exceed traffic-related fatalities according to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This information is shocking at face value, but it is even more explosive when you examine the depth of the subject. In fact, pharmaceuticals are actually breeding illness . . . then more pharmaceuticals are prescribed to ‘treat’ the generated illness. These pharmaceuticals then lead to further harm, and this cycle continues for the entire life of many individuals stuck in this paradigm.
Antibiotics are causing a diminished immune system through permanently depleting gut flora, creating obesity, mental illness, and much more. Antidepressants are actually leading to more suicidal thoughts and depression. Is it any wonder pharmaceuticals are killing more people than traffic accidents?
3. Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields
Generating over 220,000 shares, making it the 10th most shared article of 2011, this explosive report has made waves around the Internet that have outdone mainstream outlets such as Huffington Post and CNN. Complimenting the success of Monsanto’s Worst Company of 2011 Award, the article reached hundreds of thousands of readers and highlighted the powerful resistance to Monsanto that is being seen worldwide. The huge amount of shares that this article generated has also allowed for even mainstream media readers to get a glimpse of the truth, with this anti-Monsanto article informing and empowering readers across the globe.
Looking back, this article will be a major part of the anti-Monsanto revolution that helped bring awareness and support to the cause.
4. Government Ignored 1998 Report Finding up to 100 Cancer Deaths from TSA Naked Body Scanners Per Year
The TSA has been asserting the safety and usefulness of their privacy-invading X-ray scanners in the face of public outrage for far too long. The TSA, and the United States government as a whole, actually knew in 1998 that these scanners were giving you cancer, yet they were still approved to be used in airports across the nation! Keep in mind that the 100 annual deaths estimated by the radiation experts in the report are not only conservative, but they were based on the experimental X-ray scanners that actually had somewhat regulated radiation output.
Current scanners have been found to put out 10 times the radiation they are supposed to, frying you with radiation in order to invade your privacy. This article is the 4th most important, as it is all that is truly needed to put an end to TSA naked body scanners. It shows that the government blatantly ignored the warnings of renown radiation experts, deploying these DNA-damaging scanners with zero concern for public health.