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UPDATE: LEGISLATING REDUCED ADVERSE FOOD ADDITIVES, MANDATING ADDED MICRONUTRIENTS

  The  Mail and Guardian Health supplement (11 April 2013)  featured the dynamic South African Health Minister   Dr Aron Matsoaledi legislating lower salt -sodium chloride-  in staple processed foods  eg in cereals, butter, potato crisps,     by about half  over the next 6 years.
         This is long overdue since salt-related hypertension and often associated.  obesity are  historically  major killers not just in Afro-Americans  but in any longer-living people and especially stressed poverty-stricken  peoples as in Africa.

The linked bad nutritional -and lifestyle – choices – Salt-Stroke  – smoking- – hypertension- obesity – diabetes – heart – kidney disease – are  quoted by S.A. Stats  2010 from death certifications as rising  to 24%  of deaths after age 50 years, leading even infections at  20%  as the commonest causes  of  seniors’ death in South Africa. Nonnatural causes ie violence account for only 5%, and cancers only about 4%.

           This in a population that ( both by self- choice and by State- and supply-chain corporates)   heavily self-poisons with industry-promoted salt,  concentrated   fructose-   sucrose, ethanol , unsafe sex, and smoking –  the deadly self-abuse quintet  causing the great majority of premature deaths and  disability – diabesity- brain-heart-vascular-renal-cancer -arthritis, infections, Alzheimers(type 3 diabetes) and violence. – ie the team of  high-profit horsemen (alcohol, smoking, sugar, fructose, salt and other addictive drugs; television, sex, guns, knives, fast motoring, and ruthless medical practices)  of the global marketting corporates .
          But not a word was  said in those two salty  pages  about simultaneously legislating for  processed consumables  the other greatly needed adjustments:
REMOVING from the environment, from  consumables (water and processed food , toothpaste, sweetened  drinks and sweeteners, baby milk formulae, hygiene products, vaccines, etc,)  or at least steadily reducing, other notorious and unnecessary  toxic  marketed hazards- aluminium, aspartame + sucralose, mercury, fluoride, bromine, refined sugars, cooked fats, and pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and estrogenics eg soya ( unless fermented) used in food, medicine,  and vaccines ; and REPLACING in processed foods commonly and increasingly deficient  micronutrients in the regional diet especially for the poor masses and children – eg minerals (magnesium, calmag phosphate, zinc, iodine, lithium,  selenium,  sulphur, boron); vitamins (especially A, B, C, D3, K2, coQ10; and other crucial  essential  antiinflammatory  antioxidant  anti-obesity insulin sensitizers eg virgin coldpressed  coconut oil and uncooked marine omega3.
      From scientific studies there is little doubt that hypertension is proportionate to sodium chloride overload, as it  is especially to deficiency of magnesium, potassium, iodine, water, and vits  B, C, D3 and K2.  But scientific evidence is still unclear as to whether it is just the excess  essential halogen mineral CHLORINE.  in NaCl that  is the dietary cause of  hypertension,  not SODIUM in NaCl- but not in other essential forms eg with carbonate.
HALOGENS  in nature are the four major  elements – fluorine, chlorine, bromine and iodine from the lightest, ie lowest atomic number,  upwards.  Fluorine as  the lightest  is one of the most reactive ie corrosive of all materials. Halogens with metals eg sodium form sea- salts. As their weight/atomic number rises, they become less reactive,   Apart from  bromine they are disinfectants.
 IODINE is certainly  the heaviest and thus least reactive halogen iodine is the  essential  mineral that in adequate intake is  major anti infection- (among the strongest antimicrobials we have)-  anticancer, healer, thyroid metabolism and thus heart regulator, and major chelator – detoxifier- against the lighter  halogens – the toxic bromine and fluorine, and excess chlorine.
 The food and drug industry needs cudgeling to stop polluting water, medicines and food with unhealthy fluorine, chlorine and bromine.
FLUORINE is still misguidedly used , promoted in drinking water , toothpaste and antibiotics ; while  for obscure reasons BROMINE.  has replaced iodine in eg bread. FLUOROSIS and BROMaiSM  are notorious poisonings – and unlike iodine and chlorine,  the fluorine and bromine have no human essential  biological benefit as even trace elements. Fluorine – like aluminium, bromine, cadmium, mercury, iron, – may be invaluable in industry, but Fluorine is not essential for mammals or humans. Its use in dentistry has with mercury amalgams long been scientifically debunked as harmful and unnecessary, and is being phased out by preventative dentists everywhere. .
         Tricyclics and other pre-1980s antidepressants had several side effects due to their nonselective interference with neurotransmitters other than the serotonin target; the fluorinated fluoxetine was selective and one of the first avoiding this problem. but the serotonin deficiency hypothesis has never been proven to be a major factor in depression.  Many current antidepressants receive this same treatment, including the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors citalopram But antidepressants have major adverse effects, are rarely as good as talk therapy, and often do  worse than natural mood-improving nutrients eg vitamins and fish oil.
Quinolones are artificial antibiotics often fluorinated to enhance their effects,eg ciprofloxacin. But these antibiotics are notorious for terrible advese effects including crippling weakening  – rupture of tendons, and are never essential. 
 BROMINE. Africa.   is still listed as a food supplier to the baking industry in South Africa!    But Wiki writes: bromine has no proven essential function or need in humans. an unwanted side effect is ozone depletion. As a result, many organobromide compounds that were formerly in common use—such as the pesticide, methyl bromide—have been abandoned. It reacts vigorously with metals, especially in the presence of water, to give bromide salts. It bonds easily with many elements and has a strong bleaching action. Like chlorine, bromine was used as a wartime poison gas, and disinfectant / pesticide- ie a poison! so bromines were removed from medical/vet use in the 1970s. Long-term use of potassium bromide (or any bromide salt) can lead to bromism. Yet it is used in: production of brominated vegetable oil, which is used as an emulsifier in many citrus-flavored soft drinks (for example, Mountain Dew). After the introduction in the 1940s the compound was extensively used until the UK and the US limited its use in the mid 1970s and alternative emulsifiers were developed. But .Soft drinks containing brominated vegetable oil are still sold in the US (2013).  Bromine, like chlorine, is used in maintenance of swimming pools, Water purification compounds, disinfectantsinsecticides, and photographic processes. .
        Dr Joe Mercola wrote in the Huffington Post 2010: “Bromines are common endocrine disruptors. What makes it so dangerous is that it competes for the same receptors that are used to capture iodine. If you are exposed to a lot of bromine, your body will not hold on to the iodine that it needs. And iodine affects every tissue in your body — not just your thyroid.  You are already exposed to far too much chlorine and bromine. Bromine can be found in a number of places in your everyday world, including: plastics, Bakery goods and some flours often contain a “dough conditioner” called potassium bromate; •Soft drinks (including Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Sun Drop, Squirt, Fresca and other citrus-flavored sodas), in the form of brominated vegetable oils (BVOs); Medications such as Atrovent Inhaler, Atrovent Nasal Spray, Pro-Banthine (for ulcers), and anesthesia agents; Fire retardants (common one is polybromo diphenyl ethers or PBDEs) used in fabrics, carpets, upholstery, and mattresses       According to van Leeuwen, who has extensively studied the effects of sodium bromide on thyroid function:   “Although the bromide ion is widely distributed in nature, the main route of exposure in humans stems from bromide residues in food commodities as a result of the abundant use of bromide-containing pesticides, like methylbromide and ethylene dibromide, for soil fumigation in intensive horticulture and for postharvest treatment.”      One clinical consequence of overexposure to bromine is suppression of your thyroid, leading to hypothyroidism, .
         
   Another is bromide toxicity: .Bromine — The Bully of the Halide Group:  When you ingest or absorb bromine, it displaces iodine, and this iodine deficiency leads to an increased risk for cancer of the breast, thyroid gland, ovary and prostate — cancers that we see at alarmingly high rates today. This phenomenon is significant enough to have been given its own name — the Bromide Dominance Theory.   Aside from its effects on your endocrine glands, bromine is toxic in and of itself. Bromide builds up in your central nervous system and results in many problems. It is a central nervous system depressant and can trigger a number of psychological symptoms such as acute paranoia and other psychotic symptoms.  In fact, in an audio interview, physician Jorge Flechas reported that, between 1920 and 1960, at least 20 percent of all hospital admissions for “acute paranoid schizophrenia” were a result of ingesting bromine-containing products. In addition to psychiatric problems, bromine toxicity  eg from the old BromoSelzer can manifest as the following: Skin rashes and severe acne; Loss of appetite and abdominal pain; Fatigue; Metallic taste; Cardiac arrhythmias. . These effervescent granules, developed by the Emerson Drug Company of Baltimore, were used to treat heartburn, upset stomach, indigestion, headaches and hangovers. Bromides were withdrawn from the American market in 1975 due to their toxicity.  Bromo-Selzer still  on the market  no longer contains bromide.                                                                                                                   
       
          Bromines in Your Bread Box: Potassium Bromate:  The ban on bromines have not prevented them from sneaking into your foods and personal care products.  You probably are not aware of this, but nearly every time you eat bread in a restaurant or consume a hamburger or hotdog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is commonly used in flours.  The use of potassium bromate as an additive to commercial breads and baked goods has been a huge contributor to bromide overload in Western cultures.  Bromated flour is “enriched” with potassium bromate. Commercial baking companies claim it makes the dough more elastic and better able to stand up to bread hooks. However , successful companies manage to use only unbromated flour without any of these so-called “structural problems.”  Potassium bromate is also found in some toothpastes and mouthwashes, where it’s added as an antiseptic and astringent. It has been found to cause bleeding and inflammation of gums in people using these products. Mountain Dew, one of the worst beverages you can drink, uses brominated vegetable oil as an emulsifier. Not only that, it contains high fructose corn syrup, sodium benzoate, more than 55 mg of caffeine per 12 ounce can, and Yellow Dye #5 (tartrazine, which has been banned in Norway, Austria and Germany.)  A weapon of mass destruction — in a can.   .Even drinking water can be a source of bromide. When drinking water containing bromide is exposed to ozone, bromate ions are formed, which are powerful oxidans.
   Sodium bromate can also be found in personal care products such as permanent waves, hair dyes, and textile dyes. Benzalkonium is used as a preservative in some cosmetics.    Finally, bromine and chlorine were the most common toxic elements reportedly found in automobiles, according to  David Brownstein, MD (March 2007). They showed up in the seats, armrests, door trim, shift knobs and other areas of the car.  The United States is quite behind in putting an end to the egregious practice of allowing bromine chemicals in your foods. In 1990, the United Kingdom banned bromate in bread. In 1994, Canada did the same. Brazil recently outlawed bromide in flour products.    Iodine Levels and Cancer Risk:  Iodine levels have significantly dropped due to bromine exposure; declining consumption of iodized salt, eggs, fish, and sea vegetables; and soil depletion. In the U.S. population, there was a 50 percent reduction in urinary iodine excretion between 1970 and 1990. What’s this doing to our country’s health?   The Japanese consume 89 times more iodine than Americans due to their daily consumption of sea vegetables, and they have reduced rates of many chronic diseases, including the lowest rates of cancer in the world.
            The RDA for iodine in the U.S. is a meager  0.15 mg/day, which pales in comparison with the average daily intake of 13.8 mg/day for the Japanese.  There is a large body of evidence suggesting that low cancer rates in Japan are a result of their substantially higher iodine levels. Iodine has documented antioxidant and anti-proliferative properties.   A strong case can be made that your iodine RDA should be closer to what the Japanese consume daily, if breast cancer rates are any indication. Low iodine can lead to fibrocystic breast disease in women (density, lumps and bumps), hyperplasia, and atypical mammary tissue. Such fibrocystic changes in breast tissue have been shown to reverse in the presence of iodine supplementation after 3-4 months.   If youwant to be tested  for iodine deficiency, the urine iodine challenge test is the best way to assess your iodine level.
              Bromine and Your Thyroid   Adding to the negative health effects of bromine, the damage to your thyroid health deserves special mention. bromine exposure depletes your body’s iodine by competing with iodine receptors. Iodine is crucial for thyroid function. Without iodine, your thyroid gland would be completely unable to produce thyroid hormone. Even the names of the different forms of thyroid hormone reflect the number of iodine molecules attached — T4 has four attached iodine molecules, and T3 (the most biologically active form of the hormone) has three–showing what an important part iodine plays in thyroid biochemistry.   Hypothyroidism is far more prevalent than once thought in the U.S. The latest estimates are that 13 million Americans have hypothyroidism, but the actual numbers are probably higher. Some experts claim that 10 to 40 %  of Americans have suboptimal thyroid function.   Many of these folks may actually have nothing wrong with their thyroid gland at all — they may just be suffering from iodine deficiency.
        Seven Tips for Avoiding Bromine and Optimizing Iodine   Trying to avoid bromine is like trying to avoid air pollution — all you can do is minimize your exposure. That said, here are a few things you can do to minimize your risk:
       1. Eat organic as often as possible. Wash all produce thoroughly. This will minimize your pesticide exposure. 2. Avoid eating or drinking from (or storing food and water in) plastic containers. Use glass and safe ceramic vessels.
        3. Look for organic whole-grain breads and flour. Grind you own grain, if possible. Look for the “no bromine” or “bromine-free” label on commercial baked goods. 4. Avoid sodas. Drink natural, filtered water instead.          .
         5. If you own a hot tub, look into an ozone purification system. Such systems make it possible to keep the water clean with minimal chemical treatments. 6. Look for personal care products that are as chemical-free as possible. Remember — anything going on you, goes in you,                                                                                          
        . 7. When in a car or a building, open windows as often as possible, preferably on opposing sides of the space for cross ventilation. Utilize fans to circulate the air. Chemical pollutants are much higher inside buildings (and cars) than outside.
           Avoid Unfermented Soy Another major contributor to thyroid dysfunction that I did not discuss above is unfermented soy. Soy isoflavones – estrogenics- can wreak havoc on your thyroid. Kaayla Daniel’s groundbreaking book, The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food is a powerful exposé that reveals the truth about the soy myths that have infiltrated our culture. So if you want to keep your thyroid healthy, you’ll definitely want to avoid bromines, and unfermented soy products of all kinds, including soy milk.”
               These changes  – removing fluoride, bromine, aluminum, mercury, lead, unfermented soy-  from consumables, and cutting added iron and chlorine – may possibly add fractional cost to production?  but will hugely improve educability and health, productivity and employability, and reduce premature disability and death  far more than just  hypertension- vascular risks;  and greatly reduce acute and chronic illness and infections, hospitalization and need for risky modern  chronic prescription medication..  And since iodine deficiency is widely endemic ,  increasing population iodine intake up to 12mg a day  like Japanese get,  – not 0.15 mg/ d – will  hugely reduce premature aging,  common goiter and hypothyroidism, infections, vascular disease  and cancer
But of course Corporates, Governments and the Disease , Drug and Hospital Industries  dont want disease ,  jobs and profits to be decimated by natural supplements avoiding most common diseases- the Fraud of Modern Medicine since Only Disease Pays.

SWINE FLU UPDATE . ODDS OF DYING OF SWINE FLU 1 IN A MILLION? WHY REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN MORTALITY? WHY KAFKAESQUE U.S.GOVT.RESPONSE?………… IF SWINE FLU IS RAMPANT IN N.AMERICA,………… WHY STILL NO CLINICAL VACCINE TRIAL RESULTS? WHY THE CONSPIRACY TO AVOID RCT OF CLINICAL EFFICACY OF S.F.VACCINE?

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update 24 Feb 2914   Todays JAMA on-line- first prerelease article about  the current resurgence of Critically Ill Patients With Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Virus Infection in 2014 laments its high deathrate  from acute respiratory and multiorgan failure adults in young adults,  and its guarded response to antiviral designer drugs like Tamiflu.   But it fails to mention vitamins and minerals, although these have dramatic benefit in both preventing infections, and treating flu,  AIDS and  TB.

Flu season: Vitamin D versus H1N1 Flu ,    Hormones Matter and Vit C cures H1N1  highlight the safety and efficacy of vigorous vitamin D  & C repletion, never mind when combined with other antimicrobial supplements like the other vitamins, and the minerals selenium, zinc, iron, iodine, and antimicrobial plant extracts like sutherlandia and  galega officinalis etc.

Guess which Big Pharma is the biggest manufacturer of vitamins in the world? Roche. and guess  which company makes Tamiflu?   Roche–  which refused to release the data from all of its trials, the adverse effects far exceeding its benefits.

But nutritional supplements are not patentable, so they are studiously ignored by the Disease Industry for whom only profit matters.

More about the lethal effect of deriding and suppressing good remedies under the-2014-virus-season-dawns-avoiding-the-semmelweis-reflex-natural-antibiotics-vitamins-c-d3-avoiding-vitamin-denialism –  The Semmelweis Reflex.

update 16 Feb 2014: it’s taken 5 years, but at last the fraud of  Big Pharma and the Regulators, Governments they support is being exposed in more depth:

the Swine Flu pandemic of 2009- set up by the Vaccine Industry paying vast bribes to world Regulators and Governments-  to promote the useless if not risky flu vaccine and Tamiflu drugs, is being confirmed and investigated, as reported by www.NaturalNews.com email newsletter: Even the science journals are now investigating the total scam of the WHO’s flu pandemic fear mongering. Here’s what you need to know: http://www.naturalnews.com/043932_Big_Pharma_World_Health_Organization_flu_scam.html 

and the wider Multiple Vaccine MMR fraud affecting especially infants and children (the gastroenteropathy- Autism link), that has been centre stage for 15 years, is analysed in detail by Dr Andrew Wakefield in his new book Callous Disregard.

Update 15 January 2010: current commentaries:                                                   Mary budinger@earthlink.netn is quoted as writing:

INQUIRIES GET UNDERWAY INTO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST Governments heeded warnings from the United Nations that there would be millions of deaths unless nations promptly proceeded with the controversial vaccination plan promoted by the UN’s entity for health matters, the WHO. With billions of dollars of unneeded inventory now going to waste, government leaders turned angry and started to demand hard answers.

Articles in the European press have repeatedly called into question the myriad ties between vaccine manufacturers and decision makers in the WHO.

The French opposition Socialist Party described that country’s national campaign as an “extravagant fiasco” and demanded a parliamentary investigation.

In early January 2010, the Council of Europe member states announced they are launching an inquiry into the influence of the pharmaceutical companies on the global swine flu campaign, focusing especially on extent of the drug industry’s influence on WHO. The text of the resolution says, in part, “In order to promote their patented drugs and vaccines against flu, pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies, responsible for public health standards, to alarm governments worldwide and make them squander tight health resources for inefficient vaccine strategies and needlessly expose millions of healthy people to the risk of an unknown amount of side-effects of insufficiently tested vaccines. The ‘bird-flu’-campaign (2005/06) combined with the ‘swine-flu’-campaign seem to have caused a great deal of damage not only to some vaccinated patients and to public health-budgets, but to the credibility and accountability of important international health-agencies.”[1]

The WHO’s “false pandemic” flu campaign is “one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century,” according to Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. “The definition of an alarming pandemic must not be under the influence of drug-sellers,” he adds.

Wodarg, a doctor and former SPD member of the German Bundestag, says that the “false pandemic” campaign began last May in Mexico City, when a hundred or so “normal” reported influenza cases were declared to be the beginning of a threatening new pandemic, although there was little scientific evidence for this. Nevertheless the WHO, “in cooperation with some big pharmaceutical companies and their scientists, re-defined pandemics,” removing the statement that “an enormous amount of people have contracted the illness or died” from its existing definition and replacing it by stating simply that there has to be a virus, spreading beyond borders and to which people have no immunity.

These new standards forced politicians in most states to react immediately and sign marketing commitments for additional and new vaccines against swine flu, through “sealed contracts” under which orders are secured in advance and governments take almost all responsibility. “In this way, the producers of vaccines are sure of enormous gains without having any financial risks. So they just wait until WHO says ‘pandemic’ and activate the contracts,” says Dr. Wodarg.[1]

The Japanese health ministry announced it is launching an inquiry into deaths and side effects from the vaccine. Japan recorded 104 deaths, roughly 80 percent of whom are people aged 70 or older who had chronic diseases or disorders. Additionally, some 1,900 cases of side effects had been reported from medical institutions.

In the U.S., President Obama had decreed the H1N1 pandemic a national emergency, prompting some analysts to warn about increased governmental powers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had issued a “formal declaration of a Public Health Emergency” in April of 2009, even though there had only been 20 confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus.

To date, the U.S. has not followed in the footsteps of the Council of Europe.
[1] http://www.pharmatimes.com/WorldNews/article.aspx?id=17147

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D. writes:

How Big Pharma profits off fear            With Big Pharma raking in billions off swine flu fears, the last thing they need is a government handout.

Yet Uncle Sam is busy playing Daddy Warbucks with YOUR lunch money, helping Swiss drugmaker Novartis open a new vaccine plant in North Carolina. You’ve generously contributed around $700 million to help Novartis build their shiny new drug factory — $220 million three years ago, and $486 million this year.

And I’ll bet you didn’t even get a thank-you card.

In return for this bad investment in a foreign company, the U.S. government gets the right to PURCHASE vaccine for 17 years. Not only that, but these vaccines will be created using a new and unproven biotech method that relies on dog kidneys instead of chicken eggs.

In other words, this plan really is a dog.

I’m a doctor, not an economist. But if this is someone’s idea of stimulus, you do the math: The plant now employs 191 people making an average of $50,000 per year. At that rate, it would take around 75 years for the government money put into this joint to make its way back into our own economy.

Slice off a few years if you believe them when they say they’ll ultimately employ 350 people when the plant is fully operational in 2013 — in any case, it’ll be decades before Americans ever see that cash again.

But don’t worry — I’m sure somewhere, a poor Swiss ski resort is hosting a group of free-spending Novartis executives.

Maybe they’ll be joined by their yodeling friends at the World Health Organization. A report at World Net Daily says at least three of the WHO’s top flu “experts” have financial ties to vaccine makers.

That sure explains a lot.

Meanwhile, anyone who doubts that money is the real driving force behind swine flu fears only needs to check out Business Week magazine.

A recent headline there tells whole story by itself: “How Big Pharma Profits from Swine Flu.”

Careful there, Business Week. That kind of thinking would have gotten you branded a radical conspiracy theorist just a few months ago!

Just check out these big paydays off swine flu vaccine sales:
•  $1.7 billion for GlaxoSmithKline
•  $700 million for Novartis
•  $500 million for Sanofi-Aventis
Those figures are for the fourth quarter of 2009 alone — analysts expect them to grab similar piles of cash for the first quarter of 2010 as everyone from President Obama to Santa Claus push these needless vaccines on you and your children.

Business Week also notes that vaccine sales are booming just in time: Patents on prescription drugs worth a combined $135 billion in annual sales are about to expire… with no new meds ready to replace them.

And that means you can expect another phony swine flu scare any moment now.

Never feeding the flu fears”.

And tp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/02/Harvard-Takes-it-Back-and-Says-Swine-Flu-was-Oversold.aspx

These need to be read in tandem with the other vaccine sagas:

Martin Walker’s ongoing expose of  The Drug Industry-GMC-NHS  vendetta  against Dr  Andrew Wakefield  for daring to question the benefits of mass vaccination of infants;

about the risks versus benefit of vaccinating pubertal boys and girls against cervix cancer;

and the mad search for an HIV vaccine against a disease which is in fact a sociological problem of  nutritional immunodeficiency upon which is superimposed sexual violence as in rape  or voluntary recklessness usually against (usually)  innocent partners – promiscuity   in multiple concurrent sexual relationships as currently promoted  by sexual predators  like Tiger Woods and the illegitimate and corrupt  South African “president” Jacob Zuma. .

UPDATE 16 December:

It is now 15  weeks since this column  expressed grave doubt about the cost-benefit of the touted anti-virals Tamiflu and Relenza .

All hell has broken loose over drug company fraud- which could only have happened in collusion with big politicians:

while Bayer and BMS Bristol-Myer Squibb are under heavy attack, and Pfizer paid a record $2.3billion fine to settle, and Novartis and Baxter are under the vaccine fraud microscope,

not only has proven  swine flu  mercifully fallen far below pandemic deathrate and sickness predictions,  while big batches of vaccine (GSK)  have had to be pulled due to serious complications even in Canada- and GSK directors /promoters too are under scrutiny;

but predictions about the fraud of massive anti-influenza drug promotion have proven all too true.  The BMJ today is full of doubts since a solitary Japanese author questioned the veracity of selectively published let alone unpublished Tamiflu studies orchestrated by Roche.

As some say, in marketing and disease-mongering,  its like in love and war-  anything goes – and provided it promotes American corporate interests, the FDA goes along.. ..

20091111 A This WW1 Armistice day : A new report quotes the CDC projection that “4000 rather than 1200 Americans have died of swine flu since April.. and that the  University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research thinks deaths are likely to be in the 30,000-to-40,000 range, and would have a long way to go to even get there… The vaccine should also cut the death rate.”.

Yesterday an appeal from the FDA Commissioner of Food and Drugs went out to all to promote the swine flu vaccine. But Dr Hamburg does not quote one iota of evidence that the vaccine does or will do more good than harm- especially in those at highest risk, the pregnant, the  old and ill and infants. She fails to address the cardinal issue: why have no trials so far assessed the benefit of the vaccine (on swine flu infectivity and morbidity)  against placebo on a background of well-known anti-infective natural safe supplements?

It is perfectly obvious that with an apparent infectivity rate of swine flu well above 1:1000, but an apparent linked mortality rate of  2 per million of population per month through September-October- the USA- the FDA CDC and the other interlinked countries at highest risk- Canada, Australia,  UK, Brazil, Argentine –  had a duty to see that the vaccines were immediately tested in double-blind RCTs against placebo injection in volunteers–  at least the apparently moderate risk ie the well young, but most of all  in the high-risk groups ie the age extremes, pregnancy and those with serious chronic diseases.

From the already established  spread-, fatality- and complication rate, it is obvious that, during the current upsurge reported by these countries, it would take no more than a few weeks – at a vaccination rate even in Sweden of 2million people in a few weeks, with spread rate of thousands of new  tested cases a month, to produce the crucial answers- how far does the vaccine cut the infection rate, and  the morbidity rate and degree.

Yet according to the NIH Clinical trials.gov registry, there is still no such trial listed. The FDA decided it doesnt require efficacy data on the vaccines.

So it appears that the Authorities in all pandemic  countries are guilty of gross deception- at best  that they know that the vaccine is pretty useless, or worse, that they dont know – and don’t want to know till the vaccine is all used up. Dastardly conspiracy theorizing, by sober scientists,  but that’s what the Authorities’ declared deliberate omission (evasion of such a basic obvious  efficacy trial)  creates.

At least there is a double-blind placebo-controlled  clinical trial of Tamiflu in progress in Hong Kong, in 300 patients with the swine flu, lasting a year. . The outcome is likely to be that, if tamiflu doesnt prove to be worse than the placebo, 300 is far too few subjects to show any significant benefit over placebo.

Bloombergs reports today that Norway has had 6300 confirmed cases by last week and 16 related deaths by Nov 9, but while Sweden had cases doubling weekly to the last week of October, there have still been only 3 related deaths reported . However on Nov 9th perhaps the 4th related death was reported in Sweden.  . But Sweden has banned media reporting on swine flu vaccine deaths, which stood at 5 after 2million vaccinations.

It looks like the cumulative swine-flu related deathrate in Europe has reached 0.8 per million population.

20091109  The past week: only one new case has been reported in Southern Africa (Namibia) and no linked deaths in Africa; in Canada between 3-5 Nov there were 14 new linked deaths (14% increase);   in Netherlands 7 people died in the week to 6 Nov, with the total there still only around 20 attributed to the swine flu.

The USA latest  CDC report shows that in the 2 months   to end October influenza-associated death rate was  2 per million of population per month; for comparison, in 2006 the monthly deathrate  was 770 per million, of which influenza and pneumonia  contributed only 2.3%, the 8th  leading cause  after cardiac-, stroke, malignant, lower respiratory, accident, diabetes and alzheimer causes.  Since – accidents aside- all of these commonest fatal  diseases are precisely the highrisk patients that die most of influenza anyway,  it is unclear whether the present increase in ILS ( influenza-like syndrome)  deaths has significantly increased overall mortality

SWINE FLU 1918: There is a graphic  interview on November  5th with a living survivor of the 1918  genuine flu epidemic, which killed some 2.5-3% ie 25 000 of  every million  people   (5% in India) by blue death- drowning-  in at least America, France and Germany, far more in India.  That  H1N1 plague lasted at least 2 years,  infecting perhaps 1/3 of the world population of 1.5billion,  with 50% cross-infection  rate and mortality rate of between 2% and 20% of those infected.

SWINE FLU 1976:  that outbreak never spread beyond Fort Dix, where one victim died. But in the ensuing government panic, 22% of the population were given a hastily prepared vaccine, followed by 1098 cases of Guillaine-Barre syndrome, at least half of which were attributed to the H1N1 vaccine, with at least 25 deaths. A recent review puts this risk (of GBS after H1N1 vaccination) at about 1 in a million- far  higher than  there is now of  healthy people dying of the current swine flu outside the Americas and Australia.

SWINE FLU 2009: it is cold comfort to see the current swine flu  global picture on Wiki at the end of October- a true deathrate of probably <1 per million after at least 6 months. The big question is, will there be more waves of it or, worse, a deadlier mutation caused by hasty vaccination?

The biggest  question, mystery, now is:  if swine flu is indeed pandemic  and spreading at least in America and Australia, why are there still no placebo-controlled trials published confirming that the vaccines and antiviral drugs reduce infectivity, severity and mortality of the 2009 H1N1 virus?

INCIDENCE: While bigger countries have stopped testing all but key or high-risk suspect cases for swine flu,   the smaller countries’ figures of confirmed cases relative to population size are instructive:

closed communities like the Cook Islands, Hong Kong and Macau respectively found incidence of 0.9% – 0.47%;

but only 0.07 -0.25% in other “ islands” world wide – Caymans, New Zealand, Jersey, Bahrain, Iceland, Marshall, Australia, Malta.

Mainland countries that apparently continue screening all who report in with flu symptoms – like Portugal and Belgium -found respectively 0.24% and 0.08% of suspects positive for  swine flu.

FATALITY: As regards death rates: Mexico and South Africa reported apparently related deaths among confirmed swine flu cases as approx 0.7%/1000 infections ; Australia & Japan approx 0.5%; Hong Kong 0.12%; and Germany and Portugal approx 0.02%.

Multiplying  the incidence rate by the case  fatality rate- or more simply dividing the number of deaths by the population- suggests that if you the reader  are generally well, the odds of  your  dying of swine flu are far below  1 in a million; whereas infants, or the elderly,  the chronically ill or  the obese are at far higher risk of dying anyway.  So far there have been some 1500 deaths in 308million Americans recorded in people testing positive for swine flu- that, is some 5 deaths per million- but by epidemiological  reasoning by an  international team, most of those deaths were already in pregnant or  other (chronically) high risk patients  and therefore not attributable primarily  to the swine flu itself- they were already, knowingly or not, at high background risk..

1500 deaths in 6 months  in America is ~0.8 deaths  per million per month, but the  background- all-cause  death rate there averages about 68 per million per month by last CDC count.

Japan and India with the highest population density in the world for  big  developed populations are remarkable – since the first case in their spring 6 months ago,  similar  population deathrates so far  of only 0.00004%  or  0.4 per million.

whereas in USA the official attributed  swine flu death rate so far is  12 fold higher ie  about 0.0005% ie  5 per million. North America’s epidemic  had only a month headstart on the rest of the world.

These fatality rates may be the maximum theoretically, since even in these first-world countries, the great majority of those who did have swine flu symptoms would not have reported in to be tested.

While most cases of swine flu would have been unrecorded- shrugged off-  in both developed and poor countries it is likely that many deaths at the time of maximum scare may have been wrongly ascribed to swine flu. This is what the naysayers about deaths after vaccination (whether against eg HPV- cervix cancer or against swine flu) are arguing strongly- that with mass vaccination superimposed on normal deathrates, the deaths within a few hours of vaccination or within days of  flu  are simply co-incidence, they are unrelated to the co-incidental  vaccination or the flu….

In Canada, “The majority of suspect swine flu patients— over 85%  (in intensive care)    — have some associated medical risk factors.”

The current NICD  stats for South Africa show that 77% of those who died with swine flu had  relevant co-morbidity  – 50% had HIV, 28% were peripartum women, 21% were obese,  11% diabetic, and 9 to 11% had active TB and/or serious cardiac disease. 91deaths is 1.8deaths per million – surprisingly low in the most unequal and reckless population in the world with massive overweight and ischemic heart disease;   the poor  great  majority having  been  increasingly deprived of jobs, education and quality health care, and suffering the  highest AIDs, tuberculosis,  infantile and maternal  mortality rates,  due to criminally negligent government since ‘independence’ 15years ago which has left the majority increasingly worse off.

So while the 2009 swine flu infectivity  the world over  is  probably far above 1%,  the fatality rates  causally related to the flu virus in those who contracted the swine flu in developed prosperous northern  countries (eg Europe, USA, Canada, Japan) was surely well below 0.03% ie <3:10 000;   and in poor countries like RSA and Mexico and India, probably similar since the virus would have spread far more densely in crowded poor communities with  higher malnutrition and underlying common diseases- but more protected by  having already survived poverty-related infections but also having less robust immune response.

It remains a mystery of rational reasoning as to how the wildfire spread of the 2009 H1N1 virus, and the low linked case fatality rates,  justify the promotion by first-world countries of ‘pandemic’ panic and mass treatment  with untested vaccines  and risky antivirals- especially when the vaccines contain  notoriously risky adjuvants like mercury, aluminium and squalene, let alone extracts (and possibly prions)  from species other than humans. These countries seem to have learned nothing from experience the past century with influenza, polio and HIV.

The reasons may be simply economic- Only Disease Pays, it’s a huge boost for healthcare providers, and manufacturers of  “antiviral” drugs, test kits, anti-swine flu vaccines, masks, disinfectants etc.

Why are there such differences in reported swine flu deathrates in similar countries?

Examining regions in the ~  6 months since the the pandemic hit them:

EUROPE: the biggest nation- Germany with 80million people has had  20 000 people test positive ie 1 in 40 000, with 9 deaths  ie about 0.1 in a million of population.

AlpineSwitzerland with almost 8million people has tested all suspicious cases with only 1000 confirmed swine flu, and no suspected deaths – but it  has  banned the  Glaxo  vaccine Pandemrix from being used in  pregnant women, children or young adults (below 18 years of age) or elderly (above 60 years of age).

Scandanavia: In Sweden this Glaxo vaccine has already been associated with 5 deaths in the first 2 weeks  –  5 deaths per (2) million population vaccinated in a month   -with  only some 2000 flu cases documented. Yet   so far in 6 months  only 3 -4 deaths there – 0.3 -o.4 per million population-  have been associated with swine flu itself . If 5 deaths there  soon after the swine flu vaccine , out of (2) million people vaccinated in less than a month,  are co-incidental- a vaccine-related death rate of 1:200  000. – one can equally argue that 4 deaths with the swine flu in a month  in a population of 9.2 million is not a causal relationship but co-incidence of death from other causes and not from the passing mild swine flu.. Norway has had 15 deaths ie 3/million; but Finland only 0.4  and Denmark only 0.16 per million. These and Switzerland are all cold countries with some 33million total population, 22deaths representing a fatality rate of 0.66 per million- the same as the average for Europe. Can there be such significant difference in prosperity and social services accross the EU  to explain the vastly different death rates? Or is it just statistical vagary, or  the fault of sensationalist disease-mongering  media?

A warmer but still cool  country like Germany has a swine flu deathrate of only 0.1/million, whereas the warmer British Isles have a rate of 2.5/million. And the  four  Greko-Latin European nations vary from 0.5 in Portugal & Greece  to 1.1 in  Spain to 4/million in Italy. Why the 8 fold difference? they all  take plenty of wine, olive products and a Mediterranean diet; and many citizens travel widely between these old countries and their migrant kith and kin at  the fountainhead  of swine flu  in North America. .

The overall European swine flu deathrate is only 0.78/million, with France – stretching from the Alps to two warmer  major oceans – similar, and the Low Countries only  0.5..  Why deathrates in three prosperous countries  genetically so linked to the rest of Europe but climatically so  diverse as  Norway, Italy  and UK   are so much above the rest of Europe remains to be unraveled.

CONTINENTAL DIFFERENCES:  in poor  South America there are also wide differences with 1.5 / million in Argentine but 7 per million in Brazil and the whole continent,   compared to 3 per million in the colder  North America;  4/million in the warmer  Caribbean; and  9/million in Australasia.  Why should deathrates be the high  in the Americas and Australasia, but 90%  lower in Japan, India and most of Europe?

But presumably the bigger and poorer the population, the fewer swine flu deaths  get reported, tested and  attributed- this may apply equally in Southern Africa, as in India, China and Russia.

Despite the vastly different climate conditions under which the majority of their people lives, the American deathrate so far – 5/million- is 25% higher than in Canada and poor Mexico‘s 4/million. But the USA admits that most cases of virus-like pneumonia are no longer being tested for H1N1, there are assumed to be due to it. Yet some sources say that this assumption grossly overestimates the  actual swine flu.

COMPARISON WITH AIDS: while the flu also  knows no social barriers- it merely spreads faster and bites faster  in denser and more vulnerable  poor populations- AIDS remains largely a scourge of ignorance, violence (male) and recklessness(male)- especially amongst politicians, who are  amongst the most promiscuous people globally, but eg  in South Africa also the cruelest in deliberately depriving the population until very recently  of both a semblance of social security and antiretrovirals, while spending the abundance of tax revenue on corrupt profligacy – in unneeded weaponry, and personal luxuries like mansions and (to this day) German limos.

Hence the prevalence rate of AIDS varies from above  15% in Southern Africa ( antenatal HIV prevalence of 30%)  to between o.1 and 1% in the rest of the world; with mortality varying from 50% within a year  of clinical presentation in the malnourished squatter millions  without treatment, to 50% survival after 20years with decent living standard and ARVs etc. In South Africa this year AIDS is said to kill a thousand a day ie 20 per million of population every day ie 7200 per million (7.2% of the population) per year- against a crude birthrate of 2% giving a nett population decrease of 5.2% a year, reducing life expectancy at birth to only 49years .

THE VACCINE  SAGA: MORE DECEPTION WITH MISLEADING TRIAL RESULTS :

HIV-AIDS  VACCINE:  after >30years  there is still no proven safe  relevant vaccine in sight against the HIV.  But if rape and male reckless promiscuity  were stopped, there would be no need for a vaccine since cross-infection is so easily avoided.

SWINE FLU VACCINE: Since there has been  no  trial published of the clinical benefit of the  flu vaccine, no objective  information whatsoever is available to judge it’s efficacy versus risk  in  swine flu prevention.   No significant double-blind  trial has been done offering the flu vaccine versus placebo injection.  The first uncontrolled apparently open trial  started  in Australia 22 July, with results  promised and delivered within 6 weeks ie 2 months ago. It is strange indeed that just 8 weeks after the start of that trial, the Australian govt approved the vaccination campaign. . A medical media report of 11 Sept says only 240 people were enrolled in the trial, age 18 to 64 years ie outside the peak risk agegroups at the extremes of life; and the only result released was that the subjects had a good antibody response.

Even the NEJM official trial report gives no clinical results as to protection- although  the New York Times got it wrong in reporting that the “convincing  trial showed robust  protection” . This conclusion is hysterical nonsense since  the only data reported was the antibody response, which does not mean there will  necessarily be any clinical protection against the swine flu.  There can be  no conclusion  as to whether the vaccine reduced the swine flu infection rate or severity because there was no placebo group, double blind or otherwise. Similarly, the Australian trial in children 10 to 17 years old,  the Spanish trial in toddlers, the USA trial  in pregnancy,   and the Chinese trial, showed good antibody response by 10 days – but gave no result about clinical protection.

So all we need is a simple 2 x 2 RCT of  flu vaccine versus placebo vaccine, with all cases independently covered by eg a supplement of zinc plus  highdose vitamin betacarotene + C + D + K plus fish oil as baseline safety net,  or placebo. The most important question remains: given the huge proven benefit of  safe vigorous doses of these cheap freely available supplements against both flu and AIDS, do people need anything more than a multisupplement to reduce risk of all diseases?  and does adding a costly hazardous H1N1 vaccine on top of that give worthwhile better protection against swine flu? The answer must be overwhelmingly NO, given the risk of at least GBS if not anaphylactic death after H1N1 vaccines. Why take a vaccine if it’s risk is  far worse than that of the swine flu itself, let alone  simple all-system multinutrient prevention that reduces all-cause mortality by at least a third?

But the last thing that vaccine manufacturers,  marketeers and governments  want is a negative answer, so they dont allow such a trial- is it because they lack courage, or that they already know the answer is negative, or worst of all,  that the vaccine is worse than useless?

Some may argue that it is unethical to offer nothing ie double placebo in such an RCT with rare but arguably serious virus-related complications. So all could be covered by at least a simple standard multivite a day at below RDA levels- which by all accounts gives marginal if any benefits except in the malnourished.

Obviously the difficulty with such a virus trial  is cost and invasiveness:  in  an RCT of the vaccine, one ideally needs to have  both serological and culture screening for this hybrid H1N1 virus at baseline – as well as placebo-controlled evidence of reduction in disease. Since the swine flu is so far milder than seasonal flu, there is no other way of defining whether a specific swine flu  vaccine is of significant overall benefit against this H1N1 virus.

Trumpeting “pandemic” and compulsory vaccination with an unproven vaccine  is a great distraction and profiteering  for governments-  presidents and the Big Business that controls them and their agencies,   beset with insoluble political and corruption scandals as are most. Recently an Australian anti-vaccination group published a damning cross-referenced  litany of evidence against  the trillion$ vaccination industry.

The current “pandemic” distraction with swine flu while they wage war on their peoples, effective martial law implemented or foreseen  in the USA, China,  and South Africa (predicted conversion of the police to a massive politicized  paramilitary, nationalization of all major industry and business and provincial governments), is beyond the imagination of most fiction writers except masters like Margaret Atwood – ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’;  Jose Saramago – ‘Blindness’ and ‘Seeing’;  Gabriel Garcia Marquez ; Franz Kafka.  .

We can only continue to pray, hope that sanity will prevail , that  RCTs  of  both the swine flu vaccine and antiviral drugs are  being done  to prove that they are both useful, necessary and safe. There is no evidence on the internet of this,   suggesting that conspiracy theory may  prove correct – that the whole vaccination and antiviral drugs if not the severity of the ‘pandemic’  are simply the result of disease-mongering for profit, like ever-popular  war-mongering on every continent..

THE TRILLION-DOLLAR CANCER INDUSTRY: QUOT HOMINES TOT FEMINA or QUOT HOMINES TOT CANKERI??

neil.burman@gmail.com

 PREFACE:  the conflict  between common sense, conventional wisdom and vested commercial interests:

Throughout the ages, innovators and believers in truth and freedom of thought  have risked if not attained martyrdom for disputing populist or autocratic wisdom or beliefs, from Socrates to Jesus to objectors against prevailing dogma through the past twenty centuries, Martin Luther, Galileo Galilei and in our time  eg Margaret Sanger, Mahatma Ghandi, Linus Pauling, Jack F Kennedy, Nelson Mandela,  Steven Biko, now even medical leaders like Dr David Graham at the Federal Drug And Food Administration itself.

But despite the eternal fact that truth will out, even now the USA and South African governments are determined to suppress truth, making it a jail offence for whistleblowers and media reporters to publicise evidence that exposes (eg medical) fact let alone corruption and worse. Jose Saramago the late Nobel-winning Portuguese author of “Blindness” and “Seeing”.  will be sadly shaking his heavenly locks.  We should heed Saramago’s modern scepticism  about official truths if not his atheism and communism.

Eleven years ago the emeritus professors Sirs  Stuart Cameron(British)  and Bill Hoffenberg (South African) at London University  dared to publish jtaboo questions for ethical debate – The ethics of organ transplantation reconsidered: paid organ donation and the use of executed prisoners as donors. This was still hotly debated in 2003- and remains so in South Africa -ironically after 16 years of ‘democratic’ majority rule  one of the most violent and corrupt countries in the world – where leading private practice doctors and hospitals are being prosecuted for transplanting kidneys from apparently desperate willing sellers to unrelated paying recipients.

The Case of Disease-Mongering?  Screening the well at average (not high) risk for Possible Future Cancer:

 The classic Latin phrase Quot Homines, Tot Sententiae- so many people, so many opinions – refers to the dilemma of which opinion to follow, what to  vote for. Politics aside, never is this more apposite than about confusing men and women about the grave risks  of the overdiagnosis and overtreatment of screening-detected silent cancers.

So perhaps the title should read: Quot Homines Tot Cankeri: not all adults may get crabs, but the screening disease industry posits that  all adults may get cancer and thus should be regularly invasively internally screened. .

We are not talking about investigation directed at a possible cancer that has already grown big enough to be causing relevant symptoms eg a lump or pain etc. It is indeed surely negligent if a health professional fails to recommend such diagnostic investigations in the appropriate clinical conditions.

SCREENING FOR BREAST AND PROSTATE CANCER: A review last month of the massive ( New Jersey Cancer Institute) study of prostate cancer bears out the futility- in fact grave risks- of screening for silent dormant prostate cancer in men without symptoms. This is reinforced by a broader recent Medscape review. 

Wikipedia usefully sums up the dilemma we face 2500 years after Hippocrates.  While Aulus Cornelius Celsus translated the Greek carcinos into the Latin  – to many of us the foods of the gods – Galen 150 years later used “oncos” to describe all tumours, the root for the word oncology; but the more thoughtful Hippocrates had long before distinguished benign tumours oncos, Greek for swelling, from malignant tumours carcinos.

We can fast-forward this distinction to 2010 in Hippocratic terms of both ethics and pathology:

1.should tumours that are histologically “malignant” but clinically static over a usual lifetime – as most asymptomatic prostate and breast “cancers” are ie “oncos” (eg screening-detected ductal or cervix carcinoma in situ) if not stirred up by eg hormone therapy or biopsy- be labelled, diagnosed to the patient as clinically malignant “carcinos” ie a spreading crab? Hippocrates , and later Celsus , were indeed talking about cancers as tumours that were clinically and macroscopically malignant. Silent preclinical cancers that are discovered on screening are rarely so. And therefore

 2.is it ethical to do cancer screening (by blood, digital, xray, ultrasound, biopsy) of all asymptomatic patients? As Shaughnessy and Slawson (1997) so incisively wrote a decade ago, is such commercially lucrative proactivity Patient-Orientated Evidence that Matters ie POEM to the patient? They continued to publicise this theme relentlessly until their last joint Pubmed-listed essay in 2006, arguing trenchantly for valid evidence-based practice rather than as most doctors seem to do, following ex cathedris views and guidelines by ‘experts’ and committees- who are likely influenced by Big Pharma. They (Shaughnessy and Slawson) individually continue this battle until now.

The updated wikipedia review  of xray screening for asympotomatic preclinical cancer including breast cancer, soberly reviews the controversy surrounding the benefits – saving possibly one extra life in 2000 healthy women whose breasts are heavily crushed and irradiated for years for no benefit, for the dozens undergoing recalls and biopsies for lesions found, the handful who may have cancer diagnosed and even surgery and radio/chemotherapy, for mostly early cancers that far more often than not would never have presented during lifetime and death from other causes.

Yet screening breast cancer xray mammography of even millions of asymptomatic women not at familial risk cannot be proven to save even one life let alone lives. The increasing doubts about the costs (both financial and emotional) of such screening versus the benefits of such screening of well persons with low risk factors including family, apply to screening for many relatively common feared cancers eg breast, prostate, testicular, ovary, lung.

SCREENING FOR OTHER CANCERS: So the question may well be asked whether there is overall statistically significant benefit (in lower overall mortality and morbidity) of such invasive screening programs even for the other two commonest cancers of older adults- colon cancer and cervix cancer- in those without significant risk factors- relevant symptoms or infections or family history.

This then extends to the longerm questionable overall benefit versus risk of vaccination especially from preteens against human papilloma virus- again, such vaccination is a trillion-dollar industry when it is decreed compulsory for all children. .  As screening for breast and prostate cancers has shown no clear benefit to individuals or to the population screened – versus the non-screened- on longterm population followup, it will take comparable careful review of results in thousands of initially low-risk well patients for decades to show whether overall mortality and morbidity was indeed lower in average-risk populations that were invasively screened/ vaccinated for eg cervix or colon cancer versus those that were not.

Only such a study will show whether the public has anything to lose by simply being mandated to report to a healthcare professional for relevant investigation when they develop new symptoms eg change in bowel or gynaecological health.   It is damning that on a populist website like Health24, the page on Breast cancer was last updated in 2006, and does not even mention the crucial issue of longterm benefit and risk on those screened. Naturally service providers with vast investments in technology and aggressive management promote screening, as witnessed by national health services, university and private hospitals and high-tech practitioners in all countries. At least the Wikipedia section on breast cancer screening has a lengthy section covering the controversy.  .

 It is now six years since surgery professors Dent and Panieri published an editorial warning about the lack of convincing evidence for population breast cancer screening. And their editorial did not even consider the added risk factor of repeated crushing and irradiation of presumably health breasts.

And a practicing USA radiologist like Dr Jeff Dach argues realistically against all such screening based on the evidence.  .  As he says, just switch off the screening imaging machines, stop calling ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast a cancer. The ongoing argument for and against screening is hotly debated by specialists supporting and opposing the vested interest of the Screening Industry.

 Without more study, it cannot be assumed, proclaimed, taken for granted that the giant resources- costs, risks, and invasion of everyones’ privacy and time,  required for such mass screening and vaccination – are justified. Are they anything more than lucrative disease-mongering? when screening xray mammography alone is already said to  gross almost $10 billion a year in USA (300million people) .

   Extend that to all countries and the five common adult genetically linked cancers,  and the cost of questionable screening (and then managing the discovered cancers) – let alone aging cancer itself) for the whole world of older adults surely  rises to above a trillion dollars a year– a nice coveted annual pot of gold for governments in power and the business moguls, big stakeholders they serve.

As with the spurious decade-long unwinnable invasion of Iraq for fictitious nuclear weapons but in reality for the profits of war and oil,

 and the USA – European Union -WHO declaration of a swine flu pandemic just a year ago so that the NATO business buddies – governments and their funding private megacorporations – could reap billions in immediate rake-off from unproven screening tests and vaccinations and drugs;

and its trillions a year from uncovering and treating all those sleeping cancers, 

 so who cares about the benefits and risks decades down the line for those screened and vaccinated and treated now for disease that is unlikely ever to occur?

BIG PHARMA-US GOVT CONSPIRACY FRAUD: THE NEVER-ENDING STORY OF DESIGNER SNAKEOILS- VIOXXES, FOSAMAXES, PSYCHOTROPES…

neil.burman@gmail.com  20100630

Pharma Fraud: the saga continues:

So Merck is also paying out $4,5billion to settle Vioxx damage cases…

  and now    Fri, Jun 25 2010  Jury orders Merck pay $8 million Fosamax damages 

 But as this column has described for almost 3 years  now, over 3000 cases of bisphosphonate osteonecrosis had already been  reported worldwide by 2006; the first case having been reported in about 1996.    

    And  leading university clinician Professor Dr  Scott Reuben gets a slap on the wrist 6 month jail sentence and > $300 000 fine for consistently faking drug  results ( Vioxx, Bextra, Effexor and even Lyrica ) for Merck and Pfizer- to bolster their multibillions sales. How much has he been paid / guaranteed to retire luxuriously remains untold.  

 So Meck now leads Pfizer ($3.4billion admitted  so far) in fines and damages penaties-  but both Pfizer    and Merck  still face untold billions in fines and damages in current ongoing litigation against them.  And worse to come- Merck and Bayer face massive damages claims over their contraceptives . This apart from the bakers’ dozen of shady practices listed against Bayer, of unquantified costs.    

  I recently saw my first associated case, a postmenopausal woman who had to have all her teeth removed and implants done after they came loose after a  few years on a bisphosphonate for osteoporosis prevention.  But perhaps my mother-in-law’s spontaneous cornflake collapse  of her lower femur in 1998 was my first case, someone had put her at about 70years  on bisphosphonate a few years before. She has never walked since, despite repeatedly failed  knee replacement. .

  There never has been the slightest  proven clinical justification for taking Vioxxes- Celebrex- Voltarens for pain, or bisphosphonates for osteoporosis/osteopenia, since there are safe  long-proven more effective natural painkillers, and safe supplements which restore normal bone without any risks, and (unlike bisphosphonates) with multisystem benefits that reduce all major common  degenerative diseases by 1/3 to 1/2 .   These modern synthetic designer drugs like bisphosphonates,   nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory “painkillers” ,  statins- cholesterolbusters, hypoglycemic drugs which actually promote obesity, neuro-drugs like  Neurontin, Lyrica, and Prozacs – Effexors, were and are  invented  to deceive patients into taking  lucrative $billion-dollar a year patent prescriptions  for widespread “prevention” and treatment, instead of the original natural supplements like eg herbs, biologicals, vitamins,and minerals which give relief and address the real causes with minimal risks and at low cost.        

 This  catastrophic fraud of Big Pharma- fostered by governments (for massive tax profits, job creation and ‘kickback’- God forbid that they are called bribes ) is  now exceeded in size only by the biggest Big Pharma scam ever,   last year’s  false swine flu pandemic scam  set up between the US government and Big Pharma, with multibillion dollar profits from unproven-value  mass testing,  vaccination and Tamiflu of unknown future disaster potential like thalidomide and stilbestrol proved to be.    (which in turn is exceeded perhaps by the biggest scam ever of modern times- the 2nd Iraqi war of GW Bush-Dick Cheney- Donald Rumsfeld- Halliburtons   that has now run most of this decade, the $Trillion War of Jo Stiglitz which will cost future generations of American and UK taxpayers infinitely more than that in compensation for injuries and deaths and debt; when there never were grounds – other than limitless oil to be pillaged- to invade Iraq any more than any of another dozen repressive dictatorship, when the obvious target against  Al Quaeda was always Afghanistan-Pakistan. )  

And the USA Govt and WHO (and hence most countries’ sheep -like regulators) actually changed the definition of a pandemic last year to perpetrate the trill$megabillion  swine flu  scam, and forswore proper randomized controlled clinical double-blind trials  to justify the vaccines and Tamiflu; and conveniently declared masses of old vaccine stores that were legally past their expiry date as recertified for use; and actually indemnified the vaccine manufacturers they chose against any future liability for failure of or complications from the vaccines.  

 Thus  the current USA government -with the backing of coerced allied governments  – invented the so far unproven if not risky swine flu vaccines, then handed the  recipes over to chosen manufacturers for free to produce and make $billions each within a year- with no liability –  at the incalculable expense of present and future taxpayers already reeling under the onslaught of USA-provoked overseas wars and  gigantic banking and oil cartel scams carefully orchestrated  by  deliberately failed  government   “regulation” which have caused the worst western global financial depression and environmental pollution  ever. .  

But these Big Pharma mafia  companies are bigger than the economies of many countries – apparently up to >8% of American gross domestic product- so they are protected by governments as too big to  jail or  close for fraud!   They couldnt care less about a few billion dollar fines  and damages for which they budgeted under cost of business- eg Bayer  last year paid $68billion for Wyeth the HRT  (Premarin- Provera) giant in North America…  

 As this column has previously reported,  the late greatest economist of modern times Ken Galbraith  would have said that  Big Pharma truly  rerpresents   the bared  backside  of western capitalist social democracy Naomi Klein’s  disaster capitalism (led by the modern pioneers of Human Rights for their own citizens if not their vassal dominions  – UK, Europe and USA)   – –  at its foulest .

ABANDONED DOCTRINE OF TRUTH IN MEDICINE: POSTMENOPAUSAL HRT:USE HUMAN TRANSDERMALS. WHY RISK TABLETS? BIG PHARMA WINNING THE (DIS)INFORMATION WAR. part 2

 6 June 2010. neil.burman@gmail.com 

Part 1: Transdermal better than oral estrogen for replacement: the importance of appropriate HRT.

Part : 2. DOCTRINE OF CENSORSHIP and DECEIPT;   vs DOCTRINE OF TRUTH:

The Doctrine of Truth (as opposed to theological disputes)  may be said to  date back perhaps 2400 years to Plato.     The  opposite, the Doctrine of Deception and Censorship may have been used by ruthless rulers throughout history  against their own citizens to justify achieving their goals at any cost; and may be said to have been adapted from the Cold War enemy and  perfected by the Kissinger-Bush Regime  in the past 40 years, and  after 9/11 used to  plunge  America into multitrillion dollar futile  war debt  in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The same team (Kissinger’s kindergarten- the  Bushes, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz) has been operating in Washington Administration since the Vietnam war, fuelling failed states- Shock Doctrine  , promoting the policy of two foreign wars for profit at any time,  and disseminating nuclear weapons to Pakistan, South Africa  and many other warring states. .   But fortunately that ruthless regime  was not able to emasculate the USA Supreme Court   as the ANC Govt is now doing in South Africa, and most powermad governments do.

Last week the California Supreme Court under the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech, threw out the FDA Doctrine of Censorship    that bans truthful health claims about supplements, the Doctrine of Deception that corporations, politicians and governments now use to further their own interests not those of  citizens.  

This Court victory  is progress after the revelations  the past year  this column and others review serially about the  endemic Big Pharma-FDA- governments’  fraud around  modern drugs and technology, the ficticious Celebrex-Bextra-Vioxx and swine flue ‘pandemic’  scams,   the flu vaccines,  Tamiflu, and now the Rotavirus vaccine and HPV- Cervix cancer vaccines;   and the evidence-based vindication of Dr Andrew Wakefield’s work and martyrdom on  damage inflicted by multiple early vaccinations . 

For example, the H1N1,  swine flu and HPV vaccines may produce strong antibody reactions, but where is the evidence that they translate longterm into reduction in serious sequelae  from infections and cancer, and without serious long term unintended complications like neurological impairment?  But Big Pharma is immunized at incalculable cost to future taxpayers- by the USA government – (which blissfully passes out of responsibility  after it’s 4 to 8 year term)- which simply denies the possibility of risk and blocks cost-benefit trials of swine flu vaccine lasting  even 2 year let alone 5 years.

The best evidence  summary on Pubmed for HPV vaccine is a 2007 review that serological results “imply they will be effective at preventing related cervical cancer” -on which supposition multimillions of  young women, even  pre-teen boys and grils are being/ have been  coerced into having unproven costly risky vaccines.  Why else would health insurers be still opposing the $360 cost of this unproven vaccination?

The precedents for longterm vaccine adversity are  horrendous, especially after previous misdirected western medical zealotry for  clitoridectomy and oophorectomy for rebelliousness even up to the 1900s, the incarceration in asylums of the ‘mentally ill’  including  dissidents, to mass forced electroconvulsive therapy, to misdirected elective hysterectomy , or gastric surgery for peptic ulcer, to gross antibiotic abuse, to the numerous major complications and deaths after the previous shotgun antiflu vaccination campaign not a few decades ago – never mind the gross disasters from hasty new drug profiteering with eg stilbestrol, the early highdose oral contraceptives,  and  nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories,    discussed in a recent previous column. 

By contast, the USA delayed the introduction of lithium there- heavy competition for it’s new -psychotrope  empire- by refusing  to licence for decades  lithium carbonate- the gold standard for treatment of deadly bipolar disease outside USA- until the great Dane  father of lithium Dr Magnus Schou had been forced to put his patients at risk by doing a double-blind withdrawal trial of lithium; and it refused to licence and encourage  metformin- the gold standard drug (aet 1922) outside USA since the 1950s against type 2 diabetes- until  the UK did the unique double-blind UKPDS trial which confirmed that metformin is the only patent ever drug which reduces both major disease and all-cause mortality by over a third.

And despite major trials for up to 4 years on 4 continents proving that preventative  metformin in overweight  ie prediabetic patients more than halves the occurrence of new diabetes, reduces all markers of lipidemia, inflammation, thrombosis,  and therefore  future mobidity, obesity and mortality, the FDA and the disease industry  still continue the farce of maintaining that metformin is proven solely to treat type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome, while they promote new antidiabetics , antilipidemia and  appetitite suppressants  (unproven by longterm trials)  until enough patients suffer and die, like from the glitazones, incretins, statins, fenphen, acarbose, sibutramine, rimonabant,  xenical etc.

 Fortunately the landmark California judgement comes in the same week as UK society questions the abandonment of religious ie moral education in secular UK schools. This hard-won judicial and moral Doctrine of Truth, of Human Rights – which especially USA, UK, Europe and South African governments up to the present  have abandoned this century- applies equally to the BBC ie the media, and Governments/Corporations – politicians and officials; and the Disease Industry including Regulators, Big Pharma and clinicians.

INFORMATION WARFARE AND THE DOCTRINE OF DECEPTION:       Prof   Bill Hutchinson (Chair of the Australian Information Warfare and Security Conference)  in his seminal essay Information Warfare and Deception(2007)   describes  the  Doctrine of  (Dis)Information Deception  strategy  best practiced by the most developed countries that can monitor electonic media and control mass media via small cartels..    He quotes the Soviet Marxist-Lenminist  concept of maskirovka which includes deception, disinformation, secrecy, feints, diversions, imitation, concealment, simulation and security.. Basically, it is concerned with “anything capable of confusing, and therefore weakening, the enemy” (Lloyd, 1997). 

Which strategy the USA politicians  rapidly put to good use from lessons learnt in the wars in Vietnam, Panama, the Falklands , the disaster capitalism used to loot countries by shock doctrine; and so tightly applied in the past decades’ wars started by the Bush quintet;  the senior Bush having served as head of the CIA. Donald Rumsfeld was successively head of GD Searle till it was sold to the rogue company Montsano so deeply involved in the  growth hormone, pesticide and genetically modified seeds scandals, and then of Gilead Science manufacturer of  Tamiflu – one of the scandals of the swine flu scam last year. Dick Cheney was head of Halliburtons, the US corporation most scandalously favoured by $billions in government contracts throughout the Iraq war. Marcia Angell details how Rumsfeld’s GD Searle subsequently ended up as part of Pfizer; and that one recent (2003) annual meeting of PhRMA included Bush senior, the Secretary for Health, former FDA commissioner McClellan and Senator George Allen. So deeply are the politicians involved in Big Pharma.

This deception strategy  has  long and  expertly been deployed by Big Pharma and others in the Disease megaIndustry.   In the marketing health complex context,  for ‘enemy’ read those not in Big Pharma/ Disease technology manufacture-  the reputedly independent regulators, legislators and clients- healthcare insurers/ medical aid groups, State healthcare organizations, healthcare providers and patients. For the other side read ‘Government-Regulator-Diseasemongering- Disease Technology producers- Big Pharma’ complex.  

 It remains to be seen whether, as Hutchinson writes, the government -disease industry -mass media complex uses draconian (paramilitary)  tactics yet again to overturn judical vigilance for free speech and choice.  So after millennia of  promotion, growth  of   truth and human rights as portrayed  and promoted  by rational moderate thinkers (in modern times like Kierkegaard, George Elliot, Winwood Reade, Rudolf Steiner, Churchill, Ghandi, Margaret Sanger,  Linus Pauling, Ivan Illich, Ken Galbraith, Herman Wouk,  and now Naomi Klein, AC  Grayling, and medical Drs   James Le Fanu, Andrew Weil and Marcia Angell) ,   now  greedy  zealots of all faiths – muslim, catholic, baptist, jew, taoist, atheist, – in business,  industry, politics,  and specifically the Disease and Big Pharma  Industry   continue to expand  their   manipulative power and profit interests. 

HARM NOT PREVENTION FROM HIGHTECH SCREENING:

We have watched with increasing alarm the past decades  the proliferation of supposedly preventative costly technology mushroom , from autoanalysers and hypercholesterol mania  to screening for low risk silent breast prostate and colon cancers, to molecular and genetic screening- each multibillion dollar goldmines. .  Now the lid is coming off the obvious, that the more “diagnostic” xray screening eg xray mammography, the more cancer ;

 and the more the preventative new designer synthetic drugs   promoted eg  statins  bisphosphosphonates  nonsteroidal antiinflammatories psychotropes & agents eg genetically modified seeds, the greater the unintended consequences- without any overall benefit except to monster profiteers in  industry and government. 

So the  rights achieved by many martyrs against  European, Muslim, Asian,  panAmerican  and even African ethnic and religious despotism  for so many – especially  for the poor, women and childen, the ill and the aging – in the late 20th century are fast fading as the power-and money-mad destroy the environment, democracy,  health and security including especially for old age  in almost all  countries, on all but two of the continents.

Which brings us back to yesterdays’ ‘ headline health soundbite: to fight for appropriate affordable optimal ie  parenteral balanced human hormone replacement supplements to manage aging.

ABANDONED DOCTRINE OF TRUTH IN MEDICINE: POSTMENOPAUSAL HRT:USE HUMAN TRANSDERMALS. WHY RISK TABLETS? BIG PHARMA WINNING THE DISINFORMATION WAR.

 5 June 2010. neil.burman@gmail.com 

Part 1: Transdermal better than oral estrogen for replacement: the importance of appropriate HRT.

part 2: Information warfare, Big Pharma, Appropriate HRT and the Doctrine of Deception.

PART 1: TRANSDERMAL BETTER THAN ORAL ESTROGEN: THE IMPORTANCE OF APPROPRIATE HUMAN HRT OVER PATENTED MEDICINES :

The  health bite today from the BBC  correctly highlights one of the many critical reasons why appropriate routine Hormone Replacement HRT should be taken permanently  by any route  – but preferably transdermally, not as tablets.  In the appropriate low human dose HRT reduces the natural risk of stroke- and of the far more common chronic major diseases that cripple and kill – ie heart disease, cancer, fractures, dementia..

  But the Menopause Societies (South African, British  and  International) ie BMS , SAMS ,   IMS , and  the BMJ must promptly issue strong statements to the media condemning the BBC again for its typical misleading  elementary misreporting- in this instance  as regards progestins..  

 Transdermal and oral hormone replacement therapy and the risk of stroke: The source report –  this week’s BMJ –   describes HRT use in UK over about 6.7years among postmenopausal stroke victims mean age 70years (50 to 79) compared to matched controls without strokes. But the inexcusable error in the BBC report is that it twice mentions progesterone as being quoted in the BMJ study- which is nonsense.  The  BMJ report never mentions progesterone,  it repeatedly says progestogen -ie synthetics progestins since these were and are deliberately and wrongly routinely prescribed (instead of progesterone) for HRT due to manufacturer-led market disinformation.

  Progesterone is the original natural progestogen- but no major drug company promotes it, so it has been rarely used except by thinking women who prefer to use prime ie human – bioequivalent- hormones!  

In the adjusted risk statistics, lowdose transdermal estradiol TD replacement  0.025 to 0.05mg a day lowered stroke risk by 19%; whereas the average gynecologist’s  arbitrary  patent pharmacological oral  dose (20 to 40fold higher than the TD dose)  of  about 0.625 conjugated estrogens CE equivalent to 1 to 2 mg estradiol OET ) a day increased stroke risk by 35% . Thus, in contrast to lowdose estradiol  TD which reduced the natural stroke rate, OET  and highdose  estrogen TD  increased the stroke rate by 50% – 90%.  

COMPARISON WITH USA WOMENS’ HEALTH INITIATIVE WHI:  the WHI  showed that on premarin 0.625mg/d the absolute  risk of stroke in USA women age 50 to 79years was about 0.3% ie 3 cases per 1000 women per year -but about 45% higher in depressed women on antidepressants. And  depression is even  more common after midlife, especially without HRT. This cohort from the volunteer WHI trial  was a mean of 63years at enrolment ie 7years younger than the British real-life cohort; and since the risk of stroke approximately doubles with every 10 years of aging, the basic risk in the British study women may have been about 5 cases per 1000 per year or 33 per 1000patients over the duration of the British stroke and HRT study. ie annually 4 cases per 1000 on lowdose estrogen TD versus 6 cases per 1000 on OET 

Despite vast evidence  that physiological replacement doses of the human hormone progesterone (the original progestogen in humans) has endless benefits for older adults, doctors, government clinics and committees overwhelminglly still are lead by the marketing hype of drug companies (and the regulators  lobbyists and governments they fund) to use  drugs designed for profit  eg xenohormone progestens that they wish  were and falsely claim are as good as the original one that our bodies produce.

Truthful information  on HRT for women is widely and easily available from even Wiki    and the real authorities like the British and International Menopause Societies, and any university department of gynecology. .   Thus today’s BBC report reflects the BBC’s willful  neglect  of the most basic check of its facts before publishing health bites. In this case, it misleads women that  conventional combined oral HRT (in fact containing the synthetic progestin that most drug companies and doctors encourage women to take) is beneficial in somewhat lowering the risk of stroke  (never mind womb cancer) – whereas such synthetic progestins. progestogens   especially in oral HRT have numerous sinister other adverse effects  eg breast cancer and heart disease,  compared to the numerous proven benefits of  lowdose human progesterone. .

KEEPS: THE DEFINITIVE HEAD-TO-HEAD TRIAL OF APPROPRIATE HRT: ORAL vs NON-ORAL ERT WITH OR WITHOUT PROGESTERONE.: The small but definitive 5year KEEPS double blind randomized controlled trial RCT is now more than half way through and due to report in 2012, comparing the alternative regimes in women in the early menopause (10years younger and less overweight than in WHI) . “ KEEPS is a multicenter trial that will evaluate the effectiveness of 0.45mg of conjugated equine estrogens CEE Wyeth Premarin, a weekly estradiol TD Climara patch delivering 0.05mg estradiol a day -( both in combination with cyclic oral, micronized progesterone (Prometrium Solvay) 200mg for 12 days each month), and placebo”.

Recent information from KEEPS is that it is proceeding smoothly, with no significant differences so far between the three arms- no increase in serious adverse events has yet been seen by the Independent Monitoring Committee in the still unblinded results.  

 Wyeth (now Pfizer since 2009) is not crossfunding KEEPS, although they may be hoping that  their premarin in lower dose will prove to be as safe as or better than estrogen TD in the medium term.. But given the ~70year experience with oral HT mainly premarin 0.625mg/d promoting breast cancer increase (although not mortality) after >12-15years of use , it is remotely unlikely that even ¼ of the long-standard premarin oral dose will prove anywhere as safe and effective as parenteral balanced human hormones for permanent protection in aging women.  One hopes it is, to vindicate the insistence of so many doctors on still prescribing OHT for  even just the first 10 years of menopause,  despite so much damning evidence to the contrary (see this entire website of reviews).

SO WHY PRESCRIBE, RECOMMEND HRT PILLS FOR POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN? when hard evidence is that non-oral  balanced human HRT (appropriate estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) is far superior in both benefits and zero risks for women? Whereas it is common cause that conventional oral HT ie about 0.625mg CE or equivalent started at menopause increases the  early risk of dangerous deep vein thrombosis DVT; and  begins to increase the risk of breast cancer to above that of untreated women after a cumulative dose of about 2 – 3 gms oral estrogen – after 10 – 15years ie by prime post retirement midlife in the midsixties. It is only some compensation that other cancers, fractures, ischaemic heart disease, dementia and (breast cancer- and all-cause) mortality, are reduced by appropriate m0dest doses of such OET combined with appropriate progestin; but such regime increases the risk of DVT, gallstones and fatness frailty- increasing body fat with increasing muscle wasting due to collagen loss which also promotes increase in the natural tendency to fractures and urinary incontinence by the midsixties.

Promoters of oral estrogen, bisphosphonates, SERMS,  and strontium cleverly ignore the hard fact that by far the greater risk for aging fractures is not bone density but muskuloskeletal ie failing bone and muscle strength and global co-ordination – which bisphosphonates do nothing to promote, while estrogen and strontium nad SERMS  may promote bone strength but not crucial muscle strength, and SERMS double the laready very high rate of stress urunary incontinence. .

  American major authorities do anything to promote their own commercial interests.  so they have long given their drug regulator the FDA – which is unashamedly paid for by big pharma- unbridled licence to make nonsensical claims and draconian laws. And because drug companies fund the FDA and the lobbyists and legislators in USA to promote their  products, (in a $trillion disease industry – some 8% of American GDP) they have the vast profits to in turn influence medicines regulators and legislators throughout the world to follow their profitable lead.

So  only the FDA and regulators  decide what foods are good for people, what supplements (of microfood stuffs) people may take, and licence designer synthetics for human prescription after trials of only a few months in a few hundred subjects – but insist  that old proven nutritional remedies may not even be claimed to have any health, preventative and therapeutic benefits unless they have undergone massively costly controlled trials that Big Pharma will never fund.

 Their hypocritical deadly nonsense is then to use draconian measures to stop suppliers from making any health claims for even supplements that are well known to be gold standards for prevention and treatment eg fish oil and the scores of other highly effective and safe biologicals- minerals, vitamins, human (eg glucosamine, chondroitin, n-acetylcysteine, coQ10, arginine, carnitine, carnosine), and plant products- that are (co)-hormones, antioxidants, true anabolics, nitric oxide promotors, anti-inflammatories, antidepressants, memory and vision promotors, neurotropics, insulin sensitizers, antiatheroma, hypolipidemic , antimicrobial etc. .  

In fact they now proclaim that citizens may not even buy supplements, foodstuffs  or even legally prescribed compounded hormone creams made from legal components (as are all other prescriptions made by manufacturing pharmacists practicing alone or in Big Pharma), unless the FDA has proclaimed them safe, because “they have not been proven safe”.

 This despite the facts that most  enduringly successful prescription drugs  (eg reserpine, metformin, digoxin, the synthetic progestins) are derived from/ based on successful evolution of and human experience  with the parent supplement eg vitamin, mineral and other biologicals  (eg non-oral progesterone, estradiol, testosterone)  over thousands of years,   and millions of patient years experience  in the past >100years of scientific discovery. 

The Disease Industry- FDA-Big Pharma – organized medicine international network- proclaims that no claims may be made for the benefits of supplements (the vehicles, parents  of most prescription drugs in use) unless they have been tested in rigorous trials to the same standards as designer drugs are recently tested.  

Yet the FDA and regulators allow the marketing of generics- chemical identicals but often far from identical pharmacology and therapeutic action- without clinical trials. Where is the logic for the vendetta against supplement creams  like individually compounded bioidentical hormones that produce measurable physiological levels and appropriate relief?

 This despite the fact that millions of patients have been and continue to be  damaged (iatrogenesis that results in vast numbers of hospital admissions and deaths annually) the past 50 years by drugs promoted by the FDA at the pushing of Big Pharma, based on far too short poor and often fraudulent reports which the drug industry ruthlessly manipulates.

  This led to the disasterous use of stilbestrol in pregnancy from the 1940s to the 1970s;         to the disasterous registration and extensive liberal prescription – in many cases even promotion over-the-counter- of practolol, thalidomide,  chloromycetin and other antibiotics;     potentially fatal unnecessary patent anti-inflammatories  up to the Cox2   inhibitors (eg Vioxx, celebrex) as painkillers;  barbiturates benzos and antidepressants;   lately sulphonylureas and glitazones as firstline drugs for type 2 diabetes instead of the gold standard metformin; new antihypertensive drugs as firstline therapy instead of the goldstandard lowdose amiloretic plus reserpine; appetite-weight suppressants instead of metformin;  bisphosphonates for osteoporosis instead of the goldstandard combined dozen vigorous vitamins minerals and sex hormones that halve all major diseases; and statins for uncomplicated mild to moderate cholesterolemia  instead of goldstandard combined minerals vitamins  metformin and HRT.

  And the simple fact that drug companies  will no longer risk funding head to head trial of one of their profitable drugs against gold standard old drugs or supplements of proven great all-disease medicinal value; since prevention does not pay- only disease pays.

The cost of protectionism for the lucrative Big Pharma industry – for the sake of trade and taxes – is vast  as witnessed by governments sponsoring eg statin , H1N1 flu vaccines , modern antidepressants, bisphosphonates and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, and when each of these products of unproven benefit in mass use nets the manufacturers  obscene multibillion dollar profits- in the case of vaccines, with 100%  indemnity guaranteed them at taxpayers’ ie the consumers’  expense!

The lesson from the new UK  study of oral versus estrogen TD is that appropriate ie balanced physiological-dose  human sex hormones are the logical 1st-choice prevention and treatment for postmenopausal women (and their peer mates) – not the multirisk wannabe synthetic substitutes that  Big Pharma keep hammering on the public- new psychotropes, NSAIDs, Cox2 antagonists, statins, bisphosphonates which lack the multisystem benefits of physiological balance of evolution-evolved natural micronutrients ie nutriceuticals.

Part : 2. DOCTRINE OF CENSORSHIP and DECEIPT;   vs DOCTRINE OF TRUTH/… see next review above this.

UPDATE: THE FRAUD OF BIG PHARMA MODERN CHRONIC DRUGS

neil.burman@gmail.comUPDATE: see 14 June 2010. The Statin Scam Unravels. 

 

Update: 6 May  2010: this week’s recall of Johnson and Johnson’s Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl due to negligent contamination , in particular of Tylenol for children, leapfrogs America’s household favourite Johnson and Johnson J&J to 2nd place (with at least 6 bad drugs) in the fraudsters mafia roll of dishonour behind the unreachable leaders Pfizer with about a dozen notorious fraud drugs. What is another $81million fine to J&J  that had sales of >$63billion in each of the last two years with profit of above 20%, and that despite the recall still maintained this turnover in quarterly sales for the 1st quarted this year? 

The major thing is that despite J & J’s gross negligence endangering the lives of children, the FDA has taken no other action against them. They terrorize  with armed marshalls  for trivia and shut down small firms making safe health supplements and physicians using them, but the Big Pharma mafia are the darlings of the FDA and Government since they pay such vast amounts in fees and taxes to Govt and lobbyists- politicians and academicians- trialists – that they are untouchable in every country.. 

14 April 2010: So we  can throw away the fraudulent  Pfizer’s fraudulent Neurontin gabapentin  we have been taking? when there never was  evidence that it is as good and safe as it’s parent (our chief brain neurotransmitter aminoacid )  GABA; while it’s younger twin sister  Lyrica – pregabalin– designed  for extension of patent benefits –  is worse  … just like we can throw away the chronic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories eg Voltaren diclofenac , Vioxx and Celebrex  that are  such heart risks, poor painkillers,   and do  nothing for the underlying destructive chronic disease process. Drugs for massive profit for the beloved Big Pharma Industry that  politicians go to endless lengths to protect.- even Obama and George Brown as witnessed by the multibillion dollar swine flu scam, even now  in 2010 with Obama’s Pharmacare bill. 

 And now Harvard  University shows that even Neurontin and lamotrigine  increase the risk of suicide by42% and 81% respectively. So the long list of fraudulently overmarketed  or hazardous -improperly registered  or prescribed drugs  without adequate trials or obligatory definite  indications-  grows. 

And then there is the Disease Industry hypermarketing technique of Diseasemongering-  promoting previously ignored or unrecognized variable human traits like anxiety, insomnia, lowgrade depression, mild  hypercholesterolemia, female low sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, postural or stress backache- to diseases requiring permanent designer drug therapy eg benzos, viagras, prozacs, statins, NSAIDS nonsteroidal anti0inflammatories;  or “corrective surgery” for all. 

Pfizer,  Bayer, GSK  and  Roche  with the 100% support of their respective government regulators and politicians   continue to vie for top place as the biggest fraudsters of all time – competing with  the food, tobacco, booze, media, vehicle, financial, lawyer, minerals, fuel  and politics  industries..   

Why is this? Because the public – taxpayers and the poorer consumers- are at their most vulnerable, pawns if not cannonfodder and guineapigs  when it comes to trust in government regulators and the giant consumer product  industries – manufacturers and big distributors-  that Govts  regulate – especially the disease and drug industries.  

  And government regulators are controlled by elected politicians   who ( apart from a few altruistic successful honest folk who stand out and are nominated for  or called to office -but not Ralph Nader) –  as  mostly  lawyers or failed businessmen/ workers or carreer trade unionists,   rarely seek higher office  except to further their own financial interests and power lust.   

Winston Churchill and Frank Rooseveldt vie with Margaret Sanger, Mahatma Ghandi  and Nelson Mandela  for honour as the leading persistent (western)  fighter for justice, human rights of the 20th century if not all time, since they were skillful – brave  but above all tough enough (unlike many heroic martyrs) to survive to see it through. 

Hence there is enormous incentive for collusion between politician/ government officials who control the taxes and spending thereof,  and the big businesses that control the big money that escapes the tax officials – including Big Pharma. In South Africa there is no incentive whatsoever for the MCC Medicines Control Council Regulator to work efficiently as all income it generates is absorbed by the Fiscus/Dept Health, which blatantly refuse to produces annual financials for the MCC – effectively a parastatal supposedly under an independent CEO and Board. 

 Below is a list of costly modern disaster or dubious largely chronic drugs and their manufacturers that earn  the profound distrust of consumers: (where there are a proliferation of me-too analogues in a group eg benzos, statins, NSAIDS, bisphosphonates, only the original one or two are listed since they led/lead the pack): 

PFIZER -Wyeth -Searle – Upjohn:  Neurontin; Geodon,  Bextra,  Zyvox,  Lyrica; Lipitor;  Celebrex; PremPro; aspartame; Rezulin;  Viagra; and Ativan=lorazepam/ Xanor=alprazolam – two  of the most addictive   chronic  “anxiolytic” benzos – again, in Wiki and MIMS their  indications are far fewer than the pages of problems they  cause us since the 1970s , papering over and masking symptoms by numbing the mind (as with alcohol and smoking) instead of patients addressing the underlying cause of their anxieties with psychotherapy including learning self-hypnosis control.   

Collectively, Pfizer (the conglomerate of rash clones it has swallowed) has as many modern disaster/fraud  drugs as the next two combined of its  major league fraud competitors: 

Johnson & Johnson – Risperdal  ;   prepulsid;  Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl 

Bayer – Trasyol; Yaz/min Baycol, Paxil, Flonase, Cipro; 

Astra-Zenca – I.C.I. – Seroquel, Nexium ; Crestor,Tenormin, Losec; and thalidomide.. 

Roche  – Xenical, Roaccutane, Tamiflu; Valium. . 

Glaxo-Smith-Kline  GSK -swineflu vaccine; Avandia, Paroxetine. 

Sanofi-Aventis (Hoechst-Rhone-Poulenc)  – Actonel  ; benzbromarone;  swine flu vaccine; Cosaldon -Trental [Cosaldon R was an excellent peripheral vasodilator oxypentifylline plus vitamin E; then Hoechst subtly started downplaying Cosaldon R as it’s patent expired, and introduced the slightly phonetically changed  and far more costly ‘new’   drug Trental pentoxyfylline.. Hoechst would naturally not explain (except obviously on grounds of profiteering from the new patent substitute)  why they substituted an inferior “new”  drug for the better  older version which included the safe dose of vitamin E.] 

 Merck – Vioxx; Zocor,   Fosamax; gardasil. 

Eli  Lilly – Prozac, Zyprexa; memantine ; and DES-diethylstilbestrol, perhaps the most infamous of all commercialized drugs in causing problems even in grandchildren of those so recklessly exposed to it without evidence of benefit. (Eli Lilly was the last company to stop manufacturing it – in 1997! despite evidence of it’s disasterous effects published in 1953, and of cancer from 1971 . ) 

Novartis -Ciba Geigy- Voltaren, swineflu vaccine. 

Abbott labsMeridia=Reductil   

Biogenesis labs – Acomplia; rimonabant  

Bristol-Myers Squibb -Pravastatin;   Plavix, warfarin; And the sustained  cover-up of the COSMIC  metformin  obligatory postmarketing trial  done at the insistence of the FDA on a huge 9000 subjects for 1 year in about 1996/7.   This trial was eventually submitted for publication only in 2004 and thus published in 2005- but for the previous year  BMS and their licensor  the original patent-holder  Merck  denied any knowledge of such a trial although the summary was presented and published a year earlier at a US diabetes congress by the authors, and we supplied the COSMIC abstract- written by BMS researchers who did the COSMIC trial- to BMS and Merck… .        why would BMS and Merck  delay publication of this trial  for so many years, and blatantly deny knowledge of it after the first report of the trial result at a USA diabetes congress ? 

The answer can only be the predicted- because it confirmed in the biggest metformn trial cohort ever- 8000 patient-years- that metformin in diabetics gave zero significant adverse drug effects, with the all-cause deathrate in fact 9% lower than in those on other conventional antidiabetic therapies; and  four major diabetes prevention  trials of metformin in four continents confirmed that it at least halves the incidence of new diabetes- with zero significant adverse effects; and in the intervening years between this trial and it’s result publication, both BMS and Merck developed and launched their respective combinations of metformin and a sulphonylurea (M + SU) . This despite the fact that it was clear since at least the 1970s that the addition of sulphonylurea to  metformin is a desperate last resort since it is fraught with risk of hypoglycemia and reversal of the reduction in fatness produced  by metformin alone.           

A new  retrospective study just published from the UK patient database confirms the  folly known all along  of combination of SU with metformin in that  that over a mean of 4 years on therapy, the metformin+SU therapy reduced all-cause mortality by 23% compared to SU alone; while metformin alone compared to SU alone reduced mortality 1/3 more ie  by 30% – with trivial risk of hypoglycemia. This was similar to the outcome in the 20year UKPDS RCT, where metformin reduced all-cause mortality by 36% over a mean of 13 years, making it the safest and most effective  drug ever patented for  chronic degenerative  disease. . 

And note the cynical folly of the many manufacturers of the grossly overpromoted and overprescribed  bisphosphonates and statins  – which  have numerous serious adverse effects and  should be last-ditch therapy in metastatic bone cancer and in rare  serious hyperlipidemia, not for osteoporosis, not for mild to moderate lipidemia and certainly not over-the-counter as profiteers crave. 

ENDURINGLY BENEFICIAL MODERN CHRONIC DRUGS: 

The above drugs contrast with vey  few modern chronic designer drugs that are still the leaders in their fields, whether as original or generic – although none of them has been shown to address all-cause mortality and pathogenesis. 

Pfizer’s Norvasc=amlodipine  is a rare modern designer exception – dating from the late 1980s,  it’s patent has only just run out-  proving it’s enduring worth for longterm hypertension therapy as the premier 4th-line drug to add when reserpine 0.125mg plus amiloretic 1/2 (ie HCT 25mg + amiloride 2.5mg)  daily are inadequate for optimal control; with very low risk of serious adverse effects. 

BMS’  Captopril & Merck‘s  Renitec – angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors ACEI –  date from the mid-late ’70s, and while they were and are the first of the invaluable ACEI inhibitors, 5th line antihypertensive drugs for common use, they have formidable potential for lifethreatening adverse effects- but they are on essential drug lists. In the past dozen years big pharma has attempted to substitute angiotensin 11 receptor blockers ARBs, for the aging ACEI,   but a recent metanalysis shows that neither group of drugs significantly lowers fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular events- and they all (unlike reserpine + coamiloretic + amlodipine) have risk of life-threatening  adverse effects. 

DRUGS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE: 

Virtually all other current  designer drugs of enduring and safe worth for chronic longterm use originated from the golden era of innovative and enduring designer drugs mostly around WW2 up to the 1960s: 

The modern  birth control OC pill taken chronically  by millions of women for up to decades for either contraception or symptom control, certainly dates enduringly and endearingly  from the post war Golden Era  as     Estinyl (Schering 1930s)  , with  or alternatively just a  progestin. Modern preparations are relatively so safe that they are the preferred contaceptives for millions of young women.  But we have just seen two young women unwisely started on Bayer-Schering’s Yaz/Yasmin develop in one case hypertension and major weight gain, the other hives- so such innovations are not necessarily better than established brands of OC . 

MSD’s 40year old Sinemet still the firstline gold standard for Parkinsons; Moduretic- amiloretic/ amilozide- still the first drug and permanent baseline  (in low dose eg half tab3 x a week or 1/4 – 1/2 a day) for hypertension; Epilim valproic acid for epilepsy; Tryptanol; 

Sanofi-Aventis Hoecht’s Lasix furosemide still the leading diuretic for  chronic severe heart failure, cirrhosis, nephrosis. 

Merck’s 80yr old metformin- the only laboratory – originated drug (a teak of the galega plant’s biguanide) that reduces all-cause mortality – by no less than 36%, without a single serious adverse effect or mortality if sensibly used; 

Bayer’s Adalat; Aspirin (1899) ; prednisone; 

Novartis-Ciba-GeigyImipramine-Tofranil the first successful commercialise and still enduring major antidepressant. 

Roche’s                            Rivotril; 

Abbott-Knoll                Isoptin; 

GSK’s  Zyloprim;   Imuran;  Panado- still the lead patent mild-moderate painkiller, safe at prescribed dose. 

Pfizer -GDSearle’s  Aldactone; Sulfasalazine; and the 100year old phenytoin -Dilantin, still a longterm lifesaving antiepileptic despite occasional major adverse effects. 

Boot’s  Brufen-  the NSAID nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug on Essential Drug Lists,  altho there is no evidence that this group of drugs is essenntial since they do not alter the course of the underlying chronic inflammatory disease or reduce longterm mortality and morbidity, are little if at all better than Panado+- codeine as painkillers, and have formidable risks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibuprofen#History  

Astra-Zenca-ICIs   Inderal was the first of the major new cardiovascular protectant beta-blockers which  are essential drugs., altho all have formidable potential adversity ; as with ACEI, no special optimal favourite has yet emerged;  they have some special chronic indicatiions, including heart conditions and special cases of hypertension. . 

THE BIG PHARMA RAINCHECK  MONEYSPINNERS: 

The US drug industry is reputedly worth >$100billion a year and the biggest industry to >$200billion; and globally some $643 billion, of which the United States produces almost half.  The gross industrial output in USA was apparently about $26 thousand billion in 2008 ie the drug inductry alone approaches 8% of total gross manufacturing output there.   

 It is surely no co-incidence that virtually all  the above  common fraud-drug  pharmacy companies are among the dozen top money-spinners listed on 2009 financials.. But perhaps the biggest racketeering of modern times has yet to be quantified, perhaps  $100 billion  of wasted money on last year’s swine flu  “pandemic” that never happened, in futile mass screening lab tests and vaccines and Tamiflu – giving massive profits  (some companies claimed >$6billion) with total indemnity against litigation to Roche, GSK, Novartis,  Baxter,  Sanofi et al.. The USA-dominated WHO hastily changed the core definition of pandemic early in the North American outbreak so it could declare the nonsensical pandemic to suit the pockets of the profiteering American-European conglomerate and the political lobbyists they employ in Government and beaurocracy… 

 So do we wonder why we can’t trust Big Pharma prescription drugs and doctors’ judgment? Read the stats of a 5years study of the relevant risks,  of  deaths from prescription drugs in USA ( versus natural supplements)  exceeding  over 106 000 to 1.   Thats why Big Pharma and it’s “regulators” like the US Govt FDA, the UK MCC, European medicines Authority EMA, and organized doctors, are so desperate to stop the public buying the supplements people choose- when early and permanent use of balanced natural supplements at least halve serious disease and thus medical consultations, prescription drug use and hospitalization. For profit, only disease (not prevention) pays. 

Of the  103  drugs that achieved  $billion sales  in 2006,: considering the chronic  disease drugs, only valproate and J & J’s contraceptive dates back to the 1980s; Wyeth’s Premarin-Prempro dates back to 1995; and  (omiting duplicate entries) only 33 were oral drugs for chronic major common degenerative (as opposed to infective or malignant or autoimmune )  diseases.  And of the ~33 , only  10 (in descending order of sales value on that list)  even vaguesly justified their  ranking and sales- amlodipine, venlafaxine, bupropion, metoprolol, Viagra ,carvedilol, valproate, ramipril, paroxitine and premarin- 

Reuter’s forecast of the 10  >$5billion raincheques for 2010  include in descending rank for common chronic diseases only the tablets Lipitor, Plavix, Diovan and Crestor- none of which are  proven essential drugs for common average disease use. They are there solely because of heavy marketing by Big Pharma, despite their mediocre results and major potential risks, with far better results given by long-proven natural supplements or by lowdose reserpine-amiloretic combination, then amlodipine . 

Finally, landmark  drugs that were not invented by, or were laregly ignored by,  suppressed by drug companies as medicinals: 

EDTA ethilenediaminetetraacetate was invented 80 years ago but never patented by Big Pharma as a medicine. Yet as an oral nutritional supplement in modest dose it is perfectly safe, and removes toxic lead, mercury, iron and many other heavy metals  (now routinely polluting the environment -food and water- chain)  from the body,  as well as uric acid– being effective preventative against gout, and an antiatheroma agent. It is apparently not a scheduled medicine in either USA, UK or South Africa, being a routine ie harmless – beneficial- food  additive preservative. 

Yet despite the vast evidence favouring fish oil, metformin and EDTA as perfectly safe and effective chronic  anticoagulation, the Disease Industry persists in promoting rat poison- warfarin, dicoumarol– as the common chronic anticoagulant, despite its’ proven risks of promoting hemorrhage, fractures – already known since at least 1998vascular calcinosis already known since 1998 and most recently published last month; and even cancer .   

Metformin is unique, the widest multidisease panacea ever extracted (from a traditional antidiabetic plant)  and patented. Like EDTA it was eventually identified in 1922 by university researchers Werner and Bell in Ireland – but only patented  and produced for routine diabetic use since the 1950s- and deliberately obstructed for use in the USA for another 40 years by the FDA and Big Pharma, which were busy as bees designing and mass marketing far less safe and effective USA sulphonylureas although these were already discredited by the  UGDP  almost 50 years ago, when metformin was ‘rediscovered’ and came into its own. 

Reserpine  also a plant (rauwolfia) extract  remains (with coamiloretic, amilozide)  both in low dose the first-line drug treatment of all classes of hypertension– which since the prevalence of this disease now approachines 50 % in aging adults, makes these drugs amongst the most prevalent essential drugs needed. As even wiki says,  from many major studies over decades, “Reserpine is one of the few antihypertensive medications that have been shown in randomized controlled trials to reduce mortality” – in at least a score conclusive trials of the individual components reserpine, thiazide and amiloride, the triple combination is by far the best firstline therapy, at a cost in South africa of about  $US1 a month.. . But Big Pharma and its profiteer lobbyists continue to suppress the combination fraudulently based on decades-old overdosage data. 

By contrast well over 100 natural micronutrient substances – cinnamon, garlic, ginger, codeine, reserpine, digoxin, huperzine A, galega-metformin and many other plant extracts; vitamins especially B,C,D  in higher dose; , minerals especially calmag,  zinc, chromium, boron, iodine, iron  and even lithium; and human biologicals that deplete with aging like glucochondroitin, CoQ10, acetylcysteine, arginine, cartnitine , GABA, 5HTP  and almost 20  other hormones  replaced chronically – provide almost every chronic major degenerative  disease with the best prevention and treatment, without the almost invariable  risks of  the modern designer chronic drugs discussed above. 

 Since alcohol and tobacco, salt and sugar are still freely sold over the counter OTC  without any restrictions except some  to children , the commonest causes of chronic degenerative disease in more than slightest daily usage, it is obviously lowdose vitamin K,  vitamin C and D, lithium, magnesium, reserpine, metformin- galega  and EDTA that should be mandatorily supplemented in the food chain for the fattening aging 1st-world populations, and allowed OTC purchase;  while indications are severely limited  for prescription of sulphonylureas, statins, bisphosphonates and the dozens of other disaster or dubious  designer drugs listed above.