The dark side of medicine

I happened upon this video while looking up a video on mercury poisoning~

I have seen Big Pharma reps first hand in how they market the drugs.  It is illegal to take a doctor to lunch, so they get around that by having ‘information sessions” ….and just happen to have it during the lunch period…where they buy lunch for the staff attending.  They also bring plenty of notepads, pens, clocks, etc., with the “new” drug’s name emblazoned upon it so the doctor/nurse/clinician will be subjected to advertising every time they use the pen, notepad, and glance at the clock…

It is encouraging that sales reps from Big Pharma are speaking out.    Note that Shane Ellison, a former researcher at Eli Lilly, is also in this video.  If you recall, I wrote about his book debunking the cholesterol = heart attack myth and the dangerous side effects of drugs that reduce cholesterol.

I also saw first hand where a psychiatrist was bullied by staff when she refused to prescribe a drug she did not think was appropriate for a certain patient (I refuse to call them consumers or clients–they’re freaking patients).  She was so intimidated by the bullying that she told me this story in passing on campus and quickly left, not wanting anyone to see us talking.  She truly cared about the patients and had developed an ingenious way to help them work through their thoughts–to better define what they were feeling and why they were feeling it (what was happening in their life at that moment?)   In other words, she was using talk therapy.   Drug companies don’t like talk therapy–it interferes with their profit margins if people are working their problems out instead of popping more pills.

The drug companies are looked upon by the staff as…for want of a better word…authorities.  When they held a presentation for the entire staff, they were treated as if they were dignitaries to be deferred to.  Unsettling.

As for children, many people don’t realize that Ritalin is synthetic cocaine.  Yes, you read that right–synthetic cocaine.  They are giving these poor children synthetic cocaine!

Aliah’s story, about three quarters of the way through, is stunning, to say the least.  It’s just pure evil. I can’t even wrap my brain around them being allowed to keep Aliah from her parents for six months…and the #%&! telling her that her parents did not want to see her–absolutely criminally abusive!  I was reminded of the forced vaccinations of children and adults…also products of the Big Pharma industry.  They do seem to have their model of operation down–claim authority where there is none by intimidating people with lies.  A person has a right to their own autonomy.  They have a right to decide what goes into their body.  The story that if someone goes without a vaccine is endangering the entire community is illogical.  If a vaccine creates antibodies that fight off disease, then that person will not be susceptible to that disease if they are exposed to someone whom has not vaccinated.  In other words, if someone comes down with a disease after being vaccinated, then vaccines don’t work, do they?

They briefly talk about diet, but alas, don’t go into it as deeply as they should–it’s especially disturbing that the CHADD educator’s manual mentioned by Steven Plog, where they fired him for suggesting underlying illness as a cause.  They have known of the connection between schizophrenia and diet since before WWII.  It was even more pronounced when they observed that cases of schizophrenia in Germany/Holland went down during the war.  Germans are known to be gluten intolerant, and gluten intolerance can manifest in neurological conditions such as schizophrenia, migraines, and seizures.   This is not discussed by either the medical profession nor the psychiatric profession as the primary cause of illness.

Also, the toxins in the environment can manifest in neurological symptoms…but sadly, this is not even discussed–of course, mercury being the number one neurotoxin, lead and arsenic and aluminum also affect neurological functioning.

As you can see, everything is tied to $$$.  Big Pharma is Big Money.  I came upon a quote once by a Big Pharma exec who wanted to create a psychiatric disease for every human being.  (Sorry, can’t remember exec who said it.)  They’re not interested in curing disease–they are only interested in selling drugs.  If they can keep people in a perpetual state of disease, they have customers for life.  It’s just plain evil.

It’s noted in the video that psychiatry could not hold up under verifiable scientific standards–it’s based on subjective opinions of the psychiatric professional.   A clueless neurologist actually told a patient that their seizures were brought on by an abnormal reaction to stress–not bothering to look into the mouth of the patient to see  a mouthful of amalgams (mercury is known to cause seizures).

I’ve touched on before with Freud’s misogyny–characterizing almost all psychiatric conditions as a result of bad  mothers.  And you might recall this video on the lengths psychiatric professionals will go to justify their misogyny.  With all of this, keep in mind that psychiatric professionals know that most cases of psychiatric conditions will resolve on their own or with talk therapy.  Only about one-third of the cases actually require drugs.

Note that in 1997, the rules of advertising to consumers was relaxed.  And who was in office in 1997?  Bill Clinton.  Good Grief, this guy was responsible for such destruction of so many aspects of our society…

Related to this is the revolving door of Monsanto and the FDA.  You recall that Monsanto stealthily unleashed genetically modified organisms, too, which is likely a cause of rising obesity and gut issues (which lead to neurological issues) and has fought against labeling of GMO foods.

Sailing the seas

You know life is a lot like sailing the seas…it takes some navigation to get through rough waters…..

….and sometimes you go off course, losing your place in the dark….and then the sun comes up and you find your way…

You pass other ships along the way….some are going in the same direction…and others are going in the opposite direction…

Some beckon to you…but they have a full load already….there’s no room for you to come aboard….

Speaking of the Native Tribes

Continuing coverage of the Mi’kmaq protests in Canada~

The injunction is explained:

The above journalist was arrested.

His arrest, for the third time (he was not charged in either of the two previous arrests) is unacceptable and it appears to be the state’s preferred strategy for stopping him from getting the word out about protests in Elsipogtog.


I think this is as clear a case as any for harassment.  Howe was not charged in the previous two arrests…so they’re going for a third…?

Here’s the video of his arrest.  Note the officer taking a video of the person who is taking the video of the officers arresting Howe.  Three officers for an unarmed person who is not resisting arrest?  Really?

The update below the video link states Howe has been released and is in good spirits.

Another article on more arrests.  What I don’t understand is that they had left the protest…and then they were arrested.

A note up for a rally tomorrow.



The Native American holiday

Petula Dvorak has this up on the Native Americans and this holiday we celebrate.

The Native Americans I talked to said they’ve all heard of someone who doesn’t celebrate the holiday the way it’s presented in food magazines and Hallmark television specials. But all the people I talked to said they hold on to the original message that the Wampanoag had that day — a harvest feast to give thanks.

“Thanksgiving is like every day for us. Giving thanks is a big part of the native cultures. So the basic message of the holiday, that’s still part of who we are,” said Ben Norman, 32, a member of the Pamunkey tribe in Virginia.


And that’s what it means to me, too—being thankful for every day and every meal and all that is provided for us.

The Native Americans recognize that all is connected.  What we do over *here* affects something over *there*.  We cannot take and take and take without there being repercussions.  The traditional Native Americans humbly acknowledge that with taking only what they need.

The Europeans described America as a wilderness.  The Native Americans knew better and carefully managed the great ecosystem–you could drink from any river or stream….the fish were plentiful because they weren’t overfished and they didn’t contain mercury and other toxins…you could breathe…

They were portrayed as heathens that needed “saving” by missionaries.  Instead of trying to understand their spirituality, the Europeans sought to force their religion upon them.  Native Americans don’t have Churches where one goes to pray once a week and then forget everything that is taught…rather, they see spirituality in everything they do—everything is connected to the Creator.

I just wanted to acknowledge their culture and all that was lost.

My other posts on Native Americans here, here and here.



Free Tillikum

One million signatures for freeing Tillikum, the Orca stolen from his family at the age of two and held captive ever since….so that Sea World and others could make $$$ off of him and other orcas.  Orcas are members of the dolphin family– are very intelligent and family oriented.  Dolphins in captivity have been known to drown themselves.  It appears that Tillikum isn’t far from that—staying motionless for hours in the tank.

My blog on Blackfish here.

More adventures in gluten free cooking

So…there weren’t any gluten free pie crusts at the grocery, and I was going to go without pumpkin pie, my favorite at Thanksgiving.  But I just couldn’t imagine a Thanksgiving without it…

I saw rice flour was available, with a pie crust recipe, and decided to attempt it.  So, I’m following the recipe, and I get to the end, where you roll it out.  Then it says to cut the crust in slices, and put the slice into the pie pan.  I kid you not.  Normally, one just rolls out the crust and put it as a whole piece into the pie pan.  I thought, “well, this will be interesting…”  Some slices were put in place neatly, and others….well…let’s just say the crust looks like a patchwork quilt. Heh.  Oh well, I’m sure it will taste okay. (she says with fingers crossed).

Oh, and to Joe Donnelly–yeah, I will have a Happy Thanksgiving, thanks to my family.

While I’m working in the kitchen,  I have the TV station tuned to the 70s music station.  I hear some familiar notes…but it’s the middle of one of my favorite songs, Dialogue, Parts 1 and 2, by Chicago (Robert Lamm).  In perhaps the last ten years or so, I’ve only heard Dialogue on the radio once….even on the 70s stations.  I have to wonder at the reasons for it after this station cut off the first part of the song, which asks people to examine their consciences.  The song is as relevant today as it was when it was written:

Don’t it make you angry the way war is dragging on?
Well, I hope the President knows what he’s into, I don’t know

Don’t you ever see the starvation in the city where you live
All the needless hunger all the needless pain?

Thank you for the talk, you know you really eased my mind
I was troubled by the shapes of things to come

Well, if you had my outlook your feelings would be numb
You’d always think that everything was fine


On to lighter subjects–we got about 3-4 inches of snow last night.  I love it. I think I’m the only person in Indiana who loves snow.  Pookie likes it, too–she’ll put her nose deep into the snow, and come up with a snow “beard”…looks so comical it makes me laugh.  They’ve got warnings for northern Indiana, however, with 7-10 inches expected in the northwest corner (lake effect from Lake Michigan).

Hope everyone has the comfort of food and those you love around you this holiday.

Many Blessings to you…

Suzuki showing support for First Nations

David Suzuki is supporting the Elsipogtog protests.  Thank you, David!

Meanwhile, the trucks arrive in convoy. Another pic here.

Harper spies on the peaceful group. Note that their own intelligence says they do not see them as a violent threat….yet, they show up in riot gear and tear gas the peaceful protestors. I’m glad to read that they are also protesting Enbridge, which is in my own backyard.  “We want to keep the people and environment safe…”  bwahaha, that’s rich.  If you really cared about the environment, you wouldn’t be building a pipeline to begin with.

(DN also covered this happening in the U.S. towards nonprofit groups that big business perceives as threats. Big Brother has arrived.)

Lastly, this pic of a smiling female Warrior.

My other blogs on energy and fracking here, here, and here, and here.


The War against Teachers

Reclaim Reform has this somber post up on the worldwide attack on the teachers, the teacher’s unions, and free speech, as well. The last video (world wide) really got to me–treating these folks like animals!  Take note that World Bank demanded the austerity measures….

The Good Enough Student

Assailed Teacher has a great blog up on a student “Tammy” who does okay in school….but is struggling to pass a global test.  She must pass this one test in order to graduate.  Again, the “good enough” mothers analogy of Phyllis Chesler passed into my head…and I thought that “Tammy” is a “good enough” student.  Not perfect, but okay.    What really bothers me about all of this is that they are labeling kids as stupid who are quite all right.  They’re fine.  They understand concepts appropriate for their ages.  And yet, they are being put in categories that are not a true definition of their abilities.

Also, beneath this piece is an “interview” with Arne Duncan that’s pretty funny.  Too bad that it gets a little too close to the truth.