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How Big Pharma Runs Roughshod Over the Elderly

Everyday there is a new ‘shocker’ that opens our eyes even wider to the abuse of one group, individual or species. Whatever we may think of the FDA, they were the watchdog on this one and they got their culprit albeit eight years later. It does, however, beg the question, did they really make things right or did they just look the other way until this matter was so blatant that they had to do something. We will never truly know, but the facts of this misuse and abuse is a lesson to learn from and a wake-up call for us to ask a lot of questions and even get extra opinions when looking out for our elderly loved ones.

A New Jersey company, Par Pharmaceutical, for over eight years, has made millions misrepresenting one of their drugs—eleven million to be exact. Par irresponsibly sold Megace ES as a weight-gain drug for patients in nursing homes and various long-term care facilities. Though approved by the FDA for treating weight loss due to AIDS, somewhere along the line Par decided they had another profit center in their hands. And away they went without proper additional research and clinical trials as had been requested by the FDA if they wanted to market the drug for other uses. But why would they want to go to all that extra work when they had a good thing going without spending time and money on such requirements. After all, they were handsomely rewarding their top-producing sales representatives with things like Rolex watches and fancy vacations. These reps, being very good at what they did, approached doctors and nursing homes that cared for geriatric patients that didn’t have AIDs. Sadly, the side effects included a risk of deep-vein thrombosis, a toxic reaction in the elderly suffering with impaired renal function, and death.

Luckily for the public, Par Pharmaceutical lost their court battles involving what is called “off-label” marketing of their weight-gain drug. They pled guilty in federal court. And in March of this year, they settled the case against them and agreed to pay $45 million in penalties.

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Brain, Autism, Alzheimer’s & Monsanto…a connection?

Crop rotation is a farming method. Each growing season a crop is planted. It rotates with a different crop planted in the same field from one season to the next. This is done to keep the earth naturally replenished with nutrients so as not to strip the soil leaving it devoid of natural nutritional properties.

But times are changing.

brain intro Brain, Autism, Alzheimers & Monsanto...a connection?Today, more and more sub-par “nourishment” of our soil is the result of chemical companies like Monsanto leading the way to genetic modification and engineering of organisms by chemically “infecting” soil and plants minus crop rotation. Loaded with lobbying money, Monsanto, Dow and other chemical companies are moving through our country and Congress like a wrecking ball bent on bringing down a fifty story building as they destroy the “natural” order of farming.

So what is the outcome? Read more »

Senators Boxer and DeFazio Presenting New GMO Food Labeling Bill

Two weeks ago I wrote an extensive article on the despicable actions of chemical company Monsanto and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO). In the middle of the night, prior to the bill being presented, they wrote and inserted Section 735 into HR 933—a bill intended to deal with the budget. The next day, their late night work, aptly called the Monsanto Protection Act, was squeezed into the bill and passed the Senate. The provision gives protection to chemical companies against being sued in Federal court for potential issues that may arise from genetically engineer [GE] seeds and genetically modify organisms [GMO].

boxer Senators Boxer and DeFazio Presenting New GMO Food Labeling BillFortunately next week, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are going to be introducing new Federal legislation that will require labeling of all genetically engineered [GE] foods in the U.S. This is the first time in a decade a labeling bill is coming to the floor of the Senate. According to the Institute for Responsible Technology, sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods. The United States, shamefully, is not one of them.

Of developed countries, the European Union along with the U.K., Japan, Brazil, Australia, South Korea, South Africa and many, many others have already banned genetically modified food organisms. For America, so far this year twenty-eight states have introduced 53 GE labeling bills. Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri and Vermont are among them. Unfortunately, Proposition 37 in California requiring labeling went down in a narrow defeat last November, but they continue to fight for labeling. The point is made in my warning about California strawberries. They are genetically modified and if you don’t want to eat pesticide affected berries, check the label. Mexico may be a safer bet than California. Please note, I said “may.” Read more »

Did you know?

Dr. Árpád Pusztai, world class Hungarian-born biochemist, nutritionist and author, in 1998 produced research that proved feeding genetically modified potatoes to rats affected their stomach lining, intestines and immune system. He went on to say, “If I had the choice, I would certainly not eat it [GMOs],” and “I find it very unfair to use our fellow citizens as guinea pigs.”¹

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¹”Árpád Pusztai: Biological Divide.—James Randerson Interviews biologist Árpád Pusztai”. London: The Guardian. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2010.

Sneaky Monsanto and Senator Roy Blunt Are Looking To Kill Us

Earlier this month, Whole Foods, the well-known and respected healthy food grocery chain, just got more respect and lifted my spirit when they made a commitment to not sell genetically modified food organism [GMO] products. As did my favorite, Trader Joe’s. Indeed, I was very, very happy!

Strawberry 220px  Sneaky Monsanto and Senator Roy Blunt Are Looking To Kill UsThen on March 26th things changed. Unbeknownst to us all, our government passed HR933, the Farmers Assurance Provision with its main purpose as a spending bill. But buried deep inside that bill was Section 735, the Monsanto Protection Act. International Business Times reported it was “written in collusion with Monsanto” and with the help of Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri. This provision allows Monsanto to “keep selling seeds, which can then go on to be planted, even if…found to be harmful to consumers” otherwise known as GMOs. The bill also provides “[barring of] federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of controversial genetically modified [GMO] or genetically engineered [GE] seeds, no matter what health issues may arise concerning GMOs in the future” giving rise of suspicion that Monsanto is pretty sure this whole GMO thing is bad for you. So to protect themselves, this law they wrote effectively gives them carte blanche over the nations food supply with no consequence when “adverse health effects” from eating genetically modified foods appear. The provision maintains courts cannot protect the public because under this law, they have no authority or ability to stop Monsanto and the “spread of the seeds and the crops they bear.” Read more »

Diabetic Retinopathy…Potentially catastrophic!

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Normal vision

Diabetic retinopathy occurs from complications of diabetes. Eighty percent of all patients who have diabetes extending over ten years are affected. That’s the bad news. The good news is 90 percent of cases that are new can be minimized or reduced when properly treated and monitored. Warning signs are few if any. But, if you are diabetic, there are lifestyle changes that can take a lot of the worry out of this complication.

A highly problematic autoimmune disease, diabetes is demonstrated by abnormally high levels of glucose, or sugar, in the blood. Within that definition there are two forms—type 1, previously known as juvenile diabetes; and type 2. For those with type 1 diabetes, issues regarding the eyes begin to show on average about seven years after diabetes begins. However, the threat of vision impairment from diabetic retinopathy is not likely to develop until sometime farther down the road.


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Diabetic retinopathy simulation

Retinopathy in type 2 diabetics, however, appears upon diagnosis of their diabetes or soon thereafter. The reason for such quick appearance of the condition is tied to time. Type 2 diabetes onset is gradual and possible changes can be going on long before the type 2 diabetes is even diagnosed or discovered. Read more »

Soda, Fast Food & Processing – Our Food (or is it?) is Killing Us!

Sugar = acid = glue and “gums up the works” in my grandmother’s parlance. Sugar slows blood flow down making it difficult for healthy oxygen to feed cells constructively. Instead, fermentation is offered a breeding ground for cancer cells. This is not a new thought. Dr. Otto H. Warburg of Germany, Nobel laureate, was awarded his prize for this discovery in 1931.¹

coke 257x300 Soda, Fast Food & Processing – Our Food (or is it?) is Killing Us!Now, “[f]or the first time in the history of the world, this year [2013] more people will die from the effects of too much food than from starvation,” says Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an interview with James Bennet in the November 2012 issue of The Atlantic magazine.²

In New York City a fight is on over the maximum cup size for serving soda, one of the most sugar laden drinks on the planet. Mayor Bloomberg is waking people up to over consumption by limiting cup size to 16 ounces. The message is clear. All this sugar is killing us and it is time for restraint.

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Alzheimer’s has increased by 68%

The Alzheimer’s Association came out today with their 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. It is important that I share it with you because the number of cases is growing by leaps and bounds as the statistics here will point out. It is not pretty. Because my mother and two of her aunts died from this disease, I follow every practical health preventive measure I know about along with Dr. Dave Carpenter’s “5 Foundations to Great Health” formula.

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As part of this plan there is one single product that I believe, and the science and research supports this, puts more than 500 times the enzyme catalase into my body. This enzyme is the single most important enzyme for the brain. The brain has to make it and has to have it to be healthy. This particular enzyme is found in nearly all living organisms exposed to oxygen and is one of the most efficient found in cells. In this case, its essence is food for the brain allowing for new and repaired brain cells to be produced. And yes, the supplement that can add catalase to your system is one I’ve talked about often. It is Asea.

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Did You Know?

soda Did You Know?According to a study published in the FASEB Journal (2010), excessive phosphate levels found in sodas caused lab rats to die a full five weeks earlier than rats whose diets had more normal phosphate levels. Soda manufacturers have been increasing phosphoric acid in their products over the past many decades. (Source)