The corruption of the Farm Bill, and why clean, organic food remains more expensive than conventional

by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) If you have ever wondered why junk food is almost always artificially cheap compared to healthy food, you need look no further than federal agriculture policy. Little do most people know that the federal government funnels billions of taxpayer dollars via the “Farm Bill” into large-scale crop systems that primarily grow genetically-modified (GM) soy, corn, cotton and other commodity crops used throughout the highly-processed, industrial food supply.

Every five years, Congress reviews the guidelines of the existing Farm Bill, and comes up with new ways to allocate the nearly-trillion dollar sum typically apportioned for American agriculture programs. And since existing Farm Bill provisions are set to expire on September 30, 2012, the Obama administration is currently pushing Congress to pass a revised Farm Bill known as the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012.

Hailed as encompassing “the most significant reforms in agricultural policy in decades,” the 2012 Farm Bill will allegedly end direct payments to farmers, end farm payments to individuals and entities whose gross income exceeds $750,000 per year, and consolidate risk management programs, among other things. But many of the provisions of the new bill still favor large-scale producers of mostly commodity crops at the expense of small-scale farmers, who receive little, if any, financial incentives or benefits.

“Every five years or so, Congress promises a new, improved farm bill that will end unnecessary subsidies to big farmers, enhance the environment and actually do something to help small farmers and small towns,” writes Robert B. Semple Jr. from The New York Times (NYT). “But what it usually does is find ways of disguising the old inequities, sending taxpayers (sic) dollars to wealthy farmers, accelerating the expansion of industrial farming, inflating land prices and further depopulating rural America.”

Direct payments, for instance, is a program that, since 1996, has been doling out payments to farmers for commodity crops regardless of market value or production levels. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and others, these payments have been given to farmers regardless of need.

The government has also been providing insurance subsidies to farmers who grow commodity crops such as corn, wheat, soybeans, cotton, rice, and canola, which not only causes more farmers to grow these crops, but also puts these farmers at an unfair, competitive advantage compared to farmers who grow various other crops.

This year’s Farm Bill, the Senate version of which was passed on June 21, is not really all that different from previous Farm Bills, as it still subsidizes industrial crops at the expense of non-industrial crops. This means that an organic farmer producing non-commodity crops like carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets, for instance, will not receive nearly the benefits nor the incentives that an industrial grower of GM corn will receive.

To make matters worse, large-scale growers in general are also given preferential treatment over small-scale growers, including small-scale farmers growing commodity crops. According to data collected by NYT, the top 20 percent of farm subsidy recipients between 1995 and 2010 received 90 percent of the overall allotment of subsidies, while the remaining 80 percent collectively received the remaining paltry 10 percent.

These and other inequities in the federal agriculture policy are what keeps America’s food system both unhealthy and dominated by corporate, agricultural interests with no regard for human health. And they are the very inequities that groups like EWG are calling on Congress to address in this year’s farm bill.

You can read more about EWG’s ideas for a more equitable Farm Bill here:
http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2012/04/ewg-farm-bill-platform/

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ag.senate.gov/issues/farm-bill/

http://www.nytimes.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.therepublic.com

 

*Pet Dog News* How to keep your dog healthy

by Madeleine Innocent

(NaturalNews) In the last 50 years or so, the health of domestic dogs has declined dramatically. Dogs are getting serious diseases at younger ages and are living shorter lives. Clearly something is profoundly wrong with the current model of canine health care. What has happened in these years to so change the health of dogs?

There have been two major changes in this time; diet and veterinary care.

Diet is at the heart of most dog disease

Dogs are omnivorous scavengers at the carnivore end of the spectrum. They evolved to eat whatever was available in times of plenty or in scarcer times. They can cope with a wide variety of food. In the good times, dogs hunt in packs. They bring down large animals and eat most of the carcass.

In leaner times, dogs can live on a diet which is exclusively vegetarian, although maybe not happily. They can survive on earth worms. They are able to process rotting meat and decaying carcasses. They are highly successful opportunists. Their digestive system can cope with these foods, unlike a true carnivore such as a cat.

In the not too distant past, dogs were fed table scraps (from food that was much healthier than today’s typical diet). This suited dogs quite well. There was meat and vegetables of generally good quality.

As the commercial pet food industry developed, tactics were used to shame people into thinking they were doing the wrong thing. But the quality of the commercial dog food was not human grade. It was the dregs from the lucrative human market. And it has continued to deteriorate over the intervening years, with food coming from the cheapest sources, which have little nutritional content.

People are becoming increasingly aware that food is at the heart of health. If you eat poor quality food, deficient in nutrition, it is impossible to remain healthy. Every condition, every disease under the sun can rear its ugly head when there is not enough quality nutrition in the diet. This is true for humans and dogs alike.

All that is needed, in the majority of cases, is a change of diet to include the nutrients necessary for your dog to live in a healthy way.

At the heart of commercial dog food is a desire to make a profit. Commercial dog food manufacturers are mostly corporations. Advertising and psychological persuasion are of far greater importance than the quality of the food. The quality of the packet your dog food comes in is normally more researched and of better quality than is the contents.

Although dogs are opportunistic omnivores, they still need to eat quality food. Rotting meat is still natural, with all the essential nutrients, whereas processed dog food is of questionable origins and denatured by extreme pressures and temperatures. A decaying carcass still contains all the necessary nutrients for a dog to survive well. It isn’t loaded with various chemicals in an attempt to address the shortfall or to prolong the shelf life.

The veterinary approach to dogs diseases

Veterinary colleges do not provide training in nutrition. They leave this incredibly important topic to the commercial pet food industry that financially support them. This suits the industry very well, as they can get the students ‘on side.’ This is evident today. Walk into any veterinary clinic and there is a floor to ceiling display of commercial pet food.

Neither are vets taught to look for the cause of an illness. Instead, just as with medical students, vets are taught to match drug X to condition Y.

They are also taught how to maximize profit, rather than how to best treat the animal. Matthew Watkinson, a vet in the UK, left the profession altogether after eight years of practice, as he was so disgusted with this approach.

Veterinary associations don’t support freedom of choice. Andrew Jones, a Canadian vet, has been removed from his professional association for the single and simple reason that he provides information for safer alternatives to veterinary medication.

In stark contrast, homeopaths are taught to search diligently for the cause of every health problem. You will find that every true holistic vet (and there are plenty masquerading under that name to lure you in) or therapist will start the treatment off by changing the diet. They know how important that is for a healthy dog.

Often, in partnership with a quality, natural diet, a treatment specific to the dog’s particular symptoms and causative factor, will be prescribed. This double approach can cure your dog of even the most advanced and serious disease.

But this approach keeps your dog healthy. It’s not good for business.

The Resulting Effect For Your Dog

The combination of low nutrition and a high chemical load from your dog’s diet and medication, has the effect of causing liver (in particular, but other organs are not unaffected) toxicity and a low immunity. The effect of a compromised liver can lead to anger and aggression, as well as digestive problems and cancer.

The effect of a compromised immune system means your dog is far more likely to contract other health related problems and is easy prey to passing epidemics.

Simply changing the diet can start to unload the toxins in your dog and improve his/her immune system. The best food for your dog is to make it yourself from quality, human grade ingredients. You can find more information on this subject here. http://naturallyhealthydogs.com/indexnn.html

http://naturaldogshealth.com
http://www.naturalnews.com/035633_cats_pet_health_cat_food.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk
http://hpathy.com/homeopathy-organizations/

About the author:
Madeleine Innocent has been a full time professional homeopath since 2000. She treats both people and animals with homeopathy and diet-for-health, both at her clinic and on-line.
Her websites and blogs are

Big Pharma criminality no longer a conspiracy theory: Bribery, fraud, price fixing now a matter of public record

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) Those of us who have long been describing the pharmaceutical industry as a “criminal racket” over the last few years have been wholly vindicated by recent news. Drug and vaccine manufacturer Merck was caught red-handed by two of its own scientists faking vaccine efficacy data by spiking blood samples with animal antibodies. GlaxoSmithKline has just been fined a whopping $3 billion for bribing doctors, lying to the FDA, hiding clinical trial data and fraudulent marketing. Pfizer, meanwhile has been sued by the nation’s pharmacy retailers for what is alleged as an “overarching anticompetitive scheme” to keep generic cholesterol drugs off the market and thereby boost its own profits.

The picture that’s emerging is one of a criminal drug industry that has turned to mafia tactics in the absence of any real science that would prove their products to be safe or effective. The emergence of this extraordinary evidence of bribery, scientific fraud, lying to regulators and monopolistic practices that harm consumers is also making all those doctors and “skeptics” who defended Big Pharma and vaccines eat their words.

To defend Big Pharma today is to defend a cabal of criminal corporations that have proven they will do anything — absolutely anything — to keep their profits rolling in. It makes no difference who they have to bribe, what studies they have to falsify, or who has to be threatened into silence. They will stop at nothing to expand their profit base, even if it means harming (or killing) countless innocents.

Let’s take a look at recent revelations:

GlaxoSmithKline pleads guilty to bribery, fraud and other crimes

It what is now the largest criminal fraud settlement ever to come out of the pharmaceutical industry, GlaxoSmithKline has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines following a nine-year federal investigation into its activities.

According to U.S. federal investigators, GlaxoSmithKline (http://www.naturalnews.com/036416_GlaxoSmithKline_fraud_criminal_char…):

• Routinely bribed doctors with luxury vacations and paid speaking gigs
• Fabricated drug safety data and lied to the FDA
• Defrauded Medicare and Medicaid out of billions
• Deceived regulators about the effectiveness of its drugs
• Relied on its deceptive practices to earn billions of dollars selling potentially dangerous drugs to unsuspecting consumers and medical patients

And this is just the part they got caught doing. GSK doesn’t even deny any of this. The company simply paid the $3 billion fine, apologized to its customers, and continued conducting business as usual.

By the way, in addition to bribing physicians, GSK has plenty of money to spread around bribing celebrities and others who pimps its products. The company reportedly paid $275,000 to the celebrity doctor known as “Dr. Drew,” who promoted Glaxo’s mind-altering antidepressant drug Wellbutrin (http://naturalsociety.com/top-radio-doctor-paid-by-glaxosmithkline-to…).

As the Wall Street Journal reports:

In June 1999, popular radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky used the airwaves to extol the virtues of GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s antidepressant Wellbutrin, telling listeners he prescribes it and other medications to depressed patients because it “may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal” as much as other antidepressants do. But one thing listeners didn’t know was that, two months before the program aired, Dr. Pinsky — who gained fame as “Dr. Drew” during years co-hosting a popular radio sex-advice show “Loveline” — received the second of two payments from Glaxo totaling $275,000 for “services for Wellbutrin.”
(http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230393340457750503200685…)

Merck falsified vaccine data, spiked blood samples and more, say former employees

According to former Merck virologists Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, the company: (http://www.naturalnews.com/036328_Merck_mumps_vaccine_False_Claims_Ac…)

• “Falsified test data to fabricate a vaccine efficacy rate of 95 percent or higher.”

• Spiked the blood test with animal antibodies in order to artificially inflate the appearance of immune system antibodies.

• Pressured the two virologists to “participate in the fraud and subsequent cover-up.”

• Used the falsified trial results to swindle the U.S. government out of “hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization.”

• Intimidated the scientists, threatening them with going to jail unless they stayed silent.

This is all documented in a 2010 False Claims Act which NaturalNews has acquired and posted here:
http://www.naturalnews.com/gallery/documents/Merck-False-Claims-Act.p…

Millions of children put at risk by Merck

In that document the two virologists say they, “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings.”

They also claim that because of the faked vaccine results, “the United States has over the last decade paid Merck hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization… The United States is by far the largest financial victim of Merck’s fraud.”

They go on to point out that children are the real victims, however:

“But the ultimate victims here are the millions of children who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection. …The failure in Merck’s vaccine has allowed this disease to linger with significant outbreaks continuing to occur.”

Merck’s mumps viral strain is 45 years old!

According to the complaint, Merck has been using the same mumps strain — weakened from generations of being “passaged” — for the last 45 years! The complaint reads:

“For more than thirty years, Merck has had an exclusive license from the FDA to manufacture and sell a mumps vaccine in the U.S. The FDA first approved the vaccine in 1967. It was developed by Dr. Maurice Hilleman, at Merck’s West Point research facility, from the mumps virus that infected his five year-old daughter Jeryl Lynn. Merck continues to use this ‘Jeryl Lynn’ strain of the virus for its vaccine today.”

A complete medical farce

This information appears to show Merck’s mumps vaccine to be a complete medical farce. Those who blindly backed Merck’s vaccines — the science bloggers, “skeptics,” doctors, CDC and even the FDA — have been shown to be utter fools who have now destroyed their reputations by siding with an industry now known to be dominated by scientific fraud and unbounded criminality.

That’s the really hilarious part in all this: After decades of doctors, scientists and government authorities blindly and brainlessly repeating the mantra of “95% effectiveness,” it all turns out to be total quackery hogwash. Utterly fabricated. Quackety-quack quack. And all those hundreds of millions of Americans who lined up to be injected with MMR vaccines were all repeatedly and utterly conned into potentially harming themselves while receiving no medical benefit.

Intelligent, informed NaturalNews readers, home school parents, and “awakened” people who said “No!” to vaccines are now emerging as the victors in all this. By refusing to be injected with Merck’s vaccines, they avoided being assaulted with a fraudulent cocktail of adjuvant chemicals and all-but-useless mumps strains over four decades old. They protected their time, money and health. Those who refuse to be physically violated by vaccines are, once again, turning out to be the smartest people in society. No wonder they also tend to be healthier than the clueless fools who line up to get vaccinated every year.

Merck fraudulently misrepresented the efficacy of its vaccine and contributed to the spread of infectious disease, says lawsuit

The faked vaccine efficacy numbers aren’t the only troubles Merck is now facing. Shortly after the above False Claims Act was made public, Chatom Primary Care filed suit against Merck. That document is available from NaturalNews at:
http://www.naturalnews.com/gallery/documents/Chatom-Lawsuit-Merck-Mum…

It alleges that:

• [Merck engaged in] …a decade-long scheme to falsify and misrepresent the true efficacy of its vaccine.

• Merck fraudulently represented and continues to falsely represent in its labeling and elsewhere that its Mumps Vaccine has an efficacy rate of 95 percent of higher.

• Merck knows and has taken affirmative steps to conceal — by using improper testing techniques and falsifying test data — that its Mumps Vaccine is, and has been since at least 1999, far less than 95 percent effective.

• Merck designed a testing methodology that evaluated its vaccine against a less virulent strain of the mumps virus. After the results failed to yield Merck’s desired efficacy, Merck abandoned the methodology and concealed the study’s findings.

• Merck also engaged in “incorporating the use of animal antibodies to artificially inflate the results… destroying evidence of the falsified data and then lying to an FDA investigator… threatened a virologist in Merck’s vaccine division with jail if he reported the fraud to the FDA.”

*News* GlaxoSmithKline pleads guilty to criminal fraud charges, pays massive $3 billion in fines

by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) U.K.-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a corporate “person” in the eyes of the federal government (http://blog.timesunion.com/occupyalbany/corporations-are-people/394/), has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in what even the mainstream media is calling the largest healthcare fraud case in history. And though the company is having to fork over $3 billion in collective fines for its illegal activity, no actual GSK employees or executives are being held personally responsible for their crimes.

A roughly nine-year federal investigation has exposed GSK’s rampant abuse of the law by illegally marketing drugs, forging drug safety data, bribing doctors to promote dangerous and expensive drugs, ripping off Medicare and Medicaid, and lying about the effectiveness and safety of drugs. And all this deception has generated tens of billions of dollars in profits for GSK over the years, while thousands of patients who used the drug products involved have suffered horrific side effects and even death.

But rather than pursue any of the individuals responsible for purveying such crimes, the federal government instead agreed to have GSK simply fork over $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines. This $3 billion sum is but a fraction of the amount GSK raked in as a result of its illicit behavior, and the company’s employees are now essentially free to continue engaging in such behavior without having to worry about facing any real repercussions.

Big Pharma considers legal settlements to be just another cost of doing business

Though it may sound like a lot of money to most people, $3 billion is not really all that much for a company that generated more than $42 billion in revenues just last year. In fact, according to Reuters, GSK has agreed to pay the $3 billion in fines from company cash reserves that appear to be specifically earmarked for such uses.

This means that GSK, and more than likely all other drug companies, consider criminal activity to be part of their normal company operations, and the legal settlements and fines that may result to be just another cost of doing business. GSK, in this case, was able to bring in tens of billions of dollars using illicit marketing and sales tactics, and only had to pay a small fraction of that revenue to basically pay off the American justice system.

When you really think about it, the legal system actually encourages drug companies to break the law because doing so will generate significantly larger profits in the long run. As long as the drug companies breaking the law are willing to share a piece of the pie with the federal government when investigators come to initiate the shakedown, there are no real legal consequences for the corporate “persons” of the drug industry that continue to do as they please.

Every GSK executive, scientist, salesperson, or employee that engaged in illegal activity should be arrested and tried in court

In a just world, the actual GSK employees that engaged in criminal activity as part of the decades-long scheme would be immediately arrested and tried in court for their crimes. Every corporate executive, laboratory scientist, territory salesman, administrative assistant, and factory worker at GSK that knowingly participated in the campaign of deception should be brought to justice, whether that means seizure of financial assets or jail time.

According to Reuters, such a scenario is not necessarily out of the question in this case, despite the settlement. However, federal prosecutors declined to state whether or not any individual at GSK would be pursued, which suggests that none of them likely will. And if nobody at GSK is held personally responsible for the company’s ill-gotten gains, then GSK will more than likely continue to abuse the corrupt system indefinitely.

“What we’re learning is that money doesn’t deter corporate malfeasance,” said Eliot Spitzer, former attorney general of New York, as quoted by the New York Times. Spitzer filed a lawsuit against GSK back in 2004 over the company’s illegal marketing and misrepresentation of the antidepressant drug Paxil. “The only thing that will work in my view is CEOs and officials being forced to resign and individual culpability being enforced.”

Sources for this article include:

http://www.reuters.com

http://www.businessweek.com

http://www.nytimes.com


SaneVax: Why is a highly sensitive HPV test used in vaccine development and not for patient care?

by Rosemary Mathis, Vice President of Victim Support, SANE VAX, INC.

(NaturalNews) The SaneVax Team wants to know why consultants paid by the pharmaceutical industry appear to be using the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to promote a double standard of HPV testing to market “cervical cancer vaccines” at the expense of women’s health. Are HPV vaccine manufacturers, the NCI and WHO afraid of what a sensitive and accurate HPV test would disclose if one were used for post-vaccination monitoring and patient care?

According to a recent article in Cancer Medicine1, a group of researchers from Shanghai reported that the commonly used Digene (Qiagen) HPV HC2 test kit promoted by the NCI identified only 57.6% of the 624 infections by a single high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). Is it coincidence that the NCI is one of the inventors of the “cancer vaccine” Gardasil? Is a 57.6% success rate good enough for your family’s healthcare?

The authors also introduced a novel approach to identify various combinations of multiple HPV infections, demonstrating that up to 5 HPV genotypes in one single sample could be validated by direct DNA sequencing. The team, headed by Professor G.F. Hong, emphasized the importance of using a highly sensitive and specific method if HPV testing is to be used as the primary cervical screening followed by Papanicolaou cytology for cervical cancer detection. The authors stated:

“As in many developing countries, China needs a financially sustainable and reliable screening system to reduce the cervical cancer mortality rate. How to integrate such an analytically reliable molecular test into a system supplemented by cytopathology-based cervical screen for cervical cancer prevention must be determined by medical and scientific professionals with primary concern about improvement of women’s health care under various resource settings rather than by (the) business agenda of the industry.”

In stark contrast, Dr. Joakim Dillner, head of the WHO vaccine team and a paid consultant of Merck/SPMSD (a manufacturer of HPV vaccines), openly promoted a double standard of HPV testing, one for vaccine development and one for patient care when making this statement:

“In vaccinology, a high analytical sensitivity is needed as failure to detect prevalent infections at trial entry may result in false vaccine failures in vaccination trials. It should be noted that HPV tests used in cervical cancer screening programs have different requirements for evaluation, since for that purpose only HPV infections associated with high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia or cancer are relevant and not the transient infections that do not give rise to clinically meaningful disease. Since the latter are characterized by low viral loads, HPV screening assays do not have as high demands on analytical sensitivity.2

Informed medical consumers would like to ask the WHO vaccine team:

1.If a test with high analytical sensitivity was used during clinical trials only, would the less sensitive tests used for post-vaccination surveillance and patient care generate a set of false negative results which might artificially raise the efficacy rating of the vaccine by only identifying 57.6% of HPV infections?

2.If only the less sensitive HPV test results are useful in evaluating clinically meaningful disease, would the analytically sensitive HPV test used upon clinical trial entry prove the vaccines only were effective in preventing diseases that are not clinically meaningful?

The truth is partially revealed in another statement within the WHO team’s report when they wrote:
“SiHa cells has about 1 copy of HPV 16 per cell…”2

The fact is that SiHa cells is a culture cell line of human cervical cancer. So the authors knew that human cervical cancers may contain as little as one copy of HPV virion per single cancer cell when they made the statement:

“HPV screening assays do not have as high demands on analytical sensitivity”

This group of HPV vaccine promoters seems to be using the name of the World Health Organization to mislead the public into accepting an inaccurate HPV test for patient care while creating a double standard to obscure the facts relating to the evaluation of HPV vaccine efficacy, not to mention HPV vaccine safety.

This same WHO publication stated:

“Accurate and internationally comparable HPV DNA detection and genotyping methodology is an essential component both in the evaluation of HPV vaccines and in the effective implementation and monitoring of HPV vaccination programs. Genotyping assays used today differ in their analytical performance with regard to type-specific sensitivity and specificity.”

In other words, the vaccine team knew that the NCI and the GardasilR manufacturer did not use an FDA-approved HPV test, or an accurate internationally comparable HPV DNA detection and genotyping methodology for evaluation of the vaccine’s efficacy during the clinical trials because there is none.
If there is still no satisfactory HPV DNA detection and genotyping method, how are medical consumers supposed to trust clinical trial results which were evaluated using tests methods arbitrarily selected by the vaccine developer prior to 2006?

In yet another Guidelines article, the same Dr. Joakim Dillner, along with Dr. C.J.L.M. Meijer and several other industry paid consultants attempted to justify using less sensitive HPV tests for patient management by stating:

“the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved Hybrid Capture 2 (hc2; Qiagen, Gaithersburg, MD, USA) and GP5+/6+-PCR enzyme immunoassay (GP5+/6+-PCR EIA) have repeatedly demonstrated clinical sensitivity of about 90.95% for the detection of CIN 2 in large prospective cohorts or randomized controlled trials.”3

Any woman with a rudimentary knowledge of cervical cancer screening knows a “90.95% rate for the detection of CIN 2 lesions” may be a test to openly invite medical malpractice; let alone the fact that CIN 2 is well-known as being a self-reversing entity. How could Dr. Meijer, a professor of pathology and leading author of the paper, have endorsed such a recommendation?

It turns out Dr. Meijer is a major stockholder of Digene Corporation as published in Digene Corp.4 10-K For 6/30/98 EX-10.37. Digene Corporation was sold to Qiagen, a Dutch company, for $1.6 billion in 2007.

To sum it all up, a scientific research team in Shanghai is working diligently to find a science-based sensitive and reliable HPV test for cervical screening to reduce cervical cancer mortality in China. Meanwhile, it appears vaccine inventors and industry-paid consultants are using the offices of the WHO and the NCI to promote a double standard to justify prevention of clinically insignificant HPV infections with a ‘cancer vaccine’ along with a not too sensitive HPV DNA test for post-vaccination surveillance and patient management at the expense of women’s health.

Are these people afraid an accurate and reliable HPV test would show medical consumers their miracle vaccine is not such a miracle after all?

If so, informed medical consumers will hold those who knowingly wrote inappropriate medical practice guidelines accountable for the harm their ‘expert opinions’ cause.

Written by Norma Erickson, President of SANEVAX, INC.

http://sanevax.org/

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cam4.9/full
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2789446/?tool=pubmed
http://www.secinfo.com/dsvRq.73a6.d.htm.

About the author:
THE SANE VAX MISSION is to promote Safe, Affordable, Necessary & Effective vaccines and vaccination practices through education and information. We believe in science-based medicine. Our primary goal is to provide the information necessary for you to make informed decisions regarding your health and well-being. We also provide referrals to helpful resources for those unfortunate enough to have experienced vaccine-related injuries.

We are demanding the HPV vaccines be taken off the market until an independent study on their safety and efficacy has been conducted. Until then, we are committing our efforts to an educational media campaign to alert the public about the dangers of the HPV vaccines.

SANE Vax, Inc. is involved in the ground-breaking production of the One More Girl Documentary which will premier in 2012. Please join our cause by contributing to this project by contacting Ryan Richardson, Producer at ryan@onemoregirlfilm.com.

For more information, please visit our site at http://sanevax.org/.


Homeopathic remedies alleviate heat exhaustion and heat stroke

by JB Bardot

(NaturalNews) When the dog days of summer arrive, it’s important to protect not only against sunburn, but heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Overexposure to the sun and excessive heat causes loss of fluids leading to dehydration, low electrolytes and an increase in body temperature. This is caused not only by high atmospheric temperatures but by over-exposure to the sun, or performing manual work during high temperatures and high humidity. Certain illnesses can make an individual more prone to heat exhaustion as well as drinking alcohol. Young children and the elderly are most at risk, but anyone can suffer, so caution is advised.

Symptoms

Heat cramps: Excessive loss of fluids from sweating on very hot days can cause heat cramps due to a deficiency in electrolytes. The individual is not dehydrated. Drinking a cool drink with added electrolytes or green coconut juice will speed recovery.

Heat exhaustion: Loss of fluids and electrolytes can also produce a condition where there is nausea, dizziness, weakness, cramps, headache and fainting. In the instance of heat exhaustion, the person will be dehydrated. Replacing bodily fluids and having the person lay down in a cool room helps with recovery.

Heat stroke: When the body is unable to control its temperature after lengthy exposure to heat and the sun, sometimes a fatal condition known as heat stroke occurs. An early sign is the lack of sweating. The body temperature may rise to 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and there will also be dehydration and a loss of electrolytes. Seizures, severe headache, confusion and rapid breathing are also evident. This is an emergency situation and generally calls for immediate medical attention.

Homeopathic remedies

Homeopathic treatment for the various stages of heat and sun exposure are often helpful in stabilizing an individual and overcoming mild overheating. If an individual is suffering from heat stroke, treat with the appropriate remedy en route to your healthcare practitioner or hospital.

Belladona: Agonizing, sudden, shooting headache with throbbing making the individual scream in pain. Bright red face, dilated pupils, glassy-eyed, fixed stare with no expression, no thirst but has a dry mouth.

Bryonia: Severe headache made worse by the slightest motion. The individual is extremely thirsty for large amounts of cold water.

Aconite: Faint and dizzy with headache after prolonged, direct exposure to the sun. Individual may say he feels like he is dying, be anxious and restless.

Carbo Veg: Collapse from excess heat with clamminess of the skin and stomach complaints. The individual wants to be fanned and needs to feel moving air.

Glonoinum: First remedy for sun stroke. Agonizing congestive headache after exposure to sun and heat. Hot face and cold extremities, irritability and confusion. Pounding pain, compare to Belladona.

Gelsemium: Drowsiness, headache in back of head, no thirst, weakness, comatose and useful for sun stroke.

Lachesis: Excellent for treating headaches from sun exposure especially if they are worse on the left side. Individual feels worse after waking from sleep, feels faint and dizzy.

Natrum Carb: Debilitated as a result of heat exposure. Is chronically affected by heat and sun stroke. Headache is worse from the slightest mental effort.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/heat-exhaustion-000075.htm
http://www.natural-homeremedies.org/homeremedies-heat-strokes.htm
http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com
http://www.homeopathycanada.com
http://www.elcosh.org

About the author:
JB Bardot is trained in herbal medicine and homeopathy, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot cares for both people and animals, using alternative approaches to health care and lifestyle. She writes about wellness, green living, alternative medicine, holistic nutrition, homeopathy, herbs and naturopathic medicine. READ HER OTHER ARTICLES ON NATURAL NEWS HERE: http://www.naturalnews.com/Author1686.html You can find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001364941208&ref=tn_tnmn or on Twitter at jbbardot23 https://twitter.com/#!/jbbardot23

Addicted to coffee? You may be dopamine deficient

by PF Louis

(NaturalNews) Many of us depend on an early morning “Jo” to get us on the go. Some of us need refills as the day progresses.

Still others use coffee to get over depression or anxiety, even though caffeine can create more fight or flight hormones and tax our adrenal glands by pumping us with adrenaline. The adrenaline rushes lead to more retention of cortisol, leading to a vicious cycle of more stress and anxiety.

Many of us may have to look into our coffee drinking habits to determine whether to decrease consumption or quit altogether, even with the threat of withdrawal symptoms.

Although caffeine is in some foods and beverages, for example chocolate and tea, the bulk of our caffeine consumption is carried by coffee.

The first thing to consider is whether you can do without. If not, there is some level of addiction. There is a way to ease caffeine withdrawal mentioned later in this article.

How coffee elevates our moods and gets us going

Caffeine is a naturally occurring chemical stimulant called trimethylxanthine. It can be addictive and debilitating as well as helpful, as both Bach and Beethoven, heavy coffee drinkers, would attest.
Caffeine stimulates the brain to produce the neurotransmitter dopamine by occupying the brain’s adenosine receptors. Adenosine is what helps us feel like sleeping, but the adenosine receptors don’t discriminate between adenosine and caffeine.

Dopamine elevates our moods to make us feel better and stave off depression, which is why there is so much coffee consumption in areas that lack sunshine for extended periods, such as the USA Pacific Northwest and Scandinavia. Dopamine also helps create motivation and contributes toward conscious body motion.

Some research even points to coffee drinkers having fewer problems with depression and Alzheimer’s disease than non-coffee drinkers. While feeling better from the dopamine, the caffeine also increases the brain’s activity and neuron firing.

This alerts the pituitary gland to release hormones that signal the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline (aka epinephrine) for “fight or flight.” The adrenaline rush makes you more alert.

Adrenaline injections are sometimes administered to help overcome extreme breathing problems or cardiac issues. Caffeine can help get over an asthma attack by elevating one’s mood, increasing heart rate, and dilating bronchial passages.

Coffee’s adverse effects and kicking the habit

But as the adrenaline wears off toward a crash, cortisol slowly builds up. If this cycle is repeated often enough, the cortisol builds up and creates the same effects as chronic stress: Fatigue, anxiety, nervousness, irritability, and lowered immunity.
A recipe for disaster is working a stressful job and drinking lots of coffee to cope with it! Adrenaline rushes can be addictive, just ask any gambler or sports nut.

But it appears dopamine’s mood elevation may be the hook that makes it hard to kick caffeine and remove the adrenal stress that causes long term negative health effects.

Sometimes the caffeine from drinking coffee habitually can cause gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. Caffeine is a cross reactive substance, meaning it can create gluten intolerance even though it doesn’t contain wheat. Ironically, wheat products usually accompany that cup of Jo.

Many experts consider the caffeine cure for dopamine deficiency the most addictive quality of coffee drinking. Getting off caffeine slowly or cold-turkey can create withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, irritability, mild depression, and mental fogginess.

Nutritional consultant and author of The Body Ecology Diet, Donna Gates, recommends a naturally sourced non-essential amino acid supplement L-Tyrosine to help you kick the caffeine habit effortlessly. It is a natural precursor to the brain’s dopamine production and it helps people be alert.

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http://thedailylove.com

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http://www.vitaminsdiary.com/nutrients/dopamine.html

http://www.gethelpfordepression.info/lowdopamine.aspx

http://cortisol.com/quick-facts/#1

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Demystifying_Depression/The_Stress_System