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Do you know people who have amazing, fascinating, brilliant ideas? You may be one of them yourself.
By Dr. Mercola
Dr. Andrew Saul has over 35 years of experience in natural health education, and holds a number of certificates for teaching clinical nutrition.
He’s a recipient of the Citizens for Health Outstanding Health Freedom Activist Award, and was named as one of the seven natural health pioneers by Psychology Today.
Dr. Saul is currently editor-in-chief of The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, and has authored over 100 publications and seven books, including Hospitals and Health: Your Orthomolecular Guide to a Shorter Hospital Stayi, which is the topic of this interview.
He is perhaps most prominently known for his appearance in the film Food Matters.
Hospitals and Health
Dr. Saul co-authored Hospitals and Health with Dr. Steve Hickey, and Dr. Abram Hoffer, the famous Canadian psychiatrist who, in 1953, demonstrated that high doses of niacin could cure schizophrenia and other similar mental disorders.
“Dr. Hoffer, in his study of biochemistry… noted that over the years there had been attempts to treat psychiatric illnesses by communities that didn’t have hospitals. One was the Quaker community. And the Quakers, Dr. Hoffer said, found that if they took the mentally ill; put them in a nice house, gave them good food, and gave them compassionate care, they had a 50 percent cure rate,” Dr. Saul says.
“Dr. Hoffer commented that drugs have about 10 percent cure rate. He was thinking that drugs might actually be going in the wrong direction, and hospitals give a lot of drugs… When people go into the hospital, they’re going to have problems… Statistically, there are so many errors in hospitals that the average works out to one error per patient per day at the minimum. If you’re in a hospital for four days, you can expect four medical errors in that time.”
According to the 2011 Health Grades Hospital Quality in America Studyii, the incidence rate of medical harm occurring in the United States is estimated to be over 40,000 harmful and/or lethal errors each and EVERY day.
Hospitals have become particularly notorious for spreading lethal infections. In the United States, more than 2 million people are affected by hospital-acquired infections each year, and a whopping 100,000 people die as a result. According to the Health Grades report, analysis of approximately 40 million Medicare patients’ records from 2007 through 2009 showed that 1 in 9 patients developed such hospital-acquired infections! The saddest part is, most of these cases could likely have been easily prevented with better infection control in hospitals—simple things such as doctors and nurses washing their hands between each patient, for example.
Hospitals, home and nursing home care account for over one-third of the $2.6 trillion the United States spends for health care.iii This is TRIPLE what we surrender to drug companies. It wouldn’t be so bad if we actually received major benefits for this investment, but, as Dr. Saul’s book reveals, this oftentimes is not the case…
Hospital Nutrition and Supplements
However, there are solutions; it is possible to make hospitals better, and the book addresses this in depth. Nutrition is a key element. As Dr. Saul points out, hospital food is almost universally associated with bad food. Most of it is highly processed, but you can sometimes get better fare simply by asking for a vegetarian meal. He also explains why it can be helpful to get a simple note from your primary care physician if you take vitamins and want to continue taking them while in the hospital. And, your rights, should the staff insist you can’t take them while staying there.
“If you want to take vitamins in the hospital, go ahead and do it,” Dr. Saul says. “On the other hand, if the hospital, your physician, or surgeon, can explain to you why, for a particular procedure or a particular medication, you cannot take the vitamin, then you can accommodate that request if they are highly specific. Usually what happens is they’ll say,
“You can’t take any vitamins.” But that’s just not true. Everyone should take vitamin C before they go to the hospital. They should take vitamin C before they go to the dentist for less infection, less pain, quicker healing time, and less bleeding. The same is true with surgery. People who take high doses of vitamin C are much less likely to have blood clotting in healing, inflammation, and other complications that, unfortunately, are fairly familiar among surgical staff.
If someone says, “You can’t take vitamin E because we’re going to give you Warfarin (Coumadin),” that’s a reasonable point. But then… there is evidence that if you take the vitamin E, you don’t need Warfarin.
I had a client once who had this exact dilemma. He had thrombophlebitis, and he was on Warfarin. He wanted to take vitamin E instead… He said, “Well, what should I do?” I said, “The best thing to do is to gradually decrease the drug with your doctor’s cooperation while increasing the vitamin – again, with your doctor’s cooperation. Talk to your doctor. The doctor that put you on the drugs should be the one that you’ll talk to about the drugs.”… He said, “I don’t want to talk to the doctor about this.” He actually was afraid to talk to his doctor. He did not want the confrontation. What he did instead was he just started taking the vitamin E. Eventually, his clotting time was extended to the point where the doctor said,
“What’s going on?”
… Too much Warfarin causes extended bleeding. Too much vitamin E can also cause slightly extended bleeding, but not out of the normal range. I said to him… “You got to talk to your doctor. If your doctor’s asking what’s going on, [then] tell him. He’ll take you off the Coumadin.” The fellow talked to the doctor, and the doctor took him off the vitamin E…”
Unfortunately, that’s a typical example of “standard care.” Dr. Saul, on the other hand, believes one of the first things doctors need to do is to make sure each patient has a multivitamin with each meal. The same goes for inmates in prisons, and senior citizens in nursing homes.
“Diets in institutions are terrible,” Dr. Saul says. “We can change that right away. People have to refuse the crap that they put on the plate and demand fresh, whole, unprocessed food. If enough people do that, the hospitals will do it. This is something that we can do. Vitamins, multivitamin supplements we can do…
The next thing that you can do is demand to be addressed by your title. Do not let them call you by your first name. You are a Mr., Ms., Mrs., or a Dr. This is a small point seemingly, but it can actually change your care.
Another thing that people need to do when they go into the hospital, and I got this from a nurse herself, she said, “Bring a guard.
I would never let a family member go into the hospital alone. Make absolutely sure that a friend or family member is with them 24 hours a day.” What does this do? It makes sure that mistakes aren’t made, or if mistakes are made, you’ve got a witness. At the very least, the person is going to have some company. That’s something we can do. Not everybody has an advocate. Not everybody has family members available, but this is still a doable situation. What else can we do about hospitals? We can avoid them…”
Knowing How to Play “the Hospital Game” Can Help Keep You Alive
One of the reasons I am so passionate about sharing the information on this site about healthy eating, exercise, and stress management with you is because it can help keep you OUT of the hospital. But if you do have to go there, you need to know how to play the game.
“Dr. Steve Hickey is an authority on game theory, cybernetics, and all kinds of mathematical stuff…” Dr. Saul says. “Dr. Hickey wrote a chapter in Hospitals and Health specifically on the “hospital game” and how to play it. He… demonstrates that the outcome depends on you… If you just go in… [they] take you to bed and you keep quiet, you’re what Dr. Hoffer calls a “pious patient.”
Pious patients tend to get killed.
… The lowest estimate makes hospitals one of the top 10 causes of deaths in the United States… The highest estimate makes hospital and drugs the number one cause of death in the United States…
We can fix this problem. We can make a change. But the only way it’s going to happen is if you know how to play the game. That’s why Hospitals and Health – I think – will really come in handy. Abraham Hoffer practiced for 55 years. He ran hospitals. He had so much experience, and what does it still boil down to? Common sense – good food, good care, as few drugs as possible, and taking charge of your own health.”
Why Avoiding Elective Procedures During July May Be a Lifesaving Choice
What’s my personal recommendation when it comes to hospital stays? Naturally, my number one suggestion is to avoid hospitals unless it’s an absolute emergency and you need life-saving medical attention. In such cases, it’s worth taking Dr. Saul’s recommendation to bring a personal advocate; a relative or friend who can speak up for you and ensure you’re given proper care if you can’t do so yourself.
If you’re having an elective medical procedure done, remember that this gives you greater leeway and personal choice—use it!
Many believe training hospitals will provide them with the latest and greatest care, but they can actually be more dangerous. As a general rule, avoid elective surgeries and procedures during the month of July because this is when brand new residents begin their training. According to a 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, lethal medication errors consistently spike by about 10 percent each July, particularly in teaching hospitals, due to the inexperience of new residents.iv Also be cautious of weekends.
“Sometimes, your best bet for a hospital is a relatively small local one,” Dr. Saul advises.
Who has the MOST Power During Your Hospital Stay?
“The most important thing to remember is this: the hospital power structure,” Dr. Saul says. “No matter what hospital you go in… Maybe you’ve got to be in a teaching hospital. Maybe you don’t have a lot of choices. Maybe you are there because of financial issues. Maybe it’s because of geographical issues. Maybe it’s because it was an emergency, and you woke up in the hospital. Maybe you have to be there on a weekend…
The question is, “Are you going to walk out the front door, or be wheeled out the back?”
Now, here’s what people need to do. They need to understand that when they are faced with hospitalization, the most powerful person in the most entire hospital system is the patient.
The system works on the assumption that the patient will not claim that power… You might have set that up with a document. If you have a power of attorney, a living will, or other types of paperwork or someone is responsible, then we know who’s responsible. But let’s say that it’s just an ordinary situation—the patient has the most power.
A patient can say, “No. Do not touch me.” And they can’t. If they do, it’s assault, and you can call the police. Now, they might say, “Well, on your way in, you signed this form.”
You can unsign it. You can revoke your permission. Just because somebody has permission to do one thing, it doesn’t mean that they have the permission to do everything. There’s no such thing as a situation that you cannot reverse. If you can make amendments to the U.S. Constitution, you can change your mind about your own personal healthcare. It concerns your very life. You don’t want to cry wolf for no reason, but the patient has the potential to put a stop to anything; absolutely anything.
If the patient doesn’t know that, if they’re not conscious, or if they just don’t have the moxie to do it, the next most powerful person is the spouse. The spouse has enormous influence and can do almost as much as the patient. If the patient is incapacitated, the spouse can probably do much more than the patient.
If there is no spouse present, the next most powerful people in the system are the children of the patient… You’ll notice that I haven’t noticed doctors or hospital administrators once. That’s because they don’t have the power. They really don’t. They just want you to think that you do. It is an illusion that they run the place. The answer is – you do. They’re offering you products and services, and they’re trying to get you to accept them without question.
… [W]hen you go to the hospital, bring along a black Sharpie pen, and cross out anything that you don’t like in the contract. Put big giant X’s through entire clauses and pages, and do not sign it. And when they say, “We’re not going to admit you,” you say, “Please put it in writing that you refuse to admit me.” What do you think your lawyers are going to do with that? They have to [admit you]. They absolutely have to…
It’s a game, and you can win it. But you can’t win it if you don’t know the rules. And basically, they don’t tell you the rules. In Hospitals and Health, we do.”
The book, Hospitals and Health is available through any online bookseller, including Amazon, or you can order an autographed copy at www.DoctorYourself.com. Knowing how to prevent disease so you can avoid hospitals in the first place is clearly your best bet. But knowing what to do to make your hospital stay as safe and healing as possible is equally important. For the inside scoop, I highly recommend reading the book.
- i Hospitals and Health: Your Orthomolecular Guide to a Shorter, Safer Hospital Stay
- ii HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America Report
- iii US Health care costs, KaiserEdu.org
- iv “A July Effect in Fatal Medication Errors: A Possible Effect of New Medical Residents,” Journal of General Internal Medicine, August 2010: 25(8); 774-779
HUNGRY FOR CHANGE DOCUMENTARY REVIEW BY DURIANRIDER Hungry for change is a documentary recently released. A Documentary Film About Creating Lasting Weight Loss, Abundant Energy and Vibrant Health. I watched hungry for change documentary a few days ago. I thought is was a bucket of crap. Mike Adams was making fun of refined sugar yet Mike Adams sells refined sugar on his website! Daniel Vitalis and David Wolfe were the weight loss experts. Dr Mercola stated that people get fat and sick from eating fruit. I guess he has never met any fruit based vegans lol! Basically I felt that it was another weight loss infomercial with the only take home message being that you should eat a high fat diet and stay away from starches and fruits. tags: HUNGRY FOR CHANGE DOCUMENTARY REVIEW BY DURIANRIDER david wolfe raw food daniel vitalis mike adams dr mercola food matters organic weight loss health exercise training fructose fat storage
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By Dr. Mercola
If you’re looking for a nutritious, quick snack, nuts (raw, organic and in moderation) are a near perfect option.
With healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols and many vitamins and minerals, nuts pack a powerful nutritional punch, all wrapped up in a tiny bite-sized package.
In fact, a recent epidemiologic study revealed that nuts offer many benefits for your health, even reducing your risk of serious chronic disease.
Nuts Support Heart Health, Lower Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome Risk
There have not been many epidemiologic studies undertaken to assess the effect of nut consumption on health risks, but a recent study involving more than 13,000 people, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, set out to do just that.
Those who ate nuts gained numerous benefits compared to non-nut eaters, including:
- Decreased body mass index and waist circumference
- Lower systolic blood pressure
- Lower weight
- Less likelihood of having two risk factors for metabolic syndrome: high blood pressure and low HDL (good) cholesterol (for nut consumers)
- Less likelihood of having four risk factors for metabolic syndrome: abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high fasting glucose and a lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome (for tree nut consumers)
“Nut/tree nut consumption was associated with a decreased prevalence of selected risk factors for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and MetS [metabolic syndrome].”
Other research has further proven that nuts, such as almonds, confer superior heart health benefits to complex carbs like whole-wheat muffins; a study in the journal Circulation found people with abnormally high level of lipids, such as cholesterol, in their blood, were able to significantly reduce their risk factors for coronary heart disease by snacking on whole almonds.i Those who snacked on whole-wheat muffins got no such benefit.
It’s likely that nuts impact your heart health in numerous ways. For instance, many (walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews and peanuts) contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease, or those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors. L-arginine is a key nutrient in promoting efficient blood flow and overall cardiovascular function. L-arginine is considered one of the “semi-essential” amino acids—meaning, often your body can’t produce it in sufficient quantities, so you must obtain adequate quantities from your diet.
Will Eating Nuts Make You Fat?
It’s one of the biggest nutritional myths of all times that eating a food high in healthy fat will make you fat. If you’re watching your weight, a small handful of nuts like almonds is a better snack choice than a snack high in complex carbohydrates, such as a bran muffin. In one study comparing those who ate a low-calorie diet that included either almonds or complex carbs, the almond group had a:ii
- 62 percent greater reduction in their weight/BMI
- 50 percent greater reduction in waist circumference
- 56 percent greater reduction in body fat
A separate study in the journal Obesity also found that eating nuts two or more times per week was associated with a reduced risk of weight gain.iii
Which Nuts are Healthiest?
You can’t really go wrong when choosing nuts to eat, as long as you pay attention to quality. By this I mean look for nuts that are organic and raw, not irradiated or pasteurized (see below for more details). One exception is peanuts, which I typically avoid, and which are technically in the legume family. Along with being one of the most pesticide-laden foods you can eat, most peanuts are also contaminated with aflatoxin, a carcinogenic mold. My favorite nuts are pecans, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts. Generally speaking, each type of nut will offer a slightly different mix of nutrients for your health. For instance:
- Almonds: One of the healthiest aspects of almonds appears to be their skins, as they are rich in antioxidants including phenols, flavonoids and phenolic acids, which are typically associated with vegetables and fruits. As the Almond Board of California reported, a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry even revealed that a one-ounce serving of almonds has a similar amount of total polyphenols as a cup of steamed broccoli or green tea.iv
- Walnuts: Walnuts are good sources of plant-based omega-3 fats, natural phytosterols and antioxidants that are so powerful at free-radical scavenging that researchers called them “remarkable.”v Plus, walnuts may help reduce not only the risk of prostate cancer, but breast cancer as well.
- Pecans: Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, and research has shown they may help lower LDL cholesterol and promote healthy arteries.
- Brazil Nuts: Brazil nuts are an excellent source of organic selenium, a powerful antioxidant-boosting mineral that may help prevent cancer.
Most Almonds in North America are Pasteurized — Even if They’re Labeled Raw
Unfortunately, it is difficult to find raw almonds in the United States, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture implemented a mandatory pasteurization program for almonds in 2007. The Almond Board of California states they have conducted independent nutritional lab analyses that show pasteurization does not degrade the nutritional value of almonds, but this is also what is falsely claimed for pasteurized milk — that the pasteurization process does not change its nutritional composition, or allergenicity. We know, however, that raw milk and pasteurized milk are two very different foods from a health standpoint, and it stands to reason that raw and pasteurized almonds are too.
The Almond Board of California again states that the pasteurization processes for almonds are slightly different from the one used for milk and juice in that they only treat the surface of the nut, but the Cornucopia Institute states the USDA mandate “requires sanitation of almonds with a toxic fumigant or treatment with high-temperature heat.”viSo please be aware that if you purchase almonds in North America, they will have gone through one of the following pasteurization methods:
- Oil roasting, dry roasting, or blanching
- Steam processing
- Propylene Oxide (PPO) treatment (PPO is a highly toxic flammable chemical compound, once used as a racing fuel before it was prohibited for safety reasons)
Pasteurized almonds sold in North America can still be labeled “raw” even though they’ve been subjected to one of the treatment processes listed above. There are generally no truly “raw” almonds sold in North America, so don’t be misled. It is possible to purchase raw almonds in the U.S., but it has to be done very carefully from vendors selling small quantities that have a waiver from the pasteurization requirement. The key is to find a company with the waiver that is NOT pasteurizing them. I personally enjoy raw almonds nearly every day, as it is an outstanding food.
Eating Nuts in Moderation is Best
You need to be cautious with the quantity of nuts you eat, but this is not because they will make you “fat,” as many believe. Instead, the reason for moderation is that almost all nuts are top heavy in omega-6 fats and can upset your omega-6/omega-3 ratio. As explained by Dr. Paul Jaminet, a trained astrophysicist and author of the book, Perfect Health Diet:
“It’s really important to be low in omega-6 fats … When you’re eating low-carb, you’re necessarily eating a high-fat diet, and the quality of your fats becomes very important. It’s very important to keep down the level of omega-6 fats, because the polyunsaturated fats in general become toxic if you get too much. That’s where you really have to avoid all these vegetable oils, because they can be very high in omega-6. Things like corn oil, safflower oil, soy bean oil – even canola oil – just have too much polyunsaturated fat.”
Nuts also contain polyunsaturated fats, and certain nuts, like pistachios and cashews, contain slightly higher amounts of carbohydrates than nuts like almonds and walnuts, which is important to keep in mind if you’re following a low-carb diet, and especially if you have high levels of insulin, high blood pressure, excess weight, high cholesterol or diabetes.
- i Circulation. 2002 Sep 10;106(11):1327-32.
- ii Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2003 Nov;27(11):1365-72.
- iii Obesity (2007) 15, 107–116; doi:10.1038/oby.2007.507
- iv J. Agric. Food Chem., 2006, 54 (14), pp 5027–5033
- v Antioxidative Polyphenols from Walnuts, Phytochemisty, August 2003: 63(7); 795-801, Toshiyuki Fukuda, et al.
- vi The Cornucopia Institute, The Authentic Almond Project
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By Dr. Mercola
A ridiculous video from the Pork Producers Council attempts to explain why factory pig farming is a wonderful thing.
They say they put up “modern” barns to protect animals from harsh weather, illness and predators … which when translated to reality means the pigs never get to see the light of day, are packed in so tightly, living in their own feces, that illness runs rampant, and as for predators, well, the farm workers themselves are often caught in acts of abuse.
The idyllic cartoon farm pictured in the video above is a far cry from the typical confined animal feeding operation (CAFO), which can house tens of thousands of animals (and in the case of chickens, 100,000) under one roof, in nightmarish, unsanitary, disease-ridden conditions.
What Does a Typical Swine CAFO Look Like?
You may be surprised to learn that pigs are more intelligent than dogs.
Their cognitive ability is even greater than most 3-year-old children.
If given the chance, pigs are social and playful, and they spend their days rooting for insects, grazing on grass, and rolling in the mud.
The vast majority of the nearly 66 million pigs raised for food in the United States never experience this life,i however, as they are born and raised in CAFOs, where they are subject to mental and physical anguish, not to mention subject to incredibly unhealthy practices, like the administration of unnecessary low-dose antibiotics and living in their own waste, which impacts whoever ends up eating the meat as well as the environment.
As written in the book “CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories”: ii
“Industry might argue that hog CAFOs with climate control and automated feed and water systems, are a modern version of hog heaven. But the realities can be hellish: 1,000 to 2,500 animals in a single building, with as many as 20 hogs crammed inside pens no bigger than a bedroom, with no straw, no mud, and absolutely no way to be a pig. A CAFO hog lives out its short miserable life on a hard concrete surface, producing huge volumes of waste, which falls through the slatted floors into a massive cesspool underneath the building before it’s dumped out on the landscape.”
Unfortunately, even though most food comes from facilities that resemble factories rather than farms, many Americans still believe their food is grown on small family farm like the ones in the above video. This is exactly what the Ohio Pork Producers Council, and other industrial agribusiness giants, want you to believe.
Because if you really knew where your pork, chicken or beef had come from, there’s a very strong chance you would not only refuse to eat it, but would be incredibly appalled at the very thought. “CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories” continues:
“The CAFO is the ultimate expression of the industrialization of nature. If all of us knew more about the realities of modern industrial animal food production, however, one would hope that we would apply the collective brakes on this dietary, environmental, and ethical madness.”
There’s Nothing “Neighborly” About a CAFO …
The Pork Producers Council had the audacity to massively misstate that their farms are designed to protect the environment and be good neighbors. Swine CAFOs are notorious for the odors they produce. Living in the nearby vicinity to one is akin to living next to a landfill or a chemical factory, maybe even worse. It’s not unusual for people to report the fumes coming from the CAFOs are so bad they can’t make it from their house to their car without stopping to retch. This isn’t only a matter of bad odor, though; it’s a serious health threat. As reported in a literature review from the National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production:iii
“Ammonia emissions from hog farms react with other gases in the air to form fine particle pollution, a public health threat linked to decreased lung function, cardiovascular ailments and most seriously, premature death.
… Air emissions from lagoons, sprayfields and hog houses have been linked to neurological and respiratory problems … Subjects in a controlled exposure chamber who were exposed to air from hog operations for one hour reported headaches, eye irritation and nausea … Unpleasant odors have been found to be a nuisance and emotional stressor on neighbors and are known to contain irritants that can cause damage to mucosal linings in the nose, throat and respiratory tract.
… Researchers from the UNC School of Public Health and Duke University found that neighbors exposed to odors from hog operations showed evidence of reduced immune system function … Evidence is also emerging that indicates that the health of citizens living near hog operations is negatively affected. Research in Iowa and North Carolina showed that neighbors living within three miles of hog operations experience elevated levels of respiratory complaints relative to those living near other animal production operations or crop production.
… Abhorrent odors can be exacerbated by the smell and sight of rotting flesh from hog carcasses that are often stored in “dead boxes” close to neighbors’ property lines. “Dead trucks” that transport hog carcasses to rendering facilities also emit odor.
… There are also concerns about the exposure of workers or neighbors to antibiotics in the dust generated in the hog confinement facilities, which are vented to the outdoors. …A North Carolina study of 58,169 children found a 23% higher prevalence of asthma symptoms among students attending schools where staff noticed livestock odors indoors twice a month or more.”
There are other serious problems as well, including drinking water contamination from the massive amounts of animal waste generated on CAFOs. The literature review continued:
“Ground water nitrate levels beneath animal waste sprayfields are typically found to range from 10 to 50 parts per million (ppm). The drinking water standard for nitrate is 10 ppm. Even wells drilled to clean aquifers below surface contaminated groundwater aquifers are at risk because well casing construction flaws can allow leaks of highly contaminated groundwater into drinking water wells.
Results from a free well-testing program for people living adjacent to hog farms in North Carolina … found more that 10% of the wells tested failed to meet drinking water standards for nitrate. Three wells had nitrate concentrations in the 70 – 100 ppm range. The NC Department of Health and Human Services found that the results of the well testing program “…illustrate a potentially serious groundwater problem to the people utilizing wells near Industrial Livestock Operations … “
Pork Consumption is Linked to Liver Damage, Other Health Problems
I am not opposed to eating meat, as long as it comes from a healthy source and is cooked properly (which is lightly or not at all), but there is reason to carefully consider whether pork should be a part of your diet, regardless of the source.
Pork consumption has a strong epidemiological association with cirrhosis of the liver — in fact, it may be more strongly associated with cirrhosis than alcohol (although some have questioned the studies that indicate this, and point out that countries with high pork consumption tend to have low obesity rates.) Other studies also show an association between pork consumption and liver cancer as well as multiple sclerosis. However, this may be more related to the way that the pork is raised than the actually toxicity of the meat.
Most pigs raised in the United States are fed grains and possibly seed oils, which dramatically increase their omega-6 content, as well as the highly inflammatory byproduct of omega-6 fatty acid metabolism: arachadonic acid. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, lard from pigs fed this type of diet may be 32 percent PUFAs.iv On the other hand, lard from pigs raised on pasture and acorns had a much lower PUFA content, at 8.7 percent, while those fed a Pacific Island diet rich in coconut had even less, only 3.1 percent.i
As reported by Dr. Paul Jaminet, a trained astrophysicist and his wife Shou-Ching, a Harvard biomedical scientist, who together authored the book Perfect Health Diet:
“So the omega-6 content can cover a 10-fold range, 3% to 32%, with the highest omega-6 content in corn- and wheat-fed pigs who have been caged for fattening. Corn oil and wheat germ oil are 90% PUFA, and caging prevents exercise and thus inhibits the disposal of excess PUFA. Caging is a common practice in industrial food production.”
Consumption of this PUFA-rich meat may very well be a factor in liver disease, as studies show feeding mice corn oil (rich in omega-6) and alcohol (which is metabolically similar to fructose) induces liver diseasev and omega-6 fats have also been linked to cirrhosis of the liver. Ironically, despite this known connection, Dr. Jaminet reports that liver cancer appears to be even more strongly associated with the consumption of fresh pork than processed pork, which suggests another causative factor. Dr. Jaminet suggests that an infectious pathogen in pork is responsible for the associated health conditions including liver disease and multiple sclerosis:
“Consider: Traditional methods of processing pork, such as salting, smoking, and curing, are antimicrobial. They were developed to help preserve pork from pathogens. So if processed pork is less risky than fresh pork, we should look for a pathogen that is reduced in number by processing.”
So this is an area that you will have to make up your own mind about. All I can do is present you with the evidence and you can make your own decision. There are many bright people in natural medicine who believe organic healthy raised pork is a health food and other experts agree even that is best avoided. Personally, I like to err on the side of caution and do severely limit my pork intake, but I will have it occasionally. I never eat ham lunchmeat and avoid pork chops and ham roasts but do enjoy nitrate-free sausage occasionally.
U.S. Government Supports CAFOs Over Small Family Farms
The U.S. government has a history of supporting CAFOs, both by looking the other way when abuse or contamination occurs, and by directly subsidizing cheaply produced beef, and corn and soy used for feed. For instance, in December 2011 police raided a North Carolina Butterball turkey farm in after hidden camera video obtained by the animal rights group Mercy for Animals showed workers kicking and stomping on turkeys, as well as injured birds with open wounds and exposed flesh.
But the company knew in advance the raid was coming, as phone records show a veterinarian at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture tipped off a veterinarian employed by Butterball about the coming raid. As reported by ABC News, Nathan Runkle, executive director of Mercy for Animals, stated:vi
“It is deeply troubling that a governmental agency that is entrusted with monitoring and overseeing agriculture and food production is so corrupt that it’s in bed with the very corporate interests that were documented abusing and neglecting animals. The fox apparently is guarding the henhouse.”
Corporate-owned CAFOs have been highly promoted as the best way to produce food for the masses, but the only reason CAFOs are able to remain so “efficient,” bringing in massive profits while selling their food for bottom-barrel prices, is because they substitute subsidized crops for pasture grazing.
Factory farms use massive quantities of corn, soy and grain in their animal feed, all crops that they are often able to purchase at below cost because of government subsidies. Because of these subsidies, U.S. farmers produce massive amounts of soy, corn, wheat, etc. — rather than vegetables — leading to a monoculture of foods that contribute to a fast food diet. As written in “CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories”:vii
“Thanks to U.S. government subsidies, between 1997 and 2005, factory farms saved an estimated $3.9 billion per year because they were able to purchase corn and soybeans at prices below what it cost to grow the crops. Without these feed discounts, amounting to a 5 to 15 percent reduction in operating costs, it is unlikely that many of these industrial factory farms could remain profitable.
By contrast, many small farms that produce much of their own forage receive no government money. Yet they are expected somehow to match the efficiency claims of the large, subsidized megafactory farms. On this uneven playing field, CAFOs may falsely appear to “outcompete” their smaller, diversified counterparts.”
As it stands, the book notes that “grazing and growing feed for livestock now occupy 70 percent of all agricultural land and 30 percent of the ice-free terrestrial surface of the planet. If present trends continue, meat production is predicted to double between the turn of the 21st century and 2050.” Does this sound sustainable to you?
There are Better Places to Get Your Meat
I encourage you to support the small family farms in your area, particularly organic farms that respect the laws of nature and use the relationships between animals, plants, insects, soil, water and habitat to create synergistic, self-supporting, non-polluting, GMO-free ecosystems.
Whether you do so for ethical, environmental or health reasons – or all of the above — the closer you can get to the “backyard barnyard,” the better. You’ll want to get your meat, chickens and eggs from smaller community farms with free-ranging animals, organically fed and locally marketed. This is the way food has been raised and distributed for centuries … before it was corrupted by politics, corporate greed and the blaring arrogance of the food industry.
You can do this not only by visiting the farm directly, if you have one nearby, but also by taking part in farmer’s markets and community-supported agriculture programs.
Now that summer is on its way here in the United States, fresh produce and other wonderful whole foods are available in abundance. Not only is the food so much tastier and healthier when you get it from sustainable, non-CAFO sources, but there is something about shopping for fresh foods in an open-air, social environment that just feels right. An artificially lit, dreary supermarket — home to virtually every CAFO food made — just can’t compete. If you want to experience some of these benefits first-hand, here are some great resources to obtain wholesome food that supports not only you but also animal welfare and the environment:
- Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
- Farmers’ Markets — A national listing of farmers’ markets.
- Local Harvest — This Web site will help you find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.
- Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals — The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, and hotels, and online outlets in the United States and Canada.
- Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) — CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms.
- FoodRoutes — The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSA’s, and markets near you.
- i USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, Hogs and Pigs, December 23, 2011
- ii CAFO – The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories, The Issue
- iii National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, Literature Review
- iv Weston A. Price Foundation November 25, 2011
- v J Nutr. 2004 Apr;134(4):904-12.
- vi ABC News January 11, 2012
- vii CAFO – The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories
By Dr. Mercola
One of the more recent toxic additions to our food supply is the artificial sweetener called Neotamei.
In the European Union, where it was approved as a flavor enhancer as of November 2010, it is known by its “E number,” E961ii.
Made by NutraSweet (a former division of Monsanto and the original manufacturer of aspartame), neotame is 13,000 times sweeter than table sugar, and about 30 times sweeter than aspartame.
It’s based on the aspartame formula—despite the fact that 80 percent of all FDA complaints pertain to adverse reactions from aspartame.
Neotame is essentially aspartame plus 3,3-dimethylbutyliii–the presence of which ends up reducing the production of phenylalanine, which allegedly makes it safe for those suffering from phenylketonuria (PKU).
(Hence neotame does not need to bear a PKU warning label like aspartame.)
Unfortunately, it may actually be an even more potent and dangerous neurotoxin, immunotoxin and excitotoxin than aspartame.
Proponents of neotame claim that increased toxicity is of no concern because less of it is needed to achieve the desired effect.
Still, Monsanto’s own pre-approval studies of neotame revealed adverse reactions, and there were no independent studies that found neotame to be safe.
On August 16, 2000, the law firm of Hartman & Craven filed comments on the neotame docket pertaining to the lack of safety data submitted in support of neotameiv, stating in part:
“A food additive petition has been submitted to the FDA for the artificial sweetener neotame. In that petition, the sponsor claims the data presented demonstrate that the compound produces no adverse effects at a dose of 1000 mg/kg/day in the rat. The sponsor also claims that the product should be safe for patients with diabetes. A review of the data submitted to the FDA does not support these conclusions.
In fact, no safe human usage level can be determined based on the submitted data. The animal experimental evidence indicates a toxic effect on growth. The clinical evidence raises concerns about glucose control in patients with diabetes.
Searches for an explanation resolving the adverse findings leave no clear acceptable answers that would insure the safety of the public but does stimulate speculation on questions relating to possible liver effects.”
Is Neotame Allowed in Organics?
While some writers have made the claim that neotame is allowed in organic foods, there does not appear to be any supporting evidence for this. Ditto for the rumor that it doesn’t have to be listed on the label. For example, according to a recent article on Sott.netv:
“Neotame was approved by the FDA for general use in July 2002 … The FDA loosened all labeling requirements for Neotame as part of a large-scale effort to make it a near-ubiquitous artificial sweetener, to be found on the tabletop, in all prepared foods, even in organics. It simply does not have to be included in the ingredient list.”
The Cornucopia Institute wrote a rebuttal to this internet rumor last year, statingvi:
“Organic foods cannot contain synthetic additives, unless these additives have been petitioned and approved to appear on the National List of Approved and Prohibited Substances (7 CFR 205.605). Emily Brown Rosen, Standards Specialist at the USDA’s National Organic Program, writes about neotame: “For organic food, all additives must appear on the National List.” Neotame has never been petitioned or approved for inclusion on the National List, and therefore cannot legally be added to organic foods.
We see no evidence, and see no reason to suspect, that any organic certifying agents would allow organic food manufacturers to violate the federal standards by adding this synthetic sweetener.
Moreover, as a direct food additive, neotame must be listed on the ingredients label, contrary to suggestions that this could be added to food in a stealth-like manner (21 CFR 101.100). We have not seen any evidence to suggest that neotame is being added covertly to organic foods. Not only would organic manufacturers be breaking the law by adding this synthetic sweetener to organic foods, they would also be breaking the law by not including Neotame on the ingredient label.”
Why is Neotame Dangerous?
That said, my recommendation for neotame is similar to that for aspartame, which is: avoid it at all costs if you care about your health. Neotame is like aspartame on steroids, so while you want to avoid both, neotame appears to be more toxic. One way of avoiding all artificial sweeteners is to purchase foods bearing the USDA 100% Organic label. I don’t believe there’s any reason to suspect organic foods will contain neotame.
I’ve previously expounded on the many health dangers of aspartame, and all of those dangers apply equally to neotame. But as if aspartame wasn’t bad enough, NutraSweet “improved” the aspartame formula by adding 3,3-dimethylbutyraldehyde, which blocks enzymes that break the peptide bond between aspartic acid and phenylalanine, thereby reducing the availability of phenylalanine. This eliminates the need for a warning on labels directed at people who cannot properly metabolize phenylalanine.
Neotame is also more stable at higher temperatures than aspartame, so it’s approved for use in a wider array of food products, including baked goods.
However, one of the byproducts your body creates by breaking down aspartame is formaldehyde, which is extremely toxic to your health even in very small dosesvii. Furthermore, in a search of PubMed.gov, the U.S. National Library of Medicine, which has over 11 million medical citations, neotame fails to include any double-blind scientific studies on toxicity in humans or animals. If neotame was indeed completely safe to ingest, you would think the NutraSweet Company would have published at least one double-blind safety study in the public domain?
Well, they haven’t… Why not?
In and of itself, 3,3-dimethylbutyraldehyde is categorized as both highly flammable and an irritant, and carries risk statements for handling including irritating to skin, eyes and respiratory systemviii. Does this sound like something that belongs inside your body?
How Did these Chemicals Get Approved for Human Consumption?
Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could rightfully be accused of being a “subsidiary” of the Monsanto Company. When you realize just how many Monsanto executives and employees who have migrated into positions of power within the FDA and other government agencies, a truly disturbing picture emerges of the foxes guarding the henhouse.
The FDA is packed by pro-business, pro-corporation advocates who often have massive conflicts of interest when it comes to protecting the health of the public. In fact, the revolving door between private industry and government oversight agencies is so well established these days, it has become business as usual to read about scandal, conflicts of interest and blatant pro-industry bias, even when it flies in the face of science or the law.
Aspartame and Neotame—a Dieters WORST Enemy?
One of the most effective marketing and PR tactics for artificial sweeteners has been the claim that they help in the battle against obesity. Unfortunately, they don’t. In fact, the research and the epidemiologic data suggest the opposite is true, and that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and neotame tend to lead to weight gain.
As I’ve often said, there’s more to weight gain or weight loss than mere calorie intake.
One reason for aspartame and neotame’s potential to cause weight gain is because phenylalanine and aspartic acid – the two amino acids that make up 90 percent of aspartame and are also present in neotame — are known to rapidly stimulate the release of insulin and leptin; two hormones that are intricately involved with satiety and fat storage. Insulin and leptin are also the primary hormones that regulate your metabolism. So although you’re not ingesting calories in the form of sugar, aspartame and neotame can still raise your insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels, in turn, are two of the driving forces behind obesity, diabetes, and a number of our current chronic disease epidemics.
Over time, if your body is exposed to too much leptin, it will become resistant to it, just as your body can become resistant to insulin, and once that happens, your body can no longer “hear” the hormonal messages instructing your body to stop eating, burn fat, and maintain good sensitivity to sweet tastes in your taste buds. So, you remain hungry; you crave sweets, and your body stores more fat… Leptin-resistance also causes an increase in visceral fat, sending you on a vicious cycle of hunger, fat storage and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and more.
Neotame Added to Cattle Feed to Fatten Livestock…
If you want more proof that artificial sweeteners like neotame are not a dieter’s best friend, consider this: neotame is actually used as a substitute for molasses in cattle feed. The product is marketed as “Sweetos” in India. The makers of Neotame, in partnership with an Indian health care company called EnSigns Health Care Pvt Ltd, introduced the neotame-laced cattle feed sweetener back in October 2010ix. According to the press release:
“Sweetos is an economical substitute for molasses. Sweetos guarantees the masking of unpleasant tastes and odor and improves the palatability of feed. This product will be economical for farmers and manufacturers of cattle feed. It can also be used in mineral mixture,” said Craig Petray, CEO, The NutraSweet Company, a division of Searle, which is a part of Monsanto.
… “We are in talks with the animal husbandry department to reach out to farmers and are trying to tie up with extension services with co-operative societies as well. Cattle consume more fodder when mixed with Sweetos. This product has great export potential as well,” said Mohan Nair, chairman, Ensigns Health Care.” [Emphasis mine.]
This brings up several disturbing facts… Not only are some countries now producing animal products that are potentially laced with neotame residues, but they’re clearly stating that the “diet” sweetener increases the amount of fodder consumed by the animals, so how exactly is it supposed to help you lose weight? Loss of appetite control is never a good thing when you’re trying to lose weight, and the statement made about Sweetos fodder speaks volumes about neotame’s impact on your appetite.
How to Report Adverse Reactions to Aspartame or Neotame
Did you know that only a fraction of all adverse food reactions are ever reported to the FDA? This is a problem that only you as the consumer can have an impact upon. In order to truly alert the FDA to a problem with a product they’ve approved, they must be notified – by as many people as possible who believe they have experienced a side effect. This mean you can take action against the manufacturers of these chemicals that continue to put your optimal health at risk, if you feel you have had a bad reaction to their product.
I urge you, if you believe you have experienced side effects from aspartame or neotame, let the FDA know about it!
Please go to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, find the phone number listed for your state, and report your adverse reaction.
There’s no telling just how many reports they might need before considering taking another look at the safety of aspartame or neotame, but the only way to press them is by reporting any and all adverse effects. And in the meantime, do your health and the health of your family a favor and treat all foods and drinks that contain aspartame or neotame as if they were deleterious to your optimal health. Because, in my opinion, they are.
- i Neotame Ingredient Overview, neotame.com
- ii UK Food Standards Agency,
- iii Neotame Ingredients, Sci-toys.com,
- iv http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/dailys/00/Aug00/082200/c000004.pdf
- v Sott.net March 13, 2012,
- vi Cornucopia Institute, January 6, 2011,
- vii Formaldehyde derived from dietary aspartame binds to tissue components in vivo, Life Sciences, 1998;63(5):337-49,
- viii Chemical Book, 3,3-Dimethylbutyraldehyde,
- ix Ensigns Health launches cattlefeed sweetener, Pravda Godbole / Mumbai/ Pune Oct 30, 2010,
By Dr. Mercola
Emerging markets — primarily in developing countries in Southeast and Central Asia, and Africa — have been on vaccine makers’ radar for quite some time.
One reason that vaccine makers are interested in exploring markets in these parts of the world is that that’s where most of the world’s deaths from major infectious diseases occur — and world health leaders have long suggested that most, if not all, of these diseases could be prevented by vaccines.
The only problem has been that, until recently, making vaccines to sell to undeveloped countries with no money to pay for them was not exactly a profitable goal for vaccine makers.
The GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership formerly known as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, is set to change all of that with a new initiative to vaccinate millions of individuals worldwide with either GlaxoSmithKline’s Cervarix or Merck’s Gardasil HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines.
The campaign should generate a handsome profit for the vaccine makers, as well as the GAVI Alliance, but it will also be putting the health of millions at risk.
Why is GAVI Interested in the HPV Shot?
I’m all for aiding developing nations but it takes more than just pouring money into vaccines to truly help them. And it is particularly puzzling why GAVI chose to give “prioritized support” to HPV vaccines, noting:
“On 17 November 2011, the GAVI Alliance Board announced its decision to take first steps to introduce vaccines against cervical cancer for eligible countries, responding to projected demand from countries and recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO). The decision leads the way for women in developing countries to enjoy the same access to HPV vaccines as women in developed nations.”
But for those who are still unaware, the HPV vaccine only protects against two strains of HPV associated with cancer (HPV-16 and HPV-18), but there are MORE THAN 100 different strains of HPV in all, and about 15 of them are known to potentially cause cancer IF the infection persists. In more than 90 percent of all cases, however, the infection resolves on its own and does not lead to any health complications.
Deadly blood clots, acute respiratory failure, cardiac arrest and “sudden death due to unknown causes” have all been reported to occur in girls and women shortly after they’ve received the Gardasil vaccine, however. These are huge, immediate health risks to potentially prevent the development of cervical cancer one day down the road. Because let’s not forget that the HPV vaccine has not yet been PROVEN to actually prevent any kind of cancer.
The Gardasil vaccine has already been linked to 100 reports of death, (www.MedAlerts.org) as well as more than 22,000 reports of other serious side effects, many of which have been reported to The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), such as Guillain-Barre syndrome. There are 700 reported cases of permanent disability as a result of the vaccine.
It’s clear to me that this is another case where the precautionary principle needs to be exercised, as currently no one knows whether or not the vaccine will have any measurable benefit with respect to lowering cervical cancer rates or if other HPV strains will emerge as the vaccine puts pressure on vaccine strains. The results will not be fully apparent until a few decades from now and, in the meantime, countless young girls and women are reporting they are suffering great harm to their health and some are even dying after getting Gardasil shots.
Drug company and medical trade association lobbyists are pressuring state legislators to pass laws to recommend or require HPV vaccination of all healthy 11-12 year old girls and yet we still do not know how Gardasil will affect their long-term health, even if they do not immediately experience symptoms of side effects.
Now, millions of women and girls in nine countries will become targets for GAVI’s latest HPV vaccine campaign … why? Let’s follow the money trail and see where it takes us …
Who Will Foot the Bill for This New Vaccine Campaign?
First, it should be noted that GAVI gets its financial backing from not only the vaccine industry and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Bill Gates even went so far as to label vaccine safety advocates “baby killers”), but also the World Bank, UNICEF and others. GAVI also receives funding through:
- Pledges to Advance Market Commitments (AMCs), a concept created to induce drug companies to develop vaccines for diseases that kill people mostly in Third World countries
- Long-term pledges to the International Finance Facility for Immunizations (IFFIm), which in turn gives grants to GAVI to purchase vaccines
- Direct contributions to GAVI
The IFFIm is another important source of funding for the latest HPV vaccine campaign. As Natural Society reported:
“Created to accelerate funding for vaccination campaigns, the IFFIm generates funds through the issuing of bonds in the capital markets, using long-term government pledges as a guarantee to pay back interest. Since it launched in 2006, the IIFIm has raised more than $3 billion by tapping into capital markets. This has doubled the funds available for GAVI’s immunization programs.
… In a 2007 article on the World Bank’s website, it was revealed that the International Finance Facility for Immunisation hoped to raise $4 billion over the next 10 years to fund the vaccination of 500 million children. Among the first buyers were the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and three other British religious leaders at the IFFIm’s launch event in London.
Other investors included North American investors (35%), UK investors (12%), Swiss investors (8%), and investors in the rest of Europe (21%). The remainder was placed with investors in the Middle East and Asia, according to the IFFIm. Interestingly enough, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank lead-managed the inaugural bond issue.”
Natural Society also reported that GAVI’s Tax Form 990 for 2009 shows the Alliance has net assets of $2.5 billion!
GAVI then released information noting that in June 2011, one vaccine manufacturer announced it would provide the HPV vaccine to GAVI at just $5 a dose, a seemingly altruistic move that makes it appear as though GAVI is providing vaccines to third-world countries at no profit of their own. In reality, both vaccine makers and GAVI will be cashing in on the HPV vaccine initiative, because GAVI has a co-financing policy that requires recipient countries to help pay for the vaccines!
“Thanks to a GAVI co-financing policy, recipient countries are required to contribute toward the cost of the vaccines. This guarantees that not only Merck, but Gavi as well, will receive considerable amounts of cash from the 9 unknown countries in which the HPV shots are being administered. Furthermore, the UN World Bank is actually issuing bonds to fund the HPV shot campaign,” Natural Society reported.
” … Not only is the IFFIm generating billions in cash from governments, but Merck or GlaxoSmithKline may soon be getting a chunk of it for the HPV shot campaign.”
88 Percent of Cervical Cancer Deaths Occur in Developing Countries … So Why is HPV Vaccine Pushed in the United States?
GAVI is touting the fact that 88 percent of cervical cancer deaths occur in developing countries as support for their HPV vaccine drive. But this begs the question, why were the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix introduced in the United States and Europe, first, instead of going straight to where they’re needed most — if not to help sell huge quantities of the vaccine at premium prices, in anticipation of it becoming an Advance Market Commitment (AMC)?
Under AMC’s, developed countries make legal, binding agreements to purchase vaccines that are needed in low-income countries.
The purchase guarantees a bottom line for the manufacturers. In return, the manufacturers promise to sell those vaccines at reduced prices in the countries where they are most needed.
American children, and those in other developed nations, are basically being used as cash-cow guinea pigs, so that drug companies can smile all the way to the bank while they sell these vaccines later, at reduced prices, to countries that get the money to pay for them from the same countries – like the U.S. – whose children are being pushed in line to get them first. Further, now millions of people in developing nations will be subjected to the same health risks that the Gardasil vaccine is already associated with, including:
|Bell’s Palsy and Guillan-Barre syndrome||Seizures||Cervical dysplasia, and cervical cancer|
|Blood clotting and heart problems, including cardiac arrest||Miscarriages and fetal abnormalities amongst pregnant women who received the vaccine||Sudden death|
Does the HPV Vaccine Prevent Cancer?
This is another legitimate question, because if it turns out that HPV vaccine does NOT prevent cancer, then young women and, now, boys [on October 25, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend giving the HPV vaccine to males between the ages of 11 and 21], are being exposed to clearly unacceptable health risks by recommendations to get the HPV vaccine.
As noted by investigative journalist Jeanne Lenzer in Discover Magazine:
“Unfortunately, while the two HPV vaccines on the market may decrease the serious illness and death from cervical cancer, no study has proved that at this point, since no study has been conducted long enough to observe the development of cervical cancer or cervical cancer deaths.
Conclusive studies with the most important, clinically relevant end points should precede wide uptake of any intervention. The data currently rely on surrogate end points (markers of possible cancer) and are simply not conclusive. So we can’t truly say how effective the vaccine is.
Wake Forest medical researcher Curt Furberg, a former FDA advisor and co-author of the textbook Fundamentals of Clinical Trials, told me, “Getting data from markers is a first step. But we have burned our fingers too many times with surrogate markers. You should try to determine the real health benefit. Everything will be up in the air until we have the answer to the question: Will it prevent cancer? And until we have that answer, we should limit its use to girls enrolled in studies of the vaccine.”"
According to Merck’s package insert on Gardasil, the end-point in its clinical trials for the vaccine’s efficacy, or effectiveness, was NOT cancer, but instead was the presence, or non-presence, of vaccine-relevant pre-cancerous lesions (CIN 2/3).
So right now there is absolutely no proof, and no clinical trials, that show Gardasil protects against cancer in the long-term. Lenzer noted several other reasons to question the effectiveness of the HPV vaccine as well, including:
- The vaccine loses its effectiveness over time, with one HPV researcher noting, “One third of women lose antibody titers and, hence, protection from HPV by 5 years.”
- The vaccine doesn’t work if you’ve already been infected with the HPV strains in the vaccine, which is one reason why the vaccine targets 9- to 11-year-olds, who presumably are not sexually active and, therefore, would theoretically not already be infected with HPV. However, there is no data to show for certain what the HPV infection rate is among 9- to 11-year-olds, although some studies suggest even girls, who are not sexually active, could have been exposed to HPV, thereby rendering the vaccine useless.
- Universal use of HPV vaccines could have a negative impact on women’s pap screening rates. If women receive HPV vaccinations and assume they can’t get HPV infections, it could prompt them to forgo regular pap smears. Routine pap smear testing can identify chronic HPV infection and may provide greater protection against development of cervical cancer than reliance on HPV vaccinations. Cervical cancer cases have dropped more than 70 percent in the U.S. since pap screenings became a routine part of women’s health care in the 1960′s.
In fact, even GAVI states in a fact sheet that “cervical cancer is preventable even among unvaccinated women if pre-cancerous lesions are detected and treated early” — and this detection is what pap smears are for!
Talk to Your Kids about HPV and Gardasil
There are far better ways to protect yourself and your young daughters against cervical cancer than Gardasil, and it’s important you let your children know this. Remember, in 90 percent of all cases, your immune system can clear up the HPV infection on its own, so keeping your immune system strong is important.
Furthermore, the infection is spread through sexual contact, so it is behaviorally avoidable. In fact, using condoms can reduce the risk of HPV by 70 percent, which is more than Gardasil has been proven to do. Be sure your kids know that this infection is sexually transmitted, so it is preventable through lifestyle choices, including the use of condoms. Also let them know that even if they get vaccinated, it does not provide 100% protection against contracting HPV infections through sexual contact, although most people do not develop chronic HPV infections.
What You Can Do To Make a Difference
Mass vaccination initiatives are not only targeting third-world countries; they’re also occurring in the United States and in other developed nations. While it seems “old-fashioned,” the only truly effective actions you can take to protect the right to informed consent to vaccination and legal vaccine exemptions, is to get personally involved with your state legislators and the leaders in your community.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY.
Mass vaccination policies are made at the federal level but vaccine laws are made at the state level, and it is at the state level where your action to protect your vaccine choice rights can have the greatest impact.
Signing up for NVIC’s free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org not only gives you access to practical, useful information to help you become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community, but when national vaccine issues come up, you will have the up-to-date information and call to action items you need at your fingertips to make sure your voice is heard.
So please, as your first step, sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal.
Contact Your Elected Officials
Write or email your elected state representatives and share your concerns. Call them, or better yet, make an appointment to visit them in person in their office. Don’t let them forget you!
It is so important for you to reach out and make sure your concerns get on the radar screen of the leaders and opinion makers in your community, especially the politicians you elect and are directly involved in making vaccine laws in your state. These are your elected representatives, so you have a right and a responsibility to let them know what’s really happening in your life and the lives of people you know when it comes to vaccine mandates. Be sure to share the “real life” experiences that you or people you know have had with vaccination.
Share Your Story with the Media and People You Know
If you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction, injury or death, please talk about it. If we don’t share information and experiences with each other, everybody feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.
I must be frank with you; you have to be brave because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about the “other side” of the vaccine story. Be prepared for it and have the courage to not back down. Only by sharing our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination will the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are not afraid to talk about it.
We cannot allow the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug companies to dominate the conversation about vaccination. The vaccine injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing more than “statistically acceptable collateral damage” of national one-size-fits-all mass vaccination policies that put way too many people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn’t be treating people like guinea pigs instead of human beings.
Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More
I encourage you to visit the following web pages on the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) website at www.NVIC.org:
- NVIC Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story here.
- If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 Questions: Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and prevent vaccine injuries.
- Vaccine Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment by doctors or government officials for making independent vaccine choices.
Connect with Your Doctor or Find a New One that Will Listen and Care
If your pediatrician or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless you agree to get vaccines you don’t want, I strongly encourage you to have the courage to find another doctor. Harassment, intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to stop the change in attitude of many parents about vaccinations after they become truly educated about health and vaccination.
However, there is hope.
At least 15 percent of young doctors recently polled admit that they’re starting to adopt a more individualized approach to vaccinations in direct response to the vaccine safety concerns of parents. It is good news that there is a growing number of smart young doctors, who prefer to work as partners with parents in making personalized vaccine decisions for children, including delaying vaccinations or giving children fewer vaccines on the same day or continuing to provide medical care for those families, who decline use of one or more vaccines.
So take the time to locate a doctor, who treats you with compassion and respect and is willing to work with you to do what is right for your child.