Monsanto’s Death Grip on Your Food

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Nation of Change
Fritz Kreiss
Occupy Monsanto / News Report
March 20, 2013

It increasingly appears that Monsanto is patenting death, perhaps even more so than life.

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Monsanto’s near-monopoly gives the company the right to control access to a staple food item that is found in a wide range of consumer products.

Monsanto has yet another case pending in the court system, this time before the U.S. Supreme Court on the exclusivity of its genetically modified seed patents. Narrowly at issue is whether Monsanto retains patent rights on soybeans that have been replanted after showing up in generic stocks rather than being sold specifically as seeds, or whether those patent rights are “exhausted” after the initial planting. But more broadly the case also raises implications regarding control of the food supply and the patenting of life—questions that current patent laws are ill-equipped to meaningfully address.

On the specific legal issues, Monsanto is likely to win the case (they almost always do). The extant facts make this a relatively poor platform to serve as a test case of Monsanto’s right to exert such expansive powers. The farmer in this situation had previously purchased Monsanto soybeans for planting (back in 1999), and in this instance bought previously harvested soybeans with the intention of planting them – even spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on them in the hopes that at least some of the generic stock would be of the so-called “Roundup Ready” variety.

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Gaia Health
March 19, 2013
by Dr. Mercola


The general image of vaccines is of an absolute good without downside. The reality, though, is far different. Even officials promoting them admit that the individual takes a risk with every jab “for the greater good”. But is it? And who has the right to decide whether your child is vaccinated … for the greater good, but not his own if he’s one of those whose life is devastated.




“THE GREATER GOOD looks behind the fear, hype and politics that have polarized the vaccine debate in America today.

The film re-frames the emotionally charged issue and offers, for the first time, the opportunity for a rational and scientific discussion on how to create a safer and more effective vaccine program.”

This film recently received the 2nd annual “Koroni Award for a documentary feature addressing an issue of importance to public health” at the Sidewalk Film Festival.

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Health Impact News Daily

March 18, 2013

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Video highlights of the last Congressional Hearing on Autism.


Vaccines and the Peanut Allergy Epidemic

by Dr Tim O’Shea

www.thedoctorwithin.com

Have you ever wondered why so many kids these days are allergic to peanuts? Where did this allergy come from all of a sudden?

Before 1900, reactions to peanuts were unheard of. Today almost a 1.5 million children in this country are allergic to peanuts.

What happened? Why is everybody buying EpiPens now?

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Pharmalot

By Ed Silverman

March 18th, 2013

201303181606.jpgDespite repeated studies maintaining that HPV vaccines are safe, a growing number of parents believe the shots are unnecessary and continue to worry about reports of side effects, according to another new study. The results indicate that even though the vaccines, which are recommended by public health officials to thwart cervical cancer, drugmakers have much more work to do to convince a large swath of the population.

To wit, five years ago, 40 percent of parents surveyed said they would not vaccinate their girls against the human papillomarivus, which can lead to cervical cancer. In 2009, that rose to 41 percent and then climbed to 44 percent in 2010. And parents concerned about side effects rose from 5 percent in 2008 to 16 percent in 2010, according to the study, which was published in Pediatrics (here is the abstract).

“That’s the opposite direction that rate should be going,” Robert Jacobson, a pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center and one of the study authors, says in a statement. For the record, he is on a safety review committee for a vaccine study and on a data and safety monitoring board for two other vaccine studies, all of which funded by Merck. The drugmaker markets the Gardasil HPV vaccine. GlaxoSmithKline sells Cervarix.

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Gaia Health

March 17, 2013

In this first report from the Keele Conference on the biological effects of aluminum, we learn that the weakest among us, premature newborns and sickly elderly, are being poisoned with aluminum through their nutrition. The FDA’s aluminum limits are routinely ignored, while this problem, known for 30 years, continues unabated.

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Premature Baby’s Grip on Parent’s Finger, by J.D. Thyme (cropped)

by Heidi Stevenson

The weakest newborns are fed parenterally. That is, they receive nutrition intravenously because they’re unable to eat. In spite of FDA guidelines, these most helpless of infants are receiving massive doses of aluminum, a toxic metal with no place in human metabolism. Research demonstrates that these guidelines are universally flouted to a shocking degree, leaving the weakest among us to live with a highly toxic burden of aluminum.

Denise Bohrer is a leading researcher on this topic, who presented at the 2013 Annual Keele Meeting on Aluminium, the world’s most significant source of information on aluminum’s biological effects. Her research focuses on the severity of this problem in parenterally-fed infants and adults, usually elderly, along with the sources of contamination. This article focuses on the work that she and her team are doing.

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GreenMedInfo
March 15th 2013
By: Heidi Stevenson

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Photo by Jeff Devries

The benefits of grape seed extract in cancer are well documented, but modern medicine won't do anything with it until the mechanism of action has been found, so that it can be isolated, purified, made poisonous and owned by a single company for enormous profits.

The more advanced cancer is, the less effective chemotherapy is. However, a new study has shown that grape seed extract has exactly the opposite quality: The more advanced the cancer, the less extract that's needed to kill it. On top of that, the study also shows that grape seed extract targets the cancer cells that become most resistant to chemotherapy.

In the face of this remarkable new development, it's likely that grape seed extract is more effective in treating late-stage cancer than modern medicine's chemotherapy. Not only does it take less and less of the substance to kill cancer cells, it's able to target the cells that have become drug resistant, thus making chemo useless!

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Gaia Health
March 13, 2013

This Big Pharma-funded study stated a conclusion absolving vaccinations of causing harm to children. But their conclusion doesn’t match their results! Worse, though, is that close inspection shows that the study was utterly inadequate. That they showed vaccinated children have more infectious diseases, though, is rather humorous.

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Sick Child, by Marty Hergert

by Heidi Stevenson

A German study funded by Sanofi Pasteur and GlaxoSmithKline found that unvaccinated children suffer from significantly less infectious disease than vaccinated children. Particularly humorous is that the article’s introduction contradicts the findings:

Protective vaccinations are among the most important and effective preventive measures in modern medicine. They make a substantial contribution to reducing the probability of contracting many infectious diseases as well as their severity. The immediate goal of a vaccination is to protect the vaccinated person from a disease. Achieving high rates of vaccinated persons additionally results in the so called herd immunity.

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ProPublica / By Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein

March 12, 2013

How the pharmaceutical industry bribes medical professionals.

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Update Mar. 11, 2013, 4:55 pm: This post has been updated to reflect a response by Dr. Vladimir Maletic to questions from ProPublica.

Dr. Jon W. Draud, the medical director of psychiatric and addiction medicine at two Tennessee hospitals, pursues some eclectic passions. He’s bred sleek Basenji hunting dogs for show. And last summer, the Tennessee State Museum featured “African Art: The Collection of Jon Draud.”

But the Nashville psychiatrist is also notable for a professional pursuit: During the last four years, the 47-year-old Draud has earned more than $1 million for delivering promotional talks and consulting for seven drug companies.

By a wide margin, Draud’s earnings make him the best-paid speaker in ProPublica’s Dollars for Docs database, which has been updated to include more than $2 billion in payments from 15 drugmakers for promotional speaking, research, consulting, travel, meals and related expenses from 2009 to 2012.

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Gaia Health

March 11, 2013

Antidepressants are routinely prescribed after cardiac bypass surgeries. There’s no consideration for their adverse effects, nor do they consider that depression after such surgery is a reasonable emotion, nor do they bother to consider whether a patient actually is depressed. As a result, Larry, a happy-go-lucky man, died.

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Heart Sun Cloud, by Aivaras Čiurlionis (cropped)

by Leonie Fennell

Meet Larry, 63. He’s Tony’s brother. He underwent a ‘triple bypass’ operation last Christmas, which involved spending 26 days in the Mater hospital, Dublin. Open heart surgery is known to be a very serious procedure, not least because the sternum, which is opened during surgery, can take up to 12 weeks to heal. Cardiologists acknowledge that heart surgery is life-changing, both physically and emotionally.

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The Liberty Beacon

March 11, 2013


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Brand new one day old babies are routinely injected with the hepatitis B vaccine in US hospitals, yet it can be very dangerous and is completely unnecessary. Hepatitis B is a disease spread most often by unprotected sex and infected drug needles neither of which the average newborn will participate in. The disease is about as hard to catch as the HIV virus yet no where near as dangerous. 90-95% of all hepatitis B cases completely recover after a few weeks of symptoms such as headache, nausea and fatigue. The disease is far from deadly and the people who are at risk of getting hepatitis B are IV drug users, prostitutes and other adults with multiple unprotected sexual encounter, prisoners, and babies born to infected mothers. Pregnant women are tested during pregnancy and unless they are positive carriers of the hepatitis B virus, their newborn should not have to receive this vaccination. Yet since 2002 this shot has been added to the recommended immunization schedule and many US hospitals give it to newborn babies before they even leave go home.

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