Costa Mesa files lawsuit against distributors and manufacturers of opioid pain medication

Costa Mesa is taking distributors and manufacturers of opioid pain medication to court in a bid to recoup tax dollars it alleges were spent as a result of the addiction epidemic that has afflicted communities coast to coast.

 

In a lawsuit filed March 29, the city argues that the businesses “intentionally flooded the market with opioids and pocketed billions of dollars in the process” while making “false statements designed to persuade both doctors and patients that prescription opioids posed a low risk of addiction.”

 

Such actions, the city alleges, “have not only caused significant costs but have also created a palpable climate of fear, distress, dysfunction and chaos among Costa Mesa residents where opioid diversion, abuse and addiction are prevalent and where diverted opioids tend to be used frequently.”

 

Opioids include powerful legal prescription painkillers such as hydrocodone, morphine and oxycodone.

 

The lawsuit names about a dozen distributors and manufacturers as defendants, including Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and certain members of the Sackler family that controls the company.

 

“This epidemic has personally touched the lives of many members of our community,” Mayor Katrina Foley said in a statement Thursday. “It’s time that we take action and put a halt to the lives being destroyed and the economic drain opioid addiction is placing on our community.”

 

Purdue Pharma spokesman Bob Josephson wrote in an emailed statement Thursday afternoon that the company “and the individual former directors of the company vigorously deny the allegations in the complaint and will continue to defend themselves against these misleading allegations.”

 

“The complaint is part of a continuing effort to try these cases in the court of public opinion rather than the justice system,” Josephson wrote. He added that he believes the complaint disregards or fails to note facts about Purdue’s prescription medications and pertinent federal regulations.

 

“Such serious allegations demand clear evidence linking the conduct alleged to the harm described, but we believe the city fails to show such causation and offers little evidence to support its sweeping legal claims,” he said.

 

In the suit, Costa Mesa alleges it has seen increased costs in myriad areas as a result of the opioid epidemic, including “medical and therapeutic care,” “counseling, treatment and rehabilitation services,” public safety and code enforcement.

 

A particularly pressing issue from the city’s perspective is the proliferation of local sober-living homes, which house recovering addicts, including those battling opioid dependence. Costa Mesa “has the largest concentration of sober-living homes in Orange County, creating a plethora of nuisance issues for residents, multiple calls for service by police and fire and millions of dollars in legal fees,” according to a city news release.

 

Also mentioned in the lawsuit is Costa Mesa fire Capt. Mike Kreza, who died in November after he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. The driver, Stephen Taylor Scarpa, 25, of Mission Viejo, was suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder. Authorities allege he was in possession of pills prescribed by aTustin doctor who faces federal charges of illegally distributing opioids and other narcotics by writing prescriptions to people without medical examinations.

 

“Costa Mesa has been directly injured by the loss of Capt. Kreza, including costs for training and hiring a replacement, as well as pension and death benefits,” the lawsuit states. “These increased costs could have been — and should have been — prevented by the opioid industry.”

 

Lawsuits such as Costa Mesa’s have become increasingly common. Last month, Purdue and the Sackler family agreed to pay $270 million to the state of Oklahoma to settle claims that aggressive marketing of OxyContin helped create the addiction crisis, according to the

Associated Press. Nationwide, the company faces nearly 2,000 lawsuits, AP reported.

But Josephson said, “We believe that no pharmaceutical manufacturer has done more to address the opioid addiction crisis than Purdue, and we continue to work closely with governments and law enforcement agencies on this difficult social issue.” (Click to Source)

 

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Psilocybin and Magic Mushrooms: Next Health & Legalization Trend After Cannabis?

Psilocybin, the substance found in 200+ species of magic mushrooms, may be the next health and legalization trend after cannabis. Magic mushrooms have been used in many cultures all over the world for therapeutic and spiritual purposes. Many scientific studies and clinical trials have found positive evidence of their benefits to the human body, especially in the area of mental health. With the state of Oregon and the city of Denver (Colorado) about to vote on legalizing magic mushrooms later this year, will psilocybin become the next trend after cannabis?

Current Legal Status of Psilocybin in the USA

Like cannabis (marijuana), MDMA (Ecstasy or Molly), peyote and heroin, psilocybin is classified as a Schedule I drug. The definition of this category is substances with no medical use and the high potential for abuse. Possession of psilocybin mushrooms is a felony. Given the incredible benefits which magic mushrooms containing psilocybin offer mankind, this kind of classification is clearly ignorant, heavy-handed and contradictory. How can such benign substances as magic mushrooms be on the same level as the highly addictive, artificially manufactured and deadly heroin?

What the Science Says About Psilocybin

It turns out magic mushrooms are already being closely studied all over the world by many different scientists. So far, the science shows psilocybin bestows many health benefits. In a nutshell, scientific studies including pre-clinical and clinical trials show that psilocybin helps beat depression, anxiety, addiction and even cancer. On a higher level, it helps increase joy, peace and altruism. However, looking closely at the results provides even more insight.

Psilocybin for Autism, Asperger’s, ASD, Depression, Anxiety and PTSD

Autism rates are skyrocketing across the US, with many suspecting vaccines (thimerosal/mercury) and GMOs (glyphosate) as possible causes. Whatever the cause, it’s a serious neurological disorder. Asperger’s used to be considered its own disorder but was recently reorganized to come under the ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and is now considered a mild form of autism. Asperger’s is characterized by a rigidity of thought and routine, and by a lack of empathy and social/emotional awareness. Interestingly enough, this is exactly what psilocybin can heal according to a recent January 2019 study, which found that psilocybin increased flexibility, creativity and empathy. Here’s what the author of the study Natasha Mason said:

“Examples of processes that have been found to be decreased in these pathologies include creative, flexible thinking and empathy. Specifically, individuals are characterized by repetitive and rigid patterns of negative and compulsive thoughts, as well as reduced empathic abilities. Thus we wanted to assess whether psilocybin enhanced these processes, and if so, how long effects lasted …We found that psilocybin, when taken in a naturalistic setting, increased aspects of creativity and empathy the morning after, and 7 days after use. Furthermore, psilocybin also enhanced subjective well-being. Interestingly, changes in well-being correlated with changes in empathy after psilocybin use.”

This also has implications for other mental disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD, as the study notes in its Introduction:

“Both creative, flexible thinking and empathy deficits have been found in stress-related psychopathologies like depression, anxiety disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Breaking Down the Ego and “Default Mode Network”

If you want to learn more about psilocybin and what science is beginning to show about its benefits and effects, check out the work of Michael Pollan, author of How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence. He discusses how psychedelics, contrary to a common misconception, actually make you more sane than crazy. This is because substances like psilocybin decrease the activity of a brain network called the default mode network, which is in charge of perception of self. Psilocybin halts the functioning of this network, thus allowing a space for new neural connections – a re-wiring of the brain.

Psilocybin: Naturally in Sync with Our Biology

Another person to check out is Dr. Roland Griffiths, Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at Johns Hopkins University. He has some online videos such as this one where he shows that psilocybin helps people release fear, old patterns and negative beliefs. On a higher level, it helps increase joy, peace and altruism. Studies have also found that it can engender mystical-type experiences in people which are identical to those that occur naturally, suggesting psilocybin is naturally in sync with our biology.

Further Evidence of Psilocybin’s Potential as a Healing Agent

Lastly, take a look at the studies reported here and here on Waking Times. The latter showed that psilocybin strongly helped patients with depression:

“Amazingly, after the participants were given two doses of psilocybin (10 mg and 25 mg), with the second dose a week after the first – their brains showed pronounced, decreased blood flow to the areas of the brain implicated in depression. Researchers also found increased stability on parts of the brain related to depression – and these effects lasted up to five weeks.

The team described the immediate results of patients’ symptoms disappearing after the initial trip as an “afterglow” and a “disintegration” – with the compound also reintegrating brain networks afterward. The afterglow included marked improvements in mood and stress relief. Patients used a lot of computer metaphors to describe how their brains felt afterward – defragged, rebooted, and reset.”

Final Thoughts: Psilocybin is a Gift of Nature which will Hopefully Soon be Widely Legalized

Psilocybin has a long history of use across the world, especially among South American tribes (like the Aztecs, whose word for it was teonanacatl, which translates to “divine mushroom”). There are several prehistoric rock art drawings depicting psilocybin mushrooms, such as the one in Spain, near Villar del Humo, approximately 6,000 years old, another in Tassili n’Ajjer (a national park in the Sahara Desert, Algeria) which is around 7,000-9,000 years old, and the one pictured above from Guatemala. My prediction and hope is that it will become the next health and legalization trend after cannabis, which, for the USA, also started in Denver, Colorado. We shall see.

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Sources:

*https://psi-2020.org/

*https://ballotpedia.org/Denver,Colorado,_Psilocybin_Mushroom_Initiative(May_2019)

*https://www.psypost.org/2019/03/a-single-dose-of-psilocybin-enhances-creative-thinking-and-empathy-up-to-seven-days-after-use-study-finds-53283

*https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02791072.2019.1580804

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bu3q3GMHfE

*https://www.wakingtimes.com/2012/11/01/psilocybin-and-the-ego-centric-brain/

*https://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/10/16/psilocybin-appears-reset-brain-activity-depressed-patients-stunning-results/

 

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SOUTHERN EUROPE Italian teen girl was likely dismembered alive by Nigerian migrant drug dealer

By ARTHUR LYONS  

One of the most nauseating revelations to emerge from the trial for the murder of 18-year-old Italian Pamela Mastropietro is that she was likely to have been dismembered while still alive.

The horrifying reports come following court testimony given by Vincenzo Marino, a key witness in the trial of Nigerian drug pusher Innocent Oseghale who on trial for the brutal murder the young girl last year, Il Giornale reports.

Mastropietro’s mother claims that her 18-year-old daughter had become estranged from the family and had become addicted to drugs following a brief relationship with a Romanian man.

Marino, the key witness in the case, had been incarcerated at the same time as Oseghale and claimed to have overhead him admit to and give details about the murder.

According to the sworn testimony given by Marino, the Nigerian drug dealer stabbed the Italian teen immediately after raping her. Marino said, “They had a fight, they pushed, Oseghale stabbed her in the liver and after a first stab Pamela fell to the ground.”

The witness added that following the initial stabbing, Oseghale left the scene of the crime to summon another man to assist him in the disposal of Mastropietro’s body. After he ‘returned home, convinced him that Pamela was dead and started dismembering from the foot.’

It’s thought that the Nigerian man stabbed the girl once more after she tried to cry out for help.

As stated by Marino, Oseghale didn’t name who his accomplice was. “He had washed [the body]with bleach because it would not have been known if she had died of an overdose or murdered,” Marion professed.

“He said there was a sack in the fridge to put the pieces in, but they did not fit in there and that he had to cut it and put it in two suitcases,” the key witness added.

In February last year, the dismembered corpse of the 18-year-old Mastropietro was discovered on the side of road in a number of suitcases in the Italian commune of Pollenza. The horrific discovery prompted national rage and also led to allegations of ritualistic cannibalism that’s known to be engaged in and practiced by Nigerian crime gangs that are operating across the continent.

The discovery of young girl’s dismembered corpse also provoked a mass shooting attempt when Luci Traini, a 28-year-old Italian man who supposedly knew Mastropietro, targeted and wounded several migrants in an act of vengeance.

Alassandro Meluzzi, an Italian psychiatrist and criminologist has alleged that the murder was most likely associated with Nigerian organized crime gangs.

Just months after Mastropietro’s body was discovered, another Italian teenaged girl, Desirée Mariotinni, was found in dead from an overdose in Rome. Italian prosecutors subsequently arrested several migrant men in connection with her death, accusing them of raping the 16-year-old girl and intentionally causing her to fatally overdose on drugs.

Italy has experienced a colossal crime wave in the wake of an incursion of hundreds of thousands of African migrants, many from Nigeria, into their country.

The populist Italian government led by Matteo Salvini has done their best to stem the flow of migrants into Italy and to crack down on violent foreign crime gangs, but their efforts have been met with stiff opposition from globalist forces inside the European Union. (Click to Source)

 

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Bartell Drugs says it will not open any more stores in downtown Seattle after violent assaults on employees

POSTED 5:41 PM, MARCH 25, 2019, BY HANA KIM, UPDATED AT 08:26PM, MARCH 25, 2019

SEATTLE — The CEO of Bartell Drugs Kathi Lentzsch has been in her role for about year.

She moved from San Francisco to take the job in Seattle, and frankly she says she is surprised over the number of incidents and the violence she is seeing in Seattle.

Surveillance videos inside Bartell Drugs have captured countless shoplifting cases. In one incident, video shows a man in one aisle quickly running off with up to $700 worth of skincare products.

Lentzsch says many times the criminals are bold and many of them are repeat offenders.

“They will stand in front of our staff with a basket full of products and tell them we know you can’t come after us and walk out the door,” Lentzsch said.

It’s costing the company a lot, but the CEO didn’t sit down with Q13 News to talk about shoplifting.

“We’ve had too many cases of employees ending up in the hospital or with very serious issues,” Lentzsch said.

Multiple employees have been rushed to the hospital because of violent assaults.

Sometimes it’s shoplifting that escalates to assaults or just unprovoked attacks. The situation is concerning enough that the company is rethinking their future in the downtown core of Seattle.

In one case, cameras captured a pharmacist stumbling back with a broken nose. The company says he asked a shoplifter if he could help them pay for the items he had witnessed the suspect stealing.

“We have an individual who had two surgeries in December from being assaulted,” Lentzsch said.

Most of the times there is nothing employees can do but just pick up the pieces, like the time a man lashed out and trashed the store. He appeared to be going through a psychotic episode.

“My heart goes out to my store team, they are tough and yet compassionate and try to do the best they can,” Lentzsch said.

The company says they have off duty police officers at two of their downtown Seattle branches.

In one of those branches a woman tried to come after an employee despite a police officer  standing in front of the worker. It took multiple officers to subdue the woman.

“Where we would like help is the violent offenders, it was startling to me how different the city had become,” Lentzsch said.

The company would like to hire more off-duty officers, but it’s already costing hundreds of thousands of dollars to have officers in just two of the branches.

“Frankly we are losing money in some of those stores because of the cost of putting after hour policemen,” Lentzsch said.

She worries about the livelihood of the existing chains in Seattle, and for the time being the company has decided not to open any more stores in the downtown core.

Lentzsch says for things to get better, city leaders and community members have to work together.

She wants to be at the table to talk solutions and she hopes city leaders are actively working on new ways to tackle the problem right now.

She doesn’t blame any one entity for the complicated situation. She says mental illness, drug addiction and homelessness all play a role in the uptick in violence.

The CEO also says police officers are doing the best they can and that the problem is bigger than them. The company says they do not call 911 over shoplifting cases, only when there is a disruption or a dangerous situation. The company also says employees are told not to physically engage with shoplifters for their safety.

Lentzsch says this is not a Bartell Drug problem because her competitors are facing the same issue and so are many other businesses across Seattle. (Click to Source)

 
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The New Science of Psychedelics: A Tool for Changing Our Minds

 

As our prosperity rises, our mental health is on the decline—and fast. Rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, addiction, and other psychological disorders have skyrocketed in recent years, and nobody knows what to do about it.

Enter psychedelics: LSD, magic mushrooms, mescaline, ayahuasca—drugs you’d expect to find at a rave or a music festival, not in your psychologist’s office. But that may be about to change, as research in psychedelics increasingly shows their potential for treating psychological conditions.

Previously known as a food and nutrition expert thanks to books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, author Michael Pollan switched tracks a bit for his latest project. His newest book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence, published last year, has been an integral part of de-stigmatizing the psychedelics conversation.

In a fascinating talk with The 4-Hour Workweek author Tim Ferris at South By Southwest earlier this month, Pollan shared insights from his research and his personal experiences.

Some History

The word ‘psychedelics’ was coined in 1957 by English psychiatrist Humphry Osmond. It combines the words for mind (psyche) and manifest (delic, from the Greek dēlos). “It’s vague in a way, but it’s suggesting that these drugs bring the mind into kind of an observable space,” Pollan said. “I tried in my book to rescue the word from all the encrustation of 60s Day-Glo acid rock and see if we could reclaim it, because it means the right thing.”

It was their association with 60s counterculture, Pollan explained, that ultimately caused psychedelics’ decline as a scientific tool. By the time the public first heard about the drugs in the 60s, researchers in Europe and the US had already been studying them for 15 years, and using them to treat conditions like addiction and depression, with positive results. “The standards for scientific drug research then were different,” Pollan said. “The double-blind placebo controlled trial didn’t exist until 1962.”

The anti-establishment subculture embraced psychedelics. But in 1965—the year the US first deployed troops to Vietnam—the government and the media started demonizing the drugs. They were labeled as immoral, and stories abounded about people having bad trips, ending up in psych wards, or staring at the sun until they went blind (the first two did happen, but the last was made up).

“Nixon regarded LSD as one of the reasons that boys weren’t willing to go fight in Vietnam,” Pollan said. For most of history, he explained, young men sent to war to defend their country just went—they didn’t ask questions. But suddenly, young American men were asking questions—big ones, like “Is this a just war?” and “Is this something I want to fight for?”

“LSD encourages people to question all sorts of frameworks in their lives, and may have contributed to that,” Pollan said. “It was a very threatening drug.” At least, Nixon thought so, and as a result he started his war on drugs. Psychedelics research gradually ground to a halt, and the drugs stopped being taken seriously as having any medical potential.

Until now, that is.

Changing Our Minds

Pollan shared that what really got him interested in psychedelics was hearing about their effects on people who’d been diagnosed with terminal cancer. “They were paralyzed by fear of death, and they had these transformative experiences that in many cases completely removed their fear. It was the most astonishing thing,” he said.

The drugs have shown promise for alleviating a host of other disorders, including anxiety, depression, and addiction. Psilocybin is being used (“with striking success,” as Pollan put it) in a study of smokers at Johns Hopkins and a study of alcoholics at NYU, and has potential to treat eating disorders as well.

If it seems surprising that one type of drug could treat so many different disorders, consider their common link: they all involve repetitive loops and destructive narratives. The part of the brain where this takes place—called the default mode network—is the part of the brain psychedelics affect, in the sense that the drugs quiet the network, thereby giving users a chance to escape destructive patterns of thought.

The default mode network is a group of structures in the brain that connect the cortex to the areas involved in memory, emotion, and other inwardly-focused thinking, like self-reflection. The default mode network is least active when you’re focused on a task, and most active when you’re at rest without any external stimuli—which is when you start to daydream, remember things about the past, imagine things about the future, and simulate or replay your interactions with other people.

“When they image the brains of people on psychedelics they expected to see a lot of activity, but they were surprised to see that the default mode network was suppressed, with less blood flow and less energy going to it,” Pollan said. “If the ego has an address in the brain it’s somewhere in this network. And this is the region that gets quiet.”

Though we do know this much, we don’t know a lot more, about either how psychedelics work or how the brain works. “Our understanding of the brain is really primitive,” Pollan said. “We know psychedelic drugs bind serotonin to a receptor, then there’s a cascade of effects leading to synesthesia.” What takes place during that cascade, though? No idea.

There may be modes of communication going on in the brain that we don’t even know about yet; Pollan cited a 2018 study where a hippocampus—the brain region associated with memory—was sliced in half, and neurons on either side could still interact without direct contact.

“It’s really important to be humble in anything we say about the brain,” Pollan said.

Keeping Them Changed

If what takes place during psychedelic use is a temporary rewiring of the brain—the compounds are out of the brain within four to eight hours—why is it that using the drugs has an enduring effect on so many people?

“It’s not a purely psychopharmacological effect that they’re having, it really is the experience,” Pollan said. “It’s kind of like a reverse trauma. Many people who undergo this treatment say it’s one of the two or three biggest experiences of their lives.”

The most positive and lasting effect of psychedelics, he explained, is the experience of ego dissolution. It’s our egos—our sense of ourselves—that write and enforce destructive narratives. “The ego builds walls. It isolates us from other people, it isolates us from nature, it’s defensive,” Pollan said. “And when you bring down those walls in the psyche, there’s less of a distinction between you and that other, whether that be other people in your life or the natural world or the universe. There’s this incredible flow, and powerful feelings of love and re-connection.”

Though the experience may last just a few hours, people often feel that the insight or epiphany they have isn’t just a subjective opinion or idea, but a deeper revealed truth; the mind can be reset in a way that would take years of sessions with conventional therapists or psychiatrists. Just as a single trauma can put your mind on a new path, perhaps permanently, a single mystical experience may be able to do the same.

“The mind has certain moments where right angle turns happen, and perhaps it can happen in a positive way as well as a negative way,” Pollan said.

Moving Forward

The psychedelics renaissance is coming at a time when new tools for mental health are sorely needed.

Other branches of medicine—cardiology, oncology, infectious disease—have made huge strides in the last 50 years, both in reducing suffering and prolonging life. But mental healthcare has essentially been at a standstill since the introduction of the antidepressants known as SSRIs in the 1980s.

To go from their current classification as Schedule 1 drugs—high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use—to getting approved as a medicine, psychedelics need to go through the standard three-phase FDA approval process: first an open-label, no-placebo pilot study, followed by a placebo-controlled trial, then a larger placebo-controlled trial.

Pollan believes MDMA and psilocybin could be approved within five years; the FDA has granted breakthrough therapy status to both, which means they actively help researchers design trials that will move the drugs to approval. MDMA is already in Phase 3 trials.

The biggest bottleneck is funding. The studies are expensive and controversial, and the National Institute of Mental Health has a minuscule budget compared to that of the National Institute of Health. Thus far, psychedelics research has been privately funded.

“It’s not a right-left issue, especially when it comes to treating soldiers with PTSD,” Pollan said. But there is the issue of how to incorporate the drugs into mental healthcare as we currently practice it. The pharmaceutical industry isn’t interested in a drug people only need to take once; likewise, the therapy business model depends on people coming back every week for years. Even if this shifted, therapists would need extensive training before being able to administer psychedelics.

“I think we’ll figure it out, but it’s a whole new structure, a whole new paradigm, and that may take a little while,” Pollan said. After all his research, though, he for one is highly optimistic.

“One of the things that excites me most about psychedelics is that yes, there’s a treatment here—but they’re also very interesting probes to understand the mind,” he said.

“[Psychiatrist] Stanislav Grof wrote that psychedelics would be for the study of the mind what the telescope was for astronomy or the microscope for biology. Now that is an audacious claim—but I no longer think it’s crazy.” (Click to Source)

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Johnson & Johnson exposed as the mastermind corporation behind the opioid epidemic that kills 60,000 Americans a year

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by: Isabelle Z.

(Natural News) Who is to blame for the opioid epidemic that is currently gripping the nation and taking the lives of 60,000 Americans each year? Most people tend to blame the makers of these drugs, the doctors who prescribe them, and some even fault those who take these medications. However, now a very familiar name has been exposed as being the mastermind behind the opioid epidemic: Johnson & Johnson.

While you might associate Johnson & Johnson with pure images like the squeaky-clean, soft skin of a baby thanks to years of effective marketing, it appears that something far dirtier is going on at the New Jersey-based multinational personal care brand. The accusation that it was the “kingpin” fueling the opioid crisis in the U.S. and acting as a major seller, provider and lobbyist carries a lot of weight as it comes from Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Mike Hunter.

In May, his state will see the first major opioid epidemic trial take place, and it is expected to set the stage for litigation of a similar nature across the country, not to mention a nationwide lawsuit. Hunter requested that a state court release millions of pages of confidential documents to the public that were submitted by Johnson & Johnson during the case’s discovery phase, writing that the public interest contained therein is “urgent, enduring and overwhelming.”

J&J targeted vulnerable groups while downplaying dangers

The state of Oklahoma is alleging that Johnson & Johnson targeted vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and children, for painkiller prescriptions. The company also funded groups that advocated to facilitate access to the drugs, such as the Pain Care Forum. In addition, they downplayed the drug’s dangers; for example, a brochure made by a subsidiary of J&J geared toward senior citizens outrageously states that “opioids are rarely addictive.”

The defendants in the case include Johnson & Johnson as well as Teva Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, and Allergan. Hunter says the firms deceived the public into thinking the drugs were safe to use over long periods. District Court Judge Thad Balkman recently denied a request made by the pharmaceutical companies involved to delay the trial, saying that it’s in the public’s interest for this trial to begin as scheduled.

Johnson & Johnson is being accused of using a web of domestic and foreign subsidiaries to provide the raw materials needed to manufacture opioids. While companies like Purdue Pharma, who produce OxyContin, certainly need to be held accountable for their extreme irresponsibility, J&J’s culpability is also clear. They played a big role in producing the raw narcotics from poppy fields that are turned into active ingredients in top-selling opioids, boasting that their poppy’s morphine content was some of the “highest in the world,” according to an Axios report.

The two subsidiaries that handled the opium poppy business, Tasmanian Alkaloids and Noramco, were sold by J&J for $650 million in 2016 to a private equity firm. A year earlier, they sold an opioid pill that they had previously marketed known as Nucynta, while they continued to sell the fentanyl patch Duragesic. According to a state court document, the company was a “kingpin behind the public-health emergency, profiting at every stage.” (Related: Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2 billion for making false marketing claims and engaging in kickbacks.)

Johnson & Johnson is also facing legal action for covering up the connection between asbestos-containing baby powder and cancer.

More than 1,600 American cities and 36 states are currently suing the makers and distributors of opioids in hopes of collecting funds needed to deal with the opioid public health crisis.

Everyone who has played a role in this devastating crisis deserves to be exposed and brought to justice, from those who put opioids in people’s hands to those who help pharmaceutical companies obtain the ingredients they need to make these deadly drugs. (Click to Source)

Sources for this article include:

WakingTimes.com

Axios.com

Lawmakers just said no to recreational marijuana in Montana

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A bill to legalize recreational marijuana use for Montanans 18 and older failed to advance Thursday from a state House committee.

Rep. Tom Winter, D-Missoula, tried to assure the House Taxation committee that his House Bill 770 served as a reaction to, not a model of, mistakes made in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana. By his own estimate, Winter said, the bill would bring Montana $35 million to $55 million in annual revenue with a 32 percent tax on retail marijuana sales.In opposing the bill, Sgt. Kurt Sager and Lt. Jim Sanderson of the Montana Highway Patrol relied on statistics from recent impact reports that found increased traffic deaths and hospitalizations in Colorado related to marijuana after it was legalized for recreational use in that state.

Sager called Winter’s bill a “nightmare” for all Montana citizens and said the economic cost of a spike in marijuana-related traffic deaths alone — which he estimated could reach 30 to 65 per year — would ultimately outweigh new tax revenue.

“When you take somebody’s life on the roadway because you’re under the influence of anything, that is a homicide,” Sager said. “You are killing someone else. If we increase the number of people that are driving impaired on the roads in the state of Montana, we are going to increase homicide.” (Click to Source)

 

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Big Pharma to Use Public Schools As Biochemical Mind Control Agents for Students

By Dave Hodges| February 28th, 2019

This article will take a brief look at the Teen Screen program of nearly a generation ago and compare that program to attempts, like the one in Indiana, in which this horrific program is being resurrected.

The Teen Screen Program and the Mind Control of Our Youth

Through the former Presidents, George Bush and  Barack Obama, the government has unleashed a modern day version of the mind control police in America by attacking the psychological well-being of America’s school children and veterans by forcibly incarcerating veterans who are not drinking from the globalists’ Kool-Aid.On the surface, screening the mental health of children for suicidal tendencies is a noble idea worth pursuing. Yet, when the screening is mandated by the President of the United States as it was done without the knowledge and consent of the parents of the children being tested, an eyebrow should be raised. When children, under this program could only be medicated with the most expensive psychiatric drugs which contain 2 to 20 times higher suicide rates and are contraindicated for use by children, all of America should begin to dismantle this unholy marriage of the Police State and the pharmaceutical fraudsters, and dismantle it we did. But it’s back.

Previously, there was an ongoing battle for the psychological health and welfare of America’s children and eventually all Americans, under the New Freedoms Commission (NFC), had as it is the eventual intent to screen and treat, with mind numbing drug, all Americans for mental illness by using criteria designed to elicit false positives. The relatively new mind control programs have commenced with the intent of compelling the mental health testing of all 52 million school children and the 6.5 million adults who walk through doors of every school in America on any given weekday. Acting under the authority of the NFC, all 50 states are mandated to implement compulsory mental health screening. The screening exams were to be administered in kindergarten, fourth and ninth grade. The screening program required no parental notification and carries the force of law.

In April of 2002, by Executive Order, President George W. Bush convened a 22 member panel which sought to identify policies that could be implemented by all levels of government which would promote successful mental health treatment for all children and adults.

In July of 2003, the NFC formally recommended that schools were in the best position to commence the screening of all Americans beginning with America’s students and school employees. The NFC implemented their recommendations, in November of 2004, with a $20 million dollar appropriation.

Not all Congressmen agreed with President Bush and his desire to screen the mental health of all American schoolchildren, especially without parental notification, including Congressman Ron Paul. Congressman Paul, R-Texas, is a medical doctor and a member of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Congressman Paul cautions Americans that the most obvious beneficiary of this mental health screening legislation is none other than the omnipresent pharmaceutical industry. The AAPS is also on record as opposing the NFC legislation, which they say will result in mandatory psychological testing of all of America’s school children without parental consent as well placing coercive pressure on parents to needlessly medicate their children with dangerous psychotropic drugs. Congressman Ron Paul attempted to withhold funding for the mandatory mental health screenings as well as requiring parental consent prior to any screening through the introduction of an amendment to the Congressional NFC funding bill. Because of the intense lobbying efforts by Big Pharma, Paul’s proposed amendment was soundly defeated.

The planned testing of America’s school children was rolled out in two parts. First, a screening process, implemented by TeenScreen, was used to identify this new group of potential pharmaceutical customers. Secondly, the psychiatric drug-dispensing protocols of Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) was be utilized to ensure maximum profits by the pharmaceuticals by requiring that the most expensive psychiatric drugs on the market will be prescribed. TMAP attempts to deceive the public by altering the name of the drug dispensing authority in each State. For example, in Illinois, TMAP goes by the name of the Illinois Medication Algorithm Project, or IMAP for short. Same people, same insane policies, slightly different name designed to throw off investigators.

The primary purpose of the NFC and its sole pharmaceutical broker and screener, TeenScreen, is to make certain that only the newest, most expensive drugs are used through adherence to TMAP’s standard of practice for treating mental illness in that State. Once TMAP procedures are adopted by a State, all psychiatrists must comply with the prescribed standard of care. For example, the antipsychotic drug, Haldol, whose patent has expired, costs about 8 cents per pill, or about $2.50 per month, while the controversial antipsychotic, Zyprexa, which is still under patent to Eli Lilly, costs $8 per pill or about $250 per month. The more expensive Zyprexa is listed on the algorithm of treatment by TMAP, the far less expensive drug, Haldol, is not. If price gouging the mental health public was the only crime here, we would have fraud and price fixing, not a scandal to the degree that is presently happening. However, this conspiracy goes much deeper and is much more nefarious.

Increase in Suicides Happened

Several researchers, such as Robert Whitaker and David Healy, have published findings which demonstrate that antipsychotic drugs MAY temporarily reduce psychiatric symptoms in the short term. However, the long term benefits of many psychiatric drugs are highly questionable because of the existing evidence linking the newer family of expensive, antipsychotic drugs to a greater likelihood of destroying the mental and physical health of those persons who take them. In particular, this new class of drugs is reputed to be especially dangerous to younger patients. Furthermore, Dr. Whitaker reports that that the death rate of patients on the newer TMAP drugs, the atypical antipsychotic drugs like Eli Lilly’s Zyprexa, is double that of patients taking the older, cheaper antipsychotic drugs like Haldol. Healy found that the suicide rate for schizophrenics increased 20 times for patients placed under anti-psychotic medication treatment. Healy states that this is a phenomenon which has risen in correlation to the increased use of the new anti-psychotic medications. Healy’s views have received support from the American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information, which stated that the FDA has determined that antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal ideation and behavior in children and teenagers. Pity the parent who has read this warning, who subsequently comes home from work to find that their child has become the next statistic in an ever growing number of suicidal behaviors which are associated with many of the new antipsychotic medications courtesy of the TeenScreen program.

Why are these newer and more dangerous drugs continuing to be used despite serious questions as to their efficacy? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that Ely Lilly had several undeniable ties to the Bush family, where George H. W. Bush was once a member of the board of directors. A sample of those who have been on the Eli Lilly payroll includes The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (a recipient of Eli Lilly funding), former President George Herbert Walker Bush (one-time member of the Eli Lilly board of directors), former CEO of Enron, the late Ken Lay (one-time member of the Eli Lilly board of directors), George W. Bush’s former director of Management and Budget, Mitch Daniels (a former Eli Lilly vice president), George W. Bush’s Homeland Security Advisory Council member, Sidney Taurel (CEO of Eli Lilly).

Not surprisingly, Eli Lilly gave $1.6 million dollars in campaign contributions during the 2000 election. Eighty two percent of this money went to Republicans and George W. Bush. The pharmaceutical and health products industry had spent more than $800 million in federal lobbying and campaign donations at the federal and state levels in the past seven years. No other industry has spent more money to sway public policy during this same period.

Under the auspices of George W. Bush, TMAP originated in Texas and has been exported under the umbrella of the NFC to at least 45 States. Under then-Texas Governor Bush, TMAP was allowed to gain virtual control of the diagnostic and treatment protocols for the Texas mental health and prison systems. It is interesting to note that in 1994, Big Pharma did not contribute one dime to Texas politicians. TMAP surfaced in Texas after the 1994 elections and subsequently, during the 1998 campaigns, it made over 250 contributions totaling $152,000 to candidates running for state office. In 2002, it made more than 400 contributions totaling $384,735, and poured tens of millions more money into Texas state universities which are intimately affiliated with TMAP. President Obama, no less a Big Pharma whore, has received almost $500,000 from these drug pushers and this number is growing by the second. Mitt Romney is lap dancing for the pill pushers as he has taken almost $300,000 from Big Pharma. And the beat goes on as Big Pharma buys the politicians and the “Do No Harm” credo of the medical profession took a backseat.

The Program Morphed Into Teen Screen Before We Were Able to Stop It

TeenScreen, created by Laurie Flynn, arose out of the expressed desire of the NFC to test all American school children. There are several problems with this screening instrument. For example, the screening device has a high rate of false positives. The rigor (e.g., measure of reliability and validity, utilization of genuinely representative population samples used in the norming process) of the screening mechanics have also been called into question. Additionally, TeenScreen allowed for the use of unsupervised nonprofessionals to both administer and interpret the screening instrument. In an effort to cover their malpractice behinds, TeenScreen is careful to state that the program is not a substitute for clinical evaluation. Despite its self-proclaimed message that TeenScreen has a wonderful diagnostic tool from which to predict suicidal behavior resulting from depression, TeenScreen states that the instrument is not a diagnostic tool. If you had to reread the previous four sentences in order to try to make sense out TeenScreen’s, “doublespeak,” you are not alone. Although the diagnostic tool is not heralded as a clinical tool, the schools which use the TeenScreen tool can still label the child as being emotionally disturbed and this label can follow this child for the rest of their life. Further, school-initiated treatment protocols can be triggered as a result of the findings.

In 2002, TeenScreen contracted with the public relations firm of Rabin Strategic Partners to provide each teen in the United States with easy access to this free mental health screening program. Rabin’s marketing efforts have proved to be a huge success until we got the programmed stopped with law suits and legislation.

 TeenScreen was eventually introduced into 45 states.  WE GO IT STOPPED BEFORE THEY COULD FULLY IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM. HOWEVER, THERE WERE LAW SUITS, BECAUSE THERE WERE VICTIMS. TODAY, YOUR CHILDREN ARE NOT BEING IMPACTED IN THIS MANNER. HOWEVER, THE MIND CONTROL BASTARDS ARE BACK. 

Before exposing a return of this program, please allow me a walk down memory lane as we expose the unprofessional nature of the Teen Screen Program. Please look at this sample of double bind questions asked of the participants designed to entrap them into a lifetime of psychotropic medication.

Big Pharma’s DNA permeates the development of the NFC as they cleverly “cook the books” to establish their legitimacy. Through the creation of the pharma-friendly NFC policy supporting “experts”, they have succeeded in greatly expanding the scope of disease while simultaneously narrowing the treatment parameters to a few set of very expensive drugs which produce very dangerous side-effects. Finally, the NFC is supporting shoddy screening and diagnosis in an effort to identify an endless reservoir of potential pharmaceutical customers. For example, one of the questions which appeared on TeenScreen was:

1) Have you often felt nervous or uncomfortable when you have been with a group of children or young people – – say, like in the lunchroom at school or a party?

Who has not felt any of these feelings? As a former nationally certified mental health counselor, and an instructor of research and statistical methods, I am left wondering if I was absent from graduate school the day that these types of feelings were declared to be representative of a mental illness or emotional disturbance? If enough yes answers are given, the child may be referred to an “expert” for treatment (i.e., medication) purposes. The treatment was mandatory, parental notification was required and opting out was not an option. 

With the high level of reported false positive diagnostic rates, rated as high as 90%,  and serious questions surrounding the safety of the use of the newer psychotropic medications on developing, young brains, how many children would have been chemically destroyed before reaching adulthood? And now, they’re back!!!!

That Was Then, This Is Now

This satanic mind control program has been repackaged and is back. In an article written by Alex Newman, entitled, Indiana Education

Bill Seeks Mental Health Control of all Kids, the author from Freedom Media Project, makes the following disturbing observations:

Draconian “education” legislation to further erode parental rights and gather all sorts of “mental health” data on children, among other controversial elements, is making its way through the Indiana legislature now…
…Under the state’s plan, a non-elected “Commission” will be established to set up a “social, emotional, and behavioral” plan for Indiana children. The commission will also define normal, with those outside of the norm being targeted for government “interventions.” There will also be “ongoing needs assessments” to determine what “services” to foist on children and families…
…The legislation, dubbed SB 266, also furthers government meddling in the lives of children from birth through age 22. All children will be routinely screened for “mental-health” issues, with schools becoming de facto mental-health institutions…  
Privacy and freedom are in the cross hairs, too. Even free will and individuality are under threat. Indeed, the broader intent behind the legislation is more indoctrination and even “behavior modification” of children, analysts who examined the bill concluded.
“This bill puts the ownership of children in the hands of government schools through the guise of mental health and safety,” warned veteran educator and Indiana education activist Mary Black, who spent four decades teaching children in the classroom. “The mandated mental health clinics in the schools will be used to indoctrinate children with the government-established right and wrong.”
Unlike God’s laws, which never change, Black said the government’s laws and views will continually change. “Thus, the emphasis on the social-emotional wellness in the bill ensures that the necessary flexibility, adaptability, and group consensus will be indoctrinated into each child and lead to the ultimate goal of those pushing this bill: citizens who are conditioned to do as they are told,” she warned….
Black said it was important for Indiana parents to get involved in the battle to stop the attack. “This bill is anti-child because the child’s God-given independence is taken from him or her,” warned the veteran teacher. “It is anti-parent because the parental right and God-given obligation to educate their child is taken from them. Indiana parents and children will be separated for the sake of the government.”
Another controversial provision in the bill is the introduction of Social and Emotional “Wellness” schemes linked to Zen meditation techniques, which are associated with Buddhism. Noting that God and prayer have been expelled from school, critics wondered why Eastern spiritual exercises were being encouraged and pushed in to tax-funded schools.
…Originally, the legislation included provisions that were supposed to help strengthen privacy protections for children and families. However, legislators essentially combined multiple disastrous bills into one larger one…  
…Nowhere does this bill involve the parents in the monitoring, tracking, and manipulation of their children. Instead, the legislation envisions having the government tell parents how to be parents, prescribing “research-based training for … parents.” This fits perfectly with federal policy documents from the Obama administration describing parents as “equal partners” with government in the raising of their own children…
… — government is the new parent…
…This sort of madness is not limited to Indiana, obviously. In fact, it is spreading nationwide, with powerful backing and funding coming from Washington, D.C., as well. It is past time for parents to take urgent steps to protect their children and to get involved in the fight. America’s future and liberty itself are literally at stake…

Conclusion

What has happened to parental rights? How many children will not be able to obtain health insurance because the questionable labeling practices of TeenScreen which are allowed under the NFC? Loss of parental rights and constitutional guarantees against the deprivation of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are not the only threats of this cancer which is just beginning to sweep our country like an out of control tsunami.

Parents need to refuse to comply to any of this type of legislation. Home school your kids in needed, but do not comply and send this message loudly and clearly to your representatives. (Click to Source)

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A Crisis of Despair: Christian Mental Health Professional Reveals the Reason Behind Recent Surge in Suicides and Drug-Related Deaths

Writer – March 6, 2019

 

America is in the midst of a suicide epidemic, reflecting deeper problems that go beyond mental illness.

A new report released this week revealed that the number of U.S. deaths related to alcohol, drug use, and suicide are at an all-time high. The data analysis, conducted by public health nonprofits Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust, used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dating back to 1999. Their findings show that 2017, the most recent year that data were available, reflected the highest level of these preventable deaths since federal data collection began in 1999

At the root of suicide, alcohol and drug abuse is the affliction of despair. A very basic conclusion we can draw, then, is that America is experiencing an uptick in despair, of which there are many causes. To help make further sense of this troubling surge, Faithwire reached out to licensed professional counselor and Dallas Theological Seminary graduate, Carly Graham.

As a mental health professional who works with clients dealing with suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol addiction, and general feelings of hopelessness, Graham described a troubling stigma that exacerbates these issues.

“The stigma surrounding mental health challenges is often associated with one’s mental and emotional ‘strength’ or a perceived lack of it,” Graham explained. “This assumption does an unfortunate disservice to those who could benefit from treatment; as a result, many resort to using alcohol, drugs, and other destructive behaviors because they may feel able to accept those unhealthy coping mechanisms easier than accepting treatment.”

And while increased mental health awareness has helped to reduce that stigma, other cultural factors contribute to the loneliness that leads many to seek harmful forms of escape.

The need for community

“One of the prevalent problems I’ve seen with clients over and over is social isolation,” Graham said. “Even though we have a society that is active on social media and we have a 24-hour news cycle, I’ve found that individuals feel more disconnected than they used to because they don’t have a supportive community in-person.”

“Many individuals isolate while they deal with mental and physical health symptoms, as well as addiction. In the isolation, many individuals are often driven to despair,” she added. “Many friends, family, and other loved ones often times are not sure how to help an individual who is suffering, and that can result in frustration on both sides.”

Graham noted that while “many other factors can cause social isolation,” she has “witnessed numerous times how clients’ symptoms and general outlook on life have improved when they were a part of a supportive community and truly felt that others cared about them and expressed that to them.”

A culture of death

Kimberly McDonald lost her father to suicide in 2010. As a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in a hospital, for county government, and in a private practice, she’s witnessed how our modern culture often leads people to despair.

“We are a society that criticizes and lacks compassion, integrity, and empathy,” the Wisconsin native said, as reported by USA Today. “I work daily with individuals who each have their own demons.”

McDonald’s father took his own life after he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

“He knew the trajectory of where the disease would take him,” she said.

We live in a cultural climate that is increasingly secular, with legislators commonly pushing policies that ignore or attack the dignity of human life. Liberal assisted suicide laws and a growing push for abortion up until birth serve as troubling examples of this deadly shift.

Could there be a possible link between this shift and the rise of suicide, drug and alcohol-related deaths? It certainly makes sense.

When our culture denies that life has any transcendent meaning, or that God has sovereignty over life, we can’t be shocked when people take that message to heart.

Hope is the opposite of despair. If anything, the latest data reflect a nation in desperate need, not for escape, but hope.

Reversing the deadly cycle

Christians find a message of eternal hope in the person of Jesus Christ, and the Bible is filled with verses that describe the hope we have in God.

Graham described how her Christian faith has been an asset in her efforts to help those seeking peace, hope, and relief amid feelings of despair.

“My Christian faith in the foundation of my counseling theory and approach,” she told Faithwire. “Even though I work in a non-Christian treatment facility, I strongly believe that I am in a position to show acceptance, patience, and care to my clients in a way that hopefully helps them feel safe enough to work on their core emotional challenges.”

The licensed professional counselor noted, however, certain problems within Christian communities that can do great harm to the vulnerable.

“One of the most destructive things I’ve heard in church culture is [people] assuming that experiencing a mental illness means the individual does not trust God enough or have a strong enough faith,” she said.

“I believe this misconception increases the stigma even more,” she added, “and that is why seeking help in church can feel risky. This is tragic but many counselors such as myself are working to increase dialogue about mental health and normalize that many people deal with this.”

Graham shared some helpful ways that average individuals can work to combat this crisis of despair.

“One way is to share openly about these struggles and how common they are,” she said. “Another way is to educate yourself about mental health and mental illness.”

Graham recommends the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America as great resources for those looking to learn more about mental illness. (Click to Source)

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Think About What This Means – An Adviser To The FDA Issues Blunt Warning To America: ‘Congress Is Owned By Big Pharma’

‘Those who corrupted Veterans health care & profit from our endless wars are one and the same’

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die

March 14, 2019

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In an extraordinarily blunt and surprisingly refreshing warning recently given by a medical adviser to the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Raeford Brown recently stated in an interview that nothing will be done to ‘Big Pharma‘ for their role as the lead drug pushers in America’s deadly opioid crisis because “Congress is owned by pharma“.

While more than 70,000 Americans died due to opioid overdoses in 2017 alone and President Trump once endorsed the death penalty for ‘drug pushers‘, why isn’t ‘big pharma‘ being held responsible for their obvious role in the spread of deadly drugs all across the country? As Dr. Brown told Yahoo Finance in his interview, “the pharmaceutical industry pours millions of dollars into the legislative branch every single year. In 2016, they put $100 million into the elections. That’s a ton of money.”

And as we see in the graphic below taken from that Yahoo story, Democrat politicians and Republicans alike benefit from donations from ‘Big Pharma‘. And while there is no doubt that the pharmaceutical industry has brought life-saving medicines to the world, as even far-left Salon surprisingly reported back in August of 2016, ‘big pharma‘ was helping to ensure that United States Veterans were losing the war at home while making America ‘pain-free‘ for ‘plutocrats‘. From their story.:

Those who corrupted veterans’ health care & those who profit from this country’s endless wars are one and the same.”

Near the end of his invaluable book cataloguing the long, slow disaster of “America’s War for the Greater Middle East,” historian Andrew Bacevich writes:

“Some individuals and institutions actually benefit from an armed conflict that drags on and on. Those benefits are immediate and tangible. They come in the form of profits, jobs, and campaign contributions. For the military-industrial complex and its beneficiaries, perpetual war is not necessarily bad news.”

Bacevich is certainly right about war profiteers, but I believe we haven’t yet fully wrapped our minds around what that truly means. This is what we have yet to take in: today, the United States is the most unequal country in the developed world, and the wealth of the plutocrats on top is now so great that, when they invest it in politics, it’s likely that no elected government can stop them or the lucrative wars and “free markets” they exploit.”

So we’ll take a look below at some options to ‘big pharma’s poisons‘ that are readily available for all to use that come to us from nature. And while we are not doctors nor are we providing medical advice within this story but sharing stories of what has worked for us or others, in a very real TEOTWAWKI scenario, do you really think ‘big pharma‘ will be around?

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With the graphic above showing that members of both parties are receiving roughly the same amount of money from ‘big pharma‘, and showing the money given to politicians by ‘big pharma‘ has been accelerating steadily since the early 1990’s, there is little doubt that Dr. Brown is correct in his assessment. Especially when we factor in the fact that these same people are also making a killing off of the endless wars while doing very little for the men and women fighting them, US Veterans.

And with the cost of big pharma’s drugs now skyrocketting as reported within this January of 2019 CNBC story and heard in the 2nd video at the bottom of this story, many Americans are being ‘priced out‘ of the medications they need.

And while some of ‘big pharmas‘ medications absolutely save lives, and we’d never suggest that people not take the medications that have been prescribed to them by a doctor, other medications ‘big pharma‘ has created have actually been them mimicking nature.

As DTSS reported back in December of 2017, the actually origins of ‘big pharma‘ are linked to the suppression and destruction of natural medicines. And the pharmaceutical industry DOES NOT create cures, it creates customers! And from their story we see one ever present name that has been repeated over and over again through ‘NWO‘ history.:

The creation of Western medicine starts with John D. Rockefeller (1839 – 1937) who was an oil baron and America’s first billionaire. In the 1800s, using ‘organic chemistry,’ or the chemistry of carbon, the petrochemical industries were created. In the 1800s, it came to light that various traditional herbal remedies contained active ingredients called ‘alkaloids.’

These alkaloids could often be produced synthetically by the petrochemical industries. Sometimes the active ingredient of a medicinal herb could be chemically modified and patented. This new business was called the ‘pharmaceutical industry.’ The resulting patent medicine could be sold at great profit, compared to the herb from which it was originally derived.

By the turn on the 20th century, Rockefeller controlled 90% of all oil production in the U.S. through a multitude of oil companies owned by him. There were only 1,000 cars in existence in 1900 that burned gasoline. Not much profit was to be found in cars. The petrochemical industry, however, was flourishing.

The pharmaceutical industries promised to be the most profitable part of the oil industry. Rockefeller invested heavily in the newly created pharmaceutical companies. He formed the Rockefeller Foundation in 1913 and focused on the pharmaceutical industries and medical education.

Back in May of 2018, the website ‘Wake Up World‘ published this story titled “Big Pharma vs. Natural Alternatives: The Agenda to Eradicate Competition” within which they detailed for us many attempts that have been made over the years by ‘big pharma‘ to wipe out their competition in the natural world, most notably the criminalization of the cannabis plant all the way back in the early 1900’s.

While cannabis was illegal nationwide for over 80 years before the last decade has brought about some relaxation of laws, especially in the medical marijuana field, just think about why ‘big pharma‘ may have wanted to ‘make illegal‘ a naturally growing plant that has the potential to do all of this.:

Helps regulate and defeat diabetes. Fights cancer. Helps with depression. Potential to fight autism. Regulates seizures in many. Helps to heal broken bones faster. Treats glaucoma. Relieves muscle spasms. Helps to slow the development of alzheimer’s disease. Helps to relieve arthritis. Helps to treat those with PTSD. Helps regulate our metabolism. Treats nausea effectively. Helps chemotherapy patients to eat and survive. Helps to treat headaches and migraines.

As the Free Thought Projected had reported back in 2017, a recent study revealed legal pot DESTROYS big pharma’s profits!

And now, ‘big pharma‘ is pushing Congress to make all natural Kratom illegal because it, too, is cutting hugely into their profits in the painkilling field. And while ‘big pharmas‘ poisons are killing Americans EVERY DAY, kratom has proven over many years to be safe and extremely effective at alleviating very real pain in Americans. Yet ‘big pharma‘ wants it criminalized because it cuts their profit margin. We’ve seen the way this will go should they be successful in 80+ years of horrific US cannabis policy.

The following books all take a look at natural health and some of our alternatives to ‘big pharma’s poisons‘.

Natural Remedies, Medicine and Cures: Herbs, self-healing and how to treat and cure all common ailments and major diseases

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care

The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health

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Please take note, the lists below are by no means even close to exhaustive with all of the different health ailments that people suffer from and all of the alternative and natural products to treat those ailments available so we absolutely welcome any suggestions you might have in the comment section below. Your suggestions could save lives.

As the website Healing Harvest Homestead reported back in July of 2017, there are a number of herbs and supplements that can purchased to ensure a healthy heart including:

Cayenne Pepper (so powerful it can stop a heart attack in its tracks!) – Motherwort – Rooibos Tea

As the website Herbal Equivalent reported in this story, there are a number of natural ways to allieve allergies.:

Black Seed Oil – Stinging Nettle – Spirulina

And as the website ADHD Boss reported back in 2017, there are actually many natural alternatives to Xanax including:

Rhodiola Rosea – Valerian Root – ORGANIC INDIA Ashwagandha Herbal Healthy Stress Response Supplement

As the website Resperate reported back on March 3rd of 2019, there are many natural alternatives for those who are suffering from high blood pressure including.:

Cat’s Claw – Hibiscus Tea – Arguna – and my personal favorite, Dark Chocolate.

As the website Medical News Today reports, alternative and all-natural antibiotics include:

Garlic Oil – Oil of Oregano – Echinacea – Ginger

So with US Congress clearly owned by ‘big pharma‘ and many signs pointing at potential trouble ahead in America that could leave us as a shell of our former nation, with numerous alternatives to ‘big pharma’s poisons‘ readily available and many as close by as the nearest supermarket, we’d all be serving our families best by getting ready for whatever the future may bring. (Click to Source)


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