pharmacological

Does Burzynski get the last laugh? Claims advance in colon cancer research but skeptics scowl

I am hardly a sophisticated biochemist but it seems logical to suspect that signal proteins might be able to shut down tumors in individualized courses of therapy. After all, the thoroughly suppressed evil cannabis plant has been demonstrated to have similar effects.

Burzynski Research Institute, Inc. Announces Publication of Phase 2 Clinical Study in Metastatic... -- HOUSTON, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

HOUSTON, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Burzynski Research Institute, Inc. (BRI) announced today that results of a study independently conducted by the Department of Surgery at Kurume University Medical Center in Japan have been published. The study, a randomized non-blinded phase 2 trial, compared 5-fluorouracil hepatic arterial infusion as post-operative adjuvant therapy with and without Antineoplastons A10/AS2-1 Injections for colorectal metastasis of the liver.

A total of 65 patients, with histologically confirmed metastatic colon adenocarcinoma of the liver, were evaluated. Primary endpoints included cancer-specific survival. Secondary endpoints included relapse-free survival, clinical status and extent of recurrence, salvage surgery rate and toxicity.

BRI believes that the completion of the study represents an important milestone in the development of Antineoplastons and that further efficacy trials of Antineoplastons in colorectal cancer should continue to be pursued.

About Burzynski Research Institute, Inc.

Burzynski Research Institute, Inc. (OTCBB:BZYR) is a biopharmaceutical company committed to developing treatment for cancer based on genomic and epigenomic principles. Research and development efforts are focused on basic research and phase 3 clinical trials, particularly in the treatment of brain tumors and other forms of cancer.

SOURCE Burzynski Research Institute, Inc.

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On Healio.com via PLoS One: Antineoplastons as adjuvant therapy improve survival rate after hepatectomy

In a phase 2 clinical trial, antineoplastons, such as A10 injection and AS2-1, were a useful form of adjunctive therapy after hepatic arterial infusion, and improved cancer-specific survival in patients with liver metastases from colorectal cancer, according to study data.

Sixty-five patients with metastatic colon adenocarcinoma of the liver who had undergone hepatectomy or thermal ablation for liver metastases, were randomly assigned to receive systemic antineoplastons (A10-I infusion, then AS2-1) with hepatic arterial infusion (n = 32, HAI) or HAI alone (n = 33). The primary endpoint was cancer-specific survival (CSS), according to the research.

Upon completion of therapy, overall survival in the antineoplastons group did not improve a great deal (P = .105) and relapse-free survival also did not improve (P = .343). However, CSS rate was longer in the antineoplastons/HAI group with a median survival time of 67 months vs. the HAI alone group with a median of 39 months. The 5-year CSS rate was 60% in the antineoplastons/HAI group vs. 32% in the HAI alone group. Patients in the antineoplastons/HAI group experienced cancer recurrence more often in a single organ as opposed to multiple organs compared with the HAI alone group. More patients in the antineoplastons/HAI group compared with the HAI alone group experienced full stomach (8 vs. 2; P = .044) and phlebitis (6 vs. 0; P < .024), the only significantly different adverse events between the two groups. Serious toxicity was not observed in the antineoplastons/HAI group.

“The administration of antineoplaston AS2-1 may be clinically effective as a postoperative adjuvant therapy in liver metastasis from colorectal cancer,” the researchers concluded. “The results of this study have warranted the initiation of a new randomized, controlled clinical trial of adjuvant therapy using antineoplaston A10 and AS2-1 combined with HAI after hepatectomy in patients with colorectal metastasis to the liver.” – by Melinda Stevens

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One Orac at ScienceBlogs claims it's hokum, and describes what they see as charlatan fake science, excessive whining about research suppression: Dr. Hidaeka Tsuda demonstrates that antineoplastons don’t work against colon cancer – Respectful Insolence

Here is a recently posted video on the same channel that did a movie about him: Dr. Tsuda explains 27 years of ANP research + randomized study now published on Vimeo:

Read the peer-reviewed randomized study of Antineoplastons: journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0120064

The day has finally come, all the complaining from the establishment about the lack of "independent randomized studies of Antineoplastons" will have to end. Will the NCI, ACS, and Wikipedia allow their websites/postings on Antineoplastons to be updated? Don't count on it. The only down side is, the Japanese were forced to "water down" and "downplay" the significance of the studies in exchange for allowing it to be published by the team of oncology peer-reviewers at PLoS ONE (Public Library of Sciences) - PLoS ONE might catch some heat for doing the right thing here, they reviewed this manuscript and kept watering it down for over a YEAR before accepting it for publication. The Japanese were forced to say things like "Overall survival was not statistically improved" even though the survival was DOUBLE in the Antineoplastons group. They also had to say "Antineoplastons (A10 Injection and AS2-1) might be useful" - instead of "Is useful", etc. Baby steps, we guess.

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After all the billions of dollars thrown into the system I really hope that one of these therapies pans out and actually reaches the glorious licensed medical market. Will it be a colorful iconoclastic character like Burzynski or a improbably capable and idealistic crew at the helm of a big pharma company?

Within 10 or 15 years it should be possible to get a 3D printed personal dose of peptides to combat cancer alongside careful distillations of active compounds in cannabis. Why not? Shut down the war machine, slash the marketing budget and get on with it, people…

Charles Blair Hill, bleeding to death at hands of the SFPD cops, or dying from FDA corruption vs cancer-curing treatments of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski

It's a grim world out there... caught a couple videos worth reviewing.

SFPD wastes this guy & then he bleeds to death. The guy was alleged to have a firearm, and defenders of the police are already claiming bystanders snagged the gun. In any case it is an excellent sign the people are angry & increasing on-the-street resistance to state violence. Corporate report - SFPD Shoot, Kill Alleged Armed Man In Bayview - News Story - KTVU San Francisco.

Following video is graphic - well it's a police victim dying for no reason. Sorry, Charles.


Calls for action are popping up on Indybay - RAGE IN THE STREETS: Cops Kill Again! : Indybay. Also 'some anarchists' are posting notices like this: "War on the Pigs": a statement from last night's march against the police.

Whether we like it or not, this city is a fucking war-zone. For the second time in as many weeks, police officers have murdered someone in cold blood. Yesterday, they murdered a 19 year old in the Bayview district. For the crime of not paying his $2 bus fare, he was executed by SFPD; shot ten times in front of a crowd. On July 3rd, BART police responding to a report of a man too drunk to stand, arrived at Civic Center Station and shot Charles Hill within a minute of their arrival, killing him as well. His crime: being broke and homeless in a city that fucking despises us.

And so, within a few hours of hearing word of SFPD's latest atrocity, we called for a march against the police in the Mission District. About 100 of us gathered, donned masks, and marched down Valencia St. toward the Mission Police Station. We attacked the first pig car that approached. We attacked ATMs and a Wells Fargo as well. We upturned newspaper boxes and trash bins, throwing them into the streets at the encroaching riot cops. We screamed in the pigs faces and confronted them at their front door. By 1AM we had dispersed without arrest.

This march comes on the heels of Monday's attack on the BART system in response to the murder of Charles Hill. Again, over 100 of us clogged the BART system, blocking trains, vandalizing machines and bringing the rail system to a grinding halt. For over three hours BART suffered system-wide delays and the BART police were forced to close several stations throughout the city. After being forced out of the system, we took the streets in an impromptu march. Causing havoc and avoiding two attempts by the police to kettle us. The march ended in a heated stand-off with SFPD in front of hundreds of tourists at the Powell St. plaza.

In reporting this we hope to make it obvious: we will no longer allow the police (regardless of what badge they wear) to murder us in the streets. When they kill, we will respond with force. These two marches along with the burgeoning revolt in Bayview are only a beginning. We do not care about their attempts at justifying themselves. In each of these killings they claim that their lives were in danger. We say they lie, but honestly don't care either way. As the State has removed any illusion that it exists to serve or protect people, we can see clearly that it exists only to push us into prisons and to shoot us in cold blood. Two single dollars are worth more to them than our lives. The very existence of the police clearly endangers all of us, and we won't be safe until they are destroyed.

WAR ON THE POLICE
WAR ON THE BART SYSTEM
WAR ON THE MUNI SYSTEM

Stay tuned,

some anarchists in the Bay Area

Also a press conference for tomorrow:

Monday, July 18 · 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location Corner of 3rd & Oakdale, SF Bayview District

WHAT :

Press Conference
hosted by SF Education NOt Incarceration,
Idriss Stelley Foundation
& the SF Bayview Newspaper

WHEN:

Monday July 18, 2001, noon time

WHERE :

Corner of 3rd Street & Oakdale
(MUNI Transportation: T-Lightrail, 24 Divisadero)

WHY :

On Saturday July 16, at 4:40 pm. a 19 yr Youth was shot 6 to 10 times by SFPD, and his lifeless body was left in plain view in a pool of blood.
His heinous crime... lack of a MUNI transfer.....
This killing happened 13 days after the lethal shooting of homeless Charles Blair Hill on a Civic Center BART platform by BART police

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH ! NO MORE STOLEN LIVES!

HOW:

The Bayview community and grassroots entities fighting against police terror are engaging the press and our shattered community to bring light on this senseless killing.
The People demand the creation of a SF Civilian Review Board !

We also demand an independent FBI investigation of this latest PD Homicide.

SF Current DA George Gascon, as former SFPD Chief, encounters a major conflict of interests and should NOT be involved of the investigation,

This new PD assassination will be addressed on an ongoing basis, until our demands are met,
and also addressed in the forefront of our later critical mass event in front of SF City Hall,
on Saturday, August 20, 2011, 2 to 5 pm:
"FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE & POLICE STATE TERROR"

FOR MORE INFO:
call Idriss Stelley Foundation hotline at 415-595-8251

Please join our FACEBOOK group under 'Idriss Stelley Foundation'
for continuing law enforcement accountability coverage , locally and nationwide.

In Unity & Respect
ISF STAFF

So this is just one example of street level state violence.
But what about the corrupt disaster of the health industry? I mainly wanted to post a really nifty documentary on the corrupt cancer industry. In Minnesota, former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is now working as an oncology lobbyist, rigorously enforcing our local version of the cancer cartel. The Mayo Clinic is also a player in the FDA racket coverup going on.
On the stylistic-vs-substantive level, this documentary is so damn rigorous in its sourcing presentation, no doctor in their right mind could really attack the bulk of the medical evidence & overall high-level chicanery going on here. I won't even get into the details, just check it out!
‪Burzynski: Cancer is Serious Business FDA Tyranny‬‏ - YouTube

The trillion dollar cancer industry has been waging an illegal and immoral war on Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski for years, attempting to stop him... that's right, STOP him, from saving the lives of cancer sufferers through the use of his patented breakthrough therapy, which uses a natural and non-toxic substance called antineoplastons. This video tells the story of how Dr. Burzynski, and the patients his therapy has cured of what are normally terminal cancers, have fought the FDA and the big drug companies who have continually and systematically tried to discredit and punish a man who's only purpose in life has been to develop and perfect a life-giving and non-toxic cure for the disease of the 20th century. Please spread the word about Dr. Burznski and donate to the cause or offer your support in any way you can. Don't let the in-humane and evil actions of the FDA (the puppet of the drug industry) destroy the hope of millions of cancer sufferers around the world. It's time to unite.... Go to burzynskiclinic.com for more info.


Earlier: Canadian discovers hemp oil cures cancer... hoax or another typical moment in the pharma-industrial-death complex? | HongPong.com (March 2008) ... We need to look at Burzynski, the THC research & etc to really determine the most effective ways to treat cancer... not relying on garbage chemo & radiation to kill people. Just like with needless police violence, we could transcend a lot of this suffering so easily, if not for ignorance & nasty rentier lobbies, profiting off the scheme.

The Kids Ain't All Right: FDA: Vitamin C illegal; Top 10 pharma drugz, SSRI, Chantex, Paxil, spawn violent acts at shocking rates as the Scientific Method Published Paper system proves corrupt spoofer of Null Hypotheses! Medical treatment gigafails

“It’s like an epidemic, in the sense that they’re infected with these wrong ideas, and they’re spreading it to other researchers through journals.” -- Dr. John Ioannidis

I can't recommend NaturalNews.com enough. For excellent info that has helped me quite a bit thru a still-dubious diet but now with key supplements (Omega-3 fish oil & Vitamin D with extra C - truly a complex formula), I have avoided serious illness quite well. I used to get colds a lot more often until I started taking Vitamin D. Along with attempting to keep the apartment cleaner (New yrz Resolution) and sleeping more regular/sane hours, I think the back-to-basics approach of websites like NaturalNews helps a lot.

There's a whole history of battle between homeopathic and allopathic medicine, it's interesting. Look how today instead of preventative Vitamin D supplements to the population, the allopathic-style Public Health system provides subsidized and basically disgusting flu vaccines.

NaturalNews reports (without much hyperbole as it turns out) the FDA is trying to eliminate injectable Vitamin C , a fascinating treatment. Fans of the new Food "Safety" bill will surely love the letter, tone & logic of the Letter of Administrative Diktat!


Unapproved New Drug and Misbranding Violations
In addition to violating CGMPs, you manufacture and market unapproved new drugs in violation of sections 505(a) and 502(f)(1) [21 U.S.C. §§ 355(a) and 352(f)(1)] of the Act. Based on the information your firm submitted to FDA’s Drug Registration and Listing System and the information collected during the inspection of your facility, you manufacture the following prescription drugs, including, but not limited to:
Ascor L 500, Ascorbic Acid Injection, USP, 500 mg/mL in 50 mL vial (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
Ascorbic Acid Injection, USP, 500 mg/mL in a 50 mL vial ((b)(6))
Ascor L NC, Ascorbic Acid Injection, USP, Non-Corn Source (500 mg/mL in 50 mL vial) (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
Magnesium Chloride Injection, 200 mg/mL, in 50 mL Multi-Dose vial (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
Magnesium Chloride Injection, 200 mg/mL, in 50 mL Multi-Dose vial ((b)(6))
Vitamin B-Complex 100 Injection, 30 mL Multi-Dose vial (McGuff Pharmaceuticals)
These products are drugs within the meaning of section 201(g) of the Act, [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)] because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases. Further, they are “new drugs” within the meaning of section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(p)] because they are not generally recognized as safe and effective for their labeled uses.
Under sections 301(d) and 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. §§ 331(d) and 355(a)] a new drug may not be introduced into or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce unless an application approved by FDA under either section 505(b) or (j) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 355(b) or (j)] is in effect for the drug. Based on our information, you do not have any FDA-approved applications on file for these drug products. The marketing of these products, or other applicable products, without an approved application constitutes a violation of these provisions of the Act.

Additionally, because the above products are intended for conditions that are not amenable to self-diagnosis and treatment by individuals who are not medical practitioners, adequate directions cannot be written for them so that a layman can use this product safely for its intended uses. Consequently, their labeling fails to bear adequate directions for their intended uses, causing it to be misbranded under section 502(f)(1) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 352(f)(1)] Because your products lack required approved applications, they are not exempt under 21 C.F.R. § 201.115 from the requirements of section 502(f)(1) of the Act. The introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of these products therefore violates sections 301(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C § 331(a)].

You should discontinue manufacturing and distributing all of your unapproved drugs at all facilities immediately. For questions about the regulatory status of your drugs, contact Kathleen Joyce, at 301-796-3329. For assistance in communicating with the FDA concerning the application process for your unapproved drug(s), contact FDA's unapproved drugs coordinator, Dr. Sally Loewke, at 301-796-0710.
To ensure that all drugs marketed in the U.S., prescription and over-the-counter, have been shown to be safe and effective, FDA published a Compliance Policy Guide (CPG) Section 440.100, Marketed Unapproved Drugs,
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformati.... FDA expects manufacturers of products requiring approval to submit applications to the agency showing that their products are safe and effective. The CPG describes the very strict criteria under which the Act permits drugs to be marketed without approval. The CPG also outlines the Agency’s enforcement policies aimed at efficiently and rationally bringing all drugs requiring approved applications into the approval process.
Translation: VITAMIN C (ascorbic acid) is an UNAPPROVED DRUG! All they gotta do is declare this for the rest of the nutrients, and then Total Eugenics would logically be complete eh? :-D Magnesium chloride may help with twitchy nervous systems, depressed immune systems and tumors as well, so you can see why they'd want something so simple off the market. Interesting stuff there with magnesium, which is kind of overlooked in general & needs to be balanced properly with calcium....

If you flood out yr system with Vitamin C (and of course lots of fluids to balance it & flush everything along), a lot of malicious cells including tumors and flu virus infestations can be attacked much more efficiently by immune cells. I think chemically it's akin to giving yr micro-troopers trillions of little swords to whack at the cells they can identify. Some poor guy about to die from the flu in the hospital finally got a batch of injection-grade Vitamin C and recovered, much to the chagrin of the two medical facilities that squirmed under this demand of the family.


(NaturalNews) The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) recently published a study in the journal PLoS One highlighting the worst prescription drug offenders that cause patients to become violent. Among the top-ten most dangerous are the antidepressants Pristiq (desvenlafaxine), Paxil (paroxetine) and Prozac (fluoxetine).
Concerns about the extreme negative side effects of many popular antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs have been on the rise, as these drugs not only cause severe health problems to users, but also pose a significant threat to society. The ISMP report indicates that, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System, many popular drugs are linked even to homicides.
Most of the drugs in the top ten most dangerous are antidepressants, but also included are an insomnia medication, an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug, a malaria drug and an anti-smoking medication.
As reported in Time, the top ten list is as follows:
10. Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) - An antidepressant that affects serotonin and noradrenaline. The drug is 7.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
9. Venlafaxine (Effexor) - An antidepressant that treats anxiety disorders. The drug is 8.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
8. Fluvoxamine (Luvox) - A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) drug that is 8.4 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
7. Triazolam (Halcion) - A benzodiazepine drug for insomnia that is 8.7 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
6. Atomoxetine (Strattera) - An ADHD drug that is 9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
5. Mefoquine (Lariam) - A malaria drug that is 9.5 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
4. Amphetamines - This general class of ADHD drug is 9.6 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
3. Paroxetine (Paxil) - An SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.3 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs. It is also linked to severe withdrawal symptoms and birth defects.
2. Fluoxetine (Prozac) - A popular SSRI antidepressant drug that is 10.9 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
1. Varenicline (Chantix) - An anti-smoking drug that is a shocking 18 times more likely to be associated with violence than other drugs.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031017_violence_prescription_drugs.html#ixzz1BFTXfaMd
Briefly turning to the Scientific Method Fail which underlies the sorry state of health and medicine nowadays, this new article in the Atlantic is kind of amazing (h/t cryptogon.com):
Lies, Damned Lies, and Medical Science
Much of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong. So why are doctors—to a striking extent—still drawing upon misinformation in their everyday practice? Dr. John Ioannidis has spent his career challenging his peers by exposing their bad science.
..........] “Randomized controlled trials,” which compare how one group responds to a treatment against how an identical group fares without the treatment, had long been considered nearly unshakable evidence, but they, too, ended up being wrong some of the time. “I realized even our gold-standard research had a lot of problems,” he says. Baffled, he started looking for the specific ways in which studies were going wrong. And before long he discovered that the range of errors being committed was astonishing: from what questions researchers posed, to how they set up the studies, to which patients they recruited for the studies, to which measurements they took, to how they analyzed the data, to how they presented their results, to how particular studies came to be published in medical journals.

This array suggested a bigger, underlying dysfunction, and Ioannidis thought he knew what it was. “The studies were biased,” he says. “Sometimes they were overtly biased. Sometimes it was difficult to see the bias, but it was there.” Researchers headed into their studies wanting certain results—and, lo and behold, they were getting them. We think of the scientific process as being objective, rigorous, and even ruthless in separating out what is true from what we merely wish to be true, but in fact it’s easy to manipulate results, even unintentionally or unconsciously. “At every step in the process, there is room to distort results, a way to make a stronger claim or to select what is going to be concluded,” says Ioannidis. “There is an intellectual conflict of interest that pressures researchers to find whatever it is that is most likely to get them funded.”

Perhaps only a minority of researchers were succumbing to this bias, but their distorted findings were having an outsize effect on published research. To get funding and tenured positions, and often merely to stay afloat, researchers have to get their work published in well-regarded journals, where rejection rates can climb above 90 percent. Not surprisingly, the studies that tend to make the grade are those with eye-catching findings. But while coming up with eye-catching theories is relatively easy, getting reality to bear them out is another matter. The great majority collapse under the weight of contradictory data when studied rigorously. Imagine, though, that five different research teams test an interesting theory that’s making the rounds, and four of the groups correctly prove the idea false, while the one less cautious group incorrectly “proves” it true through some combination of error, fluke, and clever selection of data. Guess whose findings your doctor ends up reading about in the journal, and you end up hearing about on the evening news? Researchers can sometimes win attention by refuting a prominent finding, which can help to at least raise doubts about results, but in general it is far more rewarding to add a new insight or exciting-sounding twist to existing research than to retest its basic premises—after all, simply re-proving someone else’s results is unlikely to get you published, and attempting to undermine the work of respected colleagues can have ugly professional repercussions.

[............] But even if a study managed to highlight a genuine health connection to some nutrient, you’re unlikely to benefit much from taking more of it, because we consume thousands of nutrients that act together as a sort of network, and changing intake of just one of them is bound to cause ripples throughout the network that are far too complex for these studies to detect, and that may be as likely to harm you as help you. Even if changing that one factor does bring on the claimed improvement, there’s still a good chance that it won’t do you much good in the long run, because these studies rarely go on long enough to track the decades-long course of disease and ultimately death. Instead, they track easily measurable health “markers” such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood-sugar levels, and meta-experts have shown that changes in these markers often don’t correlate as well with long-term health as we have been led to believe.

On the relatively rare occasions when a study does go on long enough to track mortality, the findings frequently upend those of the shorter studies. (For example, though the vast majority of studies of overweight individuals link excess weight to ill health, the longest of them haven’t convincingly shown that overweight people are likely to die sooner, and a few of them have seemingly demonstrated that moderately overweight people are likely to live longer.) And these problems are aside from ubiquitous measurement errors (for example, people habitually misreport their diets in studies), routine misanalysis (researchers rely on complex software capable of juggling results in ways they don’t always understand), and the less common, but serious, problem of outright fraud (which has been revealed, in confidential surveys, to be much more widespread than scientists like to acknowledge).
All fascinating stuff there, read the whole thing. A final clipping from the Dec 13 210 issue of the New Yorker lays out how the whole scientific method has been corroded quite badly. From the entirely arbitrary 95% confidence level to the failure of journals to publish solid "null hypothesis = confirmed" (i.e. negative results) type studies, a situation has emerged where Big Pharma in particular nails a study or 2 proving their drug actually works, and better than a placebo.

Then the efficacy drops and drops until it becomes clear that, with SSRIs for example, they are not really better than placebos at all. But those studies aren't published -- so there's now virtually a 'decay rate' in the veracity of 'scientifically proven' concepts across the board! The Decline Effect and the Scientific Method - The Truth Wears Off - Is there something wrong with the scientific method?
- But now all sorts of well-established, multiply confirmed findings have started to look increasingly uncertain. It’s as if our facts were losing their truth: claims that have been enshrined in textbooks are suddenly unprovable. This phenomenon doesn’t yet have an official name, but it’s occurring across a wide range of fields, from psychology to ecology. In the field of medicine, the phenomenon seems extremely widespread, affecting not only antipsychotics but also therapies ranging from cardiac stents to Vitamin E and antidepressants: Davis has a forthcoming analysis demonstrating that the efficacy of antidepressants has gone down as much as threefold in recent decades. For many scientists, the effect is especially troubling because of what it exposes about the scientific process. If replication is what separates the rigor of science from the squishiness of pseudoscience, where do we put all these rigorously validated findings that can no longer be proved? Which results should we believe? Francis Bacon, the early-modern philosopher and pioneer of the scientific method, once declared that experiments were essential, because they allowed us to “put nature to the question.” But it appears that nature often gives us different answers.
Read more @ http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/12/13/101213fa_fact_lehrer
Stunning stuff! Now get back to your delicious FDA scientifically approved Drugz, Consumer Goods & Food Additives! And drink Moar Fluoridated water while yr at it....
Oh yeah, Happy New Year - the Fedz actually declared it's time to reduce the fluoride because it's toxic at the level of 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L, now ordered to be set at 0.7 mg/L only (as if this magic, singular correct number can actually be achieved at all times). You can chime in! "HHS will accept comments from the public and stakeholders on the proposed recommendation for 30 days, beginning January 13, at CWFcomments@cdc.gov." Quit adding the toxic waste, you jokers :-P It's disgusting, and is instructed, in California for example, to be maintained within "1.1 to 1.7" in colder areas. That's almost half of the 4mg/L which the EPA says is officially frickin Toxic.

Defund fluoride and its violence-inducing derivatives like Fluoxetine.... Magnesium and Vitamin C for all!

Teacher! Leave those kids alone - Psychiatric coercive schools for youth & teens; Elan, Teen Challenge, therapeutic boarding school trade associations, very dark rooms & mass drugging for minors

The kids ain't all right, with a steady diet of ennui, blinking lights and stimulants, things are looking grim. I bumped into a pile of research about frequently coercive residential education sites for teens and children. It's a troubling area... I feel quite fortunate I never had an upbringing to cross paths with creepy behavior modification like this. Overall my education was pretty cool but that was due to good fortune -- how many smart and awesome people were damaged, traumatized, committed suicide, got abused, raped, etc due to programs like these?

Texas Youth abuse followups: Earlier on HongPong March 2007: Late Breaking: Upcoming Texas Youth Commission Rove-sparked pedophilia scandal promises to kill off Gonzales??!! | HongPong.com Well that got papered over. Blog: peopleagainstprisonabuse.com/blog/. Update: Report: Juvenile Correction Agency Has Improved — Texas Youth Commission | The Texas Tribune. Panel urges TYC get 6 more years. Texas Youth Commission had 4100 young inmates 5 years ago, now fewer than 1600. Texas Kaos:: Texas Youth Commission Abuses Make the News Again.

Don't miss Dr. Gabor Maté on ADHD, Bullying and the Destruction of American Childhood && Incarcerated kids drugged with antipsychotics.

"Fifty years ago, we were tying kids up with leather straps, but now that offends people, so instead we drug them," Robert Jacobs, a former Florida psychologist and lawyer who now practices psychology in Australia, told Kelly. "We cover it up with some justification that there is some medical reason, which there is not," he said. The atypical drugs include Bristol-Myer Squibb's Abilify, Pfizer's Geodon, Seroquel from AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly's Zyprexa, and Risperdal and Invega from Johnson & Johnson.

A lot of schools have shut down in part because of the "Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009" - Official summary - The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009 | EdLabor Journal | Committee on Education and Labor

Some of the stuff is just weird. Some shocking. Minors have basically no rights when their parents send them off. Techniques of control include methods derived from Esalen Institute, and other weird group therapy approaches. Early orgs included the odd Synanon, and later CEDU set up by Mel Wasserman.

The industry term has become Therapeutic boarding schools and the trade association is National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. Here is the giant index of schools. (Scribd here)

The Troubled Teen Industry is pretty creepy. 2006 book: Help at Any Cost which linked the methods to the classic 70s group therapy soft cult 'Est' or Erhard Seminars Training.

This reddit thread incited me to pull these links together -Even skimming this post once will blow your mind, most probably think thats its made up but you would be dead wrong : self

Possibly the most controversial is called Élan School in Maine. A whole batch of Élan material is out there: The Elan School Former Resident Guestbook tumblr.

Élan's official forum posts are left unlocked right now - let's see a really sad one. First phone call | Elan School

Our 13 year old son has been at Elan since May 1. We've been told that he is behaving just as one would expect...lots of behaviour issues. We have finally accepted his last guilt letter and have just set up a date/time for our first phone call to him which is supposed to take place on Wednesday. I am feeling very anxious about speaking with him. He told his staff person that he is planning to try and manipulate me into feeling guilty enough that I will want to take him home. I have no intention of taking him out of the program. Our decision to send him to Elan was made because Mitchell's attitude, behaviour and conduct had reached such offensive proportions that we believed that if we didn't take drastic action he would some day end up either in jail or dead. As it is, the day my husband flew down to see the school, personally hand in his application materials and meet with the admissions team, Mitchell was arrested and charged with criminal charges. Mitchell's attendence at Elan was sanctioned by the crown attorney. Who knows what the outcome of his trial would have been?
The bottom line here is we have our first phone call approaching, we know he is going to manipulate us, and I don't want the phone call to turn into an argument which will leave us angry and disappointed. Does anyone have any advice to help us prepare?
Sandy :arrow:

Wow that is a pretty grim Stockholm Syndrome or something remark. The reddit peeps dug thru these pretty well.

Program Staff Information for Élan. Old Elan forum.

More programs - Wilderness Adirondack Leadership Expeditions. Bridges Boys Academy in Oregon.

The Straight mishmash of shells: Convoluted chain of these organizations....Straight, Incorporated collapsed. Help: Surviving Straight Inc - Home. Chart from here.

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In Minnesota a high profile one is Minnesota Teen Challenge, part of a larger Teen Challenge Network. pandagon.net - Klobuchar $500K for ex-gay ministry linked stuff. Positive coverage for heroin addicts recently - Recovering heroin users find help | mndaily.com - Serving the University of Minnesota Community Since 1900. & Also Minnesota Teen Challenge shares sobering, inspirational stories « Minnesota Prairie Roots.

They have a website up Home - Know the Truth - which is "This project was supported by Grant No. 2008-JL-FX-0073 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice." Glad to see FedGrants going to religious programs.

Behind the Walls: The Teen Challenge You Won't See. MN Teen Challenge got tangled up in the Tom Petters thing and the weird and Tom Petters-related figure Frank Vennes. Back in 2008 this was going around. Dump Michele Bachmann: Pardongate Update: KSTP Mentions Bachmann's Pardon Letter in Story About Vennes and Petters. Also Lloydletta's Nooz and Comments: Amy Klobuchar, Tom Petters and Minnesota Teen Challenge - Oh My!. Deeper bits: ‘Dirty money’: MN Teen Challenge returned Bachmann’s contribution « Minnesota Independent. And MinnPost - Teen Challenge's Petters investments: a wake-up call for nonprofits.

One entry - Minnesota Teen Challenge Sober Living home in Minneapolis MN. Older: Investigating Teen Challenge

Via Heal-Online.org -Abusive Teen "Treatment" Centers, Programs, Boot Camps, Wilderness Camps, and Cults Exposed!

Minnesota Teen Challenge in Minneapolis, MN is highly suspected of being a teen torture facility.  Teen Challenge is the only group of programs endorsed by the Drug Free America Foundation (DFAF).  DFAF was founded by Mel Sembler, former owner and director of Straight, Inc. a confirmedly torturous group of institutions for teens.   Straight, Inc. was endorsed by former US presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.  In George W. Bush’s first term (2000-2004) he appointed Mel Sembler as US ambassador to Italy.  George W. Bush instituted the “New Freedom Commission” in 2000.  The “New Freedom Commission” is a group of psychiatrists and pharmaceutical lobbyists working to insure that every child in America is drugged and virtually enslaved through behavior modification.  Please do not sent your child to any Teen Challenge program. If you were abused or had your rights violated by Teen Challenge, please contact us and we will post your story here as a warning to others.  To view confirmed statements regarding abuse at other Teen Challenge programs, click here. To read about Straight, Inc. and the Semblers, please click here. To visit a survivor site for Teen Challenge survivors, click here.   For staff and background info, click here.

Mel Sembler is a longtime GOP player & hardcore fundraiser of the sketchier sort, and was even chair of the Scooter Libby Legal Defense Trust. He set up the deeply devious DFAF Drug Free America Foundation. See the 1989 Doonesbury cartoon mocking his purchase of an ambassadorship: sembler political contributions.

Also The Institute on Global Drug Policy and Practice :: Volume 4, Issues 3 - Fall 2010 is related. In another example of propaganda via Federal Cash, see "This project was supported by Grant No. 2005-JL-FX-0128 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice" - Yuck! OJP Strikes again!

More links for support & help from WebDiva.org ;

  • Alledged abuses at Straight, Springfield, VA
  • Virginia Letter to Deny License
  • Republicans and Straight
  • Straight Court Cases
  • Mel Sembler, Straight's Founder, buying his ambassadorships?
  • Flowchart of Straight's History

    Links:

  • Straight Inc. Alumni - The largest online group of ex-straightlings. Great for locating people as well as discussing your experiences and trauma related to attending straight and/or programs like it. All are welcome!
  • Fornits - A huge online discussion forum bringing together people who were in straight, Pathways, WWASP (World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools), Kids Helping Kids, Aspen Group, The Seed, Elan School, wilderness programs, Brat Camp, CEDU/Brown Schools, Hidden Lake Academy, Hyde Schools, Daytop Village, Growing Together/L.I.F.E., Mission Mountain School, Synanon, Kids of North Jersey and more. You may rema
    in completely anonymous on this discussion forum if you wish.
  • The Rick Ross Institute on Straight Inc. - This page contains information The Rick A. Ross Institute has gathered about Straight Inc.
  • Quackwatch - Quackwatch, Inc., which was a member of Consumer Federation of America from 1973 through 2003, is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on > quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969 as the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud, it was incorporated in 1970. In 1997, it assumed its current name and began developing a worldwide network of volunteers and expert advisors.
  • Teen Advocates USA - Founded in 1999 by Barbe Stamps, Teen Advocates USA is a non-profit children's rights and advocacy organization focused on monitoring the care and treatment of youth by the privatized behavior modification industry.
  • Teen Liberty - Protecting the Civil and Human Rights of Teens.
  • A Clockwork Straight -The most extensive website about straight, documenting it's past, present and future.
  • The Trebach Report
  • OVer the GW- New movie about a straight offspring (Kids Helping Kids) .
  • Surviving Straight, Inc. In their Own Words!
  • Kimberly's Story- Kimberly's Personal Story
  • Ginger's Story - Ginger's personal story.
  • The Agitator - The daily writings of Radley Balko, the author of the Fox Newsarticle.
  • SelfGrowth.com - SelfGrowth.com is the most complete guide to information about Self -Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. It is designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web.

Another collapsed Mormon related org is World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

More benign silliness: Red Letter Ministries | Live a lifestyle of rapture! and the popular YouTube - How To Get High Without Any Drugs via | Bachmann Gave To MN Addiction Recovery Center Credited With Exorcisms. Enjoy the Mn Teen Challenge Occult Booklet!

Best regards & stay safe out there, don't let the hierarchies & trauma based behavior modification crush ya spirit!

Kanye West Masonic/Egyptian "Power"; Viktor Bout's Back Baby! Videobits, FDA criminal Pfizer shell company & newstuff

"In the threatening situation of the world today, when people are beginning to see that everything is at stake, the projection-creating fantasy soars beyond the realm of earthly organizations and powers into the heavens, into interstellar space, where the rulers of human fate, the gods, once had their abode in the planets.... Even people who would never have thought that a religious problem could be a serious matter that concerned them personally are beginning to ask themselves fundamental questions. Under these circumstances it would not be at all surprising if those sections of the community who ask themselves nothing were visited by `visions,' by a widespread myth seriously believed in by some and rejected as absurd by others."

--C. G. Jung, in Flying Saucers

Huge messy post of videos & linx to throw at ya... Even The Amazonian Tribe Losing Their Land To Drilling Hated Avatar | Best Week Ever
Marco Brambilla has a style for our time, no doubt about it. Before Kanye, he did this as a kind of hotel video mural:

Damn Kanye West video "Power" got some one hell of a Masonic/Egyptian thing going on, you don't want to miss this. Another excellent piece from VC....Kanye West's "Power": The Occult Meaning of its Symbols | The Vigilant Citizen:

So Kanye stands at the gateway between the corrupt world of the profane and the exclusive world of the illuminated, wearing a Horus pendant, an unmistakable symbol of the Mysteries. One might say: “Well maybe Kanye just likes Egyptian things.” Maybe so, but in the context of this video, where all details are important and extremely meaningful, Horus becomes another piece of this symbolic puzzle.
Horned Girls - The entrance of the gateway of pillars is guarded by two horned albino girls holding a staff. Their features are very reminiscent of depictions of Isis and Hathor, goddesses of ancient Egypt. Another allusion to Egyptian magic......

.......This “moving painting” is definitely a multi-layered artwork, with many levels of interpretation: the first level is a commentary on power by using timeless symbols taken from ancient art; the second level describes a Masonic initiation with a ritual murder and an imminent rebirth.

This video lasts a mere minute and forty-three seconds but it manages to give the viewers plenty to ponder on and many symbols to decode. Looking at its meaning from a pop culture point of view, it is interesting to note that this short-film, intended to be viewed by the general public (especially young people), describes the concept of power with overt Masonic symbolism and occult references. This causes the uninformed viewers to unconsciously associate those symbols with the concept of Power, while “those in the know” get the “insider’s wink” sent by this video. Power ultimately becomes another piece in the on-going process called the “Revelation of the Method,” where the true source of power gradually and subliminally reveals itself to the world and occult rituals take place right in front of the public’s eyes.

Fantastic stuff, shocking. Beat that, cults of yore!

Viktor Bout's back, baby!
This is one lolcat who knows way to much about everything going on, in re Afghanistan etc.

A ton of documentary evidence of Israeli espionage released @ Institute for Research on Middle Eastern policy -- all the deets on The Atlantic and the new push for Iran, awesomeness. All the documents are out! The Israel Lobby Swims The Atlantic by Grant Smith -- Antiwar.com // How propagandists function: Exhibit A - Glenn Greenwald.

This is great - NY Post spoof of Weekender Commercial. Might recognize some people :)

The NY Post's (unofficial) response to the New York Times Weekender commercial - watch more funny videos

David Icke says there is a Moon Matrix. Wow dude there wasn't too much soft sell in front of this one.

He takes the manipulation of the human race and the nature of reality to still new levels of understanding and he calls for humanity to rise from its knees and take back the world from the sinister network of families and non-human entities that covertly control us from cradle to grave.
David has moved the global cutting edge so many times since his incredible ‘awakening’ in 1990 and here he does it again - and then some.
His most staggering revelation is that the Earth and the collective human mind is manipulated from the Moon, which, he says, is not a ‘heavenly body’, but an artificial construct – a gigantic ‘spacecraft’ (probably a hollowed-out 'planetoid') – which is home to the extraterrestrial group that has been manipulating humanity for aeons.
He describes what he calls the ‘Moon Matrix’, a fake reality broadcast from the Moon which is decoded by the human body/mind in much the same way as portrayed in the Matrix movie trilogy. The Moon Matrix has ‘hacked’ into the human ‘body-computer’ system, he says, and it is feeding us a manipulated sense of self and the world 24/7.

All right here's something more serious. Pharmacia & Upjohn Co. Inc, 2007, FAKE PFIZER ILLEGAL OPS SHELL CORPORATION... Those people at the FDA let Pfizer set up a shell company to crush for illegal operations, because they recognized Pfizer's huge illegal activities would kill them by kickin em off Medicare/Medicaid. They set up a shell for the illegal marketing of Bextra for surgical pain, at double the max approved dose, 40mg. Criminal deviants!Feds found Pfizer too big to nail, so they looked the other way on massive fraud. WOW.

Great story from Princeton and a bit of Macalester, Elite Deviance and spoofing to get thru academia, scholarships & meritocracy: Lost in the Meritocracy - Magazine - The Atlantic
The Garbage patch Mapped, a Way Bigger Deal that Global Warming - Massive North Atlantic Garbage Patch Mapped | Wired Science | Wired.com // Holy rainbow! Rare Buddha's Halo appears over mountain in China | Mail Online // Woods Hole says oil trapped deep, degrading very slowly - The Boston Globe
You won't believe this - At last. Someone is standing up to the anonymous web trolls | Paul Harris | From the Observer | The Observer
Federal Helium Reserve cashing out way too fast!! Damn!!Nobel prizewinner: We are running out of helium - opinion - 18 August 2010 - New Scientist
Wikitime: New Statesman - Why WikiLeaks must be protected // Julian Assange: The end of secrets? - opinion - 16 August 2010 - New Scientist // Why won't the Pentagon help WikiLeaks redact documents? - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com // Wikileaks Lawyer Says Pentagon Given Access to Unpublished Secret Documents - Newsweek // It all starts with http://www.cypherpunks.to/faq/cyphernomicron/cyphernomicon.txt // More Wikileaks Vapid Media Froth
Michael Moore praises suspected WikiLeaks source | MichaelMoore.com
Kewl / funny video performance from the RNC8 Defense Committee: Pointing Out the Enemy: Resistance to Tyranny //Louisville: No One Expects the Conspiracy: Puppets and State Repression - Infoshop News

Guest Post: The Failure of the Second London Gold Pool | zero hedge:

It looks like the demise of the gold price suppression scheme is very close at hand. Over the years GATA has uncovered a lot of anecdotal and circumstantial evidence that the Western central banks have been dishoarding gold at an unsustainable rate in order to suppress the price. This is the first concrete evidence that, just as GATA has long been predicting, the gold price is set to blow up because physical demand for gold is overwhelming the manipulators’ ability, or willingness, to provide it.

Moar - Guest Post: Preserve and Protect: Mapping The Tipping Points | zero hedge // Visualizing America's Surging Personal Bankruptcy Filings | zero hedge // Second Hindenburg Omen Confirmation In As Many Days, Third H.O. Event In One Week Fun stuff - Policy Center - Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information - SunlightFoundation.com

New frontiers of autism --2 Moms Reverse Autism in Sons - NaturalNews.tv it turns out that gluten free / casein free diets are doing wonders. This video is freaky but seems to have a happy ending. Reverse Autism Now | Learn How To Help Your Autistic Child Today

Our Views on Autism | Reverse Autism - interesting bits,,,,

The Sickness

Mainstream medicine defines autism most often as a brain disorder that affects 3 critical areas of development: communication, social, and creative or imaginative play. They don’t really talk about the “sickness” part. And by sickness, I’m talking about all of the things I saw happen to my son that had nothing to do with his brain. He stopped eating. He stopped talking. He stopped interacting. He went from a chubby little toddler to skin and bones with no muscle tone. He got dark rings around his eyes and started banging his head all the time. He wasn’t born like this, something had happened to him to make him sick.

Eventually, I found out that most people on the spectrum suffer from some, or all, of the following biological issues that have nothing to do with the brain:

  • Digestive Issues – Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Highly Selective Diet – They only eat a few foods or food types
  • Yeast Overgrowth – An unhealthy imbalance of good and bad yeast
  • Nutrient Depletion/Poor Absorption – Alarmingly low levels of certain vitamins and minerals.
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity – Alarmingly high levels of heavy metals in body tissue.
  • Body Detoxification Issues – Spectrum kids have a harder time ridding their bodies of toxins.

Leaving that there for now... would be great to have these data principles for public health disclosure: Policy Center - Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information - SunlightFoundation.com

More bits... Fidel Castro fascinated by book on Bilderberg Club - Yahoo! News //Sweden's Pirate Party to Host Wikileaks Servers | Digital Media Wire // From Blackstone to Bentham: Why Wrongful Conviction Is On The Rise // Who are The Other Guys? : Whistleblower Protection Blog //
BBC News - Fate of Universe revealed by galactic lens - lolcat neutrinos I expect...128865048419682268.jpg
More economic big bangs: Entering a Death Spiral?: Tensions Rise in Greece as Austerity Measures Backfire - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International // Desperate Dodd Grabbing at Straws to Stop Warren Nomination | Firedoglake // Pakistan floods satellite images compared | Fromtheold // Guest Post: What To Expect When You’re Expecting… Massive Defaults On Multiple Scales | zero hedge // Hello, We Lost Track of $25 Billion? | zero hedge // As Debate Over Bond Bubble Rages On, Gold Surges To Highest Since July 1 | zero hedge
A little Jung: I went looking for Jungian UFO material, just for lols - The Occult World of CG Jung | Features | Fortean Times  CG Jung Page - Archetypal UFO Research - An Introduction // UFOs & Alienz //Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) - New World Encyclopedia //Jung, C.G.; Hull, R.F.C., trans.: Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky. (From Vols. 10 and 18, Collected Works).
Psychosocial Hypothesis

Carl Jung, the famous psychologist, theorized that UFOs might have a primarily spiritual and psychological basis. In his 1959 book Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen In The Sky, he pointed out that the round shape of most saucers corresponds to a mandala, a type of archetypal shape seen in religiousimages. Thus the saucers might reflect a projection of the internal desires of viewers to see them. However, he did not label them as delusion or hallucination; rather he suggested something in the nature of a shared spiritual experience.

Carl Jung & the UFO Phenomenon // LOL Erowid Ayahuasca Vault - Ayahuasca-Alien connection! Carl Jung and Terrence McKenna on the UFO phenomenon // Unusual events...

Meanwhile in Chicago - Boss // Publishing zine adventures: iprc « meow & meow
What is the Historical Context for the Kennedy Assassination? Shades of Oswald! Lee-Harvey-Oswald-Not-Guilty: Man Arrested for Two Murders in One Hour Killed in Police Custody - this site is run by someone that knew him apparently?
// Goodbye to All This: On Leaving True/Slant - Mark Dery - Doom Patrol: Annals of Our Age - True/Slant //Former Bolivian dictator arrested on exposure charge, government says - CNN.com

Round N round it goes, as we move ever further away from the Teh Big Bang....

Titanium nanoparticle pollution cancer link; Morgellons via agrobacterium vectors, hemp oil again, plus today's WTO Swiss riot

It was just another day in Switzerland during Late Capitalism. The beloved World Trade Organization, having already helped bring about a huge collapse in global trade, decided they should have a meeting somewhere widely thought of as really rich and white.
It's been ten years since wily bad kids and the labor movement crashed their last gig... what could go wrong?
MOAR: The Associated Press: Geneva: Police use tear gas on WTO protest

So they went to Switzerland and people started lighting cars on fire... posted today:

The WTO is an avid defender of killing baby seals as well - graphic video!

Nanoparticles in Some Vitamins, Cosmetics, Sunscreens and Paint Cause Genetic Damage

Until recently, TiO2 nanoparticles have been labeled non-toxic because they do not cause chemical reactions. But new research just published in the journal Cancer Research demonstrates that it is the surface interaction the nanoparticles produce inside a body that causes genetic damage. Bottom line: the study conducted by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has revealed for the first time that TiO2 nanoparticles induce single and double-strand DNA breaks and cause chromosomal damage, as well as inflammation, all of which increase the risk of cancer.

In a statement to the media, senior study author Robert Schiestl, a UCLA professor of pathology, radiation oncology and environmental health sciences, stated these nanoparticles wander throughout the body causingoxidative stress, which can result in cell death. Once inside the body, the TiO2 nanoparticles accumulate in different organs because there is no way to eliminate them internally. And because the particles are so tiny, they can literally go anywhere -- even glide through cells to potentially disrupt body functions on a sub-cellular level.


Taliban cash!
In other marketing news, threat construction is still a hot industry in Washington: How the US Funds the Taliban via The Nation.

Kokesh gets hits: "The Federal Reserve is destroying America!" This guy Adam Kokesh is running for Congress under the hard right 'screw the fascists' sort of libertarian platform in New Mexico's 3rd CD. Yr typical liberals are upset with his style, here's a video with an ominous black balloon arc. This video from last October kind of captures the edgy somewhat PTSD/survivalism anti-fascist style, at, where else, a 9-11 Truth forum: "We're building a GI resistance movement" etc...
Kokesh is against the Federal Reserve and central banking, but pro-real 'capitalism' whatever that means these days. Kokesh, an Iraq/Fallujah veteran got arrested and has been with IVAW protests. Oh yea Wikipedia says he talked at Ron Paul's 2008 counter-RNC rally saying ""While it is our responsibility now to resist tyranny civilly, while we still can, there may come a time when we will say to the powers that be, be it with your blood or ours we have come to water the tree of liberty … who will stand with me?" So that kind of thing... If there were like fifty of these guys running for Congress would be nifty. On the other hand, the NM 3rd is very Democratic so it will be really hard for him to actually beat the incumbent there.

200911291713.jpgMorgellons update! As previously noted Morgellons are horrible weird evil fibers that are unknown in origin and the medical community doesn't really want to talk about 'em. This material is all from 2008, I haven't found new salient material...
An attorney sent over this note from GlobalResearch.ca: Agrobacterium & Morgellons Disease, A GM Connection?

Vitaly Citovsky is a professor of molecular and cell biology at Stony Brook University in New York (SUNY). He is a world authority on the genetic modification of cells by Agrobacterium, a soil bacterium causing crown gall disease in plants, that has been widely used in creating genetically modified (GM) plants since the 1980s because of its ability to transfer a piece of its genetic material, the T-DNA on its tumour-inducing (Ti) plasmid to the plant genome (see later for details).

Citovsky’s team took scanning electron microscope pictures of the fibres in or extruding from the skin of patients suffering from Morgellons disease, confirming that they are unlike any ordinary natural or synthetic fibres (see Fig. 1, assembled from Citovsky’s website [8]).

Figure 1. Scanning electron microscope images of fibres from skin biopsies of patients with Morgellons Disease - a, white fibre with calcite, scale bar 10 mm; b, green fibre with alumina ‘rock’ protruding, scale bar 20 mm; c, various ribbon-like, cylindrical and faceted fibres all coated with minerals, scale bar 10 mm; d, skin lesion with fibres stabbing through the epidermis, scale bar 300mm

They also analysed patients for Agrobacterium DNA. Skin biopsy samples from Morgellons patients were subjected to high-stringency polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for genes encoded by theAgrobacterium chromosome and also for Agrobacterium virulence (vir) genes and T-DNA on its Ti plasmid. They found that “all Morgellons patients screened to date have tested positive for the presence of Agrobacterium, whereas this microorganism has not been detected in any of the samples derived from the control, healthy individuals.” Their preliminary conclusion is that “Agrobacteriummay be involved in the etiology and/or progression” of Morgellons Disease.

.......San Francisco physician, Raphael Stricker, one of only a few doctors who believe the disease is real, said [9]. “There’s almost always some history of exposure to dirt basically either from gardening or camping or something.” He is one of the co-authors on the Agrobacterium research done in SUNY, which reported finding Agrobacterium DNA in all 5 Morgellons patients studied. Stricker suggests it is transmitted by ticks, like Lyme disease, and in a recent survey of 44 Morgellons patients in San Francisco, 43 of them also tested positive for the bacterium causing Lyme disease. Another factor consistent with Agrobacterium being a causative agent, if not the causative agent, is that when patients are treated with antibacterials for their Lyme disease, remission of Morgellons symptoms is seen in most of them [6].

Stricker also told his audience that Agrobacterium lives in the soil, and is known to cause infections in animals and human beings with compromised immune systems. It can cause skin lesions when injected into Swiss mice, a strain that is immune deficient, he said.

At this point, the findings on the Agrobacterium connection are still preliminary, as only seven patients have been studied. Nevertheless, the implications are far-reaching if this connection is confirmed, as existing evidence (reviewed below) suggests a link between Agrobacterium and genetic engineering in the creation of new disease agents, and it is paramount for the CDC investigation to include this aspect, if only to rule it out.

Agrobacterium and the genetic engineering connection

Agrobacterium not only infects human and other animal cells, it also transfers genes into them. It was SUNY professor Citovsky and his team that made the discovery some years ago [10]. Until then, the genetic engineering community had assumed that Agrobacterium did not infect animal cells, and certainly would not transfer genes into them.

Agrobacterium was found to transfer T-DNA into the chromosomes of human cells.

In stably transformed HeLa cells, the integration occurred at the right border of the T-DNA, exactly as would happen when it is being transferred into a plant cell genome, suggesting thatAgrobacterium transforms human cells by a mechanism similar to that involved in transforming plants cells (see Box 1). Human cancer cells, neurons and kidney cells were all transformed with theAgrobacterium T-DNA. Commenting on this research in 2001, Joe Cummins had warned of hazards to laboratory and farm workers [11] (i-sis news11/12)

The Agrobacterium vector system for gene transfer

Since the discovery in the 1970s that Agrobacterium can transfer genes into plants causing crown gall disease, the soil bacterium has been developed into a vector for inserting desirable genes into the plant genome to create transgenic (GM) plants [12].

More random notes: Morgellon’s Disease Linked to GM Food and Lyme Disease and Morgellons Disease: The Result of Genetically Modified Food?
A quick note on Hemp Oil curing cancer: The post on hemp oil and cancer is persistently popular here. Home page: Phoenix Tears - Promoting Hemp Oil as a natural healing agent... Now in the mix as American Medical Association Urges Federal Government to Support Medicinal Marijuana and naturally a story in High Times, High Times > Rick Simpson’s Hemp-oil Medicine.
How can anyone support these miscreants!? Get the Hemp Oil videos here....

The DSM-IV Bipolar Pharma-Industrial complex: I just saw an ad for Abilify, it's able to scare the hell outta me w 'Zombie'-like

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Pros: Gave me energy

Cons: then gave me akathisia and blurry vision

The new energy quickly morphed into marked akathisia. I couldn't not move for more then 5 minutes at a time, extreme restlessness, and extreme anxiety. The akathisia if largely gone after 3 days after discontinuation but blurry vision remains. Terrible stuff, especially at that price.

[[PsychCentral.com review of Abilify]]

I caught an ad for "Abilify" on the Conan show, I believe, and it was billed as a secondary drug for depression.

The name itself was quite artful... 'Abilify' makes you able to do things! Hooray... How did we get here? Iowa's Senator Grassley is after the pharma corporations for ghost-writing drug studies...

One clue was provided six years ago by four researchers who, using the Freedom of Information Act, obtained FDA reviews of every placebo-controlled clinical trial submitted for initial approval of the six most widely used antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.[10] They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance.

[....] Of the 170 contributors to the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), ninety-five had financial ties to drug companies, including all of the contributors to the sections on mood disorders and schizophrenia.

--Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption - The New York Review of Books

The handy AdPharm blog had a copy of an ad run in People Magazine pitching this as an add-on depression med:

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Thetans or Abilify? What's Better for the Modern Unhappy Mind?
I went past the Scientology outpost on Nicollet Avenue this afternoon, thinking that it's a bad idea to bug them, lest a bunch of Thetans get stuck to your soul. (Can E-Meters spook the Thetans from hanging around the Nicollet shop? I wonder...)

It's funny how they have to take the lead on criticizing the mass pharmaceutical treatment of society... Not a perfect advocate against big pharma!

After checking out this yummy add-on, I have to concede that I'd rather recalibrate my worldview to L. Ron Hubbard's invisible alien-oriented model of psychotherapy than sample the delicious world of Abilify. [[image via IrinTech.com-source]]

What is Abilify? A large and yummy molecule that intervenes with dopamine and serotonin, intended for whatever it gets approved for. It's aripiprazole, and appears to enter into the cocktail for severe bipolar cases and others, but also plain depression, according to the People ad.

It also carries a really large warning about adult dementia patients. I found the rather depressing Psychcentral thread of reviews of Abilify, and it reminded me of the vast, growing galaxy of entirely off-kilter people getting pumped full of drugs and corn syrup out there.

It definitely jacks your blood sugar, and causes 'zombie' like behavior according to FIVE people on the thread. The akathisia ("jumping out of skin") problem also seemed quite pronounced. But tons of people on the thread already had 'tactile' hallucinations and took tons of different drugs in combination.

It's such a damn mess to push these pills on people, as more and more get marked with permanent, drug-oriented mental disorders, newly minted in the DSM IV. Abilify looks pretty rough for most -- it seems only 20% of the people on the thread got any better.

Another review...

Pros: None
Cons: Zombie like feeling, extreme weight loss, extreme dry mouth, catatonic.

Trying to keep this short ... I think the drug nearly killed my mother. She had 22 years since diagnosis (bipolar w/psychosis) under her belt and was fairly stable (occassional manic and psychotic epidsodes, but overall if she was doing great) they had her on depakote but she gaining weight on it so she complained. They put her on abilify and she did well at first.
There were a TON of side effects for her... but when I finally got her off the drug 6 months later she was 90 lbs lighter, sat staring at walls for days on end, not eating, not showering, unresponsive, and when she did respond it was violent. It was EXTREMELY unlike her and doctors told me she was going into dementia. I had her hospitalized - she was dehydrated, malnourished, had a BAD kidney infection , was diagnosed as diabetic and had lesions in her mouth that were severe. I thought it was the end (she is elderly) and I'd be putting her in a nursing home and telling her good bye soon. Then I started trying to figure out what "started" this and the abilify came back as a glaring change around the time the decline started.
I got her off the drug and within a week she was up, moving around, responding. It was like her brain was on vacation for 6 months ... she didn't remember any of it. Within 2 months she was pretty much her old self and stable again. And she doesn't have diabetes.

Check out the delicious health warning on the official label/website:

Lightheadedness or faintness caused by a sudden change in heart rate and blood pressure when rising quickly from a sitting or lying position (orthostatic hypotension) has been reported with ABILIFY.

Decreases in white blood cells (infection fighting cells) have been reported in some patients taking antipsychotic agents, including ABILIFY. Patients with a history of a significant decrease in white blood cell (WBC) count or who have experienced a low WBC count due to drug therapy should have their blood tested and monitored during the first few months of therapy.

ABILIFY and medicines like it can affect your judgment, thinking, or motor skills. You should not drive or operate hazardous machinery until you know how ABILIFY affects you.

Medicines like ABILIFY can impact your body’s ability to reduce body temperature; you should avoid overheating and dehydration.

ABILIFY and medicines like it have been associated with swallowing problems (dysphagia). If you had or have swallowing problems, you should tell your healthcare professional.

Tell your healthcare professional if you have a history of or are at risk for seizures, or are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, and about all prescription and non-prescription medicines you are taking or plan to take, since there are some risks for drug interactions.

While taking ABILIFY, avoid:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Breast-feeding an infant

Most common side effects (≥10%) from all clinical trials involving adults or pediatric patients include:

  • ADULTS: Nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, dizziness, an inner sense of restlessness or need to move (akathisia), anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness
  • PEDIATRIC PATIENTS (10 to 17 years): Extrapyramidal disorder (for example, uncontrolled movement disorders or muscle disturbances such as restlessness, tremors and muscle stiffness), headache, sleepiness, and nausea

It is important to contact your healthcare professional if you experience prolonged, abnormal muscle spasm or contraction which may be signs of a condition called dystonia.

For patients who must limit their sugar intake, ABILIFY Oral Solution contains sugar.

INDICATIONS: ABILIFY is indicated for:

  • Use as an add-on treatment to antidepressants for Major Depressive Disorder in adults
  • Treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder in adults and in pediatric patients 10 to 17 years of age
  • Treatment of Schizophrenia in adults and in adolescents 13 to 17 years of age

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:

Elderly people with psychosis related to dementia (for example, an inability to perform daily activities as a result of increased memory loss), treated with antipsychotic medicines including ABILIFY, are at an increased risk of death compared to placebo. ABILIFY is not approved for the treatment of people with dementia-related psychosis (see Boxed WARNING).

Antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts or behaviors in some children, teenagers, and young adults, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Depression and other serious mental illnesses are themselves associated with an increase in the risk of suicide. Patients on antidepressants and their families or caregivers should watch for new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient’s healthcare professional right away, especially if they are severe or occur suddenly. ABILIFY is not approved for use in pediatric patients with depression (see Boxed WARNING).

Contraindication: Patients should not use ABILIFY if they are allergic to aripiprazole or any of the ingredients in ABILIFY. Allergic reactions have ranged from rash, hives and itching to anaphylaxis, which may include difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue.

Serious side effects may include:

  • An increased risk of stroke and ministroke have been reported in clinical studies of elderly people with dementia-related psychosis
  • Very high fever, rigid muscles, shaking, confusion, sweating, or increased heart rate and blood pressure. These may be signs of a condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a rare but serious side effect which could be fatal
  • Abnormal or uncontrollable movements of face, tongue, or other parts of body. These may be signs of a serious condition called tardive dyskinesia (TD), which could become permanent
  • If you have diabetes, or risk factors for diabetes (for example, obesity, family history of diabetes), or unexpected increases in thirst, urination, or hunger, your blood sugar should be monitored. Increases in blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia), in some cases serious and associated with coma or death, have been reported in patients taking ABILIFY and medicines like it

For patients with phenylketonuria or PKU, ABILIFY DISCMELT® (aripiprazole) contains phenylalanine. [[i.e. delicious aspartame - Equal/NutraSweet]]

*****

Oh, Bristol-Myers Squibb, why in the hell did you have to buy an ad for this tonight? Why did I have to get exposed to this?!!? And >10% from "all" clinical trials is really impressive!!

This sort of thing really got put in perspective for me by a pretty serious piece in the New York Review of Books about the corruption of the DSM IV and the accepted practices of the medical community these days. You can't just blame Big Pharma and the insurance companies for this mess, not at all!

You have got to read the tri-fold review of several books in the scorching article by Marcia Angell, including "Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, "Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drug" and "Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial."

I can't help but share some grafs of this mess... it's such a big mess!

Drug Companies & Doctors: A Story of Corruption - The New York Review of Books

Take the case of Dr. Joseph L. Biederman, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chief of pediatric psychopharmacology at Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital. Thanks largely to him, children as young as two years old are now being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with a cocktail of powerful drugs, many of which were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for that purpose and none of which were approved for children below ten years of age.

Legally, physicians may use drugs that have already been approved for a particular purpose for any other purpose they choose, but such use should be based on good published scientific evidence. That seems not to be the case here. Biederman's own studies of the drugs he advocates to treat childhood bipolar disorder were, as The New York Times summarized the opinions of its expert sources, "so small and loosely designed that they were largely inconclusive."[1]

In June, Senator Grassley revealed that drug companies, including those that make drugs he advocates for childhood bipolar disorder, had paid Biederman $1.6 million in consulting and speaking fees between 2000 and 2007.

[........] No one knows the total amount provided by drug companies to physicians, but I estimate from the annual reports of the top nine US drug companies that it comes to tens of billions of dollars a year. By such means, the pharmaceutical industry has gained enormous control over how doctors evaluate and use its own products. Its extensive ties to physicians, particularly senior faculty at prestigious medical schools, affect the results of research, the way medicine is practiced, and even the definition of what constitutes a disease.

Consider the clinical trials by which drugs are tested in human subjects.[5] Before a new drug can enter the market, its manufacturer must sponsor clinical trials to show the Food and Drug Administration that the drug is safe and effective, usually as compared with a placebo or dummy pill. The results of all the trials (there may be many) are submitted to the FDA, and if one or two trials are positive—that is, they show effectiveness without serious risk—the drug is usually approved, even if all the other trials are negative. Drugs are approved only for a specified use—for example, to treat lung cancer—and it is illegal for companies to promote them for any other use.

But physicians may prescribe approved drugs "off label"—i.e., without regard to the specified use—and perhaps as many as half of all prescriptions are written for off-label purposes. After drugs are on the market, companies continue to sponsor clinical trials, sometimes to get FDA approval for additional uses, sometimes to demonstrate an advantage over competitors, and often just as an excuse to get physicians to prescribe such drugs for patients. (Such trials are aptly called "seeding" studies.)

Since drug companies don't have direct access to human subjects, they need to outsource their clinical trials to medical schools, where researchers use patients from teaching hospitals and clinics, or to private research companies (CROs), which organize office-based physicians to enroll their patients. [....]

A few decades ago, medical schools did not have extensive financial dealings with industry, and faculty investigators who carried out industry-sponsored research generally did not have other ties to their sponsors. But schools now have their own manifold deals with industry and are hardly in a moral position to object to their faculty behaving in the same way. A recent survey found that about two thirds of academic medical centers hold equity interest in companies that sponsor research within the same institution.[6] A study of medical school department chairs found that two thirds received departmental income from drug companies and three fifths received personal income.[7] [...]

Because drug companies insist as a condition of providing funding that they be intimately involved in all aspects of the research they sponsor, they can easily introduce bias in order to make their drugs look better and safer than they are. Before the 1980s, they generally gave faculty investigators total responsibility for the conduct of the work, but now company employees or their agents often design the studies, perform the analysis, write the papers, and decide whether and in what form to publish the results. Sometimes the medical faculty who serve as investigators are little more than hired hands, supplying patients and collecting data according to instructions from the company.

In view of this control and the conflicts of interest that permeate the enterprise, it is not surprising that industry-sponsored trials published in medical journals consistently favor sponsors' drugs—largely because negative results are not published, positive results are repeatedly published in slightly different forms, and a positive spin is put on even negative results. A review of seventy-four clinical trials of antidepressants, for example, found that thirty-seven of thirty-eight positive studies were published.[8]But of the thirty-six negative studies, thirty-three were either not published or published in a form that conveyed a positive outcome. It is not unusual for a published paper to shift the focus from the drug's intended effect to a secondary effect that seems more favorable.

The suppression of unfavorable research is the subject of Alison Bass's engrossing book, Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial. This is the story of how the British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline buried evidence that its top-selling antidepressant, Paxil, was ineffective and possibly harmful to children and adolescents. [....]

The book follows the individual struggles of these three people over many years, culminating with GlaxoSmithKline finally agreeing in 2004 to settle charges of consumer fraud for $2.5 million (a tiny fraction of the more than $2.7 billion in yearly Paxil sales about that time). It also promised to release summaries of all clinical trials completed after December 27, 2000. Of much greater significance was the attention called to the deliberate, systematic practice of suppressing unfavorable research results, which would never have been revealed without the legal discovery process. Previously undisclosed, one of GlaxoSmithKline's internal documents said, "It would be commercially unacceptable to include a statement that efficacy had not been demonstrated, as this would undermine the profile of paroxetine [Paxil]."[9]

Many drugs that are assumed to be effective are probably little better than placebos, but there is no way to know because negative results are hidden. One clue was provided six years ago by four researchers who, using the Freedom of Information Act, obtained FDA reviews of every placebo-controlled clinical trial submitted for initial approval of the six most widely used antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999—Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor.[10] They found that on average, placebos were 80 percent as effective as the drugs. The difference between drug and placebo was so small that it was unlikely to be of any clinical significance. The results were much the same for all six drugs: all were equally ineffective. But because favorable results were published and unfavorable results buried (in this case, within the FDA), the public and the medical profession believed these drugs were potent antidepressants.

[...]. In short, it is often possible to make clinical trials come out pretty much any way you want, which is why it's so important that investigators be truly disinterested in the outcome of their work.

Conflicts of interest affect more than research. They also directly shape the way medicine is practiced, through their influence on practice guidelines issued by professional and governmental bodies, and through their effects on FDA decisions. A few examples: in a survey of two hundred expert panels that issued practice guidelines, one third of the panel members acknowledged that they had some financial interest in the drugs they considered.[11] In 2004, after the National Cholesterol Education Program called for sharply lowering the desired levels of "bad" cholesterol, it was revealed that eight of nine members of the panel writing the recommendations had financial ties to the makers of cholesterol-lowering drugs.[12] Of the 170 contributors to the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), ninety-five had financial ties to drug companies, including all of the contributors to the sections on mood disorders and schizophrenia.[13] Perhaps most important, many members of the standing committees of experts that advise the FDA on drug approvals also have financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.[14]

In recent years, drug companies have perfected a new and highly effective method to expand their markets. Instead of promoting drugs to treat diseases, they have begun to promote diseases to fit their drugs. The strategy is to convince as many people as possible (along with their doctors, of course) that they have medical conditions that require long-term drug treatment. Sometimes called "disease-mongering," this is a focus of two new books: Melody Petersen's Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs and Christopher Lane's Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness.

To promote new or exaggerated conditions, companies give them serious-sounding names along with abbreviations. Thus, heartburn is now "gastro-esophageal reflux disease" or GERD; impotence is "erectile dysfunction" or ED; premenstrual tension is "premenstrual dysphoric disorder" or PMMD; and shyness is "social anxiety disorder" (no abbreviation yet). Note that these are ill-defined chronic conditions that affect essentially normal people, so the market is huge and easily expanded. For example, a senior marketing executive advised sales representatives on how to expand the use of Neurontin: "Neurontin for pain, Neurontin for monotherapy, Neurontin for bipolar, Neurontin for everything."[15] It seems that the strategy of the drug marketers—and it has been remarkably successful—is to convince Americans that there are only two kinds of people: those with medical conditions that require drug treatment and those who don't know it yet. While the strategy originated in the industry, it could not be implemented without the complicity of the medical profession.

[...] Christopher Lane's book has a narrower focus—the rapid increase in the number of psychiatric diagnoses in the American population and in the use of psychoactive drugs (drugs that affect mental states) to treat them. Since there are no objective tests for mental illness and the boundaries between normal and abnormal are often uncertain, psychiatry is a particularly fertile field for creating new diagnoses or broadening old ones.[17] Diagnostic criteria are pretty much the exclusive province of the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the product of a panel of psychiatrists, most of whom, as I mentioned earlier, had financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. Lane, a research professor of literature at Northwestern University, traces the evolution of the DSM from its modest beginnings in 1952 as a small, spiral-bound handbook (DSM-I) to its current 943-page incarnation (the revised version of DSM-IV) as the undisputed "bible" of psychiatry—the standard reference for courts, prisons, schools, insurance companies, emergency rooms, doctors' offices, and medical facilities of all kinds.

Given its importance, you might think that the DSM represents the authoritative distillation of a large body of scientific evidence. But Lane, using unpublished records from the archives of the American Psychiatric Association and interviews with the principals, shows that it is instead the product of a complex of academic politics, personal ambition, ideology, and, perhaps most important, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. What the DSM lacks is evidence. Lane quotes one contributor to the DSM-III task force:

There was very little systematic research, and much of the research that existed was really a hodgepodge—scattered, inconsistent, and ambiguous. I think the majority of us recognized that the amount of good, solid science upon which we were making our decisions was pretty modest.

Lane uses shyness as his case study of disease-mongering in psychiatry. Shyness as a psychiatric illness made its debut as "social phobia" in DSM-III in 1980, but was said to be rare. By 1994, when DSM-IV was published, it had become "social anxiety disorder," now said to be extremely common. According to Lane, GlaxoSmithKline, hoping to boost sales for its antidepressant, Paxil, decided to promote social anxiety disorder as "a severe medical condition." In 1999, the company received FDA approval to market the drug for social anxiety disorder. It launched an extensive media campaign to do it, including posters in bus shelters across the country showing forlorn individuals and the words "Imagine being allergic to people...," and sales soared. Barry Brand, Paxil's product director, was quoted as saying, "Every marketer's dream is to find an unidentified or unknown market and develop it. That's what we were able to do with social anxiety disorder."

Some of the biggest blockbusters are psychoactive drugs. The theory that psychiatric conditions stem from a biochemical imbalance is used as a justification for their widespread use, even though the theory has yet to be proved. Children are particularly vulnerable targets. What parents dare say "No" when a physician says their difficult child is sick and recommends drug treatment? We are now in the midst of an apparent epidemic of bipolar disease in children (which seems to be replacing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder as the most publicized condition in childhood), with a forty-fold increase in the diagnosis between 1994 and 2003.[18] These children are often treated with multiple drugs off-label, many of which, whatever their other properties, are sedating, and nearly all of which have potentially serious side effects.

Save me from the Thetans!!!! :-/

Canadian discovers hemp oil cures cancer... hoax or another typical moment in the pharma-industrial-death complex?

Yeah, I don't know if it's true, but it won't surprise me if it is. A Canadian guy with a big head injury discovered that THC-rich medicinal hemp oil relieved his suffering, but then he also discovered that hemp oil kills cancerous brain cells while leaving the good cells unharmed. In fact, there's a video of the bad brain cells shriveling up into dead little balls after THC treatment.

SETH: Using the same tests used to judge new chemotherapies, the SETH team discovered that this herbal compound kills human brain tumor cells at a concentration that is nontoxic to normal brain cells. A computerized microscope captured images of the cells every 5 minutes to compile the time-lapse videos. After 20 hours of treatment, Δ9-THC kills all cancer cells but leaves normal brain cells alive. Cell death is evidenced by cells shrinking to inanimate whitespheres.

Here's the photos:SETH. Parallel experiments were performed testing the effect of Δ9-THC on human brain cancer cells (glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM) and also on normal brain cells. Putting this herbal compound through the same tests that a new chemotherapeutic agent would go through revealed a potent and remarkably specific anti-cancer effect. Both types of cells were treated with the same concentration of Δ9-THC but after 20 hours only the cancer cells died. Cell death is seen in the lower right panel as cells shrinking to inanimate white spheres. For more information about this project, click toLEARN MORE.

More here: The SETH Group: background:

The major active component of the medicinal plant cannabis, Δ9-THC, has been shown in experiments with rats to have therapeutic potential against brain tumors. SETH Group scientists Garret Yount, Ph.D. and Sean McAllister, Ph.D. designed experiments in a time-lapse microscope to test whether Δ9-THC can stop the growth of human glioblastoma multiforma (GBM) brain cancer cells. Using the same tests that are used to judge new chemotherapies, the team discovered that the herbal compound kills human GBM cells at a concentration that is nontoxic to normal brain cells. Click here to see Featured Experiment.

future development: Test whether a combination of active components of medicinal cannabis, as present in the plant, will act synergistically and prove to be a more effective treatment against the growth of brain cancer cells compared to Δ9-THC alone.

Implications: No chemotherapy can match this nontoxic anti-cancer action. The implication is that this plant compound could be a safe medicine against brain tumors, without the side effects of chemotherapy. These exciting results may be just the tip of the iceberg, however, because Δ9-THC is only one of many active compounds in medicinal cannabis. Other active constituents of the Cannabis plant (called cannabinoids) are also likely to have a nontoxic anti-cancer action.

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Alright, well who is this Canadian guy? And is there a BitTorrentable documentary about it? Sure is!

TorrentBox.com - Torrent details for "Run From The Cure - The Rick Simpson Story". I'm downloading it right now!

And also, here is the guy's website: Cure Cancer with Hemp Oil - Phoenix Tears

A couple clips from that: Follow this link for CBC Journalist Wendy Mesley's documentary about the cancer industry unapologetically and unashamedly making billions of dollars through human misery. The programme was rerun on Sunday, April 2nd, 2006 at 7pm on the main CBC network.

"I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked..." Hippocrates

UPDATE 11-27-09: A few more notes on new items on Hemp oil and cancer here. And hello to everyone from this thread on cancer @ 420chan that's sending a lot of hits (so to speak).

UPDATE 12-28-09: I just bumped into a nice list of medical references to THC studies on Very Official Websites - handy!! From user Brinna @ fluther.com: Why is Hemp Oil illegal when it cures cancer? also introduces me to the idea of the Endocannabinoid system (Wikipedia). Fascinating!

 

The endocannabinoid system in our bodies regulate our cancer defense – so it makes sense that cannabis works effectively in this area, and the science backs that up.

For those who dispute the fact that cannabis can cure cancer, I would like to refer you to numerous studies (since 1974!) that show that cannabinoids kills cancer cells, shrink tumors, halts the spread of invasive carcinomas, and prevents occurrence. I don’t know if you have the energy or the interest to follow up these links, but if you do value truth over hearsay and propaganda, then I would suggest you look at them. First you have to ask yourself: why don’t you know about this? (Then you should get really, really angry).

Original Univ of Va study showing that THC halts lewis lung adenocarcinoma:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=1159836&dopt=Citation

London study showing THC causes kills leukemia cells.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15454482

University of Texas study showing the CB1 receptor (which is activated by cannabis) suppresses colorectal cancer tumor, when the receptor is lost cancer can occur.

http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/68/15/6468

Univ of Southern Florida study showing that cannabis blocks cancer causing viruses:

http://news.bio-medicine.org/biology-news-2/Cannabis-may-help-combat-cancer-causing-herpes-viruses-115-1/

Harvard study showing cannabis cuts lung cancer growth in half:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

The British Journal of Cancer reports that cannabis treats prostate cancer

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

Researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute found that cannabis halts breast cancer.

http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2007/11/19/cannabis-cancer.html

A large population study of chronic cannabis smokers found that they had a REDUCED risk of head, neck and throat cancers when compared to those that did not use cannabis.

http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/1940-6207.CAPR-09-0048v1

Spanish study showing that THC inhibits gliomas (brain cancer).

http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/full/68/6/1945

Want more links? Here is a much more comprehensive list compiled by a wonderful woman who calls herself Granny Storm Crow:

http://forum.grasscity.com/medical-marijuana/436257-granny-storm-crows-list-july-2009-a.html

Morgellons: Nanofibers of doom come to eat you!!! Teh w0w Awesome conspiracy of fibers!!1!!

 Images MuOnce in a rare while you come across a truly impressive conspiracy theory, one that rises above mere 'urban legend' status to give you the Creepy Crawlies and inspire a really sweet movie. Morgellons are that theory. The screenplay awaits.

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Combine these two ideas: A) There were reports recently that laser printer toner generates nasty clouds of tiny nano-particles, worse even than street pollution. B) If you're a methamphetamine user, the noxious synthetic drug components can't break down and exit your system, so they come out in nasty lesions of drug goo. (when you go into jail, you get passed around for other people to lick the goo and get high). Combine these ideas and add a splash of AKIRA or the Cartman-Trapper Keeper episode:

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Here's a quick Akira video. The part about 3:30 is what I'm talking about, where Kaneda becomes this super mega mechanized blob monster. I am REALLY sorry someone put this video to Linkin Park. Yikes.

The idea is that some people manifest mysterious fibers coming out of lesions in their body. Mysterious nano-fibers of unknown origin, growing out of wounds, transmitting radio and electromagnetic energy. Microscopic observation shows suffers' skin seething with fibrous materials under the skin. Tests show it's a non-biological material. It's not just lint on a sticky rash. But tests also show latent infections in many: for indeed, Lyme Disease, found in many Morgellon's sufferers, suggests a complex of infestations which erode immunity response.

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Image showing striking autofluorescence of fibers from child's lip skin lesion.

Nothing was added to skin sample, except Gel/Mount mounting media and

coverslip. Image is an overlay of red and blue images. Imaging was done

using an Olympus Provis Microscope which employs standard wavelengths

for rhodamine (Excitation 550 nm/ Emission/565 nm ) and Fluoroscein/alexa

488 (Excitation 494 nm/Emission 519nm)

There is a long-familiar disease called delusional parasitosis, which is the 'bugs under your skin psychosis' thing. Here is what purports to be the only video of morgelons, really friggin fuzzy and weird:

Here is another better video which I couldn't embed and another one of Morgellons Disease "Alive and with Intelligence." The description material contains:

Please "Sign the Following Petition" to Congress regarding the Centers for Disease Control, that they would Investigate and Research Morgellons Disease: http://tinyurl.com/yu4tnb

"Alive and with Intelligence"

Fresh out of skin and muscle tissue, these sand like granules as they are sometimes referred to can contain the Fibers, just as the fatty tissues, or the cysts, or skin sample samples, which Fibers seem to move occasionally, as being "Alive"

These Fibers initially surrounded the granule, of which there was some movement, promting investigation. Upon pulling the Fibers off of the granulated center, this Fiber seemed to reach across towards the separated bundle.

Hello to everybody who are involved in the Dreaded and Disabling Disease called Morgellons, and "Welcome" to those of you who ought to be and soon will be.

My Website is "MorgellonsUSA.com".

In many of these Videos are seen Fresh Sample Tissues Showing the "Colored Fibers" Growing and are Produced Within the skin, the muscle and the fatty tissues. Sadly, this is only one aspect of the Disease, which is also very disabling, as it affects the brain and the neurological system also, among other things.

The many persons, Dermatologists and Physicians who fight this, and who say that it is only a phsychological Illness, have a hallucination and a delusion themselves. They don't wish to be

accountable for their great and major contributions in helping to spread this Illness, and for ruining the many peoples families, and lives of the persons who suffer from this. They

say that this Disease is Delusional, and call the patients who have this "DOP" or "Delusions of Parasitosis"

Many persons have been commited to Mental Institutions or given Anti-Phsychotic Drugs. Perhaps you know somebody or have a loved one who is going through this, and furthermore, the CDC has not done one single thing to Investigate or Fix this Problem. Are you next???

My email Address:

Admin@morgellonsusa.com

Also do please visit:

http://www.morgellons.org/

http://www.cherokeechas.com/

http://healthsciences.okstate.edu/morgellons/

On the other hand, Morgellons Watch is the obligatory debunking site, claiming that "morgellons" are a product of the enviroment, and the perceived disease is a combination of other stuff. And someone is out there saying that the aerial Chemtrails and government-engineered Lyme disease are at the root of it all.

Basically I thought this was a pretty wild tale, unexpectedly creepy-crawly and already full of peculiar medical paranoia, hazy videos and unknown factors. What If the Government has created special bioweapons to turn nanoparticle pollution into sinister fibers that will eventually integrate you into the Evil Biomatrix!?!!? Can the morgellons inter-communicate? Mwahaha!

 Morgellons

This scientist Ettmuller made this drawing in 1682. The little bugs marked 'E' are typical scabies mites. Ettmuller found weird horrible itchy fibers in sickly little British children. Etc.

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Like I said, the screenplay is waiting to be written.

UPDATE: A few more notes on new items on Morgellons here.

Psychopharmacology = w0w! These carbon rings get ya stoned! Imitrex migraine med made from Magic Mushrooms? Trippy!

Over the weekend I got a pretty rough (and intensely visual) migraine while I was finishing the Politics in Minnesota legislator profiles. I called up a friend of mine who has an interest in biochemistry, asking if they have figured out what the heck a migraine actually is. I certainly attribute this migraine to too much coffee and cigarettes, since when I moderate these substances I don't get the damn things. I rarely have cigs except when things are stressful.

Anyhow this led me to take a look at biochemical websites, and - gasp - the structures of illegal drugs. My friend told me that since migraines are somehow related to serotonin, the prescription migraine medication Imitrex (sumatriptan) is actually a somewhat altered psychedelic mushroom variant.

I went to go check this out. This Canadian website had a ton of useful biochem info for Imitrex (and everything else), including receptors, gene sequences and various genetic racial differences in affected alleles.

Indeed we can see that big Pharma wanted to use the weirder serotonin receptors activated by hallucinogens like mushrooms: Imitrex is the first image. The second two are the major components of magic mushrooms via Erowid, and finally serotonin:

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Indeed, my very basic chemistry knowledge indicates that everything except the red sprong is the same between mushrooms and Imitrex. Actually i think the N-S-02 structure isn't even that different from psilocybin. (wikipedia notes that Imitrex can give you heart attacks because its main purpose is vasoconstriction of dilated arteries)

While it is certainly not well-understood why mushrooms generate hallucinations, it's believed they activate certain odd serotonin receptors - perhaps the same ones that thrash around when I get a migraine. The visual effects of a migraine - the "halos" of shimmering incongruence that made it impossible for me to read the computer screen for a full 36 hours - are perhaps not that different than the wobbly weird look of intense mushroom trips.

Only LSD has been isolated as an agonist for the 5-HT6 serotonin receptor, according to the Wiki. I found that LSD itself (lysergic acid diethylamide-25) was actually created by Dr. Hofmann and Sandoz while they were making variants of ergot to treat migraines:

In 1918, Arthur Stoll isolated ergotamine, which was introduced by Sandoz (now Novartis) under the trade name Gynergen in 1921 and marketed as a safer and more reliable form of the medieval midwife's nostrum. Controlled trials in the 1930s showed it to be effective in relieving migraine headache.

Also during the 1930s, two U.S. chemists succeeded in identifying the common nucleus of the ergot drugs, which they named lysergic acid. With this information, it became feasible to synthesize the ergot compounds, a project undertaken by Albert Hofmann in Stoll's laboratory at Sandoz, among others (2). In 1935, Sandoz chemists succeeded in synthesizing ergonovine, which was developed as methylergonovine (Methergine) and widely used to control postpartum hemorrhage. Further efforts to isolate the various alkaloids occurring naturally in ergot led to the development of a preparation of ergoloid mesylates (Hydergine) for treating dementia. In 1943, Hofmann synthesized dihydroergotamine (DHE), marketed for the treatment of blood pressure and later shown to be highly effective for migraine.

Migraine drugs

In the course of Hofmann's trial-and-error synthesis of lysergic acid derivatives, the 25th compound, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD-25), failed to show any therapeutic promise in early testing on animals. In 1943, five years after it was first synthesized and tested, Hofmann decided to synthesize LSD-25 again for further testing. While completing the synthesis, he was overcome by strange sensations, which later developed into mild euphoria accompanied by pleasant visual hallucinations.

Surmising that he had somehow absorbed or ingested some of his newly synthesized compound, Hofmann proceeded to test the substance on himself by taking what he believed to be a minuscule dose--0.25 mg--and was rapidly plunged into what can only be described as a very bad trip. Like the natural ergot from which it was derived, LSD proved to be too potent, risky, and unpredictable to have a medical application.

In the course of exploring the ergot family, Sandoz chemists went on to discover yet another important antimigraine drug, methysergide (Sansert). Used for daily preventive therapy rather than abortive treatment of migraine, methysergide is a serotonin antagonist, whereas ergotamine is a serotonin agonist. Interestingly, "unworldly feelings" or hallucinations are among methysergide's possible side effects (3).

Likewise, it is interesting to survey and compare the chemical structures of amphetamine, methamphetamine and MDMA (ecstasy), morphine, heroin, ketamine, and all the other favorites. I thought it was kind of funny that esoteric drugs like salvia divinorum's active parts actually look really weird. So let's survey a few.

Salvia's parts:

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We're drawing all this material from the valuable yet rebellious Erowid psychoactive chemistry index. There's even a nifty side-by-side comparison engine. For example, check out amphetamine VS methamphetamine, reflecting on that extra polyatomic ion's effect:

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And here's MDMA - ecstasy - which essentially has a speed half (on the right) glued to a hallucinogen half.

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DXM and Ketamine: dextromethorphan hydrobromide, a cough suppressant that provokes nasty hallucinations at high levels, and burns holes in your brain called Olney's Lesions. Ketamine is a more powerful (and apparently related) disassociative and anasthetic:

 Chemicals Dxm Images Archive Dxm 3D Chemicals Ketamine Images Archive Ketamine 3D

Nicotine: (S)-3-(1-Methyl-2-pyrrolidinyl)pyridin, industrial toxin/stimulant beloved by global capitalism.

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LSD: 9,10-Didehydro-N,N-diethyl-6-methylergoline-8ß-carboxamide / D-lysergic acid diethylamide

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Caffeine and alcohol

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THC: Tetrahydrocannabinols / Tetrahydro-6,6,9-trimethyl-3-pentyl-6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran-1-ol, which of course have many strange and therapeutic neurotransmitter effects that medical researchers aren't allowed to determine (thanks, schedule One):

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Let's get into Opiates: (Please!) It's interesting that heroin was invented to let the painkiller part of the molecule slip through the lipid barrier. Lipids - ie fat membranes - slow down non-lipid-soluble drugs. First is codeine, then heroin.

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Absinthe - Thujone - the green dragon:

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Cocaine:

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I don't write this to celebrate these substances, as of course many of them have destroyed many lives. Namely alcohol and tobacco, mostly. But we don't usually think about the chemistry of drugs, and even though it's hard to visualize, these materials really do work on the atomic level. It's funny how some carbon rings are more political than others, and of course it's funny that cutting-edge pharmacological research basically just recuts mushrooms to treat migraines.

Now that's what I call weird science. Somewhere, Dr. Hofmann is laughing. (late addition: Hofmann's research on Mexican and South American traditional magic drugs)

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