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Paradigm Shift: RFK Jr Goes Off on Vaccine Safety Live on TV, No One Attacks Him, by Jack Burns

I’ve reposted the entire article by Jack Burns on theburningplatform.com, along with the video of Tucker Carlson’s interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Fox News, along with my comment on the article, a comment to my comment, and my comment to that comment (with minor edits). When you see my comments, you’ll understand why.

When Robert F. Kennedy Jr was a guest this week on Tucker Carlson’s show (FoxNews), he said it was only the second show he’d ever been allowed to discuss the topic of vaccination dangers. The reason why, he says, is because shows are paid billions per year by pharmaceutical companies in advertising dollars and they don’t want his message to be discussed.

RFK Jr., like many others, is sounding the alarm with respect to childhood vaccinations. Many of the vaccines are mandatory, and not vaccinating one’s children, as TFTP has reported, runs the risk of having one’s children taken away, and put into the custody of the state. Some parents are imprisoned by the State for not vaccinating their children. Still, others are made to appear unstable for even suggesting vaccines cause autism and are dangerous for the health of children, even though one executive-level Center For Disease Control researcher blew the whistle that the CDC knew they covered up information supporting that case.

He said he’d only ever received three vaccinations in his lifetime, but a child today receives dozens upon dozens of shots and boosters. The reasons why may shock our readers. The son of Robert F. Kennedy, of the highly respected Kennedy Clan, says the pharmaceutical companies became untouchable in 1989 when they were given blanket immunity from prosecution for their vaccinations. Claiming the industry then saw vaccinations as a potential “gold rush,” he said they then created shots for all types of illnesses, many of which no one will even be exposed to, all for the sake of profit.

During the interview, RFK Jr. stated only three vaccines have had the preservative made from mercury removed. That preservative is called thimerosal and it is still found in the flu vaccine as RFK Jr. accurately stated. Appealing to Carlson’s viewers’ common sense, he stated, “It is the most potent neurotoxin known to man that is not radioactive.” He said if when the nurse drops the vaccine and breaks it on the floor the building is supposed to be evacuated because it’s considered a hazardous material. The Kennedy son asked, “How can we inject that into a child?”

The vaccine safety advocate, who’s already met with President Trump, is calling for a commission to be created to study vaccines which can objectively look at all the evidence surrounding vaccine safety. RJK Jr. cited a Danish study, funded by the Danish government, which examined the safety of the Tdap vaccine when given to African children. “Virtually every kid in Africa gets it. What they found…they did a vaccinated versus non-vaccinated study…what they concluded was...they said that vaccine is killing more people than Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus combined (for which the Tdap vaccinated).”

He said the kids who got the vaccine were “ten times more likely to die from the vaccine” in the two months following the vaccination, than those children who did not receive the vaccine.

“I’m called anti-vax all the time because the pharmaceutical company gives so much money,” to quash his message. He praised Carlson and commended the talk show host/news mogul for allowing him to come on his show and help to start the debate on a national level. Carlson defended his decision to have RFK Jr. discuss the subject because he said, “I think you ought to be allowed to ask legitimate questions without being attacked,” and added he hopes RFK Jr. is actually successful in getting the debate going.

Comment by Robert Gore:
I can show you pictures of our only child, Austin, when he was a baby. He’s usually got a huge smile, and his eyes are bright and alert. After California’s vaccination regime, and one set of shots to which he had a particularly bad reaction, we received a diagnosis of autism when he was three years old. As vaccinations have taken off, so has so-called autism. It is not autism; it is mercury poisoning. As Mr. Kennedy notes, most vaccines are suspended in thimerosol (mercury), which is used as a preservative. Vaccination proponents conflate the two, and say that those who question vaccine safety are anti-vaccine. I am not necessarily anti-vaccine, although I think many of them are of no benefit. However, the safety of mercury is not in question, it’s dangerously toxic and damages the brain and nervous system.

 

If you know anyone who is expecting a baby, or anyone with an infant, inform them of the dangers of vaccines. They can, in some states, request vaccines without thimerosol. They can also insist that vaccines not be bunched together, so the child does not receive a concentrated dose of mercury all at once. If it is too late and your child has been labelled autistic, there are many things you can do. We undertook numerous therapies and activities for Austin, and he’s now a sophomore at UNM and just joined a fraternity (milestones for a kid who was in special classes up to fourth grade and had few friends). For more information, my wife wrote a short book, available on Amazon: Rescued: a story of hope & help for parents of children with autism.

Comment by reader T4C:

Here’s the link to Roberta’s…yes, Roberta and Robert…what are the odds?…anyways, it looks like a great resource:

https://www.amazon.com/Rescued-story-parents-children-autism-ebook/dp/B012MBMP3Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492995793&sr=8-1&keywords=Rescued%3A+a+story+of+hope+%26+help+for+parents+of+children+with+autism#customerReviews

While I haven’t read your wife’s story yet Robert, I would love to read any “clips” you may
have from that journey. You’re a very good writer so I know your “stories” will be worth my time.

Then again maybe you’ve already penned essays on that era in you life and I’m just not aware of it.

Loved what you wrote above.

Comment by Robert Gore:

T4C,

Thank you. I haven’t written much about Austin and his autism, or mercury poisining, not because it isn’t an amazing story, but because it is. It is so special that I have a hard time talking or writing about it, but I do warn expectant parents or parents with newborns whenever I have a chance. Roberta certainly does Austin’s story justice. When he was a child in special ed classes, we could have got a bet a very long odds that he would ever be able to function even minimally in the “normal” world, or as it is called by those in the austism community, the “neuro-typical” world. Both of us worked hard to bring him out from his isolation and to constantly put him in situations with other kids. I think just about every weekend for seven or eight years we would take him to parks, indoor and outdoor gyms, swimming, movies, arcades, miniature golf courses, play dates–anything to get him with other kids. He had speech therapy, autism therapy, socialization groups, piano lessons, horseback riding lessons, tennis lessons, swimming lessons, basketball lessons, and he played basketball, flag football, lacrosse, and ran cross-country. He picked up snowboarding instantly–the first day he went he was coming down blue square slopes (medium difficulty) by the end of the day.

You don’t know what’s effective and what’s not, but somehow it all came together and Austin has made incredible progress, to the point where if you didn’t know about his past, you probably wouldn’t guess that he was once diagnosed with autism. It helps that he’s so darn smart. Heavy metal poisoning tends to damage the part of the brain that governs socialization and responding to social cues. However, never underestimate the brain’s plasticity and adaptability. Austin on his own has learned social basics that come to most people naturally, almost unconsciously. As I said in the prior comment, Austin is in college and in a fraternity, and he is a great kid. He gets good grades and he’ll work this summer. No matter what I’ve achieved or what I do the rest of the my life, the thing I’ll always be proudest of is what Roberta and I did with Austin, and what he’s done for himself.

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American Carnage, The New Landscape of Opiod Adddiction, by Christopher Caldwell

This is a long but excellent article on the nightmarish opioid addiction plaguing America. From Christopher Caldwell at firstthings.com:

We should all be dead,” said Jonathan Goyer one bright morning in January as he looked across a room filled with dozens of his coworkers and clients. The Anchor Recovery Community Center, which Goyer helps run, occupies the shell of an office building in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Founded seven years ago, Anchor specializes in “peer-to-peer” counseling for drug addicts. With state help and private grants, Anchor throws everything but the kitchen sink at addiction. It hosts Narcotics Anonymous meetings, cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, art workshops, and personal counseling. It runs a telephone hotline and a hospital outreach program. It has an employment center for connecting newly drug-free people to sympathetic hirers, and banks of computers for those who lack them. And all the people who work here have been in the very pit of addiction—shoplifting to pay for a morning dose, selling their bodies, or dragging out their adult lives in prison. Some have been taken to emergency rooms and “hit” with powerful anti-overdose drugs to bring them back from respiratory failure.

That is how it was with Goyer. His father died of an overdose at forty-one, in 2004. His twenty-nine-year-old brother OD’d and died in 2009. When he was shooting heroin he slept on the floor of a public garage. He would pick up used hypodermic needles if they were new enough that the volume gauges inked on the outside hadn’t been rubbed off with use. He OD’d several times before getting clean in 2013. Now he visits people after overdoses and tells them, “I was right where you’re at.”

There have always been drug addicts in need of help, but the scale of the present wave of heroin and opioid abuse is unprecedented. Fifty-two thousand Americans died of overdoses in 2015—about four times as many as died from gun homicides and half again as many as died in car accidents. Pawtucket is a small place, and yet 5,400 addicts are members at Anchor. Six hundred visit every day. Rhode Island is a small place, too. It has just over a million people. One Brown University epidemiologist estimates that 20,000 of them are opioid addicts—2 percent of the population.

To continue reading: American Carnage, The New Landscape of Opiod Adddiction

 

Racket of Rackets, by James Howard Kunstler

All bona fide rackets require care and feeding from a government. Modern medical care is no exception. From  James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:

If you thought banking in our time was a miserable racket — which it is, of course, and by “racket” I mean a criminal enterprise — then so-called health care has it beat by a country mile, with an added layer of sadism and cruelty built into its operations. Lots of people willingly sign onto mortgages and car loans they wouldn’t qualify for in an ethically sound society, but the interest rates and payments are generally spelled out on paper. They know what they’re signing on for, even if the contract is reckless and stupid on the parts of both borrower and lender. Pension funds and insurance companies foolishly bought bundled mortgage bonds of this crap concocted in the housing bubble. They did it out of greed and desperation, but a little due diligence would have clued them into the fraud being served up by the likes of Goldman Sachs.

Medicine is utterly opaque cost-wise, and that is the heart of the issue. Nobody in the system will say what anything costs and nobody wants to because it would break the spell that they work in an honest, legit business. There is no rational scheme for the cost of any service from one “provider” to the next or even one patient to the next. Anyway, the costs are obscenely inflated and concealed in so many deliberately deceptive coding schemes that even actuaries and professors of economics are confounded by their bills. The services are provided when the customer is under the utmost duress, often life-threatening, and the outcome even in a successful recovery from illness is financial ruin that leaves a lot of people better off dead.

It is a hostage racket, in plain English, a disgrace to the profession that has adopted it, and an insult to the nation. All the idiotic negotiations in congress around the role of insurance companies are a grand dodge to avoid acknowledging the essential racketeering of the “providers” — doctors and hospitals. We are never going to reform it in its current incarnation. For all his personality deformities, President Trump is right in saying that ObamaCare is going to implode. It is only a carbuncle on the gangrenous body of the US medical establishment. The whole system will go down with it.

To continue reading: Racket of Rackets

 

Meet Pharmacy Benefit Managers – ‘The Most Profitable Corporations You’ve Never Heard Of’, by Michael Krieger

The government has managed to turn health care into a collection of rackets. Here’s the scoop on one you probably haven’t heard about. From Michael Krieger at libertyblitzkrieg.com:

When I first started becoming aware of how sleazy, parasitic and corrupt the U.S. economy was, I only had expertise in one industry, financial services. Coming to grips with the blatant criminality of the TBTF Wall Street banks and their enablers at the Federal Reserve and throughout the federal government, I thought this was the main issue that needed to be confronted. What I’ve learned in the years since is pretty much every industry in America is corrupt to the core, more focused on sucking money away from helpless citizens via rent-seeking schemes versus actually producing a product and adding value. Unfortunately, the healthcare industry is no exception.

Today’s post zeros in on a particular slice of that industry. A group of companies known as Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs. Companies that seem to extract far more from the public than they give back. It’s a convoluted sector that is difficult to get your head around, which is why we should be thankful that David Dayen wrote an excellent piece on the topic recently. What follows are merely excerpts from his lengthy and highly informative piece, The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices. I strongly suggest you read the entire thing.

Below are a few highlights from the piece published in The American Prospect:

Like any retail outlet, Frankil purchases inventory from a wholesale distributor and sells it to customers at a small markup. But unlike butchers or hardware store owners, pharmacists have no idea how much money they’ll make on a sale until the moment they sell it. That’s because the customer’s co-pay doesn’t cover the cost of the drug. Instead, a byzantine reimbursement process determines Frankil’s fee.

“I get a prescription, type in the data, click send, and I’m told I’m getting a dollar or two,” Frankil says. The system resembles the pull of a slot machine: Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. “Pharmacies sell prescriptions at significant losses,” he adds. “So what do I do? Fill the prescription and lose money, or don’t fill it and lose customers? These decisions happen every single day.”

To continue reading: Meet Pharmacy Benefit Managers – ‘The Most Profitable Corporations You’ve Never Heard Of’

A Health Care Plan So Simple, Even a Republican Can Understand, by Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter is a lot closer to a workable, market-based reform to replace Obamacare than Congressional Republicans’ efforts. From Coulter at anncoulter.com:

It’s always impossible to repeal laws that require Ann to pay for greedy people, because the greedy run out on the streets wailing that the Republicans are murdering them.

Obamacare is uniquely awful because the free stuff isn’t paid for through income taxes: It’s paid for through MY health insurance premiums. This is unfortunate because I wanted to buy health insurance.

Perhaps you’re not aware — SINCE YOU EXEMPTED YOURSELVES FROM OBAMACARE, CONGRESS — but buying or selling health insurance is illegal in America.

Right now, there’s no free market because insurance is insanely regulated not only by Obamacare, but also by the most corrupt organizations in America: state insurance commissions. (I’m talking to you, New York!)

Federal and state laws make it illegal to sell health insurance that doesn’t cover a laughable array of supposedly vital services based on bureaucrats’ medical opinions of which providers have the best lobbyists.

As a result, it’s illegal to sell health insurance that covers any of the medical problems I’d like to insure against. Why can’t the GOP keep Obamacare for the greedy — but make it legal for Ann to buy health insurance?

This is how it works today:

ME: I’m perfectly healthy, but I’d like to buy health insurance for heart disease, broken bones, cancer, and everything else that a normal person would ever need, but no more.

INSURANCE COMPANY: That will be $700 a month, the deductible is $35,000, no decent hospital will take it, and you have to pay for doctor’s visits yourself. But your plan covers shrinks, infertility treatments, sex change operations, autism spectrum disorder treatment, drug rehab and 67 other things you will never need.

INSURANCE COMPANY UNDER ANN’S PLAN: That will be $50 a month, the deductible is $1,000, you can see any doctor you’d like, and you have full coverage for any important medical problems you could conceivably have in a million years.

To continue reading: A Health Care Plan So Simple, Even a Republican Can Understand,

You Will Never Hear These Truths Discussed In The Mainstream, by Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith believes a variety of obvious truths are being ignored. It’s hard to argue against the ones he cites. From Smith at alt-market.com:

The general public truly lives in two separate worlds. We have the world of the mainstream media, popular culture and political rhetoric; a world which constantly and desperately seeks to twist or destroy any legitimate measure of reality, leading people into a frenzied fog. Then, we have the world of concrete facts; an ugly, brutal world that upsets many people when they see it and leaves them with little more than the hope that the most innovative of us will perhaps reverse the disastrous course, or at least, survive to carry on a meaningful level of civilization.

The sad thing is, if a majority of the population studied and accepted the world of fact, then preparation and intelligent or aggressive action might negate any destructive outcome. Reality only grows more ugly because we continue to ignore it.

Have you ever come to a logical or practical conclusion in response to a national or global problem and waited in vain to hear it represented in the mainstream? Have you ever thought — if I can figure this out, why can’t they? And by “they,” I mean the people most commonly offered a mainstream platform. This includes so called “professional journalists,” political leaders, mainstream economists, highly paid “analysts,” etc. Well, I think more and more Americans in particular are finally considering the notion that these “professionals” are either not very smart, or they have an agenda that seeks to perpetuate the problem rather than fix the problem.

Yes, the intellectual class, the longtime gatekeepers of public thought and consent, are actually mostly morons and/or liars with a terrible purpose in mind. I understand that this does not come as a surprise to many of my readers, but remember, the masses are still trapped in a stupefying fog. The goal here is to bring just a few more of them out of the doldrums whenever possible.

To continue reading: You Will Never Hear These Truths Discussed In The Mainstream

 

Is Health Care a Right or a Good? by Andrew P. Napolitano

Both Obamacare and its proposed replacement treat health care as a right. The constitution specifies no right to medical care or any other good or service because we all can’t have a “right” that someone else must pay for. From Andrew P. Napolitano at lewrockwell.com:

The political fiasco that unfolded last week as President Donald Trump and the Republican House leadership failed to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, is attributable as much to the failure of politics as it is to the failure of politicians to understand the constitutional role of the federal government.

Republicans could not muster a majority in the House, which they control because a determined small group of them want to remove the federal government from the regulation of health care and believe that the replacement for Obamacare that House leaders have offered would keep too much of it in place. The president and his allies have argued that their bill would invalidate enough of Obamacare to return free choices to health care and to fulfill their campaign promises. Neither side has prevailed.

Here is the back story.

When Congress passed Obamacare in 2010, it did so without a single Republican vote. The premise underlying the highly partisan 2,700-page legislation is that health care is a right belonging to everyone in America and the federal government has a constitutional duty to provide it.

The political structure of Obamacare mandates that every person in America obtain health insurance, that every employer of more than 50 people in America pay for the health insurance of all employees who work more than 30 hours per week, that every policy of health insurance cover a large dimension of potential medical needs and that those earning under a certain annual income level receive health care at the expense of the rest of us. The failure to obtain and maintain health insurance triggers a tax burden — equivalent to the annual premium on a health insurance policy — for every year one goes without coverage.

To continue reading: Is Health Care a Right or a Good?