Category Archives: Medicine

Why Water Fluoridation Is A Forced Experiment That Needs To Stop, by Children’s Health Defense

Flouride’s deteriments may well outweigh even it’s putative, and probably overstated, benefits. From Children’s Defense Fund at collectiveevolution.com:

The United States stands almost entirely alone among developed nations in adding industrial silicofluorides to its drinking water—imposing the community-wide measure without informed consent. Globally, roughly 5% of the population consumes chemically fluoridated water, but more people in the U.S. drink fluoride-adulterated water than in all other countries combined. Within the U.S., just under a third (30%) of local water supplies are not fluoridated; these municipalities have either held the practice at bay since fluoridation’s inception or have won hard-fought battles to halt water fluoridation.

Dozens of studies and reviews—including in top-tier journals such as The Lancet—have shown that fluoride is neurotoxic and lowers children’s IQ.

The fluoride chemicals added to drinking water are unprocessed toxic wasteproducts—captured pollutants from Florida’s phosphate fertilizer industry or unregulated chemical imports from China. The chemicals undergo no purification before being dumped into drinking water and often harbor significant levels of arsenic and other heavy metal contamination; one researcher describes this unavoidable contamination as a “regulatory blind spotthat jeopardizes any safe use of fluoride additives.”

Dozens of studies and reviews—including in top-tier journals such as The Lancet—have shown that fluoride is neurotoxic and lowers children’s IQ. Fluoride is also associated with a variety of other health risks in both children and adults. However, U.S. officialdom persists in making hollow claims that water fluoridation is safe and beneficial, choosing to ignore even its own research! A multimillion-dollar longitudinal study published in Environmental Health Perspectives in September, 2017, for example, was largely funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences—and the seminal study revealed a strong relationship between fluoride exposure in pregnant women and lowered cognitive function in offspring. Considered in the context of other research, the study’s implications are, according to the nonprofit Fluoride Action Network, “enormous”—“a cannon shot across the bow of the 80 year old practice of artificial fluoridation.”

According to declassified government documents summarized by Project Censored, Manhattan Project scientists discovered early on that fluoride was a leading health hazard to bomb program workers and surrounding communities.

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Doug Casey on Magic Mushrooms, by Doug Casey

Why not let people expand their minds, if that’s what they think they’re doing? Why should the government have any say at all in what you ingest or imbibe? From Doug Casey at caseyresearch.com:

Justin’s note: First legal marijuana… now legal “magic mushrooms?”

It sounds like a pipe dream. But Oregon and Denver are considering decriminalizing psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in “magic mushrooms.”

Not only that, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently designated “Breakthrough Therapy” status to a psilocybin-based drug designed to treat clinical depression.

In short, the chances of psilocybin becoming legal at some level just skyrocketed.

It’s hard to believe, even for a libertarian like myself. As for Casey Research founder Doug Casey? Well, he called the news “exciting” in a private email. So I got him on the phone to learn why…


Justin: Doug, you’ve been a critic of the drug war for decades now. But are you surprised by this news? After all, I think most people can agree that psilocybin is a far more powerful substance than marijuana…

Doug: I’m not sure powerful is the right word. The effects are just different, and the effects differ greatly with the amount you take. And even the environment you take them in.

The fact there’s been a world-wide, anti-drug hysteria for well over 50 years speaks very poorly of the average human in general, and Americans in particular.

Mind-altering substances have been part of the human experience since Day One. It’s only recently that the U.S., perhaps because of its puritanical roots, started criminalizing everything. It turned practices that were, at most, bad habits or nuisances, into major felonies.

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FDA Policies Kill, by Walter E. Williams

People die when the drug gatekeepers refuse to allow in safe, beneficial new drugs. From Walter Williams at lewrockwell.com:

Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors — statistically known as the type I error and type II error. With respect to the FDA, a type I error is the rejection or delayed approval of a drug that is safe and effective — erring on the side of over-caution — and a type II error is the approval of a drug that has unanticipated dangerous side effects, or erring on the side of under-caution.

Let’s examine the incentives of FDA officials. If FDA officials err on the side of under-caution and approve a drug that has unanticipated dangerous side effects, the victims of their mistake will be highly visible. There may be congressional hearings, embarrassment to the agency and officials fired.

It’s an entirely different story if FDA officials err on the side of over-caution and either disapprove or delay the approval of a drug that is both safe and effective. In that case, the victims will be invisible. They will have no idea that their suffering could have been eliminated, or in the case of death, their loved ones will have no idea why they died. Their suffering and/or death will be chalked up to the state of medicine rather than the status of an FDA drug application. Their doctor will simply tell them there’s nothing more that can be done to help them. The FDA officials go scot-free.

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He Said That? 12/19/18

Clayton M. Christensen (born 1952), American academic, business consultant, and religious leader, currently serves as the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School of Harvard University, The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care (1997):

There are more than 9,000 billing codes for individual procedures and units of care. But there is not a single billing code for patient adherence or improvement, or for helping patients stay well.

I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned. By Sarah Kliff

There is no way a completely privatized health care system wouldn’t do a much better job of providing medical care, at far lower cost, then our currently bastardized system. From Sarah Kliff at vox.com:

A $5,571 bill to sit in a waiting room, $238 eyedrops, and a $60 ibuprofen tell the story of how emergency room visits are squeezing patients.

For the past 15 months, I’ve asked Vox readers to submit emergency room bills to our database. I’ve read lots of those medical bills — 1,182 of them, to be exact.

My initial goal was to get a sense of how unpredictable and costly ER billing is across the country. There are millions of emergency room visits every year, making it one of the more frequent ways we interact with our health care system — and a good window into the health costs squeezing consumers today.

I started my project focused on one specific charge: the facility fee. I found this charge for walking through an emergency room’s doors could be as low as $533 or well over $3,000, depending on which hospital a patient visited and how severe her case was. I also learned that the price of this charge had skyrocketed in recent years, increasing much faster than other medical prices for no clear reason.

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Massachusetts Seeks to Disbar and Silence Attorney Fighting to Expose Corruption in Senior Medical Kidnappings, by Terri LaPoint

Court-ordered conservatorships can isolate senior parents from their children and serve as a license to steal by court-appointed guardians and lawyers. From Terri LaPoint at healthimpactnews.com:

Attorneys and guardians have plundered the estate of Marvin Siegel, a retired attorney from Boxford, Massachusetts. At the same time they have gone through the courts to isolate him from his children and essentially imprison him in his own home.

His youngest daughter Lisa Belanger followed in his footsteps in becoming an attorney, inspired by her father’s principles of fighting for what is right. She says:

He taught me to not be silent when wrongs are being done to others.

She and her sister Devora Kaiser were shocked to see the strong arm of the state in keeping them away from their beloved father when he was captured from his family in 2011.

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Tucker Tells the Trump Truth, by Robert Ringer

Tucker Carlson recently told a German newspaper what he tought was wrong with Trump. From Robert Ringer at lewrockwell.com:

In an interview with a German newspaper, Tucker Carlson undoubtedly caused a lot of Trump supporters to flinch when he spoke frankly about what he sees as the president’s shortcomings.  Right out of the starting gate, he stated that he intensely dislikes Trump’s self-aggrandizement and boasting.

Tucker is not alone on this one.  Those of us who support Trump’s proposed agenda (repeat, proposed) feel pretty much the same way.  It’s very sad that President Trump has such an insatiable need to bluster about his achievements — even when the facts don’t back up his words — because it’s probably cost him a record approval rating.

One of the most basic rules of good human relations is to be aware that people hate arrogance and love humility.  Puffery is a self-destructive trait, and one that is totally unnecessary for someone of Donald Trump’s stature.

Tucker went on to say that he doesn’t believe Trump is “capable of sustained focus” and that “I don’t think he understands the system.”  Perhaps, but if he understood the swamp system too well, he probably would not be as good as he is at thinking outside the box.

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