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It’s that time of year again.    For the next month we’ll be inundated with stories about how to stick to our New Year’s resolutions, Top 10 lists, and trips down media’s memory lane. These lists can be good, reminding us of interesting stuff we’ve forgotten. But they can also serve a darker purpose. By picking and choosing what they want to show us the media has yet another opportunity to shape our beliefs. By presenting only the “official” story and ignoring the dissenting ones, they get one last chance to reshape our memories of the past year and our outlook on the new one.   Here’s an example: Of the dozens of “Top X of 2016” lists I’ve read so far, one third is real news, one third is irrelevant drivel, and the final third is flat-out propaganda for Big Pharma and Big Medicine which has nothing to do with the truth.  So with that in mind I’ve decided to present my own ...

We’ve been hearing about it for something like two years. One version after another has been proposed, tweaked, and loaded with enough pork for a Congressional barbecue. Each time, it gets sent back for more tinkering. Now, with a regime change on the horizon and the very real possibility of finally repealing the (un)Affordable Care Act, it looks as if this law might finally pass. In fact, by the time you read this it may already be too late to stop it—if there was ever a chance in the first place.   Public Citizen calls it a “grab bag of goodies” for Big Pharma and Big Medicine. I call it the Dangerous Drugs Act. Congress calls it the “21th Century Cures Act” and if it passes, taking a prescription drug will be like playing Russian roulette with your life. It has NOTHING to do with cures We already have big problems with pharmaceutical drugs—and I’m not just talking about the crazy price tags. Most drugs have more ...

Just a month ago, I couldn’t imagine I’d ever be in a position to talk about this. Of course I’ve dreamed about it. I’ve even prayed that a miracle might happen and we’d come to a point where we could talk about taking apart this monstrosity. But the truth is that I never, ever thought it would actually happen.   And yet here we are. Against all the odds, we have a president-elect who has vowed—not just once but many times—to repeal the abominable (un)Affordable Care Act. We have a Republican majority in Congress, which means a repeal might actually pass—if their outrage over the past six years wasn’t all political show. We have senators like Rand Paul saying that repealing Obamacare will be on the agenda for the first month of President Trump’s term.   It could actually happen, folks. We’ve won the battle, but the war isn’t over yet It could actually happen. But whether it will ...

Several years ago, my mother was hospitalized with pneumonia. My father had already passed on, and I spent several days and nights trying to fill his shoes at her bedside in the hospital ward. I still remember the dizzying array of gadgets and monitors she was connected to. Gadgets to measure her pulse. Gadgets to measure the amount of oxygen in her blood. Gadgets to measure God knows what else. Just getting up to go to the bathroom was a major chore that required a nurse to come in and unhook everything. Being connected to all that technology was uncomfortable and stressful. It made it impossible for her to get comfortable. It made sleep difficult—every time she turned over, something came unhooked. The lights and beeps from the monitors kept her awake too. Then of course there were the constant interruptions of nurses coming in to read the monitors and write down what they said. And each time they left, the nurses would say the same thing: “Get some ...

It was the worst epidemic in the history of humanity.   It spread at an astonishing pace, racing through towns and cities like wildfire. It attacked young, healthy adults most often—and people who fell in the morning were often dead by nightfall. Schools were closed. Church services were banned. Whole neighborhoods were quarantined. Public assemblies were forbidden.    And still people died…and died…and died… Funeral homes ran out of coffins. Towns ran out of space to store bodies waiting for burial—auditoriums and gymnasiums became makeshift morgues.   It was the so-called “Spanish” flu, and from 1918 to 1919 it killed more people than the whole of World War I.   So why do I have the Spanish flu on my mind right now? Not just because October is officially the beginning of flu season. No, what’s bothering me today is a strange convergence of coincidences which by ...

While going through my email the other day, I came across something that shocked me to my core.   Now, before I say anything else I need to explain something. First of all, I subscribe to a LOT of newsletters and RSS feeds. I get alerts on everything from new drug trial news to tips on which drug companies are the hottest investment right now and why. I get updates from PhRMA and the AMA and Dr. Mercola. I follow dozens of physicians on both sides of the fence—both Big Pharma shills and the doctors who are trying to make a real difference.     And I get lots and lots of promotional material aimed at doctors and pharmacists.   My day begins with several hours of sifting through this stuff for the hidden information the average person will never see but NEEDS to know about. And the other day, one of the emails in my inbox—a Big Pharma newsletter—caught my attention with this subject line:   Who Do Patients ...

By the time you get this newsletter, it may already be too late. In fact, it was probably too late by the time the CDC informed the public of its sneaky plan. It looks to have been in the works for a while, and the public notice came out so late that it didn’t give us much time to marshal our defenses. And since it’s not an actual law that’s being vote on—in which case we could deluge our Congresspeople with phone calls—but regulatory rules, anything the public does have to say will probably have little effect.   What am I talking about?   The CDC’s proposed changes to the rules regarding who can be detained, quarantined and forcibly “treated” under public health law.   I’m here to tell you, folks, this rule change scares me more than anything else in my life has. This is it. This is forced vaccination. This is martial law implemented through the “public health” service. This is ...

If you’re going through menopause and considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT), this month there’s a very compelling reason to stop and think again. A new study of nearly 40,000 menopausal women found that the most common form of HRT nearly triples the risk of breast cancer. This has been hinted at by studies in the past, but the current study should really—not to make a pun—give us pause.   Because no matter what Big Pharma and Big Medicine would like us to think, menopause isn’t a disease. It isn’t a medical condition. And though it can cause discomfort for some women, it’s not something that needs “treated” with strong drugs.   And ladies, if you’re having a hot flash just reading that sentence, bear with me. I’m not minimizing how miserable menopause can be. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do anything to make yourself feel better. I am saying that HRT and other drastic ...

No, you didn’t read that wrong. We’ve all made jokes at some point about the government charging us for the air we breathe, or telling us when we’re allowed to burp. So this may sound like just another tasteless joke but it isn’t: the FDA, in its infinite wisdom, wants to regulate poop.    And they don’t just want to regulate it as a normal biological substance like blood or skin. No. They want to treat it as an “investigational new drug” and make poop-sellers jump through all the hoops that drug manufacturers have to go through before they market a product.   Once again, yes you read that right. I said poop-sellers. And yes, there are companies out there that sell…well, frozen poop. For as much a $400 per…pop. Why? Who on earth is buying it, let alone paying hundreds of dollars? And what does the FDA have to do with human waste? Let me explain. Medicine’s stomach-churning new treatment ...

Something surprising is going on in the medical world. Doctors here and there are beginning to wake up. They’re seeing that they’ve been lied to since before they started medical school. They’re realizing that not all “guidelines” should be followed. They’re coming to the conclusion that much medical dogma is just that—dogma. Some are embracing complementary—that is, non-drug and non-surgical—treatments. Some even have the gall to question hallowed teachings like “carbs are good and saturated fat is bad. They’re giving their patients advice that actually makes them healthier but goes against The Rules.   The American Medical Association (AMA) wants to shut these doctors up. It wants to be able to “discipline” them. It wants to have the power to take away their licenses if they don’t spout the official AMA propaganda.   What the AMA really wants is for you you to be dependent ...

"Hungry Water" stealing healthy minerals from your body?   What if I told you the water you’re drinking could be setting you up for heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s? Or increasing your odds of arthritis? Heck, If you have diuresis, according to the World Health Organization, it could be the reason why you’re constantly running to the ‘head’ to use the restroom...   ...It is probably the MAIN reason why you just feel tired, and sick nowadays...   What if I said that the water you’re drinking right now is stealing healthy minerals from your bones and teeth and sending them swirling down the toilet?   WARNING: If you’re drinking water that’s been “purified” through reverse osmosis, this could be happening to you...   BREAKING VIDEO: CHECK THE BACK LABELS OF YOUR BOTTLED WATER FOR THIS….   Go ahead, open the fridge or ...

Dark side of bottled water…?   If you’re like millions of other Americans, you may drink bottled water because you think it’s good for your health…   ...Skipping out on soda or sweet tea and drinking a nice cold bottle of water...   It's the one “healthy thing” every day you can commit to and feel good about doing…   After all, we live in a toxic world where nothing is what it seems. Pesticides, herbicides, and even drug residue in our food and water is a day-to-day worry. It just makes sense to try to keep everything that goes in our mouths as toxin-free as possible, and bottled water might seem like a good way to do that.   Yet, there’s a dark side to bottled water that soft-drink corporations and the media don’t want you to know about….   >>> Click here to watch this shocking video now   Don’t let the ...

The question of death has puzzled humans probably for as long as humanity has been around. We ask big, sweeping questions such as, “What happens to us after we die?” and even “Why does death exist?” These are philosophical and religious questions—things science cannot answer, and whose answers we might not accept even if it could. But there are other, more mundane questions that are just as perplexing. For instance, “What does it mean to be ‘dead’?” and even more importantly, “How do we decide when someone actually is dead and not just in a coma or something? What constitutes ‘dead’?” They’re surprisingly difficult questions to answer, and we’ve wrestled with them throughout the ages and continue to do so even today. Well, these questions just got even stickier than they were. Because science has discovered something truly incredible: hundreds of genes keep working even after ...

Here’s a scenario for you: You go to the doctor for a “regular checkup.” You’re not sick. In fact you feel great. You go for a walk every day and you play tennis twice a week. You eat real food. You don’t smoke or drink. You don’t have high blood sugar, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. You are over 40 though, and the doc uses that as an excuse to run every test under the sun “just in case.”   Of course everything comes back clear. You’re the picture of shining good health…or so you think. But you can’t escape the clutches of Big Medicine that easily, and your doctor tells you that you need to have a conversation about your weight.   You’re confused. Your weight is well within the normal range. Your BMI is 19, also well within the “healthy” part of the scale. Your waist is slim, and though you don’t have “rock-hard abs,” you’re far from ...

A couple of weeks ago I promised to tell you all about how the new zika vaccine will work and why it’s such a bad idea. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do today. But first, let’s recap: A few months ago, virtually no one but tropical disease specialists had ever heard of the zika virus. Then within weeks, it was all over the news. Scaremongering headlines claimed zika was causing an “epidemic” of birth defect in Brazil. What the news stories didn’t say was that there was absolutely no scientific evidence that it was true. Fast-forward to today: There’s STILL no smoking gun tying the two together. We’re assured there’s a “scientific consensus,” but again it’s based on virtually zero evidence. However, that hasn’t stopped the pharma machine. Suddenly, this little-known virus—which often causes no symptoms at all—is Public Enemy Number One, and billions of dollars have ...

I predicted it months ago. At the time the world was panicking over a heretofore little-known virus called zika. With little to no scientific evidence, “experts” were claiming that it caused horrible birth defects—even though the virus has been around forever and never caused birth defects before. Meanwhile, they were ignoring more likely causes of said birth defects such as poor nutrition and environmental pollution. Now thanks to the media frenzy “zika” is a household word. It’s still going on, of course. After the first wave of fear-mongering, the media has only needed to poke the fire once in a while to keep it blazing in the public consciousness. In the interim, the “experts” have quietly toned down the “zika causes birth defects” rhetoric. The focus has shifted slightly toward “zika causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome.” GBS, if you’ve never heard of it, is a neurological condition that can follow ...

If there’s one thing that scares Americans more than anything else, it’s the thought of growing old. We live in a “culture of youth” that says once you’re over 40—or even 30—your value starts to decline. It’s a ridiculous message, of course. But it’s fueled by industries with deep pockets and big advertising budgets. Industries that stand to make a profit from our fear.   Medicine has convinced us that aging is a treatable disease and snake oil salesman have convinced us that they have the cure.  Way back in 2003 the beauty industry was already a $160 billion concern, and as of 2012 the “anti-aging” market—including plastic surgery—raked in around $90 billion a year. Combined, that’s nearly as much money as Big Pharma makes.    The number of people 65 and over is growing every day. You might expect this to lead to a more sensible and realistic view of aging. You ...

Earlier this month, somewhere between 130 and 150 people (the number is in dispute) had a top-secret, invitation-only meeting at Harvard University.    They came from many different walks of life.   There were scientists. There were computer gurus. Entrepreneurs were invited. Lawyers attended. There were even government officials from countries around the globe present.    Complete secrecy was requested. Participants weren’t to talk to the press. They were not to tweet or post to other social media. The details of the proceedings were to be kept completely secret.    And so far, they have been.   The purpose of this meeting? To make a plan for creating a complete human genome from scratch within the next 10 years.   Let me say that again, in case I didn’t make it clear:   More than a hundred people, from all the professions needed to make it happen, had a secret ...

Today my hat goes off to Japan.    This summer in Japan, a group of people injured by vaccines for human papilloma virus (HPV)—the shot the U.S. wants all little girls age 9 and up to get—will file a class action suit against two of the biggest Big Pharma giants. Named in the suit are Merck, who makes Gardasil, and GlaxoSmithKline, maker of rival Cervarix. How they got to this point is an interesting story. It highlights just how few rights we in the United States have when it comes to our health, and how thoroughly Big Pharma has inserted itself into the machinery of government.  These are some of the most dangerous vaccines In the U.S., Gardasil is approved and recommended for little girls and women ages 9 to 26. Cervarix, which is less popular, is recommended for ages 9 to 25. Since these drugs' approval, the guidelines have been expanded to include little boys, teenage boys, and grown men too. It cost about $600 a pop and is ...

If you haven't heard about one of the most shocking discoveries in recent memory…    Well — you're in for a treat.    Craig Venter, one of the scientists instrumental in decoding the human genome, and his team of researchers have created an artificial genome and plopped it into a bacterial cell. In effect, they've created a new life form.    I'll stop for a moment and let that sink in.    They've taken the genome — the complete set of DNA — from a microorganism and modified it beyond recognition. They've added and subtracted genes till they have something that has never existed before and never will outside of a lab. Or at least that's the plan. Then they've put that DNA back into the cell it came out of. And that, my friends, changed the organism into something completely different from what it began life as.    Like taking a pig and ...

For all the lack of safety in too many prescription drugs, new drugs do have to go through a lot of testing before they hit the market. They're often tested in animals first, and once they come out of the lab they must go through three phases of clinical trials.    Phase I trials are the first safety tests. They usually involve only a few people. They're intended to gauge whether the drug is safe at all, to find a safe dosage, and to identify side effects. Many drugs never get past this phase.    If researchers do decide a drug is safe enough to test in a large group of people, it goes on to Phase II trials. This stage looks at whether a drug is actually effective, and whether it still appears safe when given to more people. Many more drugs fail here, but if they seem to work they go on to Phase III trials.    Phase III trials expand the number of people taking the drug and fine-tune the dosage. They take another look at ...

Film festivals don't usually generate a lot of controversy, at least not outside of the entertainment pages. But this year, one entrant in the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York generated a firestorm. The film in question is a documentary called "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe." It's a scathing indictment of the vaccine industry. It exposes fraud and corruption at the very highest levels of our so-called public health system — the CDC. It was directed by Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who first suggested a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. It contains phone conversations with a CDC scientist turned whistleblower describing rampant fraud and a full-on coverup. And the story of its short career as a Tribeca candidate shows the reach of Big Pharma's tentacles and the length it will go to in order to silence dissent. And now for full disclosure on my part… At the risk of alienating some of you, I have to say that ...

The "Denying Americans the Right to Know" (DARK) Act. That's what those of us most passionate about GMO labeling have called the various versions of a bill making its way through Congress right now.    It's a bill that just won't die. Like a hydra, that mythical monster with seven heads that grew back when they were lopped off, as soon as we get rid of one version of this bill another pops up to take its place. Last year the House passed a version of this monstrosity, which would take away states' rights to require labeling of GMO foods. Then a sneaky effort was made to slip it into the budget bill before Christmas. Thankfully, it didn't make it to law.    This spring several more varieties of this noxious weed of a law have made it to the Senate. The most recent incarnation came this month, and the anti-GMO world is wild with happiness because the bill was defeated.   Except…it ...

The Zika Insanity Continues: GMO Mosquitos ApprovedComing soon to a hot summer night near you: genetically modified mosquitos.    That's right. Not only has the panic over the Zika virus kicked the vaccine machine into high gear, it's created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for creators of genetically modified animals. Bio-firm Oxitec now wants to release GMO mosquitoes into the southern United States. And they're well on their way to getting FDA approval to do so.    Of course they tell us it's for our own good. It's the most effective weapon, they say, in the "fight against Zika." But is Zika really such a threat the we need to resort to using Frankenstein's lab? And what might the consequences be if we do?    The answer to these questions are a resounding "no" followed by "we have no idea." But of course that won't stop it from happening. Lots of money stands to be ...

Thanks to sky-high monthly premiums and multi-thousand dollar deductibles, many of us already have health insurance and medical costs on our minds all too often. We might be trying to balance our budgets to cover premiums. We might be worrying that we won't meet our deductibles and will have to pay for expensive care out of pocket. We might just be facing the fine-that-isn't-a-fine when we file our taxes. In any case, it's an ever-present nagging worry in the back of many minds.    Recently, one of the Democratic presidential candidates brought this worry to the forefront with his proposal of "Medicare for all." He claimed it would save the average person thousands each year. Critics claimed it would raise taxes astronomically and bankrupt the country.    The internet exploded in a spate of vitriol like I haven't seen in years. Television talking heads got hot under the collar. Newspapers carried letters to the editor. ...

The Zika virus is still headline news, and the fear feeding frenzy only seems to be getting worse. Earlier this month, Florida Governor Rick Scott actually declared a state of emergency in four Florida counties. The emergency? A couple of cases of Zika had been diagnosed in each. Nine cases in total. But don't panic, Florida residents or those of you living in neighboring states. This doesn't mean that there will soon be an epidemic of birth defects in the area. Although the media keeps repeating the same scary numbers, the fact remains that so far Brazil still has a much lower incidence of microcephaly than the U.S. does. Until the current hysteria struck, Brazil reported about 200 cases each year. The U.S., on the other hand, has around 25,000. That's right. Twenty-five thousand. Thus far, in spite of the panic, Brazil has still only confirmed around 500 cases. This is extremely low for a country of this size. It strongly suggests that Brazil has been ...

Contrary to popular belief, the phrase "First, do no harm" isn't actually part of the Hippocratic Oath — the oath that doctors swear when they graduate from medical students to full-fledged physicians. Maybe that's why those running hospitals feel that it's ok to arm their security guards with lethal weapons, which are intended for nothing else but to do harm.    This is a disturbing new trend among hospitals. More than half the hospitals in the U.S. state that their security guards are armed with guns, and an equal number carry Tasers. This puts vulnerable patients — and their families — at risk of the shoot-now-ask-questions-later mentality so prevalent among law enforcement.    Guns have no place in hospitals.    Hospitals are supposed to be safe spaces. Places of sanctuary, so to speak. Places where healing occurs. Where, when death or disability does happen it's in spite of — ...

As a child, I had all my shots. My parents, having lived through polio epidemics, were firm believers in vaccination. I had the standard battery of immunizations — which was a lot smaller than it is now — including the dreaded MMR shot and the oral polio vaccine. I also had the recommended number of doses of the DPT shot. DPT stands for Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus. The “D” and “P” part of the vaccine were supposed to protect us for a lifetime. Tetanus immunity has to be renewed every ten years, but having the mandated doses of diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine were supposed to keep a person safe from these diseases for the rest of their life. Well, back in 2006, decades into my “lifelong immunity,” I got pertussis. I don’t know how I got it. And I don’t seem to have passed it on to anyone else, thank God. There was no outbreak in the area either before or after my case, and to the best of ...

Leafy greens are healthy, and a McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese is unhealthy — right? Leafy greens are full of vitamins and minerals, while the Quarter Pounder is full of…bad stuff…and will make you fat and diabetic — right? So we should all eat leafy greens every day and leave the Quarter Pounders to those who don't care about being healthy.    Right?    What I'm about to say will probably shock you, but hear me out before you decide I've lost my mind: the Quarter Pounder isn't "unhealthy." And the leafy greens aren't "healthy," either.    When you've recovered from your shock, let's talk about why.  What does "healthy" really mean, anyway? "Healthy" is the watchword of the day. We're told to eat a healthy diet. Get a healthy amount of exercise. Live a healthy lifestyle. We try to have a healthy outlook on ...

Until recently, I wasn't following the story of the E. coli outbreaks at Chipotle restaurants very closely. It's not that I think food poisoning cases aren't important. Of course they are. But no one was accusing Chipotle of intentionally poisoning customers. As far as I was concerned, there were much more pressing health issues to worry about.    Well, I'm following the story now.    What caught my attention was a headline about a criminal investigation into food poisonings at Chipotle.    This is just unheard of. Criminal investigations simply don't happen when restaurants have incidents like these. It made my antennae tingle. So I dug a little deeper. And after spending a day reading everything I can get my hands on about Chipotle, their business model, their stance on food, and their recent illness woes I have to say:    Something about this whole situation stinks of cow manure, and it ...

Doctors know a lot. We spend an incredible number of years in school, and even more years training afterward. There's no doubt that Dr.s know more about an awful lot of medical-related things. However, there's one big secret Big Medicine doesn't like to admit:  Doctors don't know everything. And sometimes, they're not informed as we, the patients are.   It's not their fault, really. Most doctors are generalists — they're expected to know a little bit about a lot of problems, but they don't specialize in any one area. There are thousands of different diseases and medical problems out there. There's just no way one person can possibly be familiar with all of them.    Even when it comes to common issues like diabetes and heart disease, what doctors know sometimes lags behind. There are only so many hours in the day, after all. They do have lives outside of work — families and friends and everything ...

It's that time of year again. Pharmacies are plastering their doors with posters and setting sandwich boards out on the sidewalks. Newspapers are blaring headlines like, "First Flu Death Reported!" The holidays are here, and the fear machine is about to ramp up to full speed. It's flu season.  The question is — should you be worried?  Influenza is a cash cow for Big Pharma Make no mistake: influenza is big business. Any pharmacy bigger than a phone booth is giving out flu shots. Doctor's offices are pushing them. Many states recently passed laws allowing dentists to give flu shots, and others are setting up immunization stations in schools. Flu clinics are popping up everywhere. Even big-box retail stores — who have no business mucking around in "healthcare" — are getting in on the act.    If you think this has anything at all to do with your health, think again. Do you really think these folks ...

There's a phrase I keep hearing lately. It's usually in reference to "climate change," but it gets applied to many other aspects of science and medicine too. And every time, it makes my blood boil. What is this phrase?    "The science is settled."    The climate change crowd are self-righteous enough to say it outright. When it comes to other sciences and to medicine, it's not said in so many words but the implication is there: this is the way we've been doing things for twenty years. The science is settled.    Well I have news for you, folks. The science is never "settled," no matter what Big Pharma and Big Medicine would like you to think. It's the very nature of science to be unsettled, to constantly change and grow as we make new discoveries, and for ideas to be discarded and replaced by new ones. Science is constantly evolving. If the science is "settled," then ...

Not long ago, those of us who warned of the coming of forced vaccinations were ridiculed as paranoid. California's mandatory vaccination bill passed earlier this year shows that we were not. With the passage of SB 277, California joined West Virginia and Mississippi in making childhood immunizations mandatory for all children. Religious beliefs cannot not exempt you. Personal beliefs cannot not exempt you. The only exception is a medical waiver. Unfortunately, a medical exemption is denied 99.99 percent of the time.    Children who are not up-to-date on recommended vaccines will be denied access to daycare, public schools, and even private schools. Those who have religious objections, or who simply don't want to expose their children to these substances, will have no option but to homeschool. If they are unable to homeschool, they will have to subject their children to more than 40 doses of vaccines.  Recommended vaccines - an endless cash stream ...

At this point in your life, you may be thinking longingly about retirement. Or maybe you’re dreading the idea of retiring. In either case, medical insurance is an issue that may have crossed your mind. Or maybe you think Medicare will take care of everything, just like your current medical plan. Well, maybe not.   Medicare is confusing for most people. For at least a year before you turn 65, your mailbox will be stuffed with ads from insurance companies suggesting you need their Medigap policy. The HR folks at work may drop hints that you would be better off on Medicare than on the company plan. You may be thinking they’re both right. But how do you know? Here’s what you need to know to decide. When can you sign up for Medicare? You must sign up for Medicare during the three months before or the three months after you turn 65, unless you are still working and covered by other insurance. COBRA coverage does not count. If you have certain ...

If you don't know your credit score you probably live under a rock. Or you've never turned on a television and been bombarded with ads promising to get you a free copy of your credit report or "repair" bad credit (most of which are scams). What you may not know is that there are hundreds of other consumer scoring systems out there; systems that rate everything from how likely you are to buy a product to whether you're a security risk when you step on a plane. Most of these scores are secret. So secret, in fact, that you aren't allowed to see them or even know of their existence. They affect your life in a billion different ways both large and small. And while all are a blatant invasion of privacy, some are more dangerous than others. One of the most frightening is the FICO "Medication Adherence Scale." Big Brother Wants You to Take Your Meds A little over a year after the passage of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the credit ...

Vaccines have fallen off the radar since the end of the 2015 measles “outbreaks,” which the media so desperately wanted to call an epidemic. However, just because they're not getting the 24/7 news coverage of last winter doesn't mean we can forget about the issue.   In the past nine months many states quietly introduced pro-vaccine legislation. All was intended to  remove your rights and further the agenda of mandatory vaccination for one and all. One popular type of bill seeks to tag, track, and marginalize those who choose not to vaccinate. Using schools to fan the flames Of the many different tracking trends, the most popular ones use schools to publish the “vaccination status” of students. One type of bill forces schools to publish only the percentage of students up to date on shots. Currently there are no repercussions for “underperforming” schools, but it's no stretch of the imagination to see this ...

When the Affordable Care Act was first proposed, I said that it wasn't just a first step but a flying leap down a slippery slope. I warned that forcing us to buy health insurance whether we wanted it or not (for our own good, of course) was just the opening salvo in a war on our rights. If we could be forced to buy health insurance, I asked, what else would we be forced to buy later?    The "it's for your own good" argument can be used in an unlimited number of situations. I predicted that at some point it will be a question of, "have X procedure or take X drug, or lose your insurance" with X being whatever the flavor of the week is. Or "buy a gym membership and go to the gym X times per month or pay a fine." The Act gave Big Insurance and the IRS a direct line into our wallets. Forcing us to have the current "recommended" tests and treatments for whatever conditions we have or face a penalty seemed like the next ...

I hate to say it, but I think it’s time to talk about vaccines yet again. The situation just gets more ridiculous. Across the country we’re seeing more and more laws proposed that will force vaccination and track those who refuse. But even as this push gets stronger, we’re also seeing more and more evidence that the vaccine story we’ve been spoon fed all our lives just isn’t the whole truth. The Harvard mumps outbreak is a perfect example. As of right May 12, there were 59 cases of mumps at Harvard and more at surrounding schools. On the face of it this actually doesn’t sound too bad. With a student body numbering in the thousands and a vaccine that’s admittedly only about 88% effective, the surprising thing should be that there aren’t more students falling ill. At least that’s how the media is spinning it as they try to get us all on the vaccine bandwagon. And the argument would make sense except for one thing: The ...

If you’re diabetic, imagine this: You get up in the morning and instead of pulling out your glucose meter you open a contact lens case. Rather than pricking your finger yet again and squeezing out a drop of blood to wet the test strip, instead you power up your smart phone. Then you put in the contacts. You blink a few times and open an app on your phone. There on the screen is a display showing your blood glucose level. The app gives you several options. You can view your reading in real time—it’s updated once every second. You can look at a graph showing you the past 24 hours. You can program an alarm to sound if the numbers start to drop too low or creep too high. If you choose to, you can tell it to automatically call 911 if your numbers fall into truly dangerous territory. You can even send your readings to your doctor with the touch of a finger. And you’ll never have to prick that finger again. Because you’re not wearing contacts due to a ...

When we accepted the “Affordable Care Act”—when we didn’t stand up en masse and simply refuse to comply—we sent a very clear message to all the Big Guys. The message was this: as a country, we’re willing to do whatever we’re told. Even when it violates our rights. Even when it’s not in our best interests. Even when it costs us money we simply don’t have. And even when it hurts our health. A lot of oppressive health laws have passed in the wake of the ACA, and more have been proposed. But there’s a piece of legislation on the table right now that should shake us up, wake us up, and light the fire under us that the ACA failed to kindle. It’s called the “21st Century Cures Act,” and if you care about your health or your family’s health it should scare the living crap out of you. Here are just a few of the things this bill proposes: It would give your private health information to ...

Last year we were shocked and scandalized when Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of one prescription drug from an already high $13.50 per pill to an unbelievable $750. The world was up in arms. The internet exploded with outrage. People were calling for the CEO’s head on a platter and it was headline news for months. Congressional hearings were even held to address the matter. But nothing happened. Absolutely nothing. No charges were filed. No effort was made to force the drugmaker to lower the price. No one got so much as a slap on the wrist. CEO Martin Shkreli was arrested—but the arrest had nothing to do with raising the drug price by 5000%. He was arrested for securities fraud, not for price-gouging. Of course we know price-gouging is nothing new when it comes to drugs. What was different about this case was the scope of it—5,000% rather than 50% or even 500%—and the sheer in-your-face audacity of the company that did it. Sure, ...

I hate to mention the dreaded “Z-word” after all my railing against fearmongering, but I can’t let this pass without comment. Because once again we’re being lied to. Once again some very important information is being glossed over. Once again, the American media just isn’t reporting the facts because they don’t align with what CDC and the WHO want us to believe. So no matter how much I hate to bring it up, we need to talk about Zika yet again. What I’m going to tell you today isn’t going to make it to the mainstream news. The Zika industry is well and truly established, with toxic chemicals being sprayed across the south, a vaccine “trial” underway, and genetically modified mosquitos on the loose. There’s probably no stopping this train now. Too much money is already being made by way too many people. So any evidence that conflicts with the “official” story will be suppressed. Any resistance to the ...

A few months ago I wrote about the antibacterial chemical triclosan being added to your toothpaste. The bad news is, it’s still there if you use Colgate Total. (If you have this junk sitting in your bathroom, throw it away now and buy something else—preferably a non-fluoridated brand without artificial sweetener.) The good news, on the other hand, is that the FDA has finally used a little scientific common sense. This fall, they’ve done what they should have done many years ago—they’ve banned triclosan and its sister chemical triclocarban for use in soaps, along with 17 other noxious chemicals. It would be nicer if they’d banned it in toothpaste too, but it’s a start. Antibacterial soaps don’t work any better than normal soap The “antibacterial everything” craze we’re experiencing is a very, very recent phenomenon. Not surprisingly, it’s been driven not by real medical concerns but by the ...

It’s that time of year again—flu season. From coast to coast, the signs and posters are popping up like some mutant pharma-derived mushrooms: Get Your Flu Shot Here. Well, you all know what I think of that advice. A resounding “Bah, humbug!” about sums it up—but don’t take my word for it. Back in 2014, the Cochrane Foundation—whose sole purpose is to examine the evidence for different medical treatments, drugs and so on without bias—concluded that getting a flu shot “shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalization.” The CDC’s own numbers show that the flu vaccine is seldom even 50% effective. Even if their numbers aren’t massaged to show the vaccine in a favorable light, it still averages out to only about 40% effective. That’s not very compelling. And the evidence against flu vaccination keeps rolling in. This year, the nasal spray version of the vaccine isn’t being ...

In the 1980s, an American doctor pioneered a cancer treatment that increased patients’ life expectancy by years. Why have you never heard about it? Because Big Medicine set out to silence him. The drug-free, no-radiation treatment for all cancers Nick Gonzales didn’t set out to be a cancer doctor. He planned to be a researcher instead. But during med school he met a man who would both change the course of his life and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of cancer patients.   William Kelley wasn’t a cancer doctor either. In fact, he wasn’t even a doctor—he was a dentist. He had, however, been treating “incurable” cancer patients for over 20 years with great success. Patients who had been given only months to live were still alive and well 5, 10, and even 15 years later. His treatment? Nutritional therapy. From 60 days to live to 8 years or more Gonzales was intrigued. He tracked down Kelley’s patients ...

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