Monday, July 27, 2009

SWINE FLU VACCINE - Government Opening the door to total preemption


SWINE FLU VACCINE - Government Opening the door to preemption

Alliance for Human Research Protection has a great article about government protecting BIG PHRMA by given away full legal immunity protection at the peril of your health, safety, and liberty.

Is this a first step toward a blanket preemption policy in medicine and the pharmaceutical industry by our government representation. These are huge questions that need to be addressed in full public disclosure and debate before making back room deals to get the coveted "Health Care Reform Bill" crammed down the American Public's throat.

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http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/619/9/

Sunday, 26 July 2009

In 2006, PREPA was passed due to fear of an avian flu pandemic, in the event the avian flu virus mutated to enable person-to-person spread. Avian flu then had a 70% death rate. Yesterday's Infomail focused on the aggressive campaign to vaccinate against the swine flu-- EVEN BEFORE THE VACCINE'S SAFETY, OR THE SAFETY OF THE VACCINE ADJUVANTS HAVE BEEN TESTED.

Below Dr. Meryl Nass (AHRP Board member) provides insight into the serious implications of the broad-based legal immunity given to manufacturers of the flu vaccine under the 2006 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREPA).

In 2006, PREPA was passed due to fear of an avian flu pandemic, in the event the avian flu virus mutated to enable person-to-person spread. Avian flu then had a 70% death rate. Faced with such a potentially devastating disease, it perhaps made sense to create legislation to permit rapid deployment of drugs and vaccines without adequate testing, and issue a liability shield for those involved in the process.

But the H1N1 flu has only caused 302 US deaths. The Centers for Disease Control estimated that over one million Americans had been infected with the swine flu. But instead of a 70% death rate, H1N1's death rate is under 0.03%.

Why then have H1N1 vaccine manufacturers been given total legal immunity--as long as they do not deliberately harm consumers of the product?

In applying the 2006 PRPA law, pharmaceutical firms have no financial incentive to make the safest product. Furthermore, in order to avoid having prior knowledge of possible harm to users of the product, for which they could be found liable, it is in the manufacturers' best interest to know as little as possible about adverse reactions caused by their product. Put another way, manufacturers have a financial incentive to follow a self-serving, minimal testing policy that puts public safety at risk.

Should the American public be put at risk by a public health policy that is governed by "don't ask, don't tell?"


Posted by Vera Hassner Sharav


http://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers: What are the implications?

AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe got a swine flu vaccine scoop--yet the news is
four weeks old. It turns out that DHHS Secretary Sibelius has not only given
immunity to the makers of Tamiflu and Relenza for injuries stemming from
their use against swine flu. She also granted immunity to future swine flu
vaccines and "any associated adjuvants," which was published in the June 25,
2009 Federal Register. Here is the start of his story:

The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign
against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered
side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off.

Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that
result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary
of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials
said Friday.

Since the 1980s, the government has protected vaccine makers against
lawsuits over the use of childhood vaccines. Instead, a federal court
handles claims and decides who will be paid from a special fund.

The document signed by Sebelius last month grants immunity to those
making a swine flu vaccine, under the provisions of a 2006 law for public
health emergencies. It allows for a compensation fund, if needed...

However, the compensation issue is more difficult than portrayed by Stobbe.
The special vaccine court to which Stobbe refers applies only to specially
designated vaccines, excludes most adult vaccines, and swine flu is not a
designated vaccine for which compensation can be paid.

The 2006 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREPA) allows the DHHS Secretary to invoke almost complete immunity from liability for
manufacturers of vaccines and drugs used to combat a declared public health
emergency. PREPA removes the right to a jury trial for persons injured by a
covered vaccine, unless a plaintiff can provide clear evidence of willful
misconduct that resulted in death or serious physical injury, and gets
permission to sue from the DHHS Secretary. There has been no government
funding of its potential compensation mechanism, to date. Furthermore, a
PREPA declaration explicitly shields "government program planners" who
arranged for the liability waiver.

Pharmaceutical companies making swine flu vaccine today may have demanded
immunity from liability before agreeing to begin a crash program to
manufacture H1N1 vaccine for the government. According to a 1978 report by
the National Academy of Sciences, something similar happened with the 1976
swine flu program:

... all manufacturers made plain that they would not insure themselves,
not even temporarily. Instead they put off plans to bottle their vaccine;
pending legislation they would keep the stuff in bulk. Each week's delay in
moving from bulk to bottles assured at least as much delay in starting
inoculations. Thus ended hopes of immunizing anybody in July or even
August...

Behind Merrell's firmness, there almost certainly was fear of the
intentions of the casualty insurers. In May it was no secret that at least
some major firms wanted to steer clear of swine vaccine. As early as April 8
Merck had been warned by its primary insurer that coverage for swine vaccine
was "considered" not "feasible . at virtually any price." So Merck's
President had written Mathews and everyone else in sight.

Merrell, then about to switch insurers (for unrelated reasons) is
reported to have been told by its new one something of the same sort at
about the same time. We do not know precisely what was made of this, where
in Merrell's management. We do know that the issue was reviewed again, in
June, by the insurer with the same result, a "no." But we assume that
Merrell's counsel knew in May what the insurer had already warned in April.
However that may be, it shortly would turn out that all insurers saw the
swine flu program much alike: not for them.

Here is the problem: once the PREP Act is invoked to shield manufacturers
from liability, the pharmaceutical firms have no financial incentive to make
the safest product, and have a negative incentive to test it for safety. As
long as they do not deliberately harm consumers of the product, they will
not be liable for damages.

Are you following this argument closely? In order to avoid having prior
knowledge of possible harm to users of the product, for which they could be
found liable, it is in the manufacturers' best interest to know as little as
possible about adverse reactions caused by their product.

Thus manufacturers can be expected to perform minimal testing, as they have
been incentivized by PREPA to avoid learning of potential harms related to
their product. Thus the speed at which the product will be distributed
serves two purposes: it provides the needed excuse to avoid adequate
testing, as well as providing rapid vaccine availability.

It is worthwhile to go back and consider the reason for passing PREPA in
2006: fear of an avian flu pandemic, if the avian flu virus mutated to
enable person-to-person spread. Avian flu then had a 70% death rate. Faced
with such a potentially devastating disease, it perhaps made sense to create
legislation to permit rapid deployment of drugs and vaccines without
adequate testing, and issue a liability shield for those involved in the rocess.

But the H1N1 flu has only caused 302 US deaths though CDC estimated over one
million Americans had been infected. Instead of 70%, H1N1's death rate is
under 0.03%. Therefore, this virus in no way justifies the risks the
population is being asked to take: receiving vaccines, and perhaps
experimental adjuvants, which their manufacturers have been encouraged not
to test, with no prospect of compensation for illness or death that might
result.


Meryl Nass, MD
Mount Desert Island Hospital
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
W 207 288-5081 ext. 1220
C 207 522-5229
H 207 244-9165
pager 207 818-0708
http://anthraxvaccine.blogspot.com
http://www.anthraxvaccine.org

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Is Obama using preemption in Health Care Deal With Big PHRMA

HEALTH CARE REFORM - IS IT A POISON PILL WE SHOULD NOT SWALLOW

Is OBAMA using the preemption carrot in a Health Care Reform Deal With Big PHRMA and The Health Care Industry?





I have to ask publicly if Health Care Reform is in the people's best interest if this deal includes Big PHRMA getting away with the poisoning and deaths involving millions of Americans with absolutely no recourse or protection in place through the judicial branch of our government.

Is this True Reform, or just a greedy and dirty power grab, completely Un-American, and total BULLSHIT. You can read along and call it what ever you want.

You can read the following White House press release I posted here at the Wall Street Journal - http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/20090520preemption.mem.rel.pdf


THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release May 20, 2009
May 20, 2009
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
SUBJECT: Preemption

From our Nation's founding, the American constitutional order has been a Federal system, ensuring a strong role for both the national Government and the States. The Federal Government's role in promoting the general welfare and guarding individual liberties is critical, but State law and national law often operate concurrently to provide independent safeguards for the public. Throughout our history, State and local governments have frequently protected health, safety, and the environment more aggressively than has the national Government.

An understanding of the important role of State governments in our Federal system is reflected in longstanding practices by executive departments and agencies, which have shown respect for the traditional prerogatives of the States. In recent years, however, notwithstanding Executive Order 13132 of August 4, 1999 (Federalism), executive departments and agencies have sometimes announced that their regulations preempt State law, including State common law, without explicit preemption by the Congress or an otherwise sufficient basis under applicable legal principles.

The purpose of this memorandum is to state the general policy of my Administration that preemption of State law by executive departments and agencies should be undertaken only with full consideration of the legitimate prerogatives of the States and with a sufficient legal basis for preemption. Executive departments and agencies should be mindful that in our Federal system, the citizens of the several States have distinctive circumstances and values, and that in many instances it is appropriate for them to apply to themselves rules and principles that reflect these circumstances and values. As Justice Brandeis explained more than 70 years ago, "[i]t is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country."

To ensure that executive departments and agencies include statements of preemption in regulations only when such statements have a sufficient legal basis:

1. Heads of departments and agencies should not include in regulatory preambles statements that the department or agency intends to preempt State law through the regulation except where preemption provisions are also included in the codified regulation.
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2. Heads of departments and agencies should not include preemption provisions in codified regulations except where such provisions would be justified under legal principles governing preemption, including the principles outlined in Executive Order 13132.

3. Heads of departments and agencies should review regulations issued within the past 10 years that contain statements in regulatory preambles or codified provisions intended by the department or agency to preempt State law, in order to decide whether such statements or provisions are justified under applicable legal principles governing preemption. Where the head of a department or agency determines that a regulatory statement of preemption or codified regulatory provision cannot be so justified, the head of that department or agency should initiate appropriate action, which may include amendment of the relevant regulation.

Executive departments and agencies shall carry out the provisions of this memorandum to the extent permitted by law and consistent with their statutory authorities. Heads of departments and agencies should consult as necessary with the Attorney General and the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to determine how the requirements of this memorandum apply to particular situations.

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

BARACK OBAMA

Friday, July 17, 2009

Obama's Health Care Plan - Lobbied by BIG PHARMA

Obama's Health Care Plan - Lobbied for by BIG PHARMA ?????
This would only happen for one reason $$$$$$$$

You can sure bet your bottom tax dollar it's not about you receiving quality health care

Obama Health Care Plan, the Government Wolf in Grandma's clothing.

Now you have to wonder why we have that trillion dollar plus price tag when Big Pharma is running ads for this plan? Whom is in bed with whom here? Grandma what big eyes you have? Grandma what big teeth you have? Grandma why are you eating my arm off and stealing my wallet?



The following TV ad should be running on a station near you this weekend.




please take notice at the end of the ad, who is footing the bill


I believe we have been down this road once before! Remember the Bill and Hillary Health Care Show





For more gritty details and eye opening information go to
soulful sepulcher blog

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

California wants to drug its way out of a deficit

Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Legalize Marijuana, Could Bring $1.4B to California

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07/15/lawmaker-introduces-legalize-marijuana-bring-b-california/





This story is truly amazing considering that California has long been at the forefront of the "Nanny State Laws" and movement which has curtailed and taxed cigarette smoking and tobacco products every place short of God's green earth and your own closet.

But when it come to our government, its really never about the real issues at hand; but always about the MONEY in sleazy cigar smoke filled back rooms with greedy deal making of the most egregious kind.

If government was really concerned about your Health, they would have made cigarettes illegal decades ago.
But cigarettes are a Golden Cash Cow they can go to any time they want to spend more of the citizens money or need a hot whipping post pet issue to promote.

Of course they want everyone to believe they are looking out for your best interest while demonizing those damned evil smokers; well all the while they are just taking an addictive habit they once backed, supported, and actually help create all the way to the bank and deep into your pockets.


If you haven't opened your eyes to reality lately; you should notice that our so called government leaders did this same slight of hand trick with gambling. Now there are more casino's dotting the inner state hwy than you can virtually shake a stick at.

So now its come time once more to find another cash cow so to speak. From all research I have read on this subject, the smoke from pot is no less a health concern than cigarettes.

So how does government run the end around on Joe Citizen this go around?

Maybe the slogan can read like this "We need the money, and the black market is making a killing on the product anywise".


The absolute hypocrisy of it all is completely staggering to be bluntly honest here.

Now, lets just sit back and see how they package, market, and sell this bill of naughty goods to the voters.


My personal opinion on Legalizing POT! I don't really care one way or the other to be truthful. I don't use it, but if others choose too, it should be their own damned business.

It surely does less perceived or proved damage than alcohol consumption, and many other drugs that doctors in America hand out like candy on a daily basis for huge profits while doing very little to bring or insure good health of the consumer.


So will we soon add another Cash Cow to the herd that government can use to milk the population?

OK, maybe this should be the real question we should ask are representatives.

How in the heck does getting the population drugged up/high solve anything including long term budget deficits and out of control government spending?


This as a budget solution appears not to pass the POT smoke smell test.


You might wonder to yourself what these masquerading clowns in government will come up with next!

Well, in Germany they have a 50% tax on legal prostitution. I guess government could finally say they have screwed you over and meant every word honestly.

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Just a little added food for thought. You have to wonder how many of these following California funded government departments could be cut or eliminated if representatives were serious about fixing a deficit budget crisis?

This is just one state, but it is representative of others I'm sure.

A list of government offices, departments, bureaus, agencies, well, you’ll get the point. Government runeth over. Do you think there’s room in this to save a buck or two?

* California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority * California Animal Health and Food Safety Services * California Anti-Terrorism Information Center * California Apprenticeship Council * California Arbitration Certification Program *

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Los Angeles Times Reporter Defends Child Abuse of 6 year old schizophrenic - Jani Schofield

This is a follow up post to the "6 year old Jani Schofield - schizophrenic or abuse victim?" I wrote.

I was quite disturbed after I learned of the abhorrent abuse this child had suffered before any mental health diagnosis was ever given to her.

On the Father's Blog (
http://www.januaryfirst.org/www.januaryfirst.org/Blog/Blog.html), he openly admits (and in my opinion touts those reading) that both himself and his wife physically and emotionally assaulted and starved Jani their daughter in a blatant attempt to "BREAK HER".

The fact that this abuse took place is not in debate here. The fathers own words are a confirmed admission of guilt. I covered that yesterday in my post. I again ask you to read that post, the father's blog, and the LA Times article which has now been circulated nation wide by various newspapers and major media companies. Link- http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he schizophrenia29-2009jun29,0,4834892.story

I called and wrote LA Times Reporter Shari Roan
the following email and followed that up with a phone call asking about a follow up article including these discovered abuse findings by the parents before any diagnosis was ever made or considered.

The following is the e-mail I sent:

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Dear Shari Roan:

This story has caught the attention of many advocating for children. I came upon the parents of "Jani" web site and found some concerning "if not shocking" admissions by the father.

Now I have to wonder if this is in fact a child schizophrenic, or very smart child reacting to abuse before any diagnosis was made?


www.januaryfirst.org/About_Me.
html
"We tried everything. Positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement. Hitting her back (I won't tell you how many people told us that all she needed was a good beating). We took all her toys away. We gave her toys away. We tried starving her. We did EVERYTHING we could to try and break her. Nothing worked."
"The violence became so bad that at times Susan and I both lost it and hit Jani as hard as we could. We hit in impotent rage.
We got a referral to a psychiatrist.
Two months later, Janni was hospitalized for the first of what has since been four times, but in truth will be many more times.
Today, Jani is no longer a brat. Today, Jani is schizophrenic."
Sincerely,
Stan

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The following e-mail is from LA Times reporter Shari Roan in direct response to my inquiry:

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Hi Stan,
Thank your taking the time to write. I certainly understand your concerns and thank you for caring. Too many children are horribly abused, and nothing is sadder than that.
I would like to share a few things with you,however. First, the Schofields are unusual people in that they are brutally honest about themselves, their lives, their flaws. That is disconcerting, but it is also noble on their part to be honest.
Second, the stress this family has been under for years is hard to understand if you've never had to walk in their shoes. They are exhausted, broke, heartsick and baffled. Both parents also admit they are in need of psychological counseling themselves due to depression and fatigue. It is awful that they have hit Jani, and they would be the first to admit that. So many people told them they were bad parents and needed to discipline her more severely. They tried that -- and it didn't work. They have also hit due to sheer exhaustion and loss of self-control. I know they have many regrets. But I also know they love their child and have tried desperately to help her.
Finally, having followed the family and Jani for five months and spoken to her doctors and therapists, I am certain this is not the case of a normal child who has been abused. This child has a horrible mental illness that has destroyed her and her parents.
Best regards,
Shari


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My Commentary on the LA Times e-mail and reporting.

From what I gather
Shari Roan gives the parents a free pass on abusing their child because they were under some tough circumstances? If that were the case and law, I would say most child abuse would have to be excused then.

What truly disturbs me here is that you appear to have known about this abuse and excluded these pertinent facts from your LA Times article; and to take it one step further you did not not report known abuse to LA County Child Protective Services Authorities.

The fact that you excuse abuse based on diagnosis that could be considered extremely suspect in light of these extreme abuse allegations is a journalistic stain upon the news profession.

Maybe they have a hidden agenda at the LA Times? You have virtually made "Jani" a poster child for NAMI type organizations, The New Child Focused Psychiatry Modality, and play right into the hands of the Pharmaceutical Industry's marketing campaigns for more dangerous and life threatening drugs being distributed to unsuspecting parents and children .

How we as a free society and press can ignore pertinent facts such as a father that was investigated for sexual abuse, admittedly beat his wife, abused his dog, and abused his child; while being currently under investigation by Child Protective Services is beyond my understanding.

I can only rationally conclude in the best case scenario; the LA Times desperately wanted a powerful fluff piece that would touch the hearts of readers; without all that nasty facts and truth information getting in the way?

I would expect and even demand better reporting with less bias from a free press. I'm sure many readers on the Web may also agree.

Just An After Thought: I will give this little tad bit of advice to the LA Times and like Media outlets:

If your going to do a story about
"schizophrenics"; Just go visit any homeless shelter, state mental institution, big city back ally way, or prison. There are more than enough heart breaking stories and moving pools of tears to be shed in the countless lives discarded and imprisoned by a deemed "throw away" segment of our population. This is a condition and reality that really doesn't need the "hold up the Suffering Child" approach to be riveting reading or important information to share.

Blogs Reporting Truth and Asking Questioning :

NAMI-Pathos-Different Thoughts blog, where I found the link to Jani's father's blog

Monday, 6 July 2009-Jani: "schizophrenic", or a victim of child abuse?!-Different Thoughts blog

July 07, 2009-Father Of Girl With Schizophrenia Admits Hitting, Starving Girl-Furious Seasons mental health news blog, authored by award-winning investigative journalist, Philip Dawdy

Schizophrenia in children: January Schofield-Liz Spikol, The Trouble with Spikol blog-Liz Spikol is executive editor of Philadelphia Weekly. She writes the award-winning column The Trouble With Spikol, which began as a chronicle of her struggle with mental illness.




Monday, July 6, 2009

6 year old Jani Schofield - schizophrenic or abuse victim


6 year old Jani Schofield - schizophrenic or abuse victim?
Recently an article was published in the LA Times -
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he schizophrenia29-2009jun29,0,4834892.story
This heart touching article is about a very intelligent child named Jani, that has been diagnosed as severe childhood schizophrenic. She is currently being medicated with very powerful and dangerous anti psychotic medications without much success.
You should read the LA times Article as a back ground to what has been exposed by her parents on their blog.
Today I happened upon the parents blog at :
http://www.januaryfirst.org/www.januaryfirst.org/Blog/Blog.html


I was combing through some of the post and discussions when I just happened to click on the "About Me Section" of the blog.

http://www.januaryfirst.org/www.januaryfirst.org/About_Me.html

To be candidly honest, I was out of the gate very critical of any mental health diagnosis on a child of this age; but after reading this blog I am left in complete shock and awe that this was not investigated by the "department of child protective services" or reported by mental health professions including the child's psychiatrist or others @ UCLA medical Center.

Let me note here:
Under Law all child abuse suspected by Health Care Professionals must be reported to proper authorities.

I will now just quote directly from this blog in the parents own written words, and let you the reader here draw to your own opinions or conclusions regarding this sad situation. You should go there and read everything in it's entirety. ________________________________________________________


"Five year olds are still desperate for parental approval.


Yes, kids have temper tantrums. But Jani would dig her nails into my skin and pull...leaving a bloody track down my arm or face. She would grin while she did this, a demonic grin that would have scared me had I had time to really think about it. But I didn't.

We tried everything. Positive reinforcement. Negative reinforcement. Hitting her back (I won't tell you how many people told us that all she needed was a good beating). We took all her toys away. We gave her toys away. We tried starving her. We did EVERYTHING we could to try and break her. Nothing worked.

Even then, it did not occur to us that our daughter was mentally ill. Now I wonder who was really delusional. Susan and I held fast to our belief that Jani was just a misunderstood genius.

Then Bodhi was born.

The violence became so bad that at times Susan and I both lost it and hit Jani as hard as we could. We hit in impotent rage.

We got a referral to a psychiatrist.

Two months later, Janni was hospitalized for the first of what has since been four times, but in truth will be many more times.

Today, Jani is no longer a brat. Today, Jani is schizophrenic."
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" Today, Jani is no longer a brat. Today, Jani is schizophrenic." or is she just an innocent child reacting to severe abuse and trauma?


For more on this topic go to the following blogs:


Oct 18, 2009 Open Letter to Oprah @ Different Thoughts Blog

Monday, 6 July 2009-Jani: "schizophrenic", or a victim of child abuse?!-Different Thoughts blog

July 07, 2009-Father Of Girl With Schizophrenia Admits Hitting, Starving Girl-Furious Seasons mental health news blog, authored by award-winning investigative journalist, Philip Dawdy

Schizophrenia in children: January Schofield-Liz Spikol, The Trouble with Spikol blog-Liz Spikol is executive editor of Philadelphia Weekly. She writes the award-winning column The Trouble With Spikol, which began as a chronicle of her struggle with mental illness.

My advice to the parents of 6 year old-soulful sepulcher blog, mother and mental health advocate


LA Times reporter defends child abuse in email exchange

http://spitbristleandfury.wordpress.com/tag/january-schofield/

http://bipolar-stanscroniclesandnarritive.blogspot.com/2009/10/oprah-ignores-child-abuse-while.html



Saturday, July 4, 2009

DSM-V - IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY




You can Trust the DSM-V
When you trust that PIGS FLY


DSM-V - IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY



  • creating labels is not about health care, its about creating new diseases, which intern create huge profits
  • The DSM is basically a broad and convoluted statistical manual used for billing and labeling
  • No one has ever been cured of anything using the DSM
  • Those that create the DSM have their hands in the BIG PHARMA cookie jar
  • There is not one condition listed in the DSM that has a single biological test to confirm any diagnosis
  • How is this DSM tool used
  1. Create a disease
  2. Create a treatment for the said disease
  3. Big Pharma creates drugs or uses existing Patented drugs to fit with the new created disease
  4. Universities, researchers, and key opinion leaders in psychiatry then design studies and write articles in medical journals to validate the new created disease (They skew the data and studies to say exactly what they want the information to say; while covering up negative consequences and side effects! They call this science, even though science has very little to do with the outcomes in fact)
  5. Phony patient advocate groups/organizations sponsored and funded by the Pharmaceutical Industry are used to "foster belief" and create the "need factor" for this new created disease.
  6. The Pharmaceutical Industry and psychiatry begin a marketing campaign both to Doctors and Patients off label touting this New Created disease and treatment.
  7. Off label marketing and use of treatments goes into full throttle the more the New Created Myth goes slowly through a metamorphosis transforming it into the verified "Scientific" created "Truth?????"
  8. Then the new treatments are brought to the FDA for validation of not just a New created disease, but also the drug treatment. {it's easy pickings at this point, since Big Pharma has got the so called independent evaluators bought and paid for well in advance of any presentations}
  9. Patients are then labeled, drugged, harmed, and killed in the name of really nothing at all; except the bottom line and the Almighty dollar.
  10. Billions upon Billions of dollars are made from a created myth.
  11. Everyone in society pays the piper (as Psychiatry, Big Pharma, Universities, and like minded organizations make huge profits on the suffering of others created from a pure smoke and mirrors campaign)
  12. The cycle starts all over again


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

EMORY UNIVERSITY - CENSORSHIP AND THE BUSINESS OF TEACHING CORRUPTION

EMORY UNIVERSITY - CENSORSHIP, MONEY, POLITICS, and the BUSINESS OF TEACHING CORRUPTION

In the above photo we can see EMORY UNIVERSITY administrators responding to Senator Grassley's Questions


For those of you out there that are unaware of EMORY University's corrupt dealings with Pharmaceutical Corporations influence upon academic research and that "Golden Monkey" of hush money regarding your health. Let's do a little refresher course in Ethics 101 here in this post.

Please read the letter Senator Grassley sent to Emory University on his ongoing investigation into possible corruption involving research, ethics violations, tainted research, fraud, and the complacency of Emory University in not enforcing their own disclosure policies.

Interesting and Important Information the Public should know before shipping their talented young men and women off to EMORY University for a so called well rounded education.

Link to letter here ------> http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/testimony/2008test/091608%20Grassley%20docs%20submitted%20for%20the%20record/Grassley%20Letter%20to%20Emory%20University%20(Sep%2016,%202008).pdf

Then there are these internal memos that were circulated around EMORY U. in a Blatant cover up attempt by Facility and Administration at EMORY UNIVERSITY in regard the notorious Dr. "On the Take" Nemeroff.

Link to Memo here ------> http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/testimony/2008test/091608%20Grassley%20docs%20submitted%20for%20the%20record/Emory%20officials%20discuss%20fallout%20of%20WSJ%20article%20(July%2020,%20200.pdf

Link to more another Memo here ------> http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/testimony/2008test/091608%20Grassley%20docs%20submitted%20for%20the%20record/Nemeroff%20memo%20to%20Dean%20Lawley%20(May%2022,%202000).pdf

Link to another memo here ---------> http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/testimony/2008test/091608%20Grassley%20docs%20submitted%20for%20the%20record/Nemeroff%20email%20on%20outside%20agreements%20(Oct%201,%202003).pdf

Internal correspondence within Emory University show that the school was aware of the fraud going back as far as 2000. Only in Nov. 2008 was Nemeroff finally removed from being the Dean of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. He continues to be employed as a full and tenured professor making well over six figures. Nemeroff appears to have made $2.6 million in income from the accumulation of payments from all these drug companies in an eight year period. He only reported about $90,000 in fees.
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NEW YORK TIMES - Top Psychiatrist Didn’t Report Drug Makers’ Pay

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/04/health/policy/04drug.html?_r=1&bl&ex=1223265600&en=80352c05b6d4b135&ei=5087%0A

One of the nation’s most influential psychiatrists earned more than $2.8 million in consulting arrangements with drug makers from 2000 to 2007, failed to report at least $1.2 million of that income to his university and violated federal research rules, according to documents provided to Congressional investigators.

The psychiatrist, Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff of Emory University, is the most prominent figure to date in a series of disclosures that is shaking the world of academic medicine and seems likely to force broad changes in the relationships between doctors and drug makers.

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To really understand how deep and systemic the corruption and unethical behavior is at EMORY UNIVERSITY. I would suggest you read this great article detailing these nasty behaviors by EMORY U. at The Provocateur Blog
--------> The Broken Corrupt Record of Emory University
Link ---------> http://theeprovocateur.blogspot.com/2008/12/broken-corrupt-record-of-emory.html

That article is definitely compelling reading, and gives you a glimpse in to Academic Corruption that is running rabid and out of control across America in our Educational System today.

"The reality is that this latest piece of brazen corruption is the latest in a long line of seeming never ending corruption at Emory University. Whistle blowers are routinely silenced. The media is incompetent, corrupt or both."

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This now brings us to the silencing of professor and Dr. Doug Bremner at EMORY UNIVERSITY

Professor and Dr.Bremner can not mention the name of EMORY University on his blog; so when you link to his blog from here. Be assured that EMORY UNIVERSITY is who he is referring to when he speaks about academic censorship and what I refer to as the "underground administrative character assassination mafia" at EMORY UNIVERSITY.

Dr. Bremner's Blog Link -------> http://www.beforeyoutakethatpill.com/


This has to make one wonder if EMORY UNIVERSITY still teaches classes that cover issues like Critical Thinking, Ethics, Moral Responsibility, Basic Constitutional Law {as in freedom of speech}, and a like.

It sure appears their entire administration could use a refresher course in each of these disciplines!

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You may ask your self why this is such a huge issue? Disclosure! censorship! Academic bullying!

When Major Universities, their research, academics, and key opinion leaders have major conflict of interest with Huge Pharmaceutical Corporations that continue to go unchecked.

Then their scientific conclusions come into question and under increased scrutiny; including the drugs you take, and the diagnosis you may receive. The medical community as a whole may very well hang in the balance, as your safety as a consumer and patient is marginalized at best and dangerously compromised at worst.

When you add in the ingredient that dissenting voices are stifled and bullied into silence; this creates a "Perfect Storm" environment and setting for out of control corruption, greed, and fraud to take place.

Link: http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/blog/grassley-seeks-more-info-on-conflict-of-interest-policies-at-medical-schools.html

These are just some of the universities and key opinion leaders under investigation.

June 25th, 2009. By Evelyn Pringle


Grassley Seeks More Info on Conflict of Interest Policies at Medical Schools


“Beginning last summer,” Grassley wrote in the letter, “I began releasing information that made the point that universities are not managing their professors’ financial conflicts of interest and that change is needed at the NIH.” He listed a few examples as:

· Chairman of psychiatry at Emory failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from a pharmaceutical company while researching that same company’s drugs with an NIH grant. The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) is now investigating. [That would be Charles Nemeroff].

· Chairman of psychiatry at Stanford received an NIH grant to study a drug, while partially owning a company that was seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of that drug. He was later removed from the grant. [The name here is Alan Schatzberg].

· Three professors at Harvard failed to report almost a million dollars each in outside income while heading up several NIH grants. Harvard plans to release a report and is working to update their conflict of interest policies. [These professors are Joseph Biederman, Timothy Wilens, and Thomas Spencer].

· Host of a show that ran on the National Public Radio (NPR) satellite station received over a million dollars from pharmaceutical companies to give promotional talks. The show had received funding from the NIH and has been cancelled. [That would be Fredrick Goodwin]

· Chair of orthopedic surgery at the University of Wisconsin reported taking more than $20,000 from a company every year, for five years. The actual amount was around $19 million. The University of Wisconsin is revising its rules. [The name here is Thomas Zdeblick].

· Professor at the University of Texas received an NIH grant to study Paxil in kids, while also giving dozens of promotional talks on Paxil. This matter has been referred to Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General. [This professor is Karen Wagner]

· Professor at the University of Washington in St. Louis who was formerly at Walter Reed Army Hospital failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars he had received from a device company to develop their products. [That would be Timothy Kuklo].

“To bring some greater transparency to this issue, Senator Kohl and I introduced the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Act),” Grassley said in the letter the Universities. “This Act will require drug, medical device, and biologics companies to report publicly any payments that they make to doctors, within certain parameters.”

The latest addition to the Grassley list is Emory University’s Zachary Stowe, for not disclosing money he received from drug makers at the same time that he was conducting federally funded research on the use of antidepressants, such as Paxil, by pregnant and nursing mothers.

Stowe has been the primary investigator of an NIH grant since 2004 to study children delivered by women who may also be taking antidepressants. From 2003 to July of 2008, he was the primary investigator of another grant that looked at fetal exposure to medications consumed by pregnant mothers. In 2008, Stowe was the primary investigator of another NIH grant where the stated purpose was “to stimulate vigorous debate with the emphasis on the reproductive safety of antidepressant medications,” according to a June 2, 2009, letter from Grassley to Emory University.



Of the 149 schools asked, 126 provided information to the AMSA. The Scorecard 2009 was released on June 16, 2009. Thirty-five schools, or 23%, received an F. Seventeen got a D, 18 received a C, 36 were graded B, and only 9 schools received an A.


Score card here----> http://www.amsascorecard.org/

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