12 July 2014

Bucks County Pennsylvania Stops Medicating the Public Through the Water Supply

Source: Press Release: Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority | July 8th, 2014

On July 1st BCWSA will no longer be purchasing its water supply from the City of Philadelphia. We will now be supplying your drinking water from the Forrest Park Water Plant in Chalfont, PA.

BCWSA has heard your request and is happy to announce that our Customers have a choice to use fluoride or not through your dentist instead of being mandated through your water supply. The new source does not have fluoride added to it.

You may notice a minor change in water characteristics, as the new source utilizes state of the art filtration methods which will improve your water quality.

BCWSA strives to be a good partner with the customers it serves and we look forward to moving into the future alongside our valued Customers.

BCWSA is one of the largest water and sewer authorities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania serving more then 78,000 accounts and 385,000 people in the southeastern Pennsylvania region.

29 June 2014

Orion Retrovirus Version 3.1

This virus will steal your dreams, particularly when it is combined with flouride in your brain. You will have flouride deposits building up in the pineal gland and elsewhere unless you live in Europe where almost all countries have banned flouridation. Even then you will have to avoid toothpaste and mineral water which indicate flouride contamination on the label.

Multiple researchers observed that with the orion viruses cleared, dreams are vivid and remembered upon awaking. At first this is unsettling. After a while, some researchers were disappointed in their dreams for being unorganized, characters coming and going, upsetting for petty emotional issues and so forth. Their conclusion was that we need to take charge of our dream lives and help them be more focused, more positive, more useful, and more educational. In addition, any time dreams become less vivid or memorable, it is a strong indicator of orion retrovirus reinfection. Conclusion: our dream life is disorganized because we don't realize what is going on when higher brain function is disabled with these viruses.

This interesting frequency set was developed based on one of Peter Moon's booksA source told him the Atlantean civilization was wiped out by an off-world Orion Alliance using biotechnology. Specifically, a retrovirus destroyed Atlantean priests higher brain function causing them to forget how to operate their technology. They made mistakes causing widespread destruction.

Maybe this is true, maybe it is fiction. However, if such a virus existed, it would remain in the brains of all humans, perhaps all mammals. The standard process used for determination of frequencies was applied to the top of the head and the current form of the virus was found along with several strains.

Testing these viral frequencies with fellow researchers caused remarkable effects. Running them targets primarily the top of the brain, yet these viruses are embedded in the DNA of all our cells. As a result, the frequencies will need to be run for an extended time period repeatedly to remove these viruses.

An expansion and clarity of thinking occurs with these frequencies, elevating your IQ and allowing you to better focus and get more done. Constant vivid dreams are often noticed after running them. For some, there are significant herxheimer responses. Residual swine flu organisms flare up, for example. One researcher said removing these viruses felt like an exorcism and was not pleasant at all. Others report only exhileration and a feeling of being released from prison. The end result, in all cases, was positive.

Running the frequencies will at a minimum cause minor symptoms of the common cold. I suspect eliminating these viruses will improve immunity to colds and flu. As always, use these frequencies only for research purposes and at your own risk. Please report any results positive or negative for the benefit of other researchers.

Regular updates of these frequencies are available to Frequency Research Foundation subscribers.

22 June 2014

Stanford Magazine - New Tick Organism/Lyme in California

Breakthroughs, Briefly

In the spring, a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love; a young tick's to thoughts of lunch. (Which, should he happen to be an outdoorsy type, could well be that young man.) Prodigious in wooded and grassy areas and in sandy soil near rivers, ticks carry several pathogens that can be transmitted to humans via their bite. The best-known isBorrelia burgdorferi, the microorganism that causes Lyme disease, which initially presents as flu-like symptoms and, left untreated, can cause persistent joint pain, cognitive deficits and, in rare cases, cardiac arrhythmia. But there are others. In 2010, the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine called ticks "the Swiss Army knife of disease vectors."
In a study published in March in the journal Emerging Infectious Disease, Dan Salkeld, a disease ecology research associate at the Woods Institute for the Environment, encountered a newly identified human pathogen, Borrelia miyamotoi, along with B. burgdorferi, in nearly all the Bay Area recreation areas he and his collaborators examined. B. miyamotoi had previously been known to infect ticks, but it was only in 2013 that the first human cases in the United States were reported, and those were in New England. Given that little is known about the transmissibility of B. miyamotoi from ticks to humans and its health consequences, it's possible that other cases may have gone undiagnosed.
Stanford students taking the Conservation Medicine in Practice course taught by Salkeld and Woods senior fellow Eric Lambin in the spring of 2012 aided the research effort by collecting tick samples from the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and neighboring communities. Salkeld then expanded the study to include a total of 12 locations in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Mendocino and Contra Costa counties. Across all sites, 3.6 percent of the ticks were infected with Borrelia species, a relatively low prevalence compared with Northeastern states. Still, the Lyme-causing variant, B. burgdorferi, was detected at four sites, while B. miyamotoi was found at seven sites.
The surprising findings are "an important step toward dispelling the perception that you cannot acquire Lyme disease in California," says Ana Thompson, executive director of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, which funded the research.

See also:

Human Borrelia miyamotoi Infection in the United States

N Engl J Med 2013; 368:291-293January 17, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1215469
Citing Articles (16)

To the Editor:

Borrelia miyamotoi, a spirochete that is genetically related to the species of borrelia that cause relapsing fever, has been detected in all tick species that are vectors of Lyme disease.1,2 It was detected in Ixodes scapularis ticks from Connecticut in 2001 and subsequently has been detected in all areas of the United States where Lyme disease is endemic. The first human cases of B. miyamotoi infection were reported in Russia in 2011.3 We now provide evidence of B. miyamotoiinfection and the prevalence of this infection among people in the United States.

14 June 2014

Swine Flu 2014 Release 2.1

Flu Predictor

This release incorporates dozens of updates and two nasty pathogens that have been recently found circulating with the 2014 swine flu. The flu circulating in the spring of 2014 has a long term persistent cough that can be quite debilitating and the flu season is lingering in many areas of the country.

The first new pathogen is HHV-6A which circulated with the 2010 swine flu and is back again. The second is a biofilm which infects joints and causes knee problems in some clients.

Watch out for coinfections from other biofilms, tuberculosis, or malaria. These in combination with the flu can be seriously debilitating and are more common than you might think due to global air travel.

The new Flu Predictor has been developed at Columbia University is useful for seeing the projected trend of flu infections in your area. See Flu Predictor news.

All frequencies are available to subscribers.

03 June 2014

Scientific Testing of Mercury Levels in Flu Shot


(NaturalNews) Mercury tests conducted on vaccines at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab have revealed a shockingly high level of toxic mercury in an influenza vaccine (flu shot) made by GlaxoSmithKline (lot #9H2GX). Tests conducted via ICP-MS document mercury in the Flulaval vaccine at a shocking 51 parts per million, or over 25,000 times higher than the maximum contaminant level of inorganic mercury in drinking water set by the EPA.(1) Here are the actual results of what we found in the influenza vaccine from GSK (lot #9H2GX):

Aluminum: 0.4 ppm
Arsenic: zero
Cadmium: zero
Lead: zero
Mercury: 51 ppm

All tests were conducted via calibrated, high-end ICP-MS instrumentation as shown in these lab videos.

22 May 2014

Swine Flu 2014 Version 2.0 and Swine Flu 2013 Version 5.0

Flu Predictor

The flu circulating in the spring of 2014 has a long term persistent cough and can be quite debilitating. The flu season is lingering in many areas of the country.

Here I have included the latest programs from both Swine Flu 2014 Version 2.0 and upgraded programs for Swine Flu 2013 Version 5.0 as many people have lingering infections from last years flu that complicate Swine Flu 2014.

In addition, I have included biofilms (persistent bacterial infections) for both Swine Flu 2014 and 2013. Parasites deliver the pathogens. Early symptoms are largely viral. These are followed by nasty and persistent bacterial infections.

Watch out for coinfections from other biofilms, tuberculosis, or malaria. These in combination with the flu can be seriously debilitating and are more common than you might think due to global air travel dispersing these infections worldwide.

The new Flu Predictor has been developed at Columbia University is useful for seeing the projected trend of flu infections in your area. See Flu Predictor news.

In addition to the Swine Flu 2014 Version 2.0 frequencies you will also need to look at the biofilms set for swine flu 2014 biofilms. Most people still have residual infections in the Swine Flu 2013 set so you will need to check those as well along with the biofilms. Biofilms are updated and packaged separately.

Frequencies are available to subscribers on the subscribers site.

09 April 2014

Viral Article on Vaccination

Dear parents, are you being lied to?

I came across a post last week entitled “Dear Parents, you are being lied to. “ In it the author attempted to essentially tell parents who choose not to vaccinate that they are wrong, victims of a deceitful web of lies, and the equivalent of “vaccine preventable disease receptacles.” I was so hoping this article would not be popular because to be honest, I didn’t want to address the flaws in her argument (where does one start?) and I certainly didn’t want to increase her blog traffic.
But reading that article was like dangling a carrot in front of a ravenous rabbit or a carcass in front of a starving wolf. Okay, maybe it’s more like throwing a red flag at an attorney (can someone say charge!).  Either way, this article got shared, and posted on my wall, and posted on other walls, and people began to wonder “Are they being lied to?” Well, yes…you are…if you actually believe what you read in that article.
Here is how the article should have read:
Dear Parents, 
You are being lied to. There are pharmaceutical companies who claim to be acting in the best interests of your children, but they’re putting your health and even lives at risk for the sake of profits. There are some doctors, who, despite not being trained on the history of, lack of science behind, adverse reactions, or additives in vaccinations, refuse to read the package inserts and contrary scientific evidence, and do not inform you of the true risks of a vaccine so you can make an educated decision. You’re being lied to…because you’re told you’re just a parent, and you don’t have a say. 
They say that measles is a deadly disease. But it’s not…unless you look at a fact sheet from the World Health Organization (cited in the opposing article) which looks at measles rates globally. You know what else is deadly in third-world countries? A sneeze. Do you know how measles presents most of the time? A rash. 
They say that chickenpox is a big deal. But it’s not.
Before the licensure of the vaccine, only 4 million cases of chicken pox occurred annually and the varicella mortality rate was only 0.4 deaths per 1 million people. In the 25 yearsprior to vaccine licensure, only 2,262 people died (about 90 people per year). Let’s put that into perspective…more than 1,000 people die every year falling down their stairs and200 people die each year from accidentally drowning. I think the real epidemic here centers around your staircase.
They say the flu is dangerous. But it’s not.
The data on influenza statistics is a messCurrently influenza/pneumonia is the 9th leading cause of deathAccording to the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, “influenza and pneumonia” took 62,034 lives in 2001. Most people would hear that number and run out and get a flu shot. Funny how they lump two “illnesses” in together like that. What they should have said was “61,777 people died from pneumonia and 257 from the flu and in only 18 cases was the flu virus positively identified.”
Since the flu shot is ineffective and often exposes one to the flu. I’ll opt out and take my chances.
They say the vaccine prevents whooping cough. But it doesn’t. According to the pertussis prevalence dataincidence of pertussis was decreasing before the licensure of the vaccine in 1949. After licensure pertussis incidences increased, stabilized, and then reached a 50-year high in 2013. (Do check out the lovely chart on p. 64 here). And now, the CDC admits they’ve discovered vaccine-resistant pertussis and that children who receive the vaccine can become asymptomatic carriers and spread the bacteriaWhat? So the vaccine is to blame for the outbreaks occurring in an almost exclusively vaccinated population? I’m shocked (okay, not really).
Here are your real options: increase your child’s chance of getting (and spreading) whooping cough by getting a harmful, ineffective vaccine associated with brain damage (DTP), one that may cause autism and enhances the growth of parapertussis bacteria, which can cause a typically milder strain of whooping cough (DTaP) or makes one anasymptomatic carrier (Tdap). No thanks. I don’t want my child to get pertussis (or give it to anyone else) so I’m running as far away as I can from that vaccine.
They give credit to vaccines for eradicating diseases, but they didn’t. 
Polio (licensed in 1955), hepatitis A (1995and B (1991), mumps (1967), measles (1963), and pertussis(1949), were all on the decline before the vaccines were introduced. Small pox and pertussis ultimately saw an increase in prevalence after the vaccine and rubella and tetanus was practically nonexistent prior to the vaccine. Mortality in all areas with all diseases were significantly decreased before the vaccine came on the scene. Instead of looking at deceptive CDC graphs that give credit where credit’s not due, try plugging in the year of licensure on both prevalence and mortality charts and discover where the decline occurred for yourself. (For prevalence of polio refer to “Incidence of poliomyelitis in the USA from CDC, 1972 and for measles prevalence use healthsentinel.com).
What eradicated and decreased the prevalence of these diseases? Considering germs only live in environments conducive to their growth,” the stark declines in disease can be attributed to better living conditions, quarantine programs, hygiene, clean water, indoor plumbing, and better access to acute care. But if you want, we can pretend that maggots, parasites, microbes, and other germs don’t respond to changes in their environment. They’d much prefer a clean house to a rotting trash can.
They say vaccination is better than “natural infection.” But they’re wrong. 
Yeah, it completely makes sense that we are all born with immune systems that have absolutely no clue how to function. Instead of exposing ourselves to viruses in nature which build our immune systems (like every other mammal) and give us lifetime immunity, we’ll expose ourselves to the mutated, live, and attenuated viruses and harmful additives in a vaccine, that may or may not work, and if it does only affords temporary immunity. Makes complete sense.
They say that vaccines have been rigorously tested for safety and are subjected to a higher level of scrutiny than any other medicine. But they’re wrong.Medical drug approval is rigorous and requires pre-clinical testing in animals, an application and review, three phases of testing, and another review before it is approved. Studies are usually done with inactive placebos (like a sugar pill or saline solution) to determine side-effects, and then later compared to other treatments for the same disease, but not without passing the prior phase first. The dying cancer patient who did not get into the clinical trial will not get their hands on that experimental drug until it’s licensed and approved. Period.
Vaccine approval is a cake-walk in comparison. Usually two small studies (where test subjects are followed for a mere 5-15 days) are all that a pharmaceutical company needs to have before approval is granted (except in the case of the meningitis vaccine, which is being distributed without a license and is not approved for use in the United States). Most studies are not even done in this country – they are done in other countries and disposable children in Africa. Oh, the CDC conveniently leaves out the  part about clinical trials being done with prior vaccines, adjuvants, or complex vaccines.
Indeed, the FDA has never even spelled out in regulations the criteria it uses to decide whether a vaccine is safe and effective for its intended use. - Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC 
They say doctors readily admit the side effects of vaccinations, that side effects are well-known, and except in very rare cases, are “quite mild.”  Actually, mostdoctors haven’t read the package inserts, don’t inform the patient of side-effects that go beyond “redness, pain, and swelling at the injection sight, dizziness, or fainting” and in all actuality, they don’t have to because the U.S Supreme Court exempted physicians and pharmaceutical companies from vaccine liability in their infamous landmark case that declared vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe.” 
So the side-effects of a vaccine are “quite mild” but the rash associated with chicken pox isn’t? Tell that to the recipients of rewards from the Vaccine Compensation Injury Act or the parents of children listed on the VAERS database. Yeah, I know you got paralysis, cancer, guillain barre, and your baby died of SIDS but hey…good thing your baby didn’t get that 3-5 day flu people used to get or that ugly red rash.
They say vaccines are safe. But they’re not.
The DTP vaccine caused brain inflammation and death in children. The oral polio vaccine crippled children and adults with vaccine-strain paralytic polio and caused cancer. The pertussis vaccine causes pertussis, the MMR vaccine causes irritable bowel diseases and neurological disorders, the flu shot causes paralysis, and they’re all associated with hundreds of side-effects you can find by reading the package inserts, court cases, and studies.
Until vaccines are subjected to double-blind placebo controlled studies using an inert saline solution (the standard of evidence-based medicine) and until the benefits outweigh the risks…they’re not safe.
They say MMR doesn’t cause autism. But it might.
The vaccine court has ruled that evidence of a causal relationship between autism and MMR does exist and that MMR can cause brain encephalopathy leading to permanent brain injury or death. Study after study after studyvaccine inserts, and countless court cases have confirmed this link. I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of the “inject now worry about it later” mentality and I certainly didn’t choose my stance because I saw an unsubstantiated, inflammatory media attack on Dr. Wakefield. It’s time to stop bashing Wakefield and start addressing autism.

They say thimerosal in vaccines doesn’t cause autism, but it might.
There are over 15,000 articles in the medical literature describing the adverse health effects of mercury exposure on the human body, so it seems logical that one might be concerned. Although thimerosal has been reduced or removed from most vaccines, it is still present in the yearly influenza vaccine (unless you request one without) and was present in three vaccines (DTaP, Hep b, and Hib) all of which either listed autismbrain encephalitis, or neurological damage as possible adverse reactions. Considering the most recent autism statistics are from 2010 and aluminum was the replacement of choice for thimerosal – the verdict is still out. Is replacing something harmful with something harmful any better? We should probably make sure there’s no chance of autism before we go injecting any neurotoxin into our children. 
They say a child gets more exposure to aluminum in breast milk and that aluminum is safe. Wrong again. 
The biggest sources of aluminum exposure our children face comes from formula and vaccines. A minute amount of aluminum (0.04 mg/L) may be present in breast milk (which differs from mother to mother and goes through the digestive tract and easily exits viafeces), but 0.1 – 0.5 mg/L is present in each dose of a vaccine and gets carried through the blood stream to be eliminated by the kidneys. That’s alarming considering a baby doesn’t obtain full kidney function until they are 1-2 years old and can’t properly excrete aluminum. So a child gets 49 doses of various vaccines injected into the bloodstream before age 6 and that’s not concerning? Can you say, heavy metal toxicity?
Regardless, there is no logical justification for exposing a baby to more of something that is harmful. Aluminum is  classified as a hazardous substance that triggers an immune system pathway response associated with all sorts of chronic medical conditions like allergies, eczema, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, autism, hyperactivity disorders, dysfunctional immune system, neurotoxicity, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosisbrain encephalopathy, bone diseaseand interferes with a variety of metabolic and cellular processes in the nervous systemHere’s a good read on the toxicological profile of aluminum.
They say that claims made to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) don’t prove vaccines are harmful. But they do.VAERS is a database that one can go to report an adverse reaction to a vaccine. It is estimated that only 1% of the population actually reports these side-effects. And it’s true, no “cause and effect” relationship has ever been established between the millions of reported side-effects and deaths associated with vaccinations. How convenient, no “cause and effect” relationship was established in the clinical trials either, or on any other pharmaceutical or government-funded study. Doing otherwise would de-regulate the entire billion dollar vaccine industry. Besides, its much easier to blame your child’s brain encephalitis or post-vaccine seizure on the weather anyway. 
As for the NVICP, this program was founded because there was so much tort litigation as a result of vaccine injuries that an attempt was made to stabilize the vaccine market. There’s a tax on each vaccine that goes into a fund to pay these claims which a petitioner will not get compensated for unless their condition has no other proven cause but the vaccine. “As of December 1, 2011, the program had awarded $2.35 billion in 2,810 separate claims, including compensation for 390 deaths.” And so many people have reported the development of autism post-vaccine that the  Autism Omnibus Proceeding was established to handle these cases.

Even the U.S Supreme Court recognizes vaccines have risks (including death). Let’s get on board guys and stop ignoring the millions of vaccine-injured children who live among us.
They say unvaccinated children put vaccinated children at risk. But they don’t.
Yes, that’s completely logical. How about I take birth control so you don’t get pregnant. Maybe I should run an extra mile too so you can lose weight. Put your burger down…it’s going to go straight to my butt. Seriously, if you’re vaccinated and you believe you’re protected then you have nothing to worry about right?
They say unvaccinated children are causing outbreaks of “vaccine preventable diseases.” But that’s impossible to prove and the opposite could be true. Someone please tell me how one can scientifically prove a disease outbreak is caused by an unvaccinated child, when the “outbreaks” are occurring almost exclusively in the vaccinated population? In some cases, vaccination rates have been at 100%. It’s like trying to figure out which of your 600 cows pooped in the pasture and coming to the ultimate conclusion that the cow poop came from your  chicken.
Now…we know from reading the studies and vaccine package inserts that vaccines can cause the very diseases they’re designed to prevent. We know from studies conducted on MMR that some children experience vaccine-strain measles post-vaccination. We know that chicken pox vaccine can cause chicken pox, Tdap can cause outbreaks of pertussis, and the oral polio vaccine caused vaccine-associated paralytic polio. We know that meningitis is a side effect on several package inserts and that the old HiB meningitis vaccine was removed from the market because it caused meningitis. We know thatmumps outbreaks have occurred in the fully vaccinated population. And finally, we know that live-virus vaccines like yellow fever, MMR, and varicella shed and that people who get inactivated viral vaccines can become asymptomatic carriers. 
Logically and scientifically, I am having a really hard time blaming the chicken for the cow poop.
They say vaccine herd immunity exists. But it doesn’t.
Herd immunity 101: Herd immunity is the belief that if a certain portion of the population becomes immune to a disease the rest of the population will be protected from infection. Sounds great, except herd immunity only applies to diseases derived naturally that give one lifetime immunity. A vaccine is deemed effective if it introduces an antigen but that antigen may not cause an antibody response but if it does, won’t necessarily give one immunity, but if it does, only provides temporary immunity. In other words, effective doesn’t equal protective. You can have the antibodies and still get sick. Major fail.
A.W. Hedrich, founder of the herd immunity concept found that a 68% exposure rate was all that was needed (not 95% as people have been mistakenly led to believe). By that definition, even if herd immunity did apply to vaccinations we should not see outbreaks of any vaccine preventable diseases especially in exclusively vaccinated areas. (For more on herd immunity check out this article and this book).
They don’t believe the body’s immune system serves any useful purpose. But it does. They say vaccines are one of the greatest public health achievements but they’re not. They say injecting 49 doses of 14 vaccines by age 6 is safe, but it’s not. They believe vaccines are the only way to prevent disease, but it’s not. They say “anti-vaccine activists” aren’t educated and haven’t done their research, but just because one comes to a different conclusion, doesn’t mean they haven’t. They say vaccines are science-based, while ignoring conflicting scientific studies.
So why are they lying to you? Pharmaceutical companies are doing it for profit, and are scared out of their minds of the liability that would fall upon them if vaccines were the admitted cause of any number of medical conditions (think asbestos and tobacco litigation). The government won’t question because of their conflict of interests and profit margin. Some doctors don’t want to admit they’re wrong. Some people are looking for someone to blame. A few people truly think vaccines work and have made their choice but don’t think you have the right to make yours. And some people…hate others who don’t vaccinate more than they hate bad science.
Like the original article suggests, I too encourage you to educate yourself. Of course there are parameters:
First, pretend that there is no split among the scientific community on this issue. Next, pretend that the hundreds of brilliant doctors and researchers who have spoken out against vaccines are all quacks. Then, pretend that vaccines are the only drugs in the world that conveniently have no harmful side-effects. And finally, if you don’t know where to start, look to the media, people who haven’t done their research, and random internet blogs that throw out citations that have absolutely nothing to do with their premise.
As the original article quoted, an astrophysicist once said “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” Great quote, but might I point out that sometimes people refuse to acknowledge the real science because of what they believe.

06 April 2014

Pseudoscience: Forbes reports on disappearing medical paper

Medicine Or Mass Murder? Guideline Based on Discredited Research May Have Caused 800,000 Deaths In Europe Over The Last 5 Years

(Updated)– Last summer British researchers provoked concern when they published a paper raising the possibility that by following an established guideline UK doctors may have caused as many as 10,000 deaths each year. Now they have gone a step further and published an estimate that the same guideline may have led to the deaths of as many as 800,00 people in Europe over the last five years. The finding, they write, “is so large that the only context in the last 50 years comes from the largest scale professional failures in the political sphere.” The 800,000 deaths are comparable in size to the worst cases of genocide and mass murder in recent history.
In their new article published in the European Heart Journal, Graham Cole and Darrel Francis continue to explore the extent and implications of the damage caused by the Don Poldermans research misconduct case[Update: the EHJ article has been removed from the EHJ website. For more on this see the bottom of the story.] The earlier paper demonstrated the potentially large and lethal consequences of the current European Society of Cardiology guideline recommending the liberal use of beta-blockers to protect the heart during surgery for people undergoing non cardiac surgery. The guideline was flawed because it was partly based on unreliable research performed by the disgraced Poldermans (who also served as the chairman of the guideline committee). This may seem like a highly technical question but it effects many millions of people and may, as Francis and his colleagues have demonstrated, led to many thousands of unnecessary deaths.
The new article, the first of two parts, makes no new scientific claims, but instead begins to consider the broader implications of the story. Cole and Francis briefly consider the dilemma of clinicians who may “feel unable to act in contravention of guideline recommendations recognized as ‘state-of-the-art’ by the European Society of Cardiology” and who may even be penalized for failing to follow guidelines.
They note that more than half of the lives lost– potentially more than 400,000– may “have occurred after the research was discredited,” though some of the damage may have been mitigated if doctors  changed their practice after reading about the controversy. (There was a 2 year delay after the start of the Poldermans affair until the ESC  withdrew the beta-blockade recommendation.)

19 March 2014

Payback Time: Is Flouride the Next Asbestos?

Fluorides Under Fire: see flouridealert.org
Legal Community Awakens as Federal Fluoride Harm Case Proceeds to Oral Arguments and Fluoride Harm Newspaper Advertising Appears

Legal community interest in the long-smoldering controversy over use of fluorides is growing as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has agreed to hear oral arguments in the fluoride harm case of Nemphos versus Nestle Waters North America, Inc., et al.

The case centers around “dental fluorosis” disfigurement of teeth caused by childhood ingestion of fluorides in water and other products.

The Washington D.C.-based law firm Public Justice has joined other plaintiff firms to help argue the case. Public Justice has more than 3,000 affiliated attorneys.

In another development, advertisements seeking students with dental fluorosis are beginning to appear in newspapers at universities, such as The Hoya newspaper at Georgetown University.
The advertisements show photos of dental fluorosis teeth staining and inform students that those with fluoride teeth harm may be entitled to monetary damages.

“There are a lot of harmed people out there that were not told the facts about fluorides, nor have they seen documentation of what dental leaders knew and admitted amongst themselves about fluorosis,” says attorney Chris Nidel.

“Fluoride providers and promoters are now under the microscope as the Fluoridegate scandal unfolds,” he says. “In their own publications, dentists warned of a day when fluoride litigation would arrive.”

Nidel’s law firm and the firm of Paulson and Nace have been with the case from the beginning. Public Justice is adding its expertise to argue that defendants in the case cannot use federal laws to preempt state legal actions on fluoride harm.

The plaintiff in the Nemphos case is a mother who purchased fluoride-containing products for her daughter, believing she was helping her child avoid cavities. The mother claims she was not warned about the possibility of costly-to-repair disfiguring fluorosis that later manifested in her daughter’s teeth.

Major dental organizations continue to promote use of fluorides, claiming the fluorosis stains are mostly barely visible and fit in a designation of “mild” or “very mild.”

“The so-called ‘mild’ fluorosis of the Nemphos girl is certainly not barely visible,” says Daniel Stockin, a career public health professional opposed to water fluoridation who now speaks regularly with law firms about fluoride issues.

“The fluorosis classification system used by dentists hides the severity of it,” Stockin says. “The system specifically tells dentists to ignore an individual’s worst fluoride-stained tooth in classifying a person’s fluorosis severity, and the system does not take into account the total number of teeth affected. Twelve teeth or two teeth with stains, both are allowed to be called ‘very mild’ or ‘mild’ fluorosis. This revelation will be deeply disturbing to citizens and elected leaders who were misled about fluorosis.”

An article in the Journal of Dental Research acknowledged increasing amounts of fluorosis, calling it undesirable and saying it “places dental professionals at an increased risk of litigation.”
Another article in the journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology echoed the warning about lawsuits, specifically addressing fluoride supplements: “It is only a matter of time until a case is brought that gets public attention. The risk is that noticeable fluorosis will be perceived by the public as a toxic consequence of fluoride ingestion – which, arguably, it is – and there will be a reaction against all uses of fluoride…”

On its website, Public Justice describes the advertising of fluoride-containing products offered by defendants in the Nemphos case: “Advertising like Nestle’s and Dannon’s, which induce consumers to purchase a product by touting an ingredient’s benefits without warning of that same ingredient’s known hazards, is generally prohibited by state tort and consumer protection laws.  Those laws allow wronged consumers to sue for injuries the product caused.” 

“Fluorides are a concern for both young children and college students and others,” Stockin says. “For college students seeing the fluorosis newspaper advertisements, they know that fluorosis impacts their job interviews, their self confidence, their professional relationships, and even personal and dating relationships in a very real way. For parents of young children, fluorosis on their child’s teeth can mean financial costs in the future, and of course they wonder what other harm has also occurred, such as impact on kidneys, thyroid glands, bones, and even IQ. So I think perhaps it’s not surprising that what consumers are hearing about fluorides from product sellers is changing.”
A toddler training toothpaste referenced in the Nemphos case filings warns of white spots on children’s teeth from swallowed fluorides. Several companies now sell an unfluoridated toddler training toothpaste described as safe if swallowed because they are fluoride-free. 
1. Fluorosis advertisement in The Hoya: http://issuu.com/the_hoya/docs/issuu_3.4.14/7?e=3568114/6958776
2. Journal of Dental Research 69 (Spec. Iss.): 539-549, February 1990
3. Journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology; 1999; 27: 72-83
4. Public Justice website information about the Nemphos case: http://publicjustice.net/what-we-do/case-stories/NemphosvNestleWaters
5. Email for Washington D.C. attorney Chris Nidel: chris@nidellaw.com
Daniel G. Stockin, MPH 

18 March 2014

Does Chemotherapy Cause Cancer?

Systematic screen of chemotherapeutics in Drosophila stem cell tumors

  1. Norbert Perrimonb,c,1
  1. Contributed by Norbert Perrimon, January 21, 2014 (sent for review December 19, 2013)


    In this article we report a large-scale chemical screen in adult Drosophila to find inhibitors of stem-cell–derived tumors. To our surprise, we found that some Food and Drug Administration-approved chemotherapy drugs have the dual property of reducing growth of stem-cell–derived tumors while also stimulating hyperproliferation of their wild-type counterparts. Since hyperproliferation is one of the hallmarks of cancer cells, this side effect could contribute to refueling the growth of the very tumors that these chemotherapeutics are intended to inhibit. We show that this side effect is driven by the evolutionarily conserved Janus kinase-signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK-STAT) inflammatory pathway, raising the possibility that the JAK-STAT pathway may also be activated in humans who are treated with some chemotherapeutics.