How do we love Iceland? Let us count the ways: It’s been cited as the most peaceful country in the world the last three years running. It has no army or air force. It has very little economic disparity, with most people belonging to a vast middle class. It has free health care and education, strict gun control, uses mostly geothermal energy, was one of the first countries to legalize gay marriage, and has been a key supporter of Wikileaks. It averages fewer than two murders a year, and in 2013 saw – and grieved – its first police killing of a civilian, ever. People trust its Coast Guard and police more than any other public body, and the Instagram account for police in Reykjavik, its capital, show why – this sure ain’t Ferguson. These guys can’t possibly be as consistently gleeful, benevolent, big-hearted and happy in their work as they look in the pictures. Still, take heart, all ye who enter here: They illustrate that our species – minus racism, poverty, rage-inducing disparities and a pathological, ill-educated, war-honed, guns-r-us-culture – can do so much better…
Dr. Patrick Moore, a Monsanto lobbyist recently humiliated himself on French television, after claiming that glyphosate, the controversial active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide “Roundup” is safe for humans.
Roundup has recently become the center of worldwide controversy after a recent report from the World Health Organization concluded that the herbicide “probably causes cancer.”…
“The combined death rate from scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and measles among children up to fifteen shows that nearly 90 percent of the total decline in mortality between 1860 and 1965 had occurred before the introduction of antibiotics and widespread immunization. In part, this recession may be attributed to improved housing and to a decrease in the virulence of micro-organisms, but by far the most important factor was a higher host-resistance due to better nutrition.” —Ivan Illich, Medical Nemesis, Bantam Books, 1977
Albuquerque Journal, 3/20, “Los Alamos schools top NM in vaccine exemptions”, reports:
2.3% of kids in Los Alamos public schools don’t get vaccinated. Their parents have received exemptions.
That’s the highest rate of non-vaccination in the state.
We’re talking about parents who work at the US Los Alamos Labs.
People with advanced degrees in science.
People who work for the federal government.
You would think the vaccine rate in that environment would stand at 100%, no questions asked.
What do these people know? Why are they opting out of vaccinations for their kids?
Hmm, let’s think. For example, have they done some actual research on their own, and have they decided that vaccines are unsafe and ineffective?
No, that couldn’t be it. Of course not. Who in his right mind would come to that conclusion?
It must be this: these sober PhD federal scientists are being driven into fear by wild-eyed anti-vaccine lunatics. Yes. That’s it. Of course.
These obey-the-government-at-all-costs scientists have gone off the rails….
Are you listening, Whoopi?
The Commonwealth Fund reported last year:
The United States health care system is the most expensive in the world, but this report and prior editions consistently show the U.S. underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the 11 nations studied in this report—Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last, as it did in the 2010, 2007, 2006, and 2004 editions of Mirror, Mirror. Most troubling, the U.S. fails to achieve better health outcomes than the other countries, and as shown in the earlier editions, the U.S. is last or near last on dimensions of access, efficiency, and equity. In this edition of Mirror, Mirror, the United Kingdom ranks first, followed closely by Switzerland
While UK residents averaged $3,405 per year on healthcare costs (the second-lowest, trailing only New Zealand), Americans paid $8,508 per year. And yet Commonwealth ranked the UK as number 1 for healthcare, and the U.S. dead last … 11th out of 11 industrialized nations…
An ex-pharmaceutical sales rep has come clean after fifteen years of being in the drug pushing business. In her powerful book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher, Gwen Olsen explains why she left her lucrative career selling drugs for some of the biggest names in the business – Johnson and Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Abbott Laboratories. Now she passionately advocates against the pharmaceutical industry, their unethical practices, and the hundreds of thousands of lives they lead to the grave. Gwen’s eyes were opened through a gradual course of tragic events.
“It was an awakening process, a spiritual and consciousness process where I started observing what was happening, what some of the drugs were doing, the misinformation, the disinformation. I was being encouraged to minimize side effects when I talked to doctors. I started to realize that these patients were literally being tortured by the drugs,” states ex pharmaceutical rep Gwen Olsen. “There is no such thing as a safe drug,” she reiterates.
Her book unveils her experience selling pharmaceuticals and the dirty secrets the industry doesn’t want anyone to know. Olsen explains that when drugs hit the market, no one knows even 50 percent of the side effects associated with the drug. Doctors are convinced of the drug’s effectiveness and their patients literally become test subjects or lab rats for the pharmaceutical companies. Olsen even confesses, “We were being trained to misinform people.”…
It’s well known that taking a prescription drug will put a person at risk of side effects. Most of the time, these are pretty mild, ranging from fever to vomiting and stomach problems. Unfortunately, those weren’t the side effects one Atlanta woman experienced after taking her own prescription pills.
When 24-year-old Khaliah Shaw was given three sets of pills to treat her bipolar disorder in December 2013, she didn’t expect one of them to cause severe rashes. About a month after she began the drug regimen, her skin developed a rash, and the skin on her lips started to come off, she told Fox Atlanta. She said a visit to the emergency room only led to a flu diagnosis, but two days later, she woke up with blisters and severe pain. “By the time I left my house, my skin was on fire,” she said. “I was crawling out of my house, I couldn’t walk. It got really bad, really fast.”
The drug that caused the reaction is an anti-seizure medication known as lamotrigine — the generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Lamictal. Its purpose for Shaw would have been to prevent the recurrent depressive episodes that characterize bipolar disorder. But it backfired instead.
She was diagnosed with Steven Johnson syndrome, a rare disorder that begins with flu-like symptoms and progresses into rashes and blisters. Essentially, the top layer of skin dies and sheds. The condition has damaged her skin — permanently causing white and pink splotches — taken away some of her hair, and made it difficult to see in bright or dark light.
You can learn more about her story by watching the Fox Atlanta video below…