US Organic farming has been booby trapped: An overview in outline form

January 31, 2009  by Linn Cohen-Cole  www.opednews.com

Liberals, eager for an organic future in farming, have not seen the carefully-crafted corporate traps that, this year, are criminalizing and dismantling most aspects of farming.  And there are ones still coming – attacks on the three things at the heart of organic farming – seeds, manure, and earthworms.  

  • Manure (not chemical pesticides or fertilizers) is now listed as a source of seed contamination, a set up to ban its use for the sake of "food safety."
  • Farmers’ seed storage areas are now listed as a source of seed contamination, a set up to require "FDA-certified facilities" beyond small farmers’ means.
  • Earthworms are now listed as an invasive species, a set up to eradicate them through spraying, destroying the floor under everything – the soil. 

Farmers are being aggressively attacked and living in fear, heritage animals are being located for easier destruction through disease scares or "bioterrorism" to facilitate the substitution of genetically engineered (corporately privatized) animals, and through force and deception, farmers’ ownership of US farmland is being stripped away, perhaps for use as collateral on the bailout.

2009 appears to be the year for the trap to shut.  

The excitement over Obama and the upset over the economy provide a distracting cover for the disappearance of farming in the US.  A White house "farmer" and an organic garden on the White House lawn are a cruelly empty show, because out in the countryside, farming is being systematically and aggressively killed by the government.  Vilsack was not selected by mistake.  Vilsack, Vil[e]sack or Vil[lage]sack, he has a job to do that Monsanto wants and it is proceeding on target while liberals see "a White House farmer" as a sign Obama cares.

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The US Battle to Save Colloidal Silver From Regulation By the EPA

By Steve Barwick on 01/26/2009

I have some good news and some bad news regarding the petition by extremist environmentalists and other special interest groups to have silver nanoparticles (read: colloidal silver) regulated by the EPA as a "pesticide," which would ultimately result in a ban on the sale of colloidal silver products.

Back in December, several of the extremist environmental organizations sponsoring this petition — including ICTA and Friends of the Earth — had formally requested the EPA to extend the comments deadline, so they could buy more time to muster up additional aid and support from the membership rosters of other like-minded environmental groups.

Why Freedom of Consumer Choice Will Be a Distant Memory

Indeed, freedom of consumer choice will be all but a distant memory in regards to colloidal silver products. After all, once EPA begins regulating silver nanoparticles as a "pesticide," their next step will be to require colloidal silver manufacturers to prove that their product cannot harm “ecologically sensitive microbes” in the environment, as documented on this web page.

There are probably only a small handful of colloidal silver manufacturer on the face of the earth – if any – who can afford the millions of dollars in testing and environmental impact reports the EPA will require. So without a doubt, your favorite brand of colloidal silver will probably be gone forever if the EPA approves this petition and begins regulating silver nanoparticles as “pesticides.”

Here’s the key to understanding this whole scheme: If this petition is granted by the EPA, only the wealthiest corporate interests that are willing to kow-tow to EPA regulatory demands and spend millions of dollars on “environmental impact” reports will be able to sell products that contain silver nanoparticles.

Do you think these big corporate interests will sell colloidal silver? Not on your life. Once safe, natural and relatively inexpensive colloidal silver is taken off the market by the EPA, the big corporate interests will patent products containing engineered silver nanoparticles, and you will only be able to get therapeutic silver products by doctor’s prescription.

Exactly What The EPA Wants

This is exactly what the EPA wants, i.e., to transfer control of the sale of silver nanoparticles from the hundreds of colloidal silver vendors in existence today, to a small handful of big corporate interests.

And, of course, the EPA will become the sole arbitrator over who can sell products containing silver nanoparticles and who can’t. Public access to safe, natural colloidal silver will be a thing of the past. It’s that simple. That’s their game-plan.

So What’s Happening Right Now?

Right now the extremist environmental and special interest groups like ICTA and Friends of the Earth are gearing up to have their like-minded environmental groups begin pouring their support behind the petition to have EPA regulate silver as an environmentally “dangerous pesticide.” They are claiming that if silver isn’t immediately regulated by EPA as a "pesticide" the ecology and the environment as a whole will face irreparable and permanent damage.

That is of course a total crock. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that silver nanoparticles can’t harm the ecology when returned to the environment. Why? Because the tiny silver particles rapidly bond with other natural elements in the environment, such as minerals, mineral salts and other substances. This bonding, also known as “agglomeration,” destroys the nano-scale properties of the tiny silver particles and renders them essentially inert.

In other words, the silver simply returns to the environment it originally came from as another harmless mineral substance. The idea that it can somehow "harm the environment" or poses an “imminent threat to the environment” is ludicrous at face value. It is the worst kind of junk science imaginable. But like most junk science, it serves Big Corporate interests very well.

How to Help Us Continue Putting Pressure on the EPA to Reject the Petition

You can help us put additional pressure on the EPA to reject the petition by taking the following three simple but vital steps:

First, email EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson with your comments against the petition to have silver regulated as a “pesticide.” His email address is: johnson.stephen@epa.gov

If you have already emailed him in the recent past, please do so again. And tell all of your like-minded friends to do so, too. This is critical.

Secondly, fax your comments to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, at his Washington DC fax number: (202)-501-1450. Again, if you have already faxed him, do so again. And again. And again. We need a flood of emails and faxes going to this man, telling him politely but in no uncertain terms that he needs to reject the petition to regulate silver particles as “pesticides.”

Third, send a letter to the Washington DC office of EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson. His address is as follows:

Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) Regulatory Public Docket (7502P)

  • ATTN: Administrator Stephen Johnson
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
  • Washington, DC 20460-0001

Don’t Forget To Include the Following Vital Information:

All comments to the EPA – whether you make them by email, fax, snail mail or through the public comments section of their web site once it is restored — must reference the “Petition for Rulemaking Requesting EPA Regulate Nanoscale Silver Products as Pesticides,” and must also reference Docket # EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0650.

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Debunking the Detox Debunkers

(Excellent rebuttal of the well-publicised claims by VoYS!)

Date: 1/19/2009  Posted By: Jon Barron

Perhaps you’ve seen the headlines.

You get the idea. So what breakthrough study warrants such dismissive language?

As it turns out, much less than you might imagine. A report by Voice of Young Science (VoYS), a group affiliated with the Sense About Science charitable trust, representing more than 300 post-graduate and post-doctorate science students, found that no two companies use the same definition of "detox" and their claims were largely "meaningless."  As biologist Harriet Ball, one of the report’s authors, said, "Detox is marketed as the idea that modern living fills us with invisible nasties that our bodies can’t cope with unless we buy the latest jargon-filled remedy."

"Our investigation into detox products has convinced us that there is little or no proof that these products work, except to part people from their cash and downplay all the amazing ways in which our bodies can look after themselves."

In fact, in their press release and leaflet accompanying the report, VoyS stated that:

‘Detox’ has no meaning outside of the clinical treatment for drug addiction or poisoning. Today young scientists and engineers are publishing a dossier on their hunt for the evidence behind detox claims made for products and diets, and beginning a campaign to alert the public.

The multi million pound detox industry sells products with little evidence to support their use. These products trade on claims about the body which are often wrong and can be dangerous. We at Voice of Young Science think it’s time to challenge the detox myth and bring you the Anti-Detox Promise.

This is pretty shocking stuff — especially considering that I just concluded my post holiday blood and liver detox. Talk about feeling silly. Was my detox meaningless? Did I truly part with my hard earned cash as VoYS claimed?

Fortunately, after digging a little deeper than the media stories — actually just looking at the report from VoYS itself — it was easy to see that there was nothing to the headlines. In fact, it was just a bunch of "young" scientists who know nothing about alternative health making some rather absurd conclusions and the media, as usual, running with the story without doing even the slightest critical evaluation. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the report in question and see what it has to offer.

Overview of the Detox Dossier

Called the "Detox Dossier", the report in question describes the findings of the investigation by the Voice of Young Science, a network of over 300 early career researchers. (Incidentally, if this is the best they can do, their later careers are likely to be rather undistinguished.) The scientists involved in the research include physiologists, biochemists, doctors, and pharmacists.

The Detox Dossier investigators found that:

  • No two companies had the same definition for "detox."  The word "detox" was used to promote a range of things from foot patches to hair straighteners, without consistent explanations of what the word means.
  • In most cases, no evidence was presented to back up the "detox" claims on products.
  • In most cases, producers and retailers who the young scientists got in touch with were forced to admit that they were using the word "detox" instead of mundane things like "cleaning" or "brushing."
  • The prices ranged from about 2 pounds for a detox drink to over 36 pounds (around $52) for detox bath products.
  • In essence, they concluded that your body has a fantastic detox system, called the liver and the kidneys, and that there is no need to spend money on expensive treatments and products. Eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep is a better investment.

Those are some strong claims. Let’s examine each one in a bit more detail to see how valid they are.

No two companies had the same definition for "detox"

According to the report, "We all agreed that detox being used to sell everything from tea to hair straighteners was implausible and decided to dig deeper to find out what the product manufacturers meant by detox — had they some evidence about detox or how our bodies work not available to the rest of us? Our list of products to investigate was extensive and expensive, so we whittled it down to 15 products that were sold in a range of places and fairly represented what was out there in the shops."

Okay , let me translate that for you.

  • "We" means a group of people who have no understanding of detoxing or alternative health — and felt no need to consult with anyone who did. A solid start for the investigation, I must say.
  • They agreed amongst themselves that since the word detox was "being used to sell everything from tea to hair straighteners," it was "implausible." That’s certainly amusing. When I go on the internet and look up the word doctor, I can see it used to describe everyone from neurosurgeons to people who charge absurd amounts of money to make the boobies of starlets and porno actresses bigger. I also find it used to describe so called experts in philosophy, art, and home economics — not to mentionrap stars. I think we can all agree amongst ourselves, then, that the use of the word "doctor" is likewise "implausible" and warrants digging deeper to find out what is meant by the word. Now we could go to the doctors themselves to ask for clarification, but that would be too obvious. Instead, let’s go to the manufacturers of pharmaceutical drugs and medical equipment and see what they have to say.
  • That’s right, you read that correctly: instead of asking alternative health practitioners, these young scientists decided to "dig deeper" by contacting "product manufacturers." Out of curiosity, what products did these scientists use to "define" detoxing — and thus the manufacturers they would query? Well, how about:
      • Garnier Clean Detox Anti-Dullness Foaming Gel (a facial cleanser)
      • MG Detox Shampoo Trevor Sorbie (a shampoo)
      • Boots Detox Body Brush (a skin brush)
      • Innocent Natural Detox Smoothie (an antioxidant fruit juice drink)
      • Vitabiotics Detoxil 15 day support (a multivitamin pill with a couple of added herbs at "pixie dust" levels)
      • V-Water Detox (spring water with added "pixie dust" vitamins and herbs)
      • 4321 Shape Up and Detox (high caffeine tea to stimulate weight loss)
      • Boots Detox 5 Day Plan (flavored water with "pixie dust" herbs, added mostly for their antioxidant value)
      • Farmacia Spa Therapy Detox (a range of products from foot pads to bath additives)
      • Crystal Spring Detox patches (foot pads)
      • Fushi Holistic and Health Solutions Total Detox Patch (and yet another foot pad)

    I have to admit, after looking through this list, I’m beginning to feel much better about my selection of Dr. Dre to define the term "doctor." Compared to the products listed above, Dr. Dre can at least lay claim to being a "doctor" of music. The simple fact is that in the entire list above only one of the products, the Boots Detox Body Brush, can lay any claim to having any association to what people in the alternative health community call detoxing. And at that, they chose a product sold under the brand name (Boots) of an English drug store chain. In other words, when they called for information on the product, they were talking to drug store purchasing agents — not alternative health specialists who might actually know how skin brushing relates to detoxing. That’s absurd.

    In most cases, no evidence was presented to back up the "detox" claims on products

    Okay, so our intrepid researchers found that the sales reps they spoke to could only spout marketing hype. As they so love to say in England, "That’s brilliant!" Again, they dealt with not one legitimate detox product, nor one legitimate alternative health company or practitioner. The bias here is so blatant, it could only have been deliberate. The VoYS had to deliberately select products that they knew had nothing to do with mainstream detoxing, produced by companies that had no expertise in alternative health or detoxing, and supported by marketing reps who were totally ignorant in the subject.

    In most cases manufacturers used the word "detox" instead of mundane things like "cleaning" or "brushing"

    So they have a problem with manufacturers using obfuscation in describing their products? Well, let’s be absolutely clear here. When it comes to obfuscation, these manufacturers are rank amateurs when compared to doctors and the medical community. Here are just a few examples of medical doublespeak.

  • Negative Patient Care Outcome. It means the patient died. Death has also been referred to as "Immediate Permanent Incapacitation" — no kidding.
  • Compensated Edentia. Would you believe false teeth?
  • Nutritional Avoidance Therapy. The medical term for dieting.
  • Thermal Remediation Unit. An ice pack, or even a plain bag of ice cubes.
  • Digital Fever Computer. That’s what you and I would call a thermometer.

And our young researchers have a problem with the word "detox?" Can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y?

The prices ranged from about 2 pounds for a detox drink to over 36 pounds for detox bath products

So what they’re saying is that the products were often expensive and yet had no proven results. I wonder if they’ve also looked at pharmaceutical drugs and medical procedures. Some of the excesses here are legendary, but for now, let’s just look at one: angioplasties. Angioplasties, which have an average cost of $40,000 but can top one million dollars in some cases, have in fact, been proven to be almost useless as a treatment. That suddenly makes 36 pounds look like the ethical bargain of the century.

In essence, they concluded that there is no need to spend money on expensive treatments and products. Eating healthy meals and getting plenty of sleep is a better investment

So, the results they achieved using these products was less effective than merely eating healthy meals and getting a good night’s sleep. And what were these results our researchers experienced on these products?

Oh, did I forget to mention, they didn’t actually try any of them! They based their entire assessment on reading packaging and what they were told by marketing reps on the phone!! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! What conclusions I could come to if I based my entire assessment of the medical field by merely reading labels and interviewing pharmaceutical marketing reps!

And the media condemned detoxing as a myth based on a report that didn’t even test the products in question. For shame!

So what is detoxing?

Drug and alcohol detoxing aside, in the alternative health community, detoxing has a very specific meaning. It starts with the definition of the word toxin.  A toxin is anything that causes stagnation, congestion, or disease or that impedes any of the normal functions of the body. Toxins can impact the body at the system level (the elimination system), the organ level (liver and kidneys), or even the cellular level. Removing the toxins and reestablishing optimal functioning of the body and its systems is essential to good health. And yes, VoYS was half correct. The body has systems that do this naturally. They are called the colon, the liver, the kidneys, the lymph, etc. The problem is that too often nowadays, we so overwhelm and overload these systems that they can no longer keep pace and remove all the toxins. At that point, they begin storing those toxins in your body — along the walls of the colon, in the liver, in organ tissue throughout the body, and the cells themselves. And when that happens, your elimination organs need help. That help is what we call detoxing. The bottom line is that the road to natural health begins with cleansing and detoxification — no matter what the disease or problem. There are 9 primary areas where we can assist the body in detoxing (and no, they do not include shampoos, water, foot pads, and antioxidants).

Is there any proof that detoxing works or is necessary?

Actually, despite the impression you might get from VoYS, there is tons of support for the efficacy and value of detoxing. In fact, the medical community uses various methods for detoxing organs and systems in the body as standard medical practice. Although medical detox treatments mimic natural detox treatments (in much the same way that Bizarro mimics Superman), the medical community bypasses the issue by refusing to use the word detoxing — but detoxing it is nonetheless. For example:

You get the idea. The medical community absolutely understands the principle and efficacy of detoxing. They just insist on using their own terminology and methodology, which allows them to trash more natural, more efficacious, and less harmful means of doing the same thing. And thus we have a true understanding of the rationale behind the Voice of Young Science Detox Dossier.

It probably should also be noted that Sense About Science, the parent organization of VoYS, previously published a study entitled "Making Sense of Chemical Stores" that proposed that the 100,000 plus chemicals released into the environment over the last 50 years are not only NOT harmful, but are our friends. Or to quote from that report:

"The chemical realities of the world, by contrast, are that everything is made of chemicals, that synthetic chemicals are often much safer for human health than so-called ‘natural’ ones, and that unfounded anxiety about chemicals is encouraging people to buy into ideas and ‘remedies’ that make little scientific or medical sense."

Enough said.

For more on detoxing, check out http://www.jonbarron.org/detoxing-health-program/detox_center.php.

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No need for condoms – GE corn can do the job

January 12, 2009

New research from Austria shows that a commercial strain of Monsanto-made GE corn causes mice to have fewer and weaker babies. What is this doing to human fertility?

Regulators around the world said Monsanto’s GE corn was as safe as non-GE strains.
It has been approved in many countries and regions including the US, the EU, Argentina, Japan, Philippines and South Africa.

China approved the GE corn for animal feed back in 2005.
Until this research, under the Austrian Ministries for Agriculture and Health, none of the regulators had seriously questioned the safety of Monsanto’s GE corn.
The biotech industry is playing a game of genetic roulette with our food and with our health.

The GE corn research

Austrian scientists fed mice over a course of 20 weeks a mixture of 33 percent Monsanto GE corn (NK 603 x MON 810) and non-GE corn.
These mice gave birth to less babies and lighter babies in their third and fourth litters. Mice fed on non-GE corn had babies as normal.
These differences are statistically significant.

India and GE food

The GEAC(Genetic Engineering Approval Committee), a government body, has approved large scale field trials for BT corn in three agricultural universities in India. This corn is the same corn that according to a study by the Austrian government leads to infertility in the females of the rats that it was tested upon.
In the light of this latest research, Greenpeace India is urging the government to put the brakes on GE food.
"Genetic Engineering as a technology cannot be taken as safe without adequate safety tests" said Dr. Sujatha Byravan, Molecular biologist and former President of The Council for Responsible Genetics.
GE Brinjal is also in the pipeline, and being considered for approval.
Monsanto’s GE corn hurts mouse reproduction. So what is it doing to human reproduction?
Considering the severity of the potential threat, Greenpeace is demanding a recall of genetically-engineered food and crops from the global market.

Published in: on January 14, 2009 at 4:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

STROKE:Remember The 1st Three Letters….S.T.R.

My nurse friend sent this and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree.
If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks. Seriously..
Please read:
STROKE IDENTIFICATION:
During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) …..she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.
Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don’t die…. they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
It only takes a minute to read this…

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE
Thank God for the sense to remember the "3" steps, STR . Read and Learn!
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.


Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call Emergency
immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out Your Tongue
NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue.. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other,that is also an indication of a stroke.

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Tyrannical Federal Trade Commission threatens Church

Tyrannical FTC Threatens Christian Church with Imprisonment for Selling Dietary Supplements

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 by: Mike Adams, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) The FTC has unleashed a new assault against both dietary supplements and religious freedoms by targeting a Christian church for termination. Through exclusive interviews and conversations with health freedom attorney Jim Turner (http://www.naturalnews.com/Index-Podcas…), NaturalNews has learned that the church Daniel Chapter One (www.DanielChapterOne.com) has been targeted by the FTC for destruction.
Throughout 2008, the FTC has been on a free speech rampage, sending threatening demands to 130 companies selling dietary supplements. It has specifically targeted organizations selling anti-cancer dietary supplements. The typical FTC legal assault involves the sending of a threatening letter to the company or church being targeted, where FTC demands to:
• Confiscate customer records.
• Confiscate all banking and financial records.
• Drag the church or business into court for refusing to comply.
Organizations that refuse to meet the FTC’s demands are threatened with the following:
• Arrest and imprisonment.
• Complete confiscation of their inventory.
• Being charged with crimes by the FTC. Such crimes are heard in the FTC’s own kangaroo court, which is subject to no law.
On that last point, it’s important to note that the FTC is now functioning as both Judge and Jury, as it has set up its own "private" FTC court in Washington D.C., where the right to a trial by jury does not exist, and the FTC’s own appointed judges render decisions against the accused (the dietary supplement companies) without using any commonly-accepted legal standards whatsoever. It is essentially a military court where you are considered guilty until proven innocent.
In its threatening letters sent to dietary supplement companies, the FTC demands that the principals of such companies appear in their own private FTC court to face charges. Failure to appear is considered an admission of guilt, causing your company to be shut down by the FDA while you’re arrested and brought up on yet more federal charges.
Out of approximately 130 companies that have been targeted and threatened by the FTC, only 10 have so far refused to sign the so-called "consent decree" documents put forth by the FTC, which require company principals to admit to committing crimes they did not commit (crimes such as "selling unapproved drugs" which are really just fruit extracts or herbal supplements, for example).
This is a very similar situation to what the FDA is doing in its own campaign of tyranny against natural health companies. NaturalNews has previously documented the FDA’s operation of a criminal extortion racket that’s very similar to the FTC’s actions. Read the details here: http://www.naturalnews.com/024567.html

Too terrorized by the FTC to speak out

NaturalNews has spoken to many companies targeted by the FTC. Nearly all of them have been too terrorized by the FTC to be willing to go on the record with an interview. Although they have all told me privately that they believe they are being targeted by a criminally-operated FTC waging an anti-health witch hunt, they are too afraid of winding up in prison to go on the record with their views.
This fact alone should cause serious concern for anyone reading this. Since when was America a country of secret regulatory police who terrorized the business community into a state of silent fear? The FTC is clearly using tactics of terror and tyranny to silence the very companies and individuals it is targeting for termination. (And by "termination," I mean the termination of their freedoms and their businesses, not assassination. Not yet, anyway.)
Only three companies have agreed to go on the record with NaturalNews and voice their opposition to the FTC’s campaign of tyranny. Daniel Chapter One is one of them. They are devoutly refusing to abide by the FTC’s demands, and they’re challenging the very premise of the FTC’s authority.
With the help of health freedom attorney Jim Turner, the principals of Daniel Chapter One are claiming the FTC has no authority over churches and non-profit organizations. Furthermore, they are claiming the FTC has no authority to restrict truthful free speech about dietary supplements.
It is this second point that is relevant to ALL health supplement companies, for if Daniel Chapter One is successful in this challenge, it could help spell an end to the regulatory carpet bombing of the dietary supplement industry that’s now being masterminded by the FTC.

Is the FTC engaged in regulatory terrorism?

I believe these actions by the FTC can only rightly be called a form of regulatory terrorism against the American People. In its quest to destroy the nutritional supplements industry, the FTC is pulling out all the stops, relying on instruments of oppression and tyranny that have historically been used by the secret police of the former Soviet Union, for example, or even Nazi Germany.
In doing so, the FTC is attempting to destroy a body of knowledge about anti-cancer remedies, thrusting the American people into an era of nutritional illiteracy that would put them at the sole mercy of the conventional cancer treatment industry (which promotes poison, surgery and radiation as its primary modalities, all of which earn considerable profits for powerful corporations).
The FTC, you see, is not merely demanding that companies remove all text from their websites that might implyan herb could be useful for preventing cancer; they are also demanding that the websites of these companies may not link OUT to other websites that contain such information (such as NaturalNews.com, for example). Thus, the FTC is creating a system of regulatory-enforced illiteracy that’s destroying the availability of truthful information on the internet, even while our nation remains in a state of health care collapse that desperately needs a natural health solution.
It is in this way that the FTC is driving America towards a total collapse of both health care and its finances. A sick, nutritionally illiterate population denied the right to even learn about nutritional approaches to preventing cancer is doomed to suffer unprecedented increases in degenerative disease. This is the curse the FTC has placed upon the American people in its question for total domination of the dietary supplements industry.

Will Bibles be banned next?

The Bible recommends numerous medicinal herbs for the treatment, prevention and even the cure of degenerative diseases…

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To Minimize Harm from Marijuana, Legalize It for Recreational Use: New Scientist

Radical alternatives proposed for cannabis controls

WHAT should we do to minimise the harm cannabis can cause to the health and welfare of users and to society at large? The answer, according to a report by a group of prominent academics and government advisers, is to change the law to allow the state to prepare and distribute the drug for recreational use.

This controversial proposal comes from a commission assembled by the Beckley Foundation, a British charity dedicated to exploring the science of psychoactive substances. "The damage done by prohibition is worse than from the substance itself," says Amanda Feilding, the founder of the Beckley Foundation.

The Beckley commission’s ideas will be aired in March at a meeting in Vienna, Austria, of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The UNCND will report to a meeting of the UN general assembly later this year that will set international policy on drug control for the decade to come.

Marijuana is now the world’s most widely used illicit drug. The latest figuresfrom the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) indicate that in 2006-7 some 166 million people aged 15 or above, or 3.9 per cent of this age group, used it regularly. Just 1 per cent of the world population uses other illegal drugs. Cannabis use is particularly widespread in rich countries. Around 40 per cent of Americans and one-third of Australians say they have tried it.

The evidence assembled by the Beckley commission left it in no doubt that cannabis damages the health of heavy users, especially those who start as teenagers. Such users are at increased risk of suffering from psychosis, and lung and heart disorders. They are also more likely to drop out of school early, be involved in traffic accidents, and be poor parents (see "How bad is it?"). The report also found evidence that cannabis may act as a "gateway drug", increasing the likelihood that users will go on to try more damaging drugs such as heroin or cocaine.

The report details a sharp rise in the potency of marijuana, with levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the chemical that gets cannabis users "stoned" – typically double to treble what they were a decade ago. This, it says, is partly the result of a switch to growing the plant indoors under continuous lighting.

Potent varieties, sometimes known as "skunk" or "sinsemilla", now make up 80 per cent of the market in the UK and the Netherlands according to a report published by the UK home office. These varieties also lack a compound called cannabidiol found in other cannabis strains, which when present may help prevent THC triggering psychotic episodes. About 9 per cent of regular cannabis users become dependent – experiencing withdrawal if they stop using – and suffer ill health as a result of their drug use, the Beckley authors say.

Despite the undoubted dangers associated with marijuana, the Beckley report concludes that it is far less harmful to users and to society in general thanother illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine, and far less damaging than the legal drugs tobacco and alcohol. There have been only two documented deaths from marijuana overdose, the report notes. This contrasts with 200,000 deaths from all causes each year attributed to other illegal drugs, 2.5 million deaths annually related to alcohol and 5 million to smoking…

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Published in: on January 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment