March 20, 2019 by Dr. Eric Plasker 12 Comments
The debate between vaxxers and anti-vaxxers is raging as a blitzkrieg of legislation is attempting to be bullied through government agencies mandating that every child be vaccinated, while eliminating personal and religious exemptions. There are so many important factors in play, but for the sake of political urgency, this letter to federal agencies from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons is on point!
The letter, as published on their website, is reprinted below in its entirety with a link to their site. Also included in this article is a link to Robert Kennedy’s Facebook Page, Childrens Health Defense where you can hear important testimony related to this issue.
Evidence that Big Pharma and the federal agencies who oversee them, like the FDA and CDC, cannot be trusted to ensure our safety is everywhere! Examples include…
Here is the letter…
To: Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Re: Statement federal vaccine mandates
Feb. 26, 2019
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) strongly opposes federal interference in medical decisions, including mandated vaccines. After being fully informed of the risks and benefits of a medical procedure, patients have the right to reject or accept that procedure. The regulation of medical practice is a state function, not a federal one. Governmental preemption of patients’ or parents’ decisions about accepting drugs or other medical interventions is a serious intrusion into individual liberty, autonomy, and parental decisions about child-rearing.
A public health threat is the rationale for the policy on mandatory vaccines. But how much of a threat is required to justify forcing people to accept government-imposed risks? Regulators may intervene to protect the public against a one-in-one million risk of a threat such as cancer from an involuntary exposure to a toxin, or-one-in 100,000 risk from a voluntary (e.g. occupational) exposure. What is the risk of death, cancer, or crippling complication from a vaccine? There are no rigorous safety studies of sufficient power to rule out a much higher risk of complications, even one in 10,000, for vaccines. Such studies would require an adequate number of subjects, a long duration (years, not days), an unvaccinated control group (“placebo” must be truly inactive such as saline, not the adjuvant or everything-but-the-intended-antigen), and consideration of all adverse health events (including neurodevelopment disorders).
Vaccines are necessarily risky, as recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court and by Congress. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid some $4 billion in damages, and high hurdles must be surmounted to collect compensation. The damage may be so devastating that most people would prefer restored function to a multimillion-dollar damage award.
The smallpox vaccine is so dangerous that you can’t get it now, despite the weaponization of smallpox. Rabies vaccine is given only after a suspected exposure or to high-risk persons such as veterinarians. The whole-cell pertussis vaccine was withdrawn from the U.S. market, a decade later than from the Japanese market, because of reports of severe permanent brain damage. The acellular vaccine that replaced it is evidently safer, though somewhat less effective.
The risk: benefit ratio varies with the frequency and severity of disease, vaccine safety, and individual patient factors. These must be evaluated by patient and physician, not imposed by a government agency.
Measles is the much-publicized threat used to push for mandates, and is probably the worst threat among the vaccine-preventable illnesses because it is so highly contagious. There are occasional outbreaks, generally starting with an infected individual coming from somewhere outside the U.S. The majority, but by no means all the people who catch the measles have not been vaccinated. Almost all make a full recovery, with robust, life-long immunity. The last measles death in the U.S. occurred in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Are potential measles complications including death in persons who cannot be vaccinated due to immune deficiency a justification for revoking the rights of all Americans and establishing a precedent for still greater restrictions on our right to give—or withhold—consent to medical interventions? Clearly not.
Many serious complications have followed MMR vaccination, and are listed in the manufacturers’ package insert, though a causal relationship may not have been proved. According to a 2012 report by the Cochrane Collaboration, “The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre- and post-marketing, are largely inadequate” (cited by the National Vaccine Information Center).
Mandate advocates often assert a need for a 95% immunization rate to achieve herd immunity. However, Mary Holland and Chase Zachary of NYU School of Law argue, in the Oregon Law Review, that because complete herd immunity and measles eradication are unachievable, the better goal is for herd effect and disease control. The best outcome would result, they argue, from informed consent, more open communication, and market-based approaches.
Even disregarding adverse vaccine effects, the results of near-universal vaccination have not been completely positive. Measles, when it does occur, is four to five times worse than in pre-vaccination times, according to Lancet Infectious Diseases, because of the changed age distribution: more adults, whose vaccine-based immunity waned, and more infants, who no longer receive passive immunity from their naturally immune mother to protect them during their most vulnerable period.
Measles is a vexing problem, and more complete, forced vaccination will likely not solve it. Better public health measures—earlier detection, contact tracing, and isolation; a more effective, safer vaccine; or an effective treatment are all needed. Meanwhile, those who choose not to vaccinate now might do so in an outbreak, or they can be isolated. Immunosuppressed patients might choose isolation in any event because vaccinated people can also possibly transmit measles even if not sick themselves.
Issues that Congress must consider:
AAPS represents thousands of physicians in all specialties nationwide. It was founded in 1943 to protect private medicine and the patient-physician relationship.
Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
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We’re all aware of the serious problem in the US with opiate addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 115 Americans die from opiate overdoses each day (about 43,000 a year), and we spend about $78 billion on the total costs of opiate abuse. Opioid addiction is crippling our economy and many communities.
Many people who become addicted to opiates are first introduced to them by doctors who prescribe them for chronic pain. A recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that 60% of opioid overdoses first used these drugs when given a prescription for chronic, non-cancer pain: 59% of those patients were prescribed painkillers for chronic back pain and 24% were for chronic headache.
In summary: 36% of people who died from opioid overdoses were first given a narcotic because they had back pain.
Chiropractic: Working with the Root Cause of PainChiropractic takes a different approach to pain by working to help the body repair the root cause of the problem rather than simply masking the symptoms, like opiates do. Remember: painkillers don’t repair injuries or damaged tissue; they simply stop the brain from processing pain, leaving the underlying problem. If the problem isn’t treated and the normal function isn’t restored to the body, the pain will return.
Numerous studies have found that chiropractic care is equally (or even more) effective than medical care for a variety of pain conditions, including back pain, sciatica, headache, and scoliosis. And since chiropractors don’t prescribe drugs or perform surgery, patients who get adjustments don’t have to worry about the negative side effects that come with these treatments…including addiction.
Even the American Medical Association has acknowledged that chiropractic adjustments should be a course of treatment before surgery is considered for back pain.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has also seen the benefits of chiropractic care in the treatment of pain and, over the last few years, dramatically increased the utilization of chiropractic for veterans.
Chiropractic Patients Use Fewer OpiatesNow a new study1 from the VA looked at the relationship between chiropractic care and opioid consumption in returning veterans. In this study, the researchers looked at the health records of 14,000 individuals who had received at least one chiropractic adjustment. The authors found:
“The percentage of veterans receiving opioid prescriptions was lower in each of the three 30-day time frames assessed after the index chiropractic visit than before. Our work did not attempt to assess causation or otherwise explain this observation. Veterans may have been referred to chiropractic care as part of an opioid taper plan, or those who agreed to chiropractic care may have been inherently less likely to seek opioid prescriptions. However, it is also possible that the delivery of chiropractic care may have been a substitute for opioid use in our sample, which raises interesting research, policy, and practice considerations as the VA continues to expand chiropractic services. This is particularly relevant in light of other work that has shown a negative correlation between chiropractic use and opioid use in private sector populations.”
This is not the first study to show that chiropractic patients are less likely to use opiates.
Written by: Michael Melton on September 16, 2018.Modified on September 23, 2018.
How Does Lemon Juice Assist Detoxification?
by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
Last Updated on June 12, 2014 Lemon juice is an important component of a number of body cleansing regiments including the master cleanse and Global Healing Center's own liver cleansing protocol. Why? Lemon juice contains citric acid, which aids in both the production of digestive juices and the process of digestion. Lemon juice detox adds a dynamic element to colon cleansing. It can aid the bowels in daily elimination of toxins, and it can help with bloating and gas. Lemons are known as an “anionic food”, which means they contain a higher number of negative ions than positive ions. Anionic foods mirror anionic fluids such as stomach acid, saliva, and bile. As such, the work of lemons both parallels and enhances the work of digestive fluids.
It also helps with the daily elimination of toxins from the bowels, assists with gas and bloating, and contributes certain cleansing qualities which help the digestive tract. Lemon juice can help boost the nutrient levels in your colon.
Lemon Juice and Liver and Gallbladder Cleansing Lemon juice detox is an excellent adjunct to liver cleansing. The natural cleansing qualities of lemon help reduce harmful bacteria. Juice from ½ organic, all-natural lemon can be mixed with purified water to help with liver cleansing, as well as respiratory problems, sore throats, and healthy skin. It helps the liver produce the necessary enzymes to maintain an alkaline condition in the body, and it has even been known to help with heartburn.
When mixed with organic lemon juice and olive oil, avocados can help the body rid itself of gallstones and has shown to help arthritis, atherosclerosis, diabetes and kidney stones.
Lemon Juice and Kidney StonesOrganic lemon juice has also been shown to help with kidney stones. One favorite natural remedy for kidney stones involves mixtures of a lemon juice, olive oil, and water, and another mixture of water, organic raw apple cider vinegar, and ½ an organic lemon.
Lemon Juice and the FluThe cleansing qualities of lemon juice make it ideal for helping with the flu. It helps to purify the lymphatic system so your body is better able to defend itself. Adding black pepper and fresh ginger to lemon juice will also help alleviate excessive mucous.
Lemon Juice Alone Is Not Total Body CleansingPlease keep in mind that while organic lemon juice can and does play a significant role in body cleansing regimens, it is not to be exclusively relied upon for detoxification. Rather, if you're interested in cleansing your body, I recommend following one of our complete cleansing protocols. Each of these programs contains full nutritional and supplemental guidelines that incorporate the key components of lemon juice detox in the best way possible to help cleanse the colon, liver, and gallbladder.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.
As part of a growing number of blood pressure drug recalls, Torrent Pharmaceuticals has expanded its recall of losartan medication over concerns it contains a carcinogen.
Torrent said six additional lots of losartan potassium and hydrochlorothiazide tablets contain trace amounts of the probable human carcinogen N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), according to a notice shared Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration.
The India-based pharmaceutical company has already recalled 10 lots of losartan potassium tablets in the past two months, and since July, more than a dozen other recalls have been issued for common blood pressure medications.
The recalls have been linked to two overseas factories that made the drugs' active ingredients, which the FDA has said it is investigating. The drugs have been found to contain either NDEA or N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).
Various versions of valsartan, losartan and irbesartan drugs have been part of the recalls. These medications are part of a large class called angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), which lower blood pressure by widening or relaxing blood vessels.
© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc.However, not all ARBs contain NDMA or NDEA or are under recall, and alternative treatments or medications can be prescribed in consultation with physicians, the FDA says.
The agency is telling patients to continue taking their medication "as the risk of harm to the patient's health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment," the FDA said.
Click here to find out if your medication is affected by the recent recalls, or visit the FDA website. The agency has updated lists for all three kinds of drugs affected by the recalls.
It seems like diet sabotage is everywhere you look this season. But it's not just about sugary office treats and endless holiday party spreads; some of the most common winter foods actually help, not hurt, your waistline. Want to know which ones? Read on for six fat-burning foods you should be eating this holiday season!
Your favorite indulgence actually includes two ingredients that are known to boost metabolism: caffeine and the antioxidant catechin. Just make sure you stick to a small square a day so the sugar and calories don't outweigh dark chocolate's fat-burning potential. Try this flourless chocolate cake to enjoy the benefits of this wintry food - one serving is only 96 calories.
Sweet potatoes may just be your cold-weather fat-burning secret. Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber, which helps keep you feeling full while burning calories by putting your digestive system to work. And they also contain a hormone that helps regulate your blood sugar. Stick with simply seasoned boiled or steamed sweet potatoes - not a sugary dessert - if you are eating for weight loss. We heartily recommend this sweet potato salad - it's spicy, Paleo, and gluten-free.
This is the time of year when cinnamon is often the star, and that's a good thing: the warming Fall spice has been shown to slow digestion and regulate blood sugar to boost your metabolism. Be sure to snack on some cinnamon roasted chickpeas to reap the benefits of this spice.
You can find various types of pears throughout the Fall and Winter, and there's reason to stock up: pears, like apples, contain high levels of pectin, which binds to water and limits the amount of fat your body absorbs. And pears make great additions to smoothies. Here's one of our favorites: pear and berry smoothie.
Rest assured, your post-Thanksgiving leftover turkey habit is helping you burn fat. Lean protein, like turkey, keeps you full and takes energy to digest - both of which mean increased metabolism. Go for skinless breast meat to keep the calories down. Or whip up a batch of turkey chili, adding the fat-burning power of cayenne pepper to your meal.
This citrus is prime for picking in Autumn and Winter, so stock up. Grapefruit is an excellent source of soluble fiber, which can help you stay fuller, longer, while eating less. Try tossing grapefruit segments in a hearty salad for lunch (along with a grapefruit vinaigrette) or try this spiced honey broild grapefruit - it's perfect for breakfast or dessert.
If you’ve ever had allergies, you can well understand just how frustrating it can be when your patients have symptoms that seem to linger for days on end.
If you’ve ever had allergies, you can well understand just how frustrating it can be when your patients have symptoms that seem to linger for days on end.
They may probably find that spicy food, particularly curry, can do wonders to help open up clogged nasal passages and stuffed ears, and sooth sore throats. As odd as it may sound, there may actually be some sound science behind some of the symptom relief that they can get.
The secret is in turmeric, which is the main spice used in the sauce for curry.
Turmeric is perhaps the best known of all the medicinal herbs in the Ayurvedic tradition. Like many of the other herbs in this tradition, it also doubles as a culinary ingredient for not only curry, but many other dishes that are popular throughout South Asia.
What is the active ingredient in turmeric that works to fight off allergic reactions? Furthermore, what does the research show about its usefulness for treating allergies?
The active ingredient in turmericCurcumin is the main bioactive ingredient in turmeric. In fact, it is responsible for giving turmeric its distinctive, bright, golden yellow color. Numerous research articles have shown it to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and even antioxidant properties.
Curcumin also has shown a distinct anti-inflammatory effect. One study showed benefit equally to that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for osteoarthritis.1
This anti-inflammatory response is similar to that needed to fight off many of the symptoms of allergies, particularly those of respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and sinusitis.
Research on the connection between turmeric and allergic reactionA 2008 article in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research reviewed the effectiveness of curcumin in treating symptoms of both the allergic response and asthma.2 The researchers looked cellular and animal studies to show that the allergic response was significantly inhibited for those animals receiving curcumin as part of their standard diet. This indicates a need for further research to confirm these initial findings.
Another animal study from the 2013 issue of International Immunopharmacology also found that curcumin reduced the allergic response.3 In this study, a group of guinea pigs were first sensitized to allergens, before a curcumin supplement preparation was added into their regular diet.
The researchers found that those guinea pigs who received the curcumin supplement showed a reduction in a number of allergic rhinitis symptoms, including sneezing, frequency of nose rubbing, eye tearing, and nasal congestion.3
Finally, a 2016 article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology conducted a human trial of the effects of curcumin on a group of 241 subjects who received either oral curcumin or placebo over the course of two months.4
The researchers used nasal symptoms and airflow resistance (to measure how much air was moving through the nostrils) to determine the therapeutic effect of the curcumin. At the end of the study, those subjects who received the curcumin showed reduced signs of sneezing and runny nose, as well as less nasal congestion.
These symptoms were reduced by approximately 70 percent and persisted after the trial had finished.4
If your patients are fond of Asian curry food, they may already be well ahead of the game when it comes to beating allergy symptoms.
However, for those who don’t care for spicy food, you might suggest they add turmeric/ curcumin into their regular vitamin and supplement regimen, particularly if they are prone to colds or allergy symptoms.
Most adults don't get enough exercise, but getting in shape is worth it, as it can extend life, prevent disease, and make you happier. In some ways, walking is the perfect exercise, as it's accessible, easy, and free. By walking just 22 minutes a day, you can significantly transform your health. There's little that can transform your overall health, physical and mental, as much as exercise. Working out regularly can extend your life, ward off heart disease and various cancers, rebuild the muscle and bone strength lost with age, and reduce levels of anxiety and depression. Perhaps best of all, you can start to get all those benefits just by deciding to regularly go for a walk. For many, getting started with fitness can be intimidating - weight training, interval sprints, and even certain bodyweight exercises might all seem a little too much if you aren't familiar with where to begin. But people unsure about how they want to get started with fitness should take heart in a simple fact. Most research shows that doing just a little exercise is still vastly better than doing nothing. Stepping outside and walking down the street - or through a park or along a trail - is enough to start transforming your health. Even just a few minutes is better than none at all, and exceeding minimum health guidelines does provide additional benefits. But if you want a basic target to hit, aim for 22 minutes per day, or 30 minutes a day five days a week - a total of 150 minutes per week. © Shutterstock Evidence for walking's health benefits Recommended physical activity guidelines call for healthy adults to do a minimum of two and half hours of moderate intensity activity - or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity - plus at least two muscle-strengthening days a week. Walking doesn't get you all the way there, as it doesn't include strength training. But even meeting the moderate activity guidelines with a regular walking habit can do a lot. According to one large study of older adults published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine that looked at 62,178 men and 77,077 women, people who walk at least 150 minutes per week were about 20% less likely to die than inactive adults during the 13-year study period. "Walking has been described as the 'perfect exercise' because it is a simple action that is free, convenient, does not require any special equipment or training, and can be done at any age," the authors wrote in their conclusion. It is worth trying to keep up a decent pace, however. Another study of more than 50,000 adults in the UK found that people who walked regularly at an average or quick pace were about 20% less likely to die - and 24% less likely to die from heart disease - when compared to slow walkers. While life extension and disease reduction are important, those aren't the only reasons to go for a walk. Smaller studies have shown that even a 30-minute walk on a treadmill is enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from major depressive disorder. None of this is to say you shouldn't eventually start incorporating strength training and other forms of exercise into your routine - there are reasons why those exercises are included in fitness guidelines. But if you just wanted to get started in a simple way, know that going for a walk can be more powerful than it seems.