Bayer greedily bought and swallowed the ‘poison pill’ of Monsanto without considering its true liability. Fifty-seven billion Euros of market cap down the drain later, now their headache is taking on epic proportions…
Growing uncertainty about whether San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Ramos Bolanos would rule in favor or against Bayer’s appeal of the Monsanto Cancer Verdict were resolved Tuesday morning as the judge upheld the jury’s decision that the glyphosate-based weedkiller (aka Roundup) sold by Monsanto caused a California man’s terminal cancer and that Monsanto intentionally hid its dangers.
The news quickly spread and caused an immediate crash in Bayer’s stock value, sending a powerful message to the Agrochemical industry that they are legally and financially responsible for the adverse effects caused by their unscrupulously marketed products despite receiving a regulatory pass from government agencies like the EPA, USDA, and FDA that have traditionally acted as industry cheerleaders.
The judge decided to reduce the punitive damage award from the original total of $289 million following a verdict reached earlier this summer, down to $78.5 million. A decision which concerned jurors who decided on the higher award amount in order to send a clear message to Monsanto that they deserve to be punished for covering up the dangers of their herbicide.
The good news is that this ruling affirms the company’s liability for causing illness from their product, and opens the door for more lawsuits and stricter regulation of agrochemicals in the future. Ian Hilliker, an analyst at Jefferies LLC in London, estimated in a note to clients that based on a class action lawsuit involving 8,700 plaintiffs believed to have cancer as a result of glyphosate exposure, Monsanto’s liability could reach $800 billion dollars. To put this in perspective, the original Bayer-Monsanto buyout offer was $57 billion dollars. Clearly, this no longer looks like an “asset” to Bayer and its stockholders.
In the tweet above, a German analyst points out that Bayer’s Monsanto aquisition may have precipitated the largest destruction of market capitalization in German stock market history, standing at about 57.7 billion Euros in losses thus far.
Last month, Louisiana Congressman, Rep Clay Higgins, (R-LA) proposed a piece of legislation that would require all members of government to take and pay for their own drug tests. While we at the Free Thought Project feel that anyone should be able to ingest any substance without the state knowing, if there were an exception to this, it would be the state—who kidnaps, cages, and kills people for possessing and using these very substances.For this reason, we have compiled a list of five reasons why we feel that if members of government are getting high on the taxpayer’s dime, the citizens have a right to know.
1. The first and most obvious reason government employees, agents, and politicians should be drug tested is that all of these folks will throw citizens in cages for the very same behavior.
While we feel that the drug war should be brought to a grinding halt and all drugs legalized, when government employees arrest people for the very same thing they do behind closed doors, we have a problem.
On a regular basis, politicians, cops, and government employees in general are caught using drugs which compromise their positions and either fail at their jobs or hypocritically enforce the same laws they are breaking.
2. That brings us to our second point. Often times, politicians caught using drugs are only caught after doing something else related to their drug use.
TFTP has reported on police officers stealing money from people to finance their opioid addictions, or politicians using the drug war to cover up their crimes.
Time and time again, we see cops raid the homes of drug dealers only to steal their product and money to open their own drug dealing enterprises or fuel their own addictions. This has manifested into dangerous situations in which cops secretly become addicted to certain drugs only hurt innocent people or crash their cars—with some of them even crashing into schools.
Had OK Senator Ralph Shortey been forced to pee in a cup, perhaps he may have been stopped before he used his position to get arrested for trafficking children or dealing in child porn.
3. While police have been caught time and again getting addicted to the drugs they “take off the streets,” there is another reason that police officers in particular should be drug tested. Steroids.
It is certainly the belief of the Free Thought Project that anyone should be able to put anything into their own body without persecution of the state. However, police officers using anabolic steroids—which include a host of aggressive side effects—is an extremely bad idea.
There is no question that many police officers use performance-enhancing drugs. In fact, the problem of police steroid use became so bad, in 2004, the DEA intervened to warn of the “possible psychological disturbances” of roid-raging cops.
Mood swings (including manic-like symptoms leading to violence)
Impaired judgment (stemming from feelings of invincibility)
Hostility and aggression
Eventually, a few years later, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, made up of 16,000 members worldwide set a standard that “calls upon state and local law enforcement entities to establish a model policy prohibiting the use of illegally obtained steroids” by officers.
On a regular basis we hear politicians, cops, and their supporters constantly call for drug testing welfare recipients, veterans, and others. All the while, politicians themselves sit back freely without worry that someone will find out about their Xanax addiction or cocaine habit.
Highlighting this point is the fact that the DEA themselves has been caught repeatedly engaging in parties at which prostitutes and cocaine are not just taking place in the back rooms, but are the very theme of the party.
5. If government employees got a taste of their own medicine, maybe it will open their eyes to the horror and hypocrisy of the war on drugs.
If drugs were legal this would be a moot point. All the corruption associated with being able to break the drug laws they are tasked with enforcing disappears overnight.
The CIA would lose its ability to traffic in cocaine to finance proxy wars in sovereign nations. Cops stealing from evidence lockers and becoming drug kingpins would cease to exist. The prison industrial complex which feeds off of other people’s addictions would be brought to its knees. And people who need help—instead of jail—would be able to do so without fear of being kidnapped, caged, or killed.
So, while drug testing government employees may be ineffective at curbing the actual use of drugs, if they kept getting caught doing them, perhaps it would accelerate the end to this brutal war on drugs and the trillion dollars blown on enforcing it could go to something more useful—like back in the pockets of the people it was stolen from.
If you, like most Americans, believe you’re being screwed by the U.S. political system, and would like to know exactly how the screwing functions, tune into “Dark Money,” a new documentary (video at bottom page) premiering Monday, October 01 on PBS.
The film, directed by Kimberly Reed, is one of the most expert dissections ever conducted of the subterranean tentacles quietly strangling U.S. democracy.
NOTE: “Dark Money” was co-funded by Topic Studios, which is part of First Look Media, along with The Intercept.
The movie is largely about the last decade of politics in Montana.
This long-term, close-to-the-ground focus is cinematically unique, and makes it possible for “Dark Money” to illuminate three startling facts about how America now works.
First, the corporate hard-right is systematically investing in politics at an incredibly granular level, down to state and local races.
Second, they’re not just trying to crush Democrats.
Leaked documents examined in the movie show conspirators discussing a plan to “purge” all Republicans who don’t share their worldview – an ideology so conservative that it hasn’t been seen in full flower in the U.S. for 100 years.
In fact, the politicians who appear in the film are largely Republicans who’ve been successfully targeted for the right-wing purge, who speak wistfully about Montana’s evaporating history as a small-d democracy.
Third, dark money, while just one tributary of the Mississippi of cash flowing through the U.S. political system, is a key tool of the corporate right.
It gets its name from the fact that certain kinds of nonprofit corporations – unlike political campaigns and even Super PACs – currently do not have to disclose their donors.
Big, out-of-state money therefore can flood into small races in the last weeks before an election with total anonymity, paying for the sleaziest ads and mailers imaginable, produced by organizations created solely for that purpose.
For instance, as the film depicts, three days before the 2008 GOP primary, a group calling itself Mothers Against Child Predators sent out bulk mailings suggesting that John Ward, an incumbent Republican state representative, was a secret admirer of the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, simply because he opposed the death penalty.
Ward then was defeated by a little-known, more conservative challenger. Mothers Against Child Predators, having served its purpose, vanished, with Montanans having no idea who was behind it.
This secrecy serves the corporate right both coming and going:
Voters can’t judge whether big, out-of-state interests are behind ads, and corporate funders won’t suffer brand damage when they back smear campaigns or push extreme candidates.
But “Dark Money” is just a chapter in the long story of the corporate right’s attempts to empty democracy of any meaning.
It will make more sense if, before watching it, you take a big step back and consider how we got here.
A still from the documentary of
protesters against dark money in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Courtesy of PBS
Here are three possible situations involving money and politics.
Any country can have no more than two of them simultaneously:
A functioning democracy
Glaring wealth inequality
No regulation of political spending by the super-rich
As Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), points out in “Dark Money,” Watergate was in some ways a campaign finance scandal.
In 1974, Congress responded by making sweeping revisions to campaign finance law, placing strict limits both on contributions to and expenditures by candidates.
This was an attempt to keep #1 and #2 – i.e., democracy and yawning wealth inequality – while getting rid of #3, total freedom to spend for the super-rich.
Ever since, the corporate right has been patiently eroding this arrangement. In 1976, the Supreme Court ruled – on a lawsuit spearheaded by a young conservative lawyer named John Bolton – that restrictions on campaign contributions were legal, but those on campaign expenditures were unconstitutional.
Over the following decades, other suits have stripped away additional chunks of the 1970s reforms, culminating in 2010 with the Citizens United decision.
Citizens United and related rulings made it possible for anyone, including corporations, to spend unlimited amounts supporting a political campaign, on one vague condition:
that the spending could not formally be “coordinated” with the candidate.
This project has been an attempt to mold the U.S. into a country with situations #2 and #3 – i.e., wealth inequality plus total freedom to spend for the ultra-wealthy – while getting rid of #1, a functioning democracy.
Since 2010, the right has continued to rend its garments about the tyranny of any rules restricting the super-rich, while working toward its ultimate goal:
unlimited money in politics from all sources, spent in total secrecy with no disclosures.
While the right is correct that anything short of this does in some peculiar sense make corporations and billionaires less “free,” it is wrong that that’s a bad idea.
Take it from free-market hero Adam Smith, who wrote in “The Wealth of Nations” that,
“such regulations may, no doubt, be considered as in some respects a violation of natural liberty.
But those exertions of the natural liberty of a few individuals, which might endanger the security of the whole society, are, and ought to be, restrained by the laws of all governments.”
(Smith was talking about banking regulations, but the same point applies to campaign finance.)
Americans could also try to create a society that was a real democracy with few regulations of political spending.
But that would require getting rid of our glaring wealth inequality. That’s certainly not on the table now, but it’s a totally normal, mainstream idea – at least if you consider Aristotle, Benjamin Franklin, or John Adams to be normal and mainstream.
As Adams wrote in Philadelphia just before the signing of the Declaration of Independence,
“Power always follows property… The balance of power in a society accompanies the balance of property.”
Therefore, Adams said,
if a country wants to be self-governing, it should engage in massive property redistribution from the rich to everyone else.
While we work on that, however, the best we can do is try to force the government to enforce the weak restrictions on political money that still exist.
That’s what “Dark Money” is about…
A still from the documentary
of Montana’s State Capitol building at dawn.
Photo: Courtesy of PBS
“Dark Money” is filled with such surprising twists, both heartbreaking and thrilling, that it would be unfair to spoil them. But when you get to the end, you should be aware that there are more twists to come, quite soon.
The peculiar reality about dark money is that neither Citizens United nor any other Supreme Court decision has found that it would be unconstitutional to force dark money into the sunlight.
Indeed, the Citizens United ruling stated that,
“disclosure is the less-restrictive alternative to more comprehensive speech regulations.”
It’s simply that the political system has decided not to do anything about it.
For instance, the president could issue an executive order requiring all corporate federal contractors to disclose contributions to dark money organizations.
Congress could require the Internal Revenue Service to increase its investigations into whether nonprofits are adhering to the legal requirement that political activity not be their “primary” purpose. Instead, with the GOP in control, the IRS has been intimidated into not investigating this at all.
Meanwhile, it used to be the case that nonprofits were at least forced to disclose their big donors to the IRS, even if that information remained secret.
The Trump Treasury Department has changed the rules so that the IRS no longer receives this information.
The FEC could have issued regulations requiring that dark money contributions be disclosed. But starting in 2008, Republicans commissioners have generally voted together as a block to stop any new campaign finance rules.
However, the FEC has been successfully sued in a dark money case, with a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia giving the FEC 45 days to issue new regulations forcing the disclosure of dark money donors.
That’s the good news…
The bad news can be deduced from archival footage late in “Dark Money” showing Don McGahn, a Republican campaign finance lawyer, during his time as an FEC commissioner from 2008 to 2013.
He was the primary force behind the GOP strategy of constant FEC deadlock.
Where is McGahn now? He’s Donald Trump’s White House counsel. And he was one of the main champions of Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination to serve on the Supreme Court.
If Kavanaugh makes it there, he’ll certainly vote to reverse the recent dark money decision if given a chance, and much more besides.
So definitely watch “Dark Money” tonight if you have any interest in how to drain our nationwide swamp.
You will never see more hopeful examples of how normal people can fight and win skirmishes with big money. You’ll also never see more clearly the price they have to pay, and size of the beast they’re up against.
And at the end, you’ll understand that we’re still in the midst of a gargantuan war.
are not irritable, dizzy, shaky, weak, or anxious if you don’t eat for 2-3 hours…
feel energized after your meal (but not hyper!) and could actually be fit for walking…
experience better mental clarity after your meals…
don’t crave any sweets after your meal or during the day…
don’t feel hungry all the time or that “something was missing” from your menu…
and are not overweight or underweight…
… then you’re among those living in our modern society who don’t suffer from blood sugar dysregulation. And those people are fewer and fewer each day!
What happens in your body when blood sugar runs wild?
Blood sugar and insulin issues are among the most prevalent and physiologically damaging conditions today. The negative impacts of chronically elevated insulin, including transient insulin surges, cause damage to virtually every bodily system leading to everything from coronary and atherosclerotic damage, obesity and weight control issues, neurological symptoms, hormonal dysregulation, hepatic (liver) dysfunction, fatigue and mitochondrial issues, inflammation, and immune system dysfunction, to name a few.
Blood sugar (glucose) is the body’s preferred source of fuel. The brain, organs and muscles run off of glucose. At the deepest level, the cells of our body use glucose to manufacture adenosine triphosphase (ATP) or energy. So if our cells do not get the adequate amounts of glucose into them, we can’t produce energy to help run our body. Without ATP production, hormones are not produced optimally, brain function does not work properly and every system of our body suffers, including our ability to sleep, to loose weight, immune and stress response, etc.
When it comes to blood glucose levels, there are really only two places we can get it – from the food we eat (external source) or glucose that we make (internal source). The modern person’s blood sugar is either chronically low or high, and both are stepping stones to diabetes. Dysglycemia is a condition in which the body loses the ability to keep blood sugar stable. It has numerous negative health effects all throughout the body: it weakens and inflames the digestive tract, weakens the immune barriers of the gut, lungs and brain, drives the adrenal glands into exhaustion, sets the stage for hormonal imbalances, impairs detoxification, fatty acids metabolism, and fatigues metabolism.
When the pancreas pumps out too much insulin due to chronic spikes in blood sugar (determined mainly by high sugar processed foods), blood sugar levels swing from high to low. A hypoglycemic person is prone to crashing, especially around 3-4 PM and experiences a drastic drop in blood sugar levels usually two to five hours after eating. This person has a constant craving for sweets, is grouchy in the morning, gets lightheaded and irritable when meals are missed, is dependent on coffee for energy, feels shaky, jittery, agitated and nervous, becomes upset easily, has poor memory and blurred vision.
Other people slip from hypoglycemia into high blood sugar. The chronic release of insulin to battle high blood sugar exhausts the cells until they start refusing entry to insulin. So the cells become insulin resistant. When cells become insulin resistant and the glucose can’t get in, it circulates round and round the bloodstream, damaging arterial walls and the brain. Because the body wants to normalize blood sugar levels as soon as possible, it converts the excess glucose into triglycerides to be stored as fat. This process demands so much energy that you become sleepy.
Furthermore, insulin resistance decreases the body’s ability to use stored fat for energy. This process also raises serotonin levels, a brain chemical that can induce drowsiness. Insulin resistant people mostly feel fatigued during the day and after meals, have a constant hunger, a craving for sweets that is not relieved after eating them, larger or equal waist girth than hip girth, urinate frequently, have increased appetite and thirst, difficulty loosing weight. Insulin resistance creates a serious risk for heart disease and diabetes, as well as low thyroid activity. It is a contributing factor to sleep apnea, hormone metabolism disorders, obesity and certain types of cancer.
Permanently Solve Your Blood Sugar Problems
1. Don’t eat sweets and junk food
The very first step in ANY kind of healing protocol and resolving of your negative symptoms, has to start with cleaning your pantry from junk, processed food. Although many people know that already, this is not always that easy to accomplish, for two reasons: you probably don’t know that even foods like bottled, “natural” juices or sugary “protein bars” are considered junk food in many cases, or you really don’t know what to replace these processed, ready-made foods with, in order to benefit from a whole food diet.
Cleaning up the pantry is the very first step I address when I work with my clients, but not without offering them first easy, quick and healthy alternatives to their previous processed foods. Every person is different and requires specific methods to incorporate a new diet in her/ his existent lifestyle. Working with a specialist in this case can be highly beneficial and save a lot of time and money in the long run, not to mention avoiding the risk of getting wrong nutritional information.
But as a main, general rule, I usually recommend buying fresh vegetables and high quality meat and using a crock pot for slow cooking. Even non-experienced people can’t go wrong with this. There are many easy recipes for slow cookers, it saves a whole lot of time and doesn’t destroy nutrients in the cooking process. It’s definitely a good start to consider.
Sugar generates the highest swings in blood sugar levels and a continuous desire for more, throwing you in a vicious circle of amplified and interconnected negative symptoms. So it’s very important to reduce sweets and limit yourself to eating fruits in moderation. Eating sweets or sugary foods before bed for example is one of the worst things a hypoglycemic person can do. Your blood sugar can crash during the night, long before your next meal is due. Chances are your adrenals will kick into action, creating restless sleep or that 3 AM wake up with anxiety.
If you ever want to have a dessert or high-sugar foods, never eat them without a source of protein or fat. This will slow down the rate at which glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream and help prevent “insulin shock”.
Even too much starch from carbohydrates in a meal (which still transforms into sugar in your body) can generate the same negative symptoms. Grains, legumes, starchy vegetables like potatoes and peas can all contribute to your blood sugar dysregulation if eaten in high amounts. In general, if you feel sleepy or crave sugar after you eat, you have eaten too much starch.
Also, don’t forget about the hidden sources of foods which are everywhere! Simpler than reading the long list of ingredients on the processed food labels is to avoid them entirely. Then your source for hidden sugar is gone as well. You can read more about the negative effects of sugar and how out of control this issue became in our modern society, in one of my previous articles: Shocking Statistical Truth About Sugar Consumption.
2. Eat right for your unique metabolism and take the right supplements for you metabolic type
Blood sugar regulation calls upon more metabolic processes than any other function in the body. And any one (or more) of those processes could be dysfunctional. The imbalances, inefficiencies or dysfunctions in any one or more of your body’s control systems can arise from failure to meet genetically-based requirements for nutrition, and/or the presence of one or more stressors and blocking factors.
The proper practice of Metabolic Typing addresses every one of those elements which is why it is so successful and so powerful. Food has the power to heal. But it also has the power to make you ill if it is wrong for your metabolism. It is not only what you eat, it is also in what proportions you consume your macro-nutrients (proteins, fats, and carbohydrates) that will allow you to maximize your energy, control cravings, eliminate hunger between meals, control your weight, balance mood and blood sugar levels.
If you follow a diet which is right for your metabolism, but take generic, one-size-fits-all supplements, it would be like running at the same time in two different directions. Nutritional supplements potentially have a lot to offer — they supply a concentrated form of nutrients which can easily compensate for the lacks in our food supply, when used as an adjunct to a proper metabolic type diet.
One of the stunning revelations of the system of Metabolic Typing is that any given nutrient can have opposite biochemical effects in different metabolic types. The reason for this is that every nutrient stimulates or inhibits one or more of the body’s Fundamental Homeostatic Control Systems (FHCS). Different metabolic types are dominated by different FHC’s which dictate how nutrients behave in one person’s metabolism as opposed to someone else’s metabolism. And, of course, this is why it’s critical for people to obtain the quantities and balances of nutrients that are right for their metabolic types.
The primary goal of nutritional supplementation in the case of dysglycemia is to improve insulin receptor function. Blood sugar causes damage to the body but the reason it usually cannot get into cells is due to dysfunction in insulin production and/or insulin receptors. Many pharmaceutical drugs, and even some natural compounds, lower blood sugar by increasing insulin production from the pancreas. Because elevated insulin levels likely caused the resistance issue in the first place, further elevating insulin levels will likely serve to create more dysfunction. Therefore, the goal is to improve insulin receptor function and signaling, and not simply to lower blood sugar. It’s also very important to highly customize each nutrient to each person’s unique nutritional requirements and imbalances.
Among the nutrients and herbs that I usually recommended within the Metabolic Typing program for people who suffer from blood sugar dysregulation are supplements containing alpha lipoic acid, chromium, carnitine, banaba leaf, berberine, gymnema Sylvestre, Brewer’s yeast and bilberry. As far as foods, onions, garlic, blueberry leaf tea, ginger root, fenugreek seed powder, cinnamon, powdered mustard and nutmeg are all beneficial in dealing with blood sugar dysregulations.
3. Don’t skip meals
I often see in my practice how people became the slaves of their daily routines, where taking a break to eat some decent food is out of the question! It is indeed a hectic, busy life we are living and there is no one easy, universal solution here to make the necessary changes in one’s life style, in order to offer the body the right food at the right time, on a daily basis. But I can assure you it IS possible and I witness it more and more each day, since more and more people are simply too sick of being sick! So they are willing to change. Receiving the right support and information is quite important here as well.
When you can’t keep your regular meals and/or need a snack, eat a small amount of protein every two to three hours. Going for long stretches without eating when you have dysglycemia exacerbates your blood sugar issues, affecting other multiple metabolic processes in your body. Nuts, seeds, a boiled egg, cheese or meat, or a low carbohydrate protein shake are some examples of protein snacks. As your dysglycemia improves, you’ll find you can go longer between snacks.
4. Use a glucometer and functional lab markers
Many people have been to the doctor, had their blood tested and were later told they were fine, because all of their values fell within the laboratory reference range. This range is designed to identify disease and pathology, not health.
To accurately evaluate health, you must have your blood work analyzed using a functional or optimal reference range to help identify subtle shifts in physiology that are contributing to negative or unwanted symptoms.
Laboratory reference ranges are statistical averages, not optimum levels. These are created using a bell curve model, where your result is compared to the “average” for that lab. Average does not mean healthy. Additionally, the reference range is very broad and different labs may use completely different reference ranges. So you might be considered diabetic in one state, but not in another! Or you might not benefit from a good thyroid panel because most insurance companies won’t pay for it. The standard in medicine is to establish the mean and then set two deviations, one above and one below the mean. These reference ranges will continue to get wider and wider as patients get sicker and sicker.
Common patterns related to blood sugar dysregulations and the types of these are:
Glucose > 100
Elevated triglycerides, >125
Typically elevated LDL, >150, decreased HDL, <60
Elevated Insulin, >6
C-reactive Protein , >3
Hemoglobin A1C >5.6%
Because blood sugar regulation involves the participation of more elements of metabolism than any other function in the body, it can serve as an excellent indicator of overall body stress, metabolic efficiency, and capacity for adaptation. Thus, monitoring blood sugar can also act an indicator of the improvement or worsening of health complaints from employed protocols.
The correct metabolic typing protocol will balance body chemistry, maximize metabolic efficiency and restore function — and will also result in improved blood glucose regulation, both in terms of fasting blood sugar levels as well as the blood sugar curve following a glucose challenge.
Monitoring blood glucose levels can be done at home using a glucometer, available at practically any pharmacy. Test blood glucose using the glucometer four times in one day upon awakening, before lunch, before dinner and before bed. All readings should be between 85-100 (for glucometers calibrated for plasma).
5. Solve your blocking factors
Suppose you test for parasites and it comes back positive. You do an anti-parasite protocol. The blood sugar drops significantly. Yes, you succeeded in (temporarily) lowering blood sugar. But if the cause of the parasite presence was due to leaky gut, precipitated by food reactivities, brought on in great part due to deficient hydrochloric acid production, caused by heavy metals or petrochemical toxicity, how much true healing and real help have you provided to your body? By treating (just) the parasites and leaving the other stressors and blocking factors in place, you risk the development of much more serious degenerative conditions down the line, particularly the autoimmune and neurodegenerative conditions that are sky-rocketing. (William Wolcott, Founder of Healthexcel System of Metabolic Typing)
Even with a right diet, exercise and supplementation, the blood sugar dysfunction can persist. In this case, it’s important to go further in detecting blocking factors, which can range from food reactivities, leaky gut, to heavy metal toxicity, nutritional imbalances and hormonal dysfunction.
A very common pattern is when elevated cortisol keeps glucose elevated from the inside of your body. Elevated cortisol over the long term consistently produces glucose, leading to increased blood sugar levels. Since a principal function of cortisol is to shunt the effect of insulin which renders the cells insulin resistant, the body remains in a general insulin-resistant state when cortisol levels are chronically elevated. Eventually the pancreas struggles to keep up with the high demand for insulin, glucose levels in the blood remain high, the cells cannot get the sugar they need, and the cycle continues. Cortisol can also mobilize triglycerides from storage and relocate them to visceral fat cells (around the belly). Thus, getting rid of that beer belly is not easy for many people who don’t address all the underlying causes.
Research is clear that a combination of cardiovascular and resistance/strength training is invaluable in helping to correct blood sugar and insulin dysregulation. But as it is with food, there is no one size fits all type of exercise for everyone. Fact is, many types of exercise can actually work against you, if they are not right for what your body needs at the time.
It is crucial to have your stress level assessed before you start doing any exercise. When we are exposed to any combination of stressors that elevate our stress hormone beyond the optimal, our repair hormones are suppressed. Typically in athletes this results in over-training syndromes, while in bodybuilders and other people wanting to add muscle or change their body shape, it simply results in lack of progress.
Many people who commit to regular, strenuous exercise begin the day eating too many carbohydrates (often processed) for their metabolic type. This elevates blood sugar triggering a release of insulin to lower the sugar level. The process continues until the blood sugar is too low, causing glucocorticoids (stress hormones) to be released. These stress hormones trigger the discharge of stored glycogen in the liver – a response designed to elevate blood sugar. This cycle of increased and decreased blood sugar level typically happens repeatedly during the day due to the combination of eating meals and snacks that are metabolically imbalanced and drinking any number of caffeinated sugar drinks.
So in order to really benefit from your exercise routine, you have to work with a specialist and assess your stress level prior of starting the program. Don’t be surprised if you’ll be told you need to engage first in more relaxing, stress relieving exercises like yoga or tai chi, instead of running yourself to death on a treadmill. Or that you are actually ready to incorporate some cardio exercises in your routine instead. It really all depends where you stand in terms of health, vitality and the ability to engage in a sport so that it benefits your body, not work against you.
The US Treasury reports that the federal budget deficit was $779 billion in fiscal 2018. The deficit is caused by spending in excess of tax revenues and is financed by borrowing from foreign and domestic creditors.
Federal spending in 2018 was $4,108 billion, and tax revenues were $3,329 billion, so Congress financed 19 percent of its spending with borrowing. Did taxpayers—who will ultimately bear the burden—really consent to that extra debt-financed spending? It is like Dad leaving the kids some cash to buy pizza and then coming home to find that they also used his credit card to rack up charges on the Internet.
Unless the politicians grow up and start making reforms, the deficit will likely grow from $1 trillion in 2019 to more than $2 trillion per year a decade from now.
Annual deficits are piling onto accumulated federal debt held by the public of $16 trillion. That is $127,000 for every household in the nation. Compared to the size of the economy, today’s federal debt is, by far, the highest in our peacetime history.
Why is soaring government debt so worrying?
1 – Spending Induced. Most federal spending is for subsidy and benefit programs, not for activities that increase productivity. Subsidy and benefit programs distort the economy and generally reduce overall output and incomes. Those distortions occur whether spending is financed by debt or current taxes. But the availability of debt financing induces policymakers to increase overall spending, which at the margin goes toward lower-valued activities.
2 – Tax Damage Compounded. When taxes are extracted to pay for government spending, it induces people to change their working and investing activities, which distorts the economy and reduces growth. When spending is financed by borrowing, the tax damage is pushed to the future and compounded with interest costs.
3 – Investment Reduced. Government borrowing may “crowd out” private investment and thus reduce future output and incomes. Economist James Buchanan said: “By financing current public outlay by debt, we are, in effect, chopping up the apple trees for firewood, thereby reducing the yield of the orchard forever.” The crowd out will be reduced if private saving rises to offset government deficits. But the CBO says “the rise in private saving is generally a good deal smaller than the increase in federal borrowing.” Government debt may also deter investment through expectations—businesses will hesitate to invest if rising debt creates fears of tax increases down the road.
4 – Borrowing from Abroad. A decline in private investment due to government borrowing may be avoided if capital is attracted from abroad. Indeed, huge federal borrowing has been facilitated by global capital markets, and today more than 40 percent of the federal debt is held by foreigners. Borrowing from abroad may prevent a fall in domestic investment, but it does not prevent the shifting of costs to future taxpayers. As government debt rises, more of our future earnings will be taxed to pay interest and principal on the government’s debt to foreigners.
5 – Macroeconomic Instability. CBO warns that a “large and continuously growing federal debt would … increase the likelihood of a fiscal crisis in the United States.” Experience shows that high levels of government debt tend to reduce growth and increase financial fragility. In their study of financial crises through history, Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff concluded, “again and again, countries, banks, individuals, and firms take on excessive debt in good times without enough awareness of the risks that will follow when the inevitable recession hits.” Government debt, they found, “is certainly the most problematic, for it can accumulate massively and for long periods without being put in check by markets.”
Sadly, with regard to the federal budget, policymakers seem to be in la-la land, a “euphoric dreamlike mental state detached from the harsher realities of life.” They dream about spending on their favorite programs and act as if there won’t be harsh consequences to their profligacy. But there will be. Future living standards are being eroded as huge costs are being pushed forward, and the rising debt will eventually spark a damaging financial and economic crisis.
Seeing truth everywhere, processing darkness and somehow staying in the light, to align with a calmer reality? When we wake up spiritually our consciousness expands. We come online as energetic beings. Our timing on planet earth is neither accident or coincidence. If these words resonate know you are not crazy or alone. We can feel like we are on a different wavelength from everyone else, struggling to understand ignorance and denial. We try to stay compassionate in an unforgiving world. We sense people’s energy fields, experiencing powerful responses positive or negative, having to rationalise instincts in our 3d reality. Dream state can seem more real than real. Time fluctuates, a flow pulls from our heart chakra, our core, our third eye. Awakening to a quantum world, cosmic surfers, is sensory, Smart and built on love vibrations
7 Signs our Consciousness is Shifting to Higher Dimensions
1. Time has stopped being linear, become quantum, transdimensional. Time fluctuations, speeding up creating a sense of lost time, poor short term memory, flash backs. Fluidity as we surrender to the Shift in love vibrations. Slowing down, time seems to synthesize before our eyes. Micro expressions, caught, interpreted, masks slip, truths revealed. Boom. No going back.
2. Dimensional slippage takes place. Trippiness, the world taking on a surreal filter. They Live glasses on all the time, awareness that the matrix is on red alert, out of step, malfunctioning. Loss of time, sense of moving through an interactive game. Some moments in sharp focus, longer periods blurred at the edges.
3. Blocks being removed in people, shifts in relationships, long held issues resolving themselves over night. Transitioning to a different mindset where our priorities become the present, life experiences and love, not money, status or power. We release fear for our safety and surrender to trust in the bigger picture, our guides and higher self.
4. Awareness of the fourth dimension, dreamstate visions, hyper conscious of shadows, seeing through masks, breaking spells, glitching matrix algorithms. Waking up to the fourth realm and how its future is intertwined with Gaia’s and humanity. Seeing trauma behind the fear. Trusting love to free all on this cosmic rollercoaster of recalibration.
5. We crave solitude and seek meaningful sharing with good people. We cultivate silence so that we can better hear our heart, our guides, our higher self, spider senses on. We enjoy peace, quiet, music, creativity and nature more and more. Using positive spaces to embed our cellular vibrations in higher wavelengths.
6. Sickness, nausea, headaches, sudden drops in energy, shakiness, dizziness, loss of appetite, irregular sleeping patterns, aversion to crowds, ear popping, and the need to stretch our body can all be experienced. Blurry eyes as we adjust from 3d to 5d vision. Painful karma released from our mindbodysoul.
7. Heightened gut instincts, easier meditation, clearer communication with guides and higher self. Connectivity with nature, interaction, spiritual relationship develops. Number sequences, premonitions, sixth sense, matrix barriers dissolve, making it easier to navigate. We trust universal flow.
Staying in love vibration is our protection, lightsaber and mission as the darkness rises, on high alert. Mirror the dark in light. Be cautious, careful, cloak our light if we feel sensitive, anxious or edgy. The dark web is being infused with a web of light that we help create. The sacred geometry of portals is activated on an intergalactic scale. We are in the eye of the storm, keep calm and let the frequency war rage on around us. Anchor light to Gaia’s grid. The reality we perceive is subjective, we can fact check, source verify and research, but in the end its our gut we must trust. If your gut says go to ground over the coming days, do it. Take some leave, have a duvet day. Rest. Step off the hamster wheel if that is what your spider senses tell you. If you are being guided to bright and sparkly, happy high energy, share your light vibration, roll it out in zen frequencies. If you are somewhere in between, let go of ego led analysis and trust your inner rhythm.
We all have a role to play in Gaia’s ascension. Reach out in cyber land to others experiencing this shift in consciousness, to those waking up and those further down rabbit holes of truth. There are communities reaching out energetically as light warriors linking light to Gaia’s grid. Just as there are links of light firing through the cyber web, glitching negative and magnifying positive algorithms. When fear pushes in, push back with love, when truth triggers trauma, regain balance with perspective. Zoom out, look at situations from fresh angles, outside the cosmos. See that you are a sovereign being with free will. Use mantras as the dial to set our energy field, to tune our vibration up and to manifest our days in calm light. Water cleanses our energy field as well as our body, it refreshes our mind. Essential oils, peaceful music, creative activities all calm our minds and raise our frequencies.
To heal is to know darkness and retain belief in higher planes of existence. Depression and anxiety can make us ill, mindbodysoul infected with low frequencies. If shadows come meet them with love. Know all that is in darkness is traumatised. Visualise a sacred circle of light, power this circle of light up with love vibrations, protecting us from anything that may mean or cause us harm. This can be done any time, anywhere, any place. Breathe. Be calm, even if things get really trippy. Trust instincts, use sage, crystals and water for clearing and protection. Follow your gut. If you feel, sense nothing, yet these words resonate, enjoy this for you are creating the material plane new earth, the world that we will inhabit in love vibrations. Nature is Gaia’s medicine, realign to her rhythm. Self care and meditation are essential tools in the coming weeks. New earth tribes anchor your light to Gaia’s grid. Hold our space in light, as the Shift kicks in. Meet darkness in love vibration. Ride waves of cosmic enlightenment with grace, humility and gratitude. In light and love beautiful people.
Natural substances with tremendous healing capabilities that cannot be patented are a huge threat to the pharmaceutical industry and their FDA-approved drugs, and certainly vitamin D is at the top of this list.
For example, published scientific literature shows that vitamin D is more effective in preventing annual influenza than the dangerous flu shot. See:
Since the best and primary source of vitamin D is from the sun, most people in North America are vitamin D deficient, even during the summer months when we are told to block the sun’s rays due to the fear of skin cancer.
When a natural substance like vitamin D can cure and prevent so many diseases, usually in ways far superior to FDA-approved drugs and vaccines, it should come as no surprise that Big Pharma will pull out all the stops to discredit the science behind these natural substances, as they affect their profits from pharmaceutical products.
This is routinely done by funding their own biased studies, and then attacking medical doctors and scientists who promote natural cures.
One of the areas of vitamin D deficiency that affects many of the families we work with here at Health Impact News, is in the area of Medical Kidnapping and the widely debunked theory of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) that is used to medically kidnap children.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to brittle bones in infants and children, where multiple hairline fractures occur giving the appearance of “abuse” according to proponents of the Shaken Baby Syndrome medical theory.
One doctor who is a world-renowned authority on vitamin D and has testified in court on behalf of parents falsely accused of SBS, is Dr. Michael Holick. He has recently come under fire and was attacked in the corporate-sponsored “mainstream” media that derives much of its advertising revenue from Big Pharma.
William B. Grant, PhD, the director for the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, and former senior research scientist at SRI International, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the NASA Langley Research Center, has recently published a commentary with the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service exposing Big Pharma’s “disinformation playbook” and how they attack natural cures, and vitamin D health benefits specifically.
Dr. Grant has authored or coauthored over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Vitamin D acceptance delayed by Big Pharma following the Disinformation Playbook
A “Disinformation Playbook” has been used for decades by corporations to delay government action on matters of public interest that would adversely affect their income and profit.
Some well-known examples include the big tobacco companies, the coal and oil industries, the sugar industry, and the National Football League. The Union of Concerned Scientists has outlined five “pillars” of the Playbook [Disinformation Playbook], [Alvord 2017].
Big Pharma may be using the Playbook to slow the adoption of strong support for vitamin D.
This article is the product of my further analysis.
The Disinformation Playbook
1. The Fake
Conduct counterfeit science and try to pass it off as legitimate research.
2. The Blitz
Harass scientists who speak out with results or views inconvenient for industry.
3. The Diversion
Manufacture uncertainty about science where little or none exists.
4. The Screen
Buy credibility through alliances with academia or professional societies.
5. The Fix
Manipulate government officials or processes to influence policy inappropriately.
Background and evidence that vitamin D improves health outcomes
Big Pharma and its allies in the U.S. and perhaps also in Europe are opposing major recommendations for increases in vitamin D intakes and higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels [above 30 or 40 ng/ml (75-100 nmol/l)], apparently because such measures can significantly reduce the burden of human disease and, therefore, would reduce income and profit from treating disease.
Healthcare in the U.S. now consumes almost 20% of the gross domestic product.
Historically, vitamin D was associated with prevention and cure of rickets and osteomalacia, and later with calcium absorption and bone health.
In the past two decades, evidence has accrued showing that higher 25(OH)D serum levels from diet, supplements, and/or solar UVB exposure, are associated and mechanistically linked to better health and longer life expectancy.
In 2009-2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reviewed the evidence regarding vitamin D, and was instructed by the study sponsors, the Food and Drug Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and Health Canada, to use only the evidence from published high-quality vitamin D randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
However, by that time, such trials had only found benefits for bone health. From these studies it was known that bone health ‘normalizes’ above 25(OH)D levels of~20 ng/ml (50 nmol/l).
However, they also used evidence from purely observational studies to suggest that there were risks associated with vitamin D supplementation that raised serum 25(OH)D levels above 30 ng/ml [Ross, 2011a].
This was the basis for their hypothesis of a U-shaped serum 25(OH)D level vs. health outcome relationship (higher risk for both low and high levels).
However, this concern was later shown to be largely unfounded since most of the studies reporting U-shaped risk vs. serum level had no data for subject vitamin D supplementation, or for when it had started, thereby confounding subject stratification [Grant, 2016].
Over the last two decades, evidence has accumulated that UVB exposure and vitamin D have many non-skeletal health benefits, mainly from ecological and observational studies and from mechanistic evidence.
Recent evidence has accumulated from vitamin D supplementation studies, especially those showing a correction of deficiency [Martineau, 2016].
Such evidence is now strong for cancer [Moukayed, 2013], [Grant, 2017], [Grant, 2018], [McDonnell, 2018], cardiovascular disease [Zhang, 2017], [Wimalawansa, 2018], respiratory tract infections [Martineau, 2017], all-cause mortality rates [Grant, 2011], [Garland, 2014], [Grant, 2016], [Lindqvist, 2016], and pregnancy and birth outcomes such as preterm birth [McDonnell, 2017], [Wagner, 2018] and as now widely reviewed [e.g. Holick, 2007; Pludowski, 2013; Baggerly, 2015; Grant, 2018; Page, 2018; Sorenson and Grant, 2018].
Recommended vitamin D intakes and optimal ‘target’ serum 25(OH)D levels have increased since the IOM report.
For example, The Endocrine Society subsequently recommended 1000-4000 IU/d (25-100 mcg/d) vitamin D supplement intakes and serum 25(OH)D levels >30 ng/ml (75 nmol/l) for patients with baseline insufficiency [Holick, 2011].
A more recent review of vitamin D supplementation guidelines also recommended >30 ng/ml [Pludowski, 2018].
However, such recommendations may be replaced in the near future by those recommending >40 ng/ml based on studies such as those reported recently for preterm birth [McDonnell, 2017] and breast cancer [McDonnell, 2018].
One reason for the low earlier recommendations was the large underestimate made by the IOM in calculating intakes for the average population, (i.e. in 50% of the population) rather than for 97.5% of the population for whom the recommendations were presumed to be aimed [Veugelers & Ekwaru, 2014].
Of course, Big Pharma and its allies must follow current research findings on vitamin D with trepidation since they also realize that the general public also follows the research and has increased its rates of self-supplementation with > 1000 IU/d vitamin D from 0.2% of the population in 2001-2002 to 18.2% in 2013-2014, and that supplementation with >4000 IU/d has also increased from 0.2% in 2007-2008 to 3.2% in 2013-2014 [Rooney, 2017].
Examples of the use of the five pillars of “The Disinformation Playbook” on Vitamin D
1. The Fake
Below are some papers reporting no benefit from vitamin D supplementation due to methodological flaws. These examples are for health outcomes for which well-designed and conducted studies have shown benefits.
JAMA recently published the results of a vitamin D plus calcium clinical trial using 2000 IU/d vitamin D3 plus 1500 mg/d calcium [Lappe, 2017].
The trial did not find a significant all-cancer risk reduction based on intention to treat (i.e. comparing outcomes on those who received the supplements vs. those who received the placebo) [Grant, 2017].
However, the trial did find a significant reduction in all-cancer incidence for those who achieved a level of >50 ng/ml 25(OH)D, despite the study being somewhat underpowered.
But the journal did not let the authors present or discuss that finding in the printed paper, relegating the latter analysis on subjects who achieved repletion to an online supplement for the paper, which few people read, and issuing a press release stating that vitamin D supplementation did not reduce the risk of cancer [JAMA Media Advisory, 2017].
Cochrane systematic reviews were carried out that omitted some clinical trials with positive results.
Thus, a Cochrane review of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy published in November, 2017, found “There was no effect on preterm birth” and concluded “The evidence to date seems insufficient to guide clinical or policy recommendations.” [Roth, 2017].
Overlooked in this review was mention of a paper published in July, 2017, that found a 60% reduction in preterm birth rates for those in a supplementation study who achieved >40 ng/ml [McDonnell, 2017].
2. The Blitz
The New York Times published a hit piece on Michael Holick by Liz Szabo of Kaiser Family Foundation on August 18, 2018. “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Supplement, Has Shadowy Money Behind It: The doctor most responsible for creating a billion-dollar juggernaut has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the vitamin D industry.” [Szabo, 2018]
This opinion piece took aim at Dr. Holick because he is considered the person most responsible for raising public awareness of the benefits of UVB exposure and vitamin D.
The opinion piece agreed with the IOM report that vitamin D was good for bone health, but dismissed other benefits through quotes from three IOM committee members [JoAnn Manson, Clifford Rosen, and Catherine Ross].
It also stated “A Miracle Pill Loses Its Luster; Enthusiasm for vitamin D among medical experts has dimmed in recent years, as rigorous clinical trials have failed to confirm the benefits suggested by early, preliminary studies.”
However, it did report that some people in the “wellness-industrial complex,” such as Professor Walter Willett of Harvard, support supplementation with vitamin D.
The main thrust of the opinion piece was to attack Dr. Holick for receiving several hundred thousand dollars from the vitamin D industry, including the indoor tanning industry, pharmaceutical companies and Quest Diagnostics, a major supplier of 25(OH)D assays.
It is not unethical to be paid for one’s work. It is, however, unethical not to disclose in journal publications any competing interests such as funding from the industry that might benefit from the publication.
Dr. Holick has freely acknowledged his support from the vitamin D industry as he did in the Endocrine Society vitamin D guidelines paper [Holick, 2011].
While several vitamin D researchers submitted letters to the editor about the above publication, none were published. The submitted letters supported Dr. Holick and vitamin D supplementation.
Here is the text of one submitted by Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H. and Camillo Ricordi, M.D.:
The New York Times is the beacon of truth. But we were shocked by an article (Aug 18) by Liz Szabo.
Masquerading as exposé, it unfairly accused Dr. Michael Holick, who helped discover a form of vitamin D, of mostly monetary motivation.
Dr. Holick’s discovery of an important biomarker has enabled thousands of epidemiological studies.
Using this biomarker, members of our group discovered that vitamin D3 helps prevent colorectal cancer, and, along with British researchers, that it also reduces the risks of breast cancer.
Recently other investigators also have found that vitamin D reduces risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease, and reduces prematurity.
These compelling findings suggest a vitamin D deficiency ‘syndrome’ based on converging data from hundreds of studies.
The cost of correcting underlying vitamin D deficiency would be miniscule compared to the cost of drug treatment for cancer and diabetes.
This article is, therefore, misleading. Dr. Holick is an honest, and widely respected researcher.
If readers stop taking vitamin D based on this article, it would do great harm to the public health.
Letters to the editor are an important avenue for countering bias, misstatements, and omissions in newspapers and professional journals.
To deny publication of such letters is poor journalistic practice, and in this case, considering the importance of vitamin D to the public, it is immoral.
The most likely reason the Times did not publish any letters in response is that the revenue from Big Pharma for advertisements is a large part of its revenue.
Michael Holick is no stranger to controversy.
In 2004, he was fired from Boston University’s department of dermatology by Dr. Barbara Gilchrest, who was head of the department.
“She called me into her office and said that she couldn’t have somebody in her department recommending sun exposure.” [Saul, 2006; Solomon, 2010].
Dermatologists advocate avoidance of indoor tanning devices and use of sunscreen as a way to reduce the risk of skin cancer and melanoma. They rarely consider the role of UVB exposure in producing vitamin D3, or, if they do, state that the little amount of vitamin D required (for bones) can be obtained though a few minutes of solar UVB exposure to the head and arms or diet.
This, of course, is known to be inadequate, especially during the winter months and for those who have dark skin. That is the rationale for the need to take supplements.
3. The Diversion
This approach was explored in great detail by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway in their book Merchants of Doubt [Oreskes & Conway, 2011].
It has also been said that observational studies on vitamin D supplementation are invalid since they are not supported by randomized controlled trials.
For example, the untested hypothesis goes, this must mean that low 25(OH)D is a result of disease, rather than a cause [Autier, 2014, Autier, 2017].
However this hypothesis has been debunked.
“Published RCTs have mostly been performed in populations without low 25OHD levels. The fact that most [meta-analyses) on results from RCTs did not show a beneficial effect does not disprove the hypothesis suggested by observational findings on adverse health outcomes of low 25OHD levels.” [Rejnmark, 2017]
In addition, many vitamin D clinical trials, including major ones currently underway, have not been based on measurements of the 25(OH)D level, but instead on the use of a single-sized dose of vitamin D.
The reason for this is that they are based on the guidelines for clinical trials of pharmaceutical agents, which assume that 1), the trial is the only source of the agent; and 2), that there is a linear dose-response relationship.
Yet neither assumption is satisfied for vitamin D. There are several sources of vitamin D including UVB exposure, diet, and supplements.
Also health effects are not directly related to the dose of vitamin D (which is inert), but instead derive from the serum level of 25(OH)D, with large variations in outcomes with increases in initially low 25(OH)D at low levels, but reduced variation in outcomes with changes in higher 25(OH)D levels.
Thus, clinical trials should be based on measurements of serum levels of 25(OH)D, not on vitamin D dosage [Heaney, 2014], [Grant, Boucher 2018], and open-label trials looking for significant health benefits in which participants know they are taking vitamin D and have sequential serum 25(OH)D measurements [McDonnell, 2017, McDonnell, 2018].
Other authors have implied that “vitamin D” is just another vitamin by designing studies as if it were a true vitamin [Fortmann, 2013], [Misotti, 2013] when, in fact, vitamin D is a hormone precursor provided either in the diet or made in the skin through the action of UVB on 7-dehydrocholesterol, though the definition of vitamin is a substance required for life that is NOT produced in the body.
However, the definition of hormone is a regulatory substance produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action.
Nearly every cell has a vitamin D receptor coupled to chromosomes. When the hormonal metabolite of vitamin D, 1,25(OH)2D, binds to the vitamin D receptor, gene expression can be up- or down-regulated.
4. The Screen
‘Big Pharma’ contributes to all major disease organizations, and none of these endorse vitamin D supplementation. In support of this statement, Google searches were conducted for corporate sponsors of some of the major disease-centered organizations in the U.S.
None of these organizations have position statements on vitamin D supplementation, based on a recent review of guidelines for vitamin D supplementation [Pludowski, 2018].
Disease organizations and pharma corporations that do not endorse vitamin D supplementation:
American Academy of Dermatology 2018 Corporate Partners:
The corporate partners are ordered by amount given to the Academy from Diamond (high) to Bronze (low).[American Academy of Dermatology, 2018]
AbbVie, Lilly USA, LLC, Pfizer Inc., Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron
Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc., CareCredit, Dermira Inc., Endo Pharmaceuticals, Ferndale Pharma Group, ZO Skin Health, Inc. by ZeinObagi, MD
Supporters up to $24,999
Almirall, Amazon, EltaMD, Inc., Genentech, Great Lakes Advisors, JP Morgan, La Roche-Posay, SkinFix, Suneva Medical, UniteRx, Women’s Health Magazine
American Cancer Society
Anthem BlueCross, BlueShield, CVS Health, Abbott Laboratories, Avon, Lilly, Merck, United Health Group, Walgreens, Walmart.[American Cancer Society, 2018]
March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is well-known for playing a role in ending the polio epidemic in the U.S. After that role, it turned its attention to reducing the rates of birth defects and premature births.
GrassrootsHealth.net and vitamin D researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina showed that raising serum 25(OH)D concentrations of pregnant women early in pregnancy lowered the multi-racial preterm birth rate in Charleston County, SC (7.3% compared to 13.4% ) [Wagner, 2016].
Carole Baggerly of GrassrootsHealth.net told me recently that the March of Dimes is unwilling to discuss vitamin D supplementation for pregnant women.
Much of its support comes from Big Pharma: In 2012, the March for Babies national sponsors included their number one corporate supporter Kmart, along with top supporters of Farmers Insurance Group, Cigna, Famous Footwear, Sanofi Pasteur, FedEx, Mission Pharmacal, Watson Pharmaceuticals, First Response, and United Airlines.[March of Dimes, 2012]
A news account in Science August 10, 2018, reported that the March of Dimes curtailed support for 37 of 42 recipients of individual research grants due to reduced income [Servick, 2018].
National Medical Association
Abbott Laboratories, Amag Pharmaceuticals, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim, Celgene, Gilead, Lilly, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, UnitedHealth Group [National Medical Association, 2018]
Big Pharma also gives millions for research to medical schools. As a result, professors and students devote much of their time and effort to researching and promoting pharmaceutical drugs. This means that adequate health maintenance and disease prevention through lifestyle choices, nutrition, and vitamins, is rarely taught.
“Historically, nutrition education has been underrepresented at many medical schools and residency programs. Our surveys over a decade show that most medical schools in the United States are still not ensuring adequate nutrition education, and they are not producing graduates with the nutrition competencies required in medical practice. Physicians, residents, and medical students clearly need more training in nutrition assessment and intervention.” [Adams, 2010].
Big Pharma also places many ads in medical journals and other media, thereby buying acceptance of the pharmaceutical drug model. Some journals manifest an anti-vitamin D bias:
JAMA; the editors of JAMA made the authors of the paper reporting results of vitamin D plus calcium supplementation to reduce risk of cancer [Lappe, 2017], discussed above, bury their most important finding in an online appendix with the excuse that since evaluating results in terms of 25(OH)D levels was not specified in the trial protocol, it could not be included in the printed version. This paper also suggested that the public was being harmed by taking large doses of vitamin D. But no such evidence exists.
The Lancet; the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology published two papers suggesting that since clinical trials largely have not found reductions in disease risk from vitamin D supplementation [Autier, 2014], “that low vitamin D status is a consequence of ill health, rather than its cause.” [Autier, 2017]. However, this hypothesis was untested and unproven.
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published this paper by authors of the IOM report [Ross, 2011b] questioning whether there is widespread vitamin D deficiency.
A recent paper found no benefit of vitamin D supplementation for pregnant women [Roth, 2018] though supplementation began quite late in gestation (mean of 20 weeks) and it takes many weeks for 25(OH)D increases to plateau.
However, The NEJM then declined to publish a paper reporting the benefits of measuring the serum 25(OH)D level and supplementing with vitamin D3 in Iran [Rostami, 2018], which did find significant benefits from vitamin D supplementation of pregnant women. [B. Hollis, private communication]
The fact that the major journals do not publish what appear to be valid, and useful, papers on the non-skeletal benefits of vitamin D gives the editors of the Vitamin D page at Wikipedia.org grounds for denying that vitamin D has many non-skeletal benefits.
5. The Fix
Big Pharma exerts significant control over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The evidence is as follows.
“Many top executives and leaders at the CDC also leave the agency to take very lucrative positions with pharmaceutical companies, revealing a revolving door policy between the government and Big Pharma.” [Shilhavy, 2018]
An example is that Dr. Julie Gerberding approved Gardisil vaccine and became head of Merck’s vaccine division. [England, 2018]
The CDC’s review on the effects of vitamin D predates the IOM report [Ross, 2011a] with the most recent references from 2007. It does not make any recommendations regarding vitamin D supplementation or desirable 25(OH)D levels.
However, it does refer readers to other websites that give inadequate recommendations for vitamin D supplementation [CDC, 2018]:
For more information about vitamin D, see the Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intake reports (Institute of Medicine 1997), fact sheets from the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements (http://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/DS_WhatYouNeedToKnow.aspx), as well as information from the American Society for Nutrition (http://jn.nutrition.org)
The FDA is controlled by Big Pharma through the appointment of its leaders by the Federal Government and by the fact that Big Pharma funds many reviews of drugs up for approval.
As noted in news accounts, there is a revolving door between Big Pharma and the FDA. Thus, those entering the FDA at the policy levels often come from Big Pharma and know that if they do Big Pharma’s bidding while in office, they will be rewarded with a high-paying job in Big Pharma after leaving the agency.
(A Look at How the Revolving Door Spins from FDA to Industry – NPR [Lupkin, 2018])
FDA advisors are often rewarded financially after new drug approvals, a practice called “delayed incentives,” yet the FDA has done nothing to restrict this practice. [Piller, 2018a,b]
FDA’s information about vitamin D:
What it does
Where it is found
Vitamin D Nutrient of concern for most Americans
Blood pressure regulation
Nervous system function
Fish (e.g., herring, mackerel, salmon, trout, and tuna)
Fish liver oil
Fortified dairy products
Fortified orange juice
Fortified soy beverages (soymilk)
“The authorization of user fees in 1992 has turned drug companies into the FDA’s prime clients, deepening the regulatory and cultural capture of the agency. Industry has demanded shorter average review times and, with less time to thoroughly review evidence, increased hospitalizations and deaths have resulted. Meeting the needs of the drug companies has taken priority over meeting the needs of patients.” [Light, 2013].
Big Pharma has arguably been captured by the One Percent [Zaitchik, 2018].
The NIH posted a Fact Sheet for Health Professionals regarding vitamin D. It basically endorses the IOM report [Ross, 2011a]. The most recent references (two) are from 2014, but more recent studies show that high 25(OH)D levels are beneficial in promoting health. [NIH, 2018]
A former worker in Big Pharma from 1984-95, who co-founded the Nordic Cochrane Collaboration in 1993, and is now a professor at the University of Copenhagen, published a book examining how Big Pharma corrupted health Care [Gotzsche, 2013].
In 2009, the Institute of Medicine was given the task of reviewing the guidelines for supplements of vitamin D and calcium.
The study was funded by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and Health Canada. Among the guidelines was the requirement that the only evidence for beneficial effects had to come from clinical trials published by the time the report was published (end of 2010) [Chung, 2009].
By that time, randomized controlled trials had only shown beneficial effects for bone health. The report recommended 600 IU/d vitamin D for those up to 70 years of age, 800 IU/d for those over 70 years of age.
The minutes of the meetings have never been made public, so we will probably never know what other considerations were used in making these recommendations.
Interestingly, several of the members of this committee have continued to publish papers suggesting that there is little evidence of benefits of vitamin D, for example, disputing the recommendations of the 2011 of the Endocrine Society vitamin D [Holick 2011, 2012] and questioning whether there is a vitamin D pandemic [Rosen, 2012a, b; Manson, 2016].
Pharma Owns LA Times
The newspaper has been bought by a biotech billionaire, further entrenching Big Pharma’s control of the media (ANH-USA, 2018).
From the LA Times:
Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong on Monday will take control of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, two historic newspapers rooted in Southern California civic life for more than 135 years? that now must adapt for the digital age.
Soon-Shiong is spending $500 million to acquire the news organizations, along with Spanish-language Hoy and a handful of community newspapers, from Chicago-based Tronc.
Comment: “Usually Big Pharma influences the media through the billions the industry spends on advertising, but this time the tactic is outright ownership.
Note too that Dr. Soon-Shiong is in the vaccine business, so we can expect the LA Times to be vocal supporters of what the state of California is doing to make it impossible for parents to deviate from the vaccination schedule.
Not only has the state eliminated all non-medical exemptions to vaccination; they are cracking down on doctors offering medical exemptions, too.”
Interested readers can find more information at these websites:
https://scholar.google.com. This website can be easily searched and may have papers not listed at pubmed.gov. In addition, it has more links to full papers as well as listings of other papers that cited the papers found.
http://www.grassrootshealth.net. This organization, led by Carole Baggerly with Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H. as the scientific advisor, promotes the benefits of UVB exposure and vitamin D to the general public. It enrolls participants in voluntary vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acid prospective studies, which include semiannual blood spot tests.
http://www.vitamindcouncil.org, led by John J. Cannell, MD, has pioneered advances in the understanding of the role of vitamin D in reducing risk of influenza, reducing risk and treating those with autism spectrum disorders, and improving athletic performance, as well as fighting against criminal punishment of parents whose infants are found with broken bones and are falsely accused of baby abuse when the real cause is low serum 25(OH)D levels. It has reviews of the evidence for many adverse health outcomes. It sends out frequent emails regarding the benefits of vitamin D.
http://vitamindsociety.org/ is led by Perry Holman. It is a Canada-based vitamin D advocacy organization, with good information about vitamin D.
https://vitamindwiki.com/VitaminDWiki, is led by Henry Lahore. This website has a trove of information and papers on the benefits of vitamin D. Mr. Lahore works tirelessly to keep the site up to date.
Disclosure: Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center currently receives funding from Bio-Tech Pharmacal, Inc. (Fayetteville, AR). In the past, it has also received funding from GrassrootsHealth.net, the VitaminDCouncil.org, the VitaminDSociety.org, and the UV Foundation. I have also received reimbursement for travel expenses for making presentations at various conferences related to vitamin D and UV exposure, and for coauthoring books on vitamin D.
Acknowledgements: The author wishes to thank Barbara Boucher and Robert G. Smith for helpful input on this document.
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Big corporations like NIKE are all controlled by the Luciferian central bankers. The NIKE swoosh signifiesIlluminati control.
So it comes as no surprise that Nike would back a traitor, Colin Kaepernick, a millionaire quarterback whose very example contradicts his cause, that blacks are oppressed and lack opportunities.
Liberals (aka Communists) want to undermine patriotism, not help blacks. If they cared about blacks they would protest the black-on-black murder rate (4x the national average) or the black abortion rate, which is 35% of the total, while black women comprise 6% of the US female population.
Liberalism is a mask for Communism which in turn is Luciferianism. Lucifer rebelled against God, who is the “Self” in self-discipline.
Predictably, since the advent of Trump, liberals have discarded civility and respect for democracy. They have dressed as vaginas, engaged in violence and obscenity, and generally behaved as toddlers. All because of the election of a President who is not a full-time traitor like his predecessor.
Compare this with how conservatives suffered through eight years of Obama with relative dignity and respect for the law.
Self-discipline is the essential difference between conservatives and liberals. As I argue below, 9/10th of religion is what we do NOT do. We were made in the image of God. Living up to this ideal is what defines us as human.
“A man may conquer a million men in battle but one who conquers himself is, indeed, the greatest of conquerors.” — Buddha
Illuminati Satanists spin self-restraint as “repression,” that causes “neurosis.” They champion “sexual liberation” i.e. promiscuity and debauchery.
Have you noticed that nine of the Ten Commandments are proscriptions?
They tell us what we shalt NOT do.
Surely this is an important clue. We worship God by disciplining and controlling our lower nature.
The only affirmative Commandment is to “honor your father and mother.” The other nine are concerned with obeying, i.e. Self-discipline:
You shall have no other Gods; not make idols; not take His name in vain; not work on the Sabbath; not commit murder; not commit adultery; not steal; not bear false witness (lie) and finally, not covet your neighbor’s wife or possessions.
It’s important to realize that both religion and civilization are based on a dualistic view of man, as matter and spirit. Man is seen as a wild animal (matter) who contains a spark of the Divine, his soul (spirit.)
Our souls comprehend and crave God, who is perfection. (“Be ye therefore perfect as your Father who art in heaven is perfect.” Mathew 5:48)
Our souls can distinguish between good and evil, truth and lie, beauty and ugliness, love and hate.
Our souls (higher self) are required to hold our primitive instincts (lower self) in check. This is what defines us as human.
Gradually, the Luciferian (Illuminati) bankers have erased the distinction between matter and soul. They have made “God” a dirty word, which cannot be mentioned in polite company.
They define man in terms of our animal appetites and whims, no matter how perverse or degrading. These are also the assumptions of naturalism — man is an animal without a soul.
“Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law,” is the Satanist credo.
They call self-restraint “repression,” causing “neurosis.” They champion “liberation” i.e. debauchery.
With the decline of religion, the only thing to restrain the primitive drives are social norms (laws). But with Satanists in control, material appetite now masquerades as soul.
Satanists invert good and evil. Man’s lowest nature is glorified and held up for emulation.
THE SPIRITUAL WAR
The mass media is the instrument for our induction into Satanism. What is considered edgy and courageous is not confronting the perpetrators of 9-11 but “adults” mentioning embarrassing toilet accidents in public.
I was channel surfing recently when I saw talk-show host Chelsea Lately and her guests discussing incidents when they felt like vomiting from other peoples’ farts.
Every city has a give-away entertainment paper, and every paper has a sex-advice column specializing in airing the obscene and disgusting in public. In Winnipeg where I live, this paper (“Uptown”) is owned by the Winnipeg Free Press, supposedly a family newspaper.
One recent question involved a sex partner who defecated on the sheets. Another was from a woman whose vagina emitted a foul stench.
A new TV commercial for Alexander Keith beer: Rude man gives his girlfriend a long lascivious kiss before introducing her to a friend, who also locks lips with her. Edgy! As Nike says, Just do it!
I could fill a column with examples of this race-to-the-bottom, social engineering designed to make us indulge our every impulse, and broadcast our every toilet accident.
Instead of aspiring for what is truly beautiful and refined, modern culture aspires to degrade humanity. We have no culture because culture is based on aspiring to genuine ideals, not denying them.
Don’t kid yourself. This is how Satanism works. It is deliberate.
We think of enslavement in terms of limitations to our freedom, repressive laws, surveillance and concentration camps.
Satanists use our primitive instincts to enchain us. For example, by making sex and romance the Holy Grail, and then shoving sex in our faces 24-7, they turn us into sniveling sex-addicts.
If an alien visited this planet, he would report that humanity’s number one preoccupation was “who is doing whom?” and can people watch?
And if it isn’t sex, it’s money. We dance to this tune daily, dedicating our lives to protecting or expanding our stash.
How do we protect and liberate our souls?
Recognize that society has been subverted by Satanists devoted to degrading us to the level of domestic animals.
Climb our personal Mount Sinai and write our personal “Commandments.”
These are our principles. Things we will not do. This way we will recognize and reject temptation immediately instead of wrestling with it.
We feel powerless but a spiritual war can be won with spiritual weapons. We can defeat Satan by what we won’t do.