Just One Drop — The Science of Homeopathy

For years, homeopathy has been unfairly maligned by the American Medical Association (AMA), FDA and mainstream medicine as a worthless placebo that lacks any scientific evidence of effectiveness.

If you listen to these aggressive mainstream critics, you would never know that homeopathy was originally a well-accepted medical practice taught in medical schools, which conferred degrees in the specialty. There were even homeopathic hospitals and the practice was supported by governments and influential leaders.

Homeopathy was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician to the royal family, who was appalled at the traditional medical practices of his day, such as bloodletting and the administration of mercury and arsenic that did more harm than good.

What began Hahnemann’s inquiries was learning that quinine — the bark of the cinchona tree — treated the effects of malaria by producing a condition similar to it, a principle known as the law of similars, or “like cures like.”1

The documentary “Just One Drop” reveals the medical history of homeopathy, its widespread, global usage, benefits to patients and its continued maligning by mainstream medicine.

Dawn of a New Idea

Hahnemann began as a traditional physician but left medicine in pursuit of a better way because of the harm he was seeing, according to “Just One Drop.” After learning about quinine’s actions on malaria, Hahnemann began experimenting with other substances and various dilutions to reduce their toxicities in remedies.

He soon discovered “succussion,” a method of shaking the solutions with a bang that still remains a cornerstone of homeopathy, though today succussion is often performed by machines. The effects of succussion explain why nanoparticles in homeopathic remedies still have effect, say practitioners.

Extrapolating from quinine’s effect on malaria, Hahnemann soon found other remedies the medical profession was not using or aware of. Ipecacuanha, a flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family, could be used to treat coughs, and belladonna, a perennial also called deadly nightshade, related to tomatoes and potatoes, could treat scarlet fever.2

It is ironic that in 1790, like today, Hahnemann’s discoveries initially drew ridicule and derision from his colleagues, though they later embraced homeopathy. At the time, bloodletting, mercury and arsenic were considered safer or more effective than homeopathic remedies; today, antibiotics, other drugs and even surgeries are considered better. We have not come very far.

The Story of Lucas

“Just One Drop” tells the moving story of the Korn family’s son Lucas, whose response to homeopathy was remarkable. The story begins with video footage of Nancy Korn’s happy pregnancy and follows her into the delivery room. At first her newborn son, Lucas, seemed like a normal child but he gradually began losing eye contact with his parents and stopped responding to his name. “I knew he had autism,” Nancy says; a diagnosis that was soon confirmed.

By the age of 5, Lucas was still not talking and the Korns had learned that if a child does not talk by that age, he or she probably never will. Video in “Just One Drop” shows Lucas engaged in repetitive movements, flapping his arms wildly and staring into space, oblivious to his parents — behaviors often associated with autism. The Korns were heartbroken. “Is a speech pathologist the best you can do for us?” father, Evan Korn, says he asked the doctors treating Lucas.

What Seemed Like a Last Resort Was the Answer

Having tried mainstream medicine with no results, Nancy found Dr. Luc De Schepper, a homeopathic doctor who notes that trying homeopathy “last” is common. After the first treatment with a homeopathic remedy prescribed by De Schepper, Lucas made eye contact.

The immediate responses were so dramatic, Nancy says she began to second-guess herself and doubt the remedies could work that quickly. But Lucas continued to improve. One day, he began speaking and then, reading. “He went from no language to singing the alphabet,” exclaims Nancy, as video shows the mother and son interacting as they never had before.

“Just One Drop” details other such improvements. A cinematographer says he contracted the dreaded MRSA infection, which resisted traditional medical treatment and worsened, becoming very serious. Homeopathy treated it.

A professional clarinet player says his hay fever threatened his career and no traditional medications helped. After treatment with homeopathic remedies, he has never had hay fever again, he says, happily tooting on his clarinet.

Homeopathy Used After Surgery

Dr. Franklin McCoy, a homeopath who passed away in 2015, recounts in this 2014 Epoch Times article how he achieved a quick response to homeopathy used post-surgery:3

“Nux vomica, a homeopathic remedy made from the poison-nut tree, has been used for more than 200 years as a homeopathic remedy. It was used by the founder of the homeopathic school of medicine, Samuel Hahnemann, M.D., who described the remedy in his work ‘Materia Medica Pura’ in 1811.

A patient of mine was in his hospital room following surgery. He asked why he was in the hospital, didn’t want to be there, and attempted to get up to leave. On experiencing pain in the leg that was just operated on, he winced and lay back down.

‘Open your mouth,’ I said. He did, and I put a dose of Nux on this tongue. Within 30 seconds, the patient was sleeping peacefully. What happened? He had had general anesthesia for his operation. General anesthesia, one of the great contributions of modern medicine, has a side effect — liver toxicity.


In this case, the patient was demonstrating liver toxicity by an irritable mood, which was quite uncharacteristic. Nux antidoted this toxicity, and the patient went to sleep. On waking up later, his mellow demeanor returned.”

A Professional Golfer Discovers Homeopathy

Deborah Vidal qualified for the LPGA golf tour at the age of 23 and ranked 43rd in the world after two years. She played on the LPGA tour for 11 years. But despite her professional successes, Vidal’s health was deteriorating rapidly from the huge amounts of herbicides used on golf courses, which included Roundup and many others.4

“I had constant respiratory infections that almost always progressed toward pneumonia,” says Vidal. “Even though a surgeon reconstructed my sinuses, I still got sick all the time and had to leave the tour. The surgeon said a polyp in my sinus that he removed was likely caused by the chemicals used on the golf course.”

Vidal finally tried homeopathy with positive results. After one year, she no longer got respiratory infections and once her lungs were built back up she continued to work on detoxifying her body.

Vidal was so impressed with the power of homeopathy, she made it her “life’s journey to help people detox their bodies all the way down to the cellular level,” and learned all she could about homeopathy. She studied with two masters in India and had her own homeopathy practice for 22 years. She now produces podcasts and teachings to further public knowledge of homeopathy’s benefits.

Homeopathy Attacked by Mainstream Medicine

For decades, homeopathy has been used by practitioners of allopathic medicine as a kind of boogeyman to frighten would-be patients. It is nothing but a placebo promoted by hucksters they charge.

The anti-homeopathic movement reached its zenith in 2015 when the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council published an “Information Paper” on homeopathy that claimed to look at the published research about its effectiveness and categorically discredited it. “There are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective,” concluded the report.5

Though the report produced a worldwide backlash against homeopathy, Gerry Dendrinos, who had worked in the health sector for the Australian government for several years, suspected the report might contain bias, says “Just One Drop.”

He was right. Not only did he find financial conflicts of interest associated with one of the Australian report’s researchers, he found that another researcher who had identified homeopathic effectiveness was abruptly terminated from the research project.

Omitting Positive Homeopathic Studies

Dendrinos and other skeptics he was working with also found that the subject cut-off used to consider a homeopathic study in the Australian report — 150 subjects — excluded many homeopathic studies, including one of the most convincing studies that had 144 subjects.6 Was it a coincidence? Dendrinos felt not. The omitted study, published in the Lancet, read:7

“The hypothesis that homoeopathic potencies are placebos was tested in a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The study model chosen compared the effects of a homoeopathic preparation of mixed grass pollens with placebo in 144 patients with active hayfever. The homoeopathically treated patients showed a significant reduction in patient and doctor assessed symptom scores.

The significance of this response was increased when results were corrected for pollen count and the response was associated with a halving of the need for antihistamines. An initial aggravation of symptoms was noted more often in patients receiving the potency and was followed by an improvement in that group. No evidence emerged to support the idea that placebo action fully explains the clinical responses to homoeopathic drugs.”

Homeopathy Does Not Work by the Placebo Effect

There is no question that homeopathy works and cannot be dismissed or explained by the placebo effect. For example, how would the so-called placebo effect explain the results of remedies administered to animals, asks Vidal, who treats hers and others’ pets with homeopathic remedies.

“I remember one time when my cat was moaning in pain and seemed to be dying. After I gave him a homeopathic remedy, he was running around two hours later. Nor can the placebo effect explain results seen in 3- or 6-month-old infants, says a homeopath in “Just One Drop.”

We Know That Homeopathy Works, but How?

Since, after dilution and succussion, not even one molecule of the original substance remains in the remedy, what explains the action? Many in “Just One Drop” admit the actions can be mysterious. But it is believed there is a physics-based “quantum structure” explanation, in which information in the water is transferred to the pellet, say the homeopaths in the documentary.

Vidal agrees. “Allopathic thinking measures substance but in homeopathy we are not measuring substance but energy,” says Vidal, “The mechanism of action comes from the fact that water molecules take on a photographic image of the energy footprint and vibration of the substance.”

Whatever the mechanism, the effectiveness of homeopathy is confirmed daily in the work of homeopaths and the results their patients are seeing from the “like cures like” homeopathy philosophy.

About the Director


I believe in bringing quality to my readers, which is why I wanted to share some information about the creator, Laurel Chiten, from “Just One Drop.” Here is a little more about Chiten and what goes in to making these films. Thank you to Laurel for sharing with us.

Laurel Chiten is an award-winning filmmaker who has been influencing social issues for over 30 years. Her high-profile films have screened at film festivals around the world; at universities and medical schools; won numerous awards; been nominated for a national Emmy and been broadcast on PBS’s Emmy winning national series, Independent Lens, and POV. The intention in all her work is to entertain her audiences while educating them.

Her previous films have gained her acknowledgment and respect from doctors, researchers and institutions including Harvard Medical School, UCLA, MIT, and Harvard University, Laurel was an artist in residence at the Bellagio Conference and Study Center sponsored by Rockefeller Foundation, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.

She is the CEO of Blind Dog Films. She currently works with Gathr Films as Head of Acquisitions, campaign manager, and marketing guru. Since the success of her film JUST ONE DROP, Laurel has fallen in love with marketing. Laurel is currently developing a program to teach filmmakers how to think like entrepreneurs — employing digital marketing tactics to help build audiences, get films done, and create both impact and income.

What was your inspiration for making this film?

I was a skeptic. Like most people, I found myself in a homeopaths office because I had run out of options. The homeopath I want to was an MD who had been practicing homeopathy exclusively for decades. His passion for this system of medicine was infectious. This sparked my curiosity. 

But the flame that kept me going for years while I was making the film was hearing countless stories of how homeopathy had radically impacted people’s lives. At the same time, I felt that homeopathy had been misrepresented and maligned for over 200 years. I made, Just One Drop, to uncover the story behind the controversy of homeopathy. This is a film that goes beyond just homeopathy. It is about freedom of choice in healthcare.

What was your favorite part of making the film?

The people I met. The friends I made. Touring the world and experiencing the impact this film has had on individuals and communities.

Where do the proceeds to your film go?

All proceeds go back into the marketing and distribution of the film.

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CoQ10’s Potential Capabilities for Your Health

Hundreds of thousands Americans are struggling with heart disease,1 a condition that not only takes its toll on a person’s health, but on the wallet too. For example, statin drugs, which are prescribed to lower cholesterol in the belief the drugs will help prevent heart attacks, are top sellers for drug companies. At their peaks before losing their patents, Crestor made $6.6 billion a year at its peak; Lipitor $14 billion in one year; and Pravachol and Zocor $4 billion and $3 billion, respectively.2

And now that a new injectable drug to lower cholesterol that costs $14,000 per patient per year is on the market, it’s expected that cholesterol-lowering drugs alone will make Americans’ health care costs “unsustainable.”3

At least 1 in 4 Americans over 40 years old is taking statins to lower their risk for cardiovascular conditions and stroke.4 However, statins have been linked to serious side effects, including liver and muscle damage.5 These are important issues that you may want to discuss with your doctor if you’re prescribed statins.

There is something else you might want to discuss as well — if your doctor doesn’t mention it — and that would be to add a daily CoQ10 supplement to your health regimen. But what is CoQ10, and how can it benefit your health and heart?

What Is CoQ10?

CoQ10, short for coenzyme Q10, is an antioxidant naturally produced by the body6 and found in your mitochondria.7 There are two forms of CoQ10: ubiquinone8 and ubiquinol, CoQ10’s reduced form that’s considered a far more effective alternative because it’s eight times better absorbed.9 CoQ10 is crucial for the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which aids in providing energy for your body’s cells.10

In his book, “The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology,” cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra notes that your body, because of reductase enzymes, can convert CoQ10 into ubiquinol from the foods and supplements you eat and take.11

However, as you age your body produces less CoQ10.12 At this point, CoQ10 supplements may be vital to help optimize your body’s levels and alleviate certain conditions. You can find CoQ10 in capsule, tablet and IV forms.13 It’s also used as an ingredient in skincare products.14,15

Food Sources of CoQ10

There are foods with CoQ10 you can eat to help increase your body’s levels of it. Notable examples of CoQ10-rich foods include:16

There has been research highlighting the positive impact of eating chlorophyll-rich vegetables exposed to sunlight, since they help promote CoQ10 production.19 You can increase your chlorophyll intake by eating these vegetables, ideally organic:20,21,22

  • Cucumber
  • Green beans
  • Green peas
  • Kale23
  • Mustard greens
  • Swiss chard24
  • Parsley

High-quality pistachio nuts25 and organic kiwi fruits26 may be considered too. Just make sure to consume kiwi in moderation since they contain fructose, which can upset your mitochondria when consumed in high quantities.

Notable Health Benefits of CoQ10

CoQ10 provides positive impacts to cardiovascular health. For instance, elderly Swedish subjects between 70 and 88 years old who took CoQ10 supplements together with selenium reported improved heart function and significantly decreased risk for death due to cardiovascular causes.27

In other studies, CoQ10 was also able to help decrease effects of oxidative stress-triggered mitochondrial dysfunction,28 minimize mitochondrial damage29 and promote production of new mitochondria, particularly in the brain.30 Findings show that CoQ10 also delivers the following health-boosting properties:

Anti-inflammatory — Ubiquinol may have effects on two markers linked to cardiovascular diseases: N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT).

In a 2015 study, elderly subjects with higher ubiquinol serum levels had reduced quantities of NT-proBNP, helping reduce their risk of heart failure.31 Meanwhile, authors of a 2014 article noted that ubiquinol supplements assisted in reducing serum GGT activity and effects of oxidative stress in humans.32

Antioxidant CoQ10 can help combat free radicals and lessen their damage33 as it’s a fat-soluble antioxidant found in your cell membranes and mitochondria.34

There’s also research suggesting that CoQ10 aids in enhancing the health of your:

Heart — The book “High Blood Pressure: Arrest This Silent Killer Before It Strikes and You Will Add Years to Your Life” says that CoQ10 may aid in increasing your heart’s ability to pump more powerfully, possibly enabling circulation and better blood flow throughout your body. However, the mechanism responsible for this isn’t fully understood.35

Skin — Your CoQ10 levels decrease as you get older,36 and reduce your body’s ability to produce collagen and elastin.37 These two skin proteins are responsible for boosting your skin’s strength and elasticity (collagen),38 and pliability and resilience (elastin).39,40 If your body contains insufficient amounts of these proteins, wrinkles and saggy skin may appear.41,42

CoQ10 may also have an ability to combat free radicals responsible for cell damage. CoQ10 is able to penetrate into your skin and deliver antioxidant effects that may aid with regulating your cells’ energy levels.43

What Does CoQ10 Do?

CoQ10 is good for the body’s cells, as it’s essential for producing the energy they need.44 Supplements containing this antioxidant not only will help address a CoQ10 deficiency, but also may help with:

  • Migraines45
  • Diabetes46,47
  • Fatigue caused by fibromyalgia48
  • Arrhythmia49
  • Heart failure50
  • Mitral valve prolapse (ideally in combination with magnesium)51
  • Heart transplant candidates52
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Muscular dystrophy53

Multiple studies have revealed that CoQ10 has potential in reducing high blood pressure levels.54,55,56 People with blood pressure-related problems may find CoQ10 supplements useful, as lower levels were noticeable among those with high blood pressure.57

CoQ10 supplements may be linked to fertility effects too. The presence of CoQ10 in semen may result in improved antioxidant abilities and yield positive impacts toward sperm concentration, morphology and motility.58 An animal study done on aged subjects also showed that CoQ10 supplements assisted in promoting ovulation, inhibiting loss of ovarian reserves and boosting mitochondrial function.59

Studies Conducted on CoQ10

Interest surrounding CoQ10 after its discovery in 195760 grew and paved the way for researchers to conduct studies with it. In fact, British biochemist Peter Mitchell, Ph.D., was awarded the 1978 Nobel Prize in biochemistry because he was able to thoroughly describe cellular power production, which involved CoQ10.61 Other studies also found that CoQ10 may assist with:

Addressing migraines — Nutritional deficiencies, particularly of CoQ10, vitamin D, alpha-lipoic acid, magnesium and many more, may play a role in the onset of migraines.62 This is an important breakthrough, as migraines affect at least 1 in 7 Americans yearly63 and is considered by the WHO as the “sixth highest cause worldwide of years lost due to disability.”64

In 2015, a randomized, placebo-controlled and double-blind trial revealed that a commercial formula containing CoQ10, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and magnesium, was able to reduce migraine frequency and lessened its intensity, compared to a placebo.65

A 2016 study conducted by Dr. Suzanne Hagler and colleagues at the Cincinnati Children’s Headache Center highlighted that children, teenagers and young adults who often dealt with migraines had mild deficiencies of CoQ10 and vitamins B2 (riboflavin) and D. Girls and young women were more CoQ10-deficient, while boys and young men were more vitamin-D deficient.66 However, more research is needed to fully confirm this link.67

Combating cardiovascular issues — The Q-Symbio study, which was conducted in 2014, involved 420 people who were randomly chosen to take either a 100-milligram dose of CoQ10 three times a day or a placebo, and underwent therapy during the course of the study. Results indicated that CoQ10 supplements played a role in:68

? Lessening cardiovascular mortality (9% for the CoQ10 group versus 16% for the placebo group) and all-cause mortality (10% for the CoQ10 group versus 18% for the placebo group)

? Reducing hospital stays due to heart failure

Alleviating mitochondrial disorders and neurodegenerative diseases — A 2004 animal study showed that CoQ10 was able to raise brain concentrations among mature and older animals. This effect may be linked to CoQ10’s potential in helping alleviate mitochondrial disorders and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).69

Predicting dementia risk — Authors of a 2014 study revealed that CoQ10 levels may serve as a predictor for the onset of dementia.70

Boosting exercise performance — Subjects in this 2008 study who took CoQ10 supplements had higher amounts of it in their muscles, experienced less oxidative stress during and after exercise and reported increased exercise endurance.71

How Should You Take CoQ10?

Because it’s a fat-soluble nutrient, CoQ10 supplements are best taken with a fatty meal or a small amount of healthy fat like coconut oil, olive oil or MCT oil. Before taking CoQ10, though, talk to your physician to help determine the ideal dose needed for your condition. CoQ10 levels may be checked via multiple types of tests.72  

Side Effects of CoQ10

Generally, CoQ10 supplements are deemed safe, although they can cause diarrhea, nausea, heartburn,73 headaches, rashes, fatigue and dizziness.74 However, unless they’re given under the supervision of a health care provider or physician, CoQ10 supplements should be avoided by people younger than 18 years old.75

The same principle applies if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, since studies are lacking regarding CoQ10’s effectivity and safety for both groups.76 CoQ10 supplements may interact with the following drugs too:77

  • Chemotherapy drugs like daunorubicin (Cerubidin) and doxorubicin (Adriamycin) — If you’re undergoing chemotherapy, talk to your oncologist before taking antioxidants or supplements.
  • Blood pressure medications like diltiazem (Cardizem), metoprolol (Lopressor or Toprol), enalapril (Vasotec) and nitroglycerin (Nitrostat or Nitrobid) — CoQ10 supplements are said to boost the effectiveness of these medications, but more research is needed to support these findings.
  • Timolol drops (Betoptic) for glaucoma — Taking CoQ10 may reduce its heart-related side effects without inhibiting its effectivity.
  • Anticoagulants like warfarin (Coumadin) — These drugs’ effects may be reduced if you take CoQ10 supplements alongside them, and may raise your blood clot risk.78

PennState’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center adds that taking the following medicines can lower your body’s CoQ10 levels:79

  • Statins for cholesterol like atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol) and simvastatin (Zocor)
  • Fibric acid derivatives for cholesterol like gemfibrozil (Lopid)
  • Beta-blockers for high blood pressure like atenolol (Tenormin), labetolol (Normodyne), metoprolol (Lopressor or Toprol) and propranolol (Inderal)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline (Elavil), doxepin (Sinequan) and imipramine (Tofranil)

CoQ10: This Antioxidant May Be More Important Than You Realize

Optimizing your body’s CoQ10 levels can be a good decision, especially if you’re keen on improving your overall health and enhancing your body function. Most research surrounding this antioxidant is positive, providing substantial evidence that highlights its importance.

Despite its numerous uses and benefits, remember that CoQ10 supplements aren’t a magic pill that’ll immediately heal your ailments. While raising your body’s levels of this nutrient is important, maintaining a healthy lifestyle that focuses on eating nutritious food and exercising on a frequent basis should still be your main priorities.

Frequently Asked Questions About CoQ10

Q: What is CoQ10 made from?

A: CoQ10 is a substance similar to a vitamin that’s naturally produced by the body,80 and is found in the mitochondria.81  

Q: What does ubiquinol do for your body?

A: Ubiquinol is the reduced form of CoQ10.82 While information about its benefits may be lacking because most studies are focused on the full form of CoQ10, initial research has stated that it may help:

  • Lower blood pressure levels
  • Reduce exercise-induced muscle damage83
  • Inhibit adverse effects that may be triggered by free radicals and oxidative stress84

Q: Is CoQ10 safe?

A: A safety assessment published in 2008, which was based on data from both preclinical and clinical studies, revealed that CoQ10 is safe to use as a dietary supplement.85 However, it’s said to cause diarrhea, nausea or heartburn in some people,86 as well as interact with other medicines.87 If you’re interested in CoQ10 supplements, consult your physician to learn if it’s safe for you and what the ideal dose for your condition is.

Q: Is CoQ10 good for lowering cholesterol?

A: CoQ10 may be useful if you have high blood pressure88 or cholesterol levels, because your body’s stores of this antioxidant may be low at this point.89

Not much evidence has shown if CoQ10 supplements are ideal for lowering cholesterol levels. However, there’s initial research showing CoQ10 supplements may decrease side effects caused by statins that lower cholesterol levels.90

Q: Should I take CoQ10?

A: If you’re not sure if you need to increase your body’s CoQ10 levels or not, talk to your doctor. Some tests may be suggested to check your body’s levels of this antioxidant.91 People under 18 years old and pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take CoQ10 supplements.92,93

Q: How much CoQ10 should you take if you are on statins?

A: If you plan on taking statins at the same time as CoQ10 supplements, consult your doctor to determine the right dosage for your condition.


Review — Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

Natural disasters take a significant financial, personal and psychological toll on those who live through them. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration points out that natural disasters affect mental health not just before the event but after as well:1

“The toll and trauma that stems from disasters can contribute to stress and anxiety, acute stress reaction and ability to self-regulate — and for some, post-traumatic stress disorder.”

Although anyone may suffer psychological harm, children may be most at risk. Ramifications may extend to their ability to succeed in school, due to practical and psychological consequences. Following Hurricane Katrina, scientists noted increased aggressive behavior in high school students related to post-traumatic stress disorder and poorly regulated emotions.2

The extent of psychological harm may vary widely, but increases in those exposed to both a disaster and community violence and decreases in those who enjoy more social support from their peers.3 Experiencing stress in America is not new, and the top stressors have long been money, work and the economy.

However, in the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Report,4 they found an increasing number cited stress related to the political climate and their personal safety; 34% said their personal safety was a “very” or “somewhat” significant source of stress, which is the highest percentage since 2008.

However, preparedness may reduce these effects and the potential for injury or death. Studies5 demonstrate stress associated with disasters may lead to or exacerbate problems associated with mental illness, substance abuse and chronic diseases.

Other studies6 have also found community mental health preparedness for natural disasters is lacking and effective interventions7 will help provide strategies to understand the factors influencing behaviors.

Number of disasters are rising

The number of natural disasters worldwide continues to grow. Forbes Magazine8 writes these events have quadrupled since 1970. There were over 3,100 floods, storms and other extreme events listed in the World Disasters Report in 2018.9 Of these, 84.2% were triggered by weather changes and 134 million people required assistance in 2018.10

According to Our World in Data,11 the number of globally reported disaster events rose from near zero in 1900 to an all-time high of 432 in 2005. By 2018 the number had fallen to 282. The majority of those were flood disasters followed closely by extreme weather.

To a lesser degree, extreme temperature, drought and earthquakes were recorded. As emergency preparedness and personnel have improved strategies, the number of deaths has declined from an all-time high of near 73,280 in 1932 to 10,809 in 2018.

However, while the number of deaths has declined, destruction of property and the financial burden related to disasters has risen. The global cost of all natural disasters was $32.87 billion in 1980 and $107.77 billion in 2018.12

The Economist13 reports on the United Nation disaster monitoring system, which found America, China and India have suffered the greatest number of natural disasters between 1995 and 2015.

In response to these growing emergencies, the Red Cross14 and the U.S. government15 have launched national public service campaigns,16 “to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.”

Technology may bridge the gap and reduce deaths

Mobile technology is spreading rapidly around the world. Pew Research Center17 estimates 5 billion people have mobile devices and over 50% of these connections are smartphones. Although growing, smartphone ownership rates vary substantially, especially in emerging economies where lower socioeconomic situations increase vulnerability to disasters.

While only 40% of the populations in Indonesia, Kenya and Nigeria own smartphones,18 nearly 95% of Americans own a cellphone of some kind and 77% own smartphones.19 This growth in digital technology has provided disaster relief personnel with an additional weapon in their arsenal to help communities.

Disasters disproportionately affect vulnerable communities; in other words, those living in areas with poor infrastructure, safety networks and access to resources. However, smartphones have transcended many socio-economic inequalities and new types of mobile disaster apps are being developed and deployed to complement the way federal agencies help during a disaster or emergency.

Currently, the Red Cross20 offers a suite of apps used during weather emergencies. The Federal Emergency Management agency (FEMA), provides weather updates, alerts and real-time safety tips and California has developed their Ready-for-Wildfire app, which helps prepare and respond to California wildfires. An app developed in 2008, Life360, helps families locate each other during an emergency.21

Most universities have notification systems for their students giving them information about incoming weather systems or active shooters on the campus. Atma Connect,22 the mission of which is to build social connectedness and resilience in vulnerable communities, built their first app in 2014 for a peer-to-peer water price sharing platform in Indonesia.

However, users soon asked the company to broaden the focus to allow use during flooding, so they could share safe routes and locations of shelters through the city and send out signs of waterborne diseases in children.23

The app now reaches over 2.5 million people in Indonesia and was instrumental in helping disaster relief workers and residents after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit Indonesia in 2018. Deon Nel, CEO of the Global Resilience Partnership, commented to Forbes Magazine on the effectiveness of the AtmaGo app:24

“With climate related disasters on the rise, the time to focus on resilience is now. What is incredible is the role social media like AtmaGo is playing in reducing mortality and morbidity from disasters, and helping communities organize garbage clean-ups and tree and mangrove plantings that reduce the severity of disasters.”

Social connectedness raises community resilience

Trauma is a component of the human condition and most are exposed to at least one during their lifetime. However, there are psychological variabilities in how people respond. While the answers are often complex and only partially understood, there is a body of evidence to suggest social support and connectedness increases resilience and reduces psychological trauma.25,26,27

Mobile apps are taking advantage of social connectedness, often an undervalued tool, to reduce the number of deaths and improve the ability of communities to bounce back quicker after disasters. For example, following the 2011 tsunami in Japan,28 it was noted communities who had greater ties and interaction worked more effectively to help family and neighbors.

Since the number of disasters and weather events are not declining, but rather increasing, and people in remote and dangerous areas are often underserved, mobile technology may be able to connect survivors and send early warnings to those who are usually missed. Peter Tavernise,29 executive director of the Cisco Foundation, commented on the use of technology:30

“Technology has been playing a powerful role in preparedness and recovery from disasters. After a disaster, communication is one of the most important needs, and mobile apps and network communications are helping to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of response, ensuring people get their vital needs met in the days immediately after disasters hit.”

Plan, practice and stay informed

One of the most important first steps is to plan for an emergency, practice your plan and be informed of what may happen in your immediate geographical area. Disaster hazards come in all shapes and sizes and knowing what you need to do to evacuate yourself and your family may be the difference between life and death.

Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it’s important they all have information about your plan and where to meet in case of an emergency. As you’re putting together a plan with your family, Ready.gov recommends you start by answering these four questions:31

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • What is my family/household communication plan?

Have disaster mobile apps already installed on all smartphones in your family. Consider using an app with a weather emergency alert system to ensure you are notified when a natural disaster is imminent. Vast amounts of data are collected during times of disaster subsequently employed to provide information used during following emergencies.

Several open source crisis-mapping software platforms are utilized,32 including information from third parties such as FEMA and Doctors Without Borders. Although technology cannot replace people during a disaster, it has transformed relief efforts and improved the way communities are able to develop resilience for the next natural emergency.

Ready.gov33 list the following types of emergencies that may require planning and information on your part. While tornadoes and power outages are ubiquitous, some areas of the world don’t often experience hurricanes, landslides or nuclear power plant emergencies. Know the natural disasters that may happen in your area, make a plan for yourself and your family and practice that plan.

Active shooter

Attacks in public places

Bioterrorism

Chemical emergencies

Cybersecurity

Drought

Earthquakes

Emergency alerts

Explosions

Extreme heat

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Home fires

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Hurricanes

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Severe weather

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Severe weather hazards and personal preparedness

As you tailor your plans and supplies for your living needs and responsibilities, it’s important to network with others who may be able to help with the care of your children, business or pets, or who can supply durable medical equipment necessary for your family’s individual needs.

Ready.gov34 recommends keeping in mind the following factors when you create your personal preparedness plan for any natural emergency: Assign responsibilities, recognize dietary needs, make plans for medical needs including prescriptions and equipment and integrate the different members of your household into the plan.

Severe weather may happen at any time and in any part of the U.S. or any country. Many emergency apps will notify you of imminent weather, but in some parts of the U.S. pop-up thunderstorms are not unusual. Damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail and flash flooding may increase your risk of personal injury.

It is important to understand the types of hazardous weather normally affecting your geographical area and be prepared to take action by developing an emergency plan and practicing it. FEMA35 developed an emergency communication procedure to help families develop their coordinated plan.

This includes a printable communication card listing specific emergency numbers, email and plans that may be shared with family or friends in the immediate area and those outside your geographical area. This ensures those who may not be experiencing a disaster also have important information for your family.

Important numbers include the names and phone numbers of your physicians, medical and homeowner insurance and the phone numbers to your electric and gas company. Create a paper copy of contact information as well as sharing it digitally.

FEMA recommends having regular household meetings to review and practice the plan, which increases the likelihood of faster action. They also recommend using text messaging instead of phone calls since it requires less bandwidth and may be delivered quicker than trying to make a phone call during an emergency when phone lines are jammed.36

Severe heat and dehydration may lead to a personal disaster

Extreme heat is responsible for some of the highest numbers of annual deaths of weather-related hazards. In the U.S., this is defined as a period of three days or more of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In these conditions, evaporation slows and your body must work harder to maintain a normal temperature.

Extreme heat may occur quickly and, as humidity rises, so does the heat index,37 which is a measure of how hot it feels and not the actual temperature. Older adults, children and those who are overweight experience a greater risk of succumbing to extreme heat.

Other factors increasing your risk include the environment, your nutrition and how long you’re outside. Age, medications and your metabolic rate are also factors impacting your response to heat.38

If you’re under an extreme heat warning, find an air-conditioned building, avoid strenuous activities and watch for signs of heat stress or heat illness. Heat stress may start with a rash that ultimately culminates in heat stroke. Clusters of red pimples or small blisters may appear in your neck, groin or chest. Heat cramps are involuntary muscle contractions occurring as your body loses fluid.39

Replacing fluids is important, but so is replacing minerals and sodium. It’s important to maintain hydration with water or coconut water,40 which supplies your body with minerals, salt and energy without the disadvantages connected to sports drinks. Wear lightweight clothing, check on other family members and never leave people or pets in the car.41

Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees F. While the airflow creates a false sense of comfort, it does not help reduce your body temperature and it increases your risk of heat-related illness.42

Know what to do during an active shooting

The U.S. has had more public mass shootings than any of the other 170 nations investigated by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in a study43 released in 2016. In 2017 there were 29 active shooter events in the U.S. in which an individual actively engaged in killing or attempted to kill.44

From 2000 to 2017 there were 250 active shooting incidents45 resulting in 1,418 people being wounded and 799 killed. Although it is impossible to predict where an active shooter will strike, recent events and statistics demonstrate they more commonly occur in businesses, schools and government facilities.46

It is important to recognize the signs of potential violence around you and what to expect during and after an active shooting takes place. During an active shooting, Ready.gov47 asks you to remember to run, hide and fight, in that order. Be prepared by taking active shooter training, which can teach you how to stay as safe as possible in an emergency.

If you see something that doesn’t seem right, report it to someone in authority immediately. Stay aware of your environment and any possible danger at all times. Make a plan with your family so everyone knows what they should do if confronted with an active shooter, such as identifying the two nearest exits anywhere you go, and having an escape path in mind at all times.

Getting away should be your top priority. Leave behind your belongings and help others escape if possible. Ready.gov48 recommends evacuating whether or not others agree to follow. Once you’re safe, call 911 and describe as well as possible the shooter, location and weapons used.

Fighting is the action of last resort and once you commit, Ready.gov49 recommends you act as aggressively as possible against the shooter, being prepared to cause severe injury in order to protect yourself and others.

Afterward, provide first aid while you wait for first responders to arrive. As emergency personnel arrive, keep your hands visible and empty, recognizing law enforcement’s task is to end the incident and ensure you were not part of it. Once the incident is over, seriously consider seeking professional help to cope with a long-term psychological and effects of severe trauma.

Close Ties & Financial Entanglements: The CDC-Guaranteed Vaccine Market

Note: This is Part V in a series of articles adapted from the second Children’s Health Defense eBook: Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health. The first eBook, The Sickest Generation: The Facts Behind the Children’s Health Crisis and Why It Needs to End, described how children’s health began to worsen dramatically in the late 1980s following fateful changes in the childhood vaccine schedule.]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has issued annual vaccine recommendations for the U.S. civilian population since 1995. ACIP works in partnership with leading medical trade organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

ACIP’s industry-beholden membership roster reads like a “who’s who” of the individuals and organizations who spearhead the nation’s vaccine business: fifteen voting members from leading medical schools, children’s hospitals and universities; eight ex officio members from federal agencies such as the FDA and the Department of Defense (DOD); and thirty non-voting representatives serving as liaisons with entities ranging from Sanofi to Cigna and Planned Parenthood (with the latter being a leading promoter and provider of HPV vaccines).

A tangled web

The longstanding conflicts of interest that hold ACIP members captive to pharmaceutical industry interests are well known and well documented. In the early 2000s, a four-month investigation by United Press International (UPI) identified “a web of close ties” and financial entanglements between ACIP members and vaccine companies, including:

  • Sharing vaccine patents
  • Owning vaccine company stock
  • Getting research funding or money to monitor vaccine testing
  • Receiving funding for academic departments or appointments

According to an investigation by the Committee on Government Reform in 2000, the CDC not only frequently grants waivers but also looks the other way when ACIP members provide incomplete financial disclosure.

In 2003, Congressman Dan Burton described the “paradox” of the CDC “routinely allow[ing] scientists with blatant conflicts of interest to serve on influential advisory committees that make recommendations on new vaccines, as well as policy matters,” even though “these same scientists have financial ties, academic affiliations, and other vested interests in the products and companies for which they are supposed to be providing unbiased oversight.”

As per the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), individuals appointed to ACIP must file an Office of Government Ethics form and annually update a financial disclosure report. Voting members also are expected to publicly disclose “all vaccine-related interests and work” at the beginning of each ACIP meeting. However, the CDC has shown itself only too willing to issue conflicts of interest waivers if it ascertains (as it routinely does) that “the need for the individual’s services outweighs the potential for conflicts of interest created by the financial interests involved.” According to an investigation by the Committee on Government Reform in 2000, the CDC not only frequently grants waivers but also looks the other way when ACIP members provide incomplete financial disclosure. Moreover, a loophole allows a considerable amount of ACIP’s work to get done in Work Groups whose members are exempt from the FACA procedural conflict-of-interest requirements, even though the Work Groups “serve a key scientific role in support of vaccine policy development.”

Golden ticket

After ACIP makes its vaccine recommendations, the CDC publishes them in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The recommendations (in CDC officials’ own words) “have [a] major impact on immunization policies and practice in the United States and in other countries.” Stated another way, ACIP’s “imprimatur” is a “golden ticket” for vaccine manufacturers. Vaccines on the CDC’s schedule become virtually mandatory for American children attending a “public or private elementary, middle or secondary school, child care center, nursery school, family day care home or developmental center.”

At present, the childhood vaccine schedule requires almost six dozen doses through age 18 for sixteen diseases.

Vaccine exemptions are currently available to varying degrees in 47 states for medical, religious or philosophical reasons. Reflecting the public’s growing concerns about vaccine safety, the use of non-medical exemptions increased by 19% from 2009 to 2013. However, all three types of exemptions are under aggressive attack. Supported by pharmaceutical industry lobbying and CDC edicts, 12 of 13 exemption-related bills signed into law between 2011 and 2017 “limited the ability to exempt,” erecting more legal barriers for concerned parents.

Within the no-liability context of the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), the CDC and ACIP played a major role in opening the floodgates for the childhood vaccine schedule’s dramatic expansion. In the early 1980s, children received three vaccines for seven illnesses—two combination vaccines (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and measles-mumps-rubella) and a polio vaccine—totaling two dozen doses by age 18. In the decade following 1989 (beginning soon after the NCVIA’s implementation), the CDC packed multiple doses of several more vaccines onto the childhood schedule, including those for Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), hepatitis B (on the day of birth) and varicella (chickenpox), as well as a rotavirus vaccine (withdrawn a year after its introduction). Next, in the first decade of the 2000s, the CDC recommended an even larger batchof new vaccines, going after not just children but also adolescents and adults: hepatitis A, human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal conjugate, pneumococcal conjugate, rotavirus (again) and zoster (shingles), along with an adult tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (Tdap) and a massive expansion of influenza vaccine recommendations for all ages. At present, the childhood vaccine schedule requires almost six dozen doses through age 18 for sixteen diseases.

Profits and patents

The CDC is a major player in the vaccine marketplace, buying half of all childhood vaccines in the U.S. and then selling them to contracted public health agencies through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, which pushes free and low-cost vaccines on indigent children. Over the past three decades, the CDC’s vaccine purchases have increased 15-fold as the average cost of fully vaccinating a child to age 18 rose from $100 to $2192—while vaccine companies have raked in the profits.

… the large number of patents held by the CDC deserves an in-depth review to determine exactly what current financial relationships with vaccine makers now exist and what…current impact those revenue streams are likely having on vaccine safety positions.

The agency’s involvement with vaccine manufacturers also extends to patents, licensing agreements and collaboration on projects to develop new vaccines. In fact, the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) profit handsomely from their ownership or co-ownership with private sector partners of vaccine-related patents. An early 2017 analysis of Google Patents results showed that the CDC held 56 patents pertaining to various aspects of vaccine development, manufacturing, delivery and adjuvants. By May 2019, the search terms “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccines” retrieved 143 results in the Google Patents search engine, and a separate legal website displayed 10 screens worth of CDC patents, both vaccine- and non-vaccine-related. The author of the 2017 analysis suggests that the large number of patents held by the CDC “deserves an in-depth review to determine exactly what current financial relationships with vaccine makers now exist and what…current impact those revenue streams are likely having on vaccine safety positions.”

Gardasil is “perhaps the leading example of a new form of unconstrained government self-dealing, in arrangements whereby [HHS] can transfer technology to pharmaceutical partners, [and] simultaneously both approve and protect their partners’ technology licenses while also taking a cut of the profits.” It seems doubtful that agencies can remain impartial in the face of these profits.

At NIH, the influence on policy of profit-generating patents and licenses warrants similar scrutiny. According to one in-depth report, because “NIH frequently funds research with commercially valuable outcomes,” when NIH patents its inventions, the patents become “valuable commercial property” for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the patents’ owner. In 2006, researchers described commercial partners as “essential to the NIH’s role of helping to facilitate the formation of novel healthcare products for the public.”

Some of the key technologies underlying the development of the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix emerged from research patented by the NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI), which then licensed the technology to Merck, MedImmune and GlaxoSmithKline. By 2009, HPV licensing had become NIH’s top generator of royalty revenues. Gardasil is “perhaps the leading example of a new form of unconstrained government self-dealing, in arrangements whereby [HHS] can transfer technology to pharmaceutical partners, [and] simultaneously both approve and protect their partners’ technology licenses while also taking a cut of the profits.” It seems doubtful that agencies can remain impartial in the face of these profits.

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5 Tips to Help Block Electromagnetic Radiation

You may not be able to hear them or see them, but energy, frequencies, sounds and vibrations are all-around you, and they can have a profound impact on your health. 

Most people don’t want to believe that electromagnetic frequencies are problematic because electricity and electric wireless devices are so convenient.

Unfortunately, chronic and heavy exposure to wireless radiation can have severe repercussions on your health. Inside every cell in your body are mitochondria — the powerhouses of the cell — and your mitochondria are adversely affected by EMFs, resulting in mitochondrial and cellular dysfunction. Specifically, your heart and brain are the most susceptible to EMF damage.

It’s unlikely that you’ll throw away your cellphone or get rid of your wireless internet at home. So how can you protect yourself from EMFs?

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Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Chemical Castration for Child Sex Offenders

Alabama lawmakers have passed legislation that would require convicted child sex offenders to undergo “chemical castration treatment” before they are released from prison.

The bill, HB 379, which passed unanimously in the state Senate on Tuesday, requires convicted offenders who abused a child under the age of 13 to take drugs, such as medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment, that block the production of testosterone, as well as other naturally occurring hormones and chemicals in the body that drive libido, as a condition for parole. The offender will also be required to pay for the treatment unless they cannot afford it.

The bill still needs to be signed by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to become law.

Alabama is not the only state to consider chemical castration for sex offenders. California passed a chemical castration bill in the 1990s for repeat child sex offenders, and a similar law exists in other states including Florida, Louisiana, Montana and Oregon.

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Lawyer Who Defended Pedophiles Found Guilty of Raping Children

A lawyer who represented defendants accused of sexual offences has himself been jailed for molesting children.

Michael Pulsford, 68, abused three boys and three girls while he was a Christian youth group leader between 1974 and 1989.

The victims, who were aged between 12 and 15, were abused in Wiltshire, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Pulsford admitted 16 counts of indecent assault. He was sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison.

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Benjamin Fulford Interview: Here’s the current state of play, change IS finally happening!

In this episode recorded on the 6th June 2019, we discuss what’s happening currently, what can we see changing especially at the top! FISA is due, but this will only implicate the lower level lackeys. Therefore it’s the changes like Cardinal Pell being arrested, he was in charge of the Vatican bank, the worlds corrupt purse strings of world leaders. Banks are being shut down for extended periods of time against BIS rules in Asia. Clearly, there is a sea change going on at the tippy top, which is positive indications that we’ll see change for us!

Also, Benjamin is hearing from the intelligence communities that something big is likely to happen either this month or possibly later in September.

The old system IS collapsing and we’re seeing the death throes of the old guard. Until we’re finally fully liberated, we must keep applying pressure to the old system.

For previous releases in this long-running series of interviews:

https://prepareforchange.net/category/interviews/benjamin-fulford-interviews

Let’s take our cue from Benjamin Fulford and turn our world into a wonderful place!

As Benjamin says, don’t just sit on the sidelines, pick up the phone and call your elected officials and respectfully demand answers to these gross atrocities that have plagued our way of life for far too long. The stronger our collective voice, the quicker we affect change.

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