Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Blog Action Day: 2010

Today is Blog Action Day 2010, and this years theme is . . . . water.

Why water?

For one thing, 42,000 people die each week from unsafe water.  Most of us, at least in the Western World, take water for granted but almost a billion people around the world do not have access to clean water.  In Africa many women and children have to walk miles each day to get water (and that water is not necessarily clean).

Safe clean water is poised to become a scarce resource over the 21st century.  With the icecaps melting and our water levels rising, salt water will come further and further inland.  Even in areas that are not permanently flooded, it will damage our farmland, destroy homes and contaminate the clean water that we do have.  That could leave us with a world that is just too scary to contemplate.  It would cause refuge problems far greater than any war that’s ever been.  More and more people would start to compete for less and less land.

Blog Action Day is here to draw our attention to this plight and also to ask people to sign a petition to the UN Secretary General urging him to continue the UN’s life-saving work bringing water and sanitation to developing nations.  Please go and have a look at their website and then sign their petition.

Here is their promotional video:

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Company Pays For Help With Market Research

I don’t usually post about money matters on this blog, but I’ll make an exception this time.  There is a company called PayBox who are an on-line payment processor.  At present they are still in pre-launch and they are doing their market research to find out what people want.  They are doing this by paying people to join up and fill in very short surveys.  This is not a get rich quick scheme and you won’t get paid until they go live which will be early next year sometime.  However, for anybody based at home, it very easy money if you want it.

Basically, all you have to do is log in preferably every day, but at least every second day (or they close your account)  and fill in short surveys at least once a week.  Find out more here: www.PayBox.me.

A similar company, NeoBux, pays people for viewing adverts.  Again, not a get rich quick scheme, but easy for people at home.

You don’t have to pay anything to join either company and you can earn more by introducing your friends etc to them.  No one will get conned as nobody has to pay anything at all to join, so they are both quite safe (or I wouldn’t recommend it here).

New Book/Audio CD: The Power

About 2 years ago I wrote about the Law Of Attraction and the book/film, The Secret.  They’ve recently released a new book/audio CD, called “The Power”.  Here’s a rather dramatic trailer for it:

The Secret & The Power are about focusing on what you want and sending out positive thoughts into the universe to attract what you want into your life.  As I said before, I’m not sure about that explanation of it.  However, The Secret/The Power teaches people to focus on what they want and there is an undeniable benefit of focusing on what you want.  The central theme of The Secret is focusing on what we want rather than what we don’t want (for example: I WANT to be slim, rather than I DON’T WANT to be fat).  The sub-conscious mind will find ways to work on what you focus on and bring it about.  It will do this whether you focus on being slim or being fat (even if that focus is “I don’t want *****, you are still focusing on it and the sub-conscious will tend to find ways to fulfill it).

This idea of focusing on what you do want (rather than what you don’t want) is central in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programing) which is much more science based, but uses the same working principles as The Secret. NLP talks about tapping into the sub-conscious mind to make it work for you whilst The Secret talks about tapping into universal energy.  Either way, the actual practice of focusing on what you want is very similar.

The Power goes a step further and teaches that you should “love” more.  What more positive way to focus on what you want; whether it is money, companionship, sporting success, school work, career; than to try to love it.

Although some people may have reservations about the actual explanation of how it works, NLP has shown that it does work.  I will say though, that when things are not going quite right, it is difficult to focus on what you want, rather than worry about bills, the boss being cross, the kids getting into trouble, etc, etc.  The Secret/The Power does package the whole thing in a way that is much more motivating than just trying to rationalise it on your own.  I would recommend it.

Telegraph: Five Out Of Six New Prescription Drugs Don’t Work, Doctor Claims

This is a recent report which appeared in the British newspaper, The Telegraph.  I’ll let you draw your own conclusions, I already have:

Large firms hyped-up patented medicines, spent vast amounts on getting doctors to prescribe them and underplayed serious side effects, said Prof Donald Light, a sociologist and professor of comparative health policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, US.

This is a recent article that appeared in the British newspaper, The Telegraph.  Draw your own conclusion, I already have!”For this reason the safety of all medicines is monitored closely by the MHRA,” she said.A spokesman for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority said it recognised the need to expand knowledge of new drugs’ possible side effects in the wider population after clinical trials.When the “toxic side effects” of prescription drugs were taken into account, and their misuse, he claimed they were “a signficant cause of death”.

“The UK pharmaceutical industry also adheres to a strict code of practice on the sales and marketing of its products.”

Chloresterol-lowering statins were a classic example of the drugs industry overselling a product as a wonder-pill to prevent heart attacks, despite evidence that they could do more harm than good, he claimed.

In a paper that he presented to the American Sociological Association (ASA) on Tuesday, he said pharmacuetical companies were guilty of creating a “market for lemons” – one in which the seller knows much more than the buyer about the product, and takes advantage of this fact.

He said: “Sometimes drug companies hide or downplay information about serious side-effects of new drugs and overstate the drugs’ benefits.

“Then, they spend two to three times more on marketing than on research to persuade doctors to prescribe these new drugs.

“Doctors may get misleading information and then misinform patients about the risks of a new drug. It’s really a two-tier market for lemons.”

He claimed it was the “most dangerous market for lemons in modern society”, with toxic side effects and misuse of prescription drugs making them a significant cause of death in the US.

“Neither wars nor used car injuries come close,” he said.

His allegations have been dismissed by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), which said he was “long on accusation and woefully short on hard evidence”,

But Prof Light, who has also written articles for the British Medical Journal and the Lancet, said data from independent reviewers suggested that five out of six (85 per cent) of new drugs provided few, if any, new benefits.

His claims are outlined in the paper and also a book, The Risk of Prescription Drugs, due to be published this autumn.

With statins, he said drugs companies had boiled down complex set of relationships between heart disease and saturated fats and cholesterol into the over-simplistic message that “cholesterol kills”.

Yet two major trials of statins found little evidence they reduced the risk of heart attacks. One major meta-analysis of a number of studies, found that “statins were not associated with reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality”, he said.

Prof Light argued: “Current incentives for research produce a few [drugs] that substantially improve patients’ chances of getting better or avoiding death but a large number of barely innovative drugs each year.

“These new drugs of little benefit consume about four-fifths of all drug costs.”

He accused companies of swamping drugs regulators with large numbers of “incomplete, partial, sub-standard clinical trials”.

“The result is that drugs get approved without anyone being able to know how effective they really are or how much serious harm they will cause,” he said.

When patients complained of adverse reactions, studies showed doctors were likely to dismiss them, he said.

However, the ABPI issued a stern defence of the sector. A spokesman said: “Millions of people are alive today thanks to medicines. Medicines have transformed the management of conditions which previously caused death, impaired the quality of life or required hospitalisation.

“There is still great unmet medical need and the pharmaceutical industry is actively researching new cures to address these illnesses.

She noted there was now “much greater transparency in clinical trial results” with companies registering their results on websites such as http://www.clinicaltrials.gov.

Sweden & Finland Join Australia With Concerns On Swine Flu Vaccine

A few posts ago, I reported on Dr Buttar’s work with Autism and its links with vaccines.   Now hot of the press, I get the Dr Mercola e-newsletter reporting on Sweden and Finland’s concerns over the Swine Flu vaccine, Pandemrix, due to it causing narcolepsy symptoms in children.  Australia already banned the vaccine for children under 5 earlier this year.

Despite these toxic side effects, the FDA will still continue to actively attack anybody promoting alternative methods which do not have the side effects and continue to promote only drugs from the pharmaceutical companies.  Surely we deserve to make an informed choice for ourselves.

So here is Dr Mercola’s report hot of the press this morning:

The Swedish Medical Products Agency has received reports from health care professionals regarding narcolepsy as suspected adverse drug reaction following Pandemrix flu vaccination.

The reports concern teenaged children who developed narcolepsy symptoms one to two months after vaccination against the H1N1 pandemic. Finland is also looking into the possible link following an increase in the sleeping disorder among children this spring.

According to The Local:

“In the European Union, around 30 million people were vaccinated using Pandemrix. Sweden bought 18 million doses, which was enough to provide two injections for each person in its 9.3 million population.”

The Pandemrix package insert shows that “somnolence”, although not narcolepsy per se, is a known potential side effect of the drug.

Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has also issued an order to stop the use of Pandemrix swine flu vaccine due the probable link to narcolepsy in children. The agency received six reports of children who developed chronic sleep disorders after they received the vaccine in January 2010, Seer Press News reports.

Six cases of narcolepsy with cataplexy – a rare disorder characterized by chronic sleepiness, together with a loss of muscle tone – have been detected in France in persons vaccinated against influenza A/H1N1.

As you may recall, Australia also banned the swine flu vaccine for children under the age of 5, back in April, 2010, due to excessively high rates of febrile convulsions.

Sources:

Dr Buttar: Autism – Vaccine Connection

Autism is a tradgic blight on many people’s lives.  Many people in alternative medicine associate it with toxic overload.  Dr Buttar (who’s Blog has been on my blogroll for a very long time) believes that some people are unable to detoxify as well as others and these are the people who are most vulnerable.  The main offending toxin (though not the only one) is murcury which Dr Buttar explains is the second most poisonous metal known to man.

Dr Buttar researched Autism after his own son was diagnosed with it.  His studies have enabled him to help many other children with the same problem.  He explains that Autism and Alzeihmers are similar.  Those who can’t detoxify well are effected young and get Autism, whilst those can detoxify sometimes build up their toxic load over a much longer period and get Alzeihmers.

In his clinics in America, Dr Buttar has had many children make a complete recovery by helping them to detoxify properly and with correct nutrition to balance their body.

To hear it in Dr Buttar’s own words, please see the video sequence below.

Swine Flu Pandemic Scam

Below is a posting from the Dr Mercola website.  I have to applaud the Polish  Health Minister for putting her people before the pressures of the pharmaceutical companies.  So here it is:

When the swine flu first emerged, World Health Organization officials estimated that between 2 and 7.4 million could die. The panic that ensued mounted worldwide vaccination programs while government agencies prepared for disaster.

But as the world now knows, swine flu was actually relatively harmless … and the deadly “pandemic” never emerged. As it turns out, those who suspected a greed- and money-driven conspiracy was at play may have been right all along.

As the German magazine Der Spiegel reports, the swine flu pandemic of 2009 may have been engineered by the drug companies:

“In mid-May, about three weeks before the swine flu was declared a pandemic, 30 senior representatives of pharmaceutical companies met with WHO Director-General Chan and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at WHO headquarters.

The vaccine industry was mainly interested in one question: the decision to declare phase 6.

Phase 6 acted as a switch that would allow bells on the industry’s cash registers to ring, risk-free, because many pandemic vaccine contracts had already been signed. Germany, for example, signed an agreement with the British firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2007 to buy its pandemic vaccine — as soon as phase 6 was declared.”

Many jumped on the pandemic bandwagon, but not everyone was fooled. As Spiegel Online reported, Polish health minister, physician Ewa Kopacz, saw through the scam and declined to buy swine flu vaccines for the country. She asked:

“Is it my duty to sign agreements that are in the interest of Poles, or in the interest of the pharmaceutical companies?”