Zika Spraying Enriches Chemical Companies While Endangering Public Health

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Source: Mercola.com
Dr. Mecola
September 14, 2016

As you may recall, the Zika virus made big headlines back in January and February when the Brazilian government blamed Zika-carrying mosquitoes for an uptick in reports of microcephaly,1,2 a condition in which babies are born with unusually small heads.

Like many other nations, the U.S. overreacted to the news by increasing states’ mosquito eradication efforts. 3 Some early models estimated that 200 million Americans, about 60 percent of the U.S. population, would become infected with Zika this summer4 — estimates that were clearly vastly overblown.

Sounds just like President Bush who 11 years ago claimed that over 200 million would not only get infected with Bird Flu but would actually die from it. They must have figured most people forgot about this and it was time for another scare to sell more chemicals and vaccines.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics5 reveal we’ve come nowhere near such numbers.

The two states with the highest rates of laboratory-confirmed Zika infections, New York and Florida, have had 625 and 507 cases respectively so far. New York accounts for 23 percent of all U.S. cases; Florida accounts for 19 percent of the total.

It’s worth noting though that the vast majority of all Zika cases in the U.S. occurred during travel elsewhere. Florida alone had 35 cases of locally acquired infections. All other states report zero locally-acquired cases.

Among the U.S. territories, Puerto Rico was worst beset, with 13,791 locally-acquired cases as of August 31, 2016. The U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa report 221 and 47 locally-acquired cases respectively.

Call for DDT Has (Fortunately) Been Left Unanswered

As the Zika scare grew to a fever pitch, groups like the Manhattan Institute and various journalists for prominent media outlets started calling for the return of DDT6 to address the mosquito problem. For example, in a June 6 article, The New York Post wrote:7

“The Zika virus outbreak makes it clearer than ever: It’s time to end the ban on DDT — a ban that was never sensible in the first place, but now is downright unjustifiable.”

Never mind the fact that DDT passes freely through the placenta during pregnancy,8 where it gains direct access to the developing fetus and its brain.9 DDT has also been linked to decreased fertility, premature delivery, Alzheimer’s10 and even microcephaly,11 making this recommendation about as ignorant as it gets.12

Fortunately, the ban on DDT has not been lifted. However, there’s no shortage of other dangerous insecticides on the market, and they’ve been heavily employed in many states.

Florida and New York Being Heavily Sprayed

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In Miami-Dade County, Florida, the aerial spraying campaign against Zika-carrying mosquitoes has been referred to as a “blitz” that “could be one for the record books if the [CDC] records it as a success.”13 The area began spraying the insecticide Naled from low-flying planes on August 4.

Naled is banned in the European Union (EU), and when residents in Puerto Rico found out the CDC was going to use the chemical against Zika-carrying mosquitoes there, the streets filled with protesters. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla finally forced the CDC to take the shipments back.14

Concerned residents took to the streets in Wynwood, Miami, as well, but it didn’t have much of an impact.

Neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn, New York, were doused with Duet15 and Anvil insecticides from trucks on the nights of August 31 and September 1, 2016, to combat mosquitoes known to carry either the Zika or West Nile virus (Asian Tiger, Aedes Aegypti and Culex mosquitoes).16,17 Duet has also been used in Orange County, California.18

Duet19 contains two pyrethroid pesticides, Sumithrin and Prallethrin, plus a synergistic compound called piperonyl butoxide (PBO), which boosts the effectiveness of the former two.

Sumethrin is an endocrine disruptor, neurotoxin and likely carcinogen, and PBO has been shown to be harmful to the fetal brain, causing “profound developmental defects in children exposed in utero.”

According to recent research, children living in areas exposed to annual aerial spraying of pyrethroids (such as Duet and Anvil) have a 25 percent higher risk of autism compared to areas where mosquito control is done primarily through pellets distributed on the ground.

This suggests the method of application can make a big difference when it comes to human health.20,21 In another study, exposure to pyrethroids during the third trimester increased the chances of the child having autism by 87 percent.22

Low-flying helicopters also released pellets of Altosid and VectoBac over four New York City boroughs earlier this summer, including Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx. As noted by The Vaccine Reaction:23

“What might be of particular concern to the New York City’s residents is the ironic possibility that using these chemicals against mosquitoes to control the perceived threat of the Zika virus could actually have the effect of creating a serious local health crisis where there was previously none.

While the CDC seems convinced that Zika is behind the microcephaly cases in Brazil … other organizations such as Médicos de Pueblos Fumigados (Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Villages) of Argentina … has argued that an insect growth regulator similar to Altosid may be responsible for the microcephaly cases.”

Aerial Spraying Is Not an Effective Strategy for Controlling Zika

Many have also argued that aerial sprayings against the Zika-carrying mosquito Aedes aegypti is futile, exposing the population to toxic chemicals for no good reason.24

These tiny black and white striped mosquitoes have a very limited range of flight, and since it’s so difficult to catch them airborne, insecticidal sprays and foggers are mostly useless for controlling them.25 Reporting on recent research, WebMD writes:26

“Female mosquitoes can transmit the Zika virus to their eggs and offspring, and this may make it harder to contain outbreaks, a new lab study suggests. Control programs that focus only on adult mosquitoes may not halt Zika’s spread, the researchers warned …

‘Spraying affects adults, but it does not usually kill the immature forms — the eggs and larvae,’ said [study co-author Dr. Robert] Tesh. As a result, ‘spraying will reduce transmission, but it may not eliminate the virus’ …”

CDC Relies on Unpublished Data to Support Aerial Spraying

Curiously, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden defended the use of aerial insecticide sprayings in a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) citing a non-peer-reviewed presentation by a New Orleans mosquito control board employee named Brendan Carter.

According to Carter, aerial disbursement of “ultra-low volumes of insecticide” reduced caged Aedes aegypti by more than 90 percent in a New Orleans field trial. However, as reported by Kaiser Health News:27

“Carter earned his master’s degree in 2014 from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine … Even so, other experts in mosquito-borne diseases were unconvinced when asked about Carter’s finding as described in Frieden’s commentary for JAMA.

‘I know of no published reports that support this figure,’ said Durland Fish, [Ph.D.] a Yale University professor emeritus of microbial diseases as well as a professor of forestry and environmental studies there.

Fish worked with public officials in Dominica in 2014 to counter chikungunya virus, another disease spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. ‘This is a domestic mosquito, meaning they live inside the house — in closets, under the bed, in the sink. Spraying outside won’t be very effective,’ he said.”

Micro-Mist May Work by Entering Your Home, but Is That Wise?

Many others agree with Fish’s conclusion, noting there’s virtually no scientific evidence to support the use of aerial spraying to control Aedes mosquitoes. However, Joseph Conlon, spokesman for the American Mosquito Control Association, is not on that list.

According to Conlon, the idea that aerial spraying against Aedes mosquitoes doesn’t work is an outdated notion, since Naled can now be sprayed in a micro-fine mist, “capable of wafting into homes through screen doors and bathroom vents.”28 But what about the residents, including infants and pregnant women, inside those homes who then breathe in this super-fine mist?

Naled, an organophospate insecticide is known to interfere with cholinesterase activity, an enzyme essential for the proper working of your nervous system. Organophosphates as a group are also linked with shortened pregnancies, lowered IQ and increased risk of attention deficit disorder (ADD).29

According to the Extension Toxicology Network, “Naled is moderately to highly toxic by ingestion, inhalation and dermal adsorption. Vapors or fumes of Naled are corrosive to the mucous membranes lining the mouth, throat and lungs, and inhalation may cause severe irritation.”30

It is also readily absorbed through your skin and should be immediately washed off if contact occurs. High temperatures and/or UV light enhances its toxicity — an added concern when sprayed in hot and sunny areas like Florida.

I live in Florida full-time now and this is a significant issue for me personally. This is one of the reasons why I use my infrared sauna three times a week to help me detox not only from these admitted exposures but also from all the other ones that we have no idea of but nevertheless have exposure to.

Naled Decimates Bee Populations in South Carolina

Naled was also sprayed in Dorchester County, South Carolina, in the morning hours between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on August 28, 2016 — with devastating consequences. In one Summerville apiary, 46 hives totaling 2.5 million bees died that same morning. Many other beekeepers also claim massive losses. As reported by The Washington Post:31

“[T]o the bee farmers, the reason is already clear. Their bees had been poisoned by Dorchester’s own insecticide efforts, casualties in the war on disease-carrying mosquitoes … Given the current concerns of West Nile virus and Zika … Dorchester decided to try something different … It marked a departure from Dorchester County’s usual ground-based efforts. For the first time, an airplane dispensed Naled in a fine mist, raining insect death from above …”

Naled is known to be highly toxic to bees, which is why counties that use it will typically spray it at night, when honey bees are not out foraging. Provided they have sufficient warning, beekeepers can also shield their hives to prevent exposure. According to Dorchester County administrator Jason Ward, all but one beekeeper on the county’s contact list was notified of the spraying.

However, many local beekeepers were not on the county’s list to begin with, and the county only requested a more complete list from the Lowcountry Beekeepers Association after the fact. In a WCSC-TV interview, local beekeeper Juanita Stanley said: “Had I known, I would have been camping on the steps doing whatever I had to do, screaming, ‘No you can’t do this.'”

Florida Governor Has Financial Stake in Zika Mosquito Control

Considering the limited risks of Zika and the significant risks of aerial insecticides on critical pollinators like bees and human health, one wonders what’s really driving the decision process. When you start to dig, you’ll often find financial incentives. In Florida, people are now wondering whether Governor Rick Scott may have a personal stake in unleashing chemical warfare.

On June 23, 2016, Scott allocated $26.2 million in state emergency funds to combat Zika. As it turns out, an undisclosed conflict of interest could potentially have influenced this generous release of funds. According to Florida Bulldog:32

“… Rick Scott has an undisclosed financial interest in a Zika mosquito control company in which his wife, Florida First Lady Ann Scott, owns a multi-million dollar stake through a private investment firm she co-owns. The company is Mosquito Control Services LLC of Metairie, LA. According to its website,

MCS ‘is a fully-certified team of mosquito control experts — licensed throughout the Gulf Coast, including Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida’ … It is not known whether MCS, whose services include monitoring and aerial spraying, stands to benefit from Florida government funds … MCS did not respond to two requests for comment.”

Is Zika Being Hyped to Save Toxic Insecticides From Being Banned?

In a recent Health Nut News article,33 Erin Elizabeth pieces together a long list of events and players suggesting the real reason for the Zika hype may be related to the fact that the primary chemical weapons against Zika — Naled and Malathion — are both up for re-evaluation at the EPA under a special provision of the Endangered Species Act. If found to harm endangered species, they will be banned — unless there’s sufficient political pressure to keep them on the market, that is.

Moreover, the Clean Water Act stipulates you must have a NPDES permit34 in order to be “allowed” to discharge pollutants into U.S. waters. Insecticides are a significant water pollutant, and mosquito control applications that result in water discharges must have an NPDES permit, which includes limits on the discharges and has certain monitoring and reporting requirements to ensure the chemical does not hurt water quality and human health.

Should Naled and/or Malathion be found harmful to endangered species, operators would not likely be able to get an NPDES permit for the chemicals even if they somehow were not outright banned under the Endangered Species Act.

Interestingly enough, the American Mosquito Control Association has lobbied Congress to pass HR 935, which would exempt mosquito control operations from the NPDES permit requirement altogether, allowing them to discharge whatever chemical without limits, monitoring or reporting requirements.

When Congress remained unreceptive to the idea, HR 935 was suddenly renamed the “Zika Control Act.” Once Congress comes back from recess, they could potentially be forced to vote yes on this disastrous bill if there’s sufficient panic about Zika.

The Senate is also scheduled to vote on whether to set aside another $1.1 BILLION in funding to fight Zika — a virus that so far has not seriously harmed a single person in the U.S., and has not conclusively been proven responsible for the microcephaly cases in Brazil either. In short, this whole thing appears to be little more than a gift to the chemical industry at the expense of public health. As noted by Erin:

“The American Mosquito Control Association and the chemical companies can only benefit from huge hype and fear surrounding Zika. They NEED the populace to fear Zika so that Congress is forced to approve a terrible bill that would pollute/erode the Clean Water Act and eventually allow for Malathion and Naled [to] continue to be used despite data showing their effect on endangered species.”

Some States Now Offer Free Mosquito Repellents

In related news, in addition to boosting mosquito sprayings across entire neighborhoods, some states have decided to hand out free mosquito repellents. Universal Studios, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, now offer free bug repellents to visitors35 and, in Texas, pregnant women on Medicaid are eligible to receive free DEET mosquito repellent at pharmacies without a prescription.36

However, DEET is by no means harmless. On the contrary, DEET has been shown to harm brain and nervous system function and is so poisonous that even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says you should wash it off your skin when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in and not spray it directly on your face. Why focus on distributing a highly toxic chemical to pregnant women rather than giving them something that’s actually safe?

Neem-based products, for example, are a viable alternative that can keep mosquitos at bay without risking your and your baby’s health. Citronella oil and geraniol can also be used, and both are safe for the whole family, including infants. Products containing either 20 percent picaridin or 30 percent oil of lemon and eucalyptus have also been shown to outperform DEET in tests.

Picaridin resembles the natural compound piperine, an essential oil in black pepper. Lemon eucalyptus oil and picaridin are not actual repellents; they primarily work by masking the environmental cues that mosquitoes use to locate their target. Side effects of both picaridin and lemon eucalyptus include potential skin or eye irritation, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states picaridin should not be used on children under age 3. Still, they’re both likely FAR safer than DEET!

Biological Warfare Is a Risky Game

Are we doing the right thing by waging war against pests with toxic chemicals? It needs to be understood that there’s a price to pay, both in human and environmental health. We’re poisoning our world, and ourselves, in the name of protecting public health. There’s something inherently wrong with that position. Some are quick to say we have no other options. But this isn’t necessarily true.

In the short term, there are safer options to guard against mosquitos than aerial insecticides and topical DEET. But we also need to take a much wider view. What’s needed is the political and societal will to make necessary changes, and this involves fully embracing ecologically sound, regenerative methods of agriculture. Why? Because when nature is in balance, pests fail to gain the upper hand. They still exist, but they’re kept in check naturally.

It may not be as effective as releasing a potent toxin, but if we keep going the way we’re headed, we’re just going to encounter more of the same problems. Is it really worth putting our children’s health and future at risk? Is it worth decimating pollinators, on which our food supply depends? I believe the answer is no, but at the very least, we need a more open discussion about what we’re doing and what the options are. We also need to implement more farsighted solutions.

Again, this is all based on the likely flawed assumption that what the media, CDC and public health authorities are saying about Zika is true. In my view, this is merely a repeat of the Bird Flu Hoax, which is a New York Times best-selling book I previously wrote. They just fast-forwarded the clock a decade and hoped they could use the fear-based tactics to push their pernicious agenda yet again.

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Psychiatrists Drugging Children For “Social Justice”

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Source: NoMoreFakeNews.com
Jon Rappoport
August 3, 2016

I’m reprinting my 2012 article here, in part, to illustrate how major media let explosive stories drop like stones into deep lakes.

Here today, gone tomorrow. As if nothing ever happened.

This piece is about tyrannical (and quite insane) psychiatrists, who see themselves as social justice warriors on behalf of the poor, the ignored, the forgotten, the oppressed.

These doctors have a strategy that scrambles brains, causes violent behavior, and deepens the problems of inner cities and their inhabitants. Their “solution to inequality” involves drugs, and opens a gateway from dangerous drugs to very dangerous drugs. It’s a chemical road to perdition.

Major media gave the scandal scant “fair and balanced” coverage in 2012 and then fell silent. Why bother following up? In fact, why bother getting the story right the first time?

Here we go. Buckle up:


It’s the latest thing. Psychiatrists are giving children in poor neighborhoods Adderall, a dangerous stimulant, by making false diagnoses of ADHD, or no diagnoses at all. Their aim? To “promote social justice,” to improve academic performance in school.

The rationale is, the drugged kids will now be able to compete with children from wealthier families who attend better schools.

Leading the way is Dr. Michael Anderson, a pediatrician in the Atlanta area. Incredibly, Anderson told the New York Times (“Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School”) his diagnoses of ADHD are “made up,” “an excuse” to hand out the drugs.

“We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid,” Anderson said.

It would be hard to find a clearer mission statement from a psychiatrist: mind control.

A researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Ramesh Raghavan, goes even further with this chilling comment: “We are effectively forcing local community psychiatrists to use the only tool at their disposal [to ‘level the playing field’ in low-income neighborhoods], which is psychotropic medicine.”

So pressure is being brought to bear on psychiatrists to launch a heinous behavior modification program, using drugs, against children in inner cities.

It’s important to realize that all psychotropic stimulants, like Adderal and Ritalin, can cause aggressive behavior, violent behavior.

What we’re seeing here is a direct parallel to the old CIA program, exposed by the late journalist, Gary Webb, who detailed the importing of crack cocaine (another kind of stimulant) into South Central Los Angeles, which went a long way toward destroying that community.

It is widely acknowledged, and admitted in the Times article, that the effects of ADHD drugs on children’s still-developing brains are unknown. Therefore, the risks of the drugs are great. At least one leading psychiatrist, Peter Breggin, believes there is significant evidence that these stimulants can cause atrophy of the brain.

Deploying the ADHD drugs creates symptoms which may then be treated with compounds like Risperdal, a powerful anti-psychotic, which can cause motor brain damage.

All this, in service of “social justice” for the poor.

And what about the claim that ADHD drugs can enhance school performance?

The following pronouncement makes a number of things clear: The 1994 Textbook of Psychiatry, published by the American Psychiatric Press, contains this review (Popper and Steingard): “Stimulants [given for ADHD] do not produce lasting improvements in aggressivity, conduct disorder, criminality, education achievement, job functioning, marital relationships, or long-term adjustment.”

So the whole basis for this “social justice” program in low-income communities—that the ADHD drugs will improve school performance of kids and “level the playing field,” so they can compete academically with children from wealthier families—this whole program is based on a lie to begin with.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

Glyphosate Link To Brain Damaged Babies In Brazil? New Groundbreaking Report

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Source: FarmWars.info | Barbara H. Peterson
July 18, 2016

Much hype has been generated linking the Zika virus carried by mosquitoes to an outbreak of microcephaly, a form of brain damage, in Brazil. Radical solutions have been proposed such as releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes to quell the threat and reduce mosquito populations. But could all of this simply be a misdirection so that the pesticide industry can continue to get away with selling highly dangerous pesticides such as Glyphosate with no repercussions for the consequences as well as an excuse to further vaccine industry profits and extend the genetic engineering of all life forms as a “cure” for what ails us?

In a groundbreaking new paper put out by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, Glyphosate is linked to exactly what the Zika virus has been targeted for, although relatively few cases of microcephaly have actually been linked to the virus.

NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS AND AUTISM

Glyphosate can penetrate past the placenta. Alarming increases in birth defects such as microcephaly, anencephaly, cleft palates and other facial defects have been found in regions of South America and Paraguay where glyphosate is used extensively on core crops. The US Centers for Disease Control have reported on an excessive number of anencephaly births in Yakima (Washington), at four times the national average rate. This increase coincided with a large increase in the use of glyphosate to control waterway weeds. A recent study by Roy et al. on zebrafish embryos revealed that glyphosate causes microcephaly in zebrafish, and that the forebrain and midbrain are affected (but the hindbrain was spared). A US-based study found that the cerebellum is frequently disproportionately large in human microcephaly, particularly in the more severe cases, reflecting a larger effect on the forebrain compared to the hindbrain.

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Farm Wars addressed the anencephaly and Glyphosate usage connection in an article titled “Glyphosate, Brain Damaged Babies, and Yakima Valley – A River Runs Through It:”

Three Washington counties – Yakima, Benton, and Franklin – experienced an unusually high number of birth defects at around the same time as Glyphosate was being used extensively for several years to eradicate noxious weeds on land and in the water. That birth defect is called anencephaly.

And more recently, microcephaly, another result of Glyphosate usage, has arisen in Brazil. In an article titled “Why Brazil has a big appetite for risky pesticides,“ Reuters reports that:

LIMOEIRO DO NORTE, Brazil – The farmers of Brazil have become the world’s top exporters of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry and soybeans. They’ve also earned a more dubious distinction: In 2012, Brazil passed the United States as the largest buyer of pesticides.

Brazil is “the largest country in South America, encompassing around half of the continent’s land area and population.” Coincidence that microcephaly, caused by Glyphosate, the most used pesticide in the world, just happens to be on the rise in the largest country in South America, which has bypassed the U.S. as the largest buyer of pesticides?

Genetically engineered herbicide-tolerant crops now account for about 56 % of global glyphosate use. In the U.S., no pesticide has come remotely close to such intensive and widespread use. This is likely the case globally, but published global pesticide use data are sparse. Glyphosate will likely remain the most widely applied pesticide worldwide for years to come, and interest will grow in quantifying ecological and human health impacts. Accurate, accessible time-series data on glyphosate use will accelerate research progress

https://enveurope.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s12302-016-0070-0

Misdirection, outright falsification, scientific fraud, and government collusion all come to mind when we look at the actual facts surrounding the massive fraud that has been perpetrated on the world’s population by the pesticide industry. Look! It’s a mosquito! It carries a virus! That’s why babies have birth defects! We must create a vaccine to cure this horrible plague! Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the real culprits continue churning out the stuff that is really causing the problem while getting rich off of the carcasses of their victims.

Read the full report by Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff and discover exactly what other life-altering, debilitating diseases that usage of the world’s most popular pesticide, Glyphosate, is correlated with including, but not limited to:

Obesity, diabetes, end stage renal disease, renal failure, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, intestinal infection, inflammatory bowel disease, stroke, leukemia, thyroid cancer, liver cancer, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer and kidney cancer… a large number of disorders of the newborn that are increasing in step with glyphosate usage… include congenital heart disease, skin disorders, genitourinary disorders, blood disorders, metabolic disorders and lung conditions. 

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©2016 Barbara H. Peterson

 

Pepsi To Reintroduce Noxious & Dangerous Chemical Aspartame To Drinks – Aspartame Is Known To Have LEAST 92 Potential Side Effects

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To Read More On The Disturbing Issues Regarding Aspartame Please Read:

Breakaway Guide To Aspartame

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J.D. Heyes
July 4, 2016

A year ago PepsiCo announced that it would be removing the controversial sweetener aspartame from its Diet Pepsi products, claiming that was the No. 1 request from customers. But now the company says it is putting the sweetener back in Diet Pepsi, allegedly because that’s what consumers want.

As reported by The Associated Press, aspartame-laced Diet Pepsi will be back on U.S. shelves soon after sales of the soft drink plummeted following the company’s reformulation. As AP noted further:

PepsiCo says it will offer “Diet Pepsi Classic Sweetener Blend” made with aspartame starting in September, in 12-ounce cans, 2-liter bottles and 20-ounce bottles. The move is intended to appease fans who don’t like the taste of the reformulated drink, which is made with the artificial sweetener sucralose.

PepsiCo Inc. did say, however, that the Diet Pepsi formula with sucralose – more commonly known by its brand name, Splenda – would remain the primary diet choice. Those cans will be silver, while “classic” Diet Pepsi with aspartame will come in a light blue can.

PepsiCo said because of the complaints it decided to switch formulas and remove the aspartame but the plan backfired, the company claims: Sales for Diet Pepsi fell 10.6 percent, according to an industry tracking trade magazine, Beverage Digest.

Some years ago Coca Cola tested ads defending aspartame and its safety. The company has also seen a decline in sales over the past year of 5.7 percent.

Part of the sales slump is that a) despite what these companies are hearing, more Americans are avoiding aspartame – and sugary soda altogether – because they are opting for healthier choices. In fact, sales have been slumping for several years now. We reported in March 2012 that, finally, the trend was going the right way and an increasing number of Americans were shunning sugary soft drinks, as indicated by falling sales.

We noted further that in all actuality, soda sales had already been dropping off for a number of years. But sales figures took a very dramatic hit in 2011 because millions more consumers were making smarter choices and putting healthier drinks in their bodies.

As for the dangers of aspartame, we have reported extensively on them as well:

Aspartame is converted by the body into a cancer-causing agent, formaldehyde:

Composed of three unique compounds, aspartame is a synergistically toxic chemical, meaning the sum of its individual parts is exponentially more toxic than each one by itself. And yet even in isolation, the three main constituents found in aspartame — aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol — are idiosyncratically toxic in their own right.

It can also cause obesity – even as a ‘diet’ substance – and metabolic syndrome:

Fake sweeteners, we noted, are generally seen as better alternatives to real sugar. But that is bogus as well. In fact, as the science becomes better known, more people are discovering that even sugar alternatives are responsible for weight gain and metabolic disorders like diabetes, when excessive amounts of “diet” sodas are drank.

In addition, many studies have indicated that chemical sweeteners like aspartame may even be more harmful that regular sugar because they lead to weight gain that is not tied to the intake of calories.

Aspartame was originally approved even though there was evidence that it was toxic:

Though it may be hard for you to believe, aspartame was not initially developed as an artificial sweetener. In fact, like other substances on the market, it was discovered by accident by scientists who were actually trying to develop an ulcer medication for G.D. Searle and Company (a Big Pharma absorbed by Monsanto in 1985).

After scientists found that the chemical was sweet, the company formally presented it to the Food and Drug Administration and it was eventually approved for commercial use.

The stuff is made from the feces of genetically modified E. coli bacteria:

Similar to the fermentation process, E. coli are modified with special genes that cause them to produce unnaturally high levels of a special enzyme that, as a byproduct, produces the phenylalanine needed for aspartame production.

It is also capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which could lead to permanent brain damage.

And now PepsiCo is putting it back into one of its products because the company believes that – and not overall slumping soda sales – is the reason why less of it is flying off store shelves.

Infant Assaulted With 8 Vaccine Doses At Six Months Old…Collapses Into State Of Brain Damage…Doctors Blame Parents!

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Source: NaturalNews.com
Julie Wilson
April 25, 2016

Desperate to share her story, a Texas mother is speaking out about the traumatic injuries her young daughter sustained after being injected at six months old with a total of eight vaccine doses.

About a month after infant Cerenity received the DTaP/Hib/IPV (5-in-1 combo), hepatitis B, pneumococcal Prevnar 13, and the oral Rotavirus vaccine, she suffered several major injuries and grew increasingly unwell.

Prior to the six month vaccination mark, Cerenity was a healthy baby with normal physical and cognitive development. But after receiving the eight vaccine doses, she became fussy and lethargic, according to her mother July Garza. A month later, the child’s health took a sharp turn for the worse.

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Cerenity suddenly became unresponsive, both mentally and physically. She could not hold her head up right or move her arms, and appeared to display symptoms of a stroke. The child was rushed to the emergency room at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital in Houston, Texas, where she received a CT scan and an MRI.

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The doctor admittedly had no answers for the Garza family and sent them home, referring them to a pediatrician. Distraught and frightened, they reluctantly complied.

“I was so scared to even put her down,” wrote Mrs. Garza in a heart wrenching narrative published on VacTruth. “We were sent home with her paralyzed,” but we just didn’t know it yet, she added.

By the next morning, Cerenity was unable to sit and appeared paralyzed in several parts of her body, prompting her family to skip the pediatrician visit and rush straight to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in downtown Houston where the child was placed in the Intensive Care Unit.

The medical team there quickly pointed the finger at the Garzas before calling Child Protective Services and accusing them of shaking their baby. The accusers eventually backed down from the accusations and apologized before vindicating the family of any misconduct.

But before breathing a sigh of relief, the Garzas were told their daughter may never walk or even crawl again. Just a month after meeting the six-month vaccine mark, Cerenity was in the ICU on a breathing machine.image

“I couldn’t deal. It was awful. They had her in the ICU for 8 days and treated her with steroids. … She had bleeding in her brain, ended up paralyzed and was diagnosed with transverse myelitis spinal cord disease,” said Mrs. Garza.

Transverse myelitis is a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord and can be caused by some vaccinations (including chickenpox and rabies), according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Transverse myelitis

Cerenity survived but continued suffering from chronic injuries and pain. She had trouble walking, numbness in her feet, headaches and constant back pain. Her mother says she would have episodes where she appeared “stuck for 30 to 45 minutes.”

The Garzas were shuffled from doctor to doctor, visiting medical facilities in Laredo, San Antonio and Houston. Last year, Cerenity was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, a disorder causing brain tissue to extend into the spinal canal.

The cause of Chiari malformation is poorly understood, but experts theorize that it’s a result of structural defects in the brain and spinal cord. However, it can also occur later in life due to spinal injury, “exposure to harmful substances, or infection,” according to the NIH.

The Garzas were happy to have a diagnosis but faced another challenge: a constant and aggressive push for more vaccines. Despite Cerenity’s unstable condition, several doctors pressured the family to complete the child’s vaccine schedule.

The Garza’s resisted. Who will be responsible if our daughter gets sicker? Cerenity’s father asked worriedly. I don’t want to lose my baby, he added. The doctor refused to answer, stating simply “Sorry, it’s our policy.”

“We were bullied into vaccinating”

The family gave in when Cerenity’s access to care was threatened. The doctor promised to ease their concerns by giving the child two to three vaccines at a time. Cerenity’s health worsened after the second round of immunizations, received in October 2015.
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Five months later Mrs. Garza learned that the doctor lied to them and against their knowledge injected Cerenity again with a 5-in-1 combo vaccine, DTaP-Hep B-IPV, and a Hib vaccine.

“I had no idea they gave her 6 vaccine doses until recently. I was angry and shocked!” said Mrs. Garza.

“I felt bullied and didn’t know my rights,” she went on to say.

Despite being deterred by doctors, the Garzas filed and won a vaccine exemption for their daughter, who is now three years old.

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