First do no harm

Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 5.27.23 PMHomeopathy was recently back in the headlines. This time following a major review of the practice by the National Health and Medical Research Council that found that there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy can treat health conditions. Homeopathy is a 200-year-old form of alternative medicine and its worth has long been debated.

While I don’t know much about homeopathy and whether it’s effective or not, I do know that there is a lot wrong with modern medicine.

An article titled Death By Medicine describes how the modern conventional American medical system has become the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.From medical errors to adverse drug reactions to unnecessary procedures, heart disease, cancer deaths and infant mortality.

Take the case of the Gardasil vaccine injected into young girls, women and boys to ‘protect’ against the human papilloma virus (HPV) which the scientists, doctors and drug manufacturers say causes cervical cancer. But HPV, blamed for cervical cancer is common and can be found in over 80% of both men and women. While most of us have had, at one time or another, the virus most of us do not suffer or die from cervical cancer. In fact, only one percent of women go on to develop cervical cancer. In Australia there are about 740 cases of cervical cancer each year and around 270 deaths from the disease. Mortality rates generally increase with age with the highest number of deaths occurring in the 75-79 age group. Less than 6 per cent of cervical cancer deaths occur in women under 35 years of age. We need to question why this vaccine is being promoted and widely used when the annual pap smear will detect the beginnings of the cancer in plenty of time for treatment.

Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 5.43.06 PMThe adverse effects of this unnecessary vaccine are numerous and life changing. There have been 162 reported deaths and over 30,000 adverse events reported including seizures, fainting, paralysis, immune system dysfunction, chronic fatigue syndrome and thousands of chronically ill girls who do not recover from these vaccine induced illnesses and  fail to return to school or work, their lives in ruins.

Recently the controversy over Gardasil has heated up with a prediction from Dr. Bernhard Dalbergue, a former pharmaceutical industry physician with Merck (the manufacturer of the vaccine), that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all times.


In an interview in the April 2014 issue (no. 66) of the magazine Principes de Santé (Health Principles) he said:

I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all times because at some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers.


Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 5.40.43 PMAnd who can forget the hype around H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009 and the promotion of Tamiflu, the anti-viral wonder drug. It seems that this has been useless with researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche’s flu medicine Tamiflu saying that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt. The review’s main findings were that the medicines had few if any beneficial effects, but did have adverse side effects that were previously dismissed or overlooked. Tamiflu sales hit almost $3 billion in 2009.

And if that wasn’t enough bad news.


Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 6.11.00 PMMothers in America are having their children’s urine tested for glyphosate (the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup). Glyphosate is the most commonly used weedkiller in the world. It’s sprayed on most GM crops and used to ‘dry off’ grain crops like lentils, beans, barley and wheat before harvest.

It’s ubiquitous around the suburbs being regularly sprayed on curbs, roadsides, playgrounds and parks. Glyphosate is a chemical which is linked to infertility, birth defects, cancer, bowel and stomach disorders, kidney disease and endocrine disruption.

And as the mothers in the U.S have found it is also linked to autism. In the US it is estimated that by 2025 half of all children (1 in 2) will be on the autistic spectrum. This is up from 1 in 10,000 in the 1970s.

Glyphosate attacks the shikimate pathway in bacteria and since humans do not have this pathway it was assumed that we would be unaffected by glyphosate. However only 1 in 10 of our cells is human. The vast majority of our cells are microbial, especially in our guts. We cannot digest food, make certain nutrients or detoxify without the help of the ‘microbiome’ (bacteria) in our digestive tract. The majority of our immune system is in our gut. Glyphosate also locks up many minerals, including zinc and manganese, which are essential for our health

The emphasis is all wrong. It’s not just the treatments that we need, but the prevention of all this disease. We shouldn’t be using chemicals such as glyphosate and we don’t need these useless and dangerous vaccines and medicines that frequently cause more harm than good.

It’s really very simple: The goal must be prevention, a return to the precautionary principle.

But then the bottom line is always money!

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