Easy to learn breathing technique: A life saver

It was encouraging to read Heart’s Gas Boost  by Lucie van den Berg in the Herald Sun October 16, 2017. Survivors of cardiac arrest are to take part in a ‘world -first’ trial where they will have their blood levels of carbon dioxide increased in an attempt to lessen damage to the brain.  The increased levels of the gas achieved by the use of a ventilator will result in greater perfusion of the brain minimising the risk of  neurological damage after the cardiac event. This occurs because a higher level of CO2 contributes to a greater unloading of oxygen in the form of oxyhaemoglobin to the tissues. This mode of action is known as the Bohr effect referring to the observation that increases in the carbon dioxide partial pressure of blood or decreases in blood pH result in a lower affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen. Thus more oxygen is made available to body organs and tissues, in this instance, the brain.

An understanding of this process forms the very basis of the Buteyko Breathing Method developed by Professor Konstantin Buteyko in Russia back in 1952. In his chapter on Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, in everything you need to know to take control of your asthma: asthma-free naturally author Patrick McKeown describes the doctor as a ‘simple yet extraordinary man (who) devoted his life to studying the human organism and made one of the most profound discoveries in the history of medicine.’ Buteyko was suffering from hypertension and wondered if his habit of over breathing might be the cause of his intractable condition. He began experimenting on himself, reducing his inhalations and found that his headaches and the pain in his kidney ceased. A research of the available studies at the time confirmed his discovery that deep breathing and the exhalation of too much carbon dioxide decreased the amount of oxygen going to vital organs.

The Buteyko Institute Method is scientifically based on the standard medical principles of respiration, the normalisation of breathing, and the Bohr Effect. The Buteyko exercises train people to breathe through their noses, reduce their breathing to normal levels, keep their mouths closed and thus retain a higher proportion of the CO2 produced by the body. This results in immediate improvement in asthma, sleep apnoea, snoring, emphysema, COAD, COPD, sinusitis, hay fever, rhinitis, blocked nose, allergies, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, panic and anxiety conditions, and many other respiratory problems.

The news of this world-first trial to reduce brain damage after cardiac arrest is heartening. It can also be seen as an endorsement of the Buteyko method of breathing and its ability to improve the health of sufferers of many common conditions.

I have been learning the Buteyko method of breathing for the last three months and would attest to its value in increasing my quality of life. After five years of insomnia and plenty of money spent on the latest sleep cure including around $2000 for a mandibular splint I finally sleep through the night. A sleep study had revealed that I had sleep apnoea, only mild, but my lived experience was awful all the same. Each night as bedtime neared I would switch off the wi-fi, turn off the TV, read a book and later dim the lights hoping that such sleep hygiene measures would result in the release of melatonin and ensure a good night’s rest. To no avail, I could not stop the cycle of poor sleep accompanied by frequent, sudden snorting and the sleep anxiety and daily tiredness that followed.

Neither my  GP nor my sleep physician suggested that I try a natural therapy called Buteyko. In my desperate research to help my condition I came across the Buteyko breathing method which claimed to be the answer to sleep apnoea, snoring, asthma, nasal problems and anxiety.  After reading many articles and books on the method I tried to teach myself but had little success. That was until I enrolled in a course run by Paul O’Connell, Breathing Course Conductor & Practitioner Trainer. The Buteyko Institute Method is taught by practitioners registered with the Buteyko Institute of Breathing & Health (BIBH). The course consists of 5 sessions of 90 minutes duration run over consecutive days. The lectures are accompanied by breathing reconditioning where the emphasis to breathe only through the nose is stressed along with the importance of a reduction in the minute volume of air inhaled thus increasing the level of CO2 in the lungs thereby improving the oxygen uptake in the cells and tissues of the body.
Buteyko has been taught in Australia for over 20 years where it was first used successfully for asthma but is now also being taught for relief of sleep apnoea. Results of a 2012 survey of Buteyko Institute Practitioners suggests that this method of breathing retraining might prove to be an alternative method of treating sleep apnoea to the CPAP machine and that further studies are needed. The survey  found that:

Over 95% of clients with sleep apnoea had improved sleep and approximately 8o% of clients had been able to cease use of their CPAP machine or oral appliances. 

This in encouraging as is the use of this method for retraining the breathing of asthmatics. The results of the first clinical trial in Australia held in Brisbane into the effects of the Buteyko Method of Breathing for  asthmatics showed that those taking part were able to reduce their bronchodilator medication by 96%, their steroid medication by 49%, and their asthma symptoms by 71%.

As with any new skill, breathing retraining requires practice and an overall vigilance of how you are breathing throughout the day. If done properly this reduced breathing will also be how you breathe when  asleep. This was exciting news to me. How I longed for sleep as I remembered it before it was disturbed by who knows, but probably a very disturbing life event.

Paul O’Connell, Director of Buteyko Health & Breathing explained that the course involved learning to reduce our intake of air and that we only need about 4-5 litres of air a minute but a lot of us are inclined to be far more greedy and inhale a hearty 14 litres. Surprisingly snoring is thought to be the body’s mechanism to have us slow our breathing and retain some valuable carbon dioxide. The physiology is really interesting and if this fairly simple adjustment to one’s life can restore health, well that is fantastic news.

Our breathing practice consisted of inhaling through our nose and holding our breath until we felt the first signs of being uncomfortable – of air hunger. I remember my first attempt at this and my result was a very poor 23 seconds. This measurement is called the Control Pause and represents the level of CO2 in the lungs. Over the 5 day course this improved to where I could hold my breath reasonably comfortably for 46 seconds and am pleased to say that I have continued my practice and my controls have improved to over 100 seconds and up to 2 minutes along with improvements in my sleep and general feeling of wellbeing.

There are many  benefits to our health from experiencing higher levels of CO2. As you learn to breathe smaller volumes of air that result in higher level of carbon dioxide there is an increase in body temperature and in saliva levels. Both are signs that the circulation is improving along with a boost to the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in a feeling of calmness and well being.

In his book Breathless Sleep…no more, former sleep apnoea sufferer Paul Rodriguez discusses the importance of awareness in our ability to breathe well:

Awareness, or mindfulness, of our breathing is essential. Recognising how every day emotional and stressful states affect the volume and rate of breathing is essential to achieving a state of relaxation.

Other important principles of the Buteyko Institute Method may involve changes to diet and being aware that eating too much causes us to deepen our breathing. The best way to encourage healing is to avoid processed foods and concentrate on fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts if possible. Other lifestyles changes include sleeping on your left side if you can and always with your mouth closed which can be facilitated by lightly taping your mouth. And of course the importance of exercise and how this helps build up our levels of carbon dioxide contributing to the feeling of contentment.

I look forward to going to bed now confident that my sleep will not be punctuated by frequents awakenings and adrenaline surges. Apart from wanting a good night’s sleep, sleep apnoea is associated with hypertension, vascular and cardiovascular disease so it is best to find a cure and a natural one at that.

It is such a simple way to treat sleep apnoea but one largely ignored by medical practitioners. This is despite some very positive media stories such as the 2005 A Current Affair which aired a story concerning the case studies of sleep apnoea sufferers being taught by Paul O’Connell in Melbourne who were successfully able to give up their CPAP machines after retraining their breathing using the Buteyko Method. But it is no surprise that medical research remains fixated on high-tech solutions  – there is much money to be made by selling mandibular splints and CPAP machines. Maybe Buteyko owes its neglect to its simplicity for it is hard to believe at first that this method will work. We are so accustomed to the  technological quick fixes.

No this is not a treatment your average general practitioner or sleep physician is likely to recommend and especially now that the Australian government is scrapping rebates for natural therapies. Therapies which include the Alexander technique, aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, herbalism, homoeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, naturopathy, pilates, reflexology, Rolfing, shiatsu, tai chi, and yoga will no longer attract a rebate which although small was a sign that the community was recognising the health benefits of alternative therapies.

On October 13 the Australian Government announced its reforms to the private health insurance system which included dropping the rebates for various natural modalities.  These non medical treatments are  popular with around 14 million Australians using complementary therapies with private health insurance covering an average rebate of $30 per session.  The scrapping of the rebates followed the review of the Australian Government Rebate on Natural Therapies for Private Health Insurance. The purpose of the Review was to make sure that the therapies were ‘underpinned by a credible evidence base that demonstrates their clinical efficacy, cost-effectiveness and safety and quality.’

The 2015 review found that for Alexander technique, Buteyko, massage therapy, tai chi, and yoga there was evidence, which was graded as low to moderate quality, that these natural therapies may improve certain health outcomes for a limited number of clinical conditions. However, in most cases the quality of the overall body of evidence was not sufficient to enable definite conclusions to be drawn about the clinical effectiveness of the therapies.

But all is not lost. There are financial reasons for the Austin hospital trial into the effects of increasing the CO2 levels of cardiac arrest patients. It costs $120,000 to care for a patient who is admitted to intensive care post cardiac arrest. So the hope is that the trial will result in a better outcome for the patient and the health budget. Would it be too much to ask that similar sensible rearrangements might be made to other conditions that cost the public purse far too much, such as subsidised medications for asthma?

But I live in a dream world. It must be the effects of higher levels of CO2.

 

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Before HPV there was common sense

The idea that a virus could cause cervical cancer is a relatively new one. In 1977  German virologist Harald zur Hausen claimed that the human papilloma virus – HPV known for causing warts could also cause cervical cancer. From then on all common sense flew out the window.

Why and how the focus changed from an understanding of cervical cancer as a disease associated with social and environmental conditions  to a cancer caused by a virus is addressed in Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed along with the disastrous ramifications for the health of young girls and boys who, in the wake of a scare campaign, are now injected with HPV vaccines.

In my book I explain why I became interested in this story of cervical cancer which stemmed from my diagnosis of cervical dysplasia in the 1980s. This was around the time that the story about a virus was causing the cancer was making the news. With the rates of cancer skyrocketing in the second half of the 20th century the world was concerned about the causes of cancer and in this case cancer of the cervix.  People wanted answers, they wanted to know the cause. Most of all they wanted a cure.

I often wonder about the ability of the scientific community to have most of the world believing that viruses, and not lifestyle and environmental changes, are the cause of these horrid cancers. But that is what has happened in the case of cervical cancer.

Numerous theories as to the cause(s) of cervical cancer have come and gone over the decades. There were the early nineteenth century physicians who claimed that ‘sexual excesses and immorality’ were involved, for it was thought that the disease was found in larger numbers among poorer, city women than amongst married and financially more secure women living in rural areas (Löwy, 2011, p. 140). Domenico Rigoni-Stern, an Italian surgeon, followed this dubious line of reasoning and claimed that cervical cancer rarely occurred in nuns (p. 140). This theory was later discounted when a study revealed that in fact religious sisters were subject to the disease too, and that, contrary to prevailing opinion, women in long-term relationships also developed cervical cancer. Further research by British physician J.C.W. Lever found that “single women bear a proportion of 5.83 per cent, married women 86.6 per cent, and widows 7.5 per cent,” of cases of cancer of the womb. With the notion that sexual excesses and/or immorality were the cause of the disease discredited, researchers began to suspect that a “chronic irritation” or an underlying inflammatory process could be the missing link. In the case of cancer of the uterus it was proposed that the trauma of childbirth itself could be a risk factor. Such speculation might explain why there was more cervical cancer among women of low socioeconomic status than among women of means. Poorer women tended to have more children, lived harsher lives and possibly received less medical care, as well as missing out on much-needed rest and recovery time after the birth of their children (Löwy, 2011, p. 143).

I believe these early researchers were on the right track when they proposed that social circumstances such as poverty and inequality were in some way implicated in the disease process. British psychologist, author and researcher Susan Quilliam documented these lifestyle factors that might increase the chance of becoming ill with cervical cancer in her 1989 book Positive Smear. Quilliam stressed the importance of a balanced diet and claimed that deficiencies in vitamin C, beta carotene and folic acid were common in women with cervical precancerous cells. Quilliam strongly emphasised the importance of a healthy environment, good hygiene and excellent nutrition as prerequisites for good health and resistance to disease (1989, pp. 96–98). When discussing the causes of cervical cancer, she doesn’t shy away from a conversation about the contraceptive pill and how it has a negative effect on natural immunity as well as a propensity to lessen the body’s ability to use folic acid (p. 99). Regrettably, since Quilliam’s 1989 book, the pendulum has swung back to regarding cervical cancer as a disease associated with sexual activity. HPV is now seen as the main culprit and any discussion that there may be other factors that lead to this disease is silenced in the mainstream media. To the extent that Harald zur Hausen’s claim that HPV was the cause of the disease was welcomed by the scientific community even though other institutions such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) were wary and stated: “Although evidence for an association between cervical cancer and sexual activity has been available for over a century, the causal role of a sexually transmitted infectious agent has not yet been proven” (IARC, 1989).

Despite this lack of consensus, in 1989, Professor Ian Frazer and Dr Jian Zhou from the University of Queensland in Australia received funding from CSL Ltd, formerly known as the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories to begin work on a vaccine which “would prevent carcinogenic changes believed to result from HPV infections”.  And what has followed is a disaster for over 73000 girls and boys around the world who have suffered shocking adverse events following their vaccination with HPV vaccines for a disease they are extremely unlikely to ever get.

In the interests of this generation of teenagers about to be vaccinated with these fast-tracked HPV vaccines we need to bring back some commonsense. For that I commend the work of Peter Duesberg and the findings presented in a paper published in Molecular Cytogenetics (2013) of which Peter Duesberg is one of six authors which found that the changes seen in cervical cells are caused by exposure to carcinogens such as cigarette smoke. According to the authors, the pieces of inactive HPV DNA that can be found in cervical cancers are from infections or warts that occurred 20-50 years before the cancer.

Indeed  recent research from Egypt puts the HPV causation into further jeopardy. Thabet et al. found that HPV wasn’t the main cause of pre-invasive and invasive cervical cancer among patients in the Delta Region, Egypt. They report the existence of HPV in 39.5% of premalignant lesions and 33.3% in malignant cervical lesions.

Let’s face it. HPV is a very common wart virus. Over 80 percent of us are affected at some stage in our lives. Most of this infection is cleared by the body within two years. Only around 1 percent of the world’s women develop cervical cancer.

This is a cancer much like others in that it is caused by social conditions and environmental factors and other influences such as ageing.

A comprehensive evaluation of the overall impact of aluminum on human health is overdue

A decade since the launch of the vaccine a book questions the claim it prevents cancer,’ wrote Carolyn Moynihan as she began her review of my book Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed published in August in MercatorNet. Her review was fair with her concluding paragraph:
Lobato concludes her book with an appeal to the media to do their job and give the public the fuller story about the HPV vaccine. You may not agree with her version of the story at all points, but she has shown Big Media some of the things they could be airing in the interests of informed debate.
A month later MercatorNet has published another piece presenting ‘expert’ evidence given by Professor Silvia Carlos an expert on infectious diseases in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Navarre, Spain. One of the issues that they discuss with Professor Silvia Carlos concerns the safety of aluminium in the HPV vaccine. It is vital that we understand this issue as Gardasil contains 225 micrograms of amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate per dose. The purpose and mechanism of the aluminium as an adjuvent is explained by Exley, C., Siesjö, P. & Eriksson as owing to the homogeneity and generally weak immunogenicity of recombinant antigens, the inclusion of adjuvants is often necessary for the induction of robust immune responses and effective immunisation. In other words the human papilloma virus-like particles made by DNA recombination technology are not strong enough to bring about an immune response so aluminium which enhances the body’s immune response is added.
Silvia Carlos claims that the amount of aluminium in the vaccines is low and quotes the CDC, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention which says that aluminium has been safely used in vaccines for over 70 years.
However Canadian researchers Lucija Tomljenovic and Christopher Shaw state in their paper Aluminium Adjuvants: Are they safe?  
Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. They state that:

Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin. Experimental research clearly shows that aluminium adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In addition: the use of adjuvants in human vaccinations has been linked to adverse effects often classified under Autoimmune (or autoinflammatory) syndrome induced by adjuvants . Combined with the relatively low cost of hydrated colloidal aluminium salts and their ease of inclusion as effective adjuvants within clinically approved vaccine formulations, the continued use of ABA (aluminium based adjuvants) in human vaccinations is likely to continue. Aluminum adjuvants are also used in vaccines such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria-tetanus-containing vaccines, and Haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcal vaccines.

Canadian researchers Tomljenovic and Shaw state that unlike dietary aluminium which usually is rapidly cleared from the body, aluminium that is used in vaccines such as Gardasil ‘is designed to provide a long-lasting cellular exposure’. They explain that while the aluminium that is contained in vaccine facilitates an immune response against antigens it can make its way into the central nervous system. ‘It is not really a matter of much debate that aluminium in various forms can be neurotoxic.’

The authors of a study called Vaccines, adjuvants and autoimmunity have found that Vaccines and autoimmunity are linked fields. They report that: Vaccines are able to elicit the immune system towards an autoimmune reaction. It is vital that we understand the part that vaccines such as Gardasil play in the development of  autoimmune diseases for they are increasing all over the globe and currently affect one in five Americans. In the study the immunologists have reviewed cases of ‘vaccine-induced immunity’ explaining the process as Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants. Adjuvants are added to vaccines in order to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies but in some people they cause immune reactions and symptoms that manifest as autoimmune disease. The latest HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 contains 500 micrograms of (AAHS) which is given as two or three shots.

The safety of our teenagers is at stake. They are being injected all over the world with Gardasil which has 225 micrograms per dose and in Australia next year will be given Gardasil 9 containing 500 micrograms per dose. Tomljenovic and Shaw call for a comprehensive evaluation of the overall impact of aluminum on human health which they stress is overdue. In the meantime the HPV vaccination programs should be ceased. There is zero scientific evidence that HPV vaccines have been proven to prevent a single case of cervical cancer in any country (Dr Sin Hang Lee).

 

 

 

Why are we replacing the Pap smear with a test for HPV?

Why are we replacing the successful Pap smear program with an HPV test when we don’t know if HPV is the cause of cervical cancer?

Joan Shenton, is a British broadcaster and producer of Sacrificial Virgins:  Not for the greater good.  In Part One of the series, Shenton interviews molecular biologist Professor Peter Duesberg who is also the author of What if HPV does NOT cause cervical cancer?  and asks him whether there is a causal relationship between the human papilloma virus and and cervical cancer. “Absolutely not”, he replied, adding that if HPV is there at all then it is what is known as a passenger virus. “It does nothing…these are fossils of HPV which are still in some cells. They are from an infection decades prior to the cancer.” This is damning and we must ask what on earth we are doing vaccinating girls and boys all over the world with a vaccine protective against a harmless wart virus. But the vaccine is not harmless. On the contrary there are more adverse events following its administration than for all other vaccines.

From the 1960s to 1991, cervical cancer screening was available to women in Australia on an opportunistic basis in that the test was done on the request of the doctor or the woman herself. Then, in 1991, an organised program was set up which in 1995 became the National Cervical Screening Program. Since the Australian National Cervical Screening Program began in 1991, the number of deaths from the disease have halved (Cancer Council Australia, 2017).

In December 2017 the successful two-yearly pap tests for women aged between 18 and 69 will be replaced by a five-yearly HPV test for 25 to 74-year-olds. An  ABC online article explains that HPV screening looks for DNA from the human papillomavirus virus strains that cause the vast majority of cervical cancers. (Or so they say). The mainstream media was all over this new test yesterday. Why? Because according to Karen Canfell, director of the Cancer Research Division at the Cancer Council NSW, HPV screening for cervical cancer had been extensively studied and modelled, and shown to be better than Pap smears and liquid-based cytology. And the end of the year when this new program commences is fast approaching. It is time for promotion. And the media follows suite. They do not ask how these changes might adversely affect women or some women. They do not ask if there might be a problem with over treatment.

I suggest that these changes to the national cervical screening program are highly problematic. Firstly because the test is predicated on the basis that HPV causes cervical cancer. But we do not know that. We are told that cervical cancer is caused by HPV but even if the common human papilloma virus is found in tumour cells it may just be a harmless passenger. The real causes of cervical cancer are most likely socioeconomic and environmental factors such as poverty, nutritional deficiences, smoking, multiparity, prolonged contraceptive use and ageing. This test is for HPV not for cervical cancer. HPV is a very common virus so much so that most of us have had this at some stage in our lives. HPV is likely to be found in cervical cells but as Professor Duesberg has explained if the virus is detected it is a fossil, left over from earlier infection.

Pap smear testing has often been seen as excessive and resulting in cases of over-screening and treatment but this new test amounts to much more of the same. If the HPV test finds that a woman has HPV type 16 or 18, she will be given a colposcopy to look for any pre-cancerous cervical lesions. And if the HPV test finds any of the other high risk strains of HPV, then a Pap test will be ordered to ascertain if a colposcopy is required (Sifferlin, 2014). All of this of course will result in more colposcopies, and a lot of unnecessary worry for women who return a positive HPV test. And a great business opportunity for those in the sickness industry. This includes the vaccine industry – for this is sure to mean more women lining up for HPV vaccines and more adverse events resulting in more sick girls and boys who then need expensive medical care if they are to recover their former health. This policy is disastrous as is the HPV vaccination program which vaccinates teenagers all over the world with a vaccine that at best is preventative against a few strains of the human papilloma virus but does not protect them against cancer. How could it – it is a vaccine against a wart virus, that is all.

With these changes to the screening program there is particular concern for women who test negative for HPV but who have cervical cancer. HPV-negative tumours are present in many types of cervical cancers. Zhao MD and his colleagues report that large-scale studies reveal the existence of HPV-negative cervical cancers present in almost all types of cervical cancers (Zhao MD et al., 2014). According to Bosch et al. (2002), there has been little investigation of older women with cervical cancer, but it is likely that the HPV-negative cancers can be found in this group of women.These HPV-negative women will not have their disease found as early as they would have with a routine Pap smear.  There has been little investigation of older women with cervical cancer but it is likely that the HPV negative cancers can be found in this group of women.

With the arrival of videos such as Sacrificial Virgins:  Not for the greater good  and books such as Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed the HPV causes cervical cancer is being exposed as the shocking sham it is. The vaccination program needs to stop until there is proof that HPV causes cancer and so far there is none. And the mainstream media need to up their game. After all this is what they are being paid for.

 

 

While hundreds of Irish girls are forced to seek medical treatment authorities continue to claim the HPV vaccine program outweighs any risk


This week  The Irish Times  reported that almost 650 Irish girls needed medical intervention after their HPV vaccination. No surprises there and while it is good to see the Irish media admit that so many Irish girls are unwell the author really needs to do much more research. Perhaps he has, but is not permitted to report it. Such is the media today.

In Almost 650 girls needed medical intervention after HPV vaccine , Paul Cullen writes that the spokesperson for the Health Products Regulatory Authority has stated that although there were 1,099 reports of adverse reactions after the use of the vaccine the vaccine itself was not necessarily the cause and the benefits of the HPV program outweighed any risk.

Yes it is good to see articles alerting parents that there are serious adverse events after administration of HPV vaccines such as Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix. However we need to take issue with many details of this report along with the actions of the Health Products Regulatory Authority.

The author states that despite the high level of adverse events the authority’s decision that the benefits of the program outweighed any risk was based on reviews obtained by the European Medicines Agency.

But should such reviews by the European Medicines Agency be trusted? Let us look at the facts.

In 2015 due pressure for an inquiry from HPV vaccine injured women and activists in Britain, Denmark and Sweden, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) conducted a review into two of the adverse conditions of HPV vaccination, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). However after hearing the details of damaged girls from countries including Spain, Italy, France, Colombia and Mexico, the Agency (EMA) could still see no reason to change the way the vaccines were administered, or the need to amend the current product information. Indeed, the EMA claimed that the benefits of HPV vaccines continued to outweigh their risks.

Criticism of the EMA’s review came from  many quarters including the Nordic Cochrane Centre, a reputable independent research and information organisation. It accused the EMA of being more concerned with its own reputation and acting to protect the vaccines from criticism at all costs. According to Peter C. Gøtzsche, the Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, the report undertaken by the EMA failed to take seriously important data that implicated the HPV vaccine in the development of severe side effects. Amongst them were findings by the Uppsala Monitoring Centre that the HPV vaccines resulted in a considerably higher risk of severe adverse effects than any other vaccine. They questioned whether the EMA has respected the rights of the community to know that there are concerns related to the safety of the HPV vaccines.

While the Australian media refuses to debate the issue of Gardasil, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix the Irish Media is at least reporting the injury but the information needs to be correct. The author claims that: HPV – or human papilloma virus – vaccine, marketed as Gardasil, protects against cervical and other forms of cancer. But according to a leading pathologist Dr Sin Hang Lee, there is zero scientific evidence that HPV vaccines have been proven to prevent a single case of cervical cancer in any country. The article informs that there are around 90 deaths from cervical cancer deaths a year in Ireland. It is obvious that this is not a disease of epidemic proportions with the majority of deaths occurring in women over 65 years of age. And yet all over the world girls and boys of 12-13 years of age are getting these vaccinations for a disease they are extremely unlikely to ever get. There is something very wrong with the picture painted by our health regulators and governments and it has to change. These are our future adults that governments at the behest of the pharmaceutical companies are exploiting for very short-term monetary gain. It is outrageous.

The article continues with advice given by the health authority;

The HSE, which noted that syncope can occur after any vaccination, especially in adolescence, advises girls to prevent it by sitting down for 15 minutes after vaccinations.

Now Syncope is serious. It is a temporary loss of consciousness usually related to insufficient blood flow to the brain and we know that large numbers of vaccinated girls have gone on to develop what is known as POTS or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, a disturbance of the autonomic nervous system manifesting in symptoms such as fatigue, sweating, tremor, anxiety, palpitation, exercise intolerance, light-headedness, and near collapse on upright posture. It is simply not good enough to just tell girls to sit down for a period of time after vaccinations.

I am not surprised by stories of Irish teachers who are witnessing what is happening on vaccination days. Indeed many of them do not want to work on vaccination days.

One young female teacher said she would rather go off sick when the girls are being given the HPV vaccine than witness what she has seen in her school over the last 3 years. She said she saw a number of girls lying on the floor like zombies. She was horrified that another senior member of staff said to her, ” you seen nothing, forget about it. ”

Another female teacher said that there is no way that her daughter who will be starting post primary school in few years time will be getting what she described as that horrible vaccine. She said that this must not and could not be right and wondered what was going to be long-term outcome with this girls health.

The HPV vaccination must be put on hold. There is no proof that HPV is the cause of cervical cancer – nor is there any evidence that this vaccine has prevented cervical cancer anywhere in the world. According to Erickson and Duesberg the pieces of inactive HPV DNA that can be found in cervical cancers are from infections or warts that occurred 20-50 years before the cancer.

I end this blog with the words of Bernard Dalbergue (Health Impact News, 2014)

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, technical and scientific feat that it may be, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can we talk about this?

Current thinking is that the human papilloma virus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and that all girls and boys in early high school need to be given HPV vaccines. In my book Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed I trace the early history of cervical cancer from a disease of obscurity to one of mainstream prominence. I have found and documented the numerous theories about the cause(s) of cervical cancer which have come and gone over the decades. I have read and written about how in the early years of the nineteenth century physicians claimed that sex was involved for it was observed that the disease was found in larger numbers among poorer, city women than amongst women in long term and stable relationships and in women who were living in rural areas. It was also thought that the disease was very rare in nuns until further research showed that religious sisters were subject to the disease too, and that, contrary to prevailing opinion, women in long-term relationships also developed cervical cancer. It was suggested that in the case of cancer of the uterus that the trauma of childbirth itself could be a risk factor. Such speculation might explain why there was more cervical cancer among women of low socioeconomic status than among women of means. Poorer women tended to have more children, lived harsher lives and possibly received less medical care, as well as missing out on much-needed rest and recovery time after the birth of their children.

I believe these early researchers were on the right track when they suspected that social circumstances such as poverty and inequality were in some way implicated in the disease process. British psychologist, author and researcher Susan Quilliam documented these lifestyle factors that might increase the chance of becoming ill with cervical cancer in her 1989 book Positive Smear. Written just before the idea that the human papillomavirus might be involved, she stressed the importance of a balanced diet and claimed that deficiencies in vitamin C, beta carotene and folic acid were common in women with cervical precancerous cells. Quilliam strongly emphasised the importance of a healthy environment, good hygiene and excellent nutrition as prerequisites for good health and resistance to disease. When discussing the causes of cervical cancer, she doesn’t shy away from a conversation about the contraceptive pill and how it has a negative effect on natural immunity as well as a propensity to lessen the body’s ability to use folic acid.

Today such environmental and socioeconomic factors relevant to the causation of cervical cancer are rarely considered. Instead the human papilloma virus is said to cause cervical cancer, no questions asked or answered.  Why, when and how this has happened is crucial to the story of Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed.

 

Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

 

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In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed  Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the incidence of cervical cancer. What is emerging, however, is evidence of their harmful effects. In 2006, the experimental HPV vaccination program began and there have been at least 315 associated deaths and more than 50,000 adverse events following HPV vaccination.

Gardasil was fast-tracked through the FDA, a process usually reserved for life threatening diseases to fill an unmet and urgent medical need. Improved living conditions had already reduced the incidence of cervical cancer significantly in Western countries. So why is the HPV vaccine so heavily promoted in Australia, a country with one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world?

Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed documents the early history of cervical cancer and tracks its progression from a disease of obscurity to one of mainstream prominence. It includes the stories of vaccinated girls and boys who remain ill after receiving a vaccine purported to prevent a disease they were most unlikely to get. It records the voices of dissenters and resisters who call for an inquiry into HPV vaccines approved for use after a relentless propaganda campaign promoting a vaccine against a virus that many had never heard of.

This in-depth investigation exposes cracks in the pharmaceutical industry and highlights the problems that arise when government regulators and corporate interests are prioritized ahead of patient safety, independent science and common sense.

To order: women@spinifexpress.com.au

Breast is best

Like most things in life these days feeding a baby has become very complicated and no doubt really expensive. I took a look at some of these infant formula websites and found that babies are not just being fed infant formula for the first few months of life but they can also have a follow on formula when they are  6-12 months old. Even toddlers who are 1-3 years are being catered for with a new product called toddler milk drink. (more…)

Daddy, what did you do in the war?

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Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?

Taken from Chiaroscuro, Melbourne award-winning poet Sandy Jeff’s new book in which she explores the tension of a world that is a place full of dark and light and where humour and sadness intermingle in a show that must go on.

 

 

 

jeffsc-cover-thumbThe Sergeant

Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War

Well, darling, I saw the young men come into bootcamp

and being their sergeant

it was my duty to turn boys into men

into fighting men, you know

so me and some mates initiated them by

shoving a broom handle up their arse

forced slops down their throat

made them drink their own semen chucked them into a shower

and scrubbed them with a wire brush

rubbed their dick and balls and arse with boot polish

sodomised a young bloke

this is the way it is, you know, it’s a boys club

gotta let them know who’s in charge

hell it happened to me and I’m ok

yeah, I’m serving my country and doing me best to turn out real fighting men

you should be proud of me.

 

The Recruit

Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?

Well, darling, first I went to bootcamp

I was taught how to kill

then I was bastardised by me superiors

they shoved a broom handle up my arse

forced slops down me throat

and made me drink semen

they chucked me into the shower and scrubbed me with a wire brush

then rubbed me dick and balls and arse with boot polish

and the sergeant sodomised me

so to get me mind off it

I gave the sheila recruits a hard time

I even secretly filmed meself banging one of them

yep, I was there to serve me country

so I went to war

and killed a lot of men

some women and children too

and ya gotta let the shitheads know who’s boss

so I raped a few of their women

it’s what happens in war

but when me mates got killed

jeeze, that was the hardest

I’m telling ya, I was shit-scared all the time

and being away from me family was hard

jeeze I was lonely

but I’m home now and I feel lousy

I think about topping meself all the time

lots of me mates have done it

jeeze I miss them

I feel so rotten

I’m telling ya tomorrow’s tragedy

from yesterday’s war

yeah, war’s a bloody bugger…a real bugger.

 

 

Men in the great war did many things that we don’t want to talk about, we’d rather see the diggers as heroes, as brave Anzacs. But there’s another untold story and that’s the story of venereal disease in the Australian Army.

Screen shot 2015-06-10 at 7.41.08 PM  The Secrets of the Anzacs: The Untold Story of Venereal Disease in the Australian Army, 1914-1919 written by Raden Dunbar reveals secrets and astonishing statistics such as the fact that during World War 1, about 60,000 soldiers in the Australian army were treated by army doctors in Egypt, Europe and Australia for venereal diseases – almost the same number of diggers who were killed during the war. Janet McCalman, author of Sex and Suffering described Dunbar’s story as  ‘a timely and necessary contribution to the centenary of Anzac.’ 

Most of these men had been infected with venereal disease in the brothels of Egypt. In the 1880s 40,000 British soldiers landed in Egypt and stayed and were the customers of the numerous bars, brothels and sex shows. In 1914, AIF forces from Australia that were headed for England via the Suez Canal were ordered to disembark and to set up their camps close to Cairo with the result that thousands of cashed-up Australians were living very close to the infamous brothels of Cairo and very far from their families at home.

Dunbar writes that the boys had money and freedom and regularly frequented the ‘Wozza’, an irresistible and fabulous place that was really a collection of squalid run-down apartment buildings known for venereal diseases: gonorrhoea, syphilis and chancroid. Condoms were not in common use in 1915 and the healing power of antibiotics was yet to be discovered. Abstinence from sex was the only sure way of avoiding the disease with prophylactic treatments such as antiseptic ointments to be applied to the genitals proving unpopular and rubber condoms extremely uncomfortable. In 1915 gonorrhoea, syphilis and chancroid were treated with drugs made from mercury, arsenic and silver and other toxic materials.

Claire Wright, author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka writes:

 The Secrets of the Anzacs is a full-frontal assault on our senses and our historical sensibilities. Deeply researched and always fascinating, Dunbar helps restore the Anzac legend to something more tangible, more complex, and, oddly, more heroic.’

In this interesting book, Raden Dunbar, retired schoolteacher, principal and university lecturer and author rarely mentions the prostituted women and only briefly acknowledges the wives, girl friends and mothers of the men. His concern and interest is for the infected soldiers of whom one in ten were married. But what of the prostituted women? Why were they forced to prostitute themselves? What do we know about the sex industry in WW1? Were the women in the brothels treated for their venereal disease? What about the wives and girlfriends? Were they infected also?

I would have hoped that researcher and author Claire Wright winner of the 2014 Stella Prize would have commented on the obvious omission in Raden Dunbar’s untold story of venereal disease in the Australian Army, 1914-1919- the women’s story.  In The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Wright researches the history of Victoria’s gold rushes and the Eureka Stockade – addressing the recording of this episode which has largely ignored the presence and influence of women on the gold fields.

Little is known about what happened to the women who worked in the wartime brothels, especially after the war ended. If it is known that 60,000 Australian soldiers got either gonorrhea or syphilis while serving, then a great many of these women also suffered these diseases.

Their story remains untold.

Deformed fish, sick kids, but for some it’s a ‘risk that’s worth it’

Four hundred and thirty-seven million hectares of Australia is covered by coal seam gas licences or applications, and 20 billion litres are needed every year for the coal seam gas industry, stated Sydney right-wing radio broadcaster Alan Jones when he appeared in Frackman, an Australian feature-length documentary film which follows the exploits of former construction worker turned anti-fracking activist, Dayne Pratzky responding to the expansion of the coal seam gas industry near Tara, Queensland. (more…)

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